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    Is it ok if I do this? There are a couple threads out there discussing certain games, but I figured it would be cool to have a running thread dedicated to all things video gaming. What we've been playing, upcoming releases, industry news, console wars - anything is fair game.

    I'll start.

    As I mentioned before, I got a PS3 for Christmas. So far, I have acquired the below games.

    Uncharted: Drakes Fortune
    Uncharted 2: Among Theives
    Little Big Planet - Game of the Year Edition
    Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
    inFamous
    God of War Collection

    I'm in the middle of Uncharted 2 right now, after finishing the first Uncharted game. Uncharted was a great game, but Uncharted 2 is magnificent. Everything about it is superb. It is deserving of all of the Game-of-the-Year hype it has been getting. This game is the main reason I wanted a PS3, and I have to say this game by itself justifies purchasing the console.

    On the Xbox, I've been enjoying MW2 multiplayer, Forza 3, and Borderlands.

    Anyways...what have you been up to in the world of video games? Yes, I know I am a geek.

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    Does anyone know how to keep your kids from deleting all your saved data on the Wii?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colly Wolly View Post
    Is it ok if I do this? There are a couple threads out there discussing certain games, but I figured it would be cool to have a running thread dedicated to all things video gaming. What we've been playing, upcoming releases, industry news, console wars - anything is fair game.

    I'll start.

    As I mentioned before, I got a PS3 for Christmas. So far, I have acquired the below games.

    Uncharted: Drakes Fortune
    Uncharted 2: Among Theives
    Little Big Planet - Game of the Year Edition
    Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
    inFamous
    God of War Collection

    I'm in the middle of Uncharted 2 right now, after finishing the first Uncharted game. Uncharted was a great game, but Uncharted 2 is magnificent. Everything about it is superb. It is deserving of all of the Game-of-the-Year hype it has been getting. This game is the main reason I wanted a PS3, and I have to say this game by itself justifies purchasing the console.

    On the Xbox, I've been enjoying MW2 multiplayer, Forza 3, and Borderlands.

    Anyways...what have you been up to in the world of video games? Yes, I know I am a geek.
    If you have a PS3 and you enjoy sports games, you owe it to yourself to buy MLB The Show. It's the best sports game on the market, period. The 2010 version is coming out in 6 weeks.

    I got Assassin's Creed 2 for Christmas and have had a lot of fun with that one so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBYUGuy View Post
    Does anyone know how to keep your kids from deleting all your saved data on the Wii?
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    I bought FIFA '10 for the PS3 off eBay this weekend. It's the first non-NCAA Football game I've purchased since I bought Guitar Hero 3 with the system a year and a half ago.

    Hopefully it gets here in time to play it over the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colly Wolly View Post
    Is it ok if I do this? There are a couple threads out there discussing certain games, but I figured it would be cool to have a running thread dedicated to all things video gaming. What we've been playing, upcoming releases, industry news, console wars - anything is fair game.

    I'll start.

    As I mentioned before, I got a PS3 for Christmas. So far, I have acquired the below games.

    Uncharted: Drakes Fortune
    Uncharted 2: Among Theives
    Little Big Planet - Game of the Year Edition
    Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
    inFamous
    God of War Collection

    I'm in the middle of Uncharted 2 right now, after finishing the first Uncharted game. Uncharted was a great game, but Uncharted 2 is magnificent. Everything about it is superb. It is deserving of all of the Game-of-the-Year hype it has been getting. This game is the main reason I wanted a PS3, and I have to say this game by itself justifies purchasing the console.

    On the Xbox, I've been enjoying MW2 multiplayer, Forza 3, and Borderlands.

    Anyways...what have you been up to in the world of video games? Yes, I know I am a geek.
    Uncharted is a great game, but I'm about two missions away from completing it. In the meantime I've played and beaten two other games. inFamous is one of them. inFamous is a flawed game in a couple respects. First, the missions and battles can become repetitive. Second, there are some graphical flaws. But the premise and foundation (engine) of the game are cool. It handles pretty well and the character is nimble and fun to control. The storyline has a lot of potential and a sequel is in the works.

    Batman Arkham Asylum is the other game I've played. This is far superior to inFamous even though it's very different. I highly recommend it. Unless you want to play some challenges as the Joker (supposedly he controls and fights differently and it adds a different element to the challenges), then the XBox version is supposed to be graphically better. With that said, the graphics are already excellent on the PS3 version so I'd probably recommend getting the game with more content.

    As you probably know, those two God of War games were ported over from the PS2. The real fun in that series begins in March when God of War III comes out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Coug View Post

    I got Assassin's Creed 2 for Christmas and have had a lot of fun with that one so far.
    Assassin's Creed 2 was awesome. Now there's only a couple of weeks until Mass Effect 2 comes out.
    Not that, sickos.

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    I think my favorite video game ever is probably Tetris.

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    Two games that we played extensively over the holidays, and that are not getting talked about here, are Borderlands (for PS3 and 360) and Dragon Age: Origins.

    Borderlands got good reviews, but is almost like an arcade game more than a FPS or hard-core RPG, so I don't think it got the attention it deserves (I think arcade games tend to get overlooked by reviewers). Borderlands has trippy cool graphics, a wicked sense of humor, and addicting gameplay. It plays well on split screen, especially if you have a big HD television, so it makes for a nice father/son(daughter) kind of game, if you don't mind the violence. It is relatively easy to level up every session, and leveling, specializing and tweaking your gun collection is the essence of the game.

    Dragon Age Origins is a serious, hard core RPG, with awesome graphic, great voice acting, a fantastic storyline, and many hours of game play. It is actually pretty challenging. I got tired of dying a lot on the normal level, so I dropped the game down to easy, and still found the game to be a real challenge, so there is a real appeal here for serious RPG gamers. Plus you can get nekid and get it on with other members of your party, and if you manage your relationships well, you might even find yourself in the middle of a love sandwich. The sex is optional, and not very hot, but it is interesting that a mainstream game that doesn't have 'Grand Theft' in the title has been so open about the interest of gamers to act out relationships as well as violent battles. The Japanese of been adding this kind of content to their games for years, but I think it is pretty cool to see it going mainstream here in the US. DAO plays best on a PC, but I have heard that it also plays fine on the consoles, with a slightly less complex battle system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Ghost View Post
    I ran across this nerd-tastic video game CONSOLLECTION website today... thought it was appropriate for your video gaming thread. For those that started playing video games on the Atari 2600... it's a stroll down memory lane. Check it out. This may or may not have made its way to this forum before. If so, oopsies. If not, enjoy.

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    Smurfs was awesome, I don't care what you say Lingo!


    I had the NES Advantage as well as the Power Glove (which was surprisingly (to me) difficult to use)



    Streetfighter 2 and Top Gear were my favorite games. That and Final Fantasy 2.


    Panasonic 3DO. this thing was sweet, and had some great games. Draxxon's Revenge, anyone? Sewer Shark yielded some great lines: "I call 'em the chaaaaaain saw gang!"


    Mario moving in 3 dimensions. And Wave Race.


    Soul Caliber was the best game.


    After a 3 year break from gaming (which explains why I never had a PS1), I inherited an xbox from my some guy that defrauded my dad. This guy had Halo, and I was re-hooked! I can't believe how big the original xbox controller (The Duke!) was. Sheesh.


    I bought this when my original xbox (which I unsuccessfully tried to mod) crapped out. It was an impulse purchase and my wife is still upset about it.


    My latest purchase. I really do enjoy the toaster feature (and all the video streaming I can do from my PC, although I could probably do it via my 360 too), but its also got some great games. I just have to find the time to play them.
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    I am sad to report that my PS3 crapped out on me in Dec (new one should arrive today). It died two months out of warranty, which really pisses me off. Of course it didn't help that I left the thing on all the time, and that my living room doubles as a work shop, complete with band saw, drill press, and bench sander. I'm sure the inside of my old PS3 looked like a well-lined gerbil nest.

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    I curse the makers of Grand Theft Auto 4.

    My wife, not knowing anything about it, allowed our 15 year old son to buy it. I normally don't play games like this, but I gave it a try and it's addicting. Of course, I really don't do anything other than drive around the streets and wreak havoc, but dangit, it's fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by il Padrino Ute View Post
    I curse the makers of Grand Theft Auto 4.

    My wife, not knowing anything about it, allowed our 15 year old son to buy it. I normally don't play games like this, but I gave it a try and it's addicting. Of course, I really don't do anything other than drive around the streets and wreak havoc, but dangit, it's fun.
    Wait, you're cursing GTA4 because its too addictive, but you're not cursing it for all the cursing your 15 year old is subjected to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Wait, you're cursing GTA4 because its too addictive, but you're not cursing it for all the cursing your 15 year old is subjected to?
    The kid's been around me all of his life. What he hears in that game is mild.

    For the record, the first time his mom heard his character had to go to a strip club to kill people, she took the game away from him and reimbursed him the money for it. I can only play it late at night when everyone else is asleep. I'm going to have to take it to one of those places and trade it for a more appropriate game soon or my wife will just break it.
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    I'm shocked that someone actually owned the 3DO that thing was ridiculously expensive.

    I also owned a Dreamcast and that thing was a great video game system. I am embarrassed to admit that I actually wasted the money on the Sega 32X.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpfunk View Post
    I'm shocked that someone actually owned the 3DO that thing was ridiculously expensive.

    I also owned a Dreamcast and that thing was a great video game system. I am embarrassed to admit that I actually wasted the money on the Sega 32X.
    The Dreamcast and Sega Saturn were sweet. We had a Saturn and it was awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpfunk View Post
    I'm shocked that someone actually owned the 3DO that thing was ridiculously expensive.
    Was it? I remember once it was announced that it was going under, you get buy 3DO games at media play for like $10. It was sweet.

    3DO had great graphics and sound for its time - I'd put it on part with the Playstation, which everyone knows shook up the video gaming world for the best. It was also sort of a strange platform, as 3DO licensed its technology to several manufacturers. You could buy a Panasonic 3DO, or a 3DO from some other manufacturer, but the games worked in all of them. I would be strange if you could buy an XBOX 360 made by Dell.
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    BTW, I moved my PS3 into the same room where my computer is which correspondingly picks up my neighbor's wireless internet signal (which I split the cost of with him). The PS3 now picks up the internet and it was surprisingly easy to get it online. As it turns out, my difficulties connecting in the past was because the internet signal in my main room was crappy (I don't have a laptop, so I didn't know this).

    Anyway, it's been a revelation in the form of streaming Netflix, buying games/playing demos online and the PS3 has a more capable web browser than I initially thought. It supports java and flash video which is most of what you need for multimedia stuff it seems like. The "HD" streaming capablity of Netflix is questionable, it looks like it's regular DVD quality to me.

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    I've been playing a lot of Forza 3 lately. I've never been a huge racing game fan. My prior experience with racing games basically consists of playing Daytona at Dave and Buster's. I have a few friends who raved about Forza 3, and I read a few very favorable reviews of the game online. I commented to the wife that I was looking at this game back in early November. I received a promotion at work a week or so later, and my wife got the game for me as a gift.

    This game is fantastic and has hours upon hours of great gameplay. The single player seasons keep you engaged. You start out in F class cars (think Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris). As you win races you gain experience and in-game credits to spend on new cars and tuning upgrades. The game also rewards you with new cars as you progress through the seasons. I'm in year four of six on the single player season mode, and I have just started racing with the R2 class (second best class overall).

    The racing feels great, even just with the regular controller. No racing wheel necessary. You feel it when you are drifting through a turn and your tires start to grab the road at just the right time to rocket you out of the turn. There are tons of cars to unlock and race with, and each one feels different and precise. There are also a great many real-life track locations that have been painstakingly rendered. The graphics are pristine. I love (trying to) drift around the switch backs on Fujimi Kaido in my 2010 GT-R Spec V and seeing a gorgeous waterfall or serene lake in the distance.

    Like I said, I'm not much of a racing game fan. I love my shooters and 3rd person action games. This game has been a fantastic addition to my collection. It's fun to break away and just blaze around the track sometimes, you know?
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    If anybody wants a decent game system bundle, Amazon is selling their holiday bundles. It's the Xbox Elite with Lego Batman and Pure. Also comes with a $50 Amazon GC. $293. Prime shipping eligible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    If anybody wants a decent game system bundle, Amazon is selling their holiday bundles. It's the Xbox Elite with Lego Batman and Pure. Also comes with a $50 Amazon GC. $293. Prime shipping eligible.
    I know this is going to sound lame, but Lego Batman is a great game. All the Lego games are good, but Lego Batman is possibly the best. I love the different suits Batman and Robin get. I often keep playing by myself after my son has gone to bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    I know this is going to sound lame, but Lego Batman is a great game. All the Lego games are good, but Lego Batman is possibly the best. I love the different suits Batman and Robin get. I often keep playing by myself after my son has gone to bed.

    I am getting really sick of that game. My son has it and I am constantly being asked to play. I do, but I can only play the same level so many times. It was fun though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach McGuirk View Post
    I am getting really sick of that game. My son has it and I am constantly being asked to play. I do, but I can only play the same level so many times. It was fun though.
    You can't beat the first level? lol!
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    Got Modern Warfare 2 today, because my kids want me to play it with them online. I've had an xbox for about 6 months, but have only played Tiger Woods Golf. I've played around with MW2 a little, but am pretty lost. Any advice on the best way to get to a level so I can at least compete with my kids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach McGuirk View Post
    I am getting really sick of that game. My son has it and I am constantly being asked to play. I do, but I can only play the same level so many times. It was fun though.
    I love the Lego games. My kids love them. We played through the complete Star Wars, most of Indy (that one is harder for them because it seems to have more puzzles), and most of Batman.

    I think they are pretty fun. I have heard that Viva Pinata is a fun game for the kids. Any feedback on that one? Is it boring?
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    Speaking of this thread, the office buzz right now is an unintentionally funny videogame that you can d/l from xbox live. It is called: "Don't be Nervous talking 2 Girls."

    It basically tries to teach you how to approach women in a variety of social settings. The game is SFW and has no adult content. There is also a free trial version you can d/l.

    I didn't do very well in some of the scenarios...esp at the end when she gives you this ridiculously long phone number. I couldn't remember it and she got mad!

    My wife did very well and seemed to instinctively know how to talk to girls. (also, /)

    I encourage all Cuffers to check it out. The full version costs $1. I haven't sprung for it yet (swish!) but I am considering it. Go to the marketplace and look under the indie games section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    I love the Lego games. My kids love them. We played through the complete Star Wars, most of Indy (that one is harder for them because it seems to have more puzzles), and most of Batman.

    I think they are pretty fun. I have heard that Viva Pinata is a fun game for the kids. Any feedback on that one? Is it boring?

    I agree. They are fun. The batman one was pretty easy, comparatively, which is why my son likes it so much, I think.

    I have never played Viva Pinata, but I heard the same as you.

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    I played Viva Pinata (the original game, not the party animals one). It was fun at first, then fizzled after about 8 hours or so of total game play. It has kind of a Sim City type feel to it. I'd recommend it for young kids. I think you can pick it up for less than $10 used or download it direct from the Xbox Live Marketplace. Definitely worth a try at that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colly Wolly View Post
    I played Viva Pinata (the original game, not the party animals one). It was fun at first, then fizzled after about 8 hours or so of total game play. It has kind of a Sim City type feel to it. I'd recommend it for young kids. I think you can pick it up for less than $10 used or download it direct from the Xbox Live Marketplace. Definitely worth a try at that price.
    what is it? I don't get it and the description on the box isn't very intuitive. GameStop has a load of copies for $10 or less so I figure it may be a fun thing for the kids. But I get the sense that it is one of those virtual pet things that you water and feed. Zzzzz.

    Some (most) of the kiddie games are really lame, but every now and then you find some that are quite playable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    what is it? I don't get it and the description on the box isn't very intuitive. GameStop has a load of copies for $10 or less so I figure it may be a fun thing for the kids. But I get the sense that it is one of those virtual pet things that you water and feed. Zzzzz.

    Some (most) of the kiddie games are really lame, but every now and then you find some that are quite playable.
    I mean, I can't believe I told you I actually enjoyed playing this game. You've got this garden, see? And your objective is to increase the value of your garden. This is done by attracting pinatas to the garden, adding attractive structures, planting trees and plants (the fruits of which the pinatas feed on), and keeping out threats. You start off with your basic level pinatas, and you have to provide them with homes to live in, you help them reproduce.

    A little more detail on the reproducing. The game handles it pretty tactfully. It's called "romancing" and you have to have certain criteria met with the condition of your garden before you can successfully "romance" two pinatas to make more. The actually "romancing" is a little mini game where you navagate two pinatas to each other through a maze. Once you do it successfully, two pinatas dance with each other in a cute animation, and, voila, you successfully mated your pinatas.

    You can sell off excess pinatas when you have too many. Pinatas keep getting rarer and rarer with more complex requirements. Therein lies the challenge of the game, successfully managing a complex garden to maximize its value. Good hell.... I dunno if I can call myself a man after reading all that.

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