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4961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Recent Handheld Games on: August 27, 2007, 01:49:44 AM

Quote from: Devil on August 27, 2007, 01:37:00 AM

Crush for PSP is pretty good and got zero hype/talk.

Obviously-I've never heard of it!
4962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 27, 2007, 01:47:46 AM
Thanks for the impressions Gratch.  I think my copy is still at least a good week and a half away from arriving! Grrr!!!
4963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 2 !!!!!!!!!!!! on: August 26, 2007, 08:55:22 AM
Yeah my first time.  I've never really been into GTA type games.  I mean they're cool and all and fun.  And I love driving around just crashing stuff-but I never really got into the story.  This game seems so much more cinematic-and less like a giant sandbox (a good thing).
I gotta say, after having to dink around in those crappy little cars for the first few missions and then getting my hands on a roadracer-the feeling of raw power was just unbelievable!  The fact that I couldnt just tear around the city made it even more fun smile
4964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why does the PSP have so many mediocre/bad RPG's? on: August 26, 2007, 08:49:13 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 26, 2007, 06:58:03 AM

For PS1 RPGs on PSP there is a little thing called hacking the firmware icon_wink

Sigh I'd love to do that but I can't get my hands on a copy of Lumines frown  I finally found one in Japan but sony had already patched it frown
4965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Recent Handheld Games on: August 26, 2007, 08:47:32 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 26, 2007, 06:24:04 AM

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PSP - Jeanne D'Arc (best SRPG I've played in a long time, on any system), and I'll be grabbing Brave Story soon

I've got both coming in the mail! woohoo!

I'll second Hot Shots Golf.
4966  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happened to the Iphone? on: August 25, 2007, 10:14:36 AM
Being in Japan I don't hear all that much about it.  Has it lived up to the hype?  Is it still selling like hotcakes?  Is it the next Wii or can you pretty much go into any store and pick one up whenever you want?
4967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 2 !!!!!!!!!!!! on: August 25, 2007, 10:03:38 AM
I'm playing through the first one right now-and liking it so far.  The second one looks like mid-fifties, judging from that guy's loud shirt.  Too bad-I really like the 1930's time period.
4968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hot Shots Golf 5 Impressions on: August 24, 2007, 10:37:31 PM
Yeah Open Tee.  Fantastic game.  I can't believe they haven't come out with a sequel for it yet for the PSP.  Perhaps they do it now that Minna no Golf 5 is out.
4969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why Do We(I) Care About Achievements? (Bioshock inspired) on: August 24, 2007, 10:30:00 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 24, 2007, 01:53:10 AM

Quote from: Canuck on August 24, 2007, 01:42:05 AM

Quote from: Calvin on August 23, 2007, 05:58:21 AM



So, why do I give a damn?

Because you're otaku.  And so is almost everyone else on this forum.  Jeez that was an easy question to answer!

No idea what that means dude.

Japanese for "geek"   icon_lol
4970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 24, 2007, 01:51:17 AM
Gah you buggers!! My friend picked this up for me yesterday but the lady at the post office said that it could take 'up to three weeks' to get to Japan!!  What sort of assbackwards post office is Canada running anyways!?  It'd better not take anywhere near that long!  mad
4971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why Do We(I) Care About Achievements? (Bioshock inspired) on: August 24, 2007, 01:42:05 AM

Quote from: Calvin on August 23, 2007, 05:58:21 AM



So, why do I give a damn?

Because you're otaku.  And so is almost everyone else on this forum.  Jeez that was an easy question to answer!
4972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: July NPD - "The Wii is just a fad" on: August 24, 2007, 01:37:26 AM
How is it that the Wii is eclipsing all the other consoles and yet it only managed one single title in the top 10???  What are people doing with their Wiis anyway?  The Wii may be ridiculously cheap but I won't even consider buying one until it can back up the hardware with the software.  And in my opinion it's doing an even worse job than Sony in that department.
4973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 22, 2007, 03:38:03 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
The 5th one you get when you place the moon and the star in the correct order on the rock/paper/scissor type thing.  The only thing I can't find is whatever the 6th thing is.  It isn't an armlet though-it's some circular shaped thing.
4974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock = System Shock 2 2007 Edition (NO SPOILERS) on: August 22, 2007, 02:54:12 PM
Wow System Shock 2 never looked that bad on my computer.  Especially not with the hi-res models!
4975  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.
4976  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.
4977  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
4978  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.
4979  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!
4980  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.
4981  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.
4982  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.
4983  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.
4984  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.
4985  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.
4986  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.
4987  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??
4988  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.
4989  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.
4990  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.
4991  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!
4992  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
4993  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.
4994  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



4995  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.
4996  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
4997  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.
4998  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.
4999  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.
5000  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
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