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10041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "I don't think [losing GTA exclusivity] hurts us. ... I really don't." on: March 06, 2007, 09:43:41 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 06, 2007, 09:18:43 PM

Because PC is an evolving platform.  Of course PC games are going to look better at some point. 

+1.  Until they start putting upgradeable graphics cards in consoles, PC & console games will always remain two separate categories in my book.
10042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "I don't think [losing GTA exclusivity] hurts us. ... I really don't." on: March 06, 2007, 08:57:26 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 06, 2007, 08:49:26 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 06, 2007, 08:34:53 PM

Bah, Halo 2 is one of the best looking games on Xbox IMO and Halo was pretty much top of the heap when it was released. 

Also, I thought Team Ninja's games were some of the absolute top of the heap on Xbox 1 (Ninja Gaiden still holds up incredibly well) but I haven't been impressed at all by either of their 360 efforts so let's wait and see what Sony Santa Monica brings to the table on PS3.

Ick, I didn't think so about Halo 2. Of course, I really didn't like Halo 2 at all...so that may have tainted my opinion of it.

Halo 1 looked good, but as I said, I had seen better on the PC at the time.

As others have said here, I guess we will just have to agree to disagree. Everyone has differnet tastes in games and graphics.

I also thought Halo 2 was MOTS, but Halo 1 was graphically amazing when it came out.  Stacking it up against PC games is not really a fair comparison, imo.

One other thing to consider about God of War 3.  GoW 1 & 2 have both came out near the tail end of the PS2's life cycle.  By this time, developers had figured out every trick in the book to coax out those uber-graphics.  My guess is that Sony isn't going to let the Santa Monica team wait around a couple years before they bring out GoW3 (since it is practically a license to print money), so it might not be nearly as graphically ground-breaking as the first two.

10043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "I don't think [losing GTA exclusivity] hurts us. ... I really don't." on: March 06, 2007, 07:30:41 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 06, 2007, 07:09:19 PM

Well the big thing is that it's Level 5 who are pretty much at the top of the heap for technical acumen on all of the platforms they work on

If by "technical acumen" you mean graphics, I'm not sure I'd agree.  While DQVII and Rogue Galaxy's cel-shading was fine, I don't think it got anywhere near - say - FFXII's level.   That's not to say simplistic graphics are bad (not my favorite, but ymmv), but we haven't really seen Level 5 try anything that wasn't cel-shaded.  It'll be interested to see what they can do in a more realistic setting.
10044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "I don't think [losing GTA exclusivity] hurts us. ... I really don't." on: March 06, 2007, 07:06:43 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 06, 2007, 06:57:00 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 06, 2007, 06:40:11 PM

Yes, but games like:

God of War 3
Gran Turismo 5
Killzone 2
White Knight Story

will be system sellers for sure.

I'd take Killzone 2 and White Knite Story off but add SOCOM to the list.

I'd agree here.  They're both going to be big, but I don't know that you'd classify either KZ2 or WKS as "system sellers".

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But give me Halo and Gears over God of War, Gran Turismo, and SOCOM any day.

Heh, I'm the exact opposite.  smile

It'll be interesting to see how huge God of War 3 is.  I thought GoW1 was good, but not the uber-game that people made it out to be.  However, after reading a bunch of glowing God of War 2 reviews this morning, it seems that we're seeing the next truly great franchise come into it's own.  If this one's as good as they say, I wonder if the promise of next gen visuals will push GoW3 into FFXIII levels of sales.
10045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: March 06, 2007, 06:24:23 PM
78'ish hours and the entire party was level 54.

FWIW, my final impressions are in this thread.
10046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: March 06, 2007, 02:16:36 PM
Great impressions Calvin, and very similar to my own.
10047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: March 06, 2007, 02:15:28 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 06, 2007, 01:47:27 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 06, 2007, 01:02:23 PM

Interesting article metallic, thanks.  This concerns me a bit:

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This time, Tsuchida was asked from the start to create a flashy, speedy battle system. He felt that the command-based systems that have been used for previous Final Fantasy games wouldn't allow for this. However, Square Enix wanted a battle system that was as fast as an action game while allowing the player to input commands. That's apparently what we'll be getting in FFXIII.

Memo to Squeenix:  If I want to play an action game, I'll buy a damn action game.  I just don't understand this need to make things as frantic and fast-paced as possible.



I don't think this is anything to worry about- speedy battles are a plus in my book.  I thought FFX had a very quick battle system and Digital Devil Saga and Xenosaga 3 were even faster and it really went a long way toward making you not dread combat (compare that to Xenosaga 2's battle system where even the most mundane of battles could last upwards of 5 minutes).

Based on this and some other comments, it sounds like they are trying to make the battle sequences feel like an action movie while still retaining the core turn based mechanics which actually seems a pretty natural evolution for the series. 

If it's like DDS, FFX, or XS3, I'd have no problem with it.  I thought all three of those games handled battle systems very well.  My concern (and my impressions from the article), is that they're going to turn Final Fantasy games into more action-oriented RPG's a la Rogue Galaxy or Dark Cloud 2.  I'm not a big fan of that style, and hope they don't go quite to that extreme. 

Maybe I'm being spoiled by the awesome simplicity of FFVI right now.  I know I'm in the minority, but I still love the old ATB system.
10048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: March 06, 2007, 01:02:23 PM
Interesting article metallic, thanks.  This concerns me a bit:

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This time, Tsuchida was asked from the start to create a flashy, speedy battle system. He felt that the command-based systems that have been used for previous Final Fantasy games wouldn't allow for this. However, Square Enix wanted a battle system that was as fast as an action game while allowing the player to input commands. That's apparently what we'll be getting in FFXIII.

Memo to Squeenix:  If I want to play an action game, I'll buy a damn action game.  I just don't understand this need to make things as frantic and fast-paced as possible.

10049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NO R&P until 03/03/07 on: March 05, 2007, 07:30:12 PM
Go fish.

Anyone got any WMD's? (I keed, I keed...)
10050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 3-5-2007 on: March 05, 2007, 07:28:29 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on March 05, 2007, 07:19:59 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 05, 2007, 06:01:38 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 05, 2007, 05:36:58 PM

Spent another 5 hours with Final Fantasy VI, and am desperately trying to slog towards the end.   I'm at the point before the final dungeon where I have to level grind the 7-8 characters that have sat idle through 90% of the game so far.  Hate it, hate it, hate it.   icon_evil

For the record, having a shit-ton of characters and requiring that they are all leveled up equally for the end-game is one of my absolute least favorite RPG game mechanics. 

That final dungeon (and boss battle) is a doozy too.  Just barely made it through by the skin of my teeth. 

Yes, but having a character with Ultima equipped with the X2 relic alongside Gogo makes for an awesome beatdown of most enemies in that dungeon. But yes, it does suck a lot to have to PL every single character in a cast of many.

Wait...X2 relic?  Like doubles Ultima power?  That'd be sweet, but I haven't run across it.  Got 3 characters with Ultima, so I should be in good shape there.
10051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NO R&P until 03/03/07 on: March 05, 2007, 06:56:11 PM

Quote from: Devil on March 05, 2007, 06:34:23 PM

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Yes, and every time people try to discuss something you disagree with, you are right there, proclaiming your displeasure for all to see, all the while contributing zero to the discussion (aside from your expressed displeasure, which apparently is honor enough).

If you can't force people to agree with you, it seems the next best thing is just to stop people from talking.

Thanks for backing me up!

I don't try to force people to agree with me, insult them, belittle them, call them names and then whine for help when you're given some of your own crap back in your face.

This is a prime example of why people can't stand you.

Why don't we bring it to a vote - Throw it up for everyone - One of us stays, the other is gone.

We'll get a clear picture of who people really want around.

Let the people decide. You can't handle it for the presidency, let's see if you can take this like a man.

Bring it!


This kind of stuff seems way out of line doesn't it?  Then again, I never ventured into R&P topics so maybe there's a joke I'm missing out on.
10052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 3-5-2007 on: March 05, 2007, 05:36:58 PM
Spent another 5 hours with Final Fantasy VI, and am desperately trying to slog towards the end.   I'm at the point before the final dungeon where I have to level grind the 7-8 characters that have sat idle through 90% of the game so far.  Hate it, hate it, hate it.   icon_evil

For the record, having a shit-ton of characters and requiring that they are all leveled up equally for the end-game is one of my absolute least favorite RPG game mechanics. 
10053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: March 05, 2007, 02:11:49 PM
Looking forward to reading both of your AAR's. 
10054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 04, 2007, 04:19:50 PM
Awww...





Too bad this one isn't real

10055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 07:28:59 PM
FWIW, I got an e-mail from the district manager this afternoon apologizing for the issue. I wrote back and told her that I made a much bigger deal than it needed to be, and that this was more icing on the ever-growing poor customer service cake than anything else. I gave her a few friendly suggestions for the store in the spirit of constructive criticism, and that's that.
10056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 04:39:08 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 02, 2007, 04:21:28 PM

I agree but what I was disagreeing with is the idea that it is good business to ignore the customer who pre-ordered but isn't there.  The comment seemed to say that if the customer isn't in the store - tough crap.  However the whole point of pre-orders is so customers feel secure and believe the don't have to be there right at release day. 

Good point, I should have worded it better.  My feeling is that there was a certainly a way for them to take care of both people:  the person that pre-ordered and the one standing in the store.  But, as Chaz pointed out, there's absolutely zero incentive for them to do so and most of them really could care less.  Hence we end up in this situation.

Also, we're talking about the demo freebie and not the actual game.  I think there's a bit of a difference there.
10057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 04:10:08 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 02, 2007, 03:59:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 02, 2007, 03:52:33 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 02, 2007, 03:35:29 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 02, 2007, 03:44:57 AM

While it's ultimately their perogative in the end, good business practice says you take care of the customer that is handing you $50 over the one that might remember to come in and pick it up from their year old pre-order.  Especially the one that tells you there's a problem and they might not come back.

This particular statement I couldn't disagree with more.  Good business practice is not to screw over any customer not right there and that is what you are saying they should do.  Since the person who pre-ordered wasn't there and you were they should screw the pre-order.  That is just bad business. 

If they just got the demo in yesterday, sure.  But they've had these demos in-store for 2-3 weeks.  I would think there comes a point when you assume the pre-order people won't be coming to get them and make them available to other people.

That, and people who come in 2-3 weeks later need to get used to a certain phrase:
"While supplies last"

True, but he did have a bunch there.   The fact that the underling kept saying "Why can't we give him one?" leads me to think that he was just keeping them to give to his buddies or somesuch.
10058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 2/Mar/07 on: March 02, 2007, 03:55:09 PM
Since I have had zero gaming time this week, I'm still trying to get through FFVI.  We're moving my grandmother into an Alzheimer's facilitaty tomorrow, so it doesn't look like the weekend will have much more time available.  I'm hoping to at least get in a few minutes here and there.
10059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 03:52:33 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 02, 2007, 03:35:29 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 02, 2007, 03:44:57 AM

While it's ultimately their perogative in the end, good business practice says you take care of the customer that is handing you $50 over the one that might remember to come in and pick it up from their year old pre-order.  Especially the one that tells you there's a problem and they might not come back.

This particular statement I couldn't disagree with more.  Good business practice is not to screw over any customer not right there and that is what you are saying they should do.  Since the person who pre-ordered wasn't there and you were they should screw the pre-order.  That is just bad business. 

If they just got the demo in yesterday, sure.  But they've had these demos in-store for 2-3 weeks.  I would think there comes a point when you assume the pre-order people won't be coming to get them and make them available to other people.
10060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name the States Game on: March 02, 2007, 02:38:59 PM
I also missed Massachusettes, along with Indiana, Connecticut, and Wyoming.  Odd, considering Wyoming is next door and Utah plays their group of drunken louts every year.  Guess I've just tried to block them out of my mind.
10061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Steampunk Starwars? on: March 02, 2007, 02:32:20 PM
So Han would turn into Guybrush?
10062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 04:27:50 AM

Quote from: Misguided on March 02, 2007, 04:03:02 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 02, 2007, 01:44:07 AM

It's all about taking care of your customers.

I'm sorry you had a bad experience Gratch. FWIW, they absolutely do take those calls seriously. In fact, they have recently become a major part of our store rankings. I honestly believe that your complaint will have an impact, for whatever consolation that is to you.

I should point out here that I'm certainly not out for the managers head.  I just think he needs to know the impact of his customer service, or lack thereof.   Heck, up until the last 6-8 months, I would have defended that store to the death.  Unfortunately, their general service level has gone completely in the tank since then and I'm no longer willing to deal with it.
10063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 03:44:57 AM

Quote from: The Grue on March 02, 2007, 03:29:53 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on March 02, 2007, 01:40:00 AM

I dont see what the big deal is here.  Uh oh, someone did their job the way they have been told to do it.  Just imagine if you were one of the people that pre-ordered a year ago and you came in to get demo but they had already given it to someone else.  You probably would have come to the forum made the same thread title just changed the context of the message a bit.  I dont really see how Gamestop is at fault for this. 

I was starting to wonder if I was the only one who thought this.  Other people had rights to those demos.  I am trying to figure out why Gratch felt his need was more important.

If he had said, "We only have 2 demos left, we've contacted both the people who pre-iordered them, and we're expecting them in to pick it up.", I wiould have had absolutely zeio problem with it.  However, his attitude was "I've got a bunch here and most likely have some extras, but you haven't done anything to deserve one.".  It's the same problem I have when they've got a massive stack of release-day games sitting there, but won't sell you one unless you beg and plead for it.

Besides, I was there ready to give them $50 for the game.  While it's ultimately their perogative in the end, good business practice says you take care of the customer that is handing you $50 over the one that might remember to come in and pick it up from their year old pre-order.  Especially the one that tells you there's a problem and they might not come back.

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He personally has aboslutely no stake in whether you shop there again or not.

And herein lies the entire problem.  This store used to care.  They used to give a shit.  And they used to take care of their customers to make sure they come back.  If I don't care about anything more than employees just being civil, then I'll go somewhere more convenient.  I always made it a point to hit this Gamestop, however, because they were better than the faceless Best Buy or Circuit City.  They're not anymore, so I won't make any effort to give them my money.
10064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 01:57:37 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on March 02, 2007, 01:50:40 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 02, 2007, 01:44:07 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on March 02, 2007, 01:40:00 AM

I dont see what the big deal is here.  Uh oh, someone did their job the way they have been told to do it.  Just imagine if you were one of the people that pre-ordered a year ago and you came in to get demo but they had already given it to someone else.  You probably would have come to the forum made the same thread title just changed the context of the message a bit.  I dont really see how Gamestop is at fault for this. 

It's all about taking care of your customers.  The guy told me they had "quite a few" copies of the demo there.  I highly doubt that every one of these supposed year-old pre-orders were going to come into the store this exact night to pick it up.  In a chain as large as Gamestop, even if they gave me the demo tonight, I'm sure they could get that one copy replenished within a day or two.  Hell, have one of the other stores drop one off on their way in tomorrow if that's what it takes.  I even told the guy straight up that I would pay him $50 for the game tonight if he'd give me the demo.  Instead, he chose to lose that guaranteed sale on the off chance that they got some freakish rush on their demo discs from these ancient pre-orders.

They guy was either hoarding copies for his buddies, or was simply being an ass.  I'm not sure which it was.

I'm not sure if they can get more copies of demos after an initial shipment.  Maybe someone that works there can answer that for us.  And if you could prove that he was hording them then I would agree with you 100%

In my line of work, we bend over backwards for our customers for even the little things.  It means customer loyalty and repeat business.

Obviously I can't prove that he's hoarding them, just a feeling.  He told me there were copies available at other stores.  Had I been the manager, the customer gets my demo and I pick one up from the other store tomorrow on my way to work (when it's not rush hour traffic, it would probably only take 5-10 minutes to get there).  That way I get a $50 sale, and the customer is happy.  Win-Win.  As it stands, the customer is frustrated & angry,  and the store lost not only the sale on this game, but also a significant amount of money on future purchases.  Lose-Lose.
10065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 01:44:07 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on March 02, 2007, 01:40:00 AM

I dont see what the big deal is here.  Uh oh, someone did their job the way they have been told to do it.  Just imagine if you were one of the people that pre-ordered a year ago and you came in to get demo but they had already given it to someone else.  You probably would have come to the forum made the same thread title just changed the context of the message a bit.  I dont really see how Gamestop is at fault for this. 

It's all about taking care of your customers.  The guy told me they had "quite a few" copies of the demo there.  I highly doubt that every one of these supposed year-old pre-orders were going to come into the store this exact night to pick it up.  In a chain as large as Gamestop, even if they gave me the demo tonight, I'm sure they could get that one copy replenished within a day or two.  Hell, have one of the other stores drop one off on their way in tomorrow if that's what it takes.  I even told the guy straight up that I would pay him $50 for the game tonight if he'd give me the demo.  Instead, he chose to lose that guaranteed sale on the off chance that they got some freakish rush on their demo discs from these ancient pre-orders.

They guy was either hoarding copies for his buddies, or was simply being an ass.  I'm not sure which it was.
10066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 01:27:59 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 02, 2007, 01:16:30 AM

Hit the gamestop website, write to them and demand to speak with the district manager directly.  Tell him it isnt about the demo but simply about common courtesy.  You feel slighted and you demand satisfaction.  When you meet him, slap him in the face with a glove for best effect.

Seriously, all but the glove would be my reaction.

E-mail has already been sent.  It was a reworded version of my OP.

I honestly don't really want to talk to anyone live, becuase then I feel like I'm trying to get something out of it (which I'm not).  I've worked in retail and found that those who complained the loudest ("I DEMAND satisfaction!!) were those we were the least likely to believe.  I'd rather just send an e-mail and let them know there's a serious issue they need to address that is causing them to lose a significant chunk of business.  If they want to contact me, they've got my address.
10067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 12:58:00 AM

Quote from: Kobra on March 02, 2007, 12:45:22 AM

He was obviously just being a "Dick".  Happens a lot in these stores, like the time the counter-jockey wasn't going to sell me 1701AD because I didn't preorder it.  I gave him a pretty extreme look, and his manager said "Just sell the guy the damn game.".  I mean, what in gods name is fucking wrong with a company that treats their customers like hostile entities?

Funny thing is, the underling standing next to him actually said a couple times, "Why don't we just give him the demo?".  This guy was obviously trying to prove some sort of point.  Apparently that I should have pre-ordered a year ago.

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I really hate to see companies go out of business, but the day Gamestopo shuts down will be a day of celebration for all.

I wouldn't go this far.  I'd just really like to have my old Gamestop back instead of the hive of scum and villany that it's become.
10068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 12:42:56 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 02, 2007, 12:39:03 AM

I'm still wrapping my brain around someone pre-ordering God of War 2 a year in advance.  icon_eek

That's what I don't get.  If this was a niche title, I can see how they would have some semi-legit leverage.  But it's freaking God of War II.  Everyone and their dog will have stacks of this on day 1!  If you want my $50, give me the f-in demo or I'll find it at any one of a thousand other places!
10069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 12:37:25 AM

Quote from: Calvin on March 02, 2007, 12:01:06 AM

Absolutely freaking outrageous. You were way too polite. I am about in your boat, although every once in a great while I will get somethign there. Suprisingly enough, the shittiness of best buy isn't even that bad compared to them when you factor in coupons.

I'm very non-confrontational anyways, so it was no biggie.  I honestly think the jerk-off manager will be surprised to find out there was even an issue when (well, if) he gets the e-mail..
10070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 01, 2007, 11:44:35 PM
I’ve been a regular at my local Gamestop ever since it opened.  They used to be friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and since they had low turnover, I knew most of them on a first-name basis.  For the past 3 years, I’ve purchased at least 1-2 games a month from them.  However, over the past year since their manager left, they have gone steadily downhill.  They’ve become rude, dismissive, overly pushy with pre-orders, and I basically just don’t like going there anymore.  Tonight, however, was the final straw.

I really wanted to try out the God of War II demo, so I decided to stop by and pre-order the game.  I knew I’d be buying the game anyways, so getting the demo would just be an added bonus.  After standing at the register for a couple minutes while the counter jockeys ignored me and finished their conversation not 3 feet away, I finally piped in with a not-so-subtle “Ahem”.  One of them managed to pry himself away and ask if he could help.  When I said I wanted to pre-order God of War, his eyes lit up like a Christmas tree.  Both he and the manager went into fanboy drool mode about how awesome the demo is and how excited they were to get the final game.  So I said, “You’ve still got copies of the demo, right?”.  The manager then proceeded to tell me that although they had quite a few demo copies left, they still had a few people that pre-ordered over a year ago that hadn’t yet picked up their demos, so they couldn’t give me one.  I honestly thought he was kidding and started have a chuckling “Yeah right”.

Unfortunately, he was dead serious.  He said that if he gave me a demo, then if one of these other people came in, he wouldn’t have one and they’d be pissed.  I asked if it made any difference if I paid for the game in full.  Nope.  I told him that was the only reason I was going to pre-order.  Still didn’t matter, but he did say that he would try to find one at another store for me (closest store would be at least a 25-45 minute trip this time of night).  I jokingly asked if he expected every one of those old pre-orders to come in tonight and demand their demo.  Didn’t matter.  I finally told him that if they couldn’t give me a copy of the demo, I’d just go buy the game at the Best Buy around the corner from my office on release day.  Didn’t phase him a bit.   

When I turned to leave, I said, “You do know that you’re losing a $50 sale and probably my return business because of this, right?”.  His reply was, “There’s nothing I can do about it.”.  Well, me neither and you have now completely lost what was once a very loyal customer over a demo disc that probably cost 10 cents.  Congratulations Gamestop.

EDIT:  I was going to send a revised copy of this to them, so I went to their "tellgamestop.com" customer service site.  Amusingly, they don't let you e-mail a complaint unless you have a receipt number.  A receipt number I didn't get because the guy would give me a copy of the damn demo.  This company is a complete joke.

EDIT 2:  I called their 800# and was able to get an e-mail.
10071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar Knights "one of the finest games on DS." 1UP review on: March 01, 2007, 08:02:41 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 01, 2007, 07:45:28 PM

Anyone have some further impressions after spending more time with this?  I've got 12-14 hours of air travel (each way) coming up in a week, and I'm thinking about grabbing this or FFVI.

I'm currently 25 hours into FFVI, and it is one of the best RPG experiences I've ever had.  If you've never played it before (like me), I would highly, highly recommend it.
10072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: March 01, 2007, 05:25:33 PM
I'd echo Kevin's thoughts, although from the little I've played, Syberia easily Trumps TLJ in the graphics department.  The 2D backgrounds in TLJ are incredible, but the late-90's low-poly characters are pretty jarring.

In regards to the language, 95% of TLJ has no bad language at all, but there is one character that uses "fuck" at least 2-3 times per sentence.  It's pretty lame and completely unnecessary to the story, but I guess they wanted to be edgy or something.  Come to think of it, there's a character or two in Dreamfall that do the same thing.
10073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: March 01, 2007, 05:07:00 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 01, 2007, 04:58:39 PM

Thanks Gratch! While I generally just hate adventure games, I think I am officially going to put TLJ on the backlog and try to play it this spring when I am more free-Syberia too!

Heh, you sound exactly like me.  Prior to trying out Dreamfall, I hated adventure games and hadn't even glanced at the genre in years.  As soon as I played it, however, I immediately went out and picked up both TLJ and Syberia.  Haven't played much of Syberia yet (Final Fantasy VI got in the way), but the little I did see was pretty impressive.
10074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: March 01, 2007, 04:55:48 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 01, 2007, 04:32:20 PM

I bought this for my dad for Christmas since he loves adventure games-he played for a few hours but seemed to lose interest but it looked interesting to me-worth playing alone, or should I try TLJ first?

I've finished both games in the last 2 months, and played Dreamfall first.  It got me hooked, and I played through TLJ after the fact.  While both games are great, Dreamfall makes a lot more sense if you're familiar with the characters and events of TLJ.   There's many carryover characters and references to events that will leave you scratching your head if you're not familiar with them.  I think Dreamfall would be much more enjoyable if you’ve played through TLJ first.

That being said, Dreamfall is a great game on it's own merits.  Keep in mind that it is a slow starter and the controls take a bit of getting used to.  I'd say it didn't really pick up until about the 3 hour mark.  And while TLJ is probably a better game, it may be hard for some people to go back and play a game with graphics & interface from 1999.   I also found that the puzzles make much more sense in Dreamfall, and TLJ is pretty much impossible without a detailed walkthrough.  There’s lots of “strap the cellphone to the purple cat” type puzzles in TLJ.

If you’re interested, I’d be willing to part with my copy of TLJ (great game, but not really much replayability once it’s done).  Just shoot me a PM.

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I think the plan is for two games- the episodic series which will be focused on the continuing the specific story and characters from Dreamfall.   The MMO will probably be much larger in scope but still canon in the worlds of Stark and Arcadia.

Whew, that’s good to hear.  I’ll just play the episodic stuff and skip the MMO entirely.

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Unfortunately the CD-ROM release of the 1st game won't install on many newer computers even after applying patches.

Strange, I played the CD-ROM version of Dreamfall on my fairly new XP system and it worked just fine.  TLJ also played without a hitch.
10075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: March 01, 2007, 04:32:53 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 01, 2007, 04:08:50 PM

Great news!  Funcom just announced that the Dreamfall/TLJ story will continue!  Episodic format and it's likely still a long ways off but nice to hear nonetheless.

I think the story heavy focus of the series is an excellent fit for episodic content model since the story and characters will not only create great cliffhangers but also just a genuine desire to see what happens next which certainly wasn't the case for something like Sin Episodes.

Press release here

That’s awesome, great, fantastic news!  Having recently finished The Longest Journey, I’m thrilled to hear that the story will be continuing.

Since the article mentions both, I am curious about whether this is going to be distributed on-line, or whether it will be an MMO.  I have no problem with episodic, online delivery (a la the new Sam & Max games), but I hate MMO games with the white-hot passion of a thousand burning suns.  TLJ/Dreamfall is more like a movie than a game, and since I loathe online gaming, the last thing I want to do is be required to play through it with other people.  If does end up being an MMO, it will ultimately kill any interest I have in the series.
10076  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top Five Albums on: March 01, 2007, 12:39:52 PM
Either Skinny Puppy's "Nature's Revenge" or Bowie's "Panic in Detroit".

Interesting, though, that none of the songs I would include in my all-time top 10 appear on any of my top 5 albums.  Some of the same bands, just not on those particular CD's.
10077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: February 28, 2007, 09:22:43 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 28, 2007, 08:06:11 PM

Quote from: Farscry on February 28, 2007, 03:15:28 PM

I still very much look forward to getting back to this later this year to work on the rest of the hunts/espers/etc. icon_biggrin I think I had nearly 80 hours in by the time I finished the main story (I don't remember; might be more or less, but it was around that) and I still had a ton of sidequests and optional areas left to explore!

FFXII is right up there with FFVI for me as the cream of the crop from the FF franchise.

can you still do side quests and roam about after the main story is finished??

Nope.  Once you enter the final dungeon, you're in for good.  After the final cutscene & credit roll, you get kicked back to the load screen.
10078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: February 28, 2007, 03:26:46 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 28, 2007, 02:47:56 PM

Had about an hour last night while futzing with Vista, and ended up just running around and grinding the cerobi steppe. While its not really the most efficient because of the flying creatures and low XP wolves/tigers, there are semi-rare wyrms that drop for 3600xp a pop, and multiplay that by 2 with the tippet and its awesome awesome XP even though they don't spawn that frequently.

IMO, those wyrms were the best enemies to grind on.  There's at least 1 or 2 of them in each Cerobi Steppe zone.  I'd clear them all out, save at the mid-zone save marker, then reload and start all over.  I probably gained 15-20 levels on those guys alone!
10079  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Race to the Bottom: Who has the worst TV? on: February 27, 2007, 07:01:54 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 27, 2007, 03:36:08 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 27, 2007, 02:02:21 PM

My TV is decent (Hitachi 52" HDTV), but the bottom corner has a permanent 12" by 6" black smudge from when my cat barfed down the front of the screen.  Does that count?

I would have killed that cat so fast and so viciously. Dear god.

LOL.  Honest to god, I think it was the only time he's ever been on top of the TV.  3,000 square feet in the house, and he chooses that exact spot to hork.  Just bad luck, I guess.  Here's a picture of the damage (crappy camera phone is all I got):



It's not quite as dark now (this happened quite a while ago), but is still noticeable.  Especially when there's a light colored image on screen.  In the end, though, it's not that big a deal.  The cat's much more important to me than the TV.
10080  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is this how it will all end? on: February 27, 2007, 03:28:41 PM
They were last heard singing "So long, and thanks for all the honey".
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