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15961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamecube too dark on S-Video on: April 17, 2006, 03:30:16 PM
If someone wants, I do have a component GC cable (make sure you have a digital port on the back). I was going to ebay it (they go for 90+USD) ... I'm lookin' at selling for 60USD (plus shipping).

LMK if you're interested. I'll be putting it up on ebay end of this week / early next week. (I will eventually put up something in the trading forum if no one is interested).

Note: I have used it briefly; it's like new. I sold my cube last weekend. It is the official Nintendo one; and it is FINE. biggrin
15962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] New Demo on Live : AMPED3 on: April 16, 2006, 12:18:42 AM
Just tried the demo, and yuck. Go rent Amped 3, and get past the storyline enough so that you have at least all of the first mountain available. The second mountain is MUCH steeper in areas.

Also keep in mind, you can ACTUALLY MODIFY THE TERRAIN in the game.

If you need a ramp somewhere to keep the combo going (cuz butter is better on toast) then cough up the moolah and put a ramp in. biggrin
15963  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / 1 gig (2x512) pc3200 DDR400 --- SOLD on: April 14, 2006, 10:59:16 PM
ygpm
15964  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Diablo Battle Chest w/ free copy of Sacred Gold on: April 14, 2006, 03:57:26 PM
I'm only interested in sacred gold
15965  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / iPod iDock woes on: April 14, 2006, 03:56:45 PM
disconnect the dock, install the ipod software cd again and then try connecting the dock.

(I had to do this once, IIRC)
15966  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gun Shy Anyone? on: April 12, 2006, 10:23:51 PM
Cripes Ron, I'd think you would have had it bad with all things considered. frown

I hate thinking about what other people have to see and feel just to live. We truly live in an incubated lifestyle.
15967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Canceled OXM on: April 12, 2006, 03:08:53 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
Just an FYI: Got this response from my cancellation inquiry:

Quote
Your refund check is being processed and will arrive in the near future. This is a full refund for the unused portion of your subscription.


So I'd advise anyone who isn't happy and still has a sub (unless it was a gift) to cancel and get your phat stack back, jack.


Just a heads up : if you paid $35 (example) - and they say the mag is 9USD /issue newsstand price and you were getting a 65% discount, they subtract 9USD per issue you rec'd to calculate your refund. (so if you have more than 4 mags in the subscription, it may not be worth it).

This is what they did to me when I quit their sub 2 years ago.
15968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM and their "10" on: April 12, 2006, 02:04:47 PM
The problem, as I see it, is that we want to absorb info and move on. We don't want to read the full review unless the game is a serious maybe.


I WILL OWN --------------| /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ Maybe /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ |-------------fah'gedda-bowdit.


Only in the /\/\/\/\ do we really READ the reviews to either confirm which way we go. If a title that sits in the I WILL OWN section and gets super-low scores, it may end up in the maybe or even fah-gedda-bowdit. Conversely we need to see some impressive scores to get a fah-gedda-bowdit to the maybe or I WILL OWN. This is the only time a review is "READ". Otherwise we generally skim.

I keep saying "we", and your own personal experience may differ. I've asked a few other gamers about this and it seems to be accurate. We just don't have time to read 5-10 4 page reviews about a game that we know we WILL, or WILL NOT own.

I'm going to start a suggestion thread in the site feedback to offer some new format changes; it may just cater to what we ultimately want to see.
15969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] New Demo on Live : AMPED3 on: April 11, 2006, 07:15:17 PM
So if you've been sitting on the fence, go get'r.

I actually enjoy the new amped despite the sometimes annoying stuff (like the stupid kitty-glitter runs)
15970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN's Oblivion head to head article... on: April 10, 2006, 11:48:12 PM
Quote from: "Bob"
Yeah.. well then you can't factor the full price of a computer into gaming because you can do more than game with it.


Well Bob, that's where you'd be wrong. (IMHO)

Did you buy your 699 video card to work in excel? Is that bump-mapped hyperdynamic range lighting really helping out your web browsing experience?

The bells and whistles on PC performance is generally geared towards game-specific use.

The fact is, you can poke around in any normal PC-centric app with a 1.8GHz machine with half a gig of RAM and not need to spend more than 400 dollars. (which is a fair price for an SDTV).
15971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (4/10) on: April 10, 2006, 11:35:29 PM
Nuthin for me.
I' be in dem backlog boat, yarr.

Amped3, DW5:E, GRAW, PDZ, Oblivion, B&W2 are all waiting to be played.

as to the Battlefield 2 for 360, maybe in 6 months...

15972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [???] Sunday Skin, where are you? NSFW on: April 09, 2006, 05:16:22 PM
I have no pics. frown I was countin' on GT to put the "sun" in Sunday.
15973  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Morgan Webb reviews X3(must see!)nsfw on: April 08, 2006, 01:47:21 PM
worked in IE 7. beta :: shrug ::

I got tired of the kha'ak jokes by the time she started complaining about looking for harder kha'ak.
15974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DELL IS THE WORST on: April 07, 2006, 07:40:13 PM
you lost me. slywink

As to the Dell 2005FPW they re-released it recently; see if you can get them to send you a new model.

I had the 2005FPW and it is a nice monitor; the 2405FPW is SO. MUCH. BETTER.

MMmmmm, component in with HDTV native resolutions. biggrin

[edit: typo ]
15975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox360] Street Fighter 2 showing up on XBLA today?!? on: April 07, 2006, 07:26:30 PM
Quote from: "bluvasa"
I hope we start seeing some scrolling shooters.  These have been and always will be some of my favorites.  Give me some of these, please.  


Ooo, Raptor. Remember that game? And there was a top-down shooter that I loved (one of the first "3d" games). I bought a 4MB ATI Mach 64 with the addon to play it. Then the Voodoo came out and borked EVERYTHING!
15976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox360] Street Fighter 2 showing up on XBLA today?!? on: April 07, 2006, 07:23:43 PM
Mine are :

Ryu - Focus, Form and Function. Vanilla grade fighter.
E.Honda - 100 hand slappin' you down in the corner.

I also liked M.Bison for the cheap factor (head dance) and Sagat due to his remarkable resemblance to Bob Sagat (no relation). Angry, ripped and scarred.
15977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 price rumor: $600!? on: April 07, 2006, 07:19:15 PM
See, if the PS3 upconverts DVD to HD dvd playing it may be worth it for me. Maybe. And it's unlikely it will; they want blu-ray market adoption and figure this is the way to force-feed the market.

There is A LOT MORE dvd players than PS2s out there, and the price difference in today's market is staggering.

As far as online is concerned they're doing the "it'll be the same as live, except better. And my daddy can beat up Gate's daddy any day of the week so nyah!". That isn't to say that PSLIVE won't be good, or better than MSLIVE, but I've been burned by Sony too many times to believe the PR spin.
15978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MS pwns Lionhead on: April 07, 2006, 02:35:39 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
They bought into the hype.

Molyneaux fools everyone again.


::sigh:: Yeah, and EA puts out quality products. :roll: I enjoyed fable; it wasn't the greatest RPG ever though. I enjoyed B&W ans B&W2. I was looking forward to BC; hopefully they'll get back on that game.
15979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 price rumor: $600!? on: April 07, 2006, 02:31:41 PM
And how many homes have an HDTV ? That's a very niche market, and it takes some suckering to get people to buy it.

We'll see.
15980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360/japan] Ninty-Nine Nights (aka N3) on: April 07, 2006, 02:29:54 PM
Naw, the DW series is all VS. people... this has monstrosities and over-the-top combos etc (500hit combo in one of the shots).

This is more like KUF than DW series.

The "lukewarm reception" is because it's on 360, not PS2 / 3, IMHO.

The game isn't out until April 20th, so no one has actually played the retail game. There was a demo on disk that was out a little while ago.
15981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360/japan] Ninty-Nine Nights (aka N3) on: April 07, 2006, 02:00:47 AM
O. :shock: M.  smile  G.  biggrin

I am so pumped for this title; I REALLY hope they translate this one for the rest of the world.

If you haven't seen the trailer for it, set yourself up with an Xbox 360 japanese account and download it. biggrin You won't regret it.
15982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MS pwns Lionhead on: April 07, 2006, 01:56:24 AM
The motivation is this : MS has the capitol to invest in a lucrative gaming company which has :

A) existing fan base
B) more press than any one game company SHOULD have
C) Intellectual properties to titles with sequels
D) The guts to try and reinvent genres (admittedly they didn't do so well with Fable; but the B&W series is amazing).

I just hope that MS can put a leash on the PR part of Lionhead, and maybe get them to take smaller bites. We don't need tree simulators.

Now, I'd like to see MS drop 3 bux to buy PlanetMoon Studios and get some Giants Citizen Kabuto II going.
15983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Super Mario blocks <> bombs? on: April 06, 2006, 02:38:30 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Of course!  Nothing screams imminent terrorist attack like gold-wrapped boxes with question marks spray-painted on 'em.  Osama and The Riddler are tight, yo.


Idle hands are the devil's workshop. Cut off everyone's hands and we'll all be free of the devil!

Purge the sinners! PURGE THEM ALL!!!
15984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Super Mario blocks <> bombs? on: April 06, 2006, 02:33:12 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Girls always play games.  The surprising thing here is that they of the video variety.


+1 FTW.  :?
15985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GC] How is Baten Kaitos? on: April 06, 2006, 02:24:23 PM
+1 on the bad voice acting; it makes the Dynasty Warriors series seem top-notch. ::shudder::

I got tired of the card battle thing; I preferred Phantom Dust a LOT more on Xbox. (it also sported the bad voice acting and cliche'd JRPG storyline)
15986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon - Co Op Interest on: April 06, 2006, 02:20:24 PM
If you guys see me on in Oblivion (or pretty much anything else) send me an invite for GRAW MP; I'm always up for that. (Except is Meriam is totin' an m-60... then I'd rather play as a terrorist; less chance of being hit. slywink )BTW, you guys know those levels WAY too well. I've only played them through a couple times; I'm thinking a terrorist hunt might be fun.
15987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Put your own face in Oblivion on: April 04, 2006, 03:45:49 PM
actually, he didn't yell it.
He just "said" bang, and the gate was intimidated enough to close.
15988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Logitech Harmony Universal Remote - YES! on: April 02, 2006, 01:12:00 PM
I was wildly unsatisfied with the 688 remote.. the directional "ring" was poor response and the buttons were not friendly to soft button presses.

(my friend hated using it; I had bought it for her to reduce remote count).

As to the MS one, it does look pretty good. Maybe I'll watch for one on ebay. biggrin
15989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution Specs on IGN - Less Powerful than the Xbox 1 on: April 01, 2006, 12:19:52 PM
your statement begs the question. I disagree with your percieved Sony FTW. They've let their footing slip; it is currently an undetermined "fact" that Sony will be the winner this generation.

They have to earn it, and that's where I think this falls down. Sony's confidence in their new product doesn't necessarily translate to top selling. They will hold impressive marketshare, but I think it may be too early to be handing out crowns.
15990  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Want Oblivion (pc) - And I got it! on: April 01, 2006, 12:11:58 PM
this is an april fools day joke, isn't it?
15991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this a man/woman thing or am I truely nuts? on: April 01, 2006, 01:24:58 AM
Quote from: "dbt1949"
I'll be 57 July 29th. My body has aged about 80 years tho. :?


Women, Wine and drugs eh? slywink
15992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: April 01, 2006, 01:23:07 AM
So how does one tame them? smile Also, how do you talk someone out of attacking you... it involves black.

Oh, and are there any benefits to getting infected by a vampire?

Yep. Great impressions thread. Ah well, we all know it peters out to this kind of thing. biggrin
15993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 31, 2006, 07:52:15 PM
Run them past highwaymen. They don't get along. biggrin

And the venerable words of the hero rang through the valley - "OMG RUN!!! AGGRO TRAIN !!"
15994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution Specs on IGN - Less Powerful than the Xbox 1 on: March 31, 2006, 02:53:57 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "Hetz"
No, I'm not talking about old classics. Yes, those are available as well, but I'm talking about new games. Puzzle games, simple arcade style games like Feeding Frenzy. Those kind of games appeal to casual gamers.


The most excitement I've seen regarding a potential Live Arcade release is Street Figher 2 not anything "new".  Geometry Wars is without a doubt the hottest thing that Live Arcade currently has going but are you going to tell me with a straight face that there is a sizable number of people shelling out $400 for a 360 to pay GW who aren't already predisposed towards current console offerings?  


See, and this is where I pull out the "I can see Hetz's point" card. The 360's platform isn't BASED on nostalgia, it's a nice little surprise. It's allowing a hardcore or even casual "gamer" to bring in their friends and family. Wives around the globe may not be impressed with their husbands' GRAW or Gears of War (this is a gross generalization Moriarty, please forgive the stereotype), however it DOES play games that may cater to their personal interests.

Some people buy the bigger bottle of perfume to get the $3 handbag in a gift box; this stuff does move product regardless of the true value.

Selling that $3 handbag on it's own isn't going to necessarily see the same commercial success.

This is where MS is likely going to succeed. They may not own the little-game market right away, but they're planting the seed. MS has always been a forward thinking company, and have proven that they're willing to lose a little to win.

That's not to say that Hetz is right on the big N front failing, (OMGWTFTIVO=DOA!!11!!eleventyone1!1) but just because they're pushing innovation that they're going to succeed. *cough*virtualboy*cough**cough*gameglove*hack**cough*
15995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warrior doesn't have "save anytime on: March 31, 2006, 02:41:39 PM
FWIW : I'm halfway through, and I haven't had any moments that NEEDED the googles, with exception to when the image is scrambled (which was a night mission so it was well worth it). 70% is a pretty big freakin' number, buddy. I've used them maybe 8-9%. Maybe.

I like the fact that the night vision doesn't just become some super-vision mode that has no drawbacks.

As to the brightness, no problems there either. I'm using an HD LCD display (2405FPW).

The save points aren't horrid either; I've not yet run into a point where I couldn't go further. I've restarted missions if I've lost a teammate and stumbled over the checkpoint, and that ain't great... but it gives me an opportunity to do it better.

I think the checkpoints are placed well; they don't have a feeling of too far. They generally are in between heavy conflict, so you're not under direct pressure during save moments. A few times you've only got about 10-15seconds of breathing time, however... defending the mexican president missions are generally like this.

I've run a mission to take out the big guns with C4... there are save points between so I'm guessing it's not the same one. Basically you climb to the top of a villa after being dropped from a chopper (and taking out soldiers and enforcements). You then need to take out scramblers and mobile surface-to-air launchers and then climb to the top of the fortress and take out the big guns. There's at least 3 checkpoints in that run.

It may be that the post above is talking about a different mission; I've not yet encountered that level.
15996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zelda uses Rev controller on: March 31, 2006, 02:22:47 PM
Nintendo is MAKING MONEY!

(sorry, had to take Devil's thunder ... he's apparently been busy at work).

That interview has certainly piqued my interest in the upcoming Rev / Zelda game. biggrin
15997  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MegaMan: The Movie on: March 31, 2006, 01:25:51 PM
I'm not entirely sure that Capcom is backing this project. slywink
15998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] New Live Downloads : GRAW Multiplayer Demo on: March 31, 2006, 01:13:23 PM
Well, what are you waiting for? If you don't OWN Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, go download the demo now! This is no time to be a fence-sitter.

When I say fence-sitter, I'm not referring to the lucrative job of watching someone's fence while they go out to see a movie and maybe to a fancy dress-up dinner, while you're left to make sure that their lattice-topped cedar lawn-barricade is safe. After going through their cupboards and fridge looking for good things to eat, you venture into the basement only to discover THAT THE OWNERS ARE SICK AND DEPRAVED HUMAN BEINGS!!!

Spoiler for Hiden:
 [shudder]                          Ugh, Pokemon trading cards... puke
15999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spidey's got a new costume... [Spoiler] on: March 30, 2006, 08:44:43 PM
here are the key players:

Quote
Tobey Maguire ....  Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst ....  Mary Jane Watson
Topher Grace ....  Eddie Brock/Venom (attached)
James Franco ....  Harry Osborn
Thomas Haden Church ....  Flint Marko/Sandman
Bryce Dallas Howard ....  Gwen Stacy (attached)
James Cromwell ....  Captain George Stacy


Topher better get on the juice... slywink
16000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 30, 2006, 08:26:27 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
There are also several people working to cap the level scaling system, already with releases out.  But the levels don't matter much to me -- it's the sheer idiocy of what was unspeakably rare gear in Morrowind being available and common to every NPC once my character hits a certain magical level number.


As I understand it, the premise of these dark times is that they are just emerging. Now, the scaling of the monsters as time goes by means that if you were pissing around picking flowers and your combat skills went the way of the Jerry Springer Show (you know, human decay) you would most certainly NOT enjoy the game as you run from EVERY encounter.

The world is being invaded, it's not unreasonable that there would be a visible scaling of difficulty (right?) I'm not that far, Real Life has cut off my progress in Oblivion.
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