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8121  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...
8122  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.
8123  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!
8124  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!
8125  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.

8126  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
8127  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
8128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 04, 2008, 02:16:39 PM
two words:  president daddy   icon_lol
8129  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)
8130  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.
8131  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. 
8132  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"....
8133  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).



8134  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.

8135  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!"?
8136  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.
8137  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.
8138  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?



8139  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.
8140  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.
8141  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
8142  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.
8143  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!
8144  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. 
8145  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.
8146  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.
8147  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.
8148  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.
8149  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. 
8150  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
8151  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.
8152  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....
8153  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
8154  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
8155  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?





8156  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
8157  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....
8158  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.
8159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 21, 2008, 07:32:22 PM
psst...HAL linden
8160  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..."
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