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14881  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
14882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Just Makes Me Happy. on: July 24, 2006, 03:45:09 PM
Where the Hell is Matt?
14883  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.
14884  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!
14885  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?
14886  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.
14887  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...
14888  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?
14889  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.
14890  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.
14891  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.
14892  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.
14893  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.
14894  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.
14895  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!
14896  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....
14897  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.
14898  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.

14899  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.
14900  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!
14901  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.
14902  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.
14903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Virtual Reality Super Mario Bros on: July 17, 2006, 12:37:10 AM
14904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you playing this weekend? 07/14/06 on: July 15, 2006, 04:32:00 PM
Let me just say this: Advanced Wars on the DS is brilliant.

That is what I shall be playing.

Maybe a bit of DQ VIII....but maybe not.
14905  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / UFC 61 - Bitter Dissapointment on: July 10, 2006, 06:26:04 PM
Just watched the first Ortiz/Shamrock fight on youtube. Shamrock got killed.  Probably would have been the same result had this fight progressed.

Who were the combatants in that grueling fight KD was talking about? I wanna see if it's up.
14906  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / UFC 61 - Bitter Dissapointment on: July 10, 2006, 05:38:39 PM
Vids on youtube. Yeah, I know nothing about UFC, but it looked premature. Shamrock wasn't limp or anything he just hadn't gotten his arm back can tell by how quickly he got up that he wasn't out of it... Oh well.

I'd equate it to the old WWF days where two huge stars were gonna fight only to have someone run out frmo the dressring room to result in a DQ.. frown
14907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you playing this weekend? 07/07/06 on: July 07, 2006, 05:05:34 PM
DQVIII on the PS2...pretty good but something about it bothers me. Overall good so far.

DS: Who knows?  Probably a bit of: Mario Kart, Phoenix Wright, Kirby: Canvas Curse, NSMB, Brain Age and i might even fire up Advanced Wars.
14908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's that Time Again: GOTY So far? on: July 07, 2006, 12:45:28 PM
The year's MORE than half over. What's your GOTY so far?

Two categories:

GOTY for games released in 2006

GOTY for games played in 2006 regardless of year

GOTY 2006

I haven't played that many releases from 2006-

PS2: None played

DS: New Super Mario Bros: A nostalgic hoot.

XBOX: None Played


GOTY Played in 2006

PS2: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Hands down one of the best devised stories I've ever played in a game. Brilliant from start to finish.

DS: Kirby: Canvas Curse. Though I haven't finished it yet, it's just an amazingly well executed implementation of the DS's touchscreen capabilities.

XBOX: Panzer Dragoon Orta- The oldest game in my collection not to be played was marvelous on an epic scale.

GOTY: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of liberty

Overall GOTY: [/b]

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
14909  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Osama pardonned on: July 04, 2006, 11:12:12 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Wait and see.

And Bush doesn't need to pardon Osama.  There is nothing to forgive, he performed as expected.

Is anyone actually surprised that a family heading a war profiteer firm entered office preaching "war without end"?  Anyone supporting the Bushs and their cronies doesn't know (or want to know) much about them.

Anyone who opposed them politically "just hates Bush".
Anyone who breaks ranks and reveals the corruption "is just disgruntled and has an axe to grind".

You know things are bad when ex-Nixon people are saying GWB's administration is worse than Nixon.

Anyway, I'm going to stop, since this is just ranting.  If anyone wants some suggestions for info sources, you can start with "House of Bush, House of Saud", check out the Walsh report on Iran-Contra, then work your way out from there.

14910  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cool Lego Video on: July 04, 2006, 02:50:55 PM
Simply brilliant.  Bravo!

Starshifter in 3...2...1... slywink
14911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Diyamn! That first Dungeon in DQVIII is hard. on: July 03, 2006, 09:54:52 PM
Am I supposed to power level before I go there or what?
14912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Site Ever on: July 03, 2006, 07:42:16 PM
Love Triangle?
14913  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Site Ever on: July 03, 2006, 04:22:16 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
Well, here we go:

Obsidian Clowns

Here's the one I made for that movie:

Laughing Satan!?!
14914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Site Ever on: July 03, 2006, 03:32:36 PM
<x post with BC>

Thanks to Drazz for the link.

Here's the first vide I ever made and it is by far my favorite.

Let's have a GT film festival!

Two others I've made:

Tito the Vengeance Killer!

Hi Stakes Game!
14915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/3) on: July 03, 2006, 02:48:35 PM
Nothing. I'm broke. No more what are you getting this week posts please!
14916  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PC and Console - What are you playing this weekend? on: July 02, 2006, 03:52:08 PM
Phoenix Wright arrived on Friday and I have been having a blast with that.  I'm on what I guess is the final third of case 2.  Brilliant!

I've also started up DQ VIII on the PS2. So far so good.

Finally, I'm doing my brain training.  My brain age is my actual age so that show marked progress.  Don't know if I'm smart enough to get down to 20 though...
14917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Autobot or Decepticon? on: July 02, 2006, 12:33:16 PM
Quote from: "Purge"

Hugo Boos: Proud sponser of the Nazi Movement?

I dunno. Just a guess.  :?
14918  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Autobot or Decepticon? on: July 01, 2006, 11:47:43 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
Meh. I always liked the bad guys, even if they were totally hopeless.

Cobra, The Decepticons, Shredder & Krang, and the list goes on.

They always had the cooler character designs and the better stuff.

So true. I always pulled for Cobra even though it was hopeless.  But for whatever reason- I think it's mostly due to Optimus Prime- I always rooted for the Autobots.
14919  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: July 01, 2006, 11:46:26 PM
I loved the Dragons of Series. Its by far one of my favorite series of books. The development of the Chracters, I thought, was great. raistlin from that low level mage with no real purpose or power, and onward.

The rebirth of cleric within the world. The classic battle between good and evil. The connection that the characters make. Flint, Tanis, tass. the love story or lust story of Kit, and Tanis.

I think there is a lot here, that prolly gets over looked. tanis fight with his own people not liking him being a halfbreed, and the humans not liking him for being a half breed. So where does he fit?

You, sir, are making me pine for them again...stoppit!
14920  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Autobot or Decepticon? on: July 01, 2006, 02:37:54 AM
I remember the movie ads. They counted down from like 5 days out.

Then after the movie came out the ad had this gem: 'So intense you have to see it twice to take it all in.'

My parents let me stay home from school to see it when it opened.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I wept when Optimus died frown
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