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681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG to Sell Cheap Downloads of Classic PC Games on: September 12, 2008, 04:48:30 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on September 11, 2008, 05:00:31 PM Perimeter worth getting?

if you like RTS games, i strongly recommend checking it out. at least try the demo...
682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 11, 2008, 01:43:26 AM
i also passed on Spore and Bioshock due to the DRM, as well as Valve's newer Steam-only stuff - despite my wanting to play these games.

i have purchased indie games online with activation in the past, but those titles were also much under $20.
683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Speaking of Fantasy Football.... on: September 06, 2008, 09:52:03 AM

684  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
685  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
686  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.
687  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.
688  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)
689  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: August 14, 2008, 11:03:27 PM
The Pandora is looking pretty cool...
690  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.
691  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...
692  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.
693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [POLL]360 game installs on: August 11, 2008, 10:59:37 AM
my xbox has no hard drive
694  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...
695  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.

696  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.
697  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."
698  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_:
699  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF DS Games (FF4,FFTA2,AC,BBA) on: July 31, 2008, 01:59:30 PM
700  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.
701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me find a game on: July 28, 2008, 06:26:47 AM
the Elite remake, OOlite?
702  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.
703  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.
704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 5 months left! what are you buying? on: July 19, 2008, 09:27:07 PM
nothing at all
705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your debut album on: July 19, 2008, 02:55:55 AM
706  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...
707  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.
708  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?
709  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: More Stuff For Sale (360/PS3/PC) on: July 17, 2008, 04:19:14 AM
i'll take Crackdown.
710  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...
711  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
712  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.
713  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
714  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.
715  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.
716  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.
717  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.
718  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...
719  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...
720  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.
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