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1241  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)
1242  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.
1243  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?
1244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A prayer to the Lord my God--PLEASE get rid of Sanjaya Malakar on: April 19, 2007, 09:57:42 PM
I'm sad Sanjaya is gone!  It was fun to read all the angst throughout the AI land on his being there.  I won't miss him on the performances though, thank god for Tivo and the ability to skip his singing.  I do wonder if Chris got into the top 4 due to reaction to Simon's eye roll (since explained as not related) during his shoutout to VT.  I didn't think Chris outsang Blake the night before at all.  I really expected Papaya to outlast both Chris and Phil but maybe the VT thing for Chris and Phil actually managing to put together a decent performance caught up with ol Sanja.  Anyways I guess I picked a somewhat interesting season to start watching the show but now what will happen to ratings since everyone is talking about how less talented these singers are compared to other seasons?  I find that hard to believe after hearing Melinda and Jordin sing.  Simon is right that Melinda needs to get rid of her continual surprise at being told she is great, I can see that working against her in a final vote vs say my favorite Jordin since Jordin's reactions seem more natural.
1245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A prayer to the Lord my God--PLEASE get rid of Sanjaya Malakar on: April 18, 2007, 08:33:50 AM
Country night tonight and at first I thought things were going pretty well.  Phil sang a very good song and fast rising Jordin really gave a great performance.  And then Sanjaya hit the stage  crybaby  Wow that was soooo bad and I think Simon has decided no more kid gloves with him.  Brutal remarks about the performance in the hopes of getting him voted off as soon as possible.  I don't think it will work this week or even next, I expect that Phil and Chris will go before Sanjaya.  I'm sure neither of those guys would have won anyways but if Sanjaya is still around when Blake, Jordin, Lakisha or Melinda goes out then Simon's head will explode.  To be fair Lakisha wasn't great tonight either and I could see her hitting the bottom 3 for the first time but probably not out, my guess is Chris Timberfake is a gonner.

I am enjoying the Sanjaya hubaballo if only for the letters posted on votefortheworse.com.
1246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you have $25,000 saved towards retirement? on: April 17, 2007, 03:28:30 AM

Quote from: dbt1949 on April 17, 2007, 02:50:09 AM

It's nice to be retired and living the life of Riley. icon_wink

I'm trying to get there but man the next seven years stretch out far beyond my horizon at the moment.
1247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My underwear says FTL on: April 17, 2007, 03:19:30 AM

Quote from: Lee on April 17, 2007, 12:11:46 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on April 16, 2007, 09:39:26 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 16, 2007, 09:23:49 PM

I can't believe you would throw out a perfectly good sock for that.

perhaps I should add my mother is from Liverpool, England and her house was destroyed in the Blitz.  So yes I am going to toss em if only for that.

Yeah but the company in question isn't a German company or a Nazi company. It's not even like you can really see the symbol without looking for it.

I have nothing against German companies and really I don't think it's that big of a deal, I'm not going to start a personal vendetta against Columbia (I'm sure I have more than a few items from them) it's just that I know it's there and now they seem like bad luck socks to me and I won't wear them any longer.
1248  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My underwear says FTL on: April 16, 2007, 09:39:26 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 16, 2007, 09:23:49 PM

I can't believe you would throw out a perfectly good sock for that.

perhaps I should add my mother is from Liverpool, England and her house was destroyed in the Blitz.  So yes I am going to toss em if only for that.
1249  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: April 16, 2007, 08:38:46 PM
+1 to Jblank for a great transaction.
1250  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My underwear says FTL on: April 16, 2007, 05:51:27 PM
I see what you mean but on my foot it looks very much like a swastika and nothing like their company symbol.  Guess they didn't factor in the expansion of the sock once it's put on.  Still not going to wear these anymore.
1251  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My underwear says FTL on: April 16, 2007, 05:25:33 PM
Could be worse.  I just noticed this the other day on my new socks



 icon_eek

WTF was Columbia thinking when they designed these things.  In my defense you couldn't really see the swastika until you put the sock on. These things are going in the trash, I do wish I had kept the receipt as I think there is a pretty good reason to take them back for a refund.

 
1252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Catan, Carcasonne, Alhambra to XBLA! on: April 16, 2007, 04:57:41 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on April 16, 2007, 12:16:20 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 14, 2007, 03:28:18 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 14, 2007, 03:20:41 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 14, 2007, 03:04:45 AM

New news!  Apparently, in the fall, we'll see the classic and extremely revered board game Talisman!

WHAT!?

 saywhat

GURK!

 retard

*Falls over dead*

Temporarily revives to add: Guys, 4th edition isn't out yet, it is due in the fall. From what I have heard, it is supposed to harken back to the 2nd edition of the game moreso than the third edition.

I would just like to compliment you on conveying your reaction so well.


If Talisman hits XBLA, I think I've just convinced a friend to buy a 360.

Or a PS3.  I just read about the game on wikipedia and they mentioned the Playstation network along with XBL.  If I purchase this game I'm sure it will be the XBL version due to the larger friends network and also achievements!
1253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 13/April/07 Last Non-Marathon Training Weekend Edition on: April 13, 2007, 03:47:14 PM
Guitar Hero II working my way through medium difficulty atm, no hope of doing much at the hard level.

God of War II finally got started on this and am having lots of fun with it on the normal difficulty setting, I'm about 2 hours into it so far.
1254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I Be Optimistic About Avril Lavigne's New Album? on: April 12, 2007, 09:39:17 PM

Quote from: Eightball on April 12, 2007, 08:34:42 PM

Quote from: Kratz on April 12, 2007, 08:22:28 PM

I think this thread should be retitled: "Can I ask this question without expecting your manhood to be called into question?"

"Should I be Optimistic About Finally Growing a Set of Testicles?"

"Should I be Optimistic About Avril Lavigne's New Album Or Should I Wait For Sanjaya's Album?"
1255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 Leaderboard Challenge! Bring it! on: April 06, 2007, 05:23:49 PM
XBL tag = OtterChaos

Add me to the easy/medium group as I struggle to rock.  I'm loving the game but like many others I don't see the hard/expert level to be something I'll be getting into anytime soon.  Right now I'm jumping between easy and medium and I only have one 5 star rating in medium and no idea how I managed that.  Still haven't gotten the 100k pt achievement so you can be assured I'll hang out in the bottom of the lists.
1256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 05, 2007, 08:21:40 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 05, 2007, 07:28:00 PM

headbang WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  headbang WE ARE........................ASBESTOSIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

headbang dude headbang dude headbang dude  headbang dude headbang dude headbang   


I somehow thought your band name would be The Simbanistas!icon_biggrin

I just use my Live name as it rocks hard for a band name; Are you ready for OTTERCHAOS!!
1257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 05, 2007, 07:50:50 AM
I've met my Everest already.  I was running through the songs on medium and there were a few red/blue chords that had me stinking up the joint, well I got to Message in a Bottle and wham right off the bat lots of red/blue then green/yellow and back again, yikes that was very hard for me to handle  crybaby.  I wish I liked the song better as I'm going to have to do a lot of attempts in order to get any kind of decent score.
1258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktop threadzor on: April 03, 2007, 10:43:27 PM


A watercolor my wife did of our cat hiding in the bushes.
1259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 03, 2007, 10:22:09 PM
Well I rolled a 1 on my resist forum effect and then got a 20 on my GHII spot check at Wallymart [Belkar]Damnit![/Belkar] and soon I will begin my journey to the bottom of the scoreboards.
1260  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Formula 1 2007 Thread - Round 2 - Malaysian Grand Prix - SATURDAY! on: April 03, 2007, 12:58:13 AM
Season pass on Tivo is all set, love F1 racing.
1261  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Ban announcement on: April 03, 2007, 12:17:44 AM
Put me down for a sigh of relief and one of sadness as well.  I was having a hard time with all the unreasonable anti anything not PS3 stuff.  I'm all for defending your position when one of those  X vs. Y types of threads sprouts up but not for every thread that exists.  I thank the mods for taking action that couldn't have been very pleasant against a long time member and perhaps restoring quiet to Walton's mountain once again (for now ninja).  Sorry it had to end this way but there seems only one person to blame for this and he had lots of chances to change. 
1262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 02, 2007, 12:24:35 AM

Quote from: Hetz on April 01, 2007, 11:10:43 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 01, 2007, 10:39:57 PM

Quote from: Hetz on April 01, 2007, 06:21:43 PM

There will be indie stuff that is new...but the only licensed stuff that will be available is from Gh1. Best start dealing with that fact now if it's making you that upset.

I'm not pissed that it's not on the PS3. I wouldn't buy it if it was. No way in hell would I pay $89.99 for it when I got it for $39.99 on the PS2...but that's just me.

How are you still playing it on the PS3 or did you still keep your PS2 around?  Also, I am trying to figure out why you wouldn't buy GH2 when you own three versions of Oblivion I am thinking you might also have two copies of Motorstorm.

I still have my PS2.

Also, I only have one copy of Motorstorm and Oblivion doesn't cost $90 + tax.

Any other silly questions? No, ok I'm off to watch Wrestlemania.

But Oblivion costs $60 for each console version and wasn't the PC version around $40?  So you paid either $100 or $120 more for the exact same content.  I'd say $120 more assuming you buy the PC version for all the mods but then pick up the $60 360 version and the $60 PS3 version with each have the same storyline and game play.
  Anyways I'm still on the fence about this as I didn't get that far along in GH1 and never bought GH2 on the PS2.  I'll let it simmer for a few weeks and see if I roll a 20 on my "resist forum effect" check.
1263  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Planet Earth - New Discovery Mini-series on: March 31, 2007, 09:23:48 PM
Wow!  I just caught a bit of the Pole to Pole episode and the footage of the great white shark was unbelievable!  I have 3 episodes on the tivo and can't wait to watch em all.
1264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WHAT THE FLUFFY BUNNIES, NETFLIX? on: March 30, 2007, 09:58:16 AM
Fluffy bunnies of doom was the first WoW guild  I joined on Lightbringer.
1265  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A prayer to the Lord my God--PLEASE get rid of Sanjaya Malakar on: March 29, 2007, 08:17:24 AM
Did I hear correctly?  Next week is Tony Bennet?   saywhat  I'm having trouble watching this show, it's my first time with it (the wife likes it so I'm trying to go along) and the results plus the crappy themes are wearing me down.  I do like Jordin as my favorite and if/when she goes then I do too.
1266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silent Hunter 4 - Gold - whoo! on: March 27, 2007, 07:29:34 PM
I'm running the 1.1 patch so they haven't fixed it yet but I can work around that.  I did manage to get past the last training mission but learned I really need to read the ship recog manual as I actually sank 2 of the 3 escorts and disabled all of the transports but none of them sank before I ran out of torpedoes!  Had I looked up the tonnage of the ships I really could have finished off the mission much quicker than I did what with having to surface and blow ships up with the deck gun to get my kills.
1267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silent Hunter 4 - Gold - whoo! on: March 27, 2007, 12:08:16 AM
Ran into a bug (happened to me twice) where I press the "a" key which is supposed to order my planesman to maintain depth but the only thing it does for me is crash the game.  I'm still trying to get past the sonar/radar training mission, I read up on how to use the sonar but man I can't get the hang of it and the escorts keep getting me or if I get close I can't get the TDC to work or give me a firing solution.  The manual should have been more forthcoming on training, it looks like the developers assumed all the SH4 buyers would have played SH3 (which I did not).
1268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: March 25, 2007, 11:41:56 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 25, 2007, 07:57:54 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on March 25, 2007, 07:46:09 PM

Good preview on the front page.

I am really looking forward to this game.

Thanks!  Any questions?

I agree, that was a very nice preview!  The add on's make for some exciting potential song lists ahead.  And it reminds me I need to take my PS2 and GH1 up with me to my family get together next month.  Should be a hoot watching some of the kids try this game out.  Iron Man FTW!
1269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Every Calvin & Hobbes Cartoon...ever on: March 25, 2007, 11:32:27 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 25, 2007, 07:41:54 PM

I've got the box set packed somewhere...

I need to nab the one from the Far Side as well. smile 

I've got both and they are equally well done, some of my favorite books.

1270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Farscape on: March 21, 2007, 07:05:00 PM
I'd love to watch it but the DVD's are sooooo F'n expensive!   I just looked on Amazon and season 1 is going for $115  eek .
1271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vampire DVD movies! on: March 20, 2007, 05:30:19 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on March 17, 2007, 02:38:40 PM

All this talk and no mention of Blackula? For shame, people. For shame.

Are you kidding me? Forget Blackula and embrace the greatness that is Alissa Milano in Embrace of the Vampire
1272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Formula 1 2007 Thread - Round 1 - Grand Prix of Australia on SATURDAY on: March 20, 2007, 05:21:32 AM
I enjoyed the race but was hoping Kimi wouldn't have run away with it like that.  Hamilton impressed with his ability to keep Alonso behind him even with twice taking the car off track (slightly).  The most amazing thing about the Wurz/Coulthard crash is that the cameras were on it as it happened, usually we get a quick shot of the carnage followed by replays but this time everyone got to see it at the same time.  Hearing Varsha et al going Whoaaaaa!!! was nice. Renault will need to pick it up as neither driver seemed quick and Massa might have passed Fisicella if the race had had another lap or two.  Hate the 3 week wait until the next race but Mylasia should give us a different type of track/weather to race in.
1273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/19) on: March 20, 2007, 04:44:05 AM
Silent Hunter IV
SilverFall from GoGamer
probably Castlevania
1274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/mar/07 on: March 18, 2007, 03:08:52 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 18, 2007, 01:08:24 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 18, 2007, 12:43:48 AM

I will continue my first time playing God of War (note the lack of a 2 added on there).  I don't know how far I will get as I just finished the challenge of Hades in Pandora's temple and man did I hate those spinning blades.  I hear it will get worse for me when I actually reach Hades but I'll try to carry on,  I have such difficulty with timing puzzles like the blades and also one part in the challenge of Posiden that took me forever to get right.  I hope to finish so I can move onto GoW2 soon.

The key to the platforming in both Challenge of Hades and Hades itself is jumping past the obstacles.  I just did them again last night and Hades in particular was much, much easier than I remember. 

I finally figured that out trying to get past the last spinning blade but even then double jumping forward onto a slender plank was difficult and took many tries.  Still I'm having a blast playing the game and I was worried I'd be stuck at that point and unable to advance to the next section.  Very happy to be back on my way.  I can't tell you how worried I was trying to stay on the planks once I got past the blades, I'm not sure my PS3 controller would have survived if I had fallen off and had  to restart that part.
1275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocket to the Sun - These Actors Need to go on: March 18, 2007, 01:33:14 AM
Hugh Grant!  Blinking is not acting damn it! 

His last movie should be titled "The Englishman who when up a hill and GOT BLASTED STRAIGHT INTO THE F'n SUN MUWHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!"
1276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Taxes... Sigh on: March 18, 2007, 01:22:15 AM
This happened to me last year and this one.  My wife works less than 32hr/week and it seems both the Feds and State (California) do not take out full taxes for part time work.  At least that is what it appears to be, her W4 claims married with one deduction and they are taking a total of $7 every two weeks for federal taxes!  Yikes no wonder I almost get divorced every year when I use TurboTax online and watch the real time refund calculator in the corner go from me getting $2000 back based on my W2, to owing $1000 after inputting my wife's data.  I need to find a way to fix this.
1277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Formula 1 2007 Thread - Round 1 - Grand Prix of Australia on SATURDAY on: March 18, 2007, 01:07:27 AM
A fan of Sato?  That guy is crazy and now that he has a car in the top half of the grid who knows what destruction he may wreak?  Ohh  I think I'm a fan too  icon_biggrin.  Good to see some young drivers up front and Hamilton in his first race weekend?  Fantastic qualifying.  This is the first I heard about the "clone" cars of Aguri, RBR and one other, interesting to see if Stryker's complaint will come to anything.

The one tire maker tightened things up a bit for qualifying, no 0.9 sec gap between Michelin and Bridgestone as in years past so in theory we should see a very close race but Alonso really stood out last year from the drivers on the same tire, interesting to hear he may have graining issues with front Bridgestones due to his aggressive style.

Turn up the volume, Formula One begins now!!!

1278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/mar/07 on: March 18, 2007, 12:43:48 AM
I will continue my first time playing God of War (note the lack of a 2 added on there).  I don't know how far I will get as I just finished the challenge of Hades in Pandora's temple and man did I hate those spinning blades.  I hear it will get worse for me when I actually reach Hades but I'll try to carry on,  I have such difficulty with timing puzzles like the blades and also one part in the challenge of Posiden that took me forever to get right.  I hope to finish so I can move onto GoW2 soon.
1279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/12) on: March 12, 2007, 08:16:13 PM
Isn't Silent Hunter IV for the PC out this week (3/15)?  If so that goes on the list, maybe God of War 2 but I'm still fighting along in the first episode so maybe I can wait on that one.
1280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Formula 1 2007 Thread - Round 1 - Grand Prix of Australia on SATURDAY on: March 12, 2007, 08:11:25 PM
I'm in!  I was reviewing what my Tivo had scheduled to record and was excited to see the F1 season starting (I have a season pass for it on both Speed and CBS).  I'm hoping for a great season and while I liked Michael Schumacher a change in the order will be nice, kinda like when Lance Armstrong retired from the Tour, sad to see him go but ready to see who steps up to replace him.

I have to say I'm rooting against Kimi but only because he gives such bland interviews in a monotone voice  icon_biggrin.  Alonso should be fun to watch if the McLaren's have reliablity issues as in the past.  Still waiting for the Toyota money machine to get a respectable car on track, each year they hype em up and they don't deliver.  I feel for Davidson going from testing the decent Honda to driving the Super Aguri (maybe they really improved it this year?).

I don't have a pick but Massa would be pretty good.
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