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8881  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
8882  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
8883  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
8884  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
8885  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
8886  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
8887  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
8888  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
8889  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
8890  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
8891  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
8892  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

Quote
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
8893  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
8894  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
8895  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
8896  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
8897  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
8898  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
8899  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
8900  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
8901  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
8902  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
8903  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
8904  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
8905  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
8906  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
8907  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
8908  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
8909  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
8910  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
8911  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
8912  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
8913  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
8914  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
8915  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
8916  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
8917  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
8918  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
8919  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
8920  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
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