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10721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And so my 360 comes to an end... on: August 09, 2007, 07:23:03 PM
Manufacture date on the one I returned:  10/9/06

Manufacture date on the refurb unit I got back today:  5/1/06

Any guesses on how long this one lasts?  Hey MS:   finger
10722  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 09, 2007, 03:46:36 PM

My cousin had it, though.  We couldn't stand the kid, but we practically lived at his house because he had Dark Tower.
10723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Now shipping with HDMI on ALL models! on: August 09, 2007, 03:07:52 AM
What are the odds that the replacement unit I receive tomorrow will have the new chips? 

Other than slim to none, that is...
10724  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: School me on marriage on: August 08, 2007, 04:32:03 PM
While I completely disagree with your view of marriage, I applaud you for sticking to your guns.   I truly believe that folks should do whatever makes them happy in their relationship, and what works for some certainly does not work for others.

Good on ya.   thumbsup
10725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: August 08, 2007, 04:03:14 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 08, 2007, 10:37:43 AM


hmm,you know ages ago when i played it,the ruby weapon came out to play around gold saucer,but this time i didnt see it...wonder why

You have to run into the red claws in the sand, iirc.
10726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Slim hands on video on: August 08, 2007, 02:12:45 PM
Have they announced any pricing for this new model yet?  Also, do we know if there will be any price drops on the older model when the new one comes out?  Most of the new features of the "slim" model wouldn't really be applicable to me, so I might just pick up one of the current gen.  95% of my "portable" gaming is done sitting on my couch with the until plugged in, so battery length and/or size don't really matter.  The TV-out would be nice, but certainly not necessary.

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm actually becoming interested in a PSP again.   Between FF Tactics, Brave Story, Disgaea, and Jean D'Arce, it looks like there's finally some good handheld gaming to be had for us JRPG fans.  smile
10727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Great Jeanne d'Arc commercial on: August 07, 2007, 02:41:43 PM
Well, that certainly fulfills my "WTF" quotient for the day.
10728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Why the 360 fails on: August 07, 2007, 02:38:09 PM
The 360 is the first console I've ever had a problem with.  I've still got a launch PS2, a working PS1 that is around 11 years old, my XBox 1 worked for years before I sold it...hell, even my Atari 2600 and original NES are still kicking!  Yet my very gently used 360 craps out after not even 6 months.

It's sad that such an awesome console with so much potential has been hamsturng by piss-poor design.
10729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And so my 360 comes to an end... on: August 07, 2007, 12:01:10 AM
Just received an e-mail that my unit is being shipped back today, and I'll have it on Thursday. 

I take that back.  A unit is being shipped back to me, but it's not my original one.  They include the serial number of the unit in the shipping confirmation e-mail, and it's different than the one I sent back to them.   I'm hoping for a new unit and not a refurb, but am certainly not holding my breath.  Assuming it arrives Thursday, total turn around time will be 3 1/2 weeks from the time I reported it, to the time I get it back.  Not too bad, really.

One question:  Does a unit with a new serial number cause problems when the old hard drive is hooked up to it?
10730  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 6/07) on: August 06, 2007, 10:19:36 PM
+1 to Caine for Baldurs Gate:  DA 2 and Planescape:  Torment.
10731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: August 06, 2007, 06:55:40 PM
I'm feeling a little guilty about ditching this replay effort, but getting back into Baldur's Gate II has sucked up most of my gaming time for the past couple months.   Since it has always been on my "I will finish this someday" list and FF VII has already been completed twice, BGII ended up taking precedence.

I'll probably jump back into FF VII eventually, but there's a couple other things distracting me right now.
10732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VIII-replay on: August 06, 2007, 06:19:58 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 06, 2007, 05:08:36 PM

I really liked the card game.  It's too bad they never made something like that in their games after that.

I thought the card game was in IX.  It's been a while (and I was never really a fan of it), so maybe I'm remembering wrong...
10733  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 06, 2007, 12:03:26 PM

Quote from: Biyobi on August 06, 2007, 08:00:09 AM

That's a great white shark, and it is also a photoshop job. 

I figured it was photoshopped, but it's creepy nonetheless.  It pretty much sums up why I will never go swimming in the ocean.
10734  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 06, 2007, 03:50:37 AM

10735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VIII-replay on: August 06, 2007, 01:56:08 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 05, 2007, 09:41:01 PM

this is one of my favourite scenes in FF8,the dance,quite near the beginning

the ball

That ballroom sequence is still one of my favorite scenes of any Final Fantasy game.

While it may be my least favorite game of the "modern" (post VII) FF series, I think it easily has the best soundtrack.  Probably Uematsu's best work to date, IMO.  You'd be hard pressed to find a better opening song in any game than "Liberi Fatali".
10736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VIII-replay on: August 05, 2007, 07:16:24 PM
I need to get around to finishing this one as well.  I got about to the same point, then just got too damn fed up with the Draw mechanic.   I did think the Junction system was very cool, and rather liked the story and most of the characters.  Except Zell, that dud annoyed me to no end.

Looks like I'll need to hit e-bay and see if I can track down a copy.
10737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Impressions] Bullet Witch on: August 05, 2007, 02:00:38 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on August 05, 2007, 01:46:01 PM

To PeteRock:  At least I have a working Xbox 360!  icon_wink  Have you been enjoying your tenth playthrough of Cookie 'n Cream with your wife on your PS2?  icon_lol

See, now that's just a low blow.

OK my brothers-in-dead-360's...GET IM!!!
10738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: September 07 EGM reviews (Lair, Blue Dragon, Mario Strikers) on: August 04, 2007, 10:37:37 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on August 03, 2007, 10:08:51 PM

So I just got my EGM, and I am definitely OUT on Blue Dragon, sounds like the battle system has some neat twists, but the lack of a compelling story, hook, or likeable protagonists is what killed the game for the reviewers.

Hmmm, that raises some major red flags with me.  I can forgive a lot of gameplay issues if the story and characters are compelling, but not the other way around.  I'll be interested to see what other reviewers have to say about it.

EDIT:  Looking at the aggregate scores so far, EGM certainly seems to be an anomaly.   Either the devs really screwed something up between the Japanese and US versions, or it simply didn't click with EGM's particular group.
10739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: August 04, 2007, 10:33:26 PM

Quote from: Punisher on August 04, 2007, 02:48:30 AM

I have the extended warranty with them and they are sending me a shipping box, BUT they said the turn around time is 3-5 business WEEKS!!!! WTF? That is crazy...

That's down from when I sent in mine a couple weeks ago.  At that point it was 4-6 weeks.  My unit has been shipped back and confirmed received, but I have no idea where in the repair/replace process it is.  I'll be pretty surprised if I get it back before the end of the month.  Good thing there's nothing being released that I'm absolutely dying to get.

10740  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Games skater falls 50 feet and walks away on: August 04, 2007, 03:23:40 PM
Ahem, back on topic:

OK, so maybe he didn't quite "walk it off"

Skateboarder Jake Brown, whose 45-foot free-fall Thursday night brought a hush to the crowd at Staples Center, remains hospitalized after suffering bruises of the liver and lung, stress fractures in his vertebrae and a small fracture on the top of one hand.


Kanights was critical of X Games medical personnel for not immobilizing Brown immediately and placing him in a stretcher.

This struck me as bizzare as well.  You'd think that would be a standard precautionary measure, if nothing else.
10741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Track Update - 8/2/07 on: August 04, 2007, 02:32:36 PM

Quote from: happydog on August 04, 2007, 02:30:07 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 02, 2007, 07:32:12 PM

I said it in the other post on this, and I'll say it again - Dragonforce: Through Fire and Flames is absolutely INSANE.

Not sure if this was posted elsewhere, but  icon_eek

Jebus...   icon_eek

Whoever's playing that is a GH god.  I don't think I'd get past the first 30 seconds.
10742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good Co-op RPGish games? on: August 03, 2007, 10:05:16 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 03, 2007, 05:02:52 PM

Was there ever a console version of Diablo?

There was a PS1 version of the original.  I would love a DS or PSP remake.
10743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: August 03, 2007, 09:45:53 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on August 03, 2007, 08:30:25 PM

I got to choose between Kameo or PGR3. That is my compensation.  crybaby

Not that it matters I suppose, but were they even apologetic about it?  Or was it just a case of shoving something at you in hopes that you'll go away?
10744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: August 03, 2007, 07:44:45 PM
Yikes.  Makes me real nervous for when I get mine back.
10745  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / X-Games skater falls 50 feet and walks away on: August 03, 2007, 03:43:09 PM
Jake Brown falls 50 feet off a ramp and somehow walks away from it

Mind-blowing stupidity or the biggest set of brass balls ever?  You decide...
10746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Blue Dragon content on marketplace on: August 03, 2007, 02:35:58 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 03, 2007, 01:35:35 PM

Interesting to know that there is a hard mode,and an impossible mode,so therefor maybe we should expect perhaps an easy and medium mode as well....i wonder which difficulty the demo was in..........felt close to impossible to me,lol

Didn't the demo give an option of "Normal" or "Hard" mode?  I only got to play it once before my 360 died, but I thought I remembered that...
10747  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Handheld/Phone gaming on: August 03, 2007, 02:32:39 PM

Quote from: warning on July 24, 2007, 03:22:26 AM

Doom RPG rocked my world.

+1.  Surprisingly fun little game.  "Orcs & Elves" was a also a fun dungeon romp in the same vein.

There's supposedly a cell phone version of "Guitar Hero" coming out.  That could prove...interesting.
10748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Track Update - 8/2/07 on: August 02, 2007, 08:30:16 PM

Quote from: Koz on August 02, 2007, 08:16:15 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 02, 2007, 07:27:48 PM

Other than Raining Blood, that list is a steaming pile of 'meh'.  My anticipation for GH3 just went down yet another peg.

I don't think you've expressed your dislike of GH3 enough yet.

Huh?   icon_confused

I loved the initial song announcement .  The game certainly isn't in "dislike" territory yet, but I am really questioning their decisions.  I just think they're taking the series in some pretty poor directions, both with this weak (imho) announcement of tracks and the design decisions (boss battles, power ups, etc.).  The DLC fiasco and PS2 exclusivity for this gen certainly haven't helped strengthen any loyalty towards the brand either.
10749  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paper Airplanes - Thursday Time Waster on: August 02, 2007, 08:06:26 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 02, 2007, 07:51:10 PM

So is it mostly luck once you get out the window?

Seems like it.
10750  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: what are the guests viewing? on: August 02, 2007, 07:46:01 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 02, 2007, 07:01:05 PM

Yahoo spider      12:54:00 PM     Viewing Gratch's profile.

Ack, I hate spiders!! Get it off me!
10751  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paper Airplanes - Thursday Time Waster on: August 02, 2007, 07:41:37 PM

Hitting that window is a bitch.
10752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Track Update - 8/2/07 on: August 02, 2007, 07:27:48 PM
Other than Raining Blood, that list is a steaming pile of 'meh'.  My anticipation for GH3 just went down yet another peg.
10753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlord coming to Gametap on 8-9-2007!!! on: August 02, 2007, 02:01:45 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 02, 2007, 01:19:34 AM

Gametap is also getting DIRT and Clive Barker's Jericho when it's released, according to Worthplaying.

Glad I waited on DIRT. 

Man, Gametap is really starting to roll out the big guns now.  It's gone from a fun place to play around with "retro" games, to pretty much a no-brainer subscription for anyone interested in gaming.   Looks like the weeks of 6 Freddy Fish games being the only thing on the release schedule are long gone (thankfully).  I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that they'll do my renewal at the same price as last year ($60 for the whole year).
10754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Picross DS on: July 31, 2007, 07:57:35 PM
I'm intrigued by this, but I'm afraid it will go the way of most DS puzzle games for me.  They're fun for the first couple days, then I never pick them up again.  This has happened on everything but Puzzle Quest for me (Brain Age, Meteos, etc.).
10755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Dragon Quest IV, V, and VI confirmed! on: July 31, 2007, 02:44:52 PM

Quote from: Calvin on July 31, 2007, 02:39:09 PM

Quote from: Farscry on July 31, 2007, 02:26:59 PM

Quote from: Calvin on July 31, 2007, 12:54:21 PM

Making it harder to resist. DQ4 is one of my all time faves, and I always wanted to play 5 and 6.

You don't have a DS yet?
Um, no. I can't think of a single game currently out on it I have any interest in playing. In case I haven't made it abundantly clear, I am not Nintendo's target market  icon_wink

If it makes you feel any better, I do have a DS and there's not a single game I have any interest in playing.  smile  However, there's a metric shit-ton of RPG's coming out in the next 6-12 months.  Future potential is really the only reason I've held onto the damn thing.

Well, that and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.
10756  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: My first video game! on: July 31, 2007, 02:30:04 PM

Quote from: javahead on July 30, 2007, 07:45:39 PM

Atari 2600's Combat was my first game, I believe

Same here.
10757  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 31, 2007, 11:55:47 AM

Quote from: TK-421 on July 30, 2007, 05:40:50 PM

Naw, he won't regret that one in 10 years.  Not at all...
10758  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting in shape: Couch to 5k running plan - starting the third week on: July 31, 2007, 11:27:06 AM
Wow, nice job fellas.  I've been telling myself every Monday for the past couple months that this is the week I finally get started with an exercise plan.  Problem is, I have to workout in the mornings before work, and I just haven't been able to get myself motivated yet to wake up at 4:45am.  I'm sure it'll become easier once I get started, but just have not been able to get up the gumption to start the first few days.

Maybe it'll actually be this week...
10759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 hands on preview on: July 31, 2007, 02:54:47 AM
Honestly, is it really going to matter what the game is like?  As long as it says "Starcraft II" on the box, it will sell a gazillion copies.  Sucks for us gamers looking for a little innovation, but pretty smart from a business sense.

If you're practically handed the license to print money, why take risks by changing the formula?
10760  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Misc game sale + PS2 blowout on: July 31, 2007, 01:39:20 AM
YGPM on Planescape
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