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841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Revolution has begun...(IGN chan, specs, launch date?) on: December 07, 2005, 01:53:26 AM
nintendo is still the only console company that is making a profit.   i'm guessing the cheaper-to-produce hardware is one of the contributing factors.

also, the custom control interfaces (DS: dual screen, touch screen - Revolution: special controller) have a bonus side effect of making piracy and emulation much* more difficult.
842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Not liking Serious Sam... on: December 02, 2005, 03:01:15 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
It's uber predictable in that 'ok I'll grab the item and monsters are going to swarm me from all over' kind of way.  It isnt that I dislike FPS games, because I really like them.  It's just this game seems to be missing some intangible something for me.


it's definitely not going to get any better for you, then...  it clicked with me right away, as i could make up my own strategies and mini-games within the very simple 'kill everything and lots of it' framework - but i can see how some people could be turned off by the basic concept.
843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Not liking Serious Sam... on: December 02, 2005, 01:41:52 AM
try it on hard and see if the pain-in-the-assedness is increased, or is somehow made better...
844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are you snacking on right now? on: December 01, 2005, 11:34:39 PM
845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Not liking Serious Sam... on: December 01, 2005, 09:27:30 AM
play on Normal your first time through.  seriously.  you'll get enough ammo/armor that you don't really have to worry about going through battles unscathed (like i was constantly worrying about) - as for the gameplay itself, you sorta have to be into that kinda thing.  i myself never cared for co-op mode, as you could just keep respawning when you died and that made it boring.
846  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: November 03, 2005, 06:28:33 AM
well, i do have yet another copy of Tony Hawk 2 that won't work on my computer - guess i could give that away.
847  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: November 02, 2005, 07:44:57 PM
i'll take it!
848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Please watch the MirrorMask trailer on: October 19, 2005, 06:52:19 AM
i finally got around to seeing it tonight. no spoilers ahead!

it was actually pretty 'slow' paced, which is exceeeeedingly rare for a children's film these days.

so the bad, first: i kept losing attention, and it felt sometimes like 'oh, here's two actors against a bluescreen and CGI is everything else' so it felt really empty at times. it definitely has a 'kids movie' feel, so look out for drawn-out exposition and awkward scenes.

the good is that i've not seen a movie that looks like it before - the filters used on the different shots kept my eyes intrigued. the 'old film' look never got old, but i fear it being copied in the future.... it also has some of the better credits, ever (the particular music/CGI combination).

speaking of, the music/score definitely deserves mention - hard to describe, but it was very clear, and 'channel separated' - a very bold but minimal soundmix. the style was sorta old-timey in a very modern way. there were some some intriguing ambient SFX also. you can tell effort went into making a distinctive atmosphere for this.

i'm guessing this movie is going to make Dave McKean a sought-after set/character designer, for sure. his imprint is everywhere and some of the results are really amazing.
849  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 09, 2005, 05:22:54 AM
ok, you got it.
850  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 09, 2005, 04:53:34 AM
new addition:

Winning Eleven 7 International

it absolutely refuses to run with my PC configuration.

karma +7
851  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Selling : Xbox Kbd/Mouse adapter and Mega-X-Key [updated] on: October 02, 2005, 11:08:32 PM
how much are you asking for these?
852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gearbox Q&A!!!! (Open for questions until 9/27) on: September 27, 2005, 12:17:25 AM
Any further patches/support for Halo?

What were the problems with the netcode on Halo?

What was it like working with Microsoft?  (i understand that Bungee had almost nothing to do with the PC version)

Were they given the Halo 2 porting project?
853  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Ubuntu on: September 14, 2005, 11:47:59 PM
Quote from: "chewbaccasaurus"
lol, i just ordered like 400 of the free discs...


uh, why?
854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black & White 2 .... on: September 14, 2005, 01:14:10 AM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
It scarred you that bad?  :shock:


that was the purchase that made me go 'why am i paying $45 for one game?'  - especially since my backlog had reached the point of no return a while beforehand and i had no chance of catching up anytime in the near future.  so... it's been the bargain and used bins, ever since.

and re: B&W - i never got very far past the first level, but i really enjoyed that much, at least!

EDIT: thinking back more, i did* actually purchase Dungeon Siege brand-new the next year (?!!) (tho it did have a large rebate attached to it, so i only paid $23 for that title).  needless to say, the coffin was now firmly nailed shut; never again; etc.
855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black & White 2 .... on: September 14, 2005, 01:05:45 AM
will get it eventually...  (i haven't purchased a brand-new game since...  since the first B&W, actually)
856  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB: 2 copies of Unreal Tournament 2004 on: August 25, 2005, 09:38:37 PM
it's the same game, so no problem.
857  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Voodoo Vince / XIII / Ridge Racer / + more on: August 25, 2005, 09:37:21 PM
i'd totally go for Bad Mojo Redux if i didn't have 40 other games that needed playin...
858  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Do people with Skype Use VoIP? on: August 23, 2005, 06:03:01 PM
mobiles are freakin' expensive...

just wanted to point out this pretty neeeat service i've been using recently:

http://www.voipbuster.com

it's a downloadable VoIP program that lets you call mobiles/landlines in the US, and landlines in some major countries of the world, for extremely low cost (a flat fee of 1 euro for 4 months, right now, as it's in beta).  rates for calling mobiles in other countries is about the same as Skype-Out.

i paid my $1.27 and now i'm making lots of LD and international calls. sometimes the voice quality is rather choppy, but usually it works just fine.
859  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: August 22, 2005, 09:03:02 AM
also adding:

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

karma now at +7
860  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Trouble with Radio Shack PSX-USB Adaptor on: August 19, 2005, 10:42:56 PM
have you tried unplugging both controllers, then plug in the PSX controller first?
861  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: August 16, 2005, 04:25:48 AM
i'm adding The Hulk (Vivendi Universal) to my list of giveaways.
862  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / I have a stack of old records I need to get rid of? on: August 12, 2005, 05:30:46 PM
post list!
863  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HOLY CRAP!!! VOLTRON Movie Announced!! on: August 03, 2005, 05:48:24 PM
since we're talking about Voltron, these should be mentioned:

Centibestial King GoLion
Armored Fleet Dairugger XV

(the series from which the 2 cartoons were ripped off from)


the Space Battleship Yamato movies?  i'm a big fan of old anime, but couldn't get through the first one... will have to try again.
864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Playstation 2 Controller on PC? on: August 02, 2005, 07:20:57 PM
if you plan on playing dance-type games with PS dancepads (like StepMania), the Radioshack adapter is not a good choice.  you can't hit two directions simultaneously.
865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worms 4 out?? (Nanostray, too??) on: August 02, 2005, 07:16:58 PM
worms 4 IS 3d.... ugh

didn't care for the last two games.  the fun factor was really trashed with the move to 3D, for me.  clunky graphics, horrible interface...
866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FSW on pc SUCKS!!!!!! on: August 01, 2005, 10:31:01 PM
i've never gotten the sound on this game working correctly - it's really stuttery and poppy (Turtle Beach Santa Cruz and Nforce2 Soundstorm).
867  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Do people with Skype Use VoIP? on: July 30, 2005, 12:25:40 AM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
Yeah, sunrocket has been pretty good.

Interesting feature.  Just put your list on aboard and call randomly?  Is there like a random call feature or a profile so that you have some clue who you are going to talk to or is it just a list and you click and say, "hello?"


i don't remember the particulars of how your SkypeMe! mode is displayed to other people (is it in the directory?  elsewhere?), but it's simply a setting one can activate or deactivate (alongside other settings such as Away, Online, Invisible, etc).
868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's so interesting about "MUSIC"? on: July 29, 2005, 04:47:53 PM
you probably haven't found the music that's clicked, yet.  more exploration is needed.
869  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: July 29, 2005, 02:36:47 AM
+1 to greeneggsnham.  the USPS pulled a stunning maneuver and turned a 'priority' priced shipment into an overnight...!
870  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Do people with Skype Use VoIP? on: July 27, 2005, 12:55:40 AM
Quote
So you are saying your a skype to voip convert?


if you have, say, Sunrocket service (which i checked out yesterday and it seems better than either of the two services i listed), that doesn't wholly negate Skype's raisin day entree (ie SkypeMe).  i think they can co-exist.

i should've been a bit clearer - "SkypeMe" mode is a setting on Skype which puts you on the 'call me if you're bored or whatever' list and makes it easier for people to find you.  at the other extreme, you can also choose to not have yourself listed on the directory, and block everyone, if you want.

i've met some cool people (due to their randomly calling me) on Skype.   it's definitely something to try out.
871  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: PS2 + games + etc. **Lower price** on: July 27, 2005, 12:41:11 AM
i have a friend who would be interested in the PS2 by itself, if it were sub-$100.
872  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Do people with Skype Use VoIP? on: July 25, 2005, 07:32:03 PM
i haven't yet purchased minutes through them, although their international calling rates seem to be OK.  i haven't had too much success in getting friends to download the software and keeping it running all the time.  it is a good way to meet random, outgoing people from around the world, certainly (leave SkypeMe mode activated and see where you get calls from...)

i was planning on going through another VoiP provider in lieu of Verizon when i move out of my current place.  Lingo or Voicepulse look to be the best for me (read: cheap).
873  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Do people with Skype Use VoIP? on: July 25, 2005, 07:16:18 AM
just to clarify:

the free service on Skype is limited to calling, or recieving calls from, other people with the software installed on their machine.  all the extras (calling landline or mobile phones, voice mail, et al) cost money.
874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good TA like game on: July 19, 2005, 06:51:46 PM
Perimeter?
875  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Impressions: RoboRally re-release on: July 16, 2005, 08:32:24 AM
got a chance to play this tonight with five other people.  i had never played the original, but got enough of an impression on what it was like from other people to know how it played.  according to the other players, the new version is basically a tweaked and better-balanced revision. it plays pretty much the same, almost exactly as i had envisioned it - it's Turtle LOGO with conveyer belts and lasers.

how fun was it?  enough that i purchased my own copy - it's the first board game i've purchased in years.  definitely worth a look - see if your local games store has a demo you can play.
876  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: July 15, 2005, 06:31:22 AM
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord received from Grundbegriff.  


EDIT (08/06/05): PIFF karma now at +6
877  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: July 15, 2005, 06:26:15 AM
+1 to Grundbegriff for the freebie.
878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Divine Divinity: what's the final verdict? on: July 11, 2005, 09:26:49 PM
this is the only game i could never get to work on my computer.  it'd randomly crash when entering a building - tried latest patches and allsuggestions listed on the official boards (short of rolling back my ATi driver back to some unspecified version); nothing helped.  it's too bad, as it did look to be pretty good.
879  Gaming / Analog Gaming / New Release: Shadows over Camelot on: July 02, 2005, 08:22:39 AM
played this tonight with three other people:

there's a lot to do - it's one of those cooperative games where it's all the players vs. 'the board', and there's a lot of side-quest mini-games to do, as well as player special abilities.  it was pretty cool at first, but the fun started to diminish when too much strategy was coordinated (even though the cards themselves weren't announced), and one player started telling the other players what to do in order to achieve desired victory conditions in each mini-game - winning is easily achieved when that happens.  it should be noted that we were not playing with loyalty or traitors, so that undoubtedly influenced the difficulty.
880  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Around the World in 80 Days on: July 02, 2005, 08:17:59 AM
tried this out tonight:

it seems to have a lot of potential for little nuances during gameplay, since there are a number of gameplay elements (time passed, position in the world, current turn leader, possession of cash, travel and event cards in hand, the detective marker, the bonus tokens and the randomness of balloon flight) that affect each other in many different ways. will have to give this more time - it looks like it would be much more interesting with more players.
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