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1561  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.
1562  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:
1563  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.
1564  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.
1565  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.
1566  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.
1567  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.
1568  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.
1569  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.
1570  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?
1571  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?
1572  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The wife: I am sick of missing my shows, fix it. on: October 18, 2006, 08:30:28 PM
Nice.

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. http://tivo.instancy.com/external/LaunchContent.aspx?cid=1e643fc9-446a-436d-86cb-8661b81991a5&anchor=undefined
1573  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.
1574  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.
1575  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.
1576  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.

1577  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.
1578  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.
1579  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.
1580  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.

http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=4341434&&#post4341434

If it holds to be true...I haven't seen this recoridng myself. Great news if thats the case.  thumbsup
1581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Juarez mp demo out on: August 30, 2006, 06:02:11 PM
I didn't initially see any games offered either. When I closed out of the game though my virus checker was asking me if I should allow traffic from the Chrome Engine. After I said "yes" servers appeared.

Only got to play the skirmish matches which is team vs team deathmatch. It was fun but nothing special. Kinda standard issue team DM. There is also a "Robbery" game which I have not tried.
1582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142 beta imminent. on: August 24, 2006, 10:29:27 PM
Looks like the beta is up again on Fileplanet. Didn't quite understand the pre-registration process the previous week as it made me go through the entire thing again. But at least I'm downloading it now (1.16G download).
1583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Deals on TiVo Service? on: August 22, 2006, 12:04:48 AM

Quote from: Calvin on August 21, 2006, 08:17:22 PM

I am thinking about getting it either from costco or from tivo-the costco thing would cost more upfront, but it wouldnt be refurbished #1, and #2 have the all time great return policy incase a better deal/rebate comes out soon, and I could always take it montly for a bit and see whether I am really using it.

If you purchase from Costco you basically own the box and would pay the $12.95 a month. You can also use the $150 rebate.

Quote
At good quality, what would you guesstimate 80 hours at? Also, do you have any information regarding the dual tuner thing? Being able to watch a program and record another is really an issue for me.

For an 80 hour unit the conversion rate is below:

Basic 80 hours
Medium 51 hours
High 38 hours
Best 24 hours

I have a 140 hour unit and only once have been really close to a point where it was going to delete my recordings to make room for new recordings. I record quite a bit in Best quality but have come to learn there isn't a huge difference between Best and High. Now the only times I'll record Best is if the show has a lot of special effects, takes place at night or contains a lot of water - dark scenes and water are susceptible to macroblocking due to the MPEG2 conversion and can look bad at the Best quality and worse at the lower ones. So Battlestar Galactica is recorded on Best, 4400 on High, Monk on Medium and the morning News on Basic.

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Also, do you have any information regarding the dual tuner thing? Being able to watch a program and record another is really an issue for me.

The DT units have some limitations. You said you have cable so that's good. If you had satellite there's no point in getting one as you can't split the signal. The DT units have one tuner that can only handle an analog signal and another tuner that can handle an analog signal AND a digital signal.

The analog channels tend to be 1-99. The digital are 100+. There are some exceptions in some markets. A few markets have gone all digital so you should check first to see if yours is one of those.

What you get from the DT TiVo is the ability to record 2 channels at the same time on the analog stations (1-99) but can only record one channel at a time on the digital stations. So say you were recording the Sopranos on HBO but wanted to watch a movie on HBO2 at the same time you would not be able to do that. But you could record the Sopranos on HBO and watch The Amazing Race on CBS at the same time (or record both at the same time). The hardware in the DTs is a bit better too so you get a slightly better performance, especially if you do things like file transfers or make use of any of the other network functionalities like podcasts.

So DT is limited but still useful and I wish I had one but am holding out till the Series 3.
1584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Deals on TiVo Service? on: August 21, 2006, 07:28:35 PM
If you buy from TiVo you have to get locked in to one of the yearly rate contracts (1, 2 or 3yrs). This works two ways. The first way is with the free box and a monthly fee attached to that. The cost of the monthly fee will depend upon how many years you buy in to it ahead of time. The more years you buy in (up to 3) the cheaper you monthly fee.

Your second option is to pay a flat fee outright. You don't get charged the monthly fee but you pay more up front. When I did the math awhile back it was the better of the two deals. Again you can pay for one/two/three years.

If you don't purchase from TiVo and buy a unit from, say BestBuy, you pay the usual $12.95 monthly fee. You can also use the rebates that have on those stand-alone boxes - which is currently $150 (http://www.tivorebates.com/promocenter/tivo/track.html).

If you're looking for more space you can upgrade the hard drive yourself or just buy a stand-alone unit with an already upgraded hard drive from places like weaknees.com. They have up to an 1,800hr unit for the dual-tuner model there but of course it's a pretty penny.
1585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Baten Kaitos: Origins on: August 21, 2006, 06:49:39 PM
My wife got hooked on this game and really enjoyed it. I was bored by it so left her to it and she spent many an hour in front of the TV playing it. I would stop by every once in awhile to see the story progression. Was kinda bummed all the cut-sequences were in-game after that fantastic cinematic opening.

The game has like one of the longest endings ever too. When you think it should end it just goes on....and on....and on.
1586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: need OTA HD help on: August 17, 2006, 03:33:44 AM
OTA (over the air) signals don't come through your normal cable, which is why I think you're confusing some people here as you may be talking about two different things. Check your cable lineup at zap2it.com and see what HD channels your cable lineup offers and which channel they are on.

If you are indeed playing with OTA signals you can use AttennaWeb to see what HD signals you'll pick up and what type of antenna they suggest for getting the best signal. Depending on which antenna you get you may have to play with it to pick up different stations.

http://www.checkhd.com/aw/welcome.aspx
1587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] The Decent on: August 04, 2006, 07:24:11 PM
It's definelty one of the better horror films I've seen. A friend of mine had the European version of it on DVD (which was out like a year ago) and after seeing it I had to see it on the big screen as the movie just screams theater viewing.

So a theater around here had a "Fangoria Preview" event for the film which I decided to go to. It really does work well on the big screen. Once they get in the cave the pacing relentless. The fella sitting in front of me was leaning forward, litterally he was almost off the seat. When a big scare would happen (and there are a lot of good ones) he would shoot back in his seat. Was pretty awesome to see someone so engrosed in it.

The ending of the US version of the film is cut a bit short than what was in the European version. I thought the ending was just fine the way it was but perhaps they didn't think American audiences would go for it. Where they cut it is just fine though. I imagine the DVD will call out the "extended ending" cut.

Funny thing was for this preview event, which wasn't very well advertised, an old couple (in their 80's from the look of them) hobbled in to the theater. I figured they had meant to go see Monster House or something and went through the wrong doors. Nope. They sat down and watched the entire thing. They were hard core.

So if you do see this movie I would actually try and see it with the larger teen crowds at night. They will be freaking which should add to the overall experience.
1588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Computer Gaming World no longer?? on: August 03, 2006, 06:30:30 PM
Ya, will miss the CGW name but ah well. I'll roll with it as they're trying new things. Although I do hope they quickly roll past the review style where they quote other reviewers within the game review; I don't care with IGN's or whatever reviewer thinks of the game - if I did I'd read it.
1589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Trauma Center is the hardest game I've ever played on: July 05, 2006, 06:27:41 PM
It's difficult but not impossible. I haven't had to go to a hint system yet. The biggest issue I've had was with the sewing. It's difficult to find the right spots so one thing I'll do now that works often is just zigzag like crazy over the wound and I'll usually get a "OK" or "COOL" message.

Another thing to keep in mind is sometimes you need to zoom out and then back in to tackle some of the surgery areas. I notice when the areas I need to adress are at the top of the screen or bottom I have a difficult time getting the game to pick up my stylus. In those cases I use the zoom to look at a specific wound.

Another big help I found is to use the need to inject the "green stuff" in to the patient which will raise their heart rate.

You'll eventually get the "healing touch" which will help with things too.

It's still a difficult game but I like that it is since surgery isn't supposed to be easy.
1590  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Does "Built-in ATSC" mean it has integrated HDTV? on: July 03, 2006, 06:52:44 PM
Built in ATSC just means you can plug in an antenna and pick up the over the air (OTA) HD signals from your local stations. If you don't plan on using OTA you don't have to worry about it.

"HD Ready" will only useful to you if you DO NOT plan to use a set top box or cable card. It basically means you can plug in your cable right into the set and get a HD signal. Its an additonal cost you don't need but the only way to get around it with many of the HD TVs is to get a non-consumer ("industrial") version of the TV.

They're basically a HD monitor without any tuners (or speakers for that matter) but offer a significant decrease in price of their counterpart. Some are not as easy to set up as I know there are some models you need to pick and choose your inputs for.

Cnet really has a good section for HDTV basics. I would reccomend checking out their guide there. Here's an article specifically for the "HD Ready" tuners: http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-6449_7-6305617-1.html
1591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / No more Legos on: June 21, 2006, 06:22:43 PM
My sister worked for them for a number of years and, at least in the product department she was in, it sounded like they didn't have their act together at all. Very little efficency, manic last minute decisions leading to wasted time, effort and money.

Not sure if the rest of the company was run like that but from what I heard it sounded like they really needed people there with a lot better focus.
1592  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / The wonderful world of WiFi on: June 12, 2006, 08:15:59 PM
Thanks guys.

I did read about the adapter but had discounted it as I would like a more future proof setup -- in case I purchase a 360/Wii/other wi-fi compatible hardware, somewhere down the road.

So that's why I mentioned the bridges and gaming adapters which look like they may get what I want done but I don't know enough to tell for sure.

What are the other options where I don't have to scrap the wired network I currently have active?
1593  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / The wonderful world of WiFi on: June 12, 2006, 03:42:01 PM
We have a wired home network: cable -> 4 port router -> 2 PCs). We recently purchased these nifty Nintendo DS Lites and were looking to get them going through our network.

Being warry of WiFi (security, setup, interferences, etc) I hadn't kept up with all the different devices and hookups for it but would like to now. I've read up on it but there's too much information to know exactly what I need for my setup and I'm not sure what is possible or not.

I don't want to replace my current wired network with a wireless one. Is there a way to create a WiFi connection point through my current wired network? Also is there a way to do this where I don't need the computers on for the connection to to still work with my WiFi devices?

Specifically can I hook up an adapter to broadcast the signal from my wired router and have the DS connect through that? Would a wireless bridge do that? Or is a gaming adapter better? (I'm not positive what the differences are between the two). Is one more secure than the other or offer faster response?

I would like to keep things as simple as possible. Any help would be appreciated.
1594  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / City of Heroes: Worth Playing? on: June 07, 2006, 06:31:38 PM
Check around for the 14-Day Trial discs or check online as there are probably places to download it.

It's a pretty standard MMORPG other than the setting. It was fun but not awesome. Just about all dungeons are randomly made and come in maybe 4-5 themes at the start. Every 10-15 levels you'll be introduced to a new level theme.

Missions are pretty generic and didn't feel very superheroish in nature to me. I actually didn't really feel like a super hero until I got my Jump travel power and was able to jump from building top to building top lightning quick.

The character creater is awesome though and I spent a lot of time creating my super hero costume. The character creator is robust to create some really unique costumes but not overwhelming like, say EQ2.

So despite me never feeling it was an awesome game it was fun for what it was. I did have some "wow this is awesome!" moments, such as when a bunch of heroes took down a giant octopus, but those moments were few and far between.

After playing COH and COV for about 6 months I'm about ready to hang up my tights and look for another MMORPG to try out. For me that seems to be about the length of time I want to spend with MMORPG's now. I'm done with the years of dedication to a single MMORPG.
1595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles - good multiplayer game? on: June 05, 2006, 07:13:49 PM
I'm not quite as postive over the game as semiconscious. I also played the game with the wife and while it was fun it didn't have much staying power and we got bored with it rather quickly. We did play with the GBA's (I think it was a must if you play with more than 1 person) and it seemed to work well but I wasn't blown away with it.

The game is dirt cheap now and I'd say worth it at that price if you can scrounge up a few people. I imagine it's more fun with the more people you have.

If you're looking for a great multiplayer GameCube game that had GBA support I'd reccomend 4 Swords. That did a much better job at using the GBA interface and teamwork.
1596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Most anticipated games? on: May 19, 2006, 06:34:07 PM
Warrior Ware (Wii)
Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Zelda (Wii)
Crysis (PC)
Guitar Hero 2 (PS2)

Surprise interest:

Dead Rising (360)
Dark Messiah (PC)

There really wasn't a whole lot of "Wow! I want that!" this year, short of the Wii stuff for me.
1597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / another Crysis video...amazing stuff on: May 17, 2006, 12:16:28 AM
Sweet Baby Jesus!
1598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Another MTV extravanganza: Gears of War on: May 15, 2006, 09:27:44 PM
I'll TiVo the final special. You're probably right about the format following that 360 launch thing. They probably have 3 minutes of in-game footage they will show in 2-3 second bursts over an hour. I'm sure the TiVo will be getting a FF work out during this show as well.
1599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Uh oh, the bad press for the PS3 may just get a little worse on: May 13, 2006, 04:34:01 PM
The story may have been pulled if it wasn't true.

In past consumer electonic shows where console hardware, or games for them, were not ready for prime time they would have the games running on PCs or Macs.

Likely there's very little difference in the quality of the game when it finally comes out on the console so other than a little embarassment that they couldn't get it ready in time for the console it shouldn't impact the final version of the game.
1600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The E3 Wii Stampede on: May 13, 2006, 12:40:08 AM
A look at the line - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGlvLQzvJNA
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