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14681  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wow, I hated gamespot and EB before but now I really do... on: April 22, 2006, 10:24:54 PM
Due to the LaPorte effect, I never bought used nor traded for games.

Then I started- now if I can find used games in perfect condition, I'll buy them.  It's how I've filled out my PS2 collection.

Of the dozen or so games I have, I only bought a couple, including  Guitar Hero, new.
14682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wow, I hated gamespot and EB before but now I really do... on: April 22, 2006, 07:03:30 PM
I like shopping at the local EB despite the hard sell.  Olga (i believe she's latin) is a master seller.  I've seen her get people to buy the 1.00 disc guarantee and pre-order a game that they weren't ready to preorder.

I came up to the counter and she said the first two words of her pitch and I said no thanks.  

She's just doing her job.

Everyone always says they're giving up on EB....
14683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What will you be playing this weekend? on: April 21, 2006, 08:13:08 PM
Continue in Devil May Cry (PS2)

May finally finish Prince of Persia 2 (XBOX)

Perhaps a bit of Guitar Hero (PS2)

May begin Indigo Prophecy (XBOX)

May play a bit more Chrono Trigger (PSX via PS2)


I have the sneaking suspition though that I won't get much time to play this weekend.
14684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Found this to be funny on: April 20, 2006, 08:48:05 PM
Yeah. i don't get it. never understood any of the 360 ads.
14685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil May Cry Series on: April 20, 2006, 03:04:09 PM
Okay okay- I should stop gushing about my PS2 experience, but I won't. So there.

I'm playing some DMC to take a breake from the sublime Chrono Trigger, and I'm having a hoot- I'm not very far in (misison 4) but it's a fabulous game. You already know that.  So here's my question.

As I love to play game series all the way through (hence I started with Shadow Hearts in order to play what is supposed to be the even greater SH:C- SH btw is brilliant), I'm wondering if the generally awful reviews of DMC 2 should prevent me from playing it.

No spoilers please, but despite the fact that DMC2 is considered pale in comparison to I and III, should I play it to get the most Dante/DMC story?

Or is it safe to skip it and go to III?
14686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 Request Thread on: April 20, 2006, 01:30:31 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
Oh for the love of...

PLEASE...

Anything at all on...

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic III


Ditto! Though I won't be buying a 360 to play it.

Starshifter- would you (or do you have one already?)


Graham-

I'd also like to know if there's any presence at all for current gen consoles.

It seems that XBOX releases have dropped off the map.  Is the same going to be true for PS2?
14687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero: Difficulty Hard = No more Fun on: April 19, 2006, 09:13:15 PM
Quote
WWJD?


Answer: Not play Guitar Hero?






I find your advice contradictory.
14688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grim Outlook for Square-Enix - Lower earning estimate on: April 19, 2006, 12:18:00 PM
I ask these question as someone who has a tentative grasp on financials/economic reports:  

1. Is Square Enix cash rich? I mean they've been making blockbusters for decades now.  I'd think they have a pretty fat wad and could stave off a few bad quarters/years.

2. How does a bad year make for a grim outlook?  Has this been a problem for consecutive years or is this a blip?

3. I don't know for certain, but I would expect that SE is planning a huge game in support of PS3 launch. Is this true? If so, I'd presume they'd do ok as a result of that console's debut
14689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero: Difficulty Hard = No more Fun on: April 18, 2006, 10:38:38 PM
Ok.

The jump from easy to medium was fine.

But medium to hard is too much.

I can get five stars after MANY MANY MANY attempts on four of the first five songs, but man Infected is giving me coniptions- I can finish it, but it's not good enough.

Then I tried More than a Feeling...COME ON!

I find trying to hit hammer on's and pull offs VERY difficult and the fact that there is no way to practice them other than in the short advance tutorial quite frustrating.

Any tips out there?  I know someone finished bark at the moon on expert- I got 3 stars on medium and gave up.

Help! I want to be good but can't seem to get it. Tips Tips tips?
14690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chrono Trigger (formerly: Now You're Talking) on: April 18, 2006, 10:34:57 PM
smile

I'm about 20 hrs in and once again I've made the mistake of reading an FAQ during a portion where I got stuck...now I'm certain I've missed a bunch of stuff and that frustrates me.  So I'm just taking a break.  An amicable separation.

It's still an A+ to me.  

Edit: Oh and it's been 13 pretty much straight days of playing nothing else except guitar hero with my niece and nephew...
14691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chrono Trigger (formerly: Now You're Talking) on: April 18, 2006, 09:26:31 PM
I saw that.

It's getting a little long for me so I'm taking a break and will be playing some Devil May Cry for a bit.
14692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Broadband on: April 18, 2006, 01:03:16 PM
I downloaded 66 megs of work files in 2 mins 47 secs yesterday.  I've only had high speed for 4 months but there's no way I could ever ever go back.
14693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Late to the party but...bare with me...Can you dig it?! on: April 18, 2006, 01:02:01 PM
I'm gonna wait until it hits sub 20.00.

I loved the movie and want to play, but backlog fever prevents me from buying this until it is muy cheapo.
14694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman: The Animated Series on: April 15, 2006, 12:57:55 PM
I think three seasons was it...rather, there are three collections and I thought that was the sum of it.

The wikipedia entry confuses me so I'm not sure if what I said is accurate.
14695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman: The Animated Series on: April 15, 2006, 02:33:41 AM
It's just awesome.

I bought all three collections some time in early '05 and thus far have still only completed the first season.

First season was hit or miss with its episodes- mostly hit and some of the stories are movie quality.

I've begun season two and just finished the first part of Robin's something or other and I have to say that this season already surpasses season 1- very taught, very deep, very well done.

Just great stuff.

I remember catching them in original release when i was in high school and I'm glad I ponied up the dough to buy them.

Any other fans out there?
14696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Read this if you wear contact lenses on: April 14, 2006, 01:54:09 AM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
I'd like to do Lasik, but I have an astygmatism in both eyes, which makes it even more expensive.  The last time I checked, it was costing me $500 for each eye + another $250 for the astygmatism.  That made it a cool $1500 for both.


I had severe astigmatism in each eye.  For the #1 guy in Northern Virginia it cost me $2850 per eye.  They had a 600.00 promotion so final cost was $5100.00 total (for initial lazoring, and follow ups).  If you pay for it through flex spending it works to be about 30% less.

Totally worth it.
14697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Read this if you wear contact lenses on: April 13, 2006, 08:38:36 PM
Valium, my friend! Valium!

Here's the detailed history of my experience as posted on BC

I'd do it again (and will for the final touch ups some time in the next few months).

I went from >2400 to 20/25 and am SO grateful.
14698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Read this if you wear contact lenses on: April 13, 2006, 07:18:47 PM
LASIK FOR THE WIN! I'M A CONVERT! SO SHOULD YOU...be.
14699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Well, this site is coming off of my favorites... on: April 13, 2006, 12:14:04 PM
My opinion means nothing re: MGS3 as I've only played MGS, but I love cutscenes.  I love a good story.

I never got the people who skip cutscenes as I find them to be a 'reward' for playing the game.

As for this:

Quote
Otacon: Snake, I need you to destroy Metal Gear.
Snake: Metal Gear?
Otacon: Yes, the secret super weapon!
Snake: Secret super weapon?
Otacon: Yes, Metal Gear!
Snake: Metal Gear?
Otacon: I need you to infiltrate the base and find Metal Gear!
Snake: Infiltrate the base and find Metal Gear?
Otacon: Take some pictures of Metal Gear!
Snake: Metal Gear?
Otacon: Yes, the secret super weapon!
Snake: Secret super weapon...?
Otacon: Correct, Metal Gear!
Snake: Metal Gear?
Otacon: Yes!
Snake: Es?


That's just funny.
14700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 24 Contest: Non Entry Feedback Thread on: April 13, 2006, 12:10:55 PM
Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but isn't that game supposed to suck?  According to Gamerankings, it's a 63...but to GT it's in the mid 80s... (OMG review inflation!? slywink).


Please Note: Tongue in cheek.
14701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM and their "10" on: April 12, 2006, 04:26:40 PM
Good post: As for Consumer Reports: I believe they buy all of the products they test.  Wiki agrees:

Quote
Consumer Reports is known for publishing reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on reporting and results from its in-house testing laboratory. Consumer Reports does not accept advertising nor permit the commercial use of its reviews for selling products. Further, all tested products are purchased at retail by Consumer Reports staff. No free samples are accepted from manufacturers. Consumer Reports' tests and ratings of appliances, foods, automobiles and other products/services are highly respected.


I personally have never suspected GT of any shenaninagans, but it's clear that OXM is overtly biased and positive spinny.

I know a lot people have an axe to grind with Gamespot, but of the major sources, I find them to be the most spot on.
14702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Canceled OXM on: April 12, 2006, 03:29:16 PM
I never thought about that.

Oh well: I'd rather get 35 cents back than have to suffer through receiving it anymore.
14703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM and their "10" on: April 12, 2006, 03:21:27 PM
Quote
. This is YOUR opinion on the game. Its not universal fact come to by some sort of scientific reasoning.


This line of thinking is very bad.  You can use the subjectivity argument for everything and that dismisses the point of discourse at all.

It's clear that OXM ignored the fact that there are big issues with the game when they gave it a 10.  I've read shockingly bad commentary about how woeful the game is with regard to AI.

The 10 was definitely a ploy to get people to buy the mag. OMG a 10! What got a 10!

The fact that most review sites are in the B range should give us pause.

Sure an individual gamer can rank a game higher than the pack or lower, but a magazine that is supposed to know games in and out should at least be in the ball park.
14704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Canceled OXM on: April 12, 2006, 02:17:42 PM
Just an FYI: Got this response from my cancellation inquiry:

Quote
Your refund check is being processed and will arrive in the near future. This is a full refund for the unused portion of your subscription.


So I'd advise anyone who isn't happy and still has a sub (unless it was a gift) to cancel and get your phat stack back, jack.
14705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wal-Mart controls what games you play on: April 11, 2006, 08:39:00 PM
If Psychonauts had WM's approval, i wonder why didn't sell a million copies.
14706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Canceled OXM on: April 11, 2006, 05:18:39 PM
As of today, not only have I canceled my subscription, I've started throwing all my back issues away.  Adios, basura!
14707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Canceled OXM on: April 11, 2006, 03:20:32 PM
Quote from: "metallicorphan"
do you guys only have the one OXM that covers xbox and xbox 360?

we still have the old OXM for xbox 1 and the new OX360M for xbox 360....wouldnt be suprised if they had away with the old soon


Huh?
14708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Super-Duper Glue! on: April 11, 2006, 12:33:57 PM
I have enough trouble with Krazy Glue...

The army should be all over this.  Just fly a plane over an enemy stronghold and dump some gallons of glue on it.  They'd stick like flypaper and you just waltz in with a swatter.
14709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Canceled OXM on: April 11, 2006, 12:31:47 PM
Anyone still get Computer Games? When my sub ran out they had just started a console section.  Is it any good?

CG was by far the best PC mag and I'm sure their console coverage is just as good. Anyone get it?
14710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Canceled OXM on: April 11, 2006, 02:25:13 AM
They should credit the balance of what teh value of your remaining issues is back to you.  That's how other cancelled mags have done it.

I've still got 7 more months on mine and I expect some $$$ back.
14711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Canceled OXM on: April 10, 2006, 11:19:06 PM
Three primary factors:

1. PS2 now dominates my life
2. I've had enough of their increasingly unbalanced slants (putting a positive spin on the shortage?!)
3. MS is not really supporting XBOX1 much anymore and I have no plans to buy 360

I believe 2006 was to be my 3rd year with the mag.  Started out great: Then Rob Smith came on board and it became more PC Gamer.

Then he left and I was happy, because I appreciate FR's writing.  But...it's just all a little too much schmooze now.
14712  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My last two months... on: April 09, 2006, 07:37:24 PM
Why are you paying your mom's bills? You're not responsible for them.
14713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chrono Trigger (formerly: Now You're Talking) on: April 07, 2006, 08:22:23 PM
I have been jonesing so bad for Mike Tyson's Punchout the past couple of years....I don't know that it's a system seller, but...

I have no idea why I sold it.
14714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why do I hate the Hitman series? on: April 07, 2006, 12:31:12 PM
Ditto. I can't deal with the hitman either.  So blech.
14715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DELL IS THE WORST on: April 07, 2006, 01:16:41 AM
Those are Muslims, sucka.  Pretty much the opposites of Indians.
14716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chrono Trigger (formerly: Now You're Talking) on: April 07, 2006, 01:14:54 AM
Gameliquidators on ebay has it in spades I think.  Check it out.
14717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chrono Trigger (formerly: Now You're Talking) on: April 06, 2006, 06:09:40 PM
Quote
The PSX port is passable, but the MIDI tunes don't play quite right and the load times (mini-delays) drive me nuts.


yeah the 'mini loads' are my only real complaint, but they do nothing to tarnish the game...so I wouldn't hold that has a reason to skip it...especially if you don't own a SNIN.slywink

The midi music works fine, than you very much! biggrin
14718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chrono Trigger (formerly: Now You're Talking) on: April 06, 2006, 12:39:53 PM
Forgive me while I gush: I love love love love LOVE Chrono Trigger.

The characters are fabulous, the story quite absorbing and fun and the music...ohhhh the music.  It's simply brilliant.

True it's all MIDI (I think that's what they call it), but man does it evoke a reaction from this player.

What I call the 'victory music' (it's first played when Frog appears for the first time) is smile inducing simplicity.  I can't wait to hit the next area or achieve the next feat that make it play as I smile in spite of myself.

The battle combos are all clever and although wholly in 2D they are wonderful to behold.

Finally, since this is the PSX re-issue, the cutscenes have (or were) redone in Anime style.  Fabulous!

Friends, I am in love.  I am absolutely smitten by this game.

You can go home again.
14719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blizzard's perfect record- OVER on: April 06, 2006, 10:47:52 AM
It's unpossible.  Why would Blizzard do such a thing?
14720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm an Addict. on: April 05, 2006, 08:25:47 PM
frown
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