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14881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Moving Xbox saves to 360 on: June 28, 2006, 02:10:49 PM
So I got the XSATA from Datel and I was able to move a bunch of my Xbox saves over to the 360 relatively painlessly.  It's amazing, because my 360 library just tripled, essentially.

However, there are some game saves that are "locked."  I expected that with a game like KOTOR, with the files being so large (that's why I'm glad I finished it), but Lego Star Wars?  Come on!

I know that a modded Xbox gives access to the hard drive, but I don't want to add a chip, and even the softmodding I've read about seems more than I need (adding all kinds of cheats and things and changing the dashboard).  I don't want to do all of that.  All I want to do is move my locked saves to the PC and then to the 360.  Anyone have any suggestions?
14882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New DLC for GRAW on: June 24, 2006, 03:18:19 PM
I'm confused about something here.  Are there single player levels included?  I was under the impression that it's just multi and that some of that is co-op.
14883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Comfort Stylus? on: June 21, 2006, 02:35:49 PM
I have one.  Two, actually, as the first one broke at the end.  Apparently, it was a problem with the batch they put together, and they sent me a replacement without my even having to ask.  Their customer service is amazing.

The stylus itself is great, but I find I rarely use it.  I'm too lazy to actually pull it out and twist it around my finger when there's a stylus right there in the DS Lite (the lite is also lighter, making the regular stylus less of a hassle).

IGN had a review: http://gear.ign.com/articles/701/701023p1.html.  They liked it quite a bit.  9.0.  Here's the end:
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Conclusion
So, as a final wrap-up to this somewhat bizarre review, can we really recommend a hunk of wire and rubber to gamers everywhere? You bet we can. The stylus is relatively cheap at $5.99, with shipping around a buck. The control is well worth the change, and though there isn't really anywhere good to stick the thing while not in use it's still worth the hassle of carrying around a single stylus in your DS pouch or pocket. I personally would love to have the option of a premium product, offering thicker wire and metal endings with the standard stylus tip for a $9.99 price, but as it stands the Comfort Stylus is still leagues above any alternative. Don't get suckered in by random 3rd party stylus packs. If you're truly serious about your game, the Comfort Stylus is the only option.
14884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 new Tales games announced on: June 20, 2006, 01:53:10 PM
Wasn't Tales of Symphonia on the Gamecube part of this series, too?
14885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tamagotchi Connection?? on: June 18, 2006, 11:39:58 PM
Pokemon Trozei was definitely fun, if you're a fan of puzzle games.  I got bored with it pretty quickly (I also wasn't very good, and the "collecting" aspect that would most interest me was borderline impossible), but there's a little more meat to it than with most puzzle games.
14886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wasn't the DS Lite supposed to come with a web browser? on: June 17, 2006, 02:45:12 AM
I like that alpine blue, or whatever it's called.  But I got me the white.
14887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A blurb about upcoming BC update for 360. on: June 17, 2006, 02:44:14 AM
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They don't owe us a THING. BC was never touted as their big selling feature; it was a bonus to existing xbox customers.


Well, that is just not true.  It is true that they never promised 100% BC, but they said it was their goal which made it an implied promise.  BC was announced as a feature at E3 '05 and received a big response.   It wasn't just a bonus for xbox owners.  It was a feature of the console.  For owners and people who wanted to instantly build up the games they could play on the system if they never owned an xbox previously.

This thread is on page 2 already.  I've seen numerous BC threads spread to multiple pages.  Yet there are still people out there who claim it's not a big deal because it's not a big deal to them.  Learn to accept that other people may have a strong, valid opinion that is not yours.
14888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mehrunes Dagger for Oblivion out on Live on: June 16, 2006, 04:39:29 PM
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I'm level 42..


...because there's something about you, baby, so right.
14889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Proof that Tim Schafer is the Man!! on: June 16, 2006, 02:35:39 PM
Oops.  Here's a cut 'n paste hack job:

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I originally posted this in that other thread, but it was buried, so I figured I'd make a new topic out of it, because I rock so much.

Let me preface this by saying that Tim Schafer rules and you should read his blog because it's hilarious. Also, you should play Grim Fandango and Psychonauts because they are some of the most wildly creative, funny, and generally awesome games I have ever played. And I will fight you to the ends of the earth if you disagree with me.

That's just how I roll.

The e-mail I sent to Microsoft:

Subject: PSYCHONAUTS!!!! (Not the same as the other e-mails with the same title!)

Forward: I bet you automatically filter e-mails with the word Psychonauts in the subject line. But I digress.

Hello, employee who will probably send me an automated response to the effect of, "We are working feverishly toward updating the backward-compatibility as best we can and will put you on a mailing list that you will send to your spam box because none of those e-mails will be relevant."

I'm sorry, we got off on the wrong foot.

My name is Kaleb and I love Microsoft and Windows and Bill Gates and the Xbox 360 and love you even more for reading my e-mail.

Psychonauts is the best game of all time. Xbox 360 is great. Wouldn't it be super-great if Psychonauts was compatible with the Xbox 360? I'd tell all my friends about it and start a viral marketing campaign if you made it happen. Also, I would be your best friend.

Do you want me to be your best friend?

If so, person who has nothing to do with the backwards-compatibility development team, please make Psychonauts backwards-compatible.


Thank you,
-Kaleb.
Their response, which is kickass:

We are working feverishly toward updating the backward-compatibility as best we can and will put you on a mailing list that you will send to your spam box because none of those e-mails will be relevant.

Just kidding, of course. I do want you to be my best friend. I misplaced my last best friend. Well, more accurately, my best friend left me at a bus stop. But I digress.

I actually, really, truly am one of the developers on the backwards compatibility team. No foolin'.

Rest assured, we are working on Psychonauts.

Sincerely,

Alan Stuart
Emulation Ninja
Xbox 360 Team
14890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mehrunes Dagger for Oblivion out on Live on: June 16, 2006, 03:47:31 AM
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Why in the world did you do that!?


Because the Orc had a number of other benefits (Berserk is especially useful, especially early on, if only to give you a mega-boost to your endurance when cleaning out dungeons), but blunt was the way to go with an orc.  Believe me, I fought long and hard with myself over this.  I general like playing a human knight-type (or Paladin, if available) with a great sword.  Major change for me, but the orc really seemed to fit my play style.  And I've grown to like him.
14891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone playing PDZ with the update? on: June 16, 2006, 03:41:42 AM
Agreed.  I plowed through the SP campaign, and while there were shining moments, the taste I was left with at the end was disappointment.
14892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Proof that Tim Schafer is the Man!! on: June 16, 2006, 03:39:53 AM
This was posted on IGN:

http://boards.ign.com/xbox_360_general_board/b8266/119787122/p1/?75

Very encouraging!  Not to mention amusing.
14893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mehrunes Dagger for Oblivion out on Live on: June 15, 2006, 10:24:39 PM
Is this quest going to be of any use to me if my proficiency is in Blunt Weapons?
14894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A blurb about upcoming BC update for 360. on: June 15, 2006, 02:54:43 AM
I'm actually really excited about Dreamfall:The Longest Journey.  I'm probably alone there, but I am.  And I'll probably go pick up FlatOUT now that  it's cheap and BC
14895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rumble Roses: Demo on: June 09, 2006, 07:25:19 PM
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I didn' see any discussion on this


Yet, there was.
http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=13200

Cleverly disguised, however.
14896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / new marketplace demo on: June 08, 2006, 03:56:08 PM
Two words for this game:  Pee and Yoo.

Reviews seemed to be right on this one, with the exception of claims that the graphics look amazing.  Honestly, they didn't impress me.  The ladies looked okay and all, but nothing earth shattering (or porntastic, for that matter).
14897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Live update O' Doom coming tomorrow (6/5) on: June 07, 2006, 05:28:39 PM
You have to say "yes" to installing the update and that's it.  Unless there are problems...
14898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Live update O' Doom coming tomorrow (6/5) on: June 06, 2006, 02:10:27 PM
It's up, baby!
14899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion-Tips , Advice and Help-Spoilerific on: June 06, 2006, 02:09:29 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm a pretty skilled marksman.  The quest has updated to the point of saying I should take a few practice shots before firing the a of e.  Have I somehow not actually hit it, despite the sound and all?  Should I be getting a quest message saying, "Now try the arrow of extrication" or something?  I spent way too long on this last night.


Spoiler for Hiden:
Well, I had tried moving off the platform and coming back, but apparently I hadn't gone far enough away (or given it time to reset, maybe).  Either way, the problem has been taken care of.  Thanks, gang!
14900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion-Tips , Advice and Help-Spoilerific on: June 06, 2006, 05:56:00 AM
I am attempting the rather annoying Ultimate Heist quest of the thieves guild (annoying in the sense that I have had to exit with too much loot a half dozen times, and it is a pain to go all the way back through the maze of tunnels and sewers every time.

I am having a big problem with a particular spot and could really use help:

Spoiler for Hiden:
In the area where you have to shoot the arrow of extrication at the tiny keyhole on the other side of the room, I can hit it and get the chunk sound, but the inventory will not allow me to equip the arrow of e.  Is this a bug of some sort?  Am I just missing something?  Has anyone else faced this problem?
14901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 05, 2006, 06:38:46 PM
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If your willing to just give your DS away your obviously not the type of person who would be excited for the DS Lite.


...you're...your...you're...

Grammar zing!
14902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (6/5) on: June 05, 2006, 01:47:34 PM
Biggest showing for me seems to be the DS this week.  I may be getting 3 of the 4, depending on reviews/impressions of Scurge:Hive.  I may do Race Driver and I'm less sure about Gradius, because those compilations always seem to be suckers' bets for me.
14903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is there a Diablo-esque game on the DS? on: June 04, 2006, 09:49:39 PM
Weren't the Shining Force games more turn-based affairs?  More like FF Tactics or Fire Emblem?
14904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion-Tips , Advice and Help-Spoilerific on: June 04, 2006, 04:35:25 PM
Wow, every dungeon, too?  I'm at 120 hours*, and I'm about to finish the second of my Guilds.  Two more guilds, arena, and story quest to go.  Then Daedric quests, if I want and unexplored dungeons.

*Inflated due to pausing and walking away, though.
14905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft and Backwards Compatibility... on: June 02, 2006, 02:38:25 PM
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We hear directly from them that they're in the testing phase of another update, and it should be out in the next few weeks. We saw the list they're testing, and it looks like they're hoping to add at least a dozen titles.


I wish they'd do this more often.

Though this may just be PR spin, at least it seems like they've heard what a blunder Moore's statement was.  Seems those of us who need BC are more numerous (or at least much louder) than many assume.
14906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft and Backwards Compatibility... on: June 02, 2006, 02:48:31 AM
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I don't see why everyone gets so pissed off about it either


Instead of yelling at us about it, maybe try to see or at least understand that we do.  This is something I don't get.  I understand that BC isn't a big deal for you, and that doesn't bother me.  Why can't you do the same for my side?

It is, in fact, a big deal for me as the console space under my TV is limited and the Xbox takes up a lot of room.  Additionally, BC made the 360 and easier sell for my wife who now sees two consoles sitting there every day and doesn't like it.
14907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hitman: Blood Money impressions on: June 02, 2006, 02:44:14 AM
I do love the Thief series through and through, but there I don't feel like my exploration is punished or that it's really trial and error.  With Hitman, it always seems like I make a mistake and there's no recovery.
14908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft and Backwards Compatibility... on: June 01, 2006, 08:36:30 PM
BC is a big issue to me.  I find these comments insulting and offensive.  It really sours my taste on Microsoft, immediately after thinking how much better they're handling things than Sony right now.
14909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [x360] - Arcade Games on: June 01, 2006, 01:57:35 PM
I'm glad to see this isn't just happening to me.
14910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hitman: Blood Money impressions on: June 01, 2006, 01:56:40 PM
Unfortunately, this is the thing that always kills the Hitman series for me.  Trial and error gameplay with limited saves (though I'm playing at "easy" to eliminate that, but then you don't even get a notoriety meter) makes it too freeform for me.
14911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ninety-Nine Nights preview on: June 01, 2006, 05:59:00 AM
Advance reviews I've seen have been less than impressed, though.

63% on Gamerankings: http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/928270.asp?q=99

The most positive review (70% from Gamebrink) starts by saying this:

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N3 (Ninety-Nine Nights) is a game that looked really good in concept, but like games often do, the concept got lost somewhere along the road to creation. Going from an ideal perspective, who wouldn’t want a Dynasty Warriors type game with incredible next-gen graphics, an epic story shown from multiple perspectives, and a wide-range of moves that played a resemblance closer to a fighting game than a simple hack and slash? That would have been the game to move systems in Japan and the US. That would have been the action title to define the Xbox 360 for now. But unfortunately that’s not what we got.


Obviously wait for reviews of the US version, but put a little grain of salt into your high hopes, I guess.
14912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pics of 360 dashboard update on: June 01, 2006, 03:03:22 AM
That's what I thought, too, but I keep hearing Friday all over the place by people who talked to people who would "supposedly know."
14913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Target and Walmart Break DS Lite Street Date on: June 01, 2006, 03:00:08 AM
If it's happening this far in advance on a wide scale, I'm hoping EB and Gamestop will get the go-ahead to break the date themselves.
14914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Target and Walmart Break DS Lite Street Date on: May 31, 2006, 08:07:28 PM
Thanks, Lockdown!  A18 is great!

Everyone in my area thinks I'm talking about a light for the gameboy.
14915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Lite.........connect to cube? on: May 31, 2006, 05:32:06 PM
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Hmm, I liked the connection when used with The Wind Waker and Crystal Chronicles.


And Link: Four Swords.
14916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 on XBOX (worth 10.00)? on: May 30, 2006, 08:42:17 PM
How is it on the 360, BC-wise?  I might be tempted to play through again for $10.
14917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/29) on: May 30, 2006, 05:17:57 AM
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Looking seriously at Stacked Poker...


I'd been hearing good things about the Stacked AI, but I've been burned by poker too many times before.  If it good and they get it BC with the 360, I'll get the xbox version.
14918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion-Tips , Advice and Help-Spoilerific on: May 30, 2006, 05:16:33 AM
So, is there anyone who buys items for more than 12000 gold?

I was going to Bruma for all my shopping needs as the gent in Novaroma had a 100 disposition toward me and let me sell for closish to value.  I have no idea how long I'd been selling high priced items to him before I realized what an idiot I was being*.  No wonder his disposition was so high.

But now I'm collecting crap that is worth way more than the highest priced shop.  I don't understand why they would design the game with items worth so much and put a cap on how much the merchants have.  So, I assume I'm missing something.

How do you invest in a shop?  I've yet to see that option.


*In fairness, I assumed the guy would complain about not having enough gold like he did when I tried to sell multiple items.
14919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/29) on: May 29, 2006, 06:19:53 PM
+1 in the thanks department (I'm never sure if I'm using that +1 thing right...)

I may get Hitman for the 360, if the reviews are decent.  For me, the Hitman series gets a little too freeform, at times.

I'm also interested in Scurge (though I think it's only for the GBA).  It's from the same guys who did Racing Gears Advance, which was pretty good.
14920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pics of 360 dashboard update on: May 26, 2006, 02:54:53 PM
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(proberbly a biiiiig on)


Unfortunately, I now read that as Beeeg.
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