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4561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Recommend me a DS game on: January 02, 2008, 11:42:43 AM
Ok I have a DS but it barely gets any play time.  That probably has something to do with the fact that I only own Panzer Tactics, Phantom Hourglass (in Japanese) and Age of Empires (meh).  Panzer Tactics is great but it doesn't do anything better than a lot of similar, superior computer games can do and it takes a lot of thinking time for me.  It's more of a game that I would sit down with at home in the afternoon and play for a long period rather than something I would pick up for ten minutes.

So, I'm looking for a game that I could play on the train.  Something that I can instantaneously pick up and play and don't need to remember what I'm doing or where I have to go (it might be a week between play times).  With a game like Panzer Tactics, once I'm done all my planning I find that I've already reached my stop and I just have to start all over again next time.  So what's good?
4562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The DS is now the best selling console EVER (in Japan) on: December 31, 2007, 05:25:35 AM
True IGN is shit.  But they're equally shit for all consoles. smile
4563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: December 31, 2007, 04:43:51 AM
What did Rock Band bring that was so new?  Instead of playing with a guitar you play with the drums?
4564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The DS is now the best selling console EVER (in Japan) on: December 31, 2007, 04:41:24 AM
Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike the DS.  I'm about to go play a good game of Panzer Tactics right now.  I just think it is the MOST overrated console in the history of all time.
4565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The DS is now the best selling console EVER (in Japan) on: December 31, 2007, 04:35:02 AM
Here's another thing I don't get.  Forgive me for using IGN for evidence again.  I don't like them much but they have been around for a while.  If the Nintendo DS is so great how come they only have 14 games with a score of 9 or above?  Even the PSP which has been out for 6 months less has 21 games with a score of 9 and above.  The 360 has 26.  Even the lowly PS3 which has only been out for a year has 12 titles with a score of 9 and above.
4566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The DS is now the best selling console EVER (in Japan) on: December 31, 2007, 04:21:59 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 31, 2007, 12:30:07 AM

You could say ANY successful platform has a ton of bad games.  The PC, the NES, the SNES (with more than half the library being "Super" something), PS, PS2, etc. etc. etc.



True, the PS2's first page doesn't look so hot either.  But it has the handicap that every game that is put out for it gets negatively compared to the Xbox 360 version or PS3 version.  The DS doesn't have that handicap.  The PS2 is also for all intents and purposes dead.  Sure there are a few more good games coming out for it but not so much.  Basically companies putting out crap and hoping that it will make money from the huge install base.  The DS on the other hand is in its prime.  There should be craploads of A+ games coming out to outweigh the bad ones.

Just a quick comparison of IGN's pages:

Xbox 360: 40 games/ 6.9
PS3: 40 games/ 7.4 average score (who says the PS3 has no good games?)
DS LIte: 5.65
PSP: 6.98

According to my totally unscientific study using IGN and Open Office, I can only conclude that the DS is a steaming pile of crap!  Anyways.  Insteresting thing to do.  I thought the Xbox 360 did particularly poorly even though it had literally 4 review versions of Mass Effect included!
4567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Score? on: December 30, 2007, 11:53:30 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on December 30, 2007, 04:15:38 PM

Why is the woman in the photo on your desk covering her face?

-Autistic Angel

That's my girlfriend.  She's covering her face with a DS Lite.  I thought it was a nice juxtaposition-old world Japan kimono combined with a DS that has maybe replaced the traditional fan. smile
4568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever heard of Afghanada? on: December 30, 2007, 11:51:39 PM
Well it is if you can get CBC radio smile  Honestly though I think it's worth the purchase.  I'm not big on radio drama's but I'm loving this one.  I can't wait to finish it so I can listen to it again.
4569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3 Questions on: December 30, 2007, 11:49:03 PM

Quote from: Ridah on December 30, 2007, 08:16:15 PM

Quote from: Canuck on December 30, 2007, 01:01:35 AM

Yes definitely keep the remote.  Using a controller for a remote is possible, just like it was on the old PS2 but it's the most retarded thing you could possibly do. 

I don't see why that is, I can do everything from my PS3 controller with movies so why is it retarded?

Obviously you know your way around the menu a lot better than me.  First of all, instead of just hitting a subtitles button I have to open up the menu during the movie and search around forever to find it.  And sometimes when I try to fast forward or reverse (without using the menu) I accidently skip forward or skip back a chapter. Or it goes all the way back to the beginning of the movie. Or sometimes when I do get it to fastforward I cant figure out how to get the damn thing to play.  Trust me it's just a whole lot of stress. Having a remote control would be far easier.  Otherwise all our tv's would come with game controllers instead of remote controls.
4570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The DS is now the best selling console EVER (in Japan) on: December 30, 2007, 11:43:27 PM
I don't get the DS.  I mean I like it I guess-it's got a few good games but a shit-ton of crap games.  I was just scrolling through the list of reviews for the DS on IGN and almost the entire first page read 4, 4.5, 5, 4, 5, 5.5.  All the way down the entire page!!  How could a system that has so many sub-par games do so well?  I just dont get it.
4571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: December 30, 2007, 10:00:23 AM
Well according to the IGN review, the PSP version was total shiite and the DS version was (as I predicted) even worse.

http://psp.ign.com/articles/836/836158p1.html
4572  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video downloads wave of the future? Yeah right on: December 30, 2007, 09:36:59 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on December 30, 2007, 08:58:01 AM

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And now I look at XBLive and other services where you just download to a hard drive and have no ability to make a hard copy.  Over time people adapt and accept these different forms.

Personally, I think it will be pretty cool to have everything remotely stored somewhere so I could go anywhere and watch/play/access anything whenever I wanted to.  Imagine going to a friends house and playing the game you own or watching the movie you already bought.  Or doing it on an airplane.  Or any other public access terminal.  That's the future, not owning thousands of silver disks.



I don't know.  With Xbox Live we're talking about $10 games (or less?) that you download and play for a few weeks, maybe a year at most and then forget about them.  That's a lot different from a $40 movie.  As for remote access, that's definitely cool but who's going to want to have to re-download their movies all over again every time they want to watch it somewhere else.  I don't know if movie companies would go for that either.  The files will probably be DRM'ed up the ass and only playable on the system on which they were purchased, a la Walmart movies.  And who will pay for the bandwith? We've already got Microsoft locking out non-paying members from accessing measly 500 megabyte demos.  Also what do you do when these companies that you download from bite the dust?  Walmart isn't gone but their download service is.  What if you had bought hundreds of dollars worth of movies that are now tied to one computer?
4573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ever heard of Afghanada? on: December 30, 2007, 07:41:42 AM
No this is not another one of those clever American politician puns such as Canuckistan.  It's a CBC radio drama about Canadian soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.  My folks bought me Vol 1 and Vol 2 for Christmas and I've listened to at least the first six episodes so far and I'm loving it.  It really does a good job of getting across what the troops are going through over there and I can't help but feel the same emotions that the characters in the story are going through as I listen to it.  It has really piqued my interest about what is going on over there.  I'm ashamed to admit it but until I started listening to this series I had very little interest and even less knowledge about what is happening over there and I suspect that it's the same most most Canadians (unfortunately).  Anyways I highly recommend it.  All Canadians should give it a listen and I'd even recommend to all the Americans on here as well although I will admit the possibility that you might have to be Canadian to get a lot of it.  Nothing personal of course it's just one of those things.  Just like how the show Due South could be a mega-hit in Canada but in the States was more of a meh-hit.



Afghanada Vol 1

The price is definitely right-you can get it for about $30 on Amazon.
4574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Live is 100% FUBAR on: December 30, 2007, 07:23:29 AM
I'm just happy to see that there's anger here biggrin.  Over on QT3 everybody is united in "Xbox Live is dead! Long live Xbox Live!" mantra.  Boy they really are patriots.  Their console, right or wrong.
4575  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Benazir Bhutto assassinated on: December 30, 2007, 07:07:28 AM
Bush says God chose him to lead his nation

Ok I'll stop now, I promise biggrin
4576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Benazir Bhutto assassinated on: December 30, 2007, 07:04:12 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 30, 2007, 06:02:12 AM

Quote from: Lee on December 30, 2007, 12:18:58 AM

Sure ATB, but God wanted Bush to be president, so we expected a little bit more from him. slywink

Source?

God told me to end the tyranny in Iraq

You would not believe how easy that was to find.
4577  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Score? on: December 30, 2007, 07:01:56 AM
I went into a used clothing store today that just opened last week.  It's probably not your typical used clothing store-a lot of the stuff in there seemed quite classy and sometimes a little expensive.  They had a bunch of beat up Air Jordan 1's in a display case for 40,000 yen! ($370).  Anyways I look around and I come upon this briefcase.  It's a little beat up but I really like the feel of it.  Nice leather and feels really tough.  I take a look at the price tag-4000 yen (bout $35 or so).  The brand name is something called Jack Georges-it means nothing to me but I write it down in my schedule book and head for home.  When I get home I do a little search on Google and find basically the exact same briefcase (albeit a newer version).  Price tag? $450 bucks!  Cripes!  So I head back out to the store and buy it.  Think I've bought a fake?  I doubt it because Japanese usually don't go for fakes-they want the real thing.  I'm no expert when it comes to imitation but it seems like the real thing.  Maybe since it's an American brand nobody thought it was worth anything?  Or maybe I'm just being silly and older briefcases depreciate like crazy?

Here are the photos for comparison.  Whatever the truth is, I'm happy with it.  I feel like all I need to do now is go out and get my PhD and become a university prof and I'll be set!:D



4578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any Console Games From This Generation Added to Your Permanent Collection? on: December 30, 2007, 01:04:48 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 29, 2007, 07:45:45 PM

I've always wondered how many people collect games assuming they'll go back and play them again, but then they never do. Gaming turns out to be an expensive hobby if you fall into that trap. If you rent, or buy and then make an immediate auction upon completing the game you can usually get way with only spending $7-$15 on a game.

But if you pay $60 for a game, convince yourself that it belongs in your replay collection, but then never play it again- you can easily burn through several hundred to a few thousand dollars a year.

I never pay $60 for a game.  I usually wait till it's about $40 or even 29.99.  And I will also buy used.
4579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: December 30, 2007, 01:02:12 AM
How long did it take you?
4580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3 Questions on: December 30, 2007, 01:01:35 AM
Yes definitely keep the remote.  Using a controller for a remote is possible, just like it was on the old PS2 but it's the most retarded thing you could possibly do. 
4581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video downloads wave of the future? Yeah right on: December 30, 2007, 12:02:23 AM
Sounds like everybody who downloaded movies from Walmart can continue to play their movies-on their own computer.  Other than that they're screwed.
4582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video downloads wave of the future? Yeah right on: December 29, 2007, 11:23:26 PM
For those of you who think that the next big thing with movies will be video downloads and not Blu-ray or HD-DVD (a completely ridiculous theory in my opinion), I present this:

http://www.engadget.com/2007/12/27/wal-mart-shuts-down-video-downloads-after-a-year/

If one of the most powerful companies can't get a download service to work then who could.  I for one, will always demand my media in the form of a hard copy and so will everyone else who isn't a techno-nerd.
4583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Benazir Bhutto assassinated on: December 29, 2007, 01:29:53 PM
It gets more and more interesting.  Pakistani government accuses Al-Queda of perpetrating the assassination and Al-Queda denies it.  Government and representatives of Bhutto's party disagree on how exactly she was killed (I'm not sure what difference it makes whether she was shot in the head or was killed by her sunroof).
4584  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Just out of curiousity... on: December 29, 2007, 12:09:47 PM
Were the high-profile banations of earlier this year temporary or permanent?  It's been quiet...almost too quiet  paranoid.  Well not really.  Just wondering whether no quarter was given or if said felons embarked on a self-imposed exile.
4585  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone seen a pic of the new Incredible Hulk? on: December 29, 2007, 07:30:26 AM
4586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone seen a pic of the new Incredible Hulk? on: December 29, 2007, 07:19:32 AM
4587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone seen a pic of the new Incredible Hulk? on: December 29, 2007, 07:16:32 AM
4588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: December 29, 2007, 03:18:01 AM
Gah just got my butt kicked on level 9 of the Colosseum.  God fucking dammit.  2 hours of my life wasted.  Basically kicked ass all they way up to level 8 and then number 9 totally kicked my ass.  This game really does it's best to make me NOT want to play it.
4589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sports games for the PSP on: December 29, 2007, 02:45:39 AM
I'm really tempted to go out and pick up Hot Shots 2 actually.  (Minna no Golf 2).  It is in my opinion, the best golf game out there bar none.
4590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Here Have a Gmail Account? on: December 29, 2007, 12:46:45 AM
Hmm well to be honest I don't actually really use Gmail-the browser I mean.  I just do everything on my Thunderbird mail application.  But I do remember being amazed by Gmail when I first signed up.  I liked the way that it would link conversations.  I dunno-I suppose I'm easily impressed by anything Google.
4591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Here Have a Gmail Account? on: December 28, 2007, 09:49:34 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 26, 2007, 10:15:35 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 26, 2007, 09:24:02 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on December 26, 2007, 08:38:38 PM

I haven't gotten anything at all in my spam folder or in my inbox via Gmail.  Hmm.

Lucky you. I get 20-30 pieces show up in my spam folder a day. Thankfully they all end up in there instead of my inbox, but it's still annoying. I prefer Hotmail's way of doing it - they just never show up (in the spam box or anywhere).

I have both a GMail account and a Hotmail account.  I've always found using Hotmail to be, by far, a more preferable experience, in really any aspect.  My only complaint about Hotmail was when my account size was limited to like 5mb, despite GMail offering like 2gb at the same time.  Now account size isn't an issue, and my only complaint is gone (I think they are both around 5gb).

I detest Hotmail.  I have account but haven't really used it much since I signed up with Gmail almost 5 years ago now.  What does Hotmail have that Gmail doesn't just out of curiousity?  If it wasn't for Gmail then you would still have a 5MB Hotmail account today.
4592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Benazir Bhutto assassinated on: December 28, 2007, 09:44:48 AM
Didn't she just avoid being assassinated a few weeks ago?  It doesn't take a prognosticator to have seen this one coming a mile away.  All they need to do now is take care of the other one, whatshisname.
4593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Video game Christmas (or other winter solstice holiday) hauls!!! on: December 28, 2007, 09:41:25 AM

Quote from: Goonch on December 28, 2007, 01:27:59 AM

Quote from: ras752000 on December 27, 2007, 10:17:16 PM

I got:
ps3 rock band
ps3 warhawk
ps3 ninja gaiden sigma

kids got:
2x ds lites
ds kirby squeak squad
ds drawn to life
ds trauma center
ds mario hoops
ds mega man zx
ds wario
ds spiderman battle for NY
ds yoshi's island
ds lego star wars complete saga
ds . . . I'm forgetting one of the games

wii mario party 8
wii super paper mario
wii mlb power pros
wii super mario galaxy

We hit the TRU buy 2 get 1 in late October very hard.

. . . their grandmother also gave them both PSP slim Daxter packs . . .

That will keep them busy for a couple of weeks  eek.

I've never gotten a video game in my life from my parents.  To get 10 all in one Christmas-wow.  Honestly it seems like a bit of a waste-I mean, how many games can you play at one time? anyways?
4594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Wowhawk thread - Operation: Omega Dawn - it's. coming. on: December 28, 2007, 09:37:25 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on December 21, 2007, 07:35:02 PM

Warhawk website updated to include statistics biggrin

http://www.us.playstation.com/Warhawk/

Sweet!!

Is this you TML?  You better get that KPD ratio up there!!

Quote
Handle: TheMissingLink     
Total Points    3968
Team Points    2972
Combat Points    800
Bonus Points    402
Kills    724
Deaths    1023
KDR    0.71
Global Accuracy    18.96%
Wins    59
Losses    80
Win-Loss Ratio    0.74
Score per Minute    2.59
Deathmatch Score    0
Team Deathmatch Score    43
Capture the Flag Score    170
Zones Score    3755
Global Time    25:30:50
Miles Walked    197.89
Miles Driven    58.27
Miles Flown    600.55
4595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Wowhawk thread - Operation: Omega Dawn - it's. coming. on: December 28, 2007, 09:32:39 AM
Can you play on servers anywhere in the world?  Because I would probably buy the North American version of the game (downloadable version) but I don't want to be stuck playing on American servers when I live in Japan.
4596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The PS3 Unreal Tournament 3 thread (first user-created map now available!) on: December 27, 2007, 10:56:49 AM

Quote from: Arkon on December 21, 2007, 09:34:26 AM

Interesting blurb on penny arcade about mods:

Quote
Mods need to come over on memory cards for some inexplicable reason. Indeed, gamers lured by the promise of the $400 forty gig machine (or those who purchased the twenty-gig, as I did) don't even have the slots to use mods built in. Oh, you weren't aware? I'm sure they'll be glad to hear that.

Looks like there's been a "correction" issued by the Penny Arcade guys, specifically Tycho, on this matter.  And I say "correction" in quotation marks because it's the most half assed thing I've ever read.  Basically he blames Epic's Mark Rein for his being wrong.  Mark seems to have written a perfectly courteous email and Tycho responds with sarcasm.  Mark suggests that you don't need a memory card to transfer mods, that you can use any old USB key or even an Ipod and Tycho completely skips over the first part and makes a sarcastic reply about needing to install Linux on your music player before you can transfer mods. 

I must say I've lost a fair amount of respect for the PA guys.  I'll keep visiting their site because they make funny comics but from now own I'll be taking everything they say with a large grain of salt. 

4597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [psp] disgaea: afternoon of darkness impressions on: December 27, 2007, 08:20:58 AM
There's a Disgaea 3 and it's on the PS3?  Wow that's news to me!

And SC, you got the game on Christmas and you're two thirds of the way through it already????
4598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: December 26, 2007, 01:08:16 PM
I'm on Chapter 6 now which I guess means I might be about 2/3 of the way through.  This might be one of the first games that I actually finish since beating FFT about 8 years ago (yes I'm bad at finishing games!)

It's got a few quirks but I've enjoyed the ride so far!  Story is a bit bleh for me and I feel little attachment to most of the characters.  However things start picking up around Rouen.  I hope I can beat this so that I can finally open up Brave Story New Traveler!
4599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tales of Vesperia announced on: December 26, 2007, 12:45:18 PM
Game looks a bit silly to me.  How can you have a trailer if the console hasn't even been decided?
4600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most Online Ever: 417 (June 19, 2007, 08:34:21 AM) on: December 25, 2007, 11:54:25 PM
Just out of curiosity what happened on June 19th?  The release of some new game?
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