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7321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo's Third Quarter Release list - Metroid in August on: May 22, 2007, 12:52:14 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 22, 2007, 03:08:37 AM

I just noticed that there are several third party titles missing from that list, like Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition (may be a June release), Manhunt 2, Alien Syndrome, and Dewey's Adventure. So I wonder why Nintendo even bothered publishing it? I was reading elsewhere that Nintendo didn't put any M rated titles on the list, interesting no? I dunno, doesn't seem to make any sense to publish a half done release list.

There's definitely some games missing from this list. MP3 and BW2 are day 1 purchses for me. Strangely Space Tycoon also gets my interest, although I know nothing about it.
Lot's of ds titles to like. smile
7322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best/Worst Voice Acting on: May 22, 2007, 12:28:42 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on May 21, 2007, 09:53:45 AM

Bad voice acting:  Resident Evil (the original)

Ditto! So bad it's funny. The voice acting in any of the Dynasty or Samurai legends games as the closest runner up for worst.
7323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii - Choose me a game for my Birthday on: May 20, 2007, 03:38:06 PM

Quote from: Tals on May 20, 2007, 03:19:31 PM

OK the winner, coming out of nowhere and destroying the opposition - well not really but the one which appealed and won was SSX Blur, i'm a skier myself so the thought of Skiing/boarding on the Wii appealed. Only played a few hours so far but I think I will really like this one. I'll post impressions properly in the sports area once i've played it properly. For once the graphics arn't bad as well!!

Tals

Good choice it's a very good game, in fact I'm also playing it today. slywink thumbsup
7324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 08:03:11 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 18, 2007, 03:46:10 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on May 18, 2007, 03:19:14 PM

So the question of can the market support three current-gen systems is still up for debate it seems. 

Actually, I think the more relevent question is not whether the market can support 3 game system but whether the market can support any game system that costs $400+ dollars.

I agree, the price is the issue and a big factor in the PS3 and 360's sales numbers slipping. Even the last console gen market -roughly 140 million- was easily big enough to support 3 consoles. If you distribute those numbers evenly you've get about 47 million per console. Most manufacturers start turning profit by at least the 20 millionth unit; was even true for the expensive to build XBox.
7325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 07:45:50 PM
I refuse to get excited about Wii sales numbers until I can use my Wiimote as a virtual hockey stick to cross check Todd Bertuzzi's virtual head through virtual plexi glass.  icon_twisted
7326  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Sigil is consumed by SoE (Vanguard) on: May 18, 2007, 09:49:19 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 18, 2007, 02:35:38 AM

And now there's an interview with Brad McQuaid up. It's not as 'doom and gloom' as the other ones, but it's still an interesting read. One thing that caught my eye:

Quote
f13.net: Ok, here's a loaded one. A number of people have said there was one QA member up through at least beta 3 or 4. How did an MMOG survive with one person dedicated to quality assurance.

Brad McQuaid: The original plan was to use Microsoft's vast testing facility. We were to keep a small testing team at Sigil -

f13.net: But one?!

Brad McQuaid:: No. A small team that was very close to the dev team and use the massive facility at Microsoft. When that relationship went south and we were scrambling for money, we simply did not have the room to grow.

Go take a read if you're interested.

I'm sorry but this is just complete unadulterated bullshit! Just about everyone in the MS sphere of influence knows about the McCarthy dev model. This model recommends a ratio of 2 QA per 1 developer. Of course very few dev teams achieve this and often settle for a 1:1 to relationship. But for complete freaking sake Mr. Quaid, 1 person for all of QA!  And at most a lick and promise from MS that you'd get external QA resources!! What total BS! It's just plain knowledge that you never rely on external QA resources.

[Edited] Toned down a bit of the language and removed some content. This whole situation at Sigil has got me worked up to the point where I've got to be careful how I even respond in this thread.
7327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3 RPG - Folklore (coming out this Fall!) on: May 18, 2007, 09:03:07 AM
When this releases there'll be a spike in Japan PS3 sales; mark my words.
7328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 08:43:56 AM

Quote from: Brendan on May 18, 2007, 07:40:16 AM

Quote from: Ridah on May 18, 2007, 07:11:20 AM

Quote
Sony's already started to make the necessary changes and I'm sure Mr. Moore can be jetisoned from the 360 ship as easily as Krazy Ken was tossed from the good ship Playstation.

Why would MS want to get rid of Moore? That guy is awesome, I've always perceived him as being passionate about his job.

Additionally, all of the actual press on Kutaragi was that the guy hung on for years too long because of his political savvy.  They were only able to get rid of him after he'd killed the flagship product, not beforehand.

All of the game console manufacturers IMHO struggle with their change management models. Their markets change so fast that simple mistakes can end up being large blunders. They generally have a 5 year window to make effective and strategic decisions and god forbid if they don't. Even the major personalities we come to criticise and despise all have their pluses. I'm critical of many of these game industry icons, but I still appreciate what they've contributed. When we look back 10, 20, or 30 year from now I'd bet we appreciate the following:

  • Yamauchi (Nintendo): Always realized that they were 1st and foremost a gaming company; they did in fact start out in post WWII war Japan as a game card manufacturer. Yamauchi realized that the software (games) was a continuation of this tradition and as a result they never failed to turn profit with their games under his direction; this ethic continues in Nintendo to this day. He also gave Miyamoto all the rope he wanted...and shigeru responded by never hanging himself once.

  • Kutaragi (Sony): Realized very early that optical media was the way to go and was he ever freaking right. The rest is legend, but his insistence on this led to Sony singlehandedly stealing just about every significant game dev from the Nintendo camp,  which at the time still insisted that the memory cartridge medium was the way to go.

  • Moore: (Sega/Microsoft): Realized the importance of online play and online communities. He had visions about players seamlessly playing and communicating online. I believe Moore even had some hand in Team Sonics creation of the 1st ever online RPG; Phantasy Star Online. Of course his influence in the creation of Xbox Live is well known and appreciated by all of us.

Even though these individuals contributed so much, they all reached a point where they were more of a detriment than an asset to their respective companies. I'm afraid Moore is reached this point now with Microsoft.
7329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 07:25:41 AM

Quote from: Ridah on May 18, 2007, 07:11:20 AM

Quote
Sony's already started to make the necessary changes and I'm sure Mr. Moore can be jetisoned from the 360 ship as easily as Krazy Ken was tossed from the good ship Playstation.

Why would MS want to get rid of Moore? That guy is awesome, I've always perceived him as being passionate about his job.

Well...how about because of late he's had an excellent knack of putting his foot in his mouth shoving his foot down his throat. And oh yeah his impeccable track record; -cough- Sega -cough-! And how much do you want to bet that his bunglings and screw ups led to the delays in 65nm chip manufacturing. I'm not saying he's the only person that should go, but he certainly wouldn't be a bad start.
7330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo and Bungie take shots at eachother on: May 18, 2007, 07:01:12 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 18, 2007, 06:12:29 AM

Quote from: kronovan on May 18, 2007, 04:44:52 AM

Pretty good??...just... pretty good?? Come on, both Myth's were awesome games! Myth 1 is even in the Gaming Hall of Fame; AAA quality all the way!

I'm not a big RTS fan so I can only say pretty good.  I would love to see an RPG set in that world though.

Ceekay, damn...that's an excellent idea. I could really see it working as an MMORPG that featured Realm Vs Realm warfare. Dorfs wielding explosive Molotov cocktails FTW!!! smile thumbsup

Now back on topic... I really wish AAA quality game dev's like this didn't ever exchange blows or weren't drawn into comparison battles. As I've said on other websites in the past, it's like comparing the ripest apple with the ripest orange; both are so damn sweet there's really no point.
7331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 06:47:19 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 18, 2007, 05:59:21 AM

And I think I found Sony's response:

Quote
According to the latest NPD data, SCEA generated total sales of $271 million in the month of April, buoyed in part by the addition of the PS3 platform, which sold a total of 82K units for the month, as well as the strong performance of the PSP at retail, which saw a 13% year-on-year increase for the month of April, selling 183K units.  The price of the PSP Core system was dropped from $199 to $169 in early April, which has received very positive retailer and consumer response.  PS2 also continued to be a strong performer during the month with unit sales of 194K.

Man...they're not even trying to spin the numbers anymore. frown

So, let me ask something out of left field - what if Nintendo just folded last generation? Imagine if there was no Wii at all. Would the gaming population purchase more or less overall consoles? In other words - would people have bought a 360/PS3 because it was the only thing on the block? Or would the price points (still) be keeping people away?

The rate of increase wouldn't be as high as it's become obvious that Nintendo's bringing in customers that likely didn't own any console last gen. But even without Nintendo the market would still be growing as it has every console gen since the crash of the early 80's. MS and Sony would both have greater numbers respectively but there's no doubt in my mind that Microsoft would still be ahead and they would be maintaining the lead. The real difference would be in Japan where Sony would have an exclusive market and sown up deals with most Japanese dev's. With many Japanese exclusive it's likely Sony would have started to pull even at the end of this console gen.
But we haven't seen a 2 console gen where a 3rd party didn't wade in to the fray. If the Big 'N' had bowed out I wouldn't have been surprised at all to see Sega or a previous player enter the market; maybe even a new player.
7332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 06:19:31 AM

Quote from: gellar on May 18, 2007, 05:43:56 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 18, 2007, 03:06:55 AM

HOwever, the 360 numbers are a shock to me. So few sold.  Then, by way of comparison, the PS3 selling less than half of that number?  eek

The incompetence of both companies really makes me wonder about the future of our little hobby.  With this many morons and a-holes running the show, how long can it really sustain itself?

I guess we'll always have Nintendo slywink

gellar

Well if Nintendo's any indication they'll both bounce back. Don't forget that Yamauchi and gang had Big 'N' on it's knees and almost in it's dead throws as recent as 5 years ago. Stocks were plummeting and everyone was calling for them to go 3rd party; it's amazing what a change in leadership can do. Sony's already started to make the necessary changes and I'm sure Mr. Moore can be jetisoned from the 360 ship as easily as Krazy Ken was tossed from the good ship Playstation.
7333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 05:45:33 AM

Quote from: Ridah on May 18, 2007, 04:52:17 AM

A $50 price drop for the 360 would be perfect for MS this holiday season to battle the Wii, along with the insane amount of high-profile titles.

I'm afraid $50 by the Holiday isn't quite going to cut it. It remains to be be seen how much Mass Effect, Halo 3 and GTA will spike sales but I'd think - $75 US and - $100 CDN are more in line. And they'll need to do it months before the festive season; it really should be happening now.
7334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for Some VC Game Recomendations on: May 18, 2007, 05:01:44 AM
Tebunker,

Many thanks for the feeback. I just realized I currently have 400 VC points so if I get 1000 more I'll have just enough for a SNES and a TG16 game. I wasn't considering TG16 games, but your suggestion was timely and just the ticket.
7335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo and Bungie take shots at eachother on: May 18, 2007, 04:44:52 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 18, 2007, 03:22:50 AM

Quote from: wonton on May 18, 2007, 02:53:41 AM

I dunno, I don't see what the big deal is.  They're both competent developers, and I don't doubt that Mya could make a fun shooter, and I'm sure the folks at Bungie could expand their game making horizons outside of FPS.

they did do the first 2 Myth games, which were pretty good.

Pretty good??...just... pretty good?? Come on, both Myth's were awesome games! Myth 1 is even in the Gaming Hall of Fame; AAA quality all the way!
7336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 03:26:07 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 18, 2007, 02:25:11 AM

Oh, and Microsoft? You need a price drop on your console NOW. Do NOT wait any longer - the fact that you got beaten by both the PS2 and PSP is just sad.

Yeah way to be MS, good thing you didn't start production of the 65nm chips in Jan as originally planned and waited until this month. After all you wouldn't want to be delivering lower cost 360's right about now and risk leaving the lofty heights of PS3 elite-dom so soon.

And great job introducing the Elite when the majority of consumers have made it crystal clear they want lower cost gaming systems.

Oh and very good job Mr. Moore belittling your manufacturing quality issues. Your verbal spin doctoring was superb; would have even made Krazy Ken blush.

Job well done finger
7337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 01:38:03 AM

Quote from: Calvin on May 18, 2007, 01:23:52 AM

Nintendo, wtf? We will see if they can keep this kind of sales up in the face of the onslaught of "next-gen" gaming (this is in regards to the Wii, the DSLite is just unstoppable)

Interesting enough, people said the same thing about the DS vs PSP battle up until around the release of the Lite. And if you look at their system specs you couldn't help but arrive at the conclusion that the PSP is more of a next-gen handheld. Hell the PSP even has a larger library of quality games than the DS, yet the DS continues to outsell it at more than a 2:1 ratio. WTF indeed.
7338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 12:54:07 AM

Quote from: The Grue on May 18, 2007, 12:48:15 AM

Quote from: KC on May 18, 2007, 12:43:52 AM

I can't believe that 1.75 million Pokemon games were sold!  I wonder how many people bought both the Diamond and Pearl versions.

(raises his hand)

Though, I did justify it by giving Diamond to my son and keeping Pearl.

He he...fraid I'm about to do the same. Now we know why Big 'N' decided not to support multiple game files and why they've been doing it since the original Pokemon released on the GB.
7339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 12:37:13 AM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on May 18, 2007, 12:14:15 AM

Whoa, regular gamecubes sold?

My only guess it that they're being bought by people who can't find or afford a Wii. In all honesty, it's not a bad purchase if your eventual goal is to own a Wii. With 100% BC your investment in any GC games is protected.

The PS3 numbers are shocking, just no way in hell I ever thought it would sell less than 100k units in any given month less than 6 months after it's release! eek And the 360 being outsold by the Wii by a 2:1 ratio is also very surprising.
7340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite War Movies on: May 17, 2007, 03:43:24 PM

Quote from: raydude on May 17, 2007, 02:38:50 PM

Das Boot

I should have included a naval war section in my list. I agree 100%, after We Were Soldiers Daas Boot was probably the best war movie ever made. Sink the Bismark and The Caine Mutiny were also 2 good naval-war films.
7341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looking for Some VC Game Recomendations on: May 17, 2007, 08:16:21 AM
I've promised my kids that we could purchase 2 VC games this weekend.  I want to narrow the choices down so that we don't end up with games we regret. I'm also restricting choices to games that support at least 2 person mplay and I'm mostly focusing on Super Nintendo and Genesis.

We already own Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong Country, Toe Jam and Earl, Star Fox 64, Dungeon Explorer, Bomberman 93 and Gunstar Heroes. I can say that the games that my son and daughter have enjoyed the most are Toe Jam and Earl and Star Fox 64.

Here's the possible choices I have so far: R-Type IIISuper Mario WorldGradius IIIBio-Hazard Battle, Legend of the Mystical Ninja

If anyone can give a nod or thumbs up to any of the games in my list of choices I'd very much appreciate your feedback. Of if there's another game you could suggest that meets our criteria, that would be great too. smile
7342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: VC Shooter Shootout on: May 17, 2007, 07:30:43 AM
There's lots of great shooting action in Gunstar Heroes and many people, myself included, consider it one of the best VC games to date. I have Bomberman 93 and I've enjoyed it a lot,  on the other hand my kids haven't enjoyed it much at all.
I haven't ever played R-Type III or Gradius III, but I've heard both are good. I've also heard that Bio-Hazard Battle is a good shooter, but again I haven't personally played it.

BTW interesting that you posted this, because I was going to create a post requesting feedback on which of these 3 latter games was the better. So look for the feedback I get in my post.
7343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider Anniversary announced for the Wii on: May 16, 2007, 10:28:19 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 16, 2007, 12:56:07 PM

Huh, I would think that Wii-mote controls would suit a game like this better than standard controls. Games like Godfather make me think that almost any action game is better with wii-controls.

I was specifically thinking of the intricate timing for swinging and jumping that the TR series has always demanded. I'm just not sure how well that will work with a motion sensing scheme. But as I said above, if they pull it off power to them.
7344  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Sigil is consumed by SoE (Vanguard) on: May 16, 2007, 10:03:53 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on May 16, 2007, 07:29:28 PM

Quote from: Zimix on May 16, 2007, 07:15:43 PM

"an interview with an ex-Sigil employee given just over 24 hours after being let go."...

This is an interesting read:  http://f13.net/index.php?itemid=561

Holy crap frown

I just love this snippet from the F13 interview:

Quote
Ex-Sigil: In-house stuff for the design side... but there was no scripting language for example, even though nearly everyone wanted one except for the people who decided if we got one or not.

f13.net: Because it would cost money to make these tools?

Ex-Sigil: No... because the people in charge just didn't want one

What a bunch of fucking asses!

Having listened to the frustrations, trials and tribulations over the years that my friends working in the video game biz have experienced, this just infuriates me. My apologies for the strong language, but having myself worked on a software dev team I find the need to vent about this. There's nothing worse than a lack of or shitty development tools!
If I carelessly brought up the situation at Sigil in a conversation with my game coding buddies they'd all have melt downs on the spot.

I for one are never going to play Vanguard again; off my play list for time eternity!
7345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude, are you driving a girl car? on: May 16, 2007, 08:47:12 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on May 16, 2007, 08:28:13 PM

When I was in high school the Mustangs first came out. At that time the only ones driving them were girls whose daddies had bought them for them.

I'm old enough to remember the Mustangs of the 70's. I'm having a hard time envisioning the California Special model with it's 351 Cleveland as a girl's car.
7346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite War Movies on: May 16, 2007, 06:54:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 16, 2007, 12:05:53 AM

Quote from: kronovan on May 15, 2007, 11:23:53 PM


A Bridge too Far: Other than The Silence of the Lambs, IMHO this is Hopkins best peformance. Michael Caine, Sean O'Connery and Robert Redford are also very good.

That Sean Connery's Irish brother?

DOH! retard I must have still been thinking about 12 O'Clock High when I typed that. smile
7347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude, are you driving a girl car? on: May 16, 2007, 05:48:01 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 16, 2007, 04:41:00 PM

How are Geo Trackers not on that list?

Or the Suzuki Sidekick.

As far as I'm concerned, the ultimate ladies car is a restored 60's Mini Cooper, similar to the one that Charlize Theuren drove at the beginning of The Italian Job. I saw a very attractive, middle-aged women bombing around in a red turbocharged model and the effect was quite dramatic. Just about  every male on the road had their eyes on her; including me of course. smile
7348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 16, 2007, 03:06:18 PM

Quote from: javahead on May 15, 2007, 07:22:39 PM

Ducks will beat Sens in 6 for the Cup.

Never mind the Cup the Ducks need to find a way to beat the Wings! If that game last night was any indication of how they plan to play this series, we won't be seing a Ducks - Sens matchup.
7349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider Anniversary announced for the Wii on: May 16, 2007, 05:33:47 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 15, 2007, 11:08:20 PM

I hope they give us an option to play with standard controls.  And that the graphics are at least as good as the PS2, and, hopefully, better.

I agree. I don't think I want to play every game with the Wiimote + nunchuk combo and I think TR: A is just such a game. I really liked playing TR:L with my XBox controller, so yah hopefully they'll support standard controls too.
Of course if they surprise us with a kick-ass motion sensing control scheme, that would be cool too.
7350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: KOTOR II Fans - Check This Out on: May 16, 2007, 05:03:04 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 16, 2007, 01:24:52 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on May 10, 2007, 07:18:18 PM

One tweak, one trivial, and one feature have been completed. 41 items left to go...

now it's 39 with 6 of those tentatively finished.  I'm guessing we'll see it come fall.

Which leads me to sing....

39 reported bugs in the code,
39 reported bugs,
Squash one down and test it all'round,
38 reported bugs in the code!


If we all keep singing this song this sucker will be out in no time flat!
7351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite War Movies on: May 15, 2007, 11:23:53 PM
I like aviation based war films best; unfortunately there's not many of them. Some of my favorites:

12 O'Clock High Gregory Pecks performance as a squadron leader was amazing. The actor that played the squadron's agitator won the supporting actor academy award.
Bridges of Toko Ri It's rumoured that Mickey Rooney's performance as an Irish-American chopper rescue pilot in the Korean war is the reason why similar pilots came to be known as Jolly Greens in Nam. Either way his performance as a love struck, feisty, fighter is very good and funny.
The Blue Max
Flight of the Intruder The action sequences involving taking out SAM sites are worth watching it alone.
Tora Tora Tora My only regret about this film is that they didn't let Kurosawa remain until the end as director of the Japanese portion.
Fly Boys Not the best but still good and it's got Jean Reno; nuff said.
The Memphis Belle
The Flying Leather Necks Hey it's got the Duke.

My favorite Land based war movies:

Bridge Over the River Kwai
Lawrence of Arabia
A Bridge too Far Other than The Silence of the Lambs, IMHO this is Hopkins best peformance. Michael Caine, Sean Connery and Robert Redford are also very good.
Apocalypse Now
Saving Private Ryan
We Were Soldiers I agree that it's probably the best war movie ever filmed. So truthfully told that I felt just as sorry for the Viet Minh soldiers.
7352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] New Smash Brothers info? on: May 15, 2007, 08:12:09 PM
The hot rumour I heard was that there was going to be a Ken Kutaragi character introduced. His only offensive ability is rumoured to be a word belch attack in which he can spew forth a salvo of offensive and misconstrued sentences. This attack will momentarily stun all opponents and if executed in rapid sequence can even leave them comatose.  He'll also apparently have the weakest defense of any character, so you can hit him, and hit him, and hit him...
If this rumour proves true, I'm so IN on this game Day 1!!!  dude
7353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony is not making money on: May 15, 2007, 05:32:35 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 15, 2007, 02:32:22 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 15, 2007, 02:31:50 PM

When I saw last month's sales in Japan, it was obvious things were going extremely bad for Sony.  PS2 sales exceeded PS3 sales... if the PS3 isn't even going to do well on home turf, things are seriously bad.  I forgot to look, but I'll bet the PSP is outselling the PS3.

It did last month. By a lot.

We shouldn't loose sight of the fact that even with it's recent price drop the PSP is an expensive handheld. Which means Sony can still turn a decent profit from it's sales. Ironically, it's beginning to look more and more like the PSP is going to be Sony's only saving grace this console gen.
7354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Square Enix Party; a Few Surprises on: May 15, 2007, 04:56:12 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 15, 2007, 04:04:32 PM

FF:CC on the DS is genius, though.  The multiplayer concept CC was going for was released a generation too soon.

I agree, I'm very much looking forward to the DS version of this game.  I only rented the original FF:CC cube game because I didn't have enough friends with GBA's at the time to play the game to it's fullest potential.
IMO many of the GBA-GC connectivity concepts could be effectively implemented using the DS's dual screen and WiFi capabilities. Interesting enough, the GBA-GC connectivity program was the 1st initiative of the new Nintendo management team that has since brought us the DS and the Wii.
7355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 15, 2007, 03:08:55 PM
Looks like the Sens have a very good chance to move onto the cup.

GO SENS GO!!

A bit off topic. Our Vancouver Giants lost the 7th game in the Calder Cup final to the Medicine Hat Tigers.  crybaby
7356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any GT cyclers out there? on: May 15, 2007, 03:02:01 PM
My ancient relic of a MTB is currently being rebuilt in a friends shop. There's a public parkland bikeway right outside the back of my condo so it's easy to ride. Back in the day I did a lot of MTB touring, including touring across British Columbia twice.
7357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Canadian Stores for trading in games. on: May 15, 2007, 02:41:58 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 15, 2007, 01:28:58 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 15, 2007, 12:45:08 PM

Microplay, Blockbuster. I'm sure there are others too.

Micro-play? Are they still around? There was one in Barrie years ago but I haven't heard of one in ages.

Thanks.

Micro-Play pulled out or sold their stores in BC sometime around 2000.
I'm not sure if Block Buster is supporting game trades in my city. But then again, I've never taken in games or asked.
7358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Square Enix Party; a Few Surprises on: May 15, 2007, 02:54:51 AM
Bummer about DQ: Swords. I thougth it was a 2007 release and a Summer one at that.  icon_cry
7359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good deal? on: May 14, 2007, 08:05:54 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on May 14, 2007, 07:41:33 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 13, 2007, 05:48:23 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 13, 2007, 05:10:55 PM

I find that 10 games = $300 off, but a whole console and 3 games is only $100 off to be a little bizarre.  Are you sure that's right?

Yes, as stated in the EB Canada GameDays promotion flyer; valid from April 27th - May 31st, PS3 for 399 with a 10 game trade in. Also should be noted that EB currently only gives $75 CDN trade in value on an XBox and less for the PS2 & GC. So the $100 credit for pre-gen console and 3 games is not a bad deal at least for the PS2 and GC. I also think the 399 offer is only a $250 saving as I believe EB Canada still retails the PS3 for $649.

Is the PS3 retailing for 699 in Canada?  Because otherwise the math is off.

Just a few points of info to clear things up:
Firstly: the PS3 is selling for 649 at EB stores in Canada, but it's selling for $699 at other retailers; BestBuy, Futurehop, etc...
Secondly: The GameDays promo just advertises the PS3 for $399 with the trade in of 10 games and doesn't make any mention of $300 off.

If you're thinking that a PS3 from EB is cheaper in Canada than it in the US after exchange, you're thoughts are correct. According to a local EB Manager, after the cheaper 20 GB PS3 was cancelled by Sony Canada, EB made the corporate decision to partially subsidize the 60 GB model by maintaining the original release date price. Their hope is to recoup profit loss through increased PS3 and PS2 game sales.

So in a nutshell; does EB Canada recognize that Sony Canada's Marketing team are inept idiots? Yup.
7360  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [PC] The Secret World MMORPG : No Longer Pumped, Just Playing it. on: May 14, 2007, 07:38:08 PM
Wow, I haven't been this pumped about a MMO since Conan was announced. This games sounds very promising. I really liked AO in the post Shadow Lands era, so I'll probably enjoy this Funcom MMO as well. And It will probably release after I finally get my 360 so I'll have the option to play it on a console as well.
I highly recommend checking out the art work at the darkdaysarecoming.com website. The concept art sort of looks like a combination of Hunter:TR + Dark Watch + AO, with it being set in an alternate reality NY; or is it  a post-apocalyptic NY? Very cool!!

[Edited] Including the link to the article on the GT News page:

http://www.gamingtrend.com/News/news.php?NewsID=9101
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