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2161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This is the Way Customer Service Should Be on: November 26, 2007, 12:25:03 AM
As mentioned in my previous topic, my Xbox 360 died while playing Mass Effect. I couldn't find my extended warranty receipt through Gamestop, but I went back to a local store hoping they could help me out. After making an extended phone call to some corporate help line, the store manager informed me that my extended warranty expired several days ago. I thanked him for his help, and mentioned that at least I could still get a replacement through MS.

The manager hesitated for a moment, and then mentioned how he knows I'm a regular customer, and that he would hate to see me put through the hassle of dealing with a repair center. He asked me to wait a moment, grabbed his phone, and called his district manager. I heard him mention that I've always been a courteous and faithful customer, and he asked if there is anything that can be done to assist me.

The conversation between them lasted for about two or three minutes, and then the store manager smiled and gave me the thumbs up.
After hanging up the phone he says "Since the warranty just expired, and since we appreciate your business, the District Manager said he would leave the decision up to me if I want to make the exchange. Let me grab you a new system."

Not only did he spend a half hour troubleshooting my problem, but then he even went out of his way to check the box labeling of all 5 of his Xbox systems to make sure I got the new Falcon version. So now I'm the proud owner of a brand new Falcon system with an HDMI input (unlike my old system), along with the included copies of Forza and Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

It looks like customer service is still alive and well in some GameStop stores. I'll be certain to give this guy more of my business since I can now happily play Mass Effect without waiting several weeks.
2162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect-I'm Cursed. CURSED I tell You! on: November 25, 2007, 03:39:18 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 25, 2007, 02:03:09 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 24, 2007, 03:47:33 AM

BTW, I bought an extended warranty at EBGames last year when I purchased the console in November 2006. I just can't find my warranty receipt to verify what DAY in November I made the purchase. I'm assuming Gamestop will have this warranty in their database? Correct?

If you can't find the receipt, they can track down the warranty info (via phone) based on your serial number.
It can take a little while, especially this time of year, but it can certainly be done.
Giving them as much info as possible will help.
For instance, if you're sure it was November '06 that will be a big help.
Also, knowing which store it was purchased at will be very helpful.

Thanks for the info. I know the store and the month, so hopefully I won't make their job too difficult. I'm praying that I'm not outside my extended warranty window. If I am it is only by a few days or weeks and that would be frustrating. I'd still be covered by MS, but I don't want to wait through the process or end up with a refurbished unit.
2163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings [DS] on: November 25, 2007, 05:28:51 AM
I can't get into the game at all. Combat is far too easy, the graphics are somewhat lackluster, and the overall ambiance is more childish than I anticipated. Might be worth admission at $19.99, but definitely not at full price.
2164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect-I'm Cursed. CURSED I tell You! on: November 24, 2007, 05:14:09 AM

Quote from: gellar on November 24, 2007, 04:27:51 AM

* gellar puts on his tinfoil hat.

2165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mass Effect-I'm Cursed. CURSED I tell You! on: November 24, 2007, 03:47:33 AM
5 minutes into Mass Effect I got my first Xbox 360 failure. I'm disappointed because this is the game I've been waiting all year to play.

Luckily it is of the "three ring" variety so I'll be fine. Anyway, I called up my friend and told him about my bad luck. He graciously invited me over to join him in playing Mass Effect at his house. 30 minutes into the game his Xbox 360 gives him three red lights. We've dubbed our misfortune the the "Mass Effect Effect".  It also goes by the term "The Kevin Grey Karma Ripple", as he was the last person I poked fun at who had this exact same problem.

BTW, I bought an extended warranty at EBGames last year when I purchased the console in November 2006. I just can't find my warranty receipt to verify what DAY in November I made the purchase. I'm assuming Gamestop will have this warranty in their database? Correct?

Oh, and to any of you playing Mass Effect-----> A plague of locusts upon you!

2166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Place Your Bets! Will He Get the House Loan! on: November 18, 2007, 08:48:46 PM
Well I had a chance to speak to him today, and I backed out of the bet based upon what was said here. No sense in losing $100 if the odds seem stacked against me.  icon_cry

Yesterday and this morning he was out talking to the builders in his area, and it seems like they really want to lower their inventory on homes ASAP. A second builder was willing to lower one of their inventory townhomes from $175,000 to $156,000. I asked him if part of the reason for buying a home was to eventually get an equity loan and pay down his credit cards. He mentioned that his three reasons were: 1) He'd prefer to get some equity as opposed to throwing away so much money every month. 2) Pay off his credit cards 3) They want to have a child within the next two years, and he really wants a "home" instead of just a "place to hang a hat".

I'm still guessing that his MAIN reason is the credit cards, and I told him it might to wise to speak to a financial planner first before locking into a home. Unfortunately the builder seems to have gotten it into his head that since the townhome price has been dropped by $19,000 he will already be in good shape toward getting an equity loan in the near future. The area he is looking at is growing at a healthy rate, but it just seems like the math is too simple there.

I do see his frustration at paying such high interest rates. He told me today he has $21,000 in credit card debt at 19%-25% interest rates. This was mostly due to medical expenses related to his car accident. By getting a home equity loan he believes he would actually end up having moderately lower monthly payments which he could roll back into the loan's principle. It just seems TOO easy to me, and I'd hate to see him get burned. Who knows what these appraisers will do, and it seems like everyone I know complains about their property taxes rising significantly every year.

In any event, he is one of my closest friends so I really hope he makes a calm, rational decision. I'm ashamed to say that for selfish reasons I hope he backs out.  The area he would be moving to is 35 miles further away from my house, and I'd really miss our gaming sessions and spontaneous dinners that occurred two or three evenings a week.
2167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: November 18, 2007, 12:37:59 AM

Quote from: Pharaoh on November 17, 2007, 11:34:10 PM

As the end credits roll, I have to say, Naughty Dog really fucked up the second half with this one. They really got close.

They crafted a beautiful game, with a decent combat mechanic, but they royally fucked up the plot and pacing as the game moves forward. What starts as a great Indiana Jones esqe treasure hunt quickly devolves into literally running around in circles in the island, fighting respawning waves of troops who never are explained how they got there or why. Every step you make in the game, the waves of mobs are always there too, even to the point of ruining both the climax and epilogue. The end boss "level" is absolutely punishing, not rewarding the player for skill or tactics, but rather just a trial and error gunfight clusterfuck with too few savepoints.

And always succumbs to the worst fucking story crutch in the history of gaming. Nazis. Oh no, not just the cool sub in the middle of the gets worse.

First Half of the Game - 9.5
Second Half of Game - 8.5 - 1.0 from Tears of being let down = 7.5

Overall = I want a sequel from a real writer, less stupid combat, more puzzles and great cutscenes.

What is it with developers ruining the later parts of their games? Uncharted, Assassin's Creed, Vampire: The Masquerade, Gears of War, etc.  I can name  so many games that start out with wonderful pacing, and then end with waves of enemies, a disintegrating storyline,  and/or obscenely hard bosses.

2168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: November 17, 2007, 09:16:41 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 17, 2007, 06:08:28 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 17, 2007, 04:22:49 AM

All the enthusiasm sent me out looking at several reviews, and unfortunately, they all seem to mention the same problem that's been plaguing all the good PS3 releases: they're really short.  I value quality over quantity just like the next gamer, but when games like Heavenly Sword can be played from start to finish over a casual weekend, it's hard to justify a $60 price tag.
-Autistic Angel

Er, PS3 releases?  Welcome to next gen, period.  Call of Duty 4 was only 6-7 hours whether you played it on 360 or PS3 (albeit an awesome 6-7 hours).  Gears of War took me about 7-8 hours and one hour of that was the stupid final boss.  Most of the reviews I've seen for Uncharted mention 8-10 hours which is frankly the norm for most next gen titles and isn't even considered short anymore. 

Also, R&C Future was 12-15 hours which is "long" these days. 

I don't want to derail the thread too much, but as I've become older and gained more responsibilities, I've discovered that I really prefer my games to be tightly woven, shorter experiences. I've noticed that once I reach hour 7-8 in an FPS, or hour 20-25 in a JRPG, I'm usually burned out on the game. There just seems to be too much filler or reused elements if gameplay exceeds these timeframes.

Several years ago, I used to look at a JRPG and loved to see the words "over 80 hours of gameplay!". Now when I see those same words I'm cynically thinking about the 40 hours of that gameplay centered upon mindless grinding or boring recipe collection.

Taken another way (for you JRPG fans) I have passed the point in my life where I'm even willing to consider the thought of recruiting all 108 Stars of destiny in a Suikoden game.
2169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atlus supporting the 360 now on: November 17, 2007, 09:02:07 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 17, 2007, 08:58:13 PM

In addition to The Last Remnant (which is for 360 and PS3), Square Enix also has the 360-exclusive Infinite Undiscovery.  There's also Star Ocean 4, but they haven't announced its platform yet.

A next-gen Persona would be shweet.
Atlus announced a few months ago that they are working on a Persona game for the PS3.

Now that Atlus is supporting the Xbox 360, maybe Persona will find a way over to Satan's console.....
2170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Place Your Bets! Will He Get the House Loan! on: November 17, 2007, 08:38:33 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 17, 2007, 08:27:11 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on November 17, 2007, 08:22:04 PM

I would say it depends on the type of loan they're after.  Also, all that debt plus their credit score means their interest rate will be terrible.

Yep... can they get a loan?  Probably... but it's gonna suck hard.  It's certainly not a loan I'd want.

Here's a tip regarding home buying, folks.  Your house is not going to appreciate further than your credit card interest rates are running.  PAY THOSE FIRST, THEN CONSIDER HOUSE.


Gah, it isn't looking good for me. My nephew is a loan officer, and he thinks they'll probably get a loan, but somewhere around 7.xx percent.

Truthfully, even though I'm betting against him I do hope he gets what he wants. I can see his point to some extent. He hates paying so much for rent when he could be gaining equity in a home for the same expenditure. Also, another of our mutual friends has an interior design business, and he said he would install hard wood floors and other upgrades at cost. I'm guessing after a couple years he would reappraise and take out an equity loan to pay off all his credit cards. I'm guessing this, he never actually stated it. But I saw one of his card statements and it was outrageous-- $7,000 balance at 24.99%. He said he missed a payment by two days, and the card went from 1.2% to 24.99%. OUCH!

Still, I don't know...I just looked at the market and for a 30 year fixed it is 6.24%. If he gets charged slightly over 7% that seems like rape to me. I told him to keep renting. No lawn care, broken items are fixed for free, move whenever you want, etc, etc....

Of course, I know little about home purchasing or the market. I just need to decide by tomorrow if I should place my bet. smile
2171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Place Your Bets! Will He Get the House Loan! on: November 17, 2007, 07:34:49 PM
Okay, my friend and I got into an "argument" about finances and he eventually told me to "put my money where my mouth is."  The bottom line is that he and his fiancee want to buy a townhome, but I feel the cards are really stacked against them. In fact, I told him he is wasting his time shopping the market. He wants to make a bet of $100 that he'll get the loan. We thought we'd have some fun toying with his future. If I lose this bet I lose my budget for Mass Effect and COD4. So this is SERIOUS STUFF! 

The details:

Their combined income: $95,000

Total combined debt:
Credit Cards: $1300 per month (he had some serious medical problems)
Rent: $1250 per month
Car Loans: $450 per month
Student Loans: $270 per month

Total monthly net pay: $~5100

To BIG negatives against them:

Her credit rating: 675-685
His credit rating: 590-610

and they have both been at their jobs under a year (but they have been consistently employed)

The townhome is $170,000, but the construction company currently has a special selling their "inventory homes" at 10% off, so the selling price would be $153,000. They only have $2000 saved, so I'm guessing it would be a no money down loan.

So, should I bet my Mass Effect Money?! Need any more details? Don't fail me Gaming Trend!!!!!!
2172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atlus supporting the 360 now on: November 17, 2007, 01:30:53 AM
Excellent News! Operation Darkness looks sweet.
2173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October NPDs on: November 16, 2007, 09:27:43 PM
Although it is currently fashionable to jump on the bandwagon that is trumpeting that Sony has failed this generation, I think it is still far too early to make that claim. First, Sony has finally made their console price competitive. Second, they still have an amazing stable of first party developers, and as witnessed by Halo and GTA, one title can really catapult a system. Sony is far more likely to find that "magic-bullet" than Microsoft. With the exception of Bungie (who is now "independent") MS has an anemic development stable in contrast to Sony. Third, Sony still has unreleased exclusive behemoths such as Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy, God of War, and Metal Gear Solid.

It also needs to be restated that outside of North America is a very different story. Sony is outselling MS in Europe, and trouncing it in Japan. There is absolutely no indication that this trend will end.

Sony will clearly not retake their #1 title this generation, but I still maintain that they will overtake MS and be the second best selling console of this generation. If you look at the disparity of available software between Sony and MS, Microsoft should be manhandling the PS3. If it hasn't happened by now, chances are it will never happen. Microsoft is in full stride and has already released its flagship title. For all intents and purposes, Sony has only now entered the competition and brought itself down to fighting weight.

If anyone should be worried it is MS- lackluster European sales, abysmal sales in Japan, a massive 1 billion dollar hit on hardware, and the inability to swiftly increase sales in North America despite numerous AAA releases. They are still a regional power that had their eyes firmly set on first place this generation.
2174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 16, 2007, 12:45:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 16, 2007, 08:38:12 AM

so, is it just me or is anyone else finding the enemy AI lacking?  I'll get into a fight, jump up on the roof, wait for them to climb up and just whack them as they repeatedly try and climb up, or I'll find a couple of guards, assassinate one without the other noticing, hit blend, wait for the other guy to go 'someone killed bob!  oh no! ok, I spent my 5 seconds looking around, let me go back to the same exact spot as be-urk!'.  Heck, I walked up to a guy standing in front 6 or 7 other soldiers, killed him, and then walked away as they other guys slowly walked up to do their 5 second look and then return to formation without the captain standing in front of them.  It seems about the only people I can't just walk up to and kill are the Templars, and with them I'll just do the roof trick until they're dead.  No roof nearby, OK, I'll run away a bit, let them catch up, run a bit more, and eventually I'll find a building to climb.

Yeah, the enemy AI is a little bit dubious at times but I still find it to be slightly above average. It seems to be coded with almost the exact same constraints as the AI in Metal Gear Solid.

I really wish that instead of just jumping in a stack of hay for 10 seconds to lose your pursuers,  you had to actually make it back to a safehouse where you could change clothing. It would be fine to *hide* in the hay, but you would have to sneak past continuously alerted guards until you made it to a safehouse. Only after you actually changed your identity could you walk around freely.

I definitely don't like how I can kill one guard, run past his friend, lose pursuit in 20 seconds, and then walk past the same pursuing guard(s) dressed the same as I was less than a minute ago. There is no real sense of urgency because you know you can always get away in a matter of seconds.

2175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 16, 2007, 01:46:41 AM
I grabbed the game at Frys today for $39.99.  I'm glad I got it at that price because I'm fairly certain that this game won't live up to the GotY expectations I had hoped for. A quick distillation of my opening impressions:

+Wonderful graphics
+Fluid controls
+Interesting storyline

-The sci-fi aspect can be too intrusive
-The towns are bustling with people, but the overall feeling is very antiseptic. Not much is happening.
-The sidequests lack depth, and do seem like they will get repetitious.

I also wish there was a way for the camera to continuously stay over the shoulder. Perhaps a right bumper toggle. When jumping around the city you can suddenly find the camera facing you, or giving you a side view of the action. You can press the right analog stick to reorient the camera behind you, but it snaps back so quickly that it can be momentarily disorienting.

Overall it seems like a very solid game, but from my initial impression a score of about 80% seems fair.
2176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October NPDs on: November 16, 2007, 01:11:28 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 16, 2007, 12:14:02 AM

R&C is a total bomb, just like everything else on Sony's platform.  I'm sorry but barring a miracle boost from the November $399 SKU, the PS3 is completely dead and unrevivable. 

I'm fairly certain Sony is now going to get some serious traction. I'm expecting 400,000 or more units to move in November. The real question is will the PS3 suffer from PSP-itis? (Hardware will fly off the shelves, but games sales will remain soft.)
2177  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT: The Darkness (Xbox 360) *sold* on: November 15, 2007, 11:27:06 PM
This was definitely one of the better FPS I've played this year.

Excellent Condition. Complete with case and manual. Will send with delivery confirmation. Looking For "like new" versions of:

Two Worlds
Galactic Assault

Panzer Tactics DS
Dragon Quest: MJ

SOCOM: Tactical Strike
D&D Tactics
Warhammer: Squad Command

Wild ARMS 5

2178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It Finally Happend- the dreaded Red Rings of Death! on: November 15, 2007, 04:35:09 AM
I'm sorry to say this, Kevin, but you had it coming. Did you think your Xbox 360 wouldn't find out about the way you were defending Uncharted for the PS3?  That little white box is a cruel mistress....
2179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: November 13, 2007, 11:50:48 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 13, 2007, 06:28:15 PM

Mine showed up today in the mail.  On the third mission so far.  It's been so easy a 5 year old could win without losses.  Hoping it gets challenging.  It makes the demo level look like Diablo in Hell slywink

I hope that changes. There are only 15 levels. Is there a difficulty selection when you start the game, or do you need to unlock hard mode?
2180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM: Tactical Strike (PSP) impressions on: November 12, 2007, 01:38:19 AM

Quote from: Turtle on November 11, 2007, 09:08:44 PM

Dante, in Liberation you can change difficulty settings at any time, or I think at mission starts and it'll take affect for the rest of the game.  I had to switch to easy at the beginning of Chapter 2.

Ugh, I really need to get a new PSP soon.

Yeah, thanks. Changing the difficulty on the Boss got me past that problem. All games should have that option!
2181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM: Tactical Strike (PSP) impressions on: November 11, 2007, 05:50:33 PM
That was a great description of the gameplay. Blackjack. Thank you! Looks like I'll be putting this one on my list of purchases.

I'm currently finishing off Killzone: Liberation which I though was fantastic until (minor spoilers.......)  you get to the map where there is a "mech" boss that shoots missiles, grenades, and has an immensely powerful Gatling gun. Oh, and to add injury to insult he also lobs out spider mines. I'm about to trade-in the game in frustration because I haven't even come close to killing him.

Up until this point it was one of my favorite titles in a long time. When I exited the game yesterday to try out Silent Hill Origins, I noticed that you can change difficulty settings. I'm not certain if this will carry over in my current game, or if it will only apply to future games. Guess I'll find out tonight. This huge difficulty spike really has me furious, however.
2182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM: Tactical Strike (PSP) impressions on: November 11, 2007, 06:00:44 AM

Is this basically a SOCOM version of a Rainbow Six:Vegas style game? And BTW, thanks for helping me dodge SWAT. Ya took a bullet for the team!
2183  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: If you want a 40GB PS3... look at Dell on: November 06, 2007, 06:43:55 PM
Says Canadian cutomers only.

<edit> Yup. just tried to buy one with my credit card and Dell account. No luck. You may want to adjust the thread title.
2184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Turn Based sSrategy-Fantasy Wars Arrives on Shelves Wednesday on: November 06, 2007, 05:55:13 AM
For those of you who enjoy turn based strategy, Fantasy Wars will be on shelves Wednesday. I was very impressed by the demo and I'm hoping the game does well. If you enjoy the demo, please support the game. The closest thing I can compare the game to is a modern day Fantasy General with a look similar to Warcraft.

My friend already purchased and downloaded the game over a week ago, and he informed me that the AI does a very good job as the game scales into the more complex maps.;1986099;/browsefiles.html

I know most people are hyped over games like Call of Duty 4 and Mass Effect, but those titles are already definite blockbusters. Games like The Witcher and Fantasy Wars are the one's that really need to be purchased early in their release cycle to promote further development of their ever decreasing niche. 
2185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/5) (The real post) on: November 05, 2007, 02:19:57 PM
Good grief:

Silent Hill-PSP
Panzer Tactics-DS
Dragon Quest Monster Joker-DS

F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate-PC

And with Warhammer for the PSP coming out next week, these damned portable gaming devices are killing me.
2186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turn based strategy/tactical game. on: November 05, 2007, 03:09:20 AM
Try the demo of Galactic Assault. It isn't X-Com, but it is a good game.;2062886;/browsefiles.html
2187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to play through all the major PSX RPG's on: November 03, 2007, 06:06:33 PM
Love your website. Best sentence on the site:

"We went to the Sanctuary and began investigating only to get into a fight with one of the creepy Nipple Yankers!"

I just....well, damn. Nipple Yankers? What level are those things? And what happens when they make a critical hit?  smile

2188  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PAR Files on: November 03, 2007, 01:33:52 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 02, 2007, 11:57:22 PM

Strange - usually the PAR repair program deletes the 'damaged' file automagically. At least mine does in the process of repairing.

I'd assume the bigger file is the fixed one, but frankly I don't know for sure.

If you want to be sure, check the time/date stamps on both files. In theory, the fixed file should be stamped whenever you ran your PAR program.

Good point, I don't know why I didn't think of that. The later time stamp is the standard mp3. The older time stamp is the one marked "xxx.mp3.1" I'm guessing this program just makes a backup of the original file, and adds the extra extension. The HELP tab sucks on this program.
2189  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / PAR Files on: November 02, 2007, 08:59:36 PM
A quick question about PAR files, since I've never used them before-

My friend sent me some MP3 files on a series of lectures, and the 3rd MP3 is corrupt. He also sent along some PAR files, which I know can be used to correct the file. I used a freeware program called NewzToolz to repair the MP3, but now I'm uncertain which file is the repaired file:

Lecture-Criminal Psychology-Oct 17.mp3  (12.8mb)
Lecture-Criminal Psychology-Oct 17.mp3.1  (12.2mb)

Is the file with the ".1" the corrected file, and I simply need to rename it by deleting the extra extension so that the computer sees it as an actual MP3 file.?  I'm confused on this issue because it is smaller than the original file.

Or is the ".1" my original broken file archived?

2190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept... DS!! on: November 01, 2007, 09:56:30 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 01, 2007, 03:28:59 PM

One of the sites reporting on the DS version said the 360 version was due in Jan for 40 idea
where they got the info from, though....where was it...

Ah, here it Siliconera

I'm really anxious to find out more about these.

I'm glad to see this. About two months ago the game was no longer on Namco Bandai's site, and Gamestop just had the 1/1/08 placeholder. Now Namco Bandai has the game up again, and Gamestop is showing 1-15-08.  Good to hear, as I really wanted this game on the 360!
2191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept... DS!! on: November 01, 2007, 02:12:11 AM
I'm almost certain the 360 version is dead. I really wish this was being released for the PSP instead of the DS. I'd like to see better eyecandy.
2192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii...I'm Not impressed, but... on: October 31, 2007, 10:39:32 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 31, 2007, 10:29:53 PM

I agree with Laner.  You probably would get alot of fun out of Wii Sports (I know my wife and I have.)  But that's about it.

I have been able to coax my wife into playing co-op Gears of War, Crackdown, and hopefully Halo 3 soon. She seems to enjoy the games that can be played co-op over 2 360's but not split screen.  Maybe a second 360 and having her own screen might help.  It did wonders for us.

Maybe a 360 Core instead of a Wii?  Just a thought.

I think I'm misunderstanding you here. Was the split screen confusing her, or just distracting her? Or both?
2193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii...I'm Not impressed, but... on: October 31, 2007, 10:35:11 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on October 31, 2007, 10:01:16 PM

Don't bother with the Wii or Eye of Judgment.  Sounds like she's just not interested in gaming. I think your time and money would be better spent trying to find a different activity that you both can enjoy together.

Yes and no. There are definitely many games that she has no interest in, but she does seem to like first person games due to their level of immersion. She'll try to play them (Fear, Bioshock, etc) but she is simply not coordinated with the controller.

It is hard to explain her problem. The best distillation I can give is that she is good at using the left analog stick, or the right analog stick, but not both at the same time. I even made the mistake of joking that she "probably had a hard time patting her head and rubbing her belly at the same time." THAT wasn't a good idea.

I also know she would love to make some connection with me and my gaming hobby, but I need to find the right title and control scheme. I thought FPS on the Wii would be easier. Is this not the case?

2194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii...I'm Not impressed, but... on: October 31, 2007, 10:26:59 PM

Quote from: Laner on October 31, 2007, 10:15:59 PM

I wouldn't count on the Wii being a panacea for this either.  While Wii Sports is brilliant in that it can be played with broad gestures, there are plenty of other Wii titles that still require precise movements and therefore elicit the same frustration.  Both my sister and my wife became thoroughly annoyed with Wii Play and Super Monkey Ball for this very reason - and those are supposedly "non-gamer-friendly" titles!

Damn. And Wii Play was one of the titles I had my eye on.
2195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii...I'm Not impressed, but... on: October 31, 2007, 09:52:20 PM
I have absolutely nothing against Nintendo or the Wii. The system is simply not for me. I love true HDTV, and the games I play are simply not a large part of the Nintendo stable. However, I'd really love to play some video games with my girlfriend. The problem is nothing I've shown her has been a success. So far I've experimented with:

Gears of War
Ratchet and Clank (PS2 versions)
Sly Cooper
Viva Pinata
Eternal Sonata
Top Spin

I've had no luck in keeping her entertained. Part of the problem is that she is simply godawful with a controller. For example, she seemed to really like the idea and atmosphere of Gears of War, but she spent more time shooting the ceiling, the floor, or me, instead of the enemy. I could see her frustration rising as she played, and even an hour later she still had SMD. (Severe Movement Disorientation)

I'm wondering if I should invest in the Wii as my last great hope. Considering that I have little enthusiasm for the system, I'd really be purchasing it as a "spend time with the lady" console. That is a considerable sum of money to spend, especially since software cannot be returned. But it would be worth it if she enjoyed herself. From any of your personal experiences, does the system really good for couples? Have you been able to win over your partner with the Wii?

Or should I place my hopes on The Eye of Judgment when I grab a PS3 next week? (She does enjoy card games, although she has not tried anything as complex as EoJ.)

2196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]typical.....MGS4 delayed on: October 31, 2007, 09:27:02 PM

Quote from: madpeon on October 31, 2007, 09:02:19 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 31, 2007, 06:48:17 PM

Quote from: StitchJones on October 31, 2007, 06:44:09 PM

No MGS4, No Finial Fantasy, no exclusive GTA IV....  Why would would i even consider getting a PS3 before mid year next year?

Arguably the best Blu-Ray player on the market?
Ratchet & Clank?
Etc, etc, etc.

There are many reasons to buy one. I probably play my 360 65/35 over my PS3, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth having now.

Not looking to add fuel to the fire, but could you elaborate on some of those 'etc's   Tongue

I've been thinking long and hard about picking up a PS3, but the best reason I can come up with is buying now so I can get guaranteed backwards compatibility. That, is a pretty weak reason.

These games all look excellent:

Ratchet and Clank
Heavenly Sword
Eye of Judgment
Resistance: Fall of Man

<edit> For me a system must have 3 excellent exclusives before I'll invest my money. Ratchet and Clank, Eye of Judgment, and Folklore have "green-lighted" the PS3 in my opinion. Just waiting on the $399 version to hit stores.
2197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Eye of Judgment out Oct 24 - card-based game (think Magic) for the PS3 on: October 26, 2007, 08:04:50 PM
Is the consensus that this game will become rare? Or should I be safe waiting until after Christmas to pick it up? I don't even have a PS3 yet, but this title is the third "must-have" title for the console. Now that the PS3 is on my list since it passed my minimum game requirements, I know I'll grab  one for Christmas.

I just don't want to be paying $150 for EoJ on Ebay in 3 months.

2198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: October 26, 2007, 07:08:49 AM
Regarding the camera, you can easily see what the enemy is doing by cycling through your soldiers during the computer's turn using the shoulder buttons. The camera will shift to each unit very quickly, giving you some fairly solid situational awareness. You can also hit the "select" button and watch a satellite view of all known enemy movement.

Regarding how to set your soldier's facing:  Simply press and hold the O button over your selected unit. Move the d-pad in the direction you wish them to face while holding the O button. The soldier will rotate his facing accordingly without moving. Once you are happy with his cone of view, tap the O button to confirm.

I loved the demo, but it locked up on my PSP once. First time every for a PSP game. Considering this is a demo and not the actual UMD I'll give them a pass. This is now a first day purchase for me, but with only 15 SP missions I'm wondering how long the fun will last.
2199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 may be losing in sales.... on: October 26, 2007, 06:52:31 AM
1) My Sony HDTV was having some issues, so I called Sony during my warranty period.  My call was answered in about two minutes, and a repair technician was at my house 48 hrs later.

2) I purchased a PSP that had at least a half dozen dead or frozen pixels. After a 10 minute phone conversation Sony had my system replaced in 7 days with a brand new unit.

I think Sony's customer service is stellar. Now Samsung, on the other hand...
2200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Front Mission DS Impressions (?) on: October 25, 2007, 02:37:09 AM

Quote from: Lee on October 25, 2007, 12:24:21 AM

Ok, played a bit more and read the manual.

Spent a lot more time messing around in the store and outfitting my Wanzers (I really hate that name, I will just call them mechs). That part is

I hate the name "wanzer" also. I keep wanted to read it as "wanker", as in "You bloody WANKER!"

I'm enjoying the game so far, but I agree that there is something slightly off with using the d pad for movement.
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