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10666  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 19, 2006, 11:58:24 PM
Great, a probably decent PSP port /after/ the GBA one came out here. :P

I'm not holding much hope for any but that T.O.W game, not unless TotA sells  several hundred thousand units or something. I guess ToP would technically be plausible, but I imagine Nintendo has some deal with that, that prevents non-Nintendo versions from coming out, ala ToS.
10667  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Blizzard sells out (again)? on: June 19, 2006, 11:43:51 PM
I'm admittedly thinking more of recent games; as I recall we only had WCIII, WoW, and Expansions for both either out or upcoming, totalling four, two original games since 2002. For Bioware... In a similar time frame, we've got 4 original games, 3 already out, and 2 co-developed expansions, so that's a total of 6 games, 5 currently out.

I guess that admittedly shows they only put out a little more than Blizzard, but it still felt like there were more Bioware games. Maybe KotOR2 and NWN2 helped to exagerrate that sensation, as well as the lack of totally new titles shown for Blizzard's future.

Edit: In the above I didn't count Dragon Age - no idea when that's supposed to be out, IF it'll be out, and the same goes for SC Ghost.
10668  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: June 19, 2006, 04:30:34 AM
Finished Snow Crash. Liked it. Probably will deal with my other books later.
10669  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Blizzard sells out (again)? on: June 19, 2006, 04:28:26 AM
Unlike Blizzard, Bioware churns out games at a reasonable pace - I think that they'd be about as capable as SE in churning out more great games while maintaining an MMO - seemed they opened a studio just for that anyway, so maybe it won't detract too much from Bioware's normal division.
10670  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 18, 2006, 04:49:07 PM
I'd say the bit of what it could be is worth pointing elsewhere, but I'd have included RPGFan's URL anyway. Not like there's some one URL per post rule or something.

I found what IGN said about the big surprise amusing (listing a bunch of Tales/RPG cliches for guessing what the game'll have), and I'm suspecting it'll ultimately be more of the same general stuff. Though I'll be very surprised if it genuinely is dramatically different. Of course, a ToD remake would definitely fall under that. :P
10671  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 18, 2006, 03:56:20 AM
Started up Baldur's Gate again.

I don't think I can return to NWN's main campaign now, this already feels like a better game. :P
10672  The Rest / General Discussions / LucasArts President: "Industry Needs to Release On Time on: June 16, 2006, 06:16:33 AM
1up story.

Thoughts?
10673  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best Buy wants to sell you PS3 Final Fantasy 7 on: June 15, 2006, 03:52:49 AM
I recall ads for a mail in store in EGM that promised several N64 games that either never came out or came out on other systems, ala FFVII. But then you have to worry about getting as good of a list out in time for a magazine to be published, /without/ the internet.

There was also FEoE for the PS2, but it honestly wouldn't surprise me if Konami was considering at some point to bring out FEoE3 out in the US, but scrapped it in the end.
10674  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / AGP Video Card Suggestions on: June 15, 2006, 12:03:38 AM
After a quick glance, this looks good. I have a eVGA 5200 card myself, and so far it's been running fine. I haven't had i too long though, but I don't think there'll be any major issues with that.
10675  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Potentially Simple Video Card Question on: June 15, 2006, 12:00:01 AM
Probably a low 9XXX ATI card. However, there's Oblivion benchmarks if you want to look at those to see how Oblivion'd run, and I believe they patched it so it /can/ run on weaker systems... But honestly, a new video card period would probably be preferable.

If you're curious for some quick benchmarks for Video cards, here's GameSpot's.
10676  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / AGP Video Card Suggestions on: June 14, 2006, 11:11:54 PM
It's also important, in regards of how much to blow on a card, just /what/ the rest of his computer specs are like. The CPU can be more of a hurdle than the video card for good graphics for example, ergo better to get something cheap. Likewise, if his computer is very powerful for one with an AGP slot, then that 300 card... MIGHT not be such a bad idea.
10677  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / AGP Video Card Suggestions on: June 14, 2006, 10:48:53 PM
I'm not sure if they're better or worse than the 9800XT you have, but the GeForce 6200s are pretty cheap at Newegg, and are a generation ahead of the 9X00 series. I'd go look into some benchmarks though. Also, I'm pretty sure I saw an X1600 for around $150 at Newegg.
10678  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Blizzard sells out (again)? on: June 14, 2006, 08:28:47 PM
Even if they weren't laid off, it's obvious much of the talent is going elsewhere - Ready at Dawn, the studio that developed Daxter, is composed of ex-Naughty Dog and Blizzard staff, and both Hellgate London and Guild Wars have significant ex-Blizzard staff working on them, or so I keep hearing.

I really can't fault a business for sticking with what's successful, but some varity is good - it's why I'm slightly annoyed at SE focusing more on their big franchises in comparison to the 32-bit days.
10679  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Blizzard sells out (again)? on: June 14, 2006, 04:21:46 PM
1up updates their story with Blizzard's response.
10680  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Blizzard sells out (again)? on: June 13, 2006, 09:45:58 PM
Admittedly, Starcraft could make for an interesting MMO, and at least it'd be a unique setting. I really don't see a big need for a Diablo MMO though, since I don't see how that'd stand out from the others all that much compared to Starcraft.

But, I'm overall annoyed at the obsession with MMOs and how they seem to be gradually eating up most of PC gaming. If some of these companies were still interested in developing offline games, it wouldn't be a biggie, but if someone like Blizzard would rather focus on constantly churning out MMOs... Well, bleh to that.
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