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8841  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.
8842  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.
8843  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.
8844  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.
8845  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?
8846  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.
8847  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.
8848  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.
8849  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.
8850  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.
8851  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.
8852  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.
8853  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.
8854  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
8855  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.
8856  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.
8857  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.
8858  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?
8859  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.
8860  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.
8861  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.
8862  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.
8863  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
8864  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.
8865  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
8866  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
8867  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.
8868  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.
8869  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.
8870  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?
8871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rule of Rose [ps2] - *very* twisted (please come to USA) on: December 01, 2005, 01:35:54 AM
And as we all know, twisted little girls are always the scariest monsters around.

I don't need to play a game to experience that. slywink
8872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: November 28, 2005, 09:46:55 AM
WW had a very nice premise, where the Prince is running from his own fate.  But they focused too much on the fighting and not enough on the running, at least that's my impression from the demo.

What's this new speed kill system?
8873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any 4 player coop games for the 360 yet? on: November 27, 2005, 11:16:39 AM
*sigh* Guess I'll wait.

*dreams of Halo 3 four player COOP*
8874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: November 27, 2005, 11:13:18 AM
It's been low key up until now, just a few screenshots, but about a month of two ago they unleashed the real PR to pave way to its release.

It's a blending of the original's puzzle gameplay and WW's combat oriented gameplay.  Basically the prince has been split into two beings, the normal prince from the first game and the Dark Prince from the second.

The normal one has a new set of puzzle solving, evasive, and stealth moves.  The Dark Prince has more combat and assassination moves.  You can switch between the two at certain points, I'm not sure if you can choose which path you take.  It would seem they're trying to appeal to both types of players, so allowing you to choose to stay as either type of Prince would be a good idea, having seperate sections that each Prince could access.

The story has The Prince returning from the isle of time (or something, I didn't play the second one) with his new bride Kayleena (or similar name).  Upon returning to Babylon, there's some sort of uproar regarding The Dark Prince wreaking havoc in the prince's abscence.  The Prince is captured by angry mobs and to save his life Kayleena sacrifices herself and unleashes the sands of time yet again on Babylon.  Somehow the prince and the dark prince meld into eachother or something.

Farah is back, and it looks like she's got a beef with the dark prince, and vice versa.  The Prince obviously still has a thing for her though.

Oh and this time, no rock music, no obscenely clad female warriors (metal thong? ugh!) and more story.
8875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comics I've been reading on: November 26, 2005, 08:40:22 PM
Later issues do have nudity and sex, and quite a bit of violence, so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 17.  She could add it to her shelves, just make sure it's limited to mature readers.  I'd actually like to see comics on library shelves, at least the trade paperbacks.

If your wife liked all those old tales, she'd get a kick out of the characters in Fables.  There's a lot of interaction between them and it's really interesting, and often funny, to hear about past interactions or how personality quirks from their fable existance affect their lives in the mundane world.

One funny instance in the first comic is how one of the three little pigs crashes at Bigby Wolf's apartment to avoid going back to the farm, Bigby wants him out, but the pig goes on about how Bigby will let him stay since there's no better sign that Bigy has been reformed than that fact that a pig he'd tried to eat before is how staying in his apartment unscathed.

Oh yeah, they arrived in the 1800s, but it's now modern New York, forgot to mention that.

I'm also reading The Walking Dead, which is your classic zombie tale.  It's nice, but the writing is starting to get a bit stale right around the third trade paperback with the constant use of, "It's good! No, it's bad!" changes.

I also picked up the first paperback of 100 Bullets, a crime and revenge series of shorts.  Based around the idea that a mysterious man is giving people a briefcase with a gun, 100 bullets, and undenyable proof of someone's involvement in that character's past downfall.  Those 100 bullets are untraceable, any investigations that turn up the bullets are stopped and the records erased.
8876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comics I've been reading on: November 26, 2005, 08:44:55 AM
I would recommend Fables.  Look for the trade paperback titled "Fables: Legends in Exile".  They're up to volume 5 of trade paperbacks now.

It's centered around the idea that the fables, characters from all those classic fairy tales, some fantasy novels, and nursury rhymes, have had their homelands invaded by an army led a powerful entity known as The Adversary.  Forced to flee, they've fled to the mundane world, although many didn't make it.  Arriving sometime in the 1800s they've managed to stake out a small section of new york which they call Fabletown.

Those fables that can pass as human reside in New York City proper, while the other fables live in a distant closed off area known as The Farm.

The series opens up with the murder of Rose Red.  With Snow White as the uptight leader of Fabletown (don't mention the dwarves) and Bigby Wolf (aka Big Bad Wolf) as Fabletown's sheriff investigating the murder.

You meet many known characters, like Jack from the beanstalk, the frog prince (who has a penchant for eating flies in public), Beaty and Beast, Cinderella, Blue Beard, and even Pinnochio.
8877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any 4 player coop games for the 360 yet? on: November 26, 2005, 08:22:40 AM
My friends and I can't really justify the cost of a 360, even next year, unless there are some good four player coop games coming out.  Er, no sports games, honestly I can't think of any sports games that are really fun with 4 player coop.

Right now our xbox1 is dedicated to four player coop games like the conflict series.  We even rent games that aren't all that good, but the inclusion of COOP somehow makes them a bit better.

Even some good fun 4 player vs modes would be nice.

So anyone here know of some current or upcoming 4 player coop games?
8878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Do you think MS will ever phase out the Core unit? on: November 25, 2005, 08:51:20 PM
So I guess games like Blinx and Timeshift won't be making an appearance on the 360?

Some other really good games needed the hard drive as well, I can't quite remember them, though.
8879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anybody else's Perfect Dark Zero buggy as crap? on: November 25, 2005, 08:49:17 PM
The reason why the power block heating up would cause a crash is as it heats up it can't produce clean electricity.

Someone with more electrical knowledge can help me here, but I think as an object heats up it has more and more electrical resistance.

So, the xbox becomes starved with electricity and eventually has a hard lock or reset.

Same as with PCs if you get a poor power supply.
8880  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: November 24, 2005, 08:03:29 PM
Basically, one person creates a PBEM game, fills in all the data from everyone, then passes it on to the next guy.  That player opens up that savegame, does his turn and then passes it on to the next guy.

They tend to get bogged down by players who don't check e-mail or have slow e-mail servers, though.  So it's best to keep the numbers small.

Setting the game setting to make one turn mean more also helps.
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