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10001  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 8 more posts to go... on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:42 PM
really
10002  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 8 more posts to go... on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:35 PM
you
10003  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 8 more posts to go... on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:28 PM
Damn,
10004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 18, 2007, 05:32:42 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 18, 2007, 05:15:03 PM

I don't know, I never skip battles.

I didn't used to, but fighting enemies that are a full 25 levels lower than you only gives about 10 XP and 10 gold.  Not worth it, imo.

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Does anyone know what difference mounts make, like speed and whether they fly or not?  Because it doesn't appear to really effect your travel times.

I'm sure you know this, but each mount will give you a specific spell.  I love my Dragon Spider's fire blast spell (can't remember the exact name), because it'll do damage equivalent to my red mana.   If I can get an enemy down to 48 HP, the battle is pretty much over.

Also, it doesn't take as much time to travel between cities on a fast mount (however, it's tough to tell the difference because all mounts have the same on-screen movement speed).  For instance, it takes 3 days of game time to travel between 2 cities on a fast mount, but 7 days on a slow mount.  Since you only get gold once a month, then bouncing around to different cities on a slow mount will allow them to "reset" quicker and you'll get gold more often. 

Not sure if that made any sense...
10005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite band time! on: April 18, 2007, 05:12:39 PM

Quote from: depward on April 18, 2007, 03:52:10 PM

- VNV Nation

I've got tickets to see VNV Nation with And One on June 20.   Tongue

Frontline Assembly in May, VNV Nation in June, hopefully Skinny Puppy in July or August (they're supposed to release their tour schedule any day now), and Assemblage 23 in September.  Gonna be a good few concert months.  smile
10006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 18, 2007, 05:05:20 PM
Hmmm, might need to level my mount a few more then.  Anyone know how it works (i.e. you can skip enemies 2 levels higher your mount, equal to your mount, etc.)?
10007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 18, 2007, 01:08:45 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 17, 2007, 10:51:22 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 17, 2007, 10:40:35 PM

This game needs an auto-resolve on the battles when the enemy is 15'ish levels below you.  Taking my 45th level knight up against random 20th level enemies is just a waste of time.

Are you playing on the DS?  Try hitting cancel when the fight's popup box appears, if they're low enough you'll be able to skip them.

Nice tip, thanks!
10008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 18, 2007, 03:11:55 AM
OK, one that doesn't need to be explained.

10009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite band time! on: April 18, 2007, 03:07:15 AM
1.  Skinny Puppy
2.  David Bowie
3.  Alice in Chains
4.  Frontline Assembly
5.  Bauhaus
6.  Nine Inch Nails
7.  Guns N' Roses
8.  Bad Religion
9.  They Might Be Giants
10.  Great Big Sea

A few that are interchangeable with the bottom of the list

-  Vast
-  Mr. Bungle
-  Opeth
-  Tool
10010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 17, 2007, 10:40:35 PM
This game needs an auto-resolve on the battles when the enemy is 15'ish levels below you.  Taking my 45th level knight up against random 20th level enemies is just a waste of time.
10011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 17, 2007, 03:17:21 PM

Quote from: disarm on April 17, 2007, 01:02:08 AM

Quote from: Calvin on April 17, 2007, 12:42:24 AM

Quote from: disarm on April 16, 2007, 11:46:37 PM

nothing for me unless i can actually manage to find another 360 GH2 controller somewhere...

I've seen them in like 3 different stores around here man..that sucks.

i saw them a couple days after release but hadn't yet convinced myself i wanted to buy one at the time.  now that i want one, every store near me seems to be sold out icon_cry

Good luck finding one.  I spent the better part of a day checking every single TRU, Best Buy, Target, Circuit City, Gamestop/EB, Gamecrazy, Shopko, and Wal-Mart in Salt Lake.  Every single place is completely sold out, and none of them know when they'll be getting any more in.  Finally resorted to buying it online through Buy.com.  Placed the order on Sunday w/2-day shipping, and it hasn't shipped yet.   mad
10012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 17, 2007, 02:41:59 PM


Xkcd is frakking brilliant.  Quickly becoming one of my favorite webcomics.
10013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game makeovers on: April 17, 2007, 12:26:44 PM
Cool article Eddie.  Thanks!
10014  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Zarkon needs a new PC (FS!) on: April 16, 2007, 07:06:15 PM
YGPM
10015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 06:04:49 PM

Quote from: depward on April 16, 2007, 05:47:59 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 16, 2007, 05:43:13 PM

Quote from: depward on April 16, 2007, 05:27:26 PM

a) I want to support XSEED games for bringing over several games (Shadow Hearts: FTNW, this one, etc.)

Hell, they should be punished for dropping Shadow Hearts:  FTNW on us.   Probably the most disappointing game I've ever played.  What a horrible, horrible let down from SH:  C
At least you had the opportunity to play it instead of just thinking about how wonderful it would have been to try it   icon_wink

I mean think about it - if it hadn't been brought over, at least I would have always wondered, "I wonder if SH: From the New World was as good as or better than Covenant..."

OK, that's true.

But I'm still bitter that it was such an awful game, dammit!!
10016  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 20 dead at Virginia tech on: April 16, 2007, 05:46:12 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 16, 2007, 05:34:11 PM

I wonder if video games were involved.

No, but they'll be blamed anyways.

This is all just terrible.  frown
10017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dogs and Cats on: April 16, 2007, 05:44:15 PM
3 cats & a dog here, and I can attest that this is completely true.
10018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 05:43:13 PM

Quote from: depward on April 16, 2007, 05:27:26 PM

a) I want to support XSEED games for bringing over several games (Shadow Hearts: FTNW, this one, etc.)

Hell, they should be punished for dropping Shadow Hearts:  FTNW on us.   Probably the most disappointing game I've ever played.  What a horrible, horrible let down from SH:  C
10019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happened to Gamerankings.com? on: April 16, 2007, 04:20:07 PM
Something interesting I just noticed.  Check out the actual URL:  http://www.gamespot.com/gamerankings/offline.html.

Maybe Gamestop decided they were tired of people having a one-stop-shop for reviews from other sites?

EDIT:  Hmmm.  Google brought up this.  Not sure who this guy is, but according to him GR isn't gone for good.

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GameRankings is down for maintenance. It isn't going anywhere!

Due to the numerous times I have been asked I figured I should just blog on it so either people read it here or I can just send someone a link to it directly.

Over the past few months I have received a bunch of e-mails telling me GR has a virus or that GR set off a virus warning. Hell, someone even posted about it in the Tech Support forums and this is GS!
 
The thing I don't get is why are all my forum users and myself immune to this We have never received any warnings or a virus. At first I thought it was related to IE since 99% of us use Firefox but that can't be the case cause some are obstinate and still use the crappy IE

At any rate hopefully this maintenance will rid the site of this virus for good and those users/developers/publishers that are having problems when visiting GR will no longer have to deal with it.

UPDATE: GR will be down, at the very least, until Monday.
10020  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 16, 2007, 01:43:06 PM
Not sure if you're joking (sarcasm meter's in the shop today), but just in case:

Quote from: ATB on April 16, 2007, 01:11:44 PM



I don't get this

-  THX = thanks

Quote


I don't get this.



Or this.

The rather pathetic uber-nerd computer case mod.  Realized after I posted it that it's a bit tough to tell what it actually is.
10021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 01:33:07 PM
Just ordered GHII yesterday, so probably nothing else this week.
10022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monster Madness demo on Live on: April 16, 2007, 01:04:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 16, 2007, 05:45:24 AM

I tried it last week.  It was fun, but not amazingly so.  Honestly, it was hard to tell what was going on or what I was supposed to be doing, apart from hitting zombies. 

That was my feeling as well.  It might be a fun diversion for $10 or $15, but certainly isn't worth $60.
10023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-16-2007: The Quick and Dirty Edition on: April 16, 2007, 01:02:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 16, 2007, 12:07:07 PM

As for 45 minute meticulousness- mayhap you be taking the game a bit too seriously?

To be fair, much of that was spent messing with getting used to issuing team orders and fiddling with that damn overhead camera.  I hate that thing.   icon_redface
10024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-16-2007: The Quick and Dirty Edition on: April 16, 2007, 12:02:52 PM
Gametap got a workout from me this weekend.  Finished Sam & Max Episodes 4 & 5.  BTW, Episode 5 is easily the best of the bunch, and had me in stitches the entire time.  Also played around with a few city builders, mainly Stronghold 2 and Space Colony.

Played a bit of GRAW on the 360, and realized why I dislike those games so much.  I finally started to get the hang of things during the second mission.  I was giving squad orders, taking cover, using the flying camera thing, etc.  I was pretty meticulous and careful about moving around, so it took me about 45 minutes to get my squad from one side of an abandoned freeway to the other.  I'm carefully moving down a deserted street when suddenly someone starts firing at me.  I frantically looked around, but couldn't see where the fire was coming from. Took a few seconds to realize that I had missed a terrorist hanging out around the corner, and by that time I was dead.  Would have had to replay 45 minutes just to get to that point...no thanks.

Of course, put in a few hours with Puzzle Quest.  I think things are starting to wind down now around leverl 44.

Also picked up KotOR 2 (never did go back and play an evil character), but haven't opened it yet.  Placed an order for GHII, which should be here mid-week.  Can't wait to get working on the leaderboards!
10025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 16, 2007, 02:13:23 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on April 16, 2007, 02:07:30 AM

Kind of confused here what happened exactly?

Do it yourself toner kit.

EDIT:  Hey, I just noticed I hit 2000 posts.  Yay me!!  smile
10026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 15, 2007, 01:34:02 PM

Quote from: DonD on April 15, 2007, 01:21:20 PM

Just give us a track editor and let us make our own tracks (and share 'em around).


Some lawyer at the RIAA is already preparing legal papers against you.
10027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What happened to Gamerankings.com? on: April 15, 2007, 01:33:07 AM
For the last 2 days, Gamerankings.com has had this message up:

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We're sorry, we are temporarily offline. We'll be back as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, please visit one of our sister sites like MetaCritic.com or GameSpot.com.

I hope they're not gone.  I liked their review compilation system a lot better than MetaCritic's.  frown
10028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 15, 2007, 12:09:54 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2007, 09:35:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 14, 2007, 06:59:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2007, 06:00:23 PM

I miss the old thread title!


So I just finished the game.  I really enjoyed the experience, but I have to say I'm real disappointed in how little of the huge map you end up exploring.  If it was on the PC version I could hope for an expansion pack to let me see the rest of the world, but on the DS it's just going to be a big tease.

Just out of curiosity, what level were you at completion?

I had just recently hit level 50.  This is with me doing every single side quest, and capturing every town and rune.  Never did instant action or "choose your opponent."

Thanks.  I'm about level 43 doing all the side stuff, so I guess I'm probably close to being done as well.
10029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 14, 2007, 06:59:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2007, 06:00:23 PM

I miss the old thread title!


So I just finished the game.  I really enjoyed the experience, but I have to say I'm real disappointed in how little of the huge map you end up exploring.  If it was on the PC version I could hope for an expansion pack to let me see the rest of the world, but on the DS it's just going to be a big tease.

Just out of curiosity, what level were you at completion?
10030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 13, 2007, 11:34:09 PM










10031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 13, 2007, 02:50:21 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 13, 2007, 12:11:28 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 12, 2007, 07:53:20 PM


It'll be interesting to see if they release GH3 on disc at all for the 360. 

Well, there are a ton of people who don't have live.  So they'd lose those sales if they didn't put it out on disk.

Heh, I'd forgotten about that.   It'll be very interesting to see what they do. 
10032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 13/April/07 Last Non-Marathon Training Weekend Edition on: April 13, 2007, 01:05:09 PM
Probably won't have a ton of gaming time this weekend.  I'm working tonight, and my yard looks absolutely horrible so I'm going to need to put some time in there after work tomorrow.  Oh joy...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can track down a copy of Guitar Hero II.  It's currently sold out at every single store in town, but the guy I talked to at Gamecrazy yesterday said they might be getting some in today.  We'll see.  I'm sure Puzzle Quest will also get some time (up to level 39 now), and I might do some Viva Pinata as well.

10033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 13, 2007, 12:04:08 PM
MS gives the middle finger to the customer...er...defends their pricing model.

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"It's not like you go to iTunes, and you're buying the same thing," he said. "There's testing that's involved, and there's also licensing involved. There's a lot of elements involved. When there's music involved, that brings up a lot of licensing issues. ... It's roughly about $2 a song that you can play over and over. You can't get interactivity with a song on iTunes, and I don't want to defend it: it is what it is." He then added, "We worked with RedOctane to work on prices that make sense, and they clearly can't sell it at a loss. They have to pay the rights licensing."

Bull.  Shit.  Why did you only charge $50 for GH 1 & 2 on PS2 then?  You really expect us to believe that testing these new songs - the songs that had already been created and are done on existing software - somehow doubled their cost?  Yeah right.

Just come out and say the truth:  "We're a bunch of greedy bastards, so tough shit for you.".   Roll Eyes

10034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC CONCERTS)Who have you seen and who do you wish you could see? on: April 12, 2007, 08:57:22 PM

Quote from: Kratz on April 12, 2007, 08:07:30 PM

If it makes you feel any better I saw Jesus Lizard several times too... smile

Yep, it's official:  I hate you.

Jesus Lizard is right up there with Mr. Bungle, Alice in Chains, and Oingo Boingo on the "bands-I-wish-I-would-have-seen" list.  From all accounts, David Yow's a fucking maniac on stage.  Something just ain't right with that guy.

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One of the times I saw the Melvins was a fuckin' *weird* bill... Melvins, Reverend Horton Heat... and White Zombie... wtf?

White Zombie sucked... horrible, horrible mix... Melvins and RHH were good, but they had this retarded barricade set up like 50 feet from the stage, and you had to have a super secret special arm band to go through it (I think depending on when you got to the venue - big place, the Mammoth in Denver... it's called something else now... Fillmore? Anyhoo..), so we had to stand all far from the stage during the bands that we wanted to see, and the super special secret area was empty... the whole place was pretty much empty, and they would *not* let us through.

So White Zombie comes out to suck it up with tons of explosions and nothing but bass and kick drum through the PA, and of course every kid in the place jumped the barricade at the first chord.

Nice work, morons.

Heh.  Good to see I'm not the only one that thought Zombie sucked.  I actually like their albums, but wow was their concert awful.
10035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC CONCERTS)Who have you seen and who do you wish you could see? on: April 12, 2007, 07:55:01 PM

Quote from: Kratz on April 12, 2007, 05:38:29 PM

Jesus Lizard in '95
Melvins - probably gone to 5 or 6 Melvins shows... all were great.

I'm having serious concert envy over these two.
10036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 12, 2007, 07:53:20 PM
My guess is that the prices for the GH1 DLC will stay the same until either GHIII or the 80's version (if they're different things) are released.  Then we'll see them drop back to something more in line with the PS2 version, while the new stuff sticks to the current bundlefuck pricing plan.

It'll be interesting to see if they release GH3 on disc at all for the 360.  Would look pretty silly to have the disc version for $50 while they continue to try and gouge those who choose to get them through XBL.  Or have the 360 disc version at $100 sitting next to the PS2 version at $50.  Messy situation they've put themselves in.

Oh, and I decided I need to incorporate "bundlefuck" into my vocabulary on a more regular basis.  What a great word.
10037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I Be Optimistic About Avril Lavigne's New Album? on: April 12, 2007, 02:50:31 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 12, 2007, 02:40:54 PM


What should I do!?


You're thinking about buying an Avril Lavigne album?  We may need to stage an intervention.
10038  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Games You've Taken Time Off Of Work/School To Play? on: April 12, 2007, 02:08:38 PM
Man, you guys are making me feel like quite the slacker.  Never really thought it was that bad of a thing to do.

I should probably clarify that the days I take to game are "use it or lose it" PTO days.  I get 4 weeks off a year and since we're not big on extended vacations, I just take the random day off here and there and use it to game, watch movies, fix up the yard, etc.  Otherwise, I'd never end up taking my PTO and just lose it all at the end of the year.
10039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC CONCERTS)Who have you seen and who do you wish you could see? on: April 12, 2007, 04:50:25 AM
It would take pages to list all the shows I've seen (somewhere around 200 at last count), so I'll just put up the high (and low) lights:

BEST
Skinny Puppy.  The greatest stage show you will ever see, guaranteed.  And I didn't even see them at their drug-fueled-insanity peak.  It is complete and total madness from start to finish and is like nothing you've ever seen.  Rumor is they're touring this fall, and I will absolutely be there again.
Nine Inch Nails (X3).  Saw the fragility tour in Denver, With Teeth in Salt Lake, and whatever the last tour was in Boise.  Say what you want about Trent's music, the guy puts on an awesome show.
Tool (x2).  First time I saw them was on the Aenima tour, and it was mind-blowing.  One of the few concerts that sounded better live than on CD.  Second time I saw them, it wasn't nearly as good.  Maynard spent the entire show at the rear of the stage with his back to the audience.  Not very impressive.
Bad Religion. These guys just flat-out rock.
Bauhaus.  Opened for NIN on the last tour.  They were one of the "I must see before I die" bands, and were phenomenal.  Peter Murphy was in full glampire mode for the entire show (and that's a very good thing), and they played a solid set.  It was a bit lost on the typical meathead NIN fan, but I thought it was brilliant.
The Aquabats.  Easily the funnest show I've been to.  Anytime the band comes through the crowd in their spandex superhero outfits, tossing out marshmallow Peeps, and carrying lit tiki torches, you know you're in for a hell of a show.  Man, what a blast that was.
Great Big Sea.  I'll have to put up the entire story of this show sometime, but it was one of the all-time greats.  Anytime you spend an hour dancing a jig up and down the aisles of a symphony hall with hundreds of other people...welll, that's just damn good.

WORST
White Zombie.  A mind-crushing wall of noise for 90 minutes.  You couldn't even tell what song they were playing, it was just one big racket.  Awful show.
Beck.  I'm not a big fan of his anyway, but his stage show was very...experimental.  He'd play 2 minutes of a song, then spend the next 10 minutes "jamming" (and I use that term in the loosest sense of the word) with all his electric doo-dads.  Blech.
Tori Amos.  Probably not "worst" but certainly "most disappointing".   She's got more musical talent in her left pinky than I've got in my entire body, but her show was simply average.  One of the few concerts I've left before it was over.

WANT TO SEE
Frontline Assembly.  Next to Skinny Puppy, FLA is my favorite Industrial band.  I've been out of town the last 2 times they were here, but I've got tickets to see them on May 15th.  That makes me a happy, happy boy.  smile
David Bowie.  Some how, some way, I will see Bowie before I die.  If I have to rob a bank and get money to have him play in my backyard, then that's what I'll do.

That's all I can think of at the moment, but might add more.
10040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword on: April 11, 2007, 06:56:53 PM
Well, color me impressed.

I didn't like NG's gameplay on the X-Box, but loved the graphics.  Hopefully this one will deliver in both departments.
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