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Folks which one do I get? I have never owned one before and I have played only PC games. My better half said she would get me one for my birthday tomorrow and I didnt know which one to buy. I like all racing games, flight simulator, and descent kind of flying shooting ones. Am not too much into strategy stuff. So what do the ranchers suggest.
 
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Got a PS2 at the weekend (Boyfriend talked me into it) and am loving playing Burnout 3 at the moment!!
 
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I want to get a machine too, so I'm very interested in the outcome. I'm especially interested in machines with a good selection of the more "cartoony" games suitable for me to play with my kids.
 
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Purchase a PS2 because it is the most versatile gaming console. PS2 can play PS one games, PS2 games, and you can even use the PS2 to watch DVD movies. You don't need any extra adapters for DVD movies. You can even install Linux on the PS2. However, you have to purchase a separate Linux PS2 kit.

The Gamecube has great graphics. However, it isn't backwards compatible. You can't play Nintendo Non-Gamecube games. The Gamecube doesn't have DVD features.

I don't know much about the X-Box. I do know that the graphics are excellent. Unfortunately, you have to purchase a separate adapter to play DVD movies.
 
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GameCube is the least expensive and the titles tend to be more kid and family friendly. My 14 yr old enjoys his, but right now he's frantic for X-Box just for Halo 2.
 
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Originally posted by Stan James:
GameCube is the least expensive and the titles tend to be more kid and family friendly. My 14 yr old enjoys his, but right now he's frantic for X-Box just for Halo 2.



Is Halo 2 only available for X-Box?
 
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i believe at the moment, Halo 2 is X-Box only, but they will probably release it for the PC eventually.

I have a PS2 and an X-Box. there is a wider selection of games in general for the PS2 - it's been out the longest. Plus, the backwards compatability is good, since i had a ps1.

The XBox has a built in hard drive, so you need no extra equipment to SAVE games. the ps2 you need to buy a memory card. this sort of off-sets the DVD controller argument, if you want to save your games.

aside: the reason you have to buy a separate controller for the XBOX dvd is a licensing issue. Since Sony developed DVD technology, MS has to pay them a licensing fee based on how much the DVD-option costs. if it were built in, they'd pay based on the (approx) $150 fee for the whole box. This way, they only have to pay on the $20 adapter. At least, that's the story i heard.
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Originally posted by fred rosenberger:
i believe at the moment, Halo 2 is X-Box only, but they will probably release it for the PC eventually.

I have a PS2 and an X-Box. there is a wider selection of games in general for the PS2 - it's been out the longest. Plus, the backwards compatability is good, since i had a ps1.

The XBox has a built in hard drive, so you need no extra equipment to SAVE games. the ps2 you need to buy a memory card. this sort of off-sets the DVD controller argument, if you want to save your games.

aside: the reason you have to buy a separate controller for the XBOX dvd is a licensing issue. Since Sony developed DVD technology, MS has to pay them a licensing fee based on how much the DVD-option costs. if it were built in, they'd pay based on the (approx) $150 fee for the whole box. This way, they only have to pay on the $20 adapter. At least, that's the story i heard.

[ November 11, 2004: Message edited by: fred rosenberger ]


In your opinion, which one has better graphics between Xbox and PS2? Also, how big is Xbox HD?
 
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XBox has superior graphics and sound. XBox Live is pretty cool if you have cable Internet access.

I would recommend getting the system that has the games you want to play. I'm happy with the selection that XBox has, like the built in hard drive, like XBox Live, and prefer the graphics over the competitors. It has the games I want to play and they look good. Your mileage may vary though, so you may as well pick the system based on the games you like. If you want Halo and Halo2, then that kind of narrows your choice down to XBox. If you want the latest Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, then you need to get PS2. If Mario is your thing, then go for the GameCube. To sum it up: PS2 has the greatest selection of games, XBox is the best technologically, and GameCube is the cheapest.

I'm sure whichever you decide on you'll have a good time. Good luck.
 
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I currently own a PS2, Gamecube, XBox and PC. Mainly because all the games I like arent on one single platform!

Id agree with everything thats gone before, but Id suggest, considering that games consoles are so cheap, why not buy two instead of one to keep your bases covered?

12 months ago, a PS2 or XBox would probably set you back $300 a unit, now at $100 - $149 and with a Gamecube at sub $100 (refurbs are $70), theres no reason to be constrained to one system.

Personally Id go for XBox and PS2. The PS2 has a great series of games that are family friendly, such as SingStar and EyeToy. The XBox has the best graphics and online offering. Finally if youre willing to void the warranty on your system, you can install a modchip in your XBox and run homebrew software such as emulators that run games from earlier consoles such as the SNES, NES, N64, Genesis and Master System.

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I got my X-Box first, because there was a game coming out only for it that i wanted to play. about two years laters, there were games coming out (or out already) i wanted to play that were only for the PS2 - so i bought a used one.

Basically, what i'd reccomend if you're only gonna get one, is to look at what games are currently available, and what seems to be coming out soon. Let the GAMES decide your CONSOLE.

Now, granted as soon as you purchase your choice, some new game will be announced only for the other platform(s), but i still think it's better to do it this way.

I don't know how big the XBox HD is. when you get it, and check the free space, it says someting like

free space remaining: over 50,000 blocks

i've never in the 3 years i've had it seen that number budge.
 
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Mmm My sister said, she wanted an X-box ,because she wanted to play dead-or-alive some version. I don't like the thought of getting her it just to play one measly ass game. She already has a PC and PS2. I like the thought of getting a Games Cube because it has many cutesy multi-player games for it that are not available on the X-box. I , I mean she, doesn't want to spend hours playing some crummy single player sports or quake style game.
 
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Well I finally got an X-Box. I too succumbed to the micro$oft monster. I went to Best Buy and checked out the graphics. X-Box rocks. Well to be honest even before I went to Best Buy my polls were showing a slight lead for X-Box. But I got convinced after I saw the video quality. X-Box came with a tennis and a football game. Got a gotham something rally game and its fun. Now gotto hunt for more titles. It will keep eating my hard earned money.
 
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Never been a big fan of video games...


Originally posted by Angela Poynton:
Got a PS2 at the weekend (Boyfriend talked me into it) and am loving playing Burnout 3 at the moment!!



You still there or burntout ?

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