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15281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm an Addict. on: April 04, 2006, 05:11:59 PM
Secret?  The passage of time.

I played and finished Panzer Dragoon Orta a few weeks back.  I got it in April 2003.

I played and finished Crimson Skies 1.5 years after buying it.

Metal Arms: Glitch in the Sytem 1 year and 2 months after trading for it.

Halo 5 months after getting it.

I'll eventually get to them all...it's just that I keep buying more and that's just not good strategy.

I know I'm getting good deals on nearly every game I buy (20.00 or less) but I know if I had waited until I was actually going to play it to buy it, I probably could have gotten them for even less. I have Otogi from December 2003 and got it for 10.00.  I can probably get it for 4 now.

I know I'll get to it some day.  Sigh. It's a sickness.
15282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm an Addict. on: April 04, 2006, 02:39:17 PM
However, I always make it a point to play all my games through to the end unless it's intolerable and sometimes in spite of it (jade empire).

The only time I've left anything on the shelf is when i shifted gaming 'genres'.

When I made the jump from PC to Console, I had about 10 AAA games waiting to be played.  They still haven't been.

Hopefully, the jump from Xbox to PS2 won't result in more game castaways...
15283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm an Addict. on: April 04, 2006, 12:53:51 PM
Quote from: "Ridah"
Sounds more to me like your addicting to buying games than playing them.  :shock:


Maybe. If I see a good deal I have to jump on it.  This is why I try NOT to check CAG very frequently...
15284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm an Addict. on: April 03, 2006, 10:28:28 PM
Upon purchasing the PS2, my goal was to purchase only 1 game at a time until I worked through my XBOX backlog.  Then I heard about some incredible sequels to games I'd never played and that I *HAD* to play them in sequence. Then Kevin Grey sent me Shadow Hearts and got me hooked on a franchise I'd never heard of. I decided that I would allow myself one PS2 game for every one PS2 game and one XBOX game I completed.

Then I started reading reviews of old games I had missed and went to ebay..  Then I began to search CAG religiously (rather than periodically) for deals at the bricks and mortar stores (as well as online ones). Then I bought an EB Edge card.

One month to the day after getting my PS2, I have purchased the following games:

Guitar Hero
Shadow Hearts (free, thanks KG!) <completed>
Metal Gear Solid <completed>
Final Fantasy VII
Shadow Hearts: Covenant
God of War
Devil May Cry
Final Fantasy X
Kingdom Hearts (Trade)
Chrono Cross
Chrono Trigger
Shadow of the Colossus
Resident Evil 4
Dragon Warrior VIII

Count them: 14 games PS2 games in less than a month.  There are only 2 more that I HAVE to have: MGS2 and MGS3.  When will I be able to play them all? I have no idea.

Oh and I got Indigo Prophecy for the XBOX.

I need Gamer's Anonymous.
15285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy 10th Anniversary...sorta on: April 03, 2006, 04:42:44 PM
Well God Bless you!  10 years and married at 19.

That's awesome.

I got married at 23.  I've always wished I could have met my wife earlier in my life so that we could have gotten married sooner.

That's awesome.
15286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360/PS3] Smackdown vs Raw 07 on: April 03, 2006, 12:41:48 PM
Crowd animation is bad.  The one dude gets thrown out of the ring and there's no upsurge in cheering?

Meh. Everyone knows that only great wrestling game that ever was was Pro Wrestling on the NES.

Great Puma would take any of the WWE/Raw pretenders.
15287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy 10th Anniversary...sorta on: April 03, 2006, 11:29:27 AM
Now I'm wondering how old KD is.  I picture him as 26-27...but then again I don't know much...and of course he could have gotten married at 17... slywink
15288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFVII: Ok. When's it get good? on: April 02, 2006, 01:40:48 PM
Well the other game I played from 1998 (MGS) still holds up amazingly well.

Since I must complete nearly every game I play (and I actually paid quite a premium for this one due to it's glowing reviews and word of mouth), I'm not giving up on this one yet.  But to be so uninterested at this early of a stage is not good.
15289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A Bob Ross video game is in the works on: April 02, 2006, 01:35:43 PM
Yes he's dead and it was a sad day.

I loved watching him paint.
15290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFVII: Ok. When's it get good? on: April 02, 2006, 01:27:14 AM
The whole world has told me to play this game.  When's it get good?

I've blown the second reactor and am firmly in the zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz with this one.

It's 3 discs...does it get better? Does the story kick in soon? Right now it's so meh, I can't see what the fuss is.
15291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution Specs on IGN - Less Powerful than the Xbox 1 on: March 30, 2006, 07:39:40 PM
Quote from: "Autistic Angel"
but I'm skeptical on how well developers will be able to implement its unique control scheme.



Developers are the first to complain that innovation can't happen because everyone wants to play the same thing over and over.

Hopefully the revolution will open their eyes and they'll say 'hey, someone is trying. I'm going to give it my all to support them'.


That's rose colored glasses possibly,  but that's what I'd like to see happen.
15292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution Specs on IGN - Less Powerful than the Xbox 1 on: March 30, 2006, 07:16:37 PM
This thread sucks.
15293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I now officially don't understand Fanboisim on: March 30, 2006, 01:24:29 PM
Ok.  I loved the XBOX for the nearly 4 years that I had it exclusively as my console.  I don't know that I ever bashed PS2 or GC during that time.  I would say simple stuff that the graphic capabilities of the XB are better and having the hard drive is really convenient...but I don't know that I ever slammed another system.

As I've said a gozillion times in the past month, I got  PS2 at the beginning of March and I love it.  True, I'm cherry picking the best titles released in the past 5 years (and beyond) so it does have a bit of an advantage in that I'm almost guaranteed not to get a dud, but having the PS2 has not caused me to dislike the xbox.

Additionally, having a PS2 and XB has not caused me to hate Nintendo.

So what's the deal?

Is most fanboisim a result of having one console and not having the other?

Or is it like having a favorite sports team?  You root like crazy for your team and hate like hell any rivals?
15294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution Specs on IGN - Less Powerful than the Xbox 1 on: March 30, 2006, 01:11:00 PM
As I've stated before, the Revo is the only next gen console I'm even considering picking up and the only thing I really know about it is that it's made by nintendo.

The Revolution is going to be successful.  Nintendo knows what it's doing.
15295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSX Memory Card: How Many blocks Should it Have? on: March 29, 2006, 07:53:53 PM
I think mine caps out at 122kb.
15296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSX Memory Card: How Many blocks Should it Have? on: March 29, 2006, 06:52:21 PM
Quote
You can check by leaving your PSX lid open and then powering up, it will take you to the Memory Manager and you can see how many slots you have open.


i did that but it only appears to list it in KB not slots...unless there's a setting that I can't find...

Quote
You had a MGS save on there?

Uh, that would explain the -1 block, wouldn't it?


That was before the MGS saves.

So to the original question: 15 files = 15 blocks?
15297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSX Memory Card: How Many blocks Should it Have? on: March 29, 2006, 01:02:09 PM
Actually, lsat night i deleted my MGS saves and attempted to save in FFVII.  There were 15 file slots.  Does that mean that there are 15 blocks?
15298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSX Memory Card: How Many blocks Should it Have? on: March 29, 2006, 12:48:30 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
15's the number.

1.)  Is it a Sony card?
2.)  I assume you've gone into the card via the PS startup interface and checked to make sure nothing's on the card?


1. Yes
2. Yes.
15299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSX Memory Card: How Many blocks Should it Have? on: March 29, 2006, 12:11:57 AM
So should I return it?  Or just live with it? It was 3.00
15300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSX Memory Card: How Many blocks Should it Have? on: March 28, 2006, 10:25:45 PM
The one I bought used has 14 total.  Is this correct or is it damaged?
15301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is Gamingtrend dying, or we are all just on a break? on: March 28, 2006, 03:18:02 AM
I know it was tongue n cheek, but please no drama.

It has ruined OO.

KD has done an amazing job of immediately weeding out trouble posters (except that KOTOR giving away Starshifter frown slywink).

I'd rather it be quiet than SHAQ-FU'd with unnecessary crying, counter crying, accusations that one type of crying is okay while the other isn't, follow-ups that indeed the new type of crying comparing crying is not acceptible and then finally a crier not related at all to the problem being banned.

No thanks.
15302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: The Best Game from 1998 on: March 28, 2006, 02:09:32 AM
Quote from: "Gratch"


Also, while I would never try to talk anyone out of playing FF VII (my all-time favorite game), I would start on Shadow Hearts:  Covenant while the story and characters from the first game are fresh in your mind.  I played them back to back, and I think SH:  C would have lost much of the emotional impact if I had forgotten some of the first game's details.


This advice has been followed. I fired up SH:C tonight and FFVII is on deck.
15303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: The Best Game from 1998 on: March 27, 2006, 08:36:56 PM
It's funny. I just bought Chrono Cross off of ebay this morning smile
15304  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Gamespot on: March 27, 2006, 07:05:31 PM
I opened an account on Gamespot for no real reason other than to just do it.

What are the rankings?  It says I'm a journeyman with 23%.  Huh?

Can't find a help page to explain it.

Oh and if they think I'm upgrading to pay for the site fuggedit.
15305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: The Best Game from 1998 on: March 27, 2006, 06:32:42 PM
In 1998, I was a PC gamer.  It was probably my 8th year of PC gaming exclusivity  yet there would still be 4 more before I bought my Xbox.

In 1998, among other titles, I played Fallout- still one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had...but...had I only known what I had been missing I surely would have jumped to the consoles much much sooner.

While everyone is looking forward: XBOX360, PS3, DS Lite, Revolution, I am excited to be looking backwards.

My first game for the PS2, which I got just this month, was from 2001: Shadow Hearts. It's a masterpiece and rates an A+ from me.  Where to go from there?  Further backward, to 1998 and the sublime gaming experience and masterfully crafted story of Metal Gear Solid.

I just finished it over lunch and all I can say is Bravo.

The game holds up exquisitely and the story is on a par with any game I played prior 98 or have played since.  My only gripes are the imprecise controls and the lack of field of view (but after all, it is from 98 which legitimately is a different gaming era).

If you have never played MGS, do so now.  I got mine with a memory card used at EB for 9.00.

I never understood the need for backwards compatibilty, but now I do. If PS2 wasn't bwc, I could never have experienced it....nor could I experience my next adventure: FFVII.
15306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Its Oblivion...but..uh...its wrong. on: March 27, 2006, 01:12:36 PM
As I don't have the game, I'm speculating:

Has he killed a woman character and stripped off her clothing and is messing with the dead body or is actually part of the game?

Either way: Weird!
15307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Starcraft : Ghost cancelled on: March 25, 2006, 05:33:34 AM
This was really the last XBOX only game I was looking forward to.

Oh well.
15308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The art of playing multiple games at once on: March 24, 2006, 06:24:59 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Dual bosses gave you fits ATB?


I had no life power ups...if I'd had them it wouldn't have been hard.

If you did it with no upgrades, then I bow to your POP:TTT masterfulness.
15309  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Now I wish I had cable on: March 24, 2006, 04:13:50 PM
Andre Braugher's new show: Thief.

I loved him on Homicide- what an extraordinary actor. I bet this show is killer.
15310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Fight Scene....EVER. on: March 24, 2006, 01:54:49 PM
Because of the atrocity that is his post and the unbelivably awful link embedded within it, I propose that for the love all things decent, KD should ban himself.

That made my soul hurt.

<wretch>
15311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The art of playing multiple games at once on: March 24, 2006, 01:48:18 PM
I also find that I'll start and restart a game if it doesn't grab me right away.  An example of this is KUF: Crusaders.  I'm very interested in the game but just can't get the hang of it...so it's in my 'active' rotation, but I'm already forgetting how to play it so I'll probably start over.

Last night I fired up the original  Metal Gear Solid <psx> on my PS2 and I'm already hooked after just an hour into it.

I'm currently playing in addition:

POP:TTT (XBOX) 95% complete
GUN (XBOX) 10% complete

I was enjoying POP:TTT immensely until this happened and have been playing it in fits in spurts since.  It has also taken me forever because a new console arrived and it has monopolized my time.
15312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The art of playing multiple games at once on: March 24, 2006, 04:58:36 AM
As I feel I MUST complete nearly every game I buy, I typically play through one at a time.

However, if I'm not particularly enjoying a game but not hating it either, I'll have as many as 3 going at a time, usually of different genres.

But, if I love a game, it's all I'll play until I'm done with it.
15313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ PS3 ] Tons of PS3 info from GDC.... on: March 22, 2006, 11:25:28 PM
Ok. So how do you know when a store will take a preorder?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Straight to Ebay baby. Straight to Ebay...
15314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Use of Walthroughs & FAQs AKA: Just Completed Shadow Hea on: March 22, 2006, 11:19:14 PM
I just finished the game and let me say beating that final boss is an accomplishment especially when you have only one 'greater' fusion transformation.

As for the ending:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I had no clue she was dead.  What was the hint?  Maybe i wasn't listening closely enough, but yuri says something like the warlock said there would be more fighting and I will go  on fighting for the one who saved me.  I had no idea she was dead...I thought she was just asleep...Any other insights?
15315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Use of Walthroughs & FAQs AKA: Just Completed Shadow Hea on: March 22, 2006, 06:45:21 PM
Quote
"Schlooop! SCHLOOP!"


precisely to what I was referring.

I'm on the final boss now and don't know that i'll be able to beat it with the powers and fusion limits I have.

<sigh>
15316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Use of Walthroughs & FAQs AKA: Just Completed Shadow Hea on: March 22, 2006, 04:47:19 PM
Quote from: "Rubyeye"
I am really liking it except there seems to be NO voice acting frown .  


Well it is 5 years old...so maybe they didn't have the budget to put in voice.

After a while I think the text works and it hasn't really impacted my enjoyment.

There are some cuscenes where I wish there wasn't voice acting, tho slywink.

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However, if I get stuck, and once I get frustrated after trial and error has failed, I'll go to a faq and get on with things.


That's typically my method too. I usually find that I typically have the right idea about passing a boss or finding something, it's just that I'm not doing it in the exact precise spot or something really simple.  I'm very rarely stumped.
15317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Use of Walthroughs & FAQs AKA: Just Completed Shadow Hea on: March 22, 2006, 04:15:12 PM
So I'm about to finish my first PS2 RPG: Shadow Hearts.  I've enjoyed the heck out of it, but near the end I acquired a power I didn't know how to use.  To the Internet and gamefaqs.com.

While searching for the answer I came across a BUNCH OF STUFF (powers, sidequests, items, etc) that I missed throughout the game.

So my question is: Is it prudent to play a game with the faq close by in order to 'maximize' a game (get everything and see all content) at the risk of getting spoiled or

Is it best to play it through, do the best you can, be surprised repeatedly, and not get all of the items or view all of the content?

I'm wondering now if my enjoyment is lessened because I haven't experienced the whole game...
15318  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Seeking Shadow Hearts: Covenant on: March 21, 2006, 10:34:29 PM
Anyone have it?
15319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / April 2006 Wired Magazine on: March 21, 2006, 10:20:01 PM
Wired is by far my favorite magazine and the only one I read cover to cover every month.

This month's issue is guest edited by Will Wright.  There's 40+ pages of coverage on gaming and if it is presented like the rest of Wired's excellent writing it should be a very good read.

Just an FYI.

Edit: It's funny. The last thought I had last night was 'Did I put 2004 in the heading of that post?'
15320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 21, 2006, 07:28:39 PM
Does the linked Costco count as a bad bundle? Seems reasonable to me....but I'm not in the market for a 360...
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