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7281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 Dashboard Update on: October 31, 2006, 03:31:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 31, 2006, 03:29:30 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 31, 2006, 01:14:12 PM

Now, I just need to figure out how to enable the streaming WMV, though I am not sure why


Ha!  No, what I meant was that I already have my Windows Media PC connected to the 360 so I can stream much more than WMV files from my PC to the 360.
7282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 Dashboard Update on: October 31, 2006, 01:14:12 PM
Downloaded it just now and I like the little changes I've found.  I immediately enabled the auto download for Arcade.  The changes to the interface in Arcade and a few other places are nice as well.  Now, I just need to figure out how to enable the streaming WMV, though I am not sure why I want to bother since I have Windows Media Center.  It's more of a "because I can" thing.

Edit - Was easy to get the WMV files working.  Just configured the Media Connect on my PC to include the My Videos folder, plopped one in, and away it went.
7283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero help! on: October 30, 2006, 03:30:10 PM
I strum every note, even on Expert, but I am a double pickin' fool.
7284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/30) on: October 30, 2006, 03:18:46 PM
This week is stupid with how many releases there are.  The only thing I will actually be buying is FFXII.  However, I want to buy:

Death Jr. 2: Root of Evil
Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony
Killzone: Liberation
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Lumines II


Children of Mana
Pokemon Ranger
7285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 30/Oct/06 on: October 30, 2006, 01:19:58 PM
Mostly Okami and a little bit of Contact.  I feel the ending is getting near for Okami, which is good, not because I don't love it to death, but because I really need to get it finished for FFXII.  In Contact, I am at a spot where I basically have to grind for money and I am not that happy about it.
7286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Toys R Us Preorders Tomorrow for PS3/Wii on: October 29, 2006, 07:52:33 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 29, 2006, 05:50:11 PM

My wife went by this morning and the manager said that if you wanted one then you would have had to have been in line by noon yesterday. 
Thanks for reminding me that I forgot to mention that when I asked when the first person in line got there, I was told 5AM Saturday.
7287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Toys R Us Preorders Tomorrow for PS3/Wii on: October 29, 2006, 05:17:42 PM
The family just happened to be by TRU today and we went inside right after it opened.  I asked the people there how many Wiis and PS3s they had gotten and they said 4 PS3s and 12 Wiis and they sold out right away.
7288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it worth getting a PS2 now? on: October 28, 2006, 06:31:34 PM
With the crazy amount of games available for that system, you can't go wrong in buying one.  You should take into consideration, though, whether you will be getting a PS3 soon.  If so, skip the PS2.  If not, go for it.  The only thing that you might hesitate on is a possible price drop on it when the PS3 comes out.  Who knows if that would happen, though.
7289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phoenix Wright 2 on: October 28, 2006, 06:26:50 PM
I keep considering importing it, but there are just too many games out and coming to really justify it.  I will probably wait until it comes out in the U.S. to get it.
7290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Prediction: Wii Sells Even Less than the Gamecube on: October 28, 2006, 02:30:41 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 28, 2006, 01:40:29 PM

This is also why it'll sell so well. It's not gonna be people's primary system. Instead, people who either have a 360 or a PS3 will also get the Wii as their secondary console for the gameplay. This is their selling point.

I want to inject my opinion in here on this statement.  I think it will be a secondary system for many a gamer.  However, I think it will be the primary system for parents who by their younger children a console or people who've never gamed before.
7291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII reviews on: October 28, 2006, 01:25:56 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on October 28, 2006, 12:46:32 PM

I sold my PS2, and I don't feel like buying a PS3 right now, but what choice do I have?

It will be your punishment for selling it in the first place.  Silly rabbit!  I am very hyped for the game and can't wait for it to come out this week.  I have my Collector's Edition all paid up at Gamestop, so I am all set.
7292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 27/Oct/06 on: October 27, 2006, 06:20:11 PM
I  need to get Okami wrapped up before FFXII comes out this week.
7293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: G.o.W. on: October 27, 2006, 12:07:36 PM
Hopefully the games comes somewhere near the hype.  I have listened to lots of interviews on various podcasts with ClifyB and Mark Rein and they certainly talk a good game and make the game sound like it will be good.
7294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 26, 2006, 09:34:06 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 26, 2006, 09:03:06 PM

Quote from: depward on October 26, 2006, 07:05:57 PM

I'm a bit surprised about how you have to almost go out of your way to get some outfits...

no 'almost' about it (especially the thief outfit)...

Not sure about the thief outfit, but the Flyboy and Knuckle Mole could certainly have been missed (in fact I was missing the Flyboy one for quite a while until not knowing what to do I decided to backtrack and got it by accident).  I guess the surprise is that those costumes, in particular, are mandatory to find.
7295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo is making money. Lots and lots of money on: October 26, 2006, 09:31:16 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on October 26, 2006, 09:22:17 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 26, 2006, 08:59:28 PM

Why does every thread about any other console, always contain bashing of Sony? 
Well, in this case it's because the PSP attempted to challenge Nintendo's stranglehold on the handheld market and, apparently, failed.

Plus, everyone loves an underdog.  Especially one that makes money.
7296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Impressions on: October 25, 2006, 04:25:31 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on October 25, 2006, 04:15:45 PM

Good review... I have one question though... is the co-op only over live?  Should modify the question to specify that I'm asking about the 360 version, I see the xbox version is listed as 1-4 players, but the 360 review says 1 player.

From the 360 review:

These friends can use the Join in Progress system to join your game at any point by simply jumping in via Live or plugging in a controller.

Edit - Oh, I guess Knightshade added that after you read it and before I did.  icon_biggrin
7297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Portrait of Ruin soon! on: October 25, 2006, 01:32:05 PM
By the way, I saw a larger picture of the stylus and it is for the DS Lite.  Definitely IN!
7298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Impressions on: October 25, 2006, 01:31:25 PM
I am debating on which version to get (either Wii or 360), but I won't be getting it until at least the Wii launch or after. That will give me time to figure out if it is worth it or not.
7299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 25, 2006, 02:02:19 AM
6th time was apparently the charm, but man that was annoying.
7300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 24, 2006, 11:17:13 PM
Grrr.okay, the game is starting to piss me off.  I have tried to make it about 5 times through Ft. Eagle and I keep dying.  I finally got to what I assume is the end boss this time, but I died.  At least in the ruins there was a way to open up a shortcut, but I haven't seen such a thing in Ft. Eagle, so once again, I have to make it all the way through.  I brought 10 potions with me and it wasn't enough.  I may give up on this one if it continues to be like this.
7301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Portrait of Ruin soon! on: October 24, 2006, 09:21:26 PM
I wonder if the stylus is for the DS Phat or the DS Lite.  Hopefully the latter.
7302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 24, 2006, 03:39:20 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 24, 2006, 03:17:08 PM

I spent some time walking around as the water nun and using the tech, then I got my second tech, but it was an increase in intelligence, not the health one mentioned.  Must be something about play-style.  Cool, but I want that health power.

You know, I think I remember getting that Intelligence power as well.  Maybe the heal one is a third power?
7303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 24, 2006, 02:25:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 24, 2006, 02:02:29 PM

I've played both, and they're both excellent games, but Contact will definitely last longer and has more meat on its bones.

Contact, a game which people say takes 10 hours to beat will last longer than Clubhouse Games, a game which has 43 games that you can play over and over and has online multiplayer?  I mean, I like Contact and all, but as far as longevity goes, I think Clubhouse Games has Contact beat.
7304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 24, 2006, 12:10:30 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 24, 2006, 10:56:29 AM

I used aquashot a fair bit, but apparently havent leveled it high enough, because I haven't gotten that power yet.

Same here.  I always have the blue suit equipped, but I guess I haven't used the water power enough to get that ability.
7305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 23, 2006, 11:11:53 PM
My only real complaint right now is that I die a great deal.  Now, when you die, you keep everything you earned, but I am faced with a decision to go back to my last save (which I guess I have to turn off the game to do because there isn't any Load screen that I can find other than when you first boot up the game) or run all the way back to try to get where I was, but still fight all the same enemies and everything since they respawn if you leave the room.  Since a lot of the combat is just dice rolls I find that I never want to load up my last save since I am pretty sure I wouldn't make it through.

For instance, at Ft. Eagle, I have died numerous places in the complex but before the next save.  So, I could just start back in the cabin, I guess, by turning off the game, but I am not very likely to make it through.  So, I start back at the boat, work through the forest, get into the base and I make it to the next save spot, but I die further in.  Now, I could start at the last save point, but I probably won't make it again, either.  So, I start back at the boat, work through the forest, work through all the complex that I have done so far, etc., etc., on and on.  Just a wee bit annoying.

Is there some mechanic here that I am missing?  Am I making this harder on myself than it has to be?
7306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Give me a reason to keep playing Sly 3 on: October 23, 2006, 07:14:07 PM
I've never played any of the Sly games (my son is currently playing through the first one), but I have always heard it is a series that gets worse as it goes on, which would be the opposite of what I hear about Ratchet and Clank.  So, if you base it on that, and given that you weren't too ecstatic about Sly 2, you should probably stop.
7307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning - any old school Spyro fans curious? on: October 23, 2006, 06:52:28 PM
Color me impressed that there are Spyro fans at all, much less "old school" ones.  icon_lol
7308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Clubhouse Games Impressions? on: October 23, 2006, 05:36:35 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 23, 2006, 05:01:01 PM

My wife is helping me with Escape, but after about an hour of playing, no luck. How on Earth do you beat that? If you can't move and turn the big pieces, its impossible.

I couldn't begin to tell you how I did it.  However, because I love you, I searched on Gamefaqs and found a solution in the following post:
7309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 23/Oct/06 on: October 23, 2006, 02:51:57 PM
I beat the first Stamp Mode in Clubhouse Games, played lots of Okami, and some Contact.
7310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/23) on: October 23, 2006, 02:50:37 PM
I am interested in Magical Starsign and Tony Hawk for the DS this week, but I don't think I will have the funds.
7311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Resistance is now 720p only on: October 22, 2006, 09:09:05 PM
The thing with 1080p is that there are tradeoffs you have to make to get that resolution.  Devs basically balance assets, framerate, and resolution when making games.  So, if you code the game in 1080p, the framerate is going to suffer.  Now, if you code your graphics engine in such a way that the framerate is acceptable at that resolution, then all is well.  For Resistance, they decided to go with assets and framerate over resolution.  The 1Up Yours podcast has one of the resistance Devs (the producer?  I can't remember) on this week and they dedicate a whole segment to interviewing him.  He basically mentioned everything I've said so far and I think if you are interested in graphics and next-gen, it might be worth a listen.

The only PS3 launch title I am remotely interested in is Resistance and I love the Ratchet and Clank games, so I am giving these devs the benefit of the doubt on this game.  He certainly made the game sound fun.  Still, I probably won't be getting a PS3 until sometime next year due to there only being one game I am interested in and it not being worth $600+.
7312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 22, 2006, 07:14:50 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 22, 2006, 04:17:21 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
First off, make sure your tech bar is full before you go in. I beat him wearing the aqua shot outfit. Next, you want to get your health up. I did this with three mystery bbq (just cook up mystery meat) which should get your health up into the 250 range. Equip your best blunt weapon--for me this was a club, but if you haven't found that you could buy a bat. Once the fight begins, save your aqua shot until the end. Beat on the two fists without using your techs. Don't forget you can switch back and forth with (L) if you like. If you're able to avoid a few of those fists, you should be ok.

The last part of the fight (once both fists are gone) is the worst, because of unavoidable attacks that heal the beastie to boot. Unload your aqua shot 5 times for nice damage then hang on until the end. Note that for some reason you'll have to hit B to have terry start fighting again for this last phase.

Right after I posted, I beat the boss using exactly what you had outlined minus the cooking, because I didn't visit that island before coming to the ruins.  Thanks for posting it, though, because it might help others.  I even wore the same outfit that you specified and did the techs the same way.  I guess maybe this is the best way to beat it?  Anyway, I am on the cooking island now, so I can do that part before going onto the next island, since I guess cooking might be important.
7313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 22, 2006, 04:02:17 PM
Okay, I've given it some time and have some initial impressions.  I am finding the game somewhat difficult as I've died quite a few times.  It took me a number of times to beat the Lester dude in the ruins and finally could only do it by having a bunch of herbs.  Then, when I got to the first boss, I didn't have enough herbs to make it through it.  Between the boss' siphon thing and that earth shake thing is guaranteed damage.  I managed to dodge the siphon thing a couple of times, but I am not sure how I was doing it.

So far the game certainly is cute, but I am fairly wary of guys that I die a lot during the beginning (I'm looking at you Ninja Gaiden).  The complaints I have seen about the combat system in reviews don't bother me at all.  I think there is a great deal to the game that I haven't picked up on yet, like which types of weapons do better damage to what types of enemies and such.  Overall, I am enjoying it and I just paused after dying to that boss to write this up and then go back after the boss, so it must have its hooks in me on some level.
7314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 22, 2006, 02:15:07 AM
I picked it up today, but haven't gotten much of a chance to play other than answering the initial questions.  I will post more when I have played more.
7315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: There is no way the Wii can live up to the hype. on: October 21, 2006, 04:35:52 PM

Quote from: stuntgibbon on October 21, 2006, 03:52:49 PM

Interesting thread.  But I can't imagine being disappointed in it, since I've been playing the Wii on and off since May and still can't wait to pick up my own system.  I'm thinking my hype level is about even with the "real" system. 

Nice to hear a dev has positive things to say about the system.
7316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ultimate mortal kombat 3 on xbox arcade on: October 21, 2006, 01:35:23 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 21, 2006, 01:13:21 PM

I don't know what the deal is but I don't see the Tony Hawk demo yet or UMK3.  icon_frown  On the Live Arcade page UMK3 is in the little ad box up top, but when I click on it it doesn't have options for demo or download.  This is not the sort of reliability you'd expect with a service that is a year old...

Same thing is happening for me as well.
7317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: There is no way the Wii can live up to the hype. on: October 21, 2006, 04:04:42 AM

Quote from: KePoW on October 21, 2006, 03:04:57 AM

even if the GTAs and FPSes you're playing are still 'fun'?  if so (and I'm assuming you find them fun, otherwise why would you even be playing them), then what's the difference?

fun is fun, you either like a game or you don't.  if you get to a point where you only find xbox and playstations games fun, then what are you gonna do... try to change back?  even though those games aren't fun anymore?  I don't get it

It's a different kind of fun and hard to quantify.  I have two kinds of fun.  I guess I'm an odd bird. smile
7318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: UMK3 up on Live Arcade on: October 21, 2006, 01:50:12 AM
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3?  Man, I wish there was a way to mail Arcade games.
7319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: There is no way the Wii can live up to the hype. on: October 21, 2006, 01:49:08 AM

Quote from: KePoW on October 21, 2006, 01:26:48 AM

Quote from: warning on October 21, 2006, 12:09:38 AM

Nothing... as long as there's nothing wrong with not outgrowing Nintendo kiddie type franchises.

I can agree with that, but Grue is making it sound like he dreads the day that he finds himself not liking Nintendo stuff

I just find that kinda strange, if you naturally outgrow Nintendo stuff, then so what?

Cause I do dread the day.  Nintendo, to me, equals good clean fun.  Sure, I love my zombie bashing and headshooting people, but my favorite games are the kind that are just plain fun.  Nintendo, for me makes those games.  It reminds me of playing at the arcade in the 80s when I dropped countless quarters into Space Invaders, Asteroids, Frogger, etc.  Video games had a simple innocence back then and Nintendo continues that trend today.  Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Donkey, Kong...the list goes on and all those games have continued to be fun throughout their countless iterations.  Nintendo manages to innovate while still recycling, but they also come up with cool new stuff like Animal Crossing and Pikmin.  So, if I ever get to the point where all I want to play is the next GTA or FPS, I will consider my youthful exhuberance for video games dead and its something I hope never happens.
7320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: There is no way the Wii can live up to the hype. on: October 20, 2006, 07:40:08 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 20, 2006, 07:27:37 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 20, 2006, 07:13:14 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 20, 2006, 05:51:59 PM

When I was 12, yeah, it was awesome, but at 32 (next week) its well......boring, to play it on a console. The fun just isn't there for me.

I'm sorry you are a bitter old man.  icon_wink

 I'll be 34 in December and if I ever feel I've outgrown Nintendo, I want all of you guys on this forum to promise me you'll come to my house and kill me.

 saywhat Who is bitter about anything? In your universe does someone saying they don't have fun playing a certain type of game anymore make them bitter? Thats pretty fucked up logic, excuse my French. Am I bitter because I don't play with Transformers or GI Joe anymore? After all, I don't play with them anymore either, and I did when I was a kid.

Tell ya what, I will make you a deal, you lay off insulting me over what I play, and I won't criticize the things you play. You know, kind of a thing where we recognize there are different strokes for different folks. Sound like a plan?

And once again you over-react to a joke.  I see it in threads you post in all the time.  I actually tried to anticipate it and I figured the wink smiley was blatant enough for you, but I suppose not.  Now, here's a rolling eyes one:  Roll Eyes
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