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4761  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.
4762  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
4763  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.
4764  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.
4765  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?
4766  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.
4767  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.
4768  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.
4769  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.

4770  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. 
4771  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?
4772  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.
4773  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.
4774  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.
4775  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.
4776  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.
4777  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.
4778  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.
4779  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.
4780  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
4781  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.
4782  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?
4783  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.
4784  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.
4785  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
4786  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.
4787  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
4788  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
4789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii going Mature... on: February 07, 2007, 07:32:09 PM
Regardless of what game it is we should be thankful of any mature release on the Wii simply because it will hopefully influence other companies to follow suit.
4790  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: How WoW ruins lives on: February 07, 2007, 06:40:00 AM
Yes, the whole WoW ruins lives phenomenon is ridiculous. I agree that it's easy to become attached to the game, but it all comes down to moderation and there are a great deal of other activities which are a whole lot more detrimental to people's lives than WoW. Seriously, you can raid or PVP 2-3 nights a week and still get all the uber gear that is available. You don't have to farm to prepare for raids, you can simply buy most of the shit on the AH or there are others out there who actually enjoy the farming and being big suppliers for the guild. The thing about WoW is that it is so highly open-ended, there's something for everyone to do but it's the people who feel they have to do it ALL that hurt their social lives. People who enjoy leveling new characters have multiple classes to choose from to keep themselves occupied, people who enjoy a competetive environment can PVP, people who love being flashy with gear can play 8 hours a day and have the dopest shit, and people who enjoy getting together with a team of people who they enjoy gaming and socializing with and conquering dungeons can raid.

Me? I play because I honestly enjoy having an activity to always look forward to, one of my best friends (as well as another RL friend) plays with me on my server so we have fun logging on late at night playing together. I will admit that the game has been hurtful towards my relationship with my girlfriend but a lot of it has to do with the stereotype that video games personify, she can't stand that I would rather be playing a video game than hanging out with her, but it's a stupid arguement because I always say if I loved playing basketball and i met up with my buddies 2-3 evenings a week for the same amount of time she wouldn't have as much of a problem with it, and we both know its true. When it comes down to it, if my relationship were to end and WoW was a big factor in that happening, I wouldn't look back in regret thinking "damn, WoW ruined my relationship". I would look at it as my girlfriend having absolutely no respect for my hobby and be proud for standing up for something I enjoy doing.
4791  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Reformatted HD, did not backup iTunes library, what do I do? on: February 05, 2007, 08:24:39 PM
Ok so I needed to reformat my hard drive and I did so, however I completely forgot to make a backup of my iTunes library. The library is of course on my iPod still, so what are my options here? I'm afraid the iPod will sync with the empty iTunes library  icon_neutral
4792  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Does reformatting really clear everything? on: February 04, 2007, 12:42:33 AM
I just finished reformatting my computer and reinstalling my software, and there were two instances that made me wonder if the hard drive gets completely wiped. The first was my old homepage being the default homepage when I started IE for the first time since the reformat. Second was when reinstalling World of Warcraft, I was never prompted to enter my CD key again. I've noticed this before when simply reinstalling a game and assumed the CD key was stored somewhere on the HD outside of the game folder.

Any insight?
4793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/29) on: January 30, 2007, 08:45:12 PM
The topic asks what you are buying this week, not what your buying eventually!  icon_lol
4794  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW: Burning Crusade Impressions on: January 20, 2007, 03:50:40 AM
Hellfire Peninsula is kind of a bitch though, the aggro is a pain in the ass. It also doesn't help that I don't have an epic mount yet. Lots of new gear, which is cool, but I feel like we're being spoiled. When we hit 70 and it's back to the usual raid grind, the equipment flow is going to slow to practically a halt.
4795  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW: Burning Crusade Impressions on: January 18, 2007, 08:10:52 PM
The Outland are is cool but at time same time a lot of the quests are a bitch and a half. This place is some bad aggro.
4796  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW: Burning Crusade Impressions on: January 16, 2007, 08:28:26 PM
Yeah I'm surprised at how stable the servers are, then again you can expect uber long queues in the evening when everyone is logging on.
4797  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Burning Crusade Impressions on: January 16, 2007, 12:29:56 PM
Played it for a bit, rolled a Blood Elf rogue. Kinda lame in a way, it's almost exactly like the Night Elf. Haven't started leveling my 60's yet though.
4798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve calls PS3 a disaster, Wii a happy story on: January 16, 2007, 12:28:22 AM

Quote from: Fellow on January 16, 2007, 12:25:10 AM

Well shit. Hey, um... Since we're on the subject, can anyone list all the titles he developed for the PS1 and PS2, so I'll know how big of a loss gamingwise this is for the PS3?

That's not relevant because it has nothing to do with them pulling support. Heck, Half-Life 2 is still coming out on the platform. It's just one man's opinion is all.
4799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve calls PS3 a disaster, Wii a happy story on: January 16, 2007, 12:17:33 AM
Gabe actually trashes Vista a bit in the interview as well, so I don't think his former employment with MS makes him biased... at least not in Microsoft's favor.

I was particularly interested in Gabe's opinion because out of everyone in the industry, I respect his views on the future of gaming the most. Under Gabe's charge, Valve created the digital distribution service known as Steam and released one of the biggest PC titles of all time through it, even requiring an online connection to play it. Valve is also the first company to try the episodic game release model with a major property. If anything, this guy will have a big hand in shaping the future of the gaming industry.
4800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valve calls PS3 a disaster, Wii a happy story on: January 15, 2007, 10:01:15 PM
I know this is completely evil to post but I've never seen anyone trash talk the PS3 so hard before, I was blown away actually. This is an excerpt from the latest issue of Game Informer in an interview with Gabe Newell of Valve when asked what he thinks of the PS3:

"The PS3 is a total disaster on so many levels. I think it's really clear that Sony lost track of what customers wanted and what developers wanted. I'd say, even at this late date, they should just cancel it and do a "do over". Just say, "This was a horrible disaster and we're sorry and we're going to stop selling this and stop trying to convince people to develop for it. The happy story is the Wii. I'm betting that by Christmas of next year, the Wii has a larger installed base than the 360. Other people think I'm crazy. I really like everything that Nintendo is doing".

What do we learn from this? Not much, just that Nintendo's secretary gives better blowjobs than Sony's. slywink
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