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15441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 25, 2004, 04:28:15 PM
*edit* so we stop hitting that page

Well, unfortunately that page won't let you hotlink inline images like you're trying to do. Nor can I get the site to pull it up any other way.

So...care to try again? smile

One quick note - if you're trying to find an image from a relatively recent game, check out our database (link on the upper right of any page that isn't the forums) and search for it. Odds are we have a few screenshots there, and they all support linking.
15442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Valve holding Half Life 2 Hostage? on: September 24, 2004, 11:38:17 PM
Now this is an odd article I found over at Gamespot:

Quote
In court filings dated August 27, 2004, VU Games' senior vice president and deputy general counsel Eric Roeder entered the following statement into the record.

"Valve has announced that it will deliver a release candidate version of Half-Life 2 (HL2) (a game required under the 2001 SPA) to Sierra/VUG within the next few weeks. If Valve delivers a release candidate version that complies with the contract and is a Final Milestone, then VUG will have six months to release the product under the 2001 SPA. Valve is pressing VUG to release the product early within that six month window, and its representatives have made a number of public statements without our consent or concurrence that the product will be published and released to the general public in September of this year."

The statement's implication is that VUG, angry with Valve's "public statements," could sit on Half-Life 2 for up to six months. But would VUG use this six-month window as leverage to force Valve to back down from demands contained in its original August 14, 2002 lawsuit?


Uh... That can't be good. Will it happen though? Good question.
15443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 24, 2004, 11:33:05 PM
Let's see...that graphic tile set can come from any of a half-dozen games made with the Gold Box D&D set they used so long ago...

Curse of the Azure Bonds, Secret of the Silver Blades, Pool of Radiance, one of the Dragonlance titles...

Heck - I'm gonna use this link as my answer, as that covers about a dozen Gold Box titles, and call it right. biggrin

So, I'll give you an image of the best 3D fighter ever made:

15444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 24, 2004, 05:58:51 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I'm drawing a complete blank there.....

Based on the low resolution picture, and 256 (64?) colors, I'm guessing it's a very old PC title. And a sidescroller of some sort at that.

However, even with my vast knowledge of PC/console titles, I have no clue what it is either.
15445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT4 gets beat down hard on: September 24, 2004, 05:54:48 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Hmmmm...this was a bit part of GT4, something they were selling this year at E3, correct?  Something tells me that if they had dropped it earlier we'd already have the game in our hands.

Yeah, it was a big thing. In fact, it was nicely highlighted in our fact sheet for the game until just recently. smile

With all the car tweaks and whatnot this would be a perfect online title. However, I don't own the Network Adaptor (nor will I ever buy one), so I don't really care.
15446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 23, 2004, 02:22:58 PM
I think it's Street Fighter, personally. biggrin

But, to get the game going - Mortal Kombat.

Now for another easy one:

15447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Men Legends Reviewed [IGN] & now TXB on: September 23, 2004, 12:00:15 AM
Quote from: "Purge"
In the IGN review they mentioned that all the characters are fleshed out very well, with exception to cyclops. There's a reason for that; he's a frickin' cardboard cutout. Even the *COMICS* couldn't make him interesting.

Oh, come now. He was a great Ryu/Ken clone in X-Men vs Street Fighter, which I played in perfect arcade form (and no loading time) with my Japanese import on my brother's Sega Saturn (with 4MB cart).

Why the hell I just said that I have no idea.  :twisted:
15448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Random but, CG AZ crew? on: September 22, 2004, 11:55:29 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Here's another Arizona Console Gold forum member smart enough not to live in Phoenix. :wink: I'm in Tucson, on the East side.

Now that's insulting. biggrin

Remember the bullshit all we Phoenixers say - it's a dry heat.

Just try saying that when it hits 115...

On the flip side though, as I'm sitting here on my wireless laptop outside, it's about 85 or so out, a nice breeze, and it's absolutely beautiful. So poo on you Tucsoners. smile
15449  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blu-Ray Vs. HD-DVD on: September 21, 2004, 05:19:48 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Try MGM's library of over 4,000 movies. This is akin to someone taking control of the Library of Alexandria. Whomever controls the heart of knowledge wields an awful lot of power and influence.

I feel like you're describing Civilization strategy all of a sudden. I can't imagine why... biggrin

And personally, I'll be happy with my DVD burner for a while. Sure, 50GB on a disc will be nice, but I'll stay with my 5GB burner until I need to adjust.
15450  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yet more Star Wars changes... on: September 21, 2004, 04:59:38 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"

I was looking for this link at work today. Thank you for the laughs. biggrin
15451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Men Legends Reviewed [IGN] & now TXB on: September 21, 2004, 04:52:15 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Too many fricking games coming out.  I may rent this before I buy just because I don't have any friends that live close by to play with, which I surmise is the best way to play this game.

As I keep saying over and OVER again...

Devs - release your games throughout the year, and people will buy more of your games!

I should pick this one up though, as I've been looking forward to playing it after my time at E3. Now to try to find a steal on the price, as I have too many games on my plate as it is...
15452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phantom Delayed Until 2005? on: September 20, 2004, 10:06:17 PM
As seen on the site, and via this link to WhereIsPhantom.com (copied in full thanks to his site getting /.'ed):

Now...discuss. :roll:


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Phantom Console To Miss November 18th!
Will Not Be Released Until 2005!

We've had mutliple sources contact Where Is Phantom, both inside and outside the company stating that Infinium Labs has no intention of releasing the Phantom Console on November 18th. Instead they are aiming for a March 2005 release timeframe. This is the reason that there has been no rush for releasing a game list or getting a network supporting the Phantom for a Christmas season release.

This will surely disappoint many fans, but shouldn't come as a huge surprise. On one hand, this gives Infinium Labs time to hone and perfect the system to meet growing expectations and increasing competition. However, given Infinium Labs financial situation they will miss the crucial holiday buying season, endure another six months of costs and suffer yet another bad publicity hit.

Editorial:
I've been following this for over a year now. Infinium Labs thinks that this is a hate site that is intended to bring the company down. I've got news for you Tim and Kevin. You're doing a damn good job bringing down the company around you. Go back and read my editorials and you'll see I've constantly given you keys to success on how to make your system work. You wouldn't even be in this position if pride and ego had not consumed you. You only exist because of the backbreaking work done for you by minor players like Kathy Schoback and the employees you've burned. They are now beating a path to my door because of the way you've treated them.

I've previously said that WIP would shut down when the HardOCP case is over. I've changed my mind. Since money is apparently the only thing you listen to, I'll sell the site for $100,000 and go away and not start another site. Seriously.

Here's the funny thing though. Infinium Labs has gotten to the point where they've alienated so many consumers, gamers, and yes -- investors all by themselves, that someone else out there will take my place. Infinium Labs, you've created your own detractors by breaking promises, suing your fans and hurting real people.

Is it too late? Can this idea of games on demand work? I think it can and will. Other companies also think so and are starting up new ventures as we speak. Infinium Labs can make this work too; but not with Kevin Bachus and Timothy Roberts at the helm. They should listen to their investors who are telling them the same thing and either give up control of Infinium Labs or quit. Their leadership has caused them to listen to too many lawyers and their own egos to make Infinium Labs successful. I'm going out on a limb, but I care too much for this industry to let Infinium Labs stain it with their continued failures. What I'm asking is nothing that an major newspaper wouldn't do if they see corruption in City Hall or in a major business in their area. The Disney Corporation faced the same thing when shareholders staged a revolt and asked for Michael Eisner to step down. Infinium Labs is a publicly traded company and the gamers are the true shareholders. It's within our right to ask for new leadership to move the company from the mires and into the pastures of success.

I'm an optimist and think that Infinium Labs can bring something to the table. Currently it seems that all they are doing is taking investors money from under the table and wasting it.

That's my opinion. I'm sticking to it.
Chris Campbell
Editor-In-Chief
Where Is Phantom??

This article protected by the First Amendment... oh, and because we're also right.
15453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DVD/PC/Console PR] - Fans Line Up For Midnight Star Wars on: September 20, 2004, 07:17:10 PM
Grabbed this one out of my local PR source. So...who here is lining up to get the DVD Trilogy (and the only good Star Wars movies IMHO), tonight? I know I'm not. I have better things to do.

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Fans Line Up For Midnight Release Of The Star Wars Trilogy DVD and Star Wars Battlefront At Select Best Buy Stores; Select Stores Open at Midnight to Meet Demand

        for Monday-Tuesday (Sept. 20-21)

--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

What:  Timed to coincide with the worldwide release of the Star Wars Trilogy(TM) and LucasArts' new game, Star Wars Battlefront, select Best Buy stores are set to celebrate the release of the Trilogy on DVD and the debut of Battlefront with fans across the U.S at Midnight Opening events starting Monday night, Sept. 20, extending into the early hours of Tuesday morning, Sept. 21.

       Star Wars fans have been anticipating the Trilogy DVD release for years, and now with Star Wars Battlefront, fans can live their favorite Star Wars battles on the following platforms: the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and for the PC.  Welcoming all fans,film enthusiasts and gamers, the festivities, music, and events, including Star Wars trivia contests, will culminate at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 21 when participating Best Buy stores open their doors.

       Lucky trivia contest winners at each location will take home prize packages that include the DVD set, Star Wars Battlefront, an Xbox video game system, and more.

When:  Monday, Sept. 20
         --  10:30 p.m. -- Festivities, music and trivia contests.
       
       Tuesday, Sept. 21
         --  12:01 a.m. -- Star Wars Trilogy DVD on sale.

Where: The following Best Buy stores are participating in the midnight sales:

       DC/Baltimore
         --  Sterling, VA - 45575 Dulles Eastern Plaza
         --  White Marsh, MD - Nottingham Square

       California
         --  Westwood - 10861 Weyburn Ave
         --  Riverside - 3900 Tyler Street

       Illinois
         --  Chicago - 1000 W. North Avenue

       Indiana
         --  Bloomington - 2271 East Third Street

       Minnesota
         --  Richfield - 1000 West 78th Street

       New York
         --  Westbury - 1100 Old Country Road

       Texas
         --  Plano - 2800 North Central Expressway

       For more information about Star Wars, visit www.starwars.com
15454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ratchet and Clank: Where to start? on: September 20, 2004, 06:56:54 PM
Personally, I'd start with the original and work your way forward. They're all fantastic titles, well worth your time in playing.

In addition, I didn't use the Strafe function all that much in the sequel. In spots against some bosses, most definitely. Otherwise, no.
15455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Obligatory HL2 Pre-Gold-Almost-There-*supposedly Thread on: September 20, 2004, 06:54:36 PM
Holy shit. Steam might go south before it starts up at all.

Won't that tick off a ton of people who've already download some gig worth of data.
15456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: THUG 2 on: September 20, 2004, 06:51:25 PM
And for those of you who need a direct link, you'll need to simply click right here.

Nice preview, Mike. Makes me want to go buy the game when it comes out, even though I haven't played any of the Hawk games either.
15457  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Battlefront at Fry's on: September 20, 2004, 02:18:16 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
So many great sales at Fry's!  Too bad I don't have one in my area. :cry:

I've noticed that their website is a great place for some steals, as long as you don't mind waiting a week or more after release for the game.

But for a $15-$20 discount...
15458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Review on: September 18, 2004, 08:30:18 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Nice review!  
I'm really enjoying the story so far in Star Ocean.  At first, I thought the cutscenes were overly long, but they're done so well it's almost like watching a good anime flick.

Exactly. The constant cuts, camera changes, and even the fancy focusing effect they use all really draw you in during the cutscenes. The great voice acting helps a ton as well.
15459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Review on: September 18, 2004, 06:07:51 PM
Well, as posted on the front page, I've posted my review of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time on the PS2.

If you've played it, or have any questions, post away. I'll be here to answer what I can.
15460  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Fable deal at Fry's - Confirmed on: September 17, 2004, 08:37:07 PM
Well, I ordered it directly from Outpost.com for $32.95 after free shipping. Only had to pay $30 for  the game and sales tax as they have a store in my state. smile
15461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Doom movie thoughts/predictions on: September 16, 2004, 01:55:40 AM
The Doom movie will be a test to put as much grey and black they could in a movie.

It'll be SO dark, movie-goers will need their own flashlights just to see the movie!

Theaters will need to upgrade their sound and visual equipment far and beyond what's currently available, just to play the movie well. Sure, poorer equipment can be used, but it would affect one's enjoyment of the movie.

Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week.  :roll:
15462  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gone Gold having server problems again? on: September 15, 2004, 02:37:47 PM
Quote from: "ericb"
I usually hit the site in the early morning.  You would think that with a couple thousand members and the constant complaining that someone would get on the ball and fix the damn problems.

You'd think, no?

I'd go through the absolutely giant list of things that Ron and the tech crew (well, just Eldon mainly) have done to not only this site, but this forum, in the time that the Gone Gold servers have been having problems, but I don't want to bring up old wounds again. biggrin
15463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Announced! on: September 13, 2004, 05:35:01 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Thank God I'll be able to run it in its full glory. smile

/thanks glorious video card.

You know, Mitch, I don't think you have the graphic card required to play this game in 'fully glory' anymore. biggrin
15464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wired article says Xbox 2 will be backwards compatible on: September 13, 2004, 05:29:55 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
The unofficial comment is "HAHAHHAHAHHAHAA.....no way, no day"

Another comment from a seperate source was similar to that.

Nice.

Personally, I think the comment of:
"For example, Wiederhold said QuickTransit will allow the next-generation Xbox (which will have a Mac-like PowerPC chip) to run first-generation Xbox software (which was written for an Intel chip)."

basically translates into:
"The Xbox 2 COULD do this if they contacted us and licenced our software/hardware/whatever. It currently doesn't do it though."

Just a slight difference in meaning. smile
15465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Announced! on: September 13, 2004, 01:24:58 PM
Wanna see screenshots without buying the mag? Some French site has all the details:

http://www.3dchips-fr.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=75189

*scroll down*

I just have to say this - HOLY SHIT.

The very first shot, the one labeled 'This shot demonstrates the incredible forests that can be generated on the Xbox 2', is utter jawdropping.
15466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion Announced on: September 10, 2004, 05:15:47 PM
Quote from: "Fellow"
I thought this had already been shut down.

No, the game in question you're thinking about is Dragon Empires. As shown so nicely in this GUComics shot.

SB and Horizons will just be the next flies to the bug-zapper. biggrin
15467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Announced! on: September 10, 2004, 05:12:04 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Thank God I'll be able to run it in its full glory. smile

/thanks glorious video card.

No you won't. All Bethesda games require future technology to run properly. smile

And along that note - where the hell is there an ATI Radeon X800 XT? I wanna buy one NOW!

EDIT: From the official forums:

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"It is a shot using real in-game assets. The guy on the cover is actually the "player character" who we use most often when we're playing the game right now. Obviously he has been posed by hand for purposes of the cover, but there is no graphics magic or sleight-of-hand going on. That is how his armor will look when you play the game. The same for the horse, his face, and the castle in the background - all in-game assets that are rendered in real time by our engine."


Holy mother of pearl...
15468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion Announced on: September 10, 2004, 02:32:30 PM
Will they fix the constant server issues/crashes/etc with this 'upgrade'? Maybe they should work on that first...

Either that, or my information is woefully outdated. smile
15469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Disucssion: Fable [Xbox] on: September 09, 2004, 02:45:16 PM
Who here took advantage of the $30 with free shipping deal that we linked to here from the forums? Sure, I won't be able to play the game for a few days, but my gaming box is a bit full as it is.
15470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (star ocean) It isn't just me!!! on: September 07, 2004, 08:58:40 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
I haven't had too much opportunity to deal with the A.I.  The battles I've had with a full party have been relatively easy, so I haven't had to keep too close of an eye on them.   The battles happen pretty fast and there's a lot of room to move, so most of the time I have no clue what the other two party members are doing.

Just make sure to listen to the directions that your party members give as far as directions go on the world map - I've taken a path that I shouldn't of, and got my ass beat into the ground like in that PA comic. When you're in over your head (or facing more mobs than there are players in your party), the weaknesses in the AI quickly show.
15471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (star ocean) It isn't just me!!! on: September 07, 2004, 07:09:12 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Unless we're going to be seeing a preview for it ... *hint* *hint*.. biggrin

Hey - I did my 60-Minute Shakedown on this game. What more do you want?

My 6 page reviews require me to actually play the game, you know. biggrin
15472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (star ocean) It isn't just me!!! on: September 07, 2004, 02:28:33 PM
That's nothing - I've actually had the AI in combat BREAK without warning. Suddenly, my characters do the 'stay away from mob at all costs' dance, leaving me to be the only one fighting.

Of course, I'll only see this is I happen to glance at my radar, which I next to never do.

Fortunately, all it takes is for me to switch to them and give them a different AI plan. Normally, that kickstarts them again. But I've seen them go entire battles (and multiples of them) without the AI starting back up again.

And the AI is dumb. In Tales of Symphonia, they'd do a very good job of fighting on their own. Here... Oh boy...

That's also one of the few flaws I've seen in this game. Otherwise, it rocks.
15473  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Fable for $30 with free ground shipping on: September 06, 2004, 11:56:27 PM
*runs off to order and posts about it on the site*

Thanks for the find!

Unfortunately, it's $32.94 after tax if you live in a handful of states (or thereabouts anyway), but I can't complain. Not like I'll be able to play this game immediately as it is. Too many titles out there now...
15474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Delayed to Q1 '05 on: September 03, 2004, 07:47:06 PM
Purge, that link almost called me to single-handedly lose my job today as I laughed my ass off.  :shock:  biggrin  Cool
15475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sniper Elite on: September 03, 2004, 07:43:53 PM
You know, I remember some other sniper only game that came out sometime last year for the PC.

Wasn't it also called Sniper Elite, and wasn't it utter crap?
15476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Second phase of Half-Life 2 pre-load? on: September 03, 2004, 07:42:29 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
SEPT. 30 BABY!!!!!!!!!!!

No, I still insist it'll be September 15th, just like they said last year. Just it'll actually come out unlike how they lied through their teeth and had their source code get stoled. smile
15477  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Farscape - it's coming! on: September 03, 2004, 07:30:49 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
I've been waiting for this for awhile, ever since the great idea to end the series on a cliffhanger,  so it better not disappoint.
I still feel a little bitterness to see another great series cancelled before it's time.   Movies are good and all, but it just doesn't compare to what may have been.

Uh...Farscape didn't end the series on a cliffhanger.

Sci-Fi (being the asses they are) cancelled the series on a cliffhanger.

Just a bit of a difference. smile

On a side note though - the series is excellent. I (and lots of other fans) were pissed when they canned this show and kept making their usual 'B-Movie crap' instead.
15478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 60-Minute Shakedown - Star Ocean: Till the End of Time on: September 02, 2004, 09:22:07 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Oh man, why'd you have to make it sound so good?  Now I may just cave and buy this thing today.  smile

Well, let's put it this way - I haven't been able to put the game down.

The battles are a bit more 'uncontrolled' for lack of a better term. Either the core game is that much harder, or the AI just doesn't play as good as Tales of Symphonia. Especially on some of the staple spells, like Heal. It just doesn't want to use them.

I love the story though. As I said, something is brewing, but I still don't know what. Odds are it'll involve saving the universe somehow, but I haven't seen it.
15479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ico 2? on: September 02, 2004, 06:35:27 PM
I want Ico 2, and I want a rerelease of Rez.

Give me those games, and I'll be happy.
15480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 02, 2004, 06:35:02 PM
As I made a quip on the front page the other day - WHY can't developers release games during the summer? The kids (who are the average gaming population) are off from school.

Look: Bored kids = instant gaming sales.

Duh.
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