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4561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Preview on: July 21, 2007, 04:36:49 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on July 21, 2007, 05:29:56 AM

I think having the loads for the towns is just another way of being true to the original Fallout/Fallout 2 experience.  I remember a number of the load screens pretty fondly.

Eh, that's one memory I think most of us would be willing to look past.
4562  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Yay! New PC! update: Now with more drama. on: July 21, 2007, 04:21:09 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 21, 2007, 07:11:51 AM

Well first, do you have a floppy drive still?  If not, you can just turn it off in the BIOS.


Yeah that's what I ended up doing, I just didn't see the option at first. Now everything seems to be running fine! =)
4563  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Yay! New PC! update: Now with more drama. on: July 20, 2007, 11:44:42 PM
Well, I learned how to replace a motherboard today  icon_eek My desktop had crashed and was showing no signs of a possible resurrection, so I had Dell send a technician to replace my motherboard and hard drive. The guy was scheduled to come between 12:30-2:30PM, and I left the house for about 10 minutes to grab lunch. When I got back my brother told me the Dell tech came and left a box. Splended, I had the new motherboard and HD, but I had no prior experience to installing motherboards. I called Dell and told them my situation, and they told me they paged the tech to call me back, but he never did, so I decided to dive in myself. It wasn't a difficult procedure really, but still a bit daunting because it was my first time, plus I've heard numerous horror stories. Thankfully, there were only a few hitches that I was able to work out. Initially, I couldn't figure out why the new mobo was missing something that the old one had. I eventually realized it was the CPU  wasted I made the switch, added some thermal paste, and put the new motherboard and all the connectors in place. Upon first boot, the mobo wasn't recognizing my CDROM and HD. I played with a few settings in the bios, I think the setting that fixed it was for Auto Detect/Raid On as opposed to the Raid On option. After that, was able to install Vista, upgraded all my drivers, and the system seems stable. There is one issue I'm still trying to figure out though, when the computer reboots, I get a message saying that a floppy disk drive could not be detected. I have to hit F1 to continue to boot anyways. It's annoying, but at this point I'm just glad the computer is up and running.

One thing I was curious to ask: Is there a standard for motherboard screw placement within the towers? Or when buying an new motherboard, do you have to make sure you get a tower that has the same screw placements?
4564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This just in: 360 is losing money... on: July 20, 2007, 10:33:44 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on July 20, 2007, 10:08:59 PM

Have they announced a sales goal for FY08 yet?

Yes, they have. Their sales goal is Xbox 360 > PS3.
4565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MS's JEff Bell calls out a forum user. on: July 19, 2007, 11:15:11 PM
Er... Was it ever even confirmed that the message was actually sent by Jeff Bell...?
4566  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Opinion: Why I Didn't Go to the New E3 (from GameDaily) on: July 19, 2007, 01:54:22 AM
I read this at GameDaily, I completely agree with all of his points... perhaps except the last one.
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Believe it or not, our very own Mark Friedler (GameDaily founder and publisher) didn't make it out to Santa Monica for this year's scaled down E3. In this op-ed, Mark tells you why you couldn't get a meeting with him. Read on...

I admit it; I didn't go to E3 this year. For the first time in 10 years it wasn't on my calendar. Instead of e-mailing everyone who asked why I wasn't going, here were my reasons:

- Venue: Call me a snob; however, I think the venue, a hangar at the Santa Monica airport, was a big downgrade from taking over the entire LA Convention Center. I couldn't see how the logistics would work bouncing between hotels and an airport hangar.

- The E3 Conference: In years past I found a lot of value in the E3 Executive Conference that took place the first few days of the show. Everyone who was anyone was there and you could speak to other execs and do deals literally at the water fountain. This critical mass of the game industry brain trust was a big draw for me and I didn't see it happening this year.

- Focus on the Big 3: In the age of social networks, virtual worlds, MMOs, immersive casual games, virtual goods and items, it felt like E3 was missing the most exciting developments. Sure we all care about the big console guys and what they are doing, but it's like you were to focus on CBS, NBC and ABC at a TV convention or focus on Prodigy, Sun, Novell and IBM in 1995 as the Internet was getting going. I've been excited attending 2 conferences in the past month, casual games and virtual goods, as those markets are wide open and growing fast. E3 should find a way to touch these areas in meaningful ways.

- No Shows: "Are you going? No? He's not either?" That conversation was repeated many times with colleagues and my conclusion was many top people weren't going to be there. The "must attend" status seemed missing to me this year.

- The Airplane Hangar (again): "You're kidding me. Isn't that where Motley Crue played at the Spike awards a few years back?" (Content of an actual conversation with another exec)

- Networking: I could have meetings by missing meetings. Many a deal was done over an overpriced sandwich outside the café at the LACC. In fact, you could just hang out and the gaming world would pass by. The industry's ecosystem was a big fish tank for 3 days where you ran into everyone in one place.

- Kentia Hall: The much maligned "Can't Find Ya" Hall was actually a favorite of mine – maybe because we always were stuck there as we couldn't afford the better spaces (that was before the AOL deal of course). However, there was something emergent, entrepreneurial and visionary about many of the fledgling games, peripherals and services there. In fact, the first time I heard of NCsoft was at the Korean Pavilion several years back.

- The Buzz: Love it or hate it, you knew gaming was important with all the activity at the old E3. I didn't think a press conference in a hotel or well scripted Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo press event would make up for that.

- Booth babes. For more on that see the "Revenge of the Booth Babes" article from last year.

- Vacation: I had already put in for my vacation week by the time the dates for E3 were announced. Sorry, but with 2 little kids you've got to plan ahead.

- Expenses: I didn't think I could get a $400/night (or more) beach front hotel bill reimbursed as it was way above our Company's limit for LA. The "beach" thing would have been suspicious anyway.

- European Tourists: Whenever I've been in Santa Monica in July, the place is swarming with French, German and other Eurotourists. Sidewalks tend to be clogged with slow moving, picture taking and T-shirt buying riffraff who wouldn't know Mario if he jumped on their heads.

I hope missing E3 this year won't have career backlash for me. If you attended, let me know what you think. Hopefully future E3s will bring back some of the lost glory in a way where business can get done and the game business' next big winners can be seen.
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Apparently, I'm not the only one who completely lost interest in the new E3, as a spectator and as someone working within the industry. E3 came and went, there was barely any new information and no exciting stories to report.  thumbsdown
 
4567  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Question about adding RAM to my system on: July 18, 2007, 06:18:13 PM
I bought WINTEC AMPO 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) RAM for $40 at Newegg, and it had mostly positive reviews.

I haven't tried any memory tests, however.
4568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 price drop? on: July 18, 2007, 06:14:20 PM
Sony's image is largely based off their consumer products aside from their consoles, I would imagine.
4569  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Question about adding RAM to my system on: July 18, 2007, 07:14:13 AM
Sonuva bitch, the memory is defective. A day after installing the new stick my system started locking up. And what the heck, they (Newegg) are actually charging me to ship it back to them? Ah well...
4570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, Peter Moore leaves Microsoft to go to Ea Sports... Interesting... on: July 18, 2007, 07:00:16 AM

Quote from: juniordan on July 17, 2007, 11:29:00 PM

Wow,,I played Gears of war with him a couple of times. Cool guy, talked allot of crap but I guess when your gamer points is 17000 and everyone else at the time was avg 5000, you earn that right. He is no longer on my buddy list and I forgot his live name  icon_frown

Are you serious? That's crazy...

I only met Peter Moore once at last year's E3, I thought he was really cool, I can't imagine anyone else filling his shoes.
4571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Balancing work and exercise on: July 17, 2007, 09:40:45 PM
I tried the waking up early routine but it didn't work for me. If I'm working full-time or simply have school all day, I like to hit the gym directly after my work/school day is over. I usually have a decent sized snack before the gym, and after my workout I eat my last meal of the day. The reason I prefer the evening workout is because I consider my day far from over after a day of work, I still want to be able to read, play video games, go out and see my friends or spend time with the lady, or whatever may require my energy, I'm rarely asleep before midnight. It's true that a workout before you start your work day can provide a nice energy boost, but it doesn't have to be a full-fledged workout. I've found just running for 10-15 minutes is just as effective. I also don't have any pets restricting my schedule. 
4572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue coming in October of this year on: July 17, 2007, 09:27:51 PM
If the game doesn't support damage modeling on the cars then how "pretty" the graphics look is moot.
4573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, Peter Moore leaves Microsoft to go to Ea Sports... Interesting... on: July 17, 2007, 09:25:16 PM
This is a big loss for MS the way I see it, I've always liked Peter Moore and thought he did an excellent job marketing the 360. Maybe the whole Games for Windows thing pushed him away.
4574  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 30% off at Borders on: July 17, 2007, 03:51:44 AM
I think I've been getting one of those every time I buy a coffee there...
4575  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Question about adding RAM to my system on: July 17, 2007, 03:48:55 AM
Sweet, the RAM installed perfectly (boy, plugging and playing is so stressful slywink), and I can definately notice a huge difference in WoW. Now when I ride the gryphons (sp?) it's a smooth ride! Harry Potter is still a bit underwhelming though.
4576  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Yay! New PC! update: Now with more drama. on: July 17, 2007, 03:47:16 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on July 17, 2007, 03:32:35 AM

That's an entirely personal thing. I've never seen a computer monitor yet that I felt handled non native resolutions well. You should try it for yourself and see if you notice the difference.

Personally I don't see how some people don't notice it. I can't stand it. Everything gets fuzzy and soft. Screw that shit. I'll just keep upgrading my hardware so I can keep right on running native res in everything.

But there are people (obviously...) that just go right along using those resolutions and saying there's no difference.

I'm on the same page as you on this matter. It's also why I can't handle playing my 360 on my 1680x1050 LCD, the image loses a lot of it's sharpness and clarity.
4577  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rachael Spector - Hello! on: July 15, 2007, 06:29:30 PM
On the topic of hot chicks, I watched Snakes on a Plane last night and that blonde was smoking hot... Best scene in the movie hands down (the sex in the bathroom scene).
4578  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Yay! New PC! No drama, just good news. on: July 15, 2007, 06:27:30 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 14, 2007, 11:26:05 PM

I chose Ifni from the David Brin Uplift novels.

Unfortunately, after everything installed and seemed to be going fine, I hit a serious problem and now my system no longer boots.

While installing Supreme Commander, mid way through the installation it freezes and the screen goes multicolored snow.  I wait, then am forced to reset.

Then after the reset, the system gives me a "pxe-e61 media test failure".  It also tells me to check my cable.

I disabled all the other drives in my system besides my SATA drive.  I also went into the bios and disabled the LAN boot capability which the error comes from.

Now it just says "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter."  My BIOS recognizes the disk drive though.

I should mention that strangely enough, it booted from my Sata the first time, but in windows the Sata hard drive is listed as E:, while my old parallel is listed as C:.

That about sums up why I don't build my own PCs  icon_confused

Were you self-taught?
4579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rachael Spector - Hello! on: July 14, 2007, 10:02:14 PM

Quote from: Calvin on July 04, 2007, 06:41:01 PM

Whats funny is that I was JUST watching another one of these commercials on TV and thinking to myself to go google and try to figure out who this girl is. I am totally freaking captivated by her. I think I would have her babies.

Calvin, please explain to me this: Why in the hell would you even have to think about it!?
4580  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Yay! New PC! No drama, just good news. on: July 14, 2007, 08:53:45 PM
Congrats, Turtle! Are you going to be putting the system together yourself?
4581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix... choppy on Vista? on: July 14, 2007, 04:25:04 AM
Arg... I reformatted and installed XP and still practically the same performance. I guess Vista isn't as much of a system hog as we thought.
4582  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need advice on new gaming mouse on: July 14, 2007, 01:35:27 AM
Probably just buying the newest Logitech MX mouse is your best bet, how long did your current mouse (the one you are replacing) last?
4583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: After half a year of Vista, how many are on board? on: July 14, 2007, 01:33:22 AM
Well, I ended up deciding to switch my desktop back to XP from Vista. No driver problems or anything like that, but after talking to people from GT as well as listening to other opinions, it seems that since my desktop is used almost strictly for gaming that I should be running with XP for the best performance in games. My laptop will definitely be staying with Vista, however, as I think it is a much sleeker and more intuitive interface.
4584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]New Backwards compat list on: July 13, 2007, 07:07:16 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 13, 2007, 06:38:32 AM

Silent Hill 2: Dreams
Marvel vs. Capcom 2
GUILTY GEAR XX #RELOAD
Full Spectrum Warrior: 10 Hammers

All games that I'll probably buy, especially because they're for sale at my local game shop.

Good luck finding that one...
4585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who's more excited about Guitar Hero 3 than Rock Band? (why?) on: July 13, 2007, 07:03:20 PM
I don't own and have never played any of the Guitar Hero games, but I do know Rock Band is being created by the original developers of GH and the new GH is being developed by Neversoft, so I would go with Rock Band if I was into those type of games.
4586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 price drop? on: July 13, 2007, 06:59:18 PM
I don't see this as that big of a deal, honestly. Microsoft and Sony know that this console generation is still in the early stages, dropping the price so early because of the unexpected success of the Wii is a short-sighted reaction. Sure, it's caused everyone to reshuffle their cards a bit, but it shouldn't alter everyone's long-term goals. I don't believe MS and Sony are as intimidated by the Wii as they are of eachother, Sony's latest move may have indeed been a reaction to Microsoft's move (which was also to not slash prices).
4587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 13, 2007, 12:05:11 AM
I didn't mean to make it personal, Gator. It's just that I felt you were judging the game unfairly so I had to point it out. I apologize as well if I was out of line.
4588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 12, 2007, 09:53:41 PM

Quote from: depward on July 12, 2007, 09:38:38 PM

Quote from: Ridah on July 12, 2007, 09:32:20 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 12, 2007, 07:54:11 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 12, 2007, 07:49:46 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 12, 2007, 07:37:54 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 12, 2007, 07:27:19 PM

I downloaded the demo, started it up, didn't want to have to go through a tutorial just to play it, quit and deleted it.

There's a tutorial?  I didn't see one.  I haven't played a JRPG since FF7 and I was able to figure things out pretty easily.

If you talked the the people in the opening area they will give you a overview of the controls.  I skipped most of it as well and figured things out on my own

Yeah, that is what I was referring to.  I guess it isn't a full-on tutorial and I didn't know I could skip though it.  Oh well, I don't feel like I missed much.

Sounds to me like your trying to not like the game. How can you determine anything when you not only have not left the tutorial room, but you didn't even go through the tutorial?
Because he doesn't like RPGs?

Then why bother downloading the demo? If you dislike RPGs but download a demo anyways, start the game not really caring enough about it to even go through the tutorial, and then continue to make multiple negative comments then it's obvious you have no intention of liking or attempting to enjoy the game.
4589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 12, 2007, 09:32:20 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 12, 2007, 07:54:11 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 12, 2007, 07:49:46 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 12, 2007, 07:37:54 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 12, 2007, 07:27:19 PM

I downloaded the demo, started it up, didn't want to have to go through a tutorial just to play it, quit and deleted it.

There's a tutorial?  I didn't see one.  I haven't played a JRPG since FF7 and I was able to figure things out pretty easily.

If you talked the the people in the opening area they will give you a overview of the controls.  I skipped most of it as well and figured things out on my own

Yeah, that is what I was referring to.  I guess it isn't a full-on tutorial and I didn't know I could skip though it.  Oh well, I don't feel like I missed much.

Sounds to me like your trying to not like the game. How can you determine anything when you not only have not left the tutorial room, but you didn't even go through the tutorial?
4590  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Question about adding RAM to my system on: July 12, 2007, 06:48:57 PM
After installing the new Harry Potter game on my PC and complaining about it being choppy, Destructor was quick to point out that my issue is having only 1GB of RAM in my Vista-loaded system. So, I went to Newegg and I put in my system information to help choose the right RAM for my motherboard. The question I have is, will it make a difference if the new RAM I install is a different brand from the RAM already in the motherboard? Also, currently I have two 512mb sticks and I want to at a 1GB stick, will that cause any problems?
4591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix... choppy on Vista? on: July 12, 2007, 05:22:59 AM
Yeah, I'll definately be looking into buying more RAM. Still, it is strange that my other games run so smoothly.
4592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix... choppy on Vista? on: July 12, 2007, 03:54:33 AM
First off, my specs: Dual core 1.8, 7600 GT, 1gig of RAM. The reason I think it's Vista rather than my system is because even upon first boot and the game was in 640x480 resolution, the interface was choppy and the cursor lag was really bad. I adjusted the resolution to 1680x1050 and started the game and the game was really slow. I tried to google the issue but I couldn't find anything. Very strange really, because the other EA game I have, C&C3, runs flawlessly. Any ideas?
4593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'Transformers' - Spoilers Flagged on: July 11, 2007, 08:59:40 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on July 11, 2007, 04:05:30 AM

Quote from: Ridah on July 03, 2007, 06:16:54 AM

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The pacing was excellent.  Not so much downtime so you'd start crying about when they'll get to the fireworks factory, and not so much mindless action that the whole thing is like watching a videogame.  The movie strikes a good balance between plot development and big explosions; it's fun to watch.

Totally disagree, the movie had one of the worst lulls ever that lasted a good hour. I think it was around the time the Defcon 7 people came around.

Really horrible writing as well, its obvious the budget was spent on special effects and not the dialogue and writing.

I'm not trying to be a downer or anything, but I was definately at a point where I wanted to leave, I was just utterly bored. The beginning is decent, the middle sucks, the ending rocks. That honestly sums it up.

And the movie is really cheesy, like when the Transformers are sneaking around the house and such to avoid the parents, it was funny but corny as heck.

Good action sequences, poor writing, average story, crummy pacing. Overall grade: C-.
You're too nice. The beginning was ok, if not 1.5 hours too long, and then it just went downhill.

I went in expecting a bad movie, but still came out disappointed. Michael Bay, I want to cage-match you to the death! One will stand and one will fall!

I love you.
4594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Microsoft Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 08:55:08 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 11, 2007, 05:14:03 AM

I hate to say it but I'm *less* excited about Assassin's Creed after that showing.  I'm still really, really looking forward to it but it doesn't look nearly as good as the last time I saw it demo'd (X06 maybe?).  It's hard to put a finger on it but it felt a little scaled back and more conventional than it was before. 

Man, I've been UNexcited about Assassins's Creed and Splinter Cell since the first trailers.
4595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 11, 2007, 08:43:14 AM
My download has just completed... impressions impending...
4596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killzone 2. on: July 11, 2007, 02:27:53 AM
I don't understand the hype for Killzone 2, I thought the first one wasn't anything special? I didn't play it myself but that's what the concensus seemed to be.
4597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Press Conf for E3 will be live on G4tv tonight on: July 11, 2007, 02:25:00 AM
Anyone know of any places online we could catch it?
4598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'Transformers' - Spoilers Flagged on: July 11, 2007, 01:44:51 AM
Finally, I'm not the only fricking person who didn't think the movie was all that great! I started feeling like I was in a twilight zone episode where I was the only person in the world that could recognize a poorly crafted movie or something...

When you think about it, it breaks down like this: All the scenes with Autobots in it = good. All the scenes without them = bad (with the exception of some of those glorious Megan Fox shots).
4599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Konami: PS3 price drop isn't enough, MGS4 might go multiplatform on: July 10, 2007, 10:51:58 PM

Quote from: Dirt on July 10, 2007, 07:13:57 PM

Sony wants to sell Blu-Ray machines in 2 or 3 years, not PS3's.  They're branching out.  They may lose this generation of consoles, but if the 360 and Wii have proven anything, it's always possible to make a comeback the next generation.  MS isn't dealing with a tiny startup with a great idea, Sony is at least as big and powerful.

I disagree with most of your reply. This generation of consoles has barely begun, there's no telling whether the Wii will be considered a comeback for Nintendo by the time the generation is over. Secondly, I don't look at the 360 as any sort of "comeback" because the Xbox wasn't any sort of failure, it entered the market and stole second place from Nintendo. That being said, I honestly don't see where Konami stands to gain anything by making MGS4 exclusive to the PS3. Infact, they really should be working on a Wii version as well.
4600  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 4gb iPod Nano FS/FT on: July 10, 2007, 06:11:26 AM
What are you willing to trade for? Games?
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