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    Sony PlayStation 2 System FAQ
    By Space Ace version 7.5 December 10 2000
    EMAIL- frankblack@mn.mediaone.net
    Website - http://people.mn.mediaone.net/frankblack/index.html
    Welcome to my PlayStation 2 System FAQ
    This follows my Sega Dreamcast System FAQ
             And my Sega Dream Passport (Import) FAQ
             And my NFL2K Glitch FAQ
    
    Update Guide
        March 24 - Updated game list and added Weekly Famitsu Ratings
        March 25 - Major Reformat and added News and Email Q and A Section.
        March 29 - Added Magic Box Chart comparing PSX games on PS2.
                   Minor mods and fixed some errors.
        April 01 - Added PS2 Recall info(not April fools) and other small little
    things.
        April 08 - The Real World has attacked, but I have updated several areas.
                   Until next time.
        April 11 - Major Update to News Section including
                   the Macrovision disabling controversy andsome more glitch info.
        April 12 - Updated Famitsu Ratings - Updated more unplayable PSX games
                   on PS2.
        April 14 - Added step by step information on how to change PS2 language
                   settings to English and how to reinstall the DVD drivers.
        April 22 - Added Famitsu ratings for 3 games.
          May 22 - E3 info and concrete American launch info.
          June 3 - Little update.
          June 8 - More tinkering.
         June 17 - New weekly Famitsu ratings
         July 20 - Sorry for lack of updates this month, but my computer was
                   hacked into and almost destroyed. Now I'm back with a new OS
                   and I plan to get back to updating this FAQ more often.
                   I gotta say that The Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty
                   trailer is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen!
                   Of course as it gets closer to the American PS2 coming out
                   new info will be constant and this FAQ will once again be
                   hopping with life...
         July 20 - Second Update- More American launch info and added early
                   American launch games and accessories list.
       August 24 - Added Nintendo GameCube specs to the system comparison.
    September 14 - Updated American launch games list and other areas.
    September 21 - I finally pre-booked my American PS2...
    September 27 - Major update in almost every area! Less than a month...
       October 3 - Updated.
      October 14 - Updated.
      October 26 - LAUNCH DAY!
     November 18 - Updated
     December 10 - I've been playing so many great games I havent updated for a
                   while. I just can't wait for The Bouncer and Zone Of Enders.
    
    Index:
    1. American Launch Info:
       A: Complete American launch games list and Weekly Famitsu ratings.
       B: Games that are coming soon.
       C: Information Section
    2. Japanese Launch Info: The complete launch
       A: Japanese launch games.
       B: Japanese PS2 Setup Guide:
        1. Voltage issues.
        2. Change system settings to English.
        3. Install DVD drivers.
        4. Codes to play American, British and Japanese DVD movies:
           The 3 confirmed codes.
    3. Let The Games Begin: Weekly Famitsu Ratings and my impressions of
       the early Japanese PS2 games.
    4. Play PSX games on PS2.
       A: The list of the unplayable PSX games.
       B: Chart showing improvements(or not)using
          Playstation 1 games on Playstation 2
    5. PS2 Issues. Problems with the PS2(See also Email and News Section)
    6. Email and News Q and A Section. PS2 comments and news from Emails
       and newsgroups.
    7. Playstation 2 specs and comparison to all next-gen systems!
    8. My Favorite games list.
    9. Credits and thanks:
    
    
    1. American Launch Info.
       At E3 Sony announced the American launch date as 10/26/00 and the
       price as $299.00. Some other important accessories available at
       launch or near launch are: Prices are EB(www.ebworld.com).
       Dual Shock 2 Controller: 34.99
       8 MEG Memory Card: 34.99
       PS2 Multi-Tap: 34.99
       S-Video Cable: 9.99(Interact)
       RFU Adapter: 14.99(Interact)
       Wireless Remote Control: 19.99(Interact)
       Componant Video Cable: 9.99(Electro Source)
    
     A: The 25 American Launch Titles: and reviews from Famitsu of Japanese ver.
      1.  Armored Core - Agetec (33/40)
      2.  Dead Or Alive 2: Hardcore - Namco (34/40) for non Hardcore.
      3.  Dynasty Warriors 2 - Koei
      4.  ESPN International Track & Field
      5.  Eternal Ring - Agetec (25/40)
      6.  Evergrace - Agetec (28/40)
      7.  Fantavision - Sony (31/40)
      8.  Kessen - EA (33/40)
      9.  Madden 2001 - EA
      10. Midnight Club: Street Racing - Rockstar
      11. Moto GP - Namco
      12. NHL 2001 - EA
      13. Orphen - Activision (22/40)
      14. Ready 2 Rumble Boxing - Round 2 - Midway
      15. Ridge Racer 5 - Namco (36/40)
      16. Silent Scope - Konami
      17. Smuggler's Run - Rockstar
      18. Street Fighter EX3 - Capcom (32/40)
      19. Summoner - THQ
      20. Tekken Tag Tournament - Namco (38/40)
      21. Timesplitters - Eidos
      22. Unreal Tournament - Infogrames
      23. X Squad - EA
      24. SSX - EA
      25. Swing Away Golf - EA
    
    
    These are the titles available at launch. This list has changed radically from
    the last update. The reviews are for the Japanese versions of the games and are
    a good marker for the American versions. The American version of Dead Or Alive
    2 is a radically different version called Hardcore so the score could be as
    well.
    
    B: Soon after launch titles(formerly launch titles)
     1. ESPN X-Games Snowboarding - Konami
     2. Knockout Kings 2001 - EA
     3. NFL Gameday 2001 - Sony
     4. Driving Emotion Type-S - Square (28/40)
     5. Silphead: The Lost Planet - Working Designs
    
    C: Information Section: The old PS cords(S-Video and AV, Dual Shock
    controllers, and Memory Card's work on the PS2. I haven't confirmed if the PS
    link cable works yet. I am checking all my PS games for improvements...
    
    
    2. The Japanese Launch.
    The Playstation 2(PS2) was released in Japan on March 4th at a cost of 39.800
    yen which is about $370.00 US. The system comes with:
    1 PS2 console-The mother of all systems?
    1 Analog Controller- With almost all analog buttons!
    1 8M Memory Card- Be careful these are glitchy.
    1 Power Cable- Remember the voltage difference for you importers.
    1 AV Cable- This system has Component Output people!
    1 Utilities Disk- The DVD drivers, not games demos!
    
    And a very special surprise greeted people when they looked on the back of the
    box it was a sticker that reads as follows: "This is notification that you, as
    a purchaser of 'PlayStation2' console & 'PlayStation2' MEMORY CARD (8MB), are
    prohibited to export these products without authorization by the Minister of
    International Trade and Industry except under special circumstances which meet
    the requirements of the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Law, as both
    products are categorized as Export Control Goods. (as of 1999/6/18)."
    Will this stop anyone from importing the system...I don't think it will stop to
    many people from trying, though I have heard that some shipping companies have
    been creepy about shipping anything that looks like it might be a Playstation
    2. Anyway I know a lot of people who are getting or have already gotten their
    systems. Though I will say that it seems to me that less people are importing
    this system than the Sega Dreamcast at its launch. It might be because the
    system is coming out here in only 6 months and people are willing to wait. Also
    the cost of importing the system really varies: NCS(www.ncsx.com) is selling
    the system for $780.00 but I've seen them on eBay(www.ebay.com) for as low as
    300.00!! The only problem with buying from a person who hasn't tested the
    system is that the system has had some problems: Overheating(sound familiar
    Dreamcast owners), glitchy memory cards, and DVD movie playback issues. If your
    going to buy a system make sure it's been tested by a person otherwise you
    could be getting a turkey. NCS has said they will test all Playstation 2's, the
    same thing they did for the Japanese Dreamcast, which also had some early
    problems. These glitches didn't stop the system from selling almost 1 Million
    systems in a couple days.
    Because of all the glitches however the launch was almost a disaster and now
    the recall is official in a statement from Sony:
    The utility CD-ROM disc that shipped with the PlayStation 2 will be recalled
    after it came to light that the DVD (digital versatile disc) player software
    contains a bug that allows users to override the region coding system. This
    system is intended to prevent users watching discs other than those sold in the
    region in which they live and is a vital part of the copyright-control system.
    The problem became apparent when instructions on how to modify the software
    began appearing on the Internet(and in this FAQ)
    SCEI adds that it will exchange for no charge the utility discs, either by mail
    or through any Seven-Eleven convenience store in Japan, and also work on making
    hardware modifications that prevent the faulty software from being loaded into
    future consoles.
    The new software also fixes two other problems with the DVD software. They are
    the occasional decrease in level of the analog audio output of the machine and
    interruptions to the audio that sometimes occurs through the digital audio
    output. Ouch!
    
     A. Japanese Launch Titles:
      1. A-Train 6- Artdink
      2. Den Sen Electric Lines - Sony
      3. Doukyu Billiards 2 - Ask
      4. Drum Mania - Konami
      5. Eternal Ring - From Software
      6. Kakinoki Shogi - Ascii Entertainment
      7. Kesson - KOEI
      8. Morita Shogi - Yuki Enterprise
      9. Popolocrois 3 - Sony
     10. Ridge Racer V - Namco
     11. Stepping Selection - Jaleco
     12. Street Fighter EX3 - Capcom
     13. Unison - Tecmo
    
     B. Japanese PS2 Setup Guide.
       Due to numerous questions on these issues I decided i should include
       parts of a step by step setup guide. A, B, and C of the following
       section are from:  www.ps2web.com   I really feel this site to be
       the best PS2 site around. I recommend checking them out. More in
       depth information on these issues can also be found in News and
       Email section.
    
      1. VOLTAGE ISSUES.
    Since the Japanese PS2 runs on a Japanese power system, you may need a power
    converter if you are using the system outside of the US or Japan. The United
    States and Canada run on a similar power system to Japan, but European and
    other foreign systems can zap the PS2 with twice as much voltage as it can
    take, frying the system. Here's a list of worldwide voltage measurements:
    United States and Canada: 110volts/30amps
    Japan: 100v/30a
    Most of Europe: 220v/30a
    The voltage is what really counts… if you try to run it on a Euro power system,
    you'll end up with a fried PS2. However, the American power system should be
    able to run the PS2 just fine, since the 10-20 volt difference won't really
    make a difference. Our PS2 runs fine on an American power system.
    Once you have your PS2 plugged in to the wall, you'll have to plug it in to
    your TV. Plug the AV output cord into the spot on the back of your system. The
    PS2 comes with the standard red, white, and yellow AV cables, so if your PS2
    works with those you can plug them right into your TV. If you need to plug the
    PS2 in through a VCR, you will have trouble playing DVDs because of a kind of
    protections called Macrovision. To play DVDs you'll need to plug it in directly
    to the TV.
    Once all the plugs are in place, just put your controller and memory card into
    the slots, and flip the switch on the back of the system to turn it on. Use the
    green reset button on the front of the system to reset it, and the blue button
    to eject the disc.
    
      2. CHANGE SYSTEM SETTINGS TO ENGLISH.
    Once you get your PS2 up and running, you'll need to decipher those Japanese
    characters to actually use the system. Fortunately, Sony has included an option
    to change the language on the system (not the games). Step-by-step instructions
    to change the language and time on the system are as follows:
    Turn on your PS2 with no disc inside.
    When the opening screen shows up, choose the bottom option of the two.
    You will see some Japanese text, then the time and date beneath it. Press UP
    once to get to the language select option.
    Press O to select this option, and select the choice to the right (English) by
    pressing O (circle).
    All the text should change to English. Now go back to the time and date set up,
    and change it to your time zone.
    You can also play around with the other options, but that's all you need to be
    able to play the system properly.
    Press X to get out of the configuration menu, and go into the Browser menu to
    select a game to play or browse the memory card.
    
      3. THE DVD DRIVERS.
    The drivers, or software programs that allow the PS2's DVD drive to boot up,
    are located on the PS2's memory card, and are very easily deletable, especially
    if you have a card that gets corrupted by saving Ridge Racer V data. We were
    fortunate enough to get a functional memory card, but we ended up having to
    reinstall the drivers in order to play American DVDs on our system. It's a bit
    hard to decipher the Japanese utility disc, so we figured it out ourselves
    (with no knowledge of Japanese, mind you) to make your lives a little easier.
    Follow the step-by-step instructions below to have your DVD player up and
    running in no time. Delete your DVD driver from the memory card, if it hasn't
    already been accidentally deleted. Put your utility disc, which came in a small
    blue case in your PS2's box, into your disc drive. When the utility disc loads
    up, press O (circle) to proceed to the menu screen. Choose the last option, the
    one with DVD in the text. Press O to select it. Now you're in the DVD manual.
    Flip to the 4th page and press O to download the drivers to the memory card. 
    You will be prompted to answer something in Japanese. Choose the option to the
    left. You will be asked to confirm your selection, choose the option to the
    left again. The download will now start, and will take a minute or so to
    complete. When the download's done, you will see one line of Japanese and an
    option to press X. Press X about 5 or 6 times in order to exit out of the
    utility disc. When you're back into the PS2's browser mode, you should be able
    to see the DVD driver on your memory card.
    Insert a DVD disc and follow the directions to play region 1 DVDs
    Enjoy the movie!        Thanks again to www.ps2web.com
    
      4. PLAY AMERICAN DVD's.
    One huge bonus for buying the system now is that with a simple code you can
    play BOTH Region 1(U.S) and Region 2(Japan,U.K) DVD's. This is beyond belief
    awesome, but of course Sony is already taking steps to fix this "problem". By
    the way The Gaming Intelligence Agency(www.thegia.com)says all three codes
    should be entered when the PlayStation 2 DVD bootup sequence begins fading to
    black. The buttons should be held until either the DVD movie starts up (1 line
    of Japanese) or a "region failed" message appears (2 lines of Japanese). If you
    get a region failed message, don't despair; just try again. The same disc will
    work some times and not others.
      Code 1: The best code for playing region 1 DVD's is from the old Gamefan
    Legend Nick Rox, he says to: Insert a first-generation PlayStation pad the kind
    with no analog controller(hope you have one lying around if not you can
    probably track one down at a second hand video game store)in Control Port 1 of
    the PS2. Insert a region 1 DVD and Hold UP on the pad until the DVD menu
    appears than Highlight the play icon and select it. He says this works 95% of
    the time which is better than the other codes by far.
      Code 2: The next code comes from J.T. Kauffman The code is: hold down L1,
    Circle, and Select. This code has worked with both the Dual Shock 1 and 2 with
    about 40% accuracy.
      Code 3: The final code comes from Barubary and is: press in L3 (the left
    analog stick) straight and hard. This code does not work with the Dual Shock 1,
    but works with the Dual Shock 2 with about 60% accuracy. Thanks to the GIA for
    all codes.
    There is talk of a memory Card recall so that new drivers can be installed to
    remove the Region 1 "glitch". Only morons would submit to this. Sadly all new
    PS2's will be free of this easy option to play both regions...
    
    
    3.  Let The Games Begin.
    Weekly Famitsu ratings(4 reviewers give 1-10 rating for a possible 40 points).
    If you don't know, Famitsu is the most respected Japanese videogame magazine
    around, A combined score of 32 is considered pretty good by these guys,
    anything from 33-37 is considered excellent, and 38-39 are contenders for game
    of the year. 40 is a perfect game and is almost unheard of as only 2 games have
    ever received 40 in the fifteen years of the magazine.  Tekken Tag Tournaments
    score of 38/40 is the best score so far this year!. I also give my impressions
    of the launch titles and other soon to be or already released titles:
    
     A6 A Reisha de Ikou 6(A-Train 6) - Artdink (28/40)
     Armored Core 2 - From Software (33/40)
     American Arcade Pinball - Astroll
     AllStar Pro Wrestling - Square (31/40)
     The Bouncer - Square (28/40)
     Bikkuri Mouse - SCE (29/40)
     Buchigire Kongou - Artdink (26/40)
     Crossfire Square - EA
     Dark Cloud - Sony
     Dead or Alive 2 - Tecmo (34/40) One of the prettier Dreamcast games
                                     ever seems to be visually unchanged for PS2.
                                     People have complained about this game not
    using
                                     Anti-aliasing like the Dreamcast version.
     Den Sen Electric Lines - Sony
     Doukyu Billiards 2(Billiard Master 2) - Ask
     Dream Audition - Jaleco (28/40)
     Driving Emotion Type-S - Square (28/40)
     Drum Mania - Konami (32/40) Obligatory dance or beat game from Konami.
     Eikanko Koshien - Artdink (28/40)
     Eternal Ring - From Software (25/40) Amazing cinematic graphics.
     Evergrace - From Software (28/40)
     Fantavision - Sony-(31/40) Weird Galaga lock on type fireworks
                                game? Said to be a puzzle game, but I don't believe
    it.
     FIFA Soccer World Championship - EA Square (30/40)
     Gekikuukan Pro Baseball - Square
     Golf Paradise - T&E Soft (27/40) This company has a golf game at every system
                                      launch! Really they have, think about it.
     Gradius III & IV - Konami (28/40) Super Nintendo launch title Gradius 3was a
    disaster
                                       because of major slowdown problems, this is
    not
                                       the case with this version however.
     Gran Turismo 2000 - Sony
     G-Savior - Sunrise Interactive (27/40)
     Gun Griffon Blaze - Capcom (33/40)
     Hresvelgr - Gust (26/40)
     I.Q. Remix - Sony-(28/40)
     Jikkyou World Soccer 2000 by Konami (31/40)
     Kakinoki Shogi - Ascii
     Kessen - Koei (32/40) Best cut scenes I've seen yet on the system!
     Love Story - Enix (29/40)
     Magical Sports: Koushien 2000 - Mahou (22/40)
     Mahjong Taikai III - Koei
     Morita Shogi - Yuki Enterprise - No Japanese launch would be complete without
    at
                                      least 3Shogi games.
     Popolocrois 3 - Sony
     Primal Image Vol.1 - Atlus Software (27/40)
     Ridge Racer V -  Namco (36/40)
     Rock n' Mega Stage - Jaleco (24/40)
     Scandle - SCE (31/40)
     Shin Sangoku Musou - Koei (31/40)
     Sky Surfer - Idea Factory (22/40)
     Snowboard Heaven - Capcom (27/40)
     Sorcerous Stabber Orphen - Kadokawa Shoten (22/40)
     SSX - EA
     Street Fighter EX3 - Capcom (32/40)
     Street Mahjong Trance Mashin 2 - Sunsoft - See Shogi...
     Stepping Selection - Jaleco (32/40)
     Surfroid The Legendary Surfer - ASCII (30/40)
     Tekken Tag Tournament - Namco (38/40) - No Anti-aliasing?
     TVDJ - SCE (31/40)
     Unison - Tecmo
     Velvet Fire - Dazu (25/40)
     Wild Wild Racing - Imagineer (29/40)
     X-Fire - SCEI (30/40)
    
    
    4. Play PSX games on PS2:
    One of the big questions about the Playstation 2 is: Can the Playstation 2 play
    Playstation 1 games? The answer is YES! And it actually enhances some games by
    adding 2 features which are selectable. The first is a speed setting which
    allows you to switch between 33.8 Mhz or 37.5Mhz this can speed up load times
    on some games. Although using the faster setting can also glitch out other
    games so thankfully you can select the speed. The other is a Texture
    Interpolation option which can clean up jagged edges and other problems with
    textures in some games. Once again this glitches out some games which is why
    they let you turn it on or off.
    
     A: Old PSX games that will not work on PS2 here is the list:
              (thanks to  PS2City.com for this list)
      1. Not Treasure Hunter (Acty Art)
      2. Gradius Deluxe Pack (Konami)
      3. Aidoru Promotion -Suzuki Yumie- (Alyume)
      4. Toua Plan Shooting Battle (Banpresto)
      5. Oukyuu No Hihou: Tension (Vap)
      6. Wing Commander III (EA Square)
      7. Gallop Racer (Tecmo)
      8. Ongaku Tsukuuru: Kanadeeru 2 (Ascii)
      9. Monster Farm (Tecmo) - the Japanese version of Monster Rancher
     10. Dragonbeat (Map Japan)
     11. Susume! Kaizoku (Artdink)
     12. Tsuiridou Keiryu Kohen (Escot)
     13. Virtua Pachisuro V (Map Japan)
     14. Virtua Pachisuro EX (Map Japan)
     15. Konya Mo Senryobako! 2000 (Hearty Robin)
     16. Formula One 99 (SCE)
     17. Namco Museum Encore (Namco)
     18. Namco Museum Encore - Limited Edition (Namco)
     19. Namco Museum Encore - Playstation The Best (Namco)
     20. Densha Daisuki Purareru Ga Ippai (Tomy)
    
    Note that some of these titles may actually play on the PS2 but there will be
    some problems including glitchy FMV and other issues.
    
    B: Chart showing improvements(or not)using
         Playstation 1 games on Playstation 2
    Loading - indicates if the PS2 speeds up load times on PSX games and by how
    much.
    Graphic - shows if texture interpolation helps or hinders old PSX games.
    Special Thanks to(www.the-magicbox.com)for this chart they rock!
    Magic Box Chart
    Game title         - Game Loading - Graphic Changes
    Ace Combat 3       - Same - Better texture, more details and depth
    Chrono Trigger     - Faster - Improved mode 7 graphics
    Chrono Cross       - Faster menus - Better opening movie better
                                        graphics, less jagged can
                                        see the character faces
    Dew Prism          - Same - No broken lines in polygons
                                No polygon breakups
    Front Mission 3    - Faster menus - Much better details
                                        on each character
    Saga Frontier 2    - Same - No black lines between
                                characters and background
    Vagrant Story      - Faster menus - Better texture and details
                                        less jagged polygons
    Parasite Eve 2     - Slightly improved - Slightly better
                                             graphics and textures
    Valkyrie Profile   - Same - Some characters look better
    Tales of Phantasia - Same - More details in the Map screen
    Star Ocean 2       - Same - More details in characters and maps
    Final Fantasy VIII - Faster disc access - Improved textures, but
                                        there are minor popup problems
    Xenogears          - Faster disc access - More depth in the 3D
                                          background, better texture
    Final Fantasy V    - Faster menus - Not much difference
    Gran Turismo 2     - Not much - Cured polygon breakup
                                    problems, less jagged lines
    XI Jumbo           - Much faster - Much cleaner graphics, like
                                       playing in VGA mode
    Tekken 2           - Faster - Slightly improved texture quality
    Tekken 3           - Little faster - Cured polygon breakup problems
    Ridge Racer Revolution - Same - Much cleaner graphics
    Tokimeki Memorial  - Same - Same, slightly inferior music quality
    Tokimeki Memorial 2 - Same - No difference
    Metal Gear Solid   - Same - More depth to the background
    Ridge Racer Type 4 - Faster - Much better replay screen graphics
    RayStorm           - Same - Not much difference
    Einhander          - Faster - Not much difference
    Street Fighter Alpha - Much faster
    Same Favorite Dear - Much faster
    Same Densha de Go! - Faster - Much better background texture
                                  and depth
    Armored Core       - Faster - Much better background texture
                                  and depth
    Bio Hazard         - Double loading speed - Cleaner graphics
                                                and texture
    
    
    5. Issues: Problems with the PS2(See News Section for in depth info)
     A: The Modem issue:
    Why is there is no Modem in the box? Well this is an interesting question, one
    reason is that the network is just not set up yet so we'll have to wait till
    sometime next year anyway. Another problem is that including a modem would
    raise the cost of an already expensive system to probably $400US. So I think
    it's not a mistake to ship without a modem in the box, especially because the
    PS2 is Ethernet compatible(cable modem) and for gaming this connection is the
    best way to go it's just way faster than phone lines!
     B: The Anti-aliasing issue:
    A lot of people are claiming the Sega Dreamcast has better looking graphics
    because it uses Anti-aliasing and the Playstation 2 either does not have it or
    just doesn't do it as good. Ridge Racer 5(PS2) does have some jagged non crisp
    edges and other oddities. In comparison  Sega GT(Dreamcast) and Sega Rally
    2(Dreamcast) do not have any of these problems! I say wait and see the PS2 can
    display far more Polygons than the Dreamcast, and in the end I'm sure this
    Anti-alias controversy will go away, I mean this is first generation PS2
    people! I just don't think Sony is that stupid to trade Polygons for
    Anti-aliasing!
    
    6. Email and News Q and A Section.
    As I have done with my Sega Dreamcast FAQ and NFL2K Glitch FAQ, I would love to
    hear from people who have imported the Playstation 2 and find out if they have
    had any problems, and get any other opinions on the system. I will also monitor
    the PS2 newsgroup for any relevant information as well. This kind of
    information can really help people decide if they should import the system or
    just wait till October, or even if the system is worth buying at all! I've not
    gone out of my way to fix spelling errors in this section, but some unnecesary
    swearing has been edited, sorry if this offends anyone. Special note sifting
    through a.g.v.ps2 has been both a venomous and hilarious experience, the
    lengths people go to both defend their favorite system and attack the opponent
    system are rediculous. If your thinking about monitoring this group here is a
    statement I found while examining the newsgroup:
    From ?: After noticing a couple of the rather vile posts I have read on the net
    it makes me wonder how these peoples minds ever became this disturbed or
    litteralely DUMB! Maybe they owned a failed games console? Or maybe they dont
    get enough attention at home?
    In Response: Visit the Mac and PC.advocacy groups (on second thoughts,
    don't...) if you think this newsgroup has it bad. There's nothing like a "my
    computer is better than yours" argument to bring the troglodytes out of the
    woodwork. Actually, strike that. There's nothing like a "my insert nation,
    religion, ethnic grouping, sexual preference, anything else you might care to
    think of is better than your <...>" argument to reveal just how far humanity
    has risen above the apes ... i.e. not very far.
    Kosovo, Northern Ireland, alt.games.video.sony-playstation2 -- it's
    hardwired into our genes. Seriously? How very sad. To me trolls are fairly
    irrelevant, you can either vent off some anger at them or just ignore them, but
    when they disguise themselves as other regs and insert themselves in ongoing
    threads and you can`t help but read their
    shit (you know who) then things just aren`t funny anymore.
    Actually i think now that i may have seemed a bit mad recently but i`m was
    vunerable at a very difficult time, and i just can`t be bothered with people
    anymore, i`m outta here.
    
    
    From Karim to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-19-00)
    When i do the tip to play zone 1 dvds it sometimes activates the
    macrovision(the dvd is playing with a crappy picture)
    Anyone knows what to do?
    Thanks
    
    From Rob to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-19-00)
    I am having trouble using Dolby digital on the PS2, I can get pro-logic
    but I get no sound when I select Dolby Digital. I am using a Sherwood
    Newcastle 925 AMP connected to the PS2 via an optical cable. I have
    tested Ridge Racer V and the PS2 boot up screen. I am not sure if
    either of these have DD though, does anyone know? I have also tried A
    US DVD and I don't get DD either. The only option I can find in the bios is to
    turn Optical on (which it is). Has anyone got DD to work on their PS2 or know
    what I have to do? Thanks for any help.
    Responce: Have you enabled Dolby Digital in the PS2's system menu? Also, are
    you sure that your amp is a Dolby Digital decoder?
    Greg.
    
    From Cameron to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-19-00)
    When i play a ps2 game like street fighter the sound is just fine. Then i take
    out the game and pop in a dvd and it plays fine too, but the sound level goes
    WAY down, and i have to turn the volume up on my tv a whole lot! Then when i
    take the dvd out i have to turn it way down again! Does anyone know why this
    is, or if i need to set some dvd setting in the ps2? Thanks.
    
    From Cameron to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-20-00)
    Do not move the PS2 while it's running a game. I had mine up on its side, and i
    layed it down flat. Right after that Street Fighter EX3 locked up and i took
    the cd out and there was a humongous circle scratch on it!!!!!! It wouldnt play
    anymore.
    
    From Del to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-22-00)
    Hi guys, Just got my PS2, done the R1 DVD hack and can watch the majority of my
    R1 films, but all the widescreen ones are stretched vertically. Now I've had a
    look at the menu's and there seems an option on the DVD screen buts its stuck
    on 16:9. Can this be changed??
    Stever responds:
    I found that from the dvd menu you can change the screen ratio from 16:9 but
    only when the disc is stopped, it's under menu 7 on the dvd panel. It only
    seemed to let me change it on some discs too, i tried a region 2 ntsc Leon
    Integral, but that wouldn't let me change the ratio, possibly somthing to do
    with it being an anamorphic disc, I was told by a dvd knolwedgeable friend.
    
    From Harry to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-25-00)
    It's just funny to see that every Sony fan is now talking about
    interlacing(because of the really dissappointing screenshots) , raw power being
    not that important afterall (because PS2 is dwarfed by X-Box) and anti
    aliassing(which PS2 clearly lacks and it shows) while just a year ago PS2 would
    be so much better than DC because of the performance gap! Let's face it: the
    PS2 game screenshot's of today look worse than a year ago when the game was
    only 15% complete! Did it become worse overtime? Did they decide to scrap the
    smooth anti aliassing and decided to go for the raw edges??? Just compare
    GT2000's first released screenshots to the screenshots released recently! Next
    to the state-of-the-art PS2 the "old" and "slow" DC currently looks just as
    good. And why do all the DC screenshot's I have seen so far look stunning? To
    be honest, every Soul Calibur screenshot kicks TTT ass. These are also
    screenshots, why don't they get ugly because of interlacing??? So please don't
    call me a troll, I consider myself a general game console fan which is a bit
    disappointed with PS2 so far...(let's face it, it does not exactly live up to
    the hype now, does it?).
    
    From MP to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-25-00)
    As the drivers are stored on memory card, could an improved version be
    released correcting the slight problems with the picture quality. Maybe
    third party or something. I know expecting an excellent games machine and a
    good DVD player is a bit much but If a third party company devoted more
    resources to improving it then maybe we could get better quality playback?
    
    From Jay to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-25-00)
    Yeah, the DC sucks. I only wish Sega GT could look nearly as cruddy as
    GT2000. Sony screwed up with the PS2 by not allowing hardware anti-aliasing.
    This is a HUGE screw up... as is the idea of not
    releasing a modem. Sure they'll eventually have a cable modem, but how
    many people in the country have cable modem access (or even the
    ability to have it installed) compared to those that have a modem.
    Gheeeesh... a 56K modem costs about $20 now. You'd think they'd throw
    it in. Now don't go taking this as a complete PS2 bash (although I
    know it does sound that way), I'm a HUGE fan of the PSX, but I think
    Sony screwed up BIG on this. I'm still gonna get one, but don't go
    saying the DC sucks because it FAR from does. Right now, the games
    look better than PS2 games and almost all of them play excellent.
     -j. LOL, yeah well the advert "up to 6 billion players" has been banned here
    because everyone who bought a DC thinking they can play on-line games found out
    they coulnd't, Sega screwed up. Not only that, people in the UK will only be
    able to play people in Europe from September, I don't know when they'll ever be
    able to play anyone else, so no, Sega screwed up. Sony have done the sensible
    thing not limiting themselves to a cruddy 56k modem, when they can have a cable
    modem add-on.
    S. Dilorio responds:
    PS. Sega didn't screwed up with the online gaming..They will have it far before
    sony...if sony ever will because of a hardware issue. Online DC games are
    already starting to pop up..Not many but they are tests for the second part of
    the network servers. (somethign sony hasn't even begun working on.) and in this
    area the problem with dreamcast users are so many of us have Cable modems, one
    company or another, and can't use with dreamcast yet...but soon. Luckly Because
    of Win CE, it is easy to set up a free ISP to use with Dreamcast...so no need
    to pay for Interent access with the dreamcast. FFVIII online will be available
    soon to DC, so will Unreal Tournement, and Quake 3, to my suprise a port of
    Raven softs Star Trek Voyager Elite force has ben announced for DC, which will
    have online play. Have no idea when the ST voyager game will be released for
    DC, but a nice project...
    
    Tigermilk to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-26-00)
    When the first PS2 launch release list was released, I was lickin' my
    chops. And as the weeks went on and the titles dwindled, there were
    still a few titles that made me want to run out and get a PS2. I really
    want to blow some cash on one, but so far it's hard to justify. The
    only game out right now I'd be remotely interested in (RR5) doesn't sit
    perfectly with me (I think the RR physics suck big time). I was desparately
    looking forward to GT2000 and every release date list I see
    has it TBA. Does anyone have a more firm date?
    The good news is that the price of the console will continue to drop as
    I wait for decent titles to show up, but after having bought an import
    DC last year, I caught the import bug. I want the darn thing but there
    just aren't any games out that interest me. Perhaps Driving Emotion-S,
    but we don't know what to expect there. I'd settle for Squares
    wrestling title, but even that is listed on IGN as Spring 2000!
    I really want my GT2K!!!
    
    From Vaipon to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-26-00)
    Just a thought on FSAA(Anti-alising) seeing as everyone seems to be slating RRV
    for not including it. Remember how the PSX used pixel dithering on virtually
    all of last years titles? This made the graphics look very grainy in some
    places, but allowed stunning shooters like OmegaBoost, and adventures like
    Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill to be made. It involved updating only certain
    pixels on certain polygons with each frame update to minimise CPU load. It was
    a tradeoff between visual definition and framerate, and in these cases
    framerate was seen as the more important factor. Well, Full Screen Anti
    Aliasing could be the same kinda thing in a couple of years. When programmers
    are looking for ways of increasing dwindling framerates, one of the first
    optimisations they will commit to is losing the FSAA. Gamers want 60fps, so
    even though FSAA isn't being used by the console at the moment, I don't think
    it will be used at the end of the PS2's life either. 60fps is more important
    than visual definition, ask anyone who plays Quake 3 Arena multiplayer.
    
    From Nospam to to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-27-00)
    Hi, This past weekend, I decided to try out my PS2's DVD playback ability. I
    connected an optical cable between the PS2 and my DD/DTS receiver. I put in an
    NTSC Region 1 DVD (with Dolby Digital) and played it. however, it would only
    play back in PCM. I then put it in my "normal" DVD player, and it played back
    in DD just fine. Thinking, maybe my cable or port were bad, I swapped optical
    cables between my DVD player and the PS2, and also plugged it into the port
    that the PS2 cable was using. Still, I got the same result. So, at least I know
    that there is nothing wrong with my optical cables or inputs on the receiver. I
    then tried some other Region 1 DD DVDs, but got the same result. Maybe
    something is wrong with the Region 1 playback? Maybe my PS2 digital output is
    bad? If anyone has any ideas or info about this,
    please let me know. Thank-you in advance.
    NOTE: I DID verify that the "Digital Output (Optical) setting in the
    System Configuration, was set to "ON".
    Also, in case anyone is compiling a list of known Region 1 DVD
    incompatabilities, I have a potential title for you. I tried "A Life
    Less Ordinary", and using the controller code, it gets to the PS2 DVD
    player menu just fine. However, after moving the cursor to the "play
    arrow" and selecting it, the following happens: The screen goes black
    for a couple of seconds, and it takes me back to the PS2 DVD player
    menu.
    Greg responds:
    Have you got Dolby Digital enabled in the menu? Also, is "A Life Less
    Ordinary" a Paramount DVD because some Paramount DVDs have extra
    region-coding protection that checks the region-coding when the DVD is
    played. I had the same problem with South Park Movie which is a Paramount
    protected DVD.
    Nospam responds:
    Greg,
    I only enabled the Digital Output in the main PS2 system
    configuration. If I need to do this in the PS2 DVD player menu as
    well, then I will need to be pointed to a translation section on a
    website or FAQ. I checked out the hardware guide on that IGN PS2
    site, but they did not have DVD player menu translations (unless I
    missed it).
    
    From Null to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-27-00)
    More PS2 Problems: MACROVISION
    PlayStation2: PlayStation2 owners have discovered a second way to exploit the
    console - the analog RGB output is now being used to illegally copy DVD content
    to videotape.
    According to the EE Times, this act circumvents the system's copy-protection
    technology and the technique is already being discussed on Japanese websites.
    Owners of the console have already been able to subvert a geographical code for
    DVDs.
    A company spokesman said that Sony installed in PlayStation2 appropriate means
    of preventing any illegal analog-to-analog copying, by providing security
    coding from Macrovision for all the system's output interface signals: RGB,
    composite, component and S-Video. Sony worked with Macrovision, the Sony
    spokesman said.
    The issue is whether or not Sony has violated a DVD industry agreement that
    prohibits DVD players from having an analog RGB interface. If so, Hollywood
    studios could take some form of action against gaming giant.
    SCE has acknowledged that problems with copy protection can arise from the use
    of an analog RGB interface, but said the company did nothing wrong and that the
    RGB interface on the PlayStation 2 complies with the DVD specs.
    A Sony Picture Entertainment source said, "Although we have not received any
    technical information about this issue yet, if the content is actually being
    copied from PlayStation2, we need to discuss matters with Sony Computer
    Entertainment to take effective measures."
    Expect to hear more on this soon.
    
    From Rubix to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-27-00)
    I want to hook up the PS2 i have using an RF modulator because DVD's
    played through my VCR are corrupted by copy protection and my TV does
    not have composite plugs.. obviously i have an import PS2 will a
    regular PS RF modulator, work with the PS@? any help would be greatly
    appreciated.... thanks
    Hiryu responds:
    Yep it does... I tried 2 NTSC -> PAL converters, one was designed
    specifically for the PSX, worked without a problem.. picture was rather
    crap tho'..:)
    
    From Mark to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-28-00)
    Curious If I can run the PS2 in VGA thru my DTV like I do with my DreamCast.
    Cameron responds:
    I think there will eventually be a VGA adapter for the ps2 because it is
    "supposed" to do something like 1280x1000 resolution which a tv obviouslycannot
    do! And surely they will at least have one just because the DC does.
    
    From TheHut to alt.games.video.playstation2 (3-30-00)
    So sony "issued" a recall, which basically means "Look DVD consortium, what do
    you want us to do? Go out in a van tracking down all PS2`s, boot the door down
    and forcefully swap discs? This all we can do now get the hell off our backs"
    Just who the HELL is going to willfully give up their only method of playing US
    DVD`s??
    Even if you were selling you PS2 you could keep the disc and it`ll be worth a
    fair few quid on it`s own soon. If i knew i could get hold of one i`d probably
    buy a jap PS2 now as it looks like the UK ones will be well protected, and i
    want my region 1 DVD`s!
    Although can an import shop have one and take customers cards and copy the
    driver to his mem cards to allow region 1 playback? If so then Sony may have
    shot themselves in the foot with this one, virtually everyone will get it done.
    
    From Ste Birmo to alt.games.video.playstation2 (4-3-00)
    Okay, so it transpires Sony are just as fallible as the rest of us and are
    themselves liable to the odd cockup. But so what, it's nothing disastrous and
    ultimately it will not change a single thing. Poke fun by all means, but please
    don't come in here and spout pure crap and expect us to swallow it.
    So far, PlayStation2 has only been released in one territory and as is the case
    with these things most of the games released with it appeal directly to that
    particular market. So at this early stage only an idiot would criticise the
    lack of decent games.
    And as for those who believe Sony's subdued presence at the TGS was
    because they have nothing to show, well, what can I say... ...WAKE UP!
    I personally couldn't give a toss what any website(Gamefan) says, the fact is
    Sony is holding back and will have the biggest presence of all at the biggest
    show of all (and the one that counts ahead of its western launch) - E3.
    Anyone who doesn't immediately realise this is not looking at the bigger
    picture or is just a biased, blinkered, deluded fool.
    
    From Walt to alt.games.video.playstation2 (4-4-00)
    Driving Emotion Type-S replay stuttering
    Is anyone else getting this problem on the replays? From some camera angles,
    the replay stutters badly.
    
    From Vaipon to alt.games.video.playstation2 (4-8-00)
    I just pressed reset on my PS2, and instead of it rebooting, the screen just
    stayed black! After some panicking, I pressed reset again and all was well.
    Some guy on the RR5 GameFaqs forum says it has happened to him a few times.
    Just wondered if anyone else has seen this problem, and whether it is a big
    deal or not?
    Roy Responds:
    I had the same problem once. Seems an incident, hasn't happen again
    and the PS2 seems to be working fine.
    TheHut responds:
    Doubt if it`s a biggie, it happens on my old playstation if i tap the reset
    button lightly and quickly.
    
    From Fred to alt.games.video.playstation2 (4-8-00)
    I was wondering if its normal that the PS2 with a game in it spins extremely
    fast. No slowdown at all. The whole PS2 is vibrating.
    With RR5 its definetly everytime I play the game.
    Vaipon responds:
    Your Ridge 5 disc is probably very slightly warped. This is quite common
    amongst CDs, and some are produced slightly warped or off balance. It's no big
    deal when you're playing them in your audio CD player, but when the disc is
    spinning at 24x then it amplifies the problem somewhat. I doubt it is doing any
    actual harm to your PS2 as most fast drives are designed to cope with slightly
    imperfect discs, however if the noise is getting on your nerves then you could
    try and return the CD to your dealer and get it changed for another copy.
    
    From Vaipon to alt.games.video.playstation2 (4-8-00)
    Another boring query. When you press the triangle button and go into the
    version menu on a PS2, and you press triangle again on the unit option, what
    does the "Diagnosis" function do? Does anyone know, coz I can't seem to work it
    out as it has no noticeable effect.
    Greg responds:
    This was discussed a while back (I found it first! Sorry, don't mean to
    brag.) but nobody managed to do anything with it. My bet is that its
    basically a debug mode that kicks in if an error occurs. However, since
    there don't seem to be any errors it obviously doesn't kick in.
    
    
    7. Playstation 2 specs and comparison to all next-gen systems!
    So how does the PS2 compare to the other Next Gen systems?
    Heh heh heh...check out the hilarious comparison of the
    128-Bit PS2 vs. the alleged 64-Bit Atari Jaguar!!!
    Make special note of the polygons per second battle.
    The battle between the PS2 and Microsoft X-Box may be one to watch. Note: I
    have read about the new Linux based system coming out named Indrema with specs
    comparable to the X-Box. If it's legit I may add this system to the showdown.
    The official site is (www.indrema.com)
    The Ultimate System Showdown: 32-Bit and on!
    
    System:              3DO Multiplayer
    Japanese launch:     1994?
    U.S.A launch:        October 1993
    U.S.A launch Price:  $799.00
    Format:              32-Bit CD system
    CPU:                 ARM60 32-bit RISC
    Graphics processor:  2 25MHZ 32bit Custom Risc
    Clock speed:         25Mhz
    RAM:                 2 Megabyte
    Sound Processor:     16-Bit Stereo/44.1Khz
    CD-ROM speed:        2X
    Max game size:       650 Megabyte (per CD)
    Controller ports:    1!
    Save game type:      System
    Memory card slots:   None?
    Vibration type:      None
    Mascot:              Gex
    Best game:           Star Control 2!
    
    System:              Atari Jaguar
    Japanese launch:     Not Released?
    U.S.A launch:        December 1993
    U.S.A launch Price:  Atari Jaguar-$249.00/Jaguar CD-$149.99
    Format:              32/64-Bit Cartridge System/optional Jaguar CD
    CPU:                 32/16-bit Motorola 68000, 32/16-bit RISC DSP
                         64-bit OP and a 32-bit/64-bit GPU Risc
    Graphics processor:  32-bit/64-bit Risc GPU
    Clock speed:         26.6Mhz
    MIPS:                26.6
    Polygons per second: 10,000-yes ten thousand!
    RAM:                 2 Megabyte
    Sound processor:     16-Bit/44.1Khz
    CD-ROM speed:        2X
    Max game size:       6 Megabyte Per Cartridge (790Megabytes per CD)
    Controller ports:    2
    Save game type:      Cartridge
    Memory card slots:   None
    Vibration type:      None
    Mascot:              None
    Best game:           Alien vs. Predator
    
    System:              Sega Saturn
    Japanese launch:     11/22/1994
    U.S.A launch:        5/11/1995
    U.S.A launch Price:  $399.00
    Format:              32bit/CD-ROM with a Cartridge Expansion
    CPU:                 2 Hitachi 32bit RISC and Hitachi 32bit SHI
    Graphics processor:  32-Bit VDP1 and 32-Bit VDP2
    Clock speed:         28Mhz
    MIPS:                25
    Polygons per second: 200,000 with Textures/500,000 Flat Shaded
    RAM:                 4 Megabyte (2 Meg Main/1.54 Meg Video)
    Sound processor:     32 voice 16-Bit Stereo 113Mhz Yamaha68EC000
    CD-ROM speed:        2X
    Max game size:       650 Megabyte (per CD)
    Controller ports:    2
    Save game type:      Internal and Cartridge
    Memory card slots:   1
    Vibration type:      None
    Mascot:              Nights
    Best game:           Nights!
    
    System:              Sony Playstation
    Japanese launch:     12/3/1994
    U.S.A launch:        9/9/1995
    U.S.A launch Price:  $299.00
    Format:              32bit/CD-ROM
    CPU:                 32bit RISC R3000S
    Graphics processor:  32-Bit GPU
    Clock speed:         33.87MHz
    MIPS:                30 Main Processor or 66 with Geometry Engine
    Polygons per second: 360,000 Rendered in hardware/500,000 Textured
                         1.5 Million Flat Shaded
    RAM:                 3 Megabyte (2 Megabyte Main/1 Megabyte video)
    Sound processor:     16-Bit Stereo 24 Channel/44.1Khz
    CD-ROM speed:        2X
    Max game size:       650 Megabyte (per CD)
    Controller ports:    2
    Save game type:      Memory Card
    Memory card slots:   2
    Vibration type:      Dual Shock Controller
    Mascot:              Lara Croft, Crash Bandicoot, and Sweet Tooth
    Current best games:  Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and the Final Fantasy's
    
    System:              Nintendo 64
    Japanese launch:     6/23/1996
    U.S.A launch:        9/29/1996
    U.S.A launch Price:  $249.00
    Format:              Cartridge
    CPU:                 64bit R4300 RISC
    Clock speed:         93.75 MHz
    Graphics processor:  62.5Mhz 64-bit RISC "Reality Immersion"
    MIPS:                125 Mips
    FLOPS:               100 Million
    Polygons per second: 160,000 with all hardware features enabled
    RAM:                 4 Megabyte or 8 Megabyte with the Expansion Pak
    Sound processor:     16-Bit Stereo/44.1Khz
    CD-ROM speed:        No loading!!!!!
    Max game size:       256 megabit (so far)
    Controller ports:    4
    Save game type:      Cartridge or Controller pak
    Memory card slots:   4 (controller)
    Vibration type:      Rumble Pak
    Mascot:              Mario
    Current best game:   The Legend Of Zelda: The Ocarina Of Time
    
    System:              Sega Dreamcast
    Japanese launch:     11/20/1998
    U.S.A launch:        9/9/1999
    U.S.A launch Price:  $199.00
    Format:              GD-ROM/Windows CE
    CPU:                 128-Bit Hitachi SH4 RISC
    Clock speed:         200MHz
    Graphics processor:  NEC Power VR Second Generation
    MIPS:                360 Mips
    FLOPS:               1.4 Billion
    Polygons per second: 3 Million
    RAM:                 26 Megabyte (16MB main/8MB video/2 MB sound)
    Sound processor:     64 Voice-Yamaha Super Intelligent Sound Processor
    GD-ROM speed:        12X
    Max game size:       1 Gigabyte(per CD)
    Controller ports:    4
    Save game type:      Visual Memory System
    Memory card slots:   8 (controller)
    Vibration type:      Jump Pack
    Modem included:      Yes
    Broadband/Ethernet:  Coming Soon
    Mascot:              Sonic
    Current best games:  Shenmue, Resident Evil: Code Veronica
                         and Ecco The Dolphin
    
    System:              Sony Playstation 2
    Japanese launch:     3/4/2000
    U.S.A launch:        October 26 2000
    U.S.A launch Price:  $299.00
    Format:              CD-ROM(Playstation)and DVD-ROM(Playstation 2)
                         Is backwards compatible with Playstation 1!
    CPU:                 128-Bit "Emotion Engine"
    Graphics processor:  150Mhz GS
    Clock speed:         294.912 MHz
    Resolution:          1080x1224
    Full anti-aliasing:  No
    FLOPS:               6.2 Billion
    Polygons per second: 75 Million, 20 Million with effects
    RAM:                 32 Megabyte
    Sound processor:     48 Channel/48Khz
    DVD-ROM speed:       4X
    CD-ROM speed:        24X
    Max game size:       4.7 Gigabyte (per DVD)
    Controller ports:    2
    Save game type:      8MB Memory Card
    Memory card slots:   2
    Vibration type:      Dual Shock 2
    Modem included:      Not in the box, but supported
    Broadband/Ethernet:  Not yet, but supported
    HDTV support:        Yes
    Mascot:              Best game: SSX
    
    System:              Nintendo GameCube
    Japanese launch:     2001
    U.S.A launch:        2001
    U.S.A launch Price:  $199.00
    Format:              Custom DVD
    CPU:                 IBM Gekko Processor
    Graphics processor:  ArtX Custom GP
    Clock speed:         405MHz
    Polygons per second: 12 Million
    Full anti-aliasing:  Yes
    RAM:                 40 Megabyte
    Sound Processor:     64 Channel/48Khz
    Controller ports:    4
    Save game type:      Digicard
    Memory card slots:   2
    Modem included:      Yes
    Broadband/Ethernet:  Yes
    HDTV support:        Yes
    Mascot:              Mario
    
    System:              Microsoft X-Box
    Japanese launch:     Late 2001
    U.S.A launch:        Late 2001
    U.S.A launch Price:  $300.00?
    Format:              DVD/Windows 2000 Operating System
    CPU:                 Intel Pentium III
    Graphics processor:  Nvidia NV15 GPU
    Clock speed:         733MHz
    Resolution:          1920x1080
    Polygons per second: 300 Million, 100 Million with effects
    Full anti-aliasing:  Yes
    RAM:                 64 Megabyte
    Sound processor:     64 Voice BDL2 Processor
    DVD-ROM speed:       5X
    Max game size:       4.7 Gigabyte (per DVD)
    Controller ports:    4
    Save game type:      8GB Hard Drive
    Memory card slots:   8MB Memory Card
    Vibration type:      Unknown
    Modem included:      No
    Broadband/Ethernet:  Yes
    HDTV support:        Yes
    Mascot:              Bill Gates
    
    
    8. My favorite games list.
    I've noticed that when people buy a new system or look at a new system FAQ they
    are often reminded about the systems they used to think were awesome and how
    much better this new system is. I mean I can't believe that 20 years ago i used
    to consider the Atari 2600 an "awesome" system. Now with games like Resident
    Evil: Code Veronica and Ecco The Dolphin: Defender Of The Future it might be
    easy to forget the past systems and games that were really cool. I am including
    this list for the people who still play games on these systems, and for
    nostalgia for everyone else. I got this idea when Gamefan ran some All Time
    lists from several of their reviewers, and in the old days I had kept a list
    myself, so here it is my video game history.
    My Favorite Video Games 1980-2000
    Mike Schwan 12-10-2000
    
    Sega Master System
    1.  Phantasy Star
    2.  Wonderboy In Monsterland
    3.  Miracle Warriors
    4.  Y's: The Vanished Omen
    5.  Golvellius: Valley Of Doom
    6.  Wonderboy III: The Dragons Trap
    7.  R-Type
    8.  Space Harrier 3-D
    9.  Shinobi
    10. Zillion II: The Tri-Formation
    
    Nintendo Entertainment System
    1.  Bionic Commando
    2.  The Legend Of Zelda
    3.  Metal Gear
    4.  Ghosts N' Goblins
    5.  Super Mario Brothers 3
    6.  Castlevania
    7.  Mega Man
    8.  Super Mario Brothers
    9.  Castlevania 3
    10. Metroid
    11. Super Mario 2
    12. Lifeforce
    13. Blaster Master
    14. Rygar
    15. Contra
    
    Sega Genesis/Sega CD/32X
    1.  Ghouls N' Ghosts
    2.  Strider
    3.  Phantasy Star II
    4.  Target: Earth
    5.  Revenge Of Shinobi
    6.  Sonic CD
    7.  Castle Of Illusion: Starring Mickey Mouse
    8.  Lunar: The Silver Star Story
    9.  Gaiares
    10. Castlevania: Bloodlines
    
    NEC Turbo-Grafx 16/Turbo Duo PC Engine Super CD/Super-Grafx
    1.  Dracula X
    2.  Y's Books I & II
    3.  Legendary Axe
    4.  Ghouls N' Ghosts
    5.  Might And Magic III: Isles Of Terra
    6.  Shadow Of The Beast
    7.  Y's Book IV: The Dawn Of Y's
    8.  Cosmic Fantasy Story 2
    9.  Valis II
    10. Aldynes
    
    Super Nintendo
    1.  Final Fantasy 5
    2.  Final Fantasy 6
    3.  Super Ghouls N' Ghosts
    4.  Super Mario World
    5.  The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
    6.  F-Zero
    7.  Street Fighter 2
    8.  Final Fantasy 4
    9.  Demon's Crest
    10. Super Mario Kart
    
    SNK Neo-Geo/Neo-Geo CD/Neo Geo MVS
    1.  Garou: Mark Of The Wolves
    2.  King Of Fighters 98
    3.  Samurai Shodown II
    4.  King Of Fighters 99
    5.  League Bowling
    6.  Samurai Shodown III
    7.  Last Blade 2
    8.  2020 Super Baseball
    9.  Magician Lord
    10. Samurai Shodown IV
    
    3DO Multiplayer
    1.  Star Control 2
    2.  Alone In The Dark
    3.  Super Street Fighter II Turbo
    4.  Myst
    5.  Dragon's Lair
    6.  Night Trap
    7.  Crash N' Burn
    8.  Gex
    9.  Escape From Monster Manor
    10. Slayer
    
    Atari Jaguar
    1.  Alien Vs. Predator
    2.  Tempest 2000
    3.  Cybermorph
    4.  Wolfensten 3D
    5.  Doom
    
    Sega Saturn
    1.  Nights Into Dreams...
    2.  Christmas Nights
    3.  Virtua Fighter 2
    4.  Panzer Dragoon Saga
    5.  Shining Force 3
    6.  Rayman
    7.  Street Fighter Alpha 3
    8.  Vampire Savior
    9.  Shining The Holy Ark
    10. Sega Rally Championship
    
    Sony Playstation
    1.  Final Fantasy 9
    2.  Final Fantasy 8
    3.  Metal Gear Solid
    4.  Final Fantasy 7
    5.  Wipeout 3
    6.  Silent Hill
    7.  Final Fantasy Tactics
    8.  Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night
    9.  Resident Evil 2
    10. Chrono Cross
    11. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
    12. Wipeout XL
    13. Medievil
    14. Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver
    15. Mega Man Legends
    
    Nintendo 64
    1.  The Legend Of Zelda: The Ocarina Of Time
    2.  Super Mario 64
    3.  Wave Race 64
    4.  Wipeout 64
    5.  The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask
    6.  Donkey Kong 64
    7.  Banjo-Kazooie
    8.  Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
    9.  Diddy Kong Racing
    10. Pilotwings 64
    
    Sega Dreamcast
    1.  Shenmue
    2.  Ecco The Dolphin: Defender Of The Future
    3.  Virtua Fighter 3: Team Battle
    4.  Resident Evil Code: Veronica
    5.  Street Fighter 3: Third Strike
    6.  Rayman 2: The Great Escape
    7.  NFL2K1
    8.  King Of Fighters 99: Dream Match
    9.  SNK vs Capcom: Millennium Fight 2000
    10. Seaman
    
    Sony Playstation 2
    1. SSX
    2. Time Splitters
    3. Madden 2001
    4. Ridge Racer 5
    5. Summoner
    
    ALL TIME TOP 40 (1980-2000)
    1.  Nights Into Dreams... (SAT)
    2.  Shenmue (CAST)
    3.  Final Fantasy 9 (PSX)
    4.  Final Fantasy 8 (PSX)
    5.  Metal Gear Solid (PSX)
    6.  Final Fantasy 7 (PSX)
    7.  SSX (PS2)
    8.  Wipeout 3 (PSX)
    9.  Star Control 2 (3DO)
    10. The Legend Of Zelda: The Ocarina Of Time (N64)
    11. Super Mario 64 (N64)
    12. Silent Hill (PSX)
    13. Ecco The Dolphin: Defender Of The Future (CAST)
    14. Ghouls N' Ghosts (GEN)& (SGX)& (SAT) &(PSX)
    15. Final Fantasy Tactics (PSX)
    16. Strider (GEN)
    17. Shadow Of The Beast (AMIGA)
    18. Resident Evil Code: Veronica (CAST)
    19. Final Fantasy 5 (SNES)
    20. Final Fantasy 6 (SNES)
    21. Dracula X (PCE)
    22. Y's Books I& II (DUO)
    23. Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night (PSX)
    24. Super Ghouls N' Ghosts (SNES)
    25. Wave Race (N64)
    26. Phantasy Star 2 (GEN)
    27. Bionic Commando (NES)
    28. Phantasy Star (SMS)
    29. Super Mario World (SNES)
    30. Alone In The Dark (3DO)
    31. Resident Evil 2 (PSX)
    32. Chrono Cross (PSX)
    33. The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past (SNES)
    34. Final Fantasy 4 (SNES)
    35. Target Earth (GEN)
    36. F-Zero (SNES)
    37. Revenge Of Shinobi (GEN)
    38. Alien Vs. Predator (JAG)
    39. Legendary Axe (TG16)
    40. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PSX)
    
    Top 10 Fighters
    1. Virtua Fighter 3: Team Battle (CAST)
    2. Street Fighter 3: Third Strike (CAST)
    3. Garou: Mark Of The Wolves (Geo)
    4. King Of Fighters Dream Match 99 (CAST)
    5. Samurai Showdown 2 (GEO)
    6. King Of Fighters 99: Evolution (Cast)
    7. Last Blade 2 (Geo)
    8. SNK vs Capcom: Millennium Fight 2000 (Cast)
    9. Vampire Saviour (SAT)
    10. Soul Calibur (CAST)
    
    System Codes:
    Sega Master System-SMS
    Nintendo Entertainment System-NES
    Sega Genesis-GEN
    Sega CD-SCD
    TurboGrafx 16-TG16
    Turbo Duo-DUO
    PC Engine-PCE
    Super Grafx-SGX
    Super Nintendo-SNES
    Neo Geo-Geo
    3DO Multiplayer-3DO
    Atari Jaguar-JAG
    Sega Saturn-SAT
    Sony Playstation-PSX
    Nintendo 64-N64
    Sega Dreamcast-CAST
    Sony Playstation 2-PS2
    Notes: I must personally beat the game to be
    included on the All-Time list, the only
    exception is the impossible to beat Shadow
    Of The Beast on the Amiga. I have beaten
    the Genesis and Turbo-Duo versions of the
    game though.
    
    My favorite other system games are:
    Atari 2600(This is old school!): Frogger
    Mattel Intellivision: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
    Colecovision: Montezuma's Revenge
    Commodore Amiga: Shadow Of The Beast
    PC: Blade Runner
    Nintendo Gameboy: Super Mario Land
    Atari Lynx: Electrocop
    Sega Game Gear: Castle Of Illusion
    NEC PC-FX: Team Innocent
    Arcade: Space Ace!
    
    Other Awards:
    Best Game of 70's: Pong -197X- (Arcade) I am
    only 29 but I remember playing it in a bowling
    alley and sitting down to do it at around the
    time of the first Star Wars film in 1977.
    I believe this was the only video game I played
    in the 70's.
    
    Best Game of 80's: Shadow Of The Beast -1989-
    (AMIGA)The first game to totally blow my mind in
    both music and graphics. This game ran at 50!
    frames per second and had 128 colors on screen
    with a ridiculous 13! layers of scrolling, plus
    it offered ultra insane challenge! And has the
    best original videogame soundtrack ever bar none!
    The home videogame console versions were never
    even close to being as good. The best console
    version was probably on the TurboDuo it had nice
    graphics and the music on this version is
    shockingly good, the Duo versions only problem was
    that it was just way to easy. The Atari Lynx
    version really kicked ass as the graphics were
    almost quite nice when compared to the Amiga
    version but only on a smaller screen although
    the music was very poor.
    
    80's runner up: Phantasy Star 2 -1989- I beat this
    game twice with all 8 characters, I loved it that
    much! This game was hard as hell even with the
    Walkthrough that came packaged with the game. Not
    much by todays standards but I remember when their
    was nothing better than this.
    
    Best Game of 90's: Nights Into Dreams... -1996- (SAT)
    This is the most played game by me ever and I have
    been unable to improve my scores for some time.
    This is one of those games that either you get it
    or you don't! You really have to think of this
    game as if it's a racing game, but you are also
    able to do stunts. The highlight of Sonic
    Adventure for me was the Nights Pinball game
    and the sequel to Nights on Dreamcastis my number
    one most wanted game.
    
    90's Runner up: Final Fantasy 8 -1999- (PSX)
    Best RPG ever, and easily the most underrated game
    of all time. No RPG has ever been this deep and
    this beautiful. At 4 Disks long casual gamers need
    not apply, I've noticed that the learning curve in
    this game is far longer than in Final Fantasy 7
    but the rewards are so much infinitely greater in
    FF8. The story is so epic that playing through
    this game really is a wonderful emotional
    experience. The music in this game also smashes
    all previous RPG's and is some ways is the best
    ever done for a videogame. People complained about
    the unlimited use of summons, ya know what the
    summons were useless, they do no damage and you
    can't speed em'up! Junction Junction what's my
    function, with some simple draw and junctioning
    to Attack you will never want to summon again
    well maybe 1 time each to see how amazing looking
    they are! My 2nd time through this game I used no
    summons and beat the game and the Mega-bastard
    Omega! Also this game has the best ending in the
    history of videogames ever, nothing else even
    comes close, and is easily the most amazing thing
    I have ever seen in a videogame!!! Easily Best RPG
    of the 90's and Ever... I Don't see how FF9 can top
    this although I am very happy that they are going
    back to the Crystal system used in Final Fantasy 5
    and Final Fantasy Tactics.
    
    Best Games of 00's: Shenmue, Final Fantasy 9, Ecco
    The Dolphin: Defender Of The Future(CAST), Resident
    Evil Code : Veronica (CAST) and SSX. It's early!
    The games I am really looking forward to in the
    new Millennium are Metal Gear, Solid 2, Silent Hill 2,
    Virtua Fighter X, Street Fighter 4, The Bouncer
    Final Fantasy 10-18, Zone Of Enders and any sequels
    to Ghosts n' Goblins, Resident Evil, Phantasy Star
    Zelda and Mario. Last but not least of course my
    most wanted: Nights 2.
    
    Best of the Best:
    Best Graphics -
    Shenmue (CAST)
    Ecco The Dolphin: Defender Of The Future (CAST)
    SSX (PS2)
    Resident Evil Code: Veronica (CAST)
    Rayman 2: The Great Escape (CAST)
    Madden 2001 (PS2)
    
    Best Music -
    Shadow Of The Beast (AMIGA)&(GEN)&(DUO)&(LYNX)
    Wipeout Series (PSX)&(SAT)&(N64)
    Ecco The Dolphin Series (SCD) & (CAST)
    Final Fantasy 8 (PSX)
    
    Best Sound FX-
    Resident Evil Code: Veronica (CAST)
    Resident Evil Series 1-3 (PSX)&(SAT)&(N64)&(CAST)
    
    Most Underrated -
    Final Fantasy 8 (PSX)
    Target: Earth (GEN)
    Alien vs. Predator (JAG)
    
    Most Challenging -
    Target:Earth (GEN)
    Shadow Of The Beast (AMIGA)&(GEN)
    Ecco The Dolphin: Defender Of The Future (CAST)
    
    Best Story -
    Final Fantasy 8 (PSX)
    Metal Gear Solid (PSX)
    Silent Hill (PSX)
    Star Control 2 (3DO)
    Alone In The Dark (3DO)
    
    Best Ending -
    Final Fantasy 8
    Metal Gear Solid
    
    Best Voice Acting -
    Metal Gear Solid
    Star Control 2
    
    Worst Voice Acting -
    House Of The Dead (CAST) Goldman...
    Resident Evil (PSX)
    "Maybe you the master of unlocking can use it"
    
    Worst Game -
    Strip Janken (3DO) My friend bought this bum
    in New York and set back gaming 15 years in the
    process. Anyone remember the Porky's Videogame
    for the Atari 2600? It was better! At least it was a
    game, I will say that the girls in Strip Janken were
    babes though. I believe this title was named Strip
    Janken I am not 100% sure, it was definitely a
    Japanese 3DO game though.
    
    9. Credits and Thanks:
    Anyone who knows more than me please Email me and help me out.
    I could really use some help regarding the 3DO Multiplayer and the Atari
    Jaguar, since they've been dead for so long I have had trouble finding specs
    for all the categories, and the systems release dates.
    Spec info and PS2 launch info gathered from Official Sony Playstation site,
    Nintendo Power Source, Sega Hard Stuff, Next Generation Magazine, Next
    Generation Online, I.G.N, CNN, Daily Radar, The Magic Box and Gamers Republic.
    Atari Jaguar specs gleaned from above sources and: The Jaguar FAQ by Robert A.
    Jung and The Jaguar Underground Documentation.
    3DO specs gleaned from above mentioned sources and the 3D0 Today site.
    
    Note: Some system specs gleaned using PSYCHIC POWERS!!!
    
    Thanks to everyone who has sent EMAIL to me over the years.
    
    And thanks for people not yelling at me for liking Godzilla Generations for
    Dreamcast. What can I say I just love Gojira. Sometimes having Godzilla running
    around smashing stuff is my bag baby.
    
    Thanks to Vic for showing me the ways of Target:Earth
    
    More Special thanks to Paul for recommending many of the import games on my
    Favorite games list, his excellent import video game shop is
    Raven Video Games  http://ravenvideogames.net/  so go check em out!
    
    Even more special thanks to GameFAQs for being the best website in the world.
    http://www.gamefaqs.com
    
    Ultimate and Final Special thanks to the old Inner Circle of gamers consisting
    of Chance, Travis, Jeff, and Myself. Without this group I would not have played
    many of the games on my Top Games list.
    
    This FAQ is a c2000 Merle Brothers Production TM. And may not reproduced
    without my permission (Mike Schwan) under the penalty of death! "I want you all
    to remember that I love
    

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