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10441  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?
10442  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.
10443  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.
10444  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
10445  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?
10446  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?
10447  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?
10448  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.
10449  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.
10450  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.
10451  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?
10452  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?
10453  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.
10454  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.
10455  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.
10456  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.
10457  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!
10458  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.
10459  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.
10460  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
10461  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.
10462  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.
10463  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.
10464  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!
10465  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?
10466  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?
10467  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.
10468  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.
10469  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.
10470  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?
10471  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.
10472  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.
10473  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!)
10474  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.
10475  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
10476  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
10477  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!
10478  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."
10479  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.
10480  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!
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