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16041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Collateral - Movie Discussion (Spoilers) on: August 08, 2004, 03:44:53 PM
So I went and saw Collateral yesterday and I have to admit that I enjoyed it quite a bit.   I'm not a big Jaime Foxx fan and that dude from "In The Cut" made me think he was going to pull a Halle Barry and ruin my movie in record time, but all in all it was solid performances all around.  Even Tom Cruise didn't turn in his usual Captain Charisma character portrayal.  (Although I really wasn't sold on his 'aged' look)  

(Spoilers below)
The move kept a solid pace and some parts of it completely shocked me (Jazz man...I didn't see it comin)  and other parts were absolutely predictable (JP Smith as last on the list).  The only thing that I thought could have used a little more love was the very end...it just seemed very abrupt, although him sitting on the MTI and riding it was fitting.
(End Spoilers)

Anyone else see the movie?  What did you think?
16042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: August 07, 2004, 02:57:16 PM
Nope.  Halloween.  I confirmed this with the publisher and developer. slywink
16043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: August 07, 2004, 05:45:11 AM
That is correct.  SO, if Vampire ships on Halloween, you can do some quick logic and figure out that we will have HL2 soon.
16044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Rick James dies on: August 06, 2004, 08:01:10 PM
Damn dude....56 years old?  Shows that coke is a rough rough drug...
16045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - Playable in London on: August 06, 2004, 06:30:45 PM
Scope it out.  Damned Europe...with their crazy Euro Dollar and Euro Disney...I"M NOT BITTER! *sniffle*


HALO 2 TO INVADE LONDON IN SEPTEMBER
Xbox Chooses Game Stars Live To Present Playable Code

Friday 6 August 2004/... Visitors to Game Stars Live will be among the first players in the world to get their hands on the hugely-anticipated Xbox® blockbuster Halo 2, as Xbox has confirmed that the follow-up to Bungie's record-breaking, award-winning first-person action adventure will receive its UK public playable debut at September's Game Stars Live, the biggest computer and video gaming exhibition the country has ever seen.

Halo 2 has been kept under wraps since its announcement – only a few select members of the press have been privileged to play any code to date. The Xbox presence at the Docklands event will feature a dedicated Halo 2 area, with visitors able to sample some of the explosive action for themselves, way ahead of Halo 2's UK release on 11th November 2004.

For the first time in the series, Halo 2 will offer full online compatibility through the revolutionary Xbox® LiveTM service. Game Stars Live visitors can therefore gain a competitive advantage, ensuring they're ready for battle once the game is available.

Game Stars Live runs from September 1st to September 5th at London's impressive ExCeL exhibition facility. Filling an area the size of three football pitches, Game Stars Live will offer visitors the chance to play all the top Christmas releases from the major games publishers, in a star-studded show that offers something for everyone – no matter what their age or gaming experience. Celebrity appearances, gaming challenges and a whole host of special, themed zones will excite and enthral visitors.

Attendees confirmed to date include Acclaim, Activision, Atari, Eidos, EA Games, Gizmondo, Konami, Microsoft, Nintendo, Nokia and Ubisoft – with many more to be announced shortly. Tickets for the show are on-sale now through www.gamestarslive.co.uk, priced £10 in advance or £12 on the door.

"Halo 2 is one of the most anticipated games on any console, and it's coming only to Xbox this Christmas," reveals Stephen McGill, Head of Xbox Marketing. "We're sure its attendance will prove to be one of Game Stars Live's busiest draws, and we look forward to proving that the relentless hype and enthusiasm from both press and public since its initial announcement is well-founded."

"This is incredible news for the UK's gamers," says Kirsty Adams, event director, London Event Company, organisers of the event. "We're delighted Xbox has chosen Game Stars Live to unveil one of the year's biggest releases, and we can't wait to see the reaction of attendees when they finally get their hands on Halo 2 two months before its release."

Further information on Game Stars Live can be found at www.gamestarslive.co.uk. Tickets can be bought through the Website or by calling the ticket hotline on 0870 272 0012).

Press passes to the show can be applied for at www.europeangamesnetwork.co.uk, the Website of the event's sister show European Games Network (trade only).


Ends.

About Xbox
Xbox (http://www.xbox.com) is the video game system from Microsoft that brings people together for the most exhilarating game and entertainment experiences. Xbox delivers an expansive collection of breakthrough games, powerful hardware and the unified Xbox Live online service. The new tagline, "it's good to play together," captures the spirit of Xbox as the social hub of the new digital entertainment lifestyle. Xbox is now available in Europe for an estimated street price of €199.99/£129.99.

About Xbox Live
Xbox Live is the first comprehensive, online game service fully dedicated to fast-action broadband gaming experiences. Xbox Live allows gamers to play multiplayer Xbox games with other gamers everywhere via a broadband Internet connection. With a built-in hard drive and Ethernet port, the Xbox console was built from the ground up to be an online gaming system so there's no need to buy additional peripherals.

Xbox Live enables all gamers to find and play with their friends easily; talk to other players during game play through the Xbox Communicator headset; and download current statistics, new levels and characters to their Xbox hard drive.
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16046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Yu Gi Oh....the Movie? on: August 05, 2004, 07:51:33 PM
http://www.darkhorizons.com/2004/yugioh.php

Why....WHY....WHYYYYY!!!???!!??!
16047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: August 05, 2004, 07:47:52 PM
Woops, forgot the link:

http://www.fileshack.com/file.x?fid=5213
16048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: August 05, 2004, 06:08:54 PM
Anyone else see the awesome 5-part movie on this title?!  Hooooly smokes!
Halloween can't get here fast enough...
16049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So... uhm... anyone have a 2 month Live trial? :) on: August 05, 2004, 04:52:59 PM
Nah, you don't sound like a jerk.  When my MS rep gets in this morning I'll make a call...
16050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So... uhm... anyone have a 2 month Live trial? :) on: August 05, 2004, 04:23:13 PM
I'll scrounge around and see if I have one.
16051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: August 05, 2004, 03:12:47 PM
Well, then chop chop with the next quote slappy!   :wink:
16052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 Xbox or PC? on: August 05, 2004, 01:48:22 PM
Thanks goes out to Tim for pointing this out:

http://www.forumplanet.com/planetdoom/topic.asp?fid=5733&tid=1438663

Seems that this little config tweak would help those of us with copious amounts of RAM to run the game better. smile
16053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: August 05, 2004, 01:40:31 PM
That'd be Bad Santa.

My quote(s):

"Why do you want to drive a cab?"
"I can't sleep at nights."
"There's porno theaters for that."
16054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 Xbox or PC? on: August 04, 2004, 09:19:57 PM
I'd say the game is a good blend of System Shock and Half Life, I'd not miss that just because I don't have a rig that can run it.
16055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AARRGGHH!!! Why Midway?!? Why? on: August 04, 2004, 06:07:12 PM
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The new Mortal Kombat - AttaKK of the Klones (or whatever it's kalled)
Lets try.....Mortal Kombat: Deception.  Yep, that works. smile
16056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AARRGGHH!!! Why Midway?!? Why? on: August 04, 2004, 03:31:45 PM
Probably a license issue....
16057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Console Gold Interviews - Our Readership on: August 04, 2004, 02:09:28 AM
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Question: What did you do in the military before you became a civie like the rest of us? Or is that classified?

Hmmm, I had two jobs while in the military, one I can talk about (Worked in IT for RED HORSE on a Nuke base and a Fighter base) and one that I can't talk about. smile  I enjoyed both.  

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Question: Has your life changed for the better since the inception of Console Gold?


Hmm....changed for the better?  Well, I find that I've learned a lot about people, business, management, and life in general since Console Gold kicked off.  That knowledge will serve me well in my life I think.  I'm sure I don't need to tell you how much time this takes though, this could easily be a full time job.  I'd love for it to become one....
16058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 Xbox or PC? on: August 04, 2004, 02:05:40 AM
By the way, for a frame of reference:

Smooth performance (just over 30fps I'd guess with the occasional hiccup down to maybe 27) on my system:

ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
768mb PC333 Corsair RAM
AMD K7 2 Ghz
1024x768 - High settings (not highest, but one notch down)
16059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ZZZZZzzzzzZZZZzzzzz on: August 03, 2004, 04:33:54 PM
Planning to. smile
16060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serial ATA ? on: August 03, 2004, 03:59:55 PM
But you don't HAVE to have a SATA drive, correct?  I'm just too excited about replacing two 80 gig drives so early....
16061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry Mod SDK released on: August 03, 2004, 03:27:58 PM
It is amazing what some people can do with these mod kits. (mods for BF1942 for instance)
16062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serial ATA ? on: August 03, 2004, 02:17:08 PM
http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/socket939/a8v-d/overview.htm

That is the board I'm looking at, and it seems that it supports both, I just want to make sure I'm not gonna be the kid who gets the shiny new firetruck at Christmas only to find the damned thing didn't come with a ladder.
16063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry Mod SDK released on: August 03, 2004, 02:15:48 PM
None taken, it has nothing to do with console gaming.

If you hadn't noticed, this is a general gaming forum.
16064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serial ATA ? on: August 03, 2004, 04:45:56 AM
Ok, so I'm thinking with games like Doom 3, Vampire, and Half Life 2 on the horizon I need to upgrade.  There are a ton of boards out there that have Serial ATA connections, what does that do for me with my EIDE?  Is that board completely incompatable with my current hard drives or will I just not get the performance bennies of Serial ATA?
16065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry Mod SDK released on: August 02, 2004, 05:44:25 PM
Ubisoft is releasing the Crytek CryENGINE Mod SDK system.   Check it out:

_____________________________________

WHAT:  Crytek and Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, today announced the release of the CryENGINE™ MOD SDK for Far Cry™. The CryENGINE™ MOD SDK features a set of tools comprised of exporters, plug-ins, and source code which allow users to modify their Far Cry™ experience by importing new content such as models and animations into the game. The 27 MB download includes fully-documented instructions and will provide users with their first opportunity to create “Total Conversion” mods with CryENGINE™ technology. The SDK, in combination with the Sandbox Editor, will allow users to create a virtually limitless variety of scenarios and environments.

WHERE: Far Cry Mod Channel  -                    http://www.farcry.ubi.com/mods.php

Official Far Cry Community site                        http://www.farcry-thegame.com

CryENGINE Modding Portal
http://www.crymod.com                                                    

WHEN: Now Available
16066  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Console Gold Interviews - Our Readership on: August 02, 2004, 05:28:57 PM
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Q: What the hell are you talking about?

I ask that question....often.  Especially here at work.  "

Q: When is the official CG Phoenix get together?

That is a good question.  What would we like to do?   I'd be cool with trekking down to AZ Mills or something for a movie / lunch kinda thing on a weekend or something.  Might be able to get quite a few of us there... (For the record, I hate the mall though)
16067  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: August 02, 2004, 03:51:50 PM
Sounds like it might be The Truman Show
16068  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Console Gold Interviews - Our Readership on: August 02, 2004, 02:38:01 PM
Something that Evil Avatar did back in the day that I really enjoyed was the interview with the readership of the site.  The interviews allowed us to learn a little bit about our fellow readers and they were always fun.  I'll kick this week off by interviewing myself.  Next up....lets find out!  Feel free to ask questions, that is half the fun:


Knightshade
Q: Who are you?
A: I'm you, you idiot.  

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: That isn't a question....what is wrong with you?  *sigh*  
So my real name is Ron Burke, I run Console Gold.  I currently live in Phoenix, Arizona.  I'm a full time Network Engineering student at DeVry and I work full time at an ISP called CableOne.  I'm a gamer at heart and I love the industry.  I get to work with a fantastic core of people both here at the site and also at companies like Eidos, Bethesda, Namco, Codemasters, Sammy, and more.  It has been an interesting couple of years and it just keeps getting better.   I graduate at the end of next year-ish and I fully intend to take the next step and get into the gaming industry on the IT and infrastructure side.  (You hear that Blizzard?  You NEED me for Worlds of Warcraft's infrastructure!)

Q: What is wrong with me? Did you read your own response...man, you are all over the place.
A: Was that a question?

Q: So how about your personal life?  "Married with Children" or more like "The Bachelor"?
A: Ugh, reality TV.  What vapid airheads on those shows...so very shallow.  Oh, sorry, I digress.  I'm married and have been since 1996.  Her name is Laura and she works here at the site as the staff photographer.  Anyone who has seen some of my camera work can tell you why we need her on staff. *shudder*  She is attending Le Cordon Bleu Academy of Restaurant Management and will graduate about the same time I do.  The wife and I agreed very early on that we would not have kids until we graduate from college, so there are no Ron 2.0s running around or plans for that software revision any time in the immediate future.  Instead we have two Dalmatians, one Jack Russell Terrier, and two ferrets.  

Q: So why Console Gold?
A: That's not an easy or quick answer, but here we go:
I was a Gone Gold reader when it first kicked off.  I don't remember why I started reading but I think it had something to do with pancakes. Mmmm...pancakes.  Well, I talked with Rich a few times on the phone and via email back then and we talked about his plans to open a console gaming site with Rob Smolka of PCGamer fame at the time.   Well, it sat there for a good while with a coming soon page and I decided to give it a shot.  I didn't know the first thing about web design or the industry, so it was absolutely trial by fire.   It is amazing I got this thing off the ground at all.

We went through several iterations of graphic design to get to the one you have now, but the vision has pretty much stayed the same.  We want to bring our readers quality reviews, news that matters, and previews that aren't paid for by the highest bidder.  Its a lot of fun and a lot of work.  It is a ton of sleepless nights, but is also very rewarding.  I've gotten to meet a lot of great people and I wouldn't trade it for the world.  

Q: What? Oh sorry, I drifted off.  Can you use smaller words and speak less?
A: Uh....Napster Bad, Console Gold Good.

Q: Anything other questions you wanted to ask?
A: Nope, that about covers it.  

Q: I wasn't talking to you, I was talking to the readers...
A: Oh
16069  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Nearing completion on my website on: August 02, 2004, 01:42:28 PM
My suggestion?  Talk with the PR drone for the school and show them the site.  They are always looking for better ways of retaining new students, let them know that this isn't something you are going to drop over summer break, and then print business cards.  If you go the card route, let me know and I'll direct you to the place I use. smile
16070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I like Sudeki on: August 02, 2004, 12:45:28 PM
Who's to say you can't?  Review it right here man!  Show us what you got! (taunt taunt poke poke)  hhehehe
16071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport on: August 02, 2004, 12:51:52 AM
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I read somwhere that all of the tracks will have no repeating textures on them.
That is correct.  When you skid against a rail, the paint transfer stays forever.  Same with marks in the pavement, damage to the car, and more.   I am writing a preview on the title where I'll see if I can't shed some light on some other goodies. smile
16072  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Verdict on The Villiage? on: August 01, 2004, 05:40:12 AM
So what are we talking here?  Anyone seen it yet?
16073  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Aliens....in 30 seconds, and re-enacted by bunnies on: August 01, 2004, 04:52:36 AM
http://www.angryalien.com/0704/alienbunnies.html

I can't make this shit up...
16074  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: July 31, 2004, 09:42:12 PM
Ok, back at it...stuntgibbon really stumped us all with that one:

"Harold, you're my lawyer, so I think you should know... I've killed quite a few people."
16075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the hell happened to the Xbox Media Centre ? on: July 31, 2004, 02:14:08 AM
You are in Canada...you probably need an adapter. slywink
16076  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gmail invites available on: July 29, 2004, 08:06:08 PM
YGM. smile
16077  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins. This could be good on: July 29, 2004, 06:38:08 PM
Well as long as it isn't friggin Jim Carey or Arnie coated in Neon I'll be ok with it.  Ugh....terrible, just terrible.
16078  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: July 29, 2004, 05:45:06 PM
I can confirm that.  It is.  You are up!
16079  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: July 29, 2004, 04:11:57 PM
Why am I instantly reminded of Metal Gear?  Damned Otakon.....
16080  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: July 29, 2004, 04:03:38 PM
yep, Blazing Saddles it is.
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