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10121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / TMNT on GBA - Turtles Arcade meets River City Ransom? on: March 22, 2007, 02:24:15 PM
So with the new TMNT movie tie-in games being released on every platform, they all seem to be the typical movie license dreck.  The console versions look like the empty license cash-ins you'd expect, and the DS looks like it's attempting to have a direct port of those 3d rendered versions like the brave little portable it is.

But wait, what's this on the GBA?  It's got hand drawn pixel art, it's 2d, it's a side scrolling beat'em up, it's....River City Ransom?!

Now, I haven't seen the game myself, but from what I've been reading it looks like this GBA TMNT game might be a surprise little gem of retro gaming.  Here're some blurbs from the IGN review:

"TMNT on the Game Boy Advance is one hell of a surprise and an incredibly fun throwback to the old-school Turtles arcade game. For those that love those games, or even Double Dragon-style brawlers in general, don't let this one pass you by."

"But imagine that [Turtles Arcade & Turtles In Time] arcade game idea, with actual depth added to it. That's exactly what TMNT for the GBA is."

"It comes close to being as classic an action game as River City Ransom, if you can believe it."

"It's easily one of the best brawling games I've played in years, and had the designers managed full-fledged multiplayer support I think we could have seen the best Turtles ever. It's damn near close, though. Don't miss it."

You've got combos, destructible environments, environment objects you can throw as weapons, and--here's the River City Ransom part--you use money from fallen enemies to upgrade combos, offense/defense, and buy items.

I haven't seen any reviews besides IGN, so I'm not hopping on the bandwagon just yet, but this has definitely gotten on my radar and I'm eagerly looking for some more reviews and impressions to seal the deal.  At $30, it won't be hard to bite if this really is a modern improved version of the old arcade games.
10122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I will never eat Indian food again. on: March 22, 2007, 12:52:39 PM

Quote from: Brendan on March 22, 2007, 04:17:26 AM

Quote from: Turtle on March 22, 2007, 04:08:42 AM

Here in SoCal, I have so much opportunity for great forign foods.  There's two great Indian restaurants that serve absolutely amazing indian food.  There's also a indan fast food place that I pickup stuff from now and then, it's especially good for when I'm craving naan or gulan jamun (a dessert).

You're making me hungry.  Of course, y'all also have the letter-grade-in-window innovation which I covet up here in the Pacific Northwest.  That's a perfect system.

There are some sketchy "C" restaurants that are delicious. :)
10123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 21, 2007, 08:15:42 PM
"Control, you must learn control!"
10124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 21, 2007, 06:10:35 PM
Damn, the early reviews all seem to be complaining about control issues.  I hope developers get the hang of the wiimote soon, I don't think this new casual gamer market has much patience for getting used to finicky controls, I know my girlfriend certainly would quickly give up if her first impression was more frustrating than fun.  Games like this are supposed to be the epitome of user-friendly.
10125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I will never eat Indian food again. on: March 21, 2007, 05:42:24 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on March 21, 2007, 05:14:39 PM

I've eat turkey all the time. Isn't that Indian food?
No, you're thinking of pumpkin pie.
10126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... on: March 21, 2007, 05:40:10 PM
Thanks for the link.  So the mojo stuff, assuming you put them together correctly, would you say they'd sound more like the true vintage equipment than the reissue versions with some swapped parts?

I don't know why I'm getting into details of this, given that I spent $1000 on equipment just last fall I really shouldn't be thinking about spending another $1000 anytime soon, but that JTM45 project looks like so much fun.  It's really hard to stop spending money on this hobby!
10127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 21, 2007, 05:29:35 PM
Bah, why did I bother trying to get this at a b&m store at lunch.  They were just finishing unpacking the DS/GBA boxes that arrived, and "Puzzle Quest?" was only good for blank stares.
10128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I will never eat Indian food again. on: March 21, 2007, 04:16:50 PM

Quote from: Brendan on March 21, 2007, 04:05:06 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2007, 04:00:20 PM

I've eaten frog, raw sea urchin, snails, blood pudding, and fish head--but I don't think I'll ever be brave enough to try that communal shared mint grain stuff they have at the door in Indian restaurants.

Where're head cheese and rocky mountain oysters on your to do list?

Scary as it may sound, I'm pretty sure I've eaten head cheese at some point in my life before I knew what it was, so yes, head cheese would come before Indian weird communal door candy.

I do believe I would eat Indian weird communal door candy before I ate a testicle.

"More appetizing than testicles!" is a stellar review blurb if I do say so myself.
10129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jump Ultimate Stars for the DS! on: March 21, 2007, 04:03:20 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on March 21, 2007, 03:52:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2007, 03:44:37 PM

Damn you! smile  I thought you were saying that through some miracle they found a way to adapt this series for North America.

Is this a sequel to Jump Superstars?
Yes it is.

I always see Shonen Jump at bookstores and supermarkets, so I wonder why they don't think it is popular enough to localize.

I think copyright issues are more of a roadblock than popularity.  The game (Superstars, at least) has characters from so many different series it'd be a nightmare to approve.  Then again, they did bring over that robot game with all the different mecha series thrown together, didn't they? 
10130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I will never eat Indian food again. on: March 21, 2007, 04:00:20 PM
I've eaten frog, raw sea urchin, snails, blood pudding, and fish head--but I don't think I'll ever be brave enough to try that communal shared mint grain stuff they have at the door in Indian restaurants.
10131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jump Ultimate Stars for the DS! on: March 21, 2007, 03:44:37 PM
Damn you! smile  I thought you were saying that through some miracle they found a way to adapt this series for North America.

Is this a sequel to Jump Superstars?
10132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oblivion Impressions on: March 21, 2007, 03:40:18 PM

Quote from: Arkon on March 21, 2007, 03:32:20 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 21, 2007, 03:28:52 PM

You're not girls so I can rule out PMS.... icon_eek

Why do threads like this remind me of, my Dad can beat up your Dad fights...

Silly stuff..........

Carry on...

Because my dad could totally kick your dad's ass.

My dad would smack your dad so fast, you'd think his fists were cached from installed content rather than optical media.
10133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for XBOX 360 dogfighting lovers (not that kind of dogfighting) on: March 21, 2007, 03:38:18 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on March 21, 2007, 03:29:56 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 21, 2007, 01:37:25 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2007, 01:01:46 AM

The "not that kind of dogfighting" line made me think you were going to tell us about an XBLA game where you actually fight with dogs.

That I would pay $60 for.
It's called S.T.A.L.K.E.R.! And the dogs are blind....
Not to mention Fable 2, which seems to be shaping up to be some kind of dog simulator...
10134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 21, 2007, 03:25:30 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 21, 2007, 03:01:44 PM

I still just don't understand why this isn't on the PC as well day one. It would be an instant mega-seller for all the Bejewelled fans out there.

I also wonder why they aren't trying to put it out as a download for the 360 or PS3, seems like a perfect fit, especially since they seem to be having trouble getting much of a foothold in brick & mortar stores.
10135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... on: March 21, 2007, 03:22:17 PM
Any chance you know some other good places that sell amp kits?  I'd love to build a replica of a 60s Fender reverb tank and some kind of vintage Fender amp, though I have to say your project looks real tempting to try as well.
10136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 21, 2007, 02:52:53 PM
Well, I hate to scare people off as I'd really like to see the game succeed, but I've read that the DS version limits you to two save slots.  I don't know whether or not this also applies to the PSP version.  It's a major drag that I won't be able to have one character for each class, but I guess if there's really 100 hours of gameplay with each I'm suppose I'll be tired of the game by the time I get anywhere near 200 hours.

I wish the PSP would hurry up and have its pricedrop, I might be tempted to buy my Final Fantasy Tactics PSP early for this game (if the PSP isn't limited to 2 characters).
10137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A prayer to the Lord my God--PLEASE get rid of Sanjaya Malakar on: March 21, 2007, 02:18:49 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on March 21, 2007, 02:09:33 PM

I did share the same sentiments about two weeks ago, but the show has just gotten so bland and retarded this year, I've stopped watching.

The beauty of the DVR shrinks the 2 hour show into 10 minutes.  I just skip through to hear Simon's comments on some of the bad contestants, and then listen to a snippet of Melinda Doolittle and the beatbox guy who my girlfriend likes to hear.
10138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oblivion Impressions on: March 21, 2007, 01:01:50 PM
I'd assume teh "suck" is just referring to how the 360 and PS3 don't have access to all the mods that enhance the PC version's graphics and gameplay.
10139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 21, 2007, 12:48:24 PM
Very favorable review, that just about seals the deal.  I just wish this wasn't such a limited release, I don't want to make the lunch hike out to Gamestop at lunch if they're not going to have any, and they seem incabable of checking on the game themselves.
10140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... on: March 21, 2007, 12:38:59 PM
Well you see, like the internet, amplifiers are made of tubes.
10141  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone interested in a Nintendo Wii? on: March 21, 2007, 03:53:30 AM

Quote from: Gromit on March 21, 2007, 02:41:21 AM

Quote from: Hetz on March 19, 2007, 04:13:31 PM

As Kobra said, even if you don't like many Wii games, at least you can play Gamecube stuff on it. Then there is also the VC games. Sounds like you made a good decision on keeping it!

Perhaps I'm an idiot, but I didn't know I could play GC games on a Wii.  I take it I just need a GC controller?

And a memory card for saves, yup.
10142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... on: March 21, 2007, 03:53:00 AM
Hope you post some sound clips when you're finished!
10143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for XBOX 360 dogfighting lovers (not that kind of dogfighting) on: March 21, 2007, 01:32:11 AM

Quote from: jblank on March 21, 2007, 01:08:14 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2007, 01:01:46 AM

The "not that kind of dogfighting" line made me think you were going to tell us about an XBLA game where you actually fight with dogs.

Yeah, I changed the title a bit because thats what I thought people would think at first glance.

Dogfighting, I think of planes.  "Not that kind of dogfighting," I think of dogs fighting. smile
10144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for XBOX 360 dogfighting lovers (not that kind of dogfighting) on: March 21, 2007, 01:01:46 AM
The "not that kind of dogfighting" line made me think you were going to tell us about an XBLA game where you actually fight with dogs.
10145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 20, 2007, 05:59:53 PM
Oy, anyways...

I'll buy Cooking Mama if I can find it cheap, but even if it didn't interest me I'd see it's release as a good thing.  The more oddball games like Cooking Mama that can find a market in the US, the better chance of us seeing more Katamari Damacies, Phoenix Wrights, and Ouendans reaching our stores.
10146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Walk over the Grand Canyon! on: March 20, 2007, 05:11:02 PM
The video in the article shows it a bit better.

I'm not sure why, but I find myself thinking I'd feel more comfortable skydiving than walking out onto that.
10147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] 75% Back Compat for PS3 in Europe on: March 20, 2007, 02:50:27 PM

Quote from: deadzone on March 20, 2007, 02:41:49 PM

Why did Sony decide to pull the hardware out of the PS3 that handled the BC and go to software emulation?  Was it a cost saving measure or something?  I don't remember reading anything specific.  I mean, with the hardware the PS3 packs - there is no doubt that it has the muscle to do the BC via software emulation.  I wonder why they just didn't do this from the start?  Seems like they can fix a lot of stuff via patches and updates, just like they have been doing. 

Weird. 

I thought someone said Sony had always planned to use software emulation, but it wasn't ready in time so they implemented the hardware emulation as a stop-gap in the meantime.
10148  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Republic Commando/SW:EAW on: March 20, 2007, 01:23:53 PM
Do you only want Republic Commando for PC?  I have a console version (can't remember which) that I'd be willing to part with.
10149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSX Blur Review(s) on: March 19, 2007, 05:29:25 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 18, 2007, 03:31:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 07, 2007, 02:02:33 PM

Last week I cancelled my C&C3 preorder and picked this up instead. 

Wow, could you find two more different games?

Well, I am trying to decide between God of War 2 or Puzzle Quest this week... 
10150  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Soul Calibur 2 Strategy Guide on: March 09, 2007, 08:42:44 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on March 09, 2007, 08:31:50 PM

Does anyone have one of these lying around?  My son is currently playing through all three versions on the PS2, GC and Xbox and would love to have the guide.  I can't find one anywhere since these games are really old.

Thanks!

There's a store near me that seems to only carry out of date strategy guides, in your case that might be a good thing.  I'll take a look next time I'm in the area.
10151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii release schedule to Q2 on: March 09, 2007, 07:52:49 PM
I think the majority of people on this forum are adults, so while only one person plainly stated his age, I think it's safe to assume that the other defenders of "kiddie" games in this thread are also adults.  Starshifter, I believe, is at least 18 years old, I don't think there are many EMERGENCY! fans born in the 90s.

I'm re-reading my last post and I'm honestly I'm not sure what words you think I'm putting into your mouth, but I assure you I'm not trying to twist anything.  Is there some way you could let me know without capslock and multiple exclamation points?

What can I do to sound less jerky?  I'm with the people that are arguing that games and movies can be deeper than their kiddie appearances might suggest.  Your primary argument seems to be that kiddie games are no good for adults because they are childish.  Despite the internet's best efforts to redefine the phrase, that's begging the question.  In a regular message board, that usually leads to more discussion and learning more about why each party thinks what they do.  In this forum are we really not meant to discuss things that people with tempers have a strong opinion on?
10152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii release schedule to Q2 on: March 09, 2007, 07:28:52 PM
You say "there is no way that could be fun for a 32 year old man.  You like them? Good for you.  Maybe when I was 8 or something, but a lot of stuff like that I have outgrown.  I think a grown man liking Pokemon is childish," and it's a diplomatic and respectful opinion.

Someone says, "I'm 34 and have actually played the game, there's more depth to it than you would think.  It's one of those things, like Pixar movies, that can appeal to both kids and adults," and it's an attack on your character.

With regards to the Pokemon games, you've made it clear you've never played one of them or read up on what they're about.  Yet when adults who have played the game tell you that they've got more depth than one would expect, you're basically saying, "No, they aren't deeper than you'd expect, you're just a childish adult for not outgrowing the game like you should have." 

Is it really that hard to see why your style of discussing a matter gets the reaction that it does? 
10153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii release schedule to Q2 on: March 09, 2007, 06:47:56 PM
Would it physically pain you to admit that games/movies/books with a "kiddie" appearance may be deeper than they seem at first glance?  Or that they might have features that would appeal to both a young and old audience?   I think that's all anyone's trying to say here, nobody's trying to tell you to buy or play something that doesn't interest you.
10154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms out 3/7/07 on: March 09, 2007, 02:48:06 PM

Quote from: Devil on March 09, 2007, 02:37:46 PM

I just want to know how to name my guys!

Options > edit teams, I think?
10155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 - What'd ya think? [Movie] on: March 09, 2007, 02:00:54 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 09, 2007, 01:49:42 PM

For level of violence it makes Sin City look like Sesame St.

You just had to go and dash my hopes of bringing along the girlfriend to see this, right in the 2nd sentence.  She still holds it over my head that I traumatized her with Sin City's violence, even though I'm always quick to point out that her bad experience is clearly cancelled out by the time she made me watch Win a Date with Tad Hamilton.
10156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Mario Galaxy Trailer on: March 09, 2007, 01:32:51 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 09, 2007, 04:58:21 AM

I don't mind the "kiddie shit" at all, but I have to say that I dread the camera control in this game and think it is just adding complications for no real reason.  I doubt I will buy it until it is reduced price. 

I thought I heard that the camera will move automatically, but I'm not certain.

The game looks neat, but it definitely interested me a lot less than the rest of you.  For me the Mario name works against the game.  When I see Mario in a title I still first think of Super Mario 1-3 and Super Mario World, and this looks nothing at all like that type of gameplay.  It's not like Zelda and Metroid, whose 3d incarnations are so clearly an extension of the original versions.

I think I just missed the boat around the time of Mario 64 when platformers turned into explore & collect games, even Mario 64 didn't grab me nearly as much as it enchanted the rest of the world when it came out.
10157  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WOW Passes 8.5 Million subscribers on: March 09, 2007, 02:17:15 AM
So it is indeed $1.5 billion a year being grossed on a single game.

 retard
10158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii release schedule to Q2 on: March 08, 2007, 08:57:51 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 08, 2007, 08:29:44 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 08, 2007, 08:27:48 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 08, 2007, 08:05:51 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 08, 2007, 06:27:21 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on March 08, 2007, 06:15:40 PM

Given the "video games are for kids" bias that we all deal with from non-gamers

I think a great deal of that bias is due to games like Pokemon and Viva Pinata.  I also have a hard time playing games with "kiddyfied" graphics and themes.  Someone mentioned Advance Wars above.  I enjoy the game, but I think I would like it better if it didn't have the quirky story and kiddy graphics. 

I agree. Advance Wars is fine, but that bizarre ass storyline and the anime-esque graphics are a turn off. Why not just make that game in a modern, realistic environment?

While I wouldn't like to see the change (I thought the look & story of Advance Wars was fine), it would interesting to see how a "seriious" Advance Wars-style game would sell compared to the current iteration.   In some ways, I think that would appeal to a far more niche audience than the current game (i.e. the grognard-type), but thats just my opinion.

Well, Field Commander was a "serious" Advance Wars clone and it sold poorly but, then again, it was on the PSP so it was a bit handicapped in the sales department...

Will Panzer Tactics fit this niche?  I've only been loosely following its development.
10159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Forza 2 multi-monitor setup on: March 08, 2007, 08:55:17 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 08, 2007, 08:47:33 PM

Thanks.  Sounds like the game I've been waiting for.  When's it coming out?

I think it's due in May?

Anyone know if Logitech is giving Forza 2 the 900 degree real force feedback wheel treatment?
10160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Forza 2 multi-monitor setup on: March 08, 2007, 08:27:26 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 08, 2007, 07:42:56 PM

So, what's the scuttlebutt on Forza 2?  I have to admit I don't know much about it.  I never played Forza 1 and don't know anything about it either.

If you're familiar with Gran Turismo, Forza is essentially the Xbox version of GT.  Forza has car damage, GT4 had a bigger car selection, there are differences in style & presentation, but other than that they're pretty much the same racing game concept.
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