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9681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Car porn (Forza 2) on: April 21, 2007, 06:59:50 PM
I see that there is a new video and screenshots over at the Forza Motorsport site in their Weekly Pitpass report.  They have a whole write-up about stuff, and at the bottom you can download a high-res video of some GT class cars racing on Mugello (or watch the smaller streaming version, but who wants to do that). 

Unfortunately nobody loses it into a wall, but it certainly looks good.  Reports are that it is still on for a May release but has been pushed back to the 29th, so just a little over a month to wait. 
9682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 21, 2007, 06:15:06 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 21, 2007, 04:18:18 PM

I have yet to see any reviews. Is this supposed to be good for an adult with no Pokeman experience?

IGN has a review up.  They gave it an 8.5 (with a reader average of 9.2!!  ...despite the fact that it isn't out yet.  Roll Eyes

On second look, I see Metacritic has a few other reviews up, too.  Average of 83 right now. 
9683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sanjaya's Sister on: April 21, 2007, 04:38:04 PM
Yeah, they've mentioned that on the radio out here a couple times since we're in the same general area.  I'm not a big patron of Hooters so I've never seen her there.  Not that I saw her on Idol either, I guess, just heard about her. 
9684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for X-box games for 360.. on: April 21, 2007, 04:28:13 PM
I would highly recommend Beyond Good & Evil also, but it's not on the BC list yet.  Hopefully it will be someday soon.  It's still sitting on my shelf just waiting to be played again.  
9685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 HD player on: April 21, 2007, 03:59:32 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 21, 2007, 03:50:40 PM

The 360 doesn't upconvert natively over VGA though right? I mean, the regular dvd drive? Because it sure as heck looks like crap when I watch it on my 22' LCD-and I was always wondering about that.

As long as you select a resolution from the System menu I think that it plays the movie at that size.  The movies I've watched on my 21" CRT monitor seem to look really good, and certainly better than on my SD TV. 
9686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for X-box games for 360.. on: April 21, 2007, 03:32:27 PM
Fable is a pretty good action RPG type thing, but it's more about doing stuff and developing your character than story.  You can get the Lost Chapters version (extra content) for less than $10 used.

Dreamfall: The Longest Journey might be a good bet if you never played it on the PC.  More traditional PC type adventure game instead of RPG, though.  Same goes for Indigo Prophecy (aka Fahrenheit in Europe).
9687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monster Madness demo on Live on: April 21, 2007, 03:02:50 AM
I finally got a chance to try this demo out and I have to agree with you guys.  I might be willing to give it a try if it was from the Arcade or a very cheap budget release, but no way would I buy this. 

Part of the problem is that the game just starts out a little hectic and you have no clue what's going on.  For me on my monitor (only 21") I couldn't tell where the weapons were, when I picked one up, how much ammo I had or where to get more and all sorts of other vital information that should be second nature in a game like this.  Bleah. 
9688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: March NPD Hardware & Software Numbers (God of War WOW! PS3 slides further) on: April 21, 2007, 01:28:25 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on April 21, 2007, 12:59:48 AM

Quote from: Purge on April 20, 2007, 04:59:56 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on April 20, 2007, 04:33:30 PM

That seems like good numbers to me since its essentially a stand alone expansion pack. Its only been 1 year since the last one.

-1.

The games are vastly different in feel and function. I don't mean they've changed what it is; they just executed it WAY BETTER. It's not a "same engine - different story" release at all.


*shrug* It was to me.

Most all of the reviews I've read have said the exact same thing, so you're not alone. 
9689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 20, 2007, 10:31:05 PM
I would also keep an eye on this thread for Pokemon Friend codes in the Multiplayer forum. 
9690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spider Man: The Musical on: April 20, 2007, 09:57:48 PM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on April 20, 2007, 06:41:15 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 20, 2007, 05:45:00 PM

Wow.  I'm sitting here, trying to think of a worse idea than that, and I'm coming up a complete blank.

The Sporanos all-male burlesque revue?

Something tells me you had that idea just waiting in the wings for an occasion such as this.  slywink
9691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot Fuzz - The Trailer on: April 20, 2007, 09:55:26 PM
Just got back from the first matinee out here and I give it my thumbs up.  Over the top, absurd, and a well done parody of balls-out action movies that doesn't cross the line into silly (well, not the bad kind at least).  Better than I expected from the trailer, to be honest. 

I think if you liked Shaun of the Dead or action movies in general you should enjoy this one. 
9692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot Fuzz - The Trailer on: April 20, 2007, 06:50:54 PM
So, this movie opens up today.  Anybody going to see it?  I've read and heard some good things about it. 

I have the day off and I'm seriously contemplating going just for a change of pace even though I detest opening weekend crowds.  Maybe the noon:30 show won't be too bad. 
9693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is a Code Monkey? on: April 20, 2007, 06:47:32 PM
If you just do a search for "Jonathan Coulton in LA" you can see pretty good live renditions of some of his songs.  And Baby Got Back, too.  Of course you don't get the WoW graphics videos along with it, but that's secondary anyway. 

But, if you like the WoW videos with the songs, check out Spiffworld where the creator of those videos has some more for you.  smile
9694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Surprise! NEW 360 Backward Compatibility Update! on: April 20, 2007, 06:44:16 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 20, 2007, 06:41:52 PM

I have mercenaries for the ps2, but never finished it (or got very far into it for that matter).  Is there any reason I should pick it up for the XBox to play on my 360 now that it's BC?

Just the better graphics, both those from the original XBox and the upscaled, AA-enabled 360 rendering.  Playgrounds of destruction need pretty colors and such.
9695  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 28% off Warner HD DVD and Bluray on: April 20, 2007, 06:21:10 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 19, 2007, 11:52:15 PM

This is SO tempting just for Planet Earth. That, and a I have a Blu-Ray player thanks to my PS3, so I might as well try it out...

EDIT: Why doesn't the HD/Blu-Ray versions come with the 5th DVD of Planet Earth - The Future? And do they also not include the documentary and/or the behind the scenes stuff?

Even looking on Amazon, it says this in the features section (bold mine):  "Planet Earth: The Future: 150-minute companion series (included on standard-definition DVD release only)"
9696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Shakes Up The Industry on: April 20, 2007, 03:55:55 PM

Quote from: depward on April 20, 2007, 03:46:31 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 20, 2007, 02:24:19 PM

Quote from: depward on April 19, 2007, 08:25:07 PM

I just wish some realized that the PSTriple is ABAP

ABAP?

As Bad as Pox?
Chad Warden?  HELLOOOOOOOOO

"As ballin' as possible"

Are you freaking serious?
9697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Overclocking on: April 20, 2007, 03:21:51 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 20, 2007, 03:18:23 PM

If you underclock, you slow the game time down.  So if you are playing a game with a time limit, it effectively gives you more time.

Well, it won't technically give you more time since the game as a whole will be moving slower, but it does give you more chance to react if you are playing a fast action game. 
9698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HD DVD gets a boost from Wal-Mart on: April 20, 2007, 03:16:44 PM
Wow, that sort of price for the broad Wal-Mart crowd could really boost sales for HD-DVD if it takes off. 

Which sucks, because I would almost rather just have one of the formats die a quick death so we get to a standard quicker and we all know Sony won't be killing Blu-Ray anytime soon. 
9699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3 demo on Live on: April 20, 2007, 03:12:49 PM
As the title says, there is now a demo of C&C3 up on the XBox Live Marketplace.  As usual these days, it's only available to Gold members right now. 
9700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Westboro Baptist Church at it Again on: April 20, 2007, 02:54:02 PM
People like this really tick me off. 
9701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Namco announces Beautiful Katamari on: April 20, 2007, 02:42:05 PM
I don't think he was even involved with the last version(s), was he?
9702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 20Apr: ATB @ Calvin's House Splitscreening Gears of War Edition on: April 20, 2007, 02:37:38 PM
I have the next week off, so I'm trying to decide what the best plan of attack is and whether any new game is worth picking up.  

I just rented Lost Planet (figured I can probably finish the single player portion this week) and will probably be putting some more time into Earth Defense Force 2017, SSX Blur on the Wii and FlatOut 2 for the PC.
9703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Campus was threatened this morning on: April 20, 2007, 04:59:43 AM
There was one of those out this way today, too.

http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_041907WABbeamerlockdowngunsTP.2608cb07.html
9704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox) Burnout 3 vs Burnout Revenge on: April 20, 2007, 02:10:08 AM
It's my personal opinion that Burnout 3 was the peak of the series.  I bought Revenge when it came out for the original XBox but it just didn't appeal to me as much.  Part of it is that you really lose the feeling of always being on the edge of disaster with the traffic checking. 
9705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Surprise! NEW 360 Backward Compatibility Update! on: April 20, 2007, 02:04:04 AM
Yippee!  It was really nice of the BC ninjas to surprise me on my birthday like this.  slywink

The games I'm still waiting on: Beyond Good & Evil, Voodoo Vince, Oddworld: Stranger, Rallisport 2 and Wallace & Gromit.  BG&E is the big one of that group. 
9706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 HD player on: April 19, 2007, 04:57:20 AM
You can do 1080p in HD-DVD movies with the VGA adapter though, right? 
9707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will Ferrel is having trouble paying his rent... on: April 19, 2007, 01:49:14 AM

Quote from: Lee on April 19, 2007, 12:51:25 AM


Good call, since the YouTube version was removed anyway. 
9708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 2 Achievements on: April 18, 2007, 02:49:24 PM
In addition to the open architecture, the big question to me is whether their Windows Live will support client-server multiplayer instead of simply peer-to-peer like XBox Live.
9709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 18, 2007, 04:37:12 AM
Aww, that's sad.
9710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What does FTL mean? on: April 18, 2007, 03:57:22 AM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on April 18, 2007, 03:43:57 AM

Quote from: Laner on April 17, 2007, 03:55:03 PM

F* The Laotians

"So, are you Chinese or Japanese?"
"I am Laotian. I am from Laos. It is a small landlocked country in central Asia!"
"So... are you Chinese or Japanese?"

Laotian?  Which ocean? 
9711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - Tax Day Edition on: April 18, 2007, 03:53:38 AM
Well, I hate to see Ron get upset, so here's a little contribution:  icon_smile




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9712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] New? Bioshock video on the Marketplace on: April 18, 2007, 03:32:33 AM

Quote from: depward on April 17, 2007, 07:46:04 PM

That's ABAP!

ABAP? 
9713  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: x360 Live Movers and Shakers [04/17/2007 edition] on: April 18, 2007, 03:31:08 AM

Quote from: Farscry on April 17, 2007, 07:44:45 PM

Unless a new Guitar Hero game comes out before the next edition, my spot higher on the list this time around won't last. icon_wink

Then again, with my love of racing sims, maybe I'll bump up again when Forza 2 hits.

Speaking of racing games, this summer/fall is going to be chock full of them!  Maybe I'll start a thread about that. 
9714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crocs - For Women Only? on: April 18, 2007, 03:11:24 AM
Crocs - for nobody. 

Seriously, they look like something my mom would have worn out in the yard while doing some gardening or something. 
9715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All-Inclusive help on: April 18, 2007, 03:09:21 AM
For anyone that does end up going to the Cancun area, I would highly suggest getting hooked up with some tours or whatever to places like Cozumel, Chichen-Itza and Isla Mujeres.  Checking out the ruins and snorkeling and that sort of thing was equally as much fun as hanging out on a beach and drinking in the clubs and such (if not more so).  Every morning was a bit of a groaning lazy mess, but it was more than worth it. 
9716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Public transportation too expensive? on: April 18, 2007, 02:36:05 AM
I never had a problem with the price of the metro bus system around Seattle (the east-side, actually), but the few times I used it the time it took compared to driving was ridiculous.  If something triples my commute time or more in addition to making me walk several blocks in the rain, I'm sure as hell not going to use it if I have a choice. 
9717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite band time! on: April 18, 2007, 02:30:51 AM
I'm not very good at making these lists because I always forget something important, and I like a lot of bands, but here's some from whom I will buy a new album sight unseen (or sound unheard...whatever). 

Eels
Rage Against the Machine
Deftones
Tom Waits
Modest Mouse
Tool
A Perfect Circle
The Black Keys
9718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 2 Achievements on: April 18, 2007, 02:21:21 AM
Niiiice!  thumbsup

I am also curious to hear what you have to say about the experience on a PC.  Graphics look like crap?  Is the multiplayer well implemented?  Does it even work without the Windows Live crap? 
9719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 04/17/07 on: April 17, 2007, 02:36:23 PM
Um, Venture Bros is on Cartoon Network, not Comedy Central. 

I will probably add Last King of Scotland to my queue. 
9720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Armed Assault demo on: April 17, 2007, 03:55:05 AM
I seem to remember somebody around here was interested in Armed Assault and I see that a demo just came out.  It comes with three single player and three multiplayer maps, and the improvements/optimizations that were made to the UK version of the game apparently.

I'm too lazy to copy a bunch of URLs, but you can see all the ones listed in this Blue's News post
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