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16001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wired article says Xbox 2 will be backwards compatible on: September 13, 2004, 05:09:14 PM
The unofficial comment is " way, no day"

Another comment from a seperate source was similar to that.
16002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wired article says Xbox 2 will be backwards compatible on: September 13, 2004, 04:17:42 PM
I'll see what my unofficial contacts have to say....
16003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Announced! on: September 13, 2004, 01:44:42 PM
Holy crap!  Guess we know what Bethesda has been up to for the last few years...
16004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Looking Xbox Game. Ever. on: September 10, 2004, 04:30:25 PM
Pssh....we've got the most clickety:
16005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Rapture.... on: September 10, 2004, 04:24:41 PM
So I'm sitting here writing reports and listening to's streaming 80's.  Blondie's song Rapture comes on....

That song is by far one of the most retarded songs I've ever heard.  Why did it take me until now to realize how stupid it is?  Let me explain...

"Toe to toe dancing very close
Body breathing almost comatose
Wall to wall people hypnotized
And they're stepping lightly
Hang each night in rapture
Back to back sacroiliac
Spineless movement and a wild attack
Face to face sightless solitude
And it's finger popping
Twenty four hour shopping in rapture
Fab Five Freddy told me everybody's fly
DJ spinning I said "My My"
Flash is fast flash is cool
Francois c'est pas flashe non due
And you don't stop sure shot
Go out to the parking lot
And you get in your car and drive real far
And you drive all night and then you see a light
And it comes right down and it lands on the ground
And out comes the man from Mars
And you try to run but he's got a gun
And he shoots you dead and he eats your head
And then you're in the man from Mars
You go out at night eating cars
You eat Cadillacs Lincolns too
Mercurys and Subaru
And you don't stop
You keep on eating cars
Then when there's no more cars you go out at night
And eat up bars where the people meet
Face to face
Dance cheek to cheek
One to one
Man to man
Dance toe to toe
Don't move too slow 'cause the man from Mars is through with
He's eating bars
Yeah wall to wall
Door to door
Hall to hall
He's gonna eat 'em all
Be pure
Take a tour through the sewer
Don't strain your brain
Paint a train
You'll be singing in the rain
Said don't stop to the punk rock
back to back, body muscular spinless movement, bite the jugular
one to one
And a ardour, no sign of saviour in Rapture
Well now you see what you wanna be
Just have your party on TV
'Cause the man from Mars won't eat up bars where the TV's on
And now he's gone back up to space where he won't have a hassle
with the
human race
And you hip hop
And you don't stop
Just blast off sure shot
Because the man from Mars stopped eating cars
And eating bars
And now he only eats guitars
Get up!"

Ok....if you can read about the man from Mars eating anything that would rhyme with bars and not wonder just why this song is/was popular...I can't be all alone on this one.
16006  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Everyone needs one of these...right? on: September 10, 2004, 03:49:20 PM

Yessir....get rid of unwanted nose-danglies!
16007  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / DVD-R Deal on: September 10, 2004, 03:39:28 PM

54 bucks including shipping and it comes with a 10.00 MIR!  I've used a ton of these and never had a single likey.
16008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: September 10, 2004, 03:26:02 PM
Is that Signs?
16009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Announced! on: September 10, 2004, 02:34:38 PM
Hit the front page....ooooh....*drool*
16010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday Caption Fun! on: September 10, 2004, 02:16:38 PM
Now locally hosted for more phun and excitement!
16011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday Caption Fun! on: September 10, 2004, 02:09:54 PM

Its almost too easy sometimes....
16012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion Announced on: September 10, 2004, 12:41:32 PM
Extensive Expansion Pack Introduces New Vampire Race for Online Role-Playing Game

SAN FRANCISCO – September 9, 2004 – Ubisoft, one of the world’s top game publishers, announced today the Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion™ expansion pack will be available at a manufacturer’s retail price of $19.99 on November 30.  The expansion for the critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online (MMO) game Shadowbane® will feature an entirely new realm and rulership system that allows players to seize and vie for control of sections of the game world.

"Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion brings guild warfare and city sieging to an exciting new level with a strategic end-game that is unprecedented in the genre of MMO games.  ‘Build an Empire’ was one of the early rallying cries of Shadowbane and with this expansion, our players can do exactly that," said Frank Lucero, Shadowbane’s producer.  “Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion brings with it the new Vampire Race, new classes and disciplines, each with special powers and abilities designed to enrich PvP combat.  Additionally, graphical improvements and extensive refinements to the existing siege system will enrich play and improve performance.”

In addition to the new strategic systems, Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion will feature extensive new player options centered around an invasion from the Lands of the Dead.  Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion marks the first time in an MMORPG that players can play Vampire characters.  The Vampires’ clothing and armor will spotlight their supernatural power and allure and demonstrate the appeal of these creatures while exploring a new visual direction for Shadowbane.  Their unique powers, strengths, and weakness will add new layers and tactics to the Shadowbane PvP landscape.

New classes, including the Nightstalker, Necromancer, and disciplines including Vampire bloodlines and four new siege disciplines will also debut in Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion.  Existing classes and disciplines will be undated to account for the arrival of the undead legions, and new weapons will add new dimensions to the existing power dynamic, forcing players to make new strategic decisions.

Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion will also feature graphical enhancements, shown off to their fullest in new adventuring areas with all-new high-level content.

Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion is pending rating by the ESRB and more information can be found on the official Shadowbane community Website, The Chronicle of Strife:
16013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 180 Minute Shakedown - Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox] on: September 09, 2004, 11:13:52 PM'd swear this game was the second coming.  On that note...I'd bet you might see a review on it...oh...maybe tomorrow.
16014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday - 09/07/04 on: September 09, 2004, 08:28:26 PM
I picked up Clerks X and Rounders SE.  I don't know why but I really dig Rounders....crazy.
16015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 180 Minute Shakedown - Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox] on: September 09, 2004, 08:05:49 PM
60% !?  Dude....thats quick!!  I spent weeks on the previous titles...
16016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Age of Mythology Gold Edition on: September 09, 2004, 04:28:42 PM
Two Award-Winning Classics Together -- Age of Mythology Gold Edition Now Available

Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios today announced that the Age of Mythology® Gold Edition has been spotted on store shelves in North America for an estimated retail price of $29.99 (U.S.). This compilation contains two award-winning games, Age of Mythology and Age of Mythology: The Titans expansion pack. Developed by
Ensemble Studios, the creators of Age of Empires® and Age of Empires® II: The Age of Kings, Age of Mythology Gold Edition includes two revolutionary games that transports players to a time when heroes did battle with legendary monsters, and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men. The Gold Edition will ship to international markets in October.

In Age of Mythology, and The Titans, gamers play as one of 12 unique civilizations from ancient Greek, Norse, Egyptian and Atlantean mythologies. Players can reinforce their armies with mythological creatures like Cyclopes and Medusas or call upon the mighty powers of gods such as Zeus to rain down lightning bolts on unsuspecting enemies. Age of Mythology and The Titans also incorporate Ensemble Studios' trademark features from previous Age of Empires games, including a compelling economic model, a massive army and battle system, unequaled artificial intelligence, random maps, intuitive gameplay and extreme attention to detail. The games may also be played with others online using the in-game matchmaking service, ES Online (
Age of Mythology is a branch of the popular Age of Empires franchise that has sold more than 15 million licensed units worldwide. More information about Age of Mythology Gold Edition is available at, or on the Ensemble Studios site at
Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox® video game system and Windows® and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows (, including such franchises as Age of Empires®, Flight Simulator and Zoo Tycoon™; Xbox (, including such franchises as Halo®, Project Gotham Racing and MechAssault; and (, the official games channel for the MSN® network and home to such hits as Bejeweled and OutSmart™.
16017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Full Spectrum Warrior PC Goes Gold on: September 09, 2004, 03:53:25 PM
This game is great! It has its fair share of issues like any other game, but I enjoyed it from beginning to end.


       September 09, 2004 05:32 AM US Pacific Timezone

Take Cover! Full Spectrum Warrior PC Goes Gold; Unique Combination of Tactical and Action GamePlay Ships Sept. 20

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.-Sept. 9, 2004--THQ(R) Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI) today announced that Full Spectrum Warrior(TM) PC has reached the gold master stage of development and is entering manufacturing. 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, Full Spectrum Warrior is scheduled to begin shipping to retailers worldwide on September 20, 2004(a).

"Full Spectrum Warrior is an original, tactical-action military game that simulates the experience of squad command in the highly charged atmosphere of urban warfare," said Josh Resnick, president, Pandemic Studios. "With the critical and sales success of the Xbox version launched earlier this summer, we are pleased to present the intense, tactical-action experience to PC player's worldwide."

Developed on a parallel path with the Xbox version, the PC version of Full Spectrum Warrior includes a number of game enhancements and features specific to the PC version -- including 2 Bonus Levels, enhanced texture and graphic resolution and an intuitive keyboard/mouse control scheme that has been optimized for PC gamers.

For more information on Full Spectrum Warrior PC, please visit

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

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 THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

(a) The Full Spectrum Warrior game is not sponsored or endorsed by the United States Army.
16018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 180 Minute Shakedown - Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox] on: September 09, 2004, 03:12:49 PM
What issues are you seeing Simon?  I've not heard yet...
16019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR-PC] Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War -> Gone Gold on: September 07, 2004, 03:08:03 PM
Meh...I like playing Single Player but few people have as whacked a schedule as I do so I usually end up destroying the single player AI.
16020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR-PC] Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War -> Gone Gold on: September 07, 2004, 02:46:57 PM
Whoa there...hold the phone...are we talking old-school C&C?  Cuz you have my attention all of a sudden....
16021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR-PC] Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War -> Gone Gold on: September 07, 2004, 01:53:40 PM
I imagine this'll make some folks happy! smile


Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Goes Gold; Experience the Brutal Carnage of War in the 41st Millennium Beginning Sept. 20

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.-Sept. 7, 2004--THQ Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI) today announced that Warhammer(R) 40,000: Dawn of War(TM) has reached the gold master stage of development and is entering manufacturing. 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 Relic(R) Entertainment Inc., Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is scheduled to begin shipping to retailers worldwide on September 20, 2004.

"Dawn of War delivers the most visceral front-line combat ever depicted in an RTS game," said Ron Moravek, general manager of Relic Entertainment. "We are confident that the visually stunning, epic battles create a distinctive and totally accessible RTS experience."

For more information on Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, please visit

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

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 THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the business of THQ Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as "THQ") and are based upon management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements, including, but not limited to economic, competitive and technological factors affecting the operations, markets, products, services and pricing of THQ. Unless otherwise required by law, THQ disclaims any obligation to update its view on any such risks or uncertainties or to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements. Readers should carefully review the risk factors and the information that could materially affect THQ's financial results, described in other documents that THQ files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2004, and particularly the discussion of risk factors that may affect results of operations set forth therein. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.
16022  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Only in saved from Crossbow attack on: September 06, 2004, 04:19:14 PM,4057,10684620%5E1702,00.html

A MOBILE phone carried in a shirt pocket saved a man's life when it stopped a crossbow arrow fired by a drug dealer, a court heard today.

Michael Brown escaped with nothing more than an injured finger in the attack outside Ipswich, west of Brisbane, on December 16, 2002, the Supreme Court was told.
Whaaaa??? Next we'll hear that he was hunted down by a boomerang wielding psycho....crazyland.
16023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 03, 2004, 04:38:57 PM
"Yea, that's a harp....and that's a dress."
16024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wanna play Dragon Empires? on: September 03, 2004, 03:15:51 PM
Well that's too damned bad.  It has been cancelled due to 'technical difficulties'.   Technical Issues usually boils down to "We'd like to finish the game but technically we'd have to pay you, and that will create difficulties as we technically have no money".  D'oh!

Codemasters has taken the decision to cancel further development of Dragon Empires, the company’s massively multiplayer online role playing project.

Dragon Empires received incredible support from its online community and won acclaim from PC and online media while in development. However, technical issues have resulted in the project’s discontinuation.

Many of the game’s development team, including programmers and artists, are being transferred to Codemasters’ internal development studios to work on current and future titles.

The decision to close Dragon Empires’ development does not impact on Codemasters’ long-term ambitions in the massively multiplayer online gaming market and the company remains very active in evaluating future opportunities.

The Dragon Empires website and its popular community forums will remain live at for the immediate future.
16025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Second phase of Half-Life 2 pre-load? on: September 03, 2004, 02:00:28 PM
...which is why I don't let Steam run in the background.  You'll download when I tell you you can download!
16026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sniper Elite on: September 03, 2004, 01:59:46 PM
If it was the most realistic Sniper simulation to date, they'd know its called BDC or Bullet Drop Compensation, not Bullet Trajectory Degradation.

Sorry...gotta poke fun.  smile

I'll have to check it out.  I always play the sniper in any game I can so this'll be right up my alley.
16027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Farscape - it's coming! on: September 03, 2004, 01:58:12 PM
Man I should get the boxed sets of these or something....I didn't get into it at first, then I started watching it, then found out it was being cancelled and stopped watching it.  Its a rollercoaster...for my brain.
16028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My morning....ehhh....not so good. on: September 03, 2004, 01:34:50 PM
I don't have a mullet!  I leave that to the professionals like Solid Snake, the Mullet Commando.
16029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Second phase of Half-Life 2 pre-load? on: September 03, 2004, 01:31:44 PM
er....In?   For the preload....

Here is to hoping that they will let us play the damned thing sometime soon.

"Phase 3!  We let you download 4 gigs of txt files!"
16030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My morning....ehhh....not so good. on: September 02, 2004, 09:42:33 PM
Yep, ex  military, but my wife is my Allstate Rep.  

And that is pretty fair assessment.  I'm 5'11" and about 240lbs.  Black jeans yes, but with a dress-casual shirt.  And yes, I did rag-doll his sorry ass around.
16031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Delayed to Q1 '05 on: September 02, 2004, 08:05:13 PM
NO!  The Deep Ones are angry....


Bethesda Softworks today announced that its highly anticipated survival
horror game, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, will be released in
Q1 2005. Call of Cthulhu is a mix of horror, puzzle solving, exploration,
and combat as you face the seemingly impossible task of battling an advanced
race of evil aliens.

For more information on Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, visit
the official web site at
16032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My morning....ehhh....not so good. on: September 02, 2004, 07:52:00 PM
...and NOW?  That's right...he just called my insurance company, reversed himself and is filing a claim on my insurance.  SO now I get to file assault charges, have him arrested, go to court, beat the ticket and he gets to look like an ass.  It would have been less work to just kill him....sigh.
16033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holographic Disc to Store One Terabyte of Data on: September 02, 2004, 07:50:22 PM
WHHHAAAA???? Holy smokes....we went from 9GB to a Terabyte?!  I'll be interested in seeing a working prototype before I get too excited.  It does sound cool though.
16034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SW Battlefront = Gold on: September 02, 2004, 07:40:50 PM
LucasArts has announced this afternoon that Star Wars Battlefront has gone gold for PC, Xbox, and PS2, and will hit store shelves on the 21st of this month.  Hmmmm....that is EXACTLY the same day that the original trilogy is hitting shelves.  Coincidence?  I think not.

Star Wars Battlefront is an intense open-ended single player and multiplayer action game set in the Star Wars universe that puts fans and gamers in the heat of the action as they re-live all of the epic battles from the classic and prequel eras. In the game, console and PC players can choose intense free-form multiplayer combat or a variety of robust single player modes including "Historical Campaigns" and "Galactic Conquest."
16035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BloodRayne movie is doomed on: September 02, 2004, 05:41:48 PM

Um....I was thinking "cool" until I saw that Uwe Boll is at the helm.  I don't think they could have picked a worse director if they tried.  Sigh...what a waste.
16036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 02, 2004, 05:18:16 PM
Well the basic logic never seems to apply.  Release throughout the year...I'll buy far more often if it is spread out.
16037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 02, 2004, 05:02:20 PM
I think there is still room to compete, even on that list.  For instance, I have ZERO interest in GT4 when you put it next to Forza Racing.  That said, I'll be there picking up GTA, Halo 2, HL2, and MGS3.  (and I've already pre-loaded HL2 for next September...or this September...or whatever that crowbar ad said its coming)

Its funny, when I think of my holiday list, this group didn't immediately come to mind.  Strange, that.  

My list would go a lil something like this:
Xmen Legends
Cthulu (yay!)
Suikoden IV (I've already set 110 hours aside for this title)
Mech Assaul 2

See?  I think its just naysayers screaming at the big titles.  News flash guys, those titles are not at the tops of everyone's list!

(oh yea...and j00 need d3 ecksbocks Tom)
16038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ico 2? on: September 02, 2004, 04:45:36 PM
I posted it on the front page but check it out:

According to a new website from Sony, a pair of previously-unannounced titles are going to debut in a shade over 7 days. I smacked the caption with Bablefish and it translated to "SCEJ has two wonderful titles to announce!". Of course, 'unvealed' doesn't mean 'coming to the US' but we can keep our fingers crossed!

(UPDATE: Some wiley fans at 1Up have decompiled the animations on the page and found two titles; "Nico" and "Genji". Nico is the rumored sequel to the smash-hit Ico, while Genji is still unknown.)

I can't imagine why it has taken Sony this long to capitolize on such a fantastic title!  I hope the rumors are true....
16039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 02, 2004, 04:35:03 PM
I think you forgot Fable in that list. slywink
16040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Acclaim is sunk...but what's going with it? on: September 02, 2004, 02:22:40 PM
I'm thinking the independent development houses will hit the big red Pause button and have to look for a new publisher.  I don't think they are part of the shipwreck though.

My heart goes out to the 600 people who lost their jobs though...that really bites.
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