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2881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Launch Day scramble on: November 17, 2005, 02:43:41 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Savanah, GA Store #508 - 44 Premium Systems, 14 Cores.


Bless you Hetz.   And they are not doing a midnight release, so I should get there before they open on Tuesday.   Wonder how early?
2882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Launch Day scramble on: November 17, 2005, 02:24:41 PM
Ok...  so I DID preorder back in September, but of course they are telling me that a preorder really doesn't mean anything and that I might not get it in time for Christmas (which spells trouble since this is supposed to be my Christmas present from my WIFE, and she's not going to let me have nothing to open on Christmas).

Which brings me to:

I'm going to Walmart in the hopes that I can snag one at midnight on Monday.   I know they don't do the stupid bundles, so I can have a chance at getting a $400 system and leave the games up to her.   Problem:   they are only getting 4 of the $400 systems.     frown    My chances aren't good.

So... I've asked for the first half of the day off on Tuesday so that I can try some other stores early that day.        Can we talk about what those stores plan and whether or not they are doing stupid expensive bundles or whether I can walk in and get the $400 package without strings attached?

Stores in my area:

Best Buy --  I know they aren't doing midnight, and I know they aren't doing a bundle.   Might try them first thing on Tues.

Circuit City -- Their catalog that just came in doesn't even MENTION the 360.   So I have no clue.

Media Play -- no clue

Target -- no idea

Toys R Us -- no idea


In an attempt to gauge interest for this system in my area, I found out how many preorders the Savannah, Georgia EBgames had:   Approximately 250.      There is also a Gamestop which I assume would have as many or less.         How does that stack up with other areas around the country?
2883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I got an Xbox 360!!!! on: November 16, 2005, 03:15:32 PM
SWARM!  SWARM!
2884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I got an Xbox 360!!!! on: November 16, 2005, 01:38:54 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Well, I guess I can let you all know how I got this Xbox 360.

My sister lives in Canada right now. It turns out that she won the Be First To Play Contest, but never told me that she did. She got the system she won on Monday, but since she really doesn't care all that much about games, she had decided to give it to me for my Christmas gift this year, since she knew how much I wanted one. She actually didn't know that I won the everytenminutes thing either, since I never told her that.

So I get a call on Monday from her telling me to be on the lookout for a package on Wednesday and that it was my early Christmas gift. Needless to say, I have an amazing sister!   biggrin

I should have it today around 10:30AM. I took the rest of the week off of work and games should be getting into my local Gamestop today and tomorrow!

I'll have impressions of the system and at least Kameo this afternoon.

Also check out my Xbox 360 gamercard today, it will show you my accomplishments and basicly what I am doing on my Xbox 360 in real time.

Wow Dragon Quest 8 and an Xbox 360 in one day! I am in gamer heaven.....well the only thing that could make this better is if Oblivion would have made it out on time! Damn you Bethesda!!!!!   :wink:


You owe her a HUGE Christmas gift with tons of thought put into it.   So sell your extra one and do something REALLY special for her.   Hell...with 500 bucks, send her on vacation.
2885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 14, 2005, 04:43:35 AM
oh nevermind. ....   it says 10 PM...not 10 AM.

lol
2886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 14, 2005, 04:41:43 AM
You must 'remain present'?   Does that mean you have to stay there from 10 in the morning until midnight, or does that mean you brings your ticket back at midnight and pick it up?
2887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 11, 2005, 02:03:59 PM
A local walmart in my area is getting 4 of the $400 units and 10 of the $300 units.
2888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 and wireless connectivity.... on: November 10, 2005, 08:28:22 PM
Awesome.   Thanks Ron!
2889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 and wireless connectivity.... on: November 10, 2005, 02:27:57 PM
Question:

Can I purchase a different brand USB Wireless Network Adaptor and plug it into my Xbox 360 and successfully connect to the internet through my wireless router?    

The 360 brand adapter costs 100 bucks whereas I could pick up an inexpensive wireless adaptor elsewhere if this works....
2890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I may not get a PS3 - if this is true on: November 09, 2005, 05:59:00 PM
Quote from: "pr0ner"
Quote from: "Harry F. Ishnuts"
The Sony fanbois are getting more and more defensive.

Of course, they will have lots of time to do so since their alledged PS3 won't be available until 2007 or so.

By then they may not be able to rent or buy used games for their vaporware console.

Until then they can all infect their computers with Sony music CDs in a show of support for their Sony masters!

    --HFI-


Who are you?


Someone from the teamxbox forums if I was forced to guess.

And I am an Xbox fan so I can say that.   :p
2891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Theory on the Xbox 360 shortage? on: November 08, 2005, 07:59:06 PM
There are plenty of conspiracy theories floating around....  so I thought I'd make up my own and see what you guys think.

I used to be a retail manager.   On the day after Thanksgiving, our clothing retail outlet store would pull down around $20,000 of which roughly half was cash.   Needless to say it was a big cash drop to make at the deposit box...and we'd have security escort us there.

Now fast forward to the 22nd.     My local EB in Savannah Georgia has something around 250 preorders.    At ~400 each (since the vast majority of them are NOT the core system) that is $100,000 worth of sales for a 48 hour period.     If you consider that some of them are credit card payments, and some have been paid in advance (at least by $50 or more).... you are STILL going to have a VERY large amount of cash to drop for that 48 hour period.     Enough in the eyes of this former retail manager to get nervous for the safety of your store and employees.

So I present this to you:   In light of the article today proclaiming 3,000,000 units sold in the first 90 days --    what are the chances that the feedback to MS from a couple major retailers was that they wanted to spread this around a couple weeks to minimize the amount of cash that will be amassed in-store during that 48 hour period for secrurity and safety reasons?   They still fill the preorders and get the cash...but the amount of in-store cash would be reduced for that period of time around the launch.

Just a wild thought.    Opinions?
2892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 08, 2005, 06:34:57 PM
I saw the same article.   This leads me to believe that there will be plenty of systems at launch.
2893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 08, 2005, 01:46:54 PM
Well....

I called EB and made sure I could cancel my preorder in the event I find one on the street and still get my money back.   They were VERY reluctant to say I could, but I pressed them and they admitted that I could.

I then walked next door to my neighbor's house (who is a manager at walmart), and he is going to pull up the number of units he's going to receive on Wednesday, and he's going to give me a heads up on when I should get there to get a unit.

He also gave me 5 pounds of processed deer sausage  (YUMMY!!!!!)
2894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 07, 2005, 10:03:34 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "msduncan"
Exactly.   This manufacturing a shortage BS should backfire on them.   If PS3 was within months of release I'd say screw MS and preorder from Sony.


So we believe this is a "manufactured" shortage?  I, for one, don't.  As everyone included MS has pounded into our heads time and time again their whole batteplan is based on getting a substantial headstart on Sony.  You don't do that only putting out 500k or so for the entire Holiday season.  While it may not be in their best interest to oversaturate the market, 250-300k for an initial shipment is absurdly low.  Especially when the follow up shipment won't be until after Black Friday.

If preorders are unable to be filled and/or parents can't easily find systems for their children then MS runs a very real risk that funds earmarked for 360 will be transferred to other gifts before any followup shipments are available.  

I'm guessing they have hit some snags with their manufacturing pipeline.


There is evidence that this is so...but I'm about to head out the door and so I'll post it tomorrow.   It's all circumstantial, but evidence nonetheless.
2895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 07, 2005, 09:38:30 PM
Exactly.   This manufacturing a shortage BS should backfire on them.   If PS3 was within months of release I'd say screw MS and preorder from Sony.
2896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 07, 2005, 05:53:09 PM
Well, here's the skinny:

My local store is getting 32 units.    I'm like 150th in line or something crazy like that -- and I've been preordered for a couple months.  

The manager seemed to think that I would be able to get one before Christmas.   My friend who preordered in early October was told it would likely be January before he got his.

I'm going to call my neighbor today and find out my local Walmart's launch plans....  I guess I'll be camping out on that night in hopes that I can get one.

Oh yeah:   and this pisses me off.   A big F U to Microsoft for this.   My wife is going to be PISSED since this is my Christmas present from her.    She's NOT going to be happy, and I fear she might make me cancel the preorder and just buy me something else.   If that happens it's likely to be months before I get one... if at all.
2897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 07, 2005, 03:30:54 PM
It's time to kick my contingency plan into effect:

1.  At lunch today I'm heading down to my EB to see if I made the cut.   I preordered in late August.    Something tells me I didn't

2.  After finding out that I didn't make the cut, I will then go home today and approach my next door neighbor whom I have a great relationship with.   He happens to be the Assistant Manager of my local Wal Mart.   Hopefully he can hook me up.  biggrin
2898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Back & Forth, Back & Forth - No 360 for me... on: November 02, 2005, 04:05:09 PM
My disbelief about there not being a launch list at this point is turning to anger.

MS give us a freakin launch list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion isn't coming until Q2 2006 on: November 01, 2005, 04:02:00 PM
Ok rrmorton -- what the hell is your avatar from?
2900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok so when is the danged launch list going to be released??? on: October 25, 2005, 05:31:27 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Check out the new Thread on MS's list according to their site :

[Xbox360]November Launch Title List


That does'nt help!   Sounds like the list is inaccurate and keeps being shifted and taken down by Microsoft.    

I wish they'd just freakin announce something.
2901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBOX360] November Launch Title List on: October 25, 2005, 05:29:43 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
From the Elder Scrolls Page there:


http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/t/theelderscrollsIVoblivion/default.htm

Quote
HDTV 480i


WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 :?  :?  :?



What is it supposed to be?  I haven't been keeping up on it....
2902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok so when is the danged launch list going to be released??? on: October 25, 2005, 12:58:31 PM
I've been very very very patient.   I've been keeping my mouth shut.    We are now inside a month and I've seen no official launch list from M$, and it's ticking me off.

I just watched the newly released Gears of War trailer last night, and was disappointed to see '2006' on the end of it.     Great.   Another title they have been pimping slips to next year.     Is there going to be any GAMES out for this damned box for me to actually PLAY on Christmas day?

Or am I going to have to thank my wife and then stick the damn thing on the shelf for six months?   Right about now I'd like to slap that bald m'fer on his head.    :x
2903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 on: October 21, 2005, 02:17:02 PM
Has Microsoft officially ruled out use of mouse/keyboard for games?   The controller inputs are USB.......
2904  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [parenting] MY SON WILL NOT GO TO SLEEP on: October 20, 2005, 04:00:19 AM
Quote from: "Jimmy the Fish"
I guess this is kinda off-topic, but what do you all do when daylight savings comes around? It's coming up in another week and a half, and my kid, who usually goes to bed at 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm pre-daylight savings, will now be getting ready for bed at 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm once DST kicks in.


I just let them adjust themselves.   They have already slid back a bit because it's getting darker later....    so I just let them adjust their bedtime a little during the changes.   I usually try to go halfway in between for a few weeks.
2905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 vs Playstation 3 on: October 20, 2005, 03:58:38 AM
360 for me

When both the PS2 and Xbox came out -- I was amazed by the Xbox's graphics and severely disappointed by the PS2's jagged craptasticness.  

Sony also has a damn history of artifially inflating their pre-launch specs and such.... always pissing me off when the end product hits the shelves.    I'm not a M$ fanboi, but I'm sick of Sony.

So there's my take!
2906  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [parenting] MY SON WILL NOT GO TO SLEEP on: October 19, 2005, 08:39:51 PM
I have a 2 and a half year old and a new 4 month old.

Here's how we did the 2.5 year old when she was coming up:
I would put her in the crib and she would start crying when I left.    She would cry for 45 minutes before going to sleep.   I'd go in every 5 minutes to put her pacifier back in and make sure she knew I was not abandoning her.    It was agony to hear her scream...but I HAD to do it.    After 2 weeks the cry time went from 45 minutes to 2 minutes and then zero.

With Ethan, here is my plan (they are in bedrooms right NEXT to each other, so I too fear him waking her up):

I'm putting her bed on far side of her room away from his room.  I'm putting him on far side of his room away from her room.    I've got a white noise maker in both their rooms place directly between their beds and the wall that separates their rooms.

When I start the training I'm planning on his screaming for 45 minutes at first, and the possibility that it will wake her up.    If it wakes her up I'll go into her room and tell her it's night night time and that daddy is trying to get her brother to go to sleep.    

It might be a rough first week but I think he'll break as fast as she did.


I recommend the same strategy.   Go in every 5 minutes to 10 minutes of his screaming and tell him 'NO!  It's night night time.'  put pacifier back in and leave.    He will go from 45 minutes to 30 minutes to 10 minutes to 5, 2, zero.     When he gets to zero I BET it helps with your midnight problems too..... when he wakes up he won't be as upset.    I've always used the same tactic when my daughter wakes up at night btw -- she NEVER gets let out of her room at night.   We go to her, fix what is wrong, and leave as quickly as possible.     She sleeps like an angel at night now....  every now and then she calls out for us if she is thirsty or sometimes in her sleep when she's dreaming......  but that's it.


Edit to add some personal details:
My wife works 3-11pm so it's me SOLO at night.   I did this all by myself.
Also:  I set a CONCRETE bedtime that we strictly follow to make this work.  Kids like order and structure -- they crave it.   She KNOWS her bedtime is promptly at 7:30pm.    She gets up at 6:30 to 7 am every day.   No problems at all.  smile
2907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 Launch List to be announced tomorrow? on: October 19, 2005, 03:07:25 PM
Actually now I think these symbols are going to start appearing everywhere --  apparently at 4 major football games on Saturday as an example --  and maybe you are supposed to take a picture of the symbol if you see it and write a report of what you saw and send them in.

Give me a freakin break.    Could they make it any more of a pain in the ass?
2908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 Launch List to be announced tomorrow? on: October 18, 2005, 07:21:52 PM
So basically you send in a wacky picture with a fake story?
2909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 Launch List to be announced tomorrow? on: October 18, 2005, 07:03:39 PM
Ok....

So nothing happened.

Big whoop.
2910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / new tv for the Xbox360 on: October 18, 2005, 01:01:26 PM
Wow!   A better than two month early Christmas present...
2911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Some hands on on: October 13, 2005, 06:56:25 PM
So would I be pipe-dreaming to hope that this 'marketplace' for the 360 might offer a way to purchase and download movies (like REAL movies -- Lord of the Rings, The Ring, Gone with the Wind, etc) to then transfer and store on your Media Center PC?
2912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What was the first Console game you ever played? on: October 11, 2005, 06:35:13 PM
Adventure on the Atari 2600

Followed by Raiders of the Lost Ark.


I also recall some game that was released as a part of a contest of some kind....   I think they released 3 carts or something that had stuff you had to do in order to win the contest.    I can't remember what that was though...

Then we got the beloved Intellivision and Sea Battle was where it was at!
2913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Terrific hands-on preview of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. on: October 10, 2005, 06:17:41 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "DiamondDecision"
...at Team Xbox - http://previews.teamxbox.com/xbox-360/1211/The-Elder-Scrolls-IV-Oblivion/p1/

This looks *great*.  Thank heavens it's coming to PS3 too.

Enjoy.


No PS3 for you!

They announced at X05 that Oblivion is an XBOX 360 exclusive.
Man, this must have been like a formative conflict for Hetz.  

Think of all the horrific tension that went into this post, folks -- Hetz had to decide which of his masters got more pander:  should it be fair Bethesda, maker of worlds so real they're just as boring as real life, or should it be strong Microsoft, bane of innovation, baron of Bigger-is-Better?

Frankly, I'm surprised at the result!


Whoa!   This isn't going to be good when Hetz sees this zinger.

/runs for cover
2914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP UMDs "The region code is not correct" on: October 03, 2005, 12:43:51 PM
I bet someone bought a Japanese version, played it until the US version came out, then bought a US version and put the Jap version back into it's box and returned it.
2915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Top 5 Launch Day Games according to EGM on: September 30, 2005, 01:26:55 PM
You know that the 360 comes with those USB ports that they say are compatible for keyboards.    I'm crossing my fingers that Oblivion ships with mouse/keyboard support for Xbox 360.

Probably a pipe dream though.
2916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Got to try a 360 this week... on: September 29, 2005, 07:38:23 PM
Alright dangit...

We're under 2 months to release....  where is the deluge of screenshots, previews, and news releases from MS?   In fact... where is the WOW shots, hints, revelations, etc?

I want to be in agony over waiting on my 360.   I also am feverishly trying to convince a friend to get one instead of waiting for a PS3.    These things would certainly help that cause!
2917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 -- here I come! on: September 29, 2005, 01:11:41 AM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "msduncan"
Welp...  My wife is going to get the 360 for me for Christmas.   After seeing the $400 price tag, I figured all hope had been lost.....  but I sold some stuff on Ebay and gave her $200 towards it, so it will be tucked under my tree this season.    The downside is that I'll have to wait until December 25th for it....  but the upside I suppose is you guys will be able to report to me which games are worth buying (or asking for for Christmas).

Yes.... she preordered the Top O the Line one.... which I'm thankful for!

Now I'm very excited about this holiday season already!   WOOT!


Awesome!  biggrin

I'll be getting a bunch of launch games and will of course have full impressions of each one.



Ahhh!  I remember way back during the build up to the first Xbox launch.    You and I were Xbox staunch defenders together Hetz.   Before the elections.... before the politics....    

Remember that?   Here we are again at long last.    Back in the day my wife and I were newly married and lived in a small house an hour south of where I live now.      I remember her watching in awe as I cranked up Halo for the first time....  she enjoyed just watching me play it.    

Those were simpler times, and I can't believe it's been as long as it has.
Here's to an upcoming VERY merry christmas!  smile
2918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AVOID ANY THREAD WHERE NEW ORLEANS LOOTER POSTS!!!!!!!!! on: September 28, 2005, 09:15:17 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
ICK! That`s all I have to say. This isn`t the norm around here at least. I`m not a fan of whatever the hell you want to call that...


Glad I didn't see it.... but for some reason my curiosity always gets perked.    Can you say what it was without being disgusting?
2919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 -- here I come! on: September 28, 2005, 07:16:23 PM
Welp...  My wife is going to get the 360 for me for Christmas.   After seeing the $400 price tag, I figured all hope had been lost.....  but I sold some stuff on Ebay and gave her $200 towards it, so it will be tucked under my tree this season.    The downside is that I'll have to wait until December 25th for it....  but the upside I suppose is you guys will be able to report to me which games are worth buying (or asking for for Christmas).

Yes.... she preordered the Top O the Line one.... which I'm thankful for!

Now I'm very excited about this holiday season already!   WOOT!
2920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CRAP! Xbox Live question please.... on: September 09, 2005, 07:27:46 PM
There is a password on it.   It's probably a wiz for a kid to figure out though through repeated button mashing.    Hopefully the person will just clear out my info and start their own.

You think I should email them and ask them to clear out the info because I forgot?
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