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10881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 20Apr: ATB @ Calvin's House Splitscreening Gears of War Edi on: April 20, 2007, 01:00:07 PM
I'm going to try and finish up Puzzle Quest as well as starting KotOR 2 over as an evil character.  Probably about it for me.
10882  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Can anyone find Guitar Hero 2 for 360? on: April 19, 2007, 09:27:28 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on April 19, 2007, 09:22:16 PM

If Calvin can't find ya any, I saw some at Circuit City the other night.

Thanks Mirage775.  Calvin's going to check tomorrow.  If we don't have any luck, I'll shoot you a PM.
10883  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Can anyone find Guitar Hero 2 for 360? on: April 19, 2007, 06:19:57 PM
YGPM Calvin
10884  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Can anyone find Guitar Hero 2 for 360? on: April 19, 2007, 04:16:35 PM
If anyone happens to come across a copy at a local store, I'd be happy to pay you for it + shipping + something extra for your effort.

Every local store around here is sold out, as is every single online retailer I can think of.  I've checked Circuit City, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Gamecrazy, Red Octane, CompUSA, Gamestop, Toys R Us, NewEgg, ShopKo, Sears, and a few others.  I placed an order for it through Buy.com (who said they have it in stock), but it's been in queue since Sunday and I just found out they actually don't have any in.

I know a couple people mentioned seeing a copy in the wild, so let me know if you do and if we can work something out.  Thanks!
10885  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite band time! on: April 18, 2007, 06:29:16 PM

Quote from: depward on April 18, 2007, 06:08:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 18, 2007, 05:12:39 PM

Quote from: depward on April 18, 2007, 03:52:10 PM

- VNV Nation

I've got tickets to see VNV Nation with And One on June 20.   Tongue

Frontline Assembly in May, VNV Nation in June, hopefully Skinny Puppy in July or August (they're supposed to release their tour schedule any day now), and Assemblage 23 in September.  Gonna be a good few concert months.  smile
Have you listened to VNV's new album (released a week ago)?  A LOT better than Matter + Form.

VNV isn't coming to Portland - that saddens me.  I might have to go to Seattle to see them...

Assemblage 23 should be a good show.  Didn't know they were touring...

I haven't heard it yet, but will have to give it a shot.  They've always been a little too dance-hall'ish for me, so I'm a pretty casual VNV fan (only album I have is Empires).  I've heard they put on an awesome show, however, so I figure it's worth $20.

A23 hasn't officially announced yet, but I've heard quite a few rumors that the western leg of the upcoming tour will be in September/October.  I saw them last time they came through, and it was a fun show.  They don't sound as good live (Shear loses most of that ominous deep sound in his voice when they play live), but they're very animated and have a great time.  Also, they've got a new album coming out later this month.  Can't wait!
10886  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 8 more posts to go... on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:58 PM
pad.   Tongue
10887  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 8 more posts to go... on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:49 PM
post
10888  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 8 more posts to go... on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:42 PM
really
10889  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 8 more posts to go... on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:35 PM
you
10890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 8 more posts to go... on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:28 PM
Damn,
10891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 18, 2007, 05:32:42 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 18, 2007, 05:15:03 PM

I don't know, I never skip battles.

I didn't used to, but fighting enemies that are a full 25 levels lower than you only gives about 10 XP and 10 gold.  Not worth it, imo.

Quote
Does anyone know what difference mounts make, like speed and whether they fly or not?  Because it doesn't appear to really effect your travel times.

I'm sure you know this, but each mount will give you a specific spell.  I love my Dragon Spider's fire blast spell (can't remember the exact name), because it'll do damage equivalent to my red mana.   If I can get an enemy down to 48 HP, the battle is pretty much over.

Also, it doesn't take as much time to travel between cities on a fast mount (however, it's tough to tell the difference because all mounts have the same on-screen movement speed).  For instance, it takes 3 days of game time to travel between 2 cities on a fast mount, but 7 days on a slow mount.  Since you only get gold once a month, then bouncing around to different cities on a slow mount will allow them to "reset" quicker and you'll get gold more often. 

Not sure if that made any sense...
10892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite band time! on: April 18, 2007, 05:12:39 PM

Quote from: depward on April 18, 2007, 03:52:10 PM

- VNV Nation

I've got tickets to see VNV Nation with And One on June 20.   Tongue

Frontline Assembly in May, VNV Nation in June, hopefully Skinny Puppy in July or August (they're supposed to release their tour schedule any day now), and Assemblage 23 in September.  Gonna be a good few concert months.  smile
10893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 18, 2007, 05:05:20 PM
Hmmm, might need to level my mount a few more then.  Anyone know how it works (i.e. you can skip enemies 2 levels higher your mount, equal to your mount, etc.)?
10894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 18, 2007, 01:08:45 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 17, 2007, 10:51:22 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 17, 2007, 10:40:35 PM

This game needs an auto-resolve on the battles when the enemy is 15'ish levels below you.  Taking my 45th level knight up against random 20th level enemies is just a waste of time.

Are you playing on the DS?  Try hitting cancel when the fight's popup box appears, if they're low enough you'll be able to skip them.

Nice tip, thanks!
10895  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 18, 2007, 03:11:55 AM
OK, one that doesn't need to be explained.

10896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite band time! on: April 18, 2007, 03:07:15 AM
1.  Skinny Puppy
2.  David Bowie
3.  Alice in Chains
4.  Frontline Assembly
5.  Bauhaus
6.  Nine Inch Nails
7.  Guns N' Roses
8.  Bad Religion
9.  They Might Be Giants
10.  Great Big Sea

A few that are interchangeable with the bottom of the list

-  Vast
-  Mr. Bungle
-  Opeth
-  Tool
10897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 17, 2007, 10:40:35 PM
This game needs an auto-resolve on the battles when the enemy is 15'ish levels below you.  Taking my 45th level knight up against random 20th level enemies is just a waste of time.
10898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 17, 2007, 03:17:21 PM

Quote from: disarm on April 17, 2007, 01:02:08 AM

Quote from: Calvin on April 17, 2007, 12:42:24 AM

Quote from: disarm on April 16, 2007, 11:46:37 PM

nothing for me unless i can actually manage to find another 360 GH2 controller somewhere...

I've seen them in like 3 different stores around here man..that sucks.

i saw them a couple days after release but hadn't yet convinced myself i wanted to buy one at the time.  now that i want one, every store near me seems to be sold out icon_cry

Good luck finding one.  I spent the better part of a day checking every single TRU, Best Buy, Target, Circuit City, Gamestop/EB, Gamecrazy, Shopko, and Wal-Mart in Salt Lake.  Every single place is completely sold out, and none of them know when they'll be getting any more in.  Finally resorted to buying it online through Buy.com.  Placed the order on Sunday w/2-day shipping, and it hasn't shipped yet.   mad
10899  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 17, 2007, 02:41:59 PM


Xkcd is frakking brilliant.  Quickly becoming one of my favorite webcomics.
10900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game makeovers on: April 17, 2007, 12:26:44 PM
Cool article Eddie.  Thanks!
10901  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Zarkon needs a new PC (FS!) on: April 16, 2007, 07:06:15 PM
YGPM
10902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 06:04:49 PM

Quote from: depward on April 16, 2007, 05:47:59 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 16, 2007, 05:43:13 PM

Quote from: depward on April 16, 2007, 05:27:26 PM

a) I want to support XSEED games for bringing over several games (Shadow Hearts: FTNW, this one, etc.)

Hell, they should be punished for dropping Shadow Hearts:  FTNW on us.   Probably the most disappointing game I've ever played.  What a horrible, horrible let down from SH:  C
At least you had the opportunity to play it instead of just thinking about how wonderful it would have been to try it   icon_wink

I mean think about it - if it hadn't been brought over, at least I would have always wondered, "I wonder if SH: From the New World was as good as or better than Covenant..."

OK, that's true.

But I'm still bitter that it was such an awful game, dammit!!
10903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 20 dead at Virginia tech on: April 16, 2007, 05:46:12 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 16, 2007, 05:34:11 PM

I wonder if video games were involved.

No, but they'll be blamed anyways.

This is all just terrible.  frown
10904  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dogs and Cats on: April 16, 2007, 05:44:15 PM
3 cats & a dog here, and I can attest that this is completely true.
10905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 05:43:13 PM

Quote from: depward on April 16, 2007, 05:27:26 PM

a) I want to support XSEED games for bringing over several games (Shadow Hearts: FTNW, this one, etc.)

Hell, they should be punished for dropping Shadow Hearts:  FTNW on us.   Probably the most disappointing game I've ever played.  What a horrible, horrible let down from SH:  C
10906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happened to Gamerankings.com? on: April 16, 2007, 04:20:07 PM
Something interesting I just noticed.  Check out the actual URL:  http://www.gamespot.com/gamerankings/offline.html.

Maybe Gamestop decided they were tired of people having a one-stop-shop for reviews from other sites?

EDIT:  Hmmm.  Google brought up this.  Not sure who this guy is, but according to him GR isn't gone for good.

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GameRankings is down for maintenance. It isn't going anywhere!

Due to the numerous times I have been asked I figured I should just blog on it so either people read it here or I can just send someone a link to it directly.

Over the past few months I have received a bunch of e-mails telling me GR has a virus or that GR set off a virus warning. Hell, someone even posted about it in the Tech Support forums and this is GS!
 
The thing I don't get is why are all my forum users and myself immune to this We have never received any warnings or a virus. At first I thought it was related to IE since 99% of us use Firefox but that can't be the case cause some are obstinate and still use the crappy IE

At any rate hopefully this maintenance will rid the site of this virus for good and those users/developers/publishers that are having problems when visiting GR will no longer have to deal with it.

UPDATE: GR will be down, at the very least, until Monday.
10907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 16, 2007, 01:43:06 PM
Not sure if you're joking (sarcasm meter's in the shop today), but just in case:

Quote from: ATB on April 16, 2007, 01:11:44 PM



I don't get this

-  THX = thanks

Quote


I don't get this.



Or this.

The rather pathetic uber-nerd computer case mod.  Realized after I posted it that it's a bit tough to tell what it actually is.
10908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 01:33:07 PM
Just ordered GHII yesterday, so probably nothing else this week.
10909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monster Madness demo on Live on: April 16, 2007, 01:04:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 16, 2007, 05:45:24 AM

I tried it last week.  It was fun, but not amazingly so.  Honestly, it was hard to tell what was going on or what I was supposed to be doing, apart from hitting zombies. 

That was my feeling as well.  It might be a fun diversion for $10 or $15, but certainly isn't worth $60.
10910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-16-2007: The Quick and Dirty Edition on: April 16, 2007, 01:02:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 16, 2007, 12:07:07 PM

As for 45 minute meticulousness- mayhap you be taking the game a bit too seriously?

To be fair, much of that was spent messing with getting used to issuing team orders and fiddling with that damn overhead camera.  I hate that thing.   icon_redface
10911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-16-2007: The Quick and Dirty Edition on: April 16, 2007, 12:02:52 PM
Gametap got a workout from me this weekend.  Finished Sam & Max Episodes 4 & 5.  BTW, Episode 5 is easily the best of the bunch, and had me in stitches the entire time.  Also played around with a few city builders, mainly Stronghold 2 and Space Colony.

Played a bit of GRAW on the 360, and realized why I dislike those games so much.  I finally started to get the hang of things during the second mission.  I was giving squad orders, taking cover, using the flying camera thing, etc.  I was pretty meticulous and careful about moving around, so it took me about 45 minutes to get my squad from one side of an abandoned freeway to the other.  I'm carefully moving down a deserted street when suddenly someone starts firing at me.  I frantically looked around, but couldn't see where the fire was coming from. Took a few seconds to realize that I had missed a terrorist hanging out around the corner, and by that time I was dead.  Would have had to replay 45 minutes just to get to that point...no thanks.

Of course, put in a few hours with Puzzle Quest.  I think things are starting to wind down now around leverl 44.

Also picked up KotOR 2 (never did go back and play an evil character), but haven't opened it yet.  Placed an order for GHII, which should be here mid-week.  Can't wait to get working on the leaderboards!
10912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 16, 2007, 02:13:23 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on April 16, 2007, 02:07:30 AM

Kind of confused here what happened exactly?

Do it yourself toner kit.

EDIT:  Hey, I just noticed I hit 2000 posts.  Yay me!!  smile
10913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 15, 2007, 01:34:02 PM

Quote from: DonD on April 15, 2007, 01:21:20 PM

Just give us a track editor and let us make our own tracks (and share 'em around).


Some lawyer at the RIAA is already preparing legal papers against you.
10914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What happened to Gamerankings.com? on: April 15, 2007, 01:33:07 AM
For the last 2 days, Gamerankings.com has had this message up:

Quote
We're sorry, we are temporarily offline. We'll be back as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, please visit one of our sister sites like MetaCritic.com or GameSpot.com.

I hope they're not gone.  I liked their review compilation system a lot better than MetaCritic's.  frown
10915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 15, 2007, 12:09:54 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2007, 09:35:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 14, 2007, 06:59:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2007, 06:00:23 PM

I miss the old thread title!


So I just finished the game.  I really enjoyed the experience, but I have to say I'm real disappointed in how little of the huge map you end up exploring.  If it was on the PC version I could hope for an expansion pack to let me see the rest of the world, but on the DS it's just going to be a big tease.

Just out of curiosity, what level were you at completion?

I had just recently hit level 50.  This is with me doing every single side quest, and capturing every town and rune.  Never did instant action or "choose your opponent."

Thanks.  I'm about level 43 doing all the side stuff, so I guess I'm probably close to being done as well.
10916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 14, 2007, 06:59:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2007, 06:00:23 PM

I miss the old thread title!


So I just finished the game.  I really enjoyed the experience, but I have to say I'm real disappointed in how little of the huge map you end up exploring.  If it was on the PC version I could hope for an expansion pack to let me see the rest of the world, but on the DS it's just going to be a big tease.

Just out of curiosity, what level were you at completion?
10917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 13, 2007, 11:34:09 PM










10918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 13, 2007, 02:50:21 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 13, 2007, 12:11:28 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 12, 2007, 07:53:20 PM


It'll be interesting to see if they release GH3 on disc at all for the 360. 

Well, there are a ton of people who don't have live.  So they'd lose those sales if they didn't put it out on disk.

Heh, I'd forgotten about that.   It'll be very interesting to see what they do. 
10919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 13/April/07 Last Non-Marathon Training Weekend Edition on: April 13, 2007, 01:05:09 PM
Probably won't have a ton of gaming time this weekend.  I'm working tonight, and my yard looks absolutely horrible so I'm going to need to put some time in there after work tomorrow.  Oh joy...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can track down a copy of Guitar Hero II.  It's currently sold out at every single store in town, but the guy I talked to at Gamecrazy yesterday said they might be getting some in today.  We'll see.  I'm sure Puzzle Quest will also get some time (up to level 39 now), and I might do some Viva Pinata as well.

10920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 13, 2007, 12:04:08 PM
MS gives the middle finger to the customer...er...defends their pricing model.

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"It's not like you go to iTunes, and you're buying the same thing," he said. "There's testing that's involved, and there's also licensing involved. There's a lot of elements involved. When there's music involved, that brings up a lot of licensing issues. ... It's roughly about $2 a song that you can play over and over. You can't get interactivity with a song on iTunes, and I don't want to defend it: it is what it is." He then added, "We worked with RedOctane to work on prices that make sense, and they clearly can't sell it at a loss. They have to pay the rights licensing."

Bull.  Shit.  Why did you only charge $50 for GH 1 & 2 on PS2 then?  You really expect us to believe that testing these new songs - the songs that had already been created and are done on existing software - somehow doubled their cost?  Yeah right.

Just come out and say the truth:  "We're a bunch of greedy bastards, so tough shit for you.".   Roll Eyes

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