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9641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorsport vs Dirt on: July 10, 2007, 11:03:56 PM
Another apples to oranges question/comparison. One has mud, the other has dirt.  They are totally different experiences. It's about what you want from the gameplay.    Tongue
9642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Trauma Center 2 on Wii: 2-player co-op! on: July 10, 2007, 07:53:06 PM
Awesome

Two player co-op!
Voiced dialogue!
16:9 support!
Online rankings!




I skipped the first Wii Trauma Center since I had already played the DS version, but this'll be a day 1 purchase for sure.  Co-op mode would just be hilarious.  You could even turn it into a pseudo- 4-player party game: Two people as the nurses holding the nunchucks to select instruments, and two surgeons calling out "scalpel!" "green goo!"
9643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Konami: PS3 price drop isn't enough, MGS4 might go multiplatform on: July 10, 2007, 07:11:15 PM
Didn't Katamari Damacy jump the Sony ship recently as well?
9644  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'Transformers' - Spoilers Flagged on: July 10, 2007, 05:53:10 PM
Did anyone read the prequel comics for the movie?  I'm curious how much they flesh out the backstory.
9645  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1-18-08 Trailer Online on: July 10, 2007, 03:58:23 PM
Well, you gotta love the internet.  It took, what, less than a week for a leaked shakycam screencap to surface?  It's a pretty interesting direction to take a movie like this, but if anyone can pull it off, Abrams can.  Spoilered in case you want to keep the suspense.
Spoiler for Hiden:
9646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1-18-08 Trailer Online on: July 10, 2007, 03:35:01 PM
Is Cthulhu still the leading theory on the monster?
9647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Price drop - MS Strikes back on: July 10, 2007, 03:34:26 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on July 10, 2007, 02:58:33 PM

My point is that you don't want to price any of your systems (in a multi SKU environment) where there's no point in purchasing one of them because the cost difference between them is too slight to really matter.

But this is where the movie popcorn analogy comes into play.  Timmy's been begging for a 360, but his mom took one look at the $400 price tag and thought "no way."  But now there's an ad in the paper that says the 360 is $250.  Now you've got a chance of getting her in a store with a purchase in mind, and then a salesman then has the opportunity to convince her that "for just a few dollars more you could have X, Y, and Z," and viola she's spending the $400 she didn't think she wanted to spend.

Rough analogy, I know, but the point is that Microsoft wants everyone to be purchasing the most expensive model they have out there, and close price tags help accomplish that.  In the case of the new Premium & Elite pricing, you're getting $50 more out of the customer for less than $50 worth of extra parts.  Even if it's just $10 extra profit per unit, when you're selling 300k units each month it equates to millions of extra dollars a month.
9648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Price drop - MS Strikes back on: July 10, 2007, 01:35:02 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on July 10, 2007, 01:22:41 PM

If you're going to spend $349, why not spend the extra $50 to get a 120 gig HDD and HDMI?
Seems like sound pricing then, or do you also find it foolish for movie theaters to offer the large popcorn for just a dollar more than the medium?  smile
9649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: July 10, 2007, 01:32:13 PM
Are these shots real?



The wiimote slot seems cool, I'm curious how well it locks in place.  I have to say, though, the new GHIII guitar looks like such a toy compared to the Rock Band guitar.  They took one step forward with the new fret design, and 5 steps back by having the pick guard entirely cover the face.  The real Les Paul has a distinctive pick guard shape, so why wouldn't they make it part of the design?
9650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What robot genre needs ILM's special effects treatment next? on: July 09, 2007, 08:46:20 PM
A part of me wants to say that the Iron Giant movie would be cool to see live action, but the animated version was so wonderful I don't see how a live action version would be anything but a disappointment.
9651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Forza 2 vs PGR 3 on: July 09, 2007, 06:03:32 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on July 09, 2007, 05:53:04 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on July 08, 2007, 09:31:31 PM

I think an apples/oranges comparison question would be more like, "Which is better: Forza 2 or Metal Gear Solid 4?"  Comparing two driving games, even if they're of different styles, seems like a reasonable request, and I think the posts made so far would have helped me out a lot in Crux's position.  thumbsup

-Autistic Angel

Uhh. no I guess we have vastly different views on what the term means. A non apples/oranges question to me is "Whats the better choice PGR3 or Need for Speed?". Those are similar games in that their mostly arcade driving games.

That's like saying you can't compare Star Wars to Star Trek because one's a movie series and the other's a TV series.  C'mon, they're both racing games!  You can't picture someone walking into a store wanting to drive fast real-life cars and holding up both boxes to see which one looks better?
9652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 price drop? on: July 09, 2007, 05:55:45 PM
I wonder how much they're losing on each unit sold now, have there been any more recent estimates?

Back at launch the estimates were:
60GB: (Build for $840) - (Sell for $600) = lose $240/unit
20GB: (Build for $800) - (Sell for $500) = lose $300/unit
9653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 price drop? on: July 09, 2007, 05:41:28 PM
I don't care if you call it a price drop or a cantaloupe, it's not making it any easier for me to own a PS3.  If I were to buy a PS3, all I need is in the 20GB version.  My router sits next to my TV so I don't need wifi, I don't need an extra 40GB for anything (and if I did I'd just install the HD myself), and my HTPC has a card reader so I don't need that.  I just want a machine that will let me play blu-ray movies and PS3 games.

This is how the price drop reads to me, which I gather is similar to how it reads to th'Fool:

Sony then: "PS3 is $500!"
Me: "Want one, too expensive."
Sony now: "PS3 is $500...but with chrome plating!"
Me: "Want one, too expensive."

It's a price drop for chrome plating, but I'm still left waiting for the PS3 to be affordable.
9654  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What robot genre needs ILM's special effects treatment next? on: July 09, 2007, 03:43:46 PM
It's certainly all the rage in Japan.  I walked through a big toy store in Osaka and they must've had two entire isles dedicated to Gundam toys and models, as well as an 8-foot model of the main robot.


And back to the topic, I'm guessing I'm going to be on my own with this one, but I'd love to see Short Circuit 3 done with modern effects. smile  There were a number of scenes in Transformers where Bumblebee's facial expressions reminded me of Johnny 5.
9655  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What robot genre needs ILM's special effects treatment next? on: July 09, 2007, 03:21:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 09, 2007, 03:08:48 PM

Gundam would have lots of potential too- it's a more "realistic" take on the genre and with a properly developed first act would go a long way on making giant fighting robots more palatable for general audiences. 

Gundam is considered a more realistic take on the genre?  I saw the brightly colored robots and dismissed the series as being too, well, kiddie.  I might just have to give it a try.
9656  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: If you were in the market for an HDTV.. on: July 09, 2007, 03:05:34 PM

Quote from: Calvin on July 09, 2007, 02:48:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 09, 2007, 02:33:01 PM

I'm clueless about TVs these days.  Is this Magnavox TV better or worse than that 42" 1080p Westinghouse that was going for $1k?

Sorry I didn't answer this directly. from what I can see from wading through the tons of good and bad info on AVS-the Westy is the better TV, some say by quite a bit-link for 1k? I saw a deal for like 1150 previously.

Woops, it was Vizio I was thinking of, not Westinghouse.  I guess I wasn't kidding about being clueless about TVs these days. smile
9657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/9) on: July 09, 2007, 02:45:50 PM
VC this week:

Quote
Mach Rider® (NES®, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): It's the year 2112. Earth has been invaded by the forces of evil. Battle the invaders as you race from sector to sector on your motorcycle, searching for survivors. Feel the incredible sense of speed as you zip past evil Quadrunners and zigzag between treacherous rocks, oil spills and other obstacles on the course. For a different challenge, create your own course in Design Mode, using the various twists, turns and straightaways the game has to offer. Remember, you are Earth's only hope—you are Mach Rider.

Yoshi® (NES, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Yoshi is an action/puzzle game starring Mario's dinosaur buddy, Yoshi™, who has been imprisoned in an egg. Now it's raining Goombas, Bloopers and Boo Buddies, and you have to help Mario™ stop the airborne invasion. As the critters fall, catch them on trays. Stack two of a kind and they both disappear, or capture the whole bunch in between eggshells. When the eggshells match, out hatches Yoshi and up goes your score. The action heats up as the characters fall faster and faster. To save the day, switch and shuffle, and don't let your piles get too high.

Air "Zonk" (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone - Mild Cartoon Violence, 600 Wii Points): Air "Zonk" is a spin-off of the popular Bonk's Adventure series. This side-scrolling shooter retains the same cartoonish style of Bonk but is set in a cyberpunk future. The powered-up "Zonk" gathers his friends to form Team Cool, and they set out to stop King Drool's plan to conquer the world. Choose from three levels of difficulty and three Friend Modes. Shoot King Drool's cyber-robots and avoid their attacks while collecting the Air Bones to unleash a variety of unique attacks. Combine with a friend to create an invincible hybrid form or blast enemies with a charged attack. Air "Zonk" is filled with humor, made evident by the wacky theme song that plays when you post a huge score or when your game is over.
9658  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: If you were in the market for an HDTV.. on: July 09, 2007, 02:33:01 PM
I'm clueless about TVs these days.  Is this Magnavox TV better or worse than that 42" 1080p Westinghouse Vizio that was going for $1k?
9659  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What robot genre needs ILM's special effects treatment next? on: July 09, 2007, 02:31:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 09, 2007, 02:13:48 PM

shouldn't there be an actual poll?  icon_wink

Need all the nominations first!  The poll would be a legally binding document that would most likely determine what project ILM next gets signed to, so we can't just go about this willy nilly.
9660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/9) on: July 09, 2007, 02:09:58 PM
Sylpheed is a maybe depending on reviews and impressions, but I'm skeptical.
9661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What robot genre needs ILM's special effects treatment next? on: July 09, 2007, 02:07:18 PM
So while it seems like the Transformers movie itself is a love it or hate it affair, I think most people can agree that holy shit those were some damn impressive looking giant robots.  So if it were up to us, what giant machine franchise should get the next live action ILM treatment?

BattleTech/MechWarrior - Someone mentioned this in another thread.  The opening fight in Transformers was almost a 1:1 match for the BattleTech style, and the backstory to the franchise leaves a lot of room for a movie adaptation that could have a wider appeal than just the videogame/tabletop fans.  I think this one has actually been on and off the production table for a number of years, but perhaps Transformers' success will help rekindle interest in the project.  Con: Robot Jox.

Macross/Robotech - This would be my top choice.  If I had my own billions of dollars to toss around I would just take the original storyline and split it into three movie adaptations.  I just want to see Veritechs and Zentraedi fighting it out in city streets.  Con: @#$% intellectual property fights means this'll never happen.  Best we can hope for is a Macross adaptation that has redesigns for all the mecha.

M.A.S.K. - Well, 80s cartoon remakes are all the rage, so I guess it's not out of the question.  It would be neat to see the vehicle transformations, but, uh...  Con: It would suck.

Gundam - Dunno, not familiar with the franchise.

Voltron - This one's already happening!  I'll form the head!

What're your votes, am I missing any big ones?
9662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Forza 2 vs PGR 3 on: July 08, 2007, 02:18:05 PM
If you're at all interested in getting the racing wheel, it comes with PGR3.  (And if you buy PGR3, then buy the wheel, you'll still have to unwrap the wheel's PGR3 since it contains necessary drivers for the wheel.)
9663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ridicule me if you must.... on: July 07, 2007, 09:21:50 PM

Quote from: Arkon on July 07, 2007, 07:57:13 PM

One thing, I am having trouble with my WiiMotes being very jumpy.  I tried adjusting the sensativity and it isn't helping much.  I am sitting about 9 feet from my TV on my couch.  The sensor bar is on top of the TV, so it is about 5 feet off the ground.  I can't seem to find a way to sit comfortably on my couch and have the system pick up my movements.
Like Herpes said, make sure the edges of the sensor bar are facing forward without any part blocked.  If you're sitting a lot lower than the bar, and the bar is angled upwards or partially blocked by some lip or edge on the TV, the remote's might have a hard time seeing it.

Other than that, any windows or reflective surfaces behind or near the TV that could be reflecting light?  Any light sources near the TV like a lamp, light bulb, or the sun?  When you did the calibration, if you turn up the sensitivity do any other white spots appear?

If you want to get creative, see if it improves if you take the sensor bar down and instead put two tea light candles on your TV spaced a bit further out than the sensor bar edges were placed.
9664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 price drop? on: July 06, 2007, 05:55:32 PM

Quote from: JSL on July 06, 2007, 05:35:01 PM

Just curious, but isn't this one of the fastest console price drops for a new console? Has there been a faster price drop?

This is assuming that the price drop happens of course, but it seems like it will.

I believe the 3D0 dropped $200 just before its first birthday. 
9665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'Transformers' - Spoilers Flagged on: July 06, 2007, 05:26:25 PM
Saw it on Wednesday on a digital, but slightly smaller screen.  Gonna see it again tonight on a non-digital bigger screen.

Any numbers out yet on the movie's ticket sales?  Seems like they could really push out some big numbers since they're really pushing the "opening weekend" definition by starting on Tuesday.  When I release my own summer blockbuster, I'm going to have it be a 4th of July weekend opening with showings starting on Memorial Day.
9666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iphone battery annoying people now on: July 06, 2007, 03:39:31 PM

Quote from: Devil on July 06, 2007, 03:28:51 PM

There are problems with everything, everywhere, all the time, just keep looking for them.
"Just keep looking for them" is an independent clause, and so must be separated from the initial clause by a semicolon or a conjunction.
9667  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hey Hollywood, leave my childhood alone, dammit! on: July 06, 2007, 01:13:43 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on July 06, 2007, 01:00:18 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 06, 2007, 12:59:07 PM

Quote from: Arkon on July 06, 2007, 12:20:21 PM

I just heard a commercial this morning for an underdog movie coming out in August?

Yeah, I saw a preview for this at Ratatouille.  It's live action with apparently real dogs.  Looks like crap. 

Jason Lee is voicing Underdog as well, in a funny twist of fate.

I believe he was contractually required to participate in Underdog and Chipmunks as a way of adding more items to his Earl list.
9668  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hey Hollywood, leave my childhood alone, dammit! on: July 05, 2007, 10:14:08 PM
Ohhh, it's Jason Lee!  I glanced at the poster at the theater yesterday and thought they somehow got Stephen Colbert to play David.  Must be the eyebrow.
9669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can the Wii scratch a GC CD? on: July 05, 2007, 06:49:24 PM
Interesting, I didn't realize the data layer was so close to the top.
9670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can the Wii scratch a GC CD? on: July 05, 2007, 06:11:17 PM

Quote from: Jag on July 05, 2007, 03:09:21 PM

From what i am reading a scratch on the top of a CD (the printed side) is much worse than on the underside (shiny side).

I don't understand how a scratch on the top would have any effect at all: the laser isn't reading anything on that side.
9671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can the Wii scratch a GC CD? on: July 05, 2007, 02:53:36 PM
What's the difference between a regular scratch and a top scratch?
9672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: July 05, 2007, 01:00:13 PM

Quote from: shaggydoug on July 05, 2007, 05:15:30 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 05, 2007, 04:16:25 AM

so, how is it supposed to handle playing with the mic?

Did you notice the scrolling text across the top along with what appeared to be some kind of scrolling sound display like you would see in a sound editor?  Makes me wonder if they expect you to hit the notes.  I would think that's some hefty processing to do real time.

- shaggy

Some interview or preview somewhere mentioned that the game will look for both pitch and phonemes.
9673  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Roswell" deathbed confession on: July 03, 2007, 07:28:33 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 03, 2007, 06:47:47 PM

Didn't the guy who took the "Nessie" photo admit on his deathbed it was a hoax?

I don't know if he was on his deathbed, but I remember him admitting it was a photo of a toy submarine with some stuff glued onto it.
9674  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Roswell" deathbed confession on: July 03, 2007, 06:19:23 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 03, 2007, 04:38:20 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 03, 2007, 04:04:37 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 03, 2007, 03:48:04 PM

Also, as for why people claim intersystem travel is impossible, it's because we currently know of no way to travel faster than the speed of light.  Seeing how scientists are currently working on "teleporting" data from one location to another, it seems that if such a thing is possible, that FLT travel would somehow be possible as well.
Our real-world "teleporting" still obeys the speed limit.

Does it?  I had thought it was instantaneous.  I'll have to read a bit more on it (I've only skimmed most stuff and said "wow that's cool", since they aren't transporting hampsters or anything).

This is where the "teleportation" label given to our real-life version of the phenomenon is very misleading.  The short version is that while the person at position B will be able to reconstruct something that was at position A, someone at position A has to call them on the telephone to tell them how to do it.

The slightly longer version:

George and his friend Tony first get two particles entangled.  George keeps his particle A in America, while Tony brings his particle B back to England.  George has a particle X that he wants to transport.  He entangles his original particle A with this particle X.  This destroys the entanglement between A and B, but leaves the two of them with four possible but unknown arrangements of particle A, B, and X.  George measures his A and X particles, letting him know which of the four arrangements they have, and thus learns what state Tony's B particle is.  George calls up Tony on the phone, mails him a letter, or sends a carrier pigeon to let Tony know.  Tony is then able to use the information to use his B particle to recreate the X particle over in jolly old England.  Viola!  You've got "teleportation," i.e., information transmitted without transferring any matter or energy.  Not quite as sexy as a Star Trek transporter beam, but still pretty cool.

Disclaimer:  I'm probably wrong in some way, this stuff makes my head hurt.
9675  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktop threadzor on: July 03, 2007, 05:47:37 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 03, 2007, 05:36:26 PM

Silly question I know, but I am having a brain freeze, so I hope someone can help me.  When I do a screenprint of of desktop where is the image saved?  For the life of me I can't find the folder where it is stored

If you're just hitting "print screen" it just goes in the clipboard.  Open Paintshop, hit Paste, then save as something other than a bitmap.
9676  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Roswell" deathbed confession on: July 03, 2007, 04:04:37 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 03, 2007, 03:48:04 PM

Also, as for why people claim intersystem travel is impossible, it's because we currently know of no way to travel faster than the speed of light.  Seeing how scientists are currently working on "teleporting" data from one location to another, it seems that if such a thing is possible, that FLT travel would somehow be possible as well.
Our real-world "teleporting" still obeys the speed limit.
9677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii- How long will the shortage last? on: July 03, 2007, 03:39:57 PM
I really wish that back in January we had started a forum betting pool on when the shortage would end.  I think would have bet mid-February.
9678  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Roswell" deathbed confession on: July 03, 2007, 03:36:55 PM

Quote from: walTer on July 03, 2007, 03:14:38 PM

True or not?  I don't know.

What I do *know* or believe is that it is silly to think that in a Universe the size of ours, that we are the only living creatures in it.  That makes no sense and gives the human race WAY too much credit.

Agreed, but the vastness of the universe also makes it immensely unlikely that we and another sentient species will overlap in time & space.

If you want to be optimistic, I would say there's a chance in the next several hundred years--assuming we can maintain our technological growth without burning out our resources--of us discovering an alien civilization that did exist some millions of years ago in some star system hundreds of light years away.  In fact, in my own personal belief in how much sentient life there is out there (a lot), I could see us eventually reaching a point where we're using indirect means to discover traces of old distant civilizations with the same regularity we were discovering extrasolar planets in the first years of planet-hunting.

But being in the same time, and in the same place?  Not going to hold my breath.
9679  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone want a bunch of PC games dirt cheap? on: July 03, 2007, 12:14:54 AM
 icon_eek is right, holy shit good deal.
9680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wiik-ly VC Update on: July 02, 2007, 08:59:29 PM

Quote from: MrDuck on July 02, 2007, 08:52:07 PM

I wonder if Nintendo plans on releasing Super Mario All Stars (All 3 NES Mario games with SuperNes graphics, plus The Lost Levels), even if it's for an extra price range (i.e. 900 or 1000 points).

I've been wondering that with each Mario VC game I purchase.  I hope they do come out with it, even if it does mean I'll be buying the same friggin' games yet again.

I'll complain about the pricing all night, but when it comes to the big classics, I just can't resist the purchase.
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