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9721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/9) on: July 09, 2007, 02:45:50 PM
VC this week:

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.
9722  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?
9723  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.
9724  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.
9725  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?
9726  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.)
9727  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.
9728  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. 
9729  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.
9730  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.
9731  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.
9732  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.
9733  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.
9734  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.
9735  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?
9736  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.
9737  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.
9738  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.
9739  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.
9740  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.
9741  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.
9742  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.
9743  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.
9744  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.
9745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2: COOL CAR PIC'S....... on: July 02, 2007, 07:24:40 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 02, 2007, 07:17:29 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on July 02, 2007, 06:05:37 PM

Wonderpug's pretty efficient with his. Don't feel bad if you have to use more layers than that.

My measly little decepticon logo is like fifty-something layers all on it's own :|

I want my forum logo.  The dragon, the GT, the colors, etc.  I think that'd take me until the next Xbox comes out....

Do you have a high res version of the dragon logo?  I think I could take a stab at it tonight.
9746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2: COOL CAR PIC'S....... on: July 02, 2007, 06:01:00 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 02, 2007, 05:38:23 PM

OOooooohkay...I booted up the game and I have NO IDEA how you guys are doing ANY of these things using the template of basic shapes available.  Is there a 'draw it by hand' option I'm missing?

Take a look at my deconstructed paintjobs, it's all just a lot of stretched and skewed basic shapes.  Or in kathode's case, A LOT of stretched and skewed basic shapes. smile
9747  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your all-time favorite cereal? on: July 02, 2007, 04:20:53 PM
In the sugary genre:  Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

There's this Cherry Almond Cluster cereal at Trader Joe's that's damn good..

Overall, though, somehow Raisin Nut Bran became my favorite.
9748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/2) on: July 02, 2007, 01:04:29 PM
I can't find official word, but I'm pretty sure this week's VC titles are:

Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES®, 1 player, rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Join Mario™, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad in an incredible fantasy world on a quest to save the day. This time, they have little more than vegetables to defend themselves with. Pick up items and throw them at your adversaries to clear levels in seven massive worlds. Even enemies can be picked up and tossed across the screen. Each character has a unique set of abilities: Luigi can jump higher and farther than any of the other characters, Toad can dig extremely fast and pull items out of the ground quicker than anyone and the princess is the only one who can jump and hover temporarily. This unique installment in the Mario series will keep you coming back for more.

Ecco: The Tides of Time (Sega Genesis, 1 player, rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): In this sequel to Ecco the Dolphin, everyone's favorite underwater hero must battle the Vortex Queen and her hive of drones. The wicked queen followed Ecco back to Earth from the future and quickly established her hive. It's up to Ecco to defeat this alien threat by navigating the depths of his side-scrolling world, solving puzzles and receiving help from his marine-mammal friends. When Ecco used the time machine to save his pod, he split the stream of time in two. He must now restore the rift before the world is permanently changed into a mechanical world, sucked dry by the Vortex.

DRAGON SPIRIT (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 600 Wii Points): A fantastic world of adventure unfolds in this vertical-scrolling shooter. Sealed away by the gods long ago, the Evil Demon of Darkness, Zawell, seeks to rise again and unleash a new reign of evil. The brave warrior Amur races to rescue Princess Alicia from the demon's wretched clutches. Amur takes the form of the legendary Blue Dragon and fights his way through the legions of monsters that await in the sky. Battle your way through eight different areas, using your Dragon Breath to bring down airborne targets and Fireballs to wipe out targets on the ground. Destroy flashing enemies and smash Eggs to uncover different kinds of power-up items. Boost your firepower by increasing the number of heads your dragon has, and defeat all the bosses as you make your way to Zawell's dark lair.

I've been hoping for Mario 2 for a while, so that's a sure purchase, and I think I might buy Ecco 1 & 2 in one fell swoop--never played the 2nd.
9749  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Roswell" deathbed confession on: July 02, 2007, 12:44:46 PM
I'm just glad that when the alien invasion arrives, I've got contacts across several message boards filled with the people who have been training the hardest on the X-com invasion simulators.
9750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Heavenly Sword pics [PS3] on: July 01, 2007, 05:55:51 AM

Quote from: Thry on July 01, 2007, 12:57:50 AM

Am I the only one who was not enamored by the gameplay footage?

No.  The visuals, especially for the environments, are friggin' incredible, but the actual fighting gameplay they showed didn't look nearly as fun as God of War. 
9751  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitman Movie Trailer on: June 30, 2007, 03:10:47 AM
fixed link
9752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2: COOL CAR PIC'S....... on: June 30, 2007, 12:03:12 AM
Awesome job.  I was working on a thumbs-up vault boy myself, but I got too frustrated with getting the lines for the face and hair looking right and gave up.
9753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dammit!! CD-Keys irritate me. on: June 29, 2007, 02:17:40 PM
For a while I was just writing the key on the disc with a permanent marker.
9754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 Red Rings to round out my week on: June 29, 2007, 03:05:55 AM

Quote from: adamsappel on June 29, 2007, 02:09:14 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 22, 2007, 05:59:13 PM

I don't know if it's possible to peek in without cracking open the case, but when you get your refurb I'd be very curious to know if you got the new heatsink installed.

From GAF: "Stand in a dark room, torch held right up against the side of the 360. The new heatsink should be clearly visible between the CPU heatsink and the front of the 360. If there's a big gap and you can see the side of the DVD drive easily, there's no additional heatsink."

Cool, thanks.
9755  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 29, 2007, 03:05:10 AM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on June 29, 2007, 01:04:56 AM

For some reason I really like this idea.
I don't know, not a lot of people can pull off the whole cowboy hat, sarong, camelback, and pink bicycle look.
9756  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: Both Katamari games for PS2 on: June 28, 2007, 09:45:03 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on June 28, 2007, 09:32:52 PM

Nobody has these?

They're hard to part with!
9757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WTF is up with EA? This is BS on: June 28, 2007, 07:25:29 PM
But it's not Sim City, it's Sim City Societies.  Much like Streets of Sim City, the title can imply a tie to the Sim City series without claiming to to be a part of the core series.

Now if you want to complain about gingerbread houses and castles being in the game, I'm all on board!
9758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pokemon: Battle Revolution on: June 28, 2007, 06:21:25 PM
Wow, this snippet is probably the biggest deal-breaker for me:

Online battles result in no post-battle stats and there's no reason to fight, as the game lacks any kind of leaderboards, tournaments, trophies or achievements. Unless you're doing it for the thrill of battle - which some players will be - there's literally no global competitive structure to encourage fights.

Talk about missed potential, jeez.  Is it that much of a stretch to think a ranking system would be a pretty good match for this kind of game?
9759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: June 28, 2007, 02:57:35 PM
I'm working on a reply to your post on the beta boards, but I'm kind of hoping a dev posts a hint of what direction they're going with on the culture war.  I'd rather suggest ways to improve on their concepts than to try and ask them to rebuild the culture battle from the ground up.

I think the "in a nutshell" version of what I'd envision is:

  • Culture war should be able to be an interesting game mechanic in and of itself-   It should be fun and strategic on its own.
  • Culture mechanic should have its fingers in many other game mechanics-  It shouldn't be an island; tie it to trading posts, military conquest, the economy, civilian oriented vs. military oriented planets, etc.
  • Balancing complexity is key- Too simple or abstracted and it feels tacked on, too complex and it draws too much attention from the rest of the game
I get the feeling they want this to be a combat oriented game, so it's it's a tough balance to make culture a compelling game mechanic without turning the game into Civilization in Space.
9760  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: DiRT for 360 for $40 shipped on: June 28, 2007, 12:06:59 AM
If the grabber, upon receiving the game, realizes that they mistakenly purchased DiRT when they in fact were hoping to obtain soil for 360 people, and returns said game, and the deals with Starshifter, Ike, Damage, Chaz's 2nd personality all fall through ... I'll take it!
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