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2841  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT/FS: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: January 01, 2005, 02:54:46 AM
I have this for trade or sale.  I honestly can't think of anything I am looking for right now so I am more likely to sell it but I will look at any offers.

I am asking $30

Thanks
2842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking for thoughts on an MP3 player on: December 29, 2004, 03:18:23 PM
I got a 512 Meg Iriver over Christmas and I love it.  It just feels very solid something that a lot of flash MP3 players fail to do.

I also love having an FM player.  I like my music but I am an NPR junkie so I need to be able to also catch All Things Considered on the way home.  

I find that 512 Megs is practically more music than I can listen to in a week with how much time I spend with it so that is more than enough.

I originally found the Iriver brand when I was looking at MP3 player recommendations on a running site.  Lots of runners found it to be a soild machine.  I must agree.  It takes a good beating while running and doesn't seem to mind
2843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV - good solution for not enough inputs on: December 28, 2004, 01:44:35 AM
Cool!  I bought two just so I would have a spare!  :shock:
2844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV - good solution for not enough inputs on: December 28, 2004, 12:39:43 AM
Looking at the "greatest remote" thread got me thinking about buying a really nice universal remote but my TV doesn't have enough inputs for all my stuff so I have to use a switch box to manually switch between stuff.

That works fine and all but it makes it sort of pointless to get a universal remote because I still have to do so much manual work.  I couldn't, for example, hit "play movie" and have it turn on the TV, tuner, DVD, correctly select the right input, and play the movie becuase I would always have to get up to switch from the TiVo to the DVD player manually anyway.  

I can't imagine that this is an uncommon situation.  It seems that with the number of things to plug into a TV anymore (consoles, DVDs, TiVo, etc. ) many people would have this.

So what is the best solution (short of buying a new TV)?  Are there any remote controled switching boxes?  That would make a universal remote useful becuase it could control that.  However I have only seen the manual kind in the console game isles.  

What do you gurus of A/V stuff know that might help a fella?
2845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA - Anything on the horizon? on: December 21, 2004, 03:51:48 PM
I know Nintendo has said the DS isn't a replacement for the GBA but there seems to be a huge lack of games coming out for the system.  This is especially true if you like RPGs.  After Zelda's Minish Cap there is nothing as far as I can see for months!
2846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I've given in: Time to for an XBox on: December 17, 2004, 05:08:57 PM
I hear that EA sports games are the best. smile
2847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Woop - San Andreas rolls onto the Box on: December 17, 2004, 03:54:19 PM
Next they will announce it for the PC!  Is nothing sacred?
2848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 17, 2004, 03:51:10 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
You all won’t believe what just happened.  The highest producer in the office requested a meeting with me.  This guy is in the top 4% of all Advisors in the country for my company.  He basically offered me a job, paying a little more than the new offer.  I wouldn’t have to travel at all and the bonus potential would be pretty substantial.  He generates 3 times the business of my current boss and I would be doing analysis for he and 2 other advisors.  It would be a lot more challenging than my current job, but I wouldn’t have to take the CFA right away either.  He makes 7 figures a year so he can afford to compensate extremely well.  I wouldn’t have to travel and my hours would be 8 – 5.  He will pay for other designations, CFP, CFA, or anything else I want.  

Decisions Decisions Decisions.  Any insight?


Not really much of a decision. I don't see many downsides to taking the offer  from what you have listed.  Are there some?
2849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8: Outstanding and Informative Review on: December 17, 2004, 03:18:16 PM
Well that was somewhat disappointing.  The length of time leveling is annoying.  He says that the game takes 60 hours but he also talks about how for one boss he had to wander around leveling up for at least an hour before he could win.  

So how many hours are spent doing the story vs. how many hours spent leveling up because of a skewed exp system?  

Also his comment that battles take 1-2 minutes is annoying.  I don't mind if the battles are deep, but it doesn't sound like they are.  It just sounds like they are slow.  

I will still check it out but I am less excited than I was.
2850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming version: Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 16, 2004, 07:59:34 PM
It comes down to Half Life 2 vs. Far Cry for me.  And it is a tough choice.  

I honestly think that Far Cry looked better (at least in terms of shadows)  but HL2 just pulled me in night after night.


I think I will have to go with Half Life 2.
2851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA actively seeking to corner the entire sports gaming marke on: December 16, 2004, 07:37:49 PM
Quote from: "jpinard"
Excellent points Farley, but this is a trend that EA is forcing upon the business.  This is bad for us gamers, and it's bad for anyone that want sot break into sports gaming.

What I hate seeing is you have a great group of developers (I don't even have their game, and know none of them), who were making some great innovatuions and were making good money doing it.  They were EVERY successful.  And they have been forced out...



It probably is bad for gamers as a whole but we don't really worry about that in capitalism.  The theory is that the market will sort out what is best for everyone.

What I hope will happen is that the good developers/programers will make football games without the NFL player names and those better programs will sell really well.  That will show the NFLPA that they should go with the good games to make more money.

Unfortuntatley that probably won't happen becuase, as has been pointed out, consumers are not bright sometimes.
2852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire on: December 16, 2004, 07:22:50 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Pre-order from the store itself. That's what I do. biggrin
I preorder to get the goodies; sometimes it's worth it.

In this case, JE is already pre-ordered for me. I'm not going to wait for the PC version; frankly I prefer playing on a 51" screen with fully realized Dolby 5.1. <shrug> each to their own, I guess.



If it came with any goodies I would consider pre-ordering.  Other than that, every store will have it for -I am taking a psychic guess here - $49.99. So I don't see any reason to reward any particular store.  

I might if I had a store I liked better than others but I don't.  To me they are all the same.  

Actually I take that back, Best Buy has started asking for my phone number each time I buy something (and I don't think they want a date).  I don't like that.  So I guess all stores are not equal.
2853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA actively seeking to corner the entire sports gaming marke on: December 16, 2004, 07:18:06 PM
Quote from: "jpinard"
Well sorry for being rude.

Facts are facts:


See this is a case of talented people losing their jobs, and us discerning gamers losing a better product.  This is anti-competitive tactics and is supposed to be illegal.

So, the more talented/better  programmers lose their jobs, and you think that's fair?  That "that's the American way?"  Well I don't agree.



A couple thoughts.

1. There is nothing illegal about this.  They are not creating a monopoly on football games - they are purchasing the rights to use trademarked names!  Very, very different.  The NFL and the players accociation have the right to decide who gets to use their name.

2. "So, the more talented/better  programmers lose their jobs, and you think that's fair?  That "that's the American way?"  Well I don't agree."  The programmers may have been more talented but obviously the marketing people, finance people, etc. must be smarter at EA.  They got to be huge through good business practices.  

If I have the best janitor in the world - the tops, Mr. Clean himself.  That doesn't mean the company as a whole should never be allowed to go under.

Just because programers are good doesn't mean a company can't fail.  A company is more than just one department.  Yeah it sucks for the talented programers, etc. but that is what being part of a company is all about.
2854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA actively seeking to corner the entire sports gaming marke on: December 16, 2004, 04:55:20 PM
Quote from: "jpinard"
Laner your right about that...  it's sad when businesses can rely on the "moron" factor to make sales.



No that is capitalism.  


Consumers have all the freaking power in the system but they totally piss it away by being stupid.  

If next year no one bought any EA games the company wouldn't keep that contract (they would probably be bankrupt) and consumers would "win"

That is the power of the capitalist system.
2855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: December 16, 2004, 04:51:03 PM
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
One of those games shows up in gamerankings list of the ten lowest-rated PC games of the year.  Three show up in the top ten.  How could this possibly be a good way to determine which is the most god-awful terrible game of the year?  More like "Which well-received game didn't you like?"


Or "Which popular game is it currently cool to hate?"
smile
2856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What next? Paralyzed by indecision... on: December 16, 2004, 04:24:57 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"


Quote from: "farley2k"
I would also recomend Paper Mario. I am playing it while juggeling MP2, and KoToR2 and it is probably the one that pulls me the most. It is just so much fun, and yet deep.


Already finished Paper Mario. I think it's one of the best games released this year. Fun, and addicting. A tip if you're just starting: Don't neglect the troubles. They're very rewarding.


Thanks!  Where do I get them?  I just beat Hooktail to let you know where I am


Oh and a broader question is this one of those games with enough secrets and stuff you can miss easily at the begining that would make it worthwhiel to go get a walk-through.  

I hate missing really cool stuff at the start of a game which you can't go back for.
2857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire on: December 16, 2004, 03:36:52 PM
I will buy it the day it comes out but I can't see pre-ordering it.  There will be tons of copies at EB, Gamestop, Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart etc.  Considering how often I see threads about how pre-ordered games don't ship on time or they ship at the same time as stores so stores have it the same day I just can't see the value in pre-ordering.

After watching the videos I will say you should buy it the day it comes out but considering the history of most places with screw-ups with pre-orders I would just plan for a long lunch on the day it comes out and go pick it up.
2858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 16, 2004, 03:32:18 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
This is tough since I own all the current generation consoles.  The games are just so different sometimes - like Cube games compared to Xbox games...

I think I have put the most time into Shadow Hearts: Covenant but Paper Mario is looking so soon (but I just started)

So I guess at this point in the year is has to be SH:C



Oh and while I am loving KoToR2 the bugs are pissing me off so much that it is dumped as a possiblity.
2859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 16, 2004, 03:31:33 PM
This is tough since I own all the current generation consoles.  The games are just so different sometimes - like Cube games compared to Xbox games...

I think I have put the most time into Shadow Hearts: Covenant but Paper Mario is looking so soon (but I just started)

So I guess at this point in the year is has to be SH:C
2860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What next? Paralyzed by indecision... on: December 15, 2004, 06:52:56 PM
Well you are kinda picky since you want to dump two of the choices (MP2, and KOTOR2).

Personally I would have said MP2.  It is great if you loved the first one and while it does have some backtracking it is the fun kind.  I love being able to go to someplace I remember with a new ability and getting something that was unavailable to me before.  

Also in MP2 some of the backtracking is between light and dark "worlds" which should make it more fun.



I would wait for KoToR2 if you have a PC which will be able to play it.  I am not a very tough grader for games but the slowdowns in KoToR2 really piss me off.  I mean come on!  

I would also recomend Paper Mario.  I am playing it while juggeling MP2, and KoToR2 and it is probably the one that pulls me the most.  It is just so much fun, and yet deep.
2861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What next? Paralyzed by indecision... on: December 15, 2004, 06:52:37 PM
Well you are kinda picky since you want to dump two of the choices (MP2, and KOTOR2).

Personally I would have said MP2.  It is great if you loved the first one and while it does have some backtracking it is the fun kind.  I love being able to go to someplace I remember with a new ability and getting something that was unavailable to me before.  

Also in MP2 some of the backtracking is between light and dark "worlds" which should make it more fun.



I would wait for KoToR2 if you have a PC which will be able to play it.  I am not a very tough grader for games but the slowdowns in KoToR2 really piss me off.  I mean come on!  

I would also recomend Paper Mario.  I am playing it while juggeling MP2, and KoToR2 and it is probably the one that pulls me the most.  It is just so much fun, and yet deep.
2862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 15, 2004, 06:45:57 PM
This converation is starting to sound like covert talk for puberty.

I didn't get mine a "level" 17!

Oh?  I got mine at 13.  And it is huge....


 :lol:
2863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry for those who have finished HL2 on: December 15, 2004, 03:29:19 PM
I think I liked HL2 more but I have to say that nothing in HL2 looked as amazing to me as the first time I walked in the jungle in Far Cry and saw the shadows from the leaves moving accross my gun and the ground.  It was just incredible.
2864  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How does anyone surf with default IE? on: December 14, 2004, 07:08:32 PM
Quote from: "disarm"
the latest version of IE has a built-in pop-up blocker that does a good job.  as long as IE is kept up to date, pop-ups aren't really a problem anymore.


Now is that on IE on all OSes?  I know it is part of SP2 for XP but is that update available for say Win 2k?
2865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How does anyone surf with default IE? on: December 14, 2004, 06:47:34 PM
I am at training all week and all they have is IE with no pop-up stopper.  It is about impossible to do any actual surfing!  90% of sites seem to have pop-ups of some kind.  I surf for awhile and look down to see 8 IE windows open!  

It is so odd since I use Firebird usually or Opera to even see pop-ups.

Does anyone (by choice) still use IE without any pop-up stopping?
2866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My First REALLY COOL HL2 Moment *SPOILERS* on: December 14, 2004, 02:21:45 PM
I had my first moment at Nova Prospect.  Something about the place just looked amazing to me.  It might be that it was the biggest non-outdoor environment.  You could look over the railings and see just a huge place.
2867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My 2004 pc gaming year in review on: December 14, 2004, 12:17:48 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't steam and HL2 cracked within 24 hours of Nov. 16? The things I hate about steam is that it acts as spyware connecting to Valve every time I want to play the game. If I don't want that, I disable my network connection then I'm good to go. I can respect the "connect to authenticate" method though, so for that one point I can see developers using similar methods in the future. I hate that it tries to connect every day time I launch though. The first should be it, IMO. But it's not a deal breaker, just more of an annoyance than anything else.



I wonder about this.  Today it is just to authenticate the game but what about if like TiVo they started seeing the benifit of selling information about game time to someone.  They could sell stats about how many times people drive vehicle X, or use weapon Y, so that developers could make "better" games.  


I know many of you are rolling your eyes but one of the big things in marketing is data on what consumers want, or their habits.  It is a huge industry.  If you think games will somehow be imune to advertising power you are crazy.
2868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My 2004 pc gaming year in review on: December 14, 2004, 12:11:07 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"


I just wanted to comment on the "doesn't stop pirates" bit.

You're right, Steam doesn't stop pirates dead.  Nothing short of hardware-based anti-piracy routines would do that.  What Steam did stop, however, was a functional pre-release pirate release.

Most publishers/developers will tell you, the point of copy protection is to defend the game before it hits shelves and, ideally, during the first week of purchases.  Think about it--if you're interested in a game, would you rather play a week earlier via a pirate release, or be a good boy/girl and wait til release?

Devices like Steam and the mythical "big red button" to unlock game files force the latter option.  There is no "early release."


Ah but so does starforce!  It takes a few weeks usually for Starforce games to be cracked, so it might actually be better at slowing down pirates than Steam.

It has its own drawbacks though.
2869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [gba] Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories on: December 13, 2004, 08:22:53 PM
Buler, Buler, Buler.....
2870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Me Show - AKA Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion interview on: December 13, 2004, 08:15:52 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Quote from: "kathode"
Right now, I'd be plenty happy if it just plain worked right smile


Well that does'nt bode well  :shock:


It is a year or so away!  How much do you expect to work?  Give the poor guy a break! smile

 :wink:
2871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My 2004 pc gaming year in review on: December 13, 2004, 08:12:04 PM
Just to get back to actual points rather than stuff that will just get the thread locked.


Quote
4.) Too bad. Steam is one of those "big changes in the industry people try to resist." It happened with the change from 3.5" floppies to CDs. It happened with the change from DOS to Win95. It happened with 3D Acceleration. (I've still got a PC Gamer issue which suggests "Thinking hard before jumping onto the 3D bandwagon" as the PC Gamer writers weren't forward-thinking enough to realize how 'big' 3D acelleration would become.) It happened with DirectX. And right now we're seeing the exact same growing pains coupled with ignorant shortsightedness in three major sectors of the gaming industry:


Says who?  I mean I know Valve is pushing Steam but I don't see many publishers pushing Steam type distribution.  

Now one could say that independent companies will be pushing for Steam type stuff, but a whole lot of them don't have the money to make games, build a distribution method, support that, etc.  

They need publishers to fund their games.  So until publishers get on board with Internet distribution it will only be developers with rather deep pockets who can do it.  That isn't a large number.


I also think we need to look more seriously at the advantages and disadvantages.  There is a tendency to look at new technology and just assume it is great!   But not every technology is good.

Steam for example -  What are its serious pros and cons.

Pro - developers make more money, patches are easier to put out.

Con - hard for people without connections to get games, makes it hard for them to get patches.   It also doesn't stop pirates (one of the big assumed pros)  

So does Steam make sense?  Is it a good business model?  (and let me give you the answer - I don't have a clue! smile  But I do think it is a real discussion which needs to take place)
2872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My 2004 pc gaming year in review on: December 13, 2004, 08:02:44 PM
Lets all keep our Christmas spirts showing.  

Remember Santa is watching so lets keep this about games not about people.
2873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blade Trinity - How is it? on: December 12, 2004, 05:08:52 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
I'll never be able to get past Ryan Reynolds as that whiny little snot from "Fifteen"


He was fun.  By far the most fun in the whole movie.
2874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blade Trinity - How is it? on: December 11, 2004, 04:25:25 AM
Wow what a stinker!  I loved the second one and I really liked the first but the third....it is just so bad.

I wasn't expecting a great plot but the story was so pointless that I could never care at all about any of it. Even taking that into account is still pushed reason.  Apparently Blade and Co. can't find Drake but Drake has no problem finding the Nightstalkers.  Why?  Just better staffing?   The weird "vampire final solution" was a total of what....5 minutes of the movie?  Why even have it in there?  It didn't make any sense with their resurecting Drake, who was suposed to be the important villian.

I also don't think Blade works well as a buddy flick.  I can suspend my disbelief whe Blade gets the crap beaten out of him because he is part vampire, but the scene where Hannibal gets kicked around by Triple H just doesn't work.  He is suposed to be human so the ass kicking he gets would be enough to kill him.  


It was just so bad that I can't even think of what else to talk about.  

1. The weird light sword thing.  Part "Ba' leth" (From Worf on Star Trek) and part lightsaber - yet all dumb.

2. The camera gun.  Not only in cell phones anymore!  

3. The virus/thingy being a bug attacking blood cells.  What CGI genius came up with that?  

4. Abigale and her product placement....I mean desire to use an Ipod!  Good think it never gets caught on something.  

5. The sterotypical computer geek who make weapons.

6. The FBI/police simply giving up pursuit of Blade for the entire middle part of the movie.  

And those are just the ones that really stick in my mind as things that I simply couldn't suspend my disbelief about.  

Before I hear all about not taking the movie seriously, it being a popcorn flick, etc.  let me just say I am more than willing to do that!  Some of my favorite movies are real stinkers.  I love Blade 2, The Fifth Element, Hudson Hawk!!,  and Cradle 2 The Grave to name a few movies that really required a lot of supension of disbelief.  I can do that.  Blade Trinity just pushed it too far.  




On the plus side I saw the trailer for Constantine. That looks like it could be quite good.
2875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 10, 2004, 03:31:43 PM
Quote from: "vagabond"
At 42 hours in.  
  ???


The game was released on the 6th but not even in most stores until the 7th.

Assuming you got it at 10 AM on the 7th that means there has only been 72 hours since then.  

You really have played over half the hours total since Tuesday?  Do you have a job?  Do you sleep?

I am not disputing your numbers but I just find it amazing (and odd) that someone would spend that much time simply playing a video game.
2876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / anyone getting Prince of Persia - Warrior Within? on: December 09, 2004, 03:13:28 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Man, Ubi should take a lesson from EIDOS and the Tomb Raider syndrome. Between Prince of Persia and the endless Tom Clany games, they're going to run their best franchises into the ground.



I think they are taking the lessons seriously - I just don't think it is the lesson you want.

They see that sequels, even if not as good, sell more copies than original games.   Look at the sales for Prince of Persia: Warrior Within vs. Beyond Good and Evil.  

It doesn't take a marketing genius to see that it would be much more profitable to make another PoP game.  So they will.
2877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blade Trinity - How is it? on: December 09, 2004, 02:41:50 PM
Well did anyone vetnure out to see it?
2878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spiderman 2 (major spoilers) on: December 09, 2004, 02:36:44 PM
I thought the movie was ok but I was really sick by the end of Parker constantly being on the verge of tears.  

I felt like they took the idea that being Spiderman was tough and beat it to death.  I mean how many scenes do we need?  Come on.

The most fun stuff was when he was Spiderman but those scenes were few.  Most of the movie seemed to be Toby with red puffy eyes looking like his puppy just died.
2879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blade Trinity - How is it? on: December 08, 2004, 05:24:38 PM
It is so hard to decide from professional reviewers about movies like this.    If you look at action films on rottentomatoes you will see that the vast majority are not reviewed well.  

That isn't to say that reviewers are wrong about Blade 3 but it is hard to get a feeling except from actual people rather than professional types.
2880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blade Trinity - How is it? on: December 08, 2004, 02:47:43 PM
I noticed that Blade Trinity started today and thought we could use the wonderful poll ability to see what people think.

So how do you rate the movie?
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