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9161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms out 3/7/07 on: March 03, 2007, 06:56:35 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on March 03, 2007, 06:39:36 AM

Depends on whether or not the additional content comes with an additional pricetag. 

Hahaha, do you actually think they would leave out fundamental elements to the series only to give them away later?  That is not how things are done in the era of microtransactions, silly boy!  (well, at least until they get the appropriate amount of negative backlash and then backpedal on the next set)
9162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 2/Mar/07 on: March 03, 2007, 03:30:02 AM
I won't be getting too much time in since my parents are flying in this weekend, but for tonight at least I will be playing some Crackdown.  I need to finish off the last two kingpins and I'd like to at least find all of the agility orbs. 
9163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms out 3/7/07 on: March 03, 2007, 03:25:09 AM
When OXM reviewed this a month or two ago they gave it a 7.5 and said it was a bit cheap on the content, like only including 3 backgrounds or so and not having all of the signature weapons.  Unfortunately I think I tossed that issue so I can't relay exactly what it was they knocked it for.  
9164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GRAW download free with OXM on: March 03, 2007, 03:20:20 AM
The only problem is that if you are buying the magazine for that "free" download, you end up basically paying $10 for it. 
9165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console / PC Games of the Year on: March 03, 2007, 03:10:50 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 03, 2007, 01:59:09 AM

since none of the games I voted for first place are number 1 these results are null and void  Tongue

No, I'm pretty sure it means that CeeKay's votes are null and void from now on.  Tongue
9166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony to unveil Playstation HOME at GDC? on: March 02, 2007, 03:49:12 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 02, 2007, 02:42:53 PM

It all sounds promising.  Although personally I like just having a gamer score and achievments over having a 3d space that you must navigate through to see game milestones.  Not a big deal either way though. 

Depending on how they implement this, I agree with you.  I've never liked or understood stupid sports games and such that gave you a "crib" to decorate and I hated the way garages were implemented in the later Project Gotham Racing.  I'd rather just quickly view and select my trophies, achievements, cars, whatever in a list than have to inefficiently navigate some crappy, confusing 3D rooms. 

But obviously they made those features for somebody, so as usual I am no longer the target market. 
9167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony to unveil Playstation HOME at GDC? on: March 02, 2007, 05:29:47 AM
Sounds like they have some good things in the pipeline, some of them that Microsoft has been extremely slow to fix or change (like better dashboard customizations). 
9168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER GOLD! on: March 02, 2007, 05:24:44 AM
Wow.  Every once in a while a little ball of snow is put in a cooler and survives the trip all the way into Lucifer's realm. 

I hope they used the time to adequately polish it and I look forward to impressions.  Given a decent sale I might just pick it up since there isn't much else on my immediate horizon (that I can think of, at least). 
9169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony to unveil Playstation HOME at GDC? on: March 02, 2007, 03:01:25 AM
This sounds like it could be pretty cool.  It's unfortunate that this wasn't available when the system and online network launched, and it makes me wonder if they will be implementing any sort of backwards achievements (doubtful) and whether it will be a mandatory inclusion in future games and at what point that will start. 
9170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: March 01, 2007, 05:31:53 AM

Quote from: papasmurff on March 01, 2007, 04:46:54 AM

FOUND ALL 500 AGILITY ORBS!!!!!

Aww, you suck!  I'm still about 40 short on those, and over 100 short on the blue hidden ones. 
9171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 107 year old chain smoker: Secret to long life is no sex! on: March 01, 2007, 03:14:18 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 01, 2007, 02:51:01 AM

What kind of cake do you get someone for their 6-year no-sex anniversary?

The flavor isn't quite as important as the naked lady which will pop out of it.  slywink
9172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 02/27/07 on: March 01, 2007, 02:43:01 AM
I saw Stranger Than Fiction in theaters, but will probably add it to the queue anyway since I enjoyed it.
9173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft's new strageties (and they love Nintendo, too!) on: March 01, 2007, 02:27:21 AM

Quote from: kronovan on February 28, 2007, 09:56:26 PM

Well I guess how you read the initial article in this thread very much depends on your personal bent. For the converted, current owners of 360's it's just Microsoft being clever at praising Nintendo at the expense of Sony. Whereas I read it as an omission from Mirosoft that they're not reaching the casual gamer and they better do something about it fast.

I agree with how you read that, meaning they aren't reaching the casual gamer, are fully aware of it and are trying to address it.  I don't think he was pointing at a price reduction but was addressing the software that is available to appeal to those consumers.    The problem is that dealing with a specific deficiency like that is not something that can be overcome immediately given the 12-18 months of development those games have to go though. 
9174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 28, 2007, 04:33:31 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on February 28, 2007, 04:30:44 AM



Taken by some no name guy at the Oscars. icon_wink

Yeah, because the show wasn't long enough and boring enough without wonderful things like that. 
9175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worms XBLA certified on: February 28, 2007, 04:27:57 AM
As the title says, apparently the XBox Live version of Worms has passed certification and should be out in a few weeks, depending on that release schedule. 
9176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Race to the Bottom: Who has the worst TV? on: February 28, 2007, 04:03:48 AM
My only TV is a crappy 21" RCA with a really curved screen, mono audio input/output and has never heard of such things as S-Video or composite cable inputs.  This is why I play my 360 using VGA cables.  I am slowly saving up for a moderately sized HDTV.
9177  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free 1 year sub to Games for Windows on: February 28, 2007, 03:22:19 AM
Nice find, I can always use free game magazines.
9178  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / GoGamer ad on: February 28, 2007, 03:19:58 AM
Maybe it's just me, but I am still seeing the same GoGamer add on the front page that they were showing back around Christmas.  Same games and same red background with snowflakes. 

Is there some sort of issue on GT's end or is it their problem?
9179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name! This! Movie! on: February 27, 2007, 04:55:01 AM
I think the end of Tremors 3 did end with them setting of a big explosion, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't an air strike. 

But, as was said in the first post he only saw the last 15 minutes so it could probably be any number of crappy B-movies that I have never seen (and that is a pretty cliche way to end something like that). 
9180  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Just wondering on: February 27, 2007, 04:07:50 AM
"He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future."

Not exactly pertinent to the issue at hand, but I can't pass up a chance to quote Orwell.
9181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phil Harrison the next Krazy Ken? [Negative PS3 post] on: February 27, 2007, 02:36:29 AM
If you want to read about what Sony is now saying about their Euro backwards compatibility, check that out.  Sony seems to just dodge questions or problems it doesn't want to address, and that is from a "semi-official" PS3 site. 
9182  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: MASSIVE Best Buy Clearance - $1.99 games! on: February 26, 2007, 03:45:21 PM
Man, if I didn't have to go to work this morning I would be all over that!  Lots of games there that I would be interested in, but the chances of actually finding them would be slim I think. 
9183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 26/Feb/07 on: February 26, 2007, 03:41:03 PM
I played quite a bit of Crackdown, although I spent lots of time just screwing around, looking for orbs, taking jumps and maxing out my skills. 
9184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/26) on: February 26, 2007, 03:35:32 PM
Hmmm, nothing for me this week.  
9185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown - need help? on: February 26, 2007, 03:04:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 26, 2007, 01:08:38 AM

ah, so it's just the amount of feet the object travels in any direction.  here I thought it had to be straight forward.  thanks!

No, I'm pretty sure that it's measured straight forward (like the car jump one), but sending it off a building will give it a lot more room to maximize it's horizontal distance. 

Also, what weapon are you guys using when you get towards the end of the game?  I end up using the one that looks like an M-60 because it holds 80 bullets in the clip and 800 total.  It seems to be as powerful as any of the others (if not more so) and I can't hit headshots for shit unless I'm right next to the guy or using the scope.  My Firearms skill is 4 stars, too. 
9186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 screen adjustment possible? on: February 25, 2007, 10:31:10 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 25, 2007, 02:22:19 PM

Quote from: Hetz on February 25, 2007, 02:06:28 PM

Quote from: Graham on February 25, 2007, 07:56:04 AM

This is really noticeable in VF5.  I got an early copy and even emailed the people at Sega about it thinking that this is an issue with the game.  I really think that this is an issue with the PS3 and I wouldn't have noticed it unless I reviewed VF5.  I didn't notice it with Resistance until I forced the PS3 to go to 480p mode.  Once I took off 720p and 1080i, it seemed to work fine.  I am using an LCD monitor with Component inputs.  No issues with my Xbox 360.  So now my PS3 is pushing out a signal equivalent to the Wii.  It looks prettier, but it looks like Sony is still having issues with the scaler, even with the latest firmware patch.

I haven't noticed this at all. I am running the game in 720p on a 1080p Sony SXRD TV. I don't have any lettering cut off at all.

I also don't have this problem with the Xbox 360 either.

This doesn't sound like an overscan issue though. It could be but it doesn't sound like it. This sounds like the PS3's scaler is not working quite right, when you try and run the game at it's non-native resolution. If that is the case, then a firmware update should be able to fix it.

Did Sony not test the PS3 on anything other than a 1080p TV? It seems like nearly all of the issues that people are reporting with the PS3 image go away when you have a 1080p native TV.

I was thinking this might be an issue where the TV says it runs 720p but actually runs like 768 for that second number.  The scaler doesn't see it as 720p and gets all crazygonuts.

I was thinking this exact same thing.  I'm not sure if it is the problem, but it seems a likely culprit. 

DKP +50 for using "crazygonuts". 
9187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown - need help? on: February 25, 2007, 10:29:53 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 25, 2007, 10:09:31 PM

I saw one award for throwing something more that 200 or so feet, but with my strenth maxed out nothing I ever threw probably went more that 100 feet.  Was there something that I was missing?

Take somebody to the top of a building and toss them off, and be sure to aim a bit up before you pull the trigger. 
9188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game Updates (without patch notes) on: February 25, 2007, 10:27:38 PM
I agree that it would be nice to have a standardized "update notes" type thing so you know what has changed. 

I also think that it would be nice to get a little note in the dashboard letting you know when additional content or updates have been made available for a game you own/have played.  Then you would be able to turn that on or off for all games or each game individually in the dashboard, too.
9189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A different approach - help me preview Guitar Hero II for 360 on: February 25, 2007, 08:39:40 PM
My only honest question is: as someone who hasn't purchased either of the last two, why would I want to spend $90 on this one? 
9190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 25, 2007, 08:22:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 25, 2007, 02:20:33 PM

Quote from: Destructor on February 25, 2007, 01:51:29 PM

Quote from: juniordan on February 25, 2007, 08:48:20 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 24, 2007, 03:00:44 AM

Another small detail that is a huge improvement over GTA for me is the fact that the cars you leave around stay there for a long time.  I jumped a car into the pond near the carnival area and then went around grabbing all the Agility orbs at the carnival and beach and just screwing around for a while.  When I was done with that I jacked a new car and started driving by that pond and my old car was still in there, like 20 minutes later! 

I always detested how just turning around would make cars disappear in GTA, even in the PC versions.
I said that samething just today. but then I quickly remembered GTA had a very active AI. You left a car alone and it would get jacked, hell they will even pull you out of the car and jack you in GTA. I cant remember have a car disappear like that in GTA: SA, which I am assuming you are talking about.

Huh? While I never played the GTA games all that much, I never remember somebody taking your car back after you've stolen it. I do remember constantly though of simply turning around and all the cars behind me outright vanishing when I turned the other way.

Oh yeah, I don't know if it was just in the recent ones, but sometimes after you pulled someone out of their car and closed the door, if you didn't drive away they'd open the door again and pull you out.

Yeah, I have had the cops pull me out of my car after I've run over a few too many civilians, but I don't think I've ever had a gang member or civilian do that after I've stolen their car.
9191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: darkness new gameplay footage on: February 25, 2007, 12:45:13 AM

Quote from: Misguided on February 25, 2007, 12:14:59 AM

You play the monster?

Basically, yeah.  You are a mob hitman type guy who is a vessel for the Darkness, which gives you the power to use those tentalcle things, summon blackholes and conjure up those Darklings that do your bidding. 
9192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown - need help? on: February 25, 2007, 12:35:39 AM
That was the same way I ended up killing that guy in the oil refinery place, metallicorphan.  I got really annoyed that I couldn't get inside that building and then after I blew up the third control panel the guy just popped out up top. 
9193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Absolutely Hilarious Video mocking Sony on: February 24, 2007, 09:38:07 PM
Don't forget today's amusingly appropriate Dilbert:  biggrin

9194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: darkness new gameplay footage on: February 24, 2007, 09:29:55 PM
The only thing that would maybe make me wait instead of buying the 360 version is if they put out a "Director's Cut" on the PC like they did with Riddick.  That is one of the few games that I have gone back to play through a second time so I could listen to all the great commentary and check out the videos/pics they had. 
9195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man hears porn, thinks it's rape, arrives with a sword, hilarity ensues on: February 24, 2007, 07:30:18 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on February 24, 2007, 05:42:59 PM

Quote from: Kobra on February 24, 2007, 04:21:32 PM

Regarding the OP story, it is funnier than you think.

The OTHER GUY also had a SWORD!  I saw the full story on MSNBC last night with followup.  The first guy ran up with a heirloom calvary rapier from his great great grandfather.   He busts the door down and runs in, the other guy draws out a conan style 2 handed greatsword.

I kid you not.


As I understand it Calvary is where Christ died, cavalry is the mounted guys on horses. icon_wink

And Calgary was the site of the '88 Winter Olympics!  Tongue
9196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown - need help? on: February 24, 2007, 07:25:53 PM
Yeah, finding all of the orbs is going to be a real dog.  I think the Agility ones won't be too bad (I've got around 350 of them and haven't gone to Shi-Gen lands yet), but the hidden ones are going to really suck (I only have 80 or something).  

I think getting 4 stars in the Driving ability will help you do the stunts and stuff quite a bit also, since with the SUV it gives you the ability to hold down the horn button to spring-load and bounce for more air.

I'm not really bothering with the explosive Achievements until I get rank 4 and the seeking rocket launcher.  

I do kind of wish that once you found a race/stunt circle that it would show up on the big overmap.  I always seem to go around to the same ones over and over looking for the one I want.  
9197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: darkness new gameplay footage on: February 24, 2007, 07:19:10 PM
After Riddick I have quite a bit of confidence in Starbreeze.  If they can get the controls for all the insanity to be intuitive enough I think this could be a real winner. 
9198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And the Lettuce is not so Sensuous on: February 24, 2007, 07:15:06 PM
From what I have ready you first have to hit 'Y' on the HD selection before entering that code.  (TeamXBox, Joystiq)
9199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Absolutely Hilarious Video mocking Sony on: February 24, 2007, 07:06:23 PM
Can't we all get along?  Won't somebody please think of the children!  [insert picture of Helen Lovejoy here] slywink

I didn't think the video was all that funny, but mostly because it didn't do as great a job of lampooning Sony and/or the PS3 that it could have. 
9200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BEHOLD! The Cake made of.... on: February 24, 2007, 07:58:06 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on February 24, 2007, 06:28:12 AM

Yeah, I'm in the "looks good to me" camp. Seriously, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and condiments = yum. It does remind me of that Friends episode where Rachel accidentally baked a dessert that was half Shepherd's Pie because the cookbook pages stuck together.

"What’s not to like? Custard? Good. Jam? Good. Meat? Gooooood!"  biggrin
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