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#5251 easper

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 05:24 PM

There's been a big internet kerfuffle about Entertainment Weekly naming Kirby's Epic Yarn "worst game of the year." Does the uproar say more about game reviews and best/worst lists, or the game fans who get all worked up when someone doesn't like the same thing they do? Aren't reviews just one person's opinion, backed up by (hopefully) solid reasoning?

#5252 coolz481

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 06:55 PM

I've been a member for almost 6 years and haven't yet posed a question to the CAGbag. Hopefully this question piques your interest: One of the headlines on CNBC today (12/28) is that Apple has been awarded patents for 3D display and holographic technology. I think there's a good chance the next iteration of the iPod touch will be 3D and could be here as soon as fall 2011, which would mean that Nintendo has, at most, 6 months on the market with the 3DS before facing its first real competitor for the next generation of handhelds. How do you think a theoretical showdown between a $300 iPod touch 3D w/$10 downloadable games and a $250 3DS w/$35 games would play out? Who do you think Nintendo views as its greatest threat - Apple, Sony, or Microsoft?
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#5253 Wolfkin

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 04:08 AM

Regarding DCUO. I know with games like Dynasty Warriors and Guitar Hero most gamers are burned out but if you've never played them then picking up the latest game is kinda cool. You're essentially starting at zero. You described DCUO as having some of the classic design elements of many MMOs before them. My question is if I've never actually played an MMO do you think I would find the game fun or are the issues with the game apparent to anyone regardless of experience.

There's been a big internet kerfuffle about Entertainment Weekly naming Kirby's Epic Yarn "worst game of the year." Does the uproar say more about game reviews and best/worst lists, or the game fans who get all worked up when someone doesn't like the same thing they do? Aren't reviews just one person's opinion, backed up by (hopefully) solid reasoning?

to elaborate EW's review of Epic Yarn is B+.

Apple has been awarded patents for 3D display and holographic technology. I think there's a good chance the next iteration of the iPod touch will be 3D and could be here as soon as fall 2011,

no way. I have a hard enough time seeing 3D in the iPod touch. and next year? no way. I'd put money on that. the iPod Touch is an iPhone without the radio. So the touch followed the phone. So what you're suggesting is that the iPhone will get a 3D display and that's where pigs start to lift off. For all the 'gaming accumen' the iPhone has it's still a phone. 90% of the features they add always serve the bulk up a phone and then the gaming aspect is a bonus. There's no reason to put a 3D display in a phone. There's barely any reason to put it in a gaming handheld.

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#5254 aggravatedMan

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 03:29 PM

Hello Cheapy,Wombat,and Shipwreck.
Just wondering what you guys thought about discounted downloadable content. I found myself feeling like I got punched in the gut the day after I paid full price for a few of the ME2 add-ons they discounted all of the add-ons by like 70%. I thought that Xbox lives attempt to be amazon by giving little hints about the next days sales was cool at first but I just did'nt have the time to keep up with them. Do you see a day where they will compensate morons like me if it fits within a certain time frame?


#5255 usickenme

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 07:25 PM

Do you feel there is "Child's play Charity" fatigue? I mean, it's the de facto charity representing gamers and we are reminded on every website.

I personally gave less to Child's play so I could give to other causes.

#5256 Manson

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 03:10 AM

One thing I'd like to know is you guys opinions on Mr. Bobby Kotick.

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#5257 thorbahn3

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 04:27 AM

With Xbox Live Subscription cards being on sale for what seems like every week, do you think that Microsoft made the MSRP $59.99 to make xbox live more appealing when it is on sale like this week's $39.99 and a game sale on the dashboard?
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#5258 dante_calypso

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 05:13 PM

What FSP are you all looking forward to play in 2011?

#5259 Gregalor

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 08:00 AM

Cheapy:

Will you and your wife by playing the OFFICIAL Japanese-language 8-bit Fallout 3?

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#5260 GOTA

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 07:22 PM

CES seems to be all about new takes on the same old stuff. There is no desire for the biggest gaming console companies to even consider the next generation.

Microsoft is focused on figuring out what to actually do with Kinect and using the Xbox as a marketing tool for their new Windows 7 Phone platform.

Sony is going 3-D crazy to try and use the Playstation 3 as a marketing tool for their 3-D televisions, Blu-Ray players and Sony-Ericson phones.

Is either even thinking about updating their aging consoles? Not likely. They're both going to milk these systems at least another 4 years while they stick dumbed down versions of them in phone and integrated into televisions. Nintendo showed them that you can make money without next gen technology and they are going to follow that model for the not so near future.

#5261 CaptainJoel

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 07:53 PM

Hey Cheapy, I have always wondered, since you live in Japan do you keep most of your money in Yen or in the American dollar? I have a couple of friends that live over there that keep their money in American, but they live on military bases, is it more practical to keep Yen when you're a normal citizen?

#5262 Xo ColdKilla oX

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 10:47 PM

Hey wombat, can you make sure to update us on the biting baby story! Great show as always

#5263 stephengotlost

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 11:34 PM

Wombat, what exactly do you do for a living? What's the title of your day job? No need to reveal the workplace if that's confidential, but what is your occupation?
What about Shipwreck? Isn't he a rocket scientist?

#5264 evildeadjedi

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 05:24 PM

Wombat, what exactly do you do for a living? What's the title of your day job? No need to reveal the workplace if that's confidential, but what is your occupation?


I believe he still works in advertising for a human being alternative lifestyle website?
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#5265 buttle

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:23 PM

Hey guys, I was curious your thoughts on doing something a little different for the year end episode in the coming years.

It seems like this one was simply a review of everything you've said before this year. I was hoping that more new things could be said. Perhaps more thoughts on the future or a deeper analysis of the year.

And I've always felt that you should focus more on the business side of gaming. I really feel that that's what you guys do best. On pricing, the used game market, the state of DLC and downloadable games, companies buying and selling each other, the success and failures of video game websites, etc. Just a thougth.

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#5266 Curufinwe

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 10:10 PM

Hey Cheapy, I have always wondered, since you live in Japan do you keep most of your money in Yen or in the American dollar? I have a couple of friends that live over there that keep their money in American, but they live on military bases, is it more practical to keep Yen when you're a normal citizen?


Most stores in the middle of Tokyo aren't going to accept American dollars in exchange for goods and services, so I'd say it's pretty likely he deals in Yen most of the time.

I'm more interested in whether Cheapy uses much cash at all, or if he just pays by debit card or credit card everywhere.

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#5267 thorbahn3

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 11:57 PM

Why does Micheal Pachter have a T-Shirt to buy and you guys don't? I remember CAG having shirts in the past, but they seem to have disappeared? Any reason?

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#5268 Calinks

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:08 AM

I got a question for you fellas!

If you could have any game or gaming franchise remade on today's consoles, what would it be? Also, how would you want the game resurrected? (Complete reboot, HD remake, new sequel, etc. )

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#5269 GunMetalJackal

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:33 PM

Why is it so difficult for hardware manufaturers to stick a 2nd joystick on their portables?

#5270 jkanownik

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:58 PM

Why is it so difficult for hardware manufaturers to stick a 2nd joystick on their portables?


If you look at the internal pics of the 3DS it is due to the battery. You have a screen in the middle with two sides available. One side has the analog stick, the other side has the battery.

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#5271 Chris_GTR1

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:38 AM

i want to know what your opinions are on the gears of war series along with gears 3.

i've boughten both gears games and it feels like they used the copy /paste button too much, gears 2 felt like an expansion to me rather than a full game. maybe its the repedative enviornment the games takes place in or the gameplay i just dont have any intrest in gears 3.

#5272 GOTA

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 07:04 PM

I've been a member of CAG for years but only started listening to the CAGcast recently. Over the past several months I've heard shows from 2005 to the present and there seems to be one theme persistent throughout. The products at every E3 or Tokyo Game Show or game related event seem to disappoint. I don't know if you guys go to so many of these that the new items just aren't that exciting or if the publishers and hardware manufacturers do a poor job of marketing their new products. Which is it?

#5273 Stewchu

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 01:40 AM

Hey Cheapy! It's been a long time since you put up a video on youtube and I was thinking maybe you can do a video tour of the new CAGcast headquarters like you did with your old place

#5274 blitzbllmstr

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 12:01 PM

Hey Guys, with the recent acknowledgment of the hacking problems with the Ps3 version of Modern Warfare 2, what does Activision and what is left of Infinity Ward have to do to make Ps3 gamers feel safe online after spending 60.00 dollars for one of their games. The only time IW or Activision seems to acknowledge ps3 owners is when some overpriced dlc comes out.

Modern Warfare 2 is little over a year old and Robert Bowling pretty much shifted the blame to the current situation with the ps3 being hacked as the only reason that the game is in trouble. It feels that this is a cop out on IW and Activisions inability or lack of motivation to support their products. I play many other fps and other online games and these hacks are far and few in between. Off the top of my head Bad Company 2, Uncharted 2, Warhawk, Killzone 2 don't seem to have any problems patching / fixing hacks or exploits.

It is interesting to note that one year prior Bowling himself was quoted as saying "The biggest benefit of using IWnet by far is the fact that you don't have to worry about joining a server full of aim-bots, wallhacks, or cheaters," Robert Bowling
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#5275 TrashHeap

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 08:08 PM

What have you been playing on the John recently (directed to all of you)? I seem to remember when cheapy first got his iPhone, he was always playing something and was always dropping the info on us.....Speaking of, where is the toilet gaming section of the show?

#5276 bficky

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 12:33 AM

Hey guys,

I was thinking about the recent news of the possible hijacking of the PS3’s trophy system by hackers, and I came up with a crazy “What if?” that I wanted to bounce off you three. How would happen in the gaming universe if Microsoft swooped in with a fix for Sony’s hacker problems?

I know that this is ridiculous, that Microsoft probably wouldn’t have any ideas on saving the PS3 that Sony wouldn’t know already, and that Microsoft has their own hacker issues to worry about. But in this scenario, how would you see it playing out? Would Microsoft hand the fix over for free or hold it for ransom, making Sony give up something (money, exclusives, etc.) in return? Would Sony ask if Microsoft’s involvement could be kept secret to save face? Would MS go along with that? Once it became known that MS helped Sony, would we see some sort of better race relations between MS and Sony as they battle a common foe, or would we see it be publicly ignored by one or both companies? Would this turn into the most intense case of fanboyism this world has ever seen, where 360 fanboys would never let PS3 fanboys forget who saved their console? Would PS3 fanboys argue that Sony should have turned down help from “the enemy”?

Just curious on y’all’s thoughts on this weird scenario I cooked up in my head trying not to die of boredom in my cubicle at work.

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(In full disclosure, the only current gen system I have is a PS3, and as a single player only gamer who doesn’t focus on getting trophies, the online and trophy hacking really wouldn’t personally impact my PS3 gaming. But I do care about the health of the Sony and PS3 brand because I like my system and the games I do play, so I hope this hacker thing doesn’t ruin Sony.)

#5277 Jackhole

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 02:56 AM

Hey guys, am I a bad person for recently getting very excited about the 3DS? I mean I know its easy to shit on it but I think some sense of depth, an analog stick, and an accelerometer could really add to some of the games that made the DS great in the first place. Can you guys picture Picross 3D in 3D, it would be craziness I tell ya! I just think the 3DS is getting too much flack for things that could possibly make future games several folds better.

#5278 TrashHeap

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 03:41 AM

What's up guys,

1) I know I'm late to the party, but I just bought a PS3 (my first current generation console). What would be you guys' suggestions for games? I usually play action/adventure, JRPGs, and strategy games. I already know about Oblivion (I use to listen to the show a few years ago and remember how much all of y'all loved it....I also love this game).

2) Did you guys ever get a cheap ass app? (I also remember this from the show a few years ago)

#5279 Viva Las Vegas

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 10:15 PM

How about a new Hypewagon! Cheapy please do yours as Elegant Elliot Offen.

Shipwreck, how about a quick impression of the PS3 Power Pro Konami big headed baseball game you picked up in Japan. Is it basically the same great game play with sharper graphics?

#5280 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 10:35 PM

Hey Cheapy, Shipwreck, and Wombat,

What are your thoughts on the potential downsides of the 3DS that could be a chink in it's highly-hyped armor? I'll skip past the short battery life and hone in on a few more recent things. First, I saw on Wired that the 3DS will not launch with its 3DS Store, Web Browser, and DSi Import Features, which at least the lack of a store has to be a huge misstep with the way that Nintendo is trying to fix its online issues. Doesn't this oversight lead to a number of people that would buy a game or two at launch now end up waiting and forgetting about it all together, especially if they never update the system? This wouldn't be like the iPhone since it only accepts WiFi connections and only big cities would have an abundance of WiFi spots for those without a wireless router at home.

Another issue is one that plagued the PSP due to the many console ports it got, which is the lack of two analog sticks. Right away, the 3DS is getting Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Metal Gear Solid 3, the latter of which got a big re-release that added direct camera control on the right stick, so how much of an issue could that become now that the 3DS is powerful enough to accept PSP-style ports of the many multiplatform games that come out each year? I don't see the stylus being an acceptable alternate for camera control since it limits you to having the left shoulder button as your only available button and putting a bunch of contextual buttons on the touch screen.

The last new issue is the price of the games, which seems to be $40 for the launch lineup according to Amazon. People were turned off by $50 and $40 PSP games around its launch and the $40 DS games that Square Enix released, so I'm wondering how people will react to $40 to $50 3DS games after being used to $20 to $30 games for the past six years. Will the $250 system condition people to paying more of a premium for the games?

As a follow up with the potential PSP 2 being revealed next week, what should Sony's reaction to the hardware and software sales of the PSP for the past year and a half of its revival and observation of how people are reacting to 3DS news, pricing, and features feed into their handling of their new system? Should they attempt to match the 3DS' pricing after all of the hype that it's received or undercut the prices knowing that the PSP has survived and succeeded for last year and a half mainly because of Japan and one IP.


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