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9681  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. 
9682  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. 
9683  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. 
9684  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.  
9685  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!
9686  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?  
9687  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. 
9688  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
9689  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. 
9690  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. 
9691  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. 
9692  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. 
9693  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.  
9694  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. 
9695  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: TigerDirect.com Deals (32" HDTV $479) on: November 25, 2006, 03:03:54 AM
Those deals are pretty good, but I think I'd be leary of buying a TV online regardless of the company.  Potential troubles with shipping, damages and returns outweigh any savings for me. 
9696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142 patch 1.05 released on: November 25, 2006, 02:55:39 AM
The ads haven't been very pervasive at all yet, but you can see where they have spots set aside for them (billboards, shipping containers, etc).  So far most of those spots are just filled with fake ads for one of the in-game armies/sides.

In other news, they released a 1.06 hotfix to fix a problem with crashes to desktop at the end of Titan matches. 
9697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NEO-GEO games coming to Playstation Network! on: November 25, 2006, 02:14:43 AM
I enjoyed playing the King of the Monsters games in the arcade simply because there weren't any other games that let you battle as giant monsters in a destructable city.  Not the greatest games ever, but those elements definitely appealed to me. 
9698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - Rolling Bars in background/video issues? on: November 25, 2006, 02:11:44 AM
I'd tell them they could suck my balls if they expected me to send the console back on Monday and then wait up to 6 weeks before they send another one!  That's a sucky situation to be in with a brand new console before the holidays and all.  icon_frown
9699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can someone point me to the Nintendo forum? on: November 25, 2006, 02:03:19 AM
To address the topic at hand:  If you want to see a thread discussing a specific Wii game, all you have to do is start it!  icon_smile
9700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Marketplace improvements (Gamerpics, Themes) on: November 24, 2006, 03:51:50 PM
I know they used to have some of the gamerpics and stuff up there, but I don't remember being able to see all of the page details of the themes before.  Maybe it slipped my mind or I just never checked them out...who knows. 
9701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance vs Gears of War - FIGHT! on: November 24, 2006, 04:15:51 AM
No offense to anyone, but can we just give it a rest with this back-and-forth system BS?  Yes, Microsoft screwed up and made a system that didn't include a hard drive.  Yes, Sony is pushing an expensive Blu-Ray player with their system so they can get market penetration.  Those were decisions the companies made and that's the way it is.  It's not going to change.  Get over it. 
9702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Marketplace improvements (Gamerpics, Themes) on: November 24, 2006, 04:07:27 AM
This is something that should have been in place back when the Marketplace was launched last year, but now when you check out the Gamerpics or [http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/marketplace/themes.htm]Themes[/url] on the XBox.com site they actually show you pictures of each screen/pic that you will be buying. 

I'm not sure if this was launched at the same time as their Fall Update a couple weeks ago or what, but it's about damn time!  How could they expect people to spend money on visual enhancements when they couldn't even preview them? 

EDIT: Hmm, it seems as if there are still some of them that aren't shown on there even though you can buy it when online on the 360 (Just Cause is one that I noticed). 
9703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Plans of Mice and Men... on: November 24, 2006, 02:37:06 AM
Wow, that is a terrible series of events.  I hope you and your family make it through alright!
9704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: O.J. Simpson TV Special & Book cancelled on: November 23, 2006, 07:54:00 PM

Quote from: hornysax on November 23, 2006, 07:35:11 PM

C'mon guys, OJ needs the money!  Can you blame the guy?  I'd do it if I were him.

Maybe if he all of the money were going straight to pay off the judgement from his civil trial, but you know he wouldn't.  Plus he would still owe $30 million after that anyways. 
9705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Blackest of Fridays on: November 23, 2006, 07:50:03 PM
I was thinking about that 22" Westinghouse widescreen monitor as a dedicated screen for my 360 (not bad for $200), but I may just try to save up some money and buy an HDTV next year sometime.  I just need to find something to do with my perfectly good, but cheap, old TV at that time.
9706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, that sucked. on: November 23, 2006, 07:17:48 PM
What kills me is that unlike a brick and mortar store where a deal like this will draw in the crowds who will likely buy other stuff even if this was sold out, they basically just jacked up their traffic to sell these at a huge loss with very little added purchases by customers. 
9707  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: $100.00 Xbox Core system On ThanksGiving! on: November 23, 2006, 07:07:04 PM

Quote from: Zero on November 23, 2006, 07:04:50 PM

Say's I'm a winner...but I can't check out...amazon's getting hit hard  crybaby

If you are a winner you just get a code applied to your account and you can buy it at that price until 2pm tomorrow (Friday the 24th).

Lucky bastard!  I still haven't even been able to get the page to refresh since about 10:58.
9708  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: $100.00 Xbox Core system On ThanksGiving! on: November 23, 2006, 07:01:06 PM
Amazon's head asplode. 
9709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: apocalypto, mel gibson's latest on: November 23, 2006, 06:30:27 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on November 23, 2006, 06:24:03 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 23, 2006, 04:28:23 AM

My problem with this movie is that I have seen mutliple trailers and still don't have a single fucking clue as to what the plot of the movies is. 

Taken from Rotten Tomatoes:

Quex'cohoatl is a by-the-books priest about to retire from the church when he's partnered with Kukulcan, a young recruit who's rumoured to be viiolent, unpredictable and possibly even psychotic!! Join them on their wild adventures through the Mexican jungles as they battle with wild savages, panthers, mythical Mayan Gods, and South Africans!

Where's the "I'm getting too old for this shit!"?   icon_wink
9710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - Rolling Bars in background/video issues? on: November 23, 2006, 06:28:38 PM
My first step would be to bypass the component box and see if that fixes it.  It may not be that, but it never hurts to check the simple things first.  (heh, Purge got to it first)

I found this site linked from the wikipedia article on ground loops, which may give you some helpful information.
9711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World of Office Space on: November 23, 2006, 05:35:26 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on November 23, 2006, 01:49:15 PM

That's funny, never saw that.

Wasn't he playing a playstation game or something in the movie?

He was playing Tetris in the movie.  They also removed his Cheetos from the desk. 

I saw this commercial on TV the other night and couldn't help smiling at it.
9712  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It is Thankgiving. Make with the spam (Animations!) on: November 23, 2006, 05:32:59 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 23, 2006, 05:18:27 PM

Oh yeah? Well, some days you just can't get rid of a bomb.

Man I love that movie.  So full of awesome scenes like that!
9713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance vs Gears of War - FIGHT! on: November 23, 2006, 05:11:44 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 23, 2006, 03:21:43 PM

Now I have both as well.  I'd have to say the co-op in GoW makes it pretty awesome for me.  I can't recall if Resistance has this or not, but I know for damned sure there are 1000x more people I can play GoW with.  That makes it better in my opinion.

When you gonna accept my friend invite on the PS3 Hetz?  Huh? huh?! slywink

I don't have the system or game, but I read that Resistance does have same-screen co-op play, just not online.  

As for which game is better, hell if I know.  There is certainly room for improvement in Gears of War (story, length, more weapons, etc) but in the end it's a lot of fun.  I'm sure Resistance is pretty awesome, too.  I say smoke 'em if you go 'em!  icon_biggrin
9714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War: Co-op problem on Live on: November 23, 2006, 08:38:32 AM
So I'm a little late replying to this thread, but if you are looking for help on port forwarding, find your router on the list at PortForward.com (they have most manufacturers and models) and they should have steps you can follow.  They also have a list of common ports including those needed for XBox Live (3074 TCP and UDP, 88 UDP).  They also have more info on what port forwarding is and such.  Hope that helps somebody out there. 

It is also worth checking on your router manufacturer's website to see if there is a firmware upgrade for your model. 
9715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: apocalypto, mel gibson's latest on: November 23, 2006, 04:28:23 AM
My problem with this movie is that I have seen mutliple trailers and still don't have a single fucking clue as to what the plot of the movies is. 
9716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another reason why the democrats cant be trusted... on: November 23, 2006, 04:23:43 AM
The army also met their goals by lowering their standards and giving more waivers to recruits with medical and criminal histories. 
9717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Hits 1 million in 2 weeks and other 360 news: on: November 23, 2006, 03:49:11 AM

Quote from: Laner on November 22, 2006, 11:44:12 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on November 22, 2006, 03:28:25 PM

'i could care less about either title'....LOL,why do americans always say this wrong?....its you couldn't care less...oh well
*sigh*

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-ico1.htm

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There’s a close link between the stress pattern of I could care less and the kind that appears in certain sarcastic or self-deprecatory phrases that are associated with the Yiddish heritage and (especially) New York Jewish speech. Perhaps the best known is I should be so lucky!, in which the real sense is often “I have no hope of being so lucky”, a closely similar stress pattern with the same sarcastic inversion of meaning. There’s no evidence to suggest that I could care less came directly from Yiddish, but the similarity is suggestive. There are other American expressions that have a similar sarcastic inversion of apparent sense, such as Tell me about it!, which usually means “Don’t tell me about it, because I know all about it already”. These may come from similar sources.

And yet you continue reading that same page:
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So it’s actually a very interesting linguistic development. But it is still regarded as slangy, and also has some social class stigma attached. And because it is hard to be sarcastic in writing, it loses its force when put on paper and just ends up looking stupid. In such cases, the older form, while still rather colloquial, at least will communicate your meaning—at least to those who really could care less.
9718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Thanksgiving Edition on: November 23, 2006, 03:43:37 AM
Probably continuing on with GoW in Hardcore mode and maybe digging up some of my older 360 games like Kameo, PGR3 or Lego Star Wars 2. 
9719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOW: Lack of Control Support Ruins the Game!? on: November 23, 2006, 03:19:52 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on November 23, 2006, 02:40:58 AM

You can actually invert the X-axis in a video game? The X-axis?!

Why would you want to?

In third person games some people prefer to control the viewport as if they were moving a camera around  the character, so moving your stick to the right orbits the camera right but effectively moves the viewport left, and pointing the stick left turns it right.  I'm not sure that I've ever heard of anybody doing it in a first-person game.  
9720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOW Control question on: November 22, 2006, 03:57:27 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 22, 2006, 03:44:45 PM

No separate camera controls from the aiming/movement controls? What is this 1997?  icon_mad

Right now its a struggle to get through even the tutorial...when I want to move right I go left. When I want to look up I look down... mad

Same with the camera...if I invert the y to make the camera work the way I like it, the aiming is off.

For crying out loud, DR had independent camera/aiming...why not this 'halo killer'?

 thumbsdown thumbsdown thumbsdown

You have to think of Gears of War as a FPS with the camera moved back a little bit, not so much a third person action game.  Dead Rising's system was made for a third person melee/action game and worked incredibly poor for quickly shooting things, which is all you do in Gears.  
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