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10721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/16) on: October 16, 2006, 02:23:09 PM
Signed up for Gametap over the weekend, so definately Sam & Max.  That's about it.
10722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 16/Oct/06 on: October 16, 2006, 01:59:21 PM
I'm suffering from the worst gamer ADD I've had in years.  This weekend was:

-  Put about 3 hours into Okami.  Still really enjoy it, but it's starting to drag around 25 hours.
-  Spent all morning Sunday playing Civ IV.  Realized that I love the early to mid game, but hate the tedium of the end-game.  One of these days I'll get around to finishing one of my conquest maps.
-  Last night was all about Superstar Baseball 2 on Gametap.  I'd forgotten how great that game is.  Also played some Rastan and Golden Axe for nostalgia's sake.
-  Played tutorial missions on a bunch of other Gametap downloads.  Stronghold, Homeworld 2, Lords of the Realm III, Age of Wonders:  Shadow Magic, and Kohan II.  Probably the only one I'll actually play more of is Kohan II.
-  Fired up Titan Quest for about an hour.  Getting kind of bored with it (about halfway through Egypt)
-  Grabbed the 14-day World of Warcraft trial from Gamestop.  I've never tried it, but I figure I should see what all the fuss is about.  Took an hour to install and patch.  Played it for about 45 minutes and realized (again) that MMORPG's are just not my thing.  Uninstalled.
10723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 16, 2006, 12:02:49 PM
Quick question:  Is there a way to enable the gamepad for newer games?  I really want to replay Prince of Persia & Beyond Good & Evil, but I didn't see anyway to enable my Logitec gamepad for them.  I can't imagine playing either of those on the keyboard.
10724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ideal Game Length For You? on: October 16, 2006, 12:01:01 PM
20-25 hours is perfect for me.   The only games that can hold my interest for much longer than that are good RPG's.  Even Okami, which is one of the best games I've played in years, is really starting to drag at the 25 hours mark.
10725  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 15, 2006, 02:24:52 PM






10726  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Thompson loses Bully lawsuit on: October 15, 2006, 02:16:34 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 15, 2006, 01:37:14 PM

You missed the best part.  The Deadly Frog Woman of the Lost Rainforest (as Bill Harris now calls him) wrote something to the judge after he lost. It's over here, and it's insulting to the judge's job and way of life. It's so insulting, that I'd be happy if the judge got Jackass' license revoked in that state too.

That man is truly insane.
10727  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is beauty? on: October 14, 2006, 06:43:40 PM
Crazy.

On a side note, I'd love to know how long a that makeup/hair/styling time-lapse took.  Was that a 20-minute transformation?  An hour?  3 hours?
10728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 13/Oct/06 on: October 14, 2006, 04:20:39 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 14, 2006, 03:38:04 PM

Well I have a bit of gaming ADD because of so much new shit right now

LOL, I'm in the same boat man.  Okami, Civ IV, HOMM V, Titan Quest, plus all the new Gametap stuff.  I'm also thinking about picking up the WoW 14-day trial and giving it a shot.  I normally hate MMORPG's, but I figure I should at least give WoW a try and see if maybe it's the one that will change my mind.  Can't hurt if it's free, right?

Then we get FF XII and Guitar Hero 2 in a couple weeks.  Ugh (in a good way).
10729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 13/Oct/06 on: October 14, 2006, 02:27:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 14, 2006, 02:17:35 PM

Is Planescape available on Gametap?  wow, I may need to re-subscribe ealier than I  was planning to.

Yep.  Planescape, Icewind Dale II & Heart of Winter, and Baldurs Gate 2 + expansion.   
10730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 14, 2006, 01:54:08 PM
After spending a night with it, I must admit that I'm very impressed.  I ran into a few issues (Tony Hawk 3 wouldn't recognize the thumbsticks on my gamepad, Robotron 2084 had no movement controls, etc.), but overall, doing some classic gaming was an absolute blast.  There were a few arcade gems on there that I had completely forgotten about and that brought back some great gaming memories.  Legendary Wings, Rastan, Strider, Altered Beast (wise fwom your gwave!!), Golden Axe, Rampage (I probably spent an hour on this one alone).  Good stuff.  I do have to admit that it is a lot harder to control these games with a gamepad than with a joystick, and some of them just flat out don't work without the stick. 

Plus, when I get home from work today I'll have Worms:  Armageddon, Kohan II, Stronghold, Tropico II, Icewind Dale II, Midieval Conquest (a 'Majesty' clone), Age of Wonders:  Shadow Magic, Beyond Good & Evil, Pharoh, Cesar III, and Planescape:  Torment downloaded and ready to play.  I'd definately say I've gotten my money's worth already, and I've only had it a day.   icon_biggrin

It wasn't all roses, and I've got 2 minor complaints:

1.  It takes the regular games forever to download.  I've got a pretty fast cable connections, and most of the newer games were still taking upwards of 2.5 - 3 hours to download.  Seems like that's a really slow DL speed. 

2.  Many of the arcade games aren't set up to allow you to continue your game, so you only get to play the equivalent of one quarter's worth.  Rather frustrating.
10731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 13/Oct/06 on: October 14, 2006, 01:24:24 PM
Ended up registering for Gametap last night, and spent the entire night playing old arcade games.  Rastan, Golden Axe, Defender, Dig Dug, Strider, Baseball Stars 2.  Ahhh, good times.

Plus, I've got Worms:  Armageddon, Kohan II, Stronghold, Tropico II, Icewind Dale II, Midieval Conquest (a 'Majesty' clone), Age of Wonders:  Shadow Magic, and Planescape:  Torment all downloaded and waiting for me when I get home tonight.  Gonna be a good gaming weekend.   icon_cool
10732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The most bizzare game you have ever player is... on: October 14, 2006, 04:45:50 AM
I'll add Skullmonkeys to the mix as well.  It ranks right up there with Earthworm Jim as far as sheer stream-of-conciousness wierdness.
10733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xenosaga impressions on: October 14, 2006, 01:34:59 AM

Quote from: depward on October 14, 2006, 12:30:28 AM

Love the first one, hated the second, and really want to play the third.

I like the story (I know, crazy), the character/artwork design, and the battle system (in the first game).  I'm also one that enjoys long cutscenes and non-interaction story.

Dep just read my mind, I feel the exact same way about the series.  I loved the first game, and disliked the second one enough to not buy the third until the price dropped. 
10734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The most bizzare game you have ever player is... on: October 13, 2006, 11:21:43 PM
I signed up for Gametap this afternoon, and the first game I played was Earthworm Jim 2.  It was one of my absolute favorites on the Genesis, and I loved playing it again.  About the time I was guiding a blind cave salamander around an intestinal tract, whilst dodging flying sheep and pinball bumpers, landing on pencils stuck into the intestine walls and listening to a classical Mozart theme playing in the background, it occurred to me that a)  Shiny was doing way too many drugs in the 90's and b) this is possibly the strangest game I've ever played.

So what game struck you as odd?
10735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 13, 2006, 09:47:55 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 12, 2006, 09:09:56 PM


That made the decision easier for me.  $5 a month is nothing for the amount of games you get.  Even if I only play for an hour a month, it's worth it.  Downloading now, should be on in a few minutes.

Retro gaming, here we come!   icon_biggrin
10736  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd question - Paying Bills? on: October 13, 2006, 06:41:05 PM
I write out bills once a week (usually Sunday), then mail them a few days before the due date.  If you have enough money to pay all your monthly bills on one day, then more power to ya.  I have to wait for paychecks to hit before stuff can get paid, so weekly works better for me.

I'm still in the stone age of writing checks for my bills instead of doing them online.  The paper trail helps keep me organized, plus I'm just too lazy to get things switched over to online.
10737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: October 13, 2006, 05:37:45 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on September 30, 2006, 01:59:45 AM

Quote from: rrmorton on September 29, 2006, 11:36:58 PM

Man, Issun loves tits.

Spoiler for Hiden:
keeping issun happy = bumping rao at every opportunity...

Just got to this part last night, and was highly amused.  Of course, Mrs. Gratch happened to be in the room at the time, so there was a lot of  Roll Eyes coming from her direction.
10738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 13/Oct/06 on: October 13, 2006, 04:54:06 PM
Okami will see the bulk of the playtime, but I'm also going to give the Civ IV 'Fall From Heaven' mod a whirl, and maybe reinstall HOMM V.
10739  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye G4TV! on: October 13, 2006, 03:07:52 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 13, 2006, 02:49:29 PM

Please keep Olivia Munn.  Please keep Olivia Munn.  Please keep Olivia Munn.  Please keep Olivia Munn.  Please keep Olivia Munn. 

Is she the chick on AotS?  If so, I completely agree.  Uber-hotness.
10740  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friday Fun - Totem! on: October 13, 2006, 01:26:44 PM
That was bizzare
10741  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye G4TV! on: October 13, 2006, 01:23:12 PM
Meh.  Ever since G4 turned into the "All Star Trek, All the time" channel, I completely lost interest in them. 
10742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else give up computer gaming for the console recently? on: October 12, 2006, 10:59:54 PM

Quote from: Laner on October 12, 2006, 10:18:48 PM

Nah - I never give up on one or the other, I just tend to shift my emphasis from time to time.

Same here.  I finally upgraded to a decent PC, so I've been splitting time between both systems.  Just depends on the games.
10743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: October 12, 2006, 06:43:09 PM

Quote from: kathode on October 12, 2006, 06:33:17 PM

There's a fantastic Okami walkthrough up at MyCheats.  I've used it to power through a few places.  It includes videos of the annoying digging sections. 

Dude, you are a lifesaver.  That will be such a huge help.  The only guide on GameFAQs is done off the Japanese version, which apparently uses a lot of different names for characters & places.  Makes it a little tough to figure out.
10744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: October 12, 2006, 04:47:57 PM
Thanks guys, I'll give these a try tonight.

Quote
as well as the one that makes the guy jump over the spike traps (circle him I think)

Didn't know about that one.  2 other quick questions:

1.  Can the waterspout take Ammy up in the digging sequences?  Iíve used it to take the other guy up, but Iíve tried and tried and canít get it to take Ammy up.  Frustrating.

2.  I've actually made it to the bottom (I assume it's the bottom, since it's an entire row of unbreakable rocks with nothing below it), but I assume the other guy needs to make it down too.  Correct?
10745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Massive interest in PS3/Wii this holiday season on: October 12, 2006, 04:10:57 PM
There was a blurb on Attack of the Show last night that E-Bay is pulling PS3 presell auctions and suspending accounts.  Since people can't actually deliver the item with 30 days, it's against the Terms of Service and therefore not a valid auction.  That's a pretty clever way to combat presell sales, but I wonder how effective it will ultimately be.
10746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my PS3 reserved (a report from the lines) on: October 12, 2006, 03:51:36 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 12, 2006, 03:44:17 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on October 12, 2006, 03:33:14 PM

Here is a thought, aren't we all here the gaming nuts suppose to be the ones dying for this system. After all we love games so much we post in a gaming forum. Most , if not all of us are in the sweet disposable income category area companies love, but if we here aren't going nuts for the ps3, who exactly is  suppose to be?
I've been thinking about this too, and I have to remind myself that the general population doesn't know anything about how Sony did at E3, what ports are or aren't included in the core version, what kind of crazy comments Sony PR has been putting out in the past year, what franchises are or aren't going to stay Sony exclusive in the next generation, etc.

For most of the people buying things, all they know is that the PS1 was great, the PS2 was great, and 3 comes after 1 and 2.

That's a very good point.  If anything, being the 'hardcore gamers' that we are might cause us to be less excited about the PS3 than Johnny Sixpack.  That's certainly not what you would expect, and I'm guessing it makes Sony a bit nervous.
10747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: October 12, 2006, 03:48:57 PM
Dammit, I knew this was going to happen.  I'm stuck about 18 hours in:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I just got to the city with all the mist that is making people sick.  You apparently have to go through one of the 'Dig-Dug-esque' sequences to release the water in the canal and get into the palace.  I've tried the digging bit over a dozen times, and I can't seem to get past it.  I've tried every imaginable route, yet I still run out of time before the idiot guy finds whatever it is he's looking for.

So far, Okami has been nearly the perfect gaming experience for me.  I'm really hoping I can figure this out in order to keep playing.  FWIW, the stupid digging sequences are by far my least favorite part of the game.   
10748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: October 12, 2006, 02:41:29 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 11, 2006, 08:02:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 11, 2006, 06:00:36 PM

The whole game could be sweet child of mine and I'd still buy it.

Though considering how down and out Axl Rose has been for the last, oh, decade, you would think he would do the voice himself for a Biggie Sized Value Meal.

You kidding?  He's still probably lighting cigars with the $100 bills from Appetite for Destruction royalties.  I can't even imagine the ungodly amount of money GnR made back in the day.
10749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: October 11, 2006, 03:51:42 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 11, 2006, 03:04:46 PM

So will Killing in the name of include the 10 minute part where he screams 'F you I won't do what you told me?'  Maybe they'll change it to 'Hug you, I'll do what you told me!'

I've wondered about that too.  I figured they would steer clear of songs that required heavy editing.
10750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii preorder = 10/13! on: October 11, 2006, 12:05:39 PM
After reading over the launch list in the most recent GI, I'm definately out.  Only one or two game that interest me in the least, so I'll wait until the library is stronger.
10751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my PS3 reserved (a report from the lines) on: October 11, 2006, 04:17:18 AM

Quote from: naednek on October 11, 2006, 04:11:36 AM

Personally if people are dumb enough to buy it for $400 above retail, that's their own fault, and I don't see the problem why people can't profit off their stupidity.

I think you just summed up Sony's entire marketing philosophy.   icon_wink
10752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my PS3 reserved (a report from the lines) on: October 11, 2006, 03:59:14 AM

Quote from: AgtFox on October 11, 2006, 03:23:02 AM

I also don't want jblank to feel alone in what he is trying to justify. 

Trust me, he's not.  The argument of the poor, desperate gamer that can only afford the retail cost and the big, evil, immoral meanies that are selling them for more than retail doesn't fly with me at all.  If that poor gamer wanted one that bad, they should have been willing to camp out/get there uber-early/etc. at Gamestop or Best Buy to ensure they got one.  If they weren't willing to do that, they get to play the supply & demand game just like the rest of the world.
10753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God Hand on: October 11, 2006, 02:35:17 AM
3.0 from IGN
8.0 from Gamespot

Not very often you see that much of a disparity.  Capcom must have pulled out of an ad campaign on IGN...
10754  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 11, 2006, 12:05:27 AM






10755  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bloodrayne II (New Uwe Movie) on: October 10, 2006, 11:36:39 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on October 10, 2006, 10:43:08 PM



Beer, meet monitor.  finger
10756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 rpg's on: October 10, 2006, 09:04:58 PM

Quote from: Xmann on October 10, 2006, 08:37:50 PM

I'm also seeing there is a FFX and FFX-2, correct?

No, there is only FFX.  Most of us prefer to think that FFX-2 never existed.   icon_wink

Yes, FFX is turn based.  It is also a wonderful game that I would highly recommend to anyone.  A fantastic story, compelling (if a bit whiney) characters, a fun battle system, and amazing (for the time) graphics & music.  A big  thumbsup, and it would be a shame if you missed it.

FFX-2, on the other hand, is one of the most horrible creations ever to disgrace the PS2.  I would not wish that game on my worst enemy.   They took great a great game, filtered it through a 12-year-old girl's brain (i.e.:  "Those robes are boring, Yuna would look so much better in hot pants and boots!", "Oooh, let's add a Britney Spears intro complete with cheezy J-Pop song and dancers!", "How totally bitchin would it be if the main battle mechanic revolved around changing outfits?  That would, like, totally appeal to the target market of FFX!"), and shat out the results.  I know there's a few who like it around here, but I hated absolutely everything about FFX-2.
10757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my PS3 reserved (a report from the lines) on: October 10, 2006, 06:47:46 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 10, 2006, 06:31:10 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 10, 2006, 06:24:36 PM

If anything, go bitch at Sony for trying to artificially jack up demand by only producing a limited number of units.

I don't think it's artificial at all- if they could I have no doubt Sony would like to have at least double the number of consoles they are currently shipping. 

Then Sony has piss-poor planning or were too optimistic about the launch date.  Either way, I don't see how it comes back to being the fault of the consumer for selling one at an inflated price.
10758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my PS3 reserved (a report from the lines) on: October 10, 2006, 06:24:36 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on October 10, 2006, 06:11:04 PM

You're providing the rare commodity?  No.  No you are not.  Sony is.  You are using the poor distribution of a rare commodity for a profit.  What you are doing is no different from a scalper who buys an entire bank of tickets, thus forcing a restriction in supply.  Is what your doing completely legal? Absolutely.  Does it still mean you're an opportunist who amorally exploits others for his own good? Absolutely.  Don't fucking lie to yourself.

I don't know if I bitched enough during the 360 bullshit, but I figure I can make up for any lack on my part by doubling my efforts on the PS3 vultures.

Boo-fucking-hoo.  If Sony wants to restrict distribution, then this is what will happen.  If people want to pay ridiculous prices for something, more power to the person that has one to sell.  If someone's doing this with food or medicine that is in short supply, I'll jump right on the 'scumbag train' with you, but it's not like the E-bayer willing to drop $1,200 for little Johnny's X-Mas present is going to die without a PS3.  

If anything, go bitch at Sony for trying to artificially jack up demand by only producing a limited number of units.
10759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my PS3 reserved (a report from the lines) on: October 10, 2006, 06:17:42 PM

Quote from: Hetz on October 10, 2006, 04:40:15 PM

Am I the only one here that is going to be actually PLAYING my PS3???   eek

Oh yeah, and I was #1 in line at my local EB! I got the 60GB version. I'm excitied to play all my PS2 games in 1080p! smile

Yes.  Yes you are.   icon_wink  I'd be willing to bet that 60-70% of the people doing pre-orders are doing it to resell.  Making $600+ for doing absolutely nothing is just too tempting an offer to pass up.

I have officially decided today that being a late adopter is by far the best way to go with consoles.  Most of the best games come out at the end of a consoles life-span anyways (Okami & FFXII - according to the early reviews - are perfect examples), so I can finish up some great games, plus a few gems I may have missed, while everyone else is busy scrambling for the new system.  By the time I finally get around to picking up the new system, there is usually a) a better library to choose from, b) the price of any intriguing launch titles has dropped significantly, and c) the price of the system itself has gone down.  I'm sure I'll get a PS3 eventually, but I have zero interest in one at this point, and will be chuckling at everyone scrambling and paying obscene prices for one at launch.
10760  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Number of Sodas per week. on: October 09, 2006, 11:13:59 PM
Was drinking about 4 a day, and have decided to try and quit cold turkey.  I've been steadily gaining weight for the past few years, and I think that's one of the main culprits.  Mrs. Gratch has been soda-free since January, so it's high time I joined her.  Besides, I figure it'll save me around $50-60 a month, so there's one extra game I can play!   icon_biggrin

Today was my first day.  I have a brutal headache, but I've had nothing but water so far.  Going to pop a couple Excederin Migranes (those things are pure caffiene) and hope it helps. 
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