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9281  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.
9282  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.
9283  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.
9284  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.
9285  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
9286  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.
9287  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.
9288  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.
9289  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.
9290  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?
9291  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.
9292  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.
9293  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!"
9294  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.
9295  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.
9296  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.
9297  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".
9298  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.
9299  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.
9300  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.

9301  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!
9302  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.
9303  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.
9304  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.
9305  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.
9306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who Would Win in A Fight: 50 Cent or Kanye West on: September 11, 2007, 01:54:07 PM
Bruce Lee
9307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 11, 2007, 01:24:47 PM
New additions:

  # Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" [master track]
  # Red Hot Chilli Pepper's "Dani California" [master track]
  # KISS' "Detroit Rock City" [master track]
9308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game Ever Thread on: September 11, 2007, 01:03:00 PM
After a lot of thought, I've decided that the best game ever is certainly:

9309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/10) on: September 10, 2007, 03:46:01 PM
No new releases, but I've been tossing around the idea of finally importing Ouendan 2.
9310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: juniordian on: September 09, 2007, 02:52:39 AM

Quote from: Jag on September 09, 2007, 02:19:36 AM

Quote from: JuniorDan on September 07, 2007, 07:27:01 PM

Orlando FL, been home for 10 years now


I always wondered who lived in there.

I don't know if you'd say he's living there so much as incubating.  He'll hatch any day now.
9311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / juniordian on: September 07, 2007, 01:58:45 PM
juniordan, I see you've started posting at Quarter to Three.  You may have capitalized the J and the D this time in your Qt3 username, but it will do you no good.  You are not "Junior Dan."  For all these years I've seen your username, and for all years to come, your name will be the same as I first interpreted it: "juniordian."  It's pronounced: joo-nee-OR-dee-an.  I don't know why you don't usually see that second "I" in your name, but it's there.

If you ask the mods there, it might not be too late to fix your Qt3 name.
9312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Bringing the Funny] Heads up! DM of the Rings is ending on: September 07, 2007, 12:38:07 PM
Yeah this has been a great ride.  Some of the facial expressions he captured were just priceless.  I'm curious about this new "Chainmail Bikini" endeavor he announced as his next project, but I'm a bit disappointed the rumors about Star Wars getting the DM of the Rings treatment turned out to be false.
9313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 07, 2007, 12:44:37 AM

Quote from: Chaz on September 06, 2007, 10:21:04 PM

Anyone else from the Boston area want to come to the Boston show with me in November?

Got a lot going on that month but I'll keep an eye on the date.
9314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fantasy Wars & Galactic Assault [TBS Fans] on: September 06, 2007, 02:36:51 PM
Yeah, what about the Combat Mission series?
9315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: September 06, 2007, 12:39:50 PM
So this is finally seeing the light of day?  Very excited about this one, hope it turns out good.  The trailer sure looks purty.
9316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 09:01:25 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 08:47:17 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on September 05, 2007, 08:15:20 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 06:43:39 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 05, 2007, 06:13:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 06:03:23 PM

I'm more and more inclined to abort this pre-order.

Just because of the Grateful Dead optional download, or did those other 4 new songs fall flat for you as well?

New songs. And none of the DLC really makes me excited.  Not for 200.00.

If you already have GH 2 for the 360, it shouldn't cost you $200.

Unless you want the 10 fret version...

Which would still be <$100

You know, I wish they'd just go ahead and announce some official prices already, sheesh!
9317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 07:02:51 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 05, 2007, 06:59:13 PM

end up being perceived as a 'tard pack. 

Not a bad band name, hmm...
9318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 06:53:57 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 06:43:39 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 05, 2007, 06:13:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 06:03:23 PM

I'm more and more inclined to abort this pre-order.

Just because of the Grateful Dead optional download, or did those other 4 new songs fall flat for you as well?

New songs. And none of the DLC really makes me excited.  Not for 200.00.

What about for $50-80?  I wonder if most people are going to see the peripherals as an all or nothing sort of thing as you do.  If you don't like any of the songs, nothing will save the game for you, but if you thought the songs were ok then why not buy just your favorite instrument (or your GHIII guitar if you have one) and go online to play with people who have the other pieces?

Why do you feel like you'll buy either the full package or nothing at all? 
9319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: September 05, 2007, 06:31:16 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 05, 2007, 06:17:56 PM

And Bioshock is up. biggrin

Excellent review. Goofy, but funny.

Any spoilers in it?
9320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 06:13:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 06:03:23 PM

I'm more and more inclined to abort this pre-order.

Just because of the Grateful Dead optional download, or did those other 4 new songs fall flat for you as well?
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