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1401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sony Report Reveals First Look at Absolute Blu-ray and HD DVD Disc Sales Fig on: April 09, 2007, 09:56:46 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 09, 2007, 06:09:30 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on April 09, 2007, 06:00:10 PM

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I think the format war in the race to be the next DVD licensor is going to kill them both as it will delay enough purchases that downloadable HD content will win the day.

So you think in two years time or so, extremely high speed broadband and all the associated consumer hardware and infrastructure necessary to support that, will be in place? While I am optimistic that technology will be a player some day, there simply isn't the proliferation of broadband, nor is there fast enough broadband, to really make that an alternative, in the near future. Look at the 360's HD downloads, it takes 8 hrs or so to download a movie sometimes, which is way too long, and not something most people are going to want to sit and wait on. When you can download  a 2hr movie in HD in about an hour or so, then it will be huge.

Yes I do.  Don't forget that the cable companies are already doing it for selected titles with their ppv/on demand functions.  They now have DVR's which they could pre-populate with content, or pre-cache deliver to your Media Center PC/Apple TV/xBox 360.

Hell, even Steam could be used for this.
1402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sony Report Reveals First Look at Absolute Blu-ray and HD DVD Disc Sales Fig on: April 09, 2007, 06:00:10 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I think the format war in the race to be the next DVD licensor is going to kill them both as it will delay enough purchases that downloadable HD content will win the day.
1403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360] Guitar Hero II Band Names... on: April 07, 2007, 07:04:26 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 07, 2007, 01:49:54 PM

You can't change them after you start can ya?

Just go to options , Manage Band.
1404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360] Guitar Hero II Band Names... on: April 06, 2007, 11:30:06 PM
PyperSonicKub  - it fit, and it had a nice ring while playing off the handle
1405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Jesus Christ the Savior is Risen Edition 6/Apr/07 on: April 06, 2007, 10:16:41 PM

Quote from: Brendan on April 06, 2007, 07:32:04 PM

What's the worst they can do, throw you in federal prison?

Geez, I 'hate' people who get the 'lyrics' wrong.... don't you know it's "...throw you in federal pound-you-in-the-ass prison?"?  Sheesh! eek

go back and watch Office Space again  slywink
1406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Jesus Christ the Savior is Risen Edition 6/Apr/07 on: April 06, 2007, 05:55:46 PM
TurboTax
GH2
Oblivion
Maybe GoW Friday nights, but can't commit yet

Not necessarily in that order (or preference  disgust)
1407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: April 06, 2007, 12:06:57 AM
I have to admit, I have serious doubts about this game:

1. A lot of the talent that went into making GH great has left Harmonix, will the replacements be able to capture what made GH great?
2. This has to be fun single player first, and then multiplayer.  It doesn't sound as if single player has been thought through well. (based on the interviews).
3. The part of the interview that says "we'll be able to deliver great graphical enhancements" screams to me that they just don't get what makes GH great.
4. Playing this on EA's servers (ala NCAA football, Madden) gives me doubt about quality and longevity (what with EA's online availability sunset policies)

The people running this seem to think MORE = Better, which may not apply.

I hope I'm wrong, but this sounds like a disaster in the works, most especially if it ships this year.
1408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: jblank: I demand satisfaction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 on: April 03, 2007, 05:35:34 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 03, 2007, 05:08:23 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on April 03, 2007, 05:02:37 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 03, 2007, 04:39:03 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 03, 2007, 04:13:21 PM

I'm curious, why all of the sudden is Saban is God, when Bama fans used to hate his guts and rip him when he was at LSU.

Cause he's wearing the right colors now... DUH.

In any case, you guys can have your petty little rivalry battle.  We'll be playing for the NC instead.

Fight On.

gellar

Right up until you lose to us, again. Tongue

Face it, Booty isn't going to bring you a title.

People said that about Leinart.  Booty will be just fine at QB, if he doesn't lose the job to Sanchez.  He certainly destroyed Michigan well enough.  I'm confident in him to get the job done.

Also, you lose the right to talk trash about a win when you lose to FSU in your Emerald Bowl smile.

gellar

No we don't... watch... 13-9!

And let's see, oh yeah 9-7 in the last 16, even spotting you 7 in a row!  :-)

I'll still say that Booty is the worst of your last 3 QB's, and I really don't think he has what it takes - in the end, he'll chunk a game or two that you need him to win, which will lead you to shouting, WHAT THE FLUFFY BUNNIES, Booty???
1409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Circuit City may suck as a company, but on: April 03, 2007, 05:25:41 PM
BB has borked their reward zone program in the last year or so, it used to be $5 for $125 spent, now it is half that and shrinking.  I'd love to find out how I can remove my name and information from it now.
1410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft 'enhances' 360 Warranty on: April 03, 2007, 05:17:02 PM
Ars has a nice writeup of recent (positive) changes to the xBox 360's warranty:

Microsoft works on their replacement plan and warranty for the 360

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There have been even more enhancements to the warranty and replacement methods for the system, and here's a quick rundown on the changes:

    * Free shipping. Microsoft will now send you a postage paid package so you can send your system to them at no charge.
    * If they system is fixed in that first year you get either the rest of the year or 90 days to get it fixed again, whichever is longer.
    * If the system can't be fixed you get your original system back. Was that ever an issue?
    * You'll have your system fixed and returned within 5 business days. Nice!
    * They're getting more technicians and training them better and blah blah blah. So apparently they'll have more people with better training.
1411  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: jblank: I demand satisfaction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 on: April 03, 2007, 05:02:37 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 03, 2007, 04:39:03 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 03, 2007, 04:13:21 PM

I'm curious, why all of the sudden is Saban is God, when Bama fans used to hate his guts and rip him when he was at LSU.

Cause he's wearing the right colors now... DUH.

In any case, you guys can have your petty little rivalry battle.  We'll be playing for the NC instead.

Fight On.

gellar

Right up until you lose to us, again. Tongue

Face it, Booty isn't going to bring you a title.
1412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3,000 Nerd Points on: April 02, 2007, 11:33:30 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 02, 2007, 02:10:41 PM

I Never Thought I'd See the Day Where I:

  • Go through a game on the hardest level just to get achievement points
  • Play through a game multiple times (something I almost never do) just to get achievement points
  • Play Coop just to get achievement points
  • Sojourn into Ranked matches just to get achievement points
  • Hit zombies with a parasol just to get achievement points
  • Kill 10,000 zombies just to get achievement points
  • Kill, 55,000 zombies just to get achievement points (someday)
  • Play a game like Battle For Middle Earth II just to get achievement points
  • Be glad when I'm the worst player on an MP team just to get achievement points
  • Not feel a game is complete until I have all of the reasonably attained achievement points

Yep, I have graduated from Vanilla Geek to Uber So Nerd I Can't Believe It Geek

Interestingly enough, I also broke through the 3,000 point barrier this weekend when I ascended to the rank of Arch Mage in the Mages Guild.  Even more coincidentally, it was almost exactly 1 year to the day since I had started Oblivion (first 'Escaped the Prison Sewers' achievement unlocked on 3/31/06, 'Completed Mages Guild Quest Line' achievement unlocked 4/1/2007.
1413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/2) on: April 02, 2007, 10:45:40 PM
Pre-ordered GH2 (360) a week or so ago, it should arrive monday or tuesday.  Does that count?
1414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-2-2007 No Foolin' Edition on: April 02, 2007, 10:13:08 PM
Finshed the Mages Guild Questline in Oblivion (360),  showed a friend Gears of War Split Screen.
1415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone know of a site with a good games' release-by-month calendar? on: March 31, 2007, 06:12:37 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 31, 2007, 05:31:03 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on March 31, 2007, 05:26:41 PM

You should look at the front page here.... under 'Release Dates'.   paranoid

smile

He said "good"./ jk .   Tongue

(actually it was my thought too).
1416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Meet the Robinsons on: March 31, 2007, 06:09:36 PM
the one thing that really bugs me about the previews is how contrived some of the characters seem. The frog and the lady just seem so stereotypical. Is this the case?
1417  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PASTE!!! on: March 29, 2007, 11:34:57 PM
In the twenty-first century, we take it for granted that our lives will be constantly interrupted by e-mails, instant messages, and mobile phone calls. But new research is showing that the fast-paced, multitasking lifestyle may actually be hampering workers' productivity rather than enhancing it.
1418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WHAT THE FLUFFY BUNNIES, NETFLIX? on: March 29, 2007, 11:33:36 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on March 29, 2007, 05:23:22 PM

Although seeing a post by gellar that has WHAT THE FLUFFY BUNNIES is rather funny.

LOL - well done Warning!  I think we have a new forum catch phrase...
1419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sammy Hagar > David Lee Roth on: March 19, 2007, 02:47:43 PM
5150 is a top3 VH album. The rest of the Hagar stuff is kind of meh.
1420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The PS3 and why I love it on: March 19, 2007, 02:43:31 PM

Quote from: warning on March 19, 2007, 02:14:37 PM

Quote from: javahead on March 19, 2007, 02:02:47 PM

Wait, Ms. Duncan is a guy??  Tongue

3) No VGA output.  I love hooking my 360 up to my computer monitor.  It's crisp and lets me play while my wife watches whatever weird show she's interested in.  I really wish the PS3 had this as an option.

It'll be very hard to resist once the price drops and there's a couple of great RPG's out for it.

HDMI to DVI should do for a newer monitor.
1421  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Antivirus question on: March 13, 2007, 10:54:08 PM

Quote from: Kobra on March 06, 2007, 07:00:41 PM

Quote from: Laner on March 06, 2007, 04:28:00 PM

Yup... AVG on my home computer has done far better than my workplace's Trend Micro OfficeScan.  As long as you have a modicum of common sense when it comes to security, there's no need to pay for your AV software.

FYI: AVG is concluding their free product and going pay.  Free AV software generally has some downsides that can be significant.  For example they simply don't have the laboratory to handle rapid response outbreaks, or the people to analyze large numbers of threats.  For example back when I was analyzing up to 200 viruses/trojans per day, often it would take AVG and Avast MONTHS to update them while companies like Kaspersky/NOD32/Avira would respond in MINUTES.  A buddy of mine that recently left Nod32 to work at F-Prot tells me that some AV companies have 6 year backlogs of submissions to go through.

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Help!

Click here; http://www.av-comparatives.org/

Then on the right "Comparatives" and check the February 2007 On-Demand Comparative.  Stick to products that consistently produce "Advanced+" certifications.





An interesting site.  It could be improved with a little performance data as well.

 In my experience, Norton has become serious bloatware since the Symantec purchase, and in recent years has shown a disturbing propensity do do nothing but slow your computer down.... a lot.  Uninstallation and cleanup also have proven to be extremely cumbersome to the user, to the point where even a pretty savvy user can't really uninstall even the trial versions bundled with some computers.
1422  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GT Xbox Live Gamertag List on: March 13, 2007, 09:00:52 PM
Pyperkub    -    Pyperkub
1423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]XBOX 360 Price Drop, Core Canceled, HDMI in May on: March 13, 2007, 07:54:07 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 13, 2007, 07:44:17 PM

the link in the first post says that the new 360 will have the 120 gig hard drive inside it(unremoveable)..does that mean that i wont be able to buy a seperate 120 gig hard drive and have to buy this new 360 if i wanted a bigger hard drive

120 gig is still tiny,if this machine is to last another 3-4 years

Editors note blames that on babelfish problem:

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(editor’s note: Babelfish translates ‘festplatter’ as ‘non removable disk’, but it should just read ‘hard disk’. there’s no indication that it’s non-detachable, nor would there be reason to)

It would likely be the same config as the Premium - removable (proprietary) 120 GB HD.
1424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]XBOX 360 Price Drop, Core Canceled, HDMI in May on: March 13, 2007, 05:34:47 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 13, 2007, 05:22:43 PM

Quote from: gellar on March 13, 2007, 04:31:59 PM

Wow... black?  Am I such a whore to fashion that I'll get a new one simply for that reason?

gellar
You absolutely are. Its sad. And funny.

And part of the charm of gellar (if there is such a thing  Tongue)
1425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] PlayStation Home Revealed on: March 13, 2007, 05:09:04 PM
Sounds interesting, and it probably has a future in consoles, but the one thing I noticed was that it doesn't have a release date until 2008 (based on the frontpage post).  If so - I expect more delays and wonder what gets cut, never to be replaced... will the final product be what is promised?
1426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]XBOX 360 Price Drop, Core Canceled, HDMI in May on: March 13, 2007, 04:54:49 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 13, 2007, 03:50:58 PM

I don't get why though.  The core version is seriously worthless.

Not to MS.  It gets people in at a lower price point, then they buy more expensive accessories, such as $100 for a 20 GB HD. 
1427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HD TiVo gets price cut on: March 09, 2007, 01:35:56 AM

Quote from: Kobra on March 09, 2007, 01:19:58 AM

Quote from: gellar on March 08, 2007, 11:48:42 PM

Quote from: Kobra on March 08, 2007, 11:33:42 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 08, 2007, 11:21:40 PM

Quote from: Kobra on March 08, 2007, 10:36:32 PM

Series 3 is still lacking the much required ability to connect to other Tivo units in the household, correct?

If so, this would really make the Series 3 impossible for me to adopt, 90% of the time we're moving stuff between units and couldn't imagine not having this feature.

On the other hand, I've never done it ever.  *shrug*

Well if you had it, you'd do it.. I mean, if you got movies on the Tivo upstairs and have company over and want to watch them downstairs, how else do you get those movies down?  Seems like Tivo would be pretty damn gimp without the ability to move programs/shows between machines as desired.  I don't even think I'd buy it without this feature, I want my shit to follow me through the house wherever I happen to be that hour.

Yep... not to mention the ability to write it to my laptop and/or iPod for mobile viewing.  I get a lot of use out of the iPod video functionality when I go on trips.

gellar

That too, its a great feature, seriously.. Everything else I have seen is nothing more than a kludge.  I go downstairs, turn on the TV, browse my tivo to see what to watch, don't find anything, click twice, browse the Tivo upstairs, find something, hit a button and watch it downstairs.  Easy, brilliant, and seriously one of the coolest Tivo features.

Note that this is less of a problem with dual-tuners and a larger HD.  Will still come into play, but less of a problem.

The mobile/iPod piece is still troublesome.
1428  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: x360 Live Movers and Shakers [03/06/2007 edition] on: March 08, 2007, 10:55:54 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 06, 2007, 04:50:18 PM

that's 76 of 116. All others have +0... so technically you are a mover, but not a shaker. biggrin

Do we need to be on your friends list? Or what is the criteria to make the list besides movin' and shakin'?

thanks!
1429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo responds to "Home" on: March 08, 2007, 10:41:16 PM

Quote from: Farscry on March 08, 2007, 08:37:03 PM

I don't think it's far-fetched to claim that Nintendo considered something like this along their path to their currently online plan. I also think your weak jabs at the Wii are poor form, considering how often you complain of people doing such at your publisher of employ.

I suspect you're right, but the Will Wright factor* also might make Nintendo a little more touchy.

*The Wii probably can't handle all of this, and that could be why they rejected the approach.
1430  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HD TiVo gets price cut on: March 08, 2007, 09:52:43 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 08, 2007, 08:39:33 PM

If they drop the price of the HD unit to under $500, I might be able to convince my GF to pick one of these up.  Not a day goes by that one of us doesn't curse our Comcast HD box and wish for TiVo back.

Does the HD TiVo box have dual tuners, or just the one?

According to a poster at HD Beat, it might be possible to get a Series 3 now for $550 from Dell... (check the comments section on the article).  And per Gellar, 2 cable-card slots = dual tuners.
1431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "I don't think [losing GTA exclusivity] hurts us. ... I really don't." on: March 06, 2007, 10:20:56 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 06, 2007, 09:11:13 PM

Quote from: Farscry on March 06, 2007, 09:08:32 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 06, 2007, 09:03:01 PM

The PC, 360 and PS3 are all direct competetors now, with the whole Games for Windows thing. Why can't we compare them all?

Well then, Microsoft just won. World of Warcraft is the top-selling game in years and doesn't look like it's going to be surpassed. icon_wink

Correction....Blizzard just beat them all.  icon_wink

Microsoft doesn't see any money from them for WoW, though I am sure they wish they did.  I bet they are really trying to push them for Warcraft on the 360. That woud be huge and then they would see quite a bit of money from it.

I would think World Of Starcraft or Diablo might very well startup on the 360...
1432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: On second thought (a summary of past games that deserve to be mentioned agai on: March 05, 2007, 08:59:32 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on March 05, 2007, 08:50:51 PM

Not to be redundant  (ok - I am mostly redundant by default, but anyway...)

Here are the two I go back to more than any, but they require the first xbox  (I think):

1. Crimson Skies
2. Gladius

Crimson Skies is BC (Backwards Compatible) on the 360.  dunno about Gladius.
1433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 03:34:05 AM

Quote from: Chaz on March 02, 2007, 12:51:40 AM

If you really want to fry their shorts, make sure you pay the $2 extra for the new copy of the game.  It drives them insane.

What is this?
1434  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Vampire Redemption CE on: February 20, 2007, 10:04:02 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 20, 2007, 09:43:30 PM

What was in the CE edition?

Book of Nod was one bonus, I think there was a figurine as well...
1435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Bullet Witch on: February 20, 2007, 07:41:44 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 20, 2007, 05:56:59 PM

If I recall, Bloodrayne on WB1 didn't rate well, but I played it and had a great time with it.  Sounds like this game may be similar as it appears to be much like it from the Gamespot gameplay footage.

It's 49.99 next week so I might pick it up.  But then again, 30.00 Tomb Raider legend looks kinda good too.

Hmm.  Or maybe I'll just play through God of War again.

Er - forgot to post - Tomb Raider Legend is an excellent game.
1436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New direction for Live? on: February 20, 2007, 07:26:17 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on February 20, 2007, 06:29:06 PM

Since downloading games through XBox Live sounds to be pretty successful, does anyone thing they will drop the subscription fee?  The news blurb on the front page (about Live for Vista being free) made me wonder how they would monetize Live, but it appears they already are, with the game downloads.

Downloading games and patches (er, updates  icon_wink) is already free with the Silver subscription everyone gets.  Gold is only necessary for multiplayer.
1437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst song lyrics of all time? on: February 20, 2007, 04:53:39 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on February 20, 2007, 02:38:11 AM

Quote from: jblank on February 20, 2007, 12:49:47 AM

I got this one locked up:

Artist: Manfred Mann's Earth Band Lyrics
Song: Blinded By the Light Lyrics

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Blinded by the light,
revved up like a deuce,
another runner in the night
Incomprehensible? Yes. Damn fine song? Absolutely.
Wasnt that written by Bruce Springsteen?

Yes. Greetings from Asbury Park.
1438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More fun with Sony Marketing on: January 26, 2007, 12:32:48 AM
Gran Turismo HD looks like Project Gotham Racing 3, because the ads Sony was hosting used PGR 3 images!

From ARS
1439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished in 2007 - Console & PC on: January 24, 2007, 07:16:58 PM
Finished:

Gears of War (360) - still playing MP
Tomb Raider Legend (360)
Oblivion [360]
Catan  [360] - still playing periodically, but I've put enough time in to say I've finished it
Psychonauts [360 - BC]

Actively Playing

F.E.A.R. [360]
Guitar Hero II [360] - not sure what finished will be on this
Tiger Woods 2007 [360]
Harry Potter- Order of the Phoenix [360]

Shelved 2007 (on hold for over a month)

Gears of War [360]

Updated August 07
1440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: January 23, 2007, 11:51:49 PM

Quote from: Hetz on January 23, 2007, 10:18:08 PM

Quote from: Turtle on January 23, 2007, 10:07:45 PM

Could be plenty real.  Mass Effect looks very far along, and a studio can do a lot in 4 months.  However, it's likely it'll be pushed to november considering how big the game is.

Yeah, there is no way they will release this in May. This has November game written all over it....which sucks cause it looks awesome and I want it now!  icon_biggrin

Nah, it'll be before November, there is no way they want to go head-to-head with halo 3.
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