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10481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PS3 Line Insanity; Pregnant Woman Tries Not To Give Birth While Waitin on: November 17, 2006, 04:41:12 PM

Quote from: javahead on November 17, 2006, 04:01:19 PM

Red Sharpie: $.75
Pure Breed Yellow Labrador: $750

4 year old daughter getting her hands on both at the same time: Priceless  (or endless blackmail?)

Now that's funny.  Poor dog.
10482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 17, 2006, 04:13:29 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 17, 2006, 02:23:22 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 17, 2006, 02:19:12 PM

Drives me nuts when I get hit with "Slow" and the only thing I can do is wait it out.

Re: mages- I've outlined my mage strategy here before so I won't do it again, but I'll just say that even with no second level black magic spells, my mage kicks all sorts of unholy ass. 

I must be doing something seriously wrong then, because my black mages feel woefully underpowered.  I've set up Balthier as my mage, but haven't quite figured out the best armor/weapon combo yet (probably need to go back and read through this thread again).
10483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 17, 2006, 02:19:12 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 17, 2006, 04:32:57 AM

So are you saying i have a long ways to go before i can use anything more than a simple fire or water spell?  And only daggers and no ninja swords?  I'm liking the game alot, but if i gotta use the same spells and weapons for another 10 or 20 hours, i'm quitting now. 

You'll get plenty of new weapons, so don't worry about that.   I prefer not to purchase a weapon license before it becomes available in the shops, but ymmv.  Farley makes a good point about the quickenings, but my feeling is that while you'll eventually get around to using those weapons, you'd be much better off licensing spells or abilities you can use right away.  Someone said it earlier, but it's a good idea to make beelines for the Speed enhancing spells (everyone), and for the meele & magic enhancers for fighters & mages.  The HP boosts have been nice as well (just got everybody the +500 HP license last night  icon_smile)

I'll admit that I'm a bit frustrated at how slowly some of the spell progression is going.  I'm about 30 hours in (25-26 level characters, just hit the Henne Mines), and I have yet to see a second level black magic spell available for purchase.  I'm still flinging first level fire, water, & blizzard spells, which seem very underpowered.   There's also a few spells that have traditionally been offered early in FF games that I'm still waiting to get.  Haste is the big one, but Dispel also comes to mind.  Drives me nuts when I get hit with "Slow" and the only thing I can do is wait it out.  I also just barely received a 2nd level single-person cure spell (within the last 2 hours). 

It seems as though the devs really want you to focus on melee instead of magic this time around.  That's all fine and dandy until you run up against some damage resistant enemies and your magic abilities suck.  (I.E.  The mass of jellies that damn near wiped my entire party last night)
10484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 17, 2006, 04:59:42 AM
I get most of mine from here.  It's a 969-page version of this same thread. 

Be warned though, some of it is extremely NSFW.  Much more so than this thread.
10485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 17, 2006, 03:28:46 AM


10486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas starting earlier again on: November 15, 2006, 09:27:02 PM
Funny you mentioned this, as 'Carol of the Bells' just started playing from my co-workers office.

Yeah, it's too damn early.
10487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 15, 2006, 09:24:37 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on November 15, 2006, 08:55:54 PM

whats your favorite Bonus track? I really enjoyed 2 or 3 of em from the first game, I haven't found any that have stuck with me like the first yet, which ones should I give some more love too? 

And the Trogdor comes in the NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!
10488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy III (DS) Impressions on: November 15, 2006, 07:46:07 PM

Quote from: warning on November 15, 2006, 07:10:10 PM

- It seems pretty hardcore.  No saving in dungeons.  Well you can do a quicksave anytime out of battle but once you load it it disappears.  Permanent saves apparently only happen on the world map.

This is the deal-breaker for me right now.  I've never been a big fan of uber-difficult RPG's (which I've heard this one is), and I hate having to replay large sections because of no save points. 

I'll probably check out FFIII, but not until I can find is used or the price drops.
10489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "If I Did It" -- OJ Simpson interview to air on Fox on: November 15, 2006, 07:29:36 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on November 15, 2006, 03:11:42 PM

Hopefully the Goldman family will sue his ass off.

Again.

Won't matter much if they do.  From what I understand, he hasn't paid a penny of the 33 million he already owes them. 

OJ is possibly the most despicable human being on the planet.

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Someone find out how we can prevent this crap from being aired.  Lets petition FOX!  Enough is enough damnit!

It does make me wonder what advertiser will have the balls to be attached to this train wreck.  I know bad publicity is better than no publicity, but this might be taking it a step too far. 
10490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 15, 2006, 01:26:39 PM
 :icon_eek:  :icon_eek:  This is one ridiculous tattoo:



10491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 14, 2006, 02:50:49 PM

Quote from: Arkon on November 14, 2006, 02:41:11 PM

What the market sees as the winner and what is the winner for me will most likely be different.

+1.  "Winner" means something different to everyone, and it's all a matter of personal preference.

The winner for me will be the system that comes out with the best RPG's.  Based on this generation, my guess it that it will be the PS3, but we'll see.  So far, none of the systems are looking overly promising in that regard.
10492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 14, 2006, 02:48:16 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 14, 2006, 01:52:41 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 14, 2006, 01:03:48 PM

'Tatooed Love Boys'.   thumbsdown

Tattooed Love Boys was one of my favorite Pretenders songs when I was a kid.  I loved it when the guitarist would hit that Wiii Wiii Wiii Wiii and then go into the duh duh duuuh duh duh duh duh duh.  I thought it was the coolest thing ever.  So, getting to play that song in guitar hero ranks very high with me.

That's a good point.  I think familiarity with the song goes a long way towards enjoying it in GH.  For example, "Them Bones" is not really that fun of a track gamewise, but I enjoy playing it just because I love the song.  That's probably why I enjoy "Last Child" (one of the better Aerosmith tunes, imo) and dislike "Freya" (never heard it before).
10493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 14, 2006, 01:03:48 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on November 14, 2006, 08:05:28 AM

"Last Child" by Aerosmith is the worst song I've played for either GH game.

"Freya", on the other hand, ROCKS.

Huh.  I would actually switch those two.  I think the Aerosmith song is pretty fun to play.

Both of my least favorite GH songs are on this edition:  'Freya' and 'Tatooed Love Boys'.   thumbsdown
10494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/13) on: November 13, 2006, 05:26:38 PM
Possibly FFIII, but I think I'll likely wait for Christmas.  I'm already overloaded and don't really want to add another one onto the list.
10495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 12, 2006, 04:31:16 PM
There was a great "funny pics" thread this morning on Fark

















10496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I own a DS Lite....what now? on: November 12, 2006, 12:31:45 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 12, 2006, 12:15:52 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 11, 2006, 11:35:27 PM

Since I'm assuming you missed them on the GBA:

-  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
-  Golden Sun
-  Tactics Ogre

I haven't found any DS games yet that really keep my interest, but Meteos was pretty fun.

2 out of 3 ain't bad.  I'll grab FFTA and Golden Sun.  Tactics Ogre = no go for me.  Tried it, didn't like it.

If you didn't like TO, you might not like FFTA either.  It's one of my favorites, but the kiddie-ish story and unique character development isn't for everyone.
10497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I own a DS Lite....what now? on: November 11, 2006, 11:35:27 PM
Since I'm assuming you missed them on the GBA:

-  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
-  Golden Sun
-  Tactics Ogre

I haven't found any DS games yet that really keep my interest, but Meteos was pretty fun.
10498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 11, 2006, 04:28:48 PM
10499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October Hardware Sales on: November 11, 2006, 12:26:11 AM

Quote from: Arkon on November 10, 2006, 11:01:03 PM

I doubt many of the PS2 sales are new customers, it is all the existing customer base replacing thier PS2s.  As many problems as I have had with my 360, I had a worse time with my launch PS2.

I agree that many of them are probably not first time PS2 owners.  However, I wouldn't agree that the bulk of sales are people replacing defective units.  I've heard a ton of people who previously sold/traded their PS2 say they are now rebuying the system because of all the great "last gasp" games.

I guess I'm one of the lucky ones, as I have a launch PS2 that still works great.  Of course now that I say that, it will probably explode and burn down my house. icon_wink
10500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/10/06 on: November 10, 2006, 05:39:51 PM
Probably not a ton of gaming time for me, but what little I have will be split between FFXII and GHII.
10501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October Hardware Sales on: November 10, 2006, 05:38:50 PM
Blows my mind that there are still 235,000 people buying PS2's.  I'm sure the FFXII/Guitar Hero punch helped, but that's a lot of units for an old console.
10502  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie Recommendation : Flushed Away. on: November 10, 2006, 03:13:25 PM
From what I've seen, Flushed Away sounds like a very apt description of this one.

BTW, when did they pass a law that states if you make an animated movie, it has to be about talking animals?  I think there's a subset of laws that require a talking penguin, as I saw yet another preview for an animated penguin feature (not Happy Feet).  This one is apparently about a penguin that learns to surf.  Ugh.
10503  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Spider-Man 3 Trailer! SWEET MERCIFUL CHRIST!!!!! on: November 10, 2006, 05:04:22 AM
I really, really want to like these movies, but this one just looks like more of the same that I hated about the first two.  Crappy actors with an overload of crappy blue screen/CG Spidey, swinging through crappy blue screen/CG buildings saving crappy blue screen/CG people.   Meh. 
10504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 10, 2006, 02:11:20 AM


Talk about a shitty job:





10505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 10, 2006, 02:03:15 AM
One thing that I really hope they do in the next GH is at least a little modeling of the band after their real life counterparts.  Granted, the graphics are basically just filler, but I think it would add a lot to the atmosphere to see Axl's snake dance, Mick's strut, Steven's acrobatics, or Claypool's funky walk instead of the same boring guy-in-a-t-shirt for every song.   
10506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 10, 2006, 01:06:38 AM
On the subject of LP's, I thought this was pretty funny:

10507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 09, 2006, 10:12:43 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 09, 2006, 09:31:03 PM

FF and MGS can eat my ass, other games do what they do better time and time again.

Someone obviously hasn't played FF XII.    icon_wink
10508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II - Your Top 5 & Bottom 5 songs on: November 09, 2006, 10:08:19 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 09, 2006, 09:17:20 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on November 09, 2006, 08:22:14 PM

My favorite songs are old school,  Kansas, Rush, Heart, Almond Bros, etc, 

My least favorite are sword, iggypop, that rap craptastic one, etc

I REALLY REALLY hope that now since they have the coding down to an art that the can just start pumping out GENRE versions.  How about 20 classic songs from such groups as YES, U2, Def Leopard, Pink Floyd, The Who, Genesis,etc..  Just give us a classic 70s and 80s venue to play them on and sell it for 20 bucks or so.

Do the same for other genres, have a heavy over the top version with Gwar, Iron Maiden, etc

I think you're more likely to find these themed packs on Xbox Live than in any stores.  And it will be really really hard to resist them.

I sure hope not.  I have zero interest in a 360, nor the funds to buy one anytime soon.

I remember reading an interview with Red Octane a while back that said they were looking at doing these type of expansions.   IIRC, they specifically mentioned a metal pack, a classic rock pack, and an 80's pack.  Not sure if those are still in the works or not.

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My favorite songs are old school,  Kansas, Rush, Heart, Almond Bros, etc,

Almond Bros.   icon_lol
10509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 08:22:03 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 08, 2006, 08:17:30 PM

Since i haven't gotten there yet, which chest do we NOT open and where at in the game is it?  I'm still in the sewers after escaping the palace.

I can check the guide when I get home, but I'm pretty sure you've already passed them.  A couple of them were in Lowtown and Rabanastre iirc, so you've probably already opened them. 
10510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 07:37:19 PM

Quote from: depward on November 08, 2006, 07:28:44 PM

I'm in love with the game - so good, SOOOO GOOOOOOOOD

Amen, brother.  All the minor niggles aside, this is one of the best games I've played in a long, long time.
10511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 06:24:35 PM
Great impressions Pharaoh, thanks!  I'm glad to hear the storyline stays strong.  A good battle system can only keep me interested for so long, but I'll always play through a good story.

Quote from: Pharaoh on November 08, 2006, 05:56:30 PM

K) The Zodiac Spear, the weapon you get in the Necrohaul Nabudis for not opening 4 specific chests in the first half of the game is overpowered. If you do get it, prepare to be able to Melee the rest of the game. Yes, you can just use auto-attack for even the last boss because of how hard the thing hits. Up to your preference.

As an aside, I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate it when games do this.  I'm trying to play through as guide-free as possible to stay away from spoilers.  There is no mention anywhere in the game that opening specific chests 5, 10, 12, & 17 out of the 2,000 chests in the game during the first 2 hours will cause me to miss out on the uber-weapon 40 hours later.  Shit like that annoys me to no end.

10512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Genji [PS3] Review-Hi2u Bad Launch Titles on: November 08, 2006, 03:31:16 PM
Bad launch titles?  I'm shocked.  Shocked I tell you!!   icon_wink
10513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The f-word on: November 08, 2006, 03:22:31 PM
I've made a conscious effort lately to curb my swearing.  I let an f-bomb slip at work the other day and got lectured about it (big no-no around here), so I've got to make sure I keep it clean.  
10514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero II - Your Top 5 & Bottom 5 songs on: November 08, 2006, 03:16:27 PM
Thought it would be interesting to see people’s Top 5 and Bottom 5 in GH II.  I played through Hard last night, so here’s my initial impressions.  Some of these may change, depending on how insane the Expert difficulty level gets.

Top 5 (in no particular order)
1.  Message in a Bottle – I actually despise this song, so I was surprised at how fun it was to play.
2.  Monkey Wrench – Again, not a fan of the original, but this one’s a blast.
3.  Sweet Child O’ Mine – This was a surprisingly well done cover.  Besides, who honestly can say they don’t like this song at least a little bit?   icon_wink
4.  John the Fisherman – Having the original tracks is a huge plus on this one
5.  Laid to Rest – Again, very surprised because I am not a Lamb of God fan at all

Honorable mention:  Jessica, Rock This Town (will be better once I can nail the strumming pattern), Crazy on You

Bottom 5 (again, not in order)
1.  Strutter - Boooooooooring
2.  Mother – I love this song, but this cover isn’t very good.  The singer is bad, and the whole thing is just wussified.
3.  Tatooed Love Boys – If I never have to hear this song again, I’m perfectly OK with that.
4.  Freya
5.  Bad Reputation – This one is probably my least favorite.  Just a bad, bad song.

Dishonorable mention:  Madhouse, Heart Shaped Box (mainly because it's a bad cover)
10515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 08, 2006, 03:02:09 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 08, 2006, 02:34:41 PM

Cover Quality - I think it may be because these are songs I know much better than in GH1, but the voices are WAY off on a lot of songs this time around, not something I really noticed in GH1.

I agree.  The ones that are off seem much more glaring this time around.  "Mother", "Heart Shaped Box", and "Killing in the Name Of" are probably the worst.

On the flip side, there are a few that I never thought they'd be able to pull off that sound really good.  "Message in a Bottle", "Them Bones", and "Sweet Child O Mine" come to mind.
10516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 08, 2006, 02:37:13 AM




10517  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sigh. I lost another pet today... on: November 07, 2006, 12:35:25 AM
That's tough man.  My condolences.   :icon_sad:
10518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 06, 2006, 08:27:51 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 06, 2006, 08:19:20 PM

It looks like it's selling well  icon_biggrin

Wow.  1.5 million in the US and 2.4 million in Japan.  Assuming $50 a game, that's $195 million so far (and it's only been out a week in the US).   eek
10519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 06, 2006, 07:55:39 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on November 06, 2006, 06:16:14 PM

The PS3 really doesn't interest me for the next 6 months to a year.  I haven't heard of anything exclusive that I have to have before then.

Now come the first price drop..... I'll 80% likely buy one.  I had 0 intention of buying an xbox originally.  When they dropped to 200 I walked out the store with one the next day.

+1. 

Then again, I'm not really the typical gamer.  The lack of any sort of RPG on either the 360* or PS3 means I can easily wait for a while.

*yes, I know about Enchanted Arms but it's not exactly a system seller for me.
10520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: Knightshade is a Psycho Edition on: November 06, 2006, 07:50:11 PM
Mostly FFXII, with a little bit of NWN2.  I quickly realized there's no way I'll be able to play both of those at the same time, so I'm shelving NWN2 for now.
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