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10041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]XBOX 360 Price Drop, Core Canceled, HDMI in May on: March 13, 2007, 04:58:32 PM
Every time I see price drop rumors, it steers me closer to a 360 over a PS3.  Then I remember how many people's units have gone up in flames and it swings me back the other way.  Then I see some of the RPG's lined up for the 360, and I start looking at one again.  Then I remember FFXIII will only be on PS3, and I'm back in that direction.

Man, choosing one system over the other is really gonna suck.  frown
10042  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flame Warriors: Which one are you? on: March 13, 2007, 03:59:34 PM
They need one for "Boring Average Guy".  That'd be me.
10043  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't want to speak too soon but... on: March 13, 2007, 02:07:11 PM
Congrats Arkon!
10044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 to Xbox 360 on: March 13, 2007, 01:36:48 PM
That's pretty cool.  I enjoyed the original Sacred, but it did get pretty tedious after a while.  Hopefully they'll add a little more variety this time around.
10045  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much is your monthly electric bill? on: March 13, 2007, 01:13:39 PM
Right now it's about $40, but goes up to about $120 in the summer with the A/C.
10046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2/PS3] God of War 2 on: March 13, 2007, 03:31:18 AM

Quote from: Calvin on March 12, 2007, 10:19:04 PM

Nice! that is very good. Now that KD says 12 hours it makes me consider purchasing again-but I really want to get it for 29.99 smile

Don't worry, my copy'll be up for sale as soon as I finish it.  smile
10047  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocket to the Sun - These Actors Need to go on: March 12, 2007, 10:12:29 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 12, 2007, 09:56:54 PM

I'm sick of seeing Sarah Silverman.  Yeah, you're controversial and you're all up in our face.  We get it already.

Amen.  Add in the fact that she's just not very funny, and she definitely needs to go.
10048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms out 3/7/07 on: March 12, 2007, 10:11:13 PM
This thread inspired me to fire up Worms:  Armageddon yesterday.  To this day, WA is the only game (PC or console) that Mrs. Gratch will play with me.  And she's actually really good at it.  We decided to play a best of 3 match yesterday.  First round, I won with 1 worm remaining at 15%.  Second round, she won with one worm at 56%.  So it was on for Round 3.

I started off with the high ground, and took out two of her worms pretty quickly.  She came roaring back with some ridiculous cross-screen grenade lobs to tie it up.  I took out one of hers with a perfectly placed airstrike that also dumped 2 mines on the poor worm, so in response, she managed to ninja rope up to an area I didn't think she could reach and baseball bat me off into the water.  So we're down to a single worm each (at about 30%), both of us in pretty good cover.  I sneak a frag grenade through a tiny hole and knock her down to 8%, and I think I've got it won.  As a absolute last resort, she fires a homing missle that just happens to hit right below where I'm perched, knocks me in the air, landing a land mine, which proceeds to blow me off the ledge and into the water.

It reminded me why I absolutely love this game.
10049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Box-Office Results for March 9th-11th on: March 12, 2007, 09:20:48 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 12, 2007, 08:33:12 PM

Quote from: JeRrYFaR on March 12, 2007, 08:01:12 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 12, 2007, 04:12:52 PM

and the fact that Norbit made any money at all.

7.) Norbit                     $4.3m        $88.3m

88 million?  *sigh*  Now we'll see another one made.

We are just encouraging Eddie Murphy to keep retreading this "I'll play all the characters" idea. 

Seriously, who the hell pays to see this shit?  The US movie-going public is truly a flock of ignorant sheep.
10050  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 12, 2007, 08:53:15 PM
Wow, uber cool man!  smile

-  Virtua Fighter 4
-  Gran Turismo 3
-  Tenchu
10051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to play through all the major PSX RPG's on: March 12, 2007, 08:20:06 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 12, 2007, 08:05:10 PM

I forgot to remind you to let me know when you do FFVII. I think I mentioned before that I would like to play that concurrently with you and maybe throw some stuff your way to compare our experiences. Keep me in the loop.

I've been itching for a replay of FFVII too (it'll be #4 for me), so count me in if you start that one up.
10052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2/PS3] God of War 2 on: March 12, 2007, 06:50:25 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 12, 2007, 06:32:31 PM

This game is supposed to be significantly longer than the original, no?

16-18 hours, from what I've heard.  I debated making it a rental, but the longer length sold me.
10053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games You Can't Stop Playing on: March 12, 2007, 04:45:51 PM
-  Guitar Hero 1 & 2
-  Bookworm Adventures
-  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
10054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 3-12-07 (under new management, try the veal!) on: March 12, 2007, 04:44:54 PM
I finally finished Final Fantasy VI (final impressions here).  Fantastic game!

I also put about 4 hours into Planescape:  Torment.  I like it, but it suffers from some technical issues (horrible slowdown, stuttering sound, etc.) through Gametap.  I also have the same problem with it that I do with many of the Infinity Engine games.  Within 10 minutes of hitting the main area (the Hive), I had 27 different quests pulling me in every different direction.  I was able to pare them down to a few main ones, and it was much more enjoyable.
10055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/12) on: March 12, 2007, 02:13:57 PM
God of War II
10056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NO! Albert Bjarnson Does Not LIVE HERE! NEITHER DOES PATTY McRAY!!!!! on: March 12, 2007, 01:45:52 PM
We got that for months after we moved into our new house.  Funny thing is, we kept the same number that we had before.  I guess the bill collectors just pull the phone number by the address, and the people we bought the house from had some serious issues.   The collection people would get nasty too.  Even when we'd explain that we weren't the Criers (the people we bought it from), they would never believe us, accuse us of lying to them, etc.  Finally quit after about 2 months.
10057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to play through all the major PSX RPG's on: March 12, 2007, 01:37:41 PM
Once again, I"m impressed.  Playing all the way through a game you only thought was average shows some dedication.  There's no way I'd be able to do that.
10058  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Go Raiders! on: March 11, 2007, 06:16:17 PM
I'm not sure I like this signing either.  Having a good running back wasn't the problem, the offensive line that failed to open holes and/or protect the QB was.  It's tough to have a successful running game when the other team knows they can shut down your passing attack 100%.

Then again, it's Al Davis, so who knows what the hell he's thinking. 
10059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heads up Browncoats. SE edition of Serenity on: March 11, 2007, 02:16:59 PM
I'm not really that interested in all the extras, but I'll probably pick up on copy on principle.
10060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heads up Browncoats. SE edition of Serenity on: March 10, 2007, 08:59:48 PM
"Serenity"?  Never heard of it...

/goes back to drinking my gorram Mudder's Milk
10061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 10, 2007, 07:51:55 PM

10062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portable or Console- Which is Your Bigger Timesink? on: March 10, 2007, 05:47:47 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 10, 2007, 05:15:05 PM

The only portable I own is a GBA with PaulBot installed backlight. 

Hey, I had one of those too!  smile
10063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portable or Console- Which is Your Bigger Timesink? on: March 10, 2007, 04:39:20 PM
I like handheld gaming if the right game comes along.   My DS has been getting a lot of love lately with FF VI & FF Tactics Advance.  However, I don't have much occasion for portable gaming and much prefer to play on a big screen rather than squint at a small one.  I also haven't really been that enamored with most DS games, so my consoles get a lot more time right now.  That may change if the upcoming DS RPG's are any good.
10064  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Final Fantasy VI Advance on: March 10, 2007, 03:25:49 PM
Finished FF6 last night, so now it needs a good home.  $25 shipped if anyone wants it.  **SOLD**
10065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS]final fantasy fables:Chocobo tales on: March 10, 2007, 03:12:00 PM
I'm normally a complete Final Fantasy whore, but this looks skippable to me.
10066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: March 10, 2007, 03:08:48 PM
Finished FF6 late last night.  Took about 38 hours, and my party ranged from level 55 - 68.  A few final thoughts:

-  If you had told me before I started FF6 that I could feel any sort of emotional attachment to goofy little 16-bit sprites, I would have called you crazy.  One of the reasons I've always had a hard time playing old-school RPG's is because so many of them just look...well...silly.  However, when put in the right hands, an amazing, epic story can be told using these silly little avatars. Final Fantasy 6 is that story.  Huge, huge props to the writers (and translators) of this game.  They did such an incredible job telling what was truly a moving, compelling story.  On more than one occasion, I felt some real emotion during the telling, which doesn't happen very often during games.  Scenes like the Opera House, Cyan's Phantom Train, or Locke & Rachael were so incredibly well done that you couldn't help but connect to them. 

-  Uematsu was my second favorite game compser before (right behind Mitsdua.  Chrono Cross, Xenogears, etc), but the soundtrack for FF6 may have jumped him into the #1 spot.  The sound he was able to coax out of this system is nothing short of mind-blowing.  The music during the final battle was beyond awesome.  I picked up both the original soundtrack and piano arrangements recently, and I think they're going to get even more playtime now.

-  They were both pretty basic, but I really enjoyed the combat and Esper systems.  They were so simple and easy to understand, and yet made for some epic battles.

-  Having played the PS1 port, I have to say how nice it was to be able to play FF6 without the insane loading times.  They did a great job porting this to the GBA.

-  At 38 hours, it was just about the perfect length for me. 


-  There isn't a lot that's bad, but a couple things bugged me.  I hated the grinding factor towards the end.  I spent nearly 8 hours doing nothing but level grinding in order to get every single character up to par.  Problem was, I had a shit-ton of characters, most of which I never used.  So while they weren't terribly far behind in levels (non-active characters gain levels, albeit at a slower rate), they were completely lacking in skills & magic.  Since I knew I would be splitting into 3 parties for Kefka's Tower, I felt I had to get every character up to snuff in order to survive.  In all honesty, I really overlevelled my characters, so some of this is my own fault.  Hell, by the time a couple characters get Ultima (along with the Doublecast & 1 MP accessories), you can pretty much walk through the tower without a scratch.   I ran through all 4 of Kefka's forms without even having to switch party members.

-  Speaking of Kefka, where the hell did he go during the second half of the game?  They create this incredible villain, then he practically dissapears once you hit the World of Ruin!  That was rather dissapointing, as I would have loved to see more interaction with him.

-  The game was pretty easy, overall.  Maybe it's because I was so over-levelled, but I never really felt much of a challenge. Only died once, and that was an enemy in the final tower that cast a Death spell on everyone before I could get off a Reraise.  This is a pretty minor gripe though, as I'd much prefer a game to be too easy than too hard.

Overall, I'd give FF6 a sold A.  A fantastic story, wonderful characters, a kick-ass bad guy, brilliant music, and overall very enjoyable.  I'm really glad I gave it another shot, and woudl probably put it 4th in "Gratch's Personal List o' Final Fantasy Games", which now stands as:

1.  FF7
2.  FFX
3.  FF12*
4.  FF6
5.  FF9
6.  FF8
7.  The rest of em

*#'s 2 & 3 are pretty interchangeable.  They're such completely different games that it's hard to compare them to each other.  I probably enjoyed the equally, but I'd give FFX the edge because I thought the characters were better.
10067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Mar/07 on: March 10, 2007, 05:54:13 AM
I finally just finished FFVI Advance.  Will probably post more thoughts in it's specific thread, but what a truly remarkable game.  Now I can start God of War II with no distractions.  smile
10068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Mar/07 on: March 10, 2007, 03:23:03 AM
Admit it Calvin, you're starting FFXII again.   slywink
10069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What IS a "kiddie game"? on: March 09, 2007, 11:07:30 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 09, 2007, 11:04:28 PM

Quote from: Gratch
I just finished The Longest Journey, and April Ryan was about as whiny an 18-year-old as I've ever seen in games (with an animal sidekick, no less!), but it certainly wasn't for kids.

One of the things I most liked about The Longest Journey was the fact that its protagonist had a life of her own, and for all of its faults, it was a life she was excited and optimistic about.  In most games, the hero exists solely within the bounds of the gameplay: the simple farm boy whose first 10-18 years of life are totally meaningless until An Epic Adventure(TM) presents itself and he's off to save the land/world/galaxy.

April Ryan is a simple art student who heads out to save the world, but not because she's craving an escape from her humdrum life -- she gets roped into the job because she's literally the only person who can do it.  And unlike the typical videogame hero who never looks back and winds up better off for the journey, it's clear very early on that April's adventure is not going to have a happy ending.  Remember: if everything goes as she expects,

Spoiler for Hiden:
she's supposed to become the next Guardian of the Balance, locked in a transdimensional tower by herself for a thousand years.  The fact that this does not happen, that April completes the most important thing she'll *ever* do at the age of 18 and is then cast aside by fate with no direction and no home -- it's really no surprise to me that she's become so bitter and jaded in Dreamfall.

April Ryan strikes me as a very authentic and sympathetic character, and When you consider all the angst that Buffy and Clark and Claire go through, I don't think she came off as whiny at all.  At least all those others got superpowers as part of the package....

-Autistic Angel

Don't get me wrong, I think April was a fantastic character and TLJ was a utterly brilliant game.  I was just giving an example of a character that I thought fit denoginizer's "kiddie" description, when the game itself really didn't.
10070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What IS a "kiddie game"? on: March 09, 2007, 07:52:18 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 09, 2007, 07:45:09 PM

Personally I generally define "kiddie games" as games where the main protagonist is either a child, a whiney adolescent, an animal, or a cartoon character.

That's kind of a tricky definition.  Something like Final Fantasy X meets those criteria, and I think you'd be hard pressed to call it a kiddie game.  I just finished The Longest Journey, and April Ryan was about as whiny an 18-year-old as I've ever seen in games (with an animal sidekick, no less!), but it certainly wasn't for kids.
10071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii release schedule to Q2 on: March 09, 2007, 07:16:55 PM
Just let it slide bro.  You've made your point (pretty well, imo), and if people want to jab let 'em jab.  It's not worth getting a migrane for. 

Hell, the moment a message board starts to cause me actual, real life pain, that's when I know I'm done with the intarweb.  smile
10072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii release schedule to Q2 on: March 09, 2007, 07:00:43 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 09, 2007, 06:49:46 PM

God will this ever die????????

I wish I had never said anything. If I just agreed with you people, would it make you shut up? Jesus Christ guys, this is giving me a migraine. (yes I am serious)

People can really get that worked up over message board arguments?  Were it me, It'd be far past time to back away from the keyboard.
10073  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You Know What? I actually like Reeses Pieces now on: March 09, 2007, 06:16:05 PM
Heathens, all of ya.  Reeses Pieces are, and always have been, superior to M&M's in every way.
10074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What IS a "kiddie game"? on: March 09, 2007, 06:12:47 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on March 09, 2007, 06:04:53 PM

My definition of a "kiddie" game is on that panders to fourteen- to eighteen-year-old males through use of excessive swearing and gratuitous sex and violence. Manhunt, and the sex minigame in God of War are some examples.

That's a good definition of an immature game, but certainly not a "kiddie" game, imo.  To me, "kiddie" implies that it is suitable for children, which neither of those are.

I don't know that you could ever come up with a concrete definition for "kiddie", but jblanks pre-commentary definition is probably the closest. 

My definition of a "kiddie game"  is a game directly marketed to a pre-teen audience, or a game based on an intellectual property that is geared for the pre-teen crowd.

FWIW, I don't think it's necessarily a negative connotation either.  I'd probably classify Final Fantasy Tactics as a "kiddie" game, and it's one of my all-time favorites.

EDIT:  Oops, I meant FF Tactics Advance, not the original FF Tactics.
10075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Media Create #'s for 2-26 through 3-4 on: March 09, 2007, 04:10:04 PM
Those DS numbers are just insane.  15.5 million...sheesh.

No wonder DQIX went DS exclusive!
10076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Mar/07 on: March 09, 2007, 02:46:26 PM
Come hell or high water, I AM finishing Final Fantasy VI this weekend!!  Of course, I've been saying that for the past 3 weeks and have ended up with little or no gaming time.  I'm also the point where I have to power level a bunch of characters I haven't used forever, which is really a drag.  I've spent 6 hours of game time this week doing nothing but leveling.  I just need to go push through that final dungeon and get this thing done.

With God of War 2 coming out next week, I'd like to have a clean gaming slate so I can concentrate on one game only.
10077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Mario Galaxy Trailer on: March 08, 2007, 10:05:01 PM
Well, that was...different.
10078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii release schedule to Q2 on: March 08, 2007, 08:27:48 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 08, 2007, 08:05:51 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 08, 2007, 06:27:21 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on March 08, 2007, 06:15:40 PM

Given the "video games are for kids" bias that we all deal with from non-gamers

I think a great deal of that bias is due to games like Pokemon and Viva Pinata.  I also have a hard time playing games with "kiddyfied" graphics and themes.  Someone mentioned Advance Wars above.  I enjoy the game, but I think I would like it better if it didn't have the quirky story and kiddy graphics. 

I agree. Advance Wars is fine, but that bizarre ass storyline and the anime-esque graphics are a turn off. Why not just make that game in a modern, realistic environment?

While I wouldn't like to see the change (I thought the look & story of Advance Wars was fine), it would interesting to see how a "seriious" Advance Wars-style game would sell compared to the current iteration.   In some ways, I think that would appeal to a far more niche audience than the current game (i.e. the grognard-type), but thats just my opinion.
10079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "I don't think [losing GTA exclusivity] hurts us. ... I really don't." on: March 08, 2007, 07:18:38 PM
Interesting that the PS3 list didn't include God of War.  Seems a little silly to leave off one of the 800 pound gorillas, no?

Come to think of it, has God of War 3 been officially announced?  I know everyone is just expecting it based on the success of the first two, but maybe there hasn't been anything official yet.
10080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii release schedule to Q2 on: March 08, 2007, 05:26:55 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on March 08, 2007, 05:14:34 PM

Exactly. Those Nintendo titles will arrive eventually (and I imagine some third party gems as well) but they're just not there yet for me to pull the trigger. I figure by the time I do I'll have about 10-15 solid retail titles to go back and play in addition to the VC releases. B

This is where I'm at as well.  I'm a little gunshy since I purchased the Gamecube twice for their AAA titles (Zelda & RE4), and ended up not liking either one and selling the system.  There will have to be a couple "WOW!" games other than Zelda before I buy a Wii, and I don't see anything on the radar that fits that mold for me yet.
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