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2521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad Applications on: April 14, 2010, 08:33:33 PM
Dungeon Solitaire is one of the worst prettiest games I have played.  I have played 30 games or more and have lost 30 games.  It is stupid hard.  I get far, far more enemy cards than heroes and the heroes are far less powerful than the monster.  It is just a poorly balanced game for me.  But it sure is pretty.
2522  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 14, 2010, 02:55:45 PM
Any case reviews?  Right now mine is without and I would like to get something.  It seems like the market will be flooded with them soon but finding actual reviews or user impressions is always hard.

I think the Apple case is one of the cheapest (odd for Apple!) and perhaps one of the best but as someone pointed out they are always sold out.  Any other good ones?
2523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: April 14, 2010, 02:51:07 PM
I got Sam & Max, Let's Golf, and Warpgate HD.  I also installed Broken Sword for the iPhone.  So far they are all great games, fun and easy to get into.  Let's Golf if probably the most dull since it is ok but really lacks much personality.  They should have gone for the over the top feel of Hot Shots Golf. 

I am thinking about getting Fllight Control HD.  Has anyone tried it?

2524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 13, 2010, 02:18:29 PM

Quote from: Arclight on April 13, 2010, 12:39:36 PM

Are most of the apps free with I-pad?
So with my laptop I can go to a local coffee shop and I'm up and running on the webs. Can you do this with the I-pad?
Would it find my home network like my laptop does?
Not a techie at all, so I've never really looked into this thing. But if it is a little more travel-friendly than my lap top it might be worthwhile.
How long can I be out and about with a charged up battery?



Yes you can go to your local shop and be on the web.  It can connect anywhere there is wi-fi. 

Battery is about 10 hours depending on what you want to do. 

What do you do with your laptop?  That might help decide if it would be good for you.

2525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: April 09, 2010, 04:20:57 PM
I am getting mine tonight from FedEx so what games should I get?

I am already planning on Sam & Max because I love them but is there anything else worth the money?  How as Warpgate been?  It looks incredible but that doesn't always mean good gameplay or story.

2526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] ryu ga gotoku (yakuza) 3 impressions on: April 08, 2010, 04:53:35 PM
I had to turn down the difficulty to easy on the boss fight to save Saki which annoys me.  I am not a great fighting game player but really the engine isn't that great.  I knew that in the second phase the enemy was in heat mode all the time, so I knew after I punched twice he would counter and beat me so I tried to block right away after two hits.  It never ever worked.  The engine just doesn't work slick enough to do it.  It is fine to make a fighting game mechanic but it should be good! 

Anyway I was able to beat him on easy so I can keep going but I wish the combat engine was a bit better. 

2527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Live Action TV Series begins casting/ Sitcom coming too? on: April 07, 2010, 03:16:38 PM
Clone Wars is ok until you think about it. 

1. You realize that no important is going to die and nothing is going to be discovered.  Anakin, Obi-Wan, Mace, Yoda, Palpatine, etc. all will be living and in basically the same place when the show ends.  They have to be for the movie.  So there is no tension when Obi-wan almost falls off the ledge because you know he will be fine.  You never wonder if they will discover Palpatine is evil because you know they don't.

2. You know Anakin is actually going to kill or help kill the people he is working with.  He is bonding with NIps...does he slit her throat or does he just help?  It is impossible to really "cheer" for him when you know he will become a baby killer. (Perhaps that scene in Ep 3 affected me more than some people.  Killing kids just pushed him into the type of character I didn't want to be saved by Luke)  He is one of the most cruel and immoral people in the SW universe.  I just can't like him knowing that. 

3.  (Goes with #1) You know that none of it matters.  We know Palpatine will be tossed down a shaft on the 2nd death star, we know Anakin will kill Obi-wan, we know basically everything so we know that nothing we watch matters. 

4. It gets really annoying how stupid the Jedi are.  Week after week they do stupid things, are arrogant, are shortsighted, etc.  Heck you start to feel they deserve to be wiped out. 


However it sure looks pretty.

2528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 07, 2010, 03:02:33 PM

Quote from: jersoc on April 06, 2010, 10:49:23 PM

dear god, what? the story in FF13 is great. Maybe not presentation wise, but it's pretty much a complete 180 of every rpg story. It's a group that are a bunch traitors that set out to basically destroy the world.

Bioware's stories so cliche you can figure out the ending within 3 hours. No thanks. Bioware is the diet coke of rpg making. taste great, no filling.

I haven't seen the end of the story so maybe it gets a lot better but so far I find it just silly.  Flacids create Lice to hurt Cacoons over Pulse so they can kill an Orphan and bring back the Maker....perhaps the story would appeal to me more if they didn't have chuck stupid names for characters, monsters, planets, etc.  To me it is just like everything else - only there so you have an excuse to fight. 
2529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] ryu ga gotoku (yakuza) 3 impressions on: April 06, 2010, 08:30:05 PM
I have taken a break from FFXIII and playing this.  Great time so far but I am still in Okinawa. I just played golf (much harder than Hot Shots!)  It is a very fun game. 

2530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 06, 2010, 06:25:43 PM

Quote from: jersoc on April 06, 2010, 06:13:34 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 06, 2010, 04:45:43 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 06, 2010, 04:37:30 PM

I have put it down for a few days after hitting chapter 11.  It feels so open that I am perhaps a bit overwhelmed but at the same time it is so empty that I am kind of bored.  It is just about going from fight to fight, to fight, to fight, etc.  I don't feel like the characters are growing of the story.  The fights are fun while I am doing them but afterwards I just feel like I didn't really do anything

 Square has a thing or two to learn from Bioware in that department. 

no. no they do not.

Yes, yes they do.  (this seems kind of pointless...I don't think opinions will really change)

I found the story and characters much more interesting in ME2.  It was fun to follow the politician to try to find the assassin, it was cool to help the Salarian check the Genophage.  There has been nothing like that in FF13. 

2531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 06, 2010, 05:46:58 PM
I would have to agree with going for Crystalium (or whatever it is called) points rather than upgrading equipment.  I didn't upgrade squat until Chapter 11 and did fine.  It was upgrading skills, getting more HP, more STR, more MAG which really helps. 
2532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 06, 2010, 04:37:30 PM
I have put it down for a few days after hitting chapter 11.  It feels so open that I am perhaps a bit overwhelmed but at the same time it is so empty that I am kind of bored.  It is just about going from fight to fight, to fight, to fight, etc.  I don't feel like the characters are growing of the story.  The fights are fun while I am doing them but afterwards I just feel like I didn't really do anything
2533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: April 05, 2010, 05:52:07 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 05, 2010, 04:54:17 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 05, 2010, 04:05:21 PM

No, I mean if you want to play thew iphone version on an ipad. Can you authorize an app you've purchased for another or different device w/o buying it again?

The DRM works such that an app can be placed on 5 devices  It is tied to your account, not the device.  To be 100% sure, though, I downloaded an app I bought on the iPhone to the iPad and did not have to pay.

Great! 

2534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 05, 2010, 03:27:34 PM
I did it.  I wasn't going to but my wife said we could use some of our tax refund for it and well that was really all it took.  I know all the reasons against it.  I know they will have a "refresh" in a few months and maybe a price drop, I know it can't run this or that, I know I am under Apple's thumb but I also know I love my iPhone more than almost any technology I have ever bought (it is tieing with TiVo and my PS2) so I expect that I will love this think.

The first time I can just walk out to the deck and watch a streaming movie from Netflix under the stars it will be worth it.

2535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: April 05, 2010, 03:21:26 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 05, 2010, 02:56:36 PM

So , can you redownload stuff you've bought for iPhone without paying for it?

Good question.  If I trash my iPhone I can reload any apps I had, but I don't know what would happen if I had two devices.  Perhaps it could only be on one at a time?

Someone try this!
2536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 03, 2010, 12:03:49 AM
What is the sense of the availability of this?  Will it be one of those situations where you have to wait for months for stores to actually have any, where people develop web apps which track stores so people can rush to any store which is supposed to get one or two in stock, or will places have some in a week or so.  I am not crazy enough to think they will still have some Monday or something but I hope it isn't one of those situations where it is months before the demand is met.

2537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 02, 2010, 02:37:39 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 02, 2010, 06:21:01 AM

Ugh, stuck at the (a?) chapter 10 boss.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Cid

I want to beat this boss without any help, been going at it for two hours now. I was hoping I wouldn't have to deal with any more tough, annoying bosses so soon after the chapter 9 boss. So far chapter 10 has been my least favorite chapter, the regular encounters can be annoying too. One of them lasted for 7 minutes  puke


Spoiler for Hiden:
He gave me a tough time too.  I eventually won with Lightning, Hope, and Fang.  Whenever he guarded I did synergist and saboteur (Lightning was a healer then I think) then if he did that Ray think I instantly switched to combat clinic.  That was about the only way I could stay healthy enough.  Any other time I had the chance I was hitting him.

Probably the toughest fight so far for me. 
2538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Expendables on: April 01, 2010, 09:16:23 PM
I don't know.  Several scenes made me say Hell Yeah!

2539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 01, 2010, 04:53:37 PM
The person who approved the crafting probably oked the map system for the hunts.  They can mark north but can give an arrow for the right direction to go for the next mark?
2540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 01, 2010, 02:27:54 PM

Quote from: Devil on April 01, 2010, 12:57:17 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on April 01, 2010, 08:21:28 AM

Thought you're not going to be able to watch Netflix instant movies on the iPad? Think again.

That's big.

That puts it squarely into something I would want.  To be able to stream a movie while in the john!  What will technology bring us next?
2541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 30, 2010, 08:41:12 PM
Thanks for the description.  I am very confused by upgrading.  I am still confused, but less so.
2542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 30, 2010, 07:04:53 PM
That works out pretty evenly then.  Now they just need to explain how his flashing told him exactly which buttons to push on the soda machine to get it to take him down.
2543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 30, 2010, 04:37:42 PM
I am still trying to figure out the time line to see if it makes sense.  How long has Sarah been a spy?  I thought Shaw's wife died fairly recently but I thought she had been a spy for awhile...
2544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 30, 2010, 01:32:02 PM
This week's episode was probably the one I have hated the least of this season.  I guess that isn't saying much but it was certainly better than anything else they have done.  Perhaps because characters actually talked to each other instead of just looking hurt and then getting cut off or something.  Also it was the most we have seen of the supporting cast in a long time.  And Jeff and Lester were just weird - not creepy or sleazy like they have been in a couple episodes this season.   

I still think it is a pretty lame plot/story with Shaw but at least it will be over next week!
2545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Saturday delivery on: March 29, 2010, 09:13:39 PM
Yeah people will start shipping their letters via UPS...oh wait they don't deliver on Saturday....they will use FedEX - what is their minimum charge to come to my house to pick up letter? 

While I don't know if this will help I don't think removing Saturday delivery will cause people to go to somebody else.

2546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want to run or are currently running another OS on your PS3? on: March 29, 2010, 06:10:48 PM
While I never installed another OS it does feel like Sony more often removes features than adds new features.  It just looks bad PR wise. 
2547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamefly - Yea or Nay? on: March 26, 2010, 05:49:22 PM
It does seem like experiences vary wildly. I got Final Fantasy XVIII the week it came out.  I have gotten Batman: Arkham Asylum, Bioshock2, and a couple other new releases in the last year as well.  Basically I love 'em.  But it is quite clear they have issues of consistency.
2548  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 23, 2010, 02:49:21 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 23, 2010, 01:54:44 PM

Chances are, the switch in emphasis probably drove away as many viewers as it attracted, which maybe accounts for ratings not really getting substantially better or worse. Optimists would probably say there's still more people watching via DVR, Hulu and NBC.com.

They are not substantially worse but the have been falling all season which isn't good. 

Quote
Date    Episode     Household Rating/Share    Live+SD 18-49 Rating    Live+SD Viewers (000)    Live+7 18-49  Rating    Live+7 Viewers (000)
January 10, 2010    Chuck vs. the Pink Slip    4.2/6    3.0    7,703       
January 10, 2010    Chuck vs. the Three Words    4.0/7    2.9    7,197       
January 10, 2010    Combined    4.1/7    2.9    7,450       
January 11, 2010    Chuck vs. the Angel de la Muerte    4.3/7    2.6    7,355       
January 18, 2010    Chuck vs. Operation Awesome    3.8/6    2.5    6,650       
January 25, 2010    Chuck vs. First Class    4.1/6    2.50    6,977    3.04    8,137
February 1, 2010    Chuck vs. the Nacho Sampler    3.9/6    2.44    6,732    2.97    7,818
February 8, 2010    Chuck vs. the Mask    3.9/6    2.23    6,596    2.75    7.790
March 1, 2010    Chuck vs. the Fake Name    4.0/6    2.43    6,701    3.00    7,894
March 8, 2010    Chuck vs. the Beard    3.8/6    2.3    6,367       
March 15, 2010    Chuck vs. the Tic Tac    3.6/6    1.9    5,849       

Link to actual article
2549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 23, 2010, 01:22:18 PM
So what did people think of last night's episode.  I think you can probably guess that I hated it.  It had one funny bit with the towel and other than that it was dark, dark, dark.  Ok that isn't completely true the stuff with Casey was supposed to be funny but I find Jeff and Lester being gross to be the opposite of funny. 

Anyway they certainly are staying on the becoming a spy theme.  I don't understand why Chuck believes that he and Sara will be together if he becomes a real spy since it is likely "real spys" would be assigned to different areas but I guess they want to try to keep that spark going. 

2550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 22, 2010, 06:03:34 PM
No I am thinking more of that section with Lightning and Hope where they kept riding elevators to more levels where they walked around to another elevator and then walked around.

To be fair that was by far the worst section.  Most of the rest of the areas the characters went through only a couple "levels".  L&H went through just a ton.
2551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which is worse? Star Trek made-up science or Doctor Who made-up science? on: March 22, 2010, 05:31:21 PM
Doctor Who is far worse.  Well the new stuff anyway.  The old stuff didn't have him creating things quite so often or using the screwdriver so much. 
2552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 22, 2010, 05:27:16 PM
I like the battle system but I wish there was less of it.  I remember feeling it as first when playing Lighting and Hope's never ending journey in chapter 4.  There were what, 8 levels of nothing.  No bosses, no great treasure, no story.  Just level after level of hallway.  

If they cut out levels where no story happened the game would be a lot shorter.  
2553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bernie Madoff has the piss beaten out of him on: March 19, 2010, 09:24:02 PM

Quote from: rickfc on March 19, 2010, 09:02:29 PM

I couldn't stop grinning when I read this.  There are few more deserving people of a severe ass-whooping than him.

Consumerist

Really?  I can think of a lot of people.  Rapist, murders, drug dealers, pedophiles, wife beaters, that jerk who uses a check in the checkout isle.  I could go on. 

Madoff was a colossal a-hole but he is just one of many in a list who needs a beating.
2554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Rodriguez's "Predators" on: March 19, 2010, 05:01:33 PM
I guess I am interested enough to look at reviews, but not interested enough to rush out before reviews.  The director has at least a better track record than Anderson.

Armored 43% on rotten tomatoes, Vacancy 55% and Kontroll 81%.  

But we will see.  
2555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 17, 2010, 04:49:32 PM
That is something I like about the system - staggering isn't just a time to beat the snot out of enemies but is a time to do other stuff. 

2556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 17, 2010, 03:49:53 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 16, 2010, 11:18:50 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 16, 2010, 09:46:56 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 16, 2010, 09:30:30 PM

In chapter 6 there were a few enemies that the game warned might be too tough and suggested I run past them, I decided to give it a shot and true enough I got my ass kicked. Is this an indication that my characters are weak? Should I be grinding enemies to bring my characters to a level that they can defeat these particular enemies?

it's more of an indication that you're not using the right paradigms and strategy. i never grinded cp really. if you say what they are i can tell ya how i beat em.

Part of my aversion to them was the time it seemed each would take to defeat. I didn't feel like spending 10 minutes on each.

In chapter 7 when it switches back to Light/Hope I had no trouble taking them down. A good strategy is to use Deceptisol (spelling?) in order to get a pre-emptive strike causing them to be staggered right off the bat.

I just got to these guys and generally they are more boring than tough.  It just takes forever to get them staggered.  One thing that does work for me is that as soon as they are staggered I switch to a paradigm which has a saboteur.  Then I poison them.  It never seems to take when they are not staggered but does when they are.  Once the beast is poisoned you just kind of dink around hurting them when you can, healing, etc.  Eventually they die. 

Like others have said though the reward is paltry for all the effort.  It is far faster to just go around them.

2557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 17, 2010, 02:53:07 PM
I am happy people enjoy the show but like Rowdy said it was a show close to cancellation anyway and I don't think this new setup is going to draw in viewers.   

Has anyone heard people talking about the show as something they just started watching and are loving it?  It doesn't feel that way to me but I don't talk to a ton of people about TV.
2558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 16, 2010, 08:39:50 PM
Well now they have removed the grinding you could do to get strong enough to win so that is a change.
2559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 16, 2010, 08:19:04 PM
Perhaps I am doing myself a disservice but I have been rewatching season 1.  When you watch last nights episode and then watch Chuck vs. the Undercover Lover where we meet a woman Casey loved who is really a French spy...well it is like two different shows with the same cast and set. 

2560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 16, 2010, 08:10:11 PM
I thought about it more and you're right that optional stuff should be in the main game.  If you just can't get enough fighting supertough mobs you can do the sidequest when you want.  If you don't want to you can continue with the main story.

The only issue would be leveling.  If you did everything extra than the final fights might be too easy.  If you did none of them perhaps the fights would be too tough.  So they would have to balance it more.  By putting them all after the main game the designers know (roughly) exactly what level you will be at for the final fight and can set it up accordingly.
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