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9281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: August 16, 2007, 10:49:17 PM
You know, until seeing your avatar, docvego, I never noticed the resemblance between Dr. Nick and Toshiro Mifune.
9282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kid screws up, parents sell PS2 on: August 16, 2007, 10:08:06 PM
Please don't do that.
9283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Breed on: August 16, 2007, 08:08:17 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 16, 2007, 08:06:46 PM

What exactly is it? Even after reading the sites I cant tell. It says its a shooter but screenshots show spaceships in space.

Halo imitator, I believe.
9284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: August 16, 2007, 07:22:36 PM

Quote from: docvego on August 13, 2007, 01:51:51 PM

This sounds awesome.  Who do I have to bribe to still get into Beta 2?

I could be mistaken, but I don't believe you can get in right now.  If I understand the process, a new round of preorder people will be able to get in when the next phase of the beta hits.
9285  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Help Setting up 1080p HDTV as second monitor on: August 16, 2007, 07:17:53 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 16, 2007, 07:11:51 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 16, 2007, 07:01:37 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 16, 2007, 06:52:10 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 16, 2007, 12:49:53 PM

Change your Shell=Explorer.exe to Shell=notepad.exe slywink

It's not in the rightclick option on the icon itself? If not, I'd just "hide it" as there are a lot of useful options there.

KK, done. Thanks guys. Still doesn't work the way I want it though. FOr instance:

I load up company of heroes. I start a quick skirmish game-everything LOOKS gorgeous beyond belief, however, the edges are all a little bit out of the screen-I cant read the text at the bottom, the top menu bar is not visible, etc. So, it looks like the resolution is not quite fitting or matching?

Any ideas?


That's typical of overscan.  HD broadcast signals assume a certain level of overscan is acceptable (typically in the 5% range) and won't put anything too imporant in those boundaries since many TVs will cut that off.  The same applies for most console games- I think it's part of the standards and practices for certification.  However PC monitors don't usually have overscan so PC games won't necessarilly have taken that into account.

I may be mistaken, but I seem to recall that the Nvidia drivers had the ability to let you put in adjustments to compensate for overscan. 

Ok thanks Kevin and Thin, I will mess with the settings later. Trying to get this all setup in case I decide to do Bioshock on PC smile

I'm racking my brain trying to remember the name of this video settings utility that I came across when I was building my HTPC.  It's gives you a ton of power over controlling your overscan, refresh, and pretty much everything else involved with doing video out to a TV.  It either only works on ATI or only works on nvidia, can't remember which.

I'm pretty helpful, ain't I?
9286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts beta on Fileplanet on: August 16, 2007, 07:10:55 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 16, 2007, 07:02:26 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 16, 2007, 06:45:09 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 16, 2007, 06:39:36 PM

I reinstalled, patched, and restarted CoH on Monday.  My God is this game beautiful in DX10...

Is it really?  I'm curious what the big differences are that you've noticed.  I remember reading this comparison of DX9 vs. DX10 on CoH and the improvements seemed subtle at best.

Hmmm, I guess it is just pretty anyway.  I was running DX9 when I played it last, and now DX10.  It's just pretty. biggrin

Heh, fair 'nough.  Either way I can't wait for this to come out.  I do still wish they had given us the Russians, but what can you do.
9287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: August 16, 2007, 06:53:21 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on August 16, 2007, 06:44:30 PM

Some of the new screenies GT got are sweet.  I wonder if those cool looking ships are the Advent?

Link

Very cool indeed.  Any new additions to the game recently?  I haven't played in a while, but I've been planning to hop back in as soon as it gets a bit more stuff implemented.
9288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts beta on Fileplanet on: August 16, 2007, 06:45:09 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 16, 2007, 06:39:36 PM

I reinstalled, patched, and restarted CoH on Monday.  My God is this game beautiful in DX10...

Is it really?  I'm curious what the big differences are that you've noticed.  I remember reading this comparison of DX9 vs. DX10 on CoH and the improvements seemed subtle at best.
9289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: P-DAY +2 (impressions/spoilers within) on: August 16, 2007, 06:30:47 PM

Quote from: Kratz on July 31, 2007, 04:02:57 PM

I think the WWII parallels were just too blatant to be of much note.... too clear and obvious to warrant much discussion.

Missed this response the first time 'round.  I guess my point wasn't that I thought the Holocaust analogies were subtle, but that they were so strongly present that I thought their "blatant" nature, as you say, would have already been commented on.
9290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Exclusives on the Horizon on: August 16, 2007, 06:08:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 16, 2007, 06:06:39 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 16, 2007, 05:15:34 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on August 15, 2007, 10:52:33 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 15, 2007, 10:36:05 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 15, 2007, 08:45:07 PM

Not to be a party pooper or anything slywink but Half-Life 2 : Episode 2, Portal, Team Fortress 2, and Spore aren't PC exclusives - they're also coming to consoles, although Spore will probably be a different game on the consoles.

I blanked on Spore, but wow, I've somehow completely missed that the Orange Box is coming to consoles.  Ouch.

And as for the size of the horizon, for this discussion I'd say it's big enough to encompass Spore but not quite big enough for Duke Nukem. smile

Duke Nukem is impossible to quantify Tongue

I keep getting Divide by zero errors.

2020!  you heard it here first folks!

The catch being that the 2020 does not refer to either A.D. or B.C.
9291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most recent game music that can get stuck in your head? on: August 16, 2007, 05:30:19 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 16, 2007, 05:23:50 PM

Final Fantasy IX Piano Collections

Great stuff, probably my favorite album of all the FF Pianos I've heard.  I even bought the sheet music for it.
9292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most recent game music that can get stuck in your head? on: August 16, 2007, 05:07:59 PM
Ooh, Katamari Damacy, good catch.  That one song can really get itself wedged into your brain.
9293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most recent game music that can get stuck in your head? on: August 16, 2007, 03:58:41 PM

Quote from: tiktokman on August 16, 2007, 03:55:33 PM


"If I Didn't Care" featured in the beginning of Bioshock. The song was also used in "Shawshank Redemption", I believe when Andy was sitting in the car with the gun.

I love the Ink Spots, but they're disqualified.  icon_twisted  Looking for original compositions.
9294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Exclusives on the Horizon on: August 16, 2007, 03:29:32 PM
I'm glad to be reminded of The Witcher and Dragon Age.  When I first wrote the list I couldn't think of any real RPGs coming down the road that were PC exclusive, and that would be tragic.
9295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Most recent game music that can get stuck in your head? on: August 16, 2007, 03:27:25 PM
I've been listening to a bunch of the ocremix.org songs lately via the ormgas stream, and right now I've got the overland music from the SNES Legend of Zelda stuck in my head.  Bubbleman from Megaman 2 is so catchy I've even gotten it stuck in my fiancee's head for days at a time.

I'm trying to think what the most recent game song is that can get stuck in your head in the same way, and I'm drawing a blank.  I don't think it's for lack of good music; there've been a lot of good game soundtracks in recent years.  I think the latest music is either too atmospheric or nondescript background music (Diablo and Starcraft come to mind: great music but not too hummable), or simply not repeated enough to drill into your head like the Zelda or Megaman music hear on repeat for hours on end.

Real world songs are disqualified: Ink Spots in Fallout, Guitar Hero music, "Somewhere, beyond the sea" in Bioshock and the like.  It only counts if the song was written for the game.

The most recent game I can think of is possibly Lumines--were any of those songs written just for the game?
9296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which Transformer are you? on: August 16, 2007, 02:30:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 16, 2007, 02:22:05 PM

I don't even remember there being a Spectro.  He sounds worse than that one that transformed into a microscope.



He's the one on the left.  No wait, the middle.  No wait, the right.  No wait, nobody cares, just change into a damn camera so we can take our vacation photo.



Cheeeese!

So help me as a kid I saved UPC labels and money to mail order for the toy version.  icon_neutral
9297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got Bioshock for the 360 today!!! on: August 16, 2007, 02:21:01 PM

Quote from: Chaz on August 16, 2007, 02:11:40 PM

You should obviously get the HDTV now. 

If money's an object, sell a kidney.  The gods saw fit to provide you with a spare.

Freeeee HDTV coming my way in a few months via wedding gift. smile
9298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which Transformer are you? on: August 16, 2007, 02:16:45 PM
You are 95% Spectro!

Spectro has a button on his head.  By itself the button does nothing, but when united with Viewfinder and Spyglass they form REFLECTOR and are able to used their combined powers to take a photograph when Spectro's button is pressed.  They were featured in very few episodes.
"Are you sure you guys don't want your picture taken again? Please?"

Like Spectro, you are useless.  If people push your button, you do nothing.  If you have to friends helping you out, you still can do no more than be told to tell someone to do something unimportant.  The guy that just turns into a Walkman is more powerful and more loved than you.  You will never amount to anything.

 icon_cry
9299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got Bioshock for the 360 today!!! on: August 16, 2007, 01:41:39 PM

Quote from: Booner on August 16, 2007, 01:26:19 PM

Any questions I can answer without spoiling anything for anyone?

Does a Big Daddy ever shoot his drill out into an enemy and pump him full of air until he explodes?

Glad to hear you're enjoying it.  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.
9300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Exclusives on the Horizon on: August 15, 2007, 10:36:05 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 15, 2007, 08:45:07 PM

Not to be a party pooper or anything slywink but Half-Life 2 : Episode 2, Portal, Team Fortress 2, and Spore aren't PC exclusives - they're also coming to consoles, although Spore will probably be a different game on the consoles.

I blanked on Spore, but wow, I've somehow completely missed that the Orange Box is coming to consoles.  Ouch.

And as for the size of the horizon, for this discussion I'd say it's big enough to encompass Spore but not quite big enough for Duke Nukem. smile
9301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Exclusives on the Horizon on: August 15, 2007, 07:53:28 PM
My inner PC Gamer is rebelling at how I've been so quick to dismiss the PC version of Bioshock in favor of the sure to run well 360 version.  I need a case to be made to upgrade.  My computer tower will not go quietly into the night, surely it's got at least one more round of upgrades left to be justified.

Please, help the cause, help me flesh out the list: What are the best and brightest titles we have coming down the pipeline that only the PC can deliver?

MMO
Warhammer Online
Pirates of the Burning Sea
Tabula Rasa
(Guild Wars: Eye of the North)

FPS
Crysis
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Far Cry 2
Team Fortress 2
Portal
(Half Life 2: Episode 2)


RPG/RPG hybrid
Hellgate: London
The Witcher
Dragon Age
Mythos
(Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer)

RTS/TBS
Starcraft 2
Majesty 2
Disciples 3
Empire Earth III
Sins of a Solar Empire
(Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts)
(Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms)
(Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East)
(Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance)

Other
Sim City Societies
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire
Spore


Pretty skimpy list, what big PC exclusives am i forgetting?
----
8/16 - Ok, looking a lot more comforting now.  Releases that are just expansion packs have been put in parentheses.
9302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: School me on marriage on: August 15, 2007, 03:16:17 PM

Quote from: gellar on August 15, 2007, 03:00:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 15, 2007, 02:00:01 PM

When I proposed to her, I was telling her that I didn't want that to be an option any longer.  I was telling her that I wanted to make a solid commitment to her, that I intended to work through any troubles, no matter how bad.

I think that formal commitment really means something.  I don't think it has to involve rings, or a church, or a minister, or a thrown bouquet, or even a wedding license; it could take many other forms.  But without something, I don't think the relationship stands as good a chance of weathering the bad storms.  I'll see for myself in a few months, but I imagine you also get to experience something deeper with each other when you each know that the other has no intention of ever going anywhere, ever. 

Yeah mate... I think that's the core issue here.  For her and I, even being married doesn't mean that it's forever.  That's just not how society works nowadays.  I think it's GREAT that people can believe that, but we're just not those people.

I think the core issue might be that you consider it a foundation of your relationship to be able to easily break up.  I don't think marriage has much to offer that kind of relationship other than stuffing a sock in family's nagging and aiding in the climb up the corporate ladder by better fitting in to some stereotype the bosses might be looking for.
9303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: School me on marriage on: August 15, 2007, 02:45:35 PM

Quote from: gellar on August 15, 2007, 02:39:39 PM

Instead I got a ton of people telling me that I need to be religious and/or emotional.  Sweet.

Hey now, I brought up getting a big screen TV.
9304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: School me on marriage on: August 15, 2007, 02:00:01 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 15, 2007, 03:05:22 AM

What a depressing thread this is.

Don't worry, the thread doesn't speak for all of us.  I'm very excited to be getting married this October.  My fiancee and I both believe in making a formal commitment to spend the rest of our lives together.  We are having the whole ceremony and reception production, but for the most part that's for the sake of our loved ones.  We would have been just as happy eloping and making the commitment without all the hoopla. 

Before we got engaged, we had been living together for 4 years.  I moved from California to Massachusetts with her.  We worked through some rough times together.  Very committed, but not married.  The difference?  In those rough times, breaking up was on the table.  It was in a far off dusty corner of the table, hidden under a napkin, but it was there.  If I got fed up enough in an argument, or if we had several months of getting on each other's nerves, in the back of my mind I knew that leaving her was one of the options.

When I proposed to her, I was telling her that I didn't want that to be an option any longer.  I was telling her that I wanted to make a solid commitment to her, that I intended to work through any troubles, no matter how bad.

I think that formal commitment really means something.  I don't think it has to involve rings, or a church, or a minister, or a thrown bouquet, or even a wedding license; it could take many other forms.  But without something, I don't think the relationship stands as good a chance of weathering the bad storms.  I'll see for myself in a few months, but I imagine you also get to experience something deeper with each other when you each know that the other has no intention of ever going anywhere, ever. 

Plus, I just found out one of the gifts I'm we're getting is a big screen HDTV, just in time for Mass Effect!
9305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Track Update - 8/2/07 on: August 15, 2007, 01:20:25 PM
Can anyone confirm or deny that both Clive Winston and Eddie Knox were cut?
9306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need your help guys [POLL] 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.
9307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Community: I need your help. on: August 14, 2007, 05:29:57 PM
Trading Forum?  Go straight to the big subforums and get the cause noticed.  I'm pretty sure nobody here will mind. smile
9308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HDTV recommendations for console gaming on: August 14, 2007, 04:52:28 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on August 14, 2007, 04:40:17 PM

There are more things than just 1080p vs 720p which determines how good a TV picture is.

It's still a valid question, though.  The smaller the TV, the less important it is to have 1080p over 720p.
9309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 14, 2007, 02:47:11 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 14, 2007, 02:43:27 PM

Man, I really need to rebuy a PSP.

ditto, but I'm holding out for the Slim. 
9310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy - year 2029 edition on: August 14, 2007, 01:48:15 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 14, 2007, 02:49:16 AM

I have (er.. I mean my nephew has) that nerf gun and it is pretty cool.  Shoots with some serious force. 

Have you considered venturing into the land of Nerf gun modification?  Some of the mods I've seen on the internet look like they could launch a nerf dart through a frozen turkey.
9311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock Demo on XBLM on: August 14, 2007, 12:06:59 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on August 13, 2007, 11:12:55 PM

Opening part with the crash and the elevator ride just changed this from a rental to a purchase.  I need surround sound!!!

My thoughts exactly, including the desire to buy a surround sound system just for this game.
9312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying for the rest of the month? (August) on: August 14, 2007, 12:06:10 AM
Thanks to the demo, Bioshock just moved out of the wait and see category and into the day 1 purchase category.
9313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need your help guys [POLL] on: August 13, 2007, 10:10:52 PM
Well despite a 20 minute period where I smelled something like soapy wheat that I thought might be me, I think the Tom's of Maine deodorant did just fine for it's first day at the office.

Now for test #2: a 4.5 mile run followed by a half hour of weightlifting.
9314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's August 13, 2007: What's Your GOTY? (pre-Fall AAA Classic) on: August 13, 2007, 10:02:30 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 13, 2007, 09:40:12 PM

Quote from: Eightball on August 13, 2007, 09:10:03 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 13, 2007, 07:11:46 PM

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames - Mitch demands I buy this title.  *shrug*  Looks like an improved Just Cause.

Bite your tongue,  heathen.  I loved Mercenaries, and couldn't stand Just Cause at all.  I hope it's more an improved mercenaries than an improved Just Cause....because anything would be an improvement over that steaming pile...

Educate me.  Looks like free-form, hijack anything, go anywhere, blow anything up, help the factions gameplay.  Am I missing something?

Since Just Cause was an imitation of Mercenaries 1, I don't think so.
9315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock Demo on XBLM on: August 13, 2007, 07:18:09 PM

Quote from: Louis Cypher on August 13, 2007, 07:13:10 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on August 13, 2007, 05:59:50 PM

Quote from: Arclight on August 13, 2007, 02:09:12 PM

Yeah, got it first thing this morning. Fun demo. I'm not a FPS nut, but I do enjoy a well made one.
Atmosphere seems right on.......Visuals are nice but not Wowie wowie nice...

But......

It's a demo........All in all, I think it's a first day purchase...My only concern is how long it plays...

You've got to be kidding me. This is the best looking game on Xbox 360 yet period. Blows Gears of War out of the water imo.

It looks good, but it doesn't blow Gears out of the water

Of the two, at the end of the day which one still takes place in the water?

Game. Set. Match.
9316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HDTV recommendations for console gaming on: August 13, 2007, 06:55:39 PM

Quote from: Pong on August 13, 2007, 06:46:26 PM

I think one of the main factors is really how much you intend to spend.
Personally I can't afford more than ~$1200 so I have to live with 720p I think.

Don't despair, there's already been some 1080p sets under $1200.
9317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In other words... on: August 13, 2007, 05:45:00 PM
For those wary of descriptionless links: It's a Daily Show segment.
9318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need your help guys [POLL] on: August 13, 2007, 05:27:38 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 13, 2007, 05:15:02 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 13, 2007, 05:11:46 PM

Experiment time.

We'll see what I smell like by the end of the day.

Test it at the local transit station. Sit beside people. Also brush your teeth, we don't want false positives. (oh, and no urine-stained pants either). smile

My real life test trumps an ordinary local transit station.  I take Boston's Green Line home, and the Red Sox have home games for the next 3 days.  That means a shoulder to shoulder sardine packed train with broken A/C, and an arm held high to hold the handrail.  Fear me.
9319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy - year 2029 edition on: August 13, 2007, 05:24:03 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on August 13, 2007, 04:06:08 PM

Think about it.  It's all about the video games now.

You didn't read the instructions in the first paragraph!

Seriously though, I figured video games would be the primary toy of today, but surely there's some new generation of merchandise-pushing cartoons that has kids begging, no?  Perhaps Spider-Man, X-men, or Pirates of the Caribbean related toys?
9320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/13) on: August 13, 2007, 05:17:04 PM

Quote from: Frogstar on August 13, 2007, 01:42:51 PM

I'm going to get Madden for the Wii (my son really wants that one). 

For me, I think it'll be Rune Factory, which appears to be Harvest Moon with a splash of Monster Rancher (one of my all-time favorites) thrown in.  There is a nice review here http://www.gamebrink.com/nintendo-ds/1708-Rune_Factory_Shin_Bokujou_Monogatari-reviews-1.html (It's a review of the Japanese import).

So it's Harvest Moon, but adding some sort of hack'n'slash dungeon crawling where you can capture monsters to slaughter for their delicious meat?  That sounds awesome!
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