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10801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Trusty Bell screen shots on: September 21, 2006, 02:29:51 PM
Sure looks purty.  That premise seems a little goofy, but the more JRPG's the better.  They keep releasing these, I may actually have to break down and buy a 360.
10802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD: Classic to cost $426.50 to $975?! on: September 21, 2006, 01:23:06 PM
Just another example of why I absolutely despise the movement towards microtransactions.  If this trend continues (and I don't see any reason why it won't), it will end up driving me out of this hobby for good. 

The biggest problem I have with microtransactions is the fact that it will essentially let developers released unfinished games, then charge for 'special bonuses/features' that they should have been included in the first place.  It could lead to a bad, bad situation for us as gamers.
10803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 21, 2006, 01:18:20 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on September 21, 2006, 12:14:52 PM

Gratch, you can always go to your quest log (or whatever it's called) and it'll basically give you the most important convo's which essentially steer you in the right direction.

Thanks TML, I missed that.  My brain was mush last night, so I'm hoping tonight's time with the game will leave some more positive impressions.
10804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 21, 2006, 12:09:16 PM
My initial response has been similar to ATB's.   As a work of art, Okami succeeds on every level.  The graphics, music, setting, & characters are all incredible.  As a game, however, it didn't click with me at all after an hour.  Couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it just didn't seem like much fun to me.  I'm chalking it up the fact was simply exhausted last night and my brain wasn't working right.  I'll try it again tonight and see if I fare any better.

My biggest concern is that it will suffer from my least-favorite game malady:  now-what-itis.  A game can be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but if I'm constantly wondering "what am I supposed to do now?", I won't play it for very long.  The gibberish voice-overs are already driving me insane.  Is there a way to turn them off, or at least translate them into King of all Cosmos language?
10805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Reviewer trashes FF III (DS) on: September 20, 2006, 07:18:55 PM
Thought this review of FF III from Planet Gamecube was interesting.  I wonder if the game is actually that bad, or if the reviewer just had a hard time with it.  Will certainly warrant keeping an eye on the reviews.
10806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your home page? on: September 20, 2006, 04:39:18 PM
MSN for me
10807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: lego star wars II impressions on: September 20, 2006, 04:36:01 PM
I'm having a great time with this game, but the camera is driving me insane.  I was falling off unseen ledges in the ESB levels at a ridiculous rate.  It's much more challenging than I expected, and some of the puzzles have taken serious brainpower.  I doubt I'll play through it more than once, but it's certainly a fun little diversion.
10808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware to Start Developing for the DS on: September 20, 2006, 04:31:48 PM

Quote from: olaf on September 20, 2006, 03:05:00 PM

I am gonna cry if the art style is anime with kids and big heads.

Being Bioware, I highly doubt it.
10809  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 20, 2006, 02:25:20 PM
If you guys don't knock it off, I'm going to be reading nothing but Tad Williams for the next year.   icon_wink
10810  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 20, 2006, 11:54:25 AM

Quote from: Blackadar on September 20, 2006, 11:10:37 AM

Quote from: ATB on September 20, 2006, 11:00:11 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 20, 2006, 01:47:28 AM

Terminator one.

I don't get this one. Is that an aircraft part? I seem to remember there being a faulty part on some plane that crashed some years back that looked like that...but that would be in horrible taste...

No, that's a terminator for a coaxial cable.

Winnar
10811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 20, 2006, 01:47:28 AM
















10812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 19, 2006, 09:29:12 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 17, 2006, 11:32:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 17, 2006, 09:45:08 PM

This is going to be my next series after I finish re-reading 'War of the Flowers'.  i've been meaning to ask if it's any good, so I'm glad to hear some positive feedback about it.   icon_smile

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn remains my favorite fantasy series to this day and most still consider it Tad Williams' best work.  FWIW, George RR Martin has cited MS&T as one of his inspirations for Song of Ice & Fire. 

I bagged finishing 'War of the Flowers' and just got started on 'Dragonbone Chair' last night.  Only got through about 75 pages, but it's certinaly got potential.
10813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware to Start Developing for the DS on: September 19, 2006, 09:27:18 PM
Excellent news!  The more RPG's for the system, the happier I am (assuming, of course, that they'll be developing RPG's).
10814  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rolling Stone is Retarded. on: September 19, 2006, 04:34:09 PM

Quote from: warning on September 19, 2006, 04:15:00 PM

I think Dylan sounds fine.  Maybe a little worse for wear now but I don't have room to talk - I listen to Opeth.

Opeth's singer actually has a pretty good voice when he's not in Cookie Monster mode.
10815  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New Monday Night Football Broadcast Team on: September 19, 2006, 02:09:54 PM
On a side note, how long has it been since there was a really good MNF game?  Even games that look good on paper have turned out to be complete duds on MNF.  The first game last week wasn't bad, but most of last year's matchups were a complete disaster, and both the OAK-SD & JAX-PIT game were dreadfully boring.
10816  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New Monday Night Football Broadcast Team on: September 19, 2006, 12:34:40 PM
I've always liked Turico and think he's very solid.  Kornheiser is OK - not too good, not too bad.  I absolutely can't stand Theismann, and have a very hard time listening to any game he is calling.  His nasally whine drives me nuts.

So far, I'd give the team as a whole a C+ grade.  Get rid of Joe, that would go up to a B+.
10817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jackass 2 the movie on: September 19, 2006, 03:04:06 AM
Jackass always amused me, so I might eventually check it out.
10818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/18) on: September 18, 2006, 02:13:32 PM
Definately Okami and maybe the Dragon Quest DS game if the reviews are decent.
10819  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: September 18, 2006, 02:10:20 AM
+1 to stiffler.  Uber-quick payment for Disgaea 2
10820  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Disgaea 2 for sale on: September 18, 2006, 12:36:58 AM
PM'd back
10821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii 250.00 In or Out on: September 17, 2006, 11:08:35 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 17, 2006, 10:16:38 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 17, 2006, 09:38:00 PM

Out, for now.  While the system may be the greatest thing since sliced bread, there's simply no release games that interest me in the least.  Just as with the 360, once the library gets stronger I'm sure I'll pick one up.

It's the one guy in the world who hates Zelda!  Get him!!!!!!!!!

Heh.  Zelda is really hit and miss for me.  I bought a Gamecube the first time specifically for Wind Waker.  I ended up regretting it, as I really disliked that game.  I sort of liked the Minnish Cap game, though.  The new one looks very cool, but I'm wary about getting sucked in by the hype like I did with WW.  It's certainly nothing I 'have' to have right when it comes out. 

FWIW, I'm also the one person in the world who hates both the GTA series and Halo.  I just have strange gaming tastes, I guess.
10822  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Disgaea 2 for sale **SOLD** on: September 17, 2006, 09:54:13 PM
**SOLD**
10823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 17, 2006, 09:45:08 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 17, 2006, 09:25:54 PM

Another great fantasy series is the Sword of Truth; I know Gratch wouldn't recommend it beyond book 2 or 3, but the later ones actually fill out the main character a lot more. I am 2 books from the end of whats out ( www.terrygoodkind.com ) and there is a few more books out IIRC.

Actually, I'd strongly recommend it up to book 5 (Soul of the Fire), and would tentatively suggest book 6.  I was a huge fan of them up until that point (as my handle testifies), but I think it degenerated into a preachy mess after that.

One other series I'd highly recommend is Greg Keyes' Kingdom of Thorn & Bone series.  Currently at 3 books (The Briar King, The Charnel Prince, & The Blood Knight), and they just keep getting stronger as the story progresses.  A fantastic series with a well developed world, great characters, and some wonderful political intrigue.  It's not nearly on the level as, say, GRRM's Song of Ice and Fire series, but there aren't really any that are.

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Tad Williams (mentioned above) also has a terrific series of fantasy novels. The series is called Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, and starts with "The Dragonbone Chair" IIRC. An amazing story. It's worth the money for the 4 paperbacks or 3 hardcovers.

This is going to be my next series after I finish re-reading 'War of the Flowers'.  i've been meaning to ask if it's any good, so I'm glad to hear some positive feedback about it.   icon_smile
10824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii 250.00 In or Out on: September 17, 2006, 09:38:00 PM
Out, for now.  While the system may be the greatest thing since sliced bread, there's simply no release games that interest me in the least.  Just as with the 360, once the library gets stronger I'm sure I'll pick one up.

I'm also still not sold on the controller.  I have the feeling it will be a blast...for about a week.  Once the novelty wears off, there has to be some solid gameplay to give the system legs.  I haven't seen anything (either in previews or the demo videos) that convinces me that there will be.
10825  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 17, 2006, 03:32:56 AM

Quote from: Briko on September 17, 2006, 02:29:58 AM

well if you're really into reading and have sometime to kill, then I recommend "The Wheel of Time" by Robert Jordan. There are currently 11 books in the series and they are big... If you like Fantasy then this is the series for you...


:tugs on braids and smoothes skirt:
10826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Neat Speed Test site. on: September 16, 2006, 10:42:08 PM
9/16/2006   10:40 PM GMT   8101 kb/s   353 kb/s   62 ms   Salt Lake City, UT   < 50 mi

Up's a little slow, but down is sweet.  Considering I really only use down, it's perfect for me.

10827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3/Wii pre-order information. Trade in's required? on: September 16, 2006, 05:49:05 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 16, 2006, 05:41:13 PM

Quote from: kathode on September 16, 2006, 04:50:17 PM

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=119592

The short version - EB/Gamestop will start taking pre-orders this Monday.  The catch is you've got to trade in $50 worth of games or systems or whatever.  No cash accepted. 

What a crock. 

Fuck EB, this seals it up for me.. Boycotting those fuckers for good now.

Ahem...

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Read through that entire thread and it looks like a test in Hawaii starting on Monday

If it goes company-wide, then I'll be right there beside you on the 'Fuck EB' wagon.  However, I'm not ready to crucify them for testing something out in one specific location.  It's called test-marketing, and all companies do it.
10828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 16, 2006, 03:22:16 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 13, 2006, 07:30:17 AM

If you're up for a simple, fun adventure read set in an urban fantasy, Jum Butcher has a good series called The Dresden Files about a modern day wizard plying his trade in chicago.  It's part fantasy, part film noir, and part classic adventure.  There's no nuanced and deep plots of theories on the meaning of life, just fun simple reads for those days that you just want to unwind.

Somewhat along those same lines is Tad Williams' fantastic "War of the Flowers".  It's about an everyday joe that gets sucked into an alternate 'fantasy' world.  Just started it for the second time, and would highly recommend it. 
10829  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rolling Stone is Retarded. on: September 16, 2006, 02:54:42 PM
That's not a horrible list, but there are certainly a few glaring exceptions:

-  How the hell did Skinny Puppy not make that list? They practically invented a genre, and every industrial and pseudo-industrial act since 1980 (I'm looking at you Trent) should be paying them royalties.  Either 'Last Rights' or 'Too Dark Park' definately belong on that list, but my guess is that the Rolling Stone editors would say "Who?".

-  No Bauhaus?

-  Alice in Chains 'Dirt' is far and away the best album to every come out of the whole grunge movement.  They've got Nirvana's 'Unplugged' on there but no Alice?

-  Bad Religion's 'Suffer' should certainly be there

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Seriously though, you may or may not like Rush, but don't they beat out Public Enemy and Eminem for crying out loud?!

Eminem?  Absolutley.  Public Enemy?  Probably not.  Like them or not, PE had a huge impact and definately deserve mention.

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#61 GNR- Appetite for destruction.
 See, now this proves how clueless these guys are.  It's 10 years later, and this album is already completely forgotten.  IT SUCKS.  Yeah, I know we have a few Townies here who probably now want to kick my ass, but they'll have to deal with it.  Here's a hint for those people who are pissed at me dissing this album: Back in Black by AC/DC is a couple spots down at #73.  Are you telling me the album immediately following the death of Bon Scott, with songs easily harding rocking than ANYTHING GNR ever did, isn't more imporatant, much less better?  Don't be silly.

I could not possibly disagree more.  Of course, I've never been much of an AC/DC fan (all their music just seemed like silly frat-boy nonsense to me), and I still think Appetite for Destruction kicks ass.  A lot of people have soured on GnR because of Axl's nonsense since then, but AfD is still a fantastic album.
10830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami? on: September 16, 2006, 02:33:37 PM
FWIW, it's currently sitting at 92% on Gamerankings.com.  I'm definately in.
10831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Two New RPGs from Square- One is FFXII Spinoff on: September 16, 2006, 12:55:19 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 13, 2006, 10:54:21 PM

...and the FFXII game is a strategy RPG in the vein of FF Tactics.

Should I just start drooling now?
10832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 10, 2006, 06:07:37 PM

Quote from: Clay on September 10, 2006, 04:39:34 PM

Lumines is like crack to me and really helps me with my insomnia. 

So you're saying Lumines puts you to sleep?  Not usually a quality I like in my games...   icon_wink
10833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami? on: September 10, 2006, 04:19:59 AM
I put a pre-order down on this one this afternoon.  Seems like it may end up being pretty rare, so I figured I'd better lock one down.  'Artsy' games are hit & miss with me (I didn't like either Ico or Shadow of the Colossus, which are the two that inevitably come up), but this one looks pretty amazing.  Definately excited to see what they can do.
10834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: 09/08/06 on: September 09, 2006, 07:50:48 PM
Picked up Brain Age this afternoon, which is a fun little time waster.  Might play a little Titan Quest this afternoon as well.
10835  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do We Really Need..... on: September 09, 2006, 07:43:45 PM
I really like my Fusion razor.  I don't get cuts nearly as much as I did with my old 2 blade.
10836  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 09, 2006, 06:09:30 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 09, 2006, 05:47:36 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 09, 2006, 05:36:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 09, 2006, 02:35:04 PM

I'm suspicious about that odd looking tan colored device in the background with 2 steel cylinders in it.

I think that is his personal jetpack.  You know, for flying off to save the world and all.

Guitar Hero man...AWAY!!!!

It's the dog's food dish.  Having it raised a bit supposedly helps him to not swallow as much air when he eats, and is supposed to make him less gassy.  It doesn't work.  On the plus side, I still get to blame it on the dog.  slywink
10837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 09, 2006, 04:19:38 PM
Aeris has been reincarnated.  The story is complete!

10838  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 09, 2006, 04:06:35 PM
It's from 'The Ring'
10839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 09, 2006, 03:46:14 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 09, 2006, 03:04:34 PM




That image still creeps me the fuck out.
10840  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 09, 2006, 03:44:35 PM
I suppose I didn't really need the strap since I was sitting down, but old habits die hard.  I acutally beat CFH on Expert for the first time that night (after about 100 insanely frustrating tries), but we weren't in career mode so it didn't count.  frown

I'll admit that rocking out is pretty fun (Mrs. Gratch has had many a laugh at my expense while I played), but I find I play much better when I'm sitting down.  The particular angle I have on the TV causes it to look really dark when standing up. 
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