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2481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 18, 2005, 06:50:24 AM
While I, like the rest of you, are disappointed in the decision of MS in regards to offering two sku's, I think we are over reacting in regards to the lack of a standard hard drive.  Memory technology has actually advanced to the point where a hard drive is no longer so overwhelmingly superior to other forms of memory storage.  For example, Sony apparently considered offering a flash memory solution for the slim version of the PS2 to allow it to run FFXI.  And let's not forget that the hard drive on the XBox had it's disadvantages.  If your drive crashed or for that matter if anything happened to your XBox you were SOL.  There was no way of legitimately recovering the data.  If you were one of the unlucky (more than a) few, memory stick storage solutions probably looked a lot better.

Also, with the focus MS has on XBox live I find it hard to believe that the hard drive less version of the 360 will be in any serious way "gimped".  That would make no sense.  I suspect that the memory card solution will solve a lot of the issues.   If I'm not mistaken most of your account and other info on Live is stored on the servers anyway, not on your hard drive.
2482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 05:50:08 PM
Quote from: "gellar"
I'm really hoping my discount works on this now smile.


Employees don't get the system at a discount, only games and accessories.
2483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 05:01:57 PM
I'll throw in my agreement that this is a really poor decision by MS.  If nothing else, two versions of the system creates headaches for retailers.  How will those retailers that have taken reservations now separate the two versions?  What happens when one version of the box is available but the other is sold out?

I'm most disappointed because I think MS mislead people at E3.  They pretty much guaranteed the hard drive and wireless controller as standard and now it isn't.  Add this to not knowing the price until 3 months before launch and still not knowing a specific launch date, and I don't think whoever is running this show knows what the hell they are doing.  

The sad thing is that I'm convinced that a $299 system with hard drive and wireless controller would have given MS a really good shot at unseating Sony - now you have to think Sony will prevail again.
2484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zelda delayed :( on: August 17, 2005, 04:07:26 AM
Nintendo just killed themselves for this generation with this announcement.  They really have nothing else this holiday that is buzz worthy and I know lots of people who were only holding on to their GC's for this game.  Now they don't know if they'll bother.

Nintendo can pretend all they want, but this game will sell less next year than it would have this Christmas.
2485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Publishers should stop being the boss on: August 15, 2005, 06:04:09 AM
I'm sure any developer would love to see your system in place, but there are a couple of issues.  First, giant retailers prefer a system where they only have to deal with a limited number of suppliers - this makes the concept of the publisher's as "middle men" between retail and developer work.  Unfortunately, it also leads to power on the part of the publisher over the retailer.  Second, many publishers have internal development teams that actually make up a big chunk of the games being made.  Third, not many start-ups in any business can come up with the large $ needed to produce a game that has any chance of succeeding.  They need publishers (or someone else) to "seed" the project.  Again, that gives outsiders control over the project.  Guess what - that happens in other forms of business all the time as well.

Your idea is already in place in some cases, such as with Valve, but then we see the down side that can come from that (annoyance with Steam, etc.).  It reminds me of all the people that whine about Microsofts dominance of the PC OS market - yes, there are negatives, but let's not forget about the days when you went to the game store and dealt with multiple formats for games and hoped  yours was supported.
2486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 on: August 14, 2005, 06:06:22 PM
You never did mention what your internet connection speed is.  There are quite a few updates that have been released in the last year for HL2 that would take some time to download and update if you had a slower connection.

If you have a faster connection, then there's really no reason why it should have taken so long.
2487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 on: August 13, 2005, 07:50:41 AM
It is worth it, but one thing that Valve blew in regards to Steam was tech support for those having problems.  I know it's expensive, but it is a part of selling directly to consumers that they seem to have decided to be cheap with.
2488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hold the Phones guys, Xbox 360 Hard Drive not included? on: August 13, 2005, 07:47:55 AM
MS needs to cut the BS and just make the announcement about what, when, and how much.  All this speculation just makes people on the fence unsure of whether they want the system, and that makes them susceptible to being swayed by another system.  I honestly don't understand what MS thinks they are gaining by waiting until 3 months (or less) before launch to announce the details.  We need to know price, when it's out, what all the features will be, and what games will be backwards compatible.  

I'm in retail and can confirm that while pre-orders have been good, there are also lots of people who are undecided because of questions.  MS needs to realize that shelling out $500 for a new system (including games, extra accessories, etc.) requires some pre-planning for most people.
2489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 07, 2005, 11:38:47 PM
Quote from: "Charlatan"
I predict a couple of things from the save system:

- every review that mentions the save system will knock it.
- one of the first patches will change it to add multiple save slots and allow you to save/restore anywhere.

I've just seen this type of debacle too many times in the past to think anything else will happen.

I agree and wonder why developers even mess around with the save system when they know change is such a controversial idea among PC gamers.  It makes you think these guys never pay much attention to what gamers talk about when a game comes out.
2490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R. SP Demo out on: August 07, 2005, 11:35:32 PM
Quote from: "Turtle"
 Make sure you take his High Velocity Penetrator gun.  The thing fires metal stakes that are pretty accurate and do alot of damage, not to mention it'll pin corpses to the wall for a grisly scene.

It's pretty sweet, that's for sure.  Right after I got it I went down the stairs and shot the first guy I saw through the glass and it pinned him to the wall by the head.

Still, I don't think it's that great unless you get a head shot.   I tried it with some other baddies and it seemed to take several body shots with the thing to take them down.  Obviously head shots are superior, but if you look a the size of the "nail", even a body shot would take almost anyone down.

I'm excited about the game.  I talked to a former co-worker who worked for awhile at Monolith as part of the Matrix Online live team, and he had a chance to play through most of an early build of the game.  He said it was definately a day one purchase, though he griped about it being mainly indoor environments, a la Doom 3.
2491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Expansion: Short, cheap, and Steam only on: August 01, 2005, 06:06:31 AM
Straight from the latest Game Informer magazine, hidden in an article about the XBox version of HL2:

"We know, you want a full-blown 12-hour expansion to let you explore Half-Life 2's world some more.  Valve, however, has different ideas. Utilizing the power of Steam (the designer's online distribution, certification, and matchmaking service), the company plans to release periodic movie-priced store extensions. Aftermath will only take three or four hours to complete, but on the other hand will be priced in the eight dollar range. Initially it will only be available for download via Steam, but plans are in the works to include it in some form of retail compilation package with Half-Life 2 and other Valve titles."

I don't have a problem with this in general but I'm sure Steam-haters won't be pleased and it does seem to leave the narrow-band and retail-only customer in the lurch.  My other concern is that, IMHO, periodic small expansions only work if the period between is kept small.  By the time Aftermath hits it will be about a year since HL2 and we are also still waiting for the "Lost Coast" HDR level.  Valve's history as far as timely releases is not good.
2492  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / One Day Down, One To Go on: July 27, 2005, 03:09:43 AM
How long after you finish do you have to wait to find out if you passed?  And do you expect to get hired or start your career prior to that date?  Just wondering because I know that for both pharmacy and accounting there is a 2-3 month wait for results and unless your college transcript is very good you won't get hired until after you can show you passed the certification exam.
2493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Damn You Rockstar Games.... on: July 23, 2005, 05:08:12 AM
I work in a game store and I have to say that while I'm all for free speech, there is a serious issue here with GTA:SA having this stuff in it.  The fact is that what the "hot chocolate" mini-game contains is "AO" worthy per the definition of that rating.  While it is also a fact that Rockstar did not ship the game with the content easily available, it is now easily available.  You would not believe the number of calls we are getting from clearly underaged kids looking for the cheat devices (like Action Replay) that enable access to the content.  In that sense Rockstar deserves severe criticism for leaving that stuff in there, especially when they should have easily known the PC crowd would go digging in that version once it was released.

Regardless of what parents should or should not be doing, the whole point of the rating system is to accurately reflect what the game is so those who choose to use it can make informed decisions.  Whether we all agree on it or not, many parents make a distinction between gory violence and sexual innuendo verus interactive sexual content. By leaving the sex mini-game in GTA:SA, and by making it so easy to access (10 lines of hex editing via an easily obtainable cheat device for PS2 or XBox), Rockstar has seriously compromised the viability of the voluntary rating system by making it look like a joke; making if much more likely we will now see government imposed regulations.  This behavior by Rockstar is totally irresponsible in our current political environment.
2494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendogs is the real deal on: July 23, 2005, 04:53:59 AM
Nintendo has started putting out short playable demo's in those stores that have interactive DS systems for Nintendogs.  I wasn't expecting much, but after trying it I have to say this game could be huge.  Not only will it appeal to a mass audience, it seems to have enough depth to satisfy any hard-core gamer that is prone to addictive gameplay.  Check it out if you haven't already.  It's easily the first game that's had me thinking about getting a DS.
2495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: July 21, 2005, 05:38:20 AM
I noticed this went gold yesterday and got temporarily excited about the prospect of an RPG in a time of RPG desolation.  Then I loaded up DS1 and realized in about 10 minutes why I never finished that game.

So I'm wondering if anyone is going to get this thing?  It seems odd to me that it's taken this long to come out as well.
2496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Damn You Rockstar Games.... on: July 21, 2005, 05:31:25 AM
GameStop pulled it off the shelves today as well.

I actually think Rockstar benefits in the short term, if only because all the "offending" copies will be destroyed, including used ones and the big used companies (GameStop, EB, GameCrazy, GameRush, etc.) won't accept the "offensive" version in trade, meaning Rockstar just cleared the market and created demand that only their new version will fill for a time.

That being said, I'll admit I'm undecided on this whole thing.  On the one hand, the ESRB rating is based on content that Rockstar did not make them aware of; on the other hand that content is not that easy to get at; and on the third (?) hand Sony's in-house God of War is only marginally cleaner.
2497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC gamer thinking of buying a handheld on: July 07, 2005, 04:43:18 PM
I'd recommend trying some of these games before you make a decision.  While GBA RPG's and strategy games are cool, they are NOT the same as what you've been playing on your PC.  The Game Boy Advance is, in technical terms, a portable version of 10 year old console technology, and the games reflect that.  Since you say you have no recent console experience, you may find that you don't like the console style of these game types. The PSP is closer to current technology, but once again there is a difference in what "RPG" and "strategy game" mean on a console and what they mean on a PC.

Also, how are you going to use the system?  In other words, are there regular situations (long flights, commute, etc) where having a hand-held gaming device will be useful?  Lot's of people buy portable gaming devices and never hardly play them because most of their gaming time coincides with access to their PC or home console.  The portable's generally don't compete well against their more powerful relatives.  

See if you can borrow a Gameboy or go to a store that let's you try a system out.   Most places that sell used will let you try the system beforehand.  Keep in mind that for most retailers (online or off) once you open that new box it's defective exchange only.

Good luck.
2498  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What's a good sound card these days? on: July 02, 2005, 07:09:10 PM
I agree with Stiffler.  Unless you are using more than 2 speakers and a woofer you don't need anything more than onboard sound these days.  

If you have the room and inclination for 5.1 or higher speaker set-up, then the Audigy series is probably your best bet.
2499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I just won 100 Grand!!! on: June 26, 2005, 11:27:15 PM
The problem is that the DJ/Radio Station waited until the next day to reveal that is was a joke prize.  That's where they will get into trouble legally, if at all.  If I tell you I'm gonna kill you there's a huge difference between me revealing I'm joking right away and waiting to let you know I'm not serious.  Legally, that's considered a death threat.  While it's not a truly comparable analogy, it does illustrate how a joke can become a quite serious issue depending on how it's handled.   Besides, a radio station giving away $100,000 is not such a remarkable idea as to be dismissed as a joke out of hand.
2500  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's the point of ordering 1 day shipping from on: June 23, 2005, 05:20:38 AM
Sorry. :oops:

My bad.  Too much Battlefield, I guess.
2501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's the point of ordering 1 day shipping from on: June 23, 2005, 03:53:41 AM
NewEgg's great but you ordered a brand new game at the last minute from a site that isn't really a software site.  They are very good about taking stuff they have in stock and getting it out the door immediately.  They probably didn't get Battlefield 2 in until sometime yesterday at the earliest.

Why did you order off NewEgg if you could just buy it locally?
2502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone get BF2 yet? on: June 23, 2005, 03:48:24 AM
I like it, but the interface sucks.  Every time I start it up it tells me I need to download the latest Nvidia patch from the option on the splash screen.  The problem?  I haven't seen the splash screen since the first time I launched it.  It goes straight to the main interface and forces me to sign in my profile.

Still, it's tons of fun.
2503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your Nintendo Revolution Controller rumor for the day.... on: June 23, 2005, 03:44:07 AM
Not that it's proof, but very similar Revolution controllers were shown in one of the many pre-E3 "unveilings" that floated around on the internet.  What's interesting is that the console box shown in conjunction with these controllers then was very similar to what Nintendo actually revealed at E3.

The big problem here, as pointed out to me by someone else, is that your arms would get awfully tired really fast as each would be independently moving and supporting each controller, especially if some sort of gyro technology is also part of this scheme.  Think about how often your current controller rests on your lap or whatever while you are playing now.
2504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civ 4 discussion on: June 02, 2005, 06:54:59 PM
I remeber there was a nice thread on Civ 4 in the E3 forum, but since that is gone . . . .

Anyway, did anyone read the new PC Gamer yet?  They did a cover story on Civ 4 for the new issue.  Some new details were revealed.  A couple of things caught my eye.

1) All the talk about new 3D graphics engine, being able to zoom in and out, etc., is great.  Yet, they are still using square's as the basic geographical shape, leading to long straight lines and unnatural looking coastlines.

2) Despite all the talk about reducing complexity for the player, they decided to add to the terrain improvement options.  Instead of just clearing land or irrigating we now have the option of converting to corn fields or adding windmills?  That seems way to micro-managment to me.  

3) The addition of RTS interface ideas like drag and click to select groups of units or double clicking to select all units of a certain type.  I fail to comprehend how this would work in a turn-based game or why you would want it.
2505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - no DVI support? on: June 02, 2005, 06:36:38 PM
The retail training site MS has for XBox now has XBox360 training quizzes and two of them are devoted to X360 accessories.  They only list HD, S-Vid, Standard RCA, and VGA hookup cables at this time.  However the number of accessory items they say will be available at launch is larger than the number of items they currently provide training for so it's possible DVI or other connection options are coming.
2506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo - doing quite nicely thank you... on: May 29, 2005, 06:59:42 PM
Quote from: "Temjin"
Those are the figures as of the end of 2004.  Nintendo really isn't doing as poorly as people seem to think.

Well, I would argue that they are doing more poorly than the overall numbers would suggest.  The gap in North America and Europe (the two largest markets) between XBox and Gamecube is significant enough; it's only XBox's near total failure in Japan that narrows the overall gap.

Nintendo's approach may very well result in long-term profitability but they face two issues - cultural irrelevance as the game market expands into game types they seem unwilling/uninterested in supporting and relative decline as their market share decreases irregardless of their actual sales growth and profitability.  I call it the Apple effect - Apple is still around and profitable, but it's such a small part of the game market that they hardly matter anymore.
2507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo - doing quite nicely thank you... on: May 27, 2005, 06:57:08 AM
Profitability is one way of looking at success and market share is another.  Nintendo is clearly more profitable than MS's games division but they have a smaller market share, at least in terms of home consoles.  Great to hear that the big N profited almost a billion dollars last year, but wait, MS has something like 50 billion just sitting around in cash on hand.  Plus, N's success is due to it's domination of the handheld market, a domination that appears to be waning.

Nintendo's in trouble because as the market for games grows, it's share is not growing as fast as MS and Sony's share, making them a strong third place now but probably a weaker and weaker third going forward.  

Also, don't forget that MS has a history of losing tons of money while it learns a market and then dominating their competitors in the second, third or even fourth generation of their products.  We're just now seeing the end of the first generation for MS.
2508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Season 1 Finale - Nice on: May 26, 2005, 05:13:06 AM
Quote from: "gellar"
Didn't like it.  No payoff whatsoever.

Definitely not worth two hours.


I agree.  I understand they have to keep the suspense up, but this show is all tease at this point.  After the entire first season all we really know is some of the backstory for about 7 or 8 characters and very little else.  Some of the creator's comments back when about never knowing when a major character might die (only one so far) and the suggestion that major answers were coming at mid-season and then in this season finale all seems to have been a lot of hot air.  I feel deceived.

What do we really know right now?  They're on an island.  There's a weird creature.  Walt may have special abilities.  There are other people with their own agenda.  Great.  :x
2509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A watershed moment for PC Gamers on: May 23, 2005, 06:32:28 AM
Quote from: "jpinard"
Check out my new thread  :lol:  :wink:

The watershed moment is that Epic has said "On a current generation PC -  U2K7 will have better detail than the version released on the X-Box 360".

WHUMP!  OH my, what's that? Wha? The system spces actually were misleading?  hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

First of all, your linked thread speaks for itself, mainly in saying that it's not as pro-PC as you make it sound.  As for the better detail, well obviously.  After all, HDTV tops out at 1080 vs 1280 or 1600 or whatever your monitor supports.  

In the short term, the Xbox 360 will outperform any reasonably priced PC this fall and will probably have games that use it's power more completely whereas the PC probably won't.    By the time we get to PS3 in fall '06 that may very well have changed.
2510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FALLOUT 3 on: May 22, 2005, 05:53:57 AM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
Again, a perfect analogy: Let's say I like Camaros.  Then, you come along and make it four while drive.  And raise it 14 inches off the ground.  And extend the cabin to include three rows of seats.  And Increase it's curb weight to forty five hundred pounds.  Yay...your new SUV is exactly what the market wants, so those people who liked Camaros before will be happy with it, right?  WRONG!  Those camaro fans who had their vehicle turned into an SUV are not wrong for being upset: you are wrong for ruining an already viable product.  

That's a horrible analogy.  The correct analogy would be taking your Camaro and making it an automatic rather than a manual transmission.  That's more like the turn-based only argument.

Besides, if the next Fallout only appeals to the people who liked Fallout before (10 FRICKIN' YEARS AGO) then it won't be a success.  Even the guys who were making Fallout 3 at Interplay before it went under were going to abandon turn-based only.  Even the guys who created Fallout had dropped turn-based with their last project.  Turn based isn't the only way to do combat in an RPG and isn't the only way a good Fallout 3 can be made.
2511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A watershed moment for PC Gamers on: May 21, 2005, 03:59:04 AM
Quote from: "morlac"
When discussing next gen console power and price compared to a pc you have to include the cost of a HDTV.  You will never achieve or surpass the graphics quality of a pc on a regular tv.  Alot of the power of these next gen systems will be going to making them purdy in HD format.  So a $300-400 system and a $800+(estimate) t.v would in fact equal and maybe surpass my $800(a year and a half ago) pc.

You're acting as if nobody is buying HDTV's for other reasons.  Lot's of people are and there's a big push in that direction.  It's kind of like color vs black and white years ago.  After a while it becomes impossible to stick with the old technology.

Besides, HDTV prices are dropping fast - you can get a 27" for around $500 now.
2512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 question from a console newb. on: May 19, 2005, 07:38:54 AM
I don't understand why people are getting so worked up about PS3.  It's a YEAR away or more.  The features look nice, but the PSX looked nice at it's unveiling and it shipped with half of what was promised.  Wouldn't suprise me if that same thing happens with PS3.  

That said, if I were MS I'd announce the X360 at $300 this fall.   They need to be more aggressive now and everyone believes Sony really wants to go closer to $500 on the PS3.  MS should also pay off Rockstar to ensure they do simultaneous X360 and PS3 launches on the next GTA.  Even if these moves are money losers to MS, they would hurt Sony more.

If MS isn't aggressively going after Sony's market share then the whole early launch was a mistake.
2513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Perfect Dark Zero: First Impressions [IGN] on: May 19, 2005, 07:28:55 AM
It's really way to early to make judgements about PD0 or any other X360 game for that matter.  Hell, Halo looked like crap just a month before the XBox shipped and that turned out fine.
2514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / No surprise announcements this year? on: May 19, 2005, 07:25:58 AM
It's a pretty weak year, that's for sure.  Usually we see lot's of pre-E3 announcements as well, but not much there either this year.  I assumed the floodgates would open when the new consoles were officially unveiled, but even there it's all about sequels and games we already knew were coming.
2515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A watershed moment for PC Gamers on: May 19, 2005, 07:21:00 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
This discussion isn't about sales, though.  Console releases are generally going to wtfpwn PC releases, that's the nature of the beast.  PCs are a bitch to keep in working order and up to date.  Consoles are plug and play.  Which do you think appeals more to the unwashed masses?

Consoles have 'street cred.'  Halo.  GTA.  You can be a cool kid and still play those.  PCs don't.  Chances are if you're playing anything modern on your PC, you're already a computer geek.

Just because PCs are leaps and bounds beyond current consoles now doesn't mean that the PC gaming industry will rise correlatively.  It doesn't work like that.

If it's not about sales, then what is it about?  We're talking about PC Gaming here.  The hardware "cycle" hardly matters if at the end of a few of them no one is making PC games any more.  PC Gaming is already below 20% of the gaming market.  What happens when it's 10%?  We're rapidly approaching PC vs Mac territory here and we all know what a great game machine the Mac is.   :roll:
2516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A watershed moment for PC Gamers on: May 19, 2005, 06:43:08 AM
I'd argue that the "cycle" theory is already being disproven by recent events.  After all, according to that theory we should be in a PC gaming boom time because right now the PC is way ahead of current consoles.  You can try to spin things as you'd like, but that isn't happening.  And now we're about to see new consoles.
2517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FALLOUT 3 on: May 18, 2005, 06:27:38 AM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
3) Fo:T did have the same setting as FO.  ANd it sucked and did poorly, proving my point.

You'd get a pretty serious disagreement over that among most Fallout fans, who consider FOT to have deviated too much from the classic setting, among other failings.
2518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A watershed moment for PC Gamers on: May 18, 2005, 06:23:53 AM
Quote from: "jpinard"
It sure as hell isn't ahead of my computer...  And you have to remember those spec potentials are way overblown.  NEVER, have the console makers done an apples to apples comparison, and there's no way either console contains a better processor than my AMD FX-53 and 2 Gig of fast RAM.

Man, I hate it when people start these "consoles are better than all pc's".... "pc's are dead!" threads.  If I were to run [email protected] on my system and compare it to X-Box 360, my system would blow it away.  Like I said, console makers and marketing experts do the exact same thing as Worldcom and Enron... creative arithmetic.  In fact, one of my game-dev friends has already said the X-Box 360 does not have the cpu horsepower to run the kind of AI they can do on the pc.

I seriously doubt, as a game machine, that your system is better than the XBox 360 given it has 3 3.2 Ghz processors and a video card that is more powerful than anything on the market.  The RAM doesn't make up for the massive resources your OS is taking up in the background when you run a game.  Even at $500, the XBox 360 is still a far better value than what you have.

I'm no console apologist (or even fan) but you have your head in the sand if you think anything you can buy for a reasonable price today compares to the hardware capabilities of these new systems.
2519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A watershed moment for PC Gamers on: May 18, 2005, 03:10:31 AM
Quote from: "Crawley"
It'll play out like it has always. The consoles will be jaw droppingly beautiful at first. The PC's will once again catch up. Consoles will start looking old compared to the PC's. Then a new console will come out and we'll go through this all again.

No, it hasn't ever happened this way.  You may be right that the results will be the same, but there has never been a console that launched ahead of the PC tech curve.   Until now.  When the XBox 360 ships this fall it will be more powerful as a game machine than any PC any of us are likely to be able to afford.  In that way this is a different scenario.
2520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / the loss of the perfect controller? on: May 18, 2005, 12:36:35 AM
I fully expect that the controller shown with the PS3 will not be what ships with it next year.  The feedback has been almost universally bad.  Sony has plenty of time to reconsider and will.
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