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General Gaming Discussion / 2013 Gaming Expenses
« on: January 02, 2013, 01:30:36 AM »
2007 total - $1370.14
2008 total - $1460.32
2009 total - $983.35
2010 total - $1410.99
2011 total: $1604.90
2012 total: $1600.16

Draw Something (iOS) $1.99
Draw Something Pro (iOS) $4.99
Tap Pet Hotel treats (iOS) $3.97
Draw Something 2000 coins (iOS) $8.97
Gamefly subscription $16.91
Avenue Flo:Special Edition (Mac) $10.59

Draw Something 400 coins (iOS) $1.99
Donkey Kong Country Returns (3DS) $24.00
WiiU ZombiU bundle $413.39
Gamefly subscription $16.91
Kid Icarus (3DS) $15.89
Urban Trial Freestyle HD (Vita) $7.99
Nintendo points $20.50

Luigi's Mansion:Dark Moon (3DS) $29.99
Bioshock Infinite (360) $47.99
Rayman Origins (3DS) $8.47
Pokemon Rumble Blast (3DS) $10.59
Draw Something 1200 coins (iOS) $5.97
94 Seconds (iOS) $1.99
Prof. Layton & the Diabolical Box (DS) $12.18
Gamefly subscription $16.91
Moshi Monsters subscription $5.95
Bit Trip Runner 2 (WiiU) $4.98

Mittens (iOS) $.99
Draw Something 400 coins (iOS) $1.99
Gamefly subscription $16.91
Moshi Monsters subscription $5.95
Guacamelee (PSN) $11.99

The Edge Crosshairs stickers $4.99
Where's My Water:Allie's Story (iOS) $.99
Robot Unicorn Attack (iOS) $.99
Gamefly subscription $16.91
Moshi Monsters subscription $5.95

Playstation Plus subscription $39.99
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure (3DS) $8.47
Where's My Perry? Calling All Agents! (iOS) $.99
Gamefly subscription $16.91
Moshi Monsters subscription $5.95
Hotline Miami (PSN) $9.99
Nintendo points $40.00

Wii power adapter $13.00
Steel Diver (3DS) $5.29
Style Savvy:Trendsetters (3DS) $10.59
Kirby's Dream Collection (Wii) $8.47
Stylus pack (3DS) $2.64
Everybody Dance (PS3) $5.36
Stickets (iOS) $2.99
Minecraft PE (iOS) $6.99
Playstation Plus subscription $49.99
Gamefly subscription $16.91
Moshi Monsters subscription $5.95
Shadow of the Colossus (PSN) $5.00
Rocksmith (PC) $7.49
32GB Vita memory card $74.99
Anima Crossing Prima guide $12.51
Portal 2 (Mac) $4.99

Ghost Recon:Shadow Wars (3DS) $9.98

2013 total: $1126.21

Sony Console Gaming / Playstation Vita
« on: February 14, 2012, 10:57:34 AM »

Anybody getting one of these? I previously had zero interest in the system, but I had a 360 and a couple of DS's gathering dust and GameStop was offering some really good trade-in deals towards the Vita, and I pre-ordered one. The wi-fi model ended up costing me $56.

The original PSP was a giant brick, and beyond a few games (Lumines, Puzzle Quest, Hot Shots Golf, Crush), never really satisfied my handheld gaming needs. Long loading times, console-type games, poor battery life, expensive titles, unwieldy ergonomics, etc. all kept it from being a good portable. I recently got a PSP Go, and I love it, but I'm either playing Lumines or emulating Nintendo games so I'm not really using the system as intended. I also jumped whole-hog into UMD movies, and I feel pretty burned on that front.

The Vita has some amazing technical specs, and it's certainly making real console gaming portable (Uncharted: Golden Abyss seems to look as good as the Uncharted 3 PS3 version), but I'm still pretty "meh" on the whole thing. Sony's proprietary memory cards are insanely expensive. The big OLED screen looks fantastic, but a large screen needs a large casing, and I doubt I'll be carting this around. It's bigger than the original PSP! My iPhone makes it easy to grab 3-minute increments of gaming, and the App Store has spoiled me to think that good, fun games can cost 99 cents. I purchased Rayman Origins, and it's apparently the same as the wonderful console version (minus the co-op), so that might sway me towards acceptance.

I'm betting that Chris is getting one, but how about the rest of TehBias?

General Gaming Discussion / Games finished in 2012
« on: January 03, 2012, 07:30:03 PM »
2010: 5 games.
2011: 9 games.
2012: 4 games.

January 3 (PS3) - Killzone 3. I played this for a bit when it came out, but put it aside. It's still no Halo-killer (and I don't even like Halo). I've been playing for the past few days with the Move controllers, and I thought it really enhanced the experience. There were a few controller quirks that I would like addressed, but it's certainly a viable FPS method, a mix of joystick and "mouse." I didn't find the game that hard on Normal, and they really dumbed down the difficulty of the finale in comparison to KZ2. The guns don't have the heft they did in previous installments, but that might be a consequence of the Move. Cut-scene audio lagged in a few instances. Very good voice acting, nice graphics, a strong mix of different locales, weaponry and combat vehicles, including jetpacks and space ships. Not a system-seller or must-play for me, but a solid FPS.

September 11 (PSP) - Hot Shots Tennis:Get a Grip. In the beginning, this was an incredibly fun game. It had kind of an odd, Japanese-y storyline (Let's spread happiness through playing tennis!), but the mechanics were solid. However, the constant slog of leveling up the characters, the increasingly-weird unlockable costumes and accessories, unskippable written dialog, clunky menu, the variance between character abilities depending on you or the AI playing them, the Boss matches that required dozens of replays to defeat as the AI would go on improbable shot-winning streaks, etc. At the finish, I hated it. It's the one aspect of game design that truly baffles me: why developers seemingly try their damnest to make the player regret playing the game by the end.

November 7 (Wii) - Super Paper Mario. Chloe and I began this one several years ago, and when we started it back up, I found that we were almost to the final boss. Having completely forgotten the storyline and controls, it took a bit to get back to speed. A Paper Mario game is coming out for the 3DS and this put us in a good mood for it. I will say that the Japanese have a strong tolerance for slow, inane dialogue bubbles and interminable endings.

November 12 (360) - Halo 4. Easily the best game in the series. Great weapons, great story, new elements such as flight and mechs were quite fun.

Anything Goes / Happy Holidays 2011, plus What Did You Get?
« on: December 25, 2011, 01:07:40 AM »
Merry Christmas, TehBias! No big plans here. Going over to my parents on the big day for gifts and food. Had a Christmas Eve feast with friends. Looking forward to Chloe opening all the gifts from Santa. It has been said that I'm receiving some fabulous gift this year, so I'll report back.

I hope everyone is having a great Christmas and enjoys any time off they have. Have a Happy New Year, too!

General Pop Culture / Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater - $5
« on: December 11, 2011, 04:28:51 PM »
Louis C.K. is offering a new stand-up special for $5. Two streams and two downloads.


To those who might wish to "torrent" this video: look, I don't really get the whole "torrent" thing. I don't know enough about it to judge either way. But I'd just like you to consider this: I made this video extremely easy to use against well-informed advice. I was told that it would be easier to torrent the way I made it, but I chose to do it this way anyway, because I want it to be easy for people to watch and enjoy this video in any way they want without "corporate" restrictions.

Please bear in mind that I am not a company or a corporation. I'm just some guy. I paid for the production and posting of this video with my own money. I would like to be able to post more material to the fans in this way, which makes it cheaper for the buyer and more pleasant for me. So, please help me keep this being a good idea. I can't stop you from torrenting; all I can do is politely ask you to pay your five little dollars, enjoy the video, and let other people find it in the same way.

Louis C.K.

Two outtake videos:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/FzHzlMneaeQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/FzHzlMneaeQ</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/8deqeqoWtQk" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/8deqeqoWtQk</a>

Topic info shamelessly stolen from GAF: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=449027

For PS3/360/PC

Regular edition of Rocksmith comes with the Rocksmith game and a 1/4 inch to USB cable that allows any guitar to be plugged into video game consoles. Regular Edition costs $79.99.

The Rocksmith bundle will include the Rocksmith game, a 1/4 inch to USB cable that allows any guitar to be plugged into video game consoles, and a full-size Epiphone Les Paul Junior guitar. The bundle costs $199.99.

Developed by: Ubisoft
Published by: Ubisoft
Release Date: North America: October 18th (PS3/360), Christmas (PC); Europe: 2012.

Venturing the uncharted territorries, Rocksmith is Ubisoft's entry to the niche plastic fantastic market. Unlike the previous music-based titles, the weapon of choice is yours. Pick up your own guitar, plug it in and start rocking!

Rocksmith will include a unique quarter-inch to USB cable, that is the first of its kind, and will allow users to plug any real guitar with a quarter-inch jack directly into their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PC.

Developed exclusively for Rocksmith, this revolutionary cable turns the guitar's signal from analog to digital, allowing it to be recognized and played through video game consoles or PC for the first time. Best of all, the cable has multiplatform compatibility and is universal to all consoles to if you buy it for PS3, you can use it on 360 and PC, and vice versa.

Introducing the next stage in the evolution of the guitar game. Rocksmith, the first and only game where you can plug ANY real guitar into your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 system, and actually learn while you play.

When we say any guitar we mean any guitar.
Whether it's the guitar sitting in your attic, your cherished faithful steed, or the guitar you have yet to buy, Rocksmith lets you plug any guitar into your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 system.

Difficulty settings that adapt to your ability.
You love a challenge, but hate being overwhelmed. With addicting gameplay that adapts to your personal skill level, you will automatically progress from single notes to complex chords at your own pace. You'll be playing 100% of the real guitar parts from the songs in the game.

Lots of music. Lots of styles.
One of the most satisfying moments for any guitar player is hearing yourself play your favorite song for the first time. Rocksmith has amassed an amazing library of songs from different music genres allowing players to experience that moment first hand.

Play songs instead of just learning them.
You want to play new songs, but you don't want to labor through tablature or cringe through poorly produced videos. No problem. Rocksmith will not only present you with new songs, but will also challenge you to step away from the notes on screen and play songs by memory.

Masses of effects pedals, amps, and cabs.
Turn your console into an amplifier and play with loads of in-game effects pedals, amplifiers, and cabinets. String pedals together with nearly infinite combinations and tweak your sound until you're satisfied. Whether it's a crunchy distortion, a vintage tremolo, or a psychedelic reverb, we have the gamut covered to make sure you can achieve the sound you're looking for.

Develop real skills with mini-games.
There will be a wide variety of mini-games that will challenge you to hone in on specific skills. Whether its scales, or finger dexterity you want to improve on, our mini-games will have you covered, and addicted.

Get plugged in.
Rocksmith will include a unique quarter-inch to USB cable that is the first of its kind, and will allow users to plug any real guitar with a quarter-inch jack directly into their Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Developed exclusively for Rocksmith, this guitar cable is 11.25' cable turns the guitar's signal from analog to digital, allowing it to be recognized and played through video game consoles for the first time.

You'll be able to choose from a large catalog of songs in different styles including:

    Best Coast – “When I’m With You”
    Blur – “Song 2″
    Cream – “Sunshine Of Your Love”
    Dan Auerbach – “I Want Some More”
    David Bowie – “Rebel Rebel”
    Eric Clapton – “Run Back To Your Side”
    Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
    Incubus – “I Miss You”
    Interpol – “Slow Hands”
    Jarvis Cocker – “Angela”
    Jenny O -”Well OK Honey”
    Kings Of Leon “Use Somebody”
    Lenny Kravitz – “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
    Little Barrie – “Surf Hell”
    Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama”
    Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Freebird”
    Muse – “Plug In Baby”
    Muse – “Unnatural Selection”
    Nirvana – “Breed”
    Nirvana – “In Bloom”
    Radiohead – “High And Dry”
    Radiohead – “Bodysnatchers”
    Red Fang – “Number Thirteen”
    Silversun Pickups – “Panic Switch”
    Soundgarden – “Outshined”
    Spoon – “Me And The Bean”
    Stone Temple Pilots – “Between The Lines”
    Stone Temple Pilots – “Vasoline”
    Taddy Porter – “Mean B.i.t.c.h”
    The Animals – “House of the Rising Sun”
    The Black Keys – “I Got Mine”
    The Black Keys – “Next Girl”
    The Boxer Rebellion – “Step Out Of The Car”
    The Cribs – “We Share The Same Skies”
    The Cure – “Boys Don’t Cry
    The Dead Weather – “I Can’t Hear You”
    The Horrors – “Do You Remember”
    The Pixies – “Where’s Is My Mind”
    Queens of the Stone Age – “Go With The Flow”
    Rapscallions – “California Brain”
    Red Hot Chili Peppers “Higher Ground”
    The Rolling Stones – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
    The Rolling Stones – “Play With Fire”
    The Rolling Stones – “The Spider And the Fly”
    The Strokes – “Under Cover Of Darkness”
    Sigur Rós – “Gobbledigook”
    The White Stripes – “Icky Thump”
    The Yellow Moon Band – “Chimney”
    Titus Andronicus – “A More Perfect Union”
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Good Enough”
    Velvet Revolver – “Slither”
    White Denim – “Burnished”
    The xx – “Islands”

Bonus Songs:

    Brian Adam McCune – “Ricochet”
    Chris Lee “Boss”
    Disonaur – “Space Ostridge”
    Seth Chapla – “Jules”
    Seth Chapla – “The Star Spangled Banner”
    VsThem – “6AM Salvation”

More tracks and packs will be added via DLC, including songs, amps, pedals and more.

Can I use my guitar with Rocksmith?

Most likely, the answer is yes. If your guitar has a standard ¼ inch jack for you to plug in a cable, then yes, your guitar will work. If your guitar does not have a jack (for example, many acoustic guitars), you can go down to your local music store and buy a pickup, and your guitar will be ready to plug in and play.

Will I need an amplifier to play the game?
Nope. All you need is a TV, a guitar, and our game. With Rocksmith, your TV or home theatre system becomes your amplifier. You plug your guitar directly into the console, and play. It's that easy.

I've never played guitar, and it seems difficult and intimidating. How do you expect me to play this game with no prior guitar knowledge?
Unlike other music games with only 4 difficulty modes, our game adapts to your personal skill level in real time, making it possible for you to play and have fun. If you're a beginning guitar player, the game will treat you as such, and constantly challenge you to improve without overwhelming you.

I'm an experienced guitar player, and am not interested in a game for beginners. Why should I own this game?
If you're an experienced guitar player, it will recognize this, and feed you the amount of notes that you're able to play. If that's 100% of what the actual guitar is playing in the recorded song, then good for you. You've just learned a new song while playing a video game. Plus, what other video game out there allows you to plug in your own guitar? None! This is a one-of-a-kind experience that you are guaranteed to enjoy.

Will Rocksmith have rhythm or lead guitar in the gameplay?

Both. You will be able to choose rhythm or lead before you begin playing a song. Basically, whatever guitar parts are featured in the actual recorded song, we will have available for you to play.

Are there effects pedals in the game?

There are loads of effects pedals built into the game, and they are all the real deal. You'll get to tweak your sounds, and string them together with nearly infinite combinations until you're satisfied. Whether it's a crunchy distortion, a vintage tremolo, or a psychedelic reverb, we have the gamut covered to make sure you can achieve the sound you're looking for.

Will there be multiplayer?
Absolutely. We will have split screen multiplayer where you and a friend will be able to rock side by side.

What songs will you have in the game?
The intention of our song list is to capture a wide range of music, while concentrating on fun, guitar centric tracks. For the most up-to-date track list, visit the "Track List" section on Rocksmith.com.

Will there be chord charts?
Yes! And they are interactive. Rocksmith includes over 1,000 chords in the game.

What is this I'm hearing about mini-games?
There will be a wide variety of mini-games that will challenge you to hone in on specific skills. Whether its scales, or finger dexterity you want to improve on, our mini-games will have you covered, and addicted.

What is the price of the game?
Rocksmith is $79.99, and includes the game, along with a 1/4 inch to USB cable that plugs any guitar into your Xbox 360, PS3, or PC.

What is the price of the bundle?

The Rocksmith bundle is $199.99, and includes the game, the 1/4 inch to USB cable, and an Epiphone Les Paul Junior guitar.

What’s the Rocksmith guitar cable?
Rocksmith will include a unique quarter-inch to USB cable that is the first of its kind, and will allow users to plug any real guitar with a quarter-inch jack directly into their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PC. Developed exclusively for Rocksmith, this revolutionary 11.25' cable turns the guitar’s signal from analog to digital, allowing it to be recognized and played through video game consoles or PC for the first time.

What is the price of the standalone Rocksmith™ Real Tone Cable?

The Rocksmith™ Real Tone Cable is $29.99, and will allow you to rock out side-by-side with another player.

Will there be bass in the game?
Bass will not be included on the disk since our primary focus is on guitar. However, we realize that there is a high demand for bass guitar, and we are working to release this as downloadable content soon after launch.

Will there be DLC for the game? If so, when?
Yes! We absolutely plan to have downloadable content for the game very soon after launch. But right now our current focus is making the game that ships in October as good as it can possibly be.

Will there be alternate tunings?
Right now we have standard E tuning, and drop D tuning. More alternate tunings will be available post-launch through downloadable content on Xbox Live and PSN.

Can I put my own music into the game?
Currently, no. The intended goal of Rocksmith is not to be recording software. We want people to focus on playing the guitar and having fun.

Will there be latency issues with Rocksmith?
If you experience any noticeable latency with Rocksmith, then it’s more than likely due to the specific setup you’re using. Since everyone has a unique arrangement with their home entertainment systems, we’ve outlined steps you can take to avoid this issue.


- If available on your TV, use the "Game" or "PC" mode setting. These modes bypass extra video processing filters to seriously reduce lag time.

- If the TV does not have a Game or PC mode, you can diminish lag by turning off video processing filters. Refer to your TV manual for more information on how to turn off processing filters.

- Check to see that the console is outputting video at the native resolution of your TV. If your TV’s native resolution is 1080p but your console is set to 720p, the TV must process the signal to scale the image up to fill the entire screen, which adds to the input lag.

- On some TVs, HDMI connections can introduce more input lag than component or PC cables. If your TV has noticeable input lag using HDMI connection, you can diminish the lag by switching to component video cables or PC cables.

- If you’re using external speakers, connecting the audio from the console to a stereo receiver or home theater system using analog audio cables can fix audio lag. To match the on-screen note display to the audio, you can advance the notes using the "Note Advance" calibration.

XBOX 360:


Rocksmith YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Rocksmithgame

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rocksmithgame

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/GhVpLh6cfqE" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/GhVpLh6cfqE</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/GGsQtWvb3sk" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/GGsQtWvb3sk</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/1u_6CY4ntJQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/1u_6CY4ntJQ</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/AWTCOIryonw" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/AWTCOIryonw</a>

This is the guitar game I've been waiting for! I'm a fairly crappy guitar player, though that's mostly because I'm self-taught, which means I might be good at some things (fingering-twss) but I'm bad at others (rhythm - twss2). I've been considering paying for lessons, but they're expensive and I never know if I'll get a good teacher or even if I can make the time. For the cost of about 3 lessons, this game seems like it can both teach and be easy to schedule. The set list is awesome, and it might even be incomplete as I don't know if that includes unlockable songs. I purchased from Overstock, and it was $75 shipped. There are some lag issues with HDMI, but it's fixable with switching to analog audio cable. If they actually include bass guitar as DLC, I will be ecstatic. I'm not a fan of Epiphone/Les Paul (that's just a personal failing of mine), but the included guitar in the bundle is probably not bad for $120 extra, if you don't have a guitar already.

General Gaming Discussion / E3 2011
« on: June 06, 2011, 09:18:21 PM »
I just haven't felt the hype for this year's E3. I watched the Microsoft conference on Spike TV, and the impression I came away with is that Kinect-only games look like they'll be fun (though still nothing convincing me to buy one), and games with Kinect controls added-on look complicated and uninspired. Modern Warfare 3 looked like a fun campaign. GRAW3 had an amazing trailer. Steering a carriage in Fable 3 looked ridiculous. Even though I hate Halo, I could see myself playing through the Anniversary edition and buying Halo 4. Were you as shocked as I was that they're making a sequel? Gears was Gears. Bing search and voice control just struck me as unnecessary.

I'll post some more impressions when I can force myself to watch the rest of Spike TV's coverage. I don't know which is worse, the eye-candy commentators who clearly know nothing about videogames, or the socially-awkward, starstruck gamers who can't believe they're actually talking to Cliffy B.


Technology / Amazon Cloud
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:07:17 PM »

The good news is that I buy all my music from Amazon because I prefer MP3 to AAC. The bad news is everything I buy is for my daughter, so it's all Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Big Time Rush and the like. You can also use it like Dropbox. If you buy an album by December 31, 2011, you'll get a storage upgrade to 20GB.

General Gaming Discussion / Batman: Arkham City
« on: March 16, 2011, 08:18:51 PM »
Arkham Asylum was one of the better games I played last year. I'm really looking forward to the sequel.

Rocksteady Game Director, Sefton Hill lays out the structure of Batman: Arkham City

Hi all,

SarahMay has asked me to put down a few words about the game's structure and play time as there are a lot of questions out there about this.

Batman: Arkham City's story mode was designed to be story driven while remaining open world as we felt there was a really interesting space in between the two types of play. There is a main storyline (don't worry, no spoilers here!) which will take around 12-15 hours to complete, but this is less than half of the game.

In addition to this there are the new Arkham City Missions. These tell the story of what happens when Gotham's most notorious super villains are locked up together. These run concurrently to the main story and can be tackled whenever you find them in the city streets. Some of my favourite moments are in these missions, including tracking down a deranged serial killer, solving a murder mystery, forming an alliance with a one-time villain and confronting the Riddler as he attempts to prove once and for all he is better than Batman.

We've probably spent as much time creating the Arkham City Missions, and bringing the world to life, as we have on the main storyline and I think the choice of what to solve and where to go at any time gives the game a unique feeling.

Then of course there are the riddles and secrets to solve. We've had great fun adding these to streets of Arkham City. Our goal was always to create the most interesting and richly detailed open world game ever, and these make it rewarding to explore every square inch of the city. And Riddler has definitely raised his game this time. It won't just be a simple case of finding the secrets. Nearly every secret requires you to use your gadgets in inventive and interesting ways.

Completing all of these will take around another 12-15 hours of play bringing the story mode time up to around 25-30 hours.

All that and I haven't even got on to the new, upgraded challenge mode!

We're currently all working like crazy to polish Arkham City as much as possible and I can't wait until you all get to play it.

Speak to you soon,


General Gaming Discussion / Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)
« on: February 23, 2011, 11:33:55 PM »
I just had my worst night of BC2 gameplay ever (I checked the stats). Ugh. The only thing that's going to cheer me up right now is this:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/29-oK7Vy0pM" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/29-oK7Vy0pM</a>

General Gaming Discussion / Nail'd
« on: February 13, 2011, 12:20:35 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/LyI8klgwUb0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/LyI8klgwUb0</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/pawNIaYlagw" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/pawNIaYlagw</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/9jnurNim8vY" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/9jnurNim8vY</a>

Dave and I were big fans of Pure and were looking for a new ATV title. We had been following Nail'd last year, but it would periodically fall off the radar (it was developed by some obscure Polish company, I think), then it had a stealth release in November. I think Dave was the only person who bought it. They just dumped a 360 demo with little fanfare on the Marketplace last week. I love it! The demo is fun and fast, the graphics are pretty nice (hard to tell when you're going at speed), the two tracks have some nice design. The trailers show some really interesting tracks. It has a cheesy metal soundtrack, which I love in a racing game. Definitely try it out, then go to newegg and buy the full 360 game for $15.99 shipped.

General Gaming Discussion / Dreamcast, mon ami.
« on: January 07, 2011, 12:16:05 AM »
How did we never have a Dreamcast appreciation thread?

I love the Dreamcast. I was late to the party, having only purchased the console sometime before the Xbox launched. It was right on the cusp of the games disappearing from retail, and I feverishly bought titles as their prices were slashed. I have 96 DC games! I have a black sports edition of the console, many controllers (including some weird 3rd party ones), VMUs, import titles, carrying cases, cables.

It had a magnificent racing library. The original Hydro Thunder, Re-Volt, Speed Devils, Test Drive V-Rally, Wacky Races, Loony Tunes Space Race, Demolition Racer:No Exit. Fighting games? Marvel vs. Capcom, Power Stone, Ready to Rumble, Dead or Alive, Soul Calibur, Ultimate Fighting Championship, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Giant Gram 2000 (an import Japanese professional-wrestling game). Sports: Every single Sega 2K sports title, Tony Hawk, Virtua Striker. MDK 2. Grand Theft Auto. Phantasy Star Online. House (and Typing) of the Dead (need the keyboard). Bizarre games like Seaman, Jet Grind Radio, Rez (I would love to find a copy of this), Space Channel 5, Samba de Amigo (I have the Sega maracas). There's dozens more top-quality games.

It might just be my favorite console ever. What say you, TehBias?

Anything Goes / Browser Asteroids
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General Gaming Discussion / New contender in the Handheld Wars
« on: October 05, 2010, 12:22:41 AM »
The Panasonic Jungle, for portable online games and MMORPGs.


The clamshell device will allegedly sport a super high-resolution display, features a full QWERTY keyboard along with what looks like a touch sensitive d-pad and button arrangement, and may run atop a custom Linux build. The Jungle will also apparently sport a mini HDMI port, a micro USB port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. To our eyes, the system looks a little on the clunky side, with a definite air of something out of Nokia's N-Gage line -- not a good thing for a 2010 device. Alongside the system itself, Panasonic will launch a Battlestar Galactica title for the device, and a web show called Online Underground.

Welcome to the Jungle official site

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/jtsq99DPSoQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/jtsq99DPSoQ</a>

My gadget lust knows few bounds (I have an N-Gage. I have two.), but I can't see buying this. I already rejected the PSP as too awkward to use, this looks like trying to game with a netbook. With shoulder buttons. Still, if they can quickly get World of Warcraft, Second Life, City of Heroes, etc. on it, they might have a modest seller. Huge in Korea?

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