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Console Games / game rental services
« on: September 30, 2006, 02:04:11 pm »
What do you guys think about videogame rental services, e.g. gamefly?  Are they worth the money?  On the one hand, it seems like a good deal to pay $20 per month and play any game I want.  On the other hand, I never get to keep any of the games.  Of course, how much do I really go back and play old games?

What are your opinions?  Are game rental services better or worse than buying games?

Console Games / Re: Convince me to get an Xbox 360
« on: September 30, 2006, 11:56:46 am »
Yeah, I was wondering about the money thing.  I'm in the same court as the guy who started this thread, and I think at this point I'm pretty much convinced.  But with the PS3 coming out soon, I'm thinking that the 360 might drop in price, so maybe I should wait.  Do you guys think that's going to happen?  And how much do you think it will be?  (in other words, is it worth waiting?)

PC Games / Re: Next-Gen RTS
« on: July 12, 2006, 03:29:22 pm »
A while back, I came up with an idea I called battle scripting.  Basically, you could create "plays" for groups of units, where each step of the maneuver is executed on the spacebar.  For example, you could do a classic pincers movement in 3 steps.  This would allow for more tactical maneuvering in the heat of a battle, and take the emphasis off of clickspeed.  Also, I think it would more closely mimic a real battle, where the general (you) decides and coordinates major movements by the whole army at once, rather than dancing single units at a time.  Plus, it would be cool if you could keep your favorite maneuvers in a pesonal battle playbook.

I gave this idea to a bunch of groups, including BHG, but they weren't interested.  I guess they were worried that the L337 community would complain that it was a NOOB feature.

Back on topic, I seriously doubt blizz will ever have world of diablo or world of starcraft, especially while WoW is still running.  It's such a monster job to keep WoW running, and it takes so much bandwidth, and it's still relatively slow.  They would have to double their infrastructure to make another MMO.  And frankly, seeing how successfull WoW is, even if they did double their infrastructure, they'd probably just use it for WoW and make double the money without double the effort.

how about warcraft 4?
Melkor is correct, I want an RTS not some MMORPG where I spend fifteen dollars a month, Warcraft III is so awesome all they need are better graphics and more races or some addition to gameplay and the same Editor.

I think warcraft III could have been a lot better.  For starters, creeping was a good idea in theory but it was just lame in the game.  Everybody spends the first 5 minutes of their game (after a memorized build order) with a memorized creeping run, and it's the same game after game.  I find "experts" like this feature because they perfect their creeping techniques and garner an advantage over people who don't have as much time on their hands.  But all in all, I'd prefer if you had to fight the other guy to level up.  Or maybe they should take a cue from ROL, and force you to actually spend resources to level your guy up.  That works really well, in my opinion.

Console Games / Re: Wii game ideas
« on: May 13, 2006, 04:26:03 pm »
All games have bugs, actually all software has bugs.

Anyway, that is why I said it had to be made specifally for the Wii, just porting the controls we use on our PC's right now wouldn't work that well.

All games have bugs, but PC games are MUCH worse.  For example, I just bought Rise of Legends, and the multiplayer isn't working at all.  It just crashes.  There will never be a bug that major in a console game. 

Besides, my point is that I'm agreeing with you.  I'd love to see an RTS on a console, and in order for that to be successful, it would need a good, new control scheme.  I'm just saying that just having the wiimote as a mouse is not, on its own, a good control scheme for an RTS.  So I hope that's not what they do.

Console Games / Re: Is the PS3 the new DS?
« on: May 13, 2006, 04:19:37 pm »
This forum has such tunnel vision.  I think a lot of other forums on this subject do, too.  We all seem to be completely convinced that the PS3 sucks, sony gaming will die, and nintendo and Xbox will just split the remains.  I mean, I think that too...but come on.  Sony may lose a little ground due to bad decisions.  But, seriously folks, they're not going anywhere.  I think the PS3 will do just fine.  It just may not be as dominating as the PS2 was.

Console Games / Re: Wii game ideas
« on: May 13, 2006, 04:16:03 pm »
But what about hotkeys?  You'd need a really clever system to replace hotkeys.  I don't know about you, but I make major use of hotkeys when I play an RTS, and if it was exclusively mouse-based, I'd be annoyed.

That being said, I would love to see a clever system created, and I'd love to see an RTS on a console, because PC gaming is so buggy and frustrating.

PC Games / Gamespy Tech Help
« on: May 13, 2006, 04:13:39 pm »
Hi all, I have a tech question, and since microsoft tech support is WORTHLESS, I thought I'd ask if any of you have seen this.

I bought Rise of Legends a couple days ago, and I tried to play multiplayer.  (ROL is powered by Gamespy.)  The game prompts you to make an account if you don't have one.  I entered in a screen name and a password, and pressed enter.  Within a few seconds, I got an error:

Gamespy Peer Error #0: Unable to communicate with network or disconnected while attempting to communicate.

At that point, the game just stops.  It doesn't freeze, and I can alt-tab out of it and close it.  But it doesn't go anywhere.

Now I know what you may be thinking: "Is there a firewall or a router?"  The answer is yes, and yes.  But I disabled the firewall and bypassed the router, and it still didn't work.  When I bypassed the router, I actually got a different error message:

Gamespy Error #4: database error.  Please try again.

Also, I tried to play Starcraft multiplayer, which requires the same port that Gamespy claims to (6112), and that worked just fine.

Has anybody else seen this?  Does anybody know what the problem could be?  You can imagine that it's pretty frustrating, I plunk down $50 to play this game, and I can't play multiplayer, and microsoft tech support doesn't know anything about the game so they can't help me.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Console Games / Re: PS3 Sticker Shock
« on: May 09, 2006, 09:03:27 pm »
Not to mention the two great things tht come from Nintendo not supporting HD:

1) Wii games will be designed nativly to SDTV, meaning they will look better than had they been designed nativly for HD

2) Wii won't need to focus a big chunk of its graphical power to produce HD resolutions, meaning the power it does have will be tailored to better looking games.

I think that's just rationalization.  The fact of the matter is, in 2 years, most people will probably have HDTV's, and wii games will look worse on an HDTV than game for the other consoles.  That's just a fact.  If you want to rationalize the lower resolution, you should use nintendo's own line: the future is innovate gameplay, not impressive graphics.

Personally, I hope that when HDTV becomes more pervasive, they come out with an HD wii.

The PS3 has elements from both the other consoles, which, on paper, makes the PS3 better. If that is the case, why would you want to get a different console? Because of a brand name? Because the ideas were "stolen" (ideas which are nothing new anyway, they've been around for years)?

Well, I'm not a fanboy for anybody.  As a matter of fact, I don't even have a console right now, and I'm trying to decide which one(s) to buy.  So here is the opinion of somebody who genuinely has no loyalty towards any company.

The answer to your question is, if the PS3 has the functionality of both the xbox 360 and the wii, but it is worse than its competitior in each respect, then I would think twice about buying it.  Factor in the fact that we will likely be able to buy both a wii and a 360 for the price of the PS3.  Thus, in my opinion, the PS3 is not simply better than both other consoles because it combines elements of each.

Of course, everybody on this forum knows it all comes down to the games.  Because of the money issue, I imagine I'm going to end up comparing the PS3's games to the combined library of both it competitors, since i can get both those consoles for the price of the PS3.


You wouldn't have 500 euros at all in the sum.
They would just change the $500 into euros rather than the other way round.
That way they are the same price

Martham. I think you're wrong.  I'm not positive, but I believe they do intend to actually charge 500 euros for the thing in europe.  Like Cruithne said, more money just because it's europe.  I can imagine some excuses for doing this, but I agree with cruithne that it's really obnoxious. 

Euros and Dollars are a lot closer than pounds and dollars, but they're not 1:1.  I think right now it's about $1.25 = 1 euro, so $500 will be about 625 euros.

Sure they'll see a difference!  $200 vs. $500!  That's a hell of a difference to me!

I didn't used to be a Sony hater either.

Even though I can see that the gaming press is going to eat Sony alive after this, I worry about the mainstream community. They'll see the Wii and the PS3 side-by-side and assume that the PS3 can do everything that the Wii can (which is absolutely false) but with better graphics (although the Wii will have price on its side.) Since the PlayStation is more mainstream nowadays they may just assume that it was also PS3's innovation in the first place.

*shakes head again*

It seems to me that, in this generation at least, nintendo and sony are targeting very different communities.  Yeah, they ripped off nintendo's controller, but I imagine they're going to have very different types of games.

Also,I doubt your average gamer will blow $500 on a console without looking into it and comparing it to the other consoles out there.  If the PS3 really turns out as bad as people think it will, I don't think they're going to keep afloat just because of the name.  They'll get crushed.

I especially think the high price is especially bad for sony.  They have a lot of customers that just bought the PS2 to play madden football, and I doubt those types are willing to blow $500 just for one video game.

All in all, it does seem like they missed the point.  They're stepping out of their niche, and try to step on nintendo's toes.  Sometimes I wonder how such successful companies can make such mystifyingly bad decisions.  But who knows, maybe we're all missing something.

I think if they implement it well, the wii remote control system could be a lot less tiring than playing Hunters on a tiny screen with a stylus.  The tricky part is striking the balance between small motions and accidental triggering.  Like, if somebody happens to be really twitchy, they might constantly initiate swing actions without intending to. 

Maybe they'll be smart and implement a controller settings tweaking system, so you can choose your own level of sensitivity.

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