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11561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Games Help on: December 11, 2007, 05:51:16 PM
Well I still suck pretty bad with continuous notes, but something somehow clicked in game for me.  I'm now able to play on Hard with pretty good success.  I've found that Rock Band is much easier on Hard than GH2 and 3.  I've even been able to play and 5 star some Expert songs, which I thought I'd never be able to do.  Fun, fun gaming!
11562  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [12/7/07] The Geezers Gone Wild Reunion Tour... on: December 11, 2007, 04:21:23 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 11, 2007, 04:16:25 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 11, 2007, 04:03:29 PM

Thanks for the invite last night Pete, that was fun.  I've never played domination before and I must say that was my favorite game type I've played so far.

It will not, however, be a boon to your K/D ratio...  Tongue

I dunno, one of the domination games I went 24-10.
11563  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [12/7/07] The Geezers Gone Wild Reunion Tour... on: December 11, 2007, 04:03:29 PM
Thanks for the invite last night Pete, that was fun.  I've never played domination before and I must say that was my favorite game type I've played so far.
11564  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: December 11, 2007, 04:02:39 PM
I had a great night last night and got back to 1.03.  I need to stop worrying about k/d though and just enjoy the game.  I got the G36C and I am sure loving that.
11565  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What's Your Multiplayer GOTY? on: December 11, 2007, 01:25:06 AM
COD4
11566  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 4 Just Hooked Me on: December 10, 2007, 09:13:45 PM

Quote from: rickfc on December 10, 2007, 09:11:28 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on December 10, 2007, 08:26:14 PM

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?  Wtf?

Yeah, something about going to India and there's a child emperor who's under the control of some creepy old dude.  And they have to eat monkey brains and eyeball soup.  And there's this really annoying Asian kid who just keeps yelling, "INDY!!!"  biggrin

No time for love, Dr. Jones!!
11567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call Of Duty 5........Treyarch,WWII on: December 10, 2007, 09:13:03 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on December 10, 2007, 09:00:21 PM

They should do a Call of Duty Peloponesian War game where you run around stabbing guys with a big ass spear.

LOL!
11568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 4 Just Hooked Me on: December 10, 2007, 06:20:50 PM
Woo!
11569  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: December 10, 2007, 04:55:19 AM
Man I just keep getting worse and worse at this game.  I'm down to 1.00 now.
11570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spike TV VGA winners announced. on: December 09, 2007, 06:22:18 PM
Kudos to Bioshock and COD4.
11571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: finished the game discussion SPOILERS! on: December 08, 2007, 06:48:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 08, 2007, 06:43:32 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 08, 2007, 01:45:54 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 08, 2007, 10:25:16 AM

I finished as a Renegade Infiltrator-  did the lesbian tango with Liarra, sacrificed Kaiden, hit Wrex with the butt of my rifle and filled him full of lead as he lay there, freed the Arachni queen and intimidated Saren into eating a bullet just before deciding to eliminate the council and put the Captain in charge.  I purged Feros, killed the ancient thorian, executed the Asari he had been holding, and brought executioners justice to all others who did wrong.

Good lord were you one evil son of a bitch. Still a fun game playing as a total bastard out of curiosity?

hell yeah!  as far as I can tell you don't get penalized for doing anything horrible.  However, the annoying part is that your allies are fine with whatever you do.  I was expecting Liarra or Tali to freak out over me executing Wrex but they just shrugged it off.

I have to say once you hit level 50 you pretty much roll over anything- it'll be interesting to start a replay with the current career on Insane.

Poor Wrex, he was my wingman!
11572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call Of Duty 5........Treyarch,WWII on: December 08, 2007, 06:47:37 PM
That sucks, I really liked the modern setting of 4.
11573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Happens When You Set Things Aside... on: December 07, 2007, 10:06:28 PM
I have two big ass cans of coins I need to get some paper money for. 
11574  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [12/7/07] The Geezers Gone Wild Reunion Tour... on: December 07, 2007, 10:01:40 PM
I might be around tonight guys and would be interested in playing.  I have all the games mentioned except GRAW2.  I suck bad at Gears, the rest of them I'm just meh at.  LE08877 (0 is a zero).
11575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: December 07, 2007, 06:21:11 PM

Quote from: kronovan on December 07, 2007, 06:11:13 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 07, 2007, 04:59:47 PM

Level 50 is the max on a first playthrough- Level 60 for New Game +.

And, yeah, I would recommend doing as many sidequests as possible before going to Virmire.  Though there is a bit more left to the game than you think. 

Level 50 is the max and unfortunately I missed it by about a 1000 XP points. I think I completed every side quest there was, so there must be side quests that are very difficult to find or unlock. I think if you're at the end game and you're close, it's probably worth visiting any systems where you're not 100% sure you've scanned everything.

Even if you don't get to 50 on that initial play through, if you start a new game with your old character and get to 50 on that game, you still get the achievement.
11576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Games Help on: December 07, 2007, 04:27:22 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 07, 2007, 03:42:58 PM

Man another one that kicked my keester was 3's and 7's from QotSA.

Oops, I mean Go With the Flow.  The QotSA song that is on the included setlist.
11577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III announced!!! on: December 07, 2007, 03:57:51 PM
Hmmmm.
11578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: December 07, 2007, 03:48:15 PM
Maybe it'll be a new one!
11579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Games Help on: December 07, 2007, 03:42:58 PM
Man another one that kicked my keester was 3's and 7's from QotSA.
11580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New GTA IV trailer...annnnd, yup, it's definitely a GTA game. on: December 07, 2007, 01:15:17 AM
That was great, I wasn't even looking forward to this, but I'm interested now.
11581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Games Help on: December 06, 2007, 10:18:36 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 06, 2007, 10:01:05 PM

Quote from: rickfc on December 06, 2007, 09:20:04 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 06, 2007, 08:39:06 PM


Hey KePow, some examples on Hard that kill me are Sabotage, Reptilia, and The Hand That Feeds.  The sections in those songs just ruin me.  I can never keep strumming properly.

Chaz is right.  If you keep the beat with your foot, you pick the notes per the beat and are not trying to pick as the note crosses the line thingie...

leo, how new are you to music theory?  Have you tried doing a mental "one two three four one two three four" or "one and two and three and four and" count as you try to get the timing right on those long strings of notes?  That kind of mental count can especially help if the song has occasional other color notes in the midst of the stream of the main color.  Instead of thinking "ok, here come those two blue notes" and trying to time it as they cross the line, you just know to play them on the "three and" part of the count.

Hey Wonderpug, I'd say I am a total novice.  I have an idea of what you're saying, but it's not something I have been doing in game.  I'll try and do that.
11582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Games Help on: December 06, 2007, 08:39:06 PM

Quote from: KePoW on December 05, 2007, 11:51:14 PM

give us some specific examples of songs on Hard

then I'll know whether to recommend downpicking exclusively, or if it's too fast and you need to alt-pick

most of the time, it's a lot easier to keep rhythm on those types of passages with downpicking

Hey KePow, some examples on Hard that kill me are Sabotage, Reptilia, and The Hand That Feeds.  The sections in those songs just ruin me.  I can never keep strumming properly.
11583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: December 06, 2007, 05:13:06 PM
Ok thanks Kevin!
11584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: December 06, 2007, 05:08:09 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 06, 2007, 04:49:24 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 06, 2007, 04:43:46 PM

I would like to play through again with a tech focus, but I want to use the assault rifle.  I don't see a combo that allows that frown

Play a solider and make sure that you have Garrus or Tali along for the ride the whole game and limit their ability to use powers autonomously. 

Hey Kevin do you get achievements if you are the one triggering their powers?
11585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: December 06, 2007, 04:43:46 PM
I would like to play through again with a tech focus, but I want to use the assault rifle.  I don't see a combo that allows that frown
11586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: December 06, 2007, 03:39:34 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 06, 2007, 01:39:06 PM

He was definitely there earlier- you must have walked right by him. 

I remember this guy being well along the path the Mako takes with the colonists that are taking refuge. However after this level, he's back at the main area with the rest of the colonists.
11587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zero Punctuation reviews Assassin's Creed on: December 06, 2007, 06:01:06 AM
LOL great review.
11588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: finished the game discussion SPOILERS! on: December 05, 2007, 10:24:00 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 05, 2007, 10:23:10 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 05, 2007, 10:22:20 PM

Question about starting over.  If I want to try a new build, does my career use the same 10 save game slots as the game I finished, or does it give me new ones?

Each character gets 10 save slots of thier own, no oeverwriting by accident of another character.

Thanks Arkon.

Regarding Para/Rene, I got points in Renegade when I didn't even think I was being bad sometimes.
11589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: finished the game discussion SPOILERS! on: December 05, 2007, 10:22:20 PM
Question about starting over.  If I want to try a new build, does my career use the same 10 save game slots as the game I finished, or does it give me new ones?
11590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Games Help on: December 05, 2007, 10:21:34 PM

Quote from: rickfc on December 05, 2007, 10:20:16 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 05, 2007, 10:17:51 PM

Hey all.  I saw all tho hoo-haa here about how Harmonix just plain does better note charts, which led me to pick up Rock Band and concentrate more on GH2.  I have found that after some solid playing, I can do a-ok on Hard mode now.  I don't just fail a song after 10% automatically.  Whether that's because the notes are more natural or because I play more, I'll never know!!

Any way, I can do ok with fast moving fingers and chords and stuff.  HOWEVER, the thin I just cannot nail is multiples of the same notes really close together.  Like a string of 25 red or whatever in a row.  I screw up EvERY time. It sucks to be doing really good on a song and them BAM no bonus.  To make matters worse, it seems like as songs go up in difficulty it basically means that they now have lots of the same notes in a row.

My question to you rock gods....how did you get better on repeat notes?  Please help me GT, you're my only hope!

Are you down-strumming exclusively when trying to hit those notes?  Or are you strumming both up and down?  Keep in mind that there's a practice mode in Rockband that allows you to play a particular part of a song slower

I started by trying to go up and down, but I could never keep up, so I just strum down with my thumb on these parts now.  I can just never keep the beat, as it were on these long single note sections that are so close together.
11591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Games Help on: December 05, 2007, 10:17:51 PM
Hey all.  I saw all tho hoo-haa here about how Harmonix just plain does better note charts, which led me to pick up Rock Band and concentrate more on GH2.  I have found that after some solid playing, I can do a-ok on Hard mode now.  I don't just fail a song after 10% automatically.  Whether that's because the notes are more natural or because I play more, I'll never know!!

Any way, I can do ok with fast moving fingers and chords and stuff.  HOWEVER, the thin I just cannot nail is multiples of the same notes really close together.  Like a string of 25 red or whatever in a row.  I screw up EvERY time. It sucks to be doing really good on a song and them BAM no bonus.  To make matters worse, it seems like as songs go up in difficulty it basically means that they now have lots of the same notes in a row.

My question to you rock gods....how did you get better on repeat notes?  Please help me GT, you're my only hope!
11592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: finished the game discussion SPOILERS! on: December 05, 2007, 10:11:16 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 05, 2007, 10:10:32 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 05, 2007, 10:09:02 PM

What the heck, I did his quest and all he said was thanks!

It might have to do with me taking the Renegade option for his quest.  I think I made him more cynical and meaner!

Ah that would explain it, I was still playing my light-side Jedi role at this point.
11593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: finished the game discussion SPOILERS! on: December 05, 2007, 10:09:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 05, 2007, 10:06:56 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 05, 2007, 10:03:37 PM

You really think Garrus will end up a Spectre?  I just don't see it happening... but then I was pretty hard on him and he really changed throughout the game.

Positive- he told me so himself Tongue  I think it depends on how you handle his personal subquest. 

What the heck, I did his quest and all he said was thanks!
11594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: finished the game discussion SPOILERS! on: December 05, 2007, 09:21:10 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 05, 2007, 09:19:57 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 05, 2007, 09:17:17 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 05, 2007, 09:15:24 PM

I replayed the Wrex interaction on Virmire a couple times, too.  I thought there has to be a path to save my buddy Wrex's people.

I don't think all hope is lost.  Just knowing that Saren was able to find a cure means that other, more benevolent scientists, should be able to do it too. 

The question is more wether the council would allow it.

In my world, the council perished in a fiery onslaught from the Geth.  Long live the new council!!!!!
11595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: finished the game discussion SPOILERS! on: December 05, 2007, 09:15:24 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 05, 2007, 09:13:56 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 05, 2007, 09:10:54 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 05, 2007, 09:06:03 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 05, 2007, 08:47:45 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 05, 2007, 08:43:37 PM

My guess is that the shadow broker is a Reaper, or more to the point an agent of the reapers... remember that the promethean AI/VI said that the Reapers sit back and collect information about the civilizations.

I"m guessing Promethean because the conversation with the AI  on Illos kind of left that hanging- the few remaining Prometheans went through the conduit to Citadel station and were presumed dead or somesuch.  Plus, the Shadow Broker agent you talk to refers to the SB maybe being a group of peopl so it might be the entire band of Prometheans that went through the Conduit.

I've seen the Reaper theory as well but my gut instict is that the Shadow Broker is "good". 

That is an interesting theory... but how long do Prometheans live?  Over 50,000 years???  The AI said there weren't enough Prometheans left to repopulate that race.  Remeber that the AI said that Saren wasn't the only agent, but rather was just the most visible. 

Maybe they were in cryo capsules for a large portion of that time and only come out periodically to check to see if technology is approach an apex that would initiate the Reapers and then they drop into "real time" to ensure that that the Reaper's plans are foiled.  Of course they have to stay in the shadows because to reveal themselves would immediately make them a target for the Reaper's agents (yeah, I'm talking out my ass here)....

Except, the conduit was a one way ride... they would have had no ship to get back to Illos from the citadel, and if they had the Reapers surely would have found them I would think.  Although it would be awesome to be able to meet a Promethean.  I also wish the Salarian would have been a playable party member race... they rock.

Oh and I also wish they had made a way to save the genophage cure to give to the Krogan in Virmire.

I replayed the Wrex interaction on Virmire a couple times, too.  I thought there has to be a path to save my buddy Wrex's people.
11596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dark Knight Poster on: December 05, 2007, 08:50:50 PM
So so so so very cool

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/34968
11597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: finished the game discussion SPOILERS! on: December 05, 2007, 08:44:53 PM
I hated those Cerebus bastardss.  Took every chance I could to blast them!
11598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: finished the game discussion SPOILERS! on: December 05, 2007, 07:49:05 PM
I finished last night and I think I leaned towards Paragon, but I got annoyed towards the end and made some renegade decisions.  I played as a vanguard.

I saved the Rachni queen.  I let Kaiden die.  I bumped uglies with Liara.  I sacraficed the council and felt a slight, fleeting bit of remorse for the Asari ship that carried them.  They were bastards anyway and we needed a new council.  I chose Anderson for the Human council member.  I saved Wrex, I didn't know you even got a chance to fight him.

Total play time was just over 24 hours, I somehow did not get the completist achievement or the ally ones, even though I used Wrex and Tali the whole time.

End character was level 48.  I had no problems killing anything after about mid-way.

I did not like the game at all at first.  As I played it grew on me and the last bit was really good, but for the most part unforgettable.  I may try and play through again with different abilities for shits and giggles.
11599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: December 05, 2007, 07:53:38 AM
Ok so I finally finished the game and it took me 24 hours and I was level 48 or 49.  I somehow didn't get the completionist achievement or any of the ally achivements even though I used the same 2 allies the whole time.
11600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeff Gerstmann fired from Gamespot for a review a publisher didn't like on: December 05, 2007, 05:56:04 AM
LOL awesome tags
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