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8881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN Football - no more?!?!? on: December 14, 2004, 01:38:51 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Except you'll be playing in fictional stadiums for fictional teams. Further little bits of chrome such as the halftime show and the crib are down the toilet.

Not if it goes like I think it could. Sega's game will now allow for "user made" rosters and MS/Sony would need to allow them to be used online. Seems like a way to get around this.

It's EXACTLY what happens in most college sports games where fan sites create 'real' downloadable rosters. The only issue was that you couldn't use them online. MS/Sony might be more willing to let this happen now that they lost the bidding...

Either that or Sega takes the engine and asks the NCAA if they can play there.

Either option = not enough sales, IMHO.  Sega ain't in good shape right now.

8882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN Football - no more?!?!? on: December 14, 2004, 12:30:30 AM
Wow... brilliant move by EA.  Absolutely pwn the competition in a way they can't pwn you: with money.

I gotta say I'm impressed, whoever's running the ship at EA nowadays knows what they're doing.

8883  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Irony, thy name is Kobe Bryant on: December 13, 2004, 08:21:56 PM
Mark my words... in a few years (hell, maybe now), Kobe will have the same rep as Barry Bonds.  Good player, absolute dickhead.

8884  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HDTV - my new passion on: December 08, 2004, 05:36:04 PM
Quote from: "croman"
As for sports, my favorite by far is Sunday Night Football on ESPN. I personally feel like the HD ESPN broadcast is the best one out there.

I used to think the same thing... but currently CBS HD Football broadcasts have won my heart over.  The colors just look better.

8885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: X-Box as an HDTV DVD player on: December 08, 2004, 04:00:19 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "Jancelot"
I'm about to take the plunge and pick up a 52" Toshiba DLP set.

Hey I think I just recently bought the TV you're looking at.  I love the thing.  Let me know if you have any questions about it specifically smile


Aha!  (as an exclamation, not the band)  I knew someone around here had talked about purchasing one.  I am planning on swinging by Best Buy tomorrow to pick one up.  How is the standard def picture quality?  And do you use the stretch mode as well?  The TV I do watch is usually football or the occasional sitcom so I'm not overly concerned about it.  What (and how) do you have hooked up to it?  I obviously have an X-Box and am going to pick up a DVD player as well.  I little confused on the HDMI input.  Is that one just for a HD cable box?  Nothing I've read has mentioned that this unit has a DVI input which is the only drawback as I'd like to hook up a media center PC eventually.

I was thinking of snagging the Samsung 50" DLP set but I've read some issues with fan noise and the bulb burning out quickly.  I've read almost nothing but good things about the Toshiba set.  The biggest draw on the Samsung was the price and the DVI input.  Have you had any problems or do you know of any common issues people have had with the Toshiba set?  Any forums you've found?

Overall I'm just really excited about this holiday gift to myself.  Hey, I'm single, someone has to take care of me. smile  Thanks!

SD Quality is actually quite good, considering its an HDTV set.  I've seen some TVs where I cannot stand watching SD because it looks so grainy, but whatever Toshiba did to get SD to display at an acceptable level... it worked.

I do actually use a stretch mode, and it's one of the reasons I bought this particular TV.  The Toshiba Theater Wide 1 stretch mode is the absolute best I've ever seen in any widescreen TV.  The "Full" mode for 4:3 material is crap, but Theater Wide 1 is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

I'm using the current inputs:
Component 1: DVD Player
Component 2: Mad Catz Switchbox running Xbox/PS2/Gamecube
HDMI: Cable Box

Here's the funny thing about HDMI... it's DVI for all intents and purposes, just in a nice friendly USB like cable.  In fact, my Cable Box only has a DVI out and is connected to the TV using a DVI -> HDMI Adapter.  They're the same thing.  For some reason though, Toshiba states that you shouldn't hook a PC up to this TV.  I can't figure out why, and I know some of the folks at the avsforums have hooked up their PC.  It's something I've been meaning to try myself.  The DVI -> HDMI Cable only cost me $25.

The *only* issue I've ever heard about the Toshiba's is in regard to the HDMI input on earlier units, which apparently had some "ghosting" of the text.  Mine has no such issues, and there have been no recent reports of them either.  Kind of strange and slightly troubling, but it was a non issue for me.  The Toshiba 52HM84 (the one I have now) uses the HD2+ chip Vs. most current Samsungs using the HD3 chip for DLP.  The HD2+ is the superior chip and provides better color/contrast, while the HD3 chip was really designed for budget and cost cutting reasons.  That's not to say the Samsung is a bad set... I almost bought it myself.  It's just that the Toshiba is a better set.

8886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: X-Box as an HDTV DVD player on: December 07, 2004, 11:33:10 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
I'm about to take the plunge and pick up a 52" Toshiba DLP set.  Does the X-Box put out a progressive scan signal when playing DVDs?  Do I need to pick up a separate player as well?  I already have the X-Box Hi-Def pack for the 5.1 audio so all I need there are the component cables.  The set has 2 component inputs and an HDMI input.  What kind of jack am I looking for on a DVD player and what kind of cables do I need?  Thanks!

Hey I think I just recently bought the TV you're looking at.  I love the thing.  Let me know if you have any questions about it specifically smile

8887  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB/WTTF Links 2004 xbox on: December 03, 2004, 10:28:46 PM
It's not technically trading, sir, if I'm just giving it to you slywink

8888  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I need a doctor's note on: November 01, 2004, 02:41:18 AM
Quote from: "\/\/olverine"
Fucking hell, dude...haven't you ever heard of stuff like a book or a GBA to pass your time?

If I cant use the internet what the fuck makes you think I can use a GBA? They just want me to sit there as a statue. And its not dumb, I don't see how my decision to fake an illness to get a few days off equates with unintelligence.

If you can't see the stupidity of the action, then you're doomed to repeat it.  Again and again.  But please, do keep posting about your antics smile

8889  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I need a doctor's note on: October 31, 2004, 11:07:10 PM
Quote from: "\/\/olverine"
Anyhow, any advice yet?

Stop doing dumb things?

8890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How bout that new mustang? on: October 25, 2004, 11:55:58 PM
Sweet ride coop, and an absolutely bitchin deal for $26k.  Don't think you'll find more bang for the buck than that right there.

I do agree that the rear end is just a *hair* too long though.  Small gripe, but it's definitely an upgrade over your old wussified Lexus slywink

8891  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Urge to kill rising, most hated commercial category on: October 13, 2004, 05:17:33 AM
Any Mazda commercial is pretty shitty, but their most recent one drives me fucking insane.  As if "zoom, zoom" wasn't bad enough, they added the fantastic annoyance of making it sound like a cell phone ring.  Christ almighty, worst idea ever.

Then they go and play the stupid thing IN FRONT OF MOVIES AT THE MOVIE THEATRE.

I will never buy a Mazda due to this damn commercial.

8892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Beer - best and worst? on: October 13, 2004, 01:27:50 AM
Nice topic.

Stella Artois
Newcastle Brown Ale
Dos XX Amber

Do Not Like:
Anything Light
Anything with "Honey" in the title

I'm leaving off any microbrews because a) most people can't get it anyway and b) I don't want to seem snobby.

I'll happily drink Budweiser and other American macrobrew though... I've got no problems with that.  Some of my best times were with buddies in Mammoth pounding back case after case of Bud.

8893  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EVERYONE READ PLEASE on: October 12, 2004, 04:07:36 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Expect a post on the R&P decision by COB today.

Honestly, I think an R&P forum handled the way you guys handle things would work out really well, or die quickly in a blaze.  I dig the no bullshit policy here, but think that a lot of R&P posters would hang themselves with that rope fairly quickly.

I sure as hell wouldn't want to moderate it.

Anyway, nice work on what you've done so far here.  It's not secret that I'm not a big fan of CG in general, but I do think you guys have done an excellent job in handling the "migration."

8894  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EVERYONE READ PLEASE on: October 12, 2004, 04:41:51 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
19 more posts and you will. smile

Dude that's not much better... and it's a bit presumptious slywink


8895  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A picture thread (NSFW) on: October 12, 2004, 04:41:09 AM
Quote from: "MHS"
Hey!  I have that thong!

But do you have that ass?
8896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Favorite GG moment on: October 12, 2004, 04:31:35 AM
Quote from: "noun"
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Quote from: "Tareeq"
Quote from: "Scraper"
WhitePride is memorable for me, simply because he was the worst poster ever to appear on GG. That's saying a lot too.

Wasn't Whitepride just another login for Kahless and Bplotkin?  That was implied in the "who is Kahless anyway?" thread.  I never experienced that person directly until this weekend, but hated it the instant it reared its head here.

Hmm, GG's worst posters?

bplotkin (scammer)
TSS (long winded scammer)

IIRC, it was pretty much proven that bplotkin = kahless.  He may also be behind whitepride and Tony72 as well.

Don't forget Thomas Covenant/High Lord Elena, a single entity who briefly joined a #GG chat session just for the purposes of later posting lies about #GG on GoneGold.

#gonegold has basically proven that whitepride=kahless=bplotkin=Thomas Covenant/High Lord Elena

In other words, that's one seriously bored dude to come up with all that shit.

8897  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sattelite Radio questions on: October 11, 2004, 07:21:41 PM
I had XM in my old car and have not yet transplanted it into the new ride... and I'm going bloody nuts without it.

I need to buy a new receiver though, as there's no reasonable place to mount the old Delphi unit in the new car.  I'll probably get one that's built into the head unit, as that's cleaner anyway.  Don't know if I'll go XM or Sirius this time though... I kinda like the Sirius lineup a bit better.

We'll see.
8898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any GG forum regulars that have not yet been spotted here? on: October 11, 2004, 07:16:13 PM
As naednek mentioned, I'm around.

8899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion - Tiger Woods 2005 on: September 13, 2004, 04:38:18 PM
It's been mouse control for a while now (I think back to Tiger 2002).  As someone who golfs, I found the mouse to be much easier and more realistic than an analog stick.  The range of motion is far greater and you're pretty much using your whole arm instead of just your thumb.

TW for the PC allowed me to turn all aids off and just swing/putt with no meters or bars.  I could never do this in Links because the thumbstick didn't feel right for me.

And yes, they do also have triple click.

8900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion - Tiger Woods 2005 on: September 09, 2004, 06:51:23 PM
I buy PC Tiger every year.  It's way, WAY better than the console version.

The gameplay is drastically different.

8901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I hate to say it... on: September 01, 2004, 10:50:41 PM
My biggest issue with this comes in playing as the Niners.  In the Dime package, I'd MUCH rather have Julian Peterson as my left end than Brandon Whiting.  It's actually what the Niners do in real life.  Can't do it in ESPN though.

8902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I hate to say it... on: August 31, 2004, 10:03:54 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
I like that.  

"No dice, home fry."   That sounds sorta old school suburban white ghetto.  Nice.[/quote

You should talk to the guys in GGIRC.

I'm all about the old school suburban white ghetto.

8903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I hate to say it... on: August 31, 2004, 04:24:19 AM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
If I want a great franchise mode I go with Front Office Football.  I play console based football games to play against other people.  I still think the on-field gameplay in ESPN is superior.  Hey Tebunker, what don't you like about the depth chart manipulation in ESPN? Personally I kind of like the way they did it.

Ever want your Defensive End to learn how to play Defensive Tackle?  Not gonna happen in ESPN unless you do it per formation.

Want a TE to double as your backup FB?  No dice, home fry.

You can see the frustration.

8904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I hate to say it... on: August 31, 2004, 04:20:53 AM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
See, I'd rather have ESPN's on the field gameplay and Fluff presentation combined with Madden's easy to use interface and deep franchise.

Sega has yet to figure out a simple way to eidt and use rosters and playbooks. Their substitution system is borked as is the depth chart. It's one thing that they MUST rip off Madden. It's just so easy to do things off the field in Madden.

The only on field change I really want in ESPN is to get rid of the really slow animations, especially when they're not necessarry. Why did the receiver just dive backwards six yards like he was reaching for the ball when I led him on a fade? Doesn't happen all the time but enough to be disparaging.

I'd want bits and pieces of both from the gameplay side.  I really enjoy Madden's momentum running game, as it's so fluid.  However it is frustrating to get your back stuck onto a lineman.  Some combo of the two would be nice... Madden's momentum and flow with ESPN's animations (minus the long and unnecessary ones) would be cool.

On the passing side... I'd pretty much want all things Madden.  The Madden passing game is infinitely more rewarding for me, though there's absolutely nothing wrong with the ESPN game.

Defensively, I'd want the linebackers from ESPN with the DBs and D-Line from Madden.

Obviously I'd want the ESPN graphics, license, and damn near everything from the presentation side other than the sound effects.  Madden's crowd was better this year, though NCAA still pwnz them both.

To dream...

8905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I hate to say it... on: August 30, 2004, 06:09:24 PM
ESPN hasn't seen the inside of my XBox since the day Madden was released.

Madden's franchise mode is excellent.

8906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN NHL Tourney on: August 25, 2004, 06:34:27 PM
8907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA Announces EA Sports Premium Pass (Madden 2005 related) on: August 06, 2004, 11:49:16 PM
Cheese is a hard thing.  I think everyone cheeses a little bit... I mean shit, if I'm down by 7, in the 4th quarter, 3rd and 10, and have a play that I KNOW will get me 10 yards every time... how do I not call it in that situation?

8908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Poncho Memorial CG X-Box ESPN NFL 2K5 Tourney on: August 06, 2004, 05:15:26 PM
I have Comcast too (Los Angeles) and have only had one problem in the few online games I've played.

It's actually fairly smooth, though I think NCAA was smoother online.

8909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Poncho Memorial CG X-Box ESPN NFL 2K5 Tourney on: August 06, 2004, 12:17:05 AM
I'm in on this with the Bengals.

8910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN 2K5 League [Serious Players Only] - Team request on: July 29, 2004, 05:40:22 PM
Well... hate to do this to you folks, but I'm going to have to bow out of the League.  I'll still play tournaments every now and then, but I'm just not going to play enough of this game to be competitive in a league.

So... 49ers are now available.

8911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN vs. Madden (From a Sales/Pre-Order Perspective) on: July 26, 2004, 06:44:11 PM
In order for ESPN to beat Madden in sales, it's simply going to have to be better (by a large margin) in EVERY SINGLE CATEGORY for multiple years.

Seeing as how VC can't quite beat Madden in every category for even one year, I don't think EA has anything to worry about.  It's like Microsoft... no one can go up against it because it has so much momentum.

EA would have to bork up pretty bad the same year ESPN just crushes it out of the park.  I really don't see that happening.

8912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Setting Up Tourneys. NFL2k5 (Practice Tournament Thread) on: July 23, 2004, 06:23:37 PM
I've been having serious issues getting online... if I can, I will be happy to pwn any of you this weekend.

8913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Early Impressions - NFL 2k5 Football on: July 23, 2004, 03:52:26 AM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Can you turn off trades?

Not that I've seen... and I've been looking.  I've seen a few work arounds though.

I'm more worried about the AI releasing players when they're injured.  There are no workarounds for that.

8914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Early Impressions - NFL 2k5 Football on: July 23, 2004, 03:14:11 AM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
I've never really understood the reason why people say bad trade AI ruins football games.  How many trades take place, especially during the season, in the NFL?  As long as the computer teams draft competently, and manage free agency well, I am happy.  There just are not that many trades in football.  Granted I haven't tried the franchise mode in ESPN yet.  Lockdown interupted my draft with a game request  :wink:

That's the point... there aren't a lot of trades during the regular NFL season.  In the ESPN season, however, there are a shit ton of trades, and the majority of them are bad.  The AI makes bad trades WITH ITSELF FREQUENTLY.

8915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Early Impressions - NFL 2k5 Football on: July 23, 2004, 02:51:02 AM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Well, the bug reports are beginning to fly in.

I am depressed.


Wow... no kidding.  It looks like Franchise mode is completely and utterly broken.  

The trade AI is useless and the AI makes unrealistic trades.

Worse yet... the AI also seems to like to release injured stars just because they happen to be injured?!

God... way to ruin an otherwise good game.

Looks like this game is going on the shelf other than for online play.

Way to fuck it up one more year, VC.  If it wasn't $20, it'd be going back.

8916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Early Impressions - NFL 2k5 Football on: July 23, 2004, 02:43:29 AM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Gellar are you playing NCAA on the Xbox?  Just curious.

If so I completely disagree with you about the running game.  To me the running game on NCAA feels unbelievably slow.  Especially online.  If your Oline is even a little inferior to the Dline, especially on the road, forget running between the tackles.  And running outside becomes an exercise in spin moves and jukes, because the offensive linemen are still to slow to get out there.  I haven't found that you NEED to charge tackle this year.  It does help a lot to charge up when going for an interception though.  I am sure that I will buy Madden.  But it will have to be very improved over last year to beat ESPN IMHO.

I'm playing the Xbox version.  I haven't seen any slowdown... though yes, it is generally slower than ESPN.  And I haven't seen those issues with the running game you describe in NCAA, but I have the sliders pretty tweaked out and USC has an amazing pair of backs (Bush and Walker).  I just like the momentum in NCAA better, and the fact that you can run at more angles than 8.

8917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN 2K5 League [Serious Players Only] - Team request on: July 22, 2004, 11:07:55 PM
Just so you all know... I will ALWAYS be using the hideous third uniforms for the Niners.

Not only will you be beaten, but you will be beaten ugly.

8918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Early Impressions - NFL 2k5 Football on: July 22, 2004, 08:37:32 PM
My thoughts... pasted from GG so you don't have to read twice if you already read that:

I played a few more games after I posted last night and think I'm finally ready to post impressions based on about 4 hours of playtime.

Biggest Dissapointment: The weekly prep. I don't think VC could've gotten this more wrong. It was a neat idea mired by absolutely fucked up execution. If they toned it down to say... 50% of the effort (5 mins per week, max) and made it more intuitive, this could've been awesome. As it is, you can spend 20 mins working on this thing and most of the time, your team actually gets worse. I've just turned it off.

Favorite Feature: Oddly enough, I'd have to say the halftime shows and post game wrapups. Despite the sometimes bad syncing, just viewing your highlights from each half is neat even without any Chris Berman audio.

Most Useless Feature: The Crib. I don't give a shit about any of this. Stop bothering me with it.

A word on the graphics: They kick ass. Period... this game looks better than Madden even with Madden running 1280x1024 on my PC. Of course, that's Madden 04... maybe 05 will look better. The ESPN presentation is nicely done, if not a bit repetitive. I've seen the one overlay of passing breakdown per portion of the field up to 4x in one game. That's pretty annoying.

A word on the sound: Maybe I'm just spoiled by NCAA, but I'm completely underwhelmed by the sound in this game. The commentary is good enough (equal to NCAA's, both of which are far superior to Madden), but the on the field sounds are lacking. I want more crowd noise. I need more crowd noise. I'm also horribly disappointed with the personal soundtrack feature, as it usually sounds like garbage.

Franchise: A lot of positive strides, but still doesn't quite hold up to Madden. Things that are in Madden that I'd love to see implemented in ESPN:
* Realistic trade AI. The computer AI trades too often (compared to real life), and some of the trades are just mind boggling.
* Player personalities. I'd love to see a guy refuse to resign with a team, or something along those lines.
* Franchise Tags. Would obviously only work with player personalities, but would still ultimately be nice.

Gameplay: Far better than previous years. Easily on par with Madden's and personal taste wil dictate which you think is better.

I think Madden plays a better running game, but that's probably because I really dislike the whole tap A/Hold A mechanic. You still can bounce off the ballcarrier a bit too much, but it's not nearly as bad as last years and certainly not a gamestopper. My other issue with running is that I think the whole "change of direction" animation is a bit exagerrated. It appears to either be all off, or all on. I liked NCAA's handle on that a bit better. All in all though, the running game is good.

As far as the passing game goes, I think it's pretty good as well. My only complaint is that it's too easy. I'm playing mostly default All Pro sliders (bumped up the AI's ability to run, since at the default level it can't run any better than a 4 year old could), and I can rack up completion after completion. I had Carson Palmer (82 rating) drop 340 yards of passing on the Iggles, which honestly just seems wrong. I hate the Eagles as much as the next guy, but their pass D isn't that bad  . I'm pretty sure some slider tweaking can fix this though. Again... I enjoy this more now that I've gotten used to it, and I personally do think this is superior than the Madden engine's passing game.

Defense: Pretty good, definitely a coin flip with Madden's, but the damn need to charge up for every hit annoys the holy crap out of me.

Special Teams seems good, but is definitely affected by the toggle-switch like quality of the runner's momentum. Oh... and I really fucking hate the moving kick aim. God I hate that.

The Coaching AI also seems to now have half a brain, which is awesome.

Online Play: Haven't done it yet.

Bottom Line: The game is good. I don't hate it, but I certainly don't love it. It does some things better than the competition, but it fails in some areas as well. For $20 though, you absolutely can't go wrong. For me, I'll probably still play more Madden when it comes out, since it's franchise mode is just top notch. ESPN will tide me over nicely until then, however.

Final Score: 8/10.

Oh... and in case anyone was wondering so you could calibrate your tastes with mine, if I had to build the perfect football game, it'd be as follows:

Graphics/Presentation: ESPN
Commentary: ESPN or NCAA
Running Game: NCAA
Passing Game: ESPN
Defense: Madden (would be ESPN if I didn't have to charge to tackle someone)
Special Teams: NCAA
Franchise: Madden

8919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN 2K5 League [Serious Players Only] - Team request on: July 20, 2004, 06:16:28 PM
Niners here... they suck worse than Detroit.
8920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN 2K5 League [Serious Players Only] - Team request on: July 20, 2004, 03:05:39 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
That's not a problem. I'll take the Ravens and try to win some games with the worst QB in the league....   :lol:

Hello?  Tim Rattay?  Hello?

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