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4641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 buyers remorse? on: December 16, 2006, 06:37:58 PM
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None whatsoever!  To me it's worth it just for the blu ray drive, being able to play the 2 PS3 games I own on it is just a bonus.

Hell yeah, those two PS3 games compliment the two blu ray movies available perfectly! slywink

I don't think you should feel remorse, I mean if you can afford it right now then why not? It's going to be the same price next year, and that's when the games should really start flowing.
4642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If you don't fall in love with DQ9 after this new video, you have no heart on: December 16, 2006, 06:31:51 PM
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2) Portables allow me to game in the living room while spending time with my wife and daughter.  No way am I going to game on the main HDTV while my wife is awake and using my Gaming HDTV means that I'm isolated in a room above the garage away from my family.

I've heard quite a few people say this and I've never completely understood how being glued to a portable system in the presence of family is considered "spending time" with the family. If that's the case, why not just set up the living room to accomodate two TV's, one for the family to watch TV and one for you to do your console gaming with the sound turned low?

My girlfriend and I are planning on moving in together soon, so I've been trying to figure out a way to manage my gaming habit while co-existing with her. I suggested getting a two-bedroom apartment so that one room can be my gaming room, but the idea to her was ludicrous. However, any girl I've ever known has had a messy bedroom, I.E clothes all over the place. Personally, I'm not interested in gaming in that environment. There's also no way in hell I'm willing to do the majority of my gaming in pip-sqeak mode with graphics from 2+ generations ago. So, the only way I see this working is to have two TV's in the living room.

As far as DQ9, I concur with the side that wants it in HD.
4643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Star Wars: Battlefront 3 on: December 16, 2006, 08:40:08 AM
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But the graphics will suck! It's just a GC with a different controller

It's an Xbox with a Wii controller!
4644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Wii] Star Wars: Battlefront 3 on: December 16, 2006, 05:17:07 AM
Last week I made a post about being part of a focus testing group for the Wii, and it was going to be focused on the upcoming Indiana Jones game by Lucas Arts. We didn't get to see any games, there wasn't even a Wii present, but we talked about upcoming games and their features, and one of them was SW: BF3. Now, understand that I am not a Star Wars fanatic, I haven't played any of the Battlefront games. However, when the dude started talking about controlling your lightsaber and force powers with the wiimote, I think everyone in the room began to drool. I'm not sure if the game is even officially announced. The thought of wielding a light saber and using force powers with the Wii control scheme sounds pretty enticing.
4645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Retail demand for PS3 dropping below supply level? on: December 16, 2006, 05:09:54 AM
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Another thing is, the "Wii" seems to be the "Thing" this year that raging soccer moms will run over people in their minivans to get little timmy one for Christmas morning..  Oprah is pumping them, the news is pimping them, even fucking Better Homes and Gardens is pimping them.  Wii is clearly the "Cabbage Patch" of this years shopping season.  Not sure that is a great thing for gaming myself, as I don't really think those soccer moms got much of a fucking clue about anything, much less gaming.

I agree, I see the Wii as a trend. I don't see it having any sort of longevity in this generation of consoles.
4646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry Wii OUCH on: December 16, 2006, 05:07:00 AM
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Wii is going to bomb big if they try anything other than cute mario games, Zelda stuff,  and fun little controller gimick games.  There just isn't nearly enough graphical horsepower to do anything else with that box imo.  It'll just end up looking like shiat.

They say the system is more powerful than the Xbox, I don't understand why we aren't seeing that yet.
4647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Backwards Compatibility update coming soon (?) on: December 15, 2006, 06:08:33 PM
This is an awesome BC update. Here it is! The one that lets us play Psyconaughts on our 360's!  thumbsup
4648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Time has not been friendly to the Dreamcast. on: December 14, 2006, 07:15:22 PM
I was furious to discover that I've lost some of my Dreamcast games. I pulled out the DC a few months back to play Resident Evil: Code Veronica, but couldn't find it! Same with a few other games. I definately have to shop around for some of the DC games I lost.

Either way, I consider the Dreamcast the best system of all time.
4649  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The f-word on: December 11, 2006, 06:42:07 AM
I don't swear as often as I used to in my teens, nowadays it's like I bottle it in and then it all burts out at some point. Usually playing video games.
4650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: apocalypto, mel gibson's latest on: December 11, 2006, 06:38:29 AM
I saw the movie and enjoyed it. I wouldn't consider it a spectacular movie, but very interesting and riveting. There wasn't a moment where my attention wandered, and that's saying a lot. It wasn't exactly the bloodiest movie Mel has made, but it definately had it's moments.
4651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii: What VC games have you downloaded? on: December 11, 2006, 01:28:12 AM
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donkey kong country on the other hand has really done well,

DKC is one of the best games of all-time in my opinion, it screams quality. I almost want a Wii just for this game, hehe.
4652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 11, 2006, 01:15:21 AM
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Wow, so defensive. It's like the Xbox 360 is your peoples child or something....

You seem to treat it like an ex-girlfriend that's cheated on you... Tongue
4653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect X06 demo footage on: December 09, 2006, 06:48:43 PM
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Mass effect and Bioshock are my 2 most anticipated games for 07 definate day 1 purchases.

Same here!
4654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 08, 2006, 01:24:49 AM
I think the PS2 sales are due to the fact that a lot of people have decided that they don't plan on owning a PS3 any time soon slywink

Some software sales info -

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On the software front, Gears of War took top honors, selling one million units and grossing sales of $61.5 million (including the collector's edition) for Microsoft. Following closely behind with 896K units was Square Enix's Final Fantasy XII, which raked in $49 million. In third place was Nintendo's Zelda: Twilight Princess with 412K units and $20.2 million. RedOctane/Activision also did quite well with Guitar Hero II which took fourth place, selling 356K units for a total of $28 million. Completing the top ten were WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2007 (THQ), Call of Duty 3 on 360 (Activision), Madden NFL 2007 on PS2 (EA), Need for Speed: Carbon on PS2 (EA), Nintendogs: Dalmation & Friends on DS (NOA) and Pokemon Ranger on DS (NOA).

Interesting, now MS has two franchises that outsell the mighty Final Fantasy.
4655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 08, 2006, 01:05:48 AM
Yeah I'm surprised with those GBA sales more than anything, when I was working for EB/GS we hardly sold any of the GBA's we had. Stocking stuffers perhaps?

As far as the 360 sales, with 500k (just in the U.S, right?) this month does that put it at 8.5-9M range world wide?


4656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot 360/PS3 Graphics comparison on: December 07, 2006, 06:44:21 PM
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Honestly though, I'm not sure what settings they are using, but my NSF doesn't look washed out like that.  Strange...

Yeah I was gonna say, I've seen almost every PS3 game and none of them looked washed out.
4657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot 360/PS3 Graphics comparison on: December 07, 2006, 04:52:42 AM
Eh, this just compares image quality. It doesn't take into account the frame rate hiccups on the PS3 version's of some of these games.

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Based on those shots, the Xbox360 is graphically superior.  Seems to me, the Xbox360 has a far better lighting engine than the PS3 just by looking at those shots. Also the fuzzy and washed out look on the PS3 is pretty alarming.

Really? I was thinking the opposite, the PS3 images seemed brighter in most cases.
4658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's up with the goofballs rapping on XBL? on: December 06, 2006, 08:00:57 PM
Jblank, this is just the nature of the general public. I learned this years back in Counter-Strike and it's contributed to my new way of life. Don't interact with others in public environments that have no moderation, humans are really not as advanced of a species as some of us perceive. The few of us that shine tend to hold the rest of the human race above the level of simple primate. Stick to playing with the people you know, or in private groups. It's the same reason I don't play basketball in public courts, it's just not with the aggravation.
4659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mamma, dey payin' me to play tha Wii! on: December 06, 2006, 02:32:14 AM
So my friend calls me and tells me this focus test group is paying him $100 to play the Wii for two hours, and they need a few more people. I call the number he gives me, they ask me if I own a Wii (I don't, but I say I do), they ask me if I would be interested in an Indiana Jones game for the Wii (I'm hardly interested in ANY games for the Wii aside from the VC stuff, but I say I would be), and they set me up with a time. Has anyone done this focus testing stuff before? All I know is they better be prepared to pay me when I'm finished, I ain't accepting no check in the mail bullsheeit.
4660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSX games up at NA PS3 store on: December 05, 2006, 02:40:22 AM
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I'm going to go ahead and go on record and predict that any really high profile third party titles like FF7 will be more than $5.99 (love to be wrong though).

My thoughts exactly. I was about to ask when games actually worth playing again were going to come out. Although, considering many high profile games have become greatest hits, the prices may remain low.
4661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Talk about a bad thanksgiving... on: December 04, 2006, 07:38:34 PM
Hah, read the first reply: "I think the only reasonable thing to do is to attempt to get in her pants.".

I don't see why it's such an awkward situation discovering your half-sister was a porn star, not that big of a deal to me.
4662  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ugh, stomach flu. on: December 04, 2006, 07:31:34 PM
I'm feeling MUCH better today, not sure if I'm quite 100% though. The question for me today is: To go to the gym, or not to go? I guess i'll have to feel it out.
4663  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Coolest Wallpaper Evar! on: December 04, 2006, 09:21:04 AM
http://www.gamewallpapers.com/wallpapers.php?titel=Blood+Magic

Never heard of the game but this is the coolest wallpaper ever!
4664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: December 04, 2006, 07:50:08 AM
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As for your reasons to bash the PS3 or me.....I understand that most people like to bash things they can't have. They bash them to feel better about the things they do have (ie. the 360 or Wii). It's kind of interesting to see all the hate directed at the PS3. It comes from fear of it. They are afraid that if the PS3 takes off, the 360 will be left in the dust. The 360 will be just fine, no matter what the PS3 does. Why don't you all focus on how great the games are for the 360 and not try to tear down the PS3 and games that you don't have.

People also like to defend their purchases blindly to justify the price of admission they decided to pay. I'm not saying your doing that though. If you like the PS3 in it's current state, I'm happy for you. And while it's true that all of this discussion is about 99% opinionated, I have a hard time believing anyone who decided they wanted to own a PS3 at launch had any motiviation beyond wanting to have the latest and greatest toy before everyone else. Not that there's anything wrong with that, the way I see it. Also, I don't even own any consoles right now. I used to own a 360 but I had to get rid of it. My whole reason for even entering any of these discussions is to keep the truth from getting twisted; The PS3 is not any sort of leap ahead of the 360 technology-wise, at least judging from the current games already released and in development. Sure, the longer the PS3 is out the more developers will be able to tap into it's power, but the same can be said for the 360 and even the Wii.
4665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ouch? on: December 04, 2006, 07:23:33 AM
Geeze, God forbid these guys ever punch anyone.
4666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ugh, stomach flu. on: December 04, 2006, 07:15:02 AM
So last night I go to sleep feeling fine at about 2AM, at 4AM my stomach feels like it's being shredded up inside. My bowels send me to the bathroom and I find myself with the worst diarrhea I've had in a long time. I go back to bed feeling a bit better, only to get the stomach ache again an hour later, and another trip to the bathroom. Go back to bed and my stomach isn't feeling any better, my bowels are screaming at me again within half an hour, this time on top of diarrhea, I vomit hardcore and it hurts like all hell. I haven't vomited sober in over 5 years, I forgot how much it hurts. Usually the only time I vomit is when I'm intoxicated, and that goes pretty smoothly.

So, it's basically a shit, wash, and repeat situation well into the afternoon. On more vomit session, not as bad as the first, and still getting up to use the bathroom every hour. My stomach ache would NOT go away, it was a constant feeling of being close to vomiting that was driving me crazy. Plus, I was incredibly dehydrated and couldn't keep any liquids down. Finally at about 2PM my stomach was allowing liquids to stay down, and at about 4PM my stomach was feeling much more stable. However, my head would start spinning if I stood up so getting out of bed wasn't an option. My long hours in bed started to make my body sore, particularly my lower back. Around 9PM I go to the living room, if anything just to be in a different position for a bit. I can keep food down now, been eating crackers and grapes, and obviously well enough to sit in an upright position in my computer chair. What a fucking day! I have to give major props to my girlfriend though, she had today off and came to my house at about noon, she stayed in bed with me until almost 7PM, getting me water and keeping me company.
4667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance vs Gears of War - FIGHT! on: December 04, 2006, 06:53:43 AM
That Resistance pic looks no better than Half-Life 2 to me.
4668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: December 03, 2006, 10:51:03 AM
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On the other hand guys, all I've seen are you guys taking every opportunity to bash on Hetz and the PS3, often without good reason.  Then turn around and be just as fervent about something else.

I see plenty of reason. I've never bashed anyone who has an opposing opinion from mine, especially concerning the PS3 and it's software. I've simply voiced that I don't view Motorstorm as being a killer-app (i.e a game that makes more people want to own a PS3) regardless of how great it turns out, and while the game looks good, it's nowhere near as impressive as the original E3 footage. Again, I hope it turns out to be a good game, but that's about all it has the potential to be.
4669  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casino Royale Impressions on: December 02, 2006, 09:55:31 PM
I began watching the Bond movies at Goldeneye, so for me this is definately the best Bond movie since then. The new guy they got to play Bond makes the rest of them look like pansies.
4670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'll admit it... DOAX2 on: December 01, 2006, 10:11:52 PM
Ah well, trade it in while trade-in value is high, probably $32 right now + 10% added if you have the GS/EB membership card.
4671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the Cell is going on? on: December 01, 2006, 08:06:54 PM
The Dreamcast was an amazing piece of hardware, it took a long time for anything on the PS2 to look better than Shenmue. Imagine if the DC had a full life cycle!  crybaby
4672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Analyst says: EA brand name 'tarnished' on: December 01, 2006, 08:01:38 PM
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Total score: 14 Madden's for a Nintendo console vs. 4 Mario Kart's.

I think Madden Vs. Mario Party would be a better arguement. 6 Madden games on GC (began with 2002), 4 Mario Party games on GC (Mario Party 4-7). 4 Madden games on N64 (Madden 64, 99-01), 3 Mario Party games on N64 (Mario Party 1-3).

10 Madden games for a Nintendo console to 7 Mario Party games. Nintendo = whore too?
4673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: December 01, 2006, 07:53:00 PM
http://www.gametrailers.com/player.php?id=15401&type=wmv

Now shadap, the game looks nothing spectacular.
4674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespots New PS3 Page on: December 01, 2006, 05:05:07 AM
The actual Xbox 360 page doesn't even have that...
4675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the Cell is going on? on: December 01, 2006, 04:46:55 AM
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Its just that Sony was saying thigns like this will own the soul of the 360 withing days of launch! Huzzah Huzzah! and so forth..

Exactly. I wish some people hating on the article would actually read it. Check out the article, read some of the claims Sony was making about the PS3 compared to the 360.

"Microsoft is trailing behind us, but they are not a threat. They are good at improving [on products], but we will be advancing to the next level with revolutionary technology...Microsoft shoots for the moon. Sony shoots for the sun."

"With the PS3, our intentions have been to create a machine with supercomputer calculation capabilities for home entertainment...You can experience the 4D world."

"We want for consumers to think to themselves 'I will work more hours to buy one'. We want people to feel that they want it, irrespective of anything else...The PS3 will instill discipline in our children and adults alike. Everyone will know discipline."

The 360 made them eat their words. I want to make it clear that I fully expect, and hope infact, that the PS3 produces better looking games than the 360 at some point. It came out a year later, and it costs 50% more, when I end up buying this sucker I want my money's worth just like anyone. I'm not biased, I like competition.
4676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the Cell is going on? on: December 01, 2006, 12:42:11 AM
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Sony does need to show why people should buy their more expensive machine, but the proof (or lack thereof) will come in their first-party and PS3-exclusive games.  If those don't look any better than what the 360 can put out, then they've got a problem.

Wouldn't that be Resistance and Gears of War? I think what the article is simply pointing out is that the PS3 isn't a leap beyond the 360 as Sony was making it out to be, and considering you have to pay much more for a PS3 over a 360, the graphical difference does not warrant the price difference to people who solely care about gaming. Fall 2007 will definately be an exciting battle, I fully intend to have a 1080p HDTV (my current supports up to 1080i), and of course a PS3 and Xbox 360, waiting to contend for my gaming hours. I'm excited!  icon_biggrin

Oh, and I guess I can pull out the Wii when we have kids or old people or otherwise those who rarely play games hanging out at the house  icon_biggrin  icon_biggrin
4677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the Cell is going on? on: November 30, 2006, 09:48:13 PM
Interesting article from 1Up that I enjoyed:

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What the Cell is Going On?

Blu-ray. The Cell Processor. The RSX graphics chip. The PS3 was supposed to be the most insanely advanced gaming machine ever created. It was supposed to be able to deliver visuals well beyond anything capable on console or PC. According to Sony, the next generation wasn't supposed to begin until PS3 arrived.


So why is it, then, that all these PS3 games look just the same as they do on the Xbox 360?

When the PS2 first launched, Sony demanded that all games on the system be enhanced visually over their rival platform counterparts. The PS2 represented the next generation of gaming, and software was required to support this notion. With the PS3, Sony seemingly has no such requirements, offering us only that it "expects and encourages publishers working on PS3 titles to take full advantage of the technology and features that PS3 provides." Well, encouraging may not be enough. And promises for better looking games in the future don't really cut it. The PS3 is here now, it costs an extra $200 (at minimum), and the visual difference is questionable.

Don't believe us? We put the PS3 lineup to the test. We captured images and video of several games and their Xbox 360 counterparts - using the same exact capture device, with same type of connection cables, running at the same exact resolutions. Now you tell us, are we just missing something or was the next generation here all along?
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You can find the rest of the article here: http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3155393
4678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 HD-DVD playback over VGA just got a WHOLE lot better on: November 30, 2006, 08:52:15 PM
So between VGA, Component, and HDMI, which gives the best display?
4679  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Britney has finally done it.......**NSFW LINK** on: November 28, 2006, 11:05:45 PM
Oh and by the way, I can't believe I used to want to hit that  saywhat
4680  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Britney has finally done it.......**NSFW LINK** on: November 28, 2006, 11:00:08 PM
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If anyone cares to store those photos on their computer and e-mail them to me in case the website dies before I can get home, PM me for my e-mail address.

That is just plain wierd.
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