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4881  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD thing is taking a long time to finish on: August 22, 2007, 02:52:13 PM
That seems to be the standard price for HD movies these days.
4882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD thing is taking a long time to finish on: August 22, 2007, 01:28:58 PM
Sorry Gellar I think I misread your post-I believe that we're actually arguing the same thing-that music downloads are so successful because in that case convenience is far more important than physical media.  I don't think we'll ever get to that point with DVD's.

And that's great that I can get a 1TB HD for $270 US.  But what happens when I fill it up?  Go out and buy a second HD for another $270?  By that time, BlueRay players will probably be MUCH more reasonably priced so why bother?  And what happens when that great HD gets fried?  I suppose there might be some sort of licensing thing that lets me redownload my movies but God would it ever be a pain in the ass to download 50 movies again.

Honestly, as long as people continue to buy movies then physical media is here to stay. When people spend $30-40 on a movie they want something PHYSICAL for it.  Renting might be something else altogether but it'll be limited to the fringe.  I'm sure (i'm talking out of my ass here) that the majority of people would far rather drive the two minutes to their local video store, or pick something up on their way home from work rather than sit down and wait for a download-even if it is only half an hour.
4883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 22, 2007, 04:32:03 AM
Well the game is out today and I don't need a demo-I'm more pumped for this game than any I can remember.  Although I did have fun navigating through the site and looking for all the armlets smile
4884  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD thing is taking a long time to finish on: August 22, 2007, 03:47:06 AM

Quote from: Calvin on August 21, 2007, 10:42:08 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on August 21, 2007, 10:32:03 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 21, 2007, 10:12:30 PM

Quote from: Chaz on August 21, 2007, 12:37:47 PM

I would be fine with downloadable content, but they have to get the quality up to the standard that HD DVD/Bluray has set.  Currently, only a select few HD broadcasts can come close to the quality of HD DVD.  I would hate to lose that much quaity.

Seriously. 25-50 gb downloads of each and every hi-def movie over broadband? In what country, decade, and price point? This is still a pipe dream.

Meh.  3 years ago noboby would dream of downloading 5.2 gig standard def movies or 1.5 gig 30 minute console game demos either. 

It's not meh man, think about it. Where are they going to get stored? Whose hard drive, whose cable box? How is ownership going to work? You want 50 25gb blu-ray movies? Where are you going to get the space? It costs a freaking arm and a leg for a 300gb TIVO. Thats 12 movies, done. Where are the tv shows going? How long will rentals last, will they stream? I don't care how fast you can occasionally get a 1.2 gb demo-maybe 20 minutes eveyr once in a great while? So what, it will take 6 hours minimum if we are lucky to get a hi-def movie? Why the hell would the average schmuck do that when they can get it from Netflix in waves for as cheap as a tivo subcription or roll down to blockbuster and have it in 20 minutes?

I think that this digital distribution is the wave of the future, absolutely. But all this glib, "meh, we have the technology to do it now you naysayers are wrong" stuff is just plain silly. The infrastructure at its most basic might be there, but it is at least one full consumer cycle of 5-10 years from reality.



Finally, someone with a head on their shoulders.  I'm not a big movie collector but I probably have about 40 or 50 movies.  Even at only 20 gigs each, where am I going to get a 1000GB harddrive?  Or am I going to have to redownload it everytime I want to watch it.  Physical media will always be king-because we are material creatures and having a collection of "bytes" is not very impressive or satisfying.

Gellar your comparison to Itunes is apples and oranges.  People listen to music on the go-they don't watch movies on the go.  Nobody wants to be carrying around a big-ass cd player that can only hold one cd at a time.  However when I'm in the comfort of my own home it doesn't bother me in the least to take a DVD out of it's case and pop it in the DVD player.
4885  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Real Life Forum Posting Vid... on: August 22, 2007, 12:02:22 AM
Haha that made me laugh again the second time!
4886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 21, 2007, 11:39:27 PM
My friend called EB Games for me (im in Japan) and they said that they were getting Jeanne D'Arc in tomorrow.
4887  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Should we merge Sports and Console Gaming? on: August 21, 2007, 11:58:07 AM
Yes let's merge it.  The sports forum is pretty damned dead and some threads don't get nearly the attention that they need.  Hot Shots Golf 5 for instance. And I would just delete the sports forum-I personally don't think any of the threads need to be moved.  There's new iterations of the games every year so the old threads are basically obsolete.
4888  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD thing is taking a long time to finish on: August 21, 2007, 11:24:18 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on August 21, 2007, 03:04:46 AM

Blu-Ray/ HD will always remain a niche product much like the Laserdisc.  The next paradigm shift will be downloadable HD content, and by the time the HD TV saturation reaches critical mass the tech to make it happen will be reaching maturity.

Mark my words.  It'll be a paradigm shift on the level of VHS>>DVD

I don't see it happening.  What happens when my harddrive craps out and I lose all the movies I downloaded?  I'll be seriously pissed that I didn't have a physical back up like a Blueray.  And for renting movies, I LIKE going to the video store and browsing.  I like the physical feel in my hands.  If it wasn't for us kids, our parents probably still wouldn't have a DVD player.  Do you really think they're going to start downloading films via broadband?  I don't think so.
4889  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: HD-DVD player for Xbox 360 - lower price, 5 free movies on: August 21, 2007, 10:32:43 AM
I don't think it's that terrible a selection.

Constantine
We Were Soldiers
Sky Captain
The Perfect Storm
Casablanca
Apollo 13

All quite good movies in my opinion.  Nothing wrong with owning a little Lara Croft either.
4890  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Lumines on: August 21, 2007, 08:43:36 AM
Anybody have this for trade?  I'm looking to pick this up so I can play my PSX games on my PSP.  I just walked around Akihabara all day today, found the last remaining copy of the Japanese game in all of Tokyo, brought it home and found out that it had already been patched up to 3.51  mad mad mad mad

I have: Sid Meiers Pirates, FIFA 07 and Legend of Heroes.

If you don't want to get rid of your game, but just want to help out a fellow GT'er in distress, I could just pay you for your shipping costs and then send the game back to you once I've downgraded (or bricked) my PSP.
4891  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just saw Transformers-again on: August 21, 2007, 01:13:33 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on August 20, 2007, 09:02:37 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 20, 2007, 03:54:34 AM

OMG!!!!

TRANSFORMERS!!!! 

IMAX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


<gasp>september 21st<gasp>
Now it will be 3.5 hours, with a added GM advertising!

LOL!  Could there possibly be more of both?  I'm surprised that GM didn't pay more money and make all the evil Decepticons Toyotas.
4892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hot Shots Golf 5 Impressions on: August 21, 2007, 12:59:39 AM
They're selling a PS3 package with Minna no Golf in Japan.  Unfortunately it doesn't come with the $100 discount that they get in America so I'm holding off.  I'm playing a LOT of Minna no Golf on my PSP right now.  I just wish it had multiplayer.
4893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 21, 2007, 12:56:41 AM

Quote from: Ridah on August 20, 2007, 10:23:35 PM

The length is probably going to keep me away from this title. I can handle a 40+ hour RPG on a console, but there's no way my neck and hands could take it on a portable.

Do you look at SRPG's differently than you would in any other genre??
4894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 20, 2007, 02:06:22 PM
This game is supposed to be out tomorrow right?  Can someone let me know if they see it in stores-I'm getting a friend to ship it over here to Japan.
4895  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Just saw Transformers-again on: August 19, 2007, 11:47:07 PM
Still as good as it was the first time, damn!  Methinks I'm going to have to mosey on down to Akihabara (the Land of the Geek) tomorrow and pick myself up some serious Transformers hardware.
4896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deus Ex - Nice Find!! on: August 19, 2007, 11:12:14 PM
I was really hoping for all new models but I guess I'll just have to wait!  The crates do look good though I admit.  So do the pop bottles and cans.
4897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VIII-replay on: August 19, 2007, 04:02:29 PM
Oh right-I forgot Metal was a Euro!
4898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deus Ex - Nice Find!! on: August 19, 2007, 10:53:15 AM
Just installed Deus Ex GOTY, installed the patch, ran the game, installed HDTP and then installed Shifter mod.  I had a problem getting the game to start (something about the dx something or other-a problem with the command line) but I managed to fix that.  However the game doesn't look any different to me.  I took a couple of screenshots of Paul but they look exactly the same to me.  Have I done something wrong?  I start up the game using the HDTP icon.

"before" HDTP


"after" HDTP
4899  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: August 19, 2007, 09:24:02 AM
*edit*

edited because I've also managed to lower the collective IQ of the forum as well.
4900  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: August 19, 2007, 09:22:08 AM
Somebody's gotta raise the average score of the forum-goer collective-I guess it will have to be me.  Tongue ninja



4901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VIII-replay on: August 19, 2007, 09:00:19 AM
My guess is that it's probably just your disc-I mean, your PS3 uses hardware for backwards compatibility right?  I think all the ones in America still do.
4902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] D&D: Tactics impressions on: August 17, 2007, 12:20:49 AM
Well I have no idea what any of you guys are talking about so despite my love of tactical games I may pass on this one.  I'll have my plate full when I get my hands on Jeanne D'Arc and Brave Story anyways. smile
4903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Minna no Golf 5 (Hot Shots Golf 5) on: August 16, 2007, 10:54:03 PM
I've been playing a crapload of Minna no Golf on the PSP lately.  The best golf game out there in my opinion.  Unfortunately in Japan we didn't get the $100 price drop although they are selling a PS3 package that comes with Minna no Golf 5 for about $524 US.  The 20GB version would be about $100 less of course.
4904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN's Blue Dragon review on: August 16, 2007, 10:49:21 PM
Dragon Quest VIII had a story???  I just couldn't plow through that game I'm afraid.
4905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 14, 2007, 03:10:03 PM
I don't remember seeing in the GT review, approximately how many hours did it take to complete? If it was completed that is.
4906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HDTV recommendations for console gaming on: August 14, 2007, 02:56:56 PM
So let me get this straight-if I get a 32 or 37 inch TV, I don't really need to get 1080?  720p is fine?  Come to think of it, I can very rarely find TVs in that size range that are 1080i/p
4907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 14, 2007, 02:53:40 PM
GamingTrend gives it an 86%.  Not too shabby!  I'm getting this one shipped over here ASAP.
4908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Minna no Golf 5 (Hot Shots Golf 5) on: August 14, 2007, 10:30:40 AM
Bet you can't do THIS in Tiger Woods Golf!  icon_lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfdb4rpJ5kI
4909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: August 14, 2007, 04:11:44 AM
IGN Review - 9.0

Not too shabby-there are going to be some serious good times ahead for tactical gameplay lovers.  FFT, Jeanne D'Arc, DnD Tactics...

*edit*

Gamespy 4.5/5
4910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you getting Madden 08? If so, which system? A poll. on: August 13, 2007, 02:31:48 PM
You're complaining that he isn't doing the voices?  I thought everybody always said he was complete shiite.
4911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Upcoming PS2 RPG special editions on: August 10, 2007, 02:46:26 AM
Penny Arcade comic for Persona:

4912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Second 'Civ 4' Expansion Announced on: August 09, 2007, 03:22:25 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on August 09, 2007, 02:30:06 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on August 09, 2007, 11:43:49 AM

I picked it up at the $15 Circuit City deal but haven't installed it yet.  Glad to hear it's so good.

$15 is a steal!

I haven't been this excited and impressed with an expansion since the Throne of Bhaal.

Christ, it's 29.99 at Futureshop. With the US dollar at 1.05 Cdn, do they really expect me to pay twice as much for the same game? That's fucking ridiculous!
4913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (now with IMPRESSIONS) on: August 09, 2007, 12:50:56 AM
Well I picked up Phantom Hourglass this weekend.  It was free-woohoo for Bic points!  As for my first impressions-wow Japanese games are HARD to read!  I had to get my girlfriend to translate the opening sequence because the story wouldn't pause so I didn't have time to read it.  Everything from there on in isn't as bad because you touch the screen to advance the story and if you can't read any of the kanji you just have to touch it and a little bubble will pop up with the more easy to read hiragana).
As for actual gameplay impressions...well I wont have many more until you guys get the game in October because that's probably when I'll have finally gone through and translated the initial dialogue/story opener smile
All I can say is that moving around using the stylus feels really precise and natural-I couldnt imagine going back to using the direction pad.  Also, being able to draw on the map is kinda cool.
4914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Great Jeanne d'Arc commercial on: August 09, 2007, 12:43:37 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 08, 2007, 03:17:21 AM

Japanese chicks are hawt.

Yes.  Yes they are.
4915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gay Gamer hacked on: August 06, 2007, 11:37:57 PM
I just checked it out.  It's a pretty good site but a little "too" gay for me.  I have nothing against it but when I want to read about games I only want to read about games-I don't want the gay/heterosexual slant.
4916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda: Phantom Hourglass on: August 06, 2007, 05:00:03 PM
When's it come out at home?  Perhaps I should just wait for the english version  icon_lol
4917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (now with IMPRESSIONS) on: August 06, 2007, 03:19:45 PM
What were the Japanese reviews for this one like?  I think I might pick it up tomorrow.  My Japanese is not up to par but I think it would be good practice to try it in Japanese. Looking at the pics on Gamespot, I seem to be able to read everything even though I can't understand it all.
4918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Slim hands on video on: August 06, 2007, 01:24:51 PM
I think he mean "increased load time speed" smile
4919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gay Gamer hacked on: August 06, 2007, 12:17:14 AM
I didn't realize that hackers needed a reason to do this.  I always just sorta figured they did it because they're hackers.
4920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 hands on preview on: August 05, 2007, 09:02:55 AM
It looks to me like they're changing quite a lot.  From the 10 minute video I watched of the Terrans, they had a crapload of new units with new abilities which could change the balance of the game.  The graphics aren't mindblowingly beautiful but they're pretty good-and nobody plays this game for the nice graphics anyways.  I noticed that a lot of the dialogue audio is the same.  Someone please tell me that they still have the nuclear launch sequence detection warning still.  God I love that part smile
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