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5721  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Year's Eve in August! - It's an "Emergency"! on: August 22, 2005, 07:34:05 PM
What exactly is Emergency... never heard of it before.
5722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion no longer a launch day title (XBox 360) on: August 22, 2005, 06:42:35 PM
Yeah and of course we all know that EB is the GOD of launch dates.... give me a break.  As a former manager of EB, our dates were wrong on many occasions.  Seeing as we also don't actually have an official date for the system I would take this with a grain of salt.
5723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege 2: Widescreen Support? on: August 22, 2005, 04:04:53 PM
To get 1600x1200 go to the DS2 folder in all programs from the start menu, there is a video config exe that allows you to set to 1600x1200.
5724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG editorial has made me have serious Xbox 360 2nd thoughts. on: August 20, 2005, 10:45:20 PM
Quote from: "DiamondDecision"
I agree wholeheartedly. It's moms and dads buying the units in large part and they are clueless.  $300 units should sell well.  In addition, forget about the clueless factor, $400 is a **lot** of money.  A lot.  Most families are not going to have $400+ dollars do spend on a console.

Again, again, bottom line, let's assume 70% of the units sold are the $400 360s (I think that's a very high percentage,,, but the sake of argument), any developer wanting to make the hard drive a fundamental functional point of their game is going to realize that they have eliminated 30% of their 360 audience.  Not gonna happen.

Quote from: "Gratch"
I still wonder about the percentage of $400 vs. $300 units that will be sold.  I have the feeling that the $300 units will sell far greater than MS expects (unless they manufacture a shortage).   Keep in mind that we (the avid, well-informed gamers) are probably in the minority when it comes to those buying the system.  Sure, none of us would even consider buying the non-HD version, but soccer mom buying an X-mas present at Wal-Mart is going to buy the cheaper one.  Somehow I doubt that the avid:casual purchaser ratio is 80:20.


As a former manager for EB this is shaping up to be interesting.  Microsoft will most likely manufacture a shortage of the $300 units, which is what EB's will want to sell.  Retail stores make a killer off of accessories, not systems, so from a business perspective it makes sense....however for long term they are better to sell the $400 unit to get repeat business once these moms and dads realise that the EB guy saved them from coming back the week after christmas to buy a bunch of extras.  

Also....$400 is nothing at christmas time.  It was not uncommon last year and the year before when the PS2 and XB were already out to have 8 to 9 $500 - $600 system sales to parents buying the system, accessories and games.
5725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Total Cost of Ownership on: August 19, 2005, 05:42:21 PM
Well written article KD.  I just can't wait to get my 360.  BTW in case anyone was wondering, all preorders at EB were converted to the $399 bundle not the $299 bundle.
5726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II Review is UP on: August 19, 2005, 11:38:36 AM
You can also set up inventory hotkeys that remember what you have equiped and will swap between outfits.
5727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which 360 Market share do you fall into? on: August 19, 2005, 11:31:33 AM
I am in the decadence option.  I am going hog wild with this purchase come november.
5728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2k6 - The Xbox Live Mini-League on: August 18, 2005, 07:31:00 PM
Original Xbox to begin -  check....

Getting a 360 at launch and buying the 360 version of hockey - check... I will have both most likely.
5729  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 18, 2005, 07:27:07 PM
Ok, well that link seems wonky for some reason so let me try these....

http://www.nhl.com/news/2005/08/233286.html
http://www.olntv.com/
http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=133834
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/article.jsp?content=20050817_193633_6280
http://postgazette.com/pg/05230/556062.stm

Hopefully one of these will work for you.
5730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [X360] Good News! Oblivion will NOT require the hard drive. on: August 18, 2005, 04:35:49 PM
out of curiousity, how many XB games use the current hard drive for anything other than custom downloads and cacheing?
5731  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 18, 2005, 03:36:00 PM
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/shownews.jsp?content=h081804A

There ya go.

Since it seems spotty getting to... here is the text...

Quote
NHL reaches cable deal with Comcast after ESPN declines to match agreement


posted August 18 @ 1:14, EST

NEW YORK (AP) - NHL games will air on Outdoor Life Network for at least the next two seasons.

The league finalized a two-year deal with Comcast Corp. - the owner of OLN - late Wednesday night after ESPN declined to match the agreement that will pay the NHL $65 million US this season and $70 million in 2006-07. The agreement between Comcast and the NHL was approved by the league's board of governors last week. ESPN, which resumed regular broadcast of NHL games in 1992, had until Wednesday night to match the contract but decided to pass.

"Over the years, thousands of great NHL moments were presented to our fans through the lenses of ESPN cameras," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. "ESPN was a supportive partner, and both the National Hockey League and ESPN enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship. We wish ESPN continued success."

The new deal can be extended up to six years. For the 2007-08 season, Comcast would pay the NHL $72.5 million but that number could go higher based on contingencies.

OLN, best known for providing live coverage of the Tour de France, will show between 58 and 78 regular-season games, as well as conference quarter-finals and the entire conference finals - with the exception of some weekend windows that could move games to NBC in both playoff rounds.

OLN will show Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup final before NBC takes over for the remainder of the series.

The deal with Comcast goes beyond just television rights. Comcast will bring the NHL Network to cable systems in the United States, and provide on-demand game broadcasts and computer streaming of live games.

This is the second time in recent months that ESPN has declined a deal with the NHL. In June, ESPN passed on a $60-million option under the previous contract. The network tried to retain the rights for less money in talks with the league.

ESPN contended that the value of NHL games had dropped substantially following the lockout that wiped out all of last season.

"We worked very hard to build and sustain our relationship with the league and would have liked to continue," George Bodenheimer, the president of ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports said in a statement late Wednesday night. "However, given the prolonged work stoppage and the league's TV ratings history, no financial model even remotely supports the contract terms offered. We wish the NHL all the best."

The NHL will begin a two-year deal with NBC for over-the-air broadcasts beginning with the upcoming season. That is a profit-sharing arrangement, a deal similar to what the network has with the Arena Football League and the National Lacrosse League in which it pays no rights fee to televise games.
5732  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 18, 2005, 03:01:08 PM
Well they had until midnight last night to match the offer by comcast and they did not match it... the rights became an UFA at that point from my understanding.
5733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First Suikoden Tactics Screens on: August 18, 2005, 02:57:41 PM
I assume this is a PS2 only release?
5734  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 18, 2005, 01:12:49 PM
Supposedly ESPN has turned down the NHL.  Have heard some rumors on local radio that Comcast is paying 200M for a 3 year deal with incentives for bonus money.
5735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 06:21:50 PM
I have no problems with this...I was going to be buying a headset, the media remote and the HD cables.  I want the hard drive so for me it is actually a savings to be able to buy the bundle at $399.  I will not be cancelling my preorder.
5736  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 17, 2005, 03:55:23 PM
Reports on Sportsnet are saying CuJo has signed a 1 year deal with Pheonix.
5737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 03:05:38 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Ugh.  I'll probably still buy it but it bothers me that they were deceptive about the price.


Curiously... I don't recall MS ever saying what the price would be, rather fan sites speculated... how does this make them deceptive?
5738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 02:40:21 PM
The wife is gonna kill me when I tell her that all in all I will be spending like $600 on launch day heh.
5739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2k6 - The Xbox Live Mini-League on: August 17, 2005, 11:37:22 AM
Man I can't wait, it is gonna be a blast.
5740  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday 08/16/05 on: August 16, 2005, 05:27:30 PM
Allo Allo 3 for me this week.  Put me in the camp that hated Sin City...
5741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Screenies to share: on: August 16, 2005, 01:31:32 PM
Ok, is Frame City Killer due at launch?  If so that just became a day one purchase to go with my 360.
5742  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 16, 2005, 11:39:57 AM
Well they will have T-Bo in net this year for a bulk of the games.
5743  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 16, 2005, 01:30:12 AM
True devil, however with the other guys on the ice are you willing to risk taking a shot at lemieux and leaving two other players wide open?  Mario is very adept on the PP playing on the left boards most of the time.  One pass turns your gamble into a goal.  Granted it is a damned if you do damned if you don't.  If you sit back on Lemieux he just makes you look silly.  The biggest reason I wouldn't want him on the point is that he doesn't have to speed to get back if he had to break up a shorthanded chance.

Edit:

On the topic of defense... I think the pens are going to give the time to the young guys like Orpik, Whitney and Scuderi to go along with Gonchar, Tarnstrom and Jackman.  They will depend on puck possesion/control to help out the defense.
5744  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 15, 2005, 08:07:01 PM
This just in... Penguins sign John Leclair...

While leclair is up there in years, I am just in shock.  Big question... who do you put on your number 1 powerplay?

Leclair - Lemieux - Recchi
   Tarnstrom - Gonchar

and a number 2 pp of...

? - Crosby - Palfy
  Jackman - ?

I am guessing they will use Malone on the PP or Koltsoz, and perhaps Whitney on the point.  Or is Recchi on your 2nd unit and put crosby or palfy on the #1 unit... all I can say is that on paper the pens PP will be very intimidating and will easily rival the PP of the early 90's.
5745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This Just In: Jade Empire Sucks on: August 15, 2005, 04:17:19 PM
I personally loved Jade Empire, different strokes for different folks I guess.
5746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 12, 2005, 02:13:19 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Quote from: "Hetz"


I thought so as well, until I read something a little while ago where the devs said the Xbox 360 version would look and play better than the PC version.


Look better, probably. Play better? I don't know. IMO, mouse + keyboard > console controller.

Of course, it all depends on how much longer it will take for the PC version to come out. If they are released on the same day (which I somehow doubt), I'll go for the PC version. If the PC version will be more than a month after the X-Box release comes out, I suppose it will all depend on how the forum effect hits me.  :wink:


Curiously... in a game like Oblivion, why exactly would you need a keyboard and mouse... an RTS I can understand.  If the system is designed with a controller in mind it will work just fine.
5747  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 12, 2005, 02:07:30 PM
Now now...

5748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 12, 2005, 11:30:16 AM
Must haves on the launch list for me are...

DOA 4
Oblivion
Full Auto
Saints Row
Top Spin 2
5749  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 11, 2005, 11:32:52 PM
I think a fantasy league would be great.  Also...I am guessing at least a few of us here will be getting NHL 2K6 and have live?  If so I would love to get a league going there... I would of course claim the pens...
5750  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 11, 2005, 06:31:59 PM
So much for hockey talk...

 biggrin
5751  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 11, 2005, 01:30:51 PM
Starshifter, you touched on a good point of the upcoming season... the schedule/rivalries.  The Pens play the flyers at home on December 23rd... I can't wait, and that will be the 4th game with the flyers at that point... they have a home and home with them in November.  Unfortunately the pens don't have any home and homes with the caps.

Any truth to the NHL thinking of going back to the old divisions?  Ie.. the Patrick, Norris, Adams and Smythe divisions?
5752  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 11, 2005, 11:38:36 AM
Quote from: "Lockdown"



"One injury away from the nursing home"

Maybe they should sign lindros again while they are at it!

 biggrin  biggrin  biggrin
5753  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Word to the wise on: August 11, 2005, 01:02:31 AM
yeah sure.... just admit it that you take joy in bringing misery to others GatorFavre!

It is assumed that it is Crowley doing it, along with disgusting PM's that were sent.

Oh and Frostys should still be fair game, as her excrement was much more green/yellow than brown.... good day, and hopefully your mind isn't burned too badly yet.
5754  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk on: August 11, 2005, 01:00:46 AM
Pens - My home team I predict making it to the second round of the playoffs before being knocked out.

Devils - Tough to say... depends on the rule crackdown and what forwards they get signed - will make the playoffs, but not sure how far in they will go.

Honestly Edmonton and Calgary both are looking good, and depending on how grahme and burke play in tampa, the bolts could make it back to the cup again...even with loosing Khabi.

The flyers, while looking decent on paper are gonna have it rough I think.  They lost thier top 6 scorers from last season and really only picked up one scoring threat in Forsberg.  Hatcher is going to have a tough time in the new NHL I think as he is a bit on the slow side and relied alot on clutching/hooking.

Honestly it is so much more open to good competition that just about every team, outside of the caps and sabres and rangers have a shot at the playoffs in my opinion.  That said there is still alot of time for moves, which I cans ee the rangers and sabres doing, the caps however are gonna be hard pressed to get to the salary cap minimum.
5755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 10, 2005, 10:19:02 PM
Crimson Skies 2 would rock.  Is there any news of a new Mech game for 360?  Does anyone know if my Steel Battalion controller will be useable/used on the 360?

Oh, and did everyone see the screenshots that showed a PSP connected to the 360?  I am amazed they built in the ability to connect competitors devices like that.  I wonder if this has any copyright/legal ramifications.

Some other games I would love to see sequals for on the 360

--Mechassault (but go back to the mechwarrior format and let me customize my mechs damnit... the 360 has to be powerful enough and has a hard drive.)
--Forza... give me even more Forza goodness.
--Rallisport

And finally give us more RPG's... crank em out, they will sell systems.
5756  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Word to the wise on: August 10, 2005, 10:09:53 PM
I am amazed at the number of people who don't know what tubgirl is.  Despite wether you have seen it or not... it was described in detail and referenced quite a bit back on GG.  And yes she is essentialy drinking it... or at least shooting it into the air allowing gravity to drop it into her open mouth....
5757  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The "tuzz" is reinstated! ... and other NHL news on: August 10, 2005, 10:07:47 PM
Yeah, I know, better watch what I say about Stevens.  But come on... I gotta poke fun wherever I can!  

Sid the Kid should be very fun to watch, and will have a very nice supporting cast around him to help mentor and develop him.
5758  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Word to the wise on: August 10, 2005, 08:17:07 PM
Tubgirl is something no human in thier right mind would ever want to see... but if you must just search on google for it.... don't come back yelling at me when you are temporarily blinded and scarred for life.
5759  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The "tuzz" is reinstated! ... and other NHL news on: August 10, 2005, 08:06:46 PM
Well it is being reported as well that the Pens not only traded for Thibault but they have also signed him to a multiyear deal.

So... what free agent defensemen are out there (even RFA's that might be able to be gotten as Thibault has) that are solid stay at home, that could be had for 1-2M?  I had really hoped that the pens would have at least gotten a guy like Rathje when they missed Foote and Aucoin.
5760  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Word to the wise on: August 10, 2005, 08:04:37 PM
Unfortunately it will take me another 2 years to get the image out of my head...it was finally gone not too long ago....
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