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10361  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: January 10, 2007, 03:25:02 PM
+1 to zero, Goldchamp, and wonderpug for quick payment.
10362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II 360 Info!! on: January 10, 2007, 02:43:15 AM
I like these two:

Possum Kingdom—Toadies*
Salvation—Rancid

but the rest of those songs are pretty 'meh'.  Nothing that will make run out and pick it up anytime soon.
10363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/8) on: January 09, 2007, 12:17:46 AM
Picked up Yggdra Union and Winning Eleven 9 this afternoon, and preordered Rogue Galaxy.  Off to play the demo now.
10364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 08, 2007, 07:32:37 PM

Quote from: Louis Cypher on January 08, 2007, 07:04:29 PM

Actually I bought a DS Lite.  I just meant "made the right choice" as in "is it any fun? "better than a PSP?"

That's a whole 'nother debate, one which you'll get a wide range of opinions.  FWIW, I much prefer the DS to the PSP, but it all depends on what type of games you like and how important graphics are.  There are a shit-ton of RPG's coming down the pipe this year, so if you're a fan of JRPG's you definitely picked the right system.

I'll be honest, there's not a ton of games on the DS that have really hooked me so far.  The only real "must have" for me at this point is Meteos, but the Castlevania games, Mario & Luigi:  PiT, New Super Mario, Mario Cart, Trauma Center, and Metroid Pinball are certainly all fun little diversions.  Elite Beat Agents didn't click for me, but I can certainly see how people would love it.  I still need to get my hands on Contact & Phoenix Wright.  There's also a ton of good GBA games, in case you missed them the first time around.
10365  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Final Fantasy III w/guide FS on: January 08, 2007, 05:37:18 PM
**SOLD**

$32 shipped for both.  Could also do a trade, currently looking for:

-  The new Castlevania (DS)
-  Grandia 3 (PS2)
-  Valkyrie Profile (PS2)
-  Yggdra Union (GBA)
10366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Into the Breech! on: January 08, 2007, 04:16:27 PM
Good luck, and I'm sure everything will go fine.
10367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 08, 2007, 04:12:23 PM
Quote from: warning
And I agree about Advance Wars and Fire Emblem having a very puzzleish nature.  That's my main gripe with both.

I also completely agree, and it's what ultimately killed my interest in both games.
10368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 08, 2007, 12:50:32 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 08, 2007, 02:57:41 AM

4. Can anyone think of a TBS game that is as good or better- on any platform?  I could toss in Disciples 2 (my all time favorite PC game) and HOMMIII (really my first TBS game), but the balancing and excellent AI of AWDS tops them all in my book.

None of the games in the Advance Wars series did anything for me, so I can think of about a dozen TBS games I enjoyed far more than AWDS.  I think a game like Final Fantasy Tactics trumps it in nearly every way possible, but thats just my opinion.

10369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it worth reporting this to the police? (Internet sale gone bad) on: January 07, 2007, 04:50:03 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on January 07, 2007, 04:35:23 AM

well I would do some research on his locality. Odds are the police won't do anything. You may have something because some places have internet fraud laws, but since it's under $500 it's not a felony in most places. However, just looks at the theft laws in his state, consider the filing internet fraud charges with the FBI, hell you have the guys address. Also, see if he deposited your check or cashed it. Hopefully your bank has a record on file, mine has digital images of all my checks. If he deposited it in his checking account, raise a stink with your bank. A lot of the times they are willing to investigate on your behalf, and sometimes you get your money back.

You have a lot of options, I would still go public on the board (please pm me the board as I am now morbidly curious and because I use several sites for sales and trades) since you are a newbie what do you have to lose? At the very least you will raise into question his credibility , check out local laws, consider the banking options and check out internet fraud laws. I think you could do something, depends on how much you want to pursue it.

What he said.

That's brutal man, I feel for ya.  I find it very suspicious that someone with a 100+ trader rating wouldn't bother to get a tracking number for a $400+ sale.  Hell, I do it on $10 sales!
10370  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Clearing out the old PC games on: January 07, 2007, 04:46:10 AM
New Year's resolution was to clean the office, so my dust collectors gotta go.  I don't know if anyone will want them, but here's what I've got.  There's some damn good "retro" gaming here, if you missed any of these the first time around.   nod

Pick any two, and I'll send them to you for $7 (shipping included to US addresses), or shoot me an offer:

-  Warcraft 2
-  Warcraft 3 **SOLD**
-  Diablo (w/strat guide)
-  Indiana Jones & the Emperor's Tomb
-  Art of Magic
-  Caesar 3
-  Age of Empires II:  Age of kings
-  Neverwinter Nights (w/official campagn strat guide) **SOLD**
-  Starcraft:  Brood Wars (expansion)
-  Worms: Armageddon
-  Decent to Undermountain **SOLD**
-  Etherlords 2
-  Age of Wonders
-  Fallout 2  **TRADED**
-  Risk/Battleship/Axis & Allies **SOLD**
-  Age of Mythology **SOLD**
-  Dungeon Keeper 2  **SOLD**
-  Chessmaster 7000
-  Heroes of Might & Magic III:  Armageddon's Blade (expansion for HOMM 3)
-  Septerra Core
-  Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

Most of them are jewel cases only.  I'll try to track down manuals, but the boxes are long gone.   PM me with questions
10371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 07, 2007, 01:03:34 AM


And I thought my commute sucked!









10372  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

10373  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.
10374  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
10375  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.
10376  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. 
10377  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)
10378  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...
10379  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.
10380  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.
10381  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.
10382  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.
10383  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!
10384  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.
10385  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.
10386  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




10387  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
10388  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.
10389  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.
10390  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:
10391  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.
10392  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.
10393  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?
10394  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.
10395  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.
10396  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.
10397  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!
10398  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.
10399  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.
10400  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.
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