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10081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your home page? on: September 21, 2006, 03:24:49 AM

Quote from: Laner on September 20, 2006, 04:54:46 PM

about: blank

At least somebody knows how to roll. 
10082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tenchu 360 demo up in Japan on: September 21, 2006, 03:00:04 AM
There is a preview video up for those of us with only US accounts although without knowing it was for Tenchu I'd be pretty hard pressed to guess what it was for since it just shows some dude and a bunch of arrows raining down.  Hopefully they release a demo for other regions soon, too.
10083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: September 21, 2006, 02:54:53 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on September 20, 2006, 07:38:45 PM

Now I wonder if there's going to be tracks exclusive to each console.  Hmmm...that could become agonizing!  thumbsup :smile:

I'm getting sick of developers putting platform specific content for each release and expecting me to be happy about it.  I can't afford to buy every platform out there and three copies of games I want just to play the whole experience.  When I buy a game I want the whole goddamn thing and don't want to feel like I'm getting ripped off and missing out on other parts of the game because of the platform I buy the game for.  Just put the all of the development time and resources toward making the game the best it can be for everyone on all platforms. 
10084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 20, 2006, 03:26:05 AM
With those sunglasses I would have gone for the Village People's cop, but I guess the Pimp at Sea works too.  icon_biggrin
10085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 09/19/06 on: September 20, 2006, 03:21:37 AM
I'm just Netflixing Hard Candy for this week. 
10086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Just Cause gets TWO bad reviews from IGN (OOPS-one bad, one good) on: September 20, 2006, 03:02:01 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 19, 2006, 12:35:04 PM

i was very on the fence about this one..actually i still am.......the demo wasnt mega great(IMO)...but the 'biggest map other than a MMORPG' made me think twice,its meant to put far cry to shame on island size,someone said that it was free roaming and only when you are parachuting do you actually see the splender of the size of the island

Well, if by "only when parachuting" you mean also when flying jets, planes and helicopters, then sure it's only when parachuting.  icon_wink  The game is also totally free-roaming; you can go anywhere any time you want.  If you never got to the part in the demo where you're flying the helicopter you should definitely check that out again.  Also, I think after you take down the first guy in the demo you have until nightfall to play around and check stuff out if you don't want to do the other missions.    

I read both of those reviews and I have to say that I think I probably fall in with the UK review more.  It may not be perfect but if I can get 15 hours of awesome gameplay and a bunch more of free-roaming and side missions then I would be more than happy.  I want games to be of a length where I can actually complete them and keep the intensity up so I don't get bored.  I enjoyed the GTA series, but

I have to agree that most of the trailers have been pretty shitty, though.  The first Developer Diary on IGN (on this page) gives you quite a bit of footage of the different vehicles and stuff in the game. 
10087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 camera on: September 20, 2006, 02:30:08 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 20, 2006, 01:22:05 AM

Quote from: papasmurff on September 19, 2006, 10:14:46 PM

Does the camera come with downloads on XBLA?  I thought that I saw this somewhere.  KD or any can you confirm this?

It's supposed to come with a code for UNO.

Copied from the bottom of KD's review:

Xbox Live Vision - $40
Xbox Live Vision camera
One-month trial Xbox Live Gold membership
Xbox 360 headset
Includes free downloads of two full-version Xbox Live Arcade games including the popular UNO card game ($5) and TotemBall, the new 3D platform game from Freeverse and Strange Flavour that is a mixture of platform skills and puzzles

Xbox Live Vision Gold Pack - $80
Xbox Live Vision camera
Twelve-month trial Xbox Live Gold membership ($60)
Xbox 360 headset
Includes free downloads of three full-version Xbox Live Arcade games including the popular UNO card game ($5), Robotron: 2084, the classic coin-op shooter from Midway ($5), and TotemBall, the new 3D platform game from Freeverse and Strange Flavour that is a mixture of platform skills and puzzles
200 Microsoft Points ($2.50)
10088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are your top web destinations? on: September 19, 2006, 02:03:29 AM
GamingTrend
Blue's News
Kotaku
Dubious Quality
Octopus Overlords
Cheap Ass Gamer
Toothpaste for Dinner/Natalie Dee/Married to the Sea
Concerned

10089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip- Impressions on: September 19, 2006, 01:48:39 AM
You obviously don't live on the West coast. 
10090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jackass 2 the movie on: September 19, 2006, 01:47:30 AM
As much as I don't like to admit it, I laughed my fucking ass off when I rented the first movie with some friends.  That was one of the funniest guilty pleasure movies ever. 

I'm dubious of the crowd that would be at the theater for this movie opening weekend, though (I'm not usually a big fan of retarded audience interaction and crap), so I will be waiting a few weeks or until it hits DVD. 
10091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 camera on: September 19, 2006, 01:22:56 AM
I think as far as taking a picture of yourself for your gamer picture, I think it will only be viewable to your friends in the same manner that you have two gamer pictures to assign now.  That will help you avoid some of the asshats out there who will take pictures of their gentials or whatever.  

As for your friends who take pictures of their genitals, all I can say is maybe you need new friends.  icon_wink

Even given that, I really have no desire to pick one of these up. 
10092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Seaman 2 revealed on: September 17, 2006, 07:57:33 PM


Sega has announced that it will be releasing Seaman 2 next year in Japan.  Oddly enough, it isn't actually a seaman, it is more of an apeman.  And it is coming only for the PS2 so far and no announced US date.   I guess they will be releasing a special controller with a Mic built in (looking like a weird modified Genesis controller), but I would think this would be a perfect fit for use with the 360 and it's included headset (not to mention the online and download potential).  :icon_confused: 

You get get some info and shots from the press event over at 1Up.  They also have a Japanese site up at Seaman.tv.
10093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres... wait, Ceres?! on: September 17, 2006, 05:41:04 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on September 17, 2006, 04:47:13 PM

I think we should keep 8 planets and no more.  If we include stuff like Pluto, then whatever classification system we use will make 100's or 1000's or other astronomical bodies in our solar system into planets.  That's just ridiculous.  Pluto is extremely small and has a wacky orbit.  It shouldn't be a planet.  One of the physics professors here on campus who is in charge of the observatory could make some real compelling arguments as to why Pluto (and others) shouldn't be planets.

I think you are arguing against nothing considering they aren't classified as planets anymore.  They have the new classification of dwarf planet
10094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's the Standard Gaming Rig Now? on: September 17, 2006, 05:45:16 AM

Quote from: juniordan on September 17, 2006, 03:25:44 AM

Quote from: Tals on September 12, 2006, 05:22:20 AM

Their are no games that have a requirement of PCI/AGP or PCI Express. Their are some fairly high spec cards for the AGP. The main reason to go for PCI-E is it is the current standard so most cards are produced for it.

I understood - but  could be wrong that AGP is still a fast enough standard to handle the current crop of cards.

Tals

I am not quite sure about BF2, but when I bought BF:Vietnam It did not support PCI cards. straight up AGP. There were a few games after that that followed with the same requirements.
This is how I ended up with my new rig.
For some reason my old one did not have a AGP slot (Referb).
So I went out looking for a comp with the  AGP slot and PCI if needed and by some Faith ended up with an express slot and won the xpress card 2 days after.

Not to nitpick, but Battlefield: Vietnam didn't "not support PCI Cards.  straight up AGP".  It required a level of graphics card that was beyond what was available for PCI slots, specifically: 3D accelerated GeForce3 64 MB or equivalent DirectX9 compatible videocard.  Perhaps if there had been a PCI card that met those specifications it could run the game, but graphics card companies did not make them because of the limited bandwidth and the proliferation of AGP slots, similar to how there is a limited selection of higher-end AGP cards being made right now.  Even the original GeForce 256 was AGP (and even back to the Riva TNT's in 1998). 
10095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Neat Speed Test site. on: September 17, 2006, 01:21:49 AM

Quote from: Kobra on September 17, 2006, 12:06:20 AM

You guys are getting bad pings, whats up with that?  I used to get shit pings with Comcrap, then I switched to Wide Open West, and average 17ms-22ms almost anywhere.  I pay only $29 a month for 6MB Down, 500K up, but WOW routinely provides me with between 6500-6800 down, and 550-650 upstream.  FANTASTIC company.

Yeah, my pings aren't testing extremely well from that site, but I have to say that overall my results there have been all across the board.  I have gotten download results as high as 11000kbps and as low as ~6000 and ping times from 20-60 on the same server.  While I realize that net congestion fluctuates form minute to minute I think they need to do more thorough testing and averaging to get more accurate values. 
10096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rolling Stone is Retarded. on: September 16, 2006, 11:51:17 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on September 16, 2006, 11:42:37 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 16, 2006, 07:04:21 PM

I think Rolling Stone votes with tradition rather than purpose.  Seriously?  Bob Dylan is #1?  I can't find 10 people that listen to Bob Dylan. (or did in the past) He sounds like he's mildly retarded and sings through his nose. 

If we are going by market impact and sales, the baseball "Hey" song would be up there, as would the Macarena.  Both songs suck, but people sure bought the hell out of them. 

I suspect that has more to do with the title of the song.

And the fact that Bob Dylan is widely regarded as one of the greatest song writers around.  He may not be on the radio these days but he has made huge contributions to music.  Having said that, my Dad played his records all the time when I was a kid and I don't mind his music, but it isn't something that I listen to often (although I have friends that do). 
10097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell Double Agent on: September 16, 2006, 11:46:03 PM
I'll probably wait for a price reduction.  I really enjoyed Chaos Theory but I'm waiting to see the response to the changes in store for this one.  Besides, there are a ton of other games coming out I won't mind waiting a while. 
10098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Neat Speed Test site. on: September 16, 2006, 11:39:45 PM


It looks better than the tools I used used to use at DSLreports, but I think they are a bit more robust over there and allow you to compare to lots of other people's results with the same or different broadband provider.  And obviously it's not just DSL anymore, it's now BroadbandReports.  
10099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Eragon Trailer on: September 16, 2006, 08:26:15 PM
I have to say that nothing in that trailer got me excited, and the effects didn't look too special either.  I woudl be surprised if it surpasses mediocre. 

The redhead was pretty cute, though. 
10100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hands-Free Cell phone use ONLY (in CA) on: September 16, 2006, 08:16:17 PM
While I think that requiring hands-free is an improvement, studies still show that the driver's concentration is severely hampered by using those devices (to nearly the extent of regular cell-phone use).   
10101  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance on: September 16, 2006, 07:36:56 PM
Just made an update to add a few games and change the prices (drops to 50% off on most) in the original post. 
10102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.U.R. : Lego Star Wars II [360] on: September 15, 2006, 04:49:36 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 15, 2006, 12:26:25 AM

Anyone else running this on a non-widescreen monitor with the VGA cable?  The aspect ratio is all fubar for me and won't adjust.

Yes and yes.  This is pretty annoying and it's not the first game I've seen have problems with the VGA adapter.  What is funny is that with my old XBox and the third party xVGA adapter I never had any problems at all, but of course that was before the proliferation of widescreens.  You would think something like this should have been caught easily in QA testing. 

Quote from: lex on September 15, 2006, 04:22:06 AM

Too bad there won't be a lego star wars 3...maybe they can do a lego star trek.  It'd be cool to see the enterprise in Lego form.

Supposedly they are working on LEGO Batman, which I think could be totally fucking awesome. 
10103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Tony Hawk Project 8 on: September 15, 2006, 04:28:36 AM
I think what he was asking is that outside of the special mode, do you still use the other buttons for ollies, grabs, spins, flips-tricks, etc. or is it solely double-sticks for everything? 

If you still use those other buttons, how smooth does it feel to switch control to the analog sticks when changing into Nail the Trick mode?  It seems as if this would be a bit incongruous and possibly confusing as well as a challenge for those of us who were already spazzing out trying to hit buttons quickly enough. 
10104  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Playstation 2 $99 at Brandsmart (Again) on: September 15, 2006, 02:55:35 AM
Too bad I live on the opposite side of the continental US.  Damnable southeasterners! 
10105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocket to the Sun - These Actors Need to go on: September 14, 2006, 02:26:32 AM
Robin Williams has contributed to some good movies, but I am so fucking sick of hearing his goddamn over the top, coked-out voice-overs and impressions in movies and TV. 
10106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fox Trot "honors" Paris Hilton on: September 14, 2006, 02:21:38 AM
Obviously TML was sleeping in that moring.  icon_wink
10107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 14, 2006, 02:20:36 AM
I'll put in recommendations for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon and pretty much anything by Haruki Murakami.  Black Swan Green by David Mitchell was excellent.  Richard Russo writes some great drama mixed with tragic comedy and I think that Straight Man may be my favorite of his.  I also just read Replay by Ken Grimwood and it was very interesting. 
10108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: She's back on the market!! on: September 14, 2006, 02:12:48 AM

Quote from: ATB on September 13, 2006, 10:44:47 PM

Get the cologne ready all you single guys, Whitney Houston files for divorce!

I think you meant to say "Get the crackpipe ready".  icon_wink
10109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Sony's Online Plan... Revealed! on: September 13, 2006, 02:51:39 PM

Quote from: Mattc0m on September 13, 2006, 02:10:19 PM

Quote from: Graham on September 13, 2006, 04:35:07 AM

So it sounds like it might only be with one specific game.  It doesn't mean that other games won't follow, but Xfire isn't the PS3 answer to Xbox Live.

That is really interesting... what use is Xfire in one specific game? Curious.

I was thinking the same thing.  Isn't Xfire's usefullness that it tells you what other games your friends are playing sort of like Life Awareness? 
10110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SUV sales TANKING big. on: September 13, 2006, 02:21:27 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 12, 2006, 11:27:14 PM

Quote from: gellar
* gellar watches too much Top Gear.

There is no such thing as too much Top Gear.

I agree that there is no such thing as too much Top Gear, and as such I will refer you to the Final Gear website where you can get torrent downloads for full episodes.  Legal and everything.  icon_biggrin
10111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BBs New Rewardzone Benefit Point Structure? on: September 13, 2006, 02:16:54 AM

Quote from: Destructor on September 12, 2006, 04:57:36 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 12, 2006, 04:37:58 PM

It used to be $5 for every $150 spent, minus the $9.95 yearly fee

Yup. But now (as stated) it's free to everybody, so if you're a low spender, it might be a better deal.

So this is free now?  On the website it still says that it costs $10 per year. 
10112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 09/12/06 on: September 13, 2006, 02:10:53 AM
Lucky Number Slevin just came in the mail from Netflix today.  My first experience with getting a new release on the actual day of release.  I'm impressed. 
10113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocket to the Sun - These Actors Need to go on: September 13, 2006, 02:07:13 AM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on September 13, 2006, 01:33:00 AM

Quote
Will Ferrell - At least Stiller has two bits, this guy has barely one.  I caught ten minutes of Ron Burgundy...I saw nothing different in the new one he did.

Most of the time, I'd agree with you.  However, I saw this the other night and it looks absolutely brilliant.

Ferrell was also quite good in the movie Winter Passing.  Not exactly his usual self, and it was refreshing.  

I would also hold back Maggie Ghyllenhall, mostly because I think she's cute.

Redford hasn't done much of note lately, but he was in some absolute classics (as mentioned above) and should probably get a pass from those.  Of course, it's not like he's Newman or anything.  
10114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your website of choice for Release Dates? on: September 12, 2006, 02:17:16 AM
I use EB/GameStop also, for the reasons mentioned above. 
10115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11) on: September 11, 2006, 02:57:02 PM
Lego Star Wars II [360] for me, please!
10116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rule of Rose = Atlus will publish on: September 10, 2006, 09:18:06 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 10, 2006, 03:51:21 PM

I've got this one preordered, so I'm hoping it turns out to be a good game. The early reviews are varying wildly, with a 40 point difference in some cases. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this title turns out to be like Enhanted Arms- a great title that was misrepresented in the scoring.

I just read my free copy of EGM (thank you Internets!) and saw that this one got pretty horrible reviews.  The scores were 4.5, 5, and 4 and the text made it seem like the game had some pretty serious control and camera issues. 
10117  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Project Gotham Racing 3 - $20 on: September 10, 2006, 07:19:03 PM
Circuit City now has PGR3 on sale for $19.99 on their web page.  No idea if this is permanent or a limited time deal. 
10118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Protector... or 'man that HAD to hurt' on: September 10, 2006, 05:41:05 PM
I haven't seen this one yet, but Ong Bak convinced me that that Tony Jaa is a force to be reckoned with. 
10119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 10, 2006, 05:37:57 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on September 10, 2006, 04:42:22 PM


Oh man, that is freaking brilliant!  Every time I see it I can't help laughting (and reminding myself why I quit WoW). 
10120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes delayed for in-store? on: September 10, 2006, 05:24:09 PM
From my experience most game stores get the new games in by Tuesdays.  It would be my guess that for the TV commercial that reaches a broad audience they just wanted to play it safe and date it as the 14th so that it is availabe in the widest array of stores possible. 

I really wish games had advanced to the point where they were avaiable everywhere on a specific date like movies and music. 
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