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2161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 02, 2007, 12:07:08 PM
You guys should get hired by Microsoft. I'm so close to getting a Gold membership with my 360.
Yet to play on line with it, haven't had a game I wanted to.

Might wait for DiRT dunno.......but yeah, you guys sure make it sound like fun.
2162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: June 01, 2007, 12:31:35 PM
One of the things I've felt in Flight Sims and Car sims that is lacking is real physical feed-back.
To make things realistic is one thing, but in a real car I can "feel" the movement, "sense" when I need to correct or whatever.

In a game you can't. Realism is great as long as tactile feedback is taken into account. There is a huge difference between a Sim and the real thing. There always will be until the "perfect" seat has been made.

So for me it boils down to fun. It can be as real as it gets but if it just frustrating and not fun, who cares?

But to each his own. I just really think the lack of real physical feed-back is a huge barrier between realism and arcadism.
2163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- WHEN?!?!?!?!?! on: May 31, 2007, 11:05:59 AM
The hype is strong with this one Luke.........

This game feels like its already precariously perched on the tower of high expectations...

2164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]POTC: @ World's End on: May 28, 2007, 01:17:04 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 23, 2007, 01:04:52 AM

As much as I love PotC, I'll be renting this one after being burned by Spiderman 3.  Plus no US demo = no buy.

Amen to that. I'll never "buy" a movie based game again. Let alone a Movie based on a Disney Ride, and a game based on that movie......wobble wobble.
2165  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Starting up WoW again on: May 25, 2007, 10:00:23 AM

Quote from: Semaj on May 25, 2007, 04:42:20 AM

roses are red
violeta are blue
if you go ally
i'll enjoy killing you?

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Undead stink
and so do you.. nod
2166  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Starting up WoW again on: May 24, 2007, 09:23:38 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on May 24, 2007, 05:39:47 PM

I have no kids
I have no wife
I may as well play WoW
Until I get a life.

But, but, but...your signature below your portrait says...??? eek
Did you have grandkids through an Alien host?
2167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking of selling my 360..Good price? on: May 24, 2007, 06:40:58 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 24, 2007, 12:38:17 PM

Dude, seriously? Nothing you can find on the next-gen console leader right now?

What kinds of games do you play? What interests you? I really don't wanna see another Arclight 360 thread where the title reads "Sold my 360; looking to buy another one now :sigh:"

Haha, too much pride to do that... paranoid

I really dont like shooters...that I know
I really dont like squad based shooters....that I know
Ditto: Sports games, puzzle games, most racing games.

I like story driven RPG's...
I like a well done adventure game.
I like well done actiony RPG games...
Flight Sim
Flight sim combat
I love MMORPG's...........
Can't think of anymore right now....
2168  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Starting up WoW again on: May 23, 2007, 06:32:46 PM
I'm still plodding around on Ravencrest with my 70 Hunter...But would be interested if people were starting from scratch on a fresh server.
2169  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: PTR Patch Notes 2.1.0 for WoW on: May 22, 2007, 11:25:40 PM
Can a Hunter explain to me how the Hunter's Mark now works?
I've been watching the icon when applied to a mob, and I never see it change.
I don't know if its proc'ing or not.

How do you tell.

2170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking of selling my 360..Good price? on: May 22, 2007, 11:23:49 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 22, 2007, 07:18:06 PM

I think he posted it here because he really doesn't want to sell it; he's looking for a reason to keep it.

Hold out for Mass Effect; you're best off selling it just before an announced price drop and after another major title release. biggrin

No, nothing so subtle as that. Really never use it. And like someone said if I can't find games to grab me now, I probably will never be able to justify having it. I just hate having something that I never use....seems wasteful... icon_wink

I dont use e-bay, so I was just trying to get a ball-park figure for what to ask for it in a local shopper, or what-ever.
2171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking of selling my 360..Good price? on: May 22, 2007, 05:22:43 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on May 22, 2007, 04:52:38 PM

Yeah, I would also advise against asking for Canadian money.  No one takes those crazy psychedelic bills seriously, and that lady on them looks a little like my deceased Aunt Cynthia.

See if you can get 40,000 pesos.

You're a very naughty man. How dare you say my Mum looks like your dead Aunt...... crybaby
2172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of selling my 360..Good price? on: May 22, 2007, 03:33:26 PM
About 3 months old. With one remote controller and battery recharger.

Gears of War
Ghost Recon 2
Spiderman 3
Call of duty 3
Rapala Fishing Tourney..

I've barely used it.

Wondering what I could get asking in Canadian Dollars.
2173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed! on: May 20, 2007, 08:37:46 PM

Quote from: Ridah on May 20, 2007, 08:08:14 PM

I don't think anyone who still actively plays WoW and enjoys it wants a WoS released any time soon, a lot of guilds would probably deteriorate because of members switching over and such. Essentially, WoS would damage the WoW community to an extent. No reason for that yet, wait until the WoW community has stopped growing, then start working on WoS or World of Diablo or World of Three Vikings or whatever other property Blizz wants to convert to cash. 

What makes you think the WoW community hasn't stopped growing. I see less and less people on-line. I've been on since the beginning and the drop in people, from my perspective, is fairly significant.
You will never see released figures on decline, only growth. And then I still think they skewed them some how to project viability and growth.
I'm not saying WoW is dead......Not by any stretch of the imagination...but I do think a stagnant period is burgeoning. You can read it, see it, sense it.
World of Starcraft could never have happened though while WoW is still viable. You don't compete with yourself in business...that just wont work.
But I think rather than World of Warcraft 2 down the road, I do hope they change gears and make another MMORPG based on something totally different from Warcraft.
2174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 Officially Announced on: May 19, 2007, 11:33:57 AM
Me no likey RTS games, never have to this point anyway..including SC 1.

I wanted it so bad to be World of Starcraft..........but I know about 20 million Korean's that are very happy right now.

Well, I dont know them personally persay, but, yeah, you know what I mean.
2175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 19, 2007, 11:32:05 AM

Quote from: gellar on May 19, 2007, 07:00:03 AM

Finally got my 360 back today and gave the demo a run... I'm mostly underwhelmed.  The graphics are pretty mediocre, particularly when I'm comparing it against F1.  I seem to remember the sound being much better in the first too, but hopefully they downsampled for the demo.

I ran a few races of each class with zero aids other than the AT (I hate shifting on a controller).  The cars feel alright, but they seem to have missed a bit on the traction.  You can't induce a useful level of oversteer... you go from super-grippy understeer to unrealistically trying to swing your rear end from side to side.  Not a whole lot in between.  It's really difficult to help the car turn with the throttle.  The brakes do feel pretty good though.

The AI is... slow.  They seem to do an OK job of accident avoidance, but they really are slow.  I assume this is 'Medium' difficulty, but the braking lines they take around the track are SUPER conservative.  You can pretty much be rest assured that you can outbrake them into turns by 2-3 car lengths, meaning you should be able to pull a pass off on nearly any turn you like.  Maybe it gets better with Hard, but I walked away from the AI on the handful of races I did, never once failing to finish first by less than 3 seconds.

I guess I was just hoping they'd do more.  This game really is a sequel to Forza... it's not a huge advancement in any category that I can see so far, so I think anyone hoping for that (like myself) is going to be at least a bit disappointed.  Those looking for a higher resolution version of the first will probably be pretty happy.

Hopefully the career mode is compelling and the 'Hard' AI is competitive, otherwise I'm really going going to be disappointed in buying it.


crap, I ain't racing you online..............I felt like a go-cart racer thrown in with F1 drivers.
Umm yeah, I drive better in real life.........honest.
2176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Canadian Stores for trading in games. on: May 17, 2007, 10:17:54 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 17, 2007, 06:26:47 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 17, 2007, 05:34:17 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 17, 2007, 05:00:04 AM

you should get a franchise and start up a competitor to EBgames.  slywink

Yeah, no kidding huh? Man those stores are growing like wild-fire from what I hear.

Yeah, if I could afford it, I would buy the area franchinse for my city and start going after EB/Gamestop.

I've got...(checks pocket) $10.50 cdn. I could throw in...Maybe do a Cross-Border Partnership.. icon_lol
2177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Canadian Stores for trading in games. on: May 17, 2007, 05:34:17 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 17, 2007, 05:00:04 AM

you should get a franchise and start up a competitor to EBgames.  slywink

Yeah, no kidding huh? Man those stores are growing like wild-fire from what I hear.
2178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Canadian Stores for trading in games. on: May 15, 2007, 01:28:58 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 15, 2007, 12:45:08 PM

Microplay, Blockbuster. I'm sure there are others too.

Micro-play? Are they still around? There was one in Barrie years ago but I haven't heard of one in ages.

2179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Canadian Stores for trading in games. on: May 15, 2007, 11:24:29 AM
Is EB the only store in Canada that does Console game trade-ins and such?
2180  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone still playing WoW/Is there a GT guild? on: May 15, 2007, 09:25:55 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 15, 2007, 12:43:20 AM

Quote from: SuperHiro on May 14, 2007, 07:26:25 PM

I think the MOST active one is OO's guild on Emerald Dream. that's an RP/PvP server.

BWAHAHAHA!!!  I can totally see them being the kind of things which dwell on RP servers.

Do I detect animosity with our Octopus Brethren?
2181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lego Star Wars: the true noob-friendly game on: May 14, 2007, 02:27:38 PM

Quote from: Shkspr on May 13, 2007, 03:42:00 PM

Heh.  At one point when my wife and I visited my parents this spring, the family spent a lazy weekday morning in the living room with my sister playing the PS2 edition of the first Lego Star Wars game on the big screen TV, my father playing L:SW2 on the desktop PC, and my mother in her chair playing Star Wars I on her laptop.  My wife and I felt out of place playing MLB '06: the Show and Cooking Mama on our respective handhelds. smile

BTW, my mother just announced last week that she'd beaten both games for about the third time apiece. smile

Gadzooks batman, looks like we have us a True Gaming Family....
I'd think I was in an alternative Universe if I ever saw that at one of our family gatherings...

Good show old bean.
2182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/14) on: May 14, 2007, 01:17:48 PM
2183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another XBox 360 bites the dust on: May 12, 2007, 11:59:37 PM

Quote from: kathode on May 12, 2007, 10:06:41 PM

Over a year and going strong!  I live in fear every day!  Ha, just kidding.  I treat mine like crap and it respects me for it. 

Ahhh, reverse psychology, I love it...Now where is that bad box, it needs a good foot stompin... paranoid
2184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 11, 2007, 08:01:55 PM

Quote from: Devil on May 11, 2007, 07:21:50 PM

I can barely do my own lube jobs

Lockdown does mine

Not sure how to take that.  eek paranoid
2185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 11, 2007, 07:18:35 PM

Quote from: Farscry on May 11, 2007, 05:35:08 PM

Quote from: disarm on May 11, 2007, 05:22:06 PM

all the telemetry info is made available so you can fine tune the performance of your own car...not so you can let the AI do it for you. 

Bingo, and I'm quite excited about it! I spent far more time than I can estimate manually tuning my favorite cars in Gran Turismo 3. icon_biggrin Now with Forza 2, not only will I do that, but now I can do paintjobs on them too! This game's going to be too awesome. icon_wink I liked Forza 1 but it just was missing something... couldn't explain it.

Man, I can barely do my own lube jobs and now I'm going to be translating telemetry on F-1 cars and adjusting as needed? Yeah, right....
I guess trial and error are the order of the day...unless there is a tutorial along with the telemetry options.
But what I meant earlier is that in real-life a pit-crew would make wing, tire, and other adjustments on the fly.......The race wont stop while I fiddle about with this stuff, or will it?
2186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 11, 2007, 03:32:23 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on May 11, 2007, 03:27:36 PM

Quote from: disarm on May 11, 2007, 02:47:16 PM

Quote from: Farscry on May 11, 2007, 01:48:05 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on May 11, 2007, 12:58:49 PM

The amount of data that you can make available in the HUD (which is easily brought up and removed during the race) is wonderful.  You can see the various forces on your car as you turn, which tires are getting the most wear, current damage to your vehicle, etc.  There were at least five different screens of realtime data to page through....all while you are driving.  I liked GT3, but I found some of their simplifications (and the invicible cars) to be a little annoying.  Forza 2 looks to offer me the simulation that I've been wanting for some time. 

Did I mention I think the dynamic driving line is really cool?

Man, that's fantastic info on the HUD there! I had no idea it was that comprehensive!

if you want to see just how much is going on under the hood, run a race and watch the replay afterward with telemetry turned visible.  like Dreamshadow said, there are five screens of data available in real it all fluctuate at full speed, or slow down the playback and take in the minute details.  the amount of information is staggering...tire temps, friction ratings, G forces, suspension response/travel, camber variations, engine's all there in more detail than you could imagine.  while the racing style of Forza isn't quite my cup of tea, i can appreciate the amount of work put into the game to make it realistic...very cool.

LOL, that's the same thing I did last night. The Telemetry seemed like it was more for after the race to evaluate your performance. What would be cool is if your pit crew used this info and relayed it to you and set your car up based on your racing style.

So the telemetry info is just that, info? You can't do anything with it during pits?
2187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-Man 3 review discussion on: May 11, 2007, 12:37:54 PM
The save game in this title is so frustrating. There is one mission where you're in a sewer network going after some boss lizard. It is a very long mission with, for me anyway, an extremely tough boss fight at the end. Guess what? No save at all through the whole thing. I'd been on this one mission for over a hour trying to finish the boss off...I had to go, you know that annoying thing called "real life"....Well I lost all that gaming time working my way to this boss because of the no save feature whilst in a mission.
How flippin frustrating is that?

Man, some developers must have sadistic tendancies, that or they have all the time in the world to game and think everyone else does too. icon_mad
2188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 11, 2007, 01:18:47 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 11, 2007, 12:16:18 AM

I can't believe they didn't include a single classic muscle car.  Bastards. 

The demo played fine and was very reminiscent of the first Forza, as could be expected I guess.  I think the jaggies mostly went away during the replays. 

I am also begrudgingly allowing myself to come to the conclusion that, like Misguided, this is just not my type of racing game.  It's just a bit too sterile for me.  I enjoy the visceral thrills of rally and such.  I will now be trasferring my excitement to DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road and FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage.  And of course PGR4 and Burnout Paradise whenever they arrive. 


I was hoping I would love the demo I so want a new 360 game to take up some of my gaming time.......Maybe next month.
2189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 10, 2007, 07:56:47 PM
Ok, I didn't think I'd be able to get this with just a silver account. Nice surprise.

Not having played any racing games on a console system before I really don't have a point of reference as to whether this is good for a console racer or not.
It seems ok, but I'm not wow'ed by it. I'm running it on a 27inch HDTV at 1080i and some graphics are good and others look a bit plasticky....
I imagine it would be much more realistic with a wheel-pedal setup but I find the controller a bit cumbersome.IE changing views looking back using the "look-around" function.

I'm really curious as to how more experienced console-racers fans find this demo.
2190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 10, 2007, 02:26:25 PM

Quote from: Misguided on May 10, 2007, 01:10:48 PM

Short version: I don't like this style of racing, so keep that in mind.

The sim-heads are going to love this. With all the aids turned on, it feels a bit like PGR. Turn off the traction, stability, and abs, and it's a whole different story, and I didn't even try the R2 class.

Again, I don't like this kind of racing (I prefer Rally) but I LOVE the way they implemented the racing line. It's dynamic, showing you whether you should accelerate or brake, and it changes on the fly as your speed changes.

Do NOT expect the game to look like some of the vids we've seen recently. They have to have been using post-processing or AA isn't implemented in the demo or something, but there are jaggies-a-plenty in the demo.

Having said that, I did a few quick races and it was silky smooth. No hiccups or stutters at all.

I'm really not qualified here, but AI seemed alright to me at a glance. driver's didn't seem overly aggressive, but they will send you flying off the track if you cut them off too hard.

Sounds are independently configurable for tires, engines, collisions, music, other cars, etc,...nice.
HUD has nice customizability too.

No in-car view, but there is a hood cam, and a bumper cam plus a couple of chases.

No in car view? Wha? So you don't get to sit behind the wheel with the same view you'd have in real life? Thats just weird.
How does it handle with the stock 360 controller? I wont buy a wheel and peddles for a game so I know I'm limiting myself somewhat.
2191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fallout 3 on X-box 360? on: May 09, 2007, 10:21:07 PM
Does anyone have any knowledge of whats being said concerning a console version of FO-3?
2192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: May 09, 2007, 04:15:37 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 09, 2007, 04:12:27 PM

That video is incredible.

There is no way this game is going to be as good as it looks. It's unpossible.

Good Heavens I wish it would come out.

Could this be the game that makes me well and truley glad I bought a 360 and a HDTV to play it on? Lets hope so.
Oh, and Forza-2 could be a system maker for me as well....All the rest I've played just haven't grabbed me yet.
2193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-Man 3 review discussion on: May 08, 2007, 12:02:09 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 07, 2007, 11:52:30 PM

Colour me pissed off.


I don't like feeling like I steered you the wrong direction....

Absolutely not. I understand different strokes for different folks. Just not my bag.
2194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-Man 3 review discussion on: May 08, 2007, 12:01:31 AM

Quote from: Louis Cypher on May 07, 2007, 11:58:32 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 07, 2007, 11:25:18 PM

This is another 360 purchase that will collect dust until I can't stand it anymore and I sell the system and all the bricks of games I have.

Colour me pissed off.
If you are so pissed off, and have a collection of bricks, why dont you rent before you buy?

Yep, you're right.

Live and learn.
2195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-Man 3 review discussion on: May 07, 2007, 11:25:18 PM
I thought I was going to like this game......Its just a ball of frustration to me now. I can't stand all the timed stuff...It ruins the game for me.
Swinging around trying to stay close to a car over and over again is not fun to me. Even taking a stinking picture of two thugs talking is timed. I don't mean 2 minute timed, more like 15 seconds.

This is another 360 purchase that will collect dust until I can't stand it anymore and I sell the system and all the bricks of games I have.

Colour me pissed off.
2196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 5-7-2007 on: May 07, 2007, 01:22:15 PM
Spidey 3 on teh 360......WoW PvP............Live Arcade with game..
2197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-Man 3 review discussion on: May 06, 2007, 08:58:41 PM
One of my dislikes of this game after a couple of days with it is the timed stuff. I hate that in any game, but especially in this one.
Its pretty shallow fun, and I don't think I was expecting more..Maybe thats why I'm not so disappointed with it. I still think it looks fine at 1080p...

But sad to say I don't think I'll be playing it for any substantial period of time.
2198  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Starcraft... on: May 06, 2007, 09:53:06 AM
Ah your lack of "World" in your topic title threw me off...
2199  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / World of Starcraft... on: May 06, 2007, 01:18:58 AM
2200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NWN-2 Lost cd-key. on: May 05, 2007, 10:59:43 PM
Still waiting for Atari to send me a new key. I hope they do soon.
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