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946  The Rest / General Discussions / Arrest Made in JonBenet Ramsey Case on: August 16, 2006, 05:03:33 PM
Link to the story.

Quite a shocker to wake up from a nap only to find this on MSN.com.

Discuss.
947  The Rest / General Discussions / Phantom, the console, is now officially dead. on: August 16, 2006, 03:12:49 PM
It really was alive until John (KeeperX) killed it.
948  The Rest / General Discussions / Phantom, the console, is now officially dead. on: August 16, 2006, 03:05:11 PM
John, look what you've done! You bad, bad man!

Eh, I don't think it comes as a surprise considering there has been hardly any information on it during the whole course of its development. Not to mention it wasn't seen again after John killed it at E3 (this still makes me laugh).
949  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: August 15, 2006, 06:53:01 PM
Megaman 8, Megaman and Bass, and Megaman X1-3 are finished. I haven't played through Megaman X4 in a few years so it will probably take a while. I'm probably only going to do either a game with X or Zero, not both, which will be the same for X5 and X6. X7 and possibly the first Megaman Zero are the only games I'll be skipping out on.
950  The Rest / General Discussions / A thought: how can Nintendo top Wii? on: August 15, 2006, 12:51:08 AM
It's already blatantly obvious from the Wii promotional video that Nintendo's advertising will be aiming toward a non-gamer audience as well as people who play games on a regular basis. No need to worry about that.

Besides, most people who actually play games already know what the Wii is going to be like and have made their decisions already. I'll point to a GameFAQs poll concerning the Wii for this. While I know GameFAQs isn't the most intelligent place in the world, I noticed their polls were a pretty useful tool for seeing what the rest of the gaming world thinks concerning consoles when the PS2, Xbox, and GameCube were nearing release and I think it will be the same way this time.

According to this poll 77.13 percent of the people who voted do plan on getting a Wii. Now this is a small amount compared to how many people play video games in the world, but if those 91,000 or so people are reflective of the gaming community in general then that 77% could end up being a very massive number.

I don't think the Wii's initial success is anything to worry about. But as Galactic said, the Wii really depends on whether third party developers actually try to implement and use the motion sensing Wiimote in new, innovative, and fun ways. From what I've read concerning what some developers have to say about the Wii sounds promising, but then again a lot was said about the touch screen on the DS and the games that actually depend on the player using it have been hit and miss.

If the Wii is successful throughout the next 5-6 years then I imagine it will likely be given the usual graphical upgrade and HD support. Aside from that I can't think of anything new Nintendo might try, though I'm sure Nintendo will think of something. :P
951  The Rest / General Discussions / PS3 Versus Wii Spoof Video on: August 14, 2006, 09:29:44 PM
ROFL!

That's flippin' awesome...and almost all too true. Like Ramza said, Nintendo isn't really a company to do something that sexual, but they didn't do a bad job of conveying my feelings on the whole matter.

And yea, the BluRay part is hilarious.
952  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: August 14, 2006, 04:01:35 PM
So thanks to the peeps on IRC yesterday I learned about the new Megaman ZX game coming to DS. I can't believe I missed hearing about this somehow...but anyway, the same thing happens every time a new Megaman game REALLY catches my attention: I have to play through the series.

Managed to get through MM1-7 last night in about four and a half hours. MM8 and Megaman and Bass will take a little longer but I should have them both finished by tomorrow. After that is the MMX series, and then the MMZero series.

...I really can't stand it sometimes, but there is no denying I love Megaman :D
953  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Luminous Arc (SRPG for the DS [Mitsuda composing]) on: August 13, 2006, 04:11:15 PM
Looks pretty sweet to me, and Mitsuda as a composer is definitely something worth checking out, IMO. The gameplay screens look A LOT like Final Fantasy Tactics, so I imagine any fans of that series will probably want to give it a look. This looks like it could tide me over, if it is released outside of Japan, until the next Fire Emblem game is out.

Plus, as someone else said, I think the DS has the potential of being the best system for SRPGs currently available. The dual-screen format is perfect for viewing maps and battles on one screen while viewing information, stats, and inventory on the other. I'm really keeping my fingers crossed for an FE game for DS.
954  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: August 12, 2006, 08:06:48 PM
Finished up FE7. I will now wait patiently for the upcoming FE for the Wii.

I've been playing nothing but Fire Emblem for the last month, so my FE cravings should be satisfied for quite a while now.
955  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: August 11, 2006, 01:05:59 PM
Yea, Ash, most of my characters were able to knock off around half of its HP, but Lilina's maxed magic + Forblaze + A rank support with Roy = pwn4g3.

I'm now to chapter twenty-nine in FE7. Erk and Guy actually turned out decent for me this time around which hasn't happened very often. But since they have Raven and Nino were given the boot. I've also completed A LOT of supports this time around. Quite a few of my units will have an A rank support by the end of this chapter. All of the supports I did were new for me to:

Bartre + Canas - Hilarious!
Karel + Lucius - The dark humor in the B rank support made me laugh
Florina + Lyn - Eh, kind of bland
Rath + Guy - Most of Rath's supports are bland, this was no exception.
Hector + Matthew - Hilarious!
Erk + Priscilla - Didn't care really, should have used Serra for entertainment
Heath + Kent - First time I've supported Heath, so finding out about where he comes from is nice.

That's it.
956  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Riviera for the PSP on: August 11, 2006, 12:42:50 PM
I think the backgrounds in those screens look fantastic, but the character sprites look incredibly bland. They could have at least added some more color to them and maybe try to make the faces a little more clear. But yea, this isn't enough to convince me to purchase the port.
957  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on: August 11, 2006, 01:47:23 AM
Luckily it kind of looks like the lock-on targeting system is still there (I can't tell for sure) because I liked it. The lack of being able to lock-on to an enemy in Metroid Prime: Hunters is what killed the game for me because the stylus just didn't get the job done. I do think using the Wiimote will be a much better option than the stylus, but the lock-on is something I hope reappears.

As for the game, I'm worried it will place more emphasis on run-and-gun shooting rather than platforming and exploration in order to appeal to the more mainstream FPS crowd. So far Retro hasn't let me down in this regard, but with the new motion-sensing controller acting like a computer mouse I could easily see the game becoming another generic FPS.

I'm also concerned about the world hopping because I didn't enjoy having to do that in Hunters either. But this is just personal preference; I want my underground catacombs :(
958  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: August 10, 2006, 12:34:38 AM
I started a game of FE7 just to be a completionist. I'm only eight hours into the game and I'm to chapter twenty of Hector's normal arc; I've even been reading the story and stuff. I haven't had to restart any chapters at all either. Kind of easy after FE6, but I'm not necessarily looking for a challenge this time around.

Though I do have to say the final boss in FE6 is a lot easier than the final boss in FE7. I suppose this is because everyone can damage it in FE6 while only Hector, Eliwood and Athos are the only ones who can do a significant amount of damage in FE7. I mean, my level 20/14 Lilina was capable of nearly killing the final boss of FE6 by herself for crying out loud. Kind of disappointing really, but oh well.
959  The Rest / General Discussions / Ze Picture Thread on: August 10, 2006, 12:26:05 AM
Quote from: "Dade"
http://a2.vox.com/6a00c225203861604a00c22520c2e2f219-500pi

This is me about 20 minutes ago after eating and drinking too much for the evening.

Yeah....dont tell me about the pseudo-receeding hairline.


Y-you mean it is actually a picture of Dade? Not a link to goatse or tubgirl? Amazing!

And don't worry about the pseudo-receding hairline. I think mine is worse but I want to be bald, so... :P
960  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Riviera for the PSP on: August 10, 2006, 12:20:39 AM
The full-voice does sound way cool considering what was already there was very well done. It is pretty tempting, because I love the game (was actually thinking about replaying it soon), but it isn't tempting enough for me to purchase a PSP.

But even if I did want it I wouldn't be able to. College has made me poor.
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