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4921  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's up with the goofballs rapping on XBL? on: December 06, 2006, 08:00:57 PM
Jblank, this is just the nature of the general public. I learned this years back in Counter-Strike and it's contributed to my new way of life. Don't interact with others in public environments that have no moderation, humans are really not as advanced of a species as some of us perceive. The few of us that shine tend to hold the rest of the human race above the level of simple primate. Stick to playing with the people you know, or in private groups. It's the same reason I don't play basketball in public courts, it's just not with the aggravation.
4922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mamma, dey payin' me to play tha Wii! on: December 06, 2006, 02:32:14 AM
So my friend calls me and tells me this focus test group is paying him $100 to play the Wii for two hours, and they need a few more people. I call the number he gives me, they ask me if I own a Wii (I don't, but I say I do), they ask me if I would be interested in an Indiana Jones game for the Wii (I'm hardly interested in ANY games for the Wii aside from the VC stuff, but I say I would be), and they set me up with a time. Has anyone done this focus testing stuff before? All I know is they better be prepared to pay me when I'm finished, I ain't accepting no check in the mail bullsheeit.
4923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSX games up at NA PS3 store on: December 05, 2006, 02:40:22 AM
I'm going to go ahead and go on record and predict that any really high profile third party titles like FF7 will be more than $5.99 (love to be wrong though).

My thoughts exactly. I was about to ask when games actually worth playing again were going to come out. Although, considering many high profile games have become greatest hits, the prices may remain low.
4924  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Talk about a bad thanksgiving... on: December 04, 2006, 07:38:34 PM
Hah, read the first reply: "I think the only reasonable thing to do is to attempt to get in her pants.".

I don't see why it's such an awkward situation discovering your half-sister was a porn star, not that big of a deal to me.
4925  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ugh, stomach flu. on: December 04, 2006, 07:31:34 PM
I'm feeling MUCH better today, not sure if I'm quite 100% though. The question for me today is: To go to the gym, or not to go? I guess i'll have to feel it out.
4926  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Coolest Wallpaper Evar! on: December 04, 2006, 09:21:04 AM

Never heard of the game but this is the coolest wallpaper ever!
4927  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: December 04, 2006, 07:50:08 AM
As for your reasons to bash the PS3 or me.....I understand that most people like to bash things they can't have. They bash them to feel better about the things they do have (ie. the 360 or Wii). It's kind of interesting to see all the hate directed at the PS3. It comes from fear of it. They are afraid that if the PS3 takes off, the 360 will be left in the dust. The 360 will be just fine, no matter what the PS3 does. Why don't you all focus on how great the games are for the 360 and not try to tear down the PS3 and games that you don't have.

People also like to defend their purchases blindly to justify the price of admission they decided to pay. I'm not saying your doing that though. If you like the PS3 in it's current state, I'm happy for you. And while it's true that all of this discussion is about 99% opinionated, I have a hard time believing anyone who decided they wanted to own a PS3 at launch had any motiviation beyond wanting to have the latest and greatest toy before everyone else. Not that there's anything wrong with that, the way I see it. Also, I don't even own any consoles right now. I used to own a 360 but I had to get rid of it. My whole reason for even entering any of these discussions is to keep the truth from getting twisted; The PS3 is not any sort of leap ahead of the 360 technology-wise, at least judging from the current games already released and in development. Sure, the longer the PS3 is out the more developers will be able to tap into it's power, but the same can be said for the 360 and even the Wii.
4928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ouch? on: December 04, 2006, 07:23:33 AM
Geeze, God forbid these guys ever punch anyone.
4929  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ugh, stomach flu. on: December 04, 2006, 07:15:02 AM
So last night I go to sleep feeling fine at about 2AM, at 4AM my stomach feels like it's being shredded up inside. My bowels send me to the bathroom and I find myself with the worst diarrhea I've had in a long time. I go back to bed feeling a bit better, only to get the stomach ache again an hour later, and another trip to the bathroom. Go back to bed and my stomach isn't feeling any better, my bowels are screaming at me again within half an hour, this time on top of diarrhea, I vomit hardcore and it hurts like all hell. I haven't vomited sober in over 5 years, I forgot how much it hurts. Usually the only time I vomit is when I'm intoxicated, and that goes pretty smoothly.

So, it's basically a shit, wash, and repeat situation well into the afternoon. On more vomit session, not as bad as the first, and still getting up to use the bathroom every hour. My stomach ache would NOT go away, it was a constant feeling of being close to vomiting that was driving me crazy. Plus, I was incredibly dehydrated and couldn't keep any liquids down. Finally at about 2PM my stomach was allowing liquids to stay down, and at about 4PM my stomach was feeling much more stable. However, my head would start spinning if I stood up so getting out of bed wasn't an option. My long hours in bed started to make my body sore, particularly my lower back. Around 9PM I go to the living room, if anything just to be in a different position for a bit. I can keep food down now, been eating crackers and grapes, and obviously well enough to sit in an upright position in my computer chair. What a fucking day! I have to give major props to my girlfriend though, she had today off and came to my house at about noon, she stayed in bed with me until almost 7PM, getting me water and keeping me company.
4930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance vs Gears of War - FIGHT! on: December 04, 2006, 06:53:43 AM
That Resistance pic looks no better than Half-Life 2 to me.
4931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: December 03, 2006, 10:51:03 AM
On the other hand guys, all I've seen are you guys taking every opportunity to bash on Hetz and the PS3, often without good reason.  Then turn around and be just as fervent about something else.

I see plenty of reason. I've never bashed anyone who has an opposing opinion from mine, especially concerning the PS3 and it's software. I've simply voiced that I don't view Motorstorm as being a killer-app (i.e a game that makes more people want to own a PS3) regardless of how great it turns out, and while the game looks good, it's nowhere near as impressive as the original E3 footage. Again, I hope it turns out to be a good game, but that's about all it has the potential to be.
4932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casino Royale Impressions on: December 02, 2006, 09:55:31 PM
I began watching the Bond movies at Goldeneye, so for me this is definately the best Bond movie since then. The new guy they got to play Bond makes the rest of them look like pansies.
4933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'll admit it... DOAX2 on: December 01, 2006, 10:11:52 PM
Ah well, trade it in while trade-in value is high, probably $32 right now + 10% added if you have the GS/EB membership card.
4934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the Cell is going on? on: December 01, 2006, 08:06:54 PM
The Dreamcast was an amazing piece of hardware, it took a long time for anything on the PS2 to look better than Shenmue. Imagine if the DC had a full life cycle!  crybaby
4935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Analyst says: EA brand name 'tarnished' on: December 01, 2006, 08:01:38 PM
Total score: 14 Madden's for a Nintendo console vs. 4 Mario Kart's.

I think Madden Vs. Mario Party would be a better arguement. 6 Madden games on GC (began with 2002), 4 Mario Party games on GC (Mario Party 4-7). 4 Madden games on N64 (Madden 64, 99-01), 3 Mario Party games on N64 (Mario Party 1-3).

10 Madden games for a Nintendo console to 7 Mario Party games. Nintendo = whore too?
4936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: December 01, 2006, 07:53:00 PM

Now shadap, the game looks nothing spectacular.
4937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespots New PS3 Page on: December 01, 2006, 05:05:07 AM
The actual Xbox 360 page doesn't even have that...
4938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the Cell is going on? on: December 01, 2006, 04:46:55 AM
Its just that Sony was saying thigns like this will own the soul of the 360 withing days of launch! Huzzah Huzzah! and so forth..

Exactly. I wish some people hating on the article would actually read it. Check out the article, read some of the claims Sony was making about the PS3 compared to the 360.

"Microsoft is trailing behind us, but they are not a threat. They are good at improving [on products], but we will be advancing to the next level with revolutionary technology...Microsoft shoots for the moon. Sony shoots for the sun."

"With the PS3, our intentions have been to create a machine with supercomputer calculation capabilities for home entertainment...You can experience the 4D world."

"We want for consumers to think to themselves 'I will work more hours to buy one'. We want people to feel that they want it, irrespective of anything else...The PS3 will instill discipline in our children and adults alike. Everyone will know discipline."

The 360 made them eat their words. I want to make it clear that I fully expect, and hope infact, that the PS3 produces better looking games than the 360 at some point. It came out a year later, and it costs 50% more, when I end up buying this sucker I want my money's worth just like anyone. I'm not biased, I like competition.
4939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the Cell is going on? on: December 01, 2006, 12:42:11 AM
Sony does need to show why people should buy their more expensive machine, but the proof (or lack thereof) will come in their first-party and PS3-exclusive games.  If those don't look any better than what the 360 can put out, then they've got a problem.

Wouldn't that be Resistance and Gears of War? I think what the article is simply pointing out is that the PS3 isn't a leap beyond the 360 as Sony was making it out to be, and considering you have to pay much more for a PS3 over a 360, the graphical difference does not warrant the price difference to people who solely care about gaming. Fall 2007 will definately be an exciting battle, I fully intend to have a 1080p HDTV (my current supports up to 1080i), and of course a PS3 and Xbox 360, waiting to contend for my gaming hours. I'm excited!  icon_biggrin

Oh, and I guess I can pull out the Wii when we have kids or old people or otherwise those who rarely play games hanging out at the house  icon_biggrin  icon_biggrin
4940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the Cell is going on? on: November 30, 2006, 09:48:13 PM
Interesting article from 1Up that I enjoyed:

What the Cell is Going On?

Blu-ray. The Cell Processor. The RSX graphics chip. The PS3 was supposed to be the most insanely advanced gaming machine ever created. It was supposed to be able to deliver visuals well beyond anything capable on console or PC. According to Sony, the next generation wasn't supposed to begin until PS3 arrived.

So why is it, then, that all these PS3 games look just the same as they do on the Xbox 360?

When the PS2 first launched, Sony demanded that all games on the system be enhanced visually over their rival platform counterparts. The PS2 represented the next generation of gaming, and software was required to support this notion. With the PS3, Sony seemingly has no such requirements, offering us only that it "expects and encourages publishers working on PS3 titles to take full advantage of the technology and features that PS3 provides." Well, encouraging may not be enough. And promises for better looking games in the future don't really cut it. The PS3 is here now, it costs an extra $200 (at minimum), and the visual difference is questionable.

Don't believe us? We put the PS3 lineup to the test. We captured images and video of several games and their Xbox 360 counterparts - using the same exact capture device, with same type of connection cables, running at the same exact resolutions. Now you tell us, are we just missing something or was the next generation here all along?

You can find the rest of the article here:
4941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 HD-DVD playback over VGA just got a WHOLE lot better on: November 30, 2006, 08:52:15 PM
So between VGA, Component, and HDMI, which gives the best display?
4942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Britney has finally done it.......**NSFW LINK** on: November 28, 2006, 11:05:45 PM
Oh and by the way, I can't believe I used to want to hit that  saywhat
4943  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Britney has finally done it.......**NSFW LINK** on: November 28, 2006, 11:00:08 PM
If anyone cares to store those photos on their computer and e-mail them to me in case the website dies before I can get home, PM me for my e-mail address.

That is just plain wierd.
4944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: November 28, 2006, 02:53:20 AM
Also heard framerate complaints - drops below 30 often.

Not a surprise, this system really should have came out a year later. If not to let Sony build up a decent supply of their product, at least to give developers the extra time needed to gain experience developing on the PS3 dev kits. I really don't see what would have been so bad for Sony to release the PS3 mid-late 2007 in the U.S, it's not like Sony has any units to sell us here and they ended up embarrasing themselves with a lackluster launch.

Don't get me wrong, I do hope Motorstorm turns out to be a good game, it's one of the few I was looking forward to.

I thought NHL 2K7 was the PS3's killer app?

I thought it was Blast Factor because it actually has a smooth frame rate.
4945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance vs Gears of War - FIGHT! on: November 27, 2006, 07:52:31 PM
I don't hate the PS3, I just don't see a reason to buy one any time soon. The price isn't as big a deciding factor for me as wanting a machine that I'll actually use. Not to mention, the whole allure of buying the newest, bestest machine wasn't there because the 360 is more impressive than the PS3 out the gate.

The only difference I noticed between the two versions of Marvel was the strange graphical glitches the PS3 version had.  Otherwise, they were pretty damn close.  On a 60" 1080p TV, maybe there are minor differences.  I'd wager that 99% of the public couldn't tell them apart on 99% of the TVs out there though (if the PS3 one was working correctly).

I think the frame rate issues mainly pop up when there are 3-4 people playing.
4946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: November 27, 2006, 07:48:08 PM
Gran Turismo 3 sold A TON of PS2s. I'd say a racing game is much more likely to be a killer app than a title like Final Fantasy or MGS4.

Now I'm getting confused with the definition of a killer app. Is a killer app a game that helps boost sales of a system, or a game considered worth buying the console solely for that game?
4947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: November 27, 2006, 07:44:02 PM
Yeah, really grim, Mr. "Resistance looks like a Xbox or PS2 game".

Fine... I really really souped up Xbox/PS2 game. Is that better?  Roll Eyes
4948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance vs Gears of War - FIGHT! on: November 27, 2006, 07:40:00 PM
Oh and the 360 versions stomps the PS3 version so hard, it has worse reviews according to Game Rankings....pretty incredible.

Regarding Resistance and Marvel PS3 in comparison to GoW and Marvel 360, respectively, I was referring to the graphics. Resistance doesn't hold up to GoW, I don't think a cumulative score for both games would specifically reflect that. Also, the 360 and PS3 versions of Marvel look the same, but the 360 version has better frame rates.

I still hold my opinion of Resistance, having put some more time into the single and multiplayer. I feel it may be a good game but a killer-app it is not.

That being said, WTF does that have to do with this topic?

Nothing at all, but Hetz is running out of ammo  icon_lol
4949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: November 27, 2006, 07:30:08 PM
Hehe, not many times do you hear a racing game called a killer app, I wonder how much Motorsport can possibly be beyond other racing experiences out there?

On second thought, I suppose it's all relative. The PS3 library must be looking grim at the moment.
4950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance vs Gears of War - FIGHT! on: November 26, 2006, 08:09:50 PM
Insomniac managed to stay in the race with Epic, and that is no small accomplishment.

Hey, Blizzard had no MMO experience yet they came in and owned the genre slywink
4951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 system and software - straight up impressions thread on: November 23, 2006, 10:38:41 PM
Been playing more of the PS3, talking to a lot of people about it.

The PS3 was a rush job, pure and simple. The only difference between it and the PS2 really is that the PS2 got lucky with its rush job :-p. I've seen Sega Saturn launches fare better than this.

From what I've been told from the developer community, the PS3 is like a nicely riced up Honda with an aggressive NOS. Beautiful for what it's supposed to go; go fast and go powerful. Problem is, doing anything fanciful with that power causes some serious issues.

With the Cell processor and nVidia's graphics chip, what developers ended up dealing with is something akin to programming the Sega Saturn's 9 individual processors to work in unison. Plus, like the PS2, the PS3 ends up wasting a lot of power right off the batt.

Eventually, developers will get the hang of it, and start harnessing all the power the PS3's hemmoraging, but with the difficulty of the development environment (Even Sony's internal R&D for the PS3 is scratching their heads at many of the graphical glitches and framerate issues), and the natural competitive nature of the industry when it comes to sharing code and development libraries, we're probably looking at at least 2 years before we start seeing a signifigant power jump between the 360 and the PS3, especially now that developers are starting get a grasp on the 360's hardware (Valve just recently managed to learn to influence the triple thread of the 360's processor).

Heck, some developers are even saying that the graphical capabilities of the 360 are way beyond the PS3's. Keep in mind this isn't about overall processing power, which the PS3 has 'a little more' of (as it's been said by a few developers), but the capabilities of ATI's chipset in the 360 and nVidia's chipset (an estimated 15-25% processing ability to ATI's Unified Shader arcitecture.)

But sincerely, when people are seeing games like Gears of War next to Resistance (GoW trumps it HARD), and even the same game on both the platforms (Marvel Ultimate Alliance on the XBox 360 stomps the PS3 version), Sony's going to have a long and painfully difficult road to keep it in everyone's mind that the PS3 is indeed the more powerful system, and that spending approx $100 to $300 more for one is worth their money. On top of that, game costs for the PS3 will in the long run be higher than their competitors, primarily because of the long development times and resources that will have to go into PS3 games. Because of this, much of the PS3's 'exclusives' will end up on the 'next best thing' after six months.

Bring in Nintendo playing cutthroat and just plain attempting to undercut Sony's next gen entry by saturating the market with the readily more available Wiis...

Sega Saturn launch... potential 3D0 lifespan.
4952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance vs Gears of War - FIGHT! on: November 23, 2006, 10:36:02 PM
Gears of War really isn't all that much better looking. I'm not the only one that thinks that either. Both games look fantastic and I would give the edge to GoW, but not by much.

That's ludicrous. GoW destroys Resistance, someone post some side by side comparisons please.
4953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Attn Gamespot: Get off your ass, seriously... on: November 22, 2006, 09:58:56 PM
You guys make it seem like being a kid is a bad thing  icon_biggrin

It's never been a debate that Nintendo caters to the younger audience, is it different with the Wii generation?
4954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Attn Gamespot: Get off your ass, seriously... on: November 22, 2006, 07:03:52 PM
The whole point in Wii Sports is to act like you're actually playing a sports game.

The way I look at it, if I want to actually play a sports game, I'll actually go play a sports game. Everyone has a different expecation out of their gaming, I personally expect to sit back in my seat and get lost in the world. That's why games like Guitar Hero and DDR have never appealed to me. It's fun for a few weekends, but it gets old fast. But that's fine, with the 360 and PS3 geared towards the older audience, it's good to have one geared towards the kids.
4955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Paid up! on: November 21, 2006, 03:15:35 AM
And you have contributed soo much.

Why, thank you. I can say the same for you.  Roll Eyes
4956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Attn Gamespot: Get off your ass, seriously... on: November 21, 2006, 03:11:43 AM
You played it right? One game would have an easier time standing up for, a game that is more of a party game, and you condem the console as a kids toy. You really don't know what the hell you are talking about.

I have played it. When I took another point away from the Wii, it was in response to having to stand up to control certain games properly. Notice that I only took one point away  icon_wink I have many reasons for disliking the Wii.
4957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Attn Gamespot: Get off your ass, seriously... on: November 21, 2006, 03:04:36 AM
I'm not overweight or lazy, and that's exactly how I would be playing. I don't know what their case may be, but after being on my feet most of the day working and such I'd rather come home and relax on the couch when I play my games rather than have to stand up.

-1 from the Wii. I'm sorry but I really don't like this machine. Kids Toy FTW.
4958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Paid up! on: November 21, 2006, 02:55:54 AM
My, how thread quality has gone up these days  thumbsdown
4959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 system and software - straight up impressions thread on: November 18, 2006, 08:57:53 PM
I simply said Resistance looks and feels like a PS2/Xbox game, which may have been a bit extreme, but I was only making a point.

In end, we all know that the PS3 is far from doomed, it will sell a ton of units throughout 2007, and I'm sure we'll begin to see some titles that actually utilize the PS3's power in a year.
4960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 system and software - straight up impressions thread on: November 18, 2006, 08:14:26 PM
I honestly don't think Resistance scaled down as low as 480p when I played it, I'm almost certain (guess i'll have to confirm it to back up my arguements) the TV at least supports 720p. It wasn't a resolution problem with Resistance, it was an crappy-looking game problem. Still, if the game was scaled to 480p, that doesn't solve the flat physics and gameplay mechanics problem.
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