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10121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: March 26, 2007, 05:50:57 PM

Quote from: Jag on March 26, 2007, 05:46:04 PM

Never played GH before. Just tried GH2 for 360 at Best Buy. Seems fun, but i didn't know what the hell to do. Strum and press the buttons at the same time? I think i hit maybe 5 notes on Sweet Child before i failed each time. I don't know if these games are good for the 'twitch' impaired.

On a real guitar you hold down frets with your left hand while you strum with your right.  In GH you hold down colored buttons with your left while you strum with your right.  Like a real guitar, in GH you can hold the frets down ahead of time and strum when it's time to play them.  You also (except for with chords) can keep lower frets (e.g., the green button) held down while a higher fret needs to be played.

You can do it!
10122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Airline Recommendations on: March 26, 2007, 04:05:00 PM
I just flew with American for the first time since "the before time."  On my 8 hour leg from Chicago to Honolulu, we weren't given so much as a bag of pretzels.  Around lunchtime me and just about everyone around me broke down and asked for the $8 sandwiches they advertised when we had just taken off.  Nope, no sandwiches left, no wraps, no trail mix.  All they had were $3 cookies.  They do let you have the whole can of soda during the beverage service, so there is some soul left in the company.

JetBlue for me whenever possible.  They at least give you a selection of decent free snacks, they don't charge you for headphones, they've got a bit mroe legroom in the back rows, and of course your personal DirectTV.  Their big downside for me is that their frequent flyer mile program have points that expire in a year, so you have to fly between east and west coast about 4 times a year to cash in, unless you go nuts with their Amex card.
10123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Virtual Console Game for 3/26 on: March 26, 2007, 03:55:58 PM
Not a purchase for me, but I think if Nobunaga's Ambition made it to the VC it'd be a fun trip down memory lane.
10124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] 75% Back Compat for PS3 in Europe on: March 26, 2007, 02:25:08 PM
The $50/year for Live Gold alone is going to make the 360 a more expensive investment over the life of the consoles for most people. 
10125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Current state of availability of the Wii? on: March 26, 2007, 02:15:04 PM
In mid-January I thought about making a thread to start a betting pool for when you'd be able to walk into a store and more or less expect to find a Wii on the shelf.  I didn't get around to it by the end of the month, and I figured by then it was already pointless, because surely the date was just a week or two away.  I would've bet on February 15th, or maybe the end of February for a stretch.

I never imagined the winner would've been a bet for April or later.  This is just crazy.

NiM$!
10126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/26) on: March 26, 2007, 01:52:10 PM
Would probably be buying Settlers DS if I hadn't just gotten Puzzle Quest.

Going on "good deal watch" for C&C3.  Looking forward to that FMV cheesiness.
10127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 26, 2007, 01:45:35 PM
Captures seemed completely impossible when I first saw them, but I've gotten used to them and have some powerful combos with the spells I've learned.

I've had good success taking an experimental approach, starting in prepared to lose my first bunch of tries.  I try to first simplify the field by looking for easy matches that don't bring much else out of alignment.  Once you clear out some of that camouflage, it becomes a lot simpler to figure out the rest.

My griffon mount works very well with my wizard.  I have a series of spells that basically turn every green and blue gem to red, and then destroys all red gems.  Besides the coins, XP, and skulls, that leaves the field with a ton of yellow gems.  The griffon's ability is to do 1 damage for every yellow gem on the field, so it ends up being pretty devastating.

I really don't think the computer is being clairvoyant.  The only "cheating" is that it can instantly spot 4-in-a-row possibilities while you have to search around or wait for the white arrow.
10128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 25, 2007, 04:35:00 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 25, 2007, 11:29:31 AM

I'm almost level 16 now  (wizard), and I don't get the impression that the computer is cheating. I pull off almost as many insane combo drops as it does. The computer is very good at judging the odds for drops in the upper rows, something I've started to do myself. I sometimes choose one move over another only because I see there's a chance I'm going to be able to pull off something awesome if the correct gem drops.
This is my experience as well, it seems like I'm "cheating" as much as the computer is with some really long chains.

Are you sure you guys aren't going against the rune holder people in the battles that feel like cheating?  The rune bearer equipment makes it so that combos easily give them max mana, and max mana lets them do 50+ damage in one attack--so with some lucky chains they can easily bring you down in one turn. 
10129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 Hardest to Beat Console Games on: March 24, 2007, 07:48:29 PM
Tetris is really hard to beat.
10130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best "Trading Card" console game? on: March 24, 2007, 06:26:33 PM
Portable: Yu-Gi-Oh is good, but it's the only CCG I've tried on a portable system.

On the bigger systems: Culdcept, or maybe Phantom Dust.
10131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo ruins online play (now official) on: March 23, 2007, 08:33:13 PM
When you see this many people defending the friend code system, I think it's clear that the apocalypse has begun.
10132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: *Warning* Positive PS3 Article Inside - Enter At Your Own Risk on: March 23, 2007, 08:19:07 PM
We're all still going in circles betting on the flop, when is the river going to come along?  What's the next BIG title, Heavenly Sword?
10133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... on: March 23, 2007, 07:51:55 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on March 23, 2007, 07:31:58 PM

If you finish building that could you sell it for 5000?
People tend to place a bit more value on originals than replicas. smile
10134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Motorstorm Downloads - New Tracks, Modes on: March 22, 2007, 07:30:14 PM
Sure looks free to me.  I like free.
10135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinkgeek may have just sold me on this... on: March 22, 2007, 07:29:56 PM
Oh yeah, if you're gonna buy one you've got to get a pair.  They're pretty hardy little buggers, too.  We crashed into each other, the wall, and the floor without effect.  The first casualty was when we had all three helis in the air and the big clumsy Air Hog collided with one of these small ones and took a notch out of it's tail prop.  It was a fun little moment of a "mayday mayday I'm going down!" death spiral.  Luckily it comes with a spare tail propeller.

The Air Hog does have fans to control forward-backward movement, but it's so hard to do you end using all your concentration just to do slow and simple movements.  With the smaller ones, it's just wheeee look'it them go!
10136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinkgeek may have just sold me on this... on: March 22, 2007, 07:07:24 PM
I got that model for Christmas, and my dad got himself a 2nd one so that we could fly them at once.  Coincidentally, my girlfriend's dad bought their family the more expensive Air-Hog version.  Though the Air Hog version is technically more advanced, but I found it harder to control, didn't seem worth the extra money.

The one you linked to, though, woo that's fun stuff.  It's got a clever little mechanism in the main propeller that auto-balances the copter and works perfectly to keep it stable.  There's a trim control that works perfectly to keep it from spinning.  It is lacking a forward-backward steering control (which the Air Hog version has) but this is largely why it's so much easier to control. 

It doesn't mean you're stuck in one place, though.  Once you get used to the basic control, if you stick a small pin or tack in the nose, it will make it have a constant slight forward movement.  With that little modification, we were chasing each other's helicopters in circles around the chandelier, around the christmas tree, landing them on our hands...good fun.

Oh, and the short flight time isn't really an issue.  You plug the copter into the controller to charge it, and it's fully charged in just a minute or two.
10137  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: DFW Folks - GH1/2 + 2 wired guitars (+ slim PS2 For Sale)! on: March 22, 2007, 06:53:27 PM
You live in a shoe store?
10138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 Hardest to Beat Console Games on: March 22, 2007, 06:46:07 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 22, 2007, 06:41:57 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 22, 2007, 05:59:56 PM

I was also going to name those two, along with Legacy of the Wizard.

I owned that game, but never beat it. Never figured out how to, honestly. Talk about no direction at all.

I seem to remember just goofing around with the little family pet monster guy, since he was immune to enemy attacks.

Ooh, that reminded me of another hard game, Fester's Quest.  I didn't know what the hell I was doing with that game.  And every time I upgraded my weapon to max, I would accidentally grab the downgrade pill that brought it back down a level.  Evil game.
10139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 Hardest to Beat Console Games on: March 22, 2007, 05:59:56 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 22, 2007, 05:24:16 PM

They also forgot the original TMNT on the NES. That game was a BITCH towards the end.

And they forgot Blaster Master (NES). Also very unforgiving. And it had limited continues, was a long game, and had no save feature of any kind.

I was also going to name those two, along with Legacy of the Wizard.

The good old NES days put hair on your chest!
10140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: TMNT on GBA - Turtles Arcade meets River City Ransom? on: March 22, 2007, 05:55:26 PM
This may come as a shocker, but it looks like IGN may have been a bit overly glowing in their review.

(WITH LINKS FOR YOU LAZY BASTARDS!)

OUCH from Gamespot: Most players will run through the game from beginning to end in under an hour. . .most players would be better off skipping this one.

GameSpy is slightly more positive, saying it's a fun enough ride but still just an hour or two long, including the time to read the "dozens of screens of text that open every level and advance the story."

Ah well, looks like I'll be waiting for this to hit the bottom of the bargain bin.
10141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All praise the Shat! on: March 22, 2007, 05:45:37 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 22, 2007, 03:51:26 PM

I thought there was some good humor and character stuff in Star Trek V that made is somewhat enjoyable.  But everything else around it is a mess, especially the visual effects.  What were they thinking? 

Also according to the infallible Wikipedia, they wanted to continue using ILM like the previous films, but ILM was either busy with Back to the Future II & III or with Ghost Busters & Indiana Jones.

What would V hsve been like if it were written by the Wrath of Khan writer and, er, visually effectsified by ILM?  I've never made it without biting, ask Mr. Owl.
10142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 22, 2007, 05:39:56 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 22, 2007, 04:22:50 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 22, 2007, 03:43:23 PM

I wonder how much bigger this title would've been if they had found a good way to give it an Iron Chef tie-in.  With a little bit more depth from the competition, it might've been been a good little hit with that branding.

If they ended up with both an Iron Chef and a Bob Ross game, there's no way I could resist getting a Wii.

And then let's put a happy little tempura over there, there he is, now take out your fan brush and, oh look, a happy bowl of udon!
10143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All praise the Shat! on: March 22, 2007, 03:49:49 PM
If Wikipedia is to be trusted, stupid goofy stuff like that Uhura bit was put into the film against Shatner's wishes.  He wanted it to be a darker movie, but Paramount made him insert stuff like that to make it more light-hearted the way IV was.
10144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 22, 2007, 03:43:23 PM
Good to hear, maybe I'll get this after all when it comes down in price.  Always looking for more to bring the girlfriend into gaming.

I wonder how much bigger this title would've been if they had found a good way to give it an Iron Chef tie-in.  With a little bit more depth from the competition, it might've been been a good little hit with that branding.
10145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Houses cheaper than cars in Michigan now. on: March 22, 2007, 02:58:34 PM
How long till Trump just buys the whole city for chump change and makes a reality show out of rebuilding the whole area in his name?
10146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All praise the Shat! on: March 22, 2007, 02:49:11 PM

Quote from: warning on March 22, 2007, 02:40:25 PM

We just watched the Shat-directed Star Trek V: The Final Frontier this past weekend.  My eyes!  They burn!

Still easier to make it through V than the first movie. :)
10147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All praise the Shat! on: March 22, 2007, 02:38:14 PM
Wow, I was just curious how old Leonard Nimoy is, and it turns out he's just 4 days younger than Shatner.  I thought Chekov and Uhura were a lot younger than the rest of the crew, but it turns out they're 70, and 74.  And what the heck, Khan himself is now 86 and doing voices for Kim Possible?
10148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 22, 2007, 02:30:51 PM
(toe)

I don't know for sure, but I'd imagine it'd hurt immersion more than gameplay.  You'll just be at a slight disadvantage in those battles where a companion should help you, but since the game is pretty beginner-friendly, at worst you'd probably just have to level up an extra level for a tough fight.

If you can wait a bit, those of us going with the DS version can keep an eye on how much the companions really bring to a fight.
10149  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.
10150  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. :)
10151  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!"
10152  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.
10153  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.
10154  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!
10155  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.
10156  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.
10157  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? 
10158  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.
10159  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?
10160  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.
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