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7441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my DS Lite on: May 03, 2007, 03:31:35 PM
The EB game exclusion list is massive right now for deals like this. If they'll give you a Lite for just 6 games, rest assured they'll be relatively current and valuable games. I've tried to take EB up on some of it's offers recently, but everytime I've only had 1 or at most 2 games that qualified.
7442  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [CDN] MGM James Bond Titles on Sale at Futureshop Stores on: May 02, 2007, 10:55:50 PM

Quote from: CSL on April 30, 2007, 05:09:11 AM

Those are regular prices at Wal-Mart however.  Tongue

Hmm...good to know. I've gotten out of the habit of checking Walmart because of the limited selection at the stores near me. The bond titles I listed above were previously selling for 12.99 at Futureshop.
7443  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Gamecube, GBA Player and Component Video Cable! on: May 02, 2007, 10:50:14 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on May 02, 2007, 05:00:55 PM

I'd be interested in the Gameboy player if you're willing to sell it separately.  I haven't noticed much of a Gamecube market.  You might be better off just putting the cables on ebay and using a trade in deal at EB or somewhere on the cube.

I agree with this. Due to the 100% backward compatibility between the Wii and GC games there isn't much of a 2nd hand market for cubes. The GB Player however should fetch a decent price since Nintendo no longer sells them; same is true for the Cube component cable.
I'm personally holding on to my Cube and GB Player since many GBA games won't ever be released on VC; i.e. Square-Enix titles.
7444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Soccer\Football game on: May 02, 2007, 10:31:33 PM
I recently play tested Winning 11 2007 for PS2, Winning 11 v9 for XBox and FIFA 07 for XBox and eventually purchased Winning 11 v9. Out of all I tested I thought Winning 11 2007 for the PS2 was the best game, but the Winning 11 v9 was much cheaper and not much behind it in quality. I'm not sure about the UEFA game, but if it's an EA game based on the FIFA engine it wouldn't be my choice.

My advise is to rent them like I did and then make your decision. BTW I posted the results of my tests in this forum in an earlier post.
7445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Moving woes (threatening letter & Comcast screwing me tale inside) on: May 02, 2007, 04:34:05 PM
The fault of this unfortunately lies with the apartment manager. If there's tenants like this then the manager needs to post a sign stating that clothing left in dryers beyond 30 or 45 minutes will be removed by co-tenants; I've lived in apartments where such signs exist.

In regards to the letter, what's stated in it actually constitutes a form of  assault; at least it does in Canada. If I was in your shoes I'd show this letter to the Manager and make the suggestion that a sign be posted in the laundry room similar to what I stated above; make sure he identifies himself as the author. If the tenant verbally or physically bothered me I wouldn't hesitate to call the police. BTW Hang on to that letter.
7446  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Hollywood trying to make The Brazilian Job on: May 02, 2007, 04:18:59 PM
I saw this article over at IGN.

http://movies.ign.com/articles/785/785006p1.html

I wasn't even aware that they were planning a sequel to The Italian Job. This has got me pumped as I really liked the remake and a Brazilian setting sound very intriguing.

Apparently getting started on the film is being bogged down by a poor script.  Much to my amazement they currently have David Twohy who wrote the script for Pitch Black creating it. WTF! why they wouldn't use the same writer who penned the Italian Job remake? I thought that the remake was very well written.
7447  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: DVD's For Sale on: May 02, 2007, 06:28:35 AM
Bummer and double bummer about Casino Royale and Blood Diamond having already been sold.  icon_frown
7448  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Vista Compatible Soundcard Recommendation on: May 02, 2007, 06:22:24 AM

Quote from: Brendan on May 02, 2007, 12:36:49 AM

Quote from: kronovan on May 01, 2007, 11:39:43 PM

I'm a bit confused here. Does this mean Vista won't, or will, work with my SB Audigy 2 Value soundcard?

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upgradeadvisor.mspx will let you know if you run it on the machine w/ the soundcard installed.

I checked the Creative Labs site and there is indeed a Vista driver for the Audigy 2 Value; the entire Audigy series for that matter.  thumbsup  It'll be a little while yet before I install, but based upon how simple it was to do a dual-boot install on my WinXP laptop; it won't be long.
7449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NWN-2 Lost cd-key. on: May 02, 2007, 06:08:29 AM
I'd recommend monitoring Amazon if you're looking to buy a new copy. I bought my copy at Amazon.ca about 3 months ago for $15. I previously saw it go on sale for $19 for 1 day only at Amazon.com as well.
7450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Tomb Raider Anniversary screens on: May 02, 2007, 05:58:17 AM
I did some research and found out that TR Legends for PC ran fine in widescreen. It did only support 16:9, but that would work for me since my PC outputs to my HDTV. Since the TR Anniversary is rumored to use the same graphics engine it should run in widescreen as well.

I'm going to wait for the 1st reviews to come in and then decide on which version based upon whether there's a significant difference in graphics quality.
7451  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 02, 2007, 05:30:02 AM
Ouch! that hurts. Canucks had it in the bag but it got away.
7452  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 02, 2007, 05:12:59 AM

Quote from: CSL on May 02, 2007, 05:09:42 AM

Quote from: kronovan on May 02, 2007, 05:08:39 AM

Here we go to overtime...yet again!  Roll Eyes

We won overtime last time.  Tongue

God let's just hope they can do it again.
BTW great win by the Moose tonight...I think the Canucks could use some of Tremblay's play in this game.
7453  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 02, 2007, 05:08:39 AM
Here we go to overtime...yet again!  Roll Eyes
Well...at least they weathered the penalty.
7454  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 02, 2007, 05:03:10 AM
Oh double crap...Canucks penalty with just minutes left!  crybaby
7455  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 02, 2007, 04:58:28 AM
Oh crap Selane scores!  icon_eek
7456  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 02, 2007, 04:57:17 AM
Damn...the Canucks have got to start controlling play again; there's still 6 minutes left!
7457  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 02, 2007, 04:55:35 AM

Quote from: CSL on May 02, 2007, 04:50:48 AM

GREAT SAVE LUONGO!

Yes Lou is looking good tonight  slywink thumbsup
7458  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 02, 2007, 03:58:54 AM
Yeah Manitoba Moose win their series and move on...winning goal by Yanick Tremblay! Ooops wrong league.
Hehe...just had to get a cheer in for the Canucks farm club!  icon_lol
7459  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Vista Compatible Soundcard Recommendation on: May 01, 2007, 11:39:43 PM
I'm a bit confused here. Does this mean Vista won't, or will, work with my SB Audigy 2 Value soundcard?
7460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo's Japanese release list speaks a lot about what the US will get on: May 01, 2007, 03:07:25 AM
Nice!! There's 4 games in that list that are day 1 purchases for me. It would have only been 3 up until a week ago. But having just purchased Batallion Wars, I'm just as hyped about BW2 as I am about MP3, SSBB and Mario Galaxy.
Recently discovering that Disaster: DoC is being developed by the same studio that created Baten Katios probably makes it day 1 as well.
7461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 65-nm Xbox 360 GPU coming in fall on: May 01, 2007, 01:38:20 AM
This is music to my ears. It's what I've been waiting for; a new manufacturing technique that could allow for a price drop  and improve reliability through reduced heat.
As it stands, despite very much wanting Forza 2 and Mass Effect, I'm not willing to gamble on landing an unreliable 360 or pay the extra cost for a replacement warranty.
7462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I got my wii. on: April 30, 2007, 10:19:04 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on April 30, 2007, 03:15:00 PM

If you haven't played Godfather yet, I can definitely recommend picking it up for the Wii. There is just something fun about actually beating the crap out shop keepers with the wii-motes.

Yup Godfather Blackhand is so much fun I had to stop playing it. I know it's just a game, but I got way too much pleasure out of doing evil deeds in it.
7463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Microsoft is losing money on: April 30, 2007, 09:45:43 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 30, 2007, 08:12:29 PM

This is classic Microsoft strategy: establish a presence, continue to incrimentally improve their product, then just sit around and wait for your competitors to get greedy and content then self destruct.  It happened with WordPerfect and Lotus, it happened with with NetWare, it happened with Netscape, and it at this early point, it seems like the Sony PlayStation could be added to that list.

I think that's a good comparison for relating the current state of competition between Microsoft and Sony. But in regards to the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft really hasn't encountered anything like it before.

To create an equivalent scenario, think of Apple releasing a new OS about a year after Windows 95 that sells in 1 fiscal quarter 1/2 of what Windows did in a year. Then throw in a new MAC hardware design that's as popular and sexy as the current iPod. Faced with those factors it's very possible we'd be using a different OS than the XP and Vista we all know.
7464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii-kly VC Release - April 30th on: April 30, 2007, 07:31:07 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 30, 2007, 07:04:59 PM

i think there is only majoras mask that is left that i really want(not counting the ones that wont see the light of day....chronno trigger,mario rpg,goldeneye etc)

I remember a quote from Reggie a few months back that Goldeneye was still a possibility; sorry but I can't find the link. His comments were something to the tune of Nintendo is trying to secure the JB license for that game only and that the VC cost might be adjusted accordingly. This wouldn't bother me as I'd gladly pay more than $10 for this game.

If someone else know that this has been squashed as a rumour or If Nintendo is no longer pursuing this, please post the info.
7465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Tomb Raider Anniversary screens on: April 30, 2007, 11:13:08 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 27, 2007, 09:17:55 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 27, 2007, 09:14:47 PM

It's also coming out on PC, so it could be resized from those. 

That would be my guess.

Well if the PC version supports wide screen resolutions I'd be quite happy to get that version. I really liked the contol scheme for the XBox version of Legends and would probably enjoy a PS2 control layout.  I did however play the original TR on PC, so for full nostalgia effect that might just be the ticket.
7466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Sony marketing idea: Showing decapitated animals. (NSFW) on: April 30, 2007, 10:53:32 AM
This is living dieing proof that Microsoft has infiltrated Sony UK's Marketing team.
7467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-30-07: Jive Edition on: April 30, 2007, 10:46:32 AM
Put in some serious time playing JB: Everything or Nothing in coop. I finally bought Pokemon Pearl only to have my son scoop my DS and come up for air a few times this weekend for baseball and hiking.
I discovered a gem in the XBox game Flatout; got it real cheap on sale at EB this weekend. It's got to be good because it even got my son to break off from his Pokemon play to do some split screen racing.  icon_wink
Also spent considerable time with Star Fox 64 on the VC. Just can't say enough good things about this game; a title that really stands the test of time.
7468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS Game Recommendations for 9-Yr Old Girl on: April 30, 2007, 10:36:42 AM
Super Princess Peach would be a good bet, although it's definitely not Nintendo's best DS game.
Others to consider:

New Super Mario Bros
Pokemon Pearl or Diamond
Kirby Canvas Curse
Sonic Rush
Animal Crossing
Mario & Luigi - Partners in Time
Meteos Disney Magic

I'd personally stay away from any of the games themed on TV shows targeted at girls. I've bought far too many GBA games like that for my daughter only to have her tire of them within days.
7469  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 28, 2007, 05:58:45 PM

Quote from: CSL on April 28, 2007, 05:58:02 AM

JEFF COWAN FTW!!!!!!!!

CANUCKS WIN!

Great game and great to see Marcus Naslund finally get a goal. Another goaltender show case.
7470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The circle is complete, Sony is making money. on: April 28, 2007, 05:46:20 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 28, 2007, 04:58:45 PM

Quote from: Kobra on April 28, 2007, 12:32:08 AM

PS3 is a flop, its dead and done unless something dramatic happens.

The "something dramatic" will be when the AAA titles from the AAA franchises are released.  The question becomes, will there be enough support for the system at that point for anyone to care?

To be honest, the lack of AAA titles from both MS & Sony baffles me.   Outside of Gears of War and maybe Guitar Hero, where are the big system sellers for either console?  There's no GTA, no Halo, no Final Fantasy, no Metal Gear, nothing from any of the series that are all but proven to sell more systems.  Hell, even the new IP's that are considered heavy hitters have been ridiculously slow in coming (i.e. Lair, Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed).  I know they're all on the way, but it seems like both systems are sure taking their sweet time.

Gotta hand it to the big N.  At least they're smart enough to release something from their flagship franchises (i.e. Mario & Zelda) quickly to keep people interested.

Nintendo has no choice in regards to releasing their own AAA games as 3rd party support for their consoles has been poor since the N64. Whereas MS and Sony both had excellent 3rd party support last console gen. The support for the XBox in particular was phenomenal considering MS only sold about 25 million units.
3rd party support seems to be continuing for the 360, but I'd agree that it's waning for the PS3.
7471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Tomb Raider Anniversary screens on: April 27, 2007, 08:49:23 PM
Damn, for a PS2 game those graphics look great! Since I liked TR: Legends so much it's safe to say I'm in; probably a 1st day purchase.
7472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo - still making a profit! on: April 27, 2007, 06:17:21 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 27, 2007, 01:06:15 PM

Quote from: kronovan on April 26, 2007, 09:08:00 PM

1st what they should do. With the large install base they're accumulating, they need to buy new development studios that can produce AAA games.

Perhaps not AAA, but Nintendo evidently just purchased Monolith Software, makers of the Xenosaga and Baten Kaitos series, as well as the dev on their upcoming Disaster: Day of Crisis.  This is pretty significant because it gives them an experienced in-house JRPG arm, especially since they lost Camelot, developers of the Golden Sun series. 

Damn, I didn't hear about this. This is just the type of studio Nintendo needs to buy. While not AAA, Monolith definitely makes AA quality JRPG's. Add a few more like this and they'll be able to keep the flow of titles coming.  icon_wink thumbsup
7473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 27, 2007, 02:30:53 PM

Quote from: Ragnarok on April 27, 2007, 12:58:52 AM

YES! 5-3

EDIT:WOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo!  Round one, Senators!



Dang I forgot the game was on so I missed it.  icon_eek  But yeah... GO Senators!
7474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: ATB Sole Parent Weekend Edition 27apr07 on: April 27, 2007, 02:15:26 PM
My son got me to dust off Everything or Nothing in anticipation of some weekend co-op play.

I just picked up Batallion Wars last Friday, so we'll tag team on it.

Then the usual Star Wars fix with Battle Front 2 and Lego Star Wars II
7475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happened to Gamerankings.com? on: April 27, 2007, 02:06:17 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 27, 2007, 01:33:20 PM

Since it's now been down for 2 weeks, my guess is that Gamerankings is not coming back.   What a bummer.  Their "top rated" lists were extremely handy when picking up a new system.   It was also really useful to have not only all the reviews, but also all the preview articles in one easy to find place.

 icon_cry

EDIT:  Scratch that, I guess it's back.  Really strange though.  If I type in gamerankings.com, I get the "sorry we're off-line message".  However, if I type in www.gamerankings.com, then it comes up just fine.  Odd..

I've also encountered some strange things while entering a URL to access the site. Sometimes when I enter gamerankings.com my session of IE attempts to access http://www.gamespot.com/gamerankings; WTF? .
It's great the sites back, but unfotunately the hyperlinks for some games don't currenlty work; I'm sure it will be ironed out in time.
7476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo - still making a profit! on: April 26, 2007, 09:08:00 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on April 26, 2007, 06:25:00 PM

This is great and all, but my main question is what will Nintendo do now that they are coming back to relevance? What can we expect if they become a market leader.

What they should do is different than what they probably will do.

1st what they should do. With the large install base they're accumulating, they need to buy new development studios that can produce AAA games. In a nutshell, they need to find and purchase a new studio that's the equivalent of the old Rare of the N64 days; they'll probably need to buy more than 1. Having a consistent stream of AAA titles will help them keep market momentum with the Wii. As it appears now, if they rely on 3rd parties the quality titles aren't going to materialize. On another note, if Nintendo's given a quarantee form a 3rd party for the development of an AAA quality title, i.e. Capcom's RE4 for the Cube, Nintendo needs to put some solid marketing behind it.

Now what they'll likely do. As I mentioned once before in a different thread, Nintendo can be their own worst enemies. The AAA quality they deliver for the majority of their titles makes some 3rd parties nervous about heavily committing new games with long development cycles. A number of 3rd parties have complained in the past about only Nintendo's own titles selling well on their consoles. Even thought the Wii is proving to be wildly more successful than the N64 and the Cube, this sentiment will probably continue at least through 2008.

My concern is that Nintendo will hold off with purchasing new studios in order to appease this concern from 3rd parties. As is apparent with a majority of the titles that have been produced for the DS, 3rd parties are very content to ship low quality shovelware for Nintendo systems. My concern is that Nintendo will hold off with developing new IP's and the 3rd party won't deliver. If you consider that Reggie Fils-Aims considers his 3rd party Wii relationship with Ubisoft to be a good one, this is a legitimate cause for concern.

It's ironic, but what was a good plan of action for the N64 and Gamecube is going to prove to be a bad plan of action for the Wii. Nintendo has got to get the quality out there, because not enough 3rd parties are. I'd like to say it more diplomatically, but if you consider how few 3rd parties have produced AAA and AA quality titles for the 40 million + selling DS, all I can say is fuck them!
7477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Krazy Ken Kutaragi Kuits Kompany on: April 26, 2007, 07:52:55 PM
His supercomputer quote about the PS3 is almost identical to the supercomputer quote /  claim he made about the PS2. I guess there's a Sony superdupercomputer born every console generation.  icon_confused

At least Sony's being quick about it and not dragging Krazy Ken's tenure out like Nintendo did with Yamauchi.
7478  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 26, 2007, 07:14:44 AM

Quote from: CSL on April 26, 2007, 04:21:54 AM

Quote from: kronovan on April 26, 2007, 03:27:33 AM

On another off Topic comment; my general impressions of the quality of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation's Internet hockey broadcast.

I'm here at work crunching to make a deadline for tomorrow, so I have the radio broadcast on. During the 1st intermission I fire up my 2nd computer so that I can watch the replays on the CBC's online broadcast. The game's now in the 2nd period and the pregame show is still being played on the online broadcast; WTF!?!?!?!?!?!
I've heard of Internet lag but this is a freaking time warp!
First I'm unable to watch the games last week because I was connecting from the US and now this bullshit. This is the crap that we get to spend our tax dollars on; what joy!
That planned letter to the CBC and my Member of Parliament is gaining content like a runaway snowball.  icon_evil

Game footage isn't on the same page as the pre-game/post-game...

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/stanleycup2007/streams/


I did go to the Streams page and the feed was still screwed up!
Anyways bummer about tonights game, hope they play better next game.
7479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 26, 2007, 03:27:33 AM
On another off Topic comment; my general impressions of the quality of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation's Internet hockey broadcast.

I'm here at work crunching to make a deadline for tomorrow, so I have the radio broadcast on. During the 1st intermission I fire up my 2nd computer so that I can watch the replays on the CBC's online broadcast. The game's now in the 2nd period and the pregame show is still being played on the online broadcast; WTF!?!?!?!?!?!
I've heard of Internet lag but this is a freaking time warp!
First I'm unable to watch the games last week because I was connecting from the US and now this bullshit. This is the crap that we get to spend our tax dollars on; what joy!
That planned letter to the CBC and my Member of Parliament is gaining content like a runaway snowball.  icon_evil
7480  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 26, 2007, 03:16:27 AM

Quote from: CSL on April 26, 2007, 02:21:22 AM

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!

Jeff Cowan!

Too bad it was followed by 3 unanswered goals by the Ducks frown
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