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  1. Wow, welcome to a trend that was started by the original Playstation.

    People want realistic games, developers give them realistic games. They don't want fun games. Platformers were the first type of games to the chop because of this... gradually this is gonna be extended to all unrealistic games until we get to a point where games can't really become much more realistic.

    At that point, we will be fed more cartoony, fun games again as everyone can do realism.

  2. i've never noticed bad service in game in burton or derby. granted, i buy 99% of my games from another world, since i used to work there, or the internet, since it has reasonable prices, but when i have gone into game i haven't noticed anything particularly bad. never had a problem in milton keynes or london either.

    Another World - I forgot about there. I don't even bother going in there anymore in Derby... hardly worth the visit. Practically always overpriced with crap service and they tend to give you the wrong disks for games (buy a retail version... and get the platinum disk!). The staff also usually sit there in the corner thinking they're great when they aren't. I'd love to work there though - they don't seem to do much! And the store stinks (although not as bad as Brum CeX)... and it's full of jumped up dicks in Slipknot hoodies... ugh..

    BTW, I only mentioned that GAME breaking the DPA because... they probably do. :lol: It doesn't really bother me in any way

    The Game in Burton has got much, much better in the last month or so and since last year the Gamestation in Derby has got much better. Game in Derby is worse than ever though...

  3. You're perfectly okay to not fill it in if you don't want to, as far as I know.

    But you're wrong to say it's against the Data Protection Act.

    You're wrong, the data protection act has to ensure privacy of data - at game, I can honest say it's not very private. I was reading other peoples details - and that the details are appropriate and relevant. If they can't tell you why they need the info, then they are in clear contravension of the Data Protection Act.

    Yay, I knew GNVQ IT would come in useful.

  4. Have you been too nay in the midlands?

    One in Derby, one in Burton-on-Trent?

    May I add that the one in Burton-on-Trent seems to have recently had a new manager, and has improved remarkably. Oh, and the Derby branch of GAME is pretty bad... even worse than the old Gamestation staff there. Gamestation now have friendly staff, and GAME now.. well.. don't.

    Actually, they still aren't great. My main problem is they seem to take at least 5 minutes to serve a customer a single game. If this was any other shop, the employees would have got fired by now, and this causes huge queues which is a pain.

    I'm not a particular fan of GAME and, in my opinion, they symbolise what is wrong with the games industry along with Sony and EA: huge-ass companies, that were good at one point they now have become multinational companies where their trying to make maximum profit through abusing their power/influence and their huge bank balances.

    Not that the Blockbuster-owned Gamestation would much better in GAMEs position...

  5. Ergo, it dosen't exist. No coding group would create a working emulator and hold it back from the public view without any indication that it works. Screenshots mean nothing.

    What, like the non-existant GC emulator that has had no releases for the past 9 months that was released yesterday? Just because it's WIP and private, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

  6. I think they picked the wrong machine to emulate.

    give us a Dreamcast emulator chaps!

    Except, from what I hear, there is already a DC emu out there that will play certain games, however it's not been released publicly... I'm pretty sure I saw some screenshots from it ages ago.

    Or a proper Saturn emulator so I can play Guardian Heroes and Radiant Silvergun :)

    There is already one out there called Giri Giri, however it is created by Sega and is illegal to own the cracked version so I can't really talk about it here

    People have also forgot that this is an extremely early version - give it time and it will speed up lots. Apparently the current released emulator has only been in working state for a week. Give it time - it will speed up by a huge amount. Remember they haven't even released a plugin architecture for 3rd parties yet which sped up and improved PSX emualuton by huge amounts.

    Also: Crazy Taxi is one of my favourite games ever. And I don't think this emulation is gonna effect sales much.. I don't think N64 emulators did.

  7. http://www.dolphin-emu.com/index.php

    Yes that's right,

    We've finally released what we've been working on in our spare time the last seven months. Dolphin is an experimental GameCube emulator that so far runs quite a few games somewhat, but most are pretty slow. Keep in mind that this release is just a preview, if it works good for you, if it doesn't please don't cry too much in the forum!

    Have fun!

    Recommended games to try (of course your own ripped GCMs of your legally bought discs):

    Bust-a-Move 3000 (fully playable)

    Crazy Taxi (slow, gfx glitches)

    Zelda (slow, gfx glitches)

    Mario (slow, gfx glitches)

    18 Wheeler (slow, gfx glitches)

    Ikaruga (slow, gfx glitches, crashes after four waves, but still cool)

    and more..

    Apparently it runs 3-5fps on good systems, but it's progress. I'm impressed anyhow.

  8. How much did you pay?

    Got it for £4.97

    Wow, I wish I'd find it for that price.

    Anyways, another entry for the list: everybody's Golf 2.

    Picked that up in Game the other day for £4.97 preowned. Didn't seem to be a bad price. Bugger. I didn't pick up Twisted Metal - that goes for £15+ on eBay. Ah well.

    ESPN International Track & Field for PS2 I don't think has been mentioned - that goes for £20+ which is suprising as it's an early PS2 game.

  9. You could break it down to things like

    'Buy if you like Genre X'

    'Don't bother'

    'Rent it first'

    'Must buy/Pre-order'

    'Buy and return in 7 days'.

    Or 'sum it in in a sentence' type thing.

    These work for me:




    "Fucking fantastic"



  10. The Japanese version has a totally different soundtrack. Not sure why they changed the entire soundtrack for the west, but there you go.

    Not strictly true. The PAL version of Sonic CD had the same soundtrack as the Japanese version, whereas the US copy has different soundtracks, IIRC, for present and future while past remains the same.

    The Jap soundtrack, IMO, is better.

  11. Can anyone clear up what one to get? One that works via USB and with Win XP.

    Also, If the best one is the one without an internal clock (not sure if that is the best one), what would I lose by not having a clock?


    I would say the F2A one simply for the fact that Bung are a well known brand, and the software is well supported. Bung's copiers generally have a lower depreciation (as they are generally considered to be "the best") and are regarded to be the most reliable. As far as these dodgy companies go, I'd trust Bung more than any other.

    Note that a new version of Flash2Advance - the Flash2Advance Ultra - has just been released incorporating a Real Time Clock function with sizes upto 1 gigabit (upto 128 megabytes) so I would say the F2A Ultra is the one to get. It also supports all the save types now so no more patching and uploading has been sped up so the F2A Ultra is definately the best one out there.

    The RTC is the Real-time Clock. This means you can't play the GBA Pokemon games on 'em, as they need an internal clock. I'm pretty sure they are the only games needing it.

    Both linkers work via USB with Windows XP although there are people who have problems getting both linkers working.

  12. EZF carts flash faster than F2A carts. Anyway, I'm not too keen on the F2A carts, as they have all kinds of problems with the GBA SP, I hear, and some of the carts need to be sanded down to fit into the SP.

    Early F2A carts had problems with the European GBA Link port for uploading roms. Newer ones have no problems - problems with these F2A linkers can be solved by buying a linker. Some carts do need to be sanded down to fit the Sp. Those purchased back in 2001 that is - mine is one of those.

    The F2A is the best linker. No doubt about it.

  13. With a username like that, who knows.

    Honestly though, I think a direct follow up to the Xbox isn't 100%.

    Considering Live, this new offical Media Player, the hard drive and such, I can see the convergence towards an overall 'media centre' platform continue.

    Mind you,the PS3 might go that route too soo...I haven't a clue really. :(

    Not really. I'll just focus on my retro collections and miss a couple of generations of consoles. I really don't care who creates the competitor - Sega, Nintendo, Microsoft. I'll be happy if any of 'em topples Sony off their no. 1 spot and if they don't, I'll pull out of buying games and gaming.

    I rarely buy new games at the moment, so it's not going to be any great loss and I generally prefer buying older games anyway. If it's a Sony-only generation I can honestly say I'll doubt I'll miss much I care about...

  14. I don't think so. How do you review a game relased so soon (1 year) after its sequel and justify a 3 page review - You would just fill it with gumpf. Fundamentally it does nothing new. Look at the PES/WE reviews for an example - Still score 9 , but a half page review, but you would just end up wiritng the same thing over again.

    How do you review a game released 2 years after its prequel (released in November 2001)... Nope, I must be missing your point somewhere... 2 years is a long time.

    Also, these people arguing about the Kudos system in PGR2 seems are a bit stupid, frankly. It's not designed to be a simulation. It's meant to be an arcade game with simulation-esque handling.

    The point of the game isn't to come first but to get the most kudos which requires a different style driving where you have to balance taking the racing line with gaining kudos by doing powerslides etc. From where I'm sitting, this makes PGR a better game. If it wasn't for this, it'd be panned for being another generic racing simulation.

    What Nosha says is particularly stupid - it's definately not meant to be Ridge Racer or Gran Turismo. Both of those games are based on winning races in a traditional manner, and is unique. I'm sure you wouldn't compare two games as far apart as Zelda and Broken Sword even though they are (arguably) in the same genre.

  15. Get an F2A Linker instead. They are the best with the best software supports, the best brand and reputation - Bung is a well known brand and has been for several years - and coders such as Flubba from the PocketNES team usually use the F2A to test rather than the others. Only thing is lacks is a real time clock, but I can live without that.

    As for the whole battery life thing, that was true a few generations ago. My Flash Advance Linker 128mbit cart (bigger than a regular GBA cart) uses power quite a bit quicker but that's just because it's an old design. The newer revisions don't suffer from this problem.

    These are EZF linkers and not EZ-Flash. Don't get the two confused - one is good and one is utter shite.

  16. Yes, because actually being able to compete with an online retailer on price is actually possible right?

    Yes, it is possible for them to compete with an online retailer. Y'see, Game surely has the buying power of buying games by the 10,000 meaning they can get them at a cheaper rate - publishers wouldn't risk games not appearing in Game because they know they'd struggle to sell

  17. You think you guys have problems?!?

    This year so far I have bought:

    Eternal Darkness for GC

    Waverace: Blue Storm for GC

    Mario Sunshine for GC

    Topspin Tennis for Xbox

    Quake II for PSX

    International Track and Field 2 for PSX

    Everybody's Golf 2 for PSX

    NGPC with 6 games

    13 games since new year... And I'm a SCHOOL KID. I own about 315 games now...

    I love games collecting :o

  18. High Roller was the subtitle for Crazy Taxi 3, which may confuse people (indeed, that's what I thought when I looked at this thread).

    I've got an idea for a two player game. Basically, you each start with $10000 and when you earn cash it is taken off the other players amount. When the loser reaches $0 or the screen is full, the other player wins. This fits in with the entire "poker" theme and in my opinion it's a nice idea ;)

  19. If its so easy to find games for sale, fine me Pokemon mini tetris, as ive looked everywhere for it with no luck, and that was only released a year ago. If you do find it for sale that ships to the uk i will ignore everything i wrote and agree with you :lol:

    Pokemon Mini Tetris IIRC wasn't actually released in this country - it was only released in mainland europe.

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