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14161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 11, 2006, 02:47:46 PM

Quote from: DonD on September 11, 2006, 02:09:49 PM

This was taken yesterday at the NYC Century ride.


How'd it go?
14162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 Killed the previous Generation on: September 11, 2006, 02:46:09 PM
Got the PS2 in March. It has made me not desire a 360 in the least. TEHO.
14163  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: EVERYONE READ!!!! IMPORTANT!!!! PASS THE WORD!!!!!!!!!!! on: September 11, 2006, 12:20:23 PM
I actually haven't been ghost bumping anything.

IIRC, this one was still on the first page and I found it odd that:

A. It was
B. It had no responses
C. There had been no updates  icon_wink


Glad to add some fun to your day.
14164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 11, 2006, 12:16:54 PM
Mario Hoops!  Probably not this week though.
14165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Earth Quake here in Florida on: September 11, 2006, 12:43:52 AM

Quote from: Kobra on September 10, 2006, 11:16:09 PM

Get out of Florida, that place is doomed after what they did during the 2000 election, and what we've endured since.   Doomed I tell you.

That's fine. But it has to be postponed until after January of this year when we are planning a trip to disney world.
14166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 11, 2006, 12:42:20 AM

Quote from: Xmann on September 10, 2006, 11:08:16 PM

i didnt see the BB or Circuit City deals.  i guess my question is where typically does everyone have the most luck with deals on the DS?

I actually have purchased quite a few DS games on ebay, both used and new.  It's been a great boon to my cheap mentality
14167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 10, 2006, 09:42:17 PM

Quote from: Xmann on September 10, 2006, 07:14:06 PM

is there a good place that sells DS games cheap?  wal mart, target, toys r us?

I posted a place a few posts up. 2 4 1 at BB.com.

14168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 10, 2006, 06:53:53 PM

Quote from: Misguided on September 10, 2006, 02:20:17 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on September 10, 2006, 01:33:43 AM

Xmann, if you haven't decided where to buy your new DS lite yet, My wife mentioned me selling hers tonight. I'd be willing to sell it for $95 bucks or so(that's enough savings to afford a whole game!). Just let me know. It lightly used and in great condition.

Good price.

As an aside (and not to sound like a shill) but GS/EB has a promotion where you can trade in a white DSLite and get coral or onyx for 49.95 if anyone just has to have one of the new colors

What an absolute scam job.  I am starting to hate GS/EB beyond what is comfortable.
14169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami? on: September 10, 2006, 04:31:02 PM

Quote from: Calvin on September 10, 2006, 02:15:29 AM

I dunno..Hetz? Hetz really likes the games though, he just doesn't give them as much time as you would think given his hype. Mytocles maybe? She hyped it up like crazy and didnt play it that much in the end.

And the game I was thinking of for TML was Gal Civ 2, which he hyped himself into buying and then hated. GG!

It was Hetz.  Yes Hetz. Where'd  he go? Or am I not paying enough attention?
14170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now it's an HDMI Sound Issue on: September 10, 2006, 04:27:45 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 10, 2006, 03:33:14 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 10, 2006, 01:19:47 PM

Well, if there's an HDMI input doesn't that mean that it should?

Also, your receiver only has two optical inputs, but does it have any digital coax inputs (usually color coded orange)?  If so, and your DVD player has the digital coax output, use that in place of the optical port, freeing up that second optical port for a console.  There isn't any difference in quality between optical and digital coax, so nothing lost. 

I'ma have to check that out.  Have I told you that you're my favorite GTer?  icon_smile
14171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now it's an HDMI Sound Issue on: September 10, 2006, 01:19:47 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on September 10, 2006, 01:27:29 AM

Quote from: ATB on September 10, 2006, 01:20:07 AM

Actually, now I'm trying to push the sound through the HDMI cable to the tv and from the tv to the tuner via optical...nothing's easy.

Is there a reason why you can not just have the optical go straight from the DVD player to the tuner?

Well, there's only 2 optical inputs on my tuner. So if I could route all sound (dvd and tv) through one opt from the cable to the tv, I'll be better off as right now I only get digital sound from the dvd player and whichever console is plugged in.

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What Ralph said.  It seems like your TV can't decode the sound portion of an HDMi signal. 

Well, if there's an HDMI input doesn't that mean that it should?

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did you flash the firmware?  I believe there was an issue with DTS sound that required the firmware upgrade.

This shall be my last resort.
14172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 box art on: September 10, 2006, 01:25:21 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 09, 2006, 09:24:10 PM

I still can't believe they are using the Spiderman 2 font as their official font. 

Good for spiderman. Bad for this.
14173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now it's an HDMI Sound Issue on: September 10, 2006, 01:20:07 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 10, 2006, 12:18:07 AM

Quote from: ATB on September 09, 2006, 10:47:06 PM

So I have the HDMI cable running from the DVD player to the TV.

However, whenever I turn a movie on, I get 'HDMI sound not supported' flashed across the screen and no sound whatsoever..

I've checked the settings and all appears to be set correctly.

Any ideas?



Make sure that the DVD player is set to output via optical and not from HDMI in the DVD player settings menu.  Hard to be more specific without seeing the DVD player manual. 

Actually, now I'm trying to push the sound through the HDMI cable to the tv and from the tv to the tuner via optical...nothing's easy.
14174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now it's an HDMI Sound Issue on: September 09, 2006, 10:47:06 PM
So I have the HDMI cable running from the DVD player to the TV.

However, whenever I turn a movie on, I get 'HDMI sound not supported' flashed across the screen and no sound whatsoever..

I've checked the settings and all appears to be set correctly.

Any ideas?
14175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 09, 2006, 08:58:53 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 09, 2006, 02:06:48 AM

Here's a fairly recent pic of mine.

You coulda been BCR's little brother...
14176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami? on: September 09, 2006, 06:56:27 PM

Quote from: Calvin on September 09, 2006, 06:01:50 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on September 09, 2006, 03:27:22 PM

Finally got the soundtrack about a week ago...

All's I got's to say is that if they put as much care and devotion into the game as they did with the soundtrack, this game is going to be beyond amazing.

I have sooo much on my plate right now, but I don't care.  I f'n want Okami right NOW!

Yeah yeah yeah and you will hype it up and hype it up and hype it up and when you get it you will be mostly dissapointed. Or something. Just as usual.

Gosh that actually sounds like someone else with anything Elder Scrolls...and you know what I'm totally blanking on who that was...got so hyped and then didn't love it. Happened over and over. Who was that?
14177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Washed Out Picture with New DVD Player? on: September 09, 2006, 06:19:16 PM
Actually, one more question:


If I run HDMI to the tv and optical from the tv to the tuner, will this still allow me to do DTS and 5.1?
14178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Washed Out Picture with New DVD Player? on: September 09, 2006, 06:17:32 PM
The addition of the HDMI cable has fixed everything.  That's good news!

Thanks to you both for your help.

One last question.

is 720 p better than 1080i?
14179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Game in 'Inside Man': Is it real? on: September 09, 2006, 05:34:26 PM
Rented Inside Man with Denzel, Jodie and Clive last night (excellent btw) and one of the hostages has a PSP.

They show a game being played which looks like it would be GTA or something (never played it) where the kid shoots a guy in a drive by.  He hits him, the guy's wounded and this is what happens next:

The words "Kill the nigga." pop up on the screen.

The guy gets out of the car. Caps him a few times.

Then he pulls a grenade out and puts it into the dead guy's mouth.

He walks away and the head explodes all over the brick wall.

I LOL'd cause it was so ridiculous and assured my wife that anything with 'Kill the nigga.' would never make it through to production.

But then I thought: I've never played GTA or any of its many clones and this could have been real. Also, would Sony let a fake game be displayed on their hardware?  Hence, I'm here. Is that a real game?
14180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 09, 2006, 05:30:11 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on September 09, 2006, 12:23:18 PM

I've never bought a screen protector, have used the DS extensively, and the screen looks brand new. Nintendo has a history of making extremely durable products and with the DS lite it's no exception. Of course I can't fault anyone for being protective, but you should know that it''s not a necessity.

This was the argument (not that you're arguing) against screen protectors at CAG too.  IMHO, I think it's well worth the 9 bones shipped to make sure that no scratches get on the screens.  It has actually brought me quite a bit of piece of mind. 

I would recommend the hori's without hesitation- just take your time putting them on. I had to order two sets cause I'm an idiot and botched the first application.
14181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami? on: September 09, 2006, 05:26:20 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on September 09, 2006, 03:27:22 PM

Finally got the soundtrack about a week ago...

All's I got's to say is that if they put as much care and devotion into the game as they did with the soundtrack, this game is going to be beyond amazing.

I have sooo much on my plate right now, but I don't care.  I f'n want Okami right NOW!

Well that is good to hear!  I'm actually probably not going to get it day one. My backlog is SO bad right now...but...maybe.  Maybe I will. <sigh>
14182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 9/9/99 on: September 09, 2006, 05:25:22 PM
I was still entirely entrenched in PC gaming back then. Never played a dreamcast. Never knew anyone who had one.  Never saw one in real life.
14183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Washed Out Picture with New DVD Player? on: September 09, 2006, 03:53:18 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 09, 2006, 03:46:46 PM


My dad is bringing over an HDMI cable today for testing purposes. I've been too lazy to find one cheap.


This actually raises another question:

Right now I have audio going optical out of the DVD player into my tuner to ensure that I get DTS or 5.1 as appropriate.

With an HDMI hookup, does the HDMI cable also push the audio or just the picture?  If it includes the audio, should I just let the connection from the TV to the receiver be optical...will this still produce DTS/5.1?

14184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 09, 2006, 03:48:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 09, 2006, 03:46:14 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 09, 2006, 03:04:34 PM




That image still creeps me out.

Is it an original or is it from a movie? If so, I presume a zombie type?

A great mash up would be to work that into that saturday night live head bobble in the car clip  icon_biggrin
14185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Washed Out Picture with New DVD Player? on: September 09, 2006, 03:46:46 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 09, 2006, 03:41:21 PM

Is it a Samsung HD series?  If so, flash the bios in it, very easy to do, I will explain it if it is one.

The TV is the samsung slimfit 30 inch HD.  THe DVD player is also a Samsung.  What does flash the bios mean?

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You really shold use S-Video as a bare minimum.  Is it an HDTV? 

My dad is bringing over an HDMI cable today for testing purposes. I've been too lazy to find one cheap.

That said though, it still doesn't make any sense that the picture would wash out with the cable does it?
14186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Washed Out Picture with New DVD Player? on: September 09, 2006, 02:43:31 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 09, 2006, 02:31:24 PM

What type of connection are you using- component (red, blue, green), S-Video, or composite (yellow)?  Sounds to me like you might have a busted pin on an S-Video cable or something. 

I'm using yellow.  Actually it's a white (aren't they the same?).  As I said above it's the exact same configuration I've used with the other DVD player with no problems.  Should I try an actual video cable (yellow)?
14187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Now it's an HDMI Sound Issue on: September 09, 2006, 02:16:54 PM
Cross post with BC, but I know that the audience here at GT is very up to date on tech so here it is:

I've purchased an HDMI capable upscan dvd player.

I'm not using HDMI at present as I don't have a cable.

I have plugged it in precisely the same way my previous DVD player was plugged in.

Problem: There's a washed out gray color on the entire screen. Black is gray. White is grayish/white etc. I've adjusted some of the settings (contrast, brightness, etc) to no avail.

It was suggested that the picture quality might suffer because it's not going through HDMI and I thought of that as well...but that doesn't seem to make sense to me.


I'm not worried about the upscan, just the washed out picture...


Any suggestions?
14188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: 09/08/06 on: September 08, 2006, 03:39:06 PM
I hope to finish Mario and Luigi: PiT and get some time in with Killer 7 and Dragon Quest VIII.

However, much work was left uncompleted from the previous weekend so reality may be just some M&L:PiT.
14189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hard drive to Hard Drive copy... on: September 08, 2006, 03:27:25 PM
I ordered the Kama Connect and it didn't work on the first drive I tried it on. Contacted the company and they immediately responded saying that the error message I was getting was not one they had seen (uh oh!) and that I could check it on a 2nd drive and got the same message, they would immediately replace the unit.

Turns out it works on the 2nd drive which means the first one- the one I really need the data from- is 100% SNAFU.
14190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 08, 2006, 02:32:05 PM

Quote from: Xmann on September 08, 2006, 02:12:55 PM

so i thinking the DS will be the more realistic system for me.

You've stepped back from the abyss...
14191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New Casion Royale Trailer Kicks Ass on: September 08, 2006, 12:36:14 PM
K. Looks good. With caveats:

1. We know how that car chase scene ends now don't we  thumbsdown
2. The intense, cold, bad ass bond is a winner  thumbsup
3. The action set pieces look like all the other action set pieces in james bond films  thumbsdown
4. Daniel Craig looks cool enough to pull off the role  thumbsup
5. It's a poker game because poker is popular now  thumbsdown
6. The gritty parts look excellent  thumbsup
7. The regular James Bondy parts look like regular James Bondy parts  thumbsdown

Overall I'd say it's a possible rental, but I've never been into JB all that much.

Would it be possible for them to change the character from the suave JB to a new and gritty one moving forward in all the films? Is that the plan or would all the JB fans go b-a-n-a-n-a-s?
14192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cold Feet: 360 Edition on: September 08, 2006, 12:26:21 PM

Quote from: Goonch on September 08, 2006, 12:12:27 PM

Last night after work I bought, from Costco, an Xbox 360 package...@ 46 years of age, it is my very first console.

In the past I have bought consoles for my 3 kids such as the Gamecube;however this X360 is for me  icon_biggrin.

Huzzah!
14193  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Avatar Size? on: September 08, 2006, 12:08:09 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 07, 2006, 07:55:23 PM

Yep, it is set to 80x80.  Is there a reason to go bigger?

Well my new pimp avatar had to be cut away from a full shot that included his upper torso...so yah! There is!

Oh and pimp meaning cool not an actual pimp.
14194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 07, 2006, 08:08:48 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on September 07, 2006, 07:50:05 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 07, 2006, 07:34:34 PM

Never dug the show, but that is brilliant.

Then I'm not sure what you'll make of this:



A man in a diaper shooting guns from inside a fish tank? I think it's stupid.
14195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 07, 2006, 07:34:34 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on September 07, 2006, 07:17:08 PM



Never dug the show, but that is brilliant.
14196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Only 500k at launch? on: September 07, 2006, 07:32:58 PM

Quote from: shaggydoug on September 07, 2006, 06:32:30 PM


We appear to be no longer on the Wii purchase plan because my wife said we couldn't have one.

- shaggy

FTFY.   Tongue
14197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Only 500k at launch? on: September 07, 2006, 05:32:33 PM
Quote
I simply can't envision any longevity in the Wii's lifespan.

This is a very interesting point that I hadn't thought of.  Again it depends all upon Nintendo's ability(and the software houses that develop for it) to remain innovative and use the new control scheme to its maximum impact.

Again citing Romero (designer threads is a really neat GS feature), he said that Sony development is prohibitive because of cost and also because Sony is such a closed and tightly maintained platform whereas the Will will provide folks the ability to innovate...

Hopefully that will keep it fresh.  Heck, if people have thought of new ways to innovate game play based upon the ancient technology that is the Dual Shock/S-Controller, I'm hopeful folks will do the same for the Wii.
14198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cold Feet: 360 Edition on: September 07, 2006, 03:43:00 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 01, 2006, 10:57:44 PM

Not trying to derail, but speaking of Carcassonne and stuff..

Rumor has it, they are working on DS versions of such games... My god, that would rox.

Hmm. I'd be skeptical that it would work. I've played castles and while it is an immensely fun game in real life, I'm not sure how it would translate to DS. If it's a wholly online game I could see that being fun, but would they try to make it into a SP game?

<Should we start a separate thread?>

14199  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Avatar Size? on: September 07, 2006, 03:37:40 PM
Is it still 80 x 80? I remember in the old ubb it used to say limited to 80 x 80. Is that still the case?
14200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else noticing the lessening of fanboy bitch fights? on: September 07, 2006, 03:26:22 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 29, 2006, 08:17:14 AM

The games were like $200 each..

 eek

I remember it being a very expensive console but I only have the faintest inkling that the games were that much.  How on earth did they justify that and how on earth did you justify getting one?  GAH!?
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