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4521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is it worthwhile purchasing a TV that doesn't support 1080p? on: February 27, 2007, 03:29:11 AM
I'm looking at this TV from Costco:|1||P_SignDesc1&Sp=C&topnav=

It's a huge TV for a good price, and reviews are saying it's awesome. The problem is that it doesn't support 1080p. I definately intend to own a PS3 eventually, so I'm wondering whether I should still go for it or not.

Any other recommendations? I want something at least 50 inches and my budget maxes out at $2000.
4522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Myst Online: Who is with me? on: February 27, 2007, 02:46:14 AM
Ouch, I gave the game a spin and the control scheme is horrid. They seriously need to implement a tutorial or something, I was trying for like 2-3 minutes to hop climb a rock with no success.
4523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Mass Effect] I'm a sucker for books based on games on: February 26, 2007, 09:26:46 PM
My experience with novels based on games is mainly the Myst books and I read one of the Halo books, which was also really good.
4524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Mass Effect] I'm a sucker for books based on games on: February 26, 2007, 06:35:44 PM
Is anyone else planning on reading through Mass Effect: Revelations before playing the game? I love reading books based off my games, it's such an awesome way of expanding the universe. It's one of the reasons Myst is one of my favorite series, there's three books based off it! I'm already hyped up for Mass Effect as it is, reading the prequel novel is going to be a great way to jump into the game.
4525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Play Magazine March Review Scores on: February 26, 2007, 06:32:36 PM
I remember when Play magazine first came out (or maybe it's when I first discovered it), I couldn't believe how misleading their reviews were. They throw out good scores like it's nothing, and I immediately sensed something foul. I figured they were simply trying to make publishers happy so that they would support them.
4526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Myst Online: Who is with me? on: February 21, 2007, 07:58:56 PM
Yeah, that's this game Brendan. Basically, deep under Mexico is where D'ni is, so they start you off as an adventurer in Mexico discovering the D'ni caverns. I'm thinking of quitting WoW again or at least heavily scaling back the time I put into it, this one may be better with the time I have.
4527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BEYOND UPSET WITH MICROSOFT 360 WORSE CONSOLE EVER on: February 21, 2007, 07:56:40 PM
Definately buying my new 360 from Costco  icon_eek
4528  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Shopping for a new HDTV, need advice... thread redeemed! on: February 19, 2007, 07:18:00 PM
I'll jump in and say that the Mitsu Diamond series is phenominal.  If you can get one you'll be happy with it.   The Mitsu series below the diamond was also very good, but not quite as good in terms of clarity, brightness, and viewing angle.

I'd really rather buy a TV from a store rather than online, but entering my zip code at the Mitsubishi site says there is none available near me. Sucks because I'd at least like to see it before I consider purchasing it.  

One thing I am also confused about is the stark price differences in different TV's. I see 42" TV's for the same price as other TV's 60"+ but they seem to have the same features, like the resolution and 1080p support.
4529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Shopping for a new HDTV, need advice... thread redeemed! on: February 17, 2007, 08:31:51 PM
I know there are plenty of buyers guides out there, infact I'm looking through CNET's as I type this, however I was hoping to get some input specifically from the gamers of this forum. My spending range is up to $2000, and I'd like something at least 50 inches. I've seens a Sony rear-projection 63" TV at Costco, but I'm not a fan of the way the image dims at different angles. Then there is also a Mitsubishi 50" LCD for about the same price. Recommendations?
4530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Myst Online: Who is with me? on: February 17, 2007, 04:39:05 AM
It believe it's free, there's no mention of a subscription fee.
4531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Myst Online: Who is with me? on: February 16, 2007, 09:27:12 PM
I've been a huge Myst fan since the first release, I've even read all the books. When Myst was originally released as an online game I wasn't ready for it, same for a lot of people apparently because the game failed. Now, with the MMO experience I have, and the resurrection of Myst Online on Gametap, I'm interested in giving it a shot. They have a trial period, I'm not sure how long it is, but I'm downloading everything right now. Is anyone else interested in some online adventure and puzzle solving? I'll keep this thread updated with impressions.
4532  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Reformatted HD, did not backup iTunes library, what do I do? on: February 15, 2007, 06:37:52 PM
Woohoo! I've been procrastinating ever since I created this thread about restoring my iTunes library, I finally went through the process today and it worked flawlessly! Many props to Laner for the instructions  thumbsup
4533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Square's next MMO coming to 360 and PC on: February 09, 2007, 06:39:44 PM
Undoubtedly it has to do with the PS3 architecture and whether there will even be a worthwhile user base for the PS3 by the time the game is ready to come out.
4534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii going Mature... on: February 08, 2007, 02:19:09 AM
It's coming to PS2 and PSP as well so I don't think this is exactly Nintendo requested.  Instead it's more of a sign that companies aren't necessarily writing the Wii off for mature content the way they wrote off the Cube (or at least not yet).

Actually, I think it's more of a sign that Nintendo is the only company that considers the Wii next-gen slywink
4535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viva Pinata is for Girls on: February 07, 2007, 07:35:05 PM
Hell, I used to play with barbies when I was younger, this shit doesn't phase me. Well, more acurately, the barbies were making lesbian love so maybe that doesn't count  icon_lol
4536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii going Mature... on: February 07, 2007, 07:32:09 PM
Regardless of what game it is we should be thankful of any mature release on the Wii simply because it will hopefully influence other companies to follow suit.
4537  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: How WoW ruins lives on: February 07, 2007, 06:40:00 AM
Yes, the whole WoW ruins lives phenomenon is ridiculous. I agree that it's easy to become attached to the game, but it all comes down to moderation and there are a great deal of other activities which are a whole lot more detrimental to people's lives than WoW. Seriously, you can raid or PVP 2-3 nights a week and still get all the uber gear that is available. You don't have to farm to prepare for raids, you can simply buy most of the shit on the AH or there are others out there who actually enjoy the farming and being big suppliers for the guild. The thing about WoW is that it is so highly open-ended, there's something for everyone to do but it's the people who feel they have to do it ALL that hurt their social lives. People who enjoy leveling new characters have multiple classes to choose from to keep themselves occupied, people who enjoy a competetive environment can PVP, people who love being flashy with gear can play 8 hours a day and have the dopest shit, and people who enjoy getting together with a team of people who they enjoy gaming and socializing with and conquering dungeons can raid.

Me? I play because I honestly enjoy having an activity to always look forward to, one of my best friends (as well as another RL friend) plays with me on my server so we have fun logging on late at night playing together. I will admit that the game has been hurtful towards my relationship with my girlfriend but a lot of it has to do with the stereotype that video games personify, she can't stand that I would rather be playing a video game than hanging out with her, but it's a stupid arguement because I always say if I loved playing basketball and i met up with my buddies 2-3 evenings a week for the same amount of time she wouldn't have as much of a problem with it, and we both know its true. When it comes down to it, if my relationship were to end and WoW was a big factor in that happening, I wouldn't look back in regret thinking "damn, WoW ruined my relationship". I would look at it as my girlfriend having absolutely no respect for my hobby and be proud for standing up for something I enjoy doing.
4538  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Reformatted HD, did not backup iTunes library, what do I do? on: February 05, 2007, 08:24:39 PM
Ok so I needed to reformat my hard drive and I did so, however I completely forgot to make a backup of my iTunes library. The library is of course on my iPod still, so what are my options here? I'm afraid the iPod will sync with the empty iTunes library  icon_neutral
4539  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Does reformatting really clear everything? on: February 04, 2007, 12:42:33 AM
I just finished reformatting my computer and reinstalling my software, and there were two instances that made me wonder if the hard drive gets completely wiped. The first was my old homepage being the default homepage when I started IE for the first time since the reformat. Second was when reinstalling World of Warcraft, I was never prompted to enter my CD key again. I've noticed this before when simply reinstalling a game and assumed the CD key was stored somewhere on the HD outside of the game folder.

Any insight?
4540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/29) on: January 30, 2007, 08:45:12 PM
The topic asks what you are buying this week, not what your buying eventually!  icon_lol
4541  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW: Burning Crusade Impressions on: January 20, 2007, 03:50:40 AM
Hellfire Peninsula is kind of a bitch though, the aggro is a pain in the ass. It also doesn't help that I don't have an epic mount yet. Lots of new gear, which is cool, but I feel like we're being spoiled. When we hit 70 and it's back to the usual raid grind, the equipment flow is going to slow to practically a halt.
4542  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW: Burning Crusade Impressions on: January 18, 2007, 08:10:52 PM
The Outland are is cool but at time same time a lot of the quests are a bitch and a half. This place is some bad aggro.
4543  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW: Burning Crusade Impressions on: January 16, 2007, 08:28:26 PM
Yeah I'm surprised at how stable the servers are, then again you can expect uber long queues in the evening when everyone is logging on.
4544  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Burning Crusade Impressions on: January 16, 2007, 12:29:56 PM
Played it for a bit, rolled a Blood Elf rogue. Kinda lame in a way, it's almost exactly like the Night Elf. Haven't started leveling my 60's yet though.
4545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve calls PS3 a disaster, Wii a happy story on: January 16, 2007, 12:28:22 AM

Quote from: Fellow on January 16, 2007, 12:25:10 AM

Well shit. Hey, um... Since we're on the subject, can anyone list all the titles he developed for the PS1 and PS2, so I'll know how big of a loss gamingwise this is for the PS3?

That's not relevant because it has nothing to do with them pulling support. Heck, Half-Life 2 is still coming out on the platform. It's just one man's opinion is all.
4546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve calls PS3 a disaster, Wii a happy story on: January 16, 2007, 12:17:33 AM
Gabe actually trashes Vista a bit in the interview as well, so I don't think his former employment with MS makes him biased... at least not in Microsoft's favor.

I was particularly interested in Gabe's opinion because out of everyone in the industry, I respect his views on the future of gaming the most. Under Gabe's charge, Valve created the digital distribution service known as Steam and released one of the biggest PC titles of all time through it, even requiring an online connection to play it. Valve is also the first company to try the episodic game release model with a major property. If anything, this guy will have a big hand in shaping the future of the gaming industry.
4547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valve calls PS3 a disaster, Wii a happy story on: January 15, 2007, 10:01:15 PM
I know this is completely evil to post but I've never seen anyone trash talk the PS3 so hard before, I was blown away actually. This is an excerpt from the latest issue of Game Informer in an interview with Gabe Newell of Valve when asked what he thinks of the PS3:

"The PS3 is a total disaster on so many levels. I think it's really clear that Sony lost track of what customers wanted and what developers wanted. I'd say, even at this late date, they should just cancel it and do a "do over". Just say, "This was a horrible disaster and we're sorry and we're going to stop selling this and stop trying to convince people to develop for it. The happy story is the Wii. I'm betting that by Christmas of next year, the Wii has a larger installed base than the 360. Other people think I'm crazy. I really like everything that Nintendo is doing".

What do we learn from this? Not much, just that Nintendo's secretary gives better blowjobs than Sony's. slywink
4548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/15) on: January 15, 2007, 08:13:40 PM
Burning Crusade... midnight launch tonight!! icon_biggrin
4549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 model confirmed by Paul Thurott on: January 14, 2007, 09:58:12 PM
Like many have been saying, you don't have to upgrade to the new 360 model. It's not going to make much of a difference in games graphically anyhow. Besides the technogeeks who hold a microscope up to their TV, who really notices the difference between 1080i on component to 1080p on HDMI? On my 360 when I would be switching games back and forth (and back and forth, and back and forth) between 720p and 1080i, I couldn't tell a difference. MS is simply upgrading the system to continue to improve the hardware as it becomes viable, I don't see anything wrong with that any more than Sony creating the PS2 Slim line or Nintendo creating the DS Lite. I'd rather have the option than not have it.

The popular argument to the point above (the point that it's better to have the option to upgrade than no option) is that the 360 should have been equipped like the v.2 model in the first place. Well, like someone else said earlier, MS was the first to the market, the competitors had time to find ways to 1-up the 360, and that's exactly what Sony did, with the six-axis and such.
4550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An Inconvenient Truth restricted at school..... on: January 13, 2007, 09:52:25 PM
"Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He's not a schoolteacher," said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven who doesn't want the film shown at all.

The parent's name is Frosty... Is that a male or female name? Either way, what does someone named Frosty know about anything in politics slywink
4551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not spending enough time with her? on: January 13, 2007, 09:28:29 PM
I always end up regretting making these type of threads, but at the time the need to vent is too big so I do it anyways   disgust
4552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not spending enough time with her? on: January 13, 2007, 09:18:47 PM
The thing about girls is they are good with theatrics. I honestly thought she was just being selfish, my intention wasn't to be an asshole. The situation last night was that she was supposed to take a train to my city (takes like 20 minutes from where she lives) to meet me, we have dinner with a group of friends, and I drive her back to her place and stay the night. That was the plan we agreed on earlier in the day. I get home from work, it's like two hours before we're supposed to go to dinner, and all she says is "I decided I'm not going to dinner with you guys" and goes on some sobbing rant saying I spend too much time with my friends and not enough with her. If she wanted to see me so bad, why the hell was she too lazy to hop on the train and come over?

This is how you treat a girlfriend of 11 months? Wow, you are an asshole to your girlfriend. I'm sorry I tried to give my opinion earlier, I cannot fathom how you think.

Please, don't judge me if you don't know me personally. I've been nothing BUT nice to my girlfriend. I know I didn't handle the situation correctly last night. We have plans to become more serious, which is what I want, but I feel like I have to establish early on in the relationship that I have no intention of leaving my friends behind and that if she wants a life with me she has to accept that. Perhaps it's customary to some of you to simply drop your friends once or every time you meet a girl, but that's not the way I do it, I believe in the values of a good friendship.
4553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude, Firefox let me know I'm not the best speller on: January 13, 2007, 08:59:22 PM
That little Google search bar in the top right can spell check?

If you're ready to change from Ridah to Rider just let us know and we'll set you up.

I named myself after a song title. If anything, blame Tupac!
4554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: more 360 rumours concerning MGS? on: January 13, 2007, 08:51:49 PM
Heh, you know even before seeing any of the replies I knew Hetz would be the first one to squash it. Sony must be using the good jelly on him slywink
4555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Lost Planet impressions on: January 13, 2007, 08:48:35 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 13, 2007, 06:21:09 PM

just not that many people talk...i mean i'm not a great talker online,but..out of the 16 of us,4 had microphones

You were playing with 4 real people, and 12 bots.
4556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude, Firefox let me know I'm not the best speller on: January 13, 2007, 08:37:45 AM
Yeah, I didn't download any extensions, just recently download FF a few days ago. Anyone know if IE7 can do the same? I don't really see the need for FF with IE7, but this instant spell check thing is too cool.
4557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not spending enough time with her? on: January 13, 2007, 08:35:06 AM

Quote from: Kobra on January 13, 2007, 05:19:20 AM

Best tip: Stop worrying about the friends, focus on yourself and your girl.  Friends are highly overrated, and they won't be your friends the very second you advance your family life if experience is any indicator. Theres a reason many of your friends appear to "Drop" friends when they get into a relationship/marriage. They don't actually "Drop" anyone, they just have priorities that are different than you  and you don't understand it.

Edit: My problem these days is I am not even on the same level as my friends or former friends..  I have a house (3 actually), a wife, 3 kids, plenty of money, careers, etc.  Most of my friends are still single, making $10 an hour, living in apartments and going out and drinking every night to find a new piece of ass.  What the fuck do I have in common with that?  Maybe if my old highschool/college buddies actually put down their 18 year old lifestyles, I'd have a reason to be pals with them.

I can understand where your coming from if your talking about marriage, obviously if your married you have the intentions of building a life with your partner. I'm just talking about a girlfriend, if I knew I wanted to marry her I would have asked her already. I think you underrate friends, Kobra, honestly. Sure, some friends aren't truly friends, but I have friends I've known since the 1st grade, you can't suddenly "prioritize" once your in a relationship and shuffle those friendships to the back. That, on the other hand, is what she seems to have done. I'm always urging her to call her friends, but she doesn't, and she flakes on them most of the time. It sucks because it ends up on my shoulders to keep entertained it seems like, and I don't have the time, especially while I'm working and trying to get my degree.

And as far as your former friends, sorry man but your friends were losers. Luckily it sounds like you escaped that circle. I have some older friends who make plenty of money and own homes, drive nice cars, and they go out hunting for a new piece of ass every night as well. Just because you don't wish to settle down with a woman doesn't mean you can't be a successful person. Besides, it's not like wives can do no wrong. At least your friends can't cheat on you or leave you, right? At least not in the same emotional sense.

I dunno, I'm not sure how to handle the situation. She tried to call me at around 9:30PM, by the time I was able to get to my phone it was about 45 minutes later. Tried to call, her phone is off. *shrug* At this point I'm trying to decide if I want to be the bigger person about the situation, or return the favor by not answering her calls for a few days. *shrug shrug*
4558  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Not spending enough time with her? on: January 13, 2007, 05:00:55 AM
So basically, I have this philosophy. My friends deserve time with me, and my girlfriend deserves time with me. I don't factor in my family because I live with them. The first six months of the relationship, yeah, I spent a lot of time with her and not nearly as much as I used to with my friends. I still hung out with my friends, of course, but if I had to put a percentage to how much of my free time I spent with my girlfriend and with my friends, it would probably be 80%-20% in her favor. Now, we're coming on 11 months into the relationship, and slowly I've been slithering the percentage to be more equal. The situation I'm in now, I don't have all that much free time during the week, I usually see the girlfriend 1-2 nights during the week for a few hours or so, and dedicate Saturday to her. Friday nights are for me and my buddies. Today, I get off of work and I call her. She wants me to hang out with her and I tell her she's more than welcome to hang out with me and my friends, but it's not going to be just her and I. She starts sobbing, she says she's had a hard day at work (it always seems like women have the hardest days at work for some reason, doesn't it?) and really wants to just hang out, me and her. I explain my philosophy and she doesn't seem to understand, she says "I don't understand why you have to spend EVERY Friday with your friends" and "I guess I'm just used to people in relationships dedicating 100% of their time to each other". That's blasphemy to me. I've seen friends of mine who drop their friends when they are in a relationship, I think it's messed up. I didn't spend all those years with my friends just to say "see ya" once I got into a semi-serious relationship. It's like one of my friends said to one of our other friends who never pulled his head out of his relationship, "how many girls have you been with while we've been friends? girls have come and gone, but i've been your friend the whole time".

I see myself as being fair, am I wrong? 
4559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dude, Firefox let me know I'm not the best speller on: January 13, 2007, 04:40:27 AM
I recently downloaded Firefox and it has this nifty feature that underlines words you've spelled incorrectly. I never knew I was spelling so many words wrong  retard tear
4560  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Truth About Myspace on: January 13, 2007, 04:39:22 AM
And MySpace is great for what it is - a place to keep tabs on friends lost long ago.  I've connected with friends that I hadn't talked to for years.

Agreed. If used for anything other than simply keeping tabs on friends/family you don't see very often, it's the corniest thing ever.

The thing I hate about Myspace more than anything is how phony people are. It's like everyone is trying to wear a persona to look cool. High school girls looking emo, guys with a few tattoos and shaved head trying to look "hard", girls throwing cleavage into all their pics... that stuff makes me nauseous.
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