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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My XBox just died on: February 05, 2009, 11:42:34 PM
You can still get a box sent out to you if you do the warranty request online.  It is a smaller option kind of hidden at the bottom on the page.  They really seem to want you to use your own box now.  I just did mine three days ago and I got the empty box in the mail yesterday and sent it back the same day.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Japanese Language Pack for Windows Vista on: October 14, 2008, 10:18:55 PM
Google also has a series of translation tools available here:

Personally, I think that they do a much better job than babelfish; at least for the 2 languages that I know.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: October 02, 2008, 06:04:47 PM
Weird that you mention that.  The Crue's website is saying that the Dr. Feelgood album will be the DLC for the 14th.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BIA Hell's Highway Impressions on: September 30, 2008, 03:43:23 AM

Quote from: Booner on September 29, 2008, 01:50:26 PM

I have made it through a solo section already, and I hope that there are very few of them. Considering that commanding the teams is the strong point of the series, I don't know why they would want those section in...they feel out of place.

There are actually quite a few of them about 5-6 maybe, but most are fairly short; one is quite long.  Mainly, solo house clearing.  There are, of course, the obligatory tank command section that are always a pain and those are played by yourself as well.

The game itself I thought was about probably about 14-15 (+/-2) hours long depending on how long you want to search for the secrets.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BIA Hell's Highway Impressions on: September 30, 2008, 03:38:10 AM
I finished the game over the weekend.  The single-player was excellent and the story line was great.  The graphics were not super but okay; there was a bit of draw-in and texture-shifting with my 360 version on my 1080p set.  If you like WWII games, then you will definitely like this game.  The story line in the game is nice because unlike call of duty or medal of honor, its told entirely on a personal/squad level with the larger battle just playing context for interpersonal struggles.  You get the overall story line from a series of recon opportunities that are scattered across the maps.

The game can be pretty visceral.  Women and children get killed and enemy bodies (and their various parts) can be seen flying around the battlefield during a fight.  Your teammates cannot die during a battle, although they can get knocked out.

I did have a few issues with the cover system.  You can be behind cover, but you will get killed unless you "dig-in" by hitting the LB button, even if no one is shooting at you directly.  It doesn't really matter which gun you use, either.  Except for the sniper rifle, that gun is a beast.  The game is fairly well-balanced through-out, although there are some points that are tough.  Especially if you are playing at veteran or above.  (The casual rating would be a "normal" setting on any other game).

I had a few complaints about the pathfinding AI.  Only certain specific obstacles are able to be vaulted over.  One fence (or a part of a fence) may be okay, but the one next to it may not be.  (The same thing can be said about cover).  I think that this can confuse your teammates AI and I had several times where the computer would take off running right out in front of machine-gun fire or through a house full of enemies, even though I told them to just take cover a few feet to their side.  You don't really need your teammates, so its not as big a problem as it would seem.  They are mostly there just to keep groups of enemies from shooting at you continously.

Overall, I thought the game was very good.  I'm going to try the multiplayer out once xbox live comes back up.  I don't know how long that will last though with only 6 maps.

86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kidney Stones, holy crap... on: September 26, 2008, 05:47:53 AM

Quote from: lildrgn on September 26, 2008, 03:36:14 AM

How the hell do kidney stones form and how do I NEVER HAVE ONE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE???

You can do a good job of preventing them if you drink a lot of water and avoid sodas.  Also limit the amount of chocolate and soy products you eat. 
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How do I get the Fallout 3 CE version? on: August 26, 2008, 09:41:40 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 26, 2008, 08:30:19 PM

What!? A Nuka Cola opener?? NOOooooo.I put money on it at Gamestop. Man if that one at BB had the bottle opener and say 5 bottle caps Id cancell and get it there.

You can go and preorder it at BB and then if you read the fine print, you can bring your receipt in past a certain date and get your money back.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Poll] What do you use for your home ISP? on: August 25, 2008, 11:33:20 PM
I use Qwest (7mbps DSL).  I have free internet at my apartment, but using it is like using 56k.  There is also cable available but Mediacom have some severe node issues in town (as in never upgrading them), so cable speeds drop through the floor during the evening.
89  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Google Question on: August 25, 2008, 10:47:07 PM
It only autofills for me when I am using Firefox.  When I use it with IE, Opera or Safari, nothing happens.
90  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Stuff noticed at Big Lots 8/25 on: August 25, 2008, 10:25:31 PM
If it works like other NCSoft games (Tabula Rasa for one), then the code will give you all the CE stuff and a month of game time.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Too Human Impressions on: August 25, 2008, 10:23:59 PM

Quote from: Eightball on August 25, 2008, 08:30:50 PM

How far along are you?  I gave up on my zerker in the middle of Ice Forest, after one of those insane mob groupings that resulted in zerker insta-death (missile guys knocked me down, where I proceeded to get pounded to pieces).

A lot of fun playing him, though.  I'm basically now saving him for multiplayer.

I was okay with the berserker up until the end of Act 3.  Attacking specific locations with melee attacks ends up just being frustrating.  The AI seems to be too dumb to figure out where you want to attack.  And the camera does not want to seem to cooperate at all when you are trying to use fierce attacks.

There just seems to be an overall lack of balance across the game.  From the random health drops (at least they should have let people store a certain amount up) to the last mini-boss just before the end of the game.  Having to target attack using only ranged attacks against a boss that has a ton of health with the berserker is torture.  That said, the final boss was a cake-walk with strong melee (I would hate to play the commando in that situation). 
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bionic Commando Rearmed Impressions on: August 13, 2008, 09:41:28 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 13, 2008, 07:27:28 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 13, 2008, 07:24:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 13, 2008, 06:51:49 PM

depending on reviews I may end up grabing the pc version.

And you'll be charged more for doing so (if I remember right).

$15 for the pc version, apparently for "market reasons".

You also get some exclusive bonus levels with that to make up for the price.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 Impressions on: August 01, 2008, 05:15:19 AM

Quote from: Purge on August 01, 2008, 01:23:25 AM

Wait, no Live MP?

They said it was impossible for them to do it at the moment.  Too much going on to be playable over the interwebs.
94  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer Software Question on: July 26, 2008, 07:28:37 PM
Belarc advisor will do exactly what you want and its free.

It also inventories all of your hardware, drivers, and hotfixes.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] EA Live Draft Manager... on: July 24, 2008, 03:24:59 AM
It is just for running a draft.  EA is going to release a League score tracker in September that will let you run your teams from a Xbox.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: rock band 2 announced! on: July 16, 2008, 09:47:44 PM
If you wanted to go all out with the Ion drum set, you could buy the Alesis DM5 drum module (~200-300 used, ~350 new) to turn the set into a real kit and then run the midi out to the GH drum kit and be able to use the 5 button setup on the Ion set.

Of course to do that, you would need to have the GH drum set, which would kind of beat the point of having the Ion drums in the first place.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Too Human demo coming next week on: July 16, 2008, 07:54:58 PM
I enjoyed the demo.  The graphics were great, especially the graphics for the weapons and armor.  The game has a nice way of making your character look pretty badass as you get the more rare/epic items.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: rock band 2 announced! on: July 16, 2008, 07:51:36 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on July 16, 2008, 04:30:28 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on July 14, 2008, 06:03:24 PM


So what's the new green grass and high tides for guitar on that list? I'm inclined to think dream theatre is going to be tough, but is that the toughest?

'Battery' should be a darn tough total band song.

Judas Priest's Painkiller will most likely destroy any remaining original rock band drum sets.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: rock band 2 announced! on: July 16, 2008, 07:49:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 15, 2008, 01:44:06 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on July 15, 2008, 01:41:04 PM

I know this probably isn't known yet.. but does anyone have any idea whether or not the RB/RB2/Ion drums will be compatible with Guitar Hero 4?

There hasn't been any word.  I think the odds are overwhelmingly against GH compatibility, but I think there is a small chance.

IGN and some other sites reported from e3 that all of the rock band instruments will work in GH4.  Activision even went as far as to hot patch rock band guitar compatibility into GH:Aerosmith this week.  The GH4 drum does have an additional button, but I believe that Activision said that the drum chart will be compressed to four buttons (plus kick) if a rock band (or Ion) drum set it detected.  Also if you have a real electronic drum set (or an instrument that supports midi output) you can hook that up to the midi input on the GH4 drum set and play with that instead.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo clones: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly :) on: July 07, 2008, 04:09:21 AM
Space Hack did a pretty good job at a sci-fi diablo.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: July 04, 2008, 05:34:09 AM
To be fair though, the alternate take of Working Man is a version that has not been heard before, so I'm sure that Rush (or whoever owns the right to the master)  made them charge for that.  It supposedly has an entirely different solo than the one that made it on the disc.  I'm guessing that they found a working alternate master that they could get rights to after they had already contracted the studio band to record the album version.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Airline Extra Charges - What's Next? on: June 21, 2008, 07:05:47 PM
This is part of the reason why I like taking the train.  It does take longer to get somewhere, but you pay 1/5 as much, you get huge seats and you can carry 5 bags with no extra charge.  So, it might not be the best way to travel for business, but it is great for vacations.  Plus, there is no silly security line with power-tripping TSA idiots.
103  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Return to Everquest 2 on: June 19, 2008, 05:33:29 PM

Quote from: Destructor on June 19, 2008, 03:49:30 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on June 19, 2008, 02:23:15 PM

Could always try the Beta Station Patcher.

Anyway, I'm Zutrik on the PVP server we're on, Dark Elf Assassin.

I forgot about that. I've heard good things with it, actually.

The beta launcher is great.  It even has a friends feature that tells if anyone from any of your friends list is in-game at the moment and lets you chat with them.  The only problem I still have with the patcher process is that EQ2 still requires a pretty long file scan before it lets you play.  You would think they would have implemented some kind of simple file database or list that could be checked instead.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How to Rip Off Every Game Ever Made on: June 19, 2008, 03:07:06 AM
I got my copy of the game today.  icon_biggrin

Pictures of the package and discs:

I love the review quote on the box that says: "Limbo is a dark, foreboding place yet there are areas of strong illumination"

It comes with a bonus DVD that has a "game development" video which is just a series of concept art of which there is only one conceptual drawing of an environment; the rest of the pictures are all of the character models.  I haven't had a chance to watch the rest of the movie.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 18, 2008, 07:44:20 AM
Adblock currently doesn't, but Noscript works fine.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Diablo 2 patch - no cd-check and ladder reset. on: June 17, 2008, 10:53:52 PM
There is a new patch for Diablo 2 out on that now gets rid of the cd-check (finally) as well as starts off a brand new ladder (for those who like that kind of thing).  This means that I can finally take Diablo out on my laptop without having to carry the stupid disc around.  I also think that its hinting at a downloadable release on Blizzard's online store.

107  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Return to Everquest 2 on: June 17, 2008, 10:50:01 PM
I started replaying my characters on Oasis again.  I am usually on as Ratlain (lvl 39 Brigand).  I was in the old OO guild but that was 2 years ago for me.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 17, 2008, 10:47:35 PM
You can also download it from here:

if you want to help Mozilla on their Guinness World Record attempt.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How to Rip Off Every Game Ever Made on: June 14, 2008, 05:34:10 AM
I made sure that I ordered a copy the moment I heard about it.  This game is going to be legendary, especially now that its been recalled.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tim Russert dead [confirmed] on: June 14, 2008, 05:22:04 AM
Apparently he died right in the middle of recording this Sunday's Meet the Press, so at least he went doing something that he loved.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Actual Duke Nukem Forever gameplay footage! on: June 07, 2008, 10:52:59 PM

Quote from: Canuck on June 06, 2008, 08:12:19 AM

Is this on YouTube anywhere? I don't feel like updating my flash player

You know there is a huge exploit going around based on older flash players.  It is hijacking legit sites and installing a keylogger on browsers with out-of-date flash installed.  It could get through even if you have noscript installed if you have whitelisted a compromised site in the past.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ars Technica re-reviews the PS3 on: June 07, 2008, 10:50:39 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on June 07, 2008, 10:37:45 PM

Where the Hell are the jrpgs?

On the Nintendo DS smile
113  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Grouping.. can someone explain. on: June 05, 2008, 04:00:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 05, 2008, 03:16:27 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on June 05, 2008, 02:30:51 AM

Quote from: skystride on June 04, 2008, 10:41:34 PM

I blame the chat screen.  Lot of people haven't figured out the combat filters and such.  It's easy to miss a /say with all the spam going on especially if you only use 1 window.  I send a group invite to anyone that gets close to stealing my boss spawn, they don't usually miss a popup on their screen.

A little embarrassed to say this, but how do you do invite someone into a group? I've always just asked then stood around till someone invited me.

I think you can right click on their name in the chat window and it pulls up a drop down window with the option.

You can also click on them and then type /invite in the chat window.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: May 31, 2008, 08:25:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 30, 2008, 06:30:17 PM

I'm a little concerned about the "new original recording" aspect, though.

I am guessing that several factors are behind it.  The first being that 1960s - 70s individual track masters are often lost or in really bad shape.  His original songs were also heavily edited to make them radio friendly and he often plays more verses in concert.  So, he probably wanted to put the full concert songs in the game.  Both would mean they would need to do a cover of the songs. 

Apparently though, he is a huge fan of Rock Band, so he was willing to do the cover versions of the songs himself.
115  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - All Your Questions Are Belong to Us! on: May 20, 2008, 10:21:48 PM
As far as feats go, you should end up with 79 total points. You get an extra bonus point every 10 levels.

There is a calculator here:

It also lists the level rules for the feat tiers:

Each feat tier (each row is a tier) requires a certain amount of points invested in previous tiers. There are a total of 9 tiers for every class, and we start counting at Tier 9. It is a simple calculation to determine how many points you must have invested, it is: 5 * (tier - 1). For example, barring any other requirements, putting points in the final tier, Tier 9, requires 40 points (5 * (9-1) = 40) invested in any of the previous tiers.

Each tier (except for the first two) have a level requirement. Starting at Tier 3, every tier after that requires a level multiple of 10. The calculation is again simple: 10 * (tier - 2). So again, as an example, to put points in Tier 8, the second-to-last tier, we must be level 60 (10 * (8 - 2) = 60).

Any given feat may require points in another feat. You will notice these requirements by the red lines connecting the feats, as well as in the tooltip. Again, these requirements are indentical to those in-game.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you back up iTunes? on: May 20, 2008, 04:37:03 AM
you just need to copy the itunes directory to a cd or dvd.  then just import the songs from the cd or dvd using the add folder... option.  You will need to be online if you have purchased songs in order to reauthorize them.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: April 30, 2008, 06:30:07 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 30, 2008, 05:50:28 PM

What are they?  I don't know Aerosmith very well but Train Kept a Rollin' is one of my least favorite songs in the game.

Not to mention that the song is cover version of a cover version in which Joe Perry didn't even play the guitar parts.
118  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy Rewards Program on: April 29, 2008, 05:07:17 PM
The program used to be great when it first came out, though you had to pay to join.  The rewards have been toned way down since then.  Basically you get $5 for every $250 you spend.  You also occasionally get 12% off coupons in the mail that work on specific weekends.  They also have special members midnight sales every now and then that have certain items or bundles on sale along with raffle prizes.

Overall, its worth it even if you shop at best buy only rarely, but don't expect anything spectacular.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: April 20, 2008, 01:34:28 AM
Its not out for the PS3 yet.  They had problems with the certification process and Sony, so it will  be out next week.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox live update? on: April 19, 2008, 08:31:51 PM
I'm hoping with the upcoming spring update, they will finally reorganize the gamer picture section (so you can actually find the one you want) and add a downloaded items selection on the marketplace.  Also being able to preview themes and pictures before you buy (without having to use a website) would be awesome.
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