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14521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Lite Launch Question on: May 25, 2006, 08:47:20 PM
Ok, so will this go down like all the other console releases?  Stores opening early or long lines forming prior to release?

If so, what's the best bet?  Should I actually (heaven forbid) camp out or should I just wait it out until the the supplies recoup.

The reason I ask is that there's speculation that the preorder deal on Overstock might be cancelled.

Just wonderin...
14522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any news on DS Lite trade-in deals? on: May 25, 2006, 08:45:38 PM
Quote from: "Poomba"
Thanks for the tip, without any games though? I remember selling my original DS (yes, this is my second and the Lite will be my third) on E-bay and had to include something like four games to even squeak out $150 for it.


Some folks on CAG were talking about how theirs sold for 100.00 just by itself. Take it for what's worth...give it ago.  The console plus 5 games for 100? Zounds.

If you're interested in selling some games, send me a PM.
14523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any news on DS Lite trade-in deals? on: May 25, 2006, 08:24:19 PM
Quote from: "Poomba"
I'm seriously considering cashing in my DS for a new DS Lite when they come out, anyone hear of any deals? You know, something like, trade-in your old DS and five games and get $100 towards a new DS Lite...

Also, are the game stores only offering ridiculous bundles for this system?


Dude. You can still sell your regular DS on ebay for 100.00.  Try that route...
14524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Game Box Questions on: May 25, 2006, 06:51:25 PM
So the games I ordered with my DS preorder came today and I have questions

I understand that DS has wifi capability:

1. On Mario Kart DS there's a sticker that says: 'Nintendo WiFi Connection'

2. On the back of that same game are two pictures with the following captions: 'Wireless DS Single-Card Download Play' and 'Wireless DS Multi-Card Play'

What do those mean?

3. On Advance Wars it has the same icons as #2 but now 'Nintendo WiFi Connection' on it.  Huh?
14525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3] Sony points the gun at its own head yet again? on: May 24, 2006, 10:26:16 PM
I wonder how much the of EB/Gamestop's bottom line comes from pre played sales. I bet it's a large chunk.  I wonder what the impacts of this will be from that perspective.

If this goes into effect, this is a huge downer and if I should some day own a PS3 I will have to be helluva careful about any game I buy if I'm gonna own it forever.

However, Sony hasn't been shy about their over the top IP protection schemes.  Let's see if this backfires.  I bet jonny consumer won't care, however, now you have alienated both ends of the gaming spectrum:

Casual gamers with the price
Hobbyists with this copy protection.

I wonder who their audience is....?
14526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gaming Character Checks? on: May 23, 2006, 02:59:00 PM
Is there a company that makes checks with Nintendo or other prominent gaming characters on them?  I'm due to order some.
14527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Keeping Games Forever? on: May 23, 2006, 02:03:00 PM
I think I'm gonna put them up on ebay.  I'm not quite ready to get rid of KOTOR II, but I think I will anyway...
14528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I finally Pre-ordered a DS on: May 23, 2006, 11:53:03 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
I wish the US was getting the sleek EU black one.

Or at least the blue one.

Sigh... white.  Maybe it will hide fingerprints better?


I was planning on waiting for  a color, but then I read on (CNET i think) that the black/blue ones really show scratches.  I didn't bother to search around for more corroboration, and went for it.

Besides, white things are easier to see so when it's in the bottom of my bag or whatever I can spot it no sweat.
14529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Keeping Games Forever? on: May 22, 2006, 05:38:36 PM
A serious question, to you, my brothers:  Is there a point to keeping games forever?

I was tooling around on ebay and saw a collection of PS2 games for sale and it's fetching 200.00, which is no small chunk of change.

I have a lot of great XBOX games that I could bundle together and attempt to sell- though I know I would take an overall loss (but that's still more than I'd get with them sitting on my shelf)- chances are I'll never play them again and the extra dough would help offset future costs (Wii, DS, games, etc).

It's a very rare game that I rate as a permanent addition to my collection (though the ratio of xbox games is rather high) and I'm wondering if any game should rate that.

Games that I hold back are what I consider the best of the generation (Prince of Persia Trilogy, Halos, KOTOR, Ninja Gaiden, etc) and ones that I'd like to go back to eventually.  Thing is, I almost never do (Ninja Gaiden WILL be the exception).  So should I hang on to them as a part of nostalgia or possibly the chance to cash in on them many years from now on Antiques Roadshow or unload them now to fund future purchases.

I'm not a 'collector' per se nor am I particularly sentimental about gaming.  I have great memories and there are some games I still wish I would have kept (Mike Tyson's Punchout, LucasArts adventures etc), but I don't know that I would ever really play them again.

Thoughts?
14530  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EGM, OPM, and CGW - Free Again on: May 22, 2006, 03:56:14 PM
Oh well. Signed up for EGM.
14531  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EGM, OPM, and CGW - Free Again on: May 22, 2006, 03:53:44 PM
Is EGM a good general gaming mag?

I'd like to get the playstation one, but I figure it's one sided like OXM.

Don't care about cgw.

Thoughts?
14532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Most anticipated games? on: May 22, 2006, 03:27:42 PM
Hmm. It seems to me that I'm more excited for the hardware than any game in particular.

Tops of the list is the Wii- but I've heard some good and bad about hands on experiences (which is fine since it's still pretty early).

As for specific games, Spore looks interesting, but Will Wright games have always bored me to tears so I probably won't get it.

Thus my answer is: NONE.
14533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 22, 2006, 01:16:43 PM
I missed the 28.00 sale at CC. Where's the cheapest place to buy this?
14534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I finally Pre-ordered a DS on: May 22, 2006, 01:10:29 PM
Using this Phat Deal.

I know it's overstock and a lot of people on the CAG forums are complaining about delays, but I'm not in a terrible hurry to get it.

This thread serves a few purposes:

1. I was going to ask for game recommendations (thoughI hate doing that) but there's quite a few threads on that so nevermind...with exception...see number 2:

2. I will need fellow gamers to wifi battle and have already ordered Mario Kart...what other games have good multiplayer/wifi support?

3. To raise the visibility of the pre-order deal and get CheapyD some $$$ cause he's suffering under the eb games/gamestop merger (if there's a GT affiliate code, by all means switch it out)

4. Say that I have been assimilated into the handheld club (first handheld since my little Burgertime game back in 1980)

5.  Let everyone know that I've blown the money I had saved up, so getting a Wii is gonna be tough and forum effect (read any and all game recommendations) must cease. Please oblige.

6. I love you. I love you all (except maybe LE who I like, but not LIKE like)

So when I get it in....July or so or whenever, i'll be posting again about needing fellow players.  I haven't played any Mario Kart in, oh, 11 years so I'll be easy prey...
14535  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / DS Lite Preorder at Overstock.com for $116ish on: May 22, 2006, 01:00:05 PM
From Cheap Ass Gamer:

You have to be registerd CAG to see it . If you're not already, I'd recommed signing up...they have all the fat deals and have saved me (and cost me, as in this deal) lots of $$$.

I could no longer hold out buying one...
14536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you playing this weekend? 05/19/06 on: May 20, 2006, 01:21:55 AM
Have company this weekend and my fire up Guitar Hero to show it off.
14537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Halo 2 SP worth playing? on: May 19, 2006, 11:40:39 AM
It's definitely worth a play through. Having knowledge that it's an incomplete game (the ending) should take some of the sting out of that slap in the face.

The levels are hardly all that inspiring (except for the couple that happen on earth), but it's well worth a play through...
14538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SotC: SO Overrated on: May 19, 2006, 02:07:29 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
I'm sorry you have such terrible taste in games, ATB.

I mean, it's not news to me, but I'm still sorry nonetheless.


Of course, since you think every game sucks, I take this as a compliment.

Edit: And no one has yet explained the ending...
14539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SotC: SO Overrated on: May 18, 2006, 11:28:45 PM
Finished it. Am I supposed to understand what in the heck that meant?  Does one have to have played ICO to get it?

Blech. It loses a half grade. Final mark: C

Game of this generation?  FAH!

Oh and
Spoiler for Hiden:
Of course the stupid horse lived. Final challenge should have been devil baby versus the horse. HOW STUPIDDD!


Does one have to have played ICO to get it?
14540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SotC: SO Overrated on: May 18, 2006, 05:41:56 PM
I shall draw my fair share of hatred for this, but: Shadow of the Colossus is by far the most over rated game I've played since Chronicles of Riddick. I'm on the last Colossus and cannot wait for this game to be over.  

Things I don't like:

The horse controls (so unresponsive, static and aggravating)
The horse
Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm glad it died. True the death was compelling and even moving, but man I hated that horse

The way the kid runs- what's that about?
They way there's no story to speak of (at least not yet, 15/16 into the game)
The way you spend more time looking for the colossi than you do fighting them
The camera (not a big problem but occaisionally quite frustrating)
The repetitiveness of the battles (some are brilliant, most are far too similar)
The lackluster AI, rather the lack of any AI.  The colossi behavior is entirely forumulaic:

Spoiler for Hiden:
You're telling me that when a little peanut sized dude is climbing on top of a colossus stabbing it in its most sensitive of areas, all it's gonna do is shake? Why no grabs with the hands?  Why not just fall down and crush it under its weight? This would make for interesting game play...you have to swing out of the way or jump off just in time....I mean even the giant in PoP: WW made grabs at you that you had to duck...edit. May have been PoP:TT...


The game is very short (which is saying something coming from me).  However, this is a good thing as it is an agony to me to play it. Well, maybe not an agony...

and most of all:

It's far too easy.  Once you have figured out the colossi behavior or easily ascertained the rudimentary environmentally based strategic advantages, the battles are almost always one two three done.  Also, the hints from the 'light being' are annoying too. Several times I was just on the cusp of figuring out what to do- perhaps off by my location a step or two or in the process of panning the camera to see where to go, and the hint comes in and spills it all.  How about this in the eventual sequel: You have to find special....rocks or flowers or something.  If you're in a battle and you have no idea how to kill the thing, you offer up one of the flowers in exchange for a hint...that way you only get as many hints as flower rocks you find and only WHEN YOU WANT THEM. I couldn't find a way to turn them off.  

As it sits right now, I give SotC a C+. If there's an amazing ending it might get a B-.

The Colossi for the most part are incredibly well animated and the scale is done exceedingly well.  But man is it humdrum and I don't know why it has so taken everyone by storm.
14541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Sam & Max Episodic trailer out on: May 18, 2006, 12:31:09 PM
Ok Ok. I never played S&M back in the day, but the trailer is crazy delicious.  I presume it was a joyful experience a la Full Throttle and that game that I love whose name I cannot think of for the life of me with Manny....dia de la muerte....

What's the scoop. By episodic they mean what? Is it exclusively from Gametap?

What the dilio?
14542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 17, 2006, 11:52:40 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Wonser"
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
Very awesome.  I think I would like it better if the tv wasnt in the corner though.  Just makes it look less subtle.  Good timing though!  Well played.


Yeah it would have been better if the tv was turned away or possibly off screen. Following the picture link though he stated he wanted a picture of Contra in the comic since it was the most famous use of the code.

And it would be a nice shirt but the Title would have to be changed somehow. Either a different font or remove and put something like 30 Lives beneath it.


And a picture of the spreader gun on the back.

14543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 17, 2006, 06:42:39 PM
Took me a second, but man that is just brilliant. I would buy the shirt today.
14544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers CGI Test on: May 17, 2006, 01:52:08 PM
Quote from: "disarm"
Quote from: "unbreakable"
I read an interview with William Daniels (the guy who did the voice of KITT in Knight Rider) just before that newer version of it came out (was it Knight Rider 2000?).  He said he had to spend a few weeks trying to sound just like he did while doing the series.

an interesting bit of trivia...did you know there's a voice connection between Knight Rider and Transformers?  there's an episode of Knight Rider where you meet KARR, the prototype to KITT, which turned out to be evil because it was not programmed to protect human life.  KARR was in two episodes of Knight Rider, and was voiced by peter cullen in the first...the same guy who did the voices of Optimus Prime and Ironhide in the Transformers Cool


I just read that on IMDB this morning!
14545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What were the things that died to get the Death Star Plans? on: May 17, 2006, 12:33:28 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
Actually, the Bothans who stole the plans crash landed and died on a planet and then about a half hour later their completely repaired ship with the fully alive Bothans flew off into space...

<which completely annoyed the hell out of Kevin Grey>  :wink:


We have a winna!
14546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii -> ship date? number of units? on: May 17, 2006, 10:48:46 AM
Quote from: "cingular"
Quote from: "depward"
How long until I can perhaps grasp someone's Wii on Ebay?


I talked to this kid online once who said he had a wii.  He said that even though he was only 11 years old, I could come over to his house and play with his wii.  But when I got there, Dateline NBC was waiting for me.  They were asking me all these questions like why I came to play with this 11 year old's wii, and I told them because I couldn't wait any longer, I had to have his wii.  I needed it so, so, so, so bad.

Yeah I'm sorry, this wii joke cannot be salvaged. frown


<sigh> I hate to encourage this, but the joke+pop culture reference (the unbelievably omnipresent dateline pedophile busting stories)+gamer's tilt= a solid B in the joke category.

Now you must never traverse this territory again.
14547  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What were the things that died to get the Death Star Plans? on: May 17, 2006, 08:39:13 AM
Quote from: "egrudzin"
I thought Kyle Katarn stole the plans for the first Death Star back in the original Dark Forces game.


IIIRC, Kyle Katarn was a Bothan shape shifter.  Plot hole neatly closed. Thank you.
14548  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers CGI Test on: May 17, 2006, 02:06:00 AM
Oh and Optimus' gun better sound like it did.  Or else!
14549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers CGI Test on: May 17, 2006, 02:05:37 AM
As long is Optimus has his original voice, I'm good.  Well maybe he and Soundwave.
14550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The beginning of the end for E3? on: May 16, 2006, 09:10:08 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
From Bill Harris:
"NCsoft won the coveted Assholes of E3 award (which I also refer to as "The Akklaim Award") with some sort of live band thing with a woman who was breathing fire. At least, that's what I think I saw—I was too busy gouging my eyes out to be sure."

I think E3 will be fine smile


What's his site again?
14551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers CGI Test on: May 16, 2006, 04:37:57 PM
That is hot.

I'm now excited to see this.

Anyone know if the original voice talent  are signed on to do the voicework? (I mean the ones who are still alive....)
14552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What were the things that died to get the Death Star Plans? on: May 16, 2006, 03:43:59 PM
I love you.

I love you both.
14553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What were the things that died to get the Death Star Plans? on: May 16, 2006, 02:20:53 PM
During the briefing prior to the assualt (or whenever), some lady says that 'many...... died to get these plans.'

I'm not star wars nut, but want to quote that line.

Was it bothans?

The whole quote would be nice too.

Thanks nerds! slywink
14554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who finished Ninja Gaiden? on: May 16, 2006, 12:46:09 PM
Ahh...my number 3 XBOX title of all time.

This was the first and only XBOX title that I ever pre-ordered.  Then I got the demo on OXM and started sweating.  I didn't dig it.  I figured what the heck and kept the pre-order.

I replayed the first level several times to get the controls down and once I was able to beat the first level boss without great difficulty, I moved on.  And thus, a love was born.

NG's cutscenes are still perhaps the best I've ever seen and I'm not sure how Team Ninja coaxed such smooth cinematics out of the BOX (especially the boobs  :roll: <how ridiculous>).

There were some frustrating moments, sure, but the biggest complaint that I remember was that girl boss (whose name I can't remember) but it only took me a 1/2 dozen times to beat her.

I did beat the original on Normal and planned to get back to it-still do. However, I'll probably play it through on the normal again since it has been 2 years...

What a masterpiece.
14555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow of the Colossus: Does it get...different? on: May 15, 2006, 10:26:39 PM
Liars!

The very next two colossi were vastly different.

minor colossi spoiler locations:

One was underwater and the other was in an arena.

Zounds!

The underwater one was awesome.


End minor spoilers.

Yippee!
14556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 'This is My weapon Shirt' on: May 15, 2006, 05:16:13 PM
Yeah. 41.00. SUUUUUUUURE!

Thanks for the link.
14557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow of the Colossus: Does it get...different? on: May 15, 2006, 12:50:50 PM
Quote
I'd give it another colossi or two before quitting,


Ha! Quit? On a game I paid money for? Pshaw!

I shall see it through to the end, but was just wondering if it changed a bit... thanks for the responses!
14558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow of the Colossus: Does it get...different? on: May 15, 2006, 01:54:57 AM
So, admittedly, the first few times you see a colossus, it's impressive.  I've done away with 6...but it's now just repetition. Find the proper way to climb on, stab the weak spot, repeat.

I have a feeling there is a plot twist coming (NO SPOILERS PLEASE) and am trying to be patient.

Does the formula change at all?  Is there more story development? Character development?

I mean, he's killing these beautiful creatures to raise some chick from the dead.  Whatever, right now I'm siding with the colossi. frown smile

Psst. NO SPOILERS PLEASE...
14559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 3 News? on: May 14, 2006, 07:27:14 PM
KOTOR 2 was a masterpiece.  I didn't notice the lack of ending until people complained about it.  In retrospect, I can see how it tarnishes the game, but what's of paramount importance to me is that as I played through that game I was mesmerized.  It still ranks as my #1 XBOX game of all time.  KOTOR is #2.

I don't know that Pt 3 would be enough to make me get a 360, but I'd definitely like to play it and see Obsidian do the crafting.
14560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Progressive Scan games for PS2 on: May 14, 2006, 07:20:24 PM
Shadow of the colossus...but apparently my brand new hi def tv doesn't support it.
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