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9401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The day is here... on: March 17, 2007, 03:08:17 PM
I'm not sure what exactly your problems are with XBox Live since you said everything tests out fine.  Have you done any port forwarding?  For help, just find your router on the list at PortForward.com (they have most manufacturers and models) and they should have step-by-step instructions you can follow. 

If you just want the port info they also have a list of common ports, including those needed for XBox Live (3074 TCP and UDP, 88 UDP).  They also have general info on what port forwarding is and such if you haven't done that before. 

It is also worth checking on your router manufacturer's website to see if there is a firmware upgrade for your model, I know mine had an update from a couple years ago that supposedly helped XBox Live compatibility. 
9402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Godfather Blackhand Review(s) on: March 17, 2007, 07:48:02 AM
I never did pick this up on any of the other platforms, so this might be the one for me to get even though the graphics won't be even near 360 standards.  Of course I don't want to pay full price so I will end up waiting a while anyway.  slywink
9403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to the 360? on: March 17, 2007, 07:38:07 AM
I'm glad to see that they did some graphical improvements.  I have a hard time going back to some of these 2D games when the main characters seem to have 3 frames of animation.  Hopefully that is one of the things they upgraded.
9404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360) Earth Defense Force 2017 on: March 17, 2007, 07:35:09 AM
I agree that I probably wouldn't pick it up at full price, but considering it will be launching for only $39.99 (normal 360 games are $59.99 here) I think that's a pretty good deal if it turns out decent. 
9405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360) Earth Defense Force 2017 on: March 17, 2007, 02:03:39 AM
Yeah, I think this could be a really fun, mindless shooter.  I mean robots, aliens, giants bugs...how can that not be awesome?  OK, the main character looks quite generic but who gives a crap about that?  (besides Starshifter, of course slywink)

Also, I think they could safely cut the first 30 seconds of that trailer and just give us more shit blowing up.  Am I right?
9406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: February 2007 Hardware Sales on: March 16, 2007, 02:44:37 PM

Quote from: Canuck on March 16, 2007, 01:05:26 PM

I can't believe that the PS2 sold almost 300,000 units whereas the Xbox only sold 500

Not a big surprise since the XBox is no longer in production, hasn't been for quite a while and isn't widely available anywhere, really.  Plus, the PS2 still has some great games that that just came out (Guitar Hero 2, God of War 2, etc) whereas Microsoft long ago turned all focus to the 360.  
9407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/mar/07 on: March 16, 2007, 02:41:14 PM
I will give SSX Blur a little more time and see how much it can frustrate me.  On Sunday I'll be hanging out and introducing a buddy of mine to the Wii, so I'll probably play some Wii Sports with him and his wife.

Of course, there's always Crackdown with the new Hidden Orb map...
9408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tiger Woods - Wii on: March 16, 2007, 04:53:30 AM
I haven't played the game so I can't give true advice, but one thing that occurred to me is that if you are in a stance where on a full backswing the Wiimote is facing back over your neck and towards the TV (and sensor bar) perhaps when it "see"s the sensor bar it is recalibrating the wiimote position for pointing which then screws up how it interprets the swing?

It should be easy enough to test if that is the case, you could just take swings that don't go quite back that far so the Wiimote's pointer end doesn't face the sensor bar, or you could turn your stance so that your body is facing the TV and the Wiimote shouldn't ever "look" in that direction. 
9409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MP3 Blogs - Question on: March 16, 2007, 04:33:32 AM
I don't have much to contribute as far as MP3 blogs (mostly because I have never read one in my life), but if you want to try something kind of neat that might suggest some new music based on analyzed styles of the music you already like, check out Pandora created with the "Music Genome Project".  It will tell you why it has suggested something and of course you can give your feedback of if you like it or never want to hear that again. 
9410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktop threadzor on: March 16, 2007, 02:48:28 AM

Quote from: Destructor on March 16, 2007, 12:12:13 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on March 15, 2007, 08:10:31 PM

Ahh, a clean desktop. I've forgotten what those are like. I'd post mine but my machine imploded this week and I'm not interested in trying to fix it until I can do so without screaming at it in rage.

Frankly, I don't understand why people don't have clean desktops (or at most like 5 icons on it). I hate when a desktop becomes a clutter of icons with a picture buried underneath. I mean, that's why you have the Program Launcher for cripes sake. biggrin

No, that is what a desktop is for.  You put things on it.  My Programs list is three pages wide and since they aren't in any logical freaking order or are hidden in some bizarre publisher/developer folder it is actually more difficult to find things on there than to have program/game icons directly on my desktop.  I am a very visual person and can usually remember right where the icon was that I wanted and the icons are distinct rather than just more folders. 

And how many times do you just sit and look at your desktop picture anyway?  Either I have some program(s) running or I'm not sitting at my computer.  I see my desktop between closing out one program and starting something else, and that's about it. 
9411  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Man Test on: March 16, 2007, 02:38:21 AM
I got 80% and screwed up both the beef and presidents. 

I scored well in Survival, Geek, Sports(?), Military(?).  I don't think I even got any questions on Film or Vocabulary (or some other things) so I don't think they can accurately judge me on that. 
9412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any drawbacks to a Japanese PS3? on: March 16, 2007, 01:30:28 AM
What about playing standard DVDs, though?  Won't those still be region coded to not work on a Japanese PS3? 
9413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Friend Codes To Be Title Specific on: March 15, 2007, 02:50:01 PM
No kidding, the only reason I went to the trouble to input all of those damn numbers by hand was because I figured I would never have to do it again, so I might as well do them all right away.  So much for that plan. 
9414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis: Screenshots vs. Real world (56K warning) on: March 15, 2007, 04:26:19 AM
The one thing that I really hated about FarCry was that as soon as you shot or made noise the AI could immediately detect and shoot at you very accurately through a long distance even with foliage and whatnot all over the place.  Often in heavy jungle they could get off many shots or even kill me before I figured out where they were, and that's just not fun gameplay. 
9415  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: CPU Temperature Chart on: March 15, 2007, 04:22:22 AM
Most (if not all, perhaps) modern motherboards allow you to monitor the CPU temp in the BIOS and you can also usually download a system utility from the manufacturer to do the same thing from within Windows.  
9416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firehouse Subs on: March 15, 2007, 02:12:41 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 14, 2007, 06:36:14 PM

Once Subway moved away from their original "sandwich artist" mentality, their quality has been racing to the bottom.  Their "V" cut was the entire reason for eating there!!!

Subway doesn't do the 'V' cut anymore?  I never did like that.  I guess I never really liked their sandwiches that much anyway which is why I didn't know they changed their cutting style. 
9417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How popular is the Wii??? on: March 15, 2007, 01:43:33 AM
Unfortunately Ford just sold their controlling stock in Aston Martin so you won't be getting a free Wii with your $200,000 sports car.  Chumps.  smile
9418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's no Montgomery Flea Market ... on: March 14, 2007, 02:47:58 PM
I think we already had this topic, and it didn't end well. 
9419  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wanna try Vanguard? I have 20 trial keys. on: March 14, 2007, 04:36:21 AM
I wouldn't mind checking it out, although I might have to clear some space on the ol hard drive.  I sent you a PM, seige. 
9420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CGM down for the count on: March 14, 2007, 04:33:41 AM
That was probably my favorite of the PC game mags (I really liked Phil Steinmeyer's columns) but I haven't had a subscription recently and I never really saw it on the magazine racks so I haven't read it in a while. 
9421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much is your monthly electric bill? on: March 14, 2007, 04:26:24 AM
Most of the time I average about $25-30 for electricity, but since I have electric heat it goes to about $50 for a few winter months.  Last year's average calculated out to just about $33 per month.  
9422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis: Screenshots vs. Real world (56K warning) on: March 14, 2007, 03:06:23 AM
I can nearly meet those required specs!  Hooray! 
9423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown: Secret Orbs Map! on: March 14, 2007, 01:50:01 AM
That is awesome!  I might actually finish this achievement now, but more than likely will get most of the way there and then get distracted by some other game.

And in case just the map isn't detailed enough, they provided pictures of each and ever location!
9424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] DDR Universe Whine on: March 13, 2007, 02:43:58 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 12, 2007, 07:08:25 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 12, 2007, 06:30:41 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on March 12, 2007, 05:49:30 PM

My daughter loves DDR for our PS2 so I was naturally interested in hearing more about the 360 version. But I'm deathly afraid of her dancing around and pounding on the ground in the same room as my 360 when it's running (burning the discs). Isn't this just asking for trouble?

I'm on a single story on a concrete slab... I doubt my jumping around is going to disturb the 360 much.... YMMV.

I've only played through the intro beginner part and then the very start of the "career mode", I forget what it's called. The career mode looks like it could br pretty cool with dance-offs to earn monmey and I guess get background dancers and apparently new clothes based on what Ron hinted at above, though I haven't seen that part yet. The music is mostly typical DDR pop crap that I would never listen to if I weren't dancing to it. I'm not very good at the game and don't care about creating my own sets of steps or anything like that. I hear that stuff is available, but I don't care. In summary, I am probably the worst person to get DDR impressions from. slywink

The only other home DDR game I've had is Extreme for the original xbox and it was ok, though I think I was disappointed by the lack of training options, which apparently this one has but I don't really need them now. The pad that comes with the bundle appears to be identical to what came with the xbox version except for the connector. It is servicable, but slides around a bit on my rug, but not so bad I can't get through a song before fixing it.

I'll try the up/down arrows tonight ron, I swear I tried every button on the pad, but I may have missed something.

I think my review will be aimed pretty squarely at you and folks like you - this is my first DDR title.  All the reviews I've seen for DDR games are done by veterans of the series, mine will be from a newb perspective. smile

Excellent!  I've kind of become interested in this game if for no other reason than to give me an excuse to get some more exercise so I'd like to hear an opinion that doesn't only say "If you've played the 20 other versions you know what to expect here, but more".
9425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is Xbox Crystal? on: March 13, 2007, 02:16:46 AM
9426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 3-12-07 (under new management, try the veal!) on: March 13, 2007, 02:15:06 AM
Just so you guys know, Splinter Cell: Double Agent is on the backwards compatibility list

I have looked for a used copy a few times but haven't seen any around.  Which is ironic, because there are about a million used copies of the first and second ones whereever I go.
9427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocket to the Sun - These Actors Need to go on: March 12, 2007, 02:48:32 PM

Quote from: JLu on March 12, 2007, 02:37:06 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 12, 2007, 02:21:45 PM

Ok, watched "Stranger than Fiction" and I think I'll give Maggie Gylenhall a pass off the shuttle.  Still on probation, but she can exit for now.

Funny; after hearing this morning that she's Katie Holmes replacement in the new Batman movie, I was wishing she'd go away before they can start filming...  (Not that Katie Holmes was good, but I have problems with female 'love interests' who are unattractive.)

Some of us happen to think Maggie is attractive, so maybe you should be the one on the shuttle to the sun.  I said good day sir!  slywink
9428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/12) on: March 12, 2007, 02:33:20 PM
I just picked up SSX Blur for the Wii, so I will be taking a pass on all else this week. 
9429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 3-12-07 (under new management, try the veal!) on: March 12, 2007, 02:31:54 PM
I played a bit of Wii Sports and then picked up SSX Blur which is both very cool (with the tilt carving controls) and frustratingly inconsistent (with the tricks and my lack of coordination).  I kind of wish I hadn't bought it, but maybe given more time it will become decent overall. 
9430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania United on: March 11, 2007, 08:50:11 PM
After reading this thread I ended up downloading the free TrackMania Nations thing to check it out and was pleasantly surprised.  I'm not really into competitive online play, but it comes with something like 80 or 90 single player "training" tracks so I've been playing those and it has reminded me how much I liked the first game. 

I have to say that it also looks really good and runs incredibly well on my lil machine, so that was a nice bonus.  With details on cars and backgrounds set to high it benchmarked at about 50fps. 

I might just have to try and track down a copy of TM United.  Kobra, do you know if it supports gamepads?  Playing with the keyboard just inflames my wrist/hand so I would like to pick up one of these and use my 360 gamepad.
9431  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stick Figure Kung Fu! on: March 11, 2007, 08:37:10 PM
Man, that is an awesome little game!
9432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER GOLD! on: March 11, 2007, 07:19:49 AM
I noticed over at CAG that this one will be on sale for $34.88 at Target when it is released on the 22nd.  Not a bad deal at all if it turns out to be decent. 
9433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall Impressions on: March 11, 2007, 07:03:13 AM
For those that are into such things, you can now pre-purchase Silverfall via Steam and get ready to play it on the 20th.  As usual, it's the same $39.95 as retail stores. 

If they ever get to the point where they have enough clout to discount the downloaded versions I might consider buying something that way.  Otherwise I prefer to have the physical media and it's usually easy enough to wait a week or two to save a few bucks. 
9434  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 11, 2007, 06:57:36 AM
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9435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War, what am I doing wrong at the Hydra? spoilers if you haven't played on: March 11, 2007, 06:54:30 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 11, 2007, 05:34:09 AM

All right I'll try all those suggestions, guess I'll go put a shirt on  paranoid

Grab some pants while you're at it.  Or at least some underwear.  slywink
9436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War, what am I doing wrong at the Hydra? spoilers if you haven't played on: March 11, 2007, 03:18:06 AM
You end up having to do that "Hit 'O'" minigame thing a few times (I seem to remember about 4) to smack that hydra head into the mast and break it off.  What really annoyed me about that was that his health kept regenerating and you don't get any real indication that you are making progress.  I think the time that I actually finished him off he was back up to 3/4 health.  A very poor system of player feedback. 
9437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GDC Week - The new E3 on: March 10, 2007, 11:49:56 PM
To resurrect this thread a bit, if you want to check out Peter Molyneux demonstrating some gameplay elements from Fable 2 (especially the dog "sidekick"), check out this video over at IGN.  Even though it just shows a little test level Peter is long winded so the video is pretty lengthy (25 minutes of demonstration + 5 of Q&A), but it does give me some hope for this one to be innovative and worthwhile when it finally comes out.  I wouldn't be expecting this one to ship anytime soon (like this year anytime). 
9438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tiger Woods 07 Wii commercial on: March 10, 2007, 06:05:00 PM

Quote from: Jancelot on March 10, 2007, 05:49:52 PM

Looks really good.  I hope that the control scheme is smooth.  I had a lot of problems with the golf game on Wii Sports as it didn't seem to recognize my actions very well...if at all sometimes.

Yeah, I had some of the same problems and when my mom was playing it often registered her backswing as a real swing.  My biggest problem though was probably getting a soft putt to register without going over a full bar of strength. 
9439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You Know What? I actually like Reeses Pieces now on: March 10, 2007, 05:58:45 PM
I like Reese's Pieces, but I can't really eat all that many at a time.  I'd have to say that M&M's top them in my opinion. 
9440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall Impressions on: March 10, 2007, 05:55:21 PM
I kind of enjoyed the demo but I had to turn the graphics down a lot to get it to run smooth and that takes away some of the charm for me.  (to be fair, I have a pretty old system: 2600+, 6600GT, 1GB)

It also felt maybe just a little too open as I felt that the map was wide open and I didn't have much direction.  I think for this type of game I'd like something in between Titan Quest's mostly linear levels and this more open world. 
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