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9601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Generosity or content desperation? You decide. on: December 03, 2006, 06:33:05 PM
Already covered
9602  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!
9603  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! 
9604  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.
9605  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. 
9606  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. 
9607  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. 
9608  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 ...". 
9609  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. 
9610  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). 
9611  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. 
9612  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. 
9613  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. 
9614  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. 
9615  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. 
9616  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? 
9617  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. 
9618  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!
9619  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. 
9620  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!
9621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, my non-gaming parents played a Wii... on: November 30, 2006, 03:18:42 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on November 29, 2006, 10:55:45 PM

I can't give any Wii testamonials.  But I think guitar hero is similar to the wii for some of my non-gamer friends and relatives.  Alot of them love to play GH, and even ask me to fire it up when they are over.  But none of them have gone out on their own and bought a PS2 + GH.

I understand that parents and girlfriends love Wii sports.  But will they go out and actually spend the $250 on a Wii? 

I'm not trying to to be anti-Wii.  I just think non-gamers liking Wii sports and them actually going out to purchase the console are 2 different things.  I still think $249 is still to high to get true non-gamers to actually buy one.   Now when it gets to $149....sure.

I was thinking the exact same thing.  The entry price is even higher when you consider buying extra wiimotes and nunchucks and such.  And besides Wii Sports, can you see any of those people purchasing another game for the system? 

My Dad loves to play "casual" games on the PC and such, but he's not going to go and pay big money (or any money) for that stuff
9622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Job market rant. on: November 29, 2006, 05:30:26 AM

Quote from: Farscry on November 29, 2006, 12:57:30 AM

So, on a serious note, what's it take to emigrate to Canada from the US?

Not a whole lot as far as I know.  My sister and her family just moved up there a few months ago when her husband got a new job.  Although his company is based in the US so I'm not too sure.  Maybe just a work-visa and such. 
9623  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 11/28/06 on: November 29, 2006, 05:06:21 AM
Putting Clerks 2 and Evening With Kevin Smith 2 in my queue. 
9624  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: These pc games FS for the price of shipping only on: November 29, 2006, 04:55:13 AM
Oooh, I'll take...nevermind.  All those other greedy bastids got here first.  icon_wink
9625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, that sucked. NOW WITH MORE WINONA on: November 29, 2006, 04:41:35 AM
Yeah, I just saw Mr Deeds on TV the other night and Winonna was looking pretty smoking. 
9626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun Open Beta Sign-up on: November 29, 2006, 04:24:08 AM
Well at least after the reaction to their horrible non-human character art they have gone back and done some redesigns apparently.  Seeing the earlier screenshots absolutely turned me off, so hopefully when they start showing the other guys again it will be a vast improvement. 
9627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stephen Colbert has his Wii on: November 29, 2006, 04:20:18 AM
Not a big surprise considering Comedy Central was running a huge advertising/contest promotion for a while.  We call that product placement "synergy".
9628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's The End of November: What's your GOTY? on: November 29, 2006, 04:14:27 AM
The game released this year that I played the most and had the most fun with would probably be Just Cause.  Is it "Game of the Year" material?  Nope. 

Also enjoyed this year: Gears of War, BF2142, Lego Star Wars 1&2, Kameo, Sam & Max, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Titan Quest, HL2: Episode 1, Chronicles of Riddick. 

I also noticed I didn't play most of the games everyone else picked...unfortunately most of those are ones that just don't interest me. 
9629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 and used games on: November 29, 2006, 03:51:00 AM
Calvin, you really need to learn where to type your responses.  icon_wink
9630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elebits will be the first title to openly support Wiiconnect24 on: November 29, 2006, 03:47:55 AM
So what the hell is WiiConnect24? 
9631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun Open Beta Sign-up on: November 28, 2006, 03:18:55 PM

Quote from: Arkon on November 28, 2006, 02:37:59 PM

When trying to complete I get errors.

Same here.  Oh, well. 
9632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142 patch 1.05 released on: November 28, 2006, 04:06:49 AM

Quote from: Calvin on November 27, 2006, 08:32:46 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 27, 2006, 05:20:10 PM

Quote from: Kobra on November 27, 2006, 02:53:12 PM

You mean to tell me that after all this time, they are still too lazy to code in 1280x1024 support, or even widescreen resolutions?   Roll Eyes  WTF is going on over at that studio?

No, see, what it is is that EA/Dice believes that people with widescreen monitors will have an 'advantage' over the poor people who don't have said monitor. Yes, it's a retarded answer, but that's what they believe.

So...why can't they just support widescreen monitors, but simply don't display anything beyond what a standard 4:3 screen would show?
This is truly one of the stupidest copouts for not including widescreen support I have ever heard. EA is so pathetic at times.

It's not really a cop-out...increased field of view can give an advantage in a competitive FPS and it is one of the things that is looked at by PunkBuster and other anti-cheat software.  However, it seems as if they should be able to keep the same horizontal FOV to appease the anti-cheat and reduce the vertical FOV to keep the widescreen aspect ratio intact. 
9633  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoogleCheckout $10 and $20 off. on: November 27, 2006, 05:06:11 AM
I believe that over at CheapAss Gamer they were saying you could do it as many times as you want, so just order each game or whatever separately. 
9634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 games in 1080p? on: November 27, 2006, 02:21:20 AM

Quote from: msduncan on November 27, 2006, 02:10:21 AM

Pardon my total ignorance....

But what is better?  1080p or 1080i,   or 1080i or 780p?

I'm totally illiterate when it comes to these resolution issues.    I know one thing so far:  if I try to set my Xbox to 1080p, the screen goes black and crazy and I have to hit the 'b' button to get back out.    It does allow me to switch it to 1080i though.

The number in the resolution refers to the number of scanlines on the TV and is similar to the second, vertical number that you would see in a PC monitor's resolution.  

The 'i' or 'p' refers to interlaced or progressive scan modes, or how the pixels of the screen are drawn.  Interlaced is how old, non-HDTVs drew the screen, by doing every other line each frame (line 1, 3, 5... the first frame and 2,4,6, etc the second for example).  Progressive scan (non-interlaced) is similar to a PC monitor in that it draws every scanline in it's entirety each frame.  
9635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Working tech support has given me no hope for mankind. on: November 27, 2006, 02:11:58 AM

Quote from: VynlSol on November 27, 2006, 02:01:18 AM

Quote from: Mattc0m on November 26, 2006, 11:40:28 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on November 26, 2006, 11:36:37 PM

Hey, when I was a kid we walked 20 miles to school and it snowing all the time and up hill bothways!

Same situation, but for traction we had to tie barbed wire around our feet to climb the ice.  icon_cry

You all had it easy...the bigger kids would tie us little kids onto their feet for traction.

Oh, come on...that's like a free ride!
9636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 system and software - straight up impressions thread on: November 26, 2006, 09:06:02 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 26, 2006, 08:29:28 PM

Yes, it will convert 1080p to 720p. I have confirmed this with NBA 2k7.

I don't have an HDTV so pardon me if the answer is obvious, but how do you know what resolution the game is running in and is actually being displayed on the TV?  
9637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam & Max: Culture Shock REVIEWED! on: November 26, 2006, 03:50:46 AM

Quote from: Kobra on November 26, 2006, 01:17:38 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on November 26, 2006, 01:05:05 AM

Quote from: Kobra on October 21, 2006, 06:52:26 PM

Native 1280x768 not supported apparently.  thumbsdown

Will it play in a window?

No.

It can be played in windowed mode...just go into Options and turn Fullscreen to Off. 
9638  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: TigerDirect.com Deals (32" HDTV $479) on: November 25, 2006, 07:05:59 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 25, 2006, 07:05:01 PM

Quote
I wanted to add, I was at Costco on Black Friday

Fixed that for ya.   As somebody who has worked multiples of them, they were never 'hot'.  smile 

You are right though, that is an insane amount of cash for an hours worth of work.

I don't know, you get that many sweaty, frantic, over-fed people in one retail store and it's bound to be hot!  icon_biggrin
9639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 games in 1080p? on: November 25, 2006, 07:02:32 PM
Don't you all miss the days of the NES when you just hooked it up with the RF cable and knew it would work?  All these different connection types, resolutions and potential interface problems with expensive TVs are making things much more complex than most people want to deal with, I think. 

I know it certainly annoyes me.  When I buy a console I want to have the same experience that my friend is having, and it's going the way of PC gaming: more complexity and expenses to get the best out of the games. 
9640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii: What VC games have you downloaded? on: November 25, 2006, 06:57:00 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 25, 2006, 05:48:54 PM

Quote from: Arkon on November 25, 2006, 11:43:41 AM

I have no problem with the points system.  I generally carry very little balance of points anyways.  I thought part of the reason for a points system is they have no way of doing small charges like 50 cents or $1.00?

Yet, somehow I manage to charge my credit/debit card every morning at 7-11 for a dollar cup of coffee.

MS uses points for two big reasons:

1)  As noted above, by making you buy in bulk not only do they get an interest free loan but there will be those out there who buy $20 worth of points just for Geometry Wars and never, ever use anymore points, which means MS pockets the difference.

2) The idea of points uncouples the charge from real money, especially since MS doesn't use a 1:1 point/dollar ratio.  So you can say something costs 500 or 1000 points without making it too obvious what the actual dollar amount your spending is. 

Perhaps your dollar morning coffee costs more than a dollar, because I've never been able to use my debit/credit card for purchases under $1 when I forgot I didn't have cash.  Part of the reason they do that is because each transaction costs them an interchange fee as well as processing fees. 

The other points are also valid reasons for them to use that system, though.  In addition you will often end up with extra points that aren't enough to buy something large so they either sit in the system or get spent on something you might not have otherwise bought.  That's a win-win for them. 
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