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16961  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Racial Traits Revealed!!! on: November 05, 2004, 08:11:18 PM
meh, the short little smarmy bastards had it coming.

"we work with stone, so shut up and get out". Little freaks.
16962  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I'm back (with a new name) on: November 05, 2004, 07:51:06 AM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
You've posted 3 times in this thread already. You need practice at this whole lurking thing.


Hey, are deliberately trying to step on the lurkers TOWS?

. . . hmmm, gives me an idea . . .

Paramount pictures proudly presents ...
an M.Shamalyan film.

Deep within the hidden shoe,
At the far reaches of the unseen foot,
dwells... THE LURKERS TOWS


... a nailbiting horror flick, of course. slywink
16963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Channel51.org on: November 05, 2004, 07:45:00 AM
even if the Athena name wasn't a givaway, check out the video for 01.Sci-Ops ... they show Samus there.
16964  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / iexplorer error on: November 05, 2004, 07:20:30 AM
Actually, I've seen this come up on non-SP2 machines, and even Windows 2000 Adv. Server( IE6x).

I keep meaning to look into it.  Ah well.
16965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm bored again... need a PC game recommendation on: November 05, 2004, 07:17:51 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Sadly, Notepad is a better game than Doom 3.


Oo, I think I played that one... isn't that the spiritual sequel to Edlin? I hear they have a unix port for it now, and they upped the difficulty level. Check out VI. slywink I can't wait for VII.
16966  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Network/Workgroup Password Help on: November 02, 2004, 05:09:39 PM
Eco, how did that work out for ya?
16967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm bored again... need a PC game recommendation on: November 02, 2004, 04:54:41 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Doom 3 is, in two words, "the suck."

Stay far, far, FAR away from that overhyped turd.


 :shock: I think we agree, LE. I wouldn't say the program sucks, just the idea that it's a "game" that really stinks. It is a beatifully rendered tech demo with a basic (and *VERY* lacking) interface. Maybe Id needed to wish upon a star. It worked for Pinoccio; there's no reason why Doom3 couldn't turn into a *real* game.

Speaking of wood, how about shinying up your crowbar? You've only got another 2 weeks to wait for HalfLife2.
16968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Men Legends is wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too hard! on: November 02, 2004, 04:50:02 PM
I found the game incredibly hard.

My brother-in-law would constantly "help out" by throwing exploding barrels at whichever target I was in melee combat with. retard

slywink
16969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: Third Age Review!! on: November 02, 2004, 01:47:40 PM
Quote
You can also play co-op with a friend. By selecting co-op in the game menu, and by plugging in another controller, gamers can share in their orc stomping duties. When playing co-op, one player will receive exclusive navigation of the menu, so there's no need to worry about your friend messing anything up.


Usually multiplayer gets it's own section, or at least not tacked onto the "Noticable Extras" section. I dunno, did he even try it? If so, for how long? 20 minutes, 3 minutes? <sigh> It seems like the whole time he spends apologizing for the lack of full-on I gotta kill these 400 green slimes so I can move on and kill the red slimes- mentality.  I'm going to rent it to see how it plays.
16970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: November 02, 2004, 01:40:34 PM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
Ok, let me see if I understand right about getting items for the collection. Initially you just seem to get random item drops. At 50 wins (in a single session?) you get a medal and apparently unlock  special item slots. Each character has 3 special items that you have to get from them?  Why do you have to play every character? Do some just not get certain opponents are items?

Is that even vaguely right? I'm a total DOA noob-I need these things spelled out Tongue


K, lets go over this step-by-step. (since there's three versions of instructions, it can get kind of confusing).

You need to get 1 of every collectable item. Each character has an exclusive set of 3.
Ein, for instance, has a Katana, a throwing knife, and a shuriken; where Tengu has a tree, a mountain(green) and Mount Fugi (blue). So yes, you will need to play each character. This includes Hitomi.  :angry: There are also a few non-character-specific items, such as Riceball, Carrot, Lipstick, and prototype Xbox (there may be 1 or 2 more, don't remember). You'll end up getting lots of these, so don't worry.

 The last item is, as I understand it, a medallion. You only get this item for beating 50+ opponents. You can do this first if you want, or do it last. It's up to you.

Once your collection is complete, you get a second collection list, and then you'll need to fight with each character all over again to get their special item.

To get items, either defeat (gives you 1 item, lasts about 15 seconds before disappearing), or while the enemy is lying down, you should hit them. (generally it's Down+punch or Down+kick, or the Up+punch+kick)

Tengu's Up+Free+Punch+Kick I found most effective as he always knocks people back, but this is a flying drop which rarely misses.  I agree with you about Lei Fang, took longer than needed.  :roll:
16971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: November 02, 2004, 04:52:19 AM
quickest way to get the 9 items in survival.

Set to Easy (duh)
Since you're going to have to play everyone to get each item (3x3 per person) I recommend doing the following:

In battle with the first 3 - 5 people, they're chumps. Throw em to the ground, and hit em while prone. (they drop extra items that way). Quit, and start again until you have all 3 items. I've been collecting 3+ to be sure. I dunno if it's necessary though.

Damned Hitomi thing; I don't have DOA3 anymore. Waiting for a buddy to get back into town so I can borrow his. <sigh>
16972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: November 02, 2004, 04:49:06 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Went back and finished the story mode for DOA 3 - Finished the Story mode for DOA 2U.

Still no Hitomi  :cry:

What am I missing!!! :x


you might have to have Ein unlocked in doa3.
16973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: November 02, 2004, 01:26:32 AM
You're down to 22. You need to defend your title, yo.

Mind you, I'm tied for 1192. Tongue
16974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I Popped the Question on: November 01, 2004, 10:42:06 PM
Gratz buddy smile

So, um, I guess you won't have time to play. 'stoo bad, I was lookin' forward to stickin' ya in Halo2. frown
16975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm bored again... need a PC game recommendation on: November 01, 2004, 10:37:19 PM
Might I suggest Divine Divinity? There's a demo out; it's a really addictive game. slywink
16976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Projection TVs : Using them with your game consoles... on: November 01, 2004, 10:33:41 PM
Quote from: "Fuzzballx"
you left it on pause and come back from the backyard 2 hours later to find it stilll on and paused....your fucked).


That's pretty extreme. 2 hours once isn't going to be a big deal, and certainly not on newer sets. Burn in is commonly seen with ticker tape displays on stock channels from day traders who leave the same thing on ALL THE TIME. Also, your glass set can suffer from the same burnin problems, although it is more rare.

So what make/model did you end up getting?
16977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: November 01, 2004, 05:56:41 AM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
The catch we've run into there is that some of the characters have moves that can only be completed "while standing", which apparently means you have to be in the process of getting up from the ground? Since the sparring partner just stands there it makes these seem impossible to complete since you can't knock yourself down.


Stand beside your opponent, crouch (press down) and while releasing it do the required combination. I know Zack and Leon have a move that requires this.

Oh, and completing certain exercise routines unlocks new voices for the announcer. You can then go into options : other and change the voices. I've completed most characters, and unlocked 3 or 4 voices thus far.
16978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mel Gibson.....idiot on: October 31, 2004, 03:02:22 PM
Quote from: "Jaddison"
The thing he has said that, to me, is the saddest comment on religion as a whole, is that his wife is going to hell because she is not a Catholic.  He said she is a saint, a good person, much better than he is, yet because she is nto a Catholic she is going to hell.


According to the RC faith, you only need to repent your sins to secure your salvation. Regardless of faith, your sins dictate your path in the afterlife. link

I'm not Catholic, but my wife is. Frankly, I think she'll end up in purgatory longer than me.  :twisted:

As to the passion of christ, it's all about justifying the faith. Christ, whether you believe him to be the son of god or not, was used as a martyr for the christian beliefs.

The sheer violence and stark nature of the movie is meant to convey that suffering. It's like being able to watch the suffering of your god, in full pain-o-vision, from the comfort of your own couch. The problem with this is that we've become so accustomed to seeing violence on the screens we watch that people will take it for being just another movie. It kind of cheapens the whole martyrdom, in my mind.

I dunno, just my ideas on the subject.
16979  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / DVI - Just how important is this??? on: October 31, 2004, 02:31:14 PM
Quote from: "Scoop20906"
Is there an adapter or way to convert and LCD to DVI if it only has an analog input?


That would render the point moot; it would still be converting to analog, and then back to digital... it would just be happening BEFORE the signal hits the screen. slywink
16980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: October 30, 2004, 03:58:27 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Thanks Loomi - I guess I gotta go back a bit on DOA3 for Hitomi.

It's not Live Aware which kinda sucks because I kept checking in a few times last night and must have missed you guys.


Plus you've got to, you know, accept a friend request. Tongue

I unlocked a few costumes (between 3 - 8 costumes for each char) and did some online gaming last night. The nice thing about the lag is that BOTH people experience it... it would be more frustrating if only one person did. I've got all but hitomi unlocked. I've beaten the story mode on normal default with Ein 4 or 5 times. <sigh> Anyone have a copy of DOA3 lyin' around? slywink
16981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sales Discussion- GTA, Halo 2, and Others on: October 30, 2004, 03:53:05 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"

Yeah but both of those factors were in place for previous games in the series.  While I think GTA is even more "mature" wrt adult content than previous GTAs I don't think the difference is great enough for any parents who deemed their kids suitable for GTA3 or VC.


Plus, those kids are older now. slywink
16982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scaler ain't half bad on: October 30, 2004, 03:50:38 PM
Quote from: "Bullwinkle"
I'm glad you're enjoying it!  

Not a lot of response, though.  I guess the CGFE is not as powerful as the GGFE was.  So much for this forum now being the ultimate power in the universe...


Give it time... just before GG went down, this forum had less than 200 registered users... they're up a bit now. slywink

As to the power of your suggestion, I wasn't even going to rent this. Now I am. slywink (I don't generally throw down money for platformers... they've got to be REALLY good. )
16983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR: Worth Playing Through a 2nd Time as Evil? on: October 29, 2004, 09:42:00 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
The evil option opens up some chilling options.  It's very cool what they did with it, but my nature tends to like to play the good guys I guess.  I think they went more for psychopath than for chilling evil guy, though.


Naw, you could be lukewarm evil. I mean hey, evil can wear bunny-slippers, right? I'm sure Darth Vader would go for a pedicure... if he still had his toes, that is.

There were moments in that game where *I* couldn't physically choose the most vile path. The wookies were one of them (I still pissed em off though) and the woman on tatooine who wanted to get off the planet.

It was just plain wrong. I don't need that kind of pseudo-karma destroying me.  :lol:
16984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rachet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal Review! on: October 29, 2004, 09:37:52 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Hank didn't use the standard CG Copyright "IN!!!".

The quotes and exclamation points are optional but the caps are not.  :wink:


Actually, I think it's a devil quote, not a CG trademark thing. slywink
Saw a preview for this game, and it looked like it's going to be a lot of fun.
16985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What compelled you to go Console? on: October 29, 2004, 09:33:38 PM
Quote from: "Eliot"
Excellent input from all, much appreciate the comments. The first few days and I am really enjoying and beginning to understand and appreciate the comments from users.

Since I do not have broadband (except a DSL line I can use at work), is there any other way to grab patches from the net, via CD, etc?


most patches are for online components... I'd suggest watching the official Xbox magazines for updates to your games. ( occasionally you get addn'l levels or addons).

Since the free months come in a lot of games, I wouldn't be shy about trying it out at work (on the weekends of course) Be warned though, you might just enjoy it. slywink
16986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: October 29, 2004, 09:20:30 PM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
You need to have DOA3 to unlock one of DOA Ultimate's characters?? How does that work?


I don't know how far in you need to be, but Tecmo did the same thing with DOA XBV... your DOA3 savegame (or the presence of one, regardless of whether you still have the game or just rented it) would unlock some stuff.
16987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: October 29, 2004, 09:19:01 PM
Quote from: "Loomi"
Quote
Apparently, you need to have a DOA3 savegame to unlock kasumi.


I think it's Hitomi you need DOA3 for.

(Is that like calling out your mistress's name when you're in bed with your wife??)


you're right, it is hitomi. I knew it didn't look right.
I'd go so far as to say it's like calling out your wifes name when you're with your mistress. retard

Thanks, Loomi. biggrin
16988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hollywood stars inspires video game industry... on: October 29, 2004, 07:41:25 PM
Check out www.walkofgame.com and vote for your favorite character, as well as the lifetime achievement award.
16989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: The Third Age RPG: Going to be good? on: October 29, 2004, 03:46:28 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Scott"
At least KOTOR tried to stray a bit form the same formula that has been used for years in console games.
KOTOR was built using the Aurora engine, which was originally designed for Neverwinter Nights.  That's why the game plays like a Star Wars mod for NWN.

In short, it's no more 'revolutionary' to console RPGs than Morrowind's port to XBox was--it was just a PC RPG that got released first on a console.


That's about as valid as saying a book released today is a ripoff of a book from a year ago, cuz, you know, they both have pages, and, um, a spine.

There is something to be said for the story and interaction. As I understand it, games are in the entertainment industry, not the technical industry.

But, rather than dealling with random encounters with troll; I'm gonna stay on topic here.

I really hope this game can deliver; the LOTR universe has had it's share of commercial success but since MiddleEarth is an common source of some of today's RPG staples I look to it to put out quality. It's too bad the last couple of games, although done alright, we're little more than mediocre action games.
16990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: October 29, 2004, 02:19:58 PM
Apparently, you need to have a DOA3 savegame to unlock kasumi.
16991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Nintendo files suit against fan...UPDATE apology issued. on: October 29, 2004, 12:44:00 PM
Here's a copy of Nintendo's letter.

It does make sense for Nintendo to enforce their trademark on companies trying to sell porn using trademarked characters; suicidegirls.com just got caught up accidentally.
16992  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Can't access 'launch system restore' on: October 29, 2004, 02:27:47 AM
did you have a previous OS on here like Windows ME, and then got an upgrade kit?
16993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 29, 2004, 02:11:08 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
[...]


I didn't realize you ran around looking for worse equipment, my fault. :roll:

I missed the part where they promised the ability to switch equipment ? Was the point of the game to be an RPG or to make fun of them? Why would they include the mundane tasks that they're aiming to spoof? They don't want to bore the players with inventory management.

The only knock against them, as I see it, is the fact that it shares the name A Bard's Tale. Given that it is about a bard and has common roots doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a redux of the original. If they made a design decision, and something like that had to be VERY conscious, considering their product, then that's fine by me. It's an RPG, not an inventory management system. If you wanna play dressup rather than taking the obvious buffs, maybe you should check out Animal Crossing or DOA XBV.

They're the ones taking it to market. If that sounds horrible to you, ah well. Have you tried it yet? Do you know how well it actually works? ... if you mention review scores for the game, I'm gonna pull out the Halo ranked 9+, why didn't that score matter to you? Let's be fair, I don't expect this to be a A+++ title, but it looks at *least* rentworthy, and the humour may be worth layin' down the green. slywink

Soo.... has anyone actually played it yet? I think the stores here are supposed to get it tomorrow. I'll be renting it at the very least. I need a good laugh. biggrin
16994  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Network/Workgroup Password Help on: October 29, 2004, 01:41:48 AM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Actually, that doesn't work for me.

The only thing I see about security is under sharing and it's for local sharing.  

There is no security option under Network Sharing and Security frown


First you need to disable simple file sharing.
From an explorer window :
1) tools - folder options
2) select views tab
3) scroll to the bottom
4) remove checkmark from simple file sharing.

Now you're playing with power.
You can right-click on the folder or drive to share, and select sharing and security.
click on the New Share button and create a new share with the desired name.
Don't touch the one above (C$) it's an admin share and you shouldn't bother mucking with it.

You can also create a local group in the manage option for windows.
Right click my computer and select manage.
Click on local users and groups, and create a group called Driveshare
You can also create id's for the co-workers and set up passwords.
Add the users to the Driveshare local group.
Then go to the properties of your shared folder and give the appropriate permissions to the Driveshare group.
If only one person should be able to change content, then repeat the group creation with something like driveshareModify or something, and add them to it as well.
Give the Drivesharemodify the enhanced permission on the share, and they will inherit the better permissions, even though they are in both groups.

I'll spell this crap out if ya need it, I'm too tired to do it right now.

Now everyone should have a username and password, belong to the Driveshare group(s), and the drive has been shared and Driveshare group(s) have been given appropriate permissions. Get the other users (while logged into their machine to map the drive, and be sure to have them enter Computer\username where computer is the destination PC, and the username is the one you created for them.

Someone above mentioned using NTFS file permissions, and you are welcome to do so. I'd advise using groups on the share for security.
It's not a good idea to use the admin shares for users, so you're going to have to worry about administering share permissions anyways... no need to lock it twice. Plus, since we're talking about the drive itself if they ever log into your PC natively (from your desk) they could have a hard time depending on the NTFS permissions granted to them. To add the NTFS (file level) permissions might be taking it farther than you need to, and it can add a whole new layer of complexity with conflicting rules.

Since you may go this way, I might as well give you an idea as to how it works :

User over network Permissions= (Share permission(s) ) + (File Permission (s) ). Between the share and file permissions you always get the most restrictive based on the combination of both.

Basically, if you have L_User who needs to get to Server\Share\Folder1, and the Folder1 gives them Read/Write and Share gives them Read Only, they get Read Only. If it's reversed, it's the same thing. The R/W permission of the share is pointless as the directory is going to force read only, so they effectively only have Read.

If they belong to two groups and either the share or the folder includes both groups, they will gain the better of the two. using the example above:
L_User is part of Driveshare (read only on share, full access on NTFS)
L_User is ALSO part of Driveshare modify (read/write on share, full access NTFS)
L_User gets Read/Write on that share, as the combination of share permissions is (at best) R/W. The file permissions are FULL access, but the Share restricts it to only R/W.

And one other thing, do NOT use deny permissions. That can really mess you up unnecessarily. Deny permissions take precedence over allow permissions.        

PM or email me if you need assistance. Like I said, I'm tired right now, so I'm kinda jumping all over.
16995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 29, 2004, 01:28:52 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Purge"
(a "real" rpg bogs us down with crap; and we complain. A humourous RPG does away with it, and we complain again?)
I've never complained.  Did you complain?  If so, you have my condolances.

I'm sure Bard's Tale will be a fantastic find in the $5 bargain bin a couple months from now.


"Good Knight, what do you hold in that sack of yours?"
"12 potions, 4 rings, 22 swords, a marching band, a forge, and two moderate taverns. Want a lift?"

I always felt the detraction of a game when the inventory was overly generous. I mean, even D&D had weight restrictions based on strength. Surely the basis of a RPG (ROLE Playing Game), doesn't include every character having the strength of superman? where's the diversity?

I know I'm wasting my time, LE. You seem the type to cut your own nose off to spite your face. <sigh>

And no,  I don't kiss my Xbox goodnight. :roll:
16996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 29, 2004, 12:32:46 AM
Quote from: "olaf"
As for the Bards Tale...yeah its an old franchise but this current game is nothing like it and personally I think its disingenious of them to have used the name.  I also think people are tired of Dark Alliance clones.  Even if its not a clone, people are tired of Action RPGs using that engine, or anything that plays like it.  
olaf


I'm in for the humour. All games, at a basic level, are derivative.

It's the entertainment that counts. People forgive less-than-stellar controls and repetitive gameplay for a rewarding game experience. I hate to refer to the IGN review (I didn't read it, just skimmed) and at the conclusion he was stating that although the lackluster combat system could use some spice, he was hoping to see a sequel.

You don't say that about a game you didn't enjoy otherwise.  

LE, beyond the chip on your shoulder, I really could care less about being able to choose +1 sword A vs +1.1 sword B. If B is better, hook me up  and save me the time of haggling or dragging a metric ton of stuff in inventory (a "real" rpg bogs us down with crap; and we complain. A humourous RPG does away with it, and we complain again?). If you want to collect 150 different swords to lug around, go for it. And also be sure to carry your 999 health potions. <shrug> I enjoy the other games, but I've been waiting for a game to take a shot at the lackluster creativity pumped out by the "gripping tales of fantasy that will forever change the face of gaming". puke Another pock-mark on a riddled face of Me-too's.

If you're looking for an open gameplay, there's a game called Divine Divinity for PC. It sticks to the stereotypes, and as such is well done.

As far as Action RPG's go; it isn't my favorite interface; but if it delivers the laughs then I'm IN!
16997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: October 29, 2004, 12:11:18 AM
There is an online game mode where the loser stays. So whoever loses keeps playing until they win. They must have been thinking of Devil. slywink

I'm not great at fighting games, but I win more than I lose. We'll see about this though; every fighting game is different.
16998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: October 28, 2004, 11:34:57 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Send me an invite if you want to kick the crap out of me.


IN! Tongue

damned pre-order didn't come in at my EB (I'm in Canada, our games usually come out Wed-Thurs compared to the US Tues-Wed).

<sigh> gotta wait until tomorrow.  :roll:
16999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Projection TVs : Using them with your game consoles... on: October 28, 2004, 10:08:53 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Unfortunately burn-in is not covered by most TV warranties.


Often it *is* covered by extended warranties (Future Shop and Best buy do in canada, as well as Visions). I paid a whopping 80 bux for a 7 year warranty. slywink
17000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sales Discussion- GTA, Halo 2, and Others on: October 28, 2004, 09:58:41 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
I don't have links off hand but I'm sure that number is pre-sold to retailers.  Its one of the PR gimmicks that many publishers will use similar to touting a game "has  already sold a million copies" when what the publisher is actually referring to is "sold a million copies to stores ie shipped.  I think MS is on record that the 1.5 million Halo 2 preorders are a record and Nintendo said the same before with Wind Waker's preorders.


To clarify :

GTA3 had 4 million pre-order shipment requests. That is, the total number of games shipping to retailers on release date is 4 million. That is *not* preorders, and they got burned for that one.

Windwaker had 750K pre-orders. That is, a list of 750,000 customers waiting for the game, and those games wouldn't ever sit on a shelf. They go to a gamer right away. The shipping volume would be higher than that number although I don't know that is was publicly announced. I don't know if it beat 4mil, but it might have. I also don't recall if that was worldwide or just in the states. Likely just in the states.

Halo2 has 1.5 million people who have ante'd up money (or met whatever preorder requirement based on retailer) for the game. In the states. Alone. Given that half are the $55 US for the collectors and half are the regular $50 one, that's a whopping 78.75 million dollars worth of Halo 2 in one day. If it were all just the standard halo2, it would be 75 mil.

It can be argued that a) that doesn't mean everyone buys it the first day, or b) that those ones preordered may or may not actually be purchased.
Neither point matters, because the fact is that it's 1.5 mil people committing to the purchase prior to release, and B any not sales lost in abandoned pre-sells would be made up in standard retail sales on the first day.

I'm not sure that MS intended to announce the 1.5 mil, but I do know that just weeks before the announcement an irresponsible reporter indicated there was a 1mil shipping volume. The press release may have been twofold; one to toot their horn, and secondly to address that statement as false.
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