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10081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Team Fortress 2 on: October 08, 2007, 06:44:09 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 08, 2007, 04:25:51 AM

<sigh> and the spy is already being rendered not fun by the lack of friendly fire damage- earlier on I watched a team just rip into each other every chance they got to see if there was a spy amongst them.

No offense, but did it really take you more than a second to realize this is the easiest way to root out a spy?  I'm not even playing the game yet and I could tell you that. 
10082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]New Too Human Trailer on: October 07, 2007, 06:22:48 PM
Metallic, there's a new one that just went on the Marketplace a couple days ago and it has a bit of footage from Silicon Knights' workplace and such.  That's the one Bullwinkle was referencing.  Hopefully all is clear now. 
10083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is Bill Harris talking about? (car accident story) on: October 07, 2007, 03:39:41 PM
If you ran out into the middle of traffic to save a painting you loved, you deserve to get your dumb ass run over. 
10084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 07, 2007, 03:38:14 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 07, 2007, 03:32:49 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 06, 2007, 01:12:39 AM

The part I don't get is this - BC is currently (on the 80GB models) via SOFTWARE. Which means it's a bit of programming code on the HD somewhere. HOW in the bloody hell does REMOVING THAT save them money!?!?

According to a thread on Qt3, the original PS3s had 2 chips. The 80Gb still has one of those two, so it is apparently not just software, but a hybrid solution. The new models have removed both chips, thus removing PS2 compatability.

Personally, I have a hard time believing that this chip is so expensive as to justify removing this feature.

Great scott, Marty!  We've gone back in time!
10085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do I want a PSP? on: October 07, 2007, 03:31:38 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on October 07, 2007, 03:10:07 PM

Thanks again guys.  Ok, I'm nearly sold and am considering the Daxter bundle.  How good is Daxter, the game?  and how much memory is 1 GB.  Doesn't make sense to buy the bundle if I'm just going to have to buy another memory card and/or I'm not going to like the game.

Daxter is a great game and you should play it if you enjoy action-platformers at all.  It's really like a full PS2 game on a handheld.  

1GB will be more than enough to hold all of your save games, demos, trailers and some music and stuff.  Of course if you want to rip your whole music/video collection to it then you might end up buying a bigger card.  Just think that when the PSP first came out the big pack came with a 32MB card, so 1GB is quite a step up.  
10086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher on: October 07, 2007, 03:16:45 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on October 07, 2007, 03:04:51 PM

Just found this on the forums: http://www.thewitcher.com/forum/index.php?topic=2065.0

It will be rated MA in the US, but will be a censored version without nudity and possibly finishing moves?  Anyway I'm considering getting a UK import which will not be censored in any way.  Anyone have a site they recommend for importing UK games?  Or could I possibly get it from Canada?

Well that's lame.  GoGamer often has import versions of games. 
10087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]New Too Human Trailer on: October 07, 2007, 02:36:39 PM
To be fair, that's the trailer that is on the Live Marketplace right now and the original post was regarding this video at GameTrailers.  But I still thought that the video on Marketplace wasn't that bad.  At least it quickly showed the different classes you can choose for your hero. 
10088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]New Too Human Trailer on: October 07, 2007, 05:48:37 AM
Ceekay, I think it's a mix of action-adventure and rpg-lite.  I think it looks pretty good.  Of course I wish Denis Dyack would have shut his mouth previously and just let the game speak for itself, but hopefully they can overcome that. 

However, with games like this I would give anything to have them give me the option to stick the camera behind my character instead of using their "smrt camera" that changes all the damn time.  Sure, that works for movies but I'm controlling my character and would like to have a consistent frame of reference for my controls, thankyouverymuch.  Give the player options, you dillholes!
10089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassins Creed Limited Edition on: October 07, 2007, 05:36:18 AM
You can't forget HomerBall!


10090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassins Creed Limited Edition on: October 06, 2007, 09:39:09 AM
So it's just the game, some cards and a metal box?  That doesn't sound too special to me.  I thought there was a version that came with a little statue of Altair or something. 
10091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sweeney Todd Trailer on: October 06, 2007, 03:40:26 AM
Yeah, I'm not so hot on the singing monologue crap.   
10092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: October 06, 2007, 03:27:45 AM
I finally found a copy this morning and played for an hour or so.  So far it's very much like FlatOut 2 upgraded.  Better graphics, more cars, more destructibles, new modes...these are good things. 

The one thing that kinda sucks is that it appears they took out the test drive track from the career (now Flatout) mode.  Because of the big differences in performance and handling between the different RWD, FWD and 4WD cars, I really liked the ability to try out each new set of cars before choosing the one I wanted to buy. 
10093  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [PC] Jade Empire $15 at Target on: October 05, 2007, 05:38:30 PM
I was in Target today and saw quite a bit of clearance.  I picked up FEAR Gold (FEAR + expansion pack) for $12.48 and a Nancy Drew game for my niece for $4.98.  They also had Faces of War and Stronghold Legends for $4.98 (as well as a bunch of kids software), and if I didn't have a ton of other games to play I might have picked them up.

On the console side, I showed my consumer whorishness and bought my first 360 faceplate.  It was the wood grain one and on clearance for $4.74.  They also had Godfather [360] for $20, Bionicle [360] for $15 and some other 360 game for $20 which I can't remember.  Burnout Dominator [PSP and PS2] were on clearance for $20, which isn't a great deal but if it goes down to 75% off then it will be worthwhile. 
10094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 05, 2007, 04:23:11 PM
I think it's really funny how a year ago they were making fun of Microsoft for their limited software-emulated backwards compatibility and now Sony is dropping it altogether.  I'm not sure why they aren't at least using the software emulation that is in the 80GB models, but I guess things like that shouldn't surprise me anymore. 
10095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: File this under huge rumor, probably not true, But Microsoft would be dumb if so on: October 05, 2007, 03:48:21 PM
Maybe it won't take two years to get a crappy port to the PC now...
10096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marion Jones, Steroids, and me. on: October 05, 2007, 02:07:00 PM
Two words: conjugal visits. 
10097  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: I see no Deals for 360 Orange Box. You know of any? on: October 05, 2007, 01:48:00 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on October 05, 2007, 01:03:19 PM

It will be $38, at Circuit City, next week.

PC, that is. 
10098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Dragon Blade - reviews are in.... OUCH! on: October 05, 2007, 02:49:26 AM
I think we need to have an intervention for Mr Bullwinkle and his crap Wii purchases...
10099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut, Stuntman or PGR4 on: October 04, 2007, 07:44:10 PM
I guarantee that I will love FlatOut UC once it finally comes in stock locally, but if I had to choose only one I'd probably have to go with Stuntman simply becaue I already have the past two FlatOut games.  The Stuntman demo was OK but didn't really hook me.  The full game, on the other hand, is just loaded full of awesome fun.

PGR3 kind of died an early death for me, so my interest in PGR4 is lower than I expected.  I may pick it up cheap later on. 
10100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3: Over $300 million in one week on: October 04, 2007, 02:31:53 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 04, 2007, 02:14:05 PM

They can sell as many copies as they can make. It doesn't change the fact that I think the Halo series is overhyped and overblown suckage. But then again I hated "Titanic" when I saw it opening night, so what do I know?

Yeah, Titanic was a load of crap.

Quote from: Purge on October 04, 2007, 02:30:34 PM

I kinda thought psychonauts was overhyped. Tongue

I kinda thought you suck.  slywink
10101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN store update on: October 04, 2007, 08:28:25 AM
Yeah, I'm excited to play The Simpsons Game.  Hopefully a demo hits the XBox Marketplace soon, too. 
10102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Impressions on: October 04, 2007, 02:51:14 AM

Quote from: Mattc0m on October 03, 2007, 09:36:32 PM

I've played all the maps. Pretty fun, I really like some of the map design. Very cool stuff. It's a fairly demanding game, though, so you need a fairly good computer to play and enjoy it.

In-game name: Mattc0m

More demanding than the demo?  I was able to run that on my older PC with some lower/medium settings. 
10103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: October 03, 2007, 08:11:59 PM
An excellent review. 
10104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 08:01:31 PM
I've never waited 20 minutes in a line at a store if it wasn't insane Christmas rush time.  The longest I have waited in a line in the last year was at GameStop about a month ago trying to buy some used cables, and that left a very bad taste in my mouth.  I know for a fact that Target's policy is that if there are more than two people at a register they are supposed to open another one to help more people.  Plus, you can just buy it right at the electronics counter and skip the front of the store altogether.  Circuit City and Best Buy very rarely have more than one person waiting at the registers and the transactions are usually quite quick. 
10105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 03, 2007, 07:48:35 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 03, 2007, 06:43:15 PM

You guys might want to take a look at everything releasing on or before November 20th.  That's when a lot of games come out for the PS3.  That's also likely the release time for the system.

The key is, if it doesn't appeal to you now, when the games do come out this year, and early next year, would you buy it then?

The PS3 is my lead console for multiplatform games, I dislike the way my 360 handles things, not to mention its unreliability.  I can understand when people don't want to pay more just to play multiplatform games on a new system, but there's a lot of exclusives in the works for 2008, and even a few left to release this 2007.

The only exclusives I can see on or before November 20 are Ratchet & Clank, Uncharted, Haze and Time Crisis 4.  I'm pretty sure Ratchet & Clank will be a quality game, but the others are all a toss-up. 

And maybe it will be worthwhile next year when other games are released and there is a cheaper system on the market, but that doesn't do much for making me want to buy one now or to justify the price for so few exclusives.  I have no doubt that there will be some quality games for the PS3 in the future, but for now I'm more than happy with all the awesome games on my 360. 
10106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: October 03, 2007, 07:29:16 PM
Unfortunately it seems as if nobody near me has this in stock today.  They told me it was just shipping today, so now I'm mad that Roscoe got it already.  slywink

Quote from: Roscoe on October 03, 2007, 07:07:29 PM

Picked up FUC (huh?) as well as PGR4 today. FUC is a lot of fun. Irritatingly it displays a bit crunched on my widescreen monitor with my VGA cable (and yes, I've tried about a billion fixes, none work; oddly Halo 3 looks just fine). Anyway, FUC is it's usual insanely fun self. I had the original on the PC and this seems just as much fun.

I used to have that problem when I ran games through the VGA connection to a monitor (I use component since I got my new TV).  Specifically, Gears of War and Lego Star Wars 2 were bad at not working correctly above 640x480.  I think Epic eventually released a patch to fix it in Gears. 
10107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: October 03, 2007, 05:27:12 PM
What sort of information do you need that isn't covered by the rest of this thread or any of those reviews?
10108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 02:48:38 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 03, 2007, 02:40:09 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on October 03, 2007, 02:37:58 PM

I pre-order all the time.  I do it out of convenience.  I like paying for a game (in full) well before its release.  This way on release day I just walk in and walk out with my game.  It's all about convenience.

This makes zero sense to me.  The time taken is the same amount, just shifted.  Plus it actually takes longer to preorder since you have to give them your personal information. 

Not to mention that even though you preordered you still have to do twice as many transactions and wait in line the second time to pick up your game.  
10109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 03, 2007, 02:00:19 PM

Quote from: ChaoZ on October 03, 2007, 01:47:54 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 03, 2007, 01:07:27 PM

I saw the backwards compat nixing rumor too.  I...I don't get it.  How do you save costs by cutting software emulation?

I'm not buying a system without the backwards compatibility.  I just want my entertainment system to play all my games, not become a console history museum display.

If it's $400 with B.C., I'm in eventually.  Hopefully it'll drop to $300 by the time I'm ready to buy one.

Current PS3s have the emotion engine built into a chip inside the PS3. Essentially there's a PS2 inside a PS3. Upcoming versions will be relying on software emulation, which the PS3 is no doubt powerful enough to do.

At least this is what I think is happening.

I believe that's already happened with the 80GB version as well as the 60GB PAL version.  What wonderpug was saying is that it obviously doesn't save them any money to not use the software emulation that they already have in those versions, so it's not like they will have no backwards compatibility. 
10110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: October 03, 2007, 01:57:03 PM
Well, since I finished up the major scenes in Stuntman I think I'm going to pick this up today.  So far the reviews are coming in very well (8.5-IGN, 8.8-Team XBox, 9-1Up) and I've been a fan of the series so I just can't resist.  I'm glad to hear that they also have the more traditional career mode (now called Flatout) in addition to the mode that was in the demo (Carnage). 

I noticed that they're selling it for $50, which is a nice change.  So anybody else grabbing this one? 
10111  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [10/5/07] Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild Part 2: Electric Boogaloo... on: October 03, 2007, 09:06:18 AM
I work Friday nights right now, but if you guys ever decide to move it to Saturday I would like to give it a try. 
10112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NBA Help on: October 03, 2007, 06:38:42 AM
Original thread has been moved to Sports Forum.  Calvin's response has been moved to Trading Forum.  Thank you and have a nice day.  slywink
10113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 on: October 03, 2007, 06:37:13 AM
I'm surprised at the reviews so far.  Not that they are bad, but I was expecting all 9+ based on how improved it looks over PGR3, the large number of diverse cars and everything.

I'd like to try it out, but I don't know if I could go back to the unforgiving cone runs in PGR after playing Stuntman: Ignition where you can knock over a can or run into something and it won't break your combo.  There's still plenty of challenge to be had with the number of "close" multipliers you can get and the points you get more points the closer you are to something. 
10114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda - Phantom Hourglass on: October 03, 2007, 12:17:01 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 02, 2007, 03:56:00 PM

I think I may pick it up today.  It's ony 40 bucks so it's not as big a gamble as a regular 360 game.

Actually, it's only $35 and if you buy it at Circuit City you get a free Zelda pack of headphones and stylus pen. 
10115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: File this under huge rumor, probably not true, But Microsoft would be dumb if so on: October 02, 2007, 11:52:28 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 02, 2007, 11:40:07 AM

i was under the impression that microsoft bought Bungie after Halo 1,or due to it being a big seller on the xbox180

Nope, before.  And it was never the 180.  slywink
10116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you call it Soda or Pop? on: October 02, 2007, 07:01:54 AM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on October 02, 2007, 06:37:42 AM

In Dallas, Texas, we all seem to use the term "coke" as a generic, like Kleenex or Tivo or PC.

But PC is generic...personal computer. 
10117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: File this under huge rumor, probably not true, But Microsoft would be dumb if so on: October 02, 2007, 06:25:30 AM

Quote from: Calvin on October 02, 2007, 05:48:29 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 02, 2007, 01:31:53 AM

Quote from: Ridah on October 02, 2007, 01:01:19 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 01, 2007, 11:12:52 PM

Wow, I know MS is all about the "We refuse to comment on rumors or speculation" but that's a pretty wimpy denial.  For the sake of their investors I would expect a much firmer "NO!". 

A wimpy denial to a wimpy rumor, if they made any more out of it people might actually suspect some truth to the matter.

I can't agree with that- they could shut the whole thing down instantly with "There is absolutely no truth to this rumor whatsover."  
I think that this is the most important point here. The lack of an official denial does not necessarily bode well.

The thing about commenting on rumors is that if your corporate policy is to never comment on them, then you never comment on them.  As soon as you begin denying some rumors but not others, you begin walking on shaky ground and I think they would prefer to be able to always be consistent. 
10118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Happy 30th Atari 2600 on: October 02, 2007, 12:49:18 AM
Maybe it was because I was so young, but I never did figure out how in the hell you were supposed to play ET.  It was such a confusing mess.

I think my favorite games were Adventure, Combat, and Air-Sea Battle. 
10119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: October 01, 2007, 06:03:14 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 01, 2007, 06:00:25 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 01, 2007, 05:34:18 PM

Character creation video looks really good, though I wish there were more stances (like Rock/Punk/Goth) to choose from.

When someone commented that it was sad there was no facial hair shown as an option, my favorite Harmonix rep replied, "I won't go into details, but there's more than what that video shows."

Holy crap!  That is a TON of options for speccing out your character.  I was expecting 4-5 hair options and some outfits, but that is pretty awesome, even if I'll never see it as I'm busy playing.  smile

From what it looks like you can't make like a fatter dude, it's either skinny or muscular and the females look even more indistinct.  Not all rock stars are shaped like that. 
10120  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: The difficulties of moving to HD lighting in games. on: October 01, 2007, 05:33:01 PM
Yeah, I've noticed even on games where it has a configuration tool that says "turn down the gamma/brightness until you can't see the dark grey thing" is usually way too dark if I turn it down that far.  I figured it was just me being goofy wanting it brighter. 
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