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1401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon - Co Op Interest on: March 16, 2006, 12:24:44 AM
If anyone sees me online: punisherxbox360
1402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / And here, I thought I WAS out of control on: March 15, 2006, 02:27:23 PM
2 things...

1) it "could" just be a store room for a store...
2) It looks like it's mixed with books and movies, so there may not be as many games as you think...
1403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 14, 2006, 11:38:36 PM
Looks like Hetz got the game....

1404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 14, 2006, 03:43:45 PM
Gamestop has now changed the date...damn....
1405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Starforce wants YOU to pirate games! on: March 14, 2006, 02:50:57 AM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Is there a way to tell if a game has Starforce from the box?

I did a little looking and found a few games installed on my PC also has Starforce.  Luckily nothing has gotten screwed up, but it still makes me feel wary (dirty?) and I don't want to support a company like that.

No, which is one of the problems......

Also, I just realized something.....

CP is there to prevent casual copying, yet stores won't let you return opened software in case you copied it.... Besides the obvious fact that CP games are pirated anyway, it seems that the stores don't think that CP does any good as well. Companies would probably save more money, by not putting hardcore CP in, then by worrying about piracy.
1406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion being released early? on: March 13, 2006, 12:38:40 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
Sorry, can't tell you the local store for fear of corporate drones descending on them.

Well, I doubt they could get in trouble for saying a date, only if they actually sold it before they were supposed to.
1407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 13, 2006, 12:14:55 AM
As a new reviewer in general, I just wanted to mention some things, that I have assumed over the years about most reviews.

1) First and foremost, any review is just the opinion of the reviewer. There is not some magical course you can take that will give you a 100% accurate review that fits everyone's tastes. Some people like game A, some hate it. A reviewer is just another person.
2) If you keep track of reviewers, after a while you can get a feel for what types of games they like and how it compares to your feelings. You can then adjust the reviews accordingly.
3) If a reviewer has a liking for a particular genre, they are more likely to give a game in that genre more credit. (not nesescarily more then it deserves though). If they like that particular series, it will probably increase more. The opposite is also true. There are exceptions to everything though.
4) No reviewer can tell you what you will like. Use reviews as a guide.
5) I am willing to bet that the majority of reviewers do so without actually finishing a game (unless it is one of those 6-8 hour games). There is usually too much of a time constraint and some games take so long to finish, that it is not practical. That isn't to say that they don't play a lot of hours, but it could answer descrepancies when games go up and down or crash in quality in the full end game and reviewers don't mention it.

all of the above is my opinion and I may be completely wrong. I do know that my preview (and any future pre/reviews) are purely my opinion on what I saw in a game. I will also do my best to get as far as possible in a game as well, under the time constraints. As for my preview of Oblivion:
1) I am a fan of the series, but wouldn't consider myself a fanboy. I am a fanboy of games in general though. slywink
2) I never finished any of the Elder Scrolls games. They were too big for me, but I did have fun playing them. (And I did reinstall MW about a month or so ago and so far. I'm further along then I ever remember being.)
3) No game is perfect. For me the end question is, "Is the game fun overall?" If it is, then I will usually look past any "defects". For some, those same defects may be game killers. For some defects, they may kill the game for me, but others love it.
1408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Starforce wants YOU to pirate games! on: March 12, 2006, 11:56:10 PM
While I agree that CP sucks, just not purchasing games that have SF (or ny protection) does not really send a message at all. It is not really a "missed sale" because the publishers have no way of knowing that you DIDN'T purchase something, nor why you didn't. The same way that there is no way of KNOWING exactly how much piracy affects sales either.

You would have to make sure that everyone not buying it for CP reasons, also sent letters/emails to the all the companies involved and why. But if the the title did well anyway, this probably wouldn't make much of a difference as to wether or not they put CP in later games or not.
1409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion being released early? on: March 10, 2006, 01:14:57 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "CeeKay"
What are the odds of it being released early?  Would Bethesda surprise us like that?  What are your thoughts?  Maybe we can bribe some people.....

I asked Bethesda on this and was told flatly that there will be nothing shipping before the 20th.  Piracy is a while different animal...

hmm, if they don't ship until the 20th, that means that a lot of people won't get it until the 22nd at the earliest then. I don't think every store gets drop shipments, so it would be:
20th ship overnight to EB warehouse (for example).
Receive on 21st, hope the workers aren't having a bad day
Ship from warehouse overnight arrive on the 22nd.

Does that sound right?
1410  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for 300GB SATA 3.0G HDD on: March 10, 2006, 01:11:02 PM
My comapny primarily sells WD. We only get other brands if the customer specifically requests it. We haven't noticed any unusual amount of problems with them. I currently have 7 300GB WD drives in one of my PC's and haven't had any problems yet.
1411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 08, 2006, 09:01:42 PM
I should be picking up my pre-order after work (whenever that is), I just don't know when I'll be able to play it.
One of my favorite clients had their server crash this morning and I'm trying to get that back up, then I have to go on a 2 hour drive tommorrow morning at 7 for some network troubleshooting, then I'm going away for the weekend.
I might just end up bring the 360 with me on the weekend though..
1412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 08, 2006, 12:57:41 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"

Although they never said it, I actually don't think they wanted us to know this info because it's easier to get a reservation on something if you say "oh yeah, we should have it day one" (notice how I didn't promise anything) instead of saying "it looks like the game you are really excited about has been deemed minor so we shipped it to arrive about a week after release, but I doubt our competitor will have it by then anyway."  In the age of the internet, you would just buy it online if you knew it wasn't going to be in stores for a few days.

And actually, due to the lack of reliable info, a lot of people I know have stopped buying at the stores and ordering online. Many places have cheap or free overnight now and some people have been getting titles before the street date. This is even more true with PC titles, which all my nearby EB/GS stores have slowly shrunk down. The most they have now is about 2 and 1/2 racks and They don't always get everything quickly. Hell, the Walmart near me has gotten some things quicker. (Plus they are more likely to break street date. smile )
1413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Live Simpsons on: March 07, 2006, 08:14:32 PM
link on that page is dead. frown
1414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 07, 2006, 01:25:01 AM
I am very disappointed.....A thread started by Hetz AND a reply by Hetz and no mention of Oblivion...Are you feeling ok?
1415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ultraviolet = Bad? on: March 04, 2006, 06:57:38 PM
Quote from: "tiny ogre"
it was directed by Kurt Wimmer, of Equilibrium

I didn't realize that, but it explains why it "looks" like Equilibrium, which I liked. We are going to see it this weekend probably.
1416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Flag Dilemma on: March 04, 2006, 04:17:51 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
You're supposed to burn the flag when it needs to be trashed (seriously).  Not in a "DEATH TO THE INFIDELS!!" manner, of course smile

Or give it to your local veterans group - they'll take care of it for you.

Ironically, my local VFW burnt down about 2 months ago.... Seriously.
1417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New BC Contest - Oblivion! on: March 03, 2006, 09:51:16 PM
the "read more" link appears to be broken.. smile
1418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Test your system for Oblivion on: March 03, 2006, 05:23:55 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Well, by the time I actually care about playing Oblivion then I might have rebuilt my system so it can run the game. I'm looking at another two years maybe.

And no, I won't be reviewing it for this site. Tongue

If we could find a way to review a Falcon Mach V and the game at the same time, that would kill 2 birds with one stone.
1419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who are your favorite *fictional* characters? on: March 03, 2006, 02:24:37 PM
Quote from: "Jeremy"
Sam Vimes.

Yeah, that's a good one. Carrot too....
1420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: March 02, 2006, 10:50:27 PM
Now that it's gold, I don't want it anymore. slywink
1421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So...can you get Oblivion preorders? on: March 01, 2006, 02:18:57 PM
Just ask the staff at EB to pre-order it. They don't always get the pre-order boxes first.
Basically, as soon as an SKU for an item is available, you can usually pre-order it.
1422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who are your favorite *fictional* characters? on: February 28, 2006, 10:35:30 PM
Willard Phule
1423  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Would like some input on a system I'm looking at on: February 28, 2006, 04:16:35 PM
The power supply is definetly underpowered.

I am currently using this one It has gotten good reviews and has work for my system so far.
1424  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Would like some input on a system I'm looking at on: February 28, 2006, 02:59:45 AM
1st off, I would get either a BFG or XFX video card. They have lifetime and double-lifetime warranties, respectively.

2nd, I think you have the wrong model#. Did you mean GA-K8NF-9?
If yso, it doesn't look like it supports SLI. You should get an SLI capable motherboard in case you want to go SLI later. I currently have a DFI LanParty UT motherboard and it seems to work very well so far.

Also, depending on your budget. The 7900 512MB cards are rumored to be out within a month. But I can't be sure. I have had a 7800GTX 512MB on backorder for a customer since December. 2 of my vendors have gone from backordered, to removed from site/inventory.
1425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cool story on: February 26, 2006, 08:21:56 PM
1426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spidey's got a new costume... [Spoiler] on: February 26, 2006, 04:03:40 AM
His Spider sense is also enhanced, along with his other "normal" powers.
For instance, he mentions that some spiders carry their young on their backs and then realizes that his wall crawling ability, really affects his whole body when he waants to. He sticks a little kid on his back while rescuing her.
I believe that he also gains a form of nightvision and that he still doesn't know the extent of his powers.
For the record, they are not calling them new, just saying that he wasn't aware of them/accepting of the spider totem before, so he really had these all along, but didn't know.
1427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Oblivion Preview on: February 26, 2006, 03:55:43 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Is there video of you playing Punisher?

Not one that's safe for viewing. slywink
1428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Oblivion Preview on: February 26, 2006, 03:54:18 AM
Crap, there goes my secret identity! smile
1429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 25, 2006, 11:04:55 PM
Quote from: "Rivercat"
Quote from: "Punisher"
Also, if anyone has any specific questions about the game, I'll see what I can do to answer them.

How about when you said this?
Something that would be nice to have, since I am sure a lot of people start over to try other characters, is to have some way of skipping the opening story/tutorial dungeon. I can see it getting tiring after a while.

I brought up that same concern on their forums and the answer everyone shot back was to just save the game right before you exit the initial dungeon before you "confirm" all your choices.  Load it back up at that point and you can recreate your character as many different ways as you want without having to start from scratch.

Can you not do this afterall?

Now that I think about it, it should be. Right before you exit, it does ask you if you are sure about your character, so, yeah that should work, but I didn't actually try it.
I still think it would be better to have a skip part, right from the new game option, but it might not be feasible, since  the tutorial is part of the main quest. (I suppose they could just give you the stuff you need though).

The problem with the load/save thing is that you would have to remember to do it before leaving, and I don't rememember if you could name your saves or not. (something like"End of Tutorial save")
1430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 25, 2006, 11:01:22 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "CeeKay"
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Keep in mind the test PC provided for these previews was a 3.4 Ghz, 2 GB RAM, X1900/512Mb based system.

I thought Punisher as it was only 3 Ghz, not too much of a difference.  I'm already planning on adding another gig of ram to my rig anyways so I should be good.

Yeah, it was a 3.4Ghz with a X1900 according to all the other sites.

Yeah, it was a typo I missed, sorry. It was a 3.4
1431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Oblivion Preview on: February 25, 2006, 10:59:32 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
And I just wanted to say, "I consider myself a hardcore, casual gamer"??  WTF is a 'hardcore, casual' gamer? :?:

I thought I explained it well enough, but I admit, it doesn't make too much sense.. Let me try again....

I figure casual gamers, play once in a while, don't usually keep up(IE: purchase) on the top technology, don't purchase too often, and play casually, ie, they don't take gaming too seriously.

Hardcore gamers are the opposite.....

I am right in the middle.

I do keep up with the latest technology. I have two higher end systems:
AMD Dual Core 4200+, 1GB RAM, 7800GT, 900GB RAID array and 600GB Raid Array
AMD 3800+. 1GB RAM, 7800GTX, approx 600GB in space
Plus I have 2 more systems, and all the current consoles, including the 360.
I usually buy/pre-order a lot of games

That is the hardcore part.

The casual part is:
I don't play regularly and in long spans of hours.
I don't take the gaming too seriously
I don't finish a lot of games
Sometimes, I don't even open a game for months on end.

So that's why I call myself hardcore, casual...

better? smile
1432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 25, 2006, 02:15:37 PM
Also, if anyone has any specific questions about the game, I'll see what I can do to answer them.
1433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 25, 2006, 02:01:09 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Our preview looks great but we definitely need the author's name somewhere that's easy to see.  Give the boy some credit!

Also the screenshot on page 2 of the preview says "Console Gold".  I'm not sure what that is although I've heard of that site somewhere before...   Tongue

Perhaps, because it's the writers first time writing an article, he is waiting to see how it is received before putting his name on it or someone else's.. smile Or perhaps, because it's his first time he simply didn't realize it. smile
1434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 23, 2006, 09:11:32 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Mattc0m"
Is that what I think it is? A curved sword?!
Get the fuck out of our memepool.


Word association rocks!


What in the world is going on?

1435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon Demo - Sometime in the next year on: February 23, 2006, 09:09:52 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "Hetz"
Not yet  frown

But an Oblivion trailer was just put up in the Marketplace, in 720p! smile

Its nice, but its the trailer I saw a bajillion times at E3.

Yes, I really wish it would have been something new....but it did look amazing on my TV! I can't wait to see the game in motion on my 360.  smile

Then there are the lucky studs that actually got to see the game in motion this week.  slywink

Did you go to the event in Chicago?

Yes, and Paul went to the one in New York.  Impressions will be coming soon.

I can neither confirm nor deny any possible participation in said events and have no comment until Saturday...I've done enough damage... smile
1436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 22, 2006, 04:55:45 PM
This was 100% my fault. I never knew about the embargo and do not remember hearing him say anything about one.

I formally apologize about this and take full responsibility.
1437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 22, 2006, 04:09:11 PM
Thanks Hetz, you killed my first official post..... Now I can't even put my article up I bet.... smile
1438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 22, 2006, 02:24:40 PM
Just posted some new screenshots from the event.

they are mixed 360 and PC, see caption.
1439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lets talk about AI on: February 13, 2006, 09:39:52 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Besides, the day we make real AI is the day "they" take over and thus no more video games....

You sir, have been watching too much of the Matrix!
The day my roomba decides to stop following orders and vacuuming my house is the day he gets trashed.
However if the Roomba is any indication of what's to come in real-life AI, we're still a long, long, long way off!

Matrix, terminator, any number of Sci-Fi movies. smile

As for the Roomba..... have you ever lost any keys, socks, etc...? I'm just saying....
1440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Video] Huxley on: February 13, 2006, 07:29:43 PM
Quote from: "Hamsterball_Z"
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
I think I can figure out the playable factions/sides.  But the combat element doesn't look like anything we've seen before.  Far more Unreal than WoW.  Perhaps they're going the route SWG recently took?  Personally, I'd love to see somebody pull off a "shooty" MMO.  The genre could use a new play mechanic.

Not that I've played them, but wouldn't Planetside or WWII Online fit that model?

They are both FPS type games, but WWII Online may as well be turn based. I liked the games potential, but it moved WAAAY too slow for me...
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