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9641  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. 
9642  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. 
9643  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. 
9644  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 ...". 
9645  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. 
9646  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). 
9647  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. 
9648  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. 
9649  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. 
9650  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. 
9651  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. 
9652  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? 
9653  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. 
9654  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!
9655  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. 
9656  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!
9657  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
9658  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. 
9659  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. 
9660  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
9661  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. 
9662  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. 
9663  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".
9664  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. 
9665  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
9666  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? 
9667  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. 
9668  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. 
9669  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. 
9670  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.  
9671  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!
9672  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?  
9673  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. 
9674  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
9675  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. 
9676  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. 
9677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142 patch 1.05 released on: November 25, 2006, 05:19:31 AM

Quote from: Scott on November 25, 2006, 05:16:00 AM

Grabbed it at Best Buy on sale today.  Looks like its fun enough to play.  How many people use voice on the game?  Can I play and have fun on random servers without using a headset?

That's all I ever do and I have a great time.  I'm not a fan of using voice chat with random people so I don't even bother to turn it on.  There are enough quick-chat options and squad commands so that unless you had a really close team you don't need it as far as I'm concerned. 

Also worth noting that if you can't find a copy at your local Best Buy this busy weekend, Amazon has it for $25 also. 
9678  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: X360 and wireless adapter deals at Wal-mart on: November 25, 2006, 05:15:49 AM
Speaking of 360 deals, I saw that GameStop/EB has a deal through 12/3 where you buy the premium 360 and get Call of Duty 2 GOTY Edition and their 1 year replacement plan for free.  An $80 if you wanted both of those items anyway. 
9679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Possible addition to older gen reviews? on: November 25, 2006, 03:45:35 AM
I was really hoping for another backwards compatibility update to come alongside the fall update or the launch of the other consoles.  I continue to be disappointed.  

And I actually still have my XBox sitting under the TV, I just have to change the audio jacks with my 360 to use it.  I mostly don't want to start a game on the old one because I know once it goes BC I will want to play it on the 360 but can't move my saves over.  
9680  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone seeing The Fountain this weekend? on: November 25, 2006, 03:32:51 AM
The review in our local paper equated it to the last 10 minutes of 2001 stretched to a full-lengh movie.  Overly pretentious and disjointed and felt like characers and elements of the story had been cut too much.

And that was a positive review. 
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