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9241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warning about Halo 3 Spoilers (No Actual Spoilers Inside) on: September 19, 2007, 02:06:23 PM
Thanks for the spoilers, Kevin!   icon_evil  thumbsdown

I knew I was going to have the Halo 3 ending spoiled for me, but I didn't know how it was going to be spoiled.  Now I guess I'll have to feign surprise when the game is spoiled for me.

How about a spoiler spoiler warning next time?
9242  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS/FT Bioshock 360, Forza 2 360 on: September 19, 2007, 12:44:39 PM
pm sent!
9243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Tuesday the offical PTO day? on: September 18, 2007, 08:30:51 PM
Well, juniordian, I'm probably not going to get Halo 3 on day 1, so I won't be taking off a Halo day.  I'm with you though, juniordian, a day off for Mass Effect is tempting.
9244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Forced Unleashed... on the Wii!!! on: September 18, 2007, 08:21:36 PM
Force Unleashed, not Forced!

I don't know if I feel comfortable seeing "forced," "leashed," and "wii" written by CeeKay in the same sentence.
9245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Elite or Pleb? on: September 18, 2007, 08:06:51 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 18, 2007, 07:54:44 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on September 18, 2007, 04:01:11 PM

All I care about is the single player game.

Me too.

I wonder if they'll make it so you can encounter (and not pick up) subscriber only loot in the single player game as an extra "incentive" to subscribe.
9246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Elite or Pleb? on: September 18, 2007, 06:11:35 PM
I wonder how much less severe the outrage would be if the elite subscription was just $5/month. 
9247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: September 18, 2007, 12:48:54 PM
Wow, 10 player multiplayer?  I'm also intrigued by the "huge number of fan requests" they've implemented.  Sounds like we'll have to have a GT gaming night, hopefully followed by some AARs. 
9248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is just 2 weeks Away! on: September 18, 2007, 12:43:08 PM
Wow, I have to admit I've let this one slip out of my main radar.  Day 1 purchase for sure, can't wait!
9249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- 66 Days Away on: September 17, 2007, 08:59:37 PM
My media block-out for Mass Effect begins....now!
9250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii global sales overtake 360 on: September 17, 2007, 08:58:18 PM
The $13 figure for Japanese sales seems misleading, since it doesn't include the Wii Sports pack-in.  I'd be willing to bet that the number of Wii Sports sales tied to the console sales would put the Japanese margin pretty close to the $49 USA figure.
9251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/17) on: September 17, 2007, 05:15:14 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 17, 2007, 05:08:29 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 17, 2007, 02:02:04 PM

Hmm, what's the word on Mercury Meltdown?  If impressions are favorable I might be tempted to put it in the queue.  I think I might rather wish upon a star for a Wii version of Marble Madness.
You should check out Kororinpa Marble Mania - it's very similar, and actually uses marbles smile
Looks pretty, but I think this is one of things that I can't help but be really picky and anal about.  I need a grid surface, end-over-end green tube creatures, moving acid pools, vacuum cleaners, and an evil black marble. smile
9252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 17, 2007, 05:09:50 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 17, 2007, 04:55:08 PM

It's still a day 1 purchase, that would just irritate me if I get less songs because I don't know anyone else who plays.
Not planning to play it online?
9253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 17, 2007, 03:24:59 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 17, 2007, 02:46:18 AM

Quote from: Darren8r on September 17, 2007, 02:05:59 AM

I think they mean when you play through the game in Co-op mode, the encores unlocked will be different, I assume it will be an insentive to play Co-op mode. You will then get more songs you cant get by yourself.

That would be incredibly lame.  So those of us who don't happen to have any gaming friends get less songs?  Just another "brilliant" gameplay decision to go along with boss battles and power-ups. 

I think boss battles and power-ups are a horrible idea, but I actually like the idea of seperate co-op encores.  Then again, I do have friends that like to come over and play.

I'd rather be able to just create my own set list, though.
9254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/17) on: September 17, 2007, 03:20:45 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 17, 2007, 02:41:32 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 17, 2007, 02:02:04 PM

Hmm, what's the word on Mercury Meltdown?  If impressions are favorable I might be tempted to put it in the queue.  I think I might rather wish upon a star for a Wii version of Marble Madness.

It's been out for a number of months in Europe and has received very good reviews; average ranking of about 80% on gamerankings. It's the only game I'm planning on buying this week and with all the games that are releasing in the next 3 months I'm very grateful it's only $20.  slywink thumbsup

Oh wow, $20?  I think this might actually be purchased instead of just being put on "the list."
9255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap (9-17-07) on: September 17, 2007, 03:19:38 PM
Zelda: Twilight Princess and a late night Guitar Hero II party with the fiancee and a pair of friends.  If only there was some way all four of us could rock out together at the same time...
9256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/17) on: September 17, 2007, 02:02:04 PM
Hmm, what's the word on Mercury Meltdown?  If impressions are favorable I might be tempted to put it in the queue.  I think I might rather wish upon a star for a Wii version of Marble Madness.
9257  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wish me luck- NCsoft UI Design test on: September 17, 2007, 12:55:35 PM
Very nice work!  Great character portrait, and all the icons look great.  Dancing Fireflies is my favorite.
9258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars DM of the Rings . . . sorta on: September 14, 2007, 10:13:32 PM
It is the DM of the Rings comic book treatment done on Star Wars Ep.1, but sadly it's not Shamus doing it.  It's called Darths & Droids.  I'll give it a shot, but the Irregular Webcomic team has some big shoes to fill after Shamus's DM of the Rings work.  It's really too bad we couldn't see the same DMotR characters brought over into the Star Wars world.  Oh well, I'll try to stay open minded.

I'm keeping up with Shamus's new Chainmail Bikini comic, but I really miss DMotR's dysfunctional trio.  Thank goodness OOTS is coming back next week, I've been going through withdrawal having both RPG comics gone at the same time.
9259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: August NPD Sales - Nintendo dominates, 360 up, PS3 down on: September 14, 2007, 07:51:46 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 14, 2007, 07:22:03 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 14, 2007, 05:49:36 PM

If the general public is already slow on the uptake on understanding how HDTV is an improvement (e.g., the people who own HDTVs but aren't actually running a HD signal through to them), educating them on how they should want HD-DVD and Blu-Ray when their regular DVDs already look so much better is going to be a challenge.

Not really, they just have to want to seek out the content. When they get blown away watching a moose take a dump in Yellowstone Park on Discovery HD Theater, and then hear about HD DVD and Blu-Ray offering 6 times the resolution of DVD (not to mention a MUCH better HD picture than their cable or satellite provider gives them) they will want to learn more about the products. You get them in the store, give them under $20 movies and players  under $200 -$250 and they should....SHOULD, come to the table.

Without any offense intended (really, don't be offended), your post sort of reminds me of Sony's PR of the sort where they explain that people have to come to realize the value that they are getting with the PS3.  When I see friends and family with a new HDTV, the conversation when they flip through the channels to try out the HD goes something like "Is this one HD?"  "I think this one is."  "Wait, ok I changed a setting, does it look HD now?"  Even if I set things up so that I can switch between the SD and HD signal on something like a football game, most of them don't give more bold a reaction than "Oh yeah, I guess I can see the difference."

Keep in mind that I don't need to be convinced of the HD/Blu-Ray superiority; I'm just saying that the general consumer population is really, really ignorant and oblivious to improvements that aren't completely blatant.  As obvious as the improvements may be to you and me, to many consumers the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray advantage is subtle.
9260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii global sales overtake 360 on: September 14, 2007, 07:41:16 PM

Quote from: Graham on September 14, 2007, 07:26:32 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 14, 2007, 04:08:02 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 14, 2007, 03:55:11 PM

No more than Luigi's mansion.

I want a proper sequel to the Super Mario Bros (such as 64, world, etc).

Agreed, what we need is a new Super Mario Bros.  You could have 3d graphics but limited to a traditional 2d plane.  A new Super Mario Bros. like that would be great fun on a long plane ride or on the subway, but how would you ever lug around a TV to play it?
There is New Super Mario Bros. on the DS.  Maybe not exactly what you are thinking of, but they are 3D graphics on a 2D plane.  You might be thinking of something more like the VR Mario.
No, that's exactly what I was thinking of.  I guess I didn't poke my tongue through my cheek far enough with my post. smile
9261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: August NPD Sales - Nintendo dominates, 360 up, PS3 down on: September 14, 2007, 05:49:36 PM
If the general public is already slow on the uptake on understanding how HDTV is an improvement (e.g., the people who own HDTVs but aren't actually running a HD signal through to them), educating them on how they should want HD-DVD and Blu-Ray when their regular DVDs already look so much better is going to be a challenge.
9262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: September 14, 2007, 04:54:50 PM
Dangit.  Oh well, I've got to at least buy this on the cheap sometime down the road.  I think it's really neat how they actually worked with the Chopin Society to get their details accurate.
9263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bumpy Trot (Steambot Chronicles) 2 announced for PS3 on: September 14, 2007, 04:23:53 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 14, 2007, 03:48:57 PM

Bumpy Trot?  sounds like something you get after a bad trip to Vegas..... the pic looks neat though.

Sounds like something you get during a bad trip to Vegas.  Only $45 IIRC I have no idea how much that would cost.
9264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: September 14, 2007, 04:20:36 PM
After reading IGN's review, it still sounds like a really fun game.  Their only downsides were the linearity, equipment not changing avatar appearance, and the length being "only" 30 hours.

I can handle some linearity as long as I'm having fun and it's not as bad as Icarus "Diablo fans will love this!", I've come to terms with avatar appearances not always changing with equipment, and 30 hours means I might actually beat it in a couple months.

Sounds like it'll be great as long as you're not expecting a 100+ hour epic.
9265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii global sales overtake 360 on: September 14, 2007, 04:08:02 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 14, 2007, 03:55:11 PM

No more than Luigi's mansion.

I want a proper sequel to the Super Mario Bros (such as 64, world, etc).

Agreed, what we need is a new Super Mario Bros.  You could have 3d graphics but limited to a traditional 2d plane.  A new Super Mario Bros. like that would be great fun on a long plane ride or on the subway, but how would you ever lug around a TV to play it?
9266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watches on: September 14, 2007, 01:23:01 PM
I prefer just about everything on the Orient watch.  All-mechanical is really really neat-o to me, especially when you can see all the whatsitz moving about inside.  I prefer the leather strap, and I very much prefer the black+silver color scheme to the gold+silver.  With the Seiko colors I'd feel the need to wear some gold chains around my neck to complete the look.  I too wouldn't need a slide rule, but I think it complements the "technical" look of the watch, which I like a lot.

Big vote for the Orient from me.
9267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii global sales overtake 360 on: September 13, 2007, 06:16:54 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 13, 2007, 05:41:59 PM

I think, for success rates in software sales, you need to look at attach rates.
Nintendo is muddying the water by putting WiiSports in the Console sales, and WiiPlay in Software sales.
For every Wii out there, there is a Wii Sports. 1:1 ratio. That means their market footprint and the attach rate are identical.

If we're looking at global numbers, it stops being a 1:1 ratio for Wii Sports; it's not included with Japan's Wiis.
9268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 3: Believe (commercial) on: September 13, 2007, 05:19:09 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 13, 2007, 05:09:10 PM

Eww, you linked it on YouTube? There has to be a better source than that... The video has been removed anyhow.

I don't get that.  "Stop distributing our commercials without us paying you!"
9269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So they're making us choose... on: September 13, 2007, 12:45:06 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on September 13, 2007, 11:35:13 AM

Those of you planning on getting TF2 - are you going PC or 360?  Just curious.

I'm leaning very heavily toward going 360, but I think I need to wait for some impressions on how well it controls with the gamepad.
9270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is G.I. Joe about to get raped? on: September 12, 2007, 08:15:38 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on September 12, 2007, 08:14:11 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 09, 2007, 11:14:06 PM

Quote
The word is that in the current political climate, they're afraid that a heroic U.S. soldier won't fly.


WTF!?  Whoever said that or made that decision is a Grade A A-hole.  What stupid shaq-fu'n thing to say.  thumbsdown thumbsdown thumbsdown


In fairness, American soldiers cannot actually fly.

Well duh, they have to be heroic for that.
9271  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Pre-order HL2ep2, get bonuses on: September 12, 2007, 03:30:05 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 12, 2007, 03:19:25 PM

I'm not that much of an achievement whore that I need the 360 version.

You sure about that?  I'd expect even slight achievement whores would be drooling over the 99 Orange Box achievements, many of which look pretty unique and fun.  I'm one of the "meh"-est people you'll find with regards to achievements, but even I have to admit things like "OSHA Violation," "Pin a soldier to the billboard," and "Trick an opposing medic into healing you" sound pretty fun to try.
9272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony PS3 price drop rumor on: September 12, 2007, 03:18:07 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 12, 2007, 02:54:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 12, 2007, 02:32:06 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 12, 2007, 02:27:59 PM

I gotta ask, why are are you guys calling Spiderman, Emo-Man? I don't get it.

they went a little overboard with the emotional angst on the third film.

emo=emotional? Ok, that makes sense.

It's more than just that.  Emo sort of encompasses this depressed melodramatic indie music listening culture subset kind of thing.  Black dyed hair with long bangs combed to the side is part of "the look".
9273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game Ever Thread on: September 12, 2007, 03:14:27 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 12, 2007, 03:02:09 PM

Bullfrog  crybaby

Aye.  I went with Privateer for my Best Game vote, but Syndicate was definitely one of my finalists.
9274  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Pre-order HL2ep2, get bonuses on: September 12, 2007, 03:13:30 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 12, 2007, 03:05:05 PM

I paid for Ep1 and HL2. I am not paying full price for them a second time.

I think I'm their target sucker for this plan.  I paid for Ep1 and HL2.  I really really want TF2 and Ep2.  It sounds like even if they are possibly going to resurrect the Black Box, it surely won't be at release.  So now I'm certainly paying at least $45 for the Orange Box to be able to have it right away.

And hey, what's that over there?  The 360 version for just $10 more and the ability to have the whole shebang on my shiny new HDTV.

So yeah, I'm going to be re-buying Ep1 & HL2, and I'm not even that upset about it.
9275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony PS3 price drop rumor on: September 12, 2007, 02:34:58 PM
Not to mention going for the emo look.

9276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Interview] Bill Roper on Hellgate: London on: September 12, 2007, 01:28:27 PM
Thanks for the interview, just read through the whole thing.  It was very reassuring to read this part:

Quote
BR: ...But the min specs fall back to machines that are about five to six years old, all the way back to DX8. I think we found aÖ you know what the min specs are? I canít remember the megs on the video card. Itís likeÖ itís low. Yeah, like GeForce 3 with 64MB.

GT: So if youíve got like a $100 6800GT youíre gonna be sitting just fine.

BR: This is definitely so that people donít have to go out and get a new machine. Obviously itís not going to look this good. What weíre looking at in that regard is that weíve got is the fact that we did low poly and low texture versions of every art asset in the game. So if youíre playing it on a five or six year old system thatís fine to be using. Stuff still looks really good. But we wanted to push every direction possible so weíve got Vista, DX10 support for all the bleeding edge guys and then we push back five or six years for the low end guys.

My aging computer lives on!

I've been moaning about the subscription model for a while, but I have to admit it's looking like they might have enough of a hit here to get a lot of people to bite.  Those recent GHII DLC numbers make it clear that many people are much more willing to part with their money than I am.

Getting excited!
9277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Confessions of a Virtual Console Junkie on: September 11, 2007, 05:35:27 PM
How about using old movies for the analogy instead of books?  A lot of old movies are hard to watch due to the slower pacing, more play-like camera framing, old special effects technology, different acting styles, and so forth.
9278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Confessions of a Virtual Console Junkie on: September 11, 2007, 04:21:53 PM

Quote from: warning on September 11, 2007, 04:13:23 PM

Good games are still good games even years later.

For the most part, I agree with you.  Some things, though, just don't age well.  I love Dune 2 and still dust it off for a replay every now and then, but the control scheme is just so so outdated.  The old graphics I can handle.  The old gameplay I can handle.  Clicking on each unit individually when I want to move 20 tanks?  Starting to lose my patience for it.
9279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game Ever Thread on: September 11, 2007, 03:15:27 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on September 11, 2007, 03:01:15 PM

Not to pick on anyone in particular.  But why do all of the games in this thread seem to be at least 5 year old titles?  Have no great games been made during that last 5 years?
...
Is it just not cool to say a new game is the best ever?   Just curious.

For me it's too early to tell on new releases.  When Oblivion came out I might've been tempted to put it on some top 10 lists, but now that it's been around for a while I see that it's not a game I'll be coming back to time and again over the next 10 years, as I do with many of these titles people are throwing out.

I think it also might be that there are so many games out these days that it's harder for standout titles to be as revered as they were in ye good olde days.   Company of Heroes comes to mind.  If that gameplay came out in 1994 we'd all be hailing it on this list as a timeless classic.
9280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 11, 2007, 03:07:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 11, 2007, 03:01:57 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 11, 2007, 01:56:16 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 11, 2007, 01:54:39 PM

Ugh.

The song list has me inching ever closer to canceling my pre.  I needs to make a decision.

Talking with the guys from Harmonix, they are doing their best to get an album a week going for DLC.  If you don't like the tracks, wait a few weeks. smile

Yes, but grateful dead and nirvanna do little for me either.

I think what KD means is that there are going to be more than two weeks of this.  If they really keep up that DLC pace, odds are you'll find an album you like pretty quickly.
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