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3161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 hacked! on: February 13, 2006, 03:40:23 PM
Here is the link

Here is the information about what this means.

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

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

The part I find neat, cool, great is that you can move your Xbox 1 saved games over!  I like the 360 a lot more now.
3162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 01:49:53 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Maybe they are a staple but why should they be?  I thought this game was supposed to "be different" from the previous RE games.  And I don't buy the argument that having better controls would make the game too easy.  There are plenty of FPS games that are quite difficult.  You make the enemies tougher or make more of them or give them laser beams coming out of their eyes or something.  Having poor/clumsy controls as a way to artificially ramp up the difficulty is just silly.

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

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


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

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

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

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

So, even your great example used artificial ways of increasing the tension.  Perhaps overtime the memory has faded of that cheesy bit in the game.  I think RE4 is that way too, the good parts will overwhelm the bad and they will become something you don't think about.
3163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 12:31:53 AM
This game reminds me a lot of Metroid Prime.  It doesn't feel like the control you expect or want but somehow it works for the type of game it is.  

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

What I like about the game is that

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

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

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

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

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

Keep going, I have found the control scheme more and more comfortable (if never really great)
3164  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/FT: Dragon Quest 8, and MP (sold) on: February 12, 2006, 02:48:54 AM
It is a bit misleading I guess becuase I can't think of anything I want in trade but I am happy to sell for reasonable prices.

PM me if interested and we can talk!
3165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF7 Advent Children voice actors, details on: February 10, 2006, 05:28:09 PM
I wonder if the story will make sense.  I watched the subtitled version which floated around the net a few months ago and I was just silly.  

sure looked pretty though.
3166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First 360 HD REQUIRED game due out soon (non MMO) on: February 09, 2006, 01:36:17 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
I doubt this is the start of a trend. The Football Manager franchise only appears on the Xbox this past gen because it needs a hard drive to store its statistics database. It's a unique title, like an MMO, that has to have a a hard drive or the game can't be made.

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

If they are already hitting a barrier already I think consumers have good cause to be concerned.
3167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PS3 information on: February 03, 2006, 04:58:56 PM
I does seem like Sony is promising a bit much these days.  I love my PS2 (although after 50 hours of Dragon Quest 8 I am trying to take a break) but I have to say I pretty much ignore all the stuff Sony says.
3168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 Exclusives on: February 03, 2006, 02:10:56 AM
There are too many to name.

Get Guitar Hero right away.  It is just incredible.

Since the system has been out for years you also should check the "Greatest Hits" selection at your local Best Buy or other outlet .  Get Ratchet and Clank, Final Fantasy 10, Devil May Cry 3, and pick a sports game.  That is around 200 hours of game time for under a 100 dollars.
3169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Final Fantasy 12 info on: February 02, 2006, 09:42:01 PM
Quote from: "semiconscious"
the original post from the japanese fan site:

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

i think i'm withholding judgement...

I think I don't have a clue what the heck that says. smile
3170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Final Fantasy 12 info on: February 02, 2006, 06:22:36 PM
Not good news for me, but as seen here

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

I bolded what annoys me.  

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

I have a child on the way and I expect that my gaming time is going to be broken up into smaller and smaller parts, so this kind of thing really hurts me.
3171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tomb Raider Legend Video on: February 02, 2006, 01:58:59 PM
Very zippy!  smile
3172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ninja Gaiden Black - camera the real boss fight? on: January 31, 2006, 03:26:43 PM
I am playing this and having a good time generally but I find myself mostly fighting the camera insead of enemies.

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

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

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

I am about to toss this and pick up Devil May Cry 3 now that it has an easy mode.  Is the camera better in that game?
3173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need internet site blocker on: January 30, 2006, 06:38:28 PM
For cheap/free or are you willing to pay?

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

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

Here are some

Block porn web sites

Optenet PC
3174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360s available or not? on: January 26, 2006, 06:00:02 PM
Quote from: "Dunamis"
So what's the story with the 360s now that the Christmas rush is over.  

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

I'm in Southern California if that matters.

The issues still exist.  However since the demand is lower it is sometimes possible luck out and find some at retailers.  Generally though only at places like Target, Best Buy, etc.   The deadicated stores (EB, Gamestop) are still trying to meet their pre-orders so they never seem to have any spares.
3175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda does Star Trek for Xbox 360, PC, DS, and PSP! on: January 25, 2006, 09:11:49 PM
Quote from: "pr0ner"
Starshifter, didn't you watch DS9?  The last 4 seasons (or so) of that show were based on a wartime storyline.

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

Yes a wartime storyline but not a combat focused one.  There was very little combat and a lot more personal issues with the war.
3176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 - Feb. 14th on: January 24, 2006, 02:28:58 PM
At least according to least according to RPG Fan

I hope they are right.  I will be done with Dragon Quest 8 this week and ready for a new RPG after a couple weeks.
3177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Underworld Reviews on: January 23, 2006, 06:53:15 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
No, I won't argue any of the movies you listed.

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

It's totally worthless.

Much like a great number of game reviews.

Like any tool it can be abused but used well it is a great resource.  Since my local paper didn't even review Underworld it is great to have a collection of all the reviews.
3178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What country will Bush attack next? [RP] on: January 23, 2006, 02:43:04 PM
I think the Iraian president is pouring as much gas on the fire as he can with all the crap about the Holocaust etc.  so I don't think public opinion will be hard for Bush to whip up.
3179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why must I turn on my XBox 360 twice every time? on: January 23, 2006, 02:39:55 PM
I would send it back ASAP.  Are you ever going go really trust it again?  

They seem to be doing a good job of fixing broken machines so you are better off getting a new one rather than waiting until it really breaks.
3180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Underworld Reviews on: January 22, 2006, 08:52:46 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
I have one question. Do you see Kate boobage?

No but what you do see is quite nice.  

From GamersWithJobs if you want Kate breasts see Laurel Canyon
3181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How much would you charge for tech support? on: January 20, 2006, 06:09:01 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
friends are tough.  

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

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

Luckily they are not my friends - just my co-workers. smile  So I can gouge them.
3182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How much would you charge for tech support? on: January 20, 2006, 03:37:55 AM
I have a few co-workers who want me to fix their home PCs.  It is all pretty easy stuff for me since I work in IT but baffling to them.  

So how much should I charge per hour.  I don't want to rip them off but I don't want to dismiss my abilities and time either.  

So what would you charge?
3183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Back on the Big Screen (USA) in 10 days! on: January 19, 2006, 08:26:35 PM
So, how bad will it be?  Awful? Terrible? Uwe Bowell bad?
3184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragonquest 8 Help - SPOILERS on: January 19, 2006, 01:53:54 PM
Quote from: "KC"
Thanks Nth Power.  Is that the king with the dead wife?

They prefer to be called "living impared"
3185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RE4 - why have "normal" mode on: January 16, 2006, 01:03:31 AM
Quote from: "Calvin"

Seriously though, wtf am I doing wrong? It cant be that hard straight off can it?

I survived by heading to the bell tower.  it is an exclose space where they have to rush you.  I just picked them off there.  It was fustrating but easier when they couldn't get behind or to the sides of me.
3186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looking for screenshot comparison for Black Xbox vs PS2 on: January 15, 2006, 04:11:11 PM
I think the only way to really be sure is to wait until the reviews come out.  Almost every game whihc is on multiple platforms gets a "comparision" article at some point in time.

Of course usually the game is better at X on one system and Y on another so you have to choose which is most important but at least it give something to go by.
3187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RE4 - why have "normal" mode on: January 13, 2006, 05:37:01 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
die a bunch of times in a row, I think that unlocks easy mode.

I have tried, really!   :oops:
3188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RE4 - why have "normal" mode on: January 13, 2006, 04:29:46 PM
But no easy mode?  Everytime I save and it says I am playing on normal I think I would prefer to play on easy, but I can't do that!
3189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you looking forward to? (2006) on: January 13, 2006, 01:58:39 AM

Grandia 3
Rogue Galaxy
Shadow Hearts: From The New World

Final Fantasy 3
Ultimate Card Game (for the DS!!)
Age of Empires


Hellgate London
Half-Life 2 add-on

that should be enough to keep me busy all year!
3190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 $500!?? on: January 12, 2006, 03:55:06 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Quote from: "Turtle"
If I recall, the 360 cost around 700 to make, that's around a $300 loss.  So, MS really is taking that kind of loss on this.  People suspect that's why we're seeing so few.

Everything I read at time of release said ~$120 loss per console.  If you've got other data, I'd love to see it.

I think one of the biggest problems is no one has much data.  Everything I have seen is speculation but different people.  I am sure they are very knowledgable but they are still just speculating.
3191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PGR:3 demo up on marketplace on: January 12, 2006, 03:09:37 PM
This may be more about racing games in general but is there ever anything really new besides different cars and tracks?  I supose you could have more realistic modeling but there just doesn't seem to be much else to improve.
3192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 Final Fight Video with lvl 21 Party - Spoiler on: January 12, 2006, 02:05:16 PM
What a great site!  I have already seen more gameplay from Rogue Galaxy and Grandia 3 than any of the news sites!  I love this place!

And since most of the videos are from the Japaness versions I can't understand what they are saying or the writing so it doesn't spoil the story!
3193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Blu-ray HD thought / question on: January 11, 2006, 06:01:01 PM
And it is a mess for stuff that doesn't really work.  

I mean movies will still be available on the internet.  Sure the quality will be less but that doesn't stop people now from downloading movies.

So true lovers of the best quality - who wouldn't pirate anyway since it is always at lesser quality - will use the HDMI but the majority of people won't even care.
3194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Miscrosoft: What the hell? on: January 11, 2006, 02:58:48 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Quote from: "farley2k"
It isn't just about movies.  The PS3 will be able to play games on Blu-ray.  Now if Blu-ray wins out then that means PS3 games will be able to have more content, better graphics, etc.  

In 2-3 years people will be talking about how the 360 just can't handle the really big games.

OR 360 games could span disks like many PS1 games did.  I don't have a problem swapping disks in a game.

I wouldn't either necessarily but it would be another reason for people to buy a PS3 instead.
3195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Miscrosoft: What the hell? on: January 11, 2006, 01:41:43 PM
It isn't just about movies.  The PS3 will be able to play games on Blu-ray.  Now if Blu-ray wins out then that means PS3 games will be able to have more content, better graphics, etc.  

In 2-3 years people will be talking about how the 360 just can't handle the really big games.
3196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 10, 2006, 06:00:50 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Any recommendations on a good place to go for leveling (at around level 25)? Are there any places where I might run into metal slimes often (I've fought two so far and both times they've run away)? I think I need to do some serious leveling before trying the Dark Ruins again.

Let me see...places I have found

Castle Trodain has some occasionally and it also has liquid metal slimes which net 10,000 xp  and outside the royal hunting grounds has a lot of metal slimes.

Those are the most consistant places I have found.
3197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 10, 2006, 02:25:17 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"

I'm in Baccarat trying to find out why the casino is closed.  It seemeed the most logical place to go, but maybe I missed something.

You are on the right track as far as the story goes.  Now if you are getting beaten by the random encounters you probably do need some leveling but one level should be enough.

I have also found that in almost every area there is one type of monster which is always very tough and I run from them.  I can face every other monster but there always seems to be one which just is too tough to be fun so I run.
3198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 09, 2006, 09:50:12 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"
Ugh, I've really hit the wall with DQ8.  I'm about 25 hours in, and I've reached the point that I will need to spend a few hours levelling before tackling the next dungeon.  While I enjoy the combat for the most part, I just can't bring myself to spend the time level-grinding.

I love this game, but the ultra-simplistic story and characters are starting to cause it to lose a bit of lustre.  frown


I am 47 hours in and haven't really hit something like that....which dungeon are you having trouble with?  It is hard to remember what was going on that long ago!
3199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: what on: January 09, 2006, 07:49:40 PM
Quote from: "tcweidner"
what a fu&%#@ up country we live in where this crap can be shown, god forbid we are allowed to see 2 people having sex. Expression of love=bad (erect wang=x),
violence for the sake of seeing how gory and graphic we can get= fine, (needless violence=r)

 We are one fu$#@# up society.

I agree...kinda.  

I think this movie is exactly what the NC-17 rating was meant for.  When I think that both this and "Wedding Crashers" have R ratings I am amazed.  How does that "R" rating really help a parent?  Are those two movies so similar that a parent should lump them together?  

It seems to me like saying someone is going between 35 and 120 miles per hour.....hummm that doesn't really help much.
3200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2: Aftermath delayed until April 24th on: January 09, 2006, 07:47:07 PM
Quote from: "Kev199"
Or they are trying to hammer out the bugs and making sure it is flawless.


But since all the are doing is basically making new levels there shouldn't be a ton of bug testing.  Just the scripted events, specific triggers for NPC actions, etc.
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