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7721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/01) on: May 01, 2006, 01:32:21 PM
Nothing, though I just bought the original Guild Wars yesterday, so I am busy with its gaming goodness.
7722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lost Magic (DS) on: April 30, 2006, 03:04:41 PM
Both IGN and Gamespot have reviewed it.  I am too lazy to look it up, but I think IGN gave it around a 6.5 and Gamespot around a 7.9.  Both reviews criticized micromanagement of units and all over the board difficulty.
7723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / advent children impressions on: April 30, 2006, 02:23:06 AM
I just finished watching it.  Some of the voice acting was pretty bad, but overall, I enjoyed it a great deal.  Great to see all the old characters and I nearly laughed when the the level up music played after Tifa's first fight.
7724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: April 28, 2006, 09:28:48 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
My problem with the name isn't that I think it's going to sink the system, or that it instantly makes any of their good ideas bad.  It's that once again they've felt the need to unneccessarily fortify this childish image that they want to project.  Revolution was a great name that I was thinking indicated their acceptance that they didn't need to force this schism between "mature" gamers and everyone else.  But then out comes the Wii.

I think it's great that "Wii" is a silly word that will have children giggling and cause curious mothers to wander over to their display cases and interact with it.  But you might as well be coming on my gaming forums and telling me Tickle-Me Elmo has universal appeal and I'm too stuck in my ways to appreciate it.  The core gaming demographic is not shrinking - it's growing.  And if you want to stick your Wii in their eye, you're welcome to.  I'm sure there's a good deal of money to be made by catering to the fringes and bringing new demographics into the fold.  I'm sure they'll sell a lot of systems to someone.  Just don't expect everyone to love you for it.


Here's the thing, though.  I don't think the word "Wii" is childish.  It is if you think of penises and urine, but honestly, the first time I looked at it, I thought of "we" as in joining people together.  The juvenile portion of it never even crossed my mind.  I think it is a bizarre name that will most likely intrigue non-gamers to wonder what the hell it is exactly and this is what Nintendo wants.  The hard core gamers like me will either get a Wii or not get one based  on a bunch of factors.  For me, I am getting one because I love Nintendo and the products they come up with.  Others think the yare too grown up for it or the types of games that Nintendo makes just doesn't appeal to them.  Whatever those gamers' reasons are are personal to them and there is nothing wrong with it.  They can go play the PS3 or 360.  Other hardcore gamers will buy the Wii because it is what interests them and the name doesn't much matter.

Nintendo has people talking about Nintendo right now and we all know there is no such thing as bad publicity.  So, let the Internet "comedians" have their fun.  I do think Nintendo is taking a big risk with their strategy, but I also think they have no other choice.  They cannot compete with Sony or MS and they honestly don't belong in that competition.  Let them do what they do best, which is make games and systems for the whole family.
7725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: April 28, 2006, 03:58:09 PM
Here is a link to a blog I felt summed up my feelings about the name and how others are reacting to it:

http://wiredblogs.tripod.com/games/index.blog?entry_id=1467976

His ending line sums it up best:

Quote
I'm not in love with Wii -- but Wii works.
7726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [psp] Loco Roco demo (download it now, only 8mb!) on: April 28, 2006, 01:20:28 PM
Quote from: "Misguided"
Quote from: "DiscoJason"
Quote from: "Bullwinkle"
O just shakes the screen and the blob starts screaming.
X does not seem to do anything.


Tap the O, not hold it down.  The answer will then be revealed.


Thought you had to hit it twice...


Nope.  I just tested it to make sure I wasn't remembering it wrong and all I had to do was tap it once.
7727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - Impressions/General Talk on: April 28, 2006, 12:13:17 PM
Okay, this game has me pissed.  I want to be a magic user.  I made one.  However, I die every two seconds.  Everyone says not to group until level 10, but I actually get killed by decent challenge mobs, which everyone says are the ones to fight.  I played for an hour last night and netted 100 xp.  Not sure I will be playing it much longer.  I like challenges and all, but if I am going to play an hour, I need more than 100 xp.
7728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [psp] Loco Roco demo (download it now, only 8mb!) on: April 28, 2006, 12:11:15 PM
Quote from: "Bullwinkle"
O just shakes the screen and the blob starts screaming.
X does not seem to do anything.


Tap the O, not hold it down.  The answer will then be revealed.
7729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: April 28, 2006, 12:10:28 PM
Yep, I woke up this morning and I still like it.
7730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [psp] Loco Roco demo (download it now, only 8mb!) on: April 28, 2006, 01:52:50 AM
I picked up the demo the morning that the new update came out.  I had heard the game was good, but I didn't pay it much attention.  Needless to say, I will definitely be buying it when it comes out in the U.S.
7731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: April 27, 2006, 06:41:17 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
:lol:

Just when I was starting to think the Revolution....err Wii might have a chance.....they go and do this.

WORST.NAME.EVER.


Yeah, because "360" is so wonderful.  In fact, I remember everyone on here bashing that name as well and saying it wouldn't sell because of the name.  Honestly, if they called it the Ninteno Flaming Turd, I'm still buying it.  I don't play the name.
7732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: April 27, 2006, 04:31:25 PM
I think it is pronounced "we," not "why."  Very interesting name.  I assume they will give us more idea why they chose it later on.
7733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Wizards Tower - 150pts on: April 25, 2006, 12:16:57 PM
I got it last night and played around with it and it is pretty cool.  You can summon one of three different types of atronachs at a time, assuming you have three of the particular void salt needed to do so.  You can also purchase candles from a shop in the Imperial city which are used to power the enchanting and spellmaking altars in there.  There are also teleport pads to every mage's guild.  I bought the alchemy set from the merchant that sells it and when you get near the table, it gives a +15 bonus to alchemy.  There were 3 other furnishing sets, one for a library, one for the bedroom, and I think the last was for the vault below ground.  I went up top to try to see the view they brag about, but it was snowing up there.
7734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 and 16:9 on: April 24, 2006, 06:46:55 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Quote from: "Eduardo X"
Have you tried editing the PS2 options before you start the game or DVD?


AFAIK, setting widescreen in the PS2 options only affects the display of the memory card and disk browser screens. Games don't check this setting.


I also mentioned in my post that I went in and set that to 16:9.  Eduardo's reading comprehension FTL. Tongue

Andrew's explanation is the one that makes most sense to me.
7735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Read the Manual? on: April 24, 2006, 06:01:21 PM
I never read them anymore because usually the tutorials explain most of it.
7736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your number one gaming system right now? on: April 24, 2006, 05:27:47 PM
360 and that really says something.  Traditionally, my most played console is a handheld.  I have actually been playing a home console more than either my PSP or my DS and that gem of a console is the 360.  Congrats, Microsoft.
7737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (4/24) on: April 24, 2006, 05:25:57 PM
The only thing I have interest in this week is Lost Magic.  However, I have a bad feeling about it and so I will be waiting until I read some reviews first.
7738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 and 16:9 on: April 24, 2006, 12:17:22 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Quote from: "DiscoJason"
Okay, I think I have this figured out.  I guess my TV must be native 720p and so since the PS2 is 480p, I have to choose Full to get it to take up the whole screen.  With the 360 set at 480p, I was able to cycle through the screen modes, just like on the PS2.  Then when I put it back to 720p, I could not cycle through anymore.  So, I guess this is just the way it is and I have to switch to Full when playing the PS2.


720p and 1080i are wide screen fornats, so your TV will automatically display it in wide screen. 480i/480p are 4:3 formats, so my TV defaults to showing them "pillar boxed" with bars down the sides, unless I set the TV not to.

Under component video, there's no way for a TV and output device (like a PS2 or DVD player) to query each other to determine what format they are. So unfortunately you have to manually set both the TV and the device to the proper screen aspect ratio.

On the original Xbox, you set this in the console settings and each game checks the settings and chooses the proper aspect ratio. On the PS2, you have to set the aspect ratio on a game-by-game basis.


Sounds like a better explanation than mine. smile
7739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 and 16:9 on: April 24, 2006, 12:56:16 AM
Okay, I think I have this figured out.  I guess my TV must be native 720p and so since the PS2 is 480p, I have to choose Full to get it to take up the whole screen.  With the 360 set at 480p, I was able to cycle through the screen modes, just like on the PS2.  Then when I put it back to 720p, I could not cycle through anymore.  So, I guess this is just the way it is and I have to switch to Full when playing the PS2.
7740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 and 16:9 on: April 24, 2006, 12:30:37 AM
Even more bizarre.  I put a DVD into the PS2 to see what it would do.  It shows 4:3 as well and is interlaced.  I went to the options you can bring up while watching a DVD and it shows my TV is 4:3 and I can't change it to progressive scan, either.  So, for some reason the PS2 sees it as 4:30 non-progressive, even though I am using component cables and plugged into a 16:9 HDTV.

Edit:  Well, I figured out the DVD thing in that I can now change it to be Progressive Scan and 16:9 for DVDs, but it still displays them so that they don't fill up my screen.

This is frustrating.  Why would this not work with a Sony TV?  Seems they would have tested this fairly easily. smile
7741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 and 16:9 on: April 24, 2006, 12:18:12 AM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Is your TV set to display in wide screen mode? On my TV, HD content (720p, 1080i) defaults to full widescreen. For 480i and 480p content I have to manually set my TV to wide screen.


I have a Sony TV.  I put it to Full and it takes it out to Widescreen, but I can do that with any 4:3 signal as well.  It works fine with DVDs, but I watch them through the 360, so that might be why I don't have to do this.  Is setting my TV to Full instead of Normal the same as displaying it in 16:9?  I just assumed it stretched the image and like I said, I can do that even with things in 4:3.  Also, when I do things on my 360, if I press the button that cycles through the different viewing modes like Full, Zoom, Wide Zoom, and Normal, nothing happens when I press that button the 360.  However, on the PS2, it lets me cycle through all those modes, like it is passing everything as 4:3 and just letting me stretch the PS2 image.

One problem I have is I can't figure out if there is a way for my TV to tell me what mode it is in as far as 480p, 720p, etc.  I have tried pushing pretty much every button on the remote and haven't even seen it display what mode it is currently displaying in.

My TV is a Sony 32" Wega CRT, if anyone has the same TV.
7742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 and 16:9 on: April 23, 2006, 11:41:07 PM
I decided to actually play a PS2 game today and it is the first time I have done so since getting my widescreen HDTV.  I went into games like Ratchet and Clank 2 and Dragon Quest VIII and chose the 16:9 option, but when I do so, it doesn't fill the screen.  It fact, there appears to be no difference between the two options.  I even went into the PS2 options themselves and set it to 16:9 (it has options of 4:3, full, and 16:9) and none of them seem to give me a screen where the image goes out to the edges.  Am I doing something wrong or is 16:9 on a PS2 not what 16:9 in a movie or on my 360 is?
7743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New FFIII DS screenies on: April 23, 2006, 02:29:50 AM
Quote from: "metallicorphan"
when is that released?.....i know we get final fantasy 4 for the gameboy in june

http://shop.game.net/ViewProduct.aspx?cat=10443&mid=328213


You poor Europeans.  We've had that here in the U.S. for some time now.
7744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Goatse in Zelda! (SFW) on: April 22, 2006, 01:11:51 PM
Quote from: "metallicorphan"
Quote from: "DiscoJason"
Thanks for actually commenting.  Like 80 views and nobody with any kind of appreciation for the joke. frown


sorry,im english,so i dont get the joke.......i have a pretty good idea though :?


The horror that is Goatse isn't just limited to the U.S.  Nobody in the world is safe from Goatse.
7745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Goatse in Zelda! (SFW) on: April 22, 2006, 01:46:22 AM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Goatse is everywhere!



Ack!
7746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Goatse in Zelda! (SFW) on: April 21, 2006, 09:49:45 PM
Thanks for actually commenting.  Like 80 views and nobody with any kind of appreciation for the joke. frown
7747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 (cube) unlockables unlocked already?!?!?!? on: April 21, 2006, 06:27:38 PM
Ghosts?
7748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What will you be playing this weekend? on: April 21, 2006, 06:26:58 PM
I will probably play a good deal of FFXI and mix in some Brain Age, Animal Crossing, MLB 06 The Show on PSP, and probably some Oblivion and Tomb Raider for good measure.
7749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - which server? Asura for me! on: April 21, 2006, 03:15:19 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Well I still can't make up my mind on a job.  I thought Dragoon looked really cool, but reading up on it, many players are very dissapointed with the class.  I guess I am going to end up a red mage afterall.


Keep in mind that Red Mage is just a basic job and you can go to any of the advanced jobs once you hit 30 and do the quest.  So, give it some time as red mage and then decide later if you want to do an advanced job or not.  I am starting black mage and then I will probably go Puppet Master later.
7750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Goatse in Zelda! (SFW) on: April 21, 2006, 02:22:04 PM
Ran across this on NeoGaf.

7751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - which server? Asura for me! on: April 21, 2006, 12:04:07 PM
I made a black mage last night, with the name of Aakmer.  I started off in Bastok.  The starting city is one thing everyone forgot to mention.  Faction actually plays a role in this game and we should probably all try to be in the same faction.
7752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - which server? Asura for me! on: April 21, 2006, 03:17:18 AM
Nevermind...Mytocles got me one.  It has 4 uses left, so ask Mytocles nicely. smile
7753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - which server? Asura for me! on: April 21, 2006, 02:40:11 AM
That World Pass has expired.  I need one.
7754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Train that brain! (Brain Age Impressions) on: April 20, 2006, 08:37:49 PM
Quote from: "ChaoZ"
I almost had to prounce blue like "ba-loo" for it to pass.


7755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - Impressions/General Talk on: April 20, 2006, 04:07:54 PM
I will try to use this tonight to get on Asura.  I will be making a black mage, probably.
7756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Train that brain! (Brain Age Impressions) on: April 20, 2006, 04:07:18 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
I assume that if you say no, the game will present only writing excercises.


This is true.  My last two Brain Age tests I did this for because I didn't want to do the speaking part.  It only gave me written tests.
7757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 Request Thread on: April 20, 2006, 03:22:55 AM
Very interested in any RPGs for the 360, like Mass Effect.  Mostly, I want to know every single detail about the Revoltion.
7758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - Impressions/General Talk on: April 19, 2006, 07:56:47 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "DiscoJason"
Well, I went to Best Buy to get it and they didn't have it yet.  They checked the back because they just got their UPS shipment and they made me wait about 45 minutes before coming back and saying it wasn't in the shipment.  I think I should take that as a sign.


Yeah, a sign that you shouldn't be going to  Best Buy to get games on the day of release!  Tongue

That's odd though, cause they say in their ad that it would be in today. Don't you have a EB or Gamestop in your town? I'm sure they have it.


Yeah, well I wanted to pick up my keyboard and game all in one place.  They didn't have the keyboard you got in stock, either.  I actually don't like that Best Buy very much, but it is right by my work.  I can go get it at Gamestop, but then I need to go elsewhere to get my keyboard.  I am weak, I am sure I will give in again.
7759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - Impressions/General Talk on: April 19, 2006, 07:19:25 PM
Well, I went to Best Buy to get it and they didn't have it yet.  They checked the back because they just got their UPS shipment and they made me wait about 45 minutes before coming back and saying it wasn't in the shipment.  I think I should take that as a sign.
7760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: April 19, 2006, 05:23:04 PM
Quote from: "fyedaddy"
Back to your earlier question about Eater gifts. I have seen a couple posts online about a Top Hat gift for this holiday. If that's the case then I did receive that. It arrived in a letter from Mortimer last week but I honestly don't remember the letter hinting at it being a holiday gift.


The weird thing is I got that top hat from Mortimer back on President's day.
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