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7361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japan sales 4/30 - 5/06 (wow!) on: May 13, 2007, 05:13:58 PM

Quote from: mikeg on May 12, 2007, 06:27:57 PM

I see that my Sam's has oodles and oodles of Wii's now.  Maybe the shortage is near an end.  As a matter of fact they had gobs of all three now. 

I've yet to see a Wii available for online purchase at, or So at least in Canada the Wii is still in very short supply. It's also not available in any of the EB or Walmart stores in my area; was just checking for a friend yesterday. In contrast, by this time last year the 360 was available at most retailers.
7362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hacker Evolution released [UPDATE!] on: May 13, 2007, 03:09:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 13, 2007, 01:53:39 PM

Quote from: exosyphen on May 13, 2007, 01:49:46 PM

Let's make a promo.

Instead of $24.95, any gamingtrend forum member can order by PayPal at only $15. Payments can be sent through PayPal to : office (at) exs-corporation (dot) com.
Offer valid until Wednesday May 19th.

For every order, $5 will be donated to the website slywink

Wow, that is quite generous of you!  I really appreciate it!

I'm in, placing my order by Wednesday!
Now I'll have it to play on my flight to  cannot-pronounce-or-spell-the-name, northern Canada. offence to any GT'ers living in such a place.   paranoid
7363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good deal? on: May 13, 2007, 02:20:41 PM
It's a great deal if you can take advantage of it. The exclusion lists at CDN EB's are set by trade in values; games typically need a $8 trade in value or greater to qualify. Unfortunately that cuts out many games with a general rule of thumb that only titles released in the last 2 years qualify.
You should also check to make sure the 2 offers you mention can stack, as sometimes promo's don't allow this.

EB occasionally relaxes trade in values for some promos. I used an EB promo last fall to trade in 15 older XBox and GC games for a new PS2 slim + memory card + component cable + 1 year extended warranty. The fact that I only paid $20 or less for most of the games meant I came away with a smile on my face.
7364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Square Enix Party; a Few Surprises on: May 13, 2007, 01:38:00 PM

Quote from: EddieA on May 13, 2007, 07:21:47 AM

In addition to DQ Swords, there's also a Crystal Chronicles game in development for the Wii.

Oops, forgot about Crystal Chronicles for the Wii.  Interesting that there's no mention of a demo booth for it; Just the DS version. You'd think being the 2nd entry in a series they'd be promoting it more.

I was hoping for an announcement that a series like KH would be coming to the Wii. They kept the details of the upcoming KH sequel very much under wraps, so it's still possible.
7365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 13, 2007, 04:18:54 AM
A great win by the Sens. Not surprised that a defenceman scored the winner since they're playing every game with total team effort.  thumbsup

7366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Enix Party; a Few Surprises on: May 13, 2007, 02:34:43 AM
I didn't notice any articles on the front news page so I thought I'd paste a link to the Gamespot news item:;title;1

A few surprises, at least for me, in that they announced that they're developing a Final Fantasy Tactics 2 for the DS.  And there's many other titles being destined for the DS; A Wonderful Life being just one of them. They also showed footage of a new Star Ocean that has advanced voice acting; sounds like it's being developed for the PS3. They also showed footage for the new Kingdom Hearts, but very few details with the promise that it will be presented at length for the Tokyo Game Show in Sept. Still only Dragon Quest Swords for Wii with no announcement of any other new titles; personally a bit disappointed and surprised by this. Perhaps in September...
7367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another XBox 360 bites the dust on: May 13, 2007, 02:05:08 AM
Why is it that so many people encounter the red rings of death after an update? There has got to be something flawed in this process. I'm holding off on getting a 360 until the 65nm chip based units arrive, but the volatility of the update process causes me concern that even the new SKU won't be immune to this.
7368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gee, I guess if you're patriotic it's ok to be an anti-game a-hole. on: May 12, 2007, 01:10:26 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 11, 2007, 08:23:14 PM

Every time I think Jack can't get more insane...

Thompson immediately fired back, "The absurdity here is that a company with "Radical" in the name would think we're all stupid enough not to realize the true nature of their anarchist agenda."

The folks down the road at Radical Entertainment are no doubt hooting and hollering about this. I'm sure the circled 'A' will be showing up next to their logo any day now. Since I ride by their office everyday on my way to work, I'll  be sure to post pics of any new developments.  icon_lol
7369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hacker Evolution released [UPDATE!] on: May 12, 2007, 12:21:57 AM
This is the type of game I often enjoy on long flights; provided my laptop battery doesn't run out. smile I'll definitely be downloading the demo and giving it a try.
7370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii - Choose me a game for my Birthday on: May 11, 2007, 08:30:30 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 11, 2007, 06:50:53 PM

Can you get? Or have you played? Godfather Blackhand? That game is a blast with Wii-controls.

I 2nd this.  thumbsup  A very good game with excellent implemenation of the Wii's controls.
7371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ghost Squad announced for the Wii on: May 11, 2007, 05:15:42 PM
I've never played this game in the arcade, but it sounds like the kind of game my sons and I would enjoy.
Quite possibly a day 1 purchase for me.
7372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 11, 2007, 01:37:34 AM
Great win by the Sens, they really domintated in this game. Just amazing how strong they were on the forecheck.

Can't wait till next game!
7373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 10, 2007, 11:39:38 PM
Just turned the Sens - Sabres game on. I'm surprised to see that it's 2-1 for the Sens and it's still in the 1st period.

7374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japan sales 4/30 - 5/06 (wow!) on: May 10, 2007, 08:33:45 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 10, 2007, 07:24:25 PM

Software shmoftware, look at the hardware, you can check out the Hardware for 4/22 to 4/29, the Wii practically outsold the PS3 10:1. I expect much of the same for 4/30 - 5/06

Where do you get the hardware sales figures? I couldn't find them on the NeoGaf site when I followed the link at the top of this thread.
7375  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need to Resize a XP Partition; Which Tool? on: May 10, 2007, 07:28:10 PM

Quote from: warning on May 10, 2007, 12:46:54 AM

You could always boot with a Linux live CD (like Ubuntu) and use Gparted to partition your NTFS disk.  It'd be free.

How well will Gparted work for resizing a drive that already contains an installation of XP and a multitude of games?
 I really don't want to have to reinstall all my games and I don't have any backup medium large enough to do the entire drive; game saves and patch downloads are currently backed up.
I haven't worked with any flavour of Linux for about 5 few years, so I'm a little hesitant with this solution. If others have used this for scenarios like mine I'm willing to give it a try. I also don't have a clue where you get the Linux Live CD-ROM; how do I aquire it?
7376  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: My Pokemon Pearl for your DS/PSP game on: May 10, 2007, 04:29:22 PM
Dang, if only it was Diamond you were looking to trade. I already have Pearl.
7377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: KOTOR II Fans - Check This Out on: May 10, 2007, 04:05:31 PM
Since it's becoming scarce amongst the game retailers in my city, I picked up my copy yesterday. Left it on a shelf of my media cabinet with it's crisp, shrink-wrapped fineness in full view. Couldn't take it any longer so this morning I secluded it away in the deepest bowels of my study. And now it image burns on...and...on in my mind. This evening it's going to my sisters for safe keeping.  paranoid

If the Team Gizka patch isn't out by Christmas, I'll reward my patience by allowing myself one play through.
7378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whoa! on: May 10, 2007, 12:45:55 AM

Quote from: Ridah on May 08, 2007, 10:39:06 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 08, 2007, 03:49:20 PM

Statistically speaking cell phone related accidents are just a tiny percentage of accidents.

Statistically, what percentage of accidents involve women  icon_twisted

Well...according to a friend of mine that's a statistician for the Insurance industry; the majority of auto accidents are caused by males between the ages of 16 - 25. Apparently this statistic is consistent throughout North America.
7379  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need to Resize a XP Partition; Which Tool? on: May 10, 2007, 12:35:26 AM
Thanks for the feedback on this dmd and Wonton.

I've discovered that Partition Magic is still be sold in my area. Unfortunately now that it's owned by Symantec it costs $99.99 CDN! Just no way in hell I'm going to pay that for a utility I'm going to use a few times.

I've found Partition Expert on the Arcronis site and I can get it for $55 CDN. It's now sold in a software suite bundled with some other useful utilities, so needless to say I'm leaning towards it as my solution.
7380  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need to Resize a XP Partition; Which Tool? on: May 08, 2007, 10:38:41 PM
I recently did a dual-boot install of Vista on work PC and it went so well that I'm considering the same for my home PC.
However, my home PC only has a single partition that contains my WinXP installation. I've cleared off enough space so that I now have about 105 GB of my total 210 GB's free. I'd like to shrink my current WinXP partition down to about 130 GB, but I'm not sure what's the best utility for doing this. I've used Partition Magic in the past, but I don't even know if it's around anymore.

What's the best utility for shrinking an existing WinXP NTFS partition?
7381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whoa! on: May 08, 2007, 09:25:44 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 08, 2007, 03:49:20 PM

Quote from: Arkon on May 08, 2007, 03:19:03 PM

People should not be allowed to drive while talking on a cell phone, hands free or not, if it is so important to make a call, pull off to the side of the road. 

Sour grapes.

Statistically speaking cell phone related accidents are just a tiny percentage of accidents.

Correct. From the last study I heard, far more auto accidents are caused by fumbling with audio controls, climate controls and beverages than are caused by the operation of cell phones.
7382  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Hold the Presses..Hold the Presses! It's Liam not Laim!! on: May 08, 2007, 06:49:16 PM
I just noticed the title of the Fallout 3 news article in the GT news section and this is what's listed: Laim Neeson in Fallout 3.
I for one, being a huge fan of Liam Neeson, consider him anything but laim lame!  icon_confused
7383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360 Buyer: Recommend Elite or Premium on: May 08, 2007, 06:22:23 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 08, 2007, 05:27:00 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 08, 2007, 05:00:02 PM

I think anyone who's in the market for a 360 right now is foolish to not await the arrival of the 65nm based chip model; even if it doesn't arrive until the holiday season.

Is that timeframe confirmed?

That's a good question. I'm going by Ridah's post in which he quoted the contents of Digitime's April 30th article:,19925.0.html
Either way it doesn't matter much to me, as I've made my mind up to not buy a 360 until there's some improvement in quality.

Just a few tidbits about the deal:
  • Microsoft signed the original agreement with Chartered Semiconductor in April 2006.
  • The chips were originally supposed to go into production in Q1 of 2007 but were delayed until mid 2007.
  • China's Commercial Times -apparently not a very reliable source- has claimed that the chips are going into production in May and will be appear in 360's in the Fall.
  • Both the CPU and the GPU will be upgrading to 65nm versions.

Some additonal links I've found:

7384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 5 SNES VC titles on: May 08, 2007, 05:27:46 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 08, 2007, 05:20:51 PM

I think this is more of a sales thing that quality of title thing. I personally am waiting for Super Street Fighter II Turbo before buying any SF II game.

DOH! Serves me right for not visiting the link. retard And if I recall correctly SFII:WW was released much earlier than the other games I mentioned in my previous response.
7385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 5 SNES VC titles on: May 08, 2007, 05:07:05 PM
I only own 3 of those titles but I certainly wouldn't put SFII: WW in the number 3 spot ahead of SCIV or DKC; 1 of the weaker Street Figher titles IMHO. Come to think of it, I wouldn't have that game in a top 5 list considering there's also F-Zero, Legend of the Mystical Ninja and R-Type III to choose amongst.
7386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360 Buyer: Recommend Elite or Premium on: May 08, 2007, 05:00:02 PM
I don't own a 360 yet, so I've gone over this decision many times. I give the nod to the premium because I won't own a 1080p capable HDTV before the 360 far too short life cycle's over; the same is probably true for most people. And I'm not interested at all in viewing HD DVD's via my 360; didn't view a single DVD via my XBox or PS2.

I think anyone who's in the market for a 360 right now is foolish to not await the arrival of the 65nm based chip model; even if it doesn't arrive until the holiday season. The promise of much better system reliability will be worth the wait alone, plus the possibility of a price drop. I did the same with the original XBox, patiently awaiting the arrival of the S-controller model and I've never looked back; not a single problem in over 4 years and the benefit of not having to use the 'can of ham' controller. 
7387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Secure Are You In Your Job on: May 08, 2007, 01:19:41 AM

Quote from: Kratz on May 07, 2007, 09:01:41 PM

You need an option in between 'very stable' and 'worrie day to day'... that's where I am

Same is true for me, I fall in a category somewhere in between. I've been in the same field of work since 2000 but with 3 different companies; so I guess it's fairly stable.
7388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is my (original) XBOX going bad? on: May 08, 2007, 01:12:27 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 07, 2007, 12:40:40 PM

I guess I could try a new disk - at least it would only be $20 (or less if used).

You might still be able to rent KOTOR from a rental outlet.
7389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: i want this controller on: May 08, 2007, 12:59:47 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 07, 2007, 09:13:55 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 07, 2007, 09:05:17 PM

That game looked boring.

Yeah, about the farthest thing from fun and hot that you could find. 

I think it's one of those games where 95% of the fun factor is in the actual use of the controller. Visual and Sound aspects are very insignificant; the exact opposite of most games.
7390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Now play Zelda the 'real' way! on: May 07, 2007, 02:00:34 PM
I noticed this the other day when I was browsing the Wii seciton at
I think I'll go with the carboard copy idea...make it a family craft project.   slywink
7391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is my (original) XBOX going bad? on: May 07, 2007, 05:47:29 AM
I've only ever experienced something like that once, and it turned out to be a bad disk.
7392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't drink this much....ever. on: May 06, 2007, 08:23:26 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 06, 2007, 07:49:17 PM

Bwhahaha.  The couch on top of the bookcase and table is awesome.

Agreed, the couch is awesome and the guy passed out on the broken toilet is just hilarious...umm...unless it's your bathroom. The guy taped to the duct looks like a common exploit courtesy of your local Engineering faculty.
7393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 06, 2007, 08:10:41 PM

Quote from: Ridah on May 06, 2007, 07:59:11 PM

Why is manga even printed like that? I never understood  retard

It's traditional; Japanese publications since ancient times have been printed back to front. It has something to do with the way scrolls were held and unrolled when read; same is true for Chinese scrolls/book. In fact reading front to back is a relatively modern, western invention.
7394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: KOTOR II Fans - Check This Out on: May 06, 2007, 04:31:48 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 06, 2007, 01:46:53 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on May 06, 2007, 11:42:52 AM

Man, it's been awhile since my last post. As it stands now I don't expect to see this out before fall unless summer vacation frees up some of their time.

Severity:   Open:   Resolved:
Block       0       2
Crash       0       6
Major       0       60
Minor       3       197
Tweak       14      74
Text        0       127
Trivial     7       143
Feature     20      55
Total       44      664

This list is getting pretty clean.  I may be able to play it soon!  biggrin

I'm glad it's getting closer to completion. I've held off on playing either the XBox or PC version of KOTOR II in anticipation of this. I hope it's ready soon because I get a terrible itch for the game whenever I'm in a game store.  icon_eek
7395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 06, 2007, 04:23:01 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 06, 2007, 03:48:05 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 06, 2007, 03:30:42 PM

The same has become true for Manga/graphic novels.

Saw my first ever Manga section at Borders down here.  They're printed backwards.  I immediately knew that, though I have graduated to Geeklord, I'm nowhere near as big of a loser as I could be.  icon_wink

Way to be're well on your way   slywink thumbsup
I'm amazed at the awareness of the younger generation re. manga and simliar things. I was in Chapters the other day with my 10 year old son when I pointed out a manga for an anime series we watched. My son picked it up and discovered it was printed front -to- back, at which point he commented; "meh, it's not even real manga."  icon_lol
7396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Possible Hetz sighting? on: May 06, 2007, 04:08:09 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on May 05, 2007, 04:34:21 PM

I dunno, I remember back when people were regularly being killed for their shoes or jackets.
Best part is how when you're being extradited by bus, you get mcdonalds meals almost the entire trip, again courtesy of the local tax payers.

Wait a minute...are you saying that this isn't torture or the blatant abuse of a prisoners' nutritional rights?  eek
7397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 06, 2007, 03:30:42 PM

Quote from: biggercup on May 06, 2007, 02:52:37 PM

Quote from: Shkspr on May 06, 2007, 03:20:27 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 05, 2007, 08:54:59 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 05, 2007, 08:49:00 PM

BTW ATB, since gaming has become common place in pop culture, you're not a nerd anymore when you read game-based novels.

Denial is an ugly ugly thing, kronovan.

No, seriously, you should see the kids who come in to pick up Halo fanfic.  Knuckle-dragging mouth breathers, the lot of them.

Hey don't talk about my friend like that  mad

He has all the Halo books (novel, comicbook, etc) plus the figures.

I was thinking about the situation at bigbox book stores in my city when I said common place in pop culture. The game based scifi and fantasy novels used to be far and few, but now they're even allocated their own shelf sections. The same has become true for Manga/graphic novels. I'm sure the same will be true for game based figures soon; already starting to see this at game and Toys R Us stores in my city.
7398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 28%! on: May 06, 2007, 06:38:54 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on May 05, 2007, 04:23:06 PM

LOL! That picture's hilarious! Only because the primate immediately to the right of Bush looks exactly like Prince Charles.  icon_lol
7399  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 06, 2007, 05:36:47 AM

Quote from: Kratz on May 06, 2007, 03:06:41 AM

Had you kept watching...

Emery said Brodeur told him 'The last guy to beat me won the cup, so go get 'em'.

Absolutely awesome that he said that. I'm impressed with what I've seen of Emery so far. I'm also very impressed with the overall defensive capability of the Sens team.
7400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 06, 2007, 02:41:28 AM
Without a doubt the 2nd period of this Sens - Devils game is the best period I'm seen in the playoffs yet. GO SENS GO!!!

Great work by Gomez to get his team back in it.
And Go Go Gomez is free agent next year...Gee Lou can we interest you in a swap for a Canuck player?
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