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10161  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!! 
10162  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.
10163  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.
10164  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!
10165  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
10166  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!
10167  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
10168  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
10169  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.
10170  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.
10171  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.
10172  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.
10173  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.
10174  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.
10175  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.
10176  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.
10177  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
10178  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?
10179  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



10180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EB: Trade in the past (PSP) for the future (DS Lite) on: February 20, 2007, 03:27:45 PM

Quote from: Leona-Windrider on February 20, 2007, 03:22:17 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 20, 2007, 01:13:57 AM

I dunno.  The lack of an EB/Gamestop logo anywhere on that page makes me a bit suspicious.  Kinda looks like a bitter fanboy-created ad to me, but ymmv.

Pretty stupid move on EB's part if it's true, however. 

It's true -- the coupon is already in the computers.

Ah, I stand corrected then.
10181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite All Time Games on: February 20, 2007, 03:21:48 PM

Quote from: Wolves on February 20, 2007, 01:38:16 AM

Off the top of my head, here's what I came up with....

(good list)...
6. Postal 2(PC)
(good list)...

Wait...what?  You just slipped that in there to make sure we were paying attention, right?
10182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy 30th Birthday WBS!!! on: February 20, 2007, 04:46:50 AM
Pfffft, younguns.

(happy b-day!)
10183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Avatar changing madness!!! on: February 20, 2007, 04:20:10 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 20, 2007, 03:53:20 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 20, 2007, 02:55:33 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 20, 2007, 12:07:30 AM

Don't think I've changed mine since the beginning.  Maybe it's time for a new one...

Gratch, I've always been a little confused as to what yours was, anyway. 

I believe its an Xray of a guy sleep in an office chair.

Heh.  Never thought of that, but I suppose it sort of looks that way.  It's actually a skeleton jumping out of it's skin. 

EDIT:  There, now it's something new.  smile
10184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EB: Trade in the past (PSP) for the future (DS Lite) on: February 20, 2007, 01:13:57 AM
I dunno.  The lack of an EB/Gamestop logo anywhere on that page makes me a bit suspicious.  Kinda looks like a bitter fanboy-created ad to me, but ymmv.

Pretty stupid move on EB's part if it's true, however. 
10185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Avatar changing madness!!! on: February 20, 2007, 12:07:30 AM
Don't think I've changed mine since the beginning.  Maybe it's time for a new one...
10186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/19) on: February 19, 2007, 10:14:45 PM
Nada.  Too busy trying to get through Final Fantasy VI.
10187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Myst Online: Who is with me? on: February 19, 2007, 06:31:37 PM
I've DL'ed everything on Gametap, but haven't fired it up yet.  I generally loathe MMO games, but have never tried an adventure one.  Maybe I should give it a shot...
10188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 2/19/2007 on: February 19, 2007, 04:16:02 PM
Reinstalled Fate and spent about 4 hours with it.  It's funny that as far as hack n' slashers go, the little low-buget Fate is probably 2nd on my list behind Diablo II.  There's just something about it that they got right, and the big-budget stuff like Dungeon Seige and Titan Quest missed.

Also spent a few more hours with Final Fantasy VI Advance.  I'm at the 11 hour mark now, and am extremely glad I gave it a shot.  Really, really enjoying it, and I can finally see what all the fuss around this game is about!

Plus, I've got today off and I'm using a PTO for tomorrow as well.  Yay 4 day weekends!!   icon_cool
10189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 19, 2007, 03:45:26 PM






10190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: February 19, 2007, 04:06:23 AM

Quote from: slackerjoe on February 19, 2007, 02:03:51 AM

This thing hits for awesome (though inconsistent) damage

My initial thought was to make Basch an axe character, but the inconsistent damage ended up scrapping that notion.  It simply got too frustrating to have him hit for 500 damage with one swing, and 25 on the next two.  It probably all averages out in the end, but I just felt better using weapons that caused a consistent amount of damage every time.
10191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Awesoime FFXII Revenant Wings trailers on: February 19, 2007, 04:02:42 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 19, 2007, 02:14:15 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 19, 2007, 12:35:37 AM

The combat still looks like a hectic mess to me, which is a bit concerning.  However, the graphics and music look/sound amazing, and I'm sure I'll be trying this one out.

Well, the game is supposedly using gambits so that should make combat much less hectic. 

I hope so.  The first clip looks awesome and it's pretty obvious how the gambits will work.  The second clip, however, shows battles with a ridiculous amount of units on-screen.  I have a hard time seeing how gabits will function in this situation, and it just all looks very...messy. 
10192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Awesoime FFXII Revenant Wings trailers on: February 19, 2007, 12:35:37 AM
The combat still looks like a hectic mess to me, which is a bit concerning.  However, the graphics and music look/sound amazing, and I'm sure I'll be trying this one out.
10193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Interesting Movie on: February 17, 2007, 02:20:40 PM
Never heard of it, but that's a pretty impressive cast
10194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YEEEEA!!! It's THE TODD Time on: February 17, 2007, 02:14:30 PM
Meant to check that out after the show and forgot.  Looks like I didn't miss much.

Speaking of Scrubs, I am completely gaga over Sarah Chalke.  I think I could watch her all day.





10195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A new crop on: February 16, 2007, 03:50:55 PM
I'm pretty 'meh' on all those, actually.  If I had to choose one, I'd probably pick Shivering Isles.  However, after recently restarting Oblivion, I realized that once you get past how pretty it is, the gameplay itself is really pretty dull.
10196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you had XBox 360 problems? on: February 16, 2007, 03:39:15 PM

Quote from: Jancelot on February 15, 2007, 03:20:32 PM

icon_cry

I take it yours died again?
10197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: February 16, 2007, 03:37:14 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 09:39:40 PM

Quote from: depward on February 15, 2007, 09:30:46 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 09:21:08 PM

Quote from: depward on February 15, 2007, 08:38:16 PM

I played FFXII like a madman right when it came out.  Ever since, I'll take a several week break, then come back and play two hours one night and think, "Wow this game is awesome!!" then get distracted again.

I'm right around where you are, Calvin.

Then its definitely time to make finishing this your ONLY rpg project mr. rpg lover that never finishes them.
HOW DARE YOU SIR!   icon_wink

It's just that a lot of games (I'm looking at you, Grandia III) really lose steam towards the end.

Oh absolutely, especially average RPGs, but I can honestly say FF12 is getting better and better at the 27hour mark, I really wish I had more time so I could spend 10 days just blowing through it and doing hunts and everything and staying in the flow of the game like I was last week playing so much, now with work its going to be a much more disjointed experience and I have to choose between main questing or side questing/grinding each night of play. Sucks frown

FFXII had a 10-15 hour stretch in the mid-game that was mind-numbingly dull.  It was nothing but shuffling from place to place with no real character or story advancement.   The final third, however, was very strong story-wise and really helped pick it back up.  The last few hours (and their accompanying cutscenes) are really quite amazing.
10198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/Feb/07 on: February 16, 2007, 01:12:57 PM
It's a GBA weekend!  I'll mainly be playing Final Fantasy VI with some Final Fantasy Tactics Advance thrown in.

I've actually got a 4-day weekend, so I should get in plenty of gaming time.  smile
10199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 16, 2007, 12:18:56 PM

Quote from: godhugh on February 16, 2007, 12:04:04 PM

You may want to put that whole post in spoiler tags ROTC since I don't think Gratch has ever played FF6 smile.

S'alright, I already read it.

No worries though, I'm not a big fan of Shadow anyways.  slywink
10200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 16, 2007, 04:26:14 AM
I don't care how good the rest of the game is, it was worth playing just to see the Opera House sequence.  I knew Uematsu was a good composer, but that was just sheer brilliance.
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