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9641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome today on: April 19, 2007, 03:42:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 19, 2007, 03:05:56 PM

icon_lol  A new web comic for me to read!

If you're reading xkcd for the first time, make sure you check out all the alt-text for the images.  I guess it would depend on your browser, but keep your mouse hovered over the image for the text to pop up.  Lot's of good follow-up jokes to be found.
9642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Elite Trade-Ups -- What Do I Need To Know? on: April 19, 2007, 03:40:42 PM

Quote from: Laner on April 19, 2007, 03:33:13 PM

Here's a question I haven't seen addressed... the 120GB HD comes with a transfer cable for the old 20GB drive.  Does the Elite come with that cable as well?

I was under the impression that it did not come with the cable, but I'm having trouble finding confirmation.
9643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 19, 2007, 12:47:12 PM

Quote from: Interloper on April 19, 2007, 03:46:31 AM

I'm not sure how to spec properly, I'm mostly going fire and cunning.  Is it better to spread points out, or to highly specialize? 

In general you're better off putting points into your classes preferred stats, the ones that are cheaper, as you can bring up the other ones with cash at the temple.

That said, if I play through a second time I'm going to restrict myself from buying temple stat increases as a self-imposed "hard mode," since the game turns a bit easy in the end-game.  I think I'll also avoid making any rune-items or creature spells.
9644  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crocs - For Women Only? on: April 18, 2007, 06:53:49 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 18, 2007, 06:42:01 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on April 18, 2007, 06:30:55 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 18, 2007, 03:11:24 AM

Crocs - for nobody. 

Seriously, they look like something my mom would have worn out in the yard while doing some gardening or something. 

I won't lie, this is the primary reason for me to own a pair. Crocs serve a couple of purposes. One, they are great for little kids, obvioulsy knock offs are fine, and they are very multi-functional. I wouldn't wear them as an everyday shoe, but if I am going to be near or in any body of water I would wear my crocs they make flip-flops look stupid by comparison. They are damn near indestructible, waterproof and you just leave em outside to dry off. For gardening or anything in the mud the same rules apply.

So Crocs are fine if they aren't your everyday shoe, and they make them in Men's sizes and colors. It's no different than wearing birkenstocks or anything like that. It's a sandal/flip flop/work wear.
Neither crocs nor the abomination that is birkenstocks are comparable to something as innocuous and normal as flip-flops. Dear god man, do you know what you say? Just yucky!

I'll join in on any anti-croc crusade, but a hatred for birkenstocks as well?  Birk's are damn comfortable, and they look just fine on my man-feet, thank you very much!
9645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 18, 2007, 05:31:39 PM
Mount speed won't affect the time it takes your character's sprite to go from City A to City B, but I believe it affects the amount of game-time that will pass as you head to City B.  In game terms, I think a faster mount means monsters will spawn on roads less frequently. 

I don't think it matters whether or not your mount has wings.
9646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A prayer to the Lord my God--PLEASE get rid of Sanjaya Malakar on: April 18, 2007, 01:30:47 PM
Did anyone catch the guy who runs votefortheworst.com, Dave Somethingorother, on Letterman?
9647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 17, 2007, 10:51:22 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 17, 2007, 10:40:35 PM

This game needs an auto-resolve on the battles when the enemy is 15'ish levels below you.  Taking my 45th level knight up against random 20th level enemies is just a waste of time.

Are you playing on the DS?  Try hitting cancel when the fight's popup box appears, if they're low enough you'll be able to skip them.
9648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My awesome idea for a new business venture on: April 17, 2007, 06:18:38 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 17, 2007, 06:13:22 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 17, 2007, 05:30:24 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 16, 2007, 04:17:30 PM

Thus the cheeseburger donut will be born.

You make it and I'll eat it. It sounds damned good.

I just need to explore what sort of dough I would use.  I am not sure if I would use donught dough or not.

"Why settle for a donut or a doughnut when you could have a donught?  Arkon's Burger Donughts...I put the ugh in donught!"

slywink
9649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Theatre of War on: April 17, 2007, 06:11:22 PM
I take it I'm the only person that remembers that shitty old Theatre of War game that was on the PC about 15 years ago?  It tried to be a real-time version of something similar to chess.  *shudder*

9650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 17, 2007, 05:28:15 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on April 17, 2007, 05:22:26 PM

Who's found a copy of Pokiemans?

Supposed to be out on the 22nd.
9651  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My awesome idea for a new business venture on: April 17, 2007, 04:43:54 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 17, 2007, 04:01:22 PM

You couldn't share the drain, as the splash-back would be horrendous. You could introduce a P-trap (oh the PUN!) in the built-in-plumbing (again!!) though, and then instead of flushing when you turn on the tap it triggers the flush.

The overhang would prevent the inebriated from parking their #2 in a #1 stall too...

As to the Johnson comment, I'd rather he be free than waiting twice as long and once done having some drunken schmuck trying to piss in the sink I'm washing my hands in.

"Why is this water warm? I never turned on the .. OMG!!!"

The real scary part is, urine is pretty much sterile, it would be an interesting science fair project to see what percentage of gas station bathrooms have tapwater less sterile than piss.

Mmm...all this talk about urinal-sinks is giving me a hankerin' for some donuts filled with pureed hamburger!
9652  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated 32 dead at Virginia tech shooting on: April 17, 2007, 01:31:39 PM
Here's an approximate timeline of events:

Quote
Here's an approximate timeline of the events as police and university officials have been able to recreate them.

7:15am

Monday morning dawns with students getting up early to head to class.

At the West Ambler Johnston co-ed dorm, home to 895 students, there's some kind of incident, and shots are fired. Police are called and find two people dead. They conclude it was an isolated domestic incident and that the danger is over.

8am

The doors of Norris Hall open for the day, as students enter the engineering building to go to class. Nothing seems out of the ordinary.

9:26am

With many students unaware of the violence in their midst, word of the dorm shooting comes in a widely distributed email that's received across the campus.

"Subject: Shooting on campus," the header reads.

"A shooting incident occurred at West Amber Johnston earlier this morning. Police are on the scene and are investigating.

"The university community is urged to be cautious and are asked to contact Virginia Tech Police if you observe anything suspicious or with information on the case. Contact Virginia Tech Police at 231-6411.

"Stay attuned to the http://www.vt.edu . We will post as soon as we have more information."

As far as authorities are concerned, whoever fired the shots has escaped the sprawling grounds of the university and is gone. It is now a police matter and the university believes it's safe for classes to continue.

9:45am

It's now more than two hours after the initial shooting and the lines at the Blacksburg, Va. 911 outpost light up en masse. Panicked students call on their cell phones to tell authorities someone has come to Norris Hall and begun randomly firing weapons at people inside.

His first target is a professor in one of the classrooms. He then turns his weapons on the stunned students.

9:55am

A second email is sent out by university brass. This one is far more terse and a lot more chilling.

"Subject: Please stay put," it begins.

"A gunman is loose on campus. Stay in buildings until further notice. Stay away from all windows."

10am

Within minutes of the second email, the university starts phoning resident advisers and asking them to knock on the doors of classrooms and dorm rooms, to spread the word about the danger faster.

But the campus is huge - some 1,050 hectares in length, described by one official as the size of a small city - and getting to everyone in such a busy environment over such a wide area is almost impossible.

While all this is going on, a gunman continues to blaze away in Norris Hall, picking off victims one at a time in rapid succession. His motive remains unknown, but his methodical task is succeeding all too well. Dozens lie either dead or seriously wounded.

10:05am

Students trying to escape the carnage find chains on some doors, closing off their only escape routes. As the killer approaches, many break open windows, jumping several storeys to the ground in desperation, preferring broken limbs to the possibility of being gunned down.

10:16am

The University sends out a third email.

"Subject: All Classes Canceled; Stay where you are.

"Virginia Tech has canceled all classes. Those on campus are asked to remain where there are, lock their doors and stay away from windows. Persons off campus are asked not to come to campus."

Police are on scene, hustling shocked students off the property and away from the area, still unsure what they're dealing with.

Many are told to enter unaffected buildings and wait for the all-clear signal. Others are simply shooed off campus altogether. No one else is allowed on the premises.

As TV stations, networks and the web pick up the story, word starts spreading quickly - there has been a massacre at Norris Hall.

10:52am

The fourth and final email comes out of Virginia Tech's administration office. By now, just about everyone knows the worst has happened, as ambulances and police cars occupy the campus around the classroom building.

The email contains some details that would later prove to be false, but was based on the best information available as confusion swirled.

"Subject: Second Shooting Reported; Police have one gunman in custody

"In addition to an earlier shooting today in West Ambler Johnston, there has been a multiple shooting with multiple victims in Norris Hall.

"Police and EMS are on the scene.

"Police have one shooter in custody and as part of routine police procedure, they continue to search for a second shooter.

"All people in university buildings are required to stay inside until further notice.

"All entrances to campus are closed."

10:55am

First reports indicate 22 are dead and at least that number are injured.

But as the afternoon goes on, the scope of the tragedy escalates. The death toll rises to first 29, then 30, and finally settles at 32. The number of injured sits at around 15.

A doctor at one of the local hospitals indicates the gunman was extreme in his cruelty. He fired at least three bullets into every single victim, and all the wounded patients he examined were suffering from some kind of gun related injury.

"There were leg, arm, head, face (injuries), the more critical ones actually had head or facial shots. There were chest shots, leg shots, arm shots. He was just shooting to kill," relates ER physician Dr. Joseph Cacioppo.

11am

It has been more than three and a half hours after the initial shooting, when Norris Hall finally falls silent. The gunman saved his final bullet for himself, leaving the final bloody toll at 33.
9653  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated 32 dead at Virginia tech shooting on: April 17, 2007, 01:23:45 PM
So from this article, it appears "[The University President, Charles Steger] said investigators did not know there was a shooter loose on the campus in the interval between the two shootings because the first could have been a murder-suicide."

I know it's all to easy to point fingers and lay blame for these horrible situations, but I hope it doesn't turn out that the 2nd shooting really did occur because they just assumed he already killed himself.
9654  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My awesome idea for a new business venture on: April 17, 2007, 12:45:55 PM
Seperate drains?  You're overcomplicatifying it.  Just put a faucet above an existing urinal!  Throw in a deodorizing cake that doubles as hand soap, and it's even more brilliant!
9655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 17, 2007, 12:39:46 PM

Quote from: Brendan on April 17, 2007, 03:11:13 AM

Quote from: Jancelot on April 17, 2007, 02:49:40 AM

Quote from: Brendan on April 17, 2007, 02:27:39 AM

I look forward to your analysis of Gillette's pricing strategy - $/blade when you buy the initial razor package is great!  $/blade for razor refills?  Not so much.  Perhaps you use a straight razor that you hand-whet on a stone? slywink

Er, that's a terrible analogy to another industry that rips off its customers.

Huh?  It's an entirely appropriate analogy.  This is how businesses work.  The holy grail for every software company is an annuity-based business where they can charge you money over and over again after the initial sale.  You have the option to stop shaving.

The razor analogy is a good one, but you didn't set it up equivalent to the Guitar Hero situation.

Right now you pay, let's say $10 for the shaver with one razor, and $10 for a 3-pack refill.  Ignoring the cost of the shaver handle (like we're ignoring the cost of the packaging, shipping, and base game for GH), you initially pay $10/razor, and then $3.33 per razor in a 3-pack.

It gets cheaper when you're buying just the cartridge.

If we were to equate it to Guitar Hero, the refill would cost twice as much per cartridge.  They would have to charge you $20/cartridge, or $60 for a 3-pack.

You're paying twice as much for each cartridge, and you're not even getting the razor handle along with it.

Now it's equivalent to Guitar Hero.
9656  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My awesome idea for a new business venture on: April 16, 2007, 06:55:48 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 16, 2007, 06:45:58 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 16, 2007, 06:44:06 PM

Just puree the cooked ground beef and cheddar cheese, scrape it into a pastry bag or tube, and squeeze it into a jelly donut shell.  Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and dip it into your favorite coffee.  Delicious!

Wow, my stomach hurts already!

It's a work in progress, maybe Arkon could add pink sprinkles made out of chewable Pepto Bismol!
9657  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My awesome idea for a new business venture on: April 16, 2007, 06:44:06 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 16, 2007, 06:36:52 PM

Hrmm but they are using donuts as buns... what I am suggesting is more along the lines of say a jelly donut with a cheeseburger inside not a normal burger patty with half a donut underneath and above.  Still need more research.. and I might be open to a join venture Jlu.

Just puree the cooked ground beef and cheddar cheese, scrape it into a pastry bag or tube, and squeeze it into a jelly donut shell.  Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and dip it into your favorite coffee.  Delicious!
9658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My awesome idea for a new business venture on: April 16, 2007, 06:30:22 PM
The Gateway Grizzlies baseball team's "Baseball's Best Burger" mentioned in that article was who I was thinking of.

This thread is making me want a Monte Cristo.
9659  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My awesome idea for a new business venture on: April 16, 2007, 06:13:46 PM
I hate to break it to you, but I remember hearing that some ballpark already had a guy making cheesburgers with krispy kreme donuts as the buns.
9660  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 20 dead at Virginia tech on: April 16, 2007, 05:24:37 PM
Here's the OO thread about the event, where Yankeeman is giving some first hand accounts from the campus.

Has there been any report yet on the possible motive?
9661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 03:17:29 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 16, 2007, 02:59:26 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 16, 2007, 02:31:26 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on April 16, 2007, 02:09:11 PM

Pokemon tempts me.  I've not played any of them since the GB releases (Red, Blue, Yellow, Silver).  Anyone have any comments on the DS versions?

Haven't been following this new Pokemon too closely, but I think the big bullet points are:

I haven't played one of these since the GB Color version, but I might just pick this up to see how it looks on the DS.

493?!

I'll never catch 'em all.

But you gotta!

As far as forum trading goes, from the exclusives list I think Pearl is the one I'm going to get.
9662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 02:31:26 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on April 16, 2007, 02:09:11 PM

Pokemon tempts me.  I've not played any of them since the GB releases (Red, Blue, Yellow, Silver).  Anyone have any comments on the DS versions?

Haven't been following this new Pokemon too closely, but I think the big bullet points are:

I haven't played one of these since the GB Color version, but I might just pick this up to see how it looks on the DS.
9663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekly VC update on: April 16, 2007, 02:16:46 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 16, 2007, 01:51:27 PM

Quote from: kronovan on April 16, 2007, 01:36:39 PM

How does Virtua Fighter 2 stack up as a console fighting game?

The Genesis version is a 2D sprite fighter that if I remember correctly was pretty good for the time.

I was all ready to mock you, I thought for sure this was one of the first 3d rendered fighters, but I guess you're right.  This is the first screenshot I could find for the Genesis version:

9664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekly VC update on: April 16, 2007, 01:03:24 PM
(Virtua Fighter 2 (Genesis) released as well)
9665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 16, 2007, 02:06:18 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on April 16, 2007, 01:39:59 AM

*sigh*

I think this is a reasonable time for that horrid picture about arguing on the internet, but I won't bother.

I give up. You'll just have to excuse me from the "conversation".

In the meantime I'll be enjoying my new songs and everyone else can keep wandering from thread to thread complaining about five or six bucks or whatever it is.

You make it seem like you think a conversation has to end with everyone having the exact same opinion.  You think it's a fair deal, myself and others think it's a greedy cash grab.  That's ok.
9666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 15, 2007, 03:10:43 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 15, 2007, 04:42:03 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2007, 06:00:23 PM

I miss the old thread title!


So I just finished the game.  I really enjoyed the experience, but I have to say I'm real disappointed in how little of the huge map you end up exploring.  If it was on the PC version I could hope for an expansion pack to let me see the rest of the world, but on the DS it's just going to be a big tease.

Aw, they don't let you into the whole map?  That sucks.  You're right, it's just a big tease if they show you all this area, and then don't let you actually go into it.  How much of the map do you actually get to look at?

Spoiler warning just in case, just listing where on the map you won't go:
Spoiler for Hiden:
You never enter the big snowy corner in the northwest, or that entire western strip of land below it.  You don't visit that island in the center, or that land mass in the south.  You also don't go further south  than Drakenburg and Gallia.  It looks like at least 2/3 of the map you don't get to see.

Quote from: Misguided on April 15, 2007, 02:16:32 PM

Incidentally, has anyone found a rune of water? I'd love to know where one is.
It does exist, but I don't remember where I got it.  The runes usually seem to be listed in the order you got them, so from my list it looks like Water comes after Fire, Earth, and Air, but before Trolls and Shells.
9667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 14, 2007, 09:35:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 14, 2007, 06:59:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2007, 06:00:23 PM

I miss the old thread title!


So I just finished the game.  I really enjoyed the experience, but I have to say I'm real disappointed in how little of the huge map you end up exploring.  If it was on the PC version I could hope for an expansion pack to let me see the rest of the world, but on the DS it's just going to be a big tease.

Just out of curiosity, what level were you at completion?

I had just recently hit level 50.  This is with me doing every single side quest, and capturing every town and rune.  Never did instant action or "choose your opponent."
9668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 14, 2007, 06:00:23 PM
I miss the old thread title!


So I just finished the game.  I really enjoyed the experience, but I have to say I'm real disappointed in how little of the huge map you end up exploring.  If it was on the PC version I could hope for an expansion pack to let me see the rest of the world, but on the DS it's just going to be a big tease.
9669  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know it's bad for Don Imus........ on: April 13, 2007, 05:43:28 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 13, 2007, 05:40:13 PM

lock this thread, seriously

Really?  Seems pretty civil so far.
9670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Super Paper Mario Impressions on: April 13, 2007, 03:20:47 PM
Ok, screw it.  Backlog be damned, I'm buying this today.
9671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Catan, Carcasonne, Alhambra to XBLA! on: April 13, 2007, 02:18:34 AM
Ooh, I like the visual style they went with for Carcassonne, another must-buy.
9672  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Worst Client Ever on: April 12, 2007, 08:43:56 PM
I agree that the ending was missing something, let's spice it up a bit:

Quote from: Orgull on April 12, 2007, 03:26:12 PM

Quote from: Scoop20906 on April 12, 2007, 02:47:09 PM

Thats a cliff hanger ending...

Did she ever produce any documents. Did he tax return get done? Did you just walk out????

I tried to use her bank book to get bank statements, but as I reached for the bank book I saw a flash of movement out of the corner of my eye.  Before I could even begin to turn my head to investigate, I was hit from behind with a box-set of Matlock on VHS.  I swiveled around to find Mrs. Client, a look of Hell's fury on her face, taking the tennis balls off of her walker's legs.

"You're in trouble, Tax Preparer, and yes, that's bad," she scowled.

I dove behind the paisley couch for protection, but it was no use.  She reached into her knapsack filled with more rabid malnourished chihuahuas and began lobbing them over my cover.  The direct hits were painful enough, with rows of frothy toothpicks latching on to my flesh, but the near misses were even worse--hitting the ground just made these feral nuggets all the more angry.  Muffy herself smashed through the side room door and made a bee-line for my crotch.  I tried to dodge, but Muffy made a last second turn and ripped out my Achille's tendon.  I went down.

As I crawled along, fighting to keep the chihuahuas from my throat and groin, I desperately searched for something, anything, that I could use as a weapon.  I could hear the scraping of Mrs. Client's deadly walker as she came ever closer for a finishing blow.  My searching hands finally closed upon my last hope for survival--a bottle of denture adhesive.

The events of the next 30 seconds are far too NSFW to mention here, but in the end I was able to stand on one leg, surrounded by a dozen dead chihuahuas and a hogtied Mrs. Client.

I put them all in a garbage bag and mailed them in, the CRA accepted it just fine. Morons.  icon_biggrin
9673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 20GB PS3 Officially Discontinued on: April 12, 2007, 08:02:12 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 12, 2007, 07:44:31 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on April 12, 2007, 07:06:16 PM

Didn't they intentionally ship more of the 60gb version to retailers pre and post launch?  If that's true, then of course it would make sense that based on raw sales data the 60gb outsold the 20gb.  A more telling analysis might be to look at how long eack sku remained on retailer shelves.  If the 20gb moved much quicker at retail than the 60gb, that might be a better indicator of consumer demand than total units sold.  But I'm not a six figure executive or product analyst, so wth do I know.  Their sales data seems to just support the skew in sku's shipped ninja2

I had my sights set on the 20gb version...bastards!
Whether it was by demand as they claim or not (and all indications point to "not") they absolutely shipped more 60gbs to market than 20. The official company line is roughly 80/20, but I saw about 3 total since release. My guess is that it was even more rare, like 90/10 or something.

Well, Sony's line is that "the market preferred the 60GB at a 10:1 ratio."  If we take that as a sales ratio during the time both versions were being sold, and we already know that every single 20GB sold out while you could find stacks of 60GB in stores...so if we take their stupid 10:1 purchase claim as truth, it means that at best there was one 20GB produced for every ten 60GB, and actually far fewer.
9674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 12, 2007, 07:15:01 PM
And it just hit me, if they do indeed offer 80s edition for download on Live, they're going to have egg on their face no matter how they price it.  If they match the PS2 price, their other DLC songs look overpriced.  If they keep their current pricing plan, they give everyone an even more obvious PS2 vs. Live pricing comparison that shows DLC to be overpriced.
9675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Sales in UK Continue To Plummet on: April 12, 2007, 03:28:43 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 12, 2007, 03:24:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 12, 2007, 03:18:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 12, 2007, 03:16:33 PM

Sadly, blu-ray was only one of the reasons why it became so expensive to manufacture.

Explain.

Um, this isn't complicated Tonto. Blu-Ray players are expensive as balls right now.

You fail the internet!

ATB, I was under the impression that the core processor was much more expensive, and that it wasn't becoming cheaper to manufacture as quickly as they had anticipated.
9676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Sales in UK Continue To Plummet on: April 12, 2007, 03:16:33 PM
Sadly, blu-ray was only one of the reasons why it became so expensive to manufacture.  Even if they could switch to a DVD drive, I don't think they'd drop the price from $600.
9677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Sales in UK Continue To Plummet on: April 12, 2007, 03:04:48 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 12, 2007, 03:01:56 PM

But seriously folks, obviously Sony cannot abandon the platform.  So is the idea and hope that once the titles are released sales will spike?
One thing's for sure, it'll be easier than ever to estimate how much of a system seller the big releases later this year are.  When Lair or whatever's next is released, it'll practically be a 1:1 ratio of games:systems sold.
9678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 20GB PS3 Officially Discontinued on: April 12, 2007, 02:15:19 PM

Quote from: msduncan on April 12, 2007, 02:12:43 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 12, 2007, 02:01:25 PM

Quote from: msduncan on April 12, 2007, 01:43:00 PM

Varying levels of console just serves to limit game development.

Not selling consoles serves to limit game development.

 Roll Eyes

Well, it's true.  Now my PS3 purchase is going to have to wait for an additional price drop or two, unless the blu-ray format has a definitive win and the PS3 is still the cheapest blu-ray player when I want one.

I agree it's smarter to have just one version of a console, but they got rid of the wrong one.

edit: Plus, how exactly would the two PS3 versions limit game development?  A game that needs 21G on the hard drive?  A game that makes use of the card reader?  Somehow tie the chrome plating into the gameplay?
9679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA 4 details emerge on: April 11, 2007, 10:08:24 PM
Well, it's not exactly addressing your wish, but the preview from Game Informer does touch on it:

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# In previous GTA games you were like a slave because you had to constantly take orders from people when doing missions. There is still an element of that in Grand Theft Auto 4, but you can also choose how you want to spend your time, for example "I want to hang out with him and her. I want to hang out with this guy because he always has fun things to do." Call him up and maybe you can hang with him. Maybe he'll answer. You have a lot of choice over what you want to do.

# In GTA 4, Rockstar is giving its players more freedom, more choice, and more sense of control over their destiny - the structure of GTA4's storyline is quite different to it's predecessors as it can be told in a number of different ways. You can talk to people in person, by cell phones, and there are a bunch of other ways of giving the player information. In general it's a different experience, with new ways of interacting with the characters and the game world.

There are some other really good tidbits in that interview, worth a peek.
9680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: April 11, 2007, 07:42:12 PM
Remember that the game is designed around having multiple playthroughs.  Don't expect to be able to rescue everyone from the start, and feel free to die in a blaze of glory as you gain XP and new skills for the next run.
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