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8761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 Faceplates- You gonna buy any? on: September 06, 2005, 04:12:22 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
I will never get one, but it isn't aimed at me.  It is aimed at people who buy different faceplates for their cell phones, and have cool car rims.


While I do have cool car rims, I'm not the target market for this either slywink

I haven't seen a single one that looks any better than what came with the system.

gellar
8762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on Black Friday (11/25)??? on: September 01, 2005, 04:00:37 PM
Wow... Microsoft is really trying to pull off every dumbass move in the book in launching this thing, aren't they?

Fuck launch day... it ain't worth the hassle now.  Hopefully they'll hold the preorder for a few days.

gellar
8763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wallet Stolen on: August 31, 2005, 10:26:45 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
Contact the 3 credit agencies and have them flag your accounts.


You actually need to only contact one, and they'll hit the other two for you... I think.  They'll put a credit hold on, where if anyone applies for credit in your name, the creditor has to contact you at a number you specify before they can issue the credit.

Also, this should serve as a cautionary tale on why we should NOT carry our SS cards in our wallets.

gellar
8764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2k6 - The Xbox Live Mini-League on: August 31, 2005, 04:43:21 AM
Well... I had a ton of fun with NHL2K5 with my buddies coming over. Of course at some point the game just generated to who could get to the stick side exploit sooner, resulting in scores of 15-12 or something... but that was still fun smile

gellar
8765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is your SO very social? on: August 31, 2005, 03:40:16 AM
Quote from: "Zekester"
Quote
I truly believe I wouldn't be where I am today career-wise if she hadn't been my date to numerous events.


Ouch, that one may end up biting you in the ass if it ever ends up in divorce court  :wink:


Well... I'm not married, thank god.  And while California is a community property state, there are no common law marriages here, so I'm safe there.

She's an attorney though, so I'm royally fucked if I do decide to get married.  Thank god we're both for prenups.

gellar
8766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Help... BF2 Lance Corporal Weapon Upgrade on: August 31, 2005, 03:34:15 AM
All of the weapons aren't necessarily upgrades, but instead options.  I'd say pick whatever class you play best.

gellar
8767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are you one of them? on: August 31, 2005, 03:33:20 AM
I'm the uber-consumer.  If it's new, shiny, and cool... there's a good chance I must have it.

gellar
8768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is your SO very social? on: August 31, 2005, 03:31:50 AM
Quote from: "Rage"
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Yes, FH is ultra-social. As in she drags me out to parties and events now as much as possible, and this will only increase once she's working for a law firm full time. Whee. biggrin


At least you get to wear nice suits or even tuxes to those law firm socials. God do I love formal wear, and before anyone says anything-thats as manly as it gets.


There is nothing worse than formal wear.  Nothing.  Well... maybe Ikea.  But other than that, nothing.

As far as the original topic, Nancy is quite social, but no moreso than I.  She's fantastic with strangers, but doesn't tend to develop relationships as frequently as I do.  However, at a company function or dinner event, she's fuckin fantastic.  I truly believe I wouldn't be where I am today career-wise if  she hadn't been my date to numerous events.

gellar
8769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2k6 - The Xbox Live Mini-League on: August 30, 2005, 07:49:08 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Why did they have to mess around with 2k5's greatness?  If the review was true and all (kind of interested to see what they gave 2k5 score-wise to compare), why ruin a GREAT game of hockey?  Grr.


I wouldn't call 2K5 great, but it was certainly very good.  Better than EA's crap.

The two main flaws in 2K5 was the abhorently slow stick side of the goalie (I could score there at will) and the horrendously buggy and bad franchise mode, which seems to be a consistent feature in ESPN titles.

I did enjoy 2K5 a LOT until I ran into those issues though, and it was better than the garbage that was NHL 2005.

gellar
8770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2k6 - The Xbox Live Mini-League on: August 30, 2005, 05:07:54 PM
ESPN NHL2K4 was also pretty asstacular, if I recall.

I hate that the Hockey franchises are never consistently good.  At least in football you know what to expect.

gellar
8771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This just in! IGN is lame... on: August 29, 2005, 05:56:16 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
$10 (in Monopoly money) to the first CG'er who posts a pic of themselves licking their console/handheld like the infamous Jessica Chobot-on-PSP picture. biggrin


Don't you dare fuckin ruin the memory of that picture.

gellar
8772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who will win the Super Bowl? on: August 29, 2005, 05:28:45 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Quote from: "gellar"
I will be putting my now customary $100 bet on the 49ers to win the Superbowl in Vegas this year.

gellar


LOL. Dead money bro smile But you know that-is it just a ritual, or are the odds that good?


Both.  The chance for the sheer awesomeness of actually getting it right and looking like Nostra-fucking-damos is worth the $100 I'm almost certainly going to lose.

gellar
8773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who will win the Super Bowl? on: August 29, 2005, 05:20:40 AM
I will be putting my now customary $100 bet on the 49ers to win the Superbowl in Vegas this year.

gellar
8774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Football Graphics on: August 29, 2005, 05:18:01 AM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
See, I think the question "which has better gameplay is just as obvious".


That's the problem with your thinking.  Graphics are fair less subjective than gameplay.

gellar
8775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Football Graphics on: August 26, 2005, 07:14:29 PM
This year's Madden has some nice touches.  The texture of the field is nice, the weather effects are amazing, and the sky looks great.

The players look like ass though.  Unadulterated ass.  They will continue to look that way until they change the engine.

I hope the 360 looks better, cause despite looking like crap, Madden is a hell of a lot of fun to play.

gellar
8776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Football Graphics on: August 26, 2005, 05:30:04 PM
I don't even like the way ESPN plays, but anyone who says it doesn't look 10x better than Madden is out of their fucking mind.

gellar
8777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA: We can sell 2 million copies of a broken game. on: August 25, 2005, 11:34:31 PM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "denoginizer"
I think it is worse in single player.  At least a human opponent will sometimes try to work around it.  But the computer plays like there is no glitch.  It completely ruins the single player for me.  Lucily I really don't care about single player that much.


I just don't pay attention to it, and it hasn't affected me at all in my franchise.  I rarely run coaches cam on Defense anyway, and I didn't even notice that there were icons when I did.  Sometimes it's good not to pay attention smile

gellar


How do you see what your assignment on defense is without coach cam, or assign a defender to double cover someone?  

Just curious.


I'm fairly useless on defense, so I just play a lineman and rush.  I do use coach cam for double coverage, but that's it.  And I'm almost never looking at the backfield when I do use coach cam... just the receivers.

gellar
8778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA: We can sell 2 million copies of a broken game. on: August 25, 2005, 07:49:26 PM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
I think it is worse in single player.  At least a human opponent will sometimes try to work around it.  But the computer plays like there is no glitch.  It completely ruins the single player for me.  Lucily I really don't care about single player that much.


I just don't pay attention to it, and it hasn't affected me at all in my franchise.  I rarely run coaches cam on Defense anyway, and I didn't even notice that there were icons when I did.  Sometimes it's good not to pay attention smile

gellar
8779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA: We can sell 2 million copies of a broken game. on: August 25, 2005, 04:09:28 PM
Yeah this is pretty much bullshit.  If I played online at all, I'd be pissed.

gellar
8780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 22, 2005, 07:36:32 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
With all this spinning going on, I can understand why they named it the 360!


Ok... I admit:  That made me giggle.

gellar
8781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG editorial has made me have serious Xbox 360 2nd thoughts. on: August 22, 2005, 05:18:13 PM
Quote from: "Doopri"
and i bet a lot more people will be willing to drop a one time 99 dollar fee for the HD than are able to afford yearly live / monthly broadband - i think our little poll here showed that fact, where if you were even going to purchase a 360, you were 100% likely to buy a HD option, 0% to buy the core.  not too worried bout developer support for the HD on my end


You'd be surprised.  Look at DVD games for the PC.  99% of PCs sold in the past 2 years come with DVD players, DVD units themselves are in the $20 range to upgrade an old system... yet most PC games come on CDs.

It's not that games won't support the HD, it's that they won't do as much as we hoped they would.  There will be little to no games that will *require* the HD, and to me that's a shame.

Will I still be getting one?  Almost definitely.  I'm just far less excited about it than I was pre-announcement, and I'm not quite sure when I'll take the plunge.

gellar
8782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 360 - Interesting Quote on: August 22, 2005, 04:11:50 PM
This might be the game that makes me run out and get an XBox 360.  I wish there was more info around it by now though...

gellar
8783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which 360 Market share do you fall into? on: August 19, 2005, 09:06:07 PM
Definitely $400 option, but the question is when.  I'm hoping to hold out until the PS3 info starts to trickle in so I can make my decision, but if there's a game I have to play before then, I'll plop down the cash.

gellar
8784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looks like this "exclusive license" thing paid off on: August 19, 2005, 08:59:06 PM
http://worthplaying.com/article.php?sid=27543&mode=thread&order=0

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EA today announced that, based on internal data, Madden NFL 06 scored big at retail in its first week in stores and sold-thru more than 1.7 million copies, making it the biggest week one launch of a Madden NFL Football game in the franchise's sixteen-year history.



"Gamers were demanding the best Madden NFL Football ever this year and the response at retail indicates that we delivered the game that everyone wanted," said EA Vice President of Marketing Todd Sitrin. "Consumers have voted with their dollars, and the vote is in -- this is the best version of Madden NFL Football ever."

"EA ups its game for the best Madden yet," said Matthew Kato, Senior Editor of Game Informer magazine. "They delivered substantial innovation to the Madden franchise, making Madden NFL 06 a must-have title of the year."

"You'd think the big news in the locker-room this week was the start of the preseason, but all everyone could talk about was the new Madden game," said Ahman Green, All Pro Running Back for the Green Bay Packers. "Everyone had to check out their new ratings and the new features in the game."

Based on internal tracking, EA estimates:

    * Madden NFL 06 had the biggest week one launch in the history of the franchise, selling more than 1.7 million units.
    * NCAA Football 06 was the #1 selling video game on the PlayStation2 computer system in July 2005.
    * With double digit sales percentage increases this year, both Madden NFL 06 and NCAA Football 06 are tracking well ahead of last year's launch sales.
    * Within a month of NCAA Football 06 shipping and with Madden NFL 06 on store shelves only a few days, EA SPORTS(TM) football fans have played more than 1.5 million games through the PlayStation 2 console and on Xbox Live on the EA SPORTS Nation.

"The strong starts of NCAA Football 06 and Madden NFL 06 set the pace for a strong EA SPORTS lineup of titles this fall. Up next from EA are FIFA Soccer 06, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06, NBA LIVE 06 and the rest of our EA SPORTS lineup," added Sitrin.


Of course, it is based on "internal data", so take that with a grain of salt.

gellar
8785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [X360] Good News! Oblivion will NOT require the hard drive. on: August 18, 2005, 05:43:05 PM
Quote from: "Rowdy"
Quote
Why am I stupid for not getting the $400 bundle?

I don't play on Live, so I don't need the headset or the wireless ethernet.
I don't have an HD TV, so I don't need the cables.
I don't sit on my couch but right in front of my TV, so I don't need a wireless controller.

The only advantage for me is HD caching. Well how much will that improve my life? $100 worth? $60 worth (since I will have to get a memory card)

I don't think I am a complete idiot - I think the $400 bundle sucks for anyone not playing on line.


Why are you buying an XBox 360, a game console designed around Hi Def, Online gaming and wireless technology, if you intend to use 10% of the functionality?  Why not just keep your XBox, or better yet a PS1?


If it was designed around that technology, you'd think they'd include it with every one they sell... slywink

gellar
8786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 18, 2005, 04:22:01 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "Canuck"
Quote from: "Nick Bean"
Game companies are sick of losing money on their consoles. I can't understand how any one can knock Microsoft for the $399 price. They aren't short changing anyone, they are just trying to give people more options by offering the $299 version.

If Sony releases the PS3 for less than $400 I will be shocked. Not only that, but just think about how much money they can potentially lose if they price the PS3 at $400. There is the system, the built in wireless adapter, the Hi-Def dvd, and I have heard that they are also considering an optional hard drive. I wouldn't be mad at Sony if the PS3 started at $600 dollars with all the crap they are putting in it.

Then there is Nintendo, and I wouldn't be suprised at all if the Revolution was only (ha only) $200. Yet they have catches too, charging to download all the games for one, and the other is that for that price, their machine just won't be able to do what the other two can. I know that it is all about the "game play", but if they don't improve the tech, they can't improve the gameplay.

People might not understand or like what Microsoft has done, but they have just opened gamers eyes to the $400 console price tag. It's kind of funny, because they totally took the burden off of Sony.


Errm I think I've yet to read a post where someone is complaining about the $400 pricetag.  People are complaining about the 2 SKU versions.  It's bad news for everybody.  I agree with the person who stated that the harddriveless consoles won't be gimped.  You know why?  Because developers will be focusing on the 85% majority of gimped Xbox owners (my guess)  for there games.  So it is actually the superior HD that is going to have it's games gimped-they won't be nearly as cool as they could have been.


Not true. The Oblivion devs have specifically said that it will run MUCH better on the HD versoin, than on the core system. Therefore the hd-less version is gimped.


He didn't say all games, but 85% of games. In any case, its undoubtably true that many future games won't use the HDD as much as they would have if there had been one SKU.


Yeah... and in reflecting over this last night, that's my main disappointment.  I was expecting the 360 to be a bit more, I guess.  For the pricetag, its basically still a prettied up XBox with not a lot new to offer.  Integrating the Hard Drive more was one of the things I was looking forward to with this generation.  The launch titles are ok, but nothing spectacular.  I suppose I'll have to wait until either a) a price drop, or b) I see a must have game.  Much in the same way I treated the current XBox, and the Gamecube.

For some reason though, I'm now more excited to see what Sony has to offer.  I've always been a fan of what Sony's done gaming wise, and am curious to see what they can do with this generation..

gellar
8787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 10:14:58 PM
The real pisser is that MS has basically given Sony the greenlight to charge $500 for their top of the line unit, cause supposedly it's "so much better" than teh XBox.

Ungh, I spend stupidly... but even this is a bit too stupid for me.

gellar
8788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 07:15:09 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "gellar"
Sonofabitch.  I thought this thing was supposed to be wireless out of the box.

Now I gotta buy that stupid wireless network adaptor too.  Fuck me.

gellar


Microsoft never promised that it would be wireless out of the box, as far as the network adapter went.  Sony did promise that with the PS3 at one time, but they have since said that they aren't going to do that.


Yeah... unconfirmed rumours at E3 pointed towards them having it though.  And it made sense to me.

Of course, nothing about the current announcement makes sense to me, so I guess that's par smile

gellar
8789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 07:06:23 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "gellar"
Sonofabitch.  I thought this thing was supposed to be wireless out of the box.

Now I gotta buy that stupid wireless network adaptor too.  Fuck me.

gellar


You forgot to say "please."


Oh I don't think they care if I say "please" or not.

gellar
8790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 06:38:53 PM
Sonofabitch.  I thought this thing was supposed to be wireless out of the box.

Now I gotta buy that stupid wireless network adaptor too.  Fuck me.

gellar
8791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 05:50:33 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Quote from: "gellar"
I'm really hoping my discount works on this now smile.

gellar


Employees don't get the system at a discount, only games and accessories.


Bastards.

gellar
8792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 05:41:01 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Quote from: "gellar"
I recognize the value.  I can afford the console.

I still think dropping what would be nearly $600 on release day (System + 2 games + controller + tax) is absolutely fucking insane.  It's a game console, for fuck's sake.

gellar


Aren't you going to be working for MS soon? Can you call up Bill Gates and tell him I said he sucks? Kthxbye.


I'm really hoping my discount works on this now smile.

gellar
8793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 05:22:08 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
gellar, I can see you've never had the pleasure of owning a 3do then. smile
I have, and let me tell you, that huge void in your wallet makes the purchase *extra* special.


I think I was 15 or 16 when it came out, so yeah... I didn't get that pleasure smile

gellar
8794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 05:16:34 PM
I recognize the value.  I can afford the console.

I still think dropping what would be nearly $600 on release day (System + 2 games + controller + tax) is absolutely fucking insane.  It's a game console, for fuck's sake.

gellar
8795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 04:27:35 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
All games support the HDD.  Just they are developed where the HDD is not required.



But only for streaming and saving games right?  I guess that is something but then all you really get with the HDD is faster loading and not having to buy a memory card...


Pretty much.

Sucky.  Really sucky.

gellar
8796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 720p = What resolution? on: August 15, 2005, 10:55:50 PM
It might be because 1280x720 is a widescreen resolution, and your monitor is a 4:3?

gellar
8797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Nice Up Here! on: August 15, 2005, 06:57:00 PM
Jesus Christ... I couldn't find this place at first.

I hate change.

gellar
8798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA MVP Baseball 2005 vs. ESPN MLB 2K5 for a newbie? on: August 13, 2005, 05:56:58 PM
Quote from: "Freezer-TPF-"
Thanks for the replies.  It looks like I will go with MVP -- too bad you can't hack the commentary and graphics from ESPN into MVP to get the best of both.


If you have a good PC and get the PC version of MVP, I'm pretty sure you can get the ESPN graphics on it.  I know you can get the Fox graphics for sure smile.

gellar
8799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA MVP Baseball 2005 vs. ESPN MLB 2K5 for a newbie? on: August 12, 2005, 08:32:45 PM
MVP 2005 was the better game.

gellar
8800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 11, 2005, 06:49:08 PM
Quote from: "th'FOOL"
Quote from: "gellar"
The list above looks much more appealing... I'm probably going to go put a preorder down this weekend, just in case my new M$ benefits either a) don't kick in by launch, or b) don't cover the XBox 360.  I'm hoping they do though biggrin

gellar


You work for Microsoft?  I had an interview with them a while back but they hired for the position internally.  I was bummed.  I would've loved to work on xbox.com....


My company is currently being acquired by Microsoft... I should be a MS employee within the next 60 days.

gellar
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