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961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Consumer Reports just makes me mad. on: August 11, 2006, 06:09:58 PM
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
It may help to write to Consumer Reports about your complaints, asking about their methodology as well as explaining your point of view and the reports of those other industry tests and the standards they use.  I wouldn't expect them to change their printed opinion or anything, but you can try to inform them for future product testing.  At the very least it might make you feel better about the situation.


It would be a lot simpler to just buy ads space at the magazine in exchange of getting a second article that praise tebunker's product. I'm sure the competitor did the same thing and that was how they got the magazine to praise theri product.smile

Consumer Reports doesn't run ads.


Then they make money from what? Is the magazine very expensive and highly circulated that they can survive without ads? Or maybe instead of ads, they accept payment for a good review/report (Unofficially).
962  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kobra on: August 11, 2006, 10:25:13 AM
That is the strength of a troll. GT is in serious need of trolls to encourage activities of the forum.

Without Kobra and Dirt, the OO forum activity was slower for the last few days. But OO has advantage in that the admin of the site is also one of the trolls and they also have me a wannabe troll posting there more often than here.smile
963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Consumer Reports just makes me mad. on: August 11, 2006, 09:52:23 AM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
It may help to write to Consumer Reports about your complaints, asking about their methodology as well as explaining your point of view and the reports of those other industry tests and the standards they use.  I wouldn't expect them to change their printed opinion or anything, but you can try to inform them for future product testing.  At the very least it might make you feel better about the situation.


It would be a lot simpler to just buy ads space at the magazine in exchange of getting a second article that praise tebunker's product. I'm sure the competitor did the same thing and that was how they got the magazine to praise theri product.smile
964  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Chinese county massacres 50,000 dogs on: August 09, 2006, 07:09:28 AM
In the other news, thousands of chicken has been slaughtered at a village in Indonesia. Wow, Indonesians are evil.smile
965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would you Buy the Wii for $229? on: August 08, 2006, 07:39:53 AM
Yes. Yes. Yes!!!
966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How many consoles (same kind) have you been through? on: August 02, 2006, 07:57:10 AM
2 XBOX.
967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3] Entitlements? WTF? on: August 01, 2006, 04:43:58 AM
Maybe a better and simpler name is to call it Playstation points.
968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3] Entitlements? WTF? on: August 01, 2006, 03:35:54 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
Why don't they just call them awards or trophies?


They need to call it with some lesser used name so that it won't confuse the players with in-game stuffs.

It is more likely for games to have in-game stuffs called awards or trophies, but it is unlikely for games to call it Entitlement.
969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 31, 2006, 02:53:35 AM
Quote from: "Eduardo X"
I love the DW series, but I couldn't take N3. It bored me really quickly, though I don't think I could explain it well.


+1. I think N3 character moves too fast compare to DW.
970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 29, 2006, 02:53:57 AM
I have the Asian version (Japanese voice with English subtitle) and this is one XBOX 360 game that I regret buying. The gameplay is just not fun for me. The graphic is great, but you control this one character that spin around slaughtering army which get boring after a while. Maybe the other characters are more interesting, but I stop playing it before I unlock any other characters.
971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else noticing the lessening of fanboy bitch fights? on: July 28, 2006, 03:25:27 AM
When I posted my message, I was trying to lure the fanboys out. Seem like I was successful.smile
972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA 4 Demo on XBL on: July 27, 2006, 04:42:10 AM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
The thing I don't get is how are there no gamer pictures nor themes for this one?  You think if they'd release a "HAWT DOA GIRLS" theme it would make mad money...or people would purchase a gamerpic of their favorite fighters...

Talk about a missed opportunity.



I am using Lei Fang gamer pic and DOA 4 theme on my XBOX 360. I don't know if it was included with the Japanese XBOX 360 or something that I got from playing DOA 4 game disc.
973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else noticing the lessening of fanboy bitch fights? on: July 27, 2006, 03:22:00 AM
PSP lost to DS. PS3 is looking real bad compare to XBOX 360. So fanboys of those two products are now in hiding.smile
974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has Portable Gaming Changed Your Gaming Habits? on: July 26, 2006, 07:42:33 AM
Quote from: "gellar"
I can't portably game at all.  I've had a PSP (lost it somewhere when I moved) and currently have a DS.  They only get playtime when I'm on a plane or in an airport.  Otherwise, if I have time to game, I fire up the PC or 360.

gellar


+1. I still have both PSP and DS, but I rarely play them.

But that didn't stop me from purchasing DS Lite which I have only played with for about 10 minutes since I got it about 2 weeks ago.
975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So who here is running the 360 with a VGA cable? on: July 26, 2006, 03:50:38 AM
Anybody tried playing on widescreen LCD? The LCD at my game pc have 1280x1024 native resolution so playing at 1024x768 is unacceptable to me.smile So maybe I should replace the LCD with some widescreen LCD that have native resolution that is supported by XBOX 360.
976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Interesting EGM rumors - Square Enix Specific on: July 18, 2006, 11:50:57 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
By the way, they're making a FFVIII-2.  That's right, Squall, Rinoa, and the gang from one of the worst FF games are back.

And yes, just like FFX-2 they made some dumbass fanservice changes to characters.  Rinoa, in particular, now looks like a slut.

Not that her looking like a slut in an outfit is a bad thing, but all the time in game?  Come on.

FF must stand for fading funds or something.


FF8 is my second favorite in FF series. I think maybe most people were hoping for something like FF7 and FF8 failed in that. FF8 is more of a love story/romance between the two main characters and their parents.
977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3's good points? on: July 07, 2006, 10:51:14 AM
IMO, PS3's strength is that of the fact that XBOX 360 totally failed in Japan. Unless PS3 also fail in Japanese market, we'll likely to see more Japanese console RPG titles on PS3 than XBOX 360. As a fan of JRPG, that is a strong motivation to get PS3 (in addition of XBOX 360 that I have now).

If XBOX 360 was a great success in Japan market then there is no strong reason to get PS3 until the price have come down a lot.
978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox360 RPGs on: July 07, 2006, 10:43:33 AM
That is good news, but still a lot of Japanese RPG makers choose PS3 over 360. Or they are going to release for both platform but choose to release their number one franchise on PS3 and the second tier stuff on 360.
979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where is your console? on: July 01, 2006, 01:01:23 AM
Everything in my bedroom except the XBOX 360 which I still leave at my office(not home office but another location where I work 5 days a week).

I'll eventually take the XBOX 360 home once my co-workers are bored of the few games that I have for the 360.
980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: June 30, 2006, 08:53:30 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Chalk me up as another that credits Dragonlance for my love of fantasy.

I don't know the guy that's playing Tas, but he and the guy playing Flint better be stupendous, or I'm writing letters!

And Raistlin.... I don't even want to think how bad they could potentially botch that one up...

 frown


Dragonlance books were my first novel that I read in English. Dragonlance also introduced me to fantasy and I didn't know anything about PnP RPG back then.
981  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: June 30, 2006, 08:45:34 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
I was always wondering why that stupid D&D movie didn't go with Dragonlance (or at least some D&D world setting).

It would have been cool to see a live action DL, but animated works too.


Me too. Dragonlance books are my favorite, I think they can make a good trilogy movies using the story from the books. It'll be like Lords of the Rings plus the good guy become villain twist of Star Wars with Raistlin character.

I couldn't find any Forgotten Realms setting books that can come close of the Dragonlance one. Even the famous Dark Elf story is boring to read.
982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Seriously, what's up with the A.I. in DoA4? on: June 30, 2006, 07:06:26 PM
I'm not that good at the game, but I played a lot against other players which have average skills (nothing close to level of high rating players on Live)  and so far seem like the best way to win is to adapt to each player's style and predict what they're going to do based on what they have been doing before.
983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Seriously, what's up with the A.I. in DoA4? on: June 30, 2006, 08:06:48 AM
Quote from: "Fellow"
I hate Alpha-152.

A LOT.


For a bad player like me, Alpha-152 is all about luck. Sometime she keep using the long and deadly combo which mean defeat to me, but sometime she doesn't use those "cheating" combo and I can manage a win.

Some characters also have easier time against Alpha-152 than the others or maybe I'm just better with some characters.
984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Seriously, what's up with the A.I. in DoA4? on: June 30, 2006, 08:04:48 AM
Since I bought my XBOX 360, I haven't brought it home at all. It is in my office so that I can play DOA4 with co-workers during our lunch break or after office hours.smile

Playing against human players are fun. I only play against computer to unlock costumes.
985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dear Sony: please go screw yourselves.... on: June 29, 2006, 03:09:24 AM
If PS3 is going to have that many JRPG titles within 6 months and all in English, I'll buy a PS3 at launch time. But I don't think that is going to happen.
986  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spider-Man's Back in Black on: June 29, 2006, 02:52:51 AM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "warning"
Wow that's a very cool trailer.  Any place to download it directly?

A quick scan of the page's source code gave me this link:

http://movies.apple.com/movies/sony_pictures/spider-man_3/spider-man_3-tsr_h.640.mov


Quick scan on apple site to download video won't work in that way. That file is just a pointer to the actual file, to download video from apple site directly you need to find out the actual filename. You can do that by opening up the file in notepad or other text editor. In the case of Spiderman 3 trailer, the actual filename is spider-man_3-tsr_h640w.mov then you replace the name of the file from above link with the actual filename and download from there.

For the Spiderman 3 trailer, that is:

http://movies.apple.com/movies/sony_pictures/spider-man_3/spider-man_3-tsr_h640w.mov
987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WTF 360, what did you do to WE9 you BASTARD!!! on: June 28, 2006, 02:27:17 AM
For those who had problem with XBOX 360 destroying disc, what dvd-rom drive do your XBOX 360 have? Hitachi-LG (have a lot of holes in the tray) or Toshiba-Samsung?
988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sports games 75% of the market? No consoles w/out sports? on: June 24, 2006, 02:39:07 AM
Quote from: "Dafones"
I'm still waiting for the sports game that has a small monthly fee to provide the gamer with up to the minute roster changes, ie. trades, injuries, farm team aquisitions, etc., so that the game's player roster reflects the actual player roster.

I'm just not sure if it's a good thing, but damned if it wouldn't be a money maker.


Don't give idea to earn money to Microsoft. They'll charge 200 XBOX Marketplace points for each weekly update if you let them.smile
989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The programers for Suikoden 5 should be fired on: June 23, 2006, 01:36:20 PM
Strange that I didn't notice any of that. Maybe I'm more forgiving than you about the slowdown since I didn't notice any slowdown when I played it.
990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valkyrie Profile - Silmeria was released in Japan... on: June 23, 2006, 03:24:40 AM
I never played the first game, what kind of battle system does Valkyrie Profile games have? Is it like Radiata Stories or Star Ocean 3?
991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Text of al-Zarqawi Safe House Document on: June 16, 2006, 04:26:17 AM
There is also a report that an Iraqi claim that Zargawi was not seriously hurt by the bomb, but died from injuries suffered from being kicked and trashed by US soldiers.

Now that is hard to believe, but it is also hard to believe that US Marines went into houses and slaughtering civilians as revenge for a roadbomb that killed one of them.
992  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / RIAA issues cease and desist again YouTube dancers on: June 15, 2006, 07:23:43 AM
Maybe next you need to pay the recording company for humming melody of a popular song in public area.smile
993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dateline's Child Predator Shows- Entrapment? on: June 14, 2006, 01:30:24 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"

Like I mentioned before, I don't really have too much trouble with arresting somebody who goes to meet somebody they think is a 14 year old, my concern is that this sentiment doesn't drift over into other areas of law "enforcement".


I mostly agree with you, but not the part where say it is okay to arrest somebody just for meeting someone that they think is a 14 years old. I am sure it is still not illegal in US for people to go meet a real or fake 14 years old.
994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Illuminati like group brought down OO? on: June 13, 2006, 05:44:17 AM
So is the site down for everybody? Is there are scheduled maintanance or is it an attack from the "B"?
995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Somehow this story was ignored in here... on: June 13, 2006, 05:35:51 AM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"

Most estimates place the PSP LTD software sales ahead of the DS, despite the fact that the DS has been out for four months longer than the PSP.


Estimate = Guess, right? So does the real number show that those estimates are right?
996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dateline's Child Predator Shows- Entrapment? on: June 12, 2006, 05:03:11 AM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
Taken from Dictionary.com

Quote
Entrapment
#  To lure into performing a previously or otherwise uncontemplated illegal act.


The uncontemplated part is a big key, these men went onto the internet with the intention of finding minors to solicit sex with. It would only be entrapment if the police somehow tricked/forced these predators into going onto the internet to look for minors. These men were predisposed to doing this without the police's help, they just happened to bump into the police's undercover agent, not much different from an undercover drug bust. Also remember that the undercover agents didn't go after these men, they came to the agents online of there own free will, they solicited the sex, not the agent.

Intent is another key in the determination of whether or not this is a crime or entrapment by police. I mean you realize they clear all of this past every high ranking State Attorney and necessarry Judge before moving forward right?

If Intent wasn't used then we could never use undercover cops in things like drug busts. I wouldn't worry about your civil liberties being trampled here as this is not entrapment.


How do you know these people went on internet with intention to find minor to solicit sex with? How can you know that the target didn't get on the internet for harmless chatting  and being seduced by this fake "14 years old"?

For example even in the #gonegold channel, there was at least one case of harmless chatting/flirting with girl that happen to be a minor which ended up with a real life visit to meet the girl.
997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hitman: Blood Money impressions on: June 12, 2006, 04:36:08 AM
Quote from: "Ridah"
I didn't bother finishing the game, I was uninspired by the time I reached the level where your in some sort of mardi gras party happening on the streets. Very repetetive gameplay, and not nearly as much freedom as it seems.


If you stop playing at that level, then you miss out on some great missions later on. As for repetitive gameplay, what you expect? You're playing a hitman so of course all the missions are about Mr. 47 killing marks. But while you're tasked to do the same thing every mission, unlike previous Hitman games, this time the missions are vary enough to be interesting.

Also if anyone want a challenge, they can try to finish most missions by limiting to staging accidental death of the marks (possible to do in all missions except maybe one of the marks in the White House mission).
998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hitman: Blood Money impressions on: June 12, 2006, 04:30:01 AM
Guns still useful if you want to get Silent Assassin rating. Just remember that gun can be useful even if you don't shoot anyone/anything with it.

But if you don't want Silent Assassin rating, then you just need to kill them fast enough. A sniper rifle can be good for slaughtering security personnels from as distance without endangering yourself.
999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Videogames seized in murder investigation on: June 06, 2006, 11:51:18 AM
Quote from: "ATB"
Quote from: "Nth Power"
I wonder if he considers games like Rumble Roses to be PORN simulators?



No, he probably just considers RR stupidly lame like the rest of us.


It is possible that after playing RR, he'll switch side and become video game supporter.smile
1000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sony: Our Cell processor sucks on: June 06, 2006, 02:34:23 AM
I doubt it is true. To design a processor that can write to local memory a lot faster than read from it is unbelieveable.
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