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1441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Question about Xbox 360 connection to home network on: May 15, 2005, 03:55:09 AM
Do you have a media center PC?  I was under the impression that a media center PC is basicaly handling everything with Windows Media Player 9 with all the associated Digital Rights Management stuff that goes with it.  So if you can't convince it you have the rights, it won't play.
1442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just preordered the Xbox 360! on: May 14, 2005, 10:41:42 PM
Weren't they promising something like 3 million units before the holidays?  If they have 3 million preorders before launch, Sony and Nintendo are in trouble.
1443  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help me completely read my gaming manuals? on: May 14, 2005, 05:39:43 PM
A quick question:  Are you getting as much exercise as you used to?  When I was gaining weight (cause I was working too hard and didn't have time to work out, yeah, right), I noticed my attention span was getting shorter.  It started improving almost immediately once I got back in my workout routine.

On the flip side, if you're just looking for an excuse, many companies don't seem to spend the time and effort they used to on manuals.  The quality of writing has dropped quite a bit.  Of couse, that makes exceptions all the more enjoyable, but it's easy to get jaded.
1444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox RPG's - the future just got **much** brighter.... on: May 14, 2005, 05:28:25 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
RPGFan and RPGamer have some new details regarding Blue Dragon and the newly-unveiled second game, Lost Odyssey.

That RPGfan article also mentions the first 360 RPG, a launch game from From, eM - eNCHANT arM.

That got me wondering.  Has there been a console launch RPG that wasn't bad?  Better yet was there one that was good?
1445  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Jade Empire LE for trade (Still Available) on: May 14, 2005, 05:18:11 AM
I don't know.  If I started thinking about getting cash, I'd start thinking about selling enough stuff to buy a PSP.  That road is too evil to contemplate.

There's got to be something else I need...

Sony PS2 Memory card?

Any strategy games I've missed?
Armies of Exigo?
Act of War: Direct Action?
Empire Earth II?

I don't know.
1446  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Jade Empire LE for trade (Still Available) on: May 12, 2005, 11:00:29 PM
Would anyone be interested in a bigger trade if I put God of War (PS2) on the table?
1447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who all is excited about the big PS3 unveiling?! on: May 12, 2005, 10:13:29 PM
Let's see.  Microsoft has to get people interested now to build up to their launch in the fall.  If Sony is smart, they're sitting back taking notes on everything that works and everything that doesn't.  Sony just needs to officially announce the PS3 and a couple of big game titles to go with it.

Sony needs to make a big splash in the month before the 360 launches.  That's when they need to pull the eyes away from MS.   They did it pretty masterfully against Sega, but they have a tougher nut to crack this time.  I'm sure the amount of big announcements from Sony will probably be deafening around that time.  Their big goal is to create doubt.  They want people thinking, "Should I get a 360 or wait for the PS3."  If you can establish doubt, a lot of people will wait.  They don't have to stop people from buying the 360, they just can afford an insurmountable lead.
1448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone finished God of War on Hard? on: May 09, 2005, 04:16:08 AM
Congrats.  Did your PS2 collapse afterwards?
1449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pic of Xbox 360 on: May 07, 2005, 10:30:42 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
The more I think about it and the more I see it in print I'm really starting to like the name "Xbox 360".  It does seem to have impact and the number 360, at least in my brain, implies "large," "advanced," and "new."

Think about what the third iteration could be called:   Xbox 720 followed by the Xbox 1440.  I like it.  It's different and it isn't the boring old 1, 2, 3.... smile
See in my brain it implies spinning around without getting anywhere.  The only thing I like about it is that 360 degrees equals one revolution.  Cute little jab at Nintendo.  Of course, now that I think about it perhaps Xbox 365 would have been better.  Gaming for every day of the year and greater than a revolution. :lol:
1450  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Jade Empire LE for trade (Still Available) on: May 06, 2005, 02:22:09 PM
Still Available.  I like strategy and tactical games across platforms.  Also looking for some PS2 RPGs.  Make an offer if interested.
1451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GCN] Gamecube component video? on: May 05, 2005, 05:29:34 AM
Since no one else mentioned it, I'll point out that before you order cables, make sure your cube is one of the older ones that has the digital port.  The new cubes don't have it as Nintendo said no one uses it.

I think my cables shipped from Nintendo after about a week.
1452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout 3 - Custom Soundtrack on: May 02, 2005, 08:29:37 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
No, you can't play from your soundtrack on Burnout 3.

That makes it sound worse than it is, but it's still not good.   You can play your custom soundtracks, but upon boot up it will always reset to EA trax.  My theory is that EA paid for those tracks so they're trying to force you to "give them a shot."

Oh, and I don't think the announcer made it 5 minutes with me which was odd since it sounded like the same guy from SSX 3 whom I never turned off.  Writing is important.
1453  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Jade Empire LE for trade (Still Available) on: May 02, 2005, 02:14:32 PM
I didn't see anything on my first glance, but I'll definitely keep you in mind if I don't get any better offers.

Links are pretty easy

[url=]mytocles' list[/url]

will give you

mytocles' list
1454  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Jade Empire LE for trade (Still Available) on: May 02, 2005, 04:01:42 AM
I suppose I might theoretically play it again, but I really don't find much enjoyment in playing the evil side.  Since they kind of gave up on the distinction between closed fist and evil, I figure it's better to let someone else experience this game.

Here's my trade list

I'm open to offers or bigger trades.
1455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution punting on E3 on: April 26, 2005, 03:42:10 PM
Quote from: "Captain Caveman"

Another Trial Balloon bites the dust.
1456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia 3 Screens and Info on: April 26, 2005, 02:34:17 AM
Ok, I'll be the grumpy old man.  Shouldn't this be Prince of Persia 6?

I mean if the sequel to Starcraft: Ghost was called Starcraft 2 and remained a console only stealth action game, there'd be blood in the streets.

I'll get around to WW one of these days.  Sigh, backlog.
1457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any "new" 4X Space games? on: April 23, 2005, 10:07:35 PM
As always there's Wikipedia


Some use eXperiment as the third, either way it refers to building up your resourses and technology.  The rest are easy to understand.

Galciv 2 is coming.  You can get in the beta now.

If you want something different Star Chamber might be worth looking at.
1458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War - why do they piss away a great game?!!! on: April 16, 2005, 10:27:47 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
...she sat there stunned for a minute then said: "That. Was. Foul." She thought it was beyond gross, especially when I went down the thing's throat. biggrin

That's probably sig worthy, but not necessarily in a good way.
1459  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What websites do you read daily? on: April 15, 2005, 04:10:29 AM
Talk Strategy (for obvious reasons, though I had hoped someone else might mention it )
Console Gold & Forums
Dubious Quality
Penny Arcade (MWF)

Everything else is pretty inconsistent.  If I have lots of time, I'll stop by OO.
1460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it wierd to want a system for just 1 game? on: April 14, 2005, 11:23:27 PM
No, at the time I bought my Xbox, I was only interested in Halo.  I'm not exactly a big FPS fan.  I've found much more gaming goodness there since.

I have a friend who has a PS2 purely for the SSX series.
1461  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII (8) on: April 12, 2005, 09:41:39 PM
I should have pointed it out, but you do need the network adapter to connect the hard drive and not all hard drives fit the network adapter (Western Digital being the primary culprit that doesn't fit).  It's possible to jury rig something that will allow any drive to fit, but it's usually easier to use a Maxtor or Seagate or something.

Btw.  Even though it's practically impossible to explain why, the quote in your sig is the best in the movie.  That's saying something given the great one liners.
1462  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII (8) on: April 12, 2005, 09:01:39 PM
You know what Jack Burton always says at a time like this.



I'm also sorry I can't help you.  In fact, I've been keeping an eye out for one myself.

Have you considered using Hd Loader?  It doesn't  work with the slimline PStwo and you do need a hard drive, but less risk of busting disks when you're not swapping them out all the time.  It's especially good for strategy games and games you play over and over.
1463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG] Vision of Intent for PC Gaming Coverage on: April 12, 2005, 05:31:42 AM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
L -

I think any game you pick would be a hit honestly (well, with the exeption of "true" sports games, as the AAR's for them are relatively boring, even to me, a giganto sports fan.)

If you pick up a copy of Computer Gaming and look toward the back of it for the Tom vs Bruce article and read through it... you will totally get it, and see that most any "versus-type" game would work.  

For me... old game, new game, wouldn't matter.  And I think it would be a riot if you guys did it.  Trust me, if you read the column to get an idea of how it's done, you would see the possibilities are endless.

I hope this gets adopted.  I have a quasi-friendship with Tom over e-mail, and he says the feedback they get for the article is extremely positive.

Edit:  Here is a link to a pretty old one, but you can at least get the gist of how it's done.

Tom vs. Bruce Example

LD  :wink:

I must be a terrible publicist.  While I certainly wouldn't mind seeing more write ups like that here, I did create Talk Strategy to house all kinds of gaming stories including head to head battles.   I've written long columns on my site on why I believe strategy and tactical games make the best fodder for AAR's and story write ups, but to put it simply those are the games where you write the story.  Your commands and decisions dictate the course of events.  It's interesting to read about why you made each decisions often because it's not the reason I would have done it.

Talk Strategy was started off a similar discussion at Gone Gold.  I apologize if I've done a poor job getting the word out.  Please stop by and check it out.  You can click the WWW link below my sig.

Just for clarity, I would add that the Tom vs Bruce articles are in Computer Gaming World.  For obvious reasons, I think those types of articles and AAR's are a welcome addition to any site.
1464  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Fry's Ad (So. Cal) ----- Jade Empire: LE for only $37 on: April 12, 2005, 04:54:50 AM
Weird.  The Limited Edition was $38.88 at outpost earlier today.
1465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamefly thoughts on: April 05, 2005, 10:50:19 PM
Gamefly does have a free trial.  You could see how bad the wait is from your location.  For instance, since Houston is a hub, mail gets here a lot faster than you'd think.  I'd post the link, but the link I have is the sponsor link from my website and that's against the rules (not to mention rude).   I'm sure you can find it if you look.

If you find something better, let us know.
1466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX Connection Problem - stumped, please help! on: April 01, 2005, 05:14:40 AM
Congrats.  Don't forget to turn 720p and 1080i off so you don't come back with "Why doesn't Soul Caliber 2 work?"

That's my son David as my Avatar.  He likes kisses from anyone and anything so no worries.
1467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX Connection Problem - stumped, please help! on: March 31, 2005, 10:06:20 PM
I don't think there's any differences in the dashboard.  Here's what it is on mine:

from Video (down) (A) (right) (A)

(B) (B) (power)

or starting from the main menu

(down) (down) (down) (A) to select settings

(down) (down) (down) (A) to select Video

(down) (A) (right) (A) to select no to 480p

(B) (B) (power)

Good luck.
1468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX Connection Problem - stumped, please help! on: March 31, 2005, 06:52:59 AM
I think I see the problem.  I believe you only get the video mode options if you have the HD pack installed (component cables).  When you use the regular cables it just gives you the options for 480i.

You'll probably have to do it by "feel"  You'll have to know the button presses to get you to the video options.  480p will be the second choice, right under screen mode.  You'll have to turn it off.  Then hit B twice.  Then reboot the Xbox, and it should come up in 480i.  Hopefully with a little playing around you should get it.  Good luck.
1469  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Think Geek Affiliateship on: March 31, 2005, 06:18:57 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
We have set up an affiliateship with Think Geek.

Copycat.  :wink:

They're great to work with.
1470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX Connection Problem - stumped, please help! on: March 28, 2005, 10:52:43 PM
When you have Xbox 2 plugged into the front  (Y,R,W or composite) and bring up the dashboard, what does it say under Settings, video?  There should be a bunch of No's there since you don't have a HDTV (i.e. normal, no , no, no).  If I had to guess, I'd say you have 480p turned on (i.e. normal, yes, no, no).   Since the other Xbox works fine with the component cables, it really can't be a bad cable.  There could be a bad pin on your 2nd Xbox's A/V connector, but that seems unlikely.
1471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Iron Phoenix? on: March 25, 2005, 09:23:39 PM
EB has it shipping today.  Did anyone bite?
1472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Iron Phoenix? on: March 24, 2005, 06:25:58 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Seems like fun but there's too much going on right now (even for me!) it should hit $20 soon and then I'll grab it.

That was kind of my point.  If they had done a Phantom Dust (or Katamari Damacy)  and released at the budget price point, I think they could have had a surprise hit.  As it is, we'll probably all be picking it up after price drops.  There's just too much good stuff out there now.
1473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So who here runs their own website? on: March 24, 2005, 05:46:24 AM
I mean your own for fun and profit kind of thing. My site's mostly for fun, but I'd like to see it grow (and an actual profit wouldn't hurt either). I've been reading some of those "grow your website" columns. It appears that the biggest thing I'm doing wrong is I don't have enough sites linking to me.

Anyone here want to swap links?

Any other tips?
1474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Iron Phoenix? on: March 24, 2005, 05:30:56 AM
I have a feeling that this one will get lost in the wash with all the big releases lately.  Anyone pick it up?  I keep feeling this would have been a great title to release at $39.99 or less.  With a fun group it sounds like a blast, but I guess that's true for most decent online games.  Still people have been clamoring for a new Powerstone.

Iron Phoenix Linky
1475  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A world without gone gold. Six month mark on: March 20, 2005, 07:09:22 AM
You know I couldn't believe people piled on when BCR killed himself.  Depression is a dark, scary thing.  It makes people do things that they wouldn't otherwise do and act in ways they normally wouldn't.   Compared to some of the alternatives, shutting down a website doesn't seem that bad.  I sincerely hope and pray that Rich has recovered.  If and when Rich is fully healed (at least emotionally), it will be easier for him to venture out and make any needed apologies if he knows people out there understand.

I understand and forgive him.  Godspeed Rich and thank you for all you did.
1476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG] Vision of Intent for PC Gaming Coverage on: March 18, 2005, 06:31:23 AM
I would say keep the accessory reviews very short and to the point.  You can always link to the product's home page rather than putting in a lot of filler.  Honestly, I don't need more than is it so good that I need to replace my current  mouse? or If I'm in the market for a mouse, is this one of the best available.

On hardware, you might consider a focus on "budget upgrades."  What $99 can I spend that will give me the most for my money, etc.  The new high end stuff gets covered to death, but if you could consistently point out sweet spot for GPU's, chipsets, hard drives, etc. that could be useful and not found everywhere else.
1477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What game have you replayed the most? on: March 18, 2005, 06:21:42 AM
Probably Doom with the story, mods and multiplayer (one on one with a null modem cable) there's no way I could count.  I was coming out of a MUD addiction when Doom hit.

Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Star Wars: Rebellion hold the title for me. Stop laughing. Okay, I'll wait.

I liked Rebellion.  It was just heartbreaking compared to what it could have been.  The tactical battles just screamed for the ability for a small group of plucky rebel to be able to take on (or at least seriously hurt) a larger imperial fleet.  That just intensified the feeling that the end game was a joke.  I can't even recall a major set back once victory was in sight.  The early and middle game was great though.
1478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pick ONE game on: March 18, 2005, 06:05:16 AM
Well, if you get any and all mods, I'd have to go with Unreal Tournament 2004.  The sheer variety boggles the mind.

No mods?  I guess I'd go with Rome: Total War.
1479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Silent Hunter 3 uses Starforce protection on: March 17, 2005, 06:07:13 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
You also have to view hidden devices under hardware manager. I found some today and had to delete them. Musta got it off a demo.
I'm sure you used the Starforce removal tool, but since manuallly deleting them can cause system instability, I wanted to clarify for anyone unsure.  Only remove the drivers with the removal tool.
1480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SF on: March 16, 2005, 07:17:11 AM
Some of the reported problems with Starforce:

Slowed or disabled CD/DVD burning (plus more errors)

Disappearing Drives

Disabling Virtual Drive programs

Unable to play game with Virtual Drive programs installed


Note: I have not physically verified any of these problems myself.  Jeff Jones did do some timing tests on his computer that showed a marked slowdown in burning times with SF installed.

Additionally, there were reports based on SF promotional materials that it had "phone home" features available that would stealth scan system information and send it to the publisher.  However, no game has been found yet that implements such a "feature."
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