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10961  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Games You've Taken Time Off Of Work/School To Play? on: April 12, 2007, 02:08:38 PM
Man, you guys are making me feel like quite the slacker.  Never really thought it was that bad of a thing to do.

I should probably clarify that the days I take to game are "use it or lose it" PTO days.  I get 4 weeks off a year and since we're not big on extended vacations, I just take the random day off here and there and use it to game, watch movies, fix up the yard, etc.  Otherwise, I'd never end up taking my PTO and just lose it all at the end of the year.
10962  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC CONCERTS)Who have you seen and who do you wish you could see? on: April 12, 2007, 04:50:25 AM
It would take pages to list all the shows I've seen (somewhere around 200 at last count), so I'll just put up the high (and low) lights:

Skinny Puppy.  The greatest stage show you will ever see, guaranteed.  And I didn't even see them at their drug-fueled-insanity peak.  It is complete and total madness from start to finish and is like nothing you've ever seen.  Rumor is they're touring this fall, and I will absolutely be there again.
Nine Inch Nails (X3).  Saw the fragility tour in Denver, With Teeth in Salt Lake, and whatever the last tour was in Boise.  Say what you want about Trent's music, the guy puts on an awesome show.
Tool (x2).  First time I saw them was on the Aenima tour, and it was mind-blowing.  One of the few concerts that sounded better live than on CD.  Second time I saw them, it wasn't nearly as good.  Maynard spent the entire show at the rear of the stage with his back to the audience.  Not very impressive.
Bad Religion. These guys just flat-out rock.
Bauhaus.  Opened for NIN on the last tour.  They were one of the "I must see before I die" bands, and were phenomenal.  Peter Murphy was in full glampire mode for the entire show (and that's a very good thing), and they played a solid set.  It was a bit lost on the typical meathead NIN fan, but I thought it was brilliant.
The Aquabats.  Easily the funnest show I've been to.  Anytime the band comes through the crowd in their spandex superhero outfits, tossing out marshmallow Peeps, and carrying lit tiki torches, you know you're in for a hell of a show.  Man, what a blast that was.
Great Big Sea.  I'll have to put up the entire story of this show sometime, but it was one of the all-time greats.  Anytime you spend an hour dancing a jig up and down the aisles of a symphony hall with hundreds of other people...welll, that's just damn good.

White Zombie.  A mind-crushing wall of noise for 90 minutes.  You couldn't even tell what song they were playing, it was just one big racket.  Awful show.
Beck.  I'm not a big fan of his anyway, but his stage show was very...experimental.  He'd play 2 minutes of a song, then spend the next 10 minutes "jamming" (and I use that term in the loosest sense of the word) with all his electric doo-dads.  Blech.
Tori Amos.  Probably not "worst" but certainly "most disappointing".   She's got more musical talent in her left pinky than I've got in my entire body, but her show was simply average.  One of the few concerts I've left before it was over.

Frontline Assembly.  Next to Skinny Puppy, FLA is my favorite Industrial band.  I've been out of town the last 2 times they were here, but I've got tickets to see them on May 15th.  That makes me a happy, happy boy.  smile
David Bowie.  Some how, some way, I will see Bowie before I die.  If I have to rob a bank and get money to have him play in my backyard, then that's what I'll do.

That's all I can think of at the moment, but might add more.
10963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword on: April 11, 2007, 06:56:53 PM
Well, color me impressed.

I didn't like NG's gameplay on the X-Box, but loved the graphics.  Hopefully this one will deliver in both departments.
10964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Marketplace on: April 11, 2007, 06:35:49 PM
Is 47 the total including all the licensed tracks that came with GH1?
10965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally- Punishment for Lawbreaking NFLers on: April 11, 2007, 04:59:43 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 11, 2007, 04:34:37 PM

There has always been a system in place for punishing athletes and celebrites who break the law.  It's called "the legal system".


Oh wait...were you serious?
10966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Markeplace on: April 11, 2007, 01:26:13 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 11, 2007, 01:19:44 PM

Of course, all this willpower will vanish if they release a David Bowie pack on Live.

 drool  Yeah, I'd pay pretty much whatever they asked for that.

Oddly, Suffragette City was playing as I read this.
10967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 songs on Markeplace on: April 11, 2007, 12:59:32 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 11, 2007, 12:46:46 PM

Well, if you look at it against the context of an .mp3 for .99, that pricing is about right in line with what I figured it would be.

Figure you're getting a song (albeit a horrible cover in some cases) with complicated notes, chords and game functionality built into it.  So is that extra 1.08 per song worth all the work that they put into it?  That's the decision that has to be made. 

What they should do is release a booster pack of all the songs for like 30.00.   I think that would be fair.

The problem with comparing these to an MP3 purchase is that they already set a pricing precedent with the first GH game.  They provided all the songs for $50.  Coming back and charging nearly double that for versions that ultimately cost them less to produce (since they can skip the packaging, shipping, etc) just seems greedy as hell.  If they offered either a downloadable or disc version of the first game for the same price as the PS2 version, I'd be all over it.

I hope people will vote with their wallet and tell them to stuff it, but I doubt that will happen.  I'm picking up the 360 GH version soon, and there's no way I'm going to pay for these extra tracks.
10968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guilty pleasures on: April 10, 2007, 01:04:26 PM
Damn Shifty, you're a brave man for that admission.  Hillary Duff movies?  Eh, OK.  But Meg Ryan?  Dude, you need help.  slywink

10969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 10, 2007, 01:00:38 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 09, 2007, 11:15:14 PM

*shrug* I haven't seen any sign that it cheats. I really think this is a case of skewed perception in the sense that we tend to remember when things go against us more so than when they go in our favor.

+1.  I had a battle last night where I snapped off nearly 150 damage and took about 8 turns before the AI even had a chance to move.  He probably thought I was cheating too.  slywink
10970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/9) on: April 10, 2007, 11:54:01 AM
Guitar Hero II, if I can find it.  Tried Gamestop, Gamecrazy, 2 Targets, Sears Grand, Walmart, and Circuit City last night, and everyone was sold out.  frown
10971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH2 Leaderboard Challenge! Bring it! on: April 10, 2007, 02:31:28 AM

I went 0-9 trying to track down a copy of GHII in town.  Tried Gamestop, Gamecrazy, 2 Target's, 2 Walmarts, Sears Grand, Best Buy, and Circuit City.  Looks like it'll be a while until I can join the fun.  frown

I'll be on as Skinypupy as soon as I can find a copy.

10972  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Enchanted Arms (360), GRAW *PRICE DROP* on: April 09, 2007, 10:46:50 PM
Enchanted Arms:  $20 **SOLD**
Gears of War:  $26  **SOLD**
GRAW (no case or manual):  $11  **SOLD**

Looking for $$ to get GH2, so not really interested in trades.  Shoot me a PM if interested, or make me an offer if my prices are way out of whack.

EDIT:  Prices dropped.
10973  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Possibly F/S: PS2 Guitar Hero 1 & 2 w/guitar on: April 09, 2007, 09:31:25 PM
Yeah, don't really want to split them up.  If I can't move the whole thing, I'll just hold off on the 360 version for now.
10974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 09, 2007, 08:25:21 PM
I know there is a GH "80's version" in the works.  Is that for PS2 only, or will it be available for 360 as well?  That might sway my decision on whether or not to pick up the 360 version.
10975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/9) on: April 09, 2007, 07:26:59 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 09, 2007, 07:24:35 PM

Grrrr.  I just bought this 2 weeks ago for $30.
10976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 09, 2007, 07:18:33 PM
I think a stat-based shooting mechanic would be a great idea.  I really enjoy games like The Godfather that incorporate RPG elements into an action game, and I think the ability to improve and level up your character in order to improve performance in combat would be a great idea.  But if this game incorporates a turn-based system to govern combat, it might just ruin the chances of me finishing the game (like with KOTOR).  No story is good enough for me to overlook gameplay.  And for me KOTOR just stopped being fun.

Heh, I'm the exact opposite.  Mass Effect would be way higher on my hype list if it had a pseudo turn-based battle mechanic.   I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that the shooter parts aren't too twitchy. 

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 09, 2007, 07:11:08 PM

I get the impression that it is realtime until you pause it, similar to something like Baldur's Gate. 

Except you have to aim.
10977  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Possibly F/S: PS2 Guitar Hero 1 & 2 w/guitar on: April 09, 2007, 07:08:27 PM

Putting out some feelers to see if anyone wants Guitar Hero 1 & 2 for PS2, along with the guitar.  I really want the 360 version, but would need some cash in order to do so (no trades please).

Looks like the GHII game is going for about $35 solo, so maybe $70 + shipping for both games and the guitar?  If I'm being crazy, just make me an offer.  smile

10978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 09, 2007, 01:59:22 PM
Bioware has been mostly "hit" for me (the one "miss" being Jade Empire), so I have no doubt that I'll enjoy the story.  I'm sure the gameplay will be solid as well.  However, being completely awful at console shooters makes me more than a little nervous that I'll be able to keep up.

Hopefully they have a "ridiculously-easy" mode for those of us that are shooter handicapped.
10979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-9-2007: Brought to you by Zombie Jesus! on: April 09, 2007, 01:33:39 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 09, 2007, 01:08:19 PM

I rented Vive Pinata and I continue to enjoy playing it, though I'm not sure why.  It seems confusing and like a lot of micro management and I'm not sure the best way to get money.  However, rumor has it that it's 19.99 at target this week, so I may buy it.

I have the same problem.  If there were an easier way to make money, the game would be a lot more fun.

I've been selling most of the pinatas I breed, but some of them take a ridiculous amount of effort.  There's also a few of them that it makes no sense to breed.  Fudgehogs, for example, require milk to get "in the mood", which costs $1,400.  So I would spend $2,800 on milk to breed a pinata that sells for $1,000.  Not much incentive there.

I also don't really understand some of the game mechanics.  For instance, it says 4 Raisants are required for the spider to show up.  So I go through the effort and expense to breed a couple extra Raisiants, finally get a total of 4, and the spider still won't come in.  I've seen him wandering around the outside of the garden a few times, but he won't step foot inside.

VP is a great game, but it can certainly be frustrating.
10980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 09, 2007, 12:57:11 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 08, 2007, 10:54:30 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 08, 2007, 10:50:11 PM

So are they ever going to show some real freaking gameplay or what?  Everyone is drooling over this damn game and I have yet to see how it actually plays. 

They have shown gameplay.  *shrug*  What were you looking for specifically?  They've shown the tactical battle system, dialog system, planetary system, etc.

It looks too much tactical shooter and too little RPG for my tastes.  I'll still be there day one, but I'm not quite as drool as everyone else yet.
10981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-9-2007: Brought to you by Zombie Jesus! on: April 09, 2007, 11:51:49 AM
Had my first ever online console gaming experience with Gears of War on Friday.  It was certainly fun, but I'm not entirely sure it's my thing.  Will need to put in a lot more practice to become even a little bit competent.

Also put a couple more hours into Enchanted Arms.  I'm at about 9 hours now, and I'm not sure if I want to go any further.  Combat is somewhat fun, but this is still the most soulless, generic, cliched RPG I've ever played.  There's simply no hook at all to keep going.  I've heard it gets better around the 10 hour mark, however, so maybe a couple more hours.  Started putzing around with Viva Pinata on Saturday night, and before I knew it, 4 hours had flown by!  Such a great little game.

Spent the obligatory 3-4 hours with Puzzle Quest as well.  Up to 34th level now, and having an absolute blast.
10982  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Final Fantasy VII on: April 08, 2007, 09:47:09 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on April 08, 2007, 06:39:20 PM

I still have my copy, but it's not going anywhere  icon_wink

Try ebay, they used to be pretty cheap, last time I checked there...?

E-bay copies are usually $60+, but it's worth every penny if you haven't played it before.  FFVII is one of about 3 games that I will never, ever part with.

Now back to your regularly scheduled thread.
10983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Laid off on: April 07, 2007, 06:45:41 PM
Damn, sorry to hear that DarkEL.  Good luck on the search.
10984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 07, 2007, 02:18:28 PM
Finally figured out a few of the capture puzzles, so now I have Giant Rat, Griffon, Giant Spider, Wolf, and Dragon Spider mounts.  I've been mainly using the Dragon Spider for the Fire Mastery plusses, and he's up to level 6.  Just got a spell (30th level) that doubles the amount of purple stars in play.  Combine that with my Divine Right spell that clears the board of stars, and it's an awesome combo.  I love how both you and the enemies have started being able to resist spells.  Makes the battles more interesting since you're not entirely sure your spells will have any effect.

Had an epic battle sieging a city this morning.  He was at 1 hp, and I was at 2.  I had used up all my mana for Stun and Thrust, and there were no skull plays available on the board.  He had enough mana to cast a spell that would kill me, so I had to do something to avoid sending the turn back to him.  Took a chance on a red mana match, which just happened to give me both an extra turn and enough mana to cast Thrust on a single skull for the 1 hp of damage I needed to win.

Stuff like this is why I absolutely love Puzzle Quest.  Easily the best game on the DS right now.
10985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] GH: I can't play "Heart Shaped Box" on: April 07, 2007, 04:40:22 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 07, 2007, 02:30:23 AM

Holy shit...

I just got to "Killing in the Name"... that cover sucks ass.  At first I thought it was just the singing... but after a while it revealed the whole package was bad.  Wow... talk about off.

I warned ye!!
10986  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War Friday Night 10 PM EST on: April 07, 2007, 03:10:58 AM
Bah.  Every time I try to join or accept an invite, I get a "Network connection to the host has been lost" message.  I can join other games just fine, but apparently can't hook up with you guys.  Bummer.  frown

EDIT:  Hey, that was fun!  I'll certainly need some practice before I know what the hell I'm doing, but getting at least a couple kills was pretty cool. 
10987  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Games You've Taken Time Off Of Work/School To Play? on: April 06, 2007, 04:10:50 PM
I do it all the time.  I very rarely have to take sick days for actual illness and we don't really do "vacations", so I schedule a lot of days off around game releases.  Most recently, I took 2 days off last week to play my new 360.    When I got my new PC last July, I took a full week off to play Oblivion.

I'll probably schedule one off for Mass Effect as well.  I'm not nearly as excited about the game as some (looks like too much shooter and not enough RPG for me), but I have a bunch of PTO to burn.  May as well use some to game, right?
10988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NIN - Year Zero free listen online on: April 06, 2007, 01:27:09 PM
I've got to give credit where credit is due.  No matter how disappointing the album ends up being, the viral marketing for it is freaking brilliant.

I'm currently giving Year Zero another listen this morning, and it's 'clicking' a bit better than yesterday.  I'm still disappointed in the lack of any stand-out tracks, but I'm actually enjoying it a bit.  Maybe my expectations were just set a bit too high yesterday.
10989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Jesus Christ the Savior is Risen Edition 6/Apr/07 on: April 06, 2007, 01:08:41 PM
Gonna give Gears of War MP a shot tonight and see how that goes.  I'm excited to finally be able to join some of the GT folks!   icon_cool

Will probably spend a bit more time with Enchanted Arms, and most certainly some Puzzle Quest.  I really wish PQ had a timer so I knew how many hours I've spent.
10990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NIN - Year Zero free listen online on: April 05, 2007, 05:59:07 PM
After a couple listens today, I think I'll pass on Year Zero.  I'm a big NIN fan, but every song on this CD sounds exactly the same and there's not a single standout tune in the bunch.

I was hoping it would grow on me (I didn't like With Teeth on first listen either), but after 3 times through this morning I think I can skip it pretty easily.
10991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 05, 2007, 05:48:52 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on April 05, 2007, 05:30:24 PM

How do you guys spend your gold?  Do you buy new equipment for your character or go for all the citadel upgrades first?  I don't know what to do.  I purchased the dungeon and the stable (to train mounts).  I'm now hesitant to purchase anything.  I would like to upgrade my equipment but I could really use those citadel upgrades.  Any thoughts???

On a related note, how the heck do you get lots of gold?  I'm currently a Level 11 Knight and I have only 1,100 gold saved up and I'm unsure how to spend it because I don't want to gimp my Knight.

I'm at level 27 now.  I've built all the citadel structures, so nearly all my gold goes into upgrading my stats at the temple.  I've bought a few things at the shop, but most of it goes to simply increasing stat points. 

I posted a money making trick a few posts up on this page.  I did it for an hour straight while watching TV and racked up 99,999 gold.  I suppose it's sort of an exploit/cheat, so ymmv on whether or not you want to use it.   
10992  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NIN - Year Zero free listen online on: April 05, 2007, 01:56:06 PM
Listen to the entire album online.

Sounds a lot like what it really is:  Trent doodling on his laptop on the bus during the last tour.  Not a bad thing, mind you, but it's certainly not anything mindblowing.
10993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] GH: I can't play "Heart Shaped Box" on: April 05, 2007, 01:53:45 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 04, 2007, 04:11:16 PM

I was going to start my comeback tour last night, but I figured I'd give the fingers one more day of rest.  It's kind of weird, the fingertips of my middle and ring finger are still numb, but at least they don't hurt.

Might be elbow tedonitis.  I have it pretty bad in both elbows, and when it flares up it decreases circulation in my fingers and hands.  It doesn't usually bother me much when playing games, but I have had it hit during some marathon GH sessions.
10994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 04, 2007, 11:29:26 PM
10995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pokemon banned in Kansas schools - because it promotes evolution on: April 04, 2007, 07:59:53 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 04, 2007, 07:53:21 PM


You can't make this stuff up!

New Article

Hilarious or sad, I'm not sure which.  I don't know if this belongs in the Off-Topic forum, but it's gaming related, so I'm putting it here. icon_biggrin

Please tell me that's a belated April Fools story.
10996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your most hated musician or group? on: April 04, 2007, 05:19:04 PM

Quote from: JLu on April 04, 2007, 05:03:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 04, 2007, 02:49:06 PM

Quote from: Doopri on April 04, 2007, 02:22:03 AM

i HATE very few things.  most music and groups i can think of at least 1 song of theirs i like...

but i hate garth brooks

I was going to mention Garth, but I kinda figured he was just a given.  Same with Celine Dion.

I know they both sell a shit-ton of albums, but I don't think I've ever met a person that has actually said they're a fan of either one.

I like Garth Brooks.  Not quite sure I'd call myself a 'fan' per se, but I have his greatest hits album and enjoy most of it... 

I stand corrected.
10997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Portable Games Screens (PSP and DS) on: April 04, 2007, 04:13:10 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 04, 2007, 04:04:55 PM

So heres the thing. There are more games I want to play now on a PSP, but the DS is getting some awesome RPGs in the future (but almost nothing now appeals to me whatsoever). This is quite a dilemma.

I'm in the same boat with my DS, and to a certain extent my 360.  There's only a couple things I enjoy playing now, but I'm keeping both because there's so much good stuff coming out in the future.
10998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Skill Level At Games on: April 04, 2007, 04:11:07 PM
Honestly, I'm pretty awful at most games.   I don't have the attention-span or patience for MMORPG's, don't have the twitch reflexes for console shooters or many action games, and don't have the tactical smarts for most strategy games.  I used to be pretty decent at PC FPS games, but that skill has certainly diminished with lack of practice.  I'll usually play games on Easy mode if given the choice, and am perfectly fine with that.  I can certainly enjoy a game without needing it to be a huge challenge.  Maybe that's why I tend to enjoy slower paced RPG games more that anything else.  smile

Oddly, I'm pretty good at Guitar Hero.
10999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 04, 2007, 03:05:18 PM
I really don't need to buy this game again, but you guys are making it awfully hard to resist!   finger
11000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Portable Games Screens (PSP and DS) on: April 04, 2007, 02:57:18 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 04, 2007, 02:54:00 PM

There is also FF7: Crisis Core coming for the PSP but that's not included in this round of screens. 

Wasn't that originally the cell phone game?  Surprised that one doesn't go to DS as well.
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