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1281  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!!
1282  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.
1283  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

1284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GH for 360? on: July 21, 2006, 08:31:58 PM
PLEASE let the guitar be wireless.
1285  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:
1286  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:

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.
1287  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
1288  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:
1289  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.
1290  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:

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.
1291  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.
1292  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.
1293  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.
1294  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.

1295  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:
1296  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / In anticipation of Chromehounds on: July 12, 2006, 09:04:45 PM
I'm soon as I buy the game.
1297  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?".
1298  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.
1299  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
1300  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, 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.
1301  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:
1302  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.
1303  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.
1304  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.
1305  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Knightshade Clears the Shelves again on: July 07, 2006, 05:57:35 PM
Another YGPM...
1306  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
1307  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.
1308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dear Sony: please go screw yourselves.... on: June 29, 2006, 07:59:04 PM
I don't know about anyone else, but this reminds me of the old Neo-Geo system. $700 console and $100 game cartridges.
1309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Over G Fighters on: June 29, 2006, 06:07:02 PM
That's odd. For me the triggers control the rudders, allowing me to slide left/right without having to turn and bank.
1310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Over G Fighters on: June 29, 2006, 07:01:49 AM
I pretty much agree with Kathode. The menus are terrible. The voice acting is horrific. The terrain looks flat and boring. PS2 quality textures. The planes look nice I suppose, but they could have been a lot more detailed. There is no sense of speed. Starting out in the F-14 Tomcat was a bad game decision because the thing handles like a 747 with a slow turn radius.

There are some things I do like. The cockpit view is nice with working gauges and rear-view mirrors. The ability to do visual panning with the right analog stick is a nice touch. Something you normally see in PC flight sims. The weapon loadouts are realistic compared to the Ace Combat method where your plane carries a ridiculous number of missiles.

It seems like Taito set out to make a game that was more in line with serious PC flight sims, which I commend them on. At least they tried to avoid making a carbon copy ripoff of Ace Combat. However, the game needed a ton more polish. The overall look is so uninspired it totally destroys the few decent things it gets right.

Sadly, the game is a ripoff at $60. I would wait until the game is in the bargain bin in 6 months at a more appropriate price-- like $30.
1311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Over G Fighters on: June 28, 2006, 11:30:46 PM
I read some of the feedback about the game on the GameFAQs messageboards. Good god, the place is a cesspool of idiots and smacktalking kids, most of which don't even own the game. It's hard to gauge if the game is really any good.

I am very interested in the game as well. If I can pick up a copy tonight, then I will "take one for the team", try it out, and post impressions here later. From the few bits of useful information on GameFAQs, the game seems like a poor man's Ace Combat that doesn't look dramatically better than a PS2 game and is not quite as arcadey as AC. I like the fact that you can taxi the planes on the runway. Plus it seems more realistic in that air to air combat is predominantly missile exchanges at long range.
1312  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Recommendation needed: freeware program to burn audio CDs on: June 15, 2006, 07:21:06 PM
I was kind of looking for something other than iTunes, but I guess it is the easiest to use.

I'll take a look at CDex. Thanks!
1313  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Recommendation needed: freeware program to burn audio CDs on: June 15, 2006, 06:34:13 PM
Can anyone recommend a good freeware program that is straightforward and easy to use for burning audio CDs? I have a bunch of MP3s that I would like to put on CDs. Also, can I just leave them as MP3 files or do I need to convert them into some other audio format?
1314  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Help me pick out a laptop! on: June 10, 2006, 03:09:25 AM
Thin_J, ironically enough, I am typing this on an HP dv8280us, which is the same model series you are interested in, only it's a Media Center XP system with 2GB of RAM and dual 100 GB hard drives. All I can say is that I LOVE it. I've had it for about 3 weeks now and it's been great.

The Brightview screen is awesome. Colors are vibrant and the image is really sharp. Battery time is okay considering the quality of the screen. Mine has the GeForce 7400 which is middle of the road so it's not going to do well with the latest GPU intensive games, but it does the job with most games. The touchpad is pretty awesome. Tapping it does the same thing as mouse button presses but the pad is fully configurable. You can assign button functions to the corners of the trackpad, adjust the sensitivity, set click-dragging, and it has a touch scrollbar on the side. The one thing that I've had to get used to is the weight. Since it is a 17" display, it's not exactly very compact and at just over 8 lbs. it's fairly heavy as laptops go. When I first got it, HP had it preloaded with all sorts of junk, which I spent about an hour reconfiguring and uninstalling. After that, it's been running flawlessly. I like the fact that it looks sleek and sexy, but not obnoxiously gaudy. I had considered a Dell laptop, but they look so boring, and quite frankly, almost everyone has a Dell. Sure, they are good quality systems, but there's no 'wow' factor with them. The HPs are  nice compomise of style vs. quality.

So, I give it a big thumbs up. If you're interested in an HP 8000 series, I say go for it.
1315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hitman: Blood Money impressions on: June 01, 2006, 05:54:06 PM
How is the difficulty level of this  game? I tried the first Hitman long ago and just couldn't get into it because it got sadistically hard after one or two levels.
1316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Table Tennis Impressions on: May 26, 2006, 06:03:42 PM
I was pretty skeptical about this game because, come on, how fun could a table tennis video game really be? Well, color me impressed because I spent hours playing it last night and it was incredibly fun. Awesome graphics, but the gameplay is so simple and easy to pick up. Getting into an extended rally is a zen-like experience, and when you deliver a spectacular smash to the opponent, it puts an evil grin on your face. In a way, it almost feels like playing real table tennis. Sure, there aren't a lot of bell and whistles in the game, but I think it's pretty refreshing. Here's a game that actually relies on gameplay rather than how many extras can be crammed into the game to make it more flashy or appealing. It is definitely an excellent foundation for Rockstar to build upon in the future for any sequels.
1317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-men 360 impressions on: May 18, 2006, 09:24:51 PM
Thanks for the impressions. I was interested in getting it, but now I think I will pass.
1318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Saw Mission Impossible 3 Last Night [Spoilers] ... on: May 12, 2006, 07:53:33 PM
I liked it a lot. Best of the three MI movies I think. However, the ending was beyond stupid in the most cheesy MacGyver ripoff sort of way. Too bad. With a less ridiculous ending it could have been a much more satisfying movie.
1319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Supreme Commander - Um.. I'll take one. on: May 11, 2006, 05:43:27 PM
Wow, it looks fantastic, but I worry about how one can keep up with controlling so many units on such huge maps.
1320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 pricing on: May 09, 2006, 04:51:07 PM
Get ready for $1000+ bundles from Best Buy and EB.

Freaking insane. Sony is too full of themselves to realize that they just priced themselves out of the casual gamer market. The first run of units will sell like hotcakes to the early adopters. They'll buy it no matter what the price. After that, who's going to buy one? I can see parents all over the country telling their kids "are you crazy??" when they get asked to get one by their kids.
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