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15801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 3 News? on: May 15, 2006, 03:09:29 PM
SS, you know what? I loved KOTOR. KOTOR2 (initially) felt SO good. If it were bland all the way through I wouldn't bitch about it. I'd pan the game and move on.

But no, they serve up a delicious triple chocolate birthday cake you've waited all year for. As you start out, you love it, it's so creamy and much better than you remembered last year's cake to be. It has more flavor and far more moist. It's not just giving you light and dark chocolate; no, there's a juxtaposition of the tartness of dark and the smoothness of light that piques your interest with the delicate balance.

Half-way through you start finding bits of peanuts. You start wondering why, but it's a nagging doubt. I mean, peanuts and chocolate go together, right? As you proceed, the flavor starts losing it's sweetness, gradually at first.

Then you find a piece of corn, and you think the baker wasn't working in a clean environment. You think, well, THAT was odd. You go to take another bite and find the cake has gotten thicker and chewier. You plod on, thinking that the next birthday, you'll want this layer fixed.

The next layer is up. But wait? Where are all those light fluffy and moist bubbles? This looks like it's a fudge layer. Oh well, here goes... :: hurck! :: this doesn't taste like fudge... this tastes like ... hrm, feces? The corn, oh dear god the peanuts!!! OH MY GOD!! I, like a fool, have been devouring a steaming turd!

Your cake is 60 bux, and you're going to either not finish it, or fight the gag reflex and hope this is a mistake. No, my faithful child; the rest of the cake is sitting on the same "fertile" soil. There are some moments where you hit pockets of cake, but mostly it's just bubbles of uncooked baking powder with flour and cocoa.

That's how quick the game turned. Some of the plot holes were big enough to fly a star destroyer through. The crashed ship flying away? Hello? The character plotlines that either stalled or jumped track for no apparent reason? Maybe playing the bad side didn't hit all of the plot holes but the good side was a logical train-wreck. Cripes, the last conversation thread with the villian was abhorrent.

Give me a bad game, and I'll move on. Sucker me into 80hours of what ends up being trudging through a broken game and I'm going to take that personally.

I'm one of those people who respect the phrase "when it's done". Prey may be fun, Duke Nukem could actually kick ass, and Team Fortress 2 might rock my world. I can wait; there are plenty of games out there to enjoy in the meantime.

Hell, Halo 2's ending didn't bother me. It's the middle-piece. There was no closure with Empire strikes back.  I'm don't need hollywood (or video games) to tuck me in and lay happy endings at my feet. I'm a big boy now, I can enjoy diverse stories like the movie "Match Point" and not detest the ending for not being traditionally "happily ever after" finish that we've come to expect.

KOTOR3? I don't want to see that until it's done. Even then, I'm not picking it up Day1; I might pick it up Day20-30 after I've heard that the train actually has a caboose. And no corn.
15802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Both versions of the PS3 are 'identical'? on: May 15, 2006, 02:17:53 PM
This is form if the word "identical" that I previously was not aware of.
15803  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Special thanks to warning on: May 12, 2006, 04:24:39 PM
I think that depends on your choice of mothers.. biggrin

Warning rocks. Hell, it's like everyone knows him... I see his name EVERYWHERE!
15804  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / CONGRATS Frog's Honey! on: May 12, 2006, 04:21:40 PM
Oh dear god.

ANOTHER one?!! Cripes, I swatted one mosquito yesterday, and now we've got another blood-sucker ready to step up to the plate! biggrin

JK; and congrats. Now WBS should be worried... the threat of being "tied up" is less likely an extracurricular activity. It is much more likely the words "in litigation" follow. slywink
15805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 killed my 360 on: May 12, 2006, 04:10:40 PM
EB Games swapped the console for me, and only gave me what I needed, and I kept the rest if my original stuff.

If they can't get you that remote back, the store should be offering you the full remote as compensation.
15806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 extended warranty question on: May 12, 2006, 04:05:16 PM
just call them.
15807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who won the Hype Battle? on: May 12, 2006, 03:01:41 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
I've never been ashamed to admit, I buy Nintendo consoles for two things: 1. Zelda games, and 2. Metroid games.  So for me, they have already won me over... I may never like the stupid name, but I can complain while I'm carrying it home, which is all that matters.

"Unbreakable, that's one DAMNED big box you're carrying..."
"Yeah, well, my Wii is pretty damned big."

I dunno;  I think it could work to your advantage.
15808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Both versions of the PS3 are 'identical'? on: May 12, 2006, 02:54:19 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
True, I suppose you could use USB, hadn't thought about that.

Depending on how it's used though, how long a USB cable are we talking?  I've yet to see a reasonably priced 3' MiniD usb cable; let alone a 9' or longer version.  :shock:
15809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mass Effect preview on: May 11, 2006, 01:20:55 PM
15810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who won the Hype Battle? on: May 11, 2006, 12:33:22 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"

No Arm-for-a-Tongue You ?
No I've-got-to-point-with-the-arm-of-a-man-stuck-inside-me You ?
No Where-did-my-watch-go You ?
No Hey-my-hand-smells-like-poop You ?

I don't get it. Maybe there is some (humour) there. I don't think it's worth wading into waist-deep crap to find it, I guess.

It would seem like ATB called "Rock" and instead of paper, you came up with chinchilla.
15811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok, Im excited now for the Wii on: May 10, 2006, 08:57:28 PM

No, that's not a devil echo you hear.
15812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System Exclusives - Who wins? on: May 10, 2006, 06:55:05 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
I just listed exclusives, mostly when taken as a whole would be system sellers. If I listed XBox system sellers, only Halo would be there [...]

Lets see what gamerankings has to say...
Top 20 Since 2/10/2006
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence PS2  95.0%
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion X360  94.0%
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion PC  93.2%
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter X360  90.6%
Kingdom Hearts II PS2  89.0%
Burnout Revenge X360  88.6%
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror PSP  88.0%
Daxter PSP  87.4%
Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords PC  86.7%
Metroid Prime: Hunters DS  86.3%
Tetris DS DS  85.6%
Fight Night Round 3 X360  85.4%
Mega Man Powered Up PSP  84.6%
TOCA Race Driver 3 XBOX  84.2%
TOCA Race Driver 3 PS2  84.1%
MLB '06: The Show PS2  84.0%
The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II PC  83.8%
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast PSP  83.7%
Fight Night Round 3 XBOX  83.7%
Tomb Raider: Legend PS2  83.7%

Nope, no XBOX/360 titles in there [/sarcasm]

DOA, Halo, Panzer Dragoon Orta, KOTOR, Morrowind, Top Spin, Amped, Live, PGR, Crimson Skies, Mech Assault, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six, Ninja Gaiden, Forza, Rallisport, Jade Empire HL2, BG&E.

Exclusive. You know, off the top of my head. Oh, and out of my past library.
15813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New GRAW Co op Mission soone to be released on: May 10, 2006, 06:40:01 PM
getting 'naded by your teammates and having to restart doesn't constitute as work to you? slywink
15814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lost Planet Demo on: May 10, 2006, 06:37:12 PM
Maybe they aren't carbon based; they could be silicon-based ?
15815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who won the Hype Battle? on: May 10, 2006, 06:35:44 PM
I thought the poll was for who would try to use hype the most... I was wrong. I want to change from Sony to Nintendo.

Nintendo built themselves a PR rollercoaster and rode it like a pro... they bring us down suddenly and unexpectedly (Wii), and then sweep up and to the left with the use of it.

The only thing I'm wondering about the Wii is the point of it if it doesn't deliver immersion on a graphical level. That may be my GFX_Whore coded into my brain, but I think it's a valid concern.
15816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok, Im excited now for the Wii on: May 10, 2006, 06:07:16 PM
I'm guessing the GC format disks may not be able to hold all of the data.
15817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lots of new content on Marketplace now! on: May 10, 2006, 06:05:40 PM
just wait till they add more content.

15818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are you hardcore enough.... on: May 10, 2006, 06:01:24 PM
Quote from: "semiconscious"
easy - hanukkah...

.. only if your Wii is circumcised. :roll:

 I'm just covering off all the easy jokes here; I don't think of Nintendo as a bunch of penis-peddlers.
15819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: System Exclusives - Who wins? on: May 10, 2006, 05:18:51 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
It looks like based on name recognition, Nintendo with Mario, Pokemon, and Zelda would probably easily win for the average consumer.  For gameplay variety and depth, Sony easily wins.

Your statement begs the question, and is therefore fundementally flawed. You've clearly awarded Nintendo the runner-up and Sony the crown. What more could you expect to gain from this type of thread?

Let me get out the crystal ball:

MS roxxor!
STFU fool
Sony roxxor!
STFU moron
Nintendo = piss
STFU, Nintendo making money

Nintendo is the trendmaker (Pokemon anyone?); MS is the moneymaker (I bet they'll start printing their own currency soon) and Sony had 7 years of 3rd party support behind their previous version. IF things don't change, I'll eat my hat. (or at least crow). People rally to the winners when it comes to publishing; I predict less 3rd party exclusive titles for our friends at Sony, Wii will actually be VIABLE and POPULAR and MS will gain a slight advantage this round as Sony learns how to run a network themselves after they execute every single SOE employee.

Oh, and I see less exclusives period.
15820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lost Planet Demo on: May 10, 2006, 05:08:19 PM
I think the premise is an earthlike planet which hit a new ice-age. it would seem that the bugs are an infestation; I just don't understand how they feed since theres nothing to eat.
15821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Claim: 360 is just about FPS. Can't be more wrong. on: May 10, 2006, 05:04:26 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
How many kid games on the 360, platformers, strategy games, rpgs, strategy rpgs, adventure, flight, etc.?

Fine, the 360 has more games, but its been out for a year longer.  Its naive to think that Sony won't eventually put out a lot of games too, and so far, Sony has spread the titles around better.

A lot of the 2nd generation 360 games will get ported to the PS3 from the start, so you won't have as many half-assed PS3 launch titles as the 360 (the EA games for example, like Madden).

The thing is, they're ports of first-gen games on a non-native platform with it's own programming challenges (any new architecture has this; we'll ignore trying to write for 6 separate cores which handle special tasks exclusively). I don't know that we're going to see people clamoring to play CoD2 on PS3 when it's a year old and have to pay a $600 admission ticket.

EA will supply ammo for all sides of the console wars as long as their payload makes coin. They will offer exclusives to both sides; it's a no-brainer.

Scott, I'm sure you were one of the people I recall jumping up and down over the killzone movie last year (hell, it took my breath away even though I knew it was just CGI spin); I'm just bringing this up to ground the idea that the 360 lovers are the exclusive clientel dining at the Hype Buffet.

As to the genres you listed, how many do you expect to see on the PS3 at the same time? It doesn't matter that they could have 200 games by end of 2007; they're going up against a very powerful, very popular competitor with a lower price point in their second holiday season with some must-have titles over a first-gen volley from Sony. Plain and simple, you're going to be looking at "buy potential" vs "buy for right now" and the right-now always wins. Halo 1 was the first big step the Xbox made, and one of the reasons they had a "successful" launch in any market. Xbox2 had no flagship; they covered as many bases as possible with A titles such as DOA (fighting), Halo 1 & 2 upgrades (FPS), CoD2 (FPS), Condemned (Action / FPS / CSI mockup), PGR3 (racing), Amped 3 (snowboarding), full support of sports titles (most of which were B+ to A).

They have gaps to fill for sure. They need a solid platform game in the worst way. They need adventure games, quirky games, and definately RPGs (Oblivion is too open to appeal to the FFXII lovers, I think).

Sony has shown no backbone; they changed their controller. Who knows, that "boomarang" could have been the most comfortable feeling controller but they dropped it for a Dual Shock III controller (due to clamoring). What, they can't take a little whining from the industry? Look at Nintendo... they're going Wii no matter what.

At this point their console is meant to be the Blu-Ray trojan horse that brings DRM to the masses and all of their proprietary media standards. I bet they've even got Root-Kit software planned for PCs that connect to PS3's. I don't have a doubt in my mind that PS3 will be successful in the gaming community; wether they sit at the head table has yet to be seen.

I know that I'll get a Wii before a PS3; I can't justify the cost of a PS3 for slightly less than a 360 + a Wii.
15822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Claim: 360 is just about FPS. Can't be more wrong. on: May 10, 2006, 04:45:50 PM
Quote from: "warning"
No problem.  We just can't compare where Microsoft is now with where Sony and Nintendo are now.  In a year Sony or Nintendo might have just as many quality titles out or coming out as Microsoft does now.

Yes we can; it's the same song/dance with PS2 vs XBOX except now the roles are reversed and the one first to market doesn't have a huge hardware disadvantage.
15823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So Fasa has something Shadowrun related in the works on: May 09, 2006, 09:23:13 PM
there's a Shadowrun trailer on Live.
15824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 pricing on: May 09, 2006, 09:19:39 PM
Quote from: "HankRaptor"
They are betting the farm on Blu-Ray....

MD has FAILED wasnt that theirs?

actually, MiniDisc was a very popular medium in Europe; it just never caught on state-side. Not as successful as DVD mind you.

Ultimately I agree though.
15825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lots of new content on Marketplace now! on: May 09, 2006, 07:15:45 PM
Summary of new trailers on LIVE :

Splinter Cell
Fable 2
Alan Wake
Viva Pinata
Forza 2
Gears of war
Too Human
Halo 3 Announcement
Lost Planet
Call of Duty 3
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Tony Hawks Project 8
Hitman Blood Money
Table Tennis (rockstar)
Culdcept SAGA
Dance Dance Revolution
Sonic the Hedgehog
John Woo Presents Stranglehold
Brothers in Arms Hells Highway
Bullet Witch
NCAA College Hoops 2k7
LOTR Battle for MiddleEarth II
Dead Rising
NCAA 07 Football
Test Drive Ultd.

New Demos :

Lost Planet
Test Drive Unlimited

Damn stuff got SLOW. biggrin Can't imagine why. Every trailer above Lost Planet's were JUST added within the last hour.
15826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/8) on: May 08, 2006, 08:00:21 PM
Nichts fuer mich, danke.
15827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Attention female gamers! Atari wants to hear your opinions! on: May 08, 2006, 07:59:44 PM
Quote from: "MerianMoriarty"
that's just some random hot japanese chick.

Who said anything about hot? slywink Besides, JarrodHK has access to the intarweb; I'm sure he stole that pick from the net somewhere.
15828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Time Magazine confirms multiple Wii titles on: May 08, 2006, 07:56:33 PM
Success as a nebulous definition would adhere to "meeting and / or exceeding one's goals".

They want to sell the product to a profit, have 3rd party titles and gain greater market share.

Nintendo is the only company who are moving their core business in a different direction. MS and Sony are content to fight for the gamer marketshare with gains as new gamers are born, converted or impressed. They are plowing the same field in a new harvest season. Good for them; there's money there. Nintendo instead has redesigned their hardware to go for the harder target; the buyers they HAVEN'T appealed to in the past. They're going for the much larger potentially more fertile "casual gamer" demographic.

Sony and Microsoft are dabbling in the casual gamer market. Just like our good friend Nintendo dabbled in HD and broadband connectivity last generation. Here's our Live Arcade and where it fits in. Sony's episodic content and downloadable games are the same thing.

Will Nintendo's gamble on the Wii work out for them? I think it will; I don't miss using a keyboard when I play Halo, and I'm sure I'm not going to miss the d-pad or the analog stick to aim when I can use the muscles, tendons and framework that I've grown since birth.
15829  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 08, 2006, 04:38:43 PM
What dolphins? slywink

Took me 18 minutes man, seriously.

I think I might have a septic mind.
15830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Time Magazine confirms multiple Wii titles on: May 08, 2006, 04:00:22 PM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
If I do ever get the system I'll probably do it online since I don't think I could ever walk up to a counter and say " Do you have any Wii's in stock?".

I suspect a long-time terminal maker will be getting into the 3rd party controller business.. Can't wait for the advertising campaigns :

"Wii too small? Wing your wii? Try Wang."
"Wrong Wii will wail. Wang wins!"
" Get bigger Wang!"

and my personal favorite :
"Wii harder with Wang."

(sorry, I just couldn't resist biggrin)
15831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Attention female gamers! Atari wants to hear your opinions! on: May 08, 2006, 03:26:44 PM
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
How about input from virtual(=fake) female

There IS an estrogen validation. During the survey they make you pee on a stick, and send a webcam shot of yourself.
15832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Attention female gamers! Atari wants to hear your opinions! on: May 08, 2006, 03:24:40 PM
Quote from: "Jarrodhk"
Man I only wish I could manage to play two characters simultaneously in Graw smile

So you could die twice as badly? slywink
15833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Attention female gamers! Atari wants to hear your opinions! on: May 08, 2006, 03:22:57 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Purge"
+1 ... lol'iing was definately happening here.
I thought it was amusing, though I did not actually lol.  Sort of cracked a half-grin.  Still, well worth the click and the time it took to read the post.  I'd give it a +0.92.

Nice smile You be the French Judge, I'll be the ruskie. slywink
15834  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: May 08, 2006, 02:54:03 PM
+1 to Farley2K for refunding munnies on lost shipment! USPS hasn't delivered Echoes (was shipped over 2 months ago) and he up and refunded payment with nary a complaint (he knows I'm on the level; I just shipped him a 360 not too long ago).
15835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon.... on: May 07, 2006, 06:02:24 PM
it's more than just anime... the T_T is how japanese smilie for :_( ... they do everything upright.

^_^  = happy
T_T  = crying
o_O;  = embarassed
>.>  = looking left
<.<  = looking right
^^   = happy (no mouth, just the "happy-eyes")
O.O  = surprised

I believe it became popular on this side of the ocean during FinalFantasy XI (MMORPG) which allows Asian / North American gamers to "speak the same language". At least, that's where I first started seeing / using it. It makes more sense, but the trick is that some of them are pretty convoluted.

a lot of people still don't know it though...
15836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 and iPod on: May 07, 2006, 05:57:02 PM
You'll want one off ebay instead... WAY cheaper.

eg : Linky-linky

The dock itself doesn't come with ANY thing else from apple; this means you'll need a USB <--> iPod cable (which can plug into the dock or into your iPod directly).

Keep in mind that the dock is needed so that MS doesn't have to include drivers to properly pump power to it via software; the dock does it at a hardware level instead.
15837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone going to E3? on: May 05, 2006, 05:13:01 PM
I hate all of you. E3 is so much fun.

But working for GT would take the fun out of it (or at least changing it significantly). Getting scoops etc. is a different kind of fun (rather than getting to try out all the kiosks).

seeing stuff like a Xbox360 addon where it adds a RiM-like keyboard that plugs into the headset port and "clicks into" the controller.
15838  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 1000 post mark on: May 05, 2006, 05:10:25 PM
Nope. Followed a link from a thread where LD was warning someone not to ask for anything.
15839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Getting 5.1 sound out of your PS2? on: May 05, 2006, 04:51:03 PM
Keep in mind that DTS doesn't use compression; IIRC to get it to work on PS2 they cut down the sound transmitted. As I understand it, they reduce the sound quality to provide more channels.

Also, if it's 4.0 it's not using the full bandwidth that DTS 5.1 would be using as they've dropped the dedicated subwoofer signal and one of the channels (either centre or only having 1 rear surround; I'm not sure which). I would think they'd offload the center channel to the front L & R and run both L&R through center, as well as to their respective speakers.

Dolby uses compression algorythms instead to overcome the data throughput issue, rather than reducing the sound quality. full DTS is HUGE data (think a 48K .WAV file vs an MP3 which compresses the sound and reduces sound fidelity)
15840  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 1000 post mark on: May 05, 2006, 04:27:43 PM
Erhm, well... then I supposed I'd be kickin' Crackers outta bed for eatin' Kate. biggrin
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