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15681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paypal and Mail Donations for GT Now Accepted on: May 29, 2006, 07:03:46 PM
what, I've got to donate in EVERY thread?

What is this, Microsoft software licensing running the GT servers? slywink
15682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Paypal and Mail Donations for GT Now Accepted on: May 29, 2006, 06:57:31 PM
Man, I can't walk FIVE MINUTES on the intarweb without being accosted by pan-handlers and charletans.

Cripes. slywink Hope that helps, buddy... it's more than I can afford.
15683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ninety-Nine Nights preview on: May 29, 2006, 06:49:52 PM
Yeah, I agree that it would be a waste of time to give a dog-and-pony show, and just let you see the finished japanese game.

Oh, I forgot to ask...  Is it in High Def? biggrin
15684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your LONG Weekend of Gaming? on: May 29, 2006, 06:49:08 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
I've also just begun Metal Gear Solid 2 and by begun I mean watched the opening cinematic. smile


So you're three hours in then?  :twisted:
15685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/29) on: May 29, 2006, 06:47:51 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Thanks for the thumbs up for me doing this every week. Gives me a reason to keep on doing it.


Destructor Sucks!!


Spoiler for Hiden:
I get the image of the happy lion in Black & White 2 and then slapping so hard it falls down biggrin
15686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this a TV, DVD Player or DVD Problem? on: May 29, 2006, 03:40:56 PM
My first reaction was to think "Macrovision" on VHS. If that's not the case, I'd suggest running the outputs into a stereo and see if you have the same problem. If so it looks like it's either a DVD/config issue or a connection.

I am assuming you've tried several DVDs on this, right?

(also, shouldn't this thread be in the hardware / software hell ? )
15687  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: May 29, 2006, 03:34:46 PM
+1 to Graham for fast payment on the GC Component Cable & Wavebird recharge kit x2.
That paypal money went straight to Red Vs Blue Season 4 + Strangerhood DVD 1. biggrin
15688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/29) on: May 29, 2006, 03:32:31 PM
Half-Life 2: Episode One for PC. (June 1, baby!!)
Sure, it's 1 of 3, but since the full game didn't have an ending why would this be different? slywink
15689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ninety-Nine Nights preview on: May 29, 2006, 03:26:14 PM
Posted by Mitch on the front page. Whoh, that's a whole lot of bitter there, buddy. smile

I can tell you this: the story is about the war between humans and goblins. There is an event that happens where the world is cast into ninty-nine nights, and whomever is victorious will reign supreme.

N3 was released in Japan in late april and it got a 9,9,8,9 (IIRC) from Famitsu magazine.
15690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / *****PRE-E3 CONTEST MONTH***** SWAG BAG CONTEST UPDATE!!!!!! on: May 28, 2006, 05:33:25 PM
still no word on who won... frown I really hope it's me.


Wahhhh!!! slywink
15691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mod chips for PSP? Supposedly.... on: May 28, 2006, 03:02:53 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Begs the question


Grrrrrrr.... I think you mean "Prompts the question" or "Brings up the question"....

Thanks.
15692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / *****PRE-E3 CONTEST MONTH***** PSP Giveaway WINNERS!!!! on: May 27, 2006, 10:44:24 PM
unsticky this thread. let it die!! smile
15693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your LONG Weekend of Gaming? on: May 26, 2006, 08:26:52 PM
In canada it's not-so-long ... but I've got some Black & White 2, replaying Half-Life 2 and Age of Empires 3.

I am also looking into getting more achievements in Dynasty Warriors 5 : Empires, Amped 3 and Oblivion. If I have time... gotta 'till the garden, get some plumbing stuff done and wax philosophical with a buddy of mine on the new Dr. Who episodes.

Oh, and keep the girlfriend happy while writing a registered letter to my soon-to-be-ex as I look for a decent family law lawyer to file the divorce.
15694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Cleaning XBox Hard Drive and Live Account? on: May 26, 2006, 08:23:05 PM
Yeah. go into the memory storage on the xbox dashboard and select the hard drive. from there, just delete everything (hit A with the game heading selected).

The other option is to call microsoft and complain about a faulty DVD drive.

For some reason, this constitutes them wiping the hard disk.  :evil:
15695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The 25 Worst Tech Products on: May 26, 2006, 05:22:05 PM
WinME was the last iteration of the Win9x line, and the functions they added to it didn't work right (system restore, for instance).

Also, it was incompatible with a percentage of win9x drivers and apps (not a large percent, but there were a few).

WinME should have been released when 98SE2 was release instead.

Here's the full list :

America Online (1989-2006)
RealNetworks RealPlayer (1999)
Syncronys SoftRAM (1995)
Microsoft Windows Millennium (2000)
Sony BMG Music CDs (2005)
Disney The Lion King CD-ROM (1994)
Microsoft Bob (1995)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (2001)
Pressplay and Musicnet (2002)
dBASE IV (1988)
Priceline Groceries and Gas (2000)
PointCast (1996)
IBM PCjr. (1984)
Gateway 2000 10th Anniversary PC (1995)
Iomega Zip Drive (1998)
Comet Cursor (1997)
Apple Macintosh Portable (1989)
IBM Deskstar 75GXP (2000)
OQO Model 1 (2004)
CueCat (2000)
Eyetop Wearable DVD Player (2004)
Apple Pippin @World (1996)
Free PCs (1999)
DigiScents iSmell (2001)
Sharp RD3D Notebook (2004)

They don't have the DIVX players that were going to compete with DVD players though... odd.
15696  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted : Harmon Kardon Speaker Stands. on: May 25, 2006, 09:28:21 PM
6 of em, if you have any for sale.

Model is HKFS2. I've got a 7.1 surround with HKTS-14's and a pair of rear channel speakers.
15697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday - 05/23/06 on: May 25, 2006, 09:25:10 PM
"What are you doing?"
"I was cuddling."
*smack*
"What a fag."
15698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 25, 2006, 09:21:30 PM
Ew. Seriously, that's uncalled for. What did that kitty do to deserve that?

It's bad, when Camel Toe is really Elephant Foot.
15699  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Cool Gamer's Wives on: May 25, 2006, 09:19:20 PM
My ex-wife took my xbox from me. frown
and all of the games I had no interest in (Karaoke, BG:DA, etc).

I showed her... still have the Dynasty Warriors. Booyah! slywink

She wasn't bad looking either, but there's something wrong with the way she thinks. :: sigh :: My current interest only plays tetris, but she plays it better than anyone else I've ever seen. I tried getting her into Hexic or Zuma, and then realized I don't WANT her hogging my 360... so I bought a GBA with Tetris Worlds instead. biggrin
15700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone taking Wii Pre-orders? on: May 25, 2006, 04:30:22 PM
EB games will not be doing pre-orders for systems. The "debacle" wasn't necessarily due to numbers availability, but to distribution.

MS , Nintendo and Sony refuse to guarantee alotment to the gamer stores; Wal-Marts get the lions share and thusly the other stores don't see their required percentages. (got this from my local EB Games mgr; he's going to be "taking care of me" when it comes to release time.

biggrin
15701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New demo on 360 Marketplace on: May 25, 2006, 04:27:17 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
upscladed


Man, I HATE upscladed graphics. All that Bimp Mump mapping and Vertalexes with the Shedders and Driw Dastances. slywink
15702  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / build new or upgrade on: May 25, 2006, 03:19:23 PM
Quote from: "DamageInc"
Just something to remember with the XP reuse.

The MOBO/CPU have the biggest factor when looking at the hash that is created for WinXP activation.

They may not allow it due to the changes, just a heads up.


I had no problems using a new mobo/cpu/video/ram to reactivate WinXP Pro (MCE2005).
15703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / An idea for a game for 360... on: May 25, 2006, 03:17:25 PM
Some fishing games lead to other pursuits...

15704  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Is the 7600GT Any Good? on: May 25, 2006, 10:09:36 AM
my system is awesome !! Woot.

Oh, and Oblivion gates bring it to it's knees.
15705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Have achievement points changed your gaming habits? on: May 24, 2006, 02:22:18 PM
hellzya.

It's like pokemon... gotta catch em all. biggrin
I'm trying to get all 250 officers in Dynasty Warriors 5 : Empires (which, by the way, is RISK + Dynasty Warriors 5 without as much cheesy dialogue).
15706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XB360: Living up to it's spec's? on: May 24, 2006, 02:20:02 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
You can't directly compare the 360's PowerPC in-order CPU to a general purpose x86 out-of-order execution CPU that ships with most computers today. If you take C code written for a PC and simply recompile it on the 360 its going to run much slower. How well Oblivion performs on the 360 is as much dependant on how much time and reosurces they were able to devote for customizing the engine for the 360.


Except that Bethesda specifically claimed to have done at least something along those lines.


Oblivion on PC brings my PC to its knees when standing next to an oblivion gate ...

I have :

2GB RAM dual channel 3200
AMD Athy64 3800+ X2 (dual core)
7600GT CO
36GB SATA WD Raptor drive (10000RPM) OS & game install
250GB SATA Seagate 9th gen for storage.
24" Dell 16:9 LCD monitor (2405FPW)
Audigy 2 (for now; waiting for the XFI to come down in price)

I'm sure Kathode could explain it better, but as I understand it since the 360 final dev kits came out late, they worked their arses off to try to get them to use the hardware advantages present in the triple core: this doesn't mean it's using all the benefits, just that it's going to perform well.

Check out anandtech.com's Oblivion (PC) tests ... a 7600 GT on a FX60 does 17FPS avg beside a gate with bloom on... 17.

The HD widescreen res you may be running on (with the 360) is likely a factor on the performance; try running it in Low Def at 4:3 aspect and you should see a marked improvement in performance.
15707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XB360: Living up to it's spec's? on: May 23, 2006, 06:00:10 PM
OS stands for operating system. The Xbox had a bare OS that was a loader and interfaced with the hardware, but it wasn't uniform (ie you would be disconnected from live for each game you go to load).

The 360 DOES have an OS, and it's a NOS as well (the N is for network). I expect that there will be OS improvements passed down via patches, but ultimately I think it comes down to the fact that games right now aren't fully utilizing multi-core processing.
15708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii hand's on impressions on: May 23, 2006, 05:57:05 PM
Quote from: "Wolves"
Customer: "Oui."


Generally Oui is pronounced "weh" as it's said so often. Funny, none-the-less. smile
15709  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / news post error: Subject Prey Demo today on: May 23, 2006, 11:49:25 AM
lol ... bleary-eyed and still drunk from a wild sunday night?
15710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3: We're Sony. You know you'll buy it anyway. on: May 22, 2006, 02:46:22 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
I would bet only a small percentage of households are on their second PS2.

Europe has not warmed to the Xbox or the 360 the way North America has. There is no guarantee that Microsoft will do well there no matter what the price of the 360 or the PS3.


If the 3rd party titles come out on both platforms and one is much more accessible than the other, you do the math.

As to the small percentage; I can think of 4 people who have had more than one ps2, and I know two others that are on their fourth.

Also, the platform has been out for almost 7 years. Seven. That's a long damned time for a console. That's a lot of time for them to break down. How many electronics devices with moving parts (such as dvd / cd players) do you have in your home that are older than 5 years?
15711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey Demo, today? on: May 22, 2006, 02:41:29 PM
first thing I did was post a msg in the feedback. smile Man, I was almost hoping. ::wah::
15712  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / news post error: Subject Prey Demo today on: May 22, 2006, 02:40:34 PM
The title of the article is that the Prey Demo is to be released today.... it's actually on June 22, not May 22. biggrin
15713  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / My Asus Video card w/ TV Tuner about to close for $1 on Ebay on: May 22, 2006, 03:41:04 AM
Quote from: "Dreamshadow"
I use my name in my sig.  Not too much wrong there. :/  Of course, I like people to be able to link my forum posts to what I write on the main page, and my nick doesn't appear there. smile


yeah, but you're staff. You have to wear the suit with the company logo. biggrin Who designed that crap anyways? slywink

:runs!:
15714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3: We're Sony. You know you'll buy it anyway. on: May 22, 2006, 03:37:34 AM
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
When Microsoft is feeling confidence with their price advantage, Sony can cut the price so that PS3 will cost the same as XBOX360. If Microsoft cut $100 price off for X360, Sony will cut $200 to match the price. And end result is that even if the price is the same, the consumers will think that PS3 is better value purchase since it was $100 more expensive than X360.


When it comes to price cuts, MS has the advantage. They are not losing nearly as much per console as they did last-go-round (they learned), whereas Sony has hopped on the expensive train with 1st gen technology. They don't have room to move, and MS is willing to take a hit in the pocketbook to win this. Sony's other lines of business don't all have the profit margins that MS has to support it.
15715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3: We're Sony. You know you'll buy it anyway. on: May 22, 2006, 03:32:41 AM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
I find it hard to believe that Sony would go from 110 million sold to only 25 million console sales the next. There are too many developers making games for the platform and Microsoft is very weak in Japan and to a lesser extent in Europe. In the very worst case, they'll still move over 50 million consoles and be in first place for the generation, albeit by a slim margin. Xbox may very well get first place in North America, though.


110 million shipped over 7 years. How many people have a first or even second gen PS2? Keep in mind there is hardware replacement; the ps2 had the same faulty parts in the first design that had people flipping their PS1's over.

Also, I'm sure europe has no problems with MS; they just don't like waiting 4 months for the same games available in north america. MS has been launching pretty consistantly; Europe is a swing market. smile As a matter of fact, they ALL are. biggrin
15716  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / My Asus Video card w/ TV Tuner about to close for $1 on Ebay on: May 21, 2006, 09:09:28 PM
The thing is I checked it out first thing thinking it was "one of us" who really needed help.

Then I figured (on the path of wrong) that perhaps it was a lurker.

Then the self-righteous nincompoop posts two messages which clearly indicate a total lack of social consciousness and blatant disregard to the points made which he was replying to.

Then he goes on to indicate he's followed proper protocols and decorum, given that he's read the rules. LIE.

But this is the real issue I have... who the FUCK signs their full name on the internet? I mean, seriously. What's up with that? Does his resume now indicate he's been "published"? Does this lend credibility to what he writes? Do I refer to him a Sir, Mister, or Esquire?

Kind Regards,

J. Thompson
_____________________
 Jack Thompson L.L.C.
Ass-hat of the people
15717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3: We're Sony. You know you'll buy it anyway. on: May 21, 2006, 08:48:07 PM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Quote from: "Purge"

10's of millions is a far cry from the 100+ million PS2's sold.


That's not the point. I was responding to the "distant third" comments. People dissed the $399 price of the 360 too. Many "pundits" here dissed the DS as a gimmick too. Now we have some saying this is the death of the PS.


Retort: if you look at sales, the handheld market traditionally lead consoles in sales. IIRC the gameboy advance is/was king of the hill, the PS2 is not the top-selling video game device on the market today.

Hypothetical: Were the 2009 Q4 worldwide sales reports like this:
360 - 62million
Wii  - 50million
PS3 - 25million
the "distant third" WBS labelled the product would be true.

Insight: 25 million of any product on today's market is a significant customer install base. It just isn't the lions share, and there's no neck-and-neck race.

Digression: context is key. I'd find it disturbing if 25 million meatbags bought toothbrushes worldwide in a year..... or rolls of toilet paper.

Defamation : WBS is a gameplay whore. He isn't a platform whores (fanboi), graphic whore, "lady of the night" or working girl. I don't think he was going for the "Death of Sony".

Elucidation: the prediction was not Sony's demise; it was an comment showing lack of confidence as Sony continuing in the market leadership. It stands to reason if you can't move 50-75 million in the lifespan of the console you are not dominating the market anymore.

Summation: This thread is focuses directly on Sony's flaws; it's almost a foregone conclusion that negative predictions on their upcoming (unfinished) platform would come forth.
15718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil's Right : PSP pwnz DS. on: May 21, 2006, 03:20:37 PM
I think it's true, cuz, you know, he heard it on the radio.
Look it up, people.
Look it up on GOOGLE. slywink
15719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3: We're Sony. You know you'll buy it anyway. on: May 21, 2006, 03:08:09 PM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"

They'll be a distant third.


A "distant 3rd"? um yea time to wake up from your dream. I'll admit the system is 3rd on my personal list too, but unless the game developers flee the system(which I don't see happening) it will still sell tens of millions of units over its lifetime.


10's of millions is a far cry from the 100+ million PS2's sold. And honestly, I see myself asking for a Wii for christmas before a PS3.

In Japan, it faces the Wii. In the rest of the world, it's the 360. It *IS* quite possible that this is the leg of the race that has Sony fall on its face. Sony isn't an innovator by any stretch of the imagination. Mass consumers made the PS2 what it is, not us hardcore gamers. They've put in "hardcore" upgrades such as BluRay (for DRM and copy protection, not storage capacity). The problem as I see it is that the price is prohibitive of wide-spread adoption. You and I can "reason with" $100-200 extra and say yadda this and yabbut that; it comes down to whether the walmart moms of the world are going to go with a PS3 or a Wii as the "new" thing, or for the X360 and it's second gen games on christmas lists this year.

I think MS is hiding something; something BIG. I'm not talking Halo3 either. They have something in the works that will POP Sony's balloon come launch season. Mark my words. E3 was too easy for them to walk over the Sony side of the house (I mean, SONY basically flopped on the marketting ride unlike last year's little Killzone 2 dog-n-pony show). Sony's got to deliver on promises now, and they're too much into getting things to market to realize how badly they need to come up with some GOLDEN gaming.

I'm not saying they WILL be a distant 3rd, but it is ENTIRELY possible.

Does anybody know what the data read access times are like on a Blu-Ray drive vs DVD? I'm hoping that after all of this that the drive itself (being first-gen) is actually going to CAUSE longer load times.
15720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil's Right : PSP pwnz DS. on: May 21, 2006, 02:44:28 PM
I found Devil's webcast. slywink

But Nintendo IS making money... with their GigaFlops.
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