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Sam Fisher Wearing Night Vision Goggles

Also, a release date announcement for the next Splinter Cell.

Some might call this the final conclusion of the bet between Vinny and Ryan regarding Sam Fisher's ability to see in the dark in the upcoming Splinter Cell: Conviction.

 This is what a 50 dollar bill looks like.
 This is what a 50 dollar bill looks like.
It even has the potential to settle what could have been a great "double or nothing" bet by showing him rocking one with three lights... or eye sockets... or whatever the hell they call those things that NVGs have.

The shot was yanked from a trailer announcing the game's release date, which is February 23, 2010. That... just to be extra-safe... will be when we can finally put this bet to bed, since the game will be out and absolutely finalized. It's merely a formality, of course. But we might as well drag this out to its official end before Ryan pays up. Here's the trailer:
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Posted By yorro

Order of war? what the hell?

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Posted By LiquidPrince
@natetodamax said:
" @LiquidPrince:  Vinny: Sam Fisher will use night vision goggles in the game Ryan: Sam Fisher will not use night video goggles in the game "
The stakes I said. As in does someone have to drink Gin again?
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Posted By Godlyawesomeguy

watch this game get pushed back a year.
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Posted By get2sammyb
@TheMustacheHero said:
" Wow, that picture looks like a N64 game. "
Haha yes. I'm putting it down to the trailer compression though.
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Posted By Dan64


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Posted By natetodamax
Vinny: Sam Fisher will use night vision goggles in the game
Ryan: Sam Fisher will not use night video goggles in the game
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Edited By TheBigCheese

does this mean that hes gota pay out 50 or 100 
and also if it is a flash back it cant count

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Posted By kennybaese

Well I read a hands on at IGN and they said that they're sonar goggles or something (a la the end of The Dark Knight) and not night vision proper... so do they still count?

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Posted By eXists

Can't wait! A little worried they're making it easier to play with tagging etc. hope I can play the old-fashioned way, double agent was a bit dissapointing...
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Posted By ribeye
@JellyFish_Gsus: hahaha, ahhh that's awesome
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Posted By WulfBane

I will say that at the time the bet was made, I will agree that it seemed quite plausible that he wouldn't have the signature goggles.  Maybe next time Ryan.

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Posted By LiquidPrince

Damn... Ryan... What were the bet stakes again?

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Posted By jonano

my god will they ever just fuck off with the damn pre-order bullshit  
 im going to buy this game cuz from what iv seen its awesome, but i don't like the fact im missing out on some cool stuff if i dont pre-order it 

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Posted By Kyle

Damn. I wanted Ryan to win so bad! I agree, Sam Fisher shouldn't use his old goggles in Conviction. Go all-out with your change of tone,

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Posted By Peter

game of the F'in year, just wait

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Posted By ultrarobotninja
@Protome:  Ya, I agree this looks nothing like the E3 hotness, I'm a little concerned....
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Posted By TabooTongue

Vinny's the fuckin' mahn

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Posted By crusader8463
@Protome said:
" Wait wait wait wait wait. That trailer. The graphics are terrible. This game looked GREAT at E3, what the HELL happened? "
The E3 demo was a small highly polished chunk of the game. This looks to be shots from a wider variety of the game so its not all as polished. At least i hope so. Ether way I'm getting this game for the online play. The last games multiplayer is one of my all time favorite online experiences.
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Posted By FlappyHands

That's pretty conclusive proof, I'd say. Looking forward to when you guys get a Retail copy and Ryan pays up, I assume there will no doubt be video documentation of proceedings. =D

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Posted By Protome

Wait wait wait wait wait.
That trailer.
The graphics are terrible.
This game looked GREAT at E3, what the HELL happened?

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Posted By shelcobsohn


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Posted By TomA

i fucking hate preorder bonuses and GameStop alltogether

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Posted By crusnchill

Cha ching Vinny!
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Edited By crusnchill
Very true my friend, but it still shows ryans impending passover :-D
I'm going to download that video so fast my finger will hurt. 
I enjoyed jeff's gin bet with dave, so I can't wait for the inevitable result of this one. lol. 
Unlucky Ryan. Smart man on the whole not taking a "double or nothing" addition to this monkey business.
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Posted By Death_Unicorn


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Posted By JellyFish_Gsus
@Haethos said:
" @Hermie said:
" I made this for you guys:
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lol epic "
LMAO that is some sight
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Posted By Griddler

Eh, we already knew he was going to lose

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Posted By Crono

Pay up Ryan.  You lose!

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Posted By Haethos
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lol epic
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Posted By MforMaverick

I have to say, this game is looking better and better every time I see it.

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Posted By hermie

I made this for you guys:

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Posted By Luck3ySe7en
@JohnnyMcmillen said:
" This is looking less sharp than it did at E3 "
Its strange but it really doesn't look as pretty.  They still have almost 5 months till the finished product.
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Posted By Osphere

Sam Fisher's blank expression is quite blank.

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Posted By stinky

sam appears to be getting younger.

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Posted By Afroman269

Ubisoft should put Sam Fisher at the very end saying, "Yes Ryan, I will be wearing night vision goggles."

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Posted By JohnnyMcmillen

This is looking less sharp than it did at E3

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Posted By MeierTheRed
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Posted By ashton

i dunno, im still holding out that Ryan can take this bet
during that whole trailer he has the goggles on his forehead in like 2 scenes but never technically "wears" them 
probably a long shot, but it would be hilarious if Ryan won

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Posted By HeyLookIJust

I was with Ryan on this and behind his reasoning when this all first came up, oh well! =D

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Posted By capt_ventris
@superpope said:
" Looks like Sam bought the ultra-limited edition of Modern Warfare 2. "
Thats what he was doing all these years. Fragging noobz on Xbox Live. Nice
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Posted By jNerd

I knew Ryan was going to loose. lol
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Posted By superpope

Looks like Sam bought the ultra-limited edition of Modern Warfare 2.
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Posted By heatDrive88
@c1337us said:
"The screenshot is awful. If it weren't for the trailer as well I would doubt its legitamacy. "

I think the screenshot looks bad simply because the photo was enlarged and looks like it has very heavy compression artifacting.
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Posted By Tebbit


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@Dirty_Harry said:

" Vinny, you dont need the money, make a horrible drink for Ryan. "

$50 worth of horrible drinks! Serves Ryan right. To claim that Sam would loose his trademarked goggles is like suggesting Windows drops it's windows symbol or Apple starts using a banana. On second thought though I don't want GB to degenerate into a Japanese TV-show with people being forced to drink and eat yukky stuff. 
Maybe force him to play an endurance run instead ^^
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Posted By Danda

The trailer looks bad. Where are the graphics from E3? 
Of course they are night vision googles! He doesn't work for the government anymore, but he got the Prestige Edition of Modern Warfare 2 on eBay or something. 
One silly thing about the screenshot: if you can be identified by your (stupid) tattoos, why would you even cover your face?
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Posted By WilliamRLBaker

MICHAEL FUCKING IRONSIDE on a side note i hope the game looks better then that it looks like total shit.

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Posted By SoothsayerGB

Game looks good. 
 Hope they make another video of settling the bet. 

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Posted By Dethfish

You ever wonder what Ryan losing a bet looks like? Wha bam! There it is.