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7321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 3/Nov/06 on: November 03, 2006, 07:48:40 PM
FFXII, bitches.  I will also get some handheld action in, probably in the form of Contact, which I don't necessarily enjoy a great deal, but still somehow can't stop playing it when I turn my DS on.
7322  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Site RSS feed? on: November 02, 2006, 08:39:55 PM
And the nice thing about the feeds is you can still build ads into them.  There are a number of feeds I subscribe to that throw the ad right in the mix there.  So, you don't have to worry about generating revenue through the site via advertising.
7323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I caught one of my local Gamestops in a lie on: November 02, 2006, 08:36:02 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 02, 2006, 08:26:26 PM

And normally once you've become a 'regular' customer, the bullshit from the employees (like the original poster had) stops. The crew there sorta jokingly asks me if I want to preorder anything else for example whenever I make a transaction. They're required to do it, but they know that odds are I won't be doing so.

Sadly, even though I frequent this one Gamestop regularly and have demonstrated that I know more about gaming than they do, time and time again, they still pester me.
7324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 02, 2006, 06:41:42 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 02, 2006, 06:26:06 PM

I JUST PICKED UP GUITAR HERO 2 AT TARGET!!!

They have the game only version out for sale now!

GO! GO! GO!

Lots of people are finding it today there. They had just 2 copies left when I left. smile

My problem is that I want the one with the guitar, so I have an extra for me and my son to rock out with each other.  I guess I have to wait until next week.
7325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I caught one of my local Gamestops in a lie on: November 02, 2006, 05:51:12 PM
I only pre-order a game I know is going to be good (Guitar Hero 2, Final Fantasy XII, etc.)  Otherwise, I need to read reviews (not for the score, but the content of the review) to determine if a game I thought I might like is still worth getting.  From what I have seen, I do think Gamestops and EBs use pre-orders to gauge how many units they need to order on less popular titles.  For something like a Gears of War, they are going to have some extras.  But for a Contact on DS or something like they, they usually don't order more than they have pre-orders for and if they do, it is only like 1-2 units extra, from what I have seen.  Is it Misguided that works for Gamestop on these boards?  Maybe he can comment on whether my perception is reality.

At any rate, the only real reason I go to Gamestop still is because I don't feel like going to a larger store to get my game.  However, I am starting to realize that I think it actually takes more time for me to get a game in a Gamestop because there are only 2 people in there tops and if people have trade-ins, which they usually do, it backs things up.  So, I think the Best Buys and Targets might start getting my stuff unless I have some trade-in credit, because I really am tired of constantly being badgered about preorders.
7326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 02, 2006, 05:31:21 PM

Quote from: JodoKast on November 02, 2006, 05:20:52 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 02, 2006, 04:42:42 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 02, 2006, 04:04:04 PM

I'm sure they didn't- the original Japanese release wasn't widescreen- that feature was added to the US version.

Ah, that explains the bars on the side.  I guess the bar at the bottom is in case you have subtitles turned on.

I always turn on subtitles and they are in that black area below the cinematic.

And that wraps up all the mystery there.  icon_biggrin
7327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 02, 2006, 04:42:42 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 02, 2006, 04:04:04 PM

I'm sure they didn't- the original Japanese release wasn't widescreen- that feature was added to the US version.

Ah, that explains the bars on the side.  I guess the bar at the bottom is in case you have subtitles turned on.
7328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA now offering cheat codes as microtransactions on: November 02, 2006, 04:36:53 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on November 02, 2006, 04:31:16 PM

Are you sure? The article I read implied that there was no way to unlock the content other than buying it.

Here is an exmaple one:

Quote
Autosculpt Exotic Body Kit
Shape your exotic car to your unique specifications by unlocking this Exotic Car Autosculpting kit. This kit includes 13 Autosculpting kits and allows you to sculpt front and rear bumpers, skirt, chop top, and hood. Many of the items in this bundle can be achieved without purchase by progressing through Career, Challenge Series and Reward Card. Visual upgrades apply only to cars in My Cars and can be used in Career

They say that many of the items can be achieved without purchase through the game.  Now, it is interesting that it isn't all of it, which seems to imply that some of the content you cannot get through normal means, which means they are mixing the two and that isn't too cool.  One of the other pieces of content is to get the stuff that comes in the Collector's Edition.  You wouldn't get the videos or whatever, but you get the tracks and cars and everything and for a cheaper price than the Collector's Edition's extra cost (again, you don't get whatever videos they offer).
7329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA now offering cheat codes as microtransactions on: November 02, 2006, 04:28:54 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on November 02, 2006, 04:21:13 PM

Can anyone confirm this? I saw over on GAF that EA is offering marketplace content on NFS: Carbon. The catch is, however, that all the content i included on the actual game disk, but you have to pay to unlock it (up to $50 for all the content). I don't like where all this microtransaction stuff is going...

This content is just like the Godfather and Tiger Woods content.  You are paying to unlock things from the get-go that you could earn yourself if you played the game.  If you wanted to pay for it all and not earn it through the game, it would cost you an additional $50.
7330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 02, 2006, 04:02:08 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 02, 2006, 03:53:52 PM

How'd you get your copy so quick??  I won't have mine until Friday and its embargoed until Tuesday!

Some Wal Marts and Targets have broken street date.  Bill Harris now has a copy that a friend picked up at a store.
7331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 02, 2006, 01:09:41 PM
I beat Okami last night and so gave FFXII a whirl.  I only played up the first save point as I didn't have any time to really play.  So, impressions so far are that the cinematics were nice.  One thing I didn't like was that during cinematics and cut scenes, there is a huge black bar at the bottom.  Kind of annoying.  Is this happening with everyone who has 16:9?  Also, the cinematics had black bars on the left and right as well.  The graphics look really bad on my HDTV.  I am coming off playing Okami, which just looks beautiful and then I come to this with jaggies galore.  Can't say much about the battle system as I barely got into it since this is basically a tutorial stage I am in.  That is all for now.
7332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My console gaming pet peeve on: November 02, 2006, 01:57:04 AM
For some reason I don't recall the Zeldas doing it.  Anyway, I just beat the game and the final boss made up for this stupid design decision.
7333  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Site RSS feed? on: November 01, 2006, 08:38:19 PM
I never go to the main site.  I only use the forums.  However, if you added RSS feeds for the site, I would actually read the content you post.
7334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: R6 Demo on: November 01, 2006, 08:16:34 PM
I downloaded it this morning, but didn't get a chance to play.  I will probably give it a whirl this weekend.
7335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have 4 million consoles by the end of the year on: November 01, 2006, 07:41:54 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 01, 2006, 07:25:12 PM

Okay, now I'm confused over what I posted myself.  icon_biggrin

Howabout this: There will be so many consoles available before the end of the year that they might not completely sell out. You won't have to wait 6 months for the preorder lists to empty before being able to hit your local gaming store and just picking one up.

Better?

In the end, there still might be shortages, but it won't be because there's less than 500k units worldwide available. It'll be because people want the thing, and no matter how many are made, they can't keep up with demand.

I am on board with this sentiment.
7336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are we sure Wii won't be a hit with non-gamers? on: November 01, 2006, 06:54:46 PM

Quote from: raydude on November 01, 2006, 06:43:44 PM

All I know is this:

I showed my wife, who doesn't play video games, the E3 clips for the Wii. I said "I want one." She said "Forget you, I want one for myself!"

This Wii could jump-start us into being a gaming couple.

Your wife is hot.  Hopefully mine becomes hot as well.  She definitely has seemed a little interested in the Wii due to what I have said about the controls.  I am hoping once she tries it, she might like it.  She does play some XBox Live Arcade games from time to time, like Zuma.
7337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have 4 million consoles by the end of the year on: November 01, 2006, 06:52:51 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on November 01, 2006, 06:31:16 PM

Quote
Nintendo expects supply will be outpaced by demand, based on retailer orders, intense consumer requests and placement on numerous "gotta have it" holiday lists.

Am I missing something? Isn't Nintendo basically saying there that they're expecting to have shortages?

And now I know why I was confused about what Destructor said.  That was the statement I was thinking of when I initially answered: that supply would be outpaced by demand and thereby would mean there might be shortages of the unit.
7338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have 4 million consoles by the end of the year on: November 01, 2006, 06:07:48 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 01, 2006, 06:01:03 PM

What I meant to say was that unlike the 360 and PS3 launches, there will (in theory) be more consoles available than people buying them. You may actually be able to walk into a store before Christmas and find one, instead of getting one off of eBay for 3 times retail.

Sorry, I misread your statement.  I had another article I read on the brain which stated that demand might outweigh supply on Wii and it caused me to misread your statement.
7339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are we sure Wii won't be a hit with non-gamers? on: November 01, 2006, 05:57:48 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on November 01, 2006, 05:49:49 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 01, 2006, 04:18:58 PM

Are we sure Wii won't be a hit with non-gamers?

 :icon_confused:

I always thought the general prediction was that the Wii will appeal to non-gamers more than hardcore gamers. Is that not the case?

Many people think the Wii will just flop in general and don't believe it will bring non-gamers into gaming and purchasing units.
7340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have 4 million consoles by the end of the year on: November 01, 2006, 05:56:46 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 01, 2006, 05:51:22 PM


So, this might just be the first time where supply is greater than demand for a console launch in like forever.


By the statement, I assume you are speaking of Nintendo consoles only, as we know you couldn't find a 360 or PS2 at their launches and won't be able to find a PS3.  Also, by Ninteno consoles, I assume you aren't talking about the Japan, where the DS Lite has been very scarce.
7341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Uno Deck on: November 01, 2006, 05:40:11 PM
I couldn't find it this morning when I looked.  I have a feeling they pulled it when they realized people were getting it for free with the Auto Download, though I have nothing to confirm this opinion.
7342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are we sure Wii won't be a hit with non-gamers? on: November 01, 2006, 05:37:23 PM

Quote from: JLu on November 01, 2006, 05:32:08 PM

My wife hasn't come home yet and told me that she preordered a really cute pair of shoes that are coming out in two weeks... 

This would be funny.  About the only thing that comes close to video game pre-orders are the midnight release things for the Harry Potter books.  Other than that, you are right that there really isn't any such thing in other industries.  I guess I have seen midnight releases for music CDs before, but they aren't very common.  The hot Christmas toy can illicit camping out or, even worse, violence.
7343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are we sure Wii won't be a hit with non-gamers? on: November 01, 2006, 04:18:58 PM
There is a great deal of debate among us gamers as to whether Wii will be successful.  If you believe Reggie from Nintendo, they might be onto something with this Wii thing:

Quote
Wii is for both experienced and uninitiated gamers, and it will be available for the masses. Because of demand, we're urging shoppers not to get complacent. The level of demand we're seeing goes beyond the ordinary. Retailers are telling us a significant fraction of customers pre-ordering Wii are nontraditional gamers - people looking for a better way to play. And that's exactly what Wii is designed to provide.

Yes, I know Reggie is President of NOA, but assuming he isn't lying about what retailers are telling him, it looks like Nintendo might be onto something.  It will be very interesting to see what happens this Christmas.
7344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] GTA: Vice City Stories on: November 01, 2006, 04:16:02 PM
I want, but too many damn handheld games are out.
7345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My console gaming pet peeve on: November 01, 2006, 03:38:54 PM
One thing I hate in console games is the dreaded re-fight bosses you have already beat.  It comes in two flavors:  just kind of fighting them again and the dreaded "boss gauntlet" where you fight them all back to back with no chance to rest in between.  So, I'm playing Okami and loving the shit out of it.  One of my favorite games of all time I am thinking and then I come to the end place.  I see images on the wall in there and I notice they look familiar.  Too familiar.  Fuck, I think and go into one of the doors and sure enough, I am fighting Ninetails again.  So, it looks like I have to go in and fight every boss again before I can finally fight the final boss.  I hate this kind of shit.  I can only take solace in the fact that it isn't a boss gauntlet because I can save and even buy items in between if I so desire. 

Still, what possesses game designers to do this?  My only thought on this is that they do it as a cheap way to extend the length of the game.  However, this game doesn't really need it.  I am about 35 hours in and there are side quests I didn't do, so I am thinking all told, I could spend about 45+ hours in the game.  That is more than enough content and they didn't need to cheapen the game by rehashing the bosses.  Also, pair this with those glowing holes you can find in the ground that (and I have only done one and vowed not to do another) allow you to refight a boss.  Mine was a spider boss and like I said I only did one of them, so I don't know whether the other holes are more spiders or other bosses, but I assume they are other bosses.  Also, I have already fought the dragon guy twice and I assume I need to fight him again in the rehash.  He wasn't terribly challenging, but more annoying because he has 8 heads and just takes a while to kill.

So, moral of the story, game developers out there, is that if you want to send a game from one of the greatest of all time to just great real quick, make me fight bosses multiple times.
7346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Children of Mana impressions (and Magical Starsign too) (DS) on: October 31, 2006, 08:16:59 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on October 31, 2006, 08:14:16 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 29, 2006, 07:54:31 PM

spent a few hours with ms yesterday, finished the first planet, &, while it hasn't rocked my world (yet), i think it's just fine.

Which one are you referring to? Children of Mana or Magical Starsign?

Since he mentioned planets, I am guessing Magical Starsign.
7347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I just got an xbox 360, now I have questions on: October 31, 2006, 07:04:05 PM
Can't answer your first one as my router is right by my TV so I don't need to go wireless.  For your second question, I have seen reports recently suggesting the external cooler was actually bad for the 360.  Who knows what to really believe, though.  I don't have one and mine works just fine.

Oh, by the way, the cool kids have PS3 pre-orders, apparently, so you are tragically uncool.  Don't worry, though.  So am I.
7348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 31, 2006, 04:30:57 PM
My liking of this game has definitely declined.  I am at a point where I think I need to basically grind for money.

Spoiler for Hiden:
On that island with the chick playing the keyboard.  I assume I have to afford the 10K dollar song to do something here and I have only 3K dollars.

There is no money-making action in this game that is exciting enough to make me want to earn that money and so I have a feeling I won't be finishing the game.  Overall, the game is okay, but certainly isn't the ground-breaking RPG all the previews were making it out to be.  It has some humor to it and some okay story, but having just recently finished Phoenix Wright, my bar for humor and story have been pushed a little higher and since the gameplay isn't stellar, that really leaves me with a mediocre game in my hands.
7349  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

porn?

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.
7350  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.
7351  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.
7352  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:

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

360:
F.E.A.R.

DS:
Children of Mana
Pokemon Ranger
7353  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.
7354  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.
7355  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.
7356  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.
7357  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.
7358  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.
7359  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.
7360  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.
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