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16601  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB: PS2 (maybe xbox) on: November 24, 2005, 12:23:26 PM
Myto, they have these things called "Hyperlinks". slywink

Myto's sexy list of 1000 reasons to trade...
16602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So far, what are your favorite 360 launch titles? on: November 24, 2005, 12:18:55 PM
I was REALLY skeptical about PDZ... now I just want to go play it (over COD2 and PGR3 no less). Yikes. The videos do NOT do this game justice. The WOW factor comes in motion. If you stand around to look at stuff it isn't nearly as impressive. Also there have been WOW moments in the first level in terms of visuals... the explosions with distortion and the textures on the wooden crates (if you've played the first level you'll know what I mean) and how the light from the water reflect are just freakin' amazing.
16603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GamingTrend OFFICIAL XBOX360 Request Thread [COMPLETED] on: November 23, 2005, 09:00:48 PM
Now that the ground zero smoke has cleared I want to know whos still looking for a system? Here in Canada there doesn't seem to be as much of a shortage as in the States, and there are some of us GT'ers who would be willing to ship one for the cost (either from the States OR Canada). MS doesn't care about where you bought a Region 1 360, so you should be able to get extended warranties from MS directly once you have it. I want to keep this thread clean of chatter, so please adhere to the rules outlined below:

[*]Do not derail this thread. with chatter, speculation or comments.
It is NOT open to discussion. If you aren't looking for a 360, don't post here.
[*]To request help getting an Xbox360, post 1 message in this thread using the template below.
I am in line for an Xbox360. I am located in STATE/PROVINCE, COUNTRY and am willing to pay shipping and cost for :
( ) Core System
(1) Premium System
( ) Bundled Core System
( ) Bundled Premium System
( ) Other Accessories ______________________________

[*]Post updates to your status by editing your original message.
For instance, if you got someone to send you one, you got one in the store, etc. update your status with:
[FULFILLED by GT member]
[FULFILLED, purchased online/instore/etc]
[CANCELLED request]
[*]All buyer / seller communication is through private Messages (PM's), not in this forum
[*]Turn OFF signatures when posting a request.
[*]Do not badger people who have helped others.
They may not have the wherewithal to help you. Please wait for someone to send you a message. Feel free to edit your message with status updates (such as ...still waiting and looking as of mm/dd...)
[*]Don't abuse this system to get stock to ebay.
...unless you are sharing profit with the person who went out of their way to get  YOU one.
[*]This is an honour system; don't turn my thread into a house of greed and lies.
[*]Kudos are fine if someone fulfilled your request; try to keep it short, or start a new thread.

[*]Look through this thread for any people who are [UNFULFILLED].
[*]Send them a PM with what you can offer. do NOT post a message here.
[*]Do NOT post general offers to help here.
Help whoever is asking by talking with them directly. It doesn't have to be the first person in line; you are taking time out to help others. Make sure you're not leaving your comfort zone.
[*]If there is an untrustworthy person / scammer, please notify an admin who will review and edit my message with a warning.
[*]If you are getting badgered (god I hope not), notify a forum admin.
[*]Please do not post any grievances here.

I don't know, maybe the people helping can get a couple points on the trade/sale count... ::shrug::
[UPDATE 11/23/2005] Thanks for Stickying this thread, KD. In Winnipeg I checked 5 different stores; they're all out (as far as I can tell). In the next two weeks if I see one, I'll buy it right away. No promises or guarantees.
[UPDATE 11/30/2005] Just letting you know I'm still out there looking.
[UPDATE 12/13/2005] Still waiting for news on shipments; I'm in Costa Mesa right now and will be checking Best-Buy.
[UPDATE 12/18/2005] All people in list have been asked to edit their message with their status update (to the benefit of those looking to help out]
[UPDATE 12/23/2005] - Autistic, your Xbox360 is on it's way. Merry Christmas!
16604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I will NOT finish Call of Cthulhu or review it. on: November 23, 2005, 03:59:48 PM
Masochist : "Hit me".
Sadist :      "No."
16605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lines Already Forming for XB360 on: November 23, 2005, 03:50:31 PM
I'm done with kind deeds.
16606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So far, what are your favorite 360 launch titles? on: November 23, 2005, 02:34:50 PM
Hrm, I'd say HexicHD is a blast to play, and so is Halo2. smile

PGR3 is gorgeous, CoD2 is good (although I'm not blown away by it) I've not opened PDZ yet (no time) and have been hesitant about playing Kameo... I'm thinking I'll rent it sometime; I don't want to commit to purchase it.
16607  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.
16608  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".
16609  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.
16610  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:
16611  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.
16612  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
16613  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.
16614  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?
16615  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).
16616  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.
16617  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)
16618  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 ]
16619  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:
16620  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.
16621  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
16622  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
16623  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
16624  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:
16625  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?
16626  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).
16627  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DMX goes to pound me in the ass prison on: November 20, 2005, 03:56:34 PM
16628  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:
16629  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:
16630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 - - IN STOCK on: November 20, 2005, 03:45:08 PM
I'm itchin' for tuesday... biggrin
16631  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.
16632  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.
16633  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
16634  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....
16635  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.
16636  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!
16637  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"
16638  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!!
16639  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.
16640  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
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