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10121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vampire DVD movies! on: March 14, 2007, 12:34:38 PM
What about Brahm Stoker's Dracula?  Sure, it was cheezy, but I rather liked it.
10122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flame Warriors: Which one are you? on: March 14, 2007, 12:30:47 PM

Quote from: Zimix on March 14, 2007, 12:17:30 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on March 13, 2007, 05:50:42 PM

See you in a week.

He didn't even make it 24 hours.

Sheesh, just let it go guys.
10123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 to Xbox 360 on: March 14, 2007, 12:09:32 PM

Quote from: Kobra on March 13, 2007, 11:44:48 PM

Quote from: Arkon on March 13, 2007, 01:18:51 PM

Didn't see this posted anywhere else so thought I would pass it along.

http://previews.teamxbox.com/xbox-360/1562/Sacred-2-Fallen-Angel/p1/

I was a pretty big fan of the original Sacred.  Nice to see it coming to the 360!

You know, I am thinking it is going to get really hard to decide whether to buy PC version or Xbox360 version of many upcoming games.. Given I am sick of upgrading PC's, the 360 is sure pulling ahead when given either option.

+1.  I just bought a new mid-range system last summer, and it's already having a hard time keeping up with the newer games.  I'm sick of dumping $800 every couple years just to keep up, so the next purchase will be a new console.

Could you imagine having to buy a new 360 or PS3 every 2 years because it can't handle the new stuff?
10124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 11 Million of yours to US = OK. A couple guys putting out a fire not ok? on: March 14, 2007, 02:48:08 AM

Quote from: Kobra on March 13, 2007, 11:52:21 PM

From that same article;

Quote
In the fields, he said, "the pay is so low, the benefits nonexistent, the conditions so harsh

See thats the problem, they WOULD find Americans for the jobs if they paid better, had realistic working hours, and reasonable working conditions.  I know 400,000 unemployed in Michigan that would LOVE a reasonably good job.  The fact is, these companies want to pay $2.00 a day for Illegals and line their pockets with the profits.  They are no better than the cotton plantation slave owners of days past.

We did *JUST FINE* for many decades without using illegals, so whats the problem?  Ok, so they have to raise the price of a head of lettuce from 99cents to $1.49 to cover the increased labor costs - SO WHAT!  I'd rather pay a bit more for stuff and see Americans working those jobs than what we have now.



Well, that's the Catch-22 I was referring to.  No one wants the jobs because the pay and benefits are shit, and the pay and benefits are shit because the companies (most likely) can't afford to pay for American workers.  Is there a middle ground to benefit both parties?  Probably.  But I don't see us moving towards it. 

Also, to use your analogy, I don't think we're talking about raising the price of lettuce from $.99 to $1.49.  Playing American workers even miniumum wage (plus benefits, etc.) would increase labor costs over 200%.  Are Americans willing to pay $4.00 for lettuce instead?  $5.00?  I'm sure some would be, but then you end up with an entirely new set of problems with low-income US citizens not being able to even afford food.

Which is the greater evil?  I dunno.
10125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 11 Million of yours to US = OK. A couple guys putting out a fire not ok? on: March 13, 2007, 11:14:58 PM

Quote from: Kobra on March 13, 2007, 10:10:34 PM

Do you really believe that?  I saw some CEO of some building company bitching that they can't  hire Americans even for $40 an hour, so they are forced to hire $10 an hour illegals.. I call BULLSHIT on that one!  Proof?  Well one example was that big meat packing place that got raided and they hauled off 400 illegals.   The NEXT DAY well over 1,000 AMERICANS were lining up trying to get those jobs..  So much for the story that those Illegals are going jobs Americans don't want eh?

On the flip side, let's look at a case that wasn't plastered all over the news for weeks before they offered the jobs to Americans. 

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Jack Vessey said he listed openings for 300 laborers at the state office of employment last week to prepare the lettuce fields for harvest. "We got one person," he said. "He showed up and said, 'I'm not going to do that.' "

Quote
Yuma Mayor Larry Nelson, a Republican, said he once believed the border should be closed entirely. Responsibility for his community's economic health has changed his mind, he said.

"We have more jobs in America than we have workers," he said. "If you took every illegal out of the United States right now, you would shut down the food industry, the vast majority of the hotels and all the service industries. If you stop [immigration], this nation will come to a screeching halt."

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but yeah, I do believe it would cause huge problems.  Again, I'm not saying we don't need to tighten things down.  I just imagine the uproar from the general public would be massive when the inevitable product shortages started happening.  Is your average Joe Schmo willing to "do without" in order to prevent illegal workers?  I highly doubt it.

Something does need to be done.  However, I'm not in favor of killing off entire industries to solve the problem.  There's got to be a happy medium somewhere.
10126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 11 Million of yours to US = OK. A couple guys putting out a fire not ok? on: March 13, 2007, 09:20:35 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on March 13, 2007, 09:12:47 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 13, 2007, 09:02:16 PM

Quote from: noun on March 13, 2007, 08:46:54 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on March 13, 2007, 07:54:46 PM

America should be a gated community where we control exactly who we let in and when. End of story.

Then you're going to need to do something about the American companies and individiuals that knowingly employ illegals because they can get away with paying them less. And by "doing something" I mean "fine the fuckers". Unless you think all the lawn care company workers, housekeepers, field workers and general laborers have the funds and ability to create fake IDs on their own...

And herein lies a major problem.  If we do "fine the fuckers" to the point that they quit hiring illegals, then most of these lawn care, housekeeping, and general laborer companies are simply going to go belly-up.  Then what?

I'm not advocating one way or the other on the issue, but we've created quite a Catch-22 with the situation.

Gee what ever will the law breakers do if we stop them from being able to break the law.   I guess I dont care one bit.

That wasn't really my point.  I'm not saying that we should feel sorry for the business owners if they have to shut down.  I just think it will cause some major economic ripples if we suddenly lose 30% (or whatever the percentage of illegals is) of our general labor force.

Again, I'm not saying we shouldn't crack down on illegal workers.  I'm just saying that we all need to be prepared for what will happen if/when we do.
10127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 11 Million of yours to US = OK. A couple guys putting out a fire not ok? on: March 13, 2007, 09:02:16 PM

Quote from: noun on March 13, 2007, 08:46:54 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on March 13, 2007, 07:54:46 PM

America should be a gated community where we control exactly who we let in and when. End of story.

Then you're going to need to do something about the American companies and individiuals that knowingly employ illegals because they can get away with paying them less. And by "doing something" I mean "fine the fuckers". Unless you think all the lawn care company workers, housekeepers, field workers and general laborers have the funds and ability to create fake IDs on their own...

And herein lies a major problem.  If we do "fine the fuckers" to the point that they quit hiring illegals, then most of these lawn care, housekeeping, and general laborer companies are simply going to go belly-up.  Then what?

I'm not advocating one way or the other on the issue, but we've created quite a Catch-22 with the situation.
10128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flame Warriors: Which one are you? on: March 13, 2007, 07:23:38 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 13, 2007, 07:19:09 PM

Man, I hate it when I miss a week of my soaps. I feel so left out. frown

Could I die of a brain tumor? I wanna return and kidnap Brendan and hold him hostage. He's got phat lewt.

I heard forum TIVO is part of the next software upgrade.
10129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 to Xbox 360 on: March 13, 2007, 06:34:47 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 13, 2007, 05:33:10 PM

From the Gamespot preview -
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You will once again roam around a large virtual world, slaying all manner of monsters left and right and pursuing up to 650 side quests, only in this case the world is going to be much larger.

A much larger world than the first one?    icon_eek

That's my reaction as well.  I remember spending about 12 hours with Sacred 1, covering what felt like hundreds of game miles, thenseeing that I had explored something like 21% of the game world.
10130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: March 13, 2007, 05:59:36 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on March 13, 2007, 05:53:13 PM



Heh, that's awesome.   nod
10131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]XBOX 360 Price Drop, Core Canceled, HDMI in May on: March 13, 2007, 05:58:19 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on March 13, 2007, 05:09:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 13, 2007, 04:58:32 PM

Every time I see price drop rumors, it steers me closer to a 360 over a PS3.  Then I remember how many people's units have gone up in flames and it swings me back the other way.  Then I see some of the RPG's lined up for the 360, and I start looking at one again.  Then I remember FFXIII will only be on PS3, and I'm back in that direction.

Man, choosing one system over the other is really gonna suck.  frown

Just buy both..... Tongue

Oh, how I wish I could.  I'm leaning more and more towards the 360, but the quality issues have me seriously gunshy.

Either way, it'll at least be a couple months before I do anything, so we'll see what happens.
10132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]XBOX 360 Price Drop, Core Canceled, HDMI in May on: March 13, 2007, 04:58:32 PM
Every time I see price drop rumors, it steers me closer to a 360 over a PS3.  Then I remember how many people's units have gone up in flames and it swings me back the other way.  Then I see some of the RPG's lined up for the 360, and I start looking at one again.  Then I remember FFXIII will only be on PS3, and I'm back in that direction.

Man, choosing one system over the other is really gonna suck.  frown
10133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flame Warriors: Which one are you? on: March 13, 2007, 03:59:34 PM
They need one for "Boring Average Guy".  That'd be me.
10134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't want to speak too soon but... on: March 13, 2007, 02:07:11 PM
Congrats Arkon!
10135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 to Xbox 360 on: March 13, 2007, 01:36:48 PM
That's pretty cool.  I enjoyed the original Sacred, but it did get pretty tedious after a while.  Hopefully they'll add a little more variety this time around.
10136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much is your monthly electric bill? on: March 13, 2007, 01:13:39 PM
Right now it's about $40, but goes up to about $120 in the summer with the A/C.
10137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2/PS3] God of War 2 on: March 13, 2007, 03:31:18 AM

Quote from: Calvin on March 12, 2007, 10:19:04 PM

Nice! that is very good. Now that KD says 12 hours it makes me consider purchasing again-but I really want to get it for 29.99 smile

Don't worry, my copy'll be up for sale as soon as I finish it.  smile
10138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocket to the Sun - These Actors Need to go on: March 12, 2007, 10:12:29 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 12, 2007, 09:56:54 PM

I'm sick of seeing Sarah Silverman.  Yeah, you're controversial and you're all up in our face.  We get it already.

Amen.  Add in the fact that she's just not very funny, and she definitely needs to go.
10139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms out 3/7/07 on: March 12, 2007, 10:11:13 PM
This thread inspired me to fire up Worms:  Armageddon yesterday.  To this day, WA is the only game (PC or console) that Mrs. Gratch will play with me.  And she's actually really good at it.  We decided to play a best of 3 match yesterday.  First round, I won with 1 worm remaining at 15%.  Second round, she won with one worm at 56%.  So it was on for Round 3.

I started off with the high ground, and took out two of her worms pretty quickly.  She came roaring back with some ridiculous cross-screen grenade lobs to tie it up.  I took out one of hers with a perfectly placed airstrike that also dumped 2 mines on the poor worm, so in response, she managed to ninja rope up to an area I didn't think she could reach and baseball bat me off into the water.  So we're down to a single worm each (at about 30%), both of us in pretty good cover.  I sneak a frag grenade through a tiny hole and knock her down to 8%, and I think I've got it won.  As a absolute last resort, she fires a homing missle that just happens to hit right below where I'm perched, knocks me in the air, landing a land mine, which proceeds to blow me off the ledge and into the water.

It reminded me why I absolutely love this game.
10140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Box-Office Results for March 9th-11th on: March 12, 2007, 09:20:48 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 12, 2007, 08:33:12 PM

Quote from: JeRrYFaR on March 12, 2007, 08:01:12 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 12, 2007, 04:12:52 PM

and the fact that Norbit made any money at all.

7.) Norbit                     $4.3m        $88.3m

88 million?  *sigh*  Now we'll see another one made.

We are just encouraging Eddie Murphy to keep retreading this "I'll play all the characters" idea. 

Seriously, who the hell pays to see this shit?  The US movie-going public is truly a flock of ignorant sheep.
10141  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 12, 2007, 08:53:15 PM
Wow, uber cool man!  smile

-  Virtua Fighter 4
-  Gran Turismo 3
-  Tenchu
10142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to play through all the major PSX RPG's on: March 12, 2007, 08:20:06 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 12, 2007, 08:05:10 PM

I forgot to remind you to let me know when you do FFVII. I think I mentioned before that I would like to play that concurrently with you and maybe throw some stuff your way to compare our experiences. Keep me in the loop.

I've been itching for a replay of FFVII too (it'll be #4 for me), so count me in if you start that one up.
10143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2/PS3] God of War 2 on: March 12, 2007, 06:50:25 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 12, 2007, 06:32:31 PM

This game is supposed to be significantly longer than the original, no?

16-18 hours, from what I've heard.  I debated making it a rental, but the longer length sold me.
10144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games You Can't Stop Playing on: March 12, 2007, 04:45:51 PM
-  Guitar Hero 1 & 2
-  Bookworm Adventures
-  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
10145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 3-12-07 (under new management, try the veal!) on: March 12, 2007, 04:44:54 PM
I finally finished Final Fantasy VI (final impressions here).  Fantastic game!

I also put about 4 hours into Planescape:  Torment.  I like it, but it suffers from some technical issues (horrible slowdown, stuttering sound, etc.) through Gametap.  I also have the same problem with it that I do with many of the Infinity Engine games.  Within 10 minutes of hitting the main area (the Hive), I had 27 different quests pulling me in every different direction.  I was able to pare them down to a few main ones, and it was much more enjoyable.
10146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/12) on: March 12, 2007, 02:13:57 PM
God of War II
10147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NO! Albert Bjarnson Does Not LIVE HERE! NEITHER DOES PATTY McRAY!!!!! on: March 12, 2007, 01:45:52 PM
We got that for months after we moved into our new house.  Funny thing is, we kept the same number that we had before.  I guess the bill collectors just pull the phone number by the address, and the people we bought the house from had some serious issues.   The collection people would get nasty too.  Even when we'd explain that we weren't the Criers (the people we bought it from), they would never believe us, accuse us of lying to them, etc.  Finally quit after about 2 months.
10148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to play through all the major PSX RPG's on: March 12, 2007, 01:37:41 PM
Once again, I"m impressed.  Playing all the way through a game you only thought was average shows some dedication.  There's no way I'd be able to do that.
10149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Go Raiders! on: March 11, 2007, 06:16:17 PM
I'm not sure I like this signing either.  Having a good running back wasn't the problem, the offensive line that failed to open holes and/or protect the QB was.  It's tough to have a successful running game when the other team knows they can shut down your passing attack 100%.

Then again, it's Al Davis, so who knows what the hell he's thinking. 
10150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heads up Browncoats. SE edition of Serenity on: March 11, 2007, 02:16:59 PM
I'm not really that interested in all the extras, but I'll probably pick up on copy on principle.
10151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heads up Browncoats. SE edition of Serenity on: March 10, 2007, 08:59:48 PM
"Serenity"?  Never heard of it...

/goes back to drinking my gorram Mudder's Milk
10152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 10, 2007, 07:51:55 PM


10153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portable or Console- Which is Your Bigger Timesink? on: March 10, 2007, 05:47:47 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 10, 2007, 05:15:05 PM

The only portable I own is a GBA with PaulBot installed backlight. 


Hey, I had one of those too!  smile
10154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portable or Console- Which is Your Bigger Timesink? on: March 10, 2007, 04:39:20 PM
I like handheld gaming if the right game comes along.   My DS has been getting a lot of love lately with FF VI & FF Tactics Advance.  However, I don't have much occasion for portable gaming and much prefer to play on a big screen rather than squint at a small one.  I also haven't really been that enamored with most DS games, so my consoles get a lot more time right now.  That may change if the upcoming DS RPG's are any good.
10155  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Final Fantasy VI Advance on: March 10, 2007, 03:25:49 PM
Finished FF6 last night, so now it needs a good home.  $25 shipped if anyone wants it.  **SOLD**
10156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS]final fantasy fables:Chocobo tales on: March 10, 2007, 03:12:00 PM
I'm normally a complete Final Fantasy whore, but this looks skippable to me.
10157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: March 10, 2007, 03:08:48 PM
Finished FF6 late last night.  Took about 38 hours, and my party ranged from level 55 - 68.  A few final thoughts:

THE GOOD
-  If you had told me before I started FF6 that I could feel any sort of emotional attachment to goofy little 16-bit sprites, I would have called you crazy.  One of the reasons I've always had a hard time playing old-school RPG's is because so many of them just look...well...silly.  However, when put in the right hands, an amazing, epic story can be told using these silly little avatars. Final Fantasy 6 is that story.  Huge, huge props to the writers (and translators) of this game.  They did such an incredible job telling what was truly a moving, compelling story.  On more than one occasion, I felt some real emotion during the telling, which doesn't happen very often during games.  Scenes like the Opera House, Cyan's Phantom Train, or Locke & Rachael were so incredibly well done that you couldn't help but connect to them. 

-  Uematsu was my second favorite game compser before (right behind Mitsdua.  Chrono Cross, Xenogears, etc), but the soundtrack for FF6 may have jumped him into the #1 spot.  The sound he was able to coax out of this system is nothing short of mind-blowing.  The music during the final battle was beyond awesome.  I picked up both the original soundtrack and piano arrangements recently, and I think they're going to get even more playtime now.

-  They were both pretty basic, but I really enjoyed the combat and Esper systems.  They were so simple and easy to understand, and yet made for some epic battles.

-  Having played the PS1 port, I have to say how nice it was to be able to play FF6 without the insane loading times.  They did a great job porting this to the GBA.

-  At 38 hours, it was just about the perfect length for me. 

NOT QUITE AS GOOD


-  There isn't a lot that's bad, but a couple things bugged me.  I hated the grinding factor towards the end.  I spent nearly 8 hours doing nothing but level grinding in order to get every single character up to par.  Problem was, I had a shit-ton of characters, most of which I never used.  So while they weren't terribly far behind in levels (non-active characters gain levels, albeit at a slower rate), they were completely lacking in skills & magic.  Since I knew I would be splitting into 3 parties for Kefka's Tower, I felt I had to get every character up to snuff in order to survive.  In all honesty, I really overlevelled my characters, so some of this is my own fault.  Hell, by the time a couple characters get Ultima (along with the Doublecast & 1 MP accessories), you can pretty much walk through the tower without a scratch.   I ran through all 4 of Kefka's forms without even having to switch party members.

-  Speaking of Kefka, where the hell did he go during the second half of the game?  They create this incredible villain, then he practically dissapears once you hit the World of Ruin!  That was rather dissapointing, as I would have loved to see more interaction with him.

-  The game was pretty easy, overall.  Maybe it's because I was so over-levelled, but I never really felt much of a challenge. Only died once, and that was an enemy in the final tower that cast a Death spell on everyone before I could get off a Reraise.  This is a pretty minor gripe though, as I'd much prefer a game to be too easy than too hard.

Overall, I'd give FF6 a sold A.  A fantastic story, wonderful characters, a kick-ass bad guy, brilliant music, and overall very enjoyable.  I'm really glad I gave it another shot, and woudl probably put it 4th in "Gratch's Personal List o' Final Fantasy Games", which now stands as:

1.  FF7
2.  FFX
3.  FF12*
4.  FF6
5.  FF9
6.  FF8
7.  The rest of em

*#'s 2 & 3 are pretty interchangeable.  They're such completely different games that it's hard to compare them to each other.  I probably enjoyed the equally, but I'd give FFX the edge because I thought the characters were better.
10158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Mar/07 on: March 10, 2007, 05:54:13 AM
I finally just finished FFVI Advance.  Will probably post more thoughts in it's specific thread, but what a truly remarkable game.  Now I can start God of War II with no distractions.  smile
10159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Mar/07 on: March 10, 2007, 03:23:03 AM
Admit it Calvin, you're starting FFXII again.   slywink
10160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What IS a "kiddie game"? on: March 09, 2007, 11:07:30 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 09, 2007, 11:04:28 PM

Quote from: Gratch
I just finished The Longest Journey, and April Ryan was about as whiny an 18-year-old as I've ever seen in games (with an animal sidekick, no less!), but it certainly wasn't for kids.

One of the things I most liked about The Longest Journey was the fact that its protagonist had a life of her own, and for all of its faults, it was a life she was excited and optimistic about.  In most games, the hero exists solely within the bounds of the gameplay: the simple farm boy whose first 10-18 years of life are totally meaningless until An Epic Adventure(TM) presents itself and he's off to save the land/world/galaxy.

April Ryan is a simple art student who heads out to save the world, but not because she's craving an escape from her humdrum life -- she gets roped into the job because she's literally the only person who can do it.  And unlike the typical videogame hero who never looks back and winds up better off for the journey, it's clear very early on that April's adventure is not going to have a happy ending.  Remember: if everything goes as she expects,

Spoiler for Hiden:
she's supposed to become the next Guardian of the Balance, locked in a transdimensional tower by herself for a thousand years.  The fact that this does not happen, that April completes the most important thing she'll *ever* do at the age of 18 and is then cast aside by fate with no direction and no home -- it's really no surprise to me that she's become so bitter and jaded in Dreamfall.

April Ryan strikes me as a very authentic and sympathetic character, and When you consider all the angst that Buffy and Clark and Claire go through, I don't think she came off as whiny at all.  At least all those others got superpowers as part of the package....

-Autistic Angel

Don't get me wrong, I think April was a fantastic character and TLJ was a utterly brilliant game.  I was just giving an example of a character that I thought fit denoginizer's "kiddie" description, when the game itself really didn't.
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