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11161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN Store Coming Soon Rumors on: March 18, 2008, 01:27:40 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on March 18, 2008, 01:18:53 AM

Quote from: Destructor on March 18, 2008, 12:21:39 AM

Hopefully they'll put in the 'analog controls optional' enhancement to Lair. biggrin

there's actually a very good possibility that they will be...

Would be nice if they just release that as a patch and not a pay DLC.  Then I can pick up Lair on the cheap at Amazon and get analog controls without having to pay extra for them.
11162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MGS4 Release Date on: March 18, 2008, 01:26:46 AM

Quote from: ATB on March 18, 2008, 01:21:57 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 18, 2008, 01:00:06 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on March 17, 2008, 10:49:45 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 17, 2008, 09:04:04 PM

I must be on crack. I'm considering a PS3 to get this game.

mgs4 = system-seller?!...

 nod

why buy it for the PS3 when it's coming out for the 360 too?  slywink

Yeah. I know.  It doesn't make sense. But I want High Definition Movies SO BAD.

Wait a minute. No I don't.

Huh. Guess I'm out.

That's ok, I'll let you know how it goes.
11163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSN Store Coming Soon Rumors on: March 17, 2008, 09:00:21 PM
Rumored PSN Store coming soon stuff....from Kotaku:

http://kotaku.com/368857/rumored-playstation-store-release-list-shows-home-ratchet-quest-for-booty-due-in-july

Some bigger name stuff on there, but holy shit yeah Pixel Junk Monsters Expansion!!! Please be true!!!
11164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MGS4 Release Date on: March 17, 2008, 07:10:42 PM
Man I watched all the videos for MGS4 they have on on the PSN store and this outing looks to be twice as weird as any of the other games.  I mean I'm still in but wtf is the writer smoking when he pens this stuff?
11165  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / R6:V2 $39.99 at Fry's B & M on: March 17, 2008, 02:18:38 PM
Hey all, CAG is reporting that at least some Fry's will have R6:V2 for sale on 3/20/2008 for $39.99.  YMMV

http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=175928


EDIT:  Also 53.99 at Buy.com with free shipping:

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=206575624&adid=17070&dcaid=17070#
11166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Site for tracking number of units sold on: March 17, 2008, 02:02:14 PM
Hey all, I am curious if there's a site that tracks the number of software units sold...does anything like that exist?

11167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 - Zerg Revealed on: March 17, 2008, 02:01:29 PM
Really?  I never heard that about Starcraft.
11168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/17) on: March 17, 2008, 02:00:42 PM
How come there's no demo for hot shots golf?  I want to try this out first.

Vegas looks good, but I think I'll wait until I can find it on sale.  I don't really want to play the MP, sounds too tactical for my tastes. 
11169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy St. Patty's Day!!! on: March 17, 2008, 12:24:50 PM
When I was in college at Chico I was already in line for the bars to open.  Now I'm just eating breakfast before work! 

/shakes fist
11170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 17, 2008, 12:15:28 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 16, 2008, 11:04:39 PM

I've played Gimme Shelter a couple times in solo tour (guitar), but for some reason it won't register on the leaderboards.  Still says I haven't played it.  Strange...

I don't suppose there's any way to correct that, is there?

Depending on your score, if you don't score high enough you won't register on the site.  Otherwise I've found it takes quite some time for the scores to update correctly.
11171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 17, 2008, 12:13:43 AM
Why can't you get a new pedal now?  What's changed?
11172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: March 16, 2008, 07:19:05 PM
Ok I just finished this and I can say that, without a doubt, this is the finest game that I have ever played.  The story, the graphics, the acting, all of it.  This blows every other game I've played out of the water.  I can't wait to see what the sequel holds. 

EDIT:  Also, I thought I was going nuts with the treasure searching and I only found 49!
11173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dallas considers shutting off red light cams, since they're working too well on: March 16, 2008, 04:04:19 PM
WTF is right. 
11174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone else have this problem with the iPod nano on: March 15, 2008, 07:59:50 PM
I have one of those tall, thin nanos and I don't have that issue.
11175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH3 - Wii - Boss Battle Question on: March 15, 2008, 07:29:34 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 15, 2008, 07:16:12 PM

I found that the best way to win the battles is to store up the attacks and hit the cpu with them in quick succession.

This worked for me too.
11176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 15, 2008, 06:07:13 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 15, 2008, 06:06:25 PM

Quote from: skystride on March 15, 2008, 01:37:40 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 15, 2008, 12:25:32 AM

Quote from: skystride on March 14, 2008, 09:31:39 PM

But vegas 1 didn't really have any good unlocks at higher ranks unless you think pink armor is a great reward. 

I hear Hark loves the pink armor.

That's the only reason he was good at the game, he got cheap kills while we laughed at how stupid he looked.  I hope they nerf pink armor.  Nerf melons too while they are at it.

I never used the pink armor, I used the "cotton-candy clouds" camo and blended right in with the decor of your rooms you pussies.

lol!
11177  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: COD4 Shootyface tonight (Possibly for the last time?) on: March 15, 2008, 05:27:00 AM
I was on at 7 PT and didn't see anyone from my friend list, were you guys on later?
11178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HT Showdown: Yamaha vs Sony on: March 15, 2008, 01:35:37 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on March 15, 2008, 12:51:57 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on March 15, 2008, 12:13:47 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on March 14, 2008, 08:14:13 PM

Hey, I like Denon too, but to get HDMI 1.3a inputs, I'd have to go up to the AVR-5803CI.  That's very cool, but has a MSRP of $5200.  That's well out of my range.

Actually...

Tongue

That said I still think if I was going to get one now it would be one of the newer Onkyo series. They're the only affordable receivers that support all the new audio formats on Blu-Ray like DTS-HD and it's Dolby competitor.
Unless I'm reading that wrong, you can't output a non HDMI source through the HDMI connection and you can't use HDMI as the sound cable.  Perhaps I should have said "HDMI 1.3 a inputs with audio and video processing" instead. slywink

Ok my Onkyo 605 can output any video input to the receiver, out to the monitor via HDMI.  For example my cable box goes into my receiver with Component cables, but there's just a single HDMI cable feeding my tv.  I can also use my HDMI cable to pass audio through to the monitor if I don't want to output it to the external speakers.  If that's what you're looking for, then it's available starting at $400.
11179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HT Showdown: Yamaha vs Sony on: March 15, 2008, 12:16:06 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on March 15, 2008, 12:13:47 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on March 14, 2008, 08:14:13 PM

Hey, I like Denon too, but to get HDMI 1.3a inputs, I'd have to go up to the AVR-5803CI.  That's very cool, but has a MSRP of $5200.  That's well out of my range.

Actually...

Tongue

That said I still think if I was going to get one now it would be one of the newer Onkyo series. They're the only affordable receivers that support all the new audio formats on Blu-Ray like DTS-HD and it's Dolby competitor.


Yeah my $400 receiver supports 1.3a
11180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 14, 2008, 07:53:43 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 14, 2008, 07:52:41 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 14, 2008, 07:45:53 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 14, 2008, 07:22:41 PM

Ok Chaz, I know you've got all that confidentiality stuff to deal with...but please blink once if you think "Still Alive" is coming soon, twice if it's at least hitting us in April, and thrice if even April is too optimistic.

I cannot answer your question, even in blinks.  For this I am sorry.

The thrash pack is indeed for those looking for a challenge.  These songs, particularly Thrasher, are the most ungodly song in the game, and that includes the Metallica DLC.  They are definitely not for the faint of heart.  Even bass is hard, and the drums are serious too.

EDIT: Something I've always loved about the Harmonix games is including songs I haven't heard of, but that I wind up loving by the time I've played them a few times.  What GH3 taught me is that just because I love a song, doesn't mean it'll be fun to play in the game (Slow Ride).  I will admit that the flaw in that plan is that in a party setting, most people only want to play songs they know, which is unfortunate.  I was at one party where I put on a song I love, but isn't known at all, and one guy failed out within 30 seconds, declared that the song sucked hard, and refused to play it again, then made fun of me for liking it.  A party's a tough crowd.

THANK. GOD.


Also, how have you guys never heard of Paramore or Serj Tankanian(or whatever the spelling is)? I don't dig Serj, in fact I can't stand a lot of SoaD songs. Paramore gets played quite frequently here. Though a local radio station is independantly own and ran by some ex green bayer. So I don't have to deal with shitty play lists. If you even liked CCC a little you should really check out the rest of the album. It's pretty damn good. CCC wouldn't have been my first choice of song from the CD, but whatever.

Yeah they wouldn't know if they didn't listen to the radio. 
11181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HT Showdown: Yamaha vs Sony on: March 14, 2008, 07:08:07 PM
FWIW, I have an Onkyo receiver and it's great!
11182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 14, 2008, 06:51:49 PM

Quote from: Brendan on March 14, 2008, 06:39:37 PM

Yeesh - out.

Yep me too, but that's ok since I spend too much $$$ on RB DLC.
11183  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: COD4 Shootyface tonight (Possibly for the last time?) on: March 14, 2008, 04:09:27 PM
There's a good chance I'm in. 
11184  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: You're Coming for me, Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: March 14, 2008, 03:19:44 PM
ATB isn't pride one of the OG deadly sins?!?!!?
11185  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: You're Coming for me, Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: March 14, 2008, 06:23:32 AM

Quote from: ATB on March 14, 2008, 05:42:44 AM

1.66  Tongue

I so want some new maps.

I just can't see myself enjoying R6V enough to warrant a purchase. I think I'll give it a rent.

Yeah I'm dying for some new maps as well.
11186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: February NPD Results on: March 14, 2008, 06:23:00 AM

Quote from: ATB on March 14, 2008, 05:41:04 AM

Another 600k DSes? Is there anyone who doesn't own one yet?

I don't have one.  If I got a portable it would be a PSP either way.
11187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pontiac Spy Hunter Commercial on: March 14, 2008, 05:26:41 AM
I thought this was pretty cool smile

http://www.brightcove.tv/title.jsp?title=1456277209
11188  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Gas on: March 14, 2008, 04:44:20 AM
I had to pay 3.75 a gallon for gas today and that was the cheapest for regular of 3 gas stations at an intersection.  W T F !!!

Are you guys getting bent over at the pump, too?
11189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budgety but not Crap Home Theater Audio But Not Actually Budgety on: March 14, 2008, 02:40:10 AM

Quote from: disarm on March 13, 2008, 11:50:25 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 13, 2008, 06:24:32 PM

The Onkyo 605 was on sale at Circuit City when I bought it...it cost me 399.99 + tax

so how do you like the Onkyo 605 so far?  i've had my eye on that receiver for quite a while now and might pick one up as soon as i get my 'economic incentive' check in a few months...

I'm no audiophile, but it's awesome so far.  I have my ATT Uverse box, 360, and ps3 all going into it and just 1 HDMI cable to the TV.  It's been awesome so far.  No loss in picture quality to my eyes.
11190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 13, 2008, 08:04:10 PM
More Weezer!
11191  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York tied to prostitution ring on: March 13, 2008, 07:25:46 PM
Taken from Joystiq:

GamePolitics has the money quote from Client 9's 2006 election campaign, where he exclaimed, "Media content has gotten more graphic, more violent and more sex-based ... Children can even simulate having sex with a prostitute."
11192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3 Firmware 2.17 on: March 13, 2008, 07:12:39 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 13, 2008, 07:09:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 13, 2008, 02:27:17 PM

it'd be nice if they added in the capability for the blu ray drive to remember where you are on a DVD/BD if you stop the movie and turn off the system so you don't have to skip/fast forward through a disc to find your spot again.  c'mon Sony, even my DVD player from 2000 had the ability to do that  icon_frown

leaving the system on doesn't seem to help either, as I tried it and when I went back a few hours later it started the disc at the beginning.

i have seen this in work just recently while watching farscape.  hit O to back out of playback, then restart fah.  next day, exit fah, select dvd video, and bam! episode starts back up where i left it.  you doing something different like hitting the off switch on the back or something?

I feel like this is a stupid q but what's "fah" ?
11193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budgety but not Crap Home Theater Audio But Not Actually Budgety on: March 13, 2008, 06:24:32 PM
TV was 1400 when I got it August of last year.

The Onkyo 605 was on sale at Circuit City when I bought it...it cost me 399.99 + tax

The speakers and sub with associated cabling were $516 total

so minus the TV it was about $1k for the audio.  Again it was only 2 fronts and a sub (and receiver).  For my small room it fits perfect.  I think anything more would have been overkill.  One day when I have a bigger living room area, I hope to just add a center and two surrounds, but keep using the rest of my stuff.
11194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Incredible Hulk on: March 13, 2008, 06:03:49 PM

Quote from: Graham on March 13, 2008, 05:55:22 PM

There is reportedly some infighting between Marvel and Norton on how to cut the final version of the movie.  That doesn't sound good at all.

Yeah I read that too....I thought the whole deal with Marvel taking over Ironman and the Hulk was so they could have their vision of these movies.
11195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 13, 2008, 05:17:12 PM

Quote from: JuniorDan on March 13, 2008, 05:16:01 PM

Is there a list of the up coming DLC songs? I would really love to play "Toxicity" on RockBand   icon_twisted Disorder! Disorder!

They announce the next week's DLC on Friday afternoon these days.
11196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budgety but not Crap Home Theater Audio But Not Actually Budgety on: March 13, 2008, 05:03:15 PM
I wanted to update with my purchases....I went with the Onkyo 605 and I got a pair of Level Two Fronts and a Level Two Sub from www.htd.com.  These were added to my 42" Phillips 1080p from Costco.  I'm in nerd heaven these days.

I've had my eye on their site for quite some time and I am not disappointed in the sound.  My living room area is not that big so I decided to just get a pair of speakers instead of trying to get surround sound.

I've gone back and played some games that I had gone through without a good sound system and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long.

The 360 and PS3 (DVD) are running through the system and everything sounds so awesome.  It's great having bass to your gun fights now!!
11197  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York tied to prostitution ring on: March 13, 2008, 04:32:15 PM
The hooker is not that hot.  I would have expected hottest girl alive for that kind of cash.
11198  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: EA Attempting Hostile Takeover of Take-Two on: March 13, 2008, 04:01:07 PM
I was part of a company that was gobbled up in a hostile take-over once.  Our board ended up folding after months of promising us they wouldn't.  Bye, bye Take2.  Welcome to corporate America.
11199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Condemned 2 impressions on: March 13, 2008, 03:38:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 13, 2008, 03:37:40 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 13, 2008, 02:16:36 PM

The trailer for this was creepy as shit. 

I'd hate to see what you eat that gives you such creepy shit.

LOL  ninja
11200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lost Planet: Colonies Announced...basically a remake on: March 13, 2008, 03:14:14 PM
http://www.joystiq.com/2008/03/13/lost-planet-colonies-confirmed-for-30-online-not-backwards-com/

$30, remake of the first game with some added stuff.

From VE3d:

Quote
Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition is in development for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft as well as a version for Windows-based PCs that will support Games for Windows – LIVE. Scheduled for Platinum Hits release this June in North America, Lost Planet Colonies Edition extends the acclaimed Lost Planet experience by delivering fresh new content and gameplay options, as well as online cross-platform play between both the Xbox 360 and Windows-based PCs using Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows - LIVE. Both SKUs of the game will offer excellent value, with the Xbox 360 version achieving Platinum Hits status. Lost Planet Colonies Edition is rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and will be released on both Windows PCs and Xbox 360 on May 27 for the Platinum Hits value price of $29.99.

Lost Planet Colonies Edition provides the same compelling single player experience found in the original Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, with the addition of three new modes. In Score Attack, all enemies have points assigned to them and the score awarded will change depending on how they are defeated, with skilled marksmen being rewarded. For those who thrive on a challenge, Trial Battle Mode delivers, pitting players against all of the game’s bosses, one after another. Players of both Score Attack and Trial Battle modes will be able to compare their skills and compete for bragging rights via the online ranking system. Finally things get a little crazy with Off Limit Mode which lets players take on Lost Planet’s harsh environments and enemies with over-the-top, super-charged weapons and a powered-up grappling hook.

Fans of multiplayer action will not be disappointed as Lost Planet Colonies Edition allows them to enjoy a host of new maps, characters, weapons and gameplay modes. Players turn poacher as they attempt to steal opponents’ alien Akrid eggs in a number of individual and team play modes, while the addition of VS Annihilator Mode assigns one robotic Vital Suit to each team, which must be defended at all cost. Lost Planet Colonies Edition also includes the feature that Lost Planet fans across the globe have been clamoring for – the ability to play as a gigantic marauding Akrid. Revel in the chance to turn the tables on the Snow Pirates as you assume the role of one of E.D.E.N. III’s indigenous creatures in Akrid Hunting mode.

All of these modes can be played across a total of 20 diverse maps, including a number of brand-new multiplayer arenas set in areas such as the confines of an ancient coliseum or the zero gravity of space. For the first time, Xbox 360 owners will be able to join up with or play against Windows-based PC gamers, thanks to Lost Planet Colonies Edition’s cross-platform compatibility.

Release Date: May 27 2008
Genre: Action Shooter
Platform: Xbox 360, Games for Windows - LIVE
Rating: T for Teen
Developer: Capcom
Price: $29.95

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition provides explosive action for both online and offline players. Gamers who missed the original Lost Planet will have the opportunity to experience the epic gameplay that made the original a global hit with the added bonus of fresh new content and cross platform multi-play all at a great value price. Fans of the Lost Planet’s online action will be thrilled at the inclusion of new online modes, maps, weapons and models.

Features:

# New modes for single player campaign

    * Score Attack – Each enemy and destructible object has points assigned to them, with the player being awarded different points depending on how they defeat the enemy.
    * Trial Battle Mode – Take on each of the game’s Bosses, one after another
    * Off Limit Mode – Go wild with over-the-top, super-charged weapons with unlimited ammunition and increased speed of movement

# New online modes

    * Akrid Hunter – Get the chance to finally play as an Akrid as your opponents attempt to take you down
    * VS Annihilator – Each team attempts to destroy its opponent’s VS while defending its own
    * CounterGrab – The team with the longest data post activation time wins
    * Point Snatcher – Take down opponents and collect the most thermal energy points
    * Akrid Egg Battle – Steal Akrid eggs from the opponent’s team and bring them safely back to your own base
    * Egg Bandit – steal your opponents’ Akrid egg, with points awarded for longer capture times

# Four new multiplayer maps

    * Crossfire City – the wide streets provide an excellent opportunity for VS battles, while buildings provide great cover for sharp-eyed snipers
    * Area 921– Two industrial compounds located in a vast desert and linked by an underground pipe
    * Lost Arena – The central arena is ideal for VS pilots to act as futuristic gladiators, while those on foot can use the surrounding grandstands as their battleground
    * Assault Space – Set onboard a space ship and its supply vessel, the blackness of space is sure to make for some interesting encounters

# New playable characters

    * Two female and two robot characters are added to the roster of choices for online personas to choose from, bringing the total to 11
    * 5 new playable character models

# New weapons (human)

    * Hand Gun – weak in power, but very accurate and easy to use
    * Revolver – The expert’s one-shot kill weapon of choice at close quarters
    * Flame Launcher – Uses thermal energy to lay down a wall of fire
    * Hand Cannon – A handgun-like rocket launcher that is very effective against VS suits

# New weapons (VS)

    * Pile Bunker – A long spike fires out at immense speed
    * VS Rifle – VS-dedicated rifle which has the longest range and loses no power regardless of the distance
    * Rocket Pod – Shoot off a salvo of rockets to cause immense damage to a specific area
    * Laser Lance – Attack with a sweeping arc of devastation

# New Environments

    * Snowstorms, arctic winds, towering mountains of ice are all stunningly realized, creating a truly immersive and cinematic event of epic proportions.

# New perspectives

    * Switch to first person view or the over-the-shoulder view from Resident Evil 4 for even more intense action

# Cross Platform Play

    * XBOX 360 and PC users can now compete on the same battlefield

NOTE: Lost Planet COLONIES EDITION and the original Lost Planet: Extreme Condition are not compatible. Single-player saves and online rankings cannot be carried over and multiplayer games will be separate.
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