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15041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 21, 2006, 08:09:03 PM
Swamp, welcome to GT! smile

I'm holding out for HD prices to drop to replace the set my Ex took. (had a 51" hitachi RPTV) ...gonna replace it with a big-screen LCD or Plasma. (undecided)

At this point in time I play mostly on my PC monitor (which is a Dell 2405FPW)
15042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Virtua Fighter 5 announced! on: December 21, 2006, 08:00:14 PM
Quote from: a LVL1 Troll
Can I join in with you all?
SONY AM CRY!
OMG THIS IS AWESOME NEWS FOR TEH 360!!!!!!!! 360 IS TEH WINNAR!!!
SONY IS DOOOOOOOMED!!!!!!!
LOL ROXRZ
 retard
At least you've managed to come up with a decent sig, Hetz.

The comment from Destructor is an indication that he doesn't have to shell out 700bux to play VF5; not that Sony is doomed. Put the stick down; it's making you look bad.
deadhorse

As to VF5 coming to 360, I would think Live play is a no-brainer. If it isn't in there it could hurt it's sales (at least in the group of forum dwellers here).

I was underwhelmed with DOA4; I hope VF5 can show us some impressive next-gen fighting action.

edited for spelling
15043  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yet another reason ATB is going to hell. on: December 21, 2006, 03:23:59 PM
heh. I was laughing too; it was the main reason I felt that chat was post-worthy.

Sometimes the clouds of comic ignorance part and the sun shines on me. I'm not due for another 2 years now.

:sigh:
15044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers - The First Trailer on: December 21, 2006, 03:05:05 PM
ugh.

I would have MUCH preferred Brian Singer... or even Sam Raimi. Someone who can update an old product without butchering it.
15045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 21, 2006, 02:47:16 AM

Quote from: Hetz on December 21, 2006, 01:21:39 AM

Dual Layer discs are already used for all 360 games, that is what is 9GB. Regular DVD's are 4.5GB.
Resistance already uses more than what a dual layer DVD can hold. It uses about 18GB of data, of which very little is FMV.

Lesse, if you have 50GB and are nowhere near the limit, what incentive would you have to trim your code?  Excessive storage breeds laziness in code; code quantity != code quality or efficiency. Just because the devs have USED that space doesn't mean that they have gained anything by it. I'm sure they've been encouraged to drop that info to the media to "sell the idea" that there is a space limitation with other platforms.

How much space does your MP3/AAC/MP4 collection take up? Go to RAW format (like .WAV). Now how much space do you have? You could say you're using 20 terrabytes of data for the same thing that fits on a 4GB Nano. That's just encoding differences (IIRC right now BR movies use uncompressed MPEG-2; this also acts as a justification for more space).

I've seen WAS portal sites run better with lower mem allocation. The engine needs to fit the chassis. Fact of the matter is, when it comes to programs, bigger is sometimes worse.

If MGS4 needs 40hours of FMV, then hey, maybe 3DVDs are going to be required. I wouldn't mind switching disks just to be able to stretch my legs from sitting for so long though.  :slywink:
15046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 21, 2006, 12:35:09 AM

Quote from: Hetz on December 21, 2006, 12:29:03 AM

Quote from: Lee on December 20, 2006, 03:37:53 AM

When I bought my TV earlier this year I didn't know 1080p was the next big thing. They weren't out then (or were very expensive) and I was already overwhelmed by the technology. I would think the vast majority of us don't own 1080p TVs. I can't and won't keep upgrading my TV.
 
So along those lines Hetz, you are going over the top. Just because you can afford all this stuff, doesn't mean we all can.

I wasn't talking about 1080p at all. I was talking about people that bought a TV that only did 1080i and not 720p.

As it stands, Hetz, your position on this is well known (and your 1080p capability). It would be easy to mistake your comment as being condescending. (I'm not saying it was, but the tone was possible)

My parents picked up a Samsung 30" CRT HDTV last year and returned it because it didn't accept a 720p signal. They didn't know it didn't; I had to find that out after-the-fact. We went back and they now have a 32" Aquos. Were I not around they would have been stuck by a major manufacturer. The fact is, Sony *should be* concerned with what their customers need. Forcing 480p means that people will start saying "PS3 looks like ass" and have people pointing their finger at the mfgrs; Sony should be protecting themselves by actually UPconverting, not DOWNconverting.
15047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PLEASE READ ALL FORUM GUESTS & LURKERS (members too) on: December 21, 2006, 12:27:28 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 20, 2006, 11:24:53 PM

I'm completely speechless.  You guys never cease to amaze me.   Merry Tet-Rama-Solsta-Hanni-Kwanza-Mas to you guys!

Liar. I know you have an emergency speech tucked away in your sock in case you ever need some public speaking material on short notice....

The only thing that disturbs me is where you hide it when you're wearing sandals.   :icon_eek:
15048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 20, 2006, 10:11:36 PM
Welcome to GT man! smile
15049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Band-Aids to employ nanotech? on: December 20, 2006, 09:03:23 PM
Hell,

nano-bots rebuilt Red Dwarf and rebuilt the crew. That's not a good thing man. Lister had a dream...
15050  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Robotron 2084 (XBL Arcade) 20% off DEAL!!! on: December 20, 2006, 09:00:14 PM
oof! Bumped thread.
15051  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: UPDATED (again)) with prices: 360 Games and iPod Accessories for sale on: December 20, 2006, 08:51:05 PM
bump.
15052  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: GT site down. Please explain. on: December 20, 2006, 08:21:51 PM
Naw, I'm the deciding vote.

Since we have an outstanding trade pending, you get to stay.
But I get a 20% discount.  icon_wink
15053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers - The First Trailer on: December 20, 2006, 08:18:51 PM
So Optimus can 'springer' RC?

Transformers is a love story.
15054  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: GT site down. Please explain. on: December 20, 2006, 08:16:06 PM
I think WBS doesn't contribute enough.

He should be the one on the nut for this failure. Where's that chair with the bottom cut out?
15055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Halo 3 vid on the Marketplace on: December 20, 2006, 08:13:32 PM
It's cuz Cortana's "glowy bits" are showing.

Apparently nipples are insta-ban.
15056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 20, 2006, 08:09:41 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 20, 2006, 07:34:27 PM

what must-own exclusive-to-console titles have been released in the past 4 months?

I am tired and sick right now, but I KNOW I said console in that statement.  nod
PC game market != "console" in the traditional sense.  icon_biggrin
15057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 20, 2006, 08:03:41 PM
is RS:V available for other platforms? My bad; I get tunnel vision from playing FPSes.

Sure, Viva Pinata is also a must-have.

I can't afford it yet though.

as to College Hoops, it is exclusive as far as the holiday season is concerned though.
15058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 20, 2006, 07:34:27 PM
what must-own exclusive-to-console titles have been released in the past 4 months?

Enchanted Arms, RS:Vegas, Gears and.... AND?

Honestly, the lack of must-haves this season has sold it short.

[edit - fixed]
15059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 20, 2006, 07:26:53 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 20, 2006, 05:48:22 PM

1) Display Market Dominance akin to what we saw with PS2. Not happening so far.  Sony sold 900k+ during their second PS2 November.  500k+ from the 360 in it's comparable month isn't close to that.  PS2 hadn't priced dropped at that point either, I believe. 

They may be shooting for PS2 market dominance, but realistically are hoping to get the lead with only a moderate margin.  They are in a very different market now, they aren't fighting the viability of their platform; they are converting from PS2 games to 360. that kind of thing needs "must have" exclusive titles. Honestly, they don't have that yet. PS2 still has must-have titles.

Content is King, and 360 is far from being crowned yet.

This time next year, it may well be.
15060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thou shall never use the full power of the PS3!!! on: December 20, 2006, 06:50:14 PM
BACK ON TRACK:

SOURCE (MTV)
Quote from: Stephen Totilo, MTV
PlayStation Exec Talks Shaky '06, Reveals Plans For New Gaming Feature

Phil Harrison says hubbub over 'Bully' hasn't changed way he greenlights games; more interactivity in system's future.

What is the joy of talking to top gaming executives?

Is it waiting for them to talk smack about competitors and relishing when they find new ways to do it? Is it discovering what they'll freely talk about and what turns them coy like a dad who's asked how much money he makes? Is it getting their vision for where gaming is going and gauging their intention to truly take that ride?

Sony PlayStation's Phil Harrison came through on all counts late last week, during an hour-long trans-Atlantic phone interview from his office in London. Harrison reviewed PlayStation's rocky year, previewed a dramatically different philosophy for PlayStation's gaming future, talked some trash and claimed the line was breaking up just once.

"The year 2006 probably goes down as one of the most intense and busy years in video-game history," Harrison said. He started it as the newly named president of Sony Computer Entertainment's Worldwide Studios, putting him in charge of the largest game-development unit in the world the international collection of Sony-owned and Sony-backed studios that includes the teams behind "God of War," "Shadow of the Colossus," "SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals," "Killzone," "The Getaway," the "Gran Turismo" series, Sony's sports games, the EyeToy series, developer Insomniac's "Resistance: Fall of Man" and "Ratchet & Clank" games, the "SingStar" karaoke titles and many more.

For all his professional involvement with game development, Harrison spent the year in the spotlight, discussing Sony's game-playing hardware at event after event. He was onstage in Los Angeles during May's Electronics Entertainment Expo, revealing the PS3's motion-sensitive Sixaxis controller (see "PlayStation 3 Unveils Big Price Tag, Surprise Controller"). He was onstage in San Francisco in October detailing the PS3's online store (see "PlayStation 3 Preview: Gamers Get A Test Drive, Luda's Left Out"). He was in Tokyo for the PS3's launch there and San Francisco again for the machine's debut in that city. How did he like that aspect of 2006? "2007 is the year of software, is how I'll answer that," he said. He elaborated, introducing a theme he returned to throughout the hour, saying that next year "is the start a new era of connected software."

"The video-game business for the past 20 years was about shipping closed experiences," he explained. Somebody made a game. Gamers bought it. They played it. End of story. Now comes a new trend, he said, where "the start of the relationship with the consumer is when you launch the game." Harrison had teased this idea throughout the year, demonstrating a method for downloading new songs to keep expanding a PS3 "SingStar" game at E3. He said the new model is like TV, doling out and amplifying experiences moment after moment, and noted Sony is hiring people from that field and magazines to help transform the way the company makes games.

Harrison envisions a constant connection between Sony and Sony gamers a connection that flows both ways. Cue a discussion of MySpace and YouTube's rise this year and its influence on how he wants people to experience PlayStation. "Next year you're going to see user-created experiences in a number of interesting ways on PlayStation 3," he said. Was he referring to a blog-rumored start of a "Second Life"-styled PlayStation-based virtual community? At that suggestion, Harrison claimed phone problems. "There must be some distortion on the line," he said, though there wasn't any static on MTV News' end of the phone.

Harrison recalled E3 2006 as a "party that was going on too long," and said he's happy the conference will get downsized next year. He said he had a "hot summer," when the sharks in the gaming press started feeding a situation not helped by his company's silence during those warm months. He celebrated the 2006 success of "Guitar Hero" as further reinforcement of the barrier-breaking European Sony titles he had championed, like the buzzer-controlled PS2 game-show title "Buzz" and microphone-controlled PS2 "SingStar" those games sold 2 million and 6 million worldwide respectively, he said.

He turned a question about the Nintendo DS's ability to fend off the more technologically advanced PSP into an opportunity to proclaim the Sony machine is doing a "very good job" distinct, he said from the "great job" Sony had done on PS1 and PS2. He said his view of future games on PSP is chiefly influenced by a desire to change the fact that "most people use their PSP at home." He did praise DS for its success, actually, crediting the system, like he did "Guitar Hero," with popularizing a new way to play games. "Nintendo should be congratulated," he said, noting the large numbers of new gamers entering the market to play the DS. Then he spiked the anticipated dig: "They are our customers of tomorrow."

Harrison said that, yes, 2006 is the year that made motion-control a standard of controllers to come. He recalled a tech demo Sony set up internally early this year of a ball rolling on a flat surface, controlled by a motion-sensitive device. "I could stop the ball at will," he said. He was sold.

Harrison and his team experienced an influx of influences and ideas, but he said one development didn't move him: the tangle of controversy surrounding "Bully," the PS2-exclusive Rockstar game featuring a boy and a troubled prep school that was picketed a full year before its late-2006 release (see "Rockstar Games' 'Bully' Won't Take Your Lunch Money Until '06"). Harrison called it a "storm in a teacup" stirred by politicians and media, embarking on a familiar argument that games aren't really just for kids. In this case, movies and books had delved into similar subject matter and seldom faced such protest. Did that give Harrison, someone with nearly unparalleled power to greenlight video games, any pause about the material he thinks he can offer gamers?

"It has absolutely not changed my approach," he said. "I fervently believe that the biggest challenge we face is that our industry is referred to as 'video games,' and games are supposed to be fun," he said, adding that games shouldn't have to only focus on light topics. "Games should deal with fear, should deal with comedy and with death. They should deal with peril, with drug offenses." To get there then, did he agree with Doug Lowenstein, the head of the American gaming industry's main lobbying group, who last month said that video games should not be called video games? Maybe a change to "interactive entertainment" would save the day? "I'm not sure how we can escape when the leading brand is called PlayStation," Harrison responded.

Harrison fielded some curveballs during the call too.

For example, does the increased ability for people around the world to express themselves through digital technology make him interested in cultivating game development from the global South, from places like Africa and South America? Australia aside, the hemisphere has created a mere handful of console games. "I think before you can have a game-development industry, you have to have a game-playing culture," he said, noting a lack of console penetration in that largely economically depressed part of the world. "It is not a high priority, to be honest." He cited Russia and Eastern Europe as the next regions to exert a greater influence on the games we play.

Did he have any year-end thoughts on perhaps the most unconventional game Sony published this year, "LocoRoco"? "It was a very successful game for us and we're continuing to evolve the franchise," he said. "We're going to bring 'LocoRoco' back in a couple of new ways with some new friends in the future."

And what did he make of recent reports that Electronic Arts claimed their launch titles for PS3 only used 20 percent of the system? He said "Gran Turismo 2" maxed out the first PlayStation, and that "God of War II," coming in March 2007, will "be about as good as it gets" on PS2. But for PS3, the system's capabilities will keep changing as its firmware gets constantly updated via the Internet, and developers will continue to learn new ways to best use the machine's multiple processors and Sixaxis controller. Sony's games on PS3 right now use "less than half" of the PS3, he said. "Nobody will ever use 100 percent of its capability."

And with that, he just about wrapped up his year.
15061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thou shall never use the full power of the PS3!!! on: December 20, 2006, 06:44:12 PM

Quote from: jblank on December 20, 2006, 06:38:59 PM

It's funny, I still don't know how to post links to where you don't see the link, just a word that people click on.

I have no html skills. icon_frown

<url=http://www.happytreefriends.com>Fun Times for little kids</url>

Oh, and spoiler tags can be labelled similarly...
Spoiler for here's an example:
<spoiler=here's an example>TEXT</spoiler>

switch <> with [] in both cases.

You can just learn from others too; hit the "quote" button and you can see their code.
15062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thou shall never use the full power of the PS3!!! on: December 20, 2006, 06:41:14 PM

Quote from: jblank on December 20, 2006, 06:37:29 PM

I think your link is busted, but anyway, I doubt that very seriously. I find it hard to believe that in 3-4 years time, the 360 and PS3 WONT be used to their maximum, especially with the talent in programming land today.

I honestly think they won't be able to program for 100% PS3 given the complex nature of the Cell.

I think they'll get into the 90's though. The 360 I can see them tapping it as it's using the similar architecture that the PC games use and with XNA (we'll see how that pans out).

It DOES come across as the easter bunny saying "Ha HA! You'll never find them ALL!!" Maybe they can tap the system by writing a 480p/720p - 1080i upscaler.  disgust  icon_wink
15063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thou shall never use the full power of the PS3!!! on: December 20, 2006, 06:37:35 PM
3917 posts, and no clue as to how to post links?

It's sad, really.

 icon_wink
15064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: G.R.A.W. 2 on: December 20, 2006, 06:35:30 PM
I loved GRAW.

There, I said it.

It was a well-executed game with only the heli parts that pissed me off.

I DID enjoy controlling the Ghosts individually though; it would have been nice to be able to do so. I think they were trying to speed up the game though by using AI. You should be able to choose, IMHO.
15065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2000 posts: a CeeKay retrospective (NSFATB or NSFW) on: December 20, 2006, 06:33:11 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 20, 2006, 05:45:06 PM

BOO in the spoiler.

No CK classic.  This thread should be locked for not meeting expectations.

and you MISSED THIS ENOUGH to complain to me all morning?

 Roll Eyes
15066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Halo 3 vid on the Marketplace on: December 20, 2006, 06:26:38 PM
The online community is just the more visible group. Walmart Mommies run (read:ruin) the world.
15067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Endings on: December 20, 2006, 06:10:49 PM
Wing Commanders were pretty freakin' awesome.

Ultima 7 and part 2 were pretty damned good too. Heh. "So you saved the world, ed? good for you. Now I'm gonna screw you UP!!"

Pagan and Ascention sucked ass though.
15068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Halo 3 vid on the Marketplace on: December 20, 2006, 06:03:11 PM
The halo series is Teen rated at least.

Teens cuss more than adults. I think it'll be right in their element.
"little kids" downloading this shouldn't be.

Shame on the parents.
15069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 20, 2006, 05:57:37 PM
 Bring your own!
15070  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: GT site down. Please explain. on: December 20, 2006, 05:54:14 PM
Triple post. Just paddin' the numbers, baby.

It's all about the post-count.
15071  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: GT site down. Please explain. on: December 20, 2006, 05:53:19 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 20, 2006, 05:41:34 PM

Now, what was the deal. WAS IT LAPORTE!????????????????!!!!!!!!!!
Hmm I had intended that to be GIANT, but I can't figure out how to embiggen the font size.

You tried to hard to make it big, and you ended up with brown, eh? Sounds like a control issue.

 icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol
15072  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: GT site down. Please explain. on: December 20, 2006, 05:52:07 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 20, 2006, 05:41:34 PM

If consoling means calling someone a whiner, then Purge is a great comfort.

Truth hurts, don't it?
I need some forewarning next time; we'll throw a GT down-time party. I'll stock up on some cheese, and ATB will bring the W(h)ine.

Quote from: ATB on December 20, 2006, 05:41:34 PM

Hmm I had intended that to be GIANT, but I can't figure out how to embiggen the font size.

:snicker: Sounds like you've got a Wii problem, buddy.  icon_lol
15073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: good multiplayer games for Wii other than Wii Sports on: December 20, 2006, 05:14:08 PM

Quote from: bluntman72 on December 20, 2006, 05:29:11 AM

the main reason he wanted a Wii was to play with his girlfriend

:snicker:

In most cases, it looks like this :
Quote from: Every_Hetero_Man
the main reason he wanted a girlfriend was to play with his Wii

ninja2
15074  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / GT site down. Please explain. on: December 20, 2006, 05:11:54 PM
DNS no answer. Now it does. What gives?

What broke, and what steps are you taking to prevent further outages?

Cripes, I had to console ATB all morning since the site was gone. I demand RETRIBUTION!!!

:snicker: I said "console" and the context WASN'T gaming.   icon_lol
15075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PLEASE READ ALL FORUM GUESTS & LURKERS (members too) on: December 20, 2006, 05:55:04 AM
Oh, and the new accounts need to post in THIS thread.
15076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PLEASE READ ALL FORUM GUESTS & LURKERS (members too) on: December 20, 2006, 05:53:15 AM
IN with one additional caveat... I'll be donating ATB's Monies.  nod

Well, actually, I'll donate up to 10bux... I'm broke. So after all those other peoples queues are filled; I'll fill it too.


Now, do you think KD is going to ring up 200 dummy accounts?  icon_twisted
15077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Those still looking for a Wii or PS3 on: December 19, 2006, 08:49:25 PM
Does someone need a 60GB ? I've got one right now. It's about 4 hours from going back to the store as I've decided not to keep it. frown
15078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 19, 2006, 08:24:57 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 19, 2006, 08:11:02 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on December 19, 2006, 07:48:53 PM

I like how they don't mention Iraq or the Republicans trying to keep control of the government.

I find it funny that communism/socialism hasn't made the list for the last 90 years straight...




I'm not sure that left-wing democracy" [read: capitalism with back-door deals] has won much recently either... or are the republicans in power?  :slywink:

Canada has medicare (a socialist ideal). It is not perfect, but it's certainly better than getting bills for being sick.

You have the american dream, we live it.  icon_biggrin
15079  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2000 posts: a CeeKay retrospective (NSFATB or NSFW) on: December 19, 2006, 04:25:15 PM
There's a reason the ratio was 100-to-1 in that village ... all the other chicks left; they couldn't compete.

And you know Papa Smurf was always first in line. saywhat
15080  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yet another reason ATB is going to hell. on: December 19, 2006, 04:23:06 PM
In a completely unrelated topic :

DON'T ADD ATB to your GTALK ... dear god. The advil consumption is up 40% when google talk is open.
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