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8521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PGR3 NIGHT - Saturday at 10est (RSVP please) on: April 15, 2006, 03:19:22 PM
I'm likely in since I can't seem to play a game of MLB.

gellar
8522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] MLB 2k6 Impressions on: April 15, 2006, 04:38:48 AM
Ugh... just had my first freeze in my 3rd franchise game.  Was in a good battle against the Padres and the game locked up when Finley hit a pinch hit HR to put me up by 3 in the top of the 8th.

Of course, since 2KSports has fessed up to the issue, hopefully they fix it soon.

http://www.2ksports.com/forums/showthread.php?p=691251

If they don't, I can guarantee this will be the last MLB game I buy.

gellar
8523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Winning Eleven 9 Backwards Compatible now? on: April 14, 2006, 10:39:48 PM
Hmmm I will probably pick this up this weekend.

gellar
8524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA Football 07 Pics on: April 14, 2006, 09:14:27 PM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Quote from: "gellar"

Sadly, I will still buy it.

gellar


Oh God....WHY?????  :?:   Why reward EA for their downright laziness?  The guys over on Madden Forums have had enough of their crap and I expect many of them to not buy '07.


NCAA?  Cause I don't have a copy for my 360 yet.  Cause it will still look better than the Xbox version.  Cause I want an updated roster and a few new features.  Cause quite honestly, the $60 doesn't mean that much to me.  Cause I want the right to complain from personal experience, rather than what I've read over the internet.

I buy nearly every sports title that interests me, every year they are out.  This "year" for example, I have purchased the following titles - off the top of my head, and in order of disappointment (most to least)

EA NHL 2006 (Xbox)
NHL 2K6 (360)
MLB 2K6 (360)
NCAA Football 2006 (Xbox)
Madden 2006 (360)
Madden 2006 (XBox)
Fight Night R3 (360)
NBA 2K6 (360)

Out of all of those games, really only NBA 2K6 and FN3 represent a significant leap of any sort over the previous years.  The other two 2K titles I own are barely discinernable from the previous years (other than a few bugs that are fixed, and a few more that are introduced).  EA NHL 2006 was actually quite good until you learned how to exploit the AI.  NCAA and Madden were both steps to a better product, ableit small ones.

My point is, my expectation for the next iterations of sports product are carefully measured.  If you take the above list, less than 20% are actual "significant" improvements in product.  The rest are roster updates, maybe some prettier graphics, and some bug fixes.  You know what though?  It's still fun for me.  I'm fine with that.  I'd prefer more, but I still get my money's worth.  I'm still likely buying the sequel to every product listed up there for the 2007 version.

gellar
8525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] MLB 2k6 Impressions on: April 14, 2006, 05:10:03 PM
I played a game last night and rather enjoyed it.  I think I am missing something with the pitching, as I threw probably 5 or 6 wild pitches.

Overall I like it... hopefully it's not overly buggy, as I can see myself spending some time with this until NCAA/Madden come out.

gellar
8526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] NCAA Football 07 Pics on: April 14, 2006, 05:07:58 PM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Here is what I think will happen with Madden/NCAA this year:

PS2 and Xbox versions will be essentially the same as 06.

360 version will be PS2 /Xbox version with marginally better graphics but the same engine.

New “Next Gen” version in November for PS3 and 360. But it will have a limited feature set due to "delays in the PS3 dev kits."

I hope I’m wrong but I doubt it.


I'd bet on this too... especially since NCAA typically runs on the previous year's Madden engine.  I wouldn't expect it to look much better than Madden for the 360.

Sadly, I will still buy it.

gellar
8527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk! on: April 07, 2006, 02:29:16 PM
Quote from: "RightBastard"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "RightBastard"
Well, the teasing continues.  Sharks are sitting in 8th with a clutch win over the Avs.  Now, if only they can stay there...


If the Sharks beat my Kings tonight, the Kings season is over.  I don't know what I am rooting for.

gellar


Woohoo, great win by the Sharks tonight.  Up against the Stars on Sunday, which I hope they win because I'll be sitting in the stands.


SEASON OVAR.

God that was a pathetic effort.  I felt bad for Garon and had to turn it off... dude was trying to stand on his head to keep the team in it, and absolutely no one was helping him.

gellar
8528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 07, 2006, 02:28:24 PM
Dammit.

gellar
8529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk! on: April 06, 2006, 04:39:10 PM
Quote from: "RightBastard"
Well, the teasing continues.  Sharks are sitting in 8th with a clutch win over the Avs.  Now, if only they can stay there...


If the Sharks beat my Kings tonight, the Kings season is over.  I don't know what I am rooting for.

gellar
8530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chrono Trigger (formerly: Now You're Talking) on: April 06, 2006, 04:33:53 PM
Man... I loved Chrono Trigger as a kid.  I still remember buying it.  It was like $70 at the time or something.

Glad you're enjoying it ATB.  Have you checked out Final Fantasy Tactics yet?

gellar
8531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why does ESPN think I care about Barry Bonds? on: April 04, 2006, 10:10:22 PM
Totally agree... baseball has put itself in this position, of which there is no real good answer.

If I was Selig, I'd basically turn a blind eye to the past, since you can't possibly have anything conclusive drawn and have a hard line for the future.  You get caught, you're out the season.  That's it.

gellar
8532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 04, 2006, 07:30:14 PM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Quote from: "gellar"


This seems to be par for the course with anything 2KSports produces.  The only really quality titles they put out are their basketball ones, yet I continue to buy them all.

gellar


Don't forget hockey and football too.


Yeah... gonna have to disagree there.  While the hockey is often better than it's EA counterpart, it's still often riddled with bugs.

And don't get me started on the football title.

While EA doesn't do crap to innovate, at least they're consistently solid titles.  They don't have a lot of features, but the features they do have usually work.

gellar
8533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 04, 2006, 06:39:44 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
I have a request to KUSH games, if any of you know someone from that studio.  It is quite simple really.  For ONCE, can you guys just fix all the problems from the previous year's game, instead of adding 7 gajillion new things, half of which don't work correctly?  Please?


This seems to be par for the course with anything 2KSports produces.  The only really quality titles they put out are their basketball ones, yet I continue to buy them all.

gellar
8534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 04, 2006, 06:12:47 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Looks like we'll find out sooner. 360 version is now listed to come out next week.


SWEET.  I was just lamenting yesterday about how I wanted to play a baseball video game.

gellar
8535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 Media Connect - Anyone actually running it? on: April 04, 2006, 04:24:14 PM
Yeah I've tried every troubleshooting tip they have... and I'm still boned.  It just flat out won't work.

gellar
8536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why does ESPN think I care about Barry Bonds? on: April 04, 2006, 04:22:58 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
A fan threw a syringe at him before the game today and I find that incredibly hilarious.


I was at first horrified, until I found out there was no needle.  Then it was funny.

gellar
8537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why does ESPN think I care about Barry Bonds? on: April 04, 2006, 04:22:31 PM
Quote from: "Doopri"
what bonds and mcgwire et all and who knows how many did is forbidden by the rules of the game.  its the equivalent of counting it as a touchdown if a running backs a, b, and c run across the field instead of down it, and as out of bounds if everyone else does.  


First of all, it's questionable on whether what they did was against the actual rules of the game.  Against the law, yes... but the rules against steroids during that time were rather... squishy at best.  Hence the new crackdown.

Secondly, the bolded point is the issue.  It's terribly easy to villify Bonds, but the fact is, so many other players were doing it we might as well erase any records set from 1990-2000, if we're going to go down that path.

gellar
8538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why does ESPN think I care about Barry Bonds? on: April 04, 2006, 05:51:07 AM
Now admittedly I'm a Giants fan (actually have tickets to opening day - yay!), but I think Caple makes some solid points in his article on ESPN today.  Assuming the book is true and we're going to asterisk Bonds' achievements, how do we do so compared to the past?  Where is the line drawn?  If the book is true and we don't... how is that keeping the integrity of the game?  Total Catch-22 here.

Quote
When it comes right down to it, are we really concerned about the statistic and only the statistic? If so, shouldn't we already understand that statistics mean nothing more or less than the context in which they were reached? That Cy Young won 511 games when the rules were different and the ball was dead? That Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs when blacks were banned from the game and pitchers hadn't developed sliders? That Roger Maris hit his 61 home runs in an expansion year? That Aaron hit his 755 home runs in a time when there was heavy amphetamine use? That McGwire broke Maris' record in an expansion year and in an era when ballparks and strike zones were shrinking while players were growing with better weight training and steroids? That today's players can surgically improve their vision to 20/10? That modern orthopedic medicine might have kept Mickey Mantle hitting home runs for another five years?

But if we are putting statistics into context, don't we have to know what the context is? Don't we have to know which players were cheating and which were obeying the rules? What's the point of even keeping statistics if we give the same credence to the numbers put up by steroid users as we do to those who played the game honestly?


Problem is, what is honesty?  Does it depend on when?  By what standards do we judge?

Too fuckin hard.

gellar
8539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 Media Connect - Anyone actually running it? on: April 04, 2006, 05:46:09 AM
I've probably tried about 5x since I got the thing to get it up and running... it worked ONCE (though I'm not entirely sure why), and hasn't since.

I have now uninstalled it.  It frustrated me to no end.

gellar
8540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Logitech Harmony Universal Remote - YES! on: April 03, 2006, 07:39:26 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "coopasonic"
What requires the 2 button macro? Sounds suspicious. slywink


Just changing the video inputs.  My television brings up a menu listing all the inputs and then you hit a button next to the one you want.  I could also hit the input button to cycle through them, but the ones I need are seperate (2, 4, and 5).

I think I've got it all figured out now.  Still can't seem to get the power to work quite right, but I added a custom button to turn everything off.

Seems like a very nice remote now that I've had time to get used to it.


Is it a Toshiba?  Mine has that same menu and the Harmony handled it out of the box.

gellar
8541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk! on: April 02, 2006, 05:12:22 PM
Gah.  A win.

Why do you give me false hopes, Los Angeles?  Why do you insist on keeping that ever small sliver of a playoff hope still alive?

You torture your fans.

gellar
8542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST 03/29 [Episode Spoilers] on: April 02, 2006, 05:11:28 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Quote from: "Daehawk"
this may spoil something....
...

I heard a rumor that Sawyer is the name of Lockes asshat dad.


Yeah, I guessed as much, based only on the logic of the show that everyone seems to be connected in some way, no matter how goofy it results in being.


Same.  It was the first thought I had when they revealed he conned those two dudes.

gellar
8543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk! on: March 31, 2006, 08:48:12 PM
Quote from: "pr0ner"
Quote from: "gellar"
Ugh... Kings patented season end collapse.

Someday sirs, someday.

gellar


Out of curiousity, when will Sean Avery learn to shut his yap?  I don't think getting creamed twice on one shift by Dion Phaneuf on Wednesday night will teach him, either.


He won't.  Like him or not (I find myself on varying ends of that spectrum throughout the season), his job is to annoy the crap out of the other players.  If it means Phaneuf (who is awesome, btw) is spending time hunting out and decking Avery vs our skilled guys, then Avery has done his job.  If he could just learn to stop taking moron penalties, I'd absolutely love the guy.

gellar
8544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk! on: March 31, 2006, 05:17:46 PM
Ugh... Kings patented season end collapse.

Someday sirs, someday.

gellar
8545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is anyone still playing Project Gotham 3? on: March 31, 2006, 05:13:35 PM
I haven't played much lately, but would certainly be interested in some MP.

gellar
8546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSX Memory Card: How Many blocks Should it Have? on: March 28, 2006, 11:43:06 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Should be 15, IIRC.


Seconded.

gellar
8547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FNR3: Official Lockdown Knockdown Tourney (Sign up here) on: March 28, 2006, 03:29:56 AM
The long awaited GT vs BC match finally occurred tonight... and I'm happy to say I kicked the crap out of a destracted and out of practice KD.  Good game Ron.

Knockout in the 4th round, I believe.

gellar
8548  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re-poll - Sat Radio on: March 27, 2006, 04:28:58 PM
I've been a Sirius subscriber for 1.5 years and an XM subscriber for maybe 4 now.  I listen to Sirius in my car, mostly Maxim radio with the occassional Howard.  When I sold my last car to my sister, I left the XM in there so she has that.  I still logon to XM online every now and then though.

Got my dad Sirius for Christmas and he loves it.  He's a big Howard fan though.

gellar
8549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Its time to upgrade my phone. need advice on: March 27, 2006, 04:21:49 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "gellar"
Oh last point... the Treo 650 does not take advantage of the new hi-speed data networks, which is certainly something to consider.  If you live/work within the coverage areas (major metro cities), wireless broadband access is a HUGE boon.

I've always wondered about that, but for me, having a high speed network on my phone just isn't worth it. I mean, how often do I really need to check up on my mail while I'm on the run? Actually, I never do that anyway, but you see my point.


Well... I check my mail constantly, but that's because I travel quite a bit.

It's also nice to tether the phone to my laptop and have high speed broadband basically anywhere I go in major metro areas.

Finally... there is this awesome product.

gellar
8550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anchorman on: March 26, 2006, 07:05:27 PM
I was rather Meh about it the first time I saw it, but it does get absolutely better with repeat viewings.  I can't stop watching it if shows up on HBO now.

"I don't know how to put this but I'm kind of a big deal."

gellar
8551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 26, 2006, 06:49:41 PM
Count me in as one who hated Morrowind but really rather like Oblivion.  The pacing is FAR better.

gellar
8552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk! on: March 23, 2006, 06:34:45 PM
Quote from: "RightBastard"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "RightBastard"
Oh snap, the Kings fired Andy Murray.  They were playing pretty poorly and could get bounced from the playoffs altogether.  Too bad, I kind of liked Andy Murray in that "he coaches a rival but you have to respect him" sort of way.


I liked Murray too, but this had to happen.  Two straight seasons of missing the playoffs due to a spectacular implosion at the end of the season = something ain't working.

gellar


But LA has the worst injury luck.  I agree they needed a change but that implosion was usually due in part to a lot of bodies going down for the count.


Agreed.  However, they lost something like 6 or 7 straight games to close the previous season, and they're on a similar track now.  Understood that you're going to lose more when your stars are down... but to not win any?  That's just players giving up.

gellar
8553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FNR3: Official Lockdown Knockdown Tourney (Sign up here) on: March 23, 2006, 05:18:57 PM
Ugh... so guys, I've just been handed my tentative travel itenerary for Q2 and it's not exactly pretty.  That and me being on the West Coast is going to put a real pisser in ability to quickly move along the tourney with the rest of you, so if you guys like, I'd just concede defeat in the first round to KD.  If you collectively don't mind trying to work around my insane travel schedule, I'd be happy to beat his ass smile.

gellar
8554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk! on: March 22, 2006, 09:10:32 PM
Quote from: "RightBastard"
Oh snap, the Kings fired Andy Murray.  They were playing pretty poorly and could get bounced from the playoffs altogether.  Too bad, I kind of liked Andy Murray in that "he coaches a rival but you have to respect him" sort of way.


I liked Murray too, but this had to happen.  Two straight seasons of missing the playoffs due to a spectacular implosion at the end of the season = something ain't working.

gellar
8555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FNR3: Official Lockdown Knockdown Tourney (Sign up here) on: March 22, 2006, 08:10:21 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Middle of the day perhaps.  I got roped into working Saturday / Sunday this week.  That said, I'm off Monday -> Friday night.  (My 10th Anniversary is the 30th though - no game time then I'd imagine.  ) :twisted:


Dropp me a line if you are around middle of the day on Sat or Sun... don't know if I will be or not.

Otherwise, let's shoot for Monday night at 7PST?

gellar
8556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FNR3: Official Lockdown Knockdown Tourney (Sign up here) on: March 21, 2006, 07:48:17 PM
I'm in NY right now frown.

I won't free up and be at home until the weekend.  Any time then?

gellar
8557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Its time to upgrade my phone. need advice on: March 17, 2006, 06:40:29 PM
Oh last point... the Treo 650 does not take advantage of the new hi-speed data networks, which is certainly something to consider.  If you live/work within the coverage areas (major metro cities), wireless broadband access is a HUGE boon.

gellar
8558  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Its time to upgrade my phone. need advice on: March 17, 2006, 06:37:55 PM
I've used a Treo 650 and honestly found it awful for a phone.  Voice quality was medicre to poor, and the phone degredates over time.  Some people absolutely love it, however.

I've also heard mixed reviews of the 700.  Some love it, some hate it.

Another alternative is the 8125.  This is Cingular's version of the phone I use with Sprint, the PPC-6700.  I find the slideout keyboard far better than the Treo's tiny one and the screen is gorgeous.  The voice quality of the phone is also leaps and bounds over the Treo as well.  The only caveat is a) if you do turn on the 802.11b wi-fi, it drains the ever loving shit out of the battery, and b) if you like dialing the phone in the car, forget about it, as the dial pad is on the touch screen and you can't feel around for buttons.

gellar
8559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FNR3: Official Lockdown Knockdown Tourney (Sign up here) on: March 14, 2006, 07:54:08 PM
Gah... I don't think I can play tonight.  Some last minute bidnez travel plans have forced my schedule for the week.  Shit.

gellar
8560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FNR3: Official Lockdown Knockdown Tourney (Sign up here) on: March 14, 2006, 05:08:23 AM
Ron,

Finishing up the Kings game right now... how's tomorrow look?  Same bat time, same bat channel?

gellar
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