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4481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Charlie Brown Christmas allways gets me... on: December 08, 2004, 06:20:04 PM
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
I actually think Charlie Brown Christmas is boring. The music is great, but the actual show is just a snoozefest. I thought that when I was a kid too, so it's not just an adult thing for me.

That's why I like it so much.  It's the antithesis of the Christmas season in many ways - it's low-key and quiet, unlike the high-stress, high-pressure hurry that threatens to crush us mere mortals during December.  There's plenty of OMG XMAS SANTA COMING!!!!11 specials - Charlie Brown is a nice change of pace.
4482  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for a Commodore 128D (or, it's retro time again :) ) on: December 08, 2004, 04:56:51 PM
Last time, Warning hooked me up with a great Atari 2600 system... now I'm on the hunt for a Commodore 128D system - the big brother of the ubiquitous Commodore 64.  If anyone has one of these they'd be willing to part with, drop me a PM - thanks!
4483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which games will you pack away with your system? on: December 08, 2004, 01:40:22 AM
Quote from: "vagabond"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Yeah, not a bad post up there, but it could use some paragraphs.

First of all what difference does it make and how does that have any relevance to the topic?  Secondly, a paragraph is started when a new thought or idea or topic is broached. Not for appearance or to suit somebody else who doesn't have a clue what should be where to start with. I will tell you the same I used to tell some of my mentally challenged college professors. You can't tell me how to punctuate MY sentence, nor when to paragraph MY thoughts. It tells much more about your own failings that you try than anything in regard to myself. How about we stick to the topic at hand?

If you want people to take your ideas seriously, you need to put them down in a manner that is easily readable.  We have grammar rules for a reason.
4484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 07, 2004, 10:35:17 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
I'm shocked to see LE take shots at an X-Box exclusive!!  :shock:

It's so out of character for him.  :roll:


Yes, we wouldn't want any "counter-culture backlash" now, would we?  confused
4485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The games you've been playing on: December 07, 2004, 10:23:59 PM
Half-Life 2
WinVICE - Commodore 64 emulator
KOTOR 2 (as of tonight)
Halo 2 (eventually)
4486  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Bunch of PC games for sale or trade on: December 07, 2004, 08:57:57 PM
PM sent!
4487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 07, 2004, 08:47:55 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "vagabond"
About ten hours in, the game is almost exactly like the first in pure gameplay.

I won't be buying this, then.  Ever.

Yes, we know.

OTOH, I'll be picking it up today on the way home from work.
4488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which games will you pack away with your system? on: December 07, 2004, 08:47:13 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Really, Laner? None of the GTAs? None of the Jaks or Ratchet and Clanks? Not that crazy ball game - Dynasty something or other? Nada?

Nope... I have GTA 3 & VC for the Xbox (and I'm not a big fan of the franchise); I don't really care for platformers - I've played a little of the Jak/Ratchet games, and they just don't appeal to me; while Katamari Damacy is neat, it's not something I see myself hanging on to indefinitely.
4489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time, Final Round! on: December 07, 2004, 05:02:25 PM
Bah - I abstain.  Both Half Life and KOTOR are much better than the finalists.
4490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Box as an HDTV DVD player on: December 07, 2004, 05:00:32 PM
Absolutely - much better color separation, sharper picture, no interlacing, etc.

You wouldn't buy a $2000 stereo just to listen to 8-track, would you? smile
4491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which games will you pack away with your system? on: December 07, 2004, 03:54:09 PM
Actually, I'm pretty close to that point with my PS2 and Gamecube... unless they're exclusive AAA titles, I buy everything for the Xbox these days.  With that being said, here's what I'll probably save (barring any end-of-life bargain bin purcahses):

Metroid Prime
Resident Evil
Resident Evil Zero
Skies of Arcadia Legends
Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker


Man, I'm having a hard time thinking of *any* game I must keep for the Playstation.  Actually, I imagine my PS2 will find it's way to eBay before long.
4492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Box as an HDTV DVD player on: December 07, 2004, 04:36:56 AM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
Does not and will not play DVDs in progressive mode.

That is one of the crappy things about the XBox. The PS2 does do a progressive output for the DVD's. Why the hell did Microsoft cripple the Xbox?

The PS2 didn't have progressive DVD output until the last major revision (not the PSTwo, the revision that removed the connector)
4493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Aargh! I can't play Pirates!!! on: December 03, 2004, 01:08:30 PM
%$*($% STEAM!!!!!11

....ooops, wrong thread.
4494  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS - Shadow Hearts Covenant on: December 01, 2004, 02:16:46 PM
You gots PM
4495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 6 on: December 01, 2004, 04:45:54 AM
4496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / why does it take hours for private messages to be delivered? on: November 30, 2004, 04:02:06 PM
Quote from: "Hipolito"
Quote from: "Freezer-TPF-"
Maybe they don't go to "Sent" until they are read by the recipient?  I was wondering that too, so that was the best guess I had.

I sent a test message to myself and this does seem to be the case.  The message moved from my Outbox to the Sentbox after I opened it from the Inbox.

Yep - it stays in your Outbox until the recipient reads it, then it's moved to Sentbox.
4497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just beat HL2 *Spoilers* on: November 30, 2004, 05:43:53 AM
Definitely my GOTY - the only game I played this year that was as good as HL2 was KOTOR, and as that was released *last* year...
4498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why the hell would you take this stuff? on: November 30, 2004, 05:16:31 AM
Like Punisher said, the side effects don't affect everyone - usually just a very small %... for example, Propecia (the hair-loss-stopping pill) can cause decreased sex drive, but only in 1-2% of the men who use it.
4499  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Cheap Laptops? on: November 29, 2004, 09:45:25 PM
Quote from: "Poomba"

The cheapest I've found is a Dell Inspirion 1000 for $ there anything cheaper out there that anyone knows of? Or possibly a different manufacturer with a little more ooommpphh for the $$?

That's ridiculously cheap for a laptop - if price is your biggest concern, go for it.
4500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Reviewed on: November 26, 2004, 03:55:50 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
IGN has the review for the game coming out Dec. 3rd:
Ivan Sulik (who used to be on IGN PC if I remember) has his additional comments on Page 4 of the review and he really rails into the game and how disappointed he is in it.

That sucks - he seems to confirm the fears of myself and others that the changes to appeal to a broader audience only take away from what made the first one so good.
4501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Make the parades stop... on: November 25, 2004, 06:07:32 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"

Have you ever heard of a parade happening in either April or early October? Me neither.

Actually, yeah - the town I grew up in was/is famous for their "Mule Day" parade in early April - 200,000+ people show up in this town of 30,000 every spring for the parade.  It's actually pretty nice - bring a blanket and stretch out in one of the yards of the antibellum homes that are along the parade route.  Only problem is, as the name implies, there are a lot of mules/horses/donkeys and all the mess that goes along with that.
4502  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 25, 2004, 03:20:50 PM
Quote from: "Balshazaar"
America's not any more or less religious than it ever was.  It's just that the religious-right has a more vocal platform now, with Bush, a born-again Christian, as president.

History lesson - most of our presidents have at least claimed to be "born-again Christians".  Bush is not an anomaly.

And Apollo - is there some reason a person can't be a Christian, yet "laid back easy going?"  That describes the majority of my friends - who happen to be Christians as well.  Try not to paint us with such a broad brush, kthxbai biggrin
4503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Getting sick while playing HL2 on: November 24, 2004, 04:59:37 PM
I usually don't get sick while playing FPS games, but after Ravenholm I had to take a break... I think it was due to the gravity gun - the fact that the item you're holding in front of you lags slighty when you turn is very disconcerting.
4504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [CG] Ad Banners on: November 24, 2004, 04:56:21 PM
Yeah, anything with jittery animation gets an adblock from me... especially the one with John Kerry's face being distorted to look like a beak - that's just creepy.
4505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What a WIERD week... on: November 24, 2004, 04:54:12 PM
Quote from: "El Guapo"
Quote from: "Belgedin"
You spellled "weird" incorrectly.

And ironically, you misspelled "spelled".

It's a Internet Law - whenever someone posts a correcttion to someone's spelling or grammar, there will inevitably be an error in *that* post as well. smile
4506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battle For Middle Earth - Just 3 days to go! on: November 22, 2004, 02:39:16 PM
Quote from: "leo8877"
I bought this when it was on sale at Amazon for $15.  So I guess for that price, I'll check it out.

They're actually honoring your order?  I placed an order when it was $15, but I received an email the next day saying it was a pricing error and that my order would be cancelled.
4507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Level Help Thread on: November 21, 2004, 05:28:21 PM
I'm stuck in the prison...

I've gotten just past the room where (over audio) Breen is criticizing the population for not capturing Freeman, past the laundry room, past the kitchen with the gas leak.  Now I appear to be trapped - I can hear gunfire outside, but all the gates are closed and I can't figure a way out.

Edit: Never mind... not sure how I missed the big gaping hole in the observation room glass.
4508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WHERE R TEH PIRAETD COPEIS OF HALF-LIEF 2?????!? OMG WTF on: November 19, 2004, 08:48:28 PM
Quote from: "AttAdude"
Am i the only person here that finds it vaugly amusing that all you anti piracy people get in here and circle jerk over a day or 2 with out a warez version of X game?  Its strange to see people have such a unhealthy fixation with something you hate so much.

"unhealthy fixation"? "circle jerk"?

Someone's overreacting in this thread, that's for sure.
4509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 19, 2004, 06:08:33 PM
Quote from: "bluefugue"
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "bluefugue"
HL2 is good, but it's no Rome Total War.  :wink:

Indeed.  HL2 is *much* better  :?

Nah, there was only one "messianic" game I've played this year, and it didn't have any crowbars in it...

No Yuo!  :lol:
4510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Another Friday... on: November 19, 2004, 05:52:01 PM
My Thanksgiving vacation starts after work today... so I'm going to begin knocking out some of these games that have been sitting on the shelf for far too long.  And I've got a home movie project I want to get done before Christmas, so I should probably plug away at that as well.
4511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can MS topple Sony in the next generation? on: November 19, 2004, 05:09:36 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"

Now yes, since the Xbox I have ventured into other areas. I owned a GCN for a time, but sold it because i didnt do anythign for me, and now I am looking at a PS2. But I still avoid the japanese style games like death.

Honestly, I'll never understand how someone could pass up a great game simply because of the art style. Good games are good games.

And a large part of the gaming experience are the visuals.  Considering how much emphasis both developers and gamers put on graphics, it's obviously an important part of the whole package.  And the more stylized the graphics get, the more polarizing they're going to be.  I don't want to spend 40 hours looking at art that I find unattractive, no matter how good the underlying game mechanics are.
4512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Challenge this... on: November 19, 2004, 03:38:46 PM
Or find another job.  Working at EA isn't a "gotta have this job to eat" situation like someone who has to work at McDonalds or Wal-Mart just to survive.  People *choose* to work there.  Yeah, you love games.  Yeah, you want to work at one of the biggest game creators.  The thing is, you have to decide whether or not the job is worth the demands put upon you.  Anyone who pays attention to the gaming industry knows it's one of the most demanding areas of software development, with extended crunch time being the rule, not the exception.  You get paid next to nothing, with no chance for royalties - especially in a corporate environment like EA.  You more than likely will be let go if the title is a flop.  Or even if it's a success.  That's just the nature of the industry.  It sucks, but that's the way it is.  I don't care how much I like a job, if I'm treated like crap, I tender my resignation and find something else.  It's like restaurant servers who complain about having to rely on tips... no one is forcing you to work there!  If you don't like the pay or the conditions, Leave!  Find something you really want to do, in an environment that agrees with you ,and go do it!
4513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gran Turismo 4 - The Motherlode of Screenies on: November 19, 2004, 03:34:29 PM
Quote from: "O.DOGG"
I always wondered what kind of screen they use to take screen captures for these games. Or are they production screens, not really achievable by any monitor/screen?

They're probably taken from the development platform, with all the bells and whistles on.  In other words, no, the PS2 isn't capable of generating those images in real-time....
4514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Woohoo! Got me an Xbox - VGA Adapter advice? -PS2 & GC on: November 19, 2004, 03:30:57 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Quote from: "Laner"
Small nitpick -

480p (which is the highest resolution of most Xbox games) is not "high definition" smile 720p/1080i is, but very few Xbox games support those higher resolutions.

30+ 720p titles.

Amped 2   720p   -
Blood Rayne 2   720p   -
Conflict Vietnam   720p   -
Disney Extreme Skatboarding   720p   -
Dragon Lair 3d   720p   1080i
Dukes of Hazzard - Return of the General Lee   720p   -
Enter the Matrix   720p   1080i
ESPN Major League Baseball 2K4   720p   
ESPN NBA Basketball   720p   
Freedom Fighters   720p   -
MVP Baseball 2004   720p   -
MX Unleashed   720p   1080i
NBA 2K3   720p   -
NBA Ballers   720p   
SCALER   720p   
SegaGT Online   720p   -
Soul Calibur II   720p   -
Spongebob Square Pants:The Movie   720p   
Steel Battalion:Line of Contact   720p   -
Street Hoops   720p   -
Syberia   720p   1080i
The Sims: Bustin out   720p   -
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4   720p   -
Tony Hawk: Underground   720p   -
Tony Hawk's Underground 2   720p   -
True Crime Streets of LA   720p   
World Series Baseball 2k3   720p   
X-Men Legends   720p   -

you can check out the site as well.

Consolegold also has this same functionality, but they're still missing some info. <shrug>

Wow - I didn't realize there were that many... last time I checked there were only a handful.  But my main point stands - most games only support 480p, which isn't "high def" smile
4515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 19, 2004, 03:27:47 PM
Quote from: "bluefugue"
HL2 is good, but it's no Rome Total War.  :wink:

Indeed.  HL2 is *much* better  :?
4516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 5 on: November 18, 2004, 05:30:42 PM
Ultima VII
Planescape: Torment

Diablo 2
Knights of the Old Republic
4517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's the truly scariest pc gaming experience you've had? on: November 18, 2004, 04:52:07 PM
Lot of votes for System Shock 2 here, but I'm going to go with System Shock 1 - that game had me wound so tightly that I practically jumped out of my seat once simply due to the elevator door closing unexpectedly.

And there was one scene at the hunting lodge in Gabriel Knight 2, that while not particularly scary, really creeped me out for a long time afterward.
4518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video Game Awards 2004 Voting on: November 18, 2004, 04:29:58 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
SpikeTV has released their nominees and categories for the Video Game Awards 2004.  Just wondered what everyone thought:

I think they need to stop nominating games that aren't even out yet.  They did the same thing last year, which is basically blatant advertising for certain companies' (*cough*EA*cough) upcoming titles.
4519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft water?! ARGGGHHHH! (New Apartment Woes) on: November 18, 2004, 05:03:21 AM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Here in Tennessee we use the old fashion plain type of water...mine comes from this here thing called a "well" hard or soft water sir ree. Feels good! Tastes good! and rinses clean away. You yuppies and your special water.  :roll:

No well water in Chattanooga smile

Heh I was in Chattanooga today and stopped by Fat Moes again. Man I loves those giant hamburgers.

MMMmmm.... Fat Mo's... I love 'em, but my arteries can only take one or two a year.
4520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / real simple: How do I play Half-life 2 w/o steam??? on: November 17, 2004, 08:36:50 PM
Quote from: "Fuzzballx"
See where the world is headed?

A much more realistic scenario is that eventually a single standard platform for digital distribution will eventually be settled upon.
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