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14881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 Backwards compatible (NOT) on: May 23, 2005, 03:30:11 PM
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I think he meant, "Here is some interesting, but perhaps outdated news: the new EGM has an article...."

In other words, the EGM article is interesting but outdated, not the reports coming out of E3.


Ah, sorry.  I see that now.  Semi-colon issues.

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all of my saves are on the hd and are too large to put on a memory card. Why would I want to play those games again and start from the beginning?


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System link cable, transfer over home network, etc.


Hell, MS may provide a cable themselves.  At the very least, not ALL of the game saves are too big to fit on a memory card.  In fact, I don't think most are too big.
14882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 Backwards compatible (NOT) on: May 21, 2005, 03:58:18 PM
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Interesting but perhaps outdated news. The new EGM has an article on the Xbox 360. They definitively state the 360 won't be backwards compatible. I wonder who told them that?


How is news from the internet outdated over that of a published magazine?
14883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 Backwards compatible (NOT) on: May 19, 2005, 07:38:52 PM
Sadly, for me, it is.  

There will be little way to justify a 360 purchase if I can't convince my wife that it's an upgrade, not "yet another damn game machine."
14884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I can't find it anywhere, Is Xbox360 backwards compatible? on: May 18, 2005, 04:06:38 PM
Usually with emus, if you get it working for a lot of games, it'll work for a bunch more, too.  However, there will always be games that just won't work well no matter what you do.  And many others that work, but with some problems.  This may be why MS is not committing.

The amount of time and energy spent by fans to get emus working as close to across the board as possible is probably dispraportionate to what MS is willing to spend.

I think this'll be a wait and see game, which sucks, unfortunately.
14885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo gets stupid... on: May 18, 2005, 04:02:10 PM
I think this is just further evidence of how Japan-centric Nintendo has become.  Smaller and more gadgety = Japan who sell out every version of the GBA that comes out (including ones that are not redesigns like the mini, just "look at this shiny color, oooh...").  The other two have the US in mind (though MS is making a big and possibly successful push for Japan this year), while the big N has turned inward to Japan.  Though really who can blame them?
14886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP News] Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Announced on: May 18, 2005, 03:36:21 AM
The sites seem to be talking about this as still a remake of the original (or really, GTA III), but that title sounds like it will be more toned down, content-wise.  Stories?  Come on...
14887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System Discussion: Nintendo Revolution on: May 17, 2005, 11:10:32 PM
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Bullwinkle, when you say HD, do you mean High Def or Hard Drive?


Hi-Def.

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Bullwinkle, I don't know what you're hearing but Nintendo has allready said that the system will be fully HD ready out of the box.


HD ready is not the same thing as fully utilizing the features of HD.  Meaning, unlike the other two consoles which will have HD support for everygame, Nintendo is continuing their current trend and not supporting it fully.

As for where I'm hearing this, it's been all over, but here's one example:  http://www.gametab.com/news/275866/

And a quote:

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Games created for two next-generation consoles - the Xbox 360 from Microsoft and the PlayStation 3 from Sony - will display video in wide-screen high-definition format if the console is connected to a high-definition TV. Only Nintendo's entry, code-named Revolution, will not cater to HDTV's.
14888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System Discussion: Nintendo Revolution on: May 17, 2005, 08:00:31 PM
I actually think Nintendo is (for once) seeing the writing on the wall and is pro-actively answering it.  First, the music business got their asses handed to them with file swapping.  It's happening with movies and TV now, too (there was a big article in Entertainment weekly this week about flagging of broadcast shows not being allowed).  The emu scene has been around for much longer, but it's still comaritively underground.  How long before System/Game swapping hits the mainstream?  I think this is a very smart move on Nintendo's part.  

However, I also agree that Nintendo has spent too much time looking back and not enough evolving forward.  No HD features?  Come on, Nintendo.  Get with it.
14889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System Discussion: Nintendo Revolution on: May 17, 2005, 06:19:33 PM
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Oh, and Bullwinkle, I think you might just be redeemed


A-Thenk yew.

I guess they're not really showing videos of their next gen system, which means (wait for it) the Revolution will not be televised.


And you thought the presentation bombed...
14890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 rumors on: May 17, 2005, 06:14:19 PM
I hadn't heard about Secret of Vulcan Fury possibly being resurrected.  I am beyond excited now...
14891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I can't find it anywhere, Is Xbox360 backwards compatible? on: May 17, 2005, 06:35:21 AM
Watching the conference (on Gametrailers http://www.gametrailers.com/), the cheers started before the words "most popular games" came out of his mouth.  He had to pause for quite a while (longer than when the Halo 2 launch was mentioned as the biggest day financial in entertainment history).  Maybe it's sinking in that it really is vital.

We really need to find out what they mean by these carefully chosen words.
14892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I can't find it anywhere, Is Xbox360 backwards compatible? on: May 17, 2005, 05:38:14 AM
Okay, maybe it's not as bad as we thought.  According to some sites, it may just mean that MS is hedging its bets.  There were a small handful of PS1 games that wouldn't work with PS2, after all.

Here's a quote from Gamespot:
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Along with a firm release date and price point, the other big question surrounding the 360 was backward compatibility. However, Microsoft would only say that the console will be "backward-compatible with top-selling Xbox games." This ambiguous wording could mean that Microsoft will select which titles are backwards compatible. However, it could also simply mean that Microsoft is merely being prudent in case some more obscure original Xbox titles don't work on the 360, as was the case with some older PlayStation games and the PlayStation 2.
14893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I can't find it anywhere, Is Xbox360 backwards compatible? on: May 17, 2005, 03:58:49 AM
Ugh.  You ain't kidding.

And I'm sure we won't see an actual list any time before release.

The worst part is, the most popular games are the ones I've probably finished and so have no need for backwards compatibility on.

Damnit, this sucks.
14894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System Discussion: Nintendo Revolution on: May 16, 2005, 07:47:58 PM
Sure, I knew that.  I just had the impression that Revolution was to be the name for this one.  

Guess it just wasn't obvious to me.
14895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System Discussion: Nintendo Revolution on: May 16, 2005, 04:36:51 PM
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Obviously the name will probably not be Revolution


Why "obviously?"  I thought that was the name, not a placeholder.
14896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires DS turn based on: May 14, 2005, 07:19:43 PM
Thanks, Daehawk.  I didn't mean to come down on you in particular.  Just riding on the old man coat tails of Dimmona's rant "You kids don't know how good it was in the Gone Golden old days...".
14897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires DS turn based on: May 13, 2005, 11:01:33 PM
Here's that article link, by the way. http://ds.ign.com/articles/613/613265p1.html

Dimmona, I understand your weeping.  The good ol' days of GG are gone...

See, gang, there used to be a community where you would rarely see someone's response to an open discussion be, "What you're talking about sucks.  The thing that I like is better" with no real discussion about why or evidence to back up the comment.  

When something that good dies, you get a little sad.  So, weeping?  Totally justified.
14898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I can't find it anywhere, Is Xbox360 backwards compatible? on: May 13, 2005, 10:55:06 PM
Add to the the fact that PS3 will almost undoubtably be backwards compatible and Revolution is, and it seems to go completely against the MS strategy of trying to give everything the other guys are doing, but getting there first.

My fear is that MS will announce that backwards compatibility won't be available at release but should come soon after, then sucker folks like me in only to have that sometime later be two years after release.
14899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I can't find it anywhere, Is Xbox360 backwards compatible? on: May 13, 2005, 07:33:20 PM
Can I just say how happy I am that no one has yet said anything like, "I don't care about backwards compatibility, therefore no one else does either."  This is the first time I've seen this issue come up without being slammed down.  As someone for whom backwards compatibility is pivotal, I thank you.
14900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's May 12 - finally! XBox/ MTV reminder! on: May 13, 2005, 04:55:47 AM
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About that 360 button that takes you to the guide - I hope someone at MS thought to make that baby power on the machine, too.


Answered my own question with a big ol' YES!

From Team XBox:

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The Xbox Guide button also allows you to turn on or off the Xbox 360 without needing to touch the console power button. Couch potatoes rejoice!
14901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires DS turn based on: May 13, 2005, 04:39:50 AM
Acording to IGN (the link isn't working now, sorry).  

The screenshots (I can give you that link: http://media.ds.ign.com/media/736/736742/imgs_1.html) make it look more like Heroes of Might and Magic, which was a great game, even in its GB version, but I thought the whole point was to work RTS into the one handheld that could do it.
14902  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Is the Radeon x850 XT Platinum Edition available? on: May 13, 2005, 04:34:58 AM
Thanks for the response, anyway.  I was feeling like I'd been screaming into the void.  Primal and all, but a little frustrating.
14903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's May 12 - finally! XBox/ MTV reminder! on: May 13, 2005, 04:23:55 AM
Check out Game Trailers http://www.gametrailers.com/ for a look at a couple of Xbox 360 games.  Condemned looks pretty damn good.

And they've got Full Auto, which seems to be Burnout meets Roadblasters (or Burnout with mounted guns, if you're a  youngun).  It seems to have a Sands of Time effect.  And dual machine gun fitted Volvo station wagons may sell it for me.

They also have the OurColony video.
14904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's May 12 - finally! XBox/ MTV reminder! on: May 13, 2005, 04:03:26 AM
Anyone doing in depth research spot anything like this?

About that 360 button that takes you to the guide -  I hope someone at MS thought to make that baby power on the machine, too.
14905  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Is the Radeon x850 XT Platinum Edition available? on: May 13, 2005, 03:43:19 AM
Really. no one can help?
14906  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Is the Radeon x850 XT Platinum Edition available? on: May 11, 2005, 08:10:58 PM
When ATI switched to this new numbering format, I had no idea that I had dropped behind in graphics power (I have a 9800 XT right now).  I had heard that NVidia had taken the lead again, but I don't have an SLI or PCI-Express motherboard (I barely know what that means, even, that's how far behind I am - I did have the dual 3DFX cards once upon a time, and I believe NVidia's  SLI comes from their buyout of 3DFX).

So, for AGP, it looks like the Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition is the cream of the crop (I switched to ATI from NVidia when they took the lead awhile ago, but it seems the tides have turned back.  However, I do like Anti-Aliasing and think ATI's graphics look sharper [less blurry, anyway]).  I found this http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0009B0GIG/qid=1115841615/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/002-8290001-7416863?v=glance&s=electronics&n=507846 on Amazon, but can't seem to find the card anywhere else.  Is it really out?

I'm willing to hear opinions about NVidia cards, too, by the way.

I am looking for the best I can get without changing mo'boards.  Money isn't a real object, though I'd like to keep it around $500 if possible.

Thanks in advance for help!
14907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Killer 7 gameplay impressions on: May 11, 2005, 03:38:29 PM
Also, this whole thing reminds me of the P.N.03 release.  Similarly stark environments and odd control choices.  Capcom is just weird.
14908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Killer 7 gameplay impressions on: May 11, 2005, 03:33:27 PM
Maybe they're sharing a pie.
14909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Destroy All Humans Demo Impressions [Xbox] on: May 10, 2005, 11:01:46 PM
I thought XBox Live Arcade was supposed to be a permanent feature of the dashboard when you got it.  Do I need to go through the OXM disc every time ?
14910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Destroy All Humans Demo Impressions [Xbox] on: May 10, 2005, 07:13:11 PM
And of course, I got it today.
14911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Destroy All Humans Demo Impressions [Xbox] on: May 10, 2005, 02:49:58 PM
Meh.

Destriy All Humans is the only one I'm really excited about, though I've heard Flatout is a blast, but everything else is underwhelming (Lego Star Wars only because it's out already).

Thanks Mytocles!  Have a happy Tuersnesday.
14912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Destroy All Humans Demo Impressions [Xbox] on: May 10, 2005, 03:20:39 AM
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yeah, I got in the early receive batch also - if yesterday was early


What, on Sunday?  What kind of crazy mail service are you using?

Also, still waiting to hear what other demos await me in a few weeks when it finally arrives.
14913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Destroy All Humans Demo Impressions [Xbox] on: May 09, 2005, 06:41:01 PM
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Maybe our subscriptions have crossed!


Curse you, Devil!
14914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Destroy All Humans Demo Impressions [Xbox] on: May 09, 2005, 04:07:15 PM
What other demos are in this month's OXM?

I used to be in the early receiving batch, but apparently I've slipped to the late receiving batch.  Boo.
14915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 03, 2005, 11:01:51 PM
Well, page 2 is looking very likely at this point.
14916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 03, 2005, 03:11:54 AM
When we do get to page 2, I'm curious to hear about 2 things:

1) How it compares to the (yawn) demo

2) How a non-gear-head might enjoy it.
14917  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Program to detect/stop Starforce installation? on: May 03, 2005, 03:09:14 AM
What is the best Starforce uninstall utility?
14918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 2? PS3? Revolution? PC? Check out the screens... (56k) on: April 30, 2005, 03:36:17 AM
Thanks, Eddie, you retorted what I was going to retort.

I will add, to respond to this:
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so static shots or pre-renders mean nothing.


So you won't accept screenshots as evidence of rendering power?  I guess we'll be seeing some things in motion at E3, but there have been other inklings on the web that this next generation of graphics will be something to behold.  

The leap from where we were pre-Doom3/Half-Life 2 and where we are now is sizable.  And what I've seen of Unreal 3, regardless of what's been shown in a demo, is quite a leap from those games.  

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Remember, mikeg was specifically mention how 'gameplay' graphics
 

And you remember that Knightshade Dragon (who I believe runs the site and has been in some form of contact with the game makers), said these are supposedly in-game.  mikeg was merely saying he thinks they are not, based on nothing, really, as far as I can tell.
14919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 2? PS3? Revolution? PC? Check out the screens... (56k) on: April 29, 2005, 11:04:24 PM
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No reason to think games on the new consoles will look any better than high end pc games now and even they don't look near that good in-game.


Well, no reason except all the evidence.






Just to name a few.
14920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 2? PS3? Revolution? PC? Check out the screens... (56k) on: April 29, 2005, 03:25:36 PM
That first shot I had me calling bullsh*t.  The second shot makes me believe it.  THe second is clearly rendered, but it's damn good.  That first shot, though.  I cannot find anything to indicate that it isn't real world.
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