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9201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 2005 - Best Screenshots on: May 17, 2005, 09:39:02 PM
The game is basically Grand Theft Mall Zombies.

Basically, the hero goes to investigate some strange happenings in this one town, only to find it overrun by zombies.  He makes his way into the local mall, thinking that'll be safe, but he was wrong.

So, how he has all this equipment from the mall that he can use to stay alive and try to escape.
9202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360] Final Fantasy XI on: May 17, 2005, 08:04:14 PM
I love the story and art to most FF games, but the gameplay could really use a refresher.
9203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3] Motor Storm trailer on: May 17, 2005, 08:02:25 PM
Then again, if you consider other videos of actual gameplay for other 360 games, what they showed could very well be actual gameplay.
9204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I can't find it anywhere, Is Xbox360 backwards compatible? on: May 17, 2005, 07:16:44 PM
Actually, it's been confirmed as emulation, the post on voodoo extreme with the MS guys saying it was emulation.
9205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where can I find a video of that FF7 PS3 tech demo? on: May 17, 2005, 07:07:45 PM
Actually, they're basically touting that the graphics you saw in that tech demo will be the same whether it's a cinematic or during play.

I suspect the new FF game will be FF7-2, they've been going on about it for a long time.

Although, who knows whether they'll find some way to update the original FF7 somehow and include it with the new game.  I mean, it's been a long time since the game was out, they've got to introduce new players to the series.
9206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I can't find it anywhere, Is Xbox360 backwards compatible? on: May 17, 2005, 08:28:22 AM
Perhaps the backwards compatability will be through some sort of emulation?  If so, it would make a lot of sense for them to be cautious as most of the games will have problems.  They'd have to release Live patches to the emulation program that would have run setting profiles for specific games.

This would cost money for them to produce, and thus would be limited to the titles they think are worthy of being played on the XB360.

EDIT:  Looks like I was right on the money.  Backwards compatability is via emulator.  Just saw the post on VE, so that means only certain titles will be playable on the Xbox 360, and I suspect most of them you'll already have.
9207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So where do you stand right now? on: May 17, 2005, 08:22:33 AM
Sarkus, you do have a point there.

I don't have any brand loyalty, it's all about the games for me.  But if the Xbox 360 is coming out that much earlier, I don't see a reason not to get it since it's already on my list.  By the time the PS2 comes out I'll have saved enough for that too (and my nice tax return has helped in that regard).

Oblivion would be better on my PC, but there's still plenty of release titles for the 360 that I'm looking forward to.
9208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System discussion: Xbox 360 on: May 17, 2005, 08:19:13 AM
All I want to know is...

Steel Battalion 360?  Tongue

Seriously though, if they put out a non game specific monster controller like the SB controller, I would still buy it and SB to go with it.

I mean, all those light up buttons and two sticks would be useful for many games.  If they release such a beast early, other game makers might adopt it and have games out for it by the console's mid life.

Or, if they released a standardized set of specifications, much like a normal controller, third party manufacturers could get in on the action.
9209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where can I find a video of that FF7 PS3 tech demo? on: May 17, 2005, 06:14:32 AM
As per the title, some people here have said they've seen videos of the FF7 PS3 tech demo.

Being a fan of FF7, I just have to see it but I can't seem to find it.
9210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So where do you stand right now? on: May 17, 2005, 05:54:48 AM
I'm impressed with both so far, and I'll actually be getting the Nintendo system this time around, simply for the games and the fact that my little sister needs games that she can play at her age (plus Nintendo seems to be getting more mature titles, as RE4 showed).

Much to the chagrin of my bank account, I'll be getting all three eventually.

However, my first purchase is a toss up between XB360 or PS3.  Most likely it'll be the PS3 simply because many of the better Xbox games tend to come out on the PC anyway (and I'll have my PC upgraded by then).

Xbox 1 was better for multiplayer gaming this time, but the PS3 now has capability for 7 wireless controllers, although I don't know what it's online capability will be, hopefully it'll rival Live.  The big reason why the PS2 never got play time at my house was that I had my single player games on the PC, and the multiplayer couch games on the Xbox.

This'll give the Xbox time to bring out its more original titles, though.
9211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System Discussion: Playstation 3 on: May 17, 2005, 05:15:07 AM
Actually, it's very similar to the logitech controller, which felt quite natural in my hands.

I'll wait to pass judgement on the controller until I've gotten one in my hands, probably from an in store demo unit.

If all else fails, they'll do what MS did and release a revised controller and make it the standard.  By then I'd have 3rd party controllers.
9212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 15, 2005, 04:14:53 AM
Hicks + advanced guns + abundant wildlife = pointless slaughter

Of course, it looks bad, and I think it's bad, but they may have licenses for such killing, and they might actually be helping to maintain a balance of predetor to prey.

Then again, such duck hunting have made several species extinct already if I recall.
9213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Psychonauts!!! on: May 13, 2005, 07:13:36 PM
It should get long run sales via word of mouth and reviews.
9214  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Horde Vs Alliance - The Alterac Valley Chronicles. on: May 13, 2005, 09:23:18 AM
Horde Vs Alliance - The Alterac Valley Chronicles.

"Well gentlemen, it seems we got a new griffon."

"Dude, can anyone fly that griffon?"

"I'm not going near that thing, it bites!"

"Let's call it Fluffy."

"No way man, that thing needs a real name, like George."

"George?  It needs a real imposing name, like Freddy."

"How about Warthog?"

(in unison) "No!"

"Shut up, all of you!  Or I'll have the gnome slit your throats while you sleep!"

"Yeah and I'd do it too."

Meanwhile, in the Horde base...

"Hey, no fair, they've got a night elf girl on their team."

(tauren female) "I'm a girl."

"Yeah, but we want a hot girl on our team."

"What's that supposed to mean?"

9215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Don't know about you, But I am ALL OVER the XZIBIT prepaid! on: May 13, 2005, 08:17:39 AM
Despite the horrible naming, these cash cards are a good idea.

The only reason why I still have a credit card is due to all the online payments I make.

Of course, I wonder if it comes with the same security measures that a credit card comes with.
9216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 11, 2005, 01:10:20 AM
Actually, the Aye Aye uses the middle finger in quite an interesting way.  It's main good source is tree grubs, the kind that burrow inside the tree.

They use the finger to tap the tree, listening for hollow sections where grubs have burrowed in, then it uses the extra long finger to reach in and pull out the grub to eat.
9217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fire bad! on: May 11, 2005, 01:04:00 AM
Um, Kathode.  As far as I know, Alcohol burns hotter than gasoline.  slywink
9218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 rumors on: May 09, 2005, 09:50:04 AM
X-com is a license that's just ripe for a remake, and someone out there has the license.  So, if it's ever going to happen, it'll happen soon.
9219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution-info. WOW! on: May 07, 2005, 06:48:42 AM
Anyone remember how much hype they released about the PS2, and how poor it was in reality?

The only thing that saved the PS2 was a great lineup of games and name recognition.
9220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / from the WTF files on: May 06, 2005, 08:49:44 AM
If the parents need the money, and don't have to keep the name, then I can't really fault the parents.  It's a good deal getting that much money to help raise a child.

Heck, you can let the child choose his name.  I chose my own name when I entered junior high.
9221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / holy @#%&! - it's really lara! on: May 04, 2005, 05:48:37 AM
I think the sluggish movement might be due to the animation blending and the addition of inertia.  Few games these days give the player that much inertia, instead the player can pull Gs while just running around that would crush a fighter pilot.

When played from a third person perspective, this instant acceleration can be quite unrealistic to the eye.
9222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Indigo Prophecy Preview on: May 04, 2005, 05:44:11 AM
That camera system they're touting actually seems klunky from the videos I downloaded.
9223  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Looking for a post-apocalyptic PnP RPG on: May 04, 2005, 01:58:22 AM
Hopefully, this time they'll actually include some rules for core gameplay elements this time around.

Last few times they make you buy all those supplement books just to get the core rules for the items they describe.
9224  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Looking for a post-apocalyptic PnP RPG on: May 03, 2005, 05:45:24 AM
Hell on Earth: The Wasted West

It's a continuation of the Deadlands: The Weird West where it assumes all the heroes, including past characters, failed to do their job and the world went to hell.

Not your typical hell, though.  Imagine mad max, meets cthulu horror, meets armageddon.
9225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Flagship Studios finally announces project...Hellgate:London on: April 27, 2005, 07:32:32 PM
Like Diablo 2, I don't think the game's graphics will be the main draw of the game.

Diablo 2 was at first limited to pixelated 800x600 mode.

I suspect all the D2-like features of this game will make stay on people hard drives for quite some time.  Coop play, random levels, weapon upgrades, etc...
9226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Mods on: April 24, 2005, 10:06:47 PM
Give me Natural Selection Source any day.
9227  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Impressions: RoboRally re-release on: April 20, 2005, 05:21:42 PM
I recall picking up two original robo rally expansions for around $50 total.

Then I sold them on Ebay for about $600 to someone in Germany.  I was flabbergasted when I saw the final bid price and thought someone was joking around, when the money really came I was even more surprised.
9228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP UMD's first round tommorrow. on: April 19, 2005, 06:39:20 AM
Anyone know if sony plans to use the UMD format for anything besides the PSP?  I mean, it looks like a nice small, portable disc that can carry a good amount of data.
9229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GameStop Acquires EB Games on: April 19, 2005, 06:37:07 AM
Thankfully, I have not one, but three locally owned video game shops that are doing quite well in the business department despite several big chain stores surrounding them.

Unfortunately, they only carry console games, so I have to buy corporate for my PC games. *sigh*
9230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / the nerve of some people. on: April 15, 2005, 10:33:19 PM
In Communist Russia, the house sells you!  Tongue
9231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Splinter Cell Chaos Theory on: April 15, 2005, 10:28:15 PM
You have to find a suitably narrow and high space to do the jump.  However, now, instead of facing parallel to the wall, you look straight at the wall and press jump.

Sam will then run up the wall, do a slight jump and then get into the split maneuver.
9232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chaos Theory Questions/Issues(Levels 1-5 spoilers possible) on: April 12, 2005, 05:54:24 AM
Actually, at the end of teahouse you can use your instant knock out attacks.  Just crouch run up to them as mid pace and keep jamming on the right mouse button.  As soon as you're within range you'll either hit them in the gut, or sock them in the face, knocking them out.  Because you're crouch running, they'll hear the noise, but you're already on top of them by the time they turn around.
9233  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Funny Pic (sfw) on: April 10, 2005, 07:25:49 AM
That's been around for near forever.

But at least it's good to see that you've kept up with the times, what with the guy being recently dead.
9234  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Anyone want to participate in an online pen and paper RPG? on: April 05, 2005, 08:41:54 AM
It's still happening, albiet slowly.

I'm having trouble keeping track of messages across all these forums and mediums.  So, could everyone please e-mail me at: turtle (at)

Include in the subject the tag: [deadlands]

I'd like everyone to e-mail me their availability again, along with character info if you haven't sent me it already.  I'd like to get everyone's e-mail on file so I can keep you informed, not to mention send role playing stuff when we're not together.

Right now, the date and time is Thursday evening 8:15pm PST.  Sorry if anyone can't make it, but my class schedule limits me to Thursday through Sunday as my off time and even then I'm working on art projects.

I'm still figuring out a good place to run the thing, IRC is a good bet right now.  So, download mIRC when you can.  I'd also like to get a tally of those who are willing to pay the $20 for the player's version of the Fantasy Grounds software.

Finally, I'll be e-mailing everyone with a short RP session going into what your character sees and experiences as he sets foot in Julestown, Kansas Territory.
9235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sin City Impressions on: April 05, 2005, 05:32:19 AM
but Thin_j, you already knew the plot and the ending.  The ship sinks.  slywink

Titanic was way overrated in my book, it's not even romantic.  Girls will go all googly eyed over how she leaps from the lifeboat to be with Jack.  But frankly, she got him killed by making him look after her.

I mean, Jack's a survivor, he would have found that floating debris and stayed on it while everyone else drowned, but no, she goes and jumps back on the sinking boat, making him give her the debris and freeze to death in the process.

Back to Sin City.  The movie left out some small sections that help to establish characters even more, although not needed, they were some pretty nice scenes left out of Marv's story.
9236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sin City Impressions on: April 03, 2005, 06:35:37 AM
"Now that is one fine coat you're wearing there."


"I love hitmen, no matter what you do to them, you don't feel bad."

I think Marv really stole the movie, followed by Hartigan.  Dwight was okay.

I can certainly see how some wouldn't like it.  It's definitely not a movie for everyone, or for a squeemish.  Simply put, this movie does not dance around the nastier elements of the underworld, however, what's there does fit in to the movie and leaving it out would have been just wrong.

The acting could have been better, but it was still very much in the style of the comics.  Almost all the lines are from the comics, so I can see why the actors didn't have much room for error.
9237  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / So The Matrix Online is out next week... anyone? on: April 03, 2005, 06:29:44 AM
Polish is key, as we've seen with WoW.  We know Monolith can do polish, but since this is their first MMO, and a massive one at that, we'll have to wait and see.
9238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Day of Defeat & Natural Selection source? on: April 03, 2005, 06:17:44 AM
Better lighting would be the key feature of NS Source.

NS maps rely on lighting, and Half-Life's lighting engine, while great for its time, is lacking now.

There's also many features they wanted in NS before, but couldn't do due to the limits of the HL1 engine, in Source, I'm sure there's things.  In effect, they could drastically alter the game just be implementing a feature how they originally intended it.  Things like Fades blinking through walls, cloaking aliens having a predator effect instead of being transparent.

One major problem they had in HL1 was that there were only like 2 types of hitboxes (the invisible boxes around a model that determines when it collides with the world and where he is hit by weapon fire), so everything was either a large human sized box, or a half human box (skulks).  The Onos was just a human hitbox, which brought about all sorts of problems.

They can also do more interesting things to maps, like having the marines take a dropship in instead of the base being partially setup.
9239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sin City Impressions on: April 02, 2005, 11:02:16 AM
It's too bad she didn't go all the way into character.  In the comics, Nancy (Alba's character) is topless in that scene.  slywink

But, I'm glad the movie didn't shy away from nudity.  I mean it already has a lot of violence and utterly mature themes, what's a bit of nudity?
9240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SC:CT(XBOX) tonight I should have it, anyone else? on: April 01, 2005, 11:34:32 PM
So far, I have 100% on the first two maps.  But that's only because I'm not killing people.  Not to mention I have a lot of SvM spy experience.

If you can sneak away from human guards, it's a piece of cake to sneak by AI guards.  slywink
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