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Console Games / GDC: Sony's Turn to Do Something Cool
« on: March 07, 2007, 11:15:16 am »
PlayStation HOME

This new 3d interface will allow users to interact with other PS3 owners in a virtual environment that allows them to initiate online gaming, chat, check out each other's trophies from various games, or watch one another's media, as well as a variety of other personalized features like designing your avatar and his/her home -- which others can visit.

Pics:







Video:

http://download.gametrailers.com/gt_...gdc07_h264.wmv


Little Big Planet

An adorable four-player co-op sidescrolling platformer that utilizes physics throughout as your personalized characters rush through the environment, helping one another as they go and generally just being cute as hell. **Really Impressive**

Video:

Click here for trailer.

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Console Games / Odin Sphere ~One Reason Why the PS2 Lives~
« on: March 01, 2007, 10:21:51 am »

Click the pic above for the Official English website.

This PS2 title was recently licensed for release stateside by Atlus, the company kind enough to have brought over the original Disgaea, Trauma Center, and the Shin Megami Tensei series. To say that it looks unique would be an understatement. I could go into details regarding how it looks and why it's worth keeping an eye on, but honestly, I'll let it do that for itself.




IF those pics don't impress you, at least watch the game's Official Trailer before judging too harshly. It's gorgeous in motion.

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Originally, this thread was devoted to some of the WALL-E announcements coming out, but that seems too limited a topic at this time to have a full thead about it that could last and be of major use. For this reason, I've decided to change the thread into an all-purpose Pixar thread for discussing their past successes, future endeavors, why Cars wasn't nearly as good as The Incredibles, etc.

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The 1st promotional logo for the film, due to hit in June 2008.

If you hadn't heard, this is the next major film coming out from Pixar. It's being written and directed by Andrew Stanton, the man behind Finding Nemo. Though there's been a huge veil of secrecy about the project for some time, information is starting to come out.

In some ways, it appears to be one of the more important films in Pixar's history due to it taking various chances and experimenting heavily with what's been done in animation (Western animation, that is) before. Long stretches of the film without dialogue, set in a time in which mankind has abandoned the Earth, and focuses on the last operational Waste Allocation Load Lifters - Earth class robot left to clean up the place.

If you want detailed information on the film's story, though not quite in the way of spoilers, hop on over here and check it out. Being a huge Pixar fan, I'm looking forward to seeing what Stanton can bring to the table that's different.

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Books / MANGA! It's MANGA!
« on: February 16, 2007, 02:25:21 pm »
Same as the 'ANIME! It's ANIME!' topic, only this time about the books.
Awesome, I know.

For those yet uninitiated into the hobby, here's some quick info:

Quote from: 'Manga,' via Wikipedia
Manga is the Japanese word for comics and print cartoons. Outside of Japan, it usually refers specifically to Japanese comics. As of 2007, manga represents a multi-billion dollar global market. Manga developed from a mixture of ukiyo-e and foreign styles of drawing, and took its current form shortly after World War II. It comes mainly in black and white, except for the covers and sometimes the first few pages; in some Animanga all the pages are colored.

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Though roughly equivalent to the American comic book, manga holds more importance in Japanese culture than comics do in American culture. In economic terms, weekly sales of comics in Japan exceed the entire annual output of the American comic industry. Several major manga magazines which contain about a dozen episodes from different authors sell several million copies each per week. Manga is well respected both as an art form and as a form of popular literature, though it has not reached the acceptance level of historically higher art genres such as film or music.

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Like its American counterpart, some manga has been criticized for being violent or sexual. For example, a number of film adaptations of manga such as Ichi the Killer or Old Boy were rated Restricted or Mature in the States. However, there have been no official inquiries or laws trying to limit what can be drawn in manga, except for vague decency laws applying to all published materials, stating that "overly indecent materials should not be sold." This freedom has allowed artists to draw manga for every age group and for about every topic.

So yeah. Manga is diverse (think of something, there's a manga of it) and contains some truly fascinating stories. Let's talk about some of them.

One of my current favorites is DEATH NOTE.



Death Note tells the story of Light Yagami, an honors high school student, who comes into possession of a book called the "Death Note." Once he touches it, he's able to see a shinigami, the Japanese equivalent of a grim reaper, and is told that anyone's name he writes into the Death Note will die. Light decides to use the book to kill off criminals of violent crimes in an attempt to create a utopia; but when Interpol brings in a special detective named 'L' to determine what's happening with all these criminals dropping dead, Light's strict sense of morality has to bend to protect himself from L's amazing talents.

It's a serious morality play with some outstanding cleverness and art thrown into it. It's being adapted into an anime and a feature film was released recently.

Click here for a HUGE pic of its awesome artwork.
[Beware all those with dial-up; the above link will destroy you.]


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Console Games / SEEDS ~Clover Lives~
« on: February 15, 2007, 02:30:01 pm »
Some of you may have heard that Clover Studios, the development group behind the original Viewtiful Joe, Godhand, and the amazing Okami, is going to be merged into Capcom proper by the end of March. The original announcement was met with a great deal of confusion and upset, particulary from fans of their games and people who felt Capcom was being too hasty in dissolving the group. What many didn't know, not even many gaming sites, was that Clover's primary members had already split Capcom months before the company's announcement.

Turns out, they finally got something up and running:



Word has it that they've got tremendous financial backing, though only god knows from where. If true, things could prove interesting for the new company in the future. For those of you unaware of Clover Studios (now SEED) and its major figures, here's a quick rundown:

Atsushi Inaba: The original mastermind behind Clover and exec. producer on all of its games.
Shinji Mikami: Creator of Resident Evil and Godhand; Director of RE4; Exec. Producer on Phoenix Wright.
Hideki Kamiya: Creator of Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe, and Okami.

Not a bad lineup for an upstart company.

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Console Games / MASS EFFECT ~Bioware's Gift to Us~
« on: February 02, 2007, 11:58:18 am »


Mass Effect is the new game for the 360 from the developers behind the original KOTOR (Knights of the Old Republic), Bioware. It has been identified as the first of three planned games; it's due to release May 22nd. With the ability to customize your character in a variety of ways, explore the galaxy, and affect the course of events through your every decision (during dialogues and elsewhere), it's looking to be one of the more ambitious titles to hit the console market this generation.

Official Site
Developer's IGN Blog
Trailer (newest)
E3 Demo Movie

So, who's excited?

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Portable Games / Professor Layton & the Mysterious Village (DS)
« on: February 01, 2007, 08:13:02 pm »
Professor Layton & the Mysterious Village is an original game from Level-5, the development house behind DQ VIII, the Dark Cloud franchise, Rogue Galaxy, and the upcoming games DQ IX (for the DS) and White Knight Story (for the PS3). It's the first game published on their own and the first to appear on a non-Sony platform. It mixes a variety of puzzles together in a mystery that is heavily influenced by anime.

To find more in-depth information for the game, head here.
If you'd like to watch the first trailer for the game, it's available as well.

Even though this game is still relatively unknown, I was thrilled to hear of a Level-5 game appearing on the DS prior to DQ IX releasing. It's a very unique game for them and it appears they've put a lot of thought into its presentation and gameplay. The fact that they've yet to let me down (other than the True Fantasy Live Online fiasco) is another reason I wanted to mention it.

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Everything Else / The iPhone
« on: January 09, 2007, 11:50:17 am »
Sex. Written. All. Over. It.



Coming in June.

Apple owns the future.

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Console Games / 1st Post from the WII!
« on: December 22, 2006, 12:34:43 am »
This thread is for folks to post the very first time from the trial version of Opera on the WII. Make it as long or as short as you like: This is just a celebratory thread so there's no pressure.

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Portable Games / Line Rider Coming to DS & Wii!
« on: December 21, 2006, 06:15:18 pm »
This is good news, folks. I put this thread in the 'Portable Games' section 'cause I'm trying to imagine something as good at just wasting time with as Line Rider and coming up empty. And since the DS is the current king of wasting time and having fun while doing so, it only seemed appropriate.

If you haven't had the opportunity to try this game out, go here. And if you want to see what others have been able to accomplish with the game, check this out as well. :)

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Console Games / NEW Kingdom Hearts Game TBA Soon!
« on: December 20, 2006, 10:49:11 am »
So according to this, a new Kingdom Hearts game will be announced by Square-Enix in the very near future. Ordinarily, I'd say the Wii has a decent shot at getting the title but Nomura LOVES his graphical goodies and especially characters with lots of zippers. Makes me wonder how many zippers the Wii can handle.

Discuss your KH3 (or KH Gaiden) speculation here.

[Note: The poll will run until the announcement is made by S-E which platform the game is on.]

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Portable Games / Dragon Quest IX for the DS!
« on: December 11, 2006, 10:48:04 pm »
Yes.

It's true.

The DS owns Japan. Whole.

This, Sony, is the herald of your handheld's doom.

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Console Games / Wii Friend Codes
« on: November 24, 2006, 02:31:12 pm »
PHI seems to have left us but, if you add your Wii code to this thread I'll add it to the forum sticky.
-Danzik


The point of this thread is to make available Friend Codes for use with Nintendo's new system, the Wii.  When providing your Friend Code, please include the information in the following format: Name --> Friend Code --> Name of Primary Mii you'll be sharing. That will make it easier for me to copy and paste it into the OP and help people identify your Mii once it's sent to them.

Also: Make certain your Friend Code is correct when you post it; it takes only a moment to verify but will save people on the other side of things time in the long run.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How do I find my Wii's Friend Code?

The Wii Menu


Your Friend Code is located on the front of your Address Book. To access your Address Book, click on the Mail Icon in the lower right-hand side of the screen. [This can also be called the 'Wii Messageboard' but we'll call it 'Wii Mail' for now 'cause it's shorter and a pun. :) ] Once you're in your Mail screen, on which various updates, messages, and the like will be recorded, there are two Icons on the left-hand side of the screen at the bottom. Click on the one that's 2nd from the left, labeled helpfully enough, "Address Book." Once in your Address Book, you should see the following:



If you don't, click on the arrows along either side of the Address Book' listings till you see it. Your Wii Friend Code is located in the gray'd out portion of the above picture.

How do I register someone's Friend Code on my Wii?

First, you have to know what their Friend Code is. [This is the entire point of this thread, after all. ;) ] Once you have their Friend Code, access the Address Book in the same way as you did before. But this time, click the Register button in the right-hand corner (as visible in the pic above). A mini-window will appear for the Friend Code to be entered. Click on that and enter the Friend Code using the Wii's numeric keypad. Once you've put it in, click 'OK.' [Note: If you enter the Friend Code incorrectly, don't worry -- the Wii will reject the Code and let you know there's an error with it.]

After this another mini-window will appear in the original's place asking for a Name for the Friend Code. Click on it and type in the person's name. [Note: This doesn't have to be any particular name. It can be whatever you want it to be, so I would recommend making it a name that will help you remember who that person is.] Once it's been entered to your satisfaction, hit 'OK' again.

Say 'OK' to any further mini-windows that pop up, till you get back to the Address Book. The person you just entered will appear in the 1st open spot in your Address Book and will be colored grey. Once that person has added you as well into their Address Book, it will become black and you can send messages between one another. While grey, however, the name is useless, so make sure to let the person you added know you're waiting to be registered on their Wii.

How do I send someone in my Address Book my Mii?

Once someone's name has turned black in your Address Book, you are able to exhange messages with them and send them your Mii(s). To do this, go to the Mii Channel (where you made your Mii originally). On the right side of the screen, there are three Icons: Mii Parade, Transfer Mii, and Wii Friend. Select Wii Friend. A small window will appear at the top-center of your screen, in which you can drag the Mii you would like to send. Once you've placed a Mii into the window, a list of your Friends will pop up on the screen. [Mind you, this will only include those in your Address Book that have turned black; gray names will not be an option.] Select the one you want to send your Mii to and hit 'OK' when the system prompts you. It should take anywhere from 3 to 10 seconds to send it.

Can I send emails to my Wii from a computer or mobile phone?

Yes. Go into your Wii's Address Book. When it asks if you are entering an Address for a Wii or 'Other,' choose the latter one. When prompted, type in the email address of the external [ie. non-Wii] contact, then assign it a name. Once it's been added, you can send and receive emails to one another without a hitch (though it might be necessary to have your Wii's email address registered in the email contact's Friends / Contacts list). Your Wii's email address is represented by the following: w[insert Wii Friend Code here]@wii.com. That is...w1111222233334444@wii.com.

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Console Games / FINAL FANTASY XII
« on: October 31, 2006, 08:28:24 am »


I like this game.

I bought it at midnight, played it seven hours straight and only stopped to go to work.

True, I'm only seven hours into it, but considering I'd heard the 1st seven hours were 'slow,' I'm amazed to find that other people's definition of slow so varies from my own. The pacing, IMO, is great; it doesn't feel padded or lost or being overly cryptic for the sake of drawing things out. The battle system -- long a subject of controversy -- is a vast improvement over the old FF style while not being so dissimilar as to break away from its legacy. The graphics are hauntingly good coming from the PS2; I was shocked many times by the detail, depth, and amount of on-screen movement. And yet, the loading times aren't ridiculously long.

The characters I've met so far:




Also met GABRANTH, one of the Judges, and he seems impressive without having done anything yet. Awesome design on his suit though.

So, any other thoughts on the game?

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Console Games / WTF: The Weirdest, Stupidest, and/or Creepiest Gaming Ads
« on: October 27, 2006, 04:44:31 pm »
Why am I making this topic? That's a good question. Some adverts, as we all know, are total crap. But then there are those that are simply beyond the usual level of negative distinction. They're either too dumb, too off-the-wall or embarrassing for gamers, that they make you sit with mouth agape and echo, "WTF?!?"

Take, for example, this: The PS3 Commercial, 'Mama'

That is the creepiest thing I have ever seen. And I've watched Tetsuo: The Iron Man.

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