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13441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance 2 revealed (8 player co-op, 60 player multiplayer) on: October 16, 2008, 10:45:55 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 16, 2008, 10:27:09 PM

I can't access the PSN store...is the R2 beta to blame!?!?!?

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,29691.msg473228.html#msg473228

"unscheduled maintenance"
13442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down [10/16] on: October 16, 2008, 10:42:20 PM
Glad I wasn't the only one.  It's back up now, BTW*.  But still no update.

Apparently, it was "unscheduled maintenance."

http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3170711


* Actually, I would have to describe its status as "intermittent."
13443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 and PSP Firmware on Wed 10/15 on: October 16, 2008, 10:41:50 PM
Why oh why can't I use the PS button to power on the machine or sync the controller (switching to/from a PS2 game, for example) when it's plugged into a USB port?

For that matter, why do I have to resync it every time I go into or come out of a PS2 game?
13444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSN down [10/16] on: October 16, 2008, 09:58:09 PM
Anyone else having trouble getting into PSN tonight?

For the last hour I've been getting the vague message that "An error has occurred."
13445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: xbox originals -GTA:San Andreas on: October 16, 2008, 08:43:21 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 16, 2008, 08:40:41 PM

hmm,i wont be getting it like this as i already have the disc version and i played it on the 360 about last January,had no problems at all,all the way through(well,to the last part of the map...las vegas type)

Yeah, San Andreas worked fine for me, as well.
13446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] MGS4 on: October 16, 2008, 03:35:42 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 16, 2008, 05:32:48 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 16, 2008, 04:31:23 AM

So, you're equating the possibility that they're not thinking about with a quite high demand that they're looking into?

Sure, it all means the same thing- if it's lucrative enough we'll port it later once our exclusivity contract runs out.  It's common sense for any company.

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They don't slip unless they mean to. 

Sure they do.  No one is perfect at their jobs.  Gimme a break.  Look at the amount of times that politicians put their foot in their mouth when speaking in public. 

Quote
If you honestly think that this statement getting made the week that the first of the AAA holiday titles start coming out is a coincidence, you're crazy. 

It was at TGS which occurs in Japan the same time every year.  A reporter asked a Konami rep a direct question about the game and he answered.  No conspiracy theories, super secret marketing plans, etc needed.  Further, it was made to a Japanese Stock investor magazine.  The Japanese market is hardly bracing for the onslaught of Dead Space, Saints Row 2, Fallout 3, Fable 2, and Far Cry 2.  Since it was reported by a Japanese stock bulletin it could very well have gone unnoticed by the American press.  Had Konami orchestrated the announcement with the care in which you are implying, they would likely have made the comment to an western oriented journalistic entity. 


That's how big announcements are made.  Announcements that you want to control, you give to something like a Japanese stock bulletin.  The statement itself is clearly not off the cuff.  And I don't know much about worldwide sales, it's true, but isn't there an end of the year sales spike in Japan as well?

Again, I'm not talking conspiracy.  I'm not talking super-secret marketing strategies.  I'm talking marketing strategies.  Simply that.  These are very common tactics.

But shall we agree to drop it and not bog this forum down any longer?
13447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock 2 - Sea of Dreams on: October 16, 2008, 03:31:08 PM
Looking at the Big Daddy doll she's holding, I think it's going to be a Little Big Planet level.  slywink
13448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any Socom Confrontation impressions? [PS3] on: October 16, 2008, 03:26:06 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 16, 2008, 03:05:12 PM

the headset looks cool (and looking at how much it costs it might be better to get the game with it for an extra 10 bucks), but what is up with the large 'Not for Resale' on the box?  Is that Sony's attempt at trying to stop used game sales?

That's fairly common in bundled games.  It's supposed to come with the package, not be sold individually.  It's more a deterrent for the stores than for the used game industry.  They don't want anyone breaking a bundle down and selling the individual parts.
13449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] MGS4 on: October 16, 2008, 04:31:23 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 16, 2008, 03:53:08 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 16, 2008, 03:44:01 AM

That's not a flub.  That's a prepared statement.

What I mean is that if a port *is* currently being worked on but isn't ready to be announced yet but will be in the near future then when directly asked about a 360 port, then a PR person basically can only say:

"It's not currently being worked on" 

"We're evaluating all of our options" (basically what he said)

"Er, Next Question!"

Further, it could be that the exclusivity window is about to run out and Konami has yet to decide whether it's worth the time and expense of porting it.  In which case what the PR guy said was a completely true statement.  None of these somehow necessitate some sort of under the table compensation from Microsoft. 

As an example, here is a direct quote from a developer when Tales of Vesperia was announced:

Quote
Can you see Vesperia getting ported to PS3 some time in the future, like Eternal Sonata?
YH: Yes, I won't deny the possibility. But we're not thinking about it yet-there are so many other things to concentrate on first.

Now, was that Sony giving Namco some kind of payoff to unofficially announce that Vesperia would make it's way to the PS3 eventually?  Or was that a developer acknowledging the reality of current market conditions and multiplatform development?  Personally, I think it's the latter and I think it's the same thing the Konami PR rep was saying. 

So, you're equating the possibility that they're not thinking about with a quite high demand that they're looking into?

Also, no, it would not surprise me if Sony offered some things to the Namco rep to drop a hint about a PS3 version.  Again, I'm not talking about cash under the table.  It's all about ad sales and positioning placement and the like.  These PR guys get off on this stuff.  And it's not necessarily nefarious, either (though it can be tricky in exclusivity deals).  But basically, these guys are all about the message and what gets said when.  They don't slip unless they mean to.  If you honestly think that this statement getting made the week that the first of the AAA holiday titles start coming out is a coincidence, you're crazy. 
13450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] MGS4 on: October 16, 2008, 03:44:01 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 16, 2008, 01:35:40 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 16, 2008, 12:49:16 AM

They must have had a very good reason for saying that then.


Or it's just a PR flub.  They've been known to happen. 

The quote:

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“The worldwide demand for an Xbox 360 version of MGS4 is quite high, and it is something we are currently looking in to.”

That's not a flub.  That's a prepared statement.
13451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LittleBigPlanet - Play. Create. Share. Now in (somewhat private) beta! on: October 16, 2008, 03:37:13 AM

Quote from: Devil on October 16, 2008, 12:53:25 AM

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Apparently, the street date's been broken, by the way.

What!?!? Where!?!? You don't drop that type of info and not give some details!!
 slywink





smile  Sorry about that.  I was posting from my PS3 and didn't have the link handy.  Anyway, it was from Kotaku...I know, I know...but there's a picture.  Hopefully, this won't stay localized, and I can use LBP for my free TRU game.

Here's the link:

http://kotaku.com/5063989/yes-littlebigplanet-street-date-is-being-broken
13452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LittleBigPlanet - Play. Create. Share. Now in (somewhat private) beta! on: October 16, 2008, 12:51:16 AM
Apparently, the street date's been broken, by the way.
13453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] MGS4 on: October 16, 2008, 12:49:16 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 15, 2008, 06:41:55 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 15, 2008, 06:40:10 PM

I was just doing some speculating there, but my entire argument is that it doesn't reallt seem to benefit Konami; it does, however, benefit Microsoft.  This type of comment doesn't make any sense unless MS is behind it, somehow.

But it can hurt Konami as well if people who were planning on buying it in the near term (holiday) put it off from some future time but don't follow through later. 

They must have had a very good reason for saying that then.
13454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 N00b Has Questions on: October 15, 2008, 07:21:08 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 15, 2008, 07:10:41 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 15, 2008, 04:32:36 PM

Honestly, it's ridiculous that it doesn't just do this.

all i can tell ya is: i just downloaded wipeout, using the auto-shutdown. when i restarted my ps3, the game had installed, & was good to go...

Well, that is good news.  I still wish it would auto-install when done downloading, but at least it's something.
13455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] MGS4 on: October 15, 2008, 06:40:10 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 15, 2008, 06:16:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 15, 2008, 05:24:34 PM

So you don't think it odd at all that this comment came out exactly as we're heading into the big rush of holiday sales?

Um, no? 

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Also, where is the guarantee that this is coming next spring/summer versus next holiday?  PS3 is a dying console, there is a major financial crisis happening.  Konami may well be securing it's bottom line for future quarters, if they're confident enough in this one.  However, I think it more likely that Microsoft has made them some ad sales guarantee and that the slip is based on that.

I don't even understand this paragraph.  How is slipping that MGS4 is coming to 360 now secure their bottom line for future quarters?  If MGS4 is coming to 360 sometime next year then it will be announced whenever the exclusivity window is up.  Slipping it today doesn't materially effect the ultimate sales potential of MGS4 on 360.

That's what I don't get about your entire argument.  How does Konami materially gain from accidentally releasing word of a port early? 

As to who did the slipping, according to the article in the OP, it was "Konami PR mouthpiece". 

I was just doing some speculating there, but my entire argument is that it doesn't reallt seem to benefit Konami; it does, however, benefit Microsoft.  This type of comment doesn't make any sense unless MS is behind it, somehow.  That's where the benefit to Konami is, then, in benefitting Microsoft for whatever they receive in return.  This isn't who killed Kennedy type stuff.  This is common business practice.  These slips don't just happen.  Especially from PR Mouthpieces whose job it is to leak information in a beneficial way.
13456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any Socom Confrontation impressions? [PS3] on: October 15, 2008, 06:15:33 PM
Evil Avatar has some fairly useless impressions up:  http://www.evilavatar.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67379

Quick question: What makes the PS3 headset better than the bluetooth one I already have?
13457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero World Tour - Reviews? on: October 15, 2008, 05:46:01 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 15, 2008, 05:41:25 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 15, 2008, 02:52:59 PM

My main question is:

Is the Wii your only console?

The reason I ask is that the PS3/360 version of RB 2 is many time betters due to already available DLC.  There will be around 500 songs to choose from by the end of the year.  With no permanent storage on the wii that advantage goes away.

Just going on the included setlist I would go with GHWT.  Also I am not sure abotu online play on the Wii in either game.  4 on 4 battle mode looks like a lot of fun in GHWT.  While the battle of the bands feature in RB2 wouldn't be nearly as good without DLC.



Agree 100%. Eco, is that all ya got? IIRC, isn't the sound on the Wii music games in 2-channel stereo also? Eco, if you have a 360 or Wii, PLEASE, do yourself a favor and get it for THAT console, rather than the Wii.

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 15, 2008, 03:10:59 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 15, 2008, 02:52:59 PM

My main question is:

Is the Wii your only console?

The reason I ask is that the PS3/360 version of RB 2 is many time betters due to already available DLC.  There will be around 500 songs to choose from by the end of the year.  With no permanent storage on the wii that advantage goes away.

Just going on the included setlist I would go with GHWT.  Also I am not sure abotu online play on the Wii in either game.  4 on 4 battle mode looks like a lot of fun in GHWT.  While the battle of the bands feature in RB2 wouldn't be nearly as good without DLC.



Sadly it is my only console.  It was the only console I could talk my wife into.

The Wii version of both will have DLC though (I understand lack of access to the existing DLC for RB).  Apparently, both will also have fully functional online play.

Eco
13458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] MGS4 on: October 15, 2008, 05:24:34 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 15, 2008, 04:51:24 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 15, 2008, 04:29:06 PM

Konami is tied by their exclusivity deal with PS3, however long that lasts.  If there wasn't a deal, there wouldn't have been exclusivity.  But Microsoft may have slipped them something, not money, necessarily, but incentives, to let the word slip.

I don't think this makes sense based on your premise- do you think software and/or hardware sales are more likely to happen in the holiday season or Spring or Summer next year?  Personally, I think it's the holiday season.  So people likely to buy MGS4 (especially those willing to buy an entire system to get the game) are more likely to buy it this year rather than next.  Given that, what kind of non-financial compensation is MS slipping to Konami to get them to make a "slip" that could cost them otherwise guaranteed holiday sales?  Sorry but that's just way too tin-foil hat for me.  The longer someone puts off a purchase, the less likely it is to happen.  MGS4 will be even more old-hat next summer than it is now.  Again, is the PS3 port of Bioshock going to attract even a small fraction of the buzz and sales that Bioshock on 360 last August did?  I seriously doubt it. 

Is a 360 port of MGS4 likely?  Absolutely.  One need only look at prior series history to see that.   The only Solid game not to be ported in some degree was MGS3 and that was probably only because the Xbox was a dead console when Subsistence was released.  Did a PR flunky maybe make an inadvertent slip of the tongue revealing it's existence?  Possibly.  Was this some sort of conspiracy on the part of MS and Konami. No way in hell IMO.  Will  any eventual 360 port have a notable impact on MGS4 software sales and Sony hardware sales from this point forward?  No, IMO.  MGS4 has already helped out Sony as much as it possibly can. 

So you don't think it odd at all that this comment came out exactly as we're heading into the big rush of holiday sales?

Also, where is the guarantee that this is coming next spring/summer versus next holiday?  PS3 is a dying console, there is a major financial crisis happening.  Konami may well be securing it's bottom line for future quarters, if they're confident enough in this one.  However, I think it more likely that Microsoft has made them some ad sales guarantee and that the slip is based on that.

These kind of major "oops" press releases are common business practice.  It's not tin foil hat stuff.  Also, I thought this comment came from the top, not some intern at Konami.
13459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 N00b Has Questions on: October 15, 2008, 04:32:36 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 15, 2008, 03:30:40 PM

Quote from: Canuck on October 15, 2008, 09:17:39 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 14, 2008, 02:13:32 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 13, 2008, 04:01:36 PM

They just announced that the shutdown after download is coming in the 2.50 firmware!
Hopefully 2.60 firmware will introduce shutdown after download and install.
The new firmware is going to let you decide when your PS3 will shut itself down.  Don't know how that's going to work-hopefully after a certain period of inactivity because my roommate is constantly pausing his movies and then just leaving it on all night long.
Right, but then when you power your PS3 on the next day you'll still have to manually hit the install button on everything that was downloaded, and the installations takes several minutes each.

I want to be able to queue up 5 demos and have the PS3 automatically download them, install them, then shut down the system so that when I next sit down on my couch I can instantly play.

Honestly, it's ridiculous that it doesn't just do this. 

I've downloaded the demo.  Now let me think if I want to install it...hmmm...of course I want to fucking install it!  Why do you think I downloaded it in the first place?!
13460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] MGS4 on: October 15, 2008, 04:29:06 PM

Quote from: Darth Homer on October 15, 2008, 03:56:31 PM

Ugh...I meant XIII not XII  saywhat  Long day already...

I agree with you about LBP to a point.  At first, it's going to sell through the PS3 base, but the more I read about this game, and the more I hear on podcasts, I can see this game building a ton of momentum the longer it is out.  I think this is one of those word of mouth games that could do to the industry what Guitar Hero did.

Brian

No way on LBP.  From the reviews I've seen, it's a brilliant game that, on the surface, appeals to the casual gamer, but the slightly floaty controls and z-axis issues will keep that crowd from embracing it fully.  More importantly, one of the key features, the level creation tool, is not something the casual gamer is going to jump into.

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 15, 2008, 03:54:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 15, 2008, 03:17:39 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 15, 2008, 02:55:13 PM

Seriously, folks, this has zero impact on PS3 sales.
The VAST majority of sales for most games is in the first couple of weeks.
By far, the majority of people who would buy a PS3 for it already have it, and have for months.

That would be true in a wonderful economy.  I know a number of people who were waiting for the holiday to pick up a MGS4/PS3 bundle.  The timing of this non-announcement isn't coincidental.


Huh?  So Konami is sacrificing guaranteed, cash-in-hand holiday purchases this year for nebulous maybe purchases sometime next year?  I seriously doubt it.

And anecdotal evidence isn't much in these situations- almost every game has the capacity to be a system seller for someone.  I'm sure that someone is buying a 360 this week because Saints Row 2 came out.  But if you look at real historical sales data, software's ability to have an impact on hardware is almost only in the first couple of months of release of the software.  The outliers (like Wii Sports' ability to still sell Wiis) are typically very much oriented at the casual consumer, not the hardcore MGS4, Halo, Gears, etc fans.  

Konami could announce a MGS4 360 port today for release in November and I doubt it would make much of a dent in Sony's holiday hardware sales.  

Konami is tied by their exclusivity deal with PS3, however long that lasts.  If there wasn't a deal, there wouldn't have been exclusivity.  But Microsoft may have slipped them something, not money, necessarily, but incentives, to let the word slip.

Retail sales have been plummeting in the second half of this year (not just in the last few weeks), according to a news item I saw today.  People are waiting to make big purchases, like a shiny new PS3.  Honestly, if I hadn't picked up mine in March, I never would have bought one.  Just 'cause a game is a system seller for an individual, doesn't mean that individual is buying the system.  Sometimes they have to wait for a Christmas or Birthday, for example, or even a nebulous "someday." 
13461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] MGS4 on: October 15, 2008, 03:17:39 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 15, 2008, 02:55:13 PM

Seriously, folks, this has zero impact on PS3 sales.
The VAST majority of sales for most games is in the first couple of weeks.
By far, the majority of people who would buy a PS3 for it already have it, and have for months.

That would be true in a wonderful economy.  I know a number of people who were waiting for the holiday to pick up a MGS4/PS3 bundle.  The timing of this non-announcement isn't coincidental.
13462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 15, 2008, 03:12:17 PM
If anyone hears of Dead Space appearing at Toys R Us, please let me know.  According to the website, it's not coming 'til next week, but I'd love to use the 2/3 sale to get it and Saints Row 2 plus a bonus game (probably Lego Batman).
13463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Endwar RTS on: October 15, 2008, 02:36:13 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 15, 2008, 02:12:05 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 15, 2008, 01:42:42 PM

The demo is up on XBLM.  1.64 GB!

Damn.

I don't think I have that much room left on my drive.  icon_eek

Cool, then you can get a free Memory Card or refurb $20 HDD!

I tried the demo.  Very cool.  Did the whole thing with voice command, which worked pretty close to flawlessly.  My only complaints are that I wish there was an "All Units" command (I thought you could say "All tanks..." and the like, but I saw nothing in the demo), and that there was a "View Map" command.  Maybe those are in there, but I didn't see them.

Still, cool as this is, I think I'll be able to wait until next year and a price drop.
13464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] MGS4 on: October 15, 2008, 02:33:48 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 15, 2008, 02:12:43 PM

Quote from: Canuck on October 15, 2008, 02:01:59 PM

LOL that picture is awesome and so true.  If  MGS comes out on the 360 two years after the PS3 then does it really even matter anymore?

Well, I suppose if they announced a June 12, 2010 release then we'd be concerned with that, wouldn't we? We haven't even hit six months yet.

That's not even true.  If they make the announcement it would still have an effect, even if it was coming in 2011 or 2012. 

I haven't bought MGS4 yet (needing a break after plowing through MGS2&3).  I was waiting until after the onslaught and to see if/when a MGS 4: Sustainable, or whatever they'll call the inevitable rehash, gets released.  Now, I'll be waiting to see how the 360 version pans out. 

A lot of people are now putting off the PS3 purchase because of this news.
13465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN] Linger in shadows on: October 15, 2008, 02:16:39 PM
I downloaded this, having seen some reviews that were quite positive.  I wasn't expecting a game at all, and it isn't, though there are things you have to do to "move forward with the story."  I got through the whole six minutes.  I have three things to say: W and T and F?!

This is all kinds of weird.

On top of it all, I got 66% of the trophies.  That's right for some reason there are trophies in this non-game.  I found a couple of hidden "greetings" (which I have since learned are some kind of nod to groups in the demoscene community), and there are more to discover as is clear from an in-game display...or in-non-game display, I guess.

Anyway, if flying beagles and glaring cats sitting high above a modern city overlooked by a Garden-of-Good-and-Evil statue surrounded by greek columns seemingly awaiting a visit from the Lost smoke monster, a Matrix Sentinel and the sand storm face from The Mummy are your thing, give it a try.
13466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Endwar RTS on: October 15, 2008, 01:42:42 PM
The demo is up on XBLM.  1.64 GB!
13467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 and PSP Firmware on Wed 10/15 on: October 15, 2008, 04:35:30 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 15, 2008, 04:08:31 AM

Quote from: KePoW on October 15, 2008, 03:22:23 AM

2.50 is up now.

Beat me to it!

I'm waiting to make sure it doesn't bork PS3s before getting it.
13468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] MGS4 on: October 15, 2008, 03:45:59 AM

Quote from: disarm on October 15, 2008, 03:12:52 AM

and the rumor circulates yet again...

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 15, 2008, 02:35:38 AM

I could see one of the achievements being: Sat through each and every single cinematic without skipping them. 20 pts.

in all seriousness, anyone who doesn't sit through every cinematic the first time they play through MGS4 is doing themself a serious disservice...few are really that long, and they're all absolutely fantastic.  i can honestly say that i would have earned that trophy on my playthrough if it were possible icon_cool

The MGS series is one of the few where the cutscenes are better than the gameplay.
13469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row 2 on: October 15, 2008, 03:44:19 AM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on October 15, 2008, 03:21:22 AM

My 360 picks today to stop loading disks... I've been trying for 90 minutes to boot this up.  Ahh well...at least I've got Age of Booty to look forward to.

It may be a Live issue.  I've been having problems with the main blade all night.  Try going to the media blade.  I was able to load stuff from there.
13470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row 2 (360!) on: October 14, 2008, 06:41:37 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on October 14, 2008, 06:22:15 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on October 14, 2008, 06:03:20 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on October 14, 2008, 05:34:42 PM

Picked this up today, as did a couple of others on my Friends list.

Hmm, I expected it to be in stores tomorrow or I would have picked it up at lunch. Time to sneak back out.

Nowadays big titles tend to show up the morning of the "shipping" date. My place had them when it opened at 10am, so they probably received them the day before.

Probably not with the holiday.  No doubt they've had them for a while now.
13471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 N00b Has Questions on: October 14, 2008, 04:05:44 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 14, 2008, 03:21:10 PM

Hey, as long as we're being critical, let's do so for both sides.
I HATE the look of the upcoming changes to the 360 dashboard.
Why do they want to overcomplicate something that's so easy to use?
The new stuff looks really fussy.

Agreed, but still not as fussy as Home.  At least Home seems to be optional.  Still, Microsoft has done a really good job making the Dashboard more streamlined and intuitive with each update.  Maybe this "Experience" will move in the same direction.  I'd hate to think that it's going to take me longer to do whatever it is I want to do, but I'm fearful that that'll be the case.  Still, if they streamline/speed up the hunt for XBLA games on my HDD, I'll be happy.
13472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 14, 2008, 04:01:41 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 14, 2008, 03:36:56 PM

Quote from: Booner on October 14, 2008, 03:33:25 PM

Quote from: spigot on October 14, 2008, 03:29:38 PM

Man, I can't freaking wait for this game. The setting, atmosphere, cool HUD-less interface - need to get out of work to get my copy!

If you find a copy, let me/us know where.

With Columbus Day yesterday, rumor is that it's wasn't shipped out until today so it won't hit the shelves until tomorrow.

That isn't a rumor. Check any online retailer and they will show the game as shipping today, in stores tomorrow. I've looked at Best Buy, Wal-mart, you name it, all will have it in store tomorrow.

Weird that Saints Row 2 is in stores, then.  I guess maybe that one has been sitting in back rooms.
13473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 N00b Has Questions on: October 14, 2008, 03:08:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 14, 2008, 02:13:32 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 13, 2008, 04:01:36 PM

They just announced that the shutdown after download is coming in the 2.50 firmware!
Hopefully 2.60 firmware will introduce shutdown after download and install.

Not to mention automatic background installing.
13474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 14, 2008, 12:44:34 AM

Quote from: shon on October 14, 2008, 12:13:25 AM

I think the Toys R US Buy 2 Get one Free is this week so I will probably pickup.

Saints Row 2, Dead Space, and ... and  .... 

Great plan, except TRU conveniently set Dead Space to release next week.
13475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LittleBigPlanet - Play. Create. Share. Now in (somewhat private) beta! on: October 14, 2008, 12:11:19 AM

Quote from: Big Jake on October 13, 2008, 11:35:26 PM

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60...falls to twenty?  IT BEGINS!!!!  
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Really, this was completely off my radar (any game has big hype about how it 'includes the editor!' instantly translates to "We're half-assing it and expect the community to carry us" (which, for the record, has failed practically EVERY time)) but is now at least 'pay attention to' due to the uniqueness AND the fact they were supposedly releasing a crapton of levels with it.  My own creativity is soooo limited that an editor means nothing to me, and user-created content has ALWAYS been <1% good, 99% crap.  When I see how many of you speak so glowingly of user created content, I wonder if you're high.  Everyone will spend the first month building levels around an idea or two, and unless they release new items to go into the editor, they'll move on.  Being creative is hard.  Being original is hard.  Combining the two and creating something actually fun(a fucking calculator?!) is a trick on level with nailing jello to a tree.  I'm sure there will one or two good levels, and a sea of crap that looks highly negligible.  I am not trying to deride the game - I want to love it and am considering buying it. It's just reality creeps in a while, and the Spore vibe gets too strong since that's what they've made the focus of marketing (ie the 'potential' rather than the reality of what they (the developer) created).

I really wish they would have released a demo for this.  With a demo, I could just try it out and see if it clicks with me.  Without it...Well, why spend $60 if I'm not certain I would like it?

There was a demo of sorts.  The beta wasn't too hard to get into.

Your comments echo mine (though a little more harshly, I think  icon_wink).  The 20 true levels don't surprise me at all, but the 60+ was repeated often enough that I stopped bringing up my doubts.

I will say, though, that the pre-made levels I played were of a surprisingly good quality.  However, once more people have the game, there will be an intial flood of crap.  Hopefully, the good stuff will float to the top eventually.  But there really needs to be a better way to find well-made levels.  Some sort of easy to filter ranking system.

The reviews are firming up my belief that this will be a game in the Psychonauts/Beyond Good & Evil realm.  Incredibly well-reviewed, well-respected (even beloved) by core gamers, and largely ignored by the average gamer.  The cuteness may give it some better sales, but I'll be surprised if it's sustainable.

Of course, it looks like I'm sold, so they're doing something right.
13476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LittleBigPlanet - Play. Create. Share. Now in (somewhat private) beta! on: October 13, 2008, 09:53:51 PM
IGN's review score is 9.5 (9.2 in Australia).  Six whole pages of blah de blah brings you to this:

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As you can see, I had a ton to say in this review, but that's because there's a ton to this game. LittleBigPlanet is a massive game, one that is essentially two parts intertwined so well that they're practically inseparable. Media Molecule has created a brilliant platformer, and then given you the tools to recreate the whole thing over again, or better yet, to create your own ideas from scratch. It's not perfect - the controls could be tighter, automatically shifting between planes can be problematic, the editor isn't quite as robust as you might hope - but what's there is nothing short of astounding. If you own a PlayStation 3, you cannot miss this. If you don't have a PS3 yet, this is the reason to get one.

The Australian reviewer had a much shorter review, but longer comments.  Go fig:

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Are these enough to sour the experience for you? Surely not – but it does take LittleBigPlanet back down to earth a little bit. It's a great platformer to be certain, but it's not perfection. Where LittleBigPlanet stands out is in the genuinely amazing integration of deep, deep content creation tools and incredible variety of objects with a community mode that truly makes content exchange and rating not just easy, but practical and even essential. Ever played LBP Tetris? How about Space Invaders, LBP-style? The potential for staggeringly inventive design is clear. Also clear is how much Media Molecule has to play with for future instalments too - we've heard murmurings of DLC or expansion discs, a PSP spin-off and more tweaks and additions.

We can only hope these things come to fruition, for the LittleBigPlanet universe is one that has the potential to influence the direction of how user-generated content on consoles is handled forever. We'd be fools to spoil the biggest, funniest surprises ahead for you, though. Media Molecule has injected so much personality into every stage and collectable item that every segment of each stage contains some warped reference to pop culture, geek lifestyle or modern living. In that way, LittleBigPlanet takes on an unexpectedly philosophical view of the world, too – a little bit of silly mixed in with a lot of careful examination of how we fit into, and impact our environment.

Intellectual interpretations are one thing, though, and most gamers come for other things entirely – and a few rough points aside – LittleBigPlanet delivers in spades. It is every bit as charming, beautiful, clever and challenging as you could hope for. The old adage holds firm: good things come in small packages.
13477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Press Conference (DSi, Mario & Luigi 3) on: October 13, 2008, 09:33:56 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 12, 2008, 02:38:53 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on October 11, 2008, 11:37:39 PM

I'm not putting any stock in the vc-reviews article, as other websites are not reporting on that yet.

I was pretty sure that I read that game wouldn't be executable from the card shortly after the press conference but I'm not sure where I saw the link now. 

The thing is, too, they were making a correction to their original article, which was saying what others were saying.  Weird thing to do without something backing it up.
13478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 13, 2008, 01:44:47 PM
VC: Secret of Mana and Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition.

Wiiware: World of Goo and Art Style: Cubello.

World of Goo got a 9.5 from IGN and a 9.0 from Eurogamer (other sites are buzzing, too), so I may have to get that, if I can find some room.  At another time, I might have picked up Secret of Mana.

Otherwise, Saints Row 2 and Dead Space for me.  Possibly Sam & Max, though I had it for PC.

I might also join the SOCOM crowd.  Will that game be downloadable?  Is there any single player aspect?
13479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 arcade question on: October 13, 2008, 12:48:15 PM

Quote from: Old Negus on October 13, 2008, 10:27:40 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 12, 2008, 11:43:10 PM

Quote from: faide on October 12, 2008, 05:40:33 PM

I got the red rings of death for the 3rd time this morning frown.  I'm seriously considering going out and purchasing the 360 arcade unit ($200 one).  If I pop my HD out of this one and put it in that one will I run into any issues?

Thanks in advance!

Buy it from Costco.  Seriously.  They just took back my original unit (first generation of the 360) and exchanged it for one of the 60GB units with no questions.  So much easier than going through repairs.

I'm curious, Bullwinkle. Did you keep/exchange your old hard drive or just say goodbye to all your saves and Live games? I bought mine from CostCo as well and anticipate having to exchange it sometime in the future.

Well, I bought one of those massive 120 GB hard drives awhile back (when I had money), so that made it very easy.  However, I bet you could find a used HDD somewhere.  - Actually, I just checked and Gamestop does have them, but they're $60 refurbished!*  Gadzooks!  Still, maybe you could buy it, trade it in with the old 360, transfer your info to the new HDD (assuming that's possible) and return the other HDD to Gamestop.  Makes it a bit more of a pain in the ass, but it could work.

*There are places online that sell them for just over $30.
13480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 13, 2008, 12:43:01 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 13, 2008, 12:20:37 PM

Quote from: KePoW on October 13, 2008, 05:55:55 AM

Too bad for you, because RE4 was a great game entirely unplayable!

FTFY.

Oh, now, come one.  Have you tried the Wii version?  It made a significant difference.  I agree with the comments about awkward controls/camera being a "feature."  I couldn't really get through RE4 on the 'Cube, but I cranked through it on the Wii.  Phenomenal game.
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