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4721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October NPDs on: November 16, 2007, 01:50:05 AM
I wouldn't call the PS3 dead yet.  Looking at CeeKay's article, it states that over 5 million PS3's have been sold to date.  That is basically one year (or 11 months?)  Looking at Wiki (not the best source I realize), the 360 sold approximately 5 million in their first year (and only 11 million over two years).  Yet I don't recall anyone complaining that the 360 was d0med.  I think that the PS3 is going to have a very good second year.  It had a significant price drop which is going to pick up hardware sales (it made me get one) and it's got some good games coming down the pipe.  The PS3 won't overtake the 360 that's for certain but I'm predicting that the PS3 will have a better second year than the 360 did.
4722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: November 16, 2007, 12:04:17 AM
I suppose you have to place them in your starting cities?  I can't remember how PG did it.  It sorta makes sense though, I mean, how are you going to raise a new army in a city that you've just conquered?  That would be like the US expecting Iraq to spontaneously recruit an army after they had just conquered it.  Ridiculous isn't it? smile
4723  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Life in Japan on: November 15, 2007, 11:33:43 PM
I also dated a Korean woman once-she had some incredible talents which I won't mention here. smile  One thing I remarked when I went back to Toronto was the absence of really cute or hot women.  Oh sure there were some alright, but they were few and far between.  Even at places that should be chick magnets such as the Toronto Eaton Centre (mall).  One of my favourite pastimes when I go into Tokyo is just to wait at the train gates and watch them pour off the trains and walk by. They should be selling tickets to be able to see something like that.  And don't even get me started about the high school girls.  I swear to God I've never touched one before though! icon_wink  Don't get me wrong-back home I never gave those girls a second glance.  But here it's impossible not to. I dunno-maybe it's something in the water.
4724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: November 15, 2007, 03:16:59 PM
I'm up for it sometime-but first I have to get my copy from America and play through the tutorial and whatnot although if it's as similar to Panzer General as I think it is then it should be a breeze.
4725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It Finally Happend- the dreaded Red Rings of Death! on: November 15, 2007, 01:59:26 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 15, 2007, 01:45:31 PM

However since it sounds like the PS3 version is still fine I might stop by Blockbuster today or tomorrow and see if they have it for the PS3.  I'm going to miss the rumble though....

I could probably hook you up with a rumble controller if you want.  Shoot me a PM if you're interested.  I don't know whether AC supports it though.
4726  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Life in Japan on: November 15, 2007, 01:50:09 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 15, 2007, 01:09:11 PM

So on a typical day walking down the street you see:

A girl with a microphone?

A girl with magic who can instantly change her hair color?

A girl with hearts floating around her?

A girl hugging a heart pillow?

Man, I don't think that's Japan I think you ate the brown acid... icon_eek


The only one I believe is the first one where the girls are scared and yelling in fear, because, you know, you're so hideously ugly.   nod

Hah well I could have put qualifiers in my first post but I decided against it because I didn't think anyone was going to be dumb enough to suggest such things.  Looks like I was wrong-again  icon_biggrin
4727  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Life in Japan on: November 15, 2007, 01:47:52 PM
I liked that video so much I made a GIF of it smile
One picture is supposed to blend into the other but for some reason it just skips from one to the next in Firefox.  With IE it fades properly.  Any idea why that might be?

4728  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Life in Japan on: November 15, 2007, 12:52:18 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 15, 2007, 10:38:06 AM

There always has to be a dissenter: totally just meh.

Well I can understand that.  I grew up in a small town that was basically all white and I would never ever give an asian girl a second glance.  That changed in university however with more exposure.  Now I can honestly say that I prefer asian girls over white girls (although with experience I don't have the asian fever like I used to).  I still like white girls but they just cannot hold a candle when it comes to being "cutie".  The moms are great too.  Unlike back home (in my experience anyways) even if a Japanese mom is out pushing her kid around in a baby buggy, she is totally DONE UP!  None of this, 'Oh I have a baby kid so I'm going to use that as excuse to look like a slob'.
4729  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My Life in Japan on: November 15, 2007, 08:54:45 AM
I was just browsing YouTube and I stumbled across this and I thought I would post it here.  This is literally what I am faced with every day as I walk down the street.  Tons of "normal" cute, cute girls!  Sometimes I hurt my neck trying to look opposite directions at the same time.  Is there any wonder that I'm staying in this country even though I've lost my job? (Other than for my girlfriend that is  ninja)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU1B9yk1_AY&feature=user
4730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - November 20th approaches... on: November 15, 2007, 08:18:54 AM
Do people really still listen to those old geezers?  You people are really showing your age! Not something you wanna be doing when you are pretending to play on a plastic guitar!  ninja
4731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It Finally Happend- the dreaded Red Rings of Death! on: November 15, 2007, 08:16:16 AM
Another reason to buy all the non-exclusive games for the PS3.  You really should have known better  icon_lol  I mean, this game doesn't even have multiplayer does it?
4732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Come fold with us - team GamingTrend - 60205 (PS3 & PC) on: November 15, 2007, 12:35:26 AM
Dammit, PS3 has leapfrogged me again frown  Who is that person anyways!
4733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 15, 2007, 12:14:25 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 14, 2007, 07:50:09 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on November 14, 2007, 07:46:20 PM

However, Grue, on the other hand, the GameSpot review states:

"PS3 owners are blessed with a slightly more solid frame rate."

and I've trusted GameSpot more than IGN in the past.

An AC programmer on QT3 basically that GS was incorrect- AC runs better on 360 than PS3. 

On the other hand, if it's the person I think you're talking about, from all his posts that I've read I've found him to be extremely biased against the PS3.  And a bit of a dickhead to boot.
4734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Come fold with us - team GamingTrend - 60205 (PS3 & PC) on: November 14, 2007, 11:55:19 PM
W00t! I'm starting my glorious rise to the top!  Passed Hetz and jblank and PS3.  Tebunker your next! Watch out I'm comin for ya!
4735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: November 14, 2007, 11:50:41 PM
Is Mario considered an action/adventure game?
4736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: November 14, 2007, 06:33:53 AM
Well every time I play the demo I just enjoy it more and more.  Even the combat doesn't bother me so much now that the controls are becoming second nature.  I also love the jumping and how it's NOT like Tomb Raider (at least the older ones anyways).  I can make a jump from any angle I want and he ALWAYS grabs the god damn ledge!  I haven't missed a jump yet.  It's brilliant.
4737  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Rock Band Party] Dry ice fog health and safety concerns... on: November 14, 2007, 04:07:58 AM
Rock Band party eh?  Well to each their own I guess!  I think it's bad enough that any grown man would strap a plastic guitar over his shoulder.  Still, I suppose there are far more destructive pastimes.
4738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: November 14, 2007, 03:52:28 AM
If the unit actually changes into a plane then I would suspect (never having actually played the game yet) that each unit boards individually.  Do you have to be adjacent to an airport to board or actually on the airport tile?  If the latter then you would have to wait to move the unit that you just embarked and then move the new unit onto that position.  Again I'm just guessing here as I've never actually seen the game.
4739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: November 14, 2007, 03:49:34 AM
Wow 9.1 that's great. I played the demo and enjoyed it a lot.  I thought it was a little action heavy though.  Hopefully there is more exploring and puzzle-solving.  Still I would definitely like to play this one.  It's not a Day 1 purchase for me (almost no games are) but it's definitely on my "must play sometime" list.
4740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: November 13, 2007, 03:35:48 AM
Here are some impressions I stole from Gamefaqs from a seemingly very mature poster-if only there were more of those over there! Also, one of the developers of the game is responding to questions in one of the threads (Beat the developer) or something like that.

Quote
Iíve gotten as far as the last scenario in the German Campaign (Stalingrad) and based on what I seen so far I can confidently say the Panzer Tactics is an awesome game. In almost all facets it has exceeded my expectations of what I could have expected for a turned based WWII wargame on the DS. This is not to say that the game doesnít have some flaws (the non-historical tank release dates and their associated data, more on this in a separate post). However, this does not detract from the game play and I think they did a good job with their other unit choices. The game mechanics are good and they have made some significant improvements on this aspect compared to its closest relative, the original Panzer General (PG). I will also say that from my perspective the mechanics make the gameplay superior to Advance Wars (AW). Now that will get me in trouble with the AW people (Iím a big fan of those games as well). But I come from the original cardboard counters days.

A quick comment of what I wonít talk about. Sound, I never play with in on and so I couldnít care less. Also, Iím not preoccupied with graphics, functionality is what I want.

Some general comments on the differences from AW (improvements from a wargame perspective). I saw criticism that the maps were too big and there were too many units. Compared to AW this is partially true. The maps are bigger. However, the number of units is comparable and less than some AW battles. From my perspective this is a plus for PT as the lower unit density allows for greater mobility and the opportunity to maneuver. This is one of the real operational advantages in warfare. The use of support fire is an advantage over AW. I donít expect to hear people discussing meat shields in PT. The campaigns are real campaigns with units moving from one battle to the next. Gone are the god-like CO powers, super CO powers and Tags of AW. I always though they were overpowering. PT does have mechanisms that allow players to gain limited local advantages. The officers, special unit abilities and commandos are very nice additions. They are costly and localized but they can allow a wise player to gain a critical advantage at the point of attack. AW does have more battles to fight and a map/battle editor; these are pluses for AW from a replay issue.

A few more general comments. PT is fundamentally different from both PG and AW in that One Hit Knockouts (OHKOs) or overstrengthed (PG) units no longer decimate all they encounter. Without the initiative mechanic from PG or the attacker fires first in AW, both sides tend to take damage. This wears down an attacker over time as it should. This forces stops for supplies and reinforcements that are now separate functions (in PG reinforcing also supplied). Supply also now costs money. Destroying units require coordination. This game definitely requires that a successful player use combined arms. Air superiority is essential, and with the movement distances and limited visibility reconnaissance is important.

In a separate post Iíll discuss the unit interplay which is mostly good. Iíll also discuss the biggest flaw in the game, the non-historical release dates and performance data for the tank units.

All in all a great game so far. Unless further play changes my mind the best game ever for the DS.

4741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Come fold with us - team GamingTrend - 60205 (PS3 & PC) on: November 13, 2007, 12:42:19 AM
Thanks for that!

The new PS3's are supposed to be a lot more power efficient so I think I'll be leaving mine on all the time. I've got two other people to divide the electricity bill with slywink
4742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: November 13, 2007, 12:38:53 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 12, 2007, 02:22:18 PM

Hmm, seems like it might be a pass for me after all.  It sounds like one of those TBS games where I get too bogged down in learning the details that I forget to have fun, and I end up setting it aside before I really understand how to play.  Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, here I come!

Wonderpug I seriously doubt that you would get bogged down in this game.  It is basically a direct copy of Panzer General, the game that defined 'beer 'n' pretzels' wargaming.

Quote from: Frogstar on November 12, 2007, 02:17:30 PM

So, if you like that type of game (serious military sims with lots of units, unit data, terrain parameters, etc.), you'll probably love Panzer Tactics. 

Here's a test. The following are some of the German Antitank units in the game: "5 cm PaK 38," "Sturmgeschutz III," "JagdPanther," and "8.8 cm AT Gun."  If (1) you like turn-based strategy games (or loved Advance Wars); and (2) that lists excites you, then you'll probably really like Panzer Tactics DS.  But I'm not a military history buff, so none of those units mean anything to me.     


Well I think I know the answer to that question.  The first and the last are normal anti-tank guns and the second and third are self-propelled anti-tank guns.  and the 88 is way more powerful then the 5cm Pak.  Know I suppose I have a little military knowledge to know that but I'm no grog.  And I think I would easily be able to tell the difference if I had no idea what those were.  I mean, when you're buying units there's probably a little picture isn't there?  Something so you could tell whether or not it was self-propelled or not?  And obviously (usually) the more expensive the unit the more powerful it's going to be.  So already, somebody with no military knowledge already knows the same thing that I know.
I would highly recommend people to try this game.  I couldn't stand AW with those annoying fucking kids!  Just completely ruined it for me!  Again this game is basically a direct copy of Panzer General and PG was the game that got me over the hump and gently introduced me to the wide world of wargaming.! smile
4743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Come fold with us - team GamingTrend - 60205 (PS3 & PC) on: November 13, 2007, 12:24:09 AM
By the way Dep maybe you could add the link to our team page in your first post so we can check it out. I sometimes check on the PS3 but I'm not on it right now.
4744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Come fold with us - team GamingTrend - 60205 (PS3 & PC) on: November 13, 2007, 12:19:58 AM
Crap I've only been running mine for a day and I've already passed Hetz!  Do you guys leave your PS3's running all the time?  I don't think we can run the folding at home program in the background so unless I leave it running (which I have been) I don't know when else I could do it.  My goal is to be #1 on that list and I think I can do it (just because I'm already at 1000 and  I've only had my PS3 for just over a day.  Surely Dep has had his for more than 30 days cause he's at 30,000.

By the way can you set it so that it will start automatically after a period, like a screensaver would?
4745  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting pwned at gift giving on: November 12, 2007, 12:34:58 AM
So the price dropped a couple of years after you bought it?  Hmm that's strange, I've never of something like that happening before.  Oh wait, that $600 PS3 from a year ago I just bought yesterday for $350!  I hope this new trend keeps up!  icon_biggrin
4746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: November 11, 2007, 03:40:41 PM
Still waiting on some follow-up impressions.  Nobody playing it this weekend?
4747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buy a PS3: Cure Cancer? on: November 11, 2007, 03:39:49 PM
Well I'm on the team now.  What gives, we only have 11 people and only 5 active PS3's in the past 50 days?  I know there are a lot more PS3 owners on these boards than that! These arent the QT3 boards after all!
4748  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial PS3 Network Name REQUEST THREAD on: November 11, 2007, 11:03:25 AM
Nexxsys

I should be up for some NHL 08 action in about a week or so.
4749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 is EA's "Companion Box" on: November 11, 2007, 11:00:51 AM
Well we all know that the Xbox is a shooter/sports machine and EA is all over those two genres so it's not too surprising.
4750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finally in the current gen! on: November 11, 2007, 02:35:56 AM
Well I may have been one of the last people here who did not have at least one of the current gen machines, but no more! I just picked up one of the new 40gig PS3's complete with Spiderman 3 on BR.  Final price: 39,800 yen - 18,300 yen worth of Bic Points and then bought with my Cdn credit card = $181.43 CDN!
Not too shabby for a PS3! In fact that's almost $150 less than I paid for my PS2 and I bought it two years after initial release!  Lack of backwards compatibility is a bit of a bummer but the fact that I got a PS3 for less than the price of three PS3 games helps to assuage that feeling smile
Unfortunately I don't have time to play with it right now but I'm gonna get on tonight and download a crapload of demos!
4751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: State of the Console Address on: November 11, 2007, 02:26:12 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 11, 2007, 01:02:14 AM

Quote from: Canuck on November 10, 2007, 11:12:46 PM

Quote from: msduncan on November 10, 2007, 03:53:00 PM

     Round 2 goes to Microsoft.

Actually if you're talking about hardware sales, I think Round 2 went to the Wii.

I think he was talking about his favorite console.

Oh-oops! Well I'm sure heads are rolling in the boardrooms of Nintendo and Microsoft  icon_biggrin
4752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: State of the Console Address on: November 10, 2007, 11:12:46 PM

Quote from: msduncan on November 10, 2007, 03:53:00 PM

     Round 2 goes to Microsoft.

Actually if you're talking about hardware sales, I think Round 2 went to the Wii.
4753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone picking up a new 40 GB PS3? on: November 10, 2007, 11:10:11 PM
Well I'm literally 3 hours away from picking up my PS3 smile
4754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SS2 on: November 10, 2007, 11:36:58 AM
I actually the SS2 graphics really look quite great especially when you consider the game is almost 7 years old.
4755  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are your unholy food combinations? on: November 10, 2007, 02:58:26 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 08, 2007, 06:15:28 PM


First thing that came to mind for me was ketchup on hot dogs.  I can't abide by that.  Its downright un-American.  Mustard on hot dogs, ketchup on burgers.

People in America don't eat hotdogs with ketchup??  That's the craziest thing I've ever heard!  Everybody knows you can't eat a hotdog without ketchup, relish and mustard!
4756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: November 10, 2007, 02:51:53 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 10, 2007, 02:43:00 AM


I know that the official rumble controller is now out in Japan.
Actually, technically the DualShock 3 controllers aren't out until tomorrow when the 40 and 80 gig PS3's are released.  You guys got the 40gig PS3 first and we get the DualShocks first smile
I'm not going to get into a controller debate but I happen to love the DualShock controller (PS2 version of course).  I suppose the 360 controller might be better for shooters but I try not to play those on a console.
4757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Holy Crap, the 360 outsold the PS3 in Japan last week... on: November 09, 2007, 11:18:13 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 09, 2007, 02:46:39 PM

Quote from: Canuck on November 09, 2007, 11:51:41 AM

Well actually, 660 Canadians (including me) are out of work because the biggest English language school went bankrupt a couple of weeks back.  So the smart ones (like me) who saved a little money and are looking forward to 3 months of unemployment cheques probably picked up some Xboxes and a copy of NHL 08. Only I'm picking up a PS3 and NHL 08 smile

Sorry to hear that.  Are you coming back from Japan or are you going to try to find work there?

Well I've got a girlfriend of 2 years over here so I'm sort of attached.  That and I've got 3 months of unemployment cheques which I'm hoping to holiday on and I'm hoping to get my backwages (or some of it at least) so I gotta stay here for a while.  I've saved up a lot of money and my rent is less than $400 a month so I'm in a good situation smile
4758  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me identify my TV on: November 09, 2007, 02:21:40 PM
Welll it does actually but not regular component. I found this on Gamefaqs on the Hardware page:

Quote
* D-Terminal
Supported Resolutions: 480i/p, 720p, 1080i/p
                       (support varies by display)
Supported Audio Types: Mono, Stereo, DPL1, DPL2
Picture Quality:       Great

D-Terminal is a type of video connector that is used exclusively in Japan. It
carries a component video signal in a single cable, but is otherwise no
different than the three cable connectors used in the rest of the world.

And according to my previous post, the D1 terminal "causes the signal format of the output of the video signal to be resolution-converted to 525i."  Does this mean that it will at least up-convert my PS3 games to 525i?  I suppose that's slightly better than 480p anyways I guess.  I'll be going out tomorrow and buying a D1 terminal connector for the PS3 tomorrow.
4759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Holy Crap, the 360 outsold the PS3 in Japan last week... on: November 09, 2007, 11:51:41 AM
Well actually, 660 Canadians (including me) are out of work because the biggest English language school went bankrupt a couple of weeks back.  So the smart ones (like me) who saved a little money and are looking forward to 3 months of unemployment cheques probably picked up some Xboxes and a copy of NHL 08. Only I'm picking up a PS3 and NHL 08 smile
4760  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me identify my TV on: November 09, 2007, 07:03:24 AM
Well it's got this thing on the back:



I have no idea what a D1 terminal is.  I found this on a patent page:

Quote
Title:    VIDEO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD
Abstract:   
A video signal processing apparatus and method for providing a high-quality image display effectively utilizing the resolution. A microcomputer (16) controls a reducing filter (66), a memory (67) and an enlarging filter (68). When the output format setting of a D-terminal (21) is a D1 terminal, the microcomputer (16) causes the signal format of the output of the video signal to be resolution-converted to 525i. When the output format setting of the D-terminal (21) is a D2 terminal, the microcomputer (16) causes the signal format of the output of the video signal to be resolution-converted to 525p. When the output format setting of the D-terminal (21) is a D3 terminal, the microcomputer (16) causes the signal format of the output of the video signal to be resolution-converted to 1125i. When the output format setting of the D-terminal (21) is a D4 terminal, the microcomputer (16) causes the signal format of the output of the video signal to be resolution-converted to 750p. The invention may be applied to digital video devices that process video signals.

So I'm guess that that means that my TV has the potential to display 525i.  And of course the PS3 only does 720i/p and 480/ip (and maybe sometimes 1080).  So I guess that means I'm stuck playing in 480p?

In that case what sort of connectors should I go with? S-video?  My TV doesnt have the component inputs, only those D1 inputs.
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