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9721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EGM gets blacklisted for 'poor reviews' on: January 10, 2008, 12:36:59 AM

Quote from: Destructor on January 10, 2008, 12:22:36 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 10, 2008, 12:19:28 AM

As corporations, publishers have every right to ban any publication they want for poor coverage. But that doesn’t make it right. Gamers should feel disrespected as well.
Do they?  Sure, they can not give the magazine advance or review copies... but they can't actually stop a game magazine from reviewing a game, can they?

I don't think so, no. But their review will come out at least a month after everybody else due to the usual lead time of magazines.

Yeah, not having that extra lead time with "near production review copy" is going to hurt quite a bit in the print medium.  I would guess 2 months delay between when they would normally get to review versus having to buy off-the-shelf copies. 
9722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal:First Slice free to nVidia users on: January 09, 2008, 07:57:13 PM
So how long is the extended demo for a 2-hour game?  I've never liked when they call this sort of thing "a special version", as if they're trying to fool people into thinking it is some special edition and not just a demo. 
9723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monkey Island + Diablo = ??? on: January 09, 2008, 07:54:21 PM
I hope this turns out really great.  An action-RPG might be a good way to take the story/character type stuff from classic adventure games and make it appealing to the current gamer.

Brutal Legend is kind of headed that way (more actiony than Psychonauts' platformer it seems) and even Dungeon Runners has quite a bit of humor found in it's unique item system.  I can't wait to see more of this one once it gets further along.
9724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Minty green PSP..uh...ewww on: January 09, 2008, 07:36:31 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 09, 2008, 07:04:47 PM

I like it!  It's like a 50s kitchen appliance!  If I got it I'd just have to add on some chrome buttons and an analog volume meter.

Or some sweet tailfins!
9725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LittleBigPlanet - looking better and better (CES 2008 vid) on: January 09, 2008, 04:32:13 PM
I hope they have a very good way of sorting the good levels from the bad when there are a bunch to download. 
9726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3/360 Exclusives for 2008 on: January 09, 2008, 04:29:29 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 09, 2008, 05:58:16 AM

I count 82% of the games listed in EngineNo9's post being a disappointment.

Quote from: GatorFavre on January 09, 2008, 05:47:58 AM

75% of the games you listed will be shit.  You'll see.

Yeah, well I totally appologize for getting excited about some games that I think I might enjoy.  If you think that 9.84 of those games will suck then that is your perogative, but frankly you can blow it out your ass.  The same thing could be said any year you pick.  It's assumed that not every title is going to live up to it's potential, but often they do or they are still much fun despite that. 
9727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EGM gets blacklisted for 'poor reviews' on: January 09, 2008, 04:24:29 PM
So when did the last Mortal Kombat game come out?  And EGM just decides to get all up uppity now? 
9728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3/360 Exclusives for 2008 on: January 09, 2008, 05:40:24 AM
Lackluster?  Mercs 2, GTA 4, Prototype, Bionic Commando, Borderlands, Far Cry 2, Mafia's an open world extravaganza!  (not to mention several others like Fable 2, Star Wars: Force Unleashed, Sabateur, Alan Wake, Too Human, etc)
9729  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sam & Max Freelance Police on: January 09, 2008, 05:35:52 AM
Cool!  We didn't have cable back when this was on so it will all be new to me.  I did see part of an episode in a hotel or something and I remember the voices being disappointingly not like the game, though. 
9730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/7) on: January 09, 2008, 02:38:02 AM

Quote from: Destructor on January 09, 2008, 12:36:58 AM

On that note, I wonder how much cash Nintendo makes on all their VC titles...

Somewhere between a whole lot and shit-loads.
9731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Club - Demo Tomorrow on XBL **BAH Europe and Aus only** on: January 08, 2008, 11:14:51 PM
Well that sucks.
9732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lode Runner remake coming to XBLA on: January 08, 2008, 07:43:47 PM
You guys have looked at the other screenshots, right?  It's not all ice and sasquatch you know. 
9733  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi-Def War to end at CES 2008...? on: January 08, 2008, 07:40:36 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 08, 2008, 02:10:15 PM

I don't see the Bluray 2.0 spec as being any big deal.  All it brings to the table is web interactivity features which I could care less about.  I'm hard pressed to think of that as anything but gimmicky.  Any 1.1 compatible player will do a great job at playing back movies and can also do the cool picture in picture stuff like Warner used on the 300 HD-DVD. 

Quote from: Simon on January 08, 2008, 07:52:06 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 08, 2008, 07:17:10 AM

I don't get it, how can they update players that are already sold to consumers?  Are people spending $400 for players that won't be able to work with discs in 6 mos?

Firmware updates. The software on the Blu-Ray player I have was an old version when I got it. I downloaded the update off the Sony website, burned it to a disk, and updated the player to a newer version (went from 2.5 to 3.7). I believe the newest players can be hooked up directly to the internet for those downloads.

I may be wrong but I think the PS3 is the only current player that can be updated via firmware to 2.0.  As I understand it, the 2.0 spec requires 1 Gig of onboard RAM while the current players only have the 300+ megs that are required by 1.1. 

Well the PS3 has only a total of 512MB RAM (including video memory) so it doesn't seem to even fit that standard unless they use some sort of virtual memory for whatever that feature is. 
9734  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Gladiators on: January 08, 2008, 07:34:17 PM
I can't believe you guys are supporting the networks with this sort of crap.  frown
9735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3/360 Exclusives for 2008 on: January 08, 2008, 07:29:00 PM
There are a few I would like to play on both platforms.  Probably more on the 360, which is good since that is what I have, but neither is overwhelmingly loaded from my perspective.
9736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mafia developers absorbed, now 2K Czech on: January 08, 2008, 03:38:39 PM
So Illusion Softworks, makers of the awesome Mafia, Vietcong, H&D and working on Mafia II, have now been acquired by Take-Two and renamed 2K Czech.  (pun intended?)  Anyway, I saw the press release over here

(I put this in Console Games because Mafia II is being developed for consoles, and more people just plain read and comment here)
9737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lode Runner remake coming to XBLA on: January 08, 2008, 03:30:38 PM
I'm with Lockdown and disarm, it was a favorite back in the Apple II days and I'd love to see a good remake. 
9738  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another Edition of Lotto Fun! on: January 07, 2008, 08:53:43 PM
"This is 100% percent legal. As a lawyer I know this."
9739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/7) on: January 07, 2008, 08:04:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 07, 2008, 07:10:31 PM

"Interstate Love Song" -Stone Temple Pilots

any other songs coming out this week?
9740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/7) on: January 07, 2008, 03:31:29 PM
The XBLA game for the week is supposed to be Omega Five.

I'm buying nothing.
9741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - 17.7M/Halo 3 - 8.1M/Mass Effect - 1.6M Oh My! on: January 07, 2008, 12:28:16 AM
Well I didn't buy the 360 because I had interest in Japanese RPG's.  That's like buying a Mini Cooper because you're interested in offroading.  Not that having them there hurts the platform, but if that's your major thing you should look into a PlayStation, you know?  How many RPG's are on the freaking Wii?  How many good shooters?  Or driving games?  
9742  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Am I Less of a Man for Using Body Wash? on: January 07, 2008, 12:21:30 AM
Scrotum.  Ha.  Ha. 
9743  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: CircuitCity B&M $8.96 Video Game Clearance on: January 06, 2008, 08:25:02 PM
I was interested in Tomb Raider and Hitman for the $16.96 clearance price. 
9744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Live is 100% FUBAR on: January 06, 2008, 03:41:43 AM

Quote from: Calvin on January 06, 2008, 03:14:40 AM

So, is this a DoS, or is it the massive influx of gamers from Christmas? If its the latter, while it sucks for our playing games, it must mean rather staggering sales for MS.

As was said by someone earlier, it's hard to believe that there are really that many more people trying to play on Live right now than there were when Halo 3 was released.  However, I thought the DoS attack thing was also debunked. 

Personally, I think no matter what the problem is, they would be better off being a bit more transparent and communicate exactly what they are doing. 
9745  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drunk in Japan. on: January 05, 2008, 07:58:21 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on January 05, 2008, 10:29:26 AM

Go on one of those crazy Japanese game shows!  nod

Sometimes that's not a great idea...
9746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I return Stuntman Ignition? What would you do? on: January 05, 2008, 05:37:10 PM
I thought it was a great game so I lean towards "keep it, open it, and play the shite out of it"!  Plus, I tend to have a problem being dishonest, even if it's towards a large corporation I don't necessarily like.  But mostly because that game kicks ass.
9747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 2 Officially Announced on: January 05, 2008, 05:33:43 PM
Yeah, I'm guessing they must have been using a pre-written set of questions, and that didn't work out too well for the interview. Tongue
9748  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone see Juno? on: January 05, 2008, 05:29:33 PM
I want to see Juno, and one of the reasons is Michael Cera who is always quite funny.  I'm also putting Charlie Wilson's War in my Netflix queue.  Ike loses. 
9749  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Woot..Pioneer 5.1 Surround Sound System for Xbox 360 $90 on: January 05, 2008, 05:25:05 PM
I wish I had seen that on Woot earlier.  I almost jumped on the deal a couple days ago before they ran out, too.  That company on Amazon wants $42 for shipping, which is kind of a bum deal. 
9750  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi-Def War to end at CES 2008...? on: January 05, 2008, 07:36:32 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 05, 2008, 07:05:46 AM

Evidently Warner's Sister Studio, New Line, has confirmed that they are Bluray exclusive too.

And that means the Lord of the Rings Ultimate Extended Director's Cut Hi-Def Gouge Edition!
9751  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Obama takes Iowa-is this the end for Hillary? on: January 05, 2008, 07:35:20 AM
9752  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What MMO's are everyone doing these days? on: January 05, 2008, 12:35:14 AM
For those of you playing Guild Wars, do you feel like you can solo PVE stuff enough to make it worthwhile?  I don't really do any PVP and I tend to play solo for the most part; my impression from the demos and that of people who played it before was that GW wasn't really focused on that. 
9753  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budgety but not Crap Home Theater Audio on: January 05, 2008, 12:10:03 AM
Man, I can't wait for the day when I consider spending $1000 no home stereo equipment to be "budgety".  smile
9754  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone watch Psych on: January 05, 2008, 12:07:44 AM
Yeah, I have grown to really like Psych and I'm a big fan of Monk.  I can't say I've ever watched Dead Zone, but it looks like more of a serious kind of thing. 

I'm not sure why USA Network does such weird seasons with these shows, but I guess it's going to work out great for us fans if they already have these shows in the can. 
9755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone try the Kane and Lynch Demo on Live on: January 04, 2008, 06:03:38 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 04, 2008, 04:55:19 PM

I tried it.  The controls were really clunky.  Destructible environments were neat.  That's about it.

I'm curious, what aspect of the controls did you find clunky?  The only thing I don't like about it is clicking the left stick to run/slow-walk, but you do that rarely enough that I don't mind too much.  It seemed like a very adequate and responsive control scheme for a 3rd person shooter. 
9756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official response for LIVE on: January 04, 2008, 05:19:06 AM
Yeah, I think I would have even just preferred to get a free week or two added onto my account instead of an Arcade title.  
9757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 03, 2008, 09:27:12 PM

Quote from: skystride on January 03, 2008, 06:08:35 PM

I just googled it and watched the video here.

Honestly I think that is some of the best stuff I've seen on Conan in a long time.  I think they need to have the writer's strike more often. 
9758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Patapon for the PSP looks insane....LY FUN on: January 03, 2008, 04:35:15 PM

Quote from: depward on January 03, 2008, 04:26:46 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 03, 2008, 06:19:21 AM

Even better news:

It's going to retail for $20.

Now there's no reason a PSP owner should pass Patapon up.

That's awesome.  VERY cool.

That is great, because I probably would have waited until it hit that price anyway.  I'm much more willing to take a chance on a $20 game than a $40 one.
9759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 03, 2008, 04:33:51 PM

Quote from: skystride on January 03, 2008, 04:24:56 PM

Can someone explain how unlocking works (with no cheats)?  Are unlocks for local band/solo tour not shared?  Do you have to play at higher difficulties to unlock some songs?

I got to a point in local band play where I wasn't getting anything new.  It appeared that I have played everything at least once.

I think on the easiest difficulty in a solo tour you only get access to 37 of the 58 songs, but Medium or higher difficulties you can unlock all of the songs.  

Quote from: wonderpug on January 03, 2008, 03:42:50 PM

The next OXM (January 15) will have three exclusive Rock Band songs:

* Freezepop — "Sprøde"

* Bang Camaro — "Rock Rebellion"

* Count Zero — "Shake"

Also, I missed Conan, anyone see him play Rock Band last night?

I have heard of none of those...
9760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone try the Kane and Lynch Demo on Live on: January 03, 2008, 04:20:36 PM

Quote from: greeneggsnham on January 03, 2008, 04:03:39 PM

I'm waiting on the DLC where you go on a mission to get Jeff Gerstmann fired from Gamespot. Till it's available, I think I'll pass.  icon_twisted

You wouldn't just get him fired, you'd get him "F*$#ing fired in his stupid f@$%ing face, Lynch!  What the hell's wrong with you?".  slywink
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