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4761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 21, 2006, 06:48:17 AM
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And? No offense intended (and I mean that) but greater capacity, really doesn't mean a lot, especially in the face of what Halo 3 and GoW can do, on that 9.4gb DVD. Like some of the others, I am not convinced the capacity thing is going to be that big of a deal.

And why couldn't developers just put games on multiple discs like they did with the PSX?
4762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 21, 2006, 06:45:32 AM
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Remeber, the DS was just a "fad" with a "gimmicky" second screen and it is kicking ass around the world.  Graphics clearly dont mean everything as DS sales are far greater than PSP sales

DS games actually look good though... Wii games all look bad compared to the 360/PS3.
4763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 21, 2006, 06:42:40 AM
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Does someone have to go to the gaming store every month or read gaming magazines to be a gamer? I go into the gaming store maybe once a year and I haven't looked at a gaming magazine in probably 6 years. So am I a non-gamer then? I buy maybe 5-10 games a year. I play games online (mostly just PC games) and I do the LAN party thing a couple times a year. Am I a casual gamer then?


Uh... yes. That's why we use the term "gamer" as opposed to someone who enjoys playing video games from time to time. Is someone who reads 5-10 books a year considered a book-worm?

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My parents, in their late fifties, are also going to buy a Wii. They have never owned a console. My dad is an avid golfer and loves to bowl. So, eh. Ok, more rarities abound.

So your dad buys a Wii and the handful of golfing and bowling games that come out, now he's a gamer too? Does he plan to start gaming? Does he plan to start hitting up GameStop and pre-ordering games like Mario Galaxy and whatnot, coming online and discussing the latest gaming topics and such? I don't know your dad personally, but I highly doubt it, and that's why I'm sick of people saying the Wii is bringing people into "gaming". The Wii is simply an attractive product to pick up and start messing around with.


4764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 20, 2006, 10:52:37 PM
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In fact Wii Sports has brought my wife into gaming, who refused to play games at all until we got the Wii.

I'm getting tired of the whole "Wii sports has brought X non-gamer into gaming" deal. It's probably going to be a rare case where someone who was introduced to gaming with Wii Sports or any Wii game for that matter will turn into someone who makes multiple runs to the gaming store every month and reads gaming magazines. I practically gave my girlfriend my DS because she liked picking up and playing New Super Mario Bros. once in a while, then she asked for Brain Age when she saw a commercial for it, she did the training for a few weeks and now she just does the sudoku puzzles occasionally. She's not going to start paying attention to the gaming scene now, she's not going to start buying games on her own, so I don't consider her being "into" gaming now. The whole theory of Wii bringing non-gamers into gaming is overstating the situation quite a bit to me, the Wii just makes gaming appear more fun because people are standing up and flailing their arms around as opposed to being molded to a seat.
4765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 20, 2006, 10:50:37 PM
I agree with the arguement that the 360 sold itself short if anything by delaying a lot of big titles into 2007. However, I tend to think of those delays as a smarter move to counter whatever the PS3 has to offer in 2007. As far as MGS4 goes, I don't think the series is as strong as it was earlier in the PS2's life. Did MGS2 and MGS3 even break 1 million copies sold in the U.S? And as we've seen, Gears of War outsold Final Fantasy 12, so I don't think Halo 3 will have any problem outselling FF13. My only point in this thread is that I feel the heavy guns for MS are being saved for 2007 when they will actually be needed.
4766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Halo 3 vid on the Marketplace on: December 20, 2006, 10:38:07 PM
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Both Halo games are rated M, so kids shouldn't be playing them.

Exactly what I was about to say, the games are M rated anyhow so I don't see the problem with the cussing.
4767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 20, 2006, 10:35:52 PM
Time is referring to the PS3 launch as a failure for 2006. And only time will tell if the PS3 will be a true failure of a product or not. Don't forget about the N64 now.
4768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reflections: Was this a good year for you? on: December 19, 2006, 08:36:18 PM
I would say my year has had it's share of ups and downs, but I suppose the majority of it has been good (it's just easier to dwell on the bad). I dunno though, looking at the year it seems like the good and bad are always trying to outweigh eachother.

In the beginning of the year I started dating this girl in what would be my worst relationship yet (it lasted about two months). On the flip side, not long after that relationship I met my current girlfriend who I've been with for nearly 10 months now and can easily say is my best relationship yet.

As far as jobs, I ended up leaving my management position with GameStop when my dad asked me to get into the insurance business and eventually take over his agency. That didn't quite work out, but the good thing is I got a part-time gig with FedEx which pays MORE than my manager position paid, better benefits, and will pay for my tuition. Also, since it's part-time, I can concentrate on school again.

Health-wise, I was definately in better shape earlier in the year. I sort of relaxed on the gym and healthy eating midway into the year so I gained wait and loss definition, however I'm back in the gym daily again and am getting back into the shape I was earlier.

So, all in all I guess the good outweights the bad... I guess *shrug*
4769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 19, 2006, 08:20:33 PM
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The PS3 itself as a piece of hardware certainly can't be called a failure.

Maybe, maybe not. It's still too early to tell. The thing can't even scale resolutions correctly.
4770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your 'Retirability' Score? on: December 19, 2006, 04:25:30 AM
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If I had to guess, I would be at about a 0.  I don't own a house, I owe about 70k in student loans, I have no retirement/401k, I have basically no investments at all (I think we have like 3k in some sort of TIAA/CREF fund).  I am hoping to get in with FedEx soon and start contributing to retirement, but currently as a contractor I have no option to do so.

Hey, I just started working at FedEx =) 70k worth of student loans and your looking for employment at FedEx though?
4771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Star Wars: Battlefront 3 on: December 18, 2006, 05:27:46 AM
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even though i have a Wii...whats the story with the online...will there be any online play at all?...i can only connect to the shopping channel and that at the moment..i didnt think online play was actually gonna be a factor with this console,mainly because of ninty's original vision on staying faithful with single player games

Yep, the online mode was actually one of the coolest features of the Wii version of BF3. On top of the "up to 32 players" mode that will most likely be standard on all the platforms, the Wii is supposed to have an exlusive melee arena battle mode. Not too many details on this mode, but considering it's Wii excluse I think we can assume it's going to be an all-out lightsaber/blaster/force power battle to the death which sounds insanely cool to me. On top of that, there are supposed to be a load of Wii exclusive mini games.

If Lucas Arts can get the controls down on top of a good single player campaign and multiplayer mode, and push those Wii graphics to the RE4 level, I think we might have us one of the coolest games in a long time and I would definately buy it over a 360/PS3 version. I love my graphics, but the gameplay potential sounds way too cool.
4772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Motorstorm Impressions on: December 18, 2006, 05:19:46 AM
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So the PS3 sucks crowd are reduced to being nit-picky about mud now?

Heh, well that's what the game has basically been touted for. Is there a track design editor? I'm already interested in this game, a track editor would seal the deal for me.
4773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Motorstorm Impressions on: December 16, 2006, 06:56:16 PM
Hetz just wants to be the first to own anything new, even if it is missing half of it's content  :slywink: Hope it turns out good though!
4774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Retail demand for PS3 dropping below supply level? on: December 16, 2006, 06:53:30 PM
I hardly believe that the Wii is flying off shelves because it's such a spectacular system, I think it's flying off shelves simply because it's the new Nintendo thingy to own. If the PS3 was similarly priced and available, I think more than 50% (if not more) of those Wii sales would be going in the opposite direction.

Seriously though, the Wii has no legs. If Wii products look bad compared to current 360/PS3 products right out of the gate, how will they look in two years? The Wii is a rip-off as a gaming machine as much as the PS3 is, simply because of it's potentially short life-span. The way I look at it, the Wii came out this generation front-loaded. The PS3 is the opposite and is going to take a bit of time to really shine and establish itself.
4775  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.
4776  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.
4777  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!
4778  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.
4779  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.
4780  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.
4781  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
4782  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.
4783  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.
4784  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.
4785  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.
4786  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
4787  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!
4788  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.
4789  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?


4790  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.
4791  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.
4792  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.
4793  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.
4794  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.
4795  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.
4796  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.
4797  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!
4798  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.
4799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ouch? on: December 04, 2006, 07:23:33 AM
Geeze, God forbid these guys ever punch anyone.
4800  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.
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