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8681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 07:41:10 PM
Quote from: "msduncan"
Quote from: "gellar"
Also keep in mind that Microsoft is not immune to overwhelming demand.  Most hot product launches, be they consoles, movies, cars, ipods, etc... have a hard time keeping up with our mega-consumer based society.

Cars such as the Dodge Magnum, Volkswagen Beetle, Anything Hybrid sell at HUGE markups and 3+ month waits when they first went on sale.

The Apple iPod Mini also was a bitch to get a few Christmases back.

Every year there is a hot toy that does not meet demand, it happens.

Fuck, people get in line for HOURS to watch a movie, because they want to watch it at X time and the theater simply cannot accomodate that.

This is nothing new.  It just now happens to be for something you want.

gellar


Don't tell me you are buying into the line of 'overwhelming demand'?

I think 'extremely short supply' is probably a lot more accurate.


Well either or, it's not an entirely new concept.  They both end in the same result.

Again, MS has said they plan on shipping 3 mil in the first 90 days, which is pretty good.

I honestly had a MUCH harder time getting a PS2 at launch.

gellar
8682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 07:21:37 PM
Also keep in mind that Microsoft is not immune to overwhelming demand.  Most hot product launches, be they consoles, movies, cars, ipods, etc... have a hard time keeping up with our mega-consumer based society.

Cars such as the Dodge Magnum, Volkswagen Beetle, Anything Hybrid sell at HUGE markups and 3+ month waits when they first went on sale.

The Apple iPod Mini also was a bitch to get a few Christmases back.

Every year there is a hot toy that does not meet demand, it happens.

Fuck, people get in line for HOURS to watch a movie, because they want to watch it at X time and the theater simply cannot accomodate that.

This is nothing new.  It just now happens to be for something you want.

gellar
8683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Welp -- My Christmas tree is going to be empty this year on: November 29, 2005, 05:23:45 PM
There is actually a very simple answer to this.  Stores will give the worst case scenario because they know a) they are going to get a limited supply even when they do get shipments, and b) they are going to last all of about 5 minutes when they do arrive.  Based on that, they'd be shooting themselves in the foot with very little to gain if they told you what day the next shipment would be in.  You'd come in and find no 360, and you'd get mad at them.  Why would they do that?

Bottom line is, I bet if you are persistent, you can get one.  Continue checking here, as well as other well trafficed gaming sites and you will eventually come across a post saying where one can be found online, or something like that.  Also go into stores around lunchtime on Tuesdays/Thursdays (most likely shipment days) and you may luck across one.  Calling the store will do you absolutely NO good.

I mean hell, I was in the same boat as you (Gamestop preorder being pushed until 2006), but luckily I checked this forum last week and Hetz posted Walmart was taking orders.  I jumped, and yesterday, I had a Premium 360, with no bundle, waiting at my Apartment Manager's office for me.

gellar
8684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need advice from coffee lovers on: November 29, 2005, 03:38:06 AM
If you love tradtional coffee, you owe it to yourself to try using a French Press.

gellar
8685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 - Walmart.com - IN STOCK on: November 29, 2005, 03:34:52 AM
Got mine today.  It is awesome.  All is happy.

gellar
8686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 360 on: November 28, 2005, 08:34:23 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
It roster updates as soon as you go into Live to play a game.


Groovy.  Thanks.

gellar
8687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV]What happened to Fear Factor? on: November 28, 2005, 07:11:12 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "GGMark"
Didnt they just change it to 'Boob Factor'?  or something like that? .

Yeah, pretty much.  Every show they'll have a "water" based challenge, and without fail they'll do the half-speed woman-removing-shirt shot for each female contestant.  It would be mildly funny if they weren't so obvious about it.


That's the reason I watch the show.

gellar
8688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NHL 360 on: November 28, 2005, 05:43:13 PM
I need to head out and pick this up sometime this week.  Is there a roster update out for it yet?

gellar
8689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 360 issues. on: November 28, 2005, 05:38:21 PM
I bought it this weekend at Costco.  My 360 arrives sometime this week.  I fully expect to be disappointed, but somehow I had to have it.

gellar
8690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 - Walmart.com - IN STOCK on: November 26, 2005, 11:57:01 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
My Premium set arrived from Walmart today smile

Wife still holding firm on no playing until Christmas though frown


Cool.  Hopefully I get mine soon, but the tracking info is... slightly lacking.

gellar


Yeah, I wouldn't sweat the tracking info.  According to my tracking my 360 is still in Memphis, TN smile


Oh good, mine is too.  LOL.  Maybe it'll be there when I get home from my parents.  That'd make for a hell of a fun Sunday.

gellar
8691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 - Walmart.com - IN STOCK on: November 26, 2005, 11:19:44 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
My Premium set arrived from Walmart today smile

Wife still holding firm on no playing until Christmas though frown


Cool.  Hopefully I get mine soon, but the tracking info is... slightly lacking.

gellar
8692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst Launch Ever on: November 23, 2005, 09:05:44 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "Sarkus"
That 3 million figure is worldwide and by the end of their FISCAL year, which is end of February, not the end of the actual year.  


February is absolutely not the end of the MS fiscal year.


Microsoft's fiscal year ends June 30.  Their 2nd Quarter ends December 31.

So by "year" they could either mean December 31, 2005 or their fiscal year 2006, which ends June 30, 2006.


First 90 days.

gellar
8693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst Launch Ever on: November 23, 2005, 08:18:52 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
That 3 million figure is worldwide and by the end of their FISCAL year, which is end of February, not the end of the actual year.  


February is absolutely not the end of the MS fiscal year.

gellar
8694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst Launch Ever on: November 23, 2005, 03:52:12 PM
Quote from: "adamsappel"
What were they talking about selling by year's end, 3 million units?


That's the number I've heard.  If they meet that, I'm fairly sure everyone who wants one will have it by Christmas.

gellar
8695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lines Already Forming for XB360 on: November 22, 2005, 06:25:00 PM
Swung by Costco today to try to score one for a buddy of mine... Costco didn't have *any*.

Very strange.

gellar
8696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 10 Reasons to wait for the Playstation 3 on: November 22, 2005, 04:52:17 PM
I fully expect the PS3 to be more capable than the 360, for two reasons:

1) Sony lost the tech battle last time, I'm sure they don't want to repeat that.
2) They're coming out later.  Of course they'll be better.

That being said, I'm going to own both systems.  There's just too much I'd want to play on each not to.

gellar
8697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 06.....EA is full of lying bastards. on: November 22, 2005, 03:25:44 AM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Plus I'm still harboring some ill-will towards them over their LIES about Nascar SimRacing for the PC.


Oh dear god don't get me started on that piece of shit.

gellar
8698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 06.....EA is full of lying bastards. on: November 22, 2005, 03:01:32 AM
I think we've covered this already.  Multiple times.

gellar
8699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 - Walmart.com - IN STOCK on: November 21, 2005, 04:53:42 PM
APX here too... no tracking information to date other than Manifest received.

Terrific.

gellar
8700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV on: November 20, 2005, 07:27:34 PM
Uh, change your devices (DVD Player/Cable Box) to know that you have a 16:9 TV.  That'll get rid of just about all the black bars, unless its a 2.35:1 DVD (in which case you'll have small black bars).

Happy HDing.

gellar
8701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 - Walmart.com - IN STOCK on: November 20, 2005, 06:19:17 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "Autistic Angel"
I'm looking at that Wal*Mart page right now.  It says they still have 360s in stock, it says that one-day shipping can have one at my house on either the 22nd or the 23rd of this week...

...and it calculates the shipping cost *alone* at $400.  That brings the grand total up to $799.92.  This has got to be a bug on the webpage, right?

-Autistic Angel


On Friday, one and two day shipping were listed at $400 but standard was, er, standard which is what everyone seems to have gone with.  No doubt those $400 shipping prices are a mistake but I wouldnt' want to trust actually ordering one with that.  


Agreed.  I went with standard as well.

gellar
8702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 - Walmart.com - IN STOCK on: November 20, 2005, 04:56:00 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Got in early on the Walmart deal (before Hetz even posted it here) and found this in my inbox when I got up this morning:

Quote
The items from your order (#XXXXXXX) have shipped.



smile


Got in when Hetz posted it and got the same notice today.

Sweet.  Thanks much Hetz.

gellar
8703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looks like I'm buying the Xbox360 Core System... on: November 19, 2005, 03:02:49 AM
Quote from: "rrmorton"
You should sue your arithmetic teacher, Ken. They done you wrong.


And apparently, reading comprehension.  YOU DID THE MATH FOR HIM.

Anyway, you made the right call Robbie... it's what I would have done.

gellar
8704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 - Walmart.com - IN STOCK on: November 18, 2005, 05:38:15 PM
Quote from: "fyedaddy"
Hetz, I truly wish you were working as John Kerry's campaign manager this past election. Things would have been so much different today.


Werd.
8705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 - Walmart.com - IN STOCK on: November 18, 2005, 05:21:33 PM
I placed an order.  Pretty sure it's an error on the website, but whatever... worst case I just cancel it.

gellar
8706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] When are Gamestops getting their 2nd/3rd shipments? on: November 18, 2005, 06:01:05 AM
Quote from: "Jarrodhk"
Yeah I got the automated call that told me I wasn't going to get one until after christmas.  On the other hand I was already planning on camping out various places in an attempt to find one monday night/tuesday morning.


Yeah... I'm going to avoid that circus.  I'll be trying at 11am for the Circuit City thing tomorrow and failing that, maybe hit a store if my schedule permits on Tuesday morning.  If there's a significant line though, I'm bailing.

gellar
8707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] When are Gamestops getting their 2nd/3rd shipments? on: November 18, 2005, 02:49:23 AM
Well fucky, it did say after Christmas.  Dah well.

gellar
8708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fox News says don't buy a 360 on: November 17, 2005, 07:54:26 PM
If Fox tells me to do something, I must do the exact opposite.

Thus, I am buying two.

gellar
8709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] When are Gamestops getting their 2nd/3rd shipments? on: November 17, 2005, 07:53:40 PM
Quote from: "pr0ner"
My brother works for a Gamestop now.  I'll ask him when his store is expecting a second shipment and get back to the thread ASAP.

Mike


Groovy. Thanks Mike.

gellar
8710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] When are Gamestops getting their 2nd/3rd shipments? on: November 17, 2005, 06:56:24 PM
Quote from: "JLu"
I'm still going to make a halfhearted attempt to buy it elsewhere on Tuesday -- and if I manage to, I'll hit EB and turn my $50 down into whatever my second game is going to end up being.


Pretty much what I'm going to do.  I'll hit Circuit City's website tomorrow, and if that fails, well... yeah, that's it.

gellar
8711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 360 - My thoughts on: November 17, 2005, 06:34:51 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Quote from: "gellar"

Thanks for the post Hetz... I gotta admit, this is the 2nd most anticipated 360 game for me (behind PGR3).

I just hope mine comes before I have to leave town for the Holidays.  Stupid 2nd shipment.

gellar


I wouldn't get too excited, gellar - Madden can only be an excercise in frustration when you're playing as the Niners.


You have no idea how good I am at Madden, sir.

My Xbox Madden 49ers, on modified All-Madden difficulty, with just 1 realistic trade (Jamie Winborn + Kevan Barlow + 3rd round pick to DET for Mike Williams), are 9-4 and ready to hit the playoffs.  Beeyotch.  Then again, the Madden 49ers are a hair overrated.

gellar
8712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why MUST you have it on release day? on: November 17, 2005, 06:25:31 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "gellar"
I'd like to get it ASAP, but I have no desire to work hard to do so.

Thus, I'll happily wait for when my preorder does land.

gellar


Doesn't Microsoft offer an employee discount at least?


Not on the system itself.  You know those rumors that we sell them at a loss?  They ain't rumors.

gellar
8713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why MUST you have it on release day? on: November 17, 2005, 06:21:53 PM
I'd like to get it ASAP, but I have no desire to work hard to do so.

Thus, I'll happily wait for when my preorder does land.

gellar
8714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HDTV and Xbox 360 question on: November 17, 2005, 06:10:10 PM
Quote from: "Fez"
The XBR450 accepts 1080i, 720p, 480p through its two HD-compatible inputs, so you can connect the optional HDTV decoder  and enjoy HDTV programming.


You're good to go.  You just need component cables, which it seems like it comes with.

gellar
8715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] When are Gamestops getting their 2nd/3rd shipments? on: November 17, 2005, 04:58:12 PM
Hey guys,

I'm nearly positive that I won't be on the first shipment for my 360.  I have the 2nd SKU, 995534,  listed in the Shortage thread.  In typical Gamestop fashion, they've provided me little info other than "wait for a phone call."

My issue is, I'm leaving town for Thanksgiving weekend and don't want the stupid thing to arrive that weekend and have me unable to pick it up (thus giving them the right to hand my preorder to someone else).

Does anyone know when Gamestop should be receiving their 2nd/3rd shipments?

gellar
8716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 360 - My thoughts on: November 17, 2005, 04:50:39 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
He used "LOL" a few too many times to be taken completely seriously.

However, I will say he makes it sound pretty darn great.  I can't wait to actually try it at least, and that's saying alot coming from me.

Thank you for the post Hetz.


Jesus, I thought I was the only one getting frustrated by Mr LOL.

Thanks for the post Hetz... I gotta admit, this is the 2nd most anticipated 360 game for me (behind PGR3).

I just hope mine comes before I have to leave town for the Holidays.  Stupid 2nd shipment.

gellar
8717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WTF? Circuit City selling Xbox 360 this Friday???? on: November 14, 2005, 09:45:40 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Stupid bullshit bundles again with stupid bullshit games.


one of those bundles has precisely the games I want... I just don't want the bullshit universal remote (or second controller for that matter)


Ditto.  Might still be worth it though... I have a preorder at Gamespot, but its a 2nd shipment SKU and I'm going to be out of town on Thanksgiving weekend.  Sucky.

gellar


Order shipment. Return items you do not want at other store. Retail chain adapts, life goes on for all of us biggrin I am definately going to do this if I get it in time.


Yeah... we'll see.  It's on my calendar as something I'll check on Friday, but my Gamespot has yet to actually confirm my preorder date, so I'm still hoping I may get it on the 22nd.

I'm going to give them a call tonight, but the customer service there is typically total crap.

gellar
8718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who doesn't care about Oblivion? on: November 14, 2005, 05:27:44 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
I was burned by Morrowind and at this point, I don't care for Oblivion.  I understand the mentality of people who enjoy that sort of game, though, and I'll most likely pick it up sometime (because I'm a schmuck).


Pretty much exactly me.  Open ended games suck for me, cause I am constantly attracted by the next new shiny.  I absolutely hated Morrowind.

gellar
8719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Let's talk about 360 extended warranties on: November 14, 2005, 05:26:12 PM
I avoid it.  I've never had to cash out on one, and I have a launch day PS2 still around and kicking.

gellar
8720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WTF? Circuit City selling Xbox 360 this Friday???? on: November 14, 2005, 05:19:21 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Stupid bullshit bundles again with stupid bullshit games.


one of those bundles has precisely the games I want... I just don't want the bullshit universal remote (or second controller for that matter)


Ditto.  Might still be worth it though... I have a preorder at Gamespot, but its a 2nd shipment SKU and I'm going to be out of town on Thanksgiving weekend.  Sucky.

gellar
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