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4361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Progressive Scan DVD Player: Worth Switching? on: January 19, 2005, 09:36:26 PM
Glad I could be of service smile

On a similar note, has anyone tried one of those upscaling DVD players?  Just wondering if they provide any noticeable improvement, or if it's just a gimmick.
4362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok, I now get it. on: January 19, 2005, 08:28:23 PM
I need to keep my PC relatively up to date for reasons other than gaming, so the ability to play the latest and greatest is just a fringe benefit smile
4363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: January 19, 2005, 08:08:25 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
You guys arent totally turned off by the clunky combat controls?

Nope.  They didn't bother me in the original RE, and they don't bother me here.  Occasionally I'll wish for the ability to sidestep, but it's a very minor complaint.
4364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: January 19, 2005, 05:20:45 PM
Quote from: "AttAdude"
When i did this mission, i used the cabnits to block off the windows down stairs.  that made it pretty easy to do because it limited the ammount of zombies that could come after me.... at least for a little while.

Yeah, I didn't realize I could push the cabinets until *after* I had beat that section. That would definitely make things easier.  As well as running upstairs once things get a little hairy inside - that way you can kick one dude and knock a half dozen down the stairs, giving you a little more time
4365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fantastic Four Trailer on: January 19, 2005, 02:29:10 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Jessica Alba.. drool  

That looks to be about the only reason to go see it so far.  And we know how much that did for Elektra.
4366  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.
4367  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.
4368  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
4369  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.
4370  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.
4371  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...
4372  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!
4373  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 -
4374  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.
4375  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.
4376  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.
4377  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
4378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I got Halo 2 for Christmas... on: January 13, 2005, 02:06:29 AM
4379  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.
4380  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
4381  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, 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...
4382  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.
4383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 12, 2005, 08:08:03 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
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.
4384  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.
4385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 11, 2005, 07:00:25 PM
The latest... ( )

# 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]

No FM?  Blah... guess I'll be buying an iRiver.
4386  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.
4387  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).
4388  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.
4389  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...
4390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Electric guitar questions on: January 10, 2005, 07:26:09 PM

Wayne:  Denied!


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.
4391  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.
4392  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.
4393  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.
4394  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...
4395  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
4396  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)

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.
4397  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?
4398  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.
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.
4399  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.
4400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Old Extended Play Hostess. on: January 06, 2005, 09:55:01 PM


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