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9321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 patch 1.03 released on: December 06, 2006, 03:21:04 AM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on December 05, 2006, 09:38:26 PM

Yeah, I actually agree with Kobra, there are a lot of good Euro games out there.  I remember Earth 2150 (I believe that was the first one) was a dang good experience.  Colin McRae Rally was really fun (until the evil starforce came with it), and lets not forget The Guild 2.  Indigo Prophecy was a Euro game also and got generally good marks.  Don't generalize all of Euro gaming into one clump due to a few bad games.  I could also say that EA makes all of the American games look bad too. 

Agreed on those games.  Also, Jowood published Rally Trophy (from the makers of FlatOut 1/2) and that was a pretty sweet, bug-free game. 
9322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Halo 3 Trailer on: December 06, 2006, 03:03:56 AM
Or it was just imagery of what Earth was like before this planetary war thingy. 
9323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the Cell is going on? on: December 06, 2006, 03:02:00 AM

Quote from: Misguided on December 05, 2006, 07:22:51 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 04, 2006, 08:50:23 PM

+1

it's the next bullet-time; right after bloom.

Yup, but I think they are doing it for performance reasons, just like a lot of 360 games.

Motion-bluring is actually an after effect that has to be applied to the rendered frame and requires more processing power and memory than simply rendering a "clean" frame.  It is used to simulate the blur you would see through a camera and give a better impression of high speeds. 

And yes, it is often over used lately. 
9324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Unusually Slow Xmas for me. on: December 06, 2006, 02:45:18 AM
Yay, my option is up top now!  No pickles for me, man.  No sirree. 
9325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: R.I.P 360 on: December 06, 2006, 02:06:01 AM
Go straight to MyGamerCard.net, put in your GamerTag, select your Theme style (his is Gamebar, mine is Sig) and then hit Generate GamerCard Code.  Copy and paste the BBC code into your signature and you are good to go.

Back to the topic at hand...I've never heard of the Brown Screen.  Is that normal?
9326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 12/05/06 on: December 05, 2006, 03:53:09 PM
Yeah, there was an Almost Famous 2? 

I put Miami Vice and Pirates of the Carribean in my queue. 
9327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Unusually Slow Xmas for me. on: December 05, 2006, 03:37:06 PM
Where is the "I don't like pickles" option? 

I agree about the lack of games this holiday season, Gears of War was/is about the only big one for me.  But I guess that's alright since I'm spending too much money buying things for other people as it is. 
9328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Neverwinter Nights 2 patch 1.03 released on: December 05, 2006, 05:15:02 AM
I don't even have this game but I thought you guys might be interested in this.  Apparently you can get the patch via the in-game updater and check out all the fixes and changes here.  And boy are there a lot of them. 
9329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSX games up at NA PS3 store on: December 05, 2006, 05:08:46 AM
I think it's a possible valid arguement that playing some games on a smaller screen might be a problem.  Not only will it have to be squished or cropped to fit in the widescreen format, but reading the text may be a serious problem for RPGs and such. 

Not worth dismissing out of hand, but a consideration at the least. 
9330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Halo 3 Trailer on: December 05, 2006, 04:58:07 AM
Yeah, I just rewatched it and saw why he threw the grenade-shield.  The first time I saw it things didn't register quite right, I guess. 

Still, I'm not going to get a hardon for a silly CG trailer.  I'm sick of 'em.  Use them in-game if you must (although in this day and age there is little reason to), but advertise the actual game and not some fake clip. 
9331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut 2 demo on: December 05, 2006, 03:40:13 AM
Hooray for more people checking this one out!  I'll admit I'm a fanboy for this series, but I think it is one of the best games of it's kind and about the only on the PC. 

Rumor has it (gleaned from Empire's financial reports) that they are working on a title called FlatOut: Total Carnage for the 360 (and probably PC, too).  I'm pretty excited to see what these guys can do with a next-gen system. 
9332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone get any of the Burger King 360 games? on: December 05, 2006, 03:04:29 AM
So do you have to purchase a combo meal or something to be able to get these?  I rarely pick up fast food and if I do I never buy a combo. 
9333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/4) on: December 05, 2006, 02:59:37 AM
Looks like another week of replaying old games for me.  Fable, here I come! 

D'oh, I forgot that I put in a bid on Saints Row on eBay.  Looks like I won that for $28 + shipping so I guess you can count that as what I'm buying this week. 
9334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Halo 3 Trailer on: December 05, 2006, 02:50:38 AM
So what the hell was the point of him throwing down that self-shielding grenade thing when there was no-one around and he just ran and jumped into a huge group of dudes?  What a dork. 
9335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Question: do you brush your teeth in the shower? on: December 04, 2006, 03:52:30 PM

Quote from: depward on December 04, 2006, 07:22:55 AM

... but she says they make toothbrush holders for the shower.

Are you sure those aren't razor holders?  I know a lot of people that shave in the shower, including me, but don't think I know of anybody that brushes their teeth in there. 
9336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: 4/Dec/06 on: December 04, 2006, 03:35:33 PM
I spent most of my weekend playtime with Fable: The Lost Chapters.  I had played the original when it first came out and I'm having just as much fun replaying it with the added content. 

I also spent a bit of time playing the FlatOut 2 demo, which is kind of goofy since I own it for the XBox. 
9337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance vs Gears of War - FIGHT! on: December 04, 2006, 01:27:24 AM
Cripes, I say just let it die.  Resistance looks good, Gears looks good.  Enjoy your games and shut up already!

And Hetz, you know you're just bringing this shit up again and again to antagonize people, so don't get upset when they fire back.  Act like a single-minded dork and you will reap what you sow. 
9338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Spring is going to be like Christmas! on: December 04, 2006, 01:22:56 AM

Quote from: Luke on December 04, 2006, 12:44:59 AM

And of course the requisite 360/PC stuff.  And the Wii.  I'm optimistic about MP3 and Wario Ware.  But I'm too busy with what's already available to dedicate anymore time to discussing the future.  Tired of the gaming world spending so much time looking ahead.  Enjoy what you've already got.

I agree that it's better to live in the present than always look in the future, but honestly there isn't much that has been released lately that interests me.  Certainly not the normal holiday rush.  Gears of War was great for a while and I'm still playing BF2142 a bit, but other than that I'm back playing older games like Fable and TD: Eve of Destruction again.  That's why I'm "spending so much time looking ahead".  Plus, I'll have more disposable income when not buying all sorts of holiday gifts.  
9339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - 12/03/06 Edition (VERY 56k UNSAFE!) on: December 03, 2006, 10:12:26 PM
Good golly Miss Molly!
9340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Next Spring is going to be like Christmas! on: December 03, 2006, 10:00:37 PM
With the delay of some big titles and others that are scheduled for release early next year it's looking like Christmas all over again!  Heck, it's actually looking more fleshed out than this holiday season's releases.  It's going to be extremely hard to not only afford all the games I want, but to have the time to check them out. 

Some of the ones that I'm waiting to check out on the XBox 360 (some are multi-platform):
    Lost Planet
    Crackdown
    Bioshock
    Too Human
    Forza Motorsport 2
    The Darkness
    Assassin's Creed
    John Woo's Stranglehold
    Shadowrun
    Fusion Frenzy 2 (ok, not so much  icon_smile)

and for the PC:
    WoW: Burning Crusade
    Supreme Commander
    Half-Life 2: Episode 2 (w/ Portal and TF2)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

Then there are the 360 RPGs like Mass Effect, Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon, but I'm not even going to pretend they will make it out on time (and I'll admit that they don't really turn my crank).  Who knows if all of the others will hit their releases in the next few months or if they will fully live up to their potential, but if things turn out even near as well as they look it will be a boon for gamers! 

disclaimer: I only own an XBox 360 so far for this generation, so that's mostly what I'm excited about.  I'm not trying to dismiss the other consoles or anything, feel free to discuss those here, too. 
9341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Generosity or content desperation? You decide. on: December 03, 2006, 06:33:05 PM
Already covered
9342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [X360] EA eats crow! on: December 03, 2006, 01:22:06 AM

Quote from: rrmorton on December 03, 2006, 01:12:17 AM


This guy.

Tripod 0wnz joo!
9343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FlatOut 2 demo on: December 03, 2006, 12:56:47 AM
There is finally a demo out for FlatOut 2 and you can grab it at 3D Gamers.  The demo contains 3 cars (a derby junker, a 4x4 pickup and a slick street car) that you can use on 2 race tracks or 1 demo derby arena.  There is also one of the ragdoll minigames (darts) with it's own special car...my least favorite part of the game since I suck at them, but some people pretty much only played these.   No multiplayer in the demo, but the full game has it.

Surprisingly it runs quite well on my aging puter and still looks beautiful.  I love me some destructible chaos! 
9344  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Buy one dvd box set, get one free (Deep Discount DVD) on: December 02, 2006, 10:43:09 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 02, 2006, 03:46:42 PM

Not getting me with this one...I don't buy TV shows (except Firefly)

Well, it's not all TV shows.  They have some other stuff like the Die Hards, Clint Eastwood's The Man With No Name Trilogy, Mel Brooks collection, Rocky, etc.
9345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can anyone advise on this TV? on: December 02, 2006, 10:33:28 PM
I saw this SpiderTV thing mentioned in the Best Innovations part of the last issue of Popular Mechanics.  I can't imagine paying $200 for a calibration tool, but I guess if you've spent a few thousand on your TV or have some friends to buy it together it might be worthwhile. 
9346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think this console generation will be exceptional. on: December 02, 2006, 10:18:00 PM
I know previous 360 BC updates and such have been available on the disc that comes with the Official XBox Magazine and you can also download and burn them yourself or order them from xbox.com. 
9347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [X360] EA eats crow! on: December 02, 2006, 05:53:00 PM
I think it would be funny if you downloaded all these original/throwback uniforms and they now had SPRINT or Coca-Cola labels plastered on them. icon_biggrin  Hell, for all I know they probably do. 
9348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [X360] EA eats crow! on: December 02, 2006, 05:26:03 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 02, 2006, 01:35:58 PM

Actually, the word on the street is that Coca-Cola and Sprint 'sponsored' the uniforms (in other words, bought them), and as such, you, the gamer, doesn't have to pay for them.

That's why EA didn't charge for them.

You don't have to go by word on the street, it actually says right in the descriptions "Turn back the clock with Madden NFL 07 throwback uniforms, brought to you for free courtesy of Sprint! Includes throwback uniforms for the ...". 
9349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: December 02, 2006, 05:06:16 PM
I'm a big fan of off-road and rally racing games and if I had a PS3 I'm sure I would buy Motorstorm.  The videos I've seen make it seem a bit slow but it's undoubtedly beautiful.  My only concern is that it appears to use a Burnout style damage system where you are either in perfect condition or wrecked, with the same sort of slow-mo crashes.  Is that the case?  I much prefer a progressive damage system, especially with off-road racing. 

I'm also looking forward to DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road due out next year, and that will be on PC, 360 and PS3 so we can all enjoy that one.  Or more likely degrade into arguing over which version is better. 
9350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot Fuzz - The Trailer on: December 02, 2006, 05:22:53 AM
Well, I did enjoy Shaun of the Dead and they used an Eels song towards the end of the trailer so that rocks, but it just didn't look that funny or interesting to me.  Maybe a bit too much like Shaun of the Dead for it's own good.  Probably worth a rental, but not too exciting. 

Plus, a whole lot of the funny cop things have been done on other shows like Reno 9-11 (which also has a movie coming out). 
9351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Analyst says: EA brand name 'tarnished' on: December 02, 2006, 04:23:14 AM
Unreal Tournament has not been a yearly release.  The only time they released on after another was UT2003 and UT2004, and in that case they were released more than a year appart (UT2k3 released in 2002) and UT2004 added a shitload of stuff (vehicles, Onslaught, etc) and was a huge improvement and advancement for the series.  Plus, Epic has been very generous with their support and releases of free map packs and such so I don't consider them to be milking the series. 
9352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD cancelled. GT5 announced. on: December 01, 2006, 03:33:51 PM
What really trips me up is the "we deliver to everyone as the mini- version", which leads me to believe they will be releasing the core of the game as free, and then be doing the ultimate micropayments to download all the rest of the cars/tracks like they had talked about months ago.  Give them one free hit and then charge them out the wazoo for the rest. 
9353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need suggestions for the Christmas List - 2006 Ed. on: December 01, 2006, 05:22:14 AM
See the similar thread in Off Topic. 
9354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think this console generation will be exceptional. on: December 01, 2006, 03:25:49 AM
I think the first post is too long for me to bother reading, but I'll agree that new games are good. 
9355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sony gets Pwned, Microsoft style on: December 01, 2006, 03:08:38 AM
It appears we have this in two locations.  Still pretty funny. 
9356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2142 Tactics, Strategy, etc on: December 01, 2006, 02:59:39 AM

Quote from: Mattc0m on November 29, 2006, 03:52:44 PM

Here's a tip:

* Use the Light Armor. Your HP is barely effected, and in ALL cases that we tested it takes the same amount of hits to kill someone in either Heavy or Light Armor. With Light Armor, however, you gain 2x as much sprint, and 33% faster sprint recovery.

If this is true and it takes the same number of hits to kill someone, then what is the actual positive benefit of Heavy Armor?  When you tested this were your shots body shots?  With different weapons? 
9357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Let's War! What's your Most Disappointing Game of the Year? on: December 01, 2006, 02:48:46 AM
Oh, oh, oh.  Auto Assault!  I had such hopes for that one and it was absolutely my biggest disappointment this year. 

Other than what has already been mentioned (Dead Rising, I'm looking in your direction) I was kind of disappointed in Lego Star Wars 2.  I enjoyed the hell out of the first game earlier this year and the second one seemed to be missing something.  And they royally nerfed saber fighting, which was basically how I played the whole first game. 
9358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War/Multiplayer N00bz Look Here on: December 01, 2006, 02:30:09 AM
If I'm online on Saturday give me an invite.  I've played a few matches online but I've only seen a couple maps and I suck like a cheap date.  Noobz ar us!
9359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 HD-DVD playback over VGA **NOW WITH TEST RESULTS** on: December 01, 2006, 02:10:08 AM
As for those of us people using the VGA connection with non-widescreen monitors, at least Epic has said they are fixing the aspect ratio problem for Gears of War and will be released in an update!  No word on when that will be released, but at least it's been fixed and should be going through testing soon. 

Now if only we could get fixes for the other games with similar problems. 
9360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An ATB Retrospective on: November 30, 2006, 03:47:35 AM
Wow, we need an industrial strength sports bra just to hold up all this friggin padding!
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