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Console Games / Re: So...Who is Getting Gears of War?
« on: November 10, 2006, 09:24:16 am »
"My Love for You Is Like a Truck"
Best achievements ever.    ;D
I don't get that one  :-[

It's a reference from the movie "Clerks". Some guy in the movie writes a metal song called "Beserker" that has a line "My love for you is like a truck... BERSERKER!" In the context of the movie it's funny. Anyway, you get the achievement when you kill a berserker in the game.

I got this last night and played in Co-op mode... amazing.

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Console Games / Re: PS3 Sticker Shock
« on: May 11, 2006, 10:13:11 am »
Why can't you have 1080p without HDMI? Is it a bandwidth issue?

It's partially a bandwidth issue. The other issue is that HDMI provides signal encryption so content can't be pirated between the source (in this case the PS3) and the display (your TV). So what you say? Well, the Blu Ray specification allows content providers (movie studios) to downgrade the picture quality from 1080p to 540p if the user is utilizing analog (component video) cables.

So if you go with the lower priced PS3 package in hopes of utilizing Blu Ray's superb picture quality, you may be in for a shock when watching some movies.

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Console Games / Re: No GRAW Talk?
« on: March 15, 2006, 02:10:25 pm »
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BTW - Can someone tell me what HD format these 360 games can be run at (720p, 1080i etc)?  Will it run in a native 16:9 format?  I've got a 34" Sony XBR HDTV that can do 1080p and I want to know if the 360 will take advantage of this resolution before I drop $500 bucks on the console. thanks.  AND... of course, how does it look in HD??? Thanks.

First off, GRAW looks amazing in HD. I have a 51" Sony HDTV and I'm blown away by the quality - by far the best graphics I've seen on the 360 to date.

Regarding the 360 & HD output: the console can output both a 720p and 1080i signal. When you setup your console, you select what signal you want it to output. All 360 games are required to have HD output at either 720p or 1080i (and by definition, both those signals are widescreen or 16:9). If the game's HD output and the output signal you selected for the console don't match (e.g. the game outputs 720p and you set the console to 1080i), the console simply scales the picture to match the signal you selected. I've set my console to both settings to see if I can tell the difference with and without scaling, and I can't tell if one is better than the other. Maybe a trained eye could tell the difference but they both look great to me.

Regarding your 1080p TV: the 360 doesn't have any support for 1080p. That's not surprising, considering that there currently is no standard for 1080p on televisions. Until standards are settled, 1080p on Sony will mean something different than say, 1080p on a Toshiba. Your TV undoubtedly supports 720p and 1080i. Trust me, the 360 is going to look great on your set. Your TV may even try to scale the Xbox signal to 1080p but I would recommend turnign that off for video games.

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PC Games / Re: Anyone playing Guild Wars?
« on: May 13, 2005, 12:35:13 pm »
I finally picked this game up and played around with it last night - I really like what I see so far. Only a lvl 2 Mesmer so far but I'm starting to think about a 2nd professions.

The game is beautiful in it's simplicity but I'm still getting used to it - I've been playing WoW for so long that I keep hitting the wrong keys.

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Console Games / Re: OOOH SEGA HOW I MISS THEE
« on: March 21, 2005, 04:53:25 pm »
I miss the original Crazy Taxi and Soul Calibur on Dreamcast.  :'( There was something magical and incredibly addictive about them. The sequels on the nextgen consoles never lived up to the originals.

Yeah, and those Sonic Chao's were creepy.  :o

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Podcasts / Re: Excellent Work
« on: March 21, 2005, 10:39:31 am »
Steve-O, just started listening to your podcasts this morning on the commute downtown. Excellent work - how did I know you were going to use Pacman as your 'jingle'?  Looking forward to getting through the first four and finding out what the hubub is behind Spore.

And Steve, I recognize your forum signature from somewhere...  ;)

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TV / Re: TV Madness
« on: March 16, 2005, 08:22:24 pm »
Battlestar Galactica is terrific. And Ron Moore is releasing podcast commentaries of each episode on scifi.com.

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Site News / Re: Welcome to the Gaming Steve Forums
« on: March 16, 2005, 08:19:18 pm »
iPodder stinks.  >:( I'm gonna download Doppler

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