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7441  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Vanguard on: April 25, 2007, 05:35:34 PM
I played the trial but didn't continue because, as a number of posters have already said, the game was released before it was ready. The game lacked proper optimization in a number of key areas, which really diminished it's playability. I found it amazing that the lead designer at Sigil admitted as much publicly in an interview and in a very cocky way at that.

I think the game has a lot to offer and will eventually be well worth playing; great to play a game that has a kick ass healer / caster class re. the Disciple! My concern however is that the game world is so big that by the time it's really ready for the masses, there won't be enough players to give it a decent sized population.

I've found that you have to be patient with ambitious MMORPG's like this and consider returning to them at a future date. Playing the trial got me hungry for a new MMORPG, which eventually led to me to trying Dungeons & Dragons Online once again.  I played DDO about a year ago shortly after it's release and lasted only about a month before giving up. I've now been playing for about 2 months and the difference between the current game and that of a year ago is night and day. The game has improved significantly in almost every area and I'm enjoying it very much now. I think the same will be true for Vanguard, give it a year and it will most likely be a much better experience.
7442  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I'm checking out Kotaku ... (ad related). on: April 25, 2007, 03:05:12 PM
Yes well...it's like this...he's an artist from Montreal...  Roll Eyes
7443  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mechassault 2 Live play.... on: April 24, 2007, 06:06:01 PM
I'd be up for this as well. I haven't playe MA2 in a while but I'll dust it off tonight. smile
7444  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 24, 2007, 04:36:22 AM

Quote from: ScubaV on April 24, 2007, 04:03:14 AM

If your team lost in the first round watch this video.  It should help raise your spirits a little.

http://geekologie.com/2007/04/junior_hockey_fight.php

LOL It's moments like this that made sitting bleary eyed in the bleachers, downing endless cups of coffee at 5:00 in the morning all worth while. I'll never forget the time my oldest son and his teamates came up with the idea of taking turns holding a puck in their mouth and diving in on net to score  icon_lol
7445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 24, 2007, 03:45:39 AM
Goodbye Dallas !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7446  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 24, 2007, 03:21:10 AM
LOU, LOU, LOU, LOU!!!!! Outright freaking theft on that save!!!!
7447  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 24, 2007, 03:16:59 AM
Yah, yah Linden. Come on Canucsk get another one!!!!!!
7448  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 24, 2007, 02:51:49 AM

Quote from: CSL on April 24, 2007, 02:29:41 AM

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yah it was a nice goal at an important time. Now if they can just get another one.
7449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/23) on: April 23, 2007, 03:44:17 PM
Most likely Pokemon Diamond or Pearl this Friday.
I picked up FF VI and Batallion Wars on Friday so those along with my backlog will keep me more than enought occupied.
7450  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Was the Best James Bond Song? on: April 22, 2007, 10:49:06 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 22, 2007, 10:10:18 PM

While I voted for Live and Let Die, I truly meant to vote for the Guns N' Roses 'remix' of the song. biggrin

I'd say that still counts. In a comparison like this I think we're mostly considering the actual composition as opposed to the production. If we were to focus on production there's no way 'For Your Eyes Only' would be in the poll, as the instrument arrangement for that song was weak.
7451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 22, 2007, 10:11:38 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on April 22, 2007, 09:42:00 PM

Anyone able to comment on whether a five-year-old would be able to play this? Too hard?

There's too much reading in it for a 5 year old IMHO. I've had 2 sons play the Pokemon series and now a daughter that's 7. My daughter has only been able to really enjoy the game this year and she's a fairly advanced reader for her age. That being said my oldest son was able to enjoy the GBC versions at age 5, but he was an extremely advanced reader for his age group.
7452  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I just used the women's restroom on: April 22, 2007, 09:58:38 PM
Cool, but for a real adventure I highly recommend using the ladies restroom when there's really some ladies in there. You know, just for some shits and giggles.  slywink thumbsup
7453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In search of: Traditional RPG on: April 22, 2007, 09:43:44 PM
I'd agree with Gellar's recommendation of SoA as well; a great TB-RPG game that was better than the original DreamCast release. I'd also 2nd Final Fantasy X, even though it's a bit linear it's still an excellent game. You also might enjoy the card-based Baten Kaitos GC games. They do have a time limit on moves, but they play and feel very much like a TB-RPG.

If it's both you and your girlfriend that are interested why don't you try some co-op play, and on that note give Tales of Symphonia for GC a whirl. It may be an action RPG, but it definitely has some design elements that would appeal to a TB-RPG fan.
7454  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What Was the Best James Bond Song? on: April 22, 2007, 08:53:09 PM
Last night I fired up Goldfinger for my brother in-law and nephew since the hockey game was over. During the opening my son commented that the song was really bad and I had to agree; Shirley Bassey's Gold Finger wasn't one of the worst Bond songs ever. This started off a real heated debate between my brother in-law and I over which was the best Bond song ever.

My brother in-law claimed that Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only" was by far the best. Damn him because it brought back memories of my 1st live-in girl friend and how we used to do some close dancing to it at college dances; I found out she died of cancer a few years ago. So after I could wipe the brief tears from my eyes I countered with either "Live and Let Die" or "The Look of Love" as the best Bond songs ever. Then he accused me of dissing the great women Bond composers and said if it wasn't Sheena Easton it had to be Carly Simon's "Nobody Does it Better"; LOL I had completely forgot about that song and yes it's a good one.

Well....the debate went on and on with my nephew giving thumbs up to some of the newer bond songs. After I downloaded a number of MP3's to compare, we all did agree that the 4 above songs were probably the best. I have to admit that I haven't been impressed with the newer Bond themes and the 4 above IMHO at least represent the best songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's. We also couldn't find MP3's for Nancy Sinatra's "You Only live Twice", Gladys Knights "License to Kill" or Sheryl Crow's "Tomorrow Never Dies", so they might be contenders as well.

After all was said and done I'd have to give the nod to "The Look of Love" because it was another song from a theme song composer who has a great track record.  I told my brother in-law that to settle this I'd ask some real experts; so hence this post. My brother in-law insisted that I list "For Your Eyes Only" at the top of the poll, but I refuse to list it above a song composed by one of the 'fab four'; nuff said. So please post your favorites and arguments.

7455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 07 Play-by-Play on: April 22, 2007, 03:18:19 AM

Quote from: CSL on April 17, 2007, 11:59:16 PM

Where is Jim Hughson!!!!  eek

CSL I hear you, it's one of the reasons I lost interest in the series. Not that I'm in love with commentary in NHL 2K7. I've only rented EA's NHL series for the last 4 or so releases so I don't even recall who they're using; is it Don Taylor? I loved Hughson's commentary in the older NHL games like 99. I still crack up when I think of his "hooohoo freight train coming through!"  icon_lol

BTW How are you finding the gameplay in NHL 07?  As I said above I only rented it briefly so I'd be interested in hearing your impressions.
7456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for X-box games for 360.. on: April 22, 2007, 03:04:42 AM
There hasn't been 1 game suggestion so far in this thread that wouldn't be a great purchase; thumbs up to all of them.  icon_wink thumbsup. I'd also suggest trying Phantom Dust as it's an excellent game, has some RPG-like elements and is now BC.
7457  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 22, 2007, 02:47:53 AM

Quote from: gellar on April 22, 2007, 02:29:34 AM

And a cheap shot by Burrows of the Canucks on Morrow.  Some of this stuff is really bullshit... the league needs to do something.

gellar

Well you seem to forget the very cheap, dangerous play the Stars pulled in the 1st 2 games. Just in case you forgot both Cooke and Keslar aren't playing for the Canucks in this series. Interesting how you seem to be very selective in you comments like this, some balance would be appreciated.
7458  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 22, 2007, 02:34:52 AM

Quote from: Jiffy on April 22, 2007, 02:22:16 AM

The Canucks are becoming depressing to watch.

Well if you're talking about tonights game, then I'd tend to agree. I just got in the door in time to catch the 3rd period. I didn't get to see the 1st and only caught a bit of the 2nd while driving back from the airport. From what the CBC commentators are saying the Canucks didn't play much better in the 1st and 2nd periods. I did think this would be a 7 game series so I'm not completely surprised it's come to that; just a bit surprised the Canucks played poorly in this game.

Sounds like another very -away from home- dismal performance by the Flames. I mean 5 - 1 is quite a blow out for a playoff game. Not surprised that things got ugly at the end; would have liked to have seen some of it just no way possible at 36,000 feet  icon_frown
7459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 20Apr: ATB @ Calvin's House Splitscreening Gears of War Edition on: April 21, 2007, 12:32:42 AM
I'm flying home from Tulsa to Vancouver tomorrow, so there' ll be lots of DS action. I hope to finish FF III and Castlevania DOS, with some possible play time in SMB. Once I get home I'll probably find some time for NHL 2K3 and Godfather:BH.
Of course having put in a number of 12 hours work days with one of my best customers ever, I might just be too tired to play anything.  icon_confused
7460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Shakes Up The Industry on: April 20, 2007, 10:09:09 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 20, 2007, 07:29:45 PM

Now how all these new gamers feel about the system once it's lost it's "new thing smell", I have no idea.  Surely the same mentality is at work with Word of Warcraft, which likewise is grabbing new gamers.  And while many of them don't stick with it, more than enough of them do.

I really like the comparison to WoW that you make here. Just as some people don't understand the mass appeal of the Wii I don't understand the WoW phenomena. I've tried playing it but it's far too much casual oriented, too cookie cutter and too non-challenging to interest me. I know it has mass appeal as I'm constantly reminded of that by local EB and Futureshop employees who literally trip over themselves with excitement discussing the thrills and challenges it has to offer.

I know from my limitted experience with WoW, that like Nintendo's game's it's AAA quality. I'ts just too simplistic to interest someone like myself who's been playing rp games for 2 decades. Unlike WoW I do enjoy the casual games available for the Wii, but I do understand how some long time gamers wouldn't.
7461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Surprise! NEW 360 Backward Compatibility Update! on: April 20, 2007, 06:15:51 PM
I'm glad everyone who's posted so far is happy with the BC list. I'm not sure why anyones surprised by the new additions as Microsoft promised to update it with new titles on a quarterly basis. I'm more surprised that it took them over 4 months since the last update.

I'm glad to see Phantom Dust, Street Fighter Anniversary, Mechassault 2, -OMFG Microsoft makes another of their own game BC- Mercenaries and JSRF added to the list.
It infuriates me to no end however, that Midtown Madness 3 and Rallisport Challenge 2 are still absent from the list. Just amazing that even with the 360 having been out for 1.5 years Microsoft still hasn't managed to make 2 of their own better games BC!  icon_evil
7462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting screenshots from console games on: April 18, 2007, 12:34:50 PM

Quote from: Geezer on April 17, 2007, 10:58:03 PM

yeah. I figured.  Wonder of there are any tvs/monitors outthere that can capture screenshots?

Some of the S-Video ports on video cards are bi-directional. If your video card has such a port you should be able to find some software that would allow you to grab a frame. If I recall correctly, the utility called TV Tool might have this capability, or at least their site has information on this. Sorry, don't have a link but try googleing for it.
7463  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What does FTL mean? on: April 18, 2007, 05:08:38 AM
You're all too young; Feel The Love.
7464  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 18, 2007, 04:53:09 AM
Good to see Warriner was OK and made it back in the game. Much better effort by the flames in this game and Iginla finally shows up.
7465  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 18, 2007, 02:45:40 AM
Whoah! Warriner hurt very badly in the Flames - Wings game!   icon_cry
7466  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 18, 2007, 02:44:27 AM
Yeah Canucks win GO GO GO GO GO!!
7467  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 18, 2007, 02:41:47 AM
LOU, LOU, LOU the amazing glove hand with 22 seconds to go!!
7468  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 18, 2007, 02:36:03 AM
Yah, yah Mitchell...the cardiac kid!! Steals it off the line!!!
7469  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 18, 2007, 02:31:22 AM
OMFG Bertuzzi is playing in the Detroit - Calgary game.  icon_eek
7470  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 18, 2007, 02:29:54 AM
Linden yeah, yeah, yeah...vintage Linden!!!
7471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 18, 2007, 02:27:19 AM
Oh no, looks like we might be going to OT again!  eek
7472  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 18, 2007, 02:20:06 AM
GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL...Ohlund scores!
7473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 18, 2007, 01:48:15 AM
LOU, LOU, LOU!! What amazing saves!!!
7474  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 18, 2007, 01:39:42 AM
Oh,oh, oh! Now the Ducks - Wild game is on smile I feel guilt watching other games instead of my Canucks.

Nice play by Hansen...at least it sounded that way.  icon_confused
7475  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 18, 2007, 01:35:50 AM
Hey CSL done here in Tulsa listening to the game on the Vancouver 1040 Internet broadcast. As other's have said you can't watch the CBC streaming broadcast unless you're in Canada.  icon_cry
Here's the message from the CBC site as I try to connect to the feed from my hotel room:

Quote
Sorry, this file can only be viewed within Canada.

All I can say is my Member of Parliament is going to get a letter about this.  icon_evil

Anyhow...much to my amazement I'm watching the Ottawa - Pittsburg game in my room on the VS channel. dude Interesting experience listenting to the Canucks game while watching the Ottawa game.
BTW the VS channels between period commentator Keith Jones looks like a complete retard.  Tongue
7476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happened to Gamerankings.com? on: April 16, 2007, 03:53:38 PM
Well the service still isn't up as of this morning. Not a good sign. paranoid
7477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 03:51:15 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 16, 2007, 03:21:38 PM

Just out of morbid curiosity, do all these Pokemon games tie together beyond having the same characters (or do they even have the same characters?)?

Many of the same pokemons are available in each game. However, each game usually has some very powerful pokemon(s) as well as some unique environments that are exclusive to that game. If you played one of the GBA versions you will get a "been there before" feeling if you play another one. From my experience kids don't seem bothered by this. I personally know my son and his friends have put in some serios time in each of the Ruby, Green Leaf, Fire Red and Emerald versions.

By connecting a gameboy link cable you can trade pokemons amongst the varous GBA versions as well as upload them to the GC version for arena battles.
7478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekly VC update on: April 16, 2007, 03:18:04 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on April 16, 2007, 02:36:19 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 16, 2007, 02:16:46 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 16, 2007, 01:51:27 PM

Quote from: kronovan on April 16, 2007, 01:36:39 PM

How does Virtua Fighter 2 stack up as a console fighting game?

The Genesis version is a 2D sprite fighter that if I remember correctly was pretty good for the time.

I was all ready to mock you, I thought for sure this was one of the first 3d rendered fighters, but I guess you're right.  This is the first screenshot I could find for the Genesis version:



Having played it on the Genesis Collection on PS2 I can say it isn't too bad.

I wasn't even aware there was a genesis collection for the PS2 that had games like VF 2. I'll definitely check out the cost and availability of it before I download this from VC.
7479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 01:39:31 PM
Since Pokemon Diamond and Pearl [DS] are releasing on Saturday the 22nd, shouldn't they be on the list as well?
I might be buying Super Paper Mario and will probably be looking for an extra DS Lite and Pokemon on the weekend.
7480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekly VC update on: April 16, 2007, 01:36:39 PM
Vitual Fighter 2 sounds like a possibility as my son and I have had a lot of enjoyable gameplay with SF 3rd Strike on the XBox. Other than in the arcade I actually never played Virtua Fighter.

How does Virtua Fighter 2 stack up as a console fighting game?
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