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10961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 29, 2006, 11:58:54 AM
10962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dear Sony: please go screw yourselves.... on: June 29, 2006, 03:49:11 AM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
Gratch, Devil Summoner 2, Jade Cocoon 3, Dark Cloud 3, Dragon Quest 10, Breath of Fire 5, Wild Arms 5, Vagrant Story 2, Chrono Cross 2, Suikoden 6 and Shadow Hearts 4 have been announced for release within the first six months of the system.  How does that affect your decision-making? :wink:

Hell, if I could believe that, I would pick one up on launch day without hesitation.  I would be pimping the PS3 to the ends of the Earth.  But there's no way most of titles will ever get made (as much as I would love to see a Chrono 3 and Vagrant Story 2), so I'll just wait and see what actually comes out.  I didn't pick up a PS2 until well into it's cycle, and I'll probably do the same with the PS3.
10963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dear Sony: please go screw yourselves.... on: June 28, 2006, 10:50:19 PM
I adore my PS2, and had every intention of picking up a PS3, mainly for the inevitable slew of JRPG's it would have.  However, every nugget of info that is released from Sony makes me want it less and less.  They would have to show me multiple mind-blowing, must-have titles for me to even consider picking one up at this point.
10964  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AMD to stop making 939 Socket Processors on: June 25, 2006, 01:15:16 AM
Figures, I just ordered my 939 based brand new system last week.  :evil:
10965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 24, 2006, 12:17:58 AM
10966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey demo is out... on: June 22, 2006, 09:22:39 PM
I was going to wait for my new PC to get here (hopefully next week), but I may give it a shot on the old one for now.  Wasn't terribly interested before, but this thread has piqued my interest.
10967  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Iron Giant fans check this out on: June 17, 2006, 01:28:47 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
As for Iron Giant: It's one of the most underappreciated movies I've ever seen.

I absolutely loved it.  Made me laugh, made me <cough> cry.  Made me scream for joy.

Brilliant. Simply Brilliant.

Amen, brother.  If you can get through the "Superman" bit in that movie without tearing up, then you truly have no soul.

Very cool pic, btw.
10968  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Cool Gamer's Wives on: June 16, 2006, 08:01:09 PM
The only game Mrs. Gratch has ever played is Worms:  Armageddon.  She played it for a couple weeks after I bought it, then never picked it up again.  She's pretty tolerant with my gaming, as long as I don't go overboard with it.  Thankfully, she does have the occasional gaming moment.  For instance, a couple weeks ago, a song came on the radio and she said, 'Kinda sounds like the music from Metal Gear Solid, don't you think?'.  I was so proud.  :sniff:  She'll also sometimes watch me play RPG's and even asked once if I could wait to play through the next part of Shadow Hearts:  Covenant until she could watch.  

She also has this uncanny ability to spot things in games that I miss.  If I ever get stuck in a level or with a puzzle, she'll walk in and figure it out in about a minute.  It's kind of freaky, really.
10969  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New system, would love some opinions on: June 15, 2006, 11:37:57 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Not a bad rig at all.  I'd suggest going with some more RAM though.  2 GB means the difference between fast and EXTREMELY slow loading in games like Battlefield 2.  The 7600 will do well for you, but expect that in roughly a year or less you'll be buying a second one to play games like Bioshock.  The nice part is that you can. smile  

You might take a look at what Monarch computers can do for you. I've used them in the past before I built systems for myself and was very impressed with their service.

Thanks KD.  I looked at Monarch, but they've gotten a ton of very bad reviews on Pricewatch, which makes me a little leery.  Maybe I'll have to give them another look.  This system is through United Micro.

I'd love to do another GB of RAM, but I'm really topped out pricewise as is.  I think the 1GB will do OK for now, and I'll add more later if I need to.
10970  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New system, would love some opinions on: June 15, 2006, 10:47:59 PM
This is cross-posted from OO, but I'm looking for all the feedback I can get.  So...

I've been looking at a new system in the $650-750 range, and after a few hours of searching today, I found one that I think looks pretty good. I obviously don't need top of the line, but would like to at least be able to play Oblivion and stuff like NWN2 when it comes out. I looked at buying components to upgrade my old system (XP 2400+, 512 MB PC 2700 RAM, 160 GB HD, Geforce 5900fx AGP card), but with everything I would need to replace (Mobo, CPU, RAM, Vid card), I think I might be better off just getting a new system. Mrs. Skinypupy has been bugging me for her own system anyways, so this might be a good option.

Here's what it's got:
Case - X-Dreamer Mid-Tower 420 Watt Front USB (SILVER)
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-K8VT890-9 (VIA K8T890 PCI-E x16 DDR400 SATA LAN AUDIO ATX)
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 939pin 90nm Venice Oem
Cooling Fan - Thermaltake A4006D Heat Sink & Cooling Fan
Memory - 1GB PC3200 DDR400 Samsung
Hard Drive - Western Digital 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB SATA WD800JD
Video Card - eVGA 256MB GeForce 7600GT PCI-E SLI Ready N553
Operating System - Microsoft Windows XP Home
Warranty - 1Years Labor,1Year Parts,Lifetime Tech Support (TS)
Total Price $785.00

I've really been out of the hardware loop since I built my last system a couple years ago, so there may be something here that is way out of whack. Any feedback would really helpful in that regard.

Let me know if you think there's anything that raises major red flags, or something I should do different. The company (United Micro) has pretty good Pricewatch reviews, so I'm not too concerned there.
10971  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 14, 2006, 03:17:56 AM

10972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do only white people snap their fingers to music? on: June 14, 2006, 02:19:21 AM
Nope, just this guy:

On a side note, a Google image search for 'The Jerk' yields some rather colorful results.
10973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / World of Diablo / Starcraft on: June 14, 2006, 02:17:44 AM
While I call bullshit on this article in particular, it wouldn't really surprise me that much if it happened.  Unfortunately, there's at least a few of us who don't enjoy MMORPG's at all and would really enjoy another high-quality single player Blizzard game.  Guess you gotta milk the cow you got.  frown
10974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero = YES on: June 13, 2006, 06:26:00 PM
Quote from: "Maggot"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Yep, and now Activision owns them.  They'll get the PR backing that they deserve.  Too many people missed out on the original, I don't think that'll be the case with the sequel.

Activision is the baddest publisher ever, have you ever seen a the movies advertisement ?

That sentence makes my head hurt.
10975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero = YES on: June 13, 2006, 12:43:51 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Quote from: "Gratch"
Quote from: "Arkon"
That said I didn't like it.  I played a few hours, mostly on medium, and just found it to be meh.  

Blasphemer.  Turn in your GT membership card and leave.  slywink

GH is the one game that everyone I have showed it to has enjoyed.  Even my parents - who haven't touched a controller since the Atari 2600 and detest video games - were having a blast with it.  Pretty amazing, really.

Yeah yeah I know, I am a moron in most peoples eyes because I dare not like Guitar Hero, Ico, Shadow of the Colosus, Metal Gear Solid (from 2 on).  I am not the norm I am sure.

Don't feel too bad.  I don't like most of the popluar games either, including the other ones you mentioned.  Hell, I just traded in RE4 after realizing for the 2nd time (GCN & PS2) that it's really not all that fun.  That could get me strung up in some places.
10976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NINTENDO AM MAKING TEH MONEYS!!! on: June 13, 2006, 12:41:19 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
I'm just playing along with Devil.  It's all in fun.  He even says so.  You've been here from the start and should know that.  These DS/PSP topics are just one big joke.  Each side just keeps coming up with new info to fuel the fire.

Ah.  I usually don't pay much attention to the system v. system topics (and the ones I did venture into seemed to get rather nasty), so I didn't realize they were all in fun.  My bad.

Please continue your DS mockery, and I will laugh along with you now that I got the memo.  slywink
10977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Somehow this story was ignored in here... on: June 13, 2006, 02:17:38 AM
And this matters because...?  :roll:

If you enjoy the PSP, more power to ya.  If you like the GBA or DS better, same thing.  I've never understood why people need to look at sales totals to feel justified in their purchase.
10978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero = YES on: June 13, 2006, 02:02:28 AM
Quote from: "Arkon"
That said I didn't like it.  I played a few hours, mostly on medium, and just found it to be meh.  

Blasphemer.  Turn in your GT membership card and leave.  slywink

GH is the one game that everyone I have showed it to has enjoyed.  Even my parents - who haven't touched a controller since the Atari 2600 and detest video games - were having a blast with it.  Pretty amazing, really.
10979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Fable TLC on: June 11, 2006, 03:14:04 PM
Is it just me, or did that gun-based character look exactly like Vincent from FF VII?
10980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Gaming 06/10/06 on: June 10, 2006, 09:06:02 PM
Started Chronicles of Riddick for the first time yesterday and am really enjoying it.  I also re-bought Dragon Quest VIII & Sudeki, and I'm sure I'll put a few hours into each while Mrs. Gratch is at work tonight.
10981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chronicles of Riddick. How did I miss this? on: June 10, 2006, 01:43:43 PM
Picked up Chronicles of Riddick last night for $7.99.  I remember there being a lot of buzz about it when it came out, but it never struck me as something I'd enjoy.  After putting a couple hours into it last night, I'm completely floored by how good this game is.   The gameplay, atmosphere, graphics (this game looks better than some of the current crop of games, and it's, what, 2 years old?), combat system - everything is spot on and I'm having an absolute blast with it.  Why the hell didn't I get it sooner?

So the question is, does it stay this good through the entire game?  Or is it one of those that starts with a bang and ends with a whimper?
10982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What was the first comic you ever bought? on: June 09, 2006, 07:57:16 PM
Preface:  I'm not into comics at all.  OK, that said...

I don't know if this counts, but when I was a kid, I had 3 comic books that came with 45 records.  The entire book was voiced over on the record, complete with sound effects, music, & everything.  I remember there was a Captain America book that had something to do with a red-skulled Nazi, a Spiderman one that had a lizard-man badguy, and a Superman one that some sort of little magic bullet aliens that Superman had to 'Pied Piper' back into space.

God, I spent hours and hours listening to those records.  Wish I would have held onto them.  frown

EDIT:  Holy shit, I found them on E-bay:

10983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Replaying KotOR II (paging Starshifter & ATB) on: June 06, 2006, 01:05:27 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Should I pimp my workbench faq again?

BTW, if I finish Fable and get bored, I'm tempted to go with the forum effect.  I finished on Light, but wanted to play again with Dark side.

:wave hand:  This is the game you're looking for.
10984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: MGS2. !!!WOW!!! on: June 05, 2006, 03:26:39 PM
I absolutely loved the original MGS back on the PS1, but never could get into any of the sequels.  I've actually purchased MGS2 on 3 seperate occasions, and never get more than 4-5 hours in before getting bored.  I do need to retry MGS 3, as I only gave it a couple hours before getting controller-throwingly frustrated and giving up.

Glad you liked it though.  Wish I could find a game that still gives me 'wow' feeling.  frown
10985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Robot Chicken does FF VII on: June 04, 2006, 02:41:13 PM
Thought this was rather amusing.

10986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Replaying KotOR II (paging Starshifter & ATB) on: June 04, 2006, 02:06:20 AM
Oh, lots of help you are.  Resident KotOR expert....pfffft.  slywink

I did figure out the armor thing (it's the powers themselves that are armor restricted), so I'll just do a little more research on character building.  Thanks anyways!
10987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Replaying KotOR II (paging Starshifter & ATB) on: June 04, 2006, 12:22:46 AM
Thanks.  I've been debating whether it's worth taking the medium armor feat, and it looks like it might be.  I'll do a little more checking.
10988  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for a KotOR II guide on: June 03, 2006, 05:29:57 PM
I'm looking for the KotOR II official guide.  If anyone has one laying around, let me know how much you'd like for it.
10989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Replaying KotOR II (paging Starshifter & ATB) on: June 03, 2006, 04:17:24 PM
I beat KotOR II when it first came out, but now that the sour taste from the ending has worn off, I decided to go back and play through it again.  First time through, I played my typical favorite RPG style:  A male, good, meele based character.  This time, however, I'd like to play the opposite: a female, evil, uber-bitch caster.  This will honestly be the first time I've ever tried this, so I might need a few tips.  I've checked a few FAQ's, but I wanted to ask the experts.  smile

I plan on going the Consular-->Sith Lord route.  For starters, here's how I set up my stats:
Strength ------ 10
Dexterity ----- 14
Constitution -- 16
Intelligence -- 8
Wisdom -------- 16
Charisma ------ 10

I plan on dumping all extra points into wisdom to bump up Force Power usage.  As far as skills go, a couple FAQ's recommend putting everything into persuade (after getting at least a point in a couple basic skills).  A couple questions:

-  What are the best force powers to get?  First time through, I rarely (if ever) used Force Powers other than Heal.

-  How does armor work for casters?  My understanding is that they basically can't really wear any armor.  I've picked up a couple pieces of armor that list a maximum dex bonus, but don't make any mention of limiting Force power usage.  I'm used to seeing 'Arcane spell failure 90%' in D&D based games, but didn't see anything like that.   So, what's the general rule here?

-  What feats should I focus on?  The FAQ's vary wildly here, so I'm not sure the best way to proceed.  

I played about 3 hours last night (made it onto the Harbinger), and am level 5, so I don't think I could have screwed anything up beyond repair yet.  I have to admit, it's pretty fun playing an evil character.  

Help me Starshifter & ATB, you're my only hope.  slywink

P.S.  If anyone has a guide they're willing to part with, let me know. I'm trying to go through as 'guideless' as possible, but I do like having a reference handy for maps and puzzle solutions (I don't have a ton of patience to run around for hours to find the specific Purple Whatzit that opens the Sealed Door of Doom).  I'm also not terribly familiar with the other character classes, so a levelling guide for them would be helpful.
10990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you still have videotapes? on: May 26, 2006, 09:28:17 PM
I've still got quite a few, and break them out on occasion.  The DVD is hooked up to the big screen, but I keep the old VCR hooked up to the small TV in the bedroom.  Not terribly concerned about image quality on the little TV, so there's no reason to throw them out.

Besides, there's no way I would part with my 20+ MST3K tapes.
10991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you use the word "tight?" on: May 23, 2006, 03:34:46 PM
Unwritten Man Rule #23:  'Tight' should never be used as a descriptor by anyone over the age 16.
10992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Keeping Games Forever? on: May 22, 2006, 07:09:56 PM
I hardly keep any games, as they always end up trade bait sooner or later.

I've had a PS1, PS2, & X-Box for years now and have owned every single game I've had interest in at one point or another.  As of today, the only games I've kept are Guitar Hero, FF VIII, FF Tactics, Fable, and Chrono Cross.  Everything else has been played and sold.
10993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 21, 2006, 12:17:56 AM

10994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you playing this weekend? 05/19/06 on: May 20, 2006, 01:59:51 PM
I'm playing the combo of 'Lawnmower Man', 'Weed Puller 3 - Thorny's Revenge', and 'Clean the House 2 - The Vaccuming'.  Uber-realistic graphics, but the gameplay definately leaves something to be desired.
10995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SotC: SO Overrated on: May 18, 2006, 11:38:51 PM
Huh, I thought I was the only one who didn't like SotC (for most of the same reasons ATB listed).   It was a cool concept and fun for a little while, but wasn't nearly as amazing/cool/orgasm inducing as everyone made it out to me.  I'd throw it solidly in the C range as well.
10996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Favorite music videos? on: May 17, 2006, 12:13:08 PM
'Come to Daddy' - Aphex Twin
'Spasmolytic' - Skinny Puppy
10997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 pricing on: May 09, 2006, 02:58:40 PM
I'm always a late adopter of consoles.  It's very seldom that there are more than 1-2 launch games that interest me, so I find it's better to wait until there is a) a price drop and b) a stronger game library.  

I had been kicking around the idea of picking up a PS3 at launch.  However, this insane pricing just put me firmly back with the 'I'll wait' crowd.  It saves money in the long run, which is much more important to me.  If MS decides to do a price drop around the time of the PS3 release, then I'm sure I'll pick one up at that point.
10998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Nervous] Drifting away from Console Games... on: May 03, 2006, 06:29:18 PM
I'm in the same boat, man.  In fact, I was going to create this exact topic!  The last console game to really suck me in was Guitar Hero, and that was just goofy fun.  I haven't purchased a game since SH:  FTNW a couple months ago, and even that one only got a few hours playtime before going back.  It used to be that I could find a ton of stories in gaming magazines that interested me, but now I usually am done browsing through them in about 20 minutes.  The sad thing is, there doesn't seem to be anything coming up that will break the 'slump'.  It seems like every game is either a) online, b) a military shooter, or b) 'urban' or 'edgy' - none of which I enjoy.  My favorite genre (RPG, specifically JRPG) has not had a decent game in what seems like forever, and the only one that piques my interest is FFXII.  I've sold all my handheld systems since they were collecting dust, and I haven't touched my X-box or PS2 controllers for months.  I'm not even looking at a 360, since there is only one game that interests me in the least (Oblivion).

Either gaming is changing or I am, and I just don't have much interest anymore.  There are a couple PC games that I'd really like to try (Oblivion, Neverwinter Nights 2, SW:  Empire at War), but I'd need to spend $500-600 upgrading my system and I simply can't do it right now.  As much as I have loved gaming over the years, I guess it's time to find a new hobby.  frown
10999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Top PS2 games of the past couple years? on: May 02, 2006, 09:53:41 PM
Guitar Hero and Shadow Hearts:  Covenant
11000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / advent children impressions on: May 01, 2006, 05:29:27 PM
I won't go into all my impressions, as I wrote damn near a thesis on it when I was the Japanese version.  In short, I really enjoyed it but realize that it definately had it's strengths (graphics, fight choreography) and weaknesses (story and character development).  I was a bit surprised by Mrs. Gratch's reaction.  She had watched me play some of the game, but has never actually played a FF game (or any console game, for that matter).  She really enjoyed it, and actually watched it a second time while I was at work on Saturday.  She made the comment that she really liked the main characters (Cloud, Tifa, & Kadaj), but everyone else felt tacked on just for the sake of giving them face time.  I tend to agree.

I'm a bit surprised that people seemed to expect anything other than 90 minutes of blatant fan service from this movie.
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