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2521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360s available or not? on: January 26, 2006, 06:00:02 PM
Quote from: "Dunamis"
So what's the story with the 360s now that the Christmas rush is over.  

Can I walk into Best Buy and pick one of these things up now or are we still having "limited supply" issues?

I'm in Southern California if that matters.

The issues still exist.  However since the demand is lower it is sometimes possible luck out and find some at retailers.  Generally though only at places like Target, Best Buy, etc.   The deadicated stores (EB, Gamestop) are still trying to meet their pre-orders so they never seem to have any spares.
2522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda does Star Trek for Xbox 360, PC, DS, and PSP! on: January 25, 2006, 09:11:49 PM
Quote from: "pr0ner"
Starshifter, didn't you watch DS9?  The last 4 seasons (or so) of that show were based on a wartime storyline.

Combat and war have their place in the Star Trek universe, just as the exploration does.

Yes a wartime storyline but not a combat focused one.  There was very little combat and a lot more personal issues with the war.
2523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 - Feb. 14th on: January 24, 2006, 02:28:58 PM
At least according to least according to RPG Fan

I hope they are right.  I will be done with Dragon Quest 8 this week and ready for a new RPG after a couple weeks.
2524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Underworld Reviews on: January 23, 2006, 06:53:15 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
No, I won't argue any of the movies you listed.

But that doesn't change my opinion of Rottentomatoes and how much weight people put into it.

It's totally worthless.

Much like a great number of game reviews.

Like any tool it can be abused but used well it is a great resource.  Since my local paper didn't even review Underworld it is great to have a collection of all the reviews.
2525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What country will Bush attack next? [RP] on: January 23, 2006, 02:43:04 PM
I think the Iraian president is pouring as much gas on the fire as he can with all the crap about the Holocaust etc.  so I don't think public opinion will be hard for Bush to whip up.
2526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why must I turn on my XBox 360 twice every time? on: January 23, 2006, 02:39:55 PM
I would send it back ASAP.  Are you ever going go really trust it again?  

They seem to be doing a good job of fixing broken machines so you are better off getting a new one rather than waiting until it really breaks.
2527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Underworld Reviews on: January 22, 2006, 08:52:46 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
I have one question. Do you see Kate boobage?

No but what you do see is quite nice.  

From GamersWithJobs if you want Kate breasts see Laurel Canyon
2528  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How much would you charge for tech support? on: January 20, 2006, 06:09:01 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
friends are tough.  

if it were professional, I would probably start at $45/hr for desktop stuff.  Server would >start< at $100/hr, depending on what they needed done.

My friends I don't even really charge.  They don't make crazy demands, and it usually isn't anything which takes an extraordinary amount of time.  Friends of friends, however, is where I usually end up screwing myself out of money.

Luckily they are not my friends - just my co-workers. smile  So I can gouge them.
2529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How much would you charge for tech support? on: January 20, 2006, 03:37:55 AM
I have a few co-workers who want me to fix their home PCs.  It is all pretty easy stuff for me since I work in IT but baffling to them.  

So how much should I charge per hour.  I don't want to rip them off but I don't want to dismiss my abilities and time either.  

So what would you charge?
2530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Back on the Big Screen (USA) in 10 days! on: January 19, 2006, 08:26:35 PM
So, how bad will it be?  Awful? Terrible? Uwe Bowell bad?
2531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragonquest 8 Help - SPOILERS on: January 19, 2006, 01:53:54 PM
Quote from: "KC"
Thanks Nth Power.  Is that the king with the dead wife?

They prefer to be called "living impared"
2532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RE4 - why have "normal" mode on: January 16, 2006, 01:03:31 AM
Quote from: "Calvin"

Seriously though, wtf am I doing wrong? It cant be that hard straight off can it?

I survived by heading to the bell tower.  it is an exclose space where they have to rush you.  I just picked them off there.  It was fustrating but easier when they couldn't get behind or to the sides of me.
2533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looking for screenshot comparison for Black Xbox vs PS2 on: January 15, 2006, 04:11:11 PM
I think the only way to really be sure is to wait until the reviews come out.  Almost every game whihc is on multiple platforms gets a "comparision" article at some point in time.

Of course usually the game is better at X on one system and Y on another so you have to choose which is most important but at least it give something to go by.
2534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RE4 - why have "normal" mode on: January 13, 2006, 05:37:01 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
die a bunch of times in a row, I think that unlocks easy mode.

I have tried, really!   :oops:
2535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RE4 - why have "normal" mode on: January 13, 2006, 04:29:46 PM
But no easy mode?  Everytime I save and it says I am playing on normal I think I would prefer to play on easy, but I can't do that!
2536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you looking forward to? (2006) on: January 13, 2006, 01:58:39 AM

Grandia 3
Rogue Galaxy
Shadow Hearts: From The New World

Final Fantasy 3
Ultimate Card Game (for the DS!!)
Age of Empires


Hellgate London
Half-Life 2 add-on

that should be enough to keep me busy all year!
2537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 $500!?? on: January 12, 2006, 03:55:06 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Quote from: "Turtle"
If I recall, the 360 cost around 700 to make, that's around a $300 loss.  So, MS really is taking that kind of loss on this.  People suspect that's why we're seeing so few.

Everything I read at time of release said ~$120 loss per console.  If you've got other data, I'd love to see it.

I think one of the biggest problems is no one has much data.  Everything I have seen is speculation but different people.  I am sure they are very knowledgable but they are still just speculating.
2538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PGR:3 demo up on marketplace on: January 12, 2006, 03:09:37 PM
This may be more about racing games in general but is there ever anything really new besides different cars and tracks?  I supose you could have more realistic modeling but there just doesn't seem to be much else to improve.
2539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 Final Fight Video with lvl 21 Party - Spoiler on: January 12, 2006, 02:05:16 PM
What a great site!  I have already seen more gameplay from Rogue Galaxy and Grandia 3 than any of the news sites!  I love this place!

And since most of the videos are from the Japaness versions I can't understand what they are saying or the writing so it doesn't spoil the story!
2540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Blu-ray HD thought / question on: January 11, 2006, 06:01:01 PM
And it is a mess for stuff that doesn't really work.  

I mean movies will still be available on the internet.  Sure the quality will be less but that doesn't stop people now from downloading movies.

So true lovers of the best quality - who wouldn't pirate anyway since it is always at lesser quality - will use the HDMI but the majority of people won't even care.
2541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Miscrosoft: What the hell? on: January 11, 2006, 02:58:48 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Quote from: "farley2k"
It isn't just about movies.  The PS3 will be able to play games on Blu-ray.  Now if Blu-ray wins out then that means PS3 games will be able to have more content, better graphics, etc.  

In 2-3 years people will be talking about how the 360 just can't handle the really big games.

OR 360 games could span disks like many PS1 games did.  I don't have a problem swapping disks in a game.

I wouldn't either necessarily but it would be another reason for people to buy a PS3 instead.
2542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Miscrosoft: What the hell? on: January 11, 2006, 01:41:43 PM
It isn't just about movies.  The PS3 will be able to play games on Blu-ray.  Now if Blu-ray wins out then that means PS3 games will be able to have more content, better graphics, etc.  

In 2-3 years people will be talking about how the 360 just can't handle the really big games.
2543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 10, 2006, 06:00:50 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Any recommendations on a good place to go for leveling (at around level 25)? Are there any places where I might run into metal slimes often (I've fought two so far and both times they've run away)? I think I need to do some serious leveling before trying the Dark Ruins again.

Let me see...places I have found

Castle Trodain has some occasionally and it also has liquid metal slimes which net 10,000 xp  and outside the royal hunting grounds has a lot of metal slimes.

Those are the most consistant places I have found.
2544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 10, 2006, 02:25:17 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"

I'm in Baccarat trying to find out why the casino is closed.  It seemeed the most logical place to go, but maybe I missed something.

You are on the right track as far as the story goes.  Now if you are getting beaten by the random encounters you probably do need some leveling but one level should be enough.

I have also found that in almost every area there is one type of monster which is always very tough and I run from them.  I can face every other monster but there always seems to be one which just is too tough to be fun so I run.
2545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 09, 2006, 09:50:12 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"
Ugh, I've really hit the wall with DQ8.  I'm about 25 hours in, and I've reached the point that I will need to spend a few hours levelling before tackling the next dungeon.  While I enjoy the combat for the most part, I just can't bring myself to spend the time level-grinding.

I love this game, but the ultra-simplistic story and characters are starting to cause it to lose a bit of lustre.  frown


I am 47 hours in and haven't really hit something like that....which dungeon are you having trouble with?  It is hard to remember what was going on that long ago!
2546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: what on: January 09, 2006, 07:49:40 PM
Quote from: "tcweidner"
what a fu&%#@ up country we live in where this crap can be shown, god forbid we are allowed to see 2 people having sex. Expression of love=bad (erect wang=x),
violence for the sake of seeing how gory and graphic we can get= fine, (needless violence=r)

 We are one fu$#@# up society.

I agree...kinda.  

I think this movie is exactly what the NC-17 rating was meant for.  When I think that both this and "Wedding Crashers" have R ratings I am amazed.  How does that "R" rating really help a parent?  Are those two movies so similar that a parent should lump them together?  

It seems to me like saying someone is going between 35 and 120 miles per hour.....hummm that doesn't really help much.
2547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2: Aftermath delayed until April 24th on: January 09, 2006, 07:47:07 PM
Quote from: "Kev199"
Or they are trying to hammer out the bugs and making sure it is flawless.


But since all the are doing is basically making new levels there shouldn't be a ton of bug testing.  Just the scripted events, specific triggers for NPC actions, etc.
2548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 09, 2006, 02:47:08 PM
Quote from: "Luke"
Enjoying this one, but put off by a couple issues:

At the 18 hour mark, with lvls 14-17 party members, and the random combat is entirely too easy, and boring because of it.  There's not been even the slightest threat of death from anything since my party wiped at the first boss.  The only time I've ever wiped.  Does the difficulty balance out more as the game progresses?

DQ8 takes place in a very green world.  Everything is green.  Dominant color - tons of trees and grass everywhere, all the same shades of green, with some brown, gray, and blue scattered about.  I'm tired of green.  World of Warcraft has spoiled me with so much variety in its many settings.  Does the world of Dragon Quest 8 vary up the settings as it progresses, or is the entire freaking world nothing more than several massive continents of green?

On a similar note, all the towns and castles I've encountered up to this point (SPOILER: looking for a hill illuminated by the full moon after meeting the sad king with the 2 yrs dead wife.) are disappointingly small.  Again, spoiled by WoW.  But, hell, the city in Dark Cloud 2 is 5 times bigger than anything I've encountered in DQ8 so far.  Are there any bigger cities or castles to be found later in the game, or is every establishment simply a little gray blemish in a sea of green?

I know there are more than a handful of DQ8 experts out here, so throw me a bone.  I may not continue if these issues persist.

1. difficulty.   I haven't found it getting harder except for boss fights.  However in a game with random encounters and unlimited exploration that seems about normal.  If you take your time and do lots of encounters you will be at a higher level.  

2. color.  I would say it is 80% green.  I have found some snowy areas but generally the pallet is bright and lively - green!  I think that is the underlying feeling of the game.

3. town size.    I would say they don't get any bigger.  But since town really don't have much for quests and stuff it is nice they are smaller.  Why make a huge town where all you do is sleep and shop?
2549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soooo...I went to Weight Watchers today[DIET] on: January 08, 2006, 04:56:56 AM
The trick I found is - eat huge amounts of vegetables.  Since they are zero points pad every meal you can with them.  You will feel fuller and more satisfied.  

Also eat often, but small amounts.  When I binge is when I let my blood sugar too low and I just have to eat something bad.  If I just have a small snack every few hours then I am not as hungry.

Semaj, you can stay on it the rest of your life, but the nice thing is since it isn't any special food or weird stuff like no bread or only meat you can stay on it the rest of your life.  It is just normal eating but basically watching what you eat, eating lots of fiber and vegetables and smaller portions.  

Good luck.
2550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG to look out for in 2006 - a few thoughts on: January 05, 2006, 09:13:19 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"

If any of the aforementioned games in this thread are action RPG's similar to Morrowind, Oblivion, or even Arx Fatalis, will someone please say so? i"m not a fan of turn-based play (sorry!)...  I'm biding my time with MediEvil, Ratchet: Deadlocked, Quake 4,etc., but I really, really, need a Morrowind-like console game!  Please, sir, can I have some more?  :cry:

The closest out of what has been mentioned would probably be Rogue Galaxy.  It is at least real time combat....I think...

I would check out Grandia 3 as well.  It isn't exactly turn based nor is it exactly real time but a very fun (some of us think) hybrid.
2551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360]Hmm...external HD-DVD drive announced on: January 05, 2006, 05:05:48 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Quote from: "JLu"
How exactly will consumers be able to enjoy HD DVD movies when the major studios are primarily supporting Blu Ray?  (If I recall, two of the six are supporting both, but isn't it sort of already obvious that Blu Ray won this battle before it really started?)

If Blu Ray I'd seriously consider this add on.  HD DVD?  Eh.

There's actually been some swing towards HD DVD in the past month or so; it's looking like Sony's "this is our product" campaign is falling apart with stuff like facts and reality coming into play.

::shrug:: I'll pick up the dominant one; there's no guarantee that I'll buy blu-ray movies just because I (may) have a PS3.


I don't think pesky things like facts are really what you are basing your comments on but I love the implication that Sony is not dealing with reality.

As far as I can tell the "reality" is that Blu-Ray has much more movie studio support, good support from manufaturers of players, and the PS3. HD DVD has only 2 movie studio who have agreed to use the format, support from manufactures and Microsoft pushing it.  

It would seem they are quite close.
2552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360]Hmm...external HD-DVD drive announced on: January 05, 2006, 01:42:32 PM
MS had to do this since there is so much positive press currently for Blu-Ray.

Several stories today about movies shipping on Blu-Ray this summer, all the major movie studios behind Blu-Ray, etc.  

MS has picked HD-DVD and they only have one (very big) card to play - market dominance.  Vista will ship with HD-DVD ablility out of the box (although who will buy a new drive?) now they talk about how the 360 will support it with an add-on.  This is what they have to use.
2553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG to look out for in 2006 - a few thoughts on: January 05, 2006, 04:14:18 AM
Quote from: "philosophist_"
the Elder Scrolls 4!

The tread is about games in 2006, not later.  smile
2554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any advice on buying a house? on: January 04, 2006, 09:32:46 PM
Go to open houses on Sunday - not to find a house but to find a realtor.  Find someone you like and could work with.  Once you have a realtor make them work!  Look at lots of houses, be specific about what you want so you don't spend a lot of time looking at houses you can't afford or wouldn't like.

It is pretty easy if you let them do the work.
2555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Random encounter frustration on: January 04, 2006, 03:01:03 PM
Quote from: "Clay"
So why is it that this type of random encounter is accepted so widely for a game like DQ VIII, when I can only imagine that random encounters by invisible enemies in World of Warcraft would drive people crazy?

I don't know.  I guess for the same reason I accept the hookey answers in Star Trek and stuff like that.  

I love the genre and the goods out weigh the bads.  

Sure, I prefer games with visible enemies but I love the genre enough that I put up with some stuff which I don't like.
2556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR III News - [I think it's Official!] on: January 04, 2006, 02:43:58 PM
and that before LucasArts culled it's staff, KOTORIII was in some form of pre-production.

I guess what matters to me is what was "bubbling" after LucasArts culled it's staff.
2557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Random encounter frustration on: January 03, 2006, 05:45:44 PM
Sometimes this bothers me but mostly I just don't care.  The encounters in DQ8 are so much fun that I don't really care.  

Are the people in my party so stupid and lacking senses and peripheral vision that they cannot see a giant dangerous party of monsters approaching???

Are they so dumb they can't hack at a door when they have swords, or that they can't jump over a simple low wall?  There are dozens of artifical things in games.  I don't see this as being any bigger or worse than any other.
2558  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / And then sometimes Penny Arcade is just stupid on: January 01, 2006, 04:51:13 AM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Penny Arcade's strength is when they talk about video games, especially new ones.  Anything else is hit or miss.

I think that is how I feel.  I remember laughing at thier stuff when the Xbox first came out and the controller appeared so huge, and thier digs at Pokemon, but "I fucked your dad"  is probably on my list of never funny punchlines.
2559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / And then sometimes Penny Arcade is just stupid on: December 30, 2005, 09:23:08 PM
Sometimes I love their insight but the last run of "An Unbelievably Merch Christmas" is just dumb and worse not funny


I mean what is that crap?
2560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Way behind.... Metroid Prime (and Echoes!) on: December 30, 2005, 04:22:57 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"

I did finish, may have had 100% (with info assistance, of course).  Really good game.  I still really want Metroid 2, waiting to see if I can pick it up for $10 somewhere, or in a trade.

So why haven't you PMed me yet? smile
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