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11681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3/Wii pre-order information. Trade in's required? on: September 16, 2006, 05:49:05 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 16, 2006, 05:41:13 PM

Quote from: kathode on September 16, 2006, 04:50:17 PM

The short version - EB/Gamestop will start taking pre-orders this Monday.  The catch is you've got to trade in $50 worth of games or systems or whatever.  No cash accepted. 

What a crock. 

Fuck EB, this seals it up for me.. Boycotting those fuckers for good now.


Read through that entire thread and it looks like a test in Hawaii starting on Monday

If it goes company-wide, then I'll be right there beside you on the 'Fuck EB' wagon.  However, I'm not ready to crucify them for testing something out in one specific location.  It's called test-marketing, and all companies do it.
11682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 16, 2006, 03:22:16 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 13, 2006, 07:30:17 AM

If you're up for a simple, fun adventure read set in an urban fantasy, Jum Butcher has a good series called The Dresden Files about a modern day wizard plying his trade in chicago.  It's part fantasy, part film noir, and part classic adventure.  There's no nuanced and deep plots of theories on the meaning of life, just fun simple reads for those days that you just want to unwind.

Somewhat along those same lines is Tad Williams' fantastic "War of the Flowers".  It's about an everyday joe that gets sucked into an alternate 'fantasy' world.  Just started it for the second time, and would highly recommend it. 
11683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rolling Stone is Retarded. on: September 16, 2006, 02:54:42 PM
That's not a horrible list, but there are certainly a few glaring exceptions:

-  How the hell did Skinny Puppy not make that list? They practically invented a genre, and every industrial and pseudo-industrial act since 1980 (I'm looking at you Trent) should be paying them royalties.  Either 'Last Rights' or 'Too Dark Park' definately belong on that list, but my guess is that the Rolling Stone editors would say "Who?".

-  No Bauhaus?

-  Alice in Chains 'Dirt' is far and away the best album to every come out of the whole grunge movement.  They've got Nirvana's 'Unplugged' on there but no Alice?

-  Bad Religion's 'Suffer' should certainly be there

Seriously though, you may or may not like Rush, but don't they beat out Public Enemy and Eminem for crying out loud?!

Eminem?  Absolutley.  Public Enemy?  Probably not.  Like them or not, PE had a huge impact and definately deserve mention.

#61 GNR- Appetite for destruction.
 See, now this proves how clueless these guys are.  It's 10 years later, and this album is already completely forgotten.  IT SUCKS.  Yeah, I know we have a few Townies here who probably now want to kick my ass, but they'll have to deal with it.  Here's a hint for those people who are pissed at me dissing this album: Back in Black by AC/DC is a couple spots down at #73.  Are you telling me the album immediately following the death of Bon Scott, with songs easily harding rocking than ANYTHING GNR ever did, isn't more imporatant, much less better?  Don't be silly.

I could not possibly disagree more.  Of course, I've never been much of an AC/DC fan (all their music just seemed like silly frat-boy nonsense to me), and I still think Appetite for Destruction kicks ass.  A lot of people have soured on GnR because of Axl's nonsense since then, but AfD is still a fantastic album.
11684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami? on: September 16, 2006, 02:33:37 PM
FWIW, it's currently sitting at 92% on  I'm definately in.
11685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Two New RPGs from Square- One is FFXII Spinoff on: September 16, 2006, 12:55:19 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 13, 2006, 10:54:21 PM

...and the FFXII game is a strategy RPG in the vein of FF Tactics.

Should I just start drooling now?
11686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 10, 2006, 06:07:37 PM

Quote from: Clay on September 10, 2006, 04:39:34 PM

Lumines is like crack to me and really helps me with my insomnia. 

So you're saying Lumines puts you to sleep?  Not usually a quality I like in my games...   icon_wink
11687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami? on: September 10, 2006, 04:19:59 AM
I put a pre-order down on this one this afternoon.  Seems like it may end up being pretty rare, so I figured I'd better lock one down.  'Artsy' games are hit & miss with me (I didn't like either Ico or Shadow of the Colossus, which are the two that inevitably come up), but this one looks pretty amazing.  Definately excited to see what they can do.
11688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: 09/08/06 on: September 09, 2006, 07:50:48 PM
Picked up Brain Age this afternoon, which is a fun little time waster.  Might play a little Titan Quest this afternoon as well.
11689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do We Really Need..... on: September 09, 2006, 07:43:45 PM
I really like my Fusion razor.  I don't get cuts nearly as much as I did with my old 2 blade.
11690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 09, 2006, 06:09:30 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 09, 2006, 05:47:36 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 09, 2006, 05:36:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 09, 2006, 02:35:04 PM

I'm suspicious about that odd looking tan colored device in the background with 2 steel cylinders in it.

I think that is his personal jetpack.  You know, for flying off to save the world and all.

Guitar Hero man...AWAY!!!!

It's the dog's food dish.  Having it raised a bit supposedly helps him to not swallow as much air when he eats, and is supposed to make him less gassy.  It doesn't work.  On the plus side, I still get to blame it on the dog.  slywink
11691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 09, 2006, 04:19:38 PM
Aeris has been reincarnated.  The story is complete!

11692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 09, 2006, 04:06:35 PM
It's from 'The Ring'
11693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 09, 2006, 03:46:14 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 09, 2006, 03:04:34 PM

That image still creeps me the fuck out.
11694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 09, 2006, 03:44:35 PM
I suppose I didn't really need the strap since I was sitting down, but old habits die hard.  I acutally beat CFH on Expert for the first time that night (after about 100 insanely frustrating tries), but we weren't in career mode so it didn't count.  frown

I'll admit that rocking out is pretty fun (Mrs. Gratch has had many a laugh at my expense while I played), but I find I play much better when I'm sitting down.  The particular angle I have on the TV causes it to look really dark when standing up. 
11695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 09, 2006, 02:40:20 PM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on September 09, 2006, 02:24:34 PM

And as others have probably said, think of the DS as a portable SNES/N64 and the PSP as a portable PS2 for what type of games to expect.

As far as graphic quality, that's a good comparison.  If you were to compare types of games, however, I'd say more along the lines of:

DS = SNES/N64 (Nintendo first party, RPG, puzzle, quirky stuff)
PSP = XBOX (mainly action, sports, & racing)
11696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: September 09, 2006, 02:35:04 PM
Here's my latest, very un-rocking Guitar Hero pic:

We had to be kinda quiet because my little nephew had just woken up (bro is holding him on my left):

It was highly amusing to watch him get all but hypnotised by the scrolling notes in GH.  Damn near put him into a trance!
11697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many cell phones can fit in one rear end? on: September 09, 2006, 01:29:52 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 09, 2006, 05:23:29 AM

some ass keeps calling me

Well played, sir.  :golf clap:
11698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: September 09, 2006, 01:18:28 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 06, 2006, 02:42:27 AM

thumbsdown PC games aren't patched up to date, most are running their retail versions.  After calling tech support, it seems Gametap has no desire to keep up with patches  for example Kohan 2 was on 1.14, yet the current patch is 1.23. There is no way to patch a gametap version via external patching.  Also, this has the side effect of not allowing you to join multiplayer on the internet for MOST PC games since everyone else will have seperate versions!  In the case of some games, not having the updated versions means instability.

Glad I read this before I signed up.  That might be a deal-breaker for me.  Not so much the multiplayer, but the fact that there are too many games that require patch applications to simply work correctly.

The thing about the .ini files in Icewind Dale also gives me second thoughts.  IWD & PS:T are the two main reasons I want to sign up, but I like having cheat options available for when the game gets ridiculously hard (yeah, I'm a wuss).  Without those options available, I doubt I'd play it nearly as much.  Maybe I'll just see if I can pick them up on e-bay instead.
11699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 09, 2006, 12:40:35 AM
11700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ID's new cell phone game: Orcs & Elves on: September 06, 2006, 08:57:11 PM
I picked up the Doom RPG for my cell phone a while back and absolutely loved it.  Saw an ad yesterday for Id's new RPG, 'Orcs & Elves', so I downloaded it on my new Verizion 'Chocolate' phone.  In short:  Id has managed to knock it out of the part again.  If you enjoyed the Doom RPG, or are a fan of old-school first person RPG's, you need to pick this up.  The level of detail and sheer fun they pack into such a small package is amazing.  Fantastic graphics (considering the medium), an entertaining story, and a challenging & fun combat system make this the perfect game for playing in short spurts.  Both of these games have gotten much more playtime than I would ever have expected for an $8 game.  The only drawback is that O&E is almost exactly the same as Doom, but with a fantasy coat of paint.  This isn't a bad thing, but if you burned out on Doom, be warned that O&E is MOTS.

On a side-note, I'm surprised they haven't ported these games over to any of the handheld systems.  I would kill for something similar to 'Orcs & Elves' on the DS.  They obviously aren't limited by the graphics, as this game is a blast even on crappy cell phone res.  Seems to me that it could easily be ported over to a handheld system without having to recreate the wheel.  A straight up first person dungeon crawler with decent graphics and a good story would be a very welcome addition to the DS library.
11701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 06, 2006, 05:58:42 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 06, 2006, 04:47:08 PM

Make sure to buy the DS from Costco.  Lifetime return policy for the win.

+1.  They've got a decent bundle if you're already interested in the New Super Mario game.  I don't use much of the extra crap that came with it (I only play it at home, so I don't have much need for a case at this point), but it's basically all free.  Case, cleaning pad, headphones, and a couple other doo-dads.
11702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valkyrie Profile 2 English impressions and media on: September 06, 2006, 03:30:46 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 06, 2006, 03:25:38 PM

Condensed from the review:

-much more difficult than the first game
-repetitive enemies
-lots of grinding and backtracking, very linear

-some tricky puzzles
-Beautiful cutscenes and graphics, but poor out of synch dubbing in several instances
-Stories behind important NPC characters are never really explained and somewhat one dimensional. You will not get attached to the characters
-Battles are more complex but more interesting than the previous game

They don't actually give a final score, but overall the reviewer seemed underwhelmed. I'm guessing he'd rate it around 70-75%.

I wasn't terribly excited about this game to begin with, but this info just killed what little interest I had.  Will definately be skipping this one.
11703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Video of the Wii in action on: September 05, 2006, 11:26:59 PM
I've taken a wait and see approach to the Wii, and that video makes me think I'll wait on it for a while.  Maybe it's because none of the games they demo'ed interested me in the slightest (isn't Red Steel a porn name?), but it all just looked very clumsy.   I think the gimmick of the thing would wear off very quickly for me without more titles/franhises I was really excited about.
11704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 05, 2006, 11:23:41 PM

Quote from: Xmann on September 05, 2006, 11:04:15 PM

Well the PsP definitely interests me more, but man i like the price of the DS better.  $70 difference is alot and i could grab several more games or save some cash with the DS.  How are the adventure/rpg typr games on the DS?  Are the graphics comparable to the PsP?

Simply put, the PSP blows away the DS in the graphics department.  There really isn't much of a comparison.  That being said, all the graphical flair in the world means nothing if the games aren't any good.  I mainly just play RPG's, and the PSP is a barren wasteland of suck in that department with no end in sight.

and to answer you Gratch, no i havent done any console rpg's.  thats why i'm dissappointed in my Xbox.  Wish i had went with the PS2 because i miss the console rpg type games.

Dude, if you're jonesing for JRPG's, get a DS.  Just keep in mind that the current DS RPG crop is pretty lean.  There are so many fantastic GBA RPG's and SRPG's that really are 'must play' titles.  If nothing else, go buy a used GBA (they're, what, $50 now?), with a few games and see if it grabs you.  Golden Sun, Summon Night, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (or Tactics Ogre), Fire Emblem, Advance Wars 2, Mario & Luigi, and Zelda:  Minish Cap would be good starters.  If you don't like it, I'm pretty sure Gamestop lets you return it within a week.
11705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a portable console system on: September 05, 2006, 11:03:29 PM
If you're interested in RPG's, definately go with the DS.  There's a few out already, with a ton more coming out in the next few months (FF III, Xenosaga, Contact, Baten Kaitos, Disciples II, etc.).  Plus, since you mentioned you haven't had a handheld before, I assume you haven't played any of the fantastic RPG's and adventure games for the GBA.  There's an already established library there that could easily keep you gaming for months on end.  For RPG's, the PSP has Valkyrie Profile, and...Valkyrie Profile.  And it doesn't look as if the drought is going to end anytime soon.

However, if graphics are a major issue, then the PSP is your best bet.  Quite honestly, many of the DS games look like ass.  There's a few exceptions, but graphics are certainly not a DS strong point.  Many of the sports, action, & racing games are great on the PSP.

You can't really go wrong with either system at this point.  It just depends on what type of game you want to play.
11706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea 2 Impressions on: September 05, 2006, 09:05:58 PM
Muchas gracias LE.  I'm actually excited to get home and play, now that I might (somewhat) be able to figure out what the hell is going on.  smile
11707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea 2 Impressions on: September 05, 2006, 05:57:25 PM
Thanks LE.  I pulled it off the trading block for now, and will try it again.  Knowing this info will be a huge help, so we'll see what happens.

A couple more quick questions:

1.  Is there a way to tell what new spells are upcoming at what level?  It would be nice to see what kind of abilities I can expect from certain characters.

2.  Is there a way to change character 'jobs' (a la Final Fantasy Tactics)?  I remember reading something about it in the tutorial stuff, but it seemed rather complex.

3.  What's the best recruitment strategy?  I was going to pick up one of each character type and just keep building them up, but I'm sure there's got to be a better way than that.
11708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/4) on: September 05, 2006, 05:53:10 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 04, 2006, 02:44:32 PM

3 Great Games for Girls

I'm, like, so all over this game.

Nothing new for me his week, but I might try and pull a trade for Xenosaga III.
11709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Velocity Micro - Should have built myself and UPS Sucks! on: September 05, 2006, 05:49:43 PM
If it makes you feel any better, the place I just bought my system from went out of business a month after I got it.  Of course, it was right about the time I started having major issues.  Thankfully we figured out the problem, but I'm still out an extra $160 for the new RAM.
11710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea 2 Impressions on: September 05, 2006, 04:30:24 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on September 05, 2006, 02:06:47 PM

While the advanced (high-end) game (and how to get there) is very complex, what's so hard about the basics?

I get the basics, but I know that without understanding the higher-end stuff, I'll end up in the same boat that I did last time:  25 hours in with characters that are so underpowered they can't compete.

If you'd never played any SRPG before, I can see how it'd be intimidating, but short of that, it's all very straightforward, save for perhaps the Dark Assembly and the Item World, both of which you don't have to touch (or barely have to touch) to complete the main story...

I've played plenty of SRPG's before (FF Tactics, Tactics Ogre, Stella Deus, Disgaea 1), but I'm just having a bitch of a time wrapping my head around this one.  Here's a few things I don't get:

1.  The whole Master-Apprentice thing.  The way I understood it, new recruits are Apprentices of whichever character 'hired' them.  There was something about the Master receiving some of the skills of the apprentice, but how does that work?  Also, do they somehow share XP?

2.  There was a mention of certain characters being tuned to specific weapons, and that you should only have them use those weapons.  How do you tell which weapon they are proficient with?

3.  Do you gain XP from any action, or only from killing enemies?  It seems that some actions give XP during battle, but some others don't.  Also, is there any XP given to the group at the end of battles?  Is XP given for offensive attacks against 'friendly' characters?

4.  How do characters gain additional spells?  I've been using a couple mages up to level 8, and while their one spell is gaining strength (well, gaining a larger range), I can't figure out how to go about getting other spells.

5.  I don't get the whole item 'resident' concept.  The way I get it, if you beat the resident in the Item World, then you can transfer it into other weapons to make them stronger.  Right?  There was also a rather involved bit of explanation about the residents being lawful or unruly or somesuch that made absolutely no sense at all.

Like I said, if I could figure a few of these things out, I may actually enjoy it.  Maybe I'll pull it off the block and give it another shot.  I really do want to like it.
11711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea 2 Impressions on: September 05, 2006, 05:06:46 AM
Put in another couple hours, and I officially give up.  I don't have the time or desire to fight through the learning curve.  There's plenty of other stuff to play that doesn't require hours of trying to figure out what the hell I'm doing.

It's up in the trading forum if anyone wants it.
11712  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Oblivion (PC), Quake IV, AoE III on: September 04, 2006, 02:21:21 PM
I'm mainly looking for Civ IV and Xenosaga III, but would be willing to go cash as well. 

PC (all prices include shipping):
-  Oblivion (DVD) - $22 **SOLD**
-  Quake IV (CD) - $18 **SOLD**
-  Age of Empires III (CD) - $17

-  Tactics Ogre (not entirely sure I want to part with this one.  Will depend on the offer)

All boxes & manuals included, and everything in perfect condition. 
11713  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Random BSOD's are going to drive me insane [Problem Solved!] on: September 04, 2006, 03:01:12 AM

Quote from: Kobra on September 04, 2006, 02:12:04 AM

You mentioned you ran memtest?  How could Memtest miss bad ram?  I assumed the ram had already gone through some tough checking.

Yep, I ran it through 10 continuous cycles of Memtest.  Every one of them came up with no errors, so I don't know how it could have missed it.  Strange.
11714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have a PSX copy of FFVII? on: September 04, 2006, 01:29:20 AM

Quote from: EddieA on September 04, 2006, 12:31:40 AM

Here's an unopened copy that went for $560. 

To a winning bidder with -1 feedback.  Something tells me he/she's never going to see that $$.
11715  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Random BSOD's are going to drive me insane on: September 04, 2006, 01:27:00 AM
Turns out it was the RAM after all.  Circuit City had 512 sticks on sale today, so I figured I'd take one last shot at replacing components.  Picked up 2 sticks, threw them in, and have been playing Oblivion, Titan Quest, & AoE III without any problems for the last 6 hours. 

I had replaced the original memory with RAM from another system, but I just realized I put in a 256 MB stick instead of a 512 MB (which obviously causes problems in 3D intensive applications).   It sucks that I'm out another $70 (if you recall, the company I bought the original memory from is out of buisness), but at least I know the problem and can game again.

BTW, thanks for all the suggestions and help.  Oh, and Ron, you da man.  Thanks for taking a look at those memory dumps for me.  smile
11716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have a PSX copy of FFVII? on: September 04, 2006, 12:09:23 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 03, 2006, 10:43:44 PM

I would never go without the game- it's one of my favorites and one I replay pretty frequently- but I could care less about which version I have so I'm seriously thinking about selling my black label copy and picking up a GH copy in its stead. 

+1.  I love the game and replay parts or all of it every few years.  If I can get a hundred for my copy, however, I'm all over it.
11717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea 2 Impressions on: September 03, 2006, 10:33:16 PM
Picked up Disgaea 2 on Thursday, and my main impression after about 4 hours.  Too.  Many.  Numbers.

Seriously, there are about 8 million numbers all over every single screen.  I'm having a hell of a time figuring out what affects what, how this relates to that, and how to best manage my characters.  I need to RTFM again, but this is one seriously complex game.  I've heard the guide helps to explain better, but I'm not sure I want to drop another $20.  Mainly because I'm not convinced I'll like it enough even if I do figure it all out.  I understand the combat basics, but my gut feeling is that because I don't understand the relationships between everything, I'm going to screw something up along the way and seriously gimp my characters.  This is what ultimately made me quit the first game after about 25 hours.

I'm really wanting to like it, but I'm having a bitch of a time figuring it all out.  If I can even get to point of determining how to ask, I might post some questions here.
11718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 4. Am I Crazy Insane? on: September 03, 2006, 12:46:10 AM
I wasn't bored, but the sluggish controls ultimately made me quit playing.  I felt like I was fighting the controls and the camera more than I was fighting the zombies/monsters/villagers/whatever.  Tried it for both GCN & PS2 and disliked it on both systems.
11719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Temple of Elemental Evil vs Pool of Radiance? on: September 02, 2006, 05:59:46 PM
ToEE wasn't bad, it was simply boring.  The combat was decent and very faithful to the ruleset, but there wasn't much incentive to keep playing because the story was so incredibly dull.
11720  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 02, 2006, 04:56:02 PM
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