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4641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Lost Planet impressions on: January 13, 2007, 04:29:26 AM
Personally, the idea of Microsoft buying Capcom doesn't sit well with me. I guess the whole Rare deal left a bad taste in my mouth. I say that unless the company is hurting financially, let them be. Spend the money on exclusivity contracts on specific properties instead. 
4642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 13, 2007, 04:19:22 AM
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Most of that 100 million PS2 userbase isn't on gaming messageboards or websites finding out that most games aren't exclusive anymore.  They just assume that the same franchises and genres that hey enjoy on PS2 will make their way to PS3 as well and maybe it will take a price drop or three to get them to pull the trigger on a PS3 but what's important is keeping them happy in the meantime.

I agree with this to a certain extent, but you have to figure that at some point word will be out that GTA4 will be on the 360 at the same time (for example), and the rest of the gamers who aren't on forums and websites are going to be hearing about or seeing their friends playing games that used to be PS2 exclusive being played on the 360 as well. Then when they are ready to purchase a new system and see that the game looks nearly identical on the 360 as the PS3 version, and the $360 is $200 cheaper... well you get the idea. This is all speculation though, it will be interesting to see which direction people decide go.
4643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 13, 2007, 01:12:34 AM
As far as Dead Rising, I thought Capcom announced it selling 1 million? Despite it's sales curves, the game has been considered a success.

Anywho, my argument is that consumers were and are ready for the next generation of consoles. Everyone who loved their GC has the intention of moving to the Wii as soon as A) they can afford it and/or B) Wii's become readily available. Everyone who loved the Xbox has the intention of moving to the 360 when they can afford it. The PS2 group is the one that doesn't seem ready to let go, and you can't blame them. The PS2 Slim is an awesome redesign that fixes most of the original system's hardware kinks, the library is vast and varied and full of good titles and STILL has developer support (so basically, the PS2 library is still alive and growing), and the PS3 is outrageously priced. If anything, you could say it's Sony holding us back.
4644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ever broken something because of a game? on: January 13, 2007, 12:53:09 AM
Counter-Strike used to throw me into rages all the the time back in the day. I've punched holes in the wall closest to me, I also used to punch the crap out of my 19' CRT (which works perfectly going 6 years strong smile). I don't dare damage my controllers or TV though, usually when I'm pissed enough I put the controller down and either bash the left palm of my hand with my right fist or punch the shit out of my bed's mattress. The idiotic feeling I get afterwards calms me down though.
4645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New FF13 info on: January 12, 2007, 08:44:34 PM
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Don't forget Squall as well

Haha, someone working for Square must also be a part-time Weather Man  :biggrin:
4646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Guitar Hero : 80's Edition on: January 12, 2007, 08:35:11 PM
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They will also cost extra $$$ at the typical inflated prices for things on XBL.

It couldn't cost any more than the PS2 game itself.

All the assumptions about the 360 version getting the 80's song list download is based off of current trends in the micro-transaction business model, such as the extra content the PS3 version of Oblivion is getting which can be downloaded on XBL. The only thing to gain from releasing the 80's song list on XBL is easy profit, which I think the company will recognize.
4647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vista bad for gaming on: January 12, 2007, 08:33:29 PM
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I linked to that full interview earlier.  He didn't blast Vista.  In fact, he had many good things to say about it.

Exactly, I don't understand why people are saying he's against Vista. He's simply saying you don't need to run out and upgrade right when Vista is released.

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'll be playing Crysis on my DX10 machine while he is trying to think of how to make more deep shades of black and brown textures for Doom 4...

+ hells fucking yeah. 
4648  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Carmack isn't AGAINST Vista, as the front page puts it on: January 12, 2007, 08:24:01 PM
I wasn't happy to see the title of the news article on the front page, titled "Carmack is Against Vista". The news article is supposedly based on this quote in an interview Game Informer had with Carmack:

"There's no massive pull for me for DX10," Carmack told Game Informer. "[Enemy Territories:] Quake Wars is definitely not DX10." Carmack added that he felt a move to Vista is unnecessary at this time. "There were some clear wins going from Windows 95 to Windows XP for games, but there really aren't any for Vista... I suspect I could run XP for a great many more years without having a problem with it."

He obviously isn't against Vista, he's just pointing out that gamers won't NEED to upgrade to Vista for DX10 just yet. It doesn't mean it's bad for gaming, or that people won't benefit from Vista's non-gaming functionalities. I think the front page title should be changed because it is misleading.
4649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 12, 2007, 07:36:23 PM
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Uh, Madden PS2 was the top selling game of the year, not GoW.  And you can't point to just GoW- it's attach rate on the 360 almost doubles it's closest competitor.  360 games do get excellent attach rates but you can't point to GoW as something devs/pubs can expect.  And 5 of the Top 10 of the year were PS2 with 3 going to 360.  I think you are cherry picking your numbers a bit there.

I tend to etch out sports games when I look at sales charts, personally. I believe Gears of War is definitely something devs/pubs can expect in terms of potential sales. GoW, among other games such as Dead Rising and Ghost Recon, prove the 360 can provide the platform for a game to be just successful as any game on the PS2. I don't mean to single out the 360 as the only viable next-gen platform. I'm sure once a high-profile game reaches the PS3, like FF12 or MGS4, we will see similar numbers proving that people are ready to move on. If Sony had decided to release the PS3 sans the blue-ray player at a decent price, as well as match the type of numbers Nintendo did for Wii shipments, I don't think those PS2 sales would be nearly as high. I see a steady decline in PS2 sales from this point on. 
4650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FPS on the DS. Whooda thunk? on: January 12, 2007, 07:23:15 PM
MPH was fun for like 4-5 hours, then my brain got tired of the repetitious environments (come on, almost every planet looks the same) and fugly graphics, and my left hand got cramped and tired of supporting the weight of the DS Lite on it's own while the right hand aimed and pointed.
4651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 12, 2007, 07:18:13 PM
It's true that hardware sales for the PS2 continue to be strong, but software sales are showing a decline. That means it's mainly Sony who will be profiting from the high sales numbers of the PS2, developers on the other hand will want to move into the next-gen court to spur excitement for their new products. Proof of this is the fact that Gears of War outsold every PS2 game in 2006, with the 360's install base being 10m compared to the PS2's what, 100m? I think this is the perfect time to move into the next generation of consoles, especially with the while "2007 is the sweet spot for HDTV" argument. 
4652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New FF13 info on: January 12, 2007, 07:11:17 PM
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BTW, her name's not really "Lightning" is it?

I'm sure Square figures that if we can stomach a main character named Cloud for 40+ hours, we can deal with a character named Lightning.
4653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Guitar Hero : 80's Edition on: January 12, 2007, 07:07:47 PM
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The real person they are giving the finger to is MS. Having this come out at the same as the 360 version of GH2 is like a stab in the back.

Not really, the 360 version allows you to download additional songs so there's no reason why the the song list from the PS2's 80's version wouldn't be available to download on the 360, similar to PS3's Oblivion content.
4654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official NPD December Sales Figures on: January 12, 2007, 06:29:59 AM
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Microsoft needs to learn that Japan is not the US or Europe. Japanese gamers don't give a sh!t about xbox Live. 34 of the top 100 selling games in Japan for 2006 were RPGs. (actionRPGs, RPGs or SRPGs) Until they truly start catering to the desires of Japanese gamers, MS will only be a Regional powerhouse.

I agree. Microsoft is definately making strides in the right direction with games like Blue Dragon and such, but they need to also concentrate on having a consistent stream of low-profile games as well.
4655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Calling it Quits on a Game: What's Your Threshold? on: January 11, 2007, 08:41:56 PM
Usually I just end up losing interest in the game. I was really into Enchanted Arms the first 8 hours, but then it began to drag like a mofo, and I decided I didn't care to finish it.
4656  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 11, 2007, 04:54:12 AM
Actually, before I uninstall IE7... After I uninstall IE7 what will I have?
4657  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 11, 2007, 04:52:37 AM
Using Firefox didn't work, although it did give me more of a hint as to why my program won't work than IE7 did. Apparently I need a plug-in, but Firefox (or perhaps it's Windows...) doesn't seem to recognize it. I'm going to try uninstalling IE7 now...

By the way, Firefox is kinda coo =) How come I can't get the button on my mouse that normally makes the browser go back a page to work?
4658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS MMOG: Maple Story on: January 11, 2007, 04:50:23 AM
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I was surprised at how girlie the commercial made it seem, too.

I'm surprised that you all are surprised that the game looks girly. I mean, it is a game about shopping  puke
4659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 10, 2007, 10:52:39 PM
See, you don't need a Wii to bring new people into gaming!
4660  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 10, 2007, 05:37:52 PM
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Damnit, when I try to install it I get a message telling me I already have a newer version of IE installed. So basically, my school gave me software that you can't use no matter what if you've got the newest version of IE. What a crock.
4661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CES News (Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, DVD, TV) on: January 10, 2007, 08:24:07 AM
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Here is a complete list of what has been announced so far at CES for Blu-Ray, lots of heavy hitters including all the X-Mens and both Spidermans:

Hetz, are they not announcing HD DVD lists as well or are you choosing not to post them? Just asking because I'd like to see both.
4662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Live Arcade Game This Week Is..... on: January 10, 2007, 08:10:01 AM
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...exactly.  The wife will demand we purchase it.  And it will be one of the top-selling XBLA titles.

Perhaps, but according to Hets, Dungeon Explorer is the noteworthy one here. You may want to recommend that one to your wife slywink
4663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Never played the Gamecube...which games to get for the Wii? on: January 10, 2007, 07:57:30 AM
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Wow.  We must not have played the same game.  Everyone is entitled to his opinion.  But I couldn't disagree more.  It doesn't even have AI drivers in multiplayer !!!  (Or if it does, please tell me how to add them).  This is 2007 for heaven's sake.

Didn't you notice? Nintendo thinks it's 2001 still (the GC launch year)  icon_lol
4664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How much would you pay for a Wii? on: January 10, 2007, 07:50:18 AM
The MSRP itself is a rip-off, I could never justify $250 for last-gen hardware (though I'll probably end up paying anyways). Seriously, give me GameCube price + price for the Wii remote and I'll call it fair.
4665  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 10, 2007, 01:02:16 AM
How does Firefox work? Is it essentially IE but with it's own interface style?
4666  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 09, 2007, 03:11:20 AM
I can't find IE6 anywhere... any help?
4667  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 09, 2007, 03:07:16 AM
Basically, software that I need to use for my online class isn't compatible with newer versions of IE so I need to be using IE6 in order for it to work. Do I have to downgrade or can I use my current version of IE for my normal browsing and IE6 just for that particular program?
4668  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Burning Crusade is Gold on: January 08, 2007, 01:01:43 AM
It doesn't look like I'll have much time at all to play BC the first few weeks it's released, or even further down the line. *Sigh*  icon_cry
4669  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: World of Warcraft: TCG on: January 08, 2007, 12:59:03 AM
Why are you guys buying multiple starter decks? The first starter get is just to get you rolling, from there you should be buying the boosters or even a box of boosters. I've been playing this game for a few months now, my friend and I usually go in half and half on a box of boosters (which goes for $100) and we've bought about three boxes so far. Both of us have 3-4 decks built which isn't hard because the allies and resources are interchangeable between heroes, as well as the neutral abilities.

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Just wish I could find one of those in game cards...hence the real reason I've bought so many boosters.

Good luck man, in 3 boxes of boosters, two starter kits, and dozens of boosters, I still haven't seen a single one.

I think it's an awesome game though, the satisfaction of beating an opponent is hard to compare with.
4670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prey... on: January 08, 2007, 12:54:16 AM
Prey is definately worth $20, I played through it on the 360 back when it was released and loved it. It has some tough moments, but altogether I enjoyed the storyline, level design, and weapons quite a bit.
4671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Never played the Gamecube...which games to get for the Wii? on: January 08, 2007, 12:50:18 AM
Well, if your into Zelda, Wind Waker is an awesome game. There's also Resident Evil 4 which is the best RE since Code Veronica on the Dreamcast. Mario Kart: Double Dash is a good multiplayer game. Paper Mario is cool if your looking for an RPG fix. I'm sure the hardcore GC fans will be able to compile a larger list.
4672  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 720p vs 1080i... for gaming. on: January 07, 2007, 09:27:09 PM
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I think 720p gives a better framerate than 1080i.   From what I understand there's not much difference until you get to 1080p.

It really depends on the game itself from what I've experienced. For example, playing Tomb Raider on the 360 in 1080i was somewhat choppy, but in 720p it was OK. However, with Oblivion, the framerate was just as smooth in 1080i.
4673  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This online winter course sucks so far on: January 07, 2007, 01:31:17 AM
So I decided to attempt an online math course during my winter break. There's no book, only online software. The software they gave me doesn't work correctly so I'm a day behind on my lessons, I'm supposed to complete two lessons a day which each take about 2-3 hours so I'm spending like 5+ hours a day doing the homework, I have to fax my damn homework to the teacher, I cant take any of the quizzes because the software isn't working correctly. Jesus, this sucks.  mad
4674  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Afro Samurai premieres tonight! on: January 05, 2007, 05:31:12 PM
When did Sam Jackson become a nerd anyhow? Playing a part in Star Wars,  hosting the videogame awards show, starring in Snakes on a Plane which was only popular on the internet, and doing voice-overs for an anime? He has to play WoW, and I want in his guild  ninja Can you imagine him in vent/teamspeak during a raid? "We wiped!? Motha fucka!"
4675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown to include access to Halo 3 multiplayer beta on: January 05, 2007, 05:27:28 PM
This is similar to when Konami was bundling the demo of Metal Gear Solid 2 with Zone of Enders on the PS2. I was working as a sales associate for EB at the time, you wouldn't believe how many people were buying ZoE just for the MGS2 demo. It's almost like the demo was the primary purchase, and the actual game was the nice extra.
4676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interesting read on 360 vs PS3 on: January 05, 2007, 05:25:44 PM
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so interesting to hear the 360 can keep up and in someplaces overtake the ps3

Read developer diaries and interviews, a lot of them even say the 360 is stronger than the PS3. 
4677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 version 2 on: January 05, 2007, 05:20:31 PM
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120 GB hard drive!  Take that Hetz!  I wonder how much that's going to go for separately.

Fixed that for you.

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4678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Someone help me get a Wii? on: January 05, 2007, 12:38:28 AM
Why couldn't you get a Wii before your wife wanted one?  saywhat
4679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Research & Markets: PS3 Expected To Win Console War on: January 04, 2007, 05:11:56 PM
There's no way the PS3 could even come near the numbers that the PS2 did, Sony simply doesn't have the ammo that it had last generation. Those hardcore JRPG's are coming to the Wii and 360 as well, and Western RPG's such as Mass Effect and Fable 2 are highly anticipated, so Sony doesn't have a lock on the RPG market like it used to. As far as the racing genre, Gran Turismo isn't the clear king of racing any longer with the likes of Forza and Project Gotham growing in popularity as well. And then there's the Grand Theft Auto series... that was a huge loss for Sony, equivalent to losing a Final Fantasy game if not bigger. Of course, Sony will still have AAA titles definately worth owning the system for, but they don't have a monopoly (well, monopoly might be stretching it) on third-party exclusives like they had last generation. While we continue watching developers join the multi-platform bandwagon, it's going to be interested to see what companies will be snached up by who. MS already realizes this, and that's why they've been slowly acquiring developers to horde in their stables.
4680  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crazy glamour photo airbrushing on: January 04, 2007, 06:14:03 AM
I dunno, some of the pics seem fake to me or at least low-quality airbrush jobs. The airbrushing seems WAY overdone, you would be able to tell by looking right away. I mean seriously, some of those girls look like cartoon characters in the after pics. Maxim and Stuff don't do it like that...

Heh, I like how in pic 12 the girl's ass gets lifted and skin smoothed out but the guy remains exactly the same.

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Word. How many girls (and women) look at those pictures and think that's what they're supposed to look like. How many eating disorders, self esteem problems, etc etc have been fueled by shit like this.

True, but how many have been encouraged to diet better and exercise more?
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