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The Tingler
12-06-2005, 05:08 PM
So then, everyone here in the UK got a copy of the fabulously groovy game Psychonauts on Xbox or the brand spingly-spangly new DVD version for PC with 400% less disc swapping?

No?

What's that? It wasn't released on the 25th November as promised? But didn't Tim Schafer say it was out before the year's end? Didn't PCZone, the UK bastion of Psycho-related Magazine Fandom, practically demand that 25th Nov was made a public holiday and that they would be doing spot-checks at people's houses to make sure everyone had a copy?

Indeed, hasn't a new advert been doing the rounds stating proudly that the game would be out November, seen here: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v247/TheTingler/PsychonautsAd.jpg

So why is the new release date "March 2006, maybe"?

90SK
12-06-2005, 05:40 PM
I'm more curious as to why they talk about Day of the Tentacle on the box. I mean, no one has ever heard of Day of the Tentacle. Is it there for aesthetic appeal only?


KotOR II was released for PC 2 months after it was for X-Box in the US. Maybe this is similar.

Smon
12-06-2005, 06:08 PM
I'm more curious as to why they talk about Day of the Tentacle on the box. I mean, no one has ever heard of Day of the Tentacle. Is it there for aesthetic appeal only?


KotOR II was released for PC 2 months after it was for X-Box in the US. Maybe this is similar.
DotT was awesome. I beat it and it was totally cool.

At first I though the yellow and purple was too hideous but now I totally see how it fits.

alliespixie
12-06-2005, 07:29 PM
it's yellow, werid and wtf

Lyris
12-08-2005, 08:47 AM
So then, everyone here in the UK got a copy of the fabulously groovy game Psychonauts on Xbox or the brand spingly-spangly new DVD version for PC with 400% less disc swapping?

No?

What's that? It wasn't released on the 25th November as promised? But didn't Tim Schafer say it was out before the year's end? Didn't PCZone, the UK bastion of Psycho-related Magazine Fandom, practically demand that 25th Nov was made a public holiday and that they would be doing spot-checks at people's houses to make sure everyone had a copy?

Indeed, hasn't a new advert been doing the rounds stating proudly that the game would be out November, seen here:

So why is the new release date "March 206, maybe"?
All very good questions, but I have a better one. Why not just buy the American version seeing as we live in an English speaking country anyway? (I'm assuming you already have).

Pyschonauts is a summer game, dammit, wandering around Whispering Rock when it was getting all light and hot outside was perfect and made the game even more special for me.

(For the record, I live in Scotland and have the Xbox version. Death to region locking.)

alliespixie
12-08-2005, 05:14 PM
i know, it bites that i have to have the english version of kingdom hearts two when the japan version is already out.

90SK
12-08-2005, 05:37 PM
DotT was awesome. I beat it and it was totally cool.

Yeah, but it's one of those games that mainstream gamers won't know about (shamefully). And Lucasarts doesn't sell it anymore. Heck, it doesn't even have a section of the forums (neither does RTX Red Rock, but hey...).

alliespixie
12-08-2005, 05:46 PM
i want to know more about it

90SK
12-08-2005, 05:47 PM
http://www.mobygames.com/game/day-of-the-tentacle

alliespixie
12-08-2005, 11:50 PM
ohh, then why is it on the poster?

DarthAve
12-08-2005, 11:52 PM
That is the foxiest ad I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!

alliespixie
12-08-2005, 11:54 PM
i know, it's on my xanga

DarthAve
12-08-2005, 11:55 PM
ohhhhhhh, awesome.

alliespixie
12-08-2005, 11:56 PM
i know

Klia
12-09-2005, 04:00 PM
ohhhhhhh, awesome.

I'm still skeptical of the purple+yellow scheme.

DarthAve
12-09-2005, 04:05 PM
yes, who knew such strange colors could come together to make such an excellent combination?

Klia
12-09-2005, 04:23 PM
yes, who knew such strange colors could come together to make such an excellent combination?


Well, I'm just saying it seems so un Psychonauts like. When I think of purple and yellow I think of basketball.

Purple Squid
12-09-2005, 04:51 PM
Well, I'm just saying it seems so un Psychonauts like. When I think of purple and yellow I think of basketball.

I think of bees.

DarthAve
12-09-2005, 05:09 PM
I think of that one time my older cousin had a party and he made brownies......It was weird.

alliespixie
12-09-2005, 05:23 PM
i think about my room getting clashed with my sisters room,freaky

shinzuku
12-09-2005, 06:28 PM
The background make the guys look weird and Milla high.

alliespixie
12-09-2005, 06:35 PM
hehehehe,milla high, man, my mom said i looked high when my hair was pink

DarthAve
12-09-2005, 07:37 PM
You had pink hair? When I was in forst grade, my dad had blue hair and my teachers didn't believe me.

alliespixie
12-09-2005, 07:55 PM
i had blonde, pink and purple hair in one day

Klia
12-09-2005, 07:56 PM
So why is the new release date "March 2006, maybe"?

Perhaps they had a problem with shipping the game towards stores, and the old date was when it was ready to be shipped.

I don't know what I'm talking about, do I?

shinzuku
12-09-2005, 08:08 PM
I know. I know. Why don't the UK people just buy the game from ebay? It's like $6-20.

Udvarnoky
12-09-2005, 08:35 PM
I'm more curious as to why they talk about Day of the Tentacle on the box. I mean, no one has ever heard of Day of the Tentacle. Is it there for aesthetic appeal only?


Many more people know and will recognize "Day of the Tentacle" and "Grim Fandango" than the name Tim Schafer. They would have been better off putting some game titles on the US box rather than only his name.

Klia
12-09-2005, 09:10 PM
Many more people know and will recognize "Day of the Tentacle" and "Grim Fandango" than the name Tim Schafer. They would have been better off putting some game titles on the US box rather than only his name.

I think DoubleFine wants Tim Schafer's name to be a staple of their work, since he's the head of it. It's like LucasArts. By associating it with Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango (Games that DoubleFine did not produce) is not going to make a name for them.

Once again, this is coming out all wrong.

90SK
12-09-2005, 09:40 PM
Many more people know and will recognize "Day of the Tentacle" and "Grim Fandango" than the name Tim Schafer. They would have been better off putting some game titles on the US box rather than only his name.

True. And even if they didn't know the games, "Day of the Tentacle" sounds pretty interesting as is. Same goes for Grim Fandango.

DarthAve
12-09-2005, 09:41 PM
Yes, a day for a tentacle? What's next? A day for more cowbell?

Udvarnoky
12-09-2005, 09:49 PM
I think DoubleFine wants Tim Schafer's name to be a staple of their work, since he's the head of it. It's like LucasArts. By associating it with Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango (Games that DoubleFine did not produce) is not going to make a name for them.

Yeah well it didn't make any sales for them, either. I'm all for having Tim's name on the box, but also letting people know what games he made previously could only have helped.

Also I don't see how saying that he made DOTT and Grim is preventing Double Fine from making a name for themselves. That makes no sense at all to me. Even if not many people know what DOTT or Grim is, the people who do loved them, and many of those might be interested in buying another game made by the same guy. Just because you liked a game doesn't mean you know the guy who made it. Simply saying that it was a game made by Tim Schafer only meant something to the people who knew it already.

And you guys who never played Day of the Tentacle before, you need to. It's great.


Oh yeah and about the UK release. I guess all the money they spent towards advertising the game as a November release was a big waste.

Klia
12-09-2005, 10:04 PM
I'm guessing the November release didn't go as planned...

alliespixie
12-09-2005, 11:30 PM
that would bite to be in uk, i mean kingdom hearts 2 was to come out this month and now i have to wait until march of next year

DarthAve
12-10-2005, 12:18 AM
HAHA! You're suffering! None of the games I want are delayed for release! in yo face! but still, it's sad peeps 'across the pond' have to wait for the glorious awesomeness that is Psychonauts.

alliespixie
12-10-2005, 12:30 AM
poor uk

Klia
12-10-2005, 04:12 PM
poor uk

Think about it this way, games made in the UK go to them first.

However I don't know of any games from over there.

alliespixie
12-10-2005, 04:15 PM
neither do i, i know a lot of japan games

DarthAve
12-10-2005, 04:16 PM
I know some us games. Are there any German games? I know the russians have a game:Tetris.

alliespixie
12-10-2005, 04:18 PM
that was russian!

DarthAve
12-10-2005, 04:20 PM
Yes. You're an idiot.

alliespixie
12-10-2005, 04:21 PM
no i'm not, i just didn't know that was russian

90SK
12-10-2005, 04:53 PM
It isnt russian. It's turkish.

DarthAve
12-10-2005, 05:59 PM
What?!?! I've been lied to!

alliespixie
12-10-2005, 06:41 PM
it's turkish!

Purple Squid
12-10-2005, 07:09 PM
No, see, it's actually from the Czech Republic.

alliespixie
12-10-2005, 07:12 PM
what, i'm so confused

90SK
12-10-2005, 07:21 PM
I have a great uncle from czechoslovakia.

alliespixie
12-10-2005, 07:37 PM
you do?

Purple Squid
12-10-2005, 07:47 PM
No, he's lying.

>>

Why wouldn't he have an uncle from Czechoslovakia? I think everyone should have one.

alliespixie
12-10-2005, 07:49 PM
i don't and if i do then i don't know about it

90SK
12-10-2005, 07:51 PM
No lie. He even had the accent.

alliespixie
12-10-2005, 07:56 PM
damn, lucky

DarthAve
12-10-2005, 08:14 PM
People from there have accents? What kinds?

alliespixie
12-10-2005, 08:17 PM
maube they speak tongue

DarthAve
12-10-2005, 08:46 PM
I don't know, let's ask Skye.

alliespixie
12-10-2005, 11:08 PM
mr.s, are they speaking in togues?

KingCheez
12-11-2005, 12:11 PM
deadly TRIANGLE BEAM

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 12:40 PM
okay, now that was random

Purple Squid
12-11-2005, 12:45 PM
OMFG STOP GETTING OFF TOPIC.

Isn't it funny that the only off topic thread died the quickest?

Seriously, replying with 'oh, you see this movie?', or 'hey, lets talk about my newest crush and all those girl-things' and 'i'm so depressed' gets annoying.

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 12:52 PM
then let me revive it

90SK
12-11-2005, 12:52 PM
Alas! You're right. Bad habit we should all break.

So, any more news on this? I'd say it's just the direction developers take when releasing their stuff. Demand in the U.S. is pretty huge.

Purple Squid
12-11-2005, 12:53 PM
You'll have to go find it; it died about a day after it was made. >>

Purple Squid
12-11-2005, 12:55 PM
Alas! You're right. Bad habit we should all break.

So, any more news on this? I'd say it's just the direction developers take when releasing their stuff. Demand in the U.S. is pretty huge.

Maybe they put the names on it... to take up space?

...

Actually, I got nothing.

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 01:04 PM
why didn't they use purple and green for the background

Purple Squid
12-11-2005, 01:07 PM
why didn't they use purple and green for the background

Well, we're not sure. Maybe because purple and yellow is eye-catching?

Purple and green don't always look too good together, anyways. I like the just-green background of our native Psychonauts.

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 01:09 PM
okay, i'm out of ideas

The Tingler
12-11-2005, 06:20 PM
What was the topic again? Oh yeah...

I know what you mean about the colours. I prefer the green scheme. Just looks nicer. Any idea where I can get a decent picture of the US box cover? I got one from somewhere (an old Mojo post probably) which I had as a wallpaper before my computer died, and now I can't think where I got it.

I personally got my copy as soon as it came out in the US, imported from GameStop with the lovely T-Shirt which I'm wearing now.
However, not everyone has a decent enough PC, or enjoys importing games from a long way away (delivery costs, returning hassle if something's wrong, etc.), or just might want it on the Xbox or PS2. I made sure to get it confirmed when the game came out - The US Xbox Psychonauts will not work on a UK (or any other country's) Xbox. Someone personally tested it for me. Or they just might want a DVD PC copy.

What is the deal with the US's fear of the PC DVD-ROM drive? We in the UK have had DVD games on the PC for ages and they're now the norm, why does the US not like them? Technophobes.

For the most part all PC games are released universally, except when there's a concurrent console release, like KOTOR2 for example. Psychonauts was hampered over here because Majesco is a US-only publisher. If Microsoft had kept it we wouldn't be playing it on PS2 or PC, but it would've been a worldwide release.

And as for the "what games have the UK made?" question... off the top of my head -

Fable, the Broken Sword series, Beneath A Steel Sky, the Tomb Raider series ('cept for the upcoming one because they did such a thoroughly crap job on the last one), Black & White 1-2, Championship Manager/Football Manager, the Grand Theft Auto series, Alien Vs Predator (made just up the road from me!), Ghost Master, Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs Death (those two too!), Lemmings, Cannon Fodder 1-2, the Worms series, The Movies, Theme Park/Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper 1-2, the Populous games, Starship Titanic, Lure of the Temptress, Sensible Soccer, Evil Genius, Republic: The Revolution.

Plenty of others, but that's all I can be certain of right now.

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 06:27 PM
omg, you must love to type

Udvarnoky
12-11-2005, 06:29 PM
This from someone who has made over four thousand posts in three months? ;)

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 06:34 PM
i didn't right a novel

DarthAve
12-11-2005, 06:57 PM
You just wrote one word. To quote someone from SNL....

"Jane, you ignorant slut"

90SK
12-11-2005, 07:35 PM
Style over substance. ;)

DarthAve
12-11-2005, 08:20 PM
hehehe, ~insert random Blues Brothers dance~

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 09:27 PM
thta was mean

DarthAve
12-11-2005, 10:06 PM
I was only quoting, you can't blame me for doing that.

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 11:01 PM
i guess so

DarthAve
12-11-2005, 11:03 PM
Ohhh, loophole! I'm gonna eat some goldfish.

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 11:05 PM
what, fine.

DarthAve
12-11-2005, 11:07 PM
Mmmm, these fishies are so..........delicious.

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 11:08 PM
mmmmm, cocoa

DarthAve
12-11-2005, 11:14 PM
Drink you cocoa. I HOPE IT BURNS YOUR THROAT!

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 11:15 PM
nope, it helps

DarthAve
12-11-2005, 11:18 PM
Right now, I'm enjoying some~snicker, snicker~ Schweddy Balls. OH GOSH! hahahahaha!!!

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 11:20 PM
that sounded wrong

DarthAve
12-11-2005, 11:21 PM
http://snltranscripts.jt.org/98/98idish.phtml

this is where I got it from, it sounds even wronger with the rest.

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 11:23 PM
okay, steps back one

DarthAve
12-11-2005, 11:27 PM
It's from SNL. Alec Baldwan's second best skit, only behind Canteen Boy.

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 11:29 PM
okay

DarthAve
12-11-2005, 11:30 PM
You need to watch your SNL girl. it's like the yellow bick road. SNL leads to the magical city of comedy.

alliespixie
12-11-2005, 11:30 PM
okay okay

DarthAve
12-11-2005, 11:36 PM
This saturday night on NBC, WATCH OR DIE!

alliespixie
12-12-2005, 12:22 AM
okay okay

counting_pine
12-12-2005, 12:14 PM
Yeesh, do you guys do this in every thread? Please, for your own sakes, spend some time AFK. You'll have to find a new hobby anyway, when RSI cripples your hands, and you're left unable to even hold a pencil, let alone move the mouse over to that 'Post Quick Reply' button and click down on it.



I'm one of the people waiting, ever so patiently, for the UK release of PS2 Psychonauts, so I can actually get to play the game.

I (naively) went into my local games shop on the 25th and asked if they had any copies of Psychonauts.
The guy had a look through some stuff behind the counter. For a moment I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the sleeves that would go into the XBOX Psychonauts cases. Eventually though, he informed me that he didn't have anything.

Since they had the sleeves already, it looks like the publishers really did expect a release around then. I wonder what went wrong?

90SK
12-12-2005, 12:42 PM
Maybe they just assumed that the demand wasn't great enough to warrant a good paced release, or something. It's hard to tell with game companies.

KingCheez
12-12-2005, 05:31 PM
It happened after Joel gathered the protection money, with bombs. Naturally, a Psychonauts disc and case have less force and resistance than a bomb.

DarthAve
12-12-2005, 06:03 PM
Oh man, there goes my shield idea.

alliespixie
12-12-2005, 06:52 PM
hehehe, i think something went wrong with the voice cast

KingCheez
12-12-2005, 07:24 PM
Alright, well considering Pine said it I'm going to say it too.

You too, alliespixie especially, have you ever tried resting your fingers and looking at the posts bigger than 3 words?

alliespixie
12-12-2005, 07:27 PM
i don't get what you mean

KingCheez
12-12-2005, 07:30 PM
My point exactly.

read

alliespixie
12-12-2005, 07:35 PM
yes i have. and you know what, i should be learning something, right?

DarthAve
12-12-2005, 08:02 PM
Yeah, you gotta learn. "Cause knowledge is power!"

Purple Squid
12-12-2005, 10:05 PM
What he means is, maybe you should take the time to look everything over. The giant post up there? Commenting on the board members' ability to skim and quick-reply.

And maybe you should post a productive reply once in a while.

About the topic of this thread; I don't really have much more to say, so... yup.

90SK
12-12-2005, 10:07 PM
Remember, a forum is a discussion board, not a chat room.

alliespixie
12-12-2005, 11:46 PM
yes mr.s, i will remember that.

counting_pine
12-13-2005, 01:25 PM
Oh man, it's like talking to a goldfish. Or possibly Schwarzenegger in T2, when he's unable learn anything. Or maybe just a very verbose brick wall.

OK, this applies to practically all of you here - anyone who joined in the last year, and has made over 1000 posts, or contributed at least three useless posts to this thread.

Take a long, hard look at yourselves.

Please, stop contributing such irrelevant drivel to these threads. You'd be better off doing it in chat rooms. Or, my suggestion is, exchange e-mails and communicate through MSN Messenger. Better yet, invest in a couple of headsets or webcams, and physically talk to each other. Not only will it make sure that none of you is actually a lonely forty year old man, but it will also stop you overusing your hands. I'm not kidding about RSI.
http://eeshop.unl.edu/rsi.html

90SK
12-13-2005, 01:39 PM
6 months? That seems unusual. Generally, regional delays are a bit more taught than a thyroidal half-year wait. Though it's obvious that they have their reasons. It's unfortunate that they would be so lax about getting it to the UK.

Regarding post issues:

Yeah, tighten it up people. While this is certainly the chummiest community setting I've ever had the fortune of coming across, the off topic banter is a little extreme. Best keep it to a minimum, eh? If you want discuss something, do it. And if, like all conversations, the subject shifts around a few times, fine. But keep it to a minimum, and try to spring back when possible. And I think taking pine's advice on not posting as much has wisdom to it: hands are a valuable asset. Though posting on a forum (in moderation, of course) isn't a huge threat. But I think that the majority of you are already aware of all this. Just reiterating. ;)

I should also mention the poignant fact that we don't have an off-topic discussion forum. All discussion is focused into the "General discussion" area, presumably as intended. Integration ensues, etc.

bgbennyboy
12-13-2005, 02:44 PM
I agree that there should probably be an off-topic forum. Perversely one of the reasons that there's hardly any moderation in the Raz forums is the sheer amount of spam. No-one wants to read them anymore and no-one would know where to start with the moderating. Burning the ground and salting the earth would be my preferred solution. :¬:

Counting_pine and Skye are totally correct, the spam in the Raz forums is insane, I think an off-topic forum could curb that though. Possibly.


We've been waiting for a ridiculous amount of time for the UK release and I wonder if it will sell well now that the initial buzz has passed. Its hardly the hot game of the moment anymore.

90SK
12-13-2005, 03:21 PM
No-one wants to read them anymore and no-one would know where to start with the moderating. Burning the ground and salting the earth would be my preferred solution. ::

The best way to deal with it would be the creation of an off topic section (accompanied by massive thread-moving ). After that, just apply enforcement of the rules to the other sections until things get back into pace.

It's not like the spam is overtly intentional. No malice intended at all, ever. Organization and moderation is all that is needed, and there have been discussions regarding that in the past. It wouldn’t be a problem to instate.


This (http://www.erscheinungstermine.de/release-dates/games/6-xbox/1156-psychonauts/release.html) website lists the various release dates for Psychonauts. It looks like the UK release date is the longest wait. At least they offer free shipping. :(

counting_pine
12-13-2005, 05:26 PM
Gameplay (http://shop.gameplay.co.uk/webstore/advanced_search.asp?keyword=psychonauts) also has the release date down as the 24th February 2006. (It's 6 months, to the day, after DoubleFine (http://www.doublefine.com/news2005summer.htm#24August2005) announced that they'd finished it). I guess we'll see how accurate that is closer to the time.
At the moment, Gameplay is still using the US XBOX cover.

I think I've said enough now, so I'm going to just leave it there. I stand by my last post though.
If I have anything else to say about Psychonauts it will probably be in the Mojo thread (http://www.lucasforums.com/showthread.php?t=156252).

Udvarnoky
12-13-2005, 05:33 PM
We've been waiting for a ridiculous amount of time for the UK release and I wonder if it will sell well now that the initial buzz has passed. Its hardly the hot game of the moment anymore.

It's unbelievable to think that they would botch the game's European release too. I think that not releasing the game during the Holiday season is a good idea, but to spend the money on advertising and generating hype only to inexplicably yank it from the scheduled date again screams poor planning.

Weren't there UK reviews posted by folks who have actually received review copies of the game, and weren't just using an imported US disc? What the hell happened? Why can't this game catch a break?

The Tingler
12-13-2005, 06:00 PM
I'm glad someone else said all that before I could!

We've been waiting for a ridiculous amount of time for the UK release and I wonder if it will sell well now that the initial buzz has passed. Its hardly the hot game of the moment anymore.

I could agree, but surely the best time to sell it would be the date they hyped up and advertised? And had most of the UK's mags telling us to buy it as soon as that date occurred?

We have to remember (as the person who wrote "from the creator of Day of the Tentacle & Grim Fandango" on the advert obviously did) that the LucasArts Adventures always sold best in Europe. That advert will mean a lot more to us than the US.

The Tingler
02-10-2006, 02:23 PM
Well, it's out now. Get theeselves to the nearest shoppe.

Although if you want to buy the PC version from a shop that's not online you're pretty screwed (at least if you live in Oxford).

Smon
02-10-2006, 02:43 PM
WEEE. It's there it's there it's there it's (is reviving an old thread a double post bad luck? I think I read that somewhere) there!