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16961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX-HDTV help needed on: October 20, 2004, 01:48:04 AM
Quote from: "Punisher"
Well, I broke down and called the monitor company. Turns out that the monitor does NOT support HDTV, which was just a poor assumption on my part. So off to Best Buy to get a replacement....

might I suggest a new TV set?
16962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - Will it support Widescreen? on: October 20, 2004, 01:41:50 AM
16963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR - XBOX] "Halo 2" Makes Entertainment History on: October 20, 2004, 01:38:11 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Actually, I remember Vice City being about as low-key hype wise as San Andreas- the franchise sells itself at this point. All the customer needs to know is "new GTA, Oct __".  As long as Rockstar delivers a stellar game mega-sales are assured.  Pouring more money into marketing becomes a law of diminishing returns once you've saturated the market with respect to awareness.  That's my point wrt to Halo 2- at this stage I don't think they need any more hype.  I'm sure they have 100% awareness among Xbox owners and in 90s for those with other consoles.  

They did advertise Vice City as having four million pre-orders but  that was as in preorders froms stores, not customers.  I'm pretty sure Zelda: Wind Waker had the record for actual customer pre-orders prior to Halo 2 with approx 750k or so.  

While Xbox may be the underdog in the console race, Halo is not an underdog of a franchise.  The only console games this generation to sell more are the GTAs and Gran Turismo 3.  They've sold 3.5 million copies and counting of the original.

Re-read my post above : i was putting the rant in to reply to the rest of the thread and found the link. biggrin

As to keeping low key, remember that Sony has saturated the market with PS2s... Microsoft has not. Halo2 *will* be a system seller, regardless of whether it motivates you personally or not.

The number (1.5 mil) is the number of *customers* in the states alone. (not the shipping volume). MS quashed the 1mil mark 2 weeks ago because that was shipping volume not presells. Now they're stating they have 1.5mil US customer presells. Seems to me they're satisfying the public interest that the original news broadcast, *NOT* press release, generated.

I'm in canada, my 2 pre-orders don't count to that number. (one for my bro and one for myself). I hate media spin as much as the next hominid, and the cold thing is kinda lame, but they've got a point.

As to the movie comparison, you need a watermark, and the only thing close in the entertainment industry is movies. It's a 5:1 ratio for value ... 10 for a movie, 50 for a game. Easy math. Since the marketplace for games in the US is in the 30million mark, it's a far cry from the 5:1 ratio to 295Mil US citizens who can attend movies.

If I had a nickel for every time a person pre-ordered Halo2 (in the US) I'd have 75,000 in my pocket.

That's a lot of effen nickels.
16964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR - XBOX] "Halo 2" Makes Entertainment History on: October 20, 2004, 01:17:58 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Maybe I'm missing the press releases, but GTA:SA will likely eclispse Halo 2 in sales yet I haven't seen similar comparisons for SA and it releases in a week.

By market footprint they should (as sony has touted 70 mil units shipped, 4 to 1 friend of mine ... 3 replacements .. Tongue ).

You know, I *do* distinctly remember this same crap two years ago with Vice City; MS is taking a page from the industry leaders. I remember VC having a whopping 4 million presells. Don't believe me? Check this link out... . If they're keeping it quiet, it's likely not due to the lack of presells; it's more likely they're tired of being in the news.

If the underdog can boast, on a smaller footprint, the fact that they can get 1.5 mil out before the first day, let em. I don't know if this was initially their idea to push the hype, or if that questionable news publication two weeks ago had something to do with it (the one where they had "supposedly" presold a million copies but never confirmed this with MS).

As to the single vs multi arguement; the multi is where the replay value comes in. Since I don't wanna hear one frickin' iota of the single player story (I'm 3 weeks from seeing it with my own eyes) I have to say I'm glad the multiplayer is in the spotlight.

SETA Rantmode 1

As to the pirates... unless you're fluent in french, the entire games' dialog, therefore the atmosphere, becomes irrelevant. Watching a movie with the sound off would certainly have that "not worth the hype" feel to it.

Buncha dumb pirate whiners. They stole the cake, and forgot to get the icing. Now they want milk. Now they want cookies. Wah, wah, wah. Suck it up, buttercup.
SETA Rantmode 0

As to the game in question, I don't think Halo2 is the second coming. Well, maybe it *is* the second coming of Master Chief, but that's besides the point. It's a highly anticipated game that has more than 1.5 million people willing to ante up the moolah to make sure they play it before the fat man gets stuck in their chimney. I know my EB has 400+ presells... I don't doubt that the midnight opening is going to be stupid-crazy.

And yes, I booked time off (nov 11 is a legislated holiday where I live for Remembrance Day) and so I'm taking friday off for Halo2. Better than racking up the sick days.
16965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX-HDTV help needed on: October 19, 2004, 03:50:34 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
Other than that, my only other suggestion is to try the official HiDef pack for the video output from the XBox.

I don't think there's a difference. I have both, and the Monster has a better picture (very minor difference, but it's there) ... it's likely due to the breakout box design of the HiDef cables.

As far as your problem with the splitscreen is concerned, I'd suggest (while in the dashboard) to hold down both triggers and press in the two joysticks. this will force the display into 480p mode, as your component in may not accept interlaced signal.

To clarify : There are 4 modes we're talking about.
480i (480 lines, interlaced) - 240 lines drawn per frame - standard output
480p (480 lines, progressive scan) -  480 lines drawn per frame - better output, DVD progressive scan uses this.
720p (720 lines, progressive scan) - 720 lines drawn per frame - HDTV signal, 24bit color, 60fps, is well implemented for sports broadcasts due to the higher framerate.
1080i - (1080 lines interlaced) - 540 lines drawn per frame - 32bit color, 30 frames per second. Both 1080i and 720p use the same bandwidth, where 1080i has a higher resolution but is interlaced and refreshes slower, the color depth is better.

I personally prefer 720p to 1080i display. Amped2 and Xmen Legends are two very well done HD games.
16966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would you buy a refrub ps2? on: October 19, 2004, 02:23:59 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
There are horror stories about evey system, but honestly, it's a case of the vocal minority and the toxin-enhancing aspects of the internet.  You'd think rogue XBoxes and PS2s were out there slaying and feasting upon the corpses of the unfaithful.

Actually, I'm referring to the PS2 on this. It has the same production problems that the PS1 had (read-head problems). One person I know is on his 4th, I know 3 others who are on their 2nd and third, respectively.  (know in person, not nebulous people on the 'net ... and NO, not "know" in the biblical sense)

I'm on my second xbox (my first one is still up and running; sold to my bro-in-law so I could get a translucent green).

I'm not oblivious to the plight of poor quality on the MS side either; but the margins are not the same, IMHO. slywink  

(yes, the H in IMHO is facetious)  unibrow
16967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR - XBOX] "Halo 2" Makes Entertainment History on: October 19, 2004, 02:12:27 PM
"Halo 2" Makes Entertainment History as Global Anticipation Builds

Record-Shattering Preorders Set Tone for Holiday

REDMOND, Wash. -- Oct. 19, 2004 -- There hasn't been this much anticipation for an otherworldly touchdown since Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon. With three weeks to go before the game hits store shelves, pre-orders for "Halo® 2" -- the highly anticipated Xbox® exclusive from Microsoft Game Studios -- have eclipsed the 1.5 million mark in the United States. With phenomenal record-breaking video game pre-orders, "Halo 2" is poised to generate more revenue in 24 hours than day one sales of any full feature movie in entertainment history, including "Spider-man 2," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and "Matrix: Reloaded."

In the U.S., the anticipation builds to a fever pitch on Nov. 9 when thousands of shoppers line up to be among the first to get their hands on the action-packed thriller. The first copy of "Halo 2" will be distributed at a Midnight Madness event at the largest Toys "R" Us in the world located in Times Square, New York. Toys "R" Us Times Square will open its doors at 12 midnight on November 9, and deliver the first retail copy of the game to a lucky fan.

"The original 'Halo' is still a top ten title three years after it hit shelves, and the buzz for the sequel is off the charts," said John Barbour, president, Toys "R" Us, U.S. "We can think of no more appropriate place to unveil 'Halo 2' than the site Xbox first launched--Toys "R" Us Times Square."

More than 6,500 U.S. participating retailers*- including Gamestop, EB Games, Best Buy, Gamecrazy, Game Rush, Circuit City, Kmart Super Center stores and FYE, will open their doors at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9 to allow for sales of "Halo 2," Xbox consoles and Xbox Live TM Starter Kits.

The global launch of "Halo 2" will also be marked by celebrations from November 9 through November 11 at more than 1,125 retail stores in cities around the world including London, Seoul, Toronto and Sydney. "Halo 2" will be translated into seven languages (Japanese, Korean, traditional Chinese, Spanish, French, German and Italian) and will be distributed in 27 countries.

"'Halo 2' is expected to be the biggest 24 hours for a video game title in retail history and is projected to bring in more revenue than any day one box office blockbuster movie in the United States," said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of worldwide publishing and marketing for Xbox. "We call it the Halo 2 effect. We've even heard rumors of fan anticipation of the 'Halo 2 flu' on November 9."

"Halo 2," the follow up to the marquee Xbox title, "Halo: Combat Evolved," was selected for the Toys "R" Us Joy List as one of the expected top sellers this holiday season. "Halo 2" utilizes Xbox Live to redefine online play, delivering superior online multiplayer capabilities, which allow gamers to engage with or against friends from around the world in an effort to save humankind.

Developed exclusively for Xbox by Bungie Studios, part of Microsoft Game Studios, the original "Halo" has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide and spawned a legion of powerful devotees who participate in competitions, tournaments and game nights.
16968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 19, 2004, 12:11:58 AM
16969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rate X-Men Legends for single player on: October 18, 2004, 11:41:15 PM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
Normally I sport huge wood for any 720p game... but I have the Gamecube version :-(

Shoulda read the back of the xbox version, buddy. Tongue

slywink teasin' ya..
16970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would you buy a refrub ps2? on: October 18, 2004, 11:38:17 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Well see, that the problem. Unless you count the pc( and I DO have a backlog of games there) I don't have a current console. Don't own a ps2, my xbox is giving dirty disk errors on everything, and my Gamecube is monopolized by the kids.
I'd trade the XBox toward a new PSTwo.

and then pay for new games and lose value on your existing Xbox library... i dunno, sounds fishy.

I've known people to go through 4 ps2s in 3 years... I'm not sure their manufacturing has improved with the PSWafer.

We'll see, I guess. From other threads I seem to recall you not liking your xbox though; if it's for the errors then go for a new xbox. If for the games, PSTwo is a no-brainer. smile
16971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paging Purge!! on: October 18, 2004, 11:28:17 PM
still waiting. It's on backorder at Lik-Sang.

I'll post a thread when I get it! smile
16972  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / two wireless mice on same desk? on: October 18, 2004, 08:04:50 PM
I'd suggest buying an MS mouse.. they have high production values, and is unlikely to conflict. I know that MS wireless devices allow multiple devices to sync with one pod, so they use different channels.

I have an old Logitech wireless 3 button mouse and it had a sync button. You might be sweatin' bullets for nothing. Pick one up from Costco, try it out, and return it if you have problems. (at least in Canada, Costco will take back ANYTHING with little question except software)
16973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Great Feedback on: October 18, 2004, 07:50:42 PM
Quote from: "Eliot"

Crimson Skies
Burnout 3
Any other suggestions in that price range?

And, mandatory accessories?

The advanced a/v pack?
Is the Xbox wireless capable out of the box or do you need a wireless access point to run the wireless controller


Get the best adapter(s) you can get.[/u]
Monster Cable (slightly higher prod values) > Microsoft > all other 3rd party cables > Mad Catz
Component video > SVideo > Composite > RF
Optical audio = SPDIF > RCA's ( I don't know of any SPDIF for Xbox though, both Monster and MS use the optical on their cables)

At least one more controller. If you need a DVD player get the kit; if you have one, don't bother wasting the money for the Xbox.

If you have highspeed internet, I'd suggest running a CAT5 cable to your xbox (or going wireless) and wait for Halo 2. Get the one with the headset; I'm sure it comes with a couple of months worth of free service.

Actually, you should just check out the following threads for game recommendations :
I need to Quit my Job ...
Xbox Collection Recommendations
16974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console and PC on: October 18, 2004, 07:38:28 PM
I love both, but the effect of sitting around on the couch with friends playing games goes far beyond playing online with people on a PC.

don't get me wrong, I've got my HL2 preorder and have a 3.0 Intel HT system with a 9800 pro, but I find game playing on the PC has fallen to the wayside.

This is coming from someone who's played since the Vic20, and Dos 3.3 games. A couple years back I was hosting 30+ person langames in my basement (16 port 100bt switch back when they cost $300+).

I've played consoles since the Atari system. I wasn't impressed with the games on consoles as much as PC games (I mean, Ultima 7... wow. Were did the quality&length go nowadays??) and now the PC games come across with much lower production values, and the variation is very limited. Strategy, MMORPG and FPS are the dominant games on the PC. I agree with the WW2 FPS comment above; it is definately out of style.

Quote from: "Eliot"
Now as I look around there seem to be lots of games avaialable at the mid price point, and like PC games the top titles getting top dollar.

Halflife 2 Collectors edition  :shock:

Quote from: "Eliot"
My only other question before I pull the trigger on EBGames special is how are the graphics holding up? I understand the XBox has a vid card roughly equivalent to a GeForce 3 Ti200.

Given I do not have HDTV, how would readers rate graphics compared to the PC (I have a ATi 9800 pro). Certainly I do not expect on par graphics. I just don't know how much of a come down it will be.

It's slightly better than the GeForce 3 line, and given the developers don't have to mess with hardware incompatibilities, it's a pretty smooth ride. When you see a game push the HD signal it can be a *very* impressive sight. Since most games are 480p (and often widescreen) getting more than just 640x480.

If you've ever considered getting an HDTV, the xbox might just push that button for ya. smile I've got 2 16:9HDTVs, (a 51" Hitachi and a "little" one ...30" Sony VVega for upstairs).  Careful, there's just as much money to spend in  console gaming. slywink, should I buy a Spherex sound system?? (AKA a Mirage Omnipolar system) ...
16975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would you buy a refrub ps2? on: October 18, 2004, 07:17:35 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Devil"
Buy a refurb and five $2.00 games and then bring 'em into EB and trade 'em for the new, little PS2.

Best advice in this thread, bar none.

Agreed, if you want a PS2. <shrug> There's so much coming out for (practically) every system that it's almost a waste to buy another console right now. You might be better off putting your money aside for a month and blow it on your existing system. slywink
16976  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Slightly unusual picture request (geek alert) on: October 17, 2004, 06:09:01 PM
Quote from: "Raven"
Any HDTV tv is prone to screen burn, except DLP, which I can't afford.

The three easiest ways to reduce the chance of getting screen burn are:

1. keep brightness/contrast as low as you can tolerate
2. watch 4:3 programs in stretch mode
3. avoid any fixed images (channel logos) for long periods of time

I'm just curious what stretch mode looks like, since I'll be using it 100 percent of the time, for anything in 4:3.

PS, anyone tv users here ever get screen burn?

I gotta say, I've had 51" HD 16:9 TVs for the past 3 years, and no burn-in. I've also had the Sony tech for this region out a lot (due to a flicker problem that sony finally 'fessed up to being a mfgr flaw) and I was asking him about burn-in. He'd indicated he's never seen video game burn in, and the most common burn-in is from people who day-trade, and leave the channels with stock quote ticker bars up. They're leaving this image up for 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week.

Something else to consider : If you calibrate your set correctly (and there are products on the market that help you do this) you're less likely to get burn in.  Default settings usually have the brightness and contrast cranked up, which forces more white on the screen. White is the fastest burn-in as it uses all 3 guns, and has a higher intensity than other colors. Black can also burn in though, and so some 4:3 aspect configurations for 16:9 tvs use gray, rather than black, as the side-bars. The gray isn't really being projected; its the absence of image that produces the color.

As to the stretch, you get used to it pretty quickly. if it bothers you, go to full mode where the top and bottom of the 4:3 picture are cut off... this also reduces the amount of onscreen static images, as you station logos tend to be on the bottom right side.
16977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone pick up KuF yet? If so what are your impressions? on: October 17, 2004, 05:56:37 PM
Quote from: "Console Games Best Player"
So on the way home should I get Dynasty Warriors 4 for $25 or this new Kingom Under Fire $40?
I never played DW 3 or 4.

I bought the game, I've played it twice sofar (my 'box is loaned to my bro, and I don't feel like driving to my parents house to play it right now; too many other things on the go).

Judging from the shakedown above, I'd suggest  DW4.

Now, I enjoy the chinese history in the Dynasty Warrior games, but you really have to get into the game to enjoy it. Dynasty Warriors 3 is also a pretty good game, although the gfx for either scream out PS2port.

For me, I like the fact that there is 40+ characters in DW, as opposed to 4 in KUF.  Plus, it seems like there are more deliberate fighting styles in DW4, whereas KUF has very little variation.

The cutscenes in KUF are almost distracting as nobody actually reacts to what their saying, the textures are weak and its almost like the pathfinding for the animations are too rigid, so they shake a lot.

For instance, a zeppelin floating overhead in the first human mission is "jittering" left and right as it flies down a predetermined path. Also, you notice the same linedancing  (as everyone standing has the same animation loop for weaving back and forth) while they're talking between battles. DW suffers from the same thing, but I expect less out of PS2 ports than from an Xbox exclusive title that's been in production for 2+ years.

Ah well. I own it, I'll play it, and then I'll come back and give a more indepth impression.
16978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who Knew?: Pokemon is Fun on: October 14, 2004, 03:58:39 PM
"...yes, doctor, these are the disturbed people right here. Watch out; they tend to throw white and red balls at you when backed into a corner."

Just teasin' ya... this is coming from a guy who has the Xbox Karaoke game. paranoid
16979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CONSOLE GOLD GIVEAWAY! on: October 14, 2004, 03:55:21 PM
What's a dead giveaway?

A will.
16980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I need to quit my job... on: October 14, 2004, 03:36:56 PM
Quote from: "Fellow"
KOTOR 2 in the rent first category? For shame.

Not at all. It's not a longevity game, and I can get some of my rental games free. (a buddy works for a rental place).

Besides, I coughed up the 50US for KOTOR, beat it twice inside two weeks, and traded it in for ~30US. You do the math. Renting is cheaper. slywink
16981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I need to quit my job... on: October 14, 2004, 12:56:00 PM
I gotta boil it down. (in order of release dates)

[--------] ::Must Have :: [--------]
Kingdom Under Fire:Crusaders
DOA Ultimate
Conker Live and Reloaded
Mechassault 2

[---------] ::Rent First :: [--------]
Bards Tale
POP: Warrior Within
Otogi 2
Golden Eye
Ghost Recon 2
Lord of the Rings : The Third Age

[--------] ::Not Likely :: [--------]
Demon Stone
Sid Meiers Pirates
LOTR Battle for MiddleEarth
Team Fortress 2  slywink

[---------] :: Will Wait :: [--------]
World of Warcraft for reviews, impressions and time scheduling
basically, I'll likely buy WoW but not on the release date.

The not likely and will wait is the easy ones... the Rent First column has about 4 titles that should be in the Must haves...

DAMN YOU Gaming industry for making me CHOOSE based on resources and not on preference!!!

I hate you all.

. . .

I *said* "Good Day!". -Fez
16982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 has been leaked. on: October 14, 2004, 12:38:52 PM
What this means is.... nothing.

The people who CAN play it are pirates; they wouldn't buy the game to begin with. <shrug> unless you've got yourself a PAL system it's not going to matter much anyways.

They'd best be *really* secure with the NTSC version. I've stopped reading reviews and "all abouts" as I don't need them.

I'm going to play Halo2 on November 9th at approx 12:15am and that's it.
16983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 has gone gold! on: October 13, 2004, 09:17:20 PM
Quote from: "olaf"
Put me in the overrated camp too.  I have tried to get into this game, going so far as buying it twice.  But just havent been able to see it as anything more than an FPS with a plot.  Woohoo?  To be fair its far from my favorite genres, so its not really all Halo's fault I dont like it.

And in any case, I am glad so many of you are happy about it.  Yay.


The last bit there sounds almost condescending.  :roll:  :wink:

Halo 1 had a deadline. It was a launch title and MS said "you have to meet this timeline". They did, and it's still a phenomenal seller even by GTA standards. (especially given the market footprint).  Bungie stated (about 3 months after Xbox's debut and Halo selling like mad) that they wanted to put so much more into it, but couldn't. So they're saving it for the sequel.

The non-death-punishing co-op mode sold me on it. I could play with a veritable incompetant (where I am a damned fine soldier) and we could still have fun. It was like having the old Contra game back, except you had unlimited lives.

To this day I still play it, and I had my Xbox on the sunday after release day. I don't play it religiously, I tend to play it when non-xbox friends come over and they want to play around with a non-time committed game.
16984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 has gone gold! on: October 13, 2004, 09:08:33 PM
Quote from: "yeyeman9"
I heard there are no current plans to have a PC version, but I think there will be. For Halo they "didn't have plans" to have a PC version either untill 2 years later or so. So basically yes, I think there will be a PC version, just not yet.

I disagree. I remember watching the original banshee video when I used to host 30+ system langames in my basement (quake3 UT2000 era). They always had plans to release a PC and MAC version of the game; I remember it being a point of contention with fans when Bungie was purchased by 3 dumptrucks full of Microsoft money (they were one of the foremost Mac game developers) . The game was originally developed for both MAC and PC release, and Halo was a sweet promise back then.

With Halo2 they've never made promises to their fans that it would in fact be a PC / MAC game.

I think the only way this will ever be seen on a PC or MAC is to showcase the diversity of the MS XNA platform. If that happens (big *IF* as XNA was likely not heavily used in development of Halo2) it will be after the Xbox Next is released. I'm sure they're already starting Halo3; Xbox next is more important than the relatively small PC market (console sales is where the money is).
16985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I need to quit my job... on: October 13, 2004, 04:19:44 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
That's terrible Purge.....oh yea, and you forgot Halo 2.  smile

No I didn't. I can't forget it. I see the coveted silver case everytime I close my eyes. Oh, and I *did* mention it above. It's the "Given" purchase of november.

Dammit, I need to take out a second mortgage on my home. I wonder if they'll take Samurai Warriors in for trade???
16986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I need to quit my job... on: October 13, 2004, 02:41:49 PM
So I can have time for all the other things in life, *and* video games.

Lessee... if I quit my job I'll have time for gaming; *but* I won't have money to buy games. >_<;; I thought that was the easy answer.

Dammit, Bards Tale comes out in the next couple of weeks, and KUF:C and DOA Ultimate are also coming out before November. So is the maybes (depending on budget and quality) TMNT2 and Otagi 2...

God, and november is going to kill me with Halo2, hopefully Half-Life2 and a little bit of Lord of the Rings : The Third Age.  :shock:  :\  NFSU2 and World of Warcraft, Everquest2, Demon Stone, POP: Warrior Within,
Sid Meiers Pirates, Golden Eye, and Ghost Recon 2 ....

December continues to beat the crap outta my wallet with games like KOTOR2, LOTR Battle for MiddleEarth, Conker Live and Reloaded, Mechassault 2 and supposedly Team Fortress 2  :rolleyes: .

... and someone asked me if I wanted to buy a PSTwo... Yeah, like I've got the time *or* money for ANOTHER system.
16987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you playing now (the october edition) on: October 13, 2004, 02:38:05 PM
:wink: see below.
16988  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / CG Xbox Live Gamertag List on: October 12, 2004, 02:24:20 PM
[updated 11/1/2004]

DOA Ultimate
KUF: Crusaders
Burnout 3
Amped 2
16989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Midway Arcade Treasures 2/Kingdom Under Fire - Out this week on: October 12, 2004, 02:16:28 PM
Quote from: "Bob"

 This is a completely different KUF.  It's not the RTS, it's a free-roaming fighting game like the Dynasty Warriors series.    Think... Double Dragon in 3D with a LOT more going on.   You are right down in the middle of battles between huge armies.

ooo, and real-time strategy as well. Not that it's an RTS, but it *is* a real time strategy game. Sort of. smile

And a turn-based strategy too. (between battles, the demo seemed to hint at multiple options) Oh, and an RPG as you can level up and learn new skills / upgrade troops based on experience.

<sigh> I think I talked myself into *another* game to buy.
16990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [xbox] Got KOTOR, now what?? on: October 12, 2004, 12:26:53 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
It does indeed start out really slow, and I guess I'm in the minority with Ebonstone because I didn't care for it much at all.  Then again, I never got off the first planet.

And that would be a problem. your character advancement moves a lot quicker once you can *ACTUALLY* be a Jedi. :roll:
16991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Poll] Do you Beta Test? on: October 09, 2004, 10:04:31 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
I used to do it a lot more than I do now.

The latest stuff I have Beta Tested is: World of Warcraft, Elder Scrolls 3: Bloodmoon and Windows XP.

You'd be surprised at how many people "beta test" Windows XP. Tongue
16992  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The official woman of Console Gold [56k] on: October 09, 2004, 10:00:12 PM
...down, down down, the burnin' ring of fire.
I went down, down, down, and the flames went higher...
16993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Collection Recommendations on: October 09, 2004, 09:55:44 PM
Quote from: "Sam Hell"
Didn't anyone suggest Riddick?!?!

It's my GOTY, easy. A nice combo of stealth, fighting and straight ahead action. All tied together with a cool story and freakin' amazing (for xbox) graphics.

It's a terrific... 3 day rental. Tongue

I found it to be too short and too easy to buy, but it *was* a blast while it lasted.
16994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox Games - or why I wish they'd push Xbox2 to a later date on: October 08, 2004, 11:42:53 PM
I dunno; developers are pretty experienced with PC games, and moving up to Xbox2 seems to be the right thing to do. I just think it should debut in spring 2006 rather than fight for christmas dollars. I dunno.
16995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Collection Recommendations on: October 08, 2004, 11:30:16 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
DOA3 <--SOLD, I'll pick it up

~~~~Haven't heard of any of these??
Crimson Skies
Voodoo Vince
~~~~Me go look now

I would love to pick up KOTOR and Ninja Gadien but there still a little pricey like $35...maybe I should bite the bullet and go into credit card debt a little more?  :-)

save your pennies... Halo2 is out in less than a month. KOTOR2 is fun, but after going through it as good and evil once, you won't likely visit it again.

I'd suggest getting Live if you at *all* like playing against others, but that's something you'll need to worry about in a month.

I'd also put forward that Burnout3 is an amazing (and long-lived) game and would be worthy of the full sticker price.

When it comes to FPS games, Rainbow Six 3 and Ghost Recon games are entirely too entertaining for their own good; however they're not going to be showing your system off graphically. The Splinter Cell games are very well done, but I found they suffered from the "more of the same syndrome". Hmm, maybe I just have ADD?? slywink I'm bored, lets watch cartoons. *wait* ... back on track!

Strategy? hmmm... PC is your best bet, but there are a few gems out there (I think Gladius is a pretty fine game and an easy buy at less than 20bux). It's like final fantasy tactics.

Panzer Dragoon Orta is terrific if you like arcade-style games .(it's a rail shooter) With a boatload of style and very easy on the eyes, you'll find it hard to regret a used purchase for that gem. The same goes for Otagi; just beautiful.

Tony Hawk 3 or 4 is a worthy investment, or you could get Jet Set Radio Future for a song and a *very* short dance; the game is just as polished and I found it was much more vibrant. You can get Amped 2 and Project Gotham Racing 2 and Mechassault for next to nothing, and Kung Fu Chaos is wickedly fun with multiple people.

Ninja Gaiden is a must; you might luck out on the used bin as it's been at market for about 6months.

I'd recommend KOEI games, but hey, you've already played em on your PS2.

Voodoo Vince is a decent platformer, and Crimson Skies is a blast to play, both off-and-on line. I'm not a big fan of the first BloodRayne, but the second one seems to have addressed the controls issues I had with the first one. I'd suggest renting or borrowing Hunter or Hunter2; even at $15 the games aren't purchaseworthy for me.  It's a monotony thing for me, the games are really simple. I'd go for Bladders Gate: Dark Alliance II first, as there is a more approachable (and more broad) skill tree to develop your character.
16996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I think it's allergy season. on: October 07, 2004, 02:36:17 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Heh, I have no is definately not latex.

I bet it's dairy. I mean, after that whole "Honey, come outta the bathroom; I'm on the dresser in my batman suit and I've got the stick of butter." fiasco, I'm sure it's gotta be dairy. OR batarangs. Whichever.

16997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Play Halo on Xbox with a Keyboard & Mouse on: October 07, 2004, 02:32:55 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
AFAIK most mice/keyboards still ship with PS/2 adaptors.  Even my brand new Logitech Elite Duo has them.  

So I don't think that will be a problem at all.  The only issue with the PS/2 mouse adaptors are that all those extra buttons beyond left/right/middle/scroll are rendered useless.  Optical mice shouldn't be a problem at all.  There are still people that swear the polling rate of PS/2 mice is better and thus more accurate than USB mice.

actually, the extra buttons still work regardless of your connection. The maximum image read on the position of your mouse is 200 times per second (at least, that's what the mouse accelerators went up to; 80 was default) . A USB optical mouse reads at 1500+ times per second, and can be sent to the hardware. I doubt the PS2 port used is going to translate that to the Xbox. Who knows.

As far as the adapters are concerned, I'm well aware of them. I've got 4 intellimouse opticals (different versions of the explorer, both wired and wireless) so I have at least 4 of those ugly green adapters. I used to have to use one of them at work as the desktop standard was NT4WS which doesn't properly support USB.

See, the thing that made me buy it (got mine on preorder with Lik-Sang) is that I want to see how the configuration works. The Xbox buttons are limited, and I'm pretty sure the Xbox isn't going to play nice with a full keyboard. I'm thinking an Fkey is going to bring up an overlayed config window for us to choose which buttons do what. That also means it may allow addn'l buttons on the mouse, as long as the driver used on the adapter supports them.
16998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Outrun 2 [not fun] on: October 06, 2004, 03:25:12 PM
Outrun who? Tongue
16999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Play Halo on Xbox with a Keyboard & Mouse on: October 06, 2004, 02:59:36 PM
Well, I'll be the black sheep of this forum...
I'm happy they did come out with this, I'd like to try out the accuracy of the mouse. That being said, I'm not crazy about keyboards. WSAD is VERY limited as they are only 4 binary switches. (on/off) Weak.

I want a mouse / gameclaw or something to that effect.

I'm sure I'll end up just using controllers, and I don't buy into the "fair" idea; we're still playing the same game; it's not like I'll be able to shoot through walls or anything. I suppose MS could also try to find a signature to the device and disable it during Live online games, but that seems to be wildly unreasonable.

You did notice the mouse and kybd connections are PS2 ports, which means the polling is likely more restricted than the optical mice people use today.

Either way; for me it's a $40 experiment. I hope it pans out, I'm not 100% sure it will.
17000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live Arcade on: October 04, 2004, 11:53:21 PM
Hey Ron.

Use your contacts; I wanna know when we're seeing this show up on the horizon.. oh, and video conferencing too.


Well, whaddaya standing around here for?? Get to it!! biggrin
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