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1761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sonic comes to New England on: September 11, 2009, 02:03:42 AM
We were excited when we got a Sonic locally, because we'd always stop at one when we were traveling to get an honest to God Cherry Coke. Unfortunately our local one has never been very good; I can count on one hand the number of times I've eaten there in the last 5 years.
1762  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 10, 2009, 02:30:04 PM
DarkVulgar on OO mentioned that Siel seems to be shaping up as the unofficial hardcore PvP server, if anyone is interested.
1763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: September 10, 2009, 01:27:24 AM
Game is awesome. The visuals are so spot-on in terms of The Beatles "feel." I kind of got goosebumps between chapters as they did the animations showing the progression of their careers.

The note charts are fun. Most songs are pretty easy to pass on guitar (I haven't failed one yet), but getting five stars on everything will be a challenge. I also can['t wait to try my hand at bass - McCartney was no slouch in that department and I'm guessing some of those note charts are pretty challenging.

If you're a Beatles fan this is a MUST BUY NOW. If you're not a Beatles fan, it could easily turn you into one.
1764  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/360] The Secret World MMOG Announced: I'm Pumped on: September 09, 2009, 03:02:24 PM
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that's simply untrue.  FFXI did very well on PS2, especially in Japan.

I forgot about FFXI, but it's still not what I would call a resounding success from a North American console perspective.

So we're 4, almost 5 years into the current console generation and we've got one moderately successful MMO you can play on a current console? That doesn't give me a great deal of encouragement. I don't know what the subscriber numbers are from a console perspective, but I'm guessing it's paltry compared to PC subscribers. We've seen far more console MMOs fail (Phantasy Star) or never come to light (MS's early MMO offering, the still yet to be seen Age of Conan, etc.) than we have seen successes.
1765  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 09, 2009, 02:35:07 PM
We should definitely organize something. I have a feeling this is going to be a game where you'll want to have friends around at end-game.

I don't have the time to devote to running a guild, but I'm definitely interested in being a part of one. If nothing else, we should all agree on a server and race.
1766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 09, 2009, 02:25:45 AM
I love Mika. He brings out my inner gay disco queen.

So as not to derail the thread, I humbly submit:

Let's Hear It For The Boy. This song literally makes me nauseous.
1767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: September 09, 2009, 01:33:08 AM
Our local Best Buy is having a midnight sale. They hold midnight sales for just about everything though.
1768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 09, 2009, 01:22:42 AM
"What's Going On" did have one great cover artist.
1769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 08, 2009, 08:12:16 PM
God, I just thought of another one.

"WE BUILT THIS CITY! WE BUILT THIS CITY ON ROCK AND ROLL!"

The 80's were full of awful. "I'm never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythm." Ugh.

The aformentioned "Take My Breath Away."

Oh, that horrible Dirty Dancing song. "I had....the time of my life......." This thread is evil! My mind just keeps making leap after leap from bad to worse!




1770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cold Feet? on: September 08, 2009, 07:59:29 PM
My problem is that I eagerly buy it.....then end up not playing it much. I WISH I had your problem - it would save me a great deal of money.
1771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 08, 2009, 07:56:11 PM
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The only exception for America is "Horse with No Name" that I can think of.  I like that song.

You only like it because it's a blatant Neil Young rip-off. In that respect, and that respect only, you are forgiven.

1772  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 08, 2009, 07:51:49 PM
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Is anyone else a bit creeped out by the fact that you can make characters that look like kids?

Not really, but I grew up on JRPGs so NOT playing a kid seems unusual to me.

As much as they've supposedy "Westernized" the look, the game's artistry is still firmly Eastern, which renders null and void any weirdness I would feel at seeing kids run around. 

I do think it's funny that almost every female I see has her boob slider maxed.
1773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 08, 2009, 06:17:21 PM
Three words:  MAMBO NUMBER FIVE!!!

A little bit of knife blade in my ears, a little bit of gunshot to my head, a little bit of slitting my own wrists, a little bit of clawing my own skin off.
1774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: September 08, 2009, 06:14:39 PM
It really is a happy story in that it has the blessings of all the Beatles and/or their estates. So many times these licenses get bogged down in legalities - it's good to see something "Come Together" with the full support of the artist. Fans can feel good that not only are they getting a Beatles game, they're getting the game The Beatles wanted us to play.
1775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 08, 2009, 06:08:01 PM
So many choices...

My #1 would be Gloria Estefan's version of "Turn the Beat Around." It literally makes me boil with rage. Actually, ANYTHING by Gloria Estafan makes me want to stab somebody in the neck with a pencil.

Another would be Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi." Yes, I know it's a "classic." But something about the eco-green-liberal-environmentalist message makes me want to break things. Violently. Pave paradise and shove a fucking pitchfork through your abdomen, you hippie bitch!

I also hate that damn song about "Get Here if you Can" - you can reach me by steamboat, you can reach me by biplane, you can cross the desert on a fucking camel. GODDAMN I hate that song. I remember they played that fucking song all the time during the first Gulf War. It was one of the most schmaltziest pieces of crap I've ever heard. Hate it. HATE IT. I have literally walked out of stores that were playing that song overhead.








1776  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 08, 2009, 12:58:00 PM
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hit lvl 10 as well, and had a blast - one thing though - I dont know where to get my wing...do they come when you go to the next area? V something?

If you keep going through the campaign quests (yellow star quests), you'll eventually talk to the guy who gives you your wings. Yes, I got them in that V area.

As hard as it may be, I think I'm just going to stop playing so I don't spoil any more of the game. It seems pretty linear considering there are only two races, so I really don't want to wind up doing the same content over again for 30 levels.

1777  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 08, 2009, 02:18:41 AM
NM about the firewall - I re-enabled it and the game is still connecting and running fine.

Skystride, have you checked the NCSoft support page? If you drill down to Aion support they have a whole FAQ on fixing GameGuard errors.

The game definitely is getting better as I go along. Hit 10 and selected my subclass and I can already tell things are starting to open up a lot more. Plus flying is cool. smile
1778  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 08, 2009, 12:08:54 AM
I just turned it off because I'm too lazy to do the research right now, and I'm already behind a secure router. I'm sure there are ports or allowable programs you can add to your firewall that would not require disabling it completely.
1779  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 07, 2009, 09:05:01 PM
I'm running it on Windows 7, but I had to disable my firewall.
1780  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 07, 2009, 07:53:04 PM
The servers are down for planned maintenance - they announced it shortly before I logged (about a half hour ago).

I'm not convinced this is all NCSoft's fault. If it was, my issues should be more consistent. I played today for over three hours with no lag whatsoever, even as other people on the same server were complaining about rubber banding and other effects, so I don't believe it's server side. I heard their ISP was having some issues, which would explain why some people are having problems and others aren't.

It's definitely nothing new, but my only choice for a fantasy MMO right now are this or going back to some old game that I've played to death. If it will get me by until SWKOTOR comes out I'll get my money's worth.
1781  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 06, 2009, 09:59:46 PM
Ok, figured it out. I went back to FilePlanet and requested another key, and this time ended up with a US one. What a difference a continent makes. Rolled up a new character and everything worked flawlessly this time - little to no lag, ran very well, all the quests worked, no mob bugs. I feel sorry for our friends across the pond, as they were really hurting.

Really like the game so far. It doesn't bring much new to the table, but I'm enjoying the art style. It's basically WoW meets Final Fantasy and I'm digging that.
1782  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 06, 2009, 09:08:16 PM
It's practically unplayable for me due to the severe quest server lag. It looks like FilePlanet gave me a key for the European beta; not sure if it makes a difference or not but so far the experience has been pretty unpleasant.

Pretty game though; I like the Eastern feel, though I've always been a fan of JRPGs.
1783  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 06, 2009, 08:11:28 PM
WTF. I still can't get in. Tells me user ID or password doesn't match, even though it's the correct one. Fucking VilePlanet.

[Edit] - Never mind. I fixed it by changing my user preference to show I was in Europe instead of North America. That made my Aion show up as Aion (US) and it accepted my login.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
1784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 06, 2009, 02:19:45 AM
I've got Gardens of the Moon but have been scared to dive into it due to what I've heard about the complexity of Erikson's stuff. I was in a bookstore today and flipped through one of the other books in the series and holy crap was it thick - with tiny print to boot. It made Robert Jordan's books look like child's play.

I'm partly thrilled at taking on the challenge, and partly hopelessly intimidated.
1785  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/360] The Secret World MMOG Announced: I'm Pumped on: September 05, 2009, 05:24:28 PM
I don't believe any MMO when it says it's coming out for the 360. There hasn't been a successful PC/console crossover MMO yet, despite all the promises we've heard over the years.
1786  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion vs Champions Online on: September 05, 2009, 05:21:48 PM
I'm going Aion (probably). I was in the Champions Online beta for 2 months and never really had all that much fun with it. I can see where other people would like it, but I just prefer the fantasy setting in my MMOs. The niche stuff (MMOs with superheros, pirates, etc.) just don't grab my attention for very long. I'm sure I would have had fun in CO for a couple of months, but I'm looking for something I can stick with a little longer than that.

Aion seems to have enough hype around it that it should do very well, especially with the large number of WoW exiles that will probably be moving to it. I'm looking forward to trying out the open beta tomorrow - if it's even moderately fun I think I'm going to bite the bullet and pre-order.
1787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Learning guitar: Best way to do it? on: September 05, 2009, 05:15:31 PM
I taught myself a great deal by buying Fake Books with the guitar chord notation when I was first starting out. I had a Beatles Fake Book with all their songs and the accompanying chords, and by learning to play them I learned the chords.

Obviously this will take you but so far - to really learn how to *play* you'll need to get into scales and things. However, just about any beginner guitar lesson is going to start with learning your basic chords and strumming patterns and going from there.
1788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol on: September 05, 2009, 03:01:18 AM
I enjoyed Angels & Demons (the book) but loathed The Da Vinci Code. The writing was so horrible in that book I almost didn't finish it.

For history puzzles mixed with adventure I vastly prefer James Rollins. He's no literary genius either, but at least he doesn't take himself so seriously.
1789  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy deal - 360 GAMES!!!! (just for CeeKay) - Buy 1 get 1 50% off on: September 02, 2009, 12:57:35 AM
I haven't received a cancel yet, probably because I've already picked up Batman so there's not much they can do. Since they charged me full price for Beatles: Rock Band there's really no point in them not fulfilling it.
1790  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy deal - 360 GAMES!!!! (just for CeeKay) - Buy 1 get 1 50% off on: August 31, 2009, 10:14:09 PM
I pre-ordered Beatles: Rock Band and got Batman: Arkham Asylum for $30. Did in-store pickup on Batman so I could play it tonight. WOOT!
1791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need evidence that PC gaming isn't dead on: August 31, 2009, 02:41:20 AM
I understand why people have been flocking to consoles - it's cheap and easy. However, I still find myself playing PC titles far more than console. I don't have to tie up the TV when my wife wants to watch it. I get to control shooters with a keyboard and mouse the way God intended. And consoles have still yet to succeed in the MMO market.

There are plenty of reasons to stick with PC, and plenty of reasons not to. In the end it really depends on exclusives just like any other game platform decision.
1792  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: [For Sale] EVGA GTX 260 896-P3-1265-AR - Brand New on: August 30, 2009, 08:56:36 PM
Tentatively sold, thanks everyone!
1793  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [Sold] EVGA GTX 260 896-P3-1265-AR - Brand New on: August 30, 2009, 02:56:32 PM
I'm selling an EVGA GTX 260 896-P3-1265-AR. I received this as a replacement under warranty for my old 8800 GTX card and don't need it since I've since upgraded to a GTX 275.

The card is brand new straight from EVGA in an OEM box. I opened it only to check the contents. I've got some new cables from my old 8800 that I can throw in as well.

Here's a link:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130398

Asking $115 shipped via UPS insured. Figured I would offer it to my friends on OO/GamingTrend before I put it on Ebay.

1794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hope for Narnia? on: August 29, 2009, 12:42:27 PM
I agree Caspian was horrible. I was bored to tears during that movie; I can't imagine being a kid and trying to sit through that yawn-fest.

I've always been pretty meh on the whole Narnia series anyway. I think I may have just discovered them at the wrong time - I was too old or something when I read the series. By the time I got around to reading them I was already heavily into D&D, DragonLance novels, etc. Narnia seemed like such light fantasy fluff that it bored me. I appreciate the books on a literary level though.
1795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] H2 on: August 29, 2009, 12:38:51 PM
Yeah the whole partial face thing just dropped the scary factor down to nil. I generally like Rob Zombie's movies, but fucking with The Shape's mask borders on blasphemy.
1796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rob Zombie to butcher the Blob on: August 29, 2009, 02:14:23 AM
That's a waste. The 1988 remake was pretty darn good, and about as far as you could take a modern rendition, in my opinion.
1797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Band names... on: August 29, 2009, 02:12:37 AM
Caballus

It's the second half of the horse's scientic name, equus caballus. Don't ask me how to pronounce it though.  icon_smile
1798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood season 2 on: August 24, 2009, 01:29:52 AM
Yeah, I'm really glad I stuck with it. The first episodes were drubbed by critics as well. I have a friend who hated the first episode so bad he has refused to watch another, despite me trying to convince him what an excellent show it has become. His loss.
1799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wheel of Time games will require you to curve your Balefire on: August 17, 2009, 02:30:41 AM
I really hope they allow you to map your own controls. I'd really rather use Shift as my braid tugging button and Ctrl as my skirt smoothing key, rather than the other way around.
1800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazingly good shows that died WAY before their time on: August 16, 2009, 03:31:35 AM
Deadwood and Carnivale, on HBO.

Carnivale was the most heartbreaking because though Season 1 started out slow, Season 2 was some of the best television I've ever seen. Then it just ended with no resolution whatsoever.
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