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1561  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.
1562  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.
1563  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:
1564  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.
1565  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?
1566  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.
1567  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.
1568  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.
1569  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.
1570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / another Crysis video...amazing stuff on: May 17, 2006, 12:16:28 AM
Sweet Baby Jesus!
1571  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.
1572  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.
1573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The E3 Wii Stampede on: May 13, 2006, 12:40:08 AM
A look at the line -
1574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 pricing on: May 10, 2006, 09:04:18 PM
I stand by my statement - $600 is $600. Talk of the day or not. When it comes to plunking down money for a console the price will impact what people will do.

I'll second the agreement here.

The early adopters will justify the high price with the additonal things you get such as blu-ray, wi-fi, etc. The average kid trying to spin all these additonal benefits to their mother to justify the higher price over cheaper consoles will be hard sell - it'll basically come down to how much the kid whines and if $600 is a justified expense to shut them up.

Average consumers looking to buy a blu-ray player won't give this a second look thinking "Oh I get a blu-ray player and console in one for just a bit more money."

From my own perspective, as a gamer, even knowing what i know of the unit at this point I can't justify $600 on something like this.

The price really narrows wat group will buy in to this thing. I have no doubt this will sell like hotcakes initially but I really wonder how long the purchasing enthusiam will be sustainable at that price.
1575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Interstellar Marines video on: May 05, 2006, 07:01:49 PM
I hate to use of an overused saying but I'm on the fence with this one dawg. It does sort of look like a well done Doom 3 rehash. But I'm a sucker for space marines vs aliens/biological experiments gone wrong/ demons/girls gone wild/etc so the ending had me intrigued.

However, hearing it was pre-rendered was a let down. I'll likely keep half an eye on it though but don't have high hopes.
1576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite - Out in US June 11th - (for $129) on: May 04, 2006, 07:34:12 PM
Any reason to wait for another color to come along?

Depending upon which color DS you have it will unlock a secret character in an yet unnamed text based game coming to the DS sometime in 2008. While details are sparse at this juncture Shigeru Miyamoto was touted to reveal at his recent 45th birthday party "Dogu Shiitu Princess Peach!" (his words), which indicates a possible Donky Kong character may be unlocked.

Otherwise no difference between the colors other than personal preference.
1577  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Name this insect on: April 27, 2006, 11:59:20 PM
I have a pretty good program that can magnify digital images (.jpg, .gif, bmps, etc) and enhance them to a point where you can see every fine detail on tiny objects that would normally pixilate upon magnification.

I took your photo and had the program enlage one of the ants. As usual the detail is pretty amazing. Below is an enlarged ant - I've moved it down a bit for those who get the creeped out by bugs.


1578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mega M&Ms on: April 19, 2006, 09:20:12 PM
Funny you started this. The other day I had purchased some M&Ms for our office and saw the Mega M&Ms there so grabbed a bag of them too.

Normally I'll pop 4 or 5 M&Ms in my mouth at a time and either let them disolve or just chew them. These were just slightly too big to want to pop more than one in your mouth at a time and oddly not satisfying given the slightly larger size.

I give it an oral score of:  drool  out  of  drool  drool  drool  drool  drool
1579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Lite on: April 12, 2006, 12:35:45 AM
Noticed there was a 90 second hands-on preview video over on CNet today:
1580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So much for Revolution not being "powerful" enough on: April 10, 2006, 07:05:12 PM
This may add a whole new dimention to "hard core gamer" with posts about how long someone spent playing a game straight.

Weenie #1 - "Dude I just played Super Mario X for 3 hours straight!"
Weenie #2 - "Wha...I cramps up mad after 20 minutes of that."
Weenie #1 - "Newb."

My guess is this whole thing is going to be a non-issue and the sky is falling concerns will dry up upon release.
1581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My new late and great obsession: Hayao Miyazaki films on: April 07, 2006, 06:41:41 PM
While I was providing some training in Osaka Japan I heard about a Ghibli store in one of the underground malls near my hotel. After searching for a few nights I finally found it.

Although I was tempted to purchase a few Totoros I didn't have the room so just got a Ghibli character keychain collection and some Mononoke playing cards.

Edit: I'll figure this image thing out yet!
1582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Peter Molyneux and Lionhead bought by MS on: April 06, 2006, 06:22:21 PM
Wow, forgot about Magic Carpet. If ever a game needs an update its that one. And then they had Hi-Octane which was released on the same engine an I raced that game to death on the Amiga.

I also have a very special spot for Flood which, for me, has one of the most memorable game endings.

Molyneux just needs to shut his trap about what his future games will include as he overshoots and expectations get crushed.
1583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SiN Episode 1: Emergence available for preload on Steam on: April 06, 2006, 06:14:48 PM
The 10% pre-purchase disconunt was a great idea. That almost pushed me over enough to consider getting this when I had little to no interest in the game. But I prevailed and didn't go with it.

If I was on the fence with the game I'm sure that would have made it a done deal. So props to the marketing department.
1584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion: My Punishment. on: March 31, 2006, 07:12:28 PM
Not being able to read the latest protection would definitely be an issue - if there were any protection on the Oblivion CD.

That's right. No copy protection used on Oblivion.

You forgot to add "SO THERE SUCKA!!!" at the end of your post.
1585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion: My Punishment. on: March 30, 2006, 08:03:21 PM
How old is the DVD player? It could be it can't reccognize the newest copy protection on the DVD disc.

This was a problem for me several years ago when I had DVD discs that would work fine on some DVD-ROMs but not others. It was due to the copy protection.

So if it isn't a bad disc you might try picking up a new DVD-ROM. One good thing is they're dirt cheap.
1586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AGEIA's PhysX Processor on: March 27, 2006, 12:32:53 AM
I thought one of the first games to support this thing was City of Villains. Is that lack of use on the Internet 100% positive?
1587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AGEIA's PhysX Processor on: March 24, 2006, 06:00:53 PM
That short demo video had me interested to see other examples but no where near sold on this. Have they spoken to a price point on it? For something that just does physicis it better be in the $50-$60 range at the most.
1588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Its Happened. Im OLD on: March 23, 2006, 02:56:11 PM
Yeah that feeling was awful the first time I had it. Was on the L which stopped at Fullerton (Du Paul University) when two college girls got on and started talking about their furture plans. It was total fantasy of what they expected and what I knew the reality was. I wanted to blurt out:

"You girls don't know what you are talking about."

Not only did I think of them as "girls" (wasn't I just in college a little bit ago?) but that was the first time I felt like I had real life experience under my belt that I could share my wisdom.

Ugh. I'm still trying to accept that I had crossed over from being "with it" to "old."
1589  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dell assimilates Alienware on: March 23, 2006, 02:44:55 PM
Jesus Crawley. I'm gonna start calling you Moneybags Mac'Gee.

I like that handle.

This is purchasing Alienware computers over many years (basically from the launch of the company) and with two incomes here from dedicated gamers.

We also have no interest in building our own. I did play the game early on when income was much tighter and often was frustrated with the process of combinding different hardware and getting them to work together. So we are paying a bit of a premium to not have to deal with that. We get a fully working computer delivered to us, ready to go, on day 1 that will play the latest and greatest for quite some time. They're also easy to upgrade, which we do when it's obvious we've been left behind. Finally you get the kick ass technical support which has come in very handy the times we've had to use it.

I've always been happy with them and know what I've been buying it too.
1590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dell assimilates Alienware on: March 23, 2006, 01:00:40 AM
My heart sunk at the rumors over this since my last 7 computers were Alienware and I've always been impressed with them and the incredible level of support they've provided over the years. Last thing I wanted to know was that Dell was going to purchase them and I would have the mediocre level of technical support from Dell.

So I was happy when I got to the annoucement Dell is going to keep things as is. Hopefully that'll stick several years down the road when I'm ready to get another compuer.
1591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVR Services on: March 21, 2006, 06:34:47 PM
For example, doesn't Tivo automatically record shows it thinks you would like.

Those are "Suggestions" which work poorly at first but after you start watching more shows and rating shows you like with a thumbs up, or ones you do not like with a thumbs down, it'll get more accurate in what it records.

I find I rarely have time to watch anything from the recorded Suggestions but from time-to-time will find a gold nugget in there - such as Amazing Race which I never bothered watching until I watched an episode that was in Suggestons - now I'm hooked.

If your looking for an HD unit TiVo's out. They won't have their HD unit out until the 2nd half of 2006.

Comcast also has a dealie with TiVo in the works where the TiVo software will be used on their DVRs but again no exact dates have been given when that rolls out.

I guess another plus for TiVo, and I don't use it for this but know many who do, is that you can hook it up to your network (provided you find a working adapter) and can transfer shows from the DVR to your computer or vice versa.

There are some other minor neat TiVo functionalities too such as when fast forwarding the show will actually jump back a few seconds when you hit play button. That way you don't miss a thing coming out of commercial whereas, I believe, other DVRs just start playing where you hit play (which could be several seconds in to the show).

Whatever choice you make DVRs are pretty cool. I didn't buy in to the whole notion it would change the way I view TV until I got one and found out it had.
1592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comcastic my foot on: March 19, 2006, 05:33:13 AM
Probably is the modem. Sounds like a similar issue we had with ours awhile back where it kept cycling. Things break though and that was the case with ours. Comcast came out and replaced it which fixed the issue for us.

We've had Comcast cable for at least 5 years so of course have encountered some bad situations; at least one where we considered going to DSL. But looking at it over the 5 year period and how much we use it it's been reliable and we've been satisfied with it, so glad we didn't switch.

I don't know if we're in the minority though as far as getting decent service since most people talk about the horror stories. 'course it's rare for people to kumbaya about good service.
1593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero 2 coming!! on: March 06, 2006, 07:33:31 PM
It's sad but I probably would consider purchasing a Country Rock version. Maybe not at full price but I could see myself buying it for something different.
1594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baten Kaitos - Longest Ending Evah on: March 04, 2006, 04:42:58 PM
So for the last few weeks my wife has been hogging the TV playing Baten Kaitos (GC). She doesn't play console RPGs often but for some reason this one clicked with her and she played it religously. 71 gaming hours later she gets to the final boss (which you fight like 3 or 4 times previous to this meeting). I was pretty impressed with the opening cinematic so I decided to sit and watch to catch the end cinematic.

She kills the thing after about at 15 minute battle and the in-game dialogue to wrap everything up starts. I happened to look at the clock and it was about a quarter to 10:00pm.

After about 30 minutes of endless dialogue I decided to take a hike. There were some in-game cut sequences but they didn't have much eye candy and were not very interesting to watch (at least from someone who wasn't following the game that closely). So at around 10:20 I hear upstairs to watch a bit of TV.

As I'm watching TV I hear "Oh!", "Yay!" and "I don't want to kill her!" and all sorts of exclimations from my wife.  

At 11:00 she finally came up and proudly proclaimed she finished the game. I asked her if there were any cinematics at the end which I got the response "What does that mean?" So after explaining it to her she finally told me "No."

So the ending took over an hour to play out and didn't even finish with a cool cinematic. I've never played a game where the ending was so long. And while it seems cool to have an hour long ending in this case it seemed dragged out and you weren't getting much bang for your buck.  

I saw a sequel was due out at some point and god help me that thing better be short or I've lost the TV for another 3 weeks.

Anyways just wanted to share for those of you who were thinking of subjecting yourself to trying to complete this game what lies in store.
1595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So, The Cave is bad on: March 01, 2006, 01:52:27 AM
Aye, The Descent is a first rate horror film. It even scared me several times which most horror films don't do anymore. Definetly one to catch when it hits threaters in the US.

Although I hear they changed the ending which probably sucks since the ending was perfect (got it both ways good & bad ending).
1596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution SDK only $2000 - projected price $150-$200 on: February 24, 2006, 09:01:06 PM
I was thinking that even if it IS dirt cheap (say $99-$149) there could be other hidden costs. What exactly will you be getting with the Rev in its base package? A remote controller? An analog stick add-on? The "standard controller" shell? If these things aren't all packaged with it, the costs of the console could go up depending on what you actually need to play the launch games.

None of the console releases ever come with the all the peripherals you want with them. You usually have to purchase an extra controller, remote control, or what not unless you're willing to purchase a higher priced bundle which contains those things.

But it's a very good point. Likely there is going to be the core system with no game and single controller with the low price that will to leave something to be desired. However punking down the extra dough for another controller, remote control, component/HDMI cables, etc is a ritual I tend to go through with most console purchases. Kinda sad I'm used to it at this point.
1597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution SDK only $2000 - projected price $150-$200 on: February 24, 2006, 01:44:52 AM
Nintendo has also got to be aware that there are quite a few people wary of this console. It sounds like the lower price is already having the effect here for those that were not even considering pruchasing it.

I still think it's going to be price at $199 but that still seems reasonable.
1598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hands on with the close to final PS3 dev kit on: February 11, 2006, 05:05:35 PM
Given that there are very few TV's that support 1080p, those TVs that do are very expensive and HD signals are not currently pushed out in the 1080p format its not much of a loss and likely a good move.

I haven't read about any plans for OTA, Satelite or cable company's to jump on the 1080p format anytime soon. People are still just learning about HD and to support something now that likely won't be the norm for another 5-10 years is silly.
1599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Video] Huxley on: February 10, 2006, 07:17:34 PM
Great trailer but I'm guessing that was just a cut sequence and not representitve of how the actual game is going to look/play. Good eye candy in any case.
1600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Video] Dreamfall on: February 10, 2006, 07:13:10 PM
Looks better than I thought it would. So it helps with the initial misgivings I had about this one being part action title.
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