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9321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: April 30, 2007, 05:19:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 30, 2007, 05:07:08 PM

I'll probably get Catan.  I've played it on and off over the last few years and kinda like it.  Is there going to be AI players at all?  If there are it will be interesting to see how they handle trading.

Yup, I read that they did some pretty good work on the AI.  There are various AI personalities you can play against, with more profiles supposedly available for download.
9322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 29, 2007, 02:02:06 PM
Cute.

When I got my first badge, out of curiosity I opened my badge case and poked it with my stylus.  It made a little chime sound.  Neat.  The 2nd and 3rd badge made higher tuned chimes, like going up a scale.

But when I poked them in a row, I thought I heard a rubbing sound, like when you move your thumb over clean tupperware.  I intentionally rubbed a badge with my stylus, and sure enough it was a rubbing sound.

And then the badge turned lighter!  More rubbing made it even brighter, and finally it started to shine!  The chime it made when I poked it even got clearer.

So take pride in your badges, and keep them clean and shiny!
9323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] New, FANTASTIC Phantom Hourglass pics on: April 28, 2007, 04:10:23 AM

Quote from: Farscry on April 28, 2007, 01:50:21 AM

I simply can't see how someone can look at the same shots I just looked at and rip on them. icon_eek I think they look great. Would higher-res textures, a deeper polycount, and a higher resolution setting look better? Sure! Why wouldn't it? But I don't see how those shots look bad.

Wild how much perspectives and tastes vary from person to person.

These two shots looked exceptionally drab to me:





But then I realized they were just from that special capture the flag minigame.  So I'm back on the impressed wagon. smile
9324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] New, FANTASTIC Phantom Hourglass pics on: April 27, 2007, 08:52:52 PM
It's obviously not going to be as pretty as what the PSP can produce, but it does look pretty good for DS 3d.  I agree with Dante about wishing they had just made a great looking 2d game instead of trying to squeeze some decent 3d out of the DS.

I'm sure it'll look even better on an actual DS.  FFIII looked a lot better in person than the screenshots made it out to be.
9325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 27, 2007, 08:47:38 PM

Quote from: depward on April 27, 2007, 08:44:21 PM

Quote from: Magik on April 27, 2007, 08:24:25 PM

I also got the drifloon during my lunch break! It was kind of hard to hide it so that my manager wouldn't see me playing haha!

I love his description, but it is slightly creepy. eek
I remember some dude / lady telling me where to find him, but I forgot.  Can you divulge the details for me pleeeeease?   icon_smile

You can find him outside the Valley Windworks, east of the flower town.  Better hurry, I think he only appears during the daytime.  He'll be a visible sprite out in the open.
9326  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help for system for in-laws on: April 27, 2007, 08:06:37 PM
I'd get them one of those $100 laptops from MIT.
9327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 27, 2007, 07:57:43 PM
Ok, I caught Drifloon on my lunch break, and this guy has got to be one of the creepiest characters to appear on an E rated game.

It's a ghost balloon, made of human souls.  It's description manages to both be really creepy and really adorable:

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When it holds onto the hands of children with its string, it will try to pull the youngster to the underworld. Being so light, though, it only gets tossed around effortlessly.

I can see it now...



"Prepare for your death, child, for I have come for your soul.  Wait, stop that!  I am not a balloon, stop playing with me!"
9328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 27, 2007, 07:38:29 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on April 27, 2007, 07:27:44 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 27, 2007, 02:14:09 PM

<multilingual pokemon list>

Aha! That makes sense then. Time to hunt more Psyducks for trade bait. The next question becomes...

...I wonder what the names are of the dozen or so Japanese Pokemon that aren't in our versions. I'd like to get those.
I think it's that same list no matter what country version you have.  There is an in-game NPC that can give you a German pokemon.

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The Japanese Chimchar and Turtwig that I got were from daycare eggs. Is that why they get an experience boost in combat? I was able to get the Chimchar and Turtwig to Level 17 in about two hours last night.
Any traded pokemon will have boosted experience, but it has to be from someone else, you can't trade away and back for the effect.


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EDIT: Oh, wait. Would the Pokemon names be the same for the Pokemon with different pokedex entries?
I believe so, it sounds like (for those dozen pokemon) it would let you scroll through the different language descriptions you've found.

The name itself will change to English unless they've renamed it a Japanese nickname.
9329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DAMN you Fox! DAMN YOU! on: April 27, 2007, 05:15:52 PM

Quote from: warning on April 27, 2007, 04:27:10 PM

Quote from: Brendan on April 27, 2007, 03:36:16 PM

Quote from: warning on April 27, 2007, 03:17:07 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 27, 2007, 03:12:50 PM

I wonder how much of an effect Fox's increasing reputation for canning good niche shows is having on the initial viewer count.  I know that's the reason I didn't watch Drive.

Same here.  After I got hooked on Day Break and they cancelled it I realized I was just frustrating myself.

Well, I enjoyed the three episodes of Drive that they aired, but I definitely anticipated this moment. :|

Day Break was actually on ABC, not Fox.

Well I suck.

It's ok, I still blame Fox for cancelling Day Break.  Just easier that way.
9330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever is 10 years old today! on: April 27, 2007, 05:14:28 PM
I think it would be friggin' awesome if after all these years they ended up releasing it as an EGA 2d sidescroller.



Honestly, I think I'd be more likely to pony up the $40 if they did do something crazy like that.
9331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 27, 2007, 03:41:19 PM
Any word on the sales numbers for this game?  For such an unmarketed niche game, I don't think they could've asked for better word of mouth.
9332  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Friend Codes on: April 27, 2007, 03:27:36 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 27, 2007, 02:59:29 PM

We'll just have to try to schedule stuff here in the thread and then meet up in-game at pre-set times. icon_smile

Just as a general FYI, I think the WiFi battling scales your team up/down to either level 50 or 100, so don't feel like you're not advanced enough to try a fight.  My giant turtle is ready to kick some penguin ass.
9333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DAMN you Fox! DAMN YOU! on: April 27, 2007, 03:12:50 PM
I wonder how much of an effect Fox's increasing reputation for canning good niche shows is having on the initial viewer count.  I know that's the reason I didn't watch Drive.
9334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DAMN you Fox! DAMN YOU! on: April 27, 2007, 02:45:55 PM
I had already heard about Drive, and so from the thread title I figured they had found a way to cancel Firefly a second time!
9335  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: 21:1 on: April 27, 2007, 02:39:58 PM
I think the ratio will improve immensely if we change the new user default to female instead of male. smile
9336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 27, 2007, 02:14:09 PM
Ohh, now I see.  The reason American Magikarps are popular is that he is one of a dozen or so pokemon that have alternate pokedex entries if you have a foreign version.  The list is:

Ekans
Pikachu
Psyduck
Ponyta
Staryu
Magikarp
Wobbuffet
Heracross
Sneasel
Teddiursa
Houndour
Wingull
Slakoth
Roselia

Foreign versions of these guys will let you see their description in different languages, so all of them will probably give you a good chance of getting a great JP trade.
9337  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Friend Codes on: April 27, 2007, 12:55:55 PM
Yeah, I'm pretty sure the only way to set up trades or battles with friends is if you set up the meeting out-of-game.  We'll either have to plan things ahead of time or do a "anyone on?" shout out in a thread if we want to hook up with forumers.

I don't know if it's an intentional decision to make more people buy both games, but I think the Wii Pokemon coming out makes the online multiplayer much easier to do.
9338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 27, 2007, 12:51:34 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on April 27, 2007, 11:48:24 AM

How exactly does the trading with Japan work?  I know you have to go to the GTS but exactly how do you do it?

You either find a Japanese pokemon already up for trade and give them the pokemon they're asking for, or you put one of yours up for trade and specify what you want in return.  In the latter case, it's not necessarily going to be a JP person that takes you up on your offer, but for now they're going to be the more active traders.

I'm not sure, but I think you'll increase your chances of an excellent Japanese trade if you give your pokemon a nickname.  I thought I heard that the JP version doesn't let them input English letters, so it's kind of a novelty for them to have an American pokemon.  Without a nickname, the critter's name switches over to Japanese in the trade.


Oh, and a public service announcement:  If you've gotten to the windmill area, there's a pokemon there that only appears on Fridays.
9339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 26, 2007, 11:35:31 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on April 26, 2007, 09:07:34 PM

I just got to the Pokemon contests.
It's a damn beauty peagant!

Yeah...I skipped that and the dough mixing mini game later on.  I hope I don't actually need to win those for something useful.  Are they just for flavor?
9340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 26, 2007, 07:52:50 PM
If the mods are going to lock this, I'd suggest removing the ebay guy's personal information.  If this turns into a further legal issue, I don't know if it would be good for GT to be responsible for displaying this guy's address, phone number, and ebay ID to the world.

Disclaimer: I only practice TV/movie law
9341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo - still making a profit! on: April 26, 2007, 07:05:38 PM
I just can't wait to see what'll happen when the development side of things catches up to the Wii's popularity.  For the rest of 2007 and into 2008, we're still just going to be getting titles from developers who were willing to develop for the Wii without knowing if it would be a hit or not.  Now that it's putting out ridiculous sales numbers, a lot more developers are going to jump on the bandwagon, and we won't see those games for at least another year.
9342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Krazy Ken Kutaragi Kuits Kompany on: April 26, 2007, 06:12:45 PM
Missing some classics like, "We're not going to equip [the PS3] with a HDD by default, because no matter how much [capacity] we put in it, it won't be enough."

And it looks like the "shoot for the sun" and "instill discipline" ones are fakes.
9343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 26, 2007, 06:05:42 PM
Besides talking with your bank, call the credit reporting agencies to put you on fraud alert.

And, just to make sure since you said you considered the option...don't buy a plane ticket to go visit the guy!

In the future, I'd recommend that you keep receipts for $500 transactions, remember that if a deal seems too good to be true it might be just that, don't send money to people who have just stolen money from you, and wait for more must-have titles to be released and/or a price drop before you buy a next-gen console. smile
9344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 26, 2007, 05:09:29 PM
I knew Pokemon games sold a lot, but holy moly.

Five days since release and it's sold a million copies in the US.  The Japanese version (released last September) is past the 5 million mark.

In other news, I didn't realize you can't get a Ditto until you beat the game.  Guess my turtle's going to have to wait a bit before he becomes a baby factory.
9345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 26, 2007, 04:54:47 PM

Quote from: Kobra on April 26, 2007, 04:32:10 PM

I called the guy and broke his kneecaps.  Heres the gist of it..

1) "Ring ring it's KOBRA"

2) "Kobra who?"

3) "KOBRA right behind you with a tire iron!"  KOBRA SMASH!

Awesome.
9346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Krazy Ken Kutaragi Kuits Kompany on: April 26, 2007, 03:53:14 PM
So long, Krazy Ken, it's been...interesting

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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) and Sony Corporation (Sony) have jointly announced today that Ken Kutaragi, Representative Director, Chairman and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., will retire from his executive position at SCEI effective June 19, 2007, when SCEI’s annual shareholders’ meeting will take place. Mr. Kutaragi will pass on the torch to the next generation, stepping back from his executive management responsibility of the company to serve as Honorary Chairman of SCEI.
9347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 26, 2007, 02:27:01 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on April 26, 2007, 02:18:20 PM


He changed the fine print, now he only accepts bank statements, mailed ATM cards, or PayPal passwords.
9348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ninja myths on: April 26, 2007, 01:28:17 PM
Did they get any ninja moves to work?  I don't get the channel and I'd love to know what ninja feats I can try at home.
9349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 26, 2007, 12:53:57 PM
At this point, I don't think it would be a bad idea to call a credit agency and initiate a fraud alert, just to make sure he doesn't try identity theft next.

And I highly recommend you stop sending him money.
9350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 26, 2007, 12:47:50 PM
If you want a class that nobody else uses, I don't think I've heard a single person playing as a fighter.
9351  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How should I install my CPU fan? on: April 26, 2007, 12:17:19 AM
Are we looking at the same heatsink?  I don't think pointing directly toward or away from the motherboard is an option.

9352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 25, 2007, 10:05:52 PM
You'll be able to get a bike just after your 2nd badge. (Just got mine.)
9353  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How should I install my CPU fan? on: April 25, 2007, 09:09:53 PM
If your choices are up/down, I'd still say blowing up into the PSU is better than going down against the flow of the rest of the fans.  If it can be mounted to point to the back of the tower, then yeah I'd agree that's the best.  It's a moot point in either case since it looks like the heatsink is heavy enough to just rip the CPU out of its socket. slywink
9354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: April 25, 2007, 07:37:56 PM
Going back to turn-based?  Wasn't VIII turn-based?
9355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: April 25, 2007, 07:15:44 PM
Sexy
9356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 25, 2007, 02:06:00 PM
No EMERGENCY! themed pokemon names?  I'm disappointed.
9357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WKRP in rights hell DVD Land on: April 25, 2007, 01:11:47 PM
At least Fox didn't replace every tune with American Idol songs.
9358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 25, 2007, 01:00:03 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on April 25, 2007, 07:38:10 AM

The guy says if I send him $250 more and take off the negative feedback he'll send the PS3. He said a personal check was okay.
Any suggestions?

Um, don't send him any more money?  I don't think you can fix a leaky bucket with more water.
9359  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How should I install my CPU fan? on: April 25, 2007, 12:53:57 PM
I think his question is a little different than you're reading.  The fan itself should be mounted as in the picture, so that it blows air into the metal.  But with this heatsink, the fan is perpendicular to the processor--you can see where the processor mounts on the bottom.  So the fan (assuming it fits in a case!) would either be pointing towards the floor or the ceiling.  Is it not possible for it to face the front or rear of the case?

I would hope the instructions would say something, but if the choices are up or down, I would guess that you'd want the air to blow up.  Most of my cases draw air from the bottom front of the case, and have the power supply blowing air out at the top back.  Pointing the heatsink blowing up seems to be the best way to keep the airflow smooth.
9360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 25, 2007, 12:46:11 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 25, 2007, 12:37:07 PM

Also, found out that when you go to the global pokemon exchange for trading, you can only look up ones you've seen. That's mildly disappointing, since I haven't seen the ape starter yet so I can't even try to see what trades are up for it, but eh, whatever.
You're limited that way for the GTS trading, but if you've swapped friend codes you can trade any pokemon, including ones you haven't seen.  Once I hit the breeding area, I'll be happy to breed some turtle eggs or Pearl exclusives for anyone that wants 'em.


Just out of curiosity, how many of you folks are planning to link up your DS collection up to the Pokemon Battle Revolution game that's coming out on the Wii.  It sounds like when you go online, unlike Diamond/Pearl, PBR will let you battle random strangers instead of just people you've swapped friend codes with. 

It's the first online Wii game, and if I'm reading things right, it'll even let you use your DS as a controller.  If you use the DS as your controller, most of the interface is moved there so that the main view on the TV is uncluttered.  Plus, how can you resist seeing that cute little penguin running around rendered in 3d? 
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