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7801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Sony's current marketing...issues... (somewhat NFSW) on: June 11, 2007, 11:54:40 PM
The side boobage is a clear sign that it's for the euro market.  Here in America, we're okay with people being shot and blown to bits in our commercials, but a little bit of breasts and sex and we can't show it. slywink
7802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games returning to the Mac... on: June 11, 2007, 10:52:14 PM
Actually, I believe DirectX is propietary to windows.  So no DirectX.  However, I read an article saying that there was a DirectX to OpenGL wrapper, a driver that translated DirectX hardware calls into OpenGL calls.

I suspect Carmack had something to do with this since Id is big into using OpenGL.

But yeah, I was expecting this ever since Apple switched to intl based chipsets.
7803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Slim = Redesign? on: June 11, 2007, 10:50:02 PM
As said above, I suspect Sony is holding on to a lot of news in preperation for E3.  I'm sure there's all sorts of stuff they're going to announce and show.  I want to see Killzone 2, and there's word of some new PSP games and features.
7804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any coop games on the 360 on 1 system? on: June 11, 2007, 10:45:33 PM
Don't bother with Kameo co-op. You have to unlock the levels first by beating the game, and that sort of defeats the point of co-op.
7805  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender animation, great show! on: June 11, 2007, 12:34:33 AM
I'm kinda glad they're just going to go ahead and end this storyline instead of dragging it out like a lot of other shows do.
7806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Slim = Redesign? on: June 10, 2007, 10:38:36 PM
Actually, there was yet another rumor about a few months back that said they couldn't get the 8GB in, so they reduced it to 4GB.

This flash memory is different from the memory stick in that it's the same stuff that's in usb flash drives.  It's a cheaper kind of memory where they can get by with having bad sectors by simply marking them bad and using the rest, great for chip yields.  So 8GB is still a possibility, especially so if they hope this new PSP design will be used a lot with their online store.
7807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Avatar: The Last Airbender animation, great show! on: June 10, 2007, 08:26:21 AM
Just wanted to see if anyone else out here is an Avatar fan.

For those who don't know, Avatar is an animation on Nick that's a mix between Western style writing and eastern japanese animation. Great story, characters, and animation.

It's a kids show, as such the main characters are 12-15, but everything is treated remarkably mature, no squeeky voiced characters here. Overall, it's a great fantasy adventure.

The premise sounds done before, but you are any bit interested in good animation and storytelling, you owe it to yourself to rent or buy one of the DVDs.

Basically, there's four nations of people in this world each grouped together by a natural magical affinity with one of the four elements (earth, air, fire, water). This affinity allows them to manipulate that element, which is called bending. It's mostly peaceful, due to the efforts of one mythical figure known as the Avatar, one who can use and master all four elements at the same time.

When the story sets out, the Avatar disapeared over a hundred years ago, just before the Fire nation begins a war of conquest. Two youths from the southern water nation stumble upon an airbender, named Aang, trapped in an iceberg. They learn he's the Avatar and he's been trapped there for over 100 years. Thus begins their adventure to train Aang to become the true Avatar, and stop the fire nation's conquest.
7808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Sony's current marketing...issues... (somewhat NFSW) on: June 10, 2007, 08:00:48 AM
Probably the God of War 2 crowd.  I think they're just angry that they get all the releases late.
7809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MGS4: Guns of the Patriots E3 2006 Trailer Remastered (errection GET!) on: June 09, 2007, 11:52:48 PM
It's likely because they use cow brains and other parts to control them.  The legs are obviously fleshy, and they poop weird green stuff.  In one scene the gear charges a group of men, very bull-like.

They'll probably tie it in with some conspiracy involving mad cow disease not being a disease, but a nano experiment used to turn cow brains into weapon control platforms.  Tongue
7810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Supreme Commander Mods: Uniconomy on: June 09, 2007, 12:44:53 PM
A new version of Uniconomy was released.  This one fixes the energy deficiency.


Direct link:

Uniconomy is a mod that removes all resource gathering from Supreme Commander.  Instead, your commander provides all the necessary mass and energy, starting at a small income at the start of the game, the resource income rate gets higher over time.  The rate of increase is meant to simulate how fast a skilled SC player gets his economy running.  You don't build mass or energy producing buildings at all, and the commander doesn't get any resource upgrades.  This allows players to focus on the battles.

All build costs are now in mass, with the energy costs folded into mass.  The only thing energy is used for are for unit abilities like stealth and shields.  In a way, this helps new players jump into the MP game since players start off on more equal footing.  Where before a new player had to both learn a somewhat complex economy and battle at the same time, now they can focus on building units and fighting.

So, anyone and to try some versus games with this?
7811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I am Legend Teaser trailer on: June 09, 2007, 12:21:40 PM
At the very least the robot was an interesting character.

Will Smith is a pretty good actor, good to see him in leading roles.
7812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: final fantasy for 360 on: June 09, 2007, 08:15:45 AM
Eh, they're in a tough spot since these next gen wars aren't over.  Sony needs a killer ap, Square has had a very good relationship with Sony, and it's likely Sony is paying them for some form of exclusivity.

So they can't come right out and say there's not going to be a FF game on the 360, it all depends on whether Sony can sell enough PS3s to get enough game sales to justify the exclusive.  But, to do that Sony needs a killer ap like Final Fantasy, Killzone 2, and God of War 3.

It's kind of a catch-22.  But then again, all Square has to do is just keep developing, release on the PS3 to comply with their temporary exclusivity deal.  Then see if the sales are good.  If so, they stick with Sony for a while longer.  If it bombs, there's no doubt they'll port it to the 360.
7813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Slim = Redesign? on: June 09, 2007, 08:07:20 AM
Probably because he already has a DS?  slywink
7814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 09, 2007, 08:06:24 AM
And, in general, games for these next gen consoles are costing more to produce.  Which means more multiplatform, more Wii games, and more stylized artistic direction to cut down on graphics costs.

I'm really looking forward to the more US/Euro style RPGs coming out on the 360.  Although they're pretty costly to make, games like Mass Effect, Bioshock, Oblivion, and even Fallout 3 appeal to me a little more than JRPGs, usually this is because the characters and plots are more mature overall.  Whereas a lot of JRPGs have either teens, or adults that have the emotional maturity (or speaking ability) of teens put in weird and mature situations that would normally require mature responses, but end up being angsty teen responses.
7815  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chiquita being sued for funding terrorists on: June 09, 2007, 01:15:11 AM
A big problem with the world is that we're too afraid to simply kill off a company/corporation, instead giving them fines that are little more than wrist slaps.

Then we'll go and incarcerate real people for their entire lives for stealing some pizza or cable.
7816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Impressions/Availability on: June 08, 2007, 10:17:35 PM
7817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun on: June 08, 2007, 08:40:22 PM
On the PC version, they try to balance out the PC's accuracy by a few methods.  I don't recall all of them that the developer listed in an interview, but one of them was that when a PC user turns his view quickly (you know, like the CS style instant 180 degree turn and shot in the head) they get a substantial accuracy penalty as their cone of fire widens then slowly returns to normal.
7818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Impressions/Availability on: June 08, 2007, 08:26:10 PM
They've had a slight balance problem in the first version where certain armies use more energy than others.  So they're rebalancing that.

Oh, there's no energy building either, the only thing energy is used for are unit abilities and things that need it to shoot (Artillery).  The energy costs of building units are folded into mass, making things focused on one resource type.

Also just released was a space version of the game, it's pretty cool looking especially with the scale differences.  You build things out of a home asteroid, the ships come out.  You can build fighters and such which are tiny.  In fights there's all this weapon fire going around as fighters zip around ships and ships firew beam weapons at each other.
7819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: final fantasy for 360 on: June 08, 2007, 08:22:31 PM
So all that really means is that unless it sells poorly on the PS3, it won't be coming to the 360.  But FF13 would likely do a lot to sell the system and make its own sales.  If there is ever a Final Fantasy on the 360, don't expect to see it for quite some time.
7820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Slim = Redesign? on: June 08, 2007, 08:19:24 PM
It's a hardware refresh, not a new handheld.  They'd fracture their user base if they added any features like that, not to mention the price would go up significantly.  That said, they probably wanted to add a lot of things like a second analog and touch screen, but knew it wasn't possible unless they made a PSP2, not psp slim.  I think what they're hoping is that with a hardware refresh, and a bunch of high profile exclusive games coming out for the system (God of War, FF7 CC, Crush, etc...), the PSP will get popular enough for them to consider a PSP2, completely new hardware.  Since the new system would probably be back to the $200 price point, they'd need the popularity of the old PSP, backward compatability, and a established user and developer base to make it succeed.

Although honestly if you want to run homebrew a GP32x is a good option.  Or you could buy an original PSP since a lot of people will sell their old old ones to get this, mod chip it, and run anything you want.  Er, that's actually what I plan to do with my old one once the new PSP is released.

The main thing I hope is that they make it easier to hold.  The grip used on a PSP is a bit cumbersome, and the way the speakers push sound out the bottom instead of the front is annoying.

Definitely looking forward to this new version.  There's a lot of good games coming out for the system
7821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best game on the PSP - DJ Max Portable *SEQUEL ANNOUNCED!!!* *NOW SHIPPI on: June 08, 2007, 07:58:57 AM
With this, Crush, and the Killzone online patch my psp has been getting a ton of playtime

Fun fun fun, so many good games coming out for the PSP.  Finally!
7822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MGS4: Guns of the Patriots E3 2006 Trailer Remastered (errection GET!) on: June 07, 2007, 08:52:53 AM
Looks like they fixed up the lighting too, it's subtle, but the lighting is much improved.
7823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Psychonauts!!! on: June 07, 2007, 02:04:24 AM
There's a secret area in her levels that's really spooky.
7824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft trying to kill PC gaming? on: June 06, 2007, 07:41:42 AM
Title from a news blurb on VoodooExtreme, about an article written by Daily Game:

The article could drop the snarky and slightly whining tone, but it does bring up some good points.  If MS wanted to do something to underhandedly hurt PC gaming, this could be it.  Likewise, if they really wanted to keep PC gaming around, they could stand to actually put more effort into it.  Because admittedly, other OSes have started gaining a lot of ground, and gaming has traditionally been window's strong point.  Linux made a decent move on business PCs last year, Apple is poised to make a big push on the Windows market by switching to Intel chips, meaning software that was once only windows because it was too much a hassle to port to the powerPC chip could go to macs.

For example, one of the big reasons why we don't see direct Mac version is a lot of high profile games is that the middleware they use, such as physics and sound engines are written for PC chips.  Once macs start using the same chips as PCs, it opens up the gaming market a lot.
7825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Psychonauts!!! on: June 06, 2007, 07:32:27 AM
Screw that, I'm buying a new copy to play on the 360.
7826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: final fantasy for 360 on: June 06, 2007, 07:30:54 AM
So it seems that Sony finally paid Square enough to guarantee exclusivity.  It's pretty likely that a deal was made, Sony can justify the huge cost of such a deal because they know, without a doubt, that getting the first next gen final fantasy on their system will make it sell, just like FF7 and FF10 did.

Eh, so you have to wait a few years until the system drops in price.  We'll likely see a price drop before, or to coincide with the release of FF13 considering the game is at least a year and a half away.

I've been planning to get a PS3 for a while now simply because I want to play PS2 games that I've missed, and then have a future proof system on top of that.  It's pricey, but I am someone who can use a lot of the system's extra features beyond gaming.

Versus 13 is supposedly a multiplayer capable FF13 spinoff (or side story?) that's more action based and will probably have online multiplayer.  Hopefully Sony gets Home working and generally fixes up their online support and matchmaking.  And I really hope FF13 or Versus includes co-op, which from the interviews it seems it will.

Just be glad you get Gears and Mass Effect.  slywink  I'm actually looking forward to Mass Effect more simply because of the new NPC interactions, that's more next gen to me than the latest graphical effects.
7827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Shadowrun Impressions on: June 06, 2007, 01:03:32 AM
For me, the sweet spot is around $25 for me to buy this game.  I might have rented the game for a 4 player game night at my place, but the devs didn't bother to put in split screen, so they aren't getting my money.

Honestly, I've been playing Half-Life mods that have more content.

It's likely that by the time I buy the game for $25 or less, it'll have been abandoned by most players for other online games released.
7828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-time PC gaming disappointments on: June 05, 2007, 01:29:17 AM
7829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii are married on: June 05, 2007, 01:28:40 AM
<insert funny Firefly comment about Jayne wanting to make a trade>


Congrats on your wonderfully understanding wife.

And also consolations to her for her soon to be game widow status.  Tongue
7830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japan: 5 to 1... on: June 05, 2007, 01:23:10 AM
It's all about the games.
7831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Party 8 on: June 04, 2007, 05:27:40 AM
One of the main complaints reviewers give is that the game doesn't reward good players with the win, it's too random in how is decides a victor.  As above, The Grue trounced his son at the game.

However, with party games like this the point isn't to have a game where the most skilled wins all the time, it's supposed to be random and have lots of fun minigames.  So people have fun playing those minigames, and don't have to worry about some hardcore gamer beating them at everything.
7832  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: It's Baaaack! (DeepDiscount 20% off sale) thru June 17th on: June 03, 2007, 08:39:34 PM
I picked up the Planet Earth full series DVD.  Figured it'd be a good investment for animal drawing and an interesting watch.

I'm probably going to buy the Avatar season 1 DVDs and Season 2 if it's out.
7833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam guest passes for Counter Strike Source and Red Orchestra on: June 03, 2007, 04:47:56 AM
Yeah, I think the free pass are for those who are only interested in CS, but aren't sure about buying HL2 for it.

PM me with your email address so I can send you the pass.  Keep in mind that they recently handed out these passes, so the servers are filled with noobs, counter strike players, and all the griefers from CS that followed.
7834  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Company of Heroes multiplayer? on: June 03, 2007, 12:08:21 AM
Can you say about how many hours from your next post?  Evening there might be morning elsewhere. slywink
7835  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is deleting one's own forum account possible? (not forshadowing, just curiou on: June 02, 2007, 08:22:13 AM
Actually, I've been thinking of permanently switching internet usernames for a while now.  I finally found a nice sounding original username, I wouldn't mind starting over from scratch.
7836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Steam guest passes for Counter Strike Source and Red Orchestra on: June 02, 2007, 08:19:28 AM
I have one pass for CS:S, and two for Red Orchestra.

Each pass allows you to download and play for 10 days free.

Just wondering if anyone here from GT wanted to try these games.
7837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game Jackal is Back? on: June 02, 2007, 06:48:21 AM
Technically, I think it's still the original developers that are working on this, they just pass the results to SlySoft, who actually sells the software and passes back a portion to the devs.
7838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Skinning your consoles (and why you should do it). on: June 02, 2007, 06:43:08 AM
You can make your own clean room by steaming up your bathroom with hot water, then letting the steam settle.  The steam takes a lot of the dust out of the air as it does.

And to prevent body particles from falling off and messing up your system, you can also take a shower, which effectively steams up the room.
7839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica ends next season on: June 02, 2007, 06:15:18 AM
Caprica was never a good idea to begin with.

I wonder if this means they can give The Dresden Files some more episodes now, especially since they haven't decided whether to renew the show, and they're all out of episodes to air.
7840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New handheld RPG shots on: June 02, 2007, 06:04:23 AM
It's $50 more than the DS already, for a system that's got twice, if not more, power.

You're not waiting for it to get cheaper, you're just waiting for the new games to release since the psp, finally, is getting a lot of new games.
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