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2561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Lara Croft Announced? on: February 17, 2006, 02:46:46 PM
Here are about 18 pictures of her doing her tomb raider poses.  

I like her! She fits the role for me.
2562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 to launch in September? Plus PS3 online info. on: February 16, 2006, 08:46:10 PM
Quote from: "Purge"

4) PS3 Online strategy : Follow the leader, and claim yours is better.

Isn't that pretty much the strategy of every company who creates something after someone else does?

Hell wasn't the Colgate toothpaste strategy to follow the leader (Crest) and claim theirs was better?

Who doesn't do that?  

The question is whether it will be better but that remains to be seen.  

As for the whole "Sony hasn't done it in the past" well MS hadn't created a console in the past but people seem to like what they did with the Xbox.  So it does seem possible for companies to branch into new areas. smile
2563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Movie studios scaling back UMD movies on: February 16, 2006, 07:57:35 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
In defense of Andrew, I've also seen that 10 million number for the PSP.  I believe they announced that last November or so.  In the US, the NPD numbers indicated only a small DS lead during the holidays - rather suprising when you consider the DS bundles and the large price difference.

I guess I don't consider it to be that suprising.  When you look at *all* the Nintendo handhelds the numbers are much different, but people for some reason only focus on the DS.  

The PSP isn't only in competition with the DS.  It also is competing with the GBA SP, GBA SP (with better light!), and the GBA micro.   I don't know if Nintendo's strategy of having a new/redesigned handheld every ten minutes is right or not but in order to compare the two companies equally you have to take all the N's handhelds into account.
2564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Movie studios scaling back UMD movies on: February 16, 2006, 06:33:30 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Those numbers are way off. Sony has sold-through at least 10 million units worldwide and shipped around 15 million. DS has sold through 2-3 million more worldwide than the PSP.

Link?  Not that I believe Variety is infallible but I like facts.
2565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit Trailer/Demo News on: February 16, 2006, 06:31:06 PM
I was a little disappointed.  It looks to be pretty much like Mercenaries in WW2.  Not much inovation just better graphics.  Is that all the "next gen" will be offering?
2566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 to launch in September? Plus PS3 online info. on: February 16, 2006, 06:28:19 PM
Quote from: "Misguided"
Quote from: "warning"

Well Kevin Grey a few posts up makes a pretty good point - how much did we know about the 360 7 months before launch?

I may well by mistaken on this, but I think we knew the price and release date. Anybody remember if that's true or not?

I would say not.  

Via Shacknews I found that it was only on March 9th that MS even offically announced the 360, so I cannot imagine that anything hard was nailed down by April (7 months before launch)
2567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Opera Web Browser add-on for DS announced (and W11 WIFI!) on: February 16, 2006, 03:13:13 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Which would be a big deal if they'd get out even a handful of games that were better than "really good".

Can I start doing this again?
The worse graphics on the DS would be a non-issue if they'd get out even a handful of games that were better than "really good".

There are great games for the PSP if you like them. biggrin

Of course there are.  

Great games exist for every system if you like the games on the system.

It is kinda a paradox.
2568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Movie studios scaling back UMD movies on: February 16, 2006, 03:10:51 PM
Apprently they don't actually sell as well as hoped.

When a system has a lack of great games and now a lack of support for its other main feature I wonder if it will be around in a few years?
2569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Lara Croft Announced? on: February 16, 2006, 03:08:43 PM
I think she is very, very beautiful.  

Yeah anyone that calls her fat is obviously a freak.
2570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ridiculous Black Metal Pictures - very funny on: February 16, 2006, 01:55:36 PM
I have no idea who any of those bands are...and that makes me happy.
2571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Lara Croft Announced? on: February 15, 2006, 05:45:24 PM
The pic at worthplaying is better
2572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Selling my Xbox for a PS2 name me some must haves! on: February 14, 2006, 02:54:58 PM
Quote from: "Qbe"
Quote from: "Poomba"
Dragon Quest 8 is the system seller for me, I'm grabbing that one right away.

What about this Lego Star Wars game I keep hearing about, sounds like it's getting a lot of praise.

Dragon Quest VIII is the PS2's best game.  It should be your first purchase.  Period.

Lego Star Wars is a lot of fun.  I haven't seen any of the newer Star Wars movies, nor do I care to, nor have my sons, but we all have a great time with the game and my boys love the fact that they can play it together.

 And I happen to have DQ8 for sale so you can even get it cheaper than new!
2573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I can't take it anymore on: February 13, 2006, 08:33:18 PM
I think each has their strengths and weaknesses.  
For example

I don't think OO would have a 4 page thread about Dragon Quest 8.  But I also don't think GT would have a 10 page thread about Gothic 2.  

Each place is different enough I think to compliment each other without drawing down.

What I find really interesting is how the responses and tone of a thread can be vastly different between the two sites even if the starting material is the same.
2574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 07:10:15 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
Quote from: "warning"
Sucks to be the only one right.   :wink:

BOOOOO!!!! biggrin

Now go back to playing that uninteresting, drag-on forever, annoying character, billion random encounter, graphically blah, zero tension game they call DQVIII. :wink:

Whoa!  DQ8 is a beautiful, incredible, wonderful, nearly perfect game.  Don't be bashing DQ8 just to make yourself feel better that Leon can't walk and chew gum (or shoot)
2575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 06:16:18 PM
Quote from: "warning"

Yeah I realize I'm in a minority on this one.  Sucks to be the only one right.   :wink:

I say that so often at work it should be my email sig.


I just hope they take my advice and really ramp up the tension for Resident Evil 5: Your character's shoes are tied together and one arm is duct taped to your back.  Your only weapons are a Bic lighter and a toothbrush.

Think of the tension!   Tongue

Is it one of those child safty Bics?  I can never light those things...that would be tension!
2576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 05:36:13 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"

Here's hoping the developers don't listen to apparently the vocal minority and keep the same controls for RE5.


Judging from the number of awards it got last year, the very strong sales, the ports to the PS2 and the PC I would guess that Capcom will stick with the formula.
2577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 04:39:14 PM
Their are two changes that I think seal the deal for me.

1. no ribbons.  Yeah it is still a save point system but I can save as much as I want.  The other RE games really, really pissed me off with limited saves.

2. restarting at the nearest load when you die.  If you die you don't have to redo tons of stuff you are usually right near where you bought it and you know what is coming.  Thus I have never had to go through a section more than 2 times.
2578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 04:35:57 PM
Quote from: "warning"

(not directed specifically at farley) Okay basically here's my beef with RE4.  Remember the old RE games?  Remember how they controlled.  Now RE4 is different.  They changed the control scheme right?  Why did they do that?

Seriously why did they do that?  Presumably to make the game more fun.  Presumably to fend off complaints from players that they felt like they were steering a boat instead of moving a character.  Okay - sounds good to me.  Except that they changed the previously clunky control scheme to a control scheme that is still clunky, only less so.  Why not go all the way and give us a control scheme that allows for more options, more strategizing, more freedom of movement and find other ways to make the game scary?  Why the half-assed job of "improving" the controls?

Maybe I'm not jaded enough but I believe that developers can make a game more tense without giving you inflexible controls.

Why not go even further?  Wouldn't it be more tense if my character had his shoelaces tied together and one arm pinned behind his back?  Except we would think the developer was on drugs if they tried to foist that sort of artificial crap on us.  Yet we accept being unable to walk and shoot a gun at the same time?  Not getting it.

I agree with you, really I do but I have found after 4-5 hours with the game that I don't care.  I have figured out how to work with the control scheme and am really enjoying the game.
2579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 hacked! on: February 13, 2006, 03:56:00 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"

Huh, its really cool what people do when they just randomly decide to hack stuff. Neat.

Yes it is cool.  I am always amazed at people who can figure this stuff out.  I certainly appreciate their efforts.
2580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 hacked! on: February 13, 2006, 03:40:23 PM
Here is the link

Here is the information about what this means.

With read and write support to the Xbox 360 harddisk and memcard it means you'll be able to share gamesaves over the internet, has a gamesaves database and upload script waiting to be used :-)
You can connect your Xbox 360 HD on your PC via an SATA controller, the memorycard can be connected via USB (see how here or here).
The Xbox360 saves are usually in /content/<profileID>/<titleID>/ of partition3 on your Xbox 360 HD. Xbox 360 gamesaves can be transfered to another Xbox 360 console and profile, but all 'LIVE achievements' will be disabled of course (achievements are linked to the LIVE profile). A dumbed down version of xplorer360 made specially for gamesaves manipulation will be released soon which should make it easier for beginners to find their gamesaves.

Also interesting - this tool will allow you to move over your old Xbox 1 gamesaves to your Xbox 360 (they will probably have to go somewhere in /partition3/H2/TDATA and /partition3/H2/UDATA), something that was impossible up to now.

The part I find neat, cool, great is that you can move your Xbox 1 saved games over!  I like the 360 a lot more now.
2581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 01:49:53 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Maybe they are a staple but why should they be?  I thought this game was supposed to "be different" from the previous RE games.  And I don't buy the argument that having better controls would make the game too easy.  There are plenty of FPS games that are quite difficult.  You make the enemies tougher or make more of them or give them laser beams coming out of their eyes or something.  Having poor/clumsy controls as a way to artificially ramp up the difficulty is just silly.

It seems then that your problem is with all survival horror games not RE4.  RE4 is actually quite good for the genre.  Comparing it to FPS is a disservice to the game because that isn't what it is.

Have you ever played Fatal Frame?  That game has clunky controls!  Trying to take a photo of a ghost while pisssing yourself is really hard!


I know they add to the tension but I'd rather have the tension increased by the atmosphere, the monsters, the plot.

System Shock 2 is a great example.  I can't think of a more tense, scary experience than playing through SS2.  Yet the controls were never a problem for me.  If they'd purposefully left out strafing or moving while shooting I'd have been righteously pissed because that would be an artificial way of increasing the challenge.

Design a game that's good enough and scary enough in its own right.  You don't have to hamstring the player with clunky controls.

Yes, SS2 is a great example!  Remember the stupid, shitty weapons degrading?  Remember all the bitching about that artificial way of increasing the tension?  No?  Probably because I believe they removed it in on of the patches and I know there was a fan based mod that removed it.

So, even your great example used artificial ways of increasing the tension.  Perhaps overtime the memory has faded of that cheesy bit in the game.  I think RE4 is that way too, the good parts will overwhelm the bad and they will become something you don't think about.
2582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 12:31:53 AM
This game reminds me a lot of Metroid Prime.  It doesn't feel like the control you expect or want but somehow it works for the type of game it is.  

I was very, very fustrated by the controls...and I am still don't love them but I can now clear out rooms of French hicks with a few blasts and I am even able to get in a few head shots.  

What I like about the game is that

1. there are no more ribbons for the saved points.  So while it is annoying it is no different that most console games.   Ninja Gaiden - save points, Dragon Quest 9 - save points, Devil May Cry 3 - save points.  The list of games with save points is far longer than the ones that save anywhere.  

2. monsters don't seem to respawn.  Which means if I am really wanting to save I can run back to my last save and not worry about having to fight through more monsters.  I find that very refreshing.

3. Lots of bullets.   I have been able to kill every bad guy so far and I still have ammo.  In other RE games I always had rooms I need to just sprint through to save ammo.  I hate that.  I want dead zombies.  I don't want to run around the slow moving freaks.

The thing is more of your complaints are competely spot on correct.  They are ways the game is harder than it has to be.  However I think they were all intentional and add to the tension in the game.  

I am also a gaming wimp and I have been able to keep going without much fustration.  In fact I expect to restart at least twice when facing the first big boss and I managed to beat the fish on the first try.  I was shocked.

Keep going, I have found the control scheme more and more comfortable (if never really great)
2583  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/FT: Dragon Quest 8, and MP (sold) on: February 12, 2006, 02:48:54 AM
It is a bit misleading I guess becuase I can't think of anything I want in trade but I am happy to sell for reasonable prices.

PM me if interested and we can talk!
2584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF7 Advent Children voice actors, details on: February 10, 2006, 05:28:09 PM
I wonder if the story will make sense.  I watched the subtitled version which floated around the net a few months ago and I was just silly.  

sure looked pretty though.
2585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First 360 HD REQUIRED game due out soon (non MMO) on: February 09, 2006, 01:36:17 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
I doubt this is the start of a trend. The Football Manager franchise only appears on the Xbox this past gen because it needs a hard drive to store its statistics database. It's a unique title, like an MMO, that has to have a a hard drive or the game can't be made.

Obviously we can't know if this is a trend but it is very early in the 360s life so I think it is sending a strong message.  Already games need the HD, what will happen with 2nd or 3rd generation games which will be bigger, and more complex?

If they are already hitting a barrier already I think consumers have good cause to be concerned.
2586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PS3 information on: February 03, 2006, 04:58:56 PM
I does seem like Sony is promising a bit much these days.  I love my PS2 (although after 50 hours of Dragon Quest 8 I am trying to take a break) but I have to say I pretty much ignore all the stuff Sony says.
2587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 Exclusives on: February 03, 2006, 02:10:56 AM
There are too many to name.

Get Guitar Hero right away.  It is just incredible.

Since the system has been out for years you also should check the "Greatest Hits" selection at your local Best Buy or other outlet .  Get Ratchet and Clank, Final Fantasy 10, Devil May Cry 3, and pick a sports game.  That is around 200 hours of game time for under a 100 dollars.
2588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Final Fantasy 12 info on: February 02, 2006, 09:42:01 PM
Quote from: "semiconscious"
the original post from the japanese fan site:

"The production of FF12 ended recently would like to see being,
It is in time in sale day, so is.
@ In the game the movie is the accessory, but it seems that skip function is not attached vis-a-vis that movie.
The movie about of 17 minutes being prepared in, the る we would like to see, is, (explanation/releasing 杓 explanation/releasing; )
In saving place, saving places are few, it seems.
There is a continuity new function.
There is also a mini- game."

i think i'm withholding judgement...

I think I don't have a clue what the heck that says. smile
2589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Final Fantasy 12 info on: February 02, 2006, 06:22:36 PM
Not good news for me, but as seen here

Apparently the opening FMV sequence is a Xenosaga-length 17 minutes long. There is also no way to skip this FMV or any others in the game. To add to the difficulty, the save points in the game are few and far between. No more two and three save points per dungeon like in FFX. The game will feature a continue option like in Kingdom Hearts. The game is also 100% complete according to the website. There is also some sort of mini-game, no details on that yet though.

I bolded what annoys me.  

Long times between saves doesn't mean a game is difficult.  Hell I can save at any time in Gothic 2 and it is very hard!  

I have a child on the way and I expect that my gaming time is going to be broken up into smaller and smaller parts, so this kind of thing really hurts me.
2590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tomb Raider Legend Video on: February 02, 2006, 01:58:59 PM
Very zippy!  smile
2591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ninja Gaiden Black - camera the real boss fight? on: January 31, 2006, 03:26:43 PM
I am playing this and having a good time generally but I find myself mostly fighting the camera insead of enemies.

It happens when I am trying to do jumps and I miss becuase the camera isn't just right, it happens when I cannot see enemies (especially ranged ones), and it even happens when going through doors.

Right now Alma is spanking me and I know I need to learn her "tells" so I can be ready for the coming attack...but half the time I can't see her becuase the camera is all screwed around.

Is it just me or is the real boss fight the camer and it is a boss fight that lasts all through the game?

I am about to toss this and pick up Devil May Cry 3 now that it has an easy mode.  Is the camera better in that game?
2592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need internet site blocker on: January 30, 2006, 06:38:28 PM
For cheap/free or are you willing to pay?

My bosss has been playing around with this but is more for blocking pop-ups

Still the idea is good - replace the hosts file so that unwanted sites get redirected.

Here are some

Block porn web sites

Optenet PC
2593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360s available or not? on: January 26, 2006, 06:00:02 PM
Quote from: "Dunamis"
So what's the story with the 360s now that the Christmas rush is over.  

Can I walk into Best Buy and pick one of these things up now or are we still having "limited supply" issues?

I'm in Southern California if that matters.

The issues still exist.  However since the demand is lower it is sometimes possible luck out and find some at retailers.  Generally though only at places like Target, Best Buy, etc.   The deadicated stores (EB, Gamestop) are still trying to meet their pre-orders so they never seem to have any spares.
2594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda does Star Trek for Xbox 360, PC, DS, and PSP! on: January 25, 2006, 09:11:49 PM
Quote from: "pr0ner"
Starshifter, didn't you watch DS9?  The last 4 seasons (or so) of that show were based on a wartime storyline.

Combat and war have their place in the Star Trek universe, just as the exploration does.

Yes a wartime storyline but not a combat focused one.  There was very little combat and a lot more personal issues with the war.
2595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 - Feb. 14th on: January 24, 2006, 02:28:58 PM
At least according to least according to RPG Fan

I hope they are right.  I will be done with Dragon Quest 8 this week and ready for a new RPG after a couple weeks.
2596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Underworld Reviews on: January 23, 2006, 06:53:15 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
No, I won't argue any of the movies you listed.

But that doesn't change my opinion of Rottentomatoes and how much weight people put into it.

It's totally worthless.

Much like a great number of game reviews.

Like any tool it can be abused but used well it is a great resource.  Since my local paper didn't even review Underworld it is great to have a collection of all the reviews.
2597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What country will Bush attack next? [RP] on: January 23, 2006, 02:43:04 PM
I think the Iraian president is pouring as much gas on the fire as he can with all the crap about the Holocaust etc.  so I don't think public opinion will be hard for Bush to whip up.
2598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why must I turn on my XBox 360 twice every time? on: January 23, 2006, 02:39:55 PM
I would send it back ASAP.  Are you ever going go really trust it again?  

They seem to be doing a good job of fixing broken machines so you are better off getting a new one rather than waiting until it really breaks.
2599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Underworld Reviews on: January 22, 2006, 08:52:46 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
I have one question. Do you see Kate boobage?

No but what you do see is quite nice.  

From GamersWithJobs if you want Kate breasts see Laurel Canyon
2600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How much would you charge for tech support? on: January 20, 2006, 06:09:01 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
friends are tough.  

if it were professional, I would probably start at $45/hr for desktop stuff.  Server would >start< at $100/hr, depending on what they needed done.

My friends I don't even really charge.  They don't make crazy demands, and it usually isn't anything which takes an extraordinary amount of time.  Friends of friends, however, is where I usually end up screwing myself out of money.

Luckily they are not my friends - just my co-workers. smile  So I can gouge them.
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