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7481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Problem with Test Drive Unlimited on: September 18, 2006, 02:34:18 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 18, 2006, 02:24:58 PM

I am "amateur" rank, is it hard to advance up from there?

In order to go up in ranks, you have to earn Achievements.  In your house, there is a screen where you can check your progress in various aspects of the game.  It will show you how many Achievement points you have and how many you need to get up to the next rank.  I am not sitting in front of the game or else I would give you more precise instructions, but, alas, I am not.
7482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/18) on: September 18, 2006, 12:07:25 PM
Was going to get Pokemon and Rocket Slime, but I already have quite a few new DS games, so I think I will get Okami instead.
7483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii 250.00 In or Out on: September 17, 2006, 10:16:38 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 17, 2006, 09:38:00 PM

Out, for now.  While the system may be the greatest thing since sliced bread, there's simply no release games that interest me in the least.  Just as with the 360, once the library gets stronger I'm sure I'll pick one up.

It's the one guy in the world who hates Zelda!  Get him!!!!!!!!!
7484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.U.R. : Lego Star Wars II [360] on: September 16, 2006, 12:54:50 PM
Picked this up last night to play with my kid and we had a blast.  We were laughing our asses off at some of the stuff in the cutscenes and as a Star Wars nerd, I truly love it.  Definitely worth $50 for me to have such a fun time with my son last night.
7485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 16, 2006, 12:53:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 16, 2006, 05:35:48 AM

I also got Cooking Mama today and went through the first three recipes (and all variations), even got a gold on one.  Let me just say this: peeling potatoes is a PITA.  It's very much a focused Wario Ware game.  The various stages of cooking are represented by  quick mini-games (maybe 20 seconds to one minute in length), cutting a carrot, peeling a potato, putting various items in a mixing bowl, tossing items into a pot and changing the heat and stirring.  Highly recommend that you practice every recipe first, so you're not playing the "what the hell do I do" game while trying to actually cook.

It seems to be a lot of fun, but I'm not sure how long it can sustain that fun.  How many variations on food preparation can there be?

Still, seems worth the modest $20 price.

This echoes my thoughts exactly, even up to the potato peeling part, but then potato peeling is kind of a PITA in real life, too.  icon_biggrin

I am having fun with it so far and for $20, I don't think you can go wrong even if you got bored of it fairly quickly.  I will just try to get gold in every one of these recipes.  I had heard conflicting reports on how many mini games there are.  One thing I read said 50 and another said 200.  Not sure which is accurate yet as I have only done about 4 recipes.
7486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 15, 2006, 11:44:08 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 15, 2006, 02:48:38 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 15, 2006, 12:09:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 15, 2006, 06:04:12 AM

One issue, though: there doesn't seem to be a map anywhere (unless you pick one up later, but I needed it early on) and the levels seem to be quite confusing. 

There is a map in the game.  Hit Start and then I think you move left with the D-pad (You can move right and left to workthrough various menus here, but one of them is the map).

I figured it would be something simple.  Ah, for the days I actually read manuals...

Thanks, TG!

I want to correct this now that I have the game in front of me.  Use the L and R buttons to cycle through the menus when you have pressed Start.
7487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 15, 2006, 11:38:21 PM
Found Cooking Mama today and bought it.
7488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japanese DS Lite Questions on: September 15, 2006, 10:20:29 PM
I can't answer your first question, though I thought the DS Lite was always sold out in Japan.  Maybe things have improved.

As far as question 2, I imported a navy blue one at launch and use it here in the U.S just fine, so no problems there.  When it first comes up, it will be in Japanese, but it isn't too difficult to work your way through the options and set it to English.
7489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 08:13:47 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 15, 2006, 08:02:28 PM

I will admit it, I thought I made some valid points, you and them may disagree, thats fine, but anyone that doesn't think the Wii could have some issues with potential sales, when stacked up against better systems, with more capabilities, and more software, isn't really, in my opinion, thinking all that realistically, or critically. You might disagree, thats fine.

As to your point about it taking a while to see what happens, thats true, but AGAIN, anyone that acts like this thing is gonna sell like hotcakes because of a funky controller is fooling themselves. It is a fact, Nintendo has some big hurdles with this system, that is an absolute truth, how is it even debateable? Its hardly opinion when you put it up against the other two, then look at what they all offer.

I agree with everything you posted here, except the very last part where you say that is should be obvious that the other two should outclass Nintendo based on what they have to offer.  I can argue that what other people want out of a system isn't necessarily the best graphics, HD, next-gen DVD playing, etc.  This is just as much up for debate as whether Nintendo will be successful or not.

 As I posted earlier, in no way do I think Nintendo has a slam dunk to win a console war.  They may very well come in last.  What I admire about them is that they are taking a chance and I think it is very good for our industry.  I only hope they are rewarded for it by having a great deal of success.  I also think this chance is the best shot they had at trying to get back in the race after last gen.  If they fail yet again, maybe it truly is time for them to go software and handheld hardware only.  I also don't think third place is failure if they (wait for it, Devil) make money and expand the market somewhat.  Whether they actually do this remains to be seen.
7490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 07:58:46 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 15, 2006, 07:39:57 PM

Quote from: Farscry on September 15, 2006, 06:44:45 PM

Can't believe I'm saying this, but for the most point, I generally agree with what Devil's been posting in this thread, as well as Tebunker.  icon_biggrin


Then I REALLY failed in my mission to open these threads to a bit of realistic and critical thinking.



You certainly think highly of yourself if you think that your opinion is the only one in this entire thread that is "realistic" and an example of "critical thinking."  Tebunker's and Devill's posts were nice and moderate in between super fanboy and troll.  The truth is that your post, like everyone else's in here, is merely opinion and none of us will know whose is closest to reality until all this stuff shakes out in a few years.
7491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 07:13:34 PM
Well, the examplke of your wife is a little different in that your household already owns a DS.  Let's look for examples where someone bought a DS that never bought a handheld before.  I saw some older lady (in her 50s) talking about buying a DS and Brain Training at Gamestop the other day.  This is what I am more talking about.
7492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 06:41:56 PM

Quote from: Devil on September 15, 2006, 06:37:25 PM

Quote
When you release a console that makes a profit on every piece sold ...I call that a success, despite marketshare.

THANKS!!!  icon_biggrin

I do these things for you, Devil.  icon_smile

That and it's true.
7493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 06:28:26 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 15, 2006, 06:09:45 PM


Hold up there Tex, I never said it was gonna fail, all I did was try and explain to you guys (try being the operative word) the obstacles this system is gonna have to overcome to be a success. For that I caught some flak from its defenders, you among them, which is fine, but you guys don't seem to be able to register that the system has some serious questions marks, starting with its price and performance. I'd say a lot of people at Ford thought the Edsel was gonna be an awesome car also.


Others in this thread are just trying to explain to you that despite any obstacles Nintendo might have, they still think it will be successful.  You guys have different opinions and it's all good.  In the back of my mind, I fully recognize that Nintendo has a lot to overcome.  Do I think they are a lock to take the 1st place lead over Sony and MS? Nope.  I am not even convinced they would even come in second.  However, I have never been one to think Nintendo has to be number 1 in marketshare to be successful.

When you release a console that makes a profit on every piece sold (don't Sony and MS wish they could say that?), I call that a success, despite marketshare.  Now, while I won't just hand Nintendo a first place medal and call the race over, I do think they have done some great things as of late.  I really think this new control thing is just pure genius.  Back when they announced the DS and everyone was wondering what the big deal was, I saw the DS as having the potential for success.  Yes, the handheld market is different than the home console market, but I do think innovations and games that make it easier for non-gamers to get involved is a great strategy.

The Touch Generations line of DS products has really opened up the DS to those who would never have even thought about it before.  I think the Wii just might be able to do the same thing.  I fully recognize I could be wrong and would happily admit it (well, maybe not happily) if asked in a couple years after all this shakes out.  The truth is that I want Nintendo to be successful because I think they should be rewarded for trying to put a spark in the gaming industry.  That's why I love Guitar Hero so much.  It really made people take notice of at least one video game, even if it didn't serve as a "gateway drug" for moving onto other games.  These are the kinds of things the industry we love needs to be successful.  Will it work?  Not sure.  But, if this one doesn't work, maybe someone else will come up with something else that does.  Either way, I'm all for people trying.  So, even if Nintendo is successful, they should get some appreciation and respect for trying.
7494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 03:39:30 PM
And the best part, Devil, is that with the Wii at launch at $250...Nintendo will be making money.  icon_biggrin
7495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 03:27:27 PM

Quote from: Devil on September 15, 2006, 03:09:27 PM

The real issue is that we are not allowed to question Nintendo in here.

Everything else is fair game...except me!

Ha.  No, feel free to bash Nintendo all you want.  We all know how much I love the big N, but I made this thread because I am interested in opinions.  If graphics are all a person cares about, I'd like to know and won't pass any judgment.
7496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 02:32:31 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 15, 2006, 02:00:08 PM

I also grew up in the age where an airplane was made out of 8 pixels (the Atari 2600), so graphics are definitely not my strongpoint. It want the gameplay.

You know, you might be onto something, there.  Of course, though, I am sure there are older gamers lkike you and I who graphics really matter a great deal to.  For me, Pong was my first sports game, Space Invaders and Asteroids my first shooter, Adventure my first RPG, so gameplay wins over graphics for me.  Look at Bill Harris and his obsession with Dwarf Fortress, a game which has ASCII graphics.  For him, it's all about the depth of that particular game.  Would I want to pay $60 for Combat as someone suggested?  No.  But I would pay some price less for it and the Wii can hardly be called Combat-level graphics (although that racing game I saw screens for is awfully close  icon_lol)
7497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 12:12:36 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 15, 2006, 05:18:15 AM

It's not just the quality of the graphics; it's an issue of what you're getting for your money.  The Wii should cost a lot less, since you're getting a lot less.  $600 is really expensive, but you're getting a top of the line gaming system and a Blu-Ray DVD player, which are expensive on their own.  With the Wii, you get a budget-level system with a few extras, like web-browsing.  I think both are more than I want to pay for what they offer, but that's what price cuts are for slywink



I guess my point is that you are getting something for the money.  You're getting a completely new way to play video games with the nunchuck.  Now, I don't know how much it actually costs to produce the sensor bar and R&D the technology and all, but my guess is that this is what makes it $250, not the graphics capabilities.
7498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 15, 2006, 12:09:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 15, 2006, 06:04:12 AM

One issue, though: there doesn't seem to be a map anywhere (unless you pick one up later, but I needed it early on) and the levels seem to be quite confusing. 

There is a map in the game.  Hit Start and then I think you move left with the D-pad (You can move right and left to workthrough various menus here, but one of them is the map).
7499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Do graphics matter that much? on: September 15, 2006, 03:30:15 AM
I was looking at the In or Out thread for the Wii and was disappointed that so many people posted out because they thought the Wii wasn't worth the money because the graphics weren't so much more than the Gamecube (something I don't quite agree with, but not the point of this).  To me, the cost isn't justified by the graphics, but instead by the technology of the controller (and the accompanying sensors) and what can be done with it (sensors, rumble, speaker, etc.).  However, people seem very concerned with the Wii strictly because the graphics don't justify the cost of the system.

Now, I love me some graphics as much as the next person and I giggle like a school girl when I get an impressive looking 360 going, but I also love gameplay and innovation and for me, that is what the Wii is going to give me, just like the DS has.

So, my friends, how much do graphics matter to you?  Speak up and be heard!  I promise not to judge.  icon_wink
7500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 15, 2006, 03:26:02 AM
After reading lots of impressions on Mario, I passed.  I picked up Megaman and Harvest Moon, both of which will do me just fine.  I wanted Cooking Mama, but I couldn't find it.
7501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii 250.00 In or Out on: September 15, 2006, 03:23:49 AM
I'm so fucking in it hurts.  Can't wait until Gamestop starts taking preorders as I have some Gamebucks sitting around just waiting for it.
7502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Test Drive Unlimited Impressions on: September 14, 2006, 01:17:24 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 14, 2006, 02:47:08 AM

Well I found different club location shave different start up costs, naturally I chose the most expensive. $750k later we have a club. "GT Joyriders", yah I know creative and all. You need to be on my friends list to get an invite. Sent invites to Grue, TML and Reemul as they are the ones on my friends list that have the game. If anyone else wants an invite PM me or apply in game at a clubhouse (ours is on the north shore in the middle by the Ducati dealer, not sure if you need to go to that one to apply) be sure you have coopasonic on your friends list. smile

I didn't receive an invite either in XBox Live or in game.  I had one news piece about someone leaving the club, but that was it.  I went to another club location (I don't have this one driven to yet) and I saw you on there with your club, but when I clicked on it it asked if I wanted to join.  I guess I should have clicked yes, maybe.
7503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Two New RPGs from Square- One is FFXII Spinoff on: September 13, 2006, 05:58:05 PM

Quote from: Orpheo on September 13, 2006, 05:22:45 PM

Why do they continue with these spinoffs?  Have they made a good one yet?  FFX-2 was asstacular even compared to FFX, that FF7 action game isn't getting good reviews, both movies kind of bit...

<anal>
FFX-2 is a sequel, not a spinoff.
</anal>
7504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Test Drive Unlimited Impressions on: September 13, 2006, 02:33:38 PM
Is there a way to send money to another player?  I can help contribute to the club fund.  Maybe we set up a race for a lot of money and I purposely lose it or something.
7505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Test Drive Unlimited Impressions on: September 13, 2006, 12:10:12 PM
Ha!  How is getting two free cars to purchase with in-game money a ripoff?
7506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 13, 2006, 12:09:26 PM
These days I don't look at review scores at all.  I've read far too many reviews that sound glowing and they give a low score or sound bad and they give it a high one.  I take a lot more stock in reading forum impressions and also reading the review itself and making my own determination from that.  Take Harvest Moon, for intance.  All the reviews have been 6s, but in reading the text, I find nothing wrong with the things they've pointed out as being bad.  I'll be picking it up today, despite the 6s.  If I'd have listened to them, I wouldn't have bought Dead Rising or Enchanted Arms or Starfox.
7507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Test Drive Unlimited Impressions on: September 12, 2006, 02:08:34 PM
Has anyone had any luck selecting a player's car in the map?  Are we even supposed ot be able to do this?  I see lots of cars on the map, but when I put the cursor over them, I don't get any kind of tooltip telling me about them, which I do get when I first get into the map, because it has automatically selected someone.  Can someone tell me how to select another player to view them?  Thanks.
7508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Test Drive Unlimited Impressions on: September 12, 2006, 01:26:28 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 12, 2006, 12:36:10 PM



I couldn't handle the demo for this game, and my understanding is that the physics are the same in the full game.



From what I've seen the driving mechanics are handled better in the full version than in the demos.  Also, I turned off the driving help which changed things for the better as well.  Maybe you should give it a rent and turn off the driving help to see if you might like it.
7509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 Killed the previous Generation on: September 11, 2006, 11:28:02 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on September 11, 2006, 10:53:27 PM

Quote from: Scott on September 11, 2006, 12:56:38 PM

I also like the achievment points at times more then I should.

for real: if ever the day arrives that i find myself getting sucked into the world of 'achievement points', that is the day i stop gaming...

It depends.  If you're sucked into it because you want to prove how hardcore you are because of your score, that's one thing.  I see no problem with being into them, though, because they extend the life of a game by basically giving you little mini-games and goals to complete that you probably never would have done before, thereby giving your game even more depth.  Why you would stop gaming because of this puzzles me.
7510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 Killed the previous Generation on: September 11, 2006, 09:15:08 PM

Quote from: biggercup on September 11, 2006, 08:53:46 PM

For me it's also the achievement points. Now it just seems weird playing games without it.
Also, it is more of who has more achievement points than who beat the game first.

Unless you're playing King Kong...then they're the same thing.  icon_wink
7511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 11, 2006, 05:26:39 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 11, 2006, 05:14:07 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 11, 2006, 03:14:26 AM

Yeah, it pisses me off.  I was telling my wife about it today.  There are 4 games I want this week and no way I can get them all.  Not sure why they can't spread them out more evenly throughout the year.

You could spread them out yourself ya know. slywink

That would work if it wasn't for the fact that next week alone, there are two more.  Yeah, I guess I could spread out the 15 DS games I want this fall, but my problem is that some games end up being rare (I'm looking at you Trauma Center and Phoenix Wright).  I passed those up last Christmas thinking I would just get them at the beginning of this year and I didn't end up getting Phoenix Wright until last month.
7512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Test Drive Unlimited Impressions on: September 11, 2006, 02:09:31 PM
Coop, you are on my Friend's list and I couldn't find a way to figure out where you were on the map, which actually prompted my question in the first place.  I am willing to exchange the code and try it out.  Let's look for each other online later tonight.
7513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11) on: September 11, 2006, 02:06:53 PM
Definitely Mario 3 on 3....I also want Megaman, Harvest Moon, Cooking Mama, and Star Wars Lego II (360).  Would also possibly be interested in Bounty Hounds.  If Best Buy adds Cooking Mama and Megaman to their web site for that buy 2 get 1 free thing, that would be enough to push me to scrounge up the funds to get it.  Otherwise, things will probably have to wait because there are too many games this month.
7514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Behold the 360 laptop! on: September 11, 2006, 12:16:32 PM
For some reason, it doesns't load for me, but I found a blog with stuff about it on it:

http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/video-xbox-360-laptop
7515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 11, 2006, 12:10:35 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on September 11, 2006, 11:21:58 AM

Harvest Moon hasn't been getting too favorable of reviews  icon_frown so I will probably pass. I am interested in Mario 3 on 3 hoops, Megaman Zx has gotten good reviews and I am definately interested in Mechassault eventhough it's not wi-fi.

Harvest Moon never gets good reviews, so you shouldn't base your decision on that.  I think AWL has gotten some of the best reviews for an HM game and it is considered to be one of the worst HM games by fans.
7516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Test Drive Unlimited Impressions on: September 11, 2006, 12:09:03 PM
My next question is regarding friends.  Is there a way to see your friends on the island no matter where they are?
7517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Test Drive Unlimited Impressions on: September 11, 2006, 03:16:04 AM
I played it for a bit today and really liked it.  Yeah, it doesn't handle as well as PGR3 for me, but I like the setup of the game and the way they have all the unlocking and the fact that you have to drive to a place first before you can warp to it.  How does this code thing work?  I have to get a code from someone to get the cars and then they have ot hope they can get someone else's code?  Knightshade, can I get your code since you won't be playing it?
7518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 11, 2006, 03:14:26 AM
Yeah, it pisses me off.  I was telling my wife about it today.  There are 4 games I want this week and no way I can get them all.  Not sure why they can't spread them out more evenly throughout the year.
7519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Test Drive Unlimited Impressions on: September 10, 2006, 08:13:45 PM
Alright, you bastards.  I bought it.  Haven't played it yet, but you guys talked me into it so I will be playing today at some time.
7520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 09, 2006, 04:36:59 PM

Quote from: Ascendent on September 09, 2006, 03:25:51 PM

I haven't played with a DS lite so I can't really say. But my Nintendo DS while being a handheld it isn't portable gaming refined. It's cumbersome and I think the DS lite is as well with the flip top and the digi pen gaming elements. All I can say is from experience, I've gone out with my PSP and used it to watch umd's while on the treadmill at the gym. While getting my car inspected I just stood outside playing a little Tekken DR.  In my opinion the PSP is the more portable gaming friendly of the two, of course ymmv and I'm sure there are more then a few people who would disagree with me.

It's funny, because for me the PSP is less portable because I feel I have to put it in theat Logitech case to keep it safe, which makes the thing very cumbersome.  Also, since there are zero loading times, I just flip open the lid and play and close it when I am done.  I use sleep mode for the PSP as well, but it takes a second for the disc to get spinning when I pull it out of sleep mode and if I am playing a game with load times, there's waiting there.  So, in my opinion, the Lite is much better for quick gaming sessions.

I've been touting the DS in this thread because I prefer it over the PSP, but really, it does come down to what you want out of a system.  I find the games more unique on the DS and more entertaining.  That doesn't mean the PSP doesn't have it's share of good games (Daxter and Syphon Filter jump immediately to mind).  SO, when deciding between the two, go look at all the games that are out and all the games coming out for this Christmas.  Make a list of all the must-haves for each system.  Then, make your decision based on that.  If I had to pick between the two, it would be DS all the way.  However, I didn't have to pick. smile
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