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7441  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!
7442  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
7443  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
7444  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?
7445  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.
7446  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.
7447  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.
7448  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.
7449  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.
7450  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.
7451  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.
7452  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.
7453  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.
7454  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.
7455  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.
7456  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.
7457  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
7458  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!
7459  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
7460  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.
7461  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!
7462  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.
7463  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.
7464  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
7465  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
7466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario and Zelda-I Just Don't Get It... on: April 25, 2007, 11:40:08 PM
As is the case with some of the others that have already replied, it isn't previous experience with the game or nostalgia for me as the 1st Zelda game I played was LOZ: OOT and the 1st Mario game was Mario 64. What I think really makes the game stand out is the following:

Story and Pacing: the games are very well structured and there stories unfold very effectively. The Zelda stories have a real epic feel to them which make you -well at least me- want to play them to the finish. The pacing has a bit of a down side in that disruptions to the game flow can really spoil things. With Zelda games I really recommend referring to a game guide or cheats if you ever get hung up. The puzzles in some of the Zelda games can be quite challenging or not overly apparent and these game are ruined if you can't keep the story and plot flowing.

Humour: There's a lot of  humour in Mario and Zelda games and some of it's very clever. Some of it can be a bit silly, but it still done well enough to always make the game fun.

Quality: These franchises are the most bug free out of any game series I've ever played. Playing a Zelda or a Mario game you can really tell that the development team obsessed over it with a lot of attention to detail.

Not Genre Restricted: By this I mean that the Mario and Zelda series games can't always be pigeon holed into a specific genre. There's often different elements of action, adventure, platforming and even light role-playing. This makes these games appeal to players of varying interests and a variety of age groups.

I'd agree that these games may not be for everyone and that there are other series that equal them in quality; Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy come to mind. I think their sales success is a direct reflection of what I highlighted above and there really isn't much mystery to the large numbers.
7467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?? on: April 25, 2007, 11:00:55 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 25, 2007, 10:39:08 PM

However, HBO just greenlit the Pacfiic sequel to Band of Brothers so expect to see a rash of Pacific themed games started about a year after it airs.

One can only hope that this along with the recent Flags of our Fathers film will stimulate some proper treatement of this theatre for a quality shooter.
This still doesn't address the problem of there being zilch shooters themed on the Korean war. I guess the Korean campaign really was the forgotten war.  icon_frown
7468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?? on: April 25, 2007, 06:54:57 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on April 25, 2007, 06:31:53 PM

My biggest issues with WWII shooters is that they don't vary the Theatres enough. The Pacific has barely been touched in games, and some of the biggest and best battles were fought along the Pacific Midway.

Exactly. To the best of my knowledge there hasn't been a WWII shooter that takes you from the landings on the beaches of Iwo Jima to the moment the flag was placed on the mountain top; um... I mean the actual 1st flag, not the 2nd  photo op one. And that's just one example of many WWII pacific battles that haven't been covered.
And WTF about there being no Korean war based shooter! That war had some of the most grueling and amazing land battles in it.
7469  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / [CDN] MGM James Bond Titles on Sale at Futureshop Stores on: April 25, 2007, 06:15:44 PM
Futureshop stores are selling the MGM re-releases of the single DVD James Bond titles for $9.99 CDN. All discs are remastered and come with both DD 5.1 and DTS sound. This is an in-store offer only; not available from website. I picked up Goldfinger, Thunderball, For Your Eyes Only and Goldeneye and the can say that the quality for all of them is very good. The Thunderball disc in particular just blew me away; couldn't believe my eyes and ears that I was watching a 1965 movie.

Some of the titles available are:

Goldfinger
Goldeneye
The Man with the Golden Gun
Thunderball
The Spy Who Loved me
For Your Eyes Only
From Russia with Love
Die Another Day

The titles available may vary from store to store.
7470  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Vanguard on: April 25, 2007, 05:35:34 PM
I played the trial but didn't continue because, as a number of posters have already said, the game was released before it was ready. The game lacked proper optimization in a number of key areas, which really diminished it's playability. I found it amazing that the lead designer at Sigil admitted as much publicly in an interview and in a very cocky way at that.

I think the game has a lot to offer and will eventually be well worth playing; great to play a game that has a kick ass healer / caster class re. the Disciple! My concern however is that the game world is so big that by the time it's really ready for the masses, there won't be enough players to give it a decent sized population.

I've found that you have to be patient with ambitious MMORPG's like this and consider returning to them at a future date. Playing the trial got me hungry for a new MMORPG, which eventually led to me to trying Dungeons & Dragons Online once again.  I played DDO about a year ago shortly after it's release and lasted only about a month before giving up. I've now been playing for about 2 months and the difference between the current game and that of a year ago is night and day. The game has improved significantly in almost every area and I'm enjoying it very much now. I think the same will be true for Vanguard, give it a year and it will most likely be a much better experience.
7471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I'm checking out Kotaku ... (ad related). on: April 25, 2007, 03:05:12 PM
Yes well...it's like this...he's an artist from Montreal...  Roll Eyes
7472  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mechassault 2 Live play.... on: April 24, 2007, 06:06:01 PM
I'd be up for this as well. I haven't playe MA2 in a while but I'll dust it off tonight. smile
7473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 24, 2007, 04:36:22 AM

Quote from: ScubaV on April 24, 2007, 04:03:14 AM

If your team lost in the first round watch this video.  It should help raise your spirits a little.

http://geekologie.com/2007/04/junior_hockey_fight.php

LOL It's moments like this that made sitting bleary eyed in the bleachers, downing endless cups of coffee at 5:00 in the morning all worth while. I'll never forget the time my oldest son and his teamates came up with the idea of taking turns holding a puck in their mouth and diving in on net to score  icon_lol
7474  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 24, 2007, 03:45:39 AM
Goodbye Dallas !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7475  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 24, 2007, 03:21:10 AM
LOU, LOU, LOU, LOU!!!!! Outright freaking theft on that save!!!!
7476  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 24, 2007, 03:16:59 AM
Yah, yah Linden. Come on Canucsk get another one!!!!!!
7477  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 24, 2007, 02:51:49 AM

Quote from: CSL on April 24, 2007, 02:29:41 AM

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yah it was a nice goal at an important time. Now if they can just get another one.
7478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/23) on: April 23, 2007, 03:44:17 PM
Most likely Pokemon Diamond or Pearl this Friday.
I picked up FF VI and Batallion Wars on Friday so those along with my backlog will keep me more than enought occupied.
7479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Was the Best James Bond Song? on: April 22, 2007, 10:49:06 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 22, 2007, 10:10:18 PM

While I voted for Live and Let Die, I truly meant to vote for the Guns N' Roses 'remix' of the song. biggrin

I'd say that still counts. In a comparison like this I think we're mostly considering the actual composition as opposed to the production. If we were to focus on production there's no way 'For Your Eyes Only' would be in the poll, as the instrument arrangement for that song was weak.
7480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 22, 2007, 10:11:38 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on April 22, 2007, 09:42:00 PM

Anyone able to comment on whether a five-year-old would be able to play this? Too hard?

There's too much reading in it for a 5 year old IMHO. I've had 2 sons play the Pokemon series and now a daughter that's 7. My daughter has only been able to really enjoy the game this year and she's a fairly advanced reader for her age. That being said my oldest son was able to enjoy the GBC versions at age 5, but he was an extremely advanced reader for his age group.
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