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2481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 in Japan: The Kancho of MS Continues on: December 26, 2005, 11:55:32 PM
I just don't understand how everybody can consider it a failure after only two weeks of sales numbers.

There is certainly going to be a jump in sales with the release of DOA, and the time to watch is going to be when these japanese RPGs start coming out.

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Japan is a big deal to MS this round- they've made it abundantly clear not only in talk (ie PR) but in action- allocating 150k of their rather precious initial shipment, funding more Japanese tailored games, etc.


Allocating 150k to Japan was definitely more of a PR move than anything.  They want the Japanese to know they are serious about that market, and giving them a sizable launch allocation is part of that.  Yeah, it sucks for those of us in the US who can't get one, but that's how it played out.
2482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 in Japan: The Kancho of MS Continues on: December 26, 2005, 06:28:11 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"

Expecting might be too strong of a word, but fast adoption was certainly the lynchpin to MS's strategy over there- they want to gain some kind of critical mass there before the PS3 launch (which will likely be much sooner in Japan than the US).  MS wouldn't have included Japan in the initial launch if they didn't think it was critical to their success there.  

Everyone else can downplay the importance of Japan, but MS themseleves have made it publicly clear that it is important to them that they do significantly better in that territory this time out.



I don't think you understand.  Microsoft included Japan in the initial launch, made a big deal about it there, etc, for srictly PR purposes.  There is no way they expected them to eat it up like candy right out of the gate.  Hell, it took the first xbox several months to pick up any steam here in the US.

All the 360 needs in Japan is 1 or 2 games that are absolute must-haves.   System-sellers.   We'll see if that happens.
2483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 in Japan: The Kancho of MS Continues on: December 26, 2005, 05:08:32 AM
Oh Nos!  The Xbox360 hasn't even been out a month in japan and it's selling horribly!  It's DOOMED!!!!!!

Excuse me, but was anybody (including MS) really expecting a fast adoption of this console over there?  If it succeeds at all, it will be a very slow burn as Japanese devs start coming out with their offerings.  It will be a year or more before any measure of success or failure will mean shit.

But hey, please, carry on with the hand-wringing....
2484  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / IGE Banner Ad on: December 18, 2005, 06:07:48 AM
Ok, uh, wow (no pun intended).

I can't speak for Ron, but I'm willing to bet he's kind of defensive about the ad because, as a gamer, he probably agrees with a lot of the negative feedback regarding what said company does.  Hell, none of us on staff really like it, but sometimes you have to deal with some shady fucks to get by, god knows I have personally.

The truth of it is, all of us are here for you, our readers, and it pains us when we have to take measures like this to keep on keeping on, and it certainly stings when we in essence agree with what you are saying but have to do it anyway.

Additionally, we appreciate your feedback and support greatly, and those of you who have donated via the paypal link in the past, thank you again.  I know not everyone can contribute like that, but don't think we think any less of you for it- we are here for all of you.  We are constantly looking for new ways to increase revenue for the site to not only keep it running but make it better for all of us, and will continue to do so.  

Now, if anyone might have any good leads for advertising that we can add to the rotation and eventually replace this ad, please contact me or Ron, our emails are readily available.    

Thanks again,

-MIKE DUNN
2485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Subscription- December's issue AFK on: December 16, 2005, 10:36:28 PM
Screw the magazine, I want my demo disc!

You mean people read the magazine? slywink
2486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Subscription- December's issue AFK on: December 16, 2005, 10:19:17 PM
So, I waited and waited for my December issue of OXM to arrive, but it never did.  Yesterday, I revieved January's ish, which pretty much confirms the no-show.  Any idea on who I can contact to rectify this situation?  I'm not keen on paying for a subscription if I'm not getting the issues.

Oh, and my account is paid in full, has been for months, so it isn't that.
2487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 360 Agony! on: December 16, 2005, 07:11:47 PM
(reposted from other thread)

msduncan, I recommend you try some GameCrazy's if you have Hollywood video anywhere nearby. I was talking to the clerk at my local GC, and he was remarking on how well treated they were in regards to stocking of the 360s in comparison to EB and Gamestop. They were expecting some this week for sure.
2488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 16, 2005, 06:16:05 PM
I got this, Kirby, and a DS for my son for xmas, so I'll be hopping on sometime after that (if he lets me).
2489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Well Ebgames really has lost me as a customer.... on: December 16, 2005, 06:14:08 PM
msduncan, I recommend you try some GameCrazy's if you have Hollywood video anywhere nearby.  I was talking to the clerk at my local GC, and he was remarking on how well treated they were in regards to stocking of the 360s in comparison to EB and Gamestop.  They were expecting some this week for sure.
2490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 will be scarce for some time it seems on: December 15, 2005, 07:16:01 AM
I hear GameCrazy is getting some in this week (hollywood video)
2491  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / KONG!!!!!!! on: December 15, 2005, 02:15:35 AM
WOW.  Freaking WOW.  Just got back from it.

We've come a long way from Jar Jar Binks....
2492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are long load times killing the PSP? on: December 14, 2005, 05:51:54 PM
from Bungie.net:

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Halo 2 - Xbox Live Statistics
(last 24 hrs)
Unique Players:     301,566
Matches Logged:    633,888
Players Online:     20,752


You mean something like that?
2493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are long load times killing the PSP? on: December 14, 2005, 05:42:03 PM
Ugh.  That second article was ridiculous.

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Eurogamer: Would you say Sony missed the boat with online gaming in this generation, given the relative success of Live compared to PS2 Online? Is that a balance you're hoping to redress in the next generation?

Phil Harrison: I've always been very admiring of some of the things Microsoft has managed to do with their branding and some of the consumer elements of their service, but it's always important to remember that more people play online games through PlayStation 2 than any other consoles. On a worldwide basis it is the most popular online console by virtue of the size of the installed base.


My ass, it is.  How the fuck would they know any solid info on that without a centralized network like Live, anyway.

And how many online capable games does the PS2 have?  Surely not as much as Xbox.  pure bullshit.
2494  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Arrested Development may be saved... on: December 14, 2005, 05:29:01 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
God, Showtime would set Arrested Development free from any and all restraints. Can you imagine how insane the comedy would be then? biggrin


Damn.  I forgot about that.  How much fox-bashing do you suppose would happen in the first ep of season 4?  :twisted:
2495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Arrested Development may be saved... on: December 14, 2005, 05:27:53 PM
I was shocked at how boring Curb Your Enthusiasim was this season.  I think the steam has run out.

And sorry, but Steve Carrell's version of Ricky Gervais was way too clownish and overdone.  The supporting cast of The Office ran circles around him imho.
2496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Arrested Development may be saved... on: December 14, 2005, 03:46:29 PM
Saw this last night.  I would be happy to pay for Showtime to support Arrested Development.
2497  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / OO Game Design Steering Committee: First Meeting on: December 13, 2005, 03:45:15 PM
Depending on how often you need me and how complex a site you want, I would be willing to design a website for it.  It would be nice if we could retrofit a CMS so as to put content management in more capable hands.
2498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday 12/13/05 on: December 13, 2005, 07:47:29 AM
As some of you may know, my son is a HUGE Godzilla fan, and he waited patiently for over a year for this to come to theaters, dvd, anything.  I actually picked up a bootleg of this a few months ago for his birthday and plan to purchase this for him for Christmas.  We LOVE it.
2499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are long load times killing the PSP? on: December 12, 2005, 07:29:39 PM
Sorry, yes, that was directed at the game makers
2500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 recall?? on: December 12, 2005, 07:28:33 PM
Clueless employee.  I guarantee if there were an actual recall you would see it on our front page.
2501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are long load times killing the PSP? on: December 12, 2005, 03:31:26 PM
Then there is the obvious:  put games on a damn memory stick instead of the disc.
2502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Santa is getting my 7 yr-old a DS- Need recommendations on: December 12, 2005, 12:11:40 AM
Or should I just get Super Mario DS?
2503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Santa is getting my 7 yr-old a DS- Need recommendations on: December 11, 2005, 08:39:55 PM
Hmnnnn....  Animal Crossing is probably fairly text intensive as well, and while he has gotten better at reading and I want to encourage him, I think a second game that doesn't require so much reading would be a better counterpoint.

That said, Kirby or Sonic Dash?
2504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Had a lot of fun with Serious Sam II demo in OXM this month! on: December 11, 2005, 08:07:43 PM
I liked it!

Here's my review
2505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox live: 9yr old and his milk. on: December 11, 2005, 09:07:39 AM
In the immortal words of Bill Cosby:

"Let the beatings commence!"
2506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Santa is getting my 7 yr-old a DS- Need recommendations on: December 11, 2005, 08:39:54 AM
I just opened it up to, uh, test for dead pixels (yeah, that's it).  Thankfully, it is pristine.  I did program it with his name, birthday, etc., however.  Also programmed a welcome message (I think that's what it was) that says "Merry Xmas Griffin, from Santa" biggrin

He's 7.  We may only have one or two more Christmas' that he'll still believe in Santa (and at least one more where he'll probably fake us out so he'll get more presents slywink)  Santa has to bring the good stuff!  biggrin:D

Mind you, this was #2 on his list.  His Grandparents already got him #1: Roboraptor.

Naturally, -I- can't wait to play with both  unibrow
2507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Santa is getting my 7 yr-old a DS- Need recommendations on: December 11, 2005, 03:58:58 AM
Well, I picked up a DS today at Target for 99 bucks (see the other thread about the Target Catalogue printing snafu  :twisted: ).  They only had silver (wnated to get him blue, oh well Tongue).  I have 40 bucks in trade-in at gamestop and the wife and I decided to take back a couple of Kong action figures that we had just settled for the other day in favor of getting a second game.

Apparently he is really keen on Mario and Luigi and Animal Crossing, so those look like the winners, unless someone can compel me otherwise....
2508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Santa is getting my 7 yr-old a DS- Need recommendations on: December 09, 2005, 06:42:14 PM
I was considering Kirby....

He has a GBA and several games.  I plan on taking it over and hope to finish the 1st Mario and Luigi after he gets this slywink
2509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Santa is getting my 7 yr-old a DS- Need recommendations on: December 09, 2005, 05:37:37 PM
So the fates have converged and we just came into enough money for Santa to get my 7 yr old son a proper gift this Christmas.  I plan on picking up 2 games for him using store credit at gamestop and I need some recommendations.  

I am almost certainly picking up Animal Crossing (he loved the first one even when he couldn't read- now he can) but I need a second recommendation.  My thoughts are leaning towards Sonic dash or Mario & Luigi, but I want to make sure he can play it fine.  Will probably pick up Mario Kart DS at a later date as he's never been too keen on racing games (but I am, heheh).  Also plan to hold off on Nintendogs as Animal Crossing is already quite sim-ish.
2510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Revolution has begun...(IGN chan, specs, launch date?) on: December 08, 2005, 06:53:58 AM
One point that I haven't seen mentioned yet, which I think is the biggest feather in Nintendo's cap in regards to the Revolution:

Developers are getting downright EXCITED about it and the potential that the new controller represents.

That is HUGE.  Potentially paradigm shifting huge.

My stance on this new generation of systems is that Nintendo is the wild card.  I have a feeling that they will come out of the gate strong and solidly push the envelope with new experimental gameplay, third party games will be more interesting with not as many ports of the same old shit as the other two.  There will certainly be some misses, but the hits could very well redefine gaming for the years to come.

I also think that the fact that Microsoft and Nintendo are solidly pushing online distribution methods with their new systems is going to be what could eventually topple Sony's grip on the market.  We are already seeing some of the potential of the Live Marketplace, and we will see a lot more interesting 'budget' games that take advantage of this in the coming years.  Who says that all the Rev will offer online are their old games?  This is what could revitalize the gaming industry and take the focus away from the sink or swim blockbuster mess we are in right now.  Smaller developers will have a better opportunity to get their product to gamers than they have had in years (this should have happened on the PC a long time ago, actually).  The fact that Sony is turning their back on this concept for the PS3 is what is going to hurt them the most.

Oh, and my opinion of the PSP/DS thing?  I think it is a great little movie player, but 90% of the games I would rather play on my TV with all of the bells and whistles a full console lends.  I hope that changes and if it does I'll be buying one.  On the other hand, the DS has been surprising the shit out of me and devs have only just started to realize it's potential.  New forms of gameplay are popping up on it and my curiosity is piqued.  I plan to get one right after I am finally able to afford a 360, I want in on that action.
2511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Revolution has begun...(IGN chan, specs, launch date?) on: December 06, 2005, 06:15:51 AM
I have a feeling we are going to see a strong launch line-up.
2512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PhotoShop Gods look here! Big Contest Money! Exclamations! on: December 06, 2005, 01:36:22 AM
due by Jan 3rd?  Sure, I'll take a stab.
2513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Take a Videogame Quiz! on: December 01, 2005, 01:43:10 AM
9 out of 10 here.  I guessed the first one wrong
2514  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sunday Skin - 11/27 on: November 28, 2005, 02:08:54 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"


biggrin

Any more of this set and we'd have to go to links. slywink


Links.  NOW.
2515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sunday Skin - 11/27 on: November 28, 2005, 01:34:59 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
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(What is the GT CoC on naughty links, anyway?)


Well, the initial thought was that nude pics are bad and we lumped in links to porn and nudity as well.  I'm interested to know what the community wants - above all else it has to remain work safe, so the picture rules will stay in place (as well as tagging it NSFW), but what do you guys think on links?


I think I want to see the nekkid pix of that smokin hot redhead :O
2516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Xboxes stolen here in town on: November 23, 2005, 06:55:04 PM
Heheh.  Yeah, that was fun.

Here's today's PA:
2517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the year so far - 2005 console edition on: November 23, 2005, 06:39:45 PM
As a matter of fact, my review just got posted for mine: Conflict:Global Terror.  It may, in fact, be the worst game I have ever played
2518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst Launch Ever on: November 23, 2005, 02:20:33 AM
Quote from: "msduncan"
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?


Hey, don't blame US for your bad luck (or gullibility slywink).  Console launches are notoriously tricky, and until MS says "No consoles until after Xmas" I'm inclined to give 'em a chance to stick to their word and restock on a regular basis.

A lot of the blame rests on the retailers who either spoke out their ass or outright lied.
2519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 10 Reasons to wait for the Playstation 3 on: November 22, 2005, 04:58:08 PM
Quote from: "warning"

Disc swapping in 2005/2006?  Please.  I didn't mind for the Final Fantasy games but that was in the late 90's.

As much as I love the 360's hardware (and I'll be getting one eventually) I do think Microsoft dropped the ball on disc medium and (partially) on backward compatibility.


Wow, I guess you don't play PC games that much?  They are only just now  figuring out that everybody has a dvd drive nowdays.  I'll play a good game regardless of how many disks it comes on.
2520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 10 Reasons to wait for the Playstation 3 on: November 22, 2005, 04:53:57 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Quote from: "Hetz"

I want to see some real gameplay footage from the PS3 before I get excited. All we have seen so far is pre-rendered video. That and I don't think the PS3 will be out anytime soon and it's going to cost a lot more than the 360.


I agree with that, except for the cost thing.  Just like we haven't seen gameplay we haven't heard Sony talk about price.  Lots of speculation but no facts.



Well, actually I just saw some news over at Evil Avatar in which...well I will quote.

 
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According to an article on cnn, Sony CEO Howard Stringer said that the PS3 will sell for $300-$400. Sony will selling the PS3 at a loss in order to popularize Blu-ray.

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Sir Howard said the PS3 will sell for $300 to $400 and will come with a bundle of games, movies, and TV shows, many of which Sony also makes. The question is whether the titles will be bundled on Blu-ray DVD discs or on a built-in hard drive.

Quote:
Sony's CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, said recently that Sony will sell the PS3 at a loss in order to populate the world with Sony's favored high-definition DVD standard, known as Blu-ray.




So it would appear to be quite comperable in price to the 360, and have other advantages....could be interesting.


That article was debunked.  Read the rest of the thread and you'll see why Borys didn't post it originally.
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