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2601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii: Well you can't say they didn't warn us on: December 06, 2006, 02:21:36 PM

Quote from: Kobra on December 06, 2006, 05:39:41 AM

Man, I just had a bad feeling about that remote from day one.

Biggest fear:  Developers going "Hey, lets see what we can do with the remote!", moreso than "Lets make a great game!"..  Lens flare, etc.


I don't see it really.  Do you say that same thing when you read about DirectX 10?  Or higher broadband speeds?  Faster CPUs?   I don't think a new controller is what prevents developers from making great games.  I think it is actually small improvements in current technology (like faster video cards, etc.) and a mentality of follow the proven games (i.e. new Madden every year, Call of Duty 84 - nursing home offensive) which stops great games. 

2602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF3: Levels and Job Levels on: December 05, 2006, 06:38:03 PM
It would be nice if learning things in on job either opened other jobs or improved your skills in them.  Say to be a Magus you had to be a certain level of Black mage first etc.  Of course this happens in later games so that is just part of playing old, old games. 

Makes you notice the improvements in later games though.
2603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF3: Levels and Job Levels on: December 05, 2006, 05:08:15 PM
I am kinda done trying to worry about the jobs.  I am just taking fun ones I think.  I kept using a thief since I know that some of the best equipment can only be stolen but the job is dull.  All he ever did was steal, and 99% of the time it was just a Hi-potion, or something else not worth crap.  I am sure if I got him up to level 99 I could steal cool stuff but it is just too dull!  Not to mention there is just a chance of stealing an item so even if he was level 99 I might have to redo the same fight again and again to get the good item.

Now I am just doing fun jobs and having a much better time.


2604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: wii,knocks up 600,000 in 8 days on: December 04, 2006, 05:10:02 PM

Quote from: Laner on December 04, 2006, 01:41:18 PM

I've said it before - the DC sold half a million units in the US during it's first two weeks.  Initial sales don't mean much in the grand scheme of things.

Initial sales mean a huge, huge amount in a 24 hour, global news world.  Initial sales and positive buzz are much more important these days than they used to be.  A large part of the success of new system is the launch. 
2605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my Wii on: December 04, 2006, 01:59:24 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 04, 2006, 01:14:48 AM

Quote from: Calvin on December 03, 2006, 11:26:52 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 03, 2006, 11:25:18 PM

Heh...what's the point of waiting until Christmas when you bought it yourself and know what it is?

Im also not understanding this


In my case it's my big Christmas gift from my wife.  I managed to cut a deal to play my 360 early last year under similar conditions but I could tell my wife really wasn't happy witih it and it did make Christmas feel a bit anticlimactic.  So this year I'm sticking to it and leaving the Wii under the tree. 



Similar for me.  It is a gift from my wife and my mother in law.  To our family $300 is a huge present so I am willing to wait till Christmas out of respect for their generosity.
2606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my Wii on: December 03, 2006, 09:51:04 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on December 03, 2006, 05:26:39 PM

So went to my local Target at 6am this morning and stood outside in the freezing cold for 2 hours. (I was 8th in line) and was able to leave successfully with a brand new Wii in hand.

It's now nestled snugly under the christmas tree waiting until Christmas Eve to be opened.

Woot!


LOL!  Me too.  Well I only got to my Target at 6:30 but still, got the Wii and now I can stare at the wrapped box for 20 days! 

2607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next batch of Wiis? on: December 03, 2006, 03:57:31 PM
I lucked out.  Went to Target at 6:30 and there were only 6 people in line.  They ended up having 30 units and I think people who showed up as late as 7:30 got one which is pretty good considering the store opened at 8. 

Of course now it is being wrapped and put under the tree until Christmas.  frown
2608  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Senior Editor of CNET and his Family go Missing on: December 01, 2006, 03:32:13 PM
I hope he is alright.


I did find it funny that I clicked on the link and was first taken to an ad.  "Please read this sad news, but first a word from our sponsers!"  Yeah I know it is automatic but I found it darkly funny.
2609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next batch of Wiis? on: November 30, 2006, 09:52:19 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on November 30, 2006, 09:46:27 PM

Well, Farley I think the idea is that getting more people in the store causes more of a buzz. As well, they do expect and do get a lot of side sales because of doing this. Think of the guys and gals who bring significant others with them. My wife almost always gets a CD or something small when we're at Bestbuy, that adds up over the amount of people going into the store. It's advertised as well and that has an impact. Normally they make agreements with Nintendo on stuff like this, as well, they promise a minimum number of systems.

If your wife almost always buys something then wouldn't Target want you in there everyday looking for a Wii?  Then she would buy 7 cds instead of just one.  I guess that is my thinking. 


In the end I think I am just bitter because I don't have a Wii yet. smile
2610  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Retail Adventure. on: November 30, 2006, 09:19:59 PM
Locked at request of OP
2611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next batch of Wiis? on: November 30, 2006, 07:26:26 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 30, 2006, 02:07:18 PM

As the weekend approaches has anyone heard any rumors on the Internet or from people working in stores about sales this weekend?  Is Best Buy doing the same thing again with a guaranteed number per store or that kind of thing?


As if to answer my question this thread on digg caught my eye.  Seems that stores are again waiting for Sunday. 

I wonder if it works...I mean they know they will sell out so the waiting till Sunday must be on the assumption that getting a bunch of people in the store will cause some of them to buy other stuff.  If they only expected to sell the Wii they could put them out whenever during the week.  So does forcing people into lines like this actually make more sales on other stuff, or just it just keep people out of the store all week?  If I want a Wii and I didn't know what day they would have some I might go into Target every day to check.  While I am there I might pick up some toilet paper, or a few gifts for other family members.  However, if I know that Sunday is the only day they will have any I will only go on Sunday and if there is a big line I will just head home because it would be stupid to wait around. 


2612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next batch of Wiis? on: November 30, 2006, 02:07:18 PM
As the weekend approaches has anyone heard any rumors on the Internet or from people working in stores about sales this weekend?  Is Best Buy doing the same thing again with a guaranteed number per store or that kind of thing?
2613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bill Harris, WE GET IT - you hate Sony (Dubious Quality) on: November 29, 2006, 09:56:05 PM
Just to be fair, I don't always agree with Bill.  This may be one of his worst thought out and illogical posts ever.

Quote
Oh, so THIS study didn't show any connection, but "other" studies have? Funny, to the best of my knowledge there's no consensus on that. Some studies do show a connection, but others don't.

He sounds like someone trying to say Global Warming doesn't exist.  You can find contrary studies about every subject.  Hell you can still find studies saying smoking isn't bad for you. 


Quote
44 people? What, were 666 not available?
 

What is this?  I don't even get this.  Is he trying to say that the study authors already thought games were evil so they should have just used the number of the beast? 

Quote
So this was a big deal in 2002, and it took him four years to perform another study with 44 subjects? And the study consisted of playing a game for half an hour, then having a one-hour MRI? That took four years?

Again this has nothing to do with the validity of the study.  It is just an attempt to make the reader (us) question the study because it took to long.

Well Vista must suck because it took a hell of a long time to come out. 



And finally his completely illogical conclusion

Quote
Look, this appears for all the world to be another guy who wants some headlines and wants some "research" funded to reach a pre-determined conclusion.

Sorry, Bill but you very clearly disagree with the conclusion and you are using illogical, cheap tactics (maybe 666 of them!) to try to cast doubt on the study. 






One of his weakest posts ever.
2614  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have we reached a phase where personal responsibility ends? on: November 29, 2006, 05:20:33 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on November 29, 2006, 04:43:15 PM

If anyone is interested in a thoughtful legal analysis (under U.S. law) of this sort of thing, as opposed to a public policy/philosophical/ranty analysis, Eugene Volokh has a good law review article on crime-facilitating speech.


1. the article is 108 pages long!

2. the citations often take up more of the page than the article.


I am happy I didn't become a lawyer.
2615  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have we reached a phase where personal responsibility ends? on: November 29, 2006, 04:27:45 PM

Quote from: Kobra on November 29, 2006, 04:15:47 PM

On a similar note, why not ban videos of people shooting guns, because someone might learn how to shoot one?  How about a video of someone crashing their car, because someone else might get the idea to crash their own car?  Where does it end?  Where do we draw the line?


Make a video showing how to make a nuclear bomb or Anthrax and I bet you find out where we draw the line. 

Or more realistically try making a video showing how to unlock an ATM or even a Coke machine...see what happens. 


In the DMCA world - make a video showing how to rip a DVD (for personal use of course).   




We already have a ton of stuff you can't make instructions for so I don't get how this is the phase where personal responsibility ends.

2616  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bill Harris, WE GET IT - you hate Sony (Dubious Quality) on: November 29, 2006, 04:05:52 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 29, 2006, 02:44:10 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 29, 2006, 02:18:29 PM

I don't think he is obsessing any more than the rest of the folks who report/talk about current game trends.

Again, to me, it's the selective nature of his reporting.  There is just no denying the huge clusterfuck that is the PS3 launch.  But the 360 launch was a clusterfuck, too, albeit not as bad as the PS3.  But check out these comments he made about how great it was that the 360 was in short supply last year:


The 360 was alone as a next-gen machine last year.  This year Sony has to compete with a 360 which has a year of games - and is readily available, and a Wii which is getting a ton of great press. 

I would say the situation was almost completely different for the two launches.  And I think this opinion is backed up by the prices on Ebay.  The PS3 has tanked on Ebay in a way that the 360 did not. 
2617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bill Harris, WE GET IT - you hate Sony (Dubious Quality) on: November 29, 2006, 02:18:29 PM
I guess, to me, as a Sony fanboy the screw-up, train wreck, crapfest which is the PS3 launch deserves even more ranting and bitching.  I love my PS2, I loved my PS1, many of my best gaming memories are on those systems and to see the companies lose of focus to push Blu-ray, embrace DRM, and the other crap just makes me sad. 

Today I was listening to this week's "This Week in Tech" and they were talking about the miserable Sony situation..and as I recall it was on TWiT some other times, and on Buzz out Loud, The Evil Avatar podcast, and on the Gamer's With Jobs podcat.

I don't think he is obsessing any more than the rest of the folks who report/talk about current game trends.

2618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next batch of Wiis? on: November 29, 2006, 02:09:22 PM
In light of the thread about Nintento saying they had sold 600,000 Wiis so far I thought I would do a quick calculation on how many they will need to be shipping to reach that 4 million mark mentioned in an earlier thread.

They need to ship then 3,500,000 by the end of the year...now my calculator tells me that means they need to ship 100,000 units a day to make 4 million by the end of December!  (I used 31 days for Dec and gave them 4 extra days since it wasn't the end of the month when they made the announcement...but even 1 or 2 days extra is still a staggering number)


Does anyone seriously believe they are shipping 100,000 units a day?  I said only time will tell if they meet that but I feel pretty sure they will not. 
2619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Search... on: November 29, 2006, 02:08:27 PM
In light of the thread about Nintento saying they had sold 600,000 Wiis so far I thought I would do a quick calculation on how many they will need to be shipping to reach that 4 million mark mentioned.

They need to ship then 3,500,000 by the end of the year...now my calculator tells me that means they need to ship 100,000 units a day to make 4 million by the end of December!  (I used 31 days for Dec and gave them 4 extra days since it wasn't the end of the month when they made the announcement...but even 1 or 2 days extra is still a staggering number)


Does anyone seriously believe they are shipping 100,000 units a day?  I said only time will tell if they meet that but I feel pretty sure they will not. 
2620  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bill Harris, WE GET IT - you hate Sony (Dubious Quality) on: November 29, 2006, 03:43:28 AM
Ok, seriously


1.  Some of you seem to misunderstand.  Dubious Quality is a personal blog, which often talks about gaming - not a gaming blog.  The stories about his family, the links to news he finds interesting, etc. are just as important as the gaming stuff. 

2. If you wrote a blog which often talked about gaming, what else would you be writing about this holiday season?  The PS3 and the Wii are the big stories of this holiday season.   Seriously how many stories have you read/seen in the media about other stuff?  Lots of stories on www.evilavatar.com about Viva Pinata?  Even Gears of War faded quite quickly in the press.  Yes Bill talks a lot about the PS3 and Wii but that is what is important right now...gee damm him for being topical!

3.  He loves Guitar Hero which as I believe is a PS2 game.  He doesn't hate Sony.  He hates how they have royal screwed up a very important launch.


2621  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bill Harris, WE GET IT - you hate Sony (Dubious Quality) on: November 29, 2006, 03:33:57 AM

Quote from: Kobra on November 28, 2006, 01:21:42 PM

Indeed, at least some people can ADMIT something they hyped turned out to be shit.  Other people, just try to sweep it aside and hope people will forget they aren't Sylvia Brown.


You are a person of strong opinions and since may sites have blogs for free I look forward to seeing a link to your better blog.  I would try www.blog.com or you could use Blogger.com so you can be on the same site as Bill. 

2622  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next batch of Wiis? on: November 28, 2006, 06:54:23 PM
I hate you.   icon_wink

2623  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bill O'Really says "Gamers are morons and doomed to a life of poverty". on: November 27, 2006, 11:48:32 PM
Lets stop this before it gets ugly...uglier. 
2624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Search... on: November 26, 2006, 06:59:15 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 26, 2006, 05:23:09 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 26, 2006, 04:54:42 PM

I would say it was a fluke but all the console releases (except the game cube) have been this way since the PS2.  I think companies saw the big lines for the PS2 and decided that it was a good business model to create artificial scarcity. 

They are supposedly on track to ship 4 million worldwide by the end of December. How is that creating artficial scarcity?


If they ship 4 million it isn't.  Only time will tell if they meet that.


I do know that there were 50+ people lined up outside Best Buy at 4AM this morning.  I don't consider that meeting demand.
2625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Search... on: November 26, 2006, 04:54:42 PM
I put this on my Christmas list so unless a mother in law can find one I won't be getting one this holiday season - that means no camping out, no hounding employees to find out when the next shipment is in, etc. 

Why is it so hard for companies to make enough to satisfy demand?


I would say it was a fluke but all the console releases (except the game cube) have been this way since the PS2.  I think companies saw the big lines for the PS2 and decided that it was a good business model to create artificial scarcity. 
2626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF3: Levels and Job Levels on: November 24, 2006, 08:44:56 PM
So I read that...and I still don't have a clue what is going on!


My question is - are certain jobs opened up only after I reach certain job levels in other jobs?  Of example does "ninja" only open up after so many monk and thief job levels?  Or does "summoner" only open up after a certain number of white, red, and black mage job levels.

And do certain abilities only open up after certain job levels?  It seems like a jobs profession has all the abilities right at the start but I thought maybe some stuff only opens up after you get enough job levels.

I am not terribly concerned about how jp works on calculations for damage...I just want to play around with the jobs.


2627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Search... on: November 24, 2006, 08:38:18 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 24, 2006, 08:36:06 PM

http://wiitracker.com/




LOl.  So a google search for say...wii and tracker might have pulled that up?  smile  Thanks.




2628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Search... on: November 24, 2006, 08:27:30 PM
Is there a tracker site like there was for the 360? 
2629  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Home networking hardware on: November 22, 2006, 06:14:43 PM
You have been PMed...
2630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 22, 2006, 03:47:47 PM
Anyone had luck with the gambit - enemy = flying use = aero?  I thought it would be a great way to kill flying monsters but the two characters who have it just seem to sit there staring like idiots when I have it set. 

2631  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Home networking hardware on: November 22, 2006, 01:54:53 PM
I have a D-link DI-604 router and a Netgear WG602 WAP for sale.  I bought a combo one to save cords and ports.

$10 for the D-link and $15 for the Netgear....or make me an offer.

Thanks

2632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy III (DS) Impressions on: November 22, 2006, 02:03:14 AM
What level should I be before entering the mine?  My two characters are level 6 and they die in the first fight in the mine.  I like difficult classics but this game is already spanking me!
2633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is anyone looking for a Wii? on: November 22, 2006, 01:57:06 AM

Quote from: Calvin on November 21, 2006, 10:27:12 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 21, 2006, 10:14:10 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 21, 2006, 09:25:14 PM

If anyone decides to purchase a Wii from Purge, I speak from personal experience when I say that he is a very trustworthy person to do business with.  The anonymity of internet forums can be a little offputting when real money is on the line, but he's definitely one of the good guys.

-Autistic Angel

+1.  I'll also vouch for him.
+1-Purge is one of the absolute best traders around. Great great guy.


+  Another vote of trust. 

He actually scored me an Xbox 360 when they were impossible to find where I live.




I am considering it myself but I haven't shopped around here so I don't know how hard it will be to get one. 

2634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - totally missing from ads - Wii everywhere on: November 20, 2006, 06:52:35 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 19, 2006, 08:28:27 PM

The PS3 is featured prominently in every local ad I have seen today. Maybe your sampling is too small Farley.

It was a completely non-scientific sample.  Just my local paper. 

2635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 20, 2006, 02:20:28 PM
Played a few more hours over the weekend.  Did a few hunts.  Overall I am still not happy with the license board and equipment.  I have to go through a lot of spots for stuff I don't want to get license for things I do, which means it is about impossible to only buy what you use.  For example to get Daggers 4, you have to go through Crossbows and Ninja swords, or some poles and hand bombs. Daggers just don't all link together.  Or to get the final Swiftness you have to go through one Battle Lore...well what if my character doesn't use physical attacks?   That is fine but it means no matter how careful you are you will have to waste some LP on stuff you never intend to use.   Another good example is the path to get the Golden Amulet license.  Everyone will want that since it doubles the LP given but you have to go through a lot of stuff you may never want your character to wear to get there. 

I am also finding it hard to keep a character focused on one weapon type.  Daggers are a good example.  There are just not a lot of high powered daggers available to buy yet so I either have to keep my character with a lower powered weapon or get a license for something which is available.



All in all I love the game but I am not completely sold on the layout for the license board or how they release new weapons/armor/accessories. 
2636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 19, 2006, 06:50:11 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 19, 2006, 05:56:28 PM

I've tried to unequip that thing and i can't.  It's greyed out and i can't swap it out or anything.  I've tried using Vox and the potions from other characters but it won't work.  Gotta figure out how to unequip it i guess.

Not sure how i want to level my group.  I definitely prefer Vaan, Bashe, Fran, and Ashe.   

You have to unequip it.  I am not sure why you cannot.  I equiped it on Fran when I first got it because...well it looked like a pretty cool accessory, but I quickly noticed that it had to go.  Heck even my non-magic folks have learned cure just to help out.  Nobody in my party can wear it.



As for leveling there seems to be no place where you have to use certain characters so you can ignore the ones you don't like.  There seem to be two plans.

1. level up only 3 of them.  This saves money because you only have to equip three people.  They level faster because they are always in the fights.

2. level up everyone.  You can swap in people when fights are tough.  You get to learn more stuff because you can have six people going different ways.


In the end it seems totally up to the individual.  I am going for all six because I like to try different stuff (weapons, spells, etc.) but I don't think it matters in game terms.
2637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 - totally missing from ads - Wii everywhere on: November 19, 2006, 04:07:20 PM
I was a bit shocked to see that in today's ads there was nothing about the PS3.  Now before you say "hey, Farley there are none to buy!" I know that but there was nothing....no games, no accessories,  no mention whatsoever about the PS3 in the Best Buy, Target, or Toys-R-Us ad.  I expected at least to see the games listed on one of the insert pages.  Meanwhile the Wii was on the front page of almost every add (I even think I saw it in the Talbots ad! smile

I think Nintendo pulled off a huge, huge win.  By waiting until Sunday Nintendo let the PS3 shoot its wad and now it is dead.  There are no more consoles, no big games, no hype, no excitement....and Nintendo stepped right in to satisfy the Christmas urge. 



It kind of makes me sad because I love my PS2.  I stood in line on launch day, I think the Final Fantasy series is the best thing in gaming.  I think the library for the PS2 is could keep me busy for years.   And Sony has pissed that all away with the PS3.  They screwed it up in so many ways I need all my fingers and toes to just list the biggest gaffs. 

I really hope SquareEnix is sitting in meetings with Nintendo talking about how to get FF on to the Wii. 
2638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 17, 2006, 09:31:02 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 17, 2006, 09:10:20 PM

Haste isnt available like 35 hours in? Are you kidding me? Isn't that taking some of the license stuff just too far? In FF10 you got haste in what, 10 hours? What was it like in older FFs?

*modified because I was getting way too excitable about not having haste early on biggrin*

The game is much longer so it might be that in terms of % of game completed it is similar.  This game is also harder which means they don't give you stuff as quickly. 

2639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 02:15:46 PM
Well Fox News thinks it is like the moon landing!
2640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 17, 2006, 02:11:13 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 17, 2006, 04:23:37 AM

Dude, you kind of screwed up.  You should *never* buy licenses for spells and equiipment you don't have yet.  It will be very, very far in the game before you can use most of what you bought. 

That is just not true, imo.  There is no way to get the quickenings without buying licenses for things you can't use yet.  They are on the edges and if you want them you are going to have to take some stuff you can't use.   

I can't imagine how late it would be in the game before you got them if you waited until you could buy equipment/spells for some of those spots.
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