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9161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-16-2007: The Quick and Dirty Edition on: April 16, 2007, 04:38:33 AM
I bought and played a couple cheap, used original XBox games on my 360: Super Monkey Ball Deluxe and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. 

It took me a while to get back into the MK fighting mode (I mostly only play Soul Calibur) but I'm getting the hang of it and I actually really like the Konquest mode for fighting mobs of enemies.  Motor Kombat isn't as fun as I was hoping it would be, though. 
9162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monster Madness demo on Live on: April 16, 2007, 04:33:48 AM

Quote from: Turtle on April 16, 2007, 04:30:10 AM

Um, you know not all 360 games released at the $60 price point right?

Well if you check EB's site or IGN or whatever they all report a price of $59.99 for the 360/PS3 versions and $49.99 for the PC.  It could be that they are wrong, but considering the game is supposed to ship next month I think chances are that they might be right. 

So back to the topic at hand: did anybody try out the demo, and is it any fun?
9163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Monster Madness demo on Live on: April 16, 2007, 03:37:54 AM
So I see a demo for Monster Madnesswas put up on Live this last week.  Has anybody given it a try?  My Gold subscription ran out and it won't be available for us of the unwashed masses until Thursday this week.

For the uninformed, Monster Madness is a top-down shooter for up to 4 players (16 online) with a bunch of weapons and some vehicles and such.  It uses the Unreal engine for nifty this and that. 

When I first read about this game, I thought it would have been an excellent showcase title for what Live Arcade could (and should) be, but I guess they are going the retail route.  And sadly full-price, at that.  I'd like to see an old-school style game like this succeed, but I don't think it can really find an audience at $60. 
9164  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Sixaxis Controllers for 40 bucks shipped on: April 16, 2007, 12:45:23 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 15, 2007, 11:48:49 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 15, 2007, 10:25:29 PM

I don't get it either. Personally, I prefer the PS2/PS3's controller (short of that horrid d-pad). I especially hate the 360's d-pad, and never liked how the analog sticks are positioned.

I on the other hand prefer the 360 over the PS2/3 controller in every way.

Me too.
9165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WARNING - 360 Bricking Update for GHII on: April 15, 2007, 08:23:47 PM
The problem is that from all the reports I've seen it isn't an acutal "bricking" of the system (like a bad BIOS overwrite or something) but they get lockups and red rings some period after they update the game and then play for a little bit.  It's hard to prove direct causality for something like that, and I doubt we will hear official word about it. 
9166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Too Human Footage on: April 15, 2007, 08:21:28 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 15, 2007, 07:56:43 PM

Can we get a direct link to the footage? I'm having trouble finding it for some reason  icon_confused

As direct as it gets, it's part of this week's IGN Weekly
9167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - Tax Day Edition on: April 15, 2007, 06:38:42 PM
Hooray for tax day! 
9168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WARNING - 360 Bricking Update for GHII on: April 15, 2007, 06:06:59 PM
How in the why frick... a single game patch should not brick a system.  I can understand it causing that game to lock up (although that shouldn't happen, either), but it shouldn't affect the system itself.  Sweet jebus. 
9169  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: DDR:360 on sale on: April 15, 2007, 05:44:32 PM
Wow, that's a good deal.  Probably a mess-up that's supposed to be the price applied to the non-pad version, but it would be cheap enough to convince me to try it out. 
9170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 15, 2007, 06:38:36 AM
Greensleeves?   icon_confused
9171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Treasure Islans Z (wii) on: April 14, 2007, 11:55:52 PM
Yeah, I saw that on IGN the other day.  It looks like it might be a neat combination of traditional point-n-click adventure gaming with some Japanese platform/adventure/rpg type game.  I like the art style, dislike the lack of voice acting, and think I will have to see some more gameplay to make a real judgement. 
9172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All-Inclusive help on: April 14, 2007, 10:42:42 PM

Quote from: Zimix on April 14, 2007, 10:18:10 PM

Pool bar opens at 10:30 am.  We usually drank from 10:30 until midnight or so.

That's a lot of drinking time!  Tongue
9173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Too Human Footage on: April 14, 2007, 09:49:17 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 14, 2007, 09:33:20 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 14, 2007, 04:48:29 PM

Quote
It's just been a bit of a disaster in development.

Is disaster the right word here? Silicon Knights is known for their delays, I figured the game was on a normal cycle rather than a disastrous one.

As Metallicorphan's screens demonstrate there are delays then there are delays.  Too Human was originally in development for PS1, then moved to Gamecube, then moved to 360. 

It's not as if this is the exact same game they were developing back then, this is obviously new technology (Unreal Engine 3) and assets even though it uses similar gameplay concepts and story/background. 

I think a lot of the delays were because the game was nearing completion for the PS1 when Silicon Knights became a second party developer for Nintendo, which lead them to try and rework the game for them.  Who knows what sort of complications/arrangements went on there to make them move to Microsoft's 360. 
9174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 13/April/07 Last Non-Marathon Training Weekend Edition on: April 14, 2007, 09:11:12 PM
I just picked up a used copy of Super Monkey Ball Deluxe for the XBox and will be playing that on my 360 this weekend. 
9175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Too Human Footage on: April 14, 2007, 09:09:00 PM
I think the footage looks really good and the game has a lot of promise.  I didn't realize his had seperate classes and so many RPG-lite qualities similar to Diablo, but that's cool. 

My big concern is their "cinematic camera" that takes all camera control away from the player.  I have never been happy with games that do this and would much rather at least have the option to play from behind my character at all times.  There's nothing I hate more than running down a hallway and then having the camera turn and make me run into a wall or off a cliff of some such crap. 
9176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Catan, Carcasonne, Alhambra to XBLA! on: April 14, 2007, 04:06:20 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 14, 2007, 03:54:34 AM

Where did you hear this!?  I'd love that as long as it's 2nd edition rules.  I paid way too much for the 2nd edition and all but the dragon expansion a few years back off ebay.

IGN has some details that were revealed during Capcom's spring gamer's day conference (where they also revealed Super Puzzle Fighter 2 HD, Rocketmen, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix for the console networks). 
9177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Boom,boom rocket on: April 14, 2007, 02:52:54 AM
I only tried the one song a couple times (which only had hard available).  I didn't realize the other song had the Easy and Medium difficulties. 
9178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Boom,boom rocket on: April 13, 2007, 02:52:05 PM
I played this for a couple minutes and then deleted it.  I don't think giving people only the Hard difficulty to try out was really a smart choice, as it certainly turned me off the game. 

I hit the face buttons with my thumb, and making me hit two of them at the exact same time after only 10 seconds of playing made me say that "this just isn't for me".  But I guess I'm not really into that sort of game anyway, which is one of the reasons I haven't bothered to try Guitar Hero. 
9179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bethesda buys the Fallout IP on: April 13, 2007, 04:28:23 AM
They have been licensing the IP and developing a Fallout game, but now they officially own and control it for current and future products. 
9180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda buys the Fallout IP on: April 13, 2007, 02:56:22 AM
You can see the news item over at No Mutants Allowed, which they gleamed from some SEC filing.

Basically Bethesda paid Interplay $5.75 million for the IP and Interplay retains the rights to develop an MMO based on the license over the next few years with a percentage going back to Bethesda. 

This could probably go in Console or PC Gaming, but since Console seems to get higher traffic/responses, it sits here. 
9181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kurt Vonnegut has died on: April 13, 2007, 02:05:16 AM
And so it goes.   Sad news.

I was a little happy to see that he actually made the front page of our newspaper today, though.
9182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I Be Optimistic About Avril Lavigne's New Album? on: April 13, 2007, 01:52:17 AM
Fiona Apple's latest album was actually really good, too. 

I have zero optimism that Avril Lavigne's will be any good, but I'm sure I will be hearing songs from it on the radio for far too long. 
9183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamefly question on: April 12, 2007, 03:02:55 PM
I don't have any personal experience with them, but I know when I looked for somebody else that GamezNFlix has some East Coast distribution centers.  Here's from their About Us page: "At present, GameZnFlix ships from nine distribution facilities, located near Boston, Washington D.C., Orlando, Franklin, KY, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, Sacremento and Los Angeles. A distribution center in the mid-west is slated to open in the coming months."

I don't know about their game avaiablity compared to Gamefly, but it might be worth trying for a month to find out.  
9184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need 360 game recommendation on: April 12, 2007, 02:47:17 AM
Lego Star Wars 2 has co-op play, too! 
9185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword on: April 12, 2007, 02:19:47 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 11, 2007, 11:03:42 PM

I heard attacks are with the stylus, and movement with the d-pad.

If you make a downward slash, it swings the sword.  If you make an upward movement, it throws a shuriken.

Is this sort of nonsense really any better or easier than just pushing buttons?  Not only are you requiring players to learn and adapt to a new, arbitrary control scheme but there is the inherant inconsistency with that sort of input. 
9186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This presidential campaign only seems like it\'s going to go on forever... on: April 11, 2007, 04:47:38 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 11, 2007, 04:27:44 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on April 11, 2007, 01:21:17 AM

Here's the picture, for those that missed it. But it's seriously NSFA:

Spoiler for Hiden:

 eek

Finally a pic of Ron?

Oooh, them's fightin' words! 
9187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Switchfoot and Guitar Hero on: April 11, 2007, 02:25:55 AM
Too bad they didn't pick a song that rocked.  Or that had an interesting guitar part so they didn't look so dorky jumping around when it was just strumming two notes.  
9188  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Western Digital Caviar SE 8MB Cache 7200RPM UATA 120GB FS/FT on: April 11, 2007, 02:18:28 AM
So you didn't even wait for me to PM you?  Bastard!  Tongue
9189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: halo 3 beta dates announced on: April 11, 2007, 02:00:49 AM
I think I'm among the few that bought Crackdown and couldn't give a rats ass about the Halo 3 beta.  I might download it to see how good (or bad) it looks and try out the vehicles, but that's about it. 
9190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Classic Letterman on: April 10, 2007, 02:46:31 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on April 10, 2007, 02:39:09 PM

Quote from: Semaj on April 09, 2007, 11:46:05 PM

The fireworks one was watermellon

was quite fun to watch...

Velcro man, Alka selsor man, Cereal guy, When he got in the golf cart with super dave when they drove through a buncha condiments...

He sure was good back then. I worry that Conan will turn to shit the same way Letterman has when he gets Leno's slot. I hope not!

In my opinion Conan has lost a lot of his originality and fun as it is.  I can't imagine how bad it will get when he gets the earlier spot. 
9191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guilty pleasures on: April 10, 2007, 02:51:24 AM
Hmm, I've seen that Ninja Warrior on the Guide as I was scrolling through the channels but assumed it was some anime or something.  I may have to check it out. 
9192  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Vive Pinata 19.99 @ target? on: April 10, 2007, 01:41:15 AM
VP was indeed priced at $19.99 at my local Targets, but unfortunately both of them were out of stock.  Hopefully since it looked like their new regular price for it (not sale or clearance) they will be restocking soon and keeping that price. 
9193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for.... on: April 10, 2007, 01:39:06 AM
Oh, and there is also Combat Mission: Shock Force which is set in a "near future conflict in Syria".  It is the first Combat Mission game designed for real-time play, but it also supports the WeGo turn-based hybrid play of the past games.  Not sure on release date, but it's supposed to be in beta now so should be out soon. 

Quote from: Calvin on April 09, 2007, 11:16:39 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 09, 2007, 05:03:04 AM

There is also the forthcoming (and amazing looking) World In Conflict by the guys that did Ground Control.  It's not exactly modern day, but pretty close.

Um, this is totally news to me, and I completely hearted Ground Control! Thanks for the heads up! Any release date?

The current release date for World in Conflict is set for September, but we all know how that can go.
9194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Come fold with us - team GamingTrend - 60205 (PS3 & PC) on: April 10, 2007, 01:27:20 AM

Quote from: gellar on April 09, 2007, 06:54:47 PM

Quote from: CSL on April 09, 2007, 06:30:54 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on April 09, 2007, 06:28:40 PM

LET'S CURE CANCER!

LET'S GET LAID!

One of those has a much higher probability for you.  I'll give you one guess on which.

gellar

I guess I will just keep working on the cancer thing...   icon_cry
9195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for.... on: April 09, 2007, 05:03:04 AM
There is also the forthcoming (and amazing looking) World In Conflict by the guys that did Ground Control.  It's not exactly modern day, but pretty close.
9196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-9-2007: Brought to you by Zombie Jesus! on: April 09, 2007, 04:17:08 AM
I continued to play a bunch more FlatOut 2 on the PC and a few more levels of Earth Defense Force on the Hard difficulty (and some terrible attempts at the Hardest levels). 
9197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 08, 2007, 11:35:53 PM
You're right, I hadn't seen that X06 Demo and it shows a lot more of what I meant by gameplay (including combat).  When I see a game video I want to see what I'm going to see as a player, with the same camera angles and interfaces and stuff. 
9198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 08, 2007, 10:50:11 PM
So are they ever going to show some real freaking gameplay or what?  Everyone is drooling over this damn game and I have yet to see how it actually plays. 
9199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And...the inlaws are gone. on: April 08, 2007, 06:55:29 PM
Where the hell are you?  It's not even noon here. 
9200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] 20GB model truly 'discontinued'? on: April 08, 2007, 06:22:01 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 08, 2007, 06:01:44 PM

I could be wrong, but I really think that if they don't relaunch the 20GB skew (or some other lower price alternative to the 60) that they are making a terrible mistake caused by misreading the buying patterns of the early adopters...anyone agree/disagree?

I don't think they ever intended the 20GB model to be produced or sold in large volumes, but created it as a marketing tactic so that they could say they also have a $500 model and were giving consumers a choice.  Even after it has supposedly been discontinued, most people will continue to think that there is always the chance at a cheaper option. 

Maybe they are intending to relaunch an additional model later this year before the holidays or something, but if not then I agree that it will be a mistake to not appeal to what a large number of consumers want. 
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