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2721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Man, Beyond Good & Evil really is fantastic! on: August 17, 2005, 12:55:06 PM
BG&E is a great game!  I wish there were more like it.  Of course it often seems that different games don't do well.  

I guess there is good reason we see so many sequels
2722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS : How many stuck/dead pixels do you have on: August 16, 2005, 06:22:30 PM
Mine has no dead pixels currently and I hope it stays that way!
2723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / @#$%%$# It's on STEAM!!?!? on: August 16, 2005, 01:57:41 PM
My only complaint right now about Steam is the forced updates - or disconnect.

Last time I wanted to play HL2 it had been 6 months or so since I last fired it up.  Between the updates to Steam and the updates to HL2 it was almost half an hour before I could just fire up my game.

I never had any crashes with HL2 - I didn't need the patches!  But I couldn't opt out of that without having to kill my internet connection.  That is just stupid.
2724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zelda delayed :( on: August 16, 2005, 01:39:41 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
This is where someone usually steps in and tells us that Nintendo is still making money and this is the best thing that could have happened.
 

I think since they are still making money this the best thing that could have happened.
2725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This Just In: Jade Empire Sucks on: August 15, 2005, 08:48:09 PM
Quote from: "Roguetad"
I enjoyed it, but I can appreciate the bad quest design and slow-pacing comments.  I think the Chinese mythology setting made up for some of the negatives for me.  While Kotor 1 & 2 had their share of boring fed ex quests, Jade Empire seemed to have more.

I played through JE twice, and found myself skipping the side quests, or just sticking to the main storyline quests the second time.  While I really liked JE, the pacing is rough for the first half of the game.  But, I had the same opinion of Kotor 1 also.  The cast of characters is ok, but doesn't really get too deep (other than a cool love triangle that develops later in the story - if you're playing a male).  The pacing picks up considerably the latter half of the game.



That pretty well sums up the game for me.  It wasn't great but I enjoyed it because of the setting and the art.
2726  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dell Axim X50V = My New Toy on: August 11, 2005, 01:52:52 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"
Now I know how my parents felt when television and transistor radios appeared on the scene, lol...

I'm feeling vaguely overwhelmed and left-behind.  I can't manage to really get into Palm type gadgets - even the little electronic address and phone number keepers.  Those are probably out of date by now, but i got one forever ago and just never used it.  Now - well, for a year or more - I've had a Palm Zire... just can't get into using it.  Maybe i'll try again, but I need either FreeCell (I'm with you Farley... erm, not in the can, but in spirit) or a dictionary on it to have a chance to want to use it much.

I'm really glad you're happy with the new gadget, though Ron!  There is nothing like a new toy to play with, even if it's for work!  :wink:


Don't sweat it.  Sales of PDAs have been dropping for years.  Pretty soon they will be gone.

The thing is phones are now doing more and more of this stuff and people really like that.  Eventually all the stuff that these PDAs do will be wrapped up in the free phone you get when you sign up for a contract.
2727  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dell Axim X50V = My New Toy on: August 10, 2005, 05:52:24 PM
Work has provided me with a Axim X3 which is used almost exclusively in the can to play freecell.  I want to use mine more but I just don't have that exciting of a schedule.  One meeting a week just doesn't really fill up teh machine.
2728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's August: 2005 nearly 3/4 over: What's your GOTY? on: August 09, 2005, 04:05:10 PM
I will have to go with Jade Empire - even though I didn't love it as much as I expected to.  

It was one of the only games I actually finished so that must mean something.
2729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Thirteen upcoming games to watch... on: August 08, 2005, 01:17:53 PM
I am excited about Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

It just sounds great.  A game where you get to try to figure out what happened in a crime, get to examine evidence and get to trap the witness in a lie!  It sounds different enough to be great!
2730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are your top 3 console games of ALL-TIME? on: August 05, 2005, 05:27:11 PM
Don't forget Final Fantasy 7 came out for the PC, so technically it can't make anyone's list.  That is why I have been unable to decide what should be number one.
2731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rebelstar TC is Gold! on: August 04, 2005, 03:15:42 PM
Great News!!!
2732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandmother Sues Rockstar, Stupidity Reigns Supreme on: July 27, 2005, 08:35:31 PM
Does anyone believe this is anything but a money grab?  It is obviously done simply to make a quick buck.
2733  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Spoiler Thread on: July 27, 2005, 05:51:58 PM
1. RAB.  I think it has to be Regulus.  J.K. has said in interviews that there won't be any major new characters introduced in book 7 *and* that we can figure out who RAB is from what we have read so far (which kinda rules out a new character)

My opinion - it is Regulus.  Since Harry owns the house now and all the possesions it will be easy to get that Horcrux...except for the their Harry met in HBP!  He will have actually stolen and sold the locket which will make it tougher for Harry to find.


2. Dumbledore - dead or just playing an elaborate practical joke?   I vote for dead even though I don't like it.  I think he needs to be dead to really leave Harry alone.  Harry now has no parents, no god-father, and no surogate father.  He must face Voldermort alone.

Of course the evidence of him not being dead is compelling.  

Stolen from this good thread


Quote
This is the big clue. Think really carefully about the trap guarding the locket. That part of the book sails by quickly, and then we immediately get into the whole Dumbledore dying thing and never come back to it. There are some important things in that chapter, though, that never get adequately explained. Dumbledore tells Harry that "Voldemort wouldn't want to kill anyone who gets to this island;" he'd want to keep them alive long enough to find out how they did it. That makes sense, and the nature of the potion in the basin--which incapacitates the drinker--supports the theory.

But here's the thing that nagged me: If that's the case, then what was the purpose of the "no water" enchantment? Why would Voldemort set up his trap so that a horde of undead killing machines spring to life after the intruder has already been incapacitated?

Voldemort must have realized, like Dumbledore, that two people working together could get around his trap. One person drinks the potion and becomes incapacitated, but then the other could just grab the locket and drag the first person out of there. So he added a twist: whoever drank the potion would be overcome with an overriding need for water, and the only way to get water is to disturb the lake. That wakes up the Inferi, and ensures that any helper not incapacitated by the potion never makes it off the island. But that's also problematic, because the Inferi are mindless killing machines. Dumbledore points out that they would attack even Voldemort if he triggered his own trap (which is why the boat was there). And there's not much point in incapacitating the potion drinker only to let him get torn to bits by Inferi.

The solution, of course, is simple. The potion that Voldemort used to bait the trap doesn't merely incapacitate, it also protects the drinker from harm. At least until they are released from the effects of the potion.

Knowing this, let's hazard another guess: Dumbledore knew about this Horcrux--and the trap guarding it--long before he and Harry went to fetch it.


Very interesting theory!

3. Snape good or bad?   I think the simple fact is that J.K. has crafted the story such that we cannot know for sure.  We can argue/debate/and guess but she has done such a great, great job of setting up this question that we can't know.

Personally I think he is good.  I think he rushed up to the tower to make sure that Draco didn't kill Dumbldore.  I think he killed DD to cement his place in the Death Eaters so he could get closer to Voldermort.  

We see him continuing to teach Harry right up until the end - From page 603: "Blocked again and again and agin until you learn to keep your mouth shut and your mind closed, Potter!"

The argument that they didn't kill him becuase Voldermort wanted to doesn't hold much water because they could have just knocked Harry out and taken him to the Dark Lord.  

So he must have had another reason for not killing and not kidnapping Harry.


Hence I think he is going to be the ultimate double/tripple/quadruple agent!  



Now all we have to do is wait a few years to find out!

If during that time you are bored check out
http://the-leaky-cauldron.org/  A truly freakish place where they have multiple threads on each of these topics - most of them over 20 pages long!
2734  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Stealth on: July 26, 2005, 04:17:24 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
These guys know dick about the military.  Stupid civilians...


However I would say that most movie viewers fall into the same catagory.
2735  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] The Island on: July 22, 2005, 04:28:53 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
I had a chance to go see it on Tuesday, but I was unable to go.  I'm not as high on it as I once was.  41% on Rottentomatoes doesn't excite me much.


Most action movies get a middle of the road score from RT though.  "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" is only getting 61% and most everyone I know liked it a lot.


RT is a great resource but certain genres always seem to get lower scores.
2736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / wireless PS2 controller search on: July 22, 2005, 04:21:48 PM
I have the Preadator by Pelican and it is wonderful

I found the logitech one to have too loose of analog sticks.  It just didn't feel precise enough.
2737  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Serenity trailer! on: July 21, 2005, 01:00:28 PM
Yippie!  Looks very good!

http://www.cantstopthesignal.co.uk/trailer/
2738  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I've given her all she's got, Captain (RIP - James Doohan) on: July 20, 2005, 05:15:01 PM
To boldly go where everyone does someday.
2739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What descriptions can kill your interest in a game? on: July 19, 2005, 12:57:33 PM
For me it would be

"RTS"  Hate em.  

"MMO" (or variations)  I like my single player games.  I am really sick of the trend to make games which are mostly on-line.  It feels like the same thing as "reality shows" in that they don't want to make a good plot with good acting so they leave it up to the fans to do it.


Of course any review which says a game is very difficult, or made the reviewer want to break their controler - I am out, out out.  Those guys are professionals so if they find the game fustratingly difficult I know that I will want to quit after the first 5 minutes.
2740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Special Place in Hell for Devs of God of War on: July 18, 2005, 02:13:16 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
An excellent post Stiffler.   I'm Ron Burke, and I approve that message.


I dunno....a tough fight is one thing, throwing out unblockable after unblockable and chaining them 5 at a time is just unreasonable...


Isn't that the definition of God mode?  To be unreasonable?
2741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need some console advice on: July 15, 2005, 01:42:50 PM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
Quote from: "Xmann"

I love football, baseball, and racing games but i just can't enjoy them for the pc.  I also occasionally enjoy role playing and platform type games.  I'll stick with my pc for shooters and mmorpg's.  


Based on your criteria, I'd have to recommend the Xbox.  The vast majority of sports games are multiplatform, and in the most cases the Xbox tends to have the best versions of them with Dolby Digital Surround, better graphics (plus a lot of sports games feature 720p support), and Xbox Live online multiplayer.  The Xbox is also my personal favorite for racing games, as the best racing games out there IMHO - Forza, Rallisport Challenge 2, Burnout 3, and PGR2 - are all found on the Xbox.  The Xbox is a little bit scarse when it comes to RPGs, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality - Jade Empire, Kotor1/2, Fable, etc. are all great console based RPGs.



My thoughts as well.  It sounds like the Xbox is the way to go for you.  I bought a used one 2 years ago or so and it has worked great.
2742  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / No More Analog TV in 2009 on: July 13, 2005, 08:24:31 PM
about bloody time.

I don't even have HDTV but I think the push to digital for broadcast will help lower the cost for people like me.
2743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riviera Impressions on: July 06, 2005, 12:57:30 PM
Quote from: "semiconscious"
the combat system's basically all about shared weapons (& leveling everyone on their overdrives). you'll see - enjoy...


Yeah.  I have started sharing swords with Ein and the girl who uses swords, but then I still have to bring a bow for the other girl.

I am getting used to it but I don't think weapons should have counted.
2744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riviera Impressions on: July 05, 2005, 08:27:36 PM
I am torn.  I really like the approach to exploration and movement.   But I am still struggling to get used to only taking 4 items into battle.  

When people talked about that I thought they meant a couple things which are not true.

1. I expected like a normal RPG that weapons, and armor wouldn't count as part of the 4.  They do.  Which means if you want each character to have a different weapon you only have one spot for well everything else!

2. I assumed that each character got 4 items but it is 4 total!  When you have three people that means some juggling.  It is annoying when you can't have different weapons for each person, and healing potion and some other item.  It feels limiting.  So most of the time I take at least one weapon which can be shared by two people.



However, it has a lot of character and is very interesting.  I am going to keep plugging away and see how it turns out!
2745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The reviews are coming in for Riviera on: June 29, 2005, 03:38:33 PM
The newest one is from RPG Gamer


Final thoughts of the review :


Quote
There are few games which truly find a way to excel in a number of aspects while not being dragged down in others; Riviera stands up as an excellent example of innovation in an RPG, especially considering it can be played for a few minutes or a few hours in a sitting, simply depending upon how much time an RPGamer has for their on-the-go gaming. While the GBA often gets overlooked as a system rich in RPGs, what it may not have in quantity, it certainly has in quality. This is certainly a title that would be an excellent addition to anyone's collection, even if they normally do not play RPGs, as it is simple to pick up, fast to learn, and enjoyable the entire way through. It is a game that should not be passed up if possible.
2746  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serenity Trailer - HOLY CRAP!!!! on: June 27, 2005, 06:04:41 PM
You have to admit they know how to beat the Internet fires to get buzz.  

These screenings have cost them a song but they have generated a ton of positive feedback, and conversation on the web.


Almost every site I visit has at least 1 two page thread about the movie, most of them have threads about the show now as well.
2747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The reviews are coming in for Riviera on: June 27, 2005, 04:29:17 PM
As a person who loves my GBA and RPGs I have been suffering from a fair amount of withdrawl lately so I have been anxiously waiting for Riveria: The Promised Land.

And thisreview is pretty positive!


Quote
Riviera was an excellent title overall. Though I was excited about it at first and lost my interest during the first hour or so of gameplay, the game did a great job of picking my interest back up and transforming itself into another epic 2D RPG. This is the kind of title we need to see more of as technology continues to improve: a great storyline, unique battle system, and 2D greatness is what makes this title spectacular. This is definitely the sleeper hit for the Game Boy Advance this summer.




Now I just need to find it in stores!
2748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Upcoming Games--- 06/27/05 on: June 27, 2005, 03:19:14 PM
I am getting Riviera.  Now it is just a matter of figuring out which store will actually have it!  Altus games are not huge sellers or huge runs ususally.  

I will have to make the rounds wednesday to see where I can find it.
2749  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kong is coming... on: June 23, 2005, 08:56:36 PM
Quote from: "Raven VII"
Quote from: "farley2k"
Is that a T-Rex attacking the girl until KK steps in?  It sure looks like one.  


I don't think I know the story of King Kong very well if there are dinasours in it.


Dude, watch the black and white King Kong! It's a CLASSIC movie!

NOW!



It came in black and white?
2750  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kong is coming... on: June 23, 2005, 08:06:50 PM
Is that a T-Rex attacking the girl until KK steps in?  It sure looks like one.  


I don't think I know the story of King Kong very well if there are dinasours in it.
2751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I don't understand the acceptance of the PSP exploits on: June 22, 2005, 09:17:38 PM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
I'm not really into emulators, but the whole homebrew software on the PSP excites me because there is a heck of a lot of great apps that could be ported to the PSP.  Get me a decent Linux kernel working on the PSP and suddenly the door is open to programs like Firefox, Thunderbird, GAIM, Ethereal, etc.

Look at all of the really cool PocketPC apps that are out there - now imagine similar stuff running on the PSP.  I simply can't wait....



I certainly can.  

My Pocket PC has a stylus so I can write much easier...the PSP will have a terrible way of putting in text, and of moving a mouse.
2752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I don't understand the acceptance of the PSP exploits on: June 22, 2005, 07:56:37 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"


Hey farley is that Jon Stewart in your picture or do you just happen to look like him?



Just a picture I found, but I like him so much I felt it was ok to be assumed to look like that.


I remember when the other guy left the Daily Show (Craig Kilborn?)  I was so upset and thought this new guy wouldn't be as funny.  Now I can't even remember the first guys name!
2753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I don't understand the acceptance of the PSP exploits on: June 22, 2005, 06:22:20 PM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
feel the love  :lol:


Yes, secretly I am just annoyed since I bought a DS.   :lol:
2754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I don't understand the acceptance of the PSP exploits on: June 22, 2005, 06:20:25 PM
I am sure some people will do that but I am thinkng broader really.

By that I mean you never saw posts on major gaming sites about the newest mod chip for the Xbox.  It could be used equally for playing games people already owned.  Yet it never got a pass from the gaming community as acceptable.

So it isn't so much what individual gamers do but that pervasive attitude that this is alright that I don't understand.
2755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I don't understand the acceptance of the PSP exploits on: June 22, 2005, 05:58:39 PM
Between the posts here, Quarter to Three, and the coverage on Penny Arcade I get the very strong impression that people think this is acceptable and even good.

Yet on all those sites there are often fights/flames etc. about how piracy is wrong and hurts gamers.

Am I missing something - isn't the whole PSP exploit thing just a way to pirate games?  

So why is it ok to steal some types of games but not others?
2756  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 06/21/05 on: June 21, 2005, 08:38:44 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"

Well... that blows. For the record, I hate Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Absolutely can't stand it.



I am not alone!
2757  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hanks Digs Deep (Throat) on: June 17, 2005, 07:47:42 PM
Quote from: "Doopri"
no no daehawk i dont hate whistleblowers i think they do a great service!  but this guy SHOULDNT have been blowing the whistle he should have been investigating all the crimes - i was just incredibly surprised and kind of sad that the FBI of all organizations KNEW about watergate and did NOTHING.  why am i morally backward because i think the fbi completely shirked on their duty to investigate incredible abuses of power?  like you said, whistleblowers turn in criminal and illegal activity - i was just absolutely pissed that felt was SUPPOSED to do this as his job and instead he did it in a way that could have ended up with watergate being completely missed.  when it isnt your JOB to turn in criminal and illegal activity, the whistleblowers are amazing - but when it IS, well dont you think he did this country a disservice by leaving the job of the fbi in the hands of two young inexperience reporters???




So it seems like you are more mad at the FBI for being an organization which was so corrupt that Felt knew he couldn't tell his boss and have an actual investigation.  

That isn't Felt's fault.  It is the FBI director's fault.
2758  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Superman vs. Superman II on: June 17, 2005, 07:33:55 PM
I think it is fair to say that Fireball cares more about Superman 2 than I have ever cared about a movie.
2759  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Palm Zire 71 on: June 16, 2005, 09:33:51 PM
$100 is my asking price.

 Work bought me a Dell Axim so I really don't need this Palm anymore.

It works perfectly, has no blemishes or scratched - either on the screen or on the plastic.

PM or email me if interested or if you have questions


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2760  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Guild Wars for trade on: June 16, 2005, 09:01:17 PM
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