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16961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need an action rpg recommendation for Xbox on: August 11, 2005, 04:13:23 PM
It can be if you turn off all the autopause functions.
16962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 10, 2005, 08:50:15 PM
Wow. I didn't read the 5th page of posts. Acrid smoke wafting from the remains of a decent discussion is choking this out. We've had 4 mods drop a line in. I'd like to cheer things up.

It's good to play together.  :lol:


oh, and some SCUMM based games from Lucasarts. We need us some Sam 'n' Max. And Full Throttle. and Day-o-da-tentacles. Multiplayer. Speaking of LA, I'd like to see a Giants: Citizen Kabuto game from Planet Moon make it to the X360. That was too much fun on PC.
16963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 10, 2005, 08:39:33 PM
Quote from: "depward"
I'm sorry, I've owned an Xbox twice.  I've bought "Xbox only" games such as Voodoo Vince (killer app!), Shenmue II, and Otogi.  I prefer greatly the "Cube only" and "PS2 only" games far more than the "Xbox only" ones.  Live is a great asset to Microsoft, but I see that playing field being quite level when the next-gen consoles are released.  What else is there?

Not too much.

So please, don't berate me just because I don't want a 360.  And your whining about Mario 128 and Super Smash Bros. sounds like you haven't even tried playing any of the newer Mario games or the Cube Smash Bros. because they're just too darn "kiddy" for you.  And that's sad.

*Forgot to add - the 360 gets FFXI with updated graphics!  Great!  Except I can renew my account and get a patch for the PC version that I have already.  Bummer.

I will NOT berate you for not wanting a 360, and your opinion is as valid as mine. I would like to point out that games like Crimson Skies, MechAssault, and the Halo series (whether or not you like it) and PGR step up and say "quality" first party games.

The new system is tackling the RPG famine that the XBOX was subjected to. They've given Live free to people to use on weekends. They've addressed every gripe point that makes sense.

You mention that MS has lost their online advantage. Has Sony announced a consistant system across all games (so you have a gamertag)? Have they announced integration and interaction online with something other than gaming? Not really, no. They've been saying "Look at our REAL*cough*prerendered*cough* Gameplay movie."

Nintendo has said : look, we have a box here. It will play all the games you've loved from the past. Oh, but you're going to have to pay for them again. (so basically business-as-usual). To be fair, they're trying to draw focus back to current gen. And yet, have very little to show for it. Nintendo's Metriod travesty (adventure game my ass), the lacklustre Zelda games (although good, not the second coming) leave a lot to be desired. I own a GC, bought it used for 10 bux (canadian). I don't regret that purchase, and will keep it.

Does it get the same play time as my Xbox? Not even close. Did I enjoy Mario Party? Yeah. Do I go out and buy new GC games? Never. Always used, and easy to find. Even RE4 was easy to find a week later for $20 cheaper.

I see the Xbox360 as a real contender to Sony's current market share. Sony's first-gen games are going to be going up against MS's second gen stuff; you know, the games where devs are starting to tap into the power of the system and are in the "groove".  I can't see why, at $299 why I wouldn't want a system that has more power than my PC, and replaces the entire entertainment section that my desktop PC has had to fulfill. Plain and simple, it's going to be a good year.

MS can screw it up; but if they do it will be controlled and recovered. They've finally started to get into the groove themselves, and frankly there is a LOT of potential.

Sony's PS3 may be in my future (price-dependant), however the Revolution is less likely to be added to my collection at initial release. I want to see a bountiful library of fun and innovative games worth my dropping phat cash.

My name is Purge, and I am not a fanboy.
16964  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Releases - 8/9/05 on: August 09, 2005, 02:39:30 PM
"why do we always come here?
"I guess we'll never know!
It's like a kind of torture, to be forced to watch the show!!"

Muppets, Kung Fu Hussle (Bhuddist Palm ROFL)

Maybe TC. Uhm, does anyone else think it's wrong that everytime Liono faced his Mummy that he'd climb up, hold the hilt of his sword at crotch level, call out to the "Thundercats HOOOO" and watch the blade grow??

At least Optimus was never caught "Fillin' Bumblebee's gas-tank" behind a Circle K.
16965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wacky Brits to get RFID License Plates on: August 09, 2005, 02:31:28 PM
Mine is shouting "Shove a Radio up my car's rear end? I've already got the stereo cranked!!"
16966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's August: 2005 nearly 3/4 over: What's your GOTY? on: August 09, 2005, 02:29:07 PM
I'd pick Jade Empire over KOTOR2 any day of the week. If we were comparing HGOTY (h for half-finished or half-assed) then my money would be with KOTOR2... it had me at hello, and lost me 1/2way.

Didn't Half-Life2 come out this year or was it last year? I don't recall, but that game sucked me in big-time. WoW was a Mid-Jan start for me, I enjoyed that too much for quite some time. Then.... it waned.

Phantom Dust is definately Sleeper hit for me; given the dialog is about as horrible as it gets, the game and the gameplay mechanics are incredibly balanced, challenging and stunningly beautiful. I hope to see a Phantom Dust 2 in the X360 lineup.

GTA SA was meh.

Yeah, I'd say Jade Empire. sofar. It doesn't have an unstoppable crowning though, and there is much left to game.  Oh, and it's beginning of 8th month.. that means we're ALMOST 2/3, not at the 3/4 mark. slywink
16967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead or Alive and Mortal Combat questions on: August 09, 2005, 02:21:31 PM
I'm not much of a Mortal Kombat guy. I found the style switching to seem a little gimmicky and so I truly never enjoyed it. DOA: U does have legs, even though I traded it in two weeks ago ( as I never play it online anymore).

I'm thinking the MK series may have a longer singleplayer shelf time, however if unlocking costumes is up your alley, I'd suggest DOA. IMHO, it's a better fighting game.
16968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 09, 2005, 01:34:36 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"
I think there's a big difference between "microsoft haters" and "not remotely interested in even a single X-Box 360 launch title".  Just like the PSP, I think the 360 has great potential, but until they release some games that I'm interested in, I could care less about it.

Or, you might just mean you *couldn't care less*. slywink I see enough promising titles, and since the ex-box is going to the ex-wife I need a replacement. With games like PGR3 and Ghost Recon, I can see myself satisfied for quite some time. With any luck, the Fable(d) best RPG ever may actually LOAD faster on the 360.

16969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead or Alive and Mortal Combat questions on: August 09, 2005, 01:09:22 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
I pretty much just push the punch and kick buttons and somehow get some occasional combos off.  I was doing ok till i hit an opponent in the story who i'm assuming is sorta a Boss and he kills me everytime without a challenge.  So my question for those with experience is how complex is it to learn some moves and combos and get decent with the game?  I realize it takes practice but if it means learning a 10 key sequence then i think i'm over my head.  

K, Xmann, here's what you do.

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select, Start.

no, wait, that might be wrong.... slywink

Go into the practice mode, and choose a character you want to learn. Once you're in the dummy mode (where you can punch and kick an opponent) hit start, and in the menu there should be a "training" or "practice" option (I don't remember offhand which one it is). Also note that in standard battles you can always pause and see the complete moves list too.

They will take you through EVERY move the character has. Just note that some moves (only 3 or 4 of them) where they indicate a direction, you need to be coming OUT of that direction. (for instance, if it says down, X, X, Y they may want you to crouch FIRST, and then as you let go and are STANDING UP you hit X, X, Y).

Unlike Tekken, the moves in DOA:U aren't like programming a 15 string combo. The longest combo in the game is Ryu Hyubasa's spinning upside-down piledriver move, most of which is full-circle moves (so the string would be up, upright, right, rightdown, down, downleft, left, left up etc etc..)

Each character has a training mode, and some of the training modes may unlock costumes or characters (it's been a while since I played it).

Good Luck  biggrin
16970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need an action rpg recommendation for Xbox on: August 09, 2005, 11:35:16 AM
Nightcaster 1 was fun; I'm not a big fan of 2 though. I guess when your selection is slim (nightcaster1 was a release title) you tend to overlook flaws.

for Action RPG, I'd say Sudeki is definately a fun game. It could have been more, and I could have been 6'4". :/
16971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Couple Xbox Games i just bought, check them out. on: August 09, 2005, 11:33:14 AM
new legends is a solid 6 game. I got 15 minutes from the end, and then never finished it (there's a tower, a bridge, and some arse with a flaming sword... it's all I remember). Textures are washed out, and the gaming is completely uninspired.

THPS2x is a great game, when 3 came out most forum boarders seemed to swear by 2x instead.

Rallisport Challenge is a great game.

Oni was a fun game (it's a Bungie title) with a colourful heroine.

Maximum chase is unknown to me, Diablo 1 & 2 are great if you haven't played em.
16972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 09, 2005, 11:28:47 AM
Quote from: "mytocles"
But I'd be in big trouble if that were true - if you ever verify it, CeeKay, let me know before Nov. 4 - I'll have a mess of selling to do on eBay!  :lol:

Your Turbo Duo is toast, hon. Oh, and your 1989 Sony Microwave is going to need some replacing. slywink
16973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hold the Phones guys, Xbox 360 Hard Drive not included? on: August 09, 2005, 11:25:24 AM
Yeah, the whole "pay extra for hdd version" is a load of BUNK, IMHO.

Analysts didn't think the Xbox would be successful or nip into Sony's margin, they thought it would be more expensive (who'd wanna lose $150 a console at the cash registers??).

They're predicting this based on the earliest reports, and what they see as most feasable. I recall MS stating at some point that the HDD is included; the "removable" aspect is for portability, not component sales ... this was just prior to E3, and just after the MTV show. Until then, the dual package was all the rage on the boards. Then that talk seemed to go away except with analyst reports.

The fact that they've added free weekends for Live and are building in the DVD playback without needing a kit are two clear signs that MS is listening to the user base of the existing XBOX, not the "market analysts". Yes, you need to buy a separate recharge kit / battery for your xbox controller (as the cost-per-controller of that is too much to eat), but hey, we all have NiMH2300 AA batteries we can use until we get tired of switching them, right?

I wonder how many analysts are gamers? slywink
16974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why you shouldn't let your kid on the 'Net alone... on: August 06, 2005, 11:56:04 PM
uhm, you mean I want NetSCAPE? Crap, I've been using this netSCAT browser... frankly, its the shits.
16975  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kids. on: August 06, 2005, 11:51:29 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"
We'll see what happens, but since women usually get their way, we're probably going to try for our own first.

Heh. Right.... were you just complaining about trying to create your own? slywink

I'm in a single dad life now. I'd have to say that adpoption is a long and difficult road, moreso than child-bearing. The countless scrutinies, the waiting lists, etc etc. That's not to say I disagree with adoption, but really, you almost have a different mentality going into it. Pregnancy changes your chemical balance (for new moms AND dads) and also alters your mental process. There are switches in your mind that are never activated until you become a parent, and I know in my experience the caring for the pregnant mother and then going through (very hands on) with delivery and raising the child from the first time they open their eyes flicked on those for me.

I don't know about the adoption route, it seems so much more ... clinical. Like picking out a dog at the pound. You see what you want, and it seems right at the time, but you'd have to give 200% effort to appreciate the child for who they are and not for whom you want to mold them into. (as preconcieved notions are easier when there is a CHOICE.

Re-reading what I've written, I think that trap exists in both circumstances, but it's predominant in the adoption path. I suppose that explains the exhaustive screening process.
16976  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Chappelle's Show is Done on: August 06, 2005, 11:38:05 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
It's not fair to judge or commend Chappelle without knowing his reasons for leaving the show. We could throw around a lot of ifs, but does it do any good? I just hope his next endevour, whatever it may be, is something that he is happy to do, and happy to through his energy and creativity into.

now THAT is a mamsy-pansy response. slywink just kiddin. smile JI've never watched the show, I don't go out of my way to watch TV anyways. Is it worth programming into my PVR?

Oh, and Homer makes fun of EVERYTHING. Moses isn't off-topic for a show that can use the phrase "Quick Nibbles, gnaw through my ball-sack!"* with a straight face. I think that may be one or two shows after the one with the Screamapillar, where Homer gives marital advice to the patrons of Moes tavern and cites "...[change things up a bit.] Put a beret on your wang".

*Principal Skinner talking to Nibbles the gerbil while stuck inside a volleyball sack with the cord tied at his neck by the rebel kids.
16977  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / CG vs. OO volleyball - Console Gold FTW!!! on: August 06, 2005, 11:29:11 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Kenny Loggins - Playing With The Boys

OUT!!  :vomit:
16978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 06, 2005, 11:25:41 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "Purge"
I also hope I can use my existing FFXI character in the X360 version, but I don't know if they're just going to have a dedicated server or how the keyboard / voice-comm is going to work ...  confused

Do the PC and PS2 versions run on seperate servers?

I can answer this one, as I'm a FFXI veteran.

Chronologically here are the releases:

PS2 Japan
PC North America ( / Japan I believe)
PS2 North America
Xbox360 (worldwide??)

The first three are all on the same servers. Trust me, there was tons of bitching when the N/A PS2 gamers hopped on board. PC gamers are whiners. (I am more tolerant than some; I was happy to have consolers join our Linkshell).

As to the pic above, DAMN that's gonna look hot in my livingroom.
16979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Bond Girl! on: August 06, 2005, 11:17:08 PM
I wouldn't kick her outta bed for eatin' Crackers.

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Especially if "Crackers" is a pet name for her hot bisexual friend.  :twisted:

Girls, I'm out for 15 minutes. If you need anything, I'll be in the kitchen makin' a sandwich. Well, a second one. - Me
16980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 06, 2005, 11:14:07 PM
Quote from: "pr0ner"
I doubt the controler with the keyboard will be very light, however.

It's not like they're mailing you a 1950's typewriter and a bottle of epoxy to attach it. slywink It's like a blackberry keyboard.
16981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dynasty Warriors 5 XL! on: August 06, 2005, 11:12:28 PM
I've been playing DW since 3 (as the games before 3 aren't really the same). Since I'm an Xbox gamer, I've been relegated to DW3 and DW4. DW5 comes out in the next month or so, but no XL's on the 'box. I really hope Koei wisens up for the Xbox360.

Oh, as to thumbs...
Quote from: "EddieA"
Your thumbs must be really sore after 5 games + spinoffs slywink

I can crush telephone poles between my thumbs... LENGTHWISE.  :twisted:
16982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Wife Gone for 5 Days: Now 13 weeks! on: August 06, 2005, 11:08:56 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
I am thinking about changing the user name too to reflect the new kindheartednessness thingy.  :wink:

-Keano Reeves

"nessness"? Is that like "double-dog-dare"? It just stacks?
16983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Playstation 2 Controller on PC? on: August 03, 2005, 11:24:51 PM
I had one from RS, worked awesome for FFXI.
16984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 03, 2005, 11:23:40 PM
Feel the RAGE!

err, Myto, not THAT Rage. Let him go. Now.... and go wash your hands. (trust me, I doubt that was sanitary) slywink

Yeah. 2006. Dammit. Gears of War. ::sigh:: I hope they have a Crimson Skies surprise for us.
16985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 03, 2005, 03:25:01 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
While I agree with the premise, I think more of the issue lies with:

Game Price on 11/03/05 = $50
Game Price on 11/04/05 = $60

I'm not entirely sure the games ARE going to $60US. the original rumor started with a Canadian Price listing of 59.99. For reference, an Xbox360 @ 299US = 360CAD. smile The price will be the same as the name... odd, no?

Now, there is one thing we don't know about the launch titles.... the JAPANESE GAMES.

If MS is smart (and since they've got enough munny to BUY smart, I'm going to assume here...) they'd be offering a new service to all game developers... cheap localization. Once they have a gold master, it goes to duplication and to MS for localization / translation for the rest of the markets. I'd REALLY be interested in playing FFXI and eNCHANT aRM [eM], which are rumoured to be launch titles in Japan.

I also hope I can use my existing FFXI character in the X360 version, but I don't know if they're just going to have a dedicated server or how the keyboard / voice-comm is going to work ...  confused
16986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Info from PSM on: August 03, 2005, 12:30:07 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
That much is incorrect.  Sony is supporting pretty much every type of portable storage media on the market.  Have a Compac Flash card laying around? You can probably use it to save your games.

No idea about the hard drive part.

Just because the cards are readable does NOT mean they are WRITABLE. Besides, this "multicard adapter" built into the PS3 sounds a whole lot like a $15 USB adapter (20 media type reader) at That means that you can get the same thing for your USB ports on an x360, but aren't forcing your entire customer base to eat the price on it. Since I have a Sony Camera, why would I care about the other media at this point? I don't. Yeah, other media may be cheaper, but if it ultimately doesn't interface with the portable electronics I use, then there's no point. Might as well get a USB memory key.

Seriously, that doesn't impress me one bit. I suspect the media on the reader is going to be VERY limited (IE it may read the PSP encoded MP3s, jpgs, etc but not interface with gaming). They need to provide a direct (not bluetooth) connection to stream the video to your PS3 for me to be remotely interested in starting a UMD collection. If that.

They've stated that this new system is supposed to be a livingroom computer; that means it's peripherals may or may not have any DIRECT connection to the actual gaming function of the platform.

As to 1080i vs 720p, 720p is a better picture for gaming, bar none.
1080p is awesome, but support for it isn't considered a requirement for HDTVs. I figured sony was just tooting the "we're better than you" horn at E3 with their 1080p support. Here's a quick rundown (check out forums for full info on the difference. All of this is from memory, so I might have missed something).

Note that both standards use the same data bandwidth (or pretty darn close) :

720p - draws 720 horizonal lines per panel
        - progressive means the panel lines are complete in one pass, in two panel frames there are 1440 horizontal lines drawn.
        - runs at a smooth 60 (full)frames / sec
        - uses 24bit digital color depth

1080i - draws 540 horizonal lines per panel
         - interlacing means it alternates per panel, full 1080 lines realized in 2 frames, so 1080 horizonal in 2 panel frames.
         - runs a more than acceptable 30(full)frames / sec.
         - uses full 32bit digital color depth

I'd rather have a smooth ride than a bit more color, and interlaced higher resolution, personally. ::shrug::

[update] I can't find the thread right now, it might have been on a different site. They went through EVERYTHING about the bandwidth use. ::sigh::
16987  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Microsoft Windows Vista on: August 02, 2005, 03:55:47 PM
Quote from: "dbt1949"
My Windows ME was actually pretty steady after they worked the kinks out and I can still play DOS games on it. I never saw XP as that great  an improvement. Yes,I know everybody else thinks XP is the cat's meow but I didn't have too many problems with ME myself.

 :shock: *blink* *blink*  confused

XP is on the 2000 platform (the old NT track and the Win9x track merged for 2000). WinME is Windows 95 Series II - Hyper Ultra Street Fighter edition. Well, that, plus CRAP.

I'm happy your system is working for you (and has been stable). I assume you don't mess around with the "guts" much though, and that's where ME really fell down. It's soo much patchwork that it really didn't warrant the upgrade from 98SE. IIRC, the system restore function added to ME doesn't even, you know, work.

My XP has been rocksolid, and yeah, I'll likely be installing Vista end of next year. I'm not currently on the beta list (which is odd; I was for XP).
16988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / hey Knightshade on: August 02, 2005, 03:46:15 PM
Sorry, unrelated post.

Awesome pick there, Ron.

*poit* *poit* (arms popping out).
"I feel like I could... like I could... TAKE ON THE WORLD!!!!"

Man, I miss SCUMM games.
16989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Expansion: Short, cheap, and Steam only on: August 02, 2005, 03:44:59 PM
I'm on the Rage bandwagon. I like my games steamed as much as I like em from my grocer's freezer section.
16990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 02, 2005, 03:40:17 PM
PGR3 - meh. I'll likely buy it to race you chumps, but I'll lose. A lot.
GR3 - hellzya. I'm a big Tom Clancy's Kill All Dem Suckas series.
PDZ - Got my interest. It's a wait and see title for me.
Kameo - hot pixie kicking ass and taking names? Where do I sign?


Oh, as to the early adoption thing : I have just finalized the terms of separation (and subsequent divorce). My son's mom is getting the ex-box (heh, couldn't resist) so I will be consoleless. The agreement is that I get to keep my games, and I get the console until the X360 is out. Then I get a shiny new 360, wireless heaven and my older xbox games on a shiny new 720p 2x AA on my HDTV. (she took the 51" HD CRT RPTV, I've got the 30" HD VVEGA CRT Tube).

If SSX4 or Burnout Revenge aren't on the 360, I'll still get them as long as they're supported on the new platform. Otherwise, I'll just borrow my brothers. ^_^
16991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 02, 2005, 03:32:07 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Fantavision, anyone? biggrin

::sniff:: I LOVED that game, man.

You just destroyed my happy place.
16992  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Longhorn becomes Windows Vista on: July 24, 2005, 04:44:14 AM
When a window is "Broken" one doesn't simply turn off the power to ones house, turn the breaker back, and expect the window to be restored or at the very least to be functional again.
16993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Damn You Rockstar Games.... on: July 23, 2005, 01:36:00 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
In that sense Rockstar deserves severe criticism for leaving that stuff in there, especially when they should have easily known the PC crowd would go digging in that version once it was released.

Oh, if you play the game backwards, it tells you to worship the d3vil and take your parents lives in sacrifice to the allmighty Ho-Ho.

Seriously, when games are cut and crunched in such a short period, often the content that's cut isn't deleted, its just unlinked. Given the game development cycle and the difficulties with SO MUCH CODE (come on, 10 lines seems "easy" but they weren't hiding this code, they just removed any reference to it within MILLIONS of lines of code) to REM out the additional content is not only acceptable, it's commonplace. Look at all the missing dialogue in KOTOR2 (found by PC gamers looking for a "REAL" ending). If they had a line of text "Jedi, I'll sh*t in your mouth, and make you kiss your mother while I sodomize your dad with a lightsaber" you don't think it would make headlines? It would, given the fact that this game is a star wars brand. We'd have "Knights of the Old Snuff Film" references in the media so fast it would make your head spin.

GTA is a target. It always has been with copkilling, gratuitous language and crass senseless violence.
Overheard at the Ratings meeting slywink
"Mature, definately. I mean, sure, the camera angle doesn't show anything, but clearly those characters are engaged in oral sex".
"What about the dead bodies littering the streets?"
"Hrrrmm, yeah, you guys might wanna tone down the blood spray a bit, a 12ft geyser of blood seems to slow down game performance"

Show some body parts and how they're INTENDED TO WORK and people get stupid.  "OMG, was that a NIPPLE?? I've never seen one before!!"

I don't often agree with -LE-, however this puritan bullshit has got to stop.
Sex is sex is sex. It hasn't changed in thousands of years. There's only so many variants. Some are dangerous, but no more than an abusive relationship (abusive friendships count too). Why does sex not become a natural element within entertainment, rather than a way to walk "closer to the line of decency"? What's decent about carbombs or random beatdowns? Why are movies "steamy" because of a 1-2 minute sex scene in a 120+min movie? (Color of Red, for example). Shit, if my OWN sex scenes lasted that short I'd be embarassed. That's not to say the movies should be exending them out to "to the hilt" hardcore porn, but if the sex fits, and it's done tastefully or within the artistic cadence of the movie, it shouldn't be deemed any worse than a severed head scene.

I don't expect to see Papa Smurf banging Smurfette here, I'm talking about storyline progression. It's time for (most of) the adults in north america to grow up. Seeing tits on primetime TV shouldn't be the most offensive thing ever.

Sex ain't the devil; it's how we all got here. Death is the other inevitable, however doesn't have to be the product of violence.
16994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: lol on: July 23, 2005, 01:12:10 PM
Quote from: "Semaj"
Somehow I feel as if I get to listen to people screaming like it's Janet Jackson exposed on TV.  And Video games will get to weather yet another storm...


Now just imagine if it was a black guy who exposed a white womans breast on stage... slywink

This is almost as bad as SimCopter ... the disgruntled employee who put a cheat code in to turn all the male models into nekkid men.

I mean, that stuff was just funny. This is just the Leisure Suit Larry we'd all WANT to play. slywink
16995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable vs Jade Empire vs other rpg's on: July 23, 2005, 01:02:37 PM
I'd recommend Jade Empire for one reason... Fable - The lost Chapters is coming out for PC and Xbox.  Once that has been released you should be able to pick up the original Fable for a song and a dance.

Jade empire's combat system is every bit repetitive as Fable, but at least you can switch things up. (you can pull "cheap" tactics, if your will is weak).

Since Jade empire is a longer game, I'd suggest it over Fable at this point.
16996  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Hard Drive/Comp Performance on: July 20, 2005, 02:25:41 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Can someone explain in real idiots term how to move the cache somewhere else, etc? As much as I know about putting comps together, etc, some of these stupid things I never bothered to learn.

WinKey + Pause/break (or go to system icon in control panel)
Advanced Tab, settings, advanced- Make sure you're set for "programs" on scheduling and mem usage, then go down and hit change. This screen will let you add / modify / remove system  cache.

From your description, it sounds a whole lot like being flooded with spyware/malware that's bagging your performance. Download Spybot Search and Destroy, and turn on immunization.
16997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 3, What are you're expectations on: July 20, 2005, 01:35:08 PM
WBS, stick to the thread. As to your 50 dollar savings, you know you'll just blow it out in smoke from your crackpipe. slywink

I'm hoping for more multiplayer mayhem, more story twists and a more refined ride than the H2 offered. I found myself not knowing WHERE I was (Covenant homeworld, or just a covenant infested world). It'd be neat to see the different homeworlds, or the citadel where the Arbiter was cast down.
16998  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Which summer flix are worth my buck-fiddy?? on: July 17, 2005, 02:46:16 PM
Movies I'm thinking of seeing :

Batman Begins
Fantastic Four
Wedding Crashers
War of the Worlds
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Kicking and Screaming
Dark Waters
Land of the Dead
Kingdom of Heaven
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
16999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Odd Movie recommendations on: July 17, 2005, 02:40:23 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (assuming you're referring to the 2003 Takeshi Kitano film) I've seen far more recently, and enjoyed the hell out of it.  Particularly liked Kitano's portrayal of Zatoichi.  Great mix of humor and pathos in that.

The movie had a very natural flow to it, and they gave you enough main characters to get that "pulp fiction" story flipping (although thankfully it is all chronological) and still bring all the story together without feeling forced, or dragging on too long. I loved the two scenes where they're travelling down the road and the guys are working in the fields. That felt unique (or I've been underexposed to this kind of thing).

I find horror movies to be either too slow, too many stupid mistakes, too goofy to take seriously or too disturbed to enjoy. Dog Soldiers avoided most of those traps (and any "Stupid mistakes" were well expressed as stress-induced from people who no longer had all of their mental facilities).
17000  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My wife in an unreasonable B!&$# on: July 17, 2005, 02:28:00 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"
I came within a quarter-inch of throwing a VCR through a sliding glass door because I was having a frustrating moment trying to program something.  Turned out my estrogen levels were too high - and i'm telling you, repeating even, that it felt exactly like the way people describe 'roid rage.

"Women always have the last word in an argument. If a man says anything *after* the last word, it begins an entirely new argument." Lets just mix that up with hormonal imbalance and an innocent patio door, and we've got ourselves an instructional video on how NOT to program electronics. slywink
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