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2841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 versus stand-alone BluRay player on: July 14, 2009, 02:27:11 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 13, 2009, 06:27:44 PM

Quote from: ericb on July 13, 2009, 04:52:40 PM

Or you could just get the standalone $98 player at Wal-Mart...especially if you wanted to watch the movies now but also wanted to wait until this fall for the rumored price drops on the better players or the PS3.

You could get 2 of and have a spare just in case.  You would still be saving $200 over the PS3.

Seriously I think if you are just looking for a Bu Ray player I would recommend getting a stand alone. Not only is it less expensive but in my opinion the PS3 is kind of clunky as a blu ray player.

I really don't find anything 'clunky' about the PS3 as a BluRay player and being the picky and crotchety old man that I am a $98 player is not something I would buy.  icon_neutral

Thanks for the advise but please understand that my goal here is not to spend as little money as possible but to get the best value for the features and quality that I am looking for.  Heck, I'm having a hard time wanting to buy one in the two hundreds because of the features they seem to be missing, checking reviews I find as many 'cons' as 'pros'. However, checked at Costco and they have a Sony "BDP-BX2" for $249 right now and since that seems to be the same as an S360 I may end up picking one of those up even if there's no eject function on the remote or some of the other features I'd like. And still considering the LG390 at $350 from BB this week as that seems to be at the top of many lists for players in that price range.
2842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 versus stand-alone BluRay player on: July 14, 2009, 11:30:53 AM

Quote from: Octavious230 on July 13, 2009, 05:26:34 PM

Not sure which to get but I do want to mention that you can stream netflix to your PS3 now with Playon. I use it all the time and always try and find a excuse to pimp it.  thumbsup

Thanks, that's very interesting... I'll have to check that out.
2843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 versus stand-alone BluRay player on: July 13, 2009, 11:56:50 AM
Hmmm... the rumored PS3 Slim that may be coming out around the end of this year or perhaps not until next year? I can't tell from Googling around what one would get besides the smaller form factor. The pictures I've seen of what it allegedly will look like are goofy, a PSWii stuck on a cutting board. So, serious question - why hold out for the slim?
2844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lords of Magic: Special Edition coming to GOG on: July 12, 2009, 09:48:23 PM

Quote from: Goldchamp on July 12, 2009, 09:26:19 PM

The orginal release of Lords of Magic was a buggy turd. They fixed most of it for the Special Edition but by that time it was too late. I still own a copy.

As do I. I seem to remember it having alot of potential but buggy and while the "special edition" helped it really couldn't rescue it.
2845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 1.5 is out today. on: July 12, 2009, 09:42:42 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 12, 2009, 05:42:27 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 12, 2009, 05:32:00 PM

Not read all this thread but got a question. Im thinking of repurchasing it. Last time I had only the normal release game. But Im seeing the normal one for $29 and the enhanced edition for $39. Is'nt all the stuff in the enhanced edition FREE to those who have the normal version? Why pay $10 more for the EE version?

its a few Gb's worth of download, so thats probably why - as someone else told me, there are still a lot of people on dialup in the US, they'd spend weeks downloading it. But other than that - its free yes

FYI - note that the EE comes with 5 disks (game,music,soundtrack,editor,making of) plus a map and two printed 'books' - one is a short story excerpted from 'The Last Wish' and the other is the 'Official Game Guide'. All of that is free to download, I do believe but this gets you the map and manuals printed plus the physical media.
2846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 versus stand-alone BluRay player on: July 11, 2009, 08:05:48 PM
Was wondering what people thought about comparing comparably priced BR players to a PS3. I've already got a 60GB PS3 downstairs but just put a new plasma off in an upstairs 'computer room' as well and was looking at some players like the Samsung BD-P3600 or the LG BD390 both of which are basically $399.99 players from local retailers.

Now, that same $399.99 would get me an 80GB PS3 with practically all of the same features AFAICT, except for maybe the Netflix streaming which I already do from my PC and 360 but which I also hear may be coming to the PS3. So I'm wondering... would I honestly be better off with a dedicated player? It's not like I *need* another PS3 but if it's just as good of a player (and it seems to be) and I could play the games I already own on it as a "bonus" I'm wondering why not go that way.  icon_neutral

What do you think?
2847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Mechwarrior coming? on: July 09, 2009, 05:29:24 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 07, 2009, 03:00:32 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 07, 2009, 02:50:11 PM

could this teaser be for Mechwarrior 5?  I missed out on the original Mechwarrior games and I'd love the chance to play one.

Very, very cool.

However, Mechwarrior took place in a much more futurey future than what that shows.  Could still be a reboot.  I'd much rather it be a SHOGO reboot, though, given the look!

Around 400+ years in the future for their first appearance: 2439. SHOGO was way more... Japanese... as the wiki page puts it "anime-style". And in a way more like a large "Heavy Gear" type mech. IMHO.
2848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warehouse 13 on: July 05, 2009, 04:58:50 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 05, 2009, 04:55:40 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on July 05, 2009, 04:28:29 PM

Yes! Them. So what was the show?

Friday the 13th the series

Ah, yes... thanks for that. Two shows with "13" in the title, not for the triskaidekaphobic.  icon_wink
2849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warehouse 13 on: July 05, 2009, 04:28:29 PM
Yes! Them. So what was the show?
2850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any Gauntlet-like games for the 360? on: July 05, 2009, 02:35:34 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 05, 2009, 02:13:54 PM

Quote from: Misguided on July 05, 2009, 01:25:45 PM

There's another MUA coming in September. Castle Crashers is a side-scroller. Fun though.

whats a MUA? Missing Under Avalanches?

Assuming a serious question here and making a small aside that I'm sure your version would sell like... umm, hotcakes... MUA would be Marvel Ultimate Alliance.
2851  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warehouse 13 on: July 05, 2009, 02:29:30 PM
I'll certainly watch it to see where they go with it, even though I'm not all that much of a Saul Rubinek fan for some reason. Reading that wiki page, it's giving me vibes from that old series where an old man owned a magical curio / pawn shop where he (and his spunky assistants) would attempt to retrieve an item a week otherwise terrible things would happen... what the heck was that called?  icon_neutral
2852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coprophagia: I know what it means on: July 05, 2009, 01:22:46 PM
Technically, that would be autocoprophagia as in the eating of their own poop rather than that of others. And some breeds seem to be predisposed to it more than others, we have two dachshunds and that seems to be a common thing for them. I think part of the issue is dachshunds are notorious over-eaters and will gladly eat whatever they are given until they are more giant sausages than petite wieners. So we're careful about their portions but I'm sure they think they're starving to death most of the time.

We've tried various things, including the stuff you can put in their food to make the end product 'unappetising' but the only thing that really works for us is close monitoring and quick cleanup. They know they're not supposed to do that, but when the urge is upon them all that yelling does is make them eat faster.  disgust

One thing to check, though, is to make sure it's not coming from any dietary or nutritional deficiency. There's a lot of articles out there on the subject, here's one a quick google turned up for me this morning.

Good luck!

2853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [revisit]Vampire: Bloodlines on: July 01, 2009, 07:28:38 PM

Quote from: Chaz on July 01, 2009, 06:23:25 PM

The Malkavians are the crazies, right? I loved those guys.  Most of the time, I couldn't figure out what the hell my dialog options actually were.  Having my guy talk to another crazy made even less sense, but was hilarious.

Yup, they're the crazy ones. From what I recall, they can talk to themselves and even hear voices in their heads sometimes. Pretty odd to play but cool.
2854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [revisit]Vampire: Bloodlines on: July 01, 2009, 07:27:03 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 01, 2009, 06:02:28 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on July 01, 2009, 12:51:41 PM

I don't recall having any kind of widescreen issue when I played it.  icon_neutral

it looked like every character model was stretched out too long.

Right, figured that's what you meant - an aspect ratio issue but I played it on a 24" widescreen and don't recall having that issue. But then I also don't recall what resolution I ran it in either. Still have it installed, should crank it up and check again.
2855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360] Need HD transfer kit on: July 01, 2009, 07:22:50 PM
Stickied to the top of the forum:
2856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [revisit]Vampire: Bloodlines on: July 01, 2009, 12:51:41 PM
I don't recall having any kind of widescreen issue when I played it.  icon_neutral
2857  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse deals 6.28 (Elven Legacy $9.99) on: June 28, 2009, 08:18:15 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on June 28, 2009, 03:41:04 PM

Impulse also has HoMMV:ToE for $5.  (Steam has the HoMMV titles for $5 apiece or all 3 for $13.)

Tribes of the East is (technically) the only one of the three Vista compatible but just found out you can get the original and HoF campaigns for it free from this site.  icon_cool
2858  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Outlook Express ..cant see emails on: June 27, 2009, 09:47:42 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on June 25, 2009, 10:02:36 PM

Seems last night when I pulled my window shade down it hit and unplugged my F: drive's firewire cable. I plugged that back in and now my email is showing up right.

So... let me get this straight. First you fix your joystick by whacking it on your chair and now you fix your email by whacking it with a window shade? I see a new line of business in your future.  icon_lol
2859  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ron Moores Virtuality on: June 27, 2009, 09:25:29 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 27, 2009, 07:50:45 PM

It was clearly a pilot as it leaves you hanging with tons of interesting sub-plots ready to be explored for all the characters.

And that was my biggest problem with this, not having a clue that was the case coming into it. I kept thinking, what kind of a conclusion can they possibly come to in the next 30 minutes? 10 minutes? Dang, then it just ended after laying all that groundwork and starting to get to the interesting bits. That's fine for a pilot with a series coming but to do it when there's basically only a snowball's chance in hell of the series getting picked up just didn't seem right to me.  icon_neutral

Reading afterwards online I saw that they really just wanted to get their work out there in front of people and perhaps to raise a groundswell of support for the series itself. But then, as noted, even if they green-lighted the series Fox would have killed it in its infancy.
2860  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Popups and trojans from the ad link? on: June 27, 2009, 01:28:48 PM
Yup, I've seen that one as well... and while viewing this topic got automagically redirected to Yahoo Hot Jobs.  disgust
2861  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: getting redirected on: June 27, 2009, 12:44:03 PM
Seeing the same thing as well, plus some trojan alerts. Just saw your post after I made mine.
2862  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Popups and trojans from the ad link? on: June 27, 2009, 12:42:57 PM
Four times this morning Avast has warned me of trojans on this site and given me the option to 'Abort connection', something coming from the ad 'rotation' window at the top of the page it seems. There was also a popup that the Google toolbar blocked which I don't recall ever seeing before. The last time, after me dealing with the trojan it automatically took me to this "404" site:

What's going on?  icon_neutral
2863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Square Enix game countdown on: June 27, 2009, 12:34:15 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 27, 2009, 12:07:45 PM

Quote from: mytocles on June 27, 2009, 04:19:51 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 26, 2009, 05:21:05 PM

Quote from: jersoc on June 26, 2009, 11:14:40 AM

there's some music if you crank your speakers to almost full. wonder if it's suppose to be that quiet or what. any recognize it?

what would be hilarious is if, starting tomorrow, they included a ear piercing scream after the music plays for so long  icon_twisted

Lol, I never thought of that, thanks CeeKay! That would actually be kinda brilliant - in the British way of using "brilliant."  I think I'll mute my laptop now, though, just in case...  saywhat


why,how do you guys use the word brilliant?(Brill<<<lol,not said that since school)...we use it also for describing a bright colour

I'm assuming what pops into peoples mind's for "brilliant!" would be the Guinness commercials we used to see all the time. Don't recall so many lately, though.
2864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How can I set the Wii to automatically start the game that's in the drive? on: June 27, 2009, 12:25:56 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 27, 2009, 12:13:24 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on June 27, 2009, 11:46:54 AM

Maybe. That was the first thing I turned off on my PS3 and PSP when the option to do so showed up.  icon_wink

yeah but the controls are right there for the PS3 and 360 no matter what games you wanna play...i turned off the feature in my 360 and PS3 also..but because the Wii uses a different controller for its BC games,its just typical disgust that it hasn't got this feature

I know. Sure seems like something they could easily do as an option for people. Is there any kind of 'official' forum where something like this can be asked/suggested?
2865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How can I set the Wii to automatically start the game that's in the drive? on: June 27, 2009, 11:46:54 AM
Maybe. That was the first thing I turned off on my PS3 and PSP when the option to do so showed up.  icon_wink
2866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How can I set the Wii to automatically start the game that's in the drive? on: June 27, 2009, 03:50:48 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on June 26, 2009, 08:59:43 PM

Can I tell the Wii to just start the damn game, like the days of the PS2 and prior?

To the best of my knowledge - no.
2867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 DLC: Point Lookout on: June 26, 2009, 01:04:42 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on June 26, 2009, 10:47:26 AM

Quote from: madpeon on June 25, 2009, 10:08:54 PM

Yeah you can, it's like any other Xbox Marketplace download.

Thank you smile  I never used the LIVE Marketplace before...was just worried smile

No need, the Marketplace will allow you to download anything you've purchased as many times as you like.
2868  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 7 Upgrade Question on: June 26, 2009, 03:44:32 AM

Quote from: KC on June 26, 2009, 12:29:06 AM

I'm inclined to save my cash and just buy a new computer for Xmas 2009 with Windows 7 preinstalled.

2869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Novint Falcon controller on: June 25, 2009, 12:48:32 AM
I'm assuming that's what the pistol grip is meant to improve.
2870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is the original System Shock worth playing? on: June 25, 2009, 12:46:57 AM

Quote from: Canuck on June 24, 2009, 10:34:51 PM

I don't think it has aged as well as SS2.  SS2 still looks pretty darned good in my opinion.

True. Still great as a game but the graphics can be an issue nowadays and the non-configurable controls as well. I played it when it hit the streets and had a great time, then picked up another copy when it came out on those new fangled cdrom things with <gasp> speech!  icon_eek
2871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: June 24, 2009, 08:42:47 PM
From what I saw in store, you needed to be a member of the Reward Zone Gamer's Club to have it sent you automatically... hoping one shows up on my doorstep soon.  nod
2872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Wii Gun ? on: June 24, 2009, 08:39:20 PM
I used this Nyko pistol with HotD:Overkill and liked it alot:
2873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 - Point Lookout is up on live on: June 24, 2009, 08:35:47 PM
I pulled it down late last night so didn't get much time with it.  You get a message that a riverboat has anchored at the mouth of the Potomac and is looking for passengers to Point Lookout. I bailed on my Broken Steel quest just to check it out. Fawkes and I buzzed down there, picked up a new quest from a lady looking for her little girl who ran off to PL then bought a ticket and took off. Just like The Pitt, no companions are allowed and you have the same strange PITA thing where it scatters them to the winds again even if you leave them home. icon_neutral

Got off the boat, picked up a double-barrelled shotgun from the store on the waterfront there and then started wandering. First sub-quest is to go "Investigate the mansion" but I never made it that far. I'm at level 21 with Winterized Power Armor and got ganged up on and killed by the local yocals (axe and shotgun wielding) once I headed out into the (literally) bubbling swamp. Which was OK, I didn't try very hard to stay alive due to the lateness of the hour. I'm going to go back to BS and finish up that quest line, level up some more before I go back to Pl again.

From what I saw there was a waterfront area, a carnival, lighthouse, mansion and lots of swampland.
2874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Novint Falcon controller on: June 24, 2009, 06:23:08 PM
They did mention, however, that they thought the directional feedback could come in handy in MP because (allegedly) you could use it to tell the direction the fire was coming from. So perhaps just up enough for that without being a handicap otherwise?
2875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: anyone else interested in The Conduit? (first review from IGN) on: June 24, 2009, 06:17:54 PM

Quote from: mytocles on June 24, 2009, 04:31:51 PM

I realize now that we must've gone online already with it, because we downloaded something, I think Dr. Mario. But if you want to play with someone online, you still have to exchange those ridiculously long Friends codes, no? 

2876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: anyone else interested in The Conduit? (first review from IGN) on: June 24, 2009, 06:17:30 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 24, 2009, 04:25:01 PM

it might be easy if like you say you have wireless router..i had to buy a DS dongle(£29.99),and connect that to my PC as well as install the software that came with the dongle onto my PC...another reason i hated the Wii for not having a simple Ethernet connection,or both like the PS3 does

It does, as long as you buy their USB to Ethernet connector goodie.
2877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 DLC: Point Lookout on: June 23, 2009, 08:04:53 PM
I really don't get this complaint, or more precisely the complaint that the game actually ended. From what I recall, both original Fallout games (1&2) had a definite end as well and then when Bethesda does the exact same thing they get whacked for it. Even worse, the first one had a time limit and when time ran out you were done no matter what was going on. Thankfully they patched that out so that you could take your sweet time and explore, but the game still ended with the main quest was completed. Fallout 3 continued this 'tradition'.

Still, I'm glad they made an effort to address this as I really wanted to keep the game going after the main quest. Broken Steel removed this "hard ending" and allowed the game to continue (basically open-ended) after you complete the main quest. Seems to me to be a difference in the current gaming landscape and the popularity of "sand box" type games which weren't really all that prevalent all those years ago.

I've got 120+ hours invested in FO3 now and am still looking forward to additional DLC.
2878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 DLC: Point Lookout on: June 23, 2009, 05:45:09 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on June 23, 2009, 05:04:28 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on June 23, 2009, 03:39:40 AM

Also you can read about it here where it notes it is an all new area, 1/5 the size of the original maps and not recommended for characters under level 17.

That's interesting and the first I've heard about this DLC being recommended for a particular level.  Not that I'm complaining, and I think it's fair to assume that almost all the people interested in Fallout 3 DLC at this point are people with high level characters. 

All that said, the official page for the DLC doesn't say anything about level 17 and I won't be surprised if it's like Operation: Anchorage and The Pitt, where a character straight out of Vault 101 had access to those new areas.

I'm sure you'll have access to it immediately but several sources on the 'net are saying basically the same thing about the difficulty level of it. Another quote:

In Point Lookout, the Raider niche has been filled by Tribals, fervent cultists who paint their faces and utter religiously-themed battle cries. Playing as a Level 20+ character, we actually had a tougher time killing a few Tribals with a Chinese Assault Rifle than we expected. Point Lookout is more difficult than much of the previous DLC, and is tailored for players who have beaten Broken Steel and are on their way to level 30. In fact, weíre told the initial message clueing players in to Point Lookoutís location will include a warning that it is quite dangerous. The Lead Producer of Fallout DLC translated: players should be at least Level 17 or so, and even those in the early 20s will face a healthy challenge.
2879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]GTA-Chinatown Wars on: June 23, 2009, 01:01:07 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 23, 2009, 06:30:50 AM

I'm interested in this, but only if I can get the downloadable version for my regular PSP 2000. Will downloadable games be locked to the PSPgo?

Locked as in... you can only download it to a 'Go' and not a regular PSP? I can't imagine so. I would think they'd be cutting their own throats if they made a downloadable game 'Go only' for quite some time.
2880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 DLC: Point Lookout on: June 23, 2009, 03:39:40 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on June 22, 2009, 08:19:47 PM

Quote from: jersoc on June 22, 2009, 08:15:40 PM

so what exactly does this DLC include? I can't find much on it.

It's an new adventure in a new area, which apparently includes a swamp.  The devs say it's a very large open area to move around in and presumably there will be a few new enemies and weapons.  It doesn't raise the level cap or do anything like that.  Most expect they are going with a "scary" vibe with this DLC.

Found this in an online interview and sent it to a friend asking what Point Lookout was all about:

It is a boardwalk, a swampy area that wasnít directly hit by bombs, like the Pitt, but itís got tons of mutations from all the runoff of the water. So you have the Hillfolks, which are the locals. There are three variations; you saw one called the Scrapper. And then there is a bigger one that wields an axe, sort of our melee guy. The area has a lighthouse and a bit of a board walk, so we just used the location and fictionalized it in terms of the boardwalk, the ferris wheel, the lighthouse. There is an old cathedral there, graveyards, we call it a mini-wasteland. We wanted to recreate the experience of a wasteland in this DLC.

Also you can read about it here where it notes it is an all new area, 1/5 the size of the original maps and not recommended for characters under level 17.
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