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9401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 14, 2007, 12:30:45 AM

Quote from: Calvin on January 14, 2007, 12:15:02 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 13, 2007, 11:30:26 PM

No.  They said Sony could go out of business if it DOES succeed.  They are losing too much money per unit, and they have unexpectedly lost too much money in 2006.

With as huge a company as Sony is, can you imagine what it means unexpectedly to make NO profit in a year?  At least if you know about it in advance, and can plan for it...

So...ok..well, obviously sony knows this, their executives know this, and their financial analysts know this. If this is so, why are they even bothering with the unit? It makes absolutely zero sense for them to release a product thinking that if it succeeds it could bankrupt them. What is the point?

Because of the future potential of both the game console/software as well as getting their proprietary Blu-Ray format to be the default for high definition video discs.  The console itself, judging by the PS1 and PS2, will probably have a life-span of at least seven years in one form or another.  As the costs of producing a PS3 come down they will be able to break even and eventually make money on the hardware sales, while they are still getting licensing payments for game software and Blu-Ray dvd and hardware sales. 

They aren't rolling dice to see the big payoff on one product this year, they are betting big on their technology paying dividends in the long run. 
9402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Anyone still playing Oblivion? on: January 14, 2007, 12:14:32 AM
Oh, well.  I have plenty of other games to play without getting sucked into this one, I guess. 
9403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft buying Capcom? on: January 13, 2007, 09:23:35 PM
Take a look in the Lost Planet thread.  Long story short, not likely. 
9404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Anyone still playing Oblivion? on: January 13, 2007, 09:17:45 PM
I'm not a fan of the first person view for a game like this.  Is Oblivion playable and actually look decent to play in third person?  I think I would mostly be doing melee as that is my general modus operadi for RPGs, and I was seriously disappointed in the character animations I saw in Morrowind. 
9405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude, Firefox let me know I'm not the best speller on: January 13, 2007, 09:04:27 PM

Quote from: Ridah on January 13, 2007, 08:59:22 PM

If anything, blame Tupac!

Trust me, I do.   Oh, I do.
9406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox Live questions on: January 13, 2007, 04:37:21 PM
Yeah, the Players tab is just a list of the most recent players you have played with.  It allows you to see and play with somebody that you just played with but don't want to add to your Friends list yet, or to leave feedback (positive or negative) after you have finished a match/race/etc without having to remember their gamertag exactly. 

You can't remove games from the Played Games list.  It is a permanent record of all the games you have played and achievements gained.  The only annoyance I've found is that Arcade demos are listed there even though you can't earn achievements with them.
9407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Guitar Hero : 80's Edition on: January 13, 2007, 03:05:04 AM
I hate the freaking 80's.  Damn hair metal and shitty synthesizers and teeny bopper radio crap and ...eugh. 
Well, I guess there could be some decent punk bands to include, but for some reason I don't usually classify them as 80's music. 

So what bands out of the 80's would you guys be really excited about seeing included?
9408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished in 2007 - Console & PC on: January 13, 2007, 02:45:51 AM
Completed:
  • Saints Row [360] - although I started it last year...still counts, right?
  • Sam & Max: Episode 2: Situation Comedy [PC]
  • Crackdown [360]
  • WiiPlay [Wii]
  • Earth Defense Force 2017 [360] (Easy & Normal)

Actively playing:
  • Wii Sports [Wii]
  • Earth Defense Force 2017 [360]
  • Flatout 2[PC]

Set aside for now:
  • Fight Night Round 3 [360]
  • Ratchet & Clank [PS2]
  • God of War [PS2]
9409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ever broken something because of a game? on: January 12, 2007, 03:46:40 PM
If wireless 360 controllers weren't so expensive there have been a few times I would have hucked that thing into the wall (General RAAM, looking in your direction).  Thankfully good sense won out, but it would have felt great to do so.

I did throw my NES controller to the ground a few times, but those things were nearly indestructible so I don't count it.  icon_smile
9410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 12/Jan/07 on: January 12, 2007, 03:42:53 PM
I will continue my run for the title belt in Fight Night 3 on the 360 and playing Ratchet & Clank on on PS2, which I just started.  I usually only play one story-based game at a time, but I will also probably give in and at least try out God of War, Sly Cooper and Okami but I don't want to get too far so that I have forgotten everything when I finally go back to it. 
9411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate:London's multiplayer to be subscription based on: January 12, 2007, 05:09:20 AM
My Dad used to love grilling on our little hamachi...or was that hibachi?  icon_wink
9412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 12, 2007, 05:03:15 AM
I think Microsoft should target Korea as their next big market.  Those guys are crazy in love with online PC games and almost all of their games are based around microtransations and such. 
9413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Choose my last name on: January 12, 2007, 04:52:20 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 11, 2007, 04:33:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 11, 2007, 04:25:19 PM

The last name Hitler doesn't see alot use anymore....  icon_lol

I actually wonder about this every so often.  Does anyone even use that last name anymore, or did they all change their names?

Somewhat related, I was just reading an article that mentioned Benito Mussolini's granddaughter (also Sophia Loren's neice) and she still had that same last name.  And she's in politics. 
9414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GT HT/Gaming Setups on: January 12, 2007, 04:40:39 AM
I would be just way too ashamed to post a picture of my setup.  Some day I will get a modest sized HDTV, but for now I have a crappy 21" TV sitting alongside an old 20" monitor so I can play my 360 while I watch TV.  Yeah, I'm a total ADD case. 
9415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami-how far am I? on: January 12, 2007, 04:01:02 AM
I just got the game in the mail today and haven't put it in my PS2 yet...how far am I?   icon_smile
9416  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: January 12, 2007, 03:17:35 AM
+1 to Xmann for a great trade and quick shipping on the PS2!
9417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut 2 demo on: January 11, 2007, 04:11:40 AM
I don't have the Steam version so I'm not really sure what they do it differently with that.  If you tried the demo you would see that as soon as you hit the Flatout2.exe it brings up a window with video and sound options and hitting OK from there launches the game. 
9418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Really cool Sadness art work (Wii) on: January 11, 2007, 04:06:21 AM
No offense, but it's just a piece of concept art.  It's cool, but the game likely won't look anything like that. 
9419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: More Presidential Fun on: January 11, 2007, 03:38:22 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 11, 2007, 03:13:15 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on January 11, 2007, 02:49:01 AM

I was reading a story in the LA Times yesterday, and it was saying Bush's troop increase would mean changing Pentagon policy and having some soldiers go back for a second tour of duty.  IIRC, the current Pentagon policy is 24 months before a 2nd tour. 
I despise the fact that he's sacrificing American soldiers just so he can save some face for his failing plan. 

I thought it was 12 months before a second tour, but I'm certainly no expert. 

I'm not sure about regular military, but I'm pretty sure the policy he mentioned is regarding the National Guard and Reserves (at least that was the policy I read about).  Here in some info from the Wikipedia:

Quote
Prior to the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, the National Guard's general policy regarding deployment was that Guardsmen would be required to serve no more than six months overseas at any time. Due to strains placed on active duty units following the attacks, the possible deployment time was increased to 18 months. Additional strains placed on military units as a result of the invasion of Iraq further increased the amount of time a Guardsman could be deployed to 24 months. Current Department of Defense policy is that no Guardsman will be involuntarily activated for a total of more than 24 months (cumulative) in one six year enlistment period (this policy is due to change 1 August 2007, the new policy states that soldiers will be given 24 months between deployments of no more than 24 months, individual states have differing policies).
9420  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: More Presidential Fun on: January 11, 2007, 03:11:59 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on January 11, 2007, 02:49:01 AM

I was reading a story in the LA Times yesterday, and it was saying Bush's troop increase would mean changing Pentagon policy and having some soldiers go back for a second tour of duty.  IIRC, the current Pentagon policy is 24 months before a 2nd tour. 
I despise the fact that he's sacrificing American soldiers just so he can save some face for his failing plan. 

Yeah, going ahead with this plan means that they will have to extend the tours for some troops that are already there and changing the policy to send Reserves/Guards back for a second tour which they currently can't do.  Even the Generals have said that without changing that policy there aren't enough troops/brigades to send there.  

My favorite part is that they created a bipartisan commision whose job was to decide what the best plans of action were, and then completely ignored their recommendations.  That pretty much spells out the Bush administration's mindset.  

Congress (and therefore the Democratic majority) are really in a hard place because if they cut the funding it will affect troops that are already there, which they obviously don't want to do.  One thing I've seen mentioned a couple times is that they could cut spending for non-goverment contractors like Halliburton, which could be a partial solution.  
9421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Choose my last name on: January 10, 2007, 03:45:12 AM
Why not just take your Mom's last name? 
9422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An ATB Retrospective on: January 10, 2007, 03:18:19 AM
The terrible irony of all those "Calving pissing on something" stickers is that Waterson never licensed his characters' likeness for any use (T-shirts, coffee mugs, stickers, etc) because he didn't want to cash in and dilute and undermine his artistic property.  And then it gets stolen over and over and used by retarded rednecks on their pick-up trucks. 
9423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers - The First Trailer on: January 10, 2007, 03:10:27 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 09, 2007, 11:44:50 PM

But that still shows my point: what the trailer reveals is the exact opposite of "Robots in Disguise".

It's more like "Robots coming to kick your ass, and they aren't in disguise, because they don't give two turds if you know they are robots or not".

Exactly. 

And I really hope they don't go with Hugo Weaving.  He has such an annoyingly limited acting range. 
9424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 01/09/07 on: January 09, 2007, 03:40:50 PM
I've got The Illusionist and Idiocracy in the queue. 
9425  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW causing my monitor to go to sleep on: January 09, 2007, 04:40:25 AM
Or just the official ATI/AMD driver page.
9426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An ATB Retrospective on: January 09, 2007, 04:10:17 AM
I hate you bastards.
9427  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 09, 2007, 04:04:14 AM
You could always try an alternative browser like Firefox or something and see if the software is compatible with that. 
9428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can you switch back and forth from wireless to wired on the 360? on: January 09, 2007, 03:42:48 AM

Quote from: stimpy on January 08, 2007, 06:31:28 AM

Anyone using something other than the $100 official wireless adapter?

Would like to get some opinions on alternatives.

Here is Microsoft's official list Xbox Live compatible and incompatible routers, etc.  I don't think it necessaily means that other kinds not on that compatibility list don't work, but those are the ones that you should be guaranteed to work. 
9429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/8) on: January 09, 2007, 03:34:32 AM
Had I not just bought Xmann's PS2 I might pick up Lost Planet, but I think I will be a little busy with some awesome games called Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper and God of War! 

9430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Patch This Week on: January 09, 2007, 03:27:21 AM
I'm just glad to see somebody address (and fix) the damn 4:3 VGA problem!  This issue is in multiple games now and Epic are the first people I've seen actually acknowledge it. 
9431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Live Arcade Game This Week Is..... on: January 09, 2007, 03:24:02 AM
While Ms Pac-Man is certainly better than Pac-Man, this is still a disappointing showing for the Arcade.  Somebody needs to kick this fucker into overdrive. 

Quote from: Lee on January 09, 2007, 02:51:11 AM

What exactly is the difference between Pacman and the Miss version? Besides the bow of course.

- Ms Pac-Man moves faster than the old man
- There are 4 different mazes instead of the same one over and over
- Three of those mazes have two sets of warp tunnels instead of one
- Pseudo random ghost movement instead of patterned
- Two pieces of fruit pop out and float around
- Clyde got a sex change and is now Sue
9432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 09, 2007, 03:07:36 AM
Police drive ATVs in Chicago?  Who knew!
9433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail return policies got nerfed. on: January 07, 2007, 07:10:28 PM
Boy, I didn't see that punchline coming.  Nope, not in a million years.
9434  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it worth reporting this to the police? (Internet sale gone bad) on: January 07, 2007, 06:29:49 PM
I agree that any time something that expensive and fragile is sent in the mail you should get tracking and insurance on it.

And I'm not sure why everyone just assumes that the guy didn't mail it.  Things do get misrouted, lost, damaged, etc in the mail.  Having worked security in a DHL sorting hub I have seen quite a fewpackages whose labels were ripped off (although obviously the vast minority) and with no other form of information inside to indicate sender or receiver so it just sits there until it gets sent back to the corporate hub. 
9435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Newsflash: US Military attacked on Mexican border. on: January 07, 2007, 06:22:03 PM
This wasn't even immigrant related, it is a drug traffic problem.  With the crackdown on meth production facilities on the west coast and the regulation of pseudoephedrine products in the US, it has pushed a lot of the manufacturing south of the border which means it needs to get across for distribution. 
9436  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: January 07, 2007, 03:22:54 AM
If you are running the black theme I'm pretty sure that KD said it is not currently implemented on that (yet). 
9437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Confession on: January 07, 2007, 03:15:47 AM
I have a confession also:  I hate anime.  All shapes, forms, eras and everything else, I hate it. 
9438  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone interested in Vanguard? on: January 06, 2007, 11:30:41 PM
One thing I haven't seen much mention of yet is whether you can do well soloing or if you pretty much need a group.  I know it sounds contrary to the genre, but I often prefer to go out and do quests on my own (or with one or two people) and it would be nice to have that option for the majority of the game.  I thought WoW had a pretty good amount of solo-able and small group stuff, although late in the game you are pretty much SOL since it's all huge raid instances.  That was the main reason I quit playing the game.
9439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Non-mainstream music recommendations on: January 06, 2007, 10:03:46 PM
I'm a huge fan of Eels (also on myspace, but the actual homepage has lots of videos).  I would also recommend the ever awesome Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits and I have a weak spot for Deftones.

Some other bands that my friends dig (not that I don't like them, they are just more passionate fans than I) that might be in your vein are M. Ward, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, My Morning Jacket, Devotchka, The Flaming Lips, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Califone, Kid Dakota and Sparklehorse

Cripes, I can't believe there were MySpace pages for all of those bands/people.  I guess it's a sign of the times.  The end is near.
9440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown! on: January 06, 2007, 09:39:19 PM
Yeah, I've never been a huge fan of sandbox-only type play, but for this one I'm willing to give it a try.  Hopefully there is at least some sort of story/information conveyed to the player so you know what your options are and don't feel lost and directionless.  
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