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8801  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Save the world from Uwe Boll and get a free pack of Strident Gum on: May 08, 2008, 02:45:18 PM
248166

We're doing God's work here, people.  Keep it up.
8802  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Zune update: Marketplace now has tv shows on: May 08, 2008, 02:26:46 PM
Finally, the Zune can begin to compete with apple's itunes.  the latest zune software update includes marketplace access to tv shows.  it's a small list right now, but it should grow.  now, if the netflix/microsoft partnership takes off then we could see some pretty cool stuff come down the pipe.

also, zune firmware 2.5 is out.  it allows users to play the aforementioned tv shows on their zunes, as well as brings gapless playback and the return of autoplaylists. 
8803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 08, 2008, 02:08:05 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 07, 2008, 09:16:05 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 07, 2008, 09:15:09 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
i looked for it and didn't see it. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
Weird.  It may spawn after the cops get there, then.

Spoiler for Hiden:
  yep...apparently the sound of 700 SWAT members assaulting an abandoned hospital with automatic firearms and helicopters makes some guy with a speedboat really curious and he docks right outside the door.   icon_wink

i looked for it before i did the mission and it wasn't there, but after the cutscene it spawns.
8804  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: A Gala Event to Honor a Terrorist on: May 07, 2008, 08:28:20 PM
I would think ed wouldn't endorse anyone who at any point in their lives espouses violence as a means to an end if I'm reading his initial post correctly.
8805  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: A Gala Event to Honor a Terrorist on: May 07, 2008, 08:20:10 PM

Quote from: Eightball on May 07, 2008, 07:57:07 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 07, 2008, 06:10:15 PM

History is written by the winners, baby!  if you wanna justify your terrorist actions, just do it on a large enough scale to make the other guy back down!


Brucie???

nope...Ted Baxter



8806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 07, 2008, 08:15:52 PM

Quote from: KePoW on May 07, 2008, 07:26:06 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 07, 2008, 07:14:31 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 07, 2008, 07:12:43 PM

What kind of clothes do you guys have Niko wear?  I tried the suit with no tie for a bit, but I am back to the starter leather jacket, jeans, and sneakers.

Suit right now.  Funny thing is, there's a mission where you need to get a job interview, and the dude is telling me I need to get a suit even though I was standing in front of him in a suit.  Tongue

did you have dress shoes?

ha...i forgot to wear those and got rejected on that mission at first.
8807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Reaper (spoilers) on: May 07, 2008, 07:46:46 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on May 07, 2008, 07:14:12 PM

I couldn't get with the monster of the week scenario.  I'll put it in my netflix queue when season 1 hits DVD

It's really strayed from that format the last few shows.  Now it's more a "let's see how the devil can screw people over each week" driven show. 
8808  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ow, ow, ow - I have food poisioning on: May 07, 2008, 06:51:24 PM
Lay down plastic in the living room, fill up about 18 shotglasses with Tequila, lay down on plastic, down all the shots one after the other, wake up 48 hours later free from the affects of food poisoning....

...burn tarp.
8809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 07, 2008, 06:49:07 PM
GTAIV on a wii?  i'd imagine that would work as well as running Windows Vista on a Palm Pilot...
8810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 07, 2008, 06:17:03 PM

Quote from: JCC on May 07, 2008, 06:09:40 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 07, 2008, 05:56:53 PM

Drive in first person view.  It really brings out the stunning level of detail.  I'll be shocked if you don't eventually change your mind. 

I'll certainly try that, but that won't help the graphics when I am out on foot! smile

just drive everywhere.  going up the stairs to your safehouse?  steal a bike and drive up.  order hot dogs from your car.  drive real slow alongside your date when socializing.  eventually your game legs will atrophy and you'll only be able to navigate the city in a vehicle.  it's at that moment you'll realize art really DOES imitate life!
8811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Reaper (spoilers) on: May 07, 2008, 06:12:08 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 07, 2008, 05:37:24 PM


Best line of the night, Devil: "Come with me if you want to live" - Ray Wise deserves an Emmy for his work on this show, he is absolutely perfect.

the best line was immediately after that when the devil added, "You're pretty much screwed here."
8812  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: A Gala Event to Honor a Terrorist on: May 07, 2008, 06:10:15 PM
History is written by the winners, baby!  if you wanna justify your terrorist actions, just do it on a large enough scale to make the other guy back down!

...of course, i hope this doesn't lead to you hanging out in front of my apartment building with hastily constructed Molotov cocktails and a handwritten manifesto declaring me to be the Nephew of the Beast or, as you say, "ol' 665"
8813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 07, 2008, 06:06:03 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 07, 2008, 05:35:00 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 07, 2008, 05:21:23 PM

sorry for the double post..but i just saw this and thought 'oh dear lord, nooooooooo'


FTFY



apparently she went through 1,250 of those lollipops during this shoot...
8814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 07, 2008, 06:02:36 PM
When just driving for leisure or when going somewhere to meet someone, I use first person.  It really does change the whole driving experience.  Plus, as  I believe Kevin noted earlier. it seems easier to navigate at high speeds through traffic in 1st person. 

However, when being chased or chasing someone, I have to be in third person.  The situational awareness is essential for an old guy like me!   icon_wink
8815  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tax Relief/Rebates start rolling in next week for direct deposit folks! on: May 07, 2008, 05:54:34 PM

Quote from: Mookee on April 26, 2008, 01:44:43 AM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on April 26, 2008, 01:40:34 AM

What is everyone else buying with theirs?

30 bottles of Jack Daniels and 1 (one) condom.

I told you 40 if you expect me to wear that goddamn schoolgirl outfit again...

8816  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Creationists visit the natural history museum on: May 07, 2008, 05:42:37 PM
Damn Creationists!
8817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 07, 2008, 02:06:19 PM
Thanks, having gone back to Saints Row for a few weeks a while ago, that was what was confusing me. 
8818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 07, 2008, 01:46:47 PM
I'm not that clear on the process for saving a vehicle.  I know that if I park a car I like in the parking spot in front of a safehouse before saving and exiting the game, it's there when I restart the game later on.  However, is that car there from now on?  or do i have to park the car and save at the safehouse if i want to keep that vehicle?

8819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies - Get Smart and The Happening on: May 06, 2008, 08:41:18 PM
Sixth Sense was as good as a pop culture phenom could be.  It had all the substance of The Blair Witch Project, you ask me.  Unbreakable, now THAT was a damn good film.  Of course, I'm speaking purely as a geek who grew up on comic books and who views Unbreakable as a great attempt at a realistic Superhero movie.

Signs, meh.

The Village, meh.

Bitch in the Pool, wtf???  Were you drinking Ripple all night when you wrote that script, M?

I'll probably see The Happening on either PPV or netflix it, but I certainly won't make the effort to catch it a theater.
8820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 06, 2008, 04:00:14 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on May 06, 2008, 03:49:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 06, 2008, 02:36:56 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on May 06, 2008, 01:24:50 PM

Faced my first absolute killer mission, "Snow Storm" I think it's called, anyway, takes placed in an abandoned hospital.  Ran through several times before I had to break down and look in my strategy guide since I didn't have a clue on how to beat it. Did beat it after that.

that mission was singled out in one review as being the toughest and most irritating.

Completed Snow Storm on the first try without breaking a sweat. I'm not even sure what's supposed to be difficult about it. Three Leaf Clover, on the other hand, took a couple of tries. That was a damn mess.

Spoiler for Hiden:
for me it was the 2,305 police cars that came out of nowhere to block me from even leaving the scene if i managed to get out of the building with at least a sliver of my health bar left.  i finally read a spoiler on it and they noted that a speedboat was strategically placed outside the main doorway of the old hospital so I made like Sonny on Miami Vice and just hopped over the breaker wall, landed in the boat, and then sped away with minimal confrontation.  easy as pie.   icon_biggrin 

hey, how are you guys getting people like jacob and brucie to join you on missions?  i've got a pretty high "like" and "respect" rating with both.  do i need to just call them while on a mission?
8821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 06, 2008, 03:49:34 PM
I had to laugh while "on a date" with Michelle.  For the first 3 or 4 get togethers, Niko wore the same ratty clothes and she complimented him each time on looking nice.  Finally, I unlocked an area that had a store that sold suits so I blew about 1000 bucks on a snazzy new outfit.  I showed up at her place for a date, she gets in the car, and immediately goes down the list of each new item of clothing I've just spent my hard earned cash on and just starts ridiculing me. 
8822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 06, 2008, 01:42:05 AM
I love crackdown.  one of the best games on the 360 yet.  Just Cause felt Just Wrong to me.  the main character moved like an ice skater all over the island and the combat was just too simplistic.  Saint's Row, despite its lackluster MP, was a decent "hold me over until another GTA" game.

Now, GTAIV is a great, great game...however, I still can't help but wonder how my agent would've handled some of the missions if this was crackdown.  plus, i'd love to scale some of those dang buildings.
8823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Early word on "Iron Man" on: May 05, 2008, 05:06:02 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 05, 2008, 04:28:08 PM

Go Hawkman!

lol

Maybe a Dr. Strange? Ooo, an Alpha Flight movie... that'd rake in the profits.

3 words:

Paste Pot Pete
8824  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Early word on "Iron Man" on: May 04, 2008, 07:39:25 PM
domestic box office for iron man as of today:  $104,250,000.  foreign box office:  $96.7 million.   eek 

there will most definitely be an iron man 2.

loved it, by the way.  saw it saturday afternoon with an audience that had just as much fun with it as i.  they were laughing and cheering the whole time.  truly a great cinema experience.

i'd also like to go on record as saying that my secret shame is still adam sandler.  i laughed...yes laughed...at the zohan trailer.  it's like kryptonite to me, i swear to god.
8825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 04, 2008, 07:30:06 PM

Quote from: jersoc on May 04, 2008, 06:35:30 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 04, 2008, 04:59:21 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 04, 2008, 02:38:47 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 04, 2008, 06:49:21 AM

Quote from: CSL on May 02, 2008, 01:37:40 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 02, 2008, 12:42:12 AM

Quote from: hepcat on May 01, 2008, 07:08:14 PM

Had my first REALLY frustrating mission last night.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Chasing a crime boss' daughter's boyfriend on a motorcycle that apparently is constructed out of balsa wood as every time I fire my damn gun from it in order to try and stop him from getting away, I spin around as if I'm caught in a tornado.

finally just laid down the controller and turned off the 360.  i want to enjoy this game so i'm not going to play it when i'm angry, i've decided.

frack, thats the same type of mission that killed San Andreas for me.  Maybe I'll just go play with my tassels now.

Just chase him and eventually you'll get to a park where you can kill him and a few of his buddies on foot.

heh, guess what?  you don't need to ride a bike for that mission.  I chased him down in a car.

This is how I beat it, though accidentally.  I play in first person mode when driving, but it doesn't work well for me on a bike and so I crashed.  I flew a great distance and another car was closer than the bike.  Go in it and finished up the mission.

Tried a couple times, but I never could knock him off the bike.  Ended up just following him to the park (where he meets up with his buddies), running 3 of them over in the big-ass Hummer I jacked, and whacking the rest in a big 'ol shootout. 

I'm pretty sure you aren't meant to kill him on the bike. I can aim fairly well while in a vehicle and was nailing him in the head almost the entire time.

Spoiler for Hiden:
you can kill him while he's on his bike.  there's quite a few of us who've done so to get past that mission sucessfully.

Quote
There is exactly ONE required race mission the entire game storyline wise, and it was pretty easy.

for YOU maybe.  I got old hands with old man reflexes.  i had to retry that thing like 9 times!
8826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 04, 2008, 05:15:49 PM

Quote from: msduncan on May 04, 2008, 04:34:02 PM


As I said....this is the best gave I've played in well over a decade.  Just like a great movie -- you can FIND faults when you go looking.   I haven't found any that has made this anything other than one of the best games in history.

you can find faults with things you love.  It helps to move the franchise along in cases like this.  people contribute their likes and dislikes, rockstar (usually) takes notice and improves upon the next in the series using these critiques.  just because some of us note something we don't especially like in the game doesn't mean we hate the game.  perfection is unattainable, last time i checked...

...although with hair like mine, it's a damn close race.   Tongue
8827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 04, 2008, 03:23:47 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 04, 2008, 07:14:26 AM

Quote from: Eightball on May 04, 2008, 06:33:30 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 03, 2008, 03:39:28 PM

Spent hours last night doing the Most Wanted missions.  So awesome. 

I've done a few of the police missions (both MOst Wanted and Crimes), and I'm not getting paid.  Is that right?

Seems like it.  I've completed all of the Most Wanted missions that initially open up and didn't receive any kind of reward that I can tell.  Which was slightly disappointing but, to tell the truth, I had so much fun doing them I didn't mind too much. 

are the most wanted missions opened up when you steal a cop car?
8828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 04, 2008, 03:22:16 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 04, 2008, 02:38:47 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 04, 2008, 06:49:21 AM

Quote from: CSL on May 02, 2008, 01:37:40 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 02, 2008, 12:42:12 AM

Quote from: hepcat on May 01, 2008, 07:08:14 PM

Had my first REALLY frustrating mission last night.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Chasing a crime boss' daughter's boyfriend on a motorcycle that apparently is constructed out of balsa wood as every time I fire my damn gun from it in order to try and stop him from getting away, I spin around as if I'm caught in a tornado.

finally just laid down the controller and turned off the 360.  i want to enjoy this game so i'm not going to play it when i'm angry, i've decided.

frack, thats the same type of mission that killed San Andreas for me.  Maybe I'll just go play with my tassels now.

Just chase him and eventually you'll get to a park where you can kill him and a few of his buddies on foot.

heh, guess what?  you don't need to ride a bike for that mission.  I chased him down in a car.

This is how I beat it, though accidentally.  I play in first person mode when driving, but it doesn't work well for me on a bike and so I crashed.  I flew a great distance and another car was closer than the bike.  Go in it and finished up the mission.

Spoiler for Hiden:
returning to a spoiler format:  I just took the earlier advice and loaded up on smg ammo.  took him down pretty quickly after that.  i reached another annoyingly difficult mission with the race that brucie makes you partake in for his final mission.  THAT one almost had me tossing my controller through the tv.  however, i eventually beat it by sheer luck...and by knocking the guy ahead of me into a ravine when i had the chance.  however, it did highlight an earlier complaint from someone around here.  it seems like the missions are less freeform than in previous gta games.  for example:  i tried to block off some of the race participants in the aforementioned mission by going around the starting point and place a few cars in their way to slow their start.  however, when the mission actually started, those cars were gone.  in the previous gta games, i think they would have let me get away with something like that.  i particularly remember doing it repeatedly in vice city when faced with a frustratingly hard mission.
8829  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Early word on "Iron Man" on: May 02, 2008, 06:57:43 PM
great...i was going to send out an email to the usual chicago gaming crew asking if anyone else wanted to see this with me tomorrow...but you couldn't wait, could you, mr. impatient?

8830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does this mean what I think it means? on: May 02, 2008, 06:11:44 PM
was this woman driving the SUV?

8831  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Early word on "Iron Man" on: May 02, 2008, 06:09:48 PM
Hittin' a 12:05 matinee tomorrow afternoon with a couple of friends.  Probably should get my tickets on the way home tonight to avoid any trouble, though.  i'm glad to hear from the lot of ya that this one's a good one!
8832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sorry Hepcat [NSFW] on: May 02, 2008, 05:55:40 PM



I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of THESE GUNS!
8833  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 30 Days of Night on: May 02, 2008, 03:06:16 PM

Quote from: sgoldj on May 02, 2008, 02:47:00 AM

I'll say I'm tired of the four decades of whiny vampires (see "Barnabas Collins"), but other than that I agree with hepcat.  Nasty vampires who aren't cool or make me want to join them. HURRAH



ooh, good call.  i'd forgotten about ol' barnabas.
8834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 02, 2008, 12:01:58 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 01, 2008, 09:11:44 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 01, 2008, 08:13:56 PM

Aye Aye Aye...Shitty Shitty Bang Bang



I am pretty sure these are not the actual lyrics....

 icon_lol  i know, i'm just mangling them for fun. 
8835  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTA IV: Which system and what's your gamertag? on: May 02, 2008, 01:11:07 AM
eek, corrected.  sorry about that.  yep, hepcat1...or just "Da Sex Bomb" if you're cruising match.com.
8836  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTA IV: Which system and what's your gamertag? on: May 01, 2008, 09:36:57 PM
gamertag:  hepcat1 (naturally)

availability:  weekday evenings and weekend...i.e.:  i need a life.
8837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 01, 2008, 08:13:56 PM
Aye Aye Aye...Shitty Shitty Bang Bang

...I swear to god, that's the most addictive hook in a song in freakin' years.  I honestly can't get it out of my head.  But I still love the Vladivostok station.  catchy stuff.  and very appropriate when cruising the Russian 'hood.
8838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 01, 2008, 08:04:55 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 01, 2008, 07:57:04 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 01, 2008, 07:54:24 PM

It's better than the song that CeeKay makes me play..."The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round"....


Dude, that's my 2 year old daughter's favorite song. 

Now, every time I sing it to her, I'm going to imagine CK getting in the mood.  Thanks for ruining it for me... finger  biggrin

now add the tassels that ceekay wears on each nipple and then imagine having the ability to make them go opposite directions at the same time and you know the private hell i live in...
8839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 01, 2008, 07:54:24 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 01, 2008, 07:33:26 PM

Quote from: disarm on May 01, 2008, 01:16:44 AM

anyone else get a little creeped out to be driving around, listening to Liberty Rock Radio, and suddenly hearing the song from 'Silence of the Lambs' that's playing while Buffalo Bill dances around naked?  it's called 'Goodbye Horses' by Q Lazzarus...not a bad song, but caught me a little off guard considering that i associate it with such an odd movie scene...

Hey, that's the same song hepcat plays when he's trying to get me in the moo..................I mean, I think I've heard that song before.   ninja

Look, Aveda is having a sale! Fabulous

It's better than the song that CeeKay makes me play..."The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round"....

8840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 01, 2008, 07:21:34 PM
thanks wonderpug  i'll stock up before tackling that mission again tonight.
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