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1441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Merging Accounts (?) on: September 10, 2007, 07:02:38 PM
So a fewweeks ago I broke down and purchased an Xbox 360 as I REALLY wanted to play Bioshock. I created an account for the Box "Crawley" and started playing Bioshock. It wasn't until several days later that I hooked the 360 up to my router. When I went on to Live it said my name was already in use (no surprise there) so I just created a new name.

I went on using the 360 and playing Bioshock when I noticed that I had two log in names. One, "Crawley" had all my Bioshock achievements, and my Live account name didn't have any. When I would log in with my Live account name and play Bioshock none of the saves were there either.

Is there a way to merge these two accounts in to one? I suppose it's not a huge deal as I'll just delete the "Crawley" account once I finish Bioshock but it would be nice to send over any achievements I did accomplish for the game to this other account.
1442  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Legends of Norrath on: September 06, 2007, 07:11:28 PM
I played through the tutorials yesterday (there's like 11). They certainly put a lot of thought in to the game as there's quite a lot to it.

Other than playing Magic a bit I haven't tried any of the other collectable card games but it seems similar in some ways to Magic. LON has got 2 players, you play monster/spell/ability cards that have certain stats, you have a mana/health pool, etc. Where it might get a bit different is the way to win. You either win by reducing the other players health to 0 or by completing quest cards.

The quest cards basically boil down to sacrificing other cards (ability cards) to complete them. After completing 4 quests you win.

It can get nasty as your opponent can be working on the same quest as you (there are 2 in play at any given time) and if you complete the quest before them they lose any points they have put in to it.

There's a few other nuances to it beyond just the cards but it looks like it could be fun.

I haven't tried playing a live game against anyone yet (took me like an hour and a half to get through those tutorials) so can't comment on how that works. But looking forward to it and getting some in-game items from playing.
1443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlord coming to Gametap on 8-9-2007!!! on: August 24, 2007, 03:31:02 AM
My wife and I are totally addicted to this game and absolutely love it. It's kinda surprising for her to like this game as she pretty much only plays adventure games. This game is basically a retooled version of Pikmin. I would not have regretted playing full price so paying the Gametap price makes it a steal.

Plus there's more goodies in the "coming soon" section of Gametap including Grim and Jericho.
1444  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally - an accessible HD Tivo! on: July 25, 2007, 12:20:39 AM

Quote from: Chaz on July 24, 2007, 08:25:19 PM

With cable cards, do you have to rent, or do you buy them, and how much do they generally go for?  Is it cheaper than having the full cable box?  VOD isn't really something we use at all, so that's no loss.

You rent the cable cards from the cable company who will need to come out and install and set them up. There's nothing to it for the install but they need to sync some information up from the cards, your TiVo unit, and the cable mothership before it will start working.

The price is all over the place. They're supposed to be an inexpensive alternative to the cable box but it was left open to the cable operators what to charge. So you'll find prices ranging from free to about $5 a month. You need to call your cable operator to find out what they are charging per card.
1445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally - an accessible HD Tivo! on: July 24, 2007, 07:05:18 PM

Quote from: Chaz on July 23, 2007, 09:21:27 PM

So, this cable card thing.  What's the deal?  Does it eliminate the need to have a cable box?  Does it cost anything to get the cable cards?  And have they talked price for the external storage thing?

Yes, the cable cards replace the cable box. The TiVo HD also supports the M-Card (multistreaming) which means you only need a single M-Card for both tuners. So it should be cheaper to use a single cable card than two. Problem is the M-Cards are new and pretty rare so most markets won't have them right off the bat. But good for future knowledge as you'll be able to cut down on an extra $3-$4 a month on the second cable card.

The problem with the current crop of cable cards is none of them support VOD. It's a big deal to some people. So until a cable card that supports 2-way communication comes on the market you're out of luck with that short of getting a separate cable box.

As far as external storage there is a SATA port on the back of the unit where you can hook up an external SATA hard drive for additional capacity. The official word is that this support is coming late 2007. Series 3 owners are currently enjoying this feature by using a back door code. It's not officially supported but TiVo seems to be looking the other way right now with people who have used it. It's still unknown if the TiVo HD will have this back door code with it, so best to set expectations that you'll be waiting to the official feature roll out.

But the TiVos have always been "easily" upgradable by replacing the internal hard drive with a larger one. If you don't want to do it your self there are companies like Weaknees and DVRUpgrade that either do it for you or send you the kits to do it. Both of those sites are already accepting pre-orders for upgraded TiVo HDs - the most expensive, offering 125 hours of HD recording, costs about as much as a Series 3.
1446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quake Wars tries to do in game ads right on: June 20, 2007, 07:09:08 PM
So what does the in-game advertising in BF2142 actually look like? It's been awhile since I uninstalled it but when I was playing it heavily I never noticed the ads appearing.
1447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap - free version on: June 01, 2007, 07:02:22 PM
I didn't notice any major downloading slowdown (paid version) but I would imagine with yesterdays launch there were a lot of people trying it out all at once. The only thing driving traffic spikes going forward will be quality of the free game selections each Thursday.
1448  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 05/22/07 on: May 23, 2007, 02:52:30 AM
I'd highly reccomend giving Dorm a try. The trailer bills it as another j-horror flick but it's actually a real nice coming of age story, almost like a Stand By Me. I sat down to watch it a few nights ago. My wife, who was on her way up to do something on the computer, decided to check out the beginning. We ended up watching the whole thing together and both enjoyed it immensely.

There's a lot of nice little mystery plot elements at the start, all of which all get answered throughout the film. It's got a few scares, a couple big laughs, and some touching moments to make a well rounded film.

This is Thai film so there is a bit of cultural elements that I can see being very odd to a Western audience when they pop up (apparently the Thai like there pissing scenes) but it's well grounded enough on the basic elements, that it makes the film easy for universal consumption.

So give it either a Netflix/Blockbuster rental.
1449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London subscription 'bonuses' announced on: May 09, 2007, 09:45:34 PM
Its difficult to say how much of an impact on the game most of that will have until you actually start playing it. It may not even turn out to be that big deal to have more locker or character slots. I can't see many people buying in to this right away until they see how this impacts them.

They probably should have done the pricing structure where you can just do single purchases for all this "extra stuff."

- $1 for extra character slot
- $1 for bonus armor set
- $0.10 to travel to area x

So if it tanks initially I would start expecting a cheaper "new subscriber" offer to show up within a few months. Or if really poor sales they just give this stuff away for free on the games anniversary.
1450  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: TiVo Series 3 Price Drop? (Please!!) on: April 24, 2007, 06:48:49 PM
Can get a S3 for $500 from TiVo and it comes with their wireless adapter:
1451  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: TiVo Series 3 Price Drop? (Please!!) on: April 18, 2007, 06:40:16 PM
Home Video Movie Sharing (Yes) -
TiVoToGo Show Transfers (No)
Multi-Room Viewing Transfers (No)
1452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Dragoon coming to Gametap. Cool? on: April 13, 2007, 03:04:50 AM
It's supposed to be Saturn emulation from what I read. It wasn't a console I owned (nor many people I guess) so looking forward to trying out the Saturn library. Really impressed with the service, the games they get on there, and the frequency they appear. Got in on that great September deal with a lot of skepticism about the service (saw a few games I wanted to play that I never had but not much else) but if I had to right now I would renew the subscription - but thankfully I'm good till October.
1453  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: April 06, 2007, 06:43:25 PM
I thought you were able to play actual notes in LOTRO composing your own music. Is that the case or is it just selecting various combinations of predefined sequences of notes?
1454  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: March 19, 2007, 08:26:29 PM
I saw a story on Joystiq the other day showing how musical instruments are actually playable (through the keyboard). Has anyone tried this out and have some feedback on it? This actually sounds like a pretty unique intergration that has me rather interested.

Here's the Joystiq blurb on it -
1455  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Nod32 Antivirus - half off deal. (great AV, one of the best) on: February 28, 2007, 10:48:53 PM
Very nice. After McAfee kept getting overloaded with junk and an overally complicated menu system I asked for opinions of virus checkers here. This was one of the ones that was suggested. After doing the trial I haven't used anything but as it did everything I wanted.

Highly reccomend it. Very small footprint on your computer, easy to navigate, automatically scans new files before you open them and very fast.

My wife for some odd reason chose to stay with McAfee, even though she complains about it, but hopefully the price point will get her to finally ditch it.
1456  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name! This! Movie! on: February 23, 2007, 07:00:09 PM
There was 60's monster movie called Navy vs The Night Monsters where they ended up napalming a valley full of plant creatures. So it meets the criteria but I'm not sure how you could mistake one movie for the other. Basically Navy vs The Night Monsters is a film to be played on the MST3K ripoff shows.
1457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Wii Play at Target, Overland Park, KS! on: February 14, 2007, 08:04:41 PM
Picked it up yesterday. I was really anticipating this one as it would be another Wii Sports type dealie but it was pretty disappointing. The Table Tennis in particular since, as described above, it is nothing more than Pong. Was hoping for a more frantic version of Wii Tennis.

Fishing was also a disappointment. It's a single small watering hole where you can already see the fish. You basically just need to position your line over the pool, wait for a nibble, and pull back on the remote. You don't even get to cast the line.

Billiards seems the most full fledge one but looks like you can only play 9-ball. I didn't get to try the 2 player mode out as my wife was having a hell of a performing the motions to hit the ball. I have no idea what was wrong since I asked her to let me try and I was able to do it just fine. It was funny to see her make a stabbing mation over and over again without any affect - my added "Kiyaah!" and "Banzai!" shouts kept me entertained but seemed to frustrate her more.

She was a master at Find Mii, which I sucked at. She was at level 35 or something insane like that before she finally got stumped. That one only has limited replayability. Same goes for Pose Mii which was fun but I can't see playing it often.

Probably the most fun game we played together was Charge!. But it again felt more like a test demo as there was just a single track and nothing new once you went through the race once.

All in all pretty disappointing so I was thankful I had a $5 off coupon and used some Rewards gift cards to pay for it. There's potentail to make some nice full fledged games out of some of these mini-games so hopefully they'll do that as this was pretty lacking.
1458  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tivo Series 2 questions on: February 14, 2007, 12:03:02 AM
You can't split a satellite signal so you won't get dual tuner use. The Series 2 DT also has a digital tuner and an analog tuner. The satellite signal is digital so can only use that. So if you just hook the satellite up it will perform like a single tuner model. To get the dual tuner functionality you would need to get a analog cable line (basic cable) and plug that in as well.

The Series 2 DT has some limitations on what it can record at once as is since it has one analog and one digital tuner. That means you can record 2 analog stations (usually 1-99) together and one analog and one digital station but you cannot record two digital stations at the same time.

So you're probably better off getting a regular single tuner Series 2. Of if you have two satellite receivers in the house you can purchase two single tuner Series 2's and hook them up to each and do what you're saying. I.e one would hook up in the living room and the other would hook up to the bedroom.

TiVo has pretty much been moving away from supporting satellite. The Series 3 won't support it at all. Just cable cards. But it still works fine with the single tuner Series 2 with the single tuner limitations.
1459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: January 29, 2007, 07:56:32 PM
Yeah, that was a nice little bonus. I played the first few missions and they work fine. Good memories.

They also have X-Com in the "coming soon" section online. I hope that means they'll get the sequels. I never did play Terror From the Deep.
1460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: January 26, 2007, 07:18:21 PM
Looking forward to the end of Feburary for Interstate '76 and Interstate '82. Never did purchase I82 so will be neat to play.

The lag in big releases hasn't bothered me yet. There's just too much to play on there as is. Still have yet to crack any of the Genesis RPGs I want to play and finish and still haven't got around to playing the second epsiode of Sam & Max.
1461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The *OTHER* console shortage on: December 19, 2006, 01:10:25 AM
I think its all the DS Lites, not just the Pink ones. I've been trying to get one for my sister for X-Mas for about a week now and none of the stores around here (BB, Target, CC, Walmart, even tried Sears) have'em. Checking online met with the same results. A few on Amazon are selling for about $30 over the regular price.

Never would have thought I would have had problems finding one. Ah well. Backup gift time.
1462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: my buddy just busted one of my wii-mote straps on: November 29, 2006, 07:31:20 PM
I can see Nintendo releasing a "Sports Extreme!" version of the Wiimote for those people who like to "play their console hard!" Instant hit for those consumers who imagine themsleves as atheletes playing that way.

I would buy one.  :icon_sad:
1463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2142 Tactics, Strategy, etc on: November 29, 2006, 04:48:49 AM
I decided to use my latest unlock for the engineer Anti-Aircraft weapon after someone else had posted they had some success with using this weapon in Titan battles once the shields were down. So it being my last engineer unlock I decided what they hey. I have to say this weapon is a lot of fun once the shields go down.

Once our shields went I launched myself on top of our Titan during the next spawn. I targeted the area the enemy Titan was located and would frequently get frequent lock-ons as the enemy tried to head over to our Titan. The smaller ships I was able to take out pretty easily with two shots (the weapon holds two shots). The transport ships seemed to take 3 but I killed a few with just 2. Some nice points plus some kills received the Titan defence bonus - some didn't though so wasn't sure what was up.

As a bonus those enemies that did get over to the ship and land on the top of the Titan were not expecting me and were pretty easy kills with the machine gun.

Whenever I ran out of ammo I would pop down the vent shaft, find the nearest support guy or dropped ammo crate, refresh and head back up. One game there was a support crate on the top of the Titan which made this process even quicker.

One issue came in to play when the two Titans were right next to each other. The AA weapon had a bit of a trouble locking on or the shots would go haywire. So it wasn't as effective in that circumstance but it must have been annoying for the other team to get in to their ships and already have a lock on while they were still parked.

This isn't going to be my normal method of getting points (that's left to silo captures and mine placement) but its a lot of fun being able to make it rather annoying to try and get over to our Titan.
1464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 19, 2006, 10:41:24 PM
Well I went to the Best Buy I thought would be no problem getting one. I knew they were handing out tickets at 8am but figured there would be plenty and not a lot of people so didn't bother getting there till around 7:30am. Was I wrong about there not going to be a lot of people. There were about 50 in line. I decided to give it a shot and parked, put on my sweatshirt, gloves, grabbed my book and got in line. About a minute or so after I got in line someone came behind me and then a few minutes later someone behind him.

It was cold but not too bad with the warm clothes.

Back where I was I couldn't see the entrance so had no idea what was going on up there. Around 7:50 one of the Best Buy employees walks down the line and is in the middle of a count "43...44...45...". He get somewhat close to where I am and then asks everyone who is actually purchasing one today to raise their hands. A lot of hands go up but a few (kids with families) don't. He starts counting again "56...57...58....oh my god I think we have enough!...59...", he's really excited at this point, two more guys jumped in the back of the line in seconds of each other "60...61" (that's me) "...62...63!" He told us they had a total of 63 units. The two guys that just joined were out of luck but they decided to stick around in case the guy miscounted units, or counted too quickly.

I was a bit nervous since it could go either way.

During this time there were two police officers around and making sure there was order. I was happy about that but other than two cars that peeled out of the parking lot after seeing the line it was a pretty laid back group.

About 15 minutes later I see a few people run to their cars. Some had sleeping bags and camping equipment so I gathered they were passing out tickets and allowing people to go back to their cars until the store opened (at 9am). That was great since it was getting colder and by then the cold was getting to me. The ticket guy got in to view about 10 minute later and I got my ticket...#62. The guy who came right after me got the final ticket #63. I was VERY luck as a few missed lights and I would have been out of luck. The girl behind #63 took it well and decided to join a group she seemed to know further up. Numbers 65 and 66 decided to stick around as well...just in case.

Sat in the car till about 10 minutes to 9am. Everyone had lined up again and Best Buy wanted everyone in the order of their ticket number. Was all very organized and the BB employee's had walked down the line making sure everyone got the message. They also talked about the availability of games including that they only had like 50 Zelda's on hand. That had me worried as that the main game I wanted to get. The BB employee asked whomever was not getting Zelda to raise their hands and quite a few people did which renewed my hope.

For some odd reason #60 and #61 were not in the line. This brought renewed hope to #65 and #66, since if these guys didn't claim their spots the next ones in lines would have gotten it.

The line started moving a bit later. They split the group in half where the back half waited outside for another 10 minutes or so. By this time it was really cold and the wind was kicking up. One kid had what looked like T-Shirt and a Fall jacket on. No idea how he managed as I was cold with everything I had on.

Finally got in to the store and they lined up the second half in the customer service area why the first half got in the purchasing line. They had set up two tables which the purchasers go through one at a time. First table the games. Grab what you want and move on to the second table which had the accessories. Grab what you want and then move to one of the 3 cash registers where they give you your Wii and you pay for everything.

At this point I couldn't see any of that as we were on one side of the BB and the purchasing group on the other. At one point we heard a group of people sing "happy birthday" so I imagine it was the first purchaser.

To the disapointment to #65 and #66 the two missing guys showed up about 15 minutes after we go in the store. Apparently they left after they got their ticket and got lost coming back. #65 and #66 wandered off for a bit then came back with renewed hope thinking someones credit card won't go through or some other mishap.

It took about 25-30 minutes to finally get our group moved to the main line where the two desks were. It was slow going and was getting worried about the Zelda's left. The guy behind me was also very worried as that's the only game he wanted. So at one point, there were about 15 people ahead of me still waiting to get to the first desk with the games, one of the two guys who had been waiting around came to the back of the line with a Wii ticket. Turns out #42 defaulted or gave up their ticket - it wasn't clear what. The girl wasn't around so #65 got it. He was ecstatic of course. #66 was totally bumbed but put on a good face.

When I got up to the game desk I was happy to see there were plenty of Zelda's left. I'd say about 11 or 12. They also had plenty of everything else it looks like so they were well stocked with games (Monkey Ball was all gone). I picked up Rayman and Trauma Center and was content. I also picked up the last Wii Remote which the guy behind me really wanted. But so did my wife. Sorry!  icon_biggrin

When I finally went to pay for it they had only run up the games and forgot to ring up the Wii. The casher was handing it to me. With my gift cards the total would have been $199. But that few seconds of hope for a free Wii was dashed when one of the BB employees overseeing the purchases noticed the mistake and ended up paying for the Wii anyways. Ah well.

I have to say this BB had its act together. Everything was organized and the BB employees were great with giving out information. I like that the police were there and remained there until everyone walked out with their purchase.

So overall it was a pretty good experience. I can never see camping out for anything but waiting in the cold for an hour and a half is doable.

I ended up hitting several stores after this looking for an extra Numchuck. Targets, Gamestops, Circuit City were all Wii graveyards. Surprisingly the two Walmarts I went to had stuff. One had the a few of the classic controllers and Wii Remotes but no Numchuck. The other had a few Wii Remotes. So looks like they got more of the accessories. If you're trying to hunt down extra controllers those that may be the place to go.

For those that didn't get one it sounded like the BB employees were indicating they were expecting more to come in as the days go on but were not sure when they would ever see another PS3.
1465  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do You Like Perfume? on: November 10, 2006, 07:40:36 PM

Quote from: ElijahPrice on November 09, 2006, 08:10:24 PM

Did your friend read the book first?

No he did not but is interested in reading it after seeing the film.

I finally finished the last Dark Tower book (it was a chore to read through  :icon_sad:) so started in on Perfume this morning on the train ride in. Only through the first chapter but it reads well so far.
1466  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do You Like Perfume? on: November 09, 2006, 08:04:28 PM
I picked up the book a few weeks ago but haven't had a chance to read it yet. It's actually a short book (like 200 pages). The trailer did look good though.

A friend who got a screener copy of the film watched it and had seemed to enjoy it overall. He said it was good until it got to the middle, where he said he didn't like the direction the movie took, then it picked up in the last 20 minutes which he said was fantastic. There's supposedly a lot of sex in this film.
He also mentioned the movie should look fantastic on the big screen and the sound track was great.

So I'm looking forward to it. The movie does look good.
1467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Gundam Scad Hammers video (go watch this now!) on: November 04, 2006, 05:24:51 PM
Kinda looks like a one trick pony with the swinging hammer. If it has online multiplayer that might be fun.
1468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 27, 2006, 05:24:41 PM
It looks like the Contra Games and the Castlevania games all come in the same pack which may account for the longer download. I had Castlevania 3 download (it took about 6 minutes for me) and the main menu had a selection for the other Konami games. I was disappointed these were the Windows versions of the games as they didn't look so hot in the graphics department but played fine.

Really glad they got Serious Sam 2 though. After I saw they had the 1st one and the add-on I was hoping for the actual sequel to show up soon....and sure enough. But looks like a lot of people were downloading it as I was getting something insane like a 600 minute download time.

Really liking this service though.

I watched the Gary Gygax mini-documentary while Castlevania was downloading and actually sat through the whole thing. They do a pretty good job with the production values of their videos.

The only minor sore spot I've had with the service is a few crashes upon launching games. But it's been painless to just ctrl+alt+delete the launching game and re-launch it. So it's a minor quibble. My very positive initial impressions of the service have held up since I bought in to it.
1469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Resistance is now 720p only on: October 24, 2006, 07:27:26 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 24, 2006, 02:32:29 AM

Are you sure about that? According to a report that came out early in 2005, HDTVs were outselling analog TVs. And almost a year ago, a study showed that 47% of all US households planned to buy an HDTV in the next 12 months (i.e. the last twelve months). Considering that this generation of console will probably last for 5 years or so, I would wager that the vast majority of American households will have HDTVs by this console's end.

I'm talking about households that own sets now and you are talking about potential % of sales for the future.

I have no doubt in the future HDTVs will be the majority down the road - it's getting difficult to purchase anything but those in B&M stores. But SD televisions will continue to stick around in homes for a number of years. This is basically the same change from tube monitors to LCD monitors. LCD prices come down, tubes phases out, gotta purchase an LCD when the tube breaks or the price point gets to a "reasonable" level.

HDTVs are still a small segment and 1080p is even smaller. I am surprised there were a few responses from those that had 1080p sets but I would hazard a guess that the price on that set, and other 1080p units, are outside of most gamers budgets.
1470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Resistance is now 720p only on: October 24, 2006, 12:12:36 AM
Not many people own HDTV units as is let alone TV's that can display 1080p. It's always been a silly point to tout as a primary feature since a minute segment of people would even be able make use of it. Does anyone in this thread HDTV unit capable of displaying 1080p?
1471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uplink - Uh....whoa on: October 23, 2006, 09:08:19 PM
I decided to check this one out after reading the thread here and am enjoying it also. The one thing I'm confused on, which there wasn't any detail on, was the different connections you can make on the world map. I got the sense that making multiple connections before connecting to your target gave you more time to get a trace. But I wasn't totally sure since other times, despite making many connections, the trace time was rather short (like 30 seconds).

Do connections get "old" after awhile, so if you use the same ones they are no longer as effective? I notice as you take on new missions you can keep adding those new connections to the world map.

Or is the number of connection you can effectively make based off your computer CPU/modem or any other computer hardware? Such as if I make too many connection I've stressed the limits of the computer making traces easier.

I also did get caught one time, and paid the fine, and wonder if that impacts the trace time if I connect through that location? If I get caught is that location now basically unusable?
1472  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The wife: I am sick of missing my shows, fix it. on: October 18, 2006, 08:30:28 PM

The second TiVo will only cost you $6.95 a month instead of the $13. You can also do multi-room transfers now in case you want to watch some of those shows on the upstairs TiVo on the downstairs one or vice versa.

Here's a link on how to enable that feature.
1473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 18, 2006, 07:15:17 PM
So as I posted in my previous message I bought in to the service last night. I was hesitant on service even with some games I wanted to play (and Sam & Max) and the 50% off. What actually got me around to giving in was the fact you can have more than one account active with the service so my wife could use it as well.

I'm actually very impressed with the service. It's a lot better than I expected it to be. Very professional quality. As I had Sam & Max downloading I checked out Rolling Thunder 2. I loved the arcade Rolling Thunder and never played it on the Genesis. After about a minute it booted up and actually didn't look to bad so the emulator does a good job. Then I realized I didn't have my 360 controller plugged in so figured I would have to log out to get it working. On a lark I plugged it in and was surprised to see it worked right away - spiffy. I tried a few other games - Quest for Glory 2, Cosmic Ark, Pac & Pal. Each game was emulated perfectly (although man those EGA graphics are hard to look at now). Sam & Max finally loaded fully and that launched without any issues either.

So initially a big thumbs up for GameTap. I really can see using this a lot to play a lot of those games I always wanted to play but never got around to (Splinter Cell 2, IL-2, Railroad Tycoon 3 and a bunch of Genesis RPGs). Hopefully I'll continue to be impressed.
1474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 18, 2006, 07:03:39 PM
It's difficult for any call center to anticipate the staffing levels they will need. If they were smart they upped staffing levels before the 50% off advertisement went live. But my guess would be GameTap had a lot more new users than expected (I'm one of them). The service just wasn't attractive enough to me, and I would guess others, until their recent batch of games and price reduction.

That said try calling during non-peak hours.
1475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Price Calculator on: September 23, 2006, 06:37:32 PM
Has anyone seen what the Wii looks like on a HD TV? I think the assumption here is that it will look awful which may not be the case. Some of how it appears will be depended upon the TV itself as some HD TVs do a better job at presenting SD than others. But mainly its likely going to be subjective where as some will say the image is just fine and others will not be happy with it.
1476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Price Calculator on: September 22, 2006, 12:38:03 AM
$329.34 (extra controllers & 2 games). Cables are missing from the list (I believe you need to purchase the component cables separate) which will be an additional cost on top of this.

Things add up pretty quickly for any console release once you factor in all the extras so its not too surprising but nice to be able to prepare a bit better for the hit.

1477  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: EQ2 : What should I know? on: September 19, 2006, 06:20:43 PM
The healer/damager dealer combo looks to work well. I'm playing a Brigand (scout class) and my wife a defiler (priest). There's little we've been unable to accomplish together for things around our level.
1478  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Regular TiVo w/DirecTV and DirecTV HD Reciever Question on: September 11, 2006, 07:36:04 PM
Also if you purchase a TiVo make sure to get the regular TiVo and not the Dual Tuner TiVo. You are unable to split a satellite signal so the Dual Tuner TiVo will do you no good.
1479  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: EQ2 : What should I know? on: September 11, 2006, 07:30:03 PM
I'll echo that its no WoW but its still a great MMORPG on its own terms.

We (wife and I) didn't try it out till about 2 months ago so have played through all the big changes that went on since the release. The interface takes a bit of getting used to and there are some minor quirks such as having to right-click and choose HAIL from the menu (or hit the 'H' key) to talk to merchants that you have quests for (just clicking on them will bring up their 'wares). There are a lot of quest in this game at the start upon leaving the island. I really felt overwhelmed with quests that I could take and complete. Things didn't start slowing down until around level 30 or so. There has yet to be a moment where I felt like I was not accomplishing anything. With the exception of 2 camping incidents (for these lengthy "hertiage" quests) I haven't had to sit anywhere and just plain grind or wait for a name to pop. If anything I seem to be moving too fast. We're at level 42 now and levels have just been flying by.

There are some really fun zones in the game too. My wife and I just completed Nektropos Castle, a haunted house basically, and it turned out to be one of the most entertaining experiences in a zone I've had with an MMORPG. It had puzzles to figure out, a big old plot, some amazing loot and experience and was very doable for just 2 people. I was also impressed with the zone to unlock the froglock as a race selection (not needed anymore) which consited of a simple zone with some fun little scavenger hunts and simple puzzles.

The thing that blows about the game is it requires hefty hardware requirements which you will see once you get in the game. I reccomend turning off shadows and turning down the lighting settings as those seem to cause the largest performance drops. Although I'm not reccomending this for just this game I'll put it out there - I recently put another gig of RAM in my computer (2 gig now) and performance improved significantly in EQ2 to the point where I was able to increase some settings. Things run smooth as silk even in heavily populated areas - I don't have the shadows enabled however which still leads to a significant performance drop.

Good luck with the Isles.
1480  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TiVo Series 3 = $800.00 on: September 06, 2006, 06:44:56 PM
If this holds to be true it looks like those that Lifetimers with current units (Series 1 or 2) can grandfather it over to the Series 3 for $200 - and their old units will have lifetime for another 12 months to boot.

If it holds to be true...I haven't seen this recoridng myself. Great news if thats the case.  thumbsup
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