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2601  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!
2602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you looking forward to? (2006) on: January 13, 2006, 01:58:39 AM
PS2

Grandia 3
Rogue Galaxy
Shadow Hearts: From The New World


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

Cube
Zelda

PC
Hellgate London
Half-Life 2 add-on
Oblivion



that should be enough to keep me busy all year!
2603  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.
2604  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.
2605  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!
2606  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.
2607  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.
2608  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.
2609  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.
2610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 10, 2006, 02:25:17 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"
MINOR SPOILERS






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.
2611  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!
2612  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.
2613  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.

slywink


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.
2614  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?
2615  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.
2616  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.
2617  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.



LOL.

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.
2618  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.
2619  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
2620  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.
2621  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.
2622  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR III News - [I think it's Official!] on: January 04, 2006, 02:43:58 PM
Quote
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.
2623  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.  

Quote
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.
2624  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.
2625  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?
2626  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
2627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UMD Movies - Here to stay or just a faze? on: December 29, 2005, 09:23:40 PM
Quote from: "Ascendent"
I think it's a great and I love my umd's. I go to the gym put in a good movie and watch it on my psp while on the treadmill.

Ascendent



They are great for some things but I think for most people it just isn't worth it.

A non-gamer could by a portable DVD player and do the same thing you do.  Judging from some of the sales I saw over Christmas they can actually do it cheaper than buying a PSP.
2628  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT/FS: Metroid Prime: Echoes on: December 29, 2005, 09:18:14 PM
I got this for Christmas but I have already played it.  Of course it came with no reciept so I can't really return it anywhere.  That leaves trading or selling so I am posting here.

I have a Cube, PS2, DS, Xbox and PC but I don't have any specific games in mind.  If you are interested PM me and I will consider any offer.

Thanks,
2629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UMD Movies - Here to stay or just a faze? on: December 29, 2005, 08:44:36 PM
I am pretty much in the "won't last" camp.  

I just don't see the math working unless a lot of other devices come out which use them.  When you consider how many PSPs sell, and the look at how many of those people actually buy UMD movies...I just can't imagine it makes a lot of sense for most movies.
2630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Welll...someone has DOA4 already! on: December 28, 2005, 07:34:06 PM
Since I don't have  a 360 and am bitter....

There must be a huge lack of game for the system if this is such an important deal that people are constantly checking to see if anyone else in the world has the game!
2631  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.
2632  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.
2633  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
2634  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.
2635  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!
2636  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.
2637  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!
2638  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.
2639  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.
2640  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.
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