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Old 05-11-2010, 02:05 PM   #6321
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That's probably mostly what it's going to be for me. I really bought it for Blu-Ray and GT5... but having a media player/ server and internet portal on top of the rest is a nice bonus.


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Old 05-11-2010, 03:03 PM   #6322
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:35 PM   #6323
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Yes... but I've run (and come in first on) about 3/4 of the races in Forza 3 already. (I'm going for the 'Solid Gold' achievement.)

Once I've finished it, I think I'll be looking for another racing simulator... and GT5 should be out by then...

And have you SEEN the vids on GT5 gameplay?!??

Looks AMAZING!!!!


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Old 05-11-2010, 07:30 PM   #6324
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I played the GT5 Demo when it came out a few months ago. I played for like, 10 minutes, boring as hell. Compared to Forza 3, it's just bleh.


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Old 05-11-2010, 09:38 PM   #6325
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Hmmm... I'll give it a chance.

I love Forza 3... but unless Forza 4 suddenly appears... or some massive DLC expansion pack (I already have all the available car and track packs...) that makes the game new again,.. I'm pretty sure I'll be all Forza-ed out fairly soon.

I've already been mixing in a little Need For Speed: Shift and Dirt 2 just to keep myself from going stir crazy lapping all the exact same tracks against the exact same AI opponents again and again...

I've been playing GT5: Prologue for a few days now and I like it. And that's a SUPER stripped-out version of what the final GT5 game will be like.

Personally: I'm looking forward to having a crack at night racing and dealing with changing weather conditions and getting into Formula and Nascar style cars.

I think the final game will be interesting.


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Old 05-12-2010, 01:39 AM   #6326
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I love Forza 3... but unless Forza 4 suddenly appears... or some massive DLC expansion pack (I already have all the available car and track packs...) that makes the game new again,.. I'm pretty sure I'll be all Forza-ed out fairly soon.
Yeah, I think that's what happens when one of the cheevos is to gold medal every single race in the game. And we're not talking about little rinky dink three lap races either. Logging 12 laps around Nurburgring or Catalunya will wear on you.




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Old 05-12-2010, 01:47 AM   #6327
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ed just wanted little big planet and is using GT5 as a cover


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Old 05-12-2010, 02:11 AM   #6328
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Little Big Planet is kinda cool. I played it at my cousin's house.

I haven't bought it (yet)... But I won't rule it out.

But right now I'm all about motorsports and driving simulators.


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LittleBigPlanet, and I guess platformers in general, are just pointless to me. LBP was a game where all I felt like I was doing was fighting the controls and trying to get jumps and grabs and pushes to work right. Physics liked to freak out on occasion, and moving bombs through small areas isn't my idea of fun.


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Old 05-12-2010, 05:35 AM   #6330
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I loved Little Big Planet, and I'll be buying LBP2 when it comes out.

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Old 05-13-2010, 04:12 PM   #6331
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Just played a bit of Portal on the new Steam native Mac OS X client! Pretty nifty. Although it feels more like a time machine since I played portal way back in 2007... It is interesting to see the Mac viewed as a legitimate gaming platform (for the first time since Bungie was bought by Microsoft all those years ago) especially by (in my opinion) the most respected and creative "PC" developer of all time.

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Old 05-14-2010, 04:09 AM   #6332
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I took advantage of the free Portal offer on Steam, and am planning on having my mom and little brother play through it starting tomorrow. Should be interesting


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Old 05-14-2010, 05:01 AM   #6333
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^ Speaking of which, this made me lol (even though it isn't strickly true seeing as you can set right click options in the settings).



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Old 05-14-2010, 06:15 AM   #6334
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Hahahaha, I hadn't even thought of that. Brilliant.


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Old 05-14-2010, 08:32 PM   #6335
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It's my brother's. Semi-auto AR-15 with an M16 bolt carrier and M4 upper receiver and mil-spec barrel. Also, AR-15 are like desktop computers. You can buy them complete for a big premium, or buy them piece by piece as you like. Hasn't been fired at the time of writing, though. But I'm excited.

Cost $926, and ammo costs $.40 per bullet for the good stuff, and $.25 for the cheap Russian stuff.

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Old 05-14-2010, 10:21 PM   #6336
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Don't shoot ****ty Russian ammo through it unless you want to spend more time cleaning it than you did shooting. Wolf ammo is cheap for a reason.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:05 AM   #6337
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Don't shoot ****ty Russian ammo through it unless you want to spend more time cleaning it than you did shooting. Wolf ammo is cheap for a reason.
Brother says, "I'd rather clean for longer than pay more." : P


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Old 05-15-2010, 01:33 AM   #6338
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Nice, but why is your finger on the trigger...

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today is the day! I'm getting married!
Nice. I'm going to my graduation ceremony today. Hurray for stepping stones.
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Old 05-15-2010, 01:03 PM   #6341
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Brother says, "I'd rather clean for longer than pay more." : P
That's what my cousin said, except he never cleaned it, and now it's been inoperable for 5 years. The bolt makes these wonderful grindy noises.
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Old 05-15-2010, 01:27 PM   #6342
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today is the day! I'm getting married!
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Old 05-15-2010, 02:43 PM   #6343
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^ Speaking of which, this made me lol (even though it isn't strickly true seeing as you can set right click options in the settings).



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Nice, but why is your finger on the trigger... :¬:
Touching the side, with the safety on, unloaded, before it had ever been shot, while pointing at the ground. If you can't be comfortable around firearms, why own one? When it's loaded, of course, they're serious. Heck, we never even loaded a round into it until getting to the range, just in case something slipped... But when you know it's harmless...

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That's what my cousin said, except he never cleaned it, and now it's been inoperable for 5 years. The bolt makes these wonderful grindy noises.
Oh, don't worry, this is my brother's new baby. It's going to be spic and span for life.

Additionally, if the Russian ammo is as bad as you say, he'll certainly change to higher quality stuff.

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Also TIE why are those bullets such funny colours
Those are the Russian .223's. We've got 60 of those. 60 Remington .223's. And 100 Winchester NATO 5.56mm rounds as "gifts" from my uncle, who probably just swiped them from the police armory firing range.

We just got done shooting 41 rounds today at the firing range (40 NATO and 1 Remington). Firing ranges suck ass in Washington, it's got the mood of a DMV and only allows one round per magazine (they let .22's have 5 as the one exception). Oh, and firing the AR-15 cost $11, while a .22 costs only $6 (I brought it with us). But when the guy at the counter asked if I would be shooting the AR, also, he charged me $11 instead. I just assumed you got charged per gun, the logic being "Okay, an AR and a .22, that'll be $17". The prick...

It was the first time I've fired anything larger than a .22 in probably three years, and the kick was larger than I remembered. But that was in a gun-stand position, and when I stood up, the kick was noticeably less powerful. Curious.

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brief tidbit of info about the wedding

may have caused a metal grill to melt and start a fire that required lots of water and fire extinguishers, thats right, the metal melted!


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Congrats. Now maybe you can keep your hands off everyone elses' moms.

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Old 05-16-2010, 12:18 AM   #6347
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Touching the side, with the safety on, unloaded, before it had ever been shot, while pointing at the ground. If you can't be comfortable around firearms, why own one? When it's loaded, of course, they're serious. Heck, we never even loaded a round into it until getting to the range, just in case something slipped... But when you know it's harmless...
I'm perfectly comfortable around firearms and own many myself. I also know that you always treat every firearm as if it's loaded, no exceptions. And you don't put your finger on the trigger until you're ready to shoot.

Anyway, nice gun and stay safe.

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I'm perfectly comfortable around firearms and own many myself. I also know that you always treat every firearm as if it's loaded, no exceptions. And you don't put your finger on the trigger until you're ready to shoot.

Anyway, nice gun and stay safe.
Amen, man. Just a few photos of what happens when a gun you 'KNOW' is safe turns out to not be is enough to make you always treat a gun as if it's loaded. Some folks think it's 'overkill' ; I say overkill is death or injury caused by an 'unloaded' weapon.

On a side note, firearms of all sizes can be incredibly fun, and the kick of a 30.06 reverberating right to your core is one the most awesome things. Ever.

Stay safe, dumplings.

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It's gooood. Like, seriously good. If you didn't have plans to touch it for a few months or "meh, I'll get it used when it's cheap", **** that, this game is big news and you should be digging change from the couch cushions to get this.

Vastly polished GTA4 gameplay. Great characters, great cutscenes, great writing, great voice acting, great story (all so far, I'm about 6 very solid hours in). The random encounters are fun. The graphics look great, and the world is absolutely chocked full of detail, easily the most realistic looking world in any game ever. Walking around ghost towns has a realistic atmosphere that makes a run at STALKER's trophy in that department. So yeah, vastly improved open-world gameplay from GTA4 + The exploration wonder and horses of Shadow of the Colossus + the atmosphere and lighting of STALKER.

Horses handle and look great, they're not as realistic feeling as Agro, but are less fussy to steer. The euphoria physics look even better than GTA4, gun fights are awesome. Stage coaches rock with realism. You can catch rides on trains. Hunt animals. Play mini games. Or just do random crap like shooting everyone at the saloon and making a getaway with a hogtied victim on your horse.

And I haven't even touched the multiplayer yet.

Seriously, at the time of writing this game has an average 96 rating. Making it the 4th best reviewed game of all time (according to this site, with these reviews, blah blah blah) With Ocarina of Time (the defacto "best game evar"), Mario Galaxy (over rated IMO), and Grand Theft Auto IV as first, second, and third.

Also, Bonnie's father has the biggest ****ing mustache I have ever seen.

This and Mass Effect 2 are going to be fighting over Game of the Year, trust me.


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Plus, I have gotten the first three collections of Gaiman's The Sandman, which are AWESOME, as well as several more Transmetropolitan collections.

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Games: I got the new Sam and Max season from Telltale and preordered their new game, Puzzle Agent. Picked up the Humble Indie Bundle. Got the Adventures of P.B. Winterbottom, Torchlight, and the Deux Ex bundle on Steam. Trine from Impulse. Went to a show by these Canadians last night and they rocked out!

Edit: AND I got promoted at work! A good week indeed, and it's only half over!


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Old 05-20-2010, 02:25 PM   #6354
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Very Good Thing: Got into the Starcraft II beta

Not So Good Thing: I don't know a thing about Starcraft, and in general suck at RTS games, and it's a multiplayer only beta. I'm going to get my ass handed to me.


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Another bad thing: The beta will be over in just under two weeks
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Not So Good Thing: I don't know a thing about Starcraft, and in general suck at RTS games, and it's a multiplayer only beta. I'm going to get my ass handed to me.
You can create skirmishes where you play against an AI, sure helped me get a hold of all the different units

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Had a weird night playing RDR. Got on a huge streak, gained like 300 honor, made over $200 and gained 20 fame in 30 minutes from side missions. Became an honor hero. Walking to my apartment in Armadillo. Cause I was a hero now, everyone was greeting me, and the gang members in the saloon called me names. So I threw a punch, wanting to get into a bar room brawl, instead they all pulled out their guns and shot me dead as I ran for the exit.

Lost a huge amount of progress, fame, honor, and money (it reloads your save when you die, essentially). Really pissed me off. To make things even worse, I decided to tackle the gang hideout that I did before I died again. Rode in fast, jumped off, talked to a farm hand who was asking for help, camera pans ... my ****ing horse, the golden stallion, gets shot to death during the cutscene... :' ( --- Not only that, the farm hand ends up getting killed in the mission and I never get a reward... and then the horse I get dies on me from exhaustion.

I need to rebuild. A terrible tragedy in the life of John Marston.


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So many great CD's this past week:

Naturally 7 - Vocal Play
B.O.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Faithless - The Dance
Nas & Damian Marley - Distant Relatives
Kelis - Flesh Tone
Tiesto - Magikal Journey


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Old 05-24-2010, 06:33 PM   #6358
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lol the slipknot bassist died




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Old 05-24-2010, 06:41 PM   #6359
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suffocated by he own mask......



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Old 05-24-2010, 06:45 PM   #6360
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RIP sweet prince ur music will liev on 4eva <3




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