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1281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead Rising impressions! on: August 10, 2006, 06:27:42 AM
Not much more can be said. The save system is very unusual and kind of lame. One other minor gripe I have is that there are an annoying number of "now loading" screens. It kills the flow of the game to have to wait for levels to load so frequently.

Unlike that 'other' Capcom zombie game franchise, the voice acting in Dead Rising is surprisingly good. I like the photo taking element which gives you something different to do. I found my first lawn mower and damn if that wasn't fun as hell to use.

Really great game.
1282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who said yes to TML's Advances? on: August 10, 2006, 12:25:26 AM
He probably wasn't impressed with her dowry. Tongue
1283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The next Sony gizmo to fail miserably on: August 10, 2006, 12:24:02 AM
I think the R&D people at Sony need to lay off the crack pipe.
1284  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The next Sony gizmo to fail miserably on: August 09, 2006, 10:58:15 PM
It's called Mylo:

A small handheld device that does VoIP, instant messenging, photos, web browsing, and music. All for the low price of $350. I wonder who's going to buy one of these things. I give it a couple of years before Sony quietly discontinues it.
1285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Should I continue trying to woo my boss? *asked out both* on: August 09, 2006, 05:41:10 PM
This could end up as one of the most spectacular train wrecks in GT history.

TML should make sure he updates his resume before his date(s) because he's breaking every rule about work and dating ever written. And when the inevitable breakup/failure/confrontations happen, it will rip the very fabric of the space time continuum in one stupendous supernova of soap opera drama queen proportions that he'll need federal superfund money just to pick up the pieces of what'll be left of his shattered, stomped on, bombed out heart.

1286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (8/7) on: August 08, 2006, 05:10:32 PM
You guys are weak. I'm buying Dead Rising as soon as I can possibly get my hands on it, and I'll feel good doing it too!  Tongue
1287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / warning finally discovers the Xbox... on: August 08, 2006, 03:38:34 AM
I also recommend Ninja Gaiden Black. That one is a no-brainer. I second the recommendation of Metal Arms. Such a great game and a crime that it sold so poorly.
1288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Breaking into new areas of music on: August 07, 2006, 11:12:33 PM
Right now I am into trance, which is techno/dance. If you are interested in that sort of thing I found these on iTunes:

4 Strings
Madison Park

Madison Park is more jazz/dance but still quite good. My favorite of the group is 4 Strings.
1289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Take the Gamer Test on: August 05, 2006, 07:36:15 PM
88% for me. Missed the stupid question about Tetris and on of the Quake questions.

Cool quiz.
1290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / C'mon!!!! C'MON!!!!! (NSFW) on: August 04, 2006, 11:50:11 PM
I want to know who Toshi is.

This reminds me of the scene in Lost in Translation where the Japanese hooker visits Bill Murray in his hotel room. Hilarious.
1291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got a new job!!!! And it RULES!!!! on: August 04, 2006, 05:02:55 PM
Congratulations you lucky bastard!! Now go out and celebrate by buying a 50" plasma HDTV.
1292  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.
1293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Computer Gaming World no longer?? on: August 02, 2006, 06:46:54 PM
Well this came out of nowhere:

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(??).
1294  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.
1295  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.
1296  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!!
1297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Some funny videos on: July 28, 2006, 10:44:47 PM
I give you yet another Japanese game show video:

Damn the Japanese are wacked out mofo's.
1298  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
1299  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.
1300  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:
1301  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!
1302  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.

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

1303  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!
1304  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:

1305  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!!
1306  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.
1307  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

1308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GH for 360? on: July 21, 2006, 08:31:58 PM
PLEASE let the guitar be wireless.
1309  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:
1310  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.
1311  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
1312  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:
1313  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.
1314  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.
1315  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.
1316  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.
1317  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.
1318  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.

1319  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:
1320  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.
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