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10161  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:

Quote
"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."
10162  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....
10163  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.
10164  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.
10165  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?
10166  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.
10167  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?
10168  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.
10169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 08:37:44 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 08, 2006, 08:22:03 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 08, 2006, 08:17:30 PM

Since i haven't gotten there yet, which chest do we NOT open and where at in the game is it?  I'm still in the sewers after escaping the palace.

I can check the guide when I get home, but I'm pretty sure you've already passed them.  A couple of them were in Lowtown and Rabanastre iirc, so you've probably already opened them. 

I'm not certain, but I think you can even come across the first chest before you even get the tutorial on grouping with Penelo.    So silly.
10170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite Beat Agents (DS) track list on: November 08, 2006, 07:56:37 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 08, 2006, 07:48:16 PM

I do wish there was an option to have the Japanese music, but I guess that would actually change gameplay (ie you couldn't just plug in the other song), but it's still a great game.  And like all Japanese games, I'm pulling in a steady C on everything.  I wish they'd be more encouraging.

What Japanese music are you referring to?  Ouendan is Japanese only, Elite Beat is English only.
10171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 08, 2006, 03:53:47 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 08, 2006, 03:24:50 PM

Anybody care to make suggestions for Game Cube games?
I'd like to try Odama.
Is Fire Emblem good? Other turn-based (or action) RPGs?
I know RE4 is supposed to be awesome, but it's not my kind of game.

Off the top of my head, I'd recommend:
Zelda Wind Waker
Pikmin
Eternal Darkness
Paper Mario
maybe Metroid Prime
Super Monkey Ball
Mario Kart
Viewtiful Joe (was that GC exclusive?  can't remember)
10172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pulling Eject on Nintendo Wii Purchase on: November 08, 2006, 01:55:04 PM

Quote from: Dafones on November 08, 2006, 04:58:17 AM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 08, 2006, 03:36:11 AM

Quote from: Dafones on November 08, 2006, 02:24:01 AM

Quote from: mikeg on November 08, 2006, 12:33:54 AM

I seem to have zero interest in it.  The ONLY game remotely appealing to me is Zelda and I can play it on a $60 Cube, so, no purchase for me.

Playing the devil's advocate, but impressions across the board suggest that the Cube version is quite the lesser of the two.
I've heard they're identical, save for the controller schemes.

The control scheme on the Wii version is a pretty big deal to some. You could copy and paste a variety of impressions from various sites, and most of them seem to agree that they'd much prefer to play Zelda with the Wii setup than with the Cube's.

But - and I may be wrong - I was also under the impression that there were some additions to the actual Wii version of the game that the Cube lacks.

Well, there's fishing, and the cursor fairy.
10173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 08, 2006, 01:52:46 PM
Mario 64 is the only N64 title scheduled for the VC launch, isn't it?
10174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 08, 2006, 04:22:55 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 08, 2006, 01:19:49 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 07, 2006, 08:30:48 PM

What the heck is the 2nd analog stick on the classic controller for if it can't be used for Gamecube games?

N64 games?

Are there 6 buttons on the right hand side of the VC? I don't have an image infront of me to look, so I don't know if it does or not.

Do you think they'd use the right analog stick in place of the yellow buttons on the N64 controller?  That seems like it'd work fine for games where the yellow buttons are for camera control.  It's been so long, were there many games that used the yellow buttons as actual buttons?

Either way, I don't think I'm going to be using that right stick much at all since I'm really only interested in the pre-N64 virtual console offerings.
10175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 11:46:33 PM
Sorry, I mistakenly thought "people start throwing philosophy...quoting Gandhi" was directed at me, someone must've deleted their post.

If asking politely is your goal, might I suggest using fewer "knock the fuck off"s in your message?  I don't think using "capice" as your closing statement adds much to the politeness either.
10176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 07, 2006, 11:36:38 PM
I would love any impressions from someone playing on a standard def TV on how the game looks.  There's a free +1 in it for you
10177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 11:25:54 PM
How is philosophy not relevant when you're talking about what people think are right and wrong?  My philosophy on what's right and wrong is how I choose my actions in life.  If I feel like some action isn't right, raising the cash payout isn't going to make it right.

Quote from: jblank
Why would I feel guilty since this is almost by itself paying for her gift?

Am I completely misinterpreting this statement, or are you saying that the large amount of profit involved is in itself a reason why you should not feel guilty?
10178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 10:54:51 PM
Maybe because the ends don't justify the means?

Some philosophers argue that it is still wrong to steal that loaf of bread even if it's for your starving family.

If you want to go extreme on the morality scale, Gandhi's belief in non-violence extended to Hitler's Germany, he thought peaceful resistance was still the right way despite any additional suffering that path might bring.

And now that I've fulfilled Godwin's Law and lost the thread, does that mean this debate can die or at least keep contained in a single thread so we can talk about the consoles again?
10179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 08:30:48 PM
What the heck is the 2nd analog stick on the classic controller for if it can't be used for Gamecube games?
10180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Microsoft to show/sell TV shows/movies to Live on: November 07, 2006, 06:49:51 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on November 07, 2006, 06:44:18 PM

O, I'll bite.  What's a Zune?  Forgive my iggernance.
Microsoft's iPod.
10181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, when's the next gaming drought? on: November 07, 2006, 03:33:23 PM

Quote from: Kobra on November 07, 2006, 03:25:12 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 07, 2006, 02:15:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 07, 2006, 01:24:47 AM

heh, well my self imposed rule for a PS3 is that there must be at least 5 exclusive titles released on the PS3 that I'm interested in for me to fork over the money.

You know, that's not a bad rule of thumb, I just might adopt that.

My rule with the PS3 is simple..  40"+ HDTVs must be $500 or less, and the console has to have at least had 1 major price drop and a wide selection of fairly low priced USED titles.  Then I will buy one..  With the new LaserHDTV units with 90% acuity coming out next year, I think the reality will be sooner rather than later.
My HDTV threshold is about the same, I'm monitoring 40" prices as well, but I could see myself cracking at the $600 mark.

I'm still eagerly waiting to see what Best Buy is going to offer HDTVwise this Black Friday.
10182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 03:13:07 PM

Quote from: jblank on November 07, 2006, 03:03:29 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 07, 2006, 02:50:49 PM

Quote from: jblank on November 07, 2006, 02:33:40 PM

You guys (and you know who you are) that wanna turn this into a moral issue, like we're robbing humanity of a great opportunity or something, need to re-examine your priorities, and your beliefs, in what is needed, and what is luxury.
And you need to realize that an opinion is not invalidated if it doesn't align with jblank's beliefs.  I don't share your opinion of the matter but I can still see where you're coming from.

In the course of today's ordinary morning I:
  • Woke up in bed with a girl I am not married to
  • Had pork in my breakfast
  • Put on leather shoes
  • Patted a domesticated animal on the head before leaving it locked in an apartment for the day
  • Logged on to a message board while at work
All of these things are considered wrong, immoral, or even sins be a large number of people in the world.  I don't think these things are wrong, but I'm not about to tell the people who do think they're wrong that they're crazy-go-nuts and haven't seen the light. 

People have different beliefs, jblank.  Don't get so frustrated if someone thinks what you're doing is wrong if you don't think it's wrong.  Who cares what anyone else thinks?

In this case its invalidated because the argument they are making is beyond absurd.

I care, because when someone turns buying and selling a console into a moral issue, yes, it IS wrong and by God I am going to challenge that, and explain WHY they are wrong.

I have said about 63,298 times in these threads on this issue, that I have no problem with people disagreeing on this issue, I am fine if someone feels its wrong to sell them and make money, I cannot make it any clearer. But, when someone judges me, PERSONALLY, and attacks me as being greedy, selfish, immoral, and unwilling to "do what is right for gaming society", then I am going to call bullshit, and challenge them on that also.

I hate to be so blunt, but people, it's a fucking video game console!!!! This isn't anything that is going to fix or hurt, our social inequalities, or the litany of other problems we face in the world today, so please, stop treating it as such. (thats not a comment to you Misguided)

Life as we know it does not have to be at stake for something to be wrong.  I think it's wrong for Bob from accounting (who's clearly at fault) to let his temp take the heat for the Linderman project losing revenue, but somehow I think the world will keep on turning.
10183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 02:50:49 PM

Quote from: jblank on November 07, 2006, 02:33:40 PM

You guys (and you know who you are) that wanna turn this into a moral issue, like we're robbing humanity of a great opportunity or something, need to re-examine your priorities, and your beliefs, in what is needed, and what is luxury.
And you need to realize that an opinion is not invalidated if it doesn't align with jblank's beliefs.  I don't share your opinion of the matter but I can still see where you're coming from.

In the course of today's ordinary morning I:
  • Woke up in bed with a girl I am not married to
  • Had pork in my breakfast
  • Put on leather shoes
  • Patted a domesticated animal on the head before leaving it locked in an apartment for the day
  • Logged on to a message board while at work
All of these things are considered wrong, immoral, or even sins be a large number of people in the world.  I don't think these things are wrong, but I'm not about to tell the people who do think they're wrong that they're crazy-go-nuts and haven't seen the light. 

People have different beliefs, jblank.  Don't get so frustrated if someone thinks what you're doing is wrong if you don't think it's wrong.  Who cares what anyone else thinks?
10184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 02:37:45 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 07, 2006, 02:16:12 PM

After the initial launch, when is the next large bash of shipments suppose to happen?  When can i expect to walk into a store and pick one up?  I'm not camping 5 minutes for a console.

This is complete speculation, but I'm not expecting to be easily found on shelves until February at the earliest.

How long did it take before you could walk into an EB any day of the week and walk out with a 360?
10185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, when's the next gaming drought? on: November 07, 2006, 02:15:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 07, 2006, 01:24:47 AM

heh, well my self imposed rule for a PS3 is that there must be at least 5 exclusive titles released on the PS3 that I'm interested in for me to fork over the money.

You know, that's not a bad rule of thumb, I just might adopt that.
10186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox 360) Looks like Culdcept Saga is coming to the U.S. on: November 07, 2006, 02:09:19 PM
Awesome.

Anyone know if/how they're changing the game formula?  I absolutely loved the first one until it added the mechanic of trading colors or elements or whatever on the stock market.  This'll be a day 1 purchase if they've improved that aspect of the game.
10187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 07, 2006, 02:06:49 PM
I'm pretty sure guns are the only ranged weapons that ignore armor.
10188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 01:58:33 PM
The "ill will" that TC Weidner wished upon the PS3 ebayers was that they should be forced to open their PS3s and play them and enjoy them through use.

Wow, that's harsh.   What a dick.
10189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 06, 2006, 09:17:40 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on November 06, 2006, 09:00:17 PM

I can see how the license board is a double-edged sword in some respects.  On one hand, you can sculpt the character how you want them.  Personally, I love that method.  The only thing missing is being able to adjust their stats.
You can adjust their stats through the augment licenses, no?


Is there a guide somewhere that addresses what each character is predisposed to?  Or is it really just completely freeform...Basch could be your lightly armored white mage and Penelo could be your sword & board tank without detriment?

I don't know if I can handle the freeform licenses!  The min/maxer in me needs to have each person naturally be best at something!
10190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 06, 2006, 08:54:56 PM
I'm just going to get to work on trying to will a 6th finger to grow on my left hand.  It sounds easier.
10191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 06, 2006, 06:15:31 PM

Quote from: Chaz on November 06, 2006, 04:36:00 PM

Nothing is really going to prepare anyone for the new expert mode.  It really is pretty ungodly hard.  After about 45 minutes of trying, I managed to limp my way through the solo of Sweet Child of Mine.  Got up to Freya, and crapped out before the section you were talking about, but I remember it being almost the same thing, except it went 1-5-4 instead of 1-5-34.
I think you're thinking of the hard mode version?  I haven't gotten there on expert yet, but hard Freya has that long stretch of 1-5-4 that's quite the endurance test.
10192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I can't believe I just bought a faceplate for the 360 on: November 03, 2006, 10:52:26 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 03, 2006, 09:05:36 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 03, 2006, 08:55:15 PM

Is there an NES faceplate out there for the 360?  I can't think of anything else that would tempt me.
Seems funny that somebody would want to put a faceplate for such a 'simple' (based on its power when it launched) console on their 'uber' (in comparison) 360.
That's the beauty of it!  There's a photoshopped NESified Wii picture out there somewhere that looks awesome as well
10193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Uberclock! on: November 03, 2006, 09:57:02 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 03, 2006, 09:53:24 PM

Um... it's a clock.  Am I missing something?

gellar

I think he meant to link to the one where each number is shown as an animated hand drawn sketch each time it's written.
10194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top 100 Wikipedia pages on: November 03, 2006, 08:58:08 PM
That list is hilarious, it must suck for Bob Dylan to know that he's just below Spiderman and human penis size.
10195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I can't believe I just bought a faceplate for the 360 on: November 03, 2006, 08:55:15 PM
Is there an NES faceplate out there for the 360?  I can't think of anything else that would tempt me.
10196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Legendary Pre-order on: November 03, 2006, 08:51:14 PM
Much smarter to break these ridiculous game prices up into psychologicotrickery sized amounts.  $100, no way!  $60 collector's edition...ok.  Ooh, collector's edition strategy guide?  $30?  Ok.

Surprise!  You just paid $90 for Final Fantasy!
10197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a new gaming rig, but should I wait? on: November 03, 2006, 04:17:51 PM
What's your current system?
10198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I caught one of my local Gamestops in a lie on: November 03, 2006, 03:21:40 PM
When you call up a game store and they go into their 60 second "Thank you for calling...have you heard about...did you know we are offering...where you can get...for only...how may i help you" speech, is there a preferred polite way to tell them you don't care and you just want to ask them a question?
10199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.U.R. - Final Fantasy XII [PS2] on: November 03, 2006, 01:04:19 PM

Quote from: Mattc0m on November 03, 2006, 04:28:23 AM

I always really want to vote in these polls, even though I don't have the game yet.  :icon_eek:
I just click "view results" if I don't have the game yet.
10200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero help! on: November 02, 2006, 11:13:35 PM
$20/hr?  That sounds quite reasonable.  I would have expected those kind of lessons to be $50/hr at the minimum.
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