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10521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Big of a Star Wars Fan Are You? on: May 29, 2007, 08:41:24 PM
Awesome pic man.   thumbsup
10522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 5-28-3007: YARGH!!!!! on: May 29, 2007, 08:30:36 PM
Just hit the 10 million mark in GH2 career mode this afternoon.  That means I officially:

 headbang headbang headbang headbang headbang headbang headbang headbang
10523  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Big of a Star Wars Fan Are You? on: May 29, 2007, 02:38:00 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on May 29, 2007, 01:53:34 PM

I will say this.  I would like to know how many of the people who responded in this thread that are NOT Star Wars fans, or just considered it "meh", have actually seen the original movies in the theater in 1977, 1980 and 1983.  I would bet that most of you never did.  Those individuals could never know what a life changing experience that was like.

Not everything affects everyone the same way.  Yes, seeing Star Wars in the theater was an amazing and somewhat defining experience for some of us, but it certainly was not that way for everyone.  I know plenty of people who saw the original releases in the theater and never developed anything more than a casual 'meh' interest in the series, and there's nothing wrong with that.

To be honest, I think the prequels really soured a lot of people on Star Wars in general.  If you weren't a pretty major fan to begin with, I can certainly see how the piss-poor acting in Episodes I and II would put you off the series for good.  Mrs. Gratch is a perfect example.  She saw Star Wars during the original run, and while she enjoyed it, I don't think she would have ever watched them again if I didn't make her.  smile  After seeing Episode I, I pretty much had to drag her kicking and screaming to the other two prequels.  She had absolutely zero interest in seeing, as she put it, "possibly the worst acting ever to disgrace the screen". 

Different strokes for everyone, man.  smile
10524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Metal: A Headbanger's Journey on: May 29, 2007, 02:06:32 PM

Quote from: dback99 on May 29, 2007, 03:12:23 AM

And for me, metal will always be a part of me.  Im 32, and just saw Dimmu Borgir 2 weeks ago here in Phoenix.  There were kids, teens, adults, and even folks in their 60's at the show enjoying themselves.  I think thats part of what the documentry touched on.  Metal really isn't a look or an image.  You may never know if that "normal" looking person in the car next to you is jamming Dimmu, Nile, Kiss, Motorhead, etc.   

Dimmu was here a couple weeks ago, but it happened to be on the same night as Frontline Assembly.  FLA is one of my favorites, so I chose that show instead.  In retrospect, however, I wish I would have gone to see Dimmu, as the FLA concert was uninspired at best.  frown
10525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 5-28-3007: YARGH!!!!! on: May 29, 2007, 02:21:59 AM
So far, it's been a ton of Guitar Hero II and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.  I've got the next 2 days off, so the main gaming bulk of my weekend comes tomorrow and Wednesday while Mrs. Gratch is at work.  smile
10526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: May 29, 2007, 12:50:23 AM
I'm pretty psyched as well.   icon_biggrin

Just out of curiosity, how are you getting your screenshots?  Are you playing the PC version, or through a PC emulator?
10527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Discussion of CR's Sunday Skin - 05/26/07 on: May 28, 2007, 04:30:03 PM

Quote from: warning on May 28, 2007, 04:07:50 PM

Lets do this: I'll split the discussion into a separate thread so people can partcipate who may not want to read a NSFW thread.

 icon_lol   I was just thinking, "I don't remember starting a thread with that title.".
10528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [POLL]guides for games on: May 28, 2007, 02:39:25 PM

Quote from: godhugh on May 27, 2007, 12:21:47 AM

2) I like having maps. Maps on GameFAQs are generally pretty horrible, so a good game guide (ex: Dragon Quest VIII's guide) has a huge advantage here IMO.

+1.  I do love me the maps.

One thing I don't understand is guides for games that don't typically need them.  Gamestop had Guitar Hero II and Madden 07 guides on their shelf the other day.  Why the hell would you need guides for those?   icon_confused
10529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Metal: A Headbanger's Journey on: May 28, 2007, 02:37:49 PM
Thanks for the link ATB, I'll have to check that show out.  smile

I enjoy a lot of "extreme" metal (obligatory plug for Opeth's 'Ghost Reveries' album, which is one of the best CD's of any genre in the last 10 years), but much of it walks a fine line between genius and garbage. 
10530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Discussion of CR's Sunday Skin - 05/26/07 on: May 28, 2007, 01:05:16 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on May 28, 2007, 06:27:05 AM

Women check out the sunday skin posts? Thanks, learn something new every day!

Violence against women? You're kidding, right? Can you really not tell the difference between fantasy and reality?
The "women" you are referring to are actually DRAWINGS, hell they arent even women, they're ELVES!
So by your own admission, games where you have to kill female characters (lets take bloodrayne 2 for example since there is a lot of that in there) must mean you like violence against women, right?
Lets face reality here, violence sells as much as sex does. If you really believe what you wrote, then obviously you have a much bigger issue here than just a few fake fantasy pics I posted.

The real women photos are from a superheroine membership site (which I wont link out of respect) that is run by guess who? A WOMAN!
Honestly, you should know better than to take offense to something that's not real.

You are right this is gamingtrend, but its also OFF TOPIC. If you really want to be a ll about censorship then go after car advice posts, democrats and bush, or a giant spider in someones house posts, but dont single mine out (which is clearly labeled NSFW) just because you personally dont share my tastes.

If you want to lock the thread then go right ahead, but I'm not going to apologize for sharing what I thought at least, was a small collection of sexy photos for the community to enjoy.

Warning's not on a crusade to ban such images all across the internet, he's just asked that you not post them here out of respect for the site owner.  Before you start comparing GT mods to Jack Thompson and scream from the "Free Speech" pedestal, you should probably realize that rather major difference.

EDIT:  Snark removal
10531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Discussion of CR's Sunday Skin - 05/26/07 on: May 27, 2007, 02:38:52 PM
Um...okay...

/backs away slowly
10532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Big of a Star Wars Fan Are You? on: May 27, 2007, 02:37:23 PM
Star Wars was the first movie I ever remember seeing, and it basically dominated my entire childhood.  Nearly all of the playtime when I was a kid revolved around those movies in one form or another.  We glued cardboard "X-wings" and laser guns on our bikes.  All the neighborhood kids re-enacted the movie battles with our vast collection of Star Wars toys.  We played the "Escape From the Death Star" board game.  We created Play-doh molds of the characters.  We constantly traded Star Wars cards.  The first record I ever owned was a recording of the entire movie.  This was before we could get the movies on VHS, so my brother and I used to listen to the record in our room while we played out the entire movie.  My mom came across a paper I wrote in 2nd grade about "Who you want to be when you grow up"...I said Han Solo.  I had Star Wars sheets, Star Wars underoos, and a Star Wars lunchbox.  Every year, my entire Trapper Keeper was covered in Star Wars stickers.  One year, my dad actually found Star Wars folders with pictures of the characters, and I thought it was pretty much the greatest thing I'd ever seen.  I dressed up as Darth Vader, C3PO, and Luke Skywaker (twice) for Halloween.   

I'm currently typing this in a room covered in Star Wars posters.  I've got an entire bookshelf covered in Star Wars toys and memorabilia.   I've got a Darth Vader figure taped to my monitor at work.  I've bought all the Star Wars board games, all the VHS and DVD releases, and a million other little knick-knacks.  My desktop wallpaper at home and at work is Star Wars.  My coffee table book is the Star Wars encyclopedia, which was my best-man gift at my buddy's wedding.  The license plate on my car is STR WRS, with a "My other car is an X-Wing" license plate frame.  My dog's name is Vader.  I'm in the middle of rewatching all the movies in canonical order, and finished Episode III last night.  Most of today will be spent with Espisodes IV, V, and VI for the umpteenth time.  I've scheduled my entire day tomorrow around being home for the Star Wars:  The Legacy Revealed special.

Yeah, you could say I'm a fan.  And no, I don't live in my mom's basement.  smile
10533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Messiah of Might & Magic: Worth $10? on: May 26, 2007, 03:16:24 AM

Quote from: Purge on May 23, 2007, 07:26:34 PM

I'll give ya 10CDN for it, gratch! biggrin

I'd do that in a heartbeat, but I bought it through Steam and I don't think it's transferable.  frown
10534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone going to see Pan's Labyrinth? on: May 26, 2007, 01:06:21 AM
Picked this up on DVD this afternoon.  I typically enjoy anything even remotely fantasy-esque, but for some reason I didn't really care much for this one.  Maybe my expectations were way off, but I wasn't anticipating a heavy-handed war story with some random sprinklings of fantasy elements.  I rather expected that it would be the other way around.

Just finished watching, so maybe I'll let it digest for a while and see if it grows on me.  First impressions, however, are pretty 'meh'.
10535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Memorial Day Weekend Edition on: May 25, 2007, 01:20:32 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 25, 2007, 01:13:32 PM

Well gratch, are you looking for a real deep playthrough, or a fun diversion? If its the latter, you KNOW you must play Icewind Dale 2-which is a fantastic dungeon romp. Why no consideration for Torment though? I am almost ready for my annual playthruogh myself (I am thinking july).

Mainly a fun diversion, so I'm really leaning towards Icewind.  I've gotten about halfway through Baldur's Gate twice now before it simply gets too overwhelming and I lose interest.  I actually beat Icewind II when it first came out, but have been itching to give it another shot.

I started Torment through Gametap a couple months ago, but whatever they did in the conversion to their system has caused some serious technical problems.  I got about 6 hours in before the stuttering audio, graphic corruption, and constant game freezing simply caused too much frustration.  If I could find a regular CD copy I'd probably give it a shot (I was really enjoying the game), but I think the chances of finding it anywhere around here are pretty slim.
10536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [POLL]guides for games on: May 25, 2007, 01:16:57 PM
I always buy guides for major RPG's, but very seldom for anything else.    Basically, I like knowing exactly what to do next in my games.   There is nothing more infuriating that wandering around looking for the next trigger to continue a quest.   I also can't stand missing minor items/conversations/chests/etc. that cause me to miss out on major items/conversations/chests/etc. hours later.  I.E.  "You cannot get pass through this magic-granting-super-secret-uber-gate because you stole the Purple Whatzit of Dumbassedness 14 dungeons ago."   That kind of shit drives me up a wall, and can usually be avoided with guides.

I'll use GameFAQ's on occasion, but my computer is in the other room and I hate going back and forth.
10537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Memorial Day Weekend Edition on: May 25, 2007, 01:09:51 PM
5-day weekend for me, and I'm still undecided on what to play.  Definately some Guitar Hero 2, Final Fantasy XII, and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, and I've also been thinking about starting one of the old Infinity Engine games again.  Either Baldur's Gate II or Icewind Dale II.  Good way to kill some time.  smile

Quote from: Calvin on May 25, 2007, 12:51:48 PM

The Finale:
Star Wars Marathon!! All the star wars movies in canonical order!

Doing this as well.  Got through Episode I last night, with II and Clone Wars tonight
10538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars fans - check this out! on: May 24, 2007, 08:25:47 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on May 24, 2007, 08:10:20 PM

I tend to agree with Calvin.  All three prequels had their Star Wars moments.  And the ending to Jedi was intense and emotional.  The moment in Jedi when Vader mentions Luke's sister to turn to the Dark Side and Luke just loses it and goes all Jedi on Vader, literally beating him down to the ground all while the Emperor is laughing is one the defining moments in Star Wars.  I have the chills now just thinking and writing about it.

For the prequels, the battle with Darth Maul (especially when the doors open and he ignites his saber) combined with John William's brilliant Duel of the Fates in PM and the arrival of all those Jedi in the final battle in AoTC were all what I call "Star Wars moments".  Never did I expect to see all those Jedi battling in one location!  And that's just naming a couple from the first two prequels.  And Sith was a brilliant ending to the prequels.  Just at the moment in Sith when Vaders helmet was locked on to Anakin's head and the film was silent before you heard the first deep breath of Darth Vader - was so chill inducing I can hardly explain it.  As a kid growing up with the Star Wars movies I couldn't wait for that first trademark Vader breath.  The one that started it all.  I think I was even holding my breath at the moment.  Oh God was that a wonderful film moment!

All three movies definitely have their great "Star Wars" moments.   I still think the Darth Maul battle is one of the best segments in all 6 films.  Overall, however, the bad acting was too big of a distraction from the cool bits.

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Remember folks I'm assuming most of us are adults here.  We cannot possibly see the the prequel movies through the same eyes or experience the same innocent emotions and feelings as we did when we were younger.  As adults it's our gift to be critical and analyze, but it is also our crutch robbing us of that kid-like wonderment.  Although, I do a darn good job of maintaining it if I say so myself!  Ok, now I'm getting all PeteRock here.

I'd disagree here.  I remember asking my 8-year old nephew what he thought of Episode I, and being told he didn't like it because "it was too silly".  When even kids have a hard time with it, there's more than just typical adult cynicism going on.
10539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars fans - check this out! on: May 24, 2007, 08:09:29 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 24, 2007, 08:03:27 PM

And for a prequel, it's amazing how little matches up with the OT.

Just out of curiosity, what things are you referring to?  Outside of the whole midichlorian concept (which I absolutely hate, btw), I didn't see a ton of inconsistencies that couldn't be explained pretty easily.
10540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars fans - check this out! on: May 24, 2007, 07:59:42 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on May 24, 2007, 06:56:48 PM

And don't forget guys to watch "The History of Star Wars" Monday night @9:00pm on The History Channel.  icon_biggrin

Is this the same documentary that's on the DVD's?
10541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars fans - check this out! on: May 24, 2007, 07:38:59 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 24, 2007, 07:22:48 PM

Are you telling me the guy who BUILT C3PO and R2D2 didn't recognize them?  And why wasn't Vader displaying any of his made technical skillz?  Heck, the character's temperament and motivations didn't even match between the two trilogies.

FWIW, those two droid units were a dime a dozen in the Star Wars universe.   It'd be the equivalent of me not recognizing a computer that I built 15 years ago.

As for the prequels, as big a Star Wars geek as I am, I have a really hard time with them.  I absolutely love the story and characters, but the acting is so bad that it makes them very difficult to watch.  I tend to just fast forward to the fun parts and skip the rest.
10542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars fans - check this out! on: May 24, 2007, 06:16:05 PM
This might peg the geek-o-meter, but the vanity plate on my car is  STR WRS.  Complete with the "My other car is an X-Wing" license plate frame.   icon_cool  I've also got an entire bookcase in my office at home that is nothing but Star Wars memoribilia.  Nothing overly valuable, mind you, but still kinda cool.  I've even got a original release VHS copy of the trilogy, sans "updated" effects and Greedo shooting first.

Quote from: warning on May 24, 2007, 05:08:49 PM

I'm a professional mental health therapist with a graduate degree and am working in a psychiatric hospital yet right here on my desk sits my action figure of Darth Vader with orange lightsaber extended.  I bought that puppy the day after I saw Star Wars.

 icon_lol  I've got a Darth Vader figure on my monitor, and all 3 of the Spud Wars figures (Vader, R2, Stormtrooper) sitting on my filing cabinet. 
10543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars fans - check this out! on: May 24, 2007, 04:08:29 PM
That's a good idea Shifty.  I've got a 5-day weekend coming up, so I might do that too.
10544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news and bad from Square Enix on: May 24, 2007, 01:34:49 PM
Maybe by then I'll actually be able to afford a PS3.
10545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: May 24, 2007, 03:16:00 AM
I'm pretty sure I have an second copy of the Bradygames guide, if anyone is interested.
10546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: F.T. Jack Thompson goes after Halo 3 on: May 23, 2007, 07:46:14 PM
You can ride the half-pipe in front of my packed stadium concert.  I'm a Guitar Hero witch, so obviously I can be a rock star.
10547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Messiah of Might & Magic: Worth $10? on: May 23, 2007, 07:00:10 PM
Probably worth $10, but I wouldn't pay much more for it than that.  It was a very cliche, average action game at best.  Still kicking myself for dropping $50 on it.
10548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: May 23, 2007, 05:41:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 23, 2007, 04:42:46 PM

An awful lot of those look like they aren't covers.  Impressive that they can now get so many big names to give the tracks up and/or come in and lay down new ones.

Woah, just noticed that.  Very, very cool.  My biggest gripe with GH2 was how completely awful some of the covers were.

Anyone else find it strange that the Rolling Stones are willing to cough up the master tracks, but Foghat isn't?
10549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: May 23, 2007, 05:25:33 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 23, 2007, 05:12:44 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on May 23, 2007, 01:51:10 PM

The most over-rated game of all time !!!!   paranoid

*cough*Halo*cough*

Abso-freaking-lutely.

I can certainly see how people (action gamers, especially) wouldn't like FFVII, but it's tough to deny that it was pretty amazing for it's time.    One of these days, I'll get around to writing my 10-page dissertation on the overall effects of FFVII on the RPG genre.  slywink
10550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: May 23, 2007, 03:57:39 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 23, 2007, 03:41:33 PM

Harmonix isn't making the game this time, right?

Neversoft is doing it this time around.
10551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: May 23, 2007, 02:35:30 PM
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Cherub Rock (by Smashing Pumpkins)
Cult of Personality (by Living Colour)

Hell.  Yes.  I'm so in.

Man, Cult of Personality is going to be a bitch to play!   icon_twisted
10552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: May 23, 2007, 02:33:49 PM
I'm in!! 

10 years...holy crap.   eek  I've got so many fond memories of this game.  For me, FFVII is one of those rare games I can play over and over again, and enjoy it every time.    This'll be my 4th time through, and I'm really looking forward to it.  It'll be interesting to replay now that we know the continuation of the story from Advent Children.

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I tried playing it a year ago and the jaggies made me want to tear my eyes out.  I'd consider the PC version but I heard it was buggy as heck.

The jaggies don't bother me that much, but I'm sure playing on my old CRT TV has something to do with that.  The PC version wasn't awful, but it certainly had it's share of problems.  They did all the character models in high-res, but didn't up the resolution on any of the pre-rendered backgrounds.  Looks kinda crappy, imo.
10553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Dungeons & Dragons Tactics on: May 22, 2007, 07:58:36 PM
Between this and the Final Fantasy Tactics remake, I might actually have to re-buy a PSP.
10554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best/Worst Voice Acting on: May 22, 2007, 12:59:07 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 22, 2007, 12:19:27 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on May 22, 2007, 02:13:05 AM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on May 21, 2007, 09:09:48 PM

Also, any game that has Cam Clarke in it automatically disqualifies it from being counted as a game with good voice acting, no matter how good the other actors are.

Dude, that rules out 85% of all video games right there. icon_lol

Who is Cam Clarke and what are the biggest games he has been in?

He's in pretty much...well...everything.
10555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 21, 2007, 11:13:54 PM


10556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ninja Warrior is awesome on: May 21, 2007, 11:00:14 PM
Looks like it's Rie Komiya.  Oddly, as stunning as she was on the show, all the GIS pictures I could find look pretty much like crap.  The best one I could find is this, and it doesn't really do her justice.  Oh well.

10557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ninja Warrior is awesome on: May 21, 2007, 08:53:14 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 21, 2007, 07:48:31 PM

Ive watched it some over time. Its ok. Right now its fun to watch because its all women.

One of the women that was on yesterday was absolutely drop-dead gorgeous.  I should have written her name down to Google later, but Mrs. Gratch was watching with me.  I remember that she was a "variety show host" and got all the way through the third stage.  Rei something, I think.
10558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best/Worst Voice Acting on: May 21, 2007, 08:12:32 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 21, 2007, 07:54:46 PM

Quote from: EddieA on May 21, 2007, 07:04:16 PM

"I'd second both Enchanted Arms or Baten Kaitos as the worst, with Star Ocean III coming in close behind."
Apart from a few clunkers, I though the VO is SO3 was great, especially the three leads.


IIRC, Gratch didn't get very far into the game.  It doesn't really make a good first impression- the first five or so hours of SO3 heavily featured that annoying girl (can't remember her name) with awful voice acting but she disappeared for the vast majority of the game after that.  And the third lead (who had outstanding voice acting) hadn't been introduced at that point either. 

Dang, your memory is good!  smile

Kevin's right.  The horrid voice acting was one of the main reasons I quit after about 4 hours.  It was honestly so grating for me that I didn't want to keep playing.  That being said, I've heard it gets better.  I should probably go back one of these days and give the game another shot.

Oh, and a big 'ol +1 for The Longest Journey and Dreamfall.  Both of them were superbly acted.
10559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More FFXII: Revenant Wings (DS) info on: May 21, 2007, 07:02:59 PM
I'm still a little leery about this one (not a big RTS fan), but this review is certainly promising.   I'll be very interested to see how much (if any) this gets changed for a NA release.
10560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/21) on: May 21, 2007, 02:11:48 PM
Slim possibility of grabbing Odin Sphere, but probably nada.
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