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2081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 12, 2008, 11:13:00 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 12, 2008, 10:49:07 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 12, 2008, 08:38:07 PM

Based upon the trailer you linked to, I think the better question would be is the combat that damned easy? The enemy did 0-1 point of damage, and your party was doing 500-1000 points of damage. Why bother allowing battles that one-sided to even exist?

I'm assuming they took a high-level party into an early dungeon for some reason.  Everything I've heard about the game says it is on the difficult side, and each area has a level cap.



Just as long as it isn't Blue Dragon easy. That was ridiculous. And then with the patch they went completely in the opposite direction.
2082  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 12, 2008, 10:50:24 PM

Quote from: DrJones on February 12, 2008, 10:38:28 PM

Do you notice reflections on your current Sony CRT?  Is this your model: KD-30XS955?

Yes and Yes. Until we put up drapes the TV was unwatchable for about 5 daylight hours due to glare. It really is like a Rolls Royce of the CRT generation. But, yeah, daytime viewing could sometimes be...problematic
2083  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 12, 2008, 10:08:46 PM

Quote from: DrJones on February 12, 2008, 09:19:34 PM

Depends on what you are watching and your lighting in the room.  I currently have the 50" Panny you are looking at.  It has an awesome picture for movies and sporting events.  You can see reflections if you have alot of light in the room. In a darkened room it is like looking through a window for HD content. 

Well, the room has ceiling can lights on a dimmer switch. The room also has two large windows covered by blinds and drapes, but they are tan so morning and afternoon light does filter into the room. The windows are to the side of the TV.

I think part of my problem with the glassy surface is movement. What I mean by this is that when my girlfriend and I are relaxing and stationary, I don't seem to have a problem with reflections. But when she starts to move it pulls me out of the movie and my eyes are drawn to the reflection in the glass. I'm not really explaining this well, but hopefully you understand what I mean. The problem is that the Panasonic outshines the other TVs. I've seen and compared them at Best Buy and Barretts, and it both cases it was apparent that the Panasonic was best in class.

I'm just really, really concerned about how I would react to the glossy finish on the Panny in the long term.

Your comment about the "off-axis" viewing is interesting. Unlike my friends who sit directly in front of their televisions, I tend to sit at an angle, resting against the side of the couch. If optimal viewing is perpendicular to the set, I sit about 20% from perpendicular. Probably doesn't mean much since that isn't a drastic angle, but I though that was an interesting point.

In terms of what the TV will be used for in order of usage:

1) anime
2) PS3/Xbox360
3) movies
4) sports (usually just football or UFC)

I really don't watch much cable television.
2084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 12, 2008, 08:38:07 PM

Quote from: depward on February 12, 2008, 06:56:49 PM

Question:

Here's a video of a part of LO - don't worry, no spoilers here, just a 10 minute gameplay vid from the middle of the game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWcZpqrT7sY

My question is - is the loading time this bad?  If you watch the video, the battle "starts" at 0:11 in and the individual isn't able to actually select any battle commands until 0:36 in... which makes it 25 seconds.  I'm guessing you're able to just mash the "A" button through some of these sequences, right?  Also, this random battle essentially ends around the 2:15 mark... is this the amount of time spent, on average, for a random battle for LO?


Based upon the trailer you linked to, I think the better question would be is the combat that damned easy? The enemy did 0-1 point of damage, and your party was doing 500-1000 points of damage. Why bother allowing battles that one-sided to even exist?
2085  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 12, 2008, 08:25:54 PM


The 14x12 room is our upstairs loft, which acts as out entertainment area. The couch is ~8-9 feet from the entertainment center. It currently holds a fantastic 30" Sony WEGA Superfine Pitch CRT HDTV that is definitely too small.  smile  We'll move this TV to the basement.
 
2086  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 12, 2008, 08:13:34 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 12, 2008, 07:13:34 PM

For what it's worth, I got a Sony Bravia 52" W3000 LCD about 3 or 4 months ago and I don't have the clouding issue that has been reported on the AVS forums. Stunningly beautiful TV too.

My local Circuit City is clearing out the Sony Bravia XBR KDL-52XBR4 52" 1080p LCD HDTV for $2450. This is an amazing price since the cheapest I've seen it on Amazon is $3000. Unfortunately, it is out of my price range, especially when factoring in taxes.
2087  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 12, 2008, 08:08:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 12, 2008, 07:03:08 PM

Any reason you're throwing two different sizes into the mix?  The Samsung 65f has a 52" version that's cheaper on Amazon than the 50" Panasonic.

I really love Panasonic TVs. They are about the only company I'll pay a premium to own. And unfortunately their sets jump from 42" to 50". Honestly, the 42" Panasonic 700u seems perfect for me, but my friends and several of the people at AVS are adamant that I'll regret buying a TV that small.
2088  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 12, 2008, 06:36:07 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 12, 2008, 06:27:07 PM

I looked at all four of those lines, did my time looking through the AVS forums, looked at all the reviews, looked at the sets in person.

The Samsung was for me.  Got it a few months ago and love it.  Phenomenal picture quality.

I got the 4665f instead of the 4661f, but they're practically identical.

Yeah, the 4665f seems to have a few more calibration options, better contrast, and a glossier screen. I really can't make up my mind on the glossy screen, which is why I'm still on the fence with the Panasonic. I love Panasonic build quality and picture performance, but I'm concerned about its glass-like screen.
That and a $500 premium to jump from 46 to 50 inches.
2089  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? (and the winner is...) on: February 12, 2008, 06:22:39 PM
I'm looking for a new HDTV, and have selected the following sets as the finalists. I would appreciate any feedback on what company or set you would vote on as the winner. The set will be in a room that is 14x12. Feel free to chime in on a set I may have overlooked.

1) Sony KDL-46V2500 46" Bravia V-Series 1080p LCD HDTV
Price: $1550
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-KDL-46V2500-Bravia-1080p-HDTV/dp/B000HGSL4E/ref=pd_bbs_sr_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1202835399&sr=8-4

2) Sharp Aquos LC46D62U 46" 1080p LCD HDTV
Price: $1450

http://www.amazon.com/Sharp-Aquos-LC46D62U-1080p-HDTV/dp/B000HKHLPA/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1202835399&sr=8-3

3) Samsung LNT4661F 46" 1080p LCD HDTV
Price: $1625

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LNT4661F-1080p-LCD-HDTV/dp/B000N50S5Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1202836935&sr=1-1

4) Panasonic TH-50PZ700U 50" 1080p Plasma HDTV
Price: $2175
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-TH-50PZ700U-1080p-Plasma-HDTV/dp/B000QDBYII/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1202837240&sr=1-2

A few notes: 
1) I have no preference over Plasma or LCD. The Panasonic I chose is a 50", but I don't know if that is worth the $500 price premium over a 46" set. Unfortunately, the next step down for Panasonic is a 42" set and that seems slightly too small. My one concern is the how glossy the screen is on the Panasonic. It is almost identical to the shine you see on a PSP. Without a doubt, however, the Panasonic has the best picture.

2) The Sony Bravia looks very nice, but Sony has had huge problems with clouding on their recent sets. The AVS forums are rampant with people reporting the problem on the V series, W series and XBR series. Also, my current Sony HDTV needed repair after 60 days, so I'm slightly concerned about their recent build quality.

2) The Sharp set looked beautiful, but there are reports of "banding" on many Aquos sets. Also, Sharp has always been a second tier company to me, even though people rave about their screen quality. I've never owned any of their products, so I have no personal background on them at all.

3) Samsung seems to have beautiful screens, but I've seen many reports of substandard build quality and horrible customer service. My friend says "They have the look of a Lexus and the build quality of a Ford."  Of course, he had two sets go out on him, so he might be somewhat...skewed.

Thanks for any suggestions!
2090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/11) on: February 11, 2008, 01:59:45 PM
Lost Odyssey- I'm placing my vote for more JRPGs on the Xbox 360.
RPG Maker XV- I'm considering this "game". It actually looks very cool and reminds me of my old favorites such as Suikoden 2 and the earlier Final Fantasy games. I've always wanted to build my own RPG.
2091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My home will never be the same on: February 04, 2008, 12:52:13 AM

Quote from: gellar on February 02, 2008, 06:57:10 PM


I am f'ing terrified.  My place is not remotely close to childproof and there are a LARGE NUMBER OF NICE THINGS that can easily be broken by a four foot tall terror.  This is not good.

gellar

I feel your pain. I'm having a home built and I'm somewhat anal about keeping MY things in like new condition. Plus I have tons of expensive items. (HDTV, PS3, Xbox360, etc.) My fiancee wants to invite her family over when the house is built. She is Mexican and her two brothers and three sisters have 14 ^%$#%$ children.  Half of them are absolute terrors that run around like little demons.

When a few of them came to visit us at the townhome we are renting, the night ended with fingerprints on my HDTV screen and the blinds on three windows severely bent. I almost went into a blind rage. I'll be twice as bad with a home I actually own.

Seriously, I think there is going to be a big blowout over this issue when the home is finished.
2092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone here actually complete Indigo Prophecy? on: February 04, 2008, 12:41:20 AM
I tried so hard to get into the game, but it never really caught on with me. The black detective was too much of a stereotype, the female detective's bout with claustrophobia was ridiculous, and the lead character had almost no charisma.
2093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Faith & a .45 on: February 01, 2008, 09:22:54 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on January 31, 2008, 03:40:10 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 31, 2008, 02:09:18 PM

I hope they really play up the Bonnie & Clyde aspect of the game. Unfortunately, your counterpart is usually fleshed out in some half-assed manner. He or she  simply guides you to the next gameplay sequence, or the developers end up having the two of you break up for various contrived reasons. American developers seem to have almost no understanding of how to create an actual relationship between a man and woman within a game.


not counting naughty dog (uncharted)?...


Uncharted walks a fine line, but I definitely don't think they took it far enough. A few more stages with her at your side would have helped make their relationship more interesting. I'm thinking ICO, but with a partner who actually speaks and isn't quite so helpless. smile  What is the last game that really tried to develop a meaningful and intelligent romance in a game? Baldur's gate II? And even that was somewhat stilted....and Canadian...
2094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Faith & a .45 on: January 31, 2008, 02:09:18 PM
I hope they really play up the Bonnie & Clyde aspect of the game. Unfortunately, your counterpart is usually fleshed out in some half-assed manner. He or she  simply guides you to the next gameplay sequence, or the developers end up having the two of you break up for various contrived reasons. American developers seem to have almost no understanding of how to create an actual relationship between a man and woman within a game.
2095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (DS) Anyone Here Ever Play Lost In Blue 1 or 2? on: January 22, 2008, 08:40:03 PM

Quote from: Doopri on January 22, 2008, 05:32:52 PM

oh sure where were you six months ago?  now im curious if it would work

also if this is how it goes - why is there a box? WHY IS THERE A BOX!?!?!?!? *starts tearing hair out*

The box is meant to be a metaphor on life. It doesn't really exist. icon_eek
2096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (DS) Anyone Here Ever Play Lost In Blue 1 or 2? on: January 22, 2008, 06:25:00 AM
Strangely, LiB 2 supposedly has better minigames, more exploration, and a more competent partner, but it scored significantly worse than the first game.  Go figure.
2097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (DS) Anyone Here Ever Play Lost In Blue 1 or 2? on: January 22, 2008, 01:23:09 AM

Quote from: The Grue on January 21, 2008, 10:51:36 PM

I played the first one and payed full price.  Whether you would like the game just depends on you, really.  Do you like to work at a game?  This one is for you.  I liked it, but again, you might not.  Ask any specifics and I will try to answer.

I guess my real question is does the game give you a good amount of "carrot-and-stick" gameplay? Is there a good sense of progression and exploration? Is there any real storyline? It seems that in the second game the other survivor is much more helpful than in the first game. In LiB 2 she will accompany you, cook meals, fend for herself to an extent, create furniture, etc. It seems like the main complaint of the first game was that she was simply dead weight.

Basically, is it a game I can curl up with, and play before I go to bed? (like Harvest Moon, for example) Or is it continuosly frustrating and unrewarding?
2098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Possibly interesting graph (360 related) on: January 21, 2008, 10:37:22 PM
Wow, Oblivion has garnered more sales in Japan than Eternal Sonata (Trusty Bell), Enchanted Arms, and Lost Odyssey.  Go Western RPGs! I'm sure Lost Odyssey will eventually overtake Oblivion, but I'm glad to see that an open world Western RPG has done so well. I'm sure that is a better response than Bethesda expected, and it could be a good foundation for the series in RPG-hungry Japan. 

Does anyone know if Mass Effect was/will be released in Japan?
2099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/21) on: January 21, 2008, 10:30:23 PM
Days of Ruin.
2100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (DS) Anyone Here Ever Play Lost In Blue 1 or 2? on: January 21, 2008, 10:29:50 PM
I see both titles have dropped to $19.99, and I'm considering a purchase. The premise of the game has always sounded interesting to me, but the bipolar reviews have kept me from buying either title. It appears unanimous that both games start out somewhat slow and frustrating, but the reviewers that stayed with the games seemed to enjoy them alot more once they opened up.

So, are either of the Lost in Blue titles worth $19.99?
2101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wild ARMs XF details and screens on: January 17, 2008, 05:00:15 AM
Day 1 purchase for me.
2102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blockbuster. A small rant and warning to current online customers. on: January 12, 2008, 12:21:58 AM
I'm a longtime Netflix customer, and my fiancee is a Blockbuster online customer. Recently Blockbuster's price of membership increased dramatically and she decided to cancel her $30 membership. As she was canceling a question came up asking why she was leaving Blockbuster Online. When she chose the option "Service is becoming too expensive", an special incentive came up suggesting a different membership tier that was nearly identical to her current one, but for $21.99.

My fiancee decided to stay with the service at the discounted rate. It is very convenient to have the option of in-store returns for an immediate rental at any B&M store. And $21.99 is relatively competitive with my Netflix membership. 5 days later when her membership renewed she was charged $29.99. TWICE. She wrote an e-mail to the company explaining that she was charged twice -and- at the $29.99 rate. Blockbuster responded that there is no $21.99 rate, and that she was charged correctly. They did not even address the double billing.

Meanwhile, in a strange set of circumstances, I accidentally returned one of my library DVDs by accident to their online service. I actually made the same mistake with Netflix, and they were able to return my DVD about 5 days later. I assumed Blockbuster could respond in some similar fashion. Anyway,I told my fiancee that I would handle both the double billing issue and the wrong DVD error via phone since I'm currently on vacation and have the extra time. I call customer service and they cannot find her membership via name or address. The service rep even had the audacity to ask me if I was spelling the name of my fiancee correctly.  Frustrated, I was forced to have her call in with her credit card number.

About an hour ago she arrived home, called in, and was shocked to find out that:

A) A small percentage of customers are currently experiencing the double billing issue, and it would take 7-14 DAYS to fix the error.
b) The reduced cost plan she chose, despite us actually having an e-mail confirmation, supposedly never existed.
c) Blockbuster has no way of tracking the disc we returned by mistake, saying it would be like "trying to find a needle in a haystack".

My fiancee's sister, who is suspicious and paranoid by nature, went online to see if she was double billed in January. It turns out that she was not double billed this month, but she WAS double billed two months ago, and Blockbuster never corrected the issue. If you are a Blockbuster Online member, please check your bank or credit card statements carefully, as they seem to be having a small double-billing issue, and apparently it didn't just happen in January. They readily admitted a problem exists, so please verify that you haven't been overcharged or double charged.

So when people ask why I'm a Netflix customer, I guess I have three more reasons to stay:

1) They don't go back on their service agreements
2) I haven't been double billed in 5 years
3) When a customer does make a stupid mistake (and I'm sure I'm not the first person to send the wrong DVD) Netflix has the competence and infrastructure to solve the problem. I'm also fairly certain they wouldn't ask me if I was sure I knew how to spell my fiancee's name.

2103  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Any Good Freeware Money Management Software Available? on: January 08, 2008, 06:50:29 AM
I just found this one. Seems fairly good...

http://www.thezeal.com/software/manager/support.asp
2104  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Any Good Freeware Money Management Software Available? on: January 07, 2008, 05:04:44 PM
I'm looking for some freeware similar to MS Money. Does anyone know of a solid piece of software for simply managing household finances (credit card payment reminders, graphing of debt, etc.)?

I don't want to spend any money on this New Year resolution until I'm certain I'll actually use the software religiously.
2105  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: (Xbox360) Conan **Updated Requests** on: January 06, 2008, 08:42:28 PM
Added some new requests before I ship it off to Gamestop.
2106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - 17.7M/Halo 3 - 8.1M/Mass Effect - 1.6M Oh My! on: January 04, 2008, 05:14:07 AM
Any confirmation that MS is going to be the publisher of Mass effect 2? I'm fairly certain that a buyout doesn't invalidate previously signed contracts, but I'm not certain if MS actually DID sign a multi-title deal with Bioware.
2107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - 17.7M/Halo 3 - 8.1M/Mass Effect - 1.6M Oh My! on: January 04, 2008, 04:19:17 AM
I've never understood the Halo phenomenon. Maybe it is because I come from a PC gaming background, but the game simply doesn't deserve this level of success. Other games have better mechanics, better graphics and better storylines.

Bravo for MS. I still remember before its launch that the vast majority of the gaming community were certain that the Xbox would be an absolute, astounding failure.
2108  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT: (Xbox360) Conan **Updated Requests** on: December 31, 2007, 01:53:03 AM
Game is in excellent condition. Sent First Class and with Delivery Confirmation. Looking for "Like New" copies of:


PS3:
Folklore
Resistance: Fall of Man

Xbox360:
Blacksite: Area 51

PC:
Crysis
NWN2: Mask of the Betrayer
Call of Duty 4
Civ 4: Beyond the Sword

DS:
Panzer tactics
Rune Factory
Dragon Quest Monster Joker

PSP:
D&D Tactics

PS2:
Wild Arms 5


For anyone interested who doesn't have a trade, I will also take a $29 e-mail gift card from Amazon. It is secure and easy to purchase:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00067L6TQ/ref=topnav_giftcert_gw/105-7753156-3235645
2109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any Console Games From This Generation Added to Your Permanent Collection? on: December 29, 2007, 07:45:45 PM
I've always wondered how many people collect games assuming they'll go back and play them again, but then they never do. Gaming turns out to be an expensive hobby if you fall into that trap. If you rent, or buy and then make an immediate auction upon completing the game you can usually get way with only spending $7-$15 on a game.

But if you pay $60 for a game, convince yourself that it belongs in your replay collection, but then never play it again- you can easily burn through several hundred to a few thousand dollars a year.
2110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Console Games From This Generation Added to Your Permanent Collection? on: December 29, 2007, 07:07:26 PM
The best games I play are not always added to my permanent gaming collection. For instance, I thought Call of Duty 4 was remarkable but I knew I would never go back and revisit the title. So, what games of this generation have you decided deserved better than rental or auction status?

Here are mine:

PS3:

1) Uncharted- With the exception of too many gunfights in certain areas of the game, I thought this was an exceptional game that I know I'll revisit at some point in the future. Drake and his gang of misfit friends were very well realized, and their personalities gave Uncharted that extra little spark that is often missing from even today's AAA titles. I also loved that the platforming portions were ridiculously fun without being repetitious or frustrating. I'd definitely love to see Uncharted II.

Xbox 360:

1) Gears of War- I still think this is the best looking game of the generation. Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted, and CoD4 have some definite eye-candy, but the level of detail found in Gear's character design and gothic architecture have yet to be surpassed. Despite the severely frustrating final boss, this game had some of my favorite moments of this generation. From the first encounter with a Berserker, to my very first chainsaw kill, this game kept a constant smile on my face. And I absolutely loved Epic's implementation of the combat-cam. If Felix and his band of brothers had been given actual personalities instead of the simple Mater Chief personas, I would have rated this as one of my favorite games of all time.

2) Dead Rising- You don't see this type of game very often. Who knew killing zombies with a soccer ball could be so rewarding.  I hate the punishing save game system, but Dead Rising features the first mall in gaming (or real life) that I actually look forward to revisiting.

3) Eternal Sonata- There are better RPGs out there, but I have yet to see one that is more beautiful. I really did enjoy several of the characters in this game, and combat remained fun throughout the entire experience. Eternal Sonata sometimes fell into the trap of being too preachy, but this game definitely had its moments.

4) Viva Pinata- Quite simply, this is crack cocaine on a DVD. And I usually despise this type of game. But every time I pick up Viva Pinata, I end up playing for several hours at a time.

5) Condemned- Scariest game of the generation so far. The first time you get hit from behind by a steel pipe you'll know what I mean. Plus, there is something incredibly satisfying about tasering an enemy, and then hitting him across the face with a sledgehammer. There are many FPS games circulating in the market, but Condemned's combat mechanics and mood are something slightly different than the rest of the pack.

6) Mass Effect- Bioware does it again. But not without some potholes in the road. My friend calls this game "The Supermodel With A Speech Impediment"- great to look at and wonderful curves, but when it stutters you can't help but grimace. Just remember, this is marked to be a trilogy. I foresee great things to come.



....and there it is. Two years into this generation, and I'm surprised to see that my game collection has not grown very much. I have played a bunch of great games that are simply "one-time wonders": Ratchet and Clank: ToD, CoD4, Crackdown, Stranglehold, R6:Vegas, etc. But I haven't played many games that I would ever go back to revisit.  The lack of RPGs is the most significant reason for the slow growth of my collection. I'm drawn to storylines and characters, but most of this generation has been explosions and simple eye-candy.
2111  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 9/07) on: December 29, 2007, 02:20:59 AM
+1 to mikeg for a quick and professional trade.
2112  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / (PS3) Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction FT ***Sold*** on: December 25, 2007, 06:57:01 AM
This was an absolutely incredible game, easily one of the top 3 games on the PS3. It is quite possibly the closest you can come to playing a Pixar movie. Game is in "Like New" condition, and will be sent with delivery confirmation.

Looking for:


360:
Conan


PS3:
Folklore
Uncharted
Heavenly Sword

PC:
Crysis
Call of Duty 4


For anyone without trades, I'd be willing to take a $40 e-mail gift card from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00067L6TQ/ref=sv_cm_gft_0/105-7753156-3235645
2113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blockbuster just got better on: December 22, 2007, 01:08:51 AM
So how did your daughter like Grindhouse, ATB?  icon_twisted


Another reason I stay with Netflix is that they feature far more anime than Blockbuster, and about 60% of my rentals fall into that category.
2114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blockbuster just got better on: December 21, 2007, 02:43:22 AM
I've been a loyal Netflix patron for about 5 years now. My subscription allows me three movies out at a time.  In 5 years my Netflix fees have dropped by $2, and both price drops have come from Netflix initiating the cost reduction. I've never once tried to have my membership fee lowered. In five years I've only had 1 disc that arrived in an unplayable state, and 1 was lost in the mail. I had my replacement disc within 48hrs.

My girlfriend has The BB Total Access plan-3 DVDs out a time, unlimited trade ins. She has been a member for several months. She just received an e-mail that her plan is increasing by $10 per month. In the period of time she has had Total Access she has received 4 unplayable discs, and 1 time they sent the special feature disc instead of the actual movie.

So in five years my membership costs have decreased, and I've only had two delivery problems. In less than a year my girlfriend has had 5 delivery errors and has seen her membership costs spike.

In the end I think the current Blockbuster model offering free B&M movies will benefit them in the short run by way of increased memberships, but harm them in the long run. The online members have now begun cannibalizing the in-store new release section, making it difficult for walk-in customers to get the new movies. And the walk-in customer is more profitable than the online customer. Plus, Blockbuster must also deal with increased consumption by their online members (by way of free store rentals) which continues to erode profits. Netflix has a buffer built in to their system, simply by the delay in delivery via mail. Blockbuster must compete on both ends, keeping the stores stocked and keeping the online delivery service moving at a rate that matches Netflix.

Put another way, when Total Access started people on the 3 OUT plan were probably "consuming" between 12-15 movies a month if they were relatively diligent in turning their movies around. Now they have the opportunity to easily increase that amount by 100%. Those transactions aren't free to Blockbuster.

My sister is probably a horror story to Blockbuster corporate, and I'm sure the number of people similar to her are growing. She gets her 3 movies from the online service for herself, and then turns them in at BB for children's movies for my nephew and niece. Without even trying very hard, she averages 30 movies a month on her 3 OUT plan when you combine B&M rentals along with her online rentals.  Since her husband loves movies, they can easily hit 40-45 movies a month on certain occasions.
2115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has Anyone Here Used One of the Game Trading Sites? on: December 17, 2007, 07:36:53 PM
Has Anyone Here Used One of the Game Trading Sites? Namely Goozex or Sayswap?   I didn't see a way to determine the condition of the games available, and I'm somewhat rigid about the quality of the game discs I purchase.
2116  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / PS3: Stranglehold Collector's Edition FT on: December 16, 2007, 06:54:22 PM
In Like New condition. Collector's edition includes the Blu-Ray Movie Hard Boiled on the disc. Will ship with delivery confirmation. Looking for Like new copies of:

Looking for:


360:
Mass Effect
Conan

PS3:
Heavenly Sword
Ratchet and Clank
Folklore
Uncharted
2117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official November NPD Numbers - DS, Wii Lead, 360 Very Respectable on: December 14, 2007, 02:19:26 AM
Uncharted and Ratchet and Clank deserve so much better than their current sales. What a tragedy for the developers of these exceptional games.
2118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I Turn on My SuperNES only to Learn I have Red Ring Phobia on: December 12, 2007, 05:00:27 PM

Quote from: kathode on December 12, 2007, 04:55:35 PM

The SNES is almost completely solid-state.  Much less to worry about breaking down when pretty much nothing moves other than the power buttons smile  I do remember blowing on many a NES game, trying to get it to work, though.

Ha! I had to do that with Romance of the Three Kingdoms just the other day! My girlfriend was looking at me like I was crazy.
2119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I Turn on My SuperNES only to Learn I have Red Ring Phobia on: December 12, 2007, 08:20:31 AM

Quote from: Ridah on December 12, 2007, 06:59:22 AM

Consoles these days just have way more going on than consoles of the past so it was inevitable that reliability issues were going to crop up. I mean, if you took a look inside an SNES how many components would you find? One mainboard? Those old systems are way more hollow than the new ones even.The PSX and PS2 had a lot of issues and a lot of it had to do with the disc drives as well as cases of overheating.



I see your point, but I've never been a big believer in the idea that increased complexity=increased unreliability. Superior engineering and design go a long way. It isn't the "more going on" that is the biggest fly in the ointment, it is the cost cutting measures to drive that lower price point.

My newest gaming rig is far more complex than the PS3 and 360, and I'd still bet it will outlast either of them because I chose the premium parts and manufacturers.

Incidentally, have there ever been any poor quality Nintendo consoles? I cannot recall any major complaints with any of their products. The Big N seems to have their house in order.  My N64, Gamecube and DS have all been superlative-not one replacement ever needed.
2120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I Turn on My SuperNES only to Learn I have Red Ring Phobia on: December 12, 2007, 05:48:40 AM
Well, if there was ever a reason for mandatory backward compatibility, Microsoft just gave us the reason with the xbox 360.  Hopefully their next console will be well manufactured and have full backward compatibility so that we can all play the games we love.

I have faith that MS learned a few significant lessons after taking a 1 billion dollar hit in the crotch.
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