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321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox Live Update - I'm rantingly pissed! on: January 30, 2006, 10:34:48 PM
Wait, so when you got d/c from Live, you got kicked from your Condemned game?  I was having 'net problems last night while playing Condemned, but just got the notification that I wasn't on live anymore.  It didn't actually kick me from the game.

Man, that sucks.  The save system on Condemned is touchy, though.  I had a couple of corrupt saves that set me back a couple hours.
322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live 360 games, what are you playing? on: January 24, 2006, 03:29:53 PM
Hexic slaps Zuma with a wet trout.

And... Zuma's a Puzzle game?  Really?  What's the puzzle part?  Trying to figure out which string to shoot the ball into?  I've played Zuma, I just don't get the puzzle/strategy part of it.
323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 01/18/06 - FIRST HOLY CRAP of 2006! on: January 23, 2006, 09:07:34 PM
Or, since this is Lost, there could be an alternate explanation.

Sawyer, who has already been bulletholed at the hands of the Others, is already permeated by the fear that he may, indeed, be shot again during this confrontation.  Zeke only makes the gesture suggesting that someone could be shot, causing Sawyer's fears to manifest themselves with a gunshot and a graze wound opening on his neck.  Only Sawyer's new sense of invulnerability as projected onto him through his relationship with Kate saves him from death.

In the same manner, Jack manifests the ring of torches lighting up at Zeke's suggestion "Light them up!"  This is easily seen when checking frame captures of Jack's wedding as he and his wife are surrounded at the altar by the exact type of torches that appear to light in the jungle.  Note that his wife appears in the flashback during the episode as a harbinger of the jungle encounter.

Seems pretty clear to me.
324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live 360 games, what are you playing? on: January 23, 2006, 08:59:44 PM
Hey Turtle,

I'm jament on Live.  There's a master thread stickied in the Multiplayer forums that lists everyone's 360 tags.

Currently, I'm playing PGR, Madden and Billiards on Live.  Maybe I'll run into you some time.
325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XB360 BC - What's Up? on: January 23, 2006, 04:09:43 PM
If you "recently bought" the 360 then the BC list was easily available, so you knew exactly which titles were BC and which weren't. If you chose to hang on to XBox games that weren't on the BC list there wouldn't be any reason to be surprised that you can't play them on the 360.

I don't get how you were "ripped off" then.  What did MS promise you that they didn't deliver?  Even the earliest reports indicated that MS would make "best selling titles" BC making it a hit-and-miss type of thing.

In the meantime, don't buy $60 360 games - get on Arcade.  There are some great, addictive games there.
326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2K6 - Some Thoughts on Gameplay on: January 20, 2006, 04:16:15 PM
What system are you guys playing this on?  The 360?  I've been thinking about grabbing the 360 version but keep hearing bad things about it.

Inquiring hockey dudes want to know!

Not to derail the thread, but wouldn't you love a college hockey game? I've been to a couple DU hockey games and they're great.  There's a game that would be a blast.
327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI beta - People were addicted to this? on: January 20, 2006, 04:13:03 PM
I din' get it.  'Tis shite.
328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Auto + Free Faceplate on: January 19, 2006, 10:19:28 PM
The thing that I really hated about the demo was the lack of any momentum-type of feeling.

I know it's an arcade racer, but the fact that I could drive through lightposts, roadside stands and head-on other vehicles without it even feeling like it was slowing my car down at all made it bland.  It never feels like you're driving a car or crashing into anything... just zoom through everything in a line right down the street.
329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 01/18/06 - FIRST HOLY CRAP of 2006! on: January 19, 2006, 04:34:49 PM
I think the moniker "Zeke" was just a hilbilly-type reference and not a reference to the hillbilly's real name.
330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ever wanted to love a game you absolutely hate? on: January 12, 2006, 05:34:39 PM
DOA4 - I wanted to learn it.  I wanted to get good at it.  I wanted to love it.

But playing it is like going to work - it's like a job.  My gaming time it too limited to spend my time working at a game.  Even on line, there's just nothing fun about it.  I worked hard at learning a character, all the moves, just to get uber-countered by the AI in SP and get beat by the one-move button mashers on line.  There's no reward and no reason to continue.

I still love the idea of the damn game.  I just hate the game.
331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Howard Stern? on: January 10, 2006, 05:17:09 PM
The bit this morning with the Schwartzenegger impersonator was great - especially since it was another couple hours until they let George in on the fact that it wasn't really the governor.  He was going on and on about how revolutionary the show was that they could get the governor on and get him to admit he'd like a reach-around from George and such...

This is the first time I've ever listened to Stern's show and it's been fantastic.

That said, I can't believe people still listen to that free shit they blast over the airwaves as radio.  It's craptastic.  Give either XM or Sirius a listen and you'll never go back to that Clear Channel shit.
332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Pre-Order on: January 08, 2006, 09:26:27 PM
Back to the question of pre-orders, I think there's a potential that after the XBox 360 debacle, there might actually be LESS preorders placed.

After all, who would pre-order again at an EB or Gamestop after paying for a 360 back in Sept/Oct and still not receiving their unit?  It's no secret that those who saved the cash then did some camping ended up with their units long before those who preordered.
333  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: January 01, 2006, 03:01:20 AM
I'm jament

Gots me some PGR.  Hopefully more games coming soon.
334  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [360] PGR3 Thursday Night? on: December 30, 2005, 04:42:13 PM
Me too!  

Gamer tag: jament
335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My first take on the 360 games I received for Christmas on: December 30, 2005, 04:28:50 PM
I've been completely and overwhelmingly sucking at PGR.  I'm looking forward to finding some of you PGR'ers on-line and having you stomp me senseless.

I'm not usually into fighters, but DOA4 looks amazing.  Too many games, too little money.  

The on-live portion of the 360 is freakin' amazing, though.  My wife (who is not normally a gamer) is even into it.  Unbelievably easy for anyone to jump on-line, play some arcade games, customize the system, look at photos.  Say what you want about MS' strategy, that portion of this console is kickin' ass.
336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A Huge Public Thanks To Purge on: December 30, 2005, 03:16:09 PM
Thanks from all of us Purge.  I appreciated the list that was stickied, too.  It was nice to have another ray of hope out there for those of us that were on the hunt.

Happy New Year
337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Auto Demo on the OXM on: December 30, 2005, 03:35:11 AM
I like the destruction, but it was so... easy.  I like arcady racers, but it didn't even seem like driving.  There was no drag or resistance at all to slamming through light poles, tables, other cars, etc.  

I want to smash those things, sure, but I also want it to feel like I'm smashing those things.  I'm in the eh crowd.
338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GameFly? on: December 28, 2005, 03:33:06 PM
I'm thinking about using Gamefly for XBox 360 games specifically (once I find a 360 that it) and was wondering who had used them and;
      -whether the service is worth the $22/month
      -whether games came too scratched to use or if they were ok
      -if the game turnaround time is pretty good.

Thanks for any feedback on the service.
339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox360 Tomorrow? Help Answer My Questions Tonight! on: December 27, 2005, 04:12:48 AM
Hey Calvin,

On the 20" Dell, it doesn't have component inputs, so you need to get the VGA cable to hook it up to the DSub input.  Then, yes, you will be seeing the image in HD resolution.  Here's a review on teamxbox.com of the VGA cables where they talk about hooking it to the Dell: http://hardware.teamxbox.com/reviews/xbox-360/40/Xbox-360-VGA-HD-AV-Cable/p2/


Sound - easiest way is to hook up to a surround system that has a digital input, since the VGA cables have digital inputs.  Barring that, you could hook the RCA-type red/white cables to an sound card input and run it through your PC, or use a female RCA to 1/8" headphone plug to run into a computer sound system.

Games - haven't played 'em yet, so I can't say.
340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / In 3.5 hours I sign my life away on: December 23, 2005, 04:22:28 PM
Congrats Ken -

Great story and good news for a great guy.  I wish you and your fiance all the best.

Merry Christmas.
341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 rumor: Seems Target are getting shipments in today 12/13 on: December 13, 2005, 06:32:56 PM
They got 1 in, my ass.

Most likely, they got at least 5 in.  It's just that the managers and employees scarfed all but the last 1 to scalp for themselves.

It's Revenge of the Retail Fuckers all over the place out there.

Baby Jesus is crying.
342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 scratched disc solution on: December 12, 2005, 10:06:23 PM
I got a good laugh out of that Llama video.  

OMG, teh XBox360 is defectIv3!  If you slap a CD in there, move the unit from vertical to horizontal to verticle and eject the disc.... it's scratched!!!

$tupid M$!!!!!!

duh.
343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it too early to give up on the 360 for Christmas? on: December 08, 2005, 03:19:13 PM
You'll get one. Fuckin' A believe it.
344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GamingTrend OFFICIAL XBOX360 Request Thread [COMPLETED] on: December 02, 2005, 08:52:46 PM
STATUS : [FULFILLED]
I am in line for an Xbox360. I am located in Douglas, WY, USA and am willing to pay shipping and cost for :
( ) Core System
(1) Premium System
( ) Bundled Core System
( ) Bundled Premium System
( ) Other Accessories ________________________

[Edit 12/30/05 - Got a hot tip from a pal and snagged one from KMart.]
345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tonight's 'Lost' spoilers on: December 01, 2005, 05:26:31 PM
I think the timing of the computer coming to life for communication continues the trend of the characters being able to manifest things they're thinking about to become reality on the island.  This has happened several times -

Walt's reading the comic with the polar bear, then there's a polar bear in the jungle.

Kate's horse, seeing it in memories and then on the island.

The doctor's father.

Even the monsters/smoke things could be manifestations of someone's beliefs on what the "others" were.

So, Lock starts thinking about the computer being used to communicate and it starts communicating.  Michael's focused on talking to Walt.  He starts talking to Walt.  If everyone on the island could just focus on working together, who knows what could happen.
346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 05:37:56 PM
Not if you have one.  Or two.

Duh.
347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [parenting] MY SON WILL NOT GO TO SLEEP on: October 19, 2005, 04:45:29 PM
We did the same as th'Fool with our daughter (who is now 5) with great result.  She slept with us until she reached an independent stage around 2 where she wanted her own room and her own bed.  Since then, she sleeps in her own bed unless I'm gone (when she comes in to keep Mom company).  Never had a problem with her getting out of bed after being tucked in, crying at night (unless she's ill) or sleeping until morning.

Frankly, pediatricians and their "one size fits all" recommendations about parenting can kiss my ass.  Different kids have different needs.
348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Info on Madden 360 from EGM on: September 30, 2005, 05:13:01 PM
No superstar mode, classic teams, create-a-player, but...

we get voices and head scans??

WTF are these EA morons doing??
349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 06 Reviewed [psp] on: September 26, 2005, 06:00:33 PM
I've never been a Madden fan, either, but damn this game's fun.

Likes:
Full Franchise, Training Camp modes, Practice!, graphics are amazing - sometimes I can't believe it's running on a handheld, good end of game AI, plays a good game of FB.

Dislikes:  Kicker bug - hit that a few times and had to call time outs to fix, sometimes at the end of a quarter, the bar a the top that tracks the drive will be showing time of possession (which is nice) instead of the clock - and the bottom shows the full play clock but not time left in the quarter, leaving you guessing as to how many seconds until the quarter end.

That's it - everything else is nice.  Easily the best portable football game ever released.  Say what you want, but with Madden 06, Winning Eleven 9, MLB, Virtua Tennis on the go sports gaming was never better.
350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Madden 360 shots and Info on: September 19, 2005, 03:47:42 PM
Yeah, I want the better detail, too - but I really want a smart game of football.  Where's the post about the AI using 10x the CPU power of previous versions?  

Football that plays like.. uh... football, please.
351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tell me what you know about Death Jr. & MediEvil (PSP) on: September 16, 2005, 05:04:37 PM
Medievil is the same game as on the PS1.  I have the game for my PS1 and looking at the list of levels, they're the same.  Same movies, same levels.  I guess I'll enjoy being able to play it on the road, but I was really hoping for something new.  

We're getting some good games for the PSP - Burnout Legends, Virtua Tennis, etc - but they're still just rehashes of prior content right now.  I'm STILL waiting for the first original PSP title that uses that hardware to the best of its ability.

MAME's great on it, though.
352  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Ubuntu on: September 15, 2005, 02:51:24 PM
Hey, you bordem, you broughtem.
353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The PSP is owned. End of story. (Sales in Japan) on: August 26, 2005, 02:57:20 PM
And these numbers just really prove what we already know - it's the games that sell the systems.

You'll get early adopters (like most of us) that will buy at launch, but the majority of gamers will pick a system like the DS or PSP up when there are games they need to play on it.
354  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What is this video card? on: August 09, 2005, 06:00:18 PM
I have a VisionTek NV999 card with that same stamp, and it's a NVidia TNT 16MB AGP card.  The revision number may have to do with the memory or something, since I think they also made 8MB versions.

Looks like this: http://www.dealtime.com/xPF-Nvidia_STB_VisionTek_nVidia_16MB_AGP_Video_Card
355  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / New Squad for BF2 forming up! on: August 02, 2005, 03:57:15 PM
When have you guys been playing?  Whenever I'm on Hark's server, I'm there waiting for 8 or 9 more to join.
356  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Battlefield 2 In-Game Nicks *Important* on: August 01, 2005, 09:41:17 PM
jament for me.
357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bought NCAA 06... Impressions on: July 22, 2005, 03:56:42 PM
I'm with you, Gwar - I can't find any sliders that make the game consistently fun.

Yet, I'm such a cheap whore - I keep playing.  Sigh.  It's maddening - for every 4 or 5 games where I'm rolling my eyes at the AI play and spewing curses across the room, there's that 1 game that plays great or moments where it seems like the game's going to be fun.

That's what sucks.  If the game was total trash, I'd throw it in the trade pile and be done with it.  But there's a good game in there somewhere - you can see it from here - you just can't get there.

You're right, though, that my time with the game won't be extended near as long as prior years.  I think my tolerance level's coming soon.
358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN NHL 2k6 Stuff on: July 21, 2005, 03:17:17 PM
They look good.  Coaching on the fly, especially calling for help or net coverage is a great idea.  I'm not sure I can think fast enough to hit the D-Pad the right way to make it happen, but it's a great idea.  At least they're still innovating, unlike that OTHER sports games maker.
359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bought NCAA 06... Impressions on: July 20, 2005, 04:08:22 PM
Yeah, as much as I wanted to love this game, it sucks.  The AI is just complete crap and hasn't improved an inch since 04 or 03.  This is just an example of what EA's going to jam down our throats with their "exclusive licenses."  Bah.  I'm telling you, there's a reason you can't save replays and share them over Live - because if you saw replays of some of this garbage, no one in their right mind would play this crap.  NCAA Grievances - playing on Heisman, default sliders:

1. The Lob.  I play as the Wyoming Cowboys.  My WR is an impact player and when he gets in the zone, forget about it.  I played a game against USC to see how much damage he could do.  I threw a lob on every play and beat them 77-34.  My WR had 10 touchdowns and set a new NCAA record for TDs and receiving with 900 and some yards.  The 11th touchdown was scored when the ball bounced off of my WR's hands and into my other receiver's hands for a TD.  This also works the other way - triple team an opposing WR and he'll still catch most lobs thrown his way.  This sucks.  So, I play with a new house rule - no lobs.  Bah.

2. Running.  This game would be great if you've never played ESPN's game and observed their running animations, where backs twist through holes and hits actually have effect on the runners.  I get so sick of watching my back run in place while backed up against blockers.  Or diving into a back being held up by other tacklers only to see my LB bounce to the ground.  Looks stupid, is stupid.  The ultimate in Tecmo-Bowl technology. Bah.

3. Brain Dead AI.  So, I'm playing against Air Force, who loves to run.  Fine.  I run a 5-2 defense and blitz the crap out of them.  By the end of the game, they rack up 12 yards total rushing, 211 passing.  Every time they pass they get a nice gain, but they're too stupid to do it more than occasionally.  So, I play Florida, who passes all damned day.  I run a Dime Max Zone package the whole game.  Rush 2, drop 9, and crush them.  6 INTs, they score 6 points on two field goals.  Every time they do run the ball, they gain 10-12 yards, but they're too stupid to do it more than a few times.  There is absolutely no AI here that will adjust to running the same play or offense or defense over and over.  It's dead, Jim.  Further, even when I'm in the Max Zone, half the time my DBs drop 8-10 yards, then stand there and watch while the QB scrambles and runs to them.  They never run forward to tackle him, even when there's no receiver in their zone.  It's idiotic.

4. Catch Up AI.  Holy crap, this sucks.  Sometimes, the game engine just decides you're going to lose a game, as posted above.  I was playing New  Mexico, and was up 21-7 with 2 minutes left.  I punt to them, they start their drive.  The RB, who has maybe 40 yards to this point, all of a sudden becomes untouchable.  Well, 8 or 9 of my guys touch him, but can't seem to tackle him.  On a 2nd and 3, we stack the line and blitz, he goes up the middle, gets knocked back by 3 linebackers who then all bounce off and fall down while he runs for a TD.  Ummmm. ok.   The replay was hilarious.  I get the kickoff, hand it up the middle, fumble, they recover.  I go to a Nickel, double the wide outs - the QB passes to a wide (!!) open WR for a TD.  I watch the replay - my two DBs who are doubling the WR don't move an inch while the WR runs by them on the fly, catches the ball 5 yards beyond them and scores.  I get the ball with :40 seconds left.  I'm pissed, so house rules off - I run the lob.  Lob to my WR, TD.  :30 seconds left.  I'm giving my TV the Double Bird Salute.  Take that, catch up AI bullshit.  I kick the ball deep.  Their guy catches it, breaks each and every tackle in my coverage wedge (on the replay, maybe 7 guys), and returns the kick for a TD.  Fuck me.  We go to OT.  I have the ball first - lob, TD.  They get the ball, against a 3-4, hand it up the middle, break 6 tackles and TD.  They get the ball, pass to a wide open wideout, TD.  I get the ball - lob, TD.  We have to go for 2 now.  I lob, TD.  On the 2 point conversion, my RB fumbles.  They run off-tackle, break 5 tackles, TD.  Convert the 2, they win.  A game that was a reasonable 21-7 with 2 minutes left turns into like a 55-57 game or something ridiculous.  I don't know WTF these programming idiots are doing.  Who do they think wants to play shit like this??

5. Presentation.  Half time dumps to a menu.  No recap, no stat sheet, not a damned thing.  Same as 2-3 years ago.  Can't we improve this thing a little?  The only improvement we get in presentation is the studio shot on televised games before going to the field.  Ugh.  Nice work.  And replays - holy crap, the replay system on ESPN is genius.  I can press the button and still see the replay while choosing my next play - it doesn't just go away.  Speeds the game up, but I can still see my big hits.  Man, I miss that when playing NCAA.

6. Commentary.  Turn that shit off.  Corso and his stooges have been saying the same damned things for what, 3 years now?  Enough, already.  Get out a 3 dollar mic and record some new lines.  

7. Sliders.  The lamest excuse for programming laziness.  Don't get me wrong, I like to tailor my gameplay experience, but any time some criticism gets thrown out there, some idiot says, "Dude, if you don't like it, just adjust the sliders."  Piss on that.  I turned my defensive awareness all the way up and my DBs still watch the QB and RBs go sauntering by.  They ain't aware of a damned thing.  Sliders are just a ruse to make us think that there's a Holy Grail of Sliderdom out there somewhere to fix this piece of crap.  I tinker for hours thinking maybe, just maybe, if I get the absolute amazing combination of slider heaven, my LBs will react to a roll out.  Or my DBs playing man coverage will... oh, I don't know.... cover their man, maybe?  It's bullshit.  A red herring.  But, if you've got a slider set that fixes all the above issues - y'know - feel free to, like, send it to me.

Damn, I love college football and the first time I saw my players on those SI covers in the game (02, 03?), I thought it was the best game I'd ever played.  But there's no improvement on any of the issues that really kill the game play.  Last year's game was terrible and after the early reviews I had such high hopes for this one.  But, it's the same old, tired shit.  If ESPN NFL could get it so right after only a couple seasons, WTF are these idiots doing ??  Every year, like a beat up, retarded lemming, I can't wait to buy this game and the last couple years, it's just been flat-out broke.

I can't believe that anyone would buy Madden this year - I just have absolutely no faith that any of the gameplay issues will be improved at all.  

Bummer.
360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Travel Help : Philadephia to New York? on: May 11, 2005, 05:37:33 AM
Hey there,

I'll be in Philadelphia in the middle of June with some high school kids competing at a debate tournament.  We want to take a trip over to New York to catch a Broadway show but I'm not sure about the best way to get there.  I see that Amtrak has a line for $100 round trip, but there's got to be a cheaper way to do it.

Any of you city folk have advice on the best/cheapest way to go?

Thanks!
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