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7121  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBOX 360 120 GB 122.00 HDD @ Buy.com w/ Free Shipping on: February 19, 2009, 07:24:15 PM
That reminds me, I bought a 1 TB external drive at Costco this weekend for just about $100. Came with it's own housing, power adapter and USB and firewire cables. This MS stuff is such a joke.

The one thing that they should at least consider doing is partnering to release a standard external drive that is affordable. For example, TiVo got with WD and they sell a 500GB external drive that connects via eSATA. It costs about $110. MS could do the same and hook it up via USB (although I don't know if the ports are USB 2.0. Maybe they don't even need to be).
7122  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBOX 360 120 GB 122.00 HDD @ Buy.com w/ Free Shipping on: February 19, 2009, 05:48:22 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 19, 2009, 05:08:05 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 19, 2009, 03:32:24 PM

OK, that's just the hard drive, not a 360 with a 120GB HD. Title is a bit confusing.

Fixed. But yeah. Should I call Captain Obvious?   disgust icon_wink

Well, it confused me and we all know I am very, very perceptive  ninja
7123  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBOX 360 120 GB 122.00 @ Buy.com w/ Free Shipping on: February 19, 2009, 03:32:24 PM
OK, that's just the hard drive, not a 360 with a 120GB HD. Title is a bit confusing.
7124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward will not be ignored on: February 18, 2009, 09:01:20 PM
It's not this weekend, it's the weekend after - also note this is the weekend that Killzone 2 comes out, which I'm sure is not a coincidence.
7125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Infinity Ward will not be ignored on: February 18, 2009, 07:33:11 PM
COD4 double XP weekend coming up:
http://www.fourzerotwo.com/2009/02/17/big-call-of-duty-4-promotion-starting-feb-27th/
7126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: February 18, 2009, 06:44:43 PM
Feel free to go through my backloggery and pick a game from there  icon_lol

Actually, Ico is on there, and while NOLF and Freedom Force are not, I believe I own both and have had several aborted starts of both of them.

Ditto on the Riddick comment - I plan to get the new version when it comes out.
7127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft's I Am Alive on: February 18, 2009, 05:47:05 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on February 18, 2009, 05:36:27 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 18, 2009, 05:00:09 PM

They will probably ruin it by having the source of the quake being the release of some genetically engineered creatures (or the quake will release some genetically engineered creatures that were safely locked away), but I'm intrigued.

Please, please, please don't let this be true (the creatures, not that you are intrigued icon_wink). They could *so* make a really interesting game out of this premise without screwing it up with aliens or creatures or other wacko stuff.

Well, according to wikipedia, there is a reference in the trailer to a Maori god that causes earthquakes, so I don't have my hopes up that this won't take a supernatural route.
7128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft's I Am Alive on: February 18, 2009, 05:00:09 PM
They will probably ruin it by having the source of the quake being the release of some genetically engineered creatures (or the quake will release some genetically engineered creatures that were safely locked away), but I'm intrigued.
7129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Action Movies: What makes or breaks them? on: February 18, 2009, 03:08:24 PM
For me, I think it is some amount of plausibility, but in the world that the movie has created. If the universe allows for it, I have no problem with over-the-top concepts. For example, Independence Day tries to hold on to some sense of reality, but then has crop dusters and the president flying fighter jets and random people flying alien spacecraft and uploading viruses via a mac. It's stupid and totally pulls you out of the movie. However, something like a wire-fu film makes sense because it fits into the mythology of the time.

But bad movies are also just bad movies. Armageddon has some of the worst writing in a movie ever (animal cracker scene?), plus it expects you to be entertained by watching a bunch of guys drilling a hole. Aside from the ridiculous nature of the premise (turning a bunch of blue collar workers into astronauts)
7130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coldstone Creamery on: February 18, 2009, 01:02:51 AM
They stole the idea from Steve's, which was Boston-based thankyouverymuch. But I have no qualms eating there, especially since they are more common here now than Herrell's (which is really Steve's now. The stores that are actually called Steve's are an embarrassment to the name).
7131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 18, 2009, 12:57:01 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on February 18, 2009, 12:09:44 AM

yup, final fantasy xii - an under-rated, 'hidden gem' if ever there was one smile ...

Yes, yes well...  this thread did morph a little bit. But I do have Primal coming and I ordered a copy of Shadow Hearts.
7132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My 3-year old tv broke...but I fixed it for $5! on: February 17, 2009, 10:10:20 PM
Man, we are like MacGyver up in here. High fives!
7133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamerankings going away? on: February 17, 2009, 09:40:05 PM
Possibly just internal issues - http://au.gamespot.com/pages/forums/show_msgs.php?topic_id=26783939

We'll see...
7134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamerankings going away? on: February 17, 2009, 09:30:52 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on February 17, 2009, 09:27:54 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 17, 2009, 09:22:27 PM

That sucks.  I couldn't care less about the overall review aggregation, but it was my go-to place to see what reviews were released for a game and open up the ones I was interested in reading.

Me too.

Would metacritic work as a substitute?

Technically, yes, but I liked the layout at Gamerankings. Very easy to use.
7135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamerankings going away? on: February 17, 2009, 09:30:24 PM
The strange thing is that I looked up a game earlier today, so whatever is happening started only a few hours ago.
7136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 17, 2009, 09:28:49 PM

Quote from: disarm on February 17, 2009, 09:22:41 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 17, 2009, 08:24:33 PM

Quote from: Doopri on February 17, 2009, 08:05:37 PM

hmm i dont remember about the cut scenes... though i THINK it does pause w/ start (isnt there a little button in the bottom right or left corner that says "press (something) to skip"?

and i will give you one "spoiler" about the hunts

Spoiler for Hiden:
you will get them much faster than you can handle them!  from what i remember, a level two hunt will pretty much require a level 20 party, at least.  likewise, level 3, about level 30 party - DONT take them on willy-nilly you WILL get wiped!

I took a detour in the middle of the early quest with Penelo and did get completely wiped out on the second available hunt. I managed to complete it on the second try, but wound up using up most of my phoenix down in the process. I wondered afterwards if the game had meant for you to just complete the quest you were on with Penelo and then go do more hunts after you had gotten the "real" party together.

you will have more luck going back to work on the hunts later, especially once you fill out your party more.  if you take on many of them early, you're setting yourself up for a big challenge pretty quickly...not impossible, but you will tear through all your potions and money.  just follow the story for a bit and you can go back to the hunts any time.  i've been playing the story pretty much straight through recently and just hit my first little wall that seems to require a little leveling before i can progress any further.  i have quite a few hunts open and plan on going back to work on them now as a way to level a bit without just wandering about aimlessly.  i'm about 30 hours in now and the game is fantastic so far...fun gameplay, interesting characters, and great story.

According to the manual, the game will give you a hint based on the color of the enemy name (blue means you should win fairly easily, yellow you have a shot, red run away). I wonder if that scales at all to how big your party is. I neglected to check what color the second hunt creature was, but I know I specifically avoided a later encounter following the manual's suggestion.
7137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamerankings going away? on: February 17, 2009, 09:20:03 PM
Saw this on GAF - if you go to gamerankings.com you get redirected to Gamespot. Of course, the fanboys over there are glad, because they think the overall rankings are wrong. However, I use it all the time to look at various reviews and I'm hoping it's not actually gone.
7138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter IV Impressions on: February 17, 2009, 08:54:11 PM
Uh oh, Hark's already unlocked all the characters. You guys are toast.
7139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: February 17, 2009, 08:30:26 PM
I need to go back and finish this game. I think I am about 75% done based on the in-game stat. I got to the point where I was getting my butt kicked a lot and it was getting frustrating. I should probably just go in and do the remaining story missions. I am playing as Mui and I guess she has less health than Mattias. I guess that's what I get for wanting to hear that sexy British accent.

On of my main problems is whenever I get in a helicopter I seem to get shot down really quickly.
7140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 17, 2009, 08:24:33 PM

Quote from: Doopri on February 17, 2009, 08:05:37 PM

hmm i dont remember about the cut scenes... though i THINK it does pause w/ start (isnt there a little button in the bottom right or left corner that says "press (something) to skip"?

and i will give you one "spoiler" about the hunts

Spoiler for Hiden:
you will get them much faster than you can handle them!  from what i remember, a level two hunt will pretty much require a level 20 party, at least.  likewise, level 3, about level 30 party - DONT take them on willy-nilly you WILL get wiped!

I took a detour in the middle of the early quest with Penelo and did get completely wiped out on the second available hunt. I managed to complete it on the second try, but wound up using up most of my phoenix down in the process. I wondered afterwards if the game had meant for you to just complete the quest you were on with Penelo and then go do more hunts after you had gotten the "real" party together.
7141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My 3-year old tv broke...but I fixed it for $5! on: February 17, 2009, 07:49:34 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 17, 2009, 07:13:15 PM

You are a hero!

Teggy - making the world safe for wives everywhere to watch old episodes of "House".
7142  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal (keep it updated!) on: February 17, 2009, 06:58:03 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 17, 2009, 06:53:47 PM


Cool, except I think they are selling a version with extra tracks on iTunes. I'll have to see if they are worth the extra $5-$6.
7143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 17, 2009, 06:36:25 PM
Well it looks my wife had some really odd exemption setup on her W-2: federal at 0 and state at 1. I don't even know how it's possible to set it up that way, but the upshot is that we got a nice refund. Looks like it will be going towards debt. Sorry, America.
7144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter IV Impressions on: February 17, 2009, 06:24:31 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 17, 2009, 03:40:25 PM

My GameStop has them in, enough even for non-preorders.

I'm off!

(insert wonderpug sprinting to the store and back to work montage)

Looked like they had about 20-25 copies for the 360, 15-20 for the PS3.  The guy said that was everything they had, for preorders and unreserved alike.  Slightly contrary to the guy from the same store who just a few days ago told me they had over 300 preorders logged so I better preorder preorder now now!   disgust

Well I see that Hark is already online playing it, so you are officially behind. You lose! (although he has yet to win a ranked match, maybe hasn't played one - isn't it scary what you can find out just by looking at someone's xbox live profile?)
7145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite "default" game music? on: February 17, 2009, 06:21:39 PM
I have to say I don't have a lot of favorite game music because when it plays over and over while you play it tends to become either annoying or you start to tune it out.

I will say that I like the theme that plays in Kingdom Hearts when you load up the disc. I also thought something that was unique was the way that Banjo-Kazooie plays the same exact music the entire game but changes as you go from area to area. From what I understand, that happens real-time.
7146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My 3-year old tv broke...but I fixed it for $5! on: February 17, 2009, 06:04:02 PM
Every once in a while you think you're going to get screwed and then a little something nice happens. For the past 2 years or so we have been fairly dedicated to paying off debt. We are not as hardcore as we should be, but we try to do without when we can - limited vacations, hanging on to old cars, trading games instead of buying, etc. We do treat ourselves now and again, especially when there's a bonus, gift, stimulus payment, etc.

3 years ago the old 20" tv I had in the bedroom died and I decided there would be no more sdtvs coming into my house. The best solution was a 27" Panasonic CRT HDTV that I got for about $400. It is 85 pounds (hence my newer rule of no more CRTs coming into my house - at least it's smaller than my old 120 pound Sony sdtv that I would love to get rid of).

On Sunday my wife informed me that the tv is off and will not turn on. Pressing the power button does absolutely nothing. Fantastic. I look up my documentation and see that the tv is at least a year out of warranty. I didn't buy an extended warranty, but the TV was from Circuit City, and wouldn't that be the kicker? So my option for repair is somehow getting the 85 pounds into my car and to a repair place, where I would no doubt be charged a bunch for labor. At this point my mind wanders to Costco, but I really, really don't want to spend money on a tv right now. Plus, I'd still have to dispose of the 85 pound tv.

So, off to the internet we go and I find that this is a common problem with the Panasonic tvs. The culprit? A tiny fuse that regulates the flow of power to the tv. If I don't mind opening the tv up, I can verify that the fuse is blown and then replace it. I figure, why not, hopefully I won't electrocute myself. I unscrew about 8 screws and get a look inside, and sure enough, the fuse is blown. Of course, the fuse is a specialty Amp/Watt combo that you really can't get in stores, but people online recommend a suitable replacement that can be found at Home Depot.

On Sunday morning I pop over to Home Depot, grab the fuse (a package of 2 for $5), go home and swap it in and the tv turns back on. Just to be safe, I ordered the correct fuse online so I can put the exact right one in when I get them. And my wallet is breathing a sigh of relief.
7147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 17, 2009, 04:55:31 PM
Quick question - if you press "start" during a cutscene in ffxii (in-engine or fmv), will it pause the cutscene or just skip over it? A couple of times yesterday I had to tell my wife to wait to talk because I was afraid I would miss the cutscene.
7148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 17, 2009, 02:25:48 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 17, 2009, 02:22:49 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 17, 2009, 02:18:27 PM

Quote from: warning on February 17, 2009, 12:40:25 PM

Man I'm excited for you.  I played it through for the first time this past August/September and loved it.  You're in for a great time.

Well I am enjoying it so far. How long should I expect the game to be?

About 70 hours or so. 

Oh my. Well, we'll see if I can do this. The most time I have spent on any (story-based) game is 60 hours on GTAIV. How is the difficulty level towards the end? That's usually what will get me to quit on a game, if it starts to get too frustrating.
7149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 17, 2009, 02:18:27 PM

Quote from: warning on February 17, 2009, 12:40:25 PM

Man I'm excited for you.  I played it through for the first time this past August/September and loved it.  You're in for a great time.

Well I am enjoying it so far. How long should I expect the game to be?
7150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 17, 2009, 03:30:07 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 17, 2009, 03:02:00 AM

Quote from: Teggy on February 17, 2009, 02:47:39 AM

OK, yeah, this game is much different than any other RPG I've ever played and I mean that in a very good way. No random battles, no break from the action for battles, gambits (not having to obsess over health is huge)... I've played some other games that have elements of this system (KOTOR, Kingdom Hearts), but this has me hooked (I played about 4.5 hours today).  The story and characters help as well, of course. Although what was Square thinking by giving away "Amalia's" identity in the instruction book? Granted, if you were paying attention to the cutscenes you'd basically know, but even when I saw her reappear I wasn't 100% sure it was her.

FYI, there is some fantastic (and spoiler-free) information about FF XII in this thread, especially relating to gambit setups.  The early game is pretty basic, but there are some definite gambit tips and tricks you'll want to be aware of as you progress.  The FF XII late-game is an incredible mix of action and gambit-tweaking that has few rivals in the RPG world.

I took a quick look and saw things in the first post that I don't really want to know. If I don't play the game perfectly and don't see the best ending or get the best loot, so be it. I'd rather just see things unfold as I play and do my best with what the game throws my way. Hopefully I won't play myself into a corner.
7151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 17, 2009, 02:47:39 AM
OK, yeah, this game is much different than any other RPG I've ever played and I mean that in a very good way. No random battles, no break from the action for battles, gambits (not having to obsess over health is huge)... I've played some other games that have elements of this system (KOTOR, Kingdom Hearts), but this has me hooked (I played about 4.5 hours today).  The story and characters help as well, of course. Although what was Square thinking by giving away "Amalia's" identity in the instruction book? Granted, if you were paying attention to the cutscenes you'd basically know, but even when I saw her reappear I wasn't 100% sure it was her.
7152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 16, 2009, 08:54:56 PM
Well, I was out today and picked up FFXII. $13 new at Gamestop, which is crazy cheap. I'm still interested in Shadow Hearts, so I'll have to see what I want to do there - Kevin was correct in saying that the original is relatively expensive for a PS2 game. This will probably also not help with my FFVII playthrough.

Thanks very much for all the suggestions (and feel free to add more). I don't want to get too big of a backlog of PS2 games, of course. I bought the next-gen systems and and HDTV for a reason smile

Some comments:
"tactics" games and SRPGs - I can't do it, I just don't have the patience, even if they have giant robots
Ratchet: Deadlocked - I'm a diehard Ratchet fan and I just can't bring myself to play this game. I like Ratchet for the platforming a lot more than the shooting.
FFVI - I don't know that I want to go that far back in time, but I'll keep it in mind for games to play in the DS on trips
Rhythm/music games - about the only thing I really like is playing the drums in Rock Band
Mark of Kri - I had this on my radar a long time ago, so it may make the cut
7153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: February 16, 2009, 06:00:00 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 16, 2009, 05:44:47 AM

I don't understand why they don't let you move and shoot. It is obviously a decision, as RE4 was the same way, but I just don't get it.

I'm not saying I like not being able to run and shoot, but I can think of a good reason for it - realism. You've always played well-trained S.T.A.R.S. agents. If you've ever played a Rainbow Six game, you know that moving while shooting means you have a much lower chance of hitting the target. You might slowly move forward while shooting, but you never circle strafe, and you certainly don't jump and shoot.

OK, yes, you are fighting zombies and crazy monsters. But maybe what they are going for is a realistic...um...zombie shooter?
7154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Uwe Boll looking for donations for his next movie, Blackout on: February 15, 2009, 09:01:07 PM
Hey, at least if he's making this movie he's not destroying a video game IP. Didn't realize he had done a Far Cry movie.
7155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 15, 2009, 08:41:49 PM
So if you were to play one PS2 JRPG, which would it be? (Given that I haven't played any of them)
7156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 15, 2009, 06:32:04 PM
A lot of interesting suggestions. I don't know if I want to go down the JRPG road - It's a genre I've always been really interested in but have had little luck getting into. Granted, I have only tried to play 3 JRPGs: FFVII, FFVIII and Xenosaga I. Of those 3, FFVII is the only one I have gotten past the tutorial. I'm actually replaying FFVII right now (about 5 hours in) because I've always wanted to know how the story ends (I got to the 3rd disc the first time I tried playing it).

I looked on IGN and they rate Shadow Hearts Covenant way ahead of the original. CeeKay and Gratch, which one were you recommending?

What is Mark of Kri like? Is it along the lines of God of War?

Other question: where do people think Dark Cloud 2 fits in in terms of quality?
7157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 15, 2009, 04:02:49 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 15, 2009, 08:54:08 AM

how about 'Put the Topic in the Right Forum' by SEGA?  Tongue

On topic, how about Mark of Kri?

 icon_redface Where had I put it? It was like 1AM when I wrote the thread.  icon_redface

7158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 15, 2009, 06:14:59 AM
I recently had to rehook up my PS2 for the BG&E replay and figured as long as I have it out again I should make sure I pick up any good games I've missed. Do people have that one PS2 game that they loved but think a lot of people haven't played?

As an example, the first game I am going to pick up is Primal, which some people have spoken highly of.

7159  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 360 Charge & Play problems on: February 15, 2009, 03:39:50 AM
USB converter? Not sure what you mean by that - you can plug it into the USB ports of your PC but not the USB ports of your XBOX?
7160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dave Letterman - Worst Interviews on: February 15, 2009, 03:33:07 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 15, 2009, 02:33:41 AM

Rumor has it that Joaquin is just knee-deep playing the part in a real life documentary about an actor losing it and going into hip-hop, directed by Casey Affleck.  Time will tell.

This sound really plausible. When I first heard about this all I could think about was Jim Carrey when he was prepping for "Man on the Moon" and all the odd stuff he did. It just seems way to odd to not be an act of some sort.
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