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9921  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I thought I spent a lot of time online at the GT forums... on: August 22, 2006, 02:07:21 AM
Sheesh, I didn't realize I would be in the top 10.  I will often have the GT forums open in the background as I read an article that was linked or check out some news, movies, etc. about something we were discussing. 
9922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Savage 2: Whos stoked? on: August 22, 2006, 01:59:05 AM
I'm pretty psyched for Savage 2.  I'm not as big a fan of some of the character designs as I was in the first one, but hopefully the gameplay is there and it kicks all sorts of ass.  I also hope they have done something to help the problem of the commander having so much influence in the direction a map goes.  In the first one if you didn't have a good commander in the seat right away it was an uphill struggle with very little hope of success. 

Project Offset doesn't really have enough information for me to form an opinion about yet.  I'll give it another look when they start releasing in-game shots and movies. 
9923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Let's nitpick our favorite games! on: August 22, 2006, 01:47:23 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 21, 2006, 08:06:37 AM

- Bots don't play the dark ops game modes unless you download a patch. Since I dont have Live, how the hell am I going to get the patch? I've emailed OXM a couple of times about maybe putting it on one of their demo discs but they never answer.

If you have broadband all you need is the free Live Silver membership to download updates and use the marketplace.  If you don't have broadband then you are indeed hosed. 
9924  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/21) on: August 22, 2006, 01:40:38 AM
This week I'm only picking up Texas Hold 'em because it's free. 

I almost picked up a used copy of Conker last week and seeing the lack of releases for the next couple weeks I think I will go try to find it or some other game I never got around to playing when it was new. 
9925  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - 8/20/06 on: August 21, 2006, 02:43:00 AM

Quote from: gellar on August 21, 2006, 01:26:09 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on August 21, 2006, 01:18:26 AM

Am I the only one who finds those three Asian ladies way hotter than the "focus" of the first picture?

Well, except for the one on the left...
You. Are. Wrong.

gellar

Agreed.
9926  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: "You have already made a post." on: August 20, 2006, 11:26:04 PM
I've had that same problem a couple times.  I'm not sure if the forum has a timer that limits how many posts you can make within a certain time limit or what.  Usually if I just go back to the thread and try to post again it works, or else I repeat that a couple times and it works. 
9927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tom Chick disses GT! on: August 20, 2006, 11:15:50 PM
Jiminy jillickers ... to change the subject to something more pleasant: 5/5 for Dead Rising, Tom?   icon_wink  I understand you use the rating to convey "the reviewer's enthusiasm for a game", but shouldn't that enthusiasm be tempered with the pitfalls that are also present in a game?  Considering you are writing your reviews for gamers, doesn't the fact that many people have serious problems with certain aspects of the game (saves, dumb AI, enless escorts, controls, timed, forced restarts, etc) lead you to think that perhaps you were a bit over enthusiastic?  If not, can you explain why?  (that's not an attack, I would honestly like to know your feelings on the subject)
9928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - 8/20/06 on: August 20, 2006, 06:46:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 20, 2006, 06:38:37 PM

If you look really closely, you might see some bombs behind the girl.  It's a test of willpower to do so, but it's possible.  If you are able to accomplish this I have a question:

Should they be that rusted?

You know, I think that just possibly the force of the explosion would be enough to strip the rust off.  icon_wink
9929  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - 8/20/06 on: August 20, 2006, 06:30:26 PM
Knightshade, that was an awesome start to Sunday skin.  Gracias. 

9930  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And your 2007 Transformers are... on: August 20, 2006, 02:03:57 AM
I agree with you, wonderpug.  I think this style of overly detailed and jaggy edges looks more like something from Armored Core than Transformers.  I saw that CG test footage of the old-school Optimus Prime and it looked both realistic/believeable as well as true to the Transformers canon. 

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9931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultima Online Reborn...again. on: August 20, 2006, 01:50:13 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 20, 2006, 12:44:16 AM

I remember making skullcaps for money.  One of my fondest memories?  My Master Thief / Carpenter / Tailor.   I would dress up in the Jester's outfit, put down a table and chairs (which fit in my backpack, of course!), sit down and hawk my hand-made clothing.  People would sit at the chair across the table from me, and I would proceed to simultaneously make their clothes and pickpocket them.  I'd replace their hard-won valuables with carrots and lettuce, give them their clothing, and VERY quickly make myself absent. 

Wow, I had no idea you were such a sneaky, evil bastard.  Brilliant!  icon_biggrin
9932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Not yet in production? on: August 19, 2006, 11:44:31 PM
The thing that the Wii has going for it is that it is largely based on technology that they have been mass-producing for five years, although at higher clock speeds.  This should allow them to create the chipsets cheaply, in large quantities with fairly high yields, unlike new technology like those in the 360 and PS3.  Nintendo plays their cards notoriously close to their chest, but my guess is that they will be shipping numbers that put the 360 and PS3 launches to shame.  It probably still won't be enough for the worldwide holiday demand, but a little extra demand is always good for business. 
9933  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? on: August 19, 2006, 09:20:59 PM
You are making my brain hurt.  And my computer. 
9934  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Starforce Boards on: August 19, 2006, 08:48:09 PM

Quote from: Tals on August 19, 2006, 08:20:22 PM

re Europe that is pretty old news - i'm not aware that Euope is still shipping that many Starforce games - at one point it seemed to be them all frown

I'm not that bothered regarding it - but if I have any issue Starforce will always be my first victim.

Tals
There are still a number of games being released in Europe with Starforce.  A few recent examples: FlatOut 2, Age of Pirates, Call of Juarez, Night Watch, Micro Machines 4. 
9935  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Starforce Boards on: August 19, 2006, 08:08:33 PM
Midway just shipped Rise & Fall with Starforce protection.  Considering they are also publishing Lord of the Rings Online as well as Unreal Tournament 2007 that is probably not good news. 

There are also numerous games shipped in Europe/Asia that still include Starforce, although usually the publishers for the North American version usually changes to a different copy protection scheme.  Ubisoft and JoWood dropped it for their NA releases, but still use it elsewhere.  Codemasters still uses it everywhere as far as I know. 

EDIT: I speelll goood!
9936  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And your 2007 Transformers are... on: August 19, 2006, 05:25:10 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 19, 2006, 04:53:20 PM

Latest rumors and pics, I offer no claim as to what's true or fake:
Ultra Magnus and Cliffjumper:


I think they could have tried a little harder on those two.  They look...like like cheap little toysicon_wink
9937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Expensive Fall/Winter on: August 19, 2006, 05:13:18 PM

Quote from: JayG on August 19, 2006, 11:30:01 AM

No love for Sam and Max and Broken Sword 4?

I totally forgot about Sam & Max for some reason, but have rectified the situation.   icon_biggrin
9938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Not yet in production? on: August 19, 2006, 05:05:05 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 19, 2006, 04:35:53 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 19, 2006, 02:53:08 PM

I'd say E-Bay is iffy.  Chances are good you'll end up making less money than a 360 auction since the pricepoint is already high to start off with.

But the console itself will be unavailable on store shelves for who knows how long. And the rabid PS3 fans are well...rabid. They'll get their cosole at any cost. No matter how stupidly priced it is.

Hey, you sound like a Sony quotebot...are you their new PR rep?   icon_wink

One question that this raises with me, though, is what they mean by "in production".  I know they had been talking about the low yield of CPUs with the adequate number of cores intact, so I'm guessing what they're talking about here is final assembly.  Assuming they have an adequate supply of the parts and the production of those stabilized, then it does all come down to how fast they can be assembled and shipped overseas.  I guess we won't know the actual results for a few months, given that we can actually distill the truth from the Sony PR machine. 
9939  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / FlatOut 2 $18 on: August 19, 2006, 07:23:37 AM
Starting this next Sunday (8/20) Flatout 2 for the PC is going on sale at Circuit City for $17.99.  How can you resist that?  Answer: you can't and you shouldn't! 
9940  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone here play Ratchet Deadlocked online? on: August 19, 2006, 05:39:41 AM
But he's not robotic at all.  That's not sarcasm, that's just misinformation.  Clank is the robot. 
9941  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone here play Ratchet Deadlocked online? on: August 19, 2006, 02:39:41 AM

Quote from: stiffler on August 18, 2006, 12:33:10 AM

Quote from: Tustin1 on August 18, 2006, 12:06:55 AM

What's a Ratchet?  retard

It's a robot Daxter.

Hmmm, not exactly:

9942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vin Diesel is Agent 47 on: August 19, 2006, 02:26:28 AM

Quote from: jimmyorr99 on August 18, 2006, 02:58:59 PM

I can't beleive Statham signed on to Dungeon Siege....

That movie looks like such utter shit, I can't even begin to imagine the horror that it will bring unto the world. 
9943  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And your 2007 Transformers are... on: August 19, 2006, 02:15:52 AM

Quote from: ATB on August 19, 2006, 01:37:48 AM

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Since they've established there'll be no mass changes in this Transformers universe that'd make Soundwave incredibly tiny.

Bzzt! There's definitely an epsiode of the Transformers where Soundwave transforms into a Walkman sized player right outside Autobot headquarters and Spike picks him up and takes him in not realizing of course that he's a decepticon...despite the icon right on the front of it.

So proportion was never really an issue.  Also (was it Blaster?) also transformed into a boombox who could be carried on the shoulder.

Yes, but as they said, for this Transformer's universe (in the movie) there will not be any crazy mass/size changes like there were in the cartoons. 
9944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142 beta imminent. on: August 19, 2006, 02:07:41 AM
I think EA/Dice is going to have to prove themselves with this one before I make the plunge.  The fact that they still haven't fully patched BF2 while they intend to release this one in a couple months is just pathetic.  They need to drop their yearly release bullshit and build solid games from the ground up. 

Things like the menus/interface that people have been complaining about since the first game should have been fixed years ago and not just trotted out again and again in every new version, expansion and community-splintering booster pack. 
9945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Expensive Fall/Winter on: August 19, 2006, 01:52:47 AM
I'm only seeing a couple must-buys so far:

-Lego Star Wars II
-Gears of War
-Savage 2 (almost forgot this one!)
-Sam & Max (oops...I did forget this one)

and then maybe a few others if I get a good deal on them (although likely waiting until after Christmas):
-Crackdown (waiting for reviews)
-Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
-Battlefield 2142 (likely waiting to see reviews and for first patch at least)
-NFS: Carbon (the forum effect may make me grab it if it's that good)
-Half-Life Episode 2 (I doubt this will make it this year)
-Splinter Cell: Double Agent

I'm not sure how you guys can say you are going to be buying 20-30 games within a few months.  That's over $1000 and innumerable hours that you won't have to dedicate to every game. 
9946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need for Speed: Carbon screens on: August 19, 2006, 01:25:33 AM

Quote from: Dimmona on August 18, 2006, 08:09:52 PM

So they have the 3000 but not the Charger?  Bah!

Well I've seen the new Challenger, so the Charger may be there also.

You know, I tried the Most Wanted demo out on both PC and 360 and for some reason it just didn't do much for me for some reason.  In general I love racing games and enjoy a pretty wide variety of them (PGR3 and FlatOut 2 most recently) but the last couple NFS games seem too floaty or something. 

Also, it's hard being a racing game fan and not liking the "import tuner" culture. 

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9947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninety-Nine Nights: Anyone take the plunge? on: August 19, 2006, 01:22:32 AM
Purge, that text font is terrible. 
9948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 18/Aug/06 on: August 19, 2006, 01:12:49 AM
I'll be playing more FlatOut 2 and finishing up LEGO Star Wars. 
9949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninety-Nine Nights: Anyone take the plunge? on: August 18, 2006, 04:58:00 AM
For anyone that's interested, I saw that this one is going for $39.99 with free shipping from Outpost.com
9950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: When will Microsoft abandon subscription-based multiplayer? on: August 18, 2006, 01:10:17 AM
Part of the reason that PC games have free online multiplayer is because the gamers (and clans) themselves provide a lot of the servers that the games run on.  That practice doesn't really fly with the consoles when they are trying to have a closed, secure system.

I do think that having a free service could be good for encouraging more casual players to try out online play, but I will wait to see what sort of actual service the other consoles are able to offer before making judgements.  Microsoft has a very good service with the friends services, matchmaking, voice chat (upcoming video) and fast, reliable connections.  If the other consoles can do everything as well as Microsoft for free, then bully for them.  Until that time, I reserve judgement. 

By the way, you can get a 12 month subscription card at Amazon for $36 with free shipping. 
9951  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vin Diesel is Agent 47 on: August 17, 2006, 01:17:07 AM
Boooo
9952  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What if your boss didn't want to pay you back $10 he owed you? on: August 17, 2006, 01:14:13 AM
Do you deliver mysterious packages to shady characters in the bad part of town?  Do you often get guns pulled on you?  Congratulations!  You may work for a drug dealer! 
9953  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tom Chick disses GT! on: August 17, 2006, 01:05:00 AM
5 out of 5 for Dead Rising just made me lose a load of respect for his reviews. 
9954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite spell? on: August 17, 2006, 12:47:42 AM
"I wanna cast...Magic Missle!"
9955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Texas Hold 'Em free for download for 48 hours on: August 16, 2006, 02:56:56 PM
So if you have a persistant bankroll attached to your account and you bet it all, are you fucked?  If they just give you more money to go play in the lower bet games then that's not really a persistant bankroll, is it?  I could just throw away all my money to my friends and then tell the system to hit me up with some more dough and start all over. 
9956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is this the Best Time Ever to be a Game Player? on: August 16, 2006, 02:53:53 PM
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Is this the Best Time Ever to be a Game Player?
Not really.  If you want a true opinion, ask about it next year, when we've actually seen the releases and promise of those games.  Like every other year, a lot of them won't live up to the hype. 
9957  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Rocky Balboa on: August 16, 2006, 03:33:38 AM
I have to say that I have been pretty skeptical about this one since I first heard about it, but after watching the trailer some of that trepidation has gone away.  I may even go so far as to say I'm a little bit excited.  At the very least it should be entertaining watching guys knock the crap out of each other in the ring again.   icon_biggrin
9958  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 08/15/06 on: August 16, 2006, 02:56:57 AM
Safe Men was a great movie.  My friends and I have been waiting for this thing to come out on DVD for a few years now. 

"Sweet 'stache, man."  "Thanks, bro."
9959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best looking PC games? on: August 16, 2006, 02:39:59 AM

Quote from: dbt1949 on August 16, 2006, 02:20:29 AM

How about one of those rally racing car games. They have such fantastic scenary.

If you're looking for a rally game, Xpand Rally is a pretty damn nice looking one that offers both hardcore and more arcade like physics.  It runs about $20, and of course has a demo if you just want to try it out. 
9960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bad Day LA demo on: August 16, 2006, 02:31:34 AM
I'm going to reply to my own thread and say that initial impressions are not good.  Some crude humor and ever more crude graphics and voice acting don't really help this be more than a mediocre action game at best.  It's also not open-world, the levels are just made to look like it. 
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