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10761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 27, 2006, 12:40:25 AM




Um, ouch!!

10762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Series on: October 26, 2006, 09:33:49 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on October 26, 2006, 08:46:50 PM

Quote from: depward on October 26, 2006, 06:53:44 PM

Not to offend, but good lord is this world series the worst I've seen.  Both Colin Cowherd and Jim Rome agree.

Well there is your problem right there.....Jim Rome....... icon_biggrin


Damn, beat me to it.  How Rome keeps a radio gig is beyond me.  I haven't listened to him in years, but let me see if I can guess his "take" on the series:

Listen up clones,




(ridiculously long pause)




You heard it here first




(longer pause, rustle papers)





the World Series






(pause, pause, rustle, rustle)





is gonna be wack.  I'm out!
10763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy sales chart comparison on: October 26, 2006, 06:10:07 PM
Yup.

EDIT:  Duh, just realized I goofed the original post.  It's been corrected.
10764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy sales chart comparison on: October 26, 2006, 06:00:47 PM
I came across this link and found it rather interesting.  I have no idea how accurate it is (or even what language it's in), but it looks pretty feasible.  Oh,

Japonya Satışları = Japanese Sales
Diğer ‹lkeler = Other countries
Toplam Satış Rakamı = Total Sales
«ıkarılmadı = Not released

The fact that FFVII sold nearly 10 million copies blows my mind.  Even at an average price of $30 (not sure what the percentage of original vs. GH is, so let's go with $30), that's $300 million dollars from a single game.  I guess I just never realized what a huge hit it really was.  I know it's probably the most accessible game in the series and was a technical wonder at the time, but RPG's are usually not a mass-market type of game.  I'm also curious how that compares to some of the other heavy hitters in the gaming market (i.e. Madden, Halo, GTA, etc.)

I'll be very interested to see how XII ends up.  I'm hugely excited for it, but the real time system is certainly going to be a radical change in the series.  It's something I'm very skeptical of, but I'm sure it will be implemented well.
10765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 26, 2006, 01:32:46 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on October 24, 2006, 07:53:17 PM

I'm sure alot of you have seen this already, but if not, this video shows off some of the character creation/gameplay.

Personally, I think I like the indoor areas more than the outdoor areas from the crappy videos I have seen so far.  Maybe the real version on my monitor will have me thinking differently, and it's possible other games have spoiled me with outdoor-type graphics.  Actually, I like the looks of the indoor stuff quite a bit though.

YouTube Video - Approx. 6 mins. long

This is one of the few games that I think actually looks far better in motion than it does in static screenshots.  The few in-game movies I've seen actually look rather impressive, while the still shots all seem very dull.  It's still not going to win any graphics awards, but most of my initial "Wow, this looks like complete ass" fears have been eliminated.
10766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lik-Sang is dead thanks to Sony on: October 25, 2006, 02:36:55 PM
I'd be interested to see a third party report on this situation.  I'm certainly not saying I can't see Sony doing this, but for all we know, Lik Sang could have been drowning anyways and decided to blame it on Sony instead of admitting that they were just going under. 
10767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Thompson, Contempt? on: October 24, 2006, 03:29:13 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on October 24, 2006, 02:23:46 PM

I'd love to see this idiot lose his law license so he can do less damage to the video game industry (he's obviously on a personal crusade based off his pure hatred for video games) but honestly I don't see a whole lot coming from this. Did you read his smart ass comments in response to Take Two?
Ah well.. I'm not going to read too much into it because this guy's BS rhetoric just stresses me out.  icon_biggrin

Actually, I'd love to see him keep doing exactly what he's doing.  He makes himself look like more of an idiot every single day, and keeps losing what little credibility he had to start with.  He's really the best anti-gaming crusader we as gamers could have hoped for.   Most people think he's nuts, anyone who does even the smallest amount of research can see right through his propaganda, and with the hundreds of developers and publishers, he only goes after one company (Rockstar).  I'd much rather have this nonsensical lunatic attacking the game industry (and constantly losing) than someone who is less crazy and knows how to hit where it might actually hurt.

Hell, Jack has basically become Rockstar's biggest promotional tool, and I'm sure his demented ranting and raving is helping to sell far more games than it's preventing. 
10768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 24, 2006, 03:19:43 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on October 24, 2006, 01:42:06 PM

Boys and Girls:

Thoughts on the graphics based on these screens?



Honestly, I still think they look pretty bad.  Actually, "bad" is probably the wrong word.  They just look very dated.  They look like something I would have expected to see a year or two ago, not from a new game with such hefty system requirements.

However, the more I hear about the story and gameplay, the less a concern the graphics become.  If the story is as good as is rumored, graphics could look like the original NWN and I'd still enjoy it.
10769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/23) on: October 23, 2006, 01:54:33 PM
Nada for me.  Next week's going to be brutal, though.
10770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 23/Oct/06 on: October 23, 2006, 01:53:01 PM
Put about 4 hours into Titan Quest and am on the last stretch in Egypt.  I might actually push through and try to finish it this week.  I also started Planescape Torment on Gametap.  Damn 2nd Edition rules are screwing me all up.  What was THAC0 again...?  slywink
10771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] What I learned last night on: October 23, 2006, 12:03:30 PM
I can't help but wonder if the boyfriend is as into this 'open' relationship as she seems to be.  May want to tread carefully there.
10772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 23, 2006, 11:58:02 AM

Quote from: Xmann on October 23, 2006, 03:43:02 AM

The system requirements just reminds me why i'm giving up pc gaming.  Having to upgrade 2 times a year for games is just flat out stupid.  I had to upgrade for Oblivion and now probably for NW2?  forget it.

I hear ya.  This kept me out of PC gaming for the last couple years as well.  I just recently upgraded for Oblivion, and, thankfully, it should be enough for NWN 2.  I won't be able to run with all the bells & whistles, but well enough to play.
10773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 22, 2006, 05:07:35 PM
Gametap put up a new promo video last night.  Looks like this week's pre-Halloween update is a whole bunch of the Castlevania games.   Just keeps getting better!  icon_biggrin
10774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stronghold Legends Impressions. on: October 21, 2006, 08:32:46 PM
Probably a bargin bin title for me, as there's too many other things coming out in the next couple weeks.  I somewhat enjoyed the first Stronghold (just started it again through Gametap), but the second one didn't do much for me.  Definately put up some impressions though, as I'm curious to see how they did.
10775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam & Max: Culture Shock REVIEWED! on: October 21, 2006, 07:51:50 PM
Just finished a few minutes ago.  Certainly a fun little game with plenty of LOL moments (more towards the beginning than the end), and I'm looking forward to the next installment.
10776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Number of Sodas per week. on: October 21, 2006, 05:29:11 PM
I'm now going on two weeks without a single soda.  It's getting a little easier, but not having one with my nachos while watching football is brutal.  I'm also quitting chewing tobacco at the same time (again, 2 weeks without one), so it's been tough.  These last two weeks have become the ultimate test of willpower for me, but I'm succeeding so far!   icon_biggrin
10777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPod turns 5 on Monday - have you ever owned one? on: October 21, 2006, 05:24:36 PM

Quote from: warning on October 21, 2006, 01:28:34 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 21, 2006, 12:50:59 AM

I was beginning to think I was the only person in the world who didn't have an iPod.  Glad to see I'm not.

My Verizion Chocolate phone works perfectly for my limited portable music needs.

You're listening to Skinny Puppy on a phone?   icon_twisted

Heh.  The sound quality is actually very good, and I can't tell any quality difference between it and the iPod's I've listed to.  My understanding is that it was designed as an MP3 player first and phone second, which really shows.   There's a few minor quibbles I have with it (the playlist limit of 50 songs drives me nuts), but overall I've been very pleased with it. 
10778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 20/Oct/06 on: October 21, 2006, 02:05:35 PM
Not sure what I'm going to play.  I'm pretty burned out on Okami & Titan Quest (about 30 hours into both), and don't really want to start anything new since NWN2 & FFXII are just around the corner.  I'll probably try and finish Sam & Max, mess around on Gametap games, play some Civ IV (I still haven't gotten around to trying that Fall From Heaven mod), and maybe brush up on Guitar Hero.
10779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 21, 2006, 01:34:45 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on October 21, 2006, 04:51:31 AM

Want to make your own adventures?

Gamespot has Developer Diary #5 up, with a video if you want.

Have at it

Hmmm, I'll have to look at that when I get off work.  Couldn't figure out how to do a damn thing in the editor last night.
10780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPod turns 5 on Monday - have you ever owned one? on: October 21, 2006, 12:50:59 AM
I was beginning to think I was the only person in the world who didn't have an iPod.  Glad to see I'm not.

My Verizion Chocolate phone works perfectly for my limited portable music needs.
10781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 20, 2006, 11:32:52 PM
Put in my pre-order this afternoon and was very excited to get a link to the toolset.  Until I found out you have to DL 10 seperate 256 MB files, and their server is running at a blistering 210 kb/sec.

I'll be back sometime next week when I'm done DL'ing everything.  icon_frown
10782  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Massive FS List (Help a Brother Out!)DVDs Added on: October 20, 2006, 09:27:24 PM

Quote from: Calvin on October 20, 2006, 08:24:32 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 20, 2006, 02:42:33 AM

Just FYI, FFVII PC is going for around $25 on E-bay.  Might want to sell it there if you can.
Thanks gratch, already covered that above-old, slightly scratched discs only version-probably not worth anything on EBay.



Doh!  I are dum.
10783  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: October 20, 2006, 01:17:25 PM
+1 to Serlesh
10784  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Massive FS List (Help a Brother Out!)DVDs Added on: October 20, 2006, 02:42:33 AM
Just FYI, FFVII PC is going for around $25 on E-bay.  Might want to sell it there if you can.
10785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam & Max: Culture Shock REVIEWED! on: October 19, 2006, 10:05:39 PM

Quote from: VynlSol on October 19, 2006, 01:55:11 PM

Downloaded it last night, played it, finished it.

There were a few times that I laughed so hard I had to get up from my desk and tell my wife about it.

Mrs. Gratch actually stopped in the middle of the huge project she was working on to watch me play.  I can count the number of times that has happened before on 1 hand.
10786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 18, 2006, 09:59:44 PM
I love to give it a go, depending on schedule (mine's pretty screwy).  I usually play a pretty basic half-orc fighter. 
10787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 18, 2006, 09:56:58 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 18, 2006, 08:31:55 PM

The only reason there aren't 2,000+ games on GameTap is because of the conversion process required to encrypt the games and get them to run right on Gametap.  I can tell you that when Gametap was in beta, they had already purchased nearly 2,000 games by that point. All they can TECHNICALLY manage right now is about 8-12 new titles per week.

If true* that is fantastic news.  I've been pleasantly surprised at how good the service is (I wasn't really expecting much), and yesterday's update was just epic.   My only problem is that with the huge selection, trying to find one or two games to stick with for any length of time is damn near impossible. 

*No offense to you personally Kobra, but I take everything I read on the intarweb with a truckload of salt
10788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 18, 2006, 05:55:06 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 18, 2006, 05:32:13 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on October 18, 2006, 12:45:43 AM

She be GOLD

Release date of 11/1 should not be a problem.

11/1? It better fucking not come out on 11/1. Why?

I have FFXIII to play. And I wanna play that as well as this game the day they both come out.

You're getting FFXIII?  Damn, the rest of us are just getting XII.   icon_wink
10789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 18, 2006, 04:34:30 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 18, 2006, 04:28:34 PM

Just don't try calling Gametap tech support.. 3 hours on hold, no answer.  Apparently they are swamped with new members right now.  My son ganked up his password and his account got locked for 24 hours and I cannot reset it.   mad

You really stayed on hold for 3 hours?   :icon_confused:

FWIW, the couple times Iíve called their tech support, theyíve been very good and very helpful.  Less than 5 minute wait both times, and both people were probably the friendliest tech support people Iíve ever talked to.
10790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 18, 2006, 03:39:26 AM

Quote from: Calvin on October 18, 2006, 12:55:49 AM

very excited despite some craptacular character portrait screens. BUt releasing the same day as FF12 means im going to be waiting on this for 2 weeks biggrin

I'll be picking up both on 11/1.  Y'know, I suddenly feel a sick day coming on that just might hit on 11/1.   icon_wink

FWIW, despite the horrid looking screenies, this is still a Day One purchase for me.  I played the hell out of the original, and recently finished Shadows of Undrentide.  Crappy graphics & all.
10791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam & Max: Culture Shock REVIEWED! on: October 18, 2006, 03:05:24 AM
It's been great so far.  The graphics are serviceable, but the voice acting and humor are simply fantastic.  Played for a couple hours and have already had quite a few LOL moments.  I'm having a blast so far and would highly recommend it.

I do realize, however, how badly I suck at puzzle based games.  I'm already stuck, so if anyone is playing it shoot me a hint:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I've knocked out Whizzer & Sybil, but I can't figure out how to get Specs.  I know it has something to do with spray painting his other graffiti's, but I don't know what.

EDIT:  Never mind, I figured it out.
10792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 17, 2006, 10:55:49 PM
Well, if we're going to go on a cute animal kick:







Oh, and:

10793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 17, 2006, 10:27:26 PM
GREAT update today:

-  Sam & Max
-  Civ III
-  Farcry
-  Serious Sam I & II
-  Railroad Tychoon II Platinum
-  Rainbox Six 3 & Rogue Spear
-  Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4

  icon_biggrin icon_biggrin
10794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft charges YOU for shipping of busted 360s on: October 17, 2006, 05:48:34 PM
This all makes me want to postpone my 360 purchase even longer.  At least until they get some of these issues straightened out.
10795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 17, 2006, 12:09:03 AM

Quote from: Destructor on October 16, 2006, 02:08:22 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 14, 2006, 01:54:08 PM

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.

Uh...talk about worthless. May I recommend Googling for MAME and your classic arcade titles and see what you can come up with? Odds are you'll be able to experience your favorite quarter-muncher properly that way.

Kobra's right, I'm just an idiot.  For some reason, it takes 3-4 presses of the start button on the gamepad for the continue to register, so I thought it just wasn't working. 
10796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Insane video of GH2 expert tracks on: October 16, 2006, 11:19:33 PM
Good God, I'm never going to beat this game.

Video on that link of two of the top level GH2 songs on expert level.   Dick Dale's "Miserlou" & Avenged Sevenfold's "Beast and the Harlot".

Ho.  Lee.  Shit.   eek
10797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite Beat Agents (DS) track list on: October 16, 2006, 02:25:51 PM
Well, there goes most of my interest.    :icon_sad:  I highly doubt I could sit through that list of shite (with a couple exceptions) no matter how fun the game is.
10798  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.
10799  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.
10800  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.
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