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  1. Hence...what is the point? You know that Lucasarts will never read the document...so why produce it in the first place? Unless you intend to try and make a mod for Jedi Academy with a new story and new characters yourself? I highly doubt that any form of even a simple petition (sans project proposal) to Lucasarts would have any impact. They would go by past sales to determine whether another game in the series is viable. That's not to say you shouldn't speculate on what a new game should contain...only that it's highly unlikely to sway Lucasarts one way or the other.
  2. I caught it on the live feed as it happened...and it convinced me to get the game. *applaudes Gamespot on their E3 coverage*
  3. I'll just chip in and say that I wasn't really very interested in this game prior to E3. However, I managed to catch the Gamespot live feed where they had a demo running, and the dev was talking through it - and the game is now definitely on my wish list. I'll have to dl and watch the IGN vids to see how they compare, but on the whole I've not been impressed by IGN's coverage of the event. I won't go into much depth, but the space battles looked good, and the ground battles looked good. Grabbing other planets to give you resources, rather than chopping down trees makes sense to me. Hopefully the depth of gameplay will match or exceed the nice graphics. And D.E....you need to practice on making long posts, because that one was short.
  4. I'll just cut and paste what I posted over on Echonetwork... ..and money... Heh.
  5. Am I the only one who thinks it just looks like a black CD-ROM drive from a PC...without all the trailing cables? Don't get me wrong...I like the size, but the design looks like someone took a CD-ROM drive and put it in a shiny box. They should have made it look like an actual book - and called it the GameBook.
  6. I've enjoyed a few of Jet Li's films, including Kiss Of The Dragon and One. I saw the trailer for Unleashed a while ago, and I'm pretty sure I'll like this too.
  7. For me, it depends entirely on the types of games that will be available on these consoles. I mean, I'd only really be interested in 3rd person (not 'platformer' style) games, RPGs, and possibly first person games where the emphasis is not so much run-and-gun (I prefer mouse/keyb for FPS). At the moment the only titles on X360 that interest me are... Condemned (slower-paced, exploration + melee + some shooting) Gears Of War (3rd person fragger on UE3 by Epic. If I don't upgrade my PC by then, the Xbox360 version might be an option) The Darkness (just going by the trailer, but I'd need to see actual in-game gameplay as it's supposed to be first person) I'd need to see at least 10 titles that really interest me before I'd consider getting that console. I have no idea what's in the works for the PS3 at the moment - hopefully there will be news coming out of E3 in that regard. At the moment I'm more seriously contemplating getting a bog-standard Xbox now the price has come down and there's a greater choice of game titles I might actually want to play.
  8. Here's a bunch of specs ripped of some site somewhere... Xbox 360 Specs: CPU * 3 symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz each * 2 hardware threads per core; 6 threads total * 1 VMX-128 vector unit per core; 3 total * 128 VMX-128 registers per hardware thread * 1MB L2 Cache * 9 billion dot product operations per second Custom ATI GPU: * 500 MHz Clock Speed * 10 MB embedded DRAM * 48-way parallel floating-point dynamically-scheduled shader pipelines * Unified shader architecture * 500 million triangles per second polygon performance * 16 gigasamples per second pixel fillrate using 4X MSAA * 48 billion shader operations per second Memory: * 512 MB GDDR3 RAM * 700 MHz DDR * Unified memory architecture * 22.4 GB/s memory interface bus bandwidth * 256 GB/s memory bandwidth to EDRAM * 21.6 GB/s front-side bus Overall System Floating-Point Performance: * 1 TFLOP Storage: * Detachable and upgradeable 20 GB hard drive * 12X dual-layer DVD-ROM * Memory unit support starting at 64 MB Input/Output: * Support for up to 4 wireless game controllers * 3 USB 2.0 ports - 2 front concealed under flap, 1 rear - compatible with all USB devices * 2 memory unit slots Digital Media Support: * Support for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 CD, JPEG Photo CD * Stream media from portable music devices, digital cameras, Windows XP PCs * Rip music to Xbox 360 hard drive * Custom playlists in every game * Windows Media Center Extender built in * Interactive, full screen 3D visualizers HD Game Support: * All games supported at 16:9, 720p and 1080i, anti-aliasing * Standard definition and high definition video output supported * Multichannel surround sound output * Supports 48 KHz 16-bit audio * 320 independent decompression channels * 32-bit audio processing * Over 256 audio channels Optimized for Online: * Instant, out-of-the-box access to Xbox Live features, including Xbox Live Marketplace for downloadable content, Gamer Profile for digital identity and voice chat to talk to friends while playing games, watching movies or listening to music * Built in Ethernet Port at rear of console * Wi-Fi Ready: 802.11 A, B and G * Video Camera Ready Wireless Controllers: * 'Black' & 'White' buttons moved to shoulders of controller; now known as 'Bumpers' * 'Expansion Jack' & 'Audio Jack' located at the bottom of controller * Found at the top of controller is the 'Charge Port,' where the 'Play-Charge' recharging cable is connected Jazz: * Stands vertically or horizontally * Interchangeable faceplates to personalize console to owners tastes * In addition to summoning the Xbox Gamer Guide and the Xbox System Guide, Xbox Guide Button on controller and DVD remote lets gamers turn their systems on and off while kicking back on the couch * 'Ring of Light' on console and controller communicates different events to player with varying patterns and colours, such as a new Xbox Live game invite being sent; many more cool actions displayable Xbox Live For The Next Generation Increased Flexibility * Xbox Live, Silver - No monthly subscription required * Xbox Live, Gold - Standard monthly subscription required Benefits of Xbox Live, Gold Unified Service Approach * Xbox Gamer Guide that provides a consistent interface across all experiences * Access to other players' Gamer Cards via Xbox Live * Xbox Guide Button for fast access to the Guide and online features * Personalized game play settings * Seamless transition of Xbox Live account from Xbox to Xbox 360 Xbox Live Online Game Play * Access to MMOs (additional fees may apply) * Free Xbox Live weekends * Multiplayer online game play Xbox Live Gamer Profile * 'Gamertile' personalized image for your gamer profile * Personalized 'Motto' for your gaming profile * Personalized look for the Xbox System Guide * Collection of offline achievements * Collection of online achievements * Personalized 'Gamertag' Xbox Live Intelligent Matchmaking * 'Gamer Score' - Part of Gamer Profile: cumulative score of all of achievements. Can be used for quick comparison with other gamers * 'Location/Language' - Part of Gamer Profile: identifies your location and preferred language * 'Reputation' - Part of Gamer Profile: rating provided by community that indicates how you are perceived by other players * Enhanced matchmaking using above elements of gamer profile * Choice of matchmaking based on either skill level or social play * Opportunity to provide feedback on other players and affect your likelihood to match with them in the future * 'Gamerzone' - Part of Gamer Profile: indicates style of social gaming you prefer - relaxed/casual, competitive, etc. Xbox Live Community * Friends List; online presence * Recent Players List * Ubiquitous voice chat in game * Ubiquitous voice chat out of game Xbox Live Marketplace * Credit card no longer required for Xbox Live access * Free and premium downloadable game content * Free and premium downloadable movies, music and TV * Downloadable game trailers/demos * Microtranscations Xbox Live Message Center * Game Invites * Friend Invites * Text and Voice Messages * Service/System Messages Digital Media Experiences * Custom playlists in every game * Play music from portable music devices * View pictures from digital cameras * Stream Media from connected Windows XP PC * Windows Media Center Extender built in * Interactive, full screen 3D visualizers * Track Info for CDs (Offline & Online) Parental Controls * Game play based on game rating (e.g. ESRB) * Managing Friends List * Sharing profiles and/or viewing other profiles * Communicating via voice, video, and/or text * Presence * Ability to purchase premium content in marketplace * Ability to play multiplayer online Benefits of Xbox Live, Silver Unified Service Approach * Xbox Gamer Guide that provides a consistent interface across all experiences * Access to other players' Gamer Cards via Xbox Live * Xbox Guide Button for fast access to the Guide and online features * Personalized game play settings Xbox Live Online Game Play * Access to MMOs (additional fees may apply) * Free Xbox Live weekends Xbox Live Gamer Profile * 'Gamertile' personalized image for your gamer profile * Personalized 'Motto' for your gaming profile * Personalized look for the Xbox System Guide * Collection of offline achievements * Collection of online achievements * Personalized 'Gamertag' Xbox Live Intelligent Matchmaking * 'Gamer Score' - Part of Gamer Profile: cumulative score of all of achievements. Can be used for quick comparison with other gamers * 'Location/Language' - Part of Gamer Profile: identifies your location and preferred language * 'Reputation' - Part of Gamer Profile: rating provided by community that indicates how you are perceived by other players Xbox Live Community * Friends List; online presence * Recent Players List * Ubiquitous voice chat in game * Ubiquitous voice chat out of game Xbox Live Marketplace * Credit card no longer required for Xbox Live access * Free and premium downloadable game content * Free and premium downloadable movies, music and TV * Downloadable game trailers/demos * Microtranscations Xbox Live Message Center * Game Invites * Friend Invites * Text and Voice Messages * Service/System Messages Digital Media Experiences * Custom playlists in every game * Play music from portable music devices * View pictures from digital cameras * Stream Media from connected Windows XP PC * Windows Media Center Extender built in * Interactive, full screen 3D visualizers * Track Info for CDs (Offline & Online) Parental Controls * Game play based on game rating (e.g. ESRB) * Managing Friends List * Sharing profiles and/or viewing other profiles * Communicating via voice, video, and/or text * Presence * Ability to purchase premium content in marketplace For those stuck offline Unified Service Approach * Xbox Gamer Guide that provides a consistent interface across all experiences * Xbox Guide Button for fast access to the Guide and online features * Personalized game play settings Xbox Live Gamer Profile * 'Gamertile' personalized image for your gamer profile * Personalized 'Motto' for your gaming profile * Personalized look for the Xbox System Guide * Collection of offline achievements * Collection of online achievements Xbox Live Intelligent Matchmaking * 'Gamer Score' - Part of Gamer Profile: cumulative score of all of achievements. Can be used for quick comparison with other gamers * 'Location/Language' - Part of Gamer Profile: identifies your location and preferred language Xbox Live Marketplace * Credit card no longer required for Xbox Live access Digital Media Experiences * Custom playlists in every game * Play music from portable music devices * View pictures from digital cameras * Stream Media from connected Windows XP PC * Windows Media Center Extender built in * Interactive, full screen 3D visualizers * Track Info for CDs (Offline & Online) Parental Controls * Game play based on game rating (e.g. ESRB) *************** I might actually be interested in this console in light of some of the titles coming out on it. It's a shame it's not backwards compatible with the Xbox - because I imagine those games would be coming down in price a lot. Some seem to think that someone may make an emulator - but other than that, you'd be stuck with your old Xbox to play old Xbox games...
  9. The first time I read them they were hard going in parts (I know I got Lord Foul's Bane not long after release in 1977, so I was 10 at the time), but for me the world just came to life. I could 'see' the locations and characters vividly in my minds eye as I was reading. At the time when they were released, they were also 'different' from other fantasies in that they never mentioned Elves, Dwarves or Orcs (although the tale was obviously inspired by Lord Of The Rings). Since then I've read them a few times (last time it was the whole series in order from start to finish), and I appreciated them even more. I know they're not to everyone's taste, though.
  10. All the fools happily "punishing rule-breakers" on their servers don't realize the harm they are doing. They are too focused on controlling and dominating their own little worlds. They are missing the big picture. Meanwhile, KOTOR came out for PC after Jedi Academy, and KOTOR II is already out. Battlefront II has been announced, even though Battlefront is less than a year old. A "community" that actively punishes players and drives them out of the game can't prosper and thrive. Any smart game company is not going to invest time and money making a new game for a self-destructive "community", when they can get a much better return on their investment making new games for better communities. Quoted complete for emphasis...because I agree with everything you just said. A portion of the community basically killed the game stone dead for everyone else who wanted the MP experience. I moved onto playing CoD myself (it's held my attention for many, many months), and although you might still get idiots, team killers and people shouting 'cheater/hacker' at anyone who shoots them - the majority of players just brush it off as the nonsense it is and play the game how it's meant to be played. I have yet to see anyone try to 'roleplay' the game. Most of the servers are clan servers, and the admins simply wouldn't stand for it. The whole community takes the game more seriously - although I will say that recently I've seen more people calling people 'MG noobs' because they're using rifles. So in this respect, on the one hand I would like to see another Jedi Knight game - but on the other I would earnestly dread what that portion of the community would do to the online experience again. I think the only possible way of salvaging it is to have an actual RP game mode built into the game out of the box so that people so inclined have no reason to bother the rest of the community. Some people obviously enjoy it...so give them what they want, and give back the default MP modes to the rest of the community. That is the only way I could see it working. Otherwise it's doomed to failure online - and therefore an unwise financial investment. Furthermore, there are some very strong MP games competing out there, and it would take something special to attract a lot of players back into the JK universe (particularly clans). Look at how Tribes Vengeance bombed... Personally, I'd like to see an MP only version that expands on Siege - in the same way the Unreal Tournament games have evolved. But I suppose they see 'Battlefront' as filling that gap - unfortunately.
  11. You, sir, have very good taste. I would probably have to pick Day Of The Triffids by John Wyndham as my favourite novel. I've read it so many times and never got tired of it. Favourite novel series would have to be The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson.
  12. My grandfather died in May (2 years ago). My sister's wedding anniversay was yesterday - which I forgot because I'm an idiot. I ordered a DVD writer that I've just learned is out of stock. May sucks so far.
  13. I dreamt last night...but I can't say it was weird. I was in the second world war, a paratrooper dropping in to undertake a mission. For some reason, I had a view of the plane from the rear, and followed it...but the plane wasn't going down or in flames. It was just an odd angle, and I was like attached to the tail end of it. I could see the sky, the land spread out below, feel the rush of air in my face and eyes. As with most of my dreams, it was all in vivid colour - a sunny day in fact. Anyway, after that slightly odd experience, I was dropping in the parachute, landed in a field (not very well, and got torn off a strip by a waiting officer). I picked myself up and got moving. Then the dream jumped a bit, and I was on my own working my way through undergrowth up to a railway track. I was keeping low, being careful not to make too much noise. There was a train just sitting there on the track. I worked my way up to a barbed wire fence alongside the track, crouched...and suddenly noticed an enemy soldier just a few yards away. He hadn't seen me yet...but he was turning. I fumbled to get the rifle off my shoulder, and suddenly the guy noticed me, started to bring up his own weapon. I managed to get the rifle around and just pointed - didn't have time to aim - and fired. He fell down, and the sound of the shot cracked loudly - I knew it would bring others running. So I ran. I found myself heading along the track - and suddenly there was another enemy soldier on the other side of the track. Except he was in some kind of coveralls, a pale suit with a mask etc. I then noticed he had a flamethrower in his hands, and legged it. I felt the wash of flames at my back, but he was just out of range. He pursued me. I ran along a path, then threw myself into some bushes and waited. The flamethrower guy came running, and I shot him. He fell down. I ran again. The dream jumped again, and I was crouching at the edge of a road, looking across at a building surrounded by high walls. There were a few other guys with me at this point. The rest of the dream is a blurry mess - I think it just kept jumping around showing different 'actions' during my part in the war, and then I woke up. I think I know why I dreamt about it - partly because I've been playing quite a bit of Call of Duty lately, but also partly because my grandfather died in May a couple of years ago. He served in the war.
  14. Happy Birthday. As for jobs...maybe there's an opening amongst Rhett's elves that you can fill.
  15. It gives the place a 'retro' feel.
  16. Sadly, that's the way it always goes. The execs get the big payoffs, while the employees who gave body and soul get the layoffs. I wouldn't be sorry to see 'EA' as a monopolistic tyrant bite the dust, but I certainly feel for all those who would be put out of work. I have no doubt at all that they'll simply lay off lots of people who were 'assimilated' in the past. Axing staff is the quickest way to cut losses, particularly if you can point the finger at them and say they 'under-performed' regardless of the working conditions. I guess I wish publishers would just go back to publishing, rather than buying up every developer with an idea that originally sells well before they get their grubby mitts on the franchise. IN that respect, although I hated the jumping through hoops involved, Valve's Steam might be the right direction for the entire industry, so devs can distribute direct and cut out the money-grabbing middleman. The only problem with that model is the funding requirements for game projects - the money has to come from somewhere.
  17. I think we're doomed as a species. IQ's seem to be spiralling down into oblivion at an alarming rate. Sick, twisted and utterly pointless...
  18. I seriously wonder if some people have been lobotomised while sleeping. The whole series of films is about the rise, fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker, and that's been common knowledge for many, many years. Besides, Anakin has never really been much of a hero. He slaughtered a whole encampment of sand people (including women and children) who were not inherently evil. That was okay then, was it? That's like saying 'That white guy beat up my mom, so let's get down to some ethnic cleansing and eradicate them all...' Some role model... ROTS has a darker theme, and a different age rating to match it. That should be sufficient for most people with a modicum of intelligence.
  19. Who in their right mind would pay £250 for a lump of plastic?
  20. Does this mean that we'll be seeing the 'Blue Windscreen Of Death' in these vehicles?
  21. The sad truth is that many legal systems worldwide are increasingly biased towards treating perpetrators with respect, and sidelining victims. Corruption is nothing new, either, it just seems to be more blatant these days. I feel for you Sith, but I can't say I'm surprised this happened.
  22. You think you have problems...check my birthdate (in British format of course)... 26/6/67 .^.^.^. <.< >.> Preview trailer for the film looked nice - but then, so did the others. Anyway, I'll see the film when I can. It probably won't be in the first week...too many geeks, kids and otherwise noisy people.
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