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9881  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.
9882  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.
9883  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
9884  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 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.
9885  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.
9886  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.


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.
9887  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.
9888  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.
9889  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?
9890  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:

# 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.
9891  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.
9892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally- Punishment for Lawbreaking NFLers on: April 11, 2007, 06:56:05 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on April 11, 2007, 06:51:10 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 11, 2007, 04:34:37 PM

There has always been a system in place for punishing athletes and celebrites who break the law.  It's called "the legal system".

Are you saying the NFL shouldn't punish athletes who misbehave? I have a personal conduct clause in my employment agreement. I don't see why NFL players shouldn't be held to that same standard.

I read that as saying that you think employees fear punishment from their employer more than from the government when they break the law.  I don't think it's the observation you intended to make, but I think it holds some truth!
9893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 11, 2007, 06:40:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 11, 2007, 06:35:49 PM

Is 47 the total including all the licensed tracks that came with GH1?

Yeah, 47 total songs in GH1.

I think even $1.06 per song for the original GH1 is a generous estimate, since you're also getting the game engine for that price.
9894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Current backlog of games...the horror, the horror! on: April 11, 2007, 06:00:08 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 11, 2007, 05:43:13 PM

So... what's more important to people: clearing the backlog, or spending time enjoying the games in it until you're satisfied with the time you put in, whether it be a short game or a long one?

Those are the same thing to me.  Clearing my backlog doesn't mean I'm going to be slogging through un-fun sections just for the sake of hitting the end.  My backlog is filled with games that have a lot more joy to give me, but were pushed aside by a newer must-have title.  Off the top of my head, I got distracted partway through:  FFXII, Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, Rogue Galaxy, FFIII, FFVI, Dead Rising, Zelda Twilight, God of War I, Phoenix Wright I & II, and more. 

All top tier must-have games for my taste, but they're all on pause because I got distracted by Puzzle Questing and dusting off my PS2 Guitar Hero.  And besides already out games I want to buy, like Gears of War, Paper Mario, R6:V, and God of War 2, I've got Forza 2 and Mass Effect looming ahead ready to suck up my time.

There's just too much excellent gaming to be had these days, plain and simple.
9895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is there a way to remove a game from your XBL Profile? on: April 11, 2007, 01:30:41 PM
Someone's regretting their one night stand with the Barbie's Pony Adventure demo...
9896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Markeplace on: April 11, 2007, 01:19:44 PM
Now I'm glad I held back the temptation to trade in my PS2 version for the 360.  I'm perfectly happy with I & II, 80s edition should be reasonably priced, and I just might consider the PS2 version of GHIII when it comes out.

Of course, all this willpower will vanish if they release a David Bowie pack on Live.
9897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Boom,boom rocket on: April 11, 2007, 03:02:17 AM
Catan website says it's not due till May. frown
9898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Johnny Hart on: April 10, 2007, 07:18:32 PM
Garfield got new life once it was discovered that you need to pretend the speech and thought bubbles don't exist.  Even the new ones are instant classics.
9899  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: General Tso doesn't love me but I can't break free on: April 10, 2007, 06:59:38 PM
I think in most of the country General Tso/Tsao/Gao chicken is the same exact breaded stuff you see for orange chicken, but with a different sauce.
9900  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: General Tso doesn't love me but I can't break free on: April 10, 2007, 06:25:52 PM

Quote from: javahead on April 10, 2007, 06:10:02 PM

You're telling me there is no other option for Chinese in the area? Perhaps a delivery service??
I mean mall food...come on!
There's no need to be treasonus to the General. Just find another place that makes it better.
It's worse than you think, I actually work just a few blocks away from Chinatown.  When I go there, though, I always get something as non-Americanized as I can find, like pho, char kway teow, dim-sum or sashimi.  And I do go there, thankfully, more often than I opt for food court fare but...

There's just something about food court food.  It' easy.  Accessible.

And I don't think finding another place that makes it better would really accomplish anything.  General Tso is gonna be delicious but terrible pretty much everywhere you go.  At his best he's still going to be a greasy, fatty, breaded delight.

Somehow I've managed to inernalize that I feel like shit every time I eat a quarter pounder with cheese at McDonalds, and it now rarely tempts me.  General Tso though, I just can't break free.
9901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Keyboard Controller for the 360? on: April 10, 2007, 06:00:19 PM
Where's the version that has the Q, A, and Z rows off-set like a normal keyboard?  With the way it has the A row shifted left and the Z row shifted right, I could see it driving me insane pretty quickly.
9902  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / General Tso doesn't love me but I can't break free on: April 10, 2007, 05:43:53 PM
I head down to the local food court Chinese stand nearly once a week and usually end up with General Tso's chicken.  Almost every time, the chicken starts tasting a little funny towards the end of the meal, some of the last pieces start looking like they're from more "creative" cuts of meat, and without fail I leave lunch feeling a bit off in the stomach and in my head, ready to lie down on the nearest anything to take a nap for a good 3-4 days.

But I keep coming back.  I can't help it.  He calls out to me, like a high cholesterol siren singing out with promises of MSG and deep fried breading.  I know I'm going to regret it.  I know that as I'm waddling back to my office I'm going to once more swear to never eat General Tso's chicken ever ever again.

But he always draws me back with his charm.  General Tso is crispy.  General Tso is inexpensive.  General Tso is very generous with his portion sizes.  General Tso is covered in a delicious sauce, and comes with my choice of rice or noodles.

Why can't I break away from the General?  I know he's bad for me, I know he's unhealthy, I know I'll regret it every time I meet him for lunch.

Why can't I quit you, General Tso?!
9903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 'Personal Development Plan' on: April 10, 2007, 02:08:13 PM
"Now that I have achieved perfection, my goal is to help the rest of you sods rise up to be closer to my level of magnificense."
9904  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: AMD Price Drops on: April 10, 2007, 02:06:27 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 10, 2007, 01:58:07 PM

I've been out of the PC game for a long time now.

What does the top most chip equate to in Megahertz?

I believe it runs at 3000Mhz, and the 6000+ means it's supposed to be equivalent to a 6000Mhz Intel processor.
9905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Current backlog of games...the horror, the horror! on: April 10, 2007, 02:00:17 PM
My backlog is horrendous, but mostly made of console games at the moment.

I'm thinking of instituting a policy whereupon I can only purchase a new game after completing two games from my backlog.  This system would ensure that my backlog is always being whittled down, while being flexible enough to allow for must-have day-one-purchase releases.
9906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 10, 2007, 12:56:39 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 10, 2007, 05:12:50 AM

It's way too consistant to be a conspiracy theory.

I'm telling you, a resist comes EVERY fricken time there is a choice move up on the board.

I totally swear, if you open the top of the DS one more notch, so that it's open flat, and then turn it upside down when you try to cast a spell it will never get resisted.  Last night this worked like 20 times in a row.

9907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did you know? on: April 10, 2007, 03:09:53 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 10, 2007, 02:52:52 AM

Much better!
9908  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thank God your here on: April 10, 2007, 02:20:42 AM
Really?  I was pretty disappointed with the first hour, some good moments but it seemed so scripted.  I know the featured comedian was making it up on the spot, but everything they're fed is so rigid.  Like when Wayne Knight said the photo of the man was the "after" picture, it was a good joke.  But the girl wasn't able or allowed to adapt, and had to follow up by saying it was in fact the "before" picture for their next preplanned gag.

Maybe I'm just too used to the more usual format for improv.
9909  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: A great POTBS overview on: April 09, 2007, 11:45:30 PM
Here's the article's summary for the lazy, but the whole thing is a very good read:

      Easy To Jump In And Play without any steep learning curves
      Micro-Balance Of Opposing Factions via matched skills and equipment
      Achieves Dynamic World Changes through both PvE and PvP actions
      Intrinsically Ties the PvE and PvP game to the game economy
      100% Player-Driven economy
      Palatable And Robust mission-driven leveling system
      Cinematic Game-Play with full animation of avatars and NPCs
      Uniquely Historical avatar combat system
      Uniquely Historical naval combat system
      Amazing Graphics that maintain rich appearance on moderate computers
      Mac Compatibility
      Huge Diversity in character attire and appearance
      Full Circle, Winnable Game with rewards and with no end-game grind
      Non-Grinding Production System for the manufacturing of all player items
      Heroic Storyline that is different for every player, based upon choices made
      NPC Sidekick Potential via unique storyline missions
      Character Skill Choices, rather than gear, differentiates character ability
      Absence Of Gear Competition promotes good game environment among friends
      Thar Be Pirates, Matey!

I'm very excited about this one, is it really coming out in June?  I very much hope they pull this one off, on paper at least it looks like they're doing everything right.
9910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Reason #69 why the XBOX Live Vision Camera might have been a bad idea *NSFW* on: April 09, 2007, 06:31:10 PM
No obligatory Penny Arcade comic post yet? 

9911  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Testing the psychic on: April 09, 2007, 06:23:15 PM
Let's see what we can dig up today...

Airplane on fire in Tennessee

Pilot dies in plane crash in East China

Flights to Hawaii losing seats left and right

Any good?
9912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 09, 2007, 05:07:00 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 09, 2007, 04:32:22 PM

Are the quests very different among the various classes?

I'm pretty amazed at how long the game is, and how many quests.  And the amazing thing is, it never gets boring.

I don't think there's any difference in the quests between classes.
9913  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sony Report Reveals First Look at Absolute Blu-ray and HD DVD Disc Sales Fig on: April 09, 2007, 04:02:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 09, 2007, 03:44:49 PM

I look at the 100k delta between them and one thing is verly clear to me - the war is still in full swing.

Yeah, I read the numbers to mean I'm either going to someday buy a combo player, or install both a blu-ray and HD-DVD drive into my HTPC.

Can't we just have them settle this with rock-paper-scissors?
9914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 09, 2007, 03:54:51 PM
Thank you GameFAQs forum via Penny-Arcade's forum, we now have....capture puzzle solutions!

I'm happy to say I've solved most of them on my own so far, but there are some that have long since left "fun" and entered deep into "annoying."
9915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/9) on: April 09, 2007, 01:57:43 PM
Alex Kidd, is that a Genesis title?  I thought that was only on the old Sega Master System.

I should be buying Paper Mario, as it's exactly my kind of game, but the backlog is just too big to justify any purchases.
9916  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Vive Pinata 19.99 @ target? on: April 09, 2007, 01:18:13 AM
The $30 deal was close to breaking me down, but if it's really available for $20 there's no way I can resist.
9917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 08, 2007, 05:04:11 PM
If it makes you feel any better, teaching your pinky to be useful is one of the hardest parts of learning real guitar as well!  You just gotta practice enough to give it some strength and dexterity. smile
9918  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Monitor, or Graphic's card? on: April 07, 2007, 06:42:48 PM
My first guess would be a loose monitor cable.
9919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: April 06, 2007, 09:43:40 PM
Great info in this Relic podcast.

  • Is indeed stand-alone but can combine with original Dark Crusade style.
  • Panzer Elite "really cool super-elite units" Jagd Panthers, King Tigers, Falschenjagers, infiltration stuff, "really cool really sneaky tactical options"
  • Both sides: want to play different against each other and contrast nicely with existing armies
  • Panzer Elite all about mobility, don't really have static defenses, all vehicle based
  • German Campaign exists
  • Brits: Very defense focused, many emplacement options, can dig slit trenches to create cover, focus on using officer corps to boost troops in radius
  • Brits: masters of artillery "tactical micro for artillery", creeping barrage "walking wall of death"
  • Brits: odd unique tanks, The Churchill looks like it belongs in WH40k
  • "Shoot! Shoot! Shoot, Ya bloody wanker!"
  • One of the Relic devs is obsessed with posting internet cat pics to the team...
9920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Tranformers: The Game Screenshots [56k] on: April 06, 2007, 08:13:50 PM
Megatron's so happy!
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