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15081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gah! Job Related. Which new job would you take? on: December 22, 2006, 02:31:05 PM
Job 1 for a month (or however long it takes to get on "permanent". If it's working out, then break your lease.
15082  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: It needs to stop. on: December 22, 2006, 01:40:06 PM
Lee, explain to me what that means. Does someone look bad for posting a thread, a topic they bring up for discussion, just because it involves an article on PS3 sales slump?

Did we (the obvious "them" from your perspective) jump down the throats of the naysaying with troll bait, or did we discuss it with points and counter points?

I could care less about posts where people console themselves because their purchase agenda; when it gets to the OMG posts though, enough is enough. If I wanted to deal with childish people, I'd pick up random Halo2 Live Games.
15083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crazy Xbox commercial... on: December 22, 2006, 04:01:17 AM
They were facing a lawsuit with that being a ripoff of a short film or another commercial IIRC.
15084  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Viva Pinata and College Basketball 2K7 (360) - $29.99 at BB on: December 22, 2006, 03:38:40 AM
Too bad it's not in Canada.  disgust
15085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Industry Report: PS3's are sitting on shelves unsold. on: December 22, 2006, 03:22:51 AM

Stop snowballing topics that have nothing to do with 360's or Wiis.
15086  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: It needs to stop. on: December 22, 2006, 03:16:36 AM
 mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad mad


deadhorse = annoying.

I agree that the bickering has to stop.

I am annoyed at the fact that PS3 troll posts pop up in threads that are discussing Sony fucking up then turn it into a 360vsPS3 arguement. Those threads weren't put there as a personal attack or as bait for PS3 fanboys. Sony just is REALLY THAT BAD at P.R.

I don't like my ketchup from my fries on my chicken fingers, and I CERTAINLY DON'T APPRECIATE crap like

Simply put, this kind of comment is designed to irritate. I personally am not taking bait anymore; I'm full. If you want to drop nasty comments to people about posts that you think were targeted at you, then kindly use PM and not derail the thread. If you feel like complaining about this to the admins, head over to Site Feedback.

The fact that Hetz runs around in each thread that even MENTIONS PS3 and has been dropping crap like that makes me not want to read it.
It's like he's the only one who likes the PS3 and this is XBOX360.GAMINGTREND.COM. It isn't. I am a Sony customer and will be again. I will also want a Nintendo product.

I am also an adult, and don't need someone telling me what I can and cannot discuss. It's juvenile to expect the admins to police topics dedicated to a topic of discussion because of trolls. The fact of the matter is is that the staff have full-time jobs outside GT, and we as people need to wake the FUCK UP and smell the toast burning.

This is a gaming community. We could tolerate LE and his fluctuations for 2 years; we can CERTAINLY move past a generation leap in the console market.

I am not hopping into PS3 only threads (motorstorm thread for instance) and dropping "yeah, but who could could afford it?" comments. I'd ask the same with 360 threads. Hetz has already stated he doesn't care about how his current behaviour is tarnishing his image (Calvin mentioned it to him today in another thread).

I will try my damnedest to avoid bait, and I will not post bait. I'd like to see everyone else aim for the same goal. I don't want to start resent coming here.
15087  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: It needs to stop. on: December 22, 2006, 03:06:46 AM
 eek I don't even remember posting that.

A++ to company-funded drinking events. Woot.  icon_lol
15088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Industry Report: PS3's are sitting on shelves unsold. on: December 22, 2006, 02:58:14 AM
re: Hasselhoff

saywhat Then why did you quote it?? slywink

15089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Virtua Fighter 5 announced! on: December 22, 2006, 02:51:24 AM
I dunno. Broadband connection = fast response.

As long as they know how to WRITE NET-CODE.
15090  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)
15091  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?
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.

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
15092  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.

15093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers - The First Trailer on: December 21, 2006, 03:05:05 PM

I would have MUCH preferred Brian Singer... or even Sam Raimi. Someone who can update an old product without butchering it.
15094  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:
15095  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.
15096  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:
15097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 20, 2006, 10:11:36 PM
Welcome to GT man! smile
15098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Band-Aids to employ nanotech? on: December 20, 2006, 09:03:23 PM

nano-bots rebuilt Red Dwarf and rebuilt the crew. That's not a good thing man. Lister had a dream...
15099  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Robotron 2084 (XBL Arcade) 20% off DEAL!!! on: December 20, 2006, 09:00:14 PM
oof! Bumped thread.
15100  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: UPDATED (again)) with prices: 360 Games and iPod Accessories for sale on: December 20, 2006, 08:51:05 PM
15101  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
15102  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.
15103  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?
15104  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.
15105  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
15106  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.
15107  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]
15108  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.
15109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thou shall never use the full power of the PS3!!! on: December 20, 2006, 06:50:14 PM

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.
15110  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=>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.
15111  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
15112  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.

15113  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.
15114  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
15115  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.
15116  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.
15117  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.
15118  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!
15119  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.
15120  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.

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