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1401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 17, 2011, 11:40:48 PM
I tried to stay away from Minecraft today and get in some reading, but it dragged me back in  icon_biggrin. I got creative and made three double sized storage chests and put signs above each so I could sort and store my stuff in an organized manner.

I'm also continuing my obsession with glass. I now have glass skylights in my underground lair. I also accidentally dig into a water source which flooded me out, but after about forty minutes of tweaking I turned it into a glass enclosed waterfall in my lobby.

My indoor tree farm was a bust, but my outdoor farm (tree-ery?) is going like gangbusters.
1402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 17, 2011, 09:59:11 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 17, 2011, 09:54:59 PM

You can use redstone to make a compass that points back to your spawn point, or a watch that shows the cycle of the moon and sun.  Other than that I think the only other use is switches and logic gates.

Thanks for the quick reply. Yeah, I built the compass and clock. I'm hoping that as the game progresses towards release more functional items will be added. I'd love to have a powered drilling machine. Point it, turn it on, and it just digs a two cube high tunnel till you need to add a new charge. Hmm, I think I'll post that to their forum.
1403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 17, 2011, 09:52:25 PM
I've been finding a lot of redstone. Looking in the wiki, I don't seem to find a lot of use for it except for building a lot of NAND and NOR and other logic circuits. Any other useful things I can do with it?
1404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 15, 2011, 10:53:26 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on January 15, 2011, 07:39:30 PM

New OO server World Map for anyone interested.  (Click for full size) (20mb file warning)


I go it to download by saving the JPG to my desktop and viewing in Paint Shop Pro. It's a pretty cool world, I love the round walled off area with the central pillar and the aquarium.

After I burn out on single play I might give MP a whirl. How do you folks communicate inside and outside of the game?
1405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 15, 2011, 10:45:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 15, 2011, 10:00:57 PM

ah, it's good to know that I still have the good old 'oh shit creeper!' jump out of your seat reflex.  I'm starting to make pit traps for them.

Would you elaborate on "pit traps"? They still freak the heck out of me.
1406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 15, 2011, 08:20:44 PM
I ended up spending about six hours playing yesterday and boy, it does just draw you in. I alternated spending time on the surface growing trees and wheat and mining underground. I finally did reach bedrock and came across some redstone, but so far no gold and so little iron that I can't waste it on tools.

Besides mining some more my next goal is to do more exploring. I now have my compass so I can find my way home. I figure I'll carry enough resources to be able to build a hut for staying overnight. The land where I am is pretty barren, no mushrooms and only one type of flower. And snow, lots and lots of snow.
1407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Homefront on: January 15, 2011, 02:40:12 AM
I'm a bit intrigued about this. Let's hope for a demo.
1408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 15, 2011, 02:35:45 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 15, 2011, 02:00:48 AM

nice that they added charcoal.  i wonder if you can use that in the smelter as a fuel source.

Yes you can. It's a real help.
1409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 15, 2011, 12:34:20 AM
Since spiders can climb my fences into my patio, I felt the need to make a complete structure with walls and roof. However, since I like the view, I made it all of glass.




1410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 14, 2011, 10:26:52 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 14, 2011, 10:21:24 PM

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How do I "wear" armor I made? I've got a piece but I'm not sure how to equip it.

Iirc you equip it via the inventory screen. I usually don't make any so it's been awhile since I've had to equip it.

Thanks. That spider made me think it might not be a bad idea to have it.
1411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 14, 2011, 10:15:12 PM
How do I "wear" armor I made? I've got a piece but I'm not sure how to equip it.

Oh, btw, spiders can climb over my fence, dammit  icon_frown.
1412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 14, 2011, 04:01:32 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 14, 2011, 03:51:22 PM

You could tell yourself that you need a full suit of diamond armor to win the game.  You'll just kind of naturally "level up" to better and better equipment as you work your way up*.

*(down)

Good point. I think I also need to make some intermediate goals. i think my first will be to create a surface level area with fences and torches so I can keep working outside at night. Heck,that could be my first goal, to spend a night on the surface in safety.
1413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 14, 2011, 02:08:09 PM
I installed Minecraft on all three of my computers. It ran ok on my early 2003 era desktop, but still stuttered. I tuned the options and that helped. It ran fairly poorly on my Vista notebook even with tweaks. Surprisingly, it also ran ok on my little Acer netbook, although it still stuttered a bit till I got underground.

I had watched various YouTube videos of Minecraft generated grand structures but hadn't really read too much about the game. This was one reason I held off on getting it, I just didn't know what to expect. So I wasn't prepared for a couple of impressions I took away after about four hours of playing yesterday. One is the critical nature of the day/night cycle. By the end of my session yesterday I had developed a phobia about the night. Once above ground after the sun came up it seemed I couldn't do things fast enough. If I worked on something outside I would keep checking on how far I was from my little hole in the ground. At the first hint of oncoming darkness I'd scamper for the hole and assure myself I had provided sufficient protection for the night. Sheesh.

The second impression? They weren't kidding about the name "Minecraft". After starting several games and giving up because I didn't feel like I was doing things well, I finally started a game on the netbook. Weirdly, there was snow on the ground. And there were no hills! Where would I get my coal? I dug around, hitting a lot of sand, then finally some rock. So I went down and down and finally horizontally, although it was almost dark that far down. I expanded the cavity a bit and made some stairs, then put up a wall to prevent anything bad from getting in. After one dark night <shiver> I hit coal on the second day icon_biggrin. Then for what must have been an hour real time I just dug more mine galleries looking for more coal and something besides plain rock. By the time I had to go to bed I found that I had only been back topside one time to quickly gather more wood; otherwise I just lived like a Troglodyte. I have a crafting table and a smelter, but I'm using them just to make more tools so I can keep digging. If I could grow a tree underground I'd never go back to the surface.

I haven't tried it, but I assume I can move saved games from one computer to another. This would certainly come in handy.

I'm wondering how much longer I'll play it, however. Without goals or objectives, just making objects and digging and building structures might start to get old after a while. We'll see.

UPDATE: I just was reading the Minecraft Wiki and found out that I CAN grow trees underground. I am happy...
1414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 13, 2011, 10:14:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 13, 2011, 09:49:38 PM

Don't foret doors!  Creepers can't open doors!

(yet)

I put up a couple of doors, but somehow I got blown up anyway. Should I make sure to stay back from them?
1415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 13, 2011, 09:40:17 PM
I drank the Kool-Aid and bought this. I'm having fun, but I'm still a bit lost on how to keep out the monsters. I guess I'll pick it up as I go along.
1416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360] Colin McRae Rally 2005 on: January 10, 2011, 03:51:14 PM
With the 2011 Dakar Rally in progress I got the rally racing game bug. However with a lack of recent, decent rally sims for the 360 I dusted off my old CMR 2005 and gave it a go. While the graphics do look, well, five years old, the game does work nicely on the 360. I had played it a while when I got it for the original Xbox but hadn't really dived into the Career mode for some reason. I've done this now and it turns out to be pretty nice. You unlock better cars by winning early rallies in the usual Codemasters way. There's a very good variety of stage roads from asphalt to gravel to snow, with variation of each, and sometimes there's rain or snow precipitation to contend with. The stages are quite different from one another, with tight hairpins in Greece, insanely fast straights in Australia and little lanes through crop fields in Germany to name a few.

I'm just posting this in case anyone else has the rally bug and wonders if it's worth looking for CMR 2005. It is  nod
1417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2011 Release Chart on: January 10, 2011, 03:35:09 PM
Thanks for posting this chart. While I'm rather surprised at the lack of exclusives for the 360, there's nothing exclusively for the PS3, or "not for the 360" that would drive me to getting a PS3. It does look like I'll finally have to get a new gaming PC however.

I'm a bit surprised at seeing Tropico 4. I've read a lot of unhappy comments about Tropico 3, especially for the console edition having a population limit bug that was apparently never addressed. Maybe that's why it's going to be for the PC only.

Happy to see not only Forza 4 but also Test Drive Unlimited 2 and Dirt 3. Watching too much Top Gear (the good UK version) is turning me back on to racing games. Still no decent rally games however.

And I see that Microsoft is getting back into the flight simulator business. Good news if they keep modding accessible to the fans.
1418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Black Ops [Impressions start @ page 12] on: December 21, 2010, 02:15:53 AM

Quote from: ras752000 on December 20, 2010, 05:19:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 20, 2010, 05:09:53 PM

the first map pack is due out on February 1st according to Major Nelson's podcast.  it's also a 360 timed exclusive.
Well, that's only proper since working multiplayer was also an xbox timed exclusive too.

Oh snap!  icon_biggrin Isn't it the truth?
1419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Black Ops [Impressions start @ page 12] on: December 20, 2010, 12:31:51 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 20, 2010, 12:03:12 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on December 19, 2010, 11:35:40 PM

Quote from: Nonnahob on December 19, 2010, 10:57:21 PM

Quote from: Bob on December 19, 2010, 09:34:39 PM

I thought COD stood for Call of Duty.

Clearly, you thought wrong.

 icon_confused ?

I think they mean the D stands for something else, something that starts with D and ends with rama.

Maybe Dr D Rama Naidu?

Or diorama-o-rama?

More?
1420  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle 3! on: December 06, 2010, 04:37:51 PM
Finally went to Target and got the Wifi+3G version and the cool Kindle brand case with the built in light. Am very happy with it, getting all sorts of free books and games, since I find it hard at this time to justify buying expensive ebooks when I have hundreds of regular books awaiting my reading pleasure.

The only issue I'm having is with the browser. I changed the settings to access my wifi at home, which works fine,  and then played with the browser, which is ok if somewhat limited. But at work where I have no wifi I tried using the 3G and the browser and it's no go. I am able to get things over Whispernet so I do have a connection. Is it something to do with the browser requiring some data connection that has less coverage than Whispernet? I'll test it some more today to be sure, but right now I'm a bit confused.
1421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Black Ops [Impressions start @ page 12] on: December 01, 2010, 05:17:19 PM
I've been either very lucky with my blops connections or maybe it's Brighthouse down here in Florida that is to thank, but I've been scoring a solid four bars every game. Occasionally I do see someone warping a bit but when I check it's almost always just the one person with a bad connections.
1422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Black Ops [Impressions start @ page 12] on: December 01, 2010, 01:45:07 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 01, 2010, 01:36:58 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on December 01, 2010, 12:44:24 AM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on December 01, 2010, 12:35:33 AM

Played in Nuketown (blech)

I'd still prefer Nuketown over Summit. That's just an insane map unless you can keep folks back in the original spawn areas, otherwise you keep getting shot in the back.

I hope the first map pack has medium or large maps; Treyarch did so well with their CoD:WaW packs.

Treyarch isn't doing the map packs.  They are done with Black Ops and moving on to the next one.  Raven is doing all the DLC.

Did Raven do the CoD:WaW maps? Whoever did them did a good job.
1423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Black Ops [Impressions start @ page 12] on: December 01, 2010, 12:44:24 AM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on December 01, 2010, 12:35:33 AM

Played in Nuketown (blech)

I'd still prefer Nuketown over Summit. That's just an insane map unless you can keep folks back in the original spawn areas, otherwise you keep getting shot in the back.

I hope the first map pack has medium or large maps; Treyarch did so well with their CoD:WaW packs.
1424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Black Ops [Impressions start @ page 12] on: November 30, 2010, 11:22:24 PM
My first video! Three fast kills on Launch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJQNr01K4UI
1425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Requesting info regarding getting online with a PS3 on: November 29, 2010, 02:37:57 PM
Quote from: The_Man
It's actually pretty simple.  Name, email address, password.  It's been awhile since I set mine up but I don't think a credit card is required at all.  And yes, you can get Playstation Network cards at Wal Mart, Target, Best Buy, and Gamestop.  They usually come in $20 or $50 increments.

Thanks for the info. I have a local Gamestop which is very convenient and I'd rather throw them my business rather than a Big Box store.

Quote from: Teggy on November 29, 2010, 01:45:31 PM

You can buy stuff off Playstation Network with dollars (quite a novel idea, huh?) Or is you concern putting your credit card info into their system?

Yeah, I'd rather not give them my credit card info. I know it's all very safe now on the Internet slywink but I'm still a bit of a chicken.
1426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Black Ops [Impressions start @ page 12] on: November 29, 2010, 02:33:39 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 29, 2010, 02:22:02 PM


I love my Hacker Pro, I keep running around yelling at my team mates not to blow up the enemy equipment but to let me hack them. I haven't been able to do very many care packages but switching over Claymores is very, very satisfying  nod. I also get satisfaction saving my team mates from Claymores and other nasties by calling them out as I see them. 
1427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Requesting info regarding getting online with a PS3 on: November 29, 2010, 11:04:27 AM
I'm considering getting a PS3 to play Gran Turismo 5. How much of a hassle is it to getting registered and active on Sony's Playstation Network? Do I need a credit card or my first born (good luck on that slywink) or lots of very personal information? My Xbox Live account set up was pretty trivial, so I'm hoping the Sony one is the same.

Also, does the PSN have points cards you can get at Gamestop like Xbox Live Marketplace does, to buy DLC? I checked on the Gamestop site and didn't find them, but maybe I'm searching for the wrong thing.
1428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion and Impressions on: November 26, 2010, 10:47:29 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 26, 2010, 09:31:41 PM

Quote from: Reemul on November 26, 2010, 08:23:13 PM

To start over do i have to delete the whole game or is it possible to remove my save game only?

I would like to know this as well as I last played my career over a year ago and didn't get very far and would like a fresh start.

I imagine you only delete your saved game. Better to try that then to delete the whole thing and realize you were wrong.
1429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: AC: Brotherhood - impressions and full review! on: November 26, 2010, 02:19:54 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on November 26, 2010, 01:42:28 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 26, 2010, 06:48:27 AM

Quote from: spigot on November 26, 2010, 06:40:28 AM

Just beat the story mode. A big WTF at the end. Didn't see it coming, didn't make much sense and not quite sure what it all means.

so, just like ac2 then.

Funny but near the end of AC2 at the big WTF? moment there, Desmond and I both said it at the same time.  icon_lol

I really must finish AC2 some time, it's the only thing holding me up from getting AC:B
1430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: November 25, 2010, 04:32:26 AM
The first review of the Mafia II add-on Joe's Adventures is out from Worthplaying.com, giving it an 8/10

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The first thing to understand about Joe's Adventures is that this is not your typical DLC. The estimated eight hours of gameplay being advertised by 2K is not an inflated marketing number. Assuming you're playing on at least medium difficulty, it's a realistic expectation. Right out of the gate, you're pretty much guaranteed a good value for your gaming dollar. The typical length for a standard DLC expansion is a mere hour. By offering up a DLC add-on that is only $10 and has about two-thirds the content of the original game, 2K is significantly raising the bar for other publishers. The content is easily on par with what PC gamers have come to expect from standalone expansion packs.

The second thing you need to know about Joe's Adventures is that most of its flaws are attributable to issues with the core game engine. They are problems that are present in the original game, so in short, if you enjoyed Mafia II, you're likely to enjoy Joe's Adventures.

and...

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Joe's Adventures delivers more of what you've come to expect from the game. The new areas are memorable, and the story-focused missions do a good job of explaining exactly how things came to be while Vito was away. There are no major game engine changes (so don't expect public transit to make an appearance or for massive numbers of buildings to suddenly become explorable), but the sheer amount of content makes Joe's Adventures difficult to ignore.
1431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3, now with impressions + the official GT Review! on: November 25, 2010, 04:26:05 AM

Quote from: Travis on November 25, 2010, 04:14:27 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 24, 2010, 10:13:20 PM

I picked this up when it came out but since I had Fallout New Vegas keeping me busy I haven't touched it yet. I'm planning on starting it this weekend. Any recommended DLC I should get before I start the game?

So far all of the reviews I have read said to skip the DLC (even the new bit) as it's not worth it.

Wow, you aren't kidding. IGN reviewed the new Understone DLC and gave it 4.5/10.
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Twenty-two minutes.

That's how long it took me to complete the new mission in the first Fable III downloadable extra: Understone Quest Pack. (I even timed it with my iPhone stopwatch.) And even at a discounted price of 400 points and the inclusion of two minigames as well as some free weapons, that is a both tremendous disappointment and a poor deal.
1432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3, now with impressions + the official GT Review! on: November 24, 2010, 10:13:20 PM
I picked this up when it came out but since I had Fallout New Vegas keeping me busy I haven't touched it yet. I'm planning on starting it this weekend. Any recommended DLC I should get before I start the game?
1433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion and Impressions on: November 24, 2010, 05:34:40 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 24, 2010, 04:02:59 PM

Is it just extra cars? I've hardly scratched the surface with the cars in the base game. But I'd like to play it some more since my wheel is just sitting there collecting dust.

The Ultimate collection has all the DLC cars, and I think the Nuremberg GP track DLC as well. It also includes three cars labeled as from "Stig's Garage" as a tie in to the UK Top Gear Series, as well as a 90 minute video taken from the show. Finally there are seven (I think) cars that are new and unique to the Ultimate Collection release (one is available for free as a "sampler" DLC). These last two car sets are the ones I hope they will release as DLC to everyone. I don't really want to spend $30 for ten cars, since I have everything else.

Also I think, but am not sure, that the five original VIP cars are not in the Ultimate Collection, nor does getting the UC give you VIP status in the game, which really only affects the Auction House.
1434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Gran Turismo 5 -EDIT : finally released on: November 24, 2010, 05:28:01 PM
Thanks for the responses!  icon_biggrin

Quote from: Devil on November 24, 2010, 03:58:36 PM

I think limits are set on the car class for races as well so my POS Nissan would not be in the same race as a Lambo that I could see.

I didn't state this clearly in my earlier post. What I want to know is, is it possible to select any car you own, and any track currently unlocked for you, and race there against cars of a similar class? For instance are there any tracks that are prohibited to you if you select your POS Nissan?

In Forza 3 this is possible by going into multiplayer, selecting any car from your garage, setting the rules you want, then filling the rest of the field with AI cars. This sounds a bit convoluted, but once you do it a few times it's easy. Forza 3 supports AI cars of any class, make or model on any track. I was wondering if GT5 does the same. This is a big selling point for me, as I like these ad hoc races as much as the prescribed ones.
1435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion and Impressions on: November 24, 2010, 03:54:11 PM
So anyone considering getting the Forza 3 - Ultimate Platinum Hits edition? I'd rather wait till the new, supposedly "Ultimate Edition" only cars become available as DLC, but I don't know when that's going to be.
1436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Gran Turismo 5 -EDIT : finally released on: November 24, 2010, 03:42:37 PM

Quote from: Devil on November 24, 2010, 02:17:19 PM

I went about 3/4 through the first license test and started to remember that this game feels more like a job at times and less like 'fun'.

I remember that from GT4 as well. One review I read said that the license tests weren't as critical to the single player experience in GT5 as they were in GT4. Do you think this is true?

Also, since I'm still unclear about this, how do you obtain cars? Earn money in races to buy them, like Forza 3? Or some other mechanic? Additionally, are all cars available to purchase/whatever right away, or do you have to play for some period to unlock access to them? I don't know how long I'd be playing the game and I'd hate to find out I have to put in so many "game days" to be able to access content like certain cars and tracks.

One other question, just to be annoying slywink. Can you race on any track against the AI with any car? Or are there restrictions? I remember that the TOCA series had this limitation, that only certain car series could race on certain tracks, although on the PC version this was expanded. This is a big draw for me, since I like to try different combinations of cars and tracks.
1437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Gran Turismo 5 -EDIT : finally released on: November 24, 2010, 10:52:24 AM
Metacritic has some GT5 reviews up.
1438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Black Ops [Impressions start @ page 12] on: November 24, 2010, 10:47:37 AM
Finally reached level 50 and since I had waited so long to get my China Lake, I am not going to Prestige. The CoD cash/points system makes it worthwhile not to flip since I can continue to earn money.

No matchmaking issues yesterday afternoon for me, but then I'm playing Hardcore so I don't know if that makes a difference.

Treyarch, I'm ready for some new maps!
1439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Gran Turismo 5 -EDIT : finally released on: November 24, 2010, 03:07:29 AM

Quote from: Devil on November 24, 2010, 02:50:06 AM

Install is telling me it will take 20 minutes....

So I'm assuming you have the game  icon_biggrin. What's the manual like?
1440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Gran Turismo 5 -EDIT : finally released on: November 24, 2010, 12:43:05 AM
Review from a French Gaming site. The translation makes it unintentionally funny. To whit...
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One thinks, for example, whose research Nascar constant suction is really well made, the phenomenon is well simulated in the series ever since.

Overall, they don't seem to be impressed with it.
 
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