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2521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] 'second shipment' = Absolutely Nothing on: December 02, 2005, 02:19:38 PM
I think it is a big plan by MS to keep demand for the 360 very very high not just through Christmas but until the PS3 comes out.  

They have a year (roughly) window where there is nothing to touch them so I believe they intend to keep demand high that whole time.  

Why?  Because they can and it will keep interest/press/hype high.  People will still be buzzing about the system.

If they didn't people would be buzzing about the games and that is a more unknown factor.
2522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 Defective Rate Normal for New Hardware - 3% on: December 01, 2005, 11:10:32 PM
And the big thing is - it doesn't matter  

From all the reports I have read MS has been great to deal with about repairing the units so even if it is huge numbers they are taking responsiblity.
2523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 Defective Rate Normal for New Hardware - 3% on: December 01, 2005, 09:26:38 PM
Quote from: "Harry F. Ishnuts"
Looks like I hit a nerve.

I am impressed that you Sony Fanbois are tracking my posts.

Do you stalk full time or just when your Mommy tells you that you have to quit playin on your console and go do your homework?

Like I said, The failure rate for the XBox is around 3%.

Next whine please!

    -HFI-


You just can't be part of the community can you?
2524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 Defective Rate Normal for New Hardware - 3% on: December 01, 2005, 09:03:15 PM
I will say the same thing I said at OO.


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You know, Harry you could become a member of the community and talk about other stuff. Every post doesn't need to be about evil Sony fanboys or how Microsoft is great.

For goodness sake man, play a game! Tell us what you thought of it! Something, anything!
2525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rule of Rose [ps2] - *very* twisted (please come to USA) on: December 01, 2005, 08:08:52 PM
I think I have reached my saturation point with girls being tortured.  Maybe I am just getting old.
2526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / M and L: partners in time! on: December 01, 2005, 03:42:51 PM
In my 5 minutes of playing I can say - it is cool!  I can't wait to spend more time with it.
2527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DQ8 - questions (may contain slight spoilers) on: November 29, 2005, 09:23:40 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Was it a special monster (the kind you can see on a world map) on the beach that the recipe referenced (near the lady bandit)?  If so, then once you defeat it you will get a message the the monster rises up again, looks at your party with respect, and then you will get the choice to send the monster to Morrie's.


No it was one of the babies in a group, so it wasn't the right little twerp.

I think I will go after them tonight rather than working on getting the ship (the next story quest).  It sounds like fun to find them.
2528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DQ8 - questions (may contain slight spoilers) on: November 29, 2005, 09:16:53 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
1.  I think you mean "Nose for Treasure" and yeah as near as I can figure it only works in towns and dungeons- not on the world map.

Whistle is for instantaneously spawning monster encounters.



Yes "Nose for Treasure"  totally blanked on the name.  

It is annoying that it doesn't work outside becuase that is where I have a hard time finding treasure chests.  Dungeons are closed spaces but outside is huge!


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2.  Yes you need the paper- though it only has to be in your inventory (either character or bag).  At the time you receive the "recipes" you should only have encountered one of the enemies previously- you need to to refight it (hint:  the blue slime is *not* one from the first area).


Humm, I had it in my bag and faced on of the kalamari but nothing happened...should I have seen a message or something?
2529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DQ8 - questions (may contain slight spoilers) on: November 29, 2005, 08:58:18 PM
As I play I have questions from time to time so I thought I would post here and see if people know answers.

1. Yangus's whistle...how does it work?  I have tried it often outside to see if there are treasure chests around but nothing ever happens.  Does it only work in dungeons?

2. Monster 'collecting'. The guy gave me three pieces of paper with monsters to send his way but how do I do that?  I have fought some of those monsters but never get any special message.  Do I need to give them the piece of paper?


Those are it for now.

Thanks
2530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Welp -- My Christmas tree is going to be empty this year on: November 29, 2005, 06:07:49 PM
Quote from: "msduncan"
Quote from: "farley2k"
Considering the normal holiday shipping confusion I doubt this is all that bad.

And if she really loves you she can get one off Ebay for just a bit more than retail. smile


Yeah right.  

Yeah right about two things:    'a bit more than retail', followed immediately by 'get one off Ebay'.

That's not going to happen.  :p

She WOULD probably buy one for a little more...but not ebay prices.




How about JC Pennys?
2531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Welp -- My Christmas tree is going to be empty this year on: November 29, 2005, 04:06:04 PM
Considering the normal holiday shipping confusion I doubt this is all that bad.

And if she really loves you she can get one off Ebay for just a bit more than retail. smile
2532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 annoyances on: November 29, 2005, 12:30:48 AM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
Who goes first in DW/DW games has allways been dictated by your agility and some times the type of attack can affect it as well. Note, it's not exactly that who has the highest AGL goes first, it's who has the highest AGL has a better chance of going first.

There are some spells in the game that will make your character the last to go regardless of agility. So you can get a good idea based on the agilities of your party member as to who will have a better chance at being first. The series has never had anything that showed battle order, it's part of the randomness of the series.


Just becuase they have never had it doesn't make it good - in fact that is kinda why it is an annoyance.  smile

I appreciate the retro aspect of the game but I think with a few simple changes they could have improved the game enormously.


And as to the agility thing it is useless becuase you don't know the enemies agility (unless there is some way to check which I don't know) so even if you know who on your team will go first you have no idea if all the enemies will attack before then, just one, two, etc.

Which gets to my other annoyance about the AI on 'tactics' doing better.  Basically depending on how the round goes Yangus (who "usually" goes last) can cast heal on the team member with the lowest HP if their HP really drops.  A person has to pick Yangus's action before seeing how the round goes which means you may attack when really you need to heal.  To me that is annoying.
2533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 annoyances on: November 28, 2005, 09:36:52 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Is there an actual order?  I thought it was based on Agility and using certain moves took a longer time, but I haven't figured it out yet either.  It seems Jessica and Angelo go first about 90% of the time.


I don't think anyone knows.  Most people seem to be guessing agility then some other modifiers, but since you can't see the monsters agility and since your team obviously doesn't follow that strictly....anyone's guess is as good as anyone else's.
2534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 annoyances on: November 28, 2005, 09:02:10 PM
I love the game but there are some really really annoying things which actually seem to get worse just because they happen again and again.

1. Why can't I move more than one item at a time out of my 'bag'?  I would like to move as many healing herbs as possible, not just one at a time.

2. Why, if you let a shop keeper 'organize' your inventory do they move all healing herbs out to make room for *one* item?  How about just move one?

3. Why can't I find out what order turns will come in?  Sometimes Jessica is first, sometimes the hero, sometimes Yangus (who normally is very slow).  I   would like a little clue!

4. If I use 'tactics' my team will change *on the fly* but I can't do that so actually it is better to use 'tactics' becuase the outcome will be better!  It shouldn't be better not to plan.

5. Why is the world map so useless?  Maybe it is me, but I can't find crap with that map - should it have town names on it?

6. Why can't recipies be complete?  I am all for having to find them, but it is annoying how little they say.  Stuff like "combine a bronze sword with 'something sharp'"  is not a really helpful description.  I know they want people to experiment but it is annoying.

7. Why is this game so freaking addictive and wonderful that I can't stop thinking about it?
2535  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / *sold* PSP, 256 meg DUO, Logitech case on: November 28, 2005, 06:31:54 PM
It has been sold.
2536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The MSDUNCAN trying to get a 360 status update on: November 28, 2005, 01:21:26 AM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Stuff and quotes. smile

I think we have to admit you were right about the 360 launch, but considering you were way wrong about Oblivion Tongue you are actually onlyl even.  


2537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DOA:movie trailer on: November 23, 2005, 05:43:00 PM
My eyes!  The goggles, they do nothing!
2538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General 360 Questions on: November 23, 2005, 05:09:10 PM
Quote from: "ChaoZ"
Does it play Divx/Xvid out of the box?


No.  At least that is what I have gotten from the Gamers With Jobs podcast.
2539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the year so far - 2005 console edition on: November 23, 2005, 03:37:04 PM
Rebel Star: Tactical Command for the GBA.  

I had such high hopes and while the game wasn't terrible it wasn't good either.  They really wasted a lot of possiblities with it.
2540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 360 crashes! It must suck! on: November 23, 2005, 03:10:29 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Mine had some error when I first booted it up...then I turned it off and on again and haven't had a problem since.

It's cool to hate MS.


Yup all the cool kids do it!  And it is "M$"
2541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 360 crashes! It must suck! on: November 23, 2005, 02:09:16 PM
Holy cow people are just waiting for something to complain about.  I have seen videos of the 360 crashing on at least 3 sites this morning!

Like other consoles never locked up?  

I mean, I am all for hating the people who were lucky enough to get systems smile but it just seems like people want a reason to dislike the system.
2542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 alchemy pot list on: November 22, 2005, 08:00:59 PM
I thought there may be some folks who, like me hate digging around for this kind of thing.  If you are here is a list of all the items you can make in the alchemy pot.  It doesn't tell locations of items, or how good (or bad) the item you create is but it at least lets you know some stuff.
2543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great Xbox 360 commercial on: November 22, 2005, 07:50:24 PM
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To use this product, you need to install free software
This product requires Microsoft© Internet Explorer 6, Microsoft© Media Player 10, and Macromedia Flash 7. To download these free software applications, click the links below and follow the on-screen instructions.



No firefox support.  Who writes web pages like that anymore?
2544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should I sell my PSP - I am becoming one of those people! on: November 22, 2005, 07:35:15 PM
Quote from: "DiscoJason"
 I find people who sell these systems end up regretting it and then buy a second one, thereby wasting money.  I roll my eyes at those people.



I think that too.  At least 99% of the time.  I sold my Dreamcast and never cared.  

And the longer I keep it the less it is worth (assuming there is ever a price drop, bundle, etc.)
2545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should I sell my PSP - I am becoming one of those people! on: November 22, 2005, 06:47:18 PM
I make fun of people who sell their systems becuase of a lack of games.  It just always seems to me that someday a game will come out you really want to play.

But I am really thinking of selling my PSP.  I am becoming one of those people.

I just cannot see anything on the launch horizon which appears even slightly interesting.  I like RPGs, I don't like multiplayer, and I hate sports titles.  I can't find a single thing which I would buy for this system.

I picked it up a few months ago because I saw a couple RPGs coming and well...it is so pretty! smile  However I picked up Legend of Heroes and while it is 'ok' I know that as soon as Final Fantasy 4 (or 6 or whatever the hell it is in the US!) comes out I will never turn the PSP on again.   And games like Lord of the Rings: Tactics haven't been getting stellar reviews.


So what to do?
2546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst Launch Ever on: November 22, 2005, 04:15:50 PM
Sears will miss you. smile

That does sound pretty sucky and you wonder who is lying.  


In the end though this is actually a very good launch - for the stores.  They sold out, and they will continue to sell out.
2547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Heroes (PSP) Impressions on: November 22, 2005, 04:10:53 PM
Quote from: "Vinda-Lou"
These are all great impressions.  I'm at work, with Websense on the web so I can't check game sites, but why is this game getting panned overall?  Maybe it's not, but I could have swore I saw a 55% at gamerankings.  Not as the average, but as a single score.  I am genuinely interested in buying this game and it sounds cool, but what is so bad or good about it?  Granted, they are just review sites, but I learned my lesson to at least listen to these sites.



The story isn't very good.  The battle system is turn based.  The graphics are not "3D"

To be honest those are the things every negative review has hammered on.  To me they seemed like comments of people who really didn't like the genre anyway.

Don't get me wrong the game isn't "great" I would give it a "B" at best but it is of a style that many people don't like these days.
2548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 10 Reasons to wait for the Playstation 3 on: November 22, 2005, 01:39:44 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"

I want to see some real gameplay footage from the PS3 before I get excited. All we have seen so far is pre-rendered video. That and I don't think the PS3 will be out anytime soon and it's going to cost a lot more than the 360.


I agree with that, except for the cost thing.  Just like we haven't seen gameplay we haven't heard Sony talk about price.  Lots of speculation but no facts.



Well, actually I just saw some news over at Evil Avatar in which...well I will quote.

 
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According to an article on cnn, Sony CEO Howard Stringer said that the PS3 will sell for $300-$400. Sony will selling the PS3 at a loss in order to popularize Blu-ray.

Quote:
Sir Howard said the PS3 will sell for $300 to $400 and will come with a bundle of games, movies, and TV shows, many of which Sony also makes. The question is whether the titles will be bundled on Blu-ray DVD discs or on a built-in hard drive.

Quote:
Sony's CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, said recently that Sony will sell the PS3 at a loss in order to populate the world with Sony's favored high-definition DVD standard, known as Blu-ray.




So it would appear to be quite comperable in price to the 360, and have other advantages....could be interesting.
2549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How soon can you start looking for a new job? on: November 21, 2005, 08:22:08 PM
Quote from: "DamageInc"
I would say it depends on what your resume looks like, and how badly companies need to fill a position for what you are qualified for.

If you jump around a lot and it shows on your resume it can be bad, but it depends on how you explain it.

If you tell interviewers (if asked) why you are leaving so soon you could say because you want to expand your horizons, and wanted to take on more responsiblities and your current employer has little room in that area.

They may come back and ask do you feel 8 months is enough time to wait for a promotion?

They may look at it as a lack of patience, but again it is very situational.

Just be ready for the questions and be honest. Most interviewers can smell BS a mile away.



So saying "I am so bored I want to beat my head in" is not a good answer?  smile

As to the promotion thing it isn't so much the time as there is no path for promotion. The only job above me here is the director of IT and I really don't want that plus the guy in the job is not planning on going anywhere.
2550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How soon can you start looking for a new job? on: November 21, 2005, 07:41:19 PM
My job is dull, dull, dull.  I would say I work about 1-2 hours a day on work stuff and have to look busy for 6-7!  (Unless you work here too and in that case I work tirelessly all day, extra even!)

On top of that I drive roughly 30-40 minutes a day and we are having a baby in May so I don't think I want to be that far away and spend that much time commutting.

I took this job because it paid a ton more than the one I had and I thought there might be some room for advancement.  Now that I have been here for awhile I love the salary but advancement isn't really possible.  

So I would like to find a new job but I have only been here for 8 months or so.  Is that too quickly to start looking for another job?
2551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy 12 demo impressions on: November 21, 2005, 02:24:19 PM
Well, I am not alone!  The guys at Penny Arcade seem to hate the new direction as much as I do!



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If I had to say, I'd put it like this:  Final Fantasy XII is an insult to a once proud franchise and to the people who have made it so.  I think that gets it across.

With the extended delays of the title, I had imagined that the rough trade they received at the hands of almost every person who saw it had sunk in and they had begun to realize the intense shame they'd bring upon themselves by continuing in this direction.  That's not what happened.  They're Final Goddamn Fantasy, they don't have to worry about larger industry trends toward approachability and away from turn or phase based combat.  They create trends, like a massive stellar body distorts local space.

This isn't just slavish devotion to tradition - the fact of the matter is that the system they had works better.  It's more explicit regarding game events, and the player has greater control.  You don't have to take my word for it - Dragon Quest VIII is awesome, and includes the same demo I played.  There are two combat modes, the "Wait" mode being slightly less bad but not what you might call "good."  Give it a whirl, the whole thing is trash.  If for some reason you do enjoy it - and I've certainly done my best here to lower expectations - then rejoice.  You must be the person they're trying to appeal to.  It'll feel good for a while, until they determine that mass market annual "footy" titles are where it's at.  Then you and I can sit together in a cafe and talk about those good times.
2552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looks like I'm buying the Xbox360 Core System... on: November 18, 2005, 07:51:56 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Hell, it's what I would do if I was in your shoes...good call. It's better than having nothing until after Christmas.



I wonder how had it will be to find core systems though.  Yes there is a shortage but will that be both systems?
2553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting a PSP - What's the one game I should get? on: November 18, 2005, 07:47:07 PM
Quote from: "Poomba"
Well, I finally sold my DS and games and am going to pick up a PSP at the local EB (manager's going to let me look through all of their used ones) and have about enough money to grab one game right now.

So, which should it be? I was thinking either Socom or GTA (looking for action possibly?) or maybe one of the new RPG's, Kingdom of Paradise or Legend of Heroes.

Can anyone weigh in on some of the newer titles and offer a suggestion?


I just picked up Legend of Heroes but I haven't had a chance to play it yet sorry.  However the reviews haven't been stellar so I would hold off on that for awhile.

Out of the ones mentioned I would say GTA is the best of the bunch but you can find some good games used these days so maybe you could get two used ones instead.  

I have seen Hot Shots Golf used for reasonable and it is a great game which would enterain you for a long time maybe that and something else.
2554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looks like I'm buying the Xbox360 Core System... on: November 18, 2005, 07:38:48 PM
I think it is a bit retardo but it is only a bit more money.  

What are the odds that the store will have more shipments by Dec. 2-4?  Missing out on launch day is a bummer but is it worth the extra money?
2555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy 12 demo impressions on: November 17, 2005, 01:41:59 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
I haven't played the demo yet, but I've never understood the comparison to MMOs.  From what I've read, the battle system is very similar to that of KoTOR, and that didn't seem anything like the few MMORPGs I've played.  There are elements of FF12 that appear in MMOs, but nothing that hasn't also appeared in single-player RPGs, such as fighting enemies on the same screen (no separate battle area), visible equipment changes, etc.


Play the demo and see what you think.  

I have only played one MMO - Camelot, but somehow it felt more like that than it did like KoToR.  

Maybe that was just becuase I couldn't pick weapons, armor, etc. so it didn't feel like my choices.
2556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy 12 demo impressions on: November 17, 2005, 03:20:09 AM
So what did others who got this think?  

I played the two parts and I have to say - what freaking crap!!!  It was beautiful but the combat was so generic I was nodding off.  Maybe it was because I didn't have instructions but I couldn't seem to queue instructions,  so I didn't really feel in control.

I don't care for this type of active combat, quite often it feels like I don't even need to be there.  How can it be fun to just watch the computer AI kill monsters?

The arrows which point out who you were attacking....well they were cute at first but then I realized they didn't mean anything.  It was just fluff.


I am just very dissappointed.
2557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: November 16, 2005, 08:14:52 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
I've got it as well....but I am kind of busy right now with other stuff...   :wink:

I'll check it out tonight.


grrrrrr...... :evil:
2558  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sony BMG's CDs are now spyware on: November 16, 2005, 06:35:17 PM
I am just suprised this hasn't been in the news more.  Sure it is in IT news outlets a bit but this if huge.
2559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Kingdom Hearts 2 world revealed - Wow! on: November 15, 2005, 08:53:34 PM
It wasn't the combat that did me in it was the very, very bad camera.

I remember one part in particular.  You are in the Tarzan world in a building, and you are climbing around the rafters and becuase of how the camera worked I kept falling off!  I would push forward, Sora would walk forward, then suddenly for no reason the camera would shift and pushing forward would mean left and I would fall down.  This is just a quick example of something which happened often in the game.

In the Colossium (sp) when you were suposed to destroy the barrels I had a terrible time becuase the camera kept shifting so I would hardly ever face the way I wanted.  It made an annoying timed puzzle into a nightmare.


I really hope they improve the camera.  This was back in the day when PS2 games didn't have crap for camera control so maybe they will have learned something.
2560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone heard how Best Buy is going handle their 360 launch? on: November 15, 2005, 06:41:06 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"

Your sane, rational thinking has no place in this thread!

Begone!

 :wink:



I don't think anyone is crazy for doing it.  I did it, standing out in a line is one of those cool things to do - once.  

But considering the vast shortages predicted - I guess confirmed really, there just isn't much reason to risk it.




I guess the best thing to do is check how many units the Best Buy is suposed to get.  You can find that out with some internet digging.  I saw it earlier this week.

Once you know that all you need to do is drive by on the 22nd and count people.  You'll know if you stand a chance pretty quickly.
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