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5201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Is it safe yet? on: November 17, 2006, 02:47:30 PM
DAMN! That is a pretty sweet ass bundle.  Especially when you consider that the XBox 360 was originally $499 Cdn (wasn't it?)
5202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 02:45:10 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 17, 2006, 02:15:13 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 17, 2006, 12:16:51 PM

Riot breaks out at Best Buy over PS3!


Holy shit. Holy fucking shit.

It's a God Damned GAME SYSTEM for Christ's sake. What the hell has this world come to!

It's not a game system anymore.  It's basically a free $1500 profit.  I consider myself a pretty hardcore gamer but I had no idea that the 360 was going to be a huge thing on Ebay and I didn't pick up on that then I'm pretty sure that most casual gamers never thought of it either.  But now everyone and their grandmother want to sell one on Ebay.  Just one more thing to blame the evil Microsoft empire on.  mad  Of course, console makers could also get their shit together and actually make sure that they have a decent stock available before they release.
5203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 12:33:35 PM
One could almost say that the PS3 is already far superior to the XBOX 360 because nobody ever rioted for a 360.  Of course, someone could make the counterpoint that PS3 fans are far less civilized than 360 fans smile
5204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 12:27:38 PM
I seriously doubt that any of these people are actually gamers.  People only do crazy shit like that for one thing-money.  It sorta brings a little more perspective to the whole 'it's my PS3 so I'll Ebay it for $2000 if I like' mentality.  If you Ebay your PS3 or Xbox 360 then perhaps you are contributing to the downfall of society (indirectly of course).
5205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Persistent sexual arousal syndrome in Japanese women - whoa! on: November 17, 2006, 02:15:10 AM

Quote from: Szgany on November 16, 2006, 08:09:25 PM

God, I love the Japanese! Most beautiful women on the planet, and now this.

Agreed.  Well I don't know if they're the most beautiful but they certainly have the highest proportion of beautiful women.  At home in Toronto you could walk down Yonge st for 5 minutes and maybe see 5 or 6 women who are quite attractive.  In that same amount of time here I would see 30 or 40 attractive japanese women.

Quote from: corruptrelic on November 16, 2006, 08:31:27 PM

Most beautiful indeed..  icon_wink

And I could be wrong but isn't that a chinese woman?
5206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 16, 2006, 01:35:39 AM
They really ought to do it the same way they do for concert tickets.  Give everybody a number then draw from a lottery. That way people wouldnt have to camp out in the cold for 2 weeks.
5207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 15, 2006, 04:11:04 PM
So far from the reviews I've been reading, the PS3 SIXAXIS controller is getting better feedback than the Wii controllers!.  The reviews didn't really rave about the Wii for either Call of Duty 3 controls or Excite Truck but both NHL 2k7 and NBA 07, had good things to say about the SIXAXIS controller.
5208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Excite Truck: 6.8 at Gamspot on: November 15, 2006, 03:24:13 PM
I was most interested in what they had to say about the controls, what with some people saying it's the second coming of Christ and some people saying it's a gimmick.  Doesn't look like we'll get an answer on that from this game.  They seemed very neutral about it.  As in, it has potential but could have been better implemented.
5209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 15, 2006, 10:15:59 AM
I was in Toys R Us today and was checking out some prices. PS3 controllers are going for $60 Cdn (and I thought 28 bucks was expensive) and the games were $55 Cdn.  A little less than that actually.
5210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Scalper = Asshole on: November 14, 2006, 10:03:45 AM
I don't believed it.  It's probably a photoshopped pic, or some dink at Bic Camera went into their stockroom with a digital camera and took a pic.
5211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 not fully backwards compatible? on: November 14, 2006, 10:01:08 AM
Well this was news to me when I read it the other day, but apparently only 95-99% of PSOne titles were actually compatible with the PS2.  Now like I said, that was news to me.  Every one of my Playstation games worked fine on my PS2.  And the PS3 has PS2 hardware in it (for now) so I don't see how it would be any different.
5212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: College Hoops 2k7 on: November 12, 2006, 01:11:31 PM
I can't understand the big deal about college sports.  I suppose it's an American thing.
5213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami vs Zelda ? on: November 12, 2006, 12:53:58 AM
Wow 7.5 hours in and I just beat my first dungeon.  That was fantastic!!  The great puzzles and then an interesting boss at the end!  I can see why people could get into Zelda so much.  I couldn't get into the dungeons in Zelda though unfortunately.  Someone mentioned that this game doesn't really pick up until about the 8 hour mark so I'm really looking forward to what happens next.
5214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Handheld suggestions? on: November 11, 2006, 11:44:56 PM
I have both and like both.  Get the DS if you're going to be doing some actual portable gaming (ie pulling it out on the subway for 5 minutes) or get the PSP if you're going to be playing on your couch in easy access of wifi.
5215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I own a DS Lite....what now? on: November 11, 2006, 11:39:00 PM
I'm really enjoying Age of Empires.  I bought it a long time ago, never really got into it and stopped playing it.  Just started again recently and im having a great time.  I've never ever had a problem with the "save and quit" mode, although the game did crash on me for the first time the other night, right at the end of an animation.  Of course I hadn't saved in a while and I had to turn off my DS so that was a bit maddening  icon_mad

I can't wait for Panzer Tactics to come out!
5216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 11, 2006, 10:22:48 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 11, 2006, 03:29:39 AM

Cripes, Hetz, you are getting more annoying than Kobra with your overt fanboyism and marketing blabber.

Well he did it for the Xbox 360 and he did it for Oblivion too.  He may be a fanboy but at least he's a fanboy of everything!  And I agree that this forum is HEAVILY 360 biased so someone's gotta talk up the PS3!

And what would upset you more?  Opening up your new console to find that it doesn't have component cables or opening up your console and finding that it's NOT region free and it's NOT backwards compatible and it DOESN'T come with an HD player installed?  I'd far rather just dish out the few bucks for the component cables and have those other things included.
5217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October Hardware Sales on: November 10, 2006, 11:55:41 PM
Well if people are just replacing their launch PS2s now then good on Sony!  I seriously doubt that there's 250k people replacing their PS2's Roll Eyes  IF that were true, Sony would have a recall on bigger than their battery fiasco.  Believe it or not their are probably many familiies that just can't afford to buy a console (I'm talking at last generation prices not this generation) and they have to wait until the console is on it's last legs before picking one up.  I'm not poor but when I was younger I waited on average of 2.5-3 years before picking up my PS and PS2.  With all the great games still coming out for the PS2 I'll probably pick up one of those cool 'slim' PS2's before I get a PS3.
5218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 10, 2006, 11:43:25 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 10, 2006, 11:34:44 PM

Oooo...and here is a nice quote from the review.

The PS3 has no multimedia restrictions on even 1080p video. BitTorrent, ye shall be crashed!

Wow, this is going to awesome. smile

Huh?  Sorry what does this mean and what does it have to do with bittorent?
5219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 10, 2006, 01:37:34 PM
Well I got to play one at Toys R Us tonight.  They come out tomorrow in Japan and when I left work at 9pm there were exactly 3 people standing out front of the store.  So I guess if I wanted to have a PS3, I could have gotten one in 12 hours time.  Oh well!  Anyways today I played: Devil May Cry 4, Gran Turismo HD, Ridge Racer 7 and some tennis game that I forget the name of.  My impressions?  Well it's pretty big alright but I think it's the concave shape that makes it look bigger than it actually is.  When I sized it up and then ran over to where the 360's were I couldn't see a huge difference.  I wish I had had tape measure on me!  One thing I found a little annoying was that only the D-pad seemed to work in the dashboard. The analogue sticks wouldn't do anything for me.  It also seems (from those demos anyways) that every game requires you to push and hold the little PS button on the controller in order to exit out of the game.  I couldn't find an "exit" button for the life of me on any of the game menus.  The graphics are impressive of course.  That's to be expected for any new console.  The faces on the tennis game were photorealistic and didn't look like zombies from the EA sports games.  Gran Turismo was a big disappointment for me.  I've never been able to get into that game so I suppose I'm a little biased.  There's no interactivity with the environment whatsoever.  The backgrounds looked good but where basically static. I sucked badly in a Subaru WRX.  Like someone said before, for another game it looked like you could see seams in some of the cars an they looked a little jaggy around the edges.  Perhaps it's the juxtaposition with all the other beautiful things in the game but it really stands out for me.  That's one thing that I've noticed with this new generation HD stuff.  The picture is so sharp that you can really see it if it doesn't look perfect.  With a low-res TV these sorts of things don't stand out so much.

Anyways I had fun but I think I'm going to have to wait around until I can get a North American version so I can play my PS2 games.  That's such a pisser.  Couldn't they have developed it so that it could read both NTSC-J and NTSC-U/C games?
5220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 10, 2006, 12:43:06 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on November 09, 2006, 12:48:31 AM

I honestly have no idea why someone would kill themselves to get a PS3 when 360s are easily available, less expensive, and have a much larger library of games, including alot of the PS3 launch titles.  I could understand if Final Fantasy or MGS were coming out with it. Do people really want to play Resistance or watch Blu Ray movies that bad?

I genuinely do not understand it.

By that line of reasoning, people would only ever buy the first console that comes out and next consoles would sell exactly zero units.  Why did people bother buying the XBOX when they had that beautiful, cheap PS2 with a BOATLOAD of games for it (with more still even coming out after the XBOX support has basically dropped off).

The 360 might be less expensive but when you buy that $200 HD add-on or pay for that upgraded 60 gig HD then the prices are pretty much equal.
5221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 09, 2006, 12:42:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 09, 2006, 01:55:44 AM

Quote from: Canuck on November 08, 2006, 11:49:52 PM

Two days until the release in Japan!  If it wasn't for the fact that it won't play Region 1 (that's Canada and America right?) encoded movies then I would probably be standing in line with everybody else on Saturday.  Well that and the fact that I'd have absolutely zero chance of getting one.  And the fact that I have to work on Saturday.  mad

Regions changed with Bluray.  America and Japan are in the same region so movie watching isn't an issue.  The only problem with a Japanese PS3 is that PS1 and PS2 games are still region encoded so those aren't playable. 

Dammit!!! If it wasn't for the whole "PS2/1 region encoding" then I would totally be out on Saturday for  a PS3!  Oh well.
And as for that size thing, it could be partially a perspective thing.  I mean if it's on top and you're taking a picture from a downward angle than whatever is on top is going to look bigger than it actually is.  No doubt that the console is actually bigger though.
5222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Developer troubles with PS3? on: November 09, 2006, 03:26:38 AM
Well I don't know about lack of support but the PS2 was apparently always a pain to use for developers.  It didn't stop them from making great games though.
5223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami vs Zelda ? on: November 09, 2006, 03:22:44 AM
I wasn't a really huge fan of the Zelda dungeons.  Some of them (relatively close to the begining of the game were just a bit too much for me.  So far I haven't done any dungeons in Okami.  Just running around and exploring and doing little quests for people.  I'm also not a big fan of how the fighting in Okami takes place in a sort of arena, now that you mention it.  Not a big thing just a small niggle.  And so far I think my little sidekick Issun has been a little bit too helpful.  I often feel as if I'm being led by the hand to conclusions which I've already made or would like a chance to figure out for myself.  I like the journal.  Does Zelda have that?  Sorta helps you keep track of what you're supposed to be doing next if you take a break.

On Tuesday I had a choice to make.  It was either Final Fantasy 12 (8,800円), Bully (6,800円), Okami (6,800円) or Zelda:WW (GC (15,000円) + Zelda (3,100円) + (memory card (?円).
I went with the cheaper option and I think I made the right choice!  Hopefully by the time I'm finished Okami I will be ready for a trip back to Canada where I can pick up these games more cheaply.  Or will the Wii be region free?  If so then maybe I'll pick up a Wii here and then grab the new Zelda at the import store when it comes out.
5224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Okami vs Zelda ? on: November 09, 2006, 01:33:27 AM
Is it even fair to make a comparison of these two games?  If so, I can't do it because I've never really had much of an opportunity to play any of the Zelda games as I've never really owned a Nintendo system (only a Gamecube for two days and then I returned it as I got frustrated playing OoT).  I'm curious though as to what people who have played both extensively think.  I just picked Okami a few days ago in Akihabara (for 6,800円  crybaby) and so far for me it has been 5 hours of pure unadulterated JOY.  For me this could be my Game of the Console I think.  Someone told me that you don't even really get into the full story until the 8 or 10 hour mark.  So how about it?  Does it out-Zelda Zelda?  Or is it a different kind of game that has its own good points?
5225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 09, 2006, 12:09:36 AM
Here are some pics from Bic Camera in Tokyo of one of the PS3 stands.  This maybe old news to everybody in America if EB Games have their stands up already (which they probably do).  Again forgive me if that's true.

First pic.  They're playing a demo of Ridge Racer right now.  It looked alright I guess.  You can see on the sign that they're on sale starting 11/11.  I suspect the 9:30-10:00 part is approximately how long they'll be available before you're screwed for the next 4 months.

Second pic.  Games.  It shows the price of the PS3 on the sign on the right.  The 20 gig one is priced at 49,990円.  Suspiciously enough there didn't seem to be a price for the 60 gig unit.  The launch games (according to the stand) look like it's: Ridge Racer 7, Genji, Gundam, Resistance, some sort of golf game (not Hot Shots), and that bloody domino type game that they are always playing on tv here with all the Kanji written on them.  Hardly the type of game I'd want to show off on my new PS3.  Maybe my PS One.  There might also be the Sonic game as well.  I don't see the game on the stand in my pic but it was playing on the TV.

Third pic.  Close up of the game cases themselves.  They're shorter and wider than the old PS2 cases and they're clear plastic.  Sorry if this is old news to everybody but it was new to me so I thought I'd post it! smile
5226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 08, 2006, 11:49:52 PM
Two days until the release in Japan!  If it wasn't for the fact that it won't play Region 1 (that's Canada and America right?) encoded movies then I would probably be standing in line with everybody else on Saturday.  Well that and the fact that I'd have absolutely zero chance of getting one.  And the fact that I have to work on Saturday.  mad
5227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: November 07, 2006, 02:38:52 PM
Well I picked this game up in Akihabara today.  It was a split between buying this or buying a Gamecube and a memory card and Zelda:WindWaker.  I went for the cheaper option.  I'm about two a half hours in and lovin it so far!
5228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3's on Ebay on: November 06, 2006, 12:29:20 AM
Looks like they're being pre-sold at about $1500 dollars.  Damn that is some pretty sweet profit!  Pretty decent way to get a PS3 for yourself free (if you're willing to give up your first one)
5229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need advice on which console system to buy on: November 06, 2006, 12:20:11 AM
On the plus side, I think the PS3 is coming out for 49,000 yen which is only.... $415 US!  You could pick up a free game with the difference.
5230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need advice on which console system to buy on: November 06, 2006, 12:18:00 AM
Remember that while the PS3 is region free on the games side, there is still region protection for movies.  Which means if you want to use the PS3 for a Blu-ray player, you're going to be stuck watching japanese hentai movies.
5231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I dropped a UMD into my bathtub - is it going to work!? on: November 05, 2006, 09:32:49 AM
Just out of curiosity, what would happen if you dropped a DS game into the bathtub?
5232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 05, 2006, 01:04:48 AM
Well I'm excited about the new launch! Even though I'm not getting a PS3.  Still it's always fun when a new console comes onto the market isn't it? smile  I just read that the PS3 is being released here this Saturday in Japan.  I thought it wasn't coming out till December here.  Unfortunately I have to work on Saturday so I won't be able to go out and take pictures of the RIDICULOUSLY long lines outside of BIC Camera.
5233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 04, 2006, 02:42:01 PM
I always had you written off as an Xbox 360 whore Hetz! I guess I was wrong.  You're just a console whore!
5234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Famitsu reviews the first batch of PS3 launch games... on: November 02, 2006, 12:53:59 PM
I can't believe that I've been in Japan for over a year and a half and I have still yet to actually SEE a Famitsu magazine.  What the hell do they look like?  Does it say "FAMITSU" in Katakana on the front?
5235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to play through all the major PSX RPG's on: November 02, 2006, 12:50:57 PM

Quote from: warning on November 02, 2006, 03:08:26 AM

So I finished Grandia last night!  Woot!  One game down and only 35 games to go!

You can read my write-up on Grandia at RPG Rewind but be warned there are complete spoilers for Grandia so if you haven't played it but intend to you should avoid my site.

My copy of Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete arrived from Ebay earlier this week.  I hope to get started on it by the weekned after I write up a brief review of Grandia.


So it took you about five weeks to finish a game?  Remind me to check this thread again in about 3 years! lol
5236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 12:42:07 PM
Why bother getting Ridge Racer 6 when you can get Ridge Racer 7?  I'd take any FPS games off the list as they all play on the PC and they should all be played on the PC anyways.  Unless of course your console has mouse and keyboard support in which case I suppose it's ok.
I also have to agree that the Xbox 360 has been out for almost an entire year now so I would HOPE that it's list of exclusives would be significantly longer than other non-released consoles.
5237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3 Game Pics - Wow on: October 29, 2006, 10:00:38 AM

Quote from: kathode on October 29, 2006, 05:52:18 AM

They look nice.  A far cry from $600 nice, but nice.

In these days of paying close to $600 to get the next top of the line graphics card (probably with a 2 year lifetime), I don't see how some people can balk at $600 for an entire console.

Don't get me wrong-I agree that $600 is a lot of money-which is why I don't have a $600 Nvidia card.  But there seems to be a lot of hypocrisy around here when it comes to dishing out cash for the computer and dishing out cash for the console (not calling you a hypocrite Kathode, just making a general observation about what I notice on these forums.)
5238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Prediction: Wii Sells Even Less than the Gamecube on: October 28, 2006, 11:07:09 AM
Hmm yeah I have to agree about the HDTV thing.  I don't have any proof to back it up but I think most people are going to go HDTV nowadays.  Now they obviously arent all going to be buying $3000 plasma tv's but you don't have to anymore.  My tv is HD (kind of-it isn't the full HD im sure but whenever I watch Discovery HD it goes to a better resolution) and it only cost a little lesss than $400.  And it's 29 inches too.  Hell here in Tokyo, whenver I go into an electronics store, there are no longer any old TV's on display anymore.  All they have is the flat panel kind.
5239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII reviews on: October 28, 2006, 10:55:53 AM
Didn't everybody have a terrible impression of the demo?  I wonder what was changed.
5240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo is making money. Lots and lots of money on: October 27, 2006, 12:48:19 PM
These two headlines just happened to be in the business section of my Yomiuri Shimbun today: (they aren't verbatim because I threw out the paper)

Nintendo's profit soars 48%

Sony profits down 90%

Apparently that little battery fiasco is going to cost them a small hit of 55 billion yen.

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