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11121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts - FTNW English screens and box art on: December 13, 2005, 02:05:51 PM
I'm trying so hard to be excited for this...but I just can't.  That wimpy little main character just does nothing for me, especially when he's replacing someone as bad-ass as Yuri was.  If Yuri and Karin were back, I'd pick this one up in a heartbeat, as they were some truly great characters.

I'm sure I'll still play it, but I just can't seem to muster any excitement.
11122  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: December 13, 2005, 02:36:38 AM
A huge +1 to wonderpug.  It was his first trade, and the stuff arrived super-quick and in perfect condition.  Thanks!
11123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: December 12, 2005, 11:03:55 PM
There was an article either in last month's GI or EGM that talked about Van Halen songs.  Apparently, getting a Van Halen was their number one priority, but they could never get any of the band's reps to call them back, so they skipped them.  The devs kept making mention of a sequel, so here's hoping.
11124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: December 12, 2005, 08:18:12 PM
Quote from: "shon"
Are you guys using a pick.  I can' t imagine not using one on the fast songs doesn't your thumb get tired.

Everyone who comes to my house and plays GH leaves saying they are picking this up.  I also read an article claiming this game is flying off the shelves and is hard to keep in stock.

Keep rocking.


Hadn't thought of using a pick.  I'll have to try that.

Good to hear it's selling so well.  Bodes well for a sequel!  smile
11125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sunday Skin - 12/11 on: December 12, 2005, 02:10:31 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Aria Giovanni





Damn, that picture rocks my socks.
11126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 released in Japan today on: December 11, 2005, 04:32:36 PM
Godzilla counts as at least 2, right?
11127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 released in Japan today on: December 11, 2005, 01:17:29 AM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Quote from: "Gratch"
Until the 360 gets some Japanese style RPG's, I can't see it being all that successful.  Remember, this a country that banned releasing new Dragon Quest games on weekdays because of the economic impact of the entire country skipping work to play the game.


No. Fucking. Way. That's insane.


About halfway down the page on this site:

Dragon Quest III made one critical mistake that changed the fabric of game history forever in Japan though: It was released on a weekday. This lead to anarchy for a day as millions called in sick, waiting in line just to get the game. Japan's legislatures were not slow to act, enforcing a now historic law that bans Dragon Quest from ever being released in Japan on a weekday. This law is still in effect today, as each Dragon Quest entry is met with millions still copping out of a day of work.

From another site as well:

Its popularity is hard to imagine for us western gamers. Dragon Quest III was released on a weekday and many kids skipped school and workers called in sick to purchase and play their copy. Lines at game stores grew several blocks long. Some people were even mugged by disgruntled customers desperate to get their hands on one. There were even complaints that Dragon Quest slowed the country's productivity which resulted in a DQ game only to be released on a weekend or holiday. There has yet to be a game in North America that has reached the cultural phenomenon status that Dragon Quest has. When Dragon Quest IV was released, a celebration was held and "hoimi" (the game's basic healing spell) became an official Japanese word.

Insane is right.   :shock:
11128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 11, 2005, 01:09:43 AM


11129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 released in Japan today on: December 10, 2005, 04:07:57 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Quote from: "CeeKay"
Well, look at the games that sell over there, and then look at what genre the X-Box lacked.

Yeah, Microsoft is totally lacking in the "freaky and/or weird-ass shit" genre.  Not nearly enough games where you poke people's posteriors with an oversized finger.


Until the 360 gets some Japanese style RPG's, I can't see it being all that successful.  Remember, this a country that banned releasing new Dragon Quest games on weekdays because of the economic impact of the entire country skipping work to play the game.

Crayola gets a golf clap for the 'oversized finger' comment, though.
11130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Feminine Form... on: December 10, 2005, 02:19:00 PM
Dude, it's a link to an opinion piece.  Not really that big of a deal.
11131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it too early to give up on the 360 for Christmas? on: December 09, 2005, 05:05:12 PM
No luck on the AMEX.  I clicked on the 'I want it' link it the second the counter hit 12:00:00, got a 'Connecting to server' message for about 15 seconds, then a 'Due to high demand, the site is currently at maximum capacity.  Please try again later message'.  Kept trying for a couple minutes, but got the same message each time.  I'll try again at 3:00, but I don't imagine I'll have any better luck.  frown
11132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gamer Loses Games In Fire on: December 09, 2005, 04:41:09 PM
Zarkon:  I've got a copy of FF VIII collecting dust that I can send.  I don't know how soon I'd be able to get it there, but let me know where I can send it and I'll ship it when I get a chance.
11133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it too early to give up on the 360 for Christmas? on: December 08, 2005, 10:57:18 PM
Woah, I'll have to give that AMEX thing a shot tomorrow.  I'm not really that interested in the 360, but for $150 I would be!
11134  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for DS games on: December 08, 2005, 01:54:21 AM
I'm going on a week long trip at the end of the month, and I'd like to take a few games with me. Here's a few of the games I'm looking for:

- Trauma Center
- Metroid Pinball
- Mario Kart DS
- Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

The only thing I have in the way of trades is 'Fable: The Lost Chapters' for X-Box, but I'm certainly willing to pay. The only catch is that I would need to have the game in hand before X-mas. Shoot me a PM if you're willing to part with any of the above.
11135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 08, 2005, 12:42:37 AM
11136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: December 07, 2005, 08:22:38 PM
My parents have always been very anti-video game.  They would never let us have a Nintendo or Super-Nintendo when I was growing up, and they consider games a complete and total waste of time.  Remarkably, they came over last weekend and I had them playing Guitar Hero for nearly 2 hours.  Dad loved playing 'Thunderkiss '65', and Mom played through 'Smoke on the Water' at least 5 times trying to get the 4-star rating.  As they were leaving, my mom said, "You know, maybe all games aren't as bad as we thought."

If a game is good enough that even my grumpy, jaded parents enjoy it, you know it must be good.  smile
11137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: December 07, 2005, 07:47:06 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Thanks a ton you jerks! I went out and got the game at EB over lunch....


Don't worry Hetz, you'll be thanking us by tonight.
11138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I've engaged in being a bastard [ DS recommendations ] on: December 07, 2005, 06:17:49 PM
If you have a DS, you have to try Meteos.  Far and away my favorite game for the system so far.
11139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rumor Mill: Valkyrie Profile 2? on: December 07, 2005, 03:12:25 PM
Sorry, not sure why the pic won't show up.  Here's a direct link to the image:

Valkyrie Profile 2
11140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rumor Mill: Valkyrie Profile 2? on: December 07, 2005, 03:45:37 AM
I'm not a big fan of the original game, but I know there are a few here that are.  I saw this posting on another board, so take it with a grain of salt:


The title is supposedly Valkyrie Profile -Sylmeria- and it comes out in 2006 for the PS2.

The Valkyrie is named Sylmeria this time and that other lady shown (that looks a lot like she could be the Platina of this game) is the queen of Diban named Aylssia.

Also the bit of the logo you can see in the upper right looks just like the VP logo, and they already announced that there was going to be a new Tri-Ace RPG shown at Jump Fiesta this month in Japan (17 & 18th I think?).

Bears keeping an eye on, at any rate...
11141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 English video on: December 06, 2005, 04:49:11 AM
I wasn't terribly interested about Grandia III, as I really didn't care for either previous installment.  However, G3 looks flat out gorgeous, and DQVIII is doing wonders to change my mindset about (mainly) Enix developed games.  This one will definately be worth a look.
11142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: December 06, 2005, 04:46:24 AM
You're always following the notes on-screen.  This may have been done on a previous page, but here's how it is set up.  The game is broken down into difficulty levels:  Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert.  Each difficulty level is broken down into 'sets' (4-5 songs), and you have to get through each song in the set before moving on to the next.  The songs get progressively harder with each subsequent set, and with each jump in difficulty.  Basically, the Easy level is the equivalent of playing a bass and the one on-screen note you play represents around 5-7 actual notes.  You are also only using 3 of the buttons.  On Medium, the one on-screen note you play may now only represent 3-4 notes, so you're having to play more notes.  Medium also introduces chords, which are 2 notes played simultaneously.  It also adds the fourth button.  Hard & Expert increase the amount of notes played and the speed at which you have to play them, as well as adding the 5th button.  By the time you get to the last set on Expert, you better have some damn fast fingers, as anyone who has tried 'Bark at the Moon' can attest to.

I found that the learning curve is just about perfect.  By the time you're able to get throuh all the songs in Easy level, you're ready for Medium, etc.  My one gripe with the game would be that there is no way to actually 'practice' the songs.  As any musician knows, you learn to play by starting slowly to develop the pattern/rhythm/etc., then build speed as skill increases.  I would love to see them implement a practice mode in which you could slow down the songs to practice the quick changes.  Some of the top-level Expert songs degenerate into a blur, so it's practically impossible to figure out the pattern.  Damn 'Cowboys from Hell'.   :evil:
11143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else on Nintendo DS overload? on: December 05, 2005, 05:02:09 PM
That's too bad about Burnout.  Maybe I will end up getting Mario Kart.
11144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else on Nintendo DS overload? on: December 05, 2005, 03:59:08 PM
Quote from: "Torfish"
Quote from: "Gratch"
-  MarioKart (maybe)


From a gamer to another gamer, get Mario Kart DS.  That game is awesome.  You can happily play it for a 5 minute session or a couple of hours.  Get Bones unlocked!


I've been hesitant on it because I haven't really enjoyed the previous Mario Kart games.  They're fun for a few minutes, but quickly get pretty boring to me.  I'll see how much $$ I have left after X-Mas.  Also, I saw an ad last night for Burnout on the DS.  That certainly intrigues me, as that is by far my favorite racing series.
11145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else on Nintendo DS overload? on: December 05, 2005, 02:14:38 PM
I've been putting off my DS binge until I take my trip at the end of the December.  I'll be on a 5-6 hour flight, and will be cooped up with my parents all week, so I'm going to pick up a boatload of games right before I go to keep myself enteretained.  I'm thinking I'll get:

-  Trauma Center
-  Metroid Pinball
-  Animal Crossing
-  MarioKart (maybe)

That should be enough to keep me busy for a week.  smile
11146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Xenosaga III footage on: December 03, 2005, 04:40:18 PM
As much as I loved the first Xenosaga (probably in my all-time top 5 games), I absolutely hated the second one.  The story was fine, but the changes they made to the combat system took all the fun out of the game.  My problem now is that since I never finished episode II, I'm afraid I'll be lost on the story for epsiode III.  Hmmm, what to do...
11147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 Defective Rate Normal for New Hardware - 3% on: December 02, 2005, 03:15:37 AM
Quote from: "ATB"
Finally, I had taco bell the other day. A Grilled Stuft Burrito.  Not one of those has ever failed me.


Really?  Mine always seem to fail the morning after.
11148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: December 02, 2005, 03:13:26 AM
OK, it's not up to some of your standards, but...

I FINALLY GOT ALL THE WAY THROUGH ON 'HARD'!

I suppose that means I somewhat rock, of which I am very proud.  slywink

It probably would have helped if I had gone through the tutorial before I really started.  I just now found out you could do hammer-downs and pull-offs, and that tilting the guitar upright sets off the Star Power meter.  I was always screwing up my multiplier by trying to get down to the select button in the middle of a solo, and I was trying to figure out how the hell I was supposed to strum every note in some of those solos.  Of course, now I've developed bad GH habits that I'll need to break. Oh well, back to practice...
11149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 Defective Rate Normal for New Hardware - 3% on: December 02, 2005, 03:04:04 AM
I know I shouldn't, but...

Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I'm stuck at work but I can post the receipts for the 8 PS2s that have failed on me since launch. (Thank GOD for replacement warranties)  For me personally, Sony hardware has failed in a 8 to 1 ratio vs. Microsoft.    There is my source.  


And as a counter to that, I will submit my launch PS2 that still works absolutely fine, that has never once had any sort of technical issue, and that I have put thousands more hours into that I ever will my X-Box.  In fact, it sits next to my third X-Box - as KD said, thank god for replacement warranties - which I've had nothing but trouble with and am seriously considering replacing again.  (I wonder if that makes me a Sony fanboi, according to our insightful new troll.  Hmmm...)

Both systems are going to have their share have defective units, just like any other electronic item.   Unless it is a massive percentage of the product as a whole, I don't think it is any reflection as to the quality of either unit.  Besides, I've always wondered how many of the 'failures' for any units are due to simple abuse.  I can't imagine any console surviving the beating I've seen them take from kids.
11150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are you snacking on right now? on: December 02, 2005, 12:08:29 AM
11151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are you happy with your 360? on: November 29, 2005, 07:30:26 PM
Where is the 'Didn't get one and think the rampant fanboy and anti-fanboyism surrounding this console is completely insane.' option?  slywink
11152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: November 29, 2005, 02:10:29 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Okay, I can 4-star everything except for that damned Queens of the Stone Age song and it doesn't help that I freakin' hate that song.  Hate.  It.


I hate that song too, but I think it's one of the funnest to play.

I'm through the first 4 sets on hard, but I rarely get over a 3-star rating now.  The differences between GH and a real guitar start to become very obvious on the harder levels.  On a real guitar, you don't have to 'strum' every single note like you do in GH.  Especially in some of the solo passages, actually being able to strum fast enough is more of a challenge than the actual finger placement.  Not that it makes it any less fun, but it certainly is different.

And I broke the 200,000 mark for the first time last night.  I rock!  smile
11153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forget 360, may get PS2 to play Shadow of the Colossus! on: November 28, 2005, 09:32:36 PM
Play Tenchu and get back to me.  slywink
11154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 annoyances on: November 28, 2005, 09:31:56 PM
I agree with your gripes, but they haven't annoyed me too badly yet.  

When do you get the world map?  I'm about 15 hours in, and having to commit the landscape to memory is driving me nuts.
11155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forget 360, may get PS2 to play Shadow of the Colossus! on: November 28, 2005, 06:35:28 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
I never understood all the love for Ico.  I played it through and came away with a very "meh" feeling, and was pretty disappointed with SoTC.  The camera was horrid in SoTC.


That was one of my biggest gripes as well.  I felt like I was fighting the controls more than I was fighting the Collossus (Collossi?).
11156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So what did you play over the holiday? on: November 28, 2005, 03:21:37 PM
I put 14 hours into Dragon Quest VIII and finally finished the first 4 sets of Guitar Hero on 'Hard'.  Good times.
11157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So this is where all the 360's went..... on: November 28, 2005, 03:19:54 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Taking a 85+% profit on something that people are scrambling to find in the first place?

Yeah, there's a problem with that.  It's called greed.  

If the guy had bought 64 then sold them for $450?  No biggie.  Or sold them and let the -market- determine the price?  No biggie.

Putting it arbitrarily at $750 means that he's just a greedy little bitch that deserves getting kneecapped.


I checked out his auctions and it looks like there's no bids for quite a few of them.  If they don't sell at $750, then he's either stuck with them or will have to relist at a lower price.  If they do sell for $750, then isn't that the market dictating the price?
11158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forget 360, may get PS2 to play Shadow of the Colossus! on: November 28, 2005, 04:08:56 AM
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
Quote from: "Gratch"
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"

FWIW, SotC didn't do much for me either.  I could appreciate the scope, creativity, and artistry, but it just wasn't much fun.  Once you got past the 'wow' factor of what they did, it simply wasn't that engaging of a game.


simply wasn't that engaging of a game? You are just asking for a flamewar, aren't you? You could have stop at SotC didn't do much for me and not took a swipe at the game.smile


Sorry, I probably should have said it wasn't that engaging for me.  I can certainly see how people would go nuts over it, but it just didn't grab me like I was hoping it would.  I honestly wanted to like SotC, but just...didn't.  

I'm really not trying to start a flame war.  Honest!  smile

Quote
I think like GTA3 which introduce the free roaming city which are now being copied in other games and become a normal feature...


This being a good thing is debatable.  I actively dislike the whole free roaming concept (I despise the GTA games), but then again, I'm probably not your typical gamer.
11159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So this is where all the 360's went..... on: November 28, 2005, 04:02:57 AM
Call me crazy, but I fail to see how that makes him a bastard. He saw a chance to make big bucks and took it. It was quite a risk considering that he would have had to pre-order way in advance to get that many on release day, and at that point, no one knew for sure how bad the shortage would be (if at all). If there hadn't have been such a limited supply, he would have shelled out $60,000 that he'd be scraping to recoup his costs on. If people are willing to pay the big bucks for them, then more power to him. It's not like he's beating up small children to get them.

Then again, I'm not one that's clamoring for a 360, so it makes no difference to me.
11160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stupid DQVIII question on: November 28, 2005, 12:12:27 AM
I know I'm missing something painfully obvious, but how the hell do you access the Alchemy Pot?  When he created it, the king said something about visiting him at his carriage, but I have no idea where to find him.  I've checked some GameFAQs, the manual, and the strategy guide but can't find any mention of it.  

Any help?
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