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1041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 07 IGN Review on: September 12, 2006, 01:24:59 AM
One thing the "review" didn't even touch on at all is the defensive AI, which has ALWAYS been terrible in the EA's NHL games. For all we know, the defensive AI might cause the players to skate aimlessly all over the ice not even following the puck or their defensive assignments. If the AI stinks, then the cool stick controls and "sloppy" nature of the flow of the game is meaningless. Also, there is no mention as to how good the GM AI is in dynasty mode. Okay, it's accurate according to the CBA rules, but how well does the AI manage the league and other teams? Salary cap? Trades? Who knows.

All I know after reading the review is:
1. The graphics look great
2. The new stick control system is great

That's not a review. It barely even qualifies as a preview. I question whether the reviewer even played the game for more than a couple of hours.
1042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 07 IGN Review on: September 12, 2006, 12:25:10 AM
What the hell do they mean by "chunky animations"? Jeez, is it so freaking hard to write a descriptive review?
1043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Retro game blues. on: September 09, 2006, 03:14:15 AM
Out of curiosity, what games were you specifically talking about?
1044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many cell phones can fit in one rear end? on: September 08, 2006, 07:49:11 PM
All I can say is  "can you hear me now?"

 icon_smile
1045  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why we need the death penalty for drunk driving... on: September 08, 2006, 06:27:46 PM
Ah, but it probably is the first time while fully clothed.   ninja
1046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 2k7 demo's up (presenting 2kSports, the new EA) on: September 08, 2006, 06:22:40 PM
The other lame thing about NHL2K7 is that while the Xbox and PS2 versions will be $20 retail, the Xbox 360 version will still be full price at $60. Considering it doesn't look like there is that much different, even graphically, that price difference makes it an OUT for me.
1047  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 08, 2006, 04:47:10 PM
Me with my two year old daughter and some orange dude with a red shirt and no pants.

1048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 07 360 demo today? on: September 08, 2006, 06:28:40 AM
It looks spectacular. However, since this is EA we're talking about, I'm waiting to see what stupid game design decisions they make that ends up ruining the game.
1049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New Casion Royale Trailer Kicks Ass on: September 08, 2006, 06:24:31 AM
Two words: BAD ASS.

WHY do they always trash the sweet car in every Bond movie? You would think that Q might have noticed a long time ago and started substituting Chevy Novas instead of issuing him Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, or BMWs.

I'll see this on opening night. I love the Bond movies, even the sucky ones. Judging from the trailer, it looks like Daniel Craig's version of Bond is more of the icy, no nonsense, cold blooded variety of spy and waaaay far away from the one-liner cracking smug guy that Pierce Brosnan was at times. Couple of things I didn't like though. Poker? Uhhh, no. Also, what was with the dorky swim trunks? Wearing that goofy thing will get you beat up on the beach.

Oh, and the love interest is the hot chick from Kingdom of Heaven. Meeow.
1050  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TiVo Series 3 = $800.00 on: September 08, 2006, 03:26:27 AM
I just wanted to say that I'm watching the Steelers-Dolphins game in HD right now and the beautiful widescreen picture makes me want to cry. crybaby

Football truly is the "killer app" for HDTV.
1051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I just bought a Genesis and Sega CD off ebay... on: September 08, 2006, 02:56:12 AM
There was one Genesis RPG strategy game I played for endless hours. I think it was called Warsong. I LOVED that game. Of course, I was fully into the Shining Force games as well. Also played a ton of Shining in the Darkness, which was a more traditional Japanese RPG that the Shining Force games were sort of based on. Somewhere in my garage I have a rectangular milk crate full of Sega Genesis games. Now I'm motivated to go rummage for it this weekend and relive some sweet 1990's gaming.
1052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why we need the death penalty for drunk driving... on: September 08, 2006, 12:11:25 AM
Here's a nice couple of photos showing her getting hauled away in handcuffs.

http://thesuperficial.com/2006/09/paris_hilton_gets_cuffed.html

Oh the humanity.
1053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Shat' chickens out. on: September 07, 2006, 11:06:15 PM
How disappointing. Shatner should have gone up just to be able to yell "KHAAAAAAHHHHNNNNNN!!!!!".
1054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TiVo Series 3 = $800.00 on: September 07, 2006, 11:05:01 PM
It's a 250 GB SATA drive.
1055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TiVo Series 3 = $800.00 on: September 07, 2006, 10:31:06 PM
For standard def, it some ridiculous number. Like up to 300 hours of programming.  eek
1056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 09/05/06 on: September 07, 2006, 10:12:23 PM
I picked up that Brazil single disc rerelase today at a Borders bookstore for $19.99. The price is definitely right. Can't wait to check it out and then retire the old non-anamorphic copy.

I also got the Gojira (Godzilla) 2 disc special edition. Then earlier this week I got that sweet Seven Samurai uber-relelase. Haven't watched it yet, but the packaging is very nice. I also got the rerelease of Blade Runner, which is my favorite movie of all time. I've owned the original DVD release from back in the early days of DVD and I think I watched it a grand total of one time in all those years. It was by far the WORST looking DVD I've ever owned. I can now finally do with it what it deserves. Microwaved for 20 seconds on high power. I watched the new release a couple of nights ago, and it was great. Being able to finally see a decent video transfer of the movie was well worth it despite the fact that I'll double dip next year and get the upcoming full blown special edition.
1057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cold Feet: 360 Edition on: September 07, 2006, 09:25:44 PM
Sorry. Momentary lapse of reasoning.

LE, you NEED to go out and get a freakin' 360 right NOW. Otherwise, we're all going to sit here and mock you. Tongue
1058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Only 500k at launch? on: September 07, 2006, 09:24:24 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 07, 2006, 07:32:58 PM

Quote from: shaggydoug on September 07, 2006, 06:32:30 PM


We appear to be no longer on the Wii purchase plan because my wife said we couldn't have one.

- shaggy

FTFY.   Tongue

*cough* whipped! *cough*  icon_lol
1059  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Saitek Eclipse 2 Keyboard: $35.99 at w00t on: September 07, 2006, 03:32:42 PM
I've ordered from Woot before and I've never had any problems.

This is a sweet offer! Even though I don't REALLY need one, the pathetic impulse buyer in me could not resist.
1060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 09/05/06 on: September 07, 2006, 02:36:04 AM

Quote from: stiffler on September 05, 2006, 11:47:39 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on September 05, 2006, 10:37:16 PM

Here's a comparison for Seven Samurai:

http://www.new.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare7/sevensamurai.htm

and I believe the only new thing with Brazil is the anamorphic widescreen.

Thanks for the link!

That looks very nice.  I might have to upgrade.  I wish there was some kind of exchange program.  I know they reissued Wages of Fear as well. 

While I'm sure it would be nice to have Brazil in anamorphic widescreen I think I will survive with the set I have.  It wasn't cheap!  Actually, a little digging around that FANTASTIC site, it looks like the film itself will be released seperate from the whole set.  I am curious if the entire set is being redone.  Might be worthwhile to just pick up the single movie disc to go alongside the set.  I'll have to catch their comparison when they complete it.

Disc 2 and 3 of the Brazil set rerelease are exactly the same as the previous release. No need to double dip the whole thing. Just get the new release of disc 1. Having it in anamorphic widescreen is worth the upgrade.
1061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In Honor of My New Firearm... on: September 07, 2006, 02:31:49 AM
How many pieces of gum does it dispense?  icon_lol
1062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Uber Network Card = Snake Oil on: September 07, 2006, 02:25:20 AM
Kobra, nice explaination. PLEASE, in english though!  icon_lol

Just kidding.

$280 for a smoke and mirrors card that doubles as a Klingon stealth kill device. The best part though is that it has red LEDs under the heat sink that flash when network traffic is active. Now that's some serious BLING!!
1063  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: September 07, 2006, 02:02:07 AM
+1 to Zarkon for selling me a Sega Genesis.

Yes, a Sega Genesis. eek
1064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TiVo Series 3 = $800.00 on: September 07, 2006, 01:57:39 AM

Quote from: stiffler on September 07, 2006, 12:36:42 AM

A friend of mine had a cable card for his new TV and it was pretty much a nightmare.  If, when this Tivo hits the market, I hear glowing reviews of both it and the cable cards Comcast uses I'd be very interested.

Jimmy the Fish, what kind of outputs does this new Tivo have?  Due to my strange setup I need both component AND composite (or s-video) outputs.  Basically I have my Comcast DVR box output via component to my TV in HD if I am watching the television or I output via composite to my PC to watch in a little box when I am working at home.  Sounds complicated but it's not something I am willing to give up at the moment.  You should see the maze of cables I have back there, and I admit that it's amazing it works (since it basically outputs via s-video to the TV which displays it on the TV and then outputs it via composite to my PC All-in-Wonder card). icon_cool  Geek on!

I think our implementation of CableCard is easy. Installation should be pretty simple. I don't know what kind out nightmare could be possible from simply inserting a card into a slot. I'd be curious to hear about your friend's experience.

The outputs on the back of the Series 3 include one HDMI, one set of component (RGB), one S-video and two sets of composite. If I understand your Frankenstein setup icon_smile correctly, you have component and composite outputting from the Comcast DVR box simultaneously. If that is the case, the Series 3 can do the exact same thing. When the Series 3 box is running, video output is sent to all the connector types at the same time. No connectors are disabled if one specific one is active. So, like at work I have a Series 3 running HDMI and composite at the same time to two different TVs.
1065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TiVo Series 3 = $800.00 on: September 06, 2006, 07:35:29 PM
There is still plenty of HD programming that is worth watching. A ton of TV series are broadcast in HD by the networks. CSI, 24, Prison Break, Leno, Letterman. A lot of stuff. Also, I've been watching a ton of Discovery HD. Travel shows. Documentaries. Nature shows. I guess no one truly 'has' to have HD, but it sure is purty!
1066  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TiVo Series 3 = $800.00 on: September 06, 2006, 07:18:34 PM
From my own personal experience, sports programming in HD is awesome,especially football. But I guess you didn't need to hear that.  icon_lol
1067  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TiVo Series 3 = $800.00 on: September 06, 2006, 06:48:08 PM
Series 3 is aimed at the higher end home theater consumer which is why it will be priced the way it is. I've seen talk at other Tivo messageboards where I think some people don't quite realize this.

The Series 3 will basically replace the cable box the cable company gives you. No need to jerry rig IR blasters or any of that nonsense. You buy a Series 3 and then turn in the old box back to the cable company. Dual tuners allow you to record two programs simultaneously or watch a program while recording another at the same time. Think of it as having two TV signals at the same time that you can swap back and forth. The other important aspect of dual tuners is that one tuner can be tuned to an HD signal while the other is on an analog signal. Also, if you have an HD over the air antenna (like the old "rabbit ears" back in the stone age of TV), you can connect that and receive the free HD signal that broadcasts across your geographic area-- again fully functional over the dual tuner configuration. The unique thing about the box is that it is a CableCard device. You need to get one or two CableCards from the cable company. To enable dual tuners, you need TWO CableCards. Inserting one will only enable a single tuner.

Tivo and Comcast did sign an agreement to develop the Tivo software and interface for Comcast DVR boxes. That is still being worked on. Different group and different building. A similar deal was recently signed with Cox Cable as well.
1068  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TiVo Series 3 = $800.00 on: September 06, 2006, 06:07:23 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 06, 2006, 05:52:56 PM

I was a Tivo user for five years and loved it, but what does this offer over the Comcast HD DVR (Motorola DCT-6412/2005) I currently have? (besides the superior Tivo interface, of course)

Uh, the superior Tivo interface. icon_biggrin

I'm not familiar with the HD DVRs that the cable companies give out so I can't truly give a decent comparison, but the Series 3 would essentially replace their box with dual asymetric tuners, Dolby digital 5.1 output, broadband content, and up to 35 hours of HD content storage.
1069  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TiVo Series 3 = $800.00 on: September 06, 2006, 05:21:38 PM
Uhh, guys I hate to be the one to tell you, but the lifetime subscription option was discontinued quite some time ago. The subscription structure is now more like a cell phone provider where you can pay for service contracts of varying length (monthly, one, two or three years). The longer the contract the bigger the discount on the per month rate. I don't know what the plan is for the subscription structure for Series 3 at this point.

Without revealing too much that would get me in trouble, the Series 3 is an important milestone in Tivo's history. I was, and still am a part of the engineering group that designed and tested the Series 3 over the past year. It was a very complex project, and while we did draw on some of the past experience with the DirecTV HD Tivo box, a lot of the work was uncharted territory, like CableCard functionality for one.

I hope the average consumer understands what Series 3 is and is not. For folks who get one I think they will be very satisfied with it. Watching TV shows in glorious widescreen HD is awesome. Sports programming in HD is spectacular. Once you go HD, you never go back, I say. A lot of blood, sweat, and late nights went into the Series 3 and I know I am very proud to have been involved in my small way in this project.
1070  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TiVo Series 3 = $800.00 on: September 06, 2006, 07:38:56 AM
Yes. Yes it does come with cables, including an HDMI cable (take that you cheap Sony bastards).

How would I know? I work for Tivo.  icon_biggrin
1071  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Flight Simulator beats your Flight Simulator! on: September 03, 2006, 06:25:31 PM
Wow, apparently there's not much to do in Australia.
1072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medieval 2: Total War on: September 03, 2006, 01:06:23 AM
I wonder if that second screenshot was some sort of pre-rendered mockup. The difference between the two shots is quite startling though.
1073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cold Feet: 360 Edition on: September 01, 2006, 09:04:25 PM
LE, my opinion is this. If you need people on an internet messageboard to convince you to buy it, then you shouldn't. Spending that much money on a console should be based on whether or not you are excited about the system and whether or not it has games you really want to  play.
1074  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I continue trying to woo my boss? *picture time* on: August 31, 2006, 06:32:41 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on August 31, 2006, 03:18:35 PM

Things went soooooooo well last night.  Sooooo well.

I'm talking hand-holding, life-story sharing, exchanging of phone numbers, talk of a scary movie night WELL.

About freaking time Charlie Brown!

At the rate you're going it'll be 2010 before you get her drunk and stick it in her.  icon_lol
1075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has your 360 ever failed and required service? on: August 31, 2006, 06:27:52 PM
I have a 360 purchased on day 1 back in November. Haven't had any problems outside of the occasional lockup in a game.
1076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One-hit-Wonder Companies and their Games. on: August 31, 2006, 06:04:03 AM
This might be a stretch, but Larian Studios. They did Divine Divinity which was a minor hit, then did Beyond Divinity which was a colossal disappointment and bombed. They've done nothing else of note except for a couple of obscure games no one has ever heard of. They are working on a true sequel to Divine Divinity which could save them from one hit wonder status...or further cement them in that category.

Also, if you want to talk about companies dropping the ball, Troika Games was the poster child for that. They did three games in their short lifetime: Arcanum, Temple of Elemental Evil, and Vampire: The Masquerade-Bloodlines. All highly anticipated prior to their release, and all released in brutally buggy states eventually "fixed" much later after countless patches.
1077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pirates of the Caribbean [PSP] Impressions on: August 31, 2006, 05:55:49 AM
Way to take one for the team!! Tongue
1078  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I continue trying to woo my boss? *picture time* on: August 30, 2006, 05:49:10 PM
Sorry TML, I have to agree with LE on the Indian girl. As the saying goes, "Eject Porkins! Eject! Eject!".

As for the ex-boss girl, it's obvious she wants you to make the first move. Don't wait for her to call because it'll never happen. Oh the games women play...
1079  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Keyboards - Saitek Eclipse II, Logitech G15, or what? on: August 29, 2006, 06:16:51 PM
The original Saitek Eclipse had the keys where the light would only light up around them, and not through them. Dumb design decision there. They did release an updated version where the light did shine through the keys so you could see the letters. I have that keyboard. It's nice but the keys are a little too mushy for my tastes. I like that the keys are relatively quiet. I'm interested in getting the Eclipse II, but I've only had the original Eclipse for less than a year. I can't justify getting a new keyboard so soon.

One annoying quirk about my Eclipse is that for some reason, on WindowsXP, the volume controls don't work at all. Apparently this is a known problem and Saitek has a workaround posted, which involves poking around in the registry. I tried it but it didn't work.
1080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility Update on: August 28, 2006, 11:46:38 PM
Another batch of Xbox games are now playable on the 360. Don't get your hopes up. It's more quantity than quality this time, but hey, at least Catwoman works now. WOOT!!

Aggressive Inline
Aquaman: Battle of Atlantis
All Star Baseball 2003
All Star Baseball 2005
Burnout 3: Takedown
Catwoman
Crash Bandicoot: Nitro Kart UPDATED
Counter Strike
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Dead to Rights
Digimon Rumble Arena 2 UPDATED
ESPN Major League Baseball
Fatal Frame 2
Ford vs. Chevy UPDATED
Freaky Flyers
Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows
Tom Clancy´s Ghost Recon - Island Thunder
Half Life 2 UPDATED
The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer UPDATED
IndyCar Series 2005
Kabuki Warrior UPDATED
Lego Star Wars II
Links 2004
Magatama UPDATED
Maximum Chase
Mortal Kombat: Deception UPDATED
MTX: Mototrax Featuring Travis Pastrana
Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection
MX vs. ATV Unleashed
Outlaw Tennis
Over the Hedge
Sid Meier's Pirates
Richard Burns Rally
Rogue Trooper
Serious Sam
Shincho Mahjong
Smashing Drive
Sneakers UPDATED
Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run
The Legend of Spyro: A Beginning
TAZ: Wanted
True Crime Streets of LA
The Suffering
Trigger Man
Torino Winter Olympics 2006
Vietcong
Wrath Unleashed
X-Men II: Wolverine's Revenge
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