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2761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gameznflix on: September 16, 2004, 04:50:58 PM
I used to be a fairly large investor in Gameznflix.  

They just really haven't gotten things together though.  Their turnaround is apparently still horrendous and their system flawed (queues messed up etc.).

One thing that bugged the heck out of me when I went through the trial was that everything, regardless if it is released yet, shows up the same.

For example, under the Xbox games they had Fable listed all the way back in July.  You could queue it up and everything.  I hate that, and imagine many people who aren't in the know in regards to release dates get quiet confused.  

The price point is right.  The CEO has a vision.  The implentation to this point is not good.

Try the trial at least and tell me what I think.

For the record, I sold out my entire position at $0.14 (bought at .02), now it's selling at .02 again.
2762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Doom movie thoughts/predictions on: September 15, 2004, 07:04:27 PM
You should post it here for us to checkout when you're done with it smile
2763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Doom movie thoughts/predictions on: September 15, 2004, 04:50:24 PM
I think it will probably suck.

I think Doom 3 sucked honestly.  It looked nice, but the braindead idiot who decided you can't hold your flashlight and gun at the same time should be smacked.
2764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mortal Kombat Deception on: September 14, 2004, 09:16:37 PM
So Ralph, are you going to post the NFL hits of the week every week?
2765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mortal Kombat Deception on: September 14, 2004, 03:16:44 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
I'm looking forward to this game as well.  I don't know how hyped I am to shell out $59.99 in order to get the original Mortal Kombat though (along with lots of other extras).  How about you guys?


No way.  I'm content with the new one.  

I have no desire to go back and play the old ones, afterall that is what emulators are for.  (I own them, so no sweat).
2766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PASTE! (volume 2) on: September 14, 2004, 02:15:12 PM
Hey, that site is actually pretty cool, you all should check it out.  It's about IVAN the terrible.
2767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PASTE! (volume 2) on: September 14, 2004, 02:14:38 PM
http://orca.rsmas.miami.edu/wximages/jet/1_29/anis.html
2768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sky Captain? on: September 14, 2004, 02:10:34 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
First off....I'm looking forward to going to see Crimson Skies and the World of Tomorrow...er...Sky Captain I mean.   Early reviews have been pretty good and I know they have been promoting the hell out of it on TV.  Anyone else making a run for the theater this weekend?


I'm going to drag my g/f to see it with me this weekend.  She probably won't like it at all.

Is it at all based on Crimson Skies?  Of course that is the first thing I thought of when I saw it and the primary reason I want to see it.
2769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gone Gold having server problems again? on: September 14, 2004, 02:09:01 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
:roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  :roll:

Thank you...


I liked your analogy and picture... biggrin
2770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mortal Kombat Deception on: September 14, 2004, 01:26:34 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
I was incredibly impressed with title at E3.  This became a Day One purchase for me when I saw it.


Me too!  I played it for like an hour with the same guy and only beat him one time...  It was still outstanding.  Can't wait.
2771  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Burnout 3 Live encounters.. on: September 13, 2004, 09:00:21 PM
Is it easy to link up with people in the game?  I played online this weekend and loved every minute of it.  Does the Live! Buddy  list work in BO3?
2772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 13, 2004, 08:54:28 PM
You should receive an invite once the league is created.  Then you'll need to join the league from within ESPN 2K5, iirc.
2773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wired article says Xbox 2 will be backwards compatible on: September 13, 2004, 03:28:33 PM
The link to the article is here...
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,64914,00.html

Main Quotes

Quote
" A Silicon Valley startup claims to have cracked one of most elusive goals of the software industry: a near-universal emulator that allows software developed for one platform to run on any other, with almost no performance hit.

Transitive Corp. of Los Gatos, California, claims its QuickTransit software allows applications to run "transparently" on multiple hardware platforms, including Macs, PCs, and numerous servers and mainframes."

"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).

In demonstrations to press and analysts, the company has shown a graphically demanding game -- a Linux version of Quake III -- running on an Apple PowerBook.

"One of the key breakthroughs is performance," Wiederhold said. "You can't tell the difference between a translated application and a native application."


Very good news if true.

Can you CG guys confirm?
2774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Looking Xbox Game. Ever. on: September 13, 2004, 01:49:25 PM
Unreal Tournament is my favorite game of all time.  Period.  

I was also ranked extremely high in CTF in UT.  I thought UT2K3 sucked terribly bad and UT2K4 really brought the game closer to the original UT.  

Anyway, I kind of agree in regards to the graphics of this game.  Best Graphics ever, is just want teamxbox said so I quoted it.  I know one thing though, the new Unreal engine easily has the best graphics I've seen.
2775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Looking Xbox Game. Ever. on: September 10, 2004, 08:04:46 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"



Doh!  Sorry, I normally check frown
2776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 10, 2004, 07:25:15 PM
Quote from: "Driver"
I don't know too much about mods either, I just worry about it being some sort of Action Replay.

Eco, like I said no offense.  I posed the question and am interested in the replies.  Or you could clue in the clueless on what the mod does for you.  

Have a good one.


No problem Driver, I understand your concern, especially after playing CS for years.

A mod allowed me to upgrade my hard drive from 10 gigs, to 160 gigs.  Now I can play Divx, avi, wma, every type of video you can think of on my Xbox.  Also, it allows you to play emulators from Atari 2600, to Nintendo, SNES, Genesis, N64, Arcade, Turbo Grafix 16.  

Also, it does let me play Xbox games from the hard drive and make backups of Xbox games.  

Like I said though, the chip has a switch that must be turned off in order to play on Xbox Live, otherwise MS will ban the Xbox from Live.  

I've been looking forward to playing in the league and that is why I reacted as I did, sorry for that.

I hope everything is clear now? smile
2777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Looking Xbox Game. Ever. on: September 10, 2004, 02:55:29 PM
http://previews.teamxbox.com/xbox/872/Unreal-Championship-2-The-Liandri-Conflict/p1/






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Best Looking Xbox Game Ever

That’s a bold statement, isn’t it? Before you even ask the question, we give you the answer. Yes, Unreal Championship 2 looks better than Halo 2, Doom 3, and The Chronicles of Riddick. After E3 we had the chance to see every game out there and now we can tell you that Unreal Championship 2 is hands-down the best looking game on the Xbox.

How is that possible? How can they perform this magic? For the sequel, Epic Games is using a brand new edition of the Unreal Engine; the UE 2X. This highly optimized version of the UE 2.5 engine has been exclusively designed to take advantage of the Xbox hardware. This engine pushes three times the polygons of the first Unreal Championship game and incorporates an advanced shader system that makes possible visual goodness that has not yet been seen in any other Unreal game. In fact, PC gamers will have to wait for the first Unreal Engine 3 powered games to see some of the items Xbox gamers will see this February.



Click here to see more special effects


The list is extensive: emissive materials, full screen light blooming, image space effects (such as color space manipulation), radial blurs, dynamic explosions, space distortions that simulate warping effects or water refractions, depth of field techniques that create different blur effects; and the list goes on. Believe me, these are the best visuals you’ll see on this generation and we’ll have to wait for the Xbox successor to get better graphics.

These innovative visual features are not just “eye candy” as they give Unreal Championship 2 a distinctive look and now everything (from the environments to the characters and weapons) look brand new. You can tell it’s the Unreal universe, but it has never looked this good.

The art of Unreal Championship 2’s levels is so rich that it resembles an RPG or an action/adventure game more than an action-packed shooter. The frenetic action of the game doesn’t let you enjoy the levels in the same way other types of games do, but you’ll still be fascinated. This is also proof that the Unreal universe is definitely big enough to host other types of games besides shooters.

Another item worth clarifying is that this time there is no way you can confuse your teammates or team-based locations. One of the criticisms the first game had was how difficult it was to distinguish teammates (especially from long distances) and also team locations. Often players would have an enemy’s flag and end up running right back into the opposing base after losing their bearings when trying to avoid fire.

Now, unless you are color blind, everything is properly marked and fully distinguishable. Using the emissive materials, your character will be themed accordingly to your team color. If you have used the Color Chooser feature found in Windows Media Player, that gives you a general idea. Gone are the colored lights over a character’s shoulders to distinguish their team. The masked appearance will also apply to the levels, which now have panels, neons, and other architectural elements that emit light with the color associated to the respective team.


Screenshots do not do it justice.


I can't wait smile
2778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 10, 2004, 01:15:59 PM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Quote from: "Driver"
No offense to Eco-Logic, but i really don't think it's fair to allow a modded Xbox into the league.  Does anyone agree or disagree?  It just doesn't seem cool.


I don't have a problem with it.  It's not like we are playing random people here.  I have no doubt that Eco will play straight up.  If no-one objects, I can set up the league on Friday morning.  I will be using my alternate gamertag of "bigpunisherjt"  You are only allowed 5 leagues per tag.  And my denoginizer account already has 5 joined.


Of course I'll play straight up.  Thanks.

You may want to wait and set the league up the day the roster is actually released.  That way you don't risk having to do it more than once.
2779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 10, 2004, 01:14:54 PM
Quote from: "Driver"
No offense to Eco-Logic, but i really don't think it's fair to allow a modded Xbox into the league.  Does anyone agree or disagree?  It just doesn't seem cool.


What the hell?

For one, You can't get on Xbox Live with the chip turned on.

For two, It in no way would give me any type of advantage even if I could play on Live with it turned on, but I can't so what does it matter?
2780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Five Games on: September 09, 2004, 09:56:15 PM
Here is the only list you need:

1.  Ninja Gaiden (which you've already decided)

2.  Beyond Good & Evil

3.  Burnout 3

4.  Chronicles of Riddick

5.  KOTOR, if you've played that pick up Crimson Skies
2781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion - Tiger Woods 2005 on: September 09, 2004, 08:45:12 PM
I would like to know that too.  The swinging on the controller just seems so right, I can't imagine doing it on a keyboard.
2782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion - Tiger Woods 2005 on: September 09, 2004, 03:57:35 PM
LInks 2005 doesn't exist right?

If that's the case, than I'll probably be picking up Tiger.
2783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 08, 2004, 01:53:12 PM
FYI

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Okay, here's the latest. It has always been our intention to have the first roster update be "opening day accurate". The 7th was an honest human mistake, an off-by-one-week clerical error.

We are shooting for the 16th (during the 10am PST maintenance) as the release of the opening day roster. Between now and then we will also be modifying the servers so that any league created but not scheduled by then will use the new roster when the schedule is generated. That way you guys can start filling your leagues now and hit the ground running when the roster update comes out.

16th - online roster update for both Xbox and PS2

16th - offline roster update for PS2

23rd - offline roster update for Xbox (it must go through MS certification which takes about a week).


Can we plan on starting this season next week then?
2784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: September 07, 2004, 09:19:59 PM
More reviews:

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EDGE Magazine -- Score 9/10

"It still possesses the series' trademark ability to deliver Tempest-like 'in the zone' moments of remarkable intensity unlike any of its contemporaries, but now comes with a confidently revised dynamic, marking this as Criterion Games' finest hour. Crucially, it's everything a racing videogame should be: a relentless, unwavering and phenomenal assault on the senses."

Read the full review...
http://gamesradar.msn.co.uk/reviews...bsectionid=1606


Official Xbox Magazine. 93

Powersliding through a curve at 75 mph and missing a tractor trailer by a hair's breadth should prompt a few calls to your cardiologist. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll scream until you giggle. The pure visceral experience of Burnout 3 is as intense as racing gets. [Oct 2004, p.58]

Electronic Gaming Monthly. 92
"The speed is staggering, and the smashes spectacular...Burnout 3 blows the doors off its predecessors with bliteringly fast online play, a massive single-player mode lousy with unlockables, and all the right gameplay tweaks." [Oct 2004, p.100]

PALgn Score 9.0

Full Review

http://palgn.com.au/article.php?id=1444

"Burnout 3: Takedown is one of the best titles of the year. It is lengthy, has Xbox live support, beautiful graphics and should keep gamers entertained for a long time to come."

(although I think the first sentence of their full review almost sounds like he read IGN's review first).

XBN Magazine give it 10/10

and of course IGN's

9.5 out of 10

"Offers up insane speed, unequaled crash sequences, and a truly new style of gameplay. It has reinvented the wheel, so to speak...Burnout 3 is astonishing. It's one of the best arcade racers I've ever touched."
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Full Review...

http://xbox.ign.com/articles/544/54....html?fromint=1

For those interested, here is also a collection of Burnout 2 reviews...

http://www.metacritic.com/games/pla...2pointofimpact/
2785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / October XBN Review Scores on: September 07, 2004, 09:06:45 PM
Buronout 3 - 10/10  :!:
Fable - 9/10  :!:

ESPN NHL 2K5 - 7/10
NHL 2005 - 9/10
Different than everywhere else, eh?

Pro Fishing Challenge - 4/10 frown  I've heard good things
Silent Hill 4 - 6/10
Army Men Sarges War - 3/10
Guy Game - 00/10 - HAHA
Nam 67 - 4/10
Yager - 7/10
Galleon - 4/10
Room Zoom Race for Impact - 4/10
2786  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Burnout 3 Live encounters.. on: September 07, 2004, 03:44:26 PM
Me!  

My Xbox won't be back until early next week though, so I'll have to wait.  

When it comes back it'll have a nice 160 gig HD and modchip in it though, so the wait is well worth it smile
2787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: September 03, 2004, 09:15:38 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
I wonder if you can play "teams" ?

Like 3 racers VS. 3 racers?

That would be kind of different and sort of fun, wouldn't it?

This is a game that rewards you for not being very good at it, right?  Like you get more points for crashing and stuff?  If so, there shouold b a few of us that are absolutely unstoppable!

 :?  LD


On multiplay


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Multiplayer and Online
Offline multiplayer will provide two-player, 30-fps split-screen (movie - 5.9MB) for these main modes: Race, Time Attack, Road Rage, and Crash. You have to unlock tracks and crash junctions, but if you remotely like this game it's pretty assured that won't be much of a problem once you dig into World Tour.


Offline is a really interesting element, and Criterion and EA have worked hard to perfect it for both PlayStation 2 and Xbox. In fact, Burnout 3 was designed specifically so going online is a seamless experience. Everything from traffic to the modes stays almost the same. The amount of replay value here is unprecedented. Road Rage and Race are a blast when you're playing with up to five other friends (that's six, counting you), and you can play seven- or eight-player for crash mode.

Criterion has succeeded brilliantly for the most part. You can't add in CPU bots and aftertouch had to be removed for logistics (which really makes crash mode less entertaining than it is offline), but if you get more than three people on a server there is a lot of fun to be had. There are some good tools available too; hosts can kick, choose class of cars available for racing, and tweak some other important options.



A little more

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Harvey: We support up to six players online in any race events. The most critical thing for us is that the online game didn’t suffer any loss of quality over the offline game, so we’ve made sure that we still have just as much traffic in the online modes.

We've also been able to expand Crash Mode in its online form to allow 2-player cooperatively or competitively playing the same junction – it’s particularly cool if you can takedown someone before they even hit the traffic! We also have a new online mode called Party Crash, where 8 players all play the same junction and the replay of the person who gets the most damage gets sent to all the other players.


http://www.eagames.com/redesign/editorial.jsp?src=burnout3_interview_062504

 biggrin
2788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sniper Elite on: September 03, 2004, 09:04:27 PM
Quote from: "happydog"


Thanks, a preview though smile
2789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sniper Elite on: September 03, 2004, 01:52:52 PM
http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/6650/Sniper-Elite-to-Be-Unveiled-at-the-EGN

This sounds pretty fun to me smile

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From 'Bullet trajectory degradation' and wind effect to 'Empty lung' and bullet cams, Sniper Elite promises to be the most realistic and engaging sniper simulation to date.
2790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Second phase of Half-Life 2 pre-load? on: September 03, 2004, 01:30:49 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
Mine's going right now. When Steam started this morning I glanced down at it, and it had a different icon.  It's the same little symbol but with a line coming out of the top of it, and it's usually only there when you're downloading something, so I looked at it sort of puzzled at first and then checked out the monitor. Sure enough, second part of the HL2 preload was going.


so you didn't click on HL2, and it started on it's own?  hopefully mine will do that too.
2791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: September 03, 2004, 01:28:57 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
I'll be crashing into Devil at a highway near you very soon!

LD


Not if I can help it.  You'll be taken down before you even catch up to Devil  :!:
2792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: September 03, 2004, 05:07:32 AM
EGM= 9.17
OXM= 9.3
XBN= 10
IGN= 9.5

 :o  biggrin  :shock:
2793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: September 03, 2004, 04:55:20 AM
What a great review!  

Quote
We do not hesitate to say, then, that this is one of the best games -- not just of 2004 -- but of this generation.


I am all over this one.  Already prebought it smile
2794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holographic Disc to Store One Terabyte of Data on: September 02, 2004, 07:44:27 PM
Quote
Japan-based Optware Corp. has announced today it had achieved successfully world's first recording and play back of digital movies on a Holographic Versatile Disc™ (HVD) with a reflective layer using Optware's revolutionary Collinear Holography.

Recording holographic page data on a rotating transparent disc has been reported before. Such discs, however, are foreign to the conventional optical discs. Lacking the servo information, they do not seem to have a commercial viability. On the contrary Optware has proposed Collinear Holographic recording on a hologram disc the structure of which follows conventional optical disc, i.e. preformatted disc with a reflective layer (disc with servo information).


Read the rest here:

http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/6681/Holographic-Disc-to-Store-One-Terabyte-of-Data


 :!:  :o
2795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SW Battlefront = Gold on: September 02, 2004, 07:42:03 PM
Sweet, thanks for the heads up smile
2796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video File Problem [no sound] on: September 01, 2004, 04:45:37 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote
On a side note, does anyone else think of the Metal Gear series when they see codec?
SNAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!!

Nope, not at all.

On a related note, my dvd player plays Divx and Xvid.  I only had two items to try and both had shoddy source material.  I'll have to divx a dvd and see how she turns out to see if its the player or if its the material.


WinAVI works like a charm and is really easy.

My Xbox will soon play Dvix and Xvid, so then I'll be set and not have to go through the conversion each time.
2797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video File Problem [no sound] on: September 01, 2004, 02:31:58 PM
Thanks guys.  I downloaded a codec pack and it took care of the problem.  The quality of the Xvid is oustanding.
2798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Budget Games: Wings of War on: September 01, 2004, 02:29:43 PM
The graphics are quiet good.  I'm looking forward to reading your impressions.
2799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video File Problem [no sound] on: August 31, 2004, 07:51:13 PM
Hey all, I have the entire Firefly season 1 on my hard drive however I'm having trouble playing them.

Each episode is a separate file, and when I open one of the files with Windows Media Player, it searches for a codec with no luck. Eventually the file loads and the video quality is outstanding, but their is no sound. I'm not really new to all this, but I sure haven't been messing with Divx etc. in a while.

The files appear to be xVids, and I downloaded the Xvid codec and it still didn't work. The files are confirmed to be 100% working files though, with audio, so I know it's just something on my end.

Lastly, once I figure out how to fix the sound problem, how would I go about joining the episodes together, to burn a DVD with them?

I know how to convert from Divx to DVD etc., and am familiar with dvdrhelp.com and all the walkthroughs there. These files appear to be different though so I'm a bit lost.

Thanks in advance for any help.
2800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Goes Gold on Monday on: August 30, 2004, 07:53:51 PM
Preloaded and ready to roll as well smile
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