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9761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 28%! on: May 06, 2007, 12:38:28 AM

Quote from: dbt1949 on May 05, 2007, 11:25:56 PM

I suppose Nixon might have had lower numbers just before he resigned but personally I never thought of him as a bad president. A little too greedy perhaps but not that bad. GW on the other hand has not impressed me since day one. I wasn't really even pro Gore during the first of his elections and was fairly neutral about him.
I bet the Secret Service really has to pay a lot of overtime protecting him.

Your card has now been pulled.    slywink
9762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 06, 2007, 12:27:02 AM

Quote from: EddieA on May 05, 2007, 08:19:19 PM

I don't know if it's the same excerpt as OXM, but the prologue chapter is available at Bioware's website.

The OXM chapter is the first one after the Prologue (it starts with "Eight years later."), so if you have the magazine you get to check out two chapters. 
9763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-Man 3 review discussion on: May 06, 2007, 12:24:28 AM
My first impressions of the 360 version are pretty "meh".  Trying to follow lizard tracks while constantly re-hitting my Spidey-sense?  Yuck.  Timed missions that says the helicopter got away even though I'm right fucking next to it?  Suck me.  Not being able to do any damage to cars, hot dog carts, etc?  Lame. 

I'm not very far into the game at all, but so far I can't think of a single thing that I really like about it.  The controls don't feel all that tight and the camera isn't very good either.  The combat is too full of canned animations that have my guy bouncing all over the place and just asking for button mashing, and the web swinging is just (so help me) boring, slow and a little annoying.  And don't get me started on the weak cinematics.  Peter Parker looks like he has freaking Down syndrome. 

It's not a terrible game by far, but it smacks of being developed by thier port/sequel studio and rushed to meet the movie deadline.  Thank god I only rented it. 

9764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Possible Hetz sighting? on: May 05, 2007, 10:12:02 PM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on May 05, 2007, 09:47:13 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 05, 2007, 05:03:06 AM

Now if this was over a Wii, I could understand. But you can find a PS3 on almost every street corner store nowadays. biggrin

There are wiis on every corner if you look hard enough.

The very fact that you have to "look hard enough" means that they obviously are not "on every corner" and widely available yet. 
9765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free and Legit MP3's on: May 05, 2007, 09:28:54 PM
Well, if you sign up to try eMusic for 2 weeks you can download and keep 25 free mp3s from their indie-heavy catalog.  (and if you decide to cancel, you can do that online and don't have to call and sit on hold or anything). 
9766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 05, 2007, 08:10:35 PM
I see that there is an excerpt of the book in this month's OXM.  If you're not a subscriber it's probably cheaper to pick up the paperback than the disc version of the magazine. 
9767  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Tony Hawk $10.00 Costco on: May 05, 2007, 07:59:28 AM

Quote from: weeskwee on May 05, 2007, 07:57:15 AM

it can and is.

wish i could get into the freaking place. i hate these membership stores.

Same here.  And I'm not about to pay $40 to save $20 on a dang game. 
9768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my DS Lite on: May 05, 2007, 05:39:03 AM
The original wide-style GBAs had absolutely horrible screen brightness since they had no backlight or anything.  The GBA SPs fixed that but I'm not sure it's better than the original DS, although I don't have them to compare. 
9769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: May 05, 2007, 05:26:55 AM
There are a bunch of new screenshots and a teaser trailer for the game up over at TeamXBox.  I think the game is looking quite nice and it's going to be a must buy for me come June. 

Here are a few choice shots (click for larger version):

9770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]double dragon next wednesday on: May 05, 2007, 04:35:28 AM
I'd say that the barrels in the unenhanced version look much better than the generic gradient-filled ones of the "enhanced" stuff.  The rest looks barely changed at all, really.  Boooo-urns. 
9771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii Rumour]the first star wars game for the system? on: May 05, 2007, 04:32:44 AM
I would be that if it does hit the Wii the lightsaber combat will just be wiggling the wii-mote to swing like in Zelda.  The game isn't designed and set up for any sort of one to one saber swinging. 

Another port of a game I played a year ago.  Hooray for innovation!
9772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spiderman III- This Friday! on: May 05, 2007, 04:19:20 AM
So it sounds like everything I was afraid of is basically true.  Poor story, too many villians, lots of questionable CG and of course some weak acting the same actors you either like or really don't. 

Why couldn't they just make a story mainly about Venom?  Sure, start out with a Bond-esque entrance of action against Sandman or something, but let the main movie be about a single villian and really develop it well. 
9773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Monster Squad coming to DVD... on: May 05, 2007, 03:41:13 AM
I can't say I've ever heard of this one, but I think it might be worth a rental when it comes out. 
9774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hello Dad, I'm in Jail! on: May 05, 2007, 03:35:52 AM
Hooray for one spoiled, dumb bitch getting her just dues. 
9775  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Tony Hawk $10.00 Costco on: May 05, 2007, 03:27:02 AM
Which one is can't be Project 8, right?
9776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking of selling my Wii on: May 05, 2007, 03:12:54 AM
If mine wasn't a gift I would have sold it a couple weeks after I got it.  Part of the problem is that most of my gaming is solo gaming and the other is that the wii-mote controls are so gimmicky and inconsistently implemented that I never feel safe getting a game for the system.  And of course there just aren't many games on the horizon that interest me. 

I will keep it around for those rare new games and for fun when visiting family and friends, but that's about it. 
9777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]double dragon next wednesday on: May 04, 2007, 07:47:58 PM
It would be nice if it came with enhanced graphics, but I see no mention of that or Live multiplayer. 
9778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell: Conviction on: May 03, 2007, 05:46:08 PM
And Sam Fisher continues to get younger and younger...
9779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: May 03, 2007, 06:51:52 AM
I'm away from home this week, but for those of you who have been playing this version of Catan, is it worthwhile for the singleplayer only?  I've never played the boardgame but mostly just because it's hard to get people together to play those sorts of games and I would like to check it out. 
9780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dry Cleaner Loses Pants, Lawyer Says They're Worth $67 Million on: May 03, 2007, 05:13:16 AM
He's not only a lawyer, he's a judge.  And a total ass-hat.
9781  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot Fuzz - The Trailer on: May 03, 2007, 03:00:12 AM
Man, I really can't believe there are so few people who have gone to see this.  You guys suck! 
9782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your current favorite music? on: May 03, 2007, 02:37:13 AM

Quote from: wonton on May 02, 2007, 11:20:54 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 01, 2007, 04:36:30 AM

Quote from: Clay on May 01, 2007, 01:40:40 AM

Word is that the new White Stripes album is great.  Anybody heard it? 

That one won't be out until the middle of June, so I haven't heard it yet but I will certainly buy it.  Jack is also working on a new Raconteurs album due out early next year I think. 

That's the first I've heard of a new Raconteurs album (YAY!).  Where'd you hear it from?

I think I read it in the most recent Rolling Stone.  I don't remember exactly what it said but they are going for a bit of a different vibe (country-ish?) with the next album I guess. 
9783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/pc] Shadowrun Achievements.... on: May 03, 2007, 12:17:26 AM
The IGN write-up of the comparison between the PC and 360 version made it sound like the PC version probably won't be the choice to play.  When you're aiming with a mouse you want fast and accurate aiming, not some widespread handicap BS. 
9784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your current favorite music? on: May 01, 2007, 04:36:30 AM

Quote from: Clay on May 01, 2007, 01:40:40 AM

Word is that the new White Stripes album is great.  Anybody heard it? 

That one won't be out until the middle of June, so I haven't heard it yet but I will certainly buy it.  Jack is also working on a new Raconteurs album due out early next year I think. 
9785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise Announced on: May 01, 2007, 04:08:02 AM
I sure hope this doesn't suck.  I'm not optimistic about the whole Burnout in an open world thing. 

And I agree about those shots.  I assumed they were photos of a monitor/TV. 
9786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This is really going to kill Monday's commute... on: April 30, 2007, 03:17:05 AM

Quote from: dbt1949 on April 29, 2007, 09:52:23 PM

What are "shnikes"?

Come on, people...Chris Farley!  I have no idea if that's you spell it, but it's certainly his word. 
9787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Sony marketing idea: Showing decapitated animals. (not a joke) on: April 29, 2007, 01:21:34 AM
Wow, that's quite an event where the topless girls are the tasteful part  And then they top that by printing pictures from the event in their Official PS Magazine.  You would have thought somebody in the organizations might have reconsidered these plans somewhere along the line.  Sony's PR and marketing departments seems incredibly inept these days. 
9788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?? on: April 28, 2007, 10:03:32 PM
The video was pretty good, and the longer one even better.  Hopefully the game rocks.
9789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is this how it will all end? on: April 28, 2007, 09:44:54 PM
Some preliminary reports are finding that a fungus may be playing a part in killing off the bees.  The same fungus "caused widespread loss of bee colonies in Europe and Asia", apparently.,0,7437491.story
9790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: April 28, 2007, 05:34:05 PM

Quote from: shaggydoug on April 28, 2007, 03:30:19 PM

Anyone seen any actual gameplay video yet?   I'm not talking about the post-race replay stuff that we've been seeing but while you are actually racing.

- shaggy

While it's not an actual race, if you check out the "GDC 2007: Forza 2 Demo" over at IGN you can see that guy do a test drive for his modified car.  If you want to skip all the modifying and painting and crap the test drive starts at about 8:30 (other than a couple seconds at the beginning of the video).  He also slams into walls to show some of the damage that you can do to the car, although he really seems to suck at it and can't even get the bumper off. 
9791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: April 28, 2007, 07:00:35 AM
Well, the Forza guys have released this week's Pitpass Report a bit early.  The first part talks about running tournaments in the game, which sounds well implemented.  They also have a new HD video up of a new race showcasing an American muscle car ('69 Camaro SS) running against a more nimble Japanese racer ('95 Toyota MR2), which is something I've been curious to see. 

Direct link to download 720p video.
9792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crazy pool shots on: April 28, 2007, 05:26:16 AM
Some nice shots in there, but I absolutely hate that song with a burning passion. 
9793  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help for system for in-laws on: April 28, 2007, 03:23:30 AM
That certainly looks like a good system that should do them well for a number of years. 

Honestly I don't think that small of a CPU ugrade would be noticeable at all, but I'm of the opinion that if it is a reasonable price to get a faster one, and $15 is pretty negligible, go for it.  Saving the money would be fine, too.  Either way it won't be a make or break decision.

Clicking on the Product Details (below either of the green "Continue & Select Services" buttons) and then clicking on the Technical Specs tab it shows these:
Expansion Slots:
PCI: 2 Slots
PCIe x1: 1 Slot
PCIe x16 (Graphics): 1 Slots

So it should be good to go for future video card upgrades.  At least until manufacturers decide they need a newer and better interface to get the masses to upgrade once again.  slywink  EDIT: I did see it is only a 305 Watt power supply, so if you do end up putting in a much more powerful video card you may also need to replace that.  Just something to remember for the future.

The only other thing is that they are probably going to want some sort of speakers, even if they are just the cheapest you can get. 
9794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asteroid Apophis...its the end of the world as we know it on: April 27, 2007, 10:05:17 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 27, 2007, 09:15:45 PM

What if they go to blow it up, but end up finding out it's hollow... and a space ship?

I think the important thing is to quickly find and eliminate the Brain Bug.  slywink
9795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Tomb Raider Anniversary screens on: April 27, 2007, 09:14:47 PM
It's also coming out on PC, so it could be resized from those. 
9796  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help for system for in-laws on: April 27, 2007, 09:00:11 PM
As long as you don't want/need top of the line gaming gear, which they don't, you should be able to get something decent for pretty cheap.  With a $1000 budget you really have a ton of choices since basic PC prices have come down so much. 

Obviously the more RAM the better, and I would say 1Gig would be bare minimum (especially since casual users often have many background programs/processes running and do not do anything to help performance). 

If possible, I would try to find something other than Intel on-board graphics, but that may be the only choice for lower-end PCs so consider one with an expansion slot for a few years down the line.  Also consider that an on-board graphics chipset is going to share the system RAM for the video cache and will leave less RAM available for other programs and may slow the system down a bit in general, so more RAM would help with that.
9797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Motorstorm update coming soon on: April 27, 2007, 08:24:46 PM
No, I don't have a PS3 yet but I saw this info and thought I'd pass it along for those of you who do. 

According to this post on the PlayStation forums, the Motorstorm 1.2 update will be coming mid-May and will fix various things including a boost exploit, online play and SD TV text problems as well as resetting players' FAME rankings. 
9798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Desktop Tower Defense - go Gaming Trend team! on: April 27, 2007, 05:52:26 AM
I was happy to see that we had 25 members on the GT scoreboard.  Go team! 

My recent obsession has been the 4k Challenge, which is kind of nice because it gives you the chance to lay down your design right away and see how well it will work.  Plus it's just good fun to send multiple groups to the slaughter right away.
9799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Microsoft is losing money on: April 27, 2007, 02:12:38 AM

Quote from: Turtle on April 27, 2007, 02:07:03 AM

Any manufacturer, software developer, etc... has to pay MS in some way to put out something on the windows OS.  Hardware makers have weird licensing and driving signing fees, along with OEM fees.  It's all fees, and more fees.  Sales of the actual OS matter only to make sure they keep the market primarily windows based so they can keep charging those fees.  All those fees add up.

Incorrect.  Unlike on a console, Windows development does not require any sort of fees be paid to Microsoft to publish a game or any other sort of software on the platform.  That is one of the big reasons PC's have been the haven of indie developers.  I could create and distribute my own Windows program using open source tools and not have to pay fees to anybody. 
9800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why veto? (political thread) on: April 27, 2007, 12:59:10 AM

Quote from: Clay on April 27, 2007, 12:43:10 AM

For one, I have no interest in ever hearing the phrase 'President Cheney." 

There's no reason they can't impeach Cheney, too, if they find him guilty for many of the same offenses.
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