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9801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap (9-17-07) on: September 17, 2007, 03:10:51 PM
Played a bit of DiRT on the 360, and tried out the FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage, Skate and Tony Hawk Proving Grounds demos as well. 

Even though I installed the Quake Wars demo when it first came out I just tried it for the first time last night and had a good time.  It actually ran on my system.  It seemed pretty much along the lines of Battlefield, but I didn't try the Strogg yet so maybe they change it up a bit. 
9802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PSP Opinions? on: September 17, 2007, 03:02:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 17, 2007, 02:48:49 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 17, 2007, 02:48:06 PM

Wasn't Battlefront II released in 2005 for the PSP sometime around launch?

Yeah, this is a "new" and exclusive Battlefront game for the PSP.  I just can't remember the title. 

Battlefront: Renegade Squadron.
9803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sega Rally Revo on: September 17, 2007, 01:58:31 PM
The demo for this one just went up on the XBox Live Marketplace so I downloaded it and gave it a whirl.  My first impressions are pretty mixed.  On the one hand it looks great with colorful and detailed tracks and cars that look good clean or with the mud packed on.  The tracks have a nice deforming groove feature that alters your handling and makes for an ever-changing fastest line on the track. 

On the other hand, the game doesn't feel like much of an improvement over the old Sega Rally arcade games.  The cars whip around at the barest touch of the analog stick, there are invisible walls the keep you on the track no matter what, and there is no damage modeling at all. 

IGN UK reviewed it and gave it an 8.8, mostly knocking it for a lack of tracks, cutomization and damage modeling.  They said it takes half a dozen races to really get a handle on the controls, but I only ran a couple races before I was done with it.  I think my October racing dollars will be going for PGR4 and FlatOut: UC. 

Oh, there is also a PSP version coming out, and curiously enough it's being developed by Bugbear, the guys that behind FlatOut and Rally Trophy. 
9804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/17) on: September 17, 2007, 01:45:59 PM
Another week of jack squat for me, which is good for my wallet.
9805  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wish me luck- NCsoft UI Design test on: September 17, 2007, 12:32:33 PM
Looks great, man.  I wish you the best of luck!
9806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass on: September 17, 2007, 07:20:09 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on September 17, 2007, 07:11:24 AM

George R.R. Martin better hurry the hell up.

Yeah, ain't that the truth.  I never got into Robert Jordan since I heard so many bad things about some of the books, but I would be very angry not to see a finished Song of Ice and Fire series. 
9807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate London beta signups on: September 17, 2007, 04:28:58 AM
I threw my hat in the ring, although with pre-orders getting beta accounts I'm not holding my breath for too many to be available. 
9808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How ya use a PSP online? on: September 17, 2007, 04:27:06 AM

Quote from: Lee on September 17, 2007, 03:55:36 AM

Quote from: Dimmona on September 17, 2007, 03:30:23 AM

Congrats on purchasing what may be the most overlooked gaming system out there right now smile  There's a ton of great stuff in almost every genre on the PSP - glad to see folks are still giving it a chance...

Really liking the PSP so far, but I still think the DS is the better system. Looking through what I have may missed in the puzzle/strategy/RPG area, it doesn't seem like there is a lot out there. Now if you like action games, it does seem the PSP is superior (I don't though).

Really? I thought there were a ton of RPG games for PSP, although they are almost exclusively Japanese or tactical (with Dungeon Siege being the one exception I can think of). 

For puzzlers I've heard great things about Crush and want to pick it up soon (though likely not until it hits $20), and of course there are Lumines, Puzzle Quest, Mercury Meltdown, Luxor, Exit, Sudoku, Crossword, etc. 

You're right that there are quite a few action and racing games on the PSP, though.  Thankfully those are a couple of my favorite genres.
9809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds Impressions on: September 17, 2007, 03:41:18 AM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on September 17, 2007, 03:24:28 AM

Really hope Reality Pump makes more RPGs as this isn't bad for what I assume is their first RPG as I mainly know of them doing RTS.

They also did the quietly released KnightShift from a few years ago.  It was sort of an isometric action-RPG with some RTS elements in the campaign or straight action-RPG in another mode.  It was well received in eastern Europe, I think. 
9810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: skate. on: September 17, 2007, 03:13:22 AM
Yeah, but you have to engage it by clicking down on both sticks, and that is just freaking retarded, especially in a game where you are otherwise keeping your thumb on the buttons.  If it was easier or did it automatically when your "awesome guage" was filled, then I might like it. 
9811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall TV Season 2007 on: September 16, 2007, 04:44:46 PM
Hmmm, not much really interests me.  Looks like a lot of crap and some more of the same.  I would bet that 90% of that will get cancelled.  I'll keep watching the few shows that I already like and that's probably it. 
9812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up PS3/PSP games list for possible TGS on: September 16, 2007, 04:39:13 PM

Quote from: depward on September 16, 2007, 04:21:48 PM

That's NOT a good list?  Are you KIDDING me?!  That list (for both ps3 & psp) is outstanding!

If you like JRPGs it might be a good list.  If you don't, well...Patapon looks like an interesting diversion for a couple hours. 
9813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: skate. on: September 16, 2007, 04:09:57 PM

Quote from: Dimmona on September 16, 2007, 03:48:06 PM

Haha, that is nice.  He even tweaked it right into her face. 

Since you just resurrected this thread I might as well give my impressions  of the demo now that I've been able to try it. 

Overall I was impressed and enjoyed it.  It took a little bit to get the hang of the FlickIt controls, but not too long.  I did find myself having a bit of wiggle-fever trying to do some moves.  I wish these games had an optional slo-mo bullet time that would engage as soon as you ollie.  My brain just doesn't handle trying to do all those goofy movements in such a short amount of time. 

I would prefer to have the push-off buttons be RB and LB so that I could keep my thumbs on the sticks, but I guess that doesn't go with their theme of one finger for each are of the body type thing.  Maybe you can remap them in the full game, but I doubt it.  Stupid EA, it would be easier to change it to that way (Tony Hawk does it). 

I can't do manuals for shit, and after trying for a while I don't think I would want to have to rely on those to pass challenges.  Not fun.  Fail.

I kind of liked the low camera, but if they don't have an option for another one, then they are dumb.  I think the overall theme here is that you should let the players play the game how they want and not force all of your ideas on them. 
9814  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mr. Woodcock on: September 16, 2007, 03:58:34 AM
Well, I can't say that it's a big surprise after seeing those previews.  You need to check your nose so you can sniff out these turds ahead of time.  slywink  At least it was free and you had a nice rest of the day. 
9815  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: colin mcrea....DEAD? on: September 16, 2007, 03:39:46 AM

Quote from: kronovan on September 16, 2007, 03:31:59 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on September 16, 2007, 03:23:41 AM

When did Richard Burns die?

What a tragedy.

Burns died quite some time ago. IIRC it was sometime in the mid or late 90's.

Actually, from wiki:

Late on Friday, November 25, 2005, four years to the day after winning the World Rally Championship, Burns died at the age of 34, after having been in a coma for some days as a result of a brain tumour.

I thought it would have been odd had his rally game been developed well after his death. 
9816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP games..are there any.... on: September 16, 2007, 02:07:54 AM
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is definitely a great game, and you can get it for $15 new at places like Best Buy.  The sequel is coming out in just a few weeks and hopefully it lives up to Dark Mirror. 

I think as far as standard civ/sim type games it might be pretty slim pickin's.  Not exactly my genre so don't follow them to much.  Warhammer 40k: Squad Commander looks like a cool turn-based strategy game, and it comes out in November I think.  Maybe also check out Field Commander. 
9817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: colin mcrea....DEAD? on: September 16, 2007, 01:56:40 AM
Oh, man.  That is sad news.  And to see that there were possibly two children on board is even worse.   icon_cry
9818  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Should we merge Sports and Console Gaming? on: September 16, 2007, 01:53:18 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on September 15, 2007, 05:19:18 PM

I see there's a skate thread in Console Games. Shouldn't that be moved to sports, along with threads about Blood Bowl, racing games, and threads about the Gladiator games such as Gladius?

Well, the idea is that all of the sports games Devil might be interested in can be quarantined to the Sports forum, and the rest of us can keep our skateboarding, racing, etc in the Console forum.  slywink
9819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PSP Opinions? on: September 15, 2007, 04:17:11 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 15, 2007, 03:23:08 PM

Quote from: algernon on September 14, 2007, 06:04:33 PM

The Silver is not so bad.  Kinda wish we could buy to the European "Simpsons Yellow" Bundle. 

they get a yellow one?  those bastards!

They also get a red Spider-Man one, too. 
9820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How ya use a PSP online? on: September 15, 2007, 07:07:09 AM

Quote from: Lee on September 15, 2007, 06:58:41 AM

I bought one tonight, the 2000 (I refuse to say slim, since it's not any slimmer) and had a bitch of a time getting it online. Took me an hour. It turned out to be because of the silly text entry system. It uses a phone pad style keyboard to enter text and I was inserting a space after every letter in the WPA key. Took me that long to figure it out. I was getting pissed. So far I love the thing (graphics are 1000x better than the DS, but the DS is by far my most used system), but I am still shocked that they used such a horrible text entry system. Why don't they give you a normal keyboard display to type stuff in?

And Jeane D'Arc is amazing!

Well, it is slimmer.  Something like 20% slimmer and 33% lighter. 

I had trouble with that stupid text entry the first few times too, but I kind of got used to it.  I still prefer a regular looking keyboard entry system.  I also believe that there is an alternative key entry system that you can choose, but I'll have to wait until I get home to check on that. 
9821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How ya use a PSP online? on: September 15, 2007, 05:40:55 AM
The PSP has built-in WiFi and a web browser, so as long as you have access to a wireless network it's all free.  If you don't, then you can either go someplace that has free wifi (like a coffe shop, bookstore, etc) , or get a wireless router for your house I guess. 

For demos, music and stuff you can download those on your computer and use a USB cable to dump them to your PSP's memory card, as well as get some stuff from the PSP Spot download stations in certain stores. 
9822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bumpy Trot (Steambot Chronicles) 2 announced for PS3 on: September 14, 2007, 04:46:12 PM
So what kind of games are these?  I've seen the Steambot Chronicles name before and I kind of assumed it was a JRPG, but the screenshots look interesting.  The 'bot' part of the title never really sunk in with me, I guess. 
9823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FASA Shuts Down - Who'll Give me my Mecha Fix Now? on: September 14, 2007, 04:44:09 PM
Mechwarrior VS Crimson Skies!!!  Dive-bomb a Mad Cat, bitches!

Seriously, though, I wonder if this is really the end of the FASA titles or if those licenses could just be utilized by another internal team at MGS. 
9824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: September 14, 2007, 04:40:01 PM
Woohoo!  I just got my package back from the repair center and it looks like a brand new 360 for me.  Manufacture date of 8-1-07 and little plastic strip still over the DVD drive.  Unfortunately it doesn't have the HDMI, but even hooked up with component to my new HDTV it looks freaking sweet!  I had to throw in DiRT first thing this morning and it's just spectacular.  The TV was totally worth it.  biggrin  Now to download all of the demos that I've missed over the past month. 

Oh, it also came with a 1-month Live card in the box to replace the time I missed. 
9825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PSP Opinions? on: September 14, 2007, 02:05:07 PM
Seriously, nobody else has opinions on the new PSP?  Calvin, I know you have one, what do you think after a week with it?
9826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: August NPD Sales - Nintendo dominates, 360 up, PS3 down on: September 14, 2007, 03:52:25 AM
I'm not sure exactly who the market for Scene It! is.  I can't imagine that any casual or non-gamers would pick up a 360 in order to play a game that they could already play from a regular DVD player, and I'm willing to bet that the majority of the existing 360 audience doesn't have much interest in such a thing and if they do have the casual family/friends that would play something like that they likely already have a Wii and it's plethora of party games. 

Fusion Frenzy was a terrible game with a horrible "extreme" design.  They both flopped because they were no good. 
9827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamestop Halo 3 Pre-Orders are through the roof on: September 14, 2007, 03:32:22 AM
If you're off work, don't stand behind the counter while a big-ass line of people wait over 15 minutes to check out and refuse to answer simple questions.  Go in the back or leave the store if you're going to be a useless prick. 
9828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watches on: September 14, 2007, 02:13:44 AM
You would get an engraving on a present to yourself?

And who are these Quartz vs Mechanical people?  I've never run into anyone that gave a crap what kind of watch somebody else is wearing. 
9829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamestop Halo 3 Pre-Orders are through the roof on: September 14, 2007, 01:59:59 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on September 13, 2007, 10:52:10 PM

I use preorders as a means to reward polite and competent employees. They get rewarded for those numbers so I dole it out to people who treat me well.

If I did that, I wouldn't ever preorder anything.  Oh, wait.  I don't.  slywink

I was in GameStop the other day to pick up a pair of used PS2 component cables and stood in line for about 15 minutes waiting for the one clerk to check everybody out as another employee just stood back there behind the counter fiddling with crap and staring into space.  Some kid came up and said "Can I just ask a quick question?" and his response was "Nope, I'm off right now."  This kid just wanted to know if they had Bioshock in stock and he couldn't be bothered to say "yes" or "no".  What a dick.   finger
9830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Inconsistency with this M-Rated Nonsense on: September 13, 2007, 01:04:42 PM
I think it's funny that I could go into a liquor store 5 years ago and not get carded, but I still get carded for buying a game at Best Buy.  Maybe that just shows how poorly the liquor stores check ID, though. 
9831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: September 13, 2007, 07:39:23 AM
I think this t-shirt is pretty sweet.  I might have to order one when they actually get some in.

9832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ten people I could never hold a conversation with on: September 13, 2007, 06:29:10 AM
Sheesh, that lady is hideous in everything but the first picture. 
9833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamebryo Engine(used in Oblivion and Fallout 3) announced for the Wii on: September 13, 2007, 04:40:28 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 13, 2007, 03:47:46 AM

Super Paper Mario: Oblivion?

You're thinking of Super Paper Morrowind.  slywink 
9834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii global sales overtake 360 on: September 13, 2007, 04:39:17 AM
Soul Calibur Legends and Godzilla Unleashed are the two titles that I am actually excited about on the Wii for this year.  I'd like to say Mario Galaxy, but I really have no faith in their camera handling. 
9835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PSP Opinions? on: September 13, 2007, 01:14:20 AM
I returned my original PSP and picked up one of the silver Daxter-pack ones a couple days ago.  So far here are my impressions:

+ Surprisingly quite a bit lighter than the old model, more-so than I thought it would be.
+ Less screen ghosting, at least in my initial tests (for example: spinning an ATV around as fast as possible and watching the dark spots that used to really show it).
+ Some load times are improved, especially things like the in-menu vehicle selection in MX vs ATV where it previously had to load each model every time you changed, now it stores them in the new RAM for quicker access.
+ The speakers are in a better place higher up, so my thumbs don't cover them half the time like on the older PSP. 
+ The new flatter back plate seems pretty comfortable.
+ The d-pad and buttons seem to have been raised a small amount.
+ The new firmware allows for XMB themes and more varied color schemes.

- I'm not a fan of the new smooth backplate, I much prefer the textured one they had before.
- The new UMD loading slot is a bit cheesy and not as nice as the old one. 
- Loading times aren't as dramatically improved as you would hope. 
- The pack-in game and movie come in crappy little cardboard sleeves. 
- Um, I'm not a big fan of Family Guy?

Some people also say the the new screen is brighter, but I don't have my other one to directly compare it to so I can't comment on that.  Chances are, if they were comparing it to a launch PSP screen it may have lost some brilliance over time anyway. 

Can't comment on battery life yet, as I haven't done that extensive of testing. 

I also don't have the component cables yet so I haven't been able to check it out hooked up to my TV. 

9836  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Pre-order HL2ep2, get bonuses on: September 12, 2007, 03:48:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 12, 2007, 03:14:02 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 12, 2007, 03:05:05 PM

I paid for Ep1 and HL2. I am not paying full price for them a second time.

technically you're not paying full price  icon_wink  I look at it this way, I'm not paying for them a second time at all.  worst case scenario I'll end up sharing a friends Steam account to play Episode 2, but they've mentioned it will be sold seperately.

Have they actually mentioned this any time recently?  Since the Black Box was cancelled? 
9837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London for Halloween on: September 12, 2007, 03:45:44 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 12, 2007, 03:23:30 AM

Well, that kind of sucks. I have a 6600GT video card, but I think I went the cheaper route when I got it and it only has 64MB of RAM.  I'll have to check that when I get home. 

I must have been thinking about my old 9800 video card that died on me, this 6600GT does indeed have 128MB of RAM.  Perhaps I will be able to play afterall.  smile
9838  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Does having your computer on for a long time damage it? on: September 12, 2007, 09:15:18 AM

Quote from: Ridah on September 12, 2007, 05:00:01 AM

One thing though, what about memory leakage? I remember a while back needing to restart the computer every so often because games would become noticeable choppy from memory leakage.

The NT core (Windows NT, 2000, XP...) is pretty good about having segregated memory blocks for each program and they are freed up when that process terminates.  So unless you have a lot of other things running all the time (which you probably shouldn't when trying to play games anyway) you don't have much to worry about since Windows will clean up most of the garbage even if a certain program did have memory leaks. 
9839  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Does having your computer on for a long time damage it? on: September 12, 2007, 03:50:16 AM
On the weekend I'll keep it on all day long, but I turn it off when I go to bed.  During the week it's only on when I'm home and/or using it.  Whether it is slightly damaging or more-so than leaving it on for the extra 16 hours, I couldn't say.  I'd like to see some proof one way or another. 

Either way, though, it's a hell of a waste of energy to leave it on all day and it warms up my apartment something fierce. 
9840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London for Halloween on: September 12, 2007, 03:23:30 AM
Well, that kind of sucks. I have a 6600GT video card, but I think I went the cheaper route when I got it and it only has 64MB of RAM.  I'll have to check that when I get home. 
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