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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Modders make Jack Thompson game- guess what Jacky did? on: October 17, 2005, 07:14:37 PM
Gabe and Tycho (from Penny Arcade) have just given $10k to the ESA for their Nite to Unite - For Kids charity on behalf of Jack's name.  They figured that is the charity of choice for Paul Eibler of Take Two.  It just hit a minute ago as I was reading this thread.

This just gets better and better.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 Launch List to be announced tomorrow? on: October 17, 2005, 05:41:19 PM
Along with that rumor there is also MS possibly announcing if game prices for 3rd party titles are going to be $59.99 for sure or not.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blitz: The League Tomorrow supposedly. on: October 17, 2005, 03:51:12 PM
I plan on renting this, but I doubt I will buy it.  I have a sneaking suspicion that this will be the Blitz gameplay with a new coat of paint on it.  It will be fun for a few days to a week and then it will seem boring.

And yes, you could probably say that about Madden as well, although unlike the Blitz games of old I continue to play Madden months afterwards.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Houston Freakin Astros !!!!!! on: October 17, 2005, 01:36:17 PM
I hope whoever wins the NLCS wins the World Series.  It would be the ultimate dis to Cubs fans to see the White Sox win.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: October 14, 2005, 02:48:42 PM
Correct, it is not a direct sequel.  One of the cool things I've heard is that the opening cinema is controlled by you with the controller.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: October 14, 2005, 01:49:01 PM
Well, EGM did give it at least a Silver (8.0 or above average), but I forget the scores and don't have my issue in front of me.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: October 14, 2005, 03:04:07 AM
From everything I've heard it is a great game but there are graphical slowdowns and camera issues (EGM said that in their review).  There are also long periods of you running to find the next Colossus you have to battle.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Question: on: October 14, 2005, 03:01:34 AM
I can only guess it is people that hang out around bases in order to kill opposing players when they spawn.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: October 13, 2005, 11:47:56 PM
Heck yeah I'm excited!
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Discussion: The Upcoming DC Crisis (Identity/Infinite) on: October 13, 2005, 08:16:17 PM
Finally got done reading IC #1, JLA #120 and Villians United #6.  Spoilers follow:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Well, there are two Lex Luthors currently on Earth.  This would explain the psycho Luthor in the first Batman/Superman story arc and his sudden re-appearance months later acting normal.  He is the Luthor of this world, the other one (the psycho one) I'm not sure where he comes from.  One was Mockingbird, although I'm not sure who.  I'm going to guess the one Luther was running the Secret Six and the Society, but I could just be very confused.

It was interesting to see that a lot of people's thoughts were correct that Superman (Earth-2), Superboy (Earth Prime), Lois (Earth-2) and Alexander Luthor (Earth-3) would be key to this story.  I'm not quite sure how they can escape to help anyone considering the door was left that if they ever came to Earth again that the universe would destroy itself.  It'll be very interesting to see how Johns writes around that.

They still didn't answer who it was that blew up the Watchtower, although with Mongul there chances are it was Cyborg Superman since they were in cahoots with each other at one point.

Things are still very broad and I certainly hope Johns can contain what he wants to say in IC.  To me it is sounding like the crossovers don't have a lot to do with IC, but who knows.  I'm betting Superman #222 next week with Lois and the Kents shocked that it will be Cyborg Superman, the destroyer of the Watchtower...that's just my take though.

Putting these characters from CoIE back into play could play out well or destroy the universe, although Johns said the end result is not a retcon like what happened after CoIE.  We shall see
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 Backward Compatible List Soon on: October 12, 2005, 08:48:45 PM
Considering Crimson Skies was made by FASA (which is owned by Microsoft), I'd say MS owns the rights to it.  I haven't played it in a long time, but man that was an enjoyable game.  There were rumors that a second one was in development, but no word from MS as of yet.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / iPod Video announced on: October 12, 2005, 08:45:01 PM
Yes, you can put MP3s on an Ipod along with iTunes music.  You just can't put WMAs on it (Microsoft proprietary stuff).  As for videos, I'm sure you can watch them via Quicktime through iTunes since QT is embedded in iTunes, so you can watch those on your computer screen or on a road trip.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SSX: On Tour on: October 12, 2005, 06:48:14 PM
You are correct since I looked it up.  I bet they changed the button layout for On Tour.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / iPod Video announced on: October 12, 2005, 06:41:32 PM
It's shown on Apple's site.  It replaces the last Ipods, is thinner, has more screen and 5 more hours battery life.  30GB and 60GB versions ($299/$399).  This makes the 30GB only $50 more than the 4GB Nano.



Those numbers are based on the 60GB version, halve the numbers for the 30GB.

Here's a side shot:

55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Didn't preorder the Xbox 360? Have fun camping out! on: October 12, 2005, 05:20:50 PM
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
Quote from: "Calvin"
Seriously, Iam still going over things in my head, and I have no clue how I will afford this, or even if I really want it. But I will have it!.


Will you play PGR3 with me if you get it?

I'll play PGR3 with you...if it truly is out on launch day...heh.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Bundles, non-bundles, HD and accessories on: October 12, 2005, 03:44:17 PM
I'm going to doubt you can just slap on any HD onto the Xbox 360 much like you can't with the Xbox without a mod chip.

The hard drive is detachable on the side of the 360.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Discussion: The Upcoming DC Crisis (Identity/Infinite) on: October 12, 2005, 03:42:13 PM
Yeah, the same team as We3...the title is All-Star Superman.  All-Star Batman and Robin has not been the greatest so far (Frank Miller and Jim Lee) though.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lost on: October 12, 2005, 03:39:45 PM
For you it would be 9pm.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SSX: On Tour on: October 12, 2005, 02:02:30 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
The Black and White buttons weren't used in either SSX Tricky or SSX3 on the Xbox from what I remember.

Well, according to the Gamespot review the black and white buttons are used since they say the PS2 is slightly better because of all the buttons on the shoulder.  Granted, I didn't whip out SSX 3 last night to know for sure, but I was pretty sure it used white and black for the tricks corresponding to the R2 and L2 buttons on PS2.

I guess the Gamecube version has slowdown too.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Discussion: The Upcoming DC Crisis (Identity/Infinite) on: October 12, 2005, 12:41:31 AM
Tomorrow is the big day.  I'm going to talk more about it in my blog, but tomorrow is supposedly the beginning of DC changing gears that will start in April of next year.

JLA #119 had a weird ending (J'onzz suprised by someone and the watchtower blowing up) and I've been reading message boards that are saying the person with the red cape at the end with Martian Manhunter is:

Superman from Earth-2 (last seen in the first Batman/Superman arc)
Superman from Kingdom Come
Ultraman (the Superman from the Injustice League alternate world)
Superboy from Earth Prime (or the one currently in DC continuity)
Supergirl
Cyborg Superman (one of the clones)

I'm going to take a stab and say we probably won't know who it is in IC #1 coming out tomorrow, but who knows since Geoff Johns wrote this JLA arc and is writing IC.

The more interesting thing tomorrow is that Mockingbird should finally be unmasked in Villians United.  No clue who that is, but I'm sure they're quite tied into the overall plot.

Anyway, tomorrow is the big day...I hope this doesn't fizzle out like many in the past.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SSX: On Tour on: October 11, 2005, 03:13:27 PM
I'm pretty sure the white and black buttons would be used since L1/L2 and R1/R2 are used in the PS2 SSX games.  I forget since I haven't played my Xbox copy of SSX 3 in a long time.

I still say the absence of an online mode is enough for me not to pick this up, even at the cheaper $40 price point.  Can probably wait for Amped 3 on 360.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 10/05/05 - HOLY CRAP! on: October 06, 2005, 02:25:33 PM
Yeah, let's try to keep the preview stuff in spoiler space, easily done by putting brackets around the word spoiler and then at the end putting a slash before spoiler and brackets around that.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ridge Racer 6 for Xbox360 Famitsu Scans (and screens!) on: October 06, 2005, 01:31:49 PM
I don't see Red Xs...looks nice!
64  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW expansion pack playable at Blizzcon on: October 06, 2005, 01:31:11 PM
I doubt it will be out by Christmas, although it depends how far they are into development.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: Fable on: October 06, 2005, 12:51:47 PM
If you have Lost Chapters there is more story after the credits, but if you have regular Fable there is not.  The credits ended up being longer than the game anyway slywink
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Interesting Local Paper Article (Gaming and Education) on: October 06, 2005, 12:30:46 AM
Just read this.  Talks about a local teacher that uses Dance Dance Revolution to teach children how to read.  It also has discussions with Education people that video games can be great for education, but that obviously not all would be.

Check it out and discuss if you like.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Conference [it's final, DS > PSP] on: October 05, 2005, 11:35:54 PM
I can only guess you were trying to post the picture of Bill Gates in a sexy pose circa Windows 1.0 era, but it came out as a red X...heh.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Question on: October 05, 2005, 07:51:25 PM
Yep, forgot about the 30-day Gold trial on the Xbox 360.  Looking at Gamestop, looks like both have this.  Core System and Silver Premium Bundle.  It is noted in both versions.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Question on: October 05, 2005, 07:47:25 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
2)  Live membership for one year is included, which I am also asking for for Christmas ($50 more)

3)  Wireless controllers (honey, no more ugly wires everywhere!)

2. Yes and no.  You get Xbox Live Silver, which just allows you into the community (marketplace, messaging, downloading of updates I think, etc.).  From my understanding you have to get Gold ($50) to be able to play online.  I also believe people still on Xbox Live at that time go up for free until the next pay period.

3. Yep, although they cost $50 a pop...and if you want a charge kit, that's an extra $20 a pop. Whee!
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Question on: October 05, 2005, 07:36:33 PM
Honestly I don't know how many of the neutered systems they will make.  The ratio between Premium and Neutered could be quite a bit.  Heck, in Japan they're only selling the Premium version (and for less money when you convert the price to US dollars).
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 official launch list on: October 05, 2005, 07:00:54 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Perfect Dark Zero, Kameo, Tiger Woods 06, FIFA06, Project Gotham Racing 3.

The bookends there could bite him in the ass if it turns out they aren't out at launch.  As far as I know Ridge Racer 6, NFS: Most Wanted and Madden 06 are for sure launch games too.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Duty 2 Preview is UP! on: October 05, 2005, 06:57:19 PM
Yeah, I'm going to guess Activision had either a 7800GTX or an ATI 520 reference board running the game on PC.  Ron says the two (Xbox 360 and PC) are indistinguishable, which wouldn't be too surprising if either card was used.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / No fresh start for you! Pay up, 130 years! on: October 05, 2005, 06:10:47 PM
I'm not a lawyer (although it's the reason I went to college), but I can try to give some advice.  If this ever goes to court I'm going to guess you will have to retain a lawyer or is the hospital going to be on your side at that point?

I'm sure it is within your right as both the insurer and the possible debtor in the future to be able to read a copy of the approval letter.  Every patient has a right to read anything relating to their health records as far as I know...this would be one of those things.  Once you have the letter read through it and then if you happen to have a friend that is a lawyer have them read it and give you advice about whether a loophole is there or not (you may also be able to interpret it without a lawyer).

Hopefully you can do that before Oct. 17th.  I'd say the risk is too great if you see a loophole or if the approval letter is "lost" to ride the lightning so to speak.  The reverse side is something you brought up though...I'm not sure when a court would say the medial debt was incurred if it would happen to fall to you.  They could easily say the debt was not there before October 17th and therefore you still have to pay it.

It's a tough one, but I certainly hope things work out for you.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Marvel Nemesis - What's the word? on: October 05, 2005, 05:03:21 PM
I had the chance to rent it, but I passed on it.  Just didn't feel like spending money on a game that has gotten middle of the road reviews at best.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Duty 2 Preview is UP! on: October 05, 2005, 04:44:05 PM
They consider the 360 one near final Ron?  And were they running the computer one on an ATI R520-based board, which was just un-NDAed today?  That would explain the non-noticeable difference between the two versions since they would share the same graphical architecture.

I'd probably still go for the PC version just because it's cheaper if the $60 price for 3rd party stuff ends up being the final price for 360 stuff.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Screenshot Blitz on: October 05, 2005, 01:51:06 PM
I know you're being sarcastic LD slywink

I did want to point out that the list can be seen via the Features Page (the list is on the bottom).

I forgot to say the front page has them as well, but to see the PDZ shots for instance you'd find them in the Features Page or through the search area.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Waterworld? Bah, Chump Change! Superman is teh Win! on: September 26, 2005, 10:52:22 PM
My numbers came from worldwide money for HP.  Domestic has consistently gone down as well.

Domestic/Overseas/Cost/Marketing

Sorceror's Stone: 317,575,550/658,900,000/130 million/40 million

Chamber: 261,988,482/614,700,000/100 million/50 million

Azkaban: 249,541,069/540,250,000/130 million/50 million

Goblet : ?/?/305 million/?
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Duty 2 demo to be released today on: September 26, 2005, 10:27:09 PM
...only 665MB or something like that.

Gamespot is downloading at over 600KB/s
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Want an Xbox360 Controller....early? on: September 26, 2005, 10:21:44 PM
Or maybe from the MS Developer's conference a couple weeks ago in LA.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm preloading Day of Defeat: Source right now on: September 26, 2005, 10:20:54 PM
Tis "decrypting" for me now.
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