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15081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 16, 2006, 06:43:33 PM

Quote from: HankRaptor on November 16, 2006, 01:23:37 PM

whats clear to me is that they went with such an underpowered system to REDUCE COST, the next generation will be even FURTHER apart from Nintendo in Technology.. thats where they really may be left behind.

They aren't falling behind, per se. They've decided to not be on the cutting edge and carry losses. Sony's big mistake is involving the PS3 in a format war; by creating a system that costs more due to rarity in components, it's a no-brainer that they are going to see loss.

Let's say Sony & MS are pretty much equal in gaming performance on their PS3 / 360 platforms at the end of this generation. MS and Sony step up with another huge leap in hardware (and costs)... the WiiTwo is announced to have a multi-core processor with HD and pretty much everything the 360 has with maybe 20% increase... how much do you think a triple core system is going to cost them 4-5 years from now? At Staples (two weeks ago) I was able to purchase a generic 3800+ X2 system (sans monitor) for 250 USD... 4 years from now I could trade in Madden 2010 for it and still get change back.

From past behaviour, we can see that although Nintendo is sits in the wake of the "big boys" by no means are they drowning in tech obscurity... they're water-skiing and having a blast doing it.

Big N ain't going anywhere. If this non-gamer appeal thing works for them, they just might swing past the big boys in sales. Nintendo isn't a software maker, they aren't a hardware mfgr... they are the penultimate creator of fads. Pokemon, mario, donkey kong, gameboy. Their next one is Wii, and I'm thinking they're going to do better than the GC by 150%.
15082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 16, 2006, 06:34:48 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 16, 2006, 06:13:05 AM

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I predict the Wii, since they are the only one actively going after the non-gamer consumer... and they are, by far, a bigger market than gamers.

The non-gaming consumer will not buy nearly as many games as a regular or hardcore gamer.

I find this premise to be false. You only have to look to the Sims and Myst to see that non-gamers affect sales just as much as more than hardcore gamers. Prince of Persia SoT and BG&E are two excellent examples where the masses didn't pick the games up even though the gaming community touted them highly.

There's a reason EA is on top, and it has nothing to do with 'hardcore' or even 'gamers'.
15083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS 360 wheel help on: November 16, 2006, 02:49:16 PM
 saywhat I doubt it has to be Quadrant one; it may just be that you auto-sign in and if you have a play-n-charge kit hooked up to your quad1 controller it logs you in with your primary profile so your controller isn't "attached" to your PGR3 profile.

It may havejust worked out that way for you in your troubleshooting steps you took; I would be REALLY concerned if MS could only get the racing wheel working on quad 1.

A way to test this :

resync your controller to q1
resync your wheel to q2
power off and on your 360 with your controller (either plugged in or use it's "X" button so it's the first thing in)
sign out of your account.
power up the wireless wheel
log in on the wheel
test the game.
15084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Achievements? on: November 16, 2006, 02:46:20 PM
Quote from: Sony’s Jack Tretton said in an interview with Wired
“It’s very difficult to draw analogies from your success on SOCOM with your success on Madden. Madden players care about peoples’ success on Madden. So the publisher will have the flexibility to have a robust ranking system on a game-by-game basis. So the intention right now is not to have something that is pan-platform.”
15085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS 360 wheel help on: November 16, 2006, 01:31:03 PM
Does the controller have a quadrant assigned on the ring of light? If not, you need to synch it just like the wireless controllers.

Here's the MS article on how to set up the racing wheel.
15086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "juke the nunchaku"? on: November 16, 2006, 12:41:56 AM
Whoa. that kjust reminded me of this billboard :


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15087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 15, 2006, 11:06:02 PM
 :icon_eek: Yeah. Fixed.  nod
15088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 15, 2006, 08:54:55 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 15, 2006, 07:48:15 PM

'cause 3DO was a household name well-entrenched in popular culture, right?  And it had two generations of domination behind it, right?

PS:  Rolly-eye users need to be sterilized.

The 3DO was the rich-man's game system of choice before we had a Playstation. Where do you think Need For Speed first appeared? Oh yeah, THAT game. Never heard of it either. Tongue

Lets compare apples to apples. Back in the 3DO days, gamers (not laymen) knew what a 3DO was. the system was over a grand, and offered a superior gaming experience (for a while) and played CD music. They had the high-end gamer market-share, and some amazing titles (for the time). Return Fire springs to mind, as well as NFS. The well-established electronics / hardware company Sony comes along and releases a very similar system at a moderate price offering everything the 3DO had and had some "A" talent games to compete. Sony was battling Nintendo's cheaper cart system but it was showing it's age. It hauls in, and 3DO can't compete (some cite management problems that ultimately failed).

Now we have Microsoft, a _very-well_ established software company who has now become a contender with their last platform (and an innovator as far as online platform console gaming is concerned). They have released a similar hardware platform at a moderate price offering everything the Playstation has and brings some of its own "A" talent games to compete. MS is battling Nintendo's cheaper Wii system, but out of the gate the Wii is showing it's tech age (GC 1.5). 360 has now had a leg up on the competition with market penetration from a year of exposure, development and marketing. It is accessible and the price is cheaper than it's direct competitor, the PS3. Management problems there? Nahhhhhh.  icon_twisted

The name "PLAYSTATION" isn't going to change that over it's competition. MICROSOFT and NINTENDO's brand recognition is just as powerful as SONY. In today's climate, I don't see that as a valid reason for Sony to get "I'M IN UR WALLET EATIN UR MONEYZ" market share. Sony's botched release is going to backfire on them big-time. Even if 360 comes in close second to PS3, that's a HUGE loss of market share.

IGN just posted an article about MS's potential dominance of the marketplace. Is he right? I dunno. All I know is when you're at the top, there's only one direction you can go, and Sony has been taking every step possible to move in that direction.

I'll take the bait. Sterile observation : it's too late for me. I've got a kid and a pretty hot girlfriend. How's your prospects?   disgust
15089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Identify these games! [Forum Game] on: November 15, 2006, 04:55:54 PM
Do we have a time limit on how long we are to wait before we steal the spot?  icon_wink
15090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Identify these games! [Forum Game] on: November 15, 2006, 02:44:07 PM
Laner, you're up!
15091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 15, 2006, 02:30:36 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 15, 2006, 06:31:21 AM

Who was to forsee that developers would basically ignore the second screen and touch functions?  As it's been said before countless times, most of the DS's best games make little to no use of either the second screen, touch features, or both.

By that logic we should be concerned when any game on ANY system doesn't uses all the buttons on a controller, and every mech game for the xbox should be crucified for not using the Steel Battalion controller.

Fact of the matter is, the second screen CAN be used, and often is. That is a big bonus. Even if some of the functionality is ignored for certain games, it doesn't mean there is no value add for the product line.

Just because my speedometer goes to 220 kph doesn't mean I always use it... just when I'm headin' home and gotta pee  :slywink:
15092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 15, 2006, 02:26:38 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 15, 2006, 05:02:45 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on November 15, 2006, 12:35:19 AM

PS has name recognition... but it's SIX HUNDRED FUCKING DOLLARS.  Sorry, but you aren't going to have any non-gamers entering that market... unless it's as pirate friendly as the PS and PS2 were.  And since Sony loses a suitcase full of money every time somebody buys a PS3, they are completely screwed unless people are buying 10-20 games a year (at least).  At $60+ per game... the PS3 is exclusively a rich-boys toy.
Rich boys' toy = mark of status = higher perceived value = higher demand.  It actually works in the system's favor.

Just like the 3DO.  Roll Eyes
15093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/13) on: November 14, 2006, 07:47:31 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 13, 2006, 05:13:21 PM

Hmmm....where to begin.....   icon_cool

PS3:
Genji: Days of the Blade
NBA 2K7
Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire
Resistance: Fall of Man
Ridge Racer 7
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom


360:
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007

Wii:
Excite Truck
Madden NFL 07
Rayman Raving Rabbids
Red Steel
Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam
Trauma Center: Second Opinion
A Bunch of Virtual Console Games


PC:
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate
Medieval II: Total War
Warhammer: Mark of Chaos

K I gotta ask... WTF do you do for a living? that's like 1700 hours of gaming and about 3G worth of stuff (without the "virtual console" games ). Cripes man.  eek
15094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] HEROES - Man, have I changed my tune... on: November 14, 2006, 02:13:23 PM
GET A SPOILER TAG on the topic so we don't need to do this with buttons.

Mohinders powers ....
Spoiler for Hiden:
I think Mohinders parents have TWO gifted children.

I think Mohinder's "inner child" is kind of like Soul Reaver ... he passes through the spirit world to retrieve what he "needs". Just like the artist, his powers aren't physical; they've got intellectual / pre-cognative powers that surpass the boundaries of conventional thinking.
15095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best New TV Show? on: November 14, 2006, 01:40:54 PM

Quote from: GGMark on November 14, 2006, 09:30:54 AM

Heroes is my vote.

+1 Shouldn't this be a poll?
15096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie Recommendation : Flushed Away. on: November 14, 2006, 01:30:14 PM

Quote from: Qbe on November 10, 2006, 05:17:52 PM

It wasn't trying to be anything deep or meaningful, just fun, and it succeeded.
More than Cars did.  Much more.

+1
15097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got a 360...now i need 1 game recommendation!! on: November 12, 2006, 04:45:13 AM
Get oblivion if you don't play it on PC.

it isn't at ALL like a JRPG.
15098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Recommendation : Flushed Away. on: November 10, 2006, 02:57:31 PM
It has Jean Reno. Nuff said.  nod
15099  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Buying a set of these; on: November 10, 2006, 04:21:43 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on November 10, 2006, 03:22:35 AM

Bocce Ball is soooo much more fun, especially when all your Uncles are big old Italians!

...spooonman! Feel the rhythm in your hand...  </soundgarden>

Sorry, couldn't resist. That "when all your Uncles are big old Italians!" was misread as "all my friends are Indians!"
15100  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anyone have Windows Media Center 2005? on: November 10, 2006, 04:17:29 AM
That is from WITHIN the media center software.

Windows XP MCE 2005 = Windows XP Pro SP2 + MCE toys (which work with XBOX/360 media center extenders etc).
15101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] Daddy horny, Michael. on: November 09, 2006, 08:51:43 PM

Quote from: Semaj on November 09, 2006, 08:10:07 PM

Yes Attitude helps, as does alcohol, but what I said was the model gets women coming up to him hitting on him and trying to dirty things before personality has a chance to play a role.

James, 80% of communication requires no speaking. Body language has everything to do with showing confidence.
For instance, in a crowded bar with loud music and you're talking with a girl and you're both having a hard time hearing each other do you :

A) Ignore her.
B) move in close so you can talk with her.
C) talk a little louder and expect her to lean into you?

The right answer is C. Make her come to you; leaning in to her shows insecurity.
It's so simple, but damn it works. Women don't want a guy who struts like a peacock, but they want someone who holds themselves as valuable; they don't want to waste time on someone who doesn't respect themselves. This doesn't happen on a conscious level all the time, but I can think of situations where it does.

My sister, for instance, was at a decision point with her fiancee. He showed weakness (begged her to stay) and it clinched it. She thought of herself as more valuable, and therefore didn't want to get tied down to someone who wasn't. She's wrong; the guy was great to her and put up with more than I personally would in a relationship (this isn't a knock against her in any way; we all have thresholds though).

The scorpion stings the frog* due to nature, not to will. You have to realize and appeal to their nature. We follow our nature too; to try to appeal to their will based on what YOU perceive to be attractive is a falsehood, and you'd be poisoned like the frog. The very nature for rules of attraction are that they are different from male to female, and no amount of discussion will change that.

*[ref: frog carrying scorpion over river with assurances that the scorpion would not sting him as he would drown as well]

Now think about your model friend... does his posture and composure imply weakness, or has he been training to appeal (to women no less)? Good looking, even GREAT-looking guys aren't necessarily models, so this also explains the gap between both sides of this particular tangent on the "-LE- is stuck in horny-town with fugly hizz-ohs" thread.
15102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The f-word on: November 09, 2006, 12:10:43 PM
heh smile np.
15103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The f-word on: November 08, 2006, 05:50:15 PM
Yeah. I don't swear as much; I only swore while I was married. Now that I have a 3 year old and a 2 year old, I tend not to swear. (there are rare occasions as ATB can attest). I sometimes swear playing video games though. biggrin

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15104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Feeling sick - Need your help please. on: November 08, 2006, 05:15:50 PM
I hear chainsawing the Devils ass also works wonders in the cold-relief field.
15105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 05:46:39 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 07, 2006, 05:39:49 PM

i would just like one myself and not have to pay 3x's what they are worth.

Then you're waiting until the price drops below 200USD ? Tongue heh... just a shot at Sony's "competitive" pricing.  icon_biggrin
15106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EA "predicts" PS3 shortages for North America on: November 07, 2006, 05:42:45 PM
"EA predicts PS3 shortages for North America" followed by "Purge predicts EA's games will suck on the same scale".  icon_biggrin
15107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Faith Hill sore loser @ CMA ... on: November 07, 2006, 05:37:15 PM
or is she?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYaD7pCXFog
15108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 11/07/06 on: November 07, 2006, 05:27:29 PM
What do they have on the 20th anniversary Transformers movie?

I'm thinkin' about that and Cars.
15109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 03:59:26 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 07, 2006, 03:14:49 PM

While true, let's not forget that we are on a gaming messageboard so everything should be filtered through that.  Nothing we discuss here (outside of things brought up in Off Topic) deals with "social inequalities, or the litany of problems we face in the world today".  When people complain about PS3 preorders, bugs in games, performance problems, EA sucking, etc- it's all in the context of a leisure activity and the argument that we aren't talking about curing world hunger always applies.  But then there would be no discussion. 

Although your point on context holds true, just because the context is game related doesn't somehow infer that the topic is critical to us as carbon-based life forms, or that it is a NEED in any way.

The tone and attitude towards "opportunists" is really strange. I mean, last year I had stood up for Hetz when he won a 360 and auctioned off a second one (and a third IIRC), and now he's in here criticizing me for looking to offload a PS3 on the open market. Am I MS fanboi ? No; they have a quality product that I enjoy. Am I a Sony hater? Let's look at my HDTV to realize this isn't the case.
15110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 03:52:39 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 07, 2006, 02:28:12 PM

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I intend on ebaying a PS3 (if I can get my hands on one). As JBlank pointed out, this is Sony's fault for not having enough supply to meet demand. In fact, they WANT the publicity. They WANT to be the hot ticket item; having a market in a frenzy is an easy way to hide the flaws and failures of your product.

The same could be said about the Xbox 360 last year. They had massive shortages and lots of people thought that they wanted that to create a huge buzz. You helped people get a 360, without Ebaying it....why are you treating Sony differently?

I would help out people here if they wanted it; this time around I'm looking to pay child custody court costs.
Call me selfish. I mean hey, you ebayed what, 2 of the 360's last year?
Just because I help people out doesn't mean I'm committed to a life of servitude.

The only difference between the Sony release this year and last year's MS release is that I actually wanted the 360 for myself.
I do want a PS3; I can wait for a price drop and be able to fight a little longer in court for my son. DAMN that makes me a bad person.
15111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 02:22:22 PM
I was the one who started that thread about getting GT'ers a 360. I helped 4 people total in getting them during the shortage, and didn't charge them any extra. I'm all for helping out.

I intend on ebaying a PS3 (if I can get my hands on one). As JBlank pointed out, this is Sony's fault for not having enough supply to meet demand. In fact, they WANT the publicity. They WANT to be the hot ticket item; having a market in a frenzy is an easy way to hide the flaws and failures of your product.

Rabid foaming soccer-mommies and their kids are going to want that status symbol. They want their tickle-me-elmo dammit; or their kids will have a horrible holiday.
15112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Microsoft to show/sell TV shows/movies to Live on: November 07, 2006, 03:37:11 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 07, 2006, 03:20:03 AM

Here is my question - can I get the UFC in HD over the 360?  They suggest so.  That brings the next question - why can't I get it in HD from my cable company!  Bastards....

You can get it right here, bud.
15113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Legendary Pre-order on: November 07, 2006, 01:09:09 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 05, 2006, 01:25:16 AM

Yea....that thing looks like it fits on your head.  Its a -5 to CHA Master Chief Helm of Money-Sinkage.

Uhm, so that means you're getting one then, mister DnD reference?  Tongue

I'd buy that small-scale helmet as long as it came with a little head.  icon_twisted

Spoiler for Hiden:
From Cortana's voice actress, mind you. NOT the master chief Tongue
15114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OK Gear-Heads... Fall In! [Gears of War] on: November 07, 2006, 01:05:32 AM

Quote from: mikeg on November 06, 2006, 10:55:28 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 06, 2006, 07:21:22 PM

Quote from: mikeg on November 06, 2006, 05:54:31 PM

Will play anything, but would love to do the whole coop thing.

This statement makes me a bit queasy.  saywhat

Sorry 'bout that.  Maybe I should have chosen my words more carefully.  I would love to play through the single player side-by-side with another online player.  How's that?

Just so long as you don't say "Go ahead; I'll take up the rear" I'm good with it.  nod
15115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sigh. I lost another pet today... on: November 07, 2006, 01:03:47 AM
He snuck in back in 2002, IIRC.  icon_biggrin
For the past 4 years he's had a better time in your house than he would have had he not found you and your wife.
I'm sure he's cleared the pearly gates and is currently snuck into a cloud-condo right now ninja... Smile when you think of him. tear

icon_idea Fear-rats are the dry otter; they have better jokes and speak with british accents. 

15116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Addiction in Surround Sound on: November 06, 2006, 08:03:36 PM
Now put a 2407WFP Dell in the middle, and a couple of 1907FP's on each side..  eek
15117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: stressed on: November 06, 2006, 06:49:06 PM
I try not to play games that involve killing my mother. (including hopscotch... I mean, breaking her back is matricide as far as I'm concerned  saywhat)
15118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EMERGENCE DAY! on: November 06, 2006, 05:57:48 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 06, 2006, 03:15:42 PM

Isn't it Ellen Pompeo?

oh yeah.....

IN!!!!!

DON'Tdo this again.
It hurtseverything it touches.

Now, where's the blink tag?  icon_twisted
15119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/06) on: November 06, 2006, 05:38:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 06, 2006, 04:37:54 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on November 06, 2006, 04:27:47 PM

it would end up being a choice between viva pinata and rainbow 6.. we all know how that decision is going to end up!

plus, in Viva Pinata, I wouldn't be able to drop a grenade down your pants!

I, for one, will not be playing Vegas with CK here. I don't mind the teamkiling; the fact that he's so comfortable putting his hands into currently occupied team members pants has me worried. Tongue
15120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/06) on: November 06, 2006, 03:47:09 PM
Gears of War - Day1 purchase
Contra (Live Arcade) - demo first.
Tony Hawk's Project 8 - Rental Queue
Call of Duty 3 - Rental Queue

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