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4961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Hands-on Questions on: August 28, 2007, 06:19:26 AM

Quote from: Graham on August 15, 2007, 06:47:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 15, 2007, 02:52:08 PM

In the article you mention that there weren't any usable vehicles (other thsn a chopper you can get for a killing spree)- was that only for the  maps you saw or are there no usable vehicles on any map?

oh, and did they include smoke grenades, and if so are they as cool as they were in CoD2?

I talked to one of the developers about this.  There aren't going to be any usable vehicles in the game when it ships.  There might be an addition later or it might be something included in an expansion, but it won't be out of the box.

They had smoke grenades that looked really cool.  The stun grenades were even better though.  If you got hit with one, the entire screen went white, you'd hear a high-pitched sound, and your vision would slowly come back to you with a jerking effect as your eyes are trying to readjust to the scene.  Very cool.

Hardly an innovation.  We've seen that in Counter-strike at least since it came out for Source.
4962  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: August 28, 2007, 01:43:20 AM
...still, the games are all made by the Japanese and everyone knows what a bunch of xenophobic dicks they are.

4963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: August 27, 2007, 11:59:20 PM
Is there not even a world map where you go from town to town?  If there is then I'm not sure what you were expecting-I think that's fairly standard fare for tactics games (I think).
4964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brave Story...A Wonderful PSP RPG Nobody Ever Played on: August 27, 2007, 04:56:36 PM
I've got this game on the way as well! Hurry up stupid Canada post!
4965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Japanese baseball on: August 27, 2007, 04:31:29 PM
Ahh yes they sure know how to do things in Japan.  Cute Japanese girls doing cheerleading routines all game long, along with singing in that cute Japanese voice (you know-sort of sounds like a bunch of drunk mice at a karaoke party), being served beer by girls in ridiculously sexist "baseball uniforms"-oh and there's some sort of game going on in the background as well smile

Seriously though it's good fun.  I went to a "company" tournament and watched Honda play Mitsubishi.  This isn't like your typical office league though.  These guys are high quality and they're playing in the Tokyo Dome!  Some of them actually get drafted into the Japan League.

I'm not a big follower of baseball in general and I was a little distracted this game (I didn't actually realize the game had started until the 7th inning smile ) but I've made a couple observations about Japanese baseball.  It's similar to American baseball although there are a couple differences.  First,  the batter is not actually allowed to leave the batters box until a full count has been reached.  He may not hit or be hit by the ball and the pitcher may not walk him or strike him out until full count has been reached.  Even if the count is 3-0 or 0-2, it will eventually go to 3-2 before the outcome is decided.  This leads me to wonder why they don't just change the rules to make the count automatically 3-2 and just have a single "sudden death" pitch.

Secondly, if there is a runner on first and there are no outs then the batter will bunt.  This is not optional and if the batter does not bunt he receives a game misconduct and given a thorough thrashing.  Nobody will be surprised by the bunt either.  There's no half swing which turns into a bunt here.  The batter patiently stands with his bat over the plate waiting for the pitcher to throw the ball.

Finally, the hardcore fans are crazy and will literally cheer all game long.  I'm not talking about a group of ten people either.  I'm talking about an entire section of the stands. They just like the excuse to break out of their shell I think.  Of course they're still Japanese so it's very organized cheering.  Still it's a lot of fun just to cheer smile  I have a few pics and videos.  Unfortunately for some reason I never got any of the actual game  nod
4966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The GT Scariest Games Ever Thread on: August 27, 2007, 12:52:09 PM
Doom 3 was frighteningly bad...
4967  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!
4968  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!!!
4969  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
4970  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
4971  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

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.
4972  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?
4973  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.
4974  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.
4975  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
4976  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
4977  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!
4978  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.
4979  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.
4980  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!
4981  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.
4982  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.
4983  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
4984  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.
4985  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!
4986  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.
4987  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.
4988  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.
4989  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.

We Were Soldiers
Sky Captain
The Perfect Storm
Apollo 13

All quite good movies in my opinion.  Nothing wrong with owning a little Lara Croft either.
4990  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.
4991  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




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.
4992  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.
4993  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??
4994  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.
4995  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.
4996  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.
4997  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!
4998  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
4999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: August 19, 2007, 09:24:02 AM

edited because I've also managed to lower the collective IQ of the forum as well.
5000  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

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