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16401  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Links to IGN in the news page. on: February 19, 2006, 07:33:32 PM
Thanks for providing the speed test, it's appreciated. (feel free to break the link; I'd hate for you to be judged or something slywink )
16402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamecube Component Cables on: February 19, 2006, 07:28:23 PM
weak. I bought mine online last year from Nintendo. Even Lik-Sang is sold out.
16403  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Mobo? New OS License says Microsoft on: February 18, 2006, 01:07:43 AM
Quote from: "drifter"
You dont own software you only license it.

It can be argued that the act of sale overrides any agreements contained within the sealed box; you can't even read the license included until you install the product. Since the license then CHANGES AFTERWARDS based on their discretion, you could not have possibly agreed to it at the register.

This has yet to be tested in a licensing case, but the sale of transaction should override the software licence. At least, I heard that from a friend of mine who used to be into patents and licenses and all that jazz. I'm not proficient in law.

If this is true, then they could see themselves facing class action as more and more people get burned by it and since a PC is completely modular, the license should be valid for any ONE PC at a time.
16404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 to launch in September? Plus PS3 online info. on: February 18, 2006, 12:58:06 AM
:roll: right, and they didn't claim that the videos were ingame. You're right, Sony's hype machine is non-existant, and they weren't touting that their games were being developed for 1080p as a STANDARD.


Sony boasted in its E3 presentation that the PlayStation 3 could output 1080p over two separate HDMI outputs, enabling dual-HDTV gaming. However, this is a future-looking feature to say the least, as most HDTVs on the market today cannot output 1080p.

Right, like the TV is the "big" limitation. Clearly it's now the hardware. They were talking about DUAL 1080p output less than a year ago. Now we're seeing that they're not even doing 1080i ? I call that DROPPED.

Oh, and one last quote, cuz I'm feeling generous :
"UPDATE: We have just been updated by our away team at the SCEA conference that not only will 1080p be supported by the system, but that this is considered the standard resolution for the system. Every game for the PS3 will be in incredible, indelible, indubitable HD.

Nobody at IGN even owns a TV that can do 1080p, but that's the system's goal - to give HDTV a killer app piece of hardware that people will no longer be able to live without. Get your wallet ready..."

There is no mistaken context there; this was published and Sony knows this was going out. It is the expectation they've set, and now it's slipping.

There's also a question as to whether the HD is going to be in it (per the Koei exec) and what else is going to be scaled down? The smoke and the mirrors are starting to part way for the real product. The PS3 seen at E3 last year was as real as the Phantom at that time.
16405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 to launch in September? Plus PS3 online info. on: February 17, 2006, 11:17:14 PM
I consider it fair game to point out press releases from the company.
Remember this one?

May 16, 2005

To match the accelerating convergence of digital consumer electronics and computer technology, PS3 supports high quality display in resolution of 1080p(*) as standard, which is far superior to 720p/1080i.

as a standard. ::cough:: Sorry, I'm just having a hard time with trusting Sony. This statement basically is fantasy, filled with lollipops and fairies. They did it to tout a more powerful product than their competition; a hollow statement at this point.

I highly doubt it coming out spring 2006 (did they NOT know their public dates?) .... that gives them until June 22, 2006 to get their product to market... A market, not necessarily North America. As Koei's Kenji Matsuhara, an exec for the Dynasty Warrior online game development strategy said during a speech at the Asia Online Game Conference 2006 in Tokyo: "Spring is being said, but it will likely be an extremely hot Spring."

From IGN:
Matsuhara stated that he's been asking for a hard disk to be included with the system as standard, but he's not sure what will happen. Despite the lack of solid details from Sony, though, he seems excited about the PS3, finishing off with, "I'm placing a lot of hope in it becoming a force in the spread of Online games."

I am not, in any way putting MS up on a pedastal of righteousness, but I *am* playing my 360 now. Microsoft screwed up with the 2nd SKU and shipping problems, they have their challenges.

[edit] I should also clarify when I said dropped, i meant dropped their standard resolution, not drop the support for it.
16406  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Links to IGN in the news page. on: February 17, 2006, 09:09:03 PM
it's got the on it; I doubt they added it afterwards. Since I've dropped IGN about 2 years ago, this is the first time I've felt "left out" of getting anything. I just think it's kind of bad for GT to put up links for files that are membership only restricted.

if you set my expectation for the 15MB version, it wouldn't have bothered me as much. that's all. smile
16407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished Kameo on: February 17, 2006, 03:56:14 PM
I think you can use Below40's swinging arm to push stuff around, and Thermite to blow stuff around. make sure you try and find all the fruits to upgrade everyone's abilities.
16408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 to launch in September? Plus PS3 online info. on: February 17, 2006, 12:33:20 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Sony has quite a bit of familiarity with running online gaming.  Remember Everquest?

That is SOE; running a MMORPG is a lot different than running a community based gaming service like Live, ::shudder:: gamespy, etc.

MS has had their failed attempts too; look at ... Live is ultimately *NOT* a new product, but a culmination of MS's last 10 years online in a neatly wrapped package.

Just like the XBOX was MS's first attempt at something new and had many a bump and bruise; online game hosting will be Sony's cross to bear this go-round, and they'll need to step up to be beyond simply successful. They're already scaling back the overambitious targets of 1080p etc, etc... I don't think there is going to be a huge difference in performance at the end of the day.
16409  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Links to IGN in the news page. on: February 17, 2006, 12:30:09 PM
Yeah, that 88MB demo of The Outfit requires IGN Insider membership. Since you're advertising it, I hope they're payin' you for it.

16410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Movie studios scaling back UMD movies on: February 16, 2006, 08:21:55 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
In defense of Andrew, I've also seen that 10 million number for the PSP.  I believe they announced that last November or so.  In the US, the NPD numbers indicated only a small DS lead during the holidays - rather suprising when you consider the DS bundles and the large price difference.

Remember, they may have announced 10million SHIPPED, not sold. ... Nintendo tends to dump less spin into their mix. They don't need to, they're making.....

wait for it.....

MONEY!! biggrin

PSP is mehware right now. They need to get it to Wowware.
16411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 to launch in September? Plus PS3 online info. on: February 16, 2006, 08:07:36 PM
1) Given the developers may not have final dev kits yet, and since the architecture is VASTLY different than any other common programming platform (seven segmented processor cores), what makes you think they *aren't* working on beefed up ports? PS2 is apparently supported, they could release emotion engine code on this platform and you wouldn't know the difference. Do you really think -any- company can churn out must-have titles on an unfamiliar platform at the word GO ? FTR. Halo was in development long before the Xbox was dreamed up, and since it was just a beefier PC config there was less to worry about.

2) I *DON'T* think they have the specs nailed down yet; Sony dropped their 1080p support just recently. I'm waiting to see what other "features" are dropped quietly to bring down cost/dev time.

I don't think the piper is going to deliver all they promised; Sony's pre-release strategy reeks like a polititians election campaign. I'll pre-order, but that might just go up for auction if I can't justify the cost with the games that come out.

3) Kevin, I believe you are correct. The SKUs and the details were Aug 23 (IIRC) and late Sept was when the street date was released... the whole"they better release before black friday" threads are bouncing around in my mind.

4) PS3 Online strategy : Follow the leader, and claim yours is better. Even if it's not. It's not like Sony has ever built a successful Online community. MS platform has always been geared to Live, even in it's infancy. We'll see where Sony goes with this. I'm sure the basics will be there; I have my reservations about it being "better" than the Live experience.

And NO, PLAYONLINE is NOT a successful implementation. (I believe SOE had a hand in that one.) MS clearly has a stronger history and the established infrastructure.
16412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 10 best sci fi films never made on: February 15, 2006, 01:48:44 PM
DnD 2nd Ed. also used the term avatar in it's original meaning. Some spells could call down an Avatar IIRC, including stuff like divine intervention.

I don't know the history or DnD 1st Ed, or whether ShadowRun was first or not.
16413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black says "Happy Valentine's Day" on: February 15, 2006, 01:07:57 PM
weak game, I hope black is better.
16414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wait a sec, did I read that right? Getting Up got an 8.7.... on: February 15, 2006, 01:06:16 PM
keep in mind, we're the niche... they're aiming at the general population and having names like that will bring games into the mainstream media.

Think about it, if movies and gaming produce equal respective amounts of revenue each year (in the billions).... movies cost 1/6 to 1/4 of the cost of gaming. That's a MUCH lower head count for gaming.
16415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday - 02/14/06 on: February 15, 2006, 12:14:45 AM
What is Red Dwarf S1 ? Season One has been out for ages..
16416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hoodwinked = damn funny on: February 14, 2006, 11:24:24 PM
I would have to say that the first 20 min were slow... Red Riding hoods story is kind of lame on it's own; until she gets to the Goat it's not that funny.

Hers is the straight-man... it's the setup for the entire premise of the movie. The rest of it is tearing the story apart.
16417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI beta - People were addicted to this? on: February 14, 2006, 11:21:43 PM
Also, once you have lvl20, subjob and the chocobo license, you can more easily ride to wherever you want to and level there. This makes it easier to farm for rare drops that help out, and it's likely you won't be struggling financially unless you're pursuing some sort of trade.

The subjob stats bonus, as well as additional abilities makes for an easier time. (using BLM as a secondary to boost mana as WELL as getting some low-level elemental spells etc..)

I highly recommend leveling THF as a second job, as steal makes it all worthwhile. Also, starting as a thf is a BITCH. >_<;;
16418  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Scoreboard (Bandwidth Warning) on: February 14, 2006, 10:09:53 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
I still want to know why they haven't made it where you can add to your Friends List via the internet. :p  Typing things in is just a lot easier than pecking with the controller.

Granted, this isn't an issue with the 360, but for those of us with Xboxes...

Plug a USB keyboard in, it's MUCH better. biggrin
16419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Watch out now! My gamerscore is at 5!! on: February 14, 2006, 10:04:06 PM
post your name and stuff in the thread in my signature. I'll get you added to the list when I get around to  updating it.

(been busy with work and home right now)
16420  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hoodwinked = damn funny on: February 14, 2006, 12:21:49 PM
"What... have I.... done...?"

followed by "what kind of candles are those?"
16421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warrior Demo on Live soon on: February 13, 2006, 09:13:35 PM
16422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI beta - People were addicted to this? on: February 13, 2006, 09:11:33 PM
I wasn't in the beta long. I think you're thinking of another Stabbetty. Perhaps they saw my name in FFXI before the beta? slywink Read above, I explained how I got the name.
16423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI beta - People were addicted to this? on: February 13, 2006, 09:05:31 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Quote from: "Purge"
Doh! you're right, it's BST, not RNG.

I never played either (although one of my buddies did).

I had all the jobs unlocked (Stabbetty on Phoenix server) I just never bothered. Once I had SAM and NIN, i didn't want to go back to anything else. biggrin

Whoa whoa whoa!! Were you the Stabbety from the WoW Alpha/Beta? or did you just copy and or randomly find that name from elsewhere???


I *AM* Stabbetty.

Always was, always will be.

I am Stabbetty on FFXI server Phoenix (first iteration) and then joined the WoW beta, and then moved onto WoW proper. (I was Stabbetty in the Almost Heroes Guild).

I made up the name... I was going to be a TaruTaru BLM (male) in tribute to Black Mage ( ) and go with the name Stabbitty (Stabbity-Death is a BM patented move from the comic), but was disappointed with the Taru model.

I then decided if I was going to sink hundreds of hours into this, perhaps I should be lookin' at a CUTE rear-end rather than a guys, so I went Mithra THF ... and eventually NIN / SAM.  Stabbitty looked funny, but StabbEtty looked right. It stuck. In WoW i was YANER (Yet Another Night Elf Rogue -female).
16424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI beta - People were addicted to this? on: February 13, 2006, 02:07:49 PM
/em nods to Myto
/stealth <me>
/wait 5
/jobskill (steal) Mytocles (Purse filled to brim with Gil)
/flee <me>
16425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I HATE KAMEO!!! on: February 13, 2006, 02:05:45 PM
If you were brave, you could get at least 2 arms destroyed (and the 3rd badly injured) on the first dive. then hide behind a corner, collect some health, and repeat. Dead in 2 dives.

of course, I didn't kill him in 2 dives the first time around. it was 5 or 6, figuring out what to do.
16426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hopes for X-3... fading........ on: February 13, 2006, 01:21:19 AM
Quote from: "CeeKay"


Oh look, it's a shot from Uwe Bolls "Brute Force".  :roll:

It's either that or the cast from bloodrayne is doing a Beatles parody.
16427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF7 Advent Children voice actors, details on: February 12, 2006, 12:33:35 PM
Quote from: "depward"
I don't know.  Maybe I'm thinking too much into it, but I dislike the idea of having "mainstream" people do voice work for FFVII Advent Children.  I don't want to be listening to Tifa and think, "Oh, that sounds like Jessica Alba . . ."  Then again, I guess I also don't want no-name people who would do a shoddy job.

Eh, I'm hard to please   biggrin   It was a cool movie!

+1 ... I found that the big-name talent in FF:spirits within detracted from the characters, given that the characters in NO WAY resembled the actors doing their voice.

Disney has always altered their characters to slightly resemble the voice actor; it makes the sounds match the shape... ( think of sebastien without the lip, or Kronk a skinny little pipsqueak)
16428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hands on with the close to final PS3 dev kit on: February 12, 2006, 12:30:23 PM
or the right hand being fired for pointing out glaring (public domain) flaws in the left hands execution. slywink
16429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI beta - People were addicted to this? on: February 12, 2006, 12:27:23 PM
then there's the 4 hour chocobo quest... euy.
16430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I HATE KAMEO!!! on: February 12, 2006, 12:23:26 PM
Kameo has been in the oven for what.. 4 years and 3 redesigns? It was also destined for xbox1.
16431  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/FT: Dragon Quest 8, and MP (sold) on: February 12, 2006, 12:20:17 PM
ygpm (echoes)
16432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 artist fired for small criticism of console on: February 10, 2006, 02:44:56 PM
On the other hand he didn't disclose WHICH title he was working on, therefore not costing sales. slywink  I can think of a few "get it out the door titles" for console launches.... like pretty much ALL of them. (Including Halo with it's Library level, poor net-code etc...)
16433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 artist fired for small criticism of console on: February 09, 2006, 09:06:14 PM
I think that yeah, he's a bit of an idiot for "biting the hand that feeds" but Sonys reaction to it was to make an example of him.

I don't think the punishment fit, given the fact that none of the information fell into NDA-breaking territory. It sounds like he doesn't much care right now, but I'd feel the odds would be in his favour in a  wrongful dismissal case.

16434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 artist fired for small criticism of console on: February 09, 2006, 05:43:05 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
The people working on 360 titles are workers from other developers.

As I understand it, SOE isn't "Sony Corp", it's a subsiduary company (which has an Xbox360 title (FFXI). In the interview he mentions being taken down to Sony Corp. and THEY fired him.

It would be like An Olive Garden employee stating he wasn't impressed with Red Lobsters seafood menu and getting fired for it.

(General Mills owns both Olive Garden and Red Lobster or at least they did when I worked for them).

They are  two different product lines, and per the interview he states he never broke any NDA's.
16435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 artist fired for small criticism of console on: February 09, 2006, 05:38:09 AM
he's not a sony employee; his blog mentions co-workers working on xbox360 titles.

There were a few developers commenting on the poor execution of hardware that the 360 dev kits. Search this forum if you need references, I'm sure there were threads on "OMG 360 devs complaining" or somesuch. pre-nov21 it was big news.
16436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Golden Sun - Am I Out of Luck? MINOR SPOILERS on: February 09, 2006, 05:31:10 AM
I don't know that you COULD have made it through the forest... you were supposed to use the force on the stumps and the monsters would lead you out.

I never tried going through the forest without it.

You should be able to go back through the forest. Good luck man !! (I just got the lift skill to lift boulders last night... kinda stuck right now myself.
16437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black Demo on: February 07, 2006, 11:33:51 PM
"Black Demo" ... isn't that a Doom3 game? slywink

(Doom color palette= shades of blackness)
16438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 artist fired for small criticism of console on: February 07, 2006, 11:29:45 PM
I doubt this was his first blog entry, and the fact that they fired him is abysmal. MS had to contend with nay-sayers before the 360 launch; you didn't get firings hitting the news because of honesty. Not only did he drop disclaimers stating the tech shortcomings are 'just what he heard' he also doesn't say that the PS3 is less capable than the 360.

Weak, Sony. Next you'll have us burning books that speak against Sony.

I don't think this is a career-ending move. If he's a talented artist, he will get another job with another company... so long as they aren't a Sony exclusive house.
16439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Martial art supplies on: February 07, 2006, 10:35:06 PM
I want to order a Kung Fu grip.

Oh, and maybe some of those Hadoken fireball thingies. They're rad.
16440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The new thriller starring Tom Hanks... on: February 07, 2006, 10:34:30 PM
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