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14681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: July 27, 2006, 12:30:43 PM
Quote from: "depward"
wtf that baby picture is nutty

Yet amazingly appropriate. bravo!
14682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Japan commercial - somebody has to stop this. on: July 27, 2006, 12:23:45 PM
Well, i don't suppose it's any dumber than the american xbox campaign with people jumping through hoola hoops.  

I mean really- their whole marketing campaign for 360 was awful...why expect something different in JPN?

Edit: And that could be the hottest band in the country for all we know.
14683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else noticing the lessening of fanboy bitch fights? on: July 27, 2006, 12:21:03 PM
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
PSP lost to DS. PS3 is looking real bad compare to XBOX 360. So fanboys of those two products are now in

I was gonna say that Nintendo is so clearly the winnar of everything, everyone else has submitted.

Nintendo is the hobbits at the end of Return of the King. Everyone is bowing down before them in reverence...even those once divided by all the conflict.
14684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / And the Nintendo Wii release date is... on: July 26, 2006, 10:18:26 PM
Destructor, you magnificent bastard!

If you are on the spot with the vvii stuff then, I'll buy you a Wii game.

And by on the spot i mean someone at nintendo says see you dummies! The release date was in the name!
14685  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lance Bass (finally) comes out on: July 26, 2006, 05:49:33 PM
Why are you reading ET online?  FOR SHAME!
14686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: July 26, 2006, 04:28:57 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
How about the fact that...

Spoiler for Hiden:
You just didn't sit there, watching the actually controlled your character, essentially the super evil demon (or's been awhile folks).  I was seriously fighting the void for about 5 minutes!  It was just super...artsy.  It was a fantastic ending.

Spoiler for Hiden:
But there was absolutely nothign you could to change the fact that he got sucked in. i realized this and gave up after about a minute.  Different strokes.
14687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: July 26, 2006, 03:08:21 PM
Perhaps it's because I'm not familiar with ico, but...

Spoiler for Hiden:

So the mage guy casts a spell that rocks the whole joint.  The protagonist is sucked into the goop and the bridge collapses.

After the credits demon baby (the protagonist in new form) makes an appearance and the girl takes him and the horse to the top of the temple to live happily ever after.

An oversimplification, but what's so cool?
14688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: July 26, 2006, 12:37:16 PM
It had one of the most badass endings I've played in a video game

14689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Galaga on XBL - you in? on: July 26, 2006, 12:33:43 PM
If I had a 360 this would be an immediate purchase. I would then probably play nothing else for days and days and days.

Is it original graphics or have they touched it up?
14690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Please Explain Animal Crossing: Wild World to me on: July 25, 2006, 08:50:47 PM
Hmm. Given that the thread on the game is double digits in length, I expected a much more positive response.

Now I don't know what to do.
14691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday - 07/25/06 on: July 25, 2006, 06:14:24 PM
I cannot believe the finally released Animaniacs. I will be getting this at some point in the coming months.

What a great show that was.
14692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why EA sucks #246: ESPN Pay Per View for Madden on: July 25, 2006, 03:17:54 PM
14693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: July 25, 2006, 03:15:31 PM
It actually feels like you're traversing a real world...amazing.

Now that is actually a very good point.  You're absolutely right. It did a great job of making you believe you were but a small piece to a giant world and it should get kudos for that. Definitely.

But, btw, did I mention that one of my complaints was you spend more time looking for the Colossi than you do battling them? slywink frown
14694  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Cool Gamer's Wives on: July 25, 2006, 02:36:08 AM
According to Nintendo's site, there's a Strawberry Shortcake game coming out for the DS.  This may be my opportunity to rope her in! slywink
14695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: July 25, 2006, 02:32:04 AM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "coopasonic"
I tihnk the big deal about this one was that it was different... we get a lot of really good games, but we don't get very much different. I think the same goes for the Katamari games.

You know, that could be the reason why we all love this game. There's just nothing to compare it to.

I agree completely. It was magnificently different until the 4th Colossi or so.  Then it was the same thing from then on.

The first time I saw a Colossus I was -blown away-.  Second time,  yep!. 3rd. Still good. 4th ok. 5th...hmm 6th..ho hum 7th. meh 8th etc.

If there is a sequel or prequel or whatever and they flesh out a different variety of fights- not based on gimmicks, but on real variance- the game will be a surefire masterpiece.
14696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: July 25, 2006, 02:28:01 AM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Quote from: "ATB"

A gross dissapointment based on the hype.

Said the guy who:

- Wasn't able to get into God of War.

- Loves KotOR.

- Put MGS3 "back on the shelf."

All good points that underly my excellent taste.   Let's go item by item:

- Wasn't able to get into God of War.:  Indeed.  Played through part of the first level and it didn't jive with me. However, it is one of the reasons I bought the PS2 to begin with. Time just wasn't right

- Loves KotOR.: No doubt. As does 95% of the rest of the world. Starshifter, disturbed by your lack of faith, has been dispatched to your house.

- Put MGS3 "back on the shelf.": Hot off the heals of MGS2 which is a masterpiece, I was not ready for the complete paradigm shift in gameplay and pacing.  I played through the first mission about a dozen times to get the hang of it and put it away- again temporarily.  Someone, in my thread,  said that the game doesn't pick up until after the first mission so my initial malaise was hardly misplaced.  

Nice Avatar.
14697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Please Explain Animal Crossing: Wild World to me on: July 25, 2006, 02:21:15 AM
I bought this today for 23.00 based largely on the Designer Threads podcast on Gamespot with Secret of Monkey Island Designer Ron Gilbert (it's a great interview, btw).  It has great reviews and I did peruse the Animal Crossing thread here but quickly got lost as I've never played an AC games. It's still sealed sitting in the bag.

Navarro's vid review on GS sort of left me feeling that it's kind a like a sims game in that you do some mundane tasks but somehow they turn out to be fun and addictive.

I can't seem to gather a real sense of this game from reviews (and sadly my favorite gaming related site again does not have a coveted DS review that I've wanted and this seems to be a bit of a trend...unless I don't know where to look-<why aren't DS reviews filterable?>).

So I'd very much like inputs couched, if you can, from the perspective of someone who has no idea what this game is about, has tried to grasp but can't do the math.  

Or is this one of those you can't describe it, just play it, you'll love it games?
14698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wrestlemania III on: July 24, 2006, 11:04:36 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
But times have changed unfortunately, just like wrestling has.

Man. That makes me realize I'm turning into an old man.
14699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The New and Improved Collection/Favorites/Games Finished on: July 24, 2006, 07:07:38 PM
Finished 2007:



Nintendo DS:
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow -- B- (80% of gameplay occurred in 2006)
Advance Wars DS -- A+ (90% of gameplay occurred in 2006)

XBOX 360:


Currently Playing:


Dragon Warrior VIII (sorta)
Killer 7

Nintendo DS:

New Super Mario Bros (sorta)
Metroid Prime Hunters




Gears of War MP
Battle for Middle Earth 2

Finished 2006:

Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 -- C+
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones -- A+
Panzer Dragoon Orta -- A
Guitar Hero (through medium difficulty) --A+
Shadow Hearts  --A+
Metal Gear Solid  --A+
Devil May Cry  --A+
Shadow of the Colossus -- C+
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty--A+
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -- B+
Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time --A
Battles of Prince of Persia --A-
Elite Beat Agents --A+
Dead Rising--A+
Gears of War--SP = B With MP = A

Original Post: July 24 06
Updated: Jan 8 07
14700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Just Makes Me Happy. on: July 24, 2006, 03:45:09 PM
Where the Hell is Matt?
14701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wrestlemania III on: July 24, 2006, 03:05:32 PM
This clip is such a classic.  Wow. I love how the crowd goes bananas when Hogan slams Andre.  You can just tell how much people loved Hogan and the other major players back in the day.

Is it still this way or is it all cynical and jaded?  There was still an innocence about wrestling back then. Good guys vs bad guys and still speculation about 'the realness' of it all.  

Just great.
14702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mega Man Powered Up is cute like bunny rabbits on: July 24, 2006, 02:38:20 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Quote from: "ATB"
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Looks cute enough to be a DS title, yeah?

Well, the PSP's got its share of kiddy-looking games.

I spent like, 30 minutes on 1 of the 100 challenges tonight.  It was crazy.  But I loved it.

Let me translate thanks to a quick search on Gamespot: It's a PSP title.

Let me translate that thanks to Altavista Babelfish: DS am cry.

You are teh photoshop king!
14703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Purchase conundrum: on: July 24, 2006, 01:46:00 PM
Dad bought a tv at Bestbuy.  We had a 12% off coupon and it ended up being 3200 and some change after tax they had to order it from the wherehouse so he doesn't have it yet.

Same tv is available on line for 2900 shipped from

They're lifetime reseller rating is 8.26 which is very good but their customer service/return rating  rating is 5.75 which is pretty low.

Dad is a fossil and is wary of online retailers in teh event something's wrong with the box..but He can save almost 400 buying online. How would you advise him?
14704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mega Man Powered Up is cute like bunny rabbits on: July 24, 2006, 12:49:36 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Looks cute enough to be a DS title, yeah?

Well, the PSP's got its share of kiddy-looking games.

I spent like, 30 minutes on 1 of the 100 challenges tonight.  It was crazy.  But I loved it.

Let me translate thanks to a quick search on Gamespot: It's a PSP title.
14705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii Release: Will it be like DS Lite or 360? on: July 24, 2006, 11:25:40 AM
Thanks to my pops buying a fat tv at bestbuy I'm going to be getting around 110.00 in reward certs that I'd like to parlay into a Wii purchase.

However, in your professional opinions, will the Wii release be:

A: Like the DS Lite.  Many stores sold through initial shipments, but they were replenished very quickly. Some stores even had plenty left over from original shipments

B: Like the 360 where there's 100 in all of America and there won't be many more on shelves until 4-6 months after launch.


edit: The impact being of course the expiration dates on the certs and also whether I preorder from someplace...
14706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Trek - new movie may suck, but the poster kicks ass! on: July 24, 2006, 01:30:37 AM
So which Trek is this? Scott bakula?
14707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Han Solo Vs. Indiana Jones on: July 24, 2006, 01:30:02 AM
This is not even a contest.

Indiana Jones all the way by a gigantic margin.
14708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: July 24, 2006, 01:27:22 AM

A gross dissapointment based on the hype.
14709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist 21/Jul/06? on: July 21, 2006, 01:24:00 PM
I'm actually playing quite a bit of Diablo 2, believe it or not.  I DL'd the demo for Titan Quest and it seems identical so why not go back to the source material?  So I've started D2 over with an Amazon...

Probably get some Advance Wars in and add Phoenix Wright back into the rotation.
14710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has Portable Gaming Changed Your Gaming Habits? on: July 21, 2006, 01:35:05 AM
Mine has never been touched by poopy hands.  The NW hand is the only one that touches it until I've washed.
14711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Licensed to... Nurse? on: July 20, 2006, 07:50:08 PM
2 PM Saturday. I'll be your first sponge bath.
14712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Knights of the Old Republic - Questions on 360 on: July 20, 2006, 05:32:26 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
Everytime I see a KOTOR topic I instantly get excited thinking that some fellow GT'er found some info on KOTOR 3.  Alas, I'm foiled again.  :x

I knew you'd be in here with a post like the one you did.  It seems we are joined by some unknown power...some unknown....force.
14713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Power: Any Good? on: July 20, 2006, 01:26:07 PM
I've registered 3 games on and the gimmick is a free 3 issue sub to NP. As a once again Nintendo fan, is getting the trial and all the expected junk mail worth it?

I had NP back when it first started (even got ink with my super high CONTRA score), but haven't looked at it in lest 15 years.  Nestor still around?

By the way, how do you register more than 4 titles. No matter what I do I can only see 4 and when I reenter the codes it says they've already been entered. Do'h!
14714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone ever quit their job with little or no notice? on: July 20, 2006, 01:03:34 PM
I may have missed it but how long did you work for that company?

I quit a place after 2 weeks because they were an immoral entitity bilking old people out of money with fraudulent or near fraudlent claims about the products it sold.

I would have stayed on just long enough to find a new job, but the boss basically said I had to make a decision of whether I was staying or going. I left that day.

Since it was only a 2 week stint...maybe 3, i just left it off my employment history.  Sounds like that may not be an option in your case.

Also note though: Bad reassignment is a legitimate option to quit, so you can still list it on your resume and when asked about it, say that it was time to move on because of commute or bad work environment or whatever...of course, i guess a jail is always going to be a bad work environment so I dunno....
14715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 20, 2006, 12:58:54 PM
I paid 850 for mine in January. They're now under 800 and I've seen them on sale for about 750.
14716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has Portable Gaming Changed Your Gaming Habits? on: July 20, 2006, 12:37:13 PM
As the dozens of you who have joined the ATB fanclub know from my recent newsletter, I'm still in love with the DS lite, having grabbed it on launch day.  It, has in fact, become one of those watershed purchases in my gaming history- the first since my acquisition of the XBOX in 2002 completely steered me away from more than a decade of PC only gaming.

Habits that have changed since the acquisition of my DS Lite:

1. I've significantly cut back on my console playing as the 'hassle' of powering up the tv, the console and the surround sound system is now too much effort whereas the DS gives me near instant gratification

2. I am currently engaged in Octo-simultaneous play whereas previously on the consoles and even back on the PC, I almost always played one game from start to finish before firing up another.  Currently on the DS I'm playing (in order of most time to least): Advanced Wars: DS, Brain Age, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Mario Kart, Phoenix Wright, New Super Mario Bros, Brain Age and  Trauma Center.  Zounds!

3. I play in places where I never thought I would play (public): I've broken the DS out at Doctor's offices, oil change companies, and other venues.  Gaming for me is coming out of the closet, as it were

4. I play in places where I NEVER thought I would play (private): <cough> in the bathroom.  I even, uh, bring it with me when I go to my work's HQ, drop the sound all the way down and play when I'm in the men's restroom at work.  Yah baby!

5. As a direct result of #4 the amount of time I spend reading has dropped significantly.  I'm hard pressed to read my two favorite magazines at all now: Wired and The Economist.  Also, my brief flirtation with the novel, rekindled by the masterpiece The Three Muskateers has been put on hiatus.

6. I no longer dread trips out of town.  I've done a bit of travel lately and the DS has come with me to every location.  It's a great go to when there's nothing to do or I need a quick fix before bed when in a strange land

7. Interrupted sleep patterns.  Specifically due to 6, when I'm on the road my schedule is already off and this is exacerbated by my staying up 30 mins to an hr longer than I intended to deal some damage to Black Hole.

8. I've started wearing gamer T-shirts.  Yes, my wife bought me the 'I have control issues' shirt with a an N64 controller on it, but since getting the DS and falling more and more in love with Nintendo, I've purchased several others...and wear them in public.

9. I have introduced gaming to my oldest child: 3.5.  While I don't want my kids to be as hooked on gaming as I am, I have let the oldest play whack a mole on NSMB as well as play a bit of Mario Kart.  Previously, as almost all my games for the console are M or T rated, I only played after they went to bed.  Still, I don't let it interfere with 'daddy' time, but it is becoming more mainstream

10.  I finally got teh wife to play something...briefly.  I thought she would enjoy brain age, but she didn't care for it telling her 'how stupid she is' when, upon her first try, her brain age was 81.  Despite my explanations that it would get easier as she acquired the familiarity with the device, the door has not only once again been slammed, but deadbolted.  My mother in law loved BA.  She lives 6 hrs away though.

14717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Interesting EGM rumors - Square Enix Specific on: July 20, 2006, 12:55:36 AM
Quote from: "Dante Rising"
...if the PS3 tanks, the next gen system to have is the 360 beyond the japanese market.

Other consoles will gain ground on Sony, but the next generation will still belong to them.

I'll take that bet.
14718  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How much is your rent? on: July 19, 2006, 04:43:26 PM
Was paying 1330+ for a 1300 sq ft rambler with a basement  in Leesburg VA and had to refinance 3 times to keep it that low.

Moved to NC and now have a 3000sqft house for 1030 per month...of course with the proceeds from house A were able to buy down the mortgage a bit on house B.

$1100 for a studio  God bless suburban DC. At least all utilities and cable are included.

You're actually doing quite well ESPECIALLY if all the utils AND (?!) cable are included.  Zounds!
14719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 19, 2006, 02:16:58 AM
When we moved to NC, the room we wanted to place the tv in in the new house couldn't fit our GIGANTIC CRT Magnavox 32 inch so we left it behind.

We bought the 30 inch Samsung slimfit widescreen with built in HD tuner....couldn't be happier.  Although I won't pay for digital cable/satellite, I don't have to because our omni-directional antenna picks up HD signals fine and it was only 70.00 at radio shack.

I don't have any gaming rigs that play in Hi def, but might in the future...though the Wii is my first pick of next gen console.  Graphics just aren't that big of a seller for me.
14720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Late to the party: God of War on: July 19, 2006, 02:12:01 AM
I have this and fired it up about 2 weeks ago. I couldn't get into it at all and will have to revisit at a later date.
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