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9081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Videogame voice actors to go on strike - not paid enough? on: May 27, 2005, 10:18:47 PM
If you look at sales, anime sales have only recently begun to take off, althougn not caused, but it does coincide with the introduction of Pioneer's great dubbing work on animes like Trigun and Cowboy Bebop.  The main sales back there were fans, nowadays there's casual buys.

In fact, a lot of anime now has very good voicework, although they're still rather limited by the language difference, culture, character issues.

Anyone remember Evil Islands?  A pretty good game marred by absolutely horrible voice acting.  It would have done well if not for everyone saying how bad the voicework was.
9082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Videogame voice actors to go on strike - not paid enough? on: May 27, 2005, 08:44:18 PM
In the animation business, good voice work can carry bad animation, but good animation can't carry bad voicework.
9083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FALLOUT 3 on: May 23, 2005, 01:28:30 AM
Yep, Xcom Apoc was one of the best examples of how to do real-time strategy at the squad level.

You could pause to issue orders, there were three (or four) speeds to cycle through.

Your soldiers would use any nearby cover (most of the time), move in and out of cover to shoot, run away from grenades, etc...  You didn't have to babysit and constantly pause to manage everything because of the great AI.

And all this was done back then, when computer systems weren't any where near the power we have now.
9084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FALLOUT 3 on: May 22, 2005, 08:13:20 PM
Big jake, you certainly aren't helping your argument by getting so worked up over a game change.  You're making this a bit personal by sounding like Bethesda and the people who are okay with real-time mode went over and killed your family and your dog too.

I would really recommend trying some of the better paced RTS games.  Kohan 1 was an excellent example of well paced RTS.  X-Com Apocalypse had one of the greatest real time small group modes out there.

Even though I say this, I do have to reiterate that I am a huge fan of turn based games, I play them all the time.  Heck, my biggest favorite was X-Com and Fallout.  I'm probably as a big a fan of fallout as you.  I hated Fallout BOS probably as much as you, but the big difference is that I hated the game because it was designed poorly, not because it included real-time.  

From my experiences I know real-time games can be done quite well and can be just as strategic or tactical as turn based games, but in different ways, of course.

Likewise, turn based games have their own strangeness to them that I find odd, especially apparent in RPGs like Fallout.
9085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Twi'lek females: Would you hit it? on: May 22, 2005, 07:37:45 AM
This is Red 5, I'm going in.  Tongue
9086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FALLOUT 3 on: May 22, 2005, 06:31:00 AM
I agree with Sarkus.  I really don't get the whole madness over turn based vs. real time.

I'm a huge fan of turn based games, but I also loved X-Com apocalypse's real time mode and the Kohan games.

The key to a good real time mode is to keep the pacing manageable and give the player plenty of options in directing his soldiers and the pace.

As such, include a multiple speeds, pause to give orders, if characters can be automated then give them many options to set their behavior, etc...

Heck Fallout 3, by the original team, was going to be real-time.
9087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 21, 2005, 08:27:18 AM
They really should have kept some of these villians all the way through the main prequels, but we've heard that before.

I mean, it's like the original batman movies where they kill off the joker in the first movie.  Not a good idea.

Then they replaced him with Count Dooku, and don't even bother to build him up as a really nasty villian.  Sure, he does the usual maiming and killing, but that's just normal villian stuff.

Anyway, back the movie at hand.  These movies have been really inconsistant in terms of Jedi abilities.

Right off the bat I was annoyed by the fact that you have those little scrapper droids attaching themselves to Obiwan's fighter, then you have that complex sequence of them removing the droids.  What I thought at that point was why didn't the two jedi simply use the force to throw those droids off their hull?  I mean, they can fling people and big droids 20-30 yards away and lift X-Wing fighters out of bogs, but for some reason they can't fling some annoying little droids off their fighters.

Of course, this is what happens when you work in a vacuum as Lucas has lately.

I do like the movie, but I just wanted to chime in that I can certainly see why many would not.
9088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 more powerful than the PS3? on: May 21, 2005, 08:19:41 AM
Frankly, I won't bother comparing the two systems until I see some videos of game in action without any touching up.
9089  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Any mmorpg news? on: May 20, 2005, 06:28:08 AM
I see it's using the Bigworld Technology.

I was really looking forward to Bigworld's flagship title, Citizen Zero before MS bought it out and the game turned into an instance heavy game like CoH (not that it's a bad thing, but the original design lived up to the bigworld name).

It's good to see someone's still going to make a massive online game with the engine.
9090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 20, 2005, 06:21:03 AM
I'm just pissed they killed Ayan Secura (or whatever that petite twileck jedi's name was).  Tongue

Certainly no where near perfect, acting is still a problem, but I think Lucas has redeemed himself with this one.

I certainly agree with all of Farley's points, but I'm still wowed by the ending duel between

Although, I thought it rather corny how they introduced the whole force ghost deal.  They should have had Obiwan meeting with Qui-gon.
9091  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Any mmorpg news? on: May 20, 2005, 12:30:11 AM
Tabula just had a big announcement about a big shift in its design.

Less Galactic Hippies, and more Galactic Rebellion with humans filling the gap.

It still looks interesting.
9092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem for PS2 on: May 19, 2005, 09:36:25 AM
Hex based too.  Count me in.
9093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 19, 2005, 08:54:28 AM
Something I pulled off the OO forums, but in other words:

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9094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 question from a console newb. on: May 19, 2005, 08:20:54 AM
My console is bigger than your console...  Tongue

It's all about the games for me.  Although money is factored in, if there are enough good games for each system I'll get all three, it'll take some time but there's no rush.  This current lineup of consoles should be around for a while considering how much of a loss they'll take on each system sold.
9095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FALLOUT 3 on: May 19, 2005, 07:25:21 AM
Setting, characterization, and tone could be preserved with the right team behind it, the story would have to be much less personal.

And as I was saying before, a whole lot of things must come together to make Fallout properly as an MMO, which probably won't ever happen.

Right now, your argument is against a Fallout MMO in the now, meaning you're objecting to them making it with some random team under some strange publisher with whatever guy that was seeking funding running the show.

But I think if they brought back the original fallout gang and a good publisher that understood that keeping to a setting was a good idea (marketing be damned), then a good

It's just that, it's not going to happen.
9096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 2005 booth models on: May 19, 2005, 06:17:12 AM
I'm actually more interested in what you guys talked about than pictures of them.

I can find pictures of good looking women all over the place, gimme a smart one and she's a keeper.
9097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Perfect Dark Zero: First Impressions [IGN] on: May 19, 2005, 06:01:55 AM
30 frames is perfectly fine, just as good as 60 frames.

The big thing to remember is constant framerate matters more than the frame count itself when over 30fps.  Although many still can discern the difference between 30 and 60 fps, almost everyone will know when something that had been running at a constant 30fps suddenly starts fluctuating between 15-40fps, and that's what people really notice.

So, don't worry so much about the actual number of frames.  Heck, you don't see hardware reviewers placing as much emphasis on it as they used now.  Now it's about graphical features and consistency.
9098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Top 5 games you'd like to see re-made? on: May 19, 2005, 05:19:34 AM
X-Com - It doesn't have to be x-com itself, but something very close and that'll be enough.  I'm hoping the Codo guys get enough money from Rebelstar raiders to turn it into the next X-Com.

I can hold off on System Shock because Bioshock should fill that role well.  However yes, I do still want a System Shock 3 to finish up the story, as I hated that tidbit at the end of SS2.
9099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FALLOUT 3 on: May 19, 2005, 03:37:10 AM
It's not really helping fallout fan's cases that whenever someone posts against the idea, it sounds almost rabid one sided views.

Also, I'm a huge Fallout fan, it was my first big RPG and hooked me on big RPGs.  And yet I still think a Fallout MMO would be a good idea, but only if they did things right (which with current technology, they couldn't).  I also think Bethesda could do a fine job with the license.
9100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Friday the 20th at E3 on: May 19, 2005, 03:33:33 AM
Is anything still happening on the exhibition floor on the last day of E3?

I just got tickets for the show, unfortunately, due to finals I can only attend on Friday.  Is it worth it to go, even if only on the last day?  I fear people might already be packing up and heading out.  We're hoping to catch a lot of the indy developers as much as the big names.
9101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo gets stupid... on: May 18, 2005, 06:58:47 AM
Yeah, gimmicks.  But considering that they probably can make these very cheaply (old gba hardware) means that every unit would be sold at a profit, whereas other companies depend on games to make the money.
9102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FALLOUT 3 on: May 18, 2005, 06:26:23 AM
Yep, I can certainly understand people when they desire to have a series stay close to its roots, but this outright hatred for something that has yet to be shown, let alone played, boggles my mind.

If it's a good game, I'm buying it.  That's what it boils down to for me.

Sure, a lot of other spin offs were poor games, but those were poor games by their own right.  Those really poor spin offs, like X-com interceptor and enforcer were very much butcheries of the X-com setting.

However, Bethesda has a strong background in creating RPGs, so Fallout would still be an RPG at its core, rather than a Fallout: ROAD RAGE! or SUPER MUTANT MAYHEM action game deal.
9103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3] Motor Storm trailer on: May 18, 2005, 06:21:45 AM
Thin_j where did you get your info that it was prerendered?  I'm not doubting you, but I'd like some confirmation before my hopes are brutally beat down.  Tongue

I mean, I saw the Ghost Recon 3 in game footage and it was nearly on par with this video.
9104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best video game trailer ever? on: May 18, 2005, 05:18:05 AM
I'd consider that just a teaser rather than a full trailer.  I think I'll wait to see a full trailer that shows some real game footage.

And yes, the MGS2 trailer was the best trailer ever.
9105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A watershed moment for PC Gamers on: May 18, 2005, 03:56:06 AM
Yep, not to play sides, but consoles usually stay out for 5-6 years and it's only in that last year is a next gen announced.

The xbox is an exception because it was released quite a bit later than the other two this last generation.
9106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Konami News] - MGS4, MGA2 and MGS3: Subsistence Announced on: May 18, 2005, 03:43:15 AM
Anyone catch that riff on Splinter Cell at the end of the MGS4 teaser?

It has snake with Sam's gear (three lens goggles and SC2000) and in his signature squat position.
9107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where can I find a video of that FF7 PS3 tech demo? on: May 18, 2005, 03:34:57 AM
Yes, but game continuity would not be interrupted to go to a cutscene.
9108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A watershed moment for PC Gamers on: May 18, 2005, 01:06:50 AM
Cooexistance for me, I like games on all platforms, and eventually everything will become one box anyway.

Besides, we've seen this before.  It won't be long until the PC hardware blows away console hardware.  In fact, we already have stuff on the PC market that can rival these next gen consoles, however it's pretty expensive.

Consoles excel at putting out cutting edge hardware in a concise single platform solution, where games can optimize themselves for it.
9109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which system(s) will you buy? on: May 18, 2005, 01:06:38 AM
Once again, I'll wait until I can feel that controller before I make judgements.  I don't mind its looks, heck I found the dual shock controllers strange when I first saw them.
9110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 Games to be $59.99 each... on: May 18, 2005, 01:05:51 AM
Yes, however consoles are also becoming more widespread, along with gaming being more accepted in general.

However, originality is still an issue.

Luckily, there will always be the PC's indie market, along with modders for PC games.
9111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where can I find a video of that FF7 PS3 tech demo? on: May 18, 2005, 01:00:43 AM
Basically, when moving around and interacting with things under the player's control, the game really can look that good.  That's real-time as opposed to prerendered.
9112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So where do you stand right now? on: May 17, 2005, 09:47:47 PM
One interesting thing about Live for the 360 is that everyone can now get a Live account for free (silver account).  However, they are limited to playing only on week ends, they do get some downloads, and of course, access to that online marketplace thing they have.

People who subscribe get the gold status and can play whenever they want, plus some other benefits.
9113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 Games to be $59.99 each... on: May 17, 2005, 09:41:51 PM
There'll always be rentals.

Which is pretty much the only reason why I buy consoles, I know I can rent every game that comes out.

However, there's no way all the games will be $60 each, however the AAA launch titles will probably be that much.
9114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 2005 - Best Screenshots on: May 17, 2005, 09:39:02 PM
The game is basically Grand Theft Mall Zombies.

Basically, the hero goes to investigate some strange happenings in this one town, only to find it overrun by zombies.  He makes his way into the local mall, thinking that'll be safe, but he was wrong.

So, how he has all this equipment from the mall that he can use to stay alive and try to escape.
9115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360] Final Fantasy XI on: May 17, 2005, 08:04:14 PM
I love the story and art to most FF games, but the gameplay could really use a refresher.
9116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3] Motor Storm trailer on: May 17, 2005, 08:02:25 PM
Then again, if you consider other videos of actual gameplay for other 360 games, what they showed could very well be actual gameplay.
9117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I can't find it anywhere, Is Xbox360 backwards compatible? on: May 17, 2005, 07:16:44 PM
Actually, it's been confirmed as emulation, the post on voodoo extreme with the MS guys saying it was emulation.
9118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where can I find a video of that FF7 PS3 tech demo? on: May 17, 2005, 07:07:45 PM
Actually, they're basically touting that the graphics you saw in that tech demo will be the same whether it's a cinematic or during play.

I suspect the new FF game will be FF7-2, they've been going on about it for a long time.

Although, who knows whether they'll find some way to update the original FF7 somehow and include it with the new game.  I mean, it's been a long time since the game was out, they've got to introduce new players to the series.
9119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I can't find it anywhere, Is Xbox360 backwards compatible? on: May 17, 2005, 08:28:22 AM
Perhaps the backwards compatability will be through some sort of emulation?  If so, it would make a lot of sense for them to be cautious as most of the games will have problems.  They'd have to release Live patches to the emulation program that would have run setting profiles for specific games.

This would cost money for them to produce, and thus would be limited to the titles they think are worthy of being played on the XB360.

EDIT:  Looks like I was right on the money.  Backwards compatability is via emulator.  Just saw the post on VE, so that means only certain titles will be playable on the Xbox 360, and I suspect most of them you'll already have.
9120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So where do you stand right now? on: May 17, 2005, 08:22:33 AM
Sarkus, you do have a point there.

I don't have any brand loyalty, it's all about the games for me.  But if the Xbox 360 is coming out that much earlier, I don't see a reason not to get it since it's already on my list.  By the time the PS2 comes out I'll have saved enough for that too (and my nice tax return has helped in that regard).

Oblivion would be better on my PC, but there's still plenty of release titles for the 360 that I'm looking forward to.
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