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16601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the year so far - 2005 console edition on: November 23, 2005, 02:31:02 PM
Castlevania Curse of Darkness (Tamogachi edition)

Amped 3 is right up there too.
16602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok, why the hell does Amped 3 look so stupid? on: November 23, 2005, 11:53:06 AM
"My eyes! Ze gogglez, zey do nah-sink!!"

The style in the game looks like it was inspired by a Crayola exec who had about as much cool as the TV show "Full House".
16603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 10 Reasons to wait for the Playstation 3 on: November 22, 2005, 12:13:44 PM
THe xbox360 does improve the look of the BC games (and they're adding to their library all the time). Given that Sony has another year (and yet to deliver on any of these campaign promises) I'm not sure they're not walking us through a smoke-and-mirrors factory.

Frankly the BluRay is going to cost a whackload more. If it's cheap, I *will* get a PS3 at launch. Do I expect that to happen though? Not in this lifetime. I see myself with a Revolution first.
16604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / -cancelled- xbox360 for sale. on: November 22, 2005, 12:03:39 PM
I'm really sorry man...  I sent you a PM within five min of you dropping offline (as I sent it from the main page where it said you were still online).

If I had a guaranteed taker for that price I would have gotten it to you. Since I hadn't heard from anyone directly, I called him (to get a final cost as he finished "building" [read:gouging] the bundle). I wasn't prepared to risk sitting with a 360 at more than MSRP and two less-than-attractive games and be forced to try to sell them to recoup loss. frown If the games weren't forced or the system wasn't pre-jacked in price I would have been comfortable ebaying it should this deal fall through.

I also had someone local who was interested (given that the price was right) and only if you or Fish didn't want it. (that's what the 2hr limit for response was about).

I'm posting this rather than PM'ing it; I don't want you guys to think I'm an ass or waving a carrot that wasn't there.

I hope you guys get one at the right price with the right games. smile I still feel pretty pissed at the "buddy" .... who coincidentally will be ejected from my friends list on live later today. I've got no time for greedy people. If you want to yell at him, he's NIHILISM LIVE on XBL.  :twisted:
16605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / -cancelled- xbox360 for sale. on: November 22, 2005, 04:52:23 AM
My "buddy" is a dick. They're charging 580 CAD for the console and then forcing me to buy the two worst games. I'm not giving them business.

(it's 80 over the MSRP alone, plus another 140 for two weak games)

Sorry MSDuncan... Fish, I would have gotten it for you anyways, but he just pushed me so I hung up on him. This is what you get for trying to be nice. I'm not going there again. If you are going to get it, you are better off in a lineup.

One of my friends (Mikagami in this forum.. bit of a lurker) used to run the store, but he moved 6 months ago, and the guy who took over (who I referred to as my "buddy" puke ) is a freakin' ass-pirate.
16606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Perfect Dark Zero - Huge Hit or Colossal Failure? on: November 22, 2005, 04:42:23 AM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Funny, I never played Perfect Dark, but I really didn't like Goldeneye at all. I think it is one of the most overrated games ever.

I'll second that. And I *LIKE* FPS's
16607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / -cancelled- xbox360 for sale. on: November 22, 2005, 04:35:55 AM
I'm kinda pissed at my buddy right now.. apparently they're the only effen store who are trying to make profit on it. They're selling the unit more expensive than the MSRP. I think I may report them to their franchise company.

anyways, i've rec'd interest from Jimmy and MSDuncan. I'm waiting for a call so I can discuss it with (either) of them. ::sigh:: I'm gonna see if he'll drop the price to MSRP, or if whoever takes it wants to take the hit (it's not tooo much more, but it *is* insulting).

I've sent PMs to you both; you both have my number. call me, I don't mind if you wake me up. You've got 45 min, and then I'm dropping the order.
16608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / COD 2 360 Review up on: November 21, 2005, 11:08:04 PM
I didn't read the review (skimmed it) but as I understand it COD on PC allows players to lean, whereas this version doesn't. Is this true?
16609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / -cancelled- xbox360 for sale. on: November 21, 2005, 11:06:03 PM
Note that I *am* getting my own; this isn't derailing me in any way from playing tomorrow.

Also, the bundle seems to be (as my friend hasn't finished building it yet)

1 Xbox360 platinum
1 FIFA Soccer 2006
1 NBA Live 2006
1 addn'l wireless controller.

The total sum would be in and around $780CAD ($660 USD) plus whatever shipping would be. (likely another 40US depending on time, company, etc...) (note that the price above includes the 14% tax I have to pay for it).
16610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / -cancelled- xbox360 for sale. on: November 21, 2005, 08:58:26 PM
A friend of mine at a local shop called me to let me know he has an extra Xbox360 premium.

If you want one, I need to hear about it ASAP. I'll check my PM later today (in ~2 hours) and I'll select who gets it (based on trust ... it *is* my money on the line). smile some 0 poster isn't likely to get it over someone who contributes. Hey, this is a favor I'm pulling, I want to make someone happy. if you don't like the chance of not getting it, your walmart rep ain't gonna cry in his milk over it so neither am I.

(god I sound like an ass).

Serious buyers only, I'm not collecting any profit. (I'll even send the reciept with the purchase). Buyer is responsible for shipping cost / insurance and cost at the till. I don't have to sit in any lines; this is my good deed for the year.

Please note that there are two games bundled with it, Live 06 (yuck) and Fifa 06.  There's no way out of that, it's how he has to sell it.

The only person I've seen looking for one is MSDUNCAN.
16611  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: November 20, 2005, 09:43:15 PM
heh.. I thought you were stickin' with Suzy so I figured Hobbes was fair game. The complete C&H is at Costco for 120CAD (~99US)
16612  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: November 20, 2005, 07:43:16 PM
If you click on any of the links at the top they take you to the page for the gamertag. I believe ALL gamertags show up at this point; they just don't show anything if you've not selected to do so.

Click on the link below, and it will take you to my page. Replace purge with the desired tag (use a '+' symbol for spaces). if you get an error saying invalid link, you should be good to go.

[edit note for all my msgs in thread... took out my sig for this thread to keep it shorter ]
16613  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: November 20, 2005, 07:37:48 PM
mytocles isn't taken. smile

I'm thinking you might want to go with MYTO GT or something like what Graham did (initials for his location)... otherwise Mytocles isn't a far step from being called MY TESS TOK KULLs.  :twisted:
16614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV on: November 20, 2005, 07:21:04 PM
that isn't normal; 16:9 should fill the screen. If you have a 16:10 display that may be the reason... (I suppose they should actually say 8:5 but that would mess up the avg consumer more.)

Note that some movies *will* still give you black bars, as the ratio is even higher.. (2.35:1 movies, for instance). Your set can stretch vertically to use the space, or you can live with it.
16615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My thoughts on all the XB360 games that I have played on: November 20, 2005, 06:04:37 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Hetz, fantastic impressions. You have turned me from probably not interested any more to get a 360 and damn being able to afford dinner because you need these games smile

Thanks man!

Calvin has yet again been the victim of the Forum Effect[/b]. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family, who is surely mourning his passing into... the consumer-whore zone.

Welcome! biggrin
16616  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Are RSS feeds ever coming? on: November 20, 2005, 05:59:46 PM
Must have been a good crayon. slywink
16617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sunday Skin - 11/20 on: November 20, 2005, 05:52:01 PM
where's that hot chick with the bag of chips? slywink
16618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Old classics... Where to get besides EBAY? on: November 20, 2005, 05:48:15 PM
Ever since EOB3 for PC, I've not been a big fan of SSI. I miss Westwood Studios...  :cry:
16619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My thoughts on all the XB360 games that I have played on: November 20, 2005, 05:45:04 PM
I'd have to agree. I think there isn't one game that's drawing me in; except maybe the new Live service.

I'd rather have a series of great games than one MUST-HAVE game in the launch ... Halo1 was the Must have for me, and for a while it was great, but the rest of the titles lacked.... punch?
16620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV on: November 20, 2005, 05:20:05 PM
I suppose if the set itself compresses the dots on the Y axis you could get the image you're referring to, however I'd like to know what model TV you have. I've yet to see one (although I'll be the first to admit I've not looked for one).

Since most of my desired viewing is HD it wouldn't impact my own purchasing agenda;  I watch DVDs, some HD TV shows, HD gaming and a little bit of standard TV. My screen-watching aspect is primarily 16:9 and 16:10 (PC)

Update:  found a Toshiba 32" TV that does it. I stand corrected. Apparently there are the two modes, one where the rest of the screen is painted black (thusly it IS likely firing 1440 lines of resolution as black ain't free), and grey bars (which is the more desired method to avoid potential burn-in).
16621  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DMX goes to pound me in the ass prison on: November 20, 2005, 03:56:34 PM
16622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So a possum moved in upstairs tonight... on: November 20, 2005, 03:49:44 PM

Now there is a smell you've got to use fire to clean ...  :shock:
16623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo / Halo2 / Crimson Skies HRTR on X360? on: November 20, 2005, 03:48:38 PM
Hetz, how are they?

I'm actually looking forward to replaying these titles on high def... Don't ask me why, but it's been so long. It's too bad they couldn't have added a co-op live for them, that would be the cats ass. smile I had so much fun with them in co-op.  :cry:
16624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 - - IN STOCK on: November 20, 2005, 03:45:08 PM
I'm itchin' for tuesday... biggrin
16625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV on: November 20, 2005, 03:39:17 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
I'm now convinced that you are merely regurgitating google quotes with no knowledge of what they mean.

And that comment was intended to do what?  :? Help the discussion? Answer a question?

I believe I stated the word "properly". :idea: Be as convinced as you want, I actually went to the FCC site directly so we could get it straight from the horses mouth. Note how I didn't quote Wikipedia or any other "fyi" site.

Look, if you don't letterbox on a 4:3 set, mini-me becomes Larry Bird. Anamorphic Widescreen recording is based on resolution on the actual film used (to maximize the space) and then transferring the image from film to media, DVD being the most common use (as not all VHS titles got the "widescreen" treatment). Or at least, that is how I understand it. I'm not above admitting where I'm wrong, KG. It's bound to happen.

We are talking aspect, aren't we? I'm well aware of the fact that TVs can stretch/shrink the image to fit the display, the problem is that you're not going to find a 4:3 set that is going to display the image properly and at a truly "high definition" in the proper aspect (unless the native resolution of your television is at 1920x1440). On top of which you'd need to find a 4:3 set that does component / HDMI / DVI). I had a Sony VVega 34" back in 2000 that did it, but the picture was garbage. It accepts the signal, but then down-converts it to it's own native resolution (480p). You are sacrificing image quality to be able to watch reruns of Seinfeld on the "classic" 4:3 set.

It doesn't matter if you are looking at a sharp picture through a muddy display, you are limited by the maximum res your image is being put through. End of story.

FYI: I have an HDTV for my set, so most primetime TV comes in HD just fine. Widescreen and all. My next set will have a built-in HDTV tuner, so I'm holding off for a few years. I had a 51" Sony RPTV, as well as a 51" Hitachi (Sony was exchanged due to the green flicker flaw). The ex wanted the 51"; I took the 30" Sony CRT HDTV. Also, I use my 2405FPW for HD signal once in a while.
16626  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: November 20, 2005, 03:10:51 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
Green Bay, where I live.  Graham was already taken, so had to figure out something else.

Cool.. I got into the Live Beta in August of 2002 (IIRC) so it was easy enough to get "Purge" biggrin I still have the T-shirt but it's a little worse for wear.
16627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pick Devil's Game (360 Launch Edition) on: November 20, 2005, 03:08:34 PM
better than aShit or StarShitr slywink
16628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My thoughts on all the XB360 games that I have played on: November 20, 2005, 03:06:59 PM
Thanks for that Hetz... only 2 days to go....
16629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV on: November 20, 2005, 02:20:52 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Good thing then that resolution wasn't a factor since we were talking about HDTV all along isn't it?  Given that SD TVs were never the issue here, then SIZE certainly is a consideration and my point was specifically on how a 32" 4:3 HDTV will provide the same SIZE 16:9 picture as a 30" 16:9 HDTV while providing a substantial increase in SD 4:3 content.

I could write HDTV on a piece of white toast and it doesn't constitute it being HD(as clearly a piece of toast is way closer to 4:3 aspect slywink. The thing is the aspect ratio is also a constant, not a variable. Let's check what the FCC has to say about 4:3 HDTV :

4:3 isn't High Definition compliant.
HDTV is a type of DTV service. HDTV provides high resolution programming in a widescreen format.

Here's the FCC's consumer facts page...

Standard Definition TV (SDTV) - SDTV is the basic level of quality display and resolution for both analog and digital. Transmission of SDTV may be in either the traditional (4:3) or widescreen (16:9) format.

Enhanced Definition TV (EDTV) - EDTV is a step up from Analog Television. EDTV comes in 480p widescreen (16:9) or traditional (4:3) format and provides better picture quality than SDTV, but not as high as HDTV.

High Definition TV (HDTV) - HDTV in widescreen format (16:9) provides the highest resolution and picture quality of all digital broadcast formats. Combined with digitally enhanced sound technology, HDTV sets new standards for sound and picture quality in television. (Note: HDTV and digital TV are not the same thing -- HDTV is one format of digital TV.)

You'll note there is no 4:3 HDTV. That's the way it is. When talking HDTV there currently IS only one apect ratio (16:9). Anything else is does not fall within HDTV compliance. In all seriousness a 4:3 HDTV set would need an even HIGHER Resolution to properly show widescreen 1080i /720p signal and letterbox the unused space to meet the screen shape required.

some quick math :

1920 vertical lines (required to display the full width of an HD signal) which would mean you'd have a 4:3 set that does (¹) 1920x1440, significantly higher resolution than 1920x1080. You would then waste (²) 691200 pixels or (³) 1920x360 worth of that HDTV 4:3 set.

¹ - (1920/4)*3=1440 (Y axis)
² - (1920x1440)-(1920*1080)=691200 (pixels used in letterbox)
³ - (691200/1920)=360 (Y axis lines wasted)

To answer the question
Quote from: "DarkEl"
I assume it's in my best interest to get a widescreen format picture[when buying an HDTV]. Is that correct?

There is no other way to get a HDTV. biggrin Clearly he's done that, so this point is now moot.
16630  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!
16631  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"
16632  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!!
16633  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.
16634  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
16635  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.
16636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - My Thoughts So Far on: November 20, 2005, 06:10:43 AM
"The Bath-house of Seville"
16637  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
16638  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.
16639  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
16640  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:
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