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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 09, 2011, 09:52:12 PM
Well, alrighty.  It sounds to me like the PS2 is a hands-down winner on this.  Thanks for all the input.  Time to make it happen.  Adding a memory card and spare controller to the list.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 09, 2011, 08:24:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 09, 2011, 08:14:02 PM

The only reason I might lean towards the PSP is because the games might be easier to find, since many of them are available via download from the PSN store.  I imagine the only way you could get some of the PS2 titles is through E-bay, and I have no idea how crazy the prices are. 

Amazon.  I have prime, and used titles are anywhere from $0.01 up to $15, depending (and obviously not counting the occasional titles that, for whatever reason, sell for $150.)
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 09, 2011, 06:37:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 09, 2011, 06:17:40 PM

If you're an RPG fan (especially JRPG), you're in a for an ridiculous amount of absolutely incredible gaming.  

I am.  Other than XIII (which I finished on the 360 last week), I haven't seen a Final Fantasy since 7.  I miss them.

Quote from: corruptrelic on December 09, 2011, 06:34:22 PM

Too bad you couldn't hold off another two months for the PSP Vita.

I saw the Vita, but it is double the price of the PSP, and much, much higher than the PS2 (which is $99 new right now.)
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 vs PSP on: December 09, 2011, 05:57:01 PM
Yeah, you read that title right.

Someone is going to get me a Christmas gift.  These are my two options - a PSP, or a Playstation 2 (yes, that's a '2'.)  The thing is, I haven't owned a Sony system of any sort since the PS1 toward the end of the last century.  That means that any games I get for either will be new to me.  Not only that, but they've been around long enough that used games can be had for a pittance (especially for the PS2.)  Either option would give me a gaming option when the kids take over the living room every evening for their own gaming time, which is what I'm looking for.

The PS2 would go in my bedroom, and the TV in there isn't HD anyway, so that wouldn't be a factor.  The PS1 compatibility would be nice, too.

I don't have any sort of a portable system, which would make the PSP nice, and I do have wireless, but I don't travel much.  The PSP would be used almost exclusively inside the house, mere feet from where the PS2 would be hooked up, so the portability isn't a huge deal (nice, but not huge.)

So, is there any particular reason that I should absolutely choose one over the other?

125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's time for another Xbox 360 Dashboard update- Now with entertainment lineup! on: December 07, 2011, 03:50:20 AM
I'm not liking the new Netflix interface.  For one thing, Recently Watched is gone, which is a huge pain, as I use it to get quick access to whatever series I'm watching.  The start key is no longer 'pause', but brings up the menu bar.  You can then choose pause, but it adds another step when trying to answer the door or phone, all to give easier access to fast forward, rewind, and stop, which I don't use at all. 

Also, for whatever reason, Netflix just scrambled the order of my instant queue.  Whether its related or coincidental, I dunno.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's time for another Xbox 360 Dashboard update- Now with entertainment lineup! on: December 05, 2011, 04:13:06 PM
I'm still hoping they get around to adding Amazon video integration.  I'm a Prime customer already, so I get if for free, but never use it as the current Media Center streaming process is a pain.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/2/11 on: December 04, 2011, 04:05:12 AM
I finished my first Skyrim play through a few days ago (imagine that, me playing an Elder Scrolls game), and won't be starting another character until the first round of patches are patched and the first round of polished plugins comes out.  Sometime this spring, perhaps.

I just finished Final Fantasy XIII.  I didn't hate it like many did, but by the time I finished the story at 90 hours, I didn't have the oomph left to go do much of the end-game stuff.

Starting up Assassin's Creed II now.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo - What am I missing? on: December 02, 2011, 04:46:34 PM
I enjoyed the city sections.  I found them atmospheric and immersive.  The gameplay was dull in the city, true, but to me, at least, the atmosphere and immersion can be just as compelling as exciting combat sequences.  The way it was used between the scripted, linear segments was refreshing.  It let you take a breath and take your time between the more intense segments.  I found it refreshing compared the nonstop go-go-go of the other titles.

Of course, a lot of people don't like directionless, low-intensity wandering in games.  If you don't, then ODST would likely be a chore.

One reason ODST got knocked a lot, though, was its multiplayer.  As was mentioned before, Halo is like Call of Duty - its big draw is its multiplayer.  ODST didn't really have any.  It came with free access to Halo 3's multiplayer (which fans already had), and added one new mode (firefight.)  While fun, ODST's firefight mode didn't have any matchmaking utility, which killed it.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo - What am I missing? on: November 28, 2011, 03:18:56 PM
The Library was really, really repetitive, but when most people are remembering 'cut and paste', they're probably remembering a level called 'Assault on the Control Room'.  I did the PC version strategy guide for Gamespot.  Here are some excerpts from the guide for that level:

This level is a huge one. You will fight in a variety of environments, from wide open expanses of snow to close underground spaces to big round rooms (lots of these).

Past a short hallway is a distinctive big round room full of Covenant troops. Clear it out and continue out the far side.

Another short section of hallway leads to a big round room very much like the one on the other side of the bridge.

Here you will encounter another big round room

Inside you will findů you guessed itů another big round room. This one has a pair of Blue Elites, and you will find a pile of supplies on the ground near the exit.

You will enter another big round room full of Grunts. You know what to do. Go down the exit ramp on the far side.

The Big Round Room around the corner has a pair of Hunters in it;

When you are finished, go on through the door to the big round room (Jackals and Grunts, this time) and down the ramp into the elevator. Guess what's at the bottom? It's a big round room, this time with an Invisible Elite, Jackals, and Grunts.

Ah, and then you leave the big round rooms.  You do 343 Guilty Spark.  You do The Library.  After that, you get to turn around and backtrack through Assault on the Control Room backwards:

Does this area look familiar? That's right; it is one of the big, round rooms you cleared out earlier. Clear it out again

The next big round room is full of Flood.

The next Big Round Room (tm) starts off with a couple of Warriors followed by Carriers.

This time, the big round room is full of Sentinels. Take them out with your assault rifle and step into the beam. Enjoy the cutscene.

I do love Halo, but that stretch, with the Library in the middle, was tedious.
130  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Black Friday Deals Week on: November 25, 2011, 09:32:29 PM
Folks are just blindly adding everything to their cart to 'reserve' it, then deciding whether they want it or not.
131  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF a few DS games on: November 23, 2011, 05:25:49 PM
Thanks for all the offers and so forth.  What's left now I'll be getting from Amazon.
132  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF a few DS games on: November 22, 2011, 08:29:42 PM
Advance Wars acquired, still looking for the other three.
133  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF a few DS games on: November 18, 2011, 11:51:57 PM
The kids are each getting a 3DS for Christmas this year.  We're getting them Lego Star Wars III 3DS new, plus several regular DS titles (they haven't owned a handheld since the GBA, so they're all new to them.)  

I've been digging through reviews and am planning on buying some of these used on Amazon, but with used games, trusted folks are better than strangers.  Besides, we're working with a very, very limited budget here, and I'm hoping to save a few bucks.

Specifically, I'm looking for:

Mario Kart DS
Animal Crossing: Wild World DS
Kirby Super Star Ultra DS
Advance Wars: Dual Strike DS

I prefer everything, as they are gifts, but can live without the box if absolutely necessary.

It might be a few days before I can get payment sent (until I hit the bank and make a deposit - and the bank is a 60 mile round trip for me.) - no longer an issue.

If you check my Trader Profile you'll see I only have two recent trades, but carry a +104 from before the change to the new system.
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: November 14, 2011, 07:19:55 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 14, 2011, 06:21:52 PM

Quote from: Blackhawk on November 14, 2011, 04:43:31 PM

I'm the same way.  I bought a horse, but generally don't bother with it.  It is a pain to dismount every time I see something cool to pick up or fight, and the horse is a pain in combat.  It doesn't help when every enemy charges the horse and ignores me.  It might sound great to have an equine tank, but I have to scramble to keep him alive in each and every fight.

If the health of the horse works the same way as your companion NPCs do, it can't 'die' unless it gets hit further once it falls over (by you, as NPCs will ignore it at that point). Just watch your AoE spells and such so you don't roast it to death.

Only in theory.  I've had my horse die three times now to NPCs, my follower twice.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: November 14, 2011, 04:43:31 PM
I'm the same way.  I bought a horse, but generally don't bother with it.  It is a pain to dismount every time I see something cool to pick up or fight, and the horse is a pain in combat.  It doesn't help when every enemy charges the horse and ignores me.  It might sound great to have an equine tank, but I have to scramble to keep him alive in each and every fight.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo - What am I missing? on: November 14, 2011, 03:42:52 PM
Ya know, I enjoy Halo.  After reading this thread last night, I woke up this morning and sat there trying to figure out why it is that I like it so much.

Part of it is my kids.  They think it is the greatest thing ever.  Every present giving day for the past two years has involved Halo Mega Bloks sets (think Lego.)

Then I think I hit on it, why it is that it appeals to me.  Halo is like Star Wars.  It isn't complex.  The plot isn't amazing.  The characters aren't deep with complex motivations, and yet the thing still goes down smooth.  In a day and age when games either try to be dark, gritty, and shocking (and usually come off cheesy because of it) or try to stuff convoluted plots with deep moral issues into a setting that doesn't support it, it is nice, sometimes, to have a simple white hats vs black hats, save the world type game.

Of course, it helps if you've played the series from the beginning and seen the background being built up as you go.  For instance, knowing that Reach

Spoiler for Hiden:
Is doomed from the beginning, and that no Spartans are left afterwards.  It is like playing an Alamo game.

changes the feel a bit.  People who'd played the previous games knew that going in, while someone playing it first would miss that context and backstory.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo - What am I missing? on: November 14, 2011, 06:26:53 AM
While I agree that they should have more of the story in the actual game, this may help.  GameTrailers just did a four part retrospective on the series.  The first three deal with the history of the games themselves, while the fourth (linked) deals with the story (with some spoilers if that's an issue.)  It's enough to at least let you know what's going on. 
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just bought the kids 3DSs for Christmas. What else do I need? on: November 12, 2011, 05:27:11 AM

Quote from: Purge on November 12, 2011, 03:19:22 AM

Peggle Dual Shot (for your wife Tongue)

Ex-wife, so she can buy her own peggle.   slywink
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just bought the kids 3DSs for Christmas. What else do I need? on: November 11, 2011, 10:27:48 PM
One of the big pluses here is that we never owned any of the DS series systems before, so we're not limited to 3DS titles only.  The whole back library of DS games would be a huge step up for the kids who are still playing their GBAs.  I'll probably only pick up one or two actual 3DS games, then grab a bunch of used DS titles.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just bought the kids 3DSs for Christmas. What else do I need? on: November 11, 2011, 09:44:28 PM
The title says it all - Christmas this year is going to be a pair of 3DSs for the kids, 8 and 10.  Their mother and I agreed that I'd buy the systems, and she'd buy the accessories and an initial set of games.

I haven't owned a hand held since the GBA.  What else might I need?  I know screen protectors are considered a must, and I've been looking at the Nerf armor.  What else might I need?  Extra styluses... styli... whatever?  I'm trying not to spend too much on the accessories, since that is the game budget as well.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: October 10, 2011, 06:36:45 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 10, 2011, 05:08:02 PM

Okay, who deleted a post and brought the site down?

It was Gandalf and Yoda.  They got tired of our jackassery.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Empty your pockets please. on: July 04, 2011, 01:51:25 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 29, 2011, 07:06:41 PM

I started to wonder what other people have in their pockets.

String.  Or nothing!

Actually, as little as I can manage.  I don't like to jingle and clank.  Keys in the left, a clip knife on the right, and my wallet in the rear right.

143  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: How do you feel when playing the "evil" path in games? on: June 18, 2011, 09:50:16 PM
Far, far too many games equate the 'evil path' with being a mildly rude conversationalist, or asking for an extra gold at the end of the day, or are, as mentioned, caricatures of evil.  Very few games actually let you play a genuinely despicable character (Fallout 3 had some options, including something involving a town full of kids.)
144  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Speakers too quiet with headphones plugged in on: May 20, 2011, 09:46:01 PM
I use my built-in Realtek sound.  All of my actual sound cards lack decent Win7 support.

I have a set of 5.1 Logitech speakers (powered), and I also have a set of 5.1 Zalman headphones (unpowered.)  Both use three plugs for audio (front, back, and center.)  The back of my PC case isn't easily accessible, so the only practical way to have both plugged in is to use three Y-splitters, one for each pair of plugs. 

The problem is, if I have the headphones plugged in, the regular PC speakers are very, very quiet, although the headphones sound fine.  I have all of the relevant control panel options at max, and turn the speakers up to max, and can still only barely understand vocals in games.  When I had a separate sound card this was never an issue, but now it drives me nuts. 

I have a feeling that the onboard sound just isn't putting out enough oomph to run both.  Do I have any options here?
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question about Netflix on Xbox 360... on: February 15, 2011, 05:49:06 AM
I've got a two DVD plan and three active devices (Wii, 360, Blu-ray player.)

/edit - 6.  From Netflix:

You may watch instantly on up to 6 unique devices:
Including personal computers and Netflix ready devices. You may also use this page to manually de-register devices you no longer wish to use for watching instantly. A deactivated device can be reactivated later if you wish to resume using it.

Oddly, it doesn't list my PC as a device despite my occasionally streaming through it.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "easy achievement" conspiracy on: February 15, 2011, 05:45:43 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 14, 2011, 06:24:38 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 14, 2011, 06:11:42 PM

I'd like them to do a reset, but I imagine it won't happen.

OMG, can you imagine the shitstorm that would cause?  I'd love to see it happen just to watch the internet drown in tears of rage  icon_lol

They'll likely do something that will keep the old scores but quickly make them irrelevant.  I've seen specific games do the same sort of thing (think WoW gear resets with an expansion.)  Perhaps keep current gamerscores, but have 720 games have like 10k points per as a standard, averaging a couple hundred per achievement.  People would be so happy that they kept their old gamerscores that most wouldn't realize that they'd be made irrelevant after two or three new games.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/24) on: January 27, 2011, 03:46:02 AM
I'm spending big:  Gears of War 1 for the 360, $4.99.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 on: January 27, 2011, 03:45:01 AM
I tried to play the demo, but nobody could get past the lobby.  There was a full group of people there and all any of us saw were 'retrieving level information', or something along those lines for 5-10 minutes.  I tried twice, same results both times.  I'll likely try again tomorrow.
149  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Amazon] 12 Month Xbox Live Card $39.99 on: January 13, 2011, 03:44:12 PM
Note that if you're planning on getting the Family Gold Plan (four accounts for $99/year) and you grab this, you can apply it first and have it count for the full $60 pro-rated against upgrading to the family plan, giving you the family plan for only $80.

IE, get the 12 month gold for for $40 then upgrade to the family plan.  It prorates you at $5/month of your current subscription, or $60.
150  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GT Xbox Live Gamertag List on: January 12, 2011, 11:33:40 PM
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Visually imaginative 360 games? on: January 11, 2011, 09:26:20 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 11, 2011, 09:18:08 PM

most titles have already been said,like Borderlands and Red Dead redemption

I would agree with Caine and the Bioshock games,both have some amazing visuals,but i am sure you have played them..right?...RIGHT????

i have said this many a time,but when you first step out of the vault in Fallout 3,pan round and see the Wasteland across the horizon is a favourite gaming moment for me

I played the first Bioshock on Steam, but haven't hit the second yet.  Borderlands was Steam, and I pre-ordered the Fallout 3 collector's edition, so I played that right off the bat (taps his Vault-Boy bobblehead.)

the visuals of Gears of War are still impressive,even though it was first released some 4 years ago oh and i am sure you have played it but over two years later GTA4 still has the greatest looking living breathing city i have ever seen in a video game  the good news is,that if you HAVE missed any of these games,they all should be dirt cheap now

Gears of War is on my wishlist, and while I missed it initially, I've already been playing GTA IV.  It was actually one of the games that made me want something with color.  After the previous GTA offerings, 4 seems bland and visually uninteresting (although I'm still enjoying the gameplay.)
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Visually imaginative 360 games? on: January 11, 2011, 08:59:23 PM
I'm starting with Mass Effect and Final Fantasy XIII.  FFXIII I already had here, and I've been wanting to play Mass Effect for a long time.

My wish list now has Just Cause II, Enslaved, Darksiders, Fable II, Tales of Vesperia, NIER, Crackdown, and Kameo (along with the Gears of War, Arkham Asylum, Red Dead and so forth that were already on there. See?  Dark doesn't scare me. slywink)

I've still got a half a dozen demos to work through, so I'm sure it will grow more.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: JoWood goes tits up on: January 11, 2011, 03:52:42 PM
To be fair, they did publish Gothic II.  Of course, they published it alongside a pile of nightmarish catastrophes, but hey. 
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Home audio advice needed on: January 11, 2011, 04:43:15 AM
Thanks for all the advice.  I hate feeling like the village idiot, but I don't have enough to stay up to date on most tech.   I have pretty much had to pick one thing to spend on (my PC), and skip the rest.  Hell, I still don't own a mobile phone.  When you can't own tech, you tend to not keep track of the latest trends.  The TV came as a last minute surprise, and I find myself way, way out of the loop on how current home theater tech works.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Home audio advice needed on: January 11, 2011, 03:31:18 AM
Thanks for the advice so far.  I apologize for being a pain on this - I just really don't know what questions to ask.  Let me give an example I mentioned at OO:

I was browsing this and this, and a few others in the sound bar section.  I see listed as features, in various listings:

~ 3D Pass Through
~ Clear Mode Dialog Soundfield
~Dolby Digital
~Dolby Pro Logic II Decoder
~Magnetic Shielding
~S-FORCE Pro Front Surround Sound
~HDMI Repeater
~Audio Return Channel

I don't have the slightest clue what any of that means (or, like 120W, whether the number is good, bad, or irrelevant.)
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Home audio advice needed on: January 11, 2011, 02:58:01 AM
Let me rephrase the question, then:

When I look at the options for sale, I get a page full of technical terms, numerical values, and acronyms.  Since I have never shopped for or followed audio tech, I don't know what's relevant. I know full well that some of them are standard features, some of them are vital, and some of them are useless features to attract the gullible.  I want to get sound from my TV, my Blu-Ray player, and my 360 through whatever I end up with. 

Are there any particular features I want to make sure I get and are there any to ignore (or actively avoid?)
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Home audio advice needed on: January 11, 2011, 02:42:55 AM

Quote from: rshetts2 on January 11, 2011, 02:24:08 AM

Ok you say youre NOT willing to spend $200 to improve your TV sound?

It's more that I can't justify it.  I'm a single parent with two kids and an insignificant income, along with all of the usual life issues that $200 really should go toward.  Saving up for a few months for something to make the family happy is one thing.  Spending a significant wad on it is another.

I already figured that surround was out of the picture.  I just want to get something better than the typical built in speakers.  Sound bars seem like an option, as does some sort of 2.1 deal.  I was looking on Amazon and I saw both for anywhere from $49 up to more than the TV cost.  Any advice on how what to look for to distinguish the useful from the useless, the low price quality from the sucker deals?  Like I said, I know nothing about this tech.  The last time I actually bought speakers for something other than my PC was probably in '91.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Home audio advice needed on: January 11, 2011, 01:48:05 AM
Headphones wouldn't cut it.  The kids and I watch movies together all the time.  I was just hoping to do something to create a generally larger, fuller sound than you generally get from built in TV speakers without spending audiophile amounts of money.

The TV is a Panasonic TC-L42U25 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 11, 2011, 01:31:07 AM

Quote from: hepcat on January 11, 2011, 12:57:00 AM

good lord kaylee...could that dress be any...

Funny, that was my first thought.  Then I was in my bunk.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Home audio advice needed on: January 11, 2011, 12:54:30 AM
Fair warning:  I know next to nothing about home theater equipment, and even less about audio technology.  Start tossing watts at me as meaningful and I may go screaming into the night.

With some heavy planning and luck, I was able to get the kids their Xbox 360 for Christmas.  A generous relative then arranged for me to get a really nice 42" 1080p LCD HDTV which should be arriving in a couple of days along with a Blu-Ray player.  This is replacing a 27" CRT television, so the upgrade is significant.

A month ago I didn't figure that I'd be out of the SDTV/DVD age for quite some time.  Now I'm going to have an awesome setup except for the audio.  I was thinking about saving up for a few months and trying to get some sort of an upgrade in that department.  Since I'm clueless about audio, I thought I'd check in here.

Some details:

~The TV is used for gaming, for movies, and for TV streamed from Netflix.  Music comes from the computers in the same room.

~We watch from the couch in the living room.  The couch and TV are both against walls, with the screen about 9 feet from the couch.

~The only thing I know about the built in audio I'll be getting is from the description: 

"Speakers: 2 full range, 20W total power; surround sound capabilities",


    * HDMI: 3 (1 side)
    * Component (Y, PB, PR): 1 with audio input
    * Composite A/V: 2 (1 side); each with audio input
    * PC input (15-pin, D-Sub): 1
    * Digital audio output: 1

~I've got two kids running around, so wires on the floor would be a disaster, and the walls here are a nightmare to hang things from.  I rent, so permanent installation or yanking up carpet isn't an option.  Given that, I'm not sure that actual surround is a viable option, and may just be better off with a way to improve the sound coming from in front of us.

I'm not looking to spend much money.  Despite a really good holiday season, I'm still poor.  The kids' gifts represented my spending money for the decade, and if it weren't for the aforementioned relative, I'd still watching my SDTV for the foreseeable future.  Spending $200 just so my TV will sound 'better' is out of the question. 

So, given this, what sort of audio options might I start looking into?
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