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9241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 21, 2007, 08:21:06 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 21, 2007, 08:14:16 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 21, 2007, 01:40:44 AM

I almost had to throw a dart to pick which Bioshock thread to post this in!

So I fired up the demo expecting it to run really poorly on my system.  OUCH.  It ran even worse than I expected.

Athlon 64 3500Mhz
GeForce 6800GT (256MB) (Today's BETA nvidia drivers)
2GB Ram
Audigy 2
Windows XP

I have the same processor (if by 3500Mhz, you mean a 3500+), only 1 GB of RAM, and a 7600GS.  At 1024, with everything on high, the game is silky smooth in the water at the beginning, and only slightly less so once I get indoors.  I don't know how the video cards compare, but it should be running smoothly on yours.  Unless the video card is holding you back, there must be some other problem.

From the reports coming in here and there, everyone I've seen with similar specs that has AGP: unplayable.  Similar specs with PCI-E: runs pretty good.
9242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] etrian odyssey impressions on: August 21, 2007, 07:36:28 PM
Avoid'em. smile
9243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 21, 2007, 06:37:37 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 21, 2007, 06:25:52 PM

Well that answers the "will it run on my system" question with a resounding no.   I've got pretty similar specs with less RAM (1 GB) and a better vid card (7800).  Since I'm completely hopeless playing FPS on consoles, it looks like I'm out of luck on Bioshock until I can afford a PC upgrade.   Which will be...well...never.   tear
It's been sounding like it runs very decently on other people's systems just like yours.  I'm convinced that as long as you're past the AGP generation of cards you're okay.
9244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need your help guys [POLL] on: August 21, 2007, 05:30:44 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 14, 2007, 08:40:36 PM

I have to say this Tom's of Maine stuff actually seems to be working really well for me.  Guess I've been pumping myself full of aluminum for no reason all these years.

I know you're all dying to hear more about my hops-filled armpits.  Tom's is holding up just fine for ordinary day-to-day duties, but there was a particularly hot & humid day last week that may have brought me to environmental hazard levels of stink.
9245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD thing is taking a long time to finish on: August 21, 2007, 04:58:25 PM

Quote from: gellar on August 21, 2007, 04:54:00 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on August 21, 2007, 04:41:35 PM

Well, I think you guys are wrong.  The tech as it stands now isn't good enough, yes.  But there are a shitload of people working on ways to make it more viable, and I'll bet $5 right now that downloadable, on-demand programming trumps Blu-Ray and HD before either of those formats peel away half of the marketshare that DVD currently holds.

You think studios are going to sell their movies for $5 and that the DRM development costs will be covered in that price?  The movie studios are more Nazi like in their DRM practices than the record labels are.  It's THE reason the majority of them back Blu-Ray.

I'd be stoked if you were right though.  It'd make me actually buy movies again slywink

gellar

I'll bet $2 that movie studios will not base their pricing on people's bets. slywink
9246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock available for pre-order/load on Steam; Demo Friday @ Fileshack on: August 21, 2007, 01:55:08 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 21, 2007, 10:37:23 AM

Wow - I was barely expecting the demo to run on my computer, but it ran beautifully. I have an AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 1 GB of RAM, and a GeForce 7600GS. At 1024x768 and all the settings on high, the game ran very nicely. Not exactly silky smooth, but perfect playable.

Is your video card AGP or PCI Express?  I'm assuming PCI, because from some of the reports at Qt3, it sounds like for this game AGP is the weak link for those of us in the Athlon 64 3500+ realm.
9247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Im playing the Bioshock Pc demo Now! on: August 21, 2007, 12:41:41 PM

Quote from: SpicyJ on August 21, 2007, 07:20:07 AM

My computer laughed at me when I tried to play the demo. 360 version for me, definitely.

What's your system specs?
9248  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New vid card? What's the bang for the buck on: August 21, 2007, 03:32:44 AM
I'm clueless on the latest model numbers.  How much better is that $300 8800GTS than 256MB 8600GTs that are $150-200 less on newegg?

edit: found a comparison
9249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Real Life Forum Posting Vid... on: August 21, 2007, 02:53:19 AM
9250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts beta on Fileplanet on: August 21, 2007, 02:38:44 AM
Damn you, NDA!
9251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 21, 2007, 01:40:44 AM
I almost had to throw a dart to pick which Bioshock thread to post this in!

So I fired up the demo expecting it to run really poorly on my system.  OUCH.  It ran even worse than I expected.

Athlon 64 3500Mhz
GeForce 6800GT (256MB) (Today's BETA nvidia drivers)
2GB Ram
Audigy 2
Windows XP

Opening water scene was super choppy, but I figure I'll at least see how it runs when I get indoors.  Nuh uh.  I kept turning down the settings more and more.  Even at 1024*768, -everything- turned off or turned to low, including the texture resolution, and the framerate was unplayably low.  Practically a slideshow whenever I turned my head or if there was anything happening on the screen.

I know we've grown to expect minimum requirements to be meaningless, but this was just horrible--my system was even a nudge above the minimum requirements.  I didn't think to try to drop to 640*480, maybe that's what they had in mind for the min req?

I'm very curious to hear how well it runs on systems a step above mine.

edit: fired up fraps:
~30fps in opening swim, though it didn't feel that fast
>30fps in first indoor scene if I look at walls
15-20fps if a round metal sphere is anywhere in my field of view
28-30fps when I first get a look underwater, but
10-12fps when more scenery comes into view
9252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock available for pre-order/load on Steam; Demo Friday @ Fileshack on: August 21, 2007, 12:50:12 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 21, 2007, 12:08:13 AM

so, any chance GT is going to be hosting the demo?  icon_wink

The Steam demo download was actually pretty quick for me.  Going to test it out shortly.
9253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 20, 2007, 11:26:56 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 20, 2007, 10:23:35 PM

The length is probably going to keep me away from this title. I can handle a 40+ hour RPG on a console, but there's no way my neck and hands could take it on a portable.

Exactly why I'm excited for the TV out on the PSP Slim!
9254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Genres You Used To Love, But No Longer Do on: August 20, 2007, 11:25:33 PM
Project Sylpheed on the 360 is going to scratch my space sim itch as soon as I can find it cheap.
9255  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Want to watch Transformers or Shrek 3 in HD, get a HD-DVD Drive. on: August 20, 2007, 08:09:24 PM
Is that on the 360 or the PS3?

(meanwhile, in Off-Topic...)
9256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD thing is taking a long time to finish on: August 20, 2007, 07:52:12 PM
You know, I'm actually finding myself pretty OK with the idea of just getting both platforms.  I'll surely get a PS3 one of these days, and the HD-DVD add-on for the 360 isn't all that expensive, so it's not that intimidating to buy both.
9257  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today's Sunday Project on: August 20, 2007, 07:39:43 PM
Well I saw a 6'5" friend's enormous full back tattoo of a giant bright orange koi fish not dissimilar in appearance to your reference photo go on in stages over the course of more than a year, but what do I know.

Nothing would please me more than to eat my words when you hopefully show us the finished product, but right now the head--especially the eyes--looks like a huge departure from the reference art.  Maybe you're just going for a much different take on the artwork than I'm imagining.
9258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Exclusives on the Horizon on: August 20, 2007, 07:14:46 PM

Quote from: Tals on August 20, 2007, 07:04:41 PM

RTS World in Conflict - will support both DX 9 and 10

Tals

On the 360.
9259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today's Sunday Project on: August 20, 2007, 07:11:35 PM

Quote from: Kratz on August 20, 2007, 06:50:57 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 20, 2007, 05:58:03 PM

Was this the actual picture you showed to the tattoo artist for what you wanted the fish to look like?



You figure that out all by yourself? smile

Quote from: Kratz on August 20, 2007, 12:17:43 AM

It's a catfish.  Kind of based off of this artwork.  It'll look more like that when it is done.

Hey I was trying to be nice.  I understand it's not finished yet, but right now it's not looking anything like that reference photo--that's why I had to check to be sure.  I'd think about switching artists if I were you; it might not be too late to save it.
9260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2000 available for preorder on Amazon on: August 20, 2007, 05:59:46 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 20, 2007, 05:29:31 PM

2000?  Isn't that, like, almost 8 years ago?

Now if Microsoft enters the handheld market they're gonna end up using scientific notation to show their extreme superiority!
9261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today's Sunday Project on: August 20, 2007, 05:58:03 PM
Was this the actual picture you showed to the tattoo artist for what you wanted the fish to look like?

9262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Genres You Used To Love, But No Longer Do on: August 20, 2007, 05:39:34 PM
First, the ones I no longer play because the genre died: Space Sims  crybaby, Adventure Games  crybaby, Platform Sidescrollers  crybaby, "Shmup" Vert/Side Scrolling Shooters  crybaby, Light Gun Games crybaby, Top Down Driving Games crybaby.

Ok, with that out of the way, some that are still current that are no longer my cup of tea.

I'm with you on the Sports Games.  I was big on the NES and Genesis era games, but I think I just didn't make the switch to 3d with the genre.  It worked better for me to have the sports abstracted, with lovely pixel art animations of hockey players smooshing into the sideboards.  I can't think of any realistic looking sports game today that looks more fun than NHL '94.

Fighting games are pretty much dead to me, and I was a huge fan back in the day.  They either got too complex for me, like Virtua Fighter, or got too heavy on 500 hit combos like the X vs. Capcom series.

City/realm building games don't grab me much any more.  I liked Sim City 4 for a while, but for whatever reason it just didn't keep my attention for very long at all.  I haven't gotten into a Caesar/Zeus sort of builder for a long long time either.  Who knows, maybe Sim City Societies' new take on the genre will be perfect for me, despite my skepticism.
9263  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which Transformer are you? on: August 20, 2007, 03:39:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 20, 2007, 03:32:05 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on August 20, 2007, 02:38:12 PM

It said I'm 100% Gigantor!

who?  was he the one that turned into a shot glass?

He was only available through mail-order for a short time through a Viagra promotion.  The "100%" isn't from the survey; it's part of his name.
9264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just saw Transformers-again on: August 20, 2007, 03:34:26 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 20, 2007, 03:15:18 AM

Quote from: kronovan on August 20, 2007, 01:40:49 AM

I just saw it last week for the 1st time and I was very impressed. I came away thinking there was just about nothing in that film they could have done better.

well, they did really screw up one important point:

Megan Fox was never, at any point in the movie, nude.

Sucker, you didn't stay till the end of the credits.  It was an opening weekend only thing.
9265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock available for pre-order/load on Steam; Demo Friday @ Fileshack on: August 20, 2007, 03:21:03 AM
THE BIOs GET SHOCKED ON PAGE 165!
9266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Exclusives on the Horizon on: August 20, 2007, 03:20:21 AM
I'm in that boat as well, but my nostalgia for PC gaming history is really making me consider updating my system for this next batch of games, no matter how much my logical side protests.
9267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2000 available for preorder on Amazon on: August 20, 2007, 03:16:38 AM
I'm almost giddy to re-buy my PSP.  The latest and upcoming offerings just look incredible.
9268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: August 19, 2007, 09:49:40 PM

Quote from: McCrank on August 19, 2007, 03:36:03 PM

Hrmmm, just caught up with this thread; game definitely sounds tempting smile Question is, does it have a place among my current space 4x backlog? (Galciv 2, space empires 5, Sword of the Stars + Expansion)

-Chris

I'd say it fills a different role than all those games.  Like Conquest: Frontier Wars, it's much more RTS than TBS.
9269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2000 available for preorder on Amazon on: August 19, 2007, 09:47:21 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 19, 2007, 04:40:16 PM

Quote from: Laner on August 19, 2007, 04:32:53 PM

So what exactly does this model offer over the old one?

It's slightly smaller, has somewhat better battery life, and (in theory) will have better loading times.

I'll take my homebrew capable PSP instead, thank you very much.

It's also set up to let you display on a TV.  I believe movies stretch full screen, but it looked like games had a pretty big border to allow for a 1:1 pixel ratio.
9270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 18, 2007, 08:53:25 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 18, 2007, 08:43:26 PM

Bioshock looking better on the PC over the 360 doesn't have anything to do with newer hardware in a PC but rather the higher resolution. I wouldn't upgrade my PC for a slightly crisper image.

Maybe for DX9 systems, but DX10 computers get extra fancies turned on.
9271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 18, 2007, 06:11:19 AM
The mouse wheel selection sounds clumsy to me, despite their praise.  Selecting specific weapons and plasmids with the number and function keys, though, sounds like a huge boost to playability.

I'm very very curious to hear how this runs on more modest systems.  If I have to buy a 8800GTX to make it look better than the 360 version, for that money I'd rather have a PS3.
9272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got Bioshock for the 360 today!!! on: August 17, 2007, 07:51:37 PM
Quote from: Gamerankings
IGN - 9.7 out of 10
GameSpy - 5 out of 5
Game Informer - 10 out of 10
Eurogamer - 10 out of 10
TeamXbox - 9.5 out of 10
1UP - 10 out of 10
Official Xbox Magazine UK - 10 out of 10
GamePro - 5 out of 5
Xbox World 360 Magazine UK - 9.4 out of 10

Holy jeez.

Quote from: wonderpug on August 16, 2007, 01:41:39 PM

I'm debating back and forth over whether to buy it at release and play it on my SDTV, or to impatiently wait a few months to enjoy it on a HDTV.  If I wait to play it in HD, I might not finish it in time for Mass Effect and Rock Band.  Decisions decisions.

Decision made.  I'm playing this through on my SDTV now, and again when I get my HDTV.
9273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 17, 2007, 07:36:38 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 17, 2007, 07:19:45 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 17, 2007, 06:16:29 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 17, 2007, 04:14:33 PM

This is gonna be the hellah gaming experience of the year (until Mass Effect!).

+1000 to whoever at 2k or Irrational is responsible for Bioshock getting released so early so it can really hog the spotlight until the rest of the heavy hitters come up to bat.  Right now it has a chance to be huge, but with a later release it might've been tragically overlooked.  I for one didn't have much more than a passing interest until I tried that demo.

Well, technically it's late- IIRC it was originally targeted at a Spring release and I think June was even announced at some point...

I forgot about that.  Ok, -400 for each delay and they've still got a respectable +200.
9274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 17, 2007, 06:16:29 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 17, 2007, 04:14:33 PM

This is gonna be the hellah gaming experience of the year (until Mass Effect!).

+1000 to whoever at 2k or Irrational is responsible for Bioshock getting released so early so it can really hog the spotlight until the rest of the heavy hitters come up to bat.  Right now it has a chance to be huge, but with a later release it might've been tragically overlooked.  I for one didn't have much more than a passing interest until I tried that demo.
9275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Last Pre-Bioshock (for most) Playlist EVER! 17/Aug/07 on: August 17, 2007, 03:54:02 PM
Not gonna have much free time this weekend, but the time I do have will be spent working on my first ever playthrough of Halo 1 on the 360.  If the TV is unavailable, I'll be on my PC working through Secret Hush Hush NDA SHH.
9276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: School me on marriage on: August 17, 2007, 02:26:34 PM

Quote from: Eightball on August 17, 2007, 01:55:45 PM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on August 15, 2007, 09:26:15 PM

Fatherhood has taken him to a higher plane.  Not sure why it didn't work for you.  Your kids must be defective.

Crap, I knew it.  I don't think I can return them, either.

I should have got them from Costco.  Sigh.

Bonus: I hear the ones from Costco really like LAN parties.
9277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock available for pre-order/load on Steam; Demo Friday @ Fileshack on: August 17, 2007, 01:03:24 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 17, 2007, 11:56:00 AM

The PC demo has been delayed, and now is coming out "probably Monday".  icon_evil

Grr.  I'm really eager to see just how good or bad this runs on my PC.
9278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Exclusives on the Horizon on: August 17, 2007, 01:02:34 PM
They're big enough in my book.  I just didn't want to include every fun little obscure indie title or crazy Russian game in the list.

Kind of interesting what the genre spread is.  RTS seems like it's still PC's baby despite some recent migration to consoles, but FPS games seem to have defected almost completely.
9279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WELCOME! on: August 17, 2007, 03:35:50 AM

Quote from: rrmorton on August 17, 2007, 02:59:41 AM

Man, what a stupid thing to complain about.

If it's done just out of boredom, with no real purpose (such as resurrecting a thread about a game you're years late to play), how is doing this different from trolling?  Even when someone does have a reason to bump an old thread, people still get confused by the thread necromancy.  And in that case the date change was even explicitly mentioned.

I dunno, I'd probably feel differently about this case if this or the other bump actually seemed funny.  This one alone could've been harmless enough and maybe even worth a chuckle by itself, but with the other "bad parents!" one being completely pointless, it just makes them both annoying.  If there was a third from the same person I would've reached for the report button.
9280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WELCOME! on: August 17, 2007, 01:38:47 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 17, 2007, 12:36:36 AM

It *is* possible to prevent the rezzing of threads older than a certain age.  Anyone care to make a poll?  I'll lock it down if people can justify it.

I'd rather people just exercised self control.
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