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10641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 06:04:49 PM

Quote from: depward on April 16, 2007, 05:47:59 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 16, 2007, 05:43:13 PM

Quote from: depward on April 16, 2007, 05:27:26 PM

a) I want to support XSEED games for bringing over several games (Shadow Hearts: FTNW, this one, etc.)

Hell, they should be punished for dropping Shadow Hearts:  FTNW on us.   Probably the most disappointing game I've ever played.  What a horrible, horrible let down from SH:  C
At least you had the opportunity to play it instead of just thinking about how wonderful it would have been to try it   icon_wink

I mean think about it - if it hadn't been brought over, at least I would have always wondered, "I wonder if SH: From the New World was as good as or better than Covenant..."

OK, that's true.

But I'm still bitter that it was such an awful game, dammit!!
10642  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 20 dead at Virginia tech on: April 16, 2007, 05:46:12 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 16, 2007, 05:34:11 PM

I wonder if video games were involved.

No, but they'll be blamed anyways.

This is all just terrible.  frown
10643  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dogs and Cats on: April 16, 2007, 05:44:15 PM
3 cats & a dog here, and I can attest that this is completely true.
10644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 05:43:13 PM

Quote from: depward on April 16, 2007, 05:27:26 PM

a) I want to support XSEED games for bringing over several games (Shadow Hearts: FTNW, this one, etc.)

Hell, they should be punished for dropping Shadow Hearts:  FTNW on us.   Probably the most disappointing game I've ever played.  What a horrible, horrible let down from SH:  C
10645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happened to Gamerankings.com? on: April 16, 2007, 04:20:07 PM
Something interesting I just noticed.  Check out the actual URL:  http://www.gamespot.com/gamerankings/offline.html.

Maybe Gamestop decided they were tired of people having a one-stop-shop for reviews from other sites?

EDIT:  Hmmm.  Google brought up this.  Not sure who this guy is, but according to him GR isn't gone for good.

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GameRankings is down for maintenance. It isn't going anywhere!

Due to the numerous times I have been asked I figured I should just blog on it so either people read it here or I can just send someone a link to it directly.

Over the past few months I have received a bunch of e-mails telling me GR has a virus or that GR set off a virus warning. Hell, someone even posted about it in the Tech Support forums and this is GS!
 
The thing I don't get is why are all my forum users and myself immune to this We have never received any warnings or a virus. At first I thought it was related to IE since 99% of us use Firefox but that can't be the case cause some are obstinate and still use the crappy IE

At any rate hopefully this maintenance will rid the site of this virus for good and those users/developers/publishers that are having problems when visiting GR will no longer have to deal with it.

UPDATE: GR will be down, at the very least, until Monday.
10646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 16, 2007, 01:43:06 PM
Not sure if you're joking (sarcasm meter's in the shop today), but just in case:

Quote from: ATB on April 16, 2007, 01:11:44 PM



I don't get this

-  THX = thanks

Quote


I don't get this.



Or this.

The rather pathetic uber-nerd computer case mod.  Realized after I posted it that it's a bit tough to tell what it actually is.
10647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 01:33:07 PM
Just ordered GHII yesterday, so probably nothing else this week.
10648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monster Madness demo on Live on: April 16, 2007, 01:04:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 16, 2007, 05:45:24 AM

I tried it last week.  It was fun, but not amazingly so.  Honestly, it was hard to tell what was going on or what I was supposed to be doing, apart from hitting zombies. 

That was my feeling as well.  It might be a fun diversion for $10 or $15, but certainly isn't worth $60.
10649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-16-2007: The Quick and Dirty Edition on: April 16, 2007, 01:02:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 16, 2007, 12:07:07 PM

As for 45 minute meticulousness- mayhap you be taking the game a bit too seriously?

To be fair, much of that was spent messing with getting used to issuing team orders and fiddling with that damn overhead camera.  I hate that thing.   icon_redface
10650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-16-2007: The Quick and Dirty Edition on: April 16, 2007, 12:02:52 PM
Gametap got a workout from me this weekend.  Finished Sam & Max Episodes 4 & 5.  BTW, Episode 5 is easily the best of the bunch, and had me in stitches the entire time.  Also played around with a few city builders, mainly Stronghold 2 and Space Colony.

Played a bit of GRAW on the 360, and realized why I dislike those games so much.  I finally started to get the hang of things during the second mission.  I was giving squad orders, taking cover, using the flying camera thing, etc.  I was pretty meticulous and careful about moving around, so it took me about 45 minutes to get my squad from one side of an abandoned freeway to the other.  I'm carefully moving down a deserted street when suddenly someone starts firing at me.  I frantically looked around, but couldn't see where the fire was coming from. Took a few seconds to realize that I had missed a terrorist hanging out around the corner, and by that time I was dead.  Would have had to replay 45 minutes just to get to that point...no thanks.

Of course, put in a few hours with Puzzle Quest.  I think things are starting to wind down now around leverl 44.

Also picked up KotOR 2 (never did go back and play an evil character), but haven't opened it yet.  Placed an order for GHII, which should be here mid-week.  Can't wait to get working on the leaderboards!
10651  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 16, 2007, 02:13:23 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on April 16, 2007, 02:07:30 AM

Kind of confused here what happened exactly?

Do it yourself toner kit.

EDIT:  Hey, I just noticed I hit 2000 posts.  Yay me!!  smile
10652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 15, 2007, 01:34:02 PM

Quote from: DonD on April 15, 2007, 01:21:20 PM

Just give us a track editor and let us make our own tracks (and share 'em around).


Some lawyer at the RIAA is already preparing legal papers against you.
10653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What happened to Gamerankings.com? on: April 15, 2007, 01:33:07 AM
For the last 2 days, Gamerankings.com has had this message up:

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We're sorry, we are temporarily offline. We'll be back as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, please visit one of our sister sites like MetaCritic.com or GameSpot.com.

I hope they're not gone.  I liked their review compilation system a lot better than MetaCritic's.  frown
10654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 15, 2007, 12:09:54 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2007, 09:35:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 14, 2007, 06:59:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2007, 06:00:23 PM

I miss the old thread title!


So I just finished the game.  I really enjoyed the experience, but I have to say I'm real disappointed in how little of the huge map you end up exploring.  If it was on the PC version I could hope for an expansion pack to let me see the rest of the world, but on the DS it's just going to be a big tease.

Just out of curiosity, what level were you at completion?

I had just recently hit level 50.  This is with me doing every single side quest, and capturing every town and rune.  Never did instant action or "choose your opponent."

Thanks.  I'm about level 43 doing all the side stuff, so I guess I'm probably close to being done as well.
10655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 14, 2007, 06:59:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2007, 06:00:23 PM

I miss the old thread title!


So I just finished the game.  I really enjoyed the experience, but I have to say I'm real disappointed in how little of the huge map you end up exploring.  If it was on the PC version I could hope for an expansion pack to let me see the rest of the world, but on the DS it's just going to be a big tease.

Just out of curiosity, what level were you at completion?
10656  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 13, 2007, 11:34:09 PM










10657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 13, 2007, 02:50:21 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 13, 2007, 12:11:28 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 12, 2007, 07:53:20 PM


It'll be interesting to see if they release GH3 on disc at all for the 360. 

Well, there are a ton of people who don't have live.  So they'd lose those sales if they didn't put it out on disk.

Heh, I'd forgotten about that.   It'll be very interesting to see what they do. 
10658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 13/April/07 Last Non-Marathon Training Weekend Edition on: April 13, 2007, 01:05:09 PM
Probably won't have a ton of gaming time this weekend.  I'm working tonight, and my yard looks absolutely horrible so I'm going to need to put some time in there after work tomorrow.  Oh joy...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can track down a copy of Guitar Hero II.  It's currently sold out at every single store in town, but the guy I talked to at Gamecrazy yesterday said they might be getting some in today.  We'll see.  I'm sure Puzzle Quest will also get some time (up to level 39 now), and I might do some Viva Pinata as well.

10659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 13, 2007, 12:04:08 PM
MS gives the middle finger to the customer...er...defends their pricing model.

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"It's not like you go to iTunes, and you're buying the same thing," he said. "There's testing that's involved, and there's also licensing involved. There's a lot of elements involved. When there's music involved, that brings up a lot of licensing issues. ... It's roughly about $2 a song that you can play over and over. You can't get interactivity with a song on iTunes, and I don't want to defend it: it is what it is." He then added, "We worked with RedOctane to work on prices that make sense, and they clearly can't sell it at a loss. They have to pay the rights licensing."

Bull.  Shit.  Why did you only charge $50 for GH 1 & 2 on PS2 then?  You really expect us to believe that testing these new songs - the songs that had already been created and are done on existing software - somehow doubled their cost?  Yeah right.

Just come out and say the truth:  "We're a bunch of greedy bastards, so tough shit for you.".   Roll Eyes

10660  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC CONCERTS)Who have you seen and who do you wish you could see? on: April 12, 2007, 08:57:22 PM

Quote from: Kratz on April 12, 2007, 08:07:30 PM

If it makes you feel any better I saw Jesus Lizard several times too... smile

Yep, it's official:  I hate you.

Jesus Lizard is right up there with Mr. Bungle, Alice in Chains, and Oingo Boingo on the "bands-I-wish-I-would-have-seen" list.  From all accounts, David Yow's a fucking maniac on stage.  Something just ain't right with that guy.

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One of the times I saw the Melvins was a fuckin' *weird* bill... Melvins, Reverend Horton Heat... and White Zombie... wtf?

White Zombie sucked... horrible, horrible mix... Melvins and RHH were good, but they had this retarded barricade set up like 50 feet from the stage, and you had to have a super secret special arm band to go through it (I think depending on when you got to the venue - big place, the Mammoth in Denver... it's called something else now... Fillmore? Anyhoo..), so we had to stand all far from the stage during the bands that we wanted to see, and the super special secret area was empty... the whole place was pretty much empty, and they would *not* let us through.

So White Zombie comes out to suck it up with tons of explosions and nothing but bass and kick drum through the PA, and of course every kid in the place jumped the barricade at the first chord.

Nice work, morons.

Heh.  Good to see I'm not the only one that thought Zombie sucked.  I actually like their albums, but wow was their concert awful.
10661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC CONCERTS)Who have you seen and who do you wish you could see? on: April 12, 2007, 07:55:01 PM

Quote from: Kratz on April 12, 2007, 05:38:29 PM

Jesus Lizard in '95
Melvins - probably gone to 5 or 6 Melvins shows... all were great.

I'm having serious concert envy over these two.
10662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 12, 2007, 07:53:20 PM
My guess is that the prices for the GH1 DLC will stay the same until either GHIII or the 80's version (if they're different things) are released.  Then we'll see them drop back to something more in line with the PS2 version, while the new stuff sticks to the current bundlefuck pricing plan.

It'll be interesting to see if they release GH3 on disc at all for the 360.  Would look pretty silly to have the disc version for $50 while they continue to try and gouge those who choose to get them through XBL.  Or have the 360 disc version at $100 sitting next to the PS2 version at $50.  Messy situation they've put themselves in.

Oh, and I decided I need to incorporate "bundlefuck" into my vocabulary on a more regular basis.  What a great word.
10663  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I Be Optimistic About Avril Lavigne's New Album? on: April 12, 2007, 02:50:31 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 12, 2007, 02:40:54 PM


What should I do!?


You're thinking about buying an Avril Lavigne album?  We may need to stage an intervention.
10664  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Games You've Taken Time Off Of Work/School To Play? on: April 12, 2007, 02:08:38 PM
Man, you guys are making me feel like quite the slacker.  Never really thought it was that bad of a thing to do.

I should probably clarify that the days I take to game are "use it or lose it" PTO days.  I get 4 weeks off a year and since we're not big on extended vacations, I just take the random day off here and there and use it to game, watch movies, fix up the yard, etc.  Otherwise, I'd never end up taking my PTO and just lose it all at the end of the year.
10665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC CONCERTS)Who have you seen and who do you wish you could see? on: April 12, 2007, 04:50:25 AM
It would take pages to list all the shows I've seen (somewhere around 200 at last count), so I'll just put up the high (and low) lights:

BEST
Skinny Puppy.  The greatest stage show you will ever see, guaranteed.  And I didn't even see them at their drug-fueled-insanity peak.  It is complete and total madness from start to finish and is like nothing you've ever seen.  Rumor is they're touring this fall, and I will absolutely be there again.
Nine Inch Nails (X3).  Saw the fragility tour in Denver, With Teeth in Salt Lake, and whatever the last tour was in Boise.  Say what you want about Trent's music, the guy puts on an awesome show.
Tool (x2).  First time I saw them was on the Aenima tour, and it was mind-blowing.  One of the few concerts that sounded better live than on CD.  Second time I saw them, it wasn't nearly as good.  Maynard spent the entire show at the rear of the stage with his back to the audience.  Not very impressive.
Bad Religion. These guys just flat-out rock.
Bauhaus.  Opened for NIN on the last tour.  They were one of the "I must see before I die" bands, and were phenomenal.  Peter Murphy was in full glampire mode for the entire show (and that's a very good thing), and they played a solid set.  It was a bit lost on the typical meathead NIN fan, but I thought it was brilliant.
The Aquabats.  Easily the funnest show I've been to.  Anytime the band comes through the crowd in their spandex superhero outfits, tossing out marshmallow Peeps, and carrying lit tiki torches, you know you're in for a hell of a show.  Man, what a blast that was.
Great Big Sea.  I'll have to put up the entire story of this show sometime, but it was one of the all-time greats.  Anytime you spend an hour dancing a jig up and down the aisles of a symphony hall with hundreds of other people...welll, that's just damn good.

WORST
White Zombie.  A mind-crushing wall of noise for 90 minutes.  You couldn't even tell what song they were playing, it was just one big racket.  Awful show.
Beck.  I'm not a big fan of his anyway, but his stage show was very...experimental.  He'd play 2 minutes of a song, then spend the next 10 minutes "jamming" (and I use that term in the loosest sense of the word) with all his electric doo-dads.  Blech.
Tori Amos.  Probably not "worst" but certainly "most disappointing".   She's got more musical talent in her left pinky than I've got in my entire body, but her show was simply average.  One of the few concerts I've left before it was over.

WANT TO SEE
Frontline Assembly.  Next to Skinny Puppy, FLA is my favorite Industrial band.  I've been out of town the last 2 times they were here, but I've got tickets to see them on May 15th.  That makes me a happy, happy boy.  smile
David Bowie.  Some how, some way, I will see Bowie before I die.  If I have to rob a bank and get money to have him play in my backyard, then that's what I'll do.

That's all I can think of at the moment, but might add more.
10666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword on: April 11, 2007, 06:56:53 PM
Well, color me impressed.

I didn't like NG's gameplay on the X-Box, but loved the graphics.  Hopefully this one will deliver in both departments.
10667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 11, 2007, 06:35:49 PM
Is 47 the total including all the licensed tracks that came with GH1?
10668  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally- Punishment for Lawbreaking NFLers on: April 11, 2007, 04:59:43 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 11, 2007, 04:34:37 PM

There has always been a system in place for punishing athletes and celebrites who break the law.  It's called "the legal system".

Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!

Oh wait...were you serious?
10669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Markeplace on: April 11, 2007, 01:26:13 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 11, 2007, 01:19:44 PM

Of course, all this willpower will vanish if they release a David Bowie pack on Live.

 drool  Yeah, I'd pay pretty much whatever they asked for that.

Oddly, Suffragette City was playing as I read this.
10670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Markeplace on: April 11, 2007, 12:59:32 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 11, 2007, 12:46:46 PM

Well, if you look at it against the context of an .mp3 for .99, that pricing is about right in line with what I figured it would be.

Figure you're getting a song (albeit a horrible cover in some cases) with complicated notes, chords and game functionality built into it.  So is that extra 1.08 per song worth all the work that they put into it?  That's the decision that has to be made. 

What they should do is release a booster pack of all the songs for like 30.00.   I think that would be fair.

The problem with comparing these to an MP3 purchase is that they already set a pricing precedent with the first GH game.  They provided all the songs for $50.  Coming back and charging nearly double that for versions that ultimately cost them less to produce (since they can skip the packaging, shipping, etc) just seems greedy as hell.  If they offered either a downloadable or disc version of the first game for the same price as the PS2 version, I'd be all over it.

I hope people will vote with their wallet and tell them to stuff it, but I doubt that will happen.  I'm picking up the 360 GH version soon, and there's no way I'm going to pay for these extra tracks.
10671  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guilty pleasures on: April 10, 2007, 01:04:26 PM
Damn Shifty, you're a brave man for that admission.  Hillary Duff movies?  Eh, OK.  But Meg Ryan?  Dude, you need help.  slywink

10672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 10, 2007, 01:00:38 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 09, 2007, 11:15:14 PM

*shrug* I haven't seen any sign that it cheats. I really think this is a case of skewed perception in the sense that we tend to remember when things go against us more so than when they go in our favor.

+1.  I had a battle last night where I snapped off nearly 150 damage and took about 8 turns before the AI even had a chance to move.  He probably thought I was cheating too.  slywink
10673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/9) on: April 10, 2007, 11:54:01 AM
Guitar Hero II, if I can find it.  Tried Gamestop, Gamecrazy, 2 Targets, Sears Grand, Walmart, and Circuit City last night, and everyone was sold out.  frown
10674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 Leaderboard Challenge! Bring it! on: April 10, 2007, 02:31:28 AM
Curses!!

I went 0-9 trying to track down a copy of GHII in town.  Tried Gamestop, Gamecrazy, 2 Target's, 2 Walmarts, Sears Grand, Best Buy, and Circuit City.  Looks like it'll be a while until I can join the fun.  frown

I'll be on as Skinypupy as soon as I can find a copy.

10675  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Enchanted Arms (360), GRAW *PRICE DROP* on: April 09, 2007, 10:46:50 PM
Enchanted Arms:  $20 **SOLD**
Gears of War:  $26  **SOLD**
GRAW (no case or manual):  $11  **SOLD**

Looking for $$ to get GH2, so not really interested in trades.  Shoot me a PM if interested, or make me an offer if my prices are way out of whack.

EDIT:  Prices dropped.
10676  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Possibly F/S: PS2 Guitar Hero 1 & 2 w/guitar on: April 09, 2007, 09:31:25 PM
Yeah, don't really want to split them up.  If I can't move the whole thing, I'll just hold off on the 360 version for now.
10677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 09, 2007, 08:25:21 PM
I know there is a GH "80's version" in the works.  Is that for PS2 only, or will it be available for 360 as well?  That might sway my decision on whether or not to pick up the 360 version.
10678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/9) on: April 09, 2007, 07:26:59 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 09, 2007, 07:24:35 PM


Grrrr.  I just bought this 2 weeks ago for $30.
10679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 09, 2007, 07:18:33 PM
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I think a stat-based shooting mechanic would be a great idea.  I really enjoy games like The Godfather that incorporate RPG elements into an action game, and I think the ability to improve and level up your character in order to improve performance in combat would be a great idea.  But if this game incorporates a turn-based system to govern combat, it might just ruin the chances of me finishing the game (like with KOTOR).  No story is good enough for me to overlook gameplay.  And for me KOTOR just stopped being fun.

Heh, I'm the exact opposite.  Mass Effect would be way higher on my hype list if it had a pseudo turn-based battle mechanic.   I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that the shooter parts aren't too twitchy. 

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 09, 2007, 07:11:08 PM

I get the impression that it is realtime until you pause it, similar to something like Baldur's Gate. 

Except you have to aim.
10680  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Possibly F/S: PS2 Guitar Hero 1 & 2 w/guitar on: April 09, 2007, 07:08:27 PM
**SOLD**

Putting out some feelers to see if anyone wants Guitar Hero 1 & 2 for PS2, along with the guitar.  I really want the 360 version, but would need some cash in order to do so (no trades please).

Looks like the GHII game is going for about $35 solo, so maybe $70 + shipping for both games and the guitar?  If I'm being crazy, just make me an offer.  smile

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