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8681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More 360's at Best Buy this week! on: December 21, 2005, 04:51:03 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
And EBGames/Gamestop still haven't gotten a single (or at best, just one for like 10 units or so) restock of their consoles for all of those still on their waiting lists.


Sure they have.  They're just selling them online (w/ PHAT BUNDLEZ) instead of shipping them to stores.

gellar
8682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Walmart Bundles online on: December 20, 2005, 04:59:17 PM
I ordered from Walmart and just as an FYI - their shipping update is largely useless.  I wouldn't count on that status to tell you anything.

gellar
8683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Well Ebgames really has lost me as a customer.... on: December 16, 2005, 05:20:59 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
Because they make more money by selling bundles online for overinflated prices than they do by people who bought preorders.


Winnar.

gellar
8684  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [360] PGR3 Thursday Night? on: December 16, 2005, 12:58:35 AM
Quote from: "Loomi"
Quote from: "Scott"
Forgot I have my company's holiday party tonight.  I may be on later though, otherwise, next week.

There are companies that still have holiday parties?   :shock:


I've had two to go to this year.  Managed to weasel my way out of one... have the other one tomorrow.

gellar
8685  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [360] PGR3 Thursday Night? on: December 15, 2005, 07:51:31 PM
I'll try to be there tonight, if the lure of WoW doesn't get me first.

Tag is TehGellar.

gellar
8686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 will be scarce for some time it seems on: December 14, 2005, 08:13:59 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Actually, I know someone who works for MS, and I believe that the store dosen't have the 360.  I'll find out, though.


I can confirm that.  I bought mine from Walmart.  I get some accessories from the store, but even those have been farely scarce to trickle in.

MS employees don't even get a discount on the original Xbox.

gellar
8687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 rumor: Seems Target are getting shipments in today 12/13 on: December 13, 2005, 05:53:54 PM
Quote from: "msduncan"
I called my local Target and asked to be connected to Electronics.  I was asked what it was for, told them Xbox 360, and they immediately said 'we don't have any'.

So that is that.


Dude... we've told you this a shit ton o times.  Calling will get you nowhere.  If they do have it, they'll sell it by the time you get there (or buy it themselves).

Gotta do the legwork, else this ain't happening.

gellar
8688  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [360] PGR3 Thursday Night? on: December 09, 2005, 05:49:27 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Not sure if I can make it any night next week, last week for implementations at work and I may be working most of them. I have 55 cars I'm dying to run into someone. biggrin


55?  Fuck... I gotta get some work done this weekend, it seems.

gellar
8689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it too early to give up on the 360 for Christmas? on: December 09, 2005, 03:44:29 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
With the disc scratch problem, overheat power supply, etc. I think maybe it is better to wait for several months until Microsoft released a Service Pack 1 version of XBOX 360.


Hooray for the uninformed consumer.

gellar


Wait you mean the 360 doesn't kill your firstborn child, rape all the women in your household and burn your house down?  Damn that is dissapointing.


Mine didn't.  It must be defective frown

gellar
8690  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [360] PGR3 Thursday Night? on: December 09, 2005, 03:13:35 PM
I'm in.

gellar
8691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it too early to give up on the 360 for Christmas? on: December 09, 2005, 03:04:04 PM
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
With the disc scratch problem, overheat power supply, etc. I think maybe it is better to wait for several months until Microsoft released a Service Pack 1 version of XBOX 360.


Hooray for the uninformed consumer.

gellar
8692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it too early to give up on the 360 for Christmas? on: December 08, 2005, 10:19:33 PM
There are only 200 available per timeslot.  Still, worth a shot... I may actually give it a look tomorrow.

gellar
8693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madonna threw her free 360 in the trash! on: December 08, 2005, 02:23:59 AM
Quote from: "CeeKay"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Seriously people - there is no way in hell that's Madonna's blog. Just read the post about sushi.


Indeed.  People who believe there is even a chance that is Madonna frighten me.

gellar


I don't believe you're actually gellar.


Ok, terrific.

gellar
8694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madonna threw her free 360 in the trash! on: December 07, 2005, 05:23:51 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Seriously people - there is no way in hell that's Madonna's blog. Just read the post about sushi.


Indeed.  People who believe there is even a chance that is Madonna frighten me.

gellar
8695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Your receipt is inside.. on: December 05, 2005, 04:42:18 PM
I never get a receipt.  Unless I can expense it.

gellar
8696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XB360] NBA Live 06 vs NBA 2k6 on: December 05, 2005, 02:46:59 PM
Picked up 2K6 on Saturday... it's awesome.  It's similar to College Hoops last year, but is WAY more fluid, which was my main complaint.

I love it, and I hate basketball.

gellar
8697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Targets have the Xbox 360 in this morning! on: December 05, 2005, 04:09:24 AM
Quote from: "mikeg"
Ofcourse if you miss one you can always nab one on ebay for $1200. smile


Yeah but I like to call that... stupid.

gellar
8698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Targets have the Xbox 360 in this morning! on: December 04, 2005, 07:28:14 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote
Here is Best Buy's internal newsletter that talks about all units being held back until Dec 18th, regardless of when they get them in,


Actually its only from December 11th to 16th.  

I think its probably a good practice, personally.  Yeah you'll probably have campers again but at least it gives everyone a fighting chance instead of people having to show up at the store every single day as a few units trickle in.


I like the tactic too in terms of fairness, but it's awfully close to Christmas.  I'd hate to be a parent there and miss a shot at getting one, knowing it's my last chance to grab it before the 25th.  That'd suck.

gellar
8699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / POLL: XBOX 360 - Report problems or lack thereof on: December 04, 2005, 04:37:51 AM
No issues at all.

gellar
8700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] 'second shipment' = Absolutely Nothing on: December 02, 2005, 04:36:41 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
I think it is a big plan by MS to keep demand for the 360 very very high not just through Christmas but until the PS3 comes out.  


God I hope not.  That would be spectacularly stupid.

gellar
8701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Holding the PS3 Controller on: December 02, 2005, 04:34:32 PM
Sony has always had solid controllers (of course, they hadn't really changed their design until now).  That being said... I cannot see how they can top the perfection that is the 360 controller.  That thing RULES.

gellar
8702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Christmas Prediction on: December 01, 2005, 02:13:32 AM
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "philosophist_"

I make a very good salary, and I wouldn't dream of spending that much on a child. I just don't know where Americans find that kind of money. Credit card debt?

Yeah, pretty much smile

Quote
ITs all relative. Im also jaded living in NY I paid 32.00 to park my Durango in Manhattan this morning..... INSANITY.


Ah, it all becomes clear smile  Yeah, for NY/SF-type residents, $500 is nothing - the cost of living is just so much higher. For those of us outside of huge cities, it's a significant amount.


I live in SF and make good money.  $500 is still a lot.

gellar
8703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 11:32:58 PM
Well let me clarify, I'm not saying MS goal was to ship the number they shipped.  I'm sure they're trying to ship as much as they can right now.  More sales faster is certainly the ultimate goal, but for the purposes of this thread, I'm just trying to bring a business sense into the internet argument table.

gellar
8704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 11:01:12 PM
Quote from: "Roguetad"
-  Ship less than 50% of the initial proposed launch day units


What was that proposed figure?  How many did they actually ship?  I don't think we have answers to either question, so the 50% figure is pure conjuncture.  I'm open to being proven wrong of that.

Quote
-  Fill a very small % of the initial preorders


MS didn't take any preorders.  Retailers did.  MS cannot stop retailers from taking preorders.  Joe's Game Shop can take 1 million preorders and fill 2, and MS would have zero control over that.

Quote
-  Include a power supply with some units that has the potential to overheat and lock-up the system


Certainly has happened, but not nearly to as wide a scale as people believe.

Quote

-  Completely miss the sales opportunity of Thanksgiving week and the Black Friday weekend, despite the launch occurring earlier that week


MS has sold every unit they've produced so far.  I don't think missing Black Friday means that much to them.

Quote

-  Have such a shortage of hardware units that the software developers they pushed to have their titles ready by launch, aren’t seeing their titles move off the shelves.


Source?

Quote
-  Based on local news reports, drive a PR campaign that results in the average joe and jane consumer thinking the Xbox 360 is a defective product that major retailers don’t even have in their inventory anymore.


But they still want one.

Quote
-  And the big kicker if this one comes true: no major unit shipments until after the holiday.


Not true.

gellar
8705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 10:56:36 PM
Quote from: "stimpy"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "stimpy"
I dont know if this has been brought up, but does anyone have numbers on how many 360s were given away by Pepsi during that promotion? 1 every 10 minutes for how ever long has to add up to alot of units. How is it that a system that was so desperately short at launch was able to hand them out for free? Where is the logic in that? Add in all the other free systems handed out to assorted "celebrities" and such, and it is no wonder the average gamer that was willing to PAY for it is pissed. To me, it is that kinda shit that makes this launch so terrible.


Well that's just Marketing really.  They get more value from giving those systems away than they do from you buying it.

gellar



Wow...I dont see how. What good does the publicity do when there is a shortage? What value is there in marketing a system that people cant buy? If anything, I would think the shortage creates negative publicity, not positive. At launch, sure it may be a good thing to have a limited amount. But to not follow up with any for weeks after launch doesnt help sustain the momentum thay had. It stops it. Dead.


Your thinking is a bit shortsighted.  If you yourself cannot get a 360, someone else got that 360.  MS did not lose a sale.  There is a good chance you're still going to buy a 360 in the future.  Now you might not, but certainly Paris Hilton having an XBox will lead to hundreds of young, horribly impressionable girl seeing their hero (god help us, she is a hero) with a 360, and thus they want one.  Bingo, more demand for a system, which will carry momentum into the future.  Just because people can't get one at Launch does not mean they won't want one later.  They will.

Also, MS has stated this week that there will be a resupply of units and that again, they plan on shipping 3 million in the first 90 days.

gellar
8706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 09:20:56 PM
Quote from: "stimpy"
I dont know if this has been brought up, but does anyone have numbers on how many 360s were given away by Pepsi during that promotion? 1 every 10 minutes for how ever long has to add up to alot of units. How is it that a system that was so desperately short at launch was able to hand them out for free? Where is the logic in that? Add in all the other free systems handed out to assorted "celebrities" and such, and it is no wonder the average gamer that was willing to PAY for it is pissed. To me, it is that kinda shit that makes this launch so terrible.


Well that's just Marketing really.  They get more value from giving those systems away than they do from you buying it.

gellar
8707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT / OO Battlefield 2 Dedicated Server on: November 29, 2005, 09:01:23 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
ok how newbie friendly is BF for someone that never played this or the original?
i was considering picking this up if i could jump in and not get ran all over.  i'm usually a decent to mediocre fps online player.


It's not all that newbie friendly, as it's more complicated than your typical FPS.  However, if you want to give it a shot, you're welcome to jump onto our server and we'll show you the ropes.

gellar
8708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT / OO Battlefield 2 Dedicated Server on: November 29, 2005, 08:38:49 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Oh sure.  I unsticky the thread and a week later you guys bring Tony Danza back?

 Cool


Blame nomorals.

gellar
8709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 07:41:35 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
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


STOP DEFENDING YOUR COPORATE OVERLORD$, FIEND!!11! LOLOMGHI2UFTW!!11!!


Dude those guys didn't give me one for free.  They can blow me slywink

gellar
8710  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
8711  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
8712  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
8713  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
8714  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
8715  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
8716  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
8717  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
8718  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
8719  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
8720  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
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