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10041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360... on: March 19, 2007, 05:15:21 PM
Hey, quit jinxing me!!
10042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weeken Recap 3-19-2007: The Hangover Edition on: March 19, 2007, 03:16:21 PM
Finished up God of War 2, and spent a couple more hours with Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.  I just can't seem to get enough of that game!
10043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Baten Kaitos Origins on: March 19, 2007, 01:49:45 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 19, 2007, 10:25:55 AM

Baten Kaitos (of which Origins is a prequel) is a great game, and from what I've played of Origins (I'm about 20 hours in), it's even better.  The artwork is beautiful, the voice acting is excellent (whereas it was pretty bad in the original BK), and the battles are fun.

I heard rumors they were making the card battle "time-limit" mechanic faster for Origins.  Is this true?  That was the main thing that killed the original for me.  Having all of a nanosecond to choose your card ultimately destroyed any fun I was having.

I still think the original is one of the most beautiful games I've ever played, and I'm really looking forward to the DS version.
10044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/19) on: March 19, 2007, 01:34:36 PM
Possibly Puzzle Quest, but with my 360 purchase I might need to pick up a few games for it instead.
10045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360... on: March 19, 2007, 01:15:25 PM
Bah, getting this thing on-line is going to be an absolute bitch.  I don't really want to spend the extra $150'ish for the wireless adapter and a wireless router, but the only other option is figuring out a way to run a 100 foot cable through the rafters to the family room.  Given the unique layout of our house, I'm not even entirely sure that's possible.  Maybe I just need to have Comcast come install another jack by the TV.  There's already a cable TV outlet there, maybe they can just piggyback off that.

I knew there was a good reason I hadn't played online before.

10046  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS Xbox 360 Premium system with 4 games, 2 controllers on: March 19, 2007, 11:46:19 AM

Quote from: Jag on March 19, 2007, 03:10:39 AM

Good deal. Looks like Gratch snatched it up though biggrin

Yep.  Can't wait!!  smile
10047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360.. on: March 19, 2007, 02:06:06 AM
Thanks for the info Brendan, that'll be a big help.

Just remember, you guys aren't allowed to laugh at me if I actually get online to play.  slywink
10048  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: March 19, 2007, 01:00:49 AM
+1 to Louis Cypher for quick payment on God of War 2
10049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I'm getting a 360 (and a Gamertag!) on: March 19, 2007, 12:55:23 AM
Looks like I'm getting a pretty good deal on a month-old used 360.  A couple questions:

1.  Can you buy any kind of warranty protection direct through MS on used systems, or are you just on your own.  Also, if it was purchased recently, does the 1 year warranty applies even if it's not the original owner?
2.  You don't have to be online to play, right?  It might be another month or so before I can get the stuff to either go wireless or run cables from the office to the family room.
3.  The Premium system is the better one, correct?

Thanks!
10050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have a new must, must, must have game... on: March 19, 2007, 12:10:45 AM
Wow, that's pretty impressive.  I really need to find a way to get a 360 soon.
10051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack(ass) Thompson sued by Take Two on: March 18, 2007, 08:55:58 PM
Quote
(Take Two’s law firm) Blank Rome… has, by this remarkable lawsuit, laid bare precisely what it is about - the silencing and destruction of Take-Two’s most abiding and most successful critic.

Or maybe, just maybe, they're just tired of paying the legal fees associated with defending themselves against your baseless and ridiculous lawsuits?
10052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: March 18, 2007, 08:46:08 PM
Just finished this afternoon, and it's a fantastic game from start to finish.  It did seem a bit more puzzle-heavy than the first one, but nothing too tough to figure out.  Bummed about the cliffhanger ending though, since I won't have a PS3 for a long, long time.  frown

A solid 10/10 from me. 
10053  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: God of War 2 (and GoW1) on: March 18, 2007, 08:43:15 PM
**SOLD**

$40 shipped for God of War 2, $50 shipped for both God of War 1 & 2.

Shoot me a PM if interested.
10054  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 18, 2007, 02:32:18 PM
I'll add NBA Street as well.  Paypal for shipping will be forthcoming as well.   nod
10055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN's Top 25 PC Games of All Time on: March 18, 2007, 12:23:00 AM
I agree, strange list.  Surely Diablo II gets on there somewhere.  And no love for the Thief games?
10056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 17, 2007, 08:16:11 PM
10057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 17, 2007, 05:31:47 PM
Got a chance to spend more time with the demo, and I'm liking the game even more.  The "capture" bit is hard as hell, though, and I haven't even been able to capture the first skeleton.  It's even got a somewhat interesting storyline, which surprised me for a puzzle game. 

The only thing I don't really like is the reliance on luck.  There've been a couple times I had my opponent on the ropes, only to have a lucky stream of +5 skulls fall in from the top.  But I suppose there's no getting around that in this sort of game, and it's a minor annoyance at best.
10058  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vampire DVD movies! on: March 17, 2007, 04:04:19 PM
I really liked Shadow of the Vampire.  It's not necessarily scary or gory, but I thought the acting was terrific (especially from Dafoe) and the story was interesting.
10059  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 16, 2007, 04:55:18 PM
I'll take Tenchu:  Wrath of Heaven for round 2.  Thanks again!!
10060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 16, 2007, 02:42:23 PM
OK, I'm confused.  Are they releasing a full PC-only version?  I'd almost rather get that than try to play on the small DS screens, but their official site still only says it's coming out for PSP/DS.

The lack of a registration option (as Eddie mentioned) almost makes me think this is just some sort of "teaser" version for people to get the feel of the game.  Strange.  icon_confused
10061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vampire DVD movies! on: March 16, 2007, 02:17:17 PM
Didn't they do a "Salem's Lot" movie?  I remember the book scared the hell out of me, and I vaguely remember a movie version.
10062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 16, 2007, 01:46:55 PM
Thanks Eddie, that demo completely sold me.  I never thought that HOMM3 meets Bejeweled would work...but it does!
10063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/mar/07 on: March 16, 2007, 01:18:35 PM
God of War 2
Planescape:  Torment
10064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: March 16, 2007, 12:27:19 AM

Quote from: rrmorton on March 15, 2007, 11:32:24 PM

Buttfuck. I've been playing it for two more hours and still can't beat it. I must be missing something glaringly obvious, but I don't think it's in the environment. I think it's a control maneuver that I've forgotten about. Or something. I dunno.

I've played it so much, I can fight and defeat the different enemies and just keep going as long as I'm careful. I just can't close the deal at the very end of the fight.

I'm playing on God mode, the hardest of the 3 available difficulty levels. You have to unlock the fourth.

Thanks for the spoiler tag, KD. I forgot about that in the midst of my rage.

Back to it.


Huh, I just played through that same spot, and I didn't have any trouble with it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
As soon as he starts to hang, I ran around underneath him hitting O, and Kratos will latch on.  Granted, I was both running and jumping around when I tried to latch onto him, but I'm pretty sure it happened while I was standing on the ground. 

EDIT:  Apparently you figured it out as I was typing.  Good jorb.

10065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Need A game Recommendation For A Vacation on: March 15, 2007, 06:04:29 PM
Not technically a DS game, but I'd go with Final Fantasy VI Advance.  Just finished it last weekend and it's one of the best RPG's I've ever played.
10066  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Man Test on: March 15, 2007, 01:58:54 PM
Take the Man Test here.  It's a pretty good test, actually.  smile

62% for me.  Apparently I'm not very manly today.  frown

10067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: March 15, 2007, 01:32:41 PM
Was able to put in about 2 hours last night.  Impressions are pretty simple:  if you enjoyed the first game, you'll enjoy this one more.  If you didn't like the first game, this one won't do anything to change your mind.

Combat is tight, the sense of scale is incredible, the set pieces are fantastic, and the violence and gore are there in spades.  In fact, the violence is so over-the-top that it's amusing.  When Mrs. Gratch watched me tear a guys arm off and beat him to death with it, she burst out laughing at the ridiculousness of it.    The first couple boss battles are just brilliant, and the flying segments are awesome as well.

I've really only got 2 concerns:

1.  How well the game will hold up through 12-14 hours (what I understand the length to be).  In the first two hours, I've already encountered nearly every "Wow" moment that we saw in the trailers.  It's been fantastic so far, but I'm hoping the game can keep this good of a pace throughout.

2.  Maybe it's because I recently played through GoW1, but much of GoW2 so far seems like more of the same.  Outside of the boss battles, you're still fighting the same footsoldiers, minotaurs, archers, medusas, and annoying flying guys that you did in the first game.  I was hoping for some new monsters, but maybe they come in later.
10068  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 11 Million of yours to US = OK. A couple guys putting out a fire not ok? on: March 14, 2007, 08:59:48 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on March 14, 2007, 08:42:20 PM

Since you all seem to argue that these illegals are merely going to fill the roles that we choose not to. I would also bring up the point that our society doesn't need to bring in another million housemaids, fruit pickers or taxi cab drivers. We're falling behind scientifically and technologically. We need immigrants that can contribute to the future success of our country - not ones that can take care of of a cleanup on Aisle 3.

I agree that we would be better served with those that make a better contribution.  However, no matter how many quality immigrants we get, the fact remains that "cleanup on aisle 3" and "fruit picking" will still need to be done.  Whether it's done by illegals or US citizens is the main point of contention.

To quote the honorable Judge Smails, "The world needs ditch diggers too!".  smile
10069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Namco confirms a Summer release for Culdcept Saga on: March 14, 2007, 07:28:28 PM
Are they going to take out the cheating AI this time around?  Other than that not-so-small issue, Culdcept was a great game!
10070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: March 14, 2007, 06:30:39 PM
I'm working from home today, and my copy is sitting next to my desk just mocking me.  I swear I heard a sinister laugh come from it's direction earlier.

Just 3 1/2 more hours to go!!   crybaby
10071  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vampire DVD movies! on: March 14, 2007, 12:34:38 PM
What about Brahm Stoker's Dracula?  Sure, it was cheezy, but I rather liked it.
10072  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flame Warriors: Which one are you? on: March 14, 2007, 12:30:47 PM

Quote from: Zimix on March 14, 2007, 12:17:30 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on March 13, 2007, 05:50:42 PM

See you in a week.

He didn't even make it 24 hours.

Sheesh, just let it go guys.
10073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 to Xbox 360 on: March 14, 2007, 12:09:32 PM

Quote from: Kobra on March 13, 2007, 11:44:48 PM

Quote from: Arkon on March 13, 2007, 01:18:51 PM

Didn't see this posted anywhere else so thought I would pass it along.

http://previews.teamxbox.com/xbox-360/1562/Sacred-2-Fallen-Angel/p1/

I was a pretty big fan of the original Sacred.  Nice to see it coming to the 360!

You know, I am thinking it is going to get really hard to decide whether to buy PC version or Xbox360 version of many upcoming games.. Given I am sick of upgrading PC's, the 360 is sure pulling ahead when given either option.

+1.  I just bought a new mid-range system last summer, and it's already having a hard time keeping up with the newer games.  I'm sick of dumping $800 every couple years just to keep up, so the next purchase will be a new console.

Could you imagine having to buy a new 360 or PS3 every 2 years because it can't handle the new stuff?
10074  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 11 Million of yours to US = OK. A couple guys putting out a fire not ok? on: March 14, 2007, 02:48:08 AM

Quote from: Kobra on March 13, 2007, 11:52:21 PM

From that same article;

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In the fields, he said, "the pay is so low, the benefits nonexistent, the conditions so harsh

See thats the problem, they WOULD find Americans for the jobs if they paid better, had realistic working hours, and reasonable working conditions.  I know 400,000 unemployed in Michigan that would LOVE a reasonably good job.  The fact is, these companies want to pay $2.00 a day for Illegals and line their pockets with the profits.  They are no better than the cotton plantation slave owners of days past.

We did *JUST FINE* for many decades without using illegals, so whats the problem?  Ok, so they have to raise the price of a head of lettuce from 99cents to $1.49 to cover the increased labor costs - SO WHAT!  I'd rather pay a bit more for stuff and see Americans working those jobs than what we have now.



Well, that's the Catch-22 I was referring to.  No one wants the jobs because the pay and benefits are shit, and the pay and benefits are shit because the companies (most likely) can't afford to pay for American workers.  Is there a middle ground to benefit both parties?  Probably.  But I don't see us moving towards it. 

Also, to use your analogy, I don't think we're talking about raising the price of lettuce from $.99 to $1.49.  Playing American workers even miniumum wage (plus benefits, etc.) would increase labor costs over 200%.  Are Americans willing to pay $4.00 for lettuce instead?  $5.00?  I'm sure some would be, but then you end up with an entirely new set of problems with low-income US citizens not being able to even afford food.

Which is the greater evil?  I dunno.
10075  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 11 Million of yours to US = OK. A couple guys putting out a fire not ok? on: March 13, 2007, 11:14:58 PM

Quote from: Kobra on March 13, 2007, 10:10:34 PM

Do you really believe that?  I saw some CEO of some building company bitching that they can't  hire Americans even for $40 an hour, so they are forced to hire $10 an hour illegals.. I call BULLSHIT on that one!  Proof?  Well one example was that big meat packing place that got raided and they hauled off 400 illegals.   The NEXT DAY well over 1,000 AMERICANS were lining up trying to get those jobs..  So much for the story that those Illegals are going jobs Americans don't want eh?

On the flip side, let's look at a case that wasn't plastered all over the news for weeks before they offered the jobs to Americans. 

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Jack Vessey said he listed openings for 300 laborers at the state office of employment last week to prepare the lettuce fields for harvest. "We got one person," he said. "He showed up and said, 'I'm not going to do that.' "

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Yuma Mayor Larry Nelson, a Republican, said he once believed the border should be closed entirely. Responsibility for his community's economic health has changed his mind, he said.

"We have more jobs in America than we have workers," he said. "If you took every illegal out of the United States right now, you would shut down the food industry, the vast majority of the hotels and all the service industries. If you stop [immigration], this nation will come to a screeching halt."

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but yeah, I do believe it would cause huge problems.  Again, I'm not saying we don't need to tighten things down.  I just imagine the uproar from the general public would be massive when the inevitable product shortages started happening.  Is your average Joe Schmo willing to "do without" in order to prevent illegal workers?  I highly doubt it.

Something does need to be done.  However, I'm not in favor of killing off entire industries to solve the problem.  There's got to be a happy medium somewhere.
10076  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 11 Million of yours to US = OK. A couple guys putting out a fire not ok? on: March 13, 2007, 09:20:35 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on March 13, 2007, 09:12:47 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 13, 2007, 09:02:16 PM

Quote from: noun on March 13, 2007, 08:46:54 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on March 13, 2007, 07:54:46 PM

America should be a gated community where we control exactly who we let in and when. End of story.

Then you're going to need to do something about the American companies and individiuals that knowingly employ illegals because they can get away with paying them less. And by "doing something" I mean "fine the fuckers". Unless you think all the lawn care company workers, housekeepers, field workers and general laborers have the funds and ability to create fake IDs on their own...

And herein lies a major problem.  If we do "fine the fuckers" to the point that they quit hiring illegals, then most of these lawn care, housekeeping, and general laborer companies are simply going to go belly-up.  Then what?

I'm not advocating one way or the other on the issue, but we've created quite a Catch-22 with the situation.

Gee what ever will the law breakers do if we stop them from being able to break the law.   I guess I dont care one bit.

That wasn't really my point.  I'm not saying that we should feel sorry for the business owners if they have to shut down.  I just think it will cause some major economic ripples if we suddenly lose 30% (or whatever the percentage of illegals is) of our general labor force.

Again, I'm not saying we shouldn't crack down on illegal workers.  I'm just saying that we all need to be prepared for what will happen if/when we do.
10077  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 11 Million of yours to US = OK. A couple guys putting out a fire not ok? on: March 13, 2007, 09:02:16 PM

Quote from: noun on March 13, 2007, 08:46:54 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on March 13, 2007, 07:54:46 PM

America should be a gated community where we control exactly who we let in and when. End of story.

Then you're going to need to do something about the American companies and individiuals that knowingly employ illegals because they can get away with paying them less. And by "doing something" I mean "fine the fuckers". Unless you think all the lawn care company workers, housekeepers, field workers and general laborers have the funds and ability to create fake IDs on their own...

And herein lies a major problem.  If we do "fine the fuckers" to the point that they quit hiring illegals, then most of these lawn care, housekeeping, and general laborer companies are simply going to go belly-up.  Then what?

I'm not advocating one way or the other on the issue, but we've created quite a Catch-22 with the situation.
10078  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flame Warriors: Which one are you? on: March 13, 2007, 07:23:38 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 13, 2007, 07:19:09 PM

Man, I hate it when I miss a week of my soaps. I feel so left out. frown

Could I die of a brain tumor? I wanna return and kidnap Brendan and hold him hostage. He's got phat lewt.

I heard forum TIVO is part of the next software upgrade.
10079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 to Xbox 360 on: March 13, 2007, 06:34:47 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 13, 2007, 05:33:10 PM

From the Gamespot preview -
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You will once again roam around a large virtual world, slaying all manner of monsters left and right and pursuing up to 650 side quests, only in this case the world is going to be much larger.

A much larger world than the first one?    icon_eek

That's my reaction as well.  I remember spending about 12 hours with Sacred 1, covering what felt like hundreds of game miles, thenseeing that I had explored something like 21% of the game world.
10080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: March 13, 2007, 05:59:36 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on March 13, 2007, 05:53:13 PM



Heh, that's awesome.   nod
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