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10121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think I'm done with the fantasy genre for now on: February 26, 2007, 03:04:33 PM

Quote from: warning on February 26, 2007, 02:41:41 PM

Anyone else burnt on fantasy?

Exactly the opposite here.  I find that - at least with books and games - if it doesn't have at least some fantasy trappings, I have a really hard time getting into it.
10122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: February 25, 2007, 10:20:48 PM

Quote from: Doopri on February 25, 2007, 09:42:50 PM

party members dont earn xp when they arent in your group of three BUT...

Inactive party members don't earn XP, but they DO earn LP.  Just FYI...
10123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dragonlance animated film!! on: February 25, 2007, 07:05:32 PM
Interesting that the site says it's being created for "worldwide theatrical release", but the director's blog says this:

Quote
Dragonlance production is in full swing and everyone's working hard to make an on time delivery. Even though the DVD won't go on sale until Fall, we need to be finished in the Spring to allow time for mastering, pressing and distribution.

Wonder which one it is?
10124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dragonlance animated film!! on: February 25, 2007, 06:43:22 PM
I'm cautiously optimistic at this point, and I'd love to see a sample of the artwork before I get too excited about it.  The voice cast is fantastic, but from what I've seen of Toonz animation, their style just doesn't seem to fit the subject matter.  I'm just worried that we'll end up with a cartoon version of the D&D movie.

EDIT:  OK, so I missed the concept art on the site.  Doesn't do much to quell my concerns, though.  Something about it just seems...off.  Reminds me too much of the Saturday morning D&D cartoon, but we'll see...

Xak Tsaroth


Qualinost


Laurana


Tanis


Sturm


10125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dragonlance animated film!! on: February 25, 2007, 06:35:25 PM
Ahem
10126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Absolutely Hilarious Video mocking Sony on: February 25, 2007, 04:46:23 PM
Y'know, it's going to be a sad day when PS3/XBox/Wii discussions get banned at a gaming forum because people can't be adult enough to discuss things rationally.
10127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 25, 2007, 04:09:40 PM


10128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 25, 2007, 02:41:00 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on February 25, 2007, 04:25:45 AM



You can save this one dbt.  We'll start a self portrait thread later.   icon_wink
10129  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Oblivion (PC), Civ IV on: February 25, 2007, 02:32:12 AM
I should probably just title this the "I need money for God of War II" sale.  slywink

- Oblivion (PC-DVD) - $26 shipped  **SOLD**
- Civ IV (CD) - $15 shipped  **SOLD**

Shoot me a PM if interested.
10130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 25, 2007, 02:19:03 AM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on February 24, 2007, 04:52:50 AM



What the...??   icon_confused
10131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Long] Simba almost died today. on: February 24, 2007, 11:19:50 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 24, 2007, 11:12:10 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 24, 2007, 11:03:46 PM

Wow, glad he's OK Pete.  Can't imagine how scary that would be.

On a side note, Vader likes it when you post Simba stories.  Somehow he always ends up scoring an extra treat when I'm done reading.

Imagine his excitement if he learns that from said stories you also get new treat ideas.  Such as
Frosty Paws puppy ice cream or Happy Tail Ale. slywink


He loves Pooch Pops.  I'd give them to him more often if they didn't smell so horrid.

10132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Long] Simba almost died today. on: February 24, 2007, 11:03:46 PM
Wow, glad he's OK Pete.  Can't imagine how scary that would be.

On a side note, Vader likes it when you post Simba stories.  Somehow he always ends up scoring an extra treat when I'm done reading.
10133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Absolutely Hilarious Video mocking Sony on: February 24, 2007, 10:59:01 PM

Quote from: mytocles on February 24, 2007, 06:39:56 PM

OH NO - Gratch is the Voice of Reason lol, imo. 

I'm putting this on my business card.
10134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: darkness new gameplay footage on: February 24, 2007, 07:39:02 PM
Uber-cool bit of trivia on this game.  Apparently, Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, etc.) is doing the voice work for the monsters.  Anyone familiar with him knows that this is a very, very good thing, as the guy can do absolutely ridiculous things with his voice.

Take a listen to the insanity that is his Adult Themes for Voice album and you'll see what I mean
10135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Absolutely Hilarious Video mocking Sony on: February 24, 2007, 05:53:48 PM

Quote from: Hetz on February 24, 2007, 05:47:48 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 24, 2007, 02:52:18 PM

Well, I thought it was funny.

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I guess it is just human nature to want to see things fall from grace, especially things that you can't have or afford or whatever the reason is.

Bit of a stretch, don't you think?  Poking fun at Sony for some of it's ridiculous marketing and PR gaffes has nothing to do with whether or not people can afford the system. 

Sorry, but nearly everyone that pokes fun at the PS3 or says they are not getting one, ends with saying I can't spend $500 on it or it's too much or something along those lines. I don't see how $500 is all that much more than the $400 that the 360 costs and you get a lot more with it. I mean, if you can afford the 360, the extra $100 isn't going to break the bank, is it?

Y'know, being able to pay and being willing to pay are two very, very different things.
10136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: February 24, 2007, 05:48:38 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 24, 2007, 04:32:59 PM

i am actually having problems with libra(scan)..i bought libra,and obtained the license...but when i try and use it under techniks(or however you spell the crazy spelt word),i can only 'scan' myself....anyone know what i am doing wrong?

IIRC, Libra is a passive ability that displays monster HP, weaknesses, etc. as you fight. As long as you a) have purchased the license and b) have a Libra item equipped,  I'm pretty sure you don't actively have to "scan" any monsters in order for the info to appear. (Calvin, et al, please correct me if I"m wrong. It's been a few months since I finished.)
10137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top Five Albums on: February 24, 2007, 05:01:40 PM
1.  Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park
2.  Alice in Chains - Dirt
3.  David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
4.  Guns 'N Roses - Appetite for Destruction
5.  Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral

A few others that may jump up, depending on my mood:

-  Tool - Aenima
-  Oingo Boingo - Farewell Live
-  Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
-  Bauhaus - The Sky's Gone Out
-  Metallica - ...and Justice for All
-  Yasounori Mitsuda & Millenial Fair - Xenogears Cried
10138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Absolutely Hilarious Video mocking Sony on: February 24, 2007, 04:19:31 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on February 24, 2007, 04:12:20 PM

really disappointing to see mods hopping on the 'yet one more ps3-bashing forum topic' bandwagon...

Sheesh, lighten up people.  I sort of though that as a group of mature gamers, we could get a chuckle out of gaming related humor.  Apparently not.

And yes, the song would have been funny if it were directed towards the 360 or Wii as well. 
10139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: February 24, 2007, 02:58:03 PM
The bottom black bar is there whether you have subtitles on or not.  Not sure about the side bars, though.  Never had that happen to me.
10140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Absolutely Hilarious Video mocking Sony on: February 24, 2007, 02:52:18 PM
Well, I thought it was funny.

Quote
I guess it is just human nature to want to see things fall from grace, especially things that you can't have or afford or whatever the reason is.

Bit of a stretch, don't you think?  Poking fun at Sony for some of it's ridiculous marketing and PR gaffes has nothing to do with whether or not people can afford the system. 
10141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CompUSA Closing 100 Stores on: February 23, 2007, 09:53:47 PM
This doesn't shock me a bit.  The few times I shopped at CompUSA they were either completely rude, dismissive, unhelpful, or a combination of all three. 

Any time a store treats their clientèle as annoyances rather than customers, they deserve to go under. 
10142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best/most memorable gaming moments on: February 23, 2007, 06:33:56 PM
I've gotten 3-4 hours into Planescape:  Torment on two seperate occasions, and been distracted both times.  Judging by the amount of times it's appeared on this list, maybe I should give it another shot.

I can get it on Gametap, so I think it'll be my next RPG after FFVI.  Nothing like playing classic games a decade after the fact!! 
10143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many Computers/Televisions in your house? on: February 23, 2007, 05:15:20 PM
For 2 people:

-  2 desktop computers (one semi-decent machine for me, an old word-processing/web surfing machine for Mrs. Gratch)
-  3 TV's (1 52" HDTV, 1 old 35", 1 27" TV/VCR combo that hasn't been turned on in years)

Just about right for us.
10144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Hot Shots Golf 5 on: February 23, 2007, 04:15:42 PM

Quote from: warning on February 23, 2007, 03:54:43 PM

But sentient sand traps?  I think I've missed those.

In retrospect, those were probably a Mario Golf game, not Hot Shots.
10145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Hot Shots Golf 5 on: February 23, 2007, 03:48:51 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 23, 2007, 03:38:26 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 23, 2007, 03:36:16 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 23, 2007, 03:30:03 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 23, 2007, 05:09:49 AM

Maybe I'm just not impressed with graphics these days, but that doesn't look all that spectacular to me.

gellar

Same with me. It doesn't look any better than some of the Tiger Woods 2007 stills, and TW doesn't have the bug eyed characters. Never could get into the Hot Shots Golf games, it's just a sport I want to play with pros, not enormous eyed cartoon characters.

See, I'm exactly the opposite.  I could never got into the games with the pros, and enjoyed playing a ultra-simple golf game with goofy anime characters.

HS5 would be a day one purchase for me...if I was able to afford a PS3.  frown

Different strokes I guess, but to me, Golf is one of those games where familiarity adds to the experiences. Being able to compete in Tournaments against Tiger Woods, or Jack Nicklaus back the earlier games, added something to it, as does the ability to play on real courses. I hate anime with a burning passion, so to me, that "style" in Hot Shots Golf, is a distraction.

Very true.  I have no connection with pro golfers, so playing against pros on realistic courses means squat to me.  In fact, the more realistic the golf game, the less I tend to like it.  The more exploding golf balls and sentient sand traps the better!
10146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Hot Shots Golf 5 on: February 23, 2007, 03:36:16 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 23, 2007, 03:30:03 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 23, 2007, 05:09:49 AM

Maybe I'm just not impressed with graphics these days, but that doesn't look all that spectacular to me.

gellar

Same with me. It doesn't look any better than some of the Tiger Woods 2007 stills, and TW doesn't have the bug eyed characters. Never could get into the Hot Shots Golf games, it's just a sport I want to play with pros, not enormous eyed cartoon characters.

See, I'm exactly the opposite.  I could never got into the games with the pros, and enjoyed playing a ultra-simple golf game with goofy anime characters.

HS5 would be a day one purchase for me...if I was able to afford a PS3.  frown
10147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 23/Feb/07 on: February 23, 2007, 03:25:31 PM
More Final Fantasy VI (what an incredible, awesome, outstanding, amazing game) and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for me.  I swear, I've spent more time with my DS in the last 2 weeks than in the previous 6 months combined!
10148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best/most memorable gaming moments on: February 23, 2007, 03:21:17 PM
Reading through the "Favorite Games of all Time" thread got me thinking about the gaming moments that just make us stop and say "Wow, that was awesome.".  Since I experienced one of mine recently (FFVI), I thought it would be fun to see what everyone's most memorable gaming moments are.  Here's a few of mine, not necessarily in order:

1.  Opera house sequence (Final Fantasy VI - SNES/GBA) - I knew Uematsu (composer) was good, but this sequence is simply amazing.  I'm sure it would have been even more impressive had I played it on the original SNES 13 years ago, but better late than never.  Honestly, I never thought I'd be able to care about little sprite-based characters, but it's impossible not to with FFVI.  The entire sequence is just beautiful.

2.  Aeris' death (Final Fantasy VII - PS1) - It's interesting to look back on this.  Nowadays, we are all so connected online that we probably would have read about a sequence like this on a message board long before we played the game.  However, I played FFVII pre-internet, so I had no idea it was coming.  Seeing your favorite characters take a sword through the gut was, well, gut-wrenching.

3.  The big reveal (KotOR - XBox) - Talk about a jaw-dropping moment.  Maybe I was just dense, but I had no idea it was coming.  A great twist in a fantastic story.

4.  Taking down a Colossus (Shadow of the Colossus - PS2) - While I didn't like the game overall, there is an immense (no pun intended) feeling of satisfaction in taking down that first Colossus.

5.  Playing Ziggy Stardust (Guitar Hero - PS2) - I just played guitar for David Bowie!!  ::faints::

6.  Your first "Godlike" (Unreal Tournament - PC) - Back in the dial-up days, I was pretty damn good at UT.  The first time I hit a "Godlike" however, I about jumped out of my chair.

7.  Flipping the score (Asteroids - Atari 2600) - You've played for hours on end, your eyes are bleary, and you're finally gotten the score up to 999,999.  You shoot that next asteroid, and you're back at zero.  The sense of accomplishment is awesome, the payoff...maybe not so much.

8.  The big jump (Rally Cross - PS1) - Rally Cross was one of the first racing games I played on my PS1.  My brother and I would race for hours on end, and it just never got old.  There was a few times when racing head to head that the cars would jump over each other while catching massive air.  Man, we thought that was pretty much the coolest thing in the world.

9.  Purifying an area (Okami - PS2) - There's nothing quite like seeing a drab, dreary landscape suddenly explode in a whirlwind of color and life.  The Myazaki-esque art design made it even more amazing.

10.  Yuna's summoning (FFX - PS2) - The cutscene with Yuna completing the summoning on top of the water is probably my favorite one Square has ever done.   


11.  Alice's fate (Shadow Hearts) - I got the "bad" ending when I played through Shadow Hearts.   Without spoiling too much, Yuri realizing what happened to Alice as the end-game credits are rolling is absolutely brutal.  There's a scene toward the end of Shadow Hearts:  Covenant involving Karin & Yuri that's similarly touching.  One of the few times the eyes have misted up during a game.

12.  Pey'J (Beyond Good & Evil) - There was a short scene after the credits that turns the ending completely on it's head.  The real tragedy is that we will never get any closure on it.  frown
10149  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Civilization 4 and Heroes of Might and Magic V expansions on: February 23, 2007, 12:52:12 PM
YGPM
10150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: February 23, 2007, 03:39:33 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 23, 2007, 03:18:42 AM

Yeah, stealing is essential but, with the gambit system, I don't really mind it. 

True.  Having it automated isn't nearly as tedious as the manual input of the draw system.

Y'know, I never really thought of the comparison between the two until Calvin mentioned it.
10151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Whitney Music Box on: February 22, 2007, 11:44:51 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 22, 2007, 02:18:50 AM

I was expecting a Whitney Houston sex video.  I want a refund and the state of Utah as compensation.

No, dammit.  I refuse to belong to CeeKay.
10152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktop Thread on: February 22, 2007, 10:30:09 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 22, 2007, 09:49:00 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on February 22, 2007, 09:40:24 PM

A picture of Simba as PeteRock's desktop?  SHOCKING!   icon_mrgreen

I wish our dog park had a pool. :/

Ours does, and Vader won't go anywhere near it.  I'm actually sorta glad, as it's usually nasty.
10153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktop Thread on: February 22, 2007, 08:16:34 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 22, 2007, 07:54:59 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on February 22, 2007, 07:18:33 PM

Meh, haven't had one of these in awhile and I'm bored at work.



Skylander - where did you get this?  I want it!

Me too.  That is an awesome picture.
10154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBA Vegas All-Star Weekend....."an unmitigated failure" on: February 22, 2007, 12:52:05 PM
This pretty much confirms what my dad told me.  He was in Vegas the day before the All-Star game, and he said the number of gang-bangers quadrupled (at least) in the 24 hours before the game.  He said it was the only time he's ever felt really uncomfortable in Vegas.

IMO, it's not just the All-Star game that's a mess.  The entire NBA has a major image problem.  What used to be a league with , y'know, talented basketball players has now become a group of hip-hop thugs that care infinately more about getting their dunk on Sportscenter than  whether or not their team wins.  I used to follow the NBA pretty religiously, but can honestly say I haven't watched an entire game since Jordan retired.
10155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 game franchises that need to go away on: February 21, 2007, 06:33:36 PM

Quote from: Devil on February 21, 2007, 05:59:55 PM

Where's Final Fantasy and Metal Gear on this list?

 Tongue

Them's fighting words!!   finger

Good call on the initial list, though.
10156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninja Gaiden Black Tips on: February 21, 2007, 03:59:58 PM

Quote from: Rubyeye on February 21, 2007, 03:29:22 PM

My advice, return it!  It made me sad.  The game looks beutiful and it seems easy to control but I couldn't beat the first boss character on easy.  I HATE YOU NINJA GAIDEN.

+1.  There's a fine line between difficult and ridiculous, and Ninja Gaiden crossed it.  I got about halfway through, then decided it simply wasn't worth the aggravation.
10157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst song lyrics of all time? on: February 21, 2007, 02:58:36 PM
One of my friends was a huge Disturbed fan, and was trying to get me to give them a shot.  I got this far into the first song on their album before bursting out laughing:

So, are you breathing
So, are you breathing now, now
Are you breathing
So, are you breathing, now

Wake up, are you alive
Will you listen to me
I'm gonna talk about some freaky shit now
Someone is gonna die
When you listen to me
Let the living die, Let the living die


Good god, that's horrid.
10158  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: February 20, 2007, 11:22:16 PM
A huge, massive, enormous +1 to ROTC1983.

I bought Final Fantasy Tactics Advance from him.  There was apparently a problem with USPS, and they returned the package.  Not only did he reship the game via express mail, he actually refunded me the money I paid him even though the game was still shipped!  That was way above and beyond on his part, and a true statement as to the type of awesome traders (and people) we have around here.

And don't worry, the money was sent back to him once the game arrived.  smile
10159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 20, 2007, 06:09:21 PM
Quick question:  Do you need to have an entirely balanced party of characters (i.e. every character knows most of the skill/magic available), or can you get through FFVI with one uber-party of characters?  I've mainly been using Terra, Edgar, Sabin, and Locke/Celes.  I've done a bit of grinding, and they have mastered nearly every magic skill available right now (just got to World of Ruin, about 16 hours in).  I'm afraid, however, that I'm going to run into a situation (a la the end of FFVII) where you have to use every character available, whether their underpowered or not.  If that's the case, I'm going to need to do some serious grinding in the second half of this game.

Any thoughts from those who have finished it?
10160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 20, 2007, 04:37:31 PM
I'm sure this is a photoshop job, but  eek



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