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2081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: March 17, 2010, 03:37:35 PM
Is there something wrong with me for liking the disgaea series and Jane D'Arc, but not this game? I have tried to get into it several times but I can never get past the first 2 or 3 hours. What the heck am I missing?
2082  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: New York Times Article on Scientology on: March 16, 2010, 01:51:03 PM

Quote from: notrich on March 16, 2010, 12:34:04 AM

Quote from: ericb on March 13, 2010, 04:54:53 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 10, 2010, 06:00:20 AM

I'm sure this is how every religion started out.  It's just that this is happening now and people can see how ridiculous it is before it takes hold.  I wonder how they are able to build these grand structures if their membership is dropping as quickly as the article states.  

Oh well, I guess we'll all be Unitologists soon any way.  Altman be praised!!

Because they have a lot of very rich members who are encouraged to give a lot and often.

scientologists are rich?  Maybe I should join? (perhaps it will rub off?)

Not all of them are rich. But it's a known fact that they do target rich people to join. As seen by their celebrity center and active recruitment of dentists, doctors and lawyers. On the flip side, a lot of their member aren't rich because they have given everything they can to the cult/church and have nothing left.
2083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 15, 2010, 08:22:43 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 15, 2010, 08:13:41 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 15, 2010, 08:05:57 PM

i blame western rpgs for ruining good rpgs. FF games have never been about vast exploration. Hell, even ME and ME2 has you funneled down corridors. Not really sure why people complain so much. The exploration in Fable 2 is pitiful, at best. In fact, Fallout 3 is the only good example I can think of.

I'm somewhat in agreement with this, I hate that Western RPGs have created this expectation for all RPGs to be open-world. I really hope FF13 sells extremely well, I want it to outsell Fallout 3 and ME2, so that other developers can have some breathing room when it comes to making a linear, story-driven RPG without open-ended plot elements. I'm sorry, but games like Fallout 3 and ME2 don't have nearly the same impact in story telling and character development as a Final Fantasy.

I actually disagree with this when it comes to ME2. I think the characters in ME2 are actually more realistic and deeper than those in FF13. In fact to me the characters, their backgrounds and motivations are one of the strong points of ME2.
2084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jak & Daxter : The Lost Frontier on: March 12, 2010, 07:26:59 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 12, 2010, 05:56:23 PM

Did anyone ever play this? A Jak game should be high on my list, but I haven't even played the Clank PSP game yet.

BAM this is what I think of it.
2085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] God of War III - Monday, March 8th on: March 12, 2010, 07:19:30 PM

Quote from: skystride on March 12, 2010, 07:13:29 PM

Tom Chick finished it and hates it.

Doesn't affect my purchase decision, I just got the call that my copy is in!  It's going to be a really long 3 hours at work.  

I'll still be playing FF13 mostly but I'll dabble in it.

Does anybody take that guy seriously anymore? He's the the Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh of video game reviews. He intentionally tries to shock people.
2086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: February NPD: 360 Wins, PS3 Close Third on: March 12, 2010, 03:42:27 PM
Dante's Inferno had all those adds on TV that made it look awesome. So I'm not surprised it did so well. Most people buy games without reading reviews.
2087  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Alganon on: March 11, 2010, 07:22:08 PM
Are they fucking insane?  eek
2088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 11, 2010, 12:24:20 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 11, 2010, 10:45:43 AM

Okay, I'm all set up. This console is noisy like hell!

My gamertag seems to be TiLT42.

Welcome to the world of Microsoft hardware. Jet like noises, RROD, and Disk Read errors are a part of the 360 gaming experience.
2089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: God's Country on: March 10, 2010, 06:54:36 PM
It's cold in Canada.
2090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: March 09, 2010, 09:33:20 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 09, 2010, 09:31:22 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on March 09, 2010, 09:11:07 PM

...and I'm out.  It's getting too painful.  I've given it enough chances but 24 is dead to me now.  I'll always have the first three series...

It's ironic(?) or just a coincidence but when I scanned the thread titles it looked like "24 Season 8 hits Rock Bottom" but I had just transposed the Lindsay Lohan thread title into this one lol.  Still with last night's resurrection of the Starbuck plot from hell, this might be a true statement.

The commercial for next week was so desperate that they actually TELL you exactly when there will be a big twist in the plot lol.  So you might want to give it just one more week/chance to impress you.  

I'm still hoping at 3:52, the twist is that Starbuck is a CYLON!!!!  At 3:53 Freddie Prinze becomes a VAMPIRE!!!!  The 2 of them team up with that guy they killed who will re-emerge as a ZOMBIE at 3:55!!!!  The Unholy Alliance of a Cylon/Vampire/Zombie will only be taken out when Jack teams up with (at 3:59) Special Guest Star Sarah Michelle Gellar reprising her role as Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Cue the music!  Cue the timer clock countdown, beep beep beep!

You know I would actually watch that. Hopefully they throw Spike in there too.
2091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [series] Trueblood on: March 09, 2010, 08:34:47 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 09, 2010, 08:29:14 PM

At episode 11 so far, and I'm very annoyed that we dont know who the killer is yet... I have my suspecions though, but what I really want for this show right now, is it to aaaallll the way with crazy mythology stuff after the burgerhouse owner guy's admittance to there being a lot of stuff out there that sookie doesnt know about...

I want vampires, werewolves, banshees, devils, demons and angels in battle soon!

Well you will definitely know who the killer is next episode. Plus, season 2 features more vamps and a demon/god of sorts. Supposedly werewolves are in the mix for season 3.
2092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: March 08, 2010, 05:18:06 PM
I bet they are getting attacked by hackers. That would be my guess. Serves them right. The exec that came up with/approved this stupid DRM should be fired.
2093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] God of War III - Monday, March 8th on: March 08, 2010, 05:11:08 PM
I can't wait for next Tuesday.
2094  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / New York Times Article on Scientology on: March 08, 2010, 02:48:41 PM
For some reason I am fascinated with reading about Scientology and all the coercive policies they use on their members, ex-members, and detractors. So I was glad to see a legitimate article by the New York Times about the people who try to leave Scientology. Check it here. I don't really have much to say about the article. I just thought it was interesting.
2095  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Atari 50% off nearly everything sale on: March 07, 2010, 02:54:41 AM
If I'm reading their website right you can get Star Trek Online for $15. Haven't tried it though.
2096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 on: March 06, 2010, 01:22:11 PM
If you have a good PC and a PS3 then there really is no reason to buy a 360 beyond multiplayer. Look at the top 20 games for the 360 on Metacritic. Only about 3 are  exclusive to the 360, so if you don't want to play those games, then don't waste your money.
2097  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Hypothetically if there were a Menzoberranzan MMO would you play? on: March 05, 2010, 01:45:03 PM
Moria is the closest thing that I can think of in a recent MMO. At least as far as the environment. Turbine develops both LoTRO and D&D so it's not out of the realm of possibility for there to be an Underdark expansion for D&D.
2098  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: War of the Ring -- Collector's Edition on: March 03, 2010, 09:49:40 PM
Forget the box, look at the rug that guy has in his living room. It's like he bought it at the Rug Store version of IKEA.
2099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: March 03, 2010, 02:45:28 PM
I'm pretty sure this season is past the point of being able to save itself. By far the worst season ever. I keep hoping that the writing will get better. Instead it gets worse and worse each week.

Why the hell does someone need to take the fall for CTU so bad? How the heck would simply knowing the names of the people with the rods be enough to stop them before they set it off? How many underccover operatives does this fake president have in NY anyway, can't he just narrow it down to a couple of likely ones who have betrayed him? Why send an unproven man-boy into an obvious trap to kill your informant? Is there actually a secluded swamp that close to NYC with a view of the skyline like that? And why the heck would they sink the bodies in the swamp and not weigh them down?  I could keep going but good lord the writing is loose.
2100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB 2K10 (for those of us without a PS3 but love baseball) on: March 02, 2010, 07:41:28 PM
I laugh at Baseball fans who have to play MLB 2K10 instead of The Show. Laugh I say.  icon_lol
2101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] - The Last Rebellion on: March 02, 2010, 05:04:58 PM
Here's my review. Worst score I have ever given a game. Here's my summary
Last Rebellion is not a good game. The graphics are PS2 in quality; the sound is boring and adds nothing to the already vacant atmosphere. The battle system is decent but hampered by stuns and a low difficulty. There are no side quests and the game can be beaten in less than 13 hours. The storyline has potential, but ultimately falls flat and suffers from the same lack of atmosphere that the rest of the game suffers from. If this were a PSP game I may be able to overlook a lot of these short comings, but as a PS3 game, Last Rebellion is disappointing.
Sucks too because I wanted to like it, but once I got past the 3 or 4 hour mark I realized the game wasn't going to get better, and actually gets worse.
2102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: final fantasy crystal chronicles crystal bearers trailer (Wii) on: March 02, 2010, 03:10:08 PM
My next review will be of this game. I'm about half way through it. I should have had it done by now, but I got sidetracked by other things with hard due dates. My impressions are good though.
2103  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The OTHER MMORPG - FFXI on: March 02, 2010, 04:31:01 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 02, 2010, 03:36:01 AM

I had skipped one month due to bills, then when I tried to continue my sub they explained that it wasn't possible.  Definitely a disappointment.  I MIGHT have rebought the game to continue if my characters would be accessible, but was told they were deleted when the account lapsed.  I had about 8 months played when it all happened.

That is a tremendous pile of BS on Squares part. It basically means that only the hardcore will continue to play their game, thereby eliminating the casual gamer. Stupid business decision.
2104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] - The Last Rebellion on: March 01, 2010, 03:55:23 PM
I finished this one last night and I will be writing my review today, so you should see it on the site tomorrow. But I will end the suspense and just say that this game is not good. Even if you like off beat RPGs you will be hard pressed to enjoy this one all the way through.
2105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB 10 The Show (PS3) on: February 26, 2010, 04:07:36 PM
I skipped this one last year for the first time in a long time and Im on the fence this year. This damn thread is pulling me into the forum effect.
2106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 26, 2010, 04:05:30 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 26, 2010, 03:58:53 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on February 26, 2010, 03:45:58 PM

So what happens to all of the previous candidates that died?  Do they become part of the smoke monster amalgamation?  Didn't we see multiple faces in the smoke monster when it confronted Echo?  It seems like energy never (or rarely ever) leaves the island, to include life force or whatever you want to call it.   

That doesn't appear to be how it works. There were faces in the smoke monster when it confronted Mr Eko, but those were scenes from his memories. Nemesis has only taken on the shapes of dead people, but that doesn't mean he's limited to doing only that. Also, people like Christian Shepherd appear to be separate entities or perhaps even the original person. AFAIK, none of the Losties who have died have been represented by Nemesis later. I don't really see how you draw the conclusion that "life energy" doesn't leave the Island.

Also keep in mind that Nemesis' transformation into Locke was seemingly unique. He's supposedly unable to change back into other shapes now for unknown reasons.

Dead is dead. It's entirely possible however that a merging between the two realities will force the other reality's Locke into Nemesis' new body, perhaps suppressing or killing it outright. This may be a central concept to Jacob's plan.

Along these lines has there ever been a reason given for the Smoke Monster killing Mr. Echo. It seems like a pointless killing, but we all know better than that with this show.
2107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Crazies on: February 24, 2010, 09:05:41 PM
He was also the pimp in that movie where Elisha Cuthbert is a porn star.
2108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: new to PS3.. (advise/links to demon's soul character creation)? on: February 23, 2010, 06:24:11 PM
Use the wiki. The best advise I can give you is to take it slow, if you build up a bunch of XP and aren;'t sure about your next encounter, the best thing to do is go back to the hub and level up. Nothing is worse than dying at the wrong time in that game. And trust me you will die, I don't care how good your skills are. But, it is a really good game once you get the feel for it.
2109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] - The Last Rebellion on: February 23, 2010, 04:04:36 PM
I'm playing this one right now. I will have a full review up by next week. My initial thoughts are decent though. If you are in to off beat JRPGs then you will probably like this one. This comes from only about 4 hours of gameplay though, so my final thoughts aren't in on this one yet.

So far it is anything but cliche for a JRPG. It's a turn based attack style game, BUT you only have one person in your party, the kicker is that the one person has two souls and you have to sub them in and out for each attack turn. It's actually an interested combat mechanic. The story isn't your typical farm boy girlie man becomes a dragon slayer type thing either. Instead you start out as somewhat of a badass, without much real empathy for the people around you. It will be interesting to see how the story plays out.

2110  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO Volume III: Allies of the King book 1: Oath of the Rangers on: February 23, 2010, 02:45:08 PM

Quote from: ydejin on February 22, 2010, 10:54:13 PM

Quote from: Sadan01 on February 22, 2010, 10:48:34 PM

I would think that Rohan may be next after Volume III, but then again, with the Hobbit being made into a movie, it wouldn't surprise me to continue further north from Mirkwood instead, before heading south to Rohan.
The hobbit movie isn't coming out until December of 2011.  I think that's too long for them to stay in Mirkwood.  I do agree that it would make a lot of sense for them to expand Mirkwood northward when that first movie comes out, and then perhaps add in the Lonely Mountain when the second movie arrives in December of 2012.

Volume III deals with the rangers, and we know from the books that the Rangers eventually head to Rohan to fight with Aragorn. So I would assume that we would make it to Rohan by the end of Volume III. This is just my guess though, since the devs haven't given any clue as to where they are going next. I really hope it is towards Rohan though. I want to see Mount Doom eventually.
2111  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: /me winces as he pushes the button on a new 160 gig intel ssd. on: February 22, 2010, 02:35:26 PM
I had the same debate when I upgraded to Win 7. But in the end I couldn't justify the price. I really hope the SSDs come down in price soon. I would love to have a 200+ Gig SSD drive running windows and my main apps.
2112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/22) on: February 22, 2010, 02:30:11 PM
I have a review copy of Last Rebellion. I'll let you guys have some first impressions after I get some play time with it. 
2113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Far Cry considered a hard game? on: February 19, 2010, 04:55:10 PM
It's hard but not impossible. Definitely harder than most shooters.
2114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 19, 2010, 02:52:52 PM
I was shocked that team Stephanie, Colby and Tom didn't sway the two women. Tom and Colby better step up their game if they want to stay.
2115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Water Heater on: February 19, 2010, 02:01:18 AM
If it did burst, it means that the tank has a crack in it somewhere, so it would continually leak. Seriously though if all it is is the heater core then it doesn't make sense to buy a whole new tank, just buy the core and replace it. They are designed to be replaced every couple of years.
2116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Water Heater on: February 19, 2010, 01:07:37 AM
You may just have a bum heater core. In which case you can buy a new one for about $30. It's easy to diagnose and install too, just do a Google search for instructions if you can't figure it out. Otherwise you are looking at at least $700 for a whole new heater.
2117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 17, 2010, 04:49:41 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on February 17, 2010, 03:47:10 PM

Is that really Matthew Fox? It looks like him, but damn he let himself go for a while if it is.
2118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: February 17, 2010, 03:54:44 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on February 17, 2010, 03:49:55 PM

the whole 'no hubs/towns' thing is really no big deal for me - a number of my favorite srpgs don't have them, & still manage to work in every other way (story/characters/gameplay). so yeah, for a jrpg, it's a departure from 'the norm', likely means there'll be no mini-games (cards, chocobo racing), & will be faulted for this (beyond the demo, i'm in blackout mode), but as long as the other stuff i mentioned is there, i'm more than willing to give it a shot smile ...

I usually find towns to be the most tedious and boring part of any RPG, so if the game works without them I certainly wont miss them.
2119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 17, 2010, 03:53:07 PM
I don't think that young kid was Jacob. The kid specifically referred to Jacob in the 3rd person and Smokey seemed to be somewhat inferior to him. Damn questions being answered with questions.
2120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: February 17, 2010, 02:17:29 PM

Quote from: jersoc on February 17, 2010, 02:28:19 AM

the 360 version is the same. wtf are you expecting is so different that makes you scared?

I'm not scared, my worry is that the game was developed for the PS3 and then ported to the 360 (In the west at least). Square has promised a dual release and now that it's crunch time I'm worried that they haven't given themselves enough time to properly port the game to the 360 without making compromises to the game. Again I have absolutely no proof to support this. It's just a worry. Ultimately what I'm trying to say is that if the 360 version isn't on the level with the PS3 version then I hope they hold it off to make it right.
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