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10041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 29, 2007, 03:33:39 AM








10042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 29, 2007, 03:23:55 AM
Was able to put in a couple more hours tonight.  Rampaging and pillaging my way through the Shire was an absolute blast.  Sweeping my minions around the room in a path of destruction whilst chucking fireballs brings an evil smile to my face.  I'm not sure how long the novelty will last, but it's great fun so far.

A couple minor gripes:

1.  The lack of any sort of map certainly makes things confusing at times.  Many of the rooms look the same, and you are forced to pay very close attention to where you're going.

2.  Checkpoint save system.  Blech.   icon_mad

3.  Seems like the minions are sometimes unresponsive.  I'll tell them to sweep around a room, and only half of them will go, or they'll take a completely different route, or they'll just stand and look at me.  Will probably get better as I become more familiar with the controls.

A question as well.  I just got my first batch of Reds, and there's a Red "hive" it says I'm required to move before proceeding.  It requires 10 Reds to move, but there are only enough red orbs to summon 8.  I can't continue until I move the hive, but I can't move the hive until I can find more red orbs.  Am I missing something?
10043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Screw "Nintendo is making money" they're almost as "big" as Sony... on: June 28, 2007, 09:13:13 PM
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Square Enix, another Japanese software major, has no plans to develop titles for the PS3 until sales improve enough to make the steep development costs financially worthwhile.

Wow, I hadn't heard that before.  That's a big, big deal.

It'll be interested to see how many systems FFXIII moves, and if that will have any effect on future SE development.
10044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 28, 2007, 03:36:29 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 28, 2007, 02:51:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 26, 2007, 09:01:39 PM

Nice review Ron!  smile 

After reading that and glancing at my backlog it dropped down to a 'day one' purchase to 'sometime next year' playthrough.

It normally would be for me as well, but I'm having such buyer's remorse on my 360 (it's basically a $400 Guitar Hero box right now) that I had to get something to play.  smile

Was only able to put in about an hour last night, so no real impressions yet.  Should finally get some gaming time tomorrow, so I'll put up some thoughts then.
10045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon release date(UK) on: June 28, 2007, 03:34:07 PM
Saying Blue Dragon is "sort of an RPG" would be like saying Halo is "sort of an FPS".  slywink

BD will be very similar to the old Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest games in many respects.  It's being developed the original Final Fantasy creator, and from the previews I've seen, looks like it has a very old-school JRPG feel.
10046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution on: June 28, 2007, 03:15:29 PM

Quote from: warning on June 28, 2007, 02:58:57 PM

http://ir.take2games.com/ReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=251368

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2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that it will publish Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution, the first next generation game designed by world famous game designer Sid Meier. Slated for a spring 2008 release for next generation consoles and handhelds, Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution is being developed by Firaxis Games™, 2K's world-renowned development studio.

Wii and DS seem like a no-brainer due to their input methods.  Sounds potentially great but I wonder what differences there will be between this and the PC versions?

Awesomeness.  Hell, I'd love just a straight port of Civ II on DS.
10047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: June 27, 2007, 06:30:15 PM

Quote from: Chaz on June 27, 2007, 06:12:02 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 27, 2007, 05:54:01 PM

Quote from: Chaz on June 27, 2007, 02:58:32 PM

I just found out that the voice of Jenny is provided Lauren Ambrose, who also played Claire on Six Feet Under.

Cool Points +1

Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) did the voice work for all the creatures as well.  Haven't heard it yet, but it's supposed to be pretty amazing considering they didn't do any kind of special effects or processing on it.

There's no post effects on that dude's voice?  Okay, now that's fairly impressive.

Patton can do absolutely incredible and bizzare things with his voice.  Check out Adult Themes for Voice sometime for a complete head-trip.
10048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: June 27, 2007, 05:54:01 PM

Quote from: Chaz on June 27, 2007, 02:58:32 PM

I just found out that the voice of Jenny is provided Lauren Ambrose, who also played Claire on Six Feet Under.

Cool Points +1

Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) did the voice work for all the creatures as well.  Haven't heard it yet, but it's supposed to be pretty amazing considering they didn't do any kind of special effects or processing on it.
10049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DIE HARD 4!!! on: June 27, 2007, 03:17:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 27, 2007, 02:35:49 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 27, 2007, 02:17:07 PM

After re-watching the first three films, however, I honestly have no idea how a PG-13 Die Hard is possible. 

maybe I'm massively de-sensitized to violence, but I'm having trouble figuring out how the other ones got an R rating.   I blame FX  icon_wink

F-bombs every other word probably have something to do with it.
10050  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DIE HARD 4!!! on: June 27, 2007, 02:17:07 PM
I got a free ticket with the Die Hard DVD boxset I bought last weekend, so it's a no brainer for me.  I love the series, and am pretty excited for this one.

After re-watching the first three films, however, I honestly have no idea how a PG-13 Die Hard is possible. 
10051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ratatouille on: June 27, 2007, 02:15:10 PM
While the previews for Ratatouille do absolutely nothing to get me interested, Brad Bird and Pixar can do no wrong in my book.  Probably not a Day one showing, but I'm sure I'll see this one during it's theater run.
10052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ratatouille on: June 27, 2007, 11:47:47 AM

Quote from: mytocles on June 27, 2007, 06:49:05 AM

Was wondering though, about one quote... "Easily the best Pixar film since A Bug's Life, Ratatouille is deliciously delightful, wonderfully sweet and drop-dead gorgeous."

Does anyone think that the last, best Pixar film was "A Bug's Life"? Seems to me, though very good, that just about every one since then has been as good, or better.  icon_confused

Yeah, that's kind of strange.  I think "Bug's Life" is easily the weakest of all the Pixar movies, and it seems strange they would use it as the basis of comparison.
10053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: June 26, 2007, 09:15:05 PM
After a couple dry months, their release schedule the last month has been absolutely fantastic.  My 1-year "special" subscription is up in October, and I'll definitely be resubscribing.  There's a ton of old games on there that I never got a chance to play the first time around.   It is absolutely worth the minimal subscription fee.
10054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 26, 2007, 09:01:39 PM
Nice review Ron!  smile 
10055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I've never watched Red vs. Blue on: June 26, 2007, 05:50:37 PM
I thought Red vs. Blue was hilarious, but haven't watched it in a long time.  Should probably catch up.
10056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/25) on: June 25, 2007, 07:05:31 PM

Quote from: depward on June 25, 2007, 06:26:57 PM

I'm out on Grim Grimoire - this is a dealbreaker for me (taken from IGN):

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Battles that last 45 minutes or more aren't unheard of in Grim. Heck, when I got to one of the final showdowns, I was spending 80 and 90 minutes trying to take out a stubborn group of hell spawn. For the most part, I didn't mind the lengthy gameplay sessions, but I don't have a life and get to play these things at work. If you don't get to game for 10 hours a day, you're going to have a sticking point with Grim.

Namely, there's no way to save mid-battle.

Crap, that means I'm out as well.  Carving out 45 minutes in one sitting is a major stretch for me, and 90 minutes is pretty much impossible.  Oh well.
10057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/25) on: June 25, 2007, 06:26:25 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 25, 2007, 05:42:39 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 25, 2007, 05:09:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 25, 2007, 04:34:14 PM



EDIT TO ADD: Carcasonne is coming to XBLA this week!   I will get that.  I think Carcasonne will be more accessible and a bigger hit than Catan was.

Ohhhhhh!  In for Carcasonne! 

I have the demo of Overlord but haven't fired it up yet, I'll try it out and see if it is worth my cash.
Man this sucks-Carcasonne looks really good and like something I might enjoy, but I purchased Catan and all of you just stopped playing it that same week. I still have yet to get in a multiplayer game.

Same here.  I tried playing some MP Catan a few times (both with the GT/OO crew, and against random people), but it was always really flaky.  Horrible lag, timeouts, dropped connections, etc.  Consequently, I haven't even fired it up for over a month.

As interesting as Carcasonne looks, I'm afraid it would end up the same way, so I'm passing on it for now.
10058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/25) on: June 25, 2007, 02:24:07 PM
Overlord, and possibly Grim Grimoire
10059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness on: June 25, 2007, 01:59:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 25, 2007, 03:09:44 AM

Quote from: Eightball on June 25, 2007, 12:08:10 AM

I promise if you start playing Baldur's Gate 2, you won't have any such backlog issue.

Promise!

I decided to put that play through off for a bit, but I am planning a Baldurs Gate-Planescape-Icewind Dale mega marathon at some point.

That's nearly a Warning-esque undertaking.  Good luck.
10060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin (for Men) 6-24-2007: KD's Retirement Celebration! (NSFW) on: June 24, 2007, 12:57:03 PM
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* CeeKay cues up 'Thanks for the Memories'

Shouldn't that be thanks for the mammaries?
10061  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: June 22, 2007, 09:59:16 PM
+1 to jblank for a second round of DVD's
10062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 22, 2007, 02:37:22 PM
8/10 from Eurogamer.

This can't get here fast enough!
10063  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I freaking <3 LOLcats on: June 22, 2007, 02:27:48 PM
Today's LOLcat/bear/turtle/frog/etc. update.   Enjoy!  smile













































10064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin Poll(redux) - Does it really belong here? on: June 22, 2007, 02:12:31 AM
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So we've got mytocles, a long time Gone Gold/Console Gold/Gaming Trend reader, who posts that she was so offended by a picture in the "This is Fun" thread that she didn't want to read past the first page.  So offended that when we're talking about the Sunday Skin posts, she recalls this car hood picture from another thread as a perfect example of a demeaning picture that could drive away someone such as herself.

And then someone goes and bumps the three year old picture up with the latest postings in the thread.

FWIW, I have no problem with the Sunday Skin or "This is Fun" threads, and also thought that was unnecessary and in rather poor taste.   thumbsdown
10065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 21, 2007, 11:40:00 PM




Furry snail?
10066  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you exercise? on: June 21, 2007, 01:53:03 PM
No, but I really need to.  Finding time (and motivation) in my 70 hour work week is tough.  frown
10067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Sim City Impressions on: June 20, 2007, 10:47:13 PM
I was going to grab it, but some of the early reviews are scaring me off a bit.  Will probably wait until I can find a used copy.

Love your avatar, BTW.  smile
10068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: June 20, 2007, 06:22:49 PM
I've had very little gaming time as well.  Just got through the Mythril Mines in pursuit of Sephiroth.
10069  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: So what happened? on: June 20, 2007, 02:44:31 PM

Quote from: mytocles on June 19, 2007, 03:06:22 AM

LMAO... Ron, really - please do NOT apologize, omg!  You are hysterical!!! This is the Best Site Ever, and a tiny glitch in the gig is to be expected occasionally.  Now, if only someone would talk about MY game... /sigh...

Remember everyone, don't take anything for granted - we have been blessed, really - this place is The Best, Ron is The Best, everyone here is The Best... AND...

Speak for yourself.   I demand a refund for my troubles, and am considering filing a lawsuit for the emotional distress I experienced by actually having to do a full day of work.  Expect to be hearing from my high-powered army of lawyers soon, Ron.

Can we just make it standard forum procedure to blame any forum problems on CeeKay from now on?
10070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [GBA]Final Fantasy 6 on: June 20, 2007, 11:21:31 AM
My final impressions are here, and there's a ton of good impressions in that thread.

To sum it up:  If you've never played it before, I would put FFVI far, far above any of the games on your list.  I played through it pretty recently for the first time, and it truly is an amazing game. 
10071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/18) on: June 20, 2007, 01:49:18 AM
The deafening silence around Simcity DS has me a little concerned.  I loved the old SimCity games back in the day, and was hoping for a decent iteration on the DS.  Looks like the only recent reviews have been pretty poor, and there's surprisingly little press (previews, etc.) for a game that comes out tomorrow.

Looks like I'll probably need to wait for a rental or used copy.
10072  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where's the Sunday Skin 6-17-07? Oh, wait a minute- here it is! (NSFW) on: June 20, 2007, 01:11:14 AM


The other two are 'meh', but good lord Kate (far left) is drool worthy.   drool
10073  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pre-order our new album and come see us on tour! on: June 20, 2007, 01:07:19 AM
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13 Jul 2007   Burt's Tiki Lounge w/ DIEMONSTERDIE    Salt Lake City, Utah

If I'm in town that night (travel plans still up in the air), then I'm there.  But only if you send me the unedited cover picture.  slywink
10074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 20, 2007, 01:05:19 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 20, 2007, 12:40:35 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on June 20, 2007, 12:26:25 AM

If this is the first true JRPG on the 360 I cannot see it winning over many people who aren't JRPG fans already.

It's not about converting non-JRPG fans.  Instead it's about converting JRPG fans to the 360 from Sony consoles which have dominated the genre the past two generations. 

Exactly.  Last gen, PS2 was really the only choice for JRPG's.  So if BD can convert a few of us JRPG nuts over to 360, then it's a huge win for the system.  Reality is, if people aren't already JRPG fans then they're probably not going to be.

And truth be told, it worked - at least with me.  BD is one of the main reasons I chose a 360 over a PS3 at this point.
10075  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: June 19, 2007, 07:37:07 PM
+1 to jblank for the Fifth Element DVD
10076  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robot Chicken Star Wars on: June 19, 2007, 03:08:59 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on June 19, 2007, 12:24:18 AM

Wow, Mark Hamil played Luke! Not that he'd be busy... he's just a good sport.

Hamill actually does a ridiculous amount of voice work.  Glad he was able to find his niche post-Star Wars.
10077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/18) on: June 18, 2007, 07:02:06 PM
Possibly SimCity DS, depending on reviews.
10078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 18, 2007, 06:03:36 PM
I still love the old-school "enemy on one side, heroes on the other" combat, so that part makes me excited.  I get less excited, however, about the incredibly dull and lifeless environment they were running around in.

Still a day-one purchase for me.
10079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Psychonauts!!! on: June 18, 2007, 04:31:45 PM
Spent a few hours with Psychonauts over the weekend.  It certainly gets 10 out of 10 points for creativity, but didn't really grab me that much.  Got up to the:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Battle with the blueprint tank inside Raz's head

and I can't say that I've got a huge desire to keep playing.  Maybe it's because I've been spoiled recently by Tomb Raider:  Anniversary's epic levels, but the levels in Psychonauts didn't really seem that impressive to me.   It's not a bad game by any stretch, but certainly hasn't been the "OMG, best game evar!!11!" experience that I'd heard about.
10080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: June 18, 2007, 03:38:50 AM

Quote from: Loomi on June 17, 2007, 10:27:20 PM

I thought I saw in an interview somewhere that difficulty-wise they're trying to put GH3 in between GH1 and GH2.

thumbsdown  Outside of the top tier, I thought GH2 was maybe a little bit too easy in terms of difficulty, and would actually have liked a step up.
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