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4801  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The best thing to come out of boston... on: October 24, 2007, 03:01:07 AM
4802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: October 24, 2007, 12:20:42 AM
Panzer Tactics should be out on Oct 31st I believe.  The website has 3 new videos up detailing the game! Looks great!  It looks like a straight-up Panzer General for the DS.  You even get Fame (Prestige) points that you use to purchase new units.
4803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This isn't your father's NASA on: October 23, 2007, 03:25:06 AM

Quote from: Interloper on October 22, 2007, 05:59:56 PM

If you only knew...

Runway/taxiway incursions are my second biggest air safety concern (after fatigue).  Airports can be a confusing mess to navigate, especially in peak traffic hours with horrible ATC frequency congestion and in bad weather/low vis.  I actually like going into smaller municipal airports as they are more straightforward.  But O'Hare/Newark/LGA and their peers just plain suck, suck, suck!  Taxiing out my stress level is high, after takeoff, my stress level drops dramatically.  Then on approach it starts ramping back up. with the landing/clearing the runway phase being my personal most stressful time of a flight.  Consistently over the years the number of incursions on the ground hasn't improved at all, despite inflight problems remaining quite low.

Edit:  Oh, I don't agree with not disclosing the info.  I don't know what they plan to do with the results, but I'd hate to see all that time and energy and money wasted and the lessons learned not put to good use to improve things. 

I always wonder after landing, "how in the hell do they know where to go?"
4804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]MGS4 maxed out on Blu-Ray on: October 22, 2007, 04:22:18 AM

Quote from: Calvin on October 21, 2007, 11:41:05 PM


The number of copies MGS has sold is completely and utterly irrelevant to the quality of the writing and cutscenes. Halo has featured poor writing and a convoluted plot for 3 games and has sold far more than the MGS series-shall we compare?

Just being devils advocate here but I thought I would compare on Wiki.

Halo: 5 million           
Halo 2: 6.5 million
Halo 3: 5.2 million

MGS: 6 million
MGS2: 7 million
MGS3: 4 million

It's fairly neck and neck, but the MGS series seems to be winning by a nose (so far).
4805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: October 18, 2007, 11:33:27 PM
Quote from: Gamespy
The PSP version of the game understandably looks a lot better than the DS version. The character models are better-defined, the environments look cleaner, and the smoke effect and the larger widescreen allows you to see more of the battlefield at a time than on the DS' cramped screen. You also miss out on the attractive, yet brief, movies that set the scene in the PSP version, replaced by stills on the DS. There is an advantage to playing on the DS, however, as you can see both the battle view and the tactical map at the same time on the system's dual screens

PSP it is then.  I'm sorry but being able to look at a map in a different screen does not sell me on that version. DS FTL
4806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And....a new PS3 SKU for the US on: October 18, 2007, 11:29:36 PM
In Japan I can get a new 20 gig PS3 for the equivalent of $380US.  Wouldn't that be more advantageous in almost every way to getting a gimped 40gig PS3 (or 80 gig?)
I see that the 40 gig will have wireless but the 20gig should at least be backwards compatible.  Any other issues that I'm missing?
4807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are lockups on the PSP common? on: October 15, 2007, 03:50:45 PM
Never ever had my PSP lockup.  DS locked up a couple of times but only on Age of Empires I think.
4808  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Recount - Do we need to merge Sports with Console? on: October 13, 2007, 10:40:43 AM

Quote from: naednek on September 26, 2007, 12:36:07 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on September 26, 2007, 04:50:06 AM

Can you add a poll choice that states "I use the show unread posts since last visit button"?  This allows me to see all the new topics wherever they may be started, a true boon to my GT surfing.

No, because it's already there.

Look at the top of the page... See your avatar?  To the right of that, you should see, Show unread posts since last visit.  Whalla!

BTW, the sports forum will be merged.  There's some behind the scene stuff going on right now, we were aiming for this weekend, but that might change.

What happened to the merging?
4809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Folklore on: October 12, 2007, 12:37:41 AM
I think I posted this in another thread but I would really like it if we could comment directly on the news articles in question on the front page.
4810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review]World in Conflict on: October 11, 2007, 03:18:50 AM
How would you say this game differs from COH?  Now obviously the setting is different.  I tried COH a long time ago and I just tried the demo of WiC.  COH seems just a little more...personal? I dunno.  I think it has something to do with the fact that you can zoom out so far in WiC.
4811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review]World in Conflict on: October 11, 2007, 03:12:57 AM
Well I'm gonna post here until it gets moved.  It seems like a decent game I guess.  I don't think the setting really grabs me though.  On the other hand, it runs quite well on my 2 year old laptop (with settings adjusted of course) which really pleases me a lot.
4812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] What we've all been waiting for! on: October 11, 2007, 03:10:16 AM
/agrees with Gratch. 

Although I am excited about Panzer Tactics.
4813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] What we've all been waiting for! on: October 11, 2007, 12:00:11 AM
Looks like complete crap to me.  Perhaps they should make this game for the PSP.  ninja
4814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Power Pro Baseball finally coming back across the ocean, (wii, ps2) on: October 10, 2007, 06:28:53 AM
Any chance of a PSP version? I see in Japan they have a PSP version of the normal game (not the Major League one) and I would probably pick it up if I could play it portably.
4815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Folklore on: October 10, 2007, 06:25:52 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on October 09, 2007, 09:09:10 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 09, 2007, 07:06:01 PM

It's up on the front page.  Questions? smile

Yeah.  Why can't you just put a link in your post so I don't have to navigate to the front page?

I second this question.  Maybe I'm just really lazy but I would love a link.  Even if it's just a link to the front page.
4816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 08, 2007, 11:30:02 PM
My friend just told me that this game is out (I thought it was going to be another week at least).  No impressions yet on this one? Nobody playing it? This is one game that I absolutely have to pick up (after I finish Jeanne Darc).
4817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 owners only please [BC question] on: October 08, 2007, 10:16:01 AM
Could someone post some screenies of regular and upscaled PS2 games?  I would love to see what the difference is.
4818  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whow this forum is almost dead on: October 06, 2007, 02:46:13 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 13, 2005, 08:26:07 PM

Know what the best way to fix a 'dead forum' is?  Start a conversation. smile

Honestly I'd like to see more discussions on the work we put into the front page.  We post probably 200 pieces of news a week or more...very little of that is discussed here.  Sometimes there are even duplicate threads that point to other forums and websites on things we posted 3-4 days prior.  I wish I knew what the magic formula is to drive the discussion but I'm open to any ideas.

If you want to get more responses to the stories posted then I say work something up where you can reply directly to the news story (a la Kotaku and many other gaming and non-gaming sites) rather than making a thread about it.  I would love to comment on some of the stories that I read but I'm not going to bother making up an entire thread just to say what I want to say.
4819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Talk on: October 05, 2007, 11:15:07 PM
I can only imagine that my Leafs will do even worse than they did last year frown
*sigh*  After about 10 years of good times (maybe even longer) it looks like they're turning back into the "Make Me Laughs" of my elementary school days.
4820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the second coming.....Halo 3 is top of Japanese weekly sales!! on: October 05, 2007, 04:04:58 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 05, 2007, 02:08:09 AM

er...i think i have read somewhere they have managed to sell half a million consoles in Japan,thus making them the 3rd in running over there.....ps3 is a million and a half i think and the Wii is 75 billion icon_wink

EDIT:this is this weeks console sales in Japan

PSP - 102,809
Nintendo DS Lite - 72,895
Wii - 24,143
PLAYSTATION 3 - 13,105
PlayStation 2 - 12,980
Xbox 360 - 5,215
Game Boy micro - 229



Holy crap the PSP outsold the DS Lite!!!  The End is nigh!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the second coming.....Halo 3 is top of Japanese weekly sales!! on: October 04, 2007, 03:24:40 PM
Not to be a wet blanket or anything but 59k really isn't all that much.  Microsoft sure knows when to pick their release dates though! If they had had released Halo 3 only two weeks earlier, it wouldn't even have been a blip on the radar:

Sept 10-16
01. [PSP] Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII - 487,000 / NEW
02. [NDS] Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Toki no Tankentai - 300,000 / NEW
03. [NDS] Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Yami no Tankentai - 269,000 / NEW
4822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 04, 2007, 12:00:04 AM

Quote from: Starshifter on October 03, 2007, 06:08:47 PM

You guys are unbelievable.  I have never had a bad experience at any Gamestops that I frequented.  I never had anyone in my face telling me to pre-order.  The most I had was "do you want to pre-order anything else" after I picked up my game.  I reply "no thanks" and he/she says "ok".  Nothing more.

As far as Best Buy, Circuit City and Targets go they are horrible for having new games anywhere near release day.  I have tried on several occasions only to have them tell me they sold out and check back next week.  F that.  And if they do have it you better damn well make sure you have at least 20 minutes to spend standing in line because out of the 12 registers only one will be operating at any one time.  Those stores suck to high heaven for buying video games.

And you are not "shackled" to your pre-order.  You can shift it to another game.  I've done this several times when other good deals pop up.  Case in point:  I pre-ordered Mario Party 8 at Gamestop.  Circuit City had it for $10 cheaper.  I bought it there and (star)shifted the pre-order to another game.  No big deal.

Like I said I simply like taking care of things ahead of time.  It's easier that way.  How is this so difficult to understand?

You're absolutely right Starshifter-it's everybody else who's wrong.  Roll Eyes
4823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cinematographers: What's a raked/raking angle? on: September 29, 2007, 11:24:10 PM
I did a search on google and it told me that a "natural raking angle is 45 degrees to the ground surface" although I don't think it had anything to do with movies.
4824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: September 28, 2007, 11:22:21 PM
That looks awesome! I can't see any good reason to pick it up for the DS though.  Unless there are some significant control advantages anyways.  Being able to click on a unit with your stylus is not enough to top the sweet, sweet graphics of the PSP.
4825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Kind of Dumb S#!% is this? on: September 27, 2007, 11:40:20 PM
I never understood people complaining about so many good games at once.  WTF difference does it make?  It's called don't buy the game until you're ready to play it.  It's not like they're only available for a week people.  Besides, if you wait you can always get a cheaper used or even new copy.
4826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Next up for sodomy: Knight Rider on: September 27, 2007, 11:28:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 27, 2007, 03:05:02 PM

If only it could be as good as that show Viper from the mid 90's.  slywink

Hey I enjoyed viper!
4827  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Party like it's 1976!!!! on: September 27, 2007, 03:34:22 PM
Ahh so he did! But he didn't make his own thread-this is definitely thread worthy.  Sorry about being a little behind the ball-I am in Japan after all icon_biggrin
4828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Party like it's 1976!!!! on: September 27, 2007, 01:58:40 PM
Quote
The loonie rose nearly half a cent, trading at $1.001 (U.S.) from yesterday's close of 99.58 cents.
Globe and Mail

W00t!! Start buying everything from the US!  The first time in my life that the Canadian dollar has been higher than the US dollar!
4829  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fish! on: September 27, 2007, 02:47:26 AM
Well I got my tank all set up yesterday.  Let me tell you, putting together a filter when you've never done such a thing before and with Japanese instructions is not easy!  I just bought two zebra danios this morning to get it cycling.  Eventually I will get more fish and plants.  I will update this thread again when I add more to the tank.





4830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: September 27, 2007, 02:30:07 AM
I did it! Absolutely shocking!
4831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Halo 3 Breaking records on your 360? on: September 25, 2007, 10:35:10 AM
LOL everyone is playing Halo 3 and Hetz is playing Halo 2?  That guy's always gotta be different.  slywink
4832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fish! on: September 25, 2007, 05:27:19 AM
I've just had the sudden urge to get a fish tank.  Strange how these things come and grab you like that (last one was a watch).  I know we have some fish tank experts on here so I'm looking for a little advice and LINKS!  I'm not going for anything big here.  Today at the pet store I found one of those "fish tank set" deals where you (seem to) get pretty much everything you need to get started.  The only problem is that I have no idea what to do and everything is in Japanese so that isn't going to be much help. 

What I've got my eye on right now is just a small tank.  It's 22L and comes with (I believe) a filter, light, etc for about $100 US.  I'm just looking for something simple and easy to maintain.  I'll be sticking with freshwater fish and nothing too expensive (fish wise).  What I want are some interesting fish (a little more varied than your common goldfish) and I'd like to get variety-so what kind of fish go well together etc.

If you guys could impart whatever knowledge you know about how to get a fish tank started (you gotta let it cycle for a couple days right?) then I would really appreciate it!  And if you know any good fish tank sites for complete noobs then I would really like to see them! Thanks!
4833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Impressions (No Spoilers) on: September 25, 2007, 05:12:57 AM
What's this "Halo 3" you speak of?
4834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 11:39:26 AM
Well I finally got through it.  Everybody is now level 11 and 12 so I dont know if that was too low or not.  The counters were the worst part.  I could hardly attack in some places because i would get countered which would take off at least a 1/3 of my life and then on the enemy's turn they would gangbang that person.  Gotta hand it to the game-it definitely knows how to go after the weakest link.
4835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 11:16:47 AM
It's not that im weak.  Not really anyways  I mean most of my guys are level 10 or 11.  I have everybody at full health but they manage to get in on one guy.
4836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 11:15:15 AM
For fuck sakes four times now.  My archer wasn't as protected as I though.  I was kicking ass again too.  You cannot imagine how much I am hating this fucking "everyone must live" shit.
4837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 10:11:50 AM

Quote from: warning on September 24, 2007, 03:30:34 AM

I'm still working on that mission Canuck.  Third time's a charm... hopefully.

Well third time wasn't a charm for me. FUCK.  Looks like I am going to have to start taking advantage of that game's quicksave function so i can quickly get back into the game whenever I make a stupid fucking mistake.
4838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 09:05:45 AM
Can anyone help me with my questions? (See above)
4839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 reviewed on: September 24, 2007, 09:03:00 AM

Quote from: Ridah on September 24, 2007, 06:07:16 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on September 24, 2007, 05:04:59 AM

I know chick did finish it in one night.  He's on my friend's list and I saw him playing the whole thing for all afternoon and into the wee hours of the morning yesterday.

Hence one of the reasons the asshole thinks the game is repetitive. That's why I don't grind through games, they ALL seem fucking repetitive when played that way. Try gorging the food you order at a restaurant down in 5 minutes and see how enjoyable the meal turns out to be, you know?

I'm sure we'll be seeing a record number of trolls bashing the game just to be part of the minority in an attempt to get some attention.

I'm sure you rushed out and bought Heavenly Sword then since it was such a nice small treat to be enjoyed over multiple sittings.  I don't recall anybody saying 'but you're not supposed to play six hours all at once!"
4840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 23, 2007, 11:55:03 PM
Arrgh I don't like those 'everyone must survive maps'.  I was totally kicking ass on one map-killed everyone except for the main boss.  I made a mistake and moved a guy up to try to finish off the boss but he couldn't kill him.  The counter took him down to 4 and on the next turn he killed my guy-game over.  That was a waste of 20 minutes. 

Counter's happen too often (everytime?) in my opinion.  I think I liked it better when you didn't know if there was going to be a counter or not.  And even if it did happen, there was no guarantee that they would hit.

I have a couple of questions.  I notice that some of the spells have CMD and REV in their little description box.  What the heck do those things mean?  And what does "rarity" mean?  I don't think the manual explained it.
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