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5401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth 2 coming for 360 on: January 16, 2006, 02:55:38 AM
Honestly I think the real problem for console RTS games in the past was not the lack of mouse support but rather the terrible resolution.    RTS is all about controlling  ridiculous numbers of tiny little units and in the past it just wasn't really feasible to do it on a normal tv.  But now with HD tv's it shouldnt be as much of a problem.  I think we'll see more RTS games out this generation (and if people by them, then the PS3 will probably support the mouse and keyboard for all games)
5402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal Crossing on Ebay on: January 16, 2006, 02:52:04 AM
I've never played Animal Crossing so I have no idea what a bell is or what it's worth, but a million bells sounds like a lot!  How do they get a million bells?
5403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Interesting Japanese sales data 12/26 - 01/01 on: January 15, 2006, 10:55:46 AM
By the way this may sound stupid but is that first chart only for one week?  That what it seems to say according to the date.  Did they really sell 390,000 DS's in one week?
5404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Interesting Japanese sales data 12/26 - 01/01 on: January 15, 2006, 10:52:48 AM
Brain training games are all the rage here.  I've seen commercials for it.  It makes great use of the stylus.  Makes sense when you think how important education is for the kids.  Instead of buying them a game, buy them something that will help them get into that famous highschool.  My girlfriend thinks it's the greatest things.  Unfortunately not quite great enough to make her go out and buy one smile
5405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 or the Real Thing? on: January 14, 2006, 12:37:21 AM
Those pictures are all taken in Shinjuku.  I've actually eaten in a restaurant across from that big Jumbo sign.  Really amazing seafood curry.
5406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are you F****** kidding me on: January 08, 2006, 09:44:24 AM
What's the problem? That seems like a huge list to me
5407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live Arcade is about to get even better on: January 07, 2006, 10:37:10 AM
Interesting how we're using this super advanced technology to play old arcade games.  Great use of horsepower  :roll:
5408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360]Hmm...external HD-DVD drive announced on: January 06, 2006, 03:32:09 AM
I read in the paper today that the Blue Ray player could cost as much as $1800 compared to $800-$400 for the HD-DVD player.  If that's the case then I'll definitely be picking up a PS3!.  It makes a $500 console seem like a bargain.
5409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How was Doom 3 on the X-Box on: January 06, 2006, 03:24:23 AM
I think you'd be better off by going out and grabbing a copy of Halflife. Did it ever come out for the Xbox?  Or just the PS2?
5410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360]Hmm...external HD-DVD drive announced on: January 05, 2006, 03:30:54 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Pretty darn sure this add-on will only be used for viewing movies.  I doubt MS will ever allow game media to be shipped on it.

This may be a stupid question, but why would MS never allow game media to be shipped on HD-DVD's??
5411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Random encounter frustration on: January 03, 2006, 11:47:30 PM
I liked Chrono Chross because  I didn't have to fight random battles-I could actually see the monsters coming after me.
5412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Yikes! All leaderboards have been reset on Xbox Live! on: January 01, 2006, 04:46:16 PM
And yet, the world is still rotating on its axis  :roll:
5413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How many are staying up for the new year? on: January 01, 2006, 04:29:07 AM
I think a better question would be, who is on this forum posting on New Years Eve?? What does that say about you guys!  I'm in Japan and New Years is over.  That's my excuse biggrin
5414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ATI says PS3 tragically unrefined on: January 01, 2006, 03:42:15 AM
Pfffffft!!  Who cares about ATI when you got the Emotion Engine?  Or was that the last kooky name for the PS2?  Is it the Cell thingy now?
5415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / And then sometimes Penny Arcade is just stupid on: December 31, 2005, 02:37:23 AM
I didn't really get this series either but what the hell.  Everyone needs a vacation sometime.
5416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Twin Snakes ['Cube] - no love!? on: December 26, 2005, 11:11:39 PM
The problem that I have with MG twin snakes is that for some reason it doesnt have Mei Ling in that version!  She was such a cutie! (I have a girlfriend, honest.)
5417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 in Japan: The Kancho of MS Continues on: December 26, 2005, 01:24:45 PM
Quote from: "th'FOOL"
Oh Nos!  The Xbox360 hasn't even been out a month in japan and it's selling horribly!  It's DOOMED!!!!!!

Excuse me, but was anybody (including MS) really expecting a fast adoption of this console over there?  If it succeeds at all, it will be a very slow burn as Japanese devs start coming out with their offerings.  It will be a year or more before any measure of success or failure will mean shit.

But hey, please, carry on with the hand-wringing....

I keep saying that the games don't matter here but obviously nobody is listening.  When I ask people why they don't buy the xbox they don't say "because I don't like Xbox games" or "because it doesn't have enough Japanese games" they say "BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE XBOX."  These people will wait 3 years for the PS3 to come out if it takes that long and they'll pay 50,000 yen for it too (compared to Xbox's 31,000 yen)

So all the otaku (geeks) have bought the Xbox 360 on release day and that's just about it.  The PS3 will probably be out by 2007.  It will probably take a good 4 months for any decent Japanese games to start dribbling out.  Any self-respecting Japanese person will wait that extra 8 months and get themselves a PS3.
5418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What did you get for Christmas? on: December 26, 2005, 01:13:16 PM
Quote from: "naednek"
nice idea, wrong forum...

Well the main thing idea was what videogame stuff did you get.
5419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What did you get for Christmas? on: December 26, 2005, 02:42:21 AM
Chocolate, some cologne, a Toronto Maple Leaf toque and a PSP (which I bought) which I'm about to try and return because it came with 2.50 drivers preinstalled.
5420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 in Japan: The Kancho of MS Continues on: December 26, 2005, 02:39:03 AM
It doesn't matter what games it's going to get.  People are not going to buy it.  Trust me.  I live here.  I've been asking around.
"Are you going to get an Xbox?"


"Why not?"

"I don't like Xbox"

It has nothing to do with the games-it's just something that's ingrained into their souls
5421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stuck in Quake 4 already on: December 22, 2005, 03:31:52 PM
You gotta go into the next room, fight some baddies and then go up high and drop some sort of laser gun in front of the door which you can then used to blast open.  There was no secret-just go into the next room (opposite direction from the door you are trying to get into)
5422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 anyone?? on: December 22, 2005, 02:26:05 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Canuck, you just reminded me what a lucky, lucky man you are, living in Japan. slywink

Are you talking about the Xbox's or the highschool girls in tiny skirts?

I suppose I could be considered lucky for either one biggrin
5423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 anyone?? on: December 21, 2005, 11:54:02 PM

We've got tons available!! All you need to do is come to Japan and pick one up.  Considering the prices that they're going for on Ebay, it might not actually be such a bad deal when you throw in the cost of the plane ticket.
I was on the hunt for PSP's yesterday so I went into Ikebukero to the local BicCamera to check out some prices.  On the floor they had this little island of 360's and another tiny cart full of Xbox games and one more tiny section of Xboxes and games and controllers.  And they were all drawing as much interest as this display is.  In this particular store, there were thousands of Japanese people checking out PSP's, PS2's, Gamecubes and DS's (this is an hyperbole) and exactly no one checking out any of the 360 areas (this is not a hyperbole.)  I'm convinced that in Japan, the 360 will do no better than the Xbox did.  This is not Microsoft's fault (mostly,) Japanese people are just biased against any console systems that are not Japanese.
5424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 released in Japan today on: December 10, 2005, 03:39:19 PM
Hetz you really do see the Xbox world through rose coloured lenses don't you? smile  Of course it sold out.  Tokyo is a city of 12 million people after all and just how many Xbox's did they have available for sale anyways?  Probably a hell of a lot less than what they had for the US.
5425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 released in Japan today on: December 10, 2005, 12:05:02 AM
I wonder how it's going to do.  I've neither seen or heard any hype whatsoever although I'll admit I haven't been looking very hard.  MS has set up an Xbox 360 cafe in Tokyo where you can walk in and play the games.  They had a full page article in the paper today about it.
5426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madonna threw her free 360 in the trash! on: December 08, 2005, 01:58:08 AM
I'm so mad that you haven't been clicking my ad at the top of my blog! I was

That's a dead giveaway right there.  I seriously doubt the real Madonna would be upset because you weren't clicking on her shitty little Goooogle ad
5427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 problem scratched disc on: December 04, 2005, 12:01:38 AM
Apparently a lot of people are complaining about scratched disks.  Seems to be a reoccuring problem.
5428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ebay the 360 or not? on: December 03, 2005, 03:42:35 PM
Wow I remember the good ol' days when people used to preorder so that they could get a console-not so that they could make a fortune off it.  Although people have gotten so crazy that it makes good sense to do it.  I'd like to see a limit of 1 person per preorder.  I mean, it's not exactly like stores will have trouble selling all they have in stock anyways.
5429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] 'second shipment' = Absolutely Nothing on: December 02, 2005, 11:48:16 PM
Quote from: "semiconscious"
pre-emptive, shock'n'awe-filled first strike, deploying fewer units than expected, followed by major nelson declaring 'mission accomplished' (from the deck of an ipod)...

i'm not sure, but i think i know what happens next...

Insurgent nerds targeting local EB lineups?
5430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EGM Review Scores - Jan 2006 Issue on: November 28, 2005, 01:39:12 AM
Everyone knows EGM is a piece of garbage magazine.  I wouldn't read one even if someone gave it to me.
5431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's going to happen to the Xbox? on: November 28, 2005, 01:23:10 AM
Just out of curiousity, I was wondering what will happen now that the Xbox360 is out.  Will it basically die like the N64 as all the developers shift to the Xbox 360?  Or will it keep getting new games like the original Playstation did?  Have any game companies commented about this?
5432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quake 4 360 Review Up on: November 22, 2005, 02:02:52 AM
27 second reload??  How dare they claim to have more powerful hardware than computers.  I can tell you one thing, if it took me 27 seconds to quickload a game everytime I died I sure wouldn't be playing it for long.
5433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disgaea 2 Japanese Playstation Mag Scans on: October 02, 2005, 10:18:19 AM
Anyone else think the first screen looks like something out of Nightmare before Christmas??
5434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disgaea 2 Japanese Playstation Mag Scans on: October 02, 2005, 10:17:22 AM
You don't get a dvd with it though.  And it isnt all glossy like the US version.
5435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 Newbie or "Pimp Your Favorite Game Here" on: September 12, 2005, 02:17:12 PM
You can get ICO extremely cheap-even the brand new copies and it's a brilliant game-better than Prince of Persia in my opinion (I'm sure lots of people would disagree with me though.)
5436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF Advent Children... on: September 11, 2005, 11:21:26 PM
Anyways! Back to my original question.  Has anyone here ever imported Japanese movies?  Do they ever have english subtitles?  I've looked on the back but I can't see (or understand) anything that looks remotely like english.
5437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF Advent Children... on: September 10, 2005, 12:38:56 AM
...comes out in 3 days over here. biggrin
It costs approximately $45 US though-a little pricey for a 100 minute movie in my opinion.  Still I might pick it up.  Does anybody know if the Japanese version has english subtitles?  Or is that asking too much?
5438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 is dead! PS3 has keyboard/mouse support!!!! on: September 06, 2005, 02:17:01 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
I don't understand using a KB and Mouse for a console at this point when I would have to have a desk/TV Tray to use it at my TV.

It's called your lap.  And if you have an optical mouse then the couch will work just fine Tongue
5439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 2k6 - The Xbox Live Mini-League on: September 05, 2005, 12:58:01 PM
Commentary in ALL sports games IS terrible.  Why? because once you play it enough you realize that they always say the exact same thing.  Do I want to listen to a broken record?  Nope not really.  

All commentary I've witnessed often: falls behind in the play, misses important events, puts the wrong emotion into a given situation (ie normal commentary when they should be excited, or excited commentary when nothng it really happening,) and often just boils down to saying the the players name. "Roberts, Linden, Sakic)

All it does is remind me that I'm playing a video game instead of making me feel that I'm playing a real game or at least watching a real game.

Do yourself a favour and turn off the commentary and listen to the swish of skates and bodies slamming into the boards instead.
5440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / No game saves transfer to 360 on: September 05, 2005, 12:48:56 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Very Big Evil Grin ---->  :twisted:

My soon-to-be-ex-wife is taking it as soon as the X360 comes out (which is why I'm getting one on release date). So it's become the exbox. (and THAT is a double entendre slywink )

Who gets the games?  Or is it an every other weekend kind of thing?
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