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521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / errrr The Tuesday Toad? on: December 28, 2004, 09:25:31 PM
... Who's your daddy?  

Yeah...I love it when you call me Kermit.
522  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / National Treasure [Not the movie!] on: December 03, 2004, 02:39:46 PM
there was some PC game many years back that was kinda the same thing... you had to solve several puzzles and I think the first to solve them all got $1,000,000 or something
523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Champions of Norrath Query on: November 19, 2004, 06:37:14 PM
Can someone please explain to me how offline multiplayer works in Champions?  I keep reading about 1-4 players multitap required.  I basically need to know if just two players can play using the two controller ports.  The wording on some reviews makes it sound like 4 people are REQUIRED for coop play.  Also, can I get a confirmation of if it is split screen or not?

Thanks
524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Get ready to toss out your Tivos or VCRs if this passes... on: November 17, 2004, 03:34:49 PM
You could feasibly extend this to say fast-forwarding AT ALL would be illegal, as that would allow you to bypass the myriad of product placements that are found in films & TV shows.
525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Platform Recommendations for Indoctrination on: November 15, 2004, 01:47:15 PM
All,

   Having just moved in with my girlfriend, I find myself in the predicament of having to get her into gaming.  I know this is possible, as she said she used to play games and enjoyed them (it was quite some time ago however).  After a couple weeks of gleaning information, and a few failed test runs, I think I finally have myself a plan that will work.  So here's what I need from y'all:  I need some recommendations that meet the following qualifications...

1) Platform game
2) Has to have an easy control scheme
3) Has to be somewhat "easy" gameplay wise (nothing frustrating like Jak 2)
4) Nothing too violent or crude (cute & funny = good)
5) This is for the PS2

So far, with my own research, I figured the first Sly Cooper game and the first Jak&Daxter would be good, but I was hoping for some other suggestions.  

Thanks all.

[edit to add PS2 as the platform]
526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ratchet and Clank UYA on: November 11, 2004, 04:34:21 PM
I'm doing the same thing as Rage.  Got a few hours into GC right now and am having an absolute blast.  After that, it's Jak 2 (and maybe Sly 1 now), followed by UYA, Jak 3 (and Sly 2 if I like pt 1)
527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / JAK 3 on: November 11, 2004, 04:24:00 PM
I'll be picking this one up early next year most likely.  I've gotten into a platforming kick lately and finally grabbed R&C Going Commando a couple days ago.  Once that is finished, I have to go back and finish Jak 2 (never completed that one).  After that, it's Jak 3 and UYA
528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA Impressions on: October 29, 2004, 03:52:42 PM
The radio stations are fixed.  You get the same selection no matter where you are
529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA Impressions on: October 29, 2004, 03:11:27 PM
OK, I've played this game for several hours now, and am ready to give my impressions.  Note: This is all based on the first city and surrounding countryside.  I can't say anothing about the rest of the land, as it's still locked.

1) Graphics - Similar to VC in quality.  Certainly not a graphical wonder, but what it does get right is the "feel" of the area.  You really do feel like you're in the city, and the countryside is just beautiful.  People complain about the darkness, but that's just part of it.  The air is filled with smog, hence everything has a muted look to it.  Get out into the country and things brighten up considerably.  The mini-map (and the regular map to a lesser degree) are crap however.  Whoever chose dark green for waypoint indicators should be shot.  It's hella hard to read.  I'll give the graphics a B for eyecandy, but an A for the feel and details.

2) Sound - Not bad.  The music kicks ass (I'm a fan of 90s rap), sound effects are more of the "realistic" sort than over the top action.  A-

3) Gameplay - Here's where it's all at; this is GTA on steroids!  The sheer size and amount of htings to do is overwhelming.  Since I suck at writing reviews, I'll just list out some of the things I've done so far that I consider cool...  Stole a forklift and flipped cars over with the fully functional forks, danced at a beach party, lost some money at the OTB, get a high score in "They Crawled From Uranus", tooled around some dirt roads on an ATV, stole a Hot Dog truck, stole a TRAIN(!!), pimped out in some fancy threads, spent hours just "wandering around" finding cool little things to do.  Missions are nicely varied and are a decent challenge.  I've got a good 10 hours in now, and I feel like I've just scratched the surface of things to do.  It's also been an action packed 10 hours.  You won't find yourself wandering around trying to find something for very long.  Just climb a few fences, peek around a few corners, and you're guaranteed to find something interesting/fun to do.  Gameplay gets a big fat A+

4) Concerns from others - I'll address some of the concerns that others have stated.  The mini-map is crap (as I said above).  I've managed to get used to it, but it's a disappointment, as I used to rely on it so much in VC.  Booo on Rockstar for this one.  Many people have bitched about the tone/setting.  To that, I jsut don't "get it".  GTA was based on "Goodfellas", VC was based on "Scarface", and SA is based on "Menace II Society/Boyz in the Hood".  What's the deal?  We're still talking Hollywood portrayals of crime families.  Language is much rougher than previous games.  I do notice that it seemed to come off really strong at first, then tone down somewhat.  I don't find it to be that big a deal, as the movies this is based on are very liberally peppered with F and N bombs.  Again, no surprises here.

5) At the end of the day - To put it simply... if you didn't like GTA3 or VC, you're not going to like this one either.  We're still talking GTA gameplay here (just lots more of it).  If you were even a casual fan of those games however, this is a must have.  The sheer massiveness of it all guarantees your money's worth on this title.  It should appeal to those who like to "screw off", as well as those who are goal oriented (missions/stats/etc.)  Overall score (not an average) A+
530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA Impressions on: October 26, 2004, 08:31:46 PM
Any word on the mini-map from others?  I'll be kinda bummed if it's unusable, as I consider it to be VERY important for getting around.
531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday...The Home Stretch on: October 22, 2004, 06:46:06 PM
I've spent all day doing crappy managerial tasks and getting no real work done.  Now I'm sitting around not feeling very motivated and waiting for 5pm.   I think I might be inside some kinda weird time bubble though, because time actually seems to be running backwards right now.

If I ever do manage to get out of here, I'm looking forward to plopping down and playing video games tonight (girlfriend is working late woohoo!!)
532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA - What Rockstar Doesn't Want You To Know on: October 21, 2004, 07:27:46 PM
There are no load times outside.  Only when you go into and out of a building.
533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's your life rated on the MPAA rating scale? on: October 15, 2004, 02:53:53 PM


Where's the rated X though?? I feel gyped
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534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any GG forum regulars that have not yet been spotted here? on: October 15, 2004, 02:27:19 PM
The scores of people inquiring about my whereabouts can relax now.  I managed to track this place down.

Covenant
535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dating across cultures on: October 15, 2004, 12:42:26 PM
I've had several girlfriends from different cultures (including my current one).  Best advise I can give you is to treat her like you would treat anyone else.  If you have a hard time understanding something she says, ask her to repeat it (trust me, in time you get better at hearing through the accent).  If she lives here and is anywhere close to your age, chances are she enjoys the same kinda stuff the rest of us enjoy.  So just ask her out and see how it goes.  The WORST thing you can do is try to act or treat her "different".  She'll know and won't appreciate it.
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