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4481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 Shortage: Grrrr..... on: December 09, 2004, 06:26:02 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Doesn't the network adapter come standard with the new PS2's?

Now it does.  For those of us that bought PS2s between 2000 and last year, it's another $50.

Quote
And the HD is only used for one game, isn't it?

NOW it is - since they've chopped it from the PSTwo, you can be sure no one else will support it.  :evil:  I'm betting a lot of people were willing to shell out the $$$ for FFXI because they thought the hardware would be used more in the future.  Sony to consumers:  PSYCHE!!!11
4482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Former Pantera (now Damageplan) guitarist shot dead on: December 09, 2004, 05:13:25 PM
Quote from: "Torfish"
Rumor mill in full swing.  I'm at work.  Is there someone watching the news on TV?  Can you confirm if Vinnie (Dime's brother) is okay?


Everything I've heard says he's fine (physically, anyway)
4483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok so how do I play HL2 if the comp has no internet? on: December 09, 2004, 03:46:06 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"

If you haven't had the game for that long, perhaps you could try returning it to the store? Let me know you can't even play the game because it requires an internet connection which you don't have. Tell them you were mislead by the box.


Which would be a lie, as it clearly states on the box "Internet Connection Required".  Not "recommended", but "required".
4484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nindendo Ds : Brings GBA Games To Life on: December 09, 2004, 03:35:20 PM
dangit... don't make me buy another Nintendo handheld smile  My biggest gripe with the GBA SP was the lousy screen....
4485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any advice? on: December 09, 2004, 01:55:20 PM
Well, hindsight is always 20/20 - it might have been a good idea to say that keeping the car was contingent on her holding up her end of the bargain.  But it's a little too late now. Never mind me - I'm just thinking out loud smile
4486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Former Pantera (now Damageplan) guitarist shot dead on: December 09, 2004, 01:30:17 PM
Holy Crap -

Yeah, I worshipped at the altar of Pantera for a year or two in the early 90s... even got to hang out with them and White Zombie early on during the Vulgar Display of Power tour.  Still have my signed backstage pass somewhere...
RIP Darrel.

Here's the local story:  http://www.nbc4i.com/news/3983630/detail.htm

Edit:

I typed up my Pantera story on mah blog:

http://www.lanedenson.com/weblog/2004/12/dimebag-darrell.htm
4487  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Charlie Brown Christmas allways gets me... on: December 08, 2004, 07:51:22 PM
Quote from: "Pyperkub"
Quote from: "Laner"
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.


Exactly.  One thing I was disappointed in last night though was the second 1/2 hour.   It did a decent job of maintaining the spirit, but I really hated the 'quick-cut' storyboarding.  It was rather jarring after the pacing of the original.  It appears as if it was done in 2002 or so, after Schulz passed.


Yeah, there have been a couple of "sequels".... on the DVD, there is a second show which was made in the mid 80s, and it just doesn't compare.  It's OK, but lacks the magic of the original.
4488  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.
4489  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!
4490  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.
4491  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:

 :wink:


Yes, we wouldn't want any "counter-culture backlash" now, would we?  confused
4492  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)
4493  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Bunch of PC games for sale or trade on: December 07, 2004, 08:57:57 PM
PM sent!
4494  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.
Ugh.

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.
4495  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.
4496  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.
4497  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
4498  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):

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

PS2:
Uhh...

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.
4499  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 i.link connector)
4500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Aargh! I can't play Pirates!!! on: December 03, 2004, 01:08:30 PM
%$*($% STEAM!!!!!11

....ooops, wrong thread.
4501  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS - Shadow Hearts Covenant on: December 01, 2004, 02:16:46 PM
You gots PM
4502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 6 on: December 01, 2004, 04:45:54 AM
Half-Life
KOTOR
4503  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.
4504  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...
4505  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.
4506  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 $599...is 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.
4507  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.
4508  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.
4509  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
4510  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.
4511  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.
4512  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
4513  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.
4514  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.
4515  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.
4516  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:
4517  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.
4518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can MS topple Sony in the next generation? on: November 19, 2004, 05:09:36 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"

Quote
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.
4519  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!
4520  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....
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