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9241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: August 24, 2007, 02:37:30 PM
I wasn't quite as excited by the demo as I expected to be, but I'm pretty sure I will be picking this one up some time.  I do love the driving and crashing and everything.  Since my 360 is on it's way to Microsoft it probably won't be for a few weeks, though. 
9242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A Teaspoon of Urine to Gauge a City's Drug Use. Fascinating on: August 24, 2007, 02:32:29 PM

Quote from: Crux on August 23, 2007, 01:51:38 PM

Quote from: Interloper on August 22, 2007, 09:16:45 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on August 22, 2007, 03:29:09 PM

All those drugs go back into the water at some point, along with soaps, and do magical things to fish and plants.

I swear I read an article in the past year that claimed certain health problems fish were having in a metro area stream was caused by huge amounts of estrogen being pissed out by all the women in the city on birth control.  It was actually a fascinating article, but for the life of me I cannot find it now.  It's amazing (in a sad way) to see what far reaching impact people have on the local bio-system. 

Not just birth control mate. There is estrogen in chicken these days because they pump the chickens full of it to make them plump. Really there is estrogen in a lot of foods where it doesn't belong. It's part of the cause behind the obesity problem now - estrogen is a growth hormone that promotes a higher % of body fat. And in humans body fat results in the production of estrogen. It is a vicious cycle.

Actually, the USDA prohibits the use of hormones, including estrogen, in raising poultry and pigs. 
9243  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Penny Arcade Expo on: August 24, 2007, 01:27:55 PM
I live up near there and I thought about it, but since I have to work Friday night into Saturday morning I don't think I would stay awake enough to make it worthwhile.  Also, I know this is supposed to be more gamer focused than E3, but I've been to that and don't really have much desire to go to such a noisy spectacle show (and pay for it) again. 
9244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: wanna see some GT5 porn? on: August 24, 2007, 01:54:52 AM
So you've never seen a race car driver bump into another car, or hit the wall, or slide out, or anything like that?  Just because you're not supposed to doesn't mean it doesn't happen. 
9245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: July NPD - "The Wii is just a fad" on: August 24, 2007, 01:53:47 AM
I don't really consider WiiPlay to be a game.  It's a regular priced controller with a $10 add-on pack of shitty games. 
9246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: wanna see some GT5 porn? on: August 24, 2007, 01:48:03 AM
So what about the changes in aerodynamics if you get a little too aggressive and bump the guy ahead of you, or scrape the wall or something? 

Plus, I just like to see my car get dirty, scraped and dented and whatever else should happen instead of just bonking off stuff like an old arcade game.
9247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds. anyone on board? on: August 24, 2007, 01:42:39 AM
You realize that the Ageia physics isn't just for hardware, it is also a software physics middleware solution, right?  It's just that they also have a hardware board to help accelerate it or add further enhancements.
9248  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 24, 2007, 01:33:33 AM
It's hard to tell if he's doing a flying kick or slipped on a comically placed banana peel.  Either way I'm sure alcohol was involved. 
9249  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Crackdown (360) for $18 shipped at CompUSA on: August 24, 2007, 01:30:13 AM
Do it!  The game is definitely worth it if you enjoy action games. 
9250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360: Widescreen and fullscreen on: August 24, 2007, 01:20:01 AM
I have been saying this for ages.
9251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: August 24, 2007, 01:17:49 AM
You can see that guy's review of Fable: The Lost Chapters over at his site  He's also now working for The Escapist where he did a great send up of the Heavenly Sword demo and just reviewed Psychonauts!
9252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Apparently a time-bomb comes standard with every 360. on: August 24, 2007, 01:04:49 AM
I just got my empty box from UPS today and sent my 360 out.  Here's to hoping that I get one of the new model back, too! 
9253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]IGN review of Heavenly Sword on: August 24, 2007, 12:58:46 AM
I hate to come down on Sony/PS3, but it seems as if their huge games for this fall just aren't reaching their potential.  This and Lair were probably their two biggest exclusive titles (until Ratchet & Clank) and both of them are getting some mediocre responses. 
9254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend me some PS3 games. on: August 24, 2007, 12:36:08 AM

Quote from: Caine on August 23, 2007, 11:12:54 PM

btw, is there a gt f@h group to join my work to? 

Yes there is.  (and by the way, for anyone that cares you can join it with a PC running Folding@home, also)
9255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360: Widescreen and fullscreen on: August 23, 2007, 03:37:53 AM
With the VGA adapter you choose actual resolutions, like 1024x768 for a 4:3 ratio and be sure to select Normal display mode.  Sometimes games have bugs with 4:3 VGA modes (like Gears of War and Lego Star Wars 2) where they will end up stretching it if you select higher than 640x480.
9256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming headphones? on: August 23, 2007, 01:29:49 AM
What about wireless headphones, any suggestions?  I know they may not have the uber fidelity of the high end wired ones but there are other benefits.

I've been using a set of Sony IR headphones for a few years and I love the fact that I'm not tied to my location or have to worry about the cord getting yanked or bent too much.  The IR kind is directional but these ones cover more than the 180 degrees in front of the receiver and gives much better quality than the RF ones that I tried (a few years ago, that is).  This pair is kind of wearing out, though, and I'd like to get something new.  

Have there been any serious improvements in wireless headphones in the last few years?
9257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds. anyone on board? on: August 22, 2007, 01:54:12 PM
I downloaded the demo (from FileFront) and the fact that it even ran on my PC was surprising.  I jammed it all down to medium settings and it wasn't perfectly smooth but it ran better than LOTRO beta did. 

I never played Oblivion (the shame!), but this seemed like a decent RPG from what I saw.  Certainly better third person animation that they had in that game.  Voice acting wasn't too bad at all and the graphics would probably look good on a nice system or a 360.  I'd say to give it a try if you were at all interested. 
9258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD thing is taking a long time to finish on: August 22, 2007, 01:47:54 PM
Who the hell spends $30-40 for a movie?  Sure as hell not me or anyone I know. 
9259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FATE/Diablo-style game coming to XBLA on: August 22, 2007, 12:46:15 PM
Looks interesting, but I wouldn't bet money on XBLA.  Even something like Monster Madness was a full retail game and I believe Microsoft reiterated that they are sticking with the 150MB limit for now. 
9260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo (Another Xbox 360 Bites the Dust) on: August 22, 2007, 08:49:17 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 22, 2007, 06:24:29 AM

Quote from: JasonConan on August 22, 2007, 05:53:25 AM

WTF?  I've only played the thing for like a month.  Guess I'll call Microsoft in the morning.  My stupid box is going to be gone for a while, isn't it?  SONOFA@#!##!

I hear Microsoft has really been improving as far as 'out time' goes. I'm hearing it's 2 to 3 weeks (the time from when you make the first call to when you get your console back), a far cry from the 4 to 5 weeks it used to be only a few short months ago.

They just told me 3-4 weeks when I called them on Friday morning, so I wouldn't expect anything too drastic.  It takes 3 or 4 business days just to get the empty box to you.  

And I can not believe the amount of willpower it must have taken to not play your 360 as it sat there for 8 months.  Cripes!  I know it looks good on an HDTV, but that doesn't mean it looks unplayable on a regular one.  slywink
9261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Drought is Over!!! BIOSHOCK IN MY HANDS! on: August 22, 2007, 03:53:34 AM
Circuit City is such a shithole of customer service these days.  Which shouldn't be much of a surprise since that round of layoffs for employees who were making too much money so they could hire some minimum wage punks who don't know anything or care to. 
9262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: August 22, 2007, 03:51:36 AM

Quote from: Brendan on August 21, 2007, 09:32:29 PM

On the off chance anyone's a SUPER FAN, there's a My Chemical Romance songpack available with three songs.  New, never before seen content!  And Farscry still won't buy it... slywink

Maybe if it was anything actually good, instead of emo-pop crap-of-the-day.
9263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: skate. on: August 22, 2007, 03:49:55 AM
I really wanted to give this demo a try, but I guess I'll be waiting a few weeks for my 360 to come back.  Unfortunately it doesn't sound like I will be missing too much anyway.  I was hoping this would be a fluid, intuitive rebirth of skating, instead of another overly complicated, nonresponsive crap that I suspected all along.  So sad.

Speaking of Amped, I did like the direction they went with Amped 2, where a slow, slylish grab could get you as many points as button mashing a bunch.  I was never all that good at it, but I was hoping Amped 3 would take that to the next level.  That demo sorely disappointed me, too. 
9264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hot Shots Golf 5 Impressions on: August 22, 2007, 02:14:07 AM

Quote from: Canuck on August 21, 2007, 12:59:39 AM

They're selling a PS3 package with Minna no Golf in Japan.  Unfortunately it doesn't come with the $100 discount that they get in America so I'm holding off.  I'm playing a LOT of Minna no Golf on my PSP right now.  I just wish it had multiplayer.

Are you playing the equivalent of Hot Shots Golf Open Tee on your PSP, or is there a newer version?  I saw Open Tee in Best Buy for only $15.
9265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 2 !!!!!!!!!!!! on: August 22, 2007, 01:28:02 AM
I had heard the rumors, and this is the best game announcement in a long time!  Mafia was definitely one of my favorite games and I hope they can top it in every way.
9266  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gods and Heroes Beta codes on: August 21, 2007, 01:06:15 PM
It specifically says that "During the Beta phase you won't be required to enter a valid Credit Card number", but if you don't then it gives you an error.  That's retarded. 

Still haven't figured out where to get the download. 

Haha, now I entered a credit card number and it gives me this error:

The subscription package with ID -1 is not for the game Gods & Heroes: Beta Keys (Comic Con), STOP HACKING!

Downloads can be found here.
9267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 21, 2007, 12:55:01 PM
I think my 3 parts of the ring were different than that, actually.  The bottom right was out instead of top right.  It will probably reach them and they'll say it's some other red ring problem that's not covered by the extended warranty and would I please bend over and pay them many money.
9268  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Community: I need your help. on: August 21, 2007, 09:46:29 AM
Yay!  Glad to hear you made the goal and we get three of you to get our personalized game coverage!  Just remember, my donation was on the condition that you don't waste time with any of that Sims junk.  slywink

And the new site redesign launching in a couple months looks great!  Can't wait.
9269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LTTP: What's the Best Free RSS Reader? on: August 21, 2007, 09:19:51 AM

Quote from: warning on August 21, 2007, 07:00:50 AM

I always read it as Link To The Past.  Which made sense for the Metroid Prime thread but not so much for this one.  Thanks for clarifying.

That's what I had assumed it was, too, and then this one didn't quite make sense to me.  Thanks for schooling me, DarkEL.
9270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LTTP: What's the Best Free RSS Reader? on: August 21, 2007, 04:19:59 AM
What's this LTTP crap I'm seeing around now?
9271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Genres You Used To Love, But No Longer Do on: August 21, 2007, 04:06:55 AM
I used to play a ton of RTS games back when I had a LAN to play with my college buddies.  StarCraft, Total Annihilation, Age of Empires/Kings, C& many hours spent on those.  Then I came to the realization that I didn't really like stressing out about micromanaging a million things at once and getting the perfect build order and everything else.  I enjoyed Dawn of War for a while, but never even got Company of Heroes.
9272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is interesting. on: August 21, 2007, 03:51:07 AM
You guys do realize you're already on a forum, in a Bioshock thread, talking about the game, right?
9273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/20) on: August 21, 2007, 12:47:27 AM
Since my 360 is currently dead...nothing.  Although I did just preorder a new PSP, if that counts.
9274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: new 360 names? on: August 20, 2007, 12:08:11 PM
I think it's funny that they call the core the Arcade, since you won't really be able to download any more Live Arcade games on it with your memory card full. 
9275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2000 available for preorder on Amazon on: August 20, 2007, 12:06:50 PM

Quote from: Misguided on August 20, 2007, 11:34:20 AM

What the heck is Star Wars Battlefront:Renegade Squadronsaywhat

Also, Daxter and Family Guy in the same bundle? Are they insane?

It's a new SW:Battlefront game designed just for the PSP where you play as a scoundrel in Han Solo's "Renegade Squadron" in single player, and of course the same Battlefield inspired multiplayer stuff as the other SW:Battlefront games.  I hate to link to IGN, but they have a bunch of previews, screenshots, videos, etc

I'm assuming the thinking on the Daxter + Family Guy combo is for their target teen-twenties market.  Daxter may seem kiddie, but I've been playing it the last couple days and it is excellent in oh so many ways.  Of course you can get it for $15 at Best Buy these days. 

In case you can't tell, I'm kind of excited about the new PSP.  I just preordered a piano black one. 
9276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today's Sunday Project on: August 20, 2007, 11:14:02 AM

Quote from: Blackadar on August 20, 2007, 10:54:20 AM

I was hoping that this would have been some sort of Sunday Skin thread.  I was, but it ain't what I was hoping for.  biggrin

Well, I think it was Moriarty who was saying she wanted more man-flesh posted.  And she got it!  slywink
9277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today's Sunday Project on: August 20, 2007, 02:53:55 AM
So is there some sort of significance to the crane and catfish? 
9278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Exclusives on the Horizon on: August 20, 2007, 02:46:33 AM
I'm in the same boat as you, Blackadar.  I bought my 360 last summer and haven't looked back since.  Sure, there are a few games I would like to be able to run on my PC, but there are a lot more on the 360 that run perfectly and look great and will continue to do so for the next few years. 
9279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft Xbox 360 Ultimate on: August 20, 2007, 02:23:22 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on August 20, 2007, 02:13:43 AM

I also saw somewhere or other that sometime in the fall/winter MS will start including two games with any new 360. I believe Marvel Ultimate Alliance (or whatever it's called) is one of the games. I can't remember the other.

The other was Forza 2.  I think it was Kotaku that had pictures of those Holiday packs. 

I think it's a little too late for the HD-DVD drive to be part of the 360.  Not that the format war is over, but it's just not a great idea at this point.
9280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2000 available for preorder on Amazon on: August 20, 2007, 01:25:45 AM
Yup, like wonderpug said, you can hook it up to your TV with (sold seperately) composite or component cables.  UMDs will display on both at full screen 640x480, games only via composite cables and at the native resolution of 480x272p. 

It also has double the internal memory (64 MB) and caching functionality to potentially speed up load times.  I'm curious to see if this works well for older games or mostly only for games designed with it in mind. 

You can also charge the PSP via a regular USB cable now, instead of having to buy a special USB-power splitter cable. 

I'm just trying to decide between the ice-silver on that comes in the Daxter pack or the piano black one. 
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