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281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS on: November 30, 2004, 07:00:59 AM
Sure my evdidence was anectdotal, but it still is telling to me. I dont need to convince anyone. I can tell walking into a game store here that this system is not selling well. At least not well compared to other large launches. At any rate, what was nintendo thinking without having any launch titles? They are some pretty mesely titles released. I mean the urbz is just the GBA version on two screens? Its just not impressive. Just more telling of how nintendo thinks it is in its own little world. They make such good games, they just need someone with a mind for bussiness to steer them correctly.
282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Halo 3 launch title.... I bet on: November 30, 2004, 02:33:55 AM
Well I dont think MS thought it would be paid off right away. This is definatly more of a long term investment. But over time those GBA game sellings will really really pay off. If MS ever decides to enter the handhel market, it would be nice to have a developer with some experience onboard as well.

And yes, bungie was a steal. MS saw some real potential there, and im guessing they must have seen some real potential with Rare. MS doesnt make too many huge mistakes like that. Everyone thought the XBox was a mistake, but its paying off for MS.
283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS on: November 30, 2004, 02:29:15 AM
Yeah, and it is really showing in games. Im just saying that you can sell all the systems you want, without games, the system is shit to me. And that is what the DS is to me now because of their games. I think it has huge potential.

Lots of systems sell a lot at launch. But for how well the DS is apparently doing, why are stores filled with them after black friday? Thats not right. I mean xboxs, PStwos, and GCns are sold out here, but not the DS? I went to walmart today and they were sold out of all three main consoles and still had huge amounts of DS systems. Im sorry, but no matter how many systems Nintendo projects, that is not a good sign to me. Sure it was just local, but still telling since I live in a city where people travel from all around to shop (this is montana after all, not many cities here smile ). Most times stores here sell out fast of new systems.

One of my friedns who is a night stocker at walmart says they sold more GBA systems then DS systems by far and were sold out of several colors. I was shocked as hell, till I remebered the games list. Plus its a bit pricey. When it is sitting next to a GCN with two controllers and a free $50 game all for 100 bones, the $150 DS with a demo isnt very tempting. It may not compete head on with the big systems, but you better believe it does on black friday for parents.

More games!!! What else can I say? More games are needed and quick!
284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Halo 3 launch title.... I bet on: November 30, 2004, 02:14:02 AM
About the rare thing, rare still makes GBA games as well. So, just because they are not making Xbox games doesnt mean some payoff isnt already coming for MS.

And Halo 3 should wait a few years. I agree, I hope they dont make this like tombraider. Now, if they make it amazing by next year, then why not? But too much rushing ruins games. But we all know that smile
285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS on: November 29, 2004, 11:13:37 PM
If its sold out, it must be just off here, because every store here has shelves of them. They are just backing up.

I dont know, I think this may be the succesor of the GB. I hope not, because that is dissapointing. If it had support it would be great, but it doesnt. More games! Thats all that is needed.
286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS on: November 29, 2004, 06:25:40 PM
Yeah, this is a pretty bad console launch. Leave it to nintendo to mess this up. Its like they think they dont have any competition, but they do now. You would think they would try and blow the PSP out of the ater, but they arnt. I could see the PSP running over gameboy. Gameboy games just look dated, and the DS has a pretty weak lineup. Im pulling for you nintendo, but its getting harder and herder. I tried on the GCN, and now im worried about your handehelds as well.
287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / real simple: How do I play Half-life 2 w/o steam??? on: November 24, 2004, 02:39:19 AM
I could do better, MAKE IT AVALIABLE IN A NORMAL FASHION  AND NOT STEAM. Complainers are pirates. Just like every arab is a terrorist  :roll: .
288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Godzilla:StE Early Sightings/Impressions? on: November 23, 2004, 08:37:16 PM
Mybe a stupid question, but will the xbox version supprot live? I liked the multiplayer of DAM, but for it to be live would be even better.
289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / lucky me! (GBA SP) on: November 23, 2004, 07:16:42 PM
I agree gratch. Save after EVERY battle. It wont be a big deal at first, but later oin, some battles take time. And 3 or 4 together plus all of the thins you do inbetween can really take time.

Also, it does get pretty easy after a while it seems. My clan now is immensly powerful it seems. Perhaps the thing that makes it the easiest is how powerful my white mage is. Nobody gets touched in my party because of this.

Another problem I have with FFTA is that it seems to be harder to get items. The stores sell fairly weak items later on. So I get stuck with them until some random quest gives me good items. I am not using the strategy guide so it makes it all trickier. I should get one. If for no other reason then to figure out how to get all the jobs. It took me forever to figure out how to get a ninja, and now I want an assasin, but im not sure how to go about it. I resist looking at guides because I feel this immense sense of pride if I get through a game liket his without it, but this one is breakign me down, making me feel like I need it.

Great game though. Im 35 hours in and still playing all the time (Iv got the week off, so that helps smile ).
290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Next on: November 23, 2004, 07:10:22 PM
And be windows based. No offense to mac people, they are great machines, but when I have had one in the past I felt trapped because of the os. Not as much software out for it. But its been a few years, maybe that has gotten better.

I think a pc xbox is a dangerous move for MS. But maybe it will pay off. Im really hoping for a handheld from them soon.
291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates Impressions? on: November 23, 2004, 06:06:27 AM
OOh, just read the review. Tempting. Im poor  frown .
292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / lucky me! (GBA SP) on: November 23, 2004, 06:03:21 AM
Yeah, a guide would be nice. One thing that annoys me about the game is that I never know what the laws really mean. An example: One law recently for me was no color magic. I didnt even think that would mean no black or white magic. Call me an idiot but I thought it meant some kind of magic I didnt have yet.So I used it, and sure enough, I get a yellow card (its like a soccer match  smile ). Little things like this have happened to me over and over again regarding laws. Enough so that I should probably just get a guide. If you break a law you dont get the bonus for the mission, and you get docked power or weapons or stuff like that, or you can go to jail, which sucks. Basically, it jsut sucks. And I never break the laws on purpose, it is usually just because I dont undrstand exactly what it meant. Oh well. Awsome game. I hate to admit this, but I have been addicted to it lately. I have played it mroe then Halo 2 or the Sims 2 this last week, and those are both new games for me  :shock: .
293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The state of roleplaying games on: November 23, 2004, 05:50:40 AM
Quote
2004 Utah Utes - MWC Champs - 11-0
GO UTES, Bust the BCS!!


Bah. We should have beat you  :wink: . Im a cougar, just saw your sig and couldnt resist  biggrin . Good luck though, seriously. Hope you win your bowl.

Back to the subject at hand. I love free playing RPGs, but I do think soemtimes they dont give you enough direction, and I simply wonder what I should do enxt. Its fun, but I still feel a little lost and confused. Of course too many games do just hold your hand, which im not a huge fan of either. I would much rather have something free playing, but still know what to do. Is this too much to ask?  smile
294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Mario Stuff on: November 23, 2004, 05:46:01 AM
PLayed it today, worked well for me, but I only used the buttons. I got a few stars but played the mini games for a while. actually pretty fun mini games. I agree that I hope there are more you can unlock. If there was one game for the DS that I could just give hours and hours too, I would get it now. But there arnt.  frown Not yet at least.
295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 23, 2004, 05:30:50 AM
Or read the back of the case:

"Earth will never be the same

The destruction of Halo slowed the covenant but it did not stop them. Fueled by faith, fury and vengeance, they have swept aside all of our defenses and gained a foothold on the most precious prize of all -- Earth. With the human military scattered and crushed, the fate of the planet lies in the hands of one man. Spartan 117 -- the Master Cheif."

Still think they wernt advertising it as a fight for earth? It was one mesely battle for earth. When did what they said on the box happen? Did I play that game? That will be fun when we actually do get to fight for earth, but what is the Halo 3 box going to say? Just the same thing? And a foothold on earth? WTF?

Just a disclaimer: I love this game. But the advertising was misleading, almost to the level of peter molyneux. Well, not that bad, but way of to say the least  biggrin .
296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS on: November 23, 2004, 05:24:01 AM
Well, since the other thread was locked, let me write some of my impressions since I have now been able to play it smile .

Impressive. Honestly, if there were more games coming out for it I would get it now. I would keep my SP though because of its perfect size and comfort. I can agree to some degree the statements about the DS feeling cheap. It does feel much cheaper then the SP. I dont know what it is, it just does. About the touch screen, I was impressed. My brotehr purchased it and while I was visiting him I got to play it for an hour or so. I played mario and the metroid demo. I had a good time. The graphics amaze me (they alone almost make it worth purchasing, and also show it sint just a demo). It ws like an N64 in my hand (or better). The sound was high quality and in reality, everything about it I liked. Except for how it felt cheap, and I found it somewhat difficult to hold.

The cartridges, just great. The small size was pure genious. They ar tiny now, and I thought the GBA ones were small. I might have to get one when more games come out, just keep my sp for its size. The sound and graphics really impressed me though, and ti seems to have developer support which makes me think it isnt going to be as much like virtuaboy, and the fact that it seemed to be like an N64 in my hands makes me think it is no gimmick.

Really impressive is all I can say. Now I am just waiting for games, sounds familiar to other nintendo systems (the GCN, not the GBA, plenty of games there  biggrin ).
297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 22, 2004, 07:50:59 PM
I agree about advertising it as an invasion of earth. Yeah right. It had very little to do with it. And now what are they going to advertise for Halo 3, since that is what it will actually be?
298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / lucky me! (GBA SP) on: November 22, 2004, 07:34:29 PM
I went through this a month or so ago, adn soeone mentioned ffta. I got it, and ive spent 30 hours on it now, and not another game has graced my gba yet. Im not bored of it yet either.
299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I just played a Nintendo DS on: November 22, 2004, 03:15:11 AM
Take it back because of the dead pixel. My little brother had to take back his GBA SP twice because of dead pixels. I wouldnt just take that.
300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 21, 2004, 10:36:10 PM
The seceond I got new teammates for a mission, I would just act like they were already dead, becasue it wouldnt take long. Although i did like the bantering of the marines and some of the comments from the elites. Nice touches still.
301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lack of Ammo in Halo2 on: November 21, 2004, 10:28:19 PM
I forgot about the sentinal beam! I actually used this a ton against the flood. It does just rip right through them, which yes, does make sense. But there is just more satisfaction from killing with a sword or a shotgun.
302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lack of Ammo in Halo2 on: November 20, 2004, 08:58:22 PM
I agree with the pistol and smg combo. The smg wears them down while the pistol is just a big punch to the head. The final blows. I hear people on live always talking about having two smgs and how great it is, but I think that combo sucks. An SMG and a pistol gives you continuous fire and the pistol then gives you accuracy. And I love it when I hear someone on live say "how did you kill me so fast? I had two smgs!" Ha, grab a pistol next time  smile .
303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lack of Ammo in Halo2 on: November 20, 2004, 08:26:25 PM
You thought the carbine worked against the flood? How? I shot them 10 times with it and it wouldnt drop them.

The only time I wantd human weapons was against the flood. They are far more effective against them then covenant. Except for the sowrd  biggrin .
304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 19, 2004, 11:42:06 PM
Possibly true for the singleplayer. I dont feel all that compelled to play it again. But for teh multiplayer? I would have to disagree.
305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can MS topple Sony in the next generation? on: November 19, 2004, 11:40:05 PM
I doubt most gamers will. Most hard core gamers will yes, but "most gamers" are not hard core, they are casual. They will buy one. And MS should keep the superior machine in technical terms. If anything get it burned into peoples minds that the MS system will always be techincally superior.
306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 19, 2004, 11:37:54 PM
Yeah, I saw one, and it was pretty cool. I saw it at best buy when the salesman was trying to convince me I needed it (and in effect talked me out of it). Lucky for me that guy was there to bring me back to reality smile.
307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 19, 2004, 06:32:36 PM
Also, is it regular practice for people not to read posts? I have an xbox, and I am not decideing between consoles. I know all about the xbox, I was simply asking about the PS2 because I had an urge to buy it. Anyways, just hoping to clear that up once and for all. Carry on now  biggrin .
308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 19, 2004, 06:30:29 PM
PS2 is a great system im sure, but I decided I have better ways to spend my money. I have 5 or 6 games on the xbox I havnt touched, a few on my dreamcast (which still gets play time) and a couple for my pc and gba. I think im overloaded as it is. Plus, the PS2 isnt offering much in my style right now that I cant get eventually somewhere else. Great system, just not as much in my style. I think this is my decision, for now, until I get another urge to buy one  smile .
309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 19, 2004, 01:23:27 AM
Thanks LE for the continuous Fanboyism. In your mighty ways you have convinced me to not keep my xbox, and to burn it. in fact, from now on I am going to be burning any store which sells xboxs because they only have two games. I have counted them many tiems thinking it could be more then two, but no, every time it is 1, 2. Shoot, only two? 1, 2. Damn it, it never changes.

Well, I went to Best Buy to pick up a PS2. I was attacked by a salesman. He said:

Him: You should get that system. Its amazing.
Me: Yeah well, im just looking seeing if it has anything I want. Does it come with any games at all?
Him: Nope. But it comes with an ethernet adaptor, which is about teh price of a free game. So in a way it does.
Me: Well, I have xbox live so I dont need online.
Him: And the graphics ont his are amazing.
Me: Well, I dont think so, but thats not the issue. I was just looking if there were any games i wanted for it.
Him: Well, you have GTA, final fantasy, and tons of sprots games.
Me: Well, I have an xbox for the sprots games, I dont like final fantasy, and if I want to play them I do have my PC. And with GTA, Its doest seem tobe worth it.
Him: Well, it wont be going to xbox for a while. Probably six months.
Me: You are right, I canw ait six months. Thanks for the help

I wal out without buying it. Great system for some, but I think Im going to pass.
310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Never tempt fate. on: November 18, 2004, 06:38:01 PM
My launch xbox has been pretty good, but now it makes this loud noise when it first starts up. It still works, its just loud. Im hoping it doesnt escalate into more.
311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Greg Hastings Paintball on: November 18, 2004, 06:36:22 PM
Cheating put in? You mean like you can take the paint marks off of yourself? that is lame and definatly not cool with me. Im interested in this game. Maybe when I see some impressions.
312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 18, 2004, 06:23:23 PM
Just to be clear here, I already own an xbox with live, and despite LE saying it "sucks" except for sports, I ignored that comment because :
1. I have read LE comments a lot
2. I know the xbox is great, and I dont want this to be a fanboy fight.
3. I know that it has a broad base
4. Lik I said, I already own one.

This isnt about decidein between systems. Its about adding a system in particular to my collection, the PS2.

I have owned a gamecube, I own an Xbox, PS1, and Dreamcast (along with other systems), I am just deciding if the PS2 has anything to offer me.

Also, is there a connector to let me use my s type controller on the PS2? They have the same number of buttons so that shouldt be a problem. I just am not a fan of the PS2 controller.
313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can MS topple Sony in the next generation? on: November 18, 2004, 06:04:53 PM
Well, its not just style, its the whole feel of the game. Call me crazy, but they feel much the same way they play.

Anywho this thread isnt about that, so I will stop derailing it.
314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 18, 2004, 05:45:45 PM
Pretty much any kind of shooter. I already have an xbox (which I cant get enough of) and tried a gcn, just not enough games for me. So now it is just the PS2 tempting me. And PS1 games dont tempt me because I have a PS1. Backwards compatability has never been a  big deal with me.
315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Help me decide whether to get a PS2 or not on: November 18, 2004, 05:41:53 PM
Im in the same boat. Im tempted, but there just istn anything that makes me go wow. All I hear is about the platformers, but im not huge on platformers. Not at all actually. So that is not an insentive for me. GTA:SA is pushing me a little bit, but maybe not enough.

In the realm of RPGs, what is there avaliable more in the style of Morrowind? Or Kotor? Im not into Final Fantasy style games.

Racing and shooting are more then covered for me on the box, as are sports.

Also, what older games are impressive? Part of the temptation is buying games for cheap. Real cheap because they are old. But nothing other then GTA stands out for me just galncing over the list. So why am I still tempted?
316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 18, 2004, 05:36:32 PM
Whoops. just saw another thread on the same subject, Sorry about that. I searched real quick and nothing came up. I must be having problems today  biggrin .
317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can MS topple Sony in the next generation? on: November 18, 2004, 05:28:48 PM
What?!?!?!?

Kameo and BC are gone?

Kameo wasnt a big deal to me, but what the hell is Rare doing? They have done nothing on the xbox yet. Talk about an odd investment. I hope it pays off for MS, but it doesnt look like it is going to be anytime soon. At least bungie offered a smash hit. What was MS thinking with Rare? The next big hit I could see coming from them is Perfect Dark Zero, and honestly, with Halo (2) firmly in the XBox FPS position, thats going to be hard to sell in mass numbers.

And BC was cancelled?!? That game was looking to be awsome. Of course so was Fable. So, I guess im not surprised actually. Someone should sue lionhead for getting me excited so much and then letting me down all the time. Fable was a fun game, but it was pretty run of the mill. In fact, there was very little if anything revolutionary about it. I guess I should be glad BC was cut, because if it wasnt I would simply have been dissapointed when I could have a clan, but it didnt matter what happened to them, and when the "wide open areas" they promised ended up being just load screens every two steps. Plus my clan would probably just always be saying "we need more (insert need here)".

As to the next generation, Im going to make a statement here which is going to come off as odd to many: I could care less if japanese developers get behind the xbox. The xbox is my haven, because it seems to cater more to american gaming tastes. Im not being fanboyish here, its just that for years consoles have been covered by japanese themes: spikey haired teens with huge eyes, and 13 year old girls with double Ds. This is why for years I was a PC gamer only. I like shooters and I like a lot more realism. The first console to woo me to the console market was the xbox because it wasnt controlled by the japanese  :shock: .

Now yes, since the Xbox I have ventured into other areas. I owned a GCN for a time, but sold it because i didnt do anythign for me, and now I am looking at a PS2. But I still avoid the japanese style games like death.

In the next generation what does MS need to do? Nothing different in my book. I could care less who is on top. As long as they are fighting it out I am happy. As long as I continue to get my more american themed games I am happy. I dont care who it is from. But as soon as those leave again, im back to PC gaming only.
318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 18, 2004, 05:04:19 PM
So I keep looking at getting a PS2. Ive been tempted ever since I heard about the new smaller pstwo. Is this avaliable now? And from anyone that has it if it is avaliable, how good is ti. I know the specs will be the same, but what about its layout and the drive etc.?

Also, this may come as a shock, but since Im still on the edge, what games would push me over? I want to play GTA:SA. But im into shooters a lot, and not really japanese RPGs. All I seemt o hear about with the PS2 is GTA and japanese RPGs. And GTA isnt good enough to warrent a system. What other games could push me over (which are not on the XBox as well)?

Thanks for any help.
319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sims 2 question on: November 17, 2004, 05:32:16 PM
No problems here either except my little lighting issue. Ive got it worked out now. Im just leaving them on.

I got a little discouraged today when this family ive been working on really hard had its two kids taken away. That was disturbingly sad. The disturbing part was that I was actually sad to see the kids go. Like a part of my family had been taken forever.  frown
320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sims 2 question on: November 16, 2004, 11:59:25 PM
I have ceiling light for the entire house, but still there is a lighting issue. How do I keep these lights on during the day? Mine are on only at night. It is just irritating how dark it is. I have windows up and down the walls everywhere, and yet still it is dark during the day.
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