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2601  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?
2602  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!
2603  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?
2604  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.
2605  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?
2606  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.
2607  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?
2608  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.
2609  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.
2610  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.
2611  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!
2612  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.
2613  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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2614  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.
2615  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.
2616  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


2617  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
2618  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.
2619  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.
2620  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.
2621  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.
2622  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.
2623  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!
2624  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.
2625  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.
2626  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
2627  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.
2628  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.
2629  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.
2630  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.
2631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 17.6 Million to begin developing games for PS3 - Yowza! on: October 13, 2005, 08:44:55 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Link to story:
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The industry insider went on to say, “Kutaragi has said, ‘Please develop suitable software for PS3 - this software must not be of the same standard as PS2 software.’ Developing software for the PS3 from scratch will require an initial investment of at least 2 billion yen [US $17.6 million] [not including development costs]. There are not many software companies that can easily afford that kind of money.”



More thoughts/questions.

1. What does "from scratch" mean?  Will all developers start from scratch?

2. Will development of "software" be a one time thing?  So for example will Square be able to use that 1 piece of software for every game?

3. If #2 is yes then can I simply buy (or license) that "software" from another company?
2632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 17.6 Million to begin developing games for PS3 - Yowza! on: October 13, 2005, 06:16:26 PM
Out of curiosity, now much is the "buy in" to develop for the 360?  Without some numbers to compare I have a hard time telling how important this is.
2633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Reviews F.E.A.R.!!! on: October 13, 2005, 12:49:25 PM
Wait a minute....IGN reviews a game before release and says it is great?!  That never happens, FEAR must actually be incredible!  Oh wait, IGN reviews everything as great when a big publisher lets them have early copies.
2634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XB360 System shortages? on: October 11, 2005, 07:50:02 PM
We already have a pretty niffty 2 page thread about this


But it is interesting.


It looks to me like they are trying to create a sense of deprivation so people will be more likely to pre-order and consider themselves lucky.

Why would MS want to risk selling less consoles (after all if people don't think they can get one maybe they will just wait until after the holidays)?  Easy - bundles.  I bet they make a lot more money off bundles because really the console itself isn't the big moneymaker it is the games and peripherials.
2635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Here is my top 9 FPSers, what are your's? on: October 11, 2005, 05:59:37 PM
Since #4 is a console game it could be argued that this is ok in console gaming but statistically I think the evidence says it is a PC thread - besides I haven't ever gotten to move something so I want to try it out.
2636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (10/10) on: October 11, 2005, 12:32:36 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "depward"
Did you happen to preorder at Capcom to get the neato pointy-finger stylus?   biggrin

Ugh.  I hate you.

And no I didn't.



I looked at it but it just didn't seem worth it.  You pay for shipping, and it was within 7-10 days.  So basically you are paying $5 more and getting the game later so get the different stylus.  Plus it won't fit in the normal holder so the likelyhood of losing it seems high (heck I already lost one of the normal ones!)
2637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - this week? on: October 10, 2005, 01:16:29 PM
This game just seems to keep getting moved up.  At first I remember it was november, and then late October now when I look at Ebgames it says Oct. 11!

Is that accurate?

It was when I read a preview of the Japanesse version that I bought a DS to begin with so I am pretty excited
2638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fire Emblem: SS - when does it become hard? on: October 08, 2005, 03:18:01 PM
Quote from: "warning"

Wow that surprises me.  I thought Easy mode was actually easier.

My bad.

Did you play the first Fire Emblem for GBA farley?  I thought it was painfully hard but actually liked it.  I'm wondering if I should play The Sacred Stones on Hard now and I'm wondering what the difference between Hard and Normal is.


Yes I did, and it pissed me off!  I quit at a fight where some pirates came to your ship.  I was obsessed though with getting through with all my characters  which I realize now is not the way the game is meant to be played.  

I was fully prepared to let some of my characters die in this one but so far I haven't really felt that anyone died because of need (to save the team or something) but only becuase I was really stupid (things like not checking the distances enemies can come, not having healing items in their inventory, etc.)

The main things that make this easier are that you can go back to shops, and you can train at the tower.  This means that I don't have to risk much when leveling up a new low level character.
2639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fire Emblem: SS - when does it become hard? on: October 08, 2005, 12:19:01 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "farley2k"
I did start on easy mode

Is easy mode ever supposed to get hard?  Seems like it would defeat the purpose.

The first one was a bitch for sure.  I think I'm going to play the Sacred Stones on medium difficulty.


I am not sure.  Most of the information I have read (like the strategy guide) says that easy most just forces the tutorial on the player.  It doesn't say that your characters are stronger or the enemies weaker.
2640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem: SS - when does it become hard? on: October 07, 2005, 07:18:33 PM
I am in chapter 11 (following the woman's story) and so far the game has been a breeze.  I did start on easy mode but I haven't had to restart any fights except if I lost a character I loved.  I am also a person who quit the first FE game for the GBA becuase I found it too hard.  

Right now any one of my horsey guys  biggrin can pretty much take on a map without any help, Ross is a pirate who can mop the deck with everyone and anyone, and most of the rest can hold their own.


However,  I am sure that this game will be driving me nuts soon, I just wonder how soon.  So when does it get really hard?
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