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1321  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / ATI cards and widescreen monitors on: June 12, 2007, 03:34:31 PM
I have a widescreen LCD monitor that, in itself, doesn't have any options for scaling while maintaining an aspect ratio.

Basically, I want to play older PC games requiring a 4:3 aspect ratio, and I want black bars to appear on the sides of my widescreen so I don't get a fattened image.

So far, I've found that nVidia cards have had an option to do this for years, yet I can't seem to find an option in the ATI Catalyst control center.

I've got an X800 series ATI GTO2, PCI-e (256mb).

Does anyone know of any software that could perhaps handle this for me?  Am I just blind to the option in ATI Catalyst?
1322  The Rest / General Discussions / Pamida had Zanzarah for $5 on: June 12, 2007, 01:43:45 PM
The population where I live is 2600 or so.  We don't have a Wal-mart for 30 miles, but we do have a local Pamida.

I was thinking of going to buy F.E.A.R since I've seen that game almost everywhere I go.  I also wanted Mortal Kombat for Wii.  I figured these games were old enough to be there.

I go in , and I see Zanzarah: The Hidden Portal for $4.99.  This is the foreign fairy pokemon game with the Quake 2 battle system.  I couldn't even remember the name of this game a week ago when I tried to remember, and here it was.

I also saw an import of Jump! Superstars for DS.  Someone had written "this is a Japanese import.  ALL TEXT IN JAPANESE; will work in US DS."  I looked for Mortal Kombat and there was an empty space where someone had written "Mortal Kombat Armageddon.  Sorry, sold out."  Luckily I found a copy hidden elsewhere, but...

When the hell did Pamida get with the program?  I heard something about Shopko owning them... are all Shopko's this "in tune?"  Is this how the underdogs fight back against Wal-Mart?
1323  The Rest / General Discussions / Why Mario is "cool" and Sonic is not... on: May 08, 2007, 11:20:29 PM
If it were the Friend's cast in Mario Kart, the powerups would be unfamiliar.  Mario has a large assortment of power ups that are pretty versatile.  I think the same is true for Zelda and Metroid, if not every videogame franchise.

I don't know if that's why Mario has such an aura about him or not though.  How many ways can you twist Sonic's rings and loop-de-loops into games without making up a ton of new elements?
1324  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Starcraft MMO? on: May 08, 2007, 09:16:39 PM
I still wish they would make World of Starcraft.  It would be nice to have a sci-fi MMO as well as a fantasy MMO, but given the quality of Blizzard's games, they could make it a bunny fetish MMO and people would still abandon their personal tastes and jump to it.  Basically, I agree that another MMORPG would pit them against themselves.

Shattered Galaxy from Nexus basically is an MMORTS verson of Starcraft.  I think it's free to play if you're curious as to how such a game would operate.  I'd rather not see Starcraft incarnated that way, but again, even if it were Starcraft: Bunnies it would still probably kick ass.  I mean that as objectively as possible.
1325  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Bethesda buys the Fallout License on: April 15, 2007, 06:23:06 PM
I think this excellent news.  Has anyone here played S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl?  I haven't finished it yet, and while I'm very pleased with it, I find myself thinking "Man, if only this game were more like Oblivion."

The game has all ready been compared to Oblivion, and given it's success thus far, I really am not surprised that Bethesda would like to get its hands on Fallout.

If you don't know, S.T.A.L.K.E.R is a first person shooter with open ended gameplay and light RPG elements.  It feels like Oblivion, only much much smaller and less complex.
1326  The Rest / General Discussions / Help Gately's purchasing decision! on: March 27, 2007, 02:51:45 PM
Get the DS.  

Red Steel and Zelda are must haves for the Wii, reviews be damned.

If you have friends, add Monkey Ball, otherwise Trauma Center.  I wouldn' t think going all out will maximize your experience... You don't need much to enjoy your Wii.  I play my Wii when I get -urges- if that makes sense.  When I play Rogue Galaxy or another RPG it feels more like a focused task that I *must* do, at least when compared to playing something on Wii.  I actually haven't beaten any of my Wii games, but Zelda is changing that.

The DS is perfect if you're a busy person.  There are the generic portability benefits that apply to the PSP as well, but you can just close the DS and it'll go into sleep mode and won't die on you thanks to its longer battery life.  Maybe that applies to the PSP too actually.  Nevermind.
1327  The Rest / General Discussions / GameDaily feature: Top Five Most Overrated Industry People on: March 23, 2007, 12:21:06 PM
This means that John Carmack is 100% legit too.  Surely they could have made fun of his ability to make games that you can't afford to play for another 6 months, yet somehow have supernatural graphics.
1328  Media / General Games / No More Heroes on: March 22, 2007, 04:12:47 PM
Killer7 = most underrated game ever

No More Heroes = definite must buy

I noticed that the main character in No More Heroes is named Travis.  I wonder if there is any connection to the Killer7 Travis.  Not that I expect a concrete connection... maybe Suda51 just likes the name Travis, or it could be something like the Cids in Final Fantasy.

Final Fantasy has Cids
1329  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "knights do it two handed" on: January 08, 2007, 01:09:13 PM
Aren't there more pop culture or otherwise 'reality-literal' lines in the game too?  I thought I heard that somewhere.  That's kind of a turn off for me.

I loved it in the Lunar games, but those games didn't take themselves seriously in the first place.
1330  Media / General Games / I'm gonna be broke the rest of this month! on: January 07, 2007, 11:15:47 AM
During the RPG drought, I decided to use all of my excess cash to rent an apartment with someone.  I allocated my funds away from games yet now there are many that I want.

I'm aiming so far back in the release dates that I feel like a 2nd class citizen.

When I lived at home I bought every half decent release.  I bought almost every early DS game (including Ping Pals) just so I could have a hobby.  Now I have no money for the high quality games... well, I can afford one here and there, but the gluttonous spending days are fewer and farther between.
1331  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dawn of Mana Impressions on: December 23, 2006, 12:01:40 PM
I loved going for the highest ranks in Contra:Shattered Soldier, so perhaps trying for the highest ranks in this game will have me just as addicted.
1332  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: December 17, 2006, 06:27:03 PM
I beat Contact, and I have to say that I liked it overall.  I was worried that the dungeons were going to be far too long and complicated at one point, but somehow I never got lost.  Normally I can't stand long dungeons, but for some reason I was always able to tell where to go while completely dodging enemies.  It just flowed for me.

The touch control sucked for everything except applying stickers, which luckily was one of the only things you were actually required to use it for.

I would say that Contact is the middle-ground for PC RPGs and console RPGs.  I felt the desire to grind my stats, and when you're in that mindset, dungeons of Contact's size actually feel short.

I'm a Killer7 fan, so the complete and random disregard for fact and continuity was right up my alley.  All story elements seemed intentionally simple and only needed to be at the tip of your brain, and it all came together nicely in the end to provide deeper meaning in life.
1333  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Opinions about Children of Mana? on: November 10, 2006, 01:43:17 PM
You know, you can just close the DS at any time and it will go to sleep.  I was playing contact in bed one night, closed the DS, slept 8 hours, went to work for 8 hours, and when I got home it was still fine.

I didn't check to see if the gameplay clock had stopped or not, which is the only problem I can see with putting your DS to sleep.
1334  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSU: RPGFan's Hang Out on: October 26, 2006, 01:40:13 PM
I'm going to try for the name Renze.  I'll either be a human hunter or a cast hunter.  It sounds like Ranger gets the best of both worlds with hunter skills on top of the Ranger ones, so I'm going to see what magic I'm missing out on as a cast hunter to make sure everything balances out.
1335  The Rest / General Discussions / PC World: Top Ten worst games ever on: October 23, 2006, 02:01:32 PM
Typing of the Dead was fun as hell, and would have been an excellent way to get your children to learn to type without looking at the keyboard.
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