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5081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My blog-about Japan on: June 19, 2007, 03:11:30 AM
Hey peeps! I've just started a new blog if you're interested. It seems every day I open to the second page of my local newspaper and just have to shake my head at what I read. There's a lot of really whacky stories come out of Japan as I'm sure most of you know. Well there's a whole lot more that never make it across the Pacific.

The purpose of this blog was to pick out some of the more interesting ones and put them in one spot so that we can all collectively shake our heads! Most of the stories are whacky or strange although there might be the odd one about NOVA (where I work) as well.

I usually paraphrase the articles and while none of these stories need embellishment, sometimes I use my editorial freedom to insert my own form of humour-your mileage may vary. Anyways I always provide a link so that you can go check the story out for yourself if you want. I've been doing it for a couple weeks now so you can go see what you might be getting yourself into-there's a good sample there I think.

5082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Sony] Blockbuster chooses Blu-ray on: June 19, 2007, 01:18:56 AM
Maybe it's an American thing but I don't even know what Netflix is-and I doubt if I asked 50 of my closest friends and family that they would either.  Why is a HD movie player owner more likely to use Netflix than a normal DVD player owner?  I bet everyone I know knows about Blockbuster.
5083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NFL 2K8. on: June 16, 2007, 11:29:00 PM
My eyes!! They're burning!
5084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 on the 360 on: June 16, 2007, 11:27:11 PM
Didn't they do that for Deus Ex 2 as well?  It carried over to the PC version as well if I remember correctly.
5085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony's Blog-Think Like Major Nelson's site on: June 14, 2007, 01:51:28 PM
Thanks for the Socom link.  I love it but the control kills me. The PSP is definitely lacking in that department.  The rest of the game was fun as hell however.  If I could find it cheap I might pick it up.
5086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brothers in Arms DS....first review out... on: June 08, 2007, 10:32:30 PM
Wow that movie looked fantastic! I really like the idea of being able to jump out from the corner and shoot.  I wonder if it'll have online multiplayer.
5087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hitler's Console Gets Banned (Video) on: June 08, 2007, 03:16:51 AM
I like this one better.  Same scene but talking about the Flight Simulator X demo.
5088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 08, 2007, 03:00:36 AM

Quote from: Calvin on June 06, 2007, 09:55:24 PM

Quote from: Azhag on June 06, 2007, 09:46:53 PM

So, earlier in the year I was excited about the big RPGs being spread out in Microsoft's schedule... Now I'm looking at amazon and Blue Dragon, Mass Effect, and Eternal Sonata are all coming out within three weeks of one another? And then we'll have a 6 months drought of good rpgs probably. ARG!
Yeah, Microsoft completely screwed up the scheduling with ME and BD out so close to each other. ES is another publisher so thats up to them-I am glad its coming out then simply because I want to play it so much (indeed these are 3 of my top 5 anticipated games of the entire year!), but its going to be an immense challenge to play each one in time for the next with Bioshock throw in. Here is hoping that BD (which is, from all reports, essentially complete) gets moved up-it seems less likely ME will be moved up-if anything that one might get delayed-no one wants that, but on the other hand I am 99% sure its going to sell buckets-but ES and BD are iffier-ES looks destined for failure even though the demo was genius, so I really wish it had a month of alone time-BD is super hyped up, but its a back to basics anime JRPG that might turn off some and slow down the expected heavy first month sales.

. . . . .  Here are a couple more periods.  Please sprinkle them throughout your paragraph at your lesiure smile
5089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japan sales 4/30 - 5/06 (wow!) on: May 14, 2007, 01:11:29 PM
The latest magazine I read doesn't quite agree with those figures.  I think I was reading the Famitsu magazine today.  The DS is definitely kicking butt, but out of the top 5, Sony has got two of those with the PS2 and one of them with the PSP.
5090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2]Yakuza Impressions on: May 14, 2007, 12:21:05 AM
Interesting.  I wonder if I should pick this up when I go back home.  The sequel only has one review but it's significantly higher than the first game's reviews so that is good.
5091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Square Enix Party; a Few Surprises on: May 14, 2007, 12:14:11 AM

Quote from: kronovan on May 13, 2007, 02:34:43 AM

A few surprises, at least for me, in that they announced that they're developing a Final Fantasy Tactics 2 for the DS.

Actually they're developing a Final Fantasy Advance Tactics.  Not a big difference to some but a HUGE difference to me.
5092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In this thread we talk about awesome PSP demos on: May 12, 2007, 11:16:16 PM
Thanks for that link! I was actually about to post about this because I couldn't find any demos for the PSP.  Looks like I'll have something else to load onto my PSP other than the first season of Quantum Leap for my flight back to Canada  icon_biggrin
5093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japan sales 4/30 - 5/06 (wow!) on: May 11, 2007, 11:35:18 PM
Perhaps.  I wonder what it would look like if you removed yearly sports releases from the picture.
5094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C 3 360 Impressions Thread. on: May 11, 2007, 11:32:57 PM
Can you play with a mouse/keyboard?
5095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: As much as I like the PS3 on: May 10, 2007, 03:04:31 PM
Really, is Sony releasing a new Dualshock controller? Or is it a third party controller?
5096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next gen-worth it? on: May 09, 2007, 12:43:01 PM
Yes that is certainly true but I can't buy a Japanese Xbox because of the whole region thing.  Actually some people have told me that lots of 360 games will work on both regions.  For example, Splinter Cell and Gears of War.  But if some games don't have a problem with the regions then why can't all games be that way?  I don't get it. Otherwise I probably would pick up a 360.
5097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uplink - Uh....whoa on: May 09, 2007, 03:35:56 AM
Can I play this game and pretend that I'm Chloe O'Brien?  icon_biggrin
5098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next gen-worth it? on: May 09, 2007, 03:28:07 AM
I'm wondering, living in Japan can I play on an American/Canadian account?  I think I would much rather buy a Japanese PS3 for about $300 Cdn than a North American 360 for $450-500 (tax incl).

The whole online thing is definitely appealing to me.  Does the PS3 have downloadable games like Xbox Live does?  Hmm...doushiyo kana? (I wonder what should I do?)
5099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Next gen-worth it? on: May 08, 2007, 11:51:41 PM
I'm coming back to Canada in a few days so I've been stocking up on cameras (if you know anybody in Japan then cameras are definitely a good thing to ask for.  With prices and taxes I saved my aunt over $400 Cdn on a Nikon D80).  Anyways I've managed to accumulate 16,000 yen worth of Bic Camera points.  That would bring the cost of a 20GB PS3 down to only 33,000 yen or about $275 US.  I would also consider the 360 but there's the whole problem with not being able to play NA games or movies.  Anyways, it's all very tempting but I find myself wondering, is it even worth spending the money now if I don't have an HD TV?  I just have a regular Sony SDTV (well actually it may be partly HD because it can play those Discover HD channels quite beautifully) so I'm wondering if it is really worth spending the money right now or if I should just wait a couple years.  Maybe I can stick to my PS2 and computer for gaming.  Still it would be nice to have a cheap Blueray player around.  Sorry for this rambling post.  I guess basically what I'm wondering is, will I still be impressed with the way the games look on my regular TV?
5100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Tomb Raider Anniversary screens on: April 29, 2007, 09:54:01 AM
You mean those shots aren't next gen?  They look freakin gorgeous.
5101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: For Southern Rights, Hurrah! - (AGEODs ACW AAR) on: April 21, 2007, 11:46:34 PM
woot I'm in early! usually I don't start browsing until it's about 5 pages in and then its just too damn long to read through! Now i can follow with the updates.
5102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nice graphic setting article at Gamespot on: April 21, 2007, 11:35:55 PM
I like the comparison shots-those are interesting.
5103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NFL 2K8. on: April 13, 2007, 01:45:17 PM
I don't see how anybody could sue anybody for providing an editor with their game.  If fans want to change the content of the game then that is not the company's responsibility.
5104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Price cut for PS3 - now! on: April 06, 2007, 11:16:32 PM
So people complain when it's too expensive, and then complain when there's a price cut?  Sony can't win I guess.  People should be cheering.  The PS3 in Europe is ridiculously overpriced anyways.
5105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN's 25 worst game box art on: March 29, 2007, 12:37:30 AM
25 Worst Game Box Art?  IGN is really scratching the bottom of the barrel with their lists.
5106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "gamers" boycotting Capcom are pathetic on: March 27, 2007, 03:52:30 AM
I'm with Darren on this one-who the hell cares?  Don't sign the petition.  Of course it's retarded and and if it doesn't deserve a news article it deserves a new thread even less.
5107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buy a PS3: Cure Cancer? on: March 25, 2007, 02:01:44 PM
Really?  I didn't realize it was that high.  Yet what percentage of those PS3 owners are actually running this program?  I dunno.  It just blows my mind.
5108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best "Trading Card" console game? on: March 25, 2007, 10:19:04 AM
This isn't a card trading game and it's not on the console but I think that "Down in Flames" by Battlefront is a card fighting game (airplane WWII based)
5109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 25, 2007, 10:14:38 AM
Well the cheating issue would definitely be a deal breaker for me.  I admit that I suck at Bejeweled (actually this is the first time I ever played this game) but I think I got one four chain the entire time I played and sometimes the computer would get 4 four chains all in one move-I couldn't even really tell what was going on to be perfectly honest.  If only they had used the Puzzle Fighter sort of gameplay-then I would totally be in.
5110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buy a PS3: Cure Cancer? on: March 25, 2007, 10:12:12 AM
But this thing has been going on for years hasn't it?  Are you telling me that millions of computer years worth of calculations has already been surpassed by a few months of a few thousand PS3's doing calculations?
5111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buy a PS3: Cure Cancer? on: March 24, 2007, 11:57:58 PM
How could PS3s have possibly already contributed more than all of those PC's out there??
5112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Newbie Questions on: March 24, 2007, 11:54:37 PM
If I didn't have a PSP right now then I would probably be waiting for the PSP2 to come out as well.
5113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: = God of War 3? on: March 24, 2007, 11:52:23 PM
There isn't even a PS3 logo on that page-maybe it's for a PSP version?  Or maybe it's fake!
5114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii is a big hit with the "under 1" crowd on: March 23, 2007, 11:47:13 PM
LOL it's like one of those laughing Elmo dolls!
5115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a couple PsP games on: March 23, 2007, 12:48:55 PM
I posted not too long ago about Sid Meier's Pirates.  That was a fantastic game and a perfect fit for the PSP.  I am addicted.
5116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for XBOX 360 dogfighting lovers (not that kind of dogfighting) on: March 22, 2007, 01:07:56 AM
Well the first thing I think of when I hear "dogfighting" is WWII or WWI warplanes.  Of course, perhaps in the OP's home of Tennessee, perhaps the first thing people thing of is.. dogs fighting?
5117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hot Shots Golf 5 on: March 18, 2007, 12:55:25 AM
So any comments on the demo?
5118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Late to the Party- Sid Meier's Pirates for PSP on: March 18, 2007, 12:45:52 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on March 17, 2007, 06:57:37 PM

No idea about the WWII game..

You mean you've never heard of Navy Field??  It's a fantastic online game that I used to play back when it was free-it actually is still free but now there's also a pay account.  I'm not sure what the deal is with that.  Anyways it was a damned good deal of fun.

5119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN Thursday 3/15 Update? on: March 16, 2007, 11:45:47 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 16, 2007, 01:41:58 AM

I'm downloading the Hot Shots Golf 5 demo now from the Japan PSN. smile


I had fun but wasn't overly impressed by it.  Let me know if you thought the graphics were jaggy as hell because they certainly were on the television I was playing on.
5120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Late to the Party- Sid Meier's Pirates for PSP on: March 16, 2007, 11:43:57 PM
Just ship batttles-a bit like that korean game WWII game we all played a little while back.
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