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Microsoft Console Gaming / Titanfall
« on: November 01, 2015, 07:44:36 PM »
Never played it, but for $5 on Xbox One on a XBL Gold deal, I'm finding it hard to pass up...anyone else have it?

General Gaming Discussion / Grand Theft Auto V
« on: September 27, 2013, 07:56:32 PM »
Against my better judgement, I picked this up a few days after launch.

My first surprise was that the cars you park in garages don't get saved like they should. It is a known issue, but for fuck's sake the game is called Grand THEFT AUTO. You steal cars and shit and no one at Rock Star noticed that cars wouldn't save? Really?

To boot, and maybe it is just the aftertaste of LA Noire, the game is boring as hell. Spoiler alert: You watch a cut scene. You get a mission. You drive a shitty mission car to a destination. You watch a cutscene. You then see how you failed to complete mission objectives you had no idea existed until after the mission was over. Have a silver medal. Rinse well and repeat.

It's LA Noire with tits and cursing.

Maybe it has been too long since I played a GTA title, but I am not impressed so far.

Microsoft Console Gaming / Halo 4
« on: November 07, 2012, 07:50:53 AM »
It's awesome. Anyone else pick it up? Multiplayer is fun, I actually got a few kills in my second match! I have finished a little of the campaign. My son and I are going through that together.

There are various daily, weekly and monthly tasks you can complete to earn extra XP in both single and MP. Lots of gear and weapons to unlock. It might be my favorite Halo yet...

General Gaming Discussion / Next Gen Consoles
« on: March 09, 2012, 08:55:55 PM »
Will the next generation of consoles put an end to the used game market? It seems that a lot of attention has been paid to used games sales and how publishers make diddly from these aftermarket transactions lately. It is already speculated that the next Xbox will not have a disc drive.

With the success of the Xbox Live Marketplace, Apple's App Store, et al and in game purchases for eagles, coins, pets, and so forth it is not a far fetched thought for publishers to abandon the archaic distribution model we have grown accustomed to in favor of one that both maximizes profits and eliminates losses due to used sales.

I, as a connoisseur of used crap, don't want to see this happen. I like used games and don't mind paying EA a few bucks to play on line of need be. It would be different if we felt some saving and game prices dropped 30%, but with people seemingly happy paying the same price or more for Kindle books, I don't see that happening.

Anything Goes / Kinder Eggs
« on: April 24, 2011, 06:44:32 PM »
My brother in law got some Kinder Surprise eggs in Germany and brought them home yesterday for all the kids. I thought they were pretty cool and went on line to see if I could get some, but it seems they are banned in the US  :o Come to find out he was stopped for them and they let him through anyway.

Any of you north of here willing to ship them? I'm not trying to start some black market business, they are just for my family. PM me :)

Anything Goes / To all you turkeys
« on: November 25, 2010, 01:31:47 PM »
Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's to food, family, football, and friends!


Anything Goes / Website Help
« on: November 17, 2010, 10:04:58 AM »
I am thinking of starting a website for my son's Cub Scout pack.

I know virtually nothing about building websites, programming, etc.

I am just looking for a low-cost, user friendly website where parents can find information on pack activities, requirements, etc. Maybe with forum capabilities, some storage for documents, that kind of thing.

I know many of you know a thing or two about a thing or two. Please point me in the right direction!

Thanks  :)

Anything Goes / Geocaching
« on: November 11, 2010, 12:09:36 PM »
Anyone here a fellow geocacher? My family and I have been geocaching for about a year now.

It's a great hobby that gets you out of the house and exploring parts of your parks, neighborhoods, cities, towns, etc that you may not have known existed. We are starting to get close to our 100th find!

You can even hide trackable items (Geocoins or Travel Bugs) and watch them travel! Here is the Travel Bug my son dropped in a cache in downtown St. Louis. Check out how far it has gone!

Just another form of gaming to add to your life!

General Pop Culture / Cool Video
« on: September 03, 2010, 08:35:47 PM »
Copy and paste this into your Google Chrome browser and enjoy. Pretty cool.


Anything Goes / HFD!
« on: June 20, 2010, 09:36:51 PM »
Happy Father's Day to all you blokes who have managed to procreate and provide dadship to your children.

Dads matter. Your ability to dad makes the world a better place. Kudos. I hope you enjoyed your day :)

PC Gaming / Star Wars the Old Republic
« on: May 01, 2010, 11:46:42 AM »
I'm really looking forward to this.

Here are some trailers and such. The new combat video is really cool.

Anyone else keeping an eye on it? I'll be defecting from WoW for it :P

Anything Goes / Toy Discussion
« on: July 25, 2009, 10:29:57 PM »
As a parent and former action figure collector, I am shit tired of cheap toys. I really started to notice the trend after the last Transformers movie. Those toys looked pretty in the package, but were complete crap: Arms and legs would pop off during transformation, joints loosened quickly and wouldn't hold their positions, and the transformations themselves weren't very intuitive.

Some toys come with all these cool accessories: guns, knives, backpacks, grappling hooks, etc, but none of them fit in the figures hands! They are usually rubber-banded on the figures hand in the package to make it look like they will actually hold them.

Today my son buys this $8 GI Joe Snake Eyes figure. Yep, looked cool in the package, but it is complete shit. He has a visor drilled into his repainted head and your first inclination is to lift the visor to see what is under it. It isn't part of the mold so obviously it breaks off in the first five minutes of play. He has a back pack with a round peg to stick, unsuccessfully, in the octagon shaped hole in his back.

Action figures just aren't what they used to be. Granted my old Star Wars figures didn't have realistic articulation, which irritated me when I eight, but at least they could hold their damn blaster pistols.

Technology / New PC suggestions
« on: June 07, 2009, 11:29:02 AM »
So, I am thinking of getting a new PC. My current PC has about all the upgrades it can take and it is out of date. Unfortunately, my PC knowledge is also out of date  :P

I was looking on Newegg and and threw this in my shopping cart.

I'll mostly use it for the ipod/pictures/internet, but wanted to upgrade the graphics so I could casually play PC games (my current setup bogs down when I play Civ 3) and I want a rig that would allow me to play some of the current gen games without spending 1.5K.

I guess I was wondering if this particular PC would do that, or if I should spend a little more on the graphics card. I don't need the games to play at 100%, but it would be nice to play a game without every setting on low.

Any thoughts?

General Gaming Discussion / News on Kotaku
« on: May 30, 2009, 01:21:17 PM »
A couple of exciting stories today: New PSP Go pics and the return of EGM!

General Gaming Discussion / Terminator Salvation
« on: May 23, 2009, 08:39:47 AM »
I picked this up as a rental not really expecting much, and my expectations were met. It was a T rated shooter with no blood and gore that I could slip past the wife and play with my son 8) It wasn't horrible, but my son and I managed to blast through the whole game in just a few hours (I was surprised it had local two player co-op). With no replay value, I wonder how they justify the $60 price tag. That is not to say that a $29.99 price tag would put this title into the buy category, either.

It has a cover system much like Gears (you could even revive your team mate like Gears), but less fluid and more difficult to engage when moving from one spot to the next. Another flaw: the blind spots when firing from cover. Your reticle would be on target, but you'd fire in the wall (or car, barrel, etc) you're hiding behind instead. It didn't happen all the time, but happened enough to irritate.

For the most part, you fight the same three or four enemies throughout the game in the "clear the screen, advance, cutscene and repeat" formula that many bad games suffer from; however, there are a few on rail levels that are a bit fun. One in particular has you blowing up riderless Terminator motorcycles.

If you are a gamer score point whore, this is one of the easiest 1,000 point games out there and, while simplistic and bit repetitive, not totally boring to get through. My son and I played on Easy, and I didn't feel the need to get the 160 points left for Medium and Hard to get the full 1,000.

A rental for sure, but if you don't play it you won't miss anything.

5/10 overall
7/10 for easy gamer points  ;D

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