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7921  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.
7922  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.
7923  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?



7924  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.
7925  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.
7926  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
7927  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.
7928  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!
7929  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. 
7930  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.
7931  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:

Quote
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.
7932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 29, 2008, 02:38:28 PM
I tried playing it as if I was actually there, treating all encounters the same way I would in real life...however, after cleaning about a half dozen poop stains off my couch and paying for taxis to drive me back to my apartment from 4 miles away each time I encountered a Raider, I had to stop.
7933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 29, 2008, 01:39:04 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on October 29, 2008, 02:26:36 AM

Quote from: hepcat on October 28, 2008, 06:32:04 PM

Came into work at 6:30 this morning so I could leave early.  Picking up a copy of the game at CC as well as a giant burrito at a nearby Baja Fresh on my way home.  After that, I'm out of reach for the night.   icon_biggrin
Wait....
There's a Baja Fresh in Chicago?

There's one near my office building (on Waukegan in Deerfield) and another about 4 miles from my apartment (on Touhy in Niles).  I would guess there's more to be found.  They used to have one in Evanston just a stone's throw from where I live, but they shut it down.

Play your cards right and we'll invite you along for a movie (some of us are planning on seeing Let the Right One In when it opens in Chicago next month) and perhaps a Baja visit.

...we now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

Well, just like with Oblivion and Morrowind, I've restarted the game 3 times with 3 different character setups.  I can't decide between a stealth based rogue type character, a dashing scientist or a sniper style combat character.  Is stealth a viable approach in this game even?  I know in Oblivion it was supposed to be, but it turned out to be less than stellar in its implementation.
7934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 28, 2008, 11:23:50 PM
I guess I didn't realize how much like Oblivion this game was going to be.    icon_eek

But that's not a bad thing, mind you.  When I finally exited the vault from the tutorial level, I was greeted with the same feeling I got when I first fired up Morrowind all those years ago.  The realization that I could do practically whatever I wanted.  I love that feeling and Bethesda excels in giving it to me via (most) of their games.

Taking a break for a bit as I already did a two hour session.  But yeah, I'm diggin' it.  Going with a greaser stealth/mechanic type.

I picked up my copy at CC and used the 25 percent off coupon on the back of the mini strat guide the game came with, as well as the 10 dollar gift card they give you, to buy the soft cover prima guide.  I think the cashier made a mistake because that 25 dollar book ended up costing me just under two bucks. 
7935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 28, 2008, 06:32:04 PM
Came into work at 6:30 this morning so I could leave early.  Picking up a copy of the game at CC as well as a giant burrito at a nearby Baja Fresh on my way home.  After that, I'm out of reach for the night.   icon_biggrin
7936  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Dark Sector $12.99 shipped at Newegg (360/PS3) on: October 27, 2008, 08:20:55 PM
I actually enjoyed Dark Sector.  The Glaive was just such a fun weapon that it really made up for the weaker components in the game.  I finished it, which is something I rarely do with games.
7937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 27, 2008, 08:02:10 PM
Well, it didn't take long before my baser instincts took over.  

Currently, my version of Albion is riddled with statues of me doing the hip thrust maneuver....
7938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Poll] Fallout 3 - PC or Console - You choose!! on: October 27, 2008, 05:48:55 PM
I'll do what I did with Oblivion:  I'll get the 360 version tomorrow, then about a year from now when I've finished the main quests and some DLC's, I'll pick up the PC version on the cheap at EB or something.  Sure, it's double dippin', but it's for a worthy company.   icon_biggrin
7939  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rhona Mitra does Underworld 3 Rise of the Lycans on: October 24, 2008, 01:39:19 PM
I find Rhona to actually be sexier than Kate.  I guess I'm just weird.   icon_frown
7940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 23, 2008, 01:50:09 PM
Harkonis and I met up in game last night for about 2 minutes.  He simply stopped by to tell me he had the collector's edition and that I was a loser for having only the standard edition.  Much like he does in any game we play together, he was in it to make me cry.   crybaby

Weird thing is, about 5 minutes after we parted ways, I still could hear him every now and then.  At one point I think he was having a conversation with someone else...

...that or he has imaginary friends sitting on his couch with him during play.

I guess I don't fully understand how "Orb Friends" work in this game.   icon_confused

As for the game itself, I have to admit to being underwhelmed at first.  However, last night I was able to actually put more than an hour into it and I can see where it shines now.  You can't approach this like a bioware rpg.  To me, it plays almost like a sims/rpg hybrid.  I've got a dog to train, people to impress, jobs to excel at and...almost as an aside...an adventure to play.  Once I got into that mindset, I found myself happily gallivanting across Albion.  

p.s. i'm REALLY tempted to turn off the glowing trail quest helper and just play the game for the sake of playing, not for "winning" at this point.  anyone have any pros/cons for doing that?  will it bite me in the butt?





7941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 21, 2008, 09:47:07 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 21, 2008, 09:44:27 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 21, 2008, 07:32:22 PM

psst...HAL linden

Got it.  Maybe stick to physical props from now on, Carrottop.   icon_wink

you are my gallagher
7942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: October 21, 2008, 08:23:57 PM
with the exception that season 1 was mostly good....
7943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-Man Web of Shadows on: October 21, 2008, 08:22:33 PM
i actually enjoyed spiderman 3, for the most part.   icon_redface

although some of the boss fights were frustratingly hard button mashers.
7944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 21, 2008, 07:32:22 PM
psst...HAL linden
7945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 21, 2008, 06:04:14 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on October 21, 2008, 04:58:19 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 21, 2008, 04:09:06 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 21, 2008, 03:59:26 PM

Picking my copy up at BB in about 30 minutes.  However, I'm a little bothered by two things pointed out in the gamespot review:

1) money is practically meaningless as it's incredibly easy to become rich.  having a sense of accomplishment when I buy some flashy new weapon is one of the highlights of an RPG to me. 

2) death is simply an brief stop in the gameplay and then you're back up and fighting again.  the only penalty appears to be scars you acquire from losing.  if i go evil, this would be meaningless to me. 

I'm still getting it and I'm sure I'll enjoy it.  but those two points are sore spots for me, right now.

Don't forget that you can by businesses and buildings, and from what I've seen they're pretty expensive but I'm not sure what the return on doing so will be.  However, I don't think money was ever a problem in the first game either.  As for dying, I don't think I died once in the first game (or even used the auto-Rez potions), so combat has always been fairly easy if you play smart, remember that you can block and use your potions.  This time around my favorite combat spell, Assassins Rush (teleport a short distance towards or behind your enemy), is missing so that might change things.


My goal is to have a Knight type hero (in Hal's armor) who never loses a fight.  Scars?  Tats?  Whazzat?




"I never wore armor..."
7946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 21, 2008, 03:59:26 PM
Picking my copy up at BB in about 30 minutes.  However, I'm a little bothered by two things pointed out in the gamespot review:

1) money is practically meaningless as it's incredibly easy to become rich.  having a sense of accomplishment when I buy some flashy new weapon is one of the highlights of an RPG to me. 

2) death is simply a brief stop in the gameplay and then you're back up and fighting again.  the only penalty appears to be scars you acquire from losing.  if i go evil, this would be meaningless to me. 

I'm still getting it and I'm sure I'll enjoy it.  but those two points are sore spots for me, right now.
7947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2008, 02:01:48 PM
I've been saving a BB gift card for Fable 2, so that's a definite.  I was able to resist Dead Space last week after the store I stopped at to pick it up was out of the game.  My wallet was able to talk some sense into me on the drive home after that. 

I'm interested in Far Cry 2, but I don't know whether to get it for the PC or the 360. 

Definitely picking up Fallout 3 for the 360 next week, though!
7948  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The saddest music video you've ever seen? on: October 17, 2008, 08:04:33 PM
God, Dash Rip Rock.   Saw them in San Francisco years and years ago.  Great little band. 

In the area I grew up (middle of Ohio) there were a TON of local rockabilly bands. To this day it's still my favorite form of music. 
7949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RiffTrax Incredible Hulk on: October 17, 2008, 06:55:53 PM
I had a little mini-marathon with Rifftrax and Battlefield Earth, Roadhouse and Star Trek V recently.  I still prefer it to Cinematic Titanic, which is odd since I believe Joel is a master at delivery.  Mike is a better writer, though (imho).  When it comes down to it, no matter how good your delivery is, if you don't have decent material you're gonna tank. 
7950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] Fallout 3 - I'm concerned on: October 17, 2008, 05:29:53 PM
wasn't written originally in English so I don't trust it.   Tongue
7951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: xbox originals -GTA:San Andreas on: October 16, 2008, 09:04:48 PM
It works, don't get me wrong.  However, the number of times the textures would just "pop in" during a scene were annoying.  Sometimes my character would exit his house to find out that the entire front of his building was just a white slate until he moved a certain direction.  It was just a graphical nightmare at times.
7952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 16, 2008, 08:56:29 PM

Quote from: rickfc on October 16, 2008, 07:40:39 PM

Quote from: kratz on October 16, 2008, 07:38:40 PM

Quote from: tiktokman on October 16, 2008, 06:36:26 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 16, 2008, 06:34:21 PM

sigh...one more final push should do it, folks.

No shit. I have no time for gaming right now but it's gonna be tough as hell to not pick this up this weekend.

Fuckers.

If you blow a walking necromorph's leg off, he'll start crawling at you.  Then you can stomp on his head.

That do it?

I giggled.  I have this waiting for me at home.  I'm excited...

resolve gone.  stopping at bb in about 45 minutes...
7953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 16, 2008, 06:34:21 PM
sigh...one more final push should do it, folks.
7954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 16, 2008, 06:09:55 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on October 16, 2008, 06:01:46 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 16, 2008, 06:00:07 PM

Bioshock took me almost 25 to 30 hours.

 icon_eek

Were you playing the PC version on a 486?

 icon_lol

no, i replayed a few parts to see if i could get different outcomes, i restarted about 3 times at about 2 hours or so in because I wasn't sure about whether or not to kill the kids (never thought I'd write THAT in a post), then I got my butt kicked on the final boss so frequently that it took me about a dozen tries or so to take him down.  In addition, the environment was so fantastic in Bioshock that I often found myself simply wandering around looking at things quite often instead of trying to advance the story.

Plus, I'm notoriously slow on games most people finish quickly thanks in no small part to my addled brain. 
7955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 16, 2008, 06:00:07 PM
Darn you all!  This game sounds EXACTLY like the kind of game I've been waiting for on the 360.  I'm TRYING to be good and only pick up Fable II and Fallout 3 though.   icon_cry

couple of questions:  I know that reviews are saying between 12 and 20 hours of gameplay, but I play REAL slow.  Bioshock took me almost 25 to 30 hours.  Will I get the same kind of game time out of Dead Space? 
7956  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The saddest music video you've ever seen? on: October 16, 2008, 05:17:23 PM
cheeba make post.  cheeba make post he think funny.  fire bad!

7957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: xbox originals -GTA:San Andreas on: October 16, 2008, 04:48:59 PM
I picked up a copy of this at Gamestop for about 15 bucks just prior to GTAIV's release.  I stopped playing after about 2 hours due to the extraordinary number of graphical issues I experienced during that time on my 360.  Hopefully they'll address them with this release and I'll get a patch for my copy to boot.
7958  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The saddest music video you've ever seen? on: October 16, 2008, 04:45:44 PM

Quote from: cheeba on October 16, 2008, 04:41:39 PM

Country music is hilarious in that its fans are probably the most inappropriately snobby group of folks as you'll ever find. All this hoopla over a genre of music defined by a stupid twang in the voice is hilarious.

not a big fan, but that diatribe was really just awe inspiring in its ignorance.   icon_eek
7959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help settle an argument (Americans only!) on: October 16, 2008, 03:46:36 PM
I tend to just use the term "I'm so friggin' PeteRocked I can't see straight"
7960  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The saddest music video you've ever seen? on: October 16, 2008, 03:31:25 PM

Quote from: rickfc on October 16, 2008, 03:29:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 16, 2008, 02:31:03 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on October 16, 2008, 02:12:42 PM


are you and rickfc the same person?  Tongue

 finger

no....however, they do share the same pants on occasion.
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