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9921  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 26, 2007, 03:06:36 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 26, 2007, 02:41:36 PM

The cars themselves handle much better than the demo indicated. I am not sure if they use 4 point physics as some claim or central pivot as others say, but either way they are great. No, they do not feel as hardcore as the supposed realism in Forza 2, but for the most part the actual cars and trucks perform pretty much exactly as you would expect them to, and the different cars in each class absolutely drive differently and have their own tendancies and idiosyncracies.

I don't just make shit up.  Check out this FAQ at the official forums if you like. 

Does Dirt use a “Pivot Point”?
No, it doesn’t. DiRT uses a full four-point physics model (in fact each wheel is calculated as a contact patch of multiple points that can change shape depending on tyre deformation and camber).
9922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: June 26, 2007, 01:53:04 PM
Cripes, the way this is going I might just have to join up.  They have really been rolling out the big titles the last few months.  A huge improvement over when this was mostly old Genesis games and such. 
9923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360 cable/accessory coming on: June 26, 2007, 01:50:42 PM

And HD-DVD's and crap, I suppose. 

EDIT: And Earth Defense Force 2017!  (Not that it can make it look any better, but it's still got the 1080p support)
9924  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I finally got it on: June 26, 2007, 01:49:17 PM
My copy of Forza 2 did come with a manual, but apparently there were quite a few that didn't.  Here is a direct link to a PDF of the manual.  
9925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Conflicting release date info (Transformers game) on: June 26, 2007, 01:38:20 PM
Some places say that it is shipping or in-store for 6/26 (Target, Toys R Us, etc), but I think for the ads from BB and CC they want to play it on the safe side, especially CC with their in-store guarantee.  Hell, Best Buy advertised both Forza 2 and DiRT as "In store by 2pm Wednesday" and they had shipping problems with both of them.  Needless to say I told them to shove it and bought them elsewhere.  

As an aside, I see that Target has an exclusive on the PC version of the game, and it's only $20!  If you have a 360 controller hooked up to your computer that might be the way to go.
9926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is there anything worth playing right now? on: June 25, 2007, 11:33:01 PM
Speaking of adventure games, the new Sam & Max episodes are good fun, too. 
9927  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/25) on: June 25, 2007, 10:33:23 PM
Since I've been purchase happy the last month I don't think I'll be buying anything this week.  I may end up renting (if I can find them) Overlord, The Darkness and Transformers.
9928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness on: June 24, 2007, 11:25:35 PM
Also it looks like Target is giving a $10 gift card with purchase of The Darkness or The Bigs (Wii version pictured in ad). 
9929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness on: June 23, 2007, 12:48:35 AM
You guys do realize that video you posted is from last October (at the earliest). 
9930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Pillow Pants Join Forces Over Embargo Pylons (6/22/07) on: June 22, 2007, 11:59:52 PM
I intend to play whole lot of DiRT and perhaps a bit more of Tenchu Z
9931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness on: June 22, 2007, 02:52:54 PM

Quote from: Chaz on June 22, 2007, 02:33:59 PM

Circuit City has this on sale for $49.99 next week.  I'm definitely tracking it down for that price.  Of course, then I have to decide whether to play this or Overlord.

Seriously, I can't buy another new 360 game.  Really.  Why do you taunt me so? 
9932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Come on down! It's Bob Barker's final show! on: June 22, 2007, 01:28:58 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 15, 2007, 01:23:51 PM

Never saw the movie but I've always found this clip from Happy Gilmore hilarious:

Adam actually showed up for Bob's 50 years in TV special: video
9933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 22, 2007, 12:47:38 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 22, 2007, 12:18:57 PM

BTW-has anyone purchased a car? I think I have just shy of one million bucks but I am trying to see if any particular category of car gets raced more often before I pull the trigger on my first buy.

In the second tier you will have to purchase a car or two to run some races (like the classics and RWD), so I bought a couple of those.  And then I bought a couple other ones to try out, too.  And some Liveries just for shits and giggles.  I still have about a million dollars left and I'm only running at the Amateur rank. 
9934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quake Wars tries to do in game ads right on: June 22, 2007, 06:55:23 AM
I know there were some Pepsi ones on BF2142, and I think there are some screenshot galleries of the other ones floating around.  I'm at work and can't be bothered beyond casual posting, though.  slywink
9935  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Invader Zim on: June 22, 2007, 04:02:09 AM
I also have the special house. 

What I thought was funny is that like 6 months ago I had Nick on and they were having those little ad spots where they talk to somebody that works there and a couple of them mentioned Invader Zim as their favorite Nick cartoon, and all of the ad spots featured Zim in them.  And now they play it all the time at later hours.  Even though they prematurely killed the show.  Genius!
9936  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What size t-shirt do you wear? on: June 22, 2007, 03:58:58 AM
Where is the XXL?  If you're doing research, it pays to cover all the options, unless you didn't want to offer those anyway. 
9937  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pranking a vent server on: June 22, 2007, 03:25:00 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on June 22, 2007, 02:54:02 AM

Color me ignorant but I have no idea what a vent server is other than what it sounds like - a place to bitch and moan. Anyone care to 'splain?

It refers to Ventrilo, which is a server based VOIP that is used by players in games like WOW, LOTRO, etc.  Sort of like Team-speak but generally better in quality.  The servers are generally hosted or rented by the players or guilds and they can create their own rooms and restrict access to them or the server as a whole. 
9938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 22, 2007, 02:15:41 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 21, 2007, 06:56:41 PM

Quote from: Misguided on June 21, 2007, 06:07:32 PM

That's funny, I would've said it feels easier than the demo (I'm using the next to easiest setting, but should probably move up one).

I've just unlocked Tier 3 and really enjoying this. Lots of different event styles, and the vehicle classes handle quite differently.

Yeah, I'm using the amateur setting and am thinking about dropping down to the next lowest, even though Captain You're-Awesome keeps telling me to go for Pro-Am.

Haha, "Captain You're-Awesome"!  I like it.  I've been running the Amateur level and winning most races on my first try and sometimes second.  Ok, there was that one time I had to do it like four times.  Stupid rock.  Stupid terminal damage.  I can still drive with only two wheels!

Misguided, regarding the code, I entered it with the dashes and everything worked fine in the online part, but the code it gives me there doesn't have any dashes and putting that code into my game (both uppercase and lowercase) just tells me it is invalid.  Also, if the codes are all uppercase, don't make me freaking retype it because I used lowercase.  That's a little function called "toupper()", jerkwads.  Get with the user friendliness!
9939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Manhunt 2 banned in UK on: June 22, 2007, 01:58:21 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 22, 2007, 12:26:48 AM

What's to prevent them from releasing the game anyway without the seal of approval? 

In the US I would say distributors and retailers who won't take take the game, meaning it doesn't get into stores and to the customers.  I'm not sure how some of the other markets work, but it may be illegal to distribute it in places like Germany and the UK.

I think you guys are underestimating the amount of time and money it would cost to create the game with the content and systems intact and then to remove it.  It isn't as simple as an extra couple days in the editing bay for a movie which already has lots of extra footage and alternate takes and is already being edited for time, pacing, content, etc. 
9940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 21, 2007, 02:18:15 PM
Just for general information, they use four point independent physics at the tires similar to Forza (although undoubtedly less detailed), not center of mass pivoting.

I agree with you guys that the CORR truck race as the first option in the Career tree may have been a poor choice, given how differently those heavy, overpowered trucks compare to the rally cars in most of the other events.  Not the easiest first race to jump into, but certainly a fun one!  I almost wish there were more of the non-rally types of races (although not at the expense of those). 
9941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Internet is Pay to Play on June 30th? on: June 21, 2007, 12:45:14 PM
About the only use for the Internet channel on the Wii is so that you can watch the preview videos of the VC games.  That sort of functionality should be built into their store, but they are retarded like that. 
9942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Motivated masturbation on: June 21, 2007, 08:42:03 AM
Ah, sweet amphetemines.  Is there anything you can't do?
9943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamefly question on: June 21, 2007, 08:05:55 AM
With the crappy distribution and questionable queue system, it sounds like they could really learn a thing or ten from Netflix.  Although I'm sure Netflix has a much higher stock of titles, it's a lot cheaper for them to buy movies than games, and games depreciate in value and desirability in just a couple months. 
9944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Resident Evil 4 impressions on: June 21, 2007, 02:30:11 AM
So if you're always aiming with the nunchuck stick, how do you strafe?  Normally in a shooter the left stick is used for sidesteps and the right for aiming, so that seems like it would be a weird thing to get used to. 
9945  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pranking a vent server on: June 21, 2007, 12:35:52 AM
It shouldn't be that hard to find who is on the server and kick them off.  Or just go into a passworded room.
9946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 21, 2007, 12:29:54 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 20, 2007, 11:53:34 PM

How good is the navigator in the rally mode?  Helpful and not annoying?

I've only done one rally race so far, but he wasn't annoying to me.  He's American and I think it must be Travis Pastranna's co-driver, Christian, or something.  If you don't like his voice, though, you can turn that volume down independently of the normal volume. 

I would also like to say that the little menu examples and help menu stuff that Travis and Christian walk you through are a nice touch, too.  It explains things well and would likely add to a new player's comfort levels.  You can skip it if you like, though. 

EDIT: Further impressions:  This game freaking rules!
9947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: June 20, 2007, 11:47:13 PM
After heading to Best Buy ("Sorry, we're having distribution problems") and Circuit City ("Uhhh, what game?  Is that new?") I finally tracked a copy of DiRT down at GameStop.  They even threw in a card that is supposed to let me unlock 10 extra cars, but unfortunately you have to use that code and your game's unique code to get a third one, and that code doesn't work in the game for me. 

Early impressions are that if you liked the demo you should love the game.  Which I think we already knew.  It's nice that they have a more traditional Rally Championship as well as the Career mode with all of the racing types. 
9948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Codemasters' Colin McRae: Dirt on: June 20, 2007, 10:12:54 PM
If you look at the Boycott Starforce games list, you can see that for North America it is not listed as using any version of Starforce.  That it not the definitive answer, but I would certainly expect them to have it on there if it was a known factor since that is what they do.
9949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Codemasters' Colin McRae: Dirt on: June 20, 2007, 01:26:38 PM
As far as I know it is only the European version that has Starforce, just like the last one.  If anyone has any other information I would like to see it. 
9950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 20, 2007, 06:56:53 AM
Welcome to the forums, BiggerBoat!  (or at least for coming out of the shadows and joining in the madness smile )

I have also noticed that after I upgraded my car in a few areas most of the AI drivers couldn't compete, and I'm not all that good.  On later races some of them have very nicely upgraded cars and are quite competitive, but then others in the same race will have crappy stock cars that are two or three classes lower.  It's really kind of weird.
9951  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: 172 guests... on: June 19, 2007, 02:13:13 PM
What is this "web" of which you speak?
9952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Manhunt 2 banned in UK on: June 19, 2007, 01:55:02 PM
PAL is short for Phased Alternating Line and refers to the method of decoding color information and drawing scanlines on televisions.  It is mainly used in Europe and parts of Asia while North America and Japan use the NTSC (National Television Standards Committee) standard.  That link (and the partner link to NTSC) will tell you more about it all than you would care to know, but basically PAL is 625 scanlines at 50 Hz and NTSC is 525 at 60 Hz.  

EDIT: beaten to the punch, but posting anyway
9953  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer impressions on: June 19, 2007, 01:15:58 PM
I liked the first Hulk.   ninja
9954  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Purchasing a HDTV online on: June 19, 2007, 01:14:13 PM
After seeing how some of those boxes are treated in shipment, I don't think I would ever order something that large, delicate and expensive online, unless they allow you to replace it at a local brick and mortar store.  And even then I'd be very wary. 
9955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA download episodes exclusive to 360!! on: June 19, 2007, 01:08:18 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 19, 2007, 11:56:02 AM

Quote from: Ridah on June 19, 2007, 07:23:59 AM

Quote from: Turtle on June 19, 2007, 06:44:56 AM

Actually, these days games are likely to cost a lot more than that, up to 75 mil, maybe hundreds? eek

I wonder how much Oblivion cost, that game is about the right scale and complexity.

No games have reached the hundreds of millions to produce yet have they? That would really be outrageous...

didnt Shenmue 2 cost 100mill?...and it didnt make back its money,and thats why SEGA have been edgey on making the third

well thats what i heard anyway

According to Wikipedia, the first Shenmue is their record for most expensive videogame at an estimated $70 million.  Who knows how accurate or up to date that is, though, since a lot of development costs are not fully disclosed. 
9956  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sopranos on: June 19, 2007, 10:32:35 AM
I agree that there are a lot of good points in that link, but I also think some of what he is seeing is, as he puts it, just seeing 10 gunmen on the grassyknoll.  I know David Chase is very particular about details and I'm sure especially with this being the last episode, but sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, you know? 

For some reason I tend to dislike when people read meaning into something which has no significance. 
9957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Wii) The Official, UnOfficial, Buy/Preorder Zak and Wiki on: June 19, 2007, 09:03:54 AM
I agree that it looks really interesting and has a pretty lame name.  However, I'm not much for preordering, and I don't even see it on the EB/GS website.
9958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Father's Day Edition on: June 19, 2007, 08:55:52 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on June 19, 2007, 05:17:43 AM

Got through around mission 18 or so on Tenchu as well.  Would have gotten farther... but I was determined to get a Ninja5 on the f'ing 'follow this guy' mission.  Which turned out to be pretty much impossible for me at the moment.  Did manage to get to, and beat, the mission that is in the demo.  That one was annoying too... up until I decided to take grenades on the mission with me.

Heh, those were the two missions that were a pain for me, as well.  I gave up on getting Ninja 5 on the following mission, but I did finally beat that dang demo mission after dying at the boss several times.  I really wish they at least had a quick "Restart Level" option after you die, instead of going back to the main camp and having to pick it again. 
9959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Father's Day Edition on: June 19, 2007, 12:26:49 AM
I played the first 18 missions in Tenchu Z and I enjoyed it.  So there. 
9960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/18) on: June 19, 2007, 12:20:36 AM
Definitely picking up DiRT for the 360.
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