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  1. Brandon_H

    Frt P/j ?:Pulldown Screen or Painted Wall?

    I will second the need for a black border. I used a DIY 92" screen, just blackout cloth stretched over a canvas frame, for the first two years I had my projector. This past weekend I upgraded to a 100" Carada. There is improvement in the picture quality when graded against the blackout cloth...
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    NFL fan? Hope you enjoy Madden.

    First of all, let me state up front that I am a "Madden" guy, although I have purchased and enjoyed both EA's and Sega's titles for several years. That said, while this is ultimately bad for the consumer, I don't think it equates to EA being the "Evil Empire" of gaming. After all, one could...
  3. Brandon_H

    Microsoft won't publish "Psychonauts," XSN Sports titles being "rested"

    Which would probably mean a two-year break, since most observers are now predicting that the next generation of consoles won't arrive until 2006.
  4. Brandon_H

    X-Files for the XBox?

    I believe it was cancelled for the Xbox.
  5. Brandon_H

    Microsoft won't publish "Psychonauts," XSN Sports titles being "rested"

    Interesting news from Gamespot: Microsoft apparently has exited an agreement to publish Tim Schaefer's "Psychonauts." I'm disappointed but not surprised, given the lack of recent news (or really, any news) about this title since its announcement. I hope Schaefer pulls it together and finds a...
  6. Brandon_H

    Does XBOX/PS2 Do ***DAMAGE*** to TVs???????????

    A 36" television is almost assuredly a direct-view set. While burn-in is possible on direct-views, you would have to have the same image on-screen for a very long time -- and probably with the contrast up way too high -- for damage to occur. Burn-in is much more of a problem on...
  7. Brandon_H

    Playstation 2 as dvd player?

    It is not really that bad. My launch-day PS2 has performance probably comparable to that of other budget players, but not better than players $300 and up. However, be aware that only newer-model PS2s support progressive-scan playback. The model number must be greater than 50000. Also be...
  8. Brandon_H

    Storage for a decent sized collection

    They are pricey, but I really like Boltz's racks (www.boltz.com). They are simple and expandable -- once you shell out the cash for the initial rack, expansion kits for another few hundred DVDs aren't much more expensive than the standard cheap MDF rack from your average brick-and-mortar. As...
  9. Brandon_H

    Question about signal loss through BNC-to-RCA adapters

    Thanks for the help, guys. Much appreciated. Given that Blue Jeans' cables are so (relatively) cheap, I think I'll pick up one to test the connection between the cable box (1080i) and see if I notice a difference. Given how good the picture is already, I probably won't, but I won't feel terrible...
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    Question about signal loss through BNC-to-RCA adapters

    The setup: I have several component-video sources (HDTV cable box, DVD player, PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube, and occasionally my computer.) To accommodae all these, I bought a used Extron HDTV component-video switcher (six in, one out) off eBay a couple of years ago. The sources are all in close...
  11. Brandon_H

    XSN Price Drops starting Today

    I got NFL Fever 2004 for $15 at my local Target last night. Since I think discounts are to some extent up to local store managers, YMMV.
  12. Brandon_H

    James Bond: Everything or Nothing Xbox Impressions

    Well, one example from "Halo": The targeting reticle slows when you pan over an enemy. In the heat of battle, this is almost imperceptible, but it helps players avoid panning over an enemy they were trying to shoot due to an overly sensitive cursor. I'm sure there are other player aids...
  13. Brandon_H

    Differences in the version of Prince of Persia?

    While it's criminal for PoP's sales to be so far below expectations, I have to agree with BrianB that UbiSoft's decision to release at the height of Christmas season was questionable, at best. There are simply too many established franchise titles being released for more boutique titles such as...
  14. Brandon_H

    EA has poll about online gaming.

    Regardless of the poll, I wish EA would make some of its more esoteric sports titles -- i.e. Cricket -- available in the States. I wouldn't expect EA to try and sell them at brick-and-mortars, but it would be nice to be able to buy them as special orders online or such.
  15. Brandon_H

    HTF Xbox Live Gamertag Compilation

    An update for me (Actinide): Eastern Time Zone State: North Carolina Country: USA Star Wars: Clone Wars Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge Star Wars: Jedi Academy MechAssault Return to Castle Wolfenstein Rainbow Six 3 Ghost Recon Ghost Recon: Island Thunder Unreal Championship...
  16. Brandon_H

    Sigh... XBox Gets Rouge Squadron Trilogy. so how about a return favor?

    Numerous rumors that original trilogy will appear on DVD for Christmas 2004. While these rumors seem to pop up at least once a year, the "special event" Lucasfilm has scheduled for early next month at the Presidio hints that maybe there's fire to go with the smoke, this time. As for "Rebel...
  17. Brandon_H

    DVD player - Panasonic dvdf85s or Sony DVP-NC665

    I have the F-85S. While it's been a good player for the price ($130) I'm already looking to replace it. I had a Sony single-disc progressive scan player before -- can't remember the model number but it was in the $250 range. It was much easier to use and had a better picture than the F85s...
  18. Brandon_H

    Early PS2 games incompatible with digital 5.1 sound?

    There are very, very few games of any generation that don't work with optical sound. "Sky Odyssey" and "Fantavision" are the only two I'm absolutely sure about. It certainly wasn't the entire "first generation" of PS2 software. I don't know what some of these store clerks are smoking. (Well...
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    NEW HomeTheaterForum Xbox Live Gametag List

    Thanks for doing this. Please update my GamerTag for the following games: ESPN NFL Football Ghost Recon Ghost Recon: Island Thunder MechAssault Midnight Club II Midtown Madness 3 Castle Wolfenstein Soldier of Fortune II Star Wars: The Clone Wars Unreal Championship
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    I thought EGM's editorial was pretty ironic

    I'm not exactly sure a video-game rag qualifies as "elite media." As a journalist, I've never been sure what anybody means by that phrase, anyway. Elite as in what? Rich? Don't think so. Privileged? Eh, not really. Brilliant? Not all of us. What "higher standard" should reviewers follow in...
  21. Brandon_H

    Best video game sports player ever?

    Bo Jackson was not just unstoppable in Tecmo Bowl. He was also pretty tough in one of the early renditions of EA Sports' college football franchise -- as was Herschel Walker for Georgia. My cousin and I would play Auburn '82 (with Jackson) vs. Georgia '80 (with Walker) for hours on end. The...
  22. Brandon_H

    Call of Duty - Sucessor to Medal of Honor?

    I'm keeping an eye on it -- and it looks promising -- but I'm not ready to hand over the title yet. We'll see.
  23. Brandon_H

    Full Throttle : Hell on Wheels - Cancelled!

    If only it had done the same to "RTX: Red Rock." But at least it realized the damage it could have done to one of the few non-"Star Wars" possibilities the company really has. Since "Psychonauts" also has been a little MIA of late, maybe LucasArts should contract with Tim Schafer to really do...
  24. Brandon_H

    The EA online strategy debate thread

    I doubt the PS2 version will be online, either. With the exception of MOH:AA for the PC, the series has always been very single-player oriented.
  25. Brandon_H

    Xbox Live Connection Speeds

    I find that the Xbox Live report is always lower -- and often WAY lower -- than my broadbandreports results. I don't really trust the XBL test too much, frankly.
  26. Brandon_H

    The EA online strategy debate thread

    But while Xbox Live certainly boosts sales of some titles, I doubt it would provide much of a boost to Madden. Sure, there are lots of Xbox owners -- including several here -- who won't buy Madden because it doesn't support Live. But that number pales in comparison to the number of Xbox...
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    The EA online strategy debate thread

    I'll bet anyone a steak dinner right now that EA won't be the only publisher charging for online play within the next three years -- especially by the time PS3/Xbox2 roll around. Particularly if people line up to pay for EA's service -- and I frankly suspect they will. EA is the publisher...
  28. Brandon_H

    Official Star Wars Galaxies Discussion

    Well, it might not solve the problems of droid engineers, but probots really shouldn't be "tanks" anyway. I mean, it took Han one shot to destroy one in "Empire" . . .
  29. Brandon_H

    NCAA 2004 Online League (PS2)?

    I'd be up for a league. Hell, I might even be willing to organize it. Let's say that everyone who wants to participate e-mail me at [email protected] Registration closes in one week (July 28.) Be sure to provide name, online "handle," e-mail address, your preferred team and an alternate...
  30. Brandon_H

    New X-box magazine-the next issue big news

    I'm guessing it's related to GTA.