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4561  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What exactly does dual core mean? on: May 22, 2007, 05:45:00 AM
From what I understood, a dual-core CPU simply meant double the CPU speed. For instance, if it was a dual-core 1.5ghz processor, you were infact getting a 3ghz processor speed. However, a friend of mine was quick to dispell that understanding, leaving me once again confused about how to measure a CPU's processing speed for gaming. Can anyone explain this for me? I plan to begin building a new comp in light of the upcoming July Intel price-cuts.
4562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 5-21-2007- Endorsed by The Hoff! on: May 21, 2007, 04:35:14 AM
With finals coming up and my new WoW character being power leveled I've been able to squeeze in some Counter-Strike time as well as finish up Lego Star Wars 2.
4563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed! on: May 21, 2007, 12:11:07 AM
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What makes you think the WoW community hasn't stopped growing. I see less and less people on-line. I've been on since the beginning and the drop in people, from my perspective, is fairly significant.

What do you base your observations on? Your server? With the growing number of servers and availability of server transfers, it would make sense that the community would thin out a bit. However, the server I'm on is just as bustling as ever, and I still see new players. I'm not sure what the cancellation/new subscriber rate is, but the fact that WoW is usually the #1 selling PC game ever since releases just shows that the game is as popular as ever, if the popularity isn't actually growing.
4564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HDTV and XBox video question on: May 20, 2007, 09:04:18 PM
Considering the TV supports 1366 x 768 resolution, it should be able to display in 1080i right? Either way, it looks like a good TV based on it's specs and the user ratings.
4565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed! on: May 20, 2007, 08:08:14 PM
I don't think anyone who still actively plays WoW and enjoys it wants a WoS released any time soon, a lot of guilds would probably deteriorate because of members switching over and such. Essentially, WoS would damage the WoW community to an extent. No reason for that yet, wait until the WoW community has stopped growing, then start working on WoS or World of Diablo or World of Three Vikings or whatever other property Blizz wants to convert to cash. 
4566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted : Drake's Fortune on: May 20, 2007, 07:41:10 PM
One thing I've been noticing about most games development cycles is that AI seems to be one of the last areas they tackle.
4567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HDTV and XBox video question on: May 20, 2007, 07:36:18 PM
For HD the 360 connects with component cables. As far as whether 1080p is worth it or not, from what I've been told the difference is only noticeable on sets 50 inches or larger. Personally, while my TV is capable of up to 1080i, I still keep my 360 set to 720p because I simply don't notice the difference (I have a 42" HD) and performance in some games is better. So, that being said, if you can find a TV at a good price that doesn't support 1080p, go for it, the hundreds of dollars you would pay extra for 1080p support isn't worth a difference in image quality you would only notice if you had both TV's running side-by-side, seriously.

As far as what to look for in the TV, a high contrast ratio is important. Stay away from rear-projection televisions, in my experience with them I've noticed much softer textures than a plasma or LCD can project.
4568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blacksite: Area 51 demo up on: May 20, 2007, 07:27:58 PM
It also shows that not all games using the Unreal 3 graphics engine will look as good as GoW.
4569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed! on: May 19, 2007, 11:03:31 PM
I don't think we have to worry too much about any particular features in SC2 which would make SC fans unhappy. Although info has JUST been released for the game, my bet is that it's simply an enhanced version of SC gameplay-wise.
4570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed (finally)? on: May 19, 2007, 07:29:53 PM

Quote from: naednek on May 19, 2007, 07:09:06 PM

What gets me, people are complaining about the graphics.  Do you not remember what SC looked like, it was a complaint back then, but the gameplay overrode those complaints.  Blizzard has never been known to have good graphics.  EVER.  They are known for great gameplay, balanced units, and overall, a fun game to play.

No way bro, every Blizzard game looks awesome. They replace massive polygon counts with gorgeous art direction and they're games come out looking twice as good as it's competition.

I'm really excited about this game, its looking completely awesome already.

One thing I'm also loving in the level design is how gaps in the terrain expose outter space, they've even incorporated it into their website.
4571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 Officially Announced on: May 19, 2007, 08:13:55 AM
Actually, the more I look the more I like. Lots of detail in the units.
4572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 Officially Announced on: May 19, 2007, 08:09:58 AM
I'm mixed on the graphics at the moment, but I have faith in Blizzard.
4573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 Officially Announced on: May 19, 2007, 06:28:41 AM
So it is an RTS, right?
4574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Had to get a new car - surprise on: May 19, 2007, 06:03:57 AM
You shoulda went with the Sky, it's much sportier.
4575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 06:00:46 PM
I don't think the Wii's popularity will last more than three years, at which time the PS3 Vs. 360 battle will be in full force. You can quote me on that slywink
4576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 07:11:20 AM
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Sony's already started to make the necessary changes and I'm sure Mr. Moore can be jetisoned from the 360 ship as easily as Krazy Ken was tossed from the good ship Playstation.

Why would MS want to get rid of Moore? That guy is awesome, I've always perceived him as being passionate about his job.
4577  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Pax will never hold a candle to E3... on: May 18, 2007, 07:08:44 AM

Quote from: Calvin on May 17, 2007, 11:07:52 PM

So you went from Pax looks like a haven for dorks and nerds to stealth edit to booking a room and going? At least leave the original comment and explain why you were wrong!

I was surprised at how many actual game kiosks they had, plus I checked out the forum and read some of people's experiences and it began to sound cool... People having hotel parties and shit sounds like fun. Figured I should retract my statement if there's drunken fun going on over there.
4578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 04:52:17 AM
A $50 price drop for the 360 would be perfect for MS this holiday season to battle the Wii, along with the insane amount of high-profile titles.
4579  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Pax will never hold a candle to E3... on: May 17, 2007, 10:44:56 PM
I was looking into PAX and decided that if I can afford it I'm planning to attend, booked my room but I'll probably just pay the at-the-door fee.
4580  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Pax will never hold a candle to E3... on: May 17, 2007, 10:17:36 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on May 14, 2007, 11:38:30 PM

E3 was nothing more than a location for giant companies to shovel their crap down consumers throats.  It was all about hype.  Gamers had nothing to do with it, which is why it sucked.  Besides, you didn't get a fair look at games anyway.

PAX is a gamers convention.  It started out more like a giant LAN party that has expanded into other forms of gaming, and is only now starting to attract attention from the corporate bloodsuckers due to it's awesomeness.

Give me PAX any day. 

The only thing the giant companies were shoveling were their games... And I don't understand what you mean about gamers having nothing to do with it? Have you ever even been to E3?
4581  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Pax will never hold a candle to E3... on: May 17, 2007, 10:10:36 PM
E3 was a spectacle, it drew attention from people outside of the gaming world and made them all curious about our hobby. I love that the place was packed and loud, it had so much style and the booth designs were spectacular!

I don't disagree that E3 had it's issues, the booths trying to out-volume eachother was a bit intense at times, but that same intensity is what made the three-day ordeal so interesting. I don't understand the complaints from the press (I went as press 2 out of the 5 years), there were private demo and meeting rooms that you could schedule appointments for not to mention media kits, so I never had a problem getting the coverage I needed. The remaining three visits I went  as a GameStop manager, and I always found it effective because I would come back pumped and full of info.

4582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This... this commercial is NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Ever. on: May 17, 2007, 12:01:53 PM
Funny, other than that... so what?
4583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Riddick Remake Coming For PS3 And Xbox 360? on: May 17, 2007, 11:59:44 AM
I would buy it.
4584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo and Bungie take shots at eachother on: May 17, 2007, 03:08:00 AM
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Most of those games, I'd say are pretty creative, not everyday someone thinks "Hey lets slap a fox in a plane"?

I was the originator of that idea, Nintendo stole it from me  disgust
4585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 = September 25 on: May 16, 2007, 06:57:26 PM
I missed out on Halo 2 because I didn't own an Xbox for most of it's lifespan, so I'm still riding on the wave of the first Halo game. After watching a some videos of the Halo 3 multiplayer though, I'm thinking I might get in on the action and join a clan/team or something. Count me in as excited for the game!
4586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo and Bungie take shots at eachother on: May 16, 2007, 04:44:34 AM

Quote from: Darren8r on May 16, 2007, 02:53:33 AM

hey I dont think thats a "shot".
And whatever works, right? If people keep paying for Mario, why stop? Sure it gets repeatious, but when Mario Pro FootBall year 2074 comes out, and still sells a million copies... That's success.

Yeah but the point is he's acting like when he does it its original, but when other's do it its recycled.
4587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed (finally)? on: May 15, 2007, 12:31:14 AM
Blizzard doesn't need to announce a new WoW expansion, they said after BC a new expansion would be released on a yearly basis.
4588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, how do you PS3 owners like the system? on: May 15, 2007, 12:23:33 AM
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I have not yet seen a review that points to the PS3 version of a game as being graphically better than the 360 but I can see that being due to the more recent release of the PS3 and hence less development time on it.

Actually, most reviews give the nod towards the 360 version if the games are released at the same time.
4589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eternal Sonata Preview on: May 14, 2007, 09:01:45 PM
Wow, the game looks gorgeous.
4590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's May. What Are the Best Games You've Played So Far This Year (All Platfo on: May 14, 2007, 06:46:55 PM
Rainbow 6: Vegas by far.
4591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/14) on: May 14, 2007, 06:45:22 PM
I guess I've sort of purchased Marvel Ultimate Alliance Gold since I bought the character packs.
4592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamefly-East Coast Warehouse on: May 14, 2007, 06:44:14 PM

Quote from: Xmann on May 14, 2007, 04:01:49 PM

I'm east coast and haven't received anything yet since the new distribution has opened.  I will say however that i'm happy with the turnaround from the west coast.

Agreed, the turnaround time in the west coast is awesome, I signed up with Game Fly last month and couldn't be happier.
4593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo and Bungie take shots at eachother on: May 14, 2007, 06:40:43 PM
I thought this was awesome, it starts with Nintendo's Miyamoto taking a shot at Bungie and their Halo series, and Bungie returning fire at Nintendo and Mario. Here's what they said:

Nintendo's shot:

In a new interview with Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Entertainment Weekly's Geoff Keighley asks the video game legend if he feels he's losing touch with American gamers because games like Halo often sell more copies.

Miyamoto responded, "I could make Halo. It's not that I couldn't design that game. It's just that I choose not to. One thing about my game design is that I never try to look for what people want and then try to make that game design. I always try to create new experiences that are fun to play."

Bungie's response:

Speaking to our colleagues at Joystiq, Bungie lead write Frank O'Connor responded to Miyamoto saying, "I just want to go on the record and say that Bungie is hard at work on a side-scrolling platform game featuring some plumbers -- I'm not going to say what their ethnicity is, it's none of anyone's business -- but we took that as a gauntlet, a sort of glove slap, and we're going to respond in 2D scrolling style. That's all I'm saying."
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Personally, I see where Miyamoto is coming from with his comment, although it's also easy to see how Bungie may be offended by it. And actually, the full interview of Miyamoto is a really good one if you want to read it: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20037961,00.html?cid=recirc-peopleRecirc
4594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Marvel Ultimate Alliance character pack on: May 14, 2007, 06:25:04 PM
The developers don't try to hide those type of character conflicts, I don't think most people who are playing the game really care too much about the storyline enough to make a stink about it anyhow. There are, however, some bugs in the game that I wish could have been ironed out. For example when escorting an NPC, in the case I experienced last night with Dum Dum Dugan, the AI commands don't work properly. I would set him to defense and he would still run his ass to the middle of the fray. Also, because Nightcrawler can stealth, he can literally walk through an entire level without a single confrontation.

How do you get Silver Surfer though? Him, Daredevil, and Panther are the only characters I have left to unlock.
4595  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag REQUEST THREAD on: May 13, 2007, 08:43:54 PM
Gamertag: OneRidahk
4596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japan sales 4/30 - 5/06 (wow!) on: May 13, 2007, 07:40:56 PM
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At this rate, it looks like it might be the weakest of the 'next-gen' consoles that'll win this console 'generation'. Again. Anybody have any guesses as to why?

I think it is very short-sighted to even begin trying to determine which console will be the winner, we still have another 4-5 years left! If your asking for a guess as to why the Wii is doing so well, I think we've already determined that it's a fad and simply the popular consumer product right now. If you disagree, ask people who bought a Wii at launch why they don't touch it anymore and don't see too many reasons to blow the dust off any time soon. I really wish Microsoft and Sony would team up and put out a motion-sensor controller identical to the Wii's along with a cheap compilation of sports games, that might put the Wii to bed.
4597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Marvel Ultimate Alliance character pack on: May 13, 2007, 07:33:53 PM
I've been anxiously awaiting the release of this character pack, me and a friend of mine have played through MUA on normal and have been waiting for the pack to play through it on hard mode. The new characters include Dr. Doom, Magneto, Sabertooth, Venom, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler. I have to say, these characters bring the game to a new level of coolness. They really made it so that every character adds something to the table and are very unique, the best part is that their super powers look sweet as hell. Magneto is like, the king of Uberness! Anyhow, there's not a whole lot to say, the developers did a really good job of making these new characters as cool as possible, if you were looking for a reason to play through the game again it is certainly worthwhile to develop these new heroes and villains.
4598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I dreamt I was being tortured last night... on: May 13, 2007, 06:32:20 PM
Yeah, I'm trying to recall what I was watching last night, I think I was watching The Shield.
4599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I dreamt I was being tortured last night... on: May 13, 2007, 06:27:39 PM
So last night I pretty much had the worst nightmare in my 23 years of life on this planet. It started out with some random guy hitting on my girlfriend even though he knew she was with me, so automatically I hit the guy and he in turn goes and calls his friends. Next thing I know I'm surrounded by 4-5 guys (and they looked freaky, like gothic/emo style) and they are beating me to the ground, then I pass out. Then, I wake up (in the dream) and my friend is describing how they were torturing me, but I don't remember any of it. I remember in my mind just thinking "I hope I didn't beg for my life and that I took it like a man". So I'm running home and the run is going forever, and when I get near my house I get a text message on the phone which says "I hope your still bleeding...", when I get home I find a DVD and my torture is on it. I'm watching it and it's insanely graphic, like seriously I can see them cutting me and I see my eyes and their very bloodshot. At this point a guy is about to do something to me when I woke up. It was 5AM and seriously the first thing that passed through my mind was "damn, I need a gun or something for protection", the dream had enough of an effect on me to make me take my pocket knife with me to breakfast this morning.

Horrible dream, the most tramatic part of it was seeing my own eyes all red and bloodshot, it seemed so real...
4600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: May 12, 2007, 10:51:43 PM
I'm worried about the frame rate during combat though, it looked a bit choppy. I really hope they do not ruin the game with a poor frame rate...
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