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15001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 20, 2006, 08:09:41 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 20, 2006, 07:34:27 PM

what must-own exclusive-to-console titles have been released in the past 4 months?

I am tired and sick right now, but I KNOW I said console in that statement.  nod
PC game market != "console" in the traditional sense.  icon_biggrin
15002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 20, 2006, 08:03:41 PM
is RS:V available for other platforms? My bad; I get tunnel vision from playing FPSes.

Sure, Viva Pinata is also a must-have.

I can't afford it yet though.

as to College Hoops, it is exclusive as far as the holiday season is concerned though.
15003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 20, 2006, 07:34:27 PM
what must-own exclusive-to-console titles have been released in the past 4 months?

Enchanted Arms, RS:Vegas, Gears and.... AND?

Honestly, the lack of must-haves this season has sold it short.

[edit - fixed]
15004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 20, 2006, 07:26:53 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 20, 2006, 05:48:22 PM

1) Display Market Dominance akin to what we saw with PS2. Not happening so far.  Sony sold 900k+ during their second PS2 November.  500k+ from the 360 in it's comparable month isn't close to that.  PS2 hadn't priced dropped at that point either, I believe. 

They may be shooting for PS2 market dominance, but realistically are hoping to get the lead with only a moderate margin.  They are in a very different market now, they aren't fighting the viability of their platform; they are converting from PS2 games to 360. that kind of thing needs "must have" exclusive titles. Honestly, they don't have that yet. PS2 still has must-have titles.

Content is King, and 360 is far from being crowned yet.

This time next year, it may well be.
15005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thou shall never use the full power of the PS3!!! on: December 20, 2006, 06:50:14 PM
BACK ON TRACK:

SOURCE (MTV)
Quote from: Stephen Totilo, MTV
PlayStation Exec Talks Shaky '06, Reveals Plans For New Gaming Feature

Phil Harrison says hubbub over 'Bully' hasn't changed way he greenlights games; more interactivity in system's future.

What is the joy of talking to top gaming executives?

Is it waiting for them to talk smack about competitors and relishing when they find new ways to do it? Is it discovering what they'll freely talk about and what turns them coy like a dad who's asked how much money he makes? Is it getting their vision for where gaming is going and gauging their intention to truly take that ride?

Sony PlayStation's Phil Harrison came through on all counts late last week, during an hour-long trans-Atlantic phone interview from his office in London. Harrison reviewed PlayStation's rocky year, previewed a dramatically different philosophy for PlayStation's gaming future, talked some trash and claimed the line was breaking up just once.

"The year 2006 probably goes down as one of the most intense and busy years in video-game history," Harrison said. He started it as the newly named president of Sony Computer Entertainment's Worldwide Studios, putting him in charge of the largest game-development unit in the world the international collection of Sony-owned and Sony-backed studios that includes the teams behind "God of War," "Shadow of the Colossus," "SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals," "Killzone," "The Getaway," the "Gran Turismo" series, Sony's sports games, the EyeToy series, developer Insomniac's "Resistance: Fall of Man" and "Ratchet & Clank" games, the "SingStar" karaoke titles and many more.

For all his professional involvement with game development, Harrison spent the year in the spotlight, discussing Sony's game-playing hardware at event after event. He was onstage in Los Angeles during May's Electronics Entertainment Expo, revealing the PS3's motion-sensitive Sixaxis controller (see "PlayStation 3 Unveils Big Price Tag, Surprise Controller"). He was onstage in San Francisco in October detailing the PS3's online store (see "PlayStation 3 Preview: Gamers Get A Test Drive, Luda's Left Out"). He was in Tokyo for the PS3's launch there and San Francisco again for the machine's debut in that city. How did he like that aspect of 2006? "2007 is the year of software, is how I'll answer that," he said. He elaborated, introducing a theme he returned to throughout the hour, saying that next year "is the start a new era of connected software."

"The video-game business for the past 20 years was about shipping closed experiences," he explained. Somebody made a game. Gamers bought it. They played it. End of story. Now comes a new trend, he said, where "the start of the relationship with the consumer is when you launch the game." Harrison had teased this idea throughout the year, demonstrating a method for downloading new songs to keep expanding a PS3 "SingStar" game at E3. He said the new model is like TV, doling out and amplifying experiences moment after moment, and noted Sony is hiring people from that field and magazines to help transform the way the company makes games.

Harrison envisions a constant connection between Sony and Sony gamers a connection that flows both ways. Cue a discussion of MySpace and YouTube's rise this year and its influence on how he wants people to experience PlayStation. "Next year you're going to see user-created experiences in a number of interesting ways on PlayStation 3," he said. Was he referring to a blog-rumored start of a "Second Life"-styled PlayStation-based virtual community? At that suggestion, Harrison claimed phone problems. "There must be some distortion on the line," he said, though there wasn't any static on MTV News' end of the phone.

Harrison recalled E3 2006 as a "party that was going on too long," and said he's happy the conference will get downsized next year. He said he had a "hot summer," when the sharks in the gaming press started feeding a situation not helped by his company's silence during those warm months. He celebrated the 2006 success of "Guitar Hero" as further reinforcement of the barrier-breaking European Sony titles he had championed, like the buzzer-controlled PS2 game-show title "Buzz" and microphone-controlled PS2 "SingStar" those games sold 2 million and 6 million worldwide respectively, he said.

He turned a question about the Nintendo DS's ability to fend off the more technologically advanced PSP into an opportunity to proclaim the Sony machine is doing a "very good job" distinct, he said from the "great job" Sony had done on PS1 and PS2. He said his view of future games on PSP is chiefly influenced by a desire to change the fact that "most people use their PSP at home." He did praise DS for its success, actually, crediting the system, like he did "Guitar Hero," with popularizing a new way to play games. "Nintendo should be congratulated," he said, noting the large numbers of new gamers entering the market to play the DS. Then he spiked the anticipated dig: "They are our customers of tomorrow."

Harrison said that, yes, 2006 is the year that made motion-control a standard of controllers to come. He recalled a tech demo Sony set up internally early this year of a ball rolling on a flat surface, controlled by a motion-sensitive device. "I could stop the ball at will," he said. He was sold.

Harrison and his team experienced an influx of influences and ideas, but he said one development didn't move him: the tangle of controversy surrounding "Bully," the PS2-exclusive Rockstar game featuring a boy and a troubled prep school that was picketed a full year before its late-2006 release (see "Rockstar Games' 'Bully' Won't Take Your Lunch Money Until '06"). Harrison called it a "storm in a teacup" stirred by politicians and media, embarking on a familiar argument that games aren't really just for kids. In this case, movies and books had delved into similar subject matter and seldom faced such protest. Did that give Harrison, someone with nearly unparalleled power to greenlight video games, any pause about the material he thinks he can offer gamers?

"It has absolutely not changed my approach," he said. "I fervently believe that the biggest challenge we face is that our industry is referred to as 'video games,' and games are supposed to be fun," he said, adding that games shouldn't have to only focus on light topics. "Games should deal with fear, should deal with comedy and with death. They should deal with peril, with drug offenses." To get there then, did he agree with Doug Lowenstein, the head of the American gaming industry's main lobbying group, who last month said that video games should not be called video games? Maybe a change to "interactive entertainment" would save the day? "I'm not sure how we can escape when the leading brand is called PlayStation," Harrison responded.

Harrison fielded some curveballs during the call too.

For example, does the increased ability for people around the world to express themselves through digital technology make him interested in cultivating game development from the global South, from places like Africa and South America? Australia aside, the hemisphere has created a mere handful of console games. "I think before you can have a game-development industry, you have to have a game-playing culture," he said, noting a lack of console penetration in that largely economically depressed part of the world. "It is not a high priority, to be honest." He cited Russia and Eastern Europe as the next regions to exert a greater influence on the games we play.

Did he have any year-end thoughts on perhaps the most unconventional game Sony published this year, "LocoRoco"? "It was a very successful game for us and we're continuing to evolve the franchise," he said. "We're going to bring 'LocoRoco' back in a couple of new ways with some new friends in the future."

And what did he make of recent reports that Electronic Arts claimed their launch titles for PS3 only used 20 percent of the system? He said "Gran Turismo 2" maxed out the first PlayStation, and that "God of War II," coming in March 2007, will "be about as good as it gets" on PS2. But for PS3, the system's capabilities will keep changing as its firmware gets constantly updated via the Internet, and developers will continue to learn new ways to best use the machine's multiple processors and Sixaxis controller. Sony's games on PS3 right now use "less than half" of the PS3, he said. "Nobody will ever use 100 percent of its capability."

And with that, he just about wrapped up his year.
15006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thou shall never use the full power of the PS3!!! on: December 20, 2006, 06:44:12 PM

Quote from: jblank on December 20, 2006, 06:38:59 PM

It's funny, I still don't know how to post links to where you don't see the link, just a word that people click on.

I have no html skills. icon_frown

<url=http://www.happytreefriends.com>Fun Times for little kids</url>

Oh, and spoiler tags can be labelled similarly...
Spoiler for here's an example:
<spoiler=here's an example>TEXT</spoiler>

switch <> with [] in both cases.

You can just learn from others too; hit the "quote" button and you can see their code.
15007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thou shall never use the full power of the PS3!!! on: December 20, 2006, 06:41:14 PM

Quote from: jblank on December 20, 2006, 06:37:29 PM

I think your link is busted, but anyway, I doubt that very seriously. I find it hard to believe that in 3-4 years time, the 360 and PS3 WONT be used to their maximum, especially with the talent in programming land today.

I honestly think they won't be able to program for 100% PS3 given the complex nature of the Cell.

I think they'll get into the 90's though. The 360 I can see them tapping it as it's using the similar architecture that the PC games use and with XNA (we'll see how that pans out).

It DOES come across as the easter bunny saying "Ha HA! You'll never find them ALL!!" Maybe they can tap the system by writing a 480p/720p - 1080i upscaler.  disgust  icon_wink
15008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thou shall never use the full power of the PS3!!! on: December 20, 2006, 06:37:35 PM
3917 posts, and no clue as to how to post links?

It's sad, really.

 icon_wink
15009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: G.R.A.W. 2 on: December 20, 2006, 06:35:30 PM
I loved GRAW.

There, I said it.

It was a well-executed game with only the heli parts that pissed me off.

I DID enjoy controlling the Ghosts individually though; it would have been nice to be able to do so. I think they were trying to speed up the game though by using AI. You should be able to choose, IMHO.
15010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2000 posts: a CeeKay retrospective (NSFATB or NSFW) on: December 20, 2006, 06:33:11 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 20, 2006, 05:45:06 PM

BOO in the spoiler.

No CK classic.  This thread should be locked for not meeting expectations.

and you MISSED THIS ENOUGH to complain to me all morning?

 Roll Eyes
15011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Halo 3 vid on the Marketplace on: December 20, 2006, 06:26:38 PM
The online community is just the more visible group. Walmart Mommies run (read:ruin) the world.
15012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Endings on: December 20, 2006, 06:10:49 PM
Wing Commanders were pretty freakin' awesome.

Ultima 7 and part 2 were pretty damned good too. Heh. "So you saved the world, ed? good for you. Now I'm gonna screw you UP!!"

Pagan and Ascention sucked ass though.
15013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Halo 3 vid on the Marketplace on: December 20, 2006, 06:03:11 PM
The halo series is Teen rated at least.

Teens cuss more than adults. I think it'll be right in their element.
"little kids" downloading this shouldn't be.

Shame on the parents.
15014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 20, 2006, 05:57:37 PM
 Bring your own!
15015  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: GT site down. Please explain. on: December 20, 2006, 05:54:14 PM
Triple post. Just paddin' the numbers, baby.

It's all about the post-count.
15016  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: GT site down. Please explain. on: December 20, 2006, 05:53:19 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 20, 2006, 05:41:34 PM

Now, what was the deal. WAS IT LAPORTE!????????????????!!!!!!!!!!
Hmm I had intended that to be GIANT, but I can't figure out how to embiggen the font size.

You tried to hard to make it big, and you ended up with brown, eh? Sounds like a control issue.

 icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol
15017  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: GT site down. Please explain. on: December 20, 2006, 05:52:07 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 20, 2006, 05:41:34 PM

If consoling means calling someone a whiner, then Purge is a great comfort.

Truth hurts, don't it?
I need some forewarning next time; we'll throw a GT down-time party. I'll stock up on some cheese, and ATB will bring the W(h)ine.

Quote from: ATB on December 20, 2006, 05:41:34 PM

Hmm I had intended that to be GIANT, but I can't figure out how to embiggen the font size.

:snicker: Sounds like you've got a Wii problem, buddy.  icon_lol
15018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: good multiplayer games for Wii other than Wii Sports on: December 20, 2006, 05:14:08 PM

Quote from: bluntman72 on December 20, 2006, 05:29:11 AM

the main reason he wanted a Wii was to play with his girlfriend

:snicker:

In most cases, it looks like this :
Quote from: Every_Hetero_Man
the main reason he wanted a girlfriend was to play with his Wii

ninja2
15019  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / GT site down. Please explain. on: December 20, 2006, 05:11:54 PM
DNS no answer. Now it does. What gives?

What broke, and what steps are you taking to prevent further outages?

Cripes, I had to console ATB all morning since the site was gone. I demand RETRIBUTION!!!

:snicker: I said "console" and the context WASN'T gaming.   icon_lol
15020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PLEASE READ ALL FORUM GUESTS & LURKERS (members too) on: December 20, 2006, 05:55:04 AM
Oh, and the new accounts need to post in THIS thread.
15021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PLEASE READ ALL FORUM GUESTS & LURKERS (members too) on: December 20, 2006, 05:53:15 AM
IN with one additional caveat... I'll be donating ATB's Monies.  nod

Well, actually, I'll donate up to 10bux... I'm broke. So after all those other peoples queues are filled; I'll fill it too.


Now, do you think KD is going to ring up 200 dummy accounts?  icon_twisted
15022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Those still looking for a Wii or PS3 on: December 19, 2006, 08:49:25 PM
Does someone need a 60GB ? I've got one right now. It's about 4 hours from going back to the store as I've decided not to keep it. frown
15023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 19, 2006, 08:24:57 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 19, 2006, 08:11:02 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on December 19, 2006, 07:48:53 PM

I like how they don't mention Iraq or the Republicans trying to keep control of the government.

I find it funny that communism/socialism hasn't made the list for the last 90 years straight...




I'm not sure that left-wing democracy" [read: capitalism with back-door deals] has won much recently either... or are the republicans in power?  :slywink:

Canada has medicare (a socialist ideal). It is not perfect, but it's certainly better than getting bills for being sick.

You have the american dream, we live it.  icon_biggrin
15024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2000 posts: a CeeKay retrospective (NSFATB or NSFW) on: December 19, 2006, 04:25:15 PM
There's a reason the ratio was 100-to-1 in that village ... all the other chicks left; they couldn't compete.

And you know Papa Smurf was always first in line. saywhat
15025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yet another reason ATB is going to hell. on: December 19, 2006, 04:23:06 PM
In a completely unrelated topic :

DON'T ADD ATB to your GTALK ... dear god. The advil consumption is up 40% when google talk is open.
15026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Yet another reason ATB is going to hell. on: December 19, 2006, 03:59:30 PM
Another ATB thread started from an insane IM session....

Quote
ATB -  bid quickly!
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sid-Meiers-Pirates-Xbox-and-Xbox-360_W0QQitemZ120066455120QQihZ002QQcategoryZ62053QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


Purge -  why?

ATB -  cause you're running out of time!

Purge - Dude.
I'm not buying your crap.
you bought it, YOU find some sucker to take it off your hands.

ATB -  it's an excellent game
lightly played


Purge -   Dude.

ATB -   
selling for more than i thought it would


Purge -   It's like the bottom of a rock.
It's covered in bugs.

ATB - yes. there was a showstopper that prevented me from finishing it

Purge -   uh-huh
and you expect ME to buy it?
cripes man. I thought you had my back.

ATB - well it was fun up until that point

Purge -   You cut me, man. You cut me DEEP.

ATB -  it's all about the benjamins baby
29 seconds!


Purge -  yeah
enjoy the 15 bux you just sold your SOUL for.

ATB - lol

Purge -   you've got 15 sec to repent.

ATB - 18.50!
w000000000000t


Purge -  and then closes around you the shroud of soulless terror and resentment that will haunt you eternally.
REPENT!!!!
SINNER!
atb?
ATB?
Oh dear GOD NO! He's dead to us all!!

ATB - ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Purge -   You have unlocked an Achievement!
You are now of the rank reprobate
Defn #2, specifically. slywink
Rejected by GOD (the almighty who forgives all) and beyond the hope of salvation.

ATB - [radio silence]

Purge -   I mean, how bad do you have to be for god to say "You know what? No. I'm not buying it. GTF outta my office. Seriously. Go."

ATB - [radio silence]

Purge -   Selling a used copy of Pirates for Xbox is how bad you have to be. Well played, ATB. Well played indeed. smile

I can't believe someone bought it.
I should try selling SneakKing online for 30USD.
15027  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: RS: Vegas- Terrorist Hunters on: December 19, 2006, 02:34:41 PM
No one's hating on it; but Live is so much more. biggrin
15028  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW MP Friday/Saturday December 22/23 10 PM EST on: December 19, 2006, 02:33:27 PM
I'll get permission to use sound.
15029  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Star Trek Next Generation Complete on: December 19, 2006, 01:33:19 PM
She needed her daily "Pickard-fix". You know it.

Bald men rule.  Tongue
15030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: Updated. Backlog Pared Significantly! on: December 18, 2006, 10:21:49 PM
You people with back-logs are sad.

... and now back to Black and White 2. slywink


I only have a few : Oblivion (PC), Titan Quest, HL Ep1, Enchanted Arms and RS:V.

Oh and the burger king games.
15031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: Updated. Backlog Pared Significantly! on: December 18, 2006, 06:22:04 PM
Not if you keep rebuying the same thing it doesn't.

It's just like Lord of The Rings (book series)... there are two kinds of people: those who HAVE read it, and those who intend to.
15032  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Robotron 2084 (XBL Arcade) 20% off DEAL!!! on: December 18, 2006, 06:15:44 PM
I got it in a bundle, I have no interest in the game.

4USD and it's yours (paypal plz).

I'll PM you the code that gets you the game that gets you the girl that gets you into the doctors office that gets you that ointment that gets you relief.

Pretty big benefit for just a measley 4bux, don'tcha think?  nod

[updated price]
15033  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: RS: Vegas- Terrorist Hunters on: December 18, 2006, 06:05:13 PM
I'm interested; I haven't opened my copy yet. I need to get some work done first. it's my reward.
15034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ATB, they've got a solution to your problem... (WikiHow thread) on: December 18, 2006, 06:03:25 PM
It's not for *my* pants; I just found em in the dumpster outside.  :slywink:

I'm not entirely sure that it's ketchup either.  eek
15035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ATB, they've got a solution to your problem... on: December 18, 2006, 05:49:59 PM
it's amazing what makes it on WikiHow.

They still don't have anything about cleaning ketchup off of leather pants though.  saywhat
15036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / ATB, they've got a solution to your problem... (WikiHow thread) on: December 18, 2006, 05:44:29 PM
right on teh intarweb!  nod  ninja
15037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: Updated. Backlog Pared Significantly! on: December 18, 2006, 05:41:26 PM
dammit.

That means I'll have to return the monkey.
15038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I kept it on: December 18, 2006, 03:34:20 PM
At least I didn't have to mail you one. biggrin
15039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [FFXII] - Putting faces to voice actors on: December 18, 2006, 03:23:19 PM
Eww. Please don't use the word "Shot" when we're talking about Dep's VA obsessions. That could get messy.  disgust
15040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor is over for the year on: December 18, 2006, 03:18:20 PM
Intelligence FTW.
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