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10041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Defective Guitar Hero II [360] guitars on: April 26, 2007, 01:33:51 PM

Quote from: kathode on April 11, 2007, 05:37:41 PM

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.  I've got one of the defective models and it works fine, so why bother with the hassle of a return? 

Same here.  Whammy bar on my 055 model works just fine.
10042  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 26, 2007, 05:12:21 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on April 26, 2007, 04:38:49 AM

Taking a photograph and then saying "Is this you? Cuz I'm gonna beat the shit of you"  now that's up in the air. 

That's pretty much what I was referring to.
10043  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 26, 2007, 04:34:13 AM

Quote from: Kobra on April 26, 2007, 03:45:56 AM

Or better yet, I could go over, photograph his home, him walking around his home, and his car, and you can email him saying "I have enough data to have you dealt with, this isn't your car is it?  Is this you eating a Big Mac?

I'm no lawyer, but that's got to be a lawsuit waiting to happen...
10044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: April 26, 2007, 04:30:39 AM
Thanks Ron.  Bummer about any mid-mission saves.  Some of the gigantic missions of the previous games were fantastic, right up until either the insta-death or boss fight you couldn't quite figure out.   Side note:  This is something else I've never been able to figure out about the Tenchu series.  Why is it that you sneak around the entire level, avoiding any and all detection, then they always throw you into a giant melee battle against the level boss?  That always seemed silly to me.

The smell thing sounds pretty gimmicky to me.  Is it implemented well?
10045  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW - Robosapien Love - NSFW on: April 26, 2007, 04:22:42 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 26, 2007, 01:13:46 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 25, 2007, 10:36:31 PM

Not to be a prude, but is GT really the place for this sort of thing?  I have no problems with full-on pr0n videos (which - let's face it - this is), but I hardly think we need to put direct links to them in our forum. 

And before anyone asks:

1.  Yes, I did see the NSFW disclaimer and
2.  Yes, I know about the Sunday Skin threads (imo, there's a pretty distinct line between scantily clad models and close up video of a chick getting rammed with a dildo)

Just my $.02.  Carry on...

I think someone watched the video and just has penis envy  Tongue

Proportionally?  Abso-freaking-lutely.
10046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW - Robosapien Love - NSFW on: April 25, 2007, 10:36:31 PM
Not to be a prude, but is GT really the place for this sort of thing?  I have no problems with full-on pr0n videos (which - let's face it - this is), but I hardly think we need to put direct links to them in our forum. 

And before anyone asks:

1.  Yes, I did see the NSFW disclaimer and
2.  Yes, I know about the Sunday Skin threads (imo, there's a pretty distinct line between scantily clad models and close up video of a chick getting rammed with a dildo)

Just my $.02.  Carry on...
10047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: POLL: Did the GHII patch mess up your 360? on: April 25, 2007, 08:53:22 PM
No problems for me either.
10048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 25, 2007, 08:52:51 PM
Knights are pretty easy to play, and I had a blast with it.

You'll be thanking us in a couple hours.
10049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: April 25, 2007, 08:31:00 PM
Awesome preview!!  This one just jumped way, way up on my most wanted list (silently, of course).   ninja

Three questions:

1.  My biggest concern is with the camera, which has been my biggest gripe with the last few Tenchu games.  It would tend to give you very bad angles which made things more difficult than necessary.  It was especially bad when your character was in corners or against a wall.  Does it fare better this time around?

2.  The last game was notorious for it's "cheap" deaths.  You'd be running down a seemingly harmless passageway, and suddenly fall into a bottomless pit you could barely even see.  Combined with the save system (see next question), it was extremely frustrating.  Any sign of this sort of thing?   

3.  Does it allow for mid-mission saves?  Nothing more aggravating than methodically sneaking around a level for an hour+, then getting smacked down by the boss and having to do the entire thing over again.   Hoping they fixed that somewhat.

Bonus question:

4.  Do the graphics look better in action than they do in the screenshots?  The screens are rather less than impressive, and it almost looks like Xbox 1-level graphics.   Smooth animation can do wonders in that department, though.

10050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: April 25, 2007, 05:15:32 PM
I'm very excited for this one as well.  The last couple entries haven't been stellar, but I'm a still a complete sucker for the series.

Last I heard, it was scheduled for a July release.  Gamestop shows 6/12, FWIW.
10051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 25, 2007, 02:32:29 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on April 25, 2007, 02:12:09 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 25, 2007, 02:06:59 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on April 25, 2007, 07:38:10 AM

The guy says if I send him $250 more and take off the negative feedback he'll send the PS3. He said a personal check was okay.
Any suggestions? If I send him a personal check obviously I'll know if he cashed it, but then again, I dont want to be out $750 instead of $500.

Wow, can't believe he's stupid enough to make this offer.

Why? Obviously he got corruptelic to at least consider it. I'm guessing that a decent percentage of people actually fall for it.

He should just put a flashing neon "SCAMMER" sign on his head.

"I didn't get your $500 (wink, wink), but will take a huge loss and sell it to you for $250 out of the goodness of my heart.". 
10052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 25, 2007, 02:06:59 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on April 25, 2007, 07:38:10 AM

The guy says if I send him $250 more and take off the negative feedback he'll send the PS3. He said a personal check was okay.
Any suggestions? If I send him a personal check obviously I'll know if he cashed it, but then again, I dont want to be out $750 instead of $500.

Wow, can't believe he's stupid enough to make this offer.
10053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Adventure games from the past couple years on: April 24, 2007, 05:38:28 PM
I absolutely loved Dreamfall as well and would highly, highly recommend it.  It's got some not-so-good bits (the combat mechanics are truly atrocious), but the story and characters are incredible.  If you liked The Longest Journey, this one's a no-brainer.

I've also played through all the Sam & Max games so far (first 5 episodes).  They can each be completed in about 2-3 hours, and are great fun. Not terribly difficult, mind you, but the humor is spot on and I'm having a blast with them.  The last episode (Reality 2.0) is far and away the best of the bunch.
10054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 24, 2007, 03:53:45 PM

Quote from: ras752000 on April 24, 2007, 03:22:34 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on April 24, 2007, 02:28:23 PM

I'm playing a knight too.  Can someone explain to me why Thrust is any good?  It only destroys one jewel/rune.  I quit using it awhile ago.  I much prefer Charge which wipes out an entire row.  I'm currently only Level 15 so maybe Thrust gets better???  icon_confused
I only use it on the +5 Skulls . . . works like a mini-bomb, getting everything in a square surrounding the +5 skull.  If there is a +5 skull I have no chance of matching, I'll often blow it up defensively, before they get a 4 chain combo and match it themselves . . . I'm not a huge fan of it either though . . . I mainly just use stun.

What he said.  Use it on the +5 skulls, especially if there is another +5 skull close.  Causes damage and prevents the AI from using the super-skull against you.  It's also fantastically useful for setting up 4 or 5 chain combos for yourself.   I don't think I ever used Charge.
10055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 24, 2007, 02:57:57 PM
Ouch, that sucks. 

Stuff like this is why I will never buy anything off Ebay for more than $20.   Ebay is a scammer's paradise, and there's just too many ways for people to rip you off.
10056  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / L/F: Guides for KotOR 2 and FFX on: April 24, 2007, 01:27:26 PM
If you can part with the guides for either of these games, let me know how much you'd like.
10057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - 4/22/07 on: April 24, 2007, 11:43:39 AM


Mmmmmmm, Keely...
10058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 24, 2007, 11:38:54 AM
Finally beat Puzzle Quest last night.  It really is a great little game, and easily my favorite on the DS so far.  I'm sure I'll probably fire it up again sometime down the road to play as a different character.  Playing a Knight was a blast, although all you really need are Stun and Thrust to get you through the game.  I wish they hadn't put in the level cap, but that's a pretty minor gripe.

Overall, I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
10059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 23, 2007, 11:15:21 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 23, 2007, 09:26:05 PM

As for 360 games for this summer, they may not all be AAA, but some scheduled games I'm looking forward to checking out: Forza 2, Shadowrun, Tenchu Z, The Darkness, Dirt: Colin McRae Off-Road, Overlord, Two Worlds, Stranglehold, Stuntman: Ignition, and Sega Rally Revo.  I'm sure some of those will get delayed, too. 

Forgot about Tenchu (I'm always a sucker for this series) and Overlord.   At least there'll be a couple things to keep me busy.
10060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rumor: More Guitar Hero II Songs on the way on: April 23, 2007, 08:35:30 PM
The only pack that I would even possibly consider would consist of Crossroads (Clapton), Ziggy Stardust (Bowie), and No One Knows (Queens of the Stone Age).  I don't even really like the QotSA song, but it's a blast to play.
10061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 08:27:33 PM

Quote from: warning on April 23, 2007, 07:37:50 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 23, 2007, 07:05:17 PM

Quote from: warning on April 23, 2007, 06:14:52 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 23, 2007, 04:53:06 PM

I picked up Opeth's Ghost Reveries recently, and realized this album is an absolute masterpiece.  It's been a long time since I've heard something that has just blown me away like this one has.

I told ya it was great!


Heh, I almost included a "Thanks Warning" after my original comment.  smile

Now when you want to completely blow your mind pick up Opeth's Damnation album.  It's... not metal at all.  And still completely awesome.

Already got it, and I really like it.  smile

I went on an Opeth buying binge and picked up Damnation, Deliverance, Blackwater Park (which is a pretty close second to Ghost, and Still Life. 
10062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 07:05:17 PM

Quote from: warning on April 23, 2007, 06:14:52 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 23, 2007, 04:53:06 PM

I picked up Opeth's Ghost Reveries recently, and realized this album is an absolute masterpiece.  It's been a long time since I've heard something that has just blown me away like this one has.

I told ya it was great!


Heh, I almost included a "Thanks Warning" after my original comment.  smile
10063  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 05:22:39 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 23, 2007, 05:16:09 PM

I think I am just dead inside.  I have never had music "blow my mind", nor have I ever been moved by a movie, or tv show, or book.  I look at art and see paint on a canvas, nothing more, nothing less.

Never?  Like, never ever?

Damn, that would suck.
10064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 05:15:34 PM

Quote from: noun on April 23, 2007, 05:06:59 PM

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2.  Metallica - ...and Justice for All.  This was really the first 'metal' album I ever heard.  Before this, I was stuck on hair metal and bad 80's pop.  This album opened my eyes to an entirely new genre, thank goodness.

Badly produced and sans Cliff Burton, many Metallica fans consider this the beginning of the end for the band. If you haven't already, check out the far, far superior Master of Puppets.

I'm one of the few that actually liked AJFA better than MoP.  Maybe it's just sentimental value, but the songs just click better with me for some reason.  I'd consider the Black album the beginning of the end, as it was a drastic change in both sound and song structure (i.e. the switch to radio friendly 3:00 songs).

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Edit: Never mind, I found the answer in your profile.

Huh?  icon_confused
10065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 04:53:06 PM
I picked up Opeth's Ghost Reveries recently, and realized this album is an absolute masterpiece.  It's been a long time since I've heard something that has just blown me away like this one has.  So I got thinking about other albums that have made my jaw hit the floor on first listen, and came up with a few:

1.  Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park.  If nightmares had sountracks, they would sound just like this.  Completely insane, and utterly brilliant.
2.  Metallica - ...and Justice for All.  This was really the first 'metal' album I ever heard.  Before this, I was stuck on hair metal and bad 80's pop.  This album opened my eyes to an entirely new genre, thank goodness.
3.  Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies.  I never expected this 180 degree turn they did from Dirt.  Opened up an entire side to one of my favorite bands that I never knew existed.
4.  Yasunori Mitsuda & Millenial Fair - Xenogears:  Cried.  These are pseudo-celtic remakes of the songs from Xenosaga.  Sounds cheesy, but is some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard.
5.  Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction.  Raw, nasty, dirty, and like nothing I'd ever heard.  And it still holds up perfectly after 20 years.
6.  Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral.  This is one of those albums where I find something new every time I listen to it.
7.  Opeth - Ghost Reveries.  See above
8.  Mr. Bungle - Mr. Bungle.  Any album that can combine punk, funk, ska, death metal, pop, circus music, country, 50's do-wop, and rap all within the space of a single song automatically qualifies as a true mindfuck.

I'll probably think of more, but am curious to hear some albums from the GT masses.  I need to pick up some new music anyways, and maybe I can get some ideas.  smile
10066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/23) on: April 23, 2007, 01:55:56 PM
Nothing for me
10067  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 23, 2007, 01:23:47 PM

Quote from: naednek on April 21, 2007, 07:38:09 PM



Blech.   thumbsdown
10068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 23, 2007, 01:21:42 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 23, 2007, 09:16:55 AM

f**k,f**k,f**k!!!!!


DELAYED!

now pencilled in for September


Well crap.  Mrs. Gratch and I have agreed on a "one game per month rule" (yeah, I was spending way too much on games), and Blue Dragon is far higher on my priority list than Mass Effect.  Since they're both coming out in September, it looks like now it'll be even longer until I play ME.  frown

Maybe this is a question for another thread, but are there any good RPG's coming out this summer?
10069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 4-23-07 Weekend Recap Club Edition on: April 23, 2007, 01:16:23 PM
Guitar Hero 2, Guitar Hero 2, then a little more Guitar Hero 2smile  Stumbled across a copy at FYE on Saturday, and spent most of Saturday and Sunday playing.  Even though I've played it all before, being able to compare Leaderboard scores takes it to a whole new level.   I used to not care too much about my score when I played, but now I'm checking the board before every song to see what score I have to hit to move up.  Makes it a lot more fun. 

Played a bit of Puzzle Quest as well, up to level 50 now.  I think I'm about ready for it to end, as the whole story bit is really dragging at this point.  It was never stellar to begin with, but I'm now at a point where they're not adding anything new, and I'm just fighting the same enemies over and over again.  It's still fun, mind you, but I'll be glad when I get it finished and take a break for a bit.

Also messed around with a few goofy bowling and pool games on Gametap.  Mindless stuff, but a nice diversion for a bit.
10070  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sanjaya's Sister on: April 22, 2007, 08:14:08 PM
While I don't think she's particularly attractive, this is rather hypnotic:

10071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In search of: Traditional RPG on: April 22, 2007, 08:10:32 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 22, 2007, 04:35:01 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 22, 2007, 04:31:47 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 22, 2007, 04:22:19 PM

Skies of Arcadia for the GameCube might be right up your ally.

gellar

While I normally wouldn't trust Gellar at all with RPG advice, I think he is right on here. SOA might be exactly what you are looking for.

Just be warned, it's a combat every 5' game. I really liked it, but got burnt out on the constant fighting.

I really liked Enchanted Arms on the 360. Sure it's corny, but the combat is different/neat and I enjoyed the storyline.

While I agree on SoA, I'd throw in a dissenting vote on Enchanted Arms.  I thought it was incredibly dull, and the combat - while unique for a while - wore thin pretty quickly.  EA was nothing more than a drab string of RPG cliche's thrown together with crappy voice acting and possibly the most uninteresting cast of characters I've ever seen.

I'd second warning's recommendation of FFXII, although the real-time combat takes some getting used to.  Might also want to give Final Fantasy X a try if you haven't already.  The Digital Devil Saga games might also fit the bill, but they're pretty combat intensive as well.
10072  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Can anyone find Guitar Hero 2 for 360? on: April 22, 2007, 01:33:46 AM
Stopped by the local FYE store on a whim, and they had a stack of them just sitting there.  Picked one up and sent out quite a few XBL friend requests so I can start on the leaderboards.

Game on!!
10073  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Westboro Baptist Church at it Again on: April 21, 2007, 06:12:46 PM
There's petty, ignorant, bigoted, spiteful, and hateful people in every religion (including atheists).  There's also kind, generous, loving, and charitable people.  You can find plenty of folks in both groups pretty easily.   

To paint any group - especially one as diverse as 'Christian' - with some kind of broad brush of bigotry or hatred is pretty far off the mark, imo.
10074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for X-box games for 360.. on: April 21, 2007, 04:29:24 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 21, 2007, 04:28:13 PM

I would highly recommend Beyond Good & Evil also, but it's not on the BC list yet.  Hopefully it will be someday soon.  It's still sitting on my shelf just waiting to be played again. 

Doh!  Probably should have checked the BC list before making those recommendations.   icon_redface
10075  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Can anyone find Guitar Hero 2 for 360? on: April 21, 2007, 04:28:23 PM
Thanks all.  Looks like it's back in stock at a few online retailers (Gamestop.com, Redoctane.com, and Bestbuy.com), so I'll just order through there.  Hopefully will have it next week!  smile
10076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for X-box games for 360.. on: April 21, 2007, 04:18:44 PM
+1 to both Dreamfall & Fable.

I loved Dreamfall, but it's certainly not for everyone.  It's an adventure game at heart, so there's much more story than action (it's the sequel to The Longest Journey, if you played that on the PC).  You'll go long stretches without even touching the controller as the story is told.  This isn't a bad thing, however, since it's an absolutely incredible story with fantastic characters.  I would highly recommend it.  I didn't care much for Indigo Prophecy, but that had more to do with the sluggish controls than the game itself.  The story was actually pretty cool, but I couldn't get past the feeling that I was constantly fighting against the controls.

Fable is fun IF you know what to expect.  Fable is basically a hack n' slasher with a somewhat unique social mechanic.  The devs vastly overpromised what the game would be when it came out (they made it sound like the end-all, be-all of RPG's), so lots of people were sorely disappointed.  It's also pretty short (I finished in about 10 hours), which pissed people off.  If you enjoy it, you might also want to check out Sudeki.  Similar combat mechanics as Fable, but put into more of a JRPG style. 

Might also want to check out Beyond Good & Evil or Thief:  Deadly Shadows if you missed them on the PC.  Both titles are slower paced action titles that emphasize brain power over twitch reflexes.
10077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for X-box games for 360.. on: April 21, 2007, 02:34:23 PM
Backwards compatibility list
10078  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Thompson harassing Bill Gates on: April 20, 2007, 03:56:50 PM
God, Jack is a disgusting human being.  I just watched his interview on the page that Creepy linked to.  Using something like the VT shootings to further his agenda makes him no better than the Westboro Baptist folks, imo. 

Unfortunately, I've never seen him debate with someone that can intelligently point out his bull-shit and lies.  It'll never happen, but these stations really need to run a "counterpoint" argument with him when he starts spouting his ridiculous nonsense.
10079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 20Apr: ATB @ Calvin's House Splitscreening Gears of War Edi on: April 20, 2007, 01:00:07 PM
I'm going to try and finish up Puzzle Quest as well as starting KotOR 2 over as an evil character.  Probably about it for me.
10080  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Can anyone find Guitar Hero 2 for 360? on: April 19, 2007, 09:27:28 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on April 19, 2007, 09:22:16 PM

If Calvin can't find ya any, I saw some at Circuit City the other night.

Thanks Mirage775.  Calvin's going to check tomorrow.  If we don't have any luck, I'll shoot you a PM.
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