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15761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How do you decide what game to play? on: September 23, 2004, 08:53:56 PM
I think there is a unique condition with the end of this year, it is the last holiday they can capitolize on this generation of hardware.  Might explain all the push into this holiday.
15762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Atari Ships Shadow Ops: Red Mercury for PC on: September 23, 2004, 08:32:53 PM
Atari Ships ``Shadow Ops: Red Mercury'' For PC; Hollywood Blockbuster-Style First-Person Action Game Now Available at Retail Stores Worldwide

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 23, 2004--Atari has shipped "Shadow Ops: Red Mercury," a cinematic military first-person shooter, to retail stores this week for personal computer on DVD. "Shadow Ops: Red Mercury" offers players a gripping movie-style gaming experience through its unprecedented Hollywood production values, intense action and ground-breaking sound and visual effects. The game was developed with industry-leading gaming technology, including advanced AMD64 processors that enable simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing as well as THX(TM)-certified sound to create the ultimate Hollywood-style visuals and audio immersion.

"`Shadow Ops: Red Mercury' uses the latest in PC gaming technology and story-telling techniques to present an amazing video and audio experience, on par with the most explosive Hollywood summer blockbusters," said Wim Stocks, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Atari. "That technology, coupled with `Shadow Ops: Red Mercury''s intriguing storyline written by Hollywood writers, frenetic end-to-end military action and AAA production values, creates one of the most intense and beautiful first-person shooters ever made."

In "Shadow Ops: Red Mercury," the player fills the battle-scarred combat boots of Frank Hayden, a special forces operative hand-picked to track down and destroy the stolen "Red Mercury," a secret substance of unspeakable power that threatens the world with nuclear annihilation. The player faces off against blood-thirsty terrorists, renegade military forces and highly trained enemy special forces in a last ditch desperation mission to prevent the ultimate terror from reaching the world's greatest cities. "Shadow Ops: Red Mercury" also challenges players to take their battle-tested combat skills online to face off against one another in fierce multiplayer military skirmishes.

Developer Zombie Studios partnered with AAA Hollywood talent for sound effects, script writing and music to make "Shadow Ops: Red Mercury" the most cinematic action game ever created, essentially blurring the line between Hollywood summer blockbuster films and interactive entertainment. The new PC version features improved textures, gameplay and an expanded multiplayer functionality with more maps than ever before.

Some of the game's groundbreaking features include:

-- More than 25 hard-hitting single-player missions that span the globe across heat-scorched villages in the Middle East, bombed out cities in Chechnya, lush jungle guerrilla encampments in Congo and frozen vistas and secret underground military installations in Kazakhstan

-- Hyper-intense competitive online multiplayer modes that include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Escort the V.I.P.; the PC version offers several new maps for online play

-- Ultra-realistic immersive directional sound created by Soundelux, the Academy Award-winning sound studio best known for its work on films such as "Kill Bill," "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down"

-- The game has earned the coveted THX(TM) Game Certification, indicative of the immersive and compelling audio experience usually heard only in blockbuster Hollywood films

-- Jaw-dropping performance powered by AMD64 processor-based systems that deliver simultaneous 32 and 64-bit computing for improved textures, better image quality, faster game performance and an enhanced gameplay experience; the 64-bit version of the game is included in the box with the 32-bit version

-- A top Hollywood writing team, renowned for work in films and video games, wrote the entire script for the game, including all in game cut-scenes and cinematics

-- Developer Zombie Studios traveled the world, taking thousands of digital photos to create ultra-realistic textures for game locations like the Congo, Kazakhstan, Syria, Chechnya and more

-- Military consultants, including former special forces members, worked with Zombie Studios to ensure realistic military movements in the game and provided motion capture acting

-- An original score by a renowned composer of award-winning music for film, video games and television, that includes more than an hour of interactive music unique for each in-game location

-- All music for the game was recorded by the Northwest Symphonia, providing for a powerful performance and a more compelling audio experience

-- More than 30 minutes of movie-like cinematics created by Attitude Studios that use Hollywood-style shots to further immerse the player in the interactive blockbuster experience

"Shadow Ops: Red Mercury" is now available for personal computer on DVD-only in North America, and is already available worldwide on the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft with an estimated retail price in North America of $19.95 and an ESRB rating of 'T' for Teen. The demo is currently available for download at video game sites and at the game's official Web site. For more information on "Shadow Ops: Red Mercury," or to download the demo, please visit www.shadowopsgame.com.

About Atari

New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining games such as DRIV3R(TM), Enter the Matrix(TM), Neverwinter Nights(TM), Stuntman(TM), Test Drive(R), Unreal(R) Tournament 2004, and Unreal(R) Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), Civilization(R), Dragon Ball Z(R) and RollerCoaster Tycoon(R). Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR-0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.
15763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Video of the Day - Outlaw Golf 2 on: September 23, 2004, 06:05:38 PM
A little experiment we are trying....today we'll debut the video for Outlaw Golf 2.  Tomorrow, it'll be something else.  The movies will come and go quick so get em while you can.  I'll not be advertising this on the front page, so this is just for our forum users.  Lets see how it goes...

Take-Two's Outlaw Golf 2 (30mb)
15764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / CSI, and CSI....and then CSI. on: September 23, 2004, 05:10:37 PM
Yea, NY is pretty dark.  I'm likin it.
15765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 23, 2004, 05:05:00 PM
YESSIR!  you are up
15766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 23, 2004, 02:26:29 PM
I'd have played AC more if it featured a healthy beheading option.  

And that'd be METROID: PRIME!

15767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 23, 2004, 02:15:17 PM
So here are the rules:

Game must be rated E through M (no AO)
Game can be PC or Console
Keep your graphic sizes sane please.

I'll kick er off: (You'd have to be a special kinda stupid not to know this one)
15768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Its a gaming smorgasbord! What are you playing?? on: September 23, 2004, 02:07:07 PM
Really I just wanted to say "smorgasbord".  Its got a funny ring to it.

No seriously, what are you playing?

On my plate:
WoW
Tribes: Vengeance
Burnout 3
MK: Defiance
PotC
Fable
15769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / CSI, and CSI....and then CSI. on: September 23, 2004, 01:44:32 PM
I'm digging the new CSI, CSI New York.  I was absolutely floored by Monday's CSI Miami.  Tonight looks like a good premier for CSI (Vegas).  You'd figure after 6 seasons I'd be burned out, but I'm absolutely wired to this show.  Anyone else?
15770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] |337-speakers beware: the WoW Naming Policy on: September 23, 2004, 03:59:55 AM
http://www.gamestop.com/product.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&product%5Fid=645985

Pure speculation?  you betcha....but don't let that stop ya!  $15.00 a month for pricing?  Mid November release date?  Ahhh...its all crazy. smile
15771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars DVD first day sales.... on: September 22, 2004, 10:04:47 PM
Just the important bits....
   
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.-Sept. 22, 2004--Shattering all records for entertainment franchise spending in a single day, STAR WARS fans around the world have spent more than $115,000,000 on in-home STAR WARS entertainment. Single day sales for the most requested DVDs of all time, the STAR WARS TRILOGY, combined with the release of the new STAR WARS Battlefront videogame have set yet another benchmark for the most popular entertainment franchise in the world. This phenomenal achievement will continue as the DVD debuts in Japan, Australia, Benelux and Mexico, and the LucasArts game launches internationally later this week.

115 Miiillion dollas!  Good LORD that's a whole lotta money....
15772  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Burnout 3 Live encounters.. on: September 22, 2004, 09:50:49 PM
I'll also try my luck tonight.
15773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Random but, CG AZ crew? on: September 22, 2004, 09:04:12 PM
I'm in Phoenix.  I started at ASU but transferred to DeVry.

It'd be cool to do a Phoenix CG movie night or something. smile
15774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR] EA Ships NHL 2005 on: September 22, 2004, 08:37:42 PM
I'll get this posted on the front page shortly, but I thought you should know.

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EA's NHL 2005 Skates into Stores Everywhere Today; Top Selling Pro Hockey Franchise is THE Place to Play Hockey this Fall

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 2004--Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS) today announced that NHL(R) 2005, the best-selling professional hockey franchise has hit stores worldwide. Shipped under the EA SPORTS(TM) brand, NHL 2005 delivers top-shelf gameplay that captures the speed, flow and hard-hitting action of pro hockey. Online* gamers will enjoy enhanced features on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and for the first time, Xbox Live(TM) support. NHL 2005 gives hockey fans a chance to play as their favorite teams and players while not able to watch them on TV.

New EA SPORTS Open Ice Control allows players to execute offensive plays such as Give-and-Go's and breakaway passes or call for a defensive double team with the touch of a button. A completely overhauled skating engine captures both the explosive speed of offensive skating and the surgical precision of backwards defensive movement. The all-new face-off formations allow the user to be strategic before the puck is dropped.

EA SPORTS Dynasty Mode(TM) goes even deeper with a new, easier to navigate interface, and more interactive GM/owner relationships, including a deep new e-mail system. NHL 2005 also delivers all the action of the World Cup of Hockey(TM), with International teams and venues from North America and Europe. In addition to all 30 NHL teams, NHL 2005 includes 39 teams from the Swedish, Finnish and German Elite Leagues, as well as 21 International teams.

Developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., NHL 2005 is available for the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PC. The game is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB. More information can be found on the game's official website at www.nhl05.com.

About EA SPORTS(TM)

Electronic Arts' EA SPORTS(TM) brand is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world. Its top-selling titles and franchises include Madden NFL Football, FIFA Soccer, NBA LIVE basketball, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R), MVP Baseball(TM), NCAA(R) Football and NASCAR(R) racing. The EA SPORTS home page is www.easports.com.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, EA posted revenues of $2.96 billion for fiscal 2004. The company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. In 2003, EA had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA GAMES(TM) and EA SPORTS BIG(TM). EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

* Internet connection required for online play. Not all features available with all platforms. See www.easports.com or back of product pack for details.

Electronic Arts, Dynasty Mode, John Madden Football, MVP Baseball, EA, EA SPORTS, EA GAMES and EA SPORTS BIG are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. NHL and National Hockey League are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and team logos and marks depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. (C) 2004 NHL. All Rights Reserved. Officially Licensed Product of the National Hockey League. National Hockey League Players' Association and NHLPA are trademarks of the NHLPA and are used under license by Electronic Arts Inc. (C) NHLPA. Officially licensed product of the NHLPA. NASCAR, NFL, FIFA, NBA, Tiger Woods, PGA TOUR, MLB and NCAA are trademarks of their respective owners and used with permission. PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Microsoft, Xbox and Xbox Live are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. (TM), (R), and Nintendo GameCube are trademarks of Nintendo. All other car, team, track names, trademarks, and other intellectual property are used under license and are the property of their respective owners.
15775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Cutting through the Bullshit on: September 22, 2004, 07:36:35 PM
Oh I completely concur, there needs to be something enforced.  When I ran an EB I wouldn't sell M to kids under age 14-ish (didn't have the district manager's support on this, so I could only weed out the little ones).  What bothers me is that the legislation is based and built on lies.  ON the other hand, It is also requiring a level of enforcement that most District Managers will not back up unless there is a law that will cost them money.  They have their bottom line at heart, so once the first lawsuit hits there we'll see it curbed.
15776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Cutting through the Bullshit on: September 22, 2004, 06:37:34 PM
The IEMA has issued this statement that debunks most of what The Governator is using to justify the newly passed gaming law mentioned on the front page.  Makes me wish I wasn't a member of the media...

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REACTION STATEMENT RE: CA AB1793
The following is a statement from Hal Halpin, President, Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association

The IEMA (Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association), the non-profit trade association which represents the nation's leading retailers of computer and video games, was disappointed with Governor Schwarzenegger's decision to sign in to law California Assembly Bill 1793.

Thousands of retailers in California are now faced with the inevitability of being hit with frivolous lawsuits through the state's 17200 Unfair Business Practices statute. This law will have a devastating impact on California businesses, particularly small businesses whose livelihood depends on the sale of video games.

Inaccuracies and misrepresentations surround the issue of violent video games and continue even in Representative Leland Yee's press release today:

* The IEMA members have committed to voluntarily regulate the sale of Mature-rated games to minors and are in the process of implementing carding systems through each member company which shall be in place by this Christmas. Signage is already in place throughout all IEMA member stores, legislation was wholly unnecessary and an example of a waste of taxpayer's money and government resources. Adding legislative pressure to a self-regulated system will likely have a chilling effect on business and place an undue burden on California's retail community with no tangible upside.

* The issue of violent video games is a serious matter which requires serious study. To-date there has been no conclusive research to prove a causal linkage between playing videogames and asocial behavior.

* The statistics which are quoted repeatedly include wide-ranging types of software including educational and early childhood games, which bolster the figures and make them look more encompassing than they are. It would be both prudent and honest to explain to Mr. Yee's constituents that the vast majority of games are rated "E" by the industry's ratings board, and in fact only 11.9% of all games sold last year were rated Mature for adults (rather than the forty percent which was misrepresented).

* Mr. Yee's assertion that, "a 17-year old boy repeatedly stabbed a 14-year old to death in England while mimicking a game called "Manhunt," in which players score points for violent killing," too is a blatant falsehood - an outright fabrication of the facts. The British press uncovered long ago that it was in fact the victim who played videogames, not the assailant. The 17 year old never owned nor played "Manhunt" and therefore could not be "mimicking" anything.

* And finally, the Mature-rated games to which Mr. Yee refers in saying that players are rewarded "for killing police officers, maiming elderly persons, running over pedestrians and committing despicable acts of murder and torture upon women and racial minorities" is yet again a misrepresentation of the facts, too numerous to mention in this brief response.

While we are sure that Leland Yee's impetus in claiming to help parents was originally honorable, the facts have been distorted and twisted with willful disregard for the truth, and we fear at the detriment to business in the State of California. IEMA retailers have already committed to the placement of in-store signage which will empower parents to make informed purchasing decisions, and have gone beyond the movie and music businesses' commitment in also voluntarily committing to inhibiting the sale of Mature rated games to minors through comprehensive carding policies which are being put in to place. That Governor Schwarzenegger was unwilling or unable to make those distinctions is an injustice to the citizens of the state.
15777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault Demo on: September 22, 2004, 06:34:14 PM
http://www.eagames.com/official/moh/pacificassault/us/editorial.jsp?sssdmh=dm24.58823&src=downloads

And there ya have it.  There are a zillion mirrors there....
15778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Rome: Total War Ships! on: September 22, 2004, 06:07:00 PM
This will be my first push into teh Total War series...I've heard they are fantastic, so I'm signing up. smile

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ACTIVISION'S ROME: TOTAL WAR (tm) STORMS ON TO NORTH AMERICAN RETAIL SHELVES

Santa Monica, CA - September 22, 2004 - Veni, Vidi, Vici!  The ancient battles of Roman history rage on in Activision, Inc.'s, (Nasdaq: ATVI) Rome: Total War(tm).  The revolutionary new title in the Creative Assembly's award-winning Total War(tm) series, Rome: Total War takes the franchise to new heights with groundbreaking technology that brings the epic, cinematic battles of the Roman era to life with graphics and gameplay beyond anything previously seen in a PC game.  Rome: Total War has already received critical acclaim, earning an "Editors' Choice" award from PC Gamer magazine with a score of 92.   Rome: Total War for the PC is rated "T" ("Teen" - Violence) by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $49.99.  

"Rome: Total War gives beginners and seasoned strategy gamers a chance to experience the epic battles and hand to hand combat of ancient Rome in a way that has never been seen before," states Kathy Vrabeck, president of Activision Publishing, Inc.  "Players will be able to control the same troops that were once lead by mighty Generals such as Hannibal and Julius Caesar."

In Rome: Total War, players are transported to the battlefields of ancient history's greatest conflicts where they can control mighty armies of up to 10,000 fully polygonal, highly detailed, motion-captured warriors that appear on the screen at once.  Gamers can direct vast armies led by history's most legendary generals including Julius Caesar and Hannibal, and must use a combination of brains and brawn to successfully recreate the Roman Empire.  For more information and regular updates on Rome: Total War visit: http://www.totalwar.com.
 

About Activision, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.  Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $948 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.  More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.
15779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Kohan II Ships on: September 22, 2004, 02:37:53 PM
Yaaay!  

________________


KOHAN II AVAILABLE NOW AT NORTH AMERICAN RETAILERS
Award-Winning Franchise Returns with All-New 3D Engine,
Six Playable Races, Random Map Generator and More

New York – September 22, 2004 – Global Star Software, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:  TTWO), and TimeGate Studios are pleased to announce that Kohan II: Kings of War has shipped to retailers across North America.

“Kohan II raises the bar for real time strategy,” said Christoph Hartmann, Senior Vice President of Publishing at Global Star Software. “We are thrilled to unleash its gorgeous 3D engine, deep, immersive storyline and limitless multiplayer possibilities on the world.”

“The original Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns was TimeGate’s first game, so the series is very personal for us,” said Adel Chaveleh, President of TimeGate Studios. “We are confident that this sequel will appeal to long-time fans of the series as well as RTS fans looking for something a little different.”

Kohan II: Kings of War builds upon the proven gameplay of the original, critically acclaimed Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns with an all-new 3D engine, six playable races, a dynamic storyline with 25 character-driven single-player missions, extra multiplayer maps and a random map generator for an unlimited number of possible scenarios. Kohan II: Kings of War delivers countless hours of exciting gameplay to both hardcore RTS fans and casual gamers alike.

The media had the following to say about Kohan II: Kings of War:

“[Kohan II] is elegantly designed, challenging, beautiful,
and one of the best games released this year." – GameSpy

“Fans of real-time strategy games will find much to savor
in this anticipated sequel to Kohan.” - GMR

“Kohan II breaks the mold of the RTS genre in everything
from the way bases and units are handled to its resource system.” - PC Gamer

“[Kohan II] rises as a true breath of fresh air
amid the stagnant remnants of a once glorious genre.” - GameInformer

Kohan II: Kings of War for PC-CD-ROM is rated T for teen and is available now for a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information on Kohan II: Kings of War, please visit its official website at http://www.globalstarsoftware.com/kohan2/.
15780  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Burnout 3 Live encounters.. on: September 22, 2004, 02:04:57 AM
Has any of these issues been resolved?  I couldn't resist my own Forum Effect, so I picked it up. smile hehhe
15781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Tribes®: Vengeance Goes Gold! on: September 21, 2004, 07:27:39 PM
Having been in the beta, I can say that I am absolutely without a doubt buying this one.  If there is enough interest, I'll serve it up too!

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LOS ANGELES, CA (September 21, 2004) – Vivendi Universal Games announced today that their upcoming PC first-person action game Tribes: Vengeance has gone gold and will ship to retail stores in the United States on October 5th.  A multiplayer demo for the game will be made available online before the game is released.

A single-player trial version for Tribes: Vengeance and more information about the game can be found at the official website: http://www.tribesvengeance.com.

In Tribes: Vengeance gamers become immersed in a roiling galactic thriller. Throughout the game, the player catches glimpses of myriad interrelated stories that unfold behind-the-scenes and is given the opportunity to experience the full scope of the single-player story through multiple viewpoints and characters. Utilizing the all-new Vengeance Engine powered by Unreal™ technology, the world is brought to life with characters that have facial expressions and fully-realized personalities, vehicles that kick up dust as they pass by, and weapons that display spectacular effects.  Tribes: Vengeance will also build upon the Tribes series’ legendary online multiplayer action by continuing to focus on team-oriented goals and fluid movement.  Particular focus is being given to making Tribes: Vengeance easily accessible to the video game modification (MOD) community.  Irrational Games and VU Games have worked together to ensure that Tribes: Vengeance’s game modification tools are easily accessible and robust.
15782  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Xbox Live Tags on: September 21, 2004, 07:21:59 PM
Moved to Multiplayer Gaming as suggested.
15783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] |337-speakers beware: the WoW Naming Policy on: September 21, 2004, 06:26:21 PM
Unless John or Bob is in some way trademarked.

What about Bob?
Being John Malkovitch?

Guess those are out.  I like Zazen...my character.
15784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Men Legends Reviewed [IGN] & now TXB on: September 21, 2004, 05:04:43 PM
Hey Tim....



 :twisted:
15785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Poll] Do you Beta Test? on: September 21, 2004, 03:33:52 PM
Its a simple question really...whether on console or on PC do you try to get into beta tests?
15786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blu-Ray Vs. HD-DVD on: September 21, 2004, 03:14:27 PM
DivX is small and all, but damn it is picky and processor dependent.  I have a settop box that plays DivX and the pixelation on some movies (probably dependent on how they are encoded or how shite the source is) is terrible.  

I don't think we'll see DivX go away like Betamax though.
15787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] |337-speakers beware: the WoW Naming Policy on: September 21, 2004, 02:39:50 PM
Holy smokes!  Looks like it won't look like a zoo of UpP3r @nD lO\/\/3r case characters in WoW!

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 Below is what we are looking to implement for our naming policy. Please pay close attention to the new Immersion-Breaking section. Feedback always appreciated.

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
-- William Shakespeare

This may hold true for roses, but there’s nothing you can do to make an Orc smell good, so you might as well give yours a good name. One of the first adventures you will embark upon within World of Warcraft will be that of choosing a character name. While your subsequent exploits should prove infinitely more exhilarating, great care should be given to name selection. The first impression other players have of you will be based on your name, so it’s best to start off on the right foot. While choosing the perfect name for your character is left to your discretion, we have determined that some types of names are not allowed in this game.
Below are guidelines to help you determine whether or not the name you have chosen is appropriate for your character, guild, or pet. Hopefully, we encompass all manner of offensive names; however there may be inappropriate names which do not fit into any of these categories. In addition, the GM staff will only change a character’s name if it is indeed found inappropriate, we will not change character names for any other reason. We reserve the right to evaluate each incident on a case by case basis and in extreme cases, take action not detailed here.
Racial/Ethnic
This category includes both clear and masked names which:
• Promote racial/ethnic hatred
• Are recognized as racial/ethnic slurs
• Allude to symbols of racial/ethnic hatred
• Have any racial/ethnic connotations

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be temporarily suspended from the game
• Likely be given a final warning if any negative sentiment/language is present, any further TOU violations will result in permanent suspension

While these repercussions may seem harsh, we feel very strongly that these names have no place within the world of Azeroth due to their extremely offensive nature.
Extreme Sexuality/Violence
This category includes both clear and masked names which:
• Refer to extreme and/or violent sexual acts
• Refer to extremely violent real life actions

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be temporarily suspended from the game
• Likely be given a final warning, any further TOU violations will result in permanent suspension

While these repercussions may seem harsh, we feel very strongly that these names have no place within the world of Azeroth due to their extremely offensive nature.
Sexual Orientation
This category includes both clear and masked names which:
• Insultingly refer to any aspect of sexual orientation pertaining to themselves or other players

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she may:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be temporarily suspended from the game
Obscene/Vulgar
This category includes both clear and masked names which:
• Refer to human anatomy
• Refer to sexual acts
• Are scatological or pornographic in nature

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be temporarily suspended from the game
Inappropriate language
This category includes both clear and masked names which:
• Are mildly inappropriate references to human anatomy or bodily functions
• Are otherwise considered objectionable

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be given a warning
Harassing or Defamatory
This category includes both clear and masked names which:
• Insultingly refers to other characters, players, Blizzard employees, or groups of people, be they in the game or external

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be given a warning
Major Religions or Religious Figureheads
This category includes both clear and masked names which:
• Mimic major religions or religious figureheads (i.e. Jesus, Christianity, Buddha)

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Informed that the name is improper and be prompted to select a new name
• Be given a warning
Blizzard Employees
This category includes both clear and masked names which are:
• The names of any World of Warcraft customer support representative or employee of Blizzard Entertainment (Both real names and aliases).

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be given a warning
National
This category includes both clear and masked names which:
• Promote national hatred
• Are recognized as national slurs
• Allude to symbols of national hatred

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be given a warning
Illegal Drugs or Activities
This category includes both clear and masked names which:
• Refer to illegal drugs
• Refer to illegal activities

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be given a warning
Advertising
This category includes names which advertise:
• Any non-beneficial, non-WoW related businesses, organizations, or websites

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be given a warning
Trademarks
This category includes names which are:
• Trademarked/licensed by a company or individual

If a player is found to have such a name and the trademark owner protests its use, he/she will be:
• Informed that the name is improper and be prompted to select a new name

Immersion-Breaking
We have gone to great lengths to ensure that your experience in the world of Azeroth is as enjoyable and immersive as possible. However, this immersion can be quickly broken when you see the stately Tauren Hunter named “IOwnsU” or the imposing Night Elf Druid “ErnestBorgnine.” In an attempt to maintain the suspension of disbelief, we will be disallowing the following types of names from World of Warcraft.
The following five categories are all considered “Immersion-Breaking”:
Partial or Complete Sentences

This category includes names which:
• Are not fantasy-based and consist of multiple words strung together
• Examples: “Inyourface”, “Welovebeef”, “Howareyou”

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be given a warning
Pure Gibberish
This category includes names which:
• Consist of a string of letters which do not produce a pronounceable name
• Examples: “Asdfasdf”, “Jjxccm”, “Hvlldrm”

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be given a warning
References to Pop Culture Icons or Personas
This category includes names which:
• Are references, both clear and masked, to well known people or characters
• Examples: “Britneyspears”, “Austinpowers”, “Batman”

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be given a warning
Contain “Leet” or “Dudespeak”
This category includes names which:
• Consist of language existent only in online communication
• Examples: “Roflcopter”, “xxnewbxx”, “Roxxoryou”

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be given a warning
Titles
Fantasy titles should be earned trough the mechanics of the game, and should not be recreated through character naming. This category includes names which:
• Consist of any title prefix or suffix attached to a characters name be it fantasy-based or not
• Examples: “KingMike”, “ErictheBrave”, “PresidentSanchez”

If a player is found to have such a name, he/she will:
• Be prompted to select a new name
• Be given a warning

IMPORTANT
• Repeatedly violating any area of the TOU, including the areas detailed above, will often result in temporary suspension from the game.
• This policy is not language-restrictive. Names that fall under this policy will always be subject to the repercussions listed, whether they are inappropriate in English or any other language.

The bottom line is that we want World of Warcraft to be a fun and safe environment for all players. World of Warcraft is an MMORPG, and the key words are “Massively Multiplayer.” In playing this game, you will encounter thousands of other players who share different experiences and come from vastly different backgrounds. While a certain name may not be offensive to you, consider the fact that that same name may have a completely different effect on someone else. We’ve done everything we can to make this a great game but now it’s up to you, the players, to breath life into the world. Choose wisely my friends.
15788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Men Legends Reviewed [IGN] & now TXB on: September 21, 2004, 02:21:34 PM
Oh no doubt.  I was all over this when I saw it at E3...or as some would say...

"IN!"

(that better not be catching on as our catchphrase...heheh)
15789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great OXM [NOV] on: September 21, 2004, 02:13:09 PM
We have the SNK vs. Capcom demo already, I need to send it to Tim to review, he is the "quarter circle A" fireball guy. smile
15790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] THQ Launches Full Spectrum Warrior for PC on: September 21, 2004, 02:03:38 PM
THQ Launches Highly Anticipated Full Spectrum Warrior PC; Implement Real Combat Tactics, Battling Enemies with Authentic Weapons

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 21, 2004--THQ(R) Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI) today announced the release of Full Spectrum Warrior(TM) PC. Developed on a parallel path with the critically-acclaimed and highly successful Microsoft Xbox(R) game released earlier this summer, the PC version of Full Spectrum Warrior includes a number of game enhancements and features specific to the PC version -- including two bonus levels, enhanced texture and graphic resolution and an intuitive keyboard/mouse control scheme that has been optimized for PC gamers. Developed by Pandemic Studios, Full Spectrum Warrior has shipped to retailers worldwide for a suggested retail price of $39.99.

"We believe Full Spectrum Warrior succeeds in creating an immersive, authentic and most importantly original military combat game that is compelling to pick up and play," said Jack Sorensen, executive vice president of worldwide studios, THQ. "It delivers an innovating blending of tactical and strategic squad based combat not seen in many of today's popular military games and carries the genre to a new level of reality and entertainment. Best of all, now PC gamers can enjoy it, better than ever."

In the game, players will command and coordinate the actions of two infantry squads leading them through a hostile urban warzone, as they outthink, outmaneuver and battle enemies through thirteen levels of intense combat. In addition, players can also go online and team up with a friend for Two-Player Co-Op gameplay. Full Spectrum Warrior is based on a light infantry-training simulator designed by Pandemic Studios for the U.S. Army as a tool to reinforce Army combat doctrine and squad tactics among troops*.

Since its unveiling, the press have been raving about Full Spectrum Warrior PC:

    Top 10 Games of 2004

                         -- PC Gamer

    Top 10 Games of 2004

                         -- Computer Gaming World

    Not only is Full Spectrum Warrior a unique title, but -- as our
    Xbox experts who helped me preview the game were more than happy
    to explain -- it's looking much sharper and arguably easier to
    control than its console cousin."

                         -- Gamespy.com

    "In our first taste of Full Spectrum Warrior on the PC, one thing
    is clear: as much energy as Pandemic put into designing the game
    for the Xbox audience and the Xbox controller, the game is a lot
    more intuitive on the PC because of the control scheme."

                         -- IGN.com

For more information on Full Spectrum Warrior PC, please visit www.fullspectrumwarrior.com.

About Pandemic

Pandemic Studios, LLC is a premier developer of entertainment software for PlayStation(R) 2, Xbox, GameCube(TM) and the PC. Over the last 6 years, industry veterans Josh Resnick and Andrew Goldman have built Pandemic into a company of nearly 200 highly skilled programmers, designers, and artists working on high-profile titles. Pandemic is a privately held company with development studios in Los Angeles, California, and Brisbane, Australia. For more information about Pandemic please visit www.pandemicstudios.com

About THQ

THQ(R) Inc. is a leading, worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Nintendo and Microsoft. The THQ web site is located at www.thq.com. THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

*The Full Spectrum Warrior game is not sponsored or endorsed by the United States Army.
15791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [CG] Have you noticed? on: September 21, 2004, 04:02:54 AM
Eldon is back at it again!  ConsoleGold's front page is now a little more lively with a new automated section.  Specifically, the new screenshot section and new review section are now automatically updated as we put em in!  Why does this matter?  Well, you can see the obscene amount of screenshots and updates we actually put in in one easy to review place.  Big thanks again to Eldon, awesome job!
15792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Fantasy Earth:Ring of Dominion Announced(with screens) on: September 21, 2004, 03:28:31 AM
I thought the SAME THING Bob!
15793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gone Gold having server problems again? on: September 20, 2004, 10:19:37 PM
Well, since you asked about it I'll pursue it, but don't expect anything. smile
15794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR]CDV and Alienware team up for Codename:Panzer Contest on: September 20, 2004, 09:16:31 PM
Don't miss your chance at a Sleek Alienware Area 51m Laptop!  You have a little bit more time to enter.....javol mein oberfuhrer! (sp)

_________________________

CDV SOFTWARE AND ALIENWARE® HOST “CODENAME: PANZERS” TRIVIA CHALLENGE
Prizes Include a State-of-the-Art Alienware® Area 51m Laptop
and WWII Memorabilia

CARY, NC – September 17, 2004 – CDV Software Entertainment, one of the leading German publishers and distributors of gaming software, and Alienware® are teaming up to host the mind-shattering “Codename: Panzers” trivia challenge. Starting today, contestants can log on to the official website at http://www.panzers.com/index.php?page=contest.us.panzers for details on prizes as well as how to participate. The contest will begin on September 17, 2004 and run through approximately November 1, 2004.

CDV’s “Codename: Panzers” trivia challenge offers players a chance to test their WWII and “Codename: Panzers” knowledge, for the chance to win a “Codename: Panzers” branded Alienware® Area 51m laptop, WWII memorabilia, and other great prizes.

Each week, for five consecutive weeks, a question will be posted on the official “Codename: Panzers” website. Contestants will receive one clue to the geographic position of the prize package for each correctly answered question during the contest period.  Players who then correctly identify the secret location will earn entry into the final sweepstakes drawing to select the grand prize winner!  

Log on to http://www.panzers.com/index.php?page=contest.us.panzers for complete details.

About “Codename: Panzers”
“Codename: Panzers” thrusts you into the high-powered battles of World War II. Whether played in towns with bullet-riddled buildings, bleak mountain landscapes, or treacherous swamps, “Codename: Panzers” offers real-time combat rampages with awesome 3D graphics. Create your combat force from over 100 finely detailed units, from a flame-throwing squad to a Soviet Stalin organ rocket launcher to a German Königstiger battle tank. Be the commander - demolish the enemy with clever tactical maneuvers. Experience the nerve-jangling thrill of strategic gaming in “Codename: Panzers”!  

About CDV Software Entertainment
CDV Software Entertainment is dedicated to publishing and distributing quality games for intelligent gamers worldwide. The publicly traded company, founded and headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, has its North American office located in Cary, North Carolina.  Publisher of critically-acclaimed titles including “Divine Divinity,” “American Conquest,” and “Blitzkrieg,” CDV has now sold more than two million copies of its internationally popular “Sudden Strike” and “Cossacks” series.  For more information, please visit www.cdv.de.

About Alienware Corporation
Alienware manufactures high-performance computer desktop and notebook systems and leading-edge professional systems. Alienware offers unique and award-winning products that incorporate state-of-the-art components, innovative engineering and design, and unprecedented customer service. Alienware systems are available direct within the United States and Europe. For more information, please visit www.alienware.com.
15795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Obligatory HL2 Pre-Gold-Almost-There-*supposedly Thread on: September 20, 2004, 08:59:28 PM
Somebody is gonna find that crowbar....and beat somebody else with it.
15796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gone Gold having server problems again? on: September 20, 2004, 08:58:14 PM
Well, we actually did try the idea of a co-located forum user database.  It was an idea that was eventually shot down by more politics than anything technical.  I found the forum conversion software in November of last year.  Between then and now the conversion was supposed to be done 100 times over.  Eventually I got fed up with it, nixed the co-location idea, and opened what we have now.  The downside is that, frankly, I don't know what I'm doing with this software so I'm learning a lot as we go.  I've been very careful to keep the code safe with backups and good advice from people (readers and staff alike) before I implement anything new.   We'll end up with something very different than the Gone Gold experience I think, but one that I hope would be compatable with everyone, GG, CG, or otherwise.

As for us becoming the defacto GG alternative, that's a decision that is far outside of my hands.  Its a personal choice that each person will have to make for themselves.  The only suggestion I have is that if you like this place and what we do, tell your friends.  If you don't like something we do, tell us so we can fix it.
15797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] THQ Ships Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War on: September 20, 2004, 05:41:19 PM
Well that, and a few friends here at work have recommended it.
15798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Obligatory HL2 Pre-Gold-Almost-There-*supposedly Thread on: September 20, 2004, 03:36:33 PM
Again, from Shacknews:

Quote
GameSpot has a lengthy update on the Valve vs Vivendi Universal lawsuit that has been going on since 2002 when Valve sued Sierra (part of VUGames). The Half-Life developer originally sued Sierra because the publisher put Valve games in Internet cafes in the US and around the world, which Valve alledges is a copyright infringement. Vivendi later counter-sued, saying Valve had made misleading statements to them about their online distribution plans. Vivendi also wants Valve to honor a previous agreement and publish whatever Valve is going to work on next, and they would like to be awarded ownership of the Half-Life franchise as well. Various motions will be heard by the court October 8. How all of this will affect the release of Half-Life 2, we won't know for a while (though Vivendi Universal Games sure could use the money).
In court filings, Sierra/VUG says that the current distribution of Half-Life 2 via Steam exceeds the scope of the current software publishing agreement between the two parties. It is apparently seeking the court's assistance in compelling Valve not to use Steam as an avenue of distribution. On Friday, when asked if Valve was remained intent on making Half-Life 2 available to gamers via Steam, regardless of what was determined on October 8, Lombardi replied, "Yes."
15799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] THQ Ships Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War on: September 20, 2004, 02:36:53 PM
I've been told that I have to get this...

_______________________________

THQ Ships Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War; Experience the Most Visceral Frontline Combat Ever Depicted in an RTS

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.-Sept. 20, 2004--THQ(R) Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced the release of Warhammer(R) 40,000: Dawn of War(TM). The highly anticipated real-time strategy (RTS) game for PC is based on the world of Warhammer 40,000 - the dark, futuristic, fantasy universe from Games Workshop (LSE:GAW) traveled by millions worldwide. Developed by THQ's recently acquired Relic(R) Entertainment Inc., Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War has shipped to retailers worldwide for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

"We are extremely proud that Dawn of War marks THQ's inaugural release with the talented team at Relic," said Jack Sorensen, executive vice president of worldwide studios, THQ. "With its epic, visually stunning combat scenarios, Dawn of War delivers a whole new level of action to the RTS genre."

In Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, players are provided the opportunity to command four highly unique races, including Humanity's finest - the Space Marines, the villainous traitors of man - the Chaos Space Marines, the savage beasts - the Orks, or the psychic and technologically advanced alien warriors - the Eldar. With each race it is vital to master their distinct abilities, weapons, and tech tree to eradicate the enemy and rule the known universe.

Since its unveiling, press have been raving about Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War:

-- "You will want this game!" Score: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars --Gamespy.com

-- "The most vicious battlefield simulation ever made." -- PC Gamer

-- "Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is looking to help make this year even better than it already was for RTS fans." -- IGN.com

-- "Few Modern RTS games can hold a candle to Dawn of War." Score:91% -- PC Gamer UK

For more information on Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, please visit www.dawnofwargame.com.

About Games Workshop

Games Workshop is the world's largest tabletop wargames company. Based in Nottingham, UK, it designs, manufactures and distributes its range of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 games, miniature soldiers, novels, comics and resin models through more than 300 of its own Hobby centers, mail order, Internet and independent retail channels in more than 50 countries worldwide. Further details on the company can be obtained at www.games-workshop.com.

About Relic Entertainment

Founded in 1997 and acquired by THQ in 2004, Relic(R) Entertainment Inc. is a leader in the development of innovative real-time strategy games for the PC. Relic's first title, "Homeworld" (1999), was received to widespread acclaim, garnering several "Game of the Year" and "Strategy Game of the Year" awards from major industry publications including PC Gamer and Computer Gaming World. Since then, Relic has released "Homeworld: Cataclysm" (2000, co-developed with Barking Dog Studios), "Impossible Creatures" (2003), and "Homeworld 2" (2003). Today, Relic is building on this legacy by developing multiple ground-breaking projects in the RTS genre. Relic, Relic Entertainment and the Relic logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Relic Entertainment Inc.

About THQ

THQ(R) Inc. is a leading, worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Nintendo and Microsoft. The THQ web site is located at www.thq.com. THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
15800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Fantasy Earth:Ring of Dominion Announced(with screens) on: September 20, 2004, 02:13:26 PM
Well, not officially announced, but you can see it live and in color at the official site:  http://www.playonline.com/fe/

Currently only slated for the PC, but you never know!  I've hosted the pics locally for ease of browsing:












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