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2361  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW expansion pack playable at Blizzcon on: October 12, 2005, 03:22:37 PM
If the expansion is mainly for upper level folks (hero classes etc), then I'll have no reason to buy it unless I eventually get to a high level. What do I care about new races for? They don't really change the gameplay that much (and I assume that even non-expansion purchasers will be able to play along side the new races even if they can't be one). The gameplay is all about classes, not races.
2362  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW expansion pack playable at Blizzcon on: October 11, 2005, 07:36:15 PM
No new classes? Booo.
2363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What was the first Console game you ever played? on: October 10, 2005, 10:48:17 PM
Temple of Aphai for the Commodore 64.
2364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Madden 360] Looks good! Plays...eeeeeh... on: October 08, 2005, 10:29:14 PM
Wow - Kerry Collins did look like a zombie. Maybe there's something we don't know about him.....  :shock:

But really, as you mentioned, Plummer looks nothing like him either. I mean, hell, if you're going to scan the faces of 200 players, shouldn't you at least get the big positions like QB for every team? Especially since they're the faces you'll probably see most often. At least the made Janikowski a fatty like real life.

edit: And what's with the two fumbles in two offensive plays? I hope that's just a coincidence.
2365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EGM magazine - XB 360 article: notice anything bizarre? on: October 08, 2005, 06:04:21 PM
I don't see anything odd. Am I missing something?
2366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Didn't preorder the Xbox 360? Have fun camping out! on: October 08, 2005, 12:08:19 AM
Just go to Target or Wal-Mart on the first day. You'll usually find some there (since most people go to the aforementioned Best Buy, Circuit City, EB, etc).
2367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Screenshot CHALLENGE! [56k] on: October 07, 2005, 08:55:27 PM
Question:

Do you think more crates exists in the real world or the video game world (if you count the number of crates in each game * the number of copies that game sold)?
2368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LOST - 10/05/05 - HOLY CRAP! on: October 06, 2005, 02:27:39 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
I figure that the security system might be something derived from the magnetic phenomena the research center (circa: 1980) was meant to unravel. The polar bears and the "sickness" might also have been caused by the "accident."


The video mentioned that they were doing zoological research (and even showed polar bears), so that could explain those aspects of the bears and shark (i.e. possibly doing genetic research on animals).

As for why only 1 of the six orientation films was present; it seemed as though there was supposed to be one film for each research station. At the beginning, the film had something like "Orientation 3 of 6 - Swan Island" written along the bottom. I imagine that there are 6 different research stations on 6 different islands, each with their own film.
2369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid & Castlevania for n00bs on: October 05, 2005, 05:35:36 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"

The other 2 GBA Castlevania games are excellent- Harmony of Dissonance is generally considered the worst of the GBA pack with Aria of Sorrow (the DS prequel) by far considered the best.  Play Aria of Sorrow before the DS game.  


Where in the world can you find Aria of Sorrow? I've looked all over my local stores on multiple occasions and have never found it. One time, on calling my EB, they said that they had recently gotten in a used copy. I rushed over there only to find out that he had confused Aria of Sorrow with Circle of the Moon.  frown

Back on topic, Symphony of the Night rocks like Castlevania game has rocked since (or before, for that matter, though Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest was pretty good).

And Super Metroid is the best of the side scrolling Metroid games. I think they have a version of it on the GBA now.
2370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / No SEX for you, ONE year! (SFW) on: October 02, 2005, 03:04:18 AM
What does her having sex have anything to do with a drug conviction?  confused
2371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Info on Madden 360 from EGM on: September 30, 2005, 08:56:58 PM
Is it just me, or does McNabb sort of look like a zombie?  :shock:

And that's quite a bulge he's got going there.  :shock:
2372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Top 5 Launch Day Games according to EGM on: September 30, 2005, 02:54:34 AM
What happened to the supposed GTA killer Saint's Row that all the magazines have been hyping? Or is that not a launch title?
2373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda guarantees Oblivion for XBox 360 launch on: September 30, 2005, 02:53:11 AM
If I were a betting man (I am, but not in relation to if games will be buggy on release), I would bet that if the XBox360 version of Oblivion is released on the XBox's launch date but the PC version is delayed any significant amount of time (i.e. more than a week), beware of the bugs.
2374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AVOID ANY THREAD WHERE NEW ORLEANS LOOTER POSTS!!!!!!!!! on: September 29, 2005, 01:12:07 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Hey Crowley...lil secret for you...

I have your full name, address, and phone number.  I'll be having a chat with your ISP.  smile


The admin (Rip) at OO did the same thing back when we had our PM problems a couple of months ago. Don't know what came of it though.
2375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Origen 360 Countdown at Zero on: September 27, 2005, 12:40:57 PM
That is odd. That video that plays definitely has a couple of quick flashes of the X-Box360 (during guys bouncing on balls in office and even quicker right have the "champagne" scene). And that ending imagery is damn sexual.  Myabe it means you can have sex with the 360?
2376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / OO forums not working? on: September 26, 2005, 08:42:14 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote
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phpBB : Critical Error

Could not connect to the database

Yikes!  Don't know what it means but it sounds bad and it's mentioning me by name!


You are so screwed.
2377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / All in Texas Get Ready...Rita is Cat5 Now on: September 22, 2005, 02:19:22 PM
Quote from: "The General"

Science and scientist is a joke.  


You know, without science there would be no Dreamcast.  :shock:
2378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This is just sad. Very very sad. on: September 21, 2005, 07:58:25 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
How is this different from different clubs in Tiger Woods?


Because different clubs can actually have an effect on performance?
2379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I have a job interview tomorrow on: September 20, 2005, 03:13:48 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
 Anyone care to offer advice on technical interviews?


Don't screw up?  Tongue

Just joking. Good luck.
2380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Your most hated flaws in TV shows and movies on: September 16, 2005, 08:16:12 PM


The Power Glove! That thing was worthless (I know, I got it as a present).


More generally though, I hate it when they show people playing video games. The kids are always mashing crazy buttons and twisting the controller around like mad. There are few shows that present it accurately (The Sopranos did, if I remember correctly).
2381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want Dragon Quest VIII, and I want it now. on: September 09, 2005, 08:17:45 PM


He's coming for you.
2382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Madden video! Prepare to be... on: September 09, 2005, 03:15:48 PM
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
 I think the graphics will look more polished in the final version, especially in a higher quality video.  It will probably be like when Madden moved from the PSone to the PS2.  The first year on the PS2 wasnt that big of a leap, but the following year was quite a large improvement.


Graphically, Madden's leap from PS1 to PS2 was huge. My brother and I stood in line at midnight to get a PS2 just because of the enormous graphical differences between the two Maddens. I was completely blown away.

Here's the PS1 Madden 2001:





Here's PS2 Madden 2001:





The difference between the current versions of Madden and the X-Box 360 version isn't nearly as wide.
2383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rebelstar Tactical Command Question on: September 07, 2005, 02:56:29 AM
That down arrow button in the last picture could be crouch.
2384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Football is Coming!!! YEAH!!! on: September 07, 2005, 02:49:04 AM
You can't run/You can't hide/You can't stop Carolina pride!
Unleashed/Are the Panthers!

What a great song.  biggrin
2385  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / question: WoW mods old and new on: September 05, 2005, 03:28:13 AM
What is Blizzard's policy concerning mods? For instance, the gathering mod listed above looks like it would be very useful, but is that sort of thing frowned upon by Blizz?
2386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox360 - your questions answered.... on: September 01, 2005, 06:36:14 PM
Quote
RGB video output will only be possible if you purchase the £17.99 cable separately - regardless of whether you paid £209.99 or £279.99 for your Xbox 360 console.


I realize this is for the European 360, but does this mean that the complete package won't actually contain component cables?
2387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This just in! IGN is lame... on: August 29, 2005, 04:06:48 PM
If we work together, we can show them up, Knightshade. Send me an XBox360 and I'll put that in my mouth. Take that IGN!
2388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox360] New Madden screens on: August 29, 2005, 02:36:35 AM
Hopefully the pictures at Gamestop are current gen pictures. Otherwise, not looking much different.

edit: Ok, looking at the regular X-Box Madden pictures, I think they're the same. That's good (but not so smart of Gamestop).
2389  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / And our newest Hall of Fame Trader is... (updated 7/30) on: August 27, 2005, 05:41:52 AM
Wow. This is all so unexpected. I remember when I was still a new guy, trying to find my way around this thing called an "internet forum".

I suppose this is the time I should mention those that helped me to reach this goal. First off, I'd like to thank my local EB, for always selling me games at full price when I know that I'll get bored and trade them three weeks. I'd also like to recognize my computer, who through hard work and enduring times, managed to reduce his random crashes to only two or three times a week. Finally, I have to say thank you to Leroy Jenkins, who's inspiration has kept me going all these years. Without you, Leroy, I'd be nothing. Thank you.
2390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Preorders available online (EbGames)! on: August 24, 2005, 07:28:45 PM
Quote from: "Fellow"

I like that the $699.91 one at Gamestop is actually the CORE console, whereas you'd have to get the $799.90 to get the "regular" X360. Cripes.


Crimey, that's a bad deal. What am I missing here:

Core system - $300
5 games - $250
Controller - $40
Memory card - $40
Total = $630

Are they really charging 60 bucks for a 1 year warrenty plan?

edit: Now I get it - they are charging $60 per game rather than $50.  :evil:
2391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBOX 360] Err...what the heck... on: August 21, 2005, 04:45:04 PM
Well, the timer would indicate that whatever it is happens on Sept. 27 (Tuesday) at noon. I doubt that's the release of a console (since those usually happen at midnight). More likely, it's the announcement of some game (Halo 3 would be my guess).
2392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 18, 2005, 09:01:02 PM
Does Next Generation magazine still exist? Or are they only online now? Or does that website have nothing to do with the magazine?
2393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 18, 2005, 04:34:37 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "Canuck"
Quote from: "Nick Bean"
Game companies are sick of losing money on their consoles. I can't understand how any one can knock Microsoft for the $399 price. They aren't short changing anyone, they are just trying to give people more options by offering the $299 version.

If Sony releases the PS3 for less than $400 I will be shocked. Not only that, but just think about how much money they can potentially lose if they price the PS3 at $400. There is the system, the built in wireless adapter, the Hi-Def dvd, and I have heard that they are also considering an optional hard drive. I wouldn't be mad at Sony if the PS3 started at $600 dollars with all the crap they are putting in it.

Then there is Nintendo, and I wouldn't be suprised at all if the Revolution was only (ha only) $200. Yet they have catches too, charging to download all the games for one, and the other is that for that price, their machine just won't be able to do what the other two can. I know that it is all about the "game play", but if they don't improve the tech, they can't improve the gameplay.

People might not understand or like what Microsoft has done, but they have just opened gamers eyes to the $400 console price tag. It's kind of funny, because they totally took the burden off of Sony.


Errm I think I've yet to read a post where someone is complaining about the $400 pricetag.  People are complaining about the 2 SKU versions.  It's bad news for everybody.  I agree with the person who stated that the harddriveless consoles won't be gimped.  You know why?  Because developers will be focusing on the 85% majority of gimped Xbox owners (my guess)  for there games.  So it is actually the superior HD that is going to have it's games gimped-they won't be nearly as cool as they could have been.


Not true. The Oblivion devs have specifically said that it will run MUCH better on the HD versoin, than on the core system. Therefore the hd-less version is gimped.


He didn't say all games, but 85% of games. In any case, its undoubtably true that many future games won't use the HDD as much as they would have if there had been one SKU.


Actually, he said the developers would be focusing on the "85% majority of gimped xbox owners" meaing that he thinks 85% of people will buy the core version, which I also think is not true at all....at least not for the first few years.

Also, if you read his post, it is clearly implying that he thinks all games will be gimped on the HD version, because of the core system.


You're right - I misread it. I do think he has a point, though; most developers might still use the HDD, but they probably won't do as much as they would have if all systems included a HDD.
2394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 18, 2005, 04:07:23 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "Canuck"
Quote from: "Nick Bean"
Game companies are sick of losing money on their consoles. I can't understand how any one can knock Microsoft for the $399 price. They aren't short changing anyone, they are just trying to give people more options by offering the $299 version.

If Sony releases the PS3 for less than $400 I will be shocked. Not only that, but just think about how much money they can potentially lose if they price the PS3 at $400. There is the system, the built in wireless adapter, the Hi-Def dvd, and I have heard that they are also considering an optional hard drive. I wouldn't be mad at Sony if the PS3 started at $600 dollars with all the crap they are putting in it.

Then there is Nintendo, and I wouldn't be suprised at all if the Revolution was only (ha only) $200. Yet they have catches too, charging to download all the games for one, and the other is that for that price, their machine just won't be able to do what the other two can. I know that it is all about the "game play", but if they don't improve the tech, they can't improve the gameplay.

People might not understand or like what Microsoft has done, but they have just opened gamers eyes to the $400 console price tag. It's kind of funny, because they totally took the burden off of Sony.


Errm I think I've yet to read a post where someone is complaining about the $400 pricetag.  People are complaining about the 2 SKU versions.  It's bad news for everybody.  I agree with the person who stated that the harddriveless consoles won't be gimped.  You know why?  Because developers will be focusing on the 85% majority of gimped Xbox owners (my guess)  for there games.  So it is actually the superior HD that is going to have it's games gimped-they won't be nearly as cool as they could have been.


Not true. The Oblivion devs have specifically said that it will run MUCH better on the HD versoin, than on the core system. Therefore the hd-less version is gimped.


He didn't say all games, but 85% of games. In any case, its undoubtably true that many future games won't use the HDD as much as they would have if there had been one SKU.
2395  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Gamecube + Metroid - $50 on: August 18, 2005, 04:05:54 PM
Here. The site takes a while to load, but looks like a pretty good deal if you've been interested in trying the GC.
2396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [X360] Good News! Oblivion will NOT require the hard drive. on: August 18, 2005, 01:11:13 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Also this is up at Game Informer about Oblivion and the XBox 360:
Quote


"We've known since day one that there would be versions of the 360 without a hard drive, so Oblivion will still work on every 360," assures Todd Howard, executive producer at Bethesda.


That's interesting. Hadn't MS been saying fairly recently (E3?) that all X-Box 360's would have a HDD? Apparently, they were knowingly lying.
2397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 08:37:43 PM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
Quote from: "Graham"
I'm not trying to be harsh in any of my posts.  I just think that it sounds like, "I like liver better than broccoli, even though I have never had liver and don't know what it tastes like."

Except that we know liver is going to perform more or less in the same class as broccoli, and we know liver's history of Japanese developer support, and unique games like Ico and Katamari you wouldn't expect to see on broccoli.  The liver price point, as well as many other things, is still up in the air, so putting all your eggs in the liver basket may be a bit hasty.  But I think we know enough to at least lean towards one or the other.


Now I have a hankering for some liver. Mmmmm.....liver.
2398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OMG - I'm a beta tester, I'm a beta tester!!! on: August 17, 2005, 07:59:23 PM
The only console game I've beta-tested was Everquest for the PS2. That wasn't so fun.
2399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 07:40:25 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Quote from: "Graham"

Sony did promise that with the PS3 at one time, but they have since said that they aren't going to do that.


Where did you hear that? As far as I can tell (from the IGN faq, at least), the PS3 will still support a wireless internet connection.


This was a month or two back.  I think I got it from the INQ, but it named Ken Kutaragi.  I know that I posted about it and made some comment about it sounding like the PSX.

Here are a few links I found in a quick Google search:

http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/home-entertainment/index.php#ps3ps3router-112366

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/632/632766p1.html

http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/2005Jul/bga20050712031333.htm

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=10033


All I see in those articles is that the PS3 can't be used as a router, not that it won't be able to connect to the internet wirelessly.
2400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 07:16:53 PM
Quote from: "Graham"

Sony did promise that with the PS3 at one time, but they have since said that they aren't going to do that.


Where did you hear that? As far as I can tell (from the IGN faq, at least), the PS3 will still support a wireless internet connection.
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