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4801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Twighlight Princess or Wind Waker? on: December 30, 2006, 10:58:25 PM
As long as you've activated the teleports and have a lot of rupees and upgraded rupee bag, the Triforce hunt isn't that bad.

The teleports you refer to are the cyclones right?
4802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Decline of the PS3 Gray Market on: December 30, 2006, 09:37:21 AM
You mean like your girlfriend posts on OO?

Has nothing to do with getting any approval... besides getting between her legs. Sorry, my comment before may have seemd out of place. I've just been losing patience with friends of mine who turn into whooped dogs as soon as they get into a relationship. Where's the dignity?  puke
4803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Saddam to Be Excuted this Weekend on: December 30, 2006, 09:36:11 AM
Please link the YouTube video when it's available, I have popcorn and soda waiting (hey, he didn't trip about his death, why should I?).
4804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Twighlight Princess or Wind Waker? on: December 30, 2006, 05:58:11 AM
It's really disheartening to hear about the Tri-Force hunt at the end of WW, especially because I'm so in love with this game right now. I just reached the Temple of the Gods, and so far the sailing hasn't bothered me at all (I actually like it, gives me a sense that the world is big), and the gameplay, graphics, and world design (particularly the dungeons) has me wondering how the hell I missed this in the first place. Ah well, I have a strategy guide, I'll keep it handy when it gets to the Epic Fetching Quest part.

I'm sure TP is going to be great, I can't wait to play it. There's no way the visuals can top WW's though, there's way too much personality and creativity in WW's cel-shaded world.
4805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Planet Receives Lukewarm Reviews on: December 30, 2006, 05:47:29 AM
There have been multiple demos for this game, I think most people know what to expect from it anyhow. Still, it sucks to see anything less than stellar reviews coming from a game so highly anticipated. Capcom likes to screw things up occasionally.
4806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Decline of the PS3 Gray Market on: December 30, 2006, 05:36:13 AM
That's how I got approval from my girlfriend to put down the $100.

Approval from a girlfriend? Pathetic. Sorry, had to point that out, contuing on with the rest of the article...

The way I see it, it was the scalpers themselves who killed the "grey market" so quickly. When I was working at EB, it seemed like almost every person inquiring about a PS3 had intentions of selling it for a marked up price. Hell, that was the goal of half of our staff who had pre-ordered the system. What ended up happening is the actual market for an over-priced PS3 was much smaller than the supply, so some scalpers got lucky, the rest returned the system or kept it for themselves. I don't quite see how this year's sales of the PS3 are relevant in any way though seeing as how Sony can only sell as many as they can supply, and that isn't many.
4807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Twighlight Princess or Wind Waker? on: December 29, 2006, 06:33:36 AM
I just started up Wind Waker and have logged around 6-7 hours into it, I love it so far. I can't believe I didn't play it when it came out (guess I didn't own a Cube then). I'm wondering, however, what those of you who have played both think is better?
4808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tekken: Dark Resurection on PS Store on: December 29, 2006, 06:27:01 AM
Granted, this may be because it's a downloadable title for free, and maybe they're more just trying to whet players appetites for the real high-def Tekken title that we know is bound to be released for the PS3.

Nah, it's $15.
4809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / List of gaming companies? on: December 28, 2006, 06:17:07 AM
Anyone know where I can get a comprehensive list of U.S development/publishing companies in the gaming industry?
4810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3's at Best Buy this Sunday on: December 27, 2006, 07:41:27 PM
Wow, that sort of thing must be happening EVERYWHERE.

No one ever said that, but it reflects what others have been saying about PS3's sitting in the stock room.

I was wondering when you were going to show up in this thread, Ridah, and let us all know how the PS3 is failing miserably.

Oh come on guys, stop putting words in my mouth  crybaby

4811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3's at Best Buy this Sunday on: December 27, 2006, 07:35:47 PM
Yeah, I am pretty impressed with Sony and their ability to get these things into stores. Kudos to them on getting the shipments out to stores!

Oh come on Hetz, you know that is complete bullshit. I was in a GameStop the other day and a dude was returning a PS3 and asking if there were Wii's in stock (I swear I am not making this up). There were plenty of other people in line and I didn't see anyone jump at the chance to buy that PS3. The fanboys and scalpers did their part, now it's time to see how the rest of the market accepts the PS3.
4812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD - It's Out! on: December 27, 2006, 07:32:06 AM
Why is there a seemingly drastic difference in the replay screenshots and the behind-the-car point of view screenshot?
4813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And the best selling game of 2006 is... on: December 27, 2006, 12:28:35 AM
The thread should be renamed "best selling franchise". I'm sure if games like FF12 or Gears of War were released across 10 platforms they would do pretty damn well too.
4814  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thug life on: December 26, 2006, 11:52:52 PM
Heh, nice thread title.
4815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSX games up at NA PS3 store on: December 23, 2006, 11:19:54 PM
Where's da screenies?
4816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD - It's Out! on: December 23, 2006, 11:10:58 PM
Sony is SO generous to be giving out demos for free. I mean, who even does that these days *browses the XBL demo list*   :biggrin:
4817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of 360 - Prelim on: December 23, 2006, 01:03:50 AM
Dead Rising
Gears of War
Tomb Raider: Legends
4818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of DS - Prelim on: December 23, 2006, 12:51:58 AM
My vote goes to New Super Mario Bros. I still play that game.
4819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where are you spending the holidays? on: December 22, 2006, 09:34:05 PM
Technically I don't celebrate Christmas because I was raised in a Muslim family, but this is the first time my girlfriend wont be spending Christmas with her family (they moved to another state) so I'm trying my best to make it an awesome day for her. So, I'm spending my holidays at her place.
4820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 21, 2006, 06:48:17 AM
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?
4821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 21, 2006, 06:45:32 AM
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.
4822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 21, 2006, 06:42:40 AM
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?

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.

4823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 20, 2006, 10:52:37 PM
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.
4824  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.
4825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Halo 3 vid on the Marketplace on: December 20, 2006, 10:38:07 PM
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.
4826  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.
4827  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*
4828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 is one of Time's "failures of the year 2006" on: December 19, 2006, 08:20:33 PM
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.
4829  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your 'Retirability' Score? on: December 19, 2006, 04:25:30 AM
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?
4830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Star Wars: Battlefront 3 on: December 18, 2006, 05:27:46 AM
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.
4831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Motorstorm Impressions on: December 18, 2006, 05:19:46 AM
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.
4832  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!
4833  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.
4834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 buyers remorse? on: December 16, 2006, 06:37:58 PM
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.
4835  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
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.
4836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Star Wars: Battlefront 3 on: December 16, 2006, 08:40:08 AM
But the graphics will suck! It's just a GC with a different controller

It's an Xbox with a Wii controller!
4837  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.
4838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Retail demand for PS3 dropping below supply level? on: December 16, 2006, 05:09:54 AM
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.
4839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry Wii OUCH on: December 16, 2006, 05:07:00 AM
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.
4840  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
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