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9681  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.  
9682  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

Quote
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. 
OMG!

Wowzers!  I think I just found an early gift for my Dad.  We used to always watch those when I was a kid. 
9683  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. 
9684  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
9685  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Adaptec GameBridge - $19.90 at Frys.com 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? 
9686  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.
9687  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. 
9688  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. 
9689  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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9690  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. 
9691  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.
9692  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.
9693  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. 
9694  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: "Ignore" feedback on: January 14, 2007, 06:38:28 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 14, 2007, 05:13:39 PM

Even though I like using MS Word (now that I figured out how to use it), I kind of miss the old-school look of Word Perfect, which had white letters on a blue background.

You realize there is a simple option to get that type of display in Word, also, right?  I just went to look and it took me all of 20 seconds to find it. 
9695  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Minor complaint: Smilies 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
9696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 model confirmed by Paul Thurott 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? 
9697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Where are the PS2 memory slots? on: January 14, 2007, 06:30:41 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 14, 2007, 06:17:09 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 14, 2007, 06:00:10 PM

The reason that the Wii is able to have such perfect backwards compatibility is because it basically has all of the same hardware on the inside as the GameCube, albeit at higher clockspeeds.  The PS3 and XBox 360 have drastically different core CPU, GPU and memory than their predecessors. 

You kind of contradict yourself here since, as you note later, Sony does indeed have all of the PS2/PS1 hardware in the PS3 so BC really should be every bit as good as Cube/Wii BC.  There is really no excuse for Sony's BC screwup. 


I was just addressing the fact that metallicorphan said "microsft took a half assed look at BC though,while sony,as said just wants to make a dollar".  

My point is that the whole of the Wii is basically an overclocked Gamecube with additional memory, while Sony had to actually put in a secondary chipset to support their older games.  The Wii doesn't even have an internal hard drive to which saved games could be transferred, so it makes sense to have them just inserted when needed. 

I'm sure Sony is already taking a bath on the inclusion of the PS2 chipsets in the PS3 and I don't think charging an additional $15 is going to kill anybody who wants to transfer over their save games.  It was probably also a solution to their two-platform approach where the cheaper PS3 takes out the extras like memory card support and wifi. 

9698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft buying Capcom? on: January 14, 2007, 06:20:04 PM
Part of this rumor may have to do with some sort of exclusivity deal between Microsoft and Capcom. The "Rumors" section of the most recent EGM says that Dead Rising 2 has been moved to a 360 exclusive, and if that is the case it likely came with some substantial monetary compensation even if it is only for 6 months or something.

All it takes is for one clueless employee to see that some bigwigs at Capcom and Microsoft have been hammering out some deal and talks of money changing hands to start a rumor of buyouts and crap. 
9699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Where are the PS2 memory slots? on: January 14, 2007, 06:00:10 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 14, 2007, 07:00:38 AM

and yet again nintendos wii has no problems.....none with backwards compatible games,and no problems sticking gamecube card slots onto the machine.......MS and sony could of done it as well...we all know this...microsft took a half assed look at BC though,while sony,as said just wants to make a dollar

The reason that the Wii is able to have such perfect backwards compatibility is because it basically has all of the same hardware on the inside as the GameCube, albeit at higher clockspeeds.  The PS3 and XBox 360 have drastically different core CPU, GPU and memory than their predecessors. 

For the 360, Microsoft would have had to re-license the original XBox chips from nVidia and Intel if they wanted to put that in the 360 and that would have added a further financial burden on a system that was already released at a higher price than consumers were comfortable with.  They decided to go with a software emulation method instead, which allows for higher supported resolutions and anti-aliasing but has been harder to implement for many games and has been far from perfect. 

In Sony's case, they own the rights to the previous hardware so, perhaps learning from Microsoft's problems, they have put PS2 chips inside each PS3 until they can get software emulation up to speed and cut out the extra cost per unit (if that ever becomes possible).  Backwards compatibility was also perhaps a larger priority for them because they have a much larger audience to please worldwide and two previous generations of games that those people want to play. 
9700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Girl dies trying to get a Wii. on: January 14, 2007, 06:40:12 AM
Yup, it appears as if that is the deal
9701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 14, 2007, 12:30:45 AM

Quote from: Calvin on January 14, 2007, 12:15:02 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 13, 2007, 11:30:26 PM

No.  They said Sony could go out of business if it DOES succeed.  They are losing too much money per unit, and they have unexpectedly lost too much money in 2006.

With as huge a company as Sony is, can you imagine what it means unexpectedly to make NO profit in a year?  At least if you know about it in advance, and can plan for it...

So...ok..well, obviously sony knows this, their executives know this, and their financial analysts know this. If this is so, why are they even bothering with the unit? It makes absolutely zero sense for them to release a product thinking that if it succeeds it could bankrupt them. What is the point?

Because of the future potential of both the game console/software as well as getting their proprietary Blu-Ray format to be the default for high definition video discs.  The console itself, judging by the PS1 and PS2, will probably have a life-span of at least seven years in one form or another.  As the costs of producing a PS3 come down they will be able to break even and eventually make money on the hardware sales, while they are still getting licensing payments for game software and Blu-Ray dvd and hardware sales. 

They aren't rolling dice to see the big payoff on one product this year, they are betting big on their technology paying dividends in the long run. 
9702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Anyone still playing Oblivion? on: January 14, 2007, 12:14:32 AM
Oh, well.  I have plenty of other games to play without getting sucked into this one, I guess. 
9703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft buying Capcom? on: January 13, 2007, 09:23:35 PM
Take a look in the Lost Planet thread.  Long story short, not likely. 
9704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Anyone still playing Oblivion? on: January 13, 2007, 09:17:45 PM
I'm not a fan of the first person view for a game like this.  Is Oblivion playable and actually look decent to play in third person?  I think I would mostly be doing melee as that is my general modus operadi for RPGs, and I was seriously disappointed in the character animations I saw in Morrowind. 
9705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude, Firefox let me know I'm not the best speller on: January 13, 2007, 09:04:27 PM

Quote from: Ridah on January 13, 2007, 08:59:22 PM

If anything, blame Tupac!

Trust me, I do.   Oh, I do.
9706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox Live questions on: January 13, 2007, 04:37:21 PM
Yeah, the Players tab is just a list of the most recent players you have played with.  It allows you to see and play with somebody that you just played with but don't want to add to your Friends list yet, or to leave feedback (positive or negative) after you have finished a match/race/etc without having to remember their gamertag exactly. 

You can't remove games from the Played Games list.  It is a permanent record of all the games you have played and achievements gained.  The only annoyance I've found is that Arcade demos are listed there even though you can't earn achievements with them.
9707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Guitar Hero : 80's Edition on: January 13, 2007, 03:05:04 AM
I hate the freaking 80's.  Damn hair metal and shitty synthesizers and teeny bopper radio crap and ...eugh. 
Well, I guess there could be some decent punk bands to include, but for some reason I don't usually classify them as 80's music. 

So what bands out of the 80's would you guys be really excited about seeing included?
9708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished in 2007 - Console & PC on: January 13, 2007, 02:45:51 AM
Completed:
  • Saints Row [360] - although I started it last year...still counts, right?
  • Sam & Max: Episode 2: Situation Comedy [PC]
  • Crackdown [360]
  • WiiPlay [Wii]
  • Earth Defense Force 2017 [360] (Easy & Normal)

Actively playing:
  • Wii Sports [Wii]
  • Earth Defense Force 2017 [360]
  • Flatout 2[PC]

Set aside for now:
  • Fight Night Round 3 [360]
  • Ratchet & Clank [PS2]
  • God of War [PS2]
9709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ever broken something because of a game? on: January 12, 2007, 03:46:40 PM
If wireless 360 controllers weren't so expensive there have been a few times I would have hucked that thing into the wall (General RAAM, looking in your direction).  Thankfully good sense won out, but it would have felt great to do so.

I did throw my NES controller to the ground a few times, but those things were nearly indestructible so I don't count it.  icon_smile
9710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 12/Jan/07 on: January 12, 2007, 03:42:53 PM
I will continue my run for the title belt in Fight Night 3 on the 360 and playing Ratchet & Clank on on PS2, which I just started.  I usually only play one story-based game at a time, but I will also probably give in and at least try out God of War, Sly Cooper and Okami but I don't want to get too far so that I have forgotten everything when I finally go back to it. 
9711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate:London's multiplayer to be subscription based on: January 12, 2007, 05:09:20 AM
My Dad used to love grilling on our little hamachi...or was that hibachi?  icon_wink
9712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 12, 2007, 05:03:15 AM
I think Microsoft should target Korea as their next big market.  Those guys are crazy in love with online PC games and almost all of their games are based around microtransations and such. 
9713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Choose my last name on: January 12, 2007, 04:52:20 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 11, 2007, 04:33:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 11, 2007, 04:25:19 PM

The last name Hitler doesn't see alot use anymore....  icon_lol

I actually wonder about this every so often.  Does anyone even use that last name anymore, or did they all change their names?

Somewhat related, I was just reading an article that mentioned Benito Mussolini's granddaughter (also Sophia Loren's neice) and she still had that same last name.  And she's in politics. 
9714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GT HT/Gaming Setups on: January 12, 2007, 04:40:39 AM
I would be just way too ashamed to post a picture of my setup.  Some day I will get a modest sized HDTV, but for now I have a crappy 21" TV sitting alongside an old 20" monitor so I can play my 360 while I watch TV.  Yeah, I'm a total ADD case. 
9715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami-how far am I? on: January 12, 2007, 04:01:02 AM
I just got the game in the mail today and haven't put it in my PS2 yet...how far am I?   icon_smile
9716  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: January 12, 2007, 03:17:35 AM
+1 to Xmann for a great trade and quick shipping on the PS2!
9717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut 2 demo on: January 11, 2007, 04:11:40 AM
I don't have the Steam version so I'm not really sure what they do it differently with that.  If you tried the demo you would see that as soon as you hit the Flatout2.exe it brings up a window with video and sound options and hitting OK from there launches the game. 
9718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Really cool Sadness art work (Wii) on: January 11, 2007, 04:06:21 AM
No offense, but it's just a piece of concept art.  It's cool, but the game likely won't look anything like that. 
9719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: More Presidential Fun on: January 11, 2007, 03:38:22 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 11, 2007, 03:13:15 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on January 11, 2007, 02:49:01 AM

I was reading a story in the LA Times yesterday, and it was saying Bush's troop increase would mean changing Pentagon policy and having some soldiers go back for a second tour of duty.  IIRC, the current Pentagon policy is 24 months before a 2nd tour. 
I despise the fact that he's sacrificing American soldiers just so he can save some face for his failing plan. 

I thought it was 12 months before a second tour, but I'm certainly no expert. 

I'm not sure about regular military, but I'm pretty sure the policy he mentioned is regarding the National Guard and Reserves (at least that was the policy I read about).  Here in some info from the Wikipedia:

Quote
Prior to the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, the National Guard's general policy regarding deployment was that Guardsmen would be required to serve no more than six months overseas at any time. Due to strains placed on active duty units following the attacks, the possible deployment time was increased to 18 months. Additional strains placed on military units as a result of the invasion of Iraq further increased the amount of time a Guardsman could be deployed to 24 months. Current Department of Defense policy is that no Guardsman will be involuntarily activated for a total of more than 24 months (cumulative) in one six year enlistment period (this policy is due to change 1 August 2007, the new policy states that soldiers will be given 24 months between deployments of no more than 24 months, individual states have differing policies).
9720  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: More Presidential Fun on: January 11, 2007, 03:11:59 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on January 11, 2007, 02:49:01 AM

I was reading a story in the LA Times yesterday, and it was saying Bush's troop increase would mean changing Pentagon policy and having some soldiers go back for a second tour of duty.  IIRC, the current Pentagon policy is 24 months before a 2nd tour. 
I despise the fact that he's sacrificing American soldiers just so he can save some face for his failing plan. 

Yeah, going ahead with this plan means that they will have to extend the tours for some troops that are already there and changing the policy to send Reserves/Guards back for a second tour which they currently can't do.  Even the Generals have said that without changing that policy there aren't enough troops/brigades to send there.  

My favorite part is that they created a bipartisan commision whose job was to decide what the best plans of action were, and then completely ignored their recommendations.  That pretty much spells out the Bush administration's mindset.  

Congress (and therefore the Democratic majority) are really in a hard place because if they cut the funding it will affect troops that are already there, which they obviously don't want to do.  One thing I've seen mentioned a couple times is that they could cut spending for non-goverment contractors like Halliburton, which could be a partial solution.  
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