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1041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is there any new PC game like Panzer General? on: June 20, 2007, 11:55:37 PM
Hearts of Iron 2 is not really all that similar to Panzer General. For one thing, the scale is totally different. PG is an operational level game with battalion level units while HOI2 is a grand strategic level game with division level units. Also, HOI2 is a much more complex game where you have to deal with resource management. PG only deals with abstract prestige points. Really the only common thing they share is that both games are turned based WWII games. Other than that, they are completely different.

For something that is more like Panzer General, I think Matrix Games Battlefront is more similar. Steel Panthers is as well.
1042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 Red Rings to round out my week on: June 16, 2007, 08:42:49 PM

Interview with the head of the Xbox hardware group. I love my 360 just as much as any console gamer, but damn, this guy is such a freaking useless tool. Why even bother going through the interview if he had no intention of talking about the 360 failure issues?
1043  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 6 Talkback (Spoilers) on: June 09, 2007, 03:37:27 PM
It definitely was a frustrating season to watch. There were times when it was great, but most of the time, things seemed forced or so wildly ridiculous it was painful to watch. I kind of see what the writers were doing this season. After last season's focus on the grand conspiracy and emphasis of the whole scumbag president/wacked out first lady, it seemed like they wanted to make this season more personal with regards to Jack, thus the major focus on his family. Unfortunately, it was all so contrived it was lame.

What the 24 franchise needs is a complete and total reset of the universe. They need to set the next season somewhere other than LA and CTU. Perhaps Washington DC? There have been so many security breaches at CTU LA that I don't think I can take yet another one without screaming. For a complex that is so freaking important to national security, they have more holes in their internal security than a block of Swiss cheese. Whoever thought that breaking into CTU would be as easy as sneaking through the sewers?

If next season is just more of the same in LA, I'm not going to watch anymore.
1044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie Snubs Paris Hilton on: June 08, 2007, 10:50:47 PM
All I can say is THAT'S HOT!!! icon_lol
1045  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EBGames/Gamestop Game Days Sale on: June 06, 2007, 06:03:02 PM
Anyone notice that EBGames/Gamestop is having a sale until June 17?

There are some pretty decent deals to be had, including a fair number of movies on UMD for $4.99.
1046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars fans - check this out! on: May 24, 2007, 07:27:20 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on May 24, 2007, 07:08:55 PM

The other two are all setup and most of it is completely superfluous. "Revenge of the Sith" stands on its own remarkably well which is partly why I treat it as its own film while ignoring the previous two. I also know that I am not alone in this line of thinking. slywink

+1  thumbsup

Looking back,  I thought The Phantom Menace was completely pointless. Attack of the Clones had its moments but was so frustratingly uneven. The overall story was decent, but often derailed by laughably bad dialogue and some truly awkward scenes. For my money though Revenge of the Sith completely redeemed the series. At least Lucas got ONE of the prequel movies right.
1047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo's Third Quarter Release list - Metroid in August on: May 21, 2007, 03:24:03 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 21, 2007, 12:15:18 PM

Glad I don't have a Wii. Thats a completely uninspiring list.

Totally agree. Metroid is probably the only game I am interested in getting. Heck, even the DS release list looks mediocre. I really hope Nintendo is saving all the big releases for fall/winter. The Wii is in danger of becoming Gamecube part II.
1048  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Sigil is consumed by SoE (Vanguard) on: May 16, 2007, 08:25:43 PM
Another textbook example of how incompetent managers can destroy even the best of intentions, and Brad McQuaid seems like one of those genius mad scientists who would like nothing more than for society to leave him alone so that he can work on whatever inspires him at any given moment.

What a trainwreck.
1049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Prince of Persia Classic this summer! on: May 14, 2007, 08:33:36 PM
Whoa! The updated graphics look awesome!
1050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Square Enix Party; a Few Surprises on: May 14, 2007, 05:58:05 PM
There hasn't been a flogging of this magnitude since 3DO turned the Might and Magic franchise into a shattered empty shell of its former self.
1051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what time is the 360 dashboard update? on: May 11, 2007, 05:28:05 PM
My 360 was bricked during the last dashboard update. It was a launch unit that was working perfectly up until that point. Luckily I had an extended warranty through Best Buy so I replaced it. This week's updated thankfully did not brick it. There must be something about those launch units that make them significantly less reliable than any unit manufactured in the last 6 to 12 months.

Anyhow, I didn't realize this was one of the new features, but you can now put the console in a low power/standby state when downloads are cued up. So, if you have a bunch of items lined up to download, you can shut down the console, but the downloads continue to download. When everything is done, then the console automatically shuts down completely. In the low power/standby state, the power light on the front will slowly flash. Last night I cued up a whole bunch of items, like the C&C demo, which is a 1GB download. I shut it down before going to bed, and in the morning, the console had turned itself off after finishing.

Also, does navigating around in the dashboards feel a lot quicker? Seemed so to me.
1052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't drink this much....ever. on: May 09, 2007, 03:18:17 AM
I want to know what happened when he woke up! icon_smile
1053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jack Thompson harassing Bill Gates on: April 20, 2007, 12:40:22 AM
Ubelievable. Jack Thompson is truly insane. Is Counterstrike really a Microsoft property? Whether it is or not, the guy is completely and utterly out of his freaking mind.

1054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Surprise! NEW 360 Backward Compatibility Update! on: April 19, 2007, 11:05:14 PM
Anyone with Soul Calibur 2 know what changed? The list says it was "updated" but I can't find what exactly was updated. Whe it originally showed up on the backward compatible list, I recall that in 720p, the image was was not full widescreen. There were blank bars on the sides. I hope MS updated it so that it is in true widescreen at 720p.
1055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Surprise! NEW 360 Backward Compatibility Update! on: April 19, 2007, 08:37:20 PM
The Prince of Persia games still have yet to be compatible. Also Rallisport Challenge 2, Chronicles of Riddick, Gladius. There are still some good games I think people would like to see made compatible.
1056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Surprise! NEW 360 Backward Compatibility Update! on: April 19, 2007, 06:53:55 PM
According to Major Nelson:

"The latest backwards compatibility update is now available over Xbox Live (or will be very soon.)"
1057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Surprise! NEW 360 Backward Compatibility Update! on: April 19, 2007, 06:47:10 PM
Thought Microsoft was done with Xbox 360 backward compatibility updates? Guess again! Some great old Xbox games will now work on the 360.

April 2007 Back Compat titles added/updated:

Tenku (Japan only)
Avatar: The Last Airbender 
Avatar: The Legend of Aang  (EMEA/ANZ)
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Call of Duty 3
Crash Bandicoot 5: Wrath of Cortex
Daisenryaku VII
FIFA Soccer 2007
Full Spectrum Warrior
Guilty Gear Isuka
Innocent Tears (Japan only)
Jet Set Radio Future
King of Fighters 2002 
King of Fighters: Neowave
Mad Dash Racing (Japan only)
Mech Assault 2
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
Nascar 2006: Total Team Control
NFL Fever 2004
Oddworld Munch's Oddysee
Panzer Dragoon Orta
Petit Copter (Japan only)
Phantom Dust
Reservoir Dogs
Return To Castle Wolfenstein
Rugby League 2
Sengoku Warriors (Japan only)
Sonic Riders
Soul Calibur 2 UPDATED
Spider-Man 2
Star Wars: Republic Commando
Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
Tiger Woods PGA Tour  07
Tony Hawk's Underground
Ultra Bust a Move /ULTRA Pazzle Bobble
Unreal Championship 2

Jet Set Radio Future and Panzer Dragoon Orta!!! YES!  nod
1058  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thank you, Lord, for delivering us from evil this evening on: April 19, 2007, 06:23:52 AM
Best part about the evening? After he got eliminated, seeing him being hugged by LaKisha and crying like a little beeyotch.  icon_twisted
1059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd events at Myspace... on: April 19, 2007, 01:18:14 AM
They'll fit right in with the rest of the internet!
1060  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: TiVo Series 3 Price Drop? (Please!!) on: April 18, 2007, 07:40:52 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 18, 2007, 06:34:12 PM

Have they allowed the network share stuff on the HD box yet?


Not yet. All I can say is that the holdup is not due to any engineering issues.
1061  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: TiVo Series 3 Price Drop? (Please!!) on: April 18, 2007, 06:27:09 PM
The Tivo Community store has it for $599.

Or, if you are willing to wait until the end of summer, a new HD Tivo box is coming. All I can say is that it will be less than $599.
1062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 16, 2007, 05:26:17 PM
Some tips from my experiences:

1. This will come with more and more time spent playing, but you have to be good at spotting the 4 and 5 gems in a row combinations. The AI is really good at doing this which is why it is able to chain together seemingly endless runs of combos. Depending on the situation, it is usually better to take the 4-5 gem combo first over three skulls in a row.

2. Build up your mana reserves according to what your best spells are. For example, I like to use the fireball spell a lot which requires red and yellow gems. When I capture mana, I try to prioritize red and yellow gems first.

2. Pay attention to what spells the AI opponent has in its arsenal. If your character has mana draining spells, try to use them in situations that will prevent the AI from spending its mana on spells that do damage to you.

3. Try to acquire mounts and capture enemies as soon as possible. Doing so will allow you to train the mounts, get attribute modifiers and learn new spells.

4. Kill off or capture the random monsters that are not part of the main quest. Monsters that sit in paths between locations are usually easy to defeat and are a good source of gold and experience and new spells to learn.

1063  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Screw this place - I'm outa here! on: April 16, 2007, 03:45:45 PM
I think the total amount of winnings is enough to buy a Playstation 3!
1064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hell's Kitchen - Season 3 on: April 12, 2007, 06:21:56 PM
YESSS!!! I love Hell's Kitchen. Trashy culinary abuse at its finest. I always laugh when Gordon calls the pathetic contestants "YOU STEW-PID DONKEY!"  icon_smile
1065  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF RTS': Dark Crusade, BFME 2, Ground Control 2, GalCiv2 on: April 11, 2007, 06:29:12 PM
YGPM about GalCiv2...
1066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 11, 2007, 05:41:51 PM
I'm holding out for a discounted megapack with all the songs in them for a fair price. I'm sure the ridiculous pricing of these 3 song packs will get roundly criticized by the gaming press, which will make MS rethink the ripoff they are charging and result in a change in prices.

At least that's what I am hoping...
1067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Keyboard Controller for the 360? on: April 09, 2007, 04:38:02 PM
First thing I thought of when I saw the picture was the Atari Jaguar controller, which was one of the ugliest looking controllers for a system ever.
1068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I ROCK!!!! on: April 07, 2007, 04:02:46 PM
LOL, it's a fine line between clever and stupid!!  icon_smile
1069  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What a day on: April 04, 2007, 05:50:26 PM
Seriously: Glad to hear everyone is safe and didn't get really hurt.

Jokingly: I don't think the Humvees deployed in Iraq have the kind of armor that VW Bug has!  eek
1070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm Cursed and Shall Never Get to Play Puzzle Quest on: April 04, 2007, 01:31:03 AM
Am I missing something? When I look up both the DS and PSP version of Puzzle Quest on Amazon, the pages for both say they are in stock.
1071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 03, 2007, 05:59:13 PM
I just have to say one of the Live Achievements for his game has the greatest title ever: GUITARMAGEDDON!!!

I couldn't tell you what the details of the Achievement are, but the name alone is priceless.  icon_smile
1072  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Ban announcement on: April 02, 2007, 07:03:45 PM
For me, I never really fell into the trap of getting into direct confrontation with Hetz. I'd read some of his stuff and just roll my eyes. However, in the last several months he's been so obnoxious with the baiting that coming to the GT forum was becoming less and less enjoyable. I guess his intentions might be debatable, but to me it's clear that his behavior was really dragging the forums down.

Too bad, he's been around for a long time and was an upstanding citizen before he went all wacky on us.
1073  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A prayer to the Lord my God--PLEASE get rid of Sanjaya Malakar on: April 02, 2007, 03:18:07 AM
I believe it was called a pony-hawk.

Goofy hair or not, he still can't sing worth crap.
1074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buying an X-BOX 360 this week! on: April 02, 2007, 03:09:45 AM
As predictable as Hetz's post was (I KID, I KID!!  slywink), I would seriously consider getting an extended warranty for it. I love my 360, but I had to get it replaced when the last major dashboard update turned it into a red ring o' doorstop. Boy, was I glad I got the extended warranty!
1075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 01, 2007, 04:16:02 AM
The graphics look a lot sharper, especially on an HDTV. You can now see a lot of detail in the character models and the clothes they wear as well as the stages. Also, the colored buttons on the scrolling fret-board look much more defined so you can really see clearly when the notes that can be played with hammer on/offs appear on the board. Honestly, the improved graphics are not that big of a deal, but what was improved looks nice.
1076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 01, 2007, 12:59:01 AM
I have the PS2 version and I think it was definitely worth it to get the 360 version. New, better quality guitar, nicer graphics, some extra songs not found in the PS2 version, and downloadable content in the future. I'll be selling my PS2 version now.

More about the new guitar, it definitely feels a lot better. It doesn't quite as cheap as the original PS2 guitar. I really like the fact that the buttons have slightly more resistance so you can feel the response when you press them. Also, maybe it's my imagination, but the new guitar feels heavier in weight, and in my case, heavier in ROCK-A-BILITY!!!  icon_lol
1077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: March 31, 2007, 04:56:43 PM
I pre-ordered a copy direct from Red Octane last week and received it yesterday (friday). A nice surprise since the order said it was not scheduled to ship until 4/3.

I like the new guitar. The fret buttons feel more tactile and more solid. The improved graphics, which I thought wouldn't be that big of a deal, are really nice. Also, the song order has been changed compared to the PS2 version. For example, Shout at the Devil is now an encore song for the first tier of songs now. I can't wait for new downloadable content now.
1078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall Impressions on: March 26, 2007, 09:30:20 PM
Well that explains it then. Thanks for the clarification. Still odd that a necessary component to run the game is a separate install.
1079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall Impressions on: March 26, 2007, 07:51:11 PM
Bought it at Best Buy finally. In my short stint with the game so far, I really like it. There are a few annoyances though:

-The install took FOREVER. I have a P4 2.8GHz with 2 GB of RAM and a 6800GT and the game took 10 minutes to install, which I thought was odd.
-On top of the long install, it appears you MUST install the driver software for the Ageia PhysX add-on physics board even if you don't have one. At the tail end of the install, I declined installing the Ageia software but when I tried running the game, it wouldn't because it complained I didn't have the Ageia stuff installed. LAME!
-First time I tried launching the game, the DVD drive just kept chugging and chugging forever. Had to reboot then the game launched.
-The rotating camera takes some getting used to, especially after spending countless hours on Titan Quest where the camera angle is fixed.
-Frame rates are not great on my system, but no doubt will be better after I get a chance to fiddle with the graphics settings.

I do like the variety and sheer number of skills and the open-ended nature of character development. Graphics are nice too. The Xena/Hercules-like music is pretty cool.
1080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Austrailia: PS3 launch?... whatever on: March 24, 2007, 07:48:00 PM
LOL, I guess someone forgot to flip the burgers over!  icon_lol
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