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10441  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robot Chicken Star Wars on: June 19, 2007, 03:08:59 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on June 19, 2007, 12:24:18 AM

Wow, Mark Hamil played Luke! Not that he'd be busy... he's just a good sport.

Hamill actually does a ridiculous amount of voice work.  Glad he was able to find his niche post-Star Wars.
10442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/18) on: June 18, 2007, 07:02:06 PM
Possibly SimCity DS, depending on reviews.
10443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 18, 2007, 06:03:36 PM
I still love the old-school "enemy on one side, heroes on the other" combat, so that part makes me excited.  I get less excited, however, about the incredibly dull and lifeless environment they were running around in.

Still a day-one purchase for me.
10444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Psychonauts!!! on: June 18, 2007, 04:31:45 PM
Spent a few hours with Psychonauts over the weekend.  It certainly gets 10 out of 10 points for creativity, but didn't really grab me that much.  Got up to the:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Battle with the blueprint tank inside Raz's head

and I can't say that I've got a huge desire to keep playing.  Maybe it's because I've been spoiled recently by Tomb Raider:  Anniversary's epic levels, but the levels in Psychonauts didn't really seem that impressive to me.   It's not a bad game by any stretch, but certainly hasn't been the "OMG, best game evar!!11!" experience that I'd heard about.
10445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: June 18, 2007, 03:38:50 AM

Quote from: Loomi on June 17, 2007, 10:27:20 PM

I thought I saw in an interview somewhere that difficulty-wise they're trying to put GH3 in between GH1 and GH2.

thumbsdown  Outside of the top tier, I thought GH2 was maybe a little bit too easy in terms of difficulty, and would actually have liked a step up.
10446  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House votes to withhold emergency funding to "Sanctuary Cities" on: June 18, 2007, 03:34:13 AM
I'm with Brett on this one.  While I personally think many of our actions in Iraq are deplorable, they certainly don't fall under any definition of "genocide" that I'm aware of.
10447  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House votes to withhold emergency funding to "Sanctuary Cities" on: June 17, 2007, 09:14:55 PM
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The Littleton Republican's amendment to the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill appears to have no language specifically defining what a "sanctuary city" is. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has long disputed giving the city that label.

So they're proposing to withhold emergency funds for an entire city based on the actions of a small portion of the populace, without ever defining what the specific criteria for withholding is?

No matter what your stance on illegal immigration is, that is completely asinine and more than a little bit scary.
10448  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: 172 guests... on: June 16, 2007, 08:43:52 PM
Somehow, I read the topic as "172 Quests".  I was wondering what kind of posting status required you to actually complete quests to continue.
10449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 on the 360 on: June 16, 2007, 06:01:09 PM
I'm pretty happy about this.  My budget is going to be severely limited soon, and there's no way I would have been able to upgrade my PC to play Fallout 3.  Now I can.   icon_cool
10450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: June 16, 2007, 12:55:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 16, 2007, 12:33:43 AM

Psychonauts is up, and coming soon are two titles I've debated picking up before: Project Snowblind and Rogue Trooper.

Thanks for the reminder.  Will be grabbing that one today.
10451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 16, 2007, 12:51:40 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 16, 2007, 12:23:26 AM

Quote from: Ridah on June 15, 2007, 11:58:33 PM

I put my pre-order down just incase supplies are sparse, which I'm expecting. Not sure whether I'll actually buy the game though.

I think I'll be doing the same tomorrow.

Me too.  I had Tenchu pre-ordered, but will shift it to this instead.
10452  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin Poll(redux) - Does it really belong here? on: June 15, 2007, 08:48:50 PM
Minor derail:  If this discussion somehow leads to the "Now this is fun..." picture thread getting closed, someone's gonna get hurt.  That is one of the best threads ever in the history of the intarweb. 

Now, please continue.
10453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Touch Darts for DS? on: June 15, 2007, 03:49:13 PM
What the hell is a "sledging mode"?
10454  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Kaboodles of DVD's For Sale **NOW WITH FREE SHIPPING** on: June 15, 2007, 03:44:24 PM
I'll take American Psycho and Terminator 2. 
10455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: May NPD via our friends at Neogaf, Bloomberg, will keep updating, PS3 not go on: June 15, 2007, 03:35:44 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 15, 2007, 01:06:56 PM

As Kevin stated, and as have many others, and I wish people would recognize this: The Wii is not targeted toward us.  IT'S NOT OUR SYSTEM.  Just like an 800 video card is not targeted to the guy still running a pentium 2 for his Excel spreadsheets.

It seems that many people on the fence regarding which system to buy (especially parents) are picking up a Wii instead of the PS3 or 360, simply because the price of entry is lower.    If Little Johnny wants a video game system, Suzy Soccermom could care less about HD, Blu-Ray, etc., and will make a console decision simply on price.  Hence, the Wii.

Sony and MS can talk all they want about not wanting to go after the "different market" or "casual gamer", but these same people that are buying Wii's in droves could just as easily be buying a PS3 or 360 if the price were simply more reasonable.
10456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: June 15, 2007, 02:53:53 PM
Man I love that song.  It sounds awesome, especially considering they came in and re-recorded it.  However, all the screen shaking, flashing, and extra sound effects were absolutely ridiculous.  Glad I'll only be playing single player.

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Hope that's the expert setting

Looked more like Hard to me.   From what I've heard, Cult is supposed to be a top tier song, and that didn't look nearly difficult enough to me.
10457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Father's Day Edition on: June 15, 2007, 01:06:29 PM
I'll be either working, playing soccer, or doing family parties all weekend.  Doubt I'll get any gaming in at all.  frown
10458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 14, 2007, 03:36:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 14, 2007, 02:30:53 PM

That makes me giggle with evil glee! icon_twisted  whens this supposed to be out in the States?

26th, I believe.
10459  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I freaking <3 LOLcats on: June 13, 2007, 07:45:26 PM
10460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia Classic: Anyone Get it? on: June 13, 2007, 05:34:59 PM
Was considering it, but $10 is pretty steep for something that I'll probably spend a couple hours with at the most.
10461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me with my RPG problem... on: June 13, 2007, 01:37:16 PM
Have you tried Final Fantasy XII (PS2)?  That's about as good as RPG's get, in my opinion.  Lots of character building options, fun combat, epic story, beautiful graphics, an amazing gameworld, etc, etc.
10462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite XBLA titles? on: June 13, 2007, 01:19:53 PM
I've tried demos of nearly every XBLA game, and Catan is the only one that interested me enough to buy.  I suppose I like it well enough, but always had trouble getting connected for multiplayer games.  Single player is far less interesting.
10463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 13, 2007, 12:05:08 PM
Looks like all the other reviews rolling in are all just as bad.  This sentence alone (from this review) makes me want to avoid this game like the plague:

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Missions in Tenchu Z are unnecessarily frustrating due to the lack of checkpoints or an in-mission save option, so if you die at any point during the mission you have to start over at the very beginning. This wouldn’t be that big of a deal since the game’s imbecilic enemies put up very little challenge, but there are cheap deaths galore thanks to the trap doors indiscriminately placed all over the levels. In the middle of caves, in rice fields, inside houses, hidden in patches of bushes; seriously these damn things are everywhere and you rarely see them in time to save yourself before plummeting to your untimely demise – and by untimely, we mean just minutes before you make it to the end of a given level. Sorry, but those trap doors are the work of a sadistically malevolent game designer.
10464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-Time Gaming Surprises (via Clay's suggestion) on: June 13, 2007, 03:43:33 AM

Quote from: Louis Cypher on June 13, 2007, 03:31:17 AM

VTM-Bloodlines. I have played through it probably 15 times since Xmas 04. Only since Fallout 2 have I loved a game this much. Don't know why either. Now I wanna go play frown

Just picked up VTM-Bloodlines through Steam on Saturday and worked through the tutorial.  I'm hoping the real game starts to feel more RPG than FPS, or it won't hold my attention long.

Dreamfall would be my vote.  I typically don't like adventure games, but I saw it on some 'best of' list, and picked it up on a whim.   I was simply blown away by the incredible story and characters.  Played The Longest Journey afterwards, but enjoyed Dreamfall quite a bit more.

10465  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Kaboodles of DVD's For Sale on: June 13, 2007, 03:32:32 AM
Dibs on Fifth Element
10466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 13, 2007, 03:21:05 AM

Quote from: Destructor on June 13, 2007, 02:56:25 AM

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You can extract some fun out of the experience if you use your imagination and approach each level like a ninja, but unless you really, really want to kill some ninjas, you shouldn't waste time and energy trying to make this game fun. The developer certainly didn't.

Good lord. Did the devs even TRY with this game? Man...

Sadly, I don't think the Tenchu devs have tried with anything since the first PS2 installment.  The X-Box version, PS2 sequel, PSP, DS, and now apparently this one have all been simply awful.  It's really too bad, as I really enjoyed the PS1 versions, and think the concept has a lot of potential.
10467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 13, 2007, 02:31:55 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 13, 2007, 01:18:26 AM

The Gamespot review is out.  4.9?!  Ouch!

Yikes.  The demo made me wary, this means I'm out.
10468  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Brilliant or Unwatchably Bad on: June 12, 2007, 07:36:16 PM
I enjoyed it, but would never say it was "brilliant".
10469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 12, 2007, 05:20:59 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 08, 2007, 02:56:18 PM

I should have my review ready for Tuesday for launch. 



I'm waiting!! 


slywink
10470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Wii's Ico? Weird Artsy, French developed Wii-game trailer on: June 12, 2007, 02:05:22 AM
Looks very cool, and will certainly be worth keeping an eye on.
10471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Triumph of the Wii: How Fun Won Out in the Console Wars on: June 11, 2007, 04:50:21 PM

Quote from: warning on June 11, 2007, 02:40:38 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 11, 2007, 02:00:35 PM

Not to take anything away from the big N, but I still think this whole thing simply boils down to price.  If the 360 and PS3 were even in the same price ballpark as the Wii (or even at a reasonably sane price point), I firmly believe this console generation would look much, much different.  As it is, Sony and MS have simply priced themselves out of most homes, and have been replaced by the Wii.

Price is huge.  The difference between $250 and $400-$600 for most middle-class families with kids is enormous.

So why hasn't Microsoft dropped the price of the 360 then?  Do they think they wouldn't pick up enough sales to offset the money lost from the price drop?

As crazy as it sounds, I'm still not sure Sony & MS view the Wii as competition.  We keep hearing about how the Wii is for the "casual gamer" and that it is for a completely different demographic.   While this is somewhat true, what MS and Sony refuse to acknowledge is that most of these "casual gamers" who purchase a Wii will are purchasing it instead of buying a PS3 or 360 simply because it's cheaper.  If the price were lowered on their hardware, they would probably be getting a good chunk of these sales.

It seems like Sony & MS are so focused on beating each other, that they are simply ignoring the Wii altogether.  As if the fact that it's not being sold to this nebulous "hardcore gamer" that they're both after somehow makes the Wii a non-threat.
10472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Triumph of the Wii: How Fun Won Out in the Console Wars on: June 11, 2007, 02:00:35 PM
Not to take anything away from the big N, but I still think this whole thing simply boils down to price.  If the 360 and PS3 were even in the same price ballpark as the Wii (or even at a reasonably sane price point), I firmly believe this console generation would look much, much different.  As it is, Sony and MS have simply priced themselves out of most homes, and have been replaced by the Wii.
10473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/11) on: June 11, 2007, 01:34:41 PM
Definitely Prince of Persia classic, and possibly Tenchu Z.  The demo was so underwhelming that I'm not sure if I want to pay the full $60 for it.
10474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: June 11, 2007, 03:49:30 AM
Just finished the long 'origins of Sephiroth' flashback sequence.  Man, that's a lot of info to digest.  I need to dig up a transcript or something so I can refer to it during some of the later segments.  Mainly when they start in with the 'Cloud was Zack' mess.
10475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 06/11/07 on: June 11, 2007, 03:47:46 AM
Sat down on Sunday with Tomb Raider:  Anniversary, figuring I'd finally see what all the fuss with this franchise was about.  7 hours later, I was finally able to peel myself away.  This was my first real TR experience, and I must say that I was extremely impressed (more thoughts here).  It was a great way to spend a Sunday.

Also put a couple hours into FF VII, and got through the long 'origins of Sephiroth' flashback sequence.  Amazing to think how mind-blowing those cut-scene graphics were 10 years ago.  I love this game, though, and playing it never gets old. 

Played a bit of Guitar Hero II, but I think I'll be taking a break for a while.  The only song I have left to beat is Freebird on expert, but I actually seem to be getting worse each time I play.  Also spent another couple hours with Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, and am remembering why I disliked the end-game so much.  Why in the hell did they put a limit on the quest items you can carry?  You're given no indication of which ones you might still need for quests, but are forced to discard any new items after a certain point.  If you happen to discard the wrong one and still need it for an upcoming quest, well, you're pretty much screwed.  I was thinking about trying for all 300 quests this time, but I can't see that happening.  I'm at just under 40 hours, so I'll probably just push through to the end of the story bits and call it good.  It's not like I won't be playing it again in a year anyways.  smile
10476  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flea stuck underneath LCD screen! on: June 10, 2007, 11:27:23 PM


Damn, you must have a huge screen!
10477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps2] tomb raider: anniversary impressions on: June 10, 2007, 10:02:42 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 10, 2007, 09:55:30 PM

I was stuck at that part too.  You *can* jump perpendicular but it's hard. 

This page was very helpful for that part:

http://www.tombraiderchronicles.com/tombraideranniversary/walkthrough/images/screens_level05a.html

Whew, that did it.  Thanks!  smile
10478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: June 10, 2007, 08:37:22 PM
Nice write-up.  smile

I'm a little bit ahead of you (just escaped Midgar, headed for Kalm on the world map), but got sidetracked by Tomb Raider:  Anniversary this afternoon.  Should get in a couple more hours while Mrs. Gratch is at work tonight.
10479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Rollerblade? on: June 10, 2007, 08:30:31 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on June 10, 2007, 06:50:35 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 10, 2007, 02:17:12 PM

I used to rollerblade almost every day.  We had a river trail by my old house that was absolutely perfect for skating on.  Haven't done it since we moved 3 years ago, but I've been itching to give it a shot again.

I tried a couple newer pair of skates, and could never find one that gave me enough ankle support.  I'd end up rolling my ankles inwards, which made it really hard to skate without falling over.  I've still got my old huge skates that I absolutely love (they look like giant ski boots), but they haven't been used in a few years and I don't even know if I could get replacement wheels for them.  Maybe some research is in order this week...

Go to any sporting goods store and they have wheels and stuff to repair your skates.  All you need is an Allen wrench

Good to know.  I was afraid they might just be so outdated that I couldn't find wheels for them.

Now I'll just have to deal with all the kids laughing at my 'old man' skates.  smile
10480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 10, 2007, 08:28:14 PM

Quote from: Azhag on June 10, 2007, 07:41:24 PM

Well, also pedigree of Final Fantasy creator and Dragonball Z creator.

These two are the ones that come to mind for me as well. 

To us hardcore gamers, the Chrono Trigger name probably carries weight, but will mean nothing to the casual or younger gamer.  The names above, however...
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