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4681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: February 2007 Hardware Sales on: March 18, 2007, 08:53:52 PM
I can't believe that the PS2 sold almost 300,000 units whereas the Xbox only sold 500

I can believe it simply based on my own purchase history. I bought a 360, and am considering buying a PS2 slim to play a few games from that library. I'm not ready to invest in a PS3 until at least later this year if not early next year, and not even just because the PS3 is expensive, it's not THAT much more expensive than a 360, but I already spent a heavy chunk of change on the 360. I'm sure a lot of people are in the same boat as me.
4682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] PlayStation Home Revealed on: March 12, 2007, 01:54:29 AM
Yay, a virtual hangout.

My sentiments exactly. How does this enhance the gaming experience again? Is anyone REALLY going to dedicate time to checking out eachother's virtual apartments and hanging out in virtual lobbies instead of just booting up their games? Lame. Next.
4683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What IS a "kiddie game"? on: March 12, 2007, 01:36:12 AM
I put a kiddie label on anything that resembles a world which I grew out of probably when I started middle school. I don't need gore and violence in my games, hence my love for the Myst series and such. However, some games (like Mario Galaxy) simply resemble the likes of children entertainment which I no longer have any interest in. Like Barney.
4684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 UT2007 to support Mouse and Keyboard! on: March 12, 2007, 01:24:54 AM
My question is, where the hell do you set the mouse and keyboard when your sunk into a couch?
4685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War - graphics issues? (fixed) Now help me kill RAAM on: March 09, 2007, 09:16:23 AM
Finally killed his ass after probably 50 tries. Ultra lame fight, not looking forward to it on hardcore difficulty.
4686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Media Create #'s for 2-26 through 3-4 on: March 09, 2007, 08:50:00 AM
Why even pay attention to Japan? We know what they want, you don't have to look at sales charts to know what is selling over there. DS or Wii? Selling well. RPG? Selling well. Quirky game with retarded name? Selling well. That's Japan's market in a nutshell.
4687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War - graphics issues? (fixed) Now help me kill RAAM on: March 09, 2007, 08:47:26 AM
This is utter bullshit, every time I start getting getting some shots in on him the cheater AI turns on and he kills me. Am I the only one who had such a rough time with this boss? I mean its horrible, I keep coming to the computer and venting posts because otherwise I think I would be bashing my controller against the wall. Great way to ruin an otherwise good game...
4688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War - graphics issues? (fixed) Now help me kill RAAM on: March 09, 2007, 08:34:45 AM
Another dozen or so attemps, this is getting lame. Seriously when you think about it, if the game is about 6-7 hours long, and I'm already at over an hour attempting RAAM, then this boss fight makes up about a sixth of the game. Ugh, there better be a good ending or this boss fight is going to ruin the game for me.
4689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War - graphics issues? (fixed) Now help me kill RAAM on: March 09, 2007, 08:16:32 AM
Good lord, I've attempted this like 30 times. Crummiest boss fight EVAR (or at least one of the worst). I hate how randomely I get killed, there's no rhyme or reason it seems like. I also have to go ahead and say the kryll are also pretty damn stupid, your supposed to be safe in light but the moment your not drenched in light they take you out.
4690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Mario Galaxy Trailer on: March 09, 2007, 07:49:30 AM
I don't need my games to be GTA style, personally I don't like over-the-top violence and swearing. Light-hearted is one thing, like in Rayman games for example, but seriously if Mario wasn't running around in that video you would think it was a kids game. Nintendo should do for Mario what they did for Zelda and mature it a little bit.
4691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War - graphics issues? on: March 09, 2007, 07:46:00 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 08, 2007, 06:44:16 AM

i have a sony widescreen wega...hmm,28" i think...not HD but the graphics still look fantastic,i didnt even know about tweaking the graphics

what settings are there? mean like brightness or grainy?

I figured out what the problem was. In the video options you can switch the game between soft, vibrant, and lucid. There also is a default option, but apparently the default option is also vibrant. This was causing highly oversaturated lighting which was driving me nuts. I finally figured this out when I switched to Lucid, unfortunately I figured it out at the end of the game.

And speaking of which, how in the hell do I defeat RAAM? Is there a way to use the turret gun without getting insta-killed by those damn kryll?
4692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo responds to "Home" on: March 09, 2007, 02:52:21 AM

Quote from: Kobra on March 08, 2007, 10:48:30 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 08, 2007, 08:34:51 PM

I hardly think they should be casting any stones at Sony for their online service, when they are not even as advanced as the original XBox in terms of online support.

Agreed, the Wii will look like an Atari 2600 by Christmas to all those people out buying HDTV's.  Honestly, I think Nintendo sucks a pretty big stick of shit these days.  Why?  Well the Nintendo DS has about 889 really really shitty games.  The Cube had what, 10 good games and 150 bad ones?  The Wii has 1, maybe 2 good games (depending on who you talk to) and so far what, 30 fairly shitty ones?

Ok, so their little Cube+ is selling, thats great, good for them, but they should be on their knees praying to the media for hyping the hell out of it.  The soccer moms lining up at Walmarts across America are what made their sales so big.  But like all faddish things, they're day in the sun won't last.  If anything, super-casual gamers and soccer moms have extremely short attention spans, soon enough they'll be back out searching for the next thing to buy little-johnny.

I am not real happy with Sony these days, but I am learning to hate the shit out of Nintendo.  They seem to be playing up this "We're hip like the Mac, and heres why, and if you don't buy us you are one of those fatass nerdy gamer types that smell.".  Screw Nintendo.

I couldn't have said it better, it's starting to feel like the Nintendo fans are all that's covering up the reality of Nintendo's history the past few generations. I bought a Cube about a year ago mainly for RE4 and in attempting to compile a list of good games on the system worth picking up, I realized the list was ridiculously small. The Wii is the same story, except this time there is better 3rd party support but most of the games are sucking anyways. 

Sony is taking a step in the right direction with Home.
4693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Mario Galaxy Trailer on: March 09, 2007, 02:40:20 AM
I don't see what's so special about that video, if anything it indicates way too much hopping around in disorienting environments. And on top of that, the series looks even more kiddy than before. I'll pass on that shit.
4694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] PlayStation Home Revealed on: March 08, 2007, 07:42:50 AM
Maybe I'm becoming an old fuddy-duddy

What in hell is a fuddy-duddy is what I want to know  saywhat
4695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got my HDTV... need advice and tips on: March 07, 2007, 10:05:42 PM
I finally got my HDTV last weekend, I ended up going with the Mitsubishi WD-62830, it's a 62" rear-projection TV capable of up to 1280x720 resolution. I know it's not on the high-end of rear-projection TVs, but it was a good price and in my original budget of about $2000 I forgot to factor in the 360 and games as well, so I had to downscale on the TV a bit (although, with Costco's 90 return policy I will probably save for a few months and upgrade).

Anyhow, my impressions vary because oddly enough, the quality of the image from game to game seem to range. As far as movies go, the image is great. I downloaded a few HD movies on thought they looked wonderful at 720p. Same with movies at the standard 480p. However, with games the quality seems to be inconsistent.

In Gears of War, the image quality looks very sharp and clear, however it seems like the lighting is saturated and it distorts the textures occasionally.

In Kameo (demo) the game is beautiful, the textures are sharp, the lighting is vibrant, I have no complaints.

In Oblivion, the game looks WAY too soft. Compared to my previous HD set which was the 32" Sony Bravia, the image on my Mitsubishi looks how I imagine it would on the Bravia with the sharpness turned way down.

In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, the game looks great. Sharp textures, no complaints.

In Prey (demo), it's almost half and half. The game appears sharp in some areas, but in more brightly lit areas, like those stages where you are in the desert talking to the grandfather, the image is again very soft.

I'm wondering why I'm getting varying results. When I was playing Prey, I thought the soft textures in some areas might be because it was the demo and it wasn't using high-res textures. That wouldn't explain Oblivion though. I'm also considering the fact that I'm viewing the TV from a relatively close distance. My viewing distance from the TV is no more than 8 feet. Still, it brings me back to being confused about certain games looking sharp and others soft.

Any tips or techniques or tweaking my image? I've of course tweaked the sharpness settings and such, but they don't seem to make much of a difference. Should I buy one of those HD setup DVD's and go from there? Just looking for some advice, thanks.
4696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War - graphics issues? on: March 06, 2007, 07:20:19 PM
I don't believe it is the TV, I tried Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Kameo, and Ninja Gaiden and didn't have any similar issues. I have the Mitsubishi WD-62530. It's not the highest-end TV out there but the price was awesome and the image quality has been awesome for everything else.
4697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gears of War - graphics issues? (fixed) Now help me kill RAAM on: March 06, 2007, 07:03:54 PM
So, I finally got my dream gaming setup and I of course picked up GoW to showcase it. The thing is, the textures in GoW seem screwed up, particularly textures that have that bloom glow effect going on. Has anyone noticed grainy visuals in brightly lit spots? The first time I noticed it was when I was aiming around a corner and Fenix's face was close to the screen, I could clearly see a grainy blur on his face. It seems like everything is too brightly lit and it makes everything reflect more than it seems like it should.

Any ideas?
4698  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW - The Armory on: March 03, 2007, 07:22:10 AM
I can search and find characters, but it doesn't have info on them yet. I don't see the need for this.
4699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Warhawk - Woah! on: March 03, 2007, 07:11:07 AM
What shmuck would really be convinced to buy a PS3 for this game is what I'm wondering.
4700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April EGM Scores and Rumors on: March 02, 2007, 09:16:00 PM
And fuck you, Capcom.

I don't understand this... The Capcom rumor is a good one.
4701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 Demo Today on: March 01, 2007, 08:20:36 PM
I haven't played the demo yet, but the game sounds similar to past C&C games (actually, exactly like them). Getting a nuke off into an opponent's base definately turns the tide in your favor, but you are supposed to be working on stopping eachother from getting that far. I recall in Red Alert 2, I always had spies or other counter-intelligence keeping me in the know about whether my opponent was producing a nuke. If they began building one, I began preparing my air forces for a kamikaze run.

As far as infantry, they aren't meant to be your main weapons, especially later on in the game. Snipers though, you gotta have those posted around important areas keeping an eye out for stealthed spies.

4702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I need Wii direction! on: March 01, 2007, 08:06:46 PM
I've heard many a great thing about Rayman Raving Rabbits.
If I ever get my hands on a Wii, I already have a copy of it for the kids and me.

I played Rayman at a party for about an hour and felt it was horrible. The mini-games were stupid and boredom grew over the group quickly. Not recommended. 
4703  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free 1 year sub to Games for Windows on: February 27, 2007, 09:27:18 PM
Is this a new magazine?
4704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it worthwhile purchasing a TV that doesn't support 1080p? on: February 27, 2007, 03:42:40 AM
Ooh I like that Samsung, I don't mind going a little bit over budget.
4705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft's new strageties (and they love Nintendo, too!) on: February 27, 2007, 03:33:28 AM
Yeah, you would think the key to defeating the Wii would be to develop your own motion-sensing peripheral.
4706  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.
4707  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.
4708  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.
4709  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.
4710  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.
4711  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.
4712  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
4713  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.
4714  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?
4715  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.
4716  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.
4717  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
4718  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.
4719  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
4720  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
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