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15481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: October 02, 2006, 07:05:11 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 02, 2006, 03:00:37 PM

TML, Is that a Carebear in the background ??!?

Indian chicks dig his carebear stare.

Just so we're clear... I've created a motivational poster inspired by the legend himself. slywink
15482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Birthday! on: October 02, 2006, 02:52:00 PM
hoppy bee-day!
15483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: October 01, 2006, 02:30:24 PM
Arkon, you're not getting this one. icon_twisted
15484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: September 30, 2006, 07:41:01 PM

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15485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Samurai Warriors 2 First Impressions. on: September 29, 2006, 08:30:48 PM
I've put about 10 hours into the game, playing mostly Kotaro Fuma (bad-ass chaos ninja with flying sleeve attacks).

Here's my initial take on it :

If you like Dynasty Warriors games, this is a safe purchase. It is above the DW5: Empires game that came out, as there is actually some storyline.This is the best SAMURAI WARRIORS game YET. The indoors missions from SW1 were frustrating, and you were easily lost. Also, there was no integration between the inside and outside world. You could completely master the outer battle, and then it transitions indoors to have you fail due to time / getting lost / annoying traps. Thus far, the indoors scenes are part of the outdoors, and the maps are easily readable. The "traps" in the game are more ambush based rather than having tiger-traps indoors, volleys of ninjas and exploding jars.

There is a shop you can go to between missions to upgrade your weapons (they use a slot system) as well as abilities (+dex, etc), learning skills(dex,life,attack increases more easily when you level, etc), as well as special abilities (like items have more effect, elemental attack upgrades etc). Sofar I've only noted that each of these can be upgraded to level 3, and as you go up, the cost increases. For example: Dex1 is ~400g, Dex2 is ~800g and Dex3 upgrade is ~1200g. The shop only has 6 at a time, and since theres about 12 different slots for each (ability, skills, special) you're not guaranteed to get 1,2,and then 3 right away. This makes your leveling up gradual as you can't put all your eggs in one basket. If I'm not mistaken, there is one more category; it escapes me at this moment ( I think it's a one-level skill column, like adding ability to see items / crates on the minimap). Since there is 4 columns of 12 plus your own characters "special ability" (Fuma can use dodge during an attack sequence) this gives you at least 49 skills to either learn (from defeating officers) or buy at the shop. And 3 levels for 3 of the 4 columns.

Your characters start off with the following moves : ( i changed my controls from defaults, moved the LB,LT, RB,RT and LB,RB around, these are how I have it set up)

X - light attack
Y - heavy attack
A - jump
B - musou (bullet-time-adrenaline-mode)
LT - block - recenter camera behind char
LB - evade
RT - special stance
RB - map mode change (zoom in / out)
Right joystick - ACTUALLY MOVES THE CAMERA!!!!

They actually let you see which combinations of moves you have during the game in a flowchart which helps take the "buttonmashing" away from it, should you want to actually CONTROL your fighter rather than having them spaz all over the battlefield.

The special stance lets you do special moves. With Fuma he can use his killer sleeves to grab an opponent (including officers!) and throw them away, bowling any enemies over in the process. He also has a summon fireball attack where he shoots forward 4 fireballs in a square config.

The evade is WAY handy, it lets you roll away from being cornered.
Jump is also a double-jump (for ninja chars like Fuma) so you can access "ninja paths" (secret passages in the map).

The moves now are based on character level, so as you advance your character will learn moves independant of weapon selection.

Your character can also have a horse as well as a bodyguard, and the skills and specials apply to them as well.

Mounted combat is much better; musou is actually useful (as opposed to the DW mounted musou attacks which were lame). I stole a horse from an officer who set people on fire as I charged through them! (damn I *want* that horse in my stable)

Your bodyguards are much more useful, as you can assist them in leveling up by letting them kill officers, or sharing a musou attack with them (red lightning will link you two when you can do it and you're close enough to each other).

There's ~25 characters in the game; I'm looking forward to the rest of it.
15486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sonic the Hedgehog demo available via Marketplace on: September 29, 2006, 12:30:34 PM
The camera needs to be back about another 50ft, and you shouldn't be able to fall off ledges. I mean cripes man, it took 3 lives to get to the save point first go-round. It turns me off to trying to collect rings; now it's all about the survival.
15487  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hey PUNKS!! LOOK INSIDE. 60GB ipod (stolen from warning) on: September 28, 2006, 02:03:43 PM
SOLD it locally. Punks.  icon_evil
15488  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm taking some time for myself on: September 28, 2006, 02:01:02 PM
 icon_cry Sorry to hear that buddy. Take your time. Mikagami lost his pooch last year to cancer; I was there when he died, and had to take him to the animal hospital post-mortem.  crybaby At least he knew why his pup died.
15489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Films that most frequently use the F word on: September 28, 2006, 01:50:59 PM
first of all, it's not "slipping up" watching porn or being comfortable with your sexuality.
Our western world shuns nudity and ignores violence. It's a really  retard system we've got going. It fucks people up when they're told that masturbation, intimacy and sexual contexts are BAD, BAD, BAD but the blowing off of someone's head can be funny (Pulp Fiction, for example). It's not that violence needs to be shut out, but it needs to be used, just as sexual contexts, where appropriate. The balance is way off, IMHO.

You look at countries like Germany where violent games are sometimes banned (as the violence is just for the sake of it) but where nudity is more commonplace. Hell, there are a ton of european countries that run stuff like Page 3 girls (topless models) in the daily paper.

Back on track here, though ... V for Vendetta is an awesome movie about the ruling class using fear as a control mechanism for the masses. Although the director maintains that he's not talking about the US and terrorism, it IS a very scathing view of why we allow freedoms to be hampered.

Of the list of movies I put up top, I would suggest V for Vendetta first. It would be RIGHT up your alley, with very little swearing, not a whole lot of violence and no nudity that I can recall. And it makes you think.

There's a line from Dogma that struck a note with me :
He said that faith is like a glass of water. When you're young, the glass is small, and it's easy to fill up. But the older you get, the bigger the glass gets, and the same amount of liquid doesn't fill it anymore. Periodically, the glass has to be refilled.

You have to question your faith, test it, question it, analyze it to truly grow spiritually. I don't follow any organized religion, or any denomination. I don't need a group of people telling me what I should or should not do. I know inside me what is right and wrong; I don't need some phantom "guilt" spurned by a bunch of people telling me what's right or wrong.

So here's some homework, Arkon :

1 - go get a working 360 so I can join the chromehounds gang.
2 - watch V for Vendetta
3 - watch Dogma
4 - watch Boondock Saints

15490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Rumble....No Problem? on: September 28, 2006, 01:35:56 PM

Quote from: Wolves on September 28, 2006, 06:06:06 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 27, 2006, 04:56:05 PM

Force feedback, on the other hand, is important.

Hmm....I wasn't aware there was a difference.
Please explain to the uneducated...i.e. me. retard

if your joystick were to have resistance rather than having the controller vibrate. If you were playing a flight sim and as you pulled back on the controller and it resisted due to the "forces" on your plane, that would be force feedback.

Rumble *can be* force feedback. Look at splinter cell's lockpick as an example.
15491  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Films that most frequently use the F word on: September 27, 2006, 10:37:48 PM
Boondock saints has almost no nudity. ( I think there's one scene in a strip club that has a dancers boob, other than that, nada.

It's a pretty good movie; it makes you think. Kinda like V for Vendetta.
15492  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Films that most frequently use the F word on: September 27, 2006, 12:31:25 PM
Arkon, I've enjoyed every movie you mentioned there. I even enjoyed the Princess Bride, Coccoon, Batteries Not Included and Krull.

BUT, the following movies are something you're missing out on (from that list) :

Casino 1995 - an amazing story about the fall of the Kingpin dynasties that ruled Las Vegas. VERY gritty.
Goodfellas 1990 - a classic mob movie.
Reservoir Dogs 1992 - Another action/suspense movie from Tarentino.
Pulp Fiction 1994 - A terrific blend of colorful characters and how they connect. Kinda like an anger-based "Love Actually".
The Boondock Saints 1999 - Story of religious-born vigilantism against mobs. Excellent stuff, lots of humour.
Suicide Kings 1997 - A terrific who-dun-it.
Monster 2003 - A different perspective of a killer. It allows you to empathize with her, even though your judgement dictates that what she's doing is wrong.
Platoon 1986 - Ugly side of war.
Trainspotting 1996 - The street-life of junkies, and how transitional life is.
Training Day 2001 - Terrific movie. I don't want to say anything about it. Just see it.
Sexy Beast 2000 - A movie where a retired bank-robber is brow-beaten to do one last job. Turn on the subtitles.
Dogma 1999  - The point of this flick is the religious message that has all the humour wrapped around it.

There are others there worth watching; I am not saying they are bad at all, they just didn't "do it" for me as much as these did.
15493  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anna is a bot! on: September 27, 2006, 12:09:56 PM
it's actually quite catchy... and it brings me back to the golden age of IRC... :misty_eyed_stare_into_the_past:
15494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick! DAZZLE me into buying a 360. on: September 26, 2006, 01:37:53 AM
Frankly, getting a PS2 ain't a bad option since you're totally new to the console world.
15495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick! DAZZLE me into buying a 360. on: September 26, 2006, 12:27:06 AM

Quote from: Kobra on September 26, 2006, 12:12:40 AM

PS2 sounds interesting, we've never had one, but I do hear the games are fantastic.  What about HDTV?  We have no intention of going to HDTV for awhile, will my Xbox360 experience be soured?  The best I can do right now is a 800line 35" CRT w/Component Cables.   tear

Since you have component cables at least you'll get some awesome SD picture.

As to HD, games still look awesome. Since you don't have HD, you're not spoiled either. Don't fret that.
15496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: What'd You Play? 25/Sep/06 on: September 25, 2006, 07:27:17 PM
Chromehounds single player. Finished all up to scout missions, and have level 4-7 left in commander and Heavy Artillery.
15497  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 25, 2006, 03:53:29 PM
nod TGAT was 1650 pages. *It* was a bit much.
15498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 25, 2006, 03:40:59 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 20, 2006, 03:00:06 PM

Quote from: Jag on September 20, 2006, 02:56:54 PM

I couldn't get into the first book of William's Memory, etc. Maybe i should give it second shot.

Takes a good 200 pages or so to get going.  I love those first 200 pages, but it turns a lot of people off. 

I loved the insanity that Simon "Mooncalf" goes through while trying to find his way out of the catacombs... it adds personality to a staple of a cliche'd fantasy setting.
15499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 games to cost $75 to $85 bucks?? on: September 25, 2006, 01:50:21 PM
I'm thinking the cost of media will drive ps3 prices higher than 360 games; BR disks will undoubtedly cost more (factoring in both % failure as well as the media being less plentiful than the standard DVD disks ... there's also the factory upgrade losses that companies have to account for etc. etc. etc.).

That's not to say I won't buy a PS3 come launch day. Whether it stays in my home beyond a day or gets ebay'd has yet to be seen.
15500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: September 25, 2006, 01:40:01 PM
I'd be concerned with "overheating".
15501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/25) on: September 25, 2006, 01:34:43 PM
15502  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Myth Busters:Kari Byron NSFW!!! on: September 25, 2006, 11:54:34 AM
but the labcoat and panties are a step up from her normal attire.  nod
15503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Help on: September 23, 2006, 11:58:15 AM
try a different set.
15504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: September 22, 2006, 07:46:08 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 22, 2006, 07:00:07 PM

I'd rock the pink.

* gellar is secure in his masculinity and also has a larger wang than most.

Gellar should totally start talking about the one he grew, not the one in his hand.
15505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: September 22, 2006, 07:42:13 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 22, 2006, 01:27:49 PM

Given that I already push the line by playing Ouendan in public on the subway at the highest difficulty, making cheerleaders dance so that a secretary will be able to go on a date with her hunky boss, I think having a pink DS on top of that would not only turn me gay, but would gayify everyone in a 20 meter radius.

You'd be throwing off Ellen Degeneres homo rays like Liberace throwing of feather boas!
15506  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: "You have already made a post." on: September 22, 2006, 12:35:01 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 22, 2006, 12:26:14 PM

I'm getting the same damn thing. I'm trying to insult Kelly Clarkson and AMerican Idol, but I can't because of this darn feature.

It's not technology stopping you; that's called "karma". As in, "My karma ran over your dogma."
15507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: September 22, 2006, 12:32:35 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 22, 2006, 12:27:32 PM

Oh and you're F...L.A.MING if you like  Kelly Clarkson.

I'd hit it. Not my taste in music, but she's hot. It's important for men and women to have different tastes... we like tuna, they like sausage. It's natural for us to be attracted to pink things. Ooo, a double-en-tendre! I am so witty.  disgust
15508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The ups and downs of schlong swapping (sorta SFW) on: September 22, 2006, 12:26:12 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 21, 2006, 03:48:23 AM

... wouldn't any schlong be better than no schlong?

I dare you to say THAT in a greek bath-house!
15509  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The ups and downs of schlong swapping (sorta SFW) on: September 22, 2006, 12:23:37 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 20, 2006, 02:31:01 PM

I never want to hear you use the phrase 'The ups and downs of schlong swapping' ever again.....

Better than the In's and Outs though.  icon_wink
15510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: September 22, 2006, 12:21:03 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on September 22, 2006, 11:55:04 AM

Quote from: Misguided on September 22, 2006, 11:32:30 AM

On a side note, if it bothers you to see fingerprints on stuff, don't get the black one.

I was leaning like, 75% black and 25% pink...but this comment...THIS COMMENT...makes me really contemplate a pink DSL over the black one...

Yeah, and apparently most people in this forum wouldn't be caught PUTTING fingerprints on a pink one.

Dude, if you're comfortable in your manhood, get the pink one. Put some flaming skull decals on it, but get the pink one.  :slywink:
15511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HD-DVD 360 Addon - $170 bucks on: September 22, 2006, 11:04:41 AM
apparently the new 360's (in stores now) have an altered heatsink setup ad intercoolers will actually cause overheating. I got this from my buddy who sells em. (EBGames)
15512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.U.R. : Okami [PS2] on: September 21, 2006, 01:40:17 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on September 21, 2006, 01:04:11 AM

Quote from: Purge on September 20, 2006, 02:41:37 PM

As I understand it, was on the shelf yesterday. When was the F.U.R. posted for it?

huh last I checked release dates are usually ship to store dates and you can actually buy it the next day..  Tongue All in good fun of giving you a hard time of course.. oh and I like the idea of the FUR  icon_biggrin

I found that most games come out on tuesday in the US (streetdates) and they hit canadian shelves on thursday/friday due to shipping or french manuals/box labels. So I am used to seeing impressions threads days before I can buy a game. Fact of the matter is, there was two Okami discussions going on (and an impressions thread) before I posted the F.U.R..   icon_cool

I'm not mad or anything, I just didn't like the tone I percieved in the message before my rant. 'zall.

Uhm, did I just hijack my own thread?  saywhat
Back to the FUR!

15513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 will support 1080p! on: September 20, 2006, 07:14:51 PM
Here's some more stuff to chew on:

Anandtech maintains that 360 can output digital signal
Gizmodo "confirms-sorta" that a cable will be available.
Blurry rumours of HDMI ports being built-in to a new 360
15514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 will support 1080p! on: September 20, 2006, 07:01:18 PM
I don't don't disagree; however this is the first day of TGS and there were no other hardware announcements today. Maybe tomorrow?
15515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 20, 2006, 06:58:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 20, 2006, 03:17:28 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 20, 2006, 03:08:07 PM

Oh and it smells really nice too...smells

oh.. sorry.. I farted paranoid

 saywhat Explain WHY your anal canal would smell like "love"?  :icon_eek: No wait, I recind that request.
15516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 will support 1080p! on: September 20, 2006, 06:55:08 PM
They have X06 next week. I doubt they're going to blow their load all today.

If they are going to debase and rock the h/w platform of the Sony boat, it's going to be more than one wave.
15517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 will support 1080p! on: September 20, 2006, 06:16:07 PM
Since we've noted that 1080p doesn't NEED double the bandwidth (using television's 3:2 pulldown), all that really means is that the sets that can output 1080p will be able to do so with the signal provided, right?

I think the output from the 360 isn't analog until it hits the bulkhead connector; the VGA (which are admittedly analog high density 15 pin) are able to alter screen resolution. The fact that the 360 knows what kind of cable is plugged in, and can select SD vs HD on the cables leads me to believe that the cable portion can handle the higher throughput (even if it IS analog going into the cable).

Look at it this way : we don't know what the max data throughput is from the 360 to the cable itself (MS's proprietary bulkhead connector). If they include tech in the cable to convert 1080p analog to digital outside the 'box, it doesn't matter as long as it hits the TV using HDMI / DVI D etc...).

I'm sure this was a consideration as to why MS didn't just put component out jacks on the back of the 360; that would have been the cheapest way to go at implementation time. I believe these upgrades are not reactional to Sony; they were looking at BD vs HDDVD whilst they were building the 360. It should come as no great surprise if they made backroads to be able to accomplish step-ups that in previous consoles were unattainable without a complete hardware upgrade.
15518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.U.R. : Okami [PS2] on: September 20, 2006, 02:41:37 PM
As I understand it, was on the shelf yesterday. When was the F.U.R. posted for it?

Mmmhhhmm. Okay. Thanks for playing.

These "furs" are fur people who want to see general consensus, and are fluid enough to change if longer playtimes = better or worse scoring.

I don't want betas, demo's etc. If people choose to do so, that's their business. I'm not policing it; I've provided the guidelines.

As it stands this would be better integrated into the site and I hope it does make it in some form into GamingTrend.

If you don't see value in it, then don't read / contribute.

Impressions are for reading. This is a "Glance system" with 3-4 positive points, 3-4 negative points (if you even want to put that).

Its a quick way to be heard and low commitment to contributing.
15519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stupidity in america, It's Hop Hop's fault? on: September 19, 2006, 09:03:22 PM
The only thing wrong is your title says Hop Hop.  nod
15520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 19, 2006, 07:53:47 PM

Quote from: mytocles on September 19, 2006, 05:15:47 PM

"Tailchaser's Song"

Correct. A gold star for you, Myto. It was his first book. All of the posts I've put up lead off to the authors pages or links to their books.
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