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14401  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)?
14402  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?
14403  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.
14404  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.
14405  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...
14406  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?
14407  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!
14408  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.
14409  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.
14410  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.
14411  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
14412  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.
14413  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?>

14414  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?
14415  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!?
14416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 07, 2006, 02:57:14 PM
BTW- DS games are B2G1 at Bestbuy online right now. Details in the CAG video games deal forum.

Edit: Some pre-orders are included...including Zelda...
14417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Only 500k at launch? on: September 07, 2006, 02:53:11 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 07, 2006, 02:33:21 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on September 07, 2006, 02:21:05 PM

I am not sure that the Wii will do as well in North America as some are expecting.  Last time I checked the PSP was still outselling the DS in America. 

PSP hasn't outosold the DS for several months now. 

Ding!
14418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: September 07, 2006, 12:46:01 PM

Quote from: Arkon on September 07, 2006, 10:56:57 AM

9/7/6 - 256.6 lbs

1/2 lb a day? in my dreams.
14419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In Honor of My New Firearm... on: September 07, 2006, 12:44:07 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 07, 2006, 11:10:32 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 07, 2006, 11:05:24 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 07, 2006, 05:10:26 AM

Nothing says love like a .50AE Desert Eagle.

That is one expensive piece of handgun you have there.

I've wanted to fire one for years now, but I'm honestly afraid it'll just snap my hand right off my wrist or something smile

Oh I wish it was mine.  I'll be buying one eventually.  Once you've fired one you can't go back...

Sure you can. .50 cals are a joke.  The concussion from firing one of those things is absurd and I don't know how anyone can be accurate with them unless they have the greatest physical strength (which you apparently do, sir.) 

My brother used to have one and you could feel the concussion from that gun standing 10 feet away. I fired it and found it to be far too heavy and the recoil far too strong to be of any use other than a 'HOLY S*!*, he's firing a .50 cal at us! Let's get out of here!' type weapon...well that and to shoot through brick walls to hit the target slywink For that type situation, I'd prefer a shotgun...

I much prefer my Sig .40 as it's compact (as semi-auto's go) and fits nicely in an inside the waistband holster.

That said, it has been years since it has been fired and years since my expanding gut could comfortably carry it concealed.  I've been thinking about heading back to the range, but the cost of time plus ammo turns me off.
14420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 06, 2006, 09:49:09 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 06, 2006, 07:42:12 PM

i love my DS.....if you do go for DS,because of the lite being out,you may be able to get the first model cheaper

Everywhere I've seen the fat DS is still the same price point as the Lite. I thought that was smart given all the people with ANDRE THE GIANT hands who complain about the Lite. slywink.

My vote is for the Lite.  As further evidence, John Romero, in this week's designer threads on Gamespot said he prefers the DS too.  Take it to the bank baby!  icon_cool
14421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Only 500k at launch? on: September 06, 2006, 09:46:40 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 06, 2006, 04:35:33 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 06, 2006, 03:29:42 PM

Only 100k in Japan? There will be riots.

No joke.  I'm not counting on getting one myself... doesn't seem very likely with 400,000 units out there.

* gellar refuses to buy one on Ebay.

Pshaw. You say that now but you have no will power whatsoever. WHAT SO EVER.  You'll probably buy two just to say that you did....punk.
14422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Only 500k at launch? on: September 06, 2006, 09:45:41 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on September 06, 2006, 09:00:26 PM

What will make this even funnier is if the PS3 is the dominant console by the end of the generation. 

What determines dominance? Install base?  I think I read somewhere or saw it referenced here that Wii is supposed to have 5,000,000 sold by the end of the year? Maybe I'm mixing up my numbers, but I don't know how Sony could come back from that or MS will catch that figure unless the Wii absolutely blows and word of mouth sinks it.

Either way, I've said all along that I don't think Sony will win this generation.  I just don't see it happening. But I'm hardly 'in the know'.
14423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Only 500k at launch? on: September 06, 2006, 06:53:43 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on September 06, 2006, 06:23:25 PM

If they're only launching with 100k in Japan... I'd bet that the vast majority of new systems go to Japan for the following 3 months or so.  Maybe a trickle to the US.

The more I think about this the more it makes no sense. Playstation has been on top for SO many years in Japan that I cannot fathom why they are abusing their most loyal fanbase (maybe that answers the question).

They should ship the whole lot to Japan and make the US wait until next year to get it. 

Looks like this will be round two of the failed global launch. Possibly round 3 if Nintendo muffs it...but their launch numbers seem really high, so maybe not.
14424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Only 500k at launch? on: September 06, 2006, 05:08:19 PM
What did 360 launch with in the US?
14425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: September 06, 2006, 03:33:38 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on September 06, 2006, 02:30:11 PM

Quote from: Darren8r on September 04, 2006, 06:35:32 AM

Ok add me. I must have a different kind of goal.

Current Weight:
125 pounds

Goal:
150 pounds

Yea it's basically impossible for me to gain weight, must be my teenage body cycle.
I WAS ONCE LIKE YOU

I NEVER WAS LIKE YOU.
14426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Video of the Wii in action on: September 06, 2006, 03:32:37 PM

Quote from: Dafones on September 06, 2006, 04:09:50 AM

I just want to see a direct motion controlled Star Wars Jedi game. It's about as nerdy as my gaming urges are going to get, I'm sure, but I ain't gunna lie. I want my frickin' lightsaber!

And I hope the Wii is capable of pulling it off.

Hmm. Anyone know if there is force feedback in the wii controller? Say for example you're dueling with Darth Jar jar and you collide sabers...would you feel the impact in the controller?

From the demo it didn't appear that the controller vibrated when he was firing that uzi...I wonder if that's a second generation Wii advancement they have planned....
14427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Only 500k at launch? on: September 06, 2006, 03:29:42 PM
They should just delay until January or later. Only 100k in Japan? There will be riots.
14428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Since I got a wireless router and I have AC:WW... on: September 06, 2006, 03:28:10 PM
I could not get into this game..at all.  May...try...again...
14429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 06, 2006, 01:42:17 PM
Hori screen protectors can be found at http://www.decalgirl.com.  I bought them and was just thinking to myself this weekend how glad I am that I put them on.

For the 8 or 9 bucks shipped, it's definitely worth it.
14430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Video of the Wii in action on: September 05, 2006, 08:02:38 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on September 05, 2006, 07:55:49 PM

Quote from: Temjin on September 05, 2006, 07:23:18 PM

Yes, Red Steel doesn't have free form swordplay, but what game does?  Die by the Sword is the only one I can think of, and that was ten years ago.  Anyway, that's more of a problem with the game than the mechanics of the console. 

I envisioned the on-screen movement mimicking the movements of the controller though.  Scripted animations in response to me moving the controller up or down was not what I was hoping for.  I expected more.  Maybe the developer is being lazy, or maybe the Wii controller isn't precise enough.  Time will tell.

Don't forget that games first released for a system don't take full advantage of the tech. Probably a year or so after launch you'll get exactly what you mention.  Well, I hope we do...
14431  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oil found in the Gulf of Mexico on: September 05, 2006, 06:32:58 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 05, 2006, 06:27:23 PM

Quick!  We must liberate Mexico!

gellar

Boo!

Oh and this will just give us one more reason not to invest in alternative fuels. frown
14432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Video of the Wii in action on: September 05, 2006, 06:32:10 PM
Whoa whoa whoa.

Sounds like many of you have purchased tvs that are far too large for your rooms.

From crutchfield:
Screen size  Viewing distance range 

30" 3.75-6.25 feet
34" 4.25-7 feet
42" 5.25-8.75 feet
50" 6.25-10.5 feet
56" 7-11.75 feet
62" 7.75-13 feet
70" 8.75-14.75 feet
 

Quote
My couch is less than 6 feet from my tv, and my tv is 42 inches.

I don't know how you stand being so close to such a big screen. My eyes would end up like this:  retard
14433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Video of the Wii in action on: September 05, 2006, 03:13:17 PM
Vid has me pretty excited. Looks really good. All the titles they showed (except maybe orchestra) looked like fun.

He said that it'll take some getting used to, but it looks very neatly implemented and I can't wait to give it a try.

I'm more excited now than I was. W00t!
14434  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek - The Search for Grail on: September 05, 2006, 12:08:49 PM
I never watched the original Star Trek. How stupid that show appeared to be... ninja2
14435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vader Antics on: September 05, 2006, 12:05:14 PM
Wow. Just wow.  That's so very mean.  I can't imagine doing that to my wife.  thumbsdown
14436  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crikey! Croc Hunter Killed on: September 05, 2006, 11:53:20 AM
Quote
Only 3 or 4 deaths by stingray have even been reported in Australian history.

17 since 1969 if i remember reading correctly.
14437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: September 05, 2006, 11:50:15 AM

Quote from: Arkon on September 05, 2006, 10:44:38 AM

Well I had a pretty bad weekend.  Didn't get out for {exercise}

Ditto. I decided to rest my tender hamstring and hit the bricks with a 10 miler this morning.  Well, both kids are sick and I was awoken between 6-8 times last night...so I skipped the run this morning.

I also ate way too much this weekend (especially in the red meat genre- I shall be abstaining from it for the rest of the month) and know that even though I wasn't entirely a glutton, the scale shall reflect my indulgences.

That said, it's ostrich time. I'm not going to weigh myself for 2 weeks.  Tongue
14438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: 3 Day Variety 1/Sep/06 on: September 04, 2006, 12:51:38 PM
Well, so far I've only played about an hour of Phoenix Wright.  Just what I anticipated. Both cars are in the garage now though  icon_biggrin thumbsup
14439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crikey! Croc Hunter Killed on: September 04, 2006, 12:49:30 PM
This makes me very sad. I loved the croc hunter.   crybaby
14440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: September 03, 2006, 04:27:58 PM
Quote
I'm 5' 11" and pretty built, kinda like those guys who throw kegs over walls on ESPN

Uh...yes sir. Sorry sir. Anything you say sir.  slywink
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