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14441  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: September 11, 2006, 04:38:23 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 10, 2006, 01:57:58 AM

I will update again soon, this "Pneumonia" bullshit I have now has put any potential diet on the back burner until I fully recover.  Not to mention, I am on Levaquin, which drastically increases chances of broken bones, ripped tendons and what not, so my exercise has ceased.

But if you're reallly that sick, hopefully you won't be eating much anyway!   Tongue Speaking of, anyone want to infect me with stomach flu  icon_twisted
14442  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: September 11, 2006, 04:37:18 PM

Quote from: Arkon on September 11, 2006, 11:17:52 AM

Quote from: Blackadar on September 11, 2006, 11:09:46 AM

Quote from: Arkon on September 11, 2006, 10:42:43 AM

9/11/06 - 253.0 lbs

Good weekend, Arkon!

Thanks, although it was a bit of a shock to me.  My legs were pretty sore and so I took off from walking, although I ate a bit better than usual.  I will be happy when I hit 249 as I haven't been under 250 in about 4 years.

Definitely take the time to heal and recover. Don't over do it especially since you're kicking so much butt right now. 
14443  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your website of choice for Release Dates? on: September 11, 2006, 04:35:54 PM
Funny, but I haven't really tracked release dates since my pc days. Unless a game that I'm dying to get is coming out I don't really pay attention. As that doesn't usually happen much anymore due to my Cheap Ass tendencies, I don't track release dates much at all. Last one I cared about was the DSL.

I'm sure I'm in the minority though.
14444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 11, 2006, 04:33:53 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on September 11, 2006, 04:12:18 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 11, 2006, 12:10:35 PM

Harvest Moon never gets good reviews, so you shouldn't base your decision on that.  I think AWL has gotten some of the best reviews for an HM game and it is considered to be one of the worst HM games by fans.

I'm taking a hard look at HM DS but the recent previews have me taking a step back. The previews are bashing poor stylus control as their main complaint. Any news on this?

Your avatar is so money.
14445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 Killed the previous Generation on: September 11, 2006, 04:32:43 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 11, 2006, 03:35:12 PM

Quote from: ATB 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.

Congrats, you are the newest member of a very small minority of gamers.

Oh and let's compare sales numbers of PS2 and 360. You tell me who's really in the minority.
14446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 Killed the previous Generation on: September 11, 2006, 04:31:54 PM
Of those, all but one has sold their previous console and the lone holdout is a Gran Turismo 4 addict that keeps
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his PS2 just for that game.

Foolish mistake in my opinion. There are some blockbuster releases due out before the end of this year for the PS2.  The games for the 360 cannot be better from a perspective of story, pacing, gameplay and writing than these PS2 releases...so the people you're talking about must all be about the graphics.

Wombat on CAG has a great point in one of the Cagcasts. The games coming out for 360 wouldn't be getting hardly any of the pub or buzz if they were coming out for any other system. However, because 360 is the new kid there's a disproportionate raving about anything that's even half-way good on that system.

14447  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SUV sales TANKING big. on: September 11, 2006, 03:30:58 PM
NO ONE needs an SUV except maybe forest rangers.

Mini-vans are far more practical and get better gas mileage.

My californian neighbors have an H2.  They have 2 kids.  Reverse hippies!

I won't mourn the death of the SUV should it come. I never saw the point.
14448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11) on: September 11, 2006, 03:27:27 PM
Hoops 3 on 3 for sure. Just don't know if it'll be this week.
14449  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?
14450  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.
14451  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.
14452  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.
14453  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.
14454  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
14455  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.

14456  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.
14457  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?
14458  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
14459  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?

Quote
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.
14460  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.
14461  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.
14462  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?
14463  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...
14464  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?
14465  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?
14466  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?
14467  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?
14468  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.
14469  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>
14470  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.
14471  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?

14472  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
14473  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?
14474  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)?
14475  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?
14476  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.
14477  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.
14478  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...
14479  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?
14480  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!
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