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4761  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.
4762  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.
4763  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.
4764  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.

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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.

4765  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
4766  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
4767  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.
4768  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?
4769  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
4770  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?
4771  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!
4772  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.
4773  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.
4774  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!
4775  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
4776  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.
4777  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
4778  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.
4779  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!
4780  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.
4781  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
4782  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.
4783  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
4784  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.
4785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me identify my TV on: November 09, 2007, 06:40:31 AM
Well that's the thing, I know that there's a resolution change.  For example the bar along the top that pops up and gives you information on the channel is significantly smaller when you're changing from the Discovery HD channel than if I was changing from an SD channel to an SD channel.  So what I'm wondering is, does this mean that my TV might have 720 resolution?  Or is it more likely to just be 480p or something?  Or is it something in between?
4786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: November 09, 2007, 03:45:01 AM
Well I took a risk and ordered it online.  There are a couple of favourable impressions on Gamefaqs so hopefully I don't get burned! I look forward to playing some of you guys online in a couple weeks (when my copy arrives in Japan).
4787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help me identify my TV on: November 09, 2007, 03:17:55 AM
I'm planning on picking up a PS3 possibly as early as this Sunday and I'm just a little curious as to whether or not my television has any HD capability.  Normally I wouldnt suspect that it does.  It only cost about $400 and I bought it two years ago.  But for channels like Discovery HD for instance, there is a noticeable difference in clarity and resolution from the other normal channels.  So what I'm wondering is, well, what the hell does that mean? Is what my TV is doing only one step up from what the most basic TV's display?  It's a 29 inch Sony Trinitron and the model number is KV-29DS65.  However whenever I do a search for it on Google it usually comes up with just Japanese webpages and I can't seem to get much information from it.  Is it possible perhaps that my television is an EDTV?
4788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Poll: Best Shooter on the XBOX 360 on: November 09, 2007, 01:51:35 AM
Holy crap the Xbox 360 really is the realm of the FPS shooter!  I had no idea there were so many.
4789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: November 09, 2007, 01:50:14 AM

Quote from: Frogstar on November 08, 2007, 01:42:38 PM

Well, I was on the fence.  But my my local EB had a single copy, which I bought.  I played through the first 6 or 7 tutorials (a couple hours of play time).  I like what I see, but I've only scratched the sruface in terms of the depth of the game (there appears to be a ton of depth and details).

It's alot like Advance Wars, but not quite as friendly.  And it seems much more detailed.  I'll give more details after I've played some "real" missions.

More impressions please! I am ordering some games from the US tomorrow and I am hoping that this is good so I can pick it up as well.
4790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Holy Crap, the 360 outsold the PS3 in Japan last week... on: November 09, 2007, 01:48:06 AM
Well considering that the Xbox 360 just had their biggest game release of all time that's not too surprising.  What IS surprising to me however is that the PSP outsold the Wii! Wow!  PSP is really coming into its own.
4791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: November 08, 2007, 01:48:28 AM
Apparently this one is going to be hard as hell to find, something about Atlus and their production outputs...
4792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Dwarf Fortress Version RELEASED! 3D(ish) FORTS! on: November 07, 2007, 12:38:20 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 31, 2007, 06:01:26 AM

Call me when they add graphics. I just can't be bothered to learn what all those symbols are. icon_neutral

Count me as another person who will never get into this game until they make something that doesn't look like a typewriter that threw up on itself.  This game is complicated enough as it is without me having to look at a bunch of commas and semi-colons and pretend that they're sheep.
4793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turn Based sSrategy-Fantasy Wars Arrives on Shelves Wednesday on: November 07, 2007, 12:33:48 PM
I tried the demo but I just couldnt get the damn thing to run on my laptop (yes I downloaded whatever it was you need to download from Microsoft).
4794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone picking up a new 40 GB PS3? on: November 06, 2007, 11:52:27 PM
I'll be buying mine from Japan so both PS2 and PS1 games will not work on mine (that I can understand anyways).
4795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: November 06, 2007, 12:18:41 PM
Wow even Heavenly Sword was longer than 5 hours!
4796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 2k8 vs 08-which to get? on: November 06, 2007, 11:37:43 AM
Well I'm gonna go with 08.  I think I would probably enjoy both but while the depth of 2k8 really appeals to me, I don't think I would take advantage of it enough to make it worth it.
4797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: November 05, 2007, 04:48:35 PM
PT is coming out in the next day or so isnt it?
4798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 2k8 vs 08-which to get? on: November 05, 2007, 04:11:18 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on November 05, 2007, 02:33:45 PM

If you have the option to rent both games for a week first I would suggest that option instead.

Unfortunately since I live in Japan I don't really have that option.  I suppose the correct answer is that it's difficult to go wrong either way?
4799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2k8 vs 08-which to get? on: November 05, 2007, 10:16:38 AM
I'm thinking joining the ranks of current gen console owners buy throwing my hat in with Sony and I wanna pick up a hockey game but I'm not sure which one to pick up.  I've been playing a fair amount of my last hockey purchase, NHL 2k3 and been having a lot of fun with it.  From the other NHL threads I've gathered that they are both strong contenders.  It seemed that NHL 08 had an edge with most of the forumgoers around these parts.  Is this still unchanged?  I like the depth of the 2K series but I've heard that the framerate is absolute shiite on the PS3.  I was also looking at some videos and for some reason the rink looks really strange to me-like way too narrow and the players look too big for it.  On the other hand I really like the dynamic camera that the 2k series seems to use.  I also like the deep franchise mode.  Is NHL 08 a better "pick up and play" type game?  I only ask because my potential teammate is my Scottish roommate who has started really getting into the 2k3 game so I don't want something with super super advanced controls that would really bog a hockey newbie down.

What do you guys think?  Remember I'll be going with the PS3 version of whatever game I get.
4800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / US PS3=CDN PS3? on: November 03, 2007, 09:51:28 AM
Just saw this little story at Gamespot-not sure if it's news to anyone.  The new 40gig and 80gig PS3's are being released at the same price in both Canada and the US!  I'm assuming that this is the first time that consoles have ever been equally priced in the two countries since...forever?
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