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16401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PGR3 In-Game Footage! on: October 03, 2005, 01:25:57 PM
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4297 Using Devil as Guardrail
5500 Taking first

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16402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Question on the XB360. on: October 03, 2005, 01:20:32 PM
2x AA is automatic for all games. It's not something you need to worry about, that is handled by the Xbox360 before the signal hits your TV.
16403  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HDTV buying help on: October 03, 2005, 04:48:47 AM
I'd stick with the 16:9 aspect personally ( it's what I have). As I see it, it's better to teach to the top 10% of the class.

all HD signal is 16:9 (or it's not truly a HD signal, such as some commercials). Any HD TV i've seen has the vertical gray bars available to show 4:3 aspect for your legacy stuff.

Given the size you're looking for I'd personally recommend LCD over CRT, Plasma and DLP... LCD is an awesome picture with the lowest risk burn-in, and DLPs often need "maintenance" (i.e. coughing up $400 every ~3 years for a new bulb). LCDs tend to climb in price when you go higher, but 34" and below is a wicked deal.
16404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / No SEX for you, ONE year! (SFW) on: October 03, 2005, 04:41:43 AM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
What does her having sex have anything to do with a drug conviction?  confused


Penis is a gateway drug.


Uhm, you've got some white stuff under your nose.
16405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Married? Kids? on: October 03, 2005, 04:38:43 AM
Let's trust Purge to bring the sour note :

Separated from a 6yr marriage (9yr relationship). It's been dead for 3-4 (downward spiral), one can only be taken for granted for so long.  I have a 2year old son.  I love him to bits, and I respect his mom for who she is.  She's a great person, just not great with me. ::shrug::

To lighten things up a bit :
I think it's important to remember the statistics; over 40% of marriages end in divorce, the rest end in death.  ninja

I'm gettin' out alive, baby.  Cool
16406  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Married? Kids? on: October 03, 2005, 04:33:59 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
To answer the question - it'll be 10 years of marriage coming in March 06 and still no kids.  Instead, I have 5 dogs and 4 ferrets.  smile


Fear-rats.
16407  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Selling : Xbox Kbd/Mouse adapter and Mega-X-Key [updated] on: October 03, 2005, 04:25:34 AM
Make me an offer; if it's funny I'll laugh. slywink
16408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / No SEX for you, ONE year! (SFW) on: September 30, 2005, 11:20:56 PM
So, um, apparently the Chastity belt industry is about to kick in...

17yr old banned from having sex.

"Virgin wool? How can they be sure?"
"They follow them around, you idiot!"
16409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / While walking down a dark alley you suddenly see a ninja... on: September 30, 2005, 11:16:44 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "Calvin"
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Quote from: "DamageInc"
I'd call in an air strike from some A-10s and hope for the best.


Might try the Danish Air Force.


Danish people have an Air Force? Since when? To do what?

To kill reindeer of course.


Fuck you.

I wet my pants.
16410  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Selling : Xbox Kbd/Mouse adapter and Mega-X-Key [updated] on: September 30, 2005, 11:06:47 PM
Any takers on these awesome used products?

Mega-X-Key - 17US shipped - lets you share your savegames, download ones off the net, and  also acts as a standard memory card (but MUCH bigger). It comes with the card, cable and software disk.

SOLDSmart-Joy Frag - 12US shipped - comes with instruction book, quick card, and the device itself. If you want I can bundle an el-cheapo mouse, no guarantees that it works though. I was using an Intellimouse Explorer with the USB -> PS2 converter. Worked like a charm; headshots galore.
16411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fuego Faceplate! on: September 30, 2005, 10:54:32 PM
they are rumoured to change your Xbox Dashboard blades.
16412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I have a job interview tomorrow on: September 30, 2005, 06:31:11 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "Semaj"
6) Steal several items off his desk, dont give them back.

The phrase you're looking for is "Liberate".

I thought the term was borrow, with no intention to return. biggrin


or Business as usual for New Orleans Police.
16413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I would like to be able to afford a 4 billion dollar loss on: September 30, 2005, 01:03:41 AM
I would.... the market footprint was tiny compared to today. Sega was with DC, and Nintendo was still sitting with cart games (ala N64). The PS1 came in and destroyed the 3do, and eventually the DC. Sony was catering to the older crowds, and I gotta say this one thing:

SONY OWES ITS PLAYSTATION SUCCESS TO PIRACY.

PS1 games were so easy to copy, and it was so prolific that people bought up the hardware. They got their footprint.

Guess what? MS got it the same way. MS-DOS and Windows (3.1, 9x, etc) were the MOST PIRATED software ever. If everyone is using it cuz they could get it cheap/free, your product becomes de facto standard (look at VHS licensing vs Sony BetaMax exclusivity).

There were questionable business ethics involved with MS at the time (and now for all the M$ bashers :roll:), but facing facts : EVERY COMPANY has those same ethical "gaps". MS was just really *good* at it.  :twisted:

2001 - they come into a dominated market as a startup. Everything is ground up. They made decisions and lived by them. They changed controllers, fought suppliers and suffered from poor 1st and 2nd party game releases. They KNEW they were underdogs, but ultimately the gaming portion of MS needed to do this to stay alive in the software industry.

PC gaming is a niche market; MS is all about gathering the herds. Lets look at the Windows roadmap for example : Bringing all 3.1 users and NT 3.5.1 users together took almost 10 years.

They moved people to a common platform interface and let them get used to it. Windows 95 and NT 4 look the same, but under the hood they are VERY different beasts (the HAL, for instance). They released newer versions that moved them closer together, and finally with Windows 2000 they built the base for the same dev. track. Windows XP is 2000 under the hood, with incremental improvements. If you look back at it, that was strategy and calculated risks to change the computer world without losing your footing. They've calculated losses in doing the same for the gaming world. <shrug> MS is no more a monster than Sony is; they're doing what they can to bring forward their product into every household. Hell, even Crest and Colgate fight this one out.
16414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I'm A Pretty Neat Guy, Right? on: September 29, 2005, 02:33:40 PM
*cough*horseshit*cough*cough*

I think ATB has another alias...

CROWLEY!!! slywink
16415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I have a job interview tomorrow on: September 29, 2005, 02:08:19 PM
Good luck.

One piece of advice: If they ask a situational questions (BDI)*, make sure you think about what they're looking for. Stories of super human strength are nice, but they're looking for thought pattern and a "well-adjusted" person. Don't miss the point of the question to tell a success story. It's ok to "think about" their question, or get them to repeat it. (just don't do it for every one, or take too long). They're asking you to think of an example; it's not unreasonable to "think" about it.

It goes towards showing your comfort level with pressure situations as well. Your ABILITY to answer the question properly goes a long way.

*BDI - behavioural determination interview style (AKA beedy eye)
16416  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Needed: Xbox Live Puck on: September 29, 2005, 05:13:41 AM
Zarkon, you still need it? no PM from you, or IM... frown
16417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I would like to be able to afford a 4 billion dollar loss on: September 28, 2005, 09:22:13 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
I understand it takes money to make money...so does Sony but people don't have a hard time seeing terrible things for them when they report losses.


The difference is this : MS stated 4 years ago that there will be projected losses in this field for up to 10 years. They want to be profitable by mid to end of the lifecycle of their second console. Their stockholders know this, and thusly no one is able to backlash and whine about losses.

It's different when Sony, being the retarded manufacturing monstrousity they are, hold onto the Trinitron factories long after their technology is available for other companies to use (patent related). A surge of chinese and korean mfgrs are making the same / better quality products at a severely reduced cost, and yet they don't sell/liquidate that part of their business. Before spiderman one was released, I recall reading an article where Sony was headed to "answering to their creditors". SCEA was making money hand over fist with PS2, but it doesn't help if you're carrying dead-weight.

MS had prepared stockholders, and stated they were committed to entering the global gaming market. Hold on, it's going to be bumpy for 5-10 years.

<shrug>

Nintendo makes money. That's a good thing. Are they the industry leader? No. Are they vying to be the leader? No, they just want to sell games and lead in innovation, turn a profit, and maybe show the world what gaming CAN be. (read: Fun)

One of the best commentaries on hollywood, which I feel applies to the gaming entertainment world too, came from Penn of Penn & Teller. He basically stated he wished the production companies were interested in making money. He goes on to explain that although money is important; they keep trying to find a "defining film" and blowing huge money on the potential 'next big thing'. Further to that point, he compares it to grocery shopping. The quote goes something like "If the stores stocked shelves on the same principle, the only thing you could buy would be Coke and Pepsi. Where is the avacado business in that?"

Nintendo is going for the Avacado market, and just might cut into Coke and Pepsi.
16418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I would like to be able to afford a 4 billion dollar loss on: September 28, 2005, 09:09:52 PM
Quote from: "warning"
I don't own an Xbox so I wasn't aware they added analog triggers.  I thought it was just a smaller controller because they received so many complaints about the original controller's size?  If so, that's cool.  Are the triggers buttons that happen to be analog or actual analog triggers like the Dreamcast had?


Triggers. And the old controllers had them too.. I was referring to the fact that L2 and R2 are not actually triggers (hinges) but buttons. They wouldn't change that.

As a matter of fact, Sony shows counter-intuitive behaviour like not including a connector on their PSTwo to allow the hard disk to function with the new style system.

THAT is a piss-off.
16419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / anyone ever raise a baby squirrel? on: September 28, 2005, 09:05:42 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
You also might need a license.  I know that a local woman didn't have a license for a monkey she had and it got loose and started attacking people in the neighborhood.  I don't know if it applies to a squirrel, and I guess I really doubt it, but better to be safe than sorry.


that's just too fucking funny. ROFL!!!
16420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I would like to be able to afford a 4 billion dollar loss on: September 28, 2005, 02:13:06 PM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
4 years, billions of dollars of losses, and people are still playing the "oh it's all part of MS' plan to gain market/mind share, they'll make it all back someday, ITS AMAZING HOW FAR THEY'VE COME ALREADY" card.

You guys crack me up.


To sum it up : you gotta spend money to make money. They see digital entertainment as the new marketplace (and really, mainstream gaming is less than a decade old), so they're pulling out all the stops to get up-to-speed.

They would have wasted a f***load more money to buy a company such as Sega, Nintendo or Sony, and end up with less-than-guaranteed results.

They were willing, after 1 year on the market, to change their default controller based on market success. Do you think Sony would have done this to add analog triggers? MS is willing to try, to make mistakes to achieve non-conventional success.

As to the HDD SKU vs the 3Shitty, I am of the mind that they've made a huge mistake, however.... the price of a removable hard disk is this :

if your friend / family member has the hard disk at a different location, would you want to be able to still play your gaming library? Would you want your game system to be dependant on a removable device?
16421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lobster Tank Game! on: September 27, 2005, 06:27:27 PM
This is freakin' sanitary.
16422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Origen 360 Countdown at Zero on: September 27, 2005, 06:21:14 PM
dude. This is a Europe only thing.

I got to a form and a quiz. then I had a selection of all the major european markets (only).

Ah well.
16423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Waterworld? Bah, Chump Change! Superman is teh Win! on: September 26, 2005, 10:32:30 PM
I think the play or pay people should be forced into the movie.

Like every 30 sec, theres a segway where Cage is in prison getting it up the ass, or eating dog shit, or being put through a series of unlikely embarassing moments. Maybe a mock wedding of him getting hitched to Roseanne with her saying something like "I swear, Nick! I *am* the lovechild of Elvis". I dunno, personally humiliating stuff. It's better that HE'S being humiliated, rather than the memory of Superman, and all the goodness Christopher Reeves brought to the role.

I mean shit, if he's gonna cost the movie that much, we may as well all enjoy it. If he breaks the contract, then they're off scott free. smile

I'd buy THAT for a dollar.
16424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black & White 2 .... on: September 26, 2005, 09:38:00 PM
Heya Phil!

Yeah, there's a lot of hating going on in this thread. Ah well; Pete opened his mouth too wide with Fable and put both feet in up to the knees.
16425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Best Game You've Played This Gen? on: September 26, 2005, 03:54:25 PM
9) FABLE - believe it or not, I liked it despite not changing the way we think, play, buy groceries, etc...
8 ) Dynasty Warriors 3,4,5 - Truly great games. It's nice to be able to build up characters, unlock more, and get a feel for the game characters and their interactions. 4 is, thus far, my favorite. I just got 5 last week.
7) Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (1)- truly first of its kind... awesome experience. When I was hiding in the parking lot eavesdropping on government officials, it felt so... real.
6) Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six series - Voice comm with NPCs, incredibly fun LIVE play. I miss this game.
5) KOTOR - For 3 weeks, my normal life atrophied while I played this. That, and I would make decisions IRL based on whether I was playing light side or dark side.  :twisted:
4) Burnout 3 - What's to say? Fun, addictive. Just ... WOW.
3) Halo / Halo 2 - It's gotta be said. Sure, this tune is always on the radio, but I still own it and play it. Co-op storyline rawks.
2) Crimson Skies - A-frickin' mazing game. Loved the dogfighting, the exploration, the sandbox style. I want a Crimson Skies 360 game RFN.
1) Xbox Live - It costs as much as a game; I figure this service qualifies. This has brought so much to the game play of some of my favorite games, and turned other games into a shadow of what they COULD be. (Dynasty Warriors online would just kick so much ass).

Nods to Mechassault 1&2 multiplayer, PoP. Ninja Gaiden, DOA
 Never played : BG&E
16426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Worst Game You've Played this Gen? on: September 26, 2005, 03:27:19 PM
Guys, I gotta say the topic title should be "biggest disappointment" rather than WORST game.

Jade Empire? JADE EMPIRE?? ever play Metal Dungeon? cripes man, at least Jade Empire makes SENSE. How about Nightcaster, or Legends, or any host of "C" grade games.

Seriously, rent Metal Dungeon. Send me the reciept and I'll pay. slywink

If you move your character backwards, the animation doesn't change from walking forwards... that's right folks, we're talking about Moonwalking. Ah-hee-hee-hee <crotch-grab>.

The opening movie looks like it was made in 20 minutes from a www.DigitalBlasphemy.com reject.

The gameplay was automatic so you didn't have to, you know, DO anything. Also, the characters were so generic you wouldn't care if they die.

There was an anime fighting game for Xbox that came out, Stake: Fortune Fighters, it is an atrocious* game. The menu music would get stuck 50% of the time entering the game, and repeat a 2sec clip over and over. IIRC, 2 of the buttons didn't even work as the manual described.

*def'n: atrocious  
  1) Extremely evil or cruel; monstrous: an atrocious crime.
  2) Exceptionally bad; abominable: atrocious decor; atrocious behavior.

Obviously I'm shooting for Column B here.

Last one:  BRUTE FORCE. The Halo killer. No, wait... it was an insomniac killer.
16427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone have a good DVD release date link? on: September 26, 2005, 03:16:11 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
Did you check www.tvshowsondvd.com ?  I find that they have DVD information pretty quickly.


ditto
16428  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We need some animated gifs, pronto! on: September 25, 2005, 12:55:36 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
That is uberfreaky dude...



She has HUGE ... tracts of land!
16429  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We need some animated gifs, pronto! on: September 25, 2005, 12:53:12 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"


Grandma, is that you?
16430  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / General - We've had enough on: September 25, 2005, 12:50:05 PM
Quote from: "Raven VII"
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You're THAT choked up about him leaving?

Ron, it didn't matter to me either way; he was a nuissance, but I have 7 ranks in my "ignore idiots" class skill (Wisdom based). biggrin

Christ, who put all those ranks in my "Geek" skill?! slywink
16431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black & White 2 .... on: September 25, 2005, 12:45:56 PM
Spar, that EQ2 comment undermines your credibility slywink
16432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Office XP on: September 24, 2005, 05:00:16 AM
I think it's now completely separate.

Here's the Microsoft Office Package Comparisons.

Here is the Frontpage Cost
16433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ultimate Spider-Man Review is UP! on: September 23, 2005, 10:28:25 PM
*ahem*

meh.

/eom slywink
16434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ultimate Spider-Man Review is UP! on: September 23, 2005, 09:10:16 PM
First : awesome review.

One thing Ron. What is the "Ultimate Edition" mentioned as PS2 only in the Final Words?
16435  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted : GC "Must-Have" Titles [UPDATED 9/23/05] on: September 23, 2005, 11:29:24 AM
any other games people want to trade? biggrin (read:bump)
16436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB (Canada) + Trade-in Business model [UPDATED.. it's ON!] on: September 21, 2005, 11:47:55 AM
Yeah. He's not hopeful that this will change this quarter. If it happens, it will be next year now, and since Gamestop is now involved, who knows where or how it will work.

(up until this week, Electronics Boutique was to be left as is; Gamestop was leaving the Canuck market unchanged. Clearly this is no longer the case.)
16437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB (Canada) + Trade-in Business model [UPDATED.. it's ON!] on: September 21, 2005, 03:58:34 AM
Yeah, well the pilot has been postponed due to Gamestop.

This new pilot was announced at the management meeting a couple weeks ago; Gamestop kaiboshed it as they're going in the hole to buy EB. They don't want any other financial risks.

Dammit. (I just talked to my buddy today).
16438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help! My monitor gives me eyestrain and headaches! on: September 20, 2005, 12:39:11 PM
I was tired. So you've given up the Rage eh? I guess the Machine won, then.
16439  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted : GC "Must-Have" Titles [UPDATED 9/23/05] on: September 20, 2005, 06:25:02 AM
I just got a GC this year (used for $20CAD, with 2x wavebird, HDTV cable, and GBA adapter and disc) and I'm looking for decently priced GC must-haves that people may be tired of (Animal Crossing, SMB, Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Super Mario Sunshine, etc).

I've got Zelda:WW and the bonus disk with all the other zeldas on it. I've now got Metriod Prime and F-Zero GX on their way from Warning.

Can you help me find a point to my awesome purchase? biggrin

- I now have :
   Animal Crossing (in mail from Bob)
   ZeroG FX (or something like that)
   Zelda WW + all the legacy zeldas except 3.
   Metriod Prime
   Eternal Darkness (maybe, Zarkon's looking to trade it, or other games)
16440  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Needed: Xbox Live Puck on: September 20, 2005, 06:19:32 AM
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