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8681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live Arcade game development on: December 17, 2005, 10:24:20 AM
Do a search for it, or you could try asking the makers of one of the PC shareware games that already made the jump.

I suspect there is converting work needed, but if a small company that made Wik can turn around and release the game on Live Arcade, I think it won't be too difficult.
8682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 360 Agony! on: December 17, 2005, 10:22:33 AM
The store closest to me, at the Westminster mall, is getting 84 units according to the list.

This mall is actually one of the less used malls, but I suspect the best buy there gets a bit of traffic.

I'll probably drive by there early sunday morning and see how things look.  I've resigned myself to getting a box next year.  The only reason why I wanted one for Christmas was to either ebay the thing for much needed college money, or as something to wow my family members with and play some racing/sports games with them on it during Christmas.
8683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live Arcade game development on: December 16, 2005, 08:58:46 PM
Considering a few shareware games have been released on the Live arcade already, I think it's just a matter of making a game that's small enough to be put on live arcade, and then modifyin the distribution routine to handle live arcade, then working out a distribution deal with MS.
8684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Trailers - DaVinci Code and Poseidon + V for Vendetta on: December 16, 2005, 06:27:46 AM
M Knight Shyamalan has a new movie, looks good and the twist is spelled out ahead of time.
http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/ladyinthewater/large.html

Quote

Cleveland Heep rescues a mysterious young woman and discovers she is actually a narf, a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the treacherous journey from our world back to hers. As Cleveland falls in love with the woman, he works together with the tenants to protect his new fragile friend from the deadly creatures that are determined to prevent her from returning home.
8685  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Trailers - DaVinci Code and Poseidon + V for Vendetta on: December 16, 2005, 05:58:57 AM
I love the posters for V, very dynamic.
8686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: December 16, 2005, 05:56:15 AM
Sort of like Thief 3's city hub?

Er, well I haven't played Thief 3 yet, but I hear it has a nice central city to move through between missions.
8687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Trailers - DaVinci Code and Poseidon + V for Vendetta on: December 16, 2005, 05:54:40 AM
I love the posters for V, very dynamic.
8688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Well Ebgames really has lost me as a customer.... on: December 16, 2005, 04:56:01 AM
Because they make more money by selling bundles online for overinflated prices than they do by people who bought preorders.
8689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Front page: SWG players fleeing the game. on: December 16, 2005, 03:05:12 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if it was shut down, then a year or two later a new and improved Star Wars MMOG is released.
8690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I`m prolly late to this but,... on: December 15, 2005, 11:20:22 PM
Using those Squad programs is like playing the old game Cannon Fodder, except less fun.

Although I did find it quite fun to use officers to send my hapless Darwinians forward to fight the evil red army.
8691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This superstar will self-destruct in five seconds. on: December 15, 2005, 12:51:01 AM
Well, he's a good actor, but I wouldn't want to be around him off the screen.

So, I'll continue to see Cruise films if they're good.
8692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 rumor: Seems Target are getting shipments in today 12/13 on: December 14, 2005, 01:12:34 AM
Heh, same here Duncan, if I manage to find one extra I'll sell to you at cost.
8693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 rumor: Seems Target are getting shipments in today 12/13 on: December 14, 2005, 12:39:48 AM
How about we turn this topic into a consolidated Xbox 360 rumor post?

I spotted this on VE3D:
http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/675/675452p1.html

Basically MS is shipping out another big shipment this week.  So I assume the target shipment was a part of this.

I'm thinking some other stores will be getting in their copies this week, and Best Buy is the only one actively holding back their boxes until the 18th.  So there's a chance we'll see boxes show up in other stores before the 18th.

I'll be checking all my local stores this week each morning to see.  I've got a CompUSA, Target, Walmart, Costco, Gamestop, and EB next to me.

I plan to pickup two, one for myself, and one to ebay to pay for it.  I'm willing to try and pickup a third to sell at cost to a fellow GT member.
8694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Killzone should have gotten more attention on: December 13, 2005, 09:13:40 PM
I agree with the sentiments above.  Too ambitious for the hardware, the game already eked out every last bit of performance from the system, so they didn't have anything left for the later features that a game like Halo has.

For the PS3, they had better live up to the marketing as a Halo killer.  The game seriously needed some form of aim assistance, Halo had 6 kinds of aim assistance depending on difficulty level.

The AI could use a lot of work, both for friendly and enemy AI.  If they manage to put in FEAR level of AI, then the game would be amazing.

The game is seriously crying out for a good MP mode too.

But the thing I most absolutely love was the first person animation.  Everything you did had a reaction on the camera, even reloading caused you to look down at your gun.  Although for some it could get disorienting, it really did draw me into the game.
8695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anything new on Team Fortress 2? on: December 13, 2005, 03:20:15 AM
So I guess Half-Life 2's release just went right over everyone's head?
8696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anything new on Team Fortress 2? on: December 13, 2005, 02:37:20 AM
Um, guys, this is Valve here.  Same company that kept it's work for HL2 under wraps for five years.

They could easily keep TF2 under wraps for a while, then suddenly release a flurry of new information.
8697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 scratched disc solution on: December 12, 2005, 08:06:57 PM
The Game Doctor has been around for a while now.  From what I've seen, sometimes it'll work, and sometimes it'll make it worse if you don't handle it properly.  When I worked at a gamestore we'd use a store copy to fix any used games we get in.
8698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows Thread on: December 12, 2005, 07:28:04 PM
Either it is now, or will be very soon.  The devs and MS aren't foolish enough to miss the fact that the 360 needs such a game to play on the 360.  It's one of the genres of game that wasn't covered by the release titles, and won't be covered for a long while.
8699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Feminine Form... on: December 12, 2005, 07:07:06 AM
As someone who doesn't like bikini armor on female characters for practical use, you can rest assured I will b

Now, if they're just showing off, sure. slywink

As for the physical form.  I like drawing women that aren't the typical supermodel beautiful, guess I'm just spoiled by all the beautiful artsy girls at my college.

One day, I'm hoping to do the art for a game that includes many strong female characters that don't adhere to the cliched bikini armored supermodel.
8700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: December 12, 2005, 07:03:13 AM
By the way, I had several freeze ups on my first generation Xbox1.  Not sure what caused these, but TTT does have some.
8701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Will 360 games look hidef on this? on: December 11, 2005, 11:10:09 PM
You can always just use the monitor's adjust image size controls, that should allow you to get the image back in line.
8702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: December 11, 2005, 08:56:29 AM
Actually, go into the extras now that you've beaten the game.  There's one video that a blooper's reel, pretty funny.  At the end they say they'll see you soon.

Which probably means they've got a next gen PoP game in the works.  The series is too good to not make another, and the next gen systems are a good opportunity to refresh the series yet again.

They also have both endings to Warrior Within in the video extras section.  And, of course, a lot of Sparth's excellent paintings in the illustration section.
8703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 released in Japan today on: December 11, 2005, 08:04:21 AM
Don't forget the Civ series. slywink

Just how large is Japan?  I mean looking at maps it's about the size of one large US state, with a population that's even more packed than US cities.

When you consider how crazy things can get for a state sports game, the Japanese past time of gaming and the calamity from a game's release doesn't seem that bad.
8704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking for a list of "internet-only" banks on: December 11, 2005, 06:53:23 AM
Strangely enough, Bank of America started out as Bank of Italy, or some similar foreign country name.  Tongue
8705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: December 11, 2005, 06:41:32 AM
Yeah, I know that chariot follows by tough boss battle that you speak of.  I only had one orb for the chariot part, I ended up going back one segment earlier, the workshop puzzle where there's no combat to smash things and stock up on orbs.

The thing I'm most curious about, though, is now that TTT has wrapped up the Sands of Time trilogy, what will the next Prince of Persia game be about?  What's going to be the next gimmick that allows the prince to escape death on all those instant death puzzles.
8706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 11, 2005, 04:23:50 AM
All this interaction sounds pretty fun.  A DS is really appealing to me right now, especially since a few family members have one.
8707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 Dilemma on: December 10, 2005, 07:42:20 PM
Buy it, sell it on ebay for at least $800+, pocket the profit and remind the kid that flunked his classes that simple math really does help your future. slywink

With extra cash in hand, just wait for it to become widely available and buy it then.
8708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Costco has a ton of Xbox 360's in now on: December 10, 2005, 07:40:59 PM
As an update, I called around and it turns out one Costco near by got theirs in and sold out.  Rats.

Anyway, what's the best time to camp out in front of a store next sunday?  Is it only best buy or should I check other places?  Perhaps CompUSA or Frys will get a shipment on the same day?
8709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Costco has a ton of Xbox 360's in now on: December 10, 2005, 07:27:08 PM
I just checked the costco here in Fountain Valley, CA there were none out on the floor and the guy I asked said they didn't get any.  It seems only some of them are getting the boxes, which explains why some are getting large amounts of them.
8710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it too early to give up on the 360 for Christmas? on: December 10, 2005, 09:15:10 AM
I'm heading to Costco early tomorrow to check if they do indeed have 360s in.  Although unlikely, doesn't hurt to try.
8711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Just like the Vietcong. Varmitcong. on: December 09, 2005, 04:01:59 AM
Um, those are evil possums?  You haven't seen the ugly ones we have here in Socal, although I'm sure their nastier in other places, ours look like effluent with legs.
8712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it too early to give up on the 360 for Christmas? on: December 09, 2005, 03:56:54 AM
I checked one of my two non corporate local game shops recently, it turns out the owners have been ebaying any Xboxes they get in.

Now, I don't think that buying an xbox from a store and selling it is fine, but tapping the distribution network just to get xboxes to ebay seems just plain wrong.

I have another local store that I'm going to check tomorrow, it's small enough that they might have an extra one sometime.
8713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gizmondo RULES!!!!! on: December 08, 2005, 01:02:04 AM
Always remember, sarcasm really doesn't work on the net in text form, you have to do it either really obviously, or make sure that people know you well.  Tongue
8714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The downside of good graphics on: December 06, 2005, 07:14:41 PM
Yeah, this has been covered a while ago, it's also why we're seeing a lot more stylized humans with good rendering on them, it's also why a lot more concept artists are being hired.
8715  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Favorite board game? on: December 05, 2005, 06:52:13 AM
There are themed versions of clue too.

There's a Dungeons and Dragons clue, that combines the classic sleuthing gameplay along with killing monsters.  Hmm... The Thief killed the Cleric in the sacrificial alter room with a poisoned dagger.  I win!  Tongue
8716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WAY late to the party: Metal Gear Solid 2 on: December 05, 2005, 04:13:55 AM
Spoiler for Hiden:

You're pretty close to the end when the colonel starts freaking out on you.  You're inside Metal Gear Arsenal, not rex
8717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: December 04, 2005, 06:31:49 AM
These two threads contain a bunch of concept art for the game, they're really big, so 56kers should avoid these.

http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=57060
http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=56988

I know what I'll be playing once finals end.
8718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 problem scratched disc on: December 04, 2005, 01:17:26 AM
Do you have your 360 on the side?

Many systems have problems when the system os placed up on its side.  My friend's PS2 would literally eat CDs when placed on its side.  The things cane out with deep gashes and what looked like claw marks.  Tongue

Anyway, the best bet is to find some local shop that has a CD resurfacer.  I have a local console game shop that has one in the back, they charge about $3.00 for each resurface.
8719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: December 02, 2005, 08:38:07 AM
One thing I love about the series is the art design in general.  Say what you will about the gameplay, they hired some great artists to make the artwork.

One of my favorite artists, Sparth, did concept and I think texture work for the game.  He has many beautiful concept images on his site, and I'm probably going to pickup the art of warrior within book.

I'm not sure if they hired him back for Two Thrones, but it's possible.
8720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Holding the PS3 Controller on: December 02, 2005, 08:28:13 AM
Yep, need to hold it in my hand to see how it really is.  Besides, you know somone will make a classic dual shock 2 that's compatable with the system.

What were the changes to this controller besides the shape?

Wasn't there some sort of trigger for the right index finger?
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