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9161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: May 23, 2007, 01:19:59 PM
The demo is coming to Live and the PC internets near you Thursday morning!  To quote:
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We think the demo is really going to wow a lot of people. It'll have a Super Stage crossover rally with Colin as your opponent, it's got buggy racing against 9 opponents which is absolute carnage and really shows off the car models, and then we have a hill climb with fantastic scenery and a Travis Pastrana time to beat. It's a great little package and it's out on May 24.

If you don't know what the game is, Colin McRae: DiRT (or just DiRT for us Americans, because we're dumb like that) is an off-road racing game with events like traditional timed rally, rally cross and hill climb, and vehicles ranging classic RWD rally cars to trophy trucks (and even Dakar-style Russian dump trucks).  You can check out some in-game footage over here (pardon the IGN link, but they're the only place I've seen with the videos).  Definitely check out the recent Crash one if you lust after vehicular carnage like me.  There is also a needlessly complicated official site, which has the trailer, screenshots and lots of other info. 

The game is coming out on 360 and PC in June and to the PS3 in another few months.  To say I'm psyched about it is putting it mildly.  smile
9162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubidays '07 Videos on: May 23, 2007, 12:39:00 PM
I've been reading about Splinter Cell: Conviction and saw the video, and to me it looks and sounds like they are just piggybacking on the controls and technology developed for Assassin's Creed and basing their gameplay around that.  Hell, some of their quotes are nearly the exact same:  "We use an active stealth system where you need to blend in with the crowd to disappear", etc. 

Sure, it's great to see innovation in a series, but with each Splinter Cell game it seems they are just getting further away from what they started out as.  Maybe instead of running a theme into the ground with yearly releases and then changing directions, they should start two different series' with opposing two year release cycles to keep them fresh. 
9163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / John Rambo (4) on: May 23, 2007, 02:35:24 AM
Apparently Stallone wasn't finished with his midlife crisis project of trying to reconcile characters that were run into the ground.  After hearing about the suicide scene that they filmed for First Blood, I can't help but think it would have been a much better way to end it. 

Check out this lenghty trailer, but beware that it shows some graphic violence.  I don't remember the other Rambo movies being quite so gorey, though I suppose that is the flavor of the day.

(and no, that first commenter who is using a Raz avatar is not me.  bastard)
9164  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What exactly does dual core mean? on: May 23, 2007, 02:21:50 AM
Multiple cores are not only good for multitasking in Windows, they are great for applications that are created to run on multiple threads.  Most games of the last couple years have been written with multi-threading in mind, which on a modern operating system should be able to take advantage of the multiple cores on these chips.  Offloading the processing of some of those threads to a second core will help speed up the application as a whole.  For example, in a recent game they may have simultaneous threads running for their sound, physics, AI, player input and another for the main game. 

So yes, you should see plenty of speed in your current crop of games and even better prospects for the future.
9165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And the Joker could be... on: May 23, 2007, 01:24:29 AM

Quote from: DamageInc on May 22, 2007, 03:46:40 PM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on May 21, 2007, 10:40:41 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on May 20, 2007, 08:26:36 PM


I see a snail. Slithering on a razor blade...

Kurtz is that you?

The horror...the horror...
9166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casino Royale Impressions on: May 23, 2007, 01:22:12 AM

Quote from: Brendan on May 22, 2007, 02:57:43 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 22, 2007, 01:16:30 PM

It's hard for me to call it a cool scene when I felt it shouldn't be in there.  I like watching parkour and free running a lot, but I'd rather watch some real guy do it than stuntmen in a fake setup with multiple cameras and takes, a set path, bad fighting, etc. 

The guy he chases isn't a stuntman - his name is Sebastien Foucan, and he's one of the original practitioners of Parkour.

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/casinoroyale/blog/archives/2006/07/sebastien_fouca.php

And he also used a stunt double
9167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How the **** did Concrete Blonde never hit it bigger than they did? on: May 23, 2007, 01:12:20 AM
Doesn't do anything for me.
9168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 artwork on: May 23, 2007, 01:06:39 AM
Or you could just keep the other existing thread on the same topic updated...
9169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]POTC: @ World's End on: May 23, 2007, 12:55:17 AM

Quote from: Ridah on May 22, 2007, 09:35:32 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 22, 2007, 06:55:28 PM

I don't have a rental place near me, but this might be the game that pushes me to look into an internet site.  Any suggestions?

www.gamefly.com

If you do sign up for GameFly, try to use the link from the front page ad to help the site a tiny bit. 
9170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best/Worst Voice Acting on: May 22, 2007, 01:28:08 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 22, 2007, 01:17:11 PM

Sam and Max (full talking CD version) was fantastic.

Yep, that "Full Talkie" version was an absolute killer.  It was the very first game (other than the Doom shareware) that I owned for my very own first PC.  Prior to that we had family Apples and such.  I still think of how hollow my life would be had that wonderful clerk at Walden Software not talked me into buying Sam & Max Hit the Road.  The very thought of it brings a tear to my eye.
9171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casino Royale Impressions on: May 22, 2007, 01:16:30 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 22, 2007, 01:02:55 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 21, 2007, 11:11:09 PM

I enjoyed the movie, but the beginning made no sense to me.  Why the hell would you chase some dillhole all the way up that construction site instead of just sitting on the ground and watching where he goes?  He's at the top of a bare building, he's not going anywhere!  It just felt really tacked-on for the sake of showing some free running and no other reason. 

You have to admit though, even so that was one cool scene.  That guy he was chasing had some Super Mario moves.

It's hard for me to call it a cool scene when I felt it shouldn't be in there.  I like watching parkour and free running a lot, but I'd rather watch some real guy do it than stuntmen in a fake setup with multiple cameras and takes, a set path, bad fighting, etc. 
9172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed! on: May 22, 2007, 12:58:09 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on May 22, 2007, 04:31:37 AM

Quote from: ScubaV on May 22, 2007, 03:41:06 AM

Anyone else notice in the FAQ that Blizzard is aiming for a Teen rating?  Ugh.  I mean I still want SC2, but the original was rated Mature and I think was better for it.  Understandably Blizzard wants the biggest market it can get, but I'm afraid SC2 will lose some of the flavor of 1 because of it.
Man, did I get the kiddie version?  icon_wink  Both Starcraft and Brood War sitting on my shelf have Teen ratings on them.

Yeah, those two, as well as StarCraft 64, all show up as Teen on the ESRB website.  Have no fear.
9173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whate the Frell? Geometry Wars on the Wii and DS? on: May 22, 2007, 12:54:52 AM
I thought it was only $5 on the Arcade?

Although they did say that a new developer is "transforming it into a full-fledged game with an extensive single-player campaign".
9174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/21) on: May 21, 2007, 11:51:57 PM
Nothing for me again this week. 
9175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 5-21-2007- Endorsed by The Hoff! on: May 21, 2007, 11:50:38 PM
I played a little bit of Crackdown, Aegis Wing and Catan on the 360. 

Then I finally tried out the Company of Heroes demo on my PC to see if it would even run, and it ran surprisingly well at medium settings so I may have to pick it up some day. 
9176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And the Joker could be... on: May 21, 2007, 11:40:01 PM
I hope they don't feel the need to keep putting in more villians in each successive film.  That has never been a good idea. 
9177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casino Royale Impressions on: May 21, 2007, 11:11:09 PM
I enjoyed the movie, but the beginning made no sense to me.  Why the hell would you chase some dillhole all the way up that construction site instead of just sitting on the ground and watching where he goes?  He's at the top of a bare building, he's not going anywhere!  It just felt really tacked-on for the sake of showing some free running and no other reason. 
9178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed! on: May 21, 2007, 10:51:40 PM
Blizzard has released the official gameplay video in high rez for your enjoyment (or mocking).  Of course you get to use the Blizzard Downloader, but unlike in the past with the WoW patches it seems to actually be working for me now. 
9179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best/Worst Voice Acting on: May 21, 2007, 12:57:29 PM
I know this is in the console forum, but I can't help but suggest some classic PC games like Grim Fandango, Sam & Max Hit the Road and Fulll Throttle. 

I also really liked the guy who voiced the narrator, angel and devil in the Black & White games.  He put some real character into the game. 
9180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half-Life 2...buy it again! (because you have to) on: May 20, 2007, 10:32:13 AM
I was speaking of the previously announced pricing scheme when they had two packages.  Now they split the difference but only give you one option.  Good for some, bad for most.
9181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half-Life 2...buy it again! (because you have to) on: May 20, 2007, 09:32:50 AM

Quote from: Turtle on May 20, 2007, 07:09:34 AM

Yep, it only affects the boxed version.  The reason being was that stores were seriously undercutting the price of the boxed versions of digitally distributed games, both in a way of undercutting online distribution, and simple because they could use these games as loss leaders to draw in people to buy other things.

Also, episode 2 was slated to sell around $20-$30 right?  For most store execs, when they see that price point on a game, they immediately think bargain bin trash and they'll treat it as such unless the press is huge.

One good thing to note about this is that they're giving you three seperate CD/Steam keys.  One for HL2, one for Episode 1, and One for episode 2.  Thus, even though you are forced to buy all three, you can at least give away or sell the ones you don't want.  Not much consolation, but there's a lot of companies that wouldn't have done the same.

I would like to see it in print where they have said that this won't affect the Steam release.  I have a feeling that they won't be able to release a different version through Steam because it would risk seriously cutting into the retail product sales.

And the Black Box edition was previously targetted at $40 (with the full Orange at $60), which is pretty standard for many PC games these days. 

9182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Had to get a new car - surprise on: May 20, 2007, 06:24:56 AM
My car is little, cheap and not sexy at all.  But I usually get around 40-42 mpg, so that makes up for it.  smile
9183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half-Life 2...buy it again! (because you have to) on: May 20, 2007, 06:19:31 AM
Sure, if you didn't buy the last two products that's great for you to be able to get it all in one package, and it was going to be an option all along.  For those of us who have already paid full price for two of these things in the past it would be nice to be able to just buy the new stuff.  Especially with something like Half-Life 2, where they already sold a bajillion copies of the original game and episode one. 

And unbreakable, this has nothing to do with Vavle's digital distribution methods.  In fact, I'd argue that buying games from Steam is almost always costlier than a retail product, with the added problems of mandatory online authentication. 
9184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Catan, Carcasonne, Alhambra to XBLA! on: May 20, 2007, 02:52:42 AM
Worthplaying has a preview up of Carcassonne with a number of screenshots.  Looks like it is still set for release sometime in June and will include one expansion set and you get the privilege of paying for two more right away. 
9185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for Manhunt 2 (wii) on: May 20, 2007, 02:09:05 AM
I'm glad they're taking the time to make it look and play great, but it's not a game I'm really interested in.  Maybe if it gets rave reviews and I can see some appeal other than the horror/gore thing.
9186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2...buy it again! (because you have to) on: May 20, 2007, 12:25:20 AM
In a wonderful show of support to all of us that already bought Half-Life 2 and Episode One, Valve has annouced a big "Up yours" by cancelling the Black Box version and only selling the more expensive Orange Box package that includes those two games.  I saw this over at the site that shall not be named

By the way, EA is their publisher these days.  Not a big surprise. 
9187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed! on: May 19, 2007, 11:47:37 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on May 19, 2007, 07:11:30 PM

There's a moment during the second YouTube video where the presenter makes a big deal about how the Colossus' ability to step up and down a steep cliff makes StarCraft II "look more dynamic." (2:40) It's a nice effect, but compared to a game like Company of Heroes where things actually *are* dynamic -- artillery strikes leave craters where infantry can take cover, crumpled bodies are sent flying by grenade explosions, and destroyed tanks become roadway obstacles -- it's hard to get very excited about Blizzards "Eye Kay" technology.
-Autistic Angel

The "eye kay" technology he spoke of is an inverse kinematics system they use to dynamically animate the colossus on uneven terrain.  It has nothing to do with gameplay dynamics like you are talking about.
9188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 Officially Announced on: May 19, 2007, 01:54:08 PM
Well, it certainly looks a LOT like StarCraft.  I will be interested to see the gameplay video when it releases on Sunday, even though I no longer really play RTS games. 
9189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 19, 2007, 01:51:22 PM

Quote from: javahead on May 19, 2007, 01:24:19 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 18, 2007, 10:15:16 PM

Quote from: naednek on May 18, 2007, 05:07:48 AM



That could have killed that kid.
Had he made contact with his shoe's heel to the child's temple or nose, then yes; possibly. The (well I guess we have to call him/her/them at the very least) guardian/parent(s) on site should have been given the same kick for their lack of attention span.

You can see a bit more of the unfortunate event in this video.
9190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Car Catapult Skeet Shoot on: May 19, 2007, 12:09:32 AM
You can always go over to FinalGear and download full episodes of Top Gear and Fifth Gear.
9191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers Pics (Now NSFW) on: May 18, 2007, 12:45:55 AM
That trailer kind of made it look a bit more like a stupid popcorn flick than I thought it was before.  Like a trailer for Independence day or something. 
9192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude, are you driving a girl car? on: May 17, 2007, 11:27:44 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on May 17, 2007, 01:52:50 PM

I used to have a VW Rabbit diesel. They completely named that car wrong. It should have been called the Snail.

It would go 0 - 60mph in.............well hell, it couldn't reach 60 except downhill.......with a tailwind. icon_confused

Haha, my parents had one of these (in fact, still do) and it was the first car I got to drive when I got my license and that is a very accurate description of it's speed and acceleration. 
9193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: free XBLA game coming on: May 17, 2007, 11:00:47 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 17, 2007, 10:51:59 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 17, 2007, 02:57:54 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 17, 2007, 02:06:10 AM

Aegis Wing is a passable sidescrolling space shooter, but man sometimes it's hard to tell which parts of the environments will destroy you and which ones won't.

From my experience (2 levels and change), none of the environment can kill you. Only the moving baddies, their bullets, and the giant ass mines of doom.

Well I guess what I meant is that sometimes it appears that the backgrounds are in the foreground and are capable of being flown into. Maybe it's the Zaxxon in me coming back..

It's a little thing called three-dee.  Those objects are closer to the camera and fly "over" your ship.  Tongue

I haven't tried out multiplayer but I'd be interested to see what happens when you join together with the X button.  I'm not sure who would control moving or shooting when you do that. 
9194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Beta on: May 17, 2007, 08:21:26 AM
Eh, I played a match of the weird king whatever and then went back to playing Crackdown.  I might be interested in the single player of Halo 3 but I just don't think I can play that type of multiplayer anymore.  Not that I was ever big into Halo 2, either. 

The little four wheeler wasn't as fun to drive as I was hoping.  The weapons seemed pretty satisfying.

The graphics are a good step up from Halo 2, obviously, but they aren't mind blowing. 
9195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Riddick Remake Coming For PS3 And Xbox 360? on: May 17, 2007, 04:27:43 AM
And if it has the extra PC content like the developer's commentary, that is something that the console crowd didn't get to experience. 
9196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: VC Shooter Shootout on: May 17, 2007, 03:34:43 AM
Well, if you're looking for a shooter you can just grab Aegis Wing for free on XBLA.  And if you're looking for Bomberman action, you can always wait for the updated one that's coming to....XBLA. 

This is all assuming you have an XBox 360, of course.  slywink
9197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: free XBLA game coming on: May 17, 2007, 03:30:06 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 17, 2007, 02:57:54 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 17, 2007, 02:06:10 AM

Aegis Wing is a passable sidescrolling space shooter, but man sometimes it's hard to tell which parts of the environments will destroy you and which ones won't.

From my experience (2 levels and change), none of the environment can kill you. Only the moving baddies, their bullets, and the giant ass mines of doom.

Yeah, I don't think you ever collide with the environment. 

I am sort of disappointed that it doesn't appear that your main weapon ever gets upgraded, but at least the secondary ones are plentiful so I don't feel like I have to save them forever and ever like i normally do in these sorts of games. 
9198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Beta on: May 17, 2007, 03:26:11 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 17, 2007, 02:56:22 AM

From Bungie:

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We're happy to announce that starting immediately, a new title update for Crackdown is available on Xbox Live that will enable downloading of the Halo 3 Beta. Also, as a consolation for lost time and inconvenience, we are extending the Halo 3 Beta end date to Sunday, 6/10, at 11:59 PM PDT.

Enjoy the extra day betaing multiplayer.

Extra 3 days, actually.
9199  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: 2 player game, suggestions please! on: May 17, 2007, 02:26:40 AM
When we get together, my family really enjoys playing the Sequence board game.  It's fairly simple to get a grasp on but then allows for strategies, and it's playable for 2 to 12 people. 

It doesn't have anything to do with comic books or anything, though.
9200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers Pics (Now NSFW) on: May 16, 2007, 11:43:25 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 16, 2007, 02:55:18 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 16, 2007, 06:23:11 AM

OMG she has my name tattoo'd on her pubic area.  Tongue

I missed that tatoo.  crap, she's already marked   icon_frown

Not only marked, but marked by a guy who was on 90210 when she was 4! 
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