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15641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 12, 2006, 12:57:26 PM

Quote from: MerianMoriarty on September 10, 2006, 08:37:12 PM


You look like JarrodHK's future ex. slywink
15642  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocket to the Sun - These Actors Need to go on: September 12, 2006, 12:47:04 PM
Orlando Bloom needs to be signed up for the "fun in the sun" program. The success of LOTR was _not_ based on his "acting". Everything since has been 'Legolas without the bow' or "Generic British-Accent Actor A".

Renny Harlin link ... with exception to Cliffhanger, I don't see any reason why he should be wasting our valuable toilet paper resources. Oh WAIT! That's right, he uses film to wipe instead.  Deep Blue Sea INDEED.

Nicholas Cage there's not a movie done by him that we couldn't have had any other actor in who would have done as good.

Ann Hart Coulter This little trip to the sun is a preview reading for the rest of your eternity, Miss Coulter.
15643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 Killed the previous Generation on: September 12, 2006, 02:55:10 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 12, 2006, 02:17:42 AM

Quote from: Laner on September 12, 2006, 12:43:26 AM

I don't see how achievement points are any different than competing for a high score or collecting all 215.64 stars to unlock a new costume...

It's not.  They're both goddamned retarded and you never ever want to admit to a girl that you have interests in that you do this.

And you brag to her about winning arguments on the internet?

It's bragging rights to those who care. Mikagami and I both play DW5: Empires... he saw how far I got and dropped some hours into it to "catch up". Gaming, ANY GAMING, whether it be sports, bar games (pool/darts/skirts) or videogames all have an element of competition. I don't put 3000+ points WOOT on my business cards.
15644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 Killed the previous Generation on: September 12, 2006, 02:51:44 AM

Quote from: ATB on September 11, 2006, 04:31:54 PM

The games for the 360 cannot be better from a perspective of story, pacing, gameplay and writing than these PS2 the people you're talking about must all be about the graphics.

saywhat 1st gen Ps2 games were not even CLOSE to the quality that the 360 games are. Fantavision? Seriously?? The term "cannot be" indicates to me an absolute; you are comparing games and saying that Oblivion isn't better in story, pacing, and gameplay then any other FPRPG on PS2? This has nothing to do with graphics mind you, I'm talking GAME. Seriously. PGR3 doesn't have a lot of soul; most racing games don't. Their technical aspects are where they get their points. For those who love racing games, PGR3 ain't bad. MotoGP is another outstanding game.

The cross-platform games delivered to the PS2 are generally cut down. For instance, some of the Tom Clancy titles (R6 IIRC) couldn't have working doors with the size of it. So in terms of quality, the PS2 is lagging behind the xbox1, which is behind the 360.

Burnout Revenge is another obvious comparison. Which would you play? Come on now, put down that Dual Shock....

Now whether the japanese devs are banking on the PS3 and keeping the titles exclusive for now is not in question. I think in the next 2 years we are going to see a SIGNIFICANT shift. But that's not the point of this thread; the PS2 titles that are coming out are no more diverse than the titles that have been released over the past two years; they just have some exclusives that aren't found anywhere else.

Quote from: ATB on September 11, 2006, 04:31:54 PM

Wombat on CAG has a great point in one of the Cagcasts. The games coming out for 360 wouldn't be getting hardly any of the pub or buzz if they were coming out for any other system. However, because 360 is the new kid there's a disproportionate raving about anything that's even half-way good on that system.
And with this, I think that's over-simplifying it, just like 360love=GFXWhore. There is a fluidity in the 360 implementation. The Live integration, achievement points and the marketplace all have wormed their way into the hearts of gamers. Having demos available for free (silver requires no cost) means that ANY 360 owner can reap the benefits of online gameplay.
15645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 Killed the previous Generation on: September 11, 2006, 06:51:21 PM

Yeah, um. It isn't MOTS, it's LessOTS. At least, from what I've been reading. GR is posting average rank in the low nineties; I suppose you couldn't expect less unless the game was a dramatic flop. I mean, who'd have the guts to tell the pharoah you and 12 of your closest friends thinks his daughter looks like Anubis?

As to another overwraught story of an androgenous male princess and an effeminate male exploring the world they know nothing about, I'll take a pass. That's not to take away from the game itself, I haven't played through a FF game completely since VII. I played VIII and IX through to the 2nd and 3rd disk (respectively) and was hooked on the PC iteration of FFXI as a means of escapism from a spirit-crushing marriage. I never played X, playing VIII dashed my hopes of ever caring about a Squeenix game.

I find the charm of games like Full Throttle or Strangers Wrath more appealing; I like my hero to be street-wise and experienced. If I wanted to be led around by some pansie, I'd be dating Big Gay Al. (sssssuper!!)

As to consoles; Mr.360 has effectively stopped my interests in them. There is ENOUGH on the system to keep me interested and I don't have the boatloads of time I used to to dedicate to gaming. N3 is JUST AS GOOD as any DW game, albiet shorter (thank you Phantagram). I haven't even had time to pick up and play -eM- yet, and my Oblivion love has gone untended for so long. I have yet to put my used copy of Chromehounds into my 360, and I've easily put 40+ hours into N3 (so DAMNED close; I just can't beat the Night Man with weak-ass Innfyy).

Hell, I still haven't played HL2 Ep1 which is currently installed and ready to go!
15646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Most Important First-Person Shooters of All Time on: September 11, 2006, 12:48:24 PM

Quote from: Mattc0m on September 10, 2006, 02:34:51 PM

I don't know, I'm glad Tribes got an honorable mention but I think it deserved more. Pretty much any FPS that features multiplayer borrowed something from Tribes.

In-Game Chat (IRC), thank you Tribes.
In-Game Quickchat, thank you Tribes. (1)
Multiple Character classes, thank you Tribes. (2)
Vehicles in multiplayer, thank you Tribes.
Energy meter (think Stamina), thank you Tribes
Purchasing a loadout of weapons, nades, equipment, thank you Tribes.
Deployable Turrets, Mines, and even Shields, thanks Tribes (3)
Introduced / Enhanced Tons of gamemodes (CTF, C&H, King of the Hill, Multiple team games, ect), thanks again Tribes. (4)

It's really hard to think of any recent Multiplayer FPS that hasn't borrowed multiple features from Tribes...

1] What, T and S aren't good enough? (TeamSay and Say) Available in almost any iD game after quake2. (1997, Tribes 1 is 1998)

2] Team Fortress (1) mod had classes before Tribes 1.

3] CounterStrike again.

4] is a mishmash of examples, multiple game types for FPSs dates back before Tribes.
15647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cold Feet: 360 Edition on: September 11, 2006, 12:32:49 PM
Soo, if you're running through Times Square and you see a giant billboard for Panasonic this would bother you? If the game is going to advertise products that the real world has up, then it doesn't bother me.

If Mario starts wearing Levi's though; that was never part of the game. You see what I'm saying?
15648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 09, 2006, 02:06:48 AM
Here's a fairly recent pic of mine.

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15649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Most Important First-Person Shooters of All Time on: September 09, 2006, 01:55:57 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 08, 2006, 11:43:35 PM

No Duke 3D?  Wasn't it the next big game after Doom?  It should have at least gotten an honorable mention.

they mentioned it in the opening.

As to Co-op, Halo didn't punish people for dying, and their waypoint system kicked ass. I agree with LE (I was trying to remember the nagging title I couldn't recall). UU was freakin' awesome, and since you could shoot a bow, it was a first person shooter.

ROTT was a standout for gore, Serious Sam for the 10000000 monsters rushing you, and Hexen / Heretic for the goth stuff.

I'd also add Unreal / Wheel of Time for storyline, and Q3 Arena and UT series for multiplayer.
15650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Shat' chickens out. on: September 08, 2006, 07:22:05 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 08, 2006, 03:51:20 PM

Now Playing:
Pikmin 2 [GCN]

Jesus, you too? I just started messing with this little gem the other day, now I am hooked.  Picked it up for $8 at a Garage sale.

Way to stay on topic.  Tongue Shat's awesome on Boston Legal many lawyers are going up? (probably can't let too many on; the liability of someone trying to take out that many at once would invalidate "terrorist" insurance)
15651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Most Important First-Person Shooters of All Time on: September 08, 2006, 06:40:33 PM
I'd have put Halo on the list for a truly excellent co-op experience, or Rainbow Six for the one-shot death. The "storyline interaction crap" for HL doesn't cut it though; Duke3d did it just as well (both were Sci-Fi, one was campy and the other was "legit").

AvP should have been higher on the list; I also would have put an honerable mention to TimeShift (IIRC).  And WHAT about Jedi Knight??? Christ, that storyline was WAY better than HL1...

* Purge is now grumpy
15652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: September 08, 2006, 06:09:37 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on September 07, 2006, 07:32:17 PM

Yeah, I am missing blowing shit with you guys.

I was gonna ask if you guys had room in the clan, but clearly the team meetings happen in public washrooms...  :icon_eek:
15653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 video on: September 08, 2006, 06:06:58 PM

Quote from: Dafones on September 07, 2006, 04:43:37 AM

The Project 8 vs. Downhill Jam notion is just a personal preference. Yes Downhill Jam looks fun, and I'm sure I'd enjoy it myself, but I prefer the tricks over the races. The Amped series is about the perfect mix of trick and ride - god God do I love those games - where as DJ is mostly a racer, by comparison.

DJ does seem a lot like Tony Hawk SSX, a series that I absolutely hated, as a matter of fact. Good games, I'm sure, but games that just weren't for me.
* Purge  sits down in Dafones' boat
15654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted Arms First Impressions on: September 08, 2006, 06:01:20 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 08, 2006, 05:24:45 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 08, 2006, 05:21:23 PM

you people are melting my resolve to play EA (still in wrapping).


Oh just unwrap it and play it, you know you want to.

*unzips pants*

*looks at Purge's stunned face*

Oh, you meant Enchanted Arms.

Sorry about that.


Well, alright then, Back to work.

 saywhat it must take a WEEK to pee through that thing!  icon_lol
15655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cold Feet: 360 Edition on: September 08, 2006, 05:59:22 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on September 08, 2006, 02:55:33 PM

I think GoW looks fantastic.  But something about it reminds me of Brute Force in the way it is being marketed.  That scares me a little bit.

You got that too? It's the "Four unique personalities" thing that has me skiddish. I HOPE it turns out great but I tellzya, I *am* skeptical. I'm not a big fan of the "shoot enemy 140 times to kill it" method they seem to have adopted. Haven't pulled my preorder out though.

Rainbow Six : Vegas has me MUCH MORE excited.
15656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted Arms First Impressions on: September 08, 2006, 05:21:23 PM
you people are melting my resolve to play EA (still in wrapping).

15657  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: September 07, 2006, 08:00:43 PM

Quote from: Arkon on September 07, 2006, 10:59:43 AM

Quote from: stiffler on September 07, 2006, 01:11:34 AM

Let's try and look at that image scientifically...  How in the hell does that happen?  How can flesh become so misshapen?  And finally, what would happen if this person lost a ton (literally icon_lol) of weight?  How does that function on a toilet? 

It's just sick.  That shouldn't ever be seen outside of a medical reference book.

I am guessing that if she did loose weight, without some sort of surgery she would have tremendous amounts of excess skin.

Yeah, her arse-skin would be a living, queen-sized duvet.  eek
15658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else noticing the lessening of fanboy bitch fights? on: September 07, 2006, 06:50:46 PM
and HOW does this relate to the topic listed on this thread?  saywhat

... I'z just sayin', yno... cuz we're so far off track that I'd need a compass and a star map to find our way back.

Oh, and I'm all for bitch-fights. Even Fanboys. (Although I have to admit I'd rather see a fan-GIRL bitch-fight).
15659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cold Feet: 360 Edition on: September 07, 2006, 06:45:04 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 07, 2006, 03:41:28 PM

It may be their policy, but if it's abused consistently (which given the word of mouth it gets via the intarweb could very well be the case), it won't be their policy for much longer.  There's nothing saying Costco can't and won't eliminate that program if it becomes a liability.

It's written on every receipt. How could the web get to more customers? As it stands, Costco doesn't eat it, so they aren't going to stop it. Since they host such large numbers of mfgrs, any new business is forced to agree to their policy or miss out on a very lucrative deal. If they put out a sub-par product they get burned by it, not Costco. What that does is weed out the chaff products. Their policy eliminates the "Buyer Beware" that we've been accustomed to. Since they don't risk their bottom line, they're unlikely to change unless the manufacturers back out due to their losses.
15660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cold Feet: 360 Edition on: September 07, 2006, 06:37:32 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on September 01, 2006, 09:04:25 PM

LE, my opinion is this. If you need people on an internet messageboard to convince you to buy it, then you shouldn't. Spending that much money on a console should be based on whether or not you are excited about the system and whether or not it has games you really want to  play.

Jimmy, there is a long-standing CG/GT/GG policy in effect. No going against the GT Forum Effect.  ninja

So you get back in line and shut the hell up.  icon_wink
15661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's the Standard Gaming Rig Now? on: September 07, 2006, 02:07:25 PM
I just upgraded in  june with the following :


ASUS A7V Deluxe
2.8Ghz Intel 800mhz FSB
Ati 9800 pro


ASUS A7N-SLI Deluxe Doh!
ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe NForce4 motherboard
3800+ Athlon X2 (dual core)

with the money I got from the sale of my old hardware, I paid 75bux for the upgrade. ( i also threw in an older HDD and a spare gig of ram I had lying around ... so maybe 175 in "cost" to me).
15662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted Arms First Impressions on: September 06, 2006, 02:11:38 PM
I haven't unwrapped the game in case I want to return it. I have N3 occupying me right now.

Is it worth it to unwrap it, or is anyone looking to trade in the next two weeks for N3?
15663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: real newbie question regarding TV, TDU and X360 on: September 06, 2006, 02:09:59 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on September 06, 2006, 01:30:32 PM

My brother's 360 is hooked up to a standard A/V input (obviously an SDTV).  He hasn't gotten around to buying an S-Video cable yet.

With the exception of nigh-illegible text in Dead Rising, the graphics are still phenomenal.  You can't really tell in PGR3 (honestly I was more impressed with Gran Turismo 3 than PGR3) but Chromehounds looks spectacular, as does Dead Rising.  And the sheer amount of stuff that can be happening onscreen in Saint's Row is pretty stunning too, even if the graphics are a step down from other 360 titles.

and THATS the difference between HD and SD TV.  PGR3 is head and shoulders above DR, GTR3 and Chromehounds. Chromehounds on HD actually shows many more flaws; SD hides some of it (not to take away from the game, but it isn't the most polished game).
15664  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 06, 2006, 01:30:46 AM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on September 05, 2006, 09:15:59 PM

...and I'll show you a kid who likes their bacon RAW.
15665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] $600 console includes no video cables? on: September 06, 2006, 01:23:02 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 05, 2006, 08:26:19 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 05, 2006, 08:13:21 PM

Dude, we just showed you a site where a 3 foot cable is what, 5 bucks? It would cost Sony under a dollar per unit I am sure.

Again, the difference is that a lot of people are buying the PS3 for the BR potential of it and Sony is using this as their vehicle to really push the product. Why not do all you can, as a company, to make sure that out of the box it will do what is needed to show off their BR technology.

I'm not pissed about it, just flabbergasted at how you guys are willing to pay 600 dollars for something that we think is incomplete.

$1 per unit, assuming they sell... say 1 mil units is... $1,000,000.  Not a small chunk of change to save if they can.

And again, it's no more incomplete than not having an optical cable.  Or even worse, it doesn't even have a GAME.  How can they sell a gaming system WITHOUT A BLOODY GAME?  THE OUTRAGE.  How the hell can they show off the system's gaming capabilities without a game to play on it?!?!  Oh wait, they've been doing that for years.

* gellar remembers that his SNES came with Super Mario Brothers!

* purge remembers paying an extra 50bux for SMB & Duck hunt when all he wanted was the console for Zelda

Game content is subjected to taste. CABLES is CABLES. Optical cables aren't the defacto standard; there is SPDIF and 6 channel cables. As to video connections, there's HDMI, component and svideo/composite. DVI is dead and so is coaxial. Now, when I buy me a power supply without cables, or you know, a skipping rope without a rope, or a toaster without toast  saywhat .... wait, scratch that last one. What we're trying to say is, if they're going to charge and extra hundred dollars and say "zOMG I R IN URZ HOUSE STEALIN U R WALLET!!" they could at least cough up the cable.

by your math, that would be HDMI market penetration into 1 million households. Oh, and that 1 million units means 600,000,000 dollars. That's without games, extra controllers, yadda yadda. See if I cry for them. They could have dropped the media reader. I mean FUCK, that's at least 15 bux; they could have made a USB snap-on one and sold it to the 300 people who will actually USE it at a markup rather than bundling it and adding to the normal losses associated with a console.
15666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crikey! Croc Hunter Killed on: September 05, 2006, 08:16:49 PM

Quote from: warning on September 05, 2006, 01:48:45 PM

Quote from: Tals on September 05, 2006, 12:02:57 PM

For the record the baby in the crocodile pen as I understand it was something of a tradition for his family - he had the same thing done to him when he was a baby.

He seemed likable but slightly nutty.  I respect a lot of what he did but that's one bizarre tradition.  I can't imagine bringing my newborn baby into a pen with a predator.

Cats and dogs are.... vegetarian? "Tame" is a subjective term. slywink

GameOverMan, that comment hardly proves your point. He's been bitten by snakes etc and he wants it on film as he's likely to die likely to live (what the f-bomb was I thinking??). The context of that comment is bad. Who knows when he said that. I'd hate to be judged by comments I made 10 years ago.
15667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] $600 console includes no video cables? on: September 05, 2006, 03:17:12 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 05, 2006, 12:45:59 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 05, 2006, 12:41:28 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 05, 2006, 12:08:59 PM

Oh, and 1080p requires 2 HDMI connections,

?  First I've read of that.  Where did you see that at? 

It's not true, ignore that.

Some facts:

Q. What version of HDMI does a consumer need to view 1080p content?
In addition, many of today’s 1080p HDTVs support only 720p or 1080i on the HDMI input, then perform video processing to up-convert the 720p/1080i signal to 1080p. This is now changing, as 1080p content is becoming increasingly available, and HDTVs fully supporting 1080p in the display and HDMI electronics have begun to reach the market in early 2006.

All versions of HDMI are backward compatible. Consumers should not look for a particular version of HDMI, but rather for the functionality that they want the device to support (SACD, 1080p, etc.).

My bad; I was mixxed up with the Type B connector (29pin vs the Type A which is 19pin) which is for higher-than-1080p I missread the > to mean => and thusly jumped to the false conclusion that Dual-HDMI's was to overcome the bandwidth limitation.

That FAQ is wacked though, it doesn't REALLY answer the question, and they degrade their answer by using "upconvert". When I went looking to find where I had mistaken the dual-HDMI requirement for bandwidth, I found some info that indicates most 1080i content is capable of displaying at 1080p using the correct 3:2 pulldown. That's where the "upconvert" they mention comes into play.

??? this makes me wonder, as that is a degraded image, right? I mean, 1080p is 2x the bandwidth of 1080i (interlacing drops half a frame); saying that 1080p using a 1080i signal run through 3:2 means you're getting 75% of the picture that a true 1080p signal is pushing into the set. (3:2 pulldown means you're using 2 full frames of data to display 3 frames) Right? saywhat

Also, how does the PS3 still support 1080p video on the base model (use the Sony FAQ link above, select #2) and NOT have HDMI??
15668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/4) on: September 05, 2006, 02:43:10 PM
15669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] $600 console includes no video cables? on: September 05, 2006, 12:08:59 PM

Quote from: Tustin1 on September 04, 2006, 11:29:45 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 04, 2006, 11:24:58 PM

Leave it to sony to find yet another way to give their potential customers the finger.

Yeah, damn those bastards for saving those who don't need an HDMI cable a couple of bucks, those sick sons of....

*they* are the ones putting HDMI front-and-centre.

Oh, and 1080p requires 2 HDMI connections, FWIW. When they say no HD cables, they mean no HD cables. That would mean no analog monitor cable, component, DVI or HD cables (or BnC). Saves you money, right? I could see them pulling this, there aren't THAT MANY HD sets compared to low-def TVs. This means they're giving you what everyone else has, and makes you pay more for the HD stuff (which WILL have markup).

But the two HDMI ports, AND the multi card reader built in? That's shit EVERYONE needs. (multi-card readers run ~15USD for the no-name ones; adding HDMI ports for people who have a 1080p capable set is catering to less than 1% of the current market base; MAYBE 2-3% by the end of the PS3 lifecycle). Oh, and as it has already been mentioned, there's the BR player which has questionable worth ...

Yeah, they're just savin' you money, bud.

15670  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crikey! Croc Hunter Killed on: September 05, 2006, 02:03:14 AM

Quote from: gameoverman on September 04, 2006, 11:38:50 PM

honestly mean no disrespect to the guy.  It's just I get puzzled by statements about how he did so much for animals(which even if he did, he follows a LONG line of people who were doing that way before him, Wild Kingdom anyone?), AND how sad for his family people are AND what a great guy/dad he was.

Um, whose fault is it that his kids have no dad?  Whose fault is it that his wife is a widow?  Who took a baby into a croc pen, turning serious animal work into a sideshow?

The guy did some incredible things, no doubt.  He entertained Jebus knows how many people around the globe, no doubt.  But the same way Marlin Perkins let Jim Fowler do all the heavy lifting, once Irwin had kids he should have guarded his health and order for me to think he's anything more than a very successful attention whore.

K, I call bullshit. You *DO* mean to disrespect.

The whole "baby and the croc" crap is dead. He apologized to the world for it. Try a different perspective other than your own; he was WRONG to do what he did, but he was, in fact, exposing his child to the world he lives in, much like a farmer has his kids around animals... and farm animals can be more deadly than a well-fed croc.

He did more than "entertain". He wasn't a sideshow act that did juggling. He took you along on a world of discovery outside the drywalled interiors and showed you what it was like outside. Fuck Grande Lattes; watching him help tag and release giraffes in a conservation park was a real rush. He brought nature front - and - center to the idiot-box sitting in everyone's livingroom.

Show some goddamned respect for the recently deceased. A whore indeed.  retard
15671  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: DVD Collection Blowout!! on: September 04, 2006, 02:01:00 AM
dibs on FF:TSW .. waiting on rest of collection for single shipment.
15672  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: September 02, 2006, 03:14:21 AM

Quote from: Arkon on September 01, 2006, 11:19:01 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 01, 2006, 09:43:39 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 01, 2006, 09:13:23 AM

You deserve death.

The painful kind.  The kind that involves squishing.  I'm gonna go ahead and curl into the fetal position now, kthanks.   retard

Don't you think that is overreacting just a wee bit, I mean sure the chick on the bike has a tanline, but perhaps she can't sunbathe nude.


yer right. If she did, she'd have everyone on the west coast throwing wet towels on her and trying to push her back in the ocean.
15673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA Employee - 360 failure rate between 30%-50% on: September 01, 2006, 12:07:50 PM
Quote from: ChaoZ
You yourself admit that you have had at least one system not perform to specifications and another failed by your own fault. Whether or not you are satisfied is immaterial. Others who have not purchased an extended warranty (which people SHOULDN'T have to buy) won't be so lucky. Design fault or production fault is up for debate.

Your argument about ID-10T users doesn't fly. The Gamecube and even the original Xbox were solid systems (with the exception of the Thompson drives). It's a consumer product and should be built as such. They SHOULD be able to plug shit in and expect it to work. The Xbox360 is a product you should expect KIDS and the non-technologically inclined to use. It's designed so it's easier to use than a computer.

One game, which I didn't bother to retest. It was Oblivion and it was chugging heavy. I didn't even clear the cache.

ONe thing gamers don't do is read manuals.
Also, on the internet reports, not all of MS's customers are on the internet.
15674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just recently got a 360 and I need some help. Plz help me! on: August 31, 2006, 09:11:32 PM
use ebay to find the wireless adapter if you're planning on getting the 360 one. I have it, it rocks, but they charge too much for it.
15675  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the greatest threat to humanities existence and why? A jblank poll. on: August 31, 2006, 07:39:42 PM

Quote from: warning on August 31, 2006, 04:59:56 PM

*warning thinks the greatest threat to humanity is gellar referring to himself in third person and typing in red

At least he ain't refering to himself in third person as an object. Eg: The Gellar thinks this thread will destroy humanity.
15676  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I continue trying to woo my boss? *picture time* on: August 31, 2006, 03:14:36 PM

Quote from: Semaj on August 31, 2006, 12:33:18 AM

4) No matter what happens in my love life, I can come on here and see how you are doing and realise it cant be all that bad...  icon_biggrin
15677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142: In game ads! on: August 31, 2006, 02:38:27 PM

Quote from: siege on August 31, 2006, 01:52:49 PM

Quite frankly, it should bother you. Why you may be able to ignore advertisements, it's the principle of the matter. You will have paid your $50 for the product, while EA is making even more money by shoving adverts in your face.

If we get to a point where we have to PAY to be advertised to, I simply won't buy anything.

Cable television.
(Doh! Kobra mentioned it)
15678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3/PSP Info (Who is this guy?) on: August 31, 2006, 02:31:25 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 31, 2006, 04:43:14 AM

Quote from: warning on August 31, 2006, 03:23:47 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 31, 2006, 02:33:16 AM

I really don't think the disc limitations will affect Microsoft until the end of the lifecycle. Most games will just move to 2 DVDs if necessary, and that will still be cheaper than producing 1 blu-ray disc. I never had a problem <GASP!> switching to the second disc on resident Evil 4 for the Gamecube.

Which is fine for a more or less linear game like Resident Evil 4.  But what about something like Oblivion?  Exactly where would you switch a disk?  Have one half of the map be one disc and the other half be disc 2?  For an open, non-linear game multiple discs would be a huge annoyance.
It wouldn't be that hard, just have an obvious east/west divide on the game map.  With a map like World of Warcraft, for instance, you just have a different disc for each continent.  If you want a less severe divide, just make sure you have a neutral zone between discs (that is on both discs) so it isn't possible to switch back and forth if you happen to travel straddling the line.

15679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA Employee - 360 failure rate between 30%-50% on: August 31, 2006, 02:16:57 PM

Quote from: ChaoZ on August 31, 2006, 01:39:49 PM

Now, if we take the assumption that failure rates are at 30%, can we come up with some reasons why there are no class action suits?

1. Microsoft has been good about providing service... so far.
2. Most units are failing before the warranty period is up, and MS is even offering service to some outside warranty (whereas the Sony "Read Error" problem happened to most outside of warranty)
3. People are only now starting to realize that a lot of people's units are failing as well, gathering reliable information about failure rates is difficult.
4. Coverage of the topic is also minimal because of #3. Also, coverage of video games has always been minimal in the mass media.
5. People who fault the reliability of the Xbox 360 are immediately branded as Sony fanboys.

Besides, if you hear Microsoft say the failure rates are under 3% and you hear 4-5 of your friends say they returned the system, who would you believe more?

Any more than Sony saying their installed customer base is over 100Million since they've shipped that many, when I know people who have gone through 3-4 machines with full-on hardware failures (Drives not reading disks, etc)?

1) Correction: MS has been excellent with service (40,000 foot view, not saying they haven't had problems). They have had a commitment to that service since Xbox1.
2) Speculative at best. Where is "MOST" coming from? You state all people are within warranty, and those outside warranty are being supported as if they ARE covered? ... how is this a bad thing were it true?
3) "People are only now" - once again, this is subjective and not at all a disputable point. Most people think red looks more like blue than green. Gathering of failure rates is in fact, VERY easy. When systems are returned to GameStop/ Babbages/EB Games/Costco/etc.. where do you think they go? Back on the shelves? They're shipped back to the mfgr/vendor for repair/salvage/refurb so they can then use them as replacement units for future hardware failures. With every unit costing over 400 bux, you're telling me the vendor (MS in this case) isn't watching this closely? Do you seriously think with all the levels of management people wouldn't be having their walking papers handed to them for allowing the company to lose money hand over fist for poor management of their resources? MS still answers to their stock-holders; this isn't some closed system where no one is interested in the facts.
4) Coverage in media is minimal?  saywhat You mean to tell me HotCoffee wasn't noticed? All the grandstanding by US government officials isn't in the news every other week? The demonization of video gaming is very much alive and well. Oh, and Microsoft is one of the largest companies in the world. A world-wide product launch failure rate of more than 10% is likely to garner just a bit of bad press. Not just in Local / National, but also in the financial news.
5) Sony fanboys ARE touting this info to try to sway the people within their realm of influence away from a product that has been on the market for almost a year now. They fall within the group maintaining a 1:3 to even 1:2 hardware failure ratio.

As a person who does tech support (and has done so for both internal and public user base), let me tell you that PEBKAC, ID-10t users is a bigger cause of problems than products themselves. People don't read manuals, they just plug shit in and expect it to work as THEY see fit to use it. In this case it's not the non-tech people who have a problem; it's the know-it-all tech people. The ones who've owned other consoles, and like LE stated, treated them less like the delicate hardware they are. The non-tech people are more likely to read the manual since they're outside their comfort zone.

The counter to the % statisticr is that since MS is so lienient in its warranty, people take advantage of it. I, for instance, have cashed in on my extended warranty twice already, just because I could. The first time was due to my 360 making noise (my house was under construction and the 360 was subjected to significant amounts of drywall dust) and the second time was just because it was running slow with a game. I didn't try any other games out; I didn't care much to. I also wanted to take out the ext. warranty again so that when they redesign (or release a new 360 with HD-DVD) that i can cash in on it in a year. It's a grey area of abusing the warranty, but the fact is that my first 360 with a can of air and laying on it's side instead of upright would still be working fine for me today. I am a VERY satisfied MS customer, and know (after being through 3 systems and having one since november, 2005) that it is a sound product.
15680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchant Arm RPG (360) has multiplayer on: August 30, 2006, 10:51:57 PM

Quote from: depward on August 30, 2006, 07:43:21 PM

Nono, I got that call too Jarrod but I just picked up my copy at 12:30 here in Portland.  LIES I TELL YOU!  So give your store a call.

I like the box - it's kind of like DDS1's box sort of thing, except it's a little skinner to accomodate the 48 page manga thing.  Fairly weak instruction manual though - no color, only 19 pages.

Were they nice enough to wrap it in an unmarked brown paper package to hide the contents for you?  ninja

On a side-note: Can we get a :ninjafag: tag with a ninja smiley with a flower tucked into the mask? KTHANX.
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