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8441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360 + PS3]LucasArts 'Fracture' on: September 21, 2008, 01:19:56 AM
Demo is out on Live. Kind of short but lets you try a lot of the weapons and play with the deformable terrain. I'm intrigued.

The one thing I was a little concerned with was the lack of feedback when shooting the enemies and the way they blended in with the environment.
8442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout Paradise update out on: September 20, 2008, 11:19:41 PM
The motorcycle update is out. Not a huge change in gameplay, but it adds some nice additional content. Had some fun online this afternoon.
8443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 games on the PS3 on: September 18, 2008, 07:08:18 PM

Quote from: Scraper on September 18, 2008, 07:06:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 18, 2008, 01:17:47 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 18, 2008, 03:32:56 AM

No, none of the 40GB versions have backward compatibility.  The 60GB version has hardware BC, and the old 80GB version has software BC (which supports less games than hardware BC).  The 80GB version that is now being released has no BC. It's very frustrating for people contemplating a purchase in the near future (like myself) who want BC.

I'm cranky today, so you get my English lesson, Teggy.

Less is used when you're talking about an unquantifiable amount.  For example, "Less Filling."

Fewer is used when the quantity can be defined with a number.  For example, "Fewer calories"  or "Fewer games."

There is a site to check compatibility (, but, yeah, you're out of luck with the 40GB.

Ju just gawt pwned.

8444  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venture Brothers....going downhill? on: September 18, 2008, 04:05:57 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 18, 2008, 03:49:00 AM

Well maybe he was just saying it was hard for him to do. I'm not crazy fan here. I don't know who does what voices. I didn't even see whatever interview it was (or wasn't, as it were) said in. I heard the story from a friend that's a far bigger fan of the show than I am. It's a fun show. I watch it on DVD. That's about where it stops. I've never actually seen an episode on cartoon network. I work nights, when the show's being aired so I had to catch season 3 on the adult swim website.

I thought you might like to know at some point someone said they might bring back a similar character. Sue me  Roll Eyes

I loved the bit in one episode where they describe him as the guy who sounds like Ray Romano. The perfect solution would be to get Ray Romano to voice a new henchman.
8445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 games on the PS3 on: September 18, 2008, 03:32:56 AM
No, none of the 40GB versions have backward compatibility.  The 60GB version has hardware BC, and the old 80GB version has software BC (which supports less games than hardware BC).  The 80GB version that is now being released has no BC. It's very frustrating for people contemplating a purchase in the near future (like myself) who want BC.
8446  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stinky situation at work. What to doo. on: September 17, 2008, 11:54:14 PM
Are you friendly with anyone in HR or do you know anyone in HR? My office has 1 mens room and 1 womens room that have about 6 stalls each, and then 2 unisex bathrooms that are handicap accessible. These latter 2 I like to call "the dump rooms" and are the type this guy should be using so as to have some privacy and not offend.  One day I went into one of the dump rooms and someone had left their used tampon on top of the TP dispenser. Seriously. I didn't want to deal with it so I went on my way. The next day, there was a sign up in that bathroom that said "please remember to clean up after yourself when you use the bathroom". So someone told someone about it. You need to find the person willing to tell.
8447  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venture Brothers....going downhill? on: September 17, 2008, 05:22:55 PM
well, looking at the episode list, I guess sealab devolved pretty quickly.  The early episodes were pretty coherent, like the one with the kid from the make-a-wish foundation and Debbie interviewing people to father her baby, but then you got in to stuff like the Bizarro episode and the one where the captain is playing golf through the station. That stuff was funny at times but often had me shaking me head.

Brak went bad when they changed the Mom's voice. That was really jarring.
8448  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The NFL says come armageddon, come on: September 17, 2008, 02:19:46 AM
This has to be the worst example of handpicking lyrics to suit an ad that I've ever seen.

An NFL commercial with a cover of Morrissey's "Everyday is Like Sunday"
8449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 16, 2008, 11:35:37 PM
X-Play skewered it and gave it a 2 out 5, saying you were better off saving your money and watching the cutscenes (which they found to be the best part of the game) on Youtube.

They showed onscreen that the last level's bonus goal was "default text". KD, was that in your copy? I am wondering if that was in the final release or just their review copy.
8450  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 03:39:01 PM
I was definitely pleased by the outcome of last night's game, but I can't say I was impressed by the Dallas defense. They are still making a ridiculous amount of stupid penalties and seemed unable to make a tackle at times. The amount of pressure they put on McNabb definitely improved as the game went on, but I have concerns. Offense and special teams look good.
8451  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 02:03:29 AM
Let McNabb read the paper and have a cup of coffee in the pocket, why don't you?   icon_evil

...and learn to make a freaking tackle. Good grief, are 5 guys not enough to pull one guy down?
8452  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 01:53:43 AM
Well, that was close to Leon Lett stupid, but you kind of knew that it would be a TD anyway. The defenders really dropped the ball (no pun intended) by not picking it up.
8453  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 01:48:18 AM
Well, this game is nothing if not entertaining.
8454  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 01:30:21 AM
Wow, someone pulled out the voodoo dolls all of a sudden.
8455  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 01:24:33 AM
Some very messy officiating so far - completely missed the facemask against Dallas and then blew the pass interference call.
8456  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 01:15:36 AM
Man, the Cowboys really should try to eat up some of the clock...
8457  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 12:48:52 AM
And Desean Jackson drops the ball  Tongue

...and T.O. didn't drop his  icon_biggrin
8458  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ender's Game? SF Book Question on: September 15, 2008, 09:23:59 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 15, 2008, 08:48:22 PM

I read Ender's Game recently, and wasn't terribly impressed.  I found it extremely repetitive (Ender challenges tough guys.  Wins.  Gets matched against tougher guys.  Wins.   Gets matched against even tougher guys.  Wins.  Rinse, repeat.), and although the big reveal was cool, I was basically bored out of my skull by that point and didn't really care.  I also found it very off-putting to treat the 8 year old protagonist like a fully mature adult.  I know he was a child prodigy, but some of Ender's internal monologues would have challenged 60 year old nuclear physicists, much less the mind of a child.

I have to agree. When I read it a while ago, I couldn't help think it would have worked a lot better as a short story with a twist ending.  And then I found out it had been.
8459  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venture Brothers....going downhill? on: September 15, 2008, 06:52:51 PM
I actually really liked the flashbacks, even though at times I couldn't remember if the stories were contradicting themselves (I thought there were a bunch of things that happened when Rusty was in college that didn't fit in with last season but I would have to go back and watch the older episodes to be sure). I thought the Quizboy/Phantom Limb origin show was fantastic. The season did have a different feel to it, I will admit, but I fully enjoyed it.

After 3 seasons, the show has managed to stay pretty much on track, as opposed to shows like Brak and Sealab, which once had plots and then turned to nonsense when they seemed to run out of ideas. ATHF, which was never really about anything in the first place, has even slipped into this mode.

And yes, Metalocalypse is genius.
8460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What size TV do you play the Wii on? on: September 15, 2008, 06:12:26 PM
32" LCD HDTV with component cables and it depends on the game. Metroid Prime 3 looked great, Godfather looked pretty muddy. Resident Evil 4 looks kind of muddy. Progressive mode on Eternal Darkness (Gamecube) actually looked pretty good. Unfortunately I got my tv after I played Super Mario Galaxy, but I've heard it looks quite good.
8461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 14, 2008, 11:35:07 PM
WOW. San Diego just got jobbed.
8462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 14, 2008, 10:56:45 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 14, 2008, 10:12:36 PM

How about when I call in Ewan to pick up a find or deliver anything he sometimes vanishes into thin air before delivering it? As such, I lose an item/vehicle/whatever and have to call him back in?

This happened to me once but I found out that he had been shot down. Don't know if that's what happened to you, but it can happen.
8463  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 14, 2008, 10:52:03 PM
Amidst this we are missing the fact that the Jets cheerleaders are dressed up as naughty stewardesses. I approve.
8464  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk about "The Bunt" on: September 14, 2008, 10:08:57 PM
It kind of depends, but that's fairly accurate. The sacrifice bunt is still used in the MLB, but it is usually reserved for players in the lower spots of the batting order. The pitcher will just about always do it in 0 or 1 out situations, and you'll sometimes see a #2 batter do it late in the game when a single run is needed to go ahead. Generally, it's considered a waste for 3-4-5 hitters to bunt because of their hitting ability.

In obvious bunting situations, the batter will put the bat out right away, most often when it is a pitcher.  The cases when the batter puts the bat out at the last second is usually when trying to reach base on a bunt single, rather than making a sacrifice, or perhaps during a suicide squeeze (when there is a runner on 3rd attempting to score).
8465  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I hate the Mets bullpen on: September 14, 2008, 08:29:14 PM
 mad mad mad mad mad mad mad
8466  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 14, 2008, 05:54:57 PM
Hm, perhaps I should have started Aaron Rodgers over Matt Cassel.
8467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Madden 09 impressions on: September 14, 2008, 04:20:40 AM
So Pete and I just "simmed" the upcoming Dallas/Philly Monday night matchup. Assuming it is snowing in Texas Stadium, there is an odd lag in the action, and an idiot is calling in the Dallas plays, the Eagles will win 13-0  icon_lol
8468  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] COD4 Double XP Weekend on: September 13, 2008, 05:39:25 PM
What time do we want to start?
8469  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 12, 2008, 07:53:36 PM
That reminds me I need to change my gamerpic back to the Dallas star  ninja
8470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 12, 2008, 07:13:10 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 12, 2008, 06:12:47 PM

As far as the return to the base mission goes:
Spoiler for Hiden:
'Borrow' the chopper that comes to attack you. After a few seconds, you'll be disguised as one of the enemy, so it's safe traveling until you arrive back home.

Yes, absolutely - I feel like that was the one point in the game I have played so far where the developers actually intended you to do something a specific way.  To try to drive back is incredibly hard because 1) you are likely to get blown up coming down the hill by tanks and copters and 2) the distance by land is very far to cover in the time allotted and 3) there is no real land route back due to the blind spots in Fiona's radar - you have to go off-road and in weird directions to get there.

BTW, it was during this part of the game, after a lot of wasted time, that I realized you had to have your reticule on a copter to grapple it.  icon_redface Much frustration was had as I ran in circles underneath an attacking chopper yelling, "where's the stupid grapple icon!?"

Going up the hill I started out trying to take out each outpost on the way up, but after dying many times, I finally just stole a jeep at the bottom of the hill, after which you are disguised.  You can make it almost to the top of the hill before losing your cover, so you have already blown past the heavy weapons (tanks) and then you just need to take out the 2 nearby AA guns.
8471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: August NPD on: September 12, 2008, 04:10:54 PM
What blew me away was that PS2 Madden sales were almost as high as PS3 Madden sales. Are these people who would love to buy a PS3 if it just cost less? Could be...
8472  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [9/12/08] When Moliere is Away the Geezers Will Play... on: September 11, 2008, 11:03:42 PM
I am a bachelor all weekend so I am up for some late night gaming. Halo 3, COD4, Burnout Paradise, GTA IV, TF2 (all 360 ). Madden or Mercs 2 if there's less people.
8473  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden '09 Online League on: September 11, 2008, 08:36:08 PM
I've been playing for about an hour the last couple of nights, but I am on the east coast so I am probably off before you are on. I am playing horribly, so it is probably for the best.  My Madden IQ dropped below 500 during last night's game although it managed to crawl back up to 500 by the end. I am determined to make this the year I finally "get" Madden. I love football, and I understand all the basic concepts and terms, but it seems to really enjoy Madden you need to understand the details.  For example, I know the difference between "strong side" and "weak side", and the difference between "the flat" and "underneath", but I couldn't tell you the difference between a Cover 2 and a Cover 3, and how to react when you see one or other. So I'm usually just running plays with no real understanding of why they went wrong or right.  So I broke down and bought my first ever strategy guide - it's not everything I could have hoped for (a lot of it is team-specific, they leave out the actual button names to be generic for all versions and some of the pictures are so small as to be useless), but it has descriptions of all the offensive and defensive play types, info on how to recognize them and recommendations on when to use them. So I am digesting a little bit each day and I am going to go into practice mode and set up against various defensive formations and see how they look and react. Hopefully I will not feel too frustrated trying to learn in all and wind up giving it up.
8474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 10, 2008, 09:34:49 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on September 10, 2008, 09:16:17 PM

Sheesh, how do I beat the "Deliver the Rum" mission? I keep getting either my truck destroyed or... well, pretty much my truck gets destroyed every time.

Hm, I don't recall having much trouble with that one. The chickens one is the tricky one (I won't spoil why). Just take a wide berth at any roadblocks - don't be afraid to go on the side of the road. You shouldn't lose any jugs unless you hit something.
8475  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] COD4 Double XP Weekend on: September 10, 2008, 02:55:01 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on September 10, 2008, 02:03:26 AM

Could be in but not until saturday night.. It has been months so maybe a few non-ranked matches to kick the rust off.

You and your precious k/d ratio slywink
8476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deus Ex 3 on: September 10, 2008, 12:43:10 AM
Don't they have to come out with Deus Ex 2 first?  ninja
8477  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Stupid question: what is a hopper? on: September 10, 2008, 12:37:33 AM
I think it is definitely playlist related. Here is a quote from one of the developers:

The biggest thing that I can think of off the top of my head: how we set up our [matchmaking setup] hoppers. We changed that quite a bit based on feedback. We'll eventually have cleaner, more pure hoppers, by and large. There will still be one or two that are more mixed. But the feedback on the hoppers in the beta was really quite clear -- it was, "Why am I still playing Team Slayer in an objective-game hopper?" Hey, good point -- why are you playing Team Slayer so much in an objective-game hopper? So we fixed that, and we're paying close attention to that.

I guess it is the way that Bungie refers to playlists, but I haven't heard any other developers refer to them that way.
8478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SW Force Unleashed(PS3/360) reviews are starting to trickle in on: September 09, 2008, 09:49:36 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2008, 09:36:08 PM

Got the game today along with a big sheet of paper that says "All reviews embargoed until September 15th, unless otherwise approved by LucasArts".  Guess that is that.

Have any good games had review embargoed? Did GTAIV have reviews embargoed or is this basically a confession by the publisher that the game sucks? Or can this happen if they make a deal with magazine guaranteeing first review?
8479  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden '09 Online League on: September 09, 2008, 09:47:00 PM
BTW, something that is not in this thread is that the password is "outlander".  I had to go looking at OO to figure that out.
8480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo Impressions on: September 09, 2008, 09:43:45 PM
I think the way they could have made this work would have been to make it like Dynasty Warriors: Star Wars. Just put waves upon waves of stormtroopers attacking so that the Jedi could get overwhelmed.  Actually that probably wouldn't be very Star Warsy.

I don't know, I thought the demo had promise, I don't know why they'd have to go and add all sorts of non canon stuff in. Have him fight more and bigger enemies, make puzzles, platforming, whatever. Have him learning new powers as he goes along (he is an apprentice, after all). Seems like they could have made it work.
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