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10081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Apparently a time-bomb comes standard with every 360. on: July 26, 2007, 03:07:39 AM

Quote from: Interloper on July 26, 2007, 02:46:27 AM

Mine also gave up the ghost suddenly.  Worked fine up until the day it died, and it died 100% that day.

Sheesh.  That's, what, half a dozen from GT'ers in the last 2 weeks alone?
10082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I finally finished Baldur's Gate II on: July 26, 2007, 12:39:45 AM

Quote from: disarm on July 26, 2007, 12:00:10 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 25, 2007, 11:28:20 PM

I'd recommend starting Throne of Bhaal sooner rather than later.  It's quite hard and I had a difficult time playing it after my knowledge and skills about BG2 atrophied between releases. 

that's a very good point.  you'll probably have a much easier time if you play ToB while you're still familiar with your party and the game mechanics as a whole.  some of the battles in ToB are very challenging and will push your party strategy to its limits.  going into action like that once you're forgotten the abilities of your party members can be a little tricky.

I thought about that, but I'm pretty Baldur's Gate-ed out right now.  As great as the game is, I feel like I just went 10 rounds with the champ to wrap it up.  I'm sure the Infinity Engine mood will strike again soon (it always does), and I'll try and get back into it.
10083  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Rock Band Bundle $200.00 shipped at Amazon on: July 25, 2007, 11:25:54 PM
The main reason I'm excited for Rock Band is the drums.  Of course, actually playing the drums makes me a bit biased.  smile

Price be damned, I'll have the full package on day one.
10084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I finally finished Baldur's Gate II on: July 25, 2007, 11:01:05 PM
BGII is one of those games that I've started again and again, gotten through the first few chapters, and ultimately either lost interest or moved onto something else.  Every year or so I would look at it on the shelf and think, "Y'know, I really should play that all the way through".  Well, I've spent the past month or so working on it, and finally finished it up this afternoon. 

While the ending is a bit anti-climatic, BG II is truly a masterpiece of the RPG genre.  The story, the artwork, the NPC's, the battles, everything just comes together seamlessly to create a truly epic experience.  Even though the Infinity Engine is showing it's age, the attention to detail and artwork in BG II are truly amazing.  The amount of depth they put into the story is simply incredible, and I even skipped a lot of the side quests (quest overload was one of the main reasons I never finished it on previous tries).  Since RPG's have moved to a much more cinematic feel, I doubt we'll ever see anything like BG II again.  This is one notch I'm glad to finally get on my gamer's belt.  I don't think I'll be starting the expansion right away, but will hopefully get through that one someday as well.
10085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam & Max Season 2! on: July 25, 2007, 10:53:35 PM
Sweet!  Reminds me that I still need to finish Episode VI.
10086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: got a PS3 impressions on: July 25, 2007, 06:14:03 PM

Quote from: jblank on July 25, 2007, 04:35:43 PM

I'm not trying to be a salesman or anything, I am neutral and love both my 360 and PS3, but I gotta tell ya Gratch, for what I paid for it ($600), the PS3 has been worth every penny for me. I have played more F1 Championship and MLB: THE SHOW than any other game, on either of my consoles. Add to it that I now have arguably the best upconverting DVD player now (the PS3) a top notch Blu-Ray player for my 30+ Blu-Ray movies, and a kick ass music player, it has been worth the initial expense. I only have 2 more 360 games than PS3 games now and for the rest of '07, it might be 50/50 with all the solid PS3 titles coming out.

Right now, it all comes down to games.  I can count the number of current or upcoming PS3 exclusives that interest me on 2 fingers:  Final Fantasy XIII and White Knight (?  Not even sure that's the right name).  I have an older rear-projection TV that still works fine for 1080i stuff, but I'm afraid most of the hi-def capabilities wouldn't really be used, since there's no way I could spring for a new TV anytime soon.  Conversely, there's a ton of games coming out for the 360 that I want.  A few of them are cross-platform,  but the main ones I'm interested in are not.

I'm sure I'll have a PS3 somewhere down the line.  I figure that by the time the PS3 price drops into a range that I can actually afford (at least sub-$400), there will be a larger library of games that I will enjoy.  Currently, however, it would be a $600 paperweight. 
10087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: got a PS3 impressions on: July 25, 2007, 03:58:47 PM

Quote from: Misguided on July 25, 2007, 03:20:24 PM

I honestly think the PS3 is a sleeping giant slowly beginning to awaken.
There's some really good exclusive stuff on the horizon: Ratchet & Clank, Uncharted, Eye of Judgment, Lair, Heavenly Sword, MGS IV, FF XIII, etc.

One of the main reasons I'm holding off on a PS3 purchase (other than the ridiculous price) is to see how many of these titles stay exclusive.  If the system keeps selling so abysmally, game makers are going to be very hard-pressed to continue to give exclusives to the PS3.
10088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hold a tick...GH: Rocks the 80s Warning on: July 25, 2007, 01:31:29 PM
Boy, I sure am glad I sold my PS2 Guitar Hero so I could get the 360 version.  I love getting these new 80's tracks, as well as having access to all that awesome, reasonably priced DLC content!

Oh, wait...   icon_evil
10089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Apparently a time-bomb comes standard with every 360. on: July 25, 2007, 03:02:25 AM
I feel your pain, mine just got shipped back last week. 
10090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Princess Bride...then & now on: July 24, 2007, 09:08:05 PM

Quote from: depward on July 24, 2007, 06:40:52 PM

I just watched The Princess Bride for the first time about a month ago.  I thought it was really lame.  I think I laughed maybe once?

Unpossible.  This finally proves my sneaking suspicion that Dep is actually a robot.
10091  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: Overlord on: July 24, 2007, 04:36:00 PM
Might want to specify 360 or PC.
10092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tales of Innocence (DS) trailer on: July 24, 2007, 03:23:05 AM
Looks pretty impressive (those overworld map scenes looked like they were right out of FF VII), but the whole fast-paced, real-time combat system doesn't interest me in the slightest.  That was also the most annoying voice acting I've heard in a long time.  I couldn't even get through the 3:00 trailer without hitting mute.
10093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: June NPD Numbers (US) on: July 24, 2007, 12:03:12 AM
The only amazing thing on this list is how can there possibly be nearly 400,000 people who had not yet purchased Guitar Hero?   slywink

Just out of curiosity, do replacement 360's count in the NPD totals?  (sorry if this has been addressed before)
10094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Toaster Woes on: July 23, 2007, 05:54:13 PM
We've got the same toaster we got as a wedding gift nearly 10 years ago, and it works great.  What on earth are you doing to your poor toasters?
10095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/23) on: July 23, 2007, 05:51:54 PM

Quote from: Calvin on July 23, 2007, 05:07:18 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 23, 2007, 04:57:14 PM

Debating whether I want to re-buy Civ IV for the third time in order to play BtS.  You'd think that one of these times I'd just hold onto it.

How cheap can CIV4 be had? When I heard about a brand new Space scenario I was all like "omfg Hi 2 U!!"

You can get Civ IV + Beyond the Stars for $50 on Steam.  They also have a pack for $75 that includes the core game and both expansions.
10096  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: A wee bit of consideration, folks, please? on: July 23, 2007, 04:59:54 PM
Another +1 from me.  It's really the only gripe I have about our fantastic trading community.
10097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/23) on: July 23, 2007, 04:57:14 PM
Debating whether I want to re-buy Civ IV for the third time in order to play BtS.  You'd think that one of these times I'd just hold onto it.
10098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This just in: 360 is losing money... on: July 23, 2007, 02:17:45 PM

Quote from: warning on July 23, 2007, 01:58:25 PM

Microsoft's growing troubles with the Xbox 360 video game console appear to be catching up to the company. Sales of the gaming machine plunged 60% in the fiscal fourth quarter, Microsoft disclosed Thursday.

In its earnings statement for the quarter, Microsoft said it shipped 700,000 Xbox 360 units during the period, compared to 1.8 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2006 -- a fall off of 61%.

Microsoft's Xbox operations are housed within the company's Entertainment and Devices Division. The group saw fourth quarter revenue drop 10% year-over-year to $1.16 billion on an operating loss of $1.20 billion. The group lost $423 million the previous year.


It'd be interesting to see what the sales drop-off is attributed to.  Lack of AAA titles?  Dependability issues? 
10099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jade Empire contest? on: July 23, 2007, 12:06:36 AM

I'm waiting!!  slywink
10100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good PS2 games on: July 22, 2007, 08:47:19 PM
Not knowing what you may or may not have already played, here's a couple more suggestions:

Shadow Hearts & Shadow Hearts:  Covenant
Final Fantasy X
Dragon Quest VIII
Tenchu (the first PS2 one, the others sucked)
Katamari Damacy
Any of the Shin Megami Tensai games (not my favorites per se, but certainly worth a look if you're an RPG fan)
10101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 21, 2007, 09:30:02 PM

10102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finished Okami? on: July 21, 2007, 02:26:57 PM
::raises hand::

I really think that if Okami had been 20 hours, it would be one of the greatest games I have ever played on any system.  Unfortunately, they felt the need to drag it out into the 40+ hour range.  Everything after about 25 hours just felt like padding to me, and I pretty quickly lost interest.   The story became rather dull, the puzzles were uninspired, and the "wow" factor of the graphics started to wear off when they recycled artwork for different areas.

I think that it was still a solid A game, but the length keeps it from being the all-time classic that it could have been.

EDIT:  It's still the only game I've ever made a post like this about.  smile
10103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Odin Sphere on: July 21, 2007, 03:33:07 AM
Finally got around to starting this tonight.  I'm completely floored by the artwork, and this ranks right up with Okami on the amazing visuals scale.  Just got past the first big dragon boss (man, that guy was tough!), and am liking it so far.  I completely suck at it, mind you, but it's pretty fun. 

A couple questions:

1.  It says I have 68 gold in my pouch, but the store vendors won't let me buy anything.  My gold total always shows up as a big red zero in the shopping screen, but a 68 in the inventory.    I'm confused.

2.  Do you have to be standing on top of a plant for it to grow?  I've planted seeds at the beginning of a couple levels, but they only seem to grow when I collect while standing right on top of it.  Since you need to move around a lot in order to fight, that makes things a bit tough.

10104  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Some oldie but fairly goodie PC games FREE. Just pay shipping. on: July 20, 2007, 09:49:38 PM
Crap, I missed Painkiller.

Very cool of you Mikeg!    thumbsup
10105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Persona 3 Thread of Yumyum Deliciousness (& impressions when they come...) on: July 20, 2007, 06:30:16 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 20, 2007, 05:40:56 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 20, 2007, 05:32:33 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 20, 2007, 05:24:04 PM

Persona 3???

I've never even heard of Persona 1 or 2.

They were on Playstation 1.  Person 2, in particular, was a very rare (and sought after), expensive game until it received a limited re-release a few years ago. 

Thanks for the info. 


Something tells me it might not be your cup o' tea denoginizer.  smile

I'm interested, but have had a really hard time getting into any of the Shin Megami Tensai games.  I always enjoy the artwork, style, and story, but for some reason the battle systems have really rubbed me the wrong way.  Doesn't look like this one is much different, so I'll regrettably be giving it a pass.  Besides, I've got my fair share of quirk with Odin Sphere arriving this week.
10106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 20/Jul/07 on: July 20, 2007, 12:57:37 PM
With any luck, UPS will deliver Odin Sphere today and I can get started on that.  Otherwise, I'll be spending a ton of time with Baldur's Gate II on PC (I'm about halfway through Chapter 5).
10107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 18, 2007, 07:03:38 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on July 18, 2007, 06:28:26 PM

I am one of the very few people I know that likes Vic.  I always have.  And I am a huge proponent of innocent until...

Just not well enough to add the K on the end of his name?  slywink

My opinion on Vick has always been that he is an amazing athlete, a mediocre QB, and a complete waste as a human being.
10108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Engine Marathon on: July 18, 2007, 05:35:32 PM
I started BG2 a couple weeks back, and am up to Chapter 5.  I'm a bit stuck, so I'm hoping I can find the solution and not just give up like I did on my previous 3 tries.
10109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 18, 2007, 01:42:40 PM
According to Len Pasquerelli's article, Fed's have a 95% conviction rate when they bring an indictment.  Not looking good for Vick.

If it is proven that he was involved, I hope he goes away for a long time.
10110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ASH - an RPG for the DS on: July 18, 2007, 01:28:48 AM
Cripes EddieA, how many times are you going to get me interested in an RPG I've never heard of before!  slywink

Looks very, very cool.  Definately going to be keeping an eye out for this one. 

10111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] I IZ A N0UB. WAT TO GET WIT IT? on: July 17, 2007, 11:54:25 PM
For the love of Bob, make absolutely, positively, 100% sure you have some sort of warranty protection.  No matter how well you treat it, chances are it's going to crap out on you.
10112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea 3 announced for PS3 on: July 17, 2007, 08:58:53 PM

Quote from: KePoW on July 17, 2007, 08:56:38 PM

wow, that looks awful

I'm all for old-school graphics charm (which the original Disgaea had in spades), but I'd tend agree with KePoW.    You'd think they would make at least a token effort to use some next-gen processing power, instead of simply churning out the same old early-gen PS2 graphics yet again.
10113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea 3 announced for PS3 on: July 17, 2007, 08:29:44 PM
Why the Pink Power Ranger?
10114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My yogurt just gave me the money shot on: July 17, 2007, 06:30:47 PM
At least it bought you lunch.
10115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assasin's Creed..E3 Trailer... on: July 17, 2007, 02:53:48 PM

Quote from: Canuck on July 13, 2007, 01:35:45 AM

Cool looking game.  But did he really just do a swan dive from a hundred feet up into cart of straw???

I thought that was pretty silly as well.  Other than that, it looks very cool.
10116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 warranty questions (and "support" gripes) on: July 17, 2007, 02:24:59 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on July 17, 2007, 01:57:29 PM

Sounds similar to the way my last two died.  Would just freeze after a few minutes.  It would have some visual artifacts when it froze.  I figure that the graphics card was overheating.

That was my thought as well.  If that's the case, it speaks volumes as to how poorly they're designed.  This system is sitting right next to an A/C vent and is completely out in the open.  There shouldn't be any heat issues with it at all.
10117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok, on the count of three: on: July 17, 2007, 01:31:16 PM
"Three, sir."
10118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 warranty questions (and "support" gripes) on: July 17, 2007, 01:24:15 PM
Well, so much for playing any GHII for the next month.  My system officially died last night.  No matter what I did with it (dashboard, games, DVD's, Live Arcade, etc.), the system would simply freeze up after 10-15 minutes.   After 90 minutes on the phone last night (60 minutes on hold, another 30 minutes answering questions), they agreed to send me a coffin and my system will be on it's way.  Here's how the conversation went:

MS Rep:  So what is the problem.
Me:  My 360 freezes up within 10-15 minutes, no matter what I'm doing.  No errors or red lights, all I can do is reboot.
MS Rep:  Could you tell me more about the freezing.
Me:  It completely locks up.  I can't do anything but reboot.
MS Rep:  Are you getting any error messages?
Me:  No, it simply locks.
MS Rep:  Are you getting any red lights?
Me:  No
MS Rep:  Describe the freezing.
Me: freezes up.  Nothing works.  I have to reboot.
MS Rep:  Can you describe the screen when it freezes?
Me:  It locks.  It stops.  It freezes.
MS Rep:  Do you see anything strange on the screen.
Me:  No.  It just stops.
MS Rep:  So you're saying it freezes, correct?
Me:  Yes.
MS Rep:  Is it doing anything else?
Me: Nope.  Just locking up.
MS Rep:  Could you describe how it looks when it locks up...

This same series of questions must have repeated itself at least 3 times during the conversation.  I was about ready to tear my hair out by the time she finally said "Sounds like a hardware error (no shit!).  We'll need to replace your unit".

I figured I'd be safe, as my unit is in a very well-ventilated area (sitting on top on a TV stand with nothing around it), the power brick is isolated by itself, and it really gets very light use (a couple hours of GHII a week).  Apparently these things go into the shitter even if situations are optimal.  I was told it would be 4-6 weeks before I got anything back, so I'm hoping it's repaired by the time Blue Dragon hits.   frown
10119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 17, 2007, 12:00:32 PM

Quote from: javahead on July 17, 2007, 02:10:04 AM

It would be considered interference and the pitch would not count and the runners cannot advance. Besides, it was spring training. As for the ASPCA, that was David Winfield because it was an intentional throw at the bird. I don't listen to Rome often, but I am in Arizona and don't recall that Randy was ever in any trouble. He was rather upset about it.

On Aug. 4, 1983, Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield killed a seagull in Toronto with a warmup throw. The Ontario police charged him with animal cruelty, although the charge was later dropped.

That's the one I was thinking of.  Thanks Java.
10120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 17, 2007, 12:06:22 AM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on July 16, 2007, 08:17:54 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on July 16, 2007, 07:42:18 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on July 16, 2007, 07:06:15 PM

That is nuts...


Did the pitch count?  I.e., was it treated as a ball?

I also remember Jim Rome making fun of the animal rights group that talked about legal action against Johnson for killing the bird.
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