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1161  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Cool Gamer's Wives on: June 16, 2006, 08:14:18 PM
My not-yet-wife plays some mean Splinter Cell, and is a Warren Buffett of the WoW auction house (not to mention having more combined levels than me).  Otherwise, she seems to care less.
1162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A blurb about upcoming BC update for 360. on: June 16, 2006, 07:20:05 PM
The tragedy is that it is shiny, and I did jump.  Do I regret it?  Yeah, I have standard buyers' remorse, and I'd have much less if I could have hung onto the titles I sent off with my Xbox early this week when I sold it here.  But I needed the money, the Xbox had to go, and I merely blame Microsoft for the slight loss of gaming goodness in my life.

Now the PSP was my fault for jumping at shiny, and if/when I sell it on here, that will garner much more buyers' remorse (even though MLB06 is the finest baseball game I've ever played).
1163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / D&D... PDF? on: June 16, 2006, 07:16:41 PM
I'd rather have the PDFs.  I move twice a year.  Books get heavy in large quantity.
1164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google Government search on: June 16, 2006, 07:02:30 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Pretty neat, I want to play around with it a bit and see some of the stuff it can do.

Then by all means, go ahead.
1165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / more sony BS? on: June 16, 2006, 05:08:57 PM
Quote from: "Farscry"
Oh come on now, Kutaragi already said $600 is cheap for what we're getting.  You want all those inputs, you better be ready to pay $1000!


Nope.  $1000, still lie-adjusted.
1166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A blurb about upcoming BC update for 360. on: June 16, 2006, 05:07:01 PM
Quote from: "olaf"
Why would being able to play old games you can play currently on hardware you already own be the deciding factor in spending $400 for a new console?  You can play the games whether or not you buy the new console.


No offense, but some of us are in situations where money or space is a factor.  Both are for me right now (I live in a tiny apartment in NYC, with fairly sky-high rent), and thus, as much as I hated to let go, I just sold my Xbox with all my non-BC games.  And with as frequently as I move to school and back (two moves a year, plus a semi-move at winter break), hauling that much stuff around is truly unreasonable.  There are games I'll miss playing, but MS screwed the pooch on this one, and I bought into their hype.  Oh, well, at least I have Forza.
1167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wasn't the DS Lite supposed to come with a web browser? on: June 16, 2006, 01:57:25 PM
Quote from: "Misguided"
It's based on Opera and was demonstrated at E3. It is in the form of a DS cart (I had thought it was going to be GBA shaped, but not so, apparently). No idea what the release date is going to be, but my guess is this fall.

I don't recall seeing any reference to this being "built-in".

How did the input look?  That alone could push my PSP well to the back of my playing time (or to the front of my trading line), if the DS web browser looks like it will have good enough input to, say, post to here and OO remotely, I'm definitely in.
1168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ultimate Sequel Question on: June 15, 2006, 09:08:05 PM
Deus Ex.
1169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The best game on the PSP - DJ Max Portable on: June 15, 2006, 08:30:03 PM
As long as the menus are navigable in even poor English, I'm in (next month, when I get paid).
1170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EBay has 200 million members on: June 14, 2006, 06:04:13 PM
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
So that means they have around 100 million legit members?

1171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Do you think this would be cool? [Xbox Live Radio Stream] on: June 14, 2006, 06:03:44 PM
I could see this taking off hugely as a cross-promotion with certain games.  How much of a coup for Microsoft would it be if they could make their own custom radio channel, and have it as a default selectable channel in GTA4 on release day?
1172  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: June 14, 2006, 02:46:02 PM
+1 to Laner for a quick payment (before I even shipped the Xbox).
1173  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Original XBox for sale {Taken} on: June 13, 2006, 02:11:33 AM
Well, it turns out I'd have had to turn down the DS trade offers anyway, unforeseen circumstances dictate that I need cash in my life post haste.  So I may have another console system steal up here in the coming couple of days.
1174  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: DS with Mario Kart and Animal Crossing on: June 13, 2006, 12:17:19 AM
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
That would be fine if someone takes the xbox.

Grr... unforeseen fiscal circumstances suddenly dictate that I be more prudent with money should I care to do necessities like pay my outrageous NYC rent on July 1.  I'll be in touch once I pay rent and get a paycheck, however.
1175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (6/12) on: June 12, 2006, 02:44:46 PM
Nothing for the next few go-rounds, unless someone takes me up on that Xbox offer in the trade forum, in which case, a DS and the trimmings.  smile
1176  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: DS with Mario Kart and Animal Crossing on: June 12, 2006, 03:14:40 AM
Edit:  Never mind.
1177  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Original XBox for sale {Taken} on: June 11, 2006, 04:42:37 PM
Looking for a DS, or to ease my acquisition of a DS Lite when I get some more money.

What I'm offering is:
XBox original system - this is a later-model one (I think maybe 1.5 years after release?), and I've never gotten so much as a single disc read error on it.
Power and original A/V cable.
NO CONTROLLERS! These disappeared when I moved out of the dorm, so you're on your own as far as getting controllers for it.
My entire non-backwards compatible library of Xbox games.

The games are:
Phantom Dust
Rallisport Challenge
DOA:Ultimate (both discs)
Madden 04
Silent Hill 2
Fatal Frame 2
NCAA '06

For the whole package, my initial thought is either $75 plus shipping, or an original DS and 2 games straight up.
1178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 09, 2006, 07:17:38 PM
Dammit.  I do NOT need another expense until July.  Stop being so tempting, DS Lite!
1179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Xbox Live Marketplace details on: June 08, 2006, 08:28:21 PM
Quote from: "kathode"

Thanks for making me go look on Pnet though.  There's something new and interesting up there now.

Oh, man, you can't just leave us hanging like that.
1180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / new marketplace demo on: June 08, 2006, 04:03:47 PM
At least I can download it in the background (assuming I ever get Live working again).
1181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 05, 2006, 05:46:29 PM
Quote from: "Misguided"
Quote from: "angrycoder"
Quote from: "Temjin"
I'm still deciding if I want one.  EB/Gamestop is offereing $70 for an original DS trade-in this week, which brings the price of a DS Lite preorder down to $60.  Tempting, but I don't know if the better screens and buttons are worth it.

I haven't been able to find any offical information regarding the EB/Gamestop trade in deal. Does this only pertain to certain stores, or is it nationwide in the US? Is there any information on their website?

The deal isn't specific to is an extra 20 bucks for trading in a DS, GC, PSP, PS2, XBox, or 360. It is in the June 4th Newspaper insert and the offers run through 6/11. No coupon is required. As far as I know, it is nationwide.

How much does an Xbox trade-in go for?  I have one laying around in a box (w/ power cords but no controllers), it's tempting to put that towards a DS.
1182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 04, 2006, 10:54:09 PM
Tempted, but money is a bit tight.  Depending on the trades market, may acquire an original DS through the trading forum.
1183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your LONG Weekend of Gaming? on: May 30, 2006, 04:32:17 PM
I played surprisingly little, aside from a long WoW stint with the girlfriend that resulted in us leveling our pair of fresh characters to 12 or so.
1184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/29) on: May 29, 2006, 03:26:12 PM
Still in backlog mode right now... trying to relearn Steel Panthars: WaW, still putting in time on MLB '06 PSP, and now that I have Live working, probably playing some Uno and Table Tennis online.

Wait... there are NEW games this week too?    :shock:   Well, I guess I'll have to stop at OOTP2006.
1185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: May 27, 2006, 09:44:02 PM
Does this look like it has some life single-player?  I'm tempted, especially since Field Commander's multiplayer has been getting bashed in that thread, but I'm worried by the fact that some of the big hunts seem to need mutliple hunters (at least by the reviews).  I don't have anyone around to play with, and my network equipment is not going to work with a tunnel program.
1186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Field Commander Impressions on: May 27, 2006, 06:22:19 PM
Couple questions, as I'm seriously considering trading in a few games for this:

Has anyone successfully gotten into a PBEM game with a friend yet?  Is the multiplayer as clumsy as everyone was worried about?

Also, is there any 'hit chance' element like in most PC wargames, or is this strictly 'unit X always does Y damage to unit Z'?
1187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your LONG Weekend of Gaming? on: May 27, 2006, 12:02:44 AM
A bit of Table Tennis, and perhaps restarting The Longest Journey.
1188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Table Tennis Impressions on: May 24, 2006, 11:41:36 PM
Just spent some time doing the training mode and part of the first tourney.  So far, I love it; simple to pick up, but I can tell there's more just lurking around the corner.  With any luck, this will become the standard form of conflict resolution in my dorm next semester (as Smash Bros. was last semester).
1189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PSP games for trip? on: May 21, 2006, 01:42:02 AM
Well, Armored Core did the trick for me.  It's basically a garage game for mechs; you get five frames to work with, and about a dozen part categories with 20-40 parts each to swap in and out.  You also get to most types of parts in different categories (for example, making it lighter), tune the A.I. in three different ways (base characteristics, performance in different categories, and specialized 'operations chips'), and if you want, use the entirely frustrating manual control (not recommended, even by the game).

It's definitely a game that plays to the PSP's strengths, as you spend most of your time in the (very attractive) menus, although the mech battles have quite competent graphics as well.  I think I'll put a lot of time in on this during longer trips, and it breaks up my MLB '06 sessions enough that I don't think I'll bore of either one quickly.

If you're interested in mechs at all, this one is worth picking up, even though there's not a coherent campaign (it's a sports-themed set of 1-on-1 league battles) or any larger-scale encounters with objectives.  You might want to do it soonish, too, as I expect this one to get even harder to find as time goes by.
1190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PSP games for trip? on: May 17, 2006, 05:54:14 PM
I ended up picking up Armored Core, since I found it cheap and it had intruiged me for a while (also one of the more likely titles to become hard to find if I want it down the road).  Hot Shots Golf is amazing, but I overplayed it for a while near launch and still haven't had the itch to pick it up for a while.  And I couldn't get into the first MGA at all, so I'm not banking on MGA2 providing me with much excitement.
1191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Alright GT I need help (PS3 related) on: May 16, 2006, 08:45:14 PM
If it's that important to you, take the hours you would have devoted to finding one, and work some overtime/mow some lawns/whatever you do for spare cash, instead.  I know a lot of people that skipped work somehow or another to go try and hunt a 360... most of them ended up wishing they'd stayed, made the extra money, and used that for the eBay premium with enough left over for a game or two.
1192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PSP games for trip? on: May 16, 2006, 06:28:44 PM
Quote from: "Ascendent"
May I suggest Breath of Fire 3 (euro version)

I picked it up and I'm loving it, I hadn't played the playstation version so it's brand new experience of a great series of rpg's.


Looks interesting, but I leave Thursday, so mainly looking for things I can acquire locally.
1193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PSP games for trip? on: May 16, 2006, 06:22:49 PM
Another one I was interested in but never got around to:  Armored Core: Formula Front.  Does anyone have it, and how does it hold up?
1194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PSP games for trip? on: May 16, 2006, 05:46:23 PM
Okay, I've got some long train rides coming up in the next few days, so I'm looking to expand the old PSP collection a little; as much fun as MLB '06 is, I want to mix it up a little more than just between my All-Star shortstop and my struggling AA pitcher.

So what recent releases would anyone recommend?  On my radar are:
Exit: Looks fun for a platformer (not my genre of choice), but how's the replayability/variety?
Virtua Tennis: Played this a little on a friend's PSP, wasn't uber-impressed, but I hear raves about it.  Do I just not 'get' it, or do I need to give it time?
Syphon Filter:  Hoping my girlfriend could get into this one too, since she likes Splinter Cell, but how's the replayability?  I'd like my PSP collection to be things I can pick up and play well down the road, not one-time gaming flings.
WRC Rally Championship - Love rally, but how's it translate to PSP?
OutRun 2 - Yet another racing game.  I like the idea of getting credit for ALL the miles I drive, but are there enough unlockables to make it worth it?
Worms:  Loved Armageddon, and it would be great fun to have a Worms game to pass back and forth to the girlfriend; is there decent enough AI to make it worth solo play if nobody's around, though?

Anything else new that should be on my radar and isn't?
1195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] MLB 2k6 Impressions on: April 12, 2006, 03:42:45 PM
Is this even worth getting on a standard-def?  I saw it running at Best Buy when I went to pick it up, but between the interface that's seemingly widescreen-tailored (I like franchises, so I'll be spending a lot of time in menus) and the horrible crashing problems I'm hearing about, I'm kind of glad they didn't have one in for me to buy.

It's probably good for my budget that I'm not IN!, but no baseball on the 360 sucks.
1196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (4/10) on: April 10, 2006, 05:40:22 PM
Well, I was going to buy MLB for the 360, but it looks like hardware problems (dead CPU fan) to fix might kill that for me.
1197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XB360 BC - What's Up? on: March 31, 2006, 11:43:47 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "Clanwolfer"
Are Ninja Gaiden and Forza playable now?

I have the same question. Well, just Ninja Gaiden, but my point still stands.

If I could only drag myself away from Oblivion to check... biggrin

Well, I checked... original Ninja Gaiden works okay.  Didn't notice any terrible slowdown, and had no trouble beating boss #1 on the first run through the level, so it seems to be working now.

Haven't checked Forza though, which is a bigger concern to me.
1198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XB360 BC - What's Up? on: March 30, 2006, 03:42:15 AM
Are Ninja Gaiden and Forza playable now?
1199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (3/27) on: March 28, 2006, 06:55:01 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Nothing, though I will keep an eye on Call of Cthulhu to see if they managed to fix it up for the PC.

Wouldn't count on it.  It's a straight port, done by a single project engineer as a labor of love.  Apparently the publisher wanted to straight-out pull the plug on it.
1200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (3/20) on: March 20, 2006, 05:45:28 AM
Oblivion: CE for the 360, assuming Gamestop/EB is still running the 'trade 2 360 games for 1' deal.
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