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13601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher on: December 11, 2007, 06:41:19 PM

Quote from: Calvin on December 10, 2007, 05:25:12 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 10, 2007, 03:00:32 PM

Quote from: Fellow on December 03, 2007, 07:30:38 AM

Ayup, I've basically put the game on hold until next weekend when the new patch is supposed to pop up. Those loading times were really starting to be a bit of an annoyance.

Any word on that patch?  I'm locking up very early into the game and can't proceed past a certain point.
I was trying to figure this out the other day, and the guy from CDProjekt said it could be any day now.

I seriously am clicking the "Check for Updates" button a couple of times a day, hoping it's finally out.
13602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your top 5 / 7 / 10 (whatevs) downloadable games of 2007 on: December 11, 2007, 06:07:16 PM
Man, depward, a lot of your "favs" seem to be not very favored by you.

I love that Gamasutra has Pac-Man CE as their favorite downloadable game.  I loved that game and kept trying to hype it here.  It has the same addiction quality as Geometry Wars, IMO.

There were better games than Jetpack Refuelled, though.
13603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ghostbusters Game (360, PS3, Wii) on: December 11, 2007, 05:15:04 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 11, 2007, 05:11:39 PM

I guess I am alone in thinking that the Wii version's art style is really cool.  I am not sure what wonderpug meant about that it would have been a fun way to control the proton pack.  You still control it with the wiimote, it is just that the core of the game is different.  I might actually get both.

I think the Wii art style is great, I just hope they can make the environments look as great as the renderings.

Hell, I wish more companies would try to develop a different graphics engine for Wii games, rather than just drop the resolution.
13604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest Monsters: Jokers Impressions? on: December 11, 2007, 05:11:34 PM
Nice, Farscry.  Thanks for putting that time in.

What about using a guide with the game? I was thumbing through one at Best Buy the other day, deciding if I wanted to pick up the game.  Seemed like a lot of stats, but nothing useful in exploring, which is how I typically use a guide.
13605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/10) on: December 10, 2007, 05:43:20 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 10, 2007, 05:25:14 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on December 10, 2007, 04:38:48 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on December 10, 2007, 04:08:52 PM

I had thought GalCiv2-Twilight of the Arnor got pushed back to mid-January... but since I pre-purchased it so I could play the beta, I'm not entirely sure of that.

Other than that though... nada.
I thought they held a vote which then pushed it to January as well. If it hits this week I'll pick it up, otherwise this will be the fourth week in a row of "Nothing".

Yeah, I wasn't sure if it was supposed to be released or not. But it said it was there, so onto the list it went.

And here's the VC games of the week:

Quote
Pokémon Snap (Nintendo 64, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): As one of the most unique games in a renowned series, Pokémon Snap was the first truly 3-D Pokémon game and introduced the phenomenon to the Nintendo 64. Travel to Pokémon Island and meet Professor Oak to begin a safari, taking the best possible photographs of 63 different Pokémon as they exist in the wild, undisturbed by humans. This is not as easy as it sounds—the island has many types of climates and environments to explore, along with secret activities and hidden passages to discover. Plus, some of the Pokémon can be a little shy and won’t pose for the camera unless you tease them with special items. After you’re done, submit one picture of each Pokémon to Professor Oak, and he’ll judge it based on size, pose, technique and number of Pokémon captured.

Ghosts’n Goblins (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Animated Violence, 500 Wii Points): Ghosts’n Goblins was a popular arcade game before it made the leap to the NES in 1986. Like later games in the series, Ghosts’n Goblins presents quite a challenge to players brave enough to take on the role of Arthur and delve into the realm of demons and monsters to rescue the kidnapped princess. Choose your weapons wisely and take advantage of their strengths to deal with the situation at hand. Pass through the six gates that stand between you and Astaroth, and teach him a lesson in chivalry he’ll never forget. Demonstrating a high level of technical prowess for a game of its era, Ghosts’n Goblins presents a unique and unforgettable universe. The stage for adventure is set. Are you up to the test?

BASEBALL STARS 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 900 Wii Points): Lace up your cleats and step onto the diamond with the pros of BASEBALL STARS 2. You’ll find everything you’d expect in a classic game of baseball, but with an arcade feel and intense action that distinguish it from the pack. Pick one of six unique teams from cities around the world, then get ready for nine innings of excitement, whether you’re taking on the computer in a 15-game tournament or squaring off against a friend. There are two modes of game play, so even the most inexperienced player can compete at the major-league level (with a little computer-aided fielding). Watch as the game develops through split-screen views and close-up shots worthy of any highlight film, and see if you can catch the numerous over-the-top animations of the large and detailed player models. Think you have what it takes to win the pennant?

Oh, snap!  Snap!
13606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/10) on: December 10, 2007, 03:38:27 PM
It looks like Kidz Sports: Basketball and Mythmakers: Orbs of Doom are coming for the Wii as well.

I could be interested in Mythmakers, but I have a feeling it'll be no good.

Also the PC Adventure The Lost Crown is coming.  My laptop is chock full of adventure games at the moment, so I'll be passing unless it scores in the 90s.
13607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/10) on: December 10, 2007, 03:03:45 PM
I will probably pick up Super Swing Golf 2.  Assuming they fixed it.  I enjoyed the first one, but there were some problems.
13608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher on: December 10, 2007, 03:00:32 PM

Quote from: Fellow on December 03, 2007, 07:30:38 AM

Ayup, I've basically put the game on hold until next weekend when the new patch is supposed to pop up. Those loading times were really starting to be a bit of an annoyance.

Any word on that patch?  I'm locking up very early into the game and can't proceed past a certain point.
13609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings [DS] on: December 09, 2007, 03:34:04 PM
I've been playing it, and this is exactly what I want in a handheld game.  Any more complicated and I wouldn't be able to keep coming back to it.
13610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hell Yeah, Godzilla Unleashed (Wii,DS,PSP) on: December 08, 2007, 10:54:23 PM
It is out, but the reviews haven't been kind.  Play magazine is the only one who's liked it (with 8/10).  The other reviews have been in the 4s and 5s.

Games Radar gave it a 5/10, saying:
Quote
Between these random inadequacies and the shabby controls, there's just not enough reason for non-hardcore Godzilla fans to bother with this. Too bad. The King of the Monsters deserves better.
GOOD:
Lotsa monsters
Customizable multiplay
Playing as the carpet poodle

BAD:
Wii controls
Takes forever to unlock everything
Too few game modes 
13611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo line up for Q1 2008 on: December 07, 2007, 01:27:52 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on December 06, 2007, 09:53:04 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 06, 2007, 09:42:48 PM

It Stinks.



Aren't a few of those games already out?

Yeah it's an EU list. Metallicorphan forgets that us Yanks get stuff a lot sooner than he does.

Hello..?  [Tap Tap]  Is this thing on?
13612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo line up for Q1 2008 on: December 06, 2007, 09:40:45 PM
Zak & Wiki..?  Wait a minute, is this some kind of fruity European list?  This doesn't help Americans, therefore it's useless. ban
13613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zero Punctuation reviews Assassin's Creed on: December 05, 2007, 09:55:11 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 05, 2007, 09:00:36 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 05, 2007, 08:06:34 PM

The part about the horse really hits home for me because I kept thinking the same thing.  In fact, I have no clue why they even make you ride out to the city in the first place as it serves no real purpose, takes forever, and you have to slow your damned horse down all the time.

Reading the very frank posts by an AC team member on QT3 has made it very clear that the game came together almost at the last minute.  That it's as good as it is (and as technically proficient) is a testament to the skill of Ubi Montreal but it's incredibly apparent that there wasn't time to flesh out a lot of the game.  In the case of The Kingdom I imagine it was a case of either:

1) There was more extensive gameplay planned for it but wasn't implemented due to time constraints.  But since it was so painstakingly modeled it was thrown in there not to "waste" it despite the lack of intended content.

2) They were so enraptured with a Hyrlule Field-esque hub that they built it before they thought about how they would flesh it out and then ran out of time. 

Or it was put in for people like me who love collecting things and are looking for more packages, er, flags and Templars to kill.
13614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zero Punctuation reviews Assassin's Creed on: December 05, 2007, 08:50:32 PM
By the way, I only recently realized that this guy is pretty big in the amature adventure game scene.  He's designed a number of games in his Trilby series (5 Days a Stranger is the first one).  Very old school and very clever.  If you love adventure games, give 'em a go.
13615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/3) on: December 03, 2007, 06:06:22 PM
Maybe Godzilla Unleashed.

I would get DDR Universe 2 if you could get it without the bundle.
13616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher on: November 30, 2007, 11:02:27 PM

Quote from: namatoki on November 20, 2007, 06:03:31 PM

I finished the game the other night as well. Not sure if I got a "bad" ending but it seemed kind of short and left me with a "WTF?" moment. :o

How do you add the little spoiler button? I want to ask others who finished the game what path they chose and what ending they got.

How long did it take?
13617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turns out the new refurb Xboxes? Not so much any better than the old ones on: November 30, 2007, 10:35:20 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on November 30, 2007, 10:28:05 PM

Yeah... you would think that considering their acknowledged issues, and having to send out replacements, there would be a simple workaround for this.

Not to mention if you get the larger hard drive, or grab an elite.

I actually switched to the larger hard drive with no problems.  I also didn't have any issues the last time I had my 360 replaced.

I'm more curious about my other question, though.  Thoughts?
13618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turns out the new refurb Xboxes? Not so much any better than the old ones on: November 30, 2007, 06:15:23 PM
I did the Costco thing while waiting for 360 #2 to come back.  But here's the thing.  The Costco one I got is HDMI (from the Aug 07 batch, I think).  The replacement is not.  Would it come back to haunt me if I took the replacement back and kept the HDMI unit?  Is it worth it (I don't remember when the "good" HDMI units started getting made)?

Also, on a side note, on my replacement 360, my Arcade games aren't showing up as purchased anymore.  Eventually, I'll call MS about that, but in the meantime, does anyone know the steps to correct this?  I'll need to decide on the paragraph above before I take those steps.
13619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 30, 2007, 04:45:12 AM
Played with my wife and daughter tonight.  The wife has been avoiding GH since it came out, but she heard us rocking out to the Clash and OK GO, and she wanted in.  We continued to play for an hour and would have played longer, but had to eat.  We got another half hour in after dinner, but then it was the 4 year old's bedtime.  The kid was tanking our score anyway.  We secretly didn't select a singer for her on our last session, but let her dance and sing anyway.  Cruel, yes, but my wife got a 99% and is now entirely hooked.
13620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Leisure Suit Larry Game in 2008 on: November 29, 2007, 08:37:33 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 29, 2007, 07:51:33 PM

Quote from: Pong on November 29, 2007, 02:50:28 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 28, 2007, 12:52:19 AM

Quote from: rickfc on November 27, 2007, 09:56:11 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 27, 2007, 09:52:08 PM

+ LSL3
Didn't have like a trivia thing at the beginning to verify your age in order to show nudity or not?  I remember my brother and I trying that over and over to get the right answers...

Actually, if I remember right, all of the older LSL games had that type of 'protection' to make sure you're old enough to play.

Problem was that non-americans couldn't answer most of the questionss (at least my dad couldn't Tongue ) but off course there was ctrl-alt-x or whatever combination it was so you could skip.

I miss the great days of the adventure genre, too bad it's pretty much dead now frown

Dead??  Ice Station Santa says not quite!

I also still say we'll see a resurgence on the Wii soon.
13621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Upcoming Releases on: November 29, 2007, 08:33:53 PM

Quote from: Eightball on November 29, 2007, 08:30:13 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 29, 2007, 07:11:26 PM

Rainbox 6: Vegas 2 in March.

Seriously?  Worst name ever.  That's awful.

Again, I must refer you to this game: http://www.legendarythebox.com/
13622  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Leisure Suit Larry Game in 2008 on: November 28, 2007, 04:43:29 AM
I really just hope Al Lowe is involved somehow.
13623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings [DS] on: November 28, 2007, 04:43:08 AM
More specifically, is this a new story that doesn't rely on knowledge of the past game or is it a sequel/spin-off that works a lot better having played the other one?
13624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Transferring Xbox saved games to 360 on: November 28, 2007, 04:30:14 AM
Actually, get the Xport instead of the XSata.  That way you don't have to move your whole console to the computer, just the HDD.

http://us.codejunkies.com/news_reviews.asp?c=GB&cr=&cs=&r=0&l=&i=9115&p=22&s=8
http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-df-49-en-15-xport-70-1vj2.html

You still need the Xbox memory card, but the XPort comes with a program to transfer info (and a dongle for the mem card).

It's surprisingly not complicated, but some saves cannot be moved.  That'll lead to frustration.  If you ever discover a way to move "locked' saves from the Xbox, let me know.

13625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Leisure Suit Larry Game in 2008 on: November 27, 2007, 10:30:59 PM
I always loved the LSL games.  Even liked the last one, but I bailed on it about halfway in.

I'm hoping it'll be more adventure based and less mini-game centric, but I know I'm a dreamer.

It'd be great on the Wii.
13626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 BC Update! Nov 2007 on: November 27, 2007, 06:07:08 PM
Yowza!  There's a new update to the backwards compatibility list!

Lots of games, not a lot to get excited about, though.  I'm personally pleased to see Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb and Demon Stone on there.

Probably some sports games to get excited about, too.

2006 FIFA World Cup™
25 to Life™
AMF Bowling 2004
APEX™
Arena Football™
Armed and Dangerous™
Baldur's Gate™: Dark Alliance™
The Bard's Tale™
Batman™: Rise of Sin Tzu™
Bionicle®
Blade II
Blinx™: The Timesweeper™
Blitz: The League
Blood Omen 2
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2
Championship Manager 2006
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Colin McRae Rally 2005™
Crime Life Gang Wars
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2™
Demon Stone™
Dungeons & Dragons®: Heroes™
EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 3
ESPN College Hoops 2K5
ESPN NFL 2K5
Fantastic Four
FIFA Soccer 06
Final Fight Streetwise™
Freedom Fighters™
Freestyle Street Soccer™
Future Tactics: The Uprising
Godzilla®: Destroy All Monsters Melee
Godzilla: Save The Earth
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent™
Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball Max'd
The Guy Game
High Heat Baseball 2004
Hunter: The Reckoning®
Indiana Jones™ and the Emperor's Tomb™
MLB® SlugFest®: Loaded
MVP Baseball™ 2003
MVP Baseball 2004
NASCAR Thunder™ 2002
NASCAR Thunder 2003
NBA® Ballers™
NBA Inside Drive 2002
NBA 2K32 
NBA Street V3
NCAA College Basketball 2K3
NCAA March Madness 06
NCAA® March Madness™ 2005
NFL 2K2
NFL 2K3
NHL 2005
NHL 2K3
NHL Hitz™ 2003
NHL Hitz Pro
NightCaster
NTRA Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships
Playboy The Mansion
RLH
Robin Hood Defender of the Crown®
Rocky™
Rugby 2006
Shattered Union
Shrek® Super Party!
Starsky & Hutch
Star Wars Jedi Starfighter™
Syberia II
Terminator® 3: Rise of the Machines
Test Drive
Thousand Land
Thrillville™
Tom and Jerry: War of the Whiskers
Turok: Evolution™
Van Helsing™
WarPath
Worms 3D
Zathura
13627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/26) on: November 27, 2007, 03:11:03 AM

Quote from: Zekester on November 27, 2007, 01:02:36 AM

Godzilla: Unleashed was unleashed to stores today.

Unfortunately, after a couple minutes play time, it's pretty much the same game as Melee and StE  crybaby

The Wii version is still showing as next week.  Where did you find it?
13628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings [DS] on: November 27, 2007, 12:58:45 AM
I enjoy charm and easy combat.  My only question is, given that I never played FFXII on the PS2, will I be utterly lost?
13629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 26, 2007, 11:09:08 PM
I picked it up (using my GHIII controller - I'll get the drums in February when they arrive).  Man, it's going to be hard to go back to GHIII after playing this.  Superior in just about every way. 

Personally, I love the easier challenge of it, too.  I missed one note in "Should I Stay..." on the first playthrough.  One freakin' note.  That was immensely satisfying.  Of course, I kept playing, trying to get a perfect, but it hasn't happened yet.

So far, I like the track list overwhelmingly over GHIII (and GHII).  I can't think of a single set in the earlier games that didn't have a clunker in it.  I like every single song in the first two sets in Rock Band.

Really, my only complaint is that the footage of the band playing is exactly the same every playthrough of a song.  That got kind of annoying going for the perfect on that Clash song.
13630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is the Way Customer Service Should Be on: November 26, 2007, 11:01:45 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 26, 2007, 09:44:05 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 26, 2007, 09:14:41 PM

I'm not sure why you would think that the company would want inferior employees.
That doesn't make much sense. Now if you want to argue they don't do enough to keep
their best people, that's a different discussion altogether.

They may not WANT inferior employees but they certainly have not built a business model that attracts quality people, its called wage efficiency. GameStop pays low wages so they generally get inexperienced employees, higher internal theft, high turnover rate, and everything else that comes with paying inefficient wages. The only reason you get some decent GameStop/EB locations is because some people are passionate about what they do and love working with video games, which is probably your own personal case, is it not?

Take myself for example. Directly prior to taking a store management position at Gamestop, I was an assistant manager at Walgreens. The starting pay for the store manager position at GS was less than what I was making at Walgreens as an assistant manager. However, I was willing to take the pay cut because, as I reasoned with anyone who couldn't understand, I would rather work with video games than groceries and bathroom supplies for less pay any day.

Exactly. 

Also, though, I didn't say they wanted inferior employees.  They are extremely satisfied with the shift to non-gamers as employees.  They want superior salespeople who could push any unnecessary upgrade on uncaring mothers buying "That Nintendo Thing" for their kids.  The corporation doesn't care about people who can go on for pages about games they love and stores they don't, as long as Jane Checkbook keeps coming in and buying Replacement Guarantees.  They can train uncaring monkeys to sell like that, but they can't retrain the intelligent people who care about gaming.  Ergo, bye bye good stores and words like "Goobye and thanks for coming," and hello "Bring in your trades."
13631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/26) on: November 26, 2007, 10:52:40 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 26, 2007, 08:16:23 PM

galaxy wars ds could be a bunch of fun

If it's anything like the Wii version it should be.  Impossibly, they've upped the addiction factor.
13632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Prediction: Wii Sells Even Less than the Gamecube on: November 26, 2007, 07:48:56 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on November 26, 2007, 07:04:38 PM

I dunno.  I have a couple of friends who bough Wiis a while ago and they don't really play them anymore.  Also, the Gamecube was a pretty weak console, wasn't it?  Finally, shouldn't it be fewer than the Gamecube?

It would be fewer consoles, but speaking in an unquanitifiable, which the post seems to be doing, less is acceptable.
13633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Trek: Conquest... ? on: November 26, 2007, 06:47:16 PM
I, too, am very curious about this, but doubtful.  I'm hoping someone gives it a go.
13634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is the Way Customer Service Should Be on: November 26, 2007, 06:08:24 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 26, 2007, 05:59:28 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 26, 2007, 04:40:33 PM

But, see, corporate policies are weeding out the good stores and turning them into bad ones. 
<snip>
As a corporation, GS/EB doesn't want employees who are knowledgeable of the video game world.

We may just have to agree to disagree on that part. From my POV, the company takes tremendous pride
in their sales force, and the passion that it has for games. They actually spent considerable time talking
about this very thing at this year's conference.


Well, what are they going to say, "We hate our customers?"

Drug companies trumpet how much they're changing customer's lives at every single national meeting I've been to.  They rarely talk about how much damage they do in third world countries or how they're recent products may have killed some people, except in how it relates to PR.

My real world evidence trumps the corporate speak, I'm afraid.  So, yes, we will have to agree to disagree.
13635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is the Way Customer Service Should Be on: November 26, 2007, 05:45:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 26, 2007, 04:49:14 PM

I have a good store, and that's all that counts.

It's a wonder your companion cube doesn't hate you. icon_wink
13636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best place to buy mobile phone games? on: November 26, 2007, 04:57:21 PM
I'm on AT&T now (my wife recieved an iPhone as a free gift from her boss - most expensive gift ever, as it cost us $350 to drop out of our Verizon plan).

I need to stockpile my Razor V3 with games.  I don't want all of these games to appear on the bill and give my wife sticker shock.  Is there a way to pay for the games online and download them to the phone?  Verizon would not let you do that, but I seem to remember Cingular/AT&T would.  I'm just not sure how.
13637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Prediction: Wii Sells Even Less than the Gamecube on: November 26, 2007, 04:53:40 PM
I just thought I'd dust off this prediction for comedic effect.

And for the frightening return of Lord Ebonstone.  BRRR.
13638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is the Way Customer Service Should Be on: November 26, 2007, 04:40:33 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 26, 2007, 02:41:58 AM

As I've said many times, a store is only good as its employees.
There are great stores out there and not so great ones.
It can be frustrating at times when a bad experience for someone translates to "Gamestop sucks".
There are those of us out there (like the person you encountered) that care a lot about our customers and what we do.

Really glad to hear you had a good experience.

But, see, corporate policies are weeding out the good stores and turning them into bad ones.  We have five stores within a twenty minute drive.  There is one that has kept the good employees fromk the "good old days."  But even that store has had its hands tied so far as what they are allowed to say and do.  And I've talked to the employees.  They are disheartened at best, frustrated at worst.  And it makes it tough for them to stay around.

As a corporation, GS/EB doesn't want employees who are knowledgeable of the video game world.  In all of the stores near me, there is one guy remaining who actually has a decent knowledge of what gaming is about, about what games are coming for which system, which ones are good and worth your attention.  And I have even heard that guy answer questions like, "What about Lair?  Is that a good game?" with "Yes, it's very popular."   That's not the best example, but I know it hurts him to do that. 

The company would rather have people like my friend's new manager who was behind the counter the other day when I asked if the new light gun game for the Wii had come in yet, but it wasn't Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles or Link's Crossbow Training.  His response was that those were the only light gun games for the Wii.  I informed him that Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 also had a light gun segment and that there was this other game...Ghost something.  He looked me right in the eye and said, "There are no other light gun games."  I finally remembered that it was Ghost Squad.  He finally realized that I wasn't going to leave until he put some effort in and looked it up.  His face lit up, as though he had somehow won this little exchange.  He said, "Ghost Squad.  Oh, yeah.  That comes out tomorrow.  You should pre-order that."  He muttered something about remembering it was some sort of haunted house game, and I informed him that it was a tactical squad based on-rails lightgun game.  And I left.  The thing that bothered me most about this exchange was that we spent five to ten minutes in which he specifically was deflecting responsibility and actively not helping me.  If my friend had been there, even if he hadn't heard of the game, I would have had the info in under two minutes.

This friend still does things like slip me pre-order bonuses and tchotchkes because he knows I buy a crap of a lot of games and it would be good to have me keep coming back. 

There was a time when every manager and steady employee would do the same.  I had a manager give me an Xbox that he'd received free at some manager event, because he knew that I would instantly spend about $500 on games and accessories.  That is incredible.  But now that guy is long gone.

The point is, I'm happy some of you have good stores, but don't get angry when the rest of us complain.  Look at the number of complaints, apart from you, it's nearly universal.  That should tell you it's not just a few bad apples.  Also, the argument that it's not the company, it's the employees doesn't really wash, because it is the company that's ruining the employees.  I hope it never happens to your store, but I suspect that it just hasn't happenend yet.
13639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/26) on: November 26, 2007, 04:16:00 PM
I'm hoping Cranium Kabookii is decent, but otherwise there's nothing to see here.  Move along.
13640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question about Mario & Sonic ... Olympics on: November 26, 2007, 04:14:14 PM
There is definite skill involved.  It is the kind of game an older brother would wail on his kid sister with.

That said, it is fun for kids.  My four year old enjoys it quite a bit.

However, there is nothing that approaches Mario Party 8 for her, but you might try Monkey Ball Banana Blitz or even Sonic and the Secret Rings.  She's even had fun with friends playing Carnival Games.

This week, Cranium Kabooki comes out.  I hope it's halfway decent.
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