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7281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official what are you buying at launch thread (PS3 & Wii) on: November 16, 2006, 03:49:21 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 16, 2006, 03:37:34 PM

Heh...nope.

I'll give you a hint though.....this is my uncle:

http://www.ey.com/global/content.nsf/International/Media_-_Our_Leaders

James S. Turley
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young

Seriously.  icon_smile

So that Scrooge McDuck picture that I think Yellowking posted on OO was of your rich uncle and not you.  It all makes sense now.
7282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS 360 wheel help on: November 16, 2006, 02:33:15 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 16, 2006, 01:57:33 PM

Thanks. I got it last night finally. It had to be quadrant one.

This was my guess, but I didn't actually know, so didn't reply.  I figured the problem was the wheel had to be player 1.
7283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 HD Options Question (1080vs720) on: November 16, 2006, 02:31:49 PM

Quote from: jblank on November 16, 2006, 02:13:26 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 16, 2006, 01:46:11 PM

Is there a web site where I can look up my model of TV and find out what its native resolution is?

What kind of TV do you have? I can find out for you.

It's a Sony Wega KV-30HS420
7284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 HD Options Question (1080vs720) on: November 16, 2006, 01:46:11 PM
Is there a web site where I can look up my model of TV and find out what its native resolution is?
7285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The PS3 downscales 720p on incapable TVs on: November 16, 2006, 01:04:42 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 16, 2006, 03:59:54 AM

As Chaz mentioned, the easiest thing to do would be to set your 360 or an upconverting DVD player to 720p.  If it works then you're good to go. 

In that case, mine does work.  I have my 360 set to 720p right now.
7286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The PS3 downscales 720p on incapable TVs on: November 16, 2006, 03:23:17 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 16, 2006, 02:12:38 AM

Most CRTs won't upscale that way.  I think when they say 720p, they mean it accepts Over-the-Air antenna signals from nets that broadcast in 720p (ABC is one I believe), but won't accept a 720p signal input via component or HDMI.  I know that's the case with my TVs at least.  You need the box doing the decoding to upscale the content- usally the Sat/Cable box, upconverting DVD player, or the 360.  Sounds like the PS3 won't do that. 

They list 720p as a resolution on the diagram when discussing the component inputs, though.  To me, that seems to indicate that those inputs take 720p.  However, it says nothing about whether it displays it at that resolution or not.  I hate that my TV has no way to tell me what mode it is currently at right now.  It is a SOny Wega, so you would think it would, but I can't find anywhere that gives me this information.
7287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The PS3 downscales 720p on incapable TVs on: November 16, 2006, 01:59:56 AM
This would affect me.  Fuck Sony.

Actually, I am kind of confused on this.  My TV says it takes 480i-1080i inputs and mentions 720p.  It doesn't mention anywhere that it actually upscales 720p to 1080i, but it is a CRT HDTV and I have read that all CRT HDTVs upscale from 720p to 1080i and don't actually display in 720p.  Is this true?  Unfortunately, I have no way to determine what mode my TV displays in actuality.
7288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Front Page = LOTS of new reviews (including Wii stuff!) on: November 15, 2006, 10:13:58 PM
Your reviews have been linked on GAF, so expect even more.
7289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy III (DS) Impressions on: November 15, 2006, 08:15:32 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 15, 2006, 08:11:57 PM


What do you mean by being able to quicksave any time out of battle, but once you load it it disappears? What disappears?

What I believe he means is that when you load this quicksave, it is no longer available to load from again.  So, let's say you load your quicksave and then you lose battery power.  You would no longer have that quick save to go to to load up.
7290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I feel sorry for the PSP. on: November 15, 2006, 06:21:54 PM

Quote from: warning on November 15, 2006, 06:18:10 PM

Ever since I was able to downgrade my PSP to firmware 1.5 I use it all the time.  I'm playing through Zelda Link's Awakening DX and Chrono Trigger now, I have e-books going on there and I'm able to watch videos that are encoded to use the full resolution of the PSP's screen and look gorgeous.  I probably use my PSP 3 or 4 times as much as I used to.

Of course I'm not using it to play PSP games which is a problem for Sony.

This brings up a good point as well.  I had made the mistake of upgrading my firmware past a point of being able to go back.  I would actually use the device more if I could run homebrew on it.  I understand why Sony wants to fight it, but it is a shame as well because if I could run homebrew, I might actually use the system for e-books and things like that.  That still doesn't bode well for the system as a games machine, though, which is why I bought it at launch.
7291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I feel sorry for the PSP. on: November 15, 2006, 06:20:08 PM

Quote from: Devil on November 15, 2006, 06:14:44 PM

Still love it.

I'd rather wait for a game I want to play than have instant access to something I don't really care about.

 icon_biggrin

My problem is I care about games for both systems, but one I have to wait for and one i don't.  Guess which one gets played?
7292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official what are you buying at launch thread (PS3 & Wii) on: November 15, 2006, 06:00:33 PM
I will be getting:

Component cable
Wii
1 nunchuck
1 wiimote
either a Wavebird or retro contoller (probably the Wavebird, since I will be able to play all old games with it, whereas I can't play Gamecube games with the retro controller)
Super Money Ball
Twilight Princess
Rayman
Either Red Steel or Marvel Ultimate Alliance

I don't think I need to buy the points cards because I assume I can purchase VC games with a credit card, right?
7293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I feel sorry for the PSP. on: November 15, 2006, 05:55:29 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on November 15, 2006, 05:53:46 PM

Re Battery life:  The battery life really bugged me at first.  I quickly realized I almost never played out of reach of a outlet.  If I get any serious PSP play time, my PSP charges the next day at my desk, or overnight after I hit the hay.  Ultimately...I never play long enough to drain the battery in one sitting (even with WIFI titles) and it ends up on a charger much like my phone does.   I actually can't wait to get Lumines 2, Warhammer: Battle for Atluma, and Yu-Gi-Oh GX Tag Force.

The problem is that I do run out.  I travel a good deal and play my handhelds a great deal.  Getting only 4 hours out of some games sucks and sucks hard.
7294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I feel sorry for the PSP. on: November 15, 2006, 05:49:46 PM
Creepy Smell brings up another good point, which I didn't mention in my post.  The portability of PSP is much less since it is a bigger unit and doesn't fold.  I have the Logitech case and it just isn't friendly to stick that thing in your pocket when you want some gaming on the go.  So, my DS Lite goes in my pocket instead.
7295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I feel sorry for the PSP. on: November 15, 2006, 05:40:07 PM
I'll tell you what it is for me.  I struggle ever day with whether to sell mine off or not.  I just got Loco Roco recently, which was the first PSP game I had bought in many months.  I beat it the other night and am sitting thinking about what game to get next.  There are many out there I can choose, but I just can't seem to get excited about any of them due to the real problem of the PSP.

For me, the main problem are load times and shitty battery life.  The games I have bought have been very good, but I dread playing them because I know I am wasting precious gameplay time with load times, which just don't exist on the DS.  And yes, I know about sleep mode and use it on both the DS and PSP.  Sleep mode doesn't fix the fact that in some games, when I hit Start to bring up a menu, it can take many seconds to actually pop up, whereas on the DS it comes up instantly.  On a home console this isn't so bad, but on a handheld, it is so noticeable.
7296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Front Page = LOTS of new reviews (including Wii stuff!) on: November 15, 2006, 05:13:33 PM
Knightshade,

I am torn between Red Steel and Marvel Ultimate Alliance.  I have a 360, but never got around to getting Marvel for it and I was curious how it might play better with the Wii controls.  Have you played the 360 version?  If so, how do you compare the two?  I know the graphics won't be as good, but is the gameplay better on Wii?
7297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 15, 2006, 02:41:45 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 15, 2006, 02:31:22 PM


Just ordered mine with next day shipping.  Hopefully, they ship today or tomorrow so I can get them before Sunday.
7298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 3 Wii videos on: November 15, 2006, 01:14:23 PM

Quote from: JCC on November 15, 2006, 01:00:59 PM

Checking out the IGN review it looks like the Wii may be like the DS in that multi-platmform games may be something to avoid.


Well, to be fair, it doesn't have multiplayer and of course the graphics aren't going to be as good.  I think that if it would have least had multiplayer, it would have been closer to the score that the others got because the controls would have made up some of the points it lost for graphics.
7299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 14, 2006, 01:52:41 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 14, 2006, 01:03:48 PM

'Tatooed Love Boys'.   thumbsdown

Tattooed Love Boys was one of my favorite Pretenders songs when I was a kid.  I loved it when the guitarist would hit that Wiii Wiii Wiii Wiii and then go into the duh duh duuuh duh duh duh duh duh.  I thought it was the coolest thing ever.  So, getting to play that song in guitar hero ranks very high with me.
7300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/13) on: November 14, 2006, 03:09:33 AM
This, folks, is the main reason I self-limited myself.  As I stated in another thread, I am limiting myself to owning one DS, one PSP, and one home console game at any time (Wii is exception, but it is launch and once that is over then it will fall into my one home console game at a time rule).  So, right now I have Children of Mana, Loco Roco, and FFXII to play.  I just beat Loco Roco, so I will go get another PSP game.  It takes a lot of self-restraint to do this as I would just go buy all the big games, but what that did was make me play all of them only a little bit and I would never finish any of them.  Sure, I want Final Fantasy III this week for the DS, but I need to finish Children of Mana first.  I really want Viva Pinata, but I need to finish FFXII first.  It is going to save me a ton of money in the long run and I am glad I finally figured this out and put this rule down on myself.
7301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/13) on: November 14, 2006, 01:27:59 AM

Quote from: mikeg on November 14, 2006, 12:21:37 AM


Must be nice to be rich.  Good for you man.  As for me, nothing.  Trying to figure out how I can afford Rainbow Six Vegas next week.  Then that is it for me for the rest of the year.


You know, the money itself of Hetz' monster purchase doesn't concern me near as much as how in the hell he can ever hope to play all those games.

As for me, it's all Wii this week and I will be picking up Zelda, Super Monkey Ball, Rayman, and maybe Red Steel, but might change that over to Marvel Ultimate Alliance since I never got it on 360 and am interested in using the wiimote for it.  Basically, if there are any reviews out for those two games, I will be all over them trying to make my final decision before Sunday.

I also might get a PSP game since I just beat Loco Roco.  Part of me just wants to sell the thing, but I see Metal Gear off in the future and it is about the only thing that holds me back now that I have played Loco Roco.  If I did get one, it would probably be Gitaroo Man.
7302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 13, 2006, 01:25:09 AM
I don't have any impressions yet as I don't have the game, but I just found out I won a copy from a blog I read, so I should get it this week.  This is good because I really wanted this game, but my self-imposed one home console game at a time rule is in effect and I chose something else over it.  I will post impressions when I get the game later this week.
7303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 12, 2006, 06:47:00 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 07, 2006, 01:16:29 AM

Not long now!  icon_smile

This reminds me of Linus in "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," for some reason and I hear his voice in my head when I read it.

Anyway, I pre-ordered it from Gamestop and was about 7th in line.  I have the system, Twilight Princess, Super Monkey Ball, Rayman, and Red Steel reserved.  So, I need to go score another controller and nunchuk and also get some component cables, assuming they are available at launch as has been hinted at.  I am still not totally convinced about Red Steel, so I may change that over to another game.  The 19th can't come soon enough.
7304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 12, 2006, 05:15:25 AM
Very slowly progressing through Tier 7 on Expert.  Managed to finish Madhouse and Carry Me Home.  Carry Me Home is one crazy fast song.

Edit:  Right after posting this I beat Laid to Rest.  Damn that song is fast.

Edit +1: Now Psychobilly Freakout.  I kind of cheated a bit to beat it, but hey, it still counts.

Edit +2:  Having a good night as YYZ was a piece of cake compared to those 4 before it.  Now for Tier 8.

Edit +3:  Beat Misirilou first try.  I can double pick very well and the fingering is really easy.  I only made it through 68% of Hangar 18 though.  Heading back in for more.

Edit +4:  I am in a groove.  Beat Beast and the Harlot first try.

Edit +5: Hangar 18 done.

Edit +6: Institutionalized done.  Time for some Freebird action.
7305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 11, 2006, 09:57:12 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 11, 2006, 09:08:57 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on November 11, 2006, 08:27:18 PM

there was nothing in that Motorstorm build that couldn't be done on the 360, it was not impressive at all.

Then why hasn't someone done it on the 360?  confused

Because Motorstorm was developed for PS3 and not 360?  It isn't like the 360 isn't capable.  Gears of War is better looking than all the launch PS3 games.
7306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/10/06 on: November 10, 2006, 05:17:50 PM
Not too much time to game this weekend as I need to go to Montgomery, AL on Sunday for work.  I will try to play some GH2 and FFXII, though.  Oh, and on the portables, Children of Mana and Loco Roco.  So, I guess I will get some gaming in after all.  icon_smile
7307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 10, 2006, 05:43:50 AM
I am absolutely loving the game and just started playing it tonight because I have been out of town.  I started on Expert and made it through all the songs on Tier 5, except Freya on my first try.  Freya took about 5 or 6 tries before I made it through it.  Crazy on You took quite a few tries, too, but I am now on Tier 7, but need to stop because my wrists are killing me.  I love the song selection and I also played a little co-op with the missus, which she enjoyed greatly.  I love it more than the first Guitar Hero and that says a hell of a lot, because I loved the first one so much.
7308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OK Gear-Heads... Fall In! [Gears of War] on: November 06, 2006, 05:08:35 PM
I will be in once I finish FFXII and Zelda.  In other words, once you guys are tired of multiplayer, I will finally get the game.
7309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: Knightshade is a Psycho Edition on: November 06, 2006, 03:25:31 PM
Played FFXII, Loco Roco, Contact (and then finally got tired of it and traded it in), Guitar Hero, and Children of Mana.
7310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WTFPS2 on: November 06, 2006, 03:24:16 PM
I've been playing Okami, FFXII, and GH2 as well.  I haven't played my 360 in a while, except for Arcade games.  I know I am not a graphics whore, though, because a Wii is in my future.
7311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally beat Cowboys From Hell on Expert on: November 06, 2006, 03:23:11 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 06, 2006, 02:35:34 PM

I can 5 star/100% Cowboys from Hell on Expert while strumming with my teeth!

What the hell it's not like you guys can verify it or anything. slywink OK, well I beat it on medium and will never come close on hard.

Hey, just go all old school Activision and take a picture and send it to me.  I will send you a patch.
7312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/06) on: November 06, 2006, 03:21:43 PM
Guitar Hero 2 and Elite Beat Agents.
7313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finally beat Cowboys From Hell on Expert on: November 06, 2006, 02:17:09 AM
I went to Best Buy and they had a Guitar Hero 2 demo with 10 songs on it there.  I played a few of the songs and passed them on Expert my first time through, so I got home and said to myself that today is the day I am going to beat Cowboys From Hell on Expert.  So, I went home, put in GH and loaded up the song.  I haven't even tried playing that song in half a year or more, but I sat there and played it about 12 times before I finally got through.  I jumped up and down and immediately sent out an email to Bill Harris prodding him into matching my feat.  Let's see if he can do it.
7314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How common is it for games to not be able to go into "sleep mode" on the PSP on: November 05, 2006, 05:22:44 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 05, 2006, 05:13:45 PM

Incorrect.
Just slide it up and then let it go.  It'll go to sleep.  What you are doing is a hard power-down.
Correct. Now you will know the power of sleep mode.  I would commit suicide if I had to sit through the complete boot up each time.  The load times on the PSP itself are usually bad enough.
7315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need advice on which console system to buy on: November 05, 2006, 04:31:01 PM
As far as I know, the Wii is not region free.  The 360 can be region free, but it just depends on the publisher of the game itself.  Some games are region free and some are not.  With the PS3, I thought it was region free, but not sure if it is more like the 360 or if it is like the DS where it is truly region free.
7316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How common is it for games to not be able to go into "sleep mode" on the PSP on: November 05, 2006, 04:27:45 PM
Is this the only game you have that does this?  No other PSP game I have played does this.  I just pop it into sleep mode and it comes right out.  I assume you've played more PSP games than Dungeon Siege, right?  What I mean to say is you know how to put it into sleep mode, right?  Seems odd that this one game would do this, but stupider things have happened.  If it really is just this game, it would be a reason for me not to buy it right there.
7317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Legendary Pre-order on: November 05, 2006, 03:42:07 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 05, 2006, 01:25:16 AM

Its a -5 to CHA Master Chief Helm of Money-Sinkage.

I LOLed.
7318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I can't believe I just bought a faceplate for the 360 on: November 03, 2006, 08:38:49 PM
If I saw one for $4.50, I would probably bite.  $20 is ridiculous, though.
7319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pulling Eject on Nintendo Wii Purchase on: November 03, 2006, 07:51:42 PM

Quote from: Devil on November 03, 2006, 06:25:41 PM

IN and IN!

How can I hammer something without first hand experience?  icon_wink

Plus, you'll contribute to Nintendo making money.

As for me, I think you guys know I am IN!!!  Got mine pre-ordered along with 4 games.
7320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] New Super Smash Brothers Trailer on: November 03, 2006, 07:49:44 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 03, 2006, 07:42:16 PM

But is this the sort of game that appeals to people who don't even play fighting games because of the chharacters?

I hate fighting games and still like Smash Brothers.  It's just a fun game that doesn't require you to memorize 20 button combos.
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