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2921  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?
2922  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.
2923  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!!!!!)
2924  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.
2925  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.
2926  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.
2927  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
2928  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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2929  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?
2930  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.
2931  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....
2932  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
2933  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.......
2934  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.
2935  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!
2936  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
2937  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?
2938  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?
2939  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.
2940  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...
2941  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?
2942  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!
2943  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
2944  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.
2945  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.
2946  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!
2947  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
2948  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?
2949  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!
2950  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?
2951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CRAP! Xbox Live question please.... on: September 09, 2005, 05:49:01 PM
Ok... So I sold my Xbox to help pay for a 360 this Christmas.    But I'm panicing now because I have Live subscription and didn't think to change anything on the box before I sold it.

What should I do?  Nothing?   I mean the person I sold it to would need the password to get on and play, right?    So I should be able to get my Xbox 360 at Xmas and enter my tag and enter password and get up and going, right?
2952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG editorial has made me have serious Xbox 360 2nd thoughts. on: August 21, 2005, 06:38:13 PM
Quote from: "rrmorton"
I don't think this qualifies as a firestorm and it's already dying down, long before the system appears on shelves.


I think it is a firestorm...and it's still raging on the MS boards.

I've gone from must-purchase 360, to wait and see what cards Sony lays down before November.
2953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG editorial has made me have serious Xbox 360 2nd thoughts. on: August 21, 2005, 02:48:57 PM
My biggest beef is the hard drive.

It should be standard in all packages so that developers would all use it completely for making games the best they can be.    If that means the low end would be 350 or something... so be it.    

I think Microsoft had a genuine opportunity to really start eating into Sony's market share here.... and just even the PERCEIVED controversy about this is going to hurt the chances.

You know as well as I do how fickle internet geeks are.... you know how an internet firestorm of false information can hurt a product or a person.   This firestorm is nobody's fault but Microsoft.  It's self created -- had they only had a more expensive starting price but all 360's equipped with a Hard drive this never would have happened.

I can't believe MS is making mistakes I think are ironically very reminisent of a company they beat years ago for making the same mistakes --    Apple.
2954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hold the Phones guys, Xbox 360 Hard Drive not included? on: August 18, 2005, 12:56:22 PM
So what you guys are telling me is that instead of allowing developers to use the HDD for ways to make games a LOT better -- creativity, etc, all that.....   They are making game developers ignore the HD except for basic, rudimentary, trival tasks...... right?

So for the sake of a cutesy MARKETING ploy, they are hamstringing developers and games....

Microsoft -- the capitalist in me was sympathetic to your plight a few years back, but s*** like this makes me wish you'd been BURIED by the government.
2955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 18, 2005, 12:52:34 PM
Quote from: "Nick Bean"
Game companies are sick of losing money on their consoles. I can't understand how any one can knock Microsoft for the $399 price. They aren't short changing anyone, they are just trying to give people more options by offering the $299 version.

If Sony releases the PS3 for less than $400 I will be shocked. Not only that, but just think about how much money they can potentially lose if they price the PS3 at $400. There is the system, the built in wireless adapter, the Hi-Def dvd, and I have heard that they are also considering an optional hard drive. I wouldn't be mad at Sony if the PS3 started at $600 dollars with all the crap they are putting in it.

Then there is Nintendo, and I wouldn't be suprised at all if the Revolution was only (ha only) $200. Yet they have catches too, charging to download all the games for one, and the other is that for that price, their machine just won't be able to do what the other two can. I know that it is all about the "game play", but if they don't improve the tech, they can't improve the gameplay.

People might not understand or like what Microsoft has done, but they have just opened gamers eyes to the $400 console price tag. It's kind of funny, because they totally took the burden off of Sony.


You are smoking something, right?   Weed?  Crack?   Something like that?

I thought so.    I could BUILD a damned fully functional powerful computer for $600... but you'd be willing to purchase a console with tons of restrictions and proprietary CRAP for $600?

No thanks.   You and about 10 other guys will have to enjoy that console yourselves.
2956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / animal crossing (?!) on: April 01, 2005, 08:18:14 PM
Do NOT make me buy this game again for the Cube.

Tongue
2957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I am the trade-in deals master! on: March 31, 2005, 02:38:18 AM
I had NO idea you could trade games in to Blockbuster!

/runs to blockbuster
2958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best PSP Launch Game? on: March 30, 2005, 09:14:57 PM
My honeymoon is still going strong even after a couple system exchanges (one due to my own pickyness, and the other due to a black piece of dust under the center of the screen).

Wipeout is pure gaming bliss on the run.   I can wip out a race in no time flat, and I LOVE the way the PSP just saves where you are when you power off.  I see the downloading potential here too!  

I'm going to skip Tiger Woods in favor of Hot Shots when it comes in May.   I'm renting Lumines to find out what the hype is about, and also plan to rent Untold Legends.

The hardware seems very robust and sexy.   I don't mind at all playing it in public areas because it just looks so sophisticated.    My coworkers even turned their heads at Spider Man 2.

So for I have not an ounce of buyer's remorse, and I'm going to sell my DS to pay for more PSP 'stuff' purchases.   Even if it means putting the money aside for future purchases.
2959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Does anyone here even have a DS? I have some ?? PSP too! on: March 28, 2005, 09:26:58 PM
I have both systems.

To be honest.... I've owned a Nintendo Gameboy Advance, DS, and now PSP.   I hardly ever played the Advance.... I once again hardly ever played the DS...

But I've been NON STOP playing this PSP, and I can't stop.   My purchase excitement usually ends the moment I buy it and then it evaporates.   Not this time.   I've got an Xbox and a Cube that are sitting idle while I play away the hours on this PSP.

I don't think I've ever played a console/handheld/videogame as much since the olden days of the Atari 2600.    It's just so darned COOL...  it restored the same 'it's darned COOL" feelings I used to have when the Atari first came out.

I'm planning to sell my DS now on Ebay.  I'll keep my cube to cover myself in case any new stuff comes out for it -- but my instincts tell me that it's also getting to the end of it's lifecycle for good games.    

The DS money will be used to buy a couple more PSP titles in the weeks to come.   Thank you Sony for a system that is truely a marvel to play, watch, listen to , display, and hold.
2960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP warranties and such on: March 28, 2005, 03:46:31 AM
So about my problem:

Should I become that weasily guy that keeps exchanging his system over things he's finding, or should I just suck it up and keep the one with the debris under the glass?

I've played a bunch on it today hoping I'd get used to it, but I can't take my eye off that debris since it's slap dab in the middle of the screen.  frown
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