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7321  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?


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.
7322  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.
7323  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.
7324  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.
7325  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:

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.
7326  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.
7327  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.
7328  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.
7329  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.
7330  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.
7331  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.
7332  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.
7333  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.
7334  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
7335  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.
7336  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.
7337  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.
7338  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.
7339  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.
7340  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.
7341  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.
7342  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.
7343  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.
7344  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.
7345  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.
7346  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
7347  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!
7348  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.
7349  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.
7350  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.
7351  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.
7352  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?
7353  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.
7354  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.
7355  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?
7356  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.
7357  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
7358  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:
7359  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.
7360  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.
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