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1241  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you dress up for Halloween? on: October 18, 2007, 04:08:06 PM
Since I work nights and costumes would be verboten at work I voted no.  But if I was off on Halloween I'd still wouldn't [Barney]Costume up![/Barney].
1242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you react to In-Game Advertising? on: October 08, 2007, 05:22:27 PM
I don't mind the occasional ad if it fits in the game world.  I think a burnt out Burger King in a ruined city would be a cool ad.  That being said I hate it when they just repeat an add over and over, the example that jumped to my mind when I saw the thread title is NFS:Carbon where every bus stop bench in the city was the exact same Mazda ad and there were bus stops every 25 yards!  Far too many and each one exactly the same.
1243  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [10/5/07] Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild Part 2: Electric Boogaloo... on: October 07, 2007, 12:44:15 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 06, 2007, 04:11:10 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 06, 2007, 03:21:58 PM

Had fun last night. It's fun to see that I'm not HORRIBLE at it anymore...I might actually have to give ranked matches a try (where I'm sure folks with 3 years experience will sk00l me, but...)

If you ever want to take a team online keep me and my wife in mind.  She's rather good for the casual player (as OtterChaos learned early on), and I've been known to play a FPS from time to time.   ninja

I'm getting a restraining order against MooseNukle whereby she needs to stay at least 25 meters away from my position while in possession of a melee weapon! 
1244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 on: October 06, 2007, 09:10:44 AM
I'm having a better time of it after I moved the difficulty to silver instead of gold.  Now I can progress though the races and win some kudos.  I wasn't too impressed when I tried the "2 wheel only" section of the arcade races in that each track took place either at night, in the fog or best yet on snow.  Sheesh I'd like a chance to see the track and be able to set up my lines but every time the graphic settings made it very difficult.  I got medals in each of the events so it couldn't have been that bad but I hope not all races are run in limited visibility mode.  One the plus side the achievements have started to rack up and I guess I'll be quite happy to circle around in silver instead of gold level.
1245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 on: October 05, 2007, 06:08:25 PM

Quote from: disarm on October 05, 2007, 12:09:08 PM

Quote from: VegasD on October 04, 2007, 09:31:23 PM

-load times

that's a bummer to hear...was hoping they would improve on that after the painfully long loads in PGR3.  do they still make you watch the long loading screen every time you restart a race?

Yes and it is very disappointing after playing Stuntman:Ignition and Dirt both of which allowed you to restart a race instantly.  The load time isn't quite as long as when you first start the race but it still seems much too long a time to wait.  This is very evident for me in the early races where one mistake will allow the other cars to get ahead of me and from then on I can't catch up using the slow cars I have.  Having to sit through yet another load screen because I forgot there was a bump in the road just before that corner is aggravating,  it would be less so if I had a car that might be able to catch up.
1246  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Help me fix my router so I can play Halo 3! (regarding NAT setting) on: October 05, 2007, 12:50:04 AM
I had to look up my 360's ip address in the settings tab and then get on my computer, bring up the router homepage and from there I configured that ip address to be a DMZ address.  I have a Belkin router so I don't know if your netgear is similar but it may help.  I couldn't join Halo3 games the other night because my router had reassigned the 360's address from (which is where I had the DMZ set to) to .  Once I went in and changed the DMZ setting to the .7 address my NAT went from moderate to open and I could join the games.  I'm not a networking expert but I believe the DMZ setting takes the computer that is assigned that address and puts it outside the firewall protection of the router.
1247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut, Stuntman or PGR4 on: October 05, 2007, 12:42:09 AM
I've only played Stuntman and PGR4 and my vote goes to Stuntman.
1248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: October 04, 2007, 05:17:19 PM
Never played Flatout  before but I wish I'd have gotten this instead of PGR4.  I like PGR4 but it is pretty much just like 3 with some updated graphics and there isn't anything wrong with that but I'd love to try something different.  I'll keep an eye out for FUC as they didn't have any copies at the GameCrazy that I pick up PGR4 at  icon_mad.  Do you think the MS wheel would work in this game or is it more like Stuntman Ignition where you really need the controller to play the game?
1249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 30 year battery on: October 04, 2007, 04:59:49 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on October 04, 2007, 03:09:33 PM

Radioactivity freaks the fuck out of me.

Bah it runs on beta particles which can barely penetrate the dead layer of your skin and it's enclosed inside a case?  You wouldn't see a thing.  Sign me up for the 30 year battery but I wonder what work (nuclear power plant) would think of it.
1250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 on: October 04, 2007, 04:42:38 PM
Load times are longer than I like.  I played the first two events (three races each) in career mode and there were no cone challenges.  They are in the game but I haven't run into them yet.  I'm using the MS wheel and the bike is controllable but I may need to switch out to the normal controller and see if that is better, I'm not sure how to pop wheelies using the wheel.  Force feedback is very good as you might expect since PGR3 shipped with the wheel and PGR4 improves on it IMO.  I bought some understeering pig of a car for the second series of events and you really could feel it struggling to make the corners.  I need to figure out the interface as I'd like to go back and re-run the first series but I saw no way to do it, the interface isn't nearly as well done as the one in Dirt.  The graphics are very nice and I'm waiting to see some changing weather patterns, I hope there is more than just rain included.  Unlike kathode my achievement score after about 45 minutes of play stands at 5 points  crybaby.
1251  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [10/5/07] Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild Part 2: Electric Boogaloo... on: October 03, 2007, 06:46:09 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 03, 2007, 03:56:45 PM

By god if someone gives me 50 DKP minus they can expect a rocket up their Halo!  Of course I'm much more apt to hit myself but it's the thought that counts.
1252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/1) on: October 02, 2007, 10:12:03 PM

Quote from: KePoW on October 02, 2007, 08:36:52 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 02, 2007, 08:16:41 PM

Quote from: KePoW on October 02, 2007, 07:40:53 PM

hey does anyone know if PGR4 is supposed to be out in retail stores today (Tuesday)?  every Gamestop I tried says tomorrow...I thought games are usually in stores by Tuesday

It's not like music where they all come in on the same day.
Zelda shipped Monday.
PGR/Flatout shipped today.

ok, was wondering because both Zelda and NBA 2k8 were in stores today (I bought 2k8)

Yeah I was looking for PGR4 in the local Circuit City and they told me next week but being a astute consumer I figured it shipped today and would be available tomorrow.  Not sure if I'll pick it up as I have lots to play but being an owner of an exploding MS racing wheel I sometimes feel the need to fire (heh) it up and drive around a bit.  I did pick up the Zelda game.
1253  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [9/28/07] Friday Night Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild... on: October 02, 2007, 10:05:17 PM
No need to worry about me,  I'll be back and ready to go.  I really enjoyed the games last night but need to work on something or another, I mean how can I always finish last on Rocket Attack?  I can see if I'm using some stupid rifle or another that takes some accuracy but it's a rocket man!  I am off this week so I'll be online as much as I'm able to.  Look for OtterChaos and [Ash]Come get some[/Ash]
1254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you call it Soda or Pop? on: October 02, 2007, 04:09:46 PM
Soda for me, pop just grates on my nerves but I have no idea why.
1255  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [9/28/07] Friday Night Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild... on: October 02, 2007, 03:58:19 PM
This just in- I suck!

The end.

  Had fun last night but man I just need to stay in friendly games and not drag the team down in online matches.
1256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mt. Dew Game Fuel: A Review on: September 30, 2007, 09:55:28 AM
I would think providing this stuff to sextagenarians constitutes elder abuse  icon_lol.

Coke Zero is my poison of choice in the soda realm.
1257  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I know it's a thankless job and all, but... (updated) on: September 27, 2007, 08:06:10 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 27, 2007, 12:57:08 AM

Quote from: Blackadar on September 26, 2007, 11:49:41 PM

Well, it became even more of a thankless job for me this evening.  For the 2nd week in a row, I had the same 7 year old tell another player to "shut up".  I just don't put up with that garbage.  I sent him off the field and told him I'd talk with him after practice.  However, he and Mom left and Mom wasn't too happy in the phone conversation afterwards.  "Other kids are much worse", lady, other kids may be hyperactive.  However, it's your precious little bundle of joy that's putting kids down and has had a sour attitude since Day 1.  I've enjoyed coaching, but this week has tested my patience.

Martial Arts instruction is equally as irritating at times.  Too often we as instructors are treated like glorified babysitters.  Parents bring their kids to class sick, they don't make them practice at home, and they don't become part of the process.  Frustration is probably the hardest part, but most often it is with the parent more often than the students themselves...

Master: Approach students.  Close the circle at the feet of the master.  You have come to me asking that I be your guide along the path of tae-kwon-leep, but be warned.  To learn its ways, you must learn the ways of your own soul.  Let us meditate on this wisdom now.
Ed: Uh sir... sir... ooo!  ooo!  Sir!
Master: Who disturbs our meditation as a pebble disturbs a pond?
Ed: Me.  Ed Gooberman.
Master: E... Ed Gooberman.
Ed: Yeah.  No disrespect or nothing, but like how long is this going to take?
Master: Tae-Kwon-Leep is not a path to a door, but a road leading forever towards the horizon.
Ed: So like, what, an hour or so?
Master: No, no.  We have not even begun upon the path.  Ed Gooberman, you must learn patience.
Ed: Yeah, yeah, patience.  How long will that take?
Master: Time has no meaning.  To a true student, a year is as a day.
Ed: A year?!  I wanna beat people up right now!  I got the pajamas.  Ha..yo...wa... wooo!
Master: Beat people up?
Ed: Yeah, just show me all those nifty moves so I can start trashing bozo's.  That's all I came here for.  Yo-as-ta-ta-shah!  Pretty good aye?
Master: The only use of Tae-Kwon-Leep is self defense.  Do you know who said that?  Ki-lo-knee, the great teacher.
Ed: Yeah, well the best defense is a good o-fense.  Do you know who said that?  Mel, the cook on Alice.
Master: Well, umm... Tae-Kwon Leep is the wine of purity, not the vinigar of hostility.  Meditate on this truth with us.  Ahhh.... ohhhhh....
Ed: Listen shrimp, now are you gonna show me those nifty moves, or am I gonna start waping the walls with you?
Master: Ed Gooberman, you fail to grasp Tae-Kwon Leep.  Approach me so that you may see.
Ed: Alright, finally some action.
Master: Observe closely class.  Boot to the Head [boom].
Ed: Ow, you booted me in the head!
Master: You are lucky Ed Gooberman.  Few novices experiece so much of Tae-Kwon Leep so soon.
Ed: Ow, oh, my head.
Master: Now we continue.
Ed: Hey, hey, I wasn't ready!  Come and get me now, come on, are you chicken?

Master: Boot to the head [boom].
Ed: Ow!  Okay, now I'm ready, come on, try it now.
Master: Boot to the head [boom].
Ed: Mind if I just lie down here for a minute?  Ow.
Master: Now class, we shall return to our...
Student 1: Master.
Master: It is wrong to tip the vessle of knowledge student.
Student 1: Many apologies master, but I feel Ed Gooberman is not wholly wrong.
Master: What do you mean?
Student 1: I want to boot some head too.
Master: Have you learned nothing from the lesson of Ed Gooberman?
Student 1: Yes master, I have learned two things.  First, that anger is a weapon only to ones oppenent.
Master: Very good.
Student 1: And get in the first shot.  Boot to the head [half a boom].
Master: You missed.
Student 1: Uh, yeah, well ...
Master: You to shall be honored to learn a lesson.
Student 1: Ya know, I can... you don't have to ya know... I gotta be going....
Master: Boot to the Head [boom].
Student 1: ooo...ya.. ehh... ooooogggg... awwwwww
Master: Can anyone tell us what lesson has been learned here?
Student 2: Uh, yes master, not a single one of could defeat you.
Master: You gain wisdom child.
Student 2:  So we'll have to gang up on you!  Get him now!

Master: Boot... [boom]... boot to... [boom]... ht.. [boom], [boom], [boom] [boom] [boom], [boom] [boom]... [boom]
Master: And now class, let us rejoin the mind to the body, and gaze into the heart of the candle in meditation.  Ahh... owwww....
Students: ahhh... oooooowwwww.....

Master: Very good, class.
1258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mystery Meat on: September 27, 2007, 07:54:15 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 27, 2007, 07:06:52 AM

Good god, the puns are killing me!!!    icon_eek

Seems like a knee jerk reaction to me!
1259  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Recount - Do we need to merge Sports with Console? on: September 26, 2007, 04:50:06 AM
Can you add a poll choice that states "I use the show unread posts since last visit button"?  This allows me to see all the new topics wherever they may be started, a true boon to my GT surfing.
1260  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall TV Season 2007 on: September 25, 2007, 03:51:18 PM
I enjoyed watching Chuck more so than the other geek show on mondays- The Big Bang Theory.  I couldn't help but notice that both shows had clips of games in them,  Chuck and his friend playing Gears and odd ball geek showing hot chick his NE hunter in WoW on Bang.  I didn't care for Back to You that much and may drop it off the DVR list, that laugh track was annoying and the characters seem pretty much stamped out of a sitcom dye.
1261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/24) on: September 24, 2007, 03:46:27 PM

Quote from: Devil on September 24, 2007, 02:46:42 PM

I guess I'll pick up Halo 3 but it's more obligation than enthusiasm.

That's what I'm thinking too...

In!  Wait, What?   Out!  Maybe!   I'm not too enthused either and can't really say if I'll pick it up.
1262  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HEROES] - Season Two. Anyone IN? on: September 24, 2007, 03:39:56 PM
Oh yeah, my number one TV show to watch. 
1263  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wish me luck- NCsoft UI Design test- UPDATED!!!!! YESSSSSS! on: September 24, 2007, 03:37:20 PM
Best of luck but looking at your mock-ups I don't think you need it, good stuff there.
1264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 reviewed on: September 24, 2007, 03:35:27 PM
The big draw for me would be that everyone on my friends list will be playing it.  Forza2 is a great driving game that is even greater when you race against GT'ers.  Halo3 isn't a game I want to grind through in single player (never played 1 and didn't get too far in 2) but the community of friends makes it tempting to try out anyways.  I can't answer the question on why I finished Gears of War which I suppose is a similar game but Halo's story hasn't grabbed me at all.
1265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 interactive manual on: September 22, 2007, 03:29:40 PM
No plans to go out and find a copy but if I'm buying a Slushie (Thank you! come again!) and the Kwiki-Mart has some I might get it.  Other than that I'll wait for impressions here and probably pick up the game when I'm out shopping for other things.
1266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock technical problems for 360 on: September 20, 2007, 03:34:18 AM
It happened to me after a game update was installed,  this solution was posted in a earlier thread

Llevine says:  (on the cult of rapture forums)

Solution for the XBox360 "game pauses every 10-15 seconds" problem


After playing the game for a long time (on the XBox 360 only), the game begins to "hitch" or "pause" slightly every 10-15 seconds. The problem does not go away if you restore a savegame, start a new game, or reboot the XBox 360.


This seems to be a problem with the hard drive caching system on in the XBox 360 system software, and we are working with Microsoft to identify a solution for this issue. We have confirmed that the hitching goes away if you clear the hard drive cache.

To clear the hard drive cache, you must hold down both the RB and LB gamepad buttons while the game is starting. This must be done IMMEDIATELY after the console is rebooted (or the game is launched from the dashboard) and the buttons must only be released AFTER the red 2K Games logo appears.

So do that and your shuttering/freezing should be solved.
1267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game Ever Thread on: September 11, 2007, 07:10:07 AM

1268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HDMI Cable (PS3) on: September 11, 2007, 07:04:36 AM
I found a HDMI cable at the local Walmart.  I don't remember what it cost but it wasn't extreme.
1269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hate seeing my team lose, but I hate it more on: September 11, 2007, 06:54:24 AM
Ouch, I'm a Niner fan and that game was painful to watch.  Nice to see the defense play well against the pass but the Cards had some pretty good running plays against them.  If the Niner's fall a couple of scores behind someone I don't know how they will be able catch up if they give up that much run yardage.  The offense looked really dull, lots of dropped passes including those two potential game winners (oh so very lucky to recover that fumble in the end zone) that should have been caught.  I had bigger dreams for the team than what I saw last night but I see no way they can get past Seattle.  Prove me wrong Alex, prove me wrong.

The cheerleaders were smoking hot though, hope geller had a seat close to field level to spy them out.
1270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/10) on: September 10, 2007, 08:35:31 PM
Heavenly Sword is a possible and if skate gets stellar reviews then that as well.
1271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a Dad! on: September 10, 2007, 08:29:32 PM
She is a Sweetheart!  Congratulations!!
1272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock slowdown after update on: September 09, 2007, 07:08:14 PM
I've had the stutter since the patch.  I didn't clear the cache but when I went  from the last area of the game back to Fort Frolic (achievement hunting  icon_biggrin icon_biggrin) I lost the stutter.  I did not know about the patch causing this so I didn't go back to the end zone to see if it had disappeared there as well.
1273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is DirecTV worth it? on: September 07, 2007, 07:47:56 AM

Quote from: Zero on September 07, 2007, 03:41:21 AM

Quote from: Devil on September 07, 2007, 02:56:50 AM

Congrats Zero!

Hope you love it!


Well...I got it...I have to say initially, that the picture quality is better than Cable (for all channels) and the HD is very nice smile  But I'm not sure its programmed correctly, as I flipped to some of the channel it says I'm not authorized  disgust  I have the highest channel package so I should have everything (except PPV).  And now the receiver is downloading new programming...whatever that maybe after this update.

Some sports packages are not included with any other channel package.  NFL Sunday Ticket is such a package, you have to pay extra for it and as of last year there was an additional fee for HD Sunday ticket.  I bailed on the NFL when the price jumped to $139 for the season and I was working every other Sunday.

Gratz on your new setup and getting the install done, it pays to stand up and get what you want.
1274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is DirecTV worth it? on: September 06, 2007, 05:13:21 PM
I dread the day my HD-Tivo dies and I need a replacement from DirectTV.  I suppose I could get the expanded HD channels but if it means losing the Tivo functionality at the same time I am not going to be happy.  I hope the HR-20's are a decent machine but I've come to rely on the Tivo's abilities to record my stories even when there is a change in air date/time.
1275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: September 05, 2007, 07:31:23 PM

Quote from: Chaz on September 05, 2007, 02:03:49 PM

Hark, have you tried it with the wheel?  I keep meaning to pull mine out, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

I've been meaning to break out the wheel and see how well it works.  Could be fun but some of those sharp turns and u-turns could be tricky.
1276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: September 05, 2007, 08:10:05 AM
Just started this title after finishing BioShock.  Very enjoyable so far but I'm only on the very first movie.  I am having trouble with the first motorcycle scene where I have to hit the action (Y) button to slide under some flying cars.  I just can't seem to time it right and have only once gotten the bike to lay down, of course right after pulling off that stunt I missed the power slide corner and wiped out.  Even with this frustration I'm having a good time.
1277  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Post count padding on: September 04, 2007, 04:20:09 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 04, 2007, 03:26:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 04, 2007, 03:25:41 PM

Quote from: Austin on September 04, 2007, 03:24:48 PM

Oh sure.  Now I'll probably get blamed for this derail.  Thanks guys; thanks a lot.  mad

ME too!



1278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying in September? on: September 02, 2007, 09:42:15 PM
The only possibility is Heavenly Sword.  No interest in anything else on the list which is good as I have BioShock to finish (pretty close I think) along with Stuntman Ignition and Metroid 3 to start.  I'm also slogging along slowly with Etrian Oddessy.
1279  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flight of the Conchords on HBO on: August 30, 2007, 08:05:08 AM
I enjoy it but the last two episodes had too much Murry, I like him but they need to keep the other characters on screen as well.  I liked Brett's croissant maker/Delta force sniper girlfriend who was about to ship out to Iraq  icon_lol.  Also the water polo team was great.
1280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/27) on: August 27, 2007, 08:36:34 PM
Metroid Prime 3 for me this week.  It will be good to give the Wii a workout, I got stuck somewhere in Zelda and didn't get back to it as soon as I thought I would.
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