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2881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More Xbox 360's on the way! on: December 01, 2005, 06:33:09 PM
Went by BB again today, and was told:

"we MAY get a shipment before Christmas"

Yesterday it was:

"we aren't getting any until next year"
2882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal Crossing DS - Here it Comes! on: December 01, 2005, 04:18:47 PM
Ok....

My wife would strangle me.

Here's the short version of the story:

Wife gets me DS for Christmas last year.   I play it and have fun, but no games are really out that I want for months.

PSP is released and WOW did the looks and gameplay knock my socks off.   I sell the DS and buy PSP.

NOW along comes Animal Crossing.     OMG I loved this game on the cube, and now I'm regretting not having a DS.   My wife will strike me down with holy wrath if I go asking her for one....  =(
2883  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] Bush says "Not leaving" on: November 30, 2005, 09:57:37 PM
Did you guys really want to lure me into a political discussion on your nice clean gaming website?  slywink

The goal for victory is clear:    a stable, survivable, and self-substainable democracy in Iraq.     It is also acheivable.    I know many guys there as I am from the home of the 3rd ID here in Savannah.     They tell me directly that leaps and bounds of progress is being made there every day.   They also say that the masses of the population there have absolutely nothing against the soldiers there, and actually bring them baked goods and gifts all the time.     It's a relatively small percentage of people that are causing the problems -- some of them sunni former gov officials, some of them criminals out for financial gain, and some of them genuine terrorists.

We must finish this job so that the Iraqi forces can protect this precious gift of Representative government without our help.    That is when victory will have been achieved.
2884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More Xbox 360's on the way! on: November 30, 2005, 08:39:34 PM
This has given me hope.    Thanks everyone and keep the information flowing!
2885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 07:38:30 PM
Quote from: "gellar"
Also keep in mind that Microsoft is not immune to overwhelming demand.  Most hot product launches, be they consoles, movies, cars, ipods, etc... have a hard time keeping up with our mega-consumer based society.

Cars such as the Dodge Magnum, Volkswagen Beetle, Anything Hybrid sell at HUGE markups and 3+ month waits when they first went on sale.

The Apple iPod Mini also was a bitch to get a few Christmases back.

Every year there is a hot toy that does not meet demand, it happens.

Fuck, people get in line for HOURS to watch a movie, because they want to watch it at X time and the theater simply cannot accomodate that.

This is nothing new.  It just now happens to be for something you want.

gellar


Don't tell me you are buying into the line of 'overwhelming demand'?

I think 'extremely short supply' is probably a lot more accurate.
2886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 07:09:35 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Quote from: "msduncan"
Yeah.   This is the worst launch ever.   Period.

I'm angry and sad all at the same time.    If I have to wait until Feb, I might cancel completely and just wait for PS3.

Oh quit yer moanin' and play with your hot wife instead!  :wink:


Well that's true.   I think I'll head over to Fredericks of Hollywood and get her a santa outfit....

slywink
2887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 04:10:42 PM
Quote from: "HankRaptor"


SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS: They are losing all the launch day hype and quick software sales. Now people will pick up their 360 preorder in 2006 and grumble and MAYBE buy one or two titles, instead of happily buying 4.

What a mess.


Since it's in style to do this these days:

QFT
2888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Welp -- My Christmas tree is going to be empty this year on: November 29, 2005, 04:07:32 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Considering the normal holiday shipping confusion I doubt this is all that bad.

And if she really loves you she can get one off Ebay for just a bit more than retail. smile


Yeah right.  

Yeah right about two things:    'a bit more than retail', followed immediately by 'get one off Ebay'.

That's not going to happen.  :p

She WOULD probably buy one for a little more...but not ebay prices.
2889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Welp -- My Christmas tree is going to be empty this year on: November 29, 2005, 04:00:50 PM
This is such BS man...

I just found a USA Today article from YESTERDAY that says a second shipment of 360's should be arriving on store shelves by end of week.

???

I wish they would just let us know what the crap is going on.
2890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 03:47:16 PM
BTW --  Sony could score a killing blow at this point if they would surprise everyone with a blitz of PS3 announcements and promises of a summer launch.   Unlikely I know.... but if they could pull that card out of their sleeve they would PWN Microsoft.
2891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 29, 2005, 03:46:02 PM
Yeah.   This is the worst launch ever.   Period.

I'm angry and sad all at the same time.    If I have to wait until Feb, I might cancel completely and just wait for PS3.
2892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Welp -- My Christmas tree is going to be empty this year on: November 29, 2005, 03:39:27 PM
My wife is now officially pissed.     She might pull the 360 on me and I'll have to wait until spring.

I just called 2 Walmarts --  none to be had.

I called Circuit City -- none.

I called Best Buy -- was told that they are being informed that there will be no more shipments until 2006.

I got nervous at that point and called Ebgames to find out the skinny on my lonely preorder on page 2 of their list and was told that they just received word from Microsoft that there would not be sending out the bulk of their systems until after the first of the year.

=(
2893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GamingTrend OFFICIAL XBOX360 Request Thread [COMPLETED] on: November 28, 2005, 09:25:34 PM
STATUS : [Fullfilled]


12/21/2005  -- bought at walmart.com
2894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The MSDUNCAN trying to get a 360 status update on: November 28, 2005, 08:31:09 PM
Quote from: "mikeg"
Duncan, I wished I had known bud because I got two and sold one to a guy at work at cost.  I am also still on the fence about my other one.  Have yet to open it (even though I have two games for it rented from gamefly).  Just not sure it is worth the money.  If I decide to not keep it, which I will in the next day or so, I will hit you up.  It would be $488 plus shipping.  I got one at EB with the extended warranty.  


I will let you know.


Please do let me know if you decide not to keep it.   My wife might very well buy it from you to give to me for Christmas (since this was going to be my Christmas present).
2895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The MSDUNCAN trying to get a 360 status update on: November 28, 2005, 02:43:03 AM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
We care.

And hang in there.  

Here... maybe this will make you feel better:



You are damned right that made me feel better!

Thanks!    biggrin
2896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The MSDUNCAN trying to get a 360 status update on: November 27, 2005, 02:28:19 PM
Not that anyone cares:  I went by to find out if anyone knew when they'd get next shipment.

Went by Sears again just out of curiosity -- they still don't have their 360 stuff out.   None of it.

Toys R Us --   Says they have no clue.   They said they HOPE to be one of the very few stores to get an additional shipment this next week.

Target --   no idea.

Ebgames where I have my preorder:   last week they told me that they thought I'd get my preorder before Christmas (good since it's my f**king Christmas present).      Now they are telling me that Microsoft has stopped telling them ANYTHING, and that they have NO IDEA when they might get their next shipment or anything about how big it will be.

I'm REAL freakin close to canceling and waiting for Sony.   This ***IS*** the worst launch ever.
2897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the heck is wrong with this picture? on: November 26, 2005, 02:36:06 AM
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0009V0T7E/qid=1132972502/sr=8-2/ref=pd_bbs_2/102-9554387-3216902?v=glance&s=videogames&n=507846
2898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General 360 Questions on: November 24, 2005, 12:48:08 AM
Can you hook any wireless network adaptor into the back of it (like linksys, or whatever) and connect to the internet, or do you have to buy the M$ brand?
2899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 360 crashes! It must suck! on: November 23, 2005, 04:22:33 PM
I am alarmed at the number of reported lock ups and crashes this early in the game though -- It's only been out for a day....
2900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ebay the 360 or not? on: November 23, 2005, 04:04:35 AM
Quote from: "Laner"
Well, mine just sold via Buy it Now for $1K.


Holy freakin COW!

Merry Christmas Laner!    :shock:
2901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ebay the 360 or not? on: November 23, 2005, 04:04:01 AM
Quote from: "Dafones"
I was going to say that it's brutal that people in general are selling these things on eBay, but it's justified by the buyers. If someone wants to pay three grand a system, let 'em. It's obviously a seller's market for the time being.

Viva Capitalism!


/signed
2902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst Launch Ever on: November 23, 2005, 01:12:56 AM
Heh...

You know...these boards traditionally have been relatively fan-boi free.   I'm talking about the REAL fan bois you find over on IGN and such.    I guess that trend is over now.

Why don't you guys go hump Bill Gates' leg or something?
2903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst Launch Ever on: November 22, 2005, 08:16:00 PM
Quote from: "JLu"
Awww -- bummer on the 360 (and I feel doubly bad since I was the one who suggested Sears)...

I was able to get lucky at Costco -- because I happened to drive by there on the way to Sears and saw that there was no line for 25 units vs. an unknown line for 4...  This one hadn't occurred to me to try for real though until late last night.


No worries JLu.   It was a good try.    You had no way of knowing that Sears was going to allow a couple of their own employees buy up all the stock.

I can't wait to hear back from them via email or phone in response to my email.
2904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst Launch Ever on: November 22, 2005, 08:00:58 PM
My local EB manager has told me that they were told by Microsoft earlier this year to take all the preorders they could and that they would make sure they had enough units.
2905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst Launch Ever on: November 22, 2005, 07:34:37 PM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Not quite seeing how this has anything to do with MS(the manufacturer). They have nothing to do with all the people lining up for the system(thats a choice those people made). And the rest is on the shoulders of Sears. Just because you had a crap experience at one retailer doesn't make it "The worst launch ever".


Ok... let's put Sears aside for a second (I already fired off a letter to corporate about my experience).

1.  Dreamcast launch:  plenty of systems to go around.   Could be found on shelves immediately after release everywhere

2.  Xbox  --   readily available and all preorders filled

3.  PS2 --  none on shelves but preorders all filled

4.   Now this launch --   Not even a fraction of preorders filled and people told they wont get preorders from mid summer until JANUARY.   None on shelves.    None to be had.
2906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst Launch Ever on: November 22, 2005, 04:33:33 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Sears will miss you. smile

That does sound pretty sucky and you wonder who is lying.  


In the end though this is actually a very good launch - for the stores.  They sold out, and they will continue to sell out.


Actually from what I've read about Sears lately -- they should be careful about pissing off customers.   They haven't exactly been on sure footing lately.
2907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ebay the 360 or not? on: November 22, 2005, 04:02:54 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
How much will these be going for tomorrow?  I have the 360 in my trunk (and stuck at work all day), so I have time to decide.  I'm torn, I really want to play it now, especially Madden, but then I have a preorder at EB for the third shipment I can wait on.  So, do I eBay what I have now?  I think I'd sell it in a heart beat if it went for $800+, but I'm afraid prices will drop, and $100 profit isn't enough.


Set a reserve for your lowest acceptable amount.   That way you have reassurance you won't lose your money or not get enough for it.   Also set a 1 day auction because it's REAL hot right now and you don't want to give the market time to cool off.

And I'm sad because I've fought unsuccessfully to get one of these things.   I F*CKing hate Microsoft after this!    :x
2908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst Launch Ever on: November 22, 2005, 03:51:10 PM
I've been doing these things since Dreamcast days, and never have I seen a launch handled so poorly as this one by either distributer, retailer, or manufacturer.

We drove out at 5:30 this morning knowing that we'd find the obvious stores with lines.     Best Buy easily had 50 people in line or more that had tents and had been there all night.

Target had 25 or more lined up outside the same way.

So we went to my Ace in the hole.    Sears.
As suggested by someone here... I scoped out Sears on Friday and asked them about the launch.    I had a supervisor and employee jabber on for 15 minutes about the system telling me about the differences in the 300 and 400 bundle, etc....   They KNEW what they were talking about.   They said they already had the systems in the back and couldn't sell them until Tuesday.   They recommended I come in early Tuesday and I could probably get one.

So I went there.   First one in line.     We raced upstairs to electronics only to be confronted by a different manager (who had a nasty attitude) saying they had ZERO units.   Never had any units.   Didn't know WHEN they would have any units.    I mentioned the other employees on Friday and he got VERY nasty and confrontational, acting like I was accusing him of lying.    I was VERY nice and friendly until he went on and on about it (there were a bunch of other Sears employees standing around too).   I FINALLY said:  "Well SOMEONE is being dishonest to me -- either the supervisor and employee on Friday, or you!" .    At this point he backed off a little and started saying how it was probably the REGULAR Xboxes those employees saw... etc etc etc.    I finally said 'whatever'  and left.

I've NEVER been treated that way in ANY store before.   I've never been out right lied to before like that.    I'm going to formulate a big nasty letter to Sears corporate, and you can write this down -- I will NEVER buy from Sears again.  Ever.

 :x  :x  :x  :x
2909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst Launch Ever on: November 22, 2005, 03:50:59 PM
I've been doing these things since Dreamcast days, and never have I seen a launch handled so poorly as this one by either distributer, retailer, or manufacturer.

We drove out at 5:30 this morning knowing that we'd find the obvious stores with lines.     Best Buy easily had 50 people in line or more that had tents and had been there all night.

Target had 25 or more lined up outside the same way.

So we went to my Ace in the hole.    Sears.
As suggested by someone here... I scoped out Sears on Friday and asked them about the launch.    I had a supervisor and employee jabber on for 15 minutes about the system telling me about the differences in the 300 and 400 bundle, etc....   They KNEW what they were talking about.   They said they already had the systems in the back and couldn't sell them until Tuesday.   They recommended I come in early Tuesday and I could probably get one.

So I went there.   First one in line.     We raced upstairs to electronics only to be confronted by a different manager (who had a nasty attitude) saying they had ZERO units.   Never had any units.   Didn't know WHEN they would have any units.    I mentioned the other employees on Friday and he got VERY nasty and confrontational, acting like I was accusing him of lying.    I was VERY nice and friendly until he went on and on about it (there were a bunch of other Sears employees standing around too).   I FINALLY said:  "Well SOMEONE is being dishonest to me -- either the supervisor and employee on Friday, or you!" .    At this point he backed off a little and started saying how it was probably the REGULAR Xboxes those employees saw... etc etc etc.    I finally said 'whatever'  and left.

I've NEVER been treated that way in ANY store before.   I've never been out right lied to before like that.    I'm going to formulate a big nasty letter to Sears corporate, and you can write this down -- I will NEVER buy from Sears again.  Ever.

 :x  :x  :x  :x
2910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lines Already Forming for XB360 on: November 21, 2005, 08:46:04 PM
Oh WOW!  I didn't think about Sam's Club!
2911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lines Already Forming for XB360 on: November 21, 2005, 08:16:32 PM
Walmarts around my area:

Reports from Brunswick, Georgia:

6 people in line at 11 am this morning confirmed by my dad.

Jacksonville, Florida --   more people in line at noon then they had systems to distribute.

Savannah, Georgia --  28 people in line as of 1 pm this afternoon -- confirmed by my friend's mother who works for the police department and has been asked to send around officers at midnight for security reasons.



I hope there is a pile of hot coals in HELL for these executives at Microsoft to sit on.   This STINKS.  It's TERRIBLE.   People want these systems, and they should have done enough to provide them.    Dreamcast didn't have this problem -- the only people who have had this problem is every freakin launch since Sony started pulling this shit for publicity purposes.

Looks like the underside of my Christmas tree will be empty this Christmas since my preorder is likely not to come in until January.    :x  :x  :x  :x
2912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming has ruined my Xbox 360 fever. on: November 20, 2005, 12:16:54 AM
Just got one thing to say:

1.  Consoles totally smash anything on the PC when it comes to Sports titles.

2.  This console finally matches high end PC graphics

3.  This means this console will have sports games looking the way they SHOULD look, the way I've WANTED them to look.

That alone is worth the hundreds for me.
2913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I got an Xbox 360!!!! on: November 18, 2005, 03:06:27 AM
Don't forget to check that off brand network adaptor with it Ron!  biggrin

Thanks!
2914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Launch Day scramble on: November 17, 2005, 02:47:07 PM
Ok so Toys R Us is probably out.  

My plan is taking shape:    Walmart at 10pm the night before.   If no dice, then I'll be at Best Buy at 8:00 or so in the morning of the 22nd to stand in line.   If no dice there, it's a mad scramble to Target.

If no dice there...  I have to pray to the gods that have blessed Hetz that my Ebgames preorder will come through before Christmas.
2915  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?
2916  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?
2917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I got an Xbox 360!!!! on: November 16, 2005, 03:15:32 PM
SWARM!  SWARM!
2918  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.
2919  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
2920  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?
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