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2841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 1 on: February 02, 2005, 09:16:04 PM
It blew!  I didn't mind the cut scenes but the story was slop.  Really what is the story?  Does anyone care about the characters?  They were thrown at players with little or no development.   Everything is suposed to be mysterious but it is mysterious to the point where nothing means anything or makes any sense.
2842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why is it so hard for them to honor our rebate requests? on: February 01, 2005, 04:24:57 AM
I pretty much expect never to see a rebate.  When a rebate comes I often have no idea what it was for!  I got  rebate once for something I had bought over two years ago!

They are slow because they don't care.  They have your money!  What is the incentive to rush?  They are actually giving up profit to give you some money.   Every day they keep your money is a little more interest in the bank.
2843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Red vs. Blue - intro to the internet (NSFW) on: January 31, 2005, 07:00:22 PM
I love these guys.  Here is a nice intro to how the internet is different then the real world

http://files.redvsblue.com/NYC2/RvB_NYC2.mov


Very funny....probably NSFW
2844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elektra bows before the awfulness of Alone in the Dark!! on: January 31, 2005, 04:50:16 PM
What is really, really, really sad is this isn't Christian Slater's worst reviewed movie!

According to Rottentomatoes, Mobsters and Hard Cash both got 0%.   So maybe this is a good career move for him....
2845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What movie should i see this Friday? on: January 27, 2005, 01:38:17 PM
I thought National Treasure was about the perfect matinee movie.  It was entertaining, fun, light hearted, and yet interesting enough that you wanted to see the end.

My next pick would be In Good Company.  Also sounds like a good matinee movie.
2846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Releases (1/25) on: January 26, 2005, 03:59:12 AM
I got Sky Captin and I am disappointed.  I haven't watched the DVD but I opened is and there is no insert listing the chapters!

Come on!  How cheap are they getting?
2847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR II: Changed for the Experience (spoilrs in l8r posts ) on: January 25, 2005, 02:18:14 PM
I think that is my fault about spoilers but I couldn't see a way to discuss the concepts of good story, pacing, etc. without specifics.


Sorry.
2848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire worth getting? on: January 24, 2005, 07:42:21 PM
I think the game was very good.  I encountered a couple of big bugs - including one game killer but overall the game was worth the trouble (until the last 3rd or so where it went downhill)

Overall I would say for $20 the game is a must buy, for $30 it is alright, and for full price....well not really worth it.
2849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR II: Changed for the Experience (spoilrs in l8r posts ) on: January 24, 2005, 04:34:01 PM
I am squarely in the camp of where is the rest of the game.

Some thoughts

"The story in KOTOR II is not a tidy thing. But are the stories of life nice and neat? Who’s evil? Who’s not? Who is beyond redemption? Who can be saved? Who would choose the dark side and who would be corrupted by the charisma of the truest of all Sith Lords? "

Yeah life isn't tidy, but that is because of shades of gray, not because the credits just start rolling.  

For example - the story with Mira - in my game (as a light character) she defeated the wookie on Malichor 5 and then started running the same direction my character had gone......and that was it.  I never saw her again.  As far as I know she is still on the planet.

Or the droids - the remote setup the bomb things...then Go To came around the corner...and said "we'll wait".....well the bombs never went off, and again I never saw those characters again....

This isn't just messy "life" it is crappy work on the part of the game developers.


"The pacing was flawless. The character development the most complete of any game I can remember. The writing, finer than most of the most highly acclaimed ‘cinematic events’ I’ve ever sat through. "


I would agree until Malichor 5.  Suddenly Keira who was beaten by that evil guy twice, just waltzes in and runs the show.  

Suddenly all my friends are gone, except Mira and the remote....but they are left nowhere.

The pacing of the last planet was rushed and very unsteady compared to the rest of the game.


"But there’s something beyond- I think the game may have…changed me. In some small way, I’m wiser and more thoughtful as a result of playing it. I found myself so enamored and so deeply held by the master craft of this story, that at times I forgot that it was a game- it seemed…almost spiritual. "


I am happy you got so much out of the game but really what is so great about the story?  You do good things people's lives are better, you do bad things and their lives are worse......I don't think that idea is all that amazing....in fact I would call it common sense.


At one point in the game there was a glimmer of something more.  I gave a begger 5 credits on Nar Shaddar and he got mugged right away.  Kiera lectured me about how helping him only hurt in in the long run.  However that was the only time such a thing happened for me and I didn't buy her crap by that point in the game anyway.


Also all my good actions, in the end meant nothing.  Kiera, the ugly guy, the weird guy with the mask - all dead.  The good guys all alive......

That isn't revolutionary it is practically sterotypical.
2850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you ever wish you could change the outcome of a movie? on: January 21, 2005, 08:29:39 PM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Star Wars:

Luke's final tordepo shot misses.  The Death Star blows Yavin to smithereens taking Leia, C3PO, R2D2, and the Rebellion right along with it.

No other movies are made, thus ensuring that the world never has the pleasure of meeting Jar Jar Binks.


Except Episode 1 is a prequel  so Jar Jar still exists!  So the movies could still be made.
2851  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you ever wish you could change the outcome of a movie? on: January 21, 2005, 05:07:20 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
Thelma and Louise.

They should have shown the crumpled, burning car at the bottom of the ravine with their bloodied, broken corpses being picked on by buzzards.



I was thinking they should have also shot the worthless a-hole husband.
2852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Please sign this Metallica Petition on: January 19, 2005, 02:33:29 PM
The problem with the petition is that is implies that somehow none of the members of Metallica like the music htey are writing.  It seems to be saying the somehow Bob Rock has tricked them or perhaps used hypnotism to make these guys write crap, put out crap, etc.


I don't particularly like their new stuff but I don't think the band is stupid, or out of control.  It seems like the height of disrespect to assume they are too stupid to know what music they are making.
2853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Great movie of 2005 preview on IGN on: January 18, 2005, 03:28:09 PM
Today's IGN Film has this great preview of films coming out in 2005.

I was suprised at the number of movies that look interesting.  

The best thing to do is to have the preview open in one tab, and then open www.movie-list.com in another.  Then every movie that appears interesting you can quickly hop over and check out the trailer.
2854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elektra - ouch.... on: January 17, 2005, 02:16:31 PM
Has anyone actually gone and seen the movie?  

Just wondered if we has some actual impressions.  I won't go - I still have a bitter taste from Blade 3: Crapfest.
2855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Game Sales numbers for Dec '04 on: January 14, 2005, 05:24:03 PM
But Nintendo still has its GBA to bring in the $$$.  

Also Kathode's hardware numbers didn't list the Nitendo DS or the GBA for that matter.

I wonder how those sales are helping Nintendo.
2856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden IV Review... on: January 14, 2005, 03:21:41 PM
Yes put in the hours!  I wouldn't actually mind if you finished it before putting out a review.

After what happened to me with KoToR2 especially.  A great, great game until the last 2 hours or so.  So it is fresh in my mind how a game can be totally ruined by the wrap up of the story.
2857  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elektra - ouch.... on: January 13, 2005, 03:03:12 PM
I knew it would be bad but wow.


Usually there are at leat one or two positive reviews
2858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB Games Price gouging ?? on: January 13, 2005, 02:32:16 PM
I wish people would stop confusuing terms.

It isn't "price gouging" since that can only be done for necessary items and while I know WOW is important to some people it is hardly food.  



This is what capitalism is all about really.  Supply and demand.  The supply is limited and the demand is high - therefore anyone in a high school economics class will tell you - price goes up.

That is what allowed us to defeat the USSR, it is why we are the only superpower, etc., etc.


EB is being agood American! by selling that collectors edition for huge profit!  We should be looking at them as an example of the fufillment of the American way of life!
2859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: January 12, 2005, 05:49:19 PM
After 10 minutes of play at Best Buy all I can say is - it is beautiful, but why can't they get the controls right?

I know Capcom has the people becaue Onimusha 3 had great control so they are not ignorant of how to do it, but they never seem to bring it to the RE series.

I just kept wanting to look around.  I know I am silly but with a game this beautiful I wanted to look around, but of course you really can't.  Well you can sort of but it won't feel like you are looking around.  It feels like you are shuffling your feet then looking around, then shuffling your feet etc.


I also wanted to find a way to run but I couldn't.  Maybe it exisits, if I had a manual I could tell but I just had a few minutes with the game.




I bet if you like the RE series though all other things will fade to the beauty of this new game.
2860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 11, 2005, 09:07:55 PM
Quote from: "El Guapo"
Basically the ending sequence of the game IS the ending, rather than having an ending video like KOTOR 1 did.  I would've liked to have had a decent cinematic, but I liked the overall story so much that the ending sequence/lack of a decent video didn't really destroy my enjoyment.  

So I don't think ATB's going to be devastated by the ending like farley2k apparently is.  I've actually had interesting discussions with people about the KOTOR2 story; that really wasn't possible with KOTOR 1's pretty straightforward story.



El Guapo, I would love to hear more about your thoughts on the ending.  If you want post them in this thread so spoilers all stay out of this one.


I will say that it had nothing to do with a lack of video for the ending but the shear number of incomplete stories.
2861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Zelda impressions? on: January 11, 2005, 07:31:05 PM
I will be looking around town for it after work.  I hope it is in.
2862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 11, 2005, 02:33:45 PM
Well to be fair neither of them had great endings but I bet you will change your tune after you finish.  

Post back in here after you are done and let us know how you feel.
2863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished KotoR2 - And I want my freaking 30 hours back!!!! on: January 10, 2005, 05:25:08 PM
Quote from: "rabies66"


I am much happier, except Nordom keeps calling me "meatbag"...



LOL :lol:
2864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished KotoR2 - And I want my freaking 30 hours back!!!! on: January 10, 2005, 03:15:07 AM
Need I say "spoilers"?
























What a piece of crap ending.

    1. The Ebon Hawk was dented and very clearly damaged in the cutscenes on Malachor V, but suddenly all the dents were gone and it could save me?  I felt like I was watching a bad Dukes of Hazzard episode where they do a jump, the General Lee is damaged, and then in the next scene the car is fine!

    That may seem like nit picking to some but it totally ruins the supspension of disbelief!

    2. What the heck was the thing with the remote?  It is just living on Malachor V for the rest of time with Go-To?  What was is suposed to do?  Bao-Dur never mentioned anything about his rigging the stuff, so why even have it?

    3. I never actually choose a path!  Keira says I can choose to follow Revan, wait on Malachor V, or become an exile again....I never picked any of those.  I simply asked to see the future....and then suddenly my conversation options were gone and I could only let her die which brought up the stupid move mentioned in point 1.

    4. I
hate games where you work as a team for hours and hours and then have to take on the final boss alone.  Why did I bother leveling up Atton, Bao-Dur, HK-47, T3-M4, etc.?  They served no purpose in the end.

I know this is some crappy RPG tradition, but it is stupid.  Random battles used to be an RPG tradtion as well and people are pretty sick of that.  I am sick of working to get the best armor, skills, weapons, etc. for a ton of people and then have none of it matter!!

5. The stupid wrap-up of Attris on Telos!  She was evil, but not really, but she loved me, but she hated me.....

6. But on that subject....I didn't kill her because I was Ms. Light Side.  So it made no sense when I told the evil, killer, thingy, guy that there was no Jedi on the planet.  There were!  Atris was still on Telos!

7. What was up with finally killing Kreia anyway?  We had this "bond" that I was asking about the whole freaking game.  Where did that go?  I killed her but I lived?  Makes no sense.

8. What was up with Mira?  I didn't have her kill the Wookie, she ran off....but then we never saw here again?  Since the Ebon Hawk left and we never saw her get back on is she trapped on the planet forever?
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I think what bugs me the most was that the game as really quite good until the final planet.  There is just seemed like everything fell apart.  The level was stupid, losing your companions was stupid, the remote was stupid, the bit the Mira, the final conversation which doesn't resolve anything, etc.  

If they would have wrapped up well, or even half way decently I would put it as one of my favorite RPGs ever, but they really blew it at the end.




what do others who have finished thing?
2865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - reivewers are stupid on: January 08, 2005, 11:43:09 PM
Quote from: "Chrisoc13"
Thats just one review out of the 20 or so there. Let it go, there are always negative reviews for each game.



Don't you get tired of seeing the same threads and the top each day?  Come on!  This is a place to bitch, discuss, argue, praise, etc.  



 :roll:
2866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - reivewers are stupid on: January 08, 2005, 11:41:55 PM
Did you all read the whole review?  

Comments like this

Quote
For anyone simply wondering whether or not this game is good, I ought to affirm that yes, it is good. This is a good 2D Zelda game and Capcom have at least done the series justice with a suitably taut and colourful instalment. (Feel free to check the rating at the bottom of this review for a numerical interpretation of this qualitative concept.) But do we really need another good Zelda game?


idicate, to me anyway, that he is using a stupid yardstick to measure the game.  It is good, but that doesn't matter?  It is good but who needs another good Zelda game?



Perhaps it does lack inovation but that is very subjective.  If that game is good on its own merits then it deserves a good score.  


It felt like, reading the review, he said "I am sick of Zelda games.  Oh another Zelda game to review.....boring...."  I don't think that is a very good way to approach reviewing a game.
2867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - reivewers are stupid on: January 08, 2005, 06:51:09 PM
I have to say this review just stikes me as an idiot with a web site.

It is the worst review of The Minish Cap currently on www.gamerankings.com so I read it to see what the worst parts of the game are....but it doesn't say any bad points.  In fact it says "Still, I can't help but wonder why one of the finest series of games ever created has left me, one of its biggest fans, behind?"  So if it is one of the finest games why does the twit give it a 70%?


The only negative I can see is that it is like the other Zelda games....well what does one expect while playing Zelda?  Perhaps a Wookie, or some evil Jedi (sorry I have been hitting the KoTor2 pretty hard)  


After reading the review again I can't help but think...this guy is just bitter.  He doesn't enjoy games anymore and shouldn't be writing reviews.  



Anyway. It comes out this week so I will be picking it up despite the cynical review.
2868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What should I play next? on: January 05, 2005, 11:14:32 PM
Paper Mario 2.  Great, great, game.  Well worth your time now.
2869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Quarter To Three forums on: January 05, 2005, 04:23:06 PM
Don't give up!  Check out this thread and you will see that Tom asks everyone to email him to get an account.

I don't know why he doesn't use the automatic stuff, but it is a fun forum and worth emailing him to get an account.
2870  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT/FS: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: January 05, 2005, 12:44:53 AM
Quote from: "Darkhugh"
Any interest in Return of the King: Extended edition, never opened?


Yeah post now after I just bought it on sale last week!!!
2871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help buying a PDA on: January 04, 2005, 09:20:56 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
I have a friend who is in the market for a pda and i have no earthly idea on what they should be looking for or what features they would need or can get.  So let me say what they'll be needing it for and the features they've expressed they'd like and give me some suggestions.  

They're looking to stay in the $300 range if at all possible with the features desired.

They'll primarily be using it for nursing school.  From what i understand you can get one with a recorder built in that they can use to record lectures or use while doing clinicals themselves.  Obviously a good organizer and something fairly intuitive and not overwhleming would be nice as well.  Everyday use for notetaking, calender use, and a recorder.  
What would be some recommendations and is there somewhere online recommended to shop or is a b&m the best advice?



Our nursing department just bought PDAs for all their staff and plan to start using them in teaching in the future.  

They got a bundle of software from a place called Skyscape.  They have a ton of medical type software.  I don't know if your frind will ever want that stuff but it seemed to impress our nursing instructors.

They got Palm Tungsten Es for the PDA
2872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where did Gonegold go? on: January 03, 2005, 04:26:30 PM
Quote from: "dbt1949"
It's dead Jim. Rich just couldn't handle it anymore and just abandoned it. Everyone took off and split between here and http://www.octopusoverlords.com/phpBB2/.
Both are good sites so check them both out.


I think this is probably all you need to read unless you really want to wade through those other threads warning mentioned.
2873  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT/FS: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: January 02, 2005, 04:46:16 PM
21 views and no offers?   smile


It is right after Christmas someone must have gotten a little extra money.
2874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guild Wars on: January 02, 2005, 04:44:29 PM
I am thinking about picking it up.  I played the last open beta weekend and enjoyed it quite a bit.  I also love the idea of not paying a monthly fee to play.  I like the idea that if I get interested in something else for a few weeks or months I can pick Guild Wars back up without having to have paid for it while I wasn't using it.
2875  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT/FS: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: January 01, 2005, 02:54:46 AM
I have this for trade or sale.  I honestly can't think of anything I am looking for right now so I am more likely to sell it but I will look at any offers.

I am asking $30

Thanks
2876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking for thoughts on an MP3 player on: December 29, 2004, 03:18:23 PM
I got a 512 Meg Iriver over Christmas and I love it.  It just feels very solid something that a lot of flash MP3 players fail to do.

I also love having an FM player.  I like my music but I am an NPR junkie so I need to be able to also catch All Things Considered on the way home.  

I find that 512 Megs is practically more music than I can listen to in a week with how much time I spend with it so that is more than enough.

I originally found the Iriver brand when I was looking at MP3 player recommendations on a running site.  Lots of runners found it to be a soild machine.  I must agree.  It takes a good beating while running and doesn't seem to mind
2877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV - good solution for not enough inputs on: December 28, 2004, 01:44:35 AM
Cool!  I bought two just so I would have a spare!  :shock:
2878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV - good solution for not enough inputs on: December 28, 2004, 12:39:43 AM
Looking at the "greatest remote" thread got me thinking about buying a really nice universal remote but my TV doesn't have enough inputs for all my stuff so I have to use a switch box to manually switch between stuff.

That works fine and all but it makes it sort of pointless to get a universal remote because I still have to do so much manual work.  I couldn't, for example, hit "play movie" and have it turn on the TV, tuner, DVD, correctly select the right input, and play the movie becuase I would always have to get up to switch from the TiVo to the DVD player manually anyway.  

I can't imagine that this is an uncommon situation.  It seems that with the number of things to plug into a TV anymore (consoles, DVDs, TiVo, etc. ) many people would have this.

So what is the best solution (short of buying a new TV)?  Are there any remote controled switching boxes?  That would make a universal remote useful becuase it could control that.  However I have only seen the manual kind in the console game isles.  

What do you gurus of A/V stuff know that might help a fella?
2879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA - Anything on the horizon? on: December 21, 2004, 03:51:48 PM
I know Nintendo has said the DS isn't a replacement for the GBA but there seems to be a huge lack of games coming out for the system.  This is especially true if you like RPGs.  After Zelda's Minish Cap there is nothing as far as I can see for months!
2880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I've given in: Time to for an XBox on: December 17, 2004, 05:08:57 PM
I hear that EA sports games are the best. smile
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