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14881  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.
14882  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.
14883  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.
14884  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.
14885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: May 26, 2006, 02:53:34 PM
How hard is the tracking and how long does it take?  Are we talking Deer Hunter style there or is it a little more friendly.  I realize it won't be hack n' slash, but does it take 45 minutes to find the prey?
14886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: May 26, 2006, 04:02:38 AM
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to call mh:f's learning curve steep is an understatement - a few hours in & i haven't even nicked the surface...


I'm not sure what you mean here.  Are you saying you don't get the game yet, or you're still in the handholding/tutorial part of the game?  I haven't made the plunge yet, and I'm worried the steep learning curve is going to keep me from getting into it.  Can you give examples?
14887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Outfit price drop...need an opinion on: May 26, 2006, 04:00:21 AM
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It makes a huge difference when controlling vehicles if you hold the right shoulder button to lock the turret to the hull while driving. That's not in the manual, but it makes vehicles much more useful.


I'm going to give that a try.  I had no idea.  You're talking about the button and not the trigger, right?  Also, does this work on all vehicles?  And how does it affect the firing?
14888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pics of 360 dashboard update on: May 26, 2006, 03:58:26 AM
http://www.evilavatar.com/forums/showthread.php?p=291150#post291150

As excited as I am about multiple background downloading, I was really excited to see a boot to the dashboard feature.  I find I always like to see if there's something new online before starting in for the night's gaming and waiting for the game to load and live to recognize me is a mild hassle.  Not too annoying, but if I can be done with it?  Hooray.
14889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New demo on 360 Marketplace on: May 25, 2006, 10:01:31 PM
I actually thought the game looked pretty good.  Prettier outside than inside, but better than, say, Far Cry Instincts Predator.
14890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Outfit price drop...need an opinion on: May 25, 2006, 03:47:18 PM
Oh, yeah, vehicle control is really frustrating, at times.  If they had fixed that, I think this would have been a more popular game.  There are some people who are crazy fans of it, though.
14891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New demo on 360 Marketplace on: May 25, 2006, 04:20:50 AM
Off to the DL.
14892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Outfit price drop...need an opinion on: May 25, 2006, 04:20:01 AM
I'm enjoying the single player game, playing it in bursts so it doesn't seem like the same thing over and over to me (one of the complaints I heard).  I've heard the multiplayer is better, but I'm not sure how much action it's getting.  Maybe more with the price drop and new map pack.  I paid $40 for it (used), but I might have waited for $30.
14893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Monster Hunter Online issues... on: May 24, 2006, 10:47:50 PM
Gamespot didn't like it much.  6.5.  But most of their complaints seem to be about the dropped online functionality and the camera.

http://www.gamespot.com/psp/rpg/monsterhunterpsp/review.html?sid=6151713
14894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Table Tennis Impressions on: May 24, 2006, 03:24:58 PM
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I also read about combining the spins last night after the tourney. It would seem the analog stick control would be much easier for this, then holding down to buttons.


I was using the analog stick in training and practice, until I found out about returning the same color hit.  It seems that's an extra step in the brain for me, so I was missing shots.  Also, it seems that you have to do the opposite on the stick compared to the buttons.  Just got too confusing.  However, I've only just started doing combined spins, whereas I was doing them a lot with the stick.  Probably should have stuck with the stick and gotten used to it.

And Lockdown, that was a great story.  Thanks for sharing.
14895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 18, 2006, 08:05:52 PM
And LE gets the grumpy ball rolling again.

In other news...

I hate the save system as well, but I don't think it's lazy design on N's part.  I think it was very deliberate to make lives and coins actually worth something.  If you can save anywhere, who cares how many lives you have.  On the other hand, I have yet to see what value points have.
14896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Recommend an Xbox game for my 360 on: May 18, 2006, 07:54:21 PM
Black runs suprisingly well on the 360 and is a lot of fun to play, too.
14897  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / XP security borked Radeon on: May 12, 2006, 02:27:10 PM
Microsoft installed a necessary update this morning, and now my ATI control panel won't start. My 1680x1050 monitor won't run in its native res and everything is working very slowly. Any one else experience this? Anyone know how to fix it?
14898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far East of Eden - JRPG for Xbox 360 on: May 12, 2006, 01:53:58 PM
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this series is VERY Japanese and oriental


So, there are rugs in it?  :wink:
14899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lots of new content on Marketplace now! on: May 12, 2006, 03:18:00 AM
MotoGP, like the ones before it, is just too hard to control for me.  I started getting used to it on the streets of Japan, but as soon as I went back to the track I was all over the place again.  I remember going through training on a previous game and not being able to do what they wanted immediately.  Sure looks nice, though.
14900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok, Im excited now for the Wii on: May 11, 2006, 05:06:26 PM
Do we think the Wii Zelda will be able to use saves from the GC Zelda?
14901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Too Human on: May 10, 2006, 04:30:31 PM
The gameplay seems to have a lot of slowdown at this point, too.

This whole thing is smelling of Advent Rising to me.  The concept, the trilogy thing, the slowdown.  I liked AR, but I'll be suprised if we see Part 2 of the trilogy ever.
14902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lots of new content on Marketplace now! on: May 10, 2006, 04:28:32 PM
I did the same thing at 3am.  Watched them this morning.  

6% seems to be the magic stop number during the day.  Although I've found that sometimes if I exit the download and try again, it hops to 40 or 50%.

The worst for me is that I keep getting kicked out of Live.  I don't understand that at all.
14903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chibi Robo on: May 10, 2006, 05:31:25 AM
Now for the DS!

Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol

http://ds.ign.com/articles/706/706242p1.html
14904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lots of new content on Marketplace now! on: May 10, 2006, 05:27:03 AM
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Anyone else feel like they were in Starship Troopers?


Those bugs popping up put that in mind for me, as well.

I tried the second level a couple of times.  It gives you an indication of multiplayer, too as there's a base attack and there's a lot of converting posts (similar to the Battlefield formula).  Not sure what the post converting actually accomplishes on the level, but I do know I get my butt handed to me pretty quickly on that one.
14905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lots of new content on Marketplace now! on: May 09, 2006, 07:27:25 PM
Played the first level of Lost Planet.  Damn, that's impressive.  Everything had the right feel to it.  Movement (though I wish it was a little faster), weapons, the cool mech.  And it looks amazing on my HDTV, when the first massive creature erupts from the ground, oh man... My only concern with the game is the freezing/timed aspect.  It makes sense in the game world, but it inhibits exploring, which'll just frustrate me.  Also, there were no checkpoints that I saw, but this is just a demo.

I won't get to the second level until tonight, but I'm looking forward to it.
14906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How can you not remember Mercury? on: May 09, 2006, 06:13:19 PM
http://www.gamingtrend.com/News/news.php?NewsID=5793

Not that Mercury was a great game, by any means, but it was being bandied about as a possible system seller before release.  I'm suprised you have no recollection of it, is all.

As to this relaunch, is it just the new price, or have they added levels or tweaked gameplay (made the game a little easier, maybe)?
14907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlezone PSP?! on: May 05, 2006, 03:34:54 AM
PC Battlezone absolutely rocked.  I hope this game comes close.  I'm a little worried about the controls, though.
14908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [psp] Loco Roco demo (download it now, only 8mb!) on: April 28, 2006, 02:03:03 PM
Ah!  And holding it reverses.  Thanks, DiscoJason!
14909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [psp] Loco Roco demo (download it now, only 8mb!) on: April 28, 2006, 06:04:15 AM
O just shakes the screen and the blob starts screaming.
X does not seem to do anything.
14910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Starcraft Ghost cancelled? on: April 28, 2006, 05:59:07 AM
That line item talks about the PS2 and Xbox versions being cancelled.  It doesn't really mean that the game's still not being developed for the 360 and PS3.
14911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [psp] Loco Roco demo (download it now, only 8mb!) on: April 28, 2006, 03:37:00 AM
It's like a funnel.  There are actually three ovals at the top, then a series of diamonds below that.
14912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [psp] Loco Roco demo (download it now, only 8mb!) on: April 28, 2006, 03:17:30 AM
Wow, that one little gimmick makes a huge impact on the personality of the game.  It's the kind of thing you see and are shocked that no one thought of it before.

The Japanese is throwing me, though.  I have no idea how to get through the section with the diamond pieces of earth.  I've tried a number of button combinations, but nothing lets me squeeze through (which I assume I'm supposed to do).  Any help?
14913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "Next Gen" more than graphics? on: April 28, 2006, 03:02:47 AM
And now this is being talked about on the front page.

Linky:http://www.gamingtrend.com/News/news.php?NewsID=5634
14914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: April 27, 2006, 07:11:02 PM
And another thing.  Xbox named theirs the 360, so the Playstation 3 wouldn't seem to be a higher number.  Nintendo is, instead, taking a step backwards with the Roman 2 in the name.  Indicative, much?
14915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: April 27, 2006, 07:09:19 PM
Am I the only one who looks at the name Wii, and thinks WWII without a W?  Jeez, Japan, we're sorry already.  Get over it, let's move on... :wink:
14916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Dreamfall: TLJ compatable with the 360? on: April 23, 2006, 04:57:51 PM
Yeah, they're missing my money until they make it compatible, too.

I wish MS would let the game companies work on making the games compatible with the 360.  It seems like they could use the help, and the companies would no doubt love releasing a game that's good for more than just the "dying" system.
14917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Do current gen games look significantly worse on an HDTV? on: April 23, 2006, 04:54:01 PM
I recently did Avia and Digital Essentials, but most 360 games are way too dark (heck even TV is too dark now).
14918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "Next Gen" more than graphics? on: April 20, 2006, 10:20:23 PM
Well, it seems to be more than physics, though.  It's almost AI, but it's really animation.  Characters are reacting according to mass and shape, but also moving to protect themselves or to reach out and help others who are falling.

It all seems pretty cool to me, and I can't wait to see it implemented.
14919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "Next Gen" more than graphics? on: April 20, 2006, 04:56:47 AM
Holy cow!

Lucas Arts is doing some pretty great things, apparently, working with a company named NaturalMotion and their animation software euphoria, they're putting realistic physical reactions into the next Indy game.  As the LA project lead Chris Williams says, "The age of the rag doll is over."

IGN has an article http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/702/702389p1.html that describes what they saw, but they've also got video of tech demos using similar (?) software to euphoria (we'll probably have to wait for E3 to see the Indy stuff ourselves).  There were moments in the first one, featuring football players, where it felt like I was watching real humans.  Really impressive stuff.  Imagine merging that with the amped up graphics and sound and we're getting close to real "Next Gen."  
They even seem to be doing something about AI.
14920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Transferring an XBOX SAVE on: April 19, 2006, 09:38:57 PM
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I don't think regular Xbox saves are compatible with the 360. I could be wrong.


They are, but they can't be transferred by the memory unit, apparently.  You have to hook the 360 hard drive up to the PC.  There are a couple of ways to do that.
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