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8401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why am I always so tired...? on: May 02, 2007, 01:30:46 PM
BTW, this is the pillow I had read about - it is FDA approved to treat sleep apnea

There's a woman in her underwear at the top of the site, so I guess it is mildly NSFW.  Kind of a stupid design choice.

8402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why am I always so tired...? on: April 27, 2007, 07:42:27 PM
I was reading in Men's Health that there is now a pillow that is an effective treatment for some people with sleep apnea.  You have to sleep on your side and it puts your head at the right angle to keep the airway open.  I don't recall the name of the pillow, but I can look it up when I get home.
8403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario and Zelda-I Just Don't Get It... on: April 26, 2007, 03:49:27 PM
My problem with the Mario games are the controls.  I've mentioned many times that I'm a 3D platformer lover, but I didn't own any consoles between the 2600 and the PSX, so I began with Spyro and continued to Ratchet, J&D, etc.  After playing those games, I found the controls in Mario 3D games to be "slippery" and the platforming to be a little unforgiving.  I have played a good bit of Super Mario Sunshine and I hate the way that you slide in a lot of places I would normally expect to stop short, or overshoot jumps or miss a ledge or handhold.  The way Mario will wind up sliding on his belly drives me crazy in particular.  There's also not the same level of story in the Mario games that you get with an Insomniac or Naughty Dog platformer (although I haven't played any of the Crash games).

I do enjoy the Zelda-style games, particularly the 3D versions.  I've never finished one, though.
8404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] God of War trailer! on: April 26, 2007, 01:38:32 PM
Has any information been released on where this game will fit in the storyline?  I did a little cursory searching yesterday and couldn't find anything.
8405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game sequences that made you curse [minor God of War spoilers] on: April 23, 2007, 08:16:45 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on April 23, 2007, 07:05:42 PM

I can't tell you the number of times I swore during the Meat Circus level of Psychonauts.


There are 2 Jak 2 sequences that come to mind for me - one where you are on a gun on rails and have to shoot down a ton of enemies, and then the part where you have to escort your friends to a balloon.  The final boss battle took me quite a few tries as well.
8406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game sequences that made you curse [minor God of War spoilers] on: April 23, 2007, 06:45:13 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 23, 2007, 06:03:52 PM

You know, don't you, that that is still not the really sucky spinning blades part of GoW, don't you?

I didn't mind the stuff that follows too much.  I gave up on a few chests so I didn't have to jump on and off, but I had gathered up enough so that I didn't really need them.  I know there was one spot I went to where I suddenly got attacked by a billion harpies, after which I died.  After I restarted at the last checkpoint I just avoided that place.

edit: I realized that those blades actually came before the towers, so maybe you were just kidding around  icon_redface
8407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game sequences that made you curse [minor God of War spoilers] on: April 23, 2007, 02:51:59 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 23, 2007, 02:48:11 PM

Ugh....Zelda The Wind Waker.  "Now you must be extorted by the most ambiguously gay character ever invented named Tingle for billions of rupees so you can sail the very boring high seas in search of the 900 pieces of the Triforce."

Listen...Ganon wouldn't even go through this much trouble to reassemble it - the thing is completely safe in 900 pieces at the bottom of the ocean. 

I put down this game at this point quite a few months ago, not having ever heard of the famous triforce hunt.  I was just getting a little sick of jumping all over the map and wanted to play something else for a while.  I do want to go back and finish it though.
8408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 4-23-07 Weekend Recap Club Edition on: April 23, 2007, 02:24:53 PM
Got to the last boss battles in God of War, but died part way through so I have to go back and finish it.  Started up Gurumin and got past the first boss.
8409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game sequences that made you curse [minor God of War spoilers] on: April 23, 2007, 02:15:37 PM
Been playing through the original God of War, and I recalled people complaining about "spinning blades".  Every time I come upon some spinning blades I think, "oh, here they are" but don't have much trouble.  Then I come upon some more spinning blades of a different variety, then more.  So I'm thinking, perhaps what they were referring to just the overuse of spinning blades (and I can agree with that).

Then I am climbing out of Hades and come upon the spinning blades you have to climb.  Yes, one of the cheapest, most annoying sequences I have every played.  It was as if just feeling the breeze of one of the blades caused you to tumble to the ground.  Yes, then came the cursing.  I'm glad my fiance was out yesterday, because she might have been frightened by the shouts of "SON OF A BITCH!" coming from the basement.

But that was not the worst part.  The worst part, the most curse worthy part of the whole thing, was finally reaching the top of the tower, getting that rush of accomplishment, and then running over to the right and seeing ANOTHER TOWER.  SON OF A BITCH!
8410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite band time! on: April 20, 2007, 01:55:20 PM
The Get Up Kids
The Promise Ring
The Spinanes
Bad Religion
Liz Phair
8411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo vs. Metroid - Insane Fight Video on: April 20, 2007, 02:02:14 AM

Quote from: lex on April 19, 2007, 10:49:20 PM

It was put together well, even though it made no sense.

I think the guy who made this animation probably has an alternate, X-rated, version of the ending between Master Chief and Samus somewhere on his harddrive.... icon_twisted

Well, if you read his comments he/she actually says that it is not Master Chief, but some other Spartan that is alluded to somewhere.  It's like really really geeky fanfic...but the animation is awesome.  I'm curious how its done, because if you read the writing he/she says the methods that he/she uses would be laughed at by professional animators.
8412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Surprise! NEW 360 Backward Compatibility Update! on: April 20, 2007, 01:48:11 AM
Does anyone have experience running KOTOR on the 360?  I know it's on the list, but i have heard it has issues.  The rumored $90 trade in for the old XBOX towards the elite has me intrigued, but KOTOR is in my backlog and I really do want to play it.  I'll be kind of upset if I miss cutscenes and stuff on the 360.
8413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War advice [MUCHO SPOILERS] on: April 17, 2007, 08:37:49 PM
Artemis blade is a weapon that you can switch to instead of the Blades of Chaos.  It is slower, but is more powerful, so that part of what you said made sense.  Clicking on the analog sticks is what threw me - that is what you do when your meter gets filled up and you can use rage of the gods.  It makes you all covered in lightening and makes you more  powerful for 60 seconds or so. 
8414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War advice [MUCHO SPOILERS] on: April 17, 2007, 08:16:46 PM

Quote from: javahead on April 17, 2007, 08:08:20 PM

I'm not a big fan of the Artemis Blade; while it does good damage it is much slower and leaves me open to counter attacks. It took me a good while to get the hang of pressing the analog stick-tops in the heat of battle so I did a lot of the game without ever using it.

Press the analog stick tops? Isn't that rage of the gods?
8415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War advice [MUCHO SPOILERS] on: April 17, 2007, 08:01:26 PM
I don't think it's possible to miss the Artemis blade.  You talk to Artemis right before starting the trial of Atlas and she gives it to you, and I think a cutscene is triggered by you walking towards the doorway.  You wield it by clicking L1 and R1, and do the same to put it away.
8416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War advice [MUCHO SPOILERS] on: April 17, 2007, 07:11:35 PM
Sounds like I'm on the right track.  I'm surprised you didn't use the Artemis blade, though.  You can really mow down enemies with the spin attack.  It's not as flashy as the blades of chaos, but it really does the trick, especially in close quarters.  It made the part where you pick up the shield of hades and the wall starts closing in very easy.
8417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War advice [MUCHO SPOILERS] on: April 17, 2007, 06:36:46 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 17, 2007, 06:32:30 PM

Just don't put orbs into the not-so-important ones, like the gorgon head.

Ooh, good, I thought right then.  That "insta-freeze" in the powerup sounded tempting, but the thought of having to stop and stand still in the middle of battle while trying to aim the thing didn't seem too attractive.
8418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War advice [MUCHO SPOILERS] on: April 17, 2007, 06:24:17 PM
I'm playing God of War for the first time.  Last night I finished the trial of Atlas and am at the start of the trial of Poseidon.  I was kind of curious how far through the game I was so I pulled up GameFAQs and was reading some of the walkthrough up to the point I had reached.  I found out that in trial of Atlas I missed a key that can be used later for some really nice health and magic boosts.

Having read about the key I felt like I would be cheating if I went back and got it, but I am wondering if I am going to be at a major disadvantage in the endgame if I don't have those powerups?  I have already increased both my magic and health two times each by finding gorgon's eyes and feathers, so I think I am doing fairly well finding hidden chests.  Oh, I am playing on "Normal".
8419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Klonoa games on: April 12, 2007, 09:12:14 PM
I had posted a while back looking for lesser known platformers for the current gen consoles.  Someone recommended Klonoa 2, so I picked up a copy.  I finally got around to playing it, and I have to say I am really enjoying this game.

I was a bit skeptical when I put the game in because I thought it was a 3d platformer and it turned out it was more of a 2d+ platformer.  The graphics are 3d, but you are generally moving left or right along a path.  Sometimes you are on a circular rail, and in addition to being able to shoot left and right, you can shoot into or out of the screen.  There are also some surfing sequences where you have a little more freedom of movement.

What I like about platformers is, well, platforming.  So what I don't like about 2d platformers is that when you are limited to moving left and right, you need to spend a lot of time avoiding enemies instead of concentrating on puzzles.  3d platformers allow you to move in any direction, so it is easier to avoid enemies, or at least take them on on your own terms.  What's cool about Klonoa 2 (IMHO) is that the creatures in the game are not so preoccupied with killing you.  They are dangerous, but more often they are there to be used in conjunction with a puzzle.  For example, some enemies will shoot you high up in the air if you capture them and then perform a double jump.

Has anyone played any of the other Klonoa games and are they worth tracking down considering what I like about Klonoa 2?  I know there is a PSX game and 2 GBA games.  I would love to see what the developers would do with a full 3d game, but it doesn't seem like one is on the horizon.
8420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I officially love the PSP on: April 03, 2007, 08:43:26 PM
As much as I would love a 2nd analog on the PSP, I can't say I wouldn't be annoyed if they came out with a big revision like that so early in the product's life.  Maybe if they had some attractive trade in plan, but I don't know why they would do that - they'd wind up with a whole mess of PSPs that no one would want.   The stuff in Turtle's post seems more logical.  Nothing that would prevent you from being able to play any future psp games (unless someone came out with a game that used the touch screen).
8421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Early game appetizers on: March 19, 2007, 07:37:59 PM
I fixed mine, now you have to fix yours smile
8422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Early game appetizers on: March 19, 2007, 06:37:09 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't remember how much you get, but in
Spoiler for Hiden:
you get some weapons and cash and then realize you've been dreaming.
8423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How bad is Devil May Cry 2 really? on: March 19, 2007, 06:22:08 PM
I'm planning on buying DMC 1 and 3 and skipping DMC 2 because I've heard it's not too great.  But buying the $30 5th anniversary set is cheaper than buying just 1 and 3.  So, if I do that, do I:

1. Throw away/eBay DMC 2 or
2. Play it

From what I understand, part 3 is a prequel, so it doesn't seem that not having played 2 would cause any problems understanding the story.
8424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top Five Albums on: March 01, 2007, 03:45:04 AM
5 is too hard, I'm putting 10:

Superchunk - No Pocky for Kitty
The Get Up Kids - Something to Write Home About
The Pixies - Surfer Rosa
U2 - Achtung Baby
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
The Spinanes - Strand
R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant
Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary
Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
8425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished in 2007 - Console & PC on: February 23, 2007, 02:51:00 AM
Completed in 2007
Sam & Max: Episode 1 (PC) 7 out of 10
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (PSP) 8 out of 10
Rayman 2 Revolution (PS2) 7 out of 10
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy (XBox) 8 out of 10
Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil (PS2) 8 out of 10
God of War (PS2) 8 out of 10
Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN) 8 out of 10
Indigo Prophecy (PS2) 6 out of 10
007: Everything or Nothing (XBOX) 8 out of 10
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (XBOX) 8 out of 10
Killzone (PS2) 8 out of 10
Black (XBOX) 7 out of 10
Metal Gear Solid (replay on PS1) - finished 8/6
Super Mario Sunshine (GCN) 6 out of 10 - finished 9/22
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii) 9 out of 10 - finished 11/28
Armed And Dangerous (XBOX) 7 out of 10 - finished 12/24

Working on
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay (XBOX)
Hot Shots: Open Tee (PSP) - forgot about this one.  I chip away at it now and then with the intention of getting 100% of the items.

On hiatus (have put considerable playtime in but got put aside for whatever reason)
I-Ninja (XBOX)
Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (VC)
Star Wars: KOTOR (XBox)
Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure (PSP)
SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo (PSP)
Okami (PS2)
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA) (need to finish the last boss frown )
Psi-Ops (PS2) (need to finish the last boss frown )
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (XBOX)
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (GBA)
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (GBA)
Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (DS)
Metroid Prime (GCN)
Super Paper Mario (Wii)

Gave up (would never finish)
Thief: The Dark Project (PC)
8426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 23, 2007, 01:21:18 AM
OK, I have to retract my assessment of last boss battle.  The reason I wasn't able to finish off the battle using my normal "get ridiculously strong and wipe him out" method was an oversight on my part.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I guess I just wasn't reading some of your guys posts right - I thought the shields were the kind that popped up in front of you and you had to stand behind them (didn't they have those in one of the R&C games?) instead of the one that surrounded you, so I didn't buy it.  Since I was having trouble I decided to go around grinding, upgraded to the Electro Rocket and then bought the shields.  At that point I discovered my mistake.  After I got the shields it was easy.  He goes down quickly to about 1/3 health with the Laser Tracer, then it's just rockets, jumping, rockets, jumping and more rockets with the occasional stop to reset the shield or buy some more ammo with the PDA.  The whole thing probably takes a minute.  I didn't even bother with trying to stay far enough away so that his attacks wouldn't hit me.

So again, I think my final verdict is that this is a very good game for the PSP, but definitely on the short side if you're only in it for the single player.  About half the planets of a standard R&C game, and only 1 or 2 activities per planet instead of the normal 2 or 3 with the console versions.
8427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 22, 2007, 08:19:35 PM
Yeah, that was a definite minus on this one for me.  While I really enjoyed the gameplay, I picked this game up on Friday evening and I was essentially done with it by Sunday, except for the final boss, and I wasn't playing non-stop, by any means.  The minigames give you a couple of extra hours, but if you don't plan on using the multiplayer (which I don't), I think $40 is bit much for the game.

I think it is totally worth playing and one of the best games I have played on the PSP, but I wouldn't begrudge anyone who rented it or waited for it to go greatest hits.
8428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 22, 2007, 01:53:24 PM
Grue - do you think what you found there is a bug or by design?  I'm definitely going to have to try that.
8429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 21, 2007, 04:40:12 AM
OK, I might be starting to agree with the opinions about the final boss battle.  I have the full suit of mega-bomb armor and every decent weapon maxed out and I haven't been able to get the guy much lower than halfway.  Even with the best armor about 3 hits is all you can take and they never offer you any extra health.  The thing I appreciated about the other R&C games (at least 2 and 3) was that if you're not a an excellent gamer you could trade skill for time and eventually have the best armor and weapons and then breeze through the final battle.  Here, not so much.  I don't know when I will wind up finishing this one frown 
8430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 19, 2007, 11:21:01 PM
Well, I am at the final boss (I think) - maybe it's not hellish, but it ain't easy.  I have figured out how to get him about halfway down fairly easily and I have ideas about how to beat his next set of attacks, but now I have to go back out and get some bolts to buy more ammo.
8431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NSFW: God of War 2 sex minigame on: February 19, 2007, 05:43:10 AM
I was just playing GoW for the first time the other day and got past the first boss and wound up in the room with Kratos'...companions.  I figured this was the minigame I had heard about but when I walked up to them, it prompted me to press R2 and gave me some repetitive conversation.  This thread prompted me to look it up and I gather you actually have to jump on the bed?
8432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 19, 2007, 05:30:55 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 19, 2007, 04:15:42 AM

Quote from: The Grue on February 19, 2007, 04:06:50 AM

I've played a good bit and want to echo the cramping of the left thumb that has been mentioned.  It mostly hits me on the hoverboard levels.  I absolutely hate those levels, by the way.  The race itself isn't very much fun as the controls kind of suck and there is no real sense of speed.  Then, my thumb wants to die after pushing forward on the nub for the entire race.  Now that I think of it, though, you may not actually have to push forward to go forward.  I will have to try that.  Still, though, the levels sucks beyond belief and I don't like playing them.  I also don't really like the robo battle level either.  I know they put them in their to give some diversity, but honestly, I would be more happy if I could just straight platform.

Agreed on the hoverboard levels.  Awful, awful stuff and I've never bothered to do anything but what is actually required to progress.

However, I rather enjoy the Clank Challenges and I've probably done 80-90% of them. 

Same here on the hoverboard, I've only done the required races - although I figured out you can just use the d-pad left and right to steer and your button for boost, no need to push forward, so it can actually be  a time to rest the thumb.  I'm kind of 50-50 on the Clank Challenges. 

Semi - do you have a link to what you bought for the PSP?

I wonder if those posters were referring to the
Spoiler for Hiden:
Luna battle
I don't know that I would describe that as hellish, but if you died during that battle, you had to back up a few steps to get back to it each time.
8433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Latest from Naughty Dog and Insomniac to be revealed soon on: February 19, 2007, 01:06:22 AM

Quote from: warning on February 17, 2007, 02:11:39 PM

Both Naughty Dog and Insomniac had strong franchises on the PS1 (Crash Bandicoot and Spyro) which they left behind when the PS2 came out.  What's cool is they replaced them with other strong franchises (Ratchet & Clank and Jak & Daxter).  I'm kinda hoping they do the same with the PS3.  Ratchet and Clank are great games but I'm much more interested in something new taking advantage of the new systems' capabilities.

I agree with this.  I love R&C (and loved Spyro), but the 3rd game was really just a rehash of the 2nd game (a really good rehash, mind you).  I'd be interested in seeing a new platformer series from them. 
8434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 19, 2007, 12:48:17 AM
My only problem with this game is that it has been literally painful to play at times.  My strategy during the giant Clank portions in particular have given my left hand really bad cramps.  The analog nub just isn't very well designed.  A extender you could pop on it would help a lot - anyone ever seen something like that?

My only other gripe is that there is almost no (obvious) reward for collecting platinum bolts, only different skins.  I think it was that way in R&C 3, too, although I think if you got everything in the game you got into the Insomniac Museum.

Other than that, there is definitely a lot of fun to be had here with great new weapon upgrades and platforming elements.  The story and cutscenes, which were really lacking in Daxter (although it was a great game) are fantastic so far.  I'm 6 or 7 planets in and looking forward to see what happens.
8435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Myst Online: Who is with me? on: February 17, 2007, 03:28:30 AM
Is it free if you subscribe to gametap or is there a fee on top?
8436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar Knights "one of the finest games on DS." 1UP review on: February 08, 2007, 06:46:53 PM
Isn't there a well known RPG series called "Lunar"?  I thought this game had something to do with that.  They probably should have picked a different name.
8437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tivo rolls out movie and TV show downloads! (woot?) on: February 08, 2007, 06:30:39 PM
What would make unbox with Tivo perfect would be a subscription plan.  Basically having netflix where I could get a new movie immediately after finishing one would be amazing.
8438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which lesser known platformer should I get? (current gen) on: January 30, 2007, 01:19:17 PM
I have played Psychonauts and definitely liked it (except for the frustrating ending parts).  Last night I got on eBay and picked up Klonoa 2 and Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy.  I am looking into a copy of Rayman 2 as well.
8439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which lesser known platformer should I get? (current gen) on: January 30, 2007, 01:27:51 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 30, 2007, 01:18:30 AM

Sphynx and the Cursed Mummy.

I have heard a lot of good about that one - it seems the only bad thing people have to say about it is that it doesn't have voice acting.

How about Rayman 2?  I have the PSX version but I really haven't played it and I know there is a prettier version for the PS2.
8440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which lesser known platformer should I get? (current gen) on: January 30, 2007, 12:59:06 AM
Would anyone recommend the Conker version for Xbox?
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