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721  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
722  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.
723  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/
724  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.
725  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...)
726  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
727  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 17, 2007, 01:45:05 AM
SSX
AVP2
Future Tactics
728  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).
729  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.
730  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...
731  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
732  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. 
733  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.
734  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS/T: Advance Wars: Dual Strike (NDS) on: March 11, 2007, 07:38:31 AM
YGM
735  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..
736  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)
737  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
738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania United on: March 03, 2007, 02:37:44 AM
it uses 'Starforce Lite' icon_confused

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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.
739  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..
740  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.
741  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.
742  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.
743  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
744  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Stuff on: February 01, 2007, 07:54:24 AM
THANKS
745  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
746  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please recommend a good freeware MP3 ripper/encoder on: January 21, 2007, 06:07:00 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 15, 2007, 08:43:36 AM

I think WMP only lets you rip to various WMA qualities, MP3, and WAV.

..thus why i don't use it.
747  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please recommend a good freeware MP3 ripper/encoder on: January 11, 2007, 11:01:57 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 05, 2007, 05:14:28 AM

I don't want to cause waves, but what is wrong with just using Windows Media Player?  What features are you looking for that aren't available there?  It's all I really use, but I have pretty archaic needs. 

is it possible to rip Vorbis OGG with WMP?  it must be, but it's gotta be kind of a pain.
748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: casual games? on: January 09, 2007, 02:45:51 AM
or you could use like, a square, a circle, a diamond, a star, etc... 9 different shapes

Kakuro uses simple addition - give that a try, if you're so inclined


Stiffler - have you tried Word Krispies yet?
749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OMG!! Possible GoW for PC? on: January 09, 2007, 02:39:02 AM
the original Halo is still my favorite online FPS game (beating out Unreal Tournament, Battlefield, blah blah whatever you'd care to name) .  i've played it many, many hours on PC, and only about 2 on Xbox.
750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut 2 demo on: December 11, 2006, 03:47:03 AM

Quote from: Windows95 on December 04, 2006, 05:05:24 AM

The dartboard minigame drives me nuts, lots of times I scored but the game registered a miss.  icon_mad

this is one of the 'refinements' to the dartboard game that i was talking about - there are certain sections of the dartboard 'highlighted' (shown in the upper left-hand corner) and you have to throw your driver through that particular ring or wedge section - otherwise it says you 'miss' even though you hit the target.
751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut 2 demo on: December 11, 2006, 03:42:35 AM
i've played the original FlatOut quite a bit, and just got the demo working.

initial impressions:
FlatOut 2 has enhanced physics models over the first one, with a lot* more objects and junk on the racetrack.  the graphics have been worked over as well ...  i won't say 'enhanced' as the original game did (and still does) have very nice graphics, with incredible natural lighting.  FO2 looks more '2006 gfx trendy', with a lot of HDR-like lighting and some exaggerated motion-blur effects.  it runs very nicely with my Radeon 9700 Pro with detail set to "Very High", tho it does pause briefly now and then (usually when a lot of graphic detail is suddenly displayed on-screen) - it did that on the original FlatOut as well, so i have to figure out how to alleviate those pauses. sound effects are about the same, and the 'unsigned band' soundtrack of the original has been replaced with the likes of Audioslave and Rob Zombie - due, no doubt, to the increased development budget.  doesn't matter much to me, as i just turn the music off anyways.  it bothers me how some of the car models are overly shiny and new looking; while you can still get rusted-out patched-together heaps in FO2, i liked the original game in which all the crusty-lookin' cars looked like they were specifically re-assembled for dirt road rally races.  the control over your car is more precise than in the first game (though i did like the 'driftiness' of the first one) and the full-on collision situations where your driver is flung from the car have been reduced, with more wide-open tracks and easily-destroyable obstacles.

i'm not sure i like the refinements made to the minigame sections, but that may be just personal taste speaking. demolition derby mode is much improved in a number of ways over the first game - the damage model on your car seems to have been made more robust, and you can even lose wheels. 

unfortunately, one can't navigate the main menu with the game controller - it's all keyboard driven, unlike the first game!  boooo to that.  FO2 does* play very well with a gamepad (i use an Xbox controller) with full rumble support.  i have not tried a steering wheel, as i don't have one.  replays still have a limited command set, and you still can't save them for later viewing.

overall, i like what i see of this game so far, even if it is a bit 'big-budget' and more accessible. it's in no ways resembling a sequel failure along the lines of, say, Carmageddon TDR 2000 vs. Carmageddon 2.  i would recommend that if you like either FlatOut or FlatOut 2, to definitely check out the other game. both bring different aspects of arcade-y rally racing to the table, and aren't redundant, especially since the original FlatOut can be quite difficult.
752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut 2 demo on: December 05, 2006, 02:35:54 AM

Quote from: Scott on December 04, 2006, 08:26:45 PM

This is something I'll consider when the 360 wireless controllers finally work on the PC.  I can't wait for the device that allows this.  Otherwise, this doesn't look as fun w/out a good controller.

does it have to be wireless?  you can already use any other Xbox/360 controller with the PC with a USB adaptor cable (either purchased or constructed).  i play the first FlatOut on my PC with the original Xbox controller.
753  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Hardware Review: Microsoft Habu Gaming Mouse on: December 01, 2006, 11:48:31 PM
i like tall mice (where you can rest your mitt on it) - a lot of mice are too low-profile, including my IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0.  what are good recommendations?

(also, i still like using the original Xbox controllers)
754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any good Freedom Force 3 news? on: December 01, 2006, 12:32:14 AM
they could just keep using the same engine (or modify it, too) and throw the next issues up on Steam for $14.99 or $19.99.  they really ought to take the comic book model and run with it... maybe even more frequently-released missions for a cheap price.
755  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: November 11, 2006, 12:36:51 AM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on November 10, 2006, 11:58:18 PM

I am using the Ubuntu Server OS...can't wait to get it installed and working.  Does anyone have any suggestions before I continue with this endeavor?

haven't installed server before...
756  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: November 08, 2006, 11:21:06 AM

Quote from: Ibby on August 17, 2006, 04:39:31 PM

Why bother with Knoppix when I could use Ubuntu?

it does appear that the Knoppix liveCD is much* faster than the Ubuntu one (or any other liveCD i've tried).
757  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: November 08, 2006, 11:17:23 AM
been using this for a bit longer.  getting the 3D drivers for my Radeon 9700 actually wasn't nearly as difficult as i had feared, and in the process, i've become slightly more comfortable with editing the xorg.conf file. hah. also fine-tuned my monitor settings (refresh rates, especially) and it looks really nice now.

i managed to make my Intellimouse non-detected for a while, but realized that i had chosen a wrong mouse option in the X11 configuration 'wizard' (solution: pick 'IM', not 'Explorer').  i switched my speaker system to the SoundStorm audio for the time being, and it works fine with that.

still some stuff i gotta do (Automatix2 to grab all the codecs), and there are a few outstanding problems, like amaroK not detecting any music CDs in my DVD drive.  i also have to install a few games.  i downloaded the Darwinia linux patch, but haven't gotten it to work yet.  will be also getting patches for Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, Heavy Metal: FAKK, and possibly UT2K4.  i saw there's a linux version of Jagged Alliance 2, but i don't know if there's a patch for the Windows version.
758  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: October 30, 2006, 10:03:49 AM
ok... i'm able to use the mouse and keyboard with Edgy Eft on the second attempt (i'm typing this post from the liveCD runtime session right now).  it does come with Firefox 2.0, cool.   everything (including web connection) is running pretty slow, due to the OS running from the CD (tho Knoppix liveCD is much speedier).   some web sites (like ubuntuforums.org) are taking for-ev-er and a day to load.  it seems to use a 'smoothtype' sort of font display like WinXP has, but i wish to disable it  -ok that was easy, but it looks like crud.  back to 'best shapes' font.    OpenOffice looks really nice on Linux - it rather looks like MS Office 95 on Windows.  need to get it to recognize my Turtle Beach Santa Cruz soundcard, rather than the nForce2 SoundStorm integrated audio, and to change the resolution/refresh rate.  both are now fixed, mostly.  more impressions later.
759  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: October 27, 2006, 08:39:56 PM
gonna try it out this weekend, probably.  i have some space reserved for it on my new HD...

UPDATE:  it took a really long time to load off the CD, including a part where it seemed to freeze up completely (this was during the logo/bouncing progress bar part).  when the desktop appeared, it displayed a "There was an error starting the GNOME Settings Daemon. etc etc" message, and the system refused to respond to keyboard and mouse input.  you could see the mouse cursor in the middle of the screen, but it wouldn't move.  i ran a disc integrity check on the CDR i burned, and there were no errors.  i'll try again tomorrow.
760  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: October 27, 2006, 06:46:32 AM
oh yeah, Edgy Eft came out yesterday.
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