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10241  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NIN - Year Zero free listen online on: April 05, 2007, 05:59:07 PM
After a couple listens today, I think I'll pass on Year Zero.  I'm a big NIN fan, but every song on this CD sounds exactly the same and there's not a single standout tune in the bunch.

I was hoping it would grow on me (I didn't like With Teeth on first listen either), but after 3 times through this morning I think I can skip it pretty easily.
10242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 05, 2007, 05:48:52 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on April 05, 2007, 05:30:24 PM

How do you guys spend your gold?  Do you buy new equipment for your character or go for all the citadel upgrades first?  I don't know what to do.  I purchased the dungeon and the stable (to train mounts).  I'm now hesitant to purchase anything.  I would like to upgrade my equipment but I could really use those citadel upgrades.  Any thoughts???

On a related note, how the heck do you get lots of gold?  I'm currently a Level 11 Knight and I have only 1,100 gold saved up and I'm unsure how to spend it because I don't want to gimp my Knight.

I'm at level 27 now.  I've built all the citadel structures, so nearly all my gold goes into upgrading my stats at the temple.  I've bought a few things at the shop, but most of it goes to simply increasing stat points. 

I posted a money making trick a few posts up on this page.  I did it for an hour straight while watching TV and racked up 99,999 gold.  I suppose it's sort of an exploit/cheat, so ymmv on whether or not you want to use it.   
10243  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NIN - Year Zero free listen online on: April 05, 2007, 01:56:06 PM
Listen to the entire album online.

Sounds a lot like what it really is:  Trent doodling on his laptop on the bus during the last tour.  Not a bad thing, mind you, but it's certainly not anything mindblowing.
10244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] GH: I can't play "Heart Shaped Box" on: April 05, 2007, 01:53:45 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 04, 2007, 04:11:16 PM

I was going to start my comeback tour last night, but I figured I'd give the fingers one more day of rest.  It's kind of weird, the fingertips of my middle and ring finger are still numb, but at least they don't hurt.

Might be elbow tedonitis.  I have it pretty bad in both elbows, and when it flares up it decreases circulation in my fingers and hands.  It doesn't usually bother me much when playing games, but I have had it hit during some marathon GH sessions.
10245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 04, 2007, 11:29:26 PM
10246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pokemon banned in Kansas schools - because it promotes evolution on: April 04, 2007, 07:59:53 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 04, 2007, 07:53:21 PM

OMG

You can't make this stuff up!

New Article

Hilarious or sad, I'm not sure which.  I don't know if this belongs in the Off-Topic forum, but it's gaming related, so I'm putting it here. icon_biggrin

Please tell me that's a belated April Fools story.
10247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your most hated musician or group? on: April 04, 2007, 05:19:04 PM

Quote from: JLu on April 04, 2007, 05:03:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 04, 2007, 02:49:06 PM

Quote from: Doopri on April 04, 2007, 02:22:03 AM

i HATE very few things.  most music and groups i can think of at least 1 song of theirs i like...

but i hate garth brooks

I was going to mention Garth, but I kinda figured he was just a given.  Same with Celine Dion.

I know they both sell a shit-ton of albums, but I don't think I've ever met a person that has actually said they're a fan of either one.

I like Garth Brooks.  Not quite sure I'd call myself a 'fan' per se, but I have his greatest hits album and enjoy most of it... 

I stand corrected.
10248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Portable Games Screens (PSP and DS) on: April 04, 2007, 04:13:10 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 04, 2007, 04:04:55 PM

So heres the thing. There are more games I want to play now on a PSP, but the DS is getting some awesome RPGs in the future (but almost nothing now appeals to me whatsoever). This is quite a dilemma.

I'm in the same boat with my DS, and to a certain extent my 360.  There's only a couple things I enjoy playing now, but I'm keeping both because there's so much good stuff coming out in the future.
10249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Skill Level At Games on: April 04, 2007, 04:11:07 PM
Honestly, I'm pretty awful at most games.   I don't have the attention-span or patience for MMORPG's, don't have the twitch reflexes for console shooters or many action games, and don't have the tactical smarts for most strategy games.  I used to be pretty decent at PC FPS games, but that skill has certainly diminished with lack of practice.  I'll usually play games on Easy mode if given the choice, and am perfectly fine with that.  I can certainly enjoy a game without needing it to be a huge challenge.  Maybe that's why I tend to enjoy slower paced RPG games more that anything else.  smile

Oddly, I'm pretty good at Guitar Hero.
10250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 04, 2007, 03:05:18 PM
I really don't need to buy this game again, but you guys are making it awfully hard to resist!   finger
10251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Portable Games Screens (PSP and DS) on: April 04, 2007, 02:57:18 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 04, 2007, 02:54:00 PM

There is also FF7: Crisis Core coming for the PSP but that's not included in this round of screens. 

Wasn't that originally the cell phone game?  Surprised that one doesn't go to DS as well.
10252  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your most hated musician or group? on: April 04, 2007, 02:49:06 PM

Quote from: Doopri on April 04, 2007, 02:22:03 AM

i HATE very few things.  most music and groups i can think of at least 1 song of theirs i like...

but i hate garth brooks

I was going to mention Garth, but I kinda figured he was just a given.  Same with Celine Dion.

I know they both sell a shit-ton of albums, but I don't think I've ever met a person that has actually said they're a fan of either one.
10253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Portable Games Screens (PSP and DS) on: April 04, 2007, 02:47:20 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 04, 2007, 02:40:12 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 04, 2007, 02:39:05 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 04, 2007, 01:44:51 PM

They look great, but which the heck scan is for which game?

All of the top row is FFTA2.

All but the far right of the bottom row is FFXII:RW and the far right is FFT for PSP. 

and only FFT is for PSP?

Yep.
10254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Portable Games Screens (PSP and DS) on: April 04, 2007, 01:39:31 PM
Wasn't it announced recently that these won't get a US release until 2008?  Looks like they'll be worth the wait, though.
10255  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tonight. We dine. In HECK! on: April 04, 2007, 11:54:52 AM
"FROSTING!!"

Classic.
10256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers - The First Trailer on: April 03, 2007, 01:54:36 PM
Catching that new trailer was the best part of 24 last night!
10257  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Help me buy a PSTriple! 360+PS2+PSX+DS+PSP+GBA+Mac Software+BSG+Import Liquo on: April 03, 2007, 01:51:24 PM
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Final Fantasy XIII & FIX - $12 each

Final Fantasy 13 is on PS1?  Well, color me dissapointed.  slywink

Man, than FFIX (my copy is scratched and won't work) and Grandia III are soooo tempting, but I'm not sure I'd ever get around to playing them.  Have to think on it...
10258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your most hated musician or group? on: April 03, 2007, 01:25:50 PM
Ah, so you hate the stereotypical "Parrothead" fans.  Can't say I disagree with you there.
10259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your most hated musician or group? on: April 03, 2007, 01:00:34 PM

Quote from: Spiff on April 03, 2007, 04:29:22 AM

Quote from: Devil on April 03, 2007, 02:04:13 AM

Pearl Jam
Creed
Jimmy Buffet

Yeah, I said it - All 3 suck.  Tongue

You're a blasphemer.

If you're gonna hate, at least spell it right: Jimmy Buffett. slywink

You're spot on with the other two though.

Honestly though, how can someone hate Jimmy Buffett?  The guy sings about hanging out on beaches, eating burgers, drinking beer, and getting laid.  What's there to hate about that?
10260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted ARMS- Caution to PS3 owners on: April 03, 2007, 11:55:35 AM
I just started EA last week.  5 hours in, and I'm on the fence with it.  One one hand, the combat system is pretty interesting and looks like it could get more intriguing as you go.  On the other hand, this game is bland as bland can get.  Outside of the gay character (who is completely over the top, but not a deal breaker for me), EA simply sticks to every generic JRPG cliche in the book.  Both the character and environments are dull and lifeless, the story is rather boring, and the game simply has no soul (for lack of a better term).  All that being said, I've heard it's a very slow starter, and really begins ramping up about the point I'm at.  I'll give it at least to the 10 hour mark to see if it gets better. 

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I haven't played Enchanted Arms yet but it seems like people with minimal JRPG experience really enjoyed it while people who are big fans of the genre consider it solid and worth playing but hardly exceptional.  Which tells me that maybe some of those people with minimal exposure to the genre should use it as a "gateway drug" and try out some more stuff in the genre.

I think this is a pretty accurate statement.  I fall into the latter category, so EA has been pretty 'meh' for me so far.  I can certainly see, however, how someone with little JRPG experience would enjoy it more.
10261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your most hated musician or group? on: April 03, 2007, 03:46:17 AM
This will be blasphemous to some, but I have always hated U2.  Nothing will get me to change the station faster than one of their whiny, pretentious songs.
10262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 03, 2007, 03:42:25 AM
In case anyone's wondering, there is a 99,999 gold cap.  (I messed around with the money trick while watching 24 tonight)
10263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: April 03, 2007, 12:48:44 AM
This sounds really damn cool.  Being a drummer myself, I can't wait to see what they do with that peripheral.  I've always thought a Drum Hero would be a blast to play.

I don't have many gaming friends, but the thought of hooking up and jamming with 3 other people online is certainly intriguing.
10264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] GH: I can't play "Heart Shaped Box" on: April 03, 2007, 12:34:24 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on April 02, 2007, 11:05:12 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on April 02, 2007, 11:00:22 PM

I can't play "Heart Shaped Box" because the cover is absolutely dreadful to listen to.  Not that I was a fan of Nirvana in the first place...

Yeah the vocals for Heart Shaped Box are the worst in the game in my opinion.  It doesnt help that the previous song in the set is the actual Toadies doing Possum Kingdom.

I dunno.  I think the "worst of" award goes to either Killing in the Name Of or Mother.  Both of those were beyond horrid.
10265  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War Friday Night 10 PM EST on: April 03, 2007, 12:29:52 AM
I think ATB was throwing us non-R6-having noobs a bone with setting up a GoW night (which is much appreciated smile).  This will be my inaugural online console gaming experience, so it should be...interesting.   If all goes well, maybe I'll actually pick up a copy of R6 and give it a shot.  It's not my type of game at all, but maybe it's more interesting multiplayer than single.
10266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted ARMS- Caution to PS3 owners on: April 03, 2007, 12:24:32 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 03, 2007, 12:23:02 AM


A link to an Armored Core 4 review?
10267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-2-2007 No Foolin' Edition on: April 02, 2007, 11:04:09 PM

Quote from: Laner on April 02, 2007, 10:22:56 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 02, 2007, 04:05:16 PM

Spent about 5 hours with Enchanted Arms.  It's a decent enough game, but is possibly the single most generic RPG I've ever played.  It just has no character or charm to it at all.  The combat is somewhat entertaining, but I'm not sure how much more time I'll put into it.  I'll at least give it until the 8-hour mark.

It gets better - not incredibly so, but the first few hours are definitely the most boring.

I've heard that from a few different people, which makes me want to give it at least a couple more hours.
10268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buying an X-BOX 360 this week! on: April 02, 2007, 08:18:13 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 02, 2007, 08:09:13 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 02, 2007, 07:34:16 PM

Honestly, I'd rent it unless you LOVED it.

There is some tedium to it; like replaying scenarios just to level up.

I haven't rented a movie or game in 12 years now.  The local stores are all crappy and don't stock games generally.

I tried renting for the first time in years last week, and was amazed that Hollywood video wanted $9 for a week's rental.  Don't think I'll be renting much anymore.
10269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buying an X-BOX 360 this week! on: April 02, 2007, 06:58:16 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 02, 2007, 06:49:28 PM

Quote from: gilgamex on April 02, 2007, 06:42:16 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 02, 2007, 06:31:15 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 02, 2007, 06:08:50 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 02, 2007, 05:58:36 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 02, 2007, 05:36:20 PM

Quote from: Brendan on April 02, 2007, 05:35:34 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 02, 2007, 05:29:54 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 02, 2007, 05:25:01 PM

Back ON TOPIC!!!!!

Download the Viva Pinata demo.


Big ol' +1.  After I got past the initial "what the hell am I doing playing a kids game" feeling, I was completely hooked.  Viva Pinata is a damn fine game.

It gives you first-hand experience in mating incestuous candy-stuffed rabbits!

You can't forget smashing said rabbits and feeding their candy to their children.   icon_twisted

I just wish Viva Pinata had sold better, hopefully it will end up with decent final sales as it slowly creeps up in numbers.

I still watch the cartoon every Sunday.  Hope that helps. smile

I hate to sya it, but I think the cartoon hurt the sales of the game in the long run.  The game and cartoon are nothing like each other aside from the characters/animation.

The "demo" certainly detered me from getting the game. I remember thinking "This is a demo?" I thought demos actually let you... ya know... play the game.

That must have been the first demo which was little more than an interactive video if I recall...someone recently posted that a new fully playable demo was put up on live.

The demo I played was fully playable.  I think the only thing they disabled was the Save function, as everything else worked exactly like the full game.  I don't think it had a time limit either, as I played it for a good 2-3 hours.
10270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whats your single biggest buyers remorse item? on: April 02, 2007, 06:00:33 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 02, 2007, 02:21:11 PM

Transcen-dental meditation? What's that, where your teeth leave your body and travel great distances?

I'd suggest just waiting till old age kicks in and don't use denture adhesive.... your teeth will fly everytime you sneeze!

Dammit Purge, you owe me a new monitor.
10271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buying an X-BOX 360 this week! on: April 02, 2007, 05:29:54 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 02, 2007, 05:25:01 PM

Back ON TOPIC!!!!!

Download the Viva Pinata demo.


Big ol' +1.  After I got past the initial "what the hell am I doing playing a kids game" feeling, I was completely hooked.  Viva Pinata is a damn fine game.
10272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3,000 Nerd Points on: April 02, 2007, 05:28:05 PM
I must be the exception, since I could care less about achievement points.  I've seen the message pop up a few times as I've played, but haven't really payed any attention to it.  I have no idea what achievements I've accomplished, nor do I care whether or not I get more.  Having fun with a game is really all that matters to me.  smile
10273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buying an X-BOX 360 this week! on: April 02, 2007, 05:15:46 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 02, 2007, 05:13:18 PM

Quote from: Hetz on April 02, 2007, 11:58:40 AM

Quote from: Arkon on April 02, 2007, 11:57:24 AM

Quote from: Hetz on April 02, 2007, 11:55:35 AM

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

That is a great perspective...

  Roll Eyes

Thanks, I thought so.

Why don't you just leave? I mean really, if this is how you wanna be, and this is gonna be your M.O., just exit the forum. Nobody is gonna miss you, and it sure as hell would calm this place down.

Ahem

EDIT:  Curse you rrmorton!
10274  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Ban announcement on: April 02, 2007, 05:14:02 PM
That's too bad, but I think you guys made the correct decision.   While Hetz did bring some good info to the table, having every single thread degenerate into a pissing match got pretty old.
10275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-2-2007 No Foolin' Edition on: April 02, 2007, 04:05:16 PM
Took Friday off to spend with my new 360, so I had 3 days to do nothing but game this weekend!!

-  Put about 4 hours into Viva Pinata and got my garden up to level 11.  I'm having an absolute blast, but am having trouble figuring out how to grow it from here.

-  Spent about 5 hours with Enchanted Arms.  It's a decent enough game, but is possibly the single most generic RPG I've ever played.  It just has no character or charm to it at all.  The combat is somewhat entertaining, but I'm not sure how much more time I'll put into it.  I'll at least give it until the 8-hour mark.

-  Got my Knight up to level 25 in Puzzle Quest.  This is possibly the most addicting game I've played...well...ever.

-  Finished Sam & Max Episodes 2, 3, and half of 4.

-  Tried some more of the Gears of War campaign.  I'm really, really, really, awful at this game.

-  Downloaded a few demos, which helped steer me clear of a few games:  in particular Ninety-Nine Nights and Test Drive Unlimited.  Need for Speed:  Carbon was pretty fun though, and I need to get Worms.

All in all, it was a damn fine gaming weekend!  smile
10276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/2) on: April 02, 2007, 01:30:09 PM
Nothing for me.
10277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buying an X-BOX 360 this week! on: April 02, 2007, 01:08:09 PM
Congrats!  I just got a 360 last week, and having a new console is a blast.  smile 

FWIW, I don't care much for the shooters I've played (GoW, GRAW, and Lost Planet), but that's not really my style of game.   I am, however, really enjoying Viva Pinata and Enchanted Arms, and am might pick up Kameo this week.

Quote from: ATB on April 02, 2007, 12:23:37 PM

My first recommendation would be not to overbuy the games. Buy 1 or 2 and explore them in depth. I think you'll find as I did that achievements are far more a draw than originally anticipated.

+1.  I always tend to go on a "buy everything that got decent reviews" buying binge whenever I get a new console, and always end up with some very disappointing titles.  I tried to limit myself this time by sticking to just a few games, and I think it's worked pretty well.

10278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin 04/01/07 (NSFW) on: April 02, 2007, 01:03:11 AM
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Oh my.   icon_eek

I'll be in my bunk.
10279  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 01, 2007, 04:21:16 PM






10280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 31, 2007, 02:23:55 PM
Hereís a quick money making tip.  It might be considered exploiting a bug, so take it for what itís worth.

Win the towns of Entmouth and The Trarg.  For some reason, random creatures rarely seem to spawn on the trails between these two cities and Bartonia.  One youíve won these two towns, just run a route from Bartonia, to Entmouth, to The Trarg and youíll get money from each one. 150 from both the Trarg & Bartonia, and 225 from Entmouth.   Thatís 525 for each trip, which takes about 10 seconds.  You can run this circle pretty much at whim without having to fight any random battles.

Just for kicks, I tried running this route for 5 minutes straight.  Managed to rack up 12,500 gold for the effort and didnít have to fight once.  My knight pretty much walks through anyone now at 23rd level.  With a 29 in battle, 28 in Morale, and 15 in each of the elemental masteries, I gain a ton of mana and do great damage every turn.  smile

EDIT:  Looks like this trick only works with a slow mount.  Riding a Giant Rat, you'll get money from each city on nearly every trip.  If you've got a fast mount (i.e. a griffon), you'll only get money every 4-5 trip to the town.
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