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4801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/15) on: January 15, 2007, 08:13:40 PM
Burning Crusade... midnight launch tonight!! icon_biggrin
4802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 model confirmed by Paul Thurott on: January 14, 2007, 09:58:12 PM
Like many have been saying, you don't have to upgrade to the new 360 model. It's not going to make much of a difference in games graphically anyhow. Besides the technogeeks who hold a microscope up to their TV, who really notices the difference between 1080i on component to 1080p on HDMI? On my 360 when I would be switching games back and forth (and back and forth, and back and forth) between 720p and 1080i, I couldn't tell a difference. MS is simply upgrading the system to continue to improve the hardware as it becomes viable, I don't see anything wrong with that any more than Sony creating the PS2 Slim line or Nintendo creating the DS Lite. I'd rather have the option than not have it.

The popular argument to the point above (the point that it's better to have the option to upgrade than no option) is that the 360 should have been equipped like the v.2 model in the first place. Well, like someone else said earlier, MS was the first to the market, the competitors had time to find ways to 1-up the 360, and that's exactly what Sony did, with the six-axis and such.
4803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An Inconvenient Truth restricted at school..... on: January 13, 2007, 09:52:25 PM
"Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He's not a schoolteacher," said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven who doesn't want the film shown at all.

The parent's name is Frosty... Is that a male or female name? Either way, what does someone named Frosty know about anything in politics slywink
4804  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not spending enough time with her? on: January 13, 2007, 09:28:29 PM
I always end up regretting making these type of threads, but at the time the need to vent is too big so I do it anyways   disgust
4805  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not spending enough time with her? on: January 13, 2007, 09:18:47 PM
The thing about girls is they are good with theatrics. I honestly thought she was just being selfish, my intention wasn't to be an asshole. The situation last night was that she was supposed to take a train to my city (takes like 20 minutes from where she lives) to meet me, we have dinner with a group of friends, and I drive her back to her place and stay the night. That was the plan we agreed on earlier in the day. I get home from work, it's like two hours before we're supposed to go to dinner, and all she says is "I decided I'm not going to dinner with you guys" and goes on some sobbing rant saying I spend too much time with my friends and not enough with her. If she wanted to see me so bad, why the hell was she too lazy to hop on the train and come over?

This is how you treat a girlfriend of 11 months? Wow, you are an asshole to your girlfriend. I'm sorry I tried to give my opinion earlier, I cannot fathom how you think.

Please, don't judge me if you don't know me personally. I've been nothing BUT nice to my girlfriend. I know I didn't handle the situation correctly last night. We have plans to become more serious, which is what I want, but I feel like I have to establish early on in the relationship that I have no intention of leaving my friends behind and that if she wants a life with me she has to accept that. Perhaps it's customary to some of you to simply drop your friends once or every time you meet a girl, but that's not the way I do it, I believe in the values of a good friendship.
4806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude, Firefox let me know I'm not the best speller on: January 13, 2007, 08:59:22 PM
That little Google search bar in the top right can spell check?

If you're ready to change from Ridah to Rider just let us know and we'll set you up.

I named myself after a song title. If anything, blame Tupac!
4807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: more 360 rumours concerning MGS? on: January 13, 2007, 08:51:49 PM
Heh, you know even before seeing any of the replies I knew Hetz would be the first one to squash it. Sony must be using the good jelly on him slywink
4808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Lost Planet impressions on: January 13, 2007, 08:48:35 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 13, 2007, 06:21:09 PM

just not that many people talk...i mean i'm not a great talker online,but..out of the 16 of us,4 had microphones

You were playing with 4 real people, and 12 bots.
4809  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude, Firefox let me know I'm not the best speller on: January 13, 2007, 08:37:45 AM
Yeah, I didn't download any extensions, just recently download FF a few days ago. Anyone know if IE7 can do the same? I don't really see the need for FF with IE7, but this instant spell check thing is too cool.
4810  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not spending enough time with her? on: January 13, 2007, 08:35:06 AM

Quote from: Kobra on January 13, 2007, 05:19:20 AM

Best tip: Stop worrying about the friends, focus on yourself and your girl.  Friends are highly overrated, and they won't be your friends the very second you advance your family life if experience is any indicator. Theres a reason many of your friends appear to "Drop" friends when they get into a relationship/marriage. They don't actually "Drop" anyone, they just have priorities that are different than you  and you don't understand it.

Edit: My problem these days is I am not even on the same level as my friends or former friends..  I have a house (3 actually), a wife, 3 kids, plenty of money, careers, etc.  Most of my friends are still single, making $10 an hour, living in apartments and going out and drinking every night to find a new piece of ass.  What the fuck do I have in common with that?  Maybe if my old highschool/college buddies actually put down their 18 year old lifestyles, I'd have a reason to be pals with them.

I can understand where your coming from if your talking about marriage, obviously if your married you have the intentions of building a life with your partner. I'm just talking about a girlfriend, if I knew I wanted to marry her I would have asked her already. I think you underrate friends, Kobra, honestly. Sure, some friends aren't truly friends, but I have friends I've known since the 1st grade, you can't suddenly "prioritize" once your in a relationship and shuffle those friendships to the back. That, on the other hand, is what she seems to have done. I'm always urging her to call her friends, but she doesn't, and she flakes on them most of the time. It sucks because it ends up on my shoulders to keep entertained it seems like, and I don't have the time, especially while I'm working and trying to get my degree.

And as far as your former friends, sorry man but your friends were losers. Luckily it sounds like you escaped that circle. I have some older friends who make plenty of money and own homes, drive nice cars, and they go out hunting for a new piece of ass every night as well. Just because you don't wish to settle down with a woman doesn't mean you can't be a successful person. Besides, it's not like wives can do no wrong. At least your friends can't cheat on you or leave you, right? At least not in the same emotional sense.

I dunno, I'm not sure how to handle the situation. She tried to call me at around 9:30PM, by the time I was able to get to my phone it was about 45 minutes later. Tried to call, her phone is off. *shrug* At this point I'm trying to decide if I want to be the bigger person about the situation, or return the favor by not answering her calls for a few days. *shrug shrug*
4811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Not spending enough time with her? on: January 13, 2007, 05:00:55 AM
So basically, I have this philosophy. My friends deserve time with me, and my girlfriend deserves time with me. I don't factor in my family because I live with them. The first six months of the relationship, yeah, I spent a lot of time with her and not nearly as much as I used to with my friends. I still hung out with my friends, of course, but if I had to put a percentage to how much of my free time I spent with my girlfriend and with my friends, it would probably be 80%-20% in her favor. Now, we're coming on 11 months into the relationship, and slowly I've been slithering the percentage to be more equal. The situation I'm in now, I don't have all that much free time during the week, I usually see the girlfriend 1-2 nights during the week for a few hours or so, and dedicate Saturday to her. Friday nights are for me and my buddies. Today, I get off of work and I call her. She wants me to hang out with her and I tell her she's more than welcome to hang out with me and my friends, but it's not going to be just her and I. She starts sobbing, she says she's had a hard day at work (it always seems like women have the hardest days at work for some reason, doesn't it?) and really wants to just hang out, me and her. I explain my philosophy and she doesn't seem to understand, she says "I don't understand why you have to spend EVERY Friday with your friends" and "I guess I'm just used to people in relationships dedicating 100% of their time to each other". That's blasphemy to me. I've seen friends of mine who drop their friends when they are in a relationship, I think it's messed up. I didn't spend all those years with my friends just to say "see ya" once I got into a semi-serious relationship. It's like one of my friends said to one of our other friends who never pulled his head out of his relationship, "how many girls have you been with while we've been friends? girls have come and gone, but i've been your friend the whole time".

I see myself as being fair, am I wrong? 
4812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dude, Firefox let me know I'm not the best speller on: January 13, 2007, 04:40:27 AM
I recently downloaded Firefox and it has this nifty feature that underlines words you've spelled incorrectly. I never knew I was spelling so many words wrong  retard tear
4813  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Truth About Myspace on: January 13, 2007, 04:39:22 AM
And MySpace is great for what it is - a place to keep tabs on friends lost long ago.  I've connected with friends that I hadn't talked to for years.

Agreed. If used for anything other than simply keeping tabs on friends/family you don't see very often, it's the corniest thing ever.

The thing I hate about Myspace more than anything is how phony people are. It's like everyone is trying to wear a persona to look cool. High school girls looking emo, guys with a few tattoos and shaved head trying to look "hard", girls throwing cleavage into all their pics... that stuff makes me nauseous.
4814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Lost Planet impressions on: January 13, 2007, 04:29:26 AM
Personally, the idea of Microsoft buying Capcom doesn't sit well with me. I guess the whole Rare deal left a bad taste in my mouth. I say that unless the company is hurting financially, let them be. Spend the money on exclusivity contracts on specific properties instead. 
4815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 13, 2007, 04:19:22 AM
Most of that 100 million PS2 userbase isn't on gaming messageboards or websites finding out that most games aren't exclusive anymore.  They just assume that the same franchises and genres that hey enjoy on PS2 will make their way to PS3 as well and maybe it will take a price drop or three to get them to pull the trigger on a PS3 but what's important is keeping them happy in the meantime.

I agree with this to a certain extent, but you have to figure that at some point word will be out that GTA4 will be on the 360 at the same time (for example), and the rest of the gamers who aren't on forums and websites are going to be hearing about or seeing their friends playing games that used to be PS2 exclusive being played on the 360 as well. Then when they are ready to purchase a new system and see that the game looks nearly identical on the 360 as the PS3 version, and the $360 is $200 cheaper... well you get the idea. This is all speculation though, it will be interesting to see which direction people decide go.
4816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 13, 2007, 01:12:34 AM
As far as Dead Rising, I thought Capcom announced it selling 1 million? Despite it's sales curves, the game has been considered a success.

Anywho, my argument is that consumers were and are ready for the next generation of consoles. Everyone who loved their GC has the intention of moving to the Wii as soon as A) they can afford it and/or B) Wii's become readily available. Everyone who loved the Xbox has the intention of moving to the 360 when they can afford it. The PS2 group is the one that doesn't seem ready to let go, and you can't blame them. The PS2 Slim is an awesome redesign that fixes most of the original system's hardware kinks, the library is vast and varied and full of good titles and STILL has developer support (so basically, the PS2 library is still alive and growing), and the PS3 is outrageously priced. If anything, you could say it's Sony holding us back.
4817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ever broken something because of a game? on: January 13, 2007, 12:53:09 AM
Counter-Strike used to throw me into rages all the the time back in the day. I've punched holes in the wall closest to me, I also used to punch the crap out of my 19' CRT (which works perfectly going 6 years strong smile). I don't dare damage my controllers or TV though, usually when I'm pissed enough I put the controller down and either bash the left palm of my hand with my right fist or punch the shit out of my bed's mattress. The idiotic feeling I get afterwards calms me down though.
4818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New FF13 info on: January 12, 2007, 08:44:34 PM
Don't forget Squall as well

Haha, someone working for Square must also be a part-time Weather Man  :biggrin:
4819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Guitar Hero : 80's Edition on: January 12, 2007, 08:35:11 PM
They will also cost extra $$$ at the typical inflated prices for things on XBL.

It couldn't cost any more than the PS2 game itself.

All the assumptions about the 360 version getting the 80's song list download is based off of current trends in the micro-transaction business model, such as the extra content the PS3 version of Oblivion is getting which can be downloaded on XBL. The only thing to gain from releasing the 80's song list on XBL is easy profit, which I think the company will recognize.
4820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vista bad for gaming on: January 12, 2007, 08:33:29 PM
I linked to that full interview earlier.  He didn't blast Vista.  In fact, he had many good things to say about it.

Exactly, I don't understand why people are saying he's against Vista. He's simply saying you don't need to run out and upgrade right when Vista is released.

'll be playing Crysis on my DX10 machine while he is trying to think of how to make more deep shades of black and brown textures for Doom 4...

+ hells fucking yeah. 
4821  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Carmack isn't AGAINST Vista, as the front page puts it on: January 12, 2007, 08:24:01 PM
I wasn't happy to see the title of the news article on the front page, titled "Carmack is Against Vista". The news article is supposedly based on this quote in an interview Game Informer had with Carmack:

"There's no massive pull for me for DX10," Carmack told Game Informer. "[Enemy Territories:] Quake Wars is definitely not DX10." Carmack added that he felt a move to Vista is unnecessary at this time. "There were some clear wins going from Windows 95 to Windows XP for games, but there really aren't any for Vista... I suspect I could run XP for a great many more years without having a problem with it."

He obviously isn't against Vista, he's just pointing out that gamers won't NEED to upgrade to Vista for DX10 just yet. It doesn't mean it's bad for gaming, or that people won't benefit from Vista's non-gaming functionalities. I think the front page title should be changed because it is misleading.
4822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 12, 2007, 07:36:23 PM
Uh, Madden PS2 was the top selling game of the year, not GoW.  And you can't point to just GoW- it's attach rate on the 360 almost doubles it's closest competitor.  360 games do get excellent attach rates but you can't point to GoW as something devs/pubs can expect.  And 5 of the Top 10 of the year were PS2 with 3 going to 360.  I think you are cherry picking your numbers a bit there.

I tend to etch out sports games when I look at sales charts, personally. I believe Gears of War is definitely something devs/pubs can expect in terms of potential sales. GoW, among other games such as Dead Rising and Ghost Recon, prove the 360 can provide the platform for a game to be just successful as any game on the PS2. I don't mean to single out the 360 as the only viable next-gen platform. I'm sure once a high-profile game reaches the PS3, like FF12 or MGS4, we will see similar numbers proving that people are ready to move on. If Sony had decided to release the PS3 sans the blue-ray player at a decent price, as well as match the type of numbers Nintendo did for Wii shipments, I don't think those PS2 sales would be nearly as high. I see a steady decline in PS2 sales from this point on. 
4823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FPS on the DS. Whooda thunk? on: January 12, 2007, 07:23:15 PM
MPH was fun for like 4-5 hours, then my brain got tired of the repetitious environments (come on, almost every planet looks the same) and fugly graphics, and my left hand got cramped and tired of supporting the weight of the DS Lite on it's own while the right hand aimed and pointed.
4824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 12, 2007, 07:18:13 PM
It's true that hardware sales for the PS2 continue to be strong, but software sales are showing a decline. That means it's mainly Sony who will be profiting from the high sales numbers of the PS2, developers on the other hand will want to move into the next-gen court to spur excitement for their new products. Proof of this is the fact that Gears of War outsold every PS2 game in 2006, with the 360's install base being 10m compared to the PS2's what, 100m? I think this is the perfect time to move into the next generation of consoles, especially with the while "2007 is the sweet spot for HDTV" argument. 
4825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New FF13 info on: January 12, 2007, 07:11:17 PM
BTW, her name's not really "Lightning" is it?

I'm sure Square figures that if we can stomach a main character named Cloud for 40+ hours, we can deal with a character named Lightning.
4826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Guitar Hero : 80's Edition on: January 12, 2007, 07:07:47 PM
The real person they are giving the finger to is MS. Having this come out at the same as the 360 version of GH2 is like a stab in the back.

Not really, the 360 version allows you to download additional songs so there's no reason why the the song list from the PS2's 80's version wouldn't be available to download on the 360, similar to PS3's Oblivion content.
4827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 12, 2007, 06:29:59 AM
Microsoft needs to learn that Japan is not the US or Europe. Japanese gamers don't give a sh!t about xbox Live. 34 of the top 100 selling games in Japan for 2006 were RPGs. (actionRPGs, RPGs or SRPGs) Until they truly start catering to the desires of Japanese gamers, MS will only be a Regional powerhouse.

I agree. Microsoft is definately making strides in the right direction with games like Blue Dragon and such, but they need to also concentrate on having a consistent stream of low-profile games as well.
4828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Calling it Quits on a Game: What's Your Threshold? on: January 11, 2007, 08:41:56 PM
Usually I just end up losing interest in the game. I was really into Enchanted Arms the first 8 hours, but then it began to drag like a mofo, and I decided I didn't care to finish it.
4829  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 11, 2007, 04:54:12 AM
Actually, before I uninstall IE7... After I uninstall IE7 what will I have?
4830  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 11, 2007, 04:52:37 AM
Using Firefox didn't work, although it did give me more of a hint as to why my program won't work than IE7 did. Apparently I need a plug-in, but Firefox (or perhaps it's Windows...) doesn't seem to recognize it. I'm going to try uninstalling IE7 now...

By the way, Firefox is kinda coo =) How come I can't get the button on my mouse that normally makes the browser go back a page to work?
4831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS MMOG: Maple Story on: January 11, 2007, 04:50:23 AM
I was surprised at how girlie the commercial made it seem, too.

I'm surprised that you all are surprised that the game looks girly. I mean, it is a game about shopping  puke
4832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 10, 2007, 10:52:39 PM
See, you don't need a Wii to bring new people into gaming!
4833  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 10, 2007, 05:37:52 PM

Damnit, when I try to install it I get a message telling me I already have a newer version of IE installed. So basically, my school gave me software that you can't use no matter what if you've got the newest version of IE. What a crock.
4834  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CES News (Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, DVD, TV) on: January 10, 2007, 08:24:07 AM
Here is a complete list of what has been announced so far at CES for Blu-Ray, lots of heavy hitters including all the X-Mens and both Spidermans:

Hetz, are they not announcing HD DVD lists as well or are you choosing not to post them? Just asking because I'd like to see both.
4835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Live Arcade Game This Week Is..... on: January 10, 2007, 08:10:01 AM
...exactly.  The wife will demand we purchase it.  And it will be one of the top-selling XBLA titles.

Perhaps, but according to Hets, Dungeon Explorer is the noteworthy one here. You may want to recommend that one to your wife slywink
4836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Never played the Gamecube...which games to get for the Wii? on: January 10, 2007, 07:57:30 AM
Wow.  We must not have played the same game.  Everyone is entitled to his opinion.  But I couldn't disagree more.  It doesn't even have AI drivers in multiplayer !!!  (Or if it does, please tell me how to add them).  This is 2007 for heaven's sake.

Didn't you notice? Nintendo thinks it's 2001 still (the GC launch year)  icon_lol
4837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How much would you pay for a Wii? on: January 10, 2007, 07:50:18 AM
The MSRP itself is a rip-off, I could never justify $250 for last-gen hardware (though I'll probably end up paying anyways). Seriously, give me GameCube price + price for the Wii remote and I'll call it fair.
4838  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 10, 2007, 01:02:16 AM
How does Firefox work? Is it essentially IE but with it's own interface style?
4839  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 09, 2007, 03:11:20 AM
I can't find IE6 anywhere... any help?
4840  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 09, 2007, 03:07:16 AM
Basically, software that I need to use for my online class isn't compatible with newer versions of IE so I need to be using IE6 in order for it to work. Do I have to downgrade or can I use my current version of IE for my normal browsing and IE6 just for that particular program?
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