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1041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Top PS2 games of the past couple years? on: May 03, 2006, 06:44:06 AM
Suikoden III and V are great if you like old-school console RPG.

Suikoden IV while not as good as the other two are also a decent console RPG but a bit shorter than the others.
1042  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Advent Children on: May 03, 2006, 06:39:45 AM
Tifa's duel scene is superb, plus the battle end ring tone bit is funny.
1043  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A Day Without Immigrants on: May 03, 2006, 03:27:54 AM
Quote from: "dbt1949"
Where my wife gets her nails done there's a legal immigrant(a US citizen now).Been here thirty years.An ex US Marine who fought in Viet Nam.He married a Viet Namese woman four years ago but still can't get her a visa.
He's Viet Namese.
Why do Hispanics believe they should be given precidence over his plight?


That is because Hispanics move to US to work for the good and betterment of US people. On the other hand this Vietnamese ex-Marine's wife only want visa so that she can live with her husband. One is for the good of the people and the other is for a good for a single family.smile
1044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your number one gaming system right now? on: April 25, 2006, 03:35:25 AM
I'm surprised that 360 is number one in the poll. I didn't get 360 because I thought the available game titles are still few and other thant DOA4, I don't have any other games that I am interested in.
1045  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 25, 2006, 02:57:21 AM
Quote from: "Zekester"
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Quote from: "Zekester"
Invade my ass. Hussein's Iraq had it coming.

Afghanistan was hardly an 'invasion' unless you're a Taliban/AlQaeda supporter.


1. so by what legal authority did the US invade Iraq?

2. it WASN'T an invasion?  Than WTF was it?  Is there an alternative term for taking your troops and inserting them uninvited into another country?


US troops were invited by the Iraqi people and received as saviors.smile


Sure you haven't changed your mind and flip-flopped yet? I heard you were good at that.

There were UN rules that Iraq was supposed to abide by, yet didn't....like violating restricted airspace. Our own Congress approved the war, BTW


So US invaded Iraq because they violate restricted airspace?smile
1046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVDs to cost $1.50! on: April 25, 2006, 02:52:03 AM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Note:  It was pointed out a long time ago that nearly 95% of DVD sales are profit to the movie companies.  In fact, that's a lot of where their money is coming from, not from the theaters.  

That's more of what we're talking about.  With games, CD/DVD sales are the primary focus of the publishers.  With DVDs?  It's almost /all/ profit.


If the movie didn't make enough money from theaters to cover the cost then they need to try to cover that from DVD sales. And there are a lot more movies that didn't make it in theaters than those that make it. Now you can probably claim that for movies that earned profit in theater release then they can afford to release DVD at US$ 1.5 each but why would they do that?

For a mostly capitalist nation, I'm surprised that Americans think that corporate making more money = bad.smile
1047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your number one gaming system right now? on: April 24, 2006, 07:06:40 AM
PS2. Playing Suikoden V.
1048  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVDs to cost $1.50! on: April 24, 2006, 07:03:43 AM
Quote from: "Destructor"
I understand their reasonings (somewhat), but it still pisses me off due to how much our prices are jacked up. DVDs are cheap to mass produce, period. And this only proves that.


DVDs are cheap and you don't need something like this to proves that. Pirated movie DVD is sold for about $ 0.50 here in Jakarta.

But while DVDs are cheap to manufacture, shooting movies are not.

You can say the same with computer and console games. Those cd/dvd media are cheap to produce so why they want us to pay $30-$50? The answer is that you need to develop the game first before you can cheaply duplicate them.
1049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] President says "suffer" to gas prices on: April 24, 2006, 06:59:06 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Quote from: "Zekester"
Invade my ass. Hussein's Iraq had it coming.

Afghanistan was hardly an 'invasion' unless you're a Taliban/AlQaeda supporter.


1. so by what legal authority did the US invade Iraq?

2. it WASN'T an invasion?  Than WTF was it?  Is there an alternative term for taking your troops and inserting them uninvited into another country?


US troops were invited by the Iraqi people and received as saviors.smile
1050  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The lack of war on terrorism on: April 24, 2006, 06:55:07 AM
Quote from: "Zekester"
Can't even debate it without getting all snarky and shit, ehh unbreakable?

The fact is, the "bad guys" are obviously too busy across the ocean to do further attacks on the US.........because of Bush's war decisions.

We're taking the fight to them, instead of the other way around. And with our military: trained and volunteeer as it is.


You're not taking the fight to them. You're taking the fight to someone else's backyard. You're exchanging the lives of innocent Iraqis for the lives of Americans.
1051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [HOTTIES] Mueller Invitational *NSFW* on: April 21, 2006, 09:47:57 AM
Your Champion

Jessica Alba

Your Final Four
Elizabeth Hurley
Eva Longoria
Jennifer Aniston
Jessica Alba
1052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Veronica Mars? on: April 11, 2006, 01:25:38 PM
Is it just me? I keep feeling that there is something wrong with her face/eyes (maybe the Deadwood comment is right, she has a ferret face.). Also in Veronica Mars, she can sometime look real cute but in other scene look plain.
1053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DQ8 - Dark Ruins boss - Seriously, WTF? on: March 27, 2006, 09:25:52 AM
Quote from: "Farscry_Redux"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
REPOST:

The Hero and Yangus unequivocably need the best weapons you can get for them at this point.  They are:

Sword:  Zombieslayer (upgraded Zombiesbane)
Spear: Demon Spear
Boomerang:  don't bring a Boomerang to a sword fight.

Axe: Moon Axe (technically you could get a King Axe, but that costs you a Slime King Crown to alchemize, which is royally not worth it.)
Scythe: Steel Scythe
Hammer:  dunno, Hammers suck.


Everytime I read this, I laugh, because my hero was using a boomerang for this fight (I did have him on swords for backup though; but I maxxed the "courage" skillset before I did the "swords" one, and put a few points into boomerang for the ATK stat boost), and on my playthrough Yangus was focused on hammers/clubs.  biggrin


Same here, I beat this fight using boomerang and Jessica with whip. With the hit all weapons, it is actually easy with the first phase with the two boss copies.
1054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is Gamingtrend dying, or we are all just on a break? on: March 27, 2006, 06:18:20 AM
If GT want to have more active forum, they need to hire some trolls to post on the forum and need more drama.smile
1055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How many consoles do you own? on: February 21, 2006, 04:45:44 AM
Used to own:

Atari 2600 (still have it but not sure it is still working).
Sega Genesis
SNES
Gameboy
Gamegear

Still own:

PS1
PS2
Gamecube
Gameboy Advance SP
Nintendo DS
XBOX
PSP
1056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should a cartoon really cause so much violence and hate? on: February 10, 2006, 07:30:20 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
To muslims, it is bad to make drawing of their prophets or god, even a good beautiful drawing of their prophet is not allowed. These Danish drawings are even worse because they not only draw the prophet, but they also make fun of him.


The problem here is that MUSLIMS cannot make drawings of Mohammed.  Since the people who created the cartoons are not muslim, it doesn't matter.

Since they also believe people shouldnt drink alcohol, and that women need to wear veils, should we likewise follow their rules so we aren't offending them?  We do it when we are in their countries, but since THEY are in OUR countries, they need to be the ones showing respect for how we do things.


I think bible is full of bullshits. And since I'm not christian, is it okay for me to shit and pee on bible? And if I do that, the christians that are mad at me are just a bunch of intolerant morons?
1057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should a cartoon really cause so much violence and hate? on: February 09, 2006, 10:35:22 AM
Quote from: "depward"

This conflict really shows the great difference that the Western world has - tolerance.


Tolerance? If you're serious about that, it'll include not to offend other religions by making fun of their prophet.

To muslims, it is bad to make drawing of their prophets or god, even a good beautiful drawing of their prophet is not allowed. These Danish drawings are even worse because they not only draw the prophet, but they also make fun of him.
1058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Interesting Japanese sales data 12/26 - 01/01 on: January 17, 2006, 03:52:33 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "kathode"
Quote from: "Calvin"
I am really suprised DOA4 didn't help the 360 more. Wow.


It was only out for two or three days for the purposes of those charts, genius.


The following week's numbers were already released and the 360 numbers didn't really go up any.l


Team Ninja's fault, if they made it that you can tear off the clothings of your opponents then I'm sure they'll sell more in Japan.smile
1059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: January 16, 2006, 12:19:34 PM
Oh yeah, if any of you haven't connected to WFC lately, try it now. You'll get a new year gift from Iwata if you have the download messages and letters feature on.smile
1060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: January 16, 2006, 07:57:37 AM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Still loving it here as well...may sound retarded, but I'm trying to turn my whole left side of my town into an evergreen forest.  It's turned out a little harder than I thought it was going to be.

BTW, I love Melba.


I don't know why but almost all evergreen tree sapling died.frown I managed to fill up my town with apples tree with only a few unsuccessful ones(probably because I accidentally step on them), but hardly any evergreen tree grow.
1061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal Crossing on Ebay on: January 16, 2006, 07:53:25 AM
Quote from: "Canuck"
I've never played Animal Crossing so I have no idea what a bell is or what it's worth, but a million bells sounds like a lot!  How do they get a million bells?


If you have the tool to play homebrew DS games, you can use some tool to copy the AC DS save file and then edit it.

But if you're not a cheater, you can earn money easily on AC after some preparation.

Money making tips:

1. Fishing is a great to earn money, you can net at least 100000 bells per day and more if you spend more hours/day. Not the right choice for players that can't play more than one hour per day.

2. Foreign fruit orchard. Best for those that don't have much play time/day.

Foreign fruit sell for 500 bells each and one tree grow 3 fruits/3 days. So you can make on average 500 bells per day on each tree that you plan.

One town can have about 12-14 trees per 16x16 squares(if you want to keep your town in perfect condition if you don't care about that you can fill up with more than 14 trees per 16x16). And your town have 16 of that 16x16 square.

So you can have about 192-224 trees if you keep it your town in perfect condition or more than that if you don't care. That is on average 96000-112000 bells per day.

Need preparation to do it, but I managed to fill my town start with one single apple that I got as a gift. If you are like me only have one foreign fruit(if you don't have friends to wifi with), then you better maximize your chance of successful growing the tree by cutting down and existing tree then plan that foreign fruit in the same spot as the tree you cut down.

At first I plant all apples that I got and don't sell them. Now I have about 200 apple trees while still keeping about 10 orange trees(native of my town) and less than 10 non fruit trees(you get bees/money(100 bells)/furniture randomly if you shake these non fruit trees).

3. Talk with the animals and be friend with them. Sometime they give you gift and you can sell them. Or you can write to each of the animals each day and give them gift(anything cheap), they sometime give you something back. But these are not a good money making trick, so I only do them for fun.

4. Digging up fossils and sell them, you get 5 new digging spots per day so you can get 1-5 fossils each day depend on your luck.

5. Selling shells. Not much money, but easy to do just walk pass your coastline and pick up any shells you find then go sell them. You can do this several times per day and each pass only take less than 10 minutes.
1062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Miscrosoft: What the hell? on: January 12, 2006, 09:49:27 AM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
Currently most games on console that are multiple disc are mostly caused by the in game FMV. Now if PS3 games use HD quality in game movie, then it is unlikely that Microsoft can compress them much smaller than the best video codec available and still retain same video quality.

Microsoft probably can compress at most 10%-20% more that the standard video compression available and that'll be pretty much a miracle to be able to do even that.

I guess if Bluray games become reality, then XBOX 360 version will have lower quality video like 720p vs 1080p or lower fps on XBOX 360 version to fit on DVD media.


I don't pretend to be an expert on this subject by MS has said on more than one occasion that they believe compression will solve most if not all of the apparent capacity gap between standard DVD's and HD-DVD/Blu Ray technology.

Considering that PC games aren't even pushing DVD technology to it's limits yet, I'm not sure this is an issue we'll have to deal with anytime soon.


If it is possible to have high quality HD video and make it fit on DVD with this Microsoft secret compression thing, then it is stupid for media company to push HD video on HD-DVD/Blu Ray. It would be a lot cheaper to produce a Microsoft compression compatible 'Super' DVD player instead that play HD Video of same quality of HD-DVD/Blu Ray's video but run from cheap DVD media.

As for comparing to PC games, PC games in general have lower quality FMV. Most multiplatform games have better quality FMV in the console version than the PC version. The reason is to make it fit in CD-ROM media.

Follow that PC games example, we can expect multiplatform games will have better quality on Blu-Ray based PS3 and lower quality FMV in DVD based XBOX 360.
1063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Miscrosoft: What the hell? on: January 12, 2006, 05:53:12 AM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
The only reason I would have liked to have seen an HD-DVD player (or Blu-ray even) in the original Xbox 360 is so games took take advantage of all that extra space. The way it's going now a lot of developers are running out of space on the double layer discs, what's going to happen in 2 or 3 years from now when the all ps3's come with blu-ray (giving developers up to 50gb per disc to do whatever they want) and the xbox 360 still has just an old-fashioned dvd player?
Yeah probably multiple-disc games although I still think it's a shame, who wants to get up and change discs in the middle of a game?


You're assuming that there isn't a way around the apparent size limitation of the standard DVD disk.  You may be right, but MS has repeatedly stated that they think there are compression techniques that will allow for much greater content capacity.  Seems to be the kind of thing a software giant like MS would be able to pull off.


Currently most games on console that are multiple disc are mostly caused by the in game FMV. Now if PS3 games use HD quality in game movie, then it is unlikely that Microsoft can compress them much smaller than the best video codec available and still retain same video quality.

Microsoft probably can compress at most 10%-20% more that the standard video compression available and that'll be pretty much a miracle to be able to do even that.

I guess if Bluray games become reality, then XBOX 360 version will have lower quality video like 720p vs 1080p or lower fps on XBOX 360 version to fit on DVD media.
1064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead Or Alive 4 - Time to bring it! on: January 06, 2006, 06:55:26 AM
I just watched DOA4 on a local console store display. Wow,  I want to buy XBOX360 now, it cost around $500 here and plus the game it'll about $560.

Buying XBOX360 in Indonesia is probably stupid at this time since if I got a faulty one, it is going to be very hard to exchange it. Local store here don't give warranty on imported console machine and sending it back to Microsoft for repair is going to be a big problem.

I'm glad I didn't have money and my credit card are currently maxxed out when I visited the store. I would probably take XBOX360 and DOA4 home if I have any way to pay for it.slywink
1065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sims 2 is getting as bad as Dynasty Warriors.. on: January 06, 2006, 03:54:02 AM
It is pretty much why I love EA.smile Everytime a new expansion is out, that give me about 1 week entertainment. That is far longer than most FPS games which I either finish in 2 days or I am bored and stop playing.
1066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: January 04, 2006, 10:08:17 AM
After get tired of listening to the "no milkshake" comment, I finally spend about 4 hours to cutting down and planting. Now my town is wonderful, hurray.smile
1067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Infinium finally went and did it..... on: January 02, 2006, 08:38:53 AM
They probably just buy someone else's design from some China/Taiwan company and put their brand on it so that they can steal more from dumb investors who still think Infinium is for real instead of a scam.
1068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UMD Movies - Here to stay or just a faze? on: January 02, 2006, 07:44:07 AM
Portable porn is the answer. UMD porns are here to stay.smile
1069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead Or Alive 4 - Time to bring it! on: January 02, 2006, 07:39:55 AM
So maybe we should wait for Team Ninja to release DOA4 Pink version one year later that add the pink/easy mode.smile
1070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 in Japan: The Kancho of MS Continues on: December 26, 2005, 03:40:07 AM
So I guess if Microsoft really want the Japan market, they need to secretly start a new  Japanese Console Maker company named Miso and become a secret investor.

Then release Misobox 360 and take over Japanese market.smile
1071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 23, 2005, 05:10:03 AM
Just my damn luck. I bought 999 turnips for about 95 each last sunday.

Then monday, the price is 67, tuesday, 75, wednesday 60, then thursday 137 so I sold all of them on thursday and pay off my house loan. Then this friday the price is 545?frown
1072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 22, 2005, 05:10:12 AM
Quote from: "Torfish"
My biggest fish was 43 inches (octopus), but wasn't close to Goldies 55 incher.  Oh well.

Where can I buy some turnips?


You guys are real lucky with the competition only caught those tiny fishes.

I caught a tuna of about 95 inches and the winner Rocco won with a tuna of 98 inches.frown
1073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS or PSP? on: December 21, 2005, 05:01:41 AM
Quote from: "Scott"
Quote
putting down 80+ bucks on a GBA doesn't really make sense when you can just put 50 more and get the DS which will play the entire catalog of games anyway.

I think the GBA SP, and Micro, are truly portable, pocket systems, where the DS isn't.  $50 more is one of two extra games, and if you buy a used GBA SP, you save more.


Hmm, I carry my DS in my pocket daily, I guess some people have bigger pocket.smile
1074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: December 19, 2005, 09:32:55 AM
DQ8 doesn't seem to have anything new or special compare to other turn based RPG, but for some reason I can't stop playing this game.

So anybody know why we all seem to like DQ8? The story is pretty average, the battle system is simple.

Maybe it is because of Yangus?smile
1075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA 4 ....another delay.... on: December 19, 2005, 05:32:53 AM
They probably still have some glitch with the breast bouncing code.
1076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 13, 2005, 06:48:14 AM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
It even warns you when your battery is running low.  THIS GAME'S GOT EVERYTHING!

That's a good thing though, if it's anything like the Gamecube version. To say that you get chewed out if you just power down the Gamecube version is putting it nicely. biggrin


I never met Mr. Resetti on the Gamecube version. But with the DS, Mr. Resetti visit me and give me a long sermon after I turned off the DS after testing wifi connection without saving.
1077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it too early to give up on the 360 for Christmas? on: December 09, 2005, 08:49:03 AM
Quote from: "msduncan"
I just went AGAIN to my local EBgames to find out what they know.    Several things:

1.  They are consistent in telling me that they are not expecting the bulk of shipments until January and any before then will be tiny consisting of a couple units at a time.

2.  They have not yet receieved a single shipment since launch day.

3.  They have no news or word on when ANY new shipment will arrive, and nothing has shown up in their computer systems

So is it too early to give up quite yet?   I could very easily release the 200 dollars my wife was going to put toward it and let her spend it as she wishes.         Or I could wait and hope.... and also hope that my contacts here pan out or that I happen upon one as it gets to the loading dock.

Edit to add:   if I give it up now, it will likely be months before I can purchase one.    In fact.... I might then decide to skip it and wait for PS3 at that point.


With the disc scratch problem, overheat power supply, etc. I think maybe it is better to wait for several months until Microsoft released a Service Pack 1 version of XBOX 360.

By then, there'll be more software titles to choose from.
1078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 09, 2005, 04:14:59 AM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Everyone else wants to catch fish.  My main source of income comes from selling oranges.


Don't forget to raid other people's towns for fruit, plant them in your town, and reap the profits :-)

That's been one of the hardest things so far for me to get used to - without the GBA island present as a way to create hordes of $$, progress is going to be pretty slow on the financial front.  Well, at least until the turnip dealer comes to town...


My town has orange as native fruit, but this morning I got a letter from mom with an apple as a present so I planted it. Hopefully it'll grow into an apple tree soon.

As for finance thing, it seems like I earn money a lot faster compare to the gamecube version but maybe that is because I was still learning to earn money when I played the gamecube version.

So far I made money by selling all the fruits, claim the lost items, checking on the recycle bins, and fishing. Paid Nook in less than one day and now working on earning money to pay for the upgrade.
1079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 09, 2005, 04:08:18 AM
Quote from: "MaxSteele"
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I simply can`t get enough of this game. I`m liking still, ALOT more on the handheld so far. Just better suited for handheld play, that`s all. BTW, who here adjusts the clock and who here doesn`t? I did with the cube version. But so far here I haven`t. But, I do play alot late at night, and no open store=hard to make money. Still lots to do, but no open store hurts the $$$. And ideas? Between this and MK, the wait for my 360 around Feb should go very fast and easy!


Because this has such a robust online element to it, I think that adjusting the clock is most definitely cheating, and it isn't too fair to the other people you'll connect to who are not doing so.

Right now, Nooks is open from 8am - 11pm.  That's a lot of time.  I suggest you get a dresser which can hold over 90 items, catch fish, collect shells, etc... and then take 5 minutes in the 8am - 11pm time frame to go into Nook's, sell all of the items, and buy what you need.


While I think time travelling is cheating and I'm not doing that both in DS version and gamecube, you don't have to set it to the actual time at your place, you can set it faster a few hours or slower a few hours and leave it at that so you can have daylight in your game if you mostly play late at night.
1080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal crossing reviews and hopefully impressions! on: December 09, 2005, 04:05:50 AM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I simply can`t get enough of this game. I`m liking still, ALOT more on the handheld so far. Just better suited for handheld play, that`s all. BTW, who here adjusts the clock and who here doesn`t? I did with the cube version. But so far here I haven`t. But, I do play alot late at night, and no open store=hard to make money. Still lots to do, but no open store hurts the $$$. And ideas? Between this and MK, the wait for my 360 around Feb should go very fast and easy!


With the gamecube version, I set the time about 6 hours slower than the time at my location just so that I can have night and daylight during the my play time.
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