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10121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 18, 2006, 11:58:19 PM

Quote from: naednek on November 18, 2006, 06:38:44 PM

That is wonderful.
10122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the greatest time/life waster on: November 18, 2006, 11:42:52 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 18, 2006, 09:37:00 PM

Seriously, I have no idea what the hell I'm doing with this game.   :icon_eek:
If you've never done them before, I'd recommend doing the RPG one first, then the sphere, then the new cube one.  IMO that's the order from easiest to hardest.

And don't go looking up the solution!  You'll miss out on some of the fun accidents that way.
10123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy III (DS) Impressions on: November 18, 2006, 07:51:57 AM

Quote from: Brinstil on November 18, 2006, 06:49:49 AM

Is the story any good? Entertaining characters? Or is it essentially just the same ole' same ole'?
I don't have the game, but I believe your characters are the super-generic FFI type.  I'd expect all the real characters to be found in the people you meet or escort.
10124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 'I Got A PS3!' Thread on: November 18, 2006, 05:33:22 AM

Quote from: Lee on November 18, 2006, 05:29:20 AM

Damn will you guys give the "sell it" shit a rest?
I'd buy that for a dollar!
10125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Cable Comparison - RF/SVideo/Component/480p/720p/VGA/ on: November 18, 2006, 04:49:33 AM
I'm surprised how small the difference is between composite and s-video.  I thought s-video was much closer to component.
10126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prediction - the sixaxis will be redesigned within six months on: November 18, 2006, 04:46:35 AM
I hope some 3rd party releases a copy of the boomerang version of the controller, still curious if something like that would be comfortable.

Plus it would be fun to fight crime with it.
10127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 12:28:33 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 17, 2006, 12:25:09 AM

Quote from: Hetz on November 16, 2006, 08:55:54 PM

Here is a scan of the back of the Untold Legends Box that I just made. It shows the 'Supported HD Video Output' box.

So...could the all-important section on the box (for those who's TV can't support all resolutions) be any smaller?

It's hard to read because the image is being downscaled to low definition since your monitor doesn't support the proper resolution.
10128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 16, 2006, 08:13:10 PM
According to this article, Sony is losing $241 on each $600 PS3 sold, and losing $307 on each $500 version sold.

Kind of funny that it's cheaper to buy both a PS3 and a Wii together than it is to manufacture a single PS3.
10129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Persistent sexual arousal syndrome in Japanese women - whoa! on: November 16, 2006, 04:23:52 PM
I'm sure a lot of people wish they had seen this coming.
10130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Achievements? on: November 16, 2006, 03:47:04 PM

Quote from: warning on November 16, 2006, 03:29:54 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 16, 2006, 03:25:36 PM

Quote from: Arkon on November 16, 2006, 03:16:27 PM

Would they be called...


Boo.  icon_biggrin

I prefer the term Zelda Points.  icon_smile


I'll submit "Achwiivements" for the running.
10131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official what are you buying at launch thread (PS3 & Wii) on: November 16, 2006, 03:09:07 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 16, 2006, 02:35:20 PM

Oh and I did not marry a rich lady and I did not win the lottery. Also, I am not an astrophysicist.  ninja

mmm....organized crime....
10132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy III (DS) Impressions on: November 16, 2006, 02:18:58 PM

Quote from: Poomba on November 16, 2006, 02:05:05 PM

Is the strat guide crucial? I can remember playing FF III on my SNES and sitting on the living room floor of my parent's house growing up, enjoying my $80 game purchase and using the guide to keep me going through the rough spots.
Wait, now you're confusing me.  Is this game a remake of the Japanese III or the American III that was really VI?
10133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Excite Truck: 6.8 at Gamspot on: November 16, 2006, 02:14:51 PM
Too bad they didn't bundle Excite Truck with the Wii along with Sports.  Sounds like it'd work as a good "ooh neat" tech demo to get people used to the controller like Sports is doing.
10134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero: is Wireless worth it? on: November 16, 2006, 01:46:48 PM
Has anyone seen pics of someone modding a real guitar to be a Guitar Hero controller?  It might be fun to find a garage sale Stratocaster knock-off and stick all the controls onto it.
10135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Excite Truck: 6.8 at Gamspot on: November 16, 2006, 04:26:08 AM



10136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 15, 2006, 11:59:13 PM

Quote from: GGMark on November 15, 2006, 11:48:47 PM

Bill at DW has a item up that is still rumour, but saying sony will only be shipping 140,000 units.  Better and better

Dubious Wallabies?   icon_wink
10137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 15, 2006, 11:06:14 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 15, 2006, 10:59:28 PM

Here is what I have:

Ridge Racer 7: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
NBA 2k7: 1080p only
Gundam: 480p, 720p, 1080i
Madden 07: 480p, 720p
Resistance: 720p only
Genji: 720p only

Help me, I'm HD illiterate.  Does this mean that if your TV doesn't support 1080p you wouldn't be able to play NBA in high def?  The only options are 1080p or 480i?
10138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Scalper = Asshole on: November 15, 2006, 09:04:49 PM
It would be in bad taste for someone to make a joke about jblank accidentally double posting, and so I just want to put it out there that people should refrain from such negative humor.  It'll probably be taken the wrong way.  Yes, even if smilies are used, so don't even think about it.
10139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 15, 2006, 08:16:57 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 15, 2006, 08:13:20 PM

What is the point of these silly threads? This is like making a thread asking if aliens will land on earth in the next 3 years. Who know? How can any single one of us know? How is the question itself properly quantifiable? These who will be the best console threads just annoy me.

Do you hate Superbowl Pool games as well?  It's fun to take a stab at predicting future winners!
10140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy III (DS) Impressions on: November 15, 2006, 08:02:34 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 15, 2006, 07:46:07 PM

Quote from: warning on November 15, 2006, 07:10:10 PM

- It seems pretty hardcore.  No saving in dungeons.  Well you can do a quicksave anytime out of battle but once you load it it disappears.  Permanent saves apparently only happen on the world map.

This is the deal-breaker for me right now.  I've never been a big fan of uber-difficult RPG's (which I've heard this one is), and I hate having to replay large sections because of no save points. 

I'll probably check out FFIII, but not until I can find is used or the price drops.

The hardcoreness is what made me pass on FFIII for my Thanksgiving travels.  Besides the old school saving system, the job switching makes you fight X number of battles before your new job "kicks in".  So you're not only grinding to level the different jobs, it'll take X number of fights to accelerate to full grinding speed.

I think this is the only Final Fantasy besides VIII that I haven't played, so I'll definitely pick it up someday, but I'll be waiting for a price drop.

Or, more realistically, my willpower will fail and I'll pay full price to have the game for my Christmas travels.
10141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I feel sorry for the PSP. on: November 15, 2006, 06:28:37 PM
For a little example of what the non-gaming population's perception of the PSP is, this is more or less the conversation I overheard in a Gamestop in downtown Boston a couple weeks ago:

Hey, where do they keep the PSPs?
I think I see some boxes over there.
Damn!  It's $250?  Why the hell's it so much?
I hear that suchandsuch game is supposed to be really good though.
Pssh, I don't want it for the games, girl!  You get it for the moooovies.  (said as if the girl was an idiot for thinking otherwise)

And as made-up as the last line might appear, it's the one line I'm sure I remembered word for word.
10142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero: is Wireless worth it? on: November 15, 2006, 06:12:44 PM
Real Gibsons have cords!   icon_smile

10143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: For 17+ travel hours for Thanksgiving: buy Elite Beat and...? on: November 15, 2006, 05:55:02 PM
Thanks again for the suggestions, ended up buying Elite Beat Agents and Rocket Slime today.  Can't wait for the flight!
10144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 15, 2006, 01:58:32 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 15, 2006, 05:18:35 AM

EDIT: And just as an FYI - according to random posts on the 'net, people have been absolutely SLAMMING Nintendo's phone lines for these things. Apparently a few more people have Hi-Def capability than you thought, eh Nintendo? Maybe you should clarify a few things and make sure that stores have these things in stock day 1?
FWIW, I only have a standard def TV and I'm going to be buying component cables whenever I get my Wii.  You don't need a HDTV for the cables to make your picture look better.

And just to double check, the Gamecube component cables will not fit the Wii, correct?
10145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: For 17+ travel hours for Thanksgiving: buy Elite Beat and...? on: November 15, 2006, 12:23:11 AM
I'm thinking I'll definitely get an RPG to go along with Elite Beat, but I can't decide between Final Fantasy, Rocket Slime, and Mario & Luigi.

Final Fantasy is, well, Final Fantasy, and I know I'll get it eventually, but it may be a bit too involved.

Rocket Slime quick and easy fun sounds like a great diversion from both airplanes and relatives, and I like that I'll probably be able to finish it during the trip.

Mario & Luigi I've wanted for a while but have never gotten around to buying.

One thing's for sure, it's gonna be a fun plane's hoping for flight delays! slywink
10146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] HEROES - Man, have I changed my tune... [SPOILERS] on: November 14, 2006, 08:15:02 PM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on November 14, 2006, 07:55:02 PM

Related to the kid that Mohinder sees:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I doubt the dream kid is Mohinders sister as the name on the folder was Iyer Sanjog. The kid also had some pics in his folder that Mohinder was looking through that reminded me of the Australian dreamtime.

From the webcomics and the comic in the show there is some rock like monster called Urulu (which is better known as Ayers Rock in Australia). I have no idea how these relate to the story though or if the rock monster is real or just imagery for the show. There were also paper clippings of stories related to new areas of the brain and learning while sleeping.

I really liked this episode. The next one looks very interesting if the clips were all for next week's show.
Ah, I forgot about the name on the folder.  I guess I need a new crazy theory...

The child is able to focus the inate and tremendous powers of soccer balls.
10147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/13) on: November 14, 2006, 06:27:57 PM
Why is everyone getting so defensive?  I thought it was a given that gamers often buy more than they can actually play. 
10148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 14, 2006, 03:33:30 PM

Quote from: raydude on November 14, 2006, 03:16:40 PM

Whichever one gets the bright idea to sell additional songs for Guitar Hero 2 on its internet service.
[Obi-Wan]Then the Empire Microsoft has already won.[/Obi-Wan]
10149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] HEROES - Man, have I changed my tune... on: November 14, 2006, 01:55:27 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on November 14, 2006, 12:56:22 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
7.  Lastly, anyone have a clue what the new Indian boy's powers are?  Some type of dream manipulation or something?  That is a slick power, whatever it is.

You sure you don't want to just spoiler tag the whole thread so we can speak freely?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Is the new Indian boy possibly Mohinder's (boyish) sister?  Weren't all those newspaper clippings about brain development during sleep related to his sister?  Maybe when she died at age 5 her consciousness moved into the "dream world" or whatever where she's now trying to communicate to her brother?

Or am I completely looking too deep and taking this the wrong direction?
10150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: For 17+ travel hours for Thanksgiving: buy Elite Beat and...? on: November 14, 2006, 01:48:30 PM

Quote from: depward on November 13, 2006, 10:59:47 PM

Though older, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow might be a nice title to compliment your EBA...
If I didn't already have it I'd definitely go with Castlevania.  I wish the new one was out already, but I guess that'll have to be what I play on my Christmas flights.

Rocket Slime does sound tempting, although if I pair that with EBA, that much gaming quirkiness might make my seat neighbor uneasy.  slywink

I forgot about Clubhouse games, I'll have to take a closer look at that.

Thanks all!
10151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / For 17+ travel hours for Thanksgiving: buy Elite Beat and...? on: November 13, 2006, 09:27:38 PM
All right, this Saturday I'm embarking on a layover-happy trip from Boston to the San Francisco area, spending a week with my DS as my only form of gaming in between holiday activities, and then another layoverifeous flight back to Boston.  Just airplane & airport time is going to exceed 17 hours, so it's time to buy some new games for the DS.

Elite Beat Agents is a given, but I need one or two other games to mix things up.  I'm thinking I'd get Final Fantasy III to have a long session game to complement the short-session oriented Elite Beat, but since I haven't gotten anything for the DS since the summer I wanted to see if there was something else I should be considering.

Contact looked really appealing, but the lackluster reviews have scared me away a bit.

So what would be the best 1 or 2 games from the past 5-6 months to get along with Elite Beat Agents?
10152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 13, 2006, 09:02:52 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 13, 2006, 08:54:20 PM

Front page of CAG has CheapyD vid opening his newly acquired Japanese PS2.

lol, I love all this crazy launch day excitement.  Even though I've made up my mind to avoid the PS3 until some price drops, it's amazing what a strong "I must have one too" feeling you can get from watching a video of someone simply opening the box.
10153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 10, 2006, 06:15:09 PM
Ouch!  The Xbox's Neil Thompson doesn't think very much of the Wii. In this interview about how he's ready for the 360 to go head to head with the PS3, he says this about the Wii referring to how the Wii isn't directly competing with the 360:

"People will make a clear decision as to whether they want that sort of product a kids toy or they want high-definition gaming and entertainment and all that it brings."
10154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This is why i LOVE Ebay!! on: November 09, 2006, 10:22:13 PM
Don't think that ebay only provides killer deals for sellers, I've made some killer purchases over the years.

Why, just in the past few years I've found a DESIGNER Burberry perfume bag for my girlfriend, a great Nippon Ichi game bundle, 11 RARE copies of PS2 Baldur's Gate II, 4 copies of MVP Baseball 2005 (also RARE), a really neat kleenex box cover, sold my gas guzzling piece of crap Corvette for a cool $5k, then found a replacement Corvette on ebay motors shortly after for just $13k, and just recently I got a killer deal on a GBA bundle--the sucker didn't realize how rare the Mary Kate and Ashley game in the bundle was!

Sure, I got caught up in some bidding wars, but it was worth it.  As soon as I put that first bid down, I ain't lettin' noone take it from me!

Now the hunt begins for some Zire 72s....
10155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II - Your Top 5 & Bottom 5 songs on: November 09, 2006, 09:17:20 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on November 09, 2006, 08:22:14 PM

My favorite songs are old school,  Kansas, Rush, Heart, Almond Bros, etc, 

My least favorite are sword, iggypop, that rap craptastic one, etc

I REALLY REALLY hope that now since they have the coding down to an art that the can just start pumping out GENRE versions.  How about 20 classic songs from such groups as YES, U2, Def Leopard, Pink Floyd, The Who, Genesis,etc..  Just give us a classic 70s and 80s venue to play them on and sell it for 20 bucks or so.

Do the same for other genres, have a heavy over the top version with Gwar, Iron Maiden, etc

I think you're more likely to find these themed packs on Xbox Live than in any stores.  And it will be really really hard to resist them.
10156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 09, 2006, 04:21:54 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on November 09, 2006, 03:48:52 PM

my problem, character developement-wise, was settling on the party's roles - once i'd done that, acquiring the licenses has been pretty straightforward...
This has been tough for me as well, especially since you're limited to three party members at a time.  I'd have a much easier time if they set it up to have a 4th member in combat so it's easier to have everyone specialize.
10157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 09, 2006, 04:41:38 AM

Quote from: faide on November 09, 2006, 04:00:50 AM

The only downsides I saw was the system is HUGE...
My curiosity after your comment led me to this interesting picture:

But that picture doesn't seem to mesh with this other comparison shot where they seem closer in size:

Which one is right?
10158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite Beat Agents (DS) track list on: November 09, 2006, 02:43:41 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 09, 2006, 01:35:26 AM

Sorry, I thought that was obvious.  The Japanese music from the Japanese version of the game.  I wish the English version had an option to play that music, but, again, I understand that would be next to impossible.

I imagine storage capacity is a big limiter with these games since there's so much audio, and they're trying to keep the audio high quality.  I believe the DS cartridge can hold up to 128MB, but most games seem to stay under the 64MB barrier.  For Ouendan that leaves at most 4MB a song.  I wonder if they squeezed all 19 Elite Beat songs into 64MB as well or if they opened it up to 128.
10159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Workout Warriors - the best product! on: November 08, 2006, 11:35:51 PM
It's too bad it's only one workout per CD, $15 each workout seems a little steep.  It does look (sound) like it could be pretty effective, I'll recommend it to my girlfriend.  (Not that I'm saying they're girly!  I just do most of my own cardio in the pool)

How many volumes did you buy, and does that amount seem like enough to not be too repetitive?
10160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 08, 2006, 11:22:07 PM
I love that there's a penguin first in line.  So random.
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