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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/19) on: July 22, 2010, 03:46:18 AM
Dark Star One (360) for me.

And I thought I would be the only one in the world not really interested in StarCraft 2. The creaky old gaming rig just couldn't handle it and upgrading just isn't in the budget..., plus RTS games just don't do it for me anymore.

I hope it's good for those who do indulge though. It's been awhile comin'.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The RPG vs. FPS time sink paradox on: May 26, 2009, 06:32:21 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 26, 2009, 06:08:49 PM

For me it's a matter of pacing- most RPGs have a variety of activities to do.  So one night I may feel like pushing the story forward, another night I may feel like doing sidequests, another night it's grinding out levels/skills/jobs, etc and maybe another night it's playing around with some kind of crafting or fusion system.  So I can better tailor the play experience for my mood each night while still playing the same game.

With a FPS or another action game, the experience tends to be far more consistent but that also means that being in the mood for something different means selecting a different game. 

We have a winner!!

For those of us who share in the paradox, this sums it up quite nicely. FPS's can have variety (environments, opponents), but the activity is basically unchanged. RPG's generally allow you more latitude in how you play right now/today.

There are always exceptions and a well executed FPS can have more variety that a lousy RPG, but the design intent is different.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: May 26, 2009, 06:12:56 PM
I really liked Sacred on the PC but I never managed to finish it (for whatever reason), so I knew I wanted this one and it's pretty much what I expected. And since Blizzard doesn't seem inclined to bring the 800lb gorilla of this genre to the 360 (or any other console), I'm really glad Ascaron brought this out. I'm about 15 hours in and I feel like I haven't even scratched the surface (although I have done about all the side quests in Chapter 1).

KD's review is "nothin-but-the-truth", but Holy Crap it's addictive! I want to go back to playing right now! thumbsup
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360 and PS3) No Love for the Release Version of Civ: Revolution? on: July 17, 2008, 08:48:06 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 17, 2008, 03:43:10 PM

  I don't know about you guys but that one's taking forever for me to 'unlearn what I have learned.'

This is an important point, especially if you have played a lot of PC Civ(s). You really need to read those descriptions and see what buildings/advances/wonders/etc. will actually bring you. It ain't necessarily what you think eek

But even with having to re-learn Civilization, it's still just a lot of fun to play!

And for those of you who like Civ it but lose interest (PC version), or have never finished a game..., you will finish this. And you'll probably want to start over as soon as you do.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360 and PS3) No Love for the Release Version of Civ: Revolution? on: July 14, 2008, 12:34:37 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 13, 2008, 08:05:22 PM

Unlike some of the more recent PC games, supposedly Sid Meier had a significant hand in this console version. If so he definitely hasn't lost his touch as one of the "gaming gods". Civilization:Revolution is the finest strategy game available on the current generation of consoles.

Second that. I don't think Civ:Rev will stop me from playing CivIV, but it definitely has that "one-more-turn" quality.

Yes things move a little too fast, and no, there isn't as much control for those of us used to the PC version(s), but it's still a great game in it's own right. I'm sure they're trying to cast a broader net and I feel that the game succeeds remarkably. I was a little skeptical given the graphics and the Sim/Pirate-ish spoken by the in-game characters, but in the end it's still Civilizationthumbsup
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help us help you- Come take our survey!!!!! on: June 18, 2008, 07:11:03 PM

Quote from: mytocles on June 18, 2008, 06:24:03 PM

Don't feel bad, I already did move into another age bracket - and it isn't a very low one, either!  crybaby

Done. And I'm barely hanging on to one of the higher ones myself  tear
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 owners - What storage do you have? on: October 25, 2007, 11:41:38 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on October 24, 2007, 04:21:30 AM

I have the 20 Giger that came with my launch day system. Still running with no issues I might add.

Myself as well. Don't know whether to be blissfully happy or terribly, terribly worried... paranoid
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: September babies [Happy Birthday - 09-2007] on: September 18, 2007, 10:06:46 PM
What does that say?

<<< puts on reading glasses >>>

Holy Crap! I'm a freakin' dinosaur!!! icon_eek When did this happen? saywhat

Anyway, I would like a slice of thigh cake please.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Community: I need your help. on: August 21, 2007, 07:39:58 PM

Quote from: Devil on August 21, 2007, 01:10:17 PM

I gotta pay better attention - I thought this was another "Lockdown Deodorant" thread! I missed it!

That title was a little misleading in light of that thread. Although taking deodorant/antiperspirant would probably be a good thing... 

I also wonder why not sticky-ed? Though in the end it was unnecessary...Oh I get it! KD had such confidence... Yeah, that's it! icon_wink
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds. anyone on board? on: August 21, 2007, 06:59:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 21, 2007, 02:38:34 PM

icon_evil Gamestop now has it shipping on the 23rd.

Good, gooood. This will give time to finish the Dark Brotherhood quests (only thing I have left in Oblivion), although I ordered my 2W from

Their website is still saying 08/22. Anyone know of a definite release date?
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds. anyone on board? on: August 19, 2007, 08:53:14 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 18, 2007, 10:21:23 PM

Quote from: phormio on August 18, 2007, 09:32:46 PM

Now if the only the RROD doesn't get me... paranoid

You know you just cursed yourself by saying that, right? And with Mass Effect right around the corner, too...  crybaby

Do let us know how it is though. We're all ears here.

Yeah, I probably have cursed myself. But if it's got to happen I want it to be over with by the time Mass Effect comes out. I'm willing to possibly sacrifice the Two Worlds experience..., but not ME. If that makes sense. saywhat Pre-emptive Forced Hardware Failure icon_wink
I just read an article in OXM stating that Microsoft is admitting to a failure rate as high as 5% (which is still over a quarter million units), so I'm just playing the odds.
12  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: xbox360 games on: August 18, 2007, 09:50:31 PM

Quote from: Samurai on August 17, 2007, 03:24:24 AM

Are you only willing to trade, or would you sell for cash? I'm interested in crackdown, but don't own any games you are looking for.

The same for me except I'm interested in Dead Rising.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds. anyone on board? on: August 18, 2007, 09:32:46 PM
I'm on board. Gonna dive in on day 1 on this one (well..., whenever my order ships). I don't do that often anymore but I'm going to live dangerously this time. I may live to regret it, but it wouldn't be the first time (and there's always the Trading Forum & Ebay).

I've just about finished Oblivion and I need a deep RPG for my 360.

Now if the only the RROD doesn't get me... paranoid
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Community: I need your help. on: August 17, 2007, 01:56:06 AM
To quote Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx):

"You caught me at a bad time..., I got it."

Sorry it couldn't be more of course..., but then I'm sorry I don't have more money in general tear
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know you're old when... on: July 31, 2007, 07:31:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 31, 2007, 03:30:21 PM

you're not truly old skool unless you had one of the modems there you had to plug the handset into those rubber cups!

Now that is serious "old skool"... eek
16  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Original Infinity Engine Games-Icewind Dale and Icewind Dale 2 + Expansions on: July 23, 2007, 10:21:24 PM
I don't know how you feel about them, but Ebay seems to have everything you're still looking for (IWD, HOW, & IWD II), in some cases all from the same seller.

I had all 3 on my trade/sell list (back when I still had one), but there were no takers at the time so that's where I ended up selling mine.

Whichever way you go, good luck with your search.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Controller Poll on: July 20, 2007, 02:39:48 AM

Quote from: Wolves on July 16, 2007, 01:26:01 PM

Madcatz for the original X-Box!

These things were smaller than the big controllers, came out before the s-type, felt and responded amazing and were significantly cheaper than the MS ones! I ended up buying several of these.  thumbsup

Later versions had buttons that lit up (and stayed that way while the console was turned on), making it easy to show someone how you're performing a move (since the projector works better in the dark) and also making it really easy to figure out which controller is plugged in.

Still using them to this day and no complaints whatsoever, except for the fact that I'm probably coming off like a Madcatz salesman or something.

This is the wireless controller that I settled on (after trying offerings from Logitech and Pelican) to replace "Gigantor". Very pleased, in fact so pleased that when my first one died after about 5 years of pretty intense use, I bought two more on Ebay (one to use and one in reserve since they don't seem to make this controller anymore), and I'm still using it to this day. The newer offerings from MadCatz (for Xbox) just pale in comparison to this unit, IMO.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Controller Poll on: July 15, 2007, 09:09:55 PM
Yes..., well..., ahem...

I love the 360 controller too, but I voted for the Gigantor, or The Duke as it is also known.

I know everybody else hated that controller, mostly for it's size. I never understood that. My hands are decidedly average sized and The Duke fit me like a glove. The button placement and the overall "feel" were just about perfect for me. I had to stop using it because we had kittens at the time and I was pretty much forced to go wireless (not that I regret that).
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution on: July 15, 2007, 08:50:33 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2007, 12:01:23 AM

kinda reminds me of World of Warcraft.

Definitely appears WOWish graphically, but if the addictive gameplay is there; I'm in. nod

I'm a little concerned about the translation from mouse/keyboard to controller though...
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: July 13, 2007, 09:46:15 PM
Holy Crap! drool

If I can't have KOTOR3, I'll take this! nod

(I had forgotten all about this game...)
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: July 06, 2007, 08:43:22 AM
If I had known then what I know now..., I would've waited.

Wonderful concept (that's what sold me), but I'm a little disappointed with the execution. There's a great game in there, but there are just too many annoying little problems (and one not so little problem). Definitely a "B" title in it's current form.

It can be a lot of fun  icon_biggrin, but it's frustration quotient can rise dramatically in short order mad. I'm not sorry I got it, but I'm not sure it's really worth full whack.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution on: July 05, 2007, 09:01:01 AM
Civilization!? On the 360?!

Just sew me to the couch...
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: July 05, 2007, 08:51:23 AM
I don't seem to be as far in as many of you, but I like this game.

But I don't love it because...

I've already encountered a bug (the Minstrel), and according to some posts over at the Ars Technica forum I'm not alone. It seems to be a situation that's not universal and may be solved by merely trying again, but after 4 attempts a little frustration has set in.

This game is badly hurt by not having a mini-map feature. As some of you have already mentioned, this omission seems almost unbelievable. It's caused me no end of backtracking (too).

When it's being good, though, Overlord really can be a lot of fun. 

24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/25) on: June 26, 2007, 06:33:29 AM

Overlord - definitely
The Darkness - possibly

25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox] KOTOR Ending - Possible bad disk? Need info! **Spoilers** on: June 26, 2007, 06:24:32 AM

Quote from: Calvin on June 25, 2007, 01:39:57 PM

An awesome end to an awesome game. Goshdamnit I really want to play this game. It might be time to do it.

Believe it or not, the first time I started it (back when it came out) I just couldn't get into it. I did have the flu at the time so I can claim a lapse of judgement, or maybe it was the medication.

The History Channel and History International ran a bunch of Star Wars themed programming earlier this month (for the 30th Anniversary) and that got me thinking I ought to give it another try. I couldn't believe how good that game was(is). I played it every night for over 3 weeks and I wish it hadn't ended. I cannot recommend it highly enough, even with it's technical issues (don't overwrite any old saves - delete some old ones if you need to make room, but always save "new"). Do it Man! You won't regret it!

The only reason I haven't started KOTOR2 is that I know it will end too quickly and if it's anywhere near as memorable an experience as KOTOR, I will need to wait a good long while before I replay it.

And who knows when/if there'll be KOTOR3?
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox] KOTOR Ending - Possible bad disk? Need info! **Spoilers** on: June 25, 2007, 08:27:43 AM
Thanks a million EddieA!! <<hits forehead>> I never thought of YouTube..., and I have an account!!

Spoiler for Hiden:
Shades of Episode IV!
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox] KOTOR Ending - Possible bad disk? Need info! **Spoilers** on: June 25, 2007, 08:01:21 AM
In reference to your spoiler: No s**t?!  icon_surprised

Anyway, thanks for the reply CeeKay. Since you're up, is what comes after worth pursuing? Borrowing someone else's disc, or maybe getting mine re-surfaced (I tried cleaning it)? From what I've been able to learn online, it doesn't sound as though there's too much afterwards..., although after putting in 79+ hours, I'd kinda like to see everything.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox] KOTOR Ending - Possible bad disk? Need info! **Spoilers** on: June 25, 2007, 07:42:37 AM
I know it's not likely that anyone would still be playing KOTOR (besides me that is), but just in case...

Spoiler for Hiden:
I defeated Malak; Carth and I run to the Ebon Hawk; I see the Star Forge Destroyed by the Republic Fleet; the EH appears and we get a fighter escort; the Republic Admiral radios that we'll all get a hero's welcome when we get home; and... nothing. Black screen. I can hear some sounds if I hit some buttons, but no visuals. In fact the only way to exit is to eject the disk. What am I missing? Is it worth trying to beg/borrow/steal somebody's KOTOR disc to see it? I've searched high & low online, in many forums (LucasArts, Bioware, and anyplace else that looked promising), but I never found this particular issue addressed. Is this a bug, or do you think I have a bad disk?

Any help and/or information would be greatly appreciated.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Come on down! It's Bob Barker's final show! on: June 21, 2007, 08:48:50 PM
I've been watching Bob on and off forever, starting back in the Truth or Consequences days. Daytime TV just won't be the same without him.

My gf and I have been discussing this at length as we watch every day (aaaahh the joys of working from home!), and we have come to the conclusion that John O'Hurley would be the perfect choice as Bob's successor.

He has game show experience (Family Feud), he's known but not extremely well known, and the silver hair would be a comforting familiarity icon_wink

A disturbance in the Force however... This from the Rosie O'Donnell entry in Wikipedia:

O'Donnell has expressed an interest in replacing Bob Barker as the host of CBS's long-running game show The Price is Right. Barker was a frequent guest on her talk show and had told reporters that she "would make a fine host," and O'Donnell will be meeting with CBS and Fremantle officials to discuss the situation. Although previously reported he had "endorsed his friend Rosie O'Donnell as a possible successor" a follow up news report stated "he never meant to imply she was his top pick to replace him. It would be "terribly presumptuous" to assume he would have any impact on the host selection." Barker added "I haven't even seen all the tapes of the candidates," and said that he has no role in choosing his replacement.

No offence, but if Ms. O'Donnell is tapped, I'm gonna have to find something else to do at 11:00 AM Eastern.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 08, 2007, 07:54:41 PM
Also slightly OT:

Quote from: jimmyorr99 on June 08, 2007, 06:09:19 PM

Kind of OT, but this got me thinking. I'd really like to see a KOTOR 3 on the 360. I loved the first two and I'm not a big RPG guy at all.

This would be great! I just restarted KOTOR (Xbox) and it has got me thinking how great a 360 sequel could be. nod

And any talk of pushing Mass Effect back to November must cease! It's bad enough that it will probably slip anyway, but I just convinced my girlfriend to give it to me for my birthday and therefore it must be released in September(!).
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-time PC gaming disappointments on: June 08, 2007, 07:35:47 PM
I haven't seen this one, so I'll submit Star Wars: Rebellion. That's going back a day or two, but I remember having such high hopes...

Also, and this may be something of a limb I'm crawling out onto, I was let down by Heroes of Might & Magic V. I really thought Nival could rescue the franchise (a personal favorite through III) but HoMM:V just never did for me. The 3D overhaul struck me an example of something being done just because it could, not necessarily because it should.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you had XBox 360 problems? on: February 21, 2007, 07:36:30 PM
A Launch Box here. No problems..., yet paranoid
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone biting on the HOMMV Expansion? on: November 22, 2006, 05:55:40 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 19, 2006, 04:17:22 AM

I'll probably pick up whatever Platinum-Ultimate-Diamond-Super Edition they come out with in a year, but I'm actually selling my copy of the original now because it's just gathering dust.

This is my plan as well, for the same reason.

Huge fan of the series (except for IV of course), but this one just never really did it for me. Had high hopes too. Alas...
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/14) on: August 16, 2006, 07:26:24 PM
Maybe 99 Nights(360), perhaps Dead Rising(360 again), quite possibly nothing...
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sword of the Stars..more info on: August 07, 2006, 07:15:10 PM
Quote from: "Chaplin"

There is a "one more turn" game here, but you have to close the doors, forget what you read in forums, and plow to the other side to get there.  

If you want to have a good time with a space war game that is not just an RTS, then check it out.  But plug your ears/ eyes to forum goers and developers and just work through it.

Excellent advice, which I took. I spent about 4 hours with the demo last night and I agree. It may not be a GC2 killer, and it probably won't do very well in the market, but there's a lot ot enjoy here. I like it quite a bit more than I thought I would, largely for the very reasons Chaplin laid out.

If you are into this genre, at least try the demo..., what have you got to loose?
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Computer Gaming World no longer?? on: August 07, 2006, 05:45:45 AM
I've been a CGW reader since the late 80's myself. I will miss that name but if that's all they change, I'll be happy.

But surely they could have come up with something better than that?!

BTW, I'm sure you all have heard that Computer Games Magazine is launching a new mag just for MMORPGs.

They're calling it "Massive" (really).

That just kills me every time I hear it.   :lol:
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360] Saints Row demo on the Marketplace! on: August 07, 2006, 05:25:34 AM
Demo was a lot of fun (surprisingly so for me), but there's not much here you haven't seen B4.

Graphics are great (compared), but ammo seems a little scarce..., or maybe I'm just a lousy shot.

I'm not "sold", but I'm more interested than I thought I'd be.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / anyone ever been to starland? on: August 07, 2006, 05:15:24 AM
I've got an account with eStarland; however I've only dealt with them online.

(I didn't realize they had an actual B&M location).

Somewhat limited experience (a couple of trade-ins, a couple of purchases, a couple of re-surfacings), but I have no complaints.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your favorite X360 game? on: May 18, 2006, 09:58:11 PM
I've spent so much more time with Oblivion than anything else that it's not even worth mentioning anything else I've tried.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your number one gaming system right now? on: April 24, 2006, 02:15:05 PM
360...Oblivion...must get back...

And when is my dang Quick Charge Kit gonna get here?!
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