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9481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Activision and Vivendi merge!!!! on: December 09, 2007, 12:00:28 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 07, 2007, 08:36:29 PM

Quote from: Koz on December 03, 2007, 09:15:02 PM

(I think whatever is Sierra these days is also in it).

Wow... didn't Sierra once own Blizzard?

Sierra and Sierra Online are owned by Vivendi, who also owns (owned) Blizzard. 
9482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I finally tried Rock Band... on: December 08, 2007, 11:50:51 PM
As you may or may not know, I've been skeptical on the Guitar Hero/Rock Band thing and had never tried one out.  Last night at our company Christmas party they had an area with Rock Band set up and after watching for a little bit I gave it a try and had a blast.  In fact, I spent most of the night either watching or trying out the different parts.  Being my first game of this type I wasn't great, but I did do a few guitar and bass tracks on the Medium setting.  I even enjoyed singing quite a bit after getting loosened up.  It was a blast for everyone!

So after that awesome experience I went out today and tracked down a copy of Rock Band for my 360.  After playing 10 songs (maybe an hour at most), my freaking strumbar won't recognize down anymore.  Fuck!  It took me 5 minutes just to select quit on the menus.   $185 and I can't even play the goddamn game that I just bought today

I've submitted an RMA request to EA, but it's totally unacceptable that something like this would break after mild use for less than an hour.  I may just pick up a wireless Guitar Hero 3 controller or something.

Now I'm wondering how long the drums will last. 
9483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hell Yeah, Godzilla Unleashed (Wii,DS,PSP) on: December 08, 2007, 11:32:57 PM
Yeah, with the other Godzilla games becoming backwards compatible on the 360, I'm just going to throw one of those back in and call it good.  The world doesn't need another mediocre Wii game with crappy controls. 
9484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New GTA IV trailer...annnnd, yup, it's definitely a GTA game. on: December 07, 2007, 03:59:09 AM
I'm an open-world/sandbox game whore, but I can't say that I'm terribly excited about this one (even though I'm sure I will get it).  Things like the character animations still look extremely outdated, which I think is unacceptable for a AAA game at the top of the genre.  

Saints Row also had a full day/night cycle with weather and came out two years before this game will.  
9485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise demo coming: PSN & Live Gold members Dec 13; Live Silver Dec 20 on: December 06, 2007, 05:46:55 AM
I'm excited to try out a new version of Burnout, but not so much about the open-world and multiplayer aspects.  Also the lack of a Crash mode is a total sin. 
9486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Company Christmas Parties on: December 06, 2007, 05:26:00 AM
Well it looks like the new company will be haivng a party this Friday with poker, roulette, Rock Band, raffles, drinks and that sort of stuff.  Should be a good chance to get to know some new co-workers. 
9487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question about gaming on LCD monitors on: December 05, 2007, 07:44:24 PM
It's unfortunate that my video card does not have DVI out, so I guess I won't be using that feature. 
9488  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zune update on: December 04, 2007, 06:31:47 AM
I agree with you Zarkon, but it appears as if "progress" has deemed those features to be old and broken.  Stupid progress, making me create playlists to recreate the folder hierarchy I already have automatically set up. 
9489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question about gaming on LCD monitors on: December 04, 2007, 06:23:47 AM
I've installed those 169.9 drivers and still don't get the option.  Ike, do you by chance have your monitor hooked up via VGA connection instead of DVI?  I have no idea if that would be the problem, but that's how I have mine hooked up (it's an LG L226WTQ). 
9490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favourite videogame music? on: December 03, 2007, 03:19:40 PM
Grim Fandango, Interstate '76
9491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/3) on: December 03, 2007, 03:16:49 PM
I had been looking forward to Godzilla Unleashed, but have only heard bad things about it so I will be passing.  Nothing again.
9492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: more xbox live fall details....EDIT.NOW INCLUDES REAL LIST on: December 03, 2007, 04:50:19 AM
Hell, I would be happy if they even had a decent way to preview the themes and gamerpics.  More than two years into it and they still haven't gotten that shit worked out. 
9493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Activision and Vivendi merge!!!! on: December 03, 2007, 04:47:24 AM

Quote from: Caine on December 03, 2007, 01:33:46 AM

[anyone have a list of all the combined developers under this umbrella?  this has to be a huge list.

From what I know, Vivendi Games includes: Blizzard, Sierra/Sierra Online, High Moon Studios, Massive Entertainment, Radical Entertainment, Swordfish Studios, and Vivendi Mobile.

Activision has its internal studio, Activision Value, Neversoft, RedOctane, Treyarch, Raven Software, Z-Axis, Luxoflux, Infinity Ward, Vicarious Visions, Toys for Bob, Beenox, Bizarre Creations, and Shaba Games. 

That covers most of them, although some of them may have been folded into others. 
9494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Activision and Vivendi merge!!!! on: December 02, 2007, 08:26:09 PM
Wow.  I'm not sure whether it's all that healthy to have these gigantic companies absorbing and merging into just a couple big players.
9495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got an email regarding my Rock Band guitar replacement... on: December 02, 2007, 07:32:33 AM
Yeah, instead of Skate I'd probably expect to get a Wing Commander Arena download or something. 
9496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2 girls 1 cup on: December 01, 2007, 09:07:28 PM

Quote from: Xmann on December 01, 2007, 09:03:10 PM

i have NO interest in seeing it, but curiosity wants me to atleast know what it is.  anyone wanna give some hints?   never seen Lemonparty either..   Tubgirl ruined it all for me

Spoiler for Hiden:
2 girls 1 cup has to do with consuming defecant from a cup.  Lemon party features naked old dudes.  That should be enough to satisfy your curiosity. 
9497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shouldn't having 20+ years of video game experience make me "decent" at them? on: December 01, 2007, 09:04:03 PM
I could pwn your ass at Counter-Strike beta 6.  Anything past that and I just haven't concentrated the time to really dominate.  I tend to play single-player games for the most part these days. 
9498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Meet the Spartans on: December 01, 2007, 03:34:25 PM
D-U-M spells stoopid!
9499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeff Gerstmann fired from Gamespot for a review a publisher didn't like on: November 30, 2007, 11:17:09 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on November 30, 2007, 10:18:27 PM

Well hell, why doesn't Gamespot just have the advertisers write the reviews?  Seems a move like that could help them keep their headcount low as well.

Brilliant!



9500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Why Sony dropped their ad agency on: November 30, 2007, 09:17:56 PM

Quote from: Koz on November 30, 2007, 09:08:55 PM

Yeah, that was pretty weird. I do like those ones where the PS3 is morphing into various shapes, however.

Those new ones are the best ads they have put out, and it's sad that it took them a year to do something that actually showed some games and stuff. 
9501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turns out the new refurb Xboxes? Not so much any better than the old ones on: November 30, 2007, 08:50:54 PM
Yeah, I ran into that problem with my downloaded Crackdown content when I just moved and didn't yet have internet.  That pissed me off that the first time I've tried playing the game in months and I couldnt' access any of the stuff I paid for. 
9502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EIDOS announces Deus Ex 3 on: November 30, 2007, 08:47:59 PM
Hey, it's not whoring if you do it for free!
9503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: more xbox live fall details....EDIT.NOW INCLUDES REAL LIST on: November 30, 2007, 08:46:43 PM
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Added support to not write trial-version Arcade games to user's played games history (this is only for newly downloaded games after the Dec'07 update is released)

I can't believe it took two freaking years to get that done.  Of course I will still have about 70 Arcade trials listed on my games played list, but at least they won't go there in the future. 

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Improve transition speed of blades
 
Improved enumeration speed of lists in games blade

Improved performance of Guide Transitions

Improved responsiveness of Dashboard overall

Improved Xbox guide performance ~2x
 

This sort of thing was badly needed.  After the last update or so, my dashboard response has been way too slow.  A small, dedicated interface like that should never have hesitations and pauses as far as I'm concerned. 
9504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 BC Update! Nov 2007 on: November 30, 2007, 08:31:14 PM

Quote from: kronovan on November 30, 2007, 08:03:43 PM

I forgot to mention in my other post that no BC for MK:Shaolin Monks is also a big dissapointment. Again, I don't see any games in the X360 pipeline that feature similar gameplay. It's looking more and more like I'm going to have to pick up the PS2 version do get some co-op fighting goodness.

While not nearly the same as Shaolin Monks, MK: Armageddon is compatible and has the adventure mode.
9505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deus Ex 3...with video on: November 30, 2007, 08:00:36 PM
I'm surprised they would go with Crystal Dynamics' engine instead of IO Interactive's.  Of course I don't know the specifics of either, but it seems to me that games like Hitman would be closer to the play style and requirements of Deus Ex than Tomb Raider. 
9506  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: For Sale: 1 day old, Black, 8GB iPod Nano (3rd generation) on: November 30, 2007, 07:39:31 PM
Wal-mart will take back opened items, including digital music players which have a 15 day return policy. 
9507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question about gaming on LCD monitors on: November 30, 2007, 12:49:03 AM
So back to the topic at hand, do I need to get my NVIDIA card to recognize the LCD monitor to get that option, and if so how do I do that?
9508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Company Christmas Parties on: November 29, 2007, 08:47:03 PM
I'm just starting work at my new job next week, so I kind of hope there is some company party to at least get to know some people.  
9509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question about gaming on LCD monitors on: November 29, 2007, 07:57:15 PM
My monitor name does show up correctly in it's display stuff, but since it still refers to CRT screen it may not.  However, reinstalling the NVIDIA drivers didn't change anything, and I have run the display setup wizard thing and installed the monitor drivers. 
9510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Upcoming Releases on: November 29, 2007, 07:53:44 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on November 29, 2007, 07:51:17 PM

Did Microsoft blow its wad? Do they have any upcoming exclusives that even approach the level of hype of Halo 3 or Mass Effect?

They don't have as many huge exclusives in the immediate future, but there's Alan Wake, Too Human, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Halo Wars, Lost Odyssey and the rumored Banjo Kazooie game. 
9511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Leisure Suit Larry Game in 2008 on: November 29, 2007, 07:51:33 PM

Quote from: Pong on November 29, 2007, 02:50:28 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 28, 2007, 12:52:19 AM

Quote from: rickfc on November 27, 2007, 09:56:11 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 27, 2007, 09:52:08 PM

+ LSL3
Didn't have like a trivia thing at the beginning to verify your age in order to show nudity or not?  I remember my brother and I trying that over and over to get the right answers...

Actually, if I remember right, all of the older LSL games had that type of 'protection' to make sure you're old enough to play.

Problem was that non-americans couldn't answer most of the questionss (at least my dad couldn't Tongue ) but off course there was ctrl-alt-x or whatever combination it was so you could skip.

I miss the great days of the adventure genre, too bad it's pretty much dead now frown

Dead??  Ice Station Santa says not quite!
9512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Unreal Tournament 3-who's in? on: November 29, 2007, 07:48:01 PM
I didn't enjoy the demo as much as I had hoped, so I will be passing.  Maybe in the future I'll pick up a cheap 360 version if I'm bored, but that's about it. 
9513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Upcoming Releases on: November 29, 2007, 07:43:50 PM
Mercenaries 2, GTA 4, Burnout: Paradise, Viking: Battle for Asgard, Alan Wake, Too Human, Soul Calibur IV, MX vs ATV Untamed, Army of Two< Battlefield: Bad Company...there are plenty to look forward to, but many are multi-platform and some may not come out very soon. 
9514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question about gaming on LCD monitors on: November 29, 2007, 07:36:02 PM
I have the most recent 163.75 drivers installed (just installed them to make sure) and Advanced View turned on.  The only options I get under Display are: Run display optimization wizard, Move CRT screen position, change resolution, Adjust desktop color settings, Rotate display, Manage custom resolutions, Set up multiple displays. 
9515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question about gaming on LCD monitors on: November 29, 2007, 07:01:14 PM
Hmm, maybe it's because I only have a 6600 GT or maybe I'm just not smart, but I can't find that option in my NVIDIA Control Panel thing.  Any suggestions?  I just bought my widescreen flatpanel monitor yesterday (native res 1680x1050 or something), so I'm a bit new to figuring this out.
9516  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy - $10 off any videogame $29.99 and up on: November 28, 2007, 11:56:33 PM
Sometimes I wish I had a printer.  frown  This would be the perfect way to get Warhammer 40K: Squad Command for $20. 
9517  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking about a new vehicle... on: November 28, 2007, 06:30:38 PM

Quote from: Kratz on November 28, 2007, 06:00:24 PM

Not if you get a '69!

I used to have a '69 GTO Judge, and it was one hell of a lot of fun.  I think that picture is of a '70, though.  
9518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 BC Update! Nov 2007 on: November 28, 2007, 05:12:36 PM
And what about Voodoo Vince, huh?  That was published by Microsoft and still isn't on the list.

I won't even mention Beyond Good & Evil again as a multiplatform game that dearly deserves to be on there. 
9519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music for warning - suggestions please! on: November 27, 2007, 10:09:54 PM

Quote from: warning on November 16, 2007, 08:21:24 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 27, 2007, 03:04:53 PM

Wolf Parade

I tried Apologies to the Queen Mary by Wolf Parade but I just can't get past the singer's voice.  It just grates on me and I can't see getting used to it enough to give the music a fair shot.  I had the same problem with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

I can definitely see that.  I happen to like his distinct voice (sort of similar to Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse), but it's not for everyone. 
9520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bonds Indicted on: November 16, 2007, 02:48:58 AM
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