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7801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 10, 2008, 05:48:16 PM
Man, I'm TRYING to follow a rule of buying FPS games only after they've dropped in price (due to the inherent short single player stories they contain and my overall suckness at MP), but that zombie mode is just makin' me drool for some reason.   icon_frown
7802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/10) on: November 10, 2008, 05:14:28 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on November 10, 2008, 03:50:19 PM

DS:
My Stop Smoking Coach with Allen Carr

My 10 year old smokes like a chimney and her younger step sister is starting to pick it up too. Save us, Allen Carr!

 icon_lol
7803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 10, 2008, 05:05:59 PM
20 hours, level 10.  I've easily got another 20 hours to go on the main quest, however I keep getting sidetracked.  My only worry is the level cap hitting before I get to all the quests I wanted to experience.  I could start a new character, I suppose (and I probably will eventually).  Or I could start again from a save game prior to completing the main quest.  However, both those are, to me, work arounds to the level cap.

Oh well, still lovin' the game.  

Spoiler for Hiden:
I had a blast yesterday afternoon making a run through the National Archives for a quest.  The Missile shooting Super Mutants forced me to approach combat with far more tactical reasoning than any previous Bethesda game has ever held for me.  It was great fun setting traps and using methane leaks in order make my way through these punks.
7804  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Name is Earl's Catalina knows what the net is for..nsfw on: November 10, 2008, 02:28:37 PM
For a while there they were sort of pushing her character to the background.  I think she had a grand total of about 12 minutes of air time last season.  I was seriously jonesin' for Catalina. icon_evil  She is one of the hottest women on television.
7805  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This can only end in tears...or leather chaps all over the street on: November 08, 2008, 03:26:43 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on November 08, 2008, 01:21:38 AM

Leather daddies are pretty tough.... I bet they could hold their own.

I'll dress as the construction worker, you be the Indian.  We'll go in icognito and scope the situation out. 
7806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This can only end in tears...or leather chaps all over the street on: November 07, 2008, 07:21:55 PM
You actually believed me???

 icon_lol
7807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This can only end in tears...or leather chaps all over the street on: November 07, 2008, 06:56:19 PM
challenge taken...

...

....


.....

....safe...it's an ad site for a chicago based search engine.  they just happen to have an unfortunate name when viewed in this context.
7808  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This can only end in tears...or leather chaps all over the street on: November 07, 2008, 06:37:05 PM
This place just opened a few blocks from my apartment...and about 2 doors down from a bar frequented almost solely by The Latin Kings....
7809  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rhona Mitra does Underworld 3 Rise of the Lycans on: November 07, 2008, 03:28:24 PM

Quote from: spigot on November 07, 2008, 07:25:47 AM

Maybe it's just me, but Rhona looks kinda of ..... mannish  saywhat

the mind sees what the mind wants...

 icon_twisted
7810  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] Combat & Careers patch, 1.05 on: November 06, 2008, 02:59:24 PM
I'm talking a break for a few months to give the Lich King expansion a go in WoW.  Plus, my little brother is gung ho to play WoW since finding out some friends of his are players.  This gives me a chance to actually spend some time with him (albeit online) since we live almost 400 miles apart.

However, I fully intend to come back in the spring for a few months (at least).
7811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Celebrate Good Obama [South Park] on: November 06, 2008, 02:56:23 PM
That episode was NOT what I expected.  It was actually non-confrontational, for the most part.  I loved the whole "Ocean's 11" theme behind it.

...and yes, Randy Marsh IS the man.
7812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Dinner With Eddie X on: November 06, 2008, 02:20:19 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on November 05, 2008, 04:15:56 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on November 05, 2008, 02:23:52 AM

I can't stand the politics of it, but I do seriously have a crush on that city. It's got the coolest vibe and there is tons to see and do. I think it bears mentioning that "The Blues Brothers" is one of my favorite movies. icon_cool
I sincerely hope there aren't too many people who CAN stand the politics of Chicago.
Oddly, it's one of the three things that allow me to consider leaving at some point.

The others are the HORRIBLE weather and the overbearing size of the city.

growing up in a small town in ohio, i was frankly shocked when I opened my first Tribune and saw a piece on some major corruption in nearby Cicero...buried about 20 pages back.  it still amazes me how this city accepts graft, nepotism and union corruption as the norm.  it barely raises an eyebrow.  where i grew up, this stuff would all be front page news in the cleveland plain dealer on a daily basis.

as for the size of the city, i don't feel that it's really oppressive.  the city itself really only has one area that really FEELS like a big city, and that's the loop area.  however, chicago does sprawl much further than most cities. the rest of chicago is comprised almost entirely of small neighborhoods.  many of them ethnic based.  i actually like those area MUCH more than the "downtown".  if you come to chicago (not talking to you ed, i know you live here...but for out of towners) i highly suggest only spending one day in chicago downtown proper.  the rest of your time would better be spent checking out these neighborhoods. 

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Brooklyn style is alright when you're on the go. No doubt about that. But sitting down and enjoying some serious Chicago-style in Giovanni's is pure bliss.

I prefer Lou Malnati's   icon_wink
7813  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: November 05, 2008, 05:08:08 PM
I'm still watchin', although I still stand by my earlier assertion that it's just ridiculous at this point.  However, I've spent so much time with these characters that I'm interested in seeing where they end up.

I'm also a big fan of the guy who plays Mahone, William Fichtner.  I thought he was great on Invasion as the guy you weren't sure was bad or good.  Pulling that kind of performance off takes some acting chops.

EDIT:  whoa, just looked up his name on IMDB to get the correct spelling and noticed he was born in '56!  Jeebus, I thought I was older than him.  Somewhere out there must be a portrait of him in which he appears to be 80 years old.
7814  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tuesday, Nov 4th: You vote, my son has brain surgery [long] on: November 05, 2008, 02:14:40 PM
Thank God!  I read this and, combined with everything else going on, now feel that I've woken up in a sane world for the first time in years.

...although the good news from you trumps everything else.   icon_wink
7815  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens' Novel on: November 04, 2008, 11:33:37 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 04, 2008, 10:15:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 04, 2008, 08:18:53 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on November 04, 2008, 07:51:06 PM

See, if you would just stop bringing those prostitutes home for the night...  icon_razz

the night?

i'm lucky if i have them there for more than 7 minutes at a time.

7 minutes? They drinking a cup of coffee while they're there or what?

...and this freakin thread is making me itch all over.


I make them watch the weather channel while I perform a series of intricate dances that culminates in my eating a twinkie in my boxers and delivering my essay on why I really think Jethro was the brains of the family on The Beverly Hillbillies...
7816  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens' Novel on: November 04, 2008, 08:18:53 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on November 04, 2008, 07:51:06 PM

See, if you would just stop bringing those prostitutes home for the night...  icon_razz

the night?

i'm lucky if i have them there for more than 7 minutes at a time.
7817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tuesday, Nov 4th: You vote, my son has brain surgery [long] on: November 04, 2008, 07:32:16 PM
thank goodness for that!
7818  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tuesday, Nov 4th: You vote, my son has brain surgery [long] on: November 04, 2008, 06:40:19 PM
i don't know about anyone else, but at this point the presidential election is secondary.  keep us updated!
7819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 04, 2008, 05:15:43 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on November 04, 2008, 03:51:47 PM

Quote from: kratz on November 03, 2008, 05:16:20 PM

Which one is kathode?  I just watched that too.  It was interesting.

Fred Garvin, Male Prostitute.

7820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: November 04, 2008, 04:56:59 PM

Quote from: Tals on November 04, 2008, 08:49:16 AM


Still can't quite get used to a dwarf telling me to f off though smile

then stop hanging out with Gary Coleman
7821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: November 04, 2008, 04:04:51 PM
Guys rating chicks on tv shows via the internet?  Free

Guys posting pictures of chicks on tv shows for others to rate?  Free

Guys who would sell their second kidney to simply stand in the same room with any of these women but calling them ugly on a forum?  Priceless
7822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 04, 2008, 02:16:39 PM
two words:  president daddy   icon_lol
7823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tuesday, Nov 4th: You vote, my son has brain surgery [long] on: November 03, 2008, 05:27:48 PM
Keep us update because, as you can see, we're all pullin' for ya!

(although I have no doubt in my mind that everything will be fine and the little guy will be tormenting you for years and years and years....  icon_biggrin)
7824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 -- DL content on: November 03, 2008, 02:49:02 PM

Quote from: msduncan on November 03, 2008, 02:33:28 PM


I was hoping for some added quests and areas.    In their dog and pony show at E3 -- they made it sound like there was going to be major DL content coming for the 360 pretty soon after release.

considering that i've put in about 14 hours so far with this game and have explored about 4 percent of the map, i'm fine with them taking their time on creating the DLC content and not rushing anything out the door before it's really ready for consumption.
7825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 03, 2008, 02:05:59 PM
I've pretty much decided that I'm setting the main quest aside until I explore at least 2/3rds of the map.  Hopefully, I won't be TOO uber when I return to it.  It's just so damn easy to get sidetracked by some really, really wonderful quests.  Plus, the VATS system makes combat so much fun that I actually seek out fights now.  I loved Oblivion, don't get me wrong, but after a while I just started dreading fights. 
7826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 -- DL content on: November 03, 2008, 01:57:05 PM
There will be a Dog Armor DLC, as well as a "Technician's Tower".  Other than that, I believe the big expansion news will be "Fallout 3: Des Moines"....
7827  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wizards First Rule dated on: November 02, 2008, 01:32:47 PM
I'm not sure at what point in my life I gave up all hope of ever respecting myself, but sitting through the 2 hour premiere of this show only served to reinforce the fact that I truly must hate myself.

In between fight scenes that were obviously made by someone who really, really liked the movie 300, we were forced to sit through naked australian skinny guy, hot chick with one facial expression and the obligatory "Let's introduce our hero by showing him chopping wood shirtless" (seriously, is this the preferred method of displaying your hero on syndicated fantasy based tv shows?).

If I had had a ball peen hammer at the ready, I would've have just planted the thing in the side of my skull at the 15 minute mark to spare myself further pain.  As it was, I was held spellbound by the awfulness of it.  It was like watching a car accident, I couldn't pull myself away (although, unlike a car accident, I honestly didn't care if anyone was hurt during the whole thing).



7828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens' Novel on: October 31, 2008, 10:48:05 PM
I can believer either that

1)  You're citing scientific facts which means I'll be on the ledge within the next 5 minutes.

2)  You and YK are sadists and are probably wearing gimp outfits as you two write this stuff.

7829  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens' Novel on: October 31, 2008, 08:50:36 PM
As a child, did you use the magnifying glass to kill ants...or did you just pick them and tear them limb from limb while repeatedly screaming, "I AM YOUR GOD!  REDRUM, REDRUM!"?
7830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens' Novel on: October 31, 2008, 08:33:30 PM
Sweet Jeebus, I would STILL be running and shrieking down the interstate if that happened to me. 

From what I've been reading, it's not just Chicago experiencing this problem.  Seems as if the little sons of #@)#$ have become resistant to DDT and other insecticides and, combined with more and more people being desperate enough to actually take mattresses and other furniture from the trash and use them, this has allowed Bed Bugs to leap from the pages of 19th century literature squarely into my consciousness. 

For a phobic jackass such as myself, this is like being told that not only is Santa Claus dead, but that his corpse will rise up and attack anyone who looks like me if I venture out from under my bed.
7831  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens' Novel on: October 31, 2008, 08:25:18 PM
Spiders?  I laugh at them.

Ants?  Ha! 

Cockroaches?  Icky, but I won't use industrial level solvents on my skin after seeing one.

Lice, Bed Bugs, Mites and anything else I can't immediately see?  I'll be the first one out the door of the bunker in the middle of a nuclear war if someone even jokes about these things.  All you'll see and hear is a blur as I grab a bathrobe and a moist towelette and yell over my shoulder, "Rads better be freakin' high enough!" on my way out the door.
7832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens Novel on: October 31, 2008, 07:30:44 PM
Sooooo I get home last night from work to find a slip of paper under my door.  It's from the apartment manager.  I throw my stuff down on the kitchen table and start to read.

It's a 3 paragraph letter addressing the rising problem of Bed Bugs. 

Bed Bugs, seriously?  Who am I?  Oliver Twist living in a post-industrial London alley?

...giving me something like this is akin to handing a loaded pistol to a child and telling him that the small end dispenses candy when the trigger is pulled.  In other words, it can only end badly.

I spent the entire friggin' evening searching every piece of furniture in my place for an infestation.  Not finding anything only convinced me that they possessed an uncanny level of insectivore intelligence that was beyond me.  In my paranoid state, I imagined the little bastards organizing a recon group and sending them out for intel while the main force stayed behind in the kitchen cabinet, planning their rapid invasion of my ankle area around 2am.

Today I've spent about 45 minutes researching these things on Wikipedia, I've sought out video of them on the National Geographic web site, and I've priced hand held steamers to use on everything in my apartment (including myself...skin grafts are preferable to having those damned things on me).

About an hour ago, I called my apartment manager and asked her what in God's name was going on.  She then told me that this was a city wide issue and they were just covering their bases.  It seems that more and more people are scavenging thrown out furniture and clothing from dumpsters and this was leading to a large number of reported incidents.  She then assured me that if I wasn't engaging in the aforementioned activities that I'd probably be fine.

...probably.

That word, in this situation, is like telling me that I'm covered in Bed Bugs even as we speak.  I will not be able to sleep until I hire an exterminator to carefully inspect my place for any sign of these horrid creatures from hell.  Even if I get a clean bill of health with a signed affidavit assuring me of my absence of bugs of any type, I'll STILL hire someone to give me a second opinion as I'll eventually convince myself that the first guy has it in for me for some reason.

Could someone do me a favor and drag Chicago into the 21st century?



7833  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: David Tennant to depart from Doctor Who. on: October 31, 2008, 04:51:09 PM

Quote from: JCC on October 31, 2008, 03:05:43 PM


Sad about Tennant leaving as he was really good. Now I begin the constant hoping for James Nesbitt to get the role. (Watch new Who showunner Steve Moffat's fantastic mini-series Jekyll to see why!)

Oooh, good call!  I could see Nesbitt in the Who shoes. 

Speaking of Moffat, while I'm sad that Tennant is leaving (he is my favorite doctor since Baker), I'm extremely glad that Moffat's taking over from Russell T Davies.  Davies is a really, really weak writer.  Moffat, on the other hand, has given us some of the most memorable who stories in ages.
7834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 has a draconian limited activation DRM? on: October 30, 2008, 09:56:39 PM
I was going to go with Fallout 3 for the PC, but I stopped myself after hearing that the DRM for this game would essentially render anyone within 4 feet of the computer sterile.  I've also heard that the DRM they use will periodically sucker punch you when you're not paying attention, coax your house pets into staging a revolt while you're at work, make your mother remind you constantly that you forgot your dad's birthday again and make long distance calls to businesses that have franchises local to you. 

The 360 version, on the other hand, is made entirely of tiny chunks of joy.
7835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: October 30, 2008, 08:47:32 PM
One of the reasons this game is in my top 10 RPG's of all time list.   icon_wink
7836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 30, 2008, 08:02:07 PM
When I look out over the landscape, I wish to see only miles and miles of prostitutes accompanied by scores of men who look just like Huggy Bear. 

...at least in Chicago, I can get that.
7837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: October 29, 2008, 08:59:35 PM

Quote from: Moliere on October 29, 2008, 03:43:22 PM

The way Arthur Petrelli kills off the people helping him wouldn't seem to engender loyalty.

Matt reads Daphne's mind to find out about the death of his father, but misses the fact that she is working with Arthur Petrelli to trick him?

 icon_lol

i didn't even think of that.

Hasbro School of Writing and Auto Repair to the rescue!
7838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 29, 2008, 07:29:35 PM
I have Raise Dead at lvl 4 and I'm lovin' it.  If there are dead enemies laying around when I throw that spell, those will reanimate and attack their former comrades.  To top it off, they're considerably stronger than the default conjured dead-ites. 
7839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 29, 2008, 05:33:46 PM

Quote from: kathode on October 29, 2008, 04:40:09 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 29, 2008, 04:24:50 PM

In oblivion, i enjoyed finishing quests with my character after the main story was completed.  it seems I may have to do this with a new character in Fallout 3.

Yeah we argued a lot about it.  Keep in mind though that Oblivion is actually an exception to the rule, really.  Most games end once you finish them smile  Just maintain a couple saves and you won't have any problem.

I'm sure I'll end up just creating a new character once I finish the main storyline and then head off to parts unknown, avoiding that part of the game in favor of the "road less traveled".   i just found it odd that bethesda went this route in light of previous releases.
7840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 29, 2008, 04:24:50 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on October 29, 2008, 04:23:49 PM

Anyone else have a hard time reading the pip-boy?  That's my only complaint so far.  Even on my 46" HD, the writing doesn't seem crisp.  I found myself squinting at the screen a few times.  I wish the font was bigger, or that the pip-boy itself took up more of the screen.  Am I missing something obvious?  Everything else (ie. captioning, etc.) is very crisp and legible.

I'm having the same issue, but that's more attributable to my old eyes than anything else.  I did switch the text color on my pipboy to white and that seems to have helped.  

p.s. I found this passage in the gamespot review to be a bit disappointing:

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Just be sure to explore them fully before pushing the story forward: Once it ends, the game is over, which means that you'll need to revert to an earlier saved game if you intend to explore once you finishe the main quest.

In oblivion, i enjoyed finishing quests with my character after the main story was completed.  it seems I may have to do this with a new character in Fallout 3.
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