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9161  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.
9162  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?
9163  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). 
9164  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.
9165  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. 
9166  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. 
9167  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. 
9168  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.  
9169  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. 
9170  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". 
9171  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. 
9172  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.
9173  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? 
9174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 25, 2007, 08:22:15 PM

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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.
9175  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. 
9176  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. 
9177  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

9178  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. 
9179  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
9180  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.  
9181  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. 
9182  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)
9183  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. 
9184  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
9185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BEHOLD! The Cake made of.... on: February 24, 2007, 04:25:14 AM
I just love the word "meatcake".  Yum!
9186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 02/20/07 on: February 24, 2007, 04:21:53 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on February 23, 2007, 02:23:03 PM

Flight of Fury - one hell of a movie! I didn't even notice it on the list until I stumbled across it at BB, picked it up for free (thanks to BB total access) and watched it last night.
It's a more or less typical Steven Seagal movie, but for a straight to video release, what a great movie. Lots of action, military "good guy" gone bad, a hot lesbian terrorist, professionally produced, you put it all together and you have a good action flick.

It's hard to believe Seagal is in his 50's already, seems like just yesterday I was watching him in Under Siege.

Definitely a recommended rental.

I'm glad you're not on Netflix, because you would be no Friend of mine!  slywink

Steven Seagal straight to video...sheesh!
9187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many Computers/Televisions in your house? on: February 24, 2007, 04:00:42 AM
1 TV, 1 PC, 1 (rarely used frown) Laptop and an extra monitor set up to play my 360 on.
9188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown 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.

Also, is there some easier way to get Driving skill points?  Completing the races don't seem to give jack squat, especially considering they take so damn long and I end up running over civilians which slows down progress in that skill.  I guess the only other thing to do is slowly back up, turn and go forward over and over again trying to run some gang members over. 
9189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 23/Feb/07 on: February 24, 2007, 02:51:33 AM
Crackdown, bitches!  I want to get all of the Achievements, so we'll see how that goes. 

And then I'll probably play the "seriously cleaning the apartment" game since my parents are coming next weekend.  Bleah.
9190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktop Thread on: February 23, 2007, 02:48:53 AM
Mine has been this Crackdown one for quite a while...I might need to switch it up soon:



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9191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: February 22, 2007, 03:44:01 PM
I finished A Storm of Swords, The Inimitable Jeeves and am nearly done with The Gun Seller.  All good books.

I need some more suggestions, so you guys need to read more and give feedback!  slywink
9192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 22, 2007, 05:42:07 AM
I noticed that if you see one of the car billboards and then target it (left-trigger) it will scroll text that shows you who has the top time on one of the races.  Kind of cool, although I'm sure I will never see my own name on one of those. 
9193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why no Chess on XBL? Any Plans For It? on: February 21, 2007, 03:32:08 AM
Yeah, I'm pretty sure if I had seen any king penis I would remember it...that sort of thing leaves scars.  I played the Apple IIGS version.
9194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: crackdown downloads already on: February 21, 2007, 03:30:17 AM
Yeah, the email I just got from XBox says "All Crackdown purchases made in North America include an invitation into the Halo 3 multiplayer public beta if purchased before the Halo 3 beta period begins.  Crackdown packages will be specifically marked with a Halo 3 sticker before the beta begins." 

To me that pretty much says that all copies purchased before the beta begins will be getting access to beta, but to make sure check for the Halo sticker. 
9195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 02/20/07 on: February 21, 2007, 03:18:23 AM
I'm adding A Guide to Recognizing your Saints, Man of the Year, Flushed Away and Babel to the queue. 

If you have read The Prestige, be prepared to throw away some of your knowledge and assumptions from the book since they were liberal with the changes.  Considering it was the Nolan brothers rewriting it they weren't bad changes, necessarily, but it did change the nature of the story a bit. 
9196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: crackdown downloads already on: February 21, 2007, 02:34:17 AM
Were you guys able to download the new agent Four-Play Pack from the marketplace?  On mine it shows the red cancel/not available icon in the price slot, and I'm thinking it's because my Gold subscription just ended last week. 

I can understand them giving Gold members demos and video previews and such ahead of Silver members, but not free content for a game I just freaking payed $60 for!  Dillholes. 

EDIT: D'oh, I just noticed on the back of this 48-hour Gold trial included in the game that it "allows access to online multiplayer gaming, but not to other Gold Membership features".  Double Dillholes. 
9197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why no Chess on XBL? Any Plans For It? on: February 20, 2007, 03:45:05 PM
I want Battle Chess!
9198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst song lyrics of all time? on: February 20, 2007, 03:42:13 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 20, 2007, 01:50:07 PM

Number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine...

 icon_biggrin
9199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike (Booster Pack) Preview on: February 20, 2007, 04:00:20 AM
That was a great preview and I liked the "spice" you added. 

My only concern with this is the same as it was with their previous expansions and booster packs, namely the fact that it splinters the community which makes it harder to find good games playing the new maps/modes. 
9200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NSFW: God of War 2 sex minigame on: February 20, 2007, 03:55:48 AM
I'm not always a fan of Action Trip, but I thought this was pretty good (of course it should be noted God of War is by no means implied to be a piece of shit game):


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