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1481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Further idiocy from someone inside Sony on: June 23, 2006, 11:59:56 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
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1. the geeks at E3 are what would be the early adopters, and the ones who would pre-order. they are the initial evangelists. A bad rep with them will harm their sales.


Again, I disagree.  What us geeks think, say, do, etc. does not mean jack shit.   No one gives a rats ass what we think. The few lost sales form negative geek feedback is a drop in the ocean of the consumer market that Sony is marketing to.


Untrue - where do you think people go for reviews first now?  Who's writing the early reviews?  If the buzz on teh internet is that the PS3 is an overrated overpriced hunk of developmental technology with bad games, do you really think that won't get out to the mainstream?  Dan Rather might be able to tell you a little about the power of negative internet feedback.
1482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Further idiocy from someone inside Sony on: June 23, 2006, 06:49:31 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
whiteboyskim, I may have a disagreement with you on how hamrful Sony's idiot talking heads have been.  I would bet a full 80% of the market for a new console this coming christmas are absolutely unaware of the horrible showing at E3, all the bullshit that Sony has been throwing around, or even that they are going to be charged an arm and a leg.  'Going down in flames' for a multi-billion dollar company over what is rampant hatred & disapproval from a bunch of pasty faced geeks is way too strong of wording.  The non-seeking of feedback from 'consumers' over E3 is a joke: E3 is just for geeks, and home consumer electronics is a MUCH more gigantic market than us.

Now, as for a very real possibility that this christmas Jane Consumer will be standing in a store, look at the PS3 at $600, and the Xbox for $350, I can't figure out how Sony doesn't realize that WILL kill them.  Perhaps brand loyalty is that strong in Japan.  Someone needs to point them to GM in the '70's.


3 more notes:

1. the geeks at E3 are what would be the early adopters, and the ones who would pre-order.  they are the initial evangelists.  A bad rep with them will harm their sales.

2. User education - which unit is joe consumer going to buy?  HDMI?  Bluetooth?  Blue-Ray?  Why do I need to know this for my kid to play games?  Does the unit include the $100 (retail) HDMI cable, or an HDMI-DVI adaptor, or Component HD as well?

3. It's all about the games.  Here is where Sony is stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Nintendo has already grabbed the pre-teen family market.  MS will have their second generation of games out, with a significant amount  of exclusive content (don't forget Live Arcade is also 'exclusive content') as well as an extremely significant price point differential.  And an HD-DVD addon.  All of which can probably be had in one bundle for less than the PS3 premium.  Early EA games (based on reports) are also going to be ports of 360 games, and even if they could look better, might not be for years, if ever.
1483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Civil liberties just took a big hit on: June 15, 2006, 05:44:52 PM
Part of it is that you have the right to know what is in the warrant, and what limitations there are to the search.  You may also need your lawyer present to verify this.  Most people don't keep their lawyer locked up in the basement for just such an emergency...
1484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 Live Co-op games? on: June 07, 2006, 10:06:09 PM
Kameo now allows co-op play over Live, as well as split screen - you have to download the update from Live.
1485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / World of Warcraft to PS3? on: May 24, 2006, 07:33:49 PM
Bill has a nice post on what might be happening behind the scenes:

The greatest bidding war in the history of gaming is going on behind closed doors.

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What's a console exclusive for World of Warcraft worth, anyway? 50 million? 100 million? More? I'm not sure there's even a method to accurately value the fanchise, but I do know that whatever it's actually worth, Sony or Microsoft will overpay significantly.


I'm still not sold on it, but I've never played WoW (I refuse to pay $15/month).

FWIW, I think expansions would be shipped on a second DVD containing the appropriate art assets, etc.  I don't think bugs would be as much of an issue given that the game has been out forever now, and the console hardware/drives are a known quantity...
1486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / World of Warcraft to PS3? on: May 23, 2006, 08:52:04 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Well either way, it would have to be a hard-drive based system, so the gimpy360 owners are out of luck.


Why?  I could definitely see them storing everything on the servers, and linking to your account.  I do have a Premium though, so I'm unfamiliar with the full limitations of the Core...
1487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Supreme Commander - Um.. I'll take one. on: May 11, 2006, 06:23:28 PM
Quote from: "Jimmy the Fish"
Wow, it looks fantastic, but I worry about how one can keep up with controlling so many units on such huge maps.


I don't see using that zoomed in view ever, except if it is possible after being knocked out of an MP game...
1488  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 20" Widescreen LCD- $280 on: May 11, 2006, 06:09:01 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
It depends on the game... check out http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/ to look up specific titles.


It can be a bit difficult navigating that site, try this link for particular games:

Master Gaming list
1489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are you hardcore enough.... on: May 10, 2006, 05:29:23 PM
Definitely a wait and see.  Last Fall I sprung for the 50" Plasma +Wall Mount+ High-Def cable DVR and got the 360 to go with it.  Rather than pump $600 + $50-100 on accessories + $60/game + Sales Tax, I'll probably just get 3-4 360 titles and maybe the HD-DVD add-on to the 360, if it looks like the titles will be there, as well as quality, etc.

Sony appears to be banking on the kind of reception the 360 got to drive demand, but a chunk of that demand is tied into the HD market and HD gaming, and it may be that Sony is going to launch too late/too expensive to really catch that wave.

It *May* be.  Between now and November, every gamer buying HD sets will also get a 360 to maximize the experience.  Then they'll be faced with another large outlay for the PS3.  If there are any to be had.  Any production shortages just might kill the PS3 - MS could survive last holiday season's shortages because there was no competition, Sony can't - every box a potential buyer can't find easily the first time into the store will likely become a 360 buyer - cheaper + more games + available will be tough to compete against.
1490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo E3 Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 11:26:26 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "JCC"
No price? BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That's the reason I watched. BOOOOOO!

That surprises me as well. Only reason I can think of is that they're waiting to see if Microsoft decides to drop their 360 price to make the PS3 even more outrageously expensive.

We'll see tomorrow?


Yep, I agree. They want to see what MS does today. If they drop the price on the 360, then expect the Wii to be $150.....if not than it will be $200.

That would be my guess.


MS won't drop the 360 price until the PS3 is about to ship, definitely not tomorrow.  They might not even do it then, as I could see a coupon/rebate strategy, coupled with a third sku - integrated HD-DVD and/or larger Hard Drive to capture the high end market.
1491  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How long can you stay conscious after being decapitated? on: May 05, 2006, 01:22:44 AM
Probably depends on what drugs you are on... post-decapitation:

1492  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 1,200 LB man...put down the Twinkies on: May 05, 2006, 01:16:23 AM
Oh holy mother of god!
1493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 Request Thread on: May 05, 2006, 01:08:26 AM
Quote from: "GGMark"
Guitar Hero II, if no one said it please.


One thing I *didn't* see in the Press Release - what platforms it is/will be on.

Specifically, the press release did not state PS2/3 exclusivity - which leads to speculation...

Please find out more and especially if there will be xBox 360 versions... Quadrophenia+, baby!
1494  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 'Fiscal Conservatives' on: April 16, 2006, 07:09:17 AM
helot - that is one well-written rant.  Well done!
1495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a book recommendation-Mystery Novel on: April 14, 2006, 10:54:00 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series- starts with The Black Echo but they can be read in any order (though I recommend going in order if possible).

Michael Connelly's The Poet- one of the best serial killer novels I've ever read (also a mystery).

The Alienist by Caleb Carr.  The hunt for a serial killer in the early 20th century.  One of my favorite novels.


I (Black Echo) this - all of the above are great.  However - Do not read the first 3-4 Bosch books out of order, if you  have any choice...  There is a Hardcover that has all of the first 3, which you may still be able to find.
1496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] First Oblivion Mod up on Live on: April 03, 2006, 10:14:29 PM
Quote from: "Jarrodhk"
I like the idea that they are offering mods for the 360.  However, as others have said, no way I'm paying money, especially 2.50, for a simple texture.

Honestly, if they charged 20 pts, or 50 pts I would probably go ahead and do it.  But, I want more actual content before I cough up the dough.

That said, if down the road they do a compilation of several mods for say... 200-400 pts.  I would consider that worthwhile.


Bingo!  It's the price point + value content that will drive this model.  If we want better than this claptrap, this better fail.
1497  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Logitech Harmony Universal Remote - YES! on: April 03, 2006, 09:41:07 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Seems I have a bit of a convoluted setting, but like Jancelot, I'm testing out some workarounds.

Unfortunately I need a simple 2-button macro, but I have to create a whole new activity to accomplish this.  That's fine, but when I switch back to "Watch TV" it turns off my TV and cable box.  Still trying to figure this one out.  If I tell the software to ignore the device's on/off state then the power button doesn't work.  So far the best I've done is to create a menu option and map the power button to that.

Spent more time setting up the remote than I have with the 360...


I know my 680 has an option to always leave the cable box on (but it is a DVR cable box...).
1498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TempurPedic or Sleep Number? on: March 01, 2006, 11:34:19 PM
for the TempurPedic, if you sleep on your belly, does it matter to the benefits?
1499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Total Newbie!! XBOX 360 Questions on: March 01, 2006, 06:51:18 PM
2. It also comes with a free month of Gold, to let you try out the online play.
1500  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Possible to repair a hard drive? on: February 20, 2006, 07:32:13 PM
Another way is once you have it hooked up inside your computer, you can try ghosting (if you have a copy of ghost, or another disk imaging program) it to a good drive with all the error checking switches off.  This *can* lead to getting to some good data off of a bad HD.
1501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Last 4 eps of AD air tonight on: February 14, 2006, 11:06:12 PM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
I agree. Fox didn't kill AD, the American viewing public's indifference to its style did. Lamentable, but not Fox's fault.


If only they'd given Firefly as much of a chance...
1502  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Glory Road Thoughts? on: January 03, 2006, 06:54:49 AM
Its actually about the all-black UTEP squad which beat the all-white, segregated Kentucky squad
1503  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] Bush Admits Authorizing Domestic Spying on: December 24, 2005, 07:33:11 AM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I see your guys points, but...I still disagree. To each his/her own. I`m not a bush fan, but I think there are reasons for certain things, and I see a good reason for this. That`s all I guess.


the other thing to keep in mind is the 1st amendment too. What is  the effect of all this gov't spying on free speech?   Do you really feel comfortable saying what you believe about the gov't if  someone is listening?
1504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why are the 360 hard drives so difficult to find? on: December 12, 2005, 03:24:57 PM
Actually, it is that for backwards compatibility the HD is required.
1505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So what did you play over the holiday? on: November 29, 2005, 12:39:22 AM
Hack the Router into a bridge to hook up xBox Live - oh wait, that's not a game (or is it?).

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (never played before, came bundled with xBox live subscription).

Damn, but this is a fun game!  Adn I haven't even tried MP yet...
1506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best graph ever: Economist article on gaming on: November 21, 2005, 09:09:49 PM
I assume the graph represents sales in terms of $, not units, but I'm wondering how they are splitting the "Online" Category.  Is WoW not a PC game?
1507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV and Xbox 360 question on: November 18, 2005, 12:55:06 AM
No plans for HDMI or DVI at this time.  I expect this to change at some point as it is one of the 2 larger missteps with the 360 (the other being no HD DVD/BluRay support which will bite them/early adopters at some point).
1508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Let's talk about 360 extended warranties on: November 17, 2005, 12:15:31 AM
Get it from Costco.
1509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Harry Potter console games? on: November 17, 2005, 12:13:09 AM
Hi all - I played and enjoyed Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone as well as Chamber of Secrets on the PC.  I then picked up the xBox version of Harry Potter and the Sorceror's stone (thinking my wife would enjoy it) to find that it was a very different game, and a pretty dull one at that, though I may not have given it much of a chance.

What's the best console HP game, and did the PC version and the console versions ever become the same or not?

Thanks!
1510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (10/10) on: October 10, 2005, 06:49:36 PM
Serious Sam 2 for some co-op goodness!
1511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What was the first Console game you ever played? on: October 10, 2005, 06:48:18 PM
Pong, for teh win!
1512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 is dead! PS3 has keyboard/mouse support!!!! on: September 07, 2005, 10:59:02 PM
Quote from: "DiamondDecision"
Well, Microsoft had the 360 half in the grave with not putting a hard drive on each unit, and this pretty much ends it for me...


SONY OFFICIALLY revealed many details about upcoming Playstation 3 hardware. At the game developers conference, held at the Cafe Royal, where George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde used to hobknob, the company decided to provide developers with some more information about the machinery.

We learned that despite having up to seven Bluetooth 2.0 compliant controllers, and six USB slots, and you will also be able to plug in a keyboard and a mouse. The company representative added that you will be able to play games such as Unreal Tournament 2007 with the keyboard and the mouse. This can mean the end of the auto aiming that you now have on Playstation 2, but I guess that developers will need to make the game fit the controller and keyboard and mouse.


...and this is coming from someone who currently owns an Xbox and has never owned a Playstation.  Micro$oft has been p0wned.


LINK?  I really don't believe much of anything Sony says with regards to the PS3 until I see it in the stores.  Good Lord, if my wife were a gamer, they'd say that it washes dishes.

Hmmm... come to think of it, that' not a bad idea.
1513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / California CGers-Please Read on: July 20, 2005, 09:56:01 PM
If you have cash in the bank, should be no problem, simply pay your rent in advance.  Landlord should be amenable to add'l months in advance.  Eg just say you'll pay 3 months in advance on a 6 month lease or somesuch...
1514  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Weekly Deals for 5/8/05 Will Be Late (Read) on: May 09, 2005, 09:58:43 PM
thanks for the update.  Sounds like a wicked commute.
1515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hybrid Cars? on: April 16, 2005, 07:43:20 PM
Quote from: "slackerjoe"
There's a hybrid version of the Lexus RX330 SUV coming soon too.

*But I'm guessing that might be a little bit out of your price range. Too bad.


the 400h - lists at 48k+

about 10k more than I would contemplate.

Toyota Highlander hybrid is coming this calendar year too.
1516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Horror Novel Recommendations on: April 14, 2005, 06:05:06 AM
Give Muriel Grey (Gray?)'s the Trickster and Inferno a shot.
1517  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Deals of the Week on: April 02, 2005, 07:41:34 AM
Much Thanks Zarkon!
1518  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Deals of the Week on: March 28, 2005, 11:16:50 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Deals for 3/6 posted now smile


Is this dead again?
1519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Things that sound too good to be true... on: March 12, 2005, 07:36:48 AM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I was thinking the same thing. I may just do that...


If you find it, please post... while not my cup of tea, I'm curious as to whether it is all BS or not.

Here's the epinions page on the book:

Epinions

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The book is helpful, don't get me wrong. But for the price of the book go and check it out at the library. Better yet every program in his book is available online, with criteria to be met, and the applications to go with them. Simply go to http://www.cfda.gov and find the program you are interested in.

The site mentioned is called Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. It is a wonderful search engine within itself. You can find information by criteria, interest, program, or look through the entire catalog at all programs.
1520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Please help support free speech on the Net on: March 12, 2005, 07:35:02 AM
Quote from: "Sharpshooter"
Actually, Hal Turner used to run a Neo-nazi radio show but I believe it was shutdown due to lack of funds.  The reason his real estate website doesn't say anything is probably because it wouldn't be real good for business...


Quick google reveals this from ratbags:

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The second site is The Hal Turner Show owned, obviously, by mad radio announcer Hal Turner. While Fred is a single-issue hater and ranter, Hal is a bit more eclectic and adds racism to the religious bigotry and homophobia. (Hal seems to be having some trouble deciding whose side he is on in the Middle East at the moment. As he hates both Arabs and Jews, he doesn't know quite what to do about the Palestinians.)
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