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15561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Huge Calendar Update on: August 24, 2006, 01:21:26 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 24, 2006, 10:56:05 AM

As long as things don't turn into a moderation nightmare, I think we can use a 'village update' system and keep it current.

Villiage Update : Idiot still missing.

In other news, has anyone seen Devil around lately ?  :slywink:
15562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why the EA hatred? on: August 24, 2006, 01:17:59 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 24, 2006, 08:28:48 AM

They are all rezzing some great older products.  While I'll always carry a torch for Origin, they didn't have to sell.

Did you read the article above? Also, does this excuse them from renting out my information? I wanted to try Burnout Revenge; now the known world has my CC info. Nice.
15563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why the EA hatred? on: August 24, 2006, 12:28:09 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on August 22, 2006, 08:34:17 PM

It's not, after all, like their some kind of Vietnamese child labor sneaker sweatshop.

There is a HUGE difference... the vietnamese "children", a.k.a. anyone under 18, are becoming skilled labour and bringing foreign money into their country. This is part of globalization. Those kids used to work regardless of Nike, but now they have shoes on their feet and bicycles to ride. It may be a benefit to Nike's company right now, but it's also a BIG WIN for those communities to have those jobs. The people working there are making more money than they ever did. The only fault in that situation is the government and their lax labour / child-labour practices. I'm sure Nike wouldn't care if their employees were all adults, as long as they're seeing a discount in the wages from 1st world labour operations.

In EA, they're treating people who could earn just as much as they are with the company like shit. The fact that these people ARE protected by a "superior" labour law and are still being worked well beyond reason baffles me.

Vote with your wallet; only buy USED EA games unless it's a struggling franchise.
15564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Random Assorted 360 Questions on: August 23, 2006, 08:01:46 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on August 23, 2006, 07:27:09 PM

$35 for these X-230s seems like what I'd be looking for...

You have the following math to consider:

$52.99 / 5.1 = 10.39 per speaker
$35.00 / 2.1 = 16.67 per speaker

This means that, with the 360 audio routed through the PC, you could have 5.1 audio for pc, home theatre use and for games.
It would be the optimal solution.

Personally, I have had the 5300 (this is the updated version 5300e), and I now have the 5500 speakers
15565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Random Assorted 360 Questions on: August 23, 2006, 07:24:56 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on August 23, 2006, 03:54:40 PM

I'd probably want a 2.1 sound system for space and cash reasons, unless the 5.1 was the same or a very similar price.  Recommendations welcome.

that x530 is 79.99 CAD (~70USD). Any decent 2.1 system with a sub is going to run damn close to that.
Newegg has it for as cheap as 50USD

Which XFI card do you have? the platinum with the expansion bay with the connectors?
15566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Here we go: Help Me Choose an RPG To Play on: August 23, 2006, 06:52:15 PM
What about Vandal Hearts? It's FF Tactics with a storyline! biggrin
15567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Here we go: Help Me Choose an RPG To Play on: August 23, 2006, 03:54:47 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 23, 2006, 02:08:02 PM

I did play Breath of Fire Dragon Quarter a bit- I didn't like it the first time but it may be worth trying again.

As for Enchanted Arms-I would like to rent it, but after initial poor reviews its not a purchase to me.
It's a good thing you are interested in trying Dragon Quarter again. It takes a minimum of 3 times through to actually beat it, IIRC. (it might be 2, but I seem to remember some sections still being closed).
15568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Here we go: Help Me Choose an RPG To Play on: August 23, 2006, 03:52:56 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on August 23, 2006, 01:51:43 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 23, 2006, 12:11:38 PM

Quote from: depward on August 23, 2006, 06:15:47 AM

HAH!  No doubt   Tongue  Can't believe I forgot to mention the SH series as well... though, I know Calvin thought Covenant wasn't so good because he was afraid of the 'gayness' emanating from it.

Hope he's not planning on picking up 'Enchanted Arms' then  :slywink:
Is Enchanted Arms the next RPG to offer rewards for collecting almost-nude male bodybuilder trading cards for a pair of gay lovers?

Is that a note of excitement I detect, -LE- ?

Oh, and I love the new board with the abbreviation tags... try rolling your mouse over the words. biggrin
15569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One-hit-Wonder Companies and their Games. on: August 23, 2006, 03:37:35 PM

Quote from: warning on August 22, 2006, 01:22:50 PM

Alright here's mine: Ion Storm.  They (the Austin branch) deveoped Deus Ex which was the bestest game evar!  And... that was it.  Daikatana?  Pfft.  Anachronox?  I'd rather play Final Fantasy.  They did some RTS also... maybe Dominion Storm over Gift or some shit like that.  Then they folded.

I liked anachronox right up until I hit a show-stopping bug.  crybaby
15570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo co-op question on: August 23, 2006, 03:31:13 PM
co-op save points are (IIRC) based on the main profile although both sides get credit for it. Also, I don't think the in-game waypoints saves work for that kind of thing.
15571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Random Assorted 360 Questions on: August 23, 2006, 03:10:28 PM
LE, allow me to don the "Voice Of Reason" +2 Wis hat here.

You are going to use it on both. Face it. Get the VGA cable for your monitor (and use DVI to the monitor for your PC). There are numerous screen resolutions it can do, and basically you are getting high-def. (720p is 1280x720, 1080i is 1920x1080 IIRC).

If you are going to have a buddy over, you're going to want to use the larger set. I don't know that the svideo is worth that time; you've already got the composite at no extra cost. the clarity you will get on your monitor will have you wanting to see it closer.

As to the bundle, don't go with PGR3 bundle... it's trade-in value is negligable. if it truly is the 360 KIT and not a card, that means you'll have an extra headset for your brother / friend who comes over and brings their account with them. (or a spare if you're harsh on your equipment)

Since you're in a dorm and you may want to get better speakers anyways, may I suggest running the optical out or the rca outs into your XFI input, and then get a decent set of speakers (perhaps something like the Logitech x530s if you want a 5.1 system) or a pair of long-wire / wireless earphones? The speaker option does require your PC be on (when do you turn yours off though?) but then both your PC and your computer benefit. Also, this means that the live headset isn't going to interfere with your voicecomm ability.
15572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Would you Buy the Wii for $229? on: August 23, 2006, 02:13:44 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on August 23, 2006, 01:54:32 PM

Quote from: Kobra on August 23, 2006, 05:30:28 AM

Thank god it's only a crappy photoshop -- if that was real, fuck it, I'd buy a PS3 just to spite Nintendo.
Helping a competitor is too indirect an attack. May I suggest instead to hijack a Wii shipment and dump them in the Boston harbor?
15573  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: A few things you should know about the new forum on: August 23, 2006, 02:01:30 PM
I hate you all.

Now I have to change my scoreboard etc. Not happy. Not one bit. slywink
15574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: thunder, Thunder, THUNDER, THUNDERCATS, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! on: August 23, 2006, 01:55:55 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 22, 2006, 04:29:30 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 22, 2006, 04:09:20 AM

I'm so stunned I'm completely at a loss of words. Short of that big  saywhat anyway.

Follow that up with a for the execs at WB.
15575  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: August 21, 2006, 07:44:07 PM
made some changes. Still work in progress.  crybaby
15576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - 8/20/06 on: August 21, 2006, 03:05:39 PM
I'm getting broken images for the post that (apparently) has the DOA pics.  crybaby

attach pix please! Also, where's the Pix / STFU icon? Ron, you're slipping...
15577  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? on: August 21, 2006, 12:19:35 PM
I suspect that image is doctored... I mean shit man, EVERYONE knows that Chewie has no rhythm... he's on bass guitars.   saywhat
15578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - 8/20/06 on: August 21, 2006, 12:13:38 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 20, 2006, 10:11:34 PM

You could bounce a quarter off that ass.  Damn!

It ain't quarters I'm visualizin' bub.
15579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lunesta doesn't work on: August 21, 2006, 01:54:28 AM
Might I suggest acepromazine?
Spoiler for Hiden:
Horse tranquilizer ... heh
15580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninety-Nine Nights: Anyone take the plunge? on: August 20, 2006, 08:47:04 PM
This games reminds me of Ninja Gaiden in so many ways... like how many dents I can make in the wall beside the TV from the flying controller.

It's gone down to a B for the save thing. Seriously, I've gotten to mission 6 (swamp) where they jump you around, and if you want your troops for the final battle you spend forever hunting them down and backtracking.

Also, I hate named chars. No one except you does damage to them, and your special orb attacks do almost NOTHING to them. And they block. And block. And hit, then block. When you think you've hit them, they jump back, fly forward and smoke you for critical damage even though you're wearing an item that protects from critical damage.

So that makes it a B- ... Nice.
15581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? on: August 19, 2006, 05:15:06 AM
So CK is the "almost destroyer of threads" ? How quaint.
15582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninety-Nine Nights: Anyone take the plunge? on: August 19, 2006, 05:06:08 AM
it does... you now have a use for the "BLOCK" button.  icon_biggrin eek
15583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: When will Microsoft abandon subscription-based multiplayer? on: August 18, 2006, 08:47:41 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 18, 2006, 09:32:18 AM

Honestly I don't really even see the point of Silver

*ahem* Gee, I don't know... downloadable content for single player games? Voice comm with people without being in-game? Wouldn't it suck if you had to PAY to actually GET to the marketplace?

The only thing Gold is good for is matchmaking and multiplayer gaming.

Frankly, I spend most of my time in the silver section of Live nowadays. (granted it's summer and I don't wanna get sucked into clans etc).
15584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninety-Nine Nights: Anyone take the plunge? on: August 18, 2006, 03:08:55 PM

Video - Graphics are amazing, the blur effect is an enhancement. Very little pop-up noticed (faraway enemies are blurred and become more detailed as the distance closes.) My Glasses need replacing (getting some today, AAMOF) so when I sit a fair distance away I have problems seeing the chests in the distance and items.

Sound - Battle sounds are great, and so is custom music tracks (as I'm not too fond of the ingame music). Didn't pay too much attention to sound as of right now. I really don't mind the voices; there's a lot WORSE out there. I would give the voices a good rating (B+).

Controls - The controls in this game are WAY BETTER than the Dynasty Warrior franchise. You get some awesome strings for combos as well as different power attacks.

Gameplay - This is the big one folks. The gameplay in N3 is better than DW in every way possible. From on-the-fly equipment changes to ordering your troops, it all makes sense. The AI DOES actually do something, whereas the DW universe has more soldiers standing around than not. (which explains why the Chinese population dropped from 40+million to 16million in 120 years during the romance of the 3 kingdoms). Use "defend" to pull your troops back to isolate the opponents and get them out of melee combat. Hold your troops back and draw your foes into their own traps (like the stones etc). Use Attack to get them to charge into the opponents as well. Terrain plays a part in the combat, although not to the detail of the Total War series.

The hack-n-slash is varied, and all of your favorite combo build up. I found the game to be hard on the second level (the one included in the demo) as you don't have any powerups and your level is pretty low. go down the dead-end paths to get powerups ( the south-west one is a wash with only a cursed necklace which gives you -50% attack power). Get the 2nd and 3rd swords from this level (3rd is past the troll; let them battle it out while you go plundering chests! icon_twisted)

Inphyy is a fluid fighter, and although she doesn't really get the stopping power of her brother until the 3rd and 4th missions, she does really well. There is at least 6 characters to play in the game; I'm on the 6th mission ATM. See spoiler below.  eek

The only gripe I had initially is that there are no in-game saves, which artificially inflates the play time. Given that there is mission ratings though, I'd have to say it's fair to assume you are GOING to be playing them over again (one achievement is getting an A rating on all levels). The camera was fine, although YMMV based on what you're used to. The DW series didn't even let you pivot the camera manually (you had to block to center camera; in N3 you can do this as well).

Spoiler for Hiden:
Inphyy just slaughtered old, sick, women and children orcs ingame ... she's a vicious person filled with hatred.
I am not regretting this purchase one bit.
I give it a solid A for now; the game is designed as a single player experience... the only thing I would have liked to have seen is a live co-op mode as well.
15585  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 08/15/06 on: August 17, 2006, 02:26:01 PM
    * The Simpsons - The Complete Eight Season
    * Simpsons: Season 8

I can't decide between the two... slywink kiddin. Zippo for me.
15586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So... My dad has cancer on: August 17, 2006, 02:24:04 PM
Move to Canada (become canadian) and use our healthcare system. hell, everyone else abuses it; it might as well get used for what it's intended to.  Just remember, don't bitch about the taxes being higher; they ARE contributing to that same healthcare. smile

I'm sorry to hear you have to go through this... I know as many cancer survivors as I know victims. I truly wish your family success in this.
15587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now this is one fast gamer... on: August 17, 2006, 02:11:55 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 15, 2006, 12:18:40 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 15, 2006, 12:14:42 AM

Wow, that was impressive.

BTW, you might want to stick a 'NSFW ads' tag on this.  The chick doing a spread-eagle in a micro-thong might not be the best thing for a boss to see.

done, sorry about that, didn't see the ads through my blocker.

I gotta admit, I only entered this thread (and the link) for the NSFW tag.  :slywink:
15588  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: A few things you should know about the new forum on: August 13, 2006, 04:58:48 PM
Can you set sigs to allow size restricted images? I would like to have my gamercard in the sig instead... biggrin  ninja2
15589  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Setting up your Avatar as your gamertag card on: August 13, 2006, 03:13:04 AM

replace Purge with your gamertag.
Use %20 for spaces.

Go nuts.
15590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: IBTC on: August 13, 2006, 02:56:29 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 13, 2006, 02:06:52 AM

by the way guys, i call the recliner!  I've already sat in it with my bare ass anyways.....  saywhat

That explains why Lockdown found K-Y on the back of his pants.

That caused significant worries on his part. icon_redface
15591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Attention Soulchilde on: August 13, 2006, 02:49:27 AM

Quote from: Lockdown on August 12, 2006, 12:35:25 PM

Now that the new forums are up, I am of course very happy, except for one small thing...

I have noticed that when posting now, there is a Spell Check button next to Preview.  This saddens me to no end.

If you choose to use this button, it will undoubtedly ruin the charm of all your posts.

Personally, I think you should ignore this button out of principle.

Your friend,

Lockdown   icon_razz

A - you're a real asshole.
B - this had me laughing my fat white arse off.
15592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it the Weekend Again? 11/Aug/06 on: August 11, 2006, 04:31:29 PM
I hope to get a few more DW5:E achievements out of the way.

Oh, and I hate EA. Farking Bastages borked the AI in Burnout Revenge. I smell a new thread coming.

Oh, I might fire up some PC gaming. I may play more of that demo for Dark Messiah.
15593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / warning finally discovers the Xbox... on: August 11, 2006, 03:03:08 PM
before trying to complete the maw, play the first level and get good with driving at different speeds. Try running over covenant forces to get better with controls.

ALSO, there are SHORTCUTS. Use em. They save SO MUCH TIME.

the nice thing about the analog vehicle control is that you have more than just Rev/stop/GO options.
15594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kobra on: August 10, 2006, 10:35:11 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Quote from: "gameoverman"
I don't care what a person posts at another board, or what the opinion of people is at another board, even if I also post at that other board.  I only care about what you post here.  So there is no baggage as far as I'm concerned.

agreed, people need to drop the past here and just see how things go.
15595  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / BC vs. GT on: August 10, 2006, 09:25:24 PM
take me off the list. tuesdays no good, and I prolly shouldn't represent. Just have a dumb terminal with a dead person. Name it Purge. :/
15596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kobra on: August 10, 2006, 06:14:02 PM
[heads back to an old post and changes the name to Purge ]

No, it's not the first. biggrin

I'm sure there was a few threads with expletives that (using babelfish) translate to -Lord Ebonstone-

15597  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / BC vs. GT on: August 10, 2006, 06:05:51 PM
so I izn't good enough for some CS:S then? chalk me up on the GT team if there's room and I can make the time.
15598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBLA] Pac-Man up on the Marketplace on: August 10, 2006, 06:03:51 PM
OUT. Hated it then, hate it now.

Bring back Combat! slywink
15599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / warning finally discovers the Xbox... on: August 10, 2006, 06:02:27 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
But ESB actually ended, unlike Halo 2. The best comparison I can think of is ESB ending right after Vader chops off Luke's hand. No conclusion or anything. It just stops and rolls the credits.

Not true. Cortana was captured ... just like Han Solo, the Covenant is mobilizing on earth (EXACTLY what the death-star was doing at the end of ESB... following the millenium falcons movement), and at least MC didn't lose a hand. The ending for me was satisfactory. Something like SYNDICATE didn't have an ending. Just because you didn't get an MGS 40min CGI movie doesn't mean you hadn't been getting storyline whilst playing.

As to you not killing the brute; who's fault is THAT?! Yours, for not killing him. I applaud an AI that *actually* helps out slywink
15600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kobra on: August 10, 2006, 02:16:10 PM
Kobra, welcome to GT. We hope you enjoy your stay.
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