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681  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PLAYOFF Hockey Talk on: April 26, 2006, 05:45:13 PM
And we all know Detroit is going to at least win this round, so that's that about that.

I don't understand why the Oilers don't get more respect around the league...  Detroit had a fluffy schedule with lots of nice soft games against St. Louis, Chicago and Columbus.  And so far the Oilers seem to be giving Detroit all they can handle and more - in fact I'd say if it wasn't for a combination of some very stupid periods of play by the Oil and a few very ugly / lucky goals by Detroit, it could be 3-0 for the Oilers right now.  So why the disses?
682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should I bother with Oblivion? on: April 26, 2006, 05:35:13 PM
I've got a gaming notebook with a 3.4 Ghz Pent 4, 2 gigs RAM, and a 256 MB Radeon 9700 mobility video card.

I'm running a 2.53 P4, 1 Gig of RAM, & a GeForce 7800GS

You're comparing a GeForce 7800 with a Radeon 9700 mobility?  The cpu and ram isn't the issue - his 9700 will choke and die on Oblivion.  Most people are saying 6800 class or better to get any decent kind of framerates, with only moderate settings.
683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero: Difficulty Hard = No more Fun on: April 21, 2006, 04:21:44 AM
Jesus doesn't rock?  Guess I'll go worship Satan.

Even for non-Christians, it seems bizarre that anyone would say 'worship Satan' in any connotation and think it's funny.

On topic - I am done all the songs except for Cowboys from Hell and Bark at the Moon on Expert, and they are so much harder than anything else in the game (esp. CFH) that I don't think I have the physical dexterity to finish them no matter how much I practice.

Of course, I've gotten this far without being able to master the 'up' strum (I strum down on every note) and can't consistently hit hammer ons or pull offs yet either.  I'm frankly surprised I've gotten as far as I have.
684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is the 360 worth buying? on: March 24, 2006, 09:52:13 PM
as someone enjoying the hell out of his 360 on a 25" standard-def TV, i have to strongly disagree with this statement. does it look better in HD? sure it does...but it still looks damn good in SD, and that doesn't take a thing away from the fantastic gameplay  

I didn't say it wouldn't look good - but does it fully utilize the potential of the system?  Hell no.  Like I said, you're getting half the experience.  You paid twice as much as a standard xbox for a slight upgrade in graphics.  Now if you have the money for that, then great, np.  But in terms of 'bang for the buck' which is what the original question was, you're not getting much.  Gameplay is irrelevant, since most 360 games have regular xbox counterparts.  There aren't really many 360 games right now (Oblivion aside) that are exclusive to 360 that you can't get the same gameplay on the regular xbox.

Xbox 360 was designed from the ground up for HD, 5.1 sound, and online play via Live.  If you're not going to use those features, you're spending a premium amount of cash for a minor hardware upgrade, and continue to do so when you buy more expensive games and then use half of their functionality as well.
685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 23, 2006, 10:42:34 PM
Arkon wrote:
Kathode, have you heard anything about the "dirty disc" error on the 360 version? I can't seem to get to the official forums. It started with all the sounds lagging about 3 seconds behind the action. Then all of a sudden the screen went black and an error popped up saying the disc was dirty and to clean it. There was nothing on the disc at all, looked perfect, I had to power cycle the 360 and it worked. Microsoft says the issue is not with the system rather with the game.

had that same problem here as well. took out the disc, gave it a wipedown, then rebooted with it. worked fine after that. makes me a bit scared, though. i'm 4 feet now.

I've had the same issue, but while playing Burnout Revenge.  This on a brand new disc that's been in the drive for the first time for about 4 hours.  I have a hard time believing this is a game issue rather than a system issue, unless it's in multiple games...
686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is the 360 worth buying? on: March 23, 2006, 10:33:52 PM
I just bought mine, and I would say without a doubt yes - if you have a high def tv and good sound system.  The graphics in some of the 360 games are nothing short of amazing.  I have a high powered PC also, on a 20 inch widescreen monitor, but it doesn't come close to giving the same sense of awe I get from GRAW or Burnout Revenge or Fight Night Round 3 on my 46" high def tv and 5.1 sound.  I'm hoping Oblivion will invoke a similar response.

Now if you're talking about buying a 360 without a high def tv, or sound system - don't bother.  As far as I'm concerned the system was designed for those things, and hooking a 360 up to your 27" standard TV means you're only getting 50% of the experience.  Better off sticking with an xbox.
687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blazing Angels Demo on Live... on: March 23, 2006, 05:37:27 PM
Is it like Crimson Skies?  That was very 'arcadey' and I loved it.  How does it compare?  I would be out if it was too sim like.
688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 14, 2006, 07:04:31 PM
Anyone have any tips on how to locate a premium 360 in Canada, specifically in Edmonton? Are there any of those handy stock checker websites available for Canadian retailers? I've been harassing my local Best Buys and Walmarts on the phone for 2 weeks and none of them ever have any in stock or seem to get any in stock.

Ideas? Can't believe I can't find one after 4 months in release...
689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What'd You Name Your Band? on: March 13, 2006, 04:37:07 AM
Rad Bad Dad
690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else regret not being born in today's age? on: February 06, 2006, 09:45:01 PM
I would have loved to have lived in a time where I could carve out my own piece of land, hunted my own food, built my own home... a life where I work not to make someone else wealthy and get paid a salary in return, but a life where any work I do directly benefits me and my loved ones, and is meaningful rewarding work like growing my food, or building my home.  

Having said that, I'm sure every time and place has it's own set of drawbacks.  When I get mauled by a bear while walking in my woods in my above scenario, I have no one to blame but myself.  smile
691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the year so far - 2005 PC edition on: December 22, 2005, 08:23:58 PM
GOATs have to be more than just bad games - they have to be highly anticipated follow ups to beloved classics, or much hyped new franchises.  They have to provide that utter let down and anger that a much loved classic has been besmirched.

To that end, the biggest GOATs of all time (transcending specific years):

HoMM 4
MoO 3

and KOTR2 to a lesser extent.

All three made me want to give up new games and just play my old classics for ever and ever.
692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOO v. MOO2 - Fight! on: December 22, 2005, 08:19:47 PM
There is no MOO 3.  There was MoO, then the sequel, MoO 2.  We're still hoping someone will eventually create MoO 3.  Anyone who says different is dead to me.
693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 10 Reasons to wait for the Playstation 3 on: November 22, 2005, 11:38:20 PM
Except I don't want to have to swap discs on consoles anymore now that we have incredibly huge storage capacity.

So having to put in a second or third DVD at hour 40 and 80 of a gaming experience is enough to make you not want the console?  Wow.

I'm happy MS decided to go with a cheaper hardware choice to keep console costs down, as well as not making a decision before the DVD format wars were over and putting themselves into a corner.  Sony Blu-Ray is well and good, but since HD-DVD has essentially won the war, they're going to run the risk of being a Betamax all over again.  A year from now Blu-Ray might be something that no one is interested in EXCEPT for PS3.  What's Sony going to do then?
694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Worst Game You've Played this Gen? on: September 26, 2005, 03:26:17 PM
ATB wrote:
ESPN NFL 2005 - NCAA 2003 is still the best footbal game ever. This game has sees the receivers drop nearly every pass. The pricepoint got me on this one... Oh and the Crib? Lame


You just ragged on one of my all-time favorite sports games.  

NFL2K5 in the bottom 5 of this generation?  Um, I don't think so.  EA has yet to produce a football game even close to any of the 2k series.  That's why they bought the license.
695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who stole my letters?! on: September 19, 2005, 07:55:46 PM
That's annoying as hell.  Someone is putting all the letters in the four corners and as soon as you let go of one puts it back immediately.
696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [X360] Good News! Oblivion will NOT require the hard drive. on: August 19, 2005, 05:54:46 PM
You're kidding me, you think all the 360 games are going to offer no entertainment, and nothing you haven't seen on an Xbox or PS1 unless you have a HD television and play the games wirelessly online? Do you hear what you're saying?

Um, yes, I do.  Of course the games will offer entertainment.  The games on consoles in generations past offered great gameplay too.  You can find great games on any console.  "Better Games" isn't an included feature of the 360.  There will be good games and crap games, like every other system out there.  I suppose if you want to spend $400 (before the cost of the game) just so you can play Oblivion, that's your perogative, but I would personally qualify that as stupid.

What are the features of the 360?  Graphics designed around higher resolutions and high definition TV.  Integrated Wireless controllers.  Online multiplayer built into nearly every game, with Live becoming more and a more a part of the core as opposed to an optional add on.  You're kidding yourself if you don't think MS has designed the box to be an online gaming gateway.  If you don't intend to take advantage of any of those features, why spend the money?  Sure, you'll have different games to play, but they too are going to include hosts of features whos development you'll be paying for when you buy them and then not using.

If it was designed around that technology, you'd think they'd include it with every one they sell...  

Agreed... isn't that why people are pissed off?  Because MS has now decided that the $299 price point they hinted at before is essentially for a crippled version of the console that doesn't include many of the core design features?  That in order to take advantage of the real power of the 360, you need to buy the $399 version?

Obviously MS decided they weren't willing to take that much of a hit on hardware, but didn't want to scrap the $299 point altogether.  They also probably know how much Sony is hurting with the PS3 and realize they're not under as much pressure as they were in the past.
697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [X360] Good News! Oblivion will NOT require the hard drive. on: August 18, 2005, 05:28:41 PM
Why am I stupid for not getting the $400 bundle?

I don't play on Live, so I don't need the headset or the wireless ethernet.
I don't have an HD TV, so I don't need the cables.
I don't sit on my couch but right in front of my TV, so I don't need a wireless controller.

The only advantage for me is HD caching. Well how much will that improve my life? $100 worth? $60 worth (since I will have to get a memory card)

I don't think I am a complete idiot - I think the $400 bundle sucks for anyone not playing on line.

Why are you buying an XBox 360, a game console designed around Hi Def, Online gaming and wireless technology, if you intend to use 10% of the functionality?  Why not just keep your XBox, or better yet a PS1?
698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tipping? on: August 16, 2005, 07:42:31 PM
Normal = 20%
Terrible service = 10%
Excellent service = 30%

Why why why would you tip someone who admittedly delivered terrible service?  A tip is a reward, not an obligation.  This whole 'tip as part of the waitresses salary' thing is just ridiculous.  I'll tip 20% when I get good service, but if I'm unhappy I'm not going to give anyone a reward for anything.  If they need tips to supplement their crappy salary they should either be providing good service or find a job where their crappy attitude isn't going to affect their take home pay.
699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360] Final Fantasy XI on: May 17, 2005, 09:53:20 PM
I dislike the games with a passion.

I think the games are horrid anyway.

For the record I think both mgs and FF suck.

So, Eco, how do you feel about Final Fantasy games?  Are you hoping someone's going to engage you in battle over your opinion, or what?
700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rise of Nations 2 on: May 12, 2005, 04:43:08 PM
Rise of Nations was awesome, and I have confidence that Rise of Legends will also be.  Looks incredible.  This and AOE 3 have me fondly remembering the epic AOK and TA battles I had with my buddies years back (sadly they're not much in the way of gamers anymore).
701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Multiplayer RTS: Starcraft, Warcraft 3, or...? on: May 12, 2005, 04:41:27 PM
There is no multiplayer RTS game on earth that can match up to Total Annihilation.  Also, try out the UberHack - awesome mod for the game.  Adds new annimations, new units, fixes some of the useless units... very cool mod.
702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST news - Fury leaving on: April 11, 2005, 08:24:15 PM
Profit was a full on amazing show - I remember stumbling on it one day without any prior knowledge and flat out being mezmerized by this twisted genius character, and the way he manipulated those around him.  I loved that show, was very sad when it didn't last.

Had no idea that Fury wrote that - I'll have to watch more of his stuff now.
703  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Why does my PC do this????!!!!!! on: March 31, 2005, 09:03:04 PM
I won't get into all the technical ways to do it, but look into disabling the messenger service, particularly if you're not running a windows firewall.  Lots of malware makes use of that particular piece of MS goodness.  Be sure you know what you're doing, though - disabling services is sometimes dangerous.
704  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / City of Heroes - Issue 4 on: March 23, 2005, 09:23:49 PM
I would like to see a female hero who was all boobs, actually.  Freaky!
705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What game have you replayed the most? on: March 19, 2005, 09:00:39 PM
Civ 2 / 3
Freespace 2
Total Annihilation and Expansions
HoMM 3 and Expansions
Diablo 2
Warcraft 3 and Expansion
Quake 3

These are probably the only games that have been consistently reinstalled and replayed on my machine multiple times.  I could probably stop buying games, create an image with just these installed, and happily rotate through them for the rest of my game playing life.  (might get a shooter jones every once in a while).

In terms of total hours played, though, Bards Tale 1, 2 and 3 take the cake.  Played those for hundreds of hours on my Apple 2e in my parents basement for most of junior high.
706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Heroes of Might and Magic 5 is in development on: March 19, 2005, 08:56:18 PM
I don't understand how this is possible, but I completely, 100% agree with Lord Ebonstone in this post.  It seems that the laws of physics are different in this alternate universe, Captain!
707  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Lineage players be nice to your girlfriends! on: February 01, 2005, 05:46:18 PM
Off topic but
Innocent until proven guilty, even in Asia (I assume). Anybody can be arrested.
 Innocent until proven guilty is very much a western society (US, Canada, Western Europe) convention - hell, even in Mexico you're guilty until proven innocent.
708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: December 20, 2004, 10:30:29 PM
The vast majority of gamers were extremely let down by Doom 3, so yes, it deserves to be on a list that reflects the worst of 2004.  Worse than Big Rig Racing?  No.  But it had much higher standards to live up to.  Good and Bad are not black and white concepts.  They're relative.
709  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / ARRGHH!!!! Pulling hair out! Please help. on: December 17, 2004, 10:40:39 PM
I have a lvl 6 human mage and a lvl 12 dwarf pally on Darkspear, which is PvP, and have yet to see anyone of the opposing alliance, let alone have problems with people ganking me.  Just pick a low pop server and you get a decent balance of safety and danger.  Besides, I thought you were only in danger in contested areas, anyway... doesn't that mean that you're safe in newbie zones?

I also have a 22 shaman on Whisperwind... fun, but way more downtime.  Also the Barrens, which is where I'm questing, is CONSTANTLY under attack by Alliance raids.  Ya, they can't touch you unless you flag one of them, but one time I healed someone I passed who must have had his flag on, and for the next 20 min one or another of the endless Alliance raids would kill me on sight.  Ironically I've been ganked far more in PvE than ever on my PvP server.  smile
710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time, Final Round! on: December 06, 2004, 11:07:16 PM
711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2004 Game of the Year on: December 06, 2004, 11:00:58 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"

Otherwise, very weak year for PC gaming for me.  Pirates is on my Christmas list though.

Very weak year!?  Cripes, man, this year has had more blockbuster potential game of the year contenders than the last 5 years combined, as far as I'm concerned.  Wow.

Oh, and WOW is my game of the year, with HL2 being about a millionth of an inch below it.  R:TW, COH, Far Cry - all would have been game of the year for me in any of the past 5 years.  Doom 3 gets my biggest let down of the year award.
712  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / What low population servers are you all on? on: December 06, 2004, 07:11:40 PM
I have a lvl 17 Shaman on WhisperWind in the Wanderers, but the lag and constant downtime drove me crazy.  I now also have a lvl 12 Paladin on Darkspear and am MUCH happier with the server performance.  I'm trying to keep playing on WhisperWind, because I want to play with the guild, but the unfortunate choice of server is really killing me.
713  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW- Server and Player lists READ FIRST POST on: November 26, 2004, 05:13:35 PM
714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 performance thread on: November 17, 2004, 12:35:02 AM
Anyone else using Catalyst 4.11 with the control center?  I'm getting severe texture corruption all over the place, seems to get worse as I bump up the resolution or AA/AF.  I'm running an overclocked 9600 Pro, should be able to run 1024x768 from what I gather, but even at 800x600 I'm getting texture corruptions and artifacts.  Not having problems in any other games, so don't think the card is having a problem... plus I've had it at a stable overclock for almost 4 months now.

Even stranger!  Just went into my display properties to see what the OC was set at, and when I click advanced, the pc reboots!  Did it 3 times.  Any ideas?  Wasn't having any problems with 4.9 earlier today before I upgraded, at Steam's urging.
715  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [City of heroes] Epic power pool info released on: November 12, 2004, 10:56:24 PM
Gravity Well is pondering coming out of retirement...  I too get pangs every once in a while when I see the little icon in my quick launch bar.  Seeing the Incredibles the other day also inspired me a bit.  Not sure I want to get started again, though, with WOW just around the corner.
716  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Opening Cinematic on: November 11, 2004, 07:01:04 PM
HOLY SH!T.  That's amazing, just simply amazing.
717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: The Third Age RPG: Going to be good? on: October 28, 2004, 09:29:46 PM
Um... It's lightsaber, not litesabo.  Kids these days have no respect for the classics.
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