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4481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamestop survival guide on: January 06, 2006, 03:17:06 AM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
I have retail customers who drive over an hour past 3 other stores to see me and my staff.

And the truth is that would happen regardless of where you were at because you are good at what you do. We have customers like that at my Gamestop. Bottom line is that there are tons of places people can buy games. From the net to big box stores and everything in between. You better have superior knowledge/customer service because that's the only way you have a prayer of building loyalty.

Believe me when I say that they guy whose problem with his 360 I diagnosed last week after he had been tearing his hair out for days...the guy who was overjoyed enough to actually call me on the phone to thank me...people like that will go to some lengths to come back.
4482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360]Hmm...external HD-DVD drive announced on: January 05, 2006, 03:38:51 PM
I could see them doing deluxe editions that require it, especially once we start hitting the point where games are shipping on multiple DVDs.

And games can and do use the HD for caching AFAIK (well, I don't know that for a fact, but in a couple of the articles that popped up in reference to why there are only 13GB available on the HD, this was mentioned as a reason IIRC), it just isn't required.
4483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360]Hmm...external HD-DVD drive announced on: January 05, 2006, 03:15:18 PM
Yeah I don't really see the point of this other than as a marketing thing to say that 360 supports hd movies, but Sony will still counter they don't support "true" HD (i.e. they don't do 1080p). Now if this doodad allowed you to output 1080p....that would be worth crowing about. It doesn't really matter now that much, but as that technology starts to filter into more TVs it will become more of an issue.
4484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fight Night Round 3 DEMO!!! On Xbox Live Marketplace NOW! on: January 05, 2006, 03:12:37 PM
Graphics are remarkable.
Round-by-round replays need to be overhauled completely or scrapped.
Gameplay...I'm not so sure...never played a game like this. There's virtually no blocking taking place.
I'm not familiar with the series but the scoring seems to favor big punches overt scoring points with jabs. I peppered Jones with 200 jabs (landed) in 4 rounds and only won two of them.

For the life of me, I can't throw an uppercut or haymaker. This is using config 5. I tried the total punch control and couldn't do a bloody thing. I did figure out how to throw body punches by holding the left trigger.
4485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamestop survival guide on: January 05, 2006, 12:52:57 PM
Ugh. That sounds awful.
One of the reasons I left Barnes and Noble was to work with my current manager, whom I really like and have a tremendous amount of respect for. He spends quite a bit of time with customers. Heck, we're a low volume store, so now that the holidays are over there's only one person on in the mornings, either myself, the ASM, or it would be awfully hard not to interact with customers biggrin

Say...have you guys ever read Acts of Gord?[/url]
4486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamestop survival guide on: January 05, 2006, 05:19:15 AM
There's a ton of opinion here presented as fact. Again, there's some good advice presented as well. I really disagree with the assertion that the company doesn't care about the hardcore gamer. The advice about the used return policies is off base in some respects, in my opinion. The notion that managers are "hidden" from customers boggles the mind.

I don't want to argue about it or anything. As much as it pains me, I know there are some among you that think I work for the evil empire or something. I think we can all agree on this: Any store is as good or bad as the people who work there.
4487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamestop survival guide on: January 05, 2006, 03:38:09 AM
Some of this stuff seems flat wrong to me, but there's some good advice here. Keeping your receipts is always a good idea.
4488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 problem... on: January 05, 2006, 03:25:02 AM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Sadly for MS the casual consumer believes the defects are widespread.

It amazes me that there are a number of articles circulating at various websites the last several days talking about widespread scratching problems that all cite as their "evidence" the notice from Gamefly. Maybe it is a widespread problem, maybe it isn't, but many of those articles seem misleading to me.
4489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 problem... on: January 04, 2006, 12:48:58 PM
*shrug* Mine has been vertical the whole time and no trouble.
4490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worms: Open Warfare [DS] on: January 03, 2006, 11:17:39 PM looks like you'll be able to touch the mini map and zoom to any part of the playfield. That would rock.
4491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 problem... on: January 03, 2006, 12:11:48 PM
Wow, that's a new one...

I have mine positioned vertically and no problems. I think the only crash I've had was while trying to play a BC game (Fable). No disc probs to report.
4492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 problem... on: January 02, 2006, 11:08:15 PM
Has it happened with any other games or just DOA?
4493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox360 Tomorrow? Help Answer My Questions Tonight! on: January 02, 2006, 05:46:17 AM
Cool, glad it is working for you.

When I bought my speakers, I didn't envision getting a console or needing digital, so I went with Klipsch over the Logi's. While I love them, the Logi's extra features would come in handy. Still, I'm getting a lot of use out of them with the PC and 360, as well as my PSP, which I run into the little breakout box with the volume/base/etc via a line in jack.
4494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox360 Tomorrow? Help Answer My Questions Tonight! on: January 01, 2006, 04:41:05 AM
Calvin, does your sound card have a line in port on the back?
If so you can do what I did:

I went to radio shack and got an adapter that has 2 female rca jacks on one side and a male 1/8 stereo mini plug on the other (i.e. a normal small headphone plug). I then got an extension (which you might not need) to runthat into the line in on my sound card, which is already set up wiith the speakers.

This means the PC has to be on to play the Xbox. Note: in my case I had to enable the line in jack on the audigy control panel (the line in port was muted).

Quote from: "Calvin"
Quote from: "coopasonic"
the MK1 linked here is an audio switch to choose between two inputs:

You would need a male-male 3.5mm stereo cable to connect the switch to your PC and a 3.5mm male to RCA Female Y adapter to connect the switch to the xbox 360 RCA cables, then the front speaker 3.5mm male connector form your speakers goes into the output of the switchbox.

Probably cost you ~$30 in the end. I probably have the two pieces other than the swicth in a drawer around here somewhere, unfortunately, they are the cheap parts.

I do not know anything about ElectronicsUSA, so you are ordering form them at your own risk.


Coop, thanks for the help bro-do you think that a Radio SHack or similar store might have this type of thing so I dont have to order online? I guess I could just go in and check-it doesnt seem like BB, Compusa or Circuit City has anything.

Thanks for all your help so far though man.
4495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UMD Movies - Here to stay or just a faze? on: December 31, 2005, 04:49:28 AM
Quote from: "mytocles"
Hey, Misguided,

Is this in-store only? I don't have one near me and couldn't find it anywhere online... which is funny since I get their email notifications, no mention there either, unless I missed it (who me?).  :?

I honestly don't know, sorry frown
4496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / electroplankton on: December 31, 2005, 04:44:11 AM
I'm confused.
I've seen this in my store once, and I was intrigued by it, but we had no DS yet. When I went to get a DS for my son a few days later, it had been sold. Was that a Japanese one??
4497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Auto Demo on the OXM on: December 30, 2005, 04:41:09 PM
Yeah, I think I was the lone voice of dissent in the other thread as being more toward the IN side than I was before playing the demo. This is a pure arcade racer and it is only marginally more a racing game than Carmageddon was (though with the demo level you did actually have to finish the race).
4498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UMD Movies - Here to stay or just a faze? on: December 30, 2005, 04:37:24 PM
FYI Gamestop has a buy one get one free on new (not used) Sony and MGM UMDs right now. They should be able to give you a printed list of applicable titles.
4499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need help with X-Men Legends II: ROA on: December 30, 2005, 04:35:42 PM
When you pull the trigger, the icons for the powers should pop up on the screen, corresponding to a set of buttons to activate them. When you start, you'll only have one power per character.
4500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burgerking? on: December 28, 2005, 06:39:53 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"


*wipes tears from his eys*

yeah....I saw an Axe sign the other day and wanted to detroy it.
4501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS or PSP? on: December 28, 2005, 05:58:59 PM
I own a PSP and just goot my son the Mario kart DS for RamaHanuKwanzMaStice. I like both systems. The PSP does a have a good number of ports, many of which sport some cool extra content (like the aforementioned X-Men Legends 2). There are also an increasing number of unique games or games that are otherwise unavailable in the US.

The DS is an interesting beast. While all consoles have their share of good and bad games, the DS seems to be even more polarized than usual in this regard. The DS has the touch screen/dual screens which makes it unique. Games designed around the DS from the start (Kirby Canvas Curse, Mario Kart, etc) tend to be really good. The games we are seeing that are ports of games on other current systems thrown onto the DS just for the heck of it, stuff like Need for Speed Most Wanted, seem like they are getting extremely poor reviews. Because of the "gimmick" nature of the system, I think it prudent to be especially selective when choosing DS games, particularly when they are ports and not games exclusive to the DS.
4502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox360 Tomorrow? Help Answer My Questions Tonight! on: December 27, 2005, 12:40:28 PM
2005 wll rock. I run the audio into my audigy card on my computer with a couple of bits I got at radio shack (to convert to a 1/8 mini stereo plug and an extension).

I actually love the hub areas of Kameo (except the snowtop village). If you like to look around some, explore, and interact with the environment to find all the little things, but aren't looking for something that's hard, this is a splendid game. If you're looking for a difficult platforming challenge, you won't find it here. It is a game that's fun to experience, IMO. I've played 20 hours or so and am 2/3 - 3/4 through it.

NFS and PGR are both good and both a lot of fun in different ways. However, if you're looking for Burnout in particular, it's coming for 360 in March. My copy is already on reserve. smile
4503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite game you PLAYED in 2005, no matter it's year? on: December 24, 2005, 03:03:40 PM
Aside from my CoH/CoV addiction, I'd have to say Kameo.


I did play Grim Fandango this year, and while I liked it, it didn't live up to what I had built it up to be in my head based on all the praise it has received.
4504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why Oblivion was delayed on: December 24, 2005, 03:00:31 PM
I wouldn't doubt that. The strength of the game on a console vs PC should be consistent framerate/visuals etc. because the game engine should be highly optimized for the hardware (since the hardware is a fixed entity with the exception of being able to cache data on the HD). Sounds like they had to do some tweaking to the game engine.
4505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why Oblivion was delayed on: December 24, 2005, 02:15:37 PM
My translation: It was choppy as heck.
4506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Auto on: December 23, 2005, 10:57:05 PM
Huh...I rather liked the demo, though the sound was atrocious. I think they'll have that fixed in time for release (and some of it was due to the limitations of space I imagine.

When you consider that everything you see is destructible, I think it is a pretty amazing feat. Just take a look at some of the recent screens showing stuff like shipyards of stacks of containers and realize what a well placed missle might do to one of those. They also had freeway overpasses in some shots and I'm betting you can bring those down. The new trailer shows a large factory smokestack getting dropped.
4507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I will NOT finish Call of Cthulhu or review it. on: December 23, 2005, 02:48:33 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"

Wow...finally a game with a sanity mechanic that really works.
4508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA 4 ....another delay.... on: December 22, 2005, 05:04:14 PM
Be grateful you have some other purchase options, compared to the Japanese release....

There are some amazing looking things coming down the road a ways, though. We won't have to wait 6 months for the second wave of games to start.
4509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More 360's at Best Buy this week! on: December 22, 2005, 05:02:14 PM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
You would think with the EB/Gamestop merger that they would have a little more sway with MS, but I'm starting to buy into your OEM PC theory smile

I don't know, but it sure feels like somebody dropped a ball somewhere in all this.

At any rate, from my experience, there are a substantial number of customers on our reserve list that are kids (or parents thereof) and this was supposed to be their big Christmas present. Disappointing people at the holidays is not fun.
4510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 anyone?? on: December 22, 2005, 01:04:29 AM
You may be right...but let's wait until some titles from Q (99 Nights), Mistwalker (Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, Cry On), and some other Japanese games start to hit. I mean...after all, it launched over there with what...6 titles?
4511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS or PSP? on: December 20, 2005, 01:09:25 AM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
If you decide to go the PSP route, I'd recommend getting a bigger memory stick - especially if you want to upload your own movies/games/etc.  The 32MB default stick fills up in a hurry, even if you only use it for gaming - a couple of Wipeout track packs and you're full smile

True for Wipeout, but there's no other game I know of where you'd need more than 32.
4512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS or PSP? on: December 19, 2005, 11:32:05 PM
Quote from: "Doopri"what do you (PSP) guys think of legend of heroes, kingdom of paradise and any other RPGS you may have heard about ? (i dont like to wait, so keep them within the next 2 months tops)[/quote

Kingdom of paradise is an action rpg that looks really good. Legend of heroes (and also PoPoLocrois) are more old school turn-based. Have heard great things about all of them. One coming down the road that looks awesome is Generation of Chaos. Some great-looking PSP stuff on the way (Katamari Damacy, WOOT!)

I really think the PSP lineup is starting to look much stronger. I'm excited about the aforementioned Me and My katamari, Field Commander, Metal gear Acid 2, and others.

The hard part though is that I've been playing the 360 a lot, and haven't been making time for the PSP. For instance, I looked forward to Tokobot for months, but haven't picked it up because I have LotR and X-Men Legends 2 practically untouched. Heck I've been wanting to try Virtua Tennis, Kingdom of Paradise, Armored Core sounds neat, etc etc...there's more stuff coming out that I'd like to try, just on PSP than I have time for.
4513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My local Walmart on: December 19, 2005, 11:23:22 PM
Quote from: "HankRaptor"

20.00 GAME POINT CARD? Dont even know what this is... but he threw it in.

That would be a card giving you 1600 points to use on the live marketplace. Most XBL arcade games are 400 or 800.
4514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My local Walmart on: December 19, 2005, 04:13:23 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
As a side note: my wife located one at the hospital where she works.... but the guy wanted $500 for a CORE system -- which means I'd have to buy a $100 HD and it would be a $600 system at the end of the day.

$200 to save how many hours camping in line?  You really want the system, why not pay more for it at this point?  How much time, effort, and suffering have you invested in this?

Of course, then there's the problem of locating a hard drive, which are more rare than the systems at this point.
4515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 360 Agony! on: December 17, 2005, 04:57:48 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Yeah, they are not in anymore...maybe because of the backlash?

No idea. While the website operates separately from the retail stores, it isn't much fun to come here and get (and by that I don't mean personally nor do I mean that people don't have a right to get fired up about all this) reamed because the website inexplicably has units. I work for the company and it pains me that people are ticked off.

At any rate, I can tell you that we have received emails suggesting that we apprise customers of their other options (i.e. Best Buy etc) for those anxious to have systems in time for the holidays. I've also been suggesting to people that they keep us in mind for their software and accessory needs after they locate systems. I want people to find systems, but want to retain some of their business if I can.

I'm expecting to see a run on 360 games and accessories starting tomorrow when the units go on sale at Best Buy. Keep this in mind, and if there is stuff you are planning to buy, you may want to go ahead and get it now. I'm not clear on how restocking will be impacted by the holidays.
4516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA 4 ....another delay.... on: December 17, 2005, 03:10:04 PM
I thought it was weird when Gamestop pushed it back one week the last time considering that it came on the heels of an announced 2 week delay in Japan. Hopefully this one sticks.
4517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 360 Agony! on: December 17, 2005, 03:08:11 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "msduncan"
I SOOOO love how they are showing up all over store shelves in small numbers but Ebgames and preorder places are getting JACK SHIT.    I love it.

Blame EB and Gamestop.....not Microsoft. Your preroder is available right now online for $1000 in one of their bundles that are in stock!

I just looked at the site and they are not in stock. They are taking preorders for an estimated release of 1/31. I repeat that's January 31.
4518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Computer Monitor Cable on: December 16, 2005, 05:47:34 PM
Quote from: "warning"
What sort of monitors are you running this on?  Widescreen or regular aspect ratio?

Mine (Dell 1905FP) runs natively at 1280x1024.  I'm wondering if the image would be stretched or if it adds black bars to keep the 360's resolution intact.

Im using a gateway widescreen. With the vga adapter connected, it should give you a range of resolution options.
4519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Computer Monitor Cable on: December 16, 2005, 03:41:40 PM
Quote from: "mikeg"
How long is the audio adapter cable?  My pc audio port is a good 4 feet from my monitor.

You can get an extension for a few bucks at Radio Shack. I also bought one of those adapters to combine the 2, then an extension to run it the sound into the line in port on my Audigy2 card so it can do the dolby surround processing.
4520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Soundtrack Help on: December 16, 2005, 04:19:20 AM
I have had excellent results from cdjapan
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