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10081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viva Pinata is for Girls on: February 10, 2007, 10:25:35 PM
I don't think he is disconnected or thinks that Viva Pinata is only for girls, I think what he was saying is that it is a game that was designed for a broader market and appeals to girls for several reasons. 
10082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 10, 2007, 10:17:55 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on February 10, 2007, 08:47:57 PM

Funny. But to be fair, that interview from the latest EGM was done at the very beginning of January (which EGM acknowledged directly after the quote). There were definitely some PS3s out there, but not nearly as many as you can find today.

I can understand that, but even when I went in to Best Buy a few weeks back they had a stack of 7 PS3's sitting in the aisle near the front door with a big sign on them.  In that very same article EGM mentioned that they called 18 stores near them and half of them had PS3s in stock and available. 
10083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: February 10, 2007, 10:08:00 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on February 10, 2007, 08:59:14 PM

I found this first book to be rather slow.  Still a good read though.   I've heard it picks up later (and I'm a King fan), so I'll keep reading the series.

I nearly gave up on that series when I read that first book, but it certainly picks up in the next ones.  Not one of my favorite series' overall, but most of it is entertaining. 
10084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: G.O.O.D. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. P.R.E.V.I.E.W. !.!.!.!.! on: February 10, 2007, 05:09:09 PM

Quote from: mikeg on February 10, 2007, 12:37:08 PM

I definitely would but my poor pc would die a gruesome death trying to play it.  And since no new pc in the next year or two, alas, no Chernobyl for moi.

Even though I don't know your system specs, considering this:

Quote from: warning on February 09, 2007, 08:57:21 PM

Even on an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro it coped with the high detail setting with no problem.
I think you might be safe.  I know I'm certainly excited about a game I can run at full detail again.  smile
10085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My humorous links of the day: on: February 10, 2007, 05:10:45 AM
Too bad that bikini calculus teacher has a speech impediment. 

That boyfriend site is pretty entertaining. 
10086  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: February 10, 2007, 04:50:52 AM
There is a pretty good Q&A with Jeff Anderson from Tubine over at the Warcry site.  They cover some of the unique things in LOTRO like Destiny Points, Monster Play and Kinships.  This is the only first part and you can submit questions for the follow ups. 
10087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Rumor] Russell Crowse is gay and/or insane on: February 10, 2007, 03:34:04 AM
I don't see anything wrong with getting rid of the cheerleaders and I approve.  They really serve no purpose and I know when I played football they were more annoying than anything. 
10088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Feb/06 on: February 09, 2007, 03:45:06 PM
Most of my playtime will probably be spent dabbling in the unnamed MMO beta and then maybe a bit more of Sly Cooper on the PS2.  I might also try the Supreme Commander demo until it is unplayable on my rig, probably for all of 5 minutes. 
10089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ana Nicole Smith is dead on: February 09, 2007, 03:22:51 AM
Plus there was the current dispute over the father of her most recent child...what a mess.  
10090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good XBox games I might have missed (and are BC) on: February 08, 2007, 03:40:51 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 08, 2007, 02:08:26 PM

P.S.  I have no idea what games are BC or not

Ask and ye shall receive.

I'm not a big RPG gamer, but here are some general suggestions to look into: Psychonauts, Black, Fable (grab the Lost Chapters version with added content), Soul Calibur 2, Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Halo 2, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Double Agent, Crimson Skies and The Simpsons Hit and Run (great GTA type game in Springfield).  

Also, Deathrow is on the BC list.  I don't have it so I've never tested it, but I can't see why it would be on there and not work.
10091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ecto 1 For Sale on: February 08, 2007, 05:57:25 AM
I snagged the auction link off this news page, if you want to go there and check it out.  
10092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ecto 1 For Sale on: February 08, 2007, 04:49:33 AM
Well if that is a bit much, apparently you can buy the Halo-inspired Trojan body armor (and the rights to the "Shadow Armor" part) for considerably less.  Current price is a measly $15,000 at the auction page.
10093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Virtua Fighter 5 Impressions on: February 08, 2007, 03:17:23 AM
Not to cause you further problems, Hetz, but creating multiple forum accounts is not allowed according to the code of conduct so you may want to get rid of that one.
10094  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Vanguard Patch 02/07/07 on: February 08, 2007, 02:45:46 AM
Man, these guys are throwing out huge updates all the time!  That could be seen as a good thing (active support is obviously a plus), but it does show how it was shoved out the door a bit early.  At least they are getting the chance to add the things in that they have been working on, I guess. 
10095  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: February 08, 2007, 02:39:51 AM
Unfortunately I don't have any invites for you cats, but if I did happen to receive an email today it might have said that I was invited back to the beta based on my stress test activity.  I would hypothetically be pretty excited if that happened.  And also for the large update which could show up tomorrow.  slywink 
10096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I thought I had seen it all on ebay........... on: February 07, 2007, 04:28:36 AM
Purge, that wasn't his first email communication to jblank, that was a followup after an unspecified email exchange.  And from those emails jblank looks to be the unreasonable one.

I don't know anybody that would consider a cardboard sleeve as a case.  From the auction page and communications I think that jblank left out specifying details to mislead the potential buyers.  That may or may not be the case, but as an outside party it looks that way.  "Methinks thou doth protest too much"
10097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 finally quiets down with new DVD drive on: February 07, 2007, 03:36:28 AM
Good news, but unfortunately it won't help me unless I decide to replace my 360 in the future. 
10098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I thought I had seen it all on ebay........... on: February 07, 2007, 03:32:51 AM

Quote from: Purge on February 07, 2007, 03:22:13 AM

Bolded text: Since he doesn't own two copies, what point of reference would he have to KNOW that it _should_in_fact_ come with a hard plastic case?

Because every retail game comes that way?  Yes, the guy should have made sure it was a standard, plastic retail case that was mentioned, but I think that is implied in the wording.  On first glance at the pictures I assumed what was shown was the manual for the game. 

Yes, "buyer beware" but that doesn't mean "seller be a dick". 
10099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 02/06/07 on: February 07, 2007, 03:12:46 AM
Flicka and My Friend Flicka out this week?  I am so there!!  (or not)
10100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 480P - talk to me, people on: February 07, 2007, 02:22:20 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 06, 2007, 10:41:19 PM

Adrian Monk says:

"Look here: this chair is much too short.  There's no way Elmo could been standing here...somebody *put* this chair here to make it look like a suicide.  Captain, I think this muppet was murdered."

-Autistic Angel

Hahaha, you just made my day. 

And as Kevin Grey said, HDTV Arcade is a great repository of this sort of information. 
10101  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Jedi Knight II Jedi Outcast on: February 06, 2007, 03:07:05 AM
I think you were aiming for the PC or Multiplayer sections, but your mojo was off.  Or force.  Whatever.  slywink
10102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If Supreme Commander is a DX10 game, do you have to play it under Vista? on: February 06, 2007, 03:04:02 AM
Yeah, GameSpot says the demo is coming out tomorrow morning.  I may give a whirl just to relive some of the TA glory days, but I burned out on that genre long ago and I doubt it will run very well on my machine anyway. 
10103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All Time Favorite Fantasy/Sci Fi Settings? on: February 06, 2007, 02:48:31 AM
No mentions of Discworld?  For shame.
10104  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Maybe we should have an "unmoderated" forum on: February 06, 2007, 02:30:30 AM
I don't use the "Show unread since last visit", but I still think this is a bad idea and I don't see it helping the community or site in any way. 
10105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ATB MIA? Weekend Recap 5/Feb/2007 on: February 06, 2007, 02:12:42 AM
I finally played Sam & Max: Episode 2 and that has me excited for the third one which is just coming out now.

I also played a number of hours in Sly Cooper and the Theivious Raccoonus, which is great fun.

On the PC I checked out the demos for Infernal and Silverfall.  Infernal is a third person shooter where your character has some special powers.  It ran really fast and looked surprisingly good and could be really fun once you get to the higher level powers.  Silverfall could be a decent budget pickup, also.
10106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/5) on: February 05, 2007, 03:35:34 PM
I have already purchased the full season of Sam & Max, so whenever Episode 3 is available for download I will grab that fella.  Nothing else interests me this week.
10107  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Do you play MMOs from 1st or 3rd person perspective? on: February 04, 2007, 11:14:30 PM

Quote from: Doopri on February 04, 2007, 11:00:37 PM

oh, and whats an mmo?

Massively Multiplayer Online game. 
10108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holy cow - a Crane bigger than Denny! on: February 04, 2007, 08:57:51 PM
Ok, I guess I will be the one to ask...who or what is Denny that this is bigger than?
10109  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO on: February 04, 2007, 01:20:29 AM
They are still in a pretty limited beta right now, I think.  Even those of us who got into the stress test weekend weren't allowed to continue.  They said they will be adding more players here in February and there will probably be another phase or two before it is released in April. 

In other news, they have a tiny new dwarf video over at the Europe site.  What's goofy is that none of those videos have made it onto the offical US site yet, even the ones released last year. 
10110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: February 04, 2007, 12:43:28 AM

Quote from: disarm on February 03, 2007, 11:54:33 PM

hmm...should be interesting to see how it compares to the next Burnout game...

Yeah, it's unfortunate that Burnout 5 is currently aimed at an early summer release also.  I'm curious to see where this next Burnout goes, though, since they are supposed to be making it an open city environment and that doesn't seem like a direction I want to see for that game.  Or it might be super awesome and the best idea ever. 

The thing I love about the FlatOut game (besides stuff like demolition derbies smile) is that they also have older, heavier cars and trucks and off-road dirt tracks.  I wish they would not go too far into the tuner cars on city streets direction, but I can see their need to broaden the appeal to that crowd.
10111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Impressions on: February 03, 2007, 11:08:01 PM
Ok, I am late with impressions on this one but I finally got it to download after bypassing my router...even though I have the correct ports opened up and haven't had other problems with downloads or Live.

Anyway, after playing one full session of the demo I have to say that I love the look and feel of this one.  I wasn't too sure how the graphics would appeal to me even after seeing videos, but now I really dig the style.  The huge view distance is really coo, too.

The targetting system works well and lock-on is nice.  Unfortunately I always try to use the right analog stick to change targets and that just makes me shoot the dude's arm, but I'm sure I will get used to it.  I would like to see some more variety in the melee department.  I only developed strength up to 2 stars, but all I ever saw was the same spin-kick move over and over. 

I love having the cops on my side, especially when I start shooting back at the gang memebers!

The first time I jumped in one of the muscle cars, hit the gas and saw the weight transfer and heard the throaty roar I got a huge grin on my face.  And it drives just like a severely overpowered, heavy older car.  I do hope that increasing driving skill helps you make tighter turns, because right off the bat you have to always hit the brake or e-brake to do that in all the cars I drove.

All in all I think this will be a day one purchase for me.  Woohoo!  Cheers to something living up to expectations. 
10112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Well, I guess if the monster is Jewish and the victims are German, this is OK? on: February 03, 2007, 09:10:59 PM
10113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: February 03, 2007, 09:08:05 PM
As was rumored a few months ago, Bugbear is working on an all-new version of FlatOut for the 360 due out this June (or so).  I am a pretty big fan of the previous games (and I know a couple other people around here were, too) so this is good news for me.  Here are some of the details on what they are cranking up for this release:

The game will be able to handle 12 cars on screen (up from eight in FlatOut 2), over 8,000 dynamic objects per track (compared to 5,000 in FlatOut 2), and 20,000 polygons per car (FlatOut 2 cars used 7,500 polygons). Ultimate Carnage will include five new single-player modes, and two new multiplayer modes will be available over Xbox Live. Widescreen and 720p support are also included.

So far it is only being announced for the 360, but considering the previous games were multiplatform (PC, XBox and PS2) I think it might be safe to assume that this one will be, too.  At least at some point. 
10114  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Updated : I will keep maintaining the 360 Scoreboard on: February 03, 2007, 08:28:27 PM
Cool!  I think it's neat to be able to check that out for everybody so thanks for doing all the work, Purge!  smile
10115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Jackson - Patent Owner on: February 03, 2007, 08:27:04 PM
Wow, he's probably making mad royalties off that thing!  slywink
10116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qarls Texture Pack 3 - Oblivion on: February 03, 2007, 05:25:09 PM
Not to mention that there are people with lowly 128 or 256 MB video cards that would appreciate being able to play the game, too.  I know when this game came out I certainly wasn't hearing too many people saying that the game was not taxing their systems.
10117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GT Commandments on: February 03, 2007, 02:38:03 AM
So what topics, or even contributions to other topics, have you made recently, Devil?  You seem to beat the same horse as much or more than other people around here and as GT Staff that is pretty sad. 
10118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Relax, friends! The Rental House Has Teh Internets! on: February 02, 2007, 02:53:09 AM
If you have the extra time, Busch Gardens could be worthwhile.
10119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bumper Stickers on: February 02, 2007, 02:35:13 AM
"I used to be apathetic, but now I just don't care"
10120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 price cut in the (near) future? on: February 02, 2007, 02:05:55 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 01, 2007, 11:18:57 PM

Now that the latest firmware patch has fixed the problems the PS3 was having rendering PS2 games, I'm starting to consider purchasing one more closely.  Rogue Galaxy is a fantastic looking PS2 game, but I can't help but think of how much nicer it would look upscaled to 1080i.  To say nothing of God of War II....

I may be mistaken, but I don't think the PS3 will upscale PS2 games to a resolution that was not supported when it was played on the PS2, so if you coudln't play Rogue Galaxy at 1080i on your PS2 you won't be able to on the PS3 either. 

And I also do not see this price drop in the near future.  I would expect towards the end of their next fiscal year as the earliest, and that would be more than a year from now. 
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