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Leader of the Dtoid RTS clan.
Squad commander of the Dtoid ChromeHounds - bloop me if you want to get it. I need to be online in the game for your request to be accepted.

Been here for a while...

Proud member of the DTOID Army...

I used to break-dance, and Parkour, however as of February 2008 I have been diagnosed with arthritis in my right hip(I am only 19), effectively killing most of my fun. So a nice day on the computer or console is basically my main form of entertainment now.

I am a sophomore at Saint Paul College

A few of my favorite games...
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
FF3/6
The Legend of Zelda: a Link to the Past
Megaman X
Metal Gear Solid
Gran Turismo
Starcraft
Shadow of The Colossus
Okami
Armored Core series
Ace Combat series
Smugglers Run
Enemy Territory
This list is too long already.
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It seems like the Europeans had a good time playing, however since they like to play around noon in American time and most Americans have jobs or like to sleep in really late, and furthermore the game is region locked.

So starting at 9 est (or sooner if you feel like hopping on) go to the S. Mantis channel in free battle lobby and join the dtoid game.

There will be no password however if the room gets full I will boot non dtoid people if needed

Hopefully Youll have a headset but if not then oh well.

The rotation is just a bunch of team deathmatch and base with a sneaking, a capture and a defend thrown in, good luck.

I plan on hosting for at least an hour however if someone wants to host after that I can simply designate them the host once I leave, see you guys in less than an hour!

leave your game ID's in the comments below to make sure I don't kick you out once we fill up.


Update!
Major major problem.
maintenance is held from 9pm est to 11pm est every Monday
so American metal gear Mondays for American at least will need to be rescheduled. some people have suggested Tuesday, anyone have any trouble with that?
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Both consoles completely match their respective companies profile.
Microsoft is an exceptional software developer, hence the 360 has a smooth interface, excellent online functionality, even the little things like in game dashboard and streaming music via WMP 11 linkage (or zune software, vista, or whatever) and its downsides also show Microsoft's weak points, physical product defects leading to RRoD issues, their fear of piracy also gimps the system a bit with numerous DRM issues.



Similarly the PS3 shows that Sony is a fucking amazing hardware manufacturer, the ps3 isn't known for any RRoD issues, and is solid piece of hardware all around, however on the software functionality it feels gimped compared to a 360, no movie download service, no music download service, but I'll be damned to find a better all in one media box(besides a pc).



As someone that owns both I love both of them. also I think both companies could learn a lot from the other. Sony, copy live exactly, its amazing, and you know it, so stop dicking around, plus if its like live I wont mind paying 50 dollars a year for it, just like I don't mind paying 50 dollars a year for live currently...
Microsoft, fix your shit, your DRM and your RRoD make me cry.



I should disclose that I buy the majority of my cross platform games on my 360, due mostly to their online services, and frequent game updates, however when my console craps out this seriously limits my playable game library.

one fairly important difference between the consoles is the disc drive each console uses the PS3 has a 2x bd rom drive and the 360 has a 12x dvd rom drive, however this may seem a bit misleading at first, bd rom transfer speeds are significantly greater per 1x than dvd rom, here are some numbers.


1x transfer speed of a bd rom is 36 mbit/s
1x transfer speed of a dvd rom is 10.5 mbit/s

so the ps3 has s 2x bd rom drive which comes out to a transfer speed of 72 mbit/s
while the 360 sports a12x dvd rom that reads at 126 mbit/s

Clearly the 360's is faster, almost twice as fast, but thats not as drastic as comparing a 2x dvd rom drive and a 12x dvd rom drive... which would be a six fold difference.

One thing I think that Sony does benefit from is the hard drive in every console, and that they can be replaced with any standard 2.5 inch notebook hard drive, which makes turning your 20gb launch ps3 into a 250gb beast. required hard drive means you don't have to fuck around with a memory card if you got the lowest end SKU and if a game company wanted to they could throw some frequently used things on the hard drive like wall textures or something along those lines. Microsoft saves a few pennies not including an hdd with their lowest end sku but I think we can all agree they cut a few too many corners as is.



Some things that I am looking forward to on both consoles

a better movie subscription service on the 360
my current 360 to die so I can use my third party warranty and grab a falcon chip set console.
DRM fix for RRoD 360's
in game XMB on the ps3
some kind of movie/music download service on the ps3
GAMES


Feel free to add me on both PSN and Live
I go by CJPkiller on both services.

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CJP spent way too much money on his PS3, has had his 360 replaced five times, and is always accepting challenges in PC RTS games
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EDF 2017 was released as a budget game for the 360, at 39.99, it got a rather tepid inception due to the fact that its game play doesn't really appeal to American gamers.
Game info:
Release Date: 03/1502007
Developer: Sandlot
Publisher: D3Publisher
Console: Xbox 360


Premise:
You are a member of the earth defense force, formed after humans discovered life on other worlds sending out radio signals, while most people believed the aliens would be harmless the group was formed after attempts to establish contact with the aliens failed. Since the aliens made it fairly clear in there radio signal that they would be coming to earth soon the EDF is formed for the possibility that the aliens will be harmful. Anyway, Doomsday happens, aliens come to earth, and fuck everyone. You get to be the condom... basically. could suck, could be awesome, lets find out.



The Game:
the game is composed of 53 missions each with five different difficulty settings, which range from piss poor easy, to; Jesus, I hate myself, hard. So the game can be played casually or enjoyed by people like the guy who owns this

Depending on the difficulty setting your missions range from a walk in the park, to a walk in the park using only your earlobes for locomotion. Enemies drop weapons and health. Health will fill up your health meter instantly, but weapons won't be available until the next mission. Its pretty basic, kill everything on screen except the other EDF soldiers and the occasional civilians. The game might change it up in what order things come at you from, or what kind of things com at you, or even how they come at you. Some enemies are dropped into battle by large alien transport ships, others are just there when you show up for the mission. One thing remains unchanged... all of them want to kill you. You'll go around different parts of Tokyo with other members of your EDF squad, sometimes meeting up and joining forces with other squads. Your partner AI is nothing to write home about and most of the time will run around yelling "I'm out of ammo!" or screaming. Occasionally you'll encounter an AI controlled teammate that actually has his head on, but often they will die too quickly to be of much use. You're basically on your own against a lot of aliens. Story is told through cut scenes before each mission and in the dialog between EDF soldiers and EDF HQ its fairly clear as to what happens, "aliens are attacking the planet, go kill them" is basically repeated before every mission with some variation. This game isn't supposed to be played for its writing, its played for its just sheer... ridiculous... funtitude

Graphics and Sound:

for voices get used to soldiers freaking out, and your basic sounds of futuristic war. I don't think the sound detracts at all for the game, nor does it add much. The aliens can make some rather interesting sounds, but I really don't think any of them are very realistic. One of my friends who cares about this sort of this said that most of the weapons sounded "beefy" which I believe is a good thing, but I'm not 100% on that. There is some slowdown later in the game when you are fighting 8000 enemies at once and use a nuke on them, but that is understandable, and it isn't long lasting or game breaking, so its nothing to worry about.

Controls:
Played a third person shooter before? No, you say?
Well, your right analog stick controls the camera, while the left analog stick controls the player. Right trigger shoots your equipped gun, while left trigger executes a nice dodge roll maneuver. Face buttons fire, why I don't know, but they can, the face buttons also swap weapons and aim up (but not down o.O). There are a number of vehicles in the game, the majority of the ones I've used so far (I'm about a third of the way through) suck ass. considering you get unlimited ammo, and that controlling the vehicles is so slow, so clunky, and so damn unnecessary I just don't use them at all. Sure the walking tanks flame thrower is nice, but guess what, my machine gun has unlimited ammo. However, the walking tank, for some reason, can jump 300 feet into the air. Now this has no practical application that I have found yet... but if I do find one I will be sure to let you all know.

One thing I hated:
“Oh man its got laser cannons.”
“HQ the fortress is attacking us with laser cannons, were all going to die if we don't do something quick.”
“Troops, take out the enemy laser cannons.”
They've got some FUCKING GENIUS' working at HQ man... I tell you.


One thing I loved:
You can see quite a ways, while fighting 5000 enemies, with massive enemies off in the distance... you get a nice sense of epic scale, and the fact that you're in a global war. of course you don't run out of ammo, but if you did the game would be impossible, in the most difficult setting... it is impossible.

One thing you'll probably love:
I'm told, and have seen videos, of late game weapons where you literally shoot rocket nukes... so if you're into massive destruction (the buildings do collapse) then I highly recommend this game

Conclusion:
EDF 2017 deserves a lot more praise than it got. one of the few games ballsy enough to just throw 10000000 guys at you and say good luck. This approach however wasn't well received by your average halo player who doesn't know where japan is on the map.


Final Verdict:

3, thumbs up but its still cold outside. Aside from bad writing the game holds up quite well. and besides, you know you always wanted to run around tokyo with nuke rocket launchers killing thousands of evil aliens.
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Alright,
read this first
http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/NihonTiger90/ars-technica-vgcharts-embarrass-the-new-york-times-83513.phtml

now, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, the NPR news quiz just talked about that, not the fact that the New York Times fucked up, but about how people aren't buying games for their wiis, furthermore they went on to talk about how Wii software developers are having to get more creative to get more game sales, such as "Denny Diner Dash", and the fps targeted to older audiences, "Hey, Get Off My Lawn"

it just makes me sad that newspapers don't apologize when they fuck up, and then those stories get reported on... and so on and so forth... ugh.

I still can't get over that the New York times sited vgchartz... *facepalm*

Now I definitely don't expect a comedic radio news quiz show to double check any facts, but the New York Times definitely should have.

-source,
wikipedia, NPR








Alright, I got a second mgs4 beta key since Gamecrazy does a horrible job at making sure Gamestop doesn't get exclusives... especially important ones like the mgs4 special edition.

So, I am sitting on an unused beta key...
who wants it?

It would probably help if I've actually heard of you before, and lemon, don't even bother entering.

Make a shoop or a paragraph proving why you deserve it, or why you were too damn cheap to preorder it, because say, you needed the five dollars for your crack habit.

Good luck.

If you want the other stuff that comes with it you'll need to pay for shipping. but that would certainly be cheaper than preordering it still. I think like 1.60 covers it or something, I don't know, I'm not the mail pro.









My old baby...

if computers had miles shed be in the five hundred thousand + category. I originally built her to be free from needing upgrades for five years, the problem, beyond the fact that its been seven years since I built it, I didn't foresee dual processing, ddr2, and a host of other small improvements that have made computing power mind boggling. it can still play games that are worth playing, IE starcraft and dawn of war, however it is crushed under most modern fps' or if you build more than 50 units in a game of supreme commander it dies, the game doesn't crash the computer just dies.
specs:
AMD 3000+ 64 bit, WITH HyperTransport technology
300 watt power supply
mid tower ps k8t800 motherboard
120 gig IDE hard drive 7200 rpm
2x 512mb ddr 333 pc2700
ati radeon 9800 128mb WITH TV OUT!
soundblaster live 5.1
8x dvd +/- R/RW burner
52x cd drive
I also added a few extra fans and replaced the stock heatsink and fan on my processor

Its loud as hell but it got the job done
sadly now my main computer is a laptop with an integrated graphics processor, and not a very good one at that... as it was purchased for schoolwork, not gaming.

well hopefully the contest wasnt based on east coast time... or I'm screwed.

A short blurb about why I think I deserve the turning point machine.
I am primarily a pc gamer. however with the costs required to build a beast pc these days and the fact that my rig is outdated enough to need a complete gutting at minimum, it is prohibitive. So I have gradually turned more and more to consoles to fill that gaming itch. Consoles however do not play RTS games... and if they do they do it so badly its basically a shit storm on your face. now I've been lucky so far, the only rts games to catch on of the new generation my computer can handle, however starcraft 2 alone would merit an upgrade, that combined with the fact that I'm about to move out to the dorm room, puts me in a situation where I don't have a computer that can play video games, or the financial ability to get one myself.

So besides the financial side of it... I know that alot of the people entered into the turning point contest have made one cblog post, the turning point entry, well I am not just a site newb, I've been here since december 06 and mostly use the website to find other gamers to play games with, along with enjoying the hilarious antics the staff and community provide, in both poking fun at each other and
you know what, I just realized the entry winner selection is automated.
fuck it. also its almost midnight... central time and I don't want to miss another possible deadline.