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6121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOO v. MOO2 - Fight! on: December 06, 2005, 02:46:54 AM
I really liked MOO, but didn't like MOO2 at all.  There's something to be said for a simple, streamlined designed, and MOO is a great example of this.  I found MOO2 bloated, with a bunch of stuff thrown in just because the designers could; not because it was a good idea.  Admittedly, I didn't play it for very long, but I just kept running into things I didn't like and it just seemed like everything they added made the game worse.
6122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rogue Galaxy - Gameplay video on: December 05, 2005, 04:29:32 AM
Given that the devloper's last 3 games have all been big commercial and critical successes, I'd say there's no way it won't make it to the US.
6123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: December 04, 2005, 07:13:49 AM
The wall jumps were, for some reason, much less forgiving than the other moves, but there are only a few of them in SoT, IIRC.  The only game I've played where this move wasn't frustrating is Ratchet & Clank.
6124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Liquid Metal Slimes - I love thee!! on: December 03, 2005, 08:45:59 PM
In DQ8, I believe babbles are called liquid slimes, and metal babbles are liquid metal slimes.
6125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Xenosaga III footage on: December 03, 2005, 08:42:02 PM
They may do what they did for XS2, and offer a preorder bonus DVD with a story recap of XS2 for XS3.
6126  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Romancing SaGa - $19.99 at Gamestop on: December 03, 2005, 07:29:08 AM
I think I'm going to go for the preowned copy for $34.99 slywink
6127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Liquid Metal Slimes - I love thee!! on: December 03, 2005, 02:38:53 AM
Metal Slimes have extremely high defense and a very high probablility of running away each turn.  Boosting your agility so you can act before it does helps, as do certain skills.  If you're lucky enough to get one, a critical hit from anyone will kill them in one hit.  There was a spell in the earlier games that would also kill them in one hit, but I don't know if there's an equivalent in DQ8.  

Also, I've read that there are King Metal Slimes that give something like 30,000 exp. each  :shock:
6128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Drink Your Final Fantasy! on: December 03, 2005, 02:35:35 AM
I've been playing FF1 on the PSOne, and I've taken 99 potions into a dungeon, and still run out.  I had to return to Mt. Gulg 3-4 times before being able to make it through to the end.  And people think DQ8 is tough slywink
6129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Not liking Serious Sam... on: December 02, 2005, 01:49:55 AM
It depends on the player.  Most FPS games bore me to tears, but I really like the SS games.
6130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Drink Your Final Fantasy! on: December 02, 2005, 01:46:23 AM
You don't actually drink it.  You put your hand in the air, and then sparkles appear around you, and you magically feel better slywink
6131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ape Escape 3 coming in January on: December 01, 2005, 10:37:49 AM
Gamespot has the news that Ape Escape 3 will be coming to the US January 17.  Ape Escape 2 was lots of fun, and it looks like AE3 will feature some interesting new mechanics.
6132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civ 4 demo on: December 01, 2005, 10:35:37 AM
I have an Athlon 2200, a Radeon 9550 video card, and 512 MB RAM, and it ran very smoothly on mine.
6133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts 2 - Official US website on: December 01, 2005, 12:26:28 AM
"I think I had somewhere near 34 hours logged"
I'm about 38 hours and in Halloween Town, with lots more to go.

Tetsuya Nomura, who I believe is the director of the KH series, did the character design for FFs 7, 8, X, and I think X-2.
6134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts 2 - Official US website on: November 30, 2005, 07:37:09 PM
SquareEnix has posted the official US website for Kingdom Hearts 2, along with a release date of Spring 2006 smile
6135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DQ8 - questions (may contain slight spoilers) on: November 30, 2005, 12:35:35 AM
Yes, certain named enemies are only around at night, and there are other conditions for them appearing as well.  I just got to Alexandria, and there have been 5 that I've seen so far.  According to the FAQ, there are around 80 monsters to recruit.
6136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mobile Suit - A New Saga on: November 29, 2005, 07:47:26 PM
Worthplaying has a preview for the upcoming Gundam RPG Mobile Suit.  I've only just heard of the Gundam series, but this game is looking good, with a nice turn-based battle system and customization options.
6137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / M and L: partners in time! on: November 29, 2005, 07:45:24 PM
This will be the first game I get when I buy a DS.
6138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else remember the "Read All About It" show? on: November 29, 2005, 07:42:28 PM
" Didn't they have a self aware 'computer' that would help them? Or was it a robotic printer?"
They had both.  Theta was the computer, and Otto was the printer.  What's funny is that the show was about writing and the kids ran a newspaper, and one of the actors became a writer (of the movie Out of Time and the upcoming Annapolis) and one of the others became a reporter.
6139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Take a Videogame Quiz! on: November 29, 2005, 09:37:02 AM
I got 9/10, missing the last question.

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You scored 9 out of 10.
You obviously know your stuff. So where the deuce is Duke Nukem Forever?
6140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else remember the "Read All About It" show? on: November 29, 2005, 07:25:15 AM
I guess I'll just reminisce by myself then  tear
6141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Kingdom Hearts 2 world revealed - Wow! on: November 28, 2005, 07:42:10 PM
There are some new details on the game here and a bunch of new Famitsu scans here.  I really like how the Atlantica world will be a musical and there will be light-cycle racing in the Tron world.  It really looks like there will be a lot of variety in the gameplay, something the first game was lacking in.
6142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So this is where all the 360's went..... on: November 28, 2005, 03:29:10 AM
Well, you do a get a free Pooh with it, so it's not all bad.  Maybe someone should send Kramer over there to go all "Serenity NOW!" on the boxes slywink
6143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / We just got a Gamestop in town - a good thing? on: November 28, 2005, 03:28:13 AM
Both stores have also started offering older games much cheaper than they used to.   A year or so ago, it was rare to see anything under $10, but now there are a lot under $10, with some really cheap games like $2.50 for MGS2 and Gran Tursimo 3.  It's great for picking up games for the current systems as the releases shift toward the next-gen ones.

Having all the stores so close does make shopping very easy.  I can park at Gamestop, and both EB and The Exchange are a minute's walk away.  The other Gamestop is across the street.  The funny thing is, they've all been there for years, and are apparently all doing well enough to survive.
6144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / We just got a Gamestop in town - a good thing? on: November 28, 2005, 12:08:52 AM
"Our little town of about 50,000 just had a Gamestop open up."
My town is about the same size and we have 2 Gamestops, an EB, and an Exchange (used games and DVDs/CDs store) all within 1 mile of each other.  I guess we're just lucky smile
6145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: November 28, 2005, 12:05:27 AM
"The original voice actor for the Prince returns"
I'm pretty sure the original actor will voice the Prince, and the actor from WW will voice the Dark Prince.  I'm so glad they're getting rid of the ridiculous music (which would have seemed too extreme even for something like Burnout) and the whole "designed by a horny teenager" theme of WW.
6146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: November 27, 2005, 08:38:51 AM
If anyone (for some strange reason slywink) is still on the fence, Circuit City has the game on sale for $39.99 this week.
6147  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Frustrating lockup problem on: November 26, 2005, 09:02:39 PM
I tried several things, and I was able to run the entire 100 turns of the Civ4 demo with no crashes last night, so I'm hopeful my problem has been solved.  Thanks for the replies.
6148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else remember the "Read All About It" show? on: November 26, 2005, 12:15:50 PM
It was originally on in 1981, but I would have watched it around 1986-87.  It  was shown in Ontario, Canada, but I don't know if it was only shown there and my teacher somehow found a copy of the show, or if it was also on PBS.  I've found a couple fan sites for the show, so I guess I'm not the only one in the world who remembers it slywink
6149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else remember the "Read All About It" show? on: November 26, 2005, 10:40:10 AM
When I was in sixth grade, my class watched a TV show called "Read All About It!".  It was about 3 kids running a newspaper and trying to expose a conspiracy led by Duneedon, a disembodied head who was the ruler of a distant galaxy.  I don't know why, but I've always remembered the show, and now I'm watching them all again, and I'm surprised by how much I remember.  Anyone else ever watch this show?
6150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who sings this song? on: November 26, 2005, 10:34:58 AM
I'm not sure which version you heard, but there was a cover of the song done this year by a woman (or group?) called D.H.T.  Yahoo Music has the video here.
6151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: November 26, 2005, 03:57:54 AM
I'm hoping for a DQ5/DQ6 bundle.  The graphics are a big improvement over the SNES originals, but nowhere near DQ8-quality, and I've read that the games are short compared to the longer games in the series.
6152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: November 25, 2005, 11:47:05 PM
I'm sure we won't get the PS1 version of DQ4, but I wouldn't be surprised to see it someday on the DS or PSP.  It's usually several years between releases in the DQ series, so I'm sure SquareEnix will do whatever they can to take advantage of the series' newfound popularity in the US.
6153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: November 25, 2005, 10:03:57 PM
There are lots of little nostalgic touches for people who've played the previous games, but you're not missing anything if you've never played one before.  I'm assuming the US will now get the remakes of the earlier games like DQ4 and DQ5, and it will be interesting to see how those new to the series react to those.
6154  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Frustrating lockup problem on: November 25, 2005, 08:37:00 AM
All of the computer's fans are working, and it doesn't seem to be overheating.  I've checked the lsass thing, and even after trying the solutions people listed, it still occasionally comes up.  I'm just going to chalk that up to a glitch, I guess, as I haven't seen any correlation between that problem and the black screen lockups.
6155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Interesting thing about Xbox Live on: November 25, 2005, 05:34:11 AM
I believe you now have your first groupies!
6156  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Frustrating lockup problem on: November 25, 2005, 02:49:09 AM
Thanks, I'll try the driver remover and reinstalling.  I've tried that before, but lately, I've just been installing new drivers over the old ones.  I've never overclocked, and I've never had the computer lock up at any time other than playing these certain games.  Also, it only locks up when I'm actually doing something in the game.  I can leave the game sit for hours and it won't crash, but if I actually play it for more than a half hour, it will crash.

There is one weird thing that my computer does, though.  Every so often, when the computer attempts to start I'll get an error message with an "lsass.exe" error.  Usually, if I restart, it'll start up, although sometimes the message persists through a few restarts.  I've tried various things to remove the error or virus or whatever it is, but nothing has worked.  It doesn't seem to be related to my crashing errors, but it also appears randomly, so I'm mentioning it just in case anyone has any experience with this error.
6157  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Frustrating lockup problem on: November 25, 2005, 12:38:37 AM
I'm having some very frustrating lockup problems with certain games. It started with WoW. At random points (somtimes after 1 minute of playing, sometimes after 2 hours), the screen would simply go black (accompanied by that click you get when you do things like change resolutions) and the computer would no longer respond. Seldomly, rather than get the black screen, the computer would simply reboot itself. It made WoW unplayable and forced me to quit, and now it's happening with more and more games. It happens with Tiger Woods 2005, the Civ4 demo, and once or twice with Dungeon Siege 2. I thought that maybe it was limited to newer games, but I recently picked up an old racing game called 1nsane, and it does the same thing. I've never had the computer do this other than when playing these games.

I've tried every suggestion I've found from the various forums dealing with specific games, but none have helped. Does anyone have this problem with some of the above games or know some common link between them? I have an emachines T2200 and the only thing I changed about it is adding a Radeon 9550 video card. I've thought about reinstalling Windows XP or updating to SP2, but I'm hesitant to do either unless I know they will work. It's getting to the point where I can no longer buy computer games, as I have no idea if they will work or not. Can anyone help?
6158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts 3 unofficially confirmed for US release on: November 24, 2005, 11:38:49 PM
Next year might even be more full of RPGs than this year - there's Atelier Iris 2, Baten Kaitos 2 (probably), Children of Mana, Disgaea 2, Final Fantasy 3, 5, 6, and 12, Grandia 3, Growlanser 5 (probably), Kingdom Hearts 2, Metal Saga, Mobile Suit - New Saga, Phantasy Star Universe, Rogue Galaxy, Shadow Hearts : FtNW, SMT : Devil Summoner, the PS2 "of Mana" game, Steambot Chronicles, Suikoden 5, Tales of Legendia, Phantasia, and probably The Abyss, Wild ARMs 4, Xenosaga 1+2 and 3, and Ygddra Union between PS2, GCN, and the portables.  Plus, there's Enchant Arm, Blue Dragon, Oblivion, and Lost Odyssey for the 360 :shock:
6159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rogue Galaxy - Gameplay video on: November 24, 2005, 11:40:12 AM
Worthplaying has a lengthy gameplay video for Level 5's (of Dark Cloud and Dragon Quest 8 fame) upcoming RPG Rogue Galaxy.  The game is looking great, and it even looks like there will be some Dark Cloud-like building.  The game comes out next month in Japan, and hopefully the US localization will be quick.
6160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Kingdom Hearts 2 world revealed - Wow! on: November 22, 2005, 10:14:57 PM
Another cool addition that should please a lot of people - here (third picture).    Also, since Tetsuya Nomura didn't do the character design for FF9 (I read that  the FF characters in KH1 were limited to the FF games whose characters Nomura designed), this might open the way for characters from other FF games or (dare I hope?) Dragon Quest.
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