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10681  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: A wee bit of consideration, folks, please? on: July 23, 2007, 04:59:54 PM
Another +1 from me.  It's really the only gripe I have about our fantastic trading community.
10682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/23) on: July 23, 2007, 04:57:14 PM
Debating whether I want to re-buy Civ IV for the third time in order to play BtS.  You'd think that one of these times I'd just hold onto it.
10683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This just in: 360 is losing money... on: July 23, 2007, 02:17:45 PM

Quote from: warning on July 23, 2007, 01:58:25 PM

Microsoft's growing troubles with the Xbox 360 video game console appear to be catching up to the company. Sales of the gaming machine plunged 60% in the fiscal fourth quarter, Microsoft disclosed Thursday.

In its earnings statement for the quarter, Microsoft said it shipped 700,000 Xbox 360 units during the period, compared to 1.8 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2006 -- a fall off of 61%.

Microsoft's Xbox operations are housed within the company's Entertainment and Devices Division. The group saw fourth quarter revenue drop 10% year-over-year to $1.16 billion on an operating loss of $1.20 billion. The group lost $423 million the previous year.


It'd be interesting to see what the sales drop-off is attributed to.  Lack of AAA titles?  Dependability issues? 
10684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jade Empire contest? on: July 23, 2007, 12:06:36 AM

I'm waiting!!  slywink
10685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good PS2 games on: July 22, 2007, 08:47:19 PM
Not knowing what you may or may not have already played, here's a couple more suggestions:

Shadow Hearts & Shadow Hearts:  Covenant
Final Fantasy X
Dragon Quest VIII
Tenchu (the first PS2 one, the others sucked)
Katamari Damacy
Any of the Shin Megami Tensai games (not my favorites per se, but certainly worth a look if you're an RPG fan)
10686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 21, 2007, 09:30:02 PM

10687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finished Okami? on: July 21, 2007, 02:26:57 PM
::raises hand::

I really think that if Okami had been 20 hours, it would be one of the greatest games I have ever played on any system.  Unfortunately, they felt the need to drag it out into the 40+ hour range.  Everything after about 25 hours just felt like padding to me, and I pretty quickly lost interest.   The story became rather dull, the puzzles were uninspired, and the "wow" factor of the graphics started to wear off when they recycled artwork for different areas.

I think that it was still a solid A game, but the length keeps it from being the all-time classic that it could have been.

EDIT:  It's still the only game I've ever made a post like this about.  smile
10688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Odin Sphere on: July 21, 2007, 03:33:07 AM
Finally got around to starting this tonight.  I'm completely floored by the artwork, and this ranks right up with Okami on the amazing visuals scale.  Just got past the first big dragon boss (man, that guy was tough!), and am liking it so far.  I completely suck at it, mind you, but it's pretty fun. 

A couple questions:

1.  It says I have 68 gold in my pouch, but the store vendors won't let me buy anything.  My gold total always shows up as a big red zero in the shopping screen, but a 68 in the inventory.    I'm confused.

2.  Do you have to be standing on top of a plant for it to grow?  I've planted seeds at the beginning of a couple levels, but they only seem to grow when I collect while standing right on top of it.  Since you need to move around a lot in order to fight, that makes things a bit tough.

10689  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Some oldie but fairly goodie PC games FREE. Just pay shipping. on: July 20, 2007, 09:49:38 PM
Crap, I missed Painkiller.

Very cool of you Mikeg!    thumbsup
10690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Persona 3 Thread of Yumyum Deliciousness (& impressions when they come...) on: July 20, 2007, 06:30:16 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 20, 2007, 05:40:56 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 20, 2007, 05:32:33 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 20, 2007, 05:24:04 PM

Persona 3???

I've never even heard of Persona 1 or 2.

They were on Playstation 1.  Person 2, in particular, was a very rare (and sought after), expensive game until it received a limited re-release a few years ago. 

Thanks for the info. 


Something tells me it might not be your cup o' tea denoginizer.  smile

I'm interested, but have had a really hard time getting into any of the Shin Megami Tensai games.  I always enjoy the artwork, style, and story, but for some reason the battle systems have really rubbed me the wrong way.  Doesn't look like this one is much different, so I'll regrettably be giving it a pass.  Besides, I've got my fair share of quirk with Odin Sphere arriving this week.
10691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 20/Jul/07 on: July 20, 2007, 12:57:37 PM
With any luck, UPS will deliver Odin Sphere today and I can get started on that.  Otherwise, I'll be spending a ton of time with Baldur's Gate II on PC (I'm about halfway through Chapter 5).
10692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 18, 2007, 07:03:38 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on July 18, 2007, 06:28:26 PM

I am one of the very few people I know that likes Vic.  I always have.  And I am a huge proponent of innocent until...

Just not well enough to add the K on the end of his name?  slywink

My opinion on Vick has always been that he is an amazing athlete, a mediocre QB, and a complete waste as a human being.
10693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Engine Marathon on: July 18, 2007, 05:35:32 PM
I started BG2 a couple weeks back, and am up to Chapter 5.  I'm a bit stuck, so I'm hoping I can find the solution and not just give up like I did on my previous 3 tries.
10694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 18, 2007, 01:42:40 PM
According to Len Pasquerelli's article, Fed's have a 95% conviction rate when they bring an indictment.  Not looking good for Vick.

If it is proven that he was involved, I hope he goes away for a long time.
10695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ASH - an RPG for the DS on: July 18, 2007, 01:28:48 AM
Cripes EddieA, how many times are you going to get me interested in an RPG I've never heard of before!  slywink

Looks very, very cool.  Definately going to be keeping an eye out for this one. 

10696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] I IZ A N0UB. WAT TO GET WIT IT? on: July 17, 2007, 11:54:25 PM
For the love of Bob, make absolutely, positively, 100% sure you have some sort of warranty protection.  No matter how well you treat it, chances are it's going to crap out on you.
10697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea 3 announced for PS3 on: July 17, 2007, 08:58:53 PM

Quote from: KePoW on July 17, 2007, 08:56:38 PM

wow, that looks awful

I'm all for old-school graphics charm (which the original Disgaea had in spades), but I'd tend agree with KePoW.    You'd think they would make at least a token effort to use some next-gen processing power, instead of simply churning out the same old early-gen PS2 graphics yet again.
10698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea 3 announced for PS3 on: July 17, 2007, 08:29:44 PM
Why the Pink Power Ranger?
10699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My yogurt just gave me the money shot on: July 17, 2007, 06:30:47 PM
At least it bought you lunch.
10700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assasin's Creed..E3 Trailer... on: July 17, 2007, 02:53:48 PM

Quote from: Canuck on July 13, 2007, 01:35:45 AM

Cool looking game.  But did he really just do a swan dive from a hundred feet up into cart of straw???

I thought that was pretty silly as well.  Other than that, it looks very cool.
10701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 warranty questions (and "support" gripes) on: July 17, 2007, 02:24:59 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on July 17, 2007, 01:57:29 PM

Sounds similar to the way my last two died.  Would just freeze after a few minutes.  It would have some visual artifacts when it froze.  I figure that the graphics card was overheating.

That was my thought as well.  If that's the case, it speaks volumes as to how poorly they're designed.  This system is sitting right next to an A/C vent and is completely out in the open.  There shouldn't be any heat issues with it at all.
10702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok, on the count of three: on: July 17, 2007, 01:31:16 PM
"Three, sir."
10703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 warranty questions (and "support" gripes) on: July 17, 2007, 01:24:15 PM
Well, so much for playing any GHII for the next month.  My system officially died last night.  No matter what I did with it (dashboard, games, DVD's, Live Arcade, etc.), the system would simply freeze up after 10-15 minutes.   After 90 minutes on the phone last night (60 minutes on hold, another 30 minutes answering questions), they agreed to send me a coffin and my system will be on it's way.  Here's how the conversation went:

MS Rep:  So what is the problem.
Me:  My 360 freezes up within 10-15 minutes, no matter what I'm doing.  No errors or red lights, all I can do is reboot.
MS Rep:  Could you tell me more about the freezing.
Me:  It completely locks up.  I can't do anything but reboot.
MS Rep:  Are you getting any error messages?
Me:  No, it simply locks.
MS Rep:  Are you getting any red lights?
Me:  No
MS Rep:  Describe the freezing.
Me: freezes up.  Nothing works.  I have to reboot.
MS Rep:  Can you describe the screen when it freezes?
Me:  It locks.  It stops.  It freezes.
MS Rep:  Do you see anything strange on the screen.
Me:  No.  It just stops.
MS Rep:  So you're saying it freezes, correct?
Me:  Yes.
MS Rep:  Is it doing anything else?
Me: Nope.  Just locking up.
MS Rep:  Could you describe how it looks when it locks up...

This same series of questions must have repeated itself at least 3 times during the conversation.  I was about ready to tear my hair out by the time she finally said "Sounds like a hardware error (no shit!).  We'll need to replace your unit".

I figured I'd be safe, as my unit is in a very well-ventilated area (sitting on top on a TV stand with nothing around it), the power brick is isolated by itself, and it really gets very light use (a couple hours of GHII a week).  Apparently these things go into the shitter even if situations are optimal.  I was told it would be 4-6 weeks before I got anything back, so I'm hoping it's repaired by the time Blue Dragon hits.   frown
10704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 17, 2007, 12:00:32 PM

Quote from: javahead on July 17, 2007, 02:10:04 AM

It would be considered interference and the pitch would not count and the runners cannot advance. Besides, it was spring training. As for the ASPCA, that was David Winfield because it was an intentional throw at the bird. I don't listen to Rome often, but I am in Arizona and don't recall that Randy was ever in any trouble. He was rather upset about it.

On Aug. 4, 1983, Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield killed a seagull in Toronto with a warmup throw. The Ontario police charged him with animal cruelty, although the charge was later dropped.

That's the one I was thinking of.  Thanks Java.
10705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 17, 2007, 12:06:22 AM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on July 16, 2007, 08:17:54 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on July 16, 2007, 07:42:18 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on July 16, 2007, 07:06:15 PM

That is nuts...


Did the pitch count?  I.e., was it treated as a ball?

I also remember Jim Rome making fun of the animal rights group that talked about legal action against Johnson for killing the bird.
10706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 "support" on: July 16, 2007, 11:59:53 PM
Well they finally picked up, and now I'm more confused than I was when I started.  During the course of our conversation, I was told all of the following:

1.  The extended warranty extends 2 years from the end of the manufacturer's warranty.
1a.  The extended warranty extends only from the date it is purchased.

2.  The extended warranty will cover any repairs, no matter how many times you have to send the system in.
2a.  I will need to buy a new warranty policy if (when) I have to send in my system for service.

3.  I cannot purchase the extended warranty until 90 days prior to the end of the original warranty (which is April 14, 2008)
3a.  I can purchase the extended warranty today.

The guy contradicted himself at least 5 different times during the conversation.  I was so frustrated by the end that I just gave up and figured I'd call back tomorrow and hope for someone else.

Can any of you guys that have had warranty issues help a brother out?
10707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 warranty questions (and "support" gripes) on: July 16, 2007, 11:31:14 PM
I want to extend the warranty on my most-likely-soon-to-be-dead 360, and also to turn off the auto-renewal for my Live subscription.  I called their 800 # and asked for the billing department.  I figured since they're the ones that take my money, they'd be the ones to answer my warranty questions.  A nice rep picked up within 2 minutes and turned off the auto-renew within a couple minutes.  However, he said I would need to talk to someone in their technical department in order to answer any warranty questions.  He would transfer me.

That was at 4:55 MST.

It's now 5:30 MST, and I'm still on hold.  At this point, I've just put the phone on speaker and figured I'll leave it until someone answers.  The sad thing is, after they answer my two simple questions (1.  Does the extended warranty start from the purchase date or the date the manufacturer warranty expires?  2.  If/When my current system dies and they send a replacement, does the warranty period extend on this replacement unit for the full 2 years?), they'll probably have to transfer me back to the billing dept to take my money.   it'll be interesting to see how long I have to stay on hold...
10708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I finally got Big Bad Broadband - now what? on: July 16, 2007, 05:56:43 PM
pr0n  Errr...ummm...yeah, just pr0n
10709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/16) on: July 16, 2007, 01:57:27 PM
Possibly Hot Shots Tennis.  I loved Hot Shots Golf, so that one might be worth a look.
10710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who's more excited about Guitar Hero 3 than Rock Band? (why?) on: July 16, 2007, 01:02:22 PM
Both Rock Band and GH3 will be day one purchases, but I'm far, far, far more excited for Rock Band.  Everything I hear and see about Rock Band makes it look better and better (weekly downloads, full albums, the drumset, etc.), while everything about GH3 is the exact opposite (ridiculous boss battles, incredibly stupid random "powerups", questionable DLC, etc.).  Rock Band seems to be doing it right in that they're simply making it all about the music.  No gimmicks, nothing silly, just a game that actually makes you feel like you're playing an instrument in a band.  GH3 seems to be trying to hammer home the point that you are, in fact, just playing a video game on a silly plastic guitar.  It's a subtle difference in principle, but a huge one in execution.  Those Harmonix guys certainly know what they're doing.  smile

It's been an interesting shift, as I was originally far more psyched for GH3 and thought Rock Band was just silly.  Funny how things can change.
10711  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Overlord (360) - Price dropped on: July 14, 2007, 06:06:16 PM
One last bump before E-Bay.
10712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution on: July 14, 2007, 12:43:14 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 14, 2007, 06:09:50 AM

Quote from: EddieA on July 14, 2007, 05:55:32 AM

Gamespot has some new info and screenshots here.

Wow, looks horrible.

I actually think the character models and backgrounds looked really good.   It's too zoomed in, but I would assume you could back out for a larger world view.

I'm disappointed there's no DS shots, though, as that's the version I'm most interested in.
10713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, What are your most anticipated games for the rest of 2007? on: July 13, 2007, 01:00:48 PM
-  Rock Band
-  Blue Dragon
-  Mass Effect
-  Guitar Hero 3
-  Assassin's Creed
10714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 12, 2007, 10:58:00 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 12, 2007, 10:13:52 PM

All I said was I didnt feel like having to learn how to play the game just to play the game. 

This quote brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.  slywink
10715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: July 12, 2007, 05:02:57 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 12, 2007, 04:10:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 12, 2007, 04:08:34 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 12, 2007, 04:03:34 PM

Wow... I'm so sick of hearing "Tom Sawyer".  And "Spirit of Radio".  There are more than two Rush songs, people!!!

[edit]  Hmm... the entire track list looks like it was pulled from listening to an hour of a typical "playlist classic rock" station.

When you find a classic rock station that plays Nirvana, Weezer, The Ramones, Stone Temple Pilots, and Queens of the Stone Age, please be sure to let me know.  slywink

Aside from Queens of the Stone Age... just search the dial.  They all do.

The most disappointing time in your life is when songs released while you were in high school start getting played on classic rock stations.

They apparently have a different definition of "classic rock station" where you live.  They don't play anything recorded past 1980 on the ones around here.
10716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: July 12, 2007, 04:08:34 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 12, 2007, 04:03:34 PM

Wow... I'm so sick of hearing "Tom Sawyer".  And "Spirit of Radio".  There are more than two Rush songs, people!!!

[edit]  Hmm... the entire track list looks like it was pulled from listening to an hour of a typical "playlist classic rock" station.

When you find a classic rock station that plays Nirvana, Weezer, The Ramones, Stone Temple Pilots, and Queens of the Stone Age, please be sure to let me know.  slywink
10717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero Track Pack 4 on: July 12, 2007, 03:16:05 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on July 12, 2007, 02:51:06 PM

Fuck them.

What he said.

What a complete joke (and a wasted opportunity) the DLC has become.  Between the complete robbery they're charging for DLC and my 360 crapping out, it makes me wish I had kept my PS2 version.  frown
10718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Win a Copy of Jade Empire SE for PC on: July 12, 2007, 02:17:32 PM
10719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 2 preview on: July 12, 2007, 01:45:17 PM

Quote from: Destructor on July 12, 2007, 04:26:23 AM

The original was a good game (good, not great) IF you didn't fall into the uber-mega-hyper-insane hype that the game generated before launch.

Yep. nod

I really enjoyed Fable for what it was (a fun hack-n-slash game with a social mechanic that was somewhat interesting, if a bit shallow) rather than be disappointed by what it wasn't (the end-all-be-all of RPG's that Moleneaux promised).  I tend to ignore everything he says prior to the game's release, then just judge it on it's own merits.
10720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And so my 360 comes to an end... on: July 12, 2007, 01:40:25 PM
Mine is actually still under the 1 year warranty, so thankfully I'll be fine without having to fake a 3 RROD error.
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