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4681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Sony] Blockbuster chooses Blu-ray on: June 18, 2007, 11:11:51 PM
Big news for Sony:

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Leading rental chain Blockbuster has taken sides in the format war. According to the AP, although Blockbuster has been renting both HD DVD and Blu-ray movies in 250 stores, starting next month the company has decided to offer Blu-ray in 1,450 stores.
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This is huge news for Sony, obviously. At this point, being someone who does not own either an HD-DVD or Blu-ray set of any sort, I would definately go with Blu-ray. I'm happy for Sony, it's a big win for them and hopefully will be a driving force in consumers supporting the PS3. Hopefully Sony can pick up the slack in the gaming department and turn things around.
4682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer impressions on: June 18, 2007, 09:24:13 PM
I was successful in steering my friends away from seeing this one over the weekend, it was getting bad reviews everywhere and after the black holes that were Spiderman 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean 3, I couldn't stomach another mediocre fantasy movie sequel.
4683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half Life 2: Episode 2... Oct 9th on: June 18, 2007, 09:20:53 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 18, 2007, 03:25:52 AM

Team Fortress has always been a cartoon game.  Otherwise, it'd just be another generic military shooter.

I think you are referring to the gameplay, while he was referring to the graphics?
4684  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: C&C 3 (PC) - $27 on: June 17, 2007, 06:48:14 PM
What would you consider for trade?
4685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: May NPD via our friends at Neogaf, Bloomberg, will keep updating, PS3 not good on: June 17, 2007, 06:42:53 PM
Well, this thread got interesting  Roll Eyes
4686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Psychonauts!!! on: June 17, 2007, 06:42:14 PM
Wow CeeKay, way to drop a spoiler about something that has nothing to do with the game...  thumbsdown
4687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half Life 2: Episode 2... Oct 9th on: June 17, 2007, 01:07:29 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 16, 2007, 06:39:00 AM

16 months after the first episode...they should have just called them expansion packs and be done with it. 

Yeah, it's been way too long between episodes. I thought they were supposed to release every 6 months. Is this episode supposed to be much longer than the first?
4688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sopranos on: June 16, 2007, 07:57:44 PM
"Look. The fact that all Soprano fans are debating the significance of the ending means that they don't consider  the 10 seconds of black a REAL ENDING either, so they're manufacturing their own ending to get a sense of closure. And David Chase's response of "oh, the clues are all there" is him just being an asshole. If he really wanted to end the story, he would have. Otherwise, he would have explained what actually happened so people didn't misinterpret his vision."

That's dumb though, whether you consider it a REAL ENDING or a FAKE ENDING it's the freaking ending. I don't understand why everyone needs so much closure, I mean what if that night at a diner was just another night for Tony, and life simply goes on at that point? Does it have to end with Tony being killed or going to jail?
4689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA download episodes exclusive to 360!! on: June 16, 2007, 07:38:38 PM
I don't understand the concerns of the 360 version not having as much content as the PS3 version because of blu-ray, has Rockstar said they can't fit enough onto the 360 discs?
4690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 on the 360 on: June 16, 2007, 07:24:21 PM
I'm really praying this doesn't turn out to be Oblivion in the Falluot universe...
4691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sopranos on: June 16, 2007, 05:22:41 AM

Quote from: ATB on June 15, 2007, 09:06:44 PM

According to the article there's a flashback about a conversation about what happens when one dies. Sounds like that's what happened at the end.  Sounds like a match.

Eh, if it was that clear-cut people wouldn't still be debating over it. I have to be honest, I may be biased in this arguement because I really don't want to believe Tony was killed... not at that moment at least. It's not the idea of Tony being whacked that troubles me, it's the idea that he was whacked right in front of his family. I mean honestly, out of all the murders and people whacked we've seen on this show, that would have been the most brutal and tragic one. I know Phil Leotardo was killed in front of his wife, but he didn't have older children like A.J and Meadow present. That is the thought that bothers me the most. 
4692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half Life 2: Episode 2... Oct 9th on: June 16, 2007, 05:16:41 AM
I'm so there... the real question is do I want it on 360 or PC.
4693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 15, 2007, 11:58:33 PM
I put my pre-order down just incase supplies are sparse, which I'm expecting. Not sure whether I'll actually buy the game though. When does the GT review go up?
4694  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: World of Warcraft: TCG on: June 15, 2007, 07:52:05 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 30, 2007, 02:56:10 PM

Why is it that everytime someone mentions anything WoW I get an itch to play it?  It's probably a good thing that no one I know who is local plays the CCG or else I'd be in trouble.

The addiction is still there! I've quit WoW 2-3 times now but always end up coming back, this time though I'm selling my account. That way, if I have an itch to play, I know it would take way more effort than it's worth to scratch it.
4695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sopranos on: June 15, 2007, 07:22:14 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 15, 2007, 01:29:24 PM

Tony's Dead at the end of the show.

I don't watch the show but the article sounds convincing given what it relates...

Those theories have been going around since the moment the last episode ended, it still doesn't confirm anything. The way I see it, if it was meant to be the definitive answer to our questions, David Chase would have been saying "no shit, of course that meant he was killed!" in the interview. But he didn't, meaning there are other possibilities.
4696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 15, 2007, 07:15:38 PM

Quote from: juniordan on June 15, 2007, 05:28:59 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 14, 2007, 07:30:32 PM

Quote from: Ridah on June 14, 2007, 07:25:06 PM

Will you be reviewing both the PC and 360 versions, Knightshade?

Yep, I have both.  I'm endevouring to do exactly that.

How do you seriously do that?  Do you play like you did the fist time around? although you probable plan on doing things different but cant  because you are drawn to what you already know? like the story, paths to take, do you search any more or less for hidden objects, quest etc.? I guess I am so fascinated by what you do because I personally cant replay a game I have just completed for like 6 month after and even then it just a quick play for short fix. But you have to jump right into it. Do you play both to completion or just enough for a review?

Ok I will stop this is becoming an interview.... icon_biggrin I am just curious...


He dual-boxes slywink
4697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: May NPD via our friends at Neogaf, Bloomberg, will keep updating, PS3 not good on: June 15, 2007, 08:14:33 AM
I'm constantly blown away at how short-sighted some people here are. The first console out the gate hasn't even had it's first price cut yet, and we're already picking winners and losers. The way I see it, the fact that the Wii is selling loads of units regardless of the fact that it has a crummy selection of quality titles presently and in the foreseeable future is an ode to the fact that it's simply the "hot" thing to buy at the moment, and within a 1-2 years time will fall back on GameCube status where its mainly the Nintendo loyalists who continue to support it. Just look at what games most people are talking about in message boards, look at our own message boards, how much are we talking about upcoming Wii games compared to upcoming 360 and PS3 games? I'm not saying there is nothing to look forward to on the Wii, not at all, I just feel like in general, there are more people excited about upcoming 360 and PS3 games.

Yes, you can continue throwing cold hard numbers around to dispute my arguement, but sometimes you have to read between the lines a bit to understand where things may really be heading.
4698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- WHEN?!?!?!?!?! on: June 15, 2007, 07:51:32 AM
I didn't realize Mystique from X-men snuck into this game...  ninja

The game looks good, but graphically the frame rate is what is going to win me over. If we can get a solid 30fps for 95% if the game I'll be ecstatic, but I'm not holding my breath.
4699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jessica Alba wants no-strings sex on: June 15, 2007, 07:49:37 AM

Quote from: Gwar21 on June 14, 2007, 09:57:14 PM

Quote
I don't think a girl's a slut if she enjoys sex.

I don't think a girl's a slut if she enjoys sex, but I do think a girl's a slut if she wants sex with lots of different men with no strings attached.  Blech.  People like that creep me out, male or female.

What about a guy who wants sex with lots of different women with no strings attached?
4700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 15, 2007, 02:07:33 AM
After playing the demo I don't see how this is reminding anyone of Dungeon Keeper. Completely different control scheme, completely different style of gameplay, and it takes place mostly outdoors and above the surface of the planet. Besides the obvious "its good to be evil" theme the game is going with, I don't see any similarities.
4701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: May NPD via our friends at Neogaf, Bloomberg, will keep updating, PS3 not good on: June 15, 2007, 01:59:52 AM

Quote from: gellar on June 15, 2007, 12:06:20 AM

I think at this point it's relatively safe to say that both Sony and MS are fucking up hardcore.

gellar

That's the second time you've made some far-fetched comment regarding doom for MS and/or Sony without any reasoning or explanation... I mean we're still in the early stages of this console generation. It'll take years before we can really determine whether any of these consoles could be deemed a success or failure. 
4702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 14, 2007, 07:25:06 PM
Will you be reviewing both the PC and 360 versions, Knightshade?
4703  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: More Firefox Nonsense.... on: June 14, 2007, 06:58:19 PM
Yeah, the first thing I figured out how to do once I moved to Vista was to turn that automatic protection bullshit off. One thing I've always liked about Firefox though is that it automatically spell-checks anything you type out, which is especially useful in forums. Is there a way to turn that on in IE?
4704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sopranos on: June 14, 2007, 03:37:47 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 13, 2007, 09:37:53 PM

Quote from: jblank on June 12, 2007, 05:57:48 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 12, 2007, 05:56:05 PM

You know, the more I think about it, the more I think that Tony gets killed at the end.  It's the only way the abrupt cut-off-in-mid-lyric ending makes any sense.  "You don't hear when it happens."  If the message is that life goes on, then a more traditional pan back, fade to black, cue the music and credits ending is the way to convey it.

Certainly possible and the more I think about what Chase has said, the more I think that he is fine with letting the viewer make up their own mind. A gunshot sound, THEN the fade to black and music stopping, would have been better, but he is a better writer than I am.

Yes, but the point was that "you don't hear it when it happens."  That's why a gunshot sound wouldn't make sense.

No, the point is that we really can never know for sure.
4705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DOA Movie on: June 13, 2007, 03:45:28 AM
Can we please get some NSFW pics up in here!?
4706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sopranos on: June 13, 2007, 01:25:39 AM
I watched this last episode with a friend of mine so we did basically all the debating that is going on in this thread. Our conclusion was that David Chase intended this exact reaction, it was genius infact, because it's like we've heard it said a million times in the series: You know, but you don't know. There is no true way to pinpoint a clue that tells us what happens at that point when the screen goes black. We know about the indictments coming down on Tony so its possible he will be going on the lamb. We know people want him dead, which people have wanted since the first season, so maybe he was taken out. Perhaps he does 5-10 years in the can, comes out and retires and lives to old age? We really don't know, and my personal opinion is that it really was the perfect ending. The knee-jerk reaction is to be angry I think because all of the tension and adrenaline that's been building up almost demands we see SOMETHING, but once you let it stew a bit it makes sense.

The series really evolved quite a bit from season 1 to season 6. I've been watching the series for 6 years now since I was 17, I've seen it become something slightly different in each season. The biggest evolution I've observed in the series is it's darkness. With each season the show became progressively darker, more serious, and more depressing. We are all going to have our favorite and least favorite seasons, my brother's favorite season was 5, which seems like most people here's least favorite. Season 6, as much as people were putting it down, did a few things right, I mean heck it brought tears to my eyes like 3-4 times. To each his own, you know? The Sopranos, in its entirety, is an amazing show that I've never seen replicated on TV before. Whether you love it or hate it, or loved it then grew to hate it, there's no denying its impact on the television world and the people who watched it from beginning to end.
4707  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] System stable... for now. on: June 11, 2007, 08:51:20 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on June 10, 2007, 12:42:21 AM

How did you get C&C 3 to recongize the cd?

I've been having a similiar problem with Stronghold Legends, installed fine but then when I got to launch it "Please insert cd" even though it's already inserted!
Same problem with Stronghold 2. (The first time it launched fine, but now it keeps asking for the cd.)

I'm on a dell inspiron 1501 laptop (bought used and already had vista, so no choice really between that and xp) and really do miss XP.



I had that problem initially but I updated the drivers for my DVD drive and it's worked flawlessly since then. There has been a driver update for every issue I initially had with Vista. In terms of what games have worked, I've only tried World of Warcraft, C&C3, and Counter-Strike: Source.
4708  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] System stable... for now. on: June 08, 2007, 06:22:30 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 08, 2007, 01:22:41 AM

I don't mean to be rude, but for what reason did you install Vista?  I can't honestly think of a single reason I would upgrade yet, especially given the lack of solid drivers and all of the problems I've heard about.  I guess if you like wasting system resources on a uselessly shiny interface it might be interesting for a day or two. 

When we ordered the computer from Dell, I decided that I would go ahead and include Vista. I already have 2-3 copies of XP, so I figured I would at least own a copy Vista and give it a chance and if it was bad I would go back to XP. So far, I'm loving it. All the games I try on it work flawlessly and the interface is awesome.
4709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie Snubs Paris Hilton on: June 07, 2007, 06:28:01 PM
I have to laugh at the 40 day house arrest, I think I would consider it a blessing if I wasn't allowed to leave my house for 40 days. Gaming nirvana here I come!

No sense in getting so angry about it, it's nothing new. Also, it isn't just the fact that she is rich, its also that she's white.
4710  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Vista tips on: June 07, 2007, 04:52:37 PM
For the most part, Vista has proven to be a very reliable OS for me. Initially I thought some of the hardware issues I was having on my new computer had to do with Vista, but I loaded it onto my old PC and upgraded some drivers and haven't had a single problem. Every game I've tried so far has worked flawlessly including WoW, CS: Source, and C&C3. I'm sure there are a laundry list of games (particularly the older titles) that may have issues, but so far for me everything is working well and running fast.

I do have some questions though for those who may have more experience with Vista than I do. How do I turn down some of the security settings, particularly the majority of the prompts before installing or entering certain folders in the HD?
4711  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WoW] 3-Day banned again! on: June 07, 2007, 04:45:25 PM
The way I look at it, any type of server that increases the amount of excuses for the power-happy admins to ban you over is a server I don't want to be on.

About 7 hours left on my ban...  drool Luckily fixing this new computer I bought has been keeping me occupied.
4712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft trying to kill PC gaming? on: June 07, 2007, 04:43:01 PM

Quote from: drifter on June 07, 2007, 04:29:20 PM

Reads more like a rant than a news article.

I think that's normally how it goes when an article is rather biased.
4713  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] System stable... for now. on: June 07, 2007, 04:14:16 AM
Well the tech guy came today, way ahead as planned but he works in the area so he was kind enough to stop by. I don't know what he did by my system appears to be stable and up-to-date, I told him to hang on to the HD and mobo though just incase, and I have his personal cell phone number so I can summon him if needed. I'm just praying everything stays stable.
4714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft trying to kill PC gaming? on: June 06, 2007, 11:36:58 PM
I don't see how Live for Windows would destroy PC gaming any more than it has for 360 gaming. I see the biggest downside to it all being that current free services will become part of Microsoft's subscription-based service. This isn't entirely bad though because MS has proven that the Live atmosphere is a quality-controlled and cheater-free one, which is worth the price of admission to me.
4715  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] Monitor issues... on: June 06, 2007, 10:30:47 PM
It's about 2-3 months old, we just recently had trouble with it when the HD suddently crashed.
4716  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] Monitor issues... on: June 06, 2007, 05:10:36 PM
Heck, the computer hasn't been stable enough for me to even start downloading porn slywink

I've actually found drivers that fix specific issues I was having. For example the 30 second random lockups, I found a driver for my DVD drive that supposedly fixes that issue (who woulda thought?). Someone is coming out to replace the motherboard at the end of the week and luckily I told them to bring an extra HD as well, because I really think the culprit here is the HD which pretty much died on me last night while I was trying to install a new game.
4717  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WoW] 3-Day banned again! on: June 06, 2007, 05:07:34 PM
The character's name was Bedwetter. I dunno, guess I offended a parent who had a child with that problem, or worse yet a kid young enough to have that problem. The admins still haven't gotten back to me about what it was I did to get the 3 day ban though.
4718  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] Monitor issues... on: June 06, 2007, 04:22:32 AM
Wow, this has been quite an adventure. I switched my monitor from a standard cable to DVI and all my monitor problems have disappeared. Also, once I got C&C3 running I was pleasantly surprised to find that it runs extremely well at all settings maxed. A tech guy is coming out at the end of the week to replace the motherboard, I think that should help iron out the remaining mysterious issues.
4719  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] Monitor issues... on: June 06, 2007, 02:27:21 AM
And now I'm having trouble with my CDROM drive acting wierd, I installed C&C3 but now it says to put the CD in the drive when I attempt to launch it... and it's in there! I'm starting to suspect this new Dell is fucked up.
4720  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [Vista] Monitor issues... on: June 06, 2007, 02:25:58 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 06, 2007, 01:07:33 AM

Quote from: Ridah on June 05, 2007, 11:08:00 PM

Any ideas?

re-install XP?  <ba-rump-bump-bump!>  Tongue

I'd make sure your monitor's-not video card- drivers are up to date.

1) I tried to revert to XP but I got a blue screen of death each time.

2) I've been trying to update my monitor's drivers which I'm confident will solve the distortion issues but Vista insists my current monitor is the correct one.
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