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16121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 is getting close.... on: July 22, 2004, 06:10:27 PM
Still no word on the Xbox version, but according to Shacknews:
Right now we are looking at our bug numbers.  Each day you fix some bugs and you find some new bugs.  The net number tells you how quickly you will get to zero. At our current rate of find/fix bugs, we'll be down to zero bugs in 16 days.
They also state that the CS: Source beta will kick off on August 10th.  My currenty prediction is September...guess when they said it last year we should have asked for a year seriously. smile
16122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout 3: Takedown on: July 22, 2004, 02:01:43 PM
Oh no need to sell me on it, I was hooked to the 1st and 2nd one until I completed the game 100%.  I really dug the two previous titles, lets hope the big change of publisher doesn't hurt it. smile
16123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Gold Shirts / Hats? (Not CafePress) on: July 21, 2004, 10:46:18 PM
I'll check into it. smile
16124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I finished Beyond Good & Evil! [Spoilers] on: July 21, 2004, 10:06:56 PM
I totally and completely agree with you Nth Power.  This game had awesome graphics, a fantastic story arc, characters you could care about, and that feeling that you want to keep going.

The final boss was my big letdown in this game.  For a game so focused on stealth, the final boss was squarely focused on action.  When a game prepares you for that with little bits of training or some sort of ramp-up to get you ready for that its cool.  When its the only time you encounter it in the game, its bad.  

I have to admit that I picked this out of the bargain bin.  The marketing for this game was absolutely terrible.  I had NO CLUE that this game was a action/adventure/stealth type game.  The cover art gave me a "Barbie's Adventure" vibe....
16125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: NCAA Football 2005 on: July 21, 2004, 06:59:27 PM
Just FYI, I really don't play sports games much, but I'm really glad to see that you guys are enjoying the forums and using them.  biggrin
16126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Gold Shirts / Hats? (Not CafePress) on: July 21, 2004, 04:34:54 PM
I'm in for a shirt at the very least. (Duh)
16127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Gold Shirts / Hats? (Not CafePress) on: July 21, 2004, 02:49:52 PM

This is one possible source.  Their stuff is high quality.
16128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Gold Shirts / Hats? (Not CafePress) on: July 21, 2004, 02:43:52 PM
SO....if you could get a Console Gold shirt for around 17 bucks, hooded sweatshirts for about 39 bucks, and hats for about 21 bucks all with a high - rez Console Gold logo (no cafe-press crap here) would you be interested?  I want to gauge interest before I commit time and resources. smile
16129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best beatbox ever on: July 21, 2004, 02:07:22 PM
Whoa!  That dude reminds me of the guy in the Police Academy movies for some reason....

As for downloading it, good luck.  Tim's usually pretty good on digging those things out, Tim?
16130  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Trade 2 and get any preowned game for 9.99 - Gamerush stores on: July 20, 2004, 03:22:40 AM
Great find!  I'll have to seek one of these out near some low-rent titles that need to be traded in. smile
16131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The best games you aren't playing: Simpsons Hit & Run on: July 20, 2004, 03:21:38 AM
No, the primary missions and boss stuff it won't skip.  Gotta do em or gameshark em
16132  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Trader Feedback List (old) on: July 20, 2004, 02:31:57 AM
If Simon and Loren are OK with it, I'll be more than happy to extend those same +'s here.  The issue then becomes maintaining them across two boards but I leave that to you and them.
16133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The best games you aren't playing: Simpsons Hit & Run on: July 20, 2004, 02:20:52 AM
Yes, the missions can be difficult, but if you try it so many times it'll ask if you'd like to skip it.  smile  Frustration abated, off you go to the next Simpson adventure
16134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hardware Reviews Discussion - CG Development on: July 19, 2004, 09:15:00 PM
Battery Life was more addressed in "Power Management".  The idea being to bring to light that some controllers say 100 hours and some are 50.
16135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hardware Reviews Discussion - CG Development on: July 19, 2004, 06:04:29 PM
What elements would you like to see in a hardware review?  We want to relaunch that section but we'd like the reviews to be tighter focused to what YOU want to see in a hardware review.  What is important?  Here are a few to get you started...

Durability? (Subjective over a short timeline, but important I think)
Ergonomics? (works for controllers, would be a more 'placement of controls' for things like speakers)
Game Test? (You'd think we'd test it with a game, but some stuff doesn't apply like the Pelican switchbox)
Power Management? (Again, doesn't always apply)

We might also add 'editors slant' or somesuch that'll allow a 5% +/- to the review based on how we feel about it.  Some stuff just doesn't get the score that it should or gets a higher score and shouldn't, this might help.  

What are your ideas? smile
16136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New BC Info! on: July 15, 2004, 10:26:32 PM
Fable and The Movies have my money.  BC I'm still unconvinced...
16137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD's here and overseas on: July 15, 2004, 07:44:30 PM
Uhhh yea.....

So, with the Alien head?  And for kicks and giggles, here is the outage talking points:

"We are experiencing a disruption in our service at this time, but we're working to restore the service as quickly as possible. "
16138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD's here and overseas on: July 15, 2004, 06:40:47 PM
- Although our customer stated that he had already powercycled his modem, given the range of steps we took, we might have taken the opportunity to physically powercycle the modem when we powercycled the computer to see if it would affect the connectivity.
Hold UP!  I gotta see got a link?
16139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sudeki is Gold on: July 15, 2004, 04:38:20 PM
Working on putting on the news page and updating the game record, but Sudeki is GOLD.


July 15, 2003

Get Ready to Summon Your Spirit Strike -- Sudeki Goes Gold
Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Sudeki, the exclusive Xbox® roleplaying game (RPG), has gone gold and is scheduled to ship to stores on July 20 in North America for an estimated retail price of $49.95 (U.S.). Sudeki will be available in Europe in August. Developed in the U.K. by Climax Group, Sudeki immerses players in a world of real-time, fast-action combat, where they'll need to use their wits, magic and powerful Spirit Strikes to defeat other-worldly forces.

Four heroes -- a sultry wizardress, a soaring gunslinger, a powerful swordsman and a dark huntress -- are about to be hurtled over the edge in a flight into a world of darkness and evil. Sudeki pushes the limits of what an RPG can be by providing bigger worlds, more powerful heroes and sexier heroines; all set in the context of fantastical real-time action. In a world ripped apart by deceit, Sudeki players become heroes on a twisting path of betrayal, real-time combat and unbelievable magic.

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™.
16140  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Gonegold and Consolegold on: July 15, 2004, 04:35:06 PM
Well, we did in fact discuss at great length possibly having the forums lead to eachother in the manner that Loren stated.  Unfortunately it never felt like it was 'supported' by the mods at GG and my attempts to talk to Rich about it never worked out.  

Beyond that, some of the features we have planned for the forum wouldn't have worked out as we have absolutely 0 control over GG's forums.  Frankly, the 'conversion' process has taken more than 9 months and was causing us to crash every time the forum software burped.  I can't expect my readers to put up with that level of instability.

We also wanted to change some of the rules that were in place at Gone Gold.  I have seen 0 negative backlash to having pricing in our trade forums.  Granted, they aren't as active as I'd like but we just have a different look on things here than over at GG.  We also wanted to expand our boards into several boards that would allow us to branch out a bit.  We have grown pretty dramatically in just a few months, and continue to grow.  

To answer your question, the best way to get things fired up in here is to start engaging conversations and tell your friends.  I try to toss out whatever is on my mind on these boards to get things going.  Any suggestions are more than welcome though.  

One last thing, Tom tried out a 60 minute mini-review thing for Tales of Symponia.  I think that worked out well, so I'm thinking we might be doing more of that in the future, but again, any suggestions are welcome. smile
16141  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / [xbox] Full Spectrum Warrior - $37 on: July 15, 2004, 04:10:07 PM
If you could buy it through our gogamer link on the front page that'd be awesome.  Helps keep the lights on and all that.  Good spot though!
16142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD's here and overseas on: July 15, 2004, 03:02:32 PM
Why is it that some movies and shows never get a US retail release, or if they do its so vapor thin that you can never find it?

For example:
Airwolf series - wide release in Europe, Ebay only here
Best of the Best - DVD is only released in Europe

Is the market more flexible there or is it just too saturated here?
16143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite Genre on: July 15, 2004, 02:47:48 PM
I went with RPG as well, but after playing FF X-2 and Drakengard I can say that isn't true for me
16144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite Genre on: July 15, 2004, 02:36:48 PM
Well...what is it?
16145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOOOOOM 3 Gold! on: July 14, 2004, 11:58:36 PM
Nope, that is world wide kids...huzzah!
16146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOOOOOM 3 Gold! on: July 14, 2004, 09:28:19 PM
Its true, the Xbox cannot be far behind!


Mesquite, TX - July 14, 2004 - See you in Hell! id Software and Activision, Inc. confirmed today that id Software's highly anticipated DOOM 3 for the PC has entered manufacturing and will begin shipping to retail stores worldwide the week of August 2. A sci-fi horror masterpiece, DOOM 3's dramatic storyline, pulse-pounding action, incredible graphics, and ground-breaking technology combine to draw you into the most frightening and gripping first-person gaming experience ever created.

"DOOM 3 is done! And you're going to have it in your hands in a matter of days," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. "DOOM 3 is a videogame experience unlike any before it. From the cinema quality visuals and the incredible 5.1 sound, to the terrifying atmosphere and hyper-realistic environments, the whole game screams 'interactive horror film!' Add in the most ferocious line up of demons Hell has ever brought to bear, and you have an experience so intense that you'll need to keep your heart medicine handy."

Built on id's revolutionary new 3D technology, DOOM 3 is a terrifying battle with the forces of Hell. In DOOM 3, your recent assignment to the Union Aerospace Corporation's Mars research facility seemed simple enough, until their discoveries and experiments unlocked the gates to Hell itself. Now, in an epic clash against pure evil you must fight to understand who is with you, who is against you, and what must be done to stop this nightmare from reaching earth. For more information, fans can visit WWW.DOOM3.COM. DOOM 3 has been rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB.

About id Software
id - Freud's primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on Earth - has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas since 1991. As a renowned leader in the industry, id Software forged such frenetic titles as Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, DOOM II, QUAKE and QUAKE II. With intense graphics and mind-blowing action, id's games have helped redefine the modern video game, continually setting industry standards for technology and gameplay. And, in keeping with tradition, id Software has amplified the world of adrenaline pumping 3-D gaming with the release of their latest action title, Return to Castle Wolfenstein. id Software's advanced DOOM 3 technology is leading the next revolution in 3-D interactive games. Check out more about id Software at

About Activision
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

(c) 2004 Id Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Distributed by Activision Publishing, Inc. under license. DOOM and ID are registered trademarks of Id Software, Inc. in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and/or some other countries.

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16147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Manhole on: July 14, 2004, 07:31:25 PM
You might be able to use Manhole as a keyword to search for...go ahead.....feel free.
16148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Gold's Future - The Poll on: July 14, 2004, 06:03:09 PM
Now THAT is a great idea! With the current setup I don't know how easy it would be to do that (although the stories are marked with the little icons) but that would be a very cool thing to implement. I do that on GameTab since I don't own a Cube.
Already something in the long range plan. smile

Also, rather than having a daily wrap-up as a news article...
The Wrap is becoming automated and will probably be moved to the features page.  Still figuring out where it works best.

I don't know why you can't search old news archives.

They aren't quite DB driven yet, that's coming.

It is a ton of work and because we are all (to borrow a phrase from some friends) Gamers-With-Jobs, we have to do what we can when we can.  Just know that none of us are the 'stand still' type and we will always keep moving to the future.
16149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Manhole on: July 14, 2004, 02:12:18 PM
That is quite possibly the worst name with double entendre meaning.  Think of any other seemingly innocent words that sound particularly wrong?
16150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / new game on: July 13, 2004, 10:33:14 PM
I'll agree with Loren.  There is a lot to be said for setting everyone in the room on fire then sailing away on your own personal stackable crate!
16151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worlds of Warcraft - An Introspective on: July 13, 2004, 06:25:16 PM
Well, I've done well with just occasionally using my herbology skill.  I can usually find what I need to get by with my enchanting skill.  I like how the skills are complimentary but not mutually required.  You don't HAVE to skin creatures to work on leather, you can buy it cheap enough, but that cuts into your profit margin.  I'm finally at a skill level where I can craft and make money with it.  Good times.
16152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Confirmed for E3 2005 on: July 13, 2004, 06:09:05 PM
Well, not sure if there will be any actual games at E3 as the developers need to get their hands on the dev kits to get that done, but we might get a few 1st party surprises.
16153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rent it? Buy it? Wait? on: July 12, 2004, 06:01:06 PM
Nah, that isn't stupid.  That's why I don't do the rent thing as well.
16154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rent it? Buy it? Wait? on: July 12, 2004, 05:51:18 PM
So you are on the fence for whatever reason (length, middle-of-the-road review scores, whatever) on a new game.  Today's poll asks whether you would rent it, buy it, or wait for the eventual price drop.
16155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / King Arthur? on: July 12, 2004, 12:54:07 PM
Anyone brave this movie?  I have to be honest...Keira Knightly was really the only reason I saw to go see it.  Is that sad or what?
16156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worlds of Warcraft - An Introspective on: July 12, 2004, 12:20:30 PM
So, Tim and I got into the Worlds of Warcraft Beta over the weekend.  First off I wanted to see if anyone from CG has made it in so we can adventure together, but second I wanted to really commend Blizzard for making the first MMO that never felt like a treadmill.  I'm level 14, almost 15 and I'm still enjoying it as much as when I started.  With the quest system, the pets, the tradeskills, and the sheer scale of the game I just don't find this to be 'more of the same' as I did with other games in recent memory. (Lineage II comes directly to mind)  

I'm casting my support to Blizzard,'ve got the formula, and my 12.95 when the game goes retail!
16157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spam Spam Spam! on: July 12, 2004, 12:16:31 PM
I've heard that there is a consortium being formed that thinks that they can crush out spammers in the next two years.   They were talking about it on the radio but didn't cite their source.   Anyone heard of this or is it a bunch of hot air?

It sounds like a lofty goal to me, these spammers are crafty little bastards.
16158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / USA Network - The 4400 - Anyone see it? on: July 12, 2004, 12:11:31 PM
I saw the commercials but I couldn't get a good grip on what this show is actually it just that complicated?  I don't want to have to take notes when I watch TV. slywink
16159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Confirmed for E3 2005 on: July 12, 2004, 12:09:23 PM
Looks like E3 2005 will be the big year to show off the PS3 according to my sources.  I imagine that we are going to see the unleashing of a ton of info on the next Xbox and Nintendo's "Revolution" system in the next few days as a result.
16160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What would you do if there were no video games? on: July 10, 2004, 03:32:39 AM
Belgedin knows what I'd do if there were no video games, I'd go back to teaching Martial Arts. smile
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