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16961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on Black Friday (11/25)??? on: September 04, 2005, 02:47:24 PM
speaking as a Canadian (well, actually TYPING as a Canadian) I couldn't care less about november release dates. Our thanksgiving is in October. biggrin ... the only stat holiday we have in November is the 11th; Remembrance Day (for fallen soldiers who die protecting our way of life and the freedoms of our allies).

As to Black Friday, well, that's just a giant retail monster to fuck over the masses. I used to support AT&T WorldNet (tier 2 tech support) for ~4 years, among other products like AT&[email protected], RoadRunner, etc... I've gotta say, Black friday is a day where you can come into work so drunk you can't even speak and it won't affect your work. As I understand it, your crazy long weekend causes more traffic and more mail transferred than Christmas time. Yikes!
16962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / No game saves transfer to 360 on: September 04, 2005, 02:37:08 PM
First of all, both of your examples are NULL, dude.
No Team Ninja games allow save games to be copied to a memory card.
I don't think Burnout3 allows it's savegame to be copied either (I tried; I had to send my exbox in for repair).

You *may* still be able to copy savegames with the MegaXKey (as it's a USB key with an adapter for the Xbox controller port).

I have one; I'll let you know.
16963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bungie helps with "Fight the Flood" on: September 04, 2005, 12:36:08 AM
I bought one.

Shit, I need to cut the lawn sometime... what's more fashionable than that?
16964  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitachi uses the word Bling, world recoils in horror on: September 04, 2005, 12:34:46 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"

Dude, I dunno who she is, but I'm thinking the crashed heads in her bad clusters ain't a problem.  :twisted:
16965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hitachi uses the word Bling, world recoils in horror on: September 04, 2005, 12:33:33 AM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"

It's a dessert topping!
It's a floor wax!
It's both!

I'll put some on your butterscotch pudding, and some on your mop!
"mmm, tastes delicious!"
"..and just look at that SHINE!"
16966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phantasy Star Online on: September 04, 2005, 12:30:07 AM
CARD revolution is a GC only title, IIRC.

And PSO I&II is a subscription service, last I checked. You have to pay for Live AND then pay Sega to play a 5 year old game.

LAME. >_<;
16967  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Massive Hardware Issues-Help Please on: September 02, 2005, 06:17:46 PM
I'd also suggest (after RAM and CPU seating) swapping the P/S ... if this is a tin-can PS it could be introducing the problem.

How much did you pay for it? If it was less than $50-75 (or bundled with a cheaper case) I'd suggest buying a replacement from a store that accepts returns with no restocking fee. Even if it "worked" with your other config, it should be considered suspect- everything you do relies on it.
16968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / looking for atypical bride/groom dance song ideas on: September 01, 2005, 07:13:19 PM
"if I was TWICE the man I could be,
 I'd still be HALF of what you need.
 Still you lead me and I follow;
 anything you ask for you know I'll do.
 This one act of consecration is what I ask of you..." -NIN

heh smile I'd suggest something like "Eternal Flame" or there are a few really good lovey-dovey songs on Sunshine on Leith (The Proclaimers).
No, I'm NOT recommending 500 Miles.
16969  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hurry! Grab Opera (browser) for free! Today only! on: September 01, 2005, 06:43:00 PM
you can also use SlimBrowser which is another IE alternate shell like Maxthon.

I prefer its tabbed browsing to all others, and it's speedy.[/url]
16970  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 01, 2005, 06:36:42 PM
updated my posting... enjoy.  Tongue
16971  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 01, 2005, 06:25:17 PM
And as to the canadian army helping; We have 3 good reasons :

1) if you were hit with a glacier we'd be happy to help... but we're unfamiliar with this "wa'-ter" thing.
2) You wouldn't let us in to help, especially considering we eat our own beef.
3) In the last military cooperation the US bombed Canadian troops while they were engaged in military practices *within* the area that the US army designated.  :angry: One of many of Murphy's Military laws "Friendly fire ISN'T."

I truly hope that my government offers aide in other means to both the New Orleans and surrounding areas, however I'm not sure I'd like our "army of one" (:x) going down there.

Looking at the other damage (oil platforms) being hit: it hastens the need for change in the automotive / energy industries to focus on renewable energy sources. If Mr. Bush and his puppeteers think that people will stand to wait paying 5bucks a litre for gas at the pumps, they've grossly underestimated the ingenuity of the open world market. Who knows, some company in China may offer a radical shift in what they can produce in terms of portable energy, and then the "big 3" and the oil conglomorates and their collusion will fall. Viva la Revolution!
16972  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Check it out, i'm back on: September 01, 2005, 04:09:39 PM
As to the flooded 'Big Easy', U2K, that's just f***ing sick, man. You think of people stuck in their attics trying to get out and drowning, or people being told to "Go" ... go WHERE ? to the magical palace in their forest utopia to live like kings?? That kind of statement is crass and uncalled-for. Grow up, or get lost. :\

There, I've taken some of the bait. ::sigh::

As to the (as -LE- put it) obvious troll post : I hated Evo.  Evo was uninspired. Boring. Sure it was a full meal, but it lacked... spice.

That old racing game where you had front-end loaders racing dump trucks, now THAT was the bomb. I forget what it was called; they always had funny sound clips playing, like :"Hey that ain't mah bellybutton" "well that ain't my finger neither!"

For off-roading, I'd suggest Test Drive 3. Man, did you guys ever find the Xwing fighters landing behind the airport on the second level ? I used to race up the ridge and launch myself into the planes that were trying to land.
16973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite Console Game Lead Character? on: September 01, 2005, 03:38:59 PM
Lu Bu.
16974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This just in! IGN is lame... on: August 31, 2005, 03:12:50 PM
Myto, well played. smile

but seriously, I still have that pick WBS.. want it posted? slywink
16975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FPS console Nausea on: August 31, 2005, 01:35:01 PM
Everyone loves mytoes. Cool My toe is a virtual hub of social entertainment.

As to motion sickness, try to focus on using the controller, and not bobbing your own head. slywink

I'd say try using a different set. A widescreen TV can make a big difference as it doesn't focus you in a little box. [ + ] vs [- + -]. High def can also help out. I'd suggest trying games that use progressive scan.
16976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are you one of them? on: August 31, 2005, 01:25:11 PM
mmm ... curves.  :twisted:

Er wait...
[hauls mind out into the sunlight; the gleam of gutterwater clinging to the surface]

Yeah. So I'm a consumer whore. (and HOW!)*

I'm right there buying the most expensive toys for the dumbest reasons. I own a 60GB iPod. In my defence I bought it cheap on eBay, and I will get stuff as cheap as possible. I just won an auction for the Monster iCruze (the CD changer adapter for iPod <-> car stereo). Once again, eBay @ 66US (retails for 199US).

As to the x360, I want me some of that in a bad way. I just saw the GC2005 video for the console dashboard, and it looks freakin' awesome. I can't wait. I may cash out my pre-order if Superstore puts out a $30 off purchases over $250.

PS. *bonus points to those who get this reference biggrin
16977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I WON A XBOX 360!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: August 31, 2005, 01:19:28 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Eddie, that means you have enough money to pre-order the $2k Omega Pack from Gamestop slywink

for *all* of us. Get to work, bud.  Cool
16978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This just in! IGN is lame... on: August 30, 2005, 07:33:17 PM
WBS, I'm sure I can dig up a pic from an E3 a few years ago... lessee.. hrm, there's one here of you dry-humping the display at Bethesda.

Dammit, your tongue's not hanging out in this shot. Ah well, it's no good.

16979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I WON A XBOX 360!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: August 30, 2005, 07:21:42 PM
dammit. dammit. dammit. slywink

Congrats man... I'm really happy for ya. You bastard. biggrin
16980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Rental Services in Canada... on: August 29, 2005, 03:42:29 AM
as Gamefly isn't in Canada. Anyone have recommendations? I can google, yes, but I'm looking for some positive experiences first.
16981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Widescreen and 1080i gaming? on: August 29, 2005, 03:35:35 AM
Amped 2 looks amazing. Seriously, it's incredible.
Also, there are some 480i games that selected that on purpose...
for instance, Kung Fu Chaos used it to get the old cinema look. That's all I got though, I think most of the 480i stuff is just ass.
16982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The mediocre hulk - how is it? on: August 29, 2005, 03:24:53 AM
Quote from: "Bullwinkle"
Also, when dealing with a range of 0-100%, 86% isn't really average, but I'll grant you few games score below 50%.[..]So, mediocre?  Hardly.

Really? I rarely find entertainment in games that score less than 70%. The range below that is that there is something that hinders enjoyment and  since I have limited time, I'd say that the range of games I'll touch are generally 70-100%. There are exceptions*, but they are due to other factors. We can blame the wonky grading system used (based more on GPA scoring than true percentile grades).

That means 86% is nestled comfortably on Mediocrity Boulevard in my neighborhood.

Keep in mind guys, I don't have to prove you wrong on this sub-topic; someone asked how I got to the term mediocre. Evidenced above and supported by personal taste, I'd say we're sitting with case in point.

Moving on, I've tried the game. the fact that there are only two attack buttons, and then the jumping, roaring, dashing, throwing and (wacky) targetting, it feels good but the fun is about as deep as the textures. Hulk is gonna be a rental for me. I may have it for a week or two, but I'm not dropping $50 on this. GTA:SA taught me that lesson.

*- Dynasty Warriors series on xbox traditionally gets low scores but I love the games and the characters.
16983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Duldrums? on: August 29, 2005, 02:52:54 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Depends on the system. Xbox is pretty much dead- the only notable exclusive I can think of still to come is Half Life 2 which most of us have already played.  

The exclusives are bare, that is true.

However, crossplatform gaming is still better on the box.

Rainbow Six Lockdown, Dynasty Warriors 5, Spiderman Ultimate and Burnout Revenge all have me wondering if anyone can recommend a Gamefly-like service in Canada.

Thing is, since my xbox is going to the ex and henceforth it will be known as the ex-box, I'm getting a x360. (:shock:  ooo, double entendre!) Since I've made that commitment, I'm not shellin' out money for xbox games that devalue faster than I can beat them.

Burnout Revenge is now paid off (trade 3 at EB), and it's the x360 version too. smile Traded in Ninja Gaiden, Burnout 3 (lost save games due to warranty repair) and Dynasty Warriors 4.

I'm not buying DW5 either, they've got a special edition coming for the x360.

Update: here's a list of games I'd like to at least rent for the Xbox assuming they all come out this year... well, there's one in there I wouldn't touch.. I bet you could figure it out though slywink The order is based on release date from (hence all the 'with Bonus!' statements).

Rainbow Six: Lockdown with Bonus!
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks with Bonus!
Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes with Bonus!
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse with Bonus!
Ultimate Spider-Man with Bonus!
Far Cry Instincts with Bonus!
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects with Bonus!
Brothers In Arms: Earned In Blood
Call of Cthulhu
Serious Sam II with Bonus!
Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge
The Warriors
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
Battlefield Modern Combat
25 To Life with Bonus!
Spartan: Total Warrior
Star Wars Battlefront II
Sea World: Shamu's Big Adventure
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
James Bond From Russia With Love XB
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Sims 2
America's Army: Rise of a Soldier
Gun with Bonus!
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness XB
Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows <<-- thought this was cancelled
True Crime New York City
Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure with Bonus!
Peter Jackson's King Kong
Prince of Persia 3
16984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AC2 Implodes; Gamers ask, "What's AC2?" on: August 27, 2005, 09:02:07 PM
I loved Asherons Call (1). It was so much fun, and the world changed every 4-6 weeks. Where is WoW's updated content? ::sigh::

ah well.
16985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I am a sucker for average to just above average games on: August 27, 2005, 08:57:00 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Speaking of timesplitters, did anyone ever play the new one? Timesplitters Future Perfect?

Co-op is a blast on FP. I love how the second character is the "guide" for that time level.  You get different weapons and skills, and frankly some of the dialog in the game is just a-frickin-mazing. smile

I'm waiting for a used copy to fall into my hands. I don't know if the game changes like the Timesplitters2; TS2 would actually change based on difficulty level (so if you played on easy you couldn't open certain sections of the map, making the game play COMPLETELY different on harder settings).
16986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The mediocre hulk - how is it? on: August 27, 2005, 08:51:13 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
No impressions here (Hulk doesn't interest me) but I don't know why you assume a title with a Game Rankings score of 86% is mediocre.

80-90% is an average game, as 70-80% is low grade, and 90-100% is considered above average.

oh, to help us all out on the word mediocre (which isn't a BAD thing) :

1: moderate to inferior in quality; "they improved the quality from mediocre to above average"; "he would make a poor spy" [syn: poor, second-rate]
2: of no exceptional quality or ability; "a novel of average merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling at best" [syn: average, fair, middling]
3: poor to middling in quality; "there have been good and mediocre and bad artists"

86% his high average, but since the graphics and the overall story arc leave a lot to be desired, at least according to the one review from a "reputable professional reviewer" *cough*IGN*cough*; I'd prefer to ask the people I associate my tastes with more directly.
16987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The mediocre hulk - how is it? on: August 26, 2005, 06:55:39 PM
I'm all for smashy-smashy, but I'm thinking I don't wanna trade in Burnout 3 and GTA:SA for a "maybe". Hrmm... anyone play it? Or should I hold off for the next Burnout ?

Oh, and can you set off nukes in the Hulk? (try finding any OTHER thread with nukes and games in the body . . . slywink )
biggrin just teasin' .. heh.
16988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Damn you McDonalds, damn you to Hell !!! on: August 26, 2005, 04:07:47 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
syrup injected buns dont really appeal to me!

Well when you put it THAT way.  *shudder*

Memories of Tossing Salad?? slywink
16989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Finch Ave Toronto Canada collapses (56k warning) on: August 25, 2005, 02:31:02 PM
They're so trendy there, they get EVERYTHING first. Even the apocalypse starts in Toronto. They truly are the centre of the universe. slywink
16990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pictures of the storm last Friday here in Ontario on: August 25, 2005, 02:13:34 PM
Orgull!!!! It's ME!! (Stabbetty). Woot. smile good to see ya buddy!!

Last month in Manitoba we had the entire sky light up like noon for 4 hours... at 1am. The lightning would NOT stop, it was crazy. it was going off around my house at 80-90 BPM (bolts per minute).. or at least, it felt that way.

No tornados though. I imagine it'd suck to have a tornado hit a mushroom farm right before tearing down your street... I mean, shit EVERYWHERE! slywink

I would have loved to have seen that storm first-hand. I tend to sit out in sun-rooms and watch rainstorms.
16991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paypal and Mail Donations for GT Now Accepted on: August 25, 2005, 04:37:42 AM

And to think my dime has made a mark.

I feel... endeared to this site. Enjoy the dime, my friend. smile
16992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 23, 2005, 07:11:24 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Quote from: "Dimmona"

1. why compromise the utility and usefulness of having a HDD in every unit and requiring developers to make use of it? and 2. why the bait and switch?

Now, maybe I've read too much into this, but MS doesn't get to be that rich by buying the footprint they want, but a larger footprint so that if they don't get it, they've still got more than they initially were targetting.

Hardcore gamers are going to play X360, or NOT. It really doesn't matter. People still buy the PStwo even though it doesn't support the HDD. People still buy new gamecubes, even though it doesn't support their proprietary HDTV cable (anymore).

So to answer the questions :
1.) The practicality of the removable HDD means that if the HDD was required you couldn't play games while the disk isn't present.

2.) They didn't even have Beta Kits at E3. In a production cycle this big, some stuff isn't hard-fast yet. They make decisions every day which can change final product. ::shrug:: It's not nice; I'd go sofar to say DAMMIT JERKS, but really what does that help? They're going to sell their product as they see fit.

I've grown complacent in this. I feel more cheated by Sony's FMV from E3 "of actual gameplay". :/
16993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tipping? on: August 22, 2005, 10:34:37 PM
Quote from: "SuperHiro"
... I would attempt to squeeze a [...] hostess/manager.

Pervert. Tongue

As to tipping; base service gets 15%. If they actually do bare minimum (15 "flare" items) I'd go up.

I've left a dime taped to a piece of paper that clearly marked "TIP". Right below it I wrote : Maybe a different profession would suit you. This one certainly doesn't.

I also tip for other than food services, and if it's a tough night, I'll raise the tip and ask the waiter to share the tip with the dishwashers. Hey, I used to be there. <shudder>
16994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Not sure why I liked this short film. on: August 22, 2005, 10:29:25 PM
The first thing I thought of was training grounds. I wouldn't say causality, it's just an element in the mix. He's obviously not concerned about the immediate result, but finding the rythym of life and a happy balance. I figure the representation of the DJ is an angel, and as rough as the entrance is, he's been given a mission to fix this world, one street corner at a time. Now, that's not to say I've got a strong religious background; I'm consider myself a god-fearing full-time heathen.

Also, the second thing to pop into my head is "The Incredible Machine : Sims edition".

The third thing is "Fuck, I've had days at work like this...." biggrin
16995  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Does it really smell like fish? on: August 22, 2005, 10:15:34 PM
Wow. Imagine how many IBM SAN storage Sharks filled with porn would fit in that room. I'd say maybe 3 sharks with the right ventilation.... hrm... 60 Terrabytes ?

Speaking of Tara-bites; not fish ... plain yogurt scent is considered "healthy" and "normal". It really depends on diet and ... condition. slywink

Oh, and if there's a fin in the way, I'd watch out for salmon-Ella.
16996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [X360] Good News! Oblivion will NOT require the hard drive. on: August 22, 2005, 02:27:05 PM
Quote from: "Rowdy"
... with Live becoming more and a more a part of the core as opposed to an optional add on.  You're kidding yourself if you don't think MS has designed the box to be an online gaming gateway.  If you don't intend to take advantage of any of those features, why spend the money?  ...

How many people have 4x4 vehicles, and how many truly go off-roading? Just because the technology has been developed doesn't mean the pricepoint is overly inflated for it. You may be paying extra for that feature, however given that Live service is consumer-paid (Live kit, server maintenance, etc) the cost on the developer is significantly less. Also, they don't need to reinvent the technology every time they create a new game.

EGM a couple of years ago (sometime between 2000-2002) put out a "cost to get game to market" and piracy only cost (on average) $1.25 extra on the price. The levels of marketing and packaging and shipping add significantly more. I doubt the development of "deathmatch with stats tracking" is driving both cost and development time through the roof.
16997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which 360 Market share do you fall into? on: August 22, 2005, 02:10:30 PM
I'm getting the MSHFT Decadence option, although I put MSHFT option originally. I need me some recharging and second controller.
16998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which 360 Market share do you fall into? on: August 19, 2005, 09:52:12 AM
This isn't a flame-topic, please keep the "M$" bashing to a minimum. Also, the scope of discussion doesn't extend to what options Sony or Nintendo may offer; that is all subject to change after all.

The prices do not include games, that's too "all over the place" to try and poll out. That, and extra controllers.

Yes, with MS's bait-n-switch marketing I suppose the360 is still subject to change too. slywink
16999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 19, 2005, 09:38:56 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Hetz"
I wasn't defending it, just pointing out that nobody should listen to what that guy has to say about the 360, since he is NO LONGER A DEVELOPER and has nothing to do with making games for the 360 or anything else for that matter.

This is quite a paradox, because if I can't listen to you because you're not a developer for the XBox 360, then how will I know not to listen to people who aren't developers for the XBox 360?

now *THAT* is a bait, buddy. Hetz isn't using supposition, even blatant name-dropping, to give credence to his opinion.  


MS is teh suxxor. LE is right, the world is coming to an end, and Sony will save us all. slywink Just teasing, LE. I agree that MS has encouraged assumptions and then slammed us with a 180 degree turn on the 360. As I see it, MS is more flexible than Sony. They changed up their controllers. We had to bitch a WHOLE LOT, but they did it. I hope they're realizing what they've done, and maybe cut the gamers some slack.

The wireless controllers should be standard, period. They should COME WITH A CABLE to use as wired controllers. The battery pack can be sold separately (as batteries DO cost a lot of money).  The HDTV cable should come with the system. Period. The Hard disk is mostly for Xbox1 compatibility, and a nice place to store your MP3s, save games, etc. It is an added cost, and I'm ok with this. I doubt that Oblivion will make that much of a difference, and frankly the hard disk seeks aren't missed. For gods sake, don't go with maxtor for the drives. puke The remote control (included with the 399 deal) is a welcome thing; I hope they use a well-known DVD signal so that universal remotes can be programmed to control the DVD playback functions.

The Xbox360full package should also come with a CD with driver / software support for Windows XP Home/Pro that allows us to have the same benefits for streaming audio / video to the xbox360.
17000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [X360] Good News! Oblivion will NOT require the hard drive. on: August 19, 2005, 09:08:24 AM
Quote from: "farley2k"
I wasn't worried about Oblivion.  I figure it, like every other game won't need the HD - which makes the HD useless - $100 extra for a memory card.

you get a lot more than the hard drive.
The remote, the cordless controller, the HD cables.

that's worth more than 100US. I managed to get my Monster HD cables (incl. audio) for ~60US for the Xbox. I'd rather not have to go 3rd party again. (let's just hope the quality is higher than the "breakout box" MS was selling)
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