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7281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Enix Party; a Few Surprises on: May 13, 2007, 02:34:43 AM
I didn't notice any articles on the front news page so I thought I'd paste a link to the Gamespot news item:

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6170686.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=newstop&tag=newstop;title;1

A few surprises, at least for me, in that they announced that they're developing a Final Fantasy Tactics 2 for the DS.  And there's many other titles being destined for the DS; A Wonderful Life being just one of them. They also showed footage of a new Star Ocean that has advanced voice acting; sounds like it's being developed for the PS3. They also showed footage for the new Kingdom Hearts, but very few details with the promise that it will be presented at length for the Tokyo Game Show in Sept. Still only Dragon Quest Swords for Wii with no announcement of any other new titles; personally a bit disappointed and surprised by this. Perhaps in September...
7282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another XBox 360 bites the dust on: May 13, 2007, 02:05:08 AM
Why is it that so many people encounter the red rings of death after an update? There has got to be something flawed in this process. I'm holding off on getting a 360 until the 65nm chip based units arrive, but the volatility of the update process causes me concern that even the new SKU won't be immune to this.
7283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gee, I guess if you're patriotic it's ok to be an anti-game a-hole. on: May 12, 2007, 01:10:26 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 11, 2007, 08:23:14 PM

Every time I think Jack can't get more insane...

Quote
Thompson immediately fired back, "The absurdity here is that a company with "Radical" in the name would think we're all stupid enough not to realize the true nature of their anarchist agenda."



The folks down the road at Radical Entertainment are no doubt hooting and hollering about this. I'm sure the circled 'A' will be showing up next to their logo any day now. Since I ride by their office everyday on my way to work, I'll  be sure to post pics of any new developments.  icon_lol
7284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hacker Evolution released [UPDATE!] on: May 12, 2007, 12:21:57 AM
This is the type of game I often enjoy on long flights; provided my laptop battery doesn't run out. smile I'll definitely be downloading the demo and giving it a try.
7285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii - Choose me a game for my Birthday on: May 11, 2007, 08:30:30 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 11, 2007, 06:50:53 PM

Can you get? Or have you played? Godfather Blackhand? That game is a blast with Wii-controls.

I 2nd this.  thumbsup  A very good game with excellent implemenation of the Wii's controls.
7286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ghost Squad announced for the Wii on: May 11, 2007, 05:15:42 PM
I've never played this game in the arcade, but it sounds like the kind of game my sons and I would enjoy.
Quite possibly a day 1 purchase for me.
7287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 11, 2007, 01:37:34 AM
Great win by the Sens, they really domintated in this game. Just amazing how strong they were on the forecheck.

Can't wait till next game!
7288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 10, 2007, 11:39:38 PM
Just turned the Sens - Sabres game on. I'm surprised to see that it's 2-1 for the Sens and it's still in the 1st period.

GO SENS GO!!!
7289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japan sales 4/30 - 5/06 (wow!) on: May 10, 2007, 08:33:45 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 10, 2007, 07:24:25 PM

Software shmoftware, look at the hardware, you can check out the Hardware for 4/22 to 4/29, the Wii practically outsold the PS3 10:1. I expect much of the same for 4/30 - 5/06

Where do you get the hardware sales figures? I couldn't find them on the NeoGaf site when I followed the link at the top of this thread.
7290  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need to Resize a XP Partition; Which Tool? on: May 10, 2007, 07:28:10 PM

Quote from: warning on May 10, 2007, 12:46:54 AM

You could always boot with a Linux live CD (like Ubuntu) and use Gparted to partition your NTFS disk.  It'd be free.

How well will Gparted work for resizing a drive that already contains an installation of XP and a multitude of games?
 I really don't want to have to reinstall all my games and I don't have any backup medium large enough to do the entire drive; game saves and patch downloads are currently backed up.
I haven't worked with any flavour of Linux for about 5 few years, so I'm a little hesitant with this solution. If others have used this for scenarios like mine I'm willing to give it a try. I also don't have a clue where you get the Linux Live CD-ROM; how do I aquire it?
7291  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: My Pokemon Pearl for your DS/PSP game on: May 10, 2007, 04:29:22 PM
Dang, if only it was Diamond you were looking to trade. I already have Pearl.
7292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: KOTOR II Fans - Check This Out on: May 10, 2007, 04:05:31 PM
Since it's becoming scarce amongst the game retailers in my city, I picked up my copy yesterday. Left it on a shelf of my media cabinet with it's crisp, shrink-wrapped fineness in full view. Couldn't take it any longer so this morning I secluded it away in the deepest bowels of my study. And now it image burns on...and...on in my mind. This evening it's going to my sisters for safe keeping.  paranoid

If the Team Gizka patch isn't out by Christmas, I'll reward my patience by allowing myself one play through.
7293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whoa! on: May 10, 2007, 12:45:55 AM

Quote from: Ridah on May 08, 2007, 10:39:06 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 08, 2007, 03:49:20 PM

Statistically speaking cell phone related accidents are just a tiny percentage of accidents.

Statistically, what percentage of accidents involve women  icon_twisted

Well...according to a friend of mine that's a statistician for the Insurance industry; the majority of auto accidents are caused by males between the ages of 16 - 25. Apparently this statistic is consistent throughout North America.
7294  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need to Resize a XP Partition; Which Tool? on: May 10, 2007, 12:35:26 AM
Thanks for the feedback on this dmd and Wonton.

I've discovered that Partition Magic is still be sold in my area. Unfortunately now that it's owned by Symantec it costs $99.99 CDN! Just no way in hell I'm going to pay that for a utility I'm going to use a few times.

I've found Partition Expert on the Arcronis site and I can get it for $55 CDN. It's now sold in a software suite bundled with some other useful utilities, so needless to say I'm leaning towards it as my solution.
7295  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need to Resize a XP Partition; Which Tool? on: May 08, 2007, 10:38:41 PM
I recently did a dual-boot install of Vista on work PC and it went so well that I'm considering the same for my home PC.
However, my home PC only has a single partition that contains my WinXP installation. I've cleared off enough space so that I now have about 105 GB of my total 210 GB's free. I'd like to shrink my current WinXP partition down to about 130 GB, but I'm not sure what's the best utility for doing this. I've used Partition Magic in the past, but I don't even know if it's around anymore.

What's the best utility for shrinking an existing WinXP NTFS partition?
7296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whoa! on: May 08, 2007, 09:25:44 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 08, 2007, 03:49:20 PM

Quote from: Arkon on May 08, 2007, 03:19:03 PM

People should not be allowed to drive while talking on a cell phone, hands free or not, if it is so important to make a call, pull off to the side of the road. 

Sour grapes.

Statistically speaking cell phone related accidents are just a tiny percentage of accidents.

Correct. From the last study I heard, far more auto accidents are caused by fumbling with audio controls, climate controls and beverages than are caused by the operation of cell phones.
7297  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Hold the Presses..Hold the Presses! It's Liam not Laim!! on: May 08, 2007, 06:49:16 PM
I just noticed the title of the Fallout 3 news article in the GT news section and this is what's listed: Laim Neeson in Fallout 3.
I for one, being a huge fan of Liam Neeson, consider him anything but laim lame!  icon_confused
7298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360 Buyer: Recommend Elite or Premium on: May 08, 2007, 06:22:23 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 08, 2007, 05:27:00 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 08, 2007, 05:00:02 PM


I think anyone who's in the market for a 360 right now is foolish to not await the arrival of the 65nm based chip model; even if it doesn't arrive until the holiday season.

Is that timeframe confirmed?

That's a good question. I'm going by Ridah's post in which he quoted the contents of Digitime's April 30th article:
http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,19925.0.html
Either way it doesn't matter much to me, as I've made my mind up to not buy a 360 until there's some improvement in quality.

Just a few tidbits about the deal:
  • Microsoft signed the original agreement with Chartered Semiconductor in April 2006.
  • The chips were originally supposed to go into production in Q1 of 2007 but were delayed until mid 2007.
  • China's Commercial Times -apparently not a very reliable source- has claimed that the chips are going into production in May and will be appear in 360's in the Fall.
  • Both the CPU and the GPU will be upgrading to 65nm versions.

Some additonal links I've found:

http://www.engadget.com/2007/04/30/xbox-360-getting-65nm-gpu-this-fall/

http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Xbox_360_65nm_Version_Delayed/551-78129-585.html


http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/10754/Chartered-to-Manufacture-65nm-Xbox-360-CPUs/
 



7299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 5 SNES VC titles on: May 08, 2007, 05:27:46 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 08, 2007, 05:20:51 PM

I think this is more of a sales thing that quality of title thing. I personally am waiting for Super Street Fighter II Turbo before buying any SF II game.

DOH! Serves me right for not visiting the link. retard And if I recall correctly SFII:WW was released much earlier than the other games I mentioned in my previous response.
7300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 5 SNES VC titles on: May 08, 2007, 05:07:05 PM
I only own 3 of those titles but I certainly wouldn't put SFII: WW in the number 3 spot ahead of SCIV or DKC; 1 of the weaker Street Figher titles IMHO. Come to think of it, I wouldn't have that game in a top 5 list considering there's also F-Zero, Legend of the Mystical Ninja and R-Type III to choose amongst.
7301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360 Buyer: Recommend Elite or Premium on: May 08, 2007, 05:00:02 PM
I don't own a 360 yet, so I've gone over this decision many times. I give the nod to the premium because I won't own a 1080p capable HDTV before the 360 far too short life cycle's over; the same is probably true for most people. And I'm not interested at all in viewing HD DVD's via my 360; didn't view a single DVD via my XBox or PS2.

I think anyone who's in the market for a 360 right now is foolish to not await the arrival of the 65nm based chip model; even if it doesn't arrive until the holiday season. The promise of much better system reliability will be worth the wait alone, plus the possibility of a price drop. I did the same with the original XBox, patiently awaiting the arrival of the S-controller model and I've never looked back; not a single problem in over 4 years and the benefit of not having to use the 'can of ham' controller. 
7302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Secure Are You In Your Job on: May 08, 2007, 01:19:41 AM

Quote from: Kratz on May 07, 2007, 09:01:41 PM

You need an option in between 'very stable' and 'worrie day to day'... that's where I am

Same is true for me, I fall in a category somewhere in between. I've been in the same field of work since 2000 but with 3 different companies; so I guess it's fairly stable.
7303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is my (original) XBOX going bad? on: May 08, 2007, 01:12:27 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 07, 2007, 12:40:40 PM

I guess I could try a new disk - at least it would only be $20 (or less if used).

You might still be able to rent KOTOR from a rental outlet.
7304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: i want this controller on: May 08, 2007, 12:59:47 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 07, 2007, 09:13:55 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 07, 2007, 09:05:17 PM

That game looked boring.

Yeah, about the farthest thing from fun and hot that you could find. 

I think it's one of those games where 95% of the fun factor is in the actual use of the controller. Visual and Sound aspects are very insignificant; the exact opposite of most games.
7305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Now play Zelda the 'real' way! on: May 07, 2007, 02:00:34 PM
I noticed this the other day when I was browsing the Wii seciton at futureshop.com.
I think I'll go with the carboard copy idea...make it a family craft project.   slywink
7306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is my (original) XBOX going bad? on: May 07, 2007, 05:47:29 AM
I've only ever experienced something like that once, and it turned out to be a bad disk.
7307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't drink this much....ever. on: May 06, 2007, 08:23:26 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 06, 2007, 07:49:17 PM

http://pileofphotos.com/view/85/Drunk-shamings

Bwhahaha.  The couch on top of the bookcase and table is awesome.

Agreed, the couch is awesome and the guy passed out on the broken toilet is just hilarious...umm...unless it's your bathroom. The guy taped to the duct looks like a common exploit courtesy of your local Engineering faculty.
7308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 06, 2007, 08:10:41 PM

Quote from: Ridah on May 06, 2007, 07:59:11 PM

Why is manga even printed like that? I never understood  retard

It's traditional; Japanese publications since ancient times have been printed back to front. It has something to do with the way scrolls were held and unrolled when read; same is true for Chinese scrolls/book. In fact reading front to back is a relatively modern, western invention.
7309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: KOTOR II Fans - Check This Out on: May 06, 2007, 04:31:48 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 06, 2007, 01:46:53 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on May 06, 2007, 11:42:52 AM

Man, it's been awhile since my last post. As it stands now I don't expect to see this out before fall unless summer vacation frees up some of their time.

Severity:   Open:   Resolved:
Block       0       2
Crash       0       6
Major       0       60
Minor       3       197
Tweak       14      74
Text        0       127
Trivial     7       143
Feature     20      55
Total       44      664


This list is getting pretty clean.  I may be able to play it soon!  biggrin

I'm glad it's getting closer to completion. I've held off on playing either the XBox or PC version of KOTOR II in anticipation of this. I hope it's ready soon because I get a terrible itch for the game whenever I'm in a game store.  icon_eek
7310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 06, 2007, 04:23:01 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 06, 2007, 03:48:05 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 06, 2007, 03:30:42 PM

The same has become true for Manga/graphic novels.

Saw my first ever Manga section at Borders down here.  They're printed backwards.  I immediately knew that, though I have graduated to Geeklord, I'm nowhere near as big of a loser as I could be.  icon_wink

Way to be ATB...you're well on your way   slywink thumbsup
I'm amazed at the awareness of the younger generation re. manga and simliar things. I was in Chapters the other day with my 10 year old son when I pointed out a manga for an anime series we watched. My son picked it up and discovered it was printed front -to- back, at which point he commented; "meh, it's not even real manga."  icon_lol
7311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Possible Hetz sighting? on: May 06, 2007, 04:08:09 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on May 05, 2007, 04:34:21 PM

Quote
I dunno, I remember back when people were regularly being killed for their shoes or jackets.
Best part is how when you're being extradited by bus, you get mcdonalds meals almost the entire trip, again courtesy of the local tax payers.

Wait a minute...are you saying that this isn't torture or the blatant abuse of a prisoners' nutritional rights?  eek
7312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 06, 2007, 03:30:42 PM

Quote from: biggercup on May 06, 2007, 02:52:37 PM

Quote from: Shkspr on May 06, 2007, 03:20:27 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 05, 2007, 08:54:59 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 05, 2007, 08:49:00 PM

BTW ATB, since gaming has become common place in pop culture, you're not a nerd anymore when you read game-based novels.

Denial is an ugly ugly thing, kronovan.

No, seriously, you should see the kids who come in to pick up Halo fanfic.  Knuckle-dragging mouth breathers, the lot of them.

Hey don't talk about my friend like that  mad

He has all the Halo books (novel, comicbook, etc) plus the figures.

I was thinking about the situation at bigbox book stores in my city when I said common place in pop culture. The game based scifi and fantasy novels used to be far and few, but now they're even allocated their own shelf sections. The same has become true for Manga/graphic novels. I'm sure the same will be true for game based figures soon; already starting to see this at game and Toys R Us stores in my city.
7313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 28%! on: May 06, 2007, 06:38:54 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on May 05, 2007, 04:23:06 PM






LOL! That picture's hilarious! Only because the primate immediately to the right of Bush looks exactly like Prince Charles.  icon_lol
7314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 06, 2007, 05:36:47 AM

Quote from: Kratz on May 06, 2007, 03:06:41 AM

Had you kept watching...

Emery said Brodeur told him 'The last guy to beat me won the cup, so go get 'em'.

Absolutely awesome that he said that. I'm impressed with what I've seen of Emery so far. I'm also very impressed with the overall defensive capability of the Sens team.
7315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 06, 2007, 02:41:28 AM
Without a doubt the 2nd period of this Sens - Devils game is the best period I'm seen in the playoffs yet. GO SENS GO!!!

Great work by Gomez to get his team back in it.
And Go Go Gomez is free agent next year...Gee Lou can we interest you in a swap for a Canuck player?
7316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 05, 2007, 09:49:57 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 05, 2007, 08:54:59 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 05, 2007, 08:49:00 PM

BTW ATB, since gaming has become common place in pop culture, you're not a nerd anymore when you read game-based novels.

Denial is an ugly ugly thing, kronovan.

LOL Well...maybe I am a geek / nerd; just not willing to admit it.
BTW Since Karpyshyn was mentioned, has anyone read his Forgotten Realms based novel; Temple Hill. Readers that gave online reviews of it on Amazon and Chapters rave about it.
7317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: May 05, 2007, 09:21:15 PM
I finished Richard Morgan's' 2nd novel:

Like his 1st book -Altered Carbon- a fantastic read.

I then read these 2 books from the Dragon Below trilogy:

The Binding Stone
The Grieving Tree

I was very surprised at the quality of these considering they're based on the D&D Eberron world. Other than a few minor grammatical errors, I recommend these to any fantasy literature enthusiasts
NOTE: to Wizards of the Coast, you've got to polish up on you editing skills.
7318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 05, 2007, 08:49:00 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 05, 2007, 06:27:22 PM

I have said this before but Drew Karpyshyn is one of the most underrated new sci-fi authors out there. Darth Bane is one of the best Star Wars novels in years, and as KMG said, he wrote KOTOR. I  will be buying this with zero shame very soon.

And he's...and he's...wait for it...a fellow CANADIAN!
OK....no doubt on this forum that went over as well as a bull in a china shop. smile

I recently read the 1st 2 novels in the D&D based Dragon Below trilogy. This is one of the 1st trilogy's based on the new Eberron world; same world featured in Dungeons and Dragons Online. I hadn't read any game based novels since the famous R.A. Salvatore D&D novels of the 80's. Let's just say I was very surprised by the quality of these books; very good reads.

BTW ATB, since gaming has become common place in pop culture, you're not a nerd anymore when you read game-based novels. Sorry to set back you're quest for nerd acknowledgement and affirmation.  Tongue
7319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my DS Lite on: May 05, 2007, 08:01:45 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 05, 2007, 06:29:13 PM

What brightness setting did you have the DS Lite set to?

If you're referring to my last response, the DS I tested with doesn't have brightness settings; can just turn off the backlight. If however, you're referrring to the DS Lite I swapped with a coworker, I usually ran on 1 setting below the brightest. I found at that setting it was bright enough and battery life was good; in fact I sometimes moved it down a setting which put in on par with the DS. I should explain that I live in the Pacific NW and when I tested the DS Lite it was late Fall. What that means in my city is short days, long nights and overcast skies. Maybe that's what's different from my experience with the DS and Lite from other peoples.  The only time I've found my DS hard to view was in August when I was on business in Tampa FL and I tried to play it on my balcony.
7320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: May 05, 2007, 05:43:41 PM

Quote from: disarm on February 03, 2007, 11:54:33 PM

hmm...should be interesting to see how it compares to the next Burnout game...

Well...with no manual transmission in Burnout, for me there's really no comparison between the 2. I've tried to get into Burnout 3, but without the ability to manually shift gears it's always left me dry. I'm not buying my 360 until the fall, so if this is released much sooner than that I might buy the PC version; if available.

Have they announced a release date for this yet?
[Edit] Nevermind I read the article and noticed the June 2007 release date.
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