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17201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Questions regarding Xbox, Xbox Live and subscription cos on: December 02, 2004, 10:02:28 PM
To answer in shorter form :

1 & 1.5) yes it's that easy, and yes RF tvs are ancient, you will need a cable or run it through a VCR that has RCA inputs. slywink

2 & 3 ) you can go online with XBConnect; it's a peer-based and non-MS affiliated connection. No downloads from MS.. sorry. You can tell if an MS game will work with it; look for the "system Link" option for multiplayer.

4) Solo games are great; I like the fact that the Live service does help you even when playing solo. Live-aware titles (letting you log into the network but still be "offline" playing solo) means that you can play solo games and still be there to recieve invites for other online games.

Live can be linked to your MSN Messenger as well, so while you're fartin' around on the net you can see notifications such as :

12/2/2004 9:49:44 PM GMT-UTC
jeffjones66 is playing Prince of Persia: The Sands of.
 
12/2/2004 9:35:51 PM GMT-UTC
G4M3 0V3R is playing Counter-Strike.

So if I was waiting for jeffjones to play Halo2, I'd know he's online right now (playing a single player game such as Prince of Persia). (I'm -6hrs GMT, so it's 3:49pm or about 10 minutes earlier than this post). Live has some sweet stuff going for it; and I'm a PC gamer.

For reference, I was a hardcore PC player up until about 3-4 years ago; I used to host 30+ person langames on 100Mb back when the 16port switches were upwards of 500US. Hell, I started langames back on Arpnet with Duke3d.

The 16 port switch collects dust now.
17202  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [closed] Wanted : Gamecube HD component cable. on: December 02, 2004, 04:16:48 AM
Thanks for the heads-up, but I knew that already. smile and yeah, I've got the second port for HD.

I actually ordered one from Nintendo.com before I saw your post; given that play-asia and lik-sang want more than 40US for it, (plus shipping) that I'd be better off with one right from nintendo.


So, thanks!
17203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 01, 2004, 06:15:44 AM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Quote from: "Interloper"




That is great.


That's a short clip from "Rejected" ... the entire thing is a *must see*.

"My Spoon is too big." ROFL
17204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the Year so far? (console edition) on: December 01, 2004, 05:56:24 AM
Quote from: "Ranulf"
Yikes..burnout3? I loved #2 but held off getting 3, was going to wait until it was cheap used. Whats wrong with it?


This is an opinions thread; LE might not like that one but to a lot of us (myself included) it was, and still IS, forefront in "favorite driving game of 2004" biggrin Go rent the sucker.
17205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the Year so far? (console edition) on: November 30, 2004, 11:49:30 PM
Three words....


Full Spectrum Warrior. I mean, WTF?? All the things they indicated would be in the game were unlocked with a code to get an unpolished version of the game they were supposed to release. I wonder if Fable will let me enter that TURTLE code too.

<sigh>

Halo2 single-player wasn't anywhere near a GOAT for me; the fact that I played through all of it and still occasionally play it is a testament to it. The only feature missing, IMHO, ( :roll: no, not an "ending") is online/system link Co-op play. I mean, seriously. I want the full damned screen.

Riddick, although entertaining, wasn't a golden star for me that everyone was proclaiming it to be.

Tom Clancy struck out THREE times this year, as Pandora Tomorrow, Black Arrow, and GR2 are not in my collection (the first two were, and left in a hurry).
17206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 30, 2004, 11:42:23 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Bah! who needs it? I really like the xbox s-controller for driving. analog triggers, analog sticks. works for me, and without having to lug out 50 lbs of hardware (and those damn wires) and trying to find a place to put it.


For a second there, I coulda sworn you said "(and those damn tires)". I almost fell outta my chair laughing. I need a nap.
17207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 30, 2004, 08:49:17 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Have a house and a wife who works so I'm lucky for now! Layoffs are coming here and a baby due soon. That will change things a bit! Good thing my copy of Forza is paid for!  :wink:

Go back to the Honda!!  biggrin


Good luck with that. My wife used to work. Then after the Mat. leave she works 2 days a week (at less than half my salary). <sigh> I'm in the front of the canoe paddling like a madman while she's lounging in the back with the cutest little monster I've ever seen. I'd type more, but I gotta get back to paddling.  :wink:

As to the next car, I'm thinkin' of a McLaren F1 GTR or the Königsegg CC. Seen any cheap used ones in the paper?

Back on topic : Forza. I see myself comparing test-drives in-car to the cars in-game when I'm back on the market looking for another car/truck. I wonder if the dealership will let me test the "damage model" ...  biggrin
17208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 30, 2004, 08:08:12 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Quote
The braking railroads you forwards if you hammer on it (and have all the "control" features on). Try downshifting instead of locking up the rubber.  I do agree though, the WRX wasn't my favorite ride. (it never was though).


That's it! Once I touched the brakes I lost all control of the car. Driving a WRX to work and home every day, I figured it might be a good place for me to start. :wink:

Time to take off all the control settings and try again.


You must make a lot of coin, or live in your parent's basement. Sheesh. Or, you don't have a house and family with a wife that doesn't pull income.

IRL I drive a Grand Am GT (2001) ... can't wait to bash the ^%$# outta one in Forza (assuming my car makes the final cut).

My PoS is on lease (employee discount; it was the most savings and I had a restrictive timeline ... I had just came from an accord and damn do I miss my honda). Thankfully it's gone in June. <sigh> I can hardly wait.
17209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Got a question about non-official XBOX HD cables on: November 30, 2004, 03:05:43 PM
Quote from: "jblank"
Well, its about twice the price, and I was hoping to get that bundle, which also came with the DVD remote (something I have never owned even though I have been an XBOX owner since Day 1).

Have any of you guys had experience going from S-Video to Component on a regular TV? Mine is a good, solid 32in Panasonic, and XBOX games look fine at S-Video, but I have always wondered if they look much better on Component.


Unless you need a DVD player on that box, the remote is weak. (I wouldn't bother). It's basically an RCA universal remote without the power and eject buttons.

As to using Component on a standard (non-HD) TV? The difference from composite-Svideo is about the same as Svideo-Component ... component separates out the three color signals, producing a sharper picture than Svideo. If you're looking at getting an HD set anytime soon, I'd suggest getting the component cable. If you're strapped for cash and the games look great, then I wouldn't bother.

The MS one is better than this cable as it has the digital optical plug; if you wanted the best picture quality check out Monsters HD kit (and separate audio cable for optical output).

Either way is more pricy than this option; I think you're best bet is the MS one.   Cool
17210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Got a question about non-official XBOX HD cables on: November 30, 2004, 02:59:47 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
The jump from RCA to S-Video is greater than the jump from S-Video to Component.


Not if you have an HDTV... there is no comparison. SVideo is icky.

slywink 480p+ for me.
17211  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / :? cleanup? on: November 30, 2004, 02:32:58 PM
Would it be possible for CG to develop a naming format for the subject lines eg: ForSale - Xbox - Product - blahblah
             Wanted - GC - Product - blahblah

and something in the subject line to indicate (right at the beginning) that it's now closed.

I dunno :? ... maybe having emoticons added for a moneybag, a for sale, and a looking sign might help. 'stoo bad you can't set up thread titles with a type of emote that indicates thread type (for this forum only)

 smile
17212  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [closed] Wanted : Gamecube HD component cable. on: November 30, 2004, 02:27:27 PM
Prefer a used one; I'd rather not have to order one from China. <sigh>

[edited to close thread]
17213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone pick up CoD: FH or Demon Stone? on: November 29, 2004, 09:25:03 PM
I played 4 minutes of it, and put it down. I've already beaten Lord of the Rings - Two Towers twice and this felt a lot like it. I dunno, I didn't give it much of a chance. I may take it up next year when it's in the bargain bin and the summer drought has me down. slywink
17214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console keyboard and mouse? on: November 29, 2004, 09:20:16 PM
I don't know how long it took (exactly) as I pre-ordered it and they were waiting for stock. (beginning of October) As I recall, it took about 5-6 days (~1 week)after they had stock.

I called MS about it; they are not, at this time, banning people for using it. As to whether they *could* or not, they could indicate it is non-MS approved peripheral... like having a "turbo" or "macro" button on a 3rd party controller that had not been approved by MS.

As to the keyboard functionality, no, it doesn't work that way. The inputs WSAD emulate the up-down-left-right. The only keyboard interface I can recall was the adapter for Phantasy Star Online I & II; and that only worked for that game (it was an adapter for a memory port).

I've not had any time to play around with the settings or the custom configs yet; I'll let you all know in a full "Impressions" thread once I've had some time with it.

As it is, Baten Kaitos is taking up my time now. OOOooo, and Metriod Prime II (oh god I hope they corrected the controls or at least allow custom config). I'm also picking up my WoW special edition preorder today. <sigh> Its a busy time to be a gamer.
17215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console keyboard and mouse? on: November 29, 2004, 04:19:43 PM
I haven't had much time to mess with the keyboard, but the mouse is amazing. I mean, I started the level with the Arbiter in Halo2 where you just arrived on the trolley and you have the sentinels coming out. without the keyboard I was able to snipe 12 of the buggers in 3 bullets or less (each) from the carbine. Didn't miss with one shot, and all of them were moving at the time, far enough that I was zoomed. Tracking is really good.

:shock: People will hate me if I use this on Live.  
:twisted: Maybe we'll try it sometime... heh.

I was using a standard IBM 104+ black keyboard (you know the ones, PS2 connection with the blue enter keys) and a MS Wireless USB v3.0 Intellimouse Explorer (ps2 adapter). I'll create a new impression thread when I've had some time with it. In the meantime, while it's connected my LIVE is not.

(fyi- beat HL2 now, working on Baiten Kaitos)
17216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 29, 2004, 04:10:16 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Not sure I liked how the WRX handled. Maybe I have to get used to it.


The braking railroads you forwards if you hammer on it (and have all the "control" features on). Try downshifting instead of locking up the rubber. slywink I do agree though, the WRX wasn't my favorite ride. (it never was though).

either way. Retail verdict : IN!!
17217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 29, 2004, 02:41:05 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
*drooools*

Where did you get the demo? I'm dying for this game.

OXM demo CD (newest one, should be on shelves and mailboxes within a week if not already).
17218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 29, 2004, 02:25:53 PM
Hey, good lookin'
Damage, high poly count, wheel detail on spins and brakes, gravel flying, damage. More Damage, being able to see the red engine block of the viper because you were driving backwards on Laguna Seca and hit that jump and got 13ft of air.... you know... flipping the car (tough to do). Amazing stuff. Mirrors coming off, exhaust pipes on the ground. All of it looked AMAZING. PGR2 meets burnout3.

drool Mmm, Donuts...  :wink:
My acid-test for the physics is doing a 360 / 720 on a straightaway with a fast car (preferrably a Porsche.. imagine my luck that it was included). It's possible to do it in an automatic, but it comes out sloppy. With the standard (and I turn off all the "control" features such as ABS, TCS, etc) it's a breeze... from ~100MPH I was able to nail a 720 and was still doing 30MPH coming out of it... problem is Laguna Seca only has one good paved straightaway, and it's got a dip in it.

But *I* wanna hold the controls...
The level of modification is amazing; unfortunately they only give you a taste of it on the lower-end cars. They let you chose if you want to mod or not, then auto-select the upgrades (showing you a few before settling on one). They also don't show the meter/values while selecting a mod part  at the top of the screen. Apparently you'll be able to see the impact of the mod on your car in the final game, before purchasing the modification.

What? You don't want the Porsche because it's the wrong color?? A.K.A. Whiny Little Complaints
1) There is no dust buildup, and I spent a long time in the gravel. Rallisport spoiled me. That being said, it's a small sacrifice, but it would help add more depth the damage model. ( dirty+broken > broken )
2) There are people there, but they don't do anything. A good number of them look too disinterested (backs turned, etc). The fact that the people don't look two dimensional, and that there *are* people (PGR2 :roll: ), is a big plus.
3) the models for the tires on the wall are hex'd. they still have deliniation as to individual tires, but (especially when the camera swings outside the track) you can see the the six corners on each. Once again, I think it's a small sacrifice, and even a high-end PC would choke having 400+ rendered tires with full curved surfaces on top of having a racing game running behind it. It just breaks the facade a little, but it took me a while to notice it.

Oh baby...
I can't wait for this one. slywink I can't believe how well done this game (cars and tracks) is. Besides some minor quibles (and it *is* a demo) it looks fantastic. The handling is superb; this makes me want to buy a steering wheel and pedals when the game comes out.

[Edit: fixed emote in #2][/size]
17219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Secret Demo on: November 29, 2004, 02:15:42 PM
As to Metal Wolf : it feels like the spiritual successor to GunValkrie ... it is a blast, and I couldn't stop laughing at the almost engrish dialog ... "Way to go, Mister President!"

(FYI, the premise is that the driver of the mech is the president of the united states... )
17220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mech type game for Xbox? on: November 29, 2004, 02:12:01 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Steel Batallion is the game for you, my friend. Just don't buy the Line of Contact expansion pack.


Apparently the online lag problems have been patched. It's not the pain it used to be. <shrug> This info was from a buddy of mine who has it. It was fixed 3 weeks after release.
17221  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Can we get more focused reviews on small-to-mid sized games? on: November 26, 2004, 12:33:11 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Specifically what small to mid-sized titles have we missed?  We didn't rush to press with our 'blockbuster' titles like Halo 2, or Killzone, so I don't know that we fit in the 'me too!' demographic.  I know we have some titles coming up like Bust a Move, Spyro, Tron, etc.  Would those more fit the bill?


Yes. I love the fools-gold, nugget, and pure gold deliniations... I'd like to see the lesser games get the banner for a few days. I dunno, it's just a suggestion. Maybe a new title like hidden treasure or something.. smile

I'm not sayin' ya guys are me too sites, and honestly I don't think you guys are sittin' in the "only the AAA" titles get a decent review, but I'm getting tired of seeing the lamda logo on every effen site I go to. Ya know? Anyways, keep up the good work. biggrin

[edited cuz I'm an idiot... Lambda  :roll: ]
17222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can MS topple Sony in the next generation? on: November 26, 2004, 05:34:21 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Microsoft will make great strides in the next generation, better than a lot of people expect them to do. But I think Sony will still take it, even though their margin of victory will be considerably shortened. However, should Sony actually have the better hardware this time, and a software core that's easy to develop for, then Sony is going to drop-kick Microsoft right out the door.


I think the Sony "victory" will be regional. If MS is pulling with the japanese developers, I can see a much bigger installbase in japan, which means a wider selection of titles.

As for Sony making their programming easier... I think I blew my kidney out laughing...they've stated they're sticking with their programming model, and due to backwards compatibility, I don't expect to see that change.

This is where XNA is big news. Since MS is offering devs to be able to cross-platform their games over XBox2 and PC, this means that we could potentially see the PC rig invaded with the Xbox hardware (controllers, ease of use for gaming, etc). If the dev cycle is (and lets use 25%) shorter for xbox (as there is less middleware and fiddling involved), we could be seeing a second sequel on the same platform while Sony is a year or more away from the same spot. <shrug> If all of your tools work well together, I think the dev's will respond well to it.

That's not to say I hate Sony's products, I really hope the PS3 is worthwhile enough for me to buy it. That being said, I love my Live, and as long as MS doesn't royally eff up the launch lineup, I'll be getting Xb2 for sure.

[/$0.02]
17223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need digital camera advice plz before Friday! on: November 25, 2004, 09:14:31 PM
The Kodak Easyshare is a nice camera. I used one once (4MPx) and the features, recording and pictures were sharp with good color contrast.

The cradle is GREAT... it's so damned convenient. You put it in the cradle and it charges the battery, and connects to your PC to download as well. If I'm not mistaken, newer versions can be used as webcams. I know for sure the older models had video and audio. They also have cradles that do photo printing, although I'm not familiar with the sizes on that.

If you *do* get the kodak, under windows XP be sure to change the following file :

c:\windows\inf\ptpusb.inf
; Table of Contents
[Manufacturer]
%Generic.Mfg%=Generic
;%MfgFlashPoint%=ModelsFlashPoint
;%MfgSony%=ModelsSony
;%MfgKodak%=ModelsKodak

Take out the semi-colon (slywink at the beginning. Now your camera is supported natively in Windows. MS built in the support before they got the OK, and then Kodak said they wanted their own software so MS disabled it in the OS.  <shrug> works like a charm. I don't know if the newer models need it, but my older one did.

I have a Sony now, but I miss some of the convenience it had.

[/$0.02]
17224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Reviews - How do you use them? on: November 25, 2004, 08:55:52 PM
As to the poll, I find I do the following :
I skim reviews of AAA blockbusters, trying to confirm excitement / concerns. I read reviews of "A" and below titles for information to decide if I'm going to risk money on a less-than-topshelf title.

The thing about this subject is, I'm not sure if I'm in the minority here.

I think it was on Inside the Actor's studio, when Penn Jillette (Penn&Teller) compared the movie industry to the food industry: (stay with me, there's a point to this)
Quote
"I wish studio execs were interested in making money. The problem is that they are more interested in releasing an 'industry-defining' movie. [...] If supermarkets were to stock the shelves with only blockbuster products, we'd all be only drinking pepsi and coke. Where would the avacado industry be?"


I think the same ideas apply for the video game industry, and that the cost of a game's production goes more into the engine driving it to market than into the product itself. True that there are me-too games, but ultimately the blood, sweat and tears that game developers go through is significantly less than the cost of trade shows, advertising, publishing deals, distribution and the burgeoning cost of management and consultation.

I don't need to see any Halo2, or Halflife2 advertising or reviews: I own and play both. I'm no longer a demographic consumer possiblity, I am a customer. how many millions of people are in the same boat?

This opens the question, are game review sites wasting their (and our) time with overly advertised reviews for games we already own?

Here's a related blog posting by the always controversial Squidi (AMD).
17225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lack of Ammo in Halo2 on: November 25, 2004, 03:49:21 PM
Quote from: "Draco"
Has anyone actually tested if the brute plasma guns are more powerful than the regualr plasma guns carried by elites?

And I loved the sentinel beams against the flood to. It felt like the "Halo" version of the flamethrower, and the flood zombies died really fast with them.


I didn't notice them to be more powerful; the reason I love em is that you can almost go through a full level with two of em and not need to switch weapons... they have so much ammo. smile
17226  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Can we get more focused reviews on small-to-mid sized games? on: November 25, 2004, 03:44:27 PM
Check out this blog. Squidi's got a point about the fact that the world doesn't need another HL2 / Halo2 / GTA:SA review.

A focus on the smaller titles seems prudent, and I hope you guys can accomodate this. I tend to avoid reading reviews of blockbusters, as I've already looked at the feature list (and maybe a few scores). Ultimately my mind was already made up before I started looking, and rarely does it change.

Focusing on the smaller name titles (mid to small) would seem to be a more fruitful review process, as it brings to light the titles people will wonder about, and may actually stop to read, rather than just skim looking to have their concerns/excitement confirmed by another person.

I dunno, just an idea, I guess. What do you think?
17227  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Please help me get onto XBox Live on: November 25, 2004, 05:07:52 AM
wbs, any news on this? What did you end up doing?
17228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console keyboard and mouse? on: November 25, 2004, 05:03:06 AM
Quote from: "crumsteel"
Any impressions yet Purge? What about live, can you use it when playing multiplayer?


Not yet... I didn't think Half-Life2 would suck me in as much as it did. slywink I'll try it out this weekend; I'm on call this week and between pages I'm in HL2. biggrin
17229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Secret Demo on: November 25, 2004, 05:00:35 AM
Quote from: "Draco"
Yeah, what was last month's and how do I get it?


Check out this thread for the Phantom Dust demo. I've also included links to instructions on how to play.
17230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom3 on Voodoo2's (SLI) on: November 24, 2004, 02:57:17 PM
Doom3 on Voodoo2's SLI

Looks like they DO have a color palette; you just need to step back a *cough*couple*cough**cough* generations.
17231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Goldeneye: Rogue Agent (Can you say "ouch"?) on: November 24, 2004, 01:34:37 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Well, they did give us Burnout 3 this year.  If Criterion was still with Acclaim, I doubt the game would have been as good and probably would never have seen the light of day.


To digress for a moment, I disagree.Burnout 2 was a pretty good game, and there was nothing revolutionary (only evolutionary) in the gameplay of Burnout3. I doubt EA had much to do with anything except the online play, which, IMHO, was poorly done and is still stinky even today. I hate the fact that the game isn't live-aware or that when I log in it then needs to be "LOGGING INTO EA". Crashing? During peak times, it still does.

Everything EA devours has eventually been squeezed out of any IP and then tossed away. Look at Bullfrog, Origin Systems, etc...  Wing Commander, Ultima VII and previous, Syndicate, Theme-house-of-ill-repute, where are you now?

They are the most near-sighted company ever. I swear, they buy a company based on existing IPs, drain it of any market value, and then crush the remnants. They're 3DO, except successful. They don't seem to plant new fields.. they go back to conquering new companies and razing them to the ground.

To sum up : EA has killed my inner child.

Back to the subject at hand. slywink Golden-eye sucking so much ass? No, I'm not surprised. Challenge Everything. It's in the Game. Bah.
17232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bard's Tale review on: November 21, 2004, 05:16:34 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"
can anyone tell me whether what you see when you explore and fight is closer to Morrowind/GTA-VC (XB), or to Baldur's Gate/ Champions of Norrath (XB/ PS2)?  i don't like seeing my character as a tiny figure, or zooming in to get closer and being attacked out of nowhere because you can't see ahead of you.

thanks,


The view (and game engine) is Champions of Norrath. It's not GTA or Morrowind; this game is a humorous story, not a sandbox game. As to being attacked offscreen, the only time I've noticed that was fighting in the forest tower, and it wasn't that bad. Also, if you draw an arrow the screen adjusts so you are right at the bottom and you see more of what you're aiming at. Otherwise, you're generally just below the center of the screen.

Also, BT isn't a dressup game. There are some cool items you get; you can see yourself up close in the inventory window. whatever you're wearing also is shown during cutscenes.
17233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lack of Ammo in Halo2 on: November 21, 2004, 05:04:52 PM
Quote from: "Chrisoc13"
You thought the carbine worked against the flood? How? I shot them 10 times with it and it wouldnt drop them.

The only time I wantd human weapons was against the flood. They are far more effective against them then covenant. Except for the sowrd  biggrin .


The best weapon for the flood is the plasma beam. You only need 3 ammo on that to kill most of them. Use it in short bursts. The advantage is that the body is then too damaged for them to be reanimated.

The sword is #2 IMHO, as it disables the body and kills right away; however you have to get close to them and they're rarely alone.

The third would be shotgun (although they really gimped the range on it). You have to be almost as close as the sword to use it as a hamburger-maker, which defeats the point of a shotgun being a short-range weapon. the devastation should still be there for at least 2 to 3 times the of the sword range. I think they did this for balancing; the shotgun was the weapon of choice for Halo1 VS Flood.

My 4th favorite would have to be the brute plasma rifles (akimbo) or the brute shot, as there is just SO much you can put into em with the plasma guns and they have ammo for days, and the brute shot is good for splash damage and taking out the little buggers.

As to the carbine, I can kill a brute in 2 shots (headshots) with the carbine. Damn straight it's an awesome weapon. The first shot takes off their helmet; the second shot drops em.
17234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 20, 2004, 12:37:03 AM


Gotta love Spacemoose... they used to run this in the University newspaper.
17235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bard's Tale review on: November 19, 2004, 07:40:07 PM
Mitch's take on The Bard's Tale.

I totally agree with the review (I'd rented, played, and finished the game inbetween Halo2 games).

The arguments between narrator and bard are terrific. I loved the one where he's arguing with the narrator and the NPC starts responding to his comments (as of course the NPC can't hear the narrator).

If you donate a ton of money you can unlock the songs, shots and movies from the game as well. ... As to the Gauntlet references, I'd say it's more like a Champions of No-wrath combat (given it's the same engine).

"it's a frickin' guarantee, it's unlucky to be you. Diddly-do."
17236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Woohoo! Got me an Xbox - VGA Adapter advice? -PS2 & GC on: November 19, 2004, 02:16:41 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Small nitpick -

480p (which is the highest resolution of most Xbox games) is not "high definition" smile 720p/1080i is, but very few Xbox games support those higher resolutions.


30+ 720p titles.

Amped 2   720p   -
Blood Rayne 2   720p   -
Conflict Vietnam   720p   -
Disney Extreme Skatboarding   720p   -
Dragon Lair 3d   720p   1080i
Dukes of Hazzard - Return of the General Lee   720p   -
Enter the Matrix   720p   1080i
ESPN Major League Baseball 2K4   720p   
ESPN NBA Basketball   720p   
Freedom Fighters   720p   -
MVP Baseball 2004   720p   -
MX Unleashed   720p   1080i
NBA 2K3   720p   -
NBA Ballers   720p   
SCALER   720p   
SegaGT Online   720p   -
Soul Calibur II   720p   -
Spongebob Square Pants:The Movie   720p   
Steel Battalion:Line of Contact   720p   -
Street Hoops   720p   -
Syberia   720p   1080i
The Sims: Bustin out   720p   -
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4   720p   -
Tony Hawk: Underground   720p   -
Tony Hawk's Underground 2   720p   -
True Crime Streets of LA   720p   
World Series Baseball 2k3   720p   
X-Men Legends   720p   -

you can check out the HDGames.net site as well.

Consolegold also has this same functionality, but they're still missing some info. <shrug>
17237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's the truly scariest pc gaming experience you've had? on: November 19, 2004, 05:37:55 AM
Quote from: "Jocke"
Have a feeling this is very dependent on what your age was when different games came out biggrin

So this is telling of my age when I say Phantasmagoria was very scary to me in parts. It was creepy how the mood of the game got grimmer and grimmer as the game progressed... There was an 18 year age limit on that game here in Sweden and that does not happen often. Especially(sp?) back then.


The last CD was messed up... the whole seeing the axe travel through the skull freaked me. Also, the demonic rape scene in the bathroom, the wine bottle murder and the trowel (sp?) in the mouth still haunts me... oo, and the meatgrinder. What were they thinking??? sheesh.

AvP also gave me a few brown-trouser times too... God did you feel useless as a marine. I was Hudson the whole time... it's game over man, it's game over!

It didn't help that I had a kickass sound system hooked up.
17238  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please help me get onto XBox Live on: November 19, 2004, 05:31:40 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"

1) Is there an option to by a wireless kit for XBox Live?
If so, what specific equipment comes with it?

2) Is the price point really only $50 a year for the service?

3) Is wireless actually fast enough for the service, or would waiting for the next home and just running a cable from the XBox to the router work better?

4) If wireless is truly the way to go, what type router would you recommend? As I would also need wireless NICs for both my PC and my wife's, do you have any specific recommendations for those?

5) If wireless if the way to go, is there a special connector for the XBox that I would plug into the ethernet port?


Heya buddy. biggrin Me and my overbearing opinion are here to ruin your day. slywink

1) There is no MS bundle for live and wireless.
2) The Live service itself is $50. Get the live kit with crimson skies. If you've tried and hated the live headset (wraparound), then get the Halo2 one. It's a-frickin-mazing, with better noise cancellation.
3) Hell ya Wireless is fast enough. Let's look at the numbers..
- 802.11b = 11Megabits/sec = ~1.3MegaBytes/s= 1.375MB/s = 1408KB/s = 1 Full CD (700MB) transmits in less than 9 minutes at optimal speed.
- 802.11g = 54Megabits/sec = ~6.7MegaBytes/s= 6.75 MB/s = 6912KB/s = 1 Full CD (700MB) transmits in less than 2 minutes at optimal speed.

Does your NET connection go that fast? I wouldn't worry about the wireless unless you have interference problems (microwaves, cell phones and cordless phones). These can degrade signal while in use, but to make enough of a difference to game packets it's got to be *really* bad. You're not doing major file transfer here, and the service runs well on 200KB/s.

4) a 802.11g router. Find a cheap one; the MS one isn't bad at all. I don't have specific recommendations on this.

5) Yes there is a wireless Xbox connector. Nyko makes a Wireless Net Extender, but the reviews have it out to be crap. Check out PC Mag's review and right now the going rate of the MS Xbox connectors on ebay is around 75US.  Name search MN-740 part search.

As to just running a cable, make sure it's UTP CAT5 patch cable ... it should feel flexible, as opposed to the permanent type. That stuff is cheap (by the foot) and getting RJ45 connectors is cheap too. The tool to crimp it is less than 20 bux, but there is the inconvenience of it all. You could wall-fish the line and install pretty wall-jacks  with very little problems... I'd help ya, but you're a little far away.   Cool

As to the other PCs, you don't need to get Jack for em; they can use the existing cabling to get to the router (wireless routers also tend to have 3 or 4 10/100 RJ45 jacks too)
17239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 19, 2004, 01:06:36 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
I'd rather spend $200 on "antiquated hardware" that has more than two games worth playing on it than on a "I wish I was a PC" alternative which functions best as a dust collector and/or paperweight.


It was an opinion based on jaggies as big as my head, and I spoke to the topic at hand. Stick to the topic, or pull your bait back.  :roll: We don't need every thread ending with this.

Moving right along...
17240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 18, 2004, 09:10:45 PM
Quote from: "Chrisoc13"
Also, this may come as a shock, but since Im still on the edge, what games would push me over? I want to play GTA:SA. But im into shooters a lot, and not really japanese RPGs. All I seemt o hear about with the PS2 is GTA and japanese RPGs. And GTA isnt good enough to warrent a system. What other games could push me over (which are not on the XBox as well)?

Thanks for any help.


The only reason I'm not in the same boat as you is both of my TV's are HD widescreens... that's some BIG damned jaggies. slywink I borrow a buddies PS2 once in a while; I get my fix that way and save about $200CAD. As to the value of the PSTwo, if you need a second DVD player in another room it's kind of a no-brainer (as a DVD player it works great). I was [---] this close to buying one the other week for that reason, but decided to save up for Ghost Recon2, MechAssault2, and worry about all of my time being eaten up by Half-Life2.

I have not seen many games come out that compell me to buy one based on the titles alone.... maybe Monster Hunter (it's a lot like Phantasy Star Online 1&2) and Katamari Damacy (sp), and a few RPGs... I find the tedium has worn me down to the point where I skip cut-scenes and just want to beat the game and move on.

I'm waiting for the Xbox version of GTA:SA; the improvements on the last two seem to be worth the wait.

If I were you, I'd go and rent / borrow a standard PS2 and a few top-shelf titles (for a week) and see how much play-time it gets. If you spend less than half your game-time on the PS2, I'd suggest not buying it; after all that's the honeymoon period where it's new and novelty hasn't worn off.

And no, wanting a PS2 isn't evil... I think some of us (myself included) find it difficult to justify spending 200 bux on antiquated hardware that could be spent buying games for our existing setups.
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