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4361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Progressive Scan DVD Player: Worth Switching? on: January 19, 2005, 02:26:22 PM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
I'm curious to know if there is a noticable difference between DVD players that have progressive scan and ones that don't. I have one without it, and the other day a friend was over at my place and I was showing him my plasma screen TV and he mentioned that I should get a progressive scan DVD player.

Opinions anyone?


That's like saying "I have a 4.0Ghz Pentium 4.  Should I upgrade my Voodoo 2 video card?" smile

With an expensive TV like that, you're doing yourself a great disservice by not feeding it a progressive component (or DVI or HDMI) signal.
4362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why do games look like crap on my new TV? on: January 18, 2005, 06:34:05 AM
Have you calibrated your set with Avia Guide to Home Theater (or something similar?)  I have yet to see a TV that looks good out of the box without some major tweaking.
4363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: January 18, 2005, 06:27:13 AM
I'm up to 2-3, and while I'm really enjoying it, I miss the slower, methodical pace of the old RE games... I still have RE:0 and RE: CV to finish as well, so I can at least get my old school fix that way smile
4364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking to get new speakers...looking at Spiffy Bose set on: January 17, 2005, 10:28:37 PM
No highs, no lows... must be Bose! smile

I have some Energy speakers that run about as much as the Paradigms, and they are excellent.  I haven't A/B'ed them with Paradigms, so I can't say which are better, but they're much better than the Infinity speakers that they replaced.
4365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got my iPod Shuffle today on: January 17, 2005, 10:23:53 PM
I'm not so sure about that... I've heard similar "information, but my experience has been different - I've worked on DV (which requires significantly higher throughput than a few audio files) from an external hard drive both with USB 2.0 and Firewire connections, and haven't noticed any significant speed difference.

Some quick googling shows that just because a product is branded USB 2.0 doesn't mean it offers the full 480Mbps throughput.

http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardware/flash.ars/1
4366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Got my iPod Shuffle today on: January 17, 2005, 10:19:59 PM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
Just got it when I got home from work today. Very nice packaging, typical of Apple. It came charged at least partially. It's taking a few minutes to transfer over 512 MB of music, which is much slower than a regular iPod, but something to expect, given that this is running via USB and not FireWire.


It's not USB 2.0?  :shock:

Edit: Or I guess you could only have USB 1.1 on your computer...
4367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 14, 2005, 06:08:55 PM
Rage, rage against the machine, good sir!
4368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Marathon for free on: January 14, 2005, 06:03:30 PM
Quote from: "Falator"
Quote from: "Laner"
Don't forget Aleph One which allows you to run Marathon 2 and Marathon Infinirty on modern hardware with hardware acceleration and other goodies.

does that mean i can play marathon infinity on a pc? I really enjoyed #2 and was sad that the third one never came out for pc (to my knowledge).

Yup smile  And the original Marathon, if you grab M1A1 - http://orbitalarm.bungie.org/downloads/alephone.html
4369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Game Sales numbers for Dec '04 on: January 14, 2005, 04:55:59 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
Man for all the bluster about XBox game sales this winter... it looks like they got crushed by PS2.

What did you expect?  The PS2 has an install base several times that of the Xbox.  The fact that they managed to place two games in the top ten, despite a much smaller base, is very impressive.  And the console itself has been outselling both the PS2 and the GC for the past two months at least.
4370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elektra - ouch.... on: January 14, 2005, 04:13:21 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Sweet Jesus!  Wow...that is HOOOORIBLE.  I don't know if JG's smokin' hot bod is enough to get me to even pay matinee given these scores...


"No matter how many times I hear about the actress’ arresting good looks, I just can’t get past the fact that she always comes across as slightly mannish." -- Todd Gilchrist, FILMSTEW.COM


I've heard people say the same thing about Hilary Swank - I just don't see it with either one... they're both awesome IMO. Or maybe I'm just gay.  Who knew?  :wink:

Unfortunately, I guess I'll wait for this to show up on HBO - I was looking forward to it.
4371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Entire backlog of games gone...out the window! on: January 14, 2005, 04:09:58 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
I am a packrat and have a fantastic compulsion to collect things.  I know I couldn't simply get rid of them myself, but I often wonder what would happen if something horrible happened and I lost all of my silly baubles.  I have an unhealthy DVD collection and more console games than I will ever play and I am just thrilled knowing they are there.  I like to think my curse would be lifted if I had to start all over, but I am not so sure.

I'd definitely see it as a blessing - of sorts.  At least for me - I've often thought about just getting rid of all my various media and focusing on something completely different.  I could build an awesome home studio if I sold all my games/music/movies, and part of me would much rather be creating, rather than using someone else's creations.
4372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who will die in 2005? on: January 13, 2005, 04:46:05 PM
Quote from: "Tim Maynard"
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "Grievous Angel"
Any time the National Enquirer runs a story about a celebrity's "brave last weeks" book it that that celebrity will die soon.

As for my list:
Andy Griffith
Bea Arthur

Might as well throw Don Knotts on there as well smile

Bea Arthur was on the Golden Girls and Maude....she never lived in Mayberry. I'm going with one of the cast members from Friends...either Phoebe or Chandler...unfortunately it won't be Joey.


Doi.  I'm getting my Bea's mixed up smile
4373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I got Halo 2 for Christmas... on: January 13, 2005, 02:06:29 AM
arnt?
4374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Electric guitar questions on: January 13, 2005, 01:57:39 AM
Er... you're not really using bar chords there, per se... you'd use your index finger to bar the top four strings on the fifth fret for the first three chord shapes.  The index finger doesn't move until the fourth chord (the 4/2/3/2 shape).  Then you'd simply move the index finger down to the second fret and bar the top four strings again.
4375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who will die in 2005? on: January 12, 2005, 10:57:33 PM
Quote from: "Grievous Angel"
Any time the National Enquirer runs a story about a celebrity's "brave last weeks" book it that that celebrity will die soon.

As for my list:
Andy Griffith
Bea Arthur

Might as well throw Don Knotts on there as well smile
4376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Question about buying music online on: January 12, 2005, 09:19:37 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"

On the other hand, if you buy at least one CD every month, yourmusic.com seems like an absolutely AWESOME deal.

No kidding... there's a huge # of CDs I want to get in order to fill out my collection, but they're just not worth $12+ to me.  But for $6?  Heck yeah...
4377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Question about buying music online on: January 12, 2005, 08:14:21 PM
Quote from: "Torfish"
My biggest question/worry is what if I lose/accidently delete a song that I downloaded?  To get it back, would I have to pay for it again?  Can I download the purchased songs as many times as I want to any PC?

Unfortunately, once you download the song, that's it.  Burning it to CD is your best backup option - otherwise, yes, you would have to re-purchase it if something goes awry.

You can authorize up to 5 computers with your iTunes account, and can transfer purchased songs between them.  If you want to add another computer beyond the fifth, you have to de-authorize one first.
4378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 12, 2005, 08:08:03 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
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An incredibly small, lightweight iPod with zero chance of skipping that holds enough music to keep you rocking through a really long workout.

The mini is an incredible, lightweight iPod as well.  I've never had it skip with many long runs, or workouts.  For those of us (or just me) that go on long runs, or workout a lot, the Shuffle isn't great, just can't hold enough music or audio information.  I also don't want to constantly update the music, what a pain.


I could see it working very well for certain applications... for example, if I were to buy one, I'd set it to randomly fill up with my 5 star rated songs... it couldn't fit *all* of them on there, but each time I synced I'd get a different assortment of the best tunes in my collection.  That way you're not having to manually update it with certain songs.

But as a general-use player, no - there are definitely better options out there.
4379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 11, 2005, 10:14:00 PM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
Why would you expect FM?

I never said I did.  But I want FM, therefore I will look elsewhere.
4380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 11, 2005, 07:00:25 PM
The latest... ( http://mwsf.macnn.com )

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# iPod shuffle features new iTunes with auto-fill that will automatically select songs for iPod shuffle. Can also be used at flash storage device. 256MB usually cost $149. iPod shuffle in two versions: 512MB ($99) and 1GB ($149). Neon green box. Now shipping. Apple offers four accessories: Dock, Battery extender (20hours of battery life), Car adapter--each $29. Due in next four weeks.  [10:56 PT]

# Apple introduces iPod Shuffle..flash based player. Smaller than most packs of game. Weighs the same as 4 quarters (less than 1 ounce). Volume/Up dow. Simple LED to provide feedback. No display. Either shuffle or album-based playback. USB 2 transfer connector under connector at the bottom. 12-hour rechargeable battery. Mac/PC compatible. Ships with a laynard that connects directly to bottom connector for easy carrying. [10:52 PT]


http://www.apple.com/ipodshuffle/

No FM?  Blah... guess I'll be buying an iRiver.
4381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Marathon for free on: January 11, 2005, 06:37:03 PM
Don't forget Aleph One which allows you to run Marathon 2 and Marathon Infinirty on modern hardware with hardware acceleration and other goodies.
4382  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Gamecube Top Ten on: January 11, 2005, 04:23:15 PM
And here, boys and girls, we have the prototypical Nintendo Fanboy (tm).
4383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 10, 2005, 09:11:28 PM
Quote from: "th'FOOL"
Actually, in my experience, you are paying for quality, not brand.  Apple uses extremely high quality components.  Look inside a G5 sometime, it's AMAZING.


Disclaimer: I own a Powerbook G4 and a Dual 866 G4 PowerMac and a 3G iPod.

Maybe for the super high end G5s that's the case, but in my experience the components by and large are exactly what you get with any other x86 PC.  IBM/Fujitsu Hard Drives, Panasonic optical drives.  ATI/Nvidia video cards.  IBM-fabbed CPUs.  Motorola modems. Crucial/Kingston/whatever memory.  Samsung/LG flat panels. The laptops are designed by the same compan(y/ies) that design everyone else's laptops.    Basically, the same OEM components that Dell/IBM/Gateway use.  They can get away with charging more because if you want OS X, they're the only game in town.  Same with the iPod - if you want that particular status symbol, you're going to pay for it.
4384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Finished my first marathon today! *Updated with pics* on: January 10, 2005, 07:29:47 PM
Good job!  One day I will do a marathon... one day...

I never realized how much dedication is required to train for a marathon until I started running myself.  I ran in high school, but it was all short distances - 400m, stuff like that.  Started running 5Ks last year, and even that is still "work" -  I can't imagine running 8x that distance...
4385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Electric guitar questions on: January 10, 2005, 07:26:09 PM
Sign: NO STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

Wayne:  Denied!

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That's supposed to be "fingerpicked" (i.e. don't use the plastic pick, just your fingers) - so you'd pluck the 6 with your thumb, while the 7 is plucked with your middle finger.  Same with the 2/0/0 and 0/2/1 in the fourth bar - you'd pluck all three simultaneously.
4386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 09, 2005, 05:36:14 PM
Quote from: "Cyjon"


Ah, nostalgia.  "This new software is available on cassette tape and will run on the standard 3.5k memory in your VIC 20 home computer".  Cutting edge stuff!


Wow... I remember that ad.
4387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 09, 2005, 05:33:06 PM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
Warning, you can import your WMA files into iTunes in as Apple Lossless, which won't degrade the quality, though it may take up way more space.

To say the least.  Converting to a ~30MB song that has WMA sound quality is a very poor solution.  Might as well re-rip at that point.  Not to mention that using Apple Lossless on an iPod is going to severely hurt the already lackluster battery life.
4388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - 9.8, 5/5, *9.6gs*...temptation official! on: January 07, 2005, 11:27:59 PM
Outpost is generally pretty good about shipping quickly, in my experience.
4389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job descriptions/requirements/salaries? on: January 07, 2005, 11:19:36 PM
I know this has been discussed before, but does anyone know of a good site or two that lists different jobs, what is required and how much they pay (on average)?  Thanks...
4390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished games list (2005) edition: Keep it updated! on: January 07, 2005, 08:28:49 PM
Doom 3 [PC] 02/13/2005
4391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - 9.8, 5/5, *9.6gs*...temptation official! on: January 07, 2005, 07:29:23 PM
Awesome deal!  I can wait a couple of days for nearly $20 off... (after tax)

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After playing Devil May Cry it would be hard to go back to the RE method of controlling your character

I hated the DMC control method... You'd be pushing right to make your character go right.  He hits a scene change, and your still pushing right, but now the character is going some other direction.  Just as awkward as the so-called "tank" contol scheme IMO.
4392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Man who pointed laser at jet could get up to 25 years + fine on: January 07, 2005, 07:22:31 PM
I'm just surprised he was able to aim it with any accuracy... hitting a jet at 3000 feet with a handheld laser?
4393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tom Petty & the Music Industry on: January 07, 2005, 07:16:27 PM
Quote from: "dbt1949"
As I don't buy very many new relaeases I don't feel the pinch as much as some.

Best Buy in particular is really good about low new release prices - it's not unusual to get first week releases for $9.99.  I know I bought both U2 and Velvet Revolver's new discs the first week for that much.
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Prices I think have gone down but in the late 90s, $23+ for a single cd was the norm.

Where do you live (edit: MD, duh)?  I can say with certainty that I've never seen a domestic single-disc release for $23 in my neck of the woods.  Granted, I don't purchase as many discs these days as I used to, but throughout most of the 90s, I was at the wreka stow *every* week buying something, and never saw prices anywhere near that high, even at the expensive shops.  $18/19 was the absolute max, and even then it was the exception, not the rule.
4394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tom Petty & the Music Industry on: January 06, 2005, 10:34:20 PM
Nice article - I agree with a lot of it, but I noticed this old chestnut yet again:

"3. It's ridiculous to make people pay twenty dollars for a CD"

Honestly, who pays $20 for a CD?  I know of a couple of stores that sell them for that much, but I don't shop there!  I go one of the dozen other shops in the area (or go online) that has CDs at a much more reasonable price.  I can't remember the last time I paid more than $13 for a CD (with the exception of imports).

Other than that, Mr. Petty is spot-on.
4395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Old Extended Play Hostess. on: January 06, 2005, 09:55:01 PM


*whinny*  

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4396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Old Extended Play Hostess. on: January 06, 2005, 09:39:35 PM
You mean ol' horseface?
4397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Grim NUmber? How vain are we? on: January 06, 2005, 05:15:45 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
I would imagine a news report stated something along the lines that the American death toll due to the flooding is a grim number of 34, and then they proceeded to completely gloss over the 149,900 other casualties that are actually native to the land.

I'd say that's some pretty offensive reporting.

Well, untill we have a link or a source or *something*, there's not much to talk about, really...
4398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Electric guitar questions on: January 06, 2005, 02:10:57 AM
Quote from: "Zekester"
Well, I had a couple gift certificates for about $100/apiece at BestBuy, CircuitCity and MediaPlay.

I was hoping to piece it from each place, but MediaPlay has a combo setup for about $150.

Well, at that price range and with those packages, they're all equally bad smile  I'll freely admit I'm a guitar snob - I've spent more on my guitars and amps than I have on cars.  But honestly, they're the worst quality you can get. I agree with the poster above - spend the gift certificates on CDs, then go to a real music store or a pawn shop (you can find some great deals there).  You don't have to spend a bundle to get a decent starter guitar/amp, but you're not going to find them at Best Buy.
4399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: January 06, 2005, 02:04:38 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Laner"
But the worst game of the year?  Nah.  
By far the most disappointing, though.

High profile, hyped-out-the-ass games make messier, gorier splats when they bomb.  Thus Doom 3 is a very valid choice as a GOAT.

While that's some, uh, colorful imagery, I disagree with your rationale.  It's just as specious as voting for HL2 because you dislike the delivery system.
4400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: January 05, 2005, 10:02:09 PM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "jimmyorr99"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "jimmyorr99"
For all you guys that voted for Doom3, why?
Two words:  Monster closets.


Fair enough I guess....

Big whoop - the original Doom had "monster closets", so at least it's consistent with the Doom world smile  It just didn't bother me like it does some people.


For me it was that within the first 15 minutes of gameplay you had seen everything that the game had to offer. Apart from the brief departure for the visit to hell you spent the entire game in the same dark room and hallway with the same pipes and lighting effects and pseudo-sci machinery waiting for monsters to jump out and go RAAR! when you hit their trigger point.

Yeah, now that I can agree with.  But the worst game of the year?  Nah.  It's much better than the worst game of the year just on technical merit alone.  And it *is* fun - just not enough variety to keep me interested the whole way through.
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