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7761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSX Blur Review(s) on: March 02, 2007, 05:25:48 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on March 02, 2007, 04:51:46 PM

At first I thought the snowball throwing was goofy but last night I was racing to the finish line trying to catch up with the leader right in front of me. One snowball to his back slowed him down just enough for me to overtake him and win.  nod icon_cool Tongue icon_twisted

Yup, the snowball throwing is proving to be a real blast. So much so that I'd be surprised if it's not included in new SSX games on other consoles.

My experience with tilting the nunchuk for carving has been pathetic; haven't been able to nail more than 5 of the 6 arrows in the tutorial.   icon_confused
I disabled tilt control for now by placing the carve slider all the way to the right and was able to ace the tutorial on my 1st try. I'll give nunchcuk tilting a try again once I get a better handle on the other controls.
7762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am now officially done with Gamestop on: March 02, 2007, 01:36:44 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 01, 2007, 11:44:35 PM

For the past 3 years, Iíve purchased at least 1-2 games a month from them.  However, over the past year since their manager left, they have gone steadily downhill.  Theyíve become rude, dismissive, overly pushy with pre-orders, and I basically just donít like going there anymore.

We don't have GameStop here in Canada, but what you state above more or less describes recent experiences I've had at a number of EB outlets in my city.

Recently I tried to cash in on a preorder of LOZ:TP. I unfortunately had misplaced my receipt and my preorder was missing from their computer; big surprise as I swear it was 2 years ago that I placed it. When the sales agent talked with the Manager the response was, I couldn't possibly have preordered since they didn't start taking them until 2006.  retard

Well...guess that manager was to ignorant to know of the many, many, many  delays with LOZ:TP. To make matters worse one of his own agents started arguing that they'd been taking preorders since 2005. No go, my preorder didn't exist as far as he was concerned.

Eventually I found my receipt dated sometime in 2005 and took it to the manager. He then arrogantly and rudely stated that it wouldn't have mattered because it was for the GC version and I wanted the Wii version. I know for a fact that when I preordered the Wii version hadn't even been announced!   mad

This got me thinking. Now that GameStop owns EB maybe there's a conspiracy to secretly implement their 'treat the customer as crap' policy on a global basis.  Roll Eyes
7763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSX Blur Review(s) on: March 02, 2007, 12:29:11 AM
Gamespy has now posted a review and awarded it 3.5 / 5


Crisp visuals; good controls when mastered; excellent soundtrack; should appeal to fans of the series.

Tough initial learning curve; ubers are unreliable; multiplayer is an afterthought; limited tricks.
7764  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: All Things DOW, BF 2142, Fear ExP, TQ, BFME2, Prey, more... on: March 01, 2007, 10:41:52 PM
Can't say I want to buy anything at the moment, as I already have too much of a backlog of PC games.
Just good to see there's a fellow Larry Niven fan here at GT.  slywink
7765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Castlevania: Lament of Innocence > God of War on: March 01, 2007, 09:27:21 PM
I haven't played LoI, but I did play Curse of Darkness for the XBox. I've heard that the 2 games are quite similar and that the PS2 CoD used an enhanced LoI engine.
Although I did find the graphics to be very nice in CoD the gameplay was too repetitive. I've heard the same critisism from friends that played LoI, but since I made it through CoD I might eventually give it a try.

Castlevania Circle of the Moon, Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow; now those are games I'd place on a pedestal beside God of War.  icon_wink thumbsup
7766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I need Wii direction! on: March 01, 2007, 07:46:28 PM
Out of your list I've owned the following games :

DragonballZ: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
SSX Blur
Trauma Center: Second Opinion
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

All 4 of these games are worth owning with LOZ: TP by far being the best; IMHO an AAA title. It's also a long 1 player action-adventure game, so in other words your wife may not like it.

If you played Trauma Center on the DS, the Wii game is quite similar, so you might want to pass on it. Otherwise it's an excellent, one of a kind game and your wife will probably enjoy it.

DBZ:BT2 is IMHO one of the most underrated games on the Wii. It has by far one of the best implementations of the Wii controls and has a helluva lot of content. Some might be put off by the content, it will definitely appeal more to fans of the DBZ series or anime in general. It's also a fighting game with an adventure component, so you'll need to enjoy fighting games to appreciate it. The more advanced moves take some time to master and may be difficult for someone new to the Wii.

SSX Blur is also a good game, but as you'll note by the current review thread in this forum, it's controls definitely require some patience and practice. It may be difficult for a novice Wii player, but really shouldn't be a problem for anyone who's mastered Wii sports.

I still haven't played WarioWare yet...the shame. But from all I've heard it's an excellent game.

A set of wavebird controllers are a must have IMHO if you plan on playing GC or VC games. Just be aware that there's no rumble capability in them. You'll also need a GC memory card.
7767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: March 01, 2007, 06:02:55 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 01, 2007, 04:36:45 PM

Quote from: kronovan on March 01, 2007, 04:33:03 PM

Unfortunately the CD-ROM release of the 1st game won't install on many newer computers even after applying patches. There's a newer DVD release but I haven't picked it up; too many other adventure games. If you haven't played Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon, I'd recommend it as well as the 1st Syberia game.

Hmm, FWIW, I just replayed TLJ on my system under XP last year (import CD version) without issue. 

I'm not surprised, as 1 of my friends managed to get my set of install CD-ROMS to work on their WinXP desktop. Other friends encountered the same problem I had; installation would never complete. I suspected the problem I and my friends had was related to the type of DVD drive we had. I did some searching on the Funcom forums and found other people that had similar problems, but the issues seemed to be more common with the original NA release CD-ROMs.
I've never had a problem like this on my gaming rig with any other legacy games....go figure.
7768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: March 01, 2007, 04:33:03 PM
I played both Dreamfall games and enjoyed them very much. The 1st game came out quite some time ago; think it was 1999. Of the 2 the 1st game was much longer and better. I played the XBox version of the 2nd game so perhaps it would have been better on PC.

Unfortunately the CD-ROM release of the 1st game won't install on many newer computers even after applying patches. There's a newer DVD release but I haven't picked it up; too many other adventure games. If you haven't played Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon, I'd recommend it as well as the 1st Syberia game.
7769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Big Day For Shifty (and other NHL deadline deals) on: March 01, 2007, 02:04:44 AM

Quote from: Devil on March 01, 2007, 01:57:57 AM

Nice to  see we all agree that Marty is the best goaltender in the history of the game.  icon_wink

I agree. I really think the NHL should disallow contracts longer than 5 years. Give another team a chance at a Patrick Roy or Marty Brodeur.

You're kidding? If a guy, and a team wants to sign a 400 year contract, they can do whatever they want. That's the nature of contracts and agreements. There's HUGE risks for both parties.

So you're pretty much saying you're against a guy playing his whole career with one team? Yzerman outside of Detroit?!?!  icon_wink

Nope, I'm just against other teams not having a chance to bid. A 5 year limit still doesn't prevent the same team from resigning the player again in 5 years.
7770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSX Blur Review(s) on: March 01, 2007, 01:31:05 AM

Quote from: rrmorton on February 28, 2007, 11:32:18 PM

Veterans might want to rent it or wait until it's cheaper. I'd be a lot happier with it if I'd paid $30 or even $40 instead of $50.

For Canucks like myself it's $50 ($43 US) at Futureshop until tomorrow; makes the decision much easier. Guess I'll be buying it before Friday after all.  smile
7771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Big Day For Shifty (and other NHL deadline deals) on: March 01, 2007, 12:36:12 AM

Quote from: gellar on February 28, 2007, 11:02:22 PM

2. Kurt McLean (Vcr) <-- I think you mean Kirk, but I wouldn't call him franchise level (unless your franchise was very bad).  He had years of 3.5x+ GAA spatterd throughout his career)
Ahh! I got Captain Kirks' name wrong...the shame. His GAA may have been high, but until this year he was the best 5+ year goalie in Vancouver. Expect Luongo to put in 5+ years on the Canucks. We need him that long, if only to exercise all of the demons from the Canuck goalie grave yard slywink

4. Grant Fuhr (Edm) <-- Grant Fuhr has never put more than 5 years of consistent play together.  He also had years of absolutely terrible play.  One of the most overrated goalies of all time, IMHO.
Yup, I wasn't too sure about Fuhr but though he had 6 good years. I also thought about Bill Ranford but I really wasn't sure he put in 5 or more years with the Oilers

8. Evgeny Nabokov (Sj) <-- Not even the #1 goalie on his team over the past 2 years.
I had forgotten his more recent years, I always remember his good performances before the lock-out.

15 years is a long time for even a Defenseman, who's play is relatively stable throughout their career.  15 years for a Goalie is both an eternity AND insanity.

I agree. I really think the NHL should disallow contracts longer than 5 years. Give another team a chance at a Patrick Roy or Marty Brodeur.
7772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSX Blur Review(s) on: February 28, 2007, 11:06:20 PM
The 1st hand experiences posted here are music to my ears. Much of what I expected, I'm picking it up on Friday.   slywink
7773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Big Day For Shifty (and other NHL deadline deals) on: February 28, 2007, 10:43:31 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 28, 2007, 09:27:36 PM

Name 5 franchise goaltenders not named Brodeur who were good enough to maintain "franchise" level for over 5 years.  I'll wait.


If you mean currently still playing the game that's tough, but  otherwise some from recent history and current:

1. Mike Vernon (Cgy)
2. Kurt McLean (Vcr)
3. Patrick Roy (Col)
4. Grant Fuhr (Edm)
5. Curtis Joseph (Stl)
6. Oleg Kolzig (Wsh)
7. Tomas Vokoun (Nsh)
8. Evgeny Nabokov (Sj)
9. Jean Sebastien Giguere (Ana)

They certainly weren't too uncommon in the western conference in the 90's
7774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft's new strageties (and they love Nintendo, too!) on: February 28, 2007, 09:56:26 PM
Well I guess how you read the initial article in this thread very much depends on your personal bent. For the converted, current owners of 360's it's just Microsoft being clever at praising Nintendo at the expense of Sony. Whereas I read it as an omission from Mirosoft that they're not reaching the casual gamer and they better do something about it fast.

I seem to be at odds with a number of forum members with the state of the 360.

Where I say; hardware backward compatibility for the 360 is nonexistent.
Others say; actually liked your XBox S-Controller and that hideous looking component cable?

Where I say; software backward compatibility for the 360 is lacking.
Others say; get over it and move on to newer games and doesn't that European BC for the PS3 suck!
NOTE: The minute someone says my XBox games will make nice coasters and those green cases are terrific for storing PC games, I'll freak.

Where I say; the the 360 price is too high.
Others say; Yeah but the PS3 costs way more!

Where I say; the manufacturing and reliability of the 360 is an issue.
Others say; What's your problem, do you or don't you want to play the games?

Where I say; I'm holding out for the next 360 SKU because it will benefit from better manufacturing.
Others say; Naah...there'll probably be just as many issues with it cause it'll be  new,  but I hear the red lights on it will be brighter and of a much nicer hue.

Sorry...just had to interject some humor into all of this; admittedly sarcastic humor.  biggrin
7775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phil Harrison the next Krazy Ken? [Negative PS3 post] on: February 28, 2007, 08:53:44 PM
After reading the more recent posts in this thread I'm altering my original opinion.

BUT KRAZY KEN MUST GO 1ST!!!   icon_lol
7776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft's new strageties (and they love Nintendo, too!) on: February 28, 2007, 08:39:20 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 28, 2007, 08:13:04 PM

Quote from: kronovan on February 28, 2007, 07:35:40 PM

Based on this quote from the original news article that someone else already pointed out in a earlier post, I'd say Microsoft needs to issue a price drop sooner than that.

Why?  The 360 has outsold the PS3 in each of the last 2 months. I don't see any need for a price drop right now.  I don't think the Wii factors into Microsoft's decision making at all.  They are primarily concerned with Sony.

Huh...didn't you read the 1st paragraph from the article that initially started this thread?

Xbox Microsoft boss Peter Moore has hinted at a change in strategy for Xbox 360 going into 2007, to compete with the mainstream appeal of Nintendo's fun-focused Wii.

Bill Gates made similar comments last month in a Japanese  interview, stating that Microsoft now saw Nintendo as their main competition.
I agree that the roughly 300K sales that the 360 did last month in NA was by no means bad. But when you consider that sales have been reported as sluggish in Europe and almost nonexistent in Japan the 360 isn't exactly pulling away from the competition. They may not even be keeping pace.
7777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft's new strageties (and they love Nintendo, too!) on: February 28, 2007, 07:35:40 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 28, 2007, 04:53:33 PM

If I were Microsoft I would have a 360 price drop in October to coincide with the release of GTA4 and a month before Halo 3 comes out.

Based on this quote from the original news article that someone else already pointed out in a earlier post, I'd say Microsoft needs to issue a price drop sooner than that.

"But we've got a few tricks up our sleeve as well to be able to do that. It's not something that we're going to be shy about, and it's not something that we're not painfully aware of that needs to be changed by this holiday. That has been the strategy all along, and we'll be making some more announcements in the coming month or two."

I for one aren't going to be purchasing a 360 before a price drop. As it stands, due to the unreliability of the finished product, I'm going to have to purchase an additional 3 year replacement warranty. And based on what the current price point is for the Pro that means an extra $89!  mad
7778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSX Blur Review(s) on: February 28, 2007, 06:42:42 PM

Quote from: JSL on February 28, 2007, 05:08:41 PM

I can't see spending $50 on a chance of enjoying it though. Perhaps I should try renting it.

I wish, just wish it was possible to rent Wii games in my city. Other than the 2 times I was able to rent Red Steel and Marvel: UA the only games I've seen in anywhere are games like Monster 4x4, Rampage and Happy Feet. Uh hmm...yeah, no thanks! It seems that in my area, renting Wii games means purchasing and then trading in for credit at EB!   eek

Anyhow...from my memories of SSX Tricky, 1/2 the fun my kids had with it was just racing each other and seeing who got to the bottom 1st with a few tricks along the way. And from what I've gathered from the few review I've read, the actual racing control with the nunchuk is quite good. Since renting will be impossible in my area I'll probably just purchase it so my kids can get in some 1 vs 1 races and I can get the thrill of frustration from tackling uber tricks.   smirk
7779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Big Day For Shifty (and other NHL deadline deals) on: February 28, 2007, 05:58:15 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 28, 2007, 03:57:34 AM

I'm calling it now:  Ryan Smyth - LA King next year.  Unless someone wants to outbid maybe $5 mil per for the guy, I can guarantee the Kings will gun hard after him.

He'd look damn fine on a line with Kopitar and O'Sullivan.


Yup I've thought of that too, I've also wondered if Colorado might be a possibility. I just don't know the situation in Colorado well enough, but hey it would keep Smytty in the NW.  thumbsup
7780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Big Day For Shifty (and other NHL deadline deals) on: February 28, 2007, 01:00:00 AM

Quote from: ScubaV on February 28, 2007, 12:54:17 AM

Detroit picked up Calder and Bertuzzi.  Honestly, I'm not sure what to think.  I have no idea what Calder can do, and Bertuzzi is a huge question mark with his back, but fortunately what we give up is conditionally tied to our playoff performance and his ability to play.  Aside from that, he brings the big, gritty, power forward we need, but I'm not sure how I feel about taking on the guy who almost killed someone on ice.  icon_confused

Heh, heh. I'm must glad he's there and not here.  icon_twisted
7781  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Big Day For Shifty (and other NHL deadline deals) on: February 28, 2007, 12:51:02 AM

Quote from: CSL on February 27, 2007, 11:21:28 PM

Easy picks by Vancouver, though they needed some bigger scoring than they'll ever get from Sopel or Smolinski.

Also - Ryan Smyth!!!! WTF  eek

Yeah, being a local Vancouverite I'm quite happy with the trade, the fact we didn't give up too much is a real plus. In regards to scoring...hell we just need to get our current offence scoring; most of whom have put up good numbers in other seasons.

At 1st I was shocked about the Smith trade, although it really just looks like a rental. I wouldn't be suprised to see him back on the Oilers next season. Since he's one of my favorites, I'll be real choked if he's not back somewhere in the NW next year. Come to think of it the the Canucks would be a perfect home for him. icon_razz

And Bertuzzi to comment. stirthepot
7782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phil Harrison the next Krazy Ken? [Negative PS3 post] on: February 27, 2007, 10:48:54 PM
After reading all the posts in this thread I'm still standing firm on my opinion.


They just need to train Phil to think a few seconds longer before putting his foot in his mouth making his 20 second quips.
Seriously, Sony doesn't want to repeat the mistakes Nintendo did and suffer through yet another console gen of poor decisions before showing Ken the door.
7783  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.
7784  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.
7785  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.
7786  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!
7787  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.
7788  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.
7789  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
7790  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....
7791  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!
7792  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
7793  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.
7794  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.
7795  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!
7796  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
7797  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.
7798  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.
7799  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.
7800  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.
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