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1241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of 360 - Prelim on: December 22, 2006, 09:23:28 PM
Gears of War was fantastic
Saints Row
Tony Hawk 8 - I really like the way the gameplay seems to head back to the days of TH 1,2 and 3 and away from the THUG model.
1242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Savior is Born! Long Weekend Edition 22/Dec/06 on: December 22, 2006, 09:20:15 PM
I'd like to say Zelda on the Wii and some more Tony Hawk and CoD3 on the 360 but if I had to bet I'd put my money on leveling my undead priest in WoW.
1243  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: FFXI took my MMO virginity - now I wants me some WoW on: December 21, 2006, 10:41:19 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 21, 2006, 02:02:44 PM

Quote from: Toe on December 20, 2006, 07:54:08 PM

For my priest it was more mana efficent to wand a mob down when it hit 40-50% health and heal the damage afterwards than it was to use mana to DPS a mob down all the way. Yeah, the mob died faster, but it cut into my mana too much. The amount of mana regened during wanding is substantial if you have decent spirit (this was all the way to 60th also, not just the early years).

One way of doing it, definitely. What did I use to use when I soloed (feels like forever ago)... Fire up PW:S, pull with the shadow DD spell, SW:P, Mind Flay, and then wand the mob down as it pounds uselessly on the shield. Rinse and repeat until you fall asleep.

I like playing my priest after doing Warrior/Rogue/Mage before.  The few instances I've run have been a bit hetic but different enough to make it interesting.  I've started full shadow spec so far and when I solo I like to pull with Mind Blast, Mind Flay till they get close, SW:P and then shield.  Follow that up with some more Flay or Blast depending on how far down their hp's are and finally wand em down.  Probably not the most mana efficient but it works well for me and very little down time.  Many paths to 60 I guess and the one I'm on dosen't have to be the quickest as I'm enjoying taking my time to lvl up and learn the priest class.
1244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 - Huge combos? on: December 20, 2006, 09:22:31 PM
I still struggle to this day with just tapping the button vice holding it down.  Grinds are a perfect example, I ollie onto the rail and press Y but instead of releasing Y and trying to adjust my tricks I find my self still holding it down for the whole time.  If I could get rid of that instinct then I'd be able to add more tricks to each grind/air/whatever.
1245  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: FFXI took my MMO virginity - now I wants me some WoW on: December 11, 2006, 05:51:19 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on December 11, 2006, 05:26:50 PM

Quote from: Semaj
2) Get wand specialization first.
Wad Specialization is a priest talent.  at level 10 you get talents, and I highly reccomend spending the first 5 levels, no matter how many may argue, getting Wand Specialization to 5.  Sounds stupid, but you do more damage with a good wand (Any enchanter wand for instance) your level than you will do with any spells you get, even shadow specced.  Most priests I know will spell up a mob, and use the wand to finish it off while they regen mana, it cuts down on downtime (Time you dont spend fighting/killing/getting exp) and helps keep you leveling at an apporriate speed.  The damage done by your wand will eventiually change to spells winning out, but not anytime soon, you'll get maybe 30 levels of "man I love my wand" before you start debating switching to a more spell-driven nature.

I have a 60 Undead Shadow Priest on Bloodscalp, and I could not disagree more.  The first 5 talent points you get should all go into Spirit Tap, as it basically doubles your mana regeneration after you kill something, which reduces downtime quite a bit.  After that go with Blackout or Shadow Focus, then Mind Flay and Improved Mind Blast.  I was killing mobs so quick I rarely even had to use the wand, and with Spirit Tap my mana regen'd fast enough that I didn't need to drink after evey fight.

Pesonally I used SW:P, Mind Blast, and Mind Flay, finish off with the wand if necessary.  A 25% bonus to wand damage is nice, but it pales in comparison to the shadow talents you can get.


 I am only lvl 20 on my undead priest but I agree on Spirit Tap over Wands, I hardly ever use the wand, ,mainly just to add some damage to runners while waiting for shadow word: pain dot to kill em.  I would think that Tap is also better if you are in groups as you can replenish your healing mana pool quicker and the +25% dmg from wands shouldn't be crucial to your group's dmg.  Of course the beauty of WoW is that you can certainly spec as you wish and still be effective in the game so try what you find interesting and have fun with it.  If you don't find a crafting skill that you are interested in I'd recommend taking mining and skinning for their money making abilities, that is what I did and I can always sell my  ores or skins in the auction house for profit and it adds up, I'm not rich but at level 20 I have 16 gold after buying all my spells so it does work.  Herbs can also make you cash by selling in the AH.
1246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nigerian email scams work? on: December 10, 2006, 07:11:52 PM

Quote from: Farscry on December 10, 2006, 05:21:08 PM

Ok. I guess with that logic I can say that since half the nation voted for Bush for re-election, that explains why so many people can be so gullible that they fall for email scams like this.

Maybe that half decided email scams were better than alien anal probing?  paranoid
1247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Aishwarya Rai....nsfw on: December 10, 2006, 07:09:22 PM
I love the way the photographer composed her pointy elbow opposite her pointy shoe in the second to last shot  icon_biggrin  .  I think she is very pretty with great eyes and cheekbones.
1248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii: What VC games have you downloaded? on: December 10, 2006, 07:06:01 PM
Nothing yet but I'll grab a few once my classic controller shows up.  I got one off of Amazon (thanks to JSL over at OO for the heads up) before they sold out.
1249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: College and Town Advice on: December 09, 2006, 07:07:00 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 09, 2006, 02:06:01 AM

Of course I'm biased toward my hometown, but U of Chicago is probably the best college on that list.

Better than the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz?

1250  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nigerian email scams work? on: December 09, 2006, 07:03:52 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on December 08, 2006, 07:24:56 PM

Prosecutors say Mezvinsky fell particularly hard for what is known as the "black money" scam.  Victims are told millions of dollars have been coated with black ink so the money could be smuggled out of Nigeria.

The scammers then offer to sell a special, expensive chemical to remove the black ink so the currency can be used.

Prosecutors say Mezvinsky fell for at least three separate "black money" schemes that he thought would bring him millions.

Emphasis mine.


He must be the dumbest guy IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!

and yet he had 3 million to lose!  Trust fund baby?  I'm no idiot but dang I ain't got no 3 mil either.
1251  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW Patch 2.0 Coming out on the 5th on: December 09, 2006, 06:57:05 AM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on December 07, 2006, 02:33:38 PM

No Auctioneer until the 19th at the earliest.  crybaby

Patch seems ok so far...bug-ridden of course. Rogue stealth animation isn't all that bad. Extra bank slots is nice. Extra quest tracking is really nice.

Still on track for 60 in March!  icon_lol

I got the alpha of auctioneer from here and it works just fine.
1252  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Your Wii Number! on: December 06, 2006, 04:29:32 AM
Current up to here now.  Why can't there be more than 10 chars in the name?  Knightshad- Who the heck it that? Tongue
1253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nuke'em Foreve on: December 03, 2006, 04:55:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 03, 2006, 01:48:43 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on December 03, 2006, 02:41:55 AM

Quote from: Graham on December 03, 2006, 02:34:31 AM

The tab of my browser started by saying "Duke Nukem Forver - Wi..."  I was thinking, "They moved it to the Wii?"

Revolutionary game for a revolutionary new system Tongue

"Use the Wiimote to make Duke Wii!"  Yep, I can see it now.

[Ash] "Come get some" [/Ash]
1254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next batch of Wiis? on: December 03, 2006, 04:39:16 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 03, 2006, 03:57:31 PM

I lucked out.  Went to Target at 6:30 and there were only 6 people in line.  They ended up having 30 units and I think people who showed up as late as 7:30 got one which is pretty good considering the store opened at 8. 

Of course now it is being wrapped and put under the tree until Christmas.  frown

Congratulations to you, that pretty much mirrors my experience at Best Buy last Sunday (minus the Wii being wrapped up and under the tree  icon_biggrin)
1255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: my buddy just busted one of my wii-mote straps on: November 30, 2006, 04:01:23 AM
I haven't had a problem yet but I'm going to replace it with a strap off an old digicam I have.  The camera one has a stouter cord where it attaches to the camera/wiimote.
1256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I crave homicide on: November 29, 2006, 01:27:10 AM
Just arrived in the mail yesterday!  Tongue

And I've only seen  a few episodes ever so it will be all new!
1257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: November 27, 2006, 11:05:20 PM
The killer ap on the PS3 for me was it's inability to scale to 1080i.  That "killed" any desire to have one in the near run.  Also I'm not sure you can have a "killer ap" when the console is in such short supply and each one is snapped up as soon as it's available.  Why bother releasing a great game to spur sales of consoles when there are no consoles to sell?  That being said I hope Motorstorm is a good title for those lucky enough to own the PS3 and perhaps if I have an "accident" with my Wii remote and toss it through the screen of my older HDTV I can get a TV that would work well with the PS3.
1258  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Your Wii Number! on: November 27, 2006, 03:22:00 AM
7036 8700 3570 5650

I believe I've added everyone listed above
1259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Search... on: November 26, 2006, 08:32:36 PM
Stopped by my Best Buy at 9:15 and got ticket #30 out of 50 systems.  I think you could have gotten a system by showing up 20 minutes before the store opened.  Pretty mellow vibe in line with everyone just chilling waiting for the store to open.  They took 5 people at a time in numerical order and things went pretty fast.  I was done by 10:30 and had my Wii and Zelda.  This was in San Luis Obispo Ca fwiw, the BB shirt running things said today was far better than last Sunday on release day.
1260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Search... on: November 24, 2006, 10:56:05 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 24, 2006, 08:38:18 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 24, 2006, 08:36:06 PM

LOl.  So a google search for say...wii and tracker might have pulled that up?  smile  Thanks.

1261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Search... on: November 24, 2006, 08:36:06 PM

1262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Possible addition to older gen reviews? on: November 24, 2006, 08:32:04 PM
I was just reading the Destroy All Humans 2 review for the xbox and was curious if it was backwards compatible via the 360.  I didn't notice any mention of it in the review and I haven't really look at a xbox game case in awhile to see if it is listed on there.  Would it be useful or possible to add a statement to the game reviews from the ps2 and xbox on their ability to be played on the most current consoles?
1263  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much credit card debt does your household have? on: November 20, 2006, 10:35:17 PM

Quote from: shaggydoug on November 20, 2006, 07:05:05 PM

I always wondered if those surveys/studies only counted the debt that was carried over each month.  I rack up quite a bit every month.  I pay it off every month.   

- shaggy

this +1
1264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 Review for PS3 and 360 on: November 20, 2006, 10:03:37 PM
Enjoying this one as well.  I like the 3 tiered goal system where you can unlock new areas to skate in even if you only complete the AM difficulty.  I also like the way they have kept some of the old style goals (2 min runs to get certain scores or tricks etc.) and put them into the larger game world.  The addition of nail the trick is a good one and I had fun trying to nail new ones.  Also welcome is how your skater advances in skills, you skill up by using that skill not just inputting points where you might want after a level up as in older TH games.  I believe you will need to go back to older areas as your skills increase in order to get to places that were out of reach of your lower skilled skater.  I'm working on getting better combo's going but I have a tendency to hold the x,y or b button down instead of press/release which would allow for more tricks/points.  The various trick goals in the game do a good job of teaching you the basic points and I do feel I'm advancing at pulling combo's off.  Between this and Gears I'm only a bit put off by not having a Wii and I'm not missing a PS3 at all.
1265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/20) on: November 20, 2006, 09:46:55 PM

Quote from: Fellow on November 20, 2006, 06:21:25 PM

The hunt for PS3/Wii continues.  icon_twisted

Adjusted for my week's buying,  no PS3 due to the scaling issue even though I'd like one someday.
1266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: New Console Madness Edition! on: November 20, 2006, 09:37:56 PM
Looked for a Wii- didn't find one.  Played THPS8 and made some progress on scoring combo's but I still suck so hard, I can't even get C O M B O on the first of the classic tasks much less on the later ones that have some big gaps to try and get across.  Working on Gears of War SP on normal difficulty, just ran into another berserker and had to stop for a bit.
1267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prediction : PS3 launch stumbles ... speculating created false market demand on: November 19, 2006, 07:19:44 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 19, 2006, 06:24:44 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on November 19, 2006, 06:14:57 PM

I'll bet that guy with his 100 "Yakuza" PS3s is crapping his pants right now.

At least some homeless people made out good from this.

Horray for the homeless! smile  I'm sure that Dentist isn't happy either...

 Bring your own!

I believe the dentist pulled his "people" out of line after the news got hold of the story.
1268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 19, 2006, 07:16:05 PM
Wiiiii-jected at my local costco  crybaby  icon_biggrin.  There were 10-15 what I would classify as gamers waiting for the store to open along with some 10 people who looked like they were just there to shop.  Once you could get in there was a civilized walking race to where the console stuff was stored but alas as rumored no Wii's at all.  I did get some shopping done so the trip wasn't a total waste.  I'll be awaiting the next resupply and see if I can score one then.  Back to trying to score a 50k pt combo in Tony Hawk 8 on the 360 and some more Gears of War as well.
1269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 19, 2006, 04:29:16 PM
Ahh now front page at says soldout.  That was fast, I hope the local store has bundles when they open in an hour and a half.
1270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 19, 2006, 04:27:23 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on November 19, 2006, 04:13:13 PM

Costco has a bundle available now, but their front page is getting hammered.


Choose "Order by Item#" on the top


Item# 200619

Just got mine. Package is $335 with Zelda and Excite truck.

not working for me, invalid number.  tried their front page and the link to video game bundles but while I can get to both of those pages, the Wii isn't listed
1271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch - Spectacular, or Speculator? on: November 19, 2006, 03:53:12 PM
Tried to pre-order for myself but didn't get one at the time.  Friend had pre-order for a unit he was going to sell me (at cost) but the store claims they only got one unit in (yep he was #2 on the list).  Right now I'm pretty happy with missing out, my HDTV is 1080i only and the scaling issues with the PS3 bother me plus the lack of any real catchy launch titles makes waiting no big deal to me.  All that being said I'm pretty sure if I ran into a PS3 in the wild while hunting a Wii, I'd pick it up as I'm a sucker for shiny things, perhaps my screenname should be changed to Magpie  icon_biggrin
1272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am playing with my Wii now :) who else has it? on: November 19, 2006, 03:45:16 PM
Just took a spin over to Target to see what my chances would be by getting there 90 min before they open.  Not good  icon_biggrin so I'll head to Costco when they open at 10 and see if I get lucky there.  The Best Buy, WalMart, and Circuit City all had lines although CC's didn't look that long, probably my best chance there if I wanted to wait.  This was in Santa Maria, Ca fwiw.
1273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 system and software - straight up impressions thread on: November 18, 2006, 07:51:06 PM

Quote from: KePoW on November 18, 2006, 07:29:35 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 18, 2006, 11:16:31 AM

So, I just got back from a PS3 party my friend hosted in his home theater and overall I came away unimpressed with the console and it's launch line-up. We already knew it was a crummy line-up of games, and I'm sorry but Resistance is not a killer-app by any means of the definition. Granted, I didn't play it for more than half an hour at the most, but it was lacking in SO many areas. Graphically, the game is a dud. Half-Life 2 looks better than this! The physics engine is crap, you shoot objects and they don't move. Then there's the combat mechanics themselves which are quite simple and felt constricted. Older games are outshining Resistance. It's possible that the game may be good overall, again I only played it for about half an hour. Regardless, it looks and feels like a PS2/Xbox game to me

dude, I seriously call bullshit on this.  Resistance looks exactly like a PS2 game?  f'in BS

as Hetz mentioned, are you absolutely positive the game was not running in 480p?  cause if it was, then yeah it'll look like shit compared to 360 games.  do you and your friend know about the PS3 downscaling issue with 1080i-only HDTVs?  everyone should have heard of that by now, it's all over the make sure your friend's TV is a 720p one and not a 1080i-only one.  and make sure yall understand the downscaling/upscaling issue exactly

There are many HDTV's that only support 1080i (mine is one of them) and the fact that the PS3 cannot upscale 720p to 1080i is a big shortcoming.  Why should he make sure his friends TV supports 720p before reporting that Resistance looks like a PS2 game?  He was there, it is a HDTV and yes it probably downscaled to 480p but that is the PS3 fault and as such I feel his opinion is valid and the game perhaps didn't shine under those conditons.  The console is flawed if it can't do what many lower cost electronic items do every day.  Still awaiting Sony's offical response to this issue.
1274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I always said I wouldn't do it, but the Force is strong with all of you... on: November 17, 2006, 10:00:24 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on November 17, 2006, 05:02:31 PM

Oh no.  Here we go.   Roll Eyes

Things we will see and hear:

Simba the Superdog!  Can leap into ponds and cause head injuries!  Simba's kryptonite:  Lowes.

I laughed when I read this, I was wondering if Simba would make your list and then to add Lowes for the finish was just  Tongue
1275  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: DeepDiscountDVD 20% off sale thru 11/18 on: November 16, 2006, 05:25:50 PM
I got Homicide:Life on the streets the complete series and Brisco County Jr the complete series for a total of around $200.  Good deals.
1276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Achievements? on: November 16, 2006, 05:15:10 PM
Wii'ners is my submission
1277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official what are you buying at launch thread (PS3 & Wii) on: November 16, 2006, 04:44:00 PM
A PS3 and I was going to pick up Resistance but with the reports of it only playing in HD on 720p capable tvs (mine only does 1080i) I'll hold off on that.  Perhaps Ridge Racer 7 if it will go 1080i.  I'd get a Wii if they are readily available and I don't have to stand in line and I'd get Zelda with it, no hurry though.
1278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 11/14/06 on: November 14, 2006, 10:12:02 PM
Homicide TCS sounds good to me, I've only seen a couple of episodes from the first season and they were very good. 
1279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 14, 2006, 06:33:49 PM
I'm a bit curious if I'll end up with a PS3 even though as I mentioned in another thread I am buying my friends pre-order from GameCrazy where he is #2 on the list.  He won't be able to pick the thing up before 5:30 pm and those idiots in the store actually sold his launch 360 (again he was #2, I was #1 that time and one reason I ended up with his PS3 is that I offered to give him my 360 that day and take his when they got it so his boy wouldn't be disappointed on missing out) before he could get there.  So based on past performance I'm not holding high hopes that the same thing wouldn't happen again, man what I'd give for some competition within 20 miles of that store.  I'll mention to him that I desire the 60 gig model and see what happens. ninja

1280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 Review for PS3 and 360 on: November 13, 2006, 10:23:28 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 13, 2006, 07:14:23 PM

Quote from: Laner on November 13, 2006, 05:20:47 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on November 13, 2006, 03:06:02 AM

Am I the only one who is sick and tired of the Tony Hawk games? I tried the demo, but it felt like more of the same.
After #3 I was definitely burnt out on them, and didn't like the story-driven direction taken with underground (and driving a car in THUG1 - what was that about?).  But this seems to be a return back to the 2-3-4-era games.

Exactly!  It is about Skating! 

My $45 copy just arrived and I'm in need of a break from Gears and CoD3,  I to am hoping for a return to the 2-3-4 style of play
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