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#1 Icehearted
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I'd go plasma. Long answer follows...

I have a 42" LCD 1080p. Sharp as a tack, but SD looks hideous (and most channels are SD). Also, almost nothing is 1080p, and might not be so for a long time. Maybe next gen systems, maybe not, but even then that's a long ways off. If it saves you cash, going 720p would be a better idea, and from what I hear Plasma does it better. The tech is way better than it was when it started, the shelflife is the same, and picture quality is usually better overall (particularly color range).

Something else to think about is that stores actually fidget with picture quality to move more expensive sets, which are usually LCD. There was a piece on Cnet about just that, so if you're going to a B&M don't be afraid to play with some settings.

Plasmas always start at 42" and are generally cheaper overall in that size group. 1080p at that size IS NOT noticeably different in quality from 720p at a normal viewing distance, and again I stress that there's almost nothing that supports 1080p right now anyway. It's just more expensive, and so it's about manipulating consumer perceptions. Kind of like those gold plated cables people try to sell as being better, when in fact the difference is negligibly worse (gold is not as good a conductor).

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#2 Icehearted
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I can't say I have a lot of best games for the system, since most feel mediocre to good, but not great. BioShock, hands down the best experience I've had on the system to date. Portal was great, innovative fun, but I played it on the pc first and on the Xbox 360 much later, so the mouse and keyboard controls had spoiled me a little. And if you think Fable 2 is boring, I dare you to try Dead or Alive Xtreme 2. Not a game so much as a rejection simulator.
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#3 Icehearted
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Co-op isn't much fun. To be honest, it felt like something they sort of shoehorned into the game as an afterthought.
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Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
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#5 Icehearted
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If all else fails you might try getting it buffed at a video store if you can find one that does that. I go to Gamecrazy and they do it for about $2, thing's as good as new once they're finished. A minor scuff in the right spot can cripple these discs pretty easily. :(
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#6 Icehearted
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No, otherwise the service would be as crappy as the PSNetwork....someone has to pay for the people that maintain the servers...xileas
I was wondering if someone would say that. I don't really recall hearing too many things about Soul Caliber 4 on the PS3, but I know that on XBL it's very laggy, as is GeOW2. I regularly see the service go down (once every couple of months), and on holidays (remember last December/January?) it died for a lot of people for weeks. Doesn't look like that money's really going toward a reliable service either. On the other hand, I've played lots of other games and used many other online services that have never had these kinds of problems with such severity or regularity.
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#7 Icehearted
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[QUOTE="Icehearted"]

[QUOTE="Temtamperu"]Quick Question, is Windows Live free?dukebd699

Indeedy. PC gamers have a choice to play elsewhere if they don't like the fees, and I think MS knows it. Imagine if XBL had competition on the Xbox 360. No more monopoly? Better service, smaller (or no) fee? Better rule enforcement?

I'm sorry, I digress. It's free. I think I read only temporarily though.:)

Did you really just say what if MS had competition on the 360? Was that supposed to make us laugh? 1. They do have competition, it's called the PS3. 2. Yes, and if XBL had competition ON THEIR OWN CONSOLE which should also imagine Halo being on the PS3.

I think you completely missed the ball, or even the ballpark on that one, kiddo. The PS3 is not competeing with XBL. Sony has no online service on the Xbox 360. Computers have a pretty broad amount of competing companies, on the other hand. Also, sentence 2 didn't make any sense:P

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#8 Icehearted
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Not even close to the same. Is there a black equivalent to the Klan? Did blacks go about burning crosses on white people's lawns? Were lynchings ever condoned against whites in America? Is it controversial at all when a white man runs for US president? When did the whites need a civil rights movement to freem themselves of black opression? Don't get me wrong, I hate all racism, but it's naive to think that a white slur comes close to a black slur in it's capacity to offend, damage, and hurt.

I also reiterate, I speak from decades of personal experience on BOTH sides.

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#9 Icehearted
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Quick Question, is Windows Live free?Temtamperu

Indeedy. PC gamers have a choice to play elsewhere if they don't like the fees, and I think MS knows it. Imagine if XBL had competition on the Xbox 360. No more monopoly? Better service, smaller (or no) fee? Better rule enforcement?

I'm sorry, I digress. It's free. I think I read only temporarily though.:)

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#10 Icehearted
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I feel cheated as I pay the same as an american, but I dont get all the features such as netflix or TV shows. a few (3 at mst) demos a month and little kiddies spurting crepe over a microphone is all i get thats not worth the 69 euro a year imo.Temtamperu

You should feel cheated. If nothing else it looks like a half-hearted attempt to shovel out whatever they can to squeeze you for money with the least amount of products. I'm sure that the features you're missing out on can be enabled if they put forth the effort, but effort means work, and they would rather spend as little on that as the can to optimise profit. On top of which, for every one of you unwilling to pay, two are, and that's good enough for them to warrant ignoring you.

Chalk it up to a population willing to get whatever table-scraps they're fed for a premium. People are terrible spenders, and good business knows how to exploit that.

Edit: Oh, and it's hillarious that some of you think payment is a deterrent for bad players. I'm actually pretty good, and a fee is only one of two reasons why I don't bother. Think paying even more than that deters bad WoW players? What about bad XBL players? Being good at something doesn't meant you'd be willing to pay to do it.