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1161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Computer Gaming World no longer?? on: August 02, 2006, 10:37:31 PM
You know, I don't doubt Jeff Green's word that nothing other than the title will change, but for me, it's still a sad day because I've been reading CGW since it practically started back in the early 80's (yeah, I'm that old). For better or worse, the Computer Gaming World name MEANT something to me. There's a lot of good memories with CGW. I loved reading every bit of it cover to cover and I knew that the CGW name meant quality coverage of computer gaming. Sure, in the last 5-7 years thing have kind of fallen off due to internet coverage of gaming, but there's a part of CGW there that still feels like it did years ago. Compare it to the obnoxious PC Gamer and it's no comparison to me. And with a name like Gaming for Windows: THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE, there will always be the stigma that they are somehow being swayed by Microsoft in their reviews and editorials. Green says they won't, but we'll see how long that lasts.

I'll give the newly named mag a chance. It's still supposed to have the same crew doing the writing, but it's not going to be the same to me anymore. With the name change, it is no longer the old friend that I enjoyed spending time with every month. Now it's like every other generic magazine that I'll eventually stop subscribing to.
1162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Computer Gaming World no longer?? on: August 02, 2006, 06:46:54 PM
Well this came out of nowhere:

http://www.ziffdavis.com/press/releases/060802.0.html

CGW magazine will become "Games for Windows: The Official Magazine". According to Jeff Green over on the QT3 boards, it's just a name change with no change in editorial direction, content or review policy. We'll see how long that statement remains true.

Damn, I know it's "only" supposed to be a name change of the magazine, but I grew up with CGW. It doesn't seem right to change it to something as lame as "Games for Windows", or GfW(??).
1163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lindsay Lohan? Smacked down and PWNED!!!!!!! on: July 31, 2006, 11:41:27 PM
I guess she recovered quickly. She was seen partying in Las Vegas this past weekend.
1164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 30, 2006, 07:17:46 AM
I, for one, really liked the demo and I will buy the game. Yes, at first impression, it is nothing more than a mindless button mashing game, but on closer inspection, there is a fairly decent combo system that, if learned, is pretty cool. Lots of great looking moves and powered up attacks. I didn't have any problems with the difficulty of the demo level. Even with the pseudo-boss at the end. I think the key is to collect as many of the powerups and items that get dropped as possible. There are items that boost attack power, boost power, new weapons, etc. The graphics are definitely excellent. Particularly the intro movie. Voice acting was typically bad for a Japanese to English dub and the lines didn't even come close to matching the character lip movements. The AI controlled allies do seem pretty dumb, but they do attack enemies. Just not very well.

Personally, I think for a Dynasty Warrior clone, it's a lot better than the DW games. Like I said, I'll definitely buy the game when it comes out in a couple of weeks.
1165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy Birthday to Depward and TML on: July 29, 2006, 02:15:06 AM
Happy birthday you crazy kids! Now go play some games!!
1166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Some funny videos on: July 28, 2006, 10:44:47 PM
I give you yet another Japanese game show video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8ImqoQFEMk&NR

Damn the Japanese are wacked out mofo's.
1167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lindsay Lohan? Smacked down and PWNED!!!!!!! on: July 28, 2006, 10:05:16 PM
James G. Robinson should have also used "coked out heroin chic".  biggrin
1168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lindsay Lohan? Smacked down and PWNED!!!!!!! on: July 28, 2006, 09:08:58 PM
I can't wait to see how her publicist tries to spin this.

Poor Lindsay. There was a time early in her movie career when she was actually a charming, nice girl.
1169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Behold the Blue Meanie! on: July 28, 2006, 09:07:06 PM
LOL, well in THAT case, carry on my friend.

Nice car, by the way! :oops:
1170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lindsay Lohan? Smacked down and PWNED!!!!!!! on: July 28, 2006, 08:51:28 PM
Holy cannoli! Is that for real?

Morgan Creek, I salute thee!
1171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Behold the Blue Meanie! on: July 28, 2006, 08:05:39 PM
Dear Fireball1244.

This notification was sent to inform you that as of July 28, 2006, your Man-Card has been revoked effective immediately.

Have a super day.


Regards,
Sy Sperling
President of the Hair Club for Men and
Charter Member of the Man Club

 biggrin
1172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2k7 [2kSports] on: July 28, 2006, 05:55:12 PM
Buggy or not, because Joe Thornton is on the cover this year, I will get it.

And I got dibs on the Sharks!
1173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 28, 2006, 05:53:30 PM
I'm surprised that the demo impressions are so positive yet the reviews of the full game in Japan have been very mediocre.

Still, a better looking DW clone on crack mean just one thing for me:

INNNNNNNN!!!!!!
1174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best catfight you've see in a movie? on: July 27, 2006, 03:08:30 AM
2 Days in the Valley. Catfight between Terri Hatcher and a then unknown Charlize Theron. MEOW!!
1175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday - 07/25/06 on: July 25, 2006, 05:59:06 PM
Those La Femme Nikita season sets are ridiculously expensive. However, if you're holding out for a price drop, like I am, season 1, 2, and 3 are $37.99 each this week at Best Buy. Unfortunately, season 4 is still too expensive.
1176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Titan Quest patch 2 info on: July 22, 2006, 05:23:36 PM
Well thank goodness they fixed this:

 - Fixed crash when loading a custom map in-game that contains a sheep herder

STUPID SHEEP HERDER!!!! biggrin
1177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GH for 360? on: July 21, 2006, 08:31:58 PM
PLEASE let the guitar be wireless.
1178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Clerks 2 July 21st on: July 21, 2006, 05:47:51 PM
I must be the only person on the planet who liked Jersey Girl.

There, I said it. :oops:
1179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Five That Fell: Atari, Origin, Sierra, Interplay, Looking Gl on: July 18, 2006, 10:26:03 PM
Speaking of Origin, The Escapist has a great article about Chris Roberts and Wing Commander:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/issue/54/4

Best part was the reaction of the LucasArts people at CES when they saw the first Wing Commander being demoed.

Sadly, instead of making games, Roberts is more interested in chasing his pipe dream of becoming a movie director/producer despite the fact that the one movie he directed, Wing Commander, was a total train Wreck that destroyed the Wing Commander name, and his production company hasn't exactly produced any good movies.
1180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday - 07/18/06 on: July 18, 2006, 06:49:36 PM
I just picked up Brisco County. Man is it expensive for an obscure series that hardly anyone saw. $70! Ouch. Sometimes it hurts to be a Bruce Campbell fan.  smile
1181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ride THIS one Mr. Cousteau!! on: July 18, 2006, 12:18:26 AM
I just want to know what part of Knightshade's anatomy she's recoiling in horror under. :lol:
1182  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: July 17, 2006, 09:20:20 PM
As if he ever needed this. smile

+1 to Knightshade Dragon for an UNOPENED copy of Mechassault 2 and Badur's Gate Dark Alliance 2.
1183  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / HD Signal question on: July 17, 2006, 09:14:02 PM
Just to be certain, your HDTV has a built-in HDTV tuner in it? If that is the case, there will be no loss of quality by using an antenna hooked up with an RF cable.

If you are looking for an antenna, you don't necessarily need one of those special HD antennas. Plain old UHF rabbit ear antennas work just as well. Even better results if you can get an amplified one. I have a cheapie amplified antenna that I picked up at a local surplus store for $15 and I get the over the air HD stations fine, when the signal is strong. I used to have an RCA HD antenna ($30) and it was terrible. I couldn't get anything using that POS. The higher up you can mount the antenna, the better. Amplified rooftop HD antennas will probably be the most reliable, but they are more than $100.

What you need to worry about though is whether or not you have obstacles around your home that could interfere with the signal. Tall trees, multistory buildings and nearby hills can affect reception. Also, what direction you position the antenna will be important. You can check what type of antenna you need and best positioning direction at:

http://antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx

Just enter your zip code to get the local configuration.

To give you an idea, with my antenna, my reception is very hit or miss. I have better luck in the evening than I do in the daytime. Even then, I still have to do some manual adjustment based on which channel I want to watch. My local PBS, CBS and ABC HD stations seem to come it pretty reliably, while the local FOX and some minor regional stations are not so great. It's a hassle sometimes, but the OTA HD signal is free and when reception is good, the signal looks great.
1184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sony Kills Off UMD Movies on: July 15, 2006, 05:51:05 PM
Yet another proprietary Sony media format fails? Wow, who saw that one coming?  Tongue

Their "plan B" to sell movies on memory stick is pathetic. They are more expensive than blank ones and they are putting some pretty weak movies on them. On top of that, the movies are in lower resolution. Uhh, no thanks.

Boy I can't wait to see what happens to Blu-Ray.
1185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lamenting on the past - Favorite RPG of all time on: July 15, 2006, 05:41:24 PM
You have to go old school.

Might & Magic 1 and D&D: Pool of Radiance because you had to manually draw maps on paper as you played. No automapping in the old days!

Not sure if it counts as a traditional RPG, but Starflight 1 and 2 were great just for the sheer size of the game world.

Bard's Tale 1 because it was so freaking hard. At least it was for me.

Wasteland, the true precursor to Fallout.

And going REALLY old school, the first RPG I can remember playing was an Atari computer game called Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. A fantastic game because it could be played co-op multiplayer. That was a huge deal in 1982.
1186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Five That Fell: Atari, Origin, Sierra, Interplay, Looking Gl on: July 14, 2006, 05:12:41 PM
To me Looking Glass and Origin are the two that I am most sorry to see disappear. They made innovative, fun and unique games that pushed genres forward.

I was thinking about what other companies they could have profiled in that article. It would have been interesting to read about what happend to SSI (prolific computer wargame company), Spectrum Holobyte (originator of the Falcon flight sim) and Microprose.
1187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Microsoft to compete with the iPod on: July 12, 2006, 10:34:28 PM
And this is supposedly what it may look like. If that is indeed what it is, then Apple doesn't have anything to worry about. Good god it's fugly looking.



1188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My Letter to Starforce on: July 12, 2006, 10:28:11 PM
Interesting that Nerva, the first Starforce employee, gave way to Sage, who seems to be much more reasonable.

It's some fascinating reading over on that thread, some of which is a little over my head in terms of the technical mumbo jumbo. I'm glad our GT bretheren are engaging them in substantial constructive discussion.

And what was with the dude who was capping on DeVry? Way to contribute to the topic of discussion monkeyboy! :roll:
1189  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / In anticipation of Chromehounds on: July 12, 2006, 09:04:45 PM
I'm in...as soon as I buy the game.
1190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My Letter to Starforce on: July 12, 2006, 06:01:38 PM
The thread over on the Starforce site is hilarious. It's like adults trying to discuss existentialist philosophy with a five year old who keeps answering with "I know you are but what am I?".
1191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Should I continue trying to woo my boss? *asked out both* on: July 12, 2006, 03:17:46 AM
When you have her in the sack, making her all wet and horny, just remember to yell out "PO-TA-TOES!!!!" at the moment of climax.
1192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My Letter to Starforce on: July 11, 2006, 10:54:40 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "Clay"
Wow.  Looking at the StarForce boards, all I can say is that those guys are a bunch of dicks.


They do like to silence any voice that doesn't praise their every step don't they?


That's because everyone who disagrees with them are software pirates backed by the mafia.  smile
1193  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / First time building a new rig... help me! help me! on: July 11, 2006, 10:52:28 PM
It's been a while since I built a system. Whatever hardware you go with, newegg.com is the best place to order what you need. Very good prices, and their RMA process is very painless in case you need to return anything.

I like ASUS motherboards myself. I find them very reliable and well built. Plus, their manuals are really nice. Don't get one with an AGP slot. PCI express is the standard now.
At this point, an AMD processor is probably the best value. Go with dual core if you can.
For RAM get as much as you can afford. 2 GB is a nice range.
For hard drives, go with 7200 RPM SATA drives.
For sound, the motherboard onboard sound is plenty good unless you want something more elaborate like Dolby 5.1, although some motherboards now have onboard Dolby 5.1 sound.
Separate network cards are not necessary as most motherboards have the network hardware built-in.
On the DVD drive, go with a dual layer DVD burner.
The graphics card may be the hardest choice simply because there are so many options. I'm partial to nVidia cards myself, but really you cannot go wrong with ATI either. Either the ATI 1xxx series or the nVidia 7000 series if you can afford it.
LCD monitors are the way to go. A decent 19" LCD display can be had for $200 to $300.
On the power supply, get at least a 450 watt one.
Cases are more of a personal thing. I like Antec and Kingwin ATX cases.

The last system I built was one of those compact cube systems. While the small size is nice, the wimpy power supply and amount of heat it generates is not worth it. Don't bother with these small form factors.

I'm sure others will chime in on specific models of components to get.
1194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Should I continue trying to woo my boss? *asked out both* on: July 09, 2006, 06:54:46 PM
Or he's been fired! :lol:
1195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: July 07, 2006, 09:20:39 PM
The patch is available now via the in-game updater. Version is 1.08.

Seems like their servers are getting hammered so downloading it might be kind of spotty for a day or so.
1196  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Knightshade Clears the Shelves again on: July 07, 2006, 08:23:58 PM
Ron, I sent you a reply (twice), but I'm not sure if it went through okay.
1197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you playing this weekend? 07/07/06 on: July 07, 2006, 06:02:59 PM
It's all about Titan Quest this weekend. Hopefully the patch comes out today as well.

Also some Over G Fighters and some goold old Geometry Wars.
1198  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Knightshade Clears the Shelves again on: July 07, 2006, 05:57:35 PM
Another YGPM...
1199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I turn 30 today. :/ on: July 03, 2006, 08:32:44 PM
Here's some perspective for you.

You're 30 years old and you play video games and run a gaming website.

I don't think you're ready for a motorized chair just yet. biggrin
1200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Over G Fighters on: July 03, 2006, 06:48:30 PM
Okay, I've had more time with the game and I think it's a lot better than my initial impressions would suggest.

One thing this game is not is a clone of the Ace Combat series. Over G Fighters has more of a PC flight sim feel to it. Air to air combat is mainly missile engagements at long range, which is more realistic. Since weapons loadouts are realistic, it introduces a lot more tactical decisionmaking in terms of what targets to take out. You can't destroy everything, a la Ace Combat and its near limitless supply of missiles. Also, in the preflight setup you need to really think about what combinations of weaponry to load. Another important aspect is that you really have to rely on your wingman now, especially if you run out of missiles or bomb but still have primary targets to take out. The wingman command system is pretty simplistic but it's important.

The graphics have grown on me. The ground textures still look terrible at low altitude which is a shame since the ground attack missions are mostly played at low altitude, particularly if you fly the A-10. However, at higher altitude, the ground textures looks decent. I really like the graphics during the mission replay footage. The planes do look great and there are lots of nice little details-- wingtip contrails, flaps opening and closing, heat shimmer from the engines, accurate loadouts on the weapons pylons when they are launched, accurate engine sounds (particularly the drone of the A-10 engines).

I love the A-10 missions in particular. I've seen and heard a real A-10 fire it's tank busting gatling gun and it's portrayed accurately in the game. The sound is right on, and you even see the puffs of smoke when the gun is fired.

There are still some negatives to the game though.
-Mission length varies wildly. I've completed air to air engagements that lasted only a few minutes and others that took 10 minutes. Same with ground attack missions. Some are ridiculously short while others take a long time. There doesn't seem to be any pattern based on difficulty either.
-The AI is pretty brain dead. On one ground attack mission, there were several Hind-D helicopters literally hovering high above ground just waiting for me to shoot down. I still have not figured out the technique of missile evasion so I either get shot down right away or I shoot the enemy planes down right away. Enemy bombers just kind of loiter in the area flying in big lazy circles waiting to get blown out of the sky.
-The voice acting is still abysmal, especially the wingmen.
-The game crashes on occasion when completing a mission, but before you can save the game.
-The targeting system seems flaky. It doesn't always target the enemy I want switch.
-Missile evasion seems ridiculously hard, although I could simply be lame. :o
-The sensation of speed still seems to be off. The planes feel like they fly too slow, although during the replay mode, it looks fine.

The bottom line is that the game is still not worth $60. However, at $30 or $40 it's a decent game if you are into PC style flight sims. Granted, it isn't as full featured or sophisticated as a dedicated PC flight sim, it does have a similar feel. The game reminds me a little of Jane's USAF from EA for those who know flight sims. Just don't expect an Ace Combat clone.
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