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7601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EGM May Issue - Scores/Rumors on: March 30, 2007, 08:50:12 PM
I'd be very surprised if Dragon Age gets ported to the PS3. I follow the Bioware forums fairly frequently and no mention or hint of this has ever been made. IMHO this is definitely a pipe dream for some PS3 fanboy(s) at EGM.

Bioware is also partially using DA to appease the Bioware PC fanbase, which has been very vocal in crying foul over the lack of new PC releases. I could never understand their arguments for the most part, but their appears to be many that are adamant that the PC is the only viable RPG platform.
Of course Bioware could just ignore them, but for the fact that sales of BG II and NWN earned them a fair chunk of cash while Jade Empire (XBox) earned them very little.
7602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 30, 2007, 06:50:57 PM

Quote from: Brendan on March 30, 2007, 06:43:09 PM

Hang on, you missed a few.  I'll help:

Quote from: kronovan on March 30, 2007, 06:37:17 PM

All I can say is that this move will do nothing to help Micro$oft garner casual gamer support, something $$Peter$$Moore$$ stated was a key Micro$oft goal no less than a month ago. All the casual gamer is going to read from the announcement is that there's another console with a price tag in the extreme echelon that the PS3 now inhabits.

I'll wager that come year end M$ is going to regret this when they look at their overall sales. I had been fully expecting Wii sales to dip significantly in the 3rd quarter, but I'll bet this announcement helps Nintendo maintain consistent numbers. Trust M$ to get sucked into a feature war with Sony; it's as if they think the console game is another version of M$ Office Suite vs Corel Office Suite.

In regards to the rumours that the core will be cancelled, it's interesting to note that Future Shop has dropped the price of the 360 core to $349 CDN for the next week. I can only speculate as to whether they're attempting to clear out last remaining stock or to combat negative impact from the Elite announcement.

Okay - go ahead.

Heh, heh...Yah I like it better that way. Ironically the announcement of the Elite is probably going to result in -$$$-
7603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 30, 2007, 06:37:17 PM
All I can say is that this move will do nothing to help Microsoft garner casual gamer support, something Peter Moore stated was a key Microsoft goal no less than a month ago. All the casual gamer is going to read from the announcement is that there's another console with a price tag in the extreme echelon that the PS3 now inhabits.

I'll wager that come year end M$ is going to regret this when they look at their overall sales. I had been fully expecting Wii sales to dip significantly in the 3rd quarter, but I'll bet this announcement helps Nintendo maintain consistent numbers. Trust M$ to get sucked into a feature war with Sony; it's as if they think the console game is another version of MS Office Suite vs Corel Office Suite.

In regards to the rumours that the core will be cancelled, it's interesting to note that Future Shop has dropped the price of the 360 core to $349 CDN for the next week. I can only speculate as to whether they're attempting to clear out last remaining stock or to combat negative impact from the Elite announcement.
7604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo holding back consoles? on: March 30, 2007, 05:48:16 PM

Quote from: Misguided on March 30, 2007, 12:28:01 AM

Quote from: deadzone on March 27, 2007, 08:50:09 PM

The most absurd thing about this is that the "Holding Back Supply" myth is being perpetrated again except it's by Gamestop/EB this time.  Any other retailers taking this position?  I don't see any.  Gamestop/EB screwed themselves on Wii supply by force bundling them at such a high price, and even then, they couldn't keep them in stock.  Supply and Demand, except Demand far exceeded the ability to Supply in this case.   

This is not true.

There was no bundling of the Wii or the PS3 or the 360 in the United States. I don't know about Canada...it's possible that they tried it there on some basis, but I will not sit idly by while people continue to perpetrate such blatant generalizations.

Now, the dotcoms *did* do bundles on the Wii, but the brick and mortar stores absolutely did not.

My understanding is that only the initial preordered Wii's were sold in bundles by EB Canada. All other sales since have been sold as separate units, accessories, games etc.

The intention to sell in bundles is possibly the reason EB Canada got less launch day Wiis from Nintendo.
7605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kororinpa: Marble Madness on: March 30, 2007, 02:48:50 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on March 30, 2007, 02:25:35 PM

Damn, can't believe I missed this thread. Game looks great, but length definitely makes me weary. I think I will wait for a price drop and jump on this as I tend to enjoy games of this nature.

Ditto. I'm IN once the price drops  icon_wink thumbsup
7606  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: March 30, 2007, 04:06:32 AM
+1 to stolazi for a quick and good trade.
7607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS - “We don’t feel like the Wii customer and the Xbox customer are the same" on: March 29, 2007, 02:45:50 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 11:20:30 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on March 28, 2007, 11:07:10 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 10:12:01 PM

Quote from: gellar on March 28, 2007, 10:06:49 PM

I'd be willing to bet that the 60% figure is for SILVER AND GOLD accounts, as there's no reason you'd quote the lower # (just Gold) and not specify.

gellar

So you think 40% of 360 owners have ZERO XBOX Live accounts? Not sure I can agree with that.

What's broadband penetration in households right now, especially worldwide?  I'd bet that far more than half of all 360s sold have never been connected to the Internet.

Bah, doubtful. 360 owners are probably MUCH MORE likely to have broadband, considering that PS3 and 360 owners are probably some of the more tech savvy consumers out there. Of the  8 or so people I personally know with 360's, all of them are on XBL. I think it's much higher than you guys think, same for the PS3.

I doubt gold account ownership is that high at all. As an example I work for a software company in which virtually every employee has broadband in their home. In our company 8 staff members own 360's and 6 own -myself included-  original XBoxes. Of the 360 owners 2 don't don't have their 360 connected to the Internet at all, 1 has Live! gold and the other 5 have Live! silver. Of the original XBox owners 4 have Live! and 2 don't. The 6 XBox owners have XBConnect accounts and have used the XBC service.
7608  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GT Xbox Live Gamertag List on: March 28, 2007, 10:00:08 PM
Gamertag: KronovanX

XBox Live! Games List:

Halo 2
Ghost Recon 2
Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Forza
Street Fighter Anniversary
NHL 2K7 (XBox)
Crimson Skies
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
Winning Eleven 9
Mortal Kombat: Deception
Star Wars Republic Commando
Doom 3
Mechassault 2
Midtown Madness 3
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (XBox)
7609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why Insomniac thinks the PS3 is best on: March 28, 2007, 06:14:07 PM

Quote from: Mattc0m on March 28, 2007, 04:49:42 PM

Uh, that isn't making any sense. I can see to a degree how people don't like some charges, namely the MMO charges, which are quite similar. MMO charges seem too high for me, but I can totally see what they are being us for. At the same time, Xbox Live charges a lot less then most MMOs and offers a lot more. You've got a persistant chat, video, friends list, gamer score, auto updating, content-adding, hassle free system, which overs most of its features for free. For the few Gold-enabled services, they're mainly covering the costs of the huge database of information they're handling with little trouble to the end year..

I hear what you're saying and I agree Live Gold is a good service for $50, but being an original XBox owner I only get some of those features. Despite having a console with a 10GB hd with lots of free space to store a system udpdate that could give me the equivalent of Live Gold features, Microsoft has decided I don't get them. And I still pay $60 CDN a year to use the service.

What Microsoft has instead decided is that I can fork out the $500 CDN for a 360, an extra 90 for a replacement warranty due to their inability to deliver reliable quality and still continue to pay my 60 for Live. They expect me to pay this even though the online games I'd mostly want to play are still original XBox games.
Which makes me want to utter the comment; fuck you Microsoft!
7610  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Any games give you massive Castle Sieges? on: March 28, 2007, 05:41:06 PM

Quote from: faide on March 27, 2007, 05:03:24 AM

Anyone still play DAoC these days? 

faide,

After having an account for the last 3 years I recently cancelled mine. During that time I played off -and- on in Midgard on the Guinevere RP server. I took my ShadowBlade to lvl 50 +, Warrior to lvl 45, Hunter to lvl 45, Healer to lvl 21 and a Shaman to lvl 21. Also reached Grand Master Fletcher with my Hunter, which was an exercise in insanity. It was time to move on so I've been trying out other MMORPG's.

If you want to find out about server populations you can go to the Camelot Herald site http://www.camelotherald.com where you can view the different server populations in the right frame.
At this point in time, I'd sadly not recommend the RP servers as there's very few players below lvl 21. If you have the patience to slog it out to that level -much easier since Catacombs content introduction- you'll find some excellent players and guilds and ever raging war in Thidranki. smile
7611  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Final Fantasy III Friend Codes on: March 28, 2007, 05:28:51 PM

Quote from: Redfive on March 26, 2007, 10:04:02 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on February 08, 2007, 06:24:38 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 07, 2007, 12:18:45 PM

I'll add mine as soon as I can.  If anyone wasn't aware, there are some sidequests that can only be unlocked by sending mog-mail to other people.  Timely thread!

What do the side quests add? (As in, is it worth it? Tongue)


My brother-in-law who is mostly on top of his FF stuff says that you need to get mail from like 10 people or something to get the very best weapons in the game.  He's pissed and I tend to agree if that's true. 

I seem to recall reading somewhere that it was 5 friend codes, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was 10. That's why it's important for everyone at GT still playing the game to enter their codes here and for others to enter them in Mognet. So enter away.
7612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN's 25 worst game box art on: March 28, 2007, 05:07:14 PM
WTF???



The whole idea of this game just cracks me up.  icon_lol
7613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 03:27:31 PM
I don't care what new SKU Microsoft dumps on the market, just as long as it clears the way for a price drop in the Premium. If they keep prices where they currently are I'll gladly not own any 360. Personally there's absolutely no way I'd spend the extra $ for this.

Knowing Microsoft Canada, they'll double the additional $80 and try to justify it by throwing in a game that everyone knows costs them $10 to include. I fully expect this to debut on the CDN market with a $650 price tag. And no doubt Microsoft Canada Will jump up and down hollering hey it's cheaper than the PS3!
7614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo holding back consoles? on: March 28, 2007, 04:13:34 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 28, 2007, 02:10:53 AM

Time for me to ease up on the Puzzle Quest, I have this irresistible urge to line up your post's smileys for an extra turn.

LOL...too funny.
7615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 2's Official Car List on: March 28, 2007, 12:02:20 AM

Quote from: gellar on March 27, 2007, 04:50:08 PM

They aren't running the AM V8 Vantage though, so that's a bit annoying.  That's definitely the 'sportiest' of the Astons.

Isn't that the car that Handsome Rob wanted to spend his loot on in the re-release of the Italian Job?
7616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo holding back consoles? on: March 27, 2007, 11:13:27 PM

Quote from: deadzone on March 27, 2007, 10:24:27 PM

But the assertion is that they are holding a large supply of Wii's and are going to flood the market in April to keep their investors happy?  You guys don't think the investors are happy right now?  I guess you guys also assume that the Wii is going to stall sales-wise soon?  I don't think they are doing it simply because I don't think they have recovered from the initial sales.  I don't think they have enough stock to even stockpile for their April quarter.

As I stated in a earlier reply, it's not so much a witholding of current supply as it is deciding not to bump up production; i.e they probably don't have some secret warehouse stocked with Wii's. Nintendo stated a few months back that they were ready to increase production before quarter end, but that appears to not have occurred.

The 2nd quarter is often lower for console sales than the 1st and always lower than the 4th, whereas the 3rd is the lowest. Nintendo's in a unique position to buck the trend by not increasing production until these quarters and therefore having a supply and consumer demand that will continue to drive high sales.

 As you've stated there's a risk to this approach if in fact the sales would have been very high anyways. In which case Nintendo ends up selling less consoles than they potentially could have by year end. It's worth the risk for Nintendo because shareholders and stock analysts tend to gauge and rate publicly traded companies on a quarterly basis; avoiding a downward trend in a quarter is the key thing.
7617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MOH: Vanguard Review IGN on: March 27, 2007, 09:52:13 PM
Yikes, Game Informer and 1UP both gave it a 4 out of 10!  icon_eek

1UP link:http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3158255

I don't hold much esteem for either of these sites, but none the less these are very low scores.
7618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "gamers" boycotting Capcom are pathetic on: March 27, 2007, 08:39:03 PM
Quite frankly the whole proposition of gamers getting incensed about this sort of thing is IMHO ridiculous. The console manufacturers are really the only ones to gain from exclusives. It may be an issue if multi-platform compromised quality, but Capcom made this a non-issue when they ported RE4 to the PS2 with minimal degradation in graphics quality.

The irony of this whole situation is that Capcom, with the success of the Wii, is probably now kicking themselves for not having the favourable relationship they previously enjoyed with Nintendo. When they took RE4 out of exclusively they seriously soured the relationship, and I've read that they aren't being offered license discounts/perks from Nintendo anymore. Whether the playstation fanboys like it or not, Capcom has to now max their multiplatform options if they're to maintain a healthy existence.
7619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo holding back consoles? on: March 27, 2007, 08:10:06 PM

Quote from: deadzone on March 27, 2007, 07:32:03 PM

Nintendo more than likely recognized that they had a better chance of selling more units by supplying other stores that were not "Force Bundling" the Wii with all kinds of other stuff to inflate the price than they did with EB/Gamestop and others who did this.

This definitely appears to have been the case in at least my city in Canada as each EB store got a max of 15 units and yes, they did "force bundle" them. Senior management at EB apparently assured store managers that they weren't being short changed by Nintendo and that other retailers that had taken "unofficially sanctioned by Nintendo" pre-orders wouldn't have their supply honored. I tried to tell my favorite local EB Manager that this just wasn't true, which I knew to be the case since a friend of mine manages a Toys R Us store. As it turned out, Toys R Us stores got all of the 60 units they pre-sold and Walmarts got 45 - 60 units. There are more EB locations in my city but even if you add up all their numbers, they still got less units.

I think a lot of this goes to previous gen loyalty and corporate attitude and mentality. Just a year or 2 ago you couldn't walk into an EB store in my area and not have some salesperson make unsolicited, negative comments about the Cube. And Toys R Us and various other franchises sold far more GameCubes per capita than EB. Nintendo appears to have rewarded these franchises and somewhat shafted EB.
7620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MOH: Vanguard Review IGN on: March 27, 2007, 07:35:03 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on March 27, 2007, 02:00:02 AM

it gets a 7.0 from wii.ign.com

Quote
Medal of Honor Vanguard was clearly designed for PlayStation 2 and upgraded for Wii. Games developed in this manner have a tendency to show barely-tweaked visuals and tacked on controls, but Vanguard looks notably sharper and plays significantly better on Nintendo's system. I've scored it lower than our sister site, though, because Wii is simply capable of so much more. Vanguard arrives on PS2 at the end of its life cycle, but it comes to Wii at the beginning and it barely scratches the surface of what's really possible.

What the freck? Scored it lower because of some missed potential? Am I a weird person for thinking that a good game should be called a good game regardless of "missed potential"? Baffling. Way to go IGN, you sure showed EA, you sure sent them a message you dolts. God, I am starting to hate every game media "journalist" site in creation, present company excluded because we tend to not pull bullshit out of our asses like that.

Wanted to come back and note, I don't really care about Vanguard, or the actual review score, but I am bothered at the choice of platform to air some silly grievance with EA.

I read the review and yes IMO the article was written from a very biased perspective. The reviewer constantly makes references to Call of Duty 3 throughout the review and for the most part comments that MOH:V is superior. However when all is said and done they actually scored it lower.

The reviewer continually praises the graphics over COD3 yet gives it the exact same ranking; 7. They did mention that it doesn't maintain as steady and a high a frame rate, but still gives the overall impression that the graphics are superior to COD3. Based on their comments and the rating they gave COD3, I would have expected an 8. Secondly, the replay is ranked lower than what COD3 was given, yet COD3 had no multiplay whatsoever. They make the comment that it doesn't have online, but also mention that the spit screen multiplay is quite good. I would have expected a 7 for this category.

I can understand how a reviewer could interject some personal bias or tilt into their game review, but this review seems to go out of it's way to arrive at a lower score. The proof will be in the pudding when I play MOH:V myself, but from what I read in this review the game sounds more like an 8 out of 10 as opposed to a 7.
7621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo holding back consoles? on: March 27, 2007, 06:20:24 PM
I remember around the end of January Reggie Fils-Amis (probably spelt his name wrong) announcing that they were boosting production levels beginning in March to 1 million or more Wii's / month. From what Gamestop is saying, this didn't occur.

My only guess as to why they might not have done this, is possibly by holding off until April they could optimize manufacturing and be more cost effective. One thing you can always count on Nintendo for is to find a way to make more money.
7622  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Any games give you massive Castle Sieges? on: March 27, 2007, 12:56:44 AM

Quote from: Toe on March 26, 2007, 06:01:20 AM

Yeah, DaoC has them. Things I can think of off the top of my head they have.

Battering rams
Ballista (ground and mounted on keep towers)
Catapults (ground and mounted on keep towers, can use different types of ammo)
Trebucets
Boiling oil
Destructable (and repairable) walls
fix ladders that allow stealthers to get into castle

The castles come in various sizes from small towers to large keeps with multiple gates as well as outlying towers (which can be taken over independatly of the main keep and used to assault it). The side that owns the castle can spend PvP points to upgrade the keep (which are visible) as well as add NPC guards of various types. To take a keep the enemy has to kill the NPC keep lord which is rather powerful at which point the castle changes hands.



And add to all this some spectacular settings to strategically situate the keeps. I particularly liked Thidranki with it's 3 bridge access points; just loved camping the enemy bridges with my invisible Midgard ShadowBlade. slywink
7623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 2's Official Car List on: March 27, 2007, 12:32:29 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 27, 2007, 12:12:34 AM

Quote from: kronovan on March 27, 2007, 12:05:22 AM

The 1974 Lancia Stratos, dang I loved that car in Rally Trophy!   thumbsup

If it doesn't come with the Alitalia paintjob, you can bet I'll be looking to buy a custom designed one from another player in the in-game marketplace.

Shame on them if they don't, but very cool that you can buy it in-game just in case.
7624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 2's Official Car List on: March 27, 2007, 12:05:22 AM
The 1974 Lancia Stratos, dang I loved that car in Rally Trophy!   thumbsup
But where's James Bond's 1964 Aston Martin?  tear
7625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Already at 6 million sold? on: March 26, 2007, 11:02:43 PM

Quote from: Devil on March 26, 2007, 10:45:06 PM

SAY IT!!!!

OK I'll say it for you. Who gives a crap if Nintendo's sold 6 MILLION Wiis, no one's announced a hockey game for it yet! What's so great about a Wii in every household if I can't use my Wiimote as a hockey stick damn it!!
Umm...that's what you wanted me to say...right Devil?  icon_confused

Oh oh...am I going to get busted by the thread derailment cops for this little outburst!?!?  paranoid
7626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So..help me pick out some PS2 games on: March 26, 2007, 10:31:22 PM
Dragon Quest VIII is an excellent JRPG. It does however have some silly and humorous aspects that put some people off. It can be down right light and childish at times, which IMHO is part of it's charm.
If a great story is important to you, DQ VIII has one with the quality you'd expect from a Zelda game.   slywink thumbsup
7627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/26) on: March 26, 2007, 08:40:56 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 26, 2007, 07:56:21 PM

Quote from: stuntgibbon on March 26, 2007, 07:14:41 PM

Ended up being more of discussion on game design for other segments than Hannah Montana specifically, but you can go ahead and keep listing games.  It'll be thrilling!

I am so gratified it makes you happy, but it does nothing to change the fact when you turn to a discussion completely and utterly different from the thread topic-in a thread that is still getting traffic- courtesy is to make your own thread about it, not to try to throw in a smile and pretend to be obtuse about it-or to let us know how much more interesting what you are talking about is.  nod


Sorry... my bad; I've contributed to this thread derailment as well.  frown
I just wanted everyone to know why week in and week out I'm never planning on buying the latest release of 'Barbie's Wild Pony Adventure'.

Now...if Tim Shaeffer or American McGee could come up with a 'Pony's Wild Barbie Adventure' game, well...nuff said.
7628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Doing well in the UK... on: March 26, 2007, 07:57:24 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 26, 2007, 07:52:16 PM

Quote from: javahead on March 26, 2007, 07:47:52 PM

I just can't afford $500 for a console.

I can, but nobody stocks the $500 version and according to itrackr haven't since about christmas.

I was told by a local EB Manager -a very strong fan of the PS3- that the 20 GB PS3 has officially been cancelled for distribution in Canada. I'm not sure if this is also the case for the US, but I wouldn't be surprised.
7629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Doing well in the UK... on: March 26, 2007, 07:42:36 PM

Quote from: Dimmona on March 26, 2007, 06:49:47 PM

Looks like the PS3 has become UK's fastest selling console (beating the Wii).  I guess its not all doom and gloom for Sony...

Hey that's great that it's doing well in the UK, I really do want this to be a 3 console race generation and this should help Sony. Unfortunately it doesn't sound like the PS3 is selling too well in all parts of Europe.

Quote
According to French news site LCI, the PS3 launch at the Eiffel Tower was a complete bust with only 40 fans showing up to be the first to buy a PlayStation 3. Of the thousand units available, only approximately 50 were sold in less than 15 minutes and then the floating “store” closed up shop.

Link: http://wham.canoe.ca/ps3/2007/03/23/3814132-ca.html.

There's also some humorous content in rest of this article about the local Paris 360 marketing teams' attempts to disrupt the event.
7630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/26) on: March 26, 2007, 07:13:33 PM

Quote from: Brendan on March 26, 2007, 06:15:38 PM

Quote from: stuntgibbon on March 26, 2007, 06:05:58 PM

I'm fascinated by the design challenges for games like that.  Like if you're presented with something like that, and you still have to design and produce the game...  now you have to figure out how to get into the mind of a 10 year old girl.   And what also is fascinating, is that the people who make these games are just like you and me.   Regular dudes that probably deathmatch, stomp hookers in GTA, rock out on Guitar Hero, spend weeks in WoW, etc.   (and probably had no clue wtf hannah montana was before the project came up.)    I'm somewhat relieved my projects AREN'T that difficult, but find them fun to look at and see what they came up with. 

Yeah, absolutely.  I design features that I don't personally use all the time, but there's a lot less subjectivity to it:  I can interview people who use my product, run usability tests, send out betas and get feedback, go on speaking tours to meet with user groups, etc.  My brain goes numb just thinking about watching Hannah Montana for research purposes.  Of course, girls have been wronged by the game industry:  for the most part, they get licensed crap that enforces stereotypes about horses and princesses and is only nominally "fun".  Many more adult women are stepping away from games targeted specifically at their gender, and toward games that are just, y'know, good games.

My daughter likes many of the popular TV programs targeted at girls her age and a bit older; she's 7.  But what I've found is that very few of the games themed on these franchises keep her attention for any length of time. Poor gameplay is no doubt the main issue, but not all of them have been that bad. And no surprise that we've mostly traded them in for the Nintendo franchises like Kirby, Mario and Pokemon. We've yet to trade in any game from any of these Nintendo franchises; she keeps playing them with enthusiasm.

I've also found my daughter and her friends really like the Star Wars games because they let them play more realistic, perhaps respectable, heroines. My experience with my daughters lack of long term interest in TV themed games has caused me to stop recommending them to friends.
7631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/26) on: March 26, 2007, 05:53:08 PM
Medal of Honor: Vanguard (Wii) if the reviews are good. Otherwise I'll be picking up The Godfather: Blackhand.
I really want both of these right now, but I held off on getting the Godfather this weekend because I want to get a game my son can play as well.

I've got my hopes up for MOH:V, but I've got a great game to fall back on if it doesn't pan out.
7632  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Official Halo collectable miniatures game by Wizkids on: March 26, 2007, 05:05:31 AM

Quote from: jpinard on March 26, 2007, 04:41:37 AM

Well, I guess it's good to know it's not just me not knowing how to play with it right.

Jpinard,
I'm sure you're playing the game correctly. It's an unfortunate fact, but you can receive brand new Heroclix figures with bases that won't rotate.

I've read that some people have fixed this by using some lubricants; i.e. sewing machine (5 weight) oil. I haven't tried this myself, but whatever you do don't use WD40! The graphite will discolor the colors on the stat wheel, making it impossible to correctly read the stats.
7633  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anybody successful in getting coffee stains of out carpet? on: March 25, 2007, 03:47:15 PM
Sprinkling salt on any liquid that's spilled on a carpet will keep the liquid from reaching deeper into the pile where it's likely to adhere. After the salt is dry you can remove it and then go to work on the stain with one of the techniques other's have posted here.
BTW: this salt technique is particularly effective on red wine spills.
7634  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any advice on how to pull an all-nighter? on: March 25, 2007, 03:37:43 PM

Quote from: the Nightbreeze on March 25, 2007, 01:37:19 AM

Keep eating every 1 1/2 hours.  A sandwich or so.

Eating frequently every 2 hours or so is very good, but I wouldn't eat anything as heavy as a sandwhich. Stick to fruits, vegetables and other easy to digest foods. Some exercise as someone else suggested definitely helps.
I agree about the splashing water in your face thing; doesn't help as much as some claim. However, splashing cold water in your eyes after spending countless hours / days working in front of a computer or video monitor really works wonders!
7635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No wife tonight-my movie pick. Rented Serenity. on: March 25, 2007, 03:22:48 PM

Quote from: Farscry on March 25, 2007, 03:36:30 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on March 25, 2007, 03:02:34 AM

Wasted your money, bro.

Dude, first Blade Runner, now Serenity?! What alien species are you? icon_wink

Yeah, I saw that Blade Runner comment a few days ago, but didn't write anything at the time. I mean come on it was a Ridley Scott film for Pete's sake. I know, know, he did make Legend!  saywhat  thumbsdown
But honestly, how can you not like a Ridley Scott SciFi film?
And now dissing Serenity; sheesh!
7636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 Hardest to Beat Console Games on: March 25, 2007, 03:10:44 PM

Quote from: disarm on March 24, 2007, 07:33:58 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on March 23, 2007, 06:26:07 AM

Ninja Gaiden Black had the pussy option available to it, ergo it shouldn't even qualify for this list. The original? You'll take your limited continues, your insane difficulty levels and the need for a hell of a lot of luck right from the start, and you will like it!

if you're referring to the original NG for xbox and not the NES game, don't forget that NG:B doesn't just have an easier option...it also has an extra difficulty level at the top end.  think 'Ninja Dog' is too easy?  beat the game on lower difficulty levels and unlock the ridiculously hard option that goes above and beyond the challenge of the original version.  after that, give the missions a try...then come back and say that Black is easier than the original icon_twisted

Yup, it was this aspect of Black that got me confused in my earlier post; I thought the original XBox version had that feature. I never played the NES game and I'm not sure I'll be up for the frustration if it ever releases on VC.
7637  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Official Halo collectable miniatures game by Wizkids on: March 25, 2007, 03:05:27 PM

Quote from: jpinard on March 24, 2007, 11:57:59 PM

I have those Star Wars Heroclix things and they hardly work.  Do they move and click nicely for all of you?

The Star Wars miniature figures don't actually have rotating bases, but I hear you on the Heroclix. It's not uncommon to get figures with bases that won't rotate. The same can be true for the Mechwarrior figures but it's a bit less common.

Your best bet is to buy from a store that sells single, unboxed figures. There's a few in my city that sell them beginning at $1. It will cost you more, but you'll be guaranteed to have a figure that works. There's also apparently various trading sites on the Internet, but I personally haven't used any of them.

7638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best "Trading Card" console game? on: March 25, 2007, 02:44:27 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on March 24, 2007, 08:24:17 PM

Quote from: EddieA
it's a lot of fun, and the random card draws make each battle different.

I'll echo this. I really enjoyed Baten Kaitos (I only played Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, so I can't speak to Origins.) Take that with a grain of salt, because I'm not a big CCG player, but I spent a lot of enjoyable hours with this game.

Ditto on the 1st Baten Kaitos, an excellent game with a good card battle system. I haven't played the 2nd yet, but I've heard it's even better than the 1st.
There's also a Magic the Gathering game for the XBox that could be played online via Live, unfortunately it's not BC.
7639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA: Vice City - Controls? on: March 24, 2007, 07:29:57 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 24, 2007, 12:18:11 AM

Open up your Control Panel, and open the "Game Controllers" applet.  Does your controller show up there?

Sometimes my controller (nYko) stops showing up there.  It's USB, I just disconnect it and reconnect it, and it shows up.  But sometimes, it's there and I need to recalibrate it.

Already checked that. My Logi is present in the game controllers applet and it's calibrated perfectly everytime I've checked. Something I haven't tried is holding the left analog stick all the way to the right while the game starts. I didn't think this would ever be necessary for a USB controller, but it used to work for gameport joysticks back in the day.
7640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeff Green's blog mentions Company of Heroes 2 on: March 23, 2007, 11:39:09 PM
Hold your thoughts on this....I might be able to dig up...
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