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8321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fake people on: August 07, 2006, 05:54:53 PM
I do rather like it here.  Just sayin.

gellar
8322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (8/7) on: August 07, 2006, 04:25:19 PM
I'm sure the Dead Rising hype will get to me.

gellar
8323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Want to play EA's 2K5 games online? Too damn bad. on: August 07, 2006, 04:19:39 PM
Quote from: "jblank"
I see what you guys are saying, but I just don't see the controversy here.


Bottom line bro:  The Internet hates EA and everything they do is evil.

Good thing they're still rich, or else they'd maybe cry about it.

gellar
8324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA Missing Features Game on: August 07, 2006, 04:11:21 PM
Quote from: "jblank"
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
360 NCAA '07 is sort of a joke, features-wise.


It's the presentation that is the most lacking. I'm happy with the gameplay, but for the 360 they need to work on the presentation.


Pretty much.  The missing "features" are things I'd never give two shits about anyway.  The presentation... while not really bad, isn't quite anything close to good either.

gellar
8325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ooooh WTF!@ NHL '07 = NO on-line co-op play! on: August 07, 2006, 04:10:00 PM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Madden 360 didn't even have PRACTICE mode.

We're talking about PRACTICE........

We are talking about PRACTICE man.........

I'm talking about PRACTICE.........

PRACTICE.


LOL.  AI FTW.  You win the thread.

As far as the news goes... it's a non issue for me, but definitely can see how it'd suck for some.

Fortunately (or rather, unfortunately), the only person who lives with me has no interest at all in playing NHL online slywink.

gellar
8326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nothing compares to NFL 2k5, I hope Madden 07 changes that.. on: August 07, 2006, 03:47:51 AM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Quote from: "gellar"


And seeing how absolutely bad and broken the franchise modes for NHL2KX and MLB2KX are, I'd have to disagree with you slywink.  


The only part of that I will respond to is that Visual Concepts developed NFL, NBA, and CHoops.  While NHL and MLB were developed by Kush.  So that argument is not quite relevant.


That would certainly explain a lot.  I just lump then under the same umbrella as just about all of the 2KX games (other than the basketball ones, I believe) have had serious franchise bugs over the years.  I will definitely agree that NFL and NBA/NCAA are leagues ahead of NHL and MLB though.

gellar
8327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nothing compares to NFL 2k5, I hope Madden 07 changes that.. on: August 07, 2006, 01:39:56 AM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
I would argue that 2K5 really forces you to call the right plays and be good manually with your safety in order to play good defense.  Especially against human opponents.  Unlike EA football games where you can call quarters and let your CPU defenders make plays.


You call ANY play repeatedly against me in Madden and I will absolutely shred you.  I don't like football games that require "good stick" (god I hate that term).  I'd honestly rather just let my defense play for me assuming I made the right call.  I was praying NFL Head Coach would be better than it was... but instead it sucked.  Different strokes for different folks though.

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I agree that the franchise mode in Madden (current gen) is much better than 2K5 was.  But considering how good the single player in NBA 2Kx and College Hoops has gotten over the last 2 years I think VC would have made great improvments to the football game by now in that area.


And seeing how absolutely bad and broken the franchise modes for NHL2KX and MLB2KX are, I'd have to disagree with you slywink.  The NFL2KX series always had a very substandard franchise mode, and instead of trying to fix their broken AI and logic, they added more crap on top that just broke it even further.  Very disappointing.

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But nothing compares to playing in an online league with drafts and trades, with full injury tracking and rosters that carry over from season to season.  2K5 had that and EA STILL isn't even talking about that stuff yet for Madden.


Honestly, I never once did an online league as I doubt I'd ever be able to find more than 5 people who play a style of game I find enjoyable.  So while in those features sound quite awesome, and I don't deny that there were certainly many folks like yourself that loved them, they were totally lost on me.

gellar
8328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nothing compares to NFL 2k5, I hope Madden 07 changes that.. on: August 07, 2006, 01:21:27 AM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Yeah.  No point in arguing about it I guess.  

I have played literally 100's of online 2K5 games over the years so I tend to go overboard in defense of 2K5.   biggrin


I think online 2K5 is the superior game.  You get past a lot of the game's flaws when you don't let it think slywink

gellar
8329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Madden 07 gameplay footage on: August 07, 2006, 01:20:56 AM
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "jblank"
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "Graham"
Well, at least you can actually run in this game, but you have to make too many juke moves to do it.

The long ball looks like the way to go....just like previous Madden games.

Do we get the crappy radio commentators again?  I didn't hear any announcer during the gameplay video.

Yeah, just looks like another Madden release, just made prettier for the 360.


Dude... are you watching the same video I am?  This is a pretty significant step forward for Madden, at least in the graphics and animation category (which is all you can judge the video by).  Wow.

gellar

You can polish a turd, but it's still a turd.

I think that the game looks good.  Still, from what I can see, it's the same old gameplay.


Considering most sources out there are saying the game is vastly improved, I think calling it a turd, based off of a video short, is wrong.

I'm not saying you are one of these types of people, but the people, who are still hung up on the 2K football series, and still hold on to this hatred towards EA, need to just let.....it.....go. Before someone calls me an EA fanboy, let me say that I always enjoyed the 2K series for fun, especially online, but for season sim-like football, I personally have always enjoyed Madden.


I'll still wait to play the game, but after seeing bomb after bomb after bomb in a single video, it doesn't give me very much hope.  Yes, I did like the 2K series more than Madden, but those videos did little to prove to me that it's much improved.  I'm heavily skeptical, and I think that is good for someone in my position.


I think they showed bomb after bomb just because you know... slants and incomplete passes make for a pretty shitty highlight video slywink

gellar
8330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Want to play EA's 2K5 games online? Too damn bad. on: August 06, 2006, 11:01:28 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Because people might still be playing the older games? Because people are tired of paying $50 for basically the same exact game (but with updated stats and slightly different gameplay) each and every year?


And why should EA give a shit?

Does MS still support Windows 98?  Products get end of lifed.  I'm sure EA spent enough time and money determining whether or not the 50 or so people this adversely affected's loyalty was worth the thousands of dollars per year it was costing them to run the servers.  I'm relatively certain it was a sound financial decision.

Not to be a dick, but game company's jobs are to make money.

gellar
8331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Want to play EA's 2K5 games online? Too damn bad. on: August 06, 2006, 10:28:15 PM
Quote from: "jblank"
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
Honestly, I dont see this as even being an issue with most of those games.  Why should they pay to keep servers running for games that are 2 or 3 years old?  Now shutting down the NBA Street 3 servers before NBA Street 4 is out is kind of stupid.


Exactly. Come on fellas, really, why devote resources to March Madness 2005, when nobody is playing it? The terms of service EA has, that we all agree to when we sign up to play something online, or buy a game of theres, states that EA reserves the right to cancel online service for those games, at a time they choose.

This just isn't a big deal.


Cause EA is evil and should give all their stuff away for free, forever.  Duh.

gellar
8332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Madden 07 gameplay footage on: August 06, 2006, 10:27:25 PM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Quote from: "jament"
Great.  Now, as my Half Back places himself behind my offensive tackle and runs in place Mario-style, the HD animations will be most impressive.  Notice that in the trailer, they only show RBs going around the corner or off-tackle.  Nothing shown with a run stuffed at the line and a RB slipping through.

Gang tackling?  Player size/weight momentum?  A DB/WR passing system that actually makes sense?  RBs pushing through actual holes instead of juke animation running?

Bah.  I'll buy it of course... but I ain't gonna be happy about it.  Again.


Well said.


I dunno... NCAA does this pretty well, I think.  Every now and then my RB gets stuck, but it's quite rare and I tend to run the ball a lot.  After giving it a lot of time, I honestly think it's the best football game I've ever played.

I assume that they can share some of what they've done with the Madden folks, giving me great hopes for this year's Madden game to be quite amazing, really.

gellar
8333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / For anyone that enjoys online simstyle NCAA Football 2007... on: August 06, 2006, 07:21:52 PM
I honestly don't play online all that much, but can be persuaded into a game every now and then.

TehGellar is the tag.

gellar
8334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nothing compares to NFL 2k5, I hope Madden 07 changes that.. on: August 06, 2006, 07:21:07 PM
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
I agree about the presentation and that is about it.  2k5 had a lot of problems with zone coverage which made it possible for your opponent to gain a first down by running with the QB, even if they were a slow pocket passer.  Another thing, if you had a WR in single coverage all you had to do was simply send him on a fly, post, or corner route and he would be wide open for a TD 80% of the time.  I'm not going to say that 2k was the only game with problems though, there has never been a perfect football game and probably never will be.  EA does need to get with the times and update their presentation though, I cant stand when you finish a game and it just goes to the quit screen with nothing, no recap, no highlights, no commentary NOTHING.  I HATE THAT!


Could not have said it better myself.  Totally agree 100%.  I'd also like to add that 2k5's franchise was utterly broken.

I do agree with the OP about one thing.  The game was amazingly pretty for it's time.  It did stomp a mudhole into Madden for that.

gellar
8335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Take the Gamer Test on: August 05, 2006, 10:20:54 PM
84% here.  Same as Ralph.

gellar
8336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] The Decent on: August 04, 2006, 04:11:23 PM
I'm interested, but will likely hit Ricky Bobby instead.  It'll be easier to talk the girlfriend into seeing that.

gellar
8337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got a new job!!!! And it RULES!!!! on: August 04, 2006, 02:53:24 PM
Quote from: "th'FOOL"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Big contract with Mattel...   Barbie, He-Man, Hot Wheels...  Could be some seriously high-profile stuff that.  Congrats to you!


I used to work at Mattel Interactive (when it existed).  I am ashamed to mention the projects I was involved in.

gellar


All I know is that there is going to be a shitload of animation involved.  I can't wait!


Oh I'm sure your job is better than what mine was over there.  smile

gellar
8338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2142 Feature on: August 04, 2006, 02:52:09 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I'll be in the beta later this month.  Expect every detail I can muster at that point. smile


Hawt.

gellar


...I also chose one reader to come with me.  Membership here has its benifits.


ME ME ME.  PICK ME! slywink

gellar
8339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2142 Feature on: August 04, 2006, 05:16:16 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I'll be in the beta later this month.  Expect every detail I can muster at that point. smile


Hawt.

gellar
8340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got a new job!!!! And it RULES!!!! on: August 04, 2006, 04:57:56 AM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Big contract with Mattel...   Barbie, He-Man, Hot Wheels...  Could be some seriously high-profile stuff that.  Congrats to you!


I used to work at Mattel Interactive (when it existed).  I am ashamed to mention the projects I was involved in.

gellar
8341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2142 Feature on: August 04, 2006, 04:50:22 AM
So in for this... I'd imagine BC will probably have a server up that you guys are more than welcome to join in on.  The Battlefield games have always held pretty long legs with the IRC crew.

Now, the bet we have right now is whether this game will be poorly coded enough to where even my monster new rig can't run it with full details.

gellar
8342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What is your favorite potato chip? on: August 04, 2006, 04:48:29 AM
Quote from: "Zinfan"
Put me down for the regular Tim's as well.  I brought home the Habanero version that were very hot and got quite a laugh when my wife grabbed a few to try! And I got to eat the rest of the bag myself.  On a side note I've  just started to put the chips on my turkey sandwich as well, adds a nice crunch.


I like the Habanero version as a nice compliment to Jalapeno, but the flavor is so strong that it will never be my go-to chip.  I can't eat enough of them before I kind of get overwhelmed by the taste (not in a good way).  As a light snack every now and then though, they go well.

gellar
8343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got a new job!!!! And it RULES!!!! on: August 04, 2006, 04:46:47 AM
Nice.  Congrats.

gellar
8344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fake people on: August 03, 2006, 01:44:58 AM
Yes.
8345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Street Fighter II online? on: August 02, 2006, 03:43:02 PM
Quote from: "Captain Caveman"
I already unlocked the 30 online wins achievement.  :oops:

This game is addictive.


Dude.  Do some work or learning or something.

gellar
8346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How many consoles (same kind) have you been through? on: August 02, 2006, 03:01:12 PM
1 of each... never broke one (including a launch PS2), never traded it in.

I have lost my PSP somewhere though.  I really don't know where that went.

gellar
8347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Street Fighter II online? on: August 02, 2006, 02:38:16 PM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
This workday is going to be agony to wait through.  I've had the game music in my head every day this last week.  Hoo-ray for nostalgia!


No joke man... I've been here 8 minutes and am jonesing to go home and play.

gellar
8348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What is your favorite potato chip? on: August 01, 2006, 11:30:15 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
I really like Tim's Jalapeno chips :


Kettle crunchy and nice n' spicy!


Hell. Yes.

gellar
8349  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Thoughts on a new PC purchase? on: August 01, 2006, 06:33:51 PM
Quote from: "Mystic95Z"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Why not just save yourself a couple grand and get a triple-core Xbox 360 that never needs upgrading?  :wink:


I have one.  For some reason, it doesn't know what to do when I put my WoW disk into it.  For that reason, it is not sufficient slywink

gellar


QFT... And if you mainly play WoW like me, dont even bother with the 7950GX2 as its SLI in a single slot and WoW doesen't support SLI and you will see zero benifit from it.


Cause I can slywink.  And I actually play lots of games on the PC (just not for long periods of time).  WoW was the example I used cause it's the only PC game in the last 3 years I've played more than 10 hours of.

gellar
8350  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Thoughts on a new PC purchase? on: August 01, 2006, 06:12:17 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Why not just save yourself a couple grand and get a triple-core Xbox 360 that never needs upgrading?  :wink:


I have one.  For some reason, it doesn't know what to do when I put my WoW disk into it.  For that reason, it is not sufficient slywink

gellar
8351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2k7 [2kSports] on: August 01, 2006, 04:27:03 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
As a matter of fact, I think it was '04 that I actually liked EA's offering better than all of them, including 2K and gretzky and hitz, and whatever else came out.


I think that was it, actually.

gellar
8352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2k7 [2kSports] on: August 01, 2006, 03:48:31 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
I agree that to this point 2K has been better than '0X but it's not nearly as big a difference lately as you guys are making out.


I'm with Devil on this one.  In fact, one year (not last year, but some year that I cannot remember exactly) I enjoyed the EA offering more.  Sure it was more arcadey (not necessarily a bad thing), but it wasn't broken and was a lot of fun.

gellar
8353  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Thoughts on a new PC purchase? on: August 01, 2006, 03:40:58 PM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "PaulBot"
No monitor?

Why not grab one of those 54" flat panels while you're taking out the second mortgage  biggrin


I already have a 20" LCD that I love dearly and cannot fathom replacing.

And I can always hook it up to my TV if I want 50"+ slywink.

gellar


I have a 20" LCD (Dell) also. It is absolutely wonderful, so I know what you mean!!

Sounds like you're gonna have one very nice rig under your table!


We likely have the same LCD.  I would murder anyone who tried to do it harm.

gellar
8354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Heartache! Disbelief! - A thread to vent, cry, pout, SHARE.. on: August 01, 2006, 05:21:57 AM
Dammit... I got one tonight.

Tired of pwning with USC, I created a Dynasty with Oklahoma State.  I blew past the cream puff I-AA team in week one and went heavily favored into week two against Arkansas State.  First half goes well... I'm up 21-14 and controlling momentum.  First possession of the 2nd half, I extend my lead to 28-14 on a great drive involving some nifty moves by my QB and RB.

Then all hell breaks loose.  Ark State comes storming back.  First just a simple Figgie that doesn't scare me.  28-17.  Then they score a TD... 28-24, and I am sufficiently scared.  3 or 4 mins left, I get the ball back, run two mediocre running plays... and then third down.  Knowing that my RB has been left open on a few option reads throughout the day, I call a Play Action Read where the RB keeps going and is available as a receiver.  It works... except the ball clanks off his hands as I pass it to him.  4th and 5.  Punt.

Less than 2 mins left and Arkansas State has the ball at their own 40.  They drive.  I pick it and break for the end zone.  I score.  Play is called back... pass interference on me.  God.  Dammit.  They score the TD with 1:10 left on the clock.  Thankfully, they fail the 2 pt conversion.  30-28, 1:10 left, and my turn.

A big kickoff return by my star WR gets me to my 40.  I then promptly proceed to do nothing with the next 3 plays.  4th and 10 and by some miracle, I convert a crossing pattern to my speedy 4th WR.  Getting closer.  A few plays later and I'm on the fringe of FG range and marching.  25 seconds left in the game and I spot my star WR wide open down the right hash.  I hit him with a strike at the 10 yard line and he turns upfield... right into a defender and FUMBLES THE BALL.  Arkansas State picks it up and goes 91 yards for the score.  They miss the 2 pointer and are now up by 8.

I have time for one hail mary that fails miserably.

I lose.  Final score: Ark St 36, Ok State 28.

gellar
8355  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Thoughts on a new PC purchase? on: August 01, 2006, 02:04:28 AM
Oh I ordered the Alienware fully maxed rig.  I was tempted to pay the additional $150 or so to get the Velocity Micro (for the same reasons you mentioned, Scott), but ultimately I decided just to pocket the $150 and put the tower under my desk slywink.

gellar
8356  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Thoughts on a new PC purchase? on: August 01, 2006, 02:02:34 AM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
No monitor?

Why not grab one of those 54" flat panels while you're taking out the second mortgage  biggrin


I already have a 20" LCD that I love dearly and cannot fathom replacing.

And I can always hook it up to my TV if I want 50"+ slywink.

gellar
8357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/31) on: July 31, 2006, 11:22:17 PM
I must pwn any and all challengers at SFII.

gellar
8358  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Thoughts on a new PC purchase? on: July 31, 2006, 09:18:13 PM
Well, they are about $150 more expensive than Alienware for a comperable machine... but they do have the machine I was *planning* on building (that I can't do at Alienware) for $2105.  Decisions, Decisions.  It's basically the same machine as above, but with a regular 7900 GT video card and an E6600 instead of E6700.  $500 less though...

Power Supply     550 Watt Antec® TRUE POWER 2.0 Quiet Power Supply with 120mm Smart Fan (SLI Certified by NVIDIA) (+$70.00)     
Power Cable    Standard Power Cable     
Case Lights    None     
Motherboard    Asus® P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe - NVIDIA® nForce™ 4 SLI MCP, PCI Express Motherboard with DDR2     
Processor    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor E6600, dual 2.4GHz cores (+$120.00)    
CPU Cooling    Arctic Cooling® Freezer 7 Heatsink, Ultra Quiet Fan, Copper Heat Pipes, plus Arctic Silver™ 5 Thermal Compound     
DDR2 Memory    2048MB Corsair™ XMS2 DDR2-800 Low Latency CL4 Extreme Memory with Heat Spreader (2x1024) (+$130.00)    
PCX Video    256MB eVGA™ NVIDIA® GeForce™ 7900 GT Velocity Micro Performance Edition, PCI-Express, 2 x DVI
8359  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Thoughts on a new PC purchase? on: July 31, 2006, 09:09:48 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
I've been really looking as well, and comparing Velocity Micro to Alienware.  I think I like Velocity Micro more right now.  They are about the same price, and that Alienware case looks horrible.

I also really like the fact that Velocity Micro's customer support is 100% based in America (no Alienware info that I saw on theirs, but if they share with Dell, good lord...).  Velocity Micro's CEO posts frequently on HardOCP as well, helping out people.

I'm skeptical that the video cooling is worthwhile, especially on the 7950.  Reviews I've seen of the 7950 say its relatively quiet on its own.  Comments on Alienice I've seen in general claim its a rip off (from various forums).

My other question was going to be to go with the Soundblaster X-Fi or not...

Velocity looks like it ships quicker as well.


Hmmm... may have to take a gander at them for sure.

Thanks!

gellar
8360  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Thoughts on a new PC purchase? on: July 31, 2006, 07:38:54 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
As for yours, did you not want a secondary SATA drive RAIDed out?


Not really, no.  I have a couple other old HDs and a pair of external drives for storage.  The 250GB on it comes with is just for installs.

gellar
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