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161  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Dell Customer Service Rant- What would be your next step? on: February 04, 2013, 10:55:23 PM
So I purchased a new Dell system that was on sale recently, and it came with a cash back rewards gift card for $100, and a promotional gift card for $200. I received the $100 card, but not the $200 card.

I placed the order by phone, have a chat log where the CSR confirms that both promotions had been applied. I also have the saved HTML files from Dell's website, showing the promotion. (I was nervous about ordering over the phone). A week ago Dell reps told me that the promotion delivery window still had a few days before it was over, and that I should call back on Monday.

Today I called back because I didn't get the gift card. The new CSR states it doesn't show one for my order. I sent him the chat log and HTML files from Dell's site. He escalated the matter. Now here is the second twist. I told him that if I was not given the cards as promised, I wanted to return the system. He said that was not possible, as the return Window ended a day ago.

So, what would be your next step if they call me back and try to say that I won't get the card? I'm thinking of calling the BBB and closing my Dell Preferred credit card. THEN sending a letter to...er....someone higher up the food chain at Dell. I just don't know who. I'm trying to remain professional, but I'm relatively unhappy.

Again, this may be premature. But I thought the chat log confirming that I got the promotion, plus a snapshot of the website SHOWING the promotion, would have made this open-and-shut. Apparently not.

162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: February 02, 2013, 01:05:21 AM

Quote from: morlac on February 02, 2013, 12:47:38 AM

Quote from: Turtle on February 01, 2013, 12:03:21 PM

I stand by my statement. That article talks about the overall success of this generation of consoles, but the reality is the Sony hemorrhaged money just to maintain their market share, as opposed to MS which just grew and grew.


Except MS did not.  In fact apparently both companies lost a metric shit ton of money this gen.
http://xbox-techzone.com/?p=1809

Granted Sony did lose more, Ill give you that.  PC's making a huge comeback.  Consoles are DOOMED!   nod

Ok Maybe not but that sure is eye opening if true.

Does MS actually break out financials for the Xbox, or are they taking numbers from the entire Entertainment & Devices Division? It was my understanding that the profits of the division are driven by the Xbox.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are You Stepping Into the Next Gen? on: February 01, 2013, 07:38:05 PM
I would love to be Xbox exclusive, because I vastly prefer its controller and dashboard. However, almost every exclusive game that I enjoy resides on the PS3- Uncharted, Infamous, Sly Cooper, God of War, Yakuza, Killzone, Resistance, etc. That means a PS4 is mandatory.

Meanwhile, from a gaming perspective I'm most able to dump the Xbox, as MS has basically destroyed their 1st party development. I'm not a Halo, or Forza fan, and Gears will go multi-platform if it continues next gen, and Fable is underwhelming.

PS+ is gaining ground on Xbox Live very quickly, and from a price-to-value point it has in many ways surpassed it. If this trend continues into the next generation, and MS has no stable of exclusive 1st party games for differentiation, I could see MS losing ground.

But for the moment, I'm in for both.
164  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: White 64GB Ipad4 (i.e. ipad with Retina Display, wi-fi only) *SOLD*** on: January 31, 2013, 10:23:12 PM
SOLD-----

So Apple announces the 128GB version of the ipad, 6 weeks after I buy the 64GB. The extra space is important to me, so it is time to trade up. Thought I'd offer it to the community members before going to the Amazon marketplace.

White, 64GB, wi-fi, she's not even two months old!

Mint condition, original packaging included, purchased directly from Apple. This ipad has been in a case since it arrived on my doorstep. I would be happy to send images.
Purchased for $724, looking to sell it for $635. Dropped to $549. (I forgot how much Amazon takes when you sell on their website. I'd rather pass the savings on to a forum member)

I'm willing to possibly take a combination of standard payment, along with either Amazon gift cards or Steam wallet codes. The ipad will be sent to you via UPS.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DmC - Devil May Cry on: January 26, 2013, 09:52:05 PM
I've played about an hour of this last evening, and it is very, very good. I've never been able to get into the Devil May Cry series, so the fact that I'm enjoying this one means Ninja Theory, at least for me, succeeded in their hopes of refreshing the series. And after the first level, I would really like to see them create a full-fledged horror game.

Avoid the fanboy criticism on this one. The reviewers are right.
166  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [GetGames] Aliens: Colonial Marines PC 39% off on: January 26, 2013, 08:11:20 PM
A gameplay vid. Looks somewhat average, but might be okay at $30. I was disappointed to hear that your main marine counterparts don't ever panic. A few previews say they maintain their composure throughout the game. I wanted some "game over, man!" moments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZHA58-_2Eg
167  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [GetGames] Aliens: Colonial Marines PC 39% off on: January 26, 2013, 07:50:46 PM
...and its a steamworks code, which heightens my interest. Any word on if the game is supposed to be any good? I see its made by Gearbox.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 24, 2013, 04:12:01 AM
I am REALLY pissed at Namco. I pre-ordered the Wizard edition, and just received a notification that my credit card declined the transaction and my order was cancelled. They also stated that I couldn't re-order because it is sold out.

I called my CC company, and they stated that no attempt was ever made to charge my card, and that no transaction -ever- has been declined.

Then I found out on another website that Namco OVERSOLD the pre-orders and is now randomly cancelling orders. Using a lie about my credit card company being at fault  to cancel an order for their mistake just irritates the hell out of me.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/21) on: January 21, 2013, 07:46:14 AM
Ni No Kuni
DmC
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DmC - Devil May Cry on: January 20, 2013, 05:14:34 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 20, 2013, 03:40:27 PM

Was just wondering about this after I saw The Grue was playing it. Just checked and it has a Metascore of 86, Giant Bomb gave it a 100 and yet you have user reviews that go all the way down to 0... but par for the course nowadays, I suppose. May just have to pick this one up. 

Most of the really low user scores are from hardcore Dante fans who refuse to accept ANY changes to the way Devil May Cry looks or plays. Neogaf has a whole thread with people bashing the game, many of whom haven't even played the demo.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 20, 2013, 08:46:14 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 20, 2013, 03:12:48 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 20, 2013, 02:46:57 AM

My biggest problem is that the overworld random battles were absolutely brain-dead easy, and apparently there are tons of them. I prefer my random battles to be like Persona or Nocturne, where there is a slight chance to die at any time. In Ni No Kuni I didn't even need to look at the screen.


I know excessive easiness was a major complaint against White Knight Chronicles, but I generally consider Eurogamer to be pretty discerning:

Quote from: Eurogamer
Ni no Kuni is not afraid to test you, either. Boss fights are abundant and the regular battles between them are far from thoughtless chaff. After establishing the basics, the game stretches its legs and offers consistent challenge, regularly stepping up the toughness of the monsters you face and offering some thorny tactical combinations. Mana is a precious resource that's expensive to refill and this is one JRPG where you'll actually need to use and restock your items, where the sight of an inn brings relief.

The difficulty and levelling curves have been tuned with such care that as soon as the fights in one area become easy, you're on to the next. You'll rarely, if ever, need to grind; the game is comfortably padded with fun side-quests and challenging monster bounty hunts instead. Seldom has a console role-player been so perfectly paced, or side-stepped the onset of ennui with such sure footing.


The review also specifies that Ni No Kuni takes a bit to unveil all its battle systems, so I'd assume the demo is only presenting the most basic elements of game play.

-Autistic Angel

Good to hear. Its a shame they didn't bother to show that in the demo. But as others have mentioned, RPG demos are usually fairly dubious.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 20, 2013, 02:46:57 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 20, 2013, 01:28:49 AM

I should probably just break down and try the demo.  I've been avoiding it because JRPG demos typically do more harm than good for me, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to give it a look.

The demo was quite mediocre. If it is a good representation of the game, I'm concerned.

My biggest problem is that the overworld random battles were absolutely brain-dead easy, and apparently there are tons of them. I prefer my random battles to be like Persona or Nocturne, where there is a slight chance to die at any time. In Ni No Kuni I didn't even need to look at the screen.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienware X51- I'm almost a console!! on: January 19, 2013, 07:07:40 PM

Quote from: morlac on January 19, 2013, 02:02:14 PM

Looks cool but $1000 for PC with limited GPU upgradeability means no sale for me.  I would not call going form a  GT660 to a GTX670 an upgrade path.  Sure it is slightly better but you are being locked into a single generation of GPU.  I don't see any chance of it running video cards in the next generation with the wimpy PSU.  I need my PC's to go 4+ years to justify the $, this won't do that.  Lastly, I would imagine that the next generation consoles rumored to be around the corner will match it performance wise and be half the cost.  However, it does look like a neat piece of hardware and you do get some solid components for the price in a nice little package.  In other words I want one smile

Never pay full price for Dell/Alienware. They run deals somewhat regularly. I got the $1000 version for 25% off, plus a $100 Dell gift card.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I would like to see another Dot Hack title. on: January 19, 2013, 07:04:40 PM
I have the .HACK GU games, but I still haven't gotten around to playing them. I opened the first one and tried it out for about an hour before putting it aside for reasons I don't recall. It had a wonderful art style for a PS2 era game, and the real-time combat seemed well developed.

I need to get back to these titles.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienware X51- I'm almost a console!! on: January 19, 2013, 06:52:25 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on January 19, 2013, 05:23:07 AM

How noisy is it? I assume it has a fan of some sort.

Yes, it has fans. it runs at about the same noise level as the xbox360 slim when playing games. When on the Internet the system is basically silent. You can also download various programs to control fan speed if you desire. Note that I download my games from Steam, so I haven't used the DVD drive very often.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienware X51- I'm almost a console!! on: January 19, 2013, 03:51:48 AM

Quote from: Alefroth on January 19, 2013, 01:52:52 AM

How did you handle the sound?

Ale

Sound is handled via HDMI. You can set the system up in about 30 seconds, just like a console.

There is a solid state drive option, but if I recall it was a $200 option.
177  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 19, 2013, 03:49:35 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 18, 2013, 11:46:05 PM

If only...

Quote
Track the newest iPhone and iPod Touch apps, updates and price changes here at AppShopper.

Download our Free iPhone and iPad App!

Good enough, thank you!
178  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 18, 2013, 11:38:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 18, 2013, 10:23:52 PM

Penny Arcade the Game: Gamers vs Evil is on sale for a buck.  It's a deck-building card game along the lines of Ascension, but more light-hearted and filled with PA references.  Pretty well done game, and definitely worth a buck if you like deck building games.

Thanks! I've been waiting for a price drop on this! I really wish there was an app that tracked the prices of other apps that you bookmarked. lol.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienware X51- I'm almost a console!! on: January 18, 2013, 11:29:25 PM

Quote from: ydejin on January 18, 2013, 11:00:19 PM

That looks very nice!  The power supply seems pretty limiting though.  Does the 240 watt standard supply come with the regular Intel i5's and the 330 watt one come with the Intel i7's?  I couldn't figure out what determined which power supply it comes with.

The PSU is definitely the limiting factor. The 330 watt PSU comes with the 660 graphics card upgrade. It isn't based upon the processor. Alienware will also verify which PSU option comes with the build you choose. If you desire to throw in an improved GPU later on, it is absolutely the way to go. Incidentally, that PSU limits the graphics card upgrade to a GTX670. Several people have tried a GTX680, but the system isn't stable due to the power draw. A few have also reported that a 400 watt PSU is available at NewEgg, but I couldn't confirm this, and no one has tried it.

For the record, I grabbed the i7 version, 8GB RAM, 660 GPU, and Win7. I'm debating moving to Windows 8 via the $15 MS upgrade option, but the system is so stable now that I really don't want to risk any headaches.

BTW, it is very hard to find online reviews since Alienware refreshed the graphics card. Until September they were using the 555 and 545 Nvidia cardsand most reviews are based on those cards. The new 660 is significantly faster. The only game that has made the system whimper is The Witcher 2 with every possible feature, including AA and Tessellation maxed out. I'm in the process of downloading my Steam library onto the X51.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: [movie] Dredd on: January 18, 2013, 09:22:34 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 09, 2013, 12:33:22 AM

Just rented Dredd, I thought it was so good that I went out to Best Buy to purchase a blu ray copy. It is truly unfortunate this movie didn't do well.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Sounds like I'm gushing, but this is what I love about this film:
1. Pulls no punches depicting violence
2. Karl Urban's performance. No nonsense, voice was perfect for Dredd. He moves like a trained killer would, with complete confidence and most importantly the will to kill.
3. Simple but effective plot and premise.

I did the exact same thing! I watched Total Recall and Dredd this morning. I was quite surprised with how good Dredd turned out to be, as I expected something truly low brow and low budget. grabbed the Blu ray off Amazon. the actor who played Dredd did an excellent job- much less forced than Stallone's version. it seemed like Stallone was trying too hard to be a badass. This guy just came across as one immediately.
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: has this Remake been mentioned yet?..Total Recall on: January 18, 2013, 09:13:03 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 18, 2013, 08:40:42 PM

This just came out on video.  

This was surprisingly good.  I don't see the huge reason to use the same name as the Arnold version since the story is 90% different but it was much better than I expected.


I agree. I just saw this and was very impressed. it was a great popcorn movie, and I'm pleased that they didn't just remake Arnold's version. And holy sh!t is Kate a badass! I wish they kept the "why are you sweating?" part instead of using tears, however.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Replaying KOTOR on: January 18, 2013, 09:09:34 PM
which mods do you guys recommend for this? Is 1.8 the latest version of the restoration mod? There seem to have been a few grips working on different restoration projects.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienware X51- I'm almost a console!! on: January 18, 2013, 08:57:51 PM
Bullwinkle-

1:
The upgrade path is limited to the video card and RAM, but that is all most people upgrade anyway. In the Alienware forum, users have successfully been upgrading the video card all the way to a GTX670. The limiting factor is the power supply, which is NOT easily changed, as it is an external brick that looks almost exactly like the one from the 360.

One fairly awesome point is that even if you upgrade the video card, Dell still honors the full warranty, with the exception of that component.

I should also point out that if you buy the i5 version with the GTX660, it still has ALOT of headroom for future gaming based upon the frames per second it already pumps out. At 1080P I'm getting over 120 fps in Dishonored, and over 80 in Hitman and Crysis 2, both at High settings.Games in two years may drop those numbers into the 50s, or 60s, but it is still very acceptable. And then you could always upgrade the vid card. If you do buy an X51 IMMEDIATELY update the video card drivers. For some reason Alienware sends out new systems with the drivers a few versions behind what is on nvidias site. My FPS jumped by 50-200 percent after I made this one change.

2:
The X51 is a full blown windows PC. I use games from Steam, GOG, or from retail. I also installed MS Office, Firefox, etc. Another great point is that I've now starting modding Fallout and Skyrim with the latest PC mods.

3:
The system comes with a mouse and keyboard, but I haven't used it in any games. I only use it to launch Steam, and then I immediately start using the Xbox controller once I launch the game. And the Xbox controller is very precise, especially in comparison to older controllers. It is immediately recognized in every modern FPS and action game I've tried, simply by changing the control device to "game pad" in the game options. Then you can easily change the x and y axis response time, invert controls, etc.

The X51 is basically a home theater PC, dressed up to look like a console. You could absolutely build the same system yourself, but it is difficult to find a chassis that looks as nice. and then there is the complication of actually building a system in such a small chassis. Building a large PC is an easy affair. Smaller chassis become much more difficult due to cable management, heat management, and just getting your hands in such a small chassis. As I mentioned, I build PC systems quite regularly, And I would have only saved about $150 dollars if I built it myself when compared to the sale Alienware was running. Wasn't worth my time.

Hope this helps.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CD Projekt Red - Cyberpunk 2077 on: January 18, 2013, 02:21:12 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on January 11, 2013, 03:36:05 PM

I'm a sucker for sci-fi neuromancer/blade runner settings.  I wish they didn't tease the game 2 years out from the release though.

Yeah, this has ALWAYS been my pet peeve. They pull this crap with movies, too. A few weeks ago my girlfriend and I were at the theater, and one of the coming attractions was for early 2014. WTF?!  Good thing they told me now! Gives me time to reschedule my yearly colonoscopy! 
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Alienware X51- I'm almost a console!! on: January 18, 2013, 02:01:27 PM
I'm in that strange gaming stage where I'm torn between the significantly better graphics of my desktop gaming PC, or the comfort of playing games on a console while relaxing on a couch in front of a large plasma TV, but with noticeably crappier graphics. And since I'm a graphics whore.....A friend introduced me to the Alienware X51, which is basically a Home Theater PC, dressed up in a chassis that is only slightly larger than the original Xbox.



I decided to grab one, and instantly fell in love. It fits in perfectly with all of my home theater components and consoles. Plus, I now can game in full 1080P with maximum quality textures, shadows, AA, etc. Couple this with a wireless Xbox 360 PC controller, and you basically have something akin to a next-gen Xbox (albeit without Xbox Live). I downloaded Crysis 2, Hitman Absolution, Dishonored, XCOM, and Far Cry 3 from Steam, and all of them play at over 60FPS with just about ever bell and whistle toggled on at full 1080P.

The difference between these games on the 360/PS3 and the X51 is stunning. In addition, most upcoming action/FPS/sports games have full controller support embedded in the game, so even though the X51 uses the PC version, they play exactly like the console release. (Or you can use a wireless mouse/keyboard if you desire) I've already changed my Devil May Cry and Bioshock Infinite pre-orders from the 360 to Steam.

I'm throwing all of this out here because Alienware (Dell) has made a great little system that looks perfect in the living room, and allows gamers to experience their favorite titles with a fidelity that the PS3 and Xbox simply can't match. Now the caveat is that this is a PC, so it is still more expensive that a console- significantly so. However, Dell runs deals on the X51 with some regularity. Systems start at $699 and move into a range over $1000 dollars. However, Dell has been offering $100-300 gift cards with these systems, cash back, rewards, etc. Refurbed systems at the Dell Outlet store can also be significantly less $$. You also, obviously, can't delve into the PS+ or Xbox live ecosystem, so if that is a huge part of your gaming experience, then the X51 should be avoided.

I've built my last 3 PCs, and I had a difficult time matching the X51 if I bought comparable components myself. Plus, building a system this small is....kinda a pain in the a$$. But its nice to see that PC components have become small enough, and powerful enough, where they can fit unobtrusively in the living room. Plus, the almost universal acceptance of the Xbox controller for the PC has made things so much nicer. I remember my early days of PC gaming with various controllers from Logitech, Belkin, etc. Most of the time they weren't supported, had buggy software, or the controller just plain sucked! What a difference between then and now!

Anyway, its tax season, so those of you getting a return....

Out of curiosity, do any of you already PC game on your big screen TVs?

186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 17, 2013, 09:18:36 PM
Yeah, I just grabbed the CE too. I missed out on it the first time around. But I really want the GameStop steel case, so I'm in for both.

......I think I'm an idiot who is going to have buyer's remorse.......  retard
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Replaying KOTOR on: January 17, 2013, 09:15:17 PM
Now that the content mod for Knights II is officially complete, I need to go back and play it. It has been sitting in my closet, untouched, for several years. Hopefully it will run without me needing to jump through hoops to get it to start up in Windows 7.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Gamingtrend dying, or we are all just on a break? on: January 17, 2013, 09:03:49 PM
I've certainly noticed the decline in forum traffic. as mentioned by others, I post less now because topics I would create or join we're getting fewer and fewer responses.

The bottom line is there really is nothing else the administrators and moderators of this site can do to increase traffic by any significant margin. GT is well designed, easy to navigate, and a ton of content gets posted. It is up to the forum veterans to make a commitment to the site and simply BEGIN POSTING MORE. A dozen more truly active people with good personalities can make a huge difference in the atmosphere of a forum.  I'll do my best to become one of the "dirty dozen"!

Having said that, I'm glad Gaming Trend isn't like Neogaf. I hate reading 15 pages of one or two word posts to get to the three or four interesting comments in a topic.


189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kentucky Route Zero [PC / Mac] on: January 14, 2013, 08:15:18 PM
Okay, the Gaming Trend editorial got my attention, but could you possibly elaborate on how long an episode takes to complete? Also, does the storytelling and characterization seem to hold up after that initial "wow" factor wears off?

I don't mind the lack of regular gameplay, but I'm concerned that the storyline and atmosphere won't hold up. If they do, I'm in.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nissan Leaf on: January 14, 2013, 03:21:41 AM
A friend has one, and he loves it. Said its the best car he has owned in the past several years.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looks like Used Games are going away next gen on: January 04, 2013, 09:27:16 AM
I've always been of the perspective that the used games market is stealing from the developers and publishers. I dont want to open a can of worms, that is just my opinion. When I briefly worked at a GameStop back in the day, I always felt bad at how many times we churned those used copies of various games, especially when you are instructed to drive customers to the used games.

IMHO, used game shops should pass on a portion of those profits to the developer. every time I see a person sell Call of Duty X to GameStop for $25 credit, and then 30 seconds later the Gamestop is selling it used for a paltry $5 discount below full retail, it bothers me.
192  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Attack site? Badware? Huh? on: December 29, 2012, 11:46:13 PM
ATB performed some investigative journalism and concluded the Russian mob is after Knightshade for refusing to review that adult-only game. I'd back you guys up, but I'm part French, so that won't be happening. (actually I'm Irish. And it's the weekend. So Im too drunk to help. But if this ever happens on a weekDAY, heads will roll!). <belch>
193  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Firefox popped up with a 'Reported Attack site' message on GT on: December 29, 2012, 11:34:14 PM
Damn, Knightshade, just review their porn game and give them whatever else they want!! I'm stuck using Safari on a tiny-ass iPhone 4 screen!!! And if THEY are listening in, I've already pre-ordered the limited edition with the edible underwear!!!!!
194  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / (Vita) *Unopened* Persona 4 Golden Solid Gold Collector's Edition on: December 29, 2012, 01:07:23 AM
My GF bought me this for Christmas without realizing I had already purchased it for myself. Problem is, she is now past the return window.

Just looking to see if there is any interest here before I ship it off to Amazon or ebay, where it is now selling for $95-$120. I'm just looking for MSRP, which is $70. I'd be happy with:

-iTunes cards
-Steam Wallet Cards
-Amazon e-mailed gift cards

Item would be shipped with delivery confirmation.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I need your opinion on whether or not to run a review on: December 29, 2012, 12:54:02 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 28, 2012, 06:31:29 AM

Quote from: gellar on December 28, 2012, 12:08:55 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 27, 2012, 10:13:01 PM

My personal feeling on it is "It's a product.  I review products.  Somebody out there wants to know whether or not this game is worth their cash" - it's more the community reaction I'm worried about.   The review itself will fall off the front page in a day or two and fall to obscurity with a news push or two.   I just don't want somebody tearing me a new ass because their kid read it or something.

Ahahahaha no.  This isn't a game.  The only reason to 'review' it is to drive traffic to the site via controversy.  Other than that it isn't worth any time at all.

I would argue that this is as much of a game as The Walking Dead is.  It's a series of choices leading to some conclusions in a story, with zombies instead of boobies.  And that bunch of quicktime events is winning GOTY from a bunch of places.  slywink

Having said that, in all seriousness I would just consider that reviewing this product is not really going to do anything positive for the site, its readers or you.

I agree with this. In terms of mechanics they are similar, so by that measuring stick the Walking Dead falls into the same family as this title. In terms of content, well.....

I say play it, see if it has actual redeeming qualities, and then perhaps inform he community. But I probably wouldn't make a full fledged review. I do wish gaming would get to the maturity level that sex, lust and love could be expressed with maturity, but I imagine that day is generations away.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Plasma TV on: December 28, 2012, 09:38:31 AM
I own two of the most expensive TVs from Samsung and Panasonic. The Samsung is LCD and the Panasonic is a plasma. Without a doubt, I would choose the plasma over the LCD any day of the week. And if you professionally calibrate the difference becomes even more pronounced.My recommendation is that you go to the AVS forums and download the static image slideshow onto a USB drive (not a DVD!!!) and let it loop for about two days when you aren't using the TV. Also keep brightness below 50 for the first week or so. I've never had image retention or burn in. Ever. At least with Panasonic, there are so many technologies built into the system that you need to be trying to destroy the TV before you actually get burn in. And by that I mean brightness to 100, contrast to 100, static screen left on for hours, and auto-dimming turned off.

Uninformed People tend to think the static screens (radar, for example) on games are somehow the kiss of death, but in reality the image is broken up enough by saving screens, loading screens, menu screens etc, to refresh the TV.

But with pixel orbiting (wobbling), intelligent auto dimming, screen savers, pixel wash, etc, you really shouldnt worry.  Enjoy your TV, BUT walk her for the first few days.

edit---yes, minimize letterboxing if you are a perfectionist for the first few days.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/17) on: December 17, 2012, 08:49:01 PM
Stranger's Wrath for the vita?!?! That game was incredible on the original Xbox. If the HD version for Vita is well done, it's an insta-buy. I had no idea it even existed.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/Vita] Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault on: December 02, 2012, 07:17:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 02, 2012, 05:45:20 PM

Thanks, Bicker Twins.

Now, has anyone actually played this game?
I have it. it really is Ratchet and Clank: Tower Defense. there are some light platforming elements, and some basic exploration, but the meat of the game revolves around collecting bolts to build defenses. Then you also need to bring the planetary defenses back on line, so you'll be traveling into enemy territory to throw a few switches.

The usual RnC humor is present, but the graphics have been downgraded, along with story elements and platforming. But the combat is still fun and chaotic.

Try the demo. I think the game is worth $20.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2012 Gaming Character of the Year? on: November 29, 2012, 05:06:36 AM
Geralt from the Witcher 2 would be high on my list. I agree that Handsome jack was a great character, but I would have preferred some more interaction with him other than the audio logs for 95% of the game. Developers still don't understand how to create and utilize truly great villians.
200  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [vita] Persona 4 Golden on: November 29, 2012, 12:58:24 AM
The page goes down a few times a day, but there is some great information here for first-time players of Persona 4. He gives lots of bullet points and what to do and not do:

www.beforeiplay.com/index.php?title=Persona_4
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