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8441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which lesser known platformer should I get? (current gen) on: January 29, 2007, 10:30:19 PM
I've played all the biggies (Ratchet, Jak, Sly, PoP, Mario (well, I gave up on that one)), but this is my favorite genre.  Is there a hidden gem out there waiting for me?  I Ninja? Legend of Kay? Ruff Trigger?
8442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario 64 DS - which control scheme? on: January 29, 2007, 10:22:26 PM
I came back to this game a week or two ago and gave it another shot.  I couldn't deal with the d-pad controls and was doing pretty well with the touch screen until I got to about 30 stars and then it became unbearable. I decided to eBay it.  Hopefully I will get to play it as it was meant on virtual console at some point.  Maybe not though - Super Mario Sunshine drove me insane and I put it down pretty quickly.  The controls are just too slippery for me on the Mario games.  I find the PS2 platformers a lot more fun (and they have better storylines as well).
8443  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Dumb phone question - can you bypass the WAP site? on: January 26, 2007, 03:09:30 PM
I may look into that anyway - Minimo doesn't seem to work too well with the 750's screen size.
8444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diamonds in the rough on: January 25, 2007, 07:02:54 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 25, 2007, 06:22:22 PM

Gears: Glitch in the System should be added to that list.

Do you mean Metal Arms?
8445  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Dumb phone question - can you bypass the WAP site? on: January 25, 2007, 06:37:38 PM
FYI - this is what it basically looks like when I visit the site using IE on my phone:

I downloaded Minimo (mini mozilla) and it views the site normally, although the UI is a bit crowded, so I need to see if I can configure it better.
8446  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Dumb phone question - can you bypass the WAP site? on: January 25, 2007, 01:09:40 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 25, 2007, 12:30:16 PM

Does GT have a 'mobile browser' version of the site? Or a text only version of the site that gets sent instead if you don't have a 'compatible browser'?

I think that's what he means (as with my Treo, some sites look far different on it depending which browser I use to surf with). I'm not quite sure though.

Correct - WAP = Wireless Application Protocol.  If you visit the forum using the Windows Mobile version of IE, it forces you to a text version of the site, which, if you a compatible phone, allows you to use key presses to pick links instead of having to click on links.  But it also makes it hard to read quotes and there are no pictures.  I'm guessing that the simple machines forum handles this.  I'll do some searches and see if I can come up with something.
8447  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Dumb phone question - can you bypass the WAP site? on: January 25, 2007, 02:58:04 AM
My new phone has UMTS, so I don't mind visiting the full site on it.  But when you visit using mobile IE, it forces you to the WAP site.  Anyone know a way to get around that?
8448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I never would have survived the 16 bit era on: January 19, 2007, 05:32:11 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on January 19, 2007, 05:09:09 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 19, 2007, 04:48:41 PM

The best example I can give people who didn't game back before things like Gamefaqs is Infocom games.  Infocom games were text-based adventure games on the computer.  You would type things like "go west" to move west.  I loved Infocom games from Zork to Infidel to Wishbringer.  When I would play them, I would get stuck, though.  And sometimes I would be stuck for a month.  I would try all kinds of things to advance in the game and eventually would give up for a while.  Then, maybe a month later, I would think about it again and finally come up with what I had to do to get past that spot.  Imagine being stuck in a game for a month.

i just want everyone here o know that i, suck as i might at other games, i did indeed figure out how to get the babel fish in hhgttg completely & totally on my own...

infocom uber alles - great, great memories (floyd!). being stuck in a game for a month has never been more fun...

I used to draw out maps for Infocom games, with one box for each room or area you went into and lines representing the paths out E,W, etc.  I can't remember which game, but one of them had a maze in it.  A maze in text - talk about frustration.
8449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I never would have survived the 16 bit era on: January 19, 2007, 03:43:09 PM
Between the Atari 2600 and the PSX I didn't own any consoles.  So there are a ton of classics out there that I have never played, and now, with re-releases I can pick them up.  One such example is Zelda: A Link To The Past, which I picked up for my DS.

Maybe I'm just a really bad gamer, but this game is hard. Simply walking from one are to the next is like running the gauntlet - knights charge and shoot arrows at you, things pop out of the ground, birds swoop through the air.  I'm lucky to reach a dungeon, much less get inside and kill the boss. I have died countless times already and I have only gotten to the second boss (the caterpillar guys, which I have to figure out how to take out).

I don't know how you guys did it.  No tutorial, no gamefaqs (I at least have not had to resort to that yet), just you and an instructional manual (and 95 cents a minute for the hint line, I guess).

16 bit era gamers, I salute you!

On a side note, I am really impressed on the links between the Zelda games.  I have only played Wind Waker, and it was pretty cool to see that they use the same exact pieces of music or audio (in lo-fi versions) when you meet fairies, or uncover a secret, or when Link swings his sword.
8450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Calling it Quits on a Game: What's Your Threshold? on: January 12, 2007, 11:03:33 PM
I'm trying to come to grips with the fact that I just don't "get" certain genres and I should not buy certain games no matter how well received they are.  TBS, RTS and RPGs with complex character/battle systems fall into this category.  I'd say there are 2 reasons for this.  #1 is I am a badtm gamer.  I don't have the reflexes to win at Starcraft and I will never beat a 12 year old at Halo.  And I need to be led around a little bit.  I am honest with myself about this and I am ok with it.  #2 is that I have "ADD" - quotes so as not to offend anyone who has actually been diagnosed with ADD, but I mean that I have a very short attention span for any game that requires too much of my attention.  I don't want to have to start comparing unit types and how many squares I can move or what combination of potions I need to beat one boss vs. another.

Problem is I have yet to apply this to my game buying.  I feel like since I bought Advance Wars, I should try to finish it, even though I have picked it up and put it down 5 times.  I feel like I should finish Fallout, even though after I buy my vault 200 more days from the water merchants my head about explodes from the amount of quests I have to choose from.

I think if I could call it quits on games I'd be a lot happier.  I took my first big step a little while ago when I got rid of Sly 3 - maybe Advance Wars should be next.  Except then I'll need to explain to my fiance why I'm selling the copy of Advance Wars: Dual Strike that she got me as a gift, even though I never played it.  But I guess that's a whole different thread.
8451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What am I buying this week? on: January 08, 2007, 05:22:12 PM
Barbie Horse Adventures from the used bin at GameStop?
8452  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Confession on: January 07, 2007, 03:04:28 AM
Believe it!

sorry, I watch too much x-play.
8453  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW --- READ AT YOUR OWN RISK on: January 03, 2007, 09:35:10 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on January 03, 2007, 07:09:19 PM

Saddam's "trial" was a joke anyway, he didn't stand a chance when he was being tried by his enemies.

When he came to power he simply rounded up anyone he felt was a threat claiming they were going to overthrow the government and "tried" and executed them.  I know that 2 wrongs don't make a right, but the guy didn't deserve a fair trial - he didn't deserve a trial at all.  He deserved to be dead (or worse), and he is.

8454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need Wind Waker help (spoilers) on: January 02, 2007, 04:09:56 PM
I seem to recall seeing the bird girl with the harp, but I don't remember exactly.  I know if you go to dragon roost you hear music playing.  As far as the deku leaf guy goes - I mistakenly found out his hiding place the very first time I visited that island because I was bad with the grappling hook.  If I hadn't fell in by mistake I'm not sure how I would have know to go in there.
8455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap- End of '06 on: January 02, 2007, 04:05:51 PM
I got to about 21 hours on Okami. Also am about 50% through the (first?) castle in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.  I also played through the entire training section and the first 2 missions of Advance Wars.
8456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist- The final one for 2006! on: December 30, 2006, 11:39:21 PM
Been doing my normal thing of dropping some stuff when it gets frustrating and picking up something that looks more interesting.  I took the week off from work and finished Halo 2 - I had previously gotten about halfway through and put it down.  I am 15 hours into Okami, which I got as a gift last week, and hoping to be somewhere between 20-25 hours in before work interrupts again. I have also been playing Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow from the Castlevania Double Pack for GBA. I got stuck on Harmony of Dissonance a while back and put it down, but maybe if I can get through AoS I'll go back and start that one over.
8457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Decline of the PS3 Gray Market on: December 30, 2006, 04:41:55 PM

Quote from: msduncan on December 30, 2006, 03:43:29 PM

As friends with one of the speculators, he said this year there were COUNTLESS fraudulent bidders...

Your post makes me wonder about the accuracy of that chart - are the prices Kotaku found simply finished auctions or ones where the price was actually paid?
8458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Twighlight Princess or Wind Waker? on: December 30, 2006, 04:35:16 PM
I put WW down a few months ago when I got to the triforce hunt (not knowing anything about it - it was just dragging and I got preoccupied with something else).  Since it turns out it is close to the end I guess I'll try to go back and finish it after I finish Okami.  Since WW is the only Zelda I've played, it's kind of amazing how much it seems Okami ripped off.  Not that I'm not enjoying Okami, but it is kind of distracting when the first Okami boss is basically a combination of the first two WW bosses, and some things are lifted directly (gather 3 pieces of something to add to the life bar, the little musical flourish that plays when you uncover something) from Zelda.
8459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Impact of next gen game prices... on: December 30, 2006, 05:13:16 AM
There are essentially 2 things that have kept me from getting a next gen console yet:

1. I only have 1 HDTV and it's not where my consoles are
2. $60 games

I simply can't get over that hurdle. I got all of my current-gen consoles well into their lifespans, so I am very used to picking up AAA titles for $20 in their "greatest hits/platinum choice/etc." versions.  I think I have paid $40 for a game maybe twice and $50 once, and that was so I could play Burnout 3 online with some of my friends.  It's gotten so $20 is what I want to pay for a videogame.  It's not really a problem since my backlog is so huge, but it also means I'm going to have to wait to play the latest and greatest.  I don't play online much at all, so I feel like I'll survive.  And maybe I'll have a downpayment on a house that much sooner.
8460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Savior is Born! Long Weekend Edition 22/Dec/06 on: December 23, 2006, 02:04:50 AM
 I will be working my way into Rogue Spear (I'm playing through every PC version and expansion of Rainbow Six - I actually need to go back and finish of the last 3 missions of Eagle Watch too).  I have a feeling I will be gaining a few new console titles too this weekend and I'll have to see if I can resist taking them for a spin since I have so many other console games is various states of completion.
8461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSX games up at NA PS3 store on: December 05, 2006, 04:04:41 AM
Syphon Filter used the R2/L2 buttons for some movements - how do they deal with that in the PSP port?
8462  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL] I love Tony Romo on: December 04, 2006, 10:29:35 PM
8463  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Are video games long enough? on: December 04, 2006, 10:23:15 PM
I'm sure it depends a lot on the person and the demands on their time.  I don't have a lot of time to game, so I really appreciate a 10-15 hour game because I like the feeling of accomplishment and I get to find out how the story ends.  I really wish I had time for a 40 hour game.  I have put a lot of longer games down just because I get interrupted and feel like I've been away from the game too long to get back into the story or even remember the controls.

I have to use up some vacation time, and I am considering taking off xmas to new years and spend most of the time trying to beat KOTOR or something.  My fiance has those days off, though, so I don't know if she'd stand for that smile
8464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: They took tackling out of Madden? on: December 01, 2006, 07:41:00 PM
The last Madden I bought was 2003 for the PS2.  Assuming I don't care about having the most updated rosters, is there a newer version for PS2 or (regular) Xbox that's worth upgrading to? Gamerankings overall ratings go steadily downward from 2003 - do the newer versions not offer anything more fun or special than the 2003 edition?
8465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / They took tackling out of Madden? on: November 30, 2006, 09:44:33 PM
This video makes me laugh.
8466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thanksgiving Holiday Gaming Recap! on: November 27, 2006, 05:28:27 PM
Was a way until Sunday, but I got in a good chunk of Psi-Ops on Xbox.  I am on the 2nd to last chapter and it started getting a bit frustrating so I played a little Dead to Rights on Xbox.  I played a little bit of GTA: Liberty City Stories for PSP on the plane, but I am getting to the point of selling it because the driving is too frustrating on the PSP and I am stuck on a bunch of missions.
8467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Want a PS3? All you need is a car. on: November 22, 2006, 03:18:07 PM
8468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Scalper = Asshole on: November 20, 2006, 08:01:06 PM

Quote from: Farscry on November 20, 2006, 03:56:52 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 19, 2006, 02:38:28 PM

Let me just quote my other thread here:

Quote from: Destructor on November 19, 2006, 02:31:15 PM

Boy, would I love to be the person who won this bid. And man would I hate to be the guy who sold it.

Sony Playstation 3 60GB model, with 2 games and an extra controller.
Winning bid: US $9.99

 eek icon_biggrin icon_lol saywhat crybaby

I double-checked that auction, and the guy ended the auction early. My guess? They probably had a friend bid on it so they could re-list with a higher starting bid rather than risking having to sell it cheap to a legitimate buyer.

Or, the guy who bid emailed with a "buy it now" kind of offer allowing the seller to end early and skirt the ebay fees.
8469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: New Console Madness Edition! on: November 20, 2006, 03:23:44 PM
Got a little further in Psi-Ops and a couple of hours of Fallout on the PC, since I am trying to finally play it through.
8470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Scalper = Should be Eaten by Angry Locusts on: November 20, 2006, 12:38:25 AM

Quote from: Hetz on November 20, 2006, 12:32:30 AM

The PS3 won't be widely available until the Spring of 2008?  The shortages are worse than we thought!  icon_wink
8471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tivo going Peer to Peer. on: November 19, 2006, 02:27:57 PM

Quote from: Zero on November 15, 2006, 06:15:53 AM

Hmm...I have this with my ReplayTV (still have it, as the old model still works with it)...but I thought this was one of the reason why Replay got sued?  They lost that lawsuit too.

Well, it says "home videos", so it seems to imply that the only thing you'll be able to transfer is stuff you have recorded on your camcorder.
8472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prediction - the sixaxis will be redesigned within six months on: November 17, 2006, 09:02:25 PM
Let me preface this by saying I love everything playstation and love the dual shock, so I am being totally honest here.  I stopped in at EB Games during lunchtime to try out the PS3 (I do love Sony, but not so much that I will join the launch insanity.  I'll probably wind up waiting a year or so to get a PS3 because I have a huge current-gen backlog, plus I'm getting married in May).

I picked up the sixaxis and couldn't believe that this is what Sony has come up with after all this time.  The loss of rumble is unforgivable, but I already knew about that.  What I couldn't believe was the R2 L2 triggers.  They feel like they are going to pop off the controller and like I have heard others say, they are really hard to keep your fingers on.  Did they make them convex just so they were different than the Xbox?  It seems a no brainer to shape a trigger like...a trigger!  If Sony has any brains they will release a rumble-capable version with usable triggers within six months.  Microsoft realized their mistake with the original Xbox, controller, I only wonder if Sony is not too thickheaded, considering all the ridiculous comments they have made recently.  On the other hand, they did add HDMI support to the core version.
8473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 13/Nov/06 on: November 13, 2006, 11:17:04 PM
I was sick all weekend and didn't play a thing  crybaby
8474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/10/06 on: November 10, 2006, 06:41:39 PM
I'm going to continue working through Psi-Ops (I reached the first boss battle last night and have to figure out how to finish it). Will probably toy with the PSP a little.
8475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: Knightshade is a Psycho Edition on: November 06, 2006, 07:07:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 06, 2006, 06:13:58 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 06, 2006, 05:18:59 PM

Played the first 30 minutes of Psi-Ops.

I enjoyed that one quite a bit. Neat physics.  Not a BRILLIANT game, but I'd buy and play a sequel if there ever is one.

It's pretty intriguing so far - I mean, you can pick up a guy with your mind, pump him full of lead and then throw him away.  What more do you need? smile  I do wish the use of cover was a little less clunky.  I'm kind of spoiled having just played kill.switch.
8476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: Knightshade is a Psycho Edition on: November 06, 2006, 05:18:59 PM
Finished Psychonauts and started and finished kill.switch (it helps that it's only about a 6 hour game). Played the first 30 minutes of Psi-Ops. Played about 1 game of MLB '06 on the PSP and about 5 minutes of the Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters online beta.
8477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 30/Oct/06 on: October 30, 2006, 09:57:43 PM
I put about 8 hours into Psychonauts and I'm on the last level now.  Also finished a few missions in GTA: Liberty City Stories. And I thought the cars handled bad on the PS2...
8478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 27/Oct/06 on: October 27, 2006, 04:47:47 PM
I finally picked up Psychonauts, so I am pushing some console stuff aside to play that.  I'll probably also play some GTA: Liberty City Stories on the PSP.  I'm also replaying the original Max Payne on the XBOX.  I can't believe how much better it is than playing it on the PS2.
8479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Give me a reason to keep playing Sly 3 on: October 23, 2006, 09:11:04 PM
I think I'm definitely going to cut my losses here.  It would be great to clean out some of my backlog and dump some games I'm never going to finish, and I think this will help get that underway. If I had patience I would ebay them where I could probably get a lot more than I could trade it for.
8480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rating the PS2 Platformers - which one is your favorite? on: October 23, 2006, 08:06:40 PM
Just wanted to revive this one because since I posted I have finished R&C 3 and Jak 3 and started Sly 3 (but may give up on it).

R&C 3 probably gets a B+.  The game was fun and humorous, but it was a little too much  "more of the same".  If it didn't come after the other Ratchet games it would rate higher.

Jak 3 I actually really enjoyed.  They cut down on the hoverbike racing and there was some good platforming and fun vehicles.  The thing that really helped was the completion of the storyline.  I seriously doubt ND had the story planned out when they created the original, but they pulled it off nicely in the end.  It's one thing that the Jak series has over Ratchet series, even though I like the R&C gameplay better.  I'll give it an A-, although some of that is because of the cohesiveness of the series.  I actually went back and replayed Jak & Daxter to 100% after finishing this one, which is the first time I have ever replayed a game.

I posted another thread about how I thinking of dropping Sly 3 after the first 2 sections.  That series just really dropped off, as far as my tastes go.
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