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4521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japan sales 4/30 - 5/06 (wow!) on: May 11, 2007, 06:30:34 AM
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Japan proved to be one of the main reasons Sony dominated so well last two generations, and why Nintendo was so big prior to that, but now that their tastes don't align with your tastes, they're not as relevant? Right.

All I'm saying is, Japan is proving to be only capable of supporting one console per generation. Last generation it was Sony, this generation it looks like Nintendo (at least until the PS3 software starts taking off). On the other hand, North America doesn't have a big problem with all three major platforms holding a nice slice of pie, and Europe also has proven to be a market that can support at least two major platforms. If I were a game company, I'd definately be aiming at the more open-minded regions.
4522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed (finally)? on: May 10, 2007, 05:36:33 PM
I think people are over-estimating the popularity of Starcraft in the light of Warcraft. People are NOT going to abandon their characters in WoW just to play in the Starcraft universe, and people won't split their time, at least not the serious players. I think it is ridiculous that Blizzard would want to have two MMO's out on the market. I mean, what's next a Diablo MMO? Come on Blizz, stop selling out on us.
4523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japan sales 4/30 - 5/06 (wow!) on: May 10, 2007, 05:30:20 PM
Further proving Japan is no longer the video game capital of the world.
4524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How many generations until Gamestop is out of business? on: May 10, 2007, 05:27:23 PM
I absolutely believe that within 1-2 generations we'll be buying all our games via digital distribution. I think we'll see something similar to music where a lot of the brick and mortar stores have begun closing down, music sections shrinking, and digital distribution programs expand. The only difference in video games and music is the size of the downloads. Once download speeds pick up and the hard drives are MUCH larger (we're talking terraflops here or whatever 1000 gigs are) we'll be right there.

Oh and I don't think GameStop will go out of business, they'll just restructure.
4525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 on X-box 360? on: May 10, 2007, 05:16:26 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 10, 2007, 05:11:56 PM

Nothing official, but it only makes fiscal sense.  I'd be shocked if they didn't ship simultaneously or pretty damned close to it for 360 and PC with PS3 pulling up the rear a few months later.

Exactly, we'll probably see a release similar to Oblivion except a shorter gap between the 360/PC and the PS3 versions, if not a simultaneous release.
4526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lego Star Wars: the true noob-friendly game on: May 10, 2007, 03:43:24 AM
I know there are games out there that help bring non-gamers into the gaming scene pretty well. Usually they fall into an "alternative" genre such as Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, and even Wii Sports which I consider interactive entertainment rather than a video game in the traditional sense. That being said (basically what I'm saying is, aside from the above listed games), Lego Star Wars has to be one of the best games available to bring in those who don't normally play video games. My girlfriend and I played for more than 3 hours today and she loved it, usually she loses interest in a game within half an hour but she really loved this one and tried to plan for another night to play. The game is very simple and fun, and anyone who has seen the Star Wars movies will appreciate the humor. I'm even surprised at how much I enjoy the graphics, which are beautiful in their own simplistic way. So anyhow, big thumbs up to a noob-friendly coop game  thumbsup
4527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what time is the 360 dashboard update? on: May 10, 2007, 02:25:09 AM
Update went fine for me as well, was a little worried though  icon_wink
4528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: N-Gai still rocks - Some interesting info on console GPU's on: May 10, 2007, 02:07:19 AM
My bet is that he doesn't work on the graphics, because anyone who works on the engines will tell you otherwise.
4529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: its my birthday on: May 09, 2007, 06:19:38 PM
Happy Birthday bro!
4530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360 Buyer: Recommend Elite or Premium on: May 09, 2007, 12:50:19 AM
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spiderman 3 was not the game i was hoping it to be.

Yikes, betting on a game based off of a movie is never a good bet.
4531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next gen-worth it? on: May 09, 2007, 12:47:58 AM
I have to disagree slightly with ATB. It's true that you can't benefit fully from the new consoles without an HDTV, however the games still look much better than what the PS2/GC/Xbox generation has to offer and not to mention there are some really good games out there. If there are any games you are interested, don't let not having an HDTV hold you back.
4532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spiderman III- This Friday! on: May 08, 2007, 10:56:41 PM
I'm not a big fan of the Spiderman movies, I don't get excited when they come out whatsoever, but I do enjoy catching midnight releases and a friend of mine was excited for it so I ended up seeing it. The movie as a whole wasn't too bad, but good lord a few parts were horrible. I don't understand why people like Sam Raimi, the guy is utterly devoid of talent from what I've seen so far. Even the actors weren't thrilled about the movie and they hardly hide it in the interviews.
4533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jessica Simpson turning into Jessica Rabbit? on: May 08, 2007, 10:44:31 PM
She has natural double D's so I doubt she did anything aside possibly getting a breast lift.
4534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whoa! on: May 08, 2007, 10:39:06 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 08, 2007, 03:49:20 PM

Statistically speaking cell phone related accidents are just a tiny percentage of accidents.

Statistically, what percentage of accidents involve women  icon_twisted
4535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whoa! on: May 08, 2007, 10:37:37 PM
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Look at that stupid old cunt behind the wheel, oblivious to the world around her..  Goddamn I hate old people on the road.

That is hilarious, I'm tempted to make it my signature  icon_mrgreen
4536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 06, 2007, 07:59:11 PM
Why is manga even printed like that? I never understood  retard
4537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-Man 3 review discussion on: May 06, 2007, 07:56:10 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 06, 2007, 02:11:23 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 06, 2007, 01:29:05 PM

If anyone wanted to try out the game for the PC, it's on sale at CC for $10 this week.

For $10, or $10 off? $10 for a brand new title is just...nuts.

That is because the game sucks hard, sorry. I played it, its garbage.
4538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 05, 2007, 09:27:21 PM
I'm definately going to read through this, I created a thread about the book when it was first announced http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,18454.0.html

Let me know how you like it, I should be picking up my copy tomorrow.
4539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-Man 3 review discussion on: May 04, 2007, 07:08:40 PM
I read through the GT review and decided I will definately buy the game. Then I read the IGN review and this particular blurb hit me: "Anyone hoping that Spider-Man 3 the videogame somehow enhances the feature film will be sorely disappointed". That was my whole reason for wanting the game really, so I'm leaning towards passing now. IGN is also knocking the graphics which to be honest I was already worried about from watching the trailers. I await the impressions of our forum members.
4540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spiderman III- This Friday! on: May 04, 2007, 06:57:48 PM
So do we want this thread to be the impressions thread or shall we start a new one?
4541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spiderman III- This Friday! on: May 04, 2007, 12:32:45 AM
I agree with Calvin, but not about Dunst, I think she is awesome. Maquire as Spiderman though I will never get used to. And please, please cut the love story and just make the movie shorter, it is what I hate about the movies.
4542  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Pax will never hold a candle to E3... on: May 04, 2007, 12:16:34 AM

Quote from: Purge on May 03, 2007, 06:42:19 PM

Oh, and PAX is not about games, it's about gamers. Card, Dice, video, miniature, etc... It's like saying the Circus is trying to replace the Zoo. Sure, they both have animals.

True, but a lot of gamers have dubbed it the new E3 (in E3's past form), that's why I cried.
4543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my DS Lite on: May 03, 2007, 07:12:00 PM

Quote from: Tals on May 03, 2007, 05:22:50 AM

I don't understand why Nintendo still sell the DS - I always grimace when i'm in the game store overhearing people tossing up between the lite and the original. There really is no competition but to th ecasual observer they seem to similar to be worth the extra.

They still sell the original DS because they are still stocked up at stores, I highly doubt they are still producing them. It was funny, back when I was managing a GameStop and EB Games, every store in the district was loaded with used traded in DS systems and the suckers would NOT sell. If I was GameStop/EB I wouldn't even take them back for trade-in anymore with the Lite out.
4544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell: Conviction on: May 03, 2007, 05:42:08 PM

Quote from: mikeg on May 03, 2007, 05:13:14 PM

I am with on the backtracking.  I got sick of it and hated the whole terrorist base missions thing.  Those absolutely 100% ruined even the thought of SC for me anymore.

The level design in DA was mediocre overall and the graphics were sorely lacking, it has tainted the Splinter Cell name for me as well.
4545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360 + PS3]LucasArts 'Fracture' on: May 03, 2007, 05:36:49 PM
I just saw the movie Fracture last night, so I keep thinking this is a game based off the movie, hehe.

As far as the game goes, Red Faction did this one the PS2 over five years ago. I absolutely love how developers try to take old features, add some new bells and whistles, and call it something new and exciting.
4546  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Pax will never hold a candle to E3... on: May 03, 2007, 05:33:14 PM
.... And this is why:

"Providing the PAX 2007 keynote address will be writer, actor and geek icon Wil Wheaton. Best known for his role as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wheaton has gone on to appear in a number of films and become a prolific writer. Wheaton has authored two books, Dancing Barefoot and Just a Geek, maintains a popular blog at www.wilwheaton.net, and is a frequent contributor to a number of game, media and tech Web sites."

Took that from the front page. Wil Wheaton? God I miss E3  tear
4547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. vs. the real Chernobyl on: May 02, 2007, 06:35:41 PM
I haven't played the game, but looking at those pics gave me an eerie feeling. It looked like in all the buildings the windows were broken.
4548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion - Vampirism on: May 02, 2007, 06:32:49 PM
You know what is strange though is last night I loaded up the game and of course downloaded the patch, and I had trouble with an NPC being invisible but still attacking me with his bow and sword. I wasn't sure if he was simply stealthed or not, but my gut feeling was that it was a new bug from the patch. Anyone else experience this?
4549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops on: May 02, 2007, 06:29:51 PM
How does Syphon Filter on the PSP compare to this?
4550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.E.A.R is not a factor for me! *spoilers* on: May 02, 2007, 06:23:27 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 02, 2007, 06:59:42 AM


as for FEAR,it was an okay game,but it did get a bit repeditive,i have heard that the expansion pack(5 hrs more gameplay),maybe coming to 360 in the form of a download<<<<<<thats just what i read in a magazine

I would totally buy the expansion if it expanded the story as well. Honestly, I really loved the storyline of F.E.A.R and that alone makes me want a sequel, rather than the gameplay.
4551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Devil May Cry 4 Screens on: May 02, 2007, 06:37:33 AM
Can anyone confirm whether DMC4 is running on the same engine as Lost Planet or not?
4552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.E.A.R is not a factor for me! *spoilers* on: May 02, 2007, 06:35:01 AM

Quote from: Sparhawk on May 02, 2007, 06:05:47 AM

So why were you banned from wow for 72 hours?

For owning too hard /flex  slywink

Nah, I made an alt with an inappropriate name for like the third time and apparently the third action is the 3-day ban. Warning -> 3 hour ban -> 72 hour ban. I can't help it, when I'm drunk I can't think of any names besides inappropriate ones. I just need to stop rolling alts while intoxicated.
4553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops on: May 02, 2007, 06:29:22 AM
Well, I tried to like the game but it just wouldn't click for me. I kept getting caught by enemy patrol, mainly because of the crummy camera keeping them out of my view. The sneak mechanic is also very robotic and sluggish as well, not fluid whatsoever. Ah well, I've never been a fan of the MGS series anyhow.
4554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R is not a factor for me! *spoilers* on: May 02, 2007, 01:51:11 AM
So, I took the opportunity to play through F.E.A.R while my WoW account is on a 72 hour ban ( crybaby). I was worried because of the complaints about repetitive environments and poor level design, I thought for sure I would be one of the people who gave up half way through out of boredom. However, the gameplay deserves all the acclaim it has received and the slo-mo effect is simply amazing, I've never had so much killing people in a shooter before, seriously. Every kill felt satisfying, and I'm quite sure this game has the best shotgun EVAR! Decapitation, limbs flying, clouds of blood... I was in gore heaven. I wish ammo wasn't as sparse for pretty much every weapon aside from the shotgun though, some of them got barely any attention from me. I also enjoyed the sound effects, the distortion of the sound when going between normal and slo-motion is great, it was awesome running up on an enemy and hearing them scream "FUUUUUUCK!" in slow-mo.

The thing I loved the most about F.E.A.R though was the creepy Grudge-esque story. Although the game isn't quite scary in terms of making you jump (although I did jump a few times), the terrifying imagery and hallucinations kept me very interested in what was going on besides all the shooting. One issue I had with the story though was trying to follow it, a lot of the information you learn is revealed through listening to voicemails and uploading data on the laptops, unfortunately there were occasions where I couldn't really hear the chatter and by the time I finished the game I had only a vague understanding of the entire story. Is there a website or something that summarizes the storyline?

Also, the ending was pretty sweet. The nuclear explosion was cool, and the surprise visit from Grudge girl in the helecopter was a nice touch. Also when you finish the credits there is something about the prototype being successful? I didn't quite understand that part.

Anyhow, overall I thoroughly enjoyed the game. The level design was definately an issue on occasion and lacked variety, but the excellently paced gameplay and creepy story kept me hooked till the end.
4555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS Game Recommendations for 9-Yr Old Girl on: May 01, 2007, 07:38:58 PM
I'd say the majority of the DS library is aimed towards that particular demographic, so you shouldn't have too much trouble  thumbsup
4556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Silent Hill Origins(video) on: May 01, 2007, 06:30:17 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 01, 2007, 03:10:12 AM


they're kinda hawt.....

I would hit it...

But seriously, the game looks pretty good graphically so hopefully the controls work out well and deliver a good experience. If this game can manage to be as intense and scary as the console counterparts, it will be another reason I love my PSP more than my DS.
4557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise Announced on: May 01, 2007, 06:25:07 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 01, 2007, 04:08:02 AM

I sure hope this doesn't suck.  I'm not optimistic about the whole Burnout in an open world thing. 

Yes, especially considering the NFS series didn't fair to well in an open world environment.
4558  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: PTR Patch Notes 2.1.0 for WoW on: May 01, 2007, 04:02:35 AM
If the arguement is simply that we don't have a decent 41 point talent spec, I agree. When I am healing, I split myself between Holy and Disc. So what? It doesn't change the fact that Holy priests are excellent healers, the only thing I would like to see is improved survivability overall. They can accomplish this by decreasing the amount of threat done by holy spells for 5-mans and raiding, and revamping the Disc tree for PVP healing. Pain Suppression should be much longer and the cooldown shortened, same with PI.

Sorry Blackadar, I simply think your exaggerating the core issues. In any of the guilds I have raided Kara with and the guild I now raid Gruul's Lair with, Holy priests are the main healers. That's just my experience, not sure what else to say. However, I would be interested in discussing resto Shaman as main healers as my shammy is reaching 70 and I would like him to be specced to heal since my priest is optimally geared for Shadow.
4559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops on: May 01, 2007, 03:46:40 AM
I just got this game last week, so far the controls are very off-putting for me. They seem very loose, and controlling the camera can be troublesome. Is this something you eventually get the hang of or is it the same in the console versions as well?
4560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another Launch 360 dies - EDIT: Looks like it's getting replaced on: April 30, 2007, 06:32:02 PM
So approximately how long does it take from the moment you call them and they tell you a coffin will be arriving, to the moment you get your replacement?
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