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2161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Famitsu] Super Mario DS on: November 03, 2005, 02:36:09 PM
Has there been any hint about when this sucker is coming out?
2162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion isn't coming until Q2 2006 on: October 30, 2005, 05:44:37 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"


Oh I agree. I know Oblivion will still sell well, but Zelda you need to remember hasn't had ANY ads for it yet.


Wait, Nintendo markets their games?  Tongue

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There has been virtually no marketing for it at all yet, whereas Oblivion has had ads running for MONTHS already. They now also have billboards and taxicab/bus ads for the game in New York City and Los Angeles. That isn't cheap.

Any delay is going to hurt them much more than Zelda being delayed hurt Nintendo. For one, Zelda is a much bigger name than the Elder Scrolls, so it will sell like hotcakes no matter when it comes out, and two, Oblivion has already had lots of money sunk into the advertising of the game, based on it coming out in November/December.


All very good points. I am sure Bethesda WILL get hurt to some degree financially, if in fact, they delay Oblivion to 2006. And of course, there will be some illwill among the hardcore gaming dorks like us who will feel betrayed/angered/saddened by being acutely aware of all the emphatic claims that it would be out this Nov/Dec. Still, Bethesda isn't a small developer/publisher and while TES may not be the same brand as Zelda, it is still probably their top dog, and I think it will still do very very well for both console and PC whether in 2005 or 2006. I really think they will be fine and getting it out now would merely be a "better" scenario for them. Getting out late will be "worse" but not a disaster IMO.

Hey, hopefully, the game is still on track. We still haven't offically heard it's delayed have we? Keep your fingers crossed. smile
2163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion isn't coming until Q2 2006 on: October 30, 2005, 02:14:23 PM
I think this situation (if, in fact, Oblivion does get delayed into 2006) is a lot like the situation Nintendo faced in delaying Zelda. Yes, of course, not releaing a game in the X-mas season (and in Oblivion's case, near the launch date) is surely going to cost them some sales and money. But, as has been noted, as gamers, we will end up with a better finished product. I wouldn't really be worried about their lost money though. In both cases, the games will still sell well. It's not like either franchise is in danger of ending with this iteration just because they don't get released in the ideal release window.

And now we wait... grrrr...
2164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem - it is so addictive! on: October 28, 2005, 03:14:09 PM
I'm flip-flopping between both Sacred Stones and Path of Radiance right now. Oddly enough, I think I am on chapter 20 of both now! I need to pick up vanilla FE next.
2165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The news is back!!!! on: October 28, 2005, 03:12:11 PM
The silver lining for me with the name change is (for a while at least) Websense doesn't block this site at work (for now)! Of course, I have a workaround for that, but it's a bit slower, so YAY GAMINGTREND~!
2166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Going home late last night... on: October 27, 2005, 02:42:29 PM
I've heard rumors that Fairies wear Boots.
2167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Metroid Prime Pinball Impressions on: October 26, 2005, 09:44:41 PM
I don't have it, but I played a demo of this at Best Buy a week ago. I thought it was a cute game of pinball and enjoyed following the action from top to bottom screen. And, they definitely plugged in a  lot of wacky Metroid stuff, but ultimately, I just don't see myself wanting to play pinball on my DS that much. Maybe when it hits the bargain bins.
2168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: October 24, 2005, 02:53:43 PM
In all 3 games you can restart the chapter if someone dies. The only difference between the save systems between the cube and GBA games is that the cube doesn't automatically save after every turn. You have to actually select suspend and quit the game and then select Resume Chapter. In the GBA games it always automatically saved after each turn.
2169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: October 23, 2005, 03:29:45 PM
Quote from: "semiconscious"
2) the game saves after every turn,


It should be noted that the cube version appears to NOT save at the end of every turn automatically. However, you do have the option of suspending the game (save and exit) on any turn, so essentially, it's the same save system. But, if you powered off the cube without saving I don't think you would be able to resume the chapter from your last turn like you could with the GBA version.
2170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Let's make fun of the Gizmondo! on: October 21, 2005, 04:35:59 PM
I love the 48 second power on time, myself.
2171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: October 21, 2005, 04:16:38 AM
Chiming in on this one again. I love it. I just finished chapter 11 (after about 5 tries! I am trying not to lose anyone). I think I actually like this more than Sacred Stones. Aside from the obvious graphics/audio superiority, I love the tiny extras to the strategy this one adds. I have made use of the "shove" function. I love the fact that mounted units can move after attacking. I love the duality of the Laguz (badass when animal, space-takers when they are humanoid). I love the conversations you get to have with party members between battles. I also have found this to be more challenging than Sacred Stones so far (and I am playing on Easy). I'm having a blast so far, and I really hope I'm not the only one around here enjoying this awesome game! smile
2172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baten Kaitos II Screens on: October 20, 2005, 07:04:54 PM
I was playing this before it got bumped for Fire Emblem. (which is awesome)

I really really liked the combat a lot. I liked the card system, though I didn't like the timer. (I wouldn't mind a timer if it was longer) I also really enjoyed the graphics a lot. But the writing and the voice acting were blech. I do plan to return to it though.
2173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: October 19, 2005, 01:27:19 AM
Ok, I caved and got this despite the fact that I was going to wait till I finished Sacred Stones. I am on chapter 6. So far, loving it. I love the graphics. Yes, they are not cutting edge or anything, but the artwork is very appealing, and it is great to see FE char's looking so good. The music is very well done. My biggest issue so far, is there is an oh so tiny pause between the battle map and the combat animation. It's subtle, but it is just a teeny bit annoying. The story seems ok so far.  There have been some tiny tweaks to battle as has been detailed in reviews, but this is pure FE goodness on the big screen!!

BUY IT NOW~!
2174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: October 18, 2005, 12:27:38 PM
I have been having tons of fun with the Sacred Stones (my first FE game) and am on chapter 18. After SS is over, I think I am going to be hard pressed to resist picking up this new GCN version. The reviews look great, and I actually have liked all the graphics I've seen, despite that being one of the primary complaints of reviewers. So, any people picking this up today? ME WANT IMPRESSIONS~! smile
2175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Zelda Project! on: October 17, 2005, 10:30:03 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
There is no reason for a Zelda fan to not try, not to rent, or borrow, or "try" in some manner Majora, because it is a hell of a game.


Oh, I agree. It's a remarkable game, and I do plan on finishing it with an emulator when I get through some other games.
2176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Zelda Project! on: October 17, 2005, 07:36:22 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
You guys are scaring me about this save system in Majora's Mask!  Is it really that bad?

The only thing that annoys me about Ocarina is the save system.  No matter where I save if I reload it starts me back in Kakariko Village in my tree home or at the start of a dungeon if I'm in the dungeon.  It's annoying because I always have to backtrack.  Why is that?  Why can't I just reload and start right at the spot where I saved?


Oh boy, if you don't like the normal Zelda save system, you are in for a bad surprise when you start MM.

(Trying to be spoiler free here, but there are some abstract spoilers)
Basically, there are 2 methods to save your game. But before I mention that, you need to realize that in MM all the action takes place over 3 days. At the end of the 3 days, the area-the-game-takes-place-in comes to an end. So, you learn a song that takes you back to the beginning of the first day. The problem is, all of your progress is lost when you do this. (Except for key things that you do to progress the game.) So, that is the way you save your game anywhere you want, you play the song and go back to the first day. But, if you were in the middle of clearing the first dungeon, well you will not only have to start the entire dungeon over, but you will have to make it TO the dungeon again from scratch.

There are also save points marked as owl statues in the game. When you save with those, you keep the game exactly as you want it, and can return. But, once you do resume the game from your owl's savepoint, that save is gone, meaning if you want to exit the game you have to find another owl (they aren't plentiful) or play the song and lose all the progress you made after (and possibly before) you saved at the owl before. (It's like the Suspend option in the Fire Emblem games, but you can't do it anywhere/anytime you want, you have to find the statue.)

Couple this with the fact that you are trying to complete a dungeon within the 3 day time limit, and it makes for a stressful experience for me, and the main reason I haven't completed the game. Having said that, I do think MM is an awesome game that is marred by the system, hence my desire to play it on an emulator where I can alleviate some of the problems I have with it.
2177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Zelda Project! on: October 17, 2005, 07:08:04 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
but few people ever realized that you can save the game as you are at any time. That's what the owls were for - they saved your exact progress, down to the minute, whenever you wanted to. You just had to remember to save the game in this manner before you turned off the system, or warp back to the beginning. It's like a whole mob of people never even understood this, and the game got hammered because of it.


I understood/understand it perfectly, and completely loathe it. It's a savepoint that's not really a savepoint. If you're going to limit me with savepoints (and boy do I have a rant about lazy programmers continuing to make console gamers put up with them, but that's another post...) then MAKE THEM SAVEPOINTS! Meaning, don't make them go away when I reload. On the other hand, if you want me to be able to exit the game when I want and pick up when I left off, understanding that I will not have that save point when I resume, that's ok too, but don't LIMIT WHEN I CAN DO IT!!! I'll take one restriction or the other, but not both. Coupling the crappy save system with a freaking time limit, just makes the whole experience stressful for me.
2178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Zelda Project! on: October 17, 2005, 05:52:28 PM
I played all but Ocarina and MM on the original systems. I played Ocarina on an emulator originally and have played it on the gamecube since then. I also have played all the others on the cube as well. The only one I haven't finished is Majora's Mask, which I find hard to play due to the awful save system. I really need to play an emulated version of that so I can finally win it though. Zelda 2 I haven't one on the cube, but did win on the NES.
2179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS questions on: October 17, 2005, 02:12:08 AM
A couple comments on battery life. I definitely notice the DS needs charging more than my GBASP did. But, that's when playing DS games. Playing GBA games doesn't seem to be a big drag on battery life. (Reasonable since only one screen is lit when playing GBA games.)
2180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 27 New Oblivion Screens!!! on: October 16, 2005, 04:07:16 PM
WOW! Never have I seen TEXT so well rendered!!!  Tongue

Seriously, I thought the actual graphic screen shots looked great. And, much more aesthetically pleasing than I found Morrowind's browns and greys.

Alas, my puny Athlon 1400 is not going to cut it for this one! I need a lucky Mt Dew cap!!!!
2181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion Hands On on: October 14, 2005, 02:11:17 PM
I'll ask what I asked in another thread:

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are they going to change the way NPC conversation works in this game? One of my main gripes the TES games is the stupid hyperlink chat system with every character in a town basically having the same 30 keywords/responses with like 2-3 unique ones.
2182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MY Oblivion thread!!! Non-sticky! All invited! on: October 13, 2005, 01:01:54 AM
Quote from: "Dimmona"


Quite sure. slywink

I did say PC version. smile Having said that, I am sure a change at EB is forthcoming.
2183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MY Oblivion thread!!! Non-sticky! All invited! on: October 12, 2005, 09:22:49 PM
It's interesting that neither EB nor Gamestop have moved the PC release date to 12/5... yet.

EDIT: OOPS! Gamestop has. Not yet for EB.
2184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (10/10) on: October 11, 2005, 06:22:16 PM
Wow. Gamespot gave Phoenix Wright a 8.8!!!
2185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 10, 2005, 09:22:43 PM
Jumpman was one great game.
2186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 10, 2005, 07:31:02 PM
Brickout at the end of an Apple 2+ tutorial. It was Breakout turned on its side basically.

Soon to be followed by classics like Lemonade Stand and OREGON TRAIL~!
2187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ DS ] Castlevania impressions on: October 08, 2005, 05:44:20 PM
So, do you like it? smile

Despite the fact that I have been gaming for nigh on more than 25 years, I have never played any Castelvania game. Would this game be a good starting point, or should I pick up the various GBA games first? (I think the Aria of Sorrow is the prequel to this DS game right?) Should I bother with the NES Classic original Castlevania?
2188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Detailed impressions of Oblivion from X05 on: October 06, 2005, 09:51:33 PM
LOL! Hetz is certainly enthusiastic. Wasn't it Morrowind talk on Gone Gold that caused the Road to Gold forum to be created in the first place?

I'm intrigued by Oblivion, but I'm always intrigued by the Elder Scrolls Games, and they always end up disappointing me. Unless I get a lucky Mt. Dew, I won't own anything that will play this one anyway.

Hey Hetz, are they going to change the way NPC conversation works in this game? One of my main gripes the TES games is the stupid hyperlink chat system with every character in a town basically having the same 30 keywords/responses with like 2-3 unique ones.
2189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: October 05, 2005, 10:02:19 PM
Using the Open GL 2 plugin worked. Now, my only small problem is some slowdown entering, exiting, and (occasionally) during combat. Nothing too bad.

Thanks for the help!
2190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: October 05, 2005, 07:17:44 PM
Thanks. I wasn't using the v2.xx of Pete's Open GL driver (JCC = stupid). I have installed it, but will have to wait till after work to give it a try.
2191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: October 05, 2005, 04:56:31 PM
Ok, I finally remembered to bring home my FFVII discs from my girlfriend's house. It seems to emulate fine except when entering combat? The whole "blur screen effect" doesn't happen and the sound effect slows down and then it transitions into combat slowly. I have tried tweaking settings from "Fast" to "Nice" and haven't been able to get this to work. Is it working ok for anyone else? Care to share your settings?
2192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy 3 for DS in 2006/FF5 and FF6 for GBA announced on: October 05, 2005, 04:14:59 PM
Ok, so this is probably retreading old, tired, matted, worn out, stomped down, flattened ground, so I apologize in advance. Can someone please lay out to me exactly what the FF#s mean in terms of Jap vs. US releases? I am pretty sure that FF3 in the US for the SNES was really FF6 in Japan, but what about the others? (My understanding is that from 7 on, we've been in sync.)
2193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda guarantees Oblivion for XBox 360 launch on: September 30, 2005, 12:44:36 AM
I hope they aren't forced into releasing it early. Bethesda's track record is not exactly exemplary in this area. Although, i seem to remember Morrowind being pretty stable upon release.

Of course, I don't own a system that can play this new beast, unless I got a lucky Mt Dew cap today! smile
2194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Best Game You've Played This Gen? on: September 26, 2005, 01:53:17 PM
Eternal Darkness hands down. My favorite game since Thief 2. If an Eternal Darkness sequel is ever released (I doubt it, and screw all of you who didn't buy it. I hate you.) I would buy the system it's for, no questions asked.

I hope Zelda Twilight Princess might dethrone it.
2195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 Question: Backwards Compatability for Live games? on: September 26, 2005, 12:12:02 PM
I think this might be the ~$20 HD switcher.
2196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 23, 2005, 04:31:39 PM
Yes, I may take that step next and see how that works for me. Thanks for the tip!
2197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 23, 2005, 03:55:31 AM
I do own a playstation and FF7 (although my FF7 discs aren't at home at this moment).

I tried getting this thing to work with Blood Omen. While it will run, I just can't get the speed quite right. I had to use my DVD-RW. My 52xCD-ROM just couldn't keep up, which seemed odd to me. With no FPS limiting, the opening movies play nicely. But then, after Kain is killed the movie where he turned into a vampire plays to quickly. If i limit the FPS, then the 2nd movie plays ok, but the first is too slow.

I also had some odd graphical oddities at times. I have never had luck with PSX emulators, dating back to Bleem. Oh well, I probably don't have time to play FF7 now, anyway, but I was intrigued about being able to play it with slightly better graphics. Thanks for the help.
2198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 23, 2005, 02:12:41 AM
Yikes. It actually took me far too long to find it. I overcomplicated the search.
2199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 23, 2005, 01:43:44 AM
Ok, so to use ePSXe, I have to somehow extract my BIOS from my playstation? That sounds awful compelkated.
2200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 22, 2005, 10:05:37 PM
Can anyone recommend a good PS One emulator?
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