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10441  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.
10442  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.
10443  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!
10444  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?
10445  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?
10446  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.
10447  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.
10448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero help! on: November 02, 2006, 10:45:18 PM
I'm sure it varies, but I think most places that give lessons require you to have an acoustic or classical guitar. 

For a good deal on beginner lessons, I would check your local community colleges and adult schools.  They'll be group classes, but as long as the class isn't enormous they should be able to give you enough individual attention to make sure you've got proper form and all that.

One possibility for more affordable individual lessons is to look around at billboards at any nearby colleges that have music students.  You might find a starving music student who's advertising guitar lessons on the side.

Other than that, I think things get pretty expensive at your local music stores, but hopefully someone with more experience can chime in.
10449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 02, 2006, 08:58:18 PM

Quote from: Chaz on November 02, 2006, 08:49:00 PM

One small thing I noticed that's a nice touch is that when you do an encore, your rock meter starts at the top instead of in the middle.
That's awesome.  Do you only get encores when you finish a tier, or can they happen some other way even after you've unlocked everything on a difficulty level?
10450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 02, 2006, 08:36:23 PM
I told myself I'd play through every song once on medium before moving up, but you're really making me want to bump it up sooner to see the more interesting fingering patterns.  I think tonight I'll see how far I can get on hard before failing a song.

Between this and FFXII, I'm sorely tempted to take a sick day tomorrow.  The PS2 is certainly going out with a bang.
10451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 02, 2006, 07:56:56 PM

Quote from: Chaz on November 02, 2006, 07:44:19 PM

Right now, I'm in the middle of the fifth tier of songs.  On Freya, there's a long section with really rapid green then orange notes alternating.  I've also run into that a few times before on the hard difficulty.

I don't know that song, but any chance those rapid green/orange stretches are all set as hammer on/pull off notes?  If they are, I wonder if you're meant to play them as if you were right hand finger tapping?  That would be friggin awesome.
10452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero help! on: November 02, 2006, 06:36:04 PM
I wouldn't say Guitar Hero is nothing like playing a real guitar.  The game certainly won't let you pick up a real guitar and play a song, but I would think it would help someone develop a sense of the coordination between left hand fingering and right hand strumming, and maybe other concepts?

As far as learning the guitar, I may be biased but I think it's a very approachable instrument to just pick up and learn on your own.  If you can get lessons, by all means go for it, it will be money well spent.  But I think you can learn a lot by yourself.

It's pretty straightforward to learn the basic chords, and without even touching barre chords (where you lay your index finger across all the strings higher on the neck) you can play a lot of songs with just the basic basic A through G chords.  Add in a few minor chords which are just one finger different than the standards and you can play even more songs.  You'd be surprised at how many songs are just made up of three or four easy chords.

Tablature (tabs) are extremely simple to follow and available all over the place online.  You can look up just about any song in the world and get a color by numbers version to play.  From there you just have to work on getting faster.  Most of the tabs are good at giving diagrams for the chords they use, but buying a simple chord book would be a good investment.

Really, if Guitar Hero is getting you interested in the real hobby, I say just go for it.

But I'm biased, I bought my first electric guitar largely because of Guitar Hero.  I had an acoustic guitar years ago but I never got much past beginner-intermediate ability, Guitar Hero inspired me to pick up the hobby again and I'm having a lot of fun and I'm already much better than I used to be.  I'll have to post a picture of my setup, I usually have my Guitar Hero controller standing up next to my real guitar and amp, very fun.

The hardest part is making sure you keep practicing.  I personally find that a strong way to keep up motivation is to live with an attractive red-headed girlfriend who thinks it's hot when you play Chris Isaak's Wicked Game for her.  (And it's a really easy song!)
10453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 02, 2006, 04:46:47 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 02, 2006, 04:30:53 PM

You try the practice mode?  Its VERY helpful if you are having trouble.
I'm only on medium difficulty now, so I haven't had a need for practice mode yet.  I wanted to easily get through all the songs once just to see them all, and then bump up to the funner fingering on the higher difficulties. Yes, funner.  Shush.

It's very subjective and hard to compare, but from these first few songs it very much feels that they've improved the, er, choreography of the fretwork and fingering.  Not that things were bad in the original, but it just feels like it's one more thing that they polished even more for the sequel.  Then again, I might just be thinking that because of the freshness of having new songs to play.

I haven't had a game make me this antsy to get home from work in a long time.  I must unlock Misirlou tonight.
10454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 02, 2006, 04:05:18 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 02, 2006, 03:53:52 PM

How'd you get your copy so quick??  I won't have mine until Friday and its embargoed until Tuesday!

There's local small music store chain in Boston that also sells video games.  When I asked for Final Fantasy XII and they asked if I wanted the Playstation version, I had a feeling they wouldn't mind selling me one of the copies of Guitar Hero they had piled up behind the counter.

Ooh, I forgot to mention another new feature that kicks ass.  At the end of a song, you can click "more stats" to get a very detailed breakdown of how you did.  They show a % notes hit for each section of the song, and I'm assuming this would line up with practice mode (haven't tried it yet) so you can easily see what section you need to work on.

 dude
10455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 02, 2006, 02:58:07 PM
(I hate crossposting, but I guess I'll have to be guilty of it...)

Oh man this game kicks so much ass, they've really polished things up from the original.

I didn't play the demo so apologies if I ramble on about something that's common knowledge, and I will be rambling--a game this good demands incoherent impressions.

First, I love the encores. I finished my 3rd song of the first tier, and the crowd kept on cheering...where was the finish screen? Oh, they want an encore? Sure I'll give them an encore. And thus the 5th song of the tier is unlocked and immediately played to my adoring fans.

The songs are just great. I was worried when I first saw the song list published, there were only a handful of songs I really liked. It just doesn't matter, they're so well matched to the game (so far I've just played on medium through the first three tiers) that even the songs that "aren't my style" are a blast to play.

Fans of Xbox achievements will love how you can only unlock certain guitars by beating or 5-staring each difficulty level.

A lot more guitars to choose from, outfits too.

Trogdor was my first purchase in the store, Trogdor kicks ass.

Speaking of the store, I can't say I'm a big fan of the Guitar Center ad that shows when you go to the store. The product placement through your corporate sponsors is slightly more subtle, but at least the advertising all fits into the context.

I love the little vroom vroom screeech sounds as you travel around on a rough sketch of America.

It's great that you can calibrate your guitar now to adjust for any delay you might have in your setup.

The upgraded graphics kick ass, the new venues are great so far.

The game just kicks ass.

It makes me wish they would release all the Guitar Hero I songs to be playable on the new interface. If the 360 version ends up releasing a Guitar Hero I song pack for purchase, I may just have to break down and buy GHII a second time.

And you know, Trogdor was a man...I mean, he was a dragon man...er, maybe he was just a dragon, but he was still

TROGDOR!

AND THEN TROGDOR COMES IN THE NIIIIIIGHT!

edit: forgot to include this guy: dude
10456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gonna buy a PS3? You need this video on: November 02, 2006, 01:50:12 PM
Something done right!  So that's what it looks like!
10457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have 4 million consoles by the end of the year on: November 01, 2006, 06:52:03 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 01, 2006, 06:45:41 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on November 01, 2006, 06:31:16 PM


Am I missing something? Isn't Nintendo basically saying there that they're expecting to have shortages?

I think it's just PR spin.  They are trying to simultaneously say "hey, we're not like our competitors, we'll have tons of product and you don't necessarily have to preorder or camp out over night" and "but don't take too long- this is *the* hot gift of the season so don't wait until the week before Christmas either." 

What Andrew is saying is that the article quoted in the first post is saying that the supply will not meet the demand, and in the first post Destructor read it to mean the opposite when he said "so this might just be the first time where supply is greater than demand for a console launch."
10458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: November 01, 2006, 06:11:53 PM
We have many Bostonians here?  The Strawberries in downtown crossing has the game piled up behind the register, and at least the person working there right now doesn't know/care about the street date.
10459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: November 01, 2006, 02:30:39 PM

Quote from: JLu on November 01, 2006, 01:36:26 PM

I think technically in the United States, we are supposed to pay tax on each post we make to message boards too...  (labelled for sarcasm)
Hey, if the IRS is eyeing the possibility of taxing World of Warcraft loot, I don't know if a message board tax is that much of a stretch!
10460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch titles announced, VC titles included on: November 01, 2006, 04:04:23 AM
NES Ice Hockey!  I haven't played that in ages!  Oh man I'm going to have absolutely no willpower when it comes to these VC games.
10461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Halo movie a no go on: November 01, 2006, 04:01:55 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on October 31, 2006, 07:07:46 PM

Quote
hey, Princess Daisy was HAWT!!!

You can't possibly say that and then provide no pics to back it up!





Quote from: corruptrelic
Damn I remember super mario bros though, even though it's a bit old now IMO it was a decent movie for it's time..

No! Just...no!  "Its time" is 1993, the year of Philadelphia, Schindler's List, Wallace and Gromit and the Wrong Trousers, Jurassic Park, The Fugitive, Mrs. Doubtfire...
10462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 09:16:10 PM
Quote from: jblank
Let me explain scalping to you. Scalping is taking a 10 dollar item and immediately selling it for FAR MORE than retail price.
So if I buy a ticket to a sold out opening night showing of Spiderman 3 and sell it to someone at the entrance for $11 I'm not scalping the ticket because it's not far more than retail price?  And if at the start of the year I buy season tickets to the Red Sox for the purpose of selling them throughout the season, after some number of games I'm no longer scalping them because I'm not immediately selling them?

Quote from: jblank on October 31, 2006, 08:48:38 PM

[quote="wonderpug]It's not getting under my skin, and isn't really bothering that much.  Not all people get furious when they encounter people with opinions that differ from their own.  If I can maintain a friendship with my college friends who are hard-core Republican, I think I can manage a conversation about ebay selling without getting angry.

I'm not mad at you as much as I am disappointed that you are taking this as seriously as you are, so NO, it will not damage our relationship, or my opinion of you.[/quote]

This really doesn't bother me as much as it might seem.  If you look at the first page of this thread, I was trying not to get into this debate again, I was just commenting on how GatorFavre didn't see how people could have a problem with something when $1100 of profit entered the equation.  Now I'm just doing my best to represent the people who think that the world would be a better place without scalping and profiteering.  I fully acknowledge that this is the minority view in America.
10463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 08:27:49 PM
To the "it's just the way capitalism works" camp, do you think that EB and Best Buy should be allowed to charge people $1500 for the first few months or as long as it sells at that price?
10464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 07:50:39 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 31, 2006, 06:02:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 31, 2006, 05:58:51 PM

Help me understand why this is different than scalping tickets in your mind, they seem pretty similar to me.

I don't seem to understand... what's the problem with scalping tickets?  I understand it's illegal, but that doesn't make it immoral (or immortal!).

gellar

Well, let's first knock the whole legal/illegal thing out of the way.  I think we're all in agreement that legality has nothing to do with something being ethical or unethical, and I'm not trying to argue that ebaying is illegal.  And I think ticket scalping is usually legal as long as you're not doing it within X feet of the event.

As for the morality of ticket scalping, for me it becomes questionable when you have a baseball game with $25 tickets, and a huge fan of the baseball team with $25 that would love to see the game but can't because all the tickets were purchased by scalpers who're charging $100 a pop.

But how questionable is it?  Not as bad as harvesting blue whales for their eyelashes, but maybe at least a little bit worse than parking 11 minutes in a 10 minute parking spot.

As for the immortality of ticket scalping, I hear that if you eat 12 superbowl tickets 'neath a full moon you become a demigod.

Quote from: jblank
Boy this really gets under your skin doesn't it? As I said, the market dictates the price, so considering I will have fulfilled my end of the bargain, paying retail price for it, and that I am starting it out under retail, what is the big deal with the fact that I could make money off of it? Why is that bothering you guys so much? To answer your question about Superbowl tickets, NO, I do not consider that scalping.
It's not getting under my skin, and isn't really bothering that much.  Not all people get furious when they encounter people with opinions that differ from their own.  If I can maintain a friendship with my college friends who are hard-core Republican, I think I can manage a conversation about ebay selling without getting angry.

You were saying that selling PS3s on ebay is different than ticket scalping because you don't sell for over retail on ebay.  My point is that you probably are going to sell your PS3 for more than retail.  If there's a difference between PS3 ebaying and scalping, I don't think that's it.

And please help me understand how selling Superbowl tickets on ebay isn't scalping.  Are we still talking about buying tickets and selling them for a higher price?  Or are we talking about scalping involving a knife and a forehead?

Quote from: jblank
Should I not be allowed to make money off of my house if I sold it? How about old comics I own, am I a bad person because I would sell them for more than the original retail price?
You've brought up the comic book/collectible argument before, but I think that's a different situation because time has increased the rarity of the item which in turn has increased the value.  Action Comics #1 wasn't rare and valuable when you bought it.

Your real estate argument is a much stronger point.

Quote from: Purge
Quote from: wonderpug
So then why doesn't EB, Best Buy, and Walmart start charging $1500 for PS3s in the first few months?  And whatever that reason is, why doesn't it apply to the ebay sellers?

Because when you buy from a B&M shop, they've generally been given a mandate to sell it at MSRP (and have contractual obligations to conform with distribution guidelines).

But why are the B&M shops mandated to stick to MSRP?  The fact that they are required to follow "fair trade" regulations implies that to act otherwise would be "unfair."  Why are they given a mandate and contractual obligations to conform with distribution guidelines, and why does that reasoning not extend to the ebay sellers?

Quote from: denoginizer
Whenever there is a shortage of something there will always be people who hoard it and sell it for a profit.  It's the way of the world.  If it is gasoline or food it is despicable.  If it is a game console or event tickets it's capitalism.
Very well put, but the question that arises is: Why is profiteering wrong for necessities but ok for luxuries?  Just because you "need" that particular food or gas?  There are certainly other ways to feed or transport yourself. 
10465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 05:58:51 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 31, 2006, 04:26:32 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 31, 2006, 04:23:59 PM

Help me understand why this is different than scalping tickets in your mind, they seem pretty similar to me.
Scalping is where I am selling the item, against the law in many cases, for an amount OVER what is retail. I am not selling the item for over retail, and what I am doing does not violate any law. It's cut and dry man.
You're selling it on ebay because you know it will sell for more than $500.  If an over $500 selling price wasn't such a sure bet, if Sony is magically able to produce 5 million PS3s in a week let's say, then I'd expect you would put a $500 reserve on the PS3 to make sure you don't lose money on the deal.

Do I really need to convince you that you're selling it on ebay in order to make a profit?  I thought that was a given.  Unless you're putting a $500 "Buy it Now" button on the auction, how are you "not selling the item for over retail?"

If someone sells tickets to the Superbowl on ebay with a $0.01 starting bid, are they not scalping tickets in your mind?
10466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 04:23:59 PM
Help me understand why this is different than scalping tickets in your mind, they seem pretty similar to me.
10467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 04:06:07 PM
So then why doesn't EB, Best Buy, and Walmart start charging $1500 for PS3s in the first few months?  And whatever that reason is, why doesn't it apply to the ebay sellers?
10468  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Halo movie a no go on: October 31, 2006, 03:40:23 PM
They're koopa-troopers of course!

Here's King Bowser:



Uncanny!  It's like the video game just came to life!
10469  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Halo movie a no go on: October 31, 2006, 02:50:16 PM

Quote from: JLu on October 31, 2006, 02:30:07 PM

Personally I'm not terribly dissapointed; trying to think if I've ever seen a movie based on a video game, and I'm not sure that I have. 

Then you haven't lived, my friend, you have not lived...



10470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 03:44:38 AM
Again, not trying to resurrect the debate from the other thread.  I was responding to GatorFavre basically saying, "how can anyone have a problem with something that makes so much money!" 

Some people have a problem with scalpers, many don't.  I know they say everyone has their price, but I really hope we're not at the point where we'd expect someone to change their beliefs for $1100 profit.

Now let's get back to some good old fashioned Sony mocking, which everyone can enjoy!
10471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II preview on: October 30, 2006, 10:30:10 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 30, 2006, 08:16:23 PM

Quote from: Xmann on October 30, 2006, 08:04:57 PM

here is my favorite GH2 video http://www.gamevideos.com/video/id/7155

 :icon_eek:

I respect his skill (and song choice) but that was by far the dorkiest thing I've seen in a long while. 

Everyone please stop wearing your guitar like a necklace!  Put your right arm through the strap!
10472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 30, 2006, 10:25:31 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on October 30, 2006, 09:15:46 PM

This is why I dont understand why people were ripping the campers that were going to ebay.  I'm glad I did!  That means I will have enough profit to buy a PS3 and still have $500 pure profit left over.  I'm thinking about camping out again on launch date.  I love it!
I don't want to derail the thread, but I don't think moral arguments are supposed to fade away when the dollar sign gets big enough.
10473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero help! on: October 30, 2006, 03:03:21 PM

Quote from: Xmann on October 30, 2006, 01:57:34 PM

Ok, i just can't score anything decent on medium.  I wouldn't even attempt anything on hard, much less expert.  I looked at the advanced techniques tutorial, but i can't figure out what they mean by holding down chords without strumming?  This is where i'm getting into alot of trouble.  The easy is well, easy.  But you add that blue cord in and add multiple notes at the same time, i'm screwed.  Can anyone that understands how to play multiple cords explain to me how to do this?  I'm really getting frustrated and losing interest, which i don't. 
I'm not sure I understand what you're saying, so let me know if this explanation hits anything you didn't already know.

Let's call the colored buttons on the neck of the guitar "frets," and have "chord be what we call it when you hold down two frets (buttons) at one time.

With a real guitar, you can do whatever you want with your left hand, hold down whatever strings you want, and it won't do anything until you strum with your right hand.  The same applies to Guitar Hero.  So let's say you see a "Green & Red" chord coming up soon, meaning you need to hit the first two frets on the guitar.  You don't need to (with your left hand) hit the green and red frets right when you're supposed to play them.  Once you see that you've got "green & red" coming up, you can hold down those buttons with your left hand and just worry about strumming when they arrive.

Does that answer the "holding down chords without strumming" question?

Are you using your pinky for the blue fret?

Another tip that might help you since I get the impression you haven't had a lot of experience with real guitars:
With a real guitar, on a single string, if you hold down multiple frets, the only one that's going to matter is the one closest to the body.  The same applies in Guitar Hero.  If you have a sequence that goes "green, red, yellow, red, green," don't hold down a single fret at a time.  Push green and strum, keep on holding green and push red as well and strum, keep both green and red held down and add yellow and strum.  Then you can just lift off yellow and strum, then lift off red and strum.  It can be a lot easier than trying to make sure you're hitting only the frets that it's asking you to play.  It also helps for sequences that go back and forth between two notes.  Instead of switching back and forth pressing green red green red, if you just hold green the whole time you only have to worry about pressing red at the right time.

This also makes some transitions between strumming and chords a lot simpler.  Let's say the sequence is "green note, yellow note, then green+yellow chord."  You hold green and strum, keep holding green and also hold yellow and strum, and then you're already in position for the green+yellow chord.  Both "yellow note" and "green+yellow chord" can have the same fingering.

This would be a lot less confusing to explain in person, but I guess the short version is:
-The frets (colored buttons) that you press only matters when you strum, i.e., you can hold frets down ahead of time before it's time to strum.
-When playing single notes, you can hold down any additional frets closer to the tip of the neck without changing the note.

Is there a song in particular that you're hitting a wall with?
10474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gonna buy a PS3? You need this video on: October 30, 2006, 01:43:32 PM
So this Residence: Fall of Man game.  I take it it's about a bunch of home repair and renovation projects that go wrong and cause your character to lose it?
10475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII reviews on: October 30, 2006, 02:27:44 AM
The demo for FFXII turned me off so enormously, but here I find myself eagerly awaiting the release. 
10476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 verticle or horizontal on: October 29, 2006, 04:19:34 AM
I heard the problem comes from the DVD spinning so I put the 360 on a turntable and I spin it real fast in the opposite direction of the DVD drive so that the DVD stays still and that's probably why it's called the 360 in the first place but the cables get tangled real fast after like the first few spins so you have to play quick games.
10477  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My issues with... on: October 27, 2006, 01:57:24 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 27, 2006, 01:42:51 PM

I just think the reason people get addicted is because they have addictive personalities that they can't overcome.

What does a person's personality have to do with a chemical dependency to a drug?  Do you think withdrawal symptoms are just in people's heads as well? 
10478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 5 games of the past 3 years? on: October 27, 2006, 02:21:13 AM

Quote from: Calvin on October 27, 2006, 12:43:30 AM

PS.: Superhiro-you are out of your goddamn mind. BF2142?? What has happened to you sir!!?

Especially since if we're going back 3 years, we're stepping back into the time of Battlefield 1942.  Both expansion packs as well as the Desert Combat mod were released in 2003.
10479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free online fitness log recommendations? on: October 27, 2006, 12:28:23 AM

Quote from: DarkEL on October 26, 2006, 11:50:27 PM

I'm going to be building something along those lines in the next couple of months if you'd be interested in trying it out.

Oh yeah?  Just as a personal project?  Something you're going to try to market?
10480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo is making money. Lots and lots of money on: October 27, 2006, 12:08:09 AM

Quote from: Big Jake on October 26, 2006, 11:09:03 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on October 26, 2006, 09:22:17 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 26, 2006, 08:59:28 PM

Why does every thread about any other console, always contain bashing of Sony? 
Well, in this case it's because the PSP attempted to challenge Nintendo's stranglehold on the handheld market and, apparently, failed.

By this rationale, wasn't the Xbox a failure?

Good question.

To Date (from Wikipedia):
PS2 - 111 million sold
Xbox - 24 million sold
Gamecube - 21 million sold

Last September:
PS2 - 306,000 sold
360 - 259,000 sold
Gamecube - 42,000 sold
Xbox - 6,500 sold

People have called the Gamecube a failure, but it seems to have sold comparably to the Xbox, and is greatly outselling the Xbox today.  Sure, a big part of that is because the 360 is available, but the Cube is still selling and the PS2 is outselling the 360 even though the Wii and PS3 are about to come out.

At first glance numbers wise, it would seem to me that the PSP is doing better vs. the DS than the Xbox did vs. the PS2.

It boggles my mind how many PS2s are still being sold.

Is there any good source to find clear statistics on sales (not units shipped) split between the EU, Japan, and North America?
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