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9361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console Game of the Year on: January 20, 2007, 08:44:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 20, 2007, 08:41:10 PM

Black?  Seriously?

Well, to be fair I think he picked the most voted game from each platform.  Obviously Gears is graphically superior and totally awesome, but for an orignal XBox game Black looked great with tons of explosions and damage and all sorts of visceral fun.  It did "stop and pop" without any special (and frustratingly "special") button for it, also.  I suppose the mutli-player and co-op of Gears gives it a good edge, but I don't really play online. 
9362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Delayed on: January 20, 2007, 05:41:14 PM
Free-roaming action game in a GTA-like world where you play an super-human "agent" that is trying to take down three gangs in the city.  Your character develops five specialties/powers over the course of the game depending on what you do (Strength, Agility, Firearms, Explosives, and Driving I think), eventually allowing you to scale and leap from buildings, throw cars and blow shit up with extreme prejudice.  Morphing cars, light-pole bats, car-door shields and other craziness in solo or drop-in co-op modes. 

Here's a trailer, or the same thing in high-def

On second thought, this trailer (also in HD) is maybe a better showcase of gameplay. 
9363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hillary Announces White House Run. Oh God No... on: January 20, 2007, 04:22:24 PM
In unrelated but equally shocking news, Kobra pimps Costco in forum!  slywink
9364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Delayed on: January 20, 2007, 04:18:57 PM
Glad to see a concrete date for the demo.  I'm really excited about this one, hopefully it is as awesome as it seems. 

One thing I saw that is kind of goofy is that the demo is a modified version of the game.  From their website: "note that Agent leveling is enhanced in the demo to provide a better understanding of the advanced abilities of these physically augmented peacekeepers.".  It also doesn't support drop-in co-op like the full game will, so hopefully that doesn't turn some people off. 
9365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2: Rogue Galaxy on: January 20, 2007, 07:48:38 AM
EGM had their reviews in the most recent issue, reviews were: 7.5, 7.0 and 8.0.  I think GameInformer's main score was a 9 in the previous issue. 
9366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question about original Xbox games on my 360 on: January 20, 2007, 07:43:01 AM
Just so you know, 1280x1024 is not a 4:3 ratio resolution.  You would have to set it down to 1024x760 to get a true 4:3 with the VGA adapter.  Some games also don't support higher than 480p so you may get better results by setting the resolution to 640x480.  Unfortunately they may not look as great on your LCD monitor since those will be non-native resolutions, but that depends on your monitor I think. 
9367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: January 20, 2007, 07:36:01 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 20, 2007, 06:59:28 AM

So, I grabbed a used copy tonight and played for about 90 minutes.  Actually, I spent 60 of those minutes fighting the controls and the final 30 playing around with the first Colossi while still fighting the controls.  Definitely not my thing  icon_frown -  I'm going to see if I can return it tomorrow at EB.

If it's used I'm pretty sure you have 7 days to return it for any reason whatsoever.  I guess this might not be one I pick up after I've caught up on my previous PS2 purchases. 
9368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PASTE! on: January 20, 2007, 07:04:58 AM
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9369  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Wil someone delete that "Welcome by Walmart" thread in the Off-Topic forum? on: January 19, 2007, 03:38:13 PM
I missed that whole thread.  Obviously it looks like that is probably a good thing, but I still feel left out. 
9370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Controller Ever? Also: Gesture Based Gaming. What's its Impact? on: January 19, 2007, 03:36:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 19, 2007, 03:34:47 PM

I really like the 360 controller, but I've never had problems with the PS2 controller. Of course I use the Logitech wireless PS2 controller most of the time so that may make a difference.

Do you use AA batteries in that controller or does it have a charge pack? 
9371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 19/Jan/06 on: January 19, 2007, 03:34:45 PM
I've finally worked my way back through the parts of Ratchet & Clank that got overwritten on my memory card so I am excited to get on to the new parts of that. 

Maybe a little bit of Fight Night Round 3 on the 360 since I've been neglecting it.  I need to at least conquer my weight division and get all the achievements.  smile
9372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it just a "fib" to commit insurance fraud? on: January 19, 2007, 04:22:38 AM
And you guys pretend to be outraged at politicians and such when they have some unethical scandal.  Freaking hypocrites.  I don't really give a crap what you use as self-deluded justification, it's still lying, cheating and fraud. 
9373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I really WANT to support the 360... But its getting harder to/ on: January 19, 2007, 03:29:27 AM

Quote from: The Grue on January 19, 2007, 02:52:43 AM

Quote from: Hetz on January 18, 2007, 09:30:22 PM

Once again, I am not taking anything personally at all. I don't know why you keep saying that. It's just when you keep hearing nonsense comments like this:

"Since there isn't anything worth playing on the PS3, I don't think anyone has bothered turning theirs on to know if it would break or not."

It gets a little annoying to keep hearing the same tired thing over and over again.

Oh, come on, I was just joking.  Sure, it's a joke based partly in reality, but I posted it to balance out your 360 dig.  You hearing people crack on Sony and the PS3 is tiring to you just like you blindly defending Sony is tiring to us.  Well, tiring isn't a good word, I suppose as I am not really annoyed by you posting it.  Again, it's more that I think you gung-ho Sony attitude needs a little balance sometimes.

Instead of posting a "joke" or counter-dig like that, why not just contribute something worthwhile or keep quiet?  I think it should be quite obvious by this point that such things aren't much appreciated in these threads.
9374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: January 19, 2007, 03:11:04 AM

Quote from: kathode on January 18, 2007, 03:51:01 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 18, 2007, 03:21:10 AM

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer

Any good?  I have Everything Is Illuminated waiting on my shelf and have been trying to decide whether to start it.

I thought it was great and would highly recommend it. 
9375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Of Trolls and Tribulations: The Hobbit and LOTR Re-Read Discussion Thread on: January 19, 2007, 03:08:21 AM
It's also worth noting that at the time of the writing and first publishing of The Hobbit, Tolkien had not placed that world fully in his mythology of Middle-Earth (from earlier writings that would become The Sillmarillion).  They were only put together after The Hobbit was successful and he was asked for a sequel.  Some aspects of this can be seen in inconsistencies like the orcs always being called goblins in The Hobbit while in the LOTR books it developed to be mostly just the hobbits who occasionally called them goblins or goblin-soldiers. 
9376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSX Blur on: January 19, 2007, 02:11:25 AM
I hate EA Trax(tm).  They are such a huge waste of money, I immediately turn that crap off. 
9377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Controller Ever? Also: Gesture Based Gaming. What's its Impact? on: January 19, 2007, 02:07:42 AM
XBox 360 controller is my favorite. 
9378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360 LA] Heavy Weapon on: January 18, 2007, 03:41:39 PM
I played this one on the PC a year or two ago.  Seemed pretty decent for that sort of thing, but didn't really captivate me. 
9379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Delayed on: January 18, 2007, 03:40:32 PM
Son of a ...
9380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: January 18, 2007, 03:21:10 AM
So far I have read:

The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
The Pursuit of Happyness - Chris Gardner with Quincy Troupe
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
1984 - George Orwell
Teacher Man - Frank McCourt
Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin
The Inimitable Jeeves - P. G. Wodehouse
The Gun Seller - Hugh Laurie
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon
Counter-Clock World - Philip K. Dick
White Noise - Don DeLillo
Farewell, My Lovely - Raymond Chandler
The Road - Cormac McCarthy

Currently reading:

On Deck: (yikes!)
Gun Monkeys - Victor Gischler
The Simple Art of Murder - Raymond Chandler
The Children of Hurin - J.R.R Tolkien w/ Christopher Tolkien. 
A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami
A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin
9381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix now will deliver movies to your PC on: January 18, 2007, 03:15:24 AM
As for the test market thing, they have said that they are slowly rolling it out to members a few thousand at a time so that the servers don't get overwhelmed with everybody trying out the new thing at once.  It should be availabe to all members by the end of June.  
9382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Song of Ice and Fire on... HBO?! on: January 18, 2007, 03:03:09 AM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on January 17, 2007, 08:52:32 PM

One book per season? How many books is the series supposed to run? Seven? How many HBO series have made it four seasons, let alone seven?

The model for which I base my hope around: The Sopranos.

I just discovered this book series last year after one of those "What book should I read" threads (either hear or OO, I don't remember) and so far I absolutely love them.  I've read the first two and have the third waiting to be started but I want to space them out a bit so I'm not waiting forever between books.
9383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Missing in Action: Sequels We'd Love to See on: January 18, 2007, 02:53:48 AM
I'd love to see a follow-up to Giants, and Interstate '76 was one of my absolute favorite games (and then they totally ruined everything with '82). 
9384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Girl dies trying to get a Wii. on: January 18, 2007, 02:31:22 AM
EDIT: didnt' see the second page...oh, well, I'll let it stand.

There is a lengthier article over at GameSpot with some more details. 

And what's the big deal if it says woman or girl?  Just take it to mean female person and get over the hang-up. 
9385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] The first quarter looks dreadful on: January 17, 2007, 03:32:52 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 17, 2007, 06:02:08 AM

Same on MK:Armageddon, but I'm more wary on that one (still I'm holding off on the purchase for BC 360). 

MK: Armageddon made the backwards compatibility list on the last update, just so you know. 
9386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nuke'Em... on: January 17, 2007, 04:09:48 AM
If you're interested in Conker, it was remade for the XBox and is now backwards compatible on the 360. 
9387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RL Halo armor for the military. on: January 17, 2007, 03:43:04 AM

Quote from: Bob on January 16, 2007, 08:12:17 PM

Hell, if it only costs $2,000 to manufacture as he suggests, I bet he could sell a fair number to crazy fans and such.

No.. it would cost $2000 each to mass produce them. You'd have to build a factory and production line first.  I'm sure that's $100s of millions.

Well considering it only cost him $15,000 to develop and build it from scratch I don't think you would need $100's of millions to knock down the price per construction.  It may be higher than $2000, but considering the amount of waste spending in the military I don't think that even double or triple that would make them blink. 
9388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hello. on: January 17, 2007, 03:39:13 AM
Jeepers, cool it kids.  Try to stay away from personal attacks or disparaging remarks about other forums we frequent.  
9389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 01/16/07 on: January 17, 2007, 03:36:34 AM

Quote from: stiffler on January 16, 2007, 11:35:00 PM

Mutual of Omahas: Wild Kingdom - The Definitive 50-Episode Collection
I would love to have this but know I can't afford it.

Holy crap, it's under $50!  Wal-Mart has it for $25. 

Wowzers!  I think I just found an early gift for my Dad.  We used to always watch those when I was a kid. 
9390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nuke'Em... on: January 17, 2007, 03:07:58 AM
I was a fan of the pipebombs and loved setting traps with them and the laser trip mines.  Damnit we had so much fun playing this one in the dorms, even when it was just two-players deathmatching and everybody else watching and cheering and crap. 
9391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RL Halo armor for the military. on: January 16, 2007, 03:20:36 AM
Hell, if it only costs $2,000 to manufacture as he suggests, I bet he could sell a fair number to crazy fans and such.  And here's the original story
9392  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Adaptec GameBridge - $19.90 at on: January 16, 2007, 03:07:01 AM
The pictures on there are tiny and the description doesn't really tell me how it works.  How is it hooked up?  What sort of inputs and outputs does this thing use/accept? 
9393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: ATB Returns to Form in GoW Edition 15/Jan/06 on: January 15, 2007, 03:42:36 PM
I played about 14 hours of Ratchet & Clank, and then in one fell swoop got knocked back to the beginning.  Somehow when I selected load game yesterday I think I hit New Game and when it asked which save slot to save to I thought it was asking which to load.  And since I had only saved to one slot...kablow, all that progress lost.  The only thing I'm really not looking forward to doing again is that stupid level where you have to outrun the rising water.  I hate that one so much.
9394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/15) on: January 15, 2007, 03:39:26 PM
Nothing for me.  I might eventually pick up Burning Crusades, but I don't want to compete with a million other new characters in the new zones and I'm not sure if I'm ready to give up the rest of my life yet again.  I've really enjoyed how many other games I've been able to play since I gave up the addiction to WoW. 
9395  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: "Ignore" feedback on: January 14, 2007, 07:57:45 PM
Didn't we already run this thread into the ground and have it locked?  I can see the point of new input from people who didn't contribute to the original thread, but I think those that did have stated their point plenty of times already.  I think until we hear official/final word from KD there isn't much more point to arguing the same thing over and over. 
9396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 model confirmed by Paul Thurott on: January 14, 2007, 07:51:40 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 14, 2007, 07:03:10 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 14, 2007, 06:33:15 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 14, 2007, 06:08:53 PM

Heck a lot of PS2 games I have look better than 360 games - so does that mean the PS2 is more powerful? 

Care to name them? 

Dragon Quest 8 vs. Enchanted Arms.    Final Fantasty 12 vs. well about anything.

Of course since "looks better" is subjective I wll bet many might disagree. 

So you would say that this first shot shows superior graphics to the second?  In what way?  (I tried to find two shots that showed similar areas, if you can find any that look better, go right ahead)

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9397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We've sunk to new lows. on: January 14, 2007, 07:42:43 PM
I think the problem that Kobra was pointing out is that the law is too vague and could be applied to many other situations.  Also, the guy was obviously in full view in public recording fully clothed people whereas the law's intent seems to be pointed at hidden cameras unknowingly recording people in private areas. 

I'm also kind of curious what drew suspiscion from a coach.  Lots of people record sporting events for personal or competitive reasons.

Now, having said that I no lawyer, obviously haven't seen the video and don't know the guy, so he could be a total perv who was only recording to get off on that.  Whether this is worthy of a felony charge or not depends a lot on intent, I suppose. 
9398  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Minor complaint: Smilies on: January 14, 2007, 07:29:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 14, 2007, 07:05:47 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 14, 2007, 06:36:07 PM

Jeez, I remember this being brought up when we first switched to SMP...guess we should have complained a little louder back then.  slywink

I recall but I had forgotten.  Sorry. frown

Don't worry, you'll burn in eternal hellfire for that small oversight.  slywink 

Just kidding, of course.  Had it been a big deal to me I may have brought it up again, but obviously I didn't.
9399  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 48 Hr Madness - Psychonauts $6, other great deals on: January 14, 2007, 07:26:10 PM
I know there is already a post about Just Cause, but I thought some of the other deals there (especially PSYCHONAUTS) deserved attention also.  If you like adventure and/or platforming games, do us all a favor and pick it up.  Here are the current deals:

Just Cause - $9.90
Psychonauts - $5.90
The Bard's Tale - $4.90
Baldur's Gate 2 Collection - $7.90
Tribes: Vengence - $2.90
Reservoir Dogs - $9.90
Icewind Dale 2 - $4.90
Restricted Area - $2.90

As always, help out the site and travel to GoGamer through the front page ad or use this link.  Psychonauts.
9400  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoGamer has Just Cause (PC) for $9.90 on: January 14, 2007, 06:43:43 PM
I had a great time with it on the 360, but playing the PC demo was a bit frustrating for me.  The vehicles were all oversteering and felt like driving on ice for me.  Maybe if you have an analog gamepad (like a 360 one, for example) it would feel a lot better. 
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