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4521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Download speed for Live on: December 15, 2005, 03:23:47 PM
Quote from: "tru1cy"
Is it me or is the d/l speed from Live slow.  When I d/l the Need for Speed demo it took me over a 45min to get the game.  I think the footprint was like 948mbs.  

Anyone else see such slow d/l?

21 MB a minute is SLOW?  
That's about 360KB per second :shock:
4522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Brag about your Gamerscore/Achievements here! on: December 15, 2005, 03:18:28 PM
I guess my most "awesome" achievement was realizing the other day I had gotten the hero achievement for PGR3. Ah, the advantages of being an earlier adopter...let's just say I have been creamed repeatedly online and won a total of one race, but playing during the day the week of launch enabled me to make it on to the heroes channel. Go me!
4523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 will be scarce for some time it seems on: December 15, 2005, 02:22:46 PM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
I don't see what's to chafe about. Has anybody shown any proof that MS guarenteed x number of 360's to retailers then didn't deliver?

No, but I can tell you that in the few weeks after I was hired by Gamestop in late October there was a sudden and dramatic shift in what was believed at the store level.

The bottom line is retailers like Gamestop just took anybody's money who came in for pre-orders without having any clue as to what they were going to get

And we have seen proof of this where, exactly? It isn't like stores had preorders in the thousands of units. The numbers we've received are....well..very small.

And so I find myself on the phone with frustrated customers who want to be able to explain to their kids why there aren't going to be big shiny boxes under their trees at Christmas for them to unwrap. At this point, it doesn't matter where these people get units from, I just want them to be able to get them. I do make a point of telling them that if they do find a system elsewhere that we can assist them with their game and accessory needs.
4524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Whoever said PSP would outsell DS this holiday season? on: December 15, 2005, 02:12:58 PM
Quote from: "depward"
Realistically though, aside from making this post just do do some "rabble-rouser'y", both the DS and PSP have pretty good numbers.  Competition is good in the video game business!  It can only benefit both systems.

I agree completely. I don't get the mentality that one system has to "win". I think they are both good systems that serve different needs/markets/tastes. Personally, like Roguetad, I think the fact that Sony has a handheld machine that even comes close to Nintendo's numbers is a victory of sorts for Sony. After all, what was their percentage of the handheld market before the PSP came out?

In answer to corruptrelic's question about working at Gamestop, I had been at Barnes and Noble, and being in a smaller retail environment was appealing to me. I also had the tremendous fortune to go to work for a manager whose abilities I greatly admire and that happens to be an excellent teacher. I made the switch to a position with a lot more responsibility for the same money. Some people would consider that a bad thing, but for me it was just right.
4525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LCD screen? on: December 15, 2005, 03:37:27 AM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
I got my 27" LCD on Ebay for about $450 (open boxed) it's my TV, my computer monitor, and my xbox/ps2 hook up. Looks great and I coudn't imagine life without it..  :wink:

Ah, I thought he meant a portable screen for some reason.
4526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 will be scarce for some time it seems on: December 15, 2005, 03:36:54 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Way to shift the blame to the retailers, especially since most of the major chains don't even take preorders.

I have to admit that that statement chafes a little.
4527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LCD screen? on: December 15, 2005, 03:30:59 AM
There are some 7" screens. We have a couple at Gamestop where I work, but I don't remember the prices offhand.
4528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Whoever said PSP would outsell DS this holiday season? on: December 15, 2005, 03:29:07 AM
Both are doing well in my store. DS has the hotter individual titles right now for sure, but PSP has been getting a lot of holiday sales here.
4529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / tokobot! on: December 14, 2005, 05:39:01 PM
I've been interested in this one for months, but haven't picked it up because I have too many things on my plate already.
4530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Got an original Xbox today on: December 14, 2005, 05:36:25 PM
Crimson Skies: High Road to revenge can be had for 5 bucks used at Gamestop. If you have any interest in cinematic arcadish flying games, this is a must-have, and a no-brainer for 5 bucks.
4531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamestop Xbox 360 bundles in stock on: December 14, 2005, 03:02:42 AM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Quote from: "soulbringer"
Not that I have one ordered from Gamestop but why are they able to sell bundles on the website while countless folks sit at home waiting on their preorders from them to come in.

Oh believe me, they are getting hell from the store managers about this.

That doesn't mean anything will change.  The corporate guys are afraid the website won't be able to compete with other online retailers if all the stock goes to the stores, irregardless of the number of unfilled pre-orders.

Sarkus, I thought the .com was more or less a separate entity from the B&M stores?
4532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are long load times killing the PSP? on: December 12, 2005, 02:17:33 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Of course, the above would never happen, but we can dream, can't we?

It's an interesting idea, and would fall within the same scope as making a backup of purchased software, really. Now interestingly, there's that Sony patent that came up a while back that would let them tie a piece of software to a specific system so that you couldn't (or so the speculation went) buy used software....what if they could use that so that you could legally and easily burn a piece of software to a mem stick but it would be tied to the original hardware.
4533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Will 360 games look hidef on this? on: December 12, 2005, 12:56:58 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
might I suggest this?? mmmm... slywink I have one.

He could get the 20" dell widescreen for less money than the one he is looking at.
4534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are long load times killing the PSP? on: December 12, 2005, 12:52:08 PM
The load times in Burnout haven't bothered me at all.
With X-Men, I wish it didn't take so much to pull the menu up and spend a couple of experience points, but aside from that, I've got no issues.
4535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Logitech wireless headset - compatible with 360? on: December 10, 2005, 11:50:56 PM
Dunno, but I'd love one too.
4536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Complete Best Buy 360 #'s for the 18th! on: December 10, 2005, 01:37:55 AM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
It's looking less and less likely that my Gamestop will be able to get me one before Christmas, so I guess I might be sitting outside BB after all.  

Thanks for the list Hetz!  At least now I know which of the Best Buys near me to go to (one is getting 54, the rest are in the 20s).

Wow...I will be happy for those who are able to get one finally, but speaking as someone working in a store and answering calls all day about when we will have them in, many of those being preorders, this is a bit...frustrating.

I don't mind that Best Buy is getting units, but I sure would love to see 50 or 60 units come in to my store so we can take care of some of these preorders. Folks have been very patient, but I'd sure love to be able to help them get their systems in time for Christmas.
4537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal Crossing DS = Xbox 360 on: December 10, 2005, 01:27:47 AM
Not sure where you are in Georgia, but if you're near Jacksonville, the St. Johns Town Center store got a ton of them in today.
4538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Updated Backwards Compatability List on: December 10, 2005, 01:26:08 AM
Quote from: "The_Man"
Has anyone got one to work perfectly?

Crimson Skies works splendidly. Also no trouble with Super Monkey ball in limited use.
4539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Spring '06, KH2 Spring '06, coincidence? on: December 09, 2005, 11:58:15 PM
I just read a reuters article quoting the head of EA sayign he thought the time frame would be Fall. That article says that Sony indicates the PS3 is still on schedule for Spring, but it doesn't say where.
4540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Arcade games being released today on XBL on: December 09, 2005, 12:30:07 AM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Hardwood Hearts
Hardwood Spades
Hardwood Backgammon

Were all released today on Xbox Live Arcade.

Yeah, but still no sign of Wik, Robotron, or Crystal Quest
4541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 problem scratched disc on: December 05, 2005, 08:51:15 PM
Quote from: "Zinfan"
Not sure what the deal is here, I'll take the game back to the store and see what they say.  Oops edited to add this is my PGR3 disc.

Sure looks like the system was bumped.
Is it on a stable surface?
Is there something else that may be causing it to vibrate?
4542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / POLL: XBOX 360 - Report problems or lack thereof on: December 04, 2005, 05:12:19 AM
No troubles at all here.
1 person I've spoken with at my store who says he is having some freezes, probably due to overheating.
4543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / We just got a Gamestop in town - a good thing? on: December 01, 2005, 11:05:37 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
I'm voting with my pocketbook and have taken my business elsewhere.

I've got no problem with that at all. It's your money, you should spend it how and where you want to.

I'm certainly not going to sit here and defend a store I've never been to with employees I've never met. Personally, I think I work at a very good store. I left my previous job because of the excellent staff at this store and the belief that the manager there had a great deal to teach me. I get a lot of personal satisfaction out of selling games to people.
4544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Brag about your Gamerscore/Achievements here! on: December 01, 2005, 11:53:29 AM
I don't have too much going on yet.
So far my biggest accomplishment (though it didn't get the most points) was making a black pearl in hexic. I think half those points came from a game of Madden, which I borrowed for one evening and promptly took back. Pretty, but really complicated, and no way I was going to make significant progress in a few days.

4545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / We just got a Gamestop in town - a good thing? on: December 01, 2005, 11:49:05 AM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
Do you see anything wrong with taking all the used games that don't have scratches, shrink wrapping them, and selling them as "new" for full price?  What's the difference?

The difference is what the store paid to have the item in inventory and the fact that it would be a practice deliberately hidden from the customer.  You have the right to not want a new game that's been opened but you also have the appropriate information to make that decision at time of purchase whereas in the scenario you posited above you wouldn't.

I personally don't see it as a big deal, but I do respect the opinion of those that do. I guess to me it is kind of analagous to buying a new car and expecting the odomoter to be at zero miles, which it never is (at least in my experience).
4546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would anyone recomend Kameo? on: December 01, 2005, 02:24:31 AM
I think the game is just gorgeous so far. My kids and I spent about 15 minutes just flying around her home and messing with stuff.

I like that the action so far isn't too frantic and that many enemies you can avoid by moving away from them. I had a little bit of trouble with the one guy in the demo that you have to hit with one attack then switch form and use something else (trying to avoid spoilers).

I like the puzzle aspects of it, but if the action gets too twitchy Ill be in trouble.
4547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / We just got a Gamestop in town - a good thing? on: December 01, 2005, 01:00:05 AM
Quote from: "sclick"
No offense to you intended, misguided, but it just seems like a policy that is outright deceptive to the customer.

I don't think it is deceptive per se, since the customer is under no obligation to purchase an opened copy. It certainly doesn't hurt (and I do this) to make sure that having an opened copy is acceptable to the customer and offering to shrinkwrap it. I always explain that it is the last one we have and most people are glad to have the last one. Sometimes they don't want it.

As for the possibilty of an employee having borrowed a title, a store has so many titles and so few employees that it doesn't seem like a big deal to me, personally. It's a CD, not a pair of underwear *shrug*. Now, if I got it home and it had a ton of scratches, then yeah I'd be annoyed.
4548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / We just got a Gamestop in town - a good thing? on: November 30, 2005, 12:47:22 PM
Quote from: "Doopri"
ya misguided, plus they also let their employees take out games for a set time as well so you can sometimes get that copy.  if it were just the one "last" copy it wouldn't happen nearly as much.  i once returned an opened "new" game that someone picked up for me, and they had the nerve to respond with another, equally opened "new" copy.  needless to say i walked out with the cash.

again warning this may be a product of a lousy gamestop, but watch out for it ive heard a few complaints.

I know, I work at Gamestop. Sometimes more than one copy gets opened for a variety of reasons, for instance, a box goes missing from the floor temporarily and another copy gets opened to put one on the floor. As for the employees borrowing games, that shouldn't be an issue because (at least in our store) only one copy of any title can be out at one time and they just take the disc from the already opened copy. I currently have a copy of Kameo that I borrowed.

Just yesterday we got in some new bags with an adhesive strip on them. Now when we sell the opened new copy, they will be sealed in one of these bags. This makes it easier for us and provides protection to the customer.
4549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would anyone recomend Kameo? on: November 30, 2005, 12:40:02 PM
Guys, you can invert the axis in game from the options menu. I just did it last night to use Chilla's ice spikes.

The opening level you guys are talking about, I'm not done but was playing it last night. How does the game change after this. The frequent saves are a blessing, because I'm dying an awful lot. The game is beautiful, but I'm not a platform gamer and I'm wondering how hard is it going to be later?
4550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 30, 2005, 12:35:05 PM
I don't see people buying the DS as a replacement for the 360. Yes the PSP is more expensive, but it is also a closer approximation graphically to the 360 than the DS. Also, we're talking about money people have already committed to spending in theiir minds, so paying 249 instead of 399 is actually a bargain from that standpoint. PSPs are starting to really fly out of our store now.

Personally, I've been pushing Gamecubes to a lot of parents. Cheap as all get out, and some great looking games.

When discussing the launch, I think we really need to separate out the logistics from the hardware. I don't think there's anybody here, Hetz included, who wouldn't scratch their heads and wonder what the heck is up from a logistical standpoint. If you don't agree, try working the front lines for a couple of days and explaining to customers that paid for their systems months ago why they aren't going to have one in time to put under the tree.

I think the hardware problems are being overblown, and the launch lineup is reasonably solid if not awe-inspiring, but the logistics of this whole think flat out stink.
4551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are you happy with your 360? on: November 30, 2005, 12:03:41 PM
I'm very pleased so far. I've really enjoyed PGR3. Spent some time with Crimson Skies. Need to get more in with NFSMW (though what I have seen was a lot of fun). Hexic is a big time-sucker.
4552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / We just got a Gamestop in town - a good thing? on: November 28, 2005, 06:53:11 PM
For the most part, there is no actual product on the floor, to prevent theft.
When a game comes in, if it isn't on the floor already, one copy is opened. The books and discs are removed and put in cd sleeves and filed in a drawer, while the empty case is put on the wall.

If someone wants to purchase the last copy of a new game in the store, they will be given this copy.

A couple of things here. First of all, they should be willing to shrinkwrap it on request if you like. Second, even better is to not worry about that and have them note on the receipt that this is the "gut" or open copy. Then, if you need to return it for some reason, you should be able to.

Any retail store is only as good as the people that work there.
4553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBOX360] November Launch Title List on: October 25, 2005, 04:39:06 PM
I thought Frame City Killer was also 2006.
4554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBOX] Call of Cthulhu -- Let the Bethesda bashing begin! on: October 25, 2005, 12:57:07 PM
Is this Dark Corners of the Earth or the other one?

Edge is a good read, IMO.
4555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Caaaaaaaan yoooooou DIG IT!!!!!! on: October 21, 2005, 06:56:01 PM
We got the streets, suckahs!

4556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Difficulty of X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse? on: October 17, 2005, 11:36:49 AM
I have only played a very little bit near the beginning of the game, but that part was trivially (we're talking Dungeon Siege) easy. It was fun though. It may well get tougher later.
4557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Robotron? Gauntlet? Joust? In high-def? Oh yeah....(X360) on: October 16, 2005, 08:32:02 PM
Crystal Quest was an incredibly addictive game I used to play on my Apple ][...perhaps the most popular game ever on that machine. You had a circular disk that you moved around the screen ( looked straight down and could see the entire play field) picking up gems while avoiding all sorts of enemies (static and moving). When all gems were collected, you had to exit through a goal. Some might remember this for the feminine "sigh" that was played whenever you exited a level through the goal.
4558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Robotron? Gauntlet? Joust? In high-def? Oh yeah....(X360) on: October 15, 2005, 11:59:01 PM
Check out this report about Xbox Arcade from IGN

Crystal Quest? In.
I'd love to know what game Q Entertainment is providing.
4559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Play City of Villains NOW! go download it!! on: October 15, 2005, 11:54:36 PM
Quote from: "Ender"
Seeing how 95% of the players will be villains and only about 5% will prolly stick with their old chars, I highly doubt pvp will be meaningful in anyway.

I think this is a very legitimate concern.

Masterminds were the first set I tried, and at first I was really enamored with them, but long term, I don't want to do that much managing. I'm finding that I enjoy my Dominator far better.
4560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Play City of Villains NOW! go download it!! on: October 15, 2005, 03:10:21 PM
Quote from: "siege"
Just can't be bothered to go through the atrocious combat that has remained unchanged.

ROFL...yeah, whatever  :roll:

The core of the gameplay is very similar to CoH, though the playstyles of the archetypes in CoV are different (and in some ways, you could say better...for instance, I think they learned their lesson from CoH and made the ATs have less overlap).

While the above poster is certainly entitled to his opinion, there are many of us that absolutely love the combat in CoH. It really *is* the game, so if you don't like that, then you'd do well to find something else to do.

There are some major new features in CoV, though, including bases for hero and villain groups (and the crafting-related stuff for upgrading your bases), and of course, hero vs villain PvP.
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