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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished 2014 Edition on: February 01, 2014, 08:18:38 PM
Games Finished in 2014
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4) -- 01/15/2014
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) -- 03/05/2014
Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4) -- 03/10/2014

Currently Playing
The Last of Us (PS3)
Legend of Zelda -- Link Between Worlds (3DS)

I've now exceeded the total number of games I finished in 2013.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Gamingtrend dying, or we are all just on a break? on: January 19, 2013, 03:37:03 AM
As a former regular, I just wanted to chime in that I'm still here lurking. I don't think I've posted much in the past five years or so, but I still read the forums regularly, often many times a day. I went through a really rough patch in my life and fell out of the habit of posting. Even though things are much, much better now I never really started participating again.

Even though I haven't posted that much, I do want to emphasize how important this place is to me and how much I appreciate the work Ron and all the staff members do to keep this site running. I won't make this thread about me by going into details of what went wrong five years ago, but even when things were at their most difficult, I always came back here because of the community here. Being able to read this site and forget about my problems for a while was a real blessing. 

Once again, thanks for all the effort keeping this site running. I'll end by giving some good news: I got married a year and a half ago and our first child (a boy) was born on December 13th! Maybe he'll be a regular on the forum someday if Ron keeps it going that long. smile
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/31) on: October 31, 2011, 06:34:22 PM
Definitely getting Uncharted 3 tomorrow.

The Nightwing DLC for Arkham City just allows you to play as Nightwing in Challenge Maps right? I think I'll pass on that unless you can actually free roam in the city as Nightwing.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox Live may be hacked on: September 29, 2011, 12:04:15 AM

Quote from: Kurt Stevens on September 28, 2011, 11:52:31 PM

So far I'm still out the bucks for the points. 

Did you dispute the charge with your credit card company? The should issue you a credit right away and then follow-up with Microsoft.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/22) on: August 22, 2011, 02:46:18 PM
Haven't bought a game in months. This week I'm buying two:

Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Devil Survivor: Overclocked
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox System Update Rolling Out on: May 29, 2011, 06:17:49 PM
My launch box from Nov 2005 just updated with no problems. Of course, I probably jinxed it by saying that.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 4/1/11 - April Fool's Edition on: April 04, 2011, 01:03:07 AM

Quote from: Azhag on April 03, 2011, 10:27:29 PM

53? Should be near the end unless you're a super-completionist, which if you get anxious you shouldn't be!

Yeah, I think I'm about to enter the final dungeon (though you can never tell with a Tales game). I'm definitely enjoying the game enough to finish it; I just need to take a break from it for a few days.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica HD remakes on: April 03, 2011, 06:01:05 PM
Looking forward to playing Code Veronica. I've heard it's one of the better games in the series.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 4/1/11 - April Fool's Edition on: April 03, 2011, 05:59:27 PM
I'm starting my third month of primarily playing Tales of Vesperia. I played about twenty hours of the game when it first came out and put it aside when I started a new job. All the talk a few months ago about Tales Of Graces F being localized got me in a Tales mood and I restarted it.

I'm now 53 hours in and getting somewhat restless. I like the game (though it's not as good as I hoped it was going to be), but I'm itching to try something else for a change of pace. I pulled Red Factions: Guerilla off the shelf and started the tutorial and was instantly in familiar ground. Alex, the main character in RF, is voiced by the same actor who does the main character in Vesperia, and Alex's brother is also voiced by an actor who plays a major character in Vesperia.

Red Faction was ejected from the 360 and put back on the shelf.

10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: February 24, 2011, 08:13:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 16, 2011, 09:07:49 AM

Quote from: Razgon on January 16, 2011, 08:28:01 AM

There's a rumour going around that they have the Dark Messiah team working on this, due to them being bought up by Bethesda. That should be interesting, since I kinda liked how the game felt in its gameplay.

I always got a kick out of Dark Messiah.

LOL
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/21) on: February 21, 2011, 06:00:48 PM
I ordered Radiant Historia via Amazon's-free-but-shipped-via-slow-canoe method. I'm going on vacation late next week, so I hope it arrives before I leave.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished in 2011- Console and PC on: January 01, 2011, 06:05:06 PM
I only finished three games last year, and all three of those were in December 2010. I'm going to do better in 2011.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA/PSN]Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime on: December 02, 2010, 07:26:28 PM
I loved the first Ghostbusters. This seems like a step backwards frown
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on: December 02, 2010, 05:31:21 PM
I've been playing this off and on for the last three weeks or so and I think the game is fantastic. Love the atmosphere and the combat system especially. I think someone mentioned earlier in this thread that the game rewards you for learning the combat system and varying up your play style. I love how I can go back and replay the same levels and just by using different elements of the combat system have a completely different experience.

My biggest complaint so far is that it's hard for me to imagine how they could have implemented a worse camera system. Developers, if I am running from East to West, don't change the camera angle so that I now running from West to East. Even worse is when the angle changes so I'm running North to South or South to North. It's completely disorienting. There's no good reason to do this, ever!

Also, the narration at the beginning of each level is just terrible. Patrick Stewart does a fine job with the voice-over, but the dialog is so overwrought and dramatic that I can't believe someone didn't speak up during development or QA. Hire a writer if your developers can't write.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alundra & Arc The Lad coming to PSN on: October 12, 2010, 02:08:24 AM
Whoa. Definitely going to pick up Alundra. Thanks for the info, Eddie. Never would have known it was out on PSN without your post.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: August 09, 2010, 06:14:31 AM
I've now put 20+ hours into the game and I love it. It hasn't grabbed me in the same way that DQVIII did, but I'm having trouble putting the game down so I can do some work. Love the job system, probably spent the last few hours just doing job-related quests.

Going on vacation starting Thursday, so I'm hoping I can get some solid play time in this week.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Advertising in videogames on: July 29, 2010, 03:26:05 PM
Wasn't it in Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory where you had to zip line off of a giantic Axe body spray billboard?

Edit: I know this thread is about advertising in video games, not advertising about video games, but me and the girlfriend recently watched Couples Retreat and it had what amounted to an obnoxious 5-minute advertisement for Guitar Hero right in the middle of the movie.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console RPGs, Part 1: The JRPG-What is wrong? on: July 25, 2010, 03:24:29 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 25, 2010, 01:14:29 PM

As someone who doesn't play many JRPGS, or even WRPGS for that matter, I don't have much to add to the discussion.  However while reading the original very well written post, the following paragraph hit home with me.

I always chuckle when I read a post talking about how "the first 5-10 hours of a game are pretty slow, but I'm going to stick with it a few more hours and see if it clicks." That type of game design simply cannot lead to large scale sales success this generation.  Even with Final Fantasy 13 many gamers who might have been on the fence read review after review saying how the game doesn't really get interesting for 15 hours and immediately turned away.  

I think actually you stumbled on one of the key differences between WRPGs and JRPGs. In my mind, JRPGs start slowly and finish strong, while WRPGs start out like gangbusters and peter out halfway through. In a lot of JRPGs, the systems are doled out slowly, even introducing new concepts 2/3rds of the way through the game. By contrast, WRPGs front-load all the complexity, giving you access to all of the systems early.

This is why I almost never finish a WRPG. Dragon Age, Fallout, Mass Effect, all of these games I loved for the first 20 - 40 hours and then completely lost interest. Why? Because 20 hours in the game had shown me everything it had to offer, level ups came less frequently, and the stories weren't nearly good enough to hold my interest. Grinding through the rest of the game with no variety in the gameplay didn't interest me. Contrast this with a game like Star Ocean 3, which had a fantastic battle system, but no one would know that unless they stuck with the game to the end.

That's what keeps me interested in the game, knowing there was a fresh new mechanic about to unlock every three or four hours.

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Mass Effect 2 is one of my favorite games of the generation.  And one big reason why is because I felt like each mission to recruit a crew member had a tangible impact on the game.    Each mission felt like it's own self contained and interesting story that directly contributed to reaching the endgame.  Also you could tackle or ignore any mission you wanted to, in any order.  There was very little fluff or wasted time on fetch quests that had nothing to do with the overall story.  Also once you completed these part member quests you were ready to take on the final mission. There was no need to grind and worry about your characters being too weak or missing some vital piece of gear.  That's how you make an RPG for the mass market.

It's curious to me that you say that, because the story and quests in Mass Effect 1 were the primary reason why I never  played Mass Effect 2. None of the side quests in Mass Effect 1 had anything to do with the rest of the game and the story was so ludicrously bad that I literally burst out laughing at several key scenes ("my little butterfly" scene, I'm laughing at you).


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I agree with the people in this thread saying that JRPGs should not go after the mass market. They should stay true to their roots.  But if they do that they will never be big sellers. Focusing on handhelds is certainly the best strategy in the long run for JRPGs, since you don't need the game to sell a million copies to make a profit.

The only counterpoint to this I would make is that the WRPGs that go after the mainstream tend to become less traditional and have fewer RPG mechanics. I don't think it's JRPGs alone that are becoming a niche.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: July 25, 2010, 01:08:27 AM
You must be ahead of me; I just arrived at Coffinwell (sp?). Good to hear that the game gets more balanced.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 07/23/10 on: July 24, 2010, 08:47:43 PM
Put in about three hours into DQ9 this morning. I'm hoping to spend some time playing Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands this weekend as well.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console RPGs, Part 1: The JRPG-What is wrong? on: July 24, 2010, 06:41:47 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 24, 2010, 06:37:55 PM

I don't feel it's right to call Demon's Souls a JRPG. It's so different from other RPGs on the market that it's more like its own genre.

I think Demon's Souls is most definitely a JRPG. It's an evolution of the dungeon crawler genre that's been very popular in Japan for ages. Examples include the King's Field series and Wizardry series. The majority of these games never made it to the US though.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console RPGs, Part 1: The JRPG-What is wrong? on: July 24, 2010, 06:32:20 PM
I think the OP had a very thoughtful post, with lots of interesting points. Some of them I agree with; some I don't. The only point I want to make though is that I don't think there has been any stagnation or a precipitous drop in quality in JRPGs this gen. Just the opposite,I feel like I'm drowning in quality RPGs right now:

Dragon Quest 9
Shi Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
Final Fantasy XIII
Resonance of Fate
Star Ocean 4
Mario and Luigi 3
Tales of Vesperia
Demon's Souls

My JRPG backlog has continued to grow this generation. I think as Kevin and Eddi alluded to earlier, that the main differences this gen are the fragmentation of the market, and a growing bias against RPGs (especially JRPGs) in major sites and mags. Reviewers who didn't cut there teeth on SNES RPGs or Pc RPGs like Baldur's Gate seem to want RPGs without complex systems and that play like shooters. I think most traditional RPGs get at least a one point automatic deduction on review scores unless they consciously try to cater to these tastes.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: July 24, 2010, 05:57:27 PM
Passed the 10 hour mark this morning and I'm really enjoying it. I love that they managed to cram such a huge world into a DS game. Of the 10 hours, I'd say at least half of my time has been spent just wandering through the maps exploring. The only thing I'm disappointed with is that they removed the really tough optional monsters that would pop up in DQ8 every so often,

I love the graphics and music and Ihaven't found the frame rate drops in town to be too annoying yet. It does seem that the  the game starts really slowly, even for a Dragon Quest game. The other thing I'm disappointed with is how easy it's been so far. Difficulty is slowly ramping up, but I really liked how DQ8 threw you in the deep end right from the beginning.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Advice] Investing/Saving on: July 23, 2010, 05:59:39 PM

Quote from: Toe on July 23, 2010, 01:01:12 AM

be wary of the a roth ira. I dont know much about them and put some money in one many years ago and lost most all of it in the crash. I thought it was going to be a secure, solid investment for the long term and it turned out to be a lot riskier than I was led to believe.

To add on to what Azhag said, a Roth IRA is just a structured investment vehicle like a 401K. It's what you do with the money once it's in the IRA that determines whether or not you lose or gain money. You can set up a Roth IRA to be nothing more than a glorified savings account, or you can put the money in risky stocks or an aggressive mutual fund with lots of volatility. A Roth IRA just determines when the money is taxed, otherwise it's just an account that holds money that can be invested, should you choose to do so.

Finally, with regards to the OP,  I would be VERY wary of the advice that you are getting in this thread. How you invest is determined by several factors including age, current and projected income levels, marital status, kids, etc. Just simply dumping your money into index funds is NOT a good idea. You shouldn't have all of your money in stocks. You should have a weighted portfolio that includes non-stocks like bonds and certificates, as well as a mix of aggressive and conservative stocks and mutual funds.

You should seriously consider a hiring a financial planner to put together a financial plan for you.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: July 13, 2010, 07:02:58 AM
Looks like I got lucky with Amazon this time. Ordered my copy with Super Saver Shipping last week and I got a notice this morning that it had shipped from their Phoenix warehouse, which means I could have my copy tomorrow or Wednesday. Usually when I order a game using super saver, it can be anywhere from a week or two after release date before I get my copy.

Here's hoping I'll be playing soon!
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: July 09, 2010, 03:28:37 PM
Eurogamer gives it a 9!.

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Dragon Quest IX - a game in which you guide an angel who has lost its wings to bring redemption and help to lost, broken humans, in the hope that their gratitude may sprout him new ones - is his best work yet.

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ut it's in the execution and balance of these components that the game inspires wonder. Character development is pitched in perfect balance with your reach into the world and sweetened by a drip-feed of meaningful rewards and new features as the hours roll by.

Can't wait! I haven't been this excited about a new game in a long time. http://
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Party Down Cancelled on: July 01, 2010, 07:10:08 PM
Apparently, the season finale for Party Down scored a 0.0 18-49 Nielsen rating.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Rush Tour announced! on: July 01, 2010, 01:22:56 AM
Saw the opening night of the tour in Albuquerque yesterday. It was a great show! I've seem them seven or eight times over the last 20 years or so and this was by far my favorite. They pretty much played every song I've been dying to hear them play live over the years (Presto!). If you get a chance to see them on this tour, go for it!
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: May 11, 2010, 05:26:28 AM
I just finished Chapter 5 after having to put the game down for a few months (real life sucks sometimes!). Man, I really love this game, especially the combat system. I'm sure it's been talked to death by now (I haven't goner through the thread for fear of spoilers), but I'm finally at the point where I'm beginning to understand all the possibilities of the combat system. The combat system really feels like a weird mashup of FFXII's gambit system and FFX-2's job system.

I'm not really seeing any of the negatives either. I find the dungeons to be interesting, and don't really feel like it's just going from one corridor to the next. I did take Kevin's advice from early in this thread to turn off the auto map. I really disliked having that big arrow pointing "this way to the boss fight."

I have a friend who's finished the game and is determined to get all the trophies. He's already put in over 110 hours into thie game (he beat the final boss around the 60 hour mark), so I'm hopeful that's a sign that the game stays interesting all the way through. Hope everyone who's finished it enjoyed it!
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/07/10 on: May 07, 2010, 06:12:27 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 07, 2010, 02:43:38 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on May 07, 2010, 02:39:23 PM

I also bought Final Fantasy II for the iPhone, so I may play that as well.

I've never played FF2 but I've always read that it was a train wreck of epic proportions.  Supposedly the best strategy in battle is to beat up your own guys. 

Now I find out  icon_razz At least it was only 8 bucks.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/07/10 on: May 07, 2010, 02:39:23 PM
After not having any gaming time for the better part of two months, I'm going to try to make some progress on Final Fantasy XIII this weekend. I also bought Final Fantasy II for the iPhone, so I may play that as well.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mistwalker's The Last Story and Xenoblade on: May 07, 2010, 12:44:07 AM
Wow. The art direction in the game is fantastic! The cel shading is very reminiscent of DQVIII or Rogue Galaxy. Really looking forward to finding out more about the game.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Leno back to late Night? Conan Homeless? 10pm slot on NBC freed up? on: April 30, 2010, 02:59:26 PM
Going to see Conan tonight in Phoenix at the Dodge theater. Hoping for a good show!
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want to run or are currently running another OS on your PS3? on: March 29, 2010, 06:28:15 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 29, 2010, 06:13:24 PM

I'm glad to give all of those up if it means lower hardware prices. I forgot about the 4 USB ports it used to have though, strange they would cut that down. There's no way to do 4 player split-screen on the PS3 then, eh?

You can still hook up a USB hub to the PS3 to expand the number of available ports. But dunno why you need any USB ports to do split-screen gaming, since the controllers are wireless.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/22) on: March 22, 2010, 07:58:56 PM
Pre-ordered SMT:SJ from Amazon.

Will also pick up Resonance of Fate as well.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has anyone joined Ubisoft's "Uplay" yet? on: February 19, 2010, 09:19:48 PM
Can't think of a single reason why I would use uplay
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Ghost Recon Future Soldier on: February 09, 2010, 04:46:35 PM
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Today Ubisoft announced that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is in development at Ubisoft’s Paris studio

I'll pass on this one.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: White Knight, a PS3 RPG from Level 5 on: February 03, 2010, 08:51:23 PM
Thanks for the impressions, folks. Just cancelled my Amazon order. I'm still interested in the game, but I'll wait until it's under $30.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 11, 2010, 04:33:52 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 10, 2010, 07:10:45 AM

here's an IGN hands on from CES, where they touch on the new interrupt system:

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Meanwhile, we got to try out the new dialog interrupt function, which proved very useful. As an alien lie dying on the floor, the plague infecting his body, we were prompted to interrupt -- a quick, integral action, sometimes effecting dramatic results. The left trigger allows paragon interrupts; softer, nicer. And the right trigger executes renegade ones; harder and meaner. We interrupted the dying alien's dialog with a paragon and quickly injected him with the cure. He lived. Had we made a different decision, or ignored the interruption altogether, he would've died.

So it's just a QTE during dialog?
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's cold! on: January 06, 2010, 03:16:28 PM
71 degrees Fahrenheit here  slywink
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