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10081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There is no parking in the red zone on: May 07, 2007, 09:00:11 PM
Stewardess, let me try.  I speak jive.
10082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There is no parking in the red zone on: May 07, 2007, 08:17:18 PM
I just wanted to say good luck.  We're all counting on you.
10083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There is no parking in the red zone on: May 07, 2007, 08:09:36 PM
I just wanted to say good luck.  We're all counting on you.
10084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There is no parking in the red zone on: May 07, 2007, 08:06:37 PM
I just wanted to say good luck.  We're all counting on you.
10085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There is no parking in the red zone on: May 07, 2007, 07:11:13 PM
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines.
10086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] I'm so pumped for Discs of Tron! on: May 07, 2007, 04:20:55 PM
On a side note, Mrs. Skinypupy had never seen Tron, so we watched it last week.  I hadn't seen it in probably 10+ years myself, and was amazed at how well it's held up.  Some of the effects are goofy, but overall it's still a pretty damn cool show.
10087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed (finally)? on: May 07, 2007, 01:23:28 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 05, 2007, 09:32:25 PM

ninja

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CVG's latest 'new Blizzard game' story states that the game will be a Starcraft MMO:

The long-rumoured new instalment of Blizzard's massive StarCraft series is set to be unveiled later this month - and it's another massively-multiplayer online game in the style of World of Warcraft, CVG can reveal.

And my interest in yet another franchise goes straight down the toilet.   icon_cry

I'm sure it's inevitable, but it will be a sad, sad day when they announce the next Diablo game will be an MMO as well.  I guess the few of us that hate MMO's are simply out of luck.
10088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 5-7-2007 on: May 07, 2007, 01:19:53 PM
Pretty light gaming weekend for me.  Tried to hook up with the GT crew for Catan on Friday with no luck.  Ended up playing a few games against the AI instead.  Did manage to get in a couple random Catan games on Saturday, but lost them both.  I'm 0-3 so far in MP games.  frown

Also put a few hours into FF Tactics Advance yesterday morning (yes, this is a recurring theme), as well as restarting Final Fantasy VII for the 4th time.  I know it might be the nostalgia talking, but FFVII pretty much defines the perfect game for me.  Even after 10 years ( eek), it still brings a smile to my face every time I boot it up.
10089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/7) on: May 07, 2007, 01:14:11 PM
Already downloaded Sam & Max from Gametap.  Does that count?

Other than that, nada.
10090  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Catan Tonight 10 PM Est? on: May 05, 2007, 11:37:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 05, 2007, 08:49:36 PM

If people are around tonight, I'll most likely be on around 9 or 10. So let's try it again!

I might be there, depending on how the Jazz/Rockets game is going.
10091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 28%! on: May 05, 2007, 05:47:09 PM
There's a lot of Bush supporters in my extremely conservative neighborhood.  They basically believe that as long as Dubya is doing things "for God", then anything he does is A-OK.  Pretty scary, really.

It's not like these people are some sort of backwoods yokels either.  Most of them are extremely intelligent, successful individuals.   I just don't get it.

10092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Gametap - free option and new games on: May 05, 2007, 05:20:53 PM

Quote from: Kurt Stevens on May 05, 2007, 03:28:33 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 04, 2007, 03:54:35 PM

I really like Gametap as well.  My $40 1-year subscription has been one of my better gaming investments.  Hell, it's worth it just for the Sam & Max games alone.  smile

They'll occasionally go through some dry spells, but there's usually at least 1-2 new games I week that end up playing.

Just curious. Where did you get a $40.00 1 year subscription. For that price, I think I would try it out. Heck that is less than the cost of one new game.

Sorry, it was $60, not $40.  Back in October, they did a 50% off special which came out to be $5 a month.  It was a complete no-brainer at that price, and I'll definitely re-up again next year.
10093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Caption this on: May 05, 2007, 02:21:23 PM
Oh my god, there's a blind man hiding in Michelle Wie's skirt!
10094  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Catan Tonight 10 PM Est? on: May 05, 2007, 04:42:48 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 05, 2007, 04:37:37 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 05, 2007, 03:40:24 AM

I couldn't get connected with any games either.  Managed to get in a couple random MP games, but even those were either laggy or freezing up completely.
ATB, Kathode, and I just got a game in. I finally tried to download the thing again and it worked, so I figured the other issues were resolved and BEHOLD! it worked.

Well, crap.  I'll have to try again another night.
10095  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Catan Tonight 10 PM Est? on: May 05, 2007, 03:40:24 AM
I couldn't get connected with any games either.  Managed to get in a couple random MP games, but even those were either laggy or freezing up completely.
10096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 04, 2007, 11:16:02 PM




10097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 04, 2007, 06:01:08 PM

Quote from: Toe on May 04, 2007, 05:42:37 PM



Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha   icon_lol
10098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rumor: More Guitar Hero II Songs on the way on: May 04, 2007, 05:58:14 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on May 04, 2007, 05:52:02 PM

New tidbit about the pending 80s edition at 1UP.com today:

http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3159220

So... does this mean that the songs are going to be available on XBL for one lump sum of $39 as an expansion?

If so, why the overcharge of the original GH1 packs? If not, how do they try to justify a simultaneous new release (with zero overhead) at a higher price than it's retail counterpart?

Yep, they've created quite the little mess for themselves.  It'll be interesting to see what they do.

On a side note, I'm a little surprised that there's been no info about what songs will be in the 80's pack.  We knew months in advance who was showing up for GHII, but I haven't heard a peep about this version yet.
10099  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Catan Tonight 10 PM Est? on: May 04, 2007, 05:49:39 PM
Don't snicker at "wood for sheep".
Don't snicker at "wood for sheep".
Don't snicker at "wood for sheep".


OK, now I'm in.  slywink
10100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 4.May.07 on: May 04, 2007, 04:37:06 PM
I'd be up for some Catan tonight, although I'm not very good yet.   Probably going to be re-upping my XBL subscription this afternoon. Got a time?

Also trying to break the 9,000,000 mark in Guitar Hero II, and will put more time into Final Fantasy Tactics.
10101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Gametap - free option and new games on: May 04, 2007, 03:54:35 PM
I really like Gametap as well.  My $40 1-year subscription has been one of my better gaming investments.  Hell, it's worth it just for the Sam & Max games alone.  smile

They'll occasionally go through some dry spells, but there's usually at least 1-2 new games I week that end up playing.
10102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dry Cleaner Loses Pants, Lawyer Says They're Worth $67 Million on: May 03, 2007, 04:32:34 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 03, 2007, 04:19:12 PM

Quote from: Poleaxe on May 03, 2007, 04:02:20 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 03, 2007, 02:54:33 PM

Quote from: Poleaxe on May 03, 2007, 02:48:57 PM

If you're a lawyer, take it like a man.

With insight so biting, witty, and sharp, there is no wonder why I longingly wait for your frequent  commentary on our discussions.

Thanks. I learned from a lawyer.
77 and counting. Keep contributing when you think we need your "special" brand of insight, because god knows you come here and just set us right straight pardner.  thumbsup

Post count smack?  C'mon now Calvin.
10103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spiderman III- This Friday! on: May 03, 2007, 01:30:11 PM

Quote from: javahead on May 03, 2007, 03:17:31 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 01, 2007, 07:05:40 PM

I liked Spiderman 2 more than 1 (which I absolutely hated), but nowhere near enough to fight opening weekend crowds to see it.  Might get around to it in a month, or just catch it on DVD.  Especially given the decidedly average reviews.
Take into account that Spiderman 1 was 5 years and 3 directors in the making. That Raimi got it together at all to pique the public's interest was genious. S2 was all under one umbrella, so to speak, and it was a much better movie on many levels (except that beanie and the decision to not wear a bra after the car crashed thru the diner...ick!!)

There's two main reasons I haven't really liked the Spiderman movies:  CGI overkill and casting.  I can only watch a CGI Spidey swinging on CGI webs through a CGI city fighting CGI villians for so long before it simply gets old.   Most of Spiderman 1 looked more like a video game than a movie.   IMHO, Kirsten Dunst is an absolutely horrid actress, and not even the least bit attractive.  Tobey McGuire isn't bad per se, but I don't think he's particularly good either.  Willem Dafoe did a good job in the first one, but he's pretty much the only standout in either movie.

Pretty easy for me to pass on Spidey 3.
10104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: May 03, 2007, 11:57:42 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 03, 2007, 06:51:52 AM

I'm away from home this week, but for those of you who have been playing this version of Catan, is it worthwhile for the singleplayer only?  I've never played the boardgame but mostly just because it's hard to get people together to play those sorts of games and I would like to check it out. 

I'm certainly having fun with the single player, but I'm pretty tempted to re-up on XBL Gold so I can get in on some MP action.  The AI is farily good, but I imagine it's not nearly as satisfying to screw over an AI opponent as a real person.  smile
10105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: May 02, 2007, 11:02:27 PM
Figures.  The one game I have any MP interest in is released the day after my trial Gold membership expires.  Debating whether I want to re-up for a single game...
10106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: May 02, 2007, 07:28:02 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 02, 2007, 07:11:18 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 02, 2007, 06:52:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 02, 2007, 06:18:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 02, 2007, 06:12:50 PM

Just to confirm, you cannot play hotseat multiplayer on one TV, correct?

No you cannot as far as I can see.

Wait, so you only play other people online?  That might be a deal-breaker for me, as I was hoping this is the game that would finally get Mrs. Gratch to play a video game with me (she loved the board game).  If we can't play together, I'm not sure I'll actually buy it. frown

Yeah, it's really too bad.  I remember reading that they couldn't figure out how to hide each player's cards.  I suppose if you tried to do a "Player 2's turn is about to begin, everyone else look away" sort of thing, it would fall apart in the trading since everyone would be able to see everyone else's stockpile.

Still, I wish they implemented it anyways and let us worry about people cheating.

That makes sense, but it still sucks.  Maybe I'll pick it up anyway and see if she'll start playing online.
10107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: May 02, 2007, 06:52:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 02, 2007, 06:18:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 02, 2007, 06:12:50 PM

Just to confirm, you cannot play hotseat multiplayer on one TV, correct?

No you cannot as far as I can see.

Wait, so you only play other people online?  That might be a deal-breaker for me, as I was hoping this is the game that would finally get Mrs. Gratch to play a video game with me (she loved the board game).  If we can't play together, I'm not sure I'll actually buy it. frown
10108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spiderman III- This Friday! on: May 01, 2007, 07:05:40 PM
I liked Spiderman 2 more than 1 (which I absolutely hated), but nowhere near enough to fight opening weekend crowds to see it.  Might get around to it in a month, or just catch it on DVD.  Especially given the decidedly average reviews.
10109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: May 01, 2007, 04:28:26 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 01, 2007, 04:26:40 PM

Well, for the first time in the near year I've had a DS, a game has locked up. That game?  Read the thread title dummy.

So not only are there terrible sound bugs, but the game locks.  Eek a voots!

This happened to me 4-5 times during my 40'ish hours.  Thankfully, it's always after an auto-save, so I didn't lose anything.

It's also the only DS game I've played that's ever locked.
10110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Get ready for gas prices to jump up on: May 01, 2007, 04:07:41 PM

Quote from: jblank on May 01, 2007, 04:02:30 PM

You're right, jump HIGHER is what I should have said.

Oy Vey!!!! This $3.00 a gallon gas (or close to it) is the pits.

Especially when Mrs. Gratch's company refuses to raise her mileage allowance to account for it, and she typically drives 75+ miles a day.
10111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Hearts - most funny video game moment EVER on: May 01, 2007, 04:04:43 PM

Quote from: EddieA on May 01, 2007, 07:20:21 AM

According to this news item at RPGFan, it looks like the development team has been disbanded and no future titles are planned  crybaby  crybaby

That's too bad.  While I didn't care for the last game, I certainly would have liked to see the series continue in some fashion.

This means that Karin Koenig is officially dead.  Depward will be crushed.  slywink
10112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: May 01, 2007, 03:29:44 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on May 01, 2007, 03:00:31 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 12, 2007, 04:05:01 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 12, 2007, 11:40:59 AM

So yesterday me and my knight came up against that two headed ogre that everyone says took them multiple attempts and is really hard.  I was very scared.

I pounded him into the ground.  I don't think I dropped below half health.  Obviously I rule, and you, as the saying goes, drool.

However, I still haven't run across the legendary bat.

Bite me. smile  I have been fighting him for 3 days. 

There are battles where he has done 50 points of damage before I even move.  It is very, very easy to see why people accuse the game of cheating when that happens.

misery loves company icon_cry ...

IIRC, the ogre has an axe that has a 50% chance of an extra turn when he inflicts damage.  If his 50% misses, you're in pretty good shape.  If it continuously hits, well...
10113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Puzzle Quest coming later this year! on: May 01, 2007, 02:07:36 PM
Awesome, awesome, and then more awesome.  smile  I knew I'd be buying Puzzle Quest again, I just thought it would be for PC.  Looks like it'll be XBLA instead.

The Rocketbowl game the article mentions is pretty fun as well.  Played a bit of it on Gametap last weekend.
10114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: May 01, 2007, 01:04:47 PM

Quote from: godhugh on May 01, 2007, 03:25:07 AM

Quote from: EddieA on May 01, 2007, 03:20:41 AM

"I have either Final Fantasy X or Dragon Quest VIII up next, haven't decided which to play yet."
Are you in the mood for a story-based, shorter experience (FFX) or a battle-heavy, lengthy game (DQ8)?

Hmm, not sure. I thought FF XII was pretty lengthy and I'd be looking for something along those lines I think. How do those two games compare to FF XII length and grinding-wise?

1.  I finished FFX in a little over 40 hours.  That same amount of time into DQVIII, and I'd barely scratched the surface.
2.  You'll do way more grinding in DQVIII.
3.  FFX is much more focused on developing the story and characters on a completely linear path, while DQ VIII's main focus is for you freely explore the expansive world.  I enjoyed FFX quite a bit more, but it really depends on what you're looking for.
10115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise Announced on: May 01, 2007, 01:00:22 PM

Quote from: Ridah on May 01, 2007, 06:25:07 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 01, 2007, 04:08:02 AM

I sure hope this doesn't suck.  I'm not optimistic about the whole Burnout in an open world thing. 

Yes, especially considering the NFS series didn't fair to well in an open world environment.

My thoughts exactly.  I hated the switch to an open world for NFS games.

Just give me the next damn race, don't make me drive around for 5 minutes looking for it.
10116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Hearts - most funny video game moment EVER on: May 01, 2007, 04:52:07 AM

Quote from: EddieA on May 01, 2007, 03:31:27 AM

"Shadow Hearts:  From the New World (the third game), on the other hand, was an absolute mess."
I really don't get why people think this.  Other than the fact that its tone is less serious, everything else about the game is very similar to Covenant.  As long as you're not expecting a Covenant-level story, it's one of the most purely fun RPGs on the PS2.

That's exactly the problem.  Both of the first games had amazing stories and strong characters, which were the main reason I enjoyed them.  If you throw in a non-sensical story and substitute a whiny 15-year-old as your lead character, all you're left with is a decent combat system which wears thin after a while.
10117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/30) on: April 30, 2007, 11:10:43 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on April 30, 2007, 06:23:06 PM

Quote from: DonD on April 30, 2007, 03:06:15 PM

Fairy Godmother Tycoon?

I'm all for tycoon games, but c'mon.
I saw a prison tycoon game at Best Buy. One of the features was "use a variety of weapons against rioting inmates!" I was pretty appalled by that.

I actually saw Prison Tychoon 2 at Circuit City.  Sad to think something like that warrants enough sales for a sequel.
10118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your current favorite music? on: April 30, 2007, 10:16:57 PM
I'm still on an Opeth kick and listen to Ghost Reveries at least once a day.

I've also been listening to a lot of industrial in preparation for shows the next few weeks.  Seeing Frontline Assembly on May 15, Skinny Puppy on May 29, and VNV Nation on June 20.  Gonna be an incredible few concert weeks!
10119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Hearts - most funny video game moment EVER on: April 30, 2007, 08:27:05 PM

Quote from: Doopri on April 30, 2007, 08:22:20 PM

hows the second?

Shadow Hearts:  Covenant is easily one of the best RPG's on the PS2.  I can't say enough good things about it.  Shadow Hearts:  From the New World (the third game), on the other hand, was an absolute mess.

Quote
and gratch are you talking about the sea mother part thats about 2 minutes of "sloop sloop squish" or something?  hehehe that also had me laughing but in more of a "come on are you seriously going to do this ANOTHER time? - get to the point!"

Yep.  One of the more...uh, memorable sequences I've ever played.  And not in a good way.
10120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Hearts - most funny video game moment EVER on: April 30, 2007, 06:00:43 PM
I don't remember this either, but it wouldn't surprise me.

When I read the title, I thought it would be referring to the Sea Mother bit.
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