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2121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV: Doctor Who *finally* comes to the US on: March 19, 2006, 02:29:07 AM
I'll try to answer some questions...

Re: Doctor's motivation. The Doctor's people, the Time Lords were generally portrayed as this society that was technologically advanced to the point they were almost "above" other species. Certainly, that was THEIR opinion of their stature. Generally, they sealed themselves away from everyone and simply observe all the goings on of the "lesser" races and feel smug about themselves. The Doctor hated this and wanted to get out there and be involved with all the goings on in the universe. He also came to be a champion for "good" and felt it was irresponsible for the Time Lords to sit still and just observe while evil forces run free. In short, his motivation is that he just has an insatiable thirst to see more, do more, experience more and learn more. And along the way he rights wrongs and has tons of fun while all the while his life is constantly threatened.

(Why doesn't he change the past for his planet?) Having said that, there are some sort of undefined rules about meddling with history. Yes, the Doctor often travels around and interferes liberally with the goings on. But, when he knows about what has already transpired, he doesn't (and can't) change things to make things happen. Sometimes he "bends" the rules a bit, but generally speaking he is able to run around interfering because he doesn't know specifically what was supposed to have happened in the incidents he interferes in. (Ie. in The End of the World, he knows the Earth is finally destroyed and doesn't interfere with it. But, he didn't know about Cassandra's (albeit non-sensical) plot, and freely interfered with her machinations.) Later on in "Father's Day" (the 8th episode) it should become obvious why he doesn't go back in time and save his own planet.

How did the mannequin's get the guns in their hands? The short and easy answer is, "because on the old show they had them". On the original episode with the Autons and the Nestene Consciousness they replaced the shop dummies with "Autons" who had the guns. Presumably, they might have done the same thing here without explaining things properly. "Rose"'s actual plot is sacrificed a lot since they had to cram so much introductory content into it.

I hope you noobs will stick with it. Next week's episode "The Unquiet Dead" (3rd ep) is my favorite of the first 5 episodes. After that you have 2 that were well received by the general British audience, but die hard Who fans had some problems with (including me). After those you have one of the best in the whole season ("Dalek"), and things start to really take off. The best episodes are the 9th and 10th ("The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances") which are mind blowingly awesome. It generally gets better as it goes along.
2122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zelda uses Rev controller on: March 16, 2006, 02:22:28 PM
Of course the quote is up on the front page of GT. But, what I wanted to comment on was the actual quote itself. It certainly implies to me that they really DIDN'T do anything special to Zelda to make it work, but that you could use the Rev controller to play ANY Gamecube game! Am I the only one who infers that from the quote? Very intriguing if true.

Of course it was probably translated from Japanese, so maybe I'm reading to much into the wording.
2123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero question... on: March 14, 2006, 03:35:50 PM
I play bass, and I found the game fun when I tried it out. It will probably put you a little ahead of the learning curve in so far as getting familiar with the controller.

I like Guitar Hero, and will probably buy it someday when it's dropped in price (if it ever does), but it essentially is just DDR with better music and a controller that doesn't get you exercise. smile
2124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The ending of Superstar Saga... on: March 08, 2006, 12:16:09 PM
Yes, I *loathed* the final boss as well. I am sure it took me 10 tries or so to beat her. I think I ended up going to the towns and getting some different equipment which helped. Great game, but I was very frustrated at many points during it (especially the last boss).

I liked Paper Mario better.

I have the new M&L for the DS, but haven't started it yet.
2125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo can botch a launch too!! on: March 02, 2006, 01:50:10 PM
Wow. Amazing reaction for a simple "Mark 2" of an existing product.
2126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So...can you get Oblivion preorders? on: March 01, 2006, 04:03:42 PM
Best Buy has the preorder boxes on the shelves.
2127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution SDK only $2000 - projected price $150-$200 on: February 24, 2006, 03:08:24 PM
I won't be happy with anything over $200. (Although unless it's REALLY cheap, the games available at launch will determine my interest more than anything else.)

I was thinking that even if it IS dirt cheap (say $99-$149) there could be other hidden costs. What exactly will you be getting with the Rev in its base package? A remote controller? An analog stick add-on? The "standard controller" shell? If these things aren't all packaged with it, the costs of the console could go up depending on what you actually need to play the launch games. Or will certain games ship with these controller add-ons? And if they do, will that makes the games cost more? And how much will Rev games cost anyway? Are they going to be $60 like the X-Box 360? Or will the (apparently) lower dev costs allow them to keep the current price scale? Lots of variables are out there in regards to Rev pricing. Hopefully E3 will shed light on most or all of these questions.
2128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution SDK only $2000 - projected price $150-$200 on: February 24, 2006, 01:14:04 PM
The scary thing is that Nintendo has only ever said $300 or less for the price. With all these articles speculating $150-$200 (albeit mainly from IGN), us diehards are going to cry "foul" if they announce an initial MSRP of $299. (I think they would be insane to price it anywhere close to PS3 or XBox 360...)
2129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I finally got a PS2 on: February 22, 2006, 12:43:54 PM
Is it possible to get a PS2 controller that doesn't have the left analog stick on the bottom of the controller? I can't stand that setup! It's very uncomfortable. I much prefer the Gamecube/X-Box positioning of the left analog stick.
2130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / TV for my 360 on: February 16, 2006, 10:36:38 PM
Pingwrx, I've heard nothing but praise for that line of Sony's so well done!
2131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite vs Nintendo DS - comparison shots... on: February 16, 2006, 08:02:00 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"

Still, I'm not going to shell out $179 to replace my existing DS, but maybe after a price drop or two it'll be worth it.

Yikes! It's going to cost more than the original DS did at launch?! BOOO!

I like it a lot. The only drawback (well... besides price) is that GBA games stick out some. That's lame.
2132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: February 15, 2006, 01:40:29 PM
In the Zelda thread on the AVS forums, a poster has claimed that Best Buy has already sent emails to people rescinding the November date. He didn't provide a link or anything, but man I hope that the November date ends up being a false alarm.

EDIT: Here is a link.
2133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: February 14, 2006, 12:08:56 AM
I am pretty sure Blizzard announced some time ago that Ghost was cancelled for the cube.

If the rumor about November is true, then I am going to be pissed.
2134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / TV for my 360 on: February 07, 2006, 06:40:22 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"

You were told wrong.  720p is only an issue if you want HD on the original Xbox (which a very small number of games supported).

Mine isn't the Philips, but my Sony CTR HDTV monitor upconverts 720p to 1080i with no lag, and no noticeable change in picture quality (to my eyes).  So agreement from here.

I would avoid Philips- I looked at them about six months ago and I read a comment that they supported HD through HDMI connnection only.  Supposedly the component connections only supported 480p max.

This seems to have been debunked on the AVS forums.

I can't testify to the quality of this TV, but I just know the price is far better than anything else I have seen and people on the AVS forums who got it seemed to be happy with it.
2135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / TV for my 360 on: February 07, 2006, 04:18:07 PM
This week there is an amazing deal from the Phillips outlet store, which is by far the best deal I have ever found for an entry level HD TV.

This is normally only $388.99 but by entering the coupon code of "10-OUTLET-0206" you can get it for $351 shipping included. It's a refurbished TV, but that's an awesome deal IMO. One of my coworkers ordered this TV yesterday. If I didn't have an HD TV, I would be hard pressed to resist this deal.
2136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / resident evil: deadly silence on: February 07, 2006, 12:17:06 AM
Gamespot gave it a 7.9.


The Good: A faithful translation of Capcom's original survival horror classic; features two playable characters plus two distinctly different single-player modes; some excellent sound and music, plus voice acting that's so bad it's funny; creative minigames make use of the touch screen and microphone.
The Bad: Visuals look grainy and washed out; controls are clunky and can take getting used to; cheesy video and dialogue don't really fit with the game's serious theme.
2137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "Must Have" DS Games on: January 23, 2006, 06:43:59 PM
Quote from: "jblank"
Oh, almost forgot, if you are into Golf at all, get "True Swing Golf", which comes out tomorrow. Its getting great reviews and looks like its gonna be a lot of fun.

Gamespot didn't give it a great review.
2138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Go Microsoft go... on: January 20, 2006, 10:03:04 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"

One neat trick - once you put in your Live info, Microsoft has stored everything you've 'bought', so all you have to do is redownload it all and you're up and playing with your Live Arcade games again.

That is neat, and Nintendo SOOO better have that same feature with the Rev.'s downloading of older stuff.
2139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution Before Turkeyday on: January 19, 2006, 02:24:26 PM
I think it would be very bad for Rev to cost anything more than $200.
2140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Revolution] Subscription pricing info... on: January 13, 2006, 01:55:25 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
They GAVE YOU all the old Zelda's when you bought WW and how many times will you play the original Metroid at $15 a month?

No, they didn't. They gave you ONE old Zelda when you preordered WW. The collection was bundled with Gamecubes at X-mas 2003 (where they quickly ran out) and was available by subbing to Nintendo Power for a year back then. You're thinking of the Ocarina/Master Quest disc they gave to preorders.

Still, I agree. $15/month for access to old games is not going to be very popular. I think the prices per game needs to be much lower for all games as well (99 cents for oldest, maybe $2-4 for N64. Or, I think they should do a per YEAR sub at around $15-20.
2141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV: Doctor Who *finally* comes to the US on: January 13, 2006, 12:43:40 PM
The episodes are about 44-45 minutes long, so there shouldn't be much, if any need for trimming. In all likelihood, any trimming needed can simply be done to the closing credits/trailers for next week's ep.
2142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Revolution] Subscription pricing info... on: January 13, 2006, 03:17:18 AM
The marketing survey had participants commenting on their reactions to both a subscription and a per title cost. As well as a rental cost for games. (Presumably you couldn't save a rental anywhere.) I think we won't know for sure until E3 at the earliest what any pricing plans will be. I just hope they are able to get some 3rd party stuff available for download.
2143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV: Doctor Who *finally* comes to the US on: January 13, 2006, 02:52:40 AM
You should... acquire... the Christmas Special. The new Doctor looks very promising.
2144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV: Doctor Who *finally* comes to the US on: January 12, 2006, 11:21:35 PM
It's excellent. Far more accessible than the old show, but retains the quirkiness, humor, and spirit of the old show. It far exceeded my expecations.
2145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV: Doctor Who *finally* comes to the US on: January 12, 2006, 10:41:44 PM
On the Sci-Fi channel!

2146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Way behind.... Metroid Prime (and Echoes!) on: January 02, 2006, 06:01:24 AM
I am 16% through Metroid Prime Echoes now. Loving it so far. Shockingly, I haven't yet used a walkthrough! I like the subtle graphical improvements, and really like the improvements to the scan visor. More fun stuff so far.
2147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Way behind.... Metroid Prime (and Echoes!) on: December 30, 2005, 07:57:30 AM
Yeah I was screaming at the Omega Pirate and took several tries to beat him, and then did it barely.

MP was similarly very frustrating for me, but in the end I won that fight fairly easily the time I beat it. (shrugs)

I think MP would have benefitted from an "EASY" difficulty level. Some of us don't want THAT much challenge from a game. Still, I loved it overall.
2148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Way behind.... Metroid Prime (and Echoes!) on: December 30, 2005, 04:54:38 AM
Definitely a possibility, but this is a case where I love the series so much I want a new copy to support the developer. (It being $20 now helps too. smile )
2149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Way behind.... Metroid Prime (and Echoes!) on: December 30, 2005, 04:41:19 AM
For the curious, I believe I finished at 72%. I think at 75% you get a "better" ending (Samus sans helmet?) and at 100% get the "best" ending.

As an aside, I went to my local gamestop tonight (while running another errand) looking for MP2. They had it USED for $45! Yikes! It's $20 new on their website! [sarcasm] I just can't wait for all the EBs to become Gamestops!! [/sarcasm]
2150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Way behind.... Metroid Prime (and Echoes!) on: December 29, 2005, 10:08:43 PM
LOL. I doubt there are many (if any) games I could finish these days without I get frustrated too easily nowadays, since my game time is limited and would probably move on, if I couldn't get a quick answer. smile
2151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Way behind.... Metroid Prime (and Echoes!) on: December 29, 2005, 09:27:01 PM
I am very pleased with myself as I just finished Metroid Prime. This was the oldest GCN title in my backlog and with the week off, I was determined to finish it. I went from 35% to 71% complete and finished it. (Boy I must have missed a ton of missile expansions, power bomb expansions, scans etc.) A truly spectacular game that while successful sales wise deserves to be even more so. The Omega Priate boss and Metroid Prime were both very VERY hard. With both, I was getting pretty frustrated before I finally managed to knock them off. Meta Ridley was my bitch. Aside from some frustrating difficulty at times, I just loved this. An amazing first effort from Retro.

Bring on ECHOES~!~!~!~!~! smile
2152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem Path of Radiance rant on: December 27, 2005, 04:42:35 PM
Not likely, I have to many friends/brothers who will likely borrow it before I ponder chucking it.
2153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem Path of Radiance rant on: December 26, 2005, 05:49:26 PM
Well, I finished the game last night. I don't really get why the final boss battle was so much easier than the fight I complained about above, but whatever. A truly great, fun game, and aside from chap 27, I loved it. Highly recommended.
2154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: December 25, 2005, 01:19:40 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Except he doesn't address the real issue about ports - namely the fact that games designed for much more powerful and multi-processor systems will not be easily portable to the Revolution with it's one processor, lesser memory, and less-capapble graphics solution.

Oh, no argument from me that that is a big concern. I was merely stating that the new controller would hopefully not be a detriment to 3rd party porting.

I think Nintendo hopes that their "souped up X-Box" will be good enough for these ports to work in a non-HD environment. I'm somewhat dubious.

Ultimately, as you noted, to guarantee themselves 3rd party support, they need some killer apps with the new controller that gives them a larger % of the installbase than they have had in the previous 2 generations. Then even if the Rev can only do Pong graphics, they will get the 3rd party support. It all comes down to whether playing with the new controller is as fun as Nintendo claims and prays it will be. I'm somewhat dubious.
2155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looks like MS are not the only ones late with dev kits.... on: December 25, 2005, 01:13:52 PM
I must admit I would find it interesting to see what would happen if the King of the castle, Sony, released that far behind Microsoft.
2156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looks like MS are not the only ones late with dev kits.... on: December 25, 2005, 03:21:11 AM
I think that Nintendo only ever claimed they wouldn't come out significantly after Sony did. Then, when Sony talked about Spring 2006, Nintendo backed off that claim. Looks like they will still live up to their original claims if Sony delays till late in 2006, which seems possible.

I would think Sony would really have to get the hype train rolling early next year if they are going to do a Spring release.
2157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem Path of Radiance rant on: December 23, 2005, 10:34:50 PM
While I found the end of SS to be hard, I didn't find myself replaying whole chapters because of one "extra" fight that was nearly impossible to win. that really took place after the fight was over. (Tried to be vague so as not to spoil.) 99% of my frustration with that segment of Path would have been eliminated if they had just given me a save right before the "extra" fight. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Having said that, I have finished the chapter and bypassed that (thankfully) optional fight and am now on chapter 28. Great, great game, but that one segment has really cheapened the game as a whole for me.
2158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: December 23, 2005, 10:32:10 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Off topic, but will PS3 be able to play PS games?

I believe it will be.
2159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem Path of Radiance rant on: December 23, 2005, 04:00:17 PM
I have been loving this game and I still fully intend to continue and finish it, but there is a glaring stinky fault in this game that just irritates me.


Spoiler for Hiden:
It is so frustrating that I have to complete all of chapter 27, and then there is a fight with the Black Knight that by all accounts in walkthroughs, I have to be lucky in order to have a chance of winning. Also, my lone support character is chosen for me and it's Mist, who I never have used, which further gimps me for this battle. If I am going to be stuck with Mist, then the game should have been forcing me to level her up, instead of giving me the freedom to gimp myself this way. But, most frustrating is the fact that I don't get to SAVE right before this battle. So, anytime I want to reattempt this battle I have to play through an entire chapter over again. What the hell?

This battle is (thankfully) optional, as it turns out, but I am so irritated at the lack of saves, that I will probably never even attempt it again, which is too bad and is seriously clouding my overall opinion of this game.

BAD BAD game design by Intelligent Systems/Nintendo. Why do some developers insist on putting in features bound to annoy gamers?

(pant pant) Thank you. Rant over.
2160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Walmart Bundles online on: December 20, 2005, 03:28:07 PM
As an until now silent observer of the recent trials and tribulations of msduncan's 360 adventure, I offer congratulations and plead with you to simply enjoy the fact that you have "won" and will now be able to enjoy your new toy on X-mas day. As others have said, I am sure you will be able to recoup most of your money (at worst) on the extra crap you had to get. I hope the 360 will live up to the agony you endured to get it.
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