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4601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WARNING - 360 Bricking Update for GHII on: April 15, 2007, 07:53:56 PM
Would that make Harmonix or whoever publishes GH2 responsible for replacing our systems if their update bricks it?
4602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Casual Games- Should we cover them better here at GamingTrend? on: April 14, 2007, 05:13:48 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 13, 2007, 04:32:13 PM


Well, the Marvel TCG is coming from your example, but in short it is a question of manpower.  We need more people on staff to be able to review those niche titles.  I'd gladly request and provide them but I have to have somebody who can consistently churn out those desired reviews.

You mean you can't find a casual editor that can write casual reviews from time to time about these casual games?  icon_lol What are casual games anyways? Wii games?
4603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion - Vampirism on: April 14, 2007, 05:04:54 PM
Just checked another faq:

"To start off, you must talk to a prist about a "Cure for Vampirism". Or the
alternative could be to ask Vicente Valtieri, in the Dark Brotherhood. They
tell you to talk to Raminus Polus at the Arcane University. After speaking to
Polus, he directs you to Count Janus Jassildor in Skingrad, who also has been
searching for a cure"

Ok... is there a way I'm supposed to be able to talk to Raminus Polus besides getting high in the mages guild?
4604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion - Vampirism on: April 14, 2007, 04:56:02 PM
The instructions in that link don't tell you which church, it just says "the church". I've been to different chapels (are churches and chapels the same thing?) and the NPC that finally talked to me about Vampirism sent me to Arcane University, which I don't have full access to. Ugh, I haven't wanted to play Oblivion in days because I dont want to deal with all the stupid resting/feeding shit.
4605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Too Human Footage on: April 14, 2007, 04:48:29 PM
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It's just been a bit of a disaster in development.

Is disaster the right word here? Silicon Knights is known for their delays, I figured the game was on a normal cycle rather than a disastrous one.
4606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any ETA on the new 360s? on: April 14, 2007, 04:47:20 PM
Is this going to be a limited to release? Just wondering what the odds of Costco getting them in so I can exchange my premium.
4607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Transfering videos to the PSP? on: April 13, 2007, 08:14:20 PM
No I haven't formatted the memory stick, but the root menu all seems there except for the videos folder.
4608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Transfering videos to the PSP? on: April 13, 2007, 07:35:03 PM
That's the program I'm using, it converted the file but as far as putting it on the PSP for me to watch I have no idea, I can't find the video on the PSP.
4609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Transfering videos to the PSP? on: April 13, 2007, 07:16:04 PM
Just got my PSP the other day and I've been attempting to transfer a game trailer I downloaded to my PC to my PSP. I converted the file to a format the PSP can read, but there doesn't seem to be a video folder in the PSP root menu. I tried creating one and putting the movie file in there, but I still couldn't see it on my PSP. Sorry, I've read the manual and it doesn't help.
4610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - Vampirism on: April 12, 2007, 07:26:19 PM
For the love of god, how do I cure myself of Vampirism? I have a quest that wants me to talk to some dude in the Arcane University about a cure, but I can't reach him unless I'm a high ranking member of the mages guild (which considering im mostly melee, i have no desire to achieve). I seriously question why the heck Bethesda would force you into becoming a vampire. I mean, the game and the instruction booklet don't tell you a damn thing about it, I had to reference the strategy guide to figure out what the hell was going on. It's ruining an otherwise great gaming experience for me, always having to run indoors and rest until its dark enough for me to fast travel to cloud keeper temple just to feed on someone who is sleeping. Its utterly ridiculous and a completely poor design decision in my book mad
4611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have a PS3 now....... on: April 12, 2007, 03:04:27 AM
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Before anyone even asks, no, I don't change my allegiances after 2 hrs. I still like the XBOX 360 better, I just think it is a better gaming platform at the moment, and honestly, if this is a very good Blu-Ray release, then HD DVD smacks it down, just as I thought and had seen in demos.

Why do you have to have an alliance with a platform to enjoy it? It's just a video game machine, if it's got good games it's got good games. Congrats on the PS3 though, most definately a more future-proof investment than a Wii.
4612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 09, 2007, 08:27:58 PM
I didn't have much of an issue with the gameplay of KOTOR, I simply couldn't stand how poorly done the cutscenes were and such. Seriously, the entire story is presented to you via bobbing head. Couldn't they have added CG cutscenes? With Mass Effect though, it seems like they have remedied that situation, what with the realistic facial expressions and movement.
4613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How to clear the 360 HD cache? on: April 09, 2007, 04:27:05 AM
I started up Oblivion again, and I recall there being the need to refresh the HD cache every once in a while. That, or I forgot how freaking long the loading is in this game, Imperial City is beginning to drive me mad.
4614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: R6: Vegas is the best game on the 360! on: April 08, 2007, 08:04:49 PM
So how is coop on the same system? Split-screen I assume? Will we still have a third NPC squad mate? Is the coop campaign the same as single player?
4615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] 20GB model truly 'discontinued'? on: April 08, 2007, 07:57:48 PM
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And Sony isn't exactly in the position to frankly give a damn at what consumers want. Remember - Sony (well, Krazy Ken technically) was the one that said that people would get a second job just to get the PS3. They don't really care what people think.

I believe Sony cares about what people think, it's not fair to say that these few guys at the top are the ones who controlled the entire creative process in designing and marketing the PS3. Like I've heard others say before, Sony really positioned themselves as the luxury car of the console world. Obviously no one really expects consumers who can't easily afford the PS3 to get a second job, but it's not like we're talking about a $1000 machine here. I'm betting that if the PS3 had some big-name titles out of the game (lets not kid ourselves, Resistance is no system seller), the PS3 would be thriving. I still stand on my belief that it's ultimately the software that is hindering PS3 sales at the moment, not the hardware.
4616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Keyboard Controller for the 360? on: April 08, 2007, 07:49:49 PM
Can we get a better link? The current one simply links to gamespot.com and I couldn't find it anywhere.
4617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [WTF to the max!]Alanis Morissette doing a cover of "My Humps" on: April 06, 2007, 06:05:48 PM
I like it, a clear-cut attack on Fergie's dumb ass writing. She's hot, but you can tell she used to be a crack head.
4618  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Games You've Taken Time Off Of Work/School To Play? on: April 06, 2007, 05:58:12 PM
I've only called in sick from work twice in the past 5 years, one of them was because I was too hungover to come in, the other was for the re-release of Resident Evil on the Cube. I know there are plenty of better games to call in sick for, but I always feel so akward calling in sick that I rarely do it.
4619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Price cut for PS3 - now! on: April 06, 2007, 05:50:18 PM
That sucks... I'm honestly beginning to feel sympathetic towards Sony. They pack so much into their gaming machines, sell them at already low prices (for what you get), yet consumers still demand lower prices. I hope everything balances out for Sony at the end.
4620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / R6: Vegas is the best game on the 360! on: April 06, 2007, 06:26:09 AM
In the past 4 weeks I've played nearly all the supposedly good titles on the 360 (taking full advantage of GameStop's used game return policy slywink). I played GoW, Lost Planet, Crackdown, Marvel: UA, Splinter Cell: DA, on top of most of the good games in 2006 before I lost my 360. Basically what I'm saying is, I've played just about every worthwhile game on the 360. A few days ago I bought R6: Vegas, just beat it tonight, and I must say this is by and far the best game I've played on the 360, this is what GoW wishes it could have been in terms of being an all-around awesome game. Seriously, there is not a single department where this game does not blow the shit out of the competition. I don't even want to begin going into detail because this post will become 8 paragraphs long, I simply haven't played a good console FPS like this since Goldeneye on the N64. And I haven't even tried the MP mode out yet! I hope Ubisoft Montreal received all the credit they deserved for this gem, they certainly deserve it. R6: Vegas is one of the best games I've played in the past few years and my top game on the 360 =)

R6 > GoW
4621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER GOLD! on: April 05, 2007, 10:59:35 PM
Ouch, this game got ugly during it's delays  eek
4622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A pretty face in the crowd. on: April 05, 2007, 09:43:53 PM
Ho jea...
Spoiler for Hiden:

My GF and I taking a break from some WoW raiding and having a picnic.

Edited by KS, for the sake of our eyeballs...
4623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Paper Mario reviews on: April 05, 2007, 09:37:53 PM
IGN rates the graphics a 7.5:
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A beautiful 2D platformer and an uninspired 3D one. The worlds Mario explores look fantastic when they're flat, but the moment they gain depth they become barren landscapes.

Great, because we haven't been playing great looking 2D games for a decade now. Still, I find myself craving a good Mario game and might cave in to that desire.
4624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Assault Heroes coop question on: April 04, 2007, 08:42:58 PM
This thread is exactly like my Crackdown coop question, I simply wish to know if the game is coop on the same system. Thanks!
4625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dead pixel on my brand spanking new LCD HDTV! on: April 04, 2007, 01:09:01 AM
Just got myself a Sony LCD HDTV today, forget exactly what the model number is. However, I was disappointed to find a single dead pixel on the screen, mostly noticeable when I'm in the Xbox dashboard. My friend tried to mock me for being so angry about a single messed up dot on the screen, but its like buying a brand new car off the lot and noticing there is a dent on it when you get home. It sucks! I can exchange the TV, but before I do that, is there are way to fix a dead pixel?
4626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I officially love the PSP on: April 03, 2007, 06:07:32 PM
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Well, if its actually going to happen I must wait then (unless I find out the firmware stuff is fixed and I can't play the old games I legitimately own on it), how cruel.

I wouldn't hold out on buying a PSP now especially at this price, simply because of rumor and speculation. I read through the entire "future of the PSP" feature at IGN and they didn't hint whatsoever at a revised/PSP2 in the future. I'm sure it will come down the line eventually, but I'm not going to wait however long it takes to come out when I'm so excited about the PSP right now. I say buy the sucker and start enjoying the some of the games you've missed out on so far (which there are a lot of I realized when browsing the PSP library the other day).
4627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 vs 360 vs Wii on: April 03, 2007, 05:56:54 PM
Agreed, while we can debate each platforms pros and cons all day long, there's no debating that it's great to have so many strong consoles to choose from.
4628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I officially love the PSP on: April 03, 2007, 05:47:25 AM

Quote from: Lee on April 03, 2007, 05:18:32 AM

I was the opposite, I sold my PSP because I liked my DS so much better. I am too old to worry about if a game is too kiddy or not, if its fun, I will play it.

Just to clarify, I'm not saying I don't enjoy the DS because the games are too kiddy. I'm mostly just not a fan of the hardware.
4629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted ARMS- Caution to PS3 owners on: April 03, 2007, 05:11:34 AM
I think the dialogue is what killed EA for me, it grinded away at me until I couldn't take it anymore and simply quit.
4630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 scans on: April 03, 2007, 05:08:17 AM
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I kind of burned out on the Project Gotham games not too far into number 3, but I might be willing to be pulled back in once after I hear some more about this version.

Eh, replay shots always look much better than the actual in-game visuals. I want to see more behind-the-car pics.
4631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I officially love the PSP on: April 03, 2007, 03:28:06 AM
Now, before I begin on explaining why I've become a PSP lover, I have to bash my DS Lite a little bit. See, I've owned a DS Lite since it was launched. Since it's release, I've played a multitude of games on the platform only to be continually disappointed. I'm not saying there aren't good games on the system because obviously there are, I just don't think they are the right type of games for me and the games that appeal to me are far and few in between. I own NSMB, Brain Age, Animal Crossing, PotC, Metroid, and Pheonix Wright (might be forgetting a few since I rarely play them). Most of these games have been highly praised by this community and the gaming community in general, but with the exception of Mario, I've grown bored of these games within hours of starting them. I'm also not a fan of the DS hardware which, in my opinion, is decidedly lackluster. The dual/touch-screen setup is rarely utilized in any way that is evolutionary to the standard controller layout. Metroid, which I do agree utilizes the DS setup to a great extent, still fails sell me on the controls. I still find aiming to be slippery, and my hand cramps up pretty quickly. Not to mention the DS hardware can't do 3D worth a damn, and I'm sorry but when there is a competing portable that can do PS2-level graphics, I have a hard time feeling satisfied with the SNES-level quality of the DS. Now, I don't entirely hate the DS, I still find it to be a great platform for RPG's and platformers, but I really feel like the system is aimed at the younger audience and those who pride themselves in playing obscure Japanese titles. I don't fall under that demographic. 

So, this brings me to the story of how I fell in love with the Sony PSP. My friends and I went out of town this weekend, requiring a 4 hour drive to and from our destination. I was happy to find out one of my friends had brought along his PSP, since I never quite gave the portable the time of day to get to know it, I figured this would be a good time to dive in and see all that it has to offer. Basically, I ended up being glued to the screen for the duration of my time in the car. I played a few games, including NFS: Most Wanted and GTA: Liberty City Stories. I was blown away at the quality of the graphics in these games, as far as I could tell the games looked nearly just as good as their PS2 counterparts, not to mention offered just as much content and extras. The PSP is a freaking portable console, it really is. Then I watched a few movies, I watched The Island and Click, again I was blown away. The PSP's screen is like a mini HDTV! The quality of the movies was astounding, plus I was wearing a nice set of headphones so it seriously felt like I was watching a movie on my home theater setup. Between the games, movies, listening to music, and messing around with the PSP's internet capabilities, I couldn't believe the system was being sold for not even $100 more than the DS. The PSP has restored my faith in portable gaming when I was beginning to think I simply didn't enjoy portables. The PSP definately has its share of flaws, the load times in the games were much longer than an average DS game, and the analog stick isn't perfect, but for the most part I enjoyed everything about it. With all the good games slated to come out for the PSP and the PSP's interactive potential with the PS3, I think I'm going to be doing a lot of my gaming on this little wonder =)


4632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Core system (finally) $169.99 on: April 03, 2007, 03:02:55 AM
Fucking awesome, I was already planning to buy a PSP at the end of the week  icon_cool
4633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buying an X-BOX 360 this week! on: April 02, 2007, 06:30:37 PM
Eh, this kind of sucks. Even though we would take small shots at eachother from time to time, I still enjoyed his non-fanboy contributions.
4634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/2) on: April 02, 2007, 06:25:11 PM
I'm not planning on purchasing anything new, but I'm planning on picking up a PSP this upcoming payday and a few games.
4635  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB PSP on: April 02, 2007, 04:26:53 AM
Anyone selling their PSP's (in like-new condition)?
4636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] How loud is it really? on: April 02, 2007, 02:37:45 AM
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Very, very loud. And unlike the PS3, it's a very high pitched whine, so you'll be able to hear it no matter what enclosure you use to keep it in, and over the volume of most of your games unless it's turned up VERY loud.

Eh, I'd say that is a bit exaggerated. It's kind of funny to be debating the volume of the system because I suppose it's a little different for everybody taking into consideration how well your hearing is, how sensitive your ears are to certain pitches, the type of room your in, etc. However, overall the system has never been loud enough to distract me and while I'm playing games or watching a movie , I rarely notice it. When loading levels I hear it, there's usually not much else to pay attention to besides the sound of the DVD in the drive spinning though *shrug*
4637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Splinter Cell: Double Agent is a crappy game on: March 30, 2007, 09:47:27 AM
I'm sorry, but being the huge Splinter Cell fan that I am, I have to let it be known that Double Agent is the worst contribution to the series yet. I've been trying for the past two weeks to love it or, heck, even just like it. As hard as I try though, I simply become increasingly discouraged as I progress through the campaign. Lets start with the graphics: These are not "next-gen" graphics by any means, this is Chaos Theory with SM 3.0 enabled (I played the PC version, even bought the collector's edition). Supposedly the engine has been upgraded from Chaos Theory, but I don't see it. The textures are butt-ugly, the character models are stiff, the lighting and shadows are nothing special.  If you play the game at the brightness settings recommended (I used the in-game calibration), in some of the darker areas you can't see well. I know there is night-vision, but it's blurry to me and I have trouble navigating with it. This game should have been released 6-12 months later with a major facelift.

Then there is the level design itself. Initially I just thought the old stealth exploring skillz had become rusty since Chaos Theory, so making my way through the first level (you know, the one where you have to disarm the nuclear warhead) I blamed myself for not knowing where in the world I was going and constantly back-tracking. After that they take you to the JBA base, and it was there that I realized the 3D map is fucking retarded and similar to what I assume staring at the blueprints to Osama Bin Laden's underground lair would be like. The map is almost completely useless for me, it's incredibly difficult to utilize and make sense of. After that you reach the snow level. Fun! No clue where the heck I'm trying to go, every corridor on this boat looks the same, I dunno who keeps spotting me (the majority of the time you are in light, so there's not much lurking), this map isn't helping me find the damn stupid captain... It must have taken me 3-4 hours to finish this mission (including all the dying and reloading my saves/checkpoints). Every mission is the same story, and just got back to the JBA base for the second time, and this map is doing nothing to help me find where the furnace is to dump this body. That's about when I called it quits.

Lets also talk about the poor controls. I don't remember whether the controls were this troublesome in Chaos Theory, but here Sam Fisher is similar to a spy with down syndrome. The control scheme is simply mediocre, I fall out of my stealth position accidently too often, it feels clunky (imagine a heavy mix of RE4 with a small dash of Ninja Gaiden), pulling out and putting away gadgets and weapons does not feel seemless, and so on. On top of it all, the story just isn't compelling whatsoever, at least not at this point.

I know people here have enjoyed it, I know it got good reviews, but for whatever reason I'm seeing these glaring flaws that apparently others are willing to overlook, and I reached my limit for withstanding poor quality in a game. Me quits  icon_frown
4638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft prepping component to HDMI adapter? on: March 30, 2007, 09:21:37 AM
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I believe it's the AACS license that forces them to restrict it - but AACS licensing does restrict them to restrict it over component.  It's a loophole in the legalese that one can avoid inflicting ICT through VGA.

What in the hell did you just say? Were you just talking about my mother?
4639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA IV Countdown on: March 30, 2007, 02:57:13 AM

Quote from: Hetz on March 30, 2007, 12:16:38 AM

I dunno, I'm sure it will be cool and all....but this trailer sure was a letdown, IMO.

It was a 20 second trailer that basically showed off the real-time shadows and lighting, not much basis to get excited or let down over IMO.
4640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA IV Countdown on: March 30, 2007, 02:53:39 AM
That trailer was short but fucking awesome, there was way more detail in the city and tons more people and cars on the screen. Incredible lighting and shadows as well. Perhaps the "hook" of this game is modern day, not centralized around a particularly culture. We shouldn't be comparing this to GoW and such though because of the nature of the game world, GoW wouldn't look as great if it did if there were a dozen vehicles and 50+ people walking around.

Now to see what new features they will be implementing...
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