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10201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 05:22:39 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 23, 2007, 05:16:09 PM

I think I am just dead inside.  I have never had music "blow my mind", nor have I ever been moved by a movie, or tv show, or book.  I look at art and see paint on a canvas, nothing more, nothing less.

Never?  Like, never ever?

Damn, that would suck.
10202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 05:15:34 PM

Quote from: noun on April 23, 2007, 05:06:59 PM

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2.  Metallica - ...and Justice for All.  This was really the first 'metal' album I ever heard.  Before this, I was stuck on hair metal and bad 80's pop.  This album opened my eyes to an entirely new genre, thank goodness.

Badly produced and sans Cliff Burton, many Metallica fans consider this the beginning of the end for the band. If you haven't already, check out the far, far superior Master of Puppets.

I'm one of the few that actually liked AJFA better than MoP.  Maybe it's just sentimental value, but the songs just click better with me for some reason.  I'd consider the Black album the beginning of the end, as it was a drastic change in both sound and song structure (i.e. the switch to radio friendly 3:00 songs).

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Edit: Never mind, I found the answer in your profile.

Huh?  icon_confused
10203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 04:53:06 PM
I picked up Opeth's Ghost Reveries recently, and realized this album is an absolute masterpiece.  It's been a long time since I've heard something that has just blown me away like this one has.  So I got thinking about other albums that have made my jaw hit the floor on first listen, and came up with a few:

1.  Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park.  If nightmares had sountracks, they would sound just like this.  Completely insane, and utterly brilliant.
2.  Metallica - ...and Justice for All.  This was really the first 'metal' album I ever heard.  Before this, I was stuck on hair metal and bad 80's pop.  This album opened my eyes to an entirely new genre, thank goodness.
3.  Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies.  I never expected this 180 degree turn they did from Dirt.  Opened up an entire side to one of my favorite bands that I never knew existed.
4.  Yasunori Mitsuda & Millenial Fair - Xenogears:  Cried.  These are pseudo-celtic remakes of the songs from Xenosaga.  Sounds cheesy, but is some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard.
5.  Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction.  Raw, nasty, dirty, and like nothing I'd ever heard.  And it still holds up perfectly after 20 years.
6.  Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral.  This is one of those albums where I find something new every time I listen to it.
7.  Opeth - Ghost Reveries.  See above
8.  Mr. Bungle - Mr. Bungle.  Any album that can combine punk, funk, ska, death metal, pop, circus music, country, 50's do-wop, and rap all within the space of a single song automatically qualifies as a true mindfuck.

I'll probably think of more, but am curious to hear some albums from the GT masses.  I need to pick up some new music anyways, and maybe I can get some ideas.  smile
10204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/23) on: April 23, 2007, 01:55:56 PM
Nothing for me
10205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 23, 2007, 01:23:47 PM

Quote from: naednek on April 21, 2007, 07:38:09 PM



Blech.   thumbsdown
10206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 23, 2007, 01:21:42 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 23, 2007, 09:16:55 AM

f**k,f**k,f**k!!!!!


DELAYED!

now pencilled in for September


Well crap.  Mrs. Gratch and I have agreed on a "one game per month rule" (yeah, I was spending way too much on games), and Blue Dragon is far higher on my priority list than Mass Effect.  Since they're both coming out in September, it looks like now it'll be even longer until I play ME.  frown

Maybe this is a question for another thread, but are there any good RPG's coming out this summer?
10207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 4-23-07 Weekend Recap Club Edition on: April 23, 2007, 01:16:23 PM
Guitar Hero 2, Guitar Hero 2, then a little more Guitar Hero 2smile  Stumbled across a copy at FYE on Saturday, and spent most of Saturday and Sunday playing.  Even though I've played it all before, being able to compare Leaderboard scores takes it to a whole new level.   I used to not care too much about my score when I played, but now I'm checking the board before every song to see what score I have to hit to move up.  Makes it a lot more fun. 

Played a bit of Puzzle Quest as well, up to level 50 now.  I think I'm about ready for it to end, as the whole story bit is really dragging at this point.  It was never stellar to begin with, but I'm now at a point where they're not adding anything new, and I'm just fighting the same enemies over and over again.  It's still fun, mind you, but I'll be glad when I get it finished and take a break for a bit.

Also messed around with a few goofy bowling and pool games on Gametap.  Mindless stuff, but a nice diversion for a bit.
10208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sanjaya's Sister on: April 22, 2007, 08:14:08 PM
While I don't think she's particularly attractive, this is rather hypnotic:

10209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In search of: Traditional RPG on: April 22, 2007, 08:10:32 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 22, 2007, 04:35:01 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 22, 2007, 04:31:47 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 22, 2007, 04:22:19 PM

Skies of Arcadia for the GameCube might be right up your ally.

gellar

While I normally wouldn't trust Gellar at all with RPG advice, I think he is right on here. SOA might be exactly what you are looking for.

Just be warned, it's a combat every 5' game. I really liked it, but got burnt out on the constant fighting.

I really liked Enchanted Arms on the 360. Sure it's corny, but the combat is different/neat and I enjoyed the storyline.

While I agree on SoA, I'd throw in a dissenting vote on Enchanted Arms.  I thought it was incredibly dull, and the combat - while unique for a while - wore thin pretty quickly.  EA was nothing more than a drab string of RPG cliche's thrown together with crappy voice acting and possibly the most uninteresting cast of characters I've ever seen.

I'd second warning's recommendation of FFXII, although the real-time combat takes some getting used to.  Might also want to give Final Fantasy X a try if you haven't already.  The Digital Devil Saga games might also fit the bill, but they're pretty combat intensive as well.
10210  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Can anyone find Guitar Hero 2 for 360? on: April 22, 2007, 01:33:46 AM
Stopped by the local FYE store on a whim, and they had a stack of them just sitting there.  Picked one up and sent out quite a few XBL friend requests so I can start on the leaderboards.

Game on!!
10211  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Westboro Baptist Church at it Again on: April 21, 2007, 06:12:46 PM
There's petty, ignorant, bigoted, spiteful, and hateful people in every religion (including atheists).  There's also kind, generous, loving, and charitable people.  You can find plenty of folks in both groups pretty easily.   

To paint any group - especially one as diverse as 'Christian' - with some kind of broad brush of bigotry or hatred is pretty far off the mark, imo.
10212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for X-box games for 360.. on: April 21, 2007, 04:29:24 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 21, 2007, 04:28:13 PM

I would highly recommend Beyond Good & Evil also, but it's not on the BC list yet.  Hopefully it will be someday soon.  It's still sitting on my shelf just waiting to be played again. 

Doh!  Probably should have checked the BC list before making those recommendations.   icon_redface
10213  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Can anyone find Guitar Hero 2 for 360? on: April 21, 2007, 04:28:23 PM
Thanks all.  Looks like it's back in stock at a few online retailers (Gamestop.com, Redoctane.com, and Bestbuy.com), so I'll just order through there.  Hopefully will have it next week!  smile
10214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for X-box games for 360.. on: April 21, 2007, 04:18:44 PM
+1 to both Dreamfall & Fable.

I loved Dreamfall, but it's certainly not for everyone.  It's an adventure game at heart, so there's much more story than action (it's the sequel to The Longest Journey, if you played that on the PC).  You'll go long stretches without even touching the controller as the story is told.  This isn't a bad thing, however, since it's an absolutely incredible story with fantastic characters.  I would highly recommend it.  I didn't care much for Indigo Prophecy, but that had more to do with the sluggish controls than the game itself.  The story was actually pretty cool, but I couldn't get past the feeling that I was constantly fighting against the controls.

Fable is fun IF you know what to expect.  Fable is basically a hack n' slasher with a somewhat unique social mechanic.  The devs vastly overpromised what the game would be when it came out (they made it sound like the end-all, be-all of RPG's), so lots of people were sorely disappointed.  It's also pretty short (I finished in about 10 hours), which pissed people off.  If you enjoy it, you might also want to check out Sudeki.  Similar combat mechanics as Fable, but put into more of a JRPG style. 

Might also want to check out Beyond Good & Evil or Thief:  Deadly Shadows if you missed them on the PC.  Both titles are slower paced action titles that emphasize brain power over twitch reflexes.
10215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for X-box games for 360.. on: April 21, 2007, 02:34:23 PM
Backwards compatibility list
10216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Thompson harassing Bill Gates on: April 20, 2007, 03:56:50 PM
God, Jack is a disgusting human being.  I just watched his interview on the page that Creepy linked to.  Using something like the VT shootings to further his agenda makes him no better than the Westboro Baptist folks, imo. 

Unfortunately, I've never seen him debate with someone that can intelligently point out his bull-shit and lies.  It'll never happen, but these stations really need to run a "counterpoint" argument with him when he starts spouting his ridiculous nonsense.
10217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 20Apr: ATB @ Calvin's House Splitscreening Gears of War Edi on: April 20, 2007, 01:00:07 PM
I'm going to try and finish up Puzzle Quest as well as starting KotOR 2 over as an evil character.  Probably about it for me.
10218  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Can anyone find Guitar Hero 2 for 360? on: April 19, 2007, 09:27:28 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on April 19, 2007, 09:22:16 PM

If Calvin can't find ya any, I saw some at Circuit City the other night.

Thanks Mirage775.  Calvin's going to check tomorrow.  If we don't have any luck, I'll shoot you a PM.
10219  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Can anyone find Guitar Hero 2 for 360? on: April 19, 2007, 06:19:57 PM
YGPM Calvin
10220  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Can anyone find Guitar Hero 2 for 360? on: April 19, 2007, 04:16:35 PM
If anyone happens to come across a copy at a local store, I'd be happy to pay you for it + shipping + something extra for your effort.

Every local store around here is sold out, as is every single online retailer I can think of.  I've checked Circuit City, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Gamecrazy, Red Octane, CompUSA, Gamestop, Toys R Us, NewEgg, ShopKo, Sears, and a few others.  I placed an order for it through Buy.com (who said they have it in stock), but it's been in queue since Sunday and I just found out they actually don't have any in.

I know a couple people mentioned seeing a copy in the wild, so let me know if you do and if we can work something out.  Thanks!
10221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite band time! on: April 18, 2007, 06:29:16 PM

Quote from: depward on April 18, 2007, 06:08:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 18, 2007, 05:12:39 PM

Quote from: depward on April 18, 2007, 03:52:10 PM

- VNV Nation

I've got tickets to see VNV Nation with And One on June 20.   Tongue

Frontline Assembly in May, VNV Nation in June, hopefully Skinny Puppy in July or August (they're supposed to release their tour schedule any day now), and Assemblage 23 in September.  Gonna be a good few concert months.  smile
Have you listened to VNV's new album (released a week ago)?  A LOT better than Matter + Form.

VNV isn't coming to Portland - that saddens me.  I might have to go to Seattle to see them...

Assemblage 23 should be a good show.  Didn't know they were touring...

I haven't heard it yet, but will have to give it a shot.  They've always been a little too dance-hall'ish for me, so I'm a pretty casual VNV fan (only album I have is Empires).  I've heard they put on an awesome show, however, so I figure it's worth $20.

A23 hasn't officially announced yet, but I've heard quite a few rumors that the western leg of the upcoming tour will be in September/October.  I saw them last time they came through, and it was a fun show.  They don't sound as good live (Shear loses most of that ominous deep sound in his voice when they play live), but they're very animated and have a great time.  Also, they've got a new album coming out later this month.  Can't wait!
10222  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 8 more posts to go... on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:58 PM
pad.   Tongue
10223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 8 more posts to go... on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:49 PM
post
10224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 8 more posts to go... on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:42 PM
really
10225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 8 more posts to go... on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:35 PM
you
10226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 8 more posts to go... on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:28 PM
Damn,
10227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 18, 2007, 05:32:42 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 18, 2007, 05:15:03 PM

I don't know, I never skip battles.

I didn't used to, but fighting enemies that are a full 25 levels lower than you only gives about 10 XP and 10 gold.  Not worth it, imo.

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Does anyone know what difference mounts make, like speed and whether they fly or not?  Because it doesn't appear to really effect your travel times.

I'm sure you know this, but each mount will give you a specific spell.  I love my Dragon Spider's fire blast spell (can't remember the exact name), because it'll do damage equivalent to my red mana.   If I can get an enemy down to 48 HP, the battle is pretty much over.

Also, it doesn't take as much time to travel between cities on a fast mount (however, it's tough to tell the difference because all mounts have the same on-screen movement speed).  For instance, it takes 3 days of game time to travel between 2 cities on a fast mount, but 7 days on a slow mount.  Since you only get gold once a month, then bouncing around to different cities on a slow mount will allow them to "reset" quicker and you'll get gold more often. 

Not sure if that made any sense...
10228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite band time! on: April 18, 2007, 05:12:39 PM

Quote from: depward on April 18, 2007, 03:52:10 PM

- VNV Nation

I've got tickets to see VNV Nation with And One on June 20.   Tongue

Frontline Assembly in May, VNV Nation in June, hopefully Skinny Puppy in July or August (they're supposed to release their tour schedule any day now), and Assemblage 23 in September.  Gonna be a good few concert months.  smile
10229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 18, 2007, 05:05:20 PM
Hmmm, might need to level my mount a few more then.  Anyone know how it works (i.e. you can skip enemies 2 levels higher your mount, equal to your mount, etc.)?
10230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 18, 2007, 01:08:45 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 17, 2007, 10:51:22 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 17, 2007, 10:40:35 PM

This game needs an auto-resolve on the battles when the enemy is 15'ish levels below you.  Taking my 45th level knight up against random 20th level enemies is just a waste of time.

Are you playing on the DS?  Try hitting cancel when the fight's popup box appears, if they're low enough you'll be able to skip them.

Nice tip, thanks!
10231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 18, 2007, 03:11:55 AM
OK, one that doesn't need to be explained.

10232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite band time! on: April 18, 2007, 03:07:15 AM
1.  Skinny Puppy
2.  David Bowie
3.  Alice in Chains
4.  Frontline Assembly
5.  Bauhaus
6.  Nine Inch Nails
7.  Guns N' Roses
8.  Bad Religion
9.  They Might Be Giants
10.  Great Big Sea

A few that are interchangeable with the bottom of the list

-  Vast
-  Mr. Bungle
-  Opeth
-  Tool
10233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 17, 2007, 10:40:35 PM
This game needs an auto-resolve on the battles when the enemy is 15'ish levels below you.  Taking my 45th level knight up against random 20th level enemies is just a waste of time.
10234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 17, 2007, 03:17:21 PM

Quote from: disarm on April 17, 2007, 01:02:08 AM

Quote from: Calvin on April 17, 2007, 12:42:24 AM

Quote from: disarm on April 16, 2007, 11:46:37 PM

nothing for me unless i can actually manage to find another 360 GH2 controller somewhere...

I've seen them in like 3 different stores around here man..that sucks.

i saw them a couple days after release but hadn't yet convinced myself i wanted to buy one at the time.  now that i want one, every store near me seems to be sold out icon_cry

Good luck finding one.  I spent the better part of a day checking every single TRU, Best Buy, Target, Circuit City, Gamestop/EB, Gamecrazy, Shopko, and Wal-Mart in Salt Lake.  Every single place is completely sold out, and none of them know when they'll be getting any more in.  Finally resorted to buying it online through Buy.com.  Placed the order on Sunday w/2-day shipping, and it hasn't shipped yet.   mad
10235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 17, 2007, 02:41:59 PM


Xkcd is frakking brilliant.  Quickly becoming one of my favorite webcomics.
10236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game makeovers on: April 17, 2007, 12:26:44 PM
Cool article Eddie.  Thanks!
10237  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Zarkon needs a new PC (FS!) on: April 16, 2007, 07:06:15 PM
YGPM
10238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 06:04:49 PM

Quote from: depward on April 16, 2007, 05:47:59 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 16, 2007, 05:43:13 PM

Quote from: depward on April 16, 2007, 05:27:26 PM

a) I want to support XSEED games for bringing over several games (Shadow Hearts: FTNW, this one, etc.)

Hell, they should be punished for dropping Shadow Hearts:  FTNW on us.   Probably the most disappointing game I've ever played.  What a horrible, horrible let down from SH:  C
At least you had the opportunity to play it instead of just thinking about how wonderful it would have been to try it   icon_wink

I mean think about it - if it hadn't been brought over, at least I would have always wondered, "I wonder if SH: From the New World was as good as or better than Covenant..."

OK, that's true.

But I'm still bitter that it was such an awful game, dammit!!
10239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 20 dead at Virginia tech on: April 16, 2007, 05:46:12 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 16, 2007, 05:34:11 PM

I wonder if video games were involved.

No, but they'll be blamed anyways.

This is all just terrible.  frown
10240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dogs and Cats on: April 16, 2007, 05:44:15 PM
3 cats & a dog here, and I can attest that this is completely true.
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