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10161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Moral Kombat: A fair & balanced VG documentary on: January 06, 2007, 10:40:10 PM
Yeah right.

Let's see:  biblical references?  Check.  9-11 references?  Check.  Columbine references?  Check.  Jack Thompson?  Check.

Fucking disgusting.   Roll Eyes

10162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Non-mainstream music recommendations on: January 06, 2007, 02:30:30 PM

Quote from: warning on January 06, 2007, 02:19:02 PM


My newest find is the metal band Mastodon.  They are beyond hard with a thunderous wall of drums and guitars.  They are just stupidly great.  Their album Leviathan is a concept album based on Moby Dick of all things.  It's sheer brillance and their newest is Blood Mountain According to the band "It's about climbing up a mountain and the different things that can happen to you when you're stranded on a mountain, in the woods, and you're lost. You're starving, hallucinating, running into strange creatures. You're being hunted. It's about that whole struggle."  I play this when I want something loud and powerful but they're not for everyone I suppose.

I definately need to check out Blood Mountain.  It's been a while since I've bought any new metal albums, and that sounds pretty cool.
10163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Non-mainstream music recommendations on: January 06, 2007, 02:12:58 PM
I'd be wiling to bet that 80-90% of the bands I listen to have either never been played on the radio, or have had extremely limited airplay.  I tend to lean toward the gothic/industrial stuff, so here's a few of my favorites.  They may or may not be considered obscure, depending on the musical circles you travel in:

-  All time fave is Skinny Puppy .  Also dig all the side projects like Ohgr, Rx, Download, Tear Garden, etc.
-  Front Line Assembly
-  Hocico 
-  Assemblage 23
-  Black Lung
-  Clan of Xxymox
-  Noise Unit
-  Dead Can Dance
-  Faith and the Muse
-  Cradle of Filth
-  Funker Vogt
-  The Jesus Lizard
-  Legendary Pink Dots
-  Mr. Bungle
-  Vast
-  Wolfsheim
-  The Cruxshadows
-  Project Pitchfork
-  Opeth
-  etc., etc., etc
10164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best ideas/suggestions on what to do with the backlog on: January 03, 2007, 10:41:30 PM
Backlog has never really concerned me, mainly because I don't worry to much about finishing games.  I play a game until I'm not having fun anymore, then I'm done.  Doesn't really matter to me if it's 8 hours or 70 hours with the credits rolling.  I never feel like I have to finish a game.
10165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Saw Appleseed for the first time... on: January 03, 2007, 05:28:39 PM
There is a box set available on Amazon for $179.00.  Seems like an odd-price, considering each individual DVD is $20-$25 and it doesn't look like the box set offers additional content. 
10166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Saw Appleseed for the first time... on: January 03, 2007, 04:36:30 PM
OK, I know it's a completely different style from Appleseed, but how in Bob's name did a 'recommend some anime' thread get this far without a single mention of Miyazaki??  For shame people, for shame.   icon_wink

Anyone with even a passing interest in anime needs to immediately watch Spirited Away.  One of the single most incredible movies you will ever see.  I also really liked Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Sky.  A couple other suggestions that closer the Appleseed style:

Vampire Hunter D.  The original is so-so, but the second one (Bloodlust) is awesome
Metropolis.  This one is very unique, and tends to elicit some pretty polarizing reactions from people.  I loved it, but have talked to plenty others who hated it.  YMMV.

Most of my faves have already been mentioned, but I'll add a hearty +1 for:

-  Ghost in the Shell
-  Akira
-  Cowboy Bebop (probably my all-time favorite series)
-  Ninja Scroll (Loved the movie, absolutely hated the series)
-  Trigun
-  Record of Lodoss War
-  Berzerk (I wasn't a huge fan, but I know a ton of folks that love it)
10167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2...too easy? on: January 03, 2007, 02:08:52 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 03, 2007, 03:03:50 AM

Quote from: Farscry on January 03, 2007, 01:37:24 AM

You think that's fast?

Try Misirlou icon_biggrin

Meh.  I beat that song the first time I tried on Expert.  There are definitely harder songs.

I remember seeing a YouTube of 'Misirlou' prior to GH2's release and thinking, "There's no way in hell I will ever beat that song".  Ended up getting through it on the second try, and it really wasn't all that tough.

'Hangar 18', however...
10168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/1) on: January 02, 2007, 03:30:59 AM
Nada.  I've bought enough over the last 2 weeks to keep me busy for quite a while.
10169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF:CC ring of fates on: January 01, 2007, 06:09:57 PM
I'm in the same boat.  I don't have any gamer friends (a few that play PC games, but none that would play something like this), so these sort of games are lost on me.  I somewhat enjoyed FF:  CC for the Cube, but it got pretty frustrating trying to play by yourself.
10170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's January 1, 2007: What's your most anticipated game? on: January 01, 2007, 06:05:58 PM
Right now it's probably Rogue Galaxy.
10171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone going to see Pan's Labyrinth? on: December 31, 2006, 09:42:45 PM

Quote from: siege on December 31, 2006, 07:19:03 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 31, 2006, 04:58:58 PM

So how gory/violent is it really?  I'm interested, since this is the main reason Mrs. Gratch won't go with me to see it.  Some of the reviews say it's absolutely horrible, and others don't even mention it.  Just curious.

It's very violent. One scene in particular that involves a bottle is pretty gruesome. There are many scenes with gunshots to the head. I defintely wouldn't take someone who was opposed to violence in films.

Thanks.  Definately a rental for me, then.
10172  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Elite Beat Agents (DS), Dreamfall (PC) on: December 31, 2006, 05:16:04 PM
Already have most of those.  Thanks though!
10173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone going to see Pan's Labyrinth? on: December 31, 2006, 04:58:58 PM
So how gory/violent is it really?  I'm interested, since this is the main reason Mrs. Gratch won't go with me to see it.  Some of the reviews say it's absolutely horrible, and others don't even mention it.  Just curious.
10174  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Elite Beat Agents (DS), Dreamfall (PC) on: December 31, 2006, 04:55:31 PM
Elite Beat Agents:  $22 shipped.  Perfect condition, probably only played for about 2 hours before realizing it's not really my thing.  **SOLD**
Dreamfall (PC - CD version):  $15 shipped.  Box, manual, discs all in perfect shape.   An amazing and sadly overlooked game that easily jumped to second on my GoTY list (behind only FFXII).  **SOLD**

I've also got a few more games in this thread.

Can't think of anything I'm interested to trade for right now, but feel free to make offers for PS2, DS, XBox 1, or PC.
10175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 31, 2006, 04:23:04 PM




10176  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: December 30, 2006, 11:11:19 PM
+1 to warning for FFIII
10177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good 'old school' RPG for the DS? on: December 30, 2006, 08:48:38 PM

Quote from: EddieA on December 29, 2006, 03:45:51 AM

There's actually a version of the old Eye of The Beholder for the GBA, playable on the DS.  It didn't do too well in reviews, but it might be worth checking out.

Stay far, far away from that one.  There's a darn good reason the review scores are that low.  It's really bad.
10178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist- The final one for 2006! on: December 30, 2006, 03:11:08 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on December 30, 2006, 01:08:21 AM

I went back and started up Baldur's Gate : Dark Alliance on the PS2.  For being around five years old, that game still looks great.

That game still has some of the best water effects I've ever seen.
10179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone going to see Pan's Labyrinth? on: December 29, 2006, 10:36:42 PM
It looks very cool, but there's no way in hell I'd get either Mrs. Gratch or any of my friends to see it with me.  Since I hate going to movies by myself, looks like it will be a rental.   :icon_sad:
10180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF12: Revenant Wings images on: December 29, 2006, 09:05:59 PM
Cool, thanks.

OK, I lied.  On first look, that battle system looks like a complete mess!  10 characters on screen with explosions & projectiles all over the place.  Hopefully it will make more sense when we get some further details.
10181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist- The final one for 2006! on: December 29, 2006, 06:55:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 29, 2006, 04:17:08 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 29, 2006, 03:33:37 PM

I might put a few more hours into Xenosaga III and see if it does anything to grab me (it hasn't after about 3 hours),

Like most RPGs, XS3 is a slow starter.  Doesn't help that combat starts off way too easy as well.  I liked the beginning area but it seems like for most people it didn't really grab them until they got to the second act. 

I think part of my problem is that I've spent close to a full hour (out of the 3 I've played) simply reading through the somewhat cryptic database in order to get caught up on everything.  I played the original when it first came out in 2003 and never made it all the way through X2, so trying to get back up to speed has been a bit daunting.  Not to mention the universe is one of the most complex I've ever seen.
10182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF12: Revenant Wings images on: December 29, 2006, 05:56:24 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on December 29, 2006, 05:29:29 PM

From the videos it looks like it's the gambit system all over. The battles looked to be in real time. I think that would be great if they gave us a better expanded gambit system and more character specific license boards too. I think the game looks sweet. 2007 is definitely the year of the DS.

Videos?  Where?
10183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF12: Revenant Wings images on: December 29, 2006, 05:27:51 PM
Wow, some of that artwork is beautiful.  Can't say I'm crazy about the "kiddie" look of the characters, but I've played enough JRPG's that it doesn't bother me too much anymore.  I thought the battle screens were particularly interesting.  With the multiple enemies across the screen, it almost looks like a grid-based tactical game.  That's certainly not a bad thing but wasn't really what I was expecting, especially with FFTA 2 being announced.
10184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: December 29, 2006, 05:23:39 PM

Quote from: kathode on December 29, 2006, 04:56:09 PM

But I hear he's talking about making the whole thing an MMO.

God, I hope not.  I fail to see how that story could be told  in any way, shape, or form in an MMO setting.  Not to mention the fact that I hate MMO games.
10185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: December 29, 2006, 04:37:59 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 29, 2006, 04:23:58 PM

I don't know if I'd call the story better.  Probably more like equally as good.  Unfortunately you'll know a few of the surprises since you've played Dreamfall.  TLJ is still well worth playing (I just replayed it this year after starting Dreamfall) but be aware that it's a much more conventional adventure game in format- ie very contrived, wacky puzzles.

The goofy/nonsensical puzzles are normally what turn me off about adventure games, but I should be OK with a good GameFAQ.  I'm dying to know how the characters tie together from the two games.
10186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: December 29, 2006, 04:17:39 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 29, 2006, 04:12:03 PM

I finished the game, it was ok.  And I wouldn't be opposed to playing a sequel... but I refuse to give any money to JoWood.  If I can pick this up either in a trade or used, that's how I'll be getting it.

I don't see JoWood mentioned anywhere on the box, unless they're associated somehow with Funcom.  If you're interested, I'd be willing to trade my copy.  Once you're done with the story and know how it wraps up, there's really not much reason to go back and replay it.

Quote
So, Gratch, am I to take it you never played The Longest Journey?

Nope, missed it entirely.  I have managed to track down a copy, and it should be arriving next week.  From people familiar with both, I've heard TLJ is an even better story, so I can't wait to get started!
10187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: December 29, 2006, 04:13:13 PM
If you don't like a lot of dialog, this probably isn't the game (or series) for you.  It's really more of an interactive story than a proper game.  As Mrs. Gratch put it (she watched me play the last 2/3 of it), it really felt more like a 13 hour movie than an actual game.  You'll be putting down the controller for long stretches at a time while the story is told.

This didn't bother me at all because the story and characters were so incredibly well done.  If you're looking for something fast paced, however, you'll want to look elsewhere.
10188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: December 29, 2006, 03:51:17 PM
Dreamfall.

I caught Dreamfall on someone's "Best of" list (Gamespot, maybe?), and it looked remotely intriguing.  I typically haven't been a fan of the adventure genre, but I decided to give it a shot.  Lucked into a copy on Wednesday afternoon, and proceeded put in a 10 hour session that afternoon, and another 4 hour session last night to wrap it up.  I'd never even heard of the game before, but quite frankly, it absolutely blew me away.  It's technically an adventure game, but there are some stealth and fighting mechanics also involved.  To be honest, neither of them are particularly good, but it really doesn't matter.  The storyline is absolutely incredible and is easily the best I've seen in a game in a very, very long time.  Anyone who is a fan of sci-fi or fantasy owes it to themselves to check this one out, as there's plenty of both.   There are some absolutely wonderful characters that you feel a true connection with, and the cliffhanger ending will leave you itching for a sequel (it's the middle of a planned trilogy that started with The Longest Journey). 

You may not have heard of it, but if you enjoy a brilliant story and beautiful graphics, you have to check out Dreamfall.  After the past 2 days, it jumped from "never heard of it" to easily the second best game I've played this entire year behind FFXII.  This is definately a hidden gem that I think many of us probably just overlooked.
10189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist- The final one for 2006! on: December 29, 2006, 03:33:37 PM
I'm in limbo right now, as I don't really want to start anything until FFIII and The Longest Journey arrive next week.  I might put a few more hours into Xenosaga III and see if it does anything to grab me (it hasn't after about 3 hours), and I may also give Neverwinter Nights 2 another look.  I shelved it about 5 hours in because it was boring me to tears, but I really do want to like it.
10190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of Xbox - Prelim on: December 29, 2006, 07:52:25 AM
-  Dreamfall
-  Dreamfall
-  and, Dreamfall
10191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So what game did ya get for Christmas? on: December 29, 2006, 01:33:22 AM
Didn't get any games, but was able to purchase with X-mas $$:

-  Dreamfall (PC)
-  The Longest Journey (PC)
-  Syberia (PC) - Can you tell I'm on an adventure game kick?
-  Elite Beat Agents (DS)
-  Final Fantasy III (DS)
-  Xenosaga III (PS2)
-  Dark Messiah of Might & Magic (PC)
-  Rogue Galaxy (PS2) - Pre-order paid in full

TLJ, Syberia, and FFIII are still on their way to me, and I'll hopefully have them next week.  I'm hoping to finish Dreamfall tonight, and can't wait to fire up the other two when they get here.  Dreamfall definately goes on my "how the hell did I miss that?" list for 2006.

The only real stinker so far in the bunch is Dark Messiah.  It's an absolute piece of crap, and I'm kicking myself for dropping the $35 on it.  The jury's still out on Xenosaga III, as it hasn't done much to grab me yet after about 3 hours.
10192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 Slim impressions. (late to the party) on: December 28, 2006, 06:05:24 AM

Quote from: Kobra on December 28, 2006, 05:00:48 AM


Burnout 3 Takedown - Great stress burner, Flatout2 is much much better, but this is still a really cool game for those without PC's.


Probably the first (and last) time I'll ever hear that.
10193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I take back all the negative things I said about Elite Beat Agents. on: December 27, 2006, 08:06:34 PM
I consider myself to be decent at rhythm games.  I was pretty successful at Amplitude.  I've cleared both Guitar Hero games (well, all but the last 2 songs of GH2) on Expert.

EBA completely baffles me.

Picked it up yesterday and am most of the way through the 1-star level.  I think I'm on the last song ('Jumpin' Jack Flash), and the ending has kicked my ass multiple times now.  The highest rank I've received on any song so far is a C.   My biggest problems is that I can't seem to find where the hell they are coming up with their rhythms.  Most of the time, they seem to be completely random and have nothing to do with either the vocal, guitar, or drum tracks.  Maybe it's just because I'm not familiar with most of the original songs, but I'm having a hell of a time even getting through the easiest level.  It's still pretty fun, but the randomness is very off-putting to me.  Maybe it's because I've become so used to Guitar Hero, where what I'm hearing and what I'm playing are always the same.

I am officially humbled.  :icon_sad:
10194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/25) on: December 26, 2006, 11:04:15 PM
Well, took my X-mas money out today and picked up Dreamfall (PC), Elite Beat Agents (DS), Xenosaga III (PS2), and pre-ordered Rogue Galaxy.

All-in-all, it was a pretty good haul.
10195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/25) on: December 26, 2006, 06:01:11 PM

Quote from: Kobra on December 26, 2006, 04:39:29 PM

With over 30 new games in the house from Yesterday, it is safe to say we won't be buying a single game, for any system, within the next 6-12 months.  saywhat

Can I quote you on that?   icon_wink
10196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Penny Arcade's games of 2007 list with pics on: December 26, 2006, 05:21:17 AM
Wow, lots of RPG's that weren't even on my radar.  Now I'm excited for 2007 PC gaming!!
10197  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: A few PC, DS, & PS2 games I'm looking for on: December 26, 2006, 04:52:18 AM

Quote from: Calvin on December 24, 2006, 05:12:05 AM

If NWN2 is FT/FS, could you please post a price and or additional wants? Thanks.

Sorry, $32 shipped on NWN2.  The only other thing I really want is BSG Season 1, but let me know if you'd be interested in NWN 2.

Will shoot you a PM as well.
10198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What did you get for Christmas? on: December 26, 2006, 03:09:37 AM
I made out awesome this year. The haul (between wife, in-laws, & parents):

- 3 tan and 1 grey Dockers pants
- 3 Polo shirts for work
- Brown/Black leather belt
- 2 pair of new Vans
- New Univ. of Utah hat
- Storm-tater & Artoo-Tater to go along with my Darth Tater figure
- Pirates 2 & Cars DVD's
- DVD burner
- New wallet with $15 gift cards to Borders, B&N, Gamestop, Circuit City, Applebees, Ruby Tuesday, and a couple other local restaurants.
- Padded goalie shorts
- $100 in Amex gift cards
- $75 cash

And to top it all off, we were surprised with a $20,000, no-interest, pay-back-whenever-we-can loan from the in-laws so we can start the in vitro process next month. We thought we'd have to wait a whole 'nother year to put the money together for that.

Needless to say, it was a damn good X-mas.
10199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/25) on: December 25, 2006, 03:10:57 PM
I got FFIII from Warning, so now I have to decide on which games to get with my $100 in gift cards.   I'm thinking about picking up Elite Beat Agents and Dreamfall, then pre-ordering Rogue Galaxy.

Not that I really need to pre-order, but if I don't I'm sure I'll spend the $$ somewhere else instead.
10200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 24, 2006, 04:37:32 PM
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