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2081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console Sales (Nov-Dec): 360 Triumphant, but Wii Wins the Hearts and Minds on: December 31, 2006, 07:07:58 PM

Quote from: Kobra on December 31, 2006, 06:46:43 PM

Quote from: kathode on December 31, 2006, 04:07:22 PM

Baloney.  The price sweet spot is the lowest price, and that's the Wii by far. 

I disagree, there are much more to factor than just price.  I simply cannot see the Wii sustaining the hype in the long term.  By many accounts, a full 50% of Americans will have HDTV's by next Christmas, and to go with those units, people will want real next-gen graphics and power.  The Wii cannot deliver this, and will never deliver this, and quite possibly could be a holiday fad.

Quote
The Wii would've "won" if they had been able to manufacture enough, but they didn't.
At this point I should probably break the news that the developers kit for the Wii is nothing more than a couple strap-ons to the existing Gamecube developer kits. The net result will be quite simply - everything on the Wii will look like stuff on the Gamecube, and what you have left is the controller.  Will that be enough for the long term given what we know?

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I don't agree with the people who think the 360 should be running away with it.

2007 will be the Xbox360's year, mark my words.  Incredible 3rd generation games will be arriving.  Microsofts focus on developer sex will start showing through and paying off, and titles in development for 36+ month cycles will start hitting.  Mach2 hardware will be arriving, and with it reduced costs, better reliability, and market penetration.  I got to hand it to Microsoft, they positioned their console perfectly to have the best games at the best time, both in 2006, and in 2007.

I'll agree that 2007 should be the year of the 360 based upon their release schedule (although some listed below are shared with the PS3):

Halo 3
Mass Effect
Blue Dragon
Virtua Fighter 5
Lost Odyssey (supposedly its a worldwide release)
Lost Planet
Crackdown
Too Human
Ghost Recon 2
Bioshock
Alan Wake (?)
Eternal Sonata
Grand Theft Auto 4
Forza 2
Splinter Cell 5
Assassin's Creed
Culdcept Saga
Guitar Hero 2 <edit>

Factor in these titles with a price drop and the 360 should excel. Like you, I also believe that the Wii will see a sales decline based upon its limitations, but I don't see that happening for at least another two years. Casual gamers are less invested in the HDTV aspect of gaming.

Sony needs to get their price down by at least $100, but I don't know how easy that will be from a manufacturing standpoint. Factor in their low software attach rate and you have a definite problem. Final Fantasy and Metal Gear are a long way off, so Sony needs a few of their upcoming lesser known titles to be home runs. (Lair, Heavenly Sword, etc.)

Its not going to happen, but it would be really interesting to see if MS could clip Nintendo's wings by dropping the price of their console by $100 during 2007. Even if Nintendo dropped their price and matched the core Xbox 360 at $199, Microsoft has alot of advantages over the Wii.
2082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console Sales (Nov-Dec): 360 Triumphant, but Wii Wins the Hearts and Minds on: December 31, 2006, 05:10:21 PM
It will be interesting to see how the last minute after-Christmas shuffle plays out. I have two friends who test drove their PS3s and walked away unimpressed. They are now both going for an Xbox 360 and Wii combination. I have a third friend who was going to buy a 360, but he had so much fun playing the Wii at a relative's house on Christmas Day that he has decided to go with the Nintendo system.

Sure, these three examples are anecdotes, but I'm certain the same scenario is being played out across the country as people decide what to do with those gift cards, and as they test drive their new systems.

I also wonder how many of those 360s were purchased because available inventory on the PS3 and Wii was so sporadic. Will the people who received those Microsoft systems return them and hold out for the next wave of their preferred console?
2083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console Sales (Nov-Dec): 360 Triumphant, but Wii Wins the Hearts and Minds on: December 31, 2006, 07:14:09 AM

Quote from: Space Herpes on December 31, 2006, 06:53:24 AM

Quote from: Calvin on December 31, 2006, 06:36:48 AM

Seriously, other than trying to cause another console bitch fight, how do you figure the Wii is winning hearts and minds? Whats the point of that addition?  If I am somehow wrong and you have factual and documented sources about Wii's (or any other console) winning hearts and minds, please post it and then accept my apologies.

Nice on the edit there.  Did you watch the video?  Those were the numbers listed on CNBC.  The analyst said the Wii "captured the imagination of the non-gamer."  I think that's a direct quote. 

Anyway, people getting inflammed about consoles really need to relax.  Gamers are winning in the console wars.  It seems both MS and Sony are busting their asses to make the most appealing system.  Console buyers so so finnicky that a leading in one generation is dead in the next.  That pretty much means the manufacturers have to respect the consumer as brand loyalty is very, very low (this, imo, is a good thing.  Corporations have zero loyalty and yet expect loyalty.  Screw that!).  Then there is the Wii.  Again, this is a company trying to create something to please us, the gamers!  Frankly, it's really nice to see.  I just hope it keeps going this way.


Well, I'll agree with Kevin Grey on one point- I can't say gamers are winning the console war until I see how microtransactions and the growing ability for developers to release buggy games that are later patched plays out. But I agree that being loyal to a console is strange. Play the games you love wherever they land.
2084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console Sales (Nov-Dec): 360 Triumphant, but Wii Wins the Hearts and Minds on: December 31, 2006, 07:02:18 AM

Quote from: Calvin on December 31, 2006, 06:36:48 AM

Seriously, other than trying to cause another console bitch fight, how do you figure the Wii is winning hearts and minds? Whats the point of that addition?  If I am somehow wrong and you have factual and documented sources about Wii's (or any other console) winning hearts and minds, please post it and then accept my apologies.

Did you watch the video? The analyst refers to the system as capturing the imagination of the non-gaming, and appealing to a broader audience in the marketplace. Have you read any of the articles in the mainstream press? Time? Businessweek? Or the Wall Street Journal? They actually say "The Wii Won Our Hearts." Do you watch CNN or Fox News? CNN had a piece on Nintendo growing the video game market with the launch of the Wii. The actually compared it to the ipod in terms of momentum. The Wii is the console of the day. It doesn't matter that it is my least favorite of the three consoles, the simple fact is that Nintendo has created enormous positive buzz and enormous sales.

It isn't meant to be inflammatory. Nintendo should be applauded on a definite achievement. On paper the Wii should have been crushed.

But apparently Inferior graphics+Inferior HDTV support+Inferior online capabilities+Inferior third party support=success. How many people would bet their salary on that horse?
2085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Sales (Nov-Dec): 360 Triumphant, but Wii Wins the Hearts and Minds on: December 31, 2006, 06:00:49 AM
http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=158897930&play=1#


Preliminary Numbers:
360 - 2million
Wii - 1.8million
PS3 - 750k

A few notes:
-My hat is off to MS for leading the next-gen sales pack in the wake of the release of the Wii and PS3.
-The Wii is doing much better than I anticipated, and I think Nintendo deserves praise for taking a huge leap of faith by successfully moving in the opposite direction of the trends. Had this decision been a mistake, I think Nintendo would have been out of the console market after this generation.
-Sony falls another 1.25 million units behind MS. Exceptional hardware, but unless they start gaining that market share I expect more Japanese developers to jump ship for the Wii and 360. The Wii just may end up erasing much of Sony's mindshare in the gaming public.
2086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any Onimusha fans? on: December 31, 2006, 05:23:51 AM
If you can get past the cluncky controls, all of the Onimusha games are wonderful. I especially like their incorporation of a reduced difficulty option if you lose to a boss more than 3 times. All games should have that option.

If Onimusha really grabs you I would also recommend that you try Genji for the PS2.
2087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Planet Receives Lukewarm Reviews on: December 31, 2006, 12:46:52 AM
Sopposedly the game is 8-10 hours long.
2088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lost Planet Receives Lukewarm Reviews on: December 30, 2006, 01:49:12 AM
http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/931114.asp

There are only three reviews up so far, but I would hardly call a 60,70 and 80 promising scores. I was really looking forward to this game, but it looks like I'll stay in a holding pattern until there is a better consensus from the gaming community at large.

Unfortunately, none of those reviews can be read online, so I'm uncertain what is the main Achille's Heel.  :icon_sad:


<edit> ah, the main issues are camera problems, sluggish response times in certain instances, poor dialogue/storyline, very short
2089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF12: Revenant Wings images on: December 30, 2006, 01:39:16 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 29, 2006, 11:19:51 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 29, 2006, 10:33:36 PM

As a graphics junkie, to me the DS is just a horrible, horrible pestilence sweeping across the land. It would be nice if Nintendo could make ONE pice of hardware that gave actual eye candy.

See, I've been quite impressed with DS graphics.  Whether it's 2D stuff like Rocket Slim and Yoshi's Island DS or even 3D like FF3 or the upcoming Dragon Quest Monsters Joker, DQIX, and Phantom Hourglass, I think they look really damn good. 

Sometimes I even prefer DS games' graphics to the PSP's because the DS doesn't have the horrid ghosting that plagues many 3D games on the PSP.  For that reason I consider the DS Lite's screen to be superior to the PSP's.  I hate to say it but I would probably pay to replace my PSP if Sony put out a revision with a much better response time. 

I'll agree that 3D PSP graphics can be outperformed by certain titles seen on the DS. Advance Wars looks much better than the poorly rendered Field Commander. However, when you start talking abour Metal Gear Acid, Portable Ops, Syphon Filter, Daxter, etc, there really isn't any comparison. Look at the difference Between Tomb Raider: Legends PSP and DS.

I'll also agree that Dragon Quest Monsters Joker and DQIX do look good for DS titles, but I think we can both agree that they would look better on the PSP. (or have the capability to look much better)  Pheonix Wright is perfectly suited for the DS. Touch Detective is perfectly suited for the DS. But titles like DQIX and the upcoming Custom Robo would look so much better on the superior hardware of the PSP. This is why, to an extent,  I lament the success of the DS.
2090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Twighlight Princess or Wind Waker? on: December 29, 2006, 11:00:04 PM
I've tried on numerous times to enjoy Zelda, Mario, and Metroid, but I just can't stomach ANY of the games. I can appreciate why others look forward to each new release, but I have some type of anti-Nintendo antibody in my system that prevents me from extracting enjoyment from these titles.  Either that or I must have been terrorized by someone dressed up in a Mario or Zelda plush suit when I was much younger.  retard


At least I still have Advance Wars....



2091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF12: Revenant Wings images on: December 29, 2006, 10:33:36 PM
As a graphics junkie, to me the DS is just a horrible, horrible pestilence sweeping across the land. It would be nice if Nintendo could make ONE pice of hardware that gave actual eye candy.

I've enjoyed a few DS games, but while I'm playing I keep wishing the title was on the PSP. What I wouldn't give for a DS with the power and screen of the PSP.  drool
2092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone here sick on Christmas?...like me... on: December 26, 2006, 03:01:27 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 26, 2006, 02:51:31 AM

Yeah, our whole family has been under the weather with my wife getting the worst of it. 

I had a 103 degree fever on Christmas Eve, and a 101 degree fever today. No doubt Kevin's family transmitted their illness to me via the Internet. His fingerprints are all over this damned forum.
2093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What did you get for Christmas? on: December 25, 2006, 08:15:37 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 25, 2006, 06:02:02 AM

I got:

Wii
Zelda Twilight Princess
Rayman Raving Rabids
Trauma Center Second Opinion
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam
Final Fantasy V Advance
Touch Detective
Elite Beat Agents
Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories
Bunches and bunches of nice shirts'

And my brother-in-law is going to detail my car for me. 
Coupla Best Buy Gift Cards
Alias Season 5


Damn....Kevin must have some dirt on Santa.
2094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What did you get for Christmas? on: December 25, 2006, 02:23:56 AM
Khet looks absolutely incredible!  Is it just novelty, or does the game actually have legs?
2095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What did you get for Christmas? on: December 24, 2006, 11:47:43 PM
I celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, so I'm done exchanging gifts. I'm also running a 103 degree fever. crybaby


I walked away with:

Battlestar Galactica Season 1
Planetes: The Complete Collection
Shura No Toki: The Complete Collection
Hellsing Ultimate
2 books: Deathstalker Legacy and Deathstalker Return
1 tie (black and red, actually looks quite nice)


As you can see I'm a big Anime fan. I'm hoping Battlestar Galactica is good. I've never seen it, but I've heard great things.

Merry Christmas, everyone!
2096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ethical Dilemma on: December 24, 2006, 11:37:48 PM
Do you live in an area that has a cold winter? Unless you do, I doubt that the police will do anything. If the dogs have food and water, and have the ability for limited mobility, the police will probably look the other way.

I would not have called the police (unless it was very cold) but I see nothing wrong with your decision. Its one of those judgement calls that lies in a gray area.

<edit> The one sticking point is that dogs tend to over-eat.  So, food that should last for one week will be gone in 3 days. Then you have a dog that is going without food for several days. Unless they bought a time release feeder I'm willing to bet that the dogs will finish the food long before the owners return home.
2097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of PS2 - Prelim on: December 23, 2006, 02:42:53 AM
1. FF XII
2. Devil Summoner
3. Okami
2098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of 360 - Prelim on: December 23, 2006, 02:41:35 AM
1. Gears of War
2. Rainbow Six: LV
3. Viva Pinata
4. Enchanted Arms
5. Tomb Raider
2099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gah! Job Related. Which new job would you take? on: December 23, 2006, 02:36:03 AM

Quote from: KC on December 23, 2006, 01:21:01 AM

You guys are all asking the wrong questions.  You need to consider these:

1.  Which job will give you the most opportunity for advancement and more pay?
2.  Which company is more likely to still be in business in a few years?
3.  Which job will look better on your resume in case you have to look for a new job?

1. Honestly, I'm looking to be out of this field in two years. However, Job #1 probably has more potential for growth, as both men in the positions above me are looking to advance or relocate within the company in 18 months or less.

2. Both have been in business for over 100 years, and both are growing at a steady pace. Neither company has had a layoff in the last 20 years.

3. Job 2 would probably look better because they specifically want to put me on the task force for the rollout of a new MRP software system. BUT, that is already on my resume. (albeit at a much smaller company)  This also flows into one small concern I have at this job. Implementing the new system may increase the amount of overtime necessary as the system goes live. They didn't make a statement hinting at this, but I could see those 9 hour days becoming 10 hour days for a month or two as employees adjust to the new system. The company runs three shifts so that may not be an issue. At this point no one is sure how the new system will initially affect productivity.
2100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gah! Job Related. Which new job would you take? on: December 22, 2006, 04:35:22 PM

Quote from: depward on December 22, 2006, 04:21:21 PM

Job numero uno my friend - the pros outweigh the cons and it seems like a better job than #2.

There is one other nice point to Job 1 that I did not consider:

When you take a week of vacation time you actually get 11 days off based upon how the work days are set up. Considering that I get two weeks of vacation in the first year, that is actually like having 22 paid days off.

...but 15-16 hour work days (when including drive time) are not exactly pleasant.
2101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gah! Job Related. Which new job would you take? on: December 22, 2006, 04:05:53 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on December 22, 2006, 01:25:34 PM

I'm a little confused. 

Job 1 - 38 total hours per week
Job 2 - 49 total hours per week (on average with every-other Sat work)

Now you've stated that it's the same pay scale/benefit grade.  Are you hourly, so do you stand to make an extra 25% more pay for Job 2 if you take it?  Or are you salaried and Company/Job 2 works their employees to death (because that's a shitload of manditory hours)?


I would be salaried, exempt.  Job 2 simply has more mandatory hours.

However, when drive time is included things pan out like this:
Job 1: 49 hours per week
Job 2: 50 hours per week (on weeks without Saturday), 59 hours per week (on weeks with Saturdays)

However, when you include gas money, wear and tear on the car, etc, I suppose Job 1 actually pays less. In the past, I've seen estimates that  it costs an average of 34.5 cents per mile to operate a car, Here is the mileage difference:

Job 1: 66 miles 1 way (there is no public transportation available)  ($728 loss per month)
Job 2: 18 miles 1 way ($ 291 loss per month)
2102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gah! Job Related. Which new job would you take? on: December 22, 2006, 06:56:00 AM
I recently lost my job. After a few weeks of searching I've been made offers from two different companies. Both jobs are the same position, pay scale and benefit grade. The difference is in the way shifts are handled, and the span of control (# of employees working for me):

Job 1-

2 hour meeting on Monday from 4 PM until 6PM
3 day work week- 12 hour shifts Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6PM until 6AM.
Span of control= 14 employees

Drive time until I can move= 3.5 hours per day (The drive is mostly country roads. No heavy traffic. I cannot move until June 30th due to my lease agreement.)


Job 2-

9 hour days Sunday through Thursday. 11PM until 8 AM.
Every other Saturday is mandatory eight hours.
Span of control= 25 employees

Drive time= 1 hour per day. (Again, country roads, no heavy traffic.)


To you, which is less stressful? Would you prefer 3.5 days off per week, but a much longer workday and drive? Or would you prefer a few hours of free time every day, but you would only have a full weekend free every other week?

2103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft extends Xbox 360 warranty to 1 year. on: December 22, 2006, 04:16:51 AM
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=134888

Hopefully it is true:

The 360 Warranty will be extended to a one year warranty.

Anyone who has had repairs done within the past year will can receive a refund.

2104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 22, 2006, 04:14:03 AM
Eternal Sonata better do reasonably well in the US. I think alot of Japanese developers will be watching sales numbers on that title, to decide if they should produce RPGs for the 360. The game looks absolutely fabulous- much better than Blue Dragon, in fact.
2105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 21, 2006, 09:15:58 PM
Just wanted to add another point-

Mass Effect, Eternal Sonata and Blue Dragon all release for the 360 this year. Microsoft's RPG fans will have an excellent 2007.
2106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Virtua Fighter 5 announced! on: December 21, 2006, 08:52:19 PM
Well, MS is definitely doing a full court press on Sony. They come out one year earlier, hold a price advantage, hold an online advantage, and:

-Simultaneous release of GTA for this generation.
-The next Splinter Cell moves to Xbox 360 exclusive territory

No Longer PS3 exclusives:
-Virtua Fighter 5 (although a 6 month lag will probably dampen sales)
-Bladestorm
-Fatal Inertia
-Assassin's Creed
-Armored Core 4 (yes, way back in the day this was supposed to be PS3 only)


Rumor Mill:
Metal Gear Solid 4 arrives on the 360

Then you have MS releasing a number of high profile titles in 2007, such as Halo 3, Blue Dragon, Lost Planet, Too Human, Forza Motorsport, Bioshock, Mass effect, Eternal Sonata, etc.  I still maintain that Sony will win this generation, but it will be a bloody, battered win.


2107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 21, 2006, 08:25:12 PM

Quote from: Kobra on December 20, 2006, 07:54:50 PM

I've changed my predictions a bit;

Xbox360:   Will dominate this generation, with true next-gen gameplay and graphics, upcoming exclusives, and a super strong lineup with a fantastic pricepoint.  This is based on developers I know that are almost completely dropping the PS3 and switching to the Xbox360, and my overall opinion where Microsoft positioned the product.

PS3: Sony dropped the ball, big, and probably won't recover their leadership.  The PS3 is above the pricepoint for most consumers, doesn't offer the power it promised, and has many other issues.  Worst of all, they are losing developer support and confidence.  The PS3 will likely struggle for several years.

Wii: I feel this is a "Fad" more than anything, especially this Christmas.  But soccer moms have very short attention spans, after the holidays I suspect it will all peter out, then people will be left with previous generation graphics and a gimmicky controller that isn't fully realized for quite awhile in mainstream games.  Thereby it will feel "Tacked on" to titles ported down to it, and not really innovative.  Next year more people will step up to HD, and in the process, demand HD consoles, and the Wii can't deliver that.



2007 will determine the overall fate of the 360. If titles like Halo 3, Crackdown, Bioshock, Forza 2, Mass Effect, Too Human and Blue Dragon don't accelerate sales, nothing will. Unfortunately, MS just can't seem to break out of their regional-superpower status. In November they sold about 725,000 consoles. That is a very good number, but over 500,000 of those units were sold in the United States. I'm certain that the 360 will do better than the original Xbox in final sales, but I think the number will only be 2 or 3 million units higher- not nearly the increase desired. It is, however, good to see that MS is no longer losing money on each 360 manufactured.

The success of the PS3 will be largely determined by how quickly they can drop the manufacturing costs and sales price of the system. Sony will really need to worry about a one-two punch from MS next Christmas. If Microsoft ties a price reduction to the release of Halo 3 it could steal much of Sony's thunder next Christmas, especially if they are still $100-$150 more expensive than the Xbox 360. It also doesn't help that MS keeps stealing away Sony exclusives. Despite this, anyone who is counting Sony out isn't looking at the number of games in development, or the sheer power of Sony's first party development team.

I don't think the Wii will be a "fad" console, but I do think a dramatic sales reduction will occur within the next two years. Lack of 3rd party development, increased HDTV penetration, and its increasing gap in graphics quality will make the Wii look like an "old" console quickly. Nintendo will probably become even more of a niche player by the end of this generation, but the console will still be profitable.
2108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reflections: Was this a good year for you? on: December 20, 2006, 06:52:28 AM

Quote from: DarkEL on December 20, 2006, 01:05:49 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 19, 2006, 09:17:53 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on December 19, 2006, 08:37:59 PM

WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE.



Dude, you can't just leave it like that. (Unless you're being sarcastic  icon_wink)

Nope - this was literally the worst year of my life. I'm counting down the days till it's over and I can have a better year.

Bad because......?
2109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reflections: Was this a good year for you? on: December 20, 2006, 06:51:11 AM

Quote from: Grievous Angel on December 20, 2006, 03:34:45 AM

2006 pretty much sucked, really. I got divorced in June after making it through the 6 most emotionally painful months of my life. I then got into consecutive relationships with married women separated from their husbands, and in the end they both decided to get back together with the husbands. I was cast aside pretty easily in the first one, but I can at least take comfort in the fact that the second one really could have turned into something good if circumstances had been otherwise.

On the positive side, my move to Georgia went well, my employer is satisfied with the job I'm doing working from home, and I'm slowly but surely getting used to being single. My cooking is improving with every entree, at least. I get to see my daughter pretty often, and my relationship with the ex is good. I've pretty much abandoned the idea of being in a relationship again, so if I can just concentrate on being the best daddy I can be for her, things will get better.

Sorry to hear about the marriage and relationship problems. Its good to see that you and your ex-wife didn't break off relations completely. My one saving grace is I have a wonderful woman who is extremely committed to our future.
2110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reflections: Was this a good year for you? on: December 19, 2006, 09:19:47 PM

Quote from: JLu on December 19, 2006, 08:08:24 PM

Sorry 2006 was rough for you Dante.  Hope that 2007 is better.

For me personally, 2006 has been a fantastic year.  I married my wonderful wife, we bought our first house together, and my job is no longer at a company which had twice-a-year layoffs.  Of course all those events took place over a four week period, which was a mite stressful, but all worked out quite well!


YOU! You're the one that stole all my mojo!   mad


Glad to see you had a great year.
2111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reflections: Was this a good year for you? on: December 19, 2006, 09:17:53 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on December 19, 2006, 08:37:59 PM

WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE.



Dude, you can't just leave it like that. (Unless you're being sarcastic  icon_wink)
2112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Reflections: Was this a good year for you? on: December 19, 2006, 08:00:24 PM
I didn't see a forum topic covering this, so I thought I'd start one. Looking back on 2006, was this a good or bad year for you?

For me, this was a very poor year. It started out well, but by August everything went to Hell in a handbasket. I had two important resolutions for the year- relocate and reduce my debt levels. I failed to achieve either goal. I also lost my job, my home was broken into, my car engine completely crapped out on me, and a chronic illness that I have has returned to kick my ass in the last few weeks of this year. Overall, I can't say I'll miss 2006. It left me mentally, financially, and physically fatigued.


Resolutions for 2007:

-Pay off my two biggest credit cards
-Relocate
-Get an actual CAREER, as opposed to just another job.
2113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii + bedroom = bad idea on: December 19, 2006, 07:43:15 PM
If I had a Wii in my bedroom, I'd be making sweet, sweet love to it. 


Alas, my affair with Nintendo must wait until my birthday in May



2114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Continuing Blu-Ray/PS3 value discussion to avoid derail from Motostorm threa on: December 18, 2006, 03:13:06 PM
For me Blu-ray is the winner. Once I buy a PS3 I know I'll never be without one again, so getting Blu-ray movies is an obvious choice in my home. If HD-DVD does eventually win I'm certain they'll have players that support both formats, so I'll just buy one of those when the price is justifiable. Either way I don't see Blu-ray going the way of Beta.

2115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Motorstorm Impressions on: December 16, 2006, 05:42:01 PM
Nice, Hetz. I hope you enjoy the game. My friend is placing his order on Monday. Maybe we can do some online destruction together.
2116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The evil empire may be expanding. on: December 16, 2006, 05:34:53 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 16, 2006, 06:54:56 AM

this would be bad,i think ubisoft have done some great games...playable games...not just great graphics and shallow gameplay like EA...but if EA buy ubisoft,what the hell will the french have then?,LOL

Vivendi?
2117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The evil empire may be expanding. on: December 16, 2006, 05:34:03 PM
EA acquiring Ubisoft is one of my top 10 nighmare scenarios. Unfortunately, I see the purchase as a foregone conclusion. Ubisoft has too many good franchises to pass up.
2118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 buyers remorse? on: December 16, 2006, 05:21:13 PM

Quote from: Hetz on December 16, 2006, 04:39:11 PM

Nope, not by a long shot. Motorstorm arrives around Noon today and I couldn't be more excited!  thumbsup

Honestly, why did you buy it, if you really didn't want it? I would return it if I was you. Take it back and get your wife something nice!  thumbsup

I agree with Hetz. The PS3 isn't going to disappear. If you are nervous, just buy one late next year when you are confortable with the library.
2119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Down time on new releases? on: December 15, 2006, 06:05:16 PM

Quote from: Lee on December 15, 2006, 05:52:15 PM

Isn't Blue Dragon slated for a Dec 31 release? Can't wait for that one.

No. If you've seen 12/31/06 or 1/01/07 it is usually a placeholder. A US release date has not been announced.
2120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Regarding the Japanese Blue Dragon Sales Numbers on: December 11, 2006, 07:05:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 11, 2006, 06:34:30 PM

The thing to realize about Japanese sales numbers is that they tend to be very top heavy, far more than even American sales.  Most Japanese games sell the majority of their units in the first week (and sometimes days on the shelf).  Blue Dragon may have longer legs than most, though, if it motivates more people to buy the console. 

Otherwise I don't really have much of an opinion on numbers one way or the other.  No matter how many thousands of perent it spikes, the overall numbers are still so tiny that I can't see it making any difference at all yet.  But they've also got Earth Defense Force X (popular Japanese franchise) and Lost Planet hitting in the next couple of weeks, so maybe that will help keep the numbers elevated.  I just can't see a console with an install base of less than a million (and 360's Japan base is dramatically smaller than even that) being a factor in that market. 

Re: buying Mistwalker- after the Rare debacle, I think they should avoid it.  Just keep the pot sweet enough that they want to stay working with MS.  If the 360 never takes off at all, I could see Sakaguchi getting frustrated that his games aren't being enjoyed in his home market.  If Mistwalker was 360 owned then that might be enough to cause him to walk.  But if they just have some exclusive development deals with MS, then that leaves them free to explore using the DS, Wii, or even PS3 to scratch that home market itch while still keeping product in the pipeline for the 360. 

Good points. Grabbing the exclusive flagship title(s) but leaving the house free to develop for other consoles may help all parties involved. MS saves money and has a heavy-hitting exclusive franchise, and Mistwalker can devlop for all consoles.
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