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681  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: August 28, 2008, 11:09:31 PM
+1 to Spigot for the freebie
682  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: GT Pay it Forward Freebies Thread on: August 25, 2008, 12:55:16 AM
F.E.A.R. Director's Edition (PC)  - will take!

Karma = 0
683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ready for the NEW 8-bit Mega Man game? Mega Man 9 is coming soon! on: August 25, 2008, 12:42:09 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 24, 2008, 08:48:23 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on August 24, 2008, 07:39:46 PM

Nintendo, please, give me a new Mario game like this.  I would love a new 8-bit style 2d Mario. 

As much as I love old-schooling it, I'd rather they make a 2D Mario with 3D graphics. Just make sure that Mario is restricted to the 2D plane.

the old pixel approach would be an improvement - getting rid of the cheesy fake-Italian voice overs and the dopey 3D rendering style.
684  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: GT Pay it Forward Freebies Thread on: August 23, 2008, 09:23:41 AM

Quote from: mikeg on August 22, 2008, 10:49:38 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on May 19, 2008, 10:19:31 PM

offering up: Sacred (discs only)

EDIT: mikeg, can i get Dark Messiah of Might and Magic?


Did you ever get this from me?  I never came back to this thread I think til today. 

yup - i sent a PM to you when i got it.
685  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / anyone need a Devil May Cry [PS2] DVD case/liner/manual? on: August 15, 2008, 02:54:01 AM
i somehow lost the disc years ago... so if anyone has just the disc and wants the art+manual, i will send. conversely, if anyone has just the disc and wants to get rid of it... contact me as well. (it's the non-Greatest Hits version, if that makes a difference)
686  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: August 14, 2008, 11:03:27 PM
The Pandora is looking pretty cool...
687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ready for the NEW 8-bit Mega Man game? Mega Man 9 is coming soon! on: August 14, 2008, 11:29:03 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on July 08, 2008, 01:52:37 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on July 07, 2008, 10:12:44 PM

Yeah, I'm not sure this is the right direction for them to go.  I think it's a cool idea, but I would prefer to see something along the lines of 3-D rendered characters and backgrounds in a sidescroller.  I really want to get behind this, but I'm having trouble doing so.

BTW, one of the limitations, if you remember, is that certain parts of the music would cut out when certain sounds played.  There's also the aforementioned sprite flicker, and limitations on sprite sizes.  I'll bet this team is dusting off all the things that Capcom WANTED to do during their NES heyday and never really could.

I think you are right, since they aren't really sized limited they can expand the music, make better animations, add things like parralax scrolling and multiple layers to each level etc. I too would've liked to see this idea on more of a SNES type level, but I can get behind this. I think they could do more color wise but then it wouldn't be Mega Man if they did.

i read that the dev team is limiting themselves to what was possible on the NES system. you will be able to toggle flicker and slowdown in the options menu.
688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bit Off Topic - Looking for Good, Cheap Drawing Application on: August 14, 2008, 11:19:55 AM
i also recommend Inkscape...
689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed PC lawsuit by Ubisoft (over "leak") on: August 11, 2008, 10:09:40 PM
i was waiting for it on PC, but didn't get it as the system specs turned out to be quite outrageous... and the reviews were not good.
690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [POLL]360 game installs on: August 11, 2008, 10:59:37 AM
my xbox has no hard drive
691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Had to put our two dogs down today.. on: August 10, 2008, 09:44:06 AM
there are no winners here today...
692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Braid on: August 07, 2008, 05:21:51 AM
this reminds me of a Flash game, Chronotron - give it a try.

693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 for PC to not suck? on: August 06, 2008, 10:33:49 AM

Quote from: Ridah on August 06, 2008, 07:41:22 AM

I don't understand what point you're trying to get across. That RE5 will be a faithful console port?

that would precisely be it. indications seem to be that it will be.
694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 5 for PC to not suck? on: August 06, 2008, 01:46:06 AM
RE5 is being developed in Capcom's "Framework", which is a cross-platform engine (for XBOX 360, PS3 and PC). Devil May Cry 4 used this, and the result was a much* better-ported game - the reviews i've read have said that the PC version was exactly like the console, and very nicely optimized.

quote from here: "I have read, not sure if it's been discussed here, but this engine stuff from Capcom is a major change for Japanese developers. Previously they had built games from scratch each time, shunning the Western practice of engines such as UE3.0. So I just think that aspect is very interesting."
695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flavors Of Entanglement: New Alanis Morissette Album on: July 31, 2008, 02:38:29 PM
the awesome review from allmusic on _Jagged Little Pill Acoustic_:
696  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF DS Games (FF4,FFTA2,AC,BBA) on: July 31, 2008, 01:59:30 PM
697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First review of 'The Dark Knight' on: July 29, 2008, 09:21:54 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 28, 2008, 12:50:05 PM

Yeah, there isn't a drop of blood in the whole movie.

that's not example,
Spoiler for Hiden:
there's when the murdered copy-Bat slams into the window hanging from the noose - blood splat on the glass.
698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me find a game on: July 28, 2008, 06:26:47 AM
the Elite remake, OOlite?
699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RoboCop by Darren Aronofsky? on: July 26, 2008, 11:37:08 AM
i've only ever seen The Fountain, which was pretty good, if a bit plot-holed.
700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to play through all the major PSX RPG's on: July 20, 2008, 12:09:47 AM
added this to my googlereader.  wondering to see what the fuss on some of these japanesey games is all about... i tried out ChronoCross in 2006 and lost interest after about 10 hours.
701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 5 months left! what are you buying? on: July 19, 2008, 09:27:07 PM
nothing at all
702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your debut album on: July 19, 2008, 02:55:55 AM
703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tonight we enter the all-digital age... on: July 17, 2008, 11:19:54 AM
can people provide reviews of their DTV converter boxes? i need to decide which is the least-crappiest coupon-approved one...
704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Contest - Old School vs. New School on: July 17, 2008, 10:09:37 AM
For old, i would say Berzerk. Trapped in a giant electrified-wall base-thing with multi-hued robots! that talk! and shoot each other by mistake! and an uber-evil indestructible bouncing smiley face!

For new, definitely Katamari Damacy for not only it's compulsive gameplay, but creating an entire world that accents and enhances the game itself, rather than detracting from it. the graphics and audio are all in keeping with the atmosphere. it's a perfect result of letting the design team run off with their own ideas without any 'committee-itis' or corporate interference and becoming absolutely successful with doing things their own way. more modern games should be like this.
705  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: More Stuff For Sale (360/PS3/PC) on: July 17, 2008, 04:24:05 AM
56 seconds.. is that some sort of record?
706  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: More Stuff For Sale (360/PS3/PC) on: July 17, 2008, 04:19:14 AM
i'll take Crackdown.
707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ready for the NEW 8-bit Mega Man game? Mega Man 9 is coming soon! on: July 08, 2008, 07:27:15 AM
i would like to see a release on cartridge...
708  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Puzzle Quest DS (trade) on: July 07, 2008, 07:14:19 PM
would prefer to trade for:

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
Space Invaders Extreme
Final Fantasy 1&2 (GBA)
World Ends With You
Super Mario 64
709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 06, 2008, 09:47:03 AM
i have a 2006 Kona Smoke, actually, and i do like tooling around on that. drawback is it's heavy, but it's solid and nice for inner-city riding, and rides smooooth. it has a shorter, more compact frame, which seems to translate to a slightly higher 'immediacy' when turning, but it took me a while to get acclimated.
710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm playing Diablo 1 and I'm having FUN! on: July 06, 2008, 02:05:29 AM
i tried playing it online today - did NOT have fun. no real desire to go back to it anymore.

but if they were to remake the first games with the new engine and artwork... hmmm
711  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: DS Games FS/FT on: July 05, 2008, 08:27:01 AM
oh no... too late on the Advance Wars.
712  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 03, 2008, 10:14:40 PM

Quote from: Mookee on July 03, 2008, 06:00:20 PM

If you don't like the people at the bike shop, go to a different one.

something i should have done with my last bicycle purchase.
713  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: July 03, 2008, 08:56:59 PM
+1 to Boxcar for the power supply. some great people on this board, and here's one of them.
714  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone still looking for a 20GB HDD for the 360? on: July 03, 2008, 03:13:03 AM
i'd trade MGA:1 + Wipeout (PSP) for that... would also throw in an unopened UMD cleaner and Killzone: Libration demo + PC connection cables.
715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: June 30, 2008, 12:09:18 AM
it amuses me to think that Mike Judge's Idiocracy was quite likely among the many inspirations utilized...
716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: June 29, 2008, 06:16:51 AM
(prefacing this by saying i've never seen anything by Pixar before.) so our entire company went to go see this on Friday. the criticisms i would make would be to make it less 'kiddie' and somewhat more subtle, and a have a prolonged 'beginning' sequence. while there's a plentitude of identifiable influences, for a contemporary American 'kids' film, it's definitely up there with the better ones and is not at all disappointing.

and i'm sure the creators of the short had played Portal...
717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Starship Troopers 3 Trailer! on: June 25, 2008, 06:14:07 PM
the movie was essentially a satire of the themes espoused by the novel - i think it was a brilliant way of subverting Heinlein's views through an 'adaptation'. it could have been more consistent with that theme for sure, but i'm surprised by the number of people who hadn't picked up on that.

from imdb - this comment sums it up:

The film is insanely violent. People are literally cut to pieces by the smaller creatures and slowly, painfully melted by a plasma the larger insects spray. However, the alien bugs fair no better. The people and cows getting hacked up relentlessly in this film horrify us but we cheer as machine rifles and grenades blow the giant insects apart. The body count is high on both sides. It is all literally and purposely utter, senseless violence. But then at one point a psychic uses his powers to read one of the alien's emotions. He triumphantly yells, `It's afraid!' and a legion of human warriors jubilantly cheer at this pronouncement. Who's barbaric here? What is humanity? These bugs are clearly not `human' yet they are intelligent, advanced, and most importantly they have feelings. If they can be afraid, can they not also be sad, happy, in love? These are questions the writer has left to us to ask with out leading us by the hand through what could have been a much more preachy film.

Considering the fact that, in his book _Stranger in a Strange Land_, Robert A. Heinlein--who wrote the novel upon which Starship Troopers was based--pointed out that there were millions of people already in America before the Europeans came and ruthlessly slaughtered these `subhumans' on their new property, it is safe to say that there is a lot more going on in this film than a simple slug-fest. The dazzling special effects and heart pounding action are all just a distraction--like all the noise in real life--from the more important things said here. Even the trailer and commercials for this movie were purposely misleading with Blur's delightfully mindless `Song #3' blaring and the singer yelling `Whoo-hoo!' as a stream of soldiers pour out of ships to go to battle. Every aspect of the film was one gigantic, satirical slap in the face of humanity and no one noticed.

Some may suggest that the satire was not intended but that would be incredibly insulting to screenwriter Edward Neumeier because that's what he excels at. If you didn't catch the not so subtle satire in his earlier screenplay for _Robocop_ then you're under the age of ten. Despite being so financially successful, _Starship Troopers_ is one of the most important, yet overlooked, movies of the 1990s from an intellectual point of view.
718  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Biggest games disasters from Yahoo Games on: June 25, 2008, 06:06:03 PM
so what's the deal with Shenmue 3?
719  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Firefox 3.0...What's your take so far? on: June 25, 2008, 01:06:26 AM
someone ran a comparison test between the major browsers on Windows - article:


These profiles are meant to provide a picture of what the memory behavior of popular browsers is over a period of time, not to provide absolute benchmark times. Firefox 3.0 shows memory usage that is significantly lower than Firefox 2, which also does very well. Here is a summary of my results.

    * Safari 3.1
      Safari on Windows shows extremely poor memory management, and I do not know whether it ever reaches a high water mark. If this is by design, it is certainly a design that looks inefficient and seems to contradict Apple's marketing.
    * Firefox 3.0
      This browser exhibits memory usage that is by far lower than the others. It releases memory to the system and the trend line is nearly flat.
      (This is likely due to the efforts outlined here.)
    * Flock (based on Firefox 2.0)
      Flock did very well and this browser and Firefox 2.0 could likely be run for long periods without causing many problems. The extensions probably reduced the efficiency somewhat.
    * Opera 9.5
      Opera's performance was about as good as Firefox 2.0 (Flock), and it could likely be used for very lengthy sessions. However, Kestrel is certainly not a revolutionary or even notable technology in this arena.
    * Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1
      IE did well in the profile, although a worrying trend in the data could indicate that it would keep escalating. However, this browser could likely sustain many hours of moderate usage.

Final Thoughts

After browsing for 14 hours with these programs, and recording all the results into spreadsheets, the most memory efficient browser in my usage is very clear--Firefox 3.0 not only trumps its older version, but every other popular offering on Windows. This article may help other vendors rethink their marketing campaigns, and may prompt further improvements.
720  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: GT Pay it Forward Freebies Thread on: June 22, 2008, 08:59:31 PM
have a few Playstation 1 titles to distribute:

NFL GameDay 99 (no karma on this one - stupid sports crap)
NASCAR Racing (the Papyrus/Sierra one)
Syphon Filter
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
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