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7641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The day is here... on: March 14, 2007, 03:15:50 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 14, 2007, 01:33:06 PM

Quote from: deadzone on March 14, 2007, 01:22:16 PM

Heheh... You will be just fine!  smile  Enjoy the new toys!

Of course you will. Get the extended warranty. slywink

I ditto this.   thumbsup
7642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tiger Woods - Wii on: March 14, 2007, 03:13:25 PM

Quote from: Devil on March 14, 2007, 01:56:15 PM

Review was encouraging.

Is anyone buying a golf game (or anything else on the Wii) for the graphics?

I agree,  graphics are by no means a show stopper for a golf game.
7643  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wanna try Vanguard? I have 20 trial keys. on: March 14, 2007, 03:09:36 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 14, 2007, 11:34:47 AM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 14, 2007, 06:30:27 AM

Quote from: kronovan on March 13, 2007, 10:50:54 PM

I'd like to try it Siege, but can you download the client?
I sent you a PM.

Yah, I was downloading for 4 hours tonight, had to come in to work, when I left it said ~2 hours left.

go to :
http://vanguard.station.sony.com/install/

Thanks siege.
Thats good. The beta took like 20 hours to download at times. I played itlike 4 hours. Bad investment of time biggrin

I started the download last night and the overall progress bar is now full, but it's still downloading files. So far it's already downloaded roughly 12GB.

How big is the complete download?
7644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tiger Woods - Wii on: March 14, 2007, 07:46:14 AM
I read the review at GameSpot which awarded it a 7.5.

Link: http://www.gamespot.com/wii/sports/tigerwoodspgatour07/review.html

The review said that everything about the game is very good, but the graphics bite. Well maybe not bite, but the article did only rate graphics a 6 out of 10.
7645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP2 is coming? on: March 13, 2007, 11:53:58 PM
If it means there'll be a price drop for the existing PSP; then bring it on.   slywink
7646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is still the worst idea ever... on: March 13, 2007, 11:46:43 PM

Quote from: HankRaptor on March 13, 2007, 11:33:39 PM

The worst idea ever??????

Sorry doesnt beat this.



LOL! Yup that system sucked badly  nod
It's the only Nintendo system I didn't even waste a second writing off.
7647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is still the worst idea ever... on: March 13, 2007, 11:27:18 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on March 13, 2007, 09:26:33 PM

Quote from: depward on March 13, 2007, 09:13:12 PM

Cool idea, might be fun playing with friends... but with random strangers?  METHINKS that's a bad idea.

Yeah, unless you want to run the risk of seeing a tiny video square full of cock.

All right, all right! It's obvious by using such a negative image as a "tiny video square full of cock", you've already made up your mind and have written this off.

I like the potential of this idea. And personally, I prefer the far more positive image of a tiny video square full of pussy.
7648  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wanna try Vanguard? I have 20 trial keys. on: March 13, 2007, 10:50:54 PM
I'd like to try it Siege, but can you download the client?
I sent you a PM.
7649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Online Multiplayer news on: March 13, 2007, 06:11:29 PM

Quote from: Brendan on March 13, 2007, 05:08:28 PM

The press release says Gamespy is already providing this for the DS - I'm unaware of anything on my DS that's Gamespy branded - I wonder what piece of the architecture they currently implement?

I remember hearing about GameSpy's involvement with the DS a few years back. My understanding is that some of the WiFi game search features found in a few games is supported by GameSpy architecture. Metroid Prime Hunters and Lost Magic come to mind as titles that may use this.
7650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]XBOX 360 Price Drop, Core Canceled, HDMI in May on: March 13, 2007, 06:04:46 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 13, 2007, 04:28:38 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 13, 2007, 03:55:16 PM

True that.  Besides, I doubt that it'd come out in a month.  This would be an E3-type announcement for a pre-holiday release.  You've got a ways to go for both...

Not necessarilly- you don't want much of a gap between announcement and release because as soon as it's announced, current sales of the 360 stop while everyone waits for the new iteration. 

My thoughts exactly.
I'm definitely holding out until the price drop as it makes purchasing a 3 year replacement warranty much easier to stomach. My guess is that if there's a price drop, it will kick in as soon as there's indicators that surplus in the channel has cleared.
7651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER GOLD! on: March 13, 2007, 12:02:30 AM

Quote from: msduncan on March 12, 2007, 09:35:56 PM

Hmmm....

I'm not sure why, but I smell a rat here.     I have this wierd gut feeling that this game might turn out to be horrible....  frown

Unfortunately it's often the case when a games release is significantly delayed. I'm still remaining hopeful for this one, only because the subject matter interests me.
7652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games You Can't Stop Playing on: March 12, 2007, 10:43:40 PM

Quote from: warning on March 12, 2007, 10:15:55 PM

I suspect I'll keep replaying Deus Ex every year or two from here on out.  Same with Thief 1/2 and their fan missions.

Yup, I've returned to both of these more than once.
And damned if it isn't a complete pain every time to get Thief 1 running with 16 bit textures using that 3rd party patch. Wish there was an easier way of doing it or I could commit the procedure to memory.  retard
7653  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chris Simon's "Hit" - Well... that sucked. on: March 12, 2007, 10:16:01 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on March 12, 2007, 08:16:56 PM

Ok,  ill just have to disagree then, I guess I just dont want sports fields to somehow be above the law, where someone could kill someone with no chance of legal reprecussions. 

Noone is saying that every hard hit or injury on a sports field should end up in court, but it should most definately remain an option when needed.

After having watched the drama of public prosecutions of players twice now in Vancouver, quite frankly I'm sick of it. The politics of such prosecutions are IMHO very sickening. The Police Department milked them for all the brownie points they're worth and to some extent so did the Attorney General. I'm tired of all of the brown nosing to the "eliminate all aggressive contact in hockey" contingency that these 2 events afforded. It got to the point where it wasn't apparent what was worse; the lynch mob mentality of the anti-hockey crowd or the original violent action.

As I stated earlier I'd much rather have the league doing the prosecuting and setting the penalties. If the NHL proves to be  consistently inadequate at doing the job; well that's another matter.
7654  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Box-Office Results for March 9th-11th on: March 12, 2007, 06:11:20 PM

Quote from: Arkon on March 12, 2007, 04:21:36 PM

Man am I out of the loop, I have only heard of 3 films on that list.

Guess I'm slightly more in the loop, because I recognized 4 of them.  Roll Eyes  I'm not surprised about the success of Ghost Rider, as I predicted it would do well with a leading man like Cage. I thought I might go to the theatre to see it, but based on what critics are saying I'll wait for the DVD release. Same for 300.
7655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/12) on: March 12, 2007, 05:43:02 PM
The VC game Super Mario World or R-type III, perhaps even both.
And nothing, absolutely nothing else, because I already have too many games!
7656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wiikly VC update -- Another solid week on: March 12, 2007, 05:38:22 PM
Double Dungeons sounds interesting, but my concern is that it might have been developed by the same team that created Dungeon Explorer. In which case I wouldn't touch it with a 20 foot long Wiimote.

Sonic Spinball sounds like a fun game my family and I could possibly enjoy. Since we still haven't downloaded R-type III or Super Mario World, I don't see Spinball winning out next weekend.
7657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games You Can't Stop Playing on: March 12, 2007, 05:18:39 PM
The Neverwinter Nights series gets in the way of my play time with other games more than any other title. I played the 1st game and it's 2 expansions more or less nonstop over the course of many weeks.  I'm finding it difficult to break off from NWN2 to play other games as well. God help me if Obsidion releases an expansion for NWN2 anytime soon.
7658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chris Simon's "Hit" - Well... that sucked. on: March 12, 2007, 05:07:16 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on March 12, 2007, 03:03:14 PM

On top of that, you have a duty as a professional player to uphold professionalism and sportsmanship. This guy should be banned permanently and then brought up on charges.

Which is why the NHL alone should prosecute him and hand him the penalty he deserves; much longer suspension. Simon obviously violated NHL codes of professionalism and sportmanship and the league should prosecute him accordingly. If the NHL decided to ban him permanently, I think it would be harsh but I could live with their decision.
7659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best sports game on the DS? on: March 12, 2007, 02:42:28 AM
For traditional sport games, the FIFA games are the best on the DS.
I played FIFA 06 through 5 seasons and enjoyed it. I've heard that FIFA 07 is a little bit better. No online WIFI in either version though.

For nontraditional sports game, I'd say Tony Hawks American Sk8tland is by far the the best. It also has WIFI online play.

7660  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chris Simon's "Hit" - Well... that sucked. on: March 11, 2007, 11:27:23 PM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on March 11, 2007, 10:34:26 PM

Quote from: kronovan on March 11, 2007, 09:30:05 PM

I have mixed feelings about charging pro sports athletes for actions like this. On the 1 hand I'd expect any such action in public to be dealt with as assault and the offender to be prosecuted. On the other hand pro athletes in contact sports are expected to hit and be conditioned to take hits.  When you have that as a fundamental aspect of you sport there's no way some player won't eventually step outside the rules and make a foolish and dangerous hit. The only guarantee of avoiding this is to remove the contact element from Hockey; something I'm not in favour of.  So IMHO, because hockey has a fundamental element of contact and aggression in it, what happens on ice at the pro level should be prosecuted differently than what happens in public.

If we were talking a particularly nasty hit into the boards (Hatcher vs. Roenick for instance), I might agree with you. However, taking a full-on two-handed swing to the head is NOT a natural part of hockey, nor is it an extension of an activity that is. It's going above and beyond both the written and implied code of hockey to take a head-first leap into intentional assault and battery. Hang 'im high.

Well, for that matter fighting isn't a natural part of hockey either, but it happens. It happens because the game is physical and takes great skill and concentration, all of which sometimes leads to frustration and the flaring of tempers. If you use the argument of it not being natural and support criminal prosecution for such on ice offenses, then hockey players would be charged in court every time there's a fight. As much as I don't like fighting at hockey games, I definitely don't support an endless parade of court cases.

I'm not saying that Simons shouldn't get a very lengthy suspension for his actions -much more than he got in fact- but that he shouldn't be prosecuted in a public court of law for something he's done on the ice. The minute he does it off the ice away from his sport; yah by all means hang 'im high!
7661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chris Simon's "Hit" - Well... that sucked. on: March 11, 2007, 09:53:56 PM

Quote from: DonD on March 10, 2007, 12:08:10 AM

Now I feel like I need to change my avatar.

No you don't, display your avatar proudly. The foolish mistake of 1 player doesn't ruin an entire team. I didn't stop wearing my Canucks jersey after Bertuzzi screwed up. And don't forget you're also displaying that avatar to honour the great Isles of the Potvin and Trottier era. icon_wink thumbsup  Wish my beloved Canucks had such an era to remember.

If it'll  make you feel any better, I'll  figure out some way to create a Canucks avatar. It's going to be tough though as I'm very avatar creation challenged.   retard
7662  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chris Simon's "Hit" - Well... that sucked. on: March 11, 2007, 09:30:05 PM

Quote from: javahead on March 09, 2007, 02:26:18 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on March 09, 2007, 02:12:09 PM

Personally? 

How is he not in jail for that?  I don't care if it was a game or not, that was flat out assault.
Legal proceedings are separate, but not unheard as we know from the incident in Canada with Marty Mcsorley. There are more incidents like this all the time, especially in the minors, but he's the most recent big name to be found guilty of assault.

I agree this is assault, but since it is an in-home (NY vs NY) rivalry I wouldn't think it goes legal.

I remember McSorley's hit on Brashear well because I was at the game. Simon is very fortunate that Hollweg wasn't hurt more. I don't see how this hit was any less worse than McSorley's hit on Brashear. I seem to recall that McSorley was suspended for the entire next season, so I don't see why Simon should get any less. You're right about a conviction as McSorley was charged for assault by the Vancouver PD and was handed a summary conviction by the judge.

I have mixed feelings about charging pro sports athletes for actions like this. On the 1 hand I'd expect any such action in public to be dealt with as assault and the offender to be prosecuted. On the other hand pro athletes in contact sports are expected to hit and be conditioned to take hits.  When you have that as a fundamental aspect of you sport there's no way some player won't eventually step outside the rules and make a foolish and dangerous hit. The only guarantee of avoiding this is to remove the contact element from Hockey; something I'm not in favour of.  So IMHO, because hockey has a fundamental element of contact and aggression in it, what happens on ice at the pro level should be prosecuted differently than what happens in public.
7663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portable or Console- Which is Your Bigger Timesink? on: March 11, 2007, 08:46:49 PM
About equal for me with a slight edge to console, but it varies depending on my circumstances.  When I'm away on business trips my DS play increases significantly; haven't gotten to the point of lugging around my PS2 or Wii yet. smile
7664  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Any GT'ers in NWN Guilds? on: March 11, 2007, 08:34:51 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 10, 2007, 11:03:28 PM

I still have only played about 2 hours of the game. It still is kinda clunky on my new 8800GTS

Calvin.
If what you meant by your statement is that NWN2 is running slowly on your PC,  make sure you tweak what Obsidian calls the 'Big 5' framerate impactors. I'll list them here:

  • Resolution
  • Shadow Options
  • Point Light Shadows
  • Water Reflections/Water Refrations
  • Normal Mapped Terrain

Here's the link to the actual performance tweaking article at Bioware.com:
http://nwn2forums.bioware.com/forums/viewtopic.html?topic=524108&forum=116
7665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall Impressions on: March 10, 2007, 05:29:21 PM
Sounds and looks great. I swore I wouldn't buy any PC games until I cleaned out  my backlog, but...oh well.
I seem to remember a Silverfall game that released sometime in the late 90's; also a good game. Is this game based on that game?
7666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tiger Woods 07 Wii commercial on: March 10, 2007, 05:23:36 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 10, 2007, 04:04:49 PM

Day one purchase for me.  I am really looking forward to this game.  To me this is the type of game where using the Wiimote will be vastly superior to a standard controller.  I'd also love to see a solid baseball game that takes what Wii Sports does so well and adds depth to it.



Absolutely agree, a baseball game would be great. I also really, really, really want a hockey game. If EA puts NHL on the Wii it'll be the 1st time in many years that I won't be buying the latest installment of NHL2K .
7667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No More Heroes game play trailer (wii) on: March 10, 2007, 05:05:45 PM
It looks like Suda 51 took all the feedback they got for Killer7 and answered it with this game. I love the visual style of it; real cyberpunk feel. I liked Killer7 a lot so I'm IN on this game.
7668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phantom Hourglass hands-on from GDC on: March 10, 2007, 12:08:15 AM
Whoah, this game is looking very good indeed!
I'm IN for this one!
7669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER GOLD! on: March 10, 2007, 12:00:13 AM

Quote from: siege on March 09, 2007, 11:38:53 PM

I hope THQ lowering the price isn't an indication of it being buggy/bad. Usually their games are $49.99.

I don't know what prices are like at US retailers, but Future Shop often introduces THQ games at $40; roughly $34 US. Even Company of Heroes and Supreme Commander were introduced at that price. Maybe this initial promo pricing model is now being used at US retailers as well.
7670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Motorstorm Impressions on: March 09, 2007, 11:24:42 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on December 16, 2006, 10:39:31 PM

That looks like a dog turd on the bottom right of that last screenie.

Naah, I'd say coyote turd considering the setting.  icon_wink

BTW the game looks very, very impressive.
7671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Mar/07 on: March 09, 2007, 11:10:19 PM
Working thru NWN2 with my cleric/dwarven defender and my party of usual susptects smile
SSX Blur (gotta nail them ubers)
LOZ: TP (Still have to finish my 2nd play thru)
Possibly some FF III and FFX if there's time.
7672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft responds to "Home" on: March 09, 2007, 08:58:14 PM
Such a difference when you're responding from a position of strength. I like what the Microsoft GM had to say, especially that the best service is one centered around the games. I just wish Nintendo would get in gear and develop something similar for the Wii. Too bad Nintendo keeps underestimating the willingness of some of their customers to pay for such a service, because I sure would.

I also really like what he said about the Live! features for Forza 2.
I've been saying for a while that Mass Effect would be the game to finally compell me to buy a 360, but Forza now interests me every bit as much. Of course laying out the cash to buy another wheel is going to be tough to swallow.
7673  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: March 09, 2007, 03:04:46 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 09, 2007, 02:34:22 AM

Altered Carbon *is* quite awesome.  I really liked the sequel Broken Angels too. 

Kevin,
that's good to know. That will no doubt be my next novel.
7674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you worry about farming wow gold? on: March 09, 2007, 02:02:44 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 08, 2007, 06:23:57 PM

I like the golden showers, mostly.
Ohhh...that explains it! Now we know why you have an assortment of salted preserved meats.   Tongue
7675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Forza 2 multi-monitor setup on: March 09, 2007, 01:39:49 AM

Quote from: gellar on March 08, 2007, 08:49:23 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on March 08, 2007, 08:43:39 PM

Quote from: gellar on March 08, 2007, 08:36:05 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on March 08, 2007, 08:19:39 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 08, 2007, 07:42:56 PM

So, what's the scuttlebutt on Forza 2?  I have to admit I don't know much about it.  I never played Forza 1 and don't know anything about it either.

Forza was one of the best racing simulations to date.  As a demonstration of the game's realism they even went so far as to have a real-life racecar driver run a course featured in the game, and then play that same course on the game, and his times were amazingly close.  Great graphics, unlimited car customization, amazing realistic control.  It was probably the best racing sim I've ever played.

Argh.  It's not a sim.  It's fun.  It's attempting to be realistic.  But it ain't a sim.

gellar

Then what is it?  Most seem to characterize it as such.  Except for you.   icon_confused



Anyone who characterizes it as such has never actually driven at 150mph, or played a real sim like GTR on the PC.  Even though you get the same end result, as the article stated, does not mean it's remotely close to the same thing.

I'm in total agreement with this. I'd only classify games like GTR, Grand Prix Legends, NASCAR Racing 2K3 or Rally Trophy as racing simulations. All of which are PC games.
That being said, I'd say that Forza is by far the most realistic racing game on any console.
7676  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man robs lingerie shop, claims he is a female elf from Shadowrun on: March 09, 2007, 01:15:07 AM
Pffff....cross dressers will say anything when they get caught with their pants down ... urrr ... skirts up.
7677  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: March 09, 2007, 12:39:04 AM
I received Larry Niven's Ringworld for Chirstmas; a novel I read many years ago.
I liked it every bit as much as the 1st time I read it. This got me craving everything Ringworld and since then I've read 2 of the 3 sequels:

Ringworld Engineers
Ringworld's Children


I skipped the 2nd sequel, Ringworld Throne, because too many friends gave it  thumbsdown

Currently I'm just a few pages into:

I haven't been grabbed by a novel so quickly in quite some time.  icon_wink
7678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo responds to "Home" on: March 08, 2007, 11:31:57 PM
Kobra,
I disagree with everything you said except this comment:

Quote from: Kobra on March 08, 2007, 10:48:30 PM

"We're hip like the Mac, and heres why, and if you don't buy us you are one of those fatass nerdy gamer types that smell."
And just so everyone knows. I don't want any of those fatass, nerdy, smelly Nintendo haters stinking up my precious Wii.  icon_lol

I apologize in advance for my warped sense of humor.
7679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Mario Galaxy Trailer on: March 08, 2007, 10:27:28 PM

Quote from: JCC on March 08, 2007, 09:49:09 PM

That looks difficult.

IN!


Yup...does look like a challenge. I'm definitely in!
7680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo responds to "Home" on: March 08, 2007, 10:06:11 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 08, 2007, 08:55:38 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 08, 2007, 08:34:51 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 08, 2007, 08:30:54 PM

Everybody and their mother has been calling HOME a cross between Miis and Achievements so I'm not sure why you would find it surprising that Nintendo would make the comparison. 

I don't find it surprising at all, just absurd.

Nintendo is trying to say they copied them, when Home is about 100x more advanced that those Mii things. Heck Nintendo still uses the number nonsense for their online stuff....I hardly think they should be casting any stones at Sony for their online service, when they are not even as advanced as the original XBox in terms of online support.

I agree with Hetz on this one.  Nintendo is the last company that should be taking shots at other online services. 

Fraid I have to DITTO this.

As most people here know by now, I've been a fan of everything Nintendo for many years. Their online strategy -or lack of- is the one exception. And it's one of the reasons I look to my PC and XBox for online play.

Unless Nintendo has some announcement of a new online service to pull out of their hat, IMHO they should be careful with their criticisms. If they think Sony's scooped some of their Mii ideas with Home...well they could have created an equivalent online service themselves many moons ago.
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