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10121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions on: February 07, 2007, 09:34:03 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 07, 2007, 09:21:29 PM

Thanks for the great tips bob-but what in the holy hell is "cursor memory turned on"?

It's a setting that makes the cursor in the action menu automatically go to the last thing you commanded, instead of starting at the top of the menu.
10122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: February 07, 2007, 09:32:13 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 07, 2007, 09:19:11 PM

It is just too much for me. I won't be in this thread (ok, I really will but I am going to fight with myself clicking on the link every day) until the game comes out-these screenshots are INSANE.

Indeed.  It's no longer a maybe, this game will make me finally get my HDTV.
10123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "How a PlayStation speculator misread the market and lost" on: February 07, 2007, 09:28:54 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 07, 2007, 09:16:46 PM

Also, is it even possible to do system updates without the HD?

gellar

From the Xbox website, it sounds like system updates are on the internal flash memory:

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System Updates

The first time you connect your Xbox 360 system to Xbox Live, the service updates your console's flash memory with all improvements made between the day the console was manufactured and the day you brought it home.

Your console will receive additional updates at varying intervals as Xbox programmers continue to innovate and refine both the Xbox 360 system and the Xbox Live service.

And maybe the forum ignore feature needs to just let the moderators choose who to force to ignore who.  How about a little self control on the squabbling, guys?  It's to the point where I'd expect KD to turn off the lights and make the whole class put their head on their desks for 10 minutes.
10124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Demo - Impressions? on: February 07, 2007, 08:52:32 PM
I think I love it, but it's running too poorly on my system for me to know for sure. 

I got some of that "TA giddiness" with the transports.  In just a few clicks I can have a team of transports ferrying units to the front line taking as circuitous a path as I like, with fighter intercepters escorting them wherever they go.  When the front line moves, I can move the transport path end point.  If a new threat appears along the route, I can just drag one of the intermediate ferry waypoints to alter the path.

I really wish they had implemented more command automation, especially with the large scale of the game.  I should be able to, from the zoomed out strategic map, designate forward defense points or production bases, and have construction units know on their own how to build these bases.  I should be able to set some critical mass at a rally point before a massing of ferried units knows to automatically set out together to the enemy.  Instead of patrolling air units fighting whatever they happen to come across, I should be able to have air units parked at a base, set to fly out and intercept any enemy planes that fly into designated areas.

I may be a dreamer, but I think those features are the kind of thing that Chris Taylor is heading towards.  If Cavedog had lived, I think the SupCom innovations would have been in a TA sequel some years earlier, and right now SupCom would have my wishlist features and more.

So anyways, the demo does seem impressive to me.  I can especially see how much fun the huge maps would be, taking the epic battles I remember on the big TA maps to a whole new level.  The demo would've raised me from "wait and see" to "day 1 purchase" if the demo didn't also make it clear that my computer can't run the game. 

I've got an Athlon 64 3500, 2gig ram, and a 6800 GT, and the game quickly slows down to 1-2 fps as the unit count goes up.  I don't see myself upgrading until I build a Vista rig, which is probably a year away.  On the plus side, in a year when I can play SupCom there should be some amazing user mods for the interface, AI, and unit balance--and maybe I'll own a 2nd monitor by then!
10125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "How a PlayStation speculator misread the market and lost" on: February 07, 2007, 08:07:34 PM

Quote from: Brendan on February 07, 2007, 06:55:20 PM

Quote from: Hetz on February 07, 2007, 06:51:40 PM

Does the lack of a hard drive not drastically increase load times? Does it not make it impossible to save games, without the purchase of a seperate ($30) memory card? Does it also not make the Xbox Live Marketplace completely worthless? Heck the video marketplace is already pretty worthless with only a 20GB hard drive in the Regular version.

Let's do this as briefly as possible.  I'd prefer you comment on the strategy of SKU design/pricing, but I realize that's not going to happen (as will be validated when PWC unseals the sealed envelope).

One statement:  "The Core 360 is useless."
Another statement:  "The Core 360 is not useless.  It has fewer uses than the Premium 360."

You've picked one.  I've picked the other.

Exeunt.

Did you buy the Core 360?  I can't fathom why someone would defend it.  The only situation I can think of where it isn't a waste of money is if you knew you didn't want to play anything on the system for the first several years and wanted to store it in the closet until a bigger hard drive was released so that maybe, despite having to purchase an ethernet cable, component cables, and being stuck with a wired controller, it might just save you money in the long run when you buy the new hard drive.
10126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Toys for new Transformers Movie on: February 07, 2007, 04:47:23 PM
Old Frenzy (right):




New Frenzy:



I thought the rumors were saying he was supposed to change into a boom box, but if this pic is legitimate I guess he turns into...a choking hazard?  A barbed wire fence?  A piece of shrapnel?  Nicole Richie?  A TV antenna?
10127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 07, 2007, 04:16:09 PM
From a Penny Arcade post from a Japanese website from a NeoGAF post...

Here's what's new:
- New Espers
- New 3 party dungeon
- Monster survival floor
- Windows and Menus based on FF4 Advance standard
- BGM arranged for 8 sound channel music
- Portrait graphics and battle backgrounds enhanced
- Monster dictionary and music player
10128  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Final Fantasy III Friend Codes on: February 07, 2007, 12:18:45 PM
I'll add mine as soon as I can.  If anyone wasn't aware, there are some sidequests that can only be unlocked by sending mog-mail to other people.  Timely thread!
10129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar Knights "one of the finest games on DS." 1UP review on: February 07, 2007, 02:28:34 AM
I'm just amazed at how much the DS is dominating my shopping list.  I'm about to buy FFVI, Phoenix Wright, Hotel Dusk, and now this--and I still haven't finished Castlevania or FFIII.

(Yes, Devil, NiM$!)
10130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "How a PlayStation speculator misread the market and lost" on: February 07, 2007, 12:24:54 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 06, 2007, 08:56:53 PM

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the other acquired on the spot from a scalper, for a steep $1,800.

That scalper is the real genius here.

Buy high sell high!  Wait...
10131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If Supreme Commander is a DX10 game, do you have to play it under Vista? on: February 07, 2007, 12:03:00 AM
If people are still having trouble finding a good download site, I'm having a pretty good speed from Gamer Shell.  Yes, I know, I like it better that way.

Yay!  Unexpected end of archive!  I get to download it again!
10132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I thought I had seen it all on ebay........... on: February 06, 2007, 11:57:13 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 06, 2007, 09:31:20 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 06, 2007, 09:22:51 PM

I would have expected a hard plastic case with the description you gave.

Why wouldn't you take him up on his offer to pay the return shipping for the item if you give him a refund?  Despite his tone, (which isn't all that tempermental,) that seems a generous offer from someone that didn't receive what they wanted.  He can take his refund money and look for the version of Mario Kart he wants, and you're right back where you started.  Sure, you lose the shipping cost, but so does he.  Why not be more mature about what was obviously a misunderstanding?


You have to be kidding me? Dude, the "misunderstanding" is his own fault.

Look, I took pictures of the item, and said IT COMES WITH EVERYTHING IT ORGINALLY CAME WITH, how much clearer do I need to be? The proof of what you are getting is IN THE PICTURE!!!!! How is it generous of him? He fucked up, not me. I ate the negative and immediately submitted a complaint form to ebay (and have already gotten acknowledgement that they will look into this) to get it removed, but even if that never happens, its ok, because although I am a flexible seller (you have to be) there is no way in hell I am gonna get raked over for someone elses screw up.

It's not a black and white thing.  Sure, the guy should've looked closer at the picture, (specifically, he should've made sure to look closely at the second picture that shows the card in a sleeve,) but it wouldn't have been bad for you to mention the non-standard case, or put in a "everything included in the picture."  It's easy to just glance at the first picture and assume it's a normal box.  That's why it's a misunderstanding, two people tried to communicate and something got lost along the way.

So sure, by the cold hard laws of internet trade, you did nothing wrong.  Also, he should've reacted in a civil manner and not assumed you were trying to cheat him.  Saying, "The package arrived, but I didn't see the case, did you forget to ship it?" would've been a better start to the conversation that likely would've ended better for both parties.

Bottom line, he's offering a reasonable resolution despite his frustration.  You are denying him because he offended you and insulted your integrity.  You are in the right, and you are not obligated to let him return the product, but in the end it was just a misunderstanding.  Why not be the bigger person and accept the reasonable solution he's offering?

Then again, he easily could've left negative feedback even after sending it back and getting his money and screwed you over anyways, but I guess I'm the type to give people the benefit of the doubt.  I like to think that practice pays off more often than it screws me over.
10133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I thought I had seen it all on ebay........... on: February 06, 2007, 09:22:51 PM
I would have expected a hard plastic case with the description you gave.

Why wouldn't you take him up on his offer to pay the return shipping for the item if you give him a refund?  Despite his tone, (which isn't all that tempermental,) that seems a generous offer from someone that didn't receive what they wanted.  He can take his refund money and look for the version of Mario Kart he wants, and you're right back where you started.  Sure, you lose the shipping cost, but so does he.  Why not be more mature about what was obviously a misunderstanding?
10134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All Time Favorite Fantasy/Sci Fi Settings? on: February 05, 2007, 04:17:27 PM
I'm trying to think of a good steampunk world that I'd want to live in.  FFXII's world is the best one that's coming to mind, that floating city looks like a nice place to take an airship cruise vacation to.
10135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/5) on: February 05, 2007, 01:54:33 PM
Final Fantasy VI for sure, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms pending some impressions.

edit: Oh, and Super Mario World for the Wii.  Can't resist it.
10136  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Do you play MMOs from 1st or 3rd person perspective? on: February 05, 2007, 03:01:07 AM

Quote from: DCW on February 05, 2007, 02:48:02 AM

It's funny. In EQ, I played only in first person, but now with WoW and DAoC, etc, it's only 3rd person.

Same here.  EQ I did 1st person, next was DAOC in 3rd person and it's been 3rd every MMO since.
10137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Toys for new Transformers Movie on: February 03, 2007, 10:55:44 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 03, 2007, 06:41:42 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on February 02, 2007, 08:54:34 PM

Unfortunately, it would have been impossible to make Megatron a gun in this movie.

Michael Bay (or someone) insisted the Transformers actually obey conservation of mass laws when transforming, unlike in the cartoon.

From what I read this was originally the case but apparently they still have a soundwave style size change for one of the minor characters.

I think the size change for that character just uses telescoping parts to "grow", but he doesn't magically gain mass.  I believe he's a very large boombox that turns into a human sized robot.

Oh, and that Megatron is damn sexy, I must have one.
10138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best RPG ever created on Earth is coming out next week [FFVI] on: February 03, 2007, 03:21:59 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on February 03, 2007, 01:56:19 AM

So there's no way this one can be played on a DS?

If you're saying this based on my "I wish it was full screen on the DS" comment, I was just referring to how GBA games don't fill the entire screen since the DS has a higher resolution than the GBA.
10139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best RPG ever created on Earth is coming out next week [FFVI] on: February 02, 2007, 10:15:39 PM
I take it there's no chance of seeing FFVI on the Wii's virtual console this year?  I need this game, but I'd rather have it on my TV, or at least full screen on the DS.

You know, now I'm glad I didn't sell my Gamecube when I got the Wii, I think it's time to fire up the GBA player on the Cube.
10140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Toys for new Transformers Movie on: February 02, 2007, 10:09:15 PM

Quote from: Graham on February 02, 2007, 08:57:41 PM

The reason for Megatron not being a gun is largely because of the laws passed where you can't make a real-looking toy gun.  Remember when the Zapper for the NES had a grey barrel, but later ended up with an orange one?  That's part of the reason.  If you try to find an original Megatron, it can run you a couple of hundred dollars because it is pretty scarse now.  Apparently Hasbro thought about remaking Megatron in blaze orange and did a prototype, but it just wasn't the same, obviously.

You mean they would have to...nerf Megatron?





Funny, though, that the nerfed Megatron looks more like the original than the new movie version.  If he has to be an alien spaceship, at least let him keep his face!
10141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Toys for new Transformers Movie on: February 02, 2007, 06:57:34 PM








Jazz looks pretty decent, Optimus looks like he's made out of cardboard boxes, but I make a lot more money now than when I was 5 years old so I'll probably end up buying them all no matter how lame they turn out.
10142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mooninites 1, Boston 0 on: February 02, 2007, 01:41:01 PM
The Metro has a great picture this morning of people holding up LED signs of the mooninite that read, "1-31-07 Never Forget."
10143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes Question on: February 01, 2007, 09:00:13 PM

Quote from: Atragon on February 01, 2007, 08:37:00 PM

Metal fatigue did have base building. Are you perhaps thinking of Ground Control?

That's it! Ground Control II was what I was thinking of.  My sanity thanks you.
10144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2: Rogue Galaxy on: February 01, 2007, 08:57:41 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on February 01, 2007, 05:50:37 PM

Willpower evaporating. I'm sensing a trip to Best Buy is my plans for tonight.

I'm finding it hard to resist as well, it seems right up my alley.  There's a little voice in my head that's getting drowned out more and more, he's trying to remind me that I still haven't finished Zelda, FFXII, FFIII, Golden Sun, Dragon Ques...what's that?  La la la can't hear you anymore.
10145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes Question on: February 01, 2007, 04:12:06 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 01, 2007, 03:43:42 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 01, 2007, 05:37:18 AM

CoH has gotten old to me, unfortunately.  I'm waiting on a game that has no base building or resourcing, and instead allows me to focus on tactics.
TOTAL WAR!

Or the old Myth games.

Or Z?  Or the pre-fab scenarios in war room in Advance Wars?  There's another PC game along those lines that's escaping my memory.  I think it had robots, two or three factions, and no bases.  You deploy your troops and have the ability to call down reinforcements if you reach certain points.  Metal Fatigue?  Did that have base construction?
10146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] GRAW 2 Demo is on Live! on: February 01, 2007, 04:04:25 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 01, 2007, 03:36:58 PM

Quote from: Jancelot on January 31, 2007, 08:10:55 PM

And of course you could always just go play CoD3 and then the GRAW A.I. looks like Big Blue.  icon_biggrin

So they just sit around and play chess?

You're thinking of the supercomputer, Deep Blue.  I'm pretty sure that Jancelot's Big Blue is referring to Papa Smurf, or maybe a bus line that runs in Santa Monica.
10147  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Windows Vista on: January 31, 2007, 08:24:19 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 31, 2007, 08:21:35 PM

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Easier business networking connectivity with Networking Center and Remote Desktop

No MSTSC without Ultimate on home platform; Business or Ultimate is my only path. frown

Is that a spinoff of MST3K?  Definitely need Ultimate in that case.
10148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP shipments drop 75% on: January 31, 2007, 07:31:22 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on January 31, 2007, 06:56:27 PM

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PSP sold really well over the holidays.

Ahm, how do you figure that?

I would imagine that when working at a game store you are often given the opportunity to see what people are buying. slywink
10149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Settlers of Catan (Live Arcade) screenshots on: January 31, 2007, 04:50:48 PM

Quote from: JLu on January 31, 2007, 04:44:25 PM

That looks interesting; though I admit I don't quite 'get' the game based on the pics...

In a nutshell you're trying to settle new areas while developing existing settlements.  The main gameplay element is resource trading.  Depending on what type of land your settlements border, you will gain access to several different types of resources.  You may end up having a surplus of lumber while you really need more livestock to build your next goal.  This brings forth the joke that never gets old: "Have wood for sheep!"

There are other elements that get thrown in, such as ports to control that give you special deals on certain resources, and the robber token that lets you deny access to a tile's resources.

Great great game, I hope this version turns out well.
10150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Settlers of Catan (Live Arcade) screenshots on: January 31, 2007, 04:32:02 PM








Thanks, imageshack!
10151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony profits hit hard by PS3. on: January 31, 2007, 01:45:25 PM
If they're losing more money than they expected on the PS3, the PS3 must be selling better than expected?
10152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP shipments drop 75% on: January 30, 2007, 08:32:06 PM
A significant price drop would entice me to re-purchase as well, that Final Fantasy Tactics game just looks too good.
10153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Ten New Titles Approach the Xbox Live Arcade Horizon on: January 30, 2007, 07:54:50 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 30, 2007, 07:46:15 PM

Quote from: Jancelot on January 30, 2007, 07:39:18 PM

Did you play it multiplayer with 3 other opponents (or at least 2 others)?  That's when the game truly shines.  Trash talking, ninja-roping, worm slapping, Holy Hand Grenade throwing good times.

Maybe that's what I missed. 

The immense satisfaction of sending a worm to their doom with a benign little prod...definitely a game to play multiplayer.
10154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Ten New Titles Approach the Xbox Live Arcade Horizon on: January 30, 2007, 07:21:47 PM
From that list: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Settlers of Catan, Worms.  headbang
10155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Advice for Finding a Wii? on: January 30, 2007, 06:03:10 PM
FWIW a coworker heard his local Walmart was holding 28 units for last Sunday morning.  They're a 24-hour store, and he was able to just walk in at 12:10am and buy one without a crazy subzero wait in line.
10156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: January 30, 2007, 04:21:39 PM
You know, I'm surprised to say it, but I think this game might just drive me to finally buy a HDTV.
10157  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: System Selectors on: January 30, 2007, 03:02:01 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 30, 2007, 02:56:45 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 30, 2007, 02:53:30 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 30, 2007, 02:20:04 PM

Is it the Pelican System Selector Pro?  I've had the for about a year and a half and it's done a great job for me with no noticeable video degradation.
Can you find that Pelican Pro unit at a place like Best Buy?  Or should I just get it from newegg?

Pretty sure I've seen the updated Pelicans at Best Buy.  I got mine from Fry's.  However, I would guess that Newegg would have them cheaper so it might be better to get it from them anyway. 

Normally I'd just go with Newegg, but lately UPS and Fedex have been playing "ignore the 'please leave the package here so I don't have to drive 45 minutes to the docks to get it' slips" with all the tenants in my building.  When possible, it's easier to just Best Buy it on my way home.
10158  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: System Selectors on: January 30, 2007, 02:53:30 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 30, 2007, 02:20:04 PM

Is it the Pelican System Selector Pro?  I've had the for about a year and a half and it's done a great job for me with no noticeable video degradation.
Can you find that Pelican Pro unit at a place like Best Buy?  Or should I just get it from newegg?
10159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another "What TV Should I Buy" thread on: January 30, 2007, 02:46:20 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on January 30, 2007, 02:37:19 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on January 30, 2007, 09:30:25 AM

Ok not sure if this will help but is your coax cable into the tv coming from the cable box?  If so you may want to try bypassing the box, going from the wall outlet right to the tv.  I'd check it out myself but while I have a Vizio tv I use Directv for my service.

I could do that, but would I be able to get the digital channels that way?

Are cable digital channels that different than over-the-air digital?  This is all foreign to me, but I'm not sure I understand why you wouldn't be able to get digital cable channels directly if you can get digital channels with rabbit ears.
10160  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Windows Vista on: January 30, 2007, 02:14:11 PM
If you're like me and have no idea what the differene between Premium and Ultimate is, this article seems like a good overview.
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