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8401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has Portable Gaming Changed Your Gaming Habits? on: July 20, 2006, 03:27:00 PM
I can't portably game at all.  I've had a PSP (lost it somewhere when I moved) and currently have a DS.  They only get playtime when I'm on a plane or in an airport.  Otherwise, if I have time to game, I fire up the PC or 360.

gellar
8402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AMD Price Cut Chart on: July 20, 2006, 03:25:12 PM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Quote from: "gellar"
Yeah buddy... X2 5000+ new rig is being ordered and built the day these price drops hit.

gellar


gellar, I would seriousy reconsider that purchase and look at the E6600.  Especially since they can be cranked up to 4Ghz.


I don't overclock, as I am entirely too lazy to.  I don't even overclock my video card.

From what I can tell, the E6600 is marginally faster in the benchmarks I care about (games).  If I can get one as easily as I can the 5000+, I will certainly do so.  However, if there are supply issues or stability issues with the new mobos, I'll be going AMD for sure.  I understand I'm giving up a bit of performance for some convenience, but that's something I'm more than willing to do.

gellar
8403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Madden 07 gameplay footage on: July 20, 2006, 03:20:23 PM
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.


You can gather that from a 2 minute video of highlight clips?  I bow to your abilities of perception.

gellar
8404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 19, 2006, 09:26:51 PM
The Dynasty mode seems entirely complete to me, compared to last year's version anyway.

Also, some choice bits from that review you're referencing makes me wonder a few things about the reviewers sanity (taken from The Blog for the Sports Gamer):

Quote from: "IGN Crackhead Reviewer"
Last year, the franchise surpassed everything we could have hoped for with NCAA 06. The tight gameplay, addictive Race for the Heisman mode and immersive college football atmosphere pushed the franchise so far ahead that it already bordered on next-gen


ORLY?  WHAT?  Last year's game, while not attrocious, was by and large a disappointment.  The "addictive" Race for the Heisman mode was TOTAL garbage and to give it credit for making the franchise near next-gen... WHAT?

The list of missing "features", from that review, are as follows:

Race for the Heisman - totally useless.  Would've never touched it anyway.
Campus Legend - See above
Defensive hot routes - Generally a nice to have, but I can live without it.
Spring game - From what I've seen, this feature is total fluff and I'd have simmed through it anyway.
Drills - Ditto
Create-a-school - OK this sucks... I liked this feature in the past.
Stadium Pulse - I liked this in the past too, but wouldn't have noticed it was missing until it was pointed out.
ESPN Magazine - And then?

So, assuming I'm going to buy this game, I'm making the choice between the above missing "features" and the below benefits of the 360:
720p/1080i graphics
Wireless controller
Tug'O'War Mini Game (which is a fun diversion offline, but if I can play it online, would be a huge benefit)
Not having to hook up the old Xbox

Now I'm not saying that removing features is a good thing, but if they're features I don't give a crap about... I don't really care.  I don't get the big deal.

gellar
8405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: UGH on: July 19, 2006, 08:31:46 PM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Pay as little as possible for rent because you're THROWING YOUR MONEY DOWN THE TOILET!!!

Haven't rented since 1991!!


Agreed for the most part, but there are certainly scenarios where renting is the far more viable option.

I've considered buying, but it just doesn't make sense for me at the moment.

gellar
8406  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AMD Price Cut Chart on: July 19, 2006, 04:03:59 PM
Yeah I'm toying with the the Conroe 6600, but it's not a huge increase over the 5000+, which it's competitively priced against (I believe).  Also, the Conroe platform is newer and more costly than the AMD one, so it ends up being a bit more expensive and, in my eyes, possibly less stable (being new and all).  I still have a week to change my mind though.

gellar
8407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 19, 2006, 03:38:50 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
Quote
I understand you, BUT why are things, ANYTHING, cut from the top of the line?
There should be everything and more in the 360 version.

I agree with Devil.  Ack...  stomach pain...  vomit...  Seriously, the 360 version should have extra stuff, not less.

I don't really care about school tests and such.  But aren't the PS2 and XBox playbooks a lot better and upgraded?  That would impact gameplay a lot.  What about some of the momentum stuff?  

How is the 360's dynasty mode?  Just as good?


I believe the 360 actually has the better playbooks (could be wrong, but Im pretty sure I read that).

Momentum is there, it's just displayed differently.

The Dynasty mode doesn't seem to be missing anything for me.

gellar
8408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Current best soccer game for the 360? on: July 19, 2006, 03:23:53 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
If you're not a fan of soccer and aren't willing to spends many hours tweaking and learning a game; Winning Eleven 9 isn't your game.

The newest FIFA is apparently quite good.  Every FIFA release comes significantly closer to the perfect portrayal of the game that the WE series offers, but without having to learn a ton of moves and spend countless hours perfecting how you play.

FIFA World Cup is your game.


Indeed.

gellar
8409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AMD Price Cut Chart on: July 19, 2006, 03:11:10 PM
Yeah buddy... X2 5000+ new rig is being ordered and built the day these price drops hit.

gellar
8410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How much is your rent? on: July 19, 2006, 03:08:42 PM
I've got you all beat.

$2200/mo.  1500 sq ft 2 BR Condo.  And this place is a HUGE value.

SF Bay Area.

gellar
8411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 19, 2006, 03:04:04 PM
Quote from: "Captain Caveman"
Quote from: "stiffler"
So you only gain achievements in the Dynasty or what?


I already gained a number of the easy achievements from playing a couple exhibition games against the computer. Maybe you have to do what I did and  play on All-American skill level with 5 minute quarters?


I play Dynasty, All-American, 8 min quarters.  I got a few achievements last night.

gellar
8412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Madden 07 gameplay footage on: July 19, 2006, 05:16:32 AM
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
8413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 19, 2006, 05:12:17 AM
Managed to get 1 tug o war (Lots of fun... can you play this mode online?) and one full game in tonight.  VERY impressed so far, and I haven't even begun to slider tweak.

I do miss Reggie Bush though slywink

gellar
8414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 18, 2006, 11:47:06 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
Quote
Personally I don't care too much about most of those features (except defensive hot routes). If the on the field gameplay is good I will buy it. I will probably rent it first though. EA has gotten my money for crappy games too many times before.

I'm just really tired of EA putting out crap.  They've released far to many games with missing features on the 360 and PSP, as well as games with minimal updates like Madden.


Well, to call a game feature reduced doesn't mean it's crap.  Most of the guys at Op Sports are quite happy with NCAA (and that forum, IMHO, is mostly 2k fanboys) and the general reviews (including the one you linked) are positive thus far.  The features that are missing wouldn't be missed AT ALL by me, so long as the fantastic Dynasty mode is still in tact.  I'm very excited to get home tonight and try this out, especially after all of the positive feedback thus far.

gellar
8415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 18, 2006, 06:14:20 PM
I believe mine is 52", but I'm pining for larger.  I can see myself upgrading within a year.

gellar
8416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/17) on: July 17, 2006, 06:49:43 PM
NCAA for 360 fo'sho.

gellar
8417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 16, 2006, 06:30:51 AM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
Is it possible to start up a multiplayer game with only a few friends just for fun?  For example, can Devil, Lockdown and I team up and play against the AI so that we can demonstrate our complete ineptness at controlling huge lumbering machines????  Or do you have to join all this squad bullshit that sounds completely ridiculous and a colossal waste of time.  I really hate that when you have plan, study, formulate, schedule, and jump through hoops just to sit down for a half hour and play a fun multiplayer session.


That's pretty much what we've been doing at BC.  Orpheo and I have been doing 2 player co-op vs AI with the occassional 2v2 PVP.  The AI isn't all that much of a challenge, but it's still pretty fun.  Our squad right now is just a handful of us just screwing around with the game.

gellar
8418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 13, 2006, 06:10:17 PM
Quote from: "fyedaddy"
Quote from: "Devil"
Still say '05 was the worst game ever made.


Why is 05 the worst? It's the only one I've ever played and I absolutely love it. Is 04 or 06 even better? Am I missing out by not playing either of those?


04 was by far the best of the series (possibly the best football game ever made, actually).  06 was better than 05, but not by a great margin.  It certainly wasn't better than 04.

gellar
8419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 13, 2006, 05:34:57 AM
Man... my download is SUPER SLOW for some reason.

gellar
8420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA 2007 Demo on Marketplace today! on: July 12, 2006, 06:29:29 PM
Awesome.

gellar
8421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's name off supermodels we've slept with! on: July 11, 2006, 06:53:13 PM
Ahem...

...
...

Your mother.

gellar
8422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ever bought anything by Bose? on: July 11, 2006, 03:37:16 PM
Quote from: "Interloper"
I'll  add this:  Bose isn't pricy, or should I say overpriced, due to quality, it's due to their enormous advertising budget.  I literally think not a day goes by that I don't hear or see an ad for them.

I've not been impressed with them.  A friend has a pair of aviation headseats from them (not cheap) and I tried them.  I payed just over half what they wanted the Bose, and mine are quieter and more comfortable.  Also, having heard a few of their stereo speakers left me unimpressed.  I'd take Klipsch over them anyday (and have).


You know... for noise cancelling headsets, I cannot recommend Shure enough.  Folks in my industry who travel a lot have been recommending them to me for years and I finally pulled the trigger a few months ago.  FANTASTIC.

They don't use the "standard technology" that the rest of noise cancelling devices do... they just simply make a damn fine earbud headphone with a snug fit to your ear (you get about a dozen different choices in the "fit kit" that comes with the buds) and it works great.  Best I've ever tried.

As far as Klipsch goes, I honestly find them starting to become a bit overrated and commercialized themselves.  Very similar to what happened to Rockford Fosgate in the car audio industry of the 1990s.  You'll find far better value and quality in the direct internet order brands, I think.

Of course, if you like it, that's all that matters.

gellar
8423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ever bought anything by Bose? on: July 10, 2006, 10:41:57 PM
Quote from: "jblank"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "jblank"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "jblank"
.........but listen to A LOT of stuff, because even if it sounds good to you, if something by Yamaha, lets say, sounds as good, but is $500 less, then there is no reason to pay more.


Yeah... listen to a lot of stuff for sure.  However, it's really rather difficult to have a TRUE listening test as each store will set up their equipment and setup to favor one set over another pretty easily.

Also, for some people, spending the $500 more on Bose instantly meants its better to them.  I am not going to waste my time trying to convince anyone otherwise... so long as they're happy.  Honestly that's what drives me nuts about enthusiast hobbies; everyone is hell bent on convincing everyone else that their decision was the "right" one and that everyone else is an idiot for thinking otherwise.  If my buddy thinks his Bose system sounds better than my Denon/Ascend/Hsu combo, he's more than welcome to continue thinking it.  No worries over here.

gellar


I agree, but in this case, I just didn't want someone to spend extra money, buying a name, when you can save money, get better quality, better performance, and a lot more functionality and flexibility.


That's my point though.  So long as that someone is not me, I don't care what the hell they do or think.

gellar


Well, I like to help people save a buck when I can, especially when it comes to home theater. It's much better to save money or put that extra money into another component, especially when you can save cash AND get better gear.


Oh see... if they're ASKING me what to buy, I'd be more than happy to list off a handful of names that they should listen to.  That's a different situation entirely smile.

gellar
8424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ever bought anything by Bose? on: July 10, 2006, 08:58:33 PM
Quote from: "jblank"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "jblank"
.........but listen to A LOT of stuff, because even if it sounds good to you, if something by Yamaha, lets say, sounds as good, but is $500 less, then there is no reason to pay more.


Yeah... listen to a lot of stuff for sure.  However, it's really rather difficult to have a TRUE listening test as each store will set up their equipment and setup to favor one set over another pretty easily.

Also, for some people, spending the $500 more on Bose instantly meants its better to them.  I am not going to waste my time trying to convince anyone otherwise... so long as they're happy.  Honestly that's what drives me nuts about enthusiast hobbies; everyone is hell bent on convincing everyone else that their decision was the "right" one and that everyone else is an idiot for thinking otherwise.  If my buddy thinks his Bose system sounds better than my Denon/Ascend/Hsu combo, he's more than welcome to continue thinking it.  No worries over here.

gellar


I agree, but in this case, I just didn't want someone to spend extra money, buying a name, when you can save money, get better quality, better performance, and a lot more functionality and flexibility.


That's my point though.  So long as that someone is not me, I don't care what the hell they do or think.

gellar
8425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ever bought anything by Bose? on: July 10, 2006, 05:39:34 PM
Quote from: "jblank"
.........but listen to A LOT of stuff, because even if it sounds good to you, if something by Yamaha, lets say, sounds as good, but is $500 less, then there is no reason to pay more.


Yeah... listen to a lot of stuff for sure.  However, it's really rather difficult to have a TRUE listening test as each store will set up their equipment and setup to favor one set over another pretty easily.

Also, for some people, spending the $500 more on Bose instantly meants its better to them.  I am not going to waste my time trying to convince anyone otherwise... so long as they're happy.  Honestly that's what drives me nuts about enthusiast hobbies; everyone is hell bent on convincing everyone else that their decision was the "right" one and that everyone else is an idiot for thinking otherwise.  If my buddy thinks his Bose system sounds better than my Denon/Ascend/Hsu combo, he's more than welcome to continue thinking it.  No worries over here.

gellar
8426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ever bought anything by Bose? on: July 10, 2006, 04:53:58 PM
I've always been of the mind of "if they sound good to you, then they sound good."

That being said, however, Bose sucks balls.

gellar
8427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / UFC 61 - Bitter Dissapointment on: July 10, 2006, 04:52:59 PM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
For me the dissapointment was the other fight.


Pretty much.

Shamrock was going to get stopped anyway... he was completely out of it and was not defending himself at all.  I would have liked to see Tito pound him some more, but oh well.

The "main event" itself was a total waste and bore.  I used to enjoy Andrei... not so much anymore.

I did find it amusing, however, that all of the highlights of the night (Knockout, Submission) were during fights that WERE NOT TELEVISED.

Lovely.

gellar
8428  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / It's official. Toshiba sucks. on: July 10, 2006, 04:09:57 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
My Toshiba television is awesome!


Indeed.

That being said, I once had a Toshiba Tablet PC when I worked for M$.  That thing was a PIECE OF SHIT.

gellar
8429  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Should I continue trying to woo my boss? *asked out both* on: July 10, 2006, 04:09:02 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Then again, there's a new intern who's MY age & who is the CEO's daughter, apparently.


I've got a new nickname for you: "The HR Nightmare"

gellar


I HAVE A NICKNAME FOR YOU AS WELL...

Mr. gellar.


I am better at this game than you are.

gellar
8430  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Should I continue trying to woo my boss? *asked out both* on: July 10, 2006, 04:15:23 AM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Then again, there's a new intern who's MY age & who is the CEO's daughter, apparently.


I've got a new nickname for you: "The HR Nightmare"

gellar
8431  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Prates of the Carribean 2: Dead mans chest on: July 10, 2006, 01:25:07 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "helot2000"
If you liked the first, I believe you will love this one.


Eh, I really liked the first (though not quite loved) and found this one only passable.  It was overbloated all around.  I rewatched the first one last night after viewing DMC, it is definitely the far superior film in my eyes.


FAR superior.  The 2nd one was merely ok, I think.  Considering how I much I was looking forward to it, I couldn't help but feel disappointed.

gellar
8432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Should I continue trying to woo my boss? *asked out both* on: July 03, 2006, 01:17:46 AM
Meh... unless she's insanely hot, don't date people you work with.

There are about a million ways it could go bad.  Haven't you seen Anchorman?

gellar
8433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PC and Console - What are you playing this weekend? on: July 02, 2006, 02:11:38 AM
TQ here mostly, but probably some MLB The Show and MotoGP mixed in.

gellar
8434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where is your console? on: July 01, 2006, 12:17:08 AM
"Family" Room here, though my family consists of me, my girlfriend, my dog, and her two cats.

Still, it's a pretty bitchin setup.

gellar
8435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Over G Fighters on: June 29, 2006, 04:19:08 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
Quote
I don't know if that would be true in real life, but I do know the Hornet is praised for its turning ability.

I thought the Hornet was basically a pig in the sky.  The F-16 was always the best turning/quickest fighter around in my recollections.  Unless the Super Hornets changed this.  The Hornets were always the jack of all trades, good at nothing type fighters, that came from a bloated budget.  Never an impressive plane.


A good buddy of mine flies a Hornet (not sure if its a Super Hornet or not) and he'd probably kill you if you said that to him in person. slywink

gellar
8436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Over G Fighters on: June 29, 2006, 05:33:49 AM
Quote from: "kathode"
On the head-scratcher side, I'm not sure why you would ever use the F/A-18 Hornet.  According to the stats it's a poor man's Falcon, but you get it after the Falcon.  I don't get it.  


That's gotta be an in game mistake... in real life, the Hornet stomps all over the Falcon in damn near every engagement possible.

gellar
8437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone know a place to get Video Game Character Costumes? on: June 27, 2006, 10:54:50 PM
DUDE.

gellar
8438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone know a place to get Video Game Character Costumes? on: June 27, 2006, 10:37:53 PM
Dude.

gellar
8439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (6/26) on: June 27, 2006, 08:15:30 PM
Titan Quest is preordered... but I'm interested in Over G.  Waiting for the initial word on how good that one is.

gellar
8440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More PGR3 content to come on: June 27, 2006, 08:10:44 PM
I'm rather looking forward to the Zonda F.

gellar
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