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9561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]PGR4 limited by DVD size on: August 01, 2007, 05:35:43 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 01, 2007, 05:01:50 PM

why should it be? Don't they have light sensors?

Wouldn't that be a big "if" statement, like "If SUNNY=1; Goto TURN_THE_GODDAMNED_LIGHTS_OFF"?

I would think the textures for windows etc are pretty reusable ... I mean reflective translucent is reflective translucent regardless of the light intensity, right? I think they're talking about all of the textures for roads, buildings, barriers etc.

They should just license the Unreal 3 engine and mod the F#$% out of it. biggrin

If you're designing this storefront (from PGR1), do you design each and every one of the lights and signs as a light source to determine how much the merchandise, interior walls, and storefronts light up by day or by night, or do you just slap a whole new texture up for the building?  Multiply this by the number of buildings you see in a city-based racing game.
9562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Questions about Braces on: August 01, 2007, 03:40:06 PM

Quote from: javahead on August 01, 2007, 01:09:15 PM

Brush after every meal -- take the travel toothbrush to school and brush after lunch too -- and floss too, or all that money you spend will amount to nothing but more dental bills later.

I think the real kicker is to stick to using that retainer for years and years and years, or then all that money will amount to nothing.
9563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 8/1 new game trailers on: August 01, 2007, 03:03:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 01, 2007, 02:54:52 PM

The Indiana Jones one is hilarious!  icon_lol

Agreed, I think that was the most impressive of the four by far.
9564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Price drop confirmed? on: August 01, 2007, 02:24:57 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 01, 2007, 01:59:22 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 01, 2007, 02:33:56 AM

Anyone who buys the Core for $70 less than the Premium should be beaten senseless with it slywink

Buying the Core has exactly one use - if you intend to (pay too much for) buy the 120GB HD. Beyond that, it's a useless system that developers should not be forced to support anymore.

I agree that the Core is a waste of money, but don't forget the numbers of how many 360 owners have never taken it online--wasn't it even as high as 50% or more that have never connected to Live?  These people aren't using their drives for demos, patches, extra content, or XBLA games.  If the Core price advantage wasn't negated so much by the need for a memory card (and the inevitable increase in HDD-required games), the Core would really be all they need.
9565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]PGR4 limited by DVD size on: August 01, 2007, 02:17:29 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 01, 2007, 02:03:11 PM

Ehh..I think we will get to the point real soon where single dvd games will start seriously limiting developers for 360, I really do.

Real soon, as in...right now with PGR4 and GTA4?

Sony would be real smart to start paying developers to pack lots of extra content in the PS3 versions of cross-platform titles.  Imagine if it was Sony instead of Microsoft that paid Rockstar to create exclusive extra episodes, but included on the disc rather than being a download.  "With over 5 times the storage of standard DVD, blu-ray on the PS3 gives developers like Rockstar the ability to yap yap yap."

They're putting so much on the line to make blu-ray succeed, I don't get why they're not educating the public more on its advantages.
9566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Strikers Impressions on: August 01, 2007, 12:59:26 PM
Can you connect with a friend's Wii via friend code, and then pair up against strangers online?
9567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: P-DAY +2 (impressions/spoilers within) on: August 01, 2007, 03:44:23 AM
George is 500 lbs, he's 58 but looks 70, and he has at least 3 more books to write--keeping in mind that the last book took 5 years, the next book was already partially written and is still taking 3 years, and he's got an HBO miniseries to be involved in.

So in short, no official health problems listed, but this does not look like a picture of health:
9568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 hands on preview on: July 31, 2007, 08:41:27 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 31, 2007, 08:23:43 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 31, 2007, 02:47:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 31, 2007, 01:55:43 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on July 31, 2007, 12:58:04 PM

Whatever. It looks great. Blizzard has never made a graphically impressive game.
I remember Warcraft II being pretty amazing for its time, though it may have just been because it was such a step up from Warcraft I.  Specifically, I remember being wowed when I first saw (in a demo, I believe) the Orc town center in the snow.

WoW wow'd me the first bunch of times I played it.

I was just about to say the same thing.  Even this long after release, WoW still seems to be holding it's own in the graphics department.

I think Thin_J means that Blizzard doesn't usually push the envelope of graphics technology.  Warcraft 3, Diablo 2, Starcraft, and even World of Warcraft have less advanced graphics from a technical standpoint, but they make it up with great style and art direction (not to mention the ability to play the games smoothly on older computers).  I pointed out Warcraft 2 because from what I remember it stands out as a Blizzard game that was on the cutting edge of graphics when it released.
9569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So is Spore dead? on: July 31, 2007, 08:19:38 PM
Is there some new news that you're referring to?  I didn't think anyone expected to see the release happen earlier than late 2008 after they announced Soren Johnson was being brought onto the team.
9570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "Did you miss _______? I didn't" roundup on: July 31, 2007, 03:54:34 PM
I'll be browsing through Ron's threads over the next week, but they're already getting scattered about a bit.  I figure other people might want a one-stop shop as well:


Am I missing any?
9571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 hands on preview on: July 31, 2007, 01:55:43 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on July 31, 2007, 12:58:04 PM

Whatever. It looks great. Blizzard has never made a graphically impressive game.
I remember Warcraft II being pretty amazing for its time, though it may have just been because it was such a step up from Warcraft I.  Specifically, I remember being wowed when I first saw (in a demo, I believe) the Orc town center in the snow.
9572  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: P-DAY +2 (impressions/spoilers within) on: July 31, 2007, 01:31:03 PM
Just finished it last night, great great finale to the series, and it will definitely make for an incredible movie.

I've been catching up on this impressions thread, and I'm surprised that nobody has yet mentioned the enormous symbolism in the book for real-world history:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Specifically, the repeated symbolism for WWII and the Holocaust.  Voldemort on his quest to unite the world for the "pure blood" race and oust all the lesser races, despite not being of pure blood himself.  The rounding up and imprisonment of those with un-pure blood.  The pile of Muggle bones under the statue in the Ministry as a metaphor for the results of the death camps.  The underground resistance fighting and raising morale under the oppressive occupation (Neville, Luna, and Ginny at Hogwarts), the inconsistent and difficult to tune in underground radio where people in hiding listen for the resistance's updates on the war, the dialogue along the lines of "why worry about him, he's just an elf" "don't you see, it's the elves first, then we're next" (parallel to the "first they came for, but I was not a" poem.

I think there were even more metaphors that stood out to me during reading that I can't currently remember.
9573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting in shape: Couch to 5k running plan - starting the third week on: July 31, 2007, 01:03:17 PM
Hey, good job Turtle and others doing the plan.  As I train for a half marathon in October, I'm now running 4-5 miles as my "normal run", and next weekend I may try 7-8 miles as a new record for my "long run."  While it was daunting at first, the half marathon is starting to seem like a very reachable distance, and I'm starting to seriously consider a goal to qualify for the Boston Marathon in the next few years.

And it all started with 60 seconds jogging, 90 seconds walking in week 1.
9574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Dragon Quest IV, V, and VI confirmed! on: July 31, 2007, 03:03:20 AM
Oh hell yes, the DS is really the best console out there right now for me.
9575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 hands on preview on: July 31, 2007, 03:01:48 AM

Quote from: EddieA on July 31, 2007, 02:26:06 AM

I'd say Warcraft 1 and Diablo 1 were innovative

Warcraft was very similar to Dune 2 and Diablo was basically Nethack/Angband/etc. with graphics.
Agreed on both accounts, but they did enough new (and trendsetting) stuff with both games that I think they qualify as innovative.
9576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: July 30, 2007, 08:48:30 PM

Quote from: shaggydoug on July 30, 2007, 08:23:57 PM

Did anyone here read Bill's post about Rock Band and specifically a subscription model for songs? 

Thoughts?  I'd gladly pay $20/month for such a service.

- shaggy

An attempt at $20/month would really kill my interest in Rock Band.  I'm paying ~$260 for the instruments and games, no way am I going to pay another $240 a year for the songs.  A subscription fee or very overpriced individual song downloads are pretty much the only potential deal breakers for me at this point with Rock Band.
9577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 hands on preview on: July 30, 2007, 06:08:10 PM
I'd say Warcraft 1 and Diablo 1 were innovative, as was the early (and killed) concept for Warcraft 3.
9578  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: My first video game! on: July 30, 2007, 02:13:48 PM
I'm trying to remember what my first PC game was.  It was on one of the old IBMs with the nuclear attack-proof keyboards.  I'm thinking Miner 2049er, Snack Attack, Moon Patrol, Jungle Hunt, Bump'N'Jump, Paratrooper...

Wait, I remember.  I'm pretty sure I started with Rocky's Boots.

This brings back memories:

Though I think that must be a more advanced version.  I don't remember it having colors that good, more like magenta and cyan.
9579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/30) on: July 30, 2007, 01:49:23 PM
If the PSP Lite was out already I'd be tempted grab one along with Brave Story.
9580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Engine Marathon on: July 30, 2007, 01:37:29 PM

Quote from: Calvin on July 30, 2007, 01:34:13 PM

Any ideas?
You must gather your party before venturing forth.
9581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/30) on: July 30, 2007, 01:32:25 PM
Star Soldier (NES®, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone - Mild Fantasy Violence, 500 Wii Points): The standard for vertically scrolling shooters, Star Soldier is the original game that spawned all of the titles in the long-running Soldier series. Go inside a floating space station inhabited by a giant computer known as Starbrain. Your mission: to stop Starbrain's galactic invasion by piloting Caesar, a new, compact space fighter through 16 deadly stages. Collect power capsules to increase three different attributes of your ship: firepower, movement speed and defensive shields. Blast wave after wave of approaching enemies or use the innovative Trap Zone feature to fly beneath a land mass and avoid incoming fire. Conquer each stage to make your way to the final confrontation with Starbrain.

Dynamite Headdy™
(Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone - Comic Mischief, 800 Wii Points): Headdy, a toy with a detachable head, arrives in North Town to find that the evil puppet king Dark Demon is causing serious problems. Dark Demon is gathering up all the puppets in town and turning some into his own evil minions, while eliminating the rest of the puppets that aren't good enough to join his legions. Headdy is captured and is targeted for the incinerator, but escapes in the nick of time. Now he's got to save the town. To do so, Headdy has to take on all manner of bad guys and even has to contend with his lifelong nemesis, Trouble Bruin the bear. Can Headdy overcome all his foes and take down Dark Demon?

Drop Off (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points): Brave five rounds of haunting, nightmarish dreams in this take on the classic arcade puzzler. To save his dearly beloved from the malicious demon that controls her dreams and holds her captive, our brave hero plunges himself into the nightmare to vanquish this evil foe. Deftly use the arrow items and control the angle of the ball to shatter the blocks that descend from the top of the screen. Set your sights on the joints holding the blocks together and knock off multiple blocks in one exhilarating blow. As you drop more and more blocks, their shapes will change, allowing you to earn bonus points. You must use your concentration and reflexes to defeat the demon and save your beloved.
9582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: To Catch A Predator.... on: July 29, 2007, 08:55:36 PM

Quote from: Punisher on July 29, 2007, 08:35:05 PM

also, do they actually use real teens? (corruptrelic  post about the girl going to change)

Their bait is an 18+ year old that looks younger.  She's usually only in sight of the target for like 5 seconds before she heads to the back room. 
9583  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: Both Katamari games for PS2 on: July 28, 2007, 06:20:41 PM
na Naaa, na na Na na na, na Na na na na na na na na na
dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum
na Naaa, na na Na na na, na Na na na na na na na na naaaaaa

So much fun and charm for $20 is a bargain in my book. smile

Yooouuuur lonely rolling staaar...
9584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: To Catch A Predator.... on: July 28, 2007, 03:23:59 AM
9585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LEGO Indiana Jones announced! on: July 28, 2007, 03:22:51 AM
9586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Engine Marathon on: July 27, 2007, 07:43:24 PM
Can you use the tutu mod on the Gametap version of BG 1 & 2?  I'm assuming not, but I'm not looking forward to rounding up all the game CDs I have scattered between Boston and California.
9587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: To Catch A Predator.... on: July 27, 2007, 07:10:55 PM

Quote from: Punisher on July 27, 2007, 06:53:45 PM

I haven't really seen this, but have heard of it.... Do they actually get the guy to ask for sex or something? If sex is never brought up in the conversations, could they still be charged?
Also is this show entraping people in any way?

They get the guy to make his motive clear in the online chat logs, which the program has read out loud with the voice actors giggling every time 'LOL' is written.  So they've got pretty much the entire case built before the guy shows up.  When they arrive at the house, the bait girl says hi briefly and then goes to another room to "get drinks" or "change."  Chris Hanson comes out, the people seem to think they have to do whatever he tells them to even when he says he's not a cop, they get a minute or two of therapy from Chris, cameras come out with a flourish, then the guy walks out the door where a man dressed as a garden bush runs up and tackles him. 

They say they avoid entrapment, but when not all of the chat logs are available--as in the Texas case--the defense could always make the argument that the entrapment happened in the missing log.
9588  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: A great POTBS overview on: July 27, 2007, 04:08:14 PM

Quote from: drifter on July 27, 2007, 03:12:17 PM

because they can say they hit a benchmark with x number of beta keys put out.

Who would that matter to?  Some kind of internal promise, or one with the publisher?
9589  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: A great POTBS overview on: July 27, 2007, 02:39:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 21, 2007, 03:59:18 PM

There's a drawing for 200 beta accounts going on at warcry.

So, I won one of the 200 beta accounts....three weeks ago.  I still haven't gotten to see the game.  I have a beta key, I've entered my beta key, but all that does is toss me in with (literally) 10,000 other people with beta accounts who have been waiting far longer than I have to get into the game.  If I'm interpreting the posts on their public forum correctly, they promised at some point that 10,000 people would get in by the end of July, 1k were let in last week, and another 1k a few days ago.  I'm hoping that they let the other 8k in over the next few days, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

If I'm feeling bitter for thinking I was winning access to the beta and then being given a ticket to a queue of 10k people, I can hardly imagine how some of the active posters on the POTBS forums who have had beta queue accounts for over a year feel.

It just seems like such an odd way of doing things.  Why give all these people "beta keys" if all you're going to do is cherry pick the people with certain computer specs or however else they've been choosing people these past years.  The same effect could be accomplished by just choosing from a pool of "beta applications," without giving all these people false hope.
9590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Simpsons Movie on: July 27, 2007, 02:05:50 PM
I'll probably catch it in a matinee in the next few weeks, but yeah my interest level is pretty low for someone who used to be a Simpsons fan of the first order.  If it was announced that they used a screenplay that was written circa 4th or 5th season, I'd be camped at the front of the line tonight.
9591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek movie - Spock is cast on: July 27, 2007, 01:42:13 PM
It seems to me that there's sort of a recasting version of the Uncanny Valley.  If the recastings for Spock, Kirk, and the gang are only trying for a general take on the characters, it'll be easy to interpret as a reboot--similar to revisions of Batman, Superman, Oceans 11, etc.  If they get their impression of the characters spot-on, they'll likewise be acceptable--as in Ewan McGregor's take on Obi-Wan.  There's that big range, though, of "close, but not quite," that will have these Kirk and Spock impersonations looking like a humorous parody.
9592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here is how you end up at on: July 27, 2007, 01:31:52 PM
You mean when Gone Gold went down you guys didn't find your way here looking for free USMC Kato on Brooke Burke porno?
9593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlord coming to Gametap on 8-9-2007!!! on: July 26, 2007, 07:28:59 PM
That's it?  Wow, so the people who bought the game for $60 could've gotten at least half a year of Gametap for free?  Ouch.
9594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: July 26, 2007, 04:54:41 PM
That's not a real video of the GHIII song, that's just a homebrew GHII mod that someone cooked up on their own.
9595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlord coming to Gametap on 8-9-2007!!! on: July 26, 2007, 04:53:27 PM
What's the fee for Gametap, $15/mo?  So all the people who just bought the game for $60 could have gotten 4 months of Gametap for free?  Great deal for current and potential Gametap subscribers, but man, way to screw over your customers.

Very enticing for me, though, as I was tempted by Overlord and have been eyeing a Gametap more and more these days.
9596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Things I hate about Star Trek on: July 26, 2007, 04:46:47 PM
Let's leave demon summoning and wand waving magic out of the equation, as I don't think anyone is trying to make a claim that those have any scientific basis.

We agree that the majority of the scientific community does not believe that telekinesis is possible.  Is it safe to say the majority of the scientific communinity believes in special relativity, i.e., that FTL communication and travel are impossible?

So why does FTL communication get a pass as "speculative science" while telekinesis is dismissed as pure fantasy?  Because people have done research and have theories on how to break Einstein's speed limit?  People also have done research and have theories on how telekinesis could be possible, such as at the now closed Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab.

In the Ender's Game series, Card does not attempt to make a serious scientific explanation of how FTL communication works.  He invents a subatomic particle, throws around some physics jargon, dubs it the ansible and calls it a day.  The science behind the ansible is no more scientific than clicking your heels together to get home from Oz.

The ansible is an inextricable part of the Ender's Game story, so is the series now science fantasy and not science fiction?
9597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1-18-08 Trailer Online on: July 26, 2007, 03:12:47 PM
No image? No link?  Man, this thread is not friendly to the lazy!

9598  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Rock Band Bundle $200.00 shipped at Amazon on: July 26, 2007, 02:30:49 PM
The Harmonix headquarters are about a 5 minute walk from the apartment I'm moving to next month.  I should try to ambush them on their lunch break...or maybe bribery would be a better strategy...
9599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: May have blown a PS3 oppertunity. Need a fix. on: July 26, 2007, 02:26:22 PM
When you get home:
(laughing) "So I almost bought a PS3 on my way home from work."
"Oh yeah?"
"Well you got me thinking this morning.  The price just dropped a hundred bucks, there's a bunch of big releases hitting in the next few's like it's finally ripe for the buying.  You'll be proud of me, though, I resisted the urge and bought you these flowers instead."

Hook. Line. Sinker.
9600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: July 26, 2007, 01:32:52 PM
A small herd of the top players from the ScoreHero website were flown out to Neversoft to play through the entire setlist of GHIII and give their impressions and feedback.  They've got detailed impressions in this thread.

My take on the highlights:

Character List:
Axel Steel
Casey Lynch
Grim Ripper
Izzy Sparks
Johnny Napalm
Judy Nails
Lars Umlaut
Xavier Stone
Midori (new)
Slash (legend)

All-New Venue List:
Backyard Bash
Mitch's Moose Lounge
Video Shoot
Ye Olde Royal Odeon
Shanker's Island
Desert Rock Tour
Kaiju Megadome
Lou's Inferno

Four New Songs Annnounced:
- Suck My Kiss - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Master Track!)
- La Grange - ZZ Top
- Number Of The Beast - Iron Maiden (Master Track!!)
- Through The Fire And Flames - Dragonforce (Master Track!!!)

Hammer-ons/Pull-offs totally revamped to more realistically match real HO/PO points in songs, and real HO/PO technique

Through the Fire and Flames is incredibly hard.  Think ridiculously hard, then double that difficulty.

The new guitar is hugely improved.  Better strum bar, better whammy, just overall feels great.

Very well done note charts for pretty much every song

Improved character customization and animations

Sounds like the Battle Mode is pretty much what we're expecting.  Fun if you're into the idea, not at all fun if you think it's dumb.


I have to say, despite my waving of the Rock Band flag, this has really pumped up my excitement for GHIII.  I hope the feel of the RB guitar can match the impressions people are having from the GHIII Les Paul, since the RB version is the only one that will work for both games*, and as such will have to be the one I buy.

It's going to be an interesting fight to watch between these two games this Christmas, that's for sure.

*edit for clarity: only one that will be able to utilize all features in both games
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