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10441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games That Took A While, But Then Just Clicked on: February 01, 2007, 12:08:52 AM
Final Fantasy Tactics.  Bought and sold the game 3 seperate times because I just couldn't get into it.  First time was right after I finished FFVII, and I was expecting more of the same.  You can imagine how that turned out.  Tried it again a year later, and could never get the hang of the combat system.  Tried one more time a year after that, bought the guide to go along with it, and it just clicked.  Absolutely fell in love with it and have spent hundreds of hours with it since.
10442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2: Rogue Galaxy on: January 31, 2007, 09:26:26 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 31, 2007, 08:55:59 PM

When I picked up mine, some guy who smelled of District Manager asked me if I preordered Rogue Galaxy, and when I said no, was surprised that the store had some available for sale anyhow.  He said something about other GameStop stores in the area were sold out and that I was very lucky to be able to get one.

-Autistic Angel

Man, that bullshit infuriates me.  That's a whole 'nother topic for a whole 'nother thread though.

Maybe I'll swing by Target on the way home.
10443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2: Rogue Galaxy on: January 31, 2007, 07:55:25 PM
I was dead set against getting this, but a couple of the reviews are making it look more tempting.  Plus the fact that it's only $40 helps.  I'm not really playing else anything right now, so maybe I'll give it a shot.

I canceled my Gamestop pre-order, so I'm debating if I want to try and go play their "you didn't pre-order, you don't get one" game.
10444  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever wondered what is your true faith ? on: January 31, 2007, 06:45:50 PM
1.    Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants  (100%)
2.    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (90%)
3.    Jehovah's Witness (80%)
4.    Reform Judaism (77%)
5.    Liberal Quakers (76%)
6.    Bah�'� Faith (75%)
7.    Unitarian Universalism (64%)
8.    Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (58%)
9.    Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (55%)
10.    Orthodox Judaism (53%)
11.    Sikhism (52%)
12.    Islam (48%)
13.    Orthodox Quaker (44%)
14.    New Thought (44%)
15.    Neo-Pagan (40%)
16.    New Age (40%)
17.    Secular Humanism (37%)
18.    Mahayana Buddhism (32%)
19.    Jainism (31%)
20.    Theravada Buddhism (31%)
21.    Taoism (28%)
22.    Scientology (27%)
23.    Seventh Day Adventist (26%)
24.    Eastern Orthodox (22%)
25.    Roman Catholic (22%)
26.    Hinduism (19%)
27.    Nontheist (18%)
10445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Ten New Titles Approach the Xbox Live Arcade Horizon on: January 30, 2007, 08:25:20 PM

Quote from: Farscry on January 30, 2007, 07:25:32 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 30, 2007, 07:21:47 PM

From that list: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Settlers of Catan, Worms.  headbang

Add in that mini-golf title and you've got my list as well! icon_biggrin

FWIW, that mini-golf game showed up on Gametap a while back and is completely awful.
10446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP shipments drop 75% on: January 30, 2007, 08:23:45 PM
If they:

1)  Dropped the price $50-100
2)  Released some decent RPG's

I would repurchase a PSP in a heartbeat.  As it is, however, I fear it would end up collecting dust and I can't justify paying for one.
10447  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's everyone listening to? on: January 30, 2007, 07:11:42 PM

Quote from: depward on January 30, 2007, 07:04:00 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on January 30, 2007, 05:23:00 PM

I usually do straight trance most of the time. Sometimes go into the more vocal stuff. There are some hard songs that I like.
Name some bands.  Any of these sound familiar?

-VNV Nation
-In Strict Confidence
-Assemblage 23
-Apoptygma Berzerk
-Das Ich
-Covenant (you might really like them)
-Hanzel und Gretyl (very hard, just thought I'd throw that in there..)
-KMFDM (and the MDFMK release)

All of those are in the industrial/futurepop/electronica/techno sort of style of music.  Of course, Oakenfold / Sasha & Digweed / etc. are trancey.

I would put most of those bands squarely in the Industrial or EBM camps, but ymmv.

Wait a sec...ATB is a band too?  Is there anything he can't do?!  slywink
10448  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for Final Fantasy Tactics Advance on: January 30, 2007, 05:42:10 PM
Don't really have anything to trade right now, but will gladly do $$.
10449  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's everyone listening to? on: January 30, 2007, 04:58:58 PM

Quote from: depward on January 30, 2007, 04:40:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 30, 2007, 02:34:56 PM

Just got an e-mail from Amazon that the new Skinny Puppy CD shipped today.   drool

Happy Happy, Joy Joy!!

Hey, tell me how it is...

I've been listening to the new Apoptygma Berzerk album.  It's interesting - their music has definately evolved (many would argue 'devolved').  I like it though!

People have said the same about SP's new stuff.  I personally really enjoy it, but it's certainly completely different from their nightmare-inducing intensity of "Too Dark Park" or "Last Rights". 

There's a bunch of 45 second song samples here.  Pretty similar to their last album, but a bit more dark and menacing (which is a good thing).  They're supposed to be touring starting in April, and I can't wait to see them again!
10450  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's everyone listening to? on: January 30, 2007, 02:34:56 PM
Just got an e-mail from Amazon that the new Skinny Puppy CD shipped today.   drool

Happy Happy, Joy Joy!!

10451  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 30, 2007, 01:04:43 PM

10452  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's everyone listening to? on: January 29, 2007, 10:20:19 PM
Been hooked on Eyeless in Gaza for the last few days.  Fantastic stuff that I missed the first time around.

10453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 29/Jan/07 on: January 29, 2007, 02:25:01 PM
I repurchased Oblivion with the Knights of the Nine expansion and messed around with that for a bit.  Much of it reminded me why I quit playing in the first place (good lord, the dungeons & monsters are repetitive), but I like a couple of the new quests.  Trying to decide if I want to keep playing with my existing character (about 40 hours in, main storyline completed) or start over with someone new.  Or if I even want to bother messing with it until the expansion.

Also started up Diablo II again, for the umpteenth time.  Playing as a Paladin this time, which I haven't done before.  Y'know, I've seen everything in that game a million times before, but it just never gets old.   I think I may have put more time into DII than any other game I've ever played. 
10454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/29) on: January 29, 2007, 02:20:41 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 29, 2007, 01:48:52 PM

I WILL buy Rogue Galaxy at some stage.  Don't know if it will be this week though since I have no plans to play it right away and I don't expect it to be rare. 

Same here.  I didn't like the combat system in the demo, and all the reviews I've read say that the story is pretty weak.  Not a good combination for me (either the battle system or story have to be good to keep my interest), so I'll probably wait until I can pick it up used.
10455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why are DS' so hard to find? HELP ME FIND AN ONYX LITE! on: January 29, 2007, 04:54:07 AM
Pretty much completely sold out around here too.  Checked the Gamestops last Thursday, and neither Best Buy, Curcuit City, or Costco had any  yesterday.  Craziness.
10456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 26/Jan/06 on: January 27, 2007, 02:50:15 PM
Bah.  After last night's gaming session, I'm officially done with both Winning Eleven 9 and Indigo Prophecy.   Just can't get into either of them.  So I'm going to go repurchase Oblivion with the Knights of the Nine stuff, and start up again.  I can't decide if I want to keep going with my existing character (I've beaten the main storyline, but still have tons of extra stuff to do) or start fresh with a new build.

Decisions, decisions...
10457  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 27, 2007, 12:07:37 AM


10458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post your backlog!!! on: January 26, 2007, 04:17:55 PM
I don't really worry about finishing games, so I guess I really don't have a backlog.  I play a game until I get bored with it, then move on.  If I finish it, great.  If not, no big deal.  Sometimes I go back to games later, but I very rarely get the "I have to finish this!" urge.
10459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 26/Jan/06 on: January 26, 2007, 04:14:33 PM
I finished The Longest Journey yesterday, so I'll probably either put more time into Indigo Prophecy or Syberia over the weekend.  Not sure how much I like Indigo Prophecy (the story and gameplay are unique, but clunky controls are aggravating), so it'll probably be Syberia.   Also picked up Battle for Middle Earth 2 yesterday, so I'm going to make a concerted attempt to get back into RTS's.  Played through the tutorial missions last night and was pretty 'meh', but I suppose that's to be expected. 
10460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diamonds in the rough on: January 25, 2007, 08:05:27 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 25, 2007, 07:56:00 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 25, 2007, 03:31:46 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 25, 2007, 03:04:54 PM

definetly quake 4,i will have to get back to that one day...especially how you get a bonus disc with quake 2 on it

for me,it was on xbox1 called armed and dangerous,a lucasarts game,it got bad reviews here but i got it and loved it,it was also funny as hell(as with most lucasarts games=monkey island)

Armed and Dangerous was from Planet Moon Studios (small developer, 13 people in it, IIRC)... they also made Giants : Citizen Kabuto (PC)... an EXCELLENT game even by today's standards (dated graphics, but the gameplay is very fun!!). I don't know anything about the PS2 version of GIANTS though.

They made also made MDK and Infected (PSP).

Armed and Dangerous in an absolutely fantastic game, as is Giants.

This is good to hear, as I just picked it up from Simon's extremely generous freebie thread.  It's always been on my "I'll get around to it someday" list, but I've just never...gotten around to it.
10461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where do you Fall? on: January 25, 2007, 08:03:43 PM
67%, but tough to answer when you don't play any online or MP games.    slywink  Funny that it said I rarely use guides, since I answered "All the time" on the "Do you use game guides?" question.

You rarely use guides. You love the satisfaction of beating a game all by your lonesome. You probably have a big imagination and love to use games to escape and have fun. As a result of being this kind of gamer though, you may get a bit angry if someone beats you at a game that you pride yourself at being good at. This isn't always the case though. You're the kind of person that probably beats all of the people at games that come into gamestop and brag about their uber gaming skills but have nothing to show for it. People enjoying playing games with you. I salute you.

10462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EBGames going away. on: January 25, 2007, 07:28:16 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 25, 2007, 04:26:20 PM

BTW, who owns the "GameCrazy" stores?

All the ones around here are attached to Hollywood Video stores.
10463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EBGames going away. on: January 25, 2007, 05:00:40 PM

Quote from: jament on January 25, 2007, 04:08:10 PM


That was funny, and oh so true. 

I used to really like my local Gamestop.  They didn't use a lot of high pressure tactics, they were knowledgeable about games, I was on a first name basis with most of them, etc., etc.  Unfortunately, it has gone completely to shit in the 2 months since the last manager left, and I rarely go in there anymore.  Most of the knowledgeable staff has quit, and been replace with a group of l33t g4m3rz.  If you can actually pry one of them away from talking to their friends long enough to ask a question, it becomes very evident that they know absolutely nothing about games outside of the major mainstream titles (Halo, Madden, WoW, etc.).  Trying to find any niche titles in that store is like pulling teeth.  Took 15 minutes and 3 different employees to track down Yggdra Union the other day, even though I gave them the exact spelling and the system it was for.  Then, as the guy was ringing me up, he actually said to the other employee, "I can't believe people pay for this Japanese crap".  I probably should have said something to him, but I figured it wasn't worth the effort.

It's to the point that I will drive 10-15 minutes out of my way to go to another store, rather than stepping foot in there.  A shame, really.
10464  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Stuff on: January 25, 2007, 03:44:07 AM
10465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: January 25, 2007, 03:41:43 AM
It's been about 2 months since I've put significant time into anything on Gametap, and about a month since I even fired it up.  frown

Still some good stuff to be had, but these shitty releases are getting old.
10466  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tag - what's yours mean? on: January 24, 2007, 05:33:30 PM
Happened to be reading Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series when I created the handle.  The series has since turned to complete shite, but Gratch is still a awesome character.
10467  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 24, 2007, 12:25:19 AM

10468  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This won't cause any confusion: on: January 23, 2007, 12:56:48 PM
The domain move was made on January 1st, and dozens of users have registered for free game access within just days of the site’s launch.

Dozens?  Damn, how can GT hope to compete with that kind of crushing competition?
10469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT SOS - Anyone want to help me get a DS Lite? on: January 22, 2007, 07:15:25 PM
Wow, didn't realize they were so hard to find.  Thought I might have found one (listed as "In Stock" on their website), but it looks like every Gamestop & EB around here is sold out as well.
10470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 22/Jan/06 on: January 22, 2007, 07:08:26 PM
Not much for me.  Picked up Indigo Prophecy and messed around with it for a while.  Interesting concept and story, but the sluggish controls and wonky camera drove me nuts.  Also put another couple hours into The Longest Journey, and am about 2/3 of the way through (I think). 

Also tried the Rogue Galaxy demo again to see if I liked it any better the second time around.  Combat is still too hectic for me, and the demo has taken it from a day one purchase to a see-if-I-can-grab-it-used-from-somewhere purchase.
10471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/22) on: January 22, 2007, 02:12:27 PM
Somewhat interested in Hotel Dusk, but will probably wait for a few more reviews.
10472  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl 41 on: January 22, 2007, 03:41:14 AM
I'm picking the Colts, but that Chicago defense is going to play Manning tough.
10473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished in 2007 - Console & PC on: January 20, 2007, 08:43:03 PM
-  Dreamfall (A+)
-  Guitar Hero II (PS2 & 360) (B+)
-  The Longest Journey (B+)
-  Bookworm Adventures (B+)
-  Final Fantasy VI (A+)
-  God of War II (A-)
-  Sam & Max:  Episode 2 - Situation Comedy (B)
-  Sam & Max:  Episode 3 - The Mole, The Mob, and the Meatball (B-)
-  Sam & Max:  Episode 4 - Abe Lincoln Must Die! (B+)
-  Sam & Max:  Episode 5 - Reality 2.0 (A)
-  Puzzle Quest (A)
-  Baldur's Gate II (A)
-  Jeanne D'Arc (A-)
-  Mass Effect (A)

-  Assassin's Creed
-  Rock Band
-  Final Fantasy Tactics - War of the Lions

-  Dark Messiah of Might & Magic.  I had high hopes for this one, but it just blows.  For an "action-packed FPS", this is one of the most boring games I've ever played.
-  Indigo Prophecy.  Decent concept and story, horrible control system felt like I was running my characters through mud.
-  Battle for Middle Earth 2.  Try as I might, I just can't get into RTS games.  Even my two favorite settings (Star Wars & LotR) can't keep me interested.  frown
-  Xenosaga III.  Too.  Damn.  Boring
-  Planescape:  Torment.  Was trying to play through Gametap, and ran into some serious technical issues.  Sound stuttering, game freezes, etc.  Tried again with the CD version, got to nearly the exact same spot, then just petered out and lost interest. 
-  Enchanted Arms.  Generic RPG 101.  There was seriously not a single thing in this game that made it stand out.  Boring combat, dull characters (with piss-poor voice overs to boot), and an unengaging story.
-  Brave Story.  Again, an utterly generic, soulless RPG.
10474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console Game of the Year on: January 20, 2007, 08:41:10 PM
Black?  Seriously?
10475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: January 20, 2007, 05:38:45 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 20, 2007, 05:24:56 PM

Amazing game.  A true masterpiece.  Loving the second go-around on hard!  Controls work great for me.

And if you think about it, if you're demanding a perfect camera in a game where you're fighting massive moving mountains; you're asking for something that can't really happen.  And what else do you want?  You can MOVE the camera, you can ZOOM in on the colossi (like a z-targeting system [and nobody complains about Zelda's camera]), and you can auto-center the camera.  What more do you want!?  Want it to move with your MIND!?  Get a Segway!

Gratch!  You were on the 4th one!?  Maaaan, the 5th one would have blown your mind biggrin

Not asking for a perfect camera, as I know there's no such thing.  However, I felt like I was constantly fighting the camera in order to see what the hell I was doing.  I'm all for a good challenge or puzzle, but when the camera alone becomes the main source of frustration, it's time to find a different game.

FWIW, I completely appreciate what they were trying to do with the game, and I really wanted to like it.  Just didn't work for me.
10476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [NDS] How many dead pixels do you have? on: January 20, 2007, 03:35:19 PM
I've owned 2 DS's now, and have never had a dead pixel.
10477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: January 20, 2007, 03:34:15 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 20, 2007, 06:59:28 AM

So, I grabbed a used copy tonight and played for about 90 minutes.  Actually, I spent 60 of those minutes fighting the controls and the final 30 playing around with the first Colossi while still fighting the controls.  Definitely not my thing  icon_frown -  I'm going to see if I can return it tomorrow at EB.

This was my reaction too.  Fighting the camera & controls more than the Colossi does not make for a fun game.  I got up to the fourth one, then it simply became too frustrating.
10478  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wait, it's Monday? Time for the Sunday Skin! on: January 20, 2007, 01:30:01 AM

Quote from: Jancelot on January 18, 2007, 05:10:06 AM



That would be Crystal from Sports By Brooks.  A couple more of her:

10479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10,000 posts. History, The Site, The Future on: January 19, 2007, 07:36:59 PM
Props to all those that make this such a kick-ass place to be!   thumbsup
10480  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PASTE! on: January 19, 2007, 07:35:00 PM
if we move the body to a different location, I think we'll avoid any suspicion.  You can wire the money to my account and

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