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10041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official Christmas Tree Picture Thread 2007 on: December 04, 2007, 11:03:34 PM
Our tree is never overly impressive, but is always special to us.  My family makes it a tradition to trade ornaments every year, so there's stuff on this tree that dates back 33 years.  There's stories that go with nearly every one of them, so it's fun to open the ornament box and start decorating. 



Santa Mouse (halfway down on the right) is the ornament I got on my first b-day, and has been the first ornament to go on the tree every year.   And yes, that is a Star Wars ornament section (Darth Vader even talks!).  smile  The Grinch & Abominable treetoppers were Mrs. Gratch's touch this year.

10042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 04, 2007, 10:30:21 PM
I don't suppose any of you guys have a support phone number for EA?  The only contact info I can find on their site is the automated e-mail form.

EDIT:  Never mind, I found it after RTFM.
10043  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 9/07) on: December 04, 2007, 10:24:19 PM
+1 to KC for Warhammer Squad Command
10044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 04, 2007, 07:46:58 PM
I know there's a LOLcat...er...hog caption here, but I can't think of one for the life of me.  So I'll just post the pic:

10045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 04, 2007, 06:36:22 PM
Thanks Grue.   I'm assuming your box was somewhat guitar sized?
10046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: December 04, 2007, 03:56:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 04, 2007, 03:53:57 PM

So far my main crew has been Ashley and Tali (grrl power!  icon_lol), poor Liara, Rex, Garrus and Kaiden have been mostly bopping around the Normandy as those 2 seem to be an effective combination so far.  The weapons available after you hit a million creds are very nice, maybe too nice  icon_wink

That's been my combination as well.  Tali is the only one that has high enough hacking and electronic skills to open stuff, and Ashley is a freaking tank.  Haven't run into too many problems yet, although a little behind you level-wise (32).
10047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 04, 2007, 03:54:37 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on December 04, 2007, 03:43:56 PM

I have to agree with Purge on this one.

They are not limiting you to the DEMO, they are just giving preferential treatment to Gold members. It's not like the DEMO will never be made available to everyone.
Paying members should get perks and that's just how it is. This is one of them.

I'm not necessarily against the model (don't really care either way).  I just don't understand why Culdcept Saga, of all games, would voluntarily choose to limit their exposure.  I can see making something like a GTA or Halo demo Gold-only.  This one just seems like a very strange choice.
10048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 04, 2007, 03:24:42 PM
Thanks for the heads-up Eddie.  I somewhat enjoyed the PS2 game, and was interested to at least see what they did with the 360 version.  There's certainly some potential there, but only if they cut out the rampant AI cheating that was was so prevalent in the original.

I agree with Dante, and am baffled at the Gold-only demo.   A game like this needs all the exposure it can possibly get, and to limit the amount of people that can see the demo seems like a really bad decision.
10049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeff Gerstmann fired from Gamespot for a review a publisher didn't like on: December 04, 2007, 02:30:34 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 04, 2007, 04:54:24 AM


I knew nothing about Kane & Lynch before this debacle.  I still know nothing about the game itself, other than the fact that I should avoid it at all costs, and should under no circumstances transfer money to anyone else in order to play it.  Bang-up marketing job Eidos!   thumbsup
10050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Four Final Fantasy's in one month? on: December 04, 2007, 02:39:25 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 04, 2007, 01:57:20 AM

130 hours ???!!!

There has never been a game in history that is worth 130 hours of your life.  That is rediculous.

I've put over 100 into both FF Tactics and FF Tactics Advance.  Loved every minute of it.
10051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Four Final Fantasy's in one month? on: December 03, 2007, 11:50:07 PM

Quote from: Canuck on December 03, 2007, 11:26:53 PM

I have a confession-I have never actually finished a FF game.  I beat FF Tactics but I played with a friend.  Played about 35 hours of FF7, 30 hours of FF9, and about 40 hours of FFX.  I never beat any of them though.  I'm wondering if it would be possible to go through and beat them all in the month of December.  Is it do you think?  If I start over from the beginning?  I don't have a job so that will help.  On the other hand I don't want to be sitting in front of the TV permanently for a month.  Is it possible to rush through them without doing too much grinding and very few sidequests and finish them in say 30 hours or 35 hours?

IIRC, first time through I beat FF7 in 35, FF9 in 45, and FFX in 40.  That's with a minimum of side quest, and just the requisite grinding to get all the way through.

That said, it would be a shit-ton of gaming for a single month.
10052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 03, 2007, 11:24:11 PM
I put in my RMA request a couple weeks ago, and today received my return box (just did the standard return, not the express).  The box is huge, and is obviously intended for the drum set.  It includes instructions on "packing your drum kit", but makes no mention of the guitar.  My guess is that they sent me the wrong return box, but I figured I'd see what other people had encountered with the return process.  The guitar will certainly fit in this box (it's huge), but I don't want to send it back if it's incorrect.

EDIT:  I love how there is absolutely no documentation on how to complete the return.  There are the extremely vague instructions on how to pack up the drum kit, 3 separate UPS labels (all with different tracking numbers), and that's it.   No idea which return label I'm supposed to put on the box, or what happens after I ship.  I assume they'll get it back and send out a replacement, but it would be nice to at least give me an idea of the process.
10053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/3) on: December 03, 2007, 06:23:14 PM
Nothing.

And CK's new avatar gives me a headache.  Make it stop!!
10054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favourite videogame music? on: December 03, 2007, 03:08:48 PM
A few personal favorites:

-  Xenogears Cried (live Celtic arrangements of the songs from Xenogears)
-  Beyond Good & Evil
-  Planescape:  Torment
-  Chrono Cross
-  Final Fantasy VII & IX Piano Collections
-  Tenchu
-  Heroes of Might & Magic III
-  Einhander
10055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 02, 2007, 03:01:51 PM

Quote from: Semaj on December 02, 2007, 10:42:23 AM


That was neat.
10056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 02, 2007, 02:57:52 PM

Quote from: Calvin on December 02, 2007, 08:47:09 AM

Quote from: Turtle on December 02, 2007, 08:40:55 AM

$169.99.  Costco sold it for $159.99.

Otherwise, it's the hot rare item of the season.

Really? I have seen one in every single solitary electronics store I have been in for the last week or so.

Best Buy, Circuit City, and Target all had stacks of them yesterday.
10057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got an email regarding my Rock Band guitar replacement... on: December 02, 2007, 02:56:15 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on December 02, 2007, 06:59:34 AM

Quote
Greetings Rocker,

Congratulations on your purchase of Rock Band!

After reviewing our records, we see that your recent request for a replacement guitar has been subject to an unacceptably long delay due to a late shipment from our manufacturer.

By the time you receive this, your replacement guitar should be on its way to you. However, the Rock Band team is committed to providing a world-class customer experience and we do not believe we have met this commitment in connection with your request. As a token of our appreciation for your patience and understanding, we will be offering you a FREE EA game. Details will follow shortly.

We are sorry if your first experience with Rock Band has not met your expectations. We hope our gift will show you how committed we are to your satisfaction.

Thank you,

The Rock Band Team

And I was just starting to get antsy about the replacement I requested the day after thanksgiving...

I'd love a copy of Skate...

I got the same e-mail this morning.  Gotta admit, that's a pretty cool move on EA's part.
10058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shouldn't having 20+ years of video game experience make me "decent" at them on: December 01, 2007, 05:17:50 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 01, 2007, 04:45:40 PM

When you play a particular game online these days in many cases you are playing people with much more experience than you at that particular game.

Very true.  I played the hell out of the original UT when it first came out, and was pretty damn good.  Nowadays, I'm lucky if I get a 10:1 death to kill ratio in any FPS game.  And console shooters?  Fuggedaboutit.  There's far too many good games to put a ton of time into just one.

Although if FF XII had multiplayer battles, I'm sure I'd kick some ass...  slywink
10059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wild ARMs Crossfire coming to North America on: November 30, 2007, 04:25:21 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 30, 2007, 03:24:14 PM

And here's a long trailer (with gameplay) from the Japanese version. Looks quite nice.

Damn, that does look good.  Very encouraging to see there will be some sort of job/class system.  Not sure about the cat doing 9,999 damage  though.  slywink
10060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 30, 2007, 04:20:53 PM

Quote from: faide on November 30, 2007, 06:54:29 AM

Definitely don't call them, just go here: http://support.ea.com/rockband
It's an online form just tell it what is faulty.  Pretty painless when you don't have to talk to anyone smile

I put in a return request last Wednesday.  When it was done, I got a screen listing both an RMA number and a UPS tracking number.  I didn't bother to write them down, since it said the info would be e-mailed to me.  Never did receive a confirmation e-mail, so I guess I should probably call and make sure the replacement is on the way.
10061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: November 30, 2007, 04:18:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 30, 2007, 08:02:45 AM

Quote from: BiggerBoat on November 30, 2007, 06:39:08 AM

150+ saves.

heh, I have about that many at 15 hours in with me doing alot of sidequests.  I have a tendency to save right before trying to open a locker, so if I screw up the sequence I just reload and try again instead of wasting the omni gel.

Man, I thought I was an excessive saver but you guys are nuts.  I just hit 20 hours and am on save #25.
10062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wild ARMs Crossfire coming to North America on: November 30, 2007, 12:22:56 PM
I'm not crazy about the WA series, but I'm always up for more SRPG goodness on the PSP.
10063  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Company Christmas Parties on: November 29, 2007, 08:47:50 PM
Our boss is taking our team of 15 and our spouses to Ruths Chris Steakhouse for dinner.  I've never been there (never been able to afford it), so I'm pretty excited.
10064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Upcoming Releases on: November 29, 2007, 08:00:55 PM
Ooooo, forgot about Lost Odyssey.  That one is definitely on the list.
10065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 07:53:08 PM

Quote from: jersoc on November 29, 2007, 07:37:40 PM

They know, hell we know, that if they were remotely close together GH3 would've gotten stomped.

Are you talking about release dates?   Because both games were released pretty close together (within a month, iirc), and GHIII came out way ahead. 
10066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Upcoming Releases on: November 29, 2007, 07:30:07 PM
Honestly can't say there's anything coming out that I have my eye on.  I'll probably try the Burnout game, but I doubt it'll be a day-one purchase.
10067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 06:50:47 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 29, 2007, 04:17:03 PM

I totally understand your opinions in that regard, I just think it's a little naive to declare that Guitar Hero is dead because of Rock Band.

Completely agree.  I certainly don't think the GH franchise is going anywhere, I just personally didn't care for this version.
10068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Unreal Tournament 3-who's in? on: November 29, 2007, 03:31:59 PM
Back in the day, I was really good at the original UT.  It's really the only online FPS I've been decent at, and I played the hell out of it.   Tried the UT3 demo a couple weeks ago, and got my ass completely handed to me over and over again.  Guess I've lost my twitch skills, so I'll skip this one.
10069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 03:12:00 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 29, 2007, 04:46:52 AM

Man, the GHIII hate here is almost palpable. 

For me, at least, it's not a matter of GHIII hate, but rather one of disappointment.   I understand a new developer needs some time to get the hang of things, but there are a ton of small things that GHIII gets wrong.   Shoddy graphics, piss-poor animation, screwy note charts, borked leaderboards, ridiculous boss battles, etc., etc.  It seems like Neversoft tried to fix something that wasn't broken, and ended up making it worse.  I really wanted to like GHIII, but simply put, it just wasn't any fun.

By comparison, even in solo mode, RB tends to get most of these little things right.    The crowd sings along with you when you're doing well.  The stage lighting and animations correspond to what's going on in the song.  The note charts feel more natural and more like playing a real guitar.  I can see everyone on my friends list on the leaderboards.  The list goes on and on.  Some of it is experience with the genre, but a lot of it is simply common sense.

I really hope Neversoft can right the ship with the next GH game.   I'd love nothing more than to be able to play 2 fun, well-done rhythm games.   We shall see...
10070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 02:55:00 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 29, 2007, 01:11:36 PM


You can't just turn off the controller, you have to log out of your gamertag.  This is how it works on any game with info tied to a gamertag.  You bring up the guide, press X to sign out, choose yes, then you can sign on using any of the other controls.  You don't have to turn off anything, controllers or console.  You DO have to log out.  If you turn off the controller without logging out, your gamertag is still logged on that controller and the console is just waiting for the controller to come back on and will not free up your gamertag. 

That makes more sense, thanks.  I've never needed to log out of my gamertag before, so I wasn't sure how it worked.
10071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 01:00:45 PM

Quote from: disarm on November 29, 2007, 05:04:53 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 29, 2007, 04:46:52 AM

...the player selection interface and mechanic is sloppy and just not well thought out (depending on which controller has my live tag attached to it, I have to power down my xbox and unplug said controller to switch over to another controller to play a different instrument if the first one isn't going to be used, for instance)

you do realize you can just hit the guide button on the controller you don't want to use, sign out by hitting X, then hit the guide button on the desired controller to sign back in don't you?  you never have to unplug anything or power down the console.  it is a bit annoying considering that you never had to do anything of the sort for GH though

I have this problem as well.  Once i either turn off a second controller or switch to a new one (i.e. guitar to drums), the game won't allow me to log in with my gamertag unless I completely restart. 
10072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 28, 2007, 08:27:24 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on November 28, 2007, 07:55:43 PM

Quote from: jersoc on November 28, 2007, 07:37:33 PM

They are going to ride that name for another game, but that's it. It will not last pass 4.

Considering the rumor that GH4 will be exclusively focused on Aerosmith, it might not last past 3.  icon_lol

You serious Clark?
10073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 28, 2007, 02:57:40 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 28, 2007, 02:32:24 PM

I actualy like the RB interface much better.  I see HOs/POs better and I love how they tell you which star you are working on instead of hiding it.

Overall, I like the RB interface much better.  However, I have a really hard time differentiating the long and short notes for HO/PO.  This is about the only interface or graphic issue I think GH has the edge with.
10074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 28, 2007, 12:21:36 PM

Quote from: KingWank on November 28, 2007, 08:56:05 AM

I saw an article on Kotaku where some chob tried to compare the guitar difficulty from RB on expert to previous games.  It was considered equal to GH2 on hard mode.  What a pile of crap.   

Actually, I'd say that comparison is just about right.   RB guitar on Expert is far, far easier than either GH2 or 3 on Expert, with the exception of Green Grass & High Tides.  I haven't played any of the DLC yet, so I'm not sure how it stacks up.
10075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your GH/RB skill level? on: November 27, 2007, 10:15:46 PM
I'm pretty good.  Was able to 5-star everything but the last couple Expert tiers on GH1 & 2.  Also completed everything but Raining Blood and the final boss battle on GH3 on my first run through.

I'm decent on RB drums (helps that I've played drums IRL), but have so far hit the wall on the 5th Expert tier.  frown
10076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 27, 2007, 06:09:26 PM

Quote from: Loomi on November 27, 2007, 05:30:36 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 27, 2007, 05:08:48 PM

Does Solo Career count for leaderboards?  I played In Bloom on drums and went to check Leaderboards for Solo and it said I hadn't played a song yet.
Yup.  Sometimes it just doesn't update right away.  I had the same thing happen to me last week, but the next day my score was there.


I'm usually seeing about a 5-10 minute delay before scores show up on the leaderboards.
10077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 27, 2007, 01:03:05 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 27, 2007, 05:19:20 AM

I love that RB is not impossible. 

"Impossible" would be a very good word to describe the Expert drum campaign.
10078  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 27, 2007, 02:07:58 AM






10079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect-I'm Cursed. CURSED I tell You! on: November 27, 2007, 02:01:27 AM
I was fully expecting mine to die sometime during the running of the AC/Rock Band/Mass Effect gauntlet.  I just didn't expect it to happen the day before.
10080  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: Warhammer Squad Command (PSP) on: November 26, 2007, 08:20:25 PM
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