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10321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: November 06, 2007, 10:36:45 PM
Maybe this is the hook I can use to finally get Mrs. Gratch to play.

"But honey, I can't get any groupies or cash unless you sing!"
10322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: November 06, 2007, 09:07:11 PM

Quote from: Booner on November 06, 2007, 08:54:27 PM

........but then read that you can't do the World Tour solo. Bummer. thumbsdowndisgust

Huh, I thought you could.  Must have missed that somewhere in the previous 8 pages.

So, is the world tour thing for a full band (i.e. 4 people) only?  Can it be done online?
10323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most Anticipated Game for 2008? on: November 06, 2007, 03:32:14 PM
There's not a ton of 2008 titles that interest me right now.  I guess my most anticipated is Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2.
10324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RRoD lurking like a grue in the dark on: November 06, 2007, 01:57:28 PM
I have this feeling of dread every time I boot mine up.  I just know it's going to die the day before Rock Band and Mass Effect is released.
10325  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Guitar Hero 3 (360) w/guitar **SOLD** on: November 06, 2007, 12:43:07 PM
Thought I'd give it a shot here before taking it to e-bay.   Everything in perfect condition.  Guitar does have a couple of the stickers on it (Guns N Roses and a flying skull).   Has not been registered online.

$85 shipped.  **SOLD**
10326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music for warning - suggestions please! on: November 05, 2007, 09:59:42 PM

Quote from: warning on November 05, 2007, 09:07:04 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 27, 2007, 04:01:54 PM

-  I Am Robot and Proud - The Electricity in Your House Wants to Sing (if you can listen to this without a smile on your face, you truly have no soul)

Gratch you are a man among men.  I Am Robot and Proud is awesome.  The Electricity is such a cool album and just perfect for mellowing out at the end of the day.

I have yet to find anyone that doesn't like that album at least a little bit.  smile

If you want something in a similar vein, check out Goddamn Electric Bill - Swallowed by the Machines or The Postal Service - Give Up (one of my all-time favorite albums).
10327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/5) (The real post) on: November 05, 2007, 07:21:32 PM
Nothing for me.
10328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What did you play this past weekend? (11/5 edition) on: November 05, 2007, 05:43:17 PM
Bulk of my time was spent with Vampire the Masquerade:  Bloodlines.  This was my third time starting it up, and it finally 'clicked'.  It's got a few warts, but overall is a fantastic game with a great atmosphere.  Also played enough Hellgate to realize it bores me to tears, and finished a couple more story battles in Final Fantasy Tactics.
10329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 05, 2007, 12:57:30 PM


10330  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Hellgate London & NWN2 on: November 04, 2007, 04:58:59 PM
PC DVD.  Need the cash, so not really interested in trades.  $30 shipped, or make me an offer.  **SOLD**

I've also got NWN 2 for $15 shipped if anyone wants it. **SOLD**
10331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sedation Dentistry on: November 04, 2007, 03:06:10 PM

Quote from: Farscry on November 04, 2007, 06:39:16 AM

Dude. Go now. Don't wait. I'm like you, but I put it off too long, and had to get a root canal. Most excruciating pain in my whole damn life.


You must have had a crappy dentist.  I've had 5 root canals, and while they're not pleasant, none of them have involved excruciating pain.

I just recently got dental insurance again, so I'll be making my first dentist visit in 4 years next month.  Definitely not looking forward to that afternoon...
10332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assasin's Creed. In the shadow of ME? on: November 03, 2007, 03:56:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 03, 2007, 03:11:16 PM

and the week after is Mass Effect and Soul Calibur Legends.

and Rock Band, which is why I'll be waiting to play AC for a few months.
10333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: November 02, 2007, 09:42:53 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 02, 2007, 09:08:12 PM

Quote from: Brendan on November 02, 2007, 09:02:27 PM

I ordered from AMZN last night, but the recent statements by EA about shortages are making me a little concerned...

I've had mine pre-ordered since July and I'm not holding my breath about getting one near release...

I would think you'd be safe if you pre-ordered that long ago.  I've pre-ordered mine about the same time, and I better get one on launch day.
10334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: November 01, 2007, 02:52:51 PM
If GHIII is your first entry into the series, then you'll have an absolute blast.  However, my main problems with GH III are:

-  Other than a few standouts, the song list is weak.  The bulk of the songs are ones that I'll play once to get through them and never play again. 

-  The botched leaderboards are a big problem for me.   The friends list leaderboard competition was basically the only reason I played GHII as much as I did.  In GHIII, most of the time I can't even see other people's scores, much less try to compare.  Take out that competition aspect, and I lose interest pretty quickly.

-  For me, multiplayer is a wash.  While it's been fun when I get a chance to play with GT'ers, I still can't access any random matches and it's still not tracking any of my multiplayer scores.

-  The graphics and animations are bad.  The whole purpose of the game is to create the feeling of playing in a band, not playing with animatronic robots.

-   The concept (and execution) of Boss battles in a guitar game is beyond lame. 

When you boil it down, GHIII simply brings nothing new to the table.  It's the exact same game we've been doing for the last 3 years, and maybe it's just getting a little stale.   With the drum and vocal aspects, Rock Band is bringing something new that is surprisingly fun. 
10335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: November 01, 2007, 02:23:59 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on November 01, 2007, 02:12:45 PM

You guys who can blow through Cult of Personality on Expert blow my mind.  icon_eek

So is this where I say that I beat Cult of Personality on Expert last night?  Tongue

Having beat most of the final tier on Expert now, I think I'm pretty much finished with GHIII.  There's no way I'll beat Raining Blood or the final Lou battle, and I'm really not even that motivated to try.   Between the screwed up leaderboards, hit & miss multiplayer, general 'been there, done that' vibe, and my chance to play the Rock Band demo yesterday, GHIII will be gathering dust even sooner than I thought.  It'll be up in the trading forum very soon, as I have next to zero desire to keep playing it. 
10336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next 'Hot Coffee' - Manhunt 2 on: November 01, 2007, 02:17:45 PM
Maybe it's just because I'm not a fan of Rockstar in general (that's a whole 'nother discussion), but I find it odd that they're the only devs that run into this sort of 'problem'.   
10337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next 'Hot Coffee' - Manhunt 2 on: November 01, 2007, 02:08:55 PM
And I'm sure this 'incident' has nothing to do with Rockstar publicity-whoring for their new game.  This act is tired. 
10338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Good in game Movie, Bad Game. on: November 01, 2007, 02:04:36 PM
That review is very encouraging and certainly gets me more excited for Mass Effect.   Characters and story are far more important to me than whether or not my squadmates are properly using cover tactics, or if I'm overpowered against certain enemies.  It sounds like Bioware put the story first, which is exactly what I was hoping they'd do. 

I just wish it wasn't being released on the same day as Rock Band.  frown
10339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: November 01, 2007, 01:53:13 PM

Quote from: Koz on November 01, 2007, 01:38:54 PM

Still no way in hell am I paying $170 for a video game. I'm actually kind of annoyed with myself that I paid $50 for GH3 considering it's pretty much the same game as GH2 just with different songs.

I almost view the $170 package as purchasing 3 different games.  Since there are campaigns for drums, guitar, and vocals, there's going to be a metric shit-ton of gaming goodness.
10340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a new/upcoming game people should know about on: November 01, 2007, 01:41:57 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 31, 2007, 03:41:20 PM

[ds] final fantasy xii: revenant wings (due 11/20). pseudo-strategic variation of ffxii gameplay...

While I would love another game in Ivalice, the RTS aspects of this one really turn me off.   I'm sure it all makes sense when you play, but every gameplay video I've seen just looks like an convoluted mess.  I'll definately be waiting for reviews.
10341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: October 31, 2007, 10:30:27 PM
Got a chance to play the demo at Best Buy this afternoon.   Bottom line:  this game is going to be absolutely incredible.   Playing drums on Tom Sawyer on a little TV in the middle of a store just might qualify to be on my "best gaming moments ever" list.  It's that much fun.  After the complete pile of mediocre that is GHIII, I was expecting to feel a little bit let down at Rock Band.  Playing the demo had the exact opposite effect, and I'm looking forward to this game more than ever.  A couple specifics:

-  The drum set is the perfect size for living room play, and feels far more sturdy that I expected.   Playing with actual drumsticks adds that extra level of realism that completes the experience.

-  I'm a very mediocre drummer IRL, and can tell it's going to take some practice to get used to following the note structure.  For those who have never played before, be prepared for some initial frustration.

-  I didn't get a chance to play the guitar (it wasn't hooked up), but I did get to hold it.  The biggest difference is that the strum bar doesn't "click" like the GH guitar.  It's a smooth movement both up and down.  Not sure if that will be good or bad for gameplay, but it's certainly an interesting switch.  I like the upper fret buttons, and can't wait to give them a shot.

-  The cover of Tom Sawyer is really good.

Playing the demo has confirmed my plan to simply sell GHIII as soon as Rock Band hits.  There's really not much comparison, and I'm 100% confident that RB is the game to get.  Can't wait for 11/20!!
10342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: October 31, 2007, 02:24:06 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on October 31, 2007, 01:57:10 PM

It's nowhere near my favorite NIN song either. Most of their 90s stuff is a ton better, and I think they should have gone with something from there. Head Like a Hole would've been my first choice.

Most of NIN's 90's output was so heavily synth-based, that I think it would have been hard to make a decent transition to a "band" format.  While Hand That Feeds isn't my favorite either, I think it's a pretty logical choice.   The drum part should be pretty fun to play as well.
10343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, how are the pets (photo update thread)... on: October 31, 2007, 12:57:24 AM
I'll go ahead and cross-post as well:

Saba (tan) and Buddah (black & white) are buddies:



Buddah and Vader are guarding the house:



Vader brought me his Christmas Hat:



Apparently, "London Bridges" is a fun game.  This went on for another 10 minutes after I took the picture, with Saba running back and forth between Vader's legs:



I even managed to catch a picture of the ever-elusive Spot.  I'm lucky if I see this cat twice a week:



CeeKay & ROTC:  Sorry to hear about your pals.   Having a older sick pet is always tough.  frown
10344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: October 30, 2007, 04:35:53 PM
Is "When You Were Young" a huge hit or something?     I'd never even heard it before (granted, I don't listen to the radio much), and it's in both GHIII and Rock Band.   Just doesn't really seem like a GH/Rock Band type song, since there's no real outstanding guitar work and it's pretty boring.
10345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 3 Tour Group? on: October 30, 2007, 03:04:59 PM
Has anyone heard how these website accounts will transfer if you sell the game?  I'm strongly considering selling GHIII when Rock Band hits, and am wondering if/how registering through the website will affect the transfer.  Mainly if the website code is tied to one specific account, and can't be changed later. 

Probably a good thing I got the "Invalid Token" eror, as I'm going to hold off registering online until I can find out how it will transfer.
10346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rumor: 2009 Bioware MMO is based in KotOR universe on: October 30, 2007, 02:23:30 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on October 30, 2007, 02:06:24 PM

I hope all you MMO lovers are happy.  We are going to get yet another MMONSPM Massively Multiplier Online No Story Pay Monthly game with a bunch of people running around and leveling ad infinitum.  Disgusting.  puke

F*** Bioware & LucasArts for this decision.  Stupid.  I really wish MMO's would die a sudden and violent death.

Yes, I'm pissed.

I agree.  I would have loved a next-gen continuation of the best Star Wars story in the last 20 years.  If it turns into an MMO, then I will lose all interest.  frown
10347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: October 30, 2007, 01:12:36 PM

Quote from: disarm on October 30, 2007, 05:03:51 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 28, 2007, 08:54:42 PM

-  I really don't like how they've done the leaderboards.  To even be able to see your rank, you have to select a "filter" and select "My Rank".  Neversoft apparently thought that people really cared about the top 10 overall, and wanted to make people work to see their own rank.   I also can't figure out how to sort the friends list by rank/score.  It seems to only do it alphabetically.

i discovered tonight that there are much worse things about the new leaderboards than the lousy filter system.  i had just quit playing for the night and thought i'd check out how a few of my scores compared to my friends, but when i set the search filter to 'friends,' scores were only showing up for CSL and Runningmn9.  i know a lot more people than those two guys have been playing the game, so it didn't make any sense that i wasn't seeing more scores.  assuming it was just another bug where something in the game is slow to update, i quit the game for the night...then i checked my friends list to see who else was playing.  guess who was online playing GH3?  apparently setting the leaderboard filter to 'friends' will only show you the scores of friends that are currently online.  that seriously sucks and is a huge step backward from the leaderboards in GH2...makes the leaderboards pretty much useless if you just want to scan your buddy's scores at some random time to see which one you need to beat next.  if someone isn't online when you want to compare, you're out of luck thumbsdown

Wow, that's a phenomenally bad decision.  Without the ability to easily compare friends scores, there's not really a ton of incentive to play.

Between rampant connection issues and no stat tracking in multiplayer, crappy leaderboards, a completely broken website, and now this, I'm seriously leaning towards E-baying GHIII as soon as Rock Band Hits.  Granted, RB might not be better in these regards, but at least I'd get to play drums, do vocals, and play guitar.  Even without multiplayer, RB is much more appealing at this point.
10348  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Brave Story (PSP), Puzzle Quest (DS), Etrian Odyssey (DS) on: October 30, 2007, 12:02:46 PM
Added Etrian Odyssey
10349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: October 30, 2007, 02:54:26 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 30, 2007, 02:51:12 AM

Why all the hate for Knights of Cydonia?  I heard it for the first time last year and went on a Muse kick that lasts to this day because of it.  The lead singer goes from Thom Yorke to Freddie Mercury in vocal stylings and the guitarist oddly channels Tom Morello at times.  Mind you, I think some of their other work is better, but I just don't understand the hate.


The song itself just isn't my style.  Most of the hate, however, has to do with the way too long, uber-fast strumming sections on Expert.  My hand cramps up just thinking about it.

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Are any of you still having trouble linking your account to the site?  I find it hard to believe the server is still busy like they say it is.  I have tried since noon yesterday and I always get the invalid token error.  My code is pretty straight forward and hard to mix up.  I had my wife read it to me and she read it the same that I read it.  This is really pissing me off.

Still not working for me either.  It's also still not keeping track of any of my multiplayer sessions.  I've played at least 10 rounds of each type, and it's showing as "No Score".
10350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: October 30, 2007, 02:05:07 AM
Just tried a few sessions of multiplayer Battle mode.  I think it may have actually been fun, if - and only if - they removed the Lefty Flip attack.  In every session I played, it was simply a matter of who could get the Lefty Flip first.  If you did, then you won.  The other attacks can be recovered from, but that one is basically a game killer.

Gads, I hate that Knights of Cydonia song.  So of course, it was chosen by the other guy in nearly every...single...game.   icon_evil
10351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: October 30, 2007, 01:26:50 AM
Just finished playing a best of three pro face-off against some dude.  After whooping him on the first song, he proceeded to tell me how it was on for song #2 and that I didn't stand a chance against him.  No one had ever beaten him on Cult of Personality yet.  After I stomped him by nearly 100k, I found out that I was apparently a cheating faggot, my wife was a dirty whore, I was a fucking douchebag, and I had no business bringing my sorry cheating ass on XBL.   I'm still not quite sure how one "cheats" at GHIII, but that's apparently irrelevant.  I'm suddenly remembering why I've steered clear of multiplayer...

However, me and The Grue tore up a couple Expert co-op songs, including one 5-star.  Now that was fun.  smile
10352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: October 29, 2007, 06:09:35 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on October 29, 2007, 05:12:21 PM

I'd love to know who's bright idea it was to have a Sunday launch...  I don't shop on Sundays, and first thing Monday morning, every single store in Edmonton is apparently sold out.  A) Release things on a bloody weekday, please! and B) order more than 30 copies per Best Buy please!   icon_mad  Either suppliers / managers are getting stupider, or there's a new trend in marketing to try and generate word of mouth by not having enough supply.  Either way sucks.

For a laugh I poked my head into EB.  "Did you pre-order?  We only got 2 extra copies."   retard

I went to the midnight sale at my Gamestop on Saturday.  There were nearly 200 people in line at my location, and it's apparently one of the lowest volume stores in the district.

Apparently just a few people wanted a copy.  smile
10353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: October 29, 2007, 05:09:35 PM

Quote from: KePoW on October 29, 2007, 04:51:06 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 29, 2007, 04:18:49 PM

Quote from: shon on October 29, 2007, 04:15:47 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 29, 2007, 12:26:45 AM

-  There has to be a way to invite friends to play, but damned if I can find it.

I went and created a private match and was able to invite my friends.  YOu can only play 1,3,5,7 songs though so that stinks after that you must setup and invite again.

Is there a seperate invite tab or something?  When I set up a private match, my only options are 'Change Character" and "Change Guitar".  I can't see any options to invite people.

it's just like any other XBL multi-player game, you invite friends through the Guide dashboard menu

Got it, thanks.  This is the first XBL multi-player game I've played, so I'm a n00b at this stuff.
10354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: October 29, 2007, 04:18:49 PM

Quote from: shon on October 29, 2007, 04:15:47 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 29, 2007, 12:26:45 AM

-  There has to be a way to invite friends to play, but damned if I can find it.

I went and created a private match and was able to invite my friends.  YOu can only play 1,3,5,7 songs though so that stinks after that you must setup and invite again.

Is there a seperate invite tab or something?  When I set up a private match, my only options are 'Change Character" and "Change Guitar".  I can't see any options to invite people.
10355  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Brave Story (PSP), Puzzle Quest (DS), Etrian Odyssey (DS) on: October 29, 2007, 03:23:01 PM
Simply don't have time for these right now, and I need the $$.

Brave Story (PSP) - $18 shipped **SOLD**
Puzzle Quest (DS) - $13 shipped  **SOLD**
Etrian Odyssey (DS) - $20 shipped **SOLD**
10356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/29) on: October 29, 2007, 02:46:52 PM
Already got GHIII, might pick up Disgaea.  Waiting for a few reviews on Hellgate before pulling the trigger.
10357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: October 29, 2007, 02:06:12 AM

Quote from: crumsteel on October 29, 2007, 01:36:40 AM

How do most of you play? Standing up or sitting down?

This question has probably come up before. I play standing up, and after playing for about 5 hours today my legs are sore. I tried playing while sitting down but found I did not do as well.

Sitting down.  I have an older rear-projection TV, and it's a bit harder to see standing up.
10358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: October 29, 2007, 12:26:45 AM
I'm going to give it a week before I try any multiplayer.  Right now it's a complete disaster.

-  Still can't connect to any QuickPlay sessions
-  If it does get to the "Joining Game" screen, more often than not it gets stuck there and I have to exit to the dashboard and restart the game.
-  It's still not tracking of my multiplayer wins or co-op sessions
-  There has to be a way to invite friends to play, but damned if I can find it.

Hopefully these are all just launch day traffic issues and not ongoing problems.  Otherwise, the multiplayer for GHIII is going to be worthless.
10359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: October 29, 2007, 12:23:34 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 28, 2007, 11:54:29 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 28, 2007, 11:44:55 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 28, 2007, 11:40:30 PM

Hey guys, when you say HO/PO what does that mean in-game?

Hammer on/Pull off.

What does that mean in-game?  Is it just using the whammy bar?


Also has anyone tried to link their account online?  I get invalid slot token when I try and enter mine.

I'm getting that message as well.  It's apparently a rather widespread issue (there's about 4 different threads on Guitarhero.com about it) with no solutions yet.  My guess is the server they're using to do authentication is getting hammered and rejecting everything.
10360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: October 28, 2007, 10:07:31 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 28, 2007, 09:11:47 PM

Wow, Gratch.  In less than a day you've completed the game on Hard and done over a dozen online games?  Talk about hardcore. 

I had the day off, there were no NFL games that interested me, and Mrs. Gratch has been at work.  Seemed like a good day to spend w/GHIII.  smile
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