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1321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT Community: Pick your favorite console game of 2011 on: January 03, 2012, 05:17:09 AM
Forza Motorsports 4
1322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dakar Rally 2012 on: January 03, 2012, 12:28:14 AM
Thanks for posting about those old Dakar games. I still have an original Xbox and PS2, maybe I'll pick up one of those games some time, although the reviews aren't very good.

Yup, Baja: Edge of Control is pretty good in some ways, but it's still a long way from the Dakar experience.

By the way, if anyone is a Robby Gordon fan, he did great in the first two stages. The guy is a bit of a loose cannon at times,  but he's a damn good off-road racer.
1323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: January 02, 2012, 11:16:33 PM
Found this album on Imgur via a post on Jalopnick... this is how you will get your Lamborghini. An unboxing, very cool.
1324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dakar Rally 2012 on: January 02, 2012, 10:43:14 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 02, 2012, 10:10:12 PM

Now if there were a decent game based on the Dakar Rally to play, then you would have my attention.   icon_biggrin

Amen to that. The Colin McRae series lost that purer rally focus it had in the early editions of the game, and as far as I know, no one has ever tried to capture the feel of the Dakar.
1325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: January 02, 2012, 08:36:11 PM
Reminder, the January DLC comes out tomorrow. Looking forward to tricking out that '73 Ford Pinto!

And for your new year's enjoyment, an older Lambo I added to the GTF garage:

1326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dakar Rally 2012 on: January 02, 2012, 08:32:03 PM
Don't know how many of you follow the Dakar, but the 2012 edition of the race started yesterday (Dakar website). Coverage in the US, at least here in Florida, is on the Versus network. Last year's daily half-hour highlights program was pretty awful, with a lot of fluff including some touchy-feely segments with some actress who I can't remember (and wasn't very memorable). Thankfully, maybe because Versus is now part of NBC Sports, the production value of the highlights program is hugely better, although I wish they would dig more into the technical side of things.

This year's rally runs from the seacoast of Argentina through Chile and on to Peru. Day 1 was only about 35 miles of actual racing on a special stage that ran along the coast, followed by about a 400 mile liaison/transport stage to the bivouac (paddock). The overall rally is about 5200 miles and includes motorcycles, cars, quads and the big support trucks. Versus telecast the first highlights program early this morning about 1:30 EST, but I think it will be re-broadcast tonight followed by the Stage 2 highlight show.

If no one posts here, I'll have to assume I'm the only Dakar Rally enthusiast on the forum crybaby.
1327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: December 31, 2011, 08:12:30 PM
Congrats to Pete for joining the GTF club. Here's a little truck to drive around in MP and Rivals mode, available in the club garage:

1328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: December 30, 2011, 09:14:27 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on December 30, 2011, 09:10:44 PM

World Tour also gives you a World Tour cash bonus for each race.

Sheesh, it's been so long I forgot about that. Thanks for reminding me. Mind you, the BIG money is in manufacturer affiliation. Or at least pretty good money. And there is money for leveling up even after reaching level 50 which is where you get your last free car. I just reached level 90 and IIRC the bonus was about 200,000.
1329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: December 30, 2011, 08:53:40 PM
World Tour draws it's events from the Event Matrix (aka Event List). You get three choices and usually one of them matches the car you currently are in. If you don't like any of the choices you can go back to the "Cars" menu and get another car. When you return to the World Tour it should have at least one choice that allows you to use the new car you just selected. The key word in the above is usually; sometimes you will have to upgrade your car or even select another. And finishing first, second or third will cause the appropriate award to be recorded in the Event List race box.

The purpose of the World Tour, IMHO, is to provide different challenges in a random fashion so you get a taste of the different makes, models and classes. You do get an Achievement for completing each of the ten years of the World Tour, but that's it, no freebie cars or money. Of course, in the Event List, completing all the races in first place in an Event box doesn't get you anything either, unlike Forza 3 where you got a bonus.

I completed the ten years of the World Tour and still had lots of Event races I've never raced. Now what I do is split my time. Sometimes I select a box on the Event List and go get a car to compete in it, and other times I pick out a car I like and then see which events are available for it.
1330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: December 29, 2011, 08:37:51 PM
Club GTF leader is Harkonis, co-leaders are USMC Kato and KeySJU. I believe you can PM any of them and they can add you to the club. I have lots of cars for you to borrow!
1331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: December 29, 2011, 04:39:45 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 29, 2011, 03:50:09 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on December 22, 2011, 10:27:31 PM

For those folks still playing Forza 4  Roll Eyes ...

Just got it for Christmas, so I hope to get some racing in despite being late to the party.  Haven't even looked at car clubs and such, but if GT has one up and running I'm interested in joining.   icon_biggrin

The one here is called GTF. I'll look up who you have to contact, but I think you can request membership right through Forza 4.
1332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: December 29, 2011, 03:24:42 AM
Bad Day for the AI. A big crash at Indy, just because I happened to smack the wall ahead of the second place AI driver. Seems they can't get out of each others way.

http://youtu.be/_HnQ-DgYI-Y
1333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: December 28, 2011, 01:12:30 AM
The January Jalopnik car pack is announced.

- 1970 Alfa Romeo Montreal
- 2011 Audi RS5
- 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
- 1986 Dodge Shelby Omni GLHS
- 2000 Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo
- 1973 Ford Pinto
- 2011 Honda #33 Level 5 Motorsports Lola
- 2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe
- 2011 Lamborghini #08 West Yokohama Gallardo LP560-4
- 2012 Pagani Huayra
1334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: December 22, 2011, 10:27:31 PM
For those folks still playing Forza 4  Roll Eyes, if you got the Limited Collector's Edition, there are two free cars waiting for you. Turn 10 gifted us with an Aston-Martin DB5 (below) and Mugen Integra Type-R (also below).

I've been adding new cars to the Club, but I can't add these as they are locked due to the special paint jobs.

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1335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: December 12, 2011, 05:40:23 AM
The ForzaTune 4 iOS app for Forza 4 has been released. The direct link to the iTune page is here. It may not show up in the iTune Search function for a few more hours. The link to the main ForzaTune site is here. The following is from the developer....
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2 important notes:  ForzaTune 4 may not show in the App Store search function until Monday morning but click the link above to go directly to the app download page or iTunes.  Also, the first time you launch the app you may see absurdly large spring rates on the tune screen.  Simply close the app and reopen and it'll be good to go--this only happens the very first time you download/install--a small oversight on my part which will be fixed in the next update.

I tuned a 1954 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe with it and it seems to work well. I'll be using this app from now on to tune with. Any cars tuned with the app will have a "Tuned with FT4" decal on the sides towards the rear of the car. If it has just the "Tuned" decal it was tuned with the ForzaTune 3 version which looks pretty similar to FT4, although there are some differences.
1336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 Dashboard update '11- Now with new 'You No Sue Us!' Terms of Service! on: December 07, 2011, 08:40:40 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 07, 2011, 04:30:00 PM

So their cloud save solution is an all manual process like copying a save file to a memory card?  Cripes, get with the time MS.  This needs to just auto-sync my profile and saves just like Steam or any other service would.

I tested cloud storage with Skyrim. If you load the latest save from the hard drive it only saves to the hard drive. I guess if you loaded the save from the cloud it would save to the cloud.... and I just confirmed this with Skyrim again. When starting Skyrim it asks me which storage device I want to use and since I selected Cloud it loaded the latest save game from the cloud and when I save the file it saves to the cloud. It's up to me to copy (or move) that save game to the hard drive. So, just as the Major said in his tutorial, the cloud acts exactly like removable storage media.

Yup, it would be nice as EngineNo9 suggests, that it auto sync saves, but I'm ok with it as it is, for now at least.

Oh and I can understand why you can't use the cloud for Forza 4. It relies on multiple save files of different types and trying to keep them all in sync would be a challenge.
1337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 Dashboard update '11- Now with new 'You No Sue Us!' Terms of Service! on: December 07, 2011, 03:25:52 PM
I was able to sign in with no problem this morning and watched a couple of tutorials, then played with the dashboard a bit. Seems all pretty straightforward. One issue I did find was with the Cloud storage of saved games. Major Nelson used Forza 4 as his example in the tutorial on Cloud storage, but I can't copy the main Forza 4 save file, the one with my gamertag, from my hard drive to the Cloud. Not sure what to do here and I don't want to risk screwing it up.

UPDATE: I did copy over one Forza 4 file to the Cloud, but when I checked it the file reads "Not cloud supported". Guess the Major should have used another game for an example! Other saved files I copied to the cloud show "In sync", so it does look like a game specific issue. No doubt a few hundred Forza 4 gamers will be posting to Microsoft about this.
1338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's time for another Xbox 360 Dashboard update- Now with entertainment lineup! on: December 07, 2011, 05:17:49 AM
Yeah, it's weird. I played a couple hours of MW3 after the update, but at the dashboard it says I'm not signed in to Live. Whatever.
1339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's time for another Xbox 360 Dashboard update- Now with entertainment lineup! on: December 07, 2011, 04:07:25 AM
I got the update and immediately went to play MW3. Before it would let me sign in I had to agree to the new terms of service. Since I had no choice, I agreed. I was then able to go and play MW3 online with no problems.
1340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: December 06, 2011, 04:21:36 PM
The December Car Pack is now available. And as a VIP I got a Shelby Cobra 427 for free, so I tuned it and put it in the club garage. Enjoy!
1341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: December 02, 2011, 09:40:41 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on December 02, 2011, 09:33:04 PM

Quote from: skystride on December 02, 2011, 06:31:26 PM

Can you join neither and still finish the main story?  Both sides are unappealing to me.  Racists vs the "Empire", which is the lesser evil?
That's what I did.  I felt the same way too about both factions.  After I finished the main story I did the Empire story line.  It's a completely seperate story from all of the dragon stuff.  I wasn't really impressed with the Empire quests and story.  Many were repetitive, and not near the quality of the main quest line.

Sorry, this is completely off topic, but your post dredged up something from my past. It's "separate", not "seperate". I remember this from forty (holy crap, forty?) years ago, watching an old half-hour police show called "Adam-12". The scene, which has stuck with me since then, has one officer typing up a report while the other looks over his shoulder. The over-the-shoulder guy says "You spelled that wrong. Remember, there's 'a rat' in 'separate'". I can't remember the names of my relatives, but I can remember "a rat" in "separate"  Roll Eyes
1342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: December 02, 2011, 02:57:22 AM
OK, now this is just plain crazy. I get to a bigger town and they say "hey, we spotted a dragon, go with these guys and kill it". Are you nuts? Have you seen one of these things? I soiled my underwear, sorry, my "beneath-my-tunic-cotton-thingees" the last time I ran into one of these horrible creatures and I can't get a new pair till I get paid at the end of Last Semen. Now you want me to go out there and actually try to kill one?

OK, so they talked me into it. I follow Carl the House Maid, I think that's what they called her, and off we go to the middle of freaking nowhere. Suddenly someone spots the flying beast and I ran into the damn tower and hid inside. There was screeching and howling and also a lot of noise from outside too. Finally I peeked outside and the nasty was almost dead so I shot a couple of arrows into it from the safety of the doorway. When it was dead I ran out and looted all the good stuff while Carl was making some speech. Yeah, sunshine, keep talking; these dragon bones must be worth something on E-bay.

Then everyone starts looking at me and saying how I have bad breath or something and suddenly they tell me I'm now called "Dragging Pants" or some such nonsense. I didn't hang around to listen, I was off to try to pawn the bones.

Eventually they drag me back up to the main house, err, keep, or whatever the weird dude with the tiara calls it. He says that since I'm Dragging Pants I have to go visit ZZ Top at their studios in High Hoth. I try to explain to him that first, I'm not even wearing pants, and second, that Hoth place is damn cold and like I said, I don't have any pants. But his mind is settled and what with all the guards I figure I'll humor him and leave and go anywhere but where the Empire might be expecting me to go.

But bad news. After he gives me a little hatchet he tells me he's assigned me Carl the House Maid to keep an eye on me, only it's not the same Carl. She says her name is Lydia but I have my doubts when I start humming to the tune to "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" and see doesn't recognize the tune. And she scares me a bit.

So we're off to see ZZ Top and maybe when I explain the mix-up to them they will let me sit in and jam with them. I think I have this enchanted lyre in my bag somewhere... let me look...
1343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: December 02, 2011, 01:00:09 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on December 01, 2011, 06:25:40 AM

Quote from: Razgon on November 24, 2011, 07:17:32 AM

Just be aware that the game doesn't stop, when you finish the main quest, so go ahead. Frankly, I'd say most people are missing out on some great abilities and stories by not doing the main quest early on, which I know previous games taught us to do.

Thanks for mentioning this. I stopped playing while waiting for the patch (I wasn't even out of the first location when I stopped) and I restarted today. I'll stick to the main quest (or pretty much so) for now per your suggestion.

Dammit, I just can't do it. I come into town fully planning on just selling some stuff and moving on and first thing you know I'm looking for the Gilt Beaver Claw in some dirty dungeon that hasn't been pressure washed since Thor Finger-Wagger came back from The Great Northern Unpleasantness And BBQ. Haven't these people heard of mops?
1344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: December 01, 2011, 06:25:40 AM

Quote from: Razgon on November 24, 2011, 07:17:32 AM

Just be aware that the game doesn't stop, when you finish the main quest, so go ahead. Frankly, I'd say most people are missing out on some great abilities and stories by not doing the main quest early on, which I know previous games taught us to do.

Thanks for mentioning this. I stopped playing while waiting for the patch (I wasn't even out of the first location when I stopped) and I restarted today. I'll stick to the main quest (or pretty much so) for now per your suggestion.
1345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: November 30, 2011, 03:54:49 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on November 30, 2011, 01:11:18 PM

Patch is out for the 360-3mb

i guess the texture bug is now working because i can see fingernails on my character,i couldn't tell with anything else however

Did you need to re-install?
1346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: November 29, 2011, 12:58:20 AM
PC and Xbox360 patch due out this Wednesday...

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    UPDATE 1.2 NOTES (all platforms unless specified)

    Improved occasional performance issues resulting from long term play (PlayStation 3)
    Fixed issue where textures would not properly upgrade when installed to drive (Xbox 360)
    Fixed crash on startup when audio is set to sample rate other than 44100Hz (PC)
    Fixed issue where projectiles did not properly fade away
    Fixed occasional issue where a guest would arrive to the player's wedding dead
    Dragon corpses now clean up properly
    Fixed rare issue where dragons would not attack
    Fixed rare NPC sleeping animation bug
    Fixed rare issue with dead corpses being cleared up prematurely
    Skeleton Key will now work properly if player has no lockpicks in their inventory
    Fixed rare issue with renaming enchanted weapons and armor
    Fixed rare issue with dragons not properly giving souls after death
    ESC button can now be used to exit menus (PC)
    Fixed occasional mouse sensitivity issues (PC)
    General functionality fixes related to remapping buttons and controls (PC)
1347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row the Third on: November 23, 2011, 08:25:13 PM
It's been a busy month for games. I got MW3 and have Prestiged once, just to do it. I also picked up Skyrim and was really, really going to put some time in it. However, SR3 seems to have me in it's grip and now I can't stop playing  icon_biggrin
1348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 23, 2011, 12:37:56 AM
Finally prestiged this afternoon. The cutscenes and music were awesome... no, wait, there was nothing icon_frown. Now on to the next 80 levels.

I now have five tokens to spend on upgrades. The FAD has been pretty good, it's either that and the SCAR. Plus my XM-25 and Claymores.
1349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 21, 2011, 05:34:19 AM
I finally got to spend some fun time on the Elite console app in Xbox. Lots of neat info.

Turns out my best weapon is my new favorite weapon, the M60 LMG. My K:D is 1.74 with it. I never got the hang of it in BLOPS but in MW3 it's like a big, heavy assault rifle that never runs out of bullets (or almost never).

Holy crap icon_eek. I'm ranked 196,366 out of 6,748,792, or in the top three percent. I have been playing this game a lot.
1350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 21, 2011, 02:03:20 AM

Quote from: naednek on November 21, 2011, 01:30:48 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 20, 2011, 06:45:24 PM

Welcome to Leo and MS. Teelers, our newest clan members!
how can I become one?  I hope there's no tryouts Tongue

I'd like to join as well. I'll look great in the swim suit competition!  nod
1351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row the Third on: November 21, 2011, 12:46:19 AM
Thanks for the help. I wondered what the point of it was.
1352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row the Third on: November 21, 2011, 12:24:02 AM
I'm confused about Gang Operations. I've come across several of these enemy gang groupings and each time when I attack them it doesn't seem like I achieve anything except to keep attracting more and more enemies till I die or have to run away.
1353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 20, 2011, 10:18:24 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 20, 2011, 08:33:47 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 20, 2011, 06:56:49 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 20, 2011, 06:46:44 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 20, 2011, 06:39:08 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 20, 2011, 05:19:42 PM

I'm almost tempted to try to learn how to quick-scope.

Forgive my ignorance, but what is quick-scope?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF1LYKSQdxE

some of the video is no-scoping, some is hard scoping quickly, and some is quick scoping.   icon_twisted

Holy crap icon_eek. That's sort of the antithesis of how I play. I crouch and move looking down my red-dot sight, using Stalker to move a bit quicker. I also try to stay in the shadows. I think I would get nauseous snapping that sniper scope up and down so much nod

Imagine playing five opponents all playing that way.   disgust

What way? My way? You don't have to worry about five people playing my way, thankfully, which is why I'm doing so well. Everyone else runs around  and I just take them down as they come by  icon_biggrin
1354  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Looking for a good Gmail gadget for Windows 7 on: November 20, 2011, 08:25:31 PM
As the title states, any suggestions for a good Gmail notification gadget for Windows 7?
1355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 20, 2011, 06:56:49 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 20, 2011, 06:46:44 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 20, 2011, 06:39:08 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 20, 2011, 05:19:42 PM

I'm almost tempted to try to learn how to quick-scope.

Forgive my ignorance, but what is quick-scope?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF1LYKSQdxE

some of the video is no-scoping, some is hard scoping quickly, and some is quick scoping.   icon_twisted

Holy crap icon_eek. That's sort of the antithesis of how I play. I crouch and move looking down my red-dot sight, using Stalker to move a bit quicker. I also try to stay in the shadows. I think I would get nauseous snapping that sniper scope up and down so much nod
1356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 20, 2011, 06:39:08 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 20, 2011, 05:19:42 PM

I'm almost tempted to try to learn how to quick-scope.

Forgive my ignorance, but what is quick-scope?
1357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row the Third on: November 19, 2011, 08:04:28 PM
I played a little Skyrim over the weekend, but I picked up SR3 yesterday and after less than an hour I'm hooked on it. Best part so far is your character and the other guy driving around singing along with the song on the radio. Nothing like that in Skyrim nod
1358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: November 18, 2011, 01:40:02 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 18, 2011, 12:21:25 AM

Quote from: JCC on November 17, 2011, 10:05:12 PM

Question on the 360 version. Does installing to the hard drive help with the load times? I think I would live with the blurry textures if I could cut these load times in and out of buildings down.

Yes, it helps a ton.  I couldn't even tell a difference with the textures either.  Some still look awful no matter how you play.

I got home from vacation a little while ago. I picked up Skyrim Tuesday at Target and it included a paper map, which was a pre-order bonus from Gamestop. Hmm. I installed it because I have a launch 360 and the DVD drive makes quite a racket.
1359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - do I need a HD? on: November 14, 2011, 04:39:31 AM
Also the DVD drive makes quite a racket. Installing the game can save your nerves.
1360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 14, 2011, 04:36:28 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 14, 2011, 03:30:39 AM

Still working on getting a Clan setup.  However here is a group Sorry about the name

Hark, thanks for posting this link. I was finally able to register at the Elite website using this URL, the one I had before kept giving me a dead end.

I'm now at level 70 but I'm going to be gone for a few days so everyone will be catching up icon_frown

It's bizarre. After playing Hardcore TDM in BLOPS, and now playing non-HC TDM in MW3, I'm just so stunned by how many players just run all the time. I stay crouched most of the time and by using Stalker I can aim down the sights while I move. This makes up for my horrible reaction time. I do run from time to time, but not much.

I'm also running Blindeye/Assassin while helps keep me hidden. Most enemies I've seen in matches aren't using Assassin since they show up on the UAVs I throw up with every four/fifth kill. I've even tried using a silencer but in non-Hardcore it's too hard getting a kill at any distance.
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