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721  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Games You've Taken Time Off Of Work/School To Play? on: April 20, 2007, 11:39:07 PM
i wonder how much of college i missed due to Doom/H(eretic)(exen)/Marathon/insert early-mid-90s 3D shooter
722  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Public transportation too expensive? on: April 20, 2007, 11:27:05 PM

Quote from: raydude on April 19, 2007, 02:30:04 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 17, 2007, 08:23:05 PM

(walk several blocks to metro both ways, sit with smelly disgusting regular people, etc)

Weird. When I rode the metro to go into DC on a weekday during rush hour I just saw people in business attire or in uniform.

i think that's what he meant. ...
723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox) Burnout 3 vs Burnout Revenge on: April 19, 2007, 09:52:22 PM
i've only ever played the demo for the new Burnout on a friend's Xbox360, and that was just for a few minutes - but it was enough that i thought i should get the game for my own (old) Xbox.

traffic checking was fun, too bad 3 doesn't have that.
724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (Xbox) Burnout 3 vs Burnout Revenge on: April 19, 2007, 07:11:02 PM
i just got the former recently, but haven't had a chance to play it yet - i thought 3 was the latest title in the series.  is it significantly different enough from Revenge to have been worth getting?
725  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: April 18, 2007, 12:17:35 AM
+1 to helot2000 for the trade
726  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: My PC wargames gathering dust for yours on: April 09, 2007, 09:24:15 AM
i've been interested in Korsun Pocket ever since it came out, but as i'm a wargame tyro, i don't have much in the way of trade...  umm Europa Universalis, and maybe Massive Assault.  and i lost my copy of Barbarosa to Berlin. 
727  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: April 08, 2007, 12:14:40 AM
have about a year of books to report on!

Freax: The Brief History of the Computer Demoscene, Vol.1
- Tama'r Polga'r
Computer "demos" are a form of digital art and programming prowess combined - and from an underground which has only become slightly more mainstream in the advancing years.  this book attempts to chart the history of the scene  from the Commie 64 to the Amiga.

The Doors of Perception / Heaven and Hell - Aldous Huxley
"Brave New World" author takes mescaline and discovers the ego-less world.  Best peyote advertisement ever!  Huxley is able to convey a sense of the altered experience in a way that intrigues, not bores (unlike, say Philip K Dick).

Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
Narrator falls for best female friend, but she's attracted to a MOW (Mysterious Older Woman).  Like in all Murakami books, the younger woman disappears and there is an inner journey required to try to find her, stuff doesn't happen, etc. 

Euthypro, Apology, Crito & Phaedo - Plato
The days leading up to Socrates' execution, presented mostly as a dialogs.
What is worth living (and dying) for?  Socrates talked it and walked it - virtue par exemplar, classically speaking.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler
- E.L. Konigsburg
Claudia and Jami run away from home and live in the Metropolitan Musesum of Art for a week, and uncover a mystery about a Michaelangeo-esque sculpture of unknown origin.  I never read this when I was younger, so I finally got around to it...

L’Inferno – Dante (Ciardi translation)
i don't get what the big deal on this book is.  maybe i have to read the original italian or whatever.. goofy and laughable.

On Bullshit - Harry G. Frankfurt
A shortish treatise on how "bullshit" is different from lying (in that the latter, the speaker knows that what they say does not correllate with the facts; while the bullshitter cares not at all if what they speak of is false or not) and a few theories on why the practice is so widespread.

You Can’t Win - Jack Black : one of the better memoirs i've ever read, and definitely one i'll be re-reading in the future.  this tale of a hobo/thief's life and times at the end of the 19th century was direct inspiration for Wm. S Burroughs' autobiographical material.  Black has a very readable direct-and-level writing style, and some of the 'getaway' tales he relates make it impossible to put the book down.

Old Twentieth - Joe Haldeman : isn't 'The Forever War'.  kinda predictable.

The Lilies of the Field - William E. Barrett : picked this up off the 'classics' shelf at the library, cuz it was short - worth the time investment.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore : nice attention to historical setting and atmosphere .. but definitely annoying to read.  a lot of his writing is just straight-up cringe-inducing..

A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore : clunky exposition and same complaints as above, but the concept behind this one seemed to fit Moore's writing tone better.  he knows how to carry on a running joke.  still, i don't think he has much of a 'style', and i kept wishing this one was written by Neil Gaiman...  not sure if i should read any more of his books.

Don Quixote, Book I - Miguel Cervantes (Edith Grossman translation) : more comic than i thought it would be!  lots of digressions, and the story really isn't about Don Quixote and Pancho so much as it is commentary on.. pretty much everything?  maybe i'm reading into it too much.  some masterfully written passages, in the old style of speaking.  for a story that appears to eschew fairy-tales, the descriptions of (imaginary) fantastic elements and the use of hyperbole go over quite well - Cervantes knew his source material!  Book II will be started sometime later this year.

Pafko at the Wall - Don DeLillo : pretentious, overwrought writing about something i don't really care about (baseball).  at least it was short...
728  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Help me buy a PSTriple! 360+PS2+PSX+DS+PSP+GBA+Mac Software+BSG+Import Liquor on: April 04, 2007, 06:19:27 PM

Quote from: depward on April 03, 2007, 06:07:08 AM

Hard to find liquor in the U.S.
*Obviously for those 21+ years of age.  Will need to prove age if interested*

I have a never-been-drunk unopened bottle of hard-to-find liquor in the U.S.  It was obtained in Spain. 

how would you ship this one?  (and i may be interested)
729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 first-party Wii titles "Indefinitely postponed" on: April 02, 2007, 09:18:15 AM
a person i know who works for Nintendo confirmed that HAMMER is 'dead'.
730  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: March 30, 2007, 10:07:34 PM
+1 to Nakor
731  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. For Sale on: March 26, 2007, 11:11:34 PM
there always seems to be at least a few copies of a new game on here shortly after release, usually from people who need to buy everything right away (even if they might not necessarily be into it), or bought into the hype threads and found the game wasn't for them, or it doesn't run well on their system and their store doesn't take returns for some reason (or they don't feel like returning it themselves), etc.
732  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: March 26, 2007, 12:06:28 AM
+1 to Hrothgar for freebies
733  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 26, 2007, 12:06:02 AM
got it yesterday!  thanks
734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 Hardest to Beat Console Games on: March 22, 2007, 05:47:34 PM
Megaman 1 is freaking hard
735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GP2X - portable computer/console hybrid on: March 22, 2007, 12:24:30 AM
there is a Playstation emulator, but it's never going to reach the quality of the new one on PSP. some of the older 2D games are definitely playable.  if it's the only reason you're buying the GP2X, don't do it...  you can get a comparison of most of the major emulators vs the PSP here.

the NES, SNES, Genesis, GBA emus allow you to save at any point.  i don't remember about MAME (it has whatever features the original MAME has).  you'd have to look up the rest - it's not a feature i often use outside the systems listed above.

the unit is only available via importers in the US - i went through http://gp2xstore.com and they're reliable.

i really like this portable!  if you have any sort of tinkering bent, it's the only way to go with a handheld.  there is so much you can do with it.  i recently got a DS, played it for a bit, then went back to the GP2X, as the DS felt so limited and expensive compared to this.
736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anybody own a GP2X? on: March 21, 2007, 08:38:21 PM
the GBA emulator has improved immensely over the past week - runs a lot of titles at full-speed, now.

this device is awesome.  i'm on my second one, as i left my first one on the bus and never saw it again frown
737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GP2X - portable computer/console hybrid on: March 21, 2007, 08:34:48 PM
NES - works great, a few quirks (eg sometimes the music in Super Mario Bros will be twice as fast as it should be)

Genesis - awesome, no complaints and SegaCD support is coming along well (tho those games take up a fair amount of space on the SD cards)

SNES - ok.  getting faster; older games run fullspeed or nearly fullspeed.  transparancy support was just recently fully implemented, i believe.
738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GP2X - portable computer/console hybrid on: March 21, 2007, 01:07:13 AM
There has been much talk over the past dunno-how-many-years of the convergence of console gaming and the PC game scene.  Welcomed by some, lamented by others, but seen by many as inevitable... blah blah journo-speak, that someday is HERE NOW - witness Gamepark Holdings GP2X device.

The GP2X is of Korean origin, with its manufacturer born from the split with parent company GamePark (creator of the GP32).

i've now owned 2 of these units (left one on the bus and never saw it again)




from the website:
Quote
Product Name: GP2X-F100

General
CPU: Dual cores, ARM940T @ 200Mhz + ARM920T @ 200Mhz
Dimension  143.6mm* 82.9mm*34mm
Mass (w/o batteries): 161g/5.68oz (GP32 NLU: 163g/5.74oz)
RAM  64Mb
Storage  SD Card
Connection Type  2.0 high speed
O/S  Linux
Power supply  2AA
Display  3.5" TFT LCD
Resolution  320*240(QVGA)

Video
Video Codec support: MPEG 1, 2, 3, 4, DivX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x and higher, XviD
Format support: AVI, MPG, MPEG
Audio Formats: MP3, OGG
Resolution  MAX 720*480
Frame Rate  Max 30 fps
Bit Rate  Video Max: 2500Kbps, Audio Max: 384Kbps
Caption  SMI

Audio
No. Channels  Stereo(L+R)
Frequency Rate  20Hz~20KHz
File  WMA,OGG,MP3
Bit rate sampling  16bit/8~48KHz 
Equalizer  Normal, Classic, Rock, Jazz, Pop

Additional Function
e-book, game

Image Viewer
Image Formats: JPG, BMP, PCX, GIF, PNG

Continuous playback time
Battery Life (2 x 2850mAh AA): 6 hours video, 10 hours audio

emulators are plentiful.  i've currently got Atari VCS, NES, SMS, Genesis/Megadrive, SNES, PCEngine/TG16, Atari Lynx, GB/GBC, GBA  NeoGeo Pocket, NeoGeo and of course MAME (v.34 romset) all running on it.  for computers, there's the C64, Spectrum, Apples, Atari ST - even an Amiga emulator that's a bit slow, but it tends to work... there is also an early build of DOSBox.

of particular interest is that it runs SCUMMVM, Exult (Ultima VII), Ur-Quan Masters (Star Control 2+), OpenTTD (Transport Tycoon Deluxe), some of the old id/3DRealms games (Commander Keen series, Wolf3D, Doom 1-2, Quake, Rise of the Triad, Duke3D, Shadow Warrior), Descent 1-2, Marathon 1-3...

as the devkit is freely available, you can program your own games/apps/whatever for it.  most games use SDL, and a preliminary OpenGL was developed recently.  if you want a Linux-y command line, you can download STerm as a shell prompt for Busybox.

should this portend the future of entertainment media, we're off to a good start.  if you have any questions, ask away or check these links for all the information you could want:

http://wiki.gp2x.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gp2x
http://gpnewbie.com/
http://www.gp32x.com/board/index.php?
http://www.gp2xstore.com/
739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Devil May Cry 4 on PC! on: March 20, 2007, 07:10:20 AM
the PC versions are done by Capcom's Taiwan-ese or Hong Kong studio (forgot which), and are pretty bare-bones/minimal ports.  just enough effort is put into them so they run on fairly high-end Windows rigs without toooo many problems, and retail for $19.99 USD.
740  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Fallout Collection @ GoGamer $14.90 on: March 20, 2007, 07:05:00 AM

Quote from: Greggy_D on March 19, 2007, 07:44:51 PM

Do these run on XP without any issues?

since it came out in 2002, this reissue collection is meant to run on 2000/XP (and the system requirements actually don't say anything about ME or 98 being supported...)
741  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 18, 2007, 03:22:02 AM
please add:

True Crime
Splinter Cell
Rogue Ops
Rails Across Americer

and send me your paypal so i can throw a few dollars at you
742  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 17, 2007, 01:45:05 AM
SSX
AVP2
Future Tactics
743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Casual Games- Should we cover them better here at GamingTrend? on: March 13, 2007, 11:41:13 PM
'casual' is just a marketing buzzword.. it's just shareware in the Modern Era.  haha.

i would like to see these covered, as most of the games that fall under this casually-named 'casual' heading are also indie titles, which is where i do my day job (and i do want a stronger indie presence for GT).
744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CGM down for the count on: March 13, 2007, 11:35:39 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 13, 2007, 09:43:30 PM

And here may be why they went under:

that would be really lame if that were the reason.
745  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS/T: Advance Wars: Dual Strike (NDS) on: March 13, 2007, 11:17:22 PM
still waiting for a response...
746  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 13, 2007, 09:53:38 AM
1) Stubbs the Zombie!
2) Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
3) Twisted Metal Black
747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania United on: March 13, 2007, 09:47:33 AM
i played Trackmania Nations with my Xbox gamepad and it was fine. 
748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Psychonauts PC with 360 controller on: March 13, 2007, 09:44:23 AM
i play it with the (old, huge) Xbox controller and the XBCD drivers - it handles very nicely.  i can't imagine the 360 controller being worse.
749  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS/T: Advance Wars: Dual Strike (NDS) on: March 11, 2007, 07:38:31 AM
YGM
750  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: House Clearing Sale on: March 07, 2007, 09:11:55 AM
what's the model number on the Altec Lansing headset..
751  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Could it be my power supply? on: March 04, 2007, 12:12:17 AM
it does sound like the PSU is dying (and i had an Antec that failed on me as well)
752  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Arcanum and Space Rangers 2 on: March 03, 2007, 10:04:55 PM
i will trade you my copy for God of War
753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania United on: March 03, 2007, 02:37:44 AM
it uses 'Starforce Lite' icon_confused

Quote
Protection Technologies used a different strategy with the game Trackmania United: a Lite version of Starforce is present, without the StarForce drivers, with the game asking for the original CD every three days.
754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Indie Game Sites? on: March 02, 2007, 10:48:21 PM
gamehippo.com is all freeware - this is where i discovered Spout and all the ABA titles.  many neat indie Japanese games..
755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania United on: March 02, 2007, 10:44:57 PM
as soon as they kill the Starforce requirement, i'm all over it.
756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Master of Defense - free download, today only on: March 02, 2007, 10:41:28 PM
http://game.giveawayoftheday.com/master-of-defense/

give it a try...  it was winner of GameTunnel.com's 2006 Strategy Game of the Year award.
757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: G.O.O.D. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. P.R.E.V.I.E.W. !.!.!.!.! on: February 20, 2007, 02:34:00 AM
it should be noted that i can still play most *new* games on 'high' detail settings with my Radeon 9700 Pro.  a lot of people seem to think that if a video card is nearly five years old, it's obsolete... heh.
758  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: February 06, 2007, 02:17:54 AM
+1 to Simon for the freebie
759  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Stuff on: February 01, 2007, 07:54:24 AM
THANKS
760  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Stuff for sale, games and movies on: January 29, 2007, 07:38:13 AM
i'll take A Scanner Darkly
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