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1121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for XBOX 360 dogfighting lovers (not that kind of dogfighting) on: July 11, 2007, 03:31:53 PM
The Ace Combat games have always been arcade-like, and after so many iterations of the game since 1995, it's never going to be anything close to a full blown PC flight sim. Anyone hoping for that is going to be disappointed every time an AC game comes out.
1122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP viable movie viewer? on: July 05, 2007, 05:28:07 PM
How good of a job does DVDFab do? Have you run into any DVDs that it was unable to rip? I use a totally convoluted multi step process to rip DVDs and I am looking for something that isn't quite so much of a hassle.
1123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: July 03, 2007, 11:39:55 PM
Here is the first footage of not only the game but video of people playing it (some of the developers at Harmonix). For people who had doubts about this game, you can now only say one thing: BAD ASS.

http://www.gamespot.com/video/938870/6173535/rock-band-gameplay-movie-1

The group playing is two on guitar, one on drums and one singing. The drum set looks incredibly awesome to play. Also, it appears they are playing the Xbox 360 version because it looks like the guitars they are using are the 360 Guitar Hero guitars.
1124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Libby goes free! On a scooter, just to make it funny. on: July 02, 2007, 11:23:39 PM
I can't wait to see what Jon Stewart will have to say about this on the Daily Show.
1125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Santa Cruz Info on: July 02, 2007, 10:01:39 PM
Yes! A fellow Banana Slug! I went to UCSC from 1986 to 1991. It's a very different campus today compared to when I went there, but still a great place to go to school. Which college are you going to be affiliated with? I was an Oakes student during my time there.
1126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Santa Cruz Info on: July 02, 2007, 06:58:46 PM
The west side of town is generally a lot safer and nicer to live. The closer you get to Natural Bridges state beach the more expensive it will be though. I echo the other senitments about the Boardwalk area. Crowded, lots of homeless people and not the safest area.

If you are looking to move to the area, Soquel, Capitola, Aptos are areas to consider. If you don't mind being a litter farther away from the beach, Scotts Valley is also worth considering.
1127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Hour of Victory **demo this coming wednesday** on: June 30, 2007, 03:25:17 AM
Arise thread of days gone by!

So if you thought the demo was bad, check out Gamespot's review of the full game:

http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/hourofvictory/review.html

Ouch! (hint: it sucks, with a capital S U C K)
1128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is there any new PC game like Panzer General? on: June 22, 2007, 03:27:56 AM
One other game series that might be of interest are the Combat Mission games. Info can be seen at www.battlefront.com. The games are a lot more tactical in nature than Panzer General. In fact the Combat Mission games have a very miniatures-like feel, with all 3d maps, individual vehicles and squads of infantry. There are no hexes or grids in the game. It's all free form movement. The games are simultaneous turn based, meaning you plot your moves at the same time as your opponent then press go and watch both sides' units move. There are three games in the series: Operation Overlord, Barbarossa to Berlin, and Afrika Korps. There is a 4th game in development, due to be released late July, called Shock Force that takes place in modern day Middle East. The series is very easy to learn and there is a lot of detail in the games.
1129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Internet is Pay to Play on June 30th? on: June 21, 2007, 04:03:22 AM
Can someone clarify for me? Will it cost money to use the browser, or just to download the browser?
1130  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.
1131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 Red Rings to round out my week on: June 16, 2007, 08:42:49 PM
http://blogs.mercurynews.com/aei/2007/06/a_qa_with_todd_holmdahl_the_hardware_guy_at_microsoft_about_xbox_360_failures.html

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?
1132  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.
1133  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
1134  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?

http://www.ebgames.com/gs/gamedays/

There are some pretty decent deals to be had, including a fair number of movies on UMD for $4.99.
1135  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.
1136  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.
1137  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.
1138  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!
1139  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.
1140  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.
1141  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
1142  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.

http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/13296/Jack-Thompson-Blames-Bill-Gates-for-VT-Shooting/


1143  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.
1144  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.
1145  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.)"
1146  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)
Breakdown
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Call of Duty 3
Cars
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
1147  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
1148  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!
1149  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?

gellar

Not yet. All I can say is that the holdup is not due to any engineering issues.
1150  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.

http://store.tivocommunity.com/

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.
1151  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.

1152  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!
1153  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
1154  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...
1155  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...
1156  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.
1157  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
1158  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
1159  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.
1160  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
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