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1961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best gift you have given... on: December 10, 2008, 08:25:17 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 10, 2008, 08:21:29 PM

I sperminated my Wife on her Birthday this year. She seems to be pretty happy about that. Does that count?

Are you sure that's what she meant when she said she wanted a facial? Maybe you should have just given her a gift certificate to a spa.

 icon_wink
1962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sent Xbox in for repair...what if it's not a RROD?? on: December 10, 2008, 04:31:25 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 10, 2008, 04:26:38 PM

You think they test em? Tongue

I doubt it. The fact that I can request a repair online without having to speak to anyone to confirm that I am actually having  a RRoD problem leads me to believe that they just take yours in, swap it with a new or refurb (whatever is available), send it back, and then repair yours later and send it to someone else as a refurb.
1963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 survival rate thread on: December 10, 2008, 03:46:28 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 10, 2008, 03:38:34 PM

No. It didn't cost me anything for most of the exchanges, and a few of those were exchanges (storefront) was me just bitching (drive too loud, for instance).

It's when i got 3 bad refurbs that things started going downhill, plus two extended warranties.

I just had mine replaced this fall and they gave me a 1 year full warranty (MS) but after that, RRoD's are my problem and not theirs since my purchase date is Nov, 2005.

The three years doesn't reset when you get a replacement back?
1964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 survival rate thread on: December 10, 2008, 03:33:17 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 10, 2008, 03:32:11 PM

# of 360's: 10
Longest streak: 11 months (Aug 05 - May 06)


10?!!?!?!?!!!  eek

You are incredibly loyal.
1965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 360 survival rate thread on: December 10, 2008, 03:16:26 PM
So my first 360 died after 15 months and I'm currently waiting for the repair box to arrive. I know the failure rate on these things is ridiculously high, so out of curiousity I wanted to poll everyone here as to how many 360's they have had and what was the longest streak between repairs. Are there any launch units still working?

# of 360's: Waiting for my second
Longest streak: 15 months (Sept 07 - Dec 08)
1966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: December 10, 2008, 02:24:22 PM

Quote from: mytocles on December 10, 2008, 06:47:55 AM

Quote from: JayDee on December 10, 2008, 04:49:36 AM

Poor people trapped in the Police HQ surrounded by those evil super mutants. Right in the middle of my rescue op my 360 goes belly-up. Looks like they'll have to wait a few weeks to be rescued.  icon_frown

Ouch, JayDee, that really stinks.  My HD was failing, and I had to force myself to not play for two days, waiting for the 60GB hard drive I ordered to finally arrive.  I got everything transferred tonight and was quite happy to go back to post-nuclear Washington.  I don't know if I could have made it more than two days though, yikes!   icon_eek

I should be strong enough to hold on, but I'm worried the prisoners won't be so lucky....
1967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sent Xbox in for repair...what if it's not a RROD?? on: December 10, 2008, 02:20:12 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 10, 2008, 02:14:03 PM

Frankly, with all the negative press Microsoft has been getting as of late over their very poorly designed systems, I'd just lie to them and tell them you got a RRoD. Do they really want to piss off their customers at this point?

This is what I'm banking on.
1968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sent Xbox in for repair...what if it's not a RROD?? on: December 10, 2008, 02:06:00 PM

Quote from: Misguided on December 10, 2008, 02:03:35 PM

If it turns out it isn't covered, I wouldn't pay them a hundred bucks to fix it, personally.
I think it makes more sense (if you can) to spend 200 and get a new jasper unit instead.

That was my thinking. I decided to just send it in and if they won't fix it for free they can keep it and I'll buy a new unit (and probably get the extended warranty this time).

Although I can't see them turning the repair request down. These things are expected to fail and I can't imagine they would be anything less than helpful in getting these units repaired.
1969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: December 10, 2008, 04:49:36 AM
Poor people trapped in the Police HQ surrounded by those evil super mutants. Right in the middle of my rescue op my 360 goes belly-up. Looks like they'll have to wait a few weeks to be rescued.  icon_frown
1970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sent Xbox in for repair...REPAIR COMPLETE!! on: December 10, 2008, 04:13:11 AM
My 360 bit the dust tonight. Had it for 15 months. I'm getting the 1 flashing red light most of the time, but once in awhile it will give me the three flashing red lights. I submitted a repair request online and they are shipping me my coffin. My 360 is out of warranty for everything but the three flashing red lights. I'm worried that they'll only get the one flashing light when they test it, even though I'm getting the three flashing lights from time to time. I'm assuming they'll still fix it anyways, but I might get charged $99 for the repair? Does anyone have any experience sending in RROD that wasn't consistently three lights?

BTW, what do people think the odds are of me getting the system back by New Year's Eve. I have a Rock Band New Year's Eve bash scheduled for that night.
1971  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 14 on: December 07, 2008, 10:55:02 PM
If it wasn't $105 to sit in the last row of the stadium I would have been at the Bills game in Toronto right now. But since I don't roll in a bathtub full of cash every night, I'm relegated to watching it from my couch.
1972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xblive arcade] LODE RUNNER on: November 27, 2008, 05:49:59 PM
This is one of the first games I played as a kid. I would be all over an XBLA version. Hopefully it's not too far off!
1973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 27, 2008, 05:48:36 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 27, 2008, 07:02:16 AM

Quote from: disarm on November 26, 2008, 11:29:33 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 26, 2008, 08:30:46 PM

I finished the story and a lot of sidequests and never bumped into Dogmeat.

you definitely have to keep your eyes open to find Dogmeat...not in a location that you're guaranteed to stumble across, and he's even in a back corner of that area.  i got lucky and found him early on, but i can't say that having him along is all that great at this point.  while it's cool to have him around at times, he becomes a bit of a liability whenever you come across a big battle (no match for super mutants or groups of enemies).  i've had him die quite a few times, leading to a reload so i can leave him someplace safe before taking on the same encounter again.  at this point, i've been giving strong consideration to just leaving him at my house or Vault 101 most of the time...

I left him in my house and now he's gone for good for some reason, so I'd suggest just sending him back to Vault 101 if you don't want him along.


Vault 101? But I was forced to leave vault 101 at the beginning of the game and so far have not been invited back so I'm confu....OMG I'VE BEEN SPOILED!  icon_wink
1974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: your 2008 sleepers on: November 27, 2008, 05:45:01 PM
Fallout 3 for me. I never played the PC versions and I must have been living under a rock since I didn't know it was coming out in 2008 until about September. I then dismissed it since I was interested in too many other games coming out at the same time. Only after I noticed there were 10+ page threads on three separate gaming forums about this game and that the comments were overwhelmingly positive, did I go out and buy a copy.
1975  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: November 25, 2008, 02:18:59 PM
Lame ending last night. They could have easily ended the series with this episode but chose not to. If I didn't know that the show was on a its last legs and there were only a few episodes left I would likely stop watching. But I've come this far, what's another few hours?
1976  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: November 20, 2008, 03:02:57 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 19, 2008, 10:14:34 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 18, 2008, 05:52:36 PM

How dumb was it to have Michael cut the hole in the glass when he is *this* close to collapsing from an aneuryism (sp?)? Other than that I found the rest of the episode to be quite entertaining. I like caper/heist movies so this was a lower budget TV version.

Yeah I love that he had to do all the "final" work even though he was originally not supposed to even be there.  Not to mention the actor himself has gotten a bit chunky of late, so really they should have had the cop guy (forgot his name) do that last part.  And then after all that he just puts his grimy paws on the unit to set the alarm off, what's up with that?  I guess they are playing it as they wanted to bring the 6th key to them, but still, if they were going that route, why waste time gingerly going through all the other walls?  Blast it all down, set the alarm off, and set the trap!

I have been noticing that he's gained some weight and I was wondering if he was just getting lazy or getting ready for another role.
1977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's October 2008: What's your GOTY so far? on: November 18, 2008, 09:43:23 PM
REVISED:

Fallout 3.
1978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: November 18, 2008, 05:52:36 PM
How dumb was it to have Michael cut the hole in the glass when he is *this* close to collapsing from an aneuryism (sp?)? Other than that I found the rest of the episode to be quite entertaining. I like caper/heist movies so this was a lower budget TV version.
1979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 18, 2008, 02:14:12 PM
I'm about 15 hours into the game and haven't even touched the main quest, although I'll probably do a bit of it tonight. I'm still only level 5 as I have been out exploring the majority of the time. I completed the Arefu line of quests last night, and then spent over an hour decorating my home with all the cool stuff I found in my travels. My shelf proudly displays a gnome, teddy bear, Nuka Cola truck, and a lunch box. The rest of the shelves are stocked full of plates, glasses and boxes of food. Beer is in the fridge.

Also, I decided that I will not be using the fast travel option at any point in this game. I'm completely roleplaying as if I was actually in the wasteland, which means if a location is on the other side of the map I will only go there when I have other business to attend to that makes me go out that way. I find it's more immersive and makes for more interesting choices when I have to travel everywhere by foot. Is there enough daylight left in the day at 3pm to walk from Megaton to Arefu? When night falls I find the closest shelter and rest up for the night. Even heroic adventurers need their rest!
1980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blu-Ray Player Recommendations on: November 17, 2008, 03:33:27 PM
It makes me wonder why widescreen TVs were made 16:9 when most movies don't use this aspect ratio (either 1.85:1 or 2.35:1).
1981  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GAH! My feet hurt! on: November 17, 2008, 03:24:37 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 17, 2008, 03:14:26 PM

just master levitation and float everywhere.


You're a lifesaver. My feet thank you.
1982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blu-Ray Player Recommendations on: November 17, 2008, 03:01:04 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 17, 2008, 02:48:07 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 17, 2008, 02:20:10 PM

Wow, I had no idea it was possible to turn a 16:9 movie into full-screen without ruining the aspect ratio and making the picture look "stretched".

A 16:9 movie will fill the screen of an HDTV by default since HDTVs have an aspect ratio of 16:9, or 1.78:1.  Many movies are 2.35:1 (Lord of the Rings, Quantum of Solace) and they will have black bars on an HDTV unless you're fine with ruining the movie by stretching or zooming the picture (don't do this).  Many other movies are 1.85:1 and will have black bars smaller than the 2.35:1 movies.

You're right. I had it backwards. The TV is 16:9 and movies are 2.35:1. Although I don't think I get black bars on my TV for 1.85:1 movies. I'll have to double-check.
1983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GAH! My feet hurt! on: November 17, 2008, 02:24:17 PM
This is why I hate buying new dress shoes for work. Takes forever for the leather to break in and crease properly so it doesn't feel like I'm walking in cement. So what if my old shoes leaked water and looked 80 years old. They were comfortable dammit!
1984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blu-Ray Player Recommendations on: November 17, 2008, 02:20:10 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 17, 2008, 02:09:44 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 17, 2008, 02:06:16 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 17, 2008, 07:19:08 AM

Can it upscale your DVD's? If you have a HD tv, will it make the movie fill up the entire tv screen, or just 2/3's as so many other players?

those are key selling points for me on my PS3 regarding movies...

bear in mind though, that it DOES make noise (see? not entirely fanboi here ;-) )

Yes, it upscales, but I don't know what you mean by 2/3's of the screen. Do you mean the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen that appear when watching 16:9 movies on DVD?

indeed, my old dvd players makes me crazy with this, but PS3 makes the movies fullscreen through magic, it seems...

Wow, I had no idea it was possible to turn a 16:9 movie into full-screen without ruining the aspect ratio and making the picture look "stretched". I looked into it further and I can't find anything to indicate that this player does this, but the following review (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2326273,00.asp) is comforting. It's third behind the PS3 in terms of benchmarking, but I can live with that to save $150.

"All Blu-ray players are also upconverting DVD players, but the upconverted picture quality depends on the prowess of the video-processing hardware. The S350 offers one of the best upconverted 1080p DVD viewing experiences I've seen; a significant improvement over the S300. The player rendered my selection of classic DVD movies in excellent detail without distracting artifacts such as jagged edges or line flicker. The addition of user-adjustable picture controls, including detailed video noise reduction (NR) settings, helped enhance the player's HQV Benchmark test score. It placed third, behind only the LG BH200 Super Blu and Sony's own PlayStation 3."
1985  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blu-Ray Player Recommendations on: November 17, 2008, 02:06:16 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 17, 2008, 07:19:08 AM

Can it upscale your DVD's? If you have a HD tv, will it make the movie fill up the entire tv screen, or just 2/3's as so many other players?

those are key selling points for me on my PS3 regarding movies...

bear in mind though, that it DOES make noise (see? not entirely fanboi here ;-) )

Yes, it upscales, but I don't know what you mean by 2/3's of the screen. Do you mean the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen that appear when watching 16:9 movies on DVD?
1986  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blu-Ray Player Recommendations on: November 17, 2008, 02:29:53 AM

Quote from: JSL on November 17, 2008, 02:20:36 AM

Quote from: JayDee on November 16, 2008, 09:19:55 PM

My parents wanted to get me a Blu-Ray player for Christmas, so I went to the store to pick one out today. I didn't consider the PS3 because they are much more expensive and I have no interest in playing games on it (I already have a 360). I did want to stick with Sony though since they did invent the tech. I settled on this one, but for $30 less (and that's in CDN $):  http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?sku_id=0665000FS10109229&catid=25323&logon=&langid=EN

I can hook an ethernet cable up to it so I'm assuming that I would be able to get any firmware updates. Even if not, I don't care, because I just want it to play movies. I don't watch special features.

That is one I have been considering. It seems decent enough as well and I'm not really interested in BD Live so not having it hooked up to the Internet would be fine with me.

I've been reading more about it and you can update the firmware through the ethernet port, which means I can't find a single reason why I would need to get a PS3, other than that it plays games. But paying $150 more ($399 instead of $250) for the option to play games when I already have a console doesn't make much sense to me. I'm happy with my decision.
1987  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blu-Ray Player Recommendations on: November 16, 2008, 09:19:55 PM
My parents wanted to get me a Blu-Ray player for Christmas, so I went to the store to pick one out today. I didn't consider the PS3 because they are much more expensive and I have no interest in playing games on it (I already have a 360). I did want to stick with Sony though since they did invent the tech. I settled on this one, but for $30 less (and that's in CDN $):  http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?sku_id=0665000FS10109229&catid=25323&logon=&langid=EN

I can hook an ethernet cable up to it so I'm assuming that I would be able to get any firmware updates. Even if not, I don't care, because I just want it to play movies. I don't watch special features.
1988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Star Soccer 4 ... on: November 15, 2008, 05:04:17 AM
Wow, that AAR was two years ago. I remember reading that like it was yesterday. Time flies....
1989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: November 13, 2008, 11:57:48 PM
I'm fine with ending the show. I just want a resolution and Fox better air those final episodes!  finger
1990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 12, 2008, 07:51:39 PM
Great news. Thanks!
1991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 12, 2008, 05:37:18 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 12, 2008, 05:32:27 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 12, 2008, 05:27:51 PM

Feature I wish was included: Ability to put stuff from my inventory onto the tables and shelves in my house, rather than locking them up in the locker. I want to display my gnome proudly!

 saywhat

You can. At least on the PC version. Just right click the item to drop it, and use the Z button to move it around. Exactly how Oblivion worked.

Hopefully the 360 version has this feature as well. I haven't discovered it and I don't see anything in the manual.
1992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 12, 2008, 05:27:51 PM
Feature I wish was included: Ability to put stuff from my inventory onto the tables and shelves in my house, rather than locking them up in the locker. I want to display my gnome proudly!
1993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL '09 Talk on: November 12, 2008, 02:15:18 PM
This is great news. I'm going to have to jump back into the game now. Actually, as I'm only 40 games into my BAP career, I might just download the new rosters and start fresh with the new patch since I think my stats are gimped due to my teammates inability to score pre-patch (I'm a playmaker and rely on assists).

Of course, I need to find time to play this and Fallout 3 now!  eek
1994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: November 11, 2008, 06:49:22 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 11, 2008, 06:34:56 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 11, 2008, 04:02:33 PM

I've stopped worrying about it.  Lately when I try to go over there I just don't feel the same connection I used to have.  GamingTrend feels more like "home", and while I may read a thread or two over at OO, I feel like I "know" more people here and fit into the community better.  OO just doesn't feel as familiar anymore.  Although I will head over to keep tabs on Zaxxon's football pool and to communicate with Dogstar about fantasy football, but other than that GamingTrend has pretty much become my primary forum.  And that has nothing to do with Knightshade's wife's fondue.   ninja

I think he was looking for a yes or no, Pedro.

Pedro Rock?  Fabulous
1995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 11, 2008, 05:00:22 PM
The game finally "clicked" with me last night and now I'm totally in love with it. I cleared out the Super Duper Mart which was a great moment in my gaming career. I thought I had the whole thing cleared out but the minute I went into the pharmacy and the Raider used the intercom, it was definitely a creepy moment. Also, sneaking along in complete silence, only to inadvertantly bump into a shopping cart made me jump a bunch of times. Those things are so loud!

I'm already planning to explore the area around the super duper mart tonight. There seems to be a lot of buildings to explore there.
1996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 11, 2008, 03:11:37 PM
Is there any use for pre-war money other than trading it in for caps? I have a lot of it just sitting around and I don't want to sell it if I can actually use it somewhere. However, I can really use the caps.
1997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/10) on: November 10, 2008, 05:33:04 PM
Why do publishers release all of their best games at the end of the year with everything else? Surely this has a negative effect on sales? I would love to buy Fable II, GoW 2, Farcry 2, and CoD 5, but after buying Fallout 3, RB 2, and NHL 09, I'm tapped out until Christmas. I can't be the only one in this situation.
1998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 10, 2008, 05:24:23 PM
Is there a way to tell how addicted I am to certain drugs? I was so nervous in Springdale Elementary that I shot up with Jet to get another round of AP for VATS. I got so used to it that when it wore off I shot up again. I ended up using the drug three times in a row while clearing out the school and now I fear I'm addicted but I can't find any information in my Pip-Boy telling me so.
1999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL '09 Talk on: November 10, 2008, 05:17:10 PM

Quote from: kronovan on November 10, 2008, 04:50:12 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 10, 2008, 04:19:48 PM

But I'm finding BAP mode to be more and more "broken" the more I play it in terms of difficulty, that I find myself less motivated to play a game.

Most of the shortcomings in BAP will be addressed by the patch which is rumored to be out this week.

I will certainly be trying out the game post-patch and if it improves the difficulty inbalance I'll definitely be playing more often.
2000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL '09 Talk on: November 10, 2008, 04:19:48 PM
It's still the best game of hockey out there, but I'm playing it less at this point in the year than I played NHL 08 last year. The main reason is that after playing BAP I have little interest in playing a "regular" game of hockey. BAP is so much more fun. But I'm finding BAP mode to be more and more "broken" the more I play it in terms of difficulty, that I find myself less motivated to play a game.
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