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2241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where to buy a new original xbox via the internet? on: January 17, 2007, 01:52:59 PM
I can't believe that the original system is selling for over $300 new.
2242  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / (PSP) Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony $9.99 on: January 17, 2007, 01:51:28 PM
Best Buy has put this little gem on clearance for $9.99. Note that it may still be tagged at $40, but it will ring up for the clearance price.

I picked it up yesterday, and it is much better than I anticipated. I'd recommend this game to any fan of Untold Legends or Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance.

Some reviews:
2243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tale of the Abyss Impressions? on: January 17, 2007, 01:59:15 AM
I loved the early game in Tales of the Abyss, but it just couldn't hold my enthusiasm past the midpoint marker. The poor pacing, the continuous backtracking, the hideous world map, and the agonizingly slow speed of the script during the optional dialogue eventually made the game a chore.

Good effort. Poor execution.
2244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Poor PS3 Sales in North America. on: January 17, 2007, 01:46:41 AM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on January 16, 2007, 04:57:21 PM

Quote from: jblank on January 16, 2007, 04:50:36 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on January 16, 2007, 04:47:53 PM

Quote from: jblank on January 16, 2007, 04:35:59 PM

You are the second person in as many days that I have heard say they bought a PS2 rather than a PS3. Why do I get the feeling that Sony is gonna have to "86" the PS2 to help migrate people over to the PS3?

I don't follow your logic. As long as people are buying a Sony product, Sony is happy. Sony doesn't have to sell 100 million PS3s this year and the margins on PS2s and PS2 software are probably really good right now. 

Don't you think though that they would prefer people to be buying their flagship product? They have more than made their money back on the PS2, I would imagine they want to start getting the PS3's off the shelves, I know I would.

I think they'd be pretty happy with people holding off on buying a PS3 until the component prices start to drop and margins get better--as long as they are buying PS2 hardware and software and don't move to the 360 or Wii.

I understand your reasoning, but Sony is definitely not happy about the lack of sales. Developers look at the install base of a system and decide if it is worthwhile to greenlight a project. Considering the massive budget needed to create an Xbox 360 or PS3 game, coupled with the low install base of the PS3, you have an environment where developers may move away from the PS3. That is much larger trouble than the initial loss based on early hardware sales.
2245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Lost Planet impressions on: January 12, 2007, 10:48:41 PM
I'm hoping this game does well. After the success of Dead Rising it might bring more Capcom titles to the Xbox. >>>(Devil May Cry)
2246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Lost Planet impressions on: January 12, 2007, 10:30:43 PM
Is the stun mechanic as bad as some people are reporting? I've heard many complaints that once you are stunned it is often game over, as the stun animation takes so long that by the time you recover the next enemy attack is already in your face.

2247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 12, 2007, 10:08:42 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 12, 2007, 09:07:22 PM

Just to demonstrate how awful PSP sales are compared to the hardware here are the Top 5 PSP Sellers of the year:

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories - 593K
EA's Madden NFL 07 - 468k
NFS: Most Wanted - 381k
SW: Battlefront II - 315k
Socom: FB - 312k

That is absolutely hideous and notice that even heavy hitter GTA: Vice City Stories fails to make the list.  And I don't know when that Socom came out but every other game except for Madden was released in 2005.  Yoshi's Island DS outsold everything but the top 2 in just one month. 

Software sales are definitely poor. The hardware still sells very well, but I just can't figure out what average consumers are doing with the product. It doesn't make a good MP3 player due to its bulk and low storage capacity. UMD movie sales are awful and ripping movies to the PSP is a pain in the ass and the playback is crippled. You need to own a PS3 for the downloadable PS1 content. What else is there that attracts people to the purchase?

The hacker and homebrew community is fairly large for the PSP, but I doubt it is several million people.  Sony needs to refocus their marketing to remind people that the PSP is a gaming device. Too many of their commercials try to be "ipod hip" and make the device look like a jack-of-all trades. Unfortunately, there is no way the PSP can compete with the video ipod as a movie player or MP3 player.
2248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 12, 2007, 10:01:56 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 12, 2007, 08:05:30 PM

Quote from: deadzone on January 12, 2007, 08:00:25 PM

Don't you guys think that the Wii supplies being lower than expected is simply a supply vs. demand issue?  I have a feeling they just cannot produce enough to meet the demand.  In other words, they are shipping them out as fast as they can produce them but the systems sell out so quickly that it's impossible for their factories to keep up.

I don't think anyone disagrees.  However, there are still remaining issues with that as a given:

1) What was the true demand, could have have sold, another million, another two, etc.

2) Why did Nintendo miss their shipment targets. I suspect the strap issue personally.

3) How will demand keep up after the holidays? Many or most may still pick it up as soon as it's available.  But at least some people will probably hold off indefinitely now that they missed the Christmas window and it may not be until *next* Christmas when that window for them opens again and maybe next time they decide they want a 360 or PS3 instead. 

I think it's the last issue that is going to kill Sony in the first half of the year.  Sony pretty much sold though their entire allotment in December.  People may have seen them on the shelves but they were eventually purchased.  However with the holidays behind us, people who would have paid $500-600 last month for a PS3 may find themselves unable to afford such a large expenditure now that supplies are plentiful. 

I think that demand for the Wii will remain relatively high all your, simply due to its price point. The PS3 will have a much harder time, although they may get some momentum during tax return season.

I'll have to disagree with you on the strap issue, however. I think the issue was manufacturing capacity problems. Nintendo would not hold all those consoles during the Christmas frenzy just for the strap. If anything, they would send in "sweeper teams" to various warehouses to simply put a second strap into the package, or they would have just added a flyer informing people to order a new strap from Nintendo. I've worked in Distribution for about 12 years and it is exceptionally rare for any company to hold their product if they have the ability to get it out the door. This is doubly true during the holidays or a product launch. The potential lost sales and warehousing costs associated with holding the product would be severe.
2249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 12, 2007, 04:27:10 AM
Talk about lopsided-

Domestic 360 hardware sales for December: 1.1 million
Japanese 360 hardware sales for December: 99,798

Japan is the second largest video game market in the world and Microsoft just can't gain any real traction there. But consider that until the release of Blue Dragon monthly sales were well below 5,000 units. This sales spike shows that the Japanese audience is not xenophobic or a congregation of people who hate anything foreign- they are merely looking for good games that their culture finds attractive.

Microsoft needs to learn that Japan is not the US or Europe. Japanese gamers don't give a sh!t about xbox Live. 34 of the top 100 selling games in Japan for 2006 were RPGs. (actionRPGs, RPGs or SRPGs) Until they truly start catering to the desires of Japanese gamers, MS will only be a Regional powerhouse.

I really wish I had a better understanding of exactly what software and marketing campaigns MS is releasing in Japan, because they have repeatedly missed the target. And the target isn't small.
2250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 11, 2007, 02:46:57 AM
I hate to say this, but its quite obvious that your wife is an agent for the Lifetime Channel Liberation Front (LCLF). DO NOT leave her unattended with your Xbox 360. Her agenda will be to make you THINK she loves gaming so she can get close to her primary target. Then you'll suddenly have a hardware failure, thus leaving more time for you and her to share "quality moments" watching movies like The Lake House, Ghost or Titanic.

Do you really think all these xbox systems are dying due to hardware failures? That is exactly what the LCLF wants you to believe.
2251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 10, 2007, 02:07:36 AM

I recommend you try Dai Senryaku VII for the Xbox if you have that console. It is a superb TBS game.
2252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post your backlog!!! on: January 04, 2007, 06:52:23 AM
This is just a sample. There are about 40-50 more games. I'm tired of typing.

The amount of money wasted is obscene.

Xbox 360

Enchant Arms
Tomb Raider: Legend
Viva Pinata
Saint's Row
dead Rising
LEGO Star Wars 2


Tales of eternia
Metal Gear Digital Graphic Novel
Metal Gear Acid 2
Legend of Heroes
Legend of Heroes 2
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Valkyrie Profile
Tekken: Dark Resurrection
Ys: The Ark


Final Fantasy Tactics
Valkyrie profile
Vagrant Story
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
Front Mission 3
Chrono Cross
Final Fantsy 7
Final Fantasy 8


Artelier Iris 2
Crimson Tears
Destroy All Humans 2
Devil Summoner
Digital Devil Saga 2
Disgaea 2
Dynasty Tactics
Dynasty Tactics 2
Dynasty warriors 5: Empires
Fatal Frame
Fatal Frame 3
Final Fantasy 12
Front Mission 4
God of War
Grandia 3
Growlanser: Generations
Just Cause
Metal gear Solid 2
metal gear Solid 3
Metal Saga
Moster Rancher EVO
Ring of Red
Romance of the three kingdoms 8
Romance of the Three Kingdoms 9
Shadow hearts Covenant
Shadow hearts: From the New World
Silent Hill 3
Steamboat Chronicles
Stella Deus
Valkyrie profile 2
Wild ARMS 4


FF: Crystal Chronicles
Resident Evil
Resident Evil Zero
Zelda: Wind Waker
Tales of Symphonia
Battalion Wars
baten Kaitos Origins


Wrath Unleashed
Silent hill 2
Silent Hill The Room
Phantom Dust
Kingdom under Fire
Phantom Crash
Fatal Frame 2
Otogi 2
Chronicles of Riddick
Midnight Club: DUB


Pheonix Wright
Advance wars DS
Dragon Quest heroes: Rocket Slime
Mechassault: Phantom War
Brain Age


Tactics ogre
Advance wars 2
Final fantasy tactics Advance
Tactics Ogre
Fire Emblem
Fire Emblem Sacred Stones
Yggdra union (6 hours played)


Act of War
Advent Rising
Age of Wonders 2
Age of Wonders 2: Wizard's Throne
Battle Isle: Andosia war
Battle realms
Battle realms: Winter of the Wolf
Bet on Soldier
Blood Omen
Brothers in Arms
Call of Duty
Call of Duty 2
Chaos League Exp.
Civ 4
CivCity: Rome
Commandos Strike Force
Commandos 2
Commandos 3
Company of Heroes
Dark Messiah
Disciples 2
Disciples 2: Guardians of Light
Disciples 2: Servants of darkness
Doom Exp.
Dungeon Seige 2
Dungeon Seige 2: Broken World
Europa Universalis 2
Evil Genius
Fear Expansion
Freedom Force
Freedom Force 2
GalCiv 2
Ghost Master
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
half Life 2
Half Life 2: Episode One
Hidden and dangerous 2
Hidden and dangerous 2: Sabre squadron
Hitman 2
Hitman: Blood Money
Icewind dale 2
Independence war 2
Indigo Prophecy
Kohan 2
KotOR 2
LotR: Battle for Middle Earth 2
Moment of Silence
Morrowind: Bloodmoon
Morrowind: Tribunal
Neverwinter Nights
Neverwinter Nights: Undertide
Neverwinter Nights:Hordes
Nexus: The Jupiter Incident
Panzers: Phase One
Panzers: Phase Two
Project: Snowblind
Quake 4
Rise of Legends
Rise of Nations
Robin Hood
Sacred Underworld
Shadows of destiny
Shattered Union
Shogun Total war
Silent Storm Gold
SIN episodes
Soldiers of Anarchy
Space Rangers
Space Rangers 2
Splinter Cell: Chaos theory
Starships Unlimited
Star Wolves
Still Life
Sword of the Stars
Syberia II
The Longest Journey
Thief: Deadly Shadows
Titan Quest
Titans of steel
Tribes: Vengeance
Vampire: Bloodlines
War: Age of Imperialism
Warcraft 3 expansion
WarHammer exp 1
Warhammer exp 2
Wizardry 8
Worms: Forts

2253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best ideas/suggestions on what to do with the backlog on: January 04, 2007, 12:51:36 AM
Most of those games listed are huge, time-sink RPGs or SRPGs. Unfortunately, many RPGs don't take off until 10 or 20 hours into the game, so it becomes difficult to decide if the best course of action is to persevere or cut your losses.

I recently dumped Suikoden V and Tales of the Abyss after devoting almost 30 hours to each title. I realized that I just wasn't having any fun. I was playing out of sheer inertia coupled with a desire to reclaim some "value" from the money I spent on the title. There are dozens of ways to rationalize why you should play a game, but in the end if you feel lukewarm about the title then just drop it. Life is too damned short to bother with   something you feel is mediocre. That time would be better spent reading a great book, having sex with a beautiful woman, or playing any number of other excellent titles available across the gaming consoles.

You and I seem to have similar tastes. Looking at your list I would drop the following:

La Pucelle Tactics (inferior to Disgaea)
Phantom Brave (inferior to Disgaea)
Magna Carta (Bland. A failed attempt to recreate Final Fantasy)

Other notes:

SMT: Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2 (If you don't enjoy the first game, automatically drop the second)
SMT: Nocturne (I would start with this game. If you don't enjoy it you can easily sell it on Amazon for $50-$80 dollars. You'll basically lose no money, and may even make a few dollars)
2254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII TV ads have Japan on: January 03, 2007, 01:22:40 AM
Is the late 2007 release Japan only, or all regions?
2255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's starting to look like March might hurt the wallet pretty badly on: January 02, 2007, 09:44:50 PM
I was really looking forward to getting Armored Core 4, but the few reviews I've seen have slammed it for its horrible control system and cluncky battlefield gameplay. One question about the graphics for you Playstation owners, however. In one review the writer states:

...[the graphics problem] is hideously obvious on a HDTV where in 720p the textures look almost PS2 quality, the buildings and world present themselves in true low poly fashion, and the jaggy-fest is never-ending. On the plus side of things, the Mechs are incredibly detailed and seem to be where all the visual processing power were put to use. Also, the effects are some of the best Iíve ever seen. From the explosions to the jets on the back of a Mech, to the tails of the missiles it all looks incredibly good. So there are some serious high points and some serious low points that when put together ultimately make the game feel like a late-gen PS2 effort.

Now, unless I'm mistaken this isn't a problem with the PS3 scaling, correct? The scaling problem refers to 1080i downscaling to 480 if your set doesn't support 720P. Do I have that right? So Armored Core 4 has poor controls, cluncky gameply and last-gen graphics for the environments. I really wanted to get this game for the PS3 or 360, but it looks like From Software dropped the ball again.

The Precursors for the 360 is billed as an FPS/RPG ala Deus Ex or System Shock. The trailer looks interesting, but it really doesn't show many gameplay elements outside of the run-and-gun variety. I'll keep my eye on it, however. I definitely don't expect it to see a January release.
2256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap- End of '06 on: January 02, 2007, 04:18:57 PM
I'm about 35 hours into Tales of the Abyss, but I've reached the point where I'm uncertain if I'll finish. My interest level swings like a pendulum and that alone is frustrating. I'm enjoying the characters and storyline, but the NPC AI is often poor, the mapping system leaves alot to be desired, and the combat is somewhat tedious. I find myself clicking "auto-battle" about 75% of the time, and then I channel surf while combat takes place.

It has been a long time since I've had this type of bittersweet feeling about a game.
2257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console Sales (Nov-Dec): 360 Triumphant, but Wii Wins the Hearts and Minds on: December 31, 2006, 07:49:13 PM

Quote from: warning on December 31, 2006, 07:23:13 PM

Well and remember that the Wii is $250 now and (cue Devil) Nintendo is already making money on it.  As they refine the production process I can see the Wii dropping to $200, then $150 eventually and probably still being profitable.  I think there are a lot of people who will eventually buy a Wii maybe as their only system or maybe as another one to go with their 360 or PS3.

If the Wii and 360 managed to hit a $200 price point by next Christmas, I have no idea how Sony could effectively respond to that move. That would put them $300 and $400 above the price of their competitors. They'd need to follow suit on a price drop, but it would need to be at least $200 to make people do serious comparison shopping. They would then be taking a huge bath on each console sold, and Sony isn't minting money like MS and Nintendo. I really want Sony to succeed, but they seem to have painted themselves into a corner until sometime in 2008.

Perhaps Vista will bomb and Blu-ray movie consumption will really take off?
2258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Adventure Game Fans- (DS) Wish Room/Hotel Dusk on: December 31, 2006, 07:29:59 PM

This is exactly the type of title that belongs on the DS. I really love the art style.

For those of you who have never heard of the game, it centers around the Los Angeles suburbs in 1979. Your character is Kyle Hyde, a former detective who is looking for his missing friend. Your search takes you to the mysterious Hotel Dusk. Rumors say the hotel contains a room that can grant wishes. You end up spending one night in the Hotel Dusk, surrounded by some very strange people who all seem to have something to hide.

This title should be arriving on US shores in 2007.
2259  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.

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?

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
Too Human
Ghost Recon 2
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.
2260  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?
2261  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.
2262  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?
2263  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

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.
2264  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.
2265  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.
2266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lost Planet Receives Lukewarm Reviews on: December 30, 2006, 01:49:12 AM

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
2267  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.
2268  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....

2269  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
2270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone here sick on Christmas? 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.
2271  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:

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.
2272  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?
2273  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!
2274  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.
2275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of PS2 - Prelim on: December 23, 2006, 02:42:53 AM
2. Devil Summoner
3. Okami
2276  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
2277  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.
2278  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.
2279  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)
2280  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?

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