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11161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Video Game Character of All Time on: December 06, 2006, 04:51:42 PM
There's a big list, but it's pretty tough to top Garrett from the Thief series.  You can't get much more bad-ass.
11162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why we game (Okami related) on: December 05, 2006, 07:22:24 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 05, 2006, 01:05:52 PM

<sigh> This game left me feeling cold. I SO wanted to love it but...I didn't.  icon_frown

Maybe I'll continue the adventure in the future.

If it makes you feel any better, after my gushing opinion on Okami, I completely burned out on it about 25 hours in.  Not the typical slow burnout of "Man, this game is getting a little stale", but rather a complete drop-off-a-cliff burnout of sitting down one night and realizing I simply didn't have any more interest in playing.  I still think it was a fantastic game and stand by my original comments, but they tried to make it way too long which ended up causing me not to finish it.

I think Dante does bring up a good point.  My main cause of burnout with games is that something else is always grabbing my attention.  If a game starts to flag at all, I tend to ditch it and move on.  I just need to start ignoring new game hype and just stick with things I like.  Thankfully, my current 55+ hours into FFXII hasn't started to slow at all, so I might actually finish it!   icon_smile
11163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/4) on: December 05, 2006, 05:27:17 PM
I refuse to start anything new until I've beaten FFXII, so nothing for me again.
11164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Let's War! What's your Most Disappointing Game of the Year? on: December 05, 2006, 03:50:24 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 05, 2006, 01:13:15 PM

We have a new contender: Guitar Hero II

I do not dig the song selection thus far. I have blazed through whatever song sets to get to Sweet Child of Mine and then what happens? A craptacular cover.  CRAPTACULAR!

Ditto Cherry Pie.

Thus far there are no songs that I haven't heard before that have me like: Man that's a cool song! Like the first game.

I'm sadly dissappointed in this game.

Huh.  I actually thought the G n' R cover was one of the better ones.  GH II certainly has more than it's share of clunkers (Mother, Killing in the Name Of, & Heart Shaped Box, I'm looking at you), but I don't think Sweet Child of Mine is one of them. 

I didn't like it as much as the first GH, but it certainly doesn't make my "Most Disappointing" list.

EDIT:  Gah, can't spell today.
11165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: December 05, 2006, 02:31:43 AM
I got the chance to put in a 9 hour FFXII bender today, and am absolutely loving it!  Took me 55 hours, but I finallly figured out a few things that have been a huge help (how Quickening chains work, that multiple quickenings triple your MP).

One question:  How exactly do you equip a handbomb?  Balthier has the license for it, but it won't let me equip it.  Does it require ammo like the bow or gun?  If so, where the hell do you get it?  Also, is it a ranged or melee weapon?  I assume ranged, but really have no idea.
11166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.U.R. - Final Fantasy XII [PS2] on: December 05, 2006, 02:28:11 AM
I'm upgrading my 9 to a solid 10.  I'm 56 hours in, and the game doesn't feel like it's dragging at all - which is probably a first for me.  I haven't even touched half of the side-quests or hunts, and am probably only about 3/4 of the way through the story, but I haven't gotten bored once.  Everything has come together very well, and FFXII is easily my GOTY.  I still think FFX just might keep the top spot on my list (mainly because I like the story better), but that kind of like saying the Lambroghini is slightly better than the Ferrarri.   icon_wink

FFXII is a solid game that is an absolute blast to play.
11167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ugh, stomach flu. on: December 04, 2006, 02:47:43 PM
I spent all day yesterday and all night either over or on a toilet as well.  The only thing I've eaten since 11am yesterday is a small bowl of sherbet, and I can barely even keep down water.  I knew I was due for this, though, because everyone in my family has had t over the past week.  Mrs. Gratch, Dad, Mom, brother, sis-in-law, and their baby have all been hit with this same thing, so it was just a matter of time.

I'm taking the day off today and will hopefully be able to get a little sleep.  We'll see how that goes.
11168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - 12/03/06 Edition (VERY 56k UNSAFE!) on: December 03, 2006, 11:05:12 PM
Mmmmm, Keely...

And this one definately deserves a  eek

11169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 03, 2006, 01:38:12 AM

11170  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Dual monitor setup? on: December 02, 2006, 08:36:45 PM
Crossposted from OO

My boss is looking at purchasing the new Sony Vegas video editing software.  It's a pretty slick system, but he's decided rather than to spend the extra $$ on a new computer, he wants to use the one we currently have.  It's not a bad system, and will certainly have enough oomph to get the job done, but I'd really like to set up dual monitors on it.  Video editing windows take up a lot of desktop space, and having a dual set-up would be nice.

Forgive my ignorance, but do I need a specific video card to do this?  Or is there some sort of adapter I can plug into my current card that will allow me attatch two?  If I do need a specific card, can anyone recommend one (must be AGP). 

Thanks in advance for the help!

System specs:

P4 2.8 Ghz
1 GB RAM (will be upgrading to 2 GB)
80 GB HD (will be adding a 250 GB)
Currently has a GF3 Ti 200 video card
11171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: 24 Days to Christmas Edition on: December 01, 2006, 03:36:23 PM
The only song I have left in Guitar Hero II (well, before Freebird) is motherf*&#ing Hangar 18.  I've gotten to 90% on 4 different occasions, but there's a final solo that just kills me.  It will be beaten this weekend.
11172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Will the 360 Become a Respectable RPG Console? on: November 29, 2006, 06:49:03 PM

Quote from: jblank on November 29, 2006, 05:52:08 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on November 29, 2006, 06:27:15 AM

The Xbox is already a very respectable system for RPG's. There are actually some gamers out there who don't care about JRPG's.

Yeah, and I am their king. Tongue If I have to see one more overrated, bug eyed, anime, JRPG, I think I am gonna be sick. It is easily my least favorite genre, and the genre of games that I feel are vastly overrated.

Give me Oblivion or a new KOTOR over any of this other junk any day of the week.

I'm completely the opposite.  Sure, there are bad JRPG's (just like any genre), but when done right I don't think there's anything better (see Shadow Hearts:  Covenant, the SMT series, FFX or XII, etc.)  I'm holding out a slim hope that some of the 360 RPG's will be successful enough to warrant more, but without the support in Japan, I just don't see it happening.  My guess is that, just like the original XBox, the 360 will end up the bastion of action, sports, and racing titles.  That's not a bad thing, just not my personal cup o' tea and one of the reasons I've hesitated on buying one.

I really enjoyed both KotOR games - mostly because I'm a Star Wars fanboy - but Oblivion got really stale after about 20 hours.  I felt like I was fighting the same dozen or so enemies (goblin, skeleton, troll, etc) in one of the same dozen or so locales (brown cave, grey stone ruin, white stone ruin, Oblivion plane, etc.) while doing the same tired quests (take a message to X, kill monster Y, get treasure Z) over and over and over and over again.  It wasn't a bad game by any means (I played long enough to finish the main quest.  Around 35 hours, iirc), but I have no idea how people can put hundreds of hours into that game.
11173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's The End of November: What's your GOTY? on: November 29, 2006, 03:57:14 PM

Quote from: Canuck on November 29, 2006, 03:04:36 PM

Has anyone mentioned Okami yet?

Quite a few of us, actually.
11174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I take back all the negative things I said about Elite Beat Agents. on: November 29, 2006, 12:52:07 PM
I've avoided it so far due to the assy soundtrack, but I'm leaning towards picking it up.  My DS has gotten no love lately, so it's about time I get something for it.
11175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!! on: November 28, 2006, 10:17:44 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on November 28, 2006, 08:03:46 PM

...and John Gage (Randolph Mantooth)

Mantooth?  :chuckle:
11176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's The End of November: What's your GOTY? on: November 28, 2006, 08:01:04 PM
As of now, I'll tentatively go with FFXII.   By far the most fun I've had with a game this year.  I'm not finished with it yet, so we'll see if it holds up, or if the lack of story in the last 10'ish hours is going to end up being it's downfall.

Two Runners-up (and why I didn't put them first):

Okami - If they had cut it at around 20 - 25 hours, this would be a shoe-in for not only GOTY, but possibly one of my favorites of all time.  Unfortunately, it seemed to run out of ideas and creativity toward the final third.  It was simply too long and the story started to get very dull after about 25 hours.  A shame, really, as it was a fantastic game. 

Guitar Hero II - Don't get me wrong, GHII is a fantastically fun game.  Tough to say exactly what it was, but something about GHII didn't quite have the magic that GH did.  I think it was the combination of song selection, some genuinely awful covers, and my lofty expectations, but it didn't quite grab me like the first. 

EDIT:  On the PC front, I need to add Civ IV, Gal Civ II, and Oblivion to the list
11177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 28, 2006, 01:14:03 PM

11178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 27, 2006, 09:15:39 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 27, 2006, 08:28:53 PM

Quote from: Farscry on November 27, 2006, 05:39:01 PM

That's weird Gratch; I felt more that way about FFX than I do about FFXII so far. icon_biggrin

This one still feels more like FFVI than any of the others in the series. Which is a good thing for me. icon_wink
I dont understand people that say that about FFX? Were you just missing the story in there? FFX is constantly filled with great story, character interaction, etc. I mean, I am not busting on your Farscry, you know my obsession with FFX-its just..there is so much story!!

That's how I felt about FFX as well.  There was always something story-wise that kept pulling you forward.  There was also a lot more character interaction and dialogue than there has been in FFXII so far.

FWIW, it's only been the last 1/4 of FFXII I've played that has felt this way.  Hopefully the story will pick back up once I get to the next locale and  I can shake this feeling.
11179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Could I start the MGS series with #3? on: November 27, 2006, 07:54:39 PM

Quote from: only1 on November 27, 2006, 01:49:00 PM

I would definitely say go to MGS1.  It, by far, for me, has been one of the best games I've played.  MGS2 just wasnt that good, IMO ad I'm still working on MGS3...

+1.  I absolutely loved MGS 1, and MGS 2 was a Day one purchase for me.  For some reason, it just never grabbed me like the original did, and I only ended up getting about halfway through it before getting completely bored.  I even tried it again a year or so later to see if maybe it just didn't "click" with me the first time around, and came away with the same opinion.

I tried MSG3 when it first came out, but didn't really care for it either.  To be fair, however, it came smack in the middle of a glut of other games and I didn't really give it much of a chance.  I remember getting frustrated very early on and just never going back to it.  It's one I've been meaning to try again but just haven't gotten around to it.
11180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How have the Next Gen shortages affected your buying? on: November 27, 2006, 06:29:03 PM
Not a bit, but I'm not usually an early adopter anyways.  There's no real "killer apps" for me with any of the systems, so I haven't really felt the urge to run out and get one.

On a side note, the defective unit horror stories have been the biggest reason I haven't pulled the trigger on a 360 yet.  I'm holding out to see if they might be able to sort out some of the technical issues before I buy.
11181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/27) on: November 27, 2006, 02:17:16 PM
11182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO Down? on: November 27, 2006, 12:55:34 PM

Quote from: Kobra on November 27, 2006, 01:01:36 AM

Quote from: Lee on November 26, 2006, 05:28:12 PM

Quote from: Kobra on November 26, 2006, 04:37:54 PM

Quote from: GGMark on November 26, 2006, 12:38:03 PM

OO down

We can only hope.   icon_lol

I was wondering who would be first to post this, you, LE, or Unbreakable. icon_biggrin

Heh.  It must be painful for some at OO to see that OO-Banned folk seem to do well here, even thrive. 

Why would it be painful?  The happier you are somewhere else, the less likely they are to get Crowley-esque retaliation.  Everybody wins.
11183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 27, 2006, 12:52:33 PM
I'm hitting a point of frustration right now in the way the game is progressing.  I'm 43 hours in and am currently:
Spoiler for Hiden:
sneaking back into Arcadia
.  Problem is, it seems like they completely abandoned the story around 10 hours ago.   It's felt like a tacked on 5 minutes of story for every 1-2 hours of fighting.  I've lost any sort of emotional investment in the characters, as they're essentially just shuttling me from one place to the next.  Compare that to, say, FFX or Shadow Hearts where the main impetus behind continuing is wanting to know what happens to the characters you have come to care about.  Hell, half the time I don't even remember why I'm going to the next section, only that it's where the game is pushing me.  Thankfully, I still really enjoy the combat & levelling aspects, so I'm sure I'll keep playing.

After such a strong start to the story and characters, having it completely abandoned like this is extremely dissapointing.   Does it pick up at all, or should I just get used to this?
11184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Working tech support has given me no hope for mankind. on: November 27, 2006, 04:36:43 AM
That's tough man, I feel for you.

I'll admit that I get extremely grumpy when I'm on hold for a long time, then am connected to someone who a) doesn't know how to do anything but read from a script and needs to "elevate" the call (which requires even more on-hold time), or b) can't understand/speak English.  Also, keep in mind that people have sometimes been incorrectly transferred two or three times before they get to you (I get that alot at my job), so they're understandably frustrated.  Hopefully these don't apply to your situation, but if they do, it may explain a bit why people are difficult.

As a general rule, though, people are just assholes.    icon_wink
11185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [X360 Marketplace] Clash of the Titans - I'll watch it next year... on: November 25, 2006, 04:23:43 PM

Quote from: Dimmona on November 25, 2006, 04:09:34 PM

I'm fairly certain that playing any game on Live (Final Fantasy, R6 multiplayer, etc.) will cause any existing downloads to pause - maybe all the FF playtime impeded the progress?  I agree though - slow ass downloads could be a killer for the service... thankfully, the prices on the movies are pretty good so I might give it a try.

Major Nelson confirmed that they are having big network problems with the downloads and they are working on it, and MS is offering to refund $$ for anyone who's having problems downloading.  Guess it wasn't FF after all smile

That and the fact that FFXII is an off-line PS2 game.  icon_wink
11186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Declare your Black Friday Phat L00tz here! on: November 24, 2006, 05:27:31 PM
There's not a chance in hell I would step foot in any retail establishment today.  People are f'ing insane.

Mrs. Gratch had to be to work at 5:30 this morning (at Bath & Body Works) and brave the madding hordes all day.  I feel bad for her.   icon_frown
11187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I am amazed by the skills of some people here on: November 24, 2006, 02:41:44 PM
I've got great nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills
11188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Blackest of Fridays on: November 23, 2006, 03:35:28 AM

Quote from: mikeg on November 23, 2006, 02:51:31 AM

Not me.  I would rather pay full price any other day of the week then mess with that cluster.

+ a million

Having worked retail at a few Black Friday's (at Office Max), I can only assume there is something that happens that day which causes people to completely lose any shred of humanity and revert to base animalistic behaviors.   Black Friday brings out some of the most ridiculous and disgusting behavior I have ever seen in adults.
11189  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Titan Quest, Okami, HOMM V, more on: November 22, 2006, 08:04:57 PM
One bump for Titan Quest & Magnetica
11190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Magazine Subscriptions on: November 22, 2006, 02:06:52 PM
I got a Game Informer suscription with my Gamestop card.  Don't really pay much attention to it, but it's good bathroom reading.
11191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Thanksgiving Edition on: November 22, 2006, 02:04:32 PM
Mainly FFXII, but I'm also going to try and beat those last two f&$*ing Guitar Hero II songs that I haven't been able to get past.  Hangar 18 and Institutionalized on Expert have been kicking my butt.
11192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Attn Gamespot: Get off your ass, seriously... on: November 21, 2006, 11:30:02 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on November 21, 2006, 09:24:04 PM

Um I sit about 5 feet away from my TV with absolutely NO issues, plenty of space and I have a coffee table in between the couch and tube. The sensor doesn't ead movement, there are accelerometers and whatever else in the controller for that. The sensor bar is for pointing only.

Ah, good to know.  I'll probably pick up a Wii eventually (I did get a GCN towards the end), but there's just nothing on the radar for it that really turns my crank.
11193  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: November 21, 2006, 11:25:47 PM
+1 for KC
+1 for Xmann

Both for super fast payment.
11194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Attn Gamespot: Get off your ass, seriously... on: November 21, 2006, 08:56:21 PM
I honestly don't think I'd be able to use a Wii in my gaming space.  My couch and TV are only about 5-6 feet apart, and there really isn't room for any sort of exaggerated movements.  I think it would be very difficult for the sensor to read movement when you're practically standing on top of it. 

I've been slowly losing interest in the Wii anyways, so it's not a big loss.
11195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your Avatar? on: November 21, 2006, 04:24:00 PM
Can't even remember where I found mine, but I thought it was a cool picture.

I'm glad Dep clarified, as I've always wondered what the hell that blue thing was.
11196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II - Your Top 5 & Bottom 5 songs on: November 21, 2006, 03:16:42 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on November 21, 2006, 01:52:04 AM

"Institutionalized" by The Suicidal Tendencies is not only the worst GH song I've ever played, but it ranks as probably the worst I've ever heard in my life ever.  Wow.

Blasphemy!!   icon_wink  Man, I loved that song back in high school!
11197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you asking for for Christmas? on: November 20, 2006, 08:00:24 PM
An external HD and a few new work shirts, and I'll be happy.
11198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much credit card debt does your household have? on: November 20, 2006, 07:07:42 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 20, 2006, 06:47:02 PM

As far as current debt, I have ~2k - 3k that I'm chewing down to zero.  Every card has been destroyed and we are just getting rid of them. 

That's about where we're at also.  It was all paid off until I had to put in an A/C unit, get a new computer, and do car repairs over the summer.  Blech.  I keep one card for such emergencies, but don't ever use it otherwise.
11199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oooops.... on: November 20, 2006, 02:35:08 PM
I call BS
11200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/20) on: November 20, 2006, 02:33:40 PM
Nothing for me, and probably won't be anything for quite a while.

With my recent computer upgrade, it's going to be at least 6-12 months before I can afford to do a next-gen system.   :icon_sad:  I guess the bright side is that I'll have a big library to play when I finally get one!
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