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15681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA Employee - 360 failure rate between 30%-50% on: August 30, 2006, 10:47:45 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on August 30, 2006, 08:01:09 PM

Maybe EA just makes their 360s work 80 hour weeks with no overtime pay and crappy woking conditions. 

I actually starting laughing out loud. Rare, that.
15682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3/PSP Info (Who is this guy?) on: August 30, 2006, 02:32:41 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on August 30, 2006, 02:14:35 PM

Following the link is hilarious.  You forgot to include the guy's disclaimer, corrupt--

Note: This post is by no means unbiased. I make no warranty that what I have to say will not piss you off – especially if you’re a one-company fanboy whore. I’ll answer questions and I'll share what I know… but I’m not going to argue with the retards lurking in the Games forum shadows… especially when I am way more informed than you are*. Believe that or not (it's a fact), I don’t give a flying fuck what some pimple faced punk in the digital jungle thinks. This is a favor for those who appreciate it. Hence, if you do not appreciate inside information, then do us all a favor and fuck off.

How mature.  I'm inclined not to get a PS3 just to spite this fuckwit.

With lines like the one bolded above, you'd think it's Kutaragi himself droppin' this inside info... okay, maybe not. It's probably gone through their Superliminal Message Creator that is in charge of PR.
15683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row Impressions...b1#$@! on: August 30, 2006, 02:11:01 PM

Quote from: juniordan on August 29, 2006, 07:47:16 PM

One thing I forgot to mention. The AI don't act like you the only person in the game. Cops will defend them selves against the nearest treat with no regards to which gang your on.
I was  being chased by one gang, when the cops disabled their car, then disarmed them before sending back up after me.
In a fire fight cop will take cover behind any solid object and shot at any treat, or any one with a weapon. This is very good
One time I was been fired upon so I ran across a cop who attacked the gangmember who was chasing me. After he took him out I figured I was next. NOPE I was a victim of a senseless crime been defended by the city finest.  nod

We were promised proof-read posts.
Worse than selling drugs; you be a LIAR, yo.
15684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchant Arm RPG (360) has multiplayer on: August 30, 2006, 11:39:09 AM

Quote from: depward on August 29, 2006, 06:52:05 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 29, 2006, 11:04:10 AM

Quote from: depward on August 29, 2006, 06:32:25 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on August 28, 2006, 10:41:45 PM

Quote from: Kobra on August 23, 2006, 07:26:26 PM

HOLY CRAP, they should rename this "Enchanted Gays"..

Anyoine see the videos of this game???

I'm speachless...

Is that real?  Nobody is going to buy that game.  I am surprised that they went with that angle.  I guess most JRPGs tip toe the gayness line.  But that thing puts on high heels and struts on it.
I'm going to buy it.

Same here.  One thing I wonder, do you have to use that character at all?  There are supposed to be a ton of characters you can recruit.
Apparently he serves to be a valuable character for your party.  He's apparently (hahaha) the best healer and such in the game... imagine that.

He must be a head surgeon.
15685  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: August 29, 2006, 12:54:13 PM
You people need humility. You need humour... you need...


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15686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] SFII patch released on: August 29, 2006, 12:38:37 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on August 29, 2006, 12:05:00 PM

Congratulations on your ranking Hark! 

Well done!

You pulled that outta your personal collection of effeminate men? Just wait, Enchanted Arms has got JUST the character for you.  nod
15687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility Update on: August 29, 2006, 12:36:47 PM
Phantom Dust, Panzer Dragoon Orta, Otagi 1 & 2, Pyschonauts, and Oddworld:SW are still MIA for me.
15688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/28) on: August 28, 2006, 04:16:08 PM
Hurk. Enchant ARM [eM] was almost a guarantee until I saw that guy-shaped-woman with the penis.  saywhat
"I's jussssst tooooo strooooonnnngggg!!"  eek

Saints Row would be a maybe if I were starving for games to play. I've never been a GTA gamestyle fan; they just get old quick. I played GTA, Vice City, Spiderman, Hulk:UD etc and I never get more than half-way through.
15689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: August 28, 2006, 04:10:00 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 28, 2006, 03:10:22 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 28, 2006, 03:06:21 PM

In the interests of not letting this thread waste 10! pages, let's get it  locked locked

I think Purge needs Arkon banned just for the suggestion of locking this thread.

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15690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: August 28, 2006, 03:06:21 PM
In the interests of not letting this thread waste 10! pages, let's get it  locked locked
15691  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Random BSOD's are going to drive me insane on: August 28, 2006, 02:42:04 PM

Quote from: Kobra on August 27, 2006, 03:15:06 AM

I respectfully disagree about onboard audio.

I recently REMOVED all of the Audigy cards from my machines, and went back to Onboard audio.  I noticed fairly uncommon and random crashes in some games when the audigy cards were in, I traced MOST of the crashes down to sound related (yes, the drivers were updated).  Removed the cards, in 2 weeks running with onboard sound none of my machines has had a single crash.

One thing I do know is that at 4 different software developers I worked for, almost all of their testing machines used onboard sound.  Stardock for example, was almost entirely made up of Dell's with AC97 sound chips.  (and this isn't uncommon)  So I think it is safe to assume AC97 and other onboard platforms are probably the most tested among developers. From this point forward, I am sticking to onboard sound, saving $$$, and having better stability as a result. The rallying cry of onboard sound sucking up massive system resources needs to be laid to rest.  These days, onboard sound only consumes 1-3% of the total CPU power under intense sound.  Thats 37mhz on a 3.7Ghz machine, big deal.

The X-FI, well, that opens another can of worms. ... wheres the exhaustive proof of this? This is a link to a subjective article with no proven "Facts". Is there another catalyst that is causing these issues? As to driver updates, I concur that Creative is one damned slow company to release them, though. The rest of it I'd need to see to believe. I don't know where this mass coverage of X-FI not working came from, this is the first I've heard of it.

As to onboard audio here's a link to different onboard chips head-to-head: ... 31% on the Realtek chip.  eek

They've gotten better (Jan 3, 2006 article) in the nForce 4 SLI bargain head-to-head  however :
Quote from: the conclusion
In the on-board audio area, the Asus and Foxconn boards utilize the Realtek ALC850 while the Albatron board utilizes the Realtek ALC655 codec. The audio output of these codecs in the music, video, and gaming areas is sub-par while performance in games is decent. If you plan on playing on-line or value audio quality, we highly suggest a dedicated sound card at this time, but the onboard capabilities of these chipsets will satisfy the majority of office users.

Heres some more recent audio comparison graphs : .

I have no use for a sub-par product even if it comes at a "free" cost. I'd rather pay less for my mainboard then to pay for sound I won't use.

Also, I speak from experience. My past onboard audio has caused me to have BSOD's. As soon as I turned it off they went away (I had it on for the CD player on option)

15692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just recently got a 360 and I need some help. Plz help me! on: August 28, 2006, 01:36:19 PM
Turn off the uPnP function on the router. then retry the connection through it.
15693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance to take up 22gb? [PS3] on: August 28, 2006, 01:33:00 PM
I betcha they don't reuse ANY code... like how doors open. slywink Each hinge is carefully crafted from a CTRL-C / CTRL-V function.
15694  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 2GB Memory Stick Duo - $35 shipped on: August 28, 2006, 03:46:10 AM
I too am interested. Send me a PM with details
15695  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Random BSOD's are going to drive me insane on: August 27, 2006, 03:02:56 AM
are you using a tin-can power supply? I would suspect that.

Oh, and get the fuck off of the onboard audio. Not only does it not work well (it eats system resources like a fat kid in the Wonka factory) but they tend to not do so well in the driver side.

Get an X-FI soundcard if you can; otherwise get an Audigy 2 (the 4's are repackaged 2s...); or go non-creative. Just. Get. Off. The. Onboard. Audio.

Hell, try disabling it in the BIOS and then playing for an hour.

Also, we should know what sorts of settings you have in the BIOS... what's turned on, what's turned off, etc.
15696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just recently got a 360 and I need some help. Plz help me! on: August 26, 2006, 10:38:35 PM
  • Try directly to the cable modem (just in testing) to identify it.  360 <---->DSL / Cable Modem <-----> Intarweeb.
  • Some ISPs have been identified as having problems with Live (such as MTS here in manitoba). Check with them or at least their FAQs
  • TURN OFF uPnP on your router. That does 16 different shades of fucked up to network operability.
  • is an awesome resource for config questions.

If you want feedback on config; please post your info on who you connect through, your hardware and you lan setup. biggrin
15697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142 beta begins. on: August 26, 2006, 03:50:20 AM
Wow. take it personally.

Your thread was "imminent" not OPEN NOW. I wanted to make sure that people didn't miss it in case there was a time limit.
15698  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Hardware upgrades, smashes head against wall. on: August 25, 2006, 03:18:20 PM
I've got a hand-me-down for ya (my first "PC" running Hyperion OS, then DOS 1.1)

Plays Sopwith 1 like a summ'bitch ... black and white though.. biggrin
15699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142 beta imminent. on: August 25, 2006, 03:05:11 PM
I started a new thread to draw attention to the beta test.
15700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BETA : BATTLEFIELD 2142 open on FilePlanet (Sub only) right now!! on: August 25, 2006, 03:03:06 PM
Just a heads up for those who missed codes last week.

The year is 2142,
and the dawn of a new Ice age has thrown the world into a panic. The math is simple and brutal: The soil not covered by ice can only feed a fraction of the Earth’s population. Some will live, most will die.

In Battlefield 2142, players will choose to fight for one of two military superpowers in an epic battle for survival, the European Union or the newly formed Pan Asian Coalition. Armed with a devastating arsenal of hi-tech assault rifles, cloaking devices and sentry guns, players will also do battle using some of the most imposing vehicles known to man. Massive battle Mechs wage fierce combat on the ground, while futuristic aircraft rule the skies. When facing one of these new behemoths, players will need to use their wits and an arsenal of new countermeasures like EMP grenades to level the playing field.

  • Titan Mode - Wage epic-scale war to defeat your opponent’s Titan, a massive flying warship, controlled by the team’s commander. Players must destroy the Titan’s shields, board the craft, fight to its reactor core and detonate it from the inside – all while defending their own Titan.

  • 64-Players Online* - Experience all-out war with Battlefield’s legendary multiplayer for up to 64 players.

  • Real-Time Persistence - To the victor goes the spoils! Equipment, medals and other rewards are awarded in-game and in real time. Choose an unlock and have access to it immediately next time you spawn. The game features five times more unlocks than Battlefield 2.

  • Customisable Abilities - Gamers can expand their abilities and blend multiple player classes to match their play-style.

  • Lethal Vehicles - Gamers control menacing Battle Walkers that stalk the land and futuristic gunships that patrol the skies. APC’s and high-speed recon vehicles keep the action fast, furious and unpredictable.

  • High-Tech Weaponry - EMP grenades, sentry guns, smart mines, cloaking devices, and more change the rules of the Battlefield forever.

  • The world has changed - Fight for survival on the Battlefield of the 22nd century in brand new locations from Minsk to North Africa as the ice presses down from the North.

Go get some, Soldier!

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15701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NEW TEAM FORTRESS 2 TRAILER!!!! on: August 25, 2006, 01:11:34 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 25, 2006, 04:01:49 AM

The only thing I didn't like is that it looked like the bullets coming out of the heavy gunner's weapon were going all over the place.  I can understand some spreading and innacurracy, but that looked nearly impossible to aim skillfully. 

Uhm, I think you may have missed the point of the Heavy. Were he to aim that thing, he'd have to go prone, as it's a freakin' Vulcan! No, my friend, that is not a precise tool of destruction, it is a spray and pray.

Did you see how many people he killed with it? Also, when the scout is running you see it in use there as well.
15702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchant Arm RPG (360) has multiplayer on: August 25, 2006, 01:06:16 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 24, 2006, 01:47:35 PM


Every game has their...interesting characters, and apparently this is this game's character.

I'm disturbed that this forum has an icon that says "Go Down". In light of this context, I'd like it removed.

Replacing it with "Go straight to the bottom" isn't any better. That is all.
15703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Texas Hold 'Em free for download right now!! on: August 25, 2006, 12:47:09 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on August 24, 2006, 12:34:16 AM

Mine downloaded in about 10 minutes earlier...

It's a fun game, something that is very nice to have for free, but something I'd be a little "eeeeh" if I were to pay for it.  The music, while a nice idea, gets sooooo irritating by about the 10th minute...

*aherm*. Custom Soundtracks.  unibrow  retard slywink
15704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just recently got a 360 and I need some help. Plz help me! on: August 25, 2006, 12:44:28 PM
download the texas holdem game NOW (its free until later today, IIRC).

Then try multiplayer there.

Or rent another multiplayer game and try it. Is it isolated to GRAW or to your system?
15705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why the EA hatred? on: August 24, 2006, 11:10:20 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 24, 2006, 10:18:24 PM

MS holds some form of responsibilty for everything that is accessed through the Live interface.  I wouldn't get mad over the horse armor because it's not a big issue but if Bethesda was hosting a bestiality mod through marketplace you can bet that MS has some responsibility for allowing it to be put up there.  Like it or not, MS has some control over everything that occurs over Live which is why they require MS cerfitication for any demos or Live Arcade products.  Unless the Xbox Live logo isn't on the box of an EA game, then MS is going to be associated with it too.

Actually, the source would be held responsible for criminal acts; Microsoft may be questioned as to how it gets there. The point is that MS is neither the owner, nor controller of these online assets other than the store-front. If you buy a Fisher Price toy at Wal-Mart and it kills your child, as long as it passed safety guidelines mandated by the governing body Wal-Mart would not be libel. Fisher-Price, however, would be on the nut for it. If it were a Fisher-Price Stabbing-Weapon-Of-Death with real real blood-lets and jagged edges... well, they WOULD hold some accountability to putting it on their shelves.

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 24, 2006, 10:18:24 PM

The point of contention occurs at the point where you traverse from one service to another and that "handshake" involves cooperation between both parties.  You can only access the EA online stuff through Live in the first place.  MS could have mandated that EA provide some form of checkbox to allow users to opt out of the information sharing at the expense of no online but they didn't.  Yes, MS "covered" themselves but only in as much as EA did with propping up the EULA too- it might meet the legal wicket (or it might not) but it isn't friendly to the end user. 

Sticking to the Wal-Mart analogy, if you have a McDonalds in the building, is Wal-Mart responsible for the food-poisoning? If McDonalds was in the practice of mal-nutrition  Roll Eyes and a lobby group wanted McDicks out of their pristine Wal-Mart, then they would be going to Wal-Mart.

I see the EA Live as the same crap. I DO AGREE, however, that MS should have set down a mandate that their user base needs to enjoy the same privacy that the rest of Live protects them with.

As a sidenote; I gotta start using Preview. ;P
15706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why the EA hatred? on: August 24, 2006, 08:11:43 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 24, 2006, 07:56:22 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 24, 2006, 07:49:57 PM

How many EULAs do you read? Piss off.

I don't read them, but I'm not crusading against them either.  MS transfers your information to EA which is something that they explicity agreed to do as a part of getting EA onto Live. Now they could have taken the high ground and refused until EA hopefully came over anyway.  This has been going on for quite a while but at no point does MS go out of it's way to inform their customers this is happening, instead they are content to let the EULA verbage cover their asses even though they know as well as anyone that almost no one ever reads them.  I misspoke earlier in assigning them half of the blame but I think it's ridiculous that EA gets 100% of it and MS gets off scott free. 

So I'm going to get mad at MS for Oblivion Horse Armor costing 200creds?

The responsibility of the EA EULA is totally and completely on the shoulders on EA. MS has covered themselves; you can go into your agreements with MS and turn off the renting option. Since EA Live doesn't have an interface per se, you can't even do THAT.

EA wanted to be able to host their own advertising, their own stats, etc. which was their point of contention with Live. For MS it was a matter of implementing a Live gaming protocol to allow users to traverse to someone elses network (and servers).

If you go from a governed street to a private road, You can't blame the government for the requirements of the private road.  Railing against them for allowing a private road isn't fair, given that the assets on that road are something your user base has been clamoring for for the better part of 2 years.
15707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Lumines = $23.75 and not $15? on: August 24, 2006, 07:57:53 PM

Quote from: Misguided on August 24, 2006, 05:22:52 PM

It's all a question of presentation.
If the game came out at 1200 points (and seemed reasonably full-featured) then they added extra skins in 3 months for a few hundred points, I think most people would be pleased with that. It's the notion that they are holding back content for extra bucks that I think bothers many people.

15708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 to cure cancer? on: August 24, 2006, 07:52:04 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on August 24, 2006, 02:44:57 PM

This only confirms my decision to take a pass on the PS3. I am adamantly pro-cancer.

Funny stuff biggrin
15709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why the EA hatred? on: August 24, 2006, 07:49:57 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 24, 2006, 07:48:46 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 24, 2006, 07:25:37 PM

MS protects its user information; this is WHY EA Live service has its own disclaimer. It is between YOU and EA; MS is stepping back and saying "We'll transfer this over if you want us to".

So what you're saying is that you're pissed off with yourself? 

How many EULAs do you read? Piss off.
15710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why the EA hatred? on: August 24, 2006, 07:49:24 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on August 24, 2006, 07:09:10 PM

... you as a consumer are forced into a situation where you have to say either "I'm cool with the Sweet and Sour chicken being made from stray cats, it's still delicious," or "That's reprehensible, fuck that restaurant."
15711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why the EA hatred? on: August 24, 2006, 07:44:09 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 24, 2006, 06:26:31 PM

What exactly do you care, as a consumer, how the business is running? It's not YOUR job to fix EA's job quality issues or business methods. Let the Better Business Bureau handle that. So they bought the NFL license, it's not like other companies can't make football games now, their games just can't feature any players from the NFL. If you wan't to hate on someone, hate the NFL. Stop going to football games, never watch them on TV.

Like I said, I've always enjoyed EA's products and continue to enjoy them. As a person who simply likes to play video games, that's the only thing that concerns me. I absolutely have zero intention of investigating into a company's practices every time I buy a game. 

When their criminal treatment of people comes to the media forefront, you don't *NEED* to research it. It's staring at you in the headlines.

Here's a quote from a great movie :
Quote from: Boondock Saints
Monsignor: And I am reminded, on this holy day, of the sad story of Kitty Genovese. As you all may remember, a long time ago, almost thirty years ago, this poor soul cried out for help time and time again, but no person answered her calls. Though many saw, no one so much as called the police. They all just watched as Kitty was being stabbed to death in broad daylight. They watched as her assailant walked away. Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.
Connor: [as the brothers exit the church] I do believe the monsignor's finally got the point.
Murphy: Aye.
15712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why the EA hatred? on: August 24, 2006, 07:25:37 PM
MS never intended this to happen; this is all per EA demanding that they host their own servers (it was the bargain struck back in Xbox1 days when EA refused to go Live).
(updated to clarify).

MS protects its user information; this is WHY EA Live service has its own disclaimer. It is between YOU and EA; MS is stepping back and saying "We'll transfer this over if you want us to".
15713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Hello Dear, Greetings to you in the name of God Almighty" on: August 24, 2006, 06:49:35 PM

Quote from: jimmyorr99 on August 24, 2006, 06:23:33 PM

haha That's great, but heartless. Who uses death and God to get money?

The Catholic church?
15714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? on: August 24, 2006, 06:44:54 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 24, 2006, 02:36:01 PM

How'd you get a photo from my wedding reception??
15715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2006 (Keep it Updated) on: August 24, 2006, 02:42:38 PM
and I'm just working through Mr. Goodkind's Naked Empire.

My only complaint thus far is that a couple books (pillars and Soul of the fire) didn't really involve Richard all that much. That, and Terry's author picture makes him look like a tool.

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15716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2006 (Keep it Updated) on: August 24, 2006, 02:40:07 PM
Here's what I've read over the past 3 months...

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15717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I, for one, welcome my Prime Overlord [4mb of pics inside] on: August 24, 2006, 01:47:32 PM
I have the complete Rhino set (from a couple years ago).

You'd have to be a hard-core to get it (which I was).

at $50, I would have taken it. The only thing that Rhino did was remaster the sound and but in some decent CGI models for each disk.
15718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchant Arm RPG (360) has multiplayer on: August 24, 2006, 01:24:48 PM
I'm jusssst tooo ssstrooonnngg!  eek

Quote from: Homer Simpson
Marge, I like my beer cold, my TV loud, and my homosexuals fa-laming!
15719  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:
15720  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.
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