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16601  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If you were a Simpson Character.... on: November 20, 2005, 01:56:36 PM

Hank Scorpio: Don't call me that word. I don't like things that elevate me above the other people. I'm just like you. Oh sure, I come in later in the day, I get paid a lot more, and I take longer vacations, but I don't like the word "boss".
Hank Scorpio: Homer, on your way out, if you want to kill somebody, it would help me a lot.

For teh Win!
16602  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If you were a Simpson Character.... on: November 20, 2005, 01:45:50 PM
Quote from: "Temjin"

The House always wins.

Milhouse : "It's Milhouse"
Homer : "Yeah, and your dad is No-House"
16603  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So a possum moved in upstairs tonight... on: November 20, 2005, 01:43:01 PM
Dude... get up there, and if you see it . . . .

Spoiler for Hiden:
... Play Dead.  


I'm sorry; I couldn't resist!!
16604  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spain worshipping smutpunks on: November 20, 2005, 01:40:26 PM
You're a spain worshipper??? I can't be part of this conversation... I'm from the Tapioca For Lord gang.... the Spain Worshippers is our bitter rival.
16605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX360 &TV? on: November 20, 2005, 06:29:19 AM
Check out this thread for some suggestions... the Sony 30" is pretty awesome. smile
16606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming has ruined my Xbox 360 fever. on: November 20, 2005, 06:22:32 AM
Quote from: "Scott"
I'm well aware.  Hetz was running his PC games at a higher then 720p resolution (1650x1080), equivalent to 1080p.  He was also running the game with more filtering then the 360 can do.  I'd expect the framerate to dip at the setting he was using.  I'm not sure how well his monitor is calibrated (to not wash out colors amongst other things), but I imagine the combination caused him to like the smoother, more colorful 360 version.  Its pretty common and fairly easy to calibrate HDTVs, but a lot rarer I think for people to calibrate their monitors, and it does make a difference.

Anyway, the 360 is a pretty nice system, but I still don't think it full equals top of the line PCs.  Price wise, the 360 running on a TV that shows it off, isn't that different pricewise from a really good gaming system.

Who's your crack dealer? Tongue

Seriously, you think the term "pricewise" works with using SLI cards?? Cripes, ONE of those cards costs more than the system, TWO of them??? and that's ONLY the videocard. An X360 killer gaming rig is more expensive than going out and buying a 360, the neato accessories AND an HDTV to go with it (with a significantly larger screen, I might add). Then go out and buy a 2405FPW (~800 US MSRP) on top of that. Dollar for dollar, the console is cheaper. The manufacturers are taking a well-known LOSS for every hardware unit sold. Every component you buy for your rig generates revenue for its manufacturer.

for reference : 1650x1080 is 1.78million pixels. 1080i is 2.07 million, 1.03 million drawn per frame. 1080p is 2.07mill drawn, but since the x360 doesn't do it, it's a "mute" (read moot) point.
16607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - My Thoughts So Far on: November 20, 2005, 06:10:43 AM
"The Bath-house of Seville"
16608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV on: November 20, 2005, 05:54:08 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Read what JCC said carefully- at that pricerange you get a better deal going with a 32" 4:3 set than a 30" 16:9 set since the 32" 4:3 buys you essentially identical screen real estate for 16:9 content (29" viewable area) and a 32" picture vice 24" picture for 4:3 content.  You sacrifice nothing.  

There is pretty much zero advantage to a widescreen set in this specific case unless you find black bars distracting (I tune them out).

Before the nazis attack, again I must reiterate this is for a very specific price target.  Anyone looking to spend over $1000 is much better off going with a widescreen larger (42"+) set.  

Slow down bucko... first for the Nazi comment. People who are avid about their toys are NOT the same as a facist regime who had the wherewithal to commit genocide AND pursue world domination at the same time.

The context is Eldon looking for an HD set. We'll stick to the thread on this.

To start things off, when you play games, or watch movies, what direction is commonly panned?

Left <---> Right   or    Up <--->Down? Think about it. The height of the picture is not nearly as critical as peripheral vision. Your eyes just don't work that way.

As to zero loss... lets do some quick math...

480i = 307,200 pixels, 153,600 per frame (standard TV)
480p = 307,200 pixels, 307,200 per frame (DVD quality... requires proscan) This is the default Xbox1 resolution
720p =  921,600 pixels, 921,600 per frame (HDTV, common with sports as it runs 60fps) Minimum required for x360 titles
1080i (540p) = 2,073,600 pixels, 1,036,800 per frame (HDTV)
1080p = 2,073,600 pixels, 2,073,600 per frame (non-ratified HDTV... not truly a standard and bandwidth is cost-prohibitive for broadcast as it takes twice the required space of either 720p or 1080i)

Inch per inch, regardless of screen SIZE, the resolution makes a BIG difference. To go to 480p from 720p is a 2/3 loss of screen resolution regardless of shape. That's like going from 1024x768 on your monitor down to 320x200. If he stated he wanted to watch full frame analog TV and get the most out of it, you'd be bang on. Oh, and that 307,200 is only progressive, if your set doesn't do progressive that means your down to 150K worth of per-frame pixels.
The industry is working towards completely digital content. This does NOT mean that 16:9 sets will completely replace the 4:3 in the next few years. What it DOES mean is that people get more out of it, and if the black horizontal bars don't bother you then the vertical grey bars shouldn't bother you either.

I can speak to the Sony TV set you were looking at buying Eldon, I have it's 2003 model. (has a memory stick plug and some other bells and whistles that were yanked last year to bring down the cost). It's awesome, it's affordable, and it's beautiful. The nice thing about this set (along with the stand) is that Sony provides a child-safe setup... it'd take a monumental amount of effort for ME to tip the television forward. I have a 2yr old, and this was a concern at the time of purchase.

The remote works well, the set is watchable close or at a distance, and the colors pop (after I used Avia to properly calibrate it).

Sounds like you found your set, I'm happy for ya. smile
16609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 Launch Blows... on: November 18, 2005, 09:01:04 PM
Actually, the games are the profit margin. The more systems means larger install base. The development of the system is their current cost-tank... getting the products out there is their #1 concern.

That being said, MS isn't too worried about the cost right now... they want to dominate the market, and to do that they've got to get the market whipped into a fever, and then let people gorge on their product as it becomes "available".

I don't condone it, I don't support it, hell I don't even like it, but it is what it is. They've got to play the game. Everyone has including Nintendo and Sony.
16610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I might be getting an Xbox 360 from Circuit City on: November 18, 2005, 08:53:05 PM
This makes us sad. We need Calvin on XBL.  frown
16611  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Are RSS feeds ever coming? on: November 18, 2005, 01:54:28 PM
*poke* *poke* psst... I'll keep bumping this thread then...  :twisted:
16612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - My Thoughts So Far on: November 18, 2005, 01:51:20 PM
I love the demo distribution idea... I hate having to buy a game mag (OXM) just for the disk, and then having to boil it to get it to work.... sheesh.
16613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WOOHOO!!! on: November 18, 2005, 04:24:43 AM
'gratz. Now get a 360 buddy. See ya online slywink
16614  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Its too damned quiet - this'll help...[NSFW] on: November 18, 2005, 04:21:57 AM
Quote from: "Zekester"

I love the nails.

try to stick to chicks who aren't cross-eyed. biggrin
16615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kameo Winter Warriors Pack on: November 18, 2005, 04:08:28 AM
Kameo has likely been done for a while... they don't just "come up" with another 7 hours... I suspect they said to MS "next title?" and MS said "Naw, build us some episodic content for Kameo". Since the game is complete that's what you *WOULD* have gotten regardless. Since the game has been pressed and mfgr'd they're not gonna toss the stock and reprint.

If they can get 5+ hours of gameplay out of a game every 3-6 months after its release, I'd be willing to pay 3bux a hit.

my 2cents.
16616  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: November 17, 2005, 06:14:56 PM
Quote from: "Graham"

what does the GB stand for... Gold Bond? slywink
16617  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: November 17, 2005, 06:10:06 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"
I'm trying to get mine switched from Knightshade CG to Knightshade GT....I'll let you know how it goes.

What - GamingTrendHortator was taken?

What is a Hortator? I know "Whore-Tator" a loose form  of the word Dictator... :twisted:
16618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy 12 demo impressions on: November 17, 2005, 06:02:48 PM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
edit: just saw your post Gratch, I hadn't read any of the press on the game and I instantly felt the MMORPG vibe.  Terrible idea.  And I'm one of the few people who liked FFXI!

I loved FFXI ... awesome game, I loved how it forced people to either
A) know your role


B) Suck ass and whine.


As to playing an offline FFXI game, that does NOT appeal to me.
16619  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag REQUEST THREAD on: November 16, 2005, 08:43:08 PM

Click on this text to be taken to the new thread with the list.

Here is the Scoreboard for achievements!

This thread will be for ANY replies to the list, as I want NO OTHER MESSAGES added to the list thread as it slows it down.
16620  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Isn't it time to remove the: EVERYONE READ!!!! IMPORTANT!!! on: November 16, 2005, 08:35:45 PM
I've had chemical based colonectomy. ~20oz of Newfie Skreech in mah belly, 2 drunken buddies, a stupid dare and a 16oz bottle of louisianna hotsauce...

...down, down, doooowwwnnn the burning ring of fire...
16621  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Isn't it time to remove the: EVERYONE READ!!!! IMPORTANT!!! on: November 16, 2005, 04:38:31 PM
The title makes me laugh!!

"Isn't it time to remove the: EVERYONE READ!!! IMPORTANT!!!"

I thought the last part was just a note to all, so the next step was to understand the title to read :

"Isn't it time to remove the colon ( : ) ... EVERYONE READ!!! This message is IMPORTANT!!!"
16622  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Are RSS feeds ever coming? on: November 16, 2005, 04:36:15 PM
/em reaches WAAAAAYYYY BACK IN TIME to bump a thread....

Hey. Now that GT is up and running, wanna start testing that RSS thing again? I want me some RSS feeds, buddy.
16623  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Michelle Pfeiffer vs. Uma Thurman on: November 16, 2005, 01:45:19 PM
Roseanne Barr FTW!!
16624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Longest boss battles on: November 16, 2005, 01:35:50 PM
FFVII : The crimson Weapon (or red weapon in the desert, I don't remember its name) took me 9 hours to beat, but that's cuz I paused it and went to work. I'd kill off 2 party members and have Cloud loaded up. Man, was that tedious.

Also, Emerald Weapon ( the sea-based weapon) took forever, but that's cuz I kept using Knights of the Round, who's summon animation can't be skipped, and it takes just under a minute (IIRC) to finish.
16625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Another pro wrestler dead on: November 15, 2005, 03:07:43 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Wow, sucks to be Eddie.

16626  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Zero Wing... Rhapsody on: November 15, 2005, 03:06:26 PM
I love the name of the group who made it biggrin
16627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Revolution commercial on: November 15, 2005, 02:34:48 PM
I think I got dumber.
16628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - First Impressions (It's Out) on: November 15, 2005, 02:30:31 PM
16629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is This What I Think It Is? (360 related) on: November 15, 2005, 02:29:09 PM
I've got a 2405FPW with component ins... woo hoo! (1920x1080 and 1920x1200 for me please.. biggrin )
16630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Contest Winners getting their XBox 360's today! on: November 14, 2005, 08:36:21 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"


I hate Canada!   Tongue

a 4:3 aspect RPTV... god man, go get a REAL set!
16631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I didn't want to do it but... -->VENT on: November 14, 2005, 07:42:22 PM
Quote from: "egrudzin"
No one is against copy protection.

I am, to a degree. I am of the belief that Piracy can MAKE a company. Look at Microsoft, and how prolific their software is... how much of it is legit? How many people had Win31x? The ease of product and the prolific levels of piracy made them the de-facto standard over any competition, just like VHS over Betamax. (good luck Blu-Ray.. Sony doesn't have a stellar "standards" history... but I digress).

In all seriousness, I think copy protection needs to be there to prevent a casual theft... just like a door lock. It's not the answer to piracy; people are greedy and unless some strict moral code is imposed forcing all to comply with an unblinking uncaring eye of justice, you might as well yell at your grass until they line up in symmetrical rows. Life is Chaos. Get used to it.

You lock your house when you go to work, but do you fasten bars to the windows and reinforce the walls beside the door so someone can't just back up a pickup into your house? If someone wants in (and professional thieves do) they WILL get in. Hell, they even use explosives if necessary.

Most thieves/pirates aren't professional, they're opportunists with a bit of ability and casual intent. That lock prevents them from walking into your house with no forced entry, taking stuff and walking out unnoticed.

I can't wait for Palladium ... "Did you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter with promise of a brave new world beneath the clear blue skies?" -Pink Floyd (quite possibly misquoted... I'm tired)
16632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I didn't want to do it but... -->VENT on: November 14, 2005, 07:38:10 PM
Quote from: "Interloper"
It actually nudged me closer to becoming a pure console gamer.   EAT IT STARFORCE!

Between lame patching just to get a game to work as WELL as Copy protection routines, I *HAVE* become a console gamer.
16633  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Eff Yoo Sony! on: November 14, 2005, 05:15:48 PM
Calvin makes *white* look black.
16634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I just pre-ordered my Xbox 360 on: November 14, 2005, 05:13:45 PM
I don't know that the WSJ is a qualified game review venue... I mean seriously. Next thing you know, a review for a game will come with your happy meal.
16635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who doesn't care about Oblivion? on: November 14, 2005, 05:08:42 PM
The game is reputed to be easier to follow the storyline (much like Ultima7pt2 had a more cohesive feel to the story than Ultima7 did).

I dunno. I'm stoked for it. I'm not bustin' at the Myto / Hetz seams for it, but I'll get it when it comes out.
16636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Contest Winners getting their XBox 360's today! on: November 14, 2005, 05:04:49 PM
actually, it's a direct pepsi / doritos promo up here. And I didn't win. (lost interest after a while; it truly chews up your time).
16637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XB360] What launch game are you most looking forward to? on: November 14, 2005, 05:01:48 PM
I was Amped until I read the 1up review. No Live?? No buy.. (rental only).
I put down PGR3, I won't truly decide until gameday.
16638  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [WoW] Guess the new Alliance race! on: November 11, 2005, 05:35:56 AM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"

Racial perks: they wobble, but don't fall down

I dunno... the JENGAs have some wicked level building skills....

oooo, Lego's. now THERE'S a Race. You start off as just the head... you know, biting your way.
16639  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Moving Sale. on: November 11, 2005, 05:32:21 AM
ygpm (Crimson skies + a freebee)
16640  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lesbians + Cheerleaders + Prison = !!!!!! on: November 11, 2005, 05:27:15 AM
Yeah. I just got done reading about ((blu-ray)) disk penetration, and now this. Sheesh, you'd think people could find my Seuss reference a little funnier.  :roll:
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