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9401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Question about Firefox on: July 19, 2007, 05:50:04 PM
Ah, I see.  The only time I use that list is if I type the first 3-4 characters of a URL, and in that case it does place the more frequently used sites at the top.  I usually come to this site by typing "www.gam", which brings up gamingtrend at the top of the list, with gamefaqs and gamespot next in line.  Way at the bottom are things like gamershell and gametrailers, which I don't visit nearly as often.
9402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Question about Firefox on: July 19, 2007, 05:14:27 PM
Just click and drag them to the order you prefer.  Personally I like it better that way.  I'd rather arrange them myself then have to hunt for the new location each time I want to use the link.
9403  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Opinion: Why I Didn't Go to the New E3 (from GameDaily) on: July 19, 2007, 02:04:16 PM

Quote from: Mark Friedler on July 19, 2007, 01:54:22 AM

- Venue: Call me a snob; however, I think the venue, a hangar at the Santa Monica airport, was a big downgrade from taking over the entire LA Convention Center. I couldn't see how the logistics would work bouncing between hotels and an airport hangar.

- The Airplane Hangar (again): "You're kidding me. Isn't that where Motley Crue played at the Spike awards a few years back?" (Content of an actual conversation with another exec)

- Expenses: I didn't think I could get a $400/night (or more) beach front hotel bill reimbursed as it was way above our Company's limit for LA. The "beach" thing would have been suspicious anyway.

- European Tourists: Whenever I've been in Santa Monica in July, the place is swarming with French, German and other Eurotourists. Sidewalks tend to be clogged with slow moving, picture taking and T-shirt buying riffraff who wouldn't know Mario if he jumped on their heads.

Having lived in Westwood for a few years, and having flown out of the Santa Monica Airport for a couple of those years, I can't quite understand why someone would prefer downtown LA so much more than the Santa Monica area.  The Santa Monica airport is in a nicer neighborhood, is safer, has better public transportation, is closer to LAX, the beach--and are vacationing Europeans really a worse crowd to be around than the, er, charming locals you find around the LA Convention Center?  And if $400/night at a beachfront hotel is out of your budget--how about staying at a cheaper hotel?
9404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4: E3 2007 Trailer on: July 19, 2007, 01:37:17 PM

Quote from: Jag on July 19, 2007, 01:24:40 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 19, 2007, 12:58:11 PM

Quote from: Jag on July 19, 2007, 12:20:50 PM


Ok, that looks really really fun. 

I love how the tanker sways in the ocean. The gameplay definitely seems to have a GRAW feel to it too.

I got that vibe as well.

I might be too soft for this game, I don't know if I would've
Spoiler for Mild spoiler, I guess (from the video):
killed the guys sleeping in the barracks and the guy in a drunken stupor.  Take no prisoners, I suppose?

It's my nerves, sir!
9405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4: E3 2007 Trailer on: July 19, 2007, 12:58:11 PM

Quote from: Jag on July 19, 2007, 12:20:50 PM


Ok, that looks really really fun. 
9406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Engine Marathon on: July 18, 2007, 07:48:43 PM
Another question: (crosses fingers) Any chance there's a mod that lets you use the character kit options from BG2 in BG1?
9407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii Rockstar Table Tennis on: July 18, 2007, 06:40:15 PM
Quote
Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis is heading to the Wii™

New York, NY - July 18, 2007 - Rockstar Games is proud to announce that Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis will be making its way to the Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo this Fall.

Developed by Rockstar Leeds in collaboration with Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis is the perfect Wii gaming experience. Feel the unmatched speed and intensity of the real-life sport with an authentic physics engine and intuitive gameplay that mimics the exhilarating experience found in international competition.

Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis made its debut in May 2006 on Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and was met with huge critical acclaim, winning Gamespot's "Best Sports Title" at E3 2006.

"Ever since we released Table Tennis, fans have been asking us to create a Wii version," said Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games. "By bringing Table Tennis to the Wii and utilizing the motion-sensitive Wii Remote™, a new audience can now experience a game that is beautifully designed and impossible to put down."

Addictive, fast-paced and above all fun, Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis is guaranteed to be the must have title for all Wii owners.

My biggest question: True motion sensing to determine swings and spin, or just a half-assed translation of the 360 version where a general swing motion is the equivalent of a button press?
9408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 price drop? on: July 18, 2007, 06:11:33 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on July 18, 2007, 05:56:33 PM

I saw a report in a business paper talking about brand image etc.  There was just a large US national poll taken and the data shows the three largest , well recognized, and popular and respected brands in US are
1) Coca cola
2) SONY
3) Toyota

Sony will be fine.

All three of those companies have had failed products.  I'm not sure what your point is.
9409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nervous Brickdown on: July 18, 2007, 03:34:46 PM
How long is the game?  Everything in the reviews makes it look right up my alley, but I don't know if I want to buy it if I can beat the whole thing in one evening.
9410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 price drop? on: July 18, 2007, 03:26:33 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 18, 2007, 11:19:47 AM

Turtle, I'm only going to say this once....

when you flame your competitor publicly and repeatedly for not having 100% backwards compatibility, then put it in your product with close to 100%, and then yank it from at least one launch market (EU), and then force the rest of the markets to go to the currently less-than 50% compatibility before your software is ready is just plain crazy.

It would be worth breaking the backwards compatibility promise if was part of a strategy to bring the price down.  Desperate times, and all.  Cut out the wifi, the card reader, the emotion engine, don't include a video, USB, or ethernet cable, hell maybe even cut HDMI, do whatever you can to get a $399 pricetag so people might actually start buying your system.
9411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue coming in October of this year on: July 18, 2007, 02:29:54 PM
Oh, are the license tests in the game?  I know a lot of people complained about them, but I missed having them when I defected to Forza.
9412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: KOTOR II Fans - Check This Out on: July 18, 2007, 12:57:42 PM
I think it's almost time to replay KOTOR I in preparation.
9413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue coming in October of this year on: July 18, 2007, 02:03:01 AM
I dunno, if it really looks like those videos then I think Gran Turismo wins visually.  Do we know how big the available car list is for GT?
9414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok, on the count of three: on: July 18, 2007, 01:18:44 AM
Uh oh, I'm in a split household.  I go on THREE, and my fiancee goes on GO.  And apparently she's also a terrorist.

Crap.
9415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea 3 announced for PS3 on: July 17, 2007, 08:18:42 PM
Grid or sphere?
9416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Dream Game: Bubble Bobble HD w/ co-op play over PSN, Live - what is yours on: July 17, 2007, 06:54:53 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on July 17, 2007, 06:48:24 PM

Remake this with today's graphics and capabilities:


Game over, he wins.
9417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should i stick with Zelda TP? on: July 17, 2007, 05:36:19 PM
You guys are talking as if they've never put a voice to Link and Zelda.

I guess he sounds like a whiny teenager, and is a bit of a pervert.

Link: "Looking good, Princess!  Especially from this angle!"
Fairy: "I told you, you should have put on a robe!"

And later:
Link: "Sprite you're only 3 inches high!"
Fairy: "What, you don't like short girls?"

Link: "Saved your life again, kiss me."
9418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I. Joe PSAs on: July 17, 2007, 03:15:19 PM
I probably chuckled the most at the one where the guy with the fire mask comes into the house as if he was some kind of robot or space invader.
9419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok, on the count of three: on: July 17, 2007, 03:03:03 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on July 17, 2007, 02:51:48 PM

GO!
Madness!  People like you are the cause of dropped sofas and hernias around the world!
9420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Controller Poll on: July 17, 2007, 02:29:45 PM

Quote from: Chaz on July 17, 2007, 02:16:11 PM

Okay, Nintendo reversed the A and B buttons.  At least I knew that A was next to B.

Out of curiosity, I scanned the button layouts on the video game controller family tree.  In addition to Nintendo reversing the natural order:

The TurboGrafx-16 controller has II to the left of I
The Jaguar has C, B, A (also: 'pause' to the left of 'option'...wtf?)
9421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Dream Game: Bubble Bobble HD w/ co-op play over PSN, Live - what is yours on: July 17, 2007, 02:12:16 PM
An HDTV mounted face up like a table, four racing wheels mounted around the edge, and an updated version of that old top-down Demolition Derby arcade game with the oil slicks and wrenches, connected over Live to other groups of four people playing at their own HDTV tables.
9422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 warranty questions (and "support" gripes) on: July 17, 2007, 01:53:24 PM
I don't think you called the right kind of support line; that sounds like psychotherapy.

"Tell me more about how you felt when it froze."
9423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii VC/N64] Paper Mario impressions on: July 17, 2007, 01:48:20 PM

Quote from: JCC on July 17, 2007, 01:32:16 PM

Back to the original, I am in chapter 2 and finding it much more difficult. Those stupid rock monsters have too high a defense for my hammer to damage. I am assuming I will get a new hammer soon, but am worried I might have missed it somewhere. I had to basically run from every fight with them until I reached the desert where now bandits are ganking me.

It's been a long, long time, but any chance the rock monsters flip upside down when you jump on them?
9424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Controller Poll on: July 17, 2007, 01:47:11 PM

Quote from: jimmyorr99 on July 17, 2007, 01:38:17 PM

xbox 360-voted. I guess it's essentially the controller S from first xbox, but now their standard is wireless which I think is pretty cool.

It's more than just the addition of wireless.  The shape is more comfortable, the start & back buttons are moved to a more convenient location, the black and white buttons are moved to more useful bumper positions, and IMO the analog triggers are smoother as well.
9425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ok, on the count of three: on: July 17, 2007, 01:21:09 PM
It's about time we settled this.
9426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Controller Poll on: July 17, 2007, 01:04:54 PM

Quote from: Chaz on July 17, 2007, 12:45:59 PM

Aside from the funky position of the left analog stick, I hate that they use shapes on the buttons instead of letters.  With letters, I can know instinctively that B is to the right of A.  With shapes, I just have to memorize them, and there's nothing instinctive about it.

I hate to break it to you, but...







9427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Balancing work and exercise on: July 16, 2007, 10:49:14 PM
Early in the morning would be ideal for me, but it's not really an option since I can barely even manage to get out of bed in time for work.  I try to work out as soon I get home from work, if I let myself settle in at all then my chances of heading back outside get pretty slim.

My schedule is to run 3 times during the workweek, try to squeeze in an additional cross-training day somewhere in M-F, and then do a long run on Saturday.
9428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 16, 2007, 07:28:51 PM

Quote from: EddieA on July 16, 2007, 07:24:15 PM

Has anyone played the demo on a standard-definition TV? Some people at GameFAQs are saying that the text is too small, but others say it is just fine.
I've only gone through the tutorials, but I didn't have any problem reading anything on my SDTV. 
9429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/16) on: July 16, 2007, 05:28:51 PM

Quote from: Destructor on July 16, 2007, 05:26:17 PM

To get Paper Mario or not to get... I never played it on the N64.

It's fantastic.
9430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/16) on: July 16, 2007, 01:55:13 PM
Virtual Console rumor mill:
Paper Mario
Balloon Fight
Silent Debuggers
9431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who's more excited about Guitar Hero 3 than Rock Band? (why?) on: July 16, 2007, 01:10:23 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 16, 2007, 01:02:22 PM

It's been an interesting shift, as I was originally far more psyched for GH3 and thought Rock Band was just silly.  Funny how things can change.

You're not alone: the Gut Reaction Poll from April 2 shows a 2:1 ration in favor of Guitar Hero, and in this poll the ratio is almost flipped.  I know I voted for Gutiar Hero in that April poll!
9432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Project Slypheed Impression on: July 15, 2007, 07:39:45 PM
Thanks for the impressions, I was really impressed with the demo and have been on the fence as to whether I should go and pick this up.  I think I'll keep an eye out for sales/trades.
9433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who's more excited about Guitar Hero 3 than Rock Band? (why?) on: July 15, 2007, 01:05:25 PM
Check out the character creation and customization at the 12:10 mark on this video.

For me, Rock Band is so far ahead of GH3 feature-wise it's as if they came from the future and brought back the competitor to Guitar Hero 4.
9434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 14, 2007, 05:56:41 PM
nard?
9435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 price drop? on: July 14, 2007, 04:10:39 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 14, 2007, 04:01:44 PM

Roll Eyes

I thought we could have a reasonable discussion without someone calling another a fanboy.

Me too!  So stop telling us that we're just spinning this negatively because we hate Sony!
9436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 price drop? on: July 14, 2007, 01:36:43 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 14, 2007, 07:20:43 AM

I still don't see the problem that we know that the 60gb version is going away once stocks run out.  They're basing their entire negative opinion of Sony on the speculation that there'll only be the $600 price point left by that time.
Why do you keep calling this speculation?  This is what the President and COO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. told us.

"The $499 price adjustment that we did for the 60GB version for the American market--we're no longer in production for that product.  So, once that product is gone from the retailer's shelves, then we're back to the $599 SKU only.  So it's not like we have a two price strategy here in the US market."
9437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: July 14, 2007, 04:01:09 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on July 14, 2007, 03:36:48 AM

So if he can take down a starship using the force, why couldn't Luke just slam the Death Star into a moon?

 icon_wink

I think that was many a fanboy's dream ending to ROTJ. smile
9438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who's more excited about Guitar Hero 3 than Rock Band? (why?) on: July 14, 2007, 04:00:25 AM

Quote from: papasmurff on July 14, 2007, 02:55:38 AM

I like GH 3 Better...way too expensive for rock band.  I might get both if I can buy just RB the game and no guitar or drums or Mic
Are you under the impression that you can only get the game if you buy the ~$200 bundle?
9439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Wireless Wheel - questions on: July 14, 2007, 03:42:04 AM
Are you using a PGR3 copy you already owned, or the one that came with the game?  I don't have the wheel myself, but I thought you had to make sure to use the included PGR3 to install some drivers.
9440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What robot genre needs ILM's special effects treatment next? on: July 14, 2007, 12:15:18 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 14, 2007, 12:12:58 AM

SHOGO

Ooh now you're talking.
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