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1161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Not Soon Enough on: July 15, 2007, 07:25:11 PM

Quote from: EddieA on July 13, 2007, 07:32:35 AM


After viewing the demo, all I have to say is  drool drool drool drool drool

+ drool 

I am in for day one having just now watched the 20 min demo.  I love the travel map with all the stars and the Milky Way.  I will go to my local GameCrazy and put down my pre-order asap and at the same time add in Assassin Creed as well, E3 is showing some fantastic games.
1162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game organizers on: July 10, 2007, 05:22:56 PM

Quote from: Destructor on July 10, 2007, 11:17:09 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on July 10, 2007, 04:25:08 AM

My setup

The lack of airflow (looks like it anyway) would be killer to the 360. I hope you open up the cabinet or something once you fire up the 360.

There are slots cut into each shelf and the bottom inside to allow air flow all around the unit and the back of the unit is very open as well.  I have had no problems with heat removal yet.

Quote from: Calvin on July 10, 2007, 12:45:52 PM

What is the TV mounted on Zinfan?
The TV is mounted on the optional mounting system that consists of two poles inserted into the back of the cabinet and a universal mount between them that the TV attaches to.  The poles are hollow so all the connection cables are hidden in them and out of sight.

Quote from: Jag on July 10, 2007, 02:33:16 PM


Correct, that is the mounting hardware for the TV.
1163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game organizers on: July 10, 2007, 04:25:08 AM
My setup



I have the 360 and the Wii set up on the lower left (as you are looking at it) along with a component switch box.  Above them is a HD Tivo.  In the lower center is the PS3 while above that is a drawer that holds my center speaker and has lots of storage for games behind it.  On the right is the AVR reciever on the lower shelf (I wanted to put this in the center but it was a bit too tall for heat removal) and the upper shelf is bare at the moment so it could be used for storage as well.  This unit is a BDI Avion 8527

edited to add, the TV is a Vizio 47" 1080p LCD
1164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/25) on: June 25, 2007, 05:09:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 25, 2007, 04:34:14 PM



EDIT TO ADD: Carcasonne is coming to XBLA this week!   I will get that.  I think Carcasonne will be more accessible and a bigger hit than Catan was.

Ohhhhhh!  In for Carcasonne! 

I have the demo of Overlord but haven't fired it up yet, I'll try it out and see if it is worth my cash.
1165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: June 25, 2007, 02:57:17 AM

Quote from: Thry on June 24, 2007, 11:01:41 PM

It doesn't seem like date of manufacture means that much unless you're buying an Elite.  I hope my box holds up until the 65nm switch.

I figure if my current one dies I replace it with a Costco one and if that one dies before the 65nm boxes hit the shelf then I just get another one to tide me over until Costco has the newer version.  I'm not saying I'd turn in a Costco box that was working for one with a newer chip, I'd only do that if the original one failed.
1166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: June 24, 2007, 06:40:00 PM
Sorry to hear about your ring problems.  I plan to do the same thing when (not if) mine dies.  I'll use Costco to buy another so I don't have to deal with MS on the issue. 
1167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2 and MS Racing Wheel question on: June 11, 2007, 10:00:57 PM
I mapped the paddles to look left and right, I think it was wheel setting #2.  I know you can also set the x and b buttons to look around if that is the preference, but like you I don't use the manual transmission so the paddles work well (I have seen them "stick" once or twice where I look right and after I  release the paddle the view remains to the right, a quick tap of the paddle resets the view).
1168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2 and MS Racing Wheel question on: June 10, 2007, 08:56:18 PM
You aren't missing anything sadly  crybaby  the wheel is missing some important controls for tuning/painting cars and a controller in position 2 won't work either.  What I do is unplug my wheel and wait for the "please reconnect controller" message to appear at which point I turn on the standard controller and it assumes the #1 spot and I can do what I need to do.  When I'm ready to drive again I take out the battery pack from the controller and plug in my wheel.  It won't take as long as my write-up makes it seem but it still is a pain.
1169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a game you love that gets zero respect on: June 09, 2007, 04:29:15 AM
I really enjoyed Space Hulk on the PC.
1170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 08, 2007, 12:40:20 AM
back to the car porn,

This is all I have from the Order of the Stick so far, I'm getting faster at making them, Thog only took 4 hours  icon_biggrin.  Haley needs another arm but her current one is too thick and the fingers are too big as well.  I'd like to take the roundness out of her middle as well but I like her head and hair.



Oh and Belkar is still not dual wielding! 
1171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COOL CAR PIC'S....... on: June 07, 2007, 08:36:24 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 07, 2007, 07:02:33 PM

Quote from: Arkon on June 07, 2007, 06:28:45 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on June 07, 2007, 06:19:50 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 07, 2007, 05:42:06 PM

I'm almost done with Haley from OOTS.  I'll post a pic when I done and then I think I'll try Elan singing a song, something like "Brake brake brake into the first corner".  I will need to come up with a good overall scheme for these guys but learning the ways of the painting program is fun and it lets you realize how amazingly difficult some of the designs out there are.  Looks like you have a good grasp of the program already juniordan, those look nice.

Zin...you let me know what we need to do so I can get an OOTS car from you. smile

Same, I would love a Thog car with him in his leprechaun outfit!

 nod
Presuming he didnt do anything silly, i fyou just want a basic copy of his design, he just needs to load the saved peices and stamp it on new cars-so he could easily do that if he so chooses with cars he buys or that you gift him and he gifts back.

Yep they are all saved as stamps (called vinyl groups in the game) so I can put the ones I have on any car.  Right now all I have is Belkar and the Ninja with Haley in the works.  Thog sounds fun, I'll look at his design and see what I can do.  I think the hidden monster with the hello kitty umbrella might be an easy one as well.  I will try to get some more time in later today and see how far I get.  I think all I need on Haley is one of her arms, the rest is done but I'm having a tricky time getting the curve I want on that last one.
1172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COOL CAR PIC'S....... on: June 07, 2007, 05:42:06 PM
I'm almost done with Haley from OOTS.  I'll post a pic when I done and then I think I'll try Elan singing a song, something like "Brake brake brake into the first corner".  I will need to come up with a good overall scheme for these guys but learning the ways of the painting program is fun and it lets you realize how amazingly difficult some of the designs out there are.  Looks like you have a good grasp of the program already juniordan, those look nice.
1173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 07, 2007, 05:32:48 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 07, 2007, 02:28:13 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on June 07, 2007, 01:58:22 PM



@ Zinfan -  That was an AWESOME race.  Great pics, buddy!  (although, I don't think I've ever heard the elise called "haplass" before).  icon_wink

Great storry Zinfan/Otter. Good race/communication we had yesterday too on that one track until I was a cock and hit the wall. Touch and go.

Yep both of us in Wing Tips on the nurgenschalagerdopplegangeronering (sp?) was looking good, you had just a touch more top speed which would help on much of the track but mine seemed to have a bit better handling for the rest of it.  I also managed to cock it up, hit the wall on the second lap and barely make it to the finish on time.  I hope we get another chance to run that race.
1174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 07, 2007, 05:31:54 AM
Fun race last night with Lockdown on the short twisty Tsukba (?) track

Here on the final lap entering the last corner and Lockdown has a tidy lead on the hapless elise of Zinfan.



Wait a second!  It looks like LD has overcooked it a bit and is running a touch wide, is it enough of a gap for Zin?



Oh slam the pedal to the metal now Zin, LD has lost momentum but the finish line is just ahead! Time is running out!!



And it's a photo finish, Check you timing sheets everyone.  The margin between the two cars is .05 sec!!!



Man that one was a hoot, I think LD and I traded positions 5-6 times during the race and there was either KePoW or USMC Kato (sorry guys I forgot who was who in this race) in there as well.

1175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 06, 2007, 08:29:55 PM

Quote from: Arkon on June 06, 2007, 02:18:46 PM


I am also a huge fan of both Order of the Stick, and Pearls Before Swine, a design for either of those comics would rock...

Since Order of the Stick isn't too complicated I decided to try it out. 

here are a couple of shots, no overall design yet but I hope to get a bit farther with it.





edited to add

[Belkar] why am I not duel wielding? DAMNIT! [/Belkar]

I'd better fix that
1176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 05, 2007, 07:37:13 AM
I got in a group of good guys last night and we had lots of fun trying to race the exact same cars.  We picked an R3 car and ran 5 laps on the Nissan speedway, wow talk about white knuckles!  Until someone makes a mistake all the cars are right on top of each other and trying to draft as close a possible. I really liked that aspect of it.

My Elise is doing well in the C class now that I have some more time in it, I managed to finish 3rd in at the Nurburgring track but that was due to my hanging back a bit at the start and letting the resulting first corner crash clear the track a bit  icon_biggrin.    Hope to get more racing in with the GT/OO clan soon.
1177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 04, 2007, 07:51:48 PM
You can set up the paddles on the wheel to look left and right and since I use automatic transmission all the time that's what I did.  It is IMHO the biggest weakness of the wheel that it doesn't have all the buttons of the controller so some things get left out.  Oh and trying to drive a Ferrari 330 without traction control on is shall we say challenging  nod 
1178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 04, 2007, 02:43:24 AM
Sorry I couldn't talk during that last session guys, I'm not sure what happened to my mic.  I'll do a little  trouble shooting and see if I can figure it out.
1179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 03, 2007, 05:36:34 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 03, 2007, 04:29:03 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on June 03, 2007, 10:08:37 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 03, 2007, 07:51:01 AM

Since I don't have a desk nearby to attach it to I got my ironing board out and pressed ( biggrin ) it into service as a stand.  Worked out really well since I could adjust the height to my prefered location and it can be stored away quickly once I'm done racing.  I did have to put a thin book between the clamp and the bottom of the ironing board because the tightening screw on the clamp couldn't get enough grip on the thin surface of the board.

BRILLIANT! 

I'm actually considering a wheel now because of this.  The ironing board is in the TV room.  Frequently right next to the couch.  If storage of the wheel weren't a big PIA...of course, I could move the damned Steel Battalion controller from our trunk/coffee table to the basement.  Hmm.  This requires some thought.

How do the pedals fit under the ironing board?

They fit with no interference at all, I just put them between the legs of the board.  It really works well as a table for your wheel, I don't see myself getting anything else to use as a mounting device.

I do wish the power cord was a couple of feet longer since my electrical sockets are just barely within reach. 
1180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 03, 2007, 11:27:44 AM
Played around in the paint shop, take a look at my leet skllz

on the grid awaiting the start


Hey you might not get to see the back of my car in a race so here is a picture!


Another look at my GT logo attempt.


Fun stuff to play with.
1181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 03, 2007, 07:51:01 AM
I posted the following on OO earlier today so I just cut and pasted it below.  One thing about setting up the wheel, the instructions tell you to insert the included disc first for driver updates to support the wheel but my disc just started PGR3(also included in the package) and I never saw an update.  Turns out an earlier system update to the console had already added support for the wheel and all I needed to do was power on the console and the wheel and then press the connect button on each, it worked fine after that. So here is my ramblings about the wheel;


My troubles getting my wheel connected were self-inflicted.  After I tried once again last night I noticed the ring of lights in the middle of the wheel weren't spinning like the ones on the console so I held down the connect button a bit longer.  This did the trick as the wheel started searching for the console and found it right away. :oops: .  Ahh it works now.

I like the wheel quite a bit and just as knob says while I may be faster with the controller, I'm having more fun with the wheel.  I've turned all assists off except for the braking line and automatic transmission resulting in some pretty lurid slides while trying to drive my 1961 Jaguar E-type around but with a little patience and planning I can get some good laps in.  I am going to keep using the wheel and see how the faster cars handle with it, so far I'm still using D class autos (VW GTI mk5, the Jag and a Miata) and control is on the knife edge with a minor slip-up really setting me back on track.  I can really feel the difference between the Jag and VW (RWD vs FWD) on track and I'm always trying to keep the Jag's rear end behind the front as they want to swap ends all the time.

The force feedback is really good but my wheel has a click sometimes during a race, it doesn't affect the performance of the wheel but is noticable.  I played a bit of PGR3 as well as DiRT  using the wheel and found that the FF effects in PGR3 are too muted compared to Forza while DiRT's FF was stout but perhaps too stout with the wheel jerking hard side to side as might be expected when racing on dirt but this seemed off in some undefineable way.  I'll try it some more this weekend.  Using my lap to hold the wheel didn't work out very well, it seems comfortable there before the race starts but the FF can really move it around and I found it distracting.  Since I don't have a desk nearby to attach it to I got my ironing board out and pressed ( biggrin ) it into service as a stand.  Worked out really well since I could adjust the height to my prefered location and it can be stored away quickly once I'm done racing.  I did have to put a thin book between the clamp and the bottom of the ironing board because the tightening screw on the clamp couldn't get enough grip on the thin surface of the board.
1182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New Fall TV Season on: May 18, 2007, 10:06:53 AM
Not happy to see Friday Night Lights moved to Friday night, that isn't a strong night for T.V. shows and I loved FNL this season.
1183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite War Movies on: May 17, 2007, 10:23:44 AM
Two others I've enjoyed

The Beast

and

Cross of Iron
1184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite War Movies on: May 15, 2007, 05:33:21 PM
Zulu
1185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any GT cyclers out there? on: May 14, 2007, 11:45:39 PM

Quote from: DonD on May 14, 2007, 11:11:05 PM



If you don't have bicycle shorts, you'll want to get a pair.  The padding makes a big difference.  If you don't want the spandex look, you can go with MTB shorts.

Yeah that is good advice, I always wear cycling shorts or bibs when I ride. 
1186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, how do you PS3 owners like the system? on: May 14, 2007, 11:42:07 PM
I'm pretty Meh about my PS3, the lack of games is hurting it from my standpoint.  I've been playing GH3 and Catan on my 360 so the PS3 is just sitting there not getting much action.  I do like the blu-ray player and hope some day that standard DVD scaling will be added in one of their updates.  I'm not sorry I bought it, just wish there were more games out there for it.  As far as cross-platform titles I think I'd probably go 360 for the rumble capability of its controller and the achievement points.  I have not yet seen a review that points to the PS3 version of a game as being graphically better than the 360 but I can see that being due to the more recent release of the PS3 and hence less development time on it.
1187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any GT cyclers out there? on: May 14, 2007, 06:07:28 PM


Custom built Land Shark that I love!  Has Campy Chorus gruppo and a brooks leather saddle.  I think the best advice I could give is to get fitted to your bike at a shop.
1188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ICANN has made me RICH! on: May 02, 2007, 10:56:17 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 01, 2007, 06:42:10 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on May 01, 2007, 02:58:03 PM

I spent my $.09 driving my car down the driveway.

Sadly you probably spent the 9 cents just starting the hooker.  You didn't even get to move for 9 cents. frown

Fixed
1189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Question about Gov jobs on: May 02, 2007, 10:53:51 AM
Well I actually have both a pension and 401k plan.  I would have to calculate the % per year but the pension seems to be about 50% of base pay after 30 years.  And since I've been here 23 so far I have 7 more to go at which point my house will be payed off, I'll get my pension payments and should be well set (I hope anyways).  One side benefit would be if I needed money I could work a refueling outage and earn 8-10k in 6 weeks or so.  I don't really want to do that but it's nice to have the option.
1190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ICANN has made me RICH! on: May 01, 2007, 07:43:09 AM
Perhaps you could do a comparison between 9 cent hookers and 9 dollar hookers?
1191  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: April 28, 2007, 05:31:38 PM
+1 to Captain Caveman for perfect transaction re: Dead Rising.
1192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Upgrade issues with the Elite's HD on: April 28, 2007, 05:13:36 PM
About the only thing I'd want the HDMI for is upscaling standard def DVD's and since I have a PS3 that may get an update that will allow this, I don't see a need for me to have the Elite.
1193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - 4/22/07 on: April 24, 2007, 12:47:20 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 23, 2007, 11:25:51 PM

Wow...100 views and not even a peep?  saywhat



I do enjoy these threads Ron, I should reply more often to build my post count up.  I was originally going to go with a marshmallow peep pic but google image search brought this one up as well.
1194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/23) on: April 23, 2007, 05:30:31 PM
Nada
1195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game sequences that made you curse [minor God of War spoilers] on: April 23, 2007, 05:28:27 PM
I'd love to have a picture of my face when I discovered the second spining blade tower in GoW.  Man I was livid about that, like you I had faced various blades thinking they might be the ones everyone talked about but once I reached the first tower I now knew my time in hell had arrived.  I'll admit I liked Wind Waker, the world seemed pretty neat to me, it's been a long time since I've played it so maybe I'll pick up a copy of the game again and try it out on the Wii.
1196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 HD player on: April 21, 2007, 05:24:51 PM
Well next issue for me is that my tv only accepts up to 1320x768p over the VGA input.  It seems upconverting SD-DVD's isn't going to be worth my time or effort, for now I will wait and hope Sony does indeed add scaling to the PS3.
1197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 HD player on: April 20, 2007, 04:20:31 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 20, 2007, 12:45:26 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on April 19, 2007, 11:17:10 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 19, 2007, 10:48:42 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on April 19, 2007, 10:06:48 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 19, 2007, 04:16:09 AM

I'm one who actually does regret the HD-DVD add on purchase.  The thing just doesn't get much use for me.  I can't actually recall the last time I successfully used it (I tried Children of Men, but it didn't work).
gellar

Sad to hear this as Children of Men was a title I ordered via DeepDiscountDVD in anticipation of getting jblanks player.  I'll have to check the interwebs to see if this is a known problem for all 360 HD players and if maybe there is a workaround.  On a side note I didn't see any HD-DVD or Blueray movies in the Circuit City I took a quick look in, I didn't have much time to search the whole store but they weren't visible in the DVD section at all.

I'll have to check the quality difference between the two players (I have a PS3 as well) in regards to upscaling standard discs.  It will be interesting to see if there is a difference.

On the 1080p issue, I had thought general consensus was that movies didn't need the progressive scan due to the slower frame rates in comparison to games?

Zinfan, the PS3 doesn't upconvert SD DVD, and the add on will only upconvert over VGA, so keep that in mind in your comparison.

Enjoy the player, I think you will find that it makes movie watching more enjoyable.

Dang it, why is it so hard to just put standard features in these units.  I'll have to check if my TV has a VGA input (hmm just looked and saw a RGB (PC) connection which I assume is VGA, I'll look into it) but man for a home entertainment center both of these players could make it easier to use.  And now I'll need to check it indeed I have a VGA connection on the TV and I use that to hook up the 360, will I be able to get my games in 1080p over that line?  I thought I heard 1080p was only for component.  More research I guess.

edited to change HDMI to component (I don't have a 360 elite  ninja)

Yes, you have VGA, and your 360/add on will allow you to do 1080p over that, if your TV accepts that resolution. Do you have a 1080p HDTV?

Yes I have a 1080p HDTV but from what I've read if I go VGA connection I can get HiDef movies in 1080p and it will upscale Standard Def DVD's  but my games won't play in 1080p.  For 1080p in games I have to have it connected via component cables as the VGA will only do 1080i or 720p.  I would love to do the upscaling of DVD's but that is low on my features list, I'd rather keep the component connection for 1080p games.
1198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 HD player on: April 19, 2007, 11:17:10 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 19, 2007, 10:48:42 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on April 19, 2007, 10:06:48 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 19, 2007, 04:16:09 AM

I'm one who actually does regret the HD-DVD add on purchase.  The thing just doesn't get much use for me.  I can't actually recall the last time I successfully used it (I tried Children of Men, but it didn't work).
gellar

Sad to hear this as Children of Men was a title I ordered via DeepDiscountDVD in anticipation of getting jblanks player.  I'll have to check the interwebs to see if this is a known problem for all 360 HD players and if maybe there is a workaround.  On a side note I didn't see any HD-DVD or Blueray movies in the Circuit City I took a quick look in, I didn't have much time to search the whole store but they weren't visible in the DVD section at all.

I'll have to check the quality difference between the two players (I have a PS3 as well) in regards to upscaling standard discs.  It will be interesting to see if there is a difference.

On the 1080p issue, I had thought general consensus was that movies didn't need the progressive scan due to the slower frame rates in comparison to games?

Zinfan, the PS3 doesn't upconvert SD DVD, and the add on will only upconvert over VGA, so keep that in mind in your comparison.

Enjoy the player, I think you will find that it makes movie watching more enjoyable.

Dang it, why is it so hard to just put standard features in these units.  I'll have to check if my TV has a VGA input (hmm just looked and saw a RGB (PC) connection which I assume is VGA, I'll look into it) but man for a home entertainment center both of these players could make it easier to use.  And now I'll need to check it indeed I have a VGA connection on the TV and I use that to hook up the 360, will I be able to get my games in 1080p over that line?  I thought I heard 1080p was only for component.  More research I guess.

edited to change HDMI to component (I don't have a 360 elite  ninja)
1199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 HD player on: April 19, 2007, 10:16:53 PM
A quick scan of the interwebs shows this not to be an isolated case  crybaby .  I guess I can keep my fingers crossed that either my player will work or an update will fix this.  I did run across another solution  on a HD msg board;

Quote
I purchased one of the first HD add-on's for the 360 (I don't know if that has anything to do with the problem) but Children of Men would stop playing after about a minute. I tried cleaning the disc, which was perfectly clean, and then attempted playing it a few times before my wife said to flip it over to the standard def side so we could just watch the stupid thing. HOWEVER, I first looked on Microsoft's forums and somebody suggested running it under hot tap water, which worked for them. To my surprise, it worked Not a clue why, and it could have just been a coincidence, but it worked nonetheless. So, if anybody is having problems, it wouldn't hurt to give that a shot

I might try that if I run into problems.
1200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 HD player on: April 19, 2007, 10:06:48 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 19, 2007, 04:16:09 AM

I'm one who actually does regret the HD-DVD add on purchase.  The thing just doesn't get much use for me.  I can't actually recall the last time I successfully used it (I tried Children of Men, but it didn't work).
gellar

Sad to hear this as Children of Men was a title I ordered via DeepDiscountDVD in anticipation of getting jblanks player.  I'll have to check the interwebs to see if this is a known problem for all 360 HD players and if maybe there is a workaround.  On a side note I didn't see any HD-DVD or Blueray movies in the Circuit City I took a quick look in, I didn't have much time to search the whole store but they weren't visible in the DVD section at all.

I'll have to check the quality difference between the two players (I have a PS3 as well) in regards to upscaling standard discs.  It will be interesting to see if there is a difference.

On the 1080p issue, I had thought general consensus was that movies didn't need the progressive scan due to the slower frame rates in comparison to games?
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