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2641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A great writeup about the state of Gaming on: May 25, 2005, 07:29:00 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
I didn't look at the article but I think that quote that you provided really is at odds with what makes a good game. If you give the player everything at the start, most gamers would quickly begin complaining that the game gets boring and repetitive. Good game design is about variety and reward. Giving up everything up front works against that in many cases.

I know that there is a large group of gamers that tend to just play a game for five or so  hours and want to see everything the game offers before moving on, but I finish most of the games that I play and I really appreciate games that do a great job of rewarding the player with new items/tools and then sets up interesting scenarios that have to be solved with those tools.

I think this is one of the reasons why I disliked Halo 2 so much. By about the third level I had used every weapon that the game offers and piloted every vehicle. The rest of the game was just a slog through essentially  identical firefights with only slight variations in the type of enemies that you face.




I disagree.  I think developers can work different weapons into different situations and keep it fresh.  

Say different damage by different weapons against different monsters.  Or different speads of damage.

I think it is possible to really put some thought into why one weapon should be used over another.  RPGs already do that.  Some monsters have certain resistances, etc.  FPS could do that, but they chose not to.
2642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone Have Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones Impressions? on: May 25, 2005, 07:22:26 PM
Quote from: "weleavefossils"
I never got a chance to play the first one, can someone describe the gameplay.  I  know its strategy but I saw screenshots of one-on-one battle scenes.

I guess ill try to pick up a used copy of the first one, I just would feel weird starting out on the second.


I would say pick up the first one.  The gameplay is the same and I don't think there are any inhancements which would be missed.
2643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion E3 Info on: May 23, 2005, 09:15:15 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Its a bad sign when a game is shown by appointment only.
No, we do it for all our marquee stuff and will always do it as far as I am concerned.  Think about this, which would you prefer? 1) A game shown on a small LCD screen among the TREMENDOUS noise and light show that makes up the e3 floor.  You press up against a huge crowd staring at the monitors, everyone jockeying for position in front and behind you, while people try and get through to the other booths and push you out of the way.

OR
2) An small, air-conditioned room with theater-style seats (drink holders included), a 63-inch plasma screen, a large bowl with waters and sodas on ice in the back, and a full 5.1 sound system cranked.

I'd go with number two myself smile

Nice meeting you Ron and the other guy who's name/handle I unfortunately didn't catch!



I understand your reasons but we can look at it another way.

1. where you get to play the game yourself.  Doing the things you want, seeing how the world reacts to your unscripted actions.

2. with someone else controlling everything making sure only to do specific stuff which works right.


Those seem to be equally true statements to yours and I would pick #1 when they are described that way.



Oh and since I wasn't there I would take whatever was offered.
2644  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 23, 2005, 03:25:04 PM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
You could no more transfuse midichlorians through a blood infusion than you could transfer your own DNA through the same. Midicholorians live within the cells of Jedi --



Yet Palpatine seemed to tempt Anakin by saying that there was a way to "force the midichlorians to reanimate cells" thus stopping death.  (at the Opera)

In order to save Padme then, the midichlorians would have to be in her body, but she wasn't a Jedi.
2645  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 20, 2005, 05:45:09 PM
Quote from: "Buldrhm"

R2 may have had the flying equipment removed and something different installed, but where would have been a good place for R2 to fly in the OT?


Except that Lucas went to extreme lengths to spell every little thing out for us in this movie.  We see Obi-wan grab the light saber, we see the kids named, we see them in their new homes, Yoda says he will go into exile, etc. etc.

So it really strikes me as inplausible that he just didn't mention R2-D2 being changed.  Heck he even mentions having C2-PO's memory wiped.
2646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 20, 2005, 03:44:51 AM
Wow.  I hated this movie.  It was so stupid, so weak and just so overdone.  

1. Why does Mace Windu go from wanting to arrest Palpatine to trying to kill him?  Just becuase that made it seem easier for Anakin to choose to attack him?  Makes no sense, none.

2. What the is up with Padme "losing her will to live"?  That is just the stupidest reason on Earth!  Just having her die in child birth was fine, it worked, it was believable, it was neat.  The whole will to live thing was just cheesy.

3. How come with "Order 66" Yoda can feel them dying but no other Jedi can?  Oh, right he is the best, coolest....or he just needed some cheap way to explain him living.

4. Do we really think Captain Antilies would keep C3-PO and R2 for roughly 15-18 years?!  And still be flying the same ship?  Oh sorry it was the same style....but the style of every other ship changed....just not that one.

And most annoying.

5. If you love Anakin like a brother - don't let him fucking burn to death!  Just kill him mercifully![b/]  Seriously, I was just sitting there thinking - if that is what he does to his brother...well crap.  And come on!  If the goal was to kill Anakin why leave when he was still alive?  



Oh sorry one last one....when did R2 learn to squirt oil out of himself?
2647  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 20, 2005, 03:36:31 AM
Quote from: "naednek"


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A couple of disappointments were the lack of explanation of why R2 doesn't fly in the OT, when we clearly see him flying in the PT. I thought Bail Organa said to wipe both their memories but someone I was with said he only mentioned the protocol droid.


I believe he said to wipe out both their memories.  I could be wrong.

Which still doesn't explain why R2-D2 can't fly in the OT, nor had a flexible arm which he can freaking catch with!


Quote
gameoverman wrote:
Yoda and Obi-wan can come back in spirit form because Yoda found out the secret(from Qui-gon) and told Obi-wan- okay that's good. But why can Anakin come back? He wasn't told the secret. If he was taught it AFTER death, why weren't the other Jedi, who were honorable their WHOLE lives, and why didn't they come back? Jedi like Mace.


Maybe the councellor knew that power as well.

It still is stupid.  Why?  Because it tried to answer a question no one had!  No one sat around going how come Qui-gon, Obi-Wan, Yoda and Anakin can communicate from the beyond.  It wasn't an issue until Lucas tried to explain it!

2648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How early should a person line up for Ep3 on: May 18, 2005, 08:02:46 PM
Now you people already have tickets?  

It seems to me that if you have tickets you don't need to get there more than 20 minutes or so in advance.  You are guaranteed a seat so when you take it really doesn't matter unless you really can't stand the bad seats.
2649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo gets stupid... on: May 18, 2005, 02:03:31 PM
Fucking stupid.  

Really just stupid.  Look at the games list for the GBA and you see a wasteland. They think that lineup will move units?  No, they expect the established library to move new units but how long do they really think they can keep milking the same games?

So the GBA, the GBA SP, and now this tiny POS all will play GBA games.  Why buy one over the other?  Hell at least is you buy a DS you can play GBA games plus the handful of DS games.

I love my GBA, probably my favorite console but I really am starting to dislike Nintendo.
2650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where can I find a video of that FF7 PS3 tech demo? on: May 17, 2005, 06:46:05 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Square was just demonstrating that the PS3 can render the opening to FF7 in real time and make it look better than their expensive CGI did in 1997.  Since it was a tech demo it had nothing to do with gameplay.


But....did anyone really not believe that a new machine would be much more powerful than technology from 1007?

I know the 1997 version was CGI but I guess I don't find it jaw dropping that technology almost 10 years later is vastlly better.
2651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where can I find a video of that FF7 PS3 tech demo? on: May 17, 2005, 06:36:24 PM
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
Why are there so many people who thinkt his stuff is prerendered? It has already been said numerous times that all we're seeing is IN REAL TIME.



So what does that mean to me as a layperson?

It is compiling the code right then, but I still can't do anything so it is basically compiling unchanging static code...I think

So what does that really tell us about how games can look?  

We still couldn't *move* in a game that looks that great but we can watch better videos?


Seriously I don't really understand what this means to me in terms of gameplay.
2652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360] Final Fantasy XI on: May 17, 2005, 05:32:19 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
FFXI has been on PS2 for two years.  Losing FFXI is not a loss.  It won't be significant unless 360 gets a new numbered FF game.


LOL.  

The simple fact that there will be a FF game on the Xbox is big news.  Sony exclusives are dwindling.



FF games have been on other systems for a long time.  

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles (Cube)
Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls (GBA)

are two current examples.


It doesn't mean much more than it did then.
2653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So where do you stand right now? on: May 17, 2005, 05:29:10 PM
I still haven't heard the information that will push me one way or the other - media center integration.

I love to watch stuff from my PC on my TV.  Currently I do that through the Xbox so it gets more time.  However if the PS3 will do that I may lean towards it.

I need to hear more about their other features besides games before I can really pick one or the other.
2654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where can I find a video of that FF7 PS3 tech demo? on: May 17, 2005, 01:17:38 PM
I liked it and all but I kind of expect pre rendered cut scenes from Square to loko great.

What would amaze me would be an in-game scene to see how much better that looked.
2655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Picture? I sure hope not! on: May 16, 2005, 08:38:02 PM
So Bill Harris linked to some pictures of the new PS3.  Here is the link.

All I can say is I hope not.  It is far, far uglier to me than the 360.  It just looks cheap and silly.  I think the controller is terrible as well.

2656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System discussion: Xbox 360 on: May 16, 2005, 07:07:41 PM
Quote from: "Gedd"
Quote
What are you guys looking forward to out of the Xbox 360?


Oddly enough, I'm interested in what it can do outside of games.  There's a lot of talk about it communicating well with Media Center, or possibly other capabilities along those lines.  Supposedly you can watch TV through it as well, so I'm wondering if it's just a straight pass through or whether there might actually be a tuner it, and if there's a tuner, we could also be talking PVR. So any specifics about what it can do in non-gaming functionality will be very interesting to me.

Also, any news about the peripherals or what's bundled and what's not (WiFi, hard drive, bigger hard drive, etc.). smile



I would like to hear more about this as well.

I use my current Xbox (modded) to play video off my PC as well as play games.  Will the 360 let me do that as well?
2657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Question about Xbox 360 connection to home network on: May 15, 2005, 02:37:32 AM
I have read a few things and saw a quote saying the Xbox will connect to our local network (your PC) and that

Quote
From here you can access all attached media devices, game information, downloads, and system settings. One of the options under the Media menu is the Media Center Extender. The console is fully compatible with the latest version of Windows Media Center, so gamers with a home network can use 360 to stream music and HD movies from their PC



So does that mean the new 360 will be able to play movies and/or TV that was downloaded?  Or "ripped" since I am sure none of us ever download an odd TV show but we sometimes rip them ourselves from the DVDs we have bought so they can all be on the PC.....smile

If it will then this could actually replace my current modded Xbox.
2658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Harry Potter & Goblet of Fire Trailer on: May 09, 2005, 09:27:49 PM
They are going to have to start editing the books to make good movies.  Order of the Phoenix has a ton of stuff which could be cut.  While the stuff at Sirus's house was neat, it could all be cut.  It just doesn't matter to the overall story.  All that matters is that we know who are in the Order.


As for the Goblet of Fire - the trailer looks good.  I hope it turns out as good as Azkaban (which was my favorite of the 3 so far)
2659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire: No Heart? on: May 06, 2005, 07:29:50 PM
I was left....underwhelmed after I finished the game.  

There did seem to be something lacking in the spirit of the game.

I noticed it really bad during the 5th,6th, and 7th chapters which were just incredibly linear and dull.


I feel really bad saying that becuase I love Bioware, I love their other games, I thought the setting sounded great, the story seemed like a winner, but in the end it just didnt' all come together for me either.
2660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Missing stuff in Jade Empire - stuff shown in earlier videos on: May 05, 2005, 02:41:25 PM
Spoilers.....




Did anyone ever get to see the scenes with Henpecked Hu where his wife was yelling at him from behind the counter at his bun shop?  This was in one of the preview videos and I missed it being included.

I know they probably cut a lot of stuff but there were several neat things in the early videos that I wish would have been in the game.

In one of the videos they talked about how you would have a whole little compound you could visit where your characters would setup/live while you didn't take them with you (hence Henpecked Hu having a bun shop), and you would have statues of the demons you had defeated.  


Perhaps they can use that stuff in Jade Empire 2.
2661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Credits on: May 05, 2005, 02:36:01 PM
I just finished.  I was disappointed by the credits simply becuase they are all outtakes available at the Jade Empire web site (for registered owners.) so I had heard them before.

Still nice to include though.
2662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Combat in Jade Empire on: May 03, 2005, 05:51:57 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
As far as I can tell the AI is far more aggressive with the difficulty cranked up. They also block more frequently and at more appropriate times.  They also attack a bit better in groups- one baddie will use a ranged attack while one with a weapon equipped moves in on you.





I agree.

In one fight I was having a terrible time and I cranked *down* the difficulty.  After that, in that same fight, the computer didn't use certain very tough spells, didn't block, and overall seemed much less agressive.

So I don't think the AI cheats on higher levels, I think it is just more agressive, and plays better.

Of course I bet they also have some cheats like more focus and chi which would allow them to use weapons for longer and spells more frequently.
2663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / holy @#%&! - it's really lara! on: May 03, 2005, 12:22:24 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Not to sound gay or anything, but jesus man, give the woman some appropriate body dimensions.  That looks somewhat rediculous to me.  Put a little more meat on her, tone down those breasts - make her look more realistic and she may be more appealing.


Yeah.  She certainly doesn't look real.

However I just played God of War and Kratos didn't look realistic at all either so I guess i am willing to forgive - if the game mechanics are good.


From the trailer I saw the game mechanics look like they are good.  I just hope it plays well.
2664  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VG Cats = teh funny! on: May 02, 2005, 08:57:49 PM
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
Yes, I beat God of War, doesnt change my opinion of the comic strip.


I guess the joke can't be funny to everyone.

I find it hilarious.

I thought the nudity was childish and cheesy and their comments about how the atire was meant to be more realistic (can't remember where I read that interview) was just stupid.
2665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 2? PS3? Revolution? PC? Check out the screens... (56k) on: April 29, 2005, 01:59:44 PM
If you go to the Steel Monkey's web site and dig around for pics you will find a staff pic with a very clearly visible PS2 controler.

Not to say that means it is a PS3 game but it is the only piece of console hardware I could find in the shots.

2666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 trailer/video on: April 29, 2005, 12:24:39 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Welcome to 19 hours and 2 minutes ago  :wink:

http://www.consolegold.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5629

Agree on the music.  Hope they keep that theme in the game.  It sounds rather retro but I love it!


Bah!  Your post was buried in the thread announcing the game.  It deserved a whole thread....that's my story and I am sticking to it....
2667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 trailer/video on: April 29, 2005, 02:39:31 AM

Found here



Looks pretty good.  I love hearing the music again.  They were great games.

I hope the next one is as good.
2668  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serenity Trailer - HOLY CRAP!!!! on: April 26, 2005, 08:22:26 PM
That looks pretty cool.  And considering the competion for Sci-fi movies...well it looks incredible.
2669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Enix E3 lineup on: April 26, 2005, 01:15:59 PM
No real suprises, so fans are doing exactly what they have been....waiting.

I mean, I could care less that they "announced" Dragon Quest 8.  I knew it was coming and I have watched tons of videos for it.  I am just sitting around waiting for it.
2670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wireless controllers - good or bad? on: April 25, 2005, 06:36:28 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "farley2k"
However they are also bigger. I like the Mad Catz for the Xbox becuase it is about the size of the S controller and I like the small size.


You might be thinking of the old Logitech wireless controller, at least as far as the PS2 goes.  The newer model (Precision I think?) is approximately the size of the Dual Shock with some sleeker lines and only takes 2 AA batteries.  

Like I said, I didn't care for the Logitech Xbox version.  In addition to problems with button responses I found it uncomfortable to hold.  Size-wise it seemed comparable to an S-Controller but its layout strained my hand.  Design-wise it was very similar to that supposed Xbox 360 controller picture thats floating around.


I haven't looked for a long time so I am probably thinking of the old one.


I guess I can learn to love any controller (or at least use them).
2671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wireless controllers - good or bad? on: April 25, 2005, 05:48:52 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
What wireless controller are you using?




Let me think.  

PS2 - Predator by ??? (can't remember)
Xbox - Mad Catz one.  


I wondered if the logitech ones were better.  They are twice the price (or more) so I figured they should be.

However they are also bigger.  I like the Mad Catz for the Xbox becuase it is about the size of the S controller and I like the small size.




I hope that the versions which come with the consoles will be as good as the wavebird since they would be first party controllers as well but if MS or Sony goes with an odd manufacturer they could suck.
2672  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How many hours a week do you watch tv? on: April 25, 2005, 04:55:08 PM
TiVo ruined my TV watching.  It started logically enough.  I stopped caring when shows were on - after all TiVo would have it for me!  However the creep got longer and longer between when it did air and when I watched it.  Sometimes I would have 5-8 episodes TiVoed before I bothered to watch them.

Then it happened.  I realized not only didn't I care if I watched the shows for 5 weeks, I didn't even care if I ever watched them.  So more stuff started sitting on the TiVo, and then started gettting deleted from the TiVo to make room for more stuff I didn't bother to watch.

Now I maybe watch a couple hours a week, but generally only when the Mrs. wants to catch something.
2673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wireless controllers - good or bad? on: April 25, 2005, 04:44:32 PM
Lots of rumors that the next generation of consoles will have only wireless controllers and I wondered how people felt about that (oh and I wanted to give my opinion!)

I am really torn.  I love the freedom it gives to move around, and I like how it makes things look neat around the console/entertainment center but I am just not sold that they are that great.

For example - when playing Onimush 3 I found that I was having a terrible time with some of the combos.  I plugged in my wired controller and the problems were not there.

When playing Shadow Hearts: Covanent I had to do the game thing.  The judgement ring just seemed easier to master with a wired controler.

Most recently I have switched back to a wired controller for Jade Empire.  I was having to hit some of the buttons twice to get my commands to register.  That is really annoying in a fighting (well sort of a fighting) game.

I also had to do the same thing with God of War.  It was just much easier to pull of the combos with a wired controler

I have put in new batteries, but I don't always have a totally clear sight to the machine.  However if you have to have a totally clear view of the console (or the reciever) anyway then how great is it to even have wireless?  Just the range.  


Does this happen to anyone else?  It worries me about the next generation of consoles.
2674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Character Choice on: April 22, 2005, 06:33:34 PM
Quote from: "Rage"

I still dont understand this particular fetish-I hear that in MMOs all the time smile I mean, I kind of get it, but I want my avatar to be a...well, you know, hero like dude since I am theoretically a hero-like dude. Im going to stop talking now.



I think it is the difference between seeing the character as "you" playing in the game or as a character you control playing the game.

If it is you then it is a bit odd to play the opposite gender, but if it is just a character then why not make it as pleasing as possible?
2675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I miss my GBA on: April 19, 2005, 05:30:45 PM
Quote from: "Qbe"

If you have the opportunity, try it.  You might like it too.



I don't know that I will have much choice.  I love playing my GBA in the car (wife driving, me playing) so I will have to try something to play.

The only think about the Pokemon games is that I have the impression they don't have much of a story at all.  It is just collecting and battling.  Fine as far as it goes but I do like a story.
2676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I miss my GBA on: April 19, 2005, 01:12:07 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
There are two RPGs on the horizon - Riviera from Atlus, and Sigma Star Saga (a combination side-scrolling space shooter/RPG!) from Namco, set for release in June and July, respectively.  There's also Pokemon Emerald at the end of this month.


I must admit I have never played any of hte Pokemon games..and I don't know if I am desprite enough to do so yet.
2677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I miss my GBA on: April 18, 2005, 09:36:39 PM
Well I supose since it is just sitting there I shouldn't say I miss it but I do miss having anything to play on it.  

I cannot believe what a drought my little GBA is facing.  

Sure there are some kids games, platform games, and some videos but as a person who loves RPGs and strategy games I am pretty much forced to shelve my GBA until (fingers crossed) that X-com type "Rebelstar"



Not to change the subject in my own post but is it just me or is Nintendo just pissing away their consoles?  No Cube games this month, little on the horizon for the DS and the above mentioned scarcity of GBA stuff.  

What is going on?  

It is like the announced the new Zelda game and like the groundhog went back into their hole.
2678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great Bioware Site - Bloopers and Outtakes from Jade Empire on: April 18, 2005, 05:53:36 PM
I think this is why I love this company!  

Bloopers and Outtakes from Jade Empire.

Just fun stuff.  Well worth registering.
2679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: April 18, 2005, 05:49:04 PM
I just don't understand why I must be at work while such a perfect game is at home waiting for me to come back to it.


I just hit Chapter 2 and I am just blown away by how perfect I find this game.  I can see why people might not like it and I see a lot of things I would want to see in JE 2 but for that doesn't change the fact that every moment I am playing is bliss and every moment away is suffering.

I just haven't been this blown away for a long long time.  I just pray that it keeps up until the end.
2680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War - why do they piss away a great game?!!! on: April 16, 2005, 09:51:32 PM
I will admint that anger was geting the best of me when I posted.  It doesn't really make the game crap but it is certainly stupid.

I don't even think it is becuase of how difficult it is (although I think it is tough) It is because of how they changed how the game worked.

Up till that point at almost any point with sections like that there were save points before and after so that players didn't have to do those difficult parts over and over.  

They never had a really tough monster fight followed by some platform puzzle without a save.  

I will probably get by it later tonight but I no matter what I feel that the section is very different in tone and design than the rest of the game.
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