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2201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 10, 2005, 07:31:02 PM
Brickout at the end of an Apple 2+ tutorial. It was Breakout turned on its side basically.

Soon to be followed by classics like Lemonade Stand and OREGON TRAIL~!
2202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ DS ] Castlevania impressions on: October 08, 2005, 05:44:20 PM
So, do you like it? smile

Despite the fact that I have been gaming for nigh on more than 25 years, I have never played any Castelvania game. Would this game be a good starting point, or should I pick up the various GBA games first? (I think the Aria of Sorrow is the prequel to this DS game right?) Should I bother with the NES Classic original Castlevania?
2203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Detailed impressions of Oblivion from X05 on: October 06, 2005, 09:51:33 PM
LOL! Hetz is certainly enthusiastic. Wasn't it Morrowind talk on Gone Gold that caused the Road to Gold forum to be created in the first place?

I'm intrigued by Oblivion, but I'm always intrigued by the Elder Scrolls Games, and they always end up disappointing me. Unless I get a lucky Mt. Dew, I won't own anything that will play this one anyway.

Hey Hetz, are they going to change the way NPC conversation works in this game? One of my main gripes the TES games is the stupid hyperlink chat system with every character in a town basically having the same 30 keywords/responses with like 2-3 unique ones.
2204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: October 05, 2005, 10:02:19 PM
Using the Open GL 2 plugin worked. Now, my only small problem is some slowdown entering, exiting, and (occasionally) during combat. Nothing too bad.

Thanks for the help!
2205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: October 05, 2005, 07:17:44 PM
Thanks. I wasn't using the v2.xx of Pete's Open GL driver (JCC = stupid). I have installed it, but will have to wait till after work to give it a try.
2206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: October 05, 2005, 04:56:31 PM
Ok, I finally remembered to bring home my FFVII discs from my girlfriend's house. It seems to emulate fine except when entering combat? The whole "blur screen effect" doesn't happen and the sound effect slows down and then it transitions into combat slowly. I have tried tweaking settings from "Fast" to "Nice" and haven't been able to get this to work. Is it working ok for anyone else? Care to share your settings?
2207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy 3 for DS in 2006/FF5 and FF6 for GBA announced on: October 05, 2005, 04:14:59 PM
Ok, so this is probably retreading old, tired, matted, worn out, stomped down, flattened ground, so I apologize in advance. Can someone please lay out to me exactly what the FF#s mean in terms of Jap vs. US releases? I am pretty sure that FF3 in the US for the SNES was really FF6 in Japan, but what about the others? (My understanding is that from 7 on, we've been in sync.)
2208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda guarantees Oblivion for XBox 360 launch on: September 30, 2005, 12:44:36 AM
I hope they aren't forced into releasing it early. Bethesda's track record is not exactly exemplary in this area. Although, i seem to remember Morrowind being pretty stable upon release.

Of course, I don't own a system that can play this new beast, unless I got a lucky Mt Dew cap today! smile
2209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Best Game You've Played This Gen? on: September 26, 2005, 01:53:17 PM
Eternal Darkness hands down. My favorite game since Thief 2. If an Eternal Darkness sequel is ever released (I doubt it, and screw all of you who didn't buy it. I hate you.) I would buy the system it's for, no questions asked.

I hope Zelda Twilight Princess might dethrone it.
2210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 Question: Backwards Compatability for Live games? on: September 26, 2005, 12:12:02 PM
I think this might be the ~$20 HD switcher.
2211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 23, 2005, 04:31:39 PM
Yes, I may take that step next and see how that works for me. Thanks for the tip!
2212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 23, 2005, 03:55:31 AM
I do own a playstation and FF7 (although my FF7 discs aren't at home at this moment).

I tried getting this thing to work with Blood Omen. While it will run, I just can't get the speed quite right. I had to use my DVD-RW. My 52xCD-ROM just couldn't keep up, which seemed odd to me. With no FPS limiting, the opening movies play nicely. But then, after Kain is killed the movie where he turned into a vampire plays to quickly. If i limit the FPS, then the 2nd movie plays ok, but the first is too slow.

I also had some odd graphical oddities at times. I have never had luck with PSX emulators, dating back to Bleem. Oh well, I probably don't have time to play FF7 now, anyway, but I was intrigued about being able to play it with slightly better graphics. Thanks for the help.
2213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 23, 2005, 02:12:41 AM
Yikes. It actually took me far too long to find it. I overcomplicated the search.
2214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 23, 2005, 01:43:44 AM
Ok, so to use ePSXe, I have to somehow extract my BIOS from my playstation? That sounds awful compelkated.
2215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 22, 2005, 10:05:37 PM
Can anyone recommend a good PS One emulator?
2216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Demos downloadable off Revolution? on: September 21, 2005, 12:25:49 AM
I think it would be neat if Nintendo extended their "download old Nintendo games" to the DS as well as Revolution. How cool would it be to be able to dload a library of NES and SNES to the DS? I would love that, and gladly pay for some sort of subscription service if the library was big enough. I actually see this being more attractive for the DS than for Revolution.
2217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? on: September 20, 2005, 01:06:52 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
1. Ultimate Spiderman isnt coming out for the 'Cube?
2. Is it based on the really great Spiderman 2 game engine?
3. is the PC version going to be a port of the console game?  It wasnt with Spiderman 2, and I heard it really sucked on the PC.  So a port would be a really good thing.


1. It is coming out for the cube (this week).
2. I believe it is, though obviously has a very different look to it.
3. Don't know.
2218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The real Revo controller on: September 16, 2005, 04:53:44 PM
I find myself getting more and more excited about this controller. First off, those videos are almost certainly not indicative of how you will actually use the controller. I think you will likely have the "remote" sitting in your hand with your hand on an armrest or on your lap (like it would be today) and will be making slight motions of the wrist to control it. So I really don't see the motion aspect being fatiguing at all. The problem is controlling its buttons. I think they need to stick primarily to using the trigger (the remote does have a trigger right?) cause I sometimes get fatigue in my hand just switching between buttons on my TV remote. That is something I am concerned about much more than just doing the motion aspect of it.

The door is so wide open with this controller (if it works well) for them to have games that just don't work on consoles now. (Tons of PC-like games). It *should* be the best way to play a FPS on a console.

The keys are : A. they better have the tech down so that it feels "right" and isn't awkward to motion-control. B. You better be able to callibrate the motion detectors so they can be as sensitive/insensitve as gamers want. In fact they should store multiple "controller profiles" on each Revolution so person A and person B don't have to adjust the sensitivity when they switch. and C. Actually do fun things with it that just can't be reproduced on other consoles.

I also think it's key that this be at a low price point ($200 max). It would help to actually have a lot of titles at launch for once too.

As for me, like with any Nintendo console - Call me when Zelda is out for it, and then I'll take a look! smile
2219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The real Revo controller on: September 16, 2005, 04:15:04 AM
Well, it would seem that Revolution WILL certainly live up to its (former) name. Will it actually be *good*? Hmmm.

At least I'm intrigued rather than horrified (just mildly scared). I agree that there will probably be an even further dearth of 3rd party support for this console. Not that the developers won't support it (I think almost all of them WILL try to), but that they aren't going to have the resources to support it a LOT. The Rev will definitely be all about exclusives - since even if the games are out for other consoles, I can't imagine that they will possibly play anywhere close to the same at all to the Rev version.

Nintendo has balls the size of grapefruits. I'll give them that.
2220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 3, Baten Kaitos 2 announced on: September 15, 2005, 12:22:16 AM
What odd timing. I just bought Baten Kaitos yesterday and am going to start it tonight. Here's hoping I like it enough to get the sequel! smile
2221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite PC Game Lead Character? on: September 01, 2005, 12:55:30 AM
Garret. No one else comes close.
2222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Nintendog impressions (yes I'm turning in my man-card) on: August 29, 2005, 11:42:02 PM
My shelty can do a back flip! She is awesome! smile
2223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA Riviera Manual on: August 29, 2005, 10:07:26 PM
The game does have tutorialish stuff at the beginning. I think you'll be ok. You could always consult an FAQ to get some of the manual stuff as well.
2224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Nintendog impressions (yes I'm turning in my man-card) on: August 25, 2005, 02:10:39 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"

When people get desperate enough to run the Chiuahuaha version out of stock, then I'll believe there's a supply problem.


I bought the Chiuahuaha version. I wanted a shelty like I had as a kid! My shelty Ally is ridiculously cute. This is defintiely the most soothing, therapeutic game ever.

For those looking for a specific version, try Circuit City. Mine had all 3 versions in ample supply and is in the same shopping center as an EB that was sold out.
2225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Nintendog impressions (yes I'm turning in my man-card) on: August 24, 2005, 02:10:50 AM
Picked this up tonight, and it is fun and HORRIBLY cute.

As far as I can tell you can NOT have more than one "profile" per cart. You can (eventually, when you earn enough $) have 3 dogs in the house at a time and store 5 more at the "Dog Hotel". (Not sure how much the hotel costs.)

The EB I went to tonight was already sold out. I got mine at Circuit City.
2226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable coming to PC this fall on: August 22, 2005, 09:19:41 PM
Have they ever posted the PC requirements? I couldn't find them on Microsoft's or Lionhead's pages.
2227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone Have Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones Impressions? on: August 17, 2005, 02:46:52 AM
Picked up FE:SS tonight, and while still in the early stages (Chapter 2), after 45 mins. or so of in-game time, I am having fun.

My only concern is that once I have lots of units, I will get bogged down in party micromanagement. Hopefully with the convoy, this won't be too bad.
2228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Man, Beyond Good & Evil really is fantastic! on: August 17, 2005, 02:43:56 AM
It really is a shame that it didn't do better. But it was released at the wrong time of year for such an unpromoted game (X-mas).

I will say that I enjoyed the early more action/adventure stuff more than the stealth stuff, but I still enjoyed myself throughout. Clearly they intended on a sequel (based on the ending). It's a shame it will likely never be made.
2229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zelda delayed :( on: August 16, 2005, 12:39:33 PM
Wow, what a kick in the nuts.

On the one hand, what in the hell is Nintendo going to do with no AAA Gamecube title this holiday? On the other, all praise Nintendo for bucking the trend of most game publishers and rushing a game out early for the holidays so the game can be done right. Few other publishers would do it.
2230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS : How many stuck/dead pixels do you have on: August 16, 2005, 01:40:35 AM
I'd see if you could return it to the store you bought it from.

Mine is about 2 months old. No dead pixels.
2231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vote for which type of Bioware game you want next! on: August 16, 2005, 01:39:49 AM
Dragon Age!!!!
2232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riviera Impressions on: August 15, 2005, 11:33:15 PM
Interesting. I am doing SS first, because I want to have a user manual for my first FE experience, and I can only find FE used, cart only. Anyway, will probably pick up FE:SS tomorrow after work. smile
2233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riviera Impressions on: August 15, 2005, 10:31:47 PM
Well, I just finished this game. Overall, I enjoyed it, but I only thought it was "good" as opposed to "great". I wasn't that enamoured with the story or the writing. In fact, most of the dialogue seemed awful to me and made me dislike the characters I was playing more than the villains!

The games quirks were a mixed bag. I actually liked the limited movement. I can get into free exploration and all, but I find in most games nowadays, the exploration leads to tedious searches through empty, bland areas, so I was surprised to see how much I enjoyed having moving/exploring limited. I also loved the way this game handled levelling up. No, wandering around and getting buzzed into random encounters. You find an item, practise with it, and level up. Sure, you're doing the same sort of thing as in a random fight, but here you were completely in control of when you "grinded". Very good.

I did NOT like the limited inventory system (I was constantly gnashing my teeth at trying to figure out what to drop when I got a new EXP item). I also really never warmed to the "only 4 items in combat" as well as the limited durability of items. It added to the strategy, but annoyed me more often than not.

At the end, Lina was my workhorse. In the last chapter I acquired 3 sets of bows that just made her a monster in battle. I hardly ever used Ein's monster attack since he cracked the overdrive bar. I generally fought most of the boss battles with Ein, Lina, and Fia (for healing).

Still, had fun. I'm glad this was only around a 20+hr game, as i probably wouldn't have made it through it if I had to go 50 hours as the formula was running a bit dry. I loved the graphics and the artwork though I'll echo others' comments about the backgrounds being reused too much.

Fun game. Solid B title.

(Now I am going to try my first FE game and pick up Sacred Stones. Wish me luck! smile )
2234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This Just In: Jade Empire Sucks on: August 15, 2005, 10:22:29 PM
I haven't played Jade Empire, but a friend of mine really loved it. (shrugs)

I am really looking foreward to Dragon Age. The one thing that has always made me abandon the Bioware games is the damn AD&D ruleset. Sorry, but I always thought they never translated well into the CRPG world. I also always hated the spell memorization mechanic. I'm sure I'm in the minority there.

I actually really like KOTOR and NWN the most - and they are the only Bioware games I have managed to finish. I thought the D&D rules were more palatable with me only managing 2-3 characters. I've always felt NWN was underrated. I enjoyed the original campain quite a bit. (I liked it MUCH better than the Shadows expansion.) And the first 2 chapters of Hordes of the Underdark were freaking great. I didn't like the final chapter much.

Baldurs Gate 2 was definitely one great game - content wise. But, I have never been able to stick with it, because I get bogged down in all the crappy party micromanagement that drives me crazy.

Anyway, I am excited to see what Bioware does outside of the confines of the AD&D rules. (Although I am probably in the minority on that front as noted above.)
2235  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Samsung 19in LCD 8ms on: August 08, 2005, 07:21:15 PM
I'm impressed at the prerebate price for this monitor. I sort of, kind of, wish my monitor would die just so I could get this one.
2236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are your top 3 console games of ALL-TIME? on: August 05, 2005, 04:30:45 PM
In no particular order:

Adventure (Atari2600) - It created a genre, created the easter egg, and is still amazingly fun to play today.

Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past (Super Nintendo) - Still my favorite Zelda. As AgtFox said, it was a quantum leap foreward, especially after the wrong turn the 2nd game made (not that it wasn't also great).

Eternal Darkness - Sanity's Requiem (Nintendo Gamecube) - Coincidentally, I finished this game for the 4th time this week. This is my favorite game of the current generation, and I just think it's a work of art. Such fantastic writing, gameplay, artwork, and the unbelievable, scary insanity effects. Brilliant stuff. I weep for the fact that there will never be a sequel. Every gamer that didn't buy this should be shot.
2237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Miyamoto on the Revolution on: July 26, 2005, 04:24:24 PM
I still don't get people's hatred of the GCN controller. To me it is by FAR the most intuitive and easy to learn. I have zero problems with the X-Box controller, though it is a 2nd place finisher behind the cube controller.

I loathe the PS1/PS2 controller. I *own* a PS1 and I STILL don't know which button is which. Fuck that Triangle/Square/Circle shit. LOL.
2238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Miyamoto on the Revolution on: July 25, 2005, 09:35:22 PM
I wouldn't call EDTVs uncommon. I think chains like BB and Circuit City are still duping unknowing consumers into buying their least expensive plasmas which are EDTVs. I still see plenty of them.
2239  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Where can I buy the Nintendo DS bundle with Mario 64? on: July 19, 2005, 12:15:57 PM
I think that deal may be over. I know EB had dropped it 2 Sundays ago when I bought my DS. Good luck.
2240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: July 19, 2005, 04:05:34 AM
Well, I am WAY late to the party, but I finally finished this one tonight. This is my first RE game that I have played for more than a few minutes. (Always hated the controls on the older ones. I do still have a borrowed copy of RE0, so I might give it another try sometime.) Anyway, given that, I didn't really know who all these characters were that Leon knew, nor did I know anything about Leon's past in the other games, so I didn't benefit from many plot points that were probably neat to more verteran RE players. Overall, I thought the game was not a great game, but a good game that was sprinkled liberally with several great, exciting sequences/boss battles. I thought the controls were fine here. I liked the more slower paced shooting. If I am going to play a 3rd or 1st person shooter, I greatly prefer to use a mouse and keyboard, so I was glad they made a more hybrid or original type of game here.

Overall, I found the game fun, if occasionally frustrating at times. Most sequences i had trouble getting by, I could usually conquer after a break away from the game. Graphically, it's certainly one of (if not) the best looking games on the cube - though I wouldn't have minded less grey/brown locations. The sound was great aside from some wooden voice acting. I did think the last boss battle was very easy, and (I hate to admit it) the final jetski thing frustrating (I died 4 times before getting it right). A very slick presentation overall, but the final cutscene was weak and very brief.

Overall, I had a fun time and will probably try to play it with that infinite rocket launcher sometime. smile
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