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8761  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
8762  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
8763  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
8764  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
8765  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
8766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 11, 2005, 04:05:03 PM
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
8767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 2k6 on: August 11, 2005, 03:47:22 PM
Got it yesterday and played two preseason games last night.  I'm pretty impressed actually.  The game has a good flow to it, and the AI actually seems pretty smart.  The new animations are noticeable and pretty good.  I actually like the new presentation as well... some nice touches (but nowhere near ESPN caliber).  The new QB vision thing is well implemented, but takes a LOT of getting used to and makes the passing game much, much more challenging.

Overall, for a game I was expecting to be underwhelmed with, I'm really pleasantly surprised.

gellar
8768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 2k6 on: August 10, 2005, 03:33:02 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
One game in and I like it better than last year. Not sure I like the vision cone thing but running isn't impossible and there was some pretty accurate stats.

Beat Dallas 21-10. It was 14-10 in the 4th quarter and Drew threw a pick on my 10, then then they drove down inside my 20 with under a minute and Drew threw another pick that Dawkins returned for a TD to get the final score.

Drew with 2 picks at crucial moments in the game? I'd say that's pretty damn accurate!


Wow... that is pretty accurate.

gellar
8769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 2k6 on: August 09, 2005, 08:50:17 PM
I love the Madden game because since 2004, it's been the best Pro Football game for me.  The engine needs work, but the game felt more complete than the ESPN 2k4 and 2k5 iterations.  I kept on waiting for ESPN to make the leap to the next level, but they never did.

I fully expect to be disappointed by Madden this year though.

gellar
8770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 2k6 on: August 08, 2005, 04:59:40 PM
I'd like to say I'll be able to hold off on getting it this year, or at least hold off on getting it until the 360 version comes out... but I'm probably going to get it sometime this week.

I'm a sucker for Pro Football.

gellar
8771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's wrong with "banned" Crowley? on: August 04, 2005, 10:09:27 PM
Quote from: "Lord Percy"
I'm pretty sure what AA posted was sarcasm. The *shakes fist* makes it pretty obvious IMO.


Werd.

gellar
8772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Info from PSM on: August 03, 2005, 02:10:47 PM
Yep... I posted on OO that I'd rather have a max potential at 60fps vs 30fps, resolution be damned (particularly if they're very close).

gellar
8773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Info from PSM on: August 03, 2005, 02:32:19 AM
Quote from: "Hetz"
There is a difference between native 720p and upscaled 720p. Many sets sold now do upscaled 720p, but very few (unless they are plasma) do native 720p.


If I'm not mistaken, DLP (arguably the most popular on the market right now) native resolution is 720p.

gellar
8774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Info from PSM on: August 03, 2005, 12:15:15 AM
Copy and pasted my replies from OO, but in short... I agree with Kevin and Dimmona:

Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "baron calamity"
Some ps3 stuff from PSM via Shacknews

http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/38046



Cool... my thoughts below:

    * Exhaustive connectivity between PSP and PS3: PSP will interface with the PS3 through Bluetooth, serving as a remote and media manager for the console. PSP can also access PS3 over the internet, so the two can interface even when you're far away. - Neat.  Seems like this could be cool.
    * No standard 1080i (or 1080p) support: Most games will apparently run at 720p; use of 1080i and 1080p is only at the developer's discretion. All games should have support for 480p and 480i for gamers without HDTVs. - While I'd prefer a stronger forced standard, I have no problem with this.  The majority of current HD games run in 720p and not 1080i and most of the new HDTVs (DLPs in particular) all can support a 720p signal.  More importantly, MY TV can support an HDTV signal smile.
    * Wider storage medium support than expected: PS3 will support Memory Sticks, Compact Flash, SD cards, Blu-Ray (of course), and SACD. UMD support doesn't seem present, though. - Groovy
    * Software-only backwards compatibility: While PS3 will play PS1/PS2 games, it has no ports for peripherals for those systems, including their memory cards. All save data must be accessed through flash memory cards (that means no save data can be stored on the hard drive either, according to PSM). PSM speculates that Sony will release a USB multi-tap like device with legacy support for controllers and memory cards. - Backwards compatibility is always appreciated... so this is neat.
    * Wireless access point: The PS3 will serve as a wireless access point (think they'll go out of their way to lock out access to Nintendo's DS online service?). The PSM article also mentions router functionality, though past reports have indicated that this will no longer be the case. - Totally unnecessary.
    * Release date: Just a general "spring 2006". Some developers assume this applies to Japan, Europe, and North America. - That'll give the XBox at least a 4 month lead.  Will be interesting to see what happens, that's for sure.
    * Wacky controller: Yeah, it's still a banana. - Yeah... that fucker is strange.  Then again, the XBox survived with its horrible launch controller, so hopefully Sony fixes this ASAP.  Either that or hopefully it's way more comfortable than I think it will be.

An excerpt of note, regarding the PS3 demos at E3:

    None of the game footage was taken from software running on systems using the final PS3 graphics chip, the Reality Synthesizer (RSX). ... The most stunning demo, Killzone PS3, was from an actual game engine running on an alpha kit--at less than five frames per second. The footage was sped up to 60fps in post-production. Sur-fucking-prise!

All in all, still interested to see it.

gellar


Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "Hetz"
That is just insane, since 60-70% of HDTV's have no support for 720p and most that do have to upscale it to 1080i. There are not that many native 720p sets out there.


Really?  Source of stats?

I remember personally hunting out a 720p compatible set with my last purchase as my previous one didn't do 720p and it royally pissed me off.  I had no problem finding a 720p set.

Quote from: "Hetz"

Is Sony TRYING to lose this war before it even starts?

- No 1080i Support
- No standard hard drive
- A god awful controller
- Could launch a year after the 360 in the states
- Could have a $500 price tag


1) Probably a non-issue.  The % of folks who own an HD Set vs the % of folks who own a non 720p HD Set vs the % of folks who don't own HD at all is probably equal.
2) Yeah this blows, but if it takes CompactFlash, I don't particularly give a hoot.  1GB of CF = cheap!
3) Looks bad, but never touched it.  Potentially awful controller, but who knows.
4) Could also launch in Spring, like they say.
5) Could also not.

gellar
8775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 02, 2005, 12:15:55 AM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
From what I've read.

Launch Titles:

Kameo
Perfect Dark Zero
Madden 06
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (GR3)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Test Drive Unlimited
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
SSX 4 (simply because it will be out before the 360)

"Launch Window" Titles:

Oblivion
PGR3 (may not be a launch game)


You know... looking at that list makes me realize maybe I don't need an Xbox360 at launch.  There's not a damn thing there I *must* have.

gellar
8776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 01, 2005, 09:48:56 PM
Yep... no problem with the $60 pricetag for games and really quite happy with the price of the console itself.

I'll have to find a place to preorder soon.

gellar
8777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Best is Yet to Come (Day 2, Bar Exam, Complete) on: July 28, 2005, 04:11:28 PM
I live in the Silicon Valley and not the City itself, so it's a pretty big difference from LA.  Loving it so far... I've turned a 2 hour a day commute into a 30 minute a day one, so I've reclaimed a lot of my life back just due to that.  The area is much quieter, less crowded, but just as lively.  I like it here a lot more than LA, that's for sure.

As far as the gaming industry goes... I'm not a fan.  It's too political and honestly, doesn't pay enough.  I backed out of it years ago.

gellar
8778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Best is Yet to Come (Day 2, Bar Exam, Complete) on: July 28, 2005, 03:49:48 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Quote from: "gellar"
Hey Rage,

Teh woman is taking the CA bar right now and also said the multi-state was INSANELY hard.  She's on day 3 right now.

I gotta say, I'm glad I never went to law school.  There's no way I could jump through the hoops they make you lawyers do.

gellar


Ugh. I spent half the summer studying for Cali, and then decided I didnt have enough time to prepare so spent three weeks basically doing Maryland, and then in 6 months I get to do that. But I digress. Your poor woman is doing what is called the Performance Exam today. It is two 3 hour problems/memos, where you are given about a 40 or 50 page case packet with a couple of real cases, statute extracts, and a long ass fact pattern and are basically told: Write a memo and tell us what legal position we should take on this and why.

Its long, not particularly hard, boring, and requires a lot of concentration. I feel for her. Plus the California essays (6 1 hour mixed subjects) are normally brutally hard. Yeah. All the best of luck to her gellar. What kind of job is she getting? I am moving to LA hopefully in a few weeks (I know you just moved out frown ), but I dont think I will practice law for at least the first year-I wouldnt mind working with a game dev for a bit while I get settled, but god help me I am getting out of Maryland, and I do love California.


Actually, today is what she's looking forward to the most.  In her BarBri classes, she always placed best in the Performance Exams part.  She has a lot of training in this sort of thing, pretty much working for law firms exclusively since her freshman year of undergrad.  She's also an excellent writer.  That being said, the passage rate for teh CA bar is still insane.  Thankfully I'm doing well enough to support her if she needs to take it again.

She really wants to get into estate planning, but that field requires more apprenticeship than she can probably find at this point.  With the move to NorCal, she's going to look heavily at corporate/IP law.  She has zero interest in litigation.

And if you're looking to get into the gamedev industry, I have a few contacts I could give a ring.

gellar
8779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Best is Yet to Come (Day 2, Bar Exam, Complete) on: July 28, 2005, 03:32:21 PM
Hey Rage,

Teh woman is taking the CA bar right now and also said the multi-state was INSANELY hard.  She's on day 3 right now.

I gotta say, I'm glad I never went to law school.  There's no way I could jump through the hoops they make you lawyers do.

gellar
8780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bought NCAA 06... Impressions on: July 19, 2005, 09:53:11 PM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Quote from: "gellar"


The controls in 2k5 were awesome until you went into "OMGZ CHAIN ANIMATION MODE" where you lost control of your player for a good 2-5 seconds while he went through umpteen different preprogrammed animations, none of which you really wanted.

It looked pretty cool, but was pretty damn annoying when all you wanted to do was go left.

gellar


That depends on which RB you are using.  If you try to make a quick cutback with a guys like Steven Davis or Corey Dillin you got a lot of that.  But with a small  back with high agility like Dunn or Quentin Griffin you could make some nasty cutbacks without all the hesitations.  That's one of the great things about 2K IMO.  The agility and body type of the back matters, not just speed like in Madden/NCAA.


That might explain it.  I played mostly with Rudi Johnson (Cincy) and Kevan Barlow (Frisco) and both of them aren't exactly shifty backs.  It's still damned annoying though.

As far as the game goes... you really need to get into the Dynasty.  ESPN does a single game (especially vs another player) incredibly well, but for long term vs CPU action, the EA series has it beat.

gellar
8781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bought NCAA 06... Impressions on: July 18, 2005, 06:15:26 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Quote from: "Gratch"
I can only compare it to the NFL 2K series, but the controls seemed a more responsive, the player animations smoother,


Hmm.  I find the conrols in NCAA much less responsive than 2K5.  To me it still seesm like you are running on marbles.  The momentum just seems off to me.  NCAA 2006 definatly feels more responsive than 2005 (not saying much), but still lags way behind 2K5 to me.  I'm not saying you are wrong.  But it's funny how two people can see things completely opposite.  :shock:


I believe this game controls better than 2k5.  I thought 2K5 almost felt floaty... but hey, just another opinion.  Just to take things in another direction, I love the animations in this game, some of the tackles are downright brutal!


I believe 2k5 controls way better than NCAA 2006.

Just keeping things going... smile


The controls in 2k5 were awesome until you went into "OMGZ CHAIN ANIMATION MODE" where you lost control of your player for a good 2-5 seconds while he went through umpteen different preprogrammed animations, none of which you really wanted.

It looked pretty cool, but was pretty damn annoying when all you wanted to do was go left.

gellar
8782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / a true TRAGEDY *NSFW* on: July 13, 2005, 06:49:01 AM
Just when I thought Michael Bay couldn't suck any more, he goes and outdoes himself.

gellar
8783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have purged.......TIME TO BINGE!!!! on: June 24, 2005, 11:05:53 PM
My PSP has helped me through many an airport wait and boring flight.

gellar
8784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Battlefield 2 Review... on: June 22, 2005, 11:25:02 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Quote from: "naednek"
Who plays CTF.  

this sums it up perfectly
Quote
[17:38] Orpheo: heh
[17:38] Orpheo: they dumped deathmatch, etc
[17:38] Orpheo: and ctf
[17:38] Orpheo: good for them, nobody ever played that shit
[17:39] gellar|bidnez: BF had those?


And why you need a coop mode?  Maybe I'm understanding what you mean, but isn't this game basically coop, meaning you can team up with your friends and kill AI enemies or player controlled enemies


Word Naednek. Exactly how I feel. I think the three flavors of size for each map is why there are only 12, and I also think that playing the different sizes is going to create vastly different games-different tactics, choke points, hot zones, the whole nine yards. I am in like flint either way though.


Pretty much.  My IRC line from above is pretty telling, considering I've probably played more BF1942 and BF:V in the past 2+ years than any other game in my collection (except maybe WoW).

Conquest is where it's at yo.

gellar
8785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 17, 2005, 06:59:42 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
And the jack holding the car up doesnt seem to be the most stable thing in the world.  Were it one of those big ass jacks, it wouldnt be a big deal...


Winner.  A single jack with zero jackstands = DON'T GET UNDER THE MFING CAR, DUMBASSES.

gellar
8786  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Battlefield 2 - Server up - June 11, 2005 - 6:00pm PST on: June 12, 2005, 05:51:52 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote
Yeah... was fun, but the server got insanely laggy and we had to quit out. Joined back up 30 mins later and it was still pretty bad.


Whoa...I'll have to look into that.  My machine is due for a format, but I should NEVER see lag on my connection.


I shuold have counted people when it was getting bad, somewhere between 12-16 players and it got pretty much unplayable. Excellent game though and thanks for putting up the server! biggrin


I joined up later in the night and there were about 6 of us.  It was still unplayable due to lag/stuttering.

gellar
8787  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Battlefield 2 - Server up - June 11, 2005 - 6:00pm PST on: June 12, 2005, 02:20:29 AM
Yeah... was fun, but the server got insanely laggy and we had to quit out.  Joined back up 30 mins later and it was still pretty bad.

gellar
8788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Most Popular Cars - Men Vs. Women on: June 08, 2005, 04:44:36 AM
Quote from: "Belgedin"
Quote
Nope - because it's squat and ugly Smile If I'm gonna pay $30K plus for a car, it's gotta look like I paid $30K plus for it.


Priceless! Well said.


Yeah I'm the total opposite.  Couldn't care less what it looks like, would rather I enjoy myself in it.

I drive the EVO's competetor, the WRX STi, which is marginally better looking, if that.

gellar
8789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Most Popular Cars - Men Vs. Women on: June 07, 2005, 09:53:15 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
I'm surprised the Lancer Evolution is so high on the list (or on the list at all)... It just strikes me as a squat, ugly car.


You've clearly never driven one.  Such, such fun.

gellar
8790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - no DVI support? on: June 03, 2005, 05:31:28 PM
Guys... DVI can be converted to HDMI with a simple cable.

gellar
8791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - no DVI support? on: June 03, 2005, 03:00:04 PM
Quote from: "skystride"
DVI is so old school.  Will it support HDMI?


DVI -> HDMI Cable FTW!

gellar
8792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Season 1 Finale - Nice on: May 26, 2005, 06:34:20 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
I think the "Others" did light the fire. There were no footprints in the sand because they lit it from the boat. Danielle thought that by bringing the child to them, she could get her own child back.


With a really fucking long match, or with a flare gun?

Either way, that's a pretty damn inefficient way to light a fire.

gellar
8793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Season 1 Finale - Nice on: May 26, 2005, 05:30:32 AM
Brinstil in #gg irc

 [22:00] Brinstil|Lost: Lost is like the biggest cocktease ever
8794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Season 1 Finale - Nice on: May 26, 2005, 05:05:03 AM
Didn't like it.  No payoff whatsoever.

Definitely not worth two hours.

gellar
8795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza vs GT4 single player: where do you stand now? on: May 23, 2005, 11:14:13 PM
Hard to say... they're both pretty good but not without glaring flaws.

Forza is a better designed game.  It flows (from series to series, race to race) really well.  You tend to always have a goal and are working towards it.  Online scoreboards are AWESOME.  However, the AI is just godawful.  I hate it worse than GT4's AI now.  It has zero collision avoidance.  The AI has no idea how to avoid your car.

GT4 does everything well, but some things not quite to the extent that Forza does.  The game design for Forza blows GT4 away, but GT4 has a much nicer variety of cars (older models, just more cars period).  The physics engine in Forza is better than GT4s, but GT4 feels better when I get to use my Logitech Wheel.  GT4 has fairly wooden AI, but at least it won't absolutely ruin your race and cause you to hurl your controller.

All that being said, I play Forza more now.  I feel like I have a purpose for racing, though the AI does drive me to a maddening rage at times.  Also, since my wheel is hooked up to my PC in the other room, I have less motivation to pull it out for GT4.  Right now my most frustrating option is to a) play at Medium difficulty and walk away with every race, but not get ram-pwn3d by the AI, or b) play at Hard difficulty and have a good race, but risk the chance of getting punted.  Not a great option, but hell... I'm still playing.

gellar
8796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 16, 2005, 09:37:32 PM
Yeah... I'm about 25% of the way through the game and still find the Hard AI to be a fair challenge, with the Medium AI as a cake walk.

I haven't run a Championship yet though.

gellar
8797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 16, 2005, 06:38:52 PM
Quote from: "Fuzzballx"
Quote from: "gellar"
I'm beginning to think my AI issues are because I run the game with "Hard" AI.  Unfortunately, it's not very challenging for me at Medium... so I'm hosed either way.

gellar


At least thats where the live scoreboards sure come in nice and handy!  biggrin


Yeah... but for a lot of the earlier races at least, you've gotta spend a lot of money on a car that TOTALLY OUTCLASSES THE COMPETITION because that's what everyone else on Live uses.  But I guess if I'm going to run away with the race, I might as well totally run away with the race.

Still a fun game though.

gellar
8798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 16, 2005, 04:46:31 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "gellar"
I'm beginning to think my AI issues are because I run the game with "Hard" AI.  Unfortunately, it's not very challenging for me at Medium... so I'm hosed either way.

gellar


I've heard rumors that the AI picks up traits from drivatars, try going through the drivatar training and show it how it should be done perhaps?


Worth a try.  At the very least, I need to train my drivatar to run those races where the AI likes to run me off the road.  That way I won't want to toss my controller though my TV.

gellar
8799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 16, 2005, 03:43:18 PM
I'm beginning to think my AI issues are because I run the game with "Hard" AI.  Unfortunately, it's not very challenging for me at Medium... so I'm hosed either way.

gellar
8800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 15, 2005, 11:38:32 PM
Well, to be fair... I am comparing it to GT4 running at 1080i as opposed to 480p.  I'm also comparing it to high end PC sims.

It's about the same as say Midnight Club 3 or NFSU2.

gellar
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