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7761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSX Blur Review(s) on: February 27, 2007, 10:35:38 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 27, 2007, 09:28:30 PM

Quote from: JSL on February 27, 2007, 07:55:14 PM

After an initial positive review for Sonic Wii and then mostly bad ones afterwards, I am going to be highly cautious this time.

The Sonic game is actually very enjoyable, despite what the reviews say.  SSX could very well be the same.

Agreed. Despite the fact that it didn't live up to the hype some were giving it, it's still the best 3D Sonic game ever released. Many casual gamers that recognize the Sonic name, will buy it and be perfectly content with it.

Back on topic now... Even if SSX Blur only gets an average ranking somewhere in the 7.5 range, I'll still buy it. If only because it sounds like EA has made an effort to get the nunchuk and Wiimote controls right.
7762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft's new strageties (and they love Nintendo, too!) on: February 27, 2007, 07:40:18 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on February 27, 2007, 05:57:04 PM

I still maintain that Nintendo could very well win this generation but only if they crank out fun software at a faster clip than they have in generations past. I think Microsoft is also in this boat and that for all the flack Sony gets they at least know how to crank titles out. Love 'em or hate 'em, the one thing you can't say about the PS2 was that it lacked software. If both Microsoft and Nintendo manage to achieve Sony levels of software production then this generation war will get a hell of a lot more interesting.

I agree that the PS2 had the larger library last gen by a large margin, but I wouldn't necessarily agree that it was due to Sony's own efforts. Most of the PS2's library was comprised of 3rd party games and more importantly a significant majority of the AAA titles. I also agree that strong 1st party support isn't enough as it's impossible for 1 company to deliver enough titles.

Based on the easier development experience game dev's had with the XBox and GameCube, I see some of Sony's 3rd party support possibly dissappearing. I've never been convinced that 3rd party support for Sony has been anything other than soft. I just don't see Sony holding on to all their top 3rd party titles this gen, with both Microsoft and Nintendo benefitting as a result.
7763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phil Harrison the next Krazy Ken? [Negative PS3 post] on: February 26, 2007, 11:46:02 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 26, 2007, 11:23:27 PM

I don't believe MS has ever said all games were going to be BC.  We don't really know what their expectations were for how many games would be BC.  It is very likely they did exceed their expectations.  Probably not, though.  icon_lol

Still, I don't think that comes even close to Sony reps saying they would pay anyone who could find a PS3 unit on a store shelf when there have been PS3s on shelves in most places I have been to for quite some time.

If you take into consideration that some of Microsoft's own big name titles -Midtown Madness 3, Rallisport Challenge 2, Mechassault- still haven't been made backward compatible...yeah it was a very stupid thing to say.
IMHO the non stupid thing would have been an apology for their limited gains in bc but an assurance that they were still making strides to rectify it.
7764  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GamingTrend Xfire Clan/Guild on: February 26, 2007, 11:09:02 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on February 25, 2007, 01:21:47 PM

Added Kronovan...come on everyone, join up and play with your GT buddies biggrin  Or even just chat with them biggrin  Ok, now off to bed  nod
Thanks for adding me ROTC. So far I'm quite impressed with XFire despite the little time I've spent with it. I was really surprised by the number of Jedi Outcast servers in the friends server listings. Amazing that so many gamers in different countries are still playing it!
7765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phil Harrison the next Krazy Ken? [Negative PS3 post] on: February 26, 2007, 10:50:31 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 26, 2007, 10:43:58 PM

Quote from: kathode on February 26, 2007, 10:35:42 PM

Rumble is definitely a last-generation feature.  Just like polygons.

Just cause she's old don't mean she's broke.

Voxels are totally the future.

 icon_lol  Good old NovaLogic and their voxels.
7766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phil Harrison the next Krazy Ken? [Negative PS3 post] on: February 26, 2007, 10:26:33 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 26, 2007, 10:20:00 PM

The difference, though, is that Peter Morre hasn't said anything near as stupid as what I keep hearing out of Sony's mouth.  The rumble feature quotes are especially stupid.  We know why they don't have rumble.  It also isn't like you can't have both motion control and rumble (hello Wii).  The truth of the matter is when I play the 360 and feel it in a shooter and then go to Resistance and play without it, I notice.

Uh hmm...I'd say this his comments last year about how the 360's backward compatiblity with the XBox has far exceeded their wildest dreams and expectations, easily equals Sony's stupidity.
7767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name! This! Movie! on: February 26, 2007, 10:17:28 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on February 26, 2007, 03:07:03 PM

If you caught both at a glance and nothing more then seeing as they're both about monsters it could be possible to mistake them for one another. But anything more reveals the differences between the two since one is low-key folksy humor and the other is blatant satire of fascism vs. communism. icon_wink

I know, it's a stretch at best. Unless Autistic Angel's friend fell asleep right at the begining and woke up in a daze for the last 15 minutes.
It's just that no one I've discussed this with can think of any other movie this person could possbily be confusing with Tremors.  confused
7768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft's new strageties (and they love Nintendo, too!) on: February 26, 2007, 09:45:42 PM

Quote from: Destructor on February 26, 2007, 09:25:22 PM

Interesting. Very interesting. And a very positive nod towards Nintendo, IMHO.

You know, the state of things between Microsoft and Nintendo is starting to remind me more and more of Microsoft vs Apple around the mid 80's. The Nintendo Wii has obviously earned the respect of Microsoft as did the Apple Mac.

I see this as a good and bad thing. Anyone who knows the history, knows Microsoft countered by becoming 1 of the best 3rd parties for the Mac and kept working to improve Windows until it could finally compete.

So the negative of this is that Microsoft could just steal all of Nintendos' best ideas and implement them. The good is that if Microsoft manages to pull an Apple on Nintendo it will more or less guarantee the continued existence of Nintendo. Even financially bailing them out investing in them if necessary to keep them solvent and alive.

Of course Apple never really did have a Miyamoto....
7769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phil Harrison the next Krazy Ken? [Negative PS3 post] on: February 26, 2007, 09:17:09 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 26, 2007, 08:55:15 PM

Quote from: Destructor on February 26, 2007, 08:48:17 PM

I mean, I know that this guy has to keep a positive spin on things, but it seems that every time Phil opens his mouth, silly pours out.

I think you hit the nail on the head.  It is his job.  Sure it sounds silly but there is not a good way to spin the current situation.  The truth doesn't sound good "It is a great console but really lacks games right now, and it is very expensive."  He would be fired in a minute for saying that.

I agree, and further to that I really don't think Phil Harrison is the problem. Ken Kutaragi -hope I spelled his name right no actually I don't care- is the real problem for Sony; everything silly that Harrison says just pales in comparison to Kutaragi.  Quite frankly  Kutaragi just simply has to go if Sony's to really improve things.

The Sony situation reminds me so much of Yamauchi's tenure at Nintendo. They hemmed and hawed for 10 years before making it possible for him to be pushed out comfortably retire in 2002 and look at the difference!
7770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WII] WII-KLY UPDATE 02/26/2006 on: February 26, 2007, 08:49:31 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 26, 2007, 08:13:01 PM

The Egg Roll Dynasty?  I must've repressed a lot of video game memories from my youth.

LOL that game sounds absolutely whacky. I've never heard of it before, was it a good game? If it is I'll definitely get if for my kids and I.

My kids are big fans of egg rolls and Chinese food in general.  Got to be careful though, wouldn't want to sour their culinary enthusiasm with a bad experience in the Egg Roll Dynasty icon_biggrin
7771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Mass Effect] I'm a sucker for books based on games on: February 26, 2007, 08:23:47 PM
I actually prefer a good movie tie in as opposed to a novel; but we all know how rare those are.  Roll Eyes
I do like novels tie ins, but I find my standards for originality and plot in novels is much steeper than for screenplays and certainly much steeper than game stories.
I'm interested if it proves to be a good novel and I agree that it can enhance the gameplay experience. But then again I don't currenlty own a 360 anyways and I'm not sure I will even when M.E. is released.
7772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1701 A.D. for the Nintendo DS! on: February 26, 2007, 06:17:23 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 26, 2007, 02:07:25 PM

I won't be happy until one of these PC to DS ports is finished.

Well actually....Age of Empires has been out for the DS for over a year now. If you haven't played it yet get it, it's one helluva game!

Anyhow great news about 1701 AD. I haven't played it yet but have co-workers and friends that swear by it. For these types of games on the DS; the more the merrier.
7773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 26/Feb/07 on: February 26, 2007, 05:35:01 PM
Well all PC game play for me this weekend since my fire sale games arrived from Amazon Canada; FFXII, NWN2 , JKII: Jedi Outcast and Sin Episodes

Still can't believe I bought all 4 for less than $55 US icon_smile

I decided to take a break from consoles, so my weekend was preoccupied with playing JKII, NWN2 and Sin. I still haven't finished FFX and FFIII so I'll finish those before digging into FFXII; the best for last!
7774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name! This! Movie! on: February 24, 2007, 12:16:54 AM
I've had some conversations with some of my film buff colleagues at work and 3 films seem to keep resurfacing:

1. Apocolypse Now.
This is the most obvious, many people remember when the Magnyard -I'm sure I spelled it wrong- tribemens settlement is napalmed at the end.

2. Predator.
Although it's not napalm, the predator does self destruct in a fireball explosion at the end and obliterate a valley.

3. Starship Troopers.
A film in which bugs, just like in Tremors, do emerge from the ground and attach humans. And indeed at the end Lt. Jean Rasczak's roughnecks do napalm a valley infested with giant bugs.

I suspect it's the 3rd film your friend is confusing with Tremors. And if he thought it sucked I'd have to agree.  puke
7775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many Computers/Televisions in your house? on: February 23, 2007, 08:22:19 PM
2 TV's:
- Sony 34" Tube HDTV (butt-ugly bulky but beautiful none the less  slywink)
- Samsung Analog-digital 24"  LCD monitor / HDTV.

3 computers:
- Current spec'd entertainment desktop
- Office desktop
- Legacy gaming desktop (P3, Voodoo5, Win98SE, SBLive)

And remember; excess is only in the eye of the bewildered.
7776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name! This! Movie! on: February 23, 2007, 08:04:01 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on February 23, 2007, 07:07:11 PM

It's not possible to hate "Tremors." There's entirely too much charm, not to mention the dad from Family Ties as a militia nut. As an aside, Tremors 2 is actually pretty funny as well surprisingly so.

I agree. I really split a gut when the worm crashed the basement of the survivalists in the 1st Tremors. For the era in which the film was made, that scene just reeked of irony.
7777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name! This! Movie! on: February 23, 2007, 07:06:02 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 23, 2007, 05:48:00 PM

We can make a whole list of all the things wrong with those two reasons, but for those of you who may not have seen Tremors, it's a little like complaining about that scene in Star Wars where Michael J. Fox's character gets killed by the vampire.

When I read that paragraph my immediate response was WTF, but now I see the point you're making.

You know, I've watched many, many, many movies, but other than Apocalypse Now I can't think of a single movie that ends with an entire valley being fire bombed by the Airforce.
In fairness, SciFi horror movies are one of the genres I can safely say I haven't see everything; especially the B rate ones. I know some real film junkies at work and my local video rental outlets, so I'll ask them.
7778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ocarina of time now on VC(UK) on: February 23, 2007, 06:34:08 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 23, 2007, 01:19:25 PM

super mario was last week,its excitebike that we got as well this week...and i think its a good indication that ocarina prolly will come next week for you guys

Awesome that the UK got LOZ: OOT and ExiteBike in the same week! I have the OOT MasterQuest edition that was bundled with the LOZ: WW preorder, so I won't be downloading it when it's available in NA.

I'm really excited for anyone who's never had the opportunity to play this game. If you haven't played OOT you owe it to yourself to download it; the best gaming $'s you'll ever spend.
Here's hoping that the Dolby Surround and enhanced graphics in the MQ release are maintained in the VC one.
7779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 game franchises that need to go away on: February 23, 2007, 06:35:21 AM

Quote from: warning on February 21, 2007, 05:41:28 PM

10) Worms
9) Street Fighter
Cool Star Fox
7) Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
6) Tomb Raider
5) Turok
4) Pac-Man
3) Mega Man
2) Dynasty Warriors
1) Sonic the Hedgehog

I saw a very similar list on another site not too long ago. I don't really agree with Star Fox and Mega Man being on this list. There hasn't been that many Star Fox games yet and all of them have been at least good games; just not all excellent. And I'd really like to see a Star Fox with on-line play.
Although there's been a multitude of Mega Man games released many of them have been excellent.

After the pleasant surprise that Tomb Raider Legends was I'm also not sure if the final verdict is out on Lara yet. I'll wait till the next game to decide that.
I'm also still waiting for an excellent 3D Sonic game to arrive. Team Sonic still isn't there, but Sonic Heroes and the Secret Rings have gotten them closer. Team Sonic just needs the right talent to do what Nintendo managed long ago with Mario.

And on a final note I've never been convinced that a 3D Street Fighter wouldn't work. I know it's blasphemy in many gaming circles to utter such a thought, but other 2D fighters have successfully made the transition. I think it's actually more plausible with SF because the characters personalities were quite strong. I think it would be too cool to throw a bad ass fighter based on Sony Chiba's original movie character into a new SF game.  icon_cool
7780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silly Question: Is it Possible to Access Live Arcade on an XBox? on: February 23, 2007, 12:24:54 AM

Quote from: Laner on February 22, 2007, 11:59:34 PM

Sorry frown  There are (were?) a handful of Live Arcade-type titles you can play with the Xbox, but it's completely separate from what's available for the 360

Right, I seem to remember a DVD you could purchase at that had some of the XBLA games on it. I went searching for it again the other day but couldn't find it anywhere.

I always wondered if it would allow you to access the XBLA download site once it was started in your XBox, but I guess not.
7781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Silly Question: Is it Possible to Access Live Arcade on an XBox? on: February 22, 2007, 11:44:57 PM
I saw this article in the news section and thought, now there's an arcade game I'd like to play.

With up to 16 players, Wing Commander Arena offers the largest multi-player melee experience to date on Xbox LIVE Arcade. The game is scheduled to go live worldwide on the Arcade service in Summer 2007.

I only own a XBox and I've always just assumed that I couldn't access or play Live arcade games with my Live account. But I honestly have never really pursued this. Is it somehow possible to access Live arcade with just a XBox live account, or am I SOL until I get a 360 and a gold account?
7782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Everyone you've ever known (or, one third of them, less hyperbolically) on: February 22, 2007, 11:14:04 PM
Being a long standing fan of everything Nintendo, articles like this bring Joy and palpatations to my heart....but then I always remember I live on planet Earth....and I calm down.   Roll Eyes
7783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What makes the Wii tick... on: February 22, 2007, 10:42:58 PM
Dang! And I thought there was little Marios, Links and Samuses in there turning cranks and pushing levers.  Roll Eyes

Hmm....on 2nd thought if Samus was in there wearing her Zero suit, I doubt Mario and Link could get any work done....  icon_lol
7784  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Where do GT'ers go for their SWars Multi Mojo? on: February 22, 2007, 07:15:25 PM
Just wondering where GT members go for their Star Wars on-line action. I've played Jedi Academy (XBox) and BFII (XBox) on Live before. I just purchased Jedi Outcast for PC and I'm really enjoying it.

It got me wondering if there's any GT members playing either of the JKII PC games on-line on a regular basis or BFII PC for that matter. I'm really liking the improved graphics and the mouse keyboard combo and would like to try out some multi action.
7785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jan Sales Numbers - Wii Wins! on: February 21, 2007, 04:51:33 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 21, 2007, 03:13:38 PM

I must be the only person that looks at these numbers and thinks they ALL did well. How are those numbers "not so good" for the 360? It's the oldest kid on the block and in the first month where there were no supply issues with PS3 shortages, it did very well.

Well...if you saw my earlier post in this thread you would have seen that I agree with this. In fact the market right now is currently supporting 4 consoles with good sales; just look at the PS2 numbers. If anything close to these monthly numbers are maintained for the rest of the year, all 3 consoles will end up with healthy sales in NA.

Some might look at the drop in 360 numbers as not good based on the fact that it's a given that it's sales will be low in 1 of the largest markets; Japan. But the 360  has the strongest announced software line up for 2007, so I'd really expect it sales to spike at least in NA for quite a few months. And with interest in the PS3 rumored to be high in Europe; it's sales potential is looking healthy too. Also, those PS2 numbers are going to eventually redistribute to the other 3 consoles. Probably not this year but very likely next year.
7786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jan Sales Numbers - Wii Wins! on: February 21, 2007, 08:03:59 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on February 21, 2007, 07:13:15 AM

Quote from: kronovan on February 21, 2007, 05:48:10 AM

If anything these numbers show that the video game market is strong enough now to easily support 3 consoles,

This doesn't prove that at all. Its only the very beginning of the current gen. We won't know if its true for a couple of years worth of sales, and subsequent financial statements from the companies(mainly Sony and MS).

Yes,  I agree it's good to be conservative and error on the side of caution and yes it's only the beginning of this gen. But honestly you don't need a freaking degree in mathematics to remove the PS2 from the equation -as it eventually will- and redistribute it's numbers to whatever way your console bias desires, to see that it still spells healthy numbers for all 3 systems.
7787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which to buy; Winning 11 or FIFA? on: February 21, 2007, 07:05:14 AM

Quote from: skystride on February 20, 2007, 07:59:26 PM

I have both the PC and 360 version of FIFA 07.  The PC version doesn't have as much control lag as the 360 version.  It sounds like the Xbox version you have is closer to the PC version than 360.  Believe me, I'm not even exaggerating one little bit about the 360 version, literally it will execute actions 5 seconds after you hit it, absolutely terrible.

It's crazy that EA would branch develop the XBox with the PC version as opposed to the 360 version, but then again I wouldn't be surprised. Anyways I have a pre-owned copy of Winning Eleven 9 that I can get my hands on next week for real cheap, so I might just go with it. But in the mean while my play test evaluatons of FIFA 07 XBox vs PE WE 2007 PS2 continues....
7788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jan Sales Numbers - Wii Wins! on: February 21, 2007, 05:48:10 AM
Yes these are definitely good numbers, but not just for Nintendo. Even if you consider the 3rd place PS3's numbers, at just shy of a 1/4 million that still puts Sony on target to sell 3 million PS3's this year in NA alone!

If anything these numbers show that the video game market is strong enough now to easily support 3 consoles, something that just wasn't true of previous gen's; RIP DreamCast, TubroGFX, 3DO ... Then when you look at PS2 sales you can clearly see that we've got a market that's sustaining 4 consoles in a very healthy way.

I think the real question now is, what other manufacturer is going to enter the ring with the 4th console once the PS2's sailed into the sunset?
7789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BEYOND UPSET WITH MICROSOFT 360 WORSE CONSOLE EVER on: February 21, 2007, 01:38:15 AM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on February 21, 2007, 01:21:25 AM

Yeah, I wouldn't wait for a brand-new SKU of the Xbox to come out and jump on the bandwagon then; it's just like buying the first-run of a new piece of hardware then.  The time to buy is just before a new SKU comes out, or even better, buy the old one after the new one is out.  That way it's battle-tested, you're getting the later runs of parts (with probably the lowest failure rates), and incremental improvements to boot (quieter optical drive, anyone?)

Hmm...fair enough, I have thought of that. But I must say, other than the fact that it's DD 5.1 output isn't compatible with my home theatre, I haven't had a single issue with my controller S series XBox and it's almost 4 years old.  thumbsup  And I do believe I purchased it just around the time when it was the new SKU on the block.
7790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Ocean Need Help!!! on: February 21, 2007, 01:22:09 AM

I just purchased the game about a month ago and haven't have any such lock ups. I do seem to recall that that section did take some time to load though. My PS2 is only about 7 months old so it's likely the same series as yours.
Interesting enought I had a similar problem with Crimson Skies on the XBox trying to load saved games; after 3 exchanges at EB I finally gave up. I then bought the game again about 1 1/2 years later and it loaded saves without a hitch?? Go figure!  retard
7791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BEYOND UPSET WITH MICROSOFT 360 WORSE CONSOLE EVER on: February 21, 2007, 01:07:29 AM

Quote from: HankRaptor on February 20, 2007, 09:47:24 PM

Came home with Crackdown... and my fourth 360 is crapping out. The graphics are glitching even on the dashboard now.

This is beyond the pale.



WTF! It's posts like these in this forum that are causing me to push my already delayed purchase of a 360 that much further into the future. It's becoming evident to me that M$ is shipping refurbished 360's to customer that have returned defective 360's and that these refurbished units haven't been properly repaired. So in a nutshell; M$ is demonstrating a complete lack of quality control!

I want to buy a 360 when Mass Effect is released, but I'm thinking I'll wait until the 360 v.2 is available. Which is exactly what I did with the original XBox; waited until the release of the Controller S series and avoided some of the initial issues. I'm also now sure I'll be buying the longest replacement warranty available and will plan on selling off my 360 before it expires. Then I'll just repurchase a new one.
7792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sonic and the Secret Rings Review(s) on: February 20, 2007, 09:38:49 PM

Quote from: Destructor on February 20, 2007, 08:04:36 PM

Whoa. That's one positive review for a series that's been littered by absolute crap (short of the GBA/DS games) for years.

I actually enjoyed Sonic Heroes for the Cube quite a lot, can't comment about the PS2 & XBox versions because I never played them.  IMHO Heroes was by far the best, and the only decent, Sonic game on any of the last gen consoles; Although I wouldn't go so far to call it an excellent game.

But's good to hear that Secret Rings is sounding like Sega's finally hit all the bases for a 3D Sonic.
7793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New direction for Live? on: February 20, 2007, 08:01:56 PM
I'd just like to know what this all means for Live subscriptions for the original XBox since I currently don't own a 360. It did reduce in cost last year, so I'm thankful for that. But I'm definitley going to be pissed if M$ keeps asking me to pay after they make it free for Vista or the 360.  icon_evil
7794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which to buy; Winning 11 or FIFA? on: February 20, 2007, 07:42:04 PM

Quote from: skystride on February 20, 2007, 03:09:55 PM

Tight control as in how responsive the players are to your control input (regardless of controller type).  The lack thereof in the 360 version of FIFA 07 totally killed the game for me (you see your players execute an action literally 5 seconds after you pressed the button).

OK skystride I'm following you now. I've noticed this a bit on the XBox version of FIFA 07.

What I've noticed that's more annoying are the odd times when a player receiving a pass freezes on the spot while the ball slowly rolls to them. Even more annoying; the receiving player seems to have a protective bubble around them which no opposing player can penetrate until the ball reaches them. It seems to be some built in compensation for when ball speed physics are off, but it just really disrupts the flow of the game.

I have noticed that button presses seem more natural and easier on the PS2 version of WE 2007 then from what I recall of WE 8 for XBox. I haven't rented WE 9 (XBox) yet so I haven't been able to make a more recent comparison. But I suspect it's really a feature of the dual-shock controller; more playtime will tell.
7795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EB: Trade in the past (PSP) for the future (DS Lite) on: February 20, 2007, 12:25:43 AM
Hmm, that's not a bad trade in offer for the GBA SP considering how old it is and how much they cost new. But come on EB only $60 for the original DS; no thanks!

BTW as much as I love my DS I really don't consider the PSP a handheld of the past.  Roll Eyes
7796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/19) on: February 19, 2007, 11:19:12 PM
last week I said I was going to hold off on purchases and await the release of some new Wii titles. But due to a 1 day fire sale on that I couldn't resist, I have Jedi Outcast, FF XII and NWN 2 currently in transit to me.  icon_wink
7797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Repair service screwed me. on: February 19, 2007, 10:53:29 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on February 19, 2007, 09:52:38 PM

Damn that bites. Nintendo Canada should be punched in the balls for that. We Yanks get a sweet warranty on their systems.

Yeah I agree, Nintendo seems to be taking advantage of us canucks.  mad
Things have been improving over the last while though, in that pricing for their DS titles has equalized with US prices. We'll have to wait and see if this remains true for their Wii titles once the prices drop.
7798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Repair service screwed me. on: February 19, 2007, 09:17:57 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on February 19, 2007, 08:05:29 PM

I don't know what he said Nintendo told him, but ALL Nintendo consoles are fully warranted for a full year from date of purchase.
It may be different for the countries we live in Tebunker, I live in Canada and the GameCube most definitely only had a 90 day warranty. I'm sure of this because I inquired when I purchased mine and opted for a 2 year additional warranty as a result. In fact I believe this still might be true for the DS and the Wii; after registration you get an additional 120 days for the Wii.

Nintendo Canada runs separate operations from Nintendo US and apart from wimpier warranties I have other issues with them. The way in which they price fix games and have pricing that doesn't equate to US prices is really annoying; yes the CDN price is always higher. And yes by "equate" I do mean after the exchange rate has been factored in. They also have an agreement with Nintendo US to enforce this; i.e. until quite recently if you checked Nintendo Cube games priced below 49.99 on EB on-line you would have noticed the disclaimer "Only ships to US addresses". This policy isn't true for 3rd party games just Nintendo's own releases.

It's why when I'm on business in the US I always buy Nintendo games. As an example, about 2 years ago I was able to pick up MKDD and SSBM at for 29.99 US when the going fixed price in Canada was 49.99.

There are some advantages of the separate country operations when ordering on-line, as Nintendo Canada seems to have a bit more inventory even for Wii accessories.
7799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Repair service screwed me. on: February 19, 2007, 08:01:16 PM
The only bad experience I know of is the problem my brother in-law had with his GameCube. He bought it on the same day -Launch day 2001- and same city as I did but at a different store. less than 1 year later he started to receive the dreaded laser read error; a problem that occurred on some of the initial Cubes. Unfortunately he didn't purchase an extra replacement warranty from the store.

He contacted Nintendo, but because his Cube was no longer under warranty they wouldn't replace it; warranty was only 90 days. They told him they could fix it, but it would cost almost the price of a new GameCube. Needless to say he passed and instead just bought my nephew an XBox; which is what her really wanted anyways.

Personally I think Nintendo should have fixed it since it was a known issue with some of the 1st batch of Cubes, but this was the era when there previous dick head president was still in charge; sorry forgot his actual name but dick head will suffice. As is evidenced by the more recent issues with the DS Lite, Nintendo has made a policy change on this sort of thing.

Unfortunately it left a sour taste in my brother in-laws mouth and despite really liking the Wii he won't bring himself to buy one. A real shame since he'd previously bought the SNES and N64 and is still a fan of Nintendo games.
7800  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GamingTrend Xfire Clan/Guild on: February 19, 2007, 07:41:10 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on February 18, 2007, 08:36:34 PM

I have an account, but haven't used it for a long time.  I removed the program because, for a while, it was slowing down NWN2.  I'll get my info again and post it.

Damn I have NWN2 on order -will arrive this week- and have XFire currently installed on my PC! Does anyone know if this problem was addressed in a NWN2 patch or a XFire update?
And does this slow down only occur if XFire is currently loaded when NW2 is started?
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