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2561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest VIII ship date change . . . on: November 09, 2005, 03:04:02 PM
Quote from: "bluntman72"
I am trying to decide between DQ8 and the new fire emblem for game cube. I have to actually repurchase either the PS2 or Gamecube to do this so I cant afford both. Is DQ8 going to be good enough to select over fire emblem?



I am really enjoying Fire Emblem for the Cube but I have to say it isn't as good as the ones for the GBA.  So I would buy a used GBA (if you don't have one) and get Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones used - maybe $90 total and then get a used PS2 and new DQ8.
2562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I may not get a PS3 - if this is true on: November 09, 2005, 02:51:58 PM
I don't know what the numbers are for rented games.  I imagine from Sony's perspective they are terrible.  It is just a lost sale.  


How many consoles do you think get bought just for rentals?  Or how many people do you think wouldn't buy a console if they couldn't rent games?
2563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I may not get a PS3 - if this is true on: November 09, 2005, 02:13:55 PM
So Joystiq is reporting that the PS3 may not play used/rented games.

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”A device and method for protection of legitimate software against used software and counterfeit software in recording media… A specific title code is read, and if this title code has been registered, the main unit shifts to a normal operation. If the code has not been registered, verification software is initiated… If matching does not occur, the disk is processed as illegitimate software… Since only titles for which legitimate software has actually been purchased and which have been initially registered in the machine table can be used, resale (so-called used software purchase) after purchase by an end-user becomes practically impossible.”


If that turns out to be true I won't get a PS3.  I rent 90% of the games I play and buy used about 9%.  Only the exceptional game (like Dragon Warrior VIII) will I buy new.  

So I just won't buy something that invasive.  Up until now the gaming section of Sony has been separate from the asshats in the music area but it appears they want to start spreading to the whole company.
2564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Search on: November 08, 2005, 09:48:57 PM
Oh and wear an undershirt!  No one wants to see your arm pit hair!  Or worse - chest hair!
2565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Search on: November 08, 2005, 09:47:31 PM
I think some places might not care but it is about showing respect more than looking good.

Personally I want an employer to know that I respect them taking the time, and that I care enough about the job to look as good as possible.



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So what do they wear? The concept of not wearing a suit to interviews is foreign to me, but then, I do have a lot of experience wearing suits.


Generally I see slacks and a dress shirt.  You can tell the pants aren't part of a suit, and they hardly ever where a tie.
2566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Theory on the Xbox 360 shortage? on: November 08, 2005, 09:41:45 PM
I see one flaw in your theory - greed

Basically your theory is saying that stores are willing to give up making more money because of security risks.  I don't buy that.  

Sure a great number of people will buy a 360 a week later....but some won't.  Some will buy something else and I cannot imagine any store being willing to take that risk.

Thier greed for money money would prevent them from giving up sales becuase of security for employees.  I am sure some bean counter has already figured out how many stores robbed vs. lost sales due to shortages.
2567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Search on: November 08, 2005, 08:49:23 PM
For the love of God where a suit to interviews!  I see tech people all the time who don't and it just looks bad.
2568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest VIII ship date change . . . on: November 08, 2005, 08:46:36 PM
I wasn't excited about this but lately something has just ...clicked and I am very hyped.  I have watched every video I could find and looked at tons of screenshots.

Next week can't come soon enough.
2569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden Tactics - tomorrow? on: November 07, 2005, 06:46:33 PM
I just can't believe this game is coming out tomorrow.  I still haven't seen squat for English screens (maybe a dozen or so), no hands on previews, no gameplay videos, etc.  

Maybe I am spoiled by the media blitzes put on by other companies but it is very odd I think for a game not to have more press.


So who is going to bite the bullet and check it out?
2570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: November 07, 2005, 06:42:48 PM
Zelda will make them money with people who already own the Cube, and as can be seen they certainly don't have a problem makeing new Zelda games for different consoles.  They may as well put it out, then make a new one for the Revolution.  

I don't seem much advantage to moving it except to sell Revolution consoles, but they could just as easily make a new title for the Revolution.  Why waste all the work already put into the Cube version?
2571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / King Kong Official Trailer on: November 04, 2005, 04:15:37 PM
It seems ok but it also seems like another movie where there is something computer generated in every scene.  

I also found the island people to be a bit too much like Orcs from LoTR.  Did he just have lots of leftover costumes?
2572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta "confirmed" for November 8th release on: November 04, 2005, 04:04:06 PM
What are you people talking about?

I can't tell the difference




Which one is the guy?



And the glasses do nothing to help!



The stars do though!
2573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 02, 2005, 02:51:56 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
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And since our society is the most powerful and the envy of most other societies I would say that the concept works rather well.


Championing consumer debt?  Um. Yeah.

Edit: They won't be envying anything when the bottom falls out...



Maybe, on the other hand if those with massive debt go down they will drag everyone else with them so why not enjoy it while it lasts?
2574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 02, 2005, 01:56:14 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
Meh. Who cares.  People need to get comfortable with the concept of delayed gratification.


That is a cute statement and all but it pretty much doesn't mean anything.  

Americans don't "need" to get comfortable with delayed gratification - in fact our consumer society is built on not delaying gratification.  Just look at the massive credit card debt if you think people are delaying anything.

And since our society is the most powerful and the envy of most other societies I would say that the concept works rather well.
2575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's the word on Lord of the Rings - Tactics? on: November 01, 2005, 04:06:00 PM
It ships Nov. 8th but I haven't heard a lot about it.  Is this going to be a true good SRPG or just some half assed movie tie in?

Anyone heard anything?
2576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion isn't coming until Q2 2006 on: November 01, 2005, 03:11:35 PM
Quote from: "Cleric7"
I think the main reason for Bethesda's silence -- up until today -- has to do with Take Two's "interesting" financial practices. Their quarter ended yesterday, and as Bill Harris talks about in his blog (part way down the page), they kept the Oblivion date-slide underwraps so they could fool their stockholders.

I imagine Bethesda had their hands quite firmly tied about getting out any accurate information on the state of the game.



I think that is correct which would make their comments lies - i.e. intentional deception.  They knew the game wouldn't be out but they said it would.  Now it may have been becuase Take Two made them but that doesn't change the fact that they knew the truth.
2577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Yoshihiro Maruyama - "No Xbox 360 Games on HD-DVD" on: November 01, 2005, 03:09:27 PM
Stolen from Evil Avatar but I wanted to here opinions here.

So what does that mean? (if anything)  I remember a people stating that the big issue with this generation would be storage space...but these comments seem to be saying they will keep making games of only DVD size....so is storage space really not an issue?
2578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion isn't coming until Q2 2006 on: October 29, 2005, 02:23:00 AM
I think I will be winning a poll!  smile

Seriously though - good for them if they do delay.  I imagine MS is putting a lot of pressure on them and it would take a lot of guts so resist that.

And maybe it will just be the PC version, which is fine and make sense.  Personally I think it is dumb to say they will be out at the same time.  The 360 is known hardware and software in a known configuration.  There are thousands of PC configs, hardware and at least 3 OSes they would support.  That is a ton more work.

They should have said a long time ago that they were only going to have the 360 version out this year.  It would put less pressure on them, create less speculation with fans and in the end make both products better.
2579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fire Emblem - it is so addictive! on: October 28, 2005, 06:59:20 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Quote from: "farley2k"
I finished up my play through Sacred Stones and I couldn't help myself I started playing again!  I hardly ever play games twice.  I can probably count on one hand the number of games I have played all the way through more than once.

Then to top it off I went out and bought the Path of Radiance for the Cube.  I just can't get enough of this game!


I thought you hated Fire Emblem?


Me too!  I gave up on the first FE for the GBA.  I even tried to play it twice but got really fustrated by the difficulty.

I don't know if I have gotten smarter (yeah right) or if the game is easier or what but I have been doing much better and enjoying these much more.

One thing which did help a lot with SS was the ability to do extra battles on the map.  I could level up characters in the tower, or with monster battles which popped up sometimes.


I don't think PoR has that so I may end up hating it as I hated the first GBA FE but maybe it has me hooked enough now that I will want to keep trying.
2580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem - it is so addictive! on: October 28, 2005, 03:22:25 PM
I haven't played enough PoR to compare.  I like some of the little things I have noticed so far like it listing your weapon level with the equiped weapon and being able to move your mounted units after an attack.  However I am not overly impressed with the games looks yet.  It is nice but not great and they could have made it great with the Cube's hardware.
2581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem - it is so addictive! on: October 28, 2005, 01:59:54 PM
I finished up my play through Sacred Stones and I couldn't help myself I started playing again!  I hardly ever play games twice.  I can probably count on one hand the number of games I have played all the way through more than once.

Then to top it off I went out and bought the Path of Radiance for the Cube.  I just can't get enough of this game!
2582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] GTA:LC on: October 25, 2005, 04:09:41 PM
I think the reviewer is saying if you die and have to load a save it takes two minutes then you have your travel time etc.

So if you never die it is seamless.
2583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] GTA:LC on: October 25, 2005, 02:48:17 PM
How far up Rockstar's asses can IGN get?  If you read their review
it seems clear the game is not great.  

1. they describe the targeting system as "this targeting system feels downright broken when in comparison to other 3D action titles."

2. missions vary from way to hard to way to easy.

3. load times sound terrible! "More importantly though, these travel-intensive missions become wildly time consuming -- Every mission in LCS takes only five to ten minutes of action to complete, but then there's the five minutes of travel and two minutes of load times to consider. Plus, some of the missions can be tough, so you'll try each several times."

4. the travel system sounds annoying.  "LCS includes a taxi cab system where a taxi ferries you back to a mission when you die. But the consequences for using this system are way too severe. To start, you lose every single weapon in your possession. And if you had body armor you lose that also. Certain weapons are very rare and some are just expensive. Either way you never, ever want to lose them. So taking a taxi after losing a mission is a total non-option."

5. you can't save at any time.  "Add this to the fact you can't save the game wherever you want (only at three safe houses) and things become very unfriendly."



Those things are not terrible to be sure but taken as a whole the review reads like the game is a "B" title at best.   However since it is Rockstar the game is given a 9.0  


It is funny, with high profile games like this it feels like you have to read the reviews (and read between the lines sometimes) to get a true picture of how the game is becuase their score is always going to be high.  


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2584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBOX] Call of Cthulhu -- Let the Bethesda bashing begin! on: October 25, 2005, 01:21:38 PM
I expect it to be bad.  It was in development forever, lots of design changes popped up late in the cycle, and (although I love consoles) it was switched from PC only to Xbox and PC.
2585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: October 23, 2005, 09:55:20 PM
I am only on the second boss but my annoyance factor is pretty high.  

Really the controls could use *a lot* of work.

Take using the bow for example.  Right after shooting my arrow I want to run to climb the colossus, makes sense right?  But even after you put away the bow the left thumb stick moves the camera for a few seconds, so you can't run right away...annoying.


The camera is a bitch in lots of other ways as well and basically makes me want to scream.  I don't like games where the toughness is due to design issues rather than gameplay.


I loved ICO so I will give it a bit more of a try but so far I am not really impressed.
2586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Penny Arcade was funny again today! on: October 21, 2005, 08:17:11 PM
Sometimes they are just dumb, and often they are far more violent than I like but today's comic is just hilarious IMO


2587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 on: October 21, 2005, 12:41:44 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Curiously how can you be so certain that PS3 will have these features come release?  They have already begun cutting features.  Until the final system specs come out no one knows what it will do.  (Also due to the integration with WMC, one never knows what might be streamable to the 360 from the PC).



I don't think anyone can be certain, but this would be the most boring thread ever if we stuck only to what we are certain about.  We have many details about the 360 but not all I would bet, and practically none about the PS3.  So there really isn't much to say but someone started the thread! smile
2588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 on: October 20, 2005, 08:28:42 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"

The rabid Sony fans are exactly the same way and you know it. Feel free to get annoyed and roll your eyes at the hypocrisy of the MS fans. You are absolutely correct. But to pretend for one second that Sony or Nintendo fans don't act the exact same way is just silly. It doesn't make it right of course, but its the prevalent attitude of all hardcore blinder fans.



I agree but so far I haven't heard the Sony or Nintendo "spin" on why they are better.  On the other hand I have read a lot of MS's "spin"  

That is natural because the 360 is just around the corner whereas the rest of players are far away.  


I promise you this when I hear the Sony party line I will point out how it is hypocritical as well.
2589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 on: October 20, 2005, 08:23:41 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
On the processor power debate.... I think in current gen, the hardware was the limiting factor to what a developer could do.  Now with the hardware being much faster in the 360 and PS3, it is no longer limiting, so ease of development etc. become more important.



You may be right but I find it just to conicidental to be random that last gen Xbox was more powerful and power mattered, now Xbox has better tools/easier development....and look it is ease of development that is important!



Now personally I own all three current consoles (as well as a DS and PSP) so I hope they all suceed.
2590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 on: October 20, 2005, 07:24:29 PM
One thing I do find very funny about the whole debate is the importance of processing power.

When the Xbox came out fans couldn't crow loudly enough about how it was more powerful than the PS2 - in fact they still do.

However when it became clear that with the next generation Sony would have the more powerful machine suddenly raw power doesn't matter.  The comments by carmack are a prime example.  Oh, power - that isn't important!  But I remember him making comments when iD first started developing for the Xbox about how the Xbox's power was what made it the only console he would develop on.


The hypocracy of some MS fans just floors me.  It is basically whatever MS does/has is better.  They have more power that is all important, they don't...well it doesn't matter at all.
2591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 on: October 20, 2005, 12:50:38 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
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This generation it is more smoke and mirrors from Sony - my proof:






Except those are from the 360 Madden as I recall.  In fact there was a Penny Arcade comic bitching about this




So it doesn't seem fair to pin that on Sony.
2592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 on: October 20, 2005, 12:41:21 PM
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As for Sony overall- I can't stand their products nor the arrogance with which they develop and deliver them. I hate the little things they do to make them 'unique' that sacrifices usability and defacto-ness.


Odd, I tend to think that about Microsoft.  When I think about forced browser integration, media player, etc.  I see MS as the arrogant one pushing stuff and forcing everyone to play along.
2593  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Guild Wars -$25 on: October 19, 2005, 02:44:16 PM
As of 10 AM I still have it available so if you are interested you can still PM me!
2594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (10/17) on: October 18, 2005, 05:40:16 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Hm... Shadow of the Collossus is only 12-14 hours.  Hmm...


Yea!!  I hate long games and this will mean they really focused on the game.

ICO wasn't much longer (shorter I think) and it was phenominal so they get my trust.
2595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: October 18, 2005, 02:27:21 PM
I don't have any but you can head over to Gamerankings and read some reviews.  

Looks to be a great, great game.
2596  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Guild Wars -$25 on: October 18, 2005, 02:26:23 PM
I have a Guild Wars account I never use so I think it is time to sell it off.  Since the game has no monthly fee I hope someone will find it to be a bargin at $25.

Any interested offers just PM me.

Thanks
2597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who else got a copy of F.E.A.R a day early? on: October 18, 2005, 12:29:30 PM
Quote from: "siege"
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
Wow Siege, you sound pretty jaded. I guess if the masses like something it is immediately bad.  Guess I'll stick to slow computers and drive to work in a wagon pulled by horses. Shit, fuck it all, I'll just live in a hole. That'll show'em!

Stupid masses and their fucking technology!


I don't deny being somewhat jaded with video games today. I just feel that a lot of games today rely on their updated visuals to provide a new experience, instead of taking a chance with new gameplay mechanics. That works for a lot of people, but when I fire up a new game and feel as if I've already played through it a thousand times, no amount of fantastic graphics is going to make me have fun.




I think that is true but I have to say that if you read any reviews, previews and tried the demo you would know that FEAR wasn't trying to push anything new.  

So knocking FEAR for being exactly what they claimed is a bit unfair.  It isn't like Black and White (for example) which promised something new and failed to deliver.
2598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think I need to quit gaming for a while on: October 14, 2005, 05:12:29 PM
Monagamy can be good.  Give one game a try and really focus on that one game.

Also stop reading previews.  For me that is the biggest detractor from the games I am playing - seeing all the games that looks so much better, play so much better, etc. just around the corner.  I think that is the downside to the Internet age.  It used to be I would get a magazine and it would talk about a game - and I had never heard of it, or seen screenshots!  Now it feels like no game is new, everything is previewed to death, we have developer diaries, screenshots, promo videos, etc.  Take a brake from the glut of information for awhile and I think things might be more fun.
2599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamespot reviews F.E.A.R. on: October 14, 2005, 01:56:37 PM
Quote from: "greeneggsnham"
After reading this, combined with the other positive buzz, I'm definately doing to have to grab the demo when I get home tonight. If for nothing else, to see if it will run decently on my machine.


One thing to keep in mind if you play the demo is that the final version has been tweaked.  The demo ran terrible on my machine but the IGN review gives me some hope -

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The first thing you'll notice is how nice it looks. The proprietary engine is the product of years and years of development, and it's got more bells and whistles than a Rose Day Parade. The list of features is as long as my arm, and they're all fairly clearly explained in the options menus. You can tell the game to auto-detect the best settings, then run a brief benchmark to determine how well it's going to play. Or you can tweak dozens of different toggles and sliders to your heart's content. The review rig's auto-detect settings, with 3.0GHz P4, 1GB of RAM, and a GeForce 6800GT OC at 1024x768, had 4xAF (anisotropic filtering, to make textures look nicer), but no AA. (I was able to sneak 2xAA in, but I don't know if the game would perform well across the board with that).

Soft shadows were also off, but almost everything else was cranked to the max, and the benchmark ran at an average of 39 frames per second. For what it's worth, I used my home rig to play the game (which went gold about three weeks ago) at my place of residence, and I tested multiplayer on my game rig at work, which has similar specs but twice as much RAM.

Anyhoo, FEAR looks like it has indeed been optimized since the single-player demo was released.



So don't be to discouraged if it runs like a hog.
2600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quake 4 Review on: October 14, 2005, 12:42:47 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
That's the picture!  Is that picture from Quake4 or from Half Life 2?

...and yes, I am very easily amused... especially after an Astros WIN.

LD  :wink:



That is quake  4 - at least a quake engine game.



I will still pick it up even with somewhat disappointing reviews.  Heck it isn't like there are so many FPS with SP anymore anyway.  Even if I bought all of them released this month that is only 4 games.
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