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10001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you had XBox 360 problems? on: July 12, 2007, 01:10:09 AM
Figured I'd resurrect this, since my 360 has now died.  The failure rate on these systems still just astounds me.  My system has had very minimal, very gentle use, and has still managed to crap out.   
10002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warranty questions, since my 360 seems to be dying on: July 12, 2007, 01:07:18 AM
OK, one more question.  Can you purchase the extended warranty after the original unit has been sent in for service?  I won't have the money for a couple weeks, but my 360 is now locking even when I just try to play a DVD, so it's fairly useless. 
10003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warranty questions, since my 360 seems to be dying on: July 12, 2007, 12:01:32 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on July 11, 2007, 11:59:10 PM

I thought Microsoft's new 3-year warranty policy meant that you didn't need to purchase anything additional to have this work covered for free...?

-Autistic Angel

Only on those systems that die with 3 RROD, which mine isn't.  It randomly freezes up, but there's no RROD error when I reset it.

One other question:  The only thing on the hard drive I care about is my Guitar Hero II save file.  Can that be transferred to a standard USB memory stick, or do you have to get a specific 360 memory card?
10004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: July 11, 2007, 11:53:42 PM
Dayum.   That's just... dude  dudeicon_eek

I remember hearing something about a Guitar Hero 3 game, but it's been drowned out by the sheer potential awesomeness of Rock Band.
10005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / And so my 360 comes to an end... on: July 11, 2007, 11:50:44 PM
My 360 started acting funny last week, and my guess is that it's going to crap out in the near future.  I got the 1 RROD last week error (solved by a reboot), and last night it simply froze up twice in the middle of games (once in GHII and once in NCAA 08.  Again, both solved by a reboot).  No RROD, the system just completely locked after about 20 minutes of play.  I set the Blue Dragon demo to start this afternoon, and it hard locked once during the dl process.  My gut feeling is that it will be giving up the ghost pretty soon.

A couple questions, since I can't get through to X-Box this afternoon (was on hold for 45 minutes before giving up):

1.  The original warranty is 1 year from date of purchase (Feb 07 for this unit).  If I splurge for the extended 2-year warranty, is it 2 years from the date I purchase the warranty, or 2 years from the date the original warranty expires?

2.  If I have to send the system in and get a new refurb unit, does the warranty period start over for the new unit?  (unlikely, but figured I'd ask).  Sub-question:  Is there any good way to avoid the dreaded refurb loop, or are you pretty much just screwed once you send your system in?

3.  Is the 2-year plan a flat fee, or do they prorate it based on how much time you have left on your original warranty?

I was hoping I'd be one of the lucky 50% without problems, but it's looking more and more like that's not going to happen.  Sad thing is, the system is as ventilated as it can possibly be (sitting on the top of a TV stand with nothing over or around it, power brick isolated by itself about 3 feet away) and has been very gently used.  Hopefully if I get it in now, I can get it back by the time Blue Dragon comes out.  frown
10006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 11, 2007, 11:31:07 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on July 11, 2007, 10:45:52 PM

I'm with Gratch. I'm looking forward to getting this game, but I have absolutely no interest in playing an hour (give or take) in the middle of the story.

Which is fortunate, since my 360 just died last night. biggrin

If it's any consolation, mine seems to be dying tonight.  frown
10007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 11, 2007, 08:17:13 PM
Outside of basic game mechanics, it's really tough to get a feeling for a 40+ hour game from a 30 minute demo.  I find that RPG demos are rarely representative of the final product, and (usually) actively dislike them, no matter how good the final game turns out to be.  Case in point:  I hated every single thing about the FF XII demo, but ended up spending 75+ hours with the final game.

The JRPG "back-to-basics" premise of BD is one of the major selling points for me.  Truth be told, BD is the main reason I got a 360 at all, so this demo won't really change my mind one way or the other.
10008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FLASHING RED RINGS! (But good timing, huh?) on: July 11, 2007, 02:39:28 PM
Mine did a random freeze twice last night.  Once during GH II and once during the NCAA 08 demo.  There's a small beep, then the entire system completely locks.  I booted it back up without a problem (no RROD), but it kept doing it.

This, combined with the single RROD I got last week, is starting to make me really nervous.  frown
10009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Golden Axe and Sonic The Hedgehog on: July 11, 2007, 12:57:32 PM
Meh.  I'll play them on Gametap instead.
10010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 11, 2007, 11:50:13 AM
Thanks for the heads-up!  Setting to DL now, will try it out when I get home this afternoon.

Hoping my 360 doesn't keep freezing like it did last night.  frown

EDIT:  Strange, I went to set up the d/l before I left for work, and there was no Blue Dragon demo.  Is is only released in certain areas or something?   icon_confused
10011  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Overlord (360) - Price dropped on: July 10, 2007, 02:15:10 PM
One bump for price drop
10012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Gaming Pet Peeve] Final levels that ratchet up the difficulty on: July 09, 2007, 06:51:30 PM
Beyond Good & Evil had the most obnoxious final boss battle that I can remember.  After such a brilliant game with stellar controls, the decision to reverse all the movement axis for the final boss was just ridiculous.  It was way too gimmicky for such a well-crafted game.
10013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games for a slow day at work on: July 09, 2007, 02:15:01 PM

Quote from: KC on July 07, 2007, 09:03:08 PM

I just started playing Peggle and Bookworm Adventures because they are 50% off this month through Steam.  Both are great games.

I've got Bookworm Adventures (which is an absolute blast), but thanks for the heads-up on Peggle.  Mrs. Gratch and I both got hooked on the demo over the weekend.
10014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/9) on: July 09, 2007, 02:12:21 PM
Nada
10015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Backlog Thread: July Edition on: July 08, 2007, 10:56:32 PM
I restarted Baldur's Gate II last weekend, and just finished up Chapter 3.  I'm hoping to actually get through the entire thing this time, as opposed to the other 2 times I started it.  I'm also about halfway through both Tomb Raider:  Anniversary and Psychonauts.  I've pretty much lost interest in Psychonauts, but I'd like to eventually finish TR.

On consoles, I've got 6+ hours into replays of Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XII, and Chrono Cross.   Pretty focused on getting through BG, so all of those will have to wait for now.
10016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 07/06/07 on: July 08, 2007, 03:43:09 PM

Quote from: Calvin on July 08, 2007, 03:04:04 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 08, 2007, 02:26:12 PM

I started up Baldur's Gate II (PC version) again last weekend and have actually managed to keep at it through Chapter 4, which is further than I've ever gotten before.  Forgot what an amazing (and huge) game it is!

WOW! You got through 4 chapters in ONE WEEK? Have you been pretty much concentrating on only BG2 or have you just skipped a bunch of sidequests?

Sorry, meant to say I got to Chapter 4, not through Chapter 4.  Just finished up Chapter 3 last night.  I did spend most of last weekend (including my time off on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) doing nothing but playing BGII.  I've probably put in nearly 30 hours in the past week.

I've been trying to stick to the main quests for the most part.  One of the reasons I never actually finished the game on my 2 prior attempts was because I simply kept trying to do too many quests, and quickly got overwhelmed with information overload.  This time around, I'm playing through with the attitude that I don't have to finish every...single...quest.  Makes it a lot more enjoyable and is keeping my interest much better than my previous tries.
10017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 07/06/07 on: July 08, 2007, 02:26:12 PM
I started up Baldur's Gate II (PC version) again last weekend and have actually managed to keep at it through Chapter 4, which is further than I've ever gotten before.  Forgot what an amazing (and huge) game it is!
10018  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Overlord (360) - Price dropped on: July 07, 2007, 07:29:15 PM
*SOLD*
10019  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 07, 2007, 01:24:56 AM






This amused me, but ymmv.

10020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Win a Copy of Jade Empire SE for PC on: July 07, 2007, 01:17:01 AM

Shot at 2007-07-06
10021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 7/6 Bioshock video on: July 06, 2007, 09:52:37 PM

Quote from: Calvin on July 06, 2007, 05:59:51 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 06, 2007, 05:51:03 PM

Looks amazing.  I just wish I was even remotely competent at console FPS so I could play it.  frown

Play on PC then silly?!! I think I am leaning towards that, but i really don't know. I may buy both frown

There's no way in hell my budget-system-a-year-ago could handle it, and I refuse to spend a ton of cash upgrading for basically one game.
10022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ASH - an RPG for the DS on: July 06, 2007, 08:09:40 PM
Looks very cool.  What are the chances we'll see it in the US?
10023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "depward loves games... but not completing them" Project on: July 06, 2007, 07:05:11 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 06, 2007, 09:56:18 AM

I'm not so concerned about finishing games these days.  I like it when I do, but I just want to get my enjoyment out of it.  If I have played a game to the point where I have to force myself to put it in the XBox (or PC) I am probably done with it no matter how far I am in the story/career.   

Well said.  My ratio of started:finished games is probably about 10:1.  I play until it's not fun anymore, then move on to something else.
10024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 7/6 Bioshock video on: July 06, 2007, 05:51:03 PM
Looks amazing.  I just wish I was even remotely competent at console FPS so I could play it.  frown
10025  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Wanted: Overlord for Xbox 360 on: July 06, 2007, 05:43:33 PM
YGPM
10026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox 360 warranty improvements on: July 05, 2007, 08:43:32 PM
Now I won't cringe quite as much every time I turn my 360 on.   thumbsup
10027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: July 05, 2007, 08:18:00 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 05, 2007, 08:03:14 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on July 05, 2007, 06:26:22 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 05, 2007, 03:00:20 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 05, 2007, 02:54:41 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 05, 2007, 02:52:34 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 05, 2007, 02:50:30 PM

My understanding is that, unfortunately, Welcome to the Jungle was just a demo song and they haven't actually licensed it for the game.  frown

YAAAY!!!  Make room for some other song please.  icon_twisted

Oh no you di'int...


Yea, I'm sayin it.  Axel Rose sounds like a swinging a cat by the tail.  "Sweet child o miiiiiiyyyyyeeeyyyyiiiiyyeeennnnn"     puke

Are you by chance gay?

No sir, I just have good taste in music.   icon_twisted

Then how can you like Rush?   icon_wink
10028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "depward loves games... but not completing them" Project on: July 05, 2007, 08:09:15 PM
So this would be a bad place to start posting Mass Effect screenshots?  slywink

I also rarely (if ever) finish games, so I feel your pain.  Good on ya for giving this a try. 
10029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: July 05, 2007, 02:54:41 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 05, 2007, 02:52:34 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 05, 2007, 02:50:30 PM

My understanding is that, unfortunately, Welcome to the Jungle was just a demo song and they haven't actually licensed it for the game.  frown

YAAAY!!!  Make room for some other song please.  icon_twisted

Oh no you di'int...
10030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: July 05, 2007, 02:50:30 PM
My understanding is that, unfortunately, Welcome to the Jungle was just a demo song and they haven't actually licensed it for the game.  frown
10031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: July 05, 2007, 02:46:18 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 05, 2007, 02:36:27 PM

Quote from: Scoop20906 on July 05, 2007, 12:16:54 PM

Just played the demo and it left me wanting to play this game MORE.

BUT!!

For those of you playing it, is it worth the $59.99 price tag or should a wait for the price to drop or get it through a trade?

All opinions welcome  icon_wink

I'm liking it, but I would wait for a price drop.  The game's charm can wear off after the initial village of Spree.  I 'm sure Overlord will refine some of the gameplay mechanics

My thoughts as well.  For me, the moments of sheer fun and utter controller-throwing frustration have been pretty evenly balanced so far.  While the concept is great, it's hamstrung by some major (imo) issues, lack of an in-game map being the biggest one. 

As excited as I was for it, I'm now really on the fence as to whether or not I want to continue playing.  frown
10032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 05, 2007, 12:06:15 PM
10033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what is everyones plan for July 4th? on: July 04, 2007, 11:07:24 PM
Mrs. Gratch just headed off to the city park to spend the 4th with her parents, all the nieces & nephews, and about 10,000 other strangers.  I really didn't feel like a) being around that many people tonight, or b) fighting traffic to get home at midnight, then try to get up and work at 5am.  I suppose I should have been the good husband and gone along, but I'd really rather just spend the night at home with Baldur's Gate II.  If that makes me awful, then so be it.
10034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: July 04, 2007, 04:07:51 AM

Quote from: Chaz on July 04, 2007, 03:50:04 AM

You need to go to the Heaven's Gate area.  I got to the same part, and realized that I probably wasn't in the right spot.  Then I wandered around Spree for a bit, because I knew one of my quests was "Find an entrance to Heaven's Gate", and figured that the Heaven's Gate area on my teleport list was a glitch.  Head in there, and all will become clear.

Yep, that did it.  Went to Heaven's Gate, and just got the blue hive out of the cave (which is a seriously annoying level, btw). 

I still somewhat enjoying the game, but I have to admit it's charm is wearing a bit thin.  Smashing up the halfling stuff was a blast, but the last two areas have been much more puzzle intensive, and not nearly as much fun.  Getting back to causing more mayhem would certainly be a good thing.
10035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: July 04, 2007, 01:56:14 AM

Quote from: motodd on July 04, 2007, 01:49:30 AM

Quote from: Gratch on July 04, 2007, 01:34:42 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on July 03, 2007, 11:39:55 PM

Here is the first footage of not only the game but video of people playing it (some of the developers at Harmonix). For people who had doubts about this game, you can now only say one thing: BAD ASS.

http://www.gamespot.com/video/938870/6173535/rock-band-gameplay-movie-1

The group playing is two on guitar, one on drums and one singing. The drum set looks incredibly awesome to play. Also, it appears they are playing the Xbox 360 version because it looks like the guitars they are using are the 360 Guitar Hero guitars.

Anyone else having trouble getting that video to play?  Almost seems like they yanked it.

Youtube version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ITe-Zk0M4w

All kinds of awesome!!

Thanks, that looks like an absolute blast!

I really hope they flesh out the single player mode.  I don't really have any gamer friends (offline, that is), so the whole "party" aspect of it is lost on me.

Quote
Actually I can say something other than bad ass - that drum looks neat but that better be on easy.  That looks boring as hell for anyone who has actually played a set.  :/

True, but Welcome to the Jungle isn't exactly taxing on a real kit either.  I'm an extremely novice drummer, and I can play along with that song pretty well.
10036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metroid Wii: No online play. on: July 04, 2007, 01:43:27 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 04, 2007, 12:50:50 AM

To me a shooter with no multiplayer is a rental.  I cannot justify spending $50 just to play through a campaign and then be done with the game.  It amazes me that Nintendo can release the same games over and over virtually unchanged and people continue to lap them up.  Someone above posted that no multiplayer is a good thing.  I guess it's good if you want the Gamecube version with some waggle tacked on.  Personally I was hoping they would (gasp!!!) push the envelope a little bit.

Believe it or not, there's plenty of us who buy a game ONLY for the single-player experience.  In fact, I'll actively avoid games that are mainly multiplayer focused.  I have zero desire to game with other people, and want something that is engaging and fun for a single player.

If Nintendo put all their effort and resources into creating a truly great single-player Metroid experience, I'll be all over it.  Assuming I can find a Wii, of course.  smile
10037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: July 04, 2007, 01:34:42 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on July 03, 2007, 11:39:55 PM

Here is the first footage of not only the game but video of people playing it (some of the developers at Harmonix). For people who had doubts about this game, you can now only say one thing: BAD ASS.

http://www.gamespot.com/video/938870/6173535/rock-band-gameplay-movie-1

The group playing is two on guitar, one on drums and one singing. The drum set looks incredibly awesome to play. Also, it appears they are playing the Xbox 360 version because it looks like the guitars they are using are the 360 Guitar Hero guitars.

Anyone else having trouble getting that video to play?  Almost seems like they yanked it.
10038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: July 04, 2007, 01:19:39 AM
This game really suffers from not having any sort of map or objective markers.  I just spent the better part of an hour wandering around the goddamn Elven forest trying to figure out where the hell I'm supposed to go next.  There's one spot where my advisor guy says something about "Boy, it would be nice to have some blues.", but I have no frakkiing idea where the hell I'm supposed to find the blue hive.  My guess is that I need to find it before I can proceed (there's a gate switch just across some water from where the advisor is taunting me), but I honestly have no idea where it is.  I finally just turned the game off in frustration.   icon_evil

10039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Red Ring of Death? on: July 03, 2007, 01:09:54 PM

Quote from: Laner on July 03, 2007, 11:42:54 AM

Did you note the error code given? 

http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=484726

Crap, I didn't think to check.  Keeping my fingers crossed...
10040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / One Red Ring of Death? on: July 03, 2007, 03:45:20 AM
I'd been playing my 360 for most of the afternoon today.  Watched two movies, played some GHII, then went to fire up Overlords.  When I turned the system back on, I got one red ring (bottom right), along with a System Error screen.  Turned it off, booted it up again, and it started just fine.  Played about 45 minutes of Overlord with no problem.

This is pretty much my first real glitch.  I've had GHII disc errors twice, both of which were fixed with a simple reboot.  Given that I was using the system for such a long time today (probably more than it had been used in one stretch before), I'm not sure if it's something I should be worried about, or just a minor blip.  I hate feeling like I'm walking on eggshells with this thing, but it is a good reminder to call and renew my warranty.
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