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9401  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.
9402  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.
9403  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.
9404  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!
9405  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.
9406  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.
9407  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.
9408  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.
9409  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.
9410  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.
9411  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.
9412  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.
9413  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.
9414  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.
9415  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.
9416  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.
9417  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.
9418  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.
9419  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.
9420  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.
9421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kid screws up, parents sell PS2 on: August 16, 2007, 10:08:06 PM
Please don't do that.
9422  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.
9423  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.
9424  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?
9425  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.
9426  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.
9427  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.
9428  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.
9429  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.
9430  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.
9431  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.
9432  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.
9433  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.
9434  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?
9435  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
9436  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
9437  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
9438  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.
9439  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
9440  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?
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8/16 - Ok, looking a lot more comforting now.  Releases that are just expansion packs have been put in parentheses.
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