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2521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Underworld 2: Evolution Jan. 20th on: December 28, 2005, 05:51:32 PM
I will see it but I am not expecting much.  The first one was alright but could have been so much better.


The main thing which drove me nuts was that there was really nothing special about the vampires.  They drove cars, used guns, rode trains, etc.  Besides a long life they seemed like normal people.  

Vampires are suposed to have supernatural powers not just better bullets.
2522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - should I play? on: December 28, 2005, 05:47:42 PM
Well, the only thing I need to play is Dragon Quest 8 smile  But I am addicted.

I think I will pick it up.  It seems like too good a game to miss out on.
2523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - should I play? on: December 27, 2005, 09:15:29 PM
I noticed this popping up on lots of best of the year lists so I started looking into it more.  It seems great but I have some questions.

1. should I play the Gamecube or the PS2 version?  The PS2 has the extra "separate ways" section, but the Cube seems to offer less load times and slightly better visuals.

2. how hard is it?  I have gotten fustrated in the other RE games becuase I run out of healing items and ammo.


So anyone have a recommendation and answers?

Thanks
2524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite game you PLAYED in 2005, no matter it's year? on: December 27, 2005, 02:27:35 PM
Great choices for most of you....man this is hard.

By system.

GBA - Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones.  I put just a ton of time into this game.   More than any other GBA game I have ever had.  

DS - Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.  I am not done with it yet but so far it has the most entertaining use of the dual screens of any DS game I have played.  

PS2 - Dragon Quest 8.  I have sunk 35 hours into this and I think I still have a ton more to play.  It is just perfect in almost every way I have seen on a console RPG.

Cube - Paper Mario 2.  I think this came out last year but I just played it this year so and it is wonderful.  Entertaining, funny, with great combat, clever puzzles and a good story.  

Xbox - Ninja Gaiden: Black.  For wimps like me they put in the easy mode and I thank them.  It makes a game which was fustratingly hard into a game which is just hard. smile  I am glad I am getting to enjoy this game and I hope it has strong sales so that companies will see that wimps spend money and cater to us.  I am not even insulted I am a dog who wears pink.


I am sure I enjoyed many other games this year which I have completely forgotten but that is enough for now.
2525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 anyone?? on: December 22, 2005, 01:43:47 PM
The 360 will do well if they can come up with a few games which have the player look up young girls skirts.  That is really lacking from the original Xbox and I think that is what hurt them in Japan.

More upskirting = sucess!
2526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Walmart Bundles online on: December 21, 2005, 01:44:38 PM
Quote from: "msduncan"
I was looking at my shipping info closer.... and you wouldn't fucking believe what I see.....


Every single package in the shipment shipped 2 to 3 day like I ordered.....

However....   the SYSTEM is showing STANDARD shipping.    Are you fucking kidding me???

Can my luck get any worse????



Well I heard a report on NPR last night about the earthquake victims in Pakistan who will probably be freezing to death becuase of lack of even a warm room to huddle in.....so yeah your luck could get a lot worse.
2527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia III official NA release date on: December 14, 2005, 08:23:15 PM
That is fast!  So FF12 and FH2 seem to take forever but Grandia 3 is rushing here.

I won't complain though.  I think that I will almost be done with Dragon Quest 8 by then!
2528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battles of Prince of Persia anyone? [DS] on: December 13, 2005, 09:24:23 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
That IS the question!

And it was selling for $40 where I saw it, so man, you guys want to sell a few more copies, bring the price down, sheeeesh.


$40 is very, very high for a DS game.  Even most of the high profile titles seem to go for $35.
2529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battles of Prince of Persia anyone? [DS] on: December 13, 2005, 08:12:52 PM
It is out?  Wow talk about no press.  So is it a gem that that we will have a hard time finding in a few months or a POS which will be in bargin bins on Dec. 26th.
2530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bitch Must Die candidate on: December 13, 2005, 08:05:42 PM
Quote from: "Roguetad"


As a civilized society that embraces the ideals of compassion and forgiveness through rehabilitation, of course we can’t torture convicted criminals (mentally ill or not).  But if you’re going to argue the idea of acceptable torture, wouldn’t incarceration for life and long isolation periods be considered a form of torture, both mental and physical?  A human having to spend the remainder of their lives in a small cell, potentially abused or raped during this time, seems to qualify as torture to me.  Incarceration seems to be the most civilized form of acceptable torture outside of the death penalty that we’re willing to accept as a society for the punishment of crimes.

At what point do we draw the line between being compassionate and forgiving human beings and not becoming an apologist for the actions of others, mentally ill or not?  It’s easy to make broad and sweeping statements like all forms of torture are bad and evil, but then how do we punish people that violate our laws?  And do the mentally ill get an exception card that grants them sort of a free pass to accountability that “normal people” don’t get?  And when do we stop trying to rehabilitate or help someone?



I think we can determine a line between torture and punishment.  It actually doesn't seem that fine of a line really.  We seem to have pretty good lines already drawn.


As for the last question I don't think we every stop trying to rehablilitate someone.  From a purely selfish perspective it would always be better to have a functional member of society so we are always better off trying to rehabilitate.
2531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bitch Must Die candidate on: December 13, 2005, 06:35:37 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "farley2k"
I have a hard time with the idea expressed by some of you that tourturing the mentally ill is a good thing.  What the hell, to you kick the shit out of the crazy guy on the subway too?

Only if he's injecting that shit into his kid.



So your response, in all seriousness, to torture is torture?  More over your response to the actions of the mentally ill is to torture them.

I see this kid around town here who has to wear a helmet and he will sometimes start smacking his head at things, maybe you would like to come beat the shit out of him.  I am sure it will help.
2532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bitch Must Die candidate on: December 13, 2005, 03:47:41 PM
I have a hard time with the idea expressed by some of you that tourturing the mentally ill is a good thing.  What the hell, to you kick the shit out of the crazy guy on the subway too?  

To believe that somehow we should as a society torture her, subject her to involuntary experimintation, or just kill her outright is every bit as evil as what she did - and I assume that most of you don't have mental illness to explain your actions.  


Should she be roaming free? no.  Should she ever have custody of her children again? of course not.   However when someone is mentally ill we don't torture them.
2533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts - FTNW English screens and box art on: December 13, 2005, 01:56:30 PM
I have to say that after seeing the reviews of the Japanese version I will just keep SH:C and replay it.  

Of course sometimes they do a great job with translations and other improvements so maybe the US version will be much better...
2534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What IS the deal with Duke Nukem Forever? on: December 12, 2005, 06:14:01 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Seriously. What's going on with that game? What could be holding things up? They're using a game engine from another dev house - what is the engine at this point, anyway? - so other than tweaking it, they have to, what, make some levels, a few weapons and baddie models, and a silly story? And I don't mean to bring this up as another DNTF joke - I'm actually curious to know what could be holding the game up. How could it be vaporware? What are they doing over at 3D Realms?



I would guess there are two options.

1. they are not really working on it.  Or if they are it is 15 minutes of work and 7+ hours of playing other games.  

2. serious infighting.  Perhaps they all simply hate each other so whatever one creates the others simply work to tear down.  No agreement on story, level design, etc.  Just constant bickering with each person doing what they want and ignoring the whole.
2535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DQ8 - questions (may contain slight spoilers) on: December 09, 2005, 01:59:15 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Anyone know how many monsters are available for the Monster Arena?  

I've only run into maybe five or so named monsters so far.  Do more appear once the arena becomes available?



More become available as you beat different ranks.  So once you beat "D" rank there will be more monsters roaming around to collect.



If you are a person who likes guides here is a Monster Area FAQ which details which monsters become available and when.  It also describes each rank, what are good teams, what teams have special moves or bonuses.  It is quite detailed and very useful.
2536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it too early to give up on the 360 for Christmas? on: December 08, 2005, 03:41:32 PM
Quote from: "msduncan"

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.



It is never too early to quit!  smile  

I would say you have a 5-10% chance of getting one but how optimistic of a person are you?
2537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Revolution has begun...(IGN chan, specs, launch date?) on: December 07, 2005, 02:06:19 PM
Quote from: "Scott"

Why'd this turn into a PSP vs DS bash?  Give the PSP another 6-8 months, and we'll see.  The DS took a long time to come into its own, the PSP should be given the same chance I think.



So if I understand right we should give an existing system (the PSP) a few more months before we declare it a failure but we can declare a system which isn't even out yet (the Revolution) a failure right now?
2538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Revolution has begun...(IGN chan, specs, launch date?) on: December 07, 2005, 02:04:13 PM
I just don't get it.  When discussing the PS3 vs. the 360 people go on and on about how it isn't power which matters this generation but games, on-line stuff, etc.  (basically whatever MS is good at) but when discussing the Revolution is is all about horsepower again.


I am really left with the conclusion that people see what they want to see.

There has been a lot of dissatisfaction with the Cube and its lineup of games and it is fashionable to dis Nintendo.  Not without cause because they don't appear to be trying to hard to create new games and seem to be happy milking what they got.
2539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 English video on: December 06, 2005, 06:24:47 PM
I think this looks great.  I hope we get more details and a relase date, or at least a ballpark number.
2540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / X-Men 3 on: December 06, 2005, 04:18:37 PM
I am skeptical.  By the third movie we would hope that we have enough established characters that we could focus on real character development however it seems like we are going to get even more characters!  Angel, Beast, Juggurnaught, some I didn't recognize...
2541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Liquid Metal Slimes - I love thee!! on: December 03, 2005, 02:33:51 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "Nth Power"
How did you get it to stay there?  Everytime I face those things they run off after my first swing.

I haven't beaten one yet in DQ8, but if the prequels are any indication...

Pure and total luck.

And if I remember correctly, there are a few skills you can learn that are good against metal targets...



I would like to pretend it was something really smart that I did but that was pretty much it.  Luck.  

I expected him to run away every round. The fight actually latsted 5-6 rounds because only the here had "metal slash" so most of the team missed each time.  


About the only thing I think I have found is don't waste magic.  Nothing Jessica threw at them helped at all but she will occasionally hit for one point when attacking normally.
2542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Liquid Metal Slimes - I love thee!! on: December 02, 2005, 08:30:48 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "Zarkon"
I'm too busy going through Wild Arms Code Alter F to play DQ8. smile

Note to self - play Wild Arms Code Alter F after beating DQ8 (as it's sitting there unplayed on my shelf). smile


I went out right after seeing this and watched some videos of Wild Arms....wow it is so freaking ugly I am not sure I could play it.  

I wonder if DQ8 has just ruined other games for me.  FF12 looked ok but not as good and Wild Arms just looks like complete ass compared to either one of them.
2543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Liquid Metal Slimes - I love thee!! on: December 02, 2005, 02:26:31 PM
Wow, just wow.  Last night I faced my first liquid metal slime in DQ8.  Based on the metal slimes I expected some very good experience points but holy crap it was amazing!

I got 10,000 XP!  My hero actually went up 2 levels and everyone else went up 1 but soon leveled again.  It was just wonderful!
2544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] 'second shipment' = Absolutely Nothing on: December 02, 2005, 02:19:38 PM
I think it is a big plan by MS to keep demand for the 360 very very high not just through Christmas but until the PS3 comes out.  

They have a year (roughly) window where there is nothing to touch them so I believe they intend to keep demand high that whole time.  

Why?  Because they can and it will keep interest/press/hype high.  People will still be buzzing about the system.

If they didn't people would be buzzing about the games and that is a more unknown factor.
2545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 Defective Rate Normal for New Hardware - 3% on: December 01, 2005, 11:10:32 PM
And the big thing is - it doesn't matter  

From all the reports I have read MS has been great to deal with about repairing the units so even if it is huge numbers they are taking responsiblity.
2546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 Defective Rate Normal for New Hardware - 3% on: December 01, 2005, 09:26:38 PM
Quote from: "Harry F. Ishnuts"
Looks like I hit a nerve.

I am impressed that you Sony Fanbois are tracking my posts.

Do you stalk full time or just when your Mommy tells you that you have to quit playin on your console and go do your homework?

Like I said, The failure rate for the XBox is around 3%.

Next whine please!

    -HFI-


You just can't be part of the community can you?
2547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 Defective Rate Normal for New Hardware - 3% on: December 01, 2005, 09:03:15 PM
I will say the same thing I said at OO.


Quote
You know, Harry you could become a member of the community and talk about other stuff. Every post doesn't need to be about evil Sony fanboys or how Microsoft is great.

For goodness sake man, play a game! Tell us what you thought of it! Something, anything!
2548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rule of Rose [ps2] - *very* twisted (please come to USA) on: December 01, 2005, 08:08:52 PM
I think I have reached my saturation point with girls being tortured.  Maybe I am just getting old.
2549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / M and L: partners in time! on: December 01, 2005, 03:42:51 PM
In my 5 minutes of playing I can say - it is cool!  I can't wait to spend more time with it.
2550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DQ8 - questions (may contain slight spoilers) on: November 29, 2005, 09:23:40 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Was it a special monster (the kind you can see on a world map) on the beach that the recipe referenced (near the lady bandit)?  If so, then once you defeat it you will get a message the the monster rises up again, looks at your party with respect, and then you will get the choice to send the monster to Morrie's.


No it was one of the babies in a group, so it wasn't the right little twerp.

I think I will go after them tonight rather than working on getting the ship (the next story quest).  It sounds like fun to find them.
2551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DQ8 - questions (may contain slight spoilers) on: November 29, 2005, 09:16:53 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
1.  I think you mean "Nose for Treasure" and yeah as near as I can figure it only works in towns and dungeons- not on the world map.

Whistle is for instantaneously spawning monster encounters.



Yes "Nose for Treasure"  totally blanked on the name.  

It is annoying that it doesn't work outside becuase that is where I have a hard time finding treasure chests.  Dungeons are closed spaces but outside is huge!


Quote

2.  Yes you need the paper- though it only has to be in your inventory (either character or bag).  At the time you receive the "recipes" you should only have encountered one of the enemies previously- you need to to refight it (hint:  the blue slime is *not* one from the first area).


Humm, I had it in my bag and faced on of the kalamari but nothing happened...should I have seen a message or something?
2552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DQ8 - questions (may contain slight spoilers) on: November 29, 2005, 08:58:18 PM
As I play I have questions from time to time so I thought I would post here and see if people know answers.

1. Yangus's whistle...how does it work?  I have tried it often outside to see if there are treasure chests around but nothing ever happens.  Does it only work in dungeons?

2. Monster 'collecting'. The guy gave me three pieces of paper with monsters to send his way but how do I do that?  I have fought some of those monsters but never get any special message.  Do I need to give them the piece of paper?


Those are it for now.

Thanks
2553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Welp -- My Christmas tree is going to be empty this year on: November 29, 2005, 06:07:49 PM
Quote from: "msduncan"
Quote from: "farley2k"
Considering the normal holiday shipping confusion I doubt this is all that bad.

And if she really loves you she can get one off Ebay for just a bit more than retail. smile


Yeah right.  

Yeah right about two things:    'a bit more than retail', followed immediately by 'get one off Ebay'.

That's not going to happen.  :p

She WOULD probably buy one for a little more...but not ebay prices.




How about JC Pennys?
2554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Welp -- My Christmas tree is going to be empty this year on: November 29, 2005, 04:06:04 PM
Considering the normal holiday shipping confusion I doubt this is all that bad.

And if she really loves you she can get one off Ebay for just a bit more than retail. smile
2555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 annoyances on: November 29, 2005, 12:30:48 AM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
Who goes first in DW/DW games has allways been dictated by your agility and some times the type of attack can affect it as well. Note, it's not exactly that who has the highest AGL goes first, it's who has the highest AGL has a better chance of going first.

There are some spells in the game that will make your character the last to go regardless of agility. So you can get a good idea based on the agilities of your party member as to who will have a better chance at being first. The series has never had anything that showed battle order, it's part of the randomness of the series.


Just becuase they have never had it doesn't make it good - in fact that is kinda why it is an annoyance.  smile

I appreciate the retro aspect of the game but I think with a few simple changes they could have improved the game enormously.


And as to the agility thing it is useless becuase you don't know the enemies agility (unless there is some way to check which I don't know) so even if you know who on your team will go first you have no idea if all the enemies will attack before then, just one, two, etc.

Which gets to my other annoyance about the AI on 'tactics' doing better.  Basically depending on how the round goes Yangus (who "usually" goes last) can cast heal on the team member with the lowest HP if their HP really drops.  A person has to pick Yangus's action before seeing how the round goes which means you may attack when really you need to heal.  To me that is annoying.
2556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 annoyances on: November 28, 2005, 09:36:52 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Is there an actual order?  I thought it was based on Agility and using certain moves took a longer time, but I haven't figured it out yet either.  It seems Jessica and Angelo go first about 90% of the time.


I don't think anyone knows.  Most people seem to be guessing agility then some other modifiers, but since you can't see the monsters agility and since your team obviously doesn't follow that strictly....anyone's guess is as good as anyone else's.
2557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 annoyances on: November 28, 2005, 09:02:10 PM
I love the game but there are some really really annoying things which actually seem to get worse just because they happen again and again.

1. Why can't I move more than one item at a time out of my 'bag'?  I would like to move as many healing herbs as possible, not just one at a time.

2. Why, if you let a shop keeper 'organize' your inventory do they move all healing herbs out to make room for *one* item?  How about just move one?

3. Why can't I find out what order turns will come in?  Sometimes Jessica is first, sometimes the hero, sometimes Yangus (who normally is very slow).  I   would like a little clue!

4. If I use 'tactics' my team will change *on the fly* but I can't do that so actually it is better to use 'tactics' becuase the outcome will be better!  It shouldn't be better not to plan.

5. Why is the world map so useless?  Maybe it is me, but I can't find crap with that map - should it have town names on it?

6. Why can't recipies be complete?  I am all for having to find them, but it is annoying how little they say.  Stuff like "combine a bronze sword with 'something sharp'"  is not a really helpful description.  I know they want people to experiment but it is annoying.

7. Why is this game so freaking addictive and wonderful that I can't stop thinking about it?
2558  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / *sold* PSP, 256 meg DUO, Logitech case on: November 28, 2005, 06:31:54 PM
It has been sold.
2559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The MSDUNCAN trying to get a 360 status update on: November 28, 2005, 01:21:26 AM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Stuff and quotes. smile

I think we have to admit you were right about the 360 launch, but considering you were way wrong about Oblivion Tongue you are actually onlyl even.  


2560  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DOA:movie trailer on: November 23, 2005, 05:43:00 PM
My eyes!  The goggles, they do nothing!
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