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9721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] etrian odyssey impressions on: May 29, 2007, 05:48:33 PM
Did anyone rest or retire in their 30s and regret it?  My team just hit 31 and I'm very tempted to rest a few characters to respec them.  On the other hand, my party feels fairly powerful as-is despite some bad skill point allocation, and a part of me wants to plow ahead to unlock the Ronin ASAP.

Once I do unlock Ronin & Hexer (both of which I want in my party) I can't decide if I want to roll them from scratch or put someone else into early retirement for the extra few skill points.

Decisions decisions.
9722  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pirates 3 Impressions (Spoilers) on: May 29, 2007, 03:48:54 PM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on May 29, 2007, 01:51:48 PM

I think my favorite part is the audio during the fade-to-black right before we see Jack the first time. From the first sound straight out of the ride I was grinning from ear-to-ear and laughing like a kid. When the oh-so familiar "Deaaad Meeeen Teeelll Noooo Taaaaaaaaales" came on, I absolutely lost it.

My fiancee and I absolutely loved that part, but the whole rest of the audience (in Boston) didn't seem to react at all.  We grew up in California and thus the original Pirates ride in Disneyland, is there no Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disney World for the east coast people?
9723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 29, 2007, 03:38:31 PM
Team Xbox review is out.  I'm pretty sure they liked it, but I was only able to read two paragraphs before the terrible writing gave me a headache.
9724  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Big of a Star Wars Fan Are You? on: May 29, 2007, 03:01:07 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on May 29, 2007, 02:52:34 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 29, 2007, 01:59:23 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on May 29, 2007, 01:53:34 PM


THAT is what Star Wars is all about.  If you were not sitting in a theater on May 25, 1977, you cannot know what you missed.  Thankfully, I was there and I'm part of a special club and I'm an uber fan.  thumbsup

Well I guess, by that theory, you're ruling out everyone born in or after 1972.  So I guess it's an old man's trilogy.

Yep.

I grew up watching a recorded-from-TV version of Star Wars and Return of the Jedi over and over on Beta.  The commercials were edited out via the pause button on the original recording, but to this day I still anticipate where the commercial breaks should be when I rewatch the movies.

It wasn't until Jr. High or so that I finally rented the non-TV version of the movies, and it was like Christmas seeing all these new scenes that I had always missed due to TV editing.

Despite not seeing them in the theater until the 20th anniversary remakes, between the Beta recording and the tons of toys that came out in the 80s, an uber-fan was still created.
9725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] etrian odyssey impressions on: May 28, 2007, 06:58:38 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 28, 2007, 06:37:50 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 28, 2007, 01:24:48 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 28, 2007, 04:04:33 AM

I'm still thinking of getting an alchemist, they seem pretty damn good.  I dunno, this game isn't very long, is it?  Maybe I'll play around with things on a future playthrough.
It's not short. I think there are 30 levels and every character can reach level 70.

30 floors and 100 levels possible for your characters (with the ability to 'retire' them to make a better character back at level 1).

I think Ralph is right about the level 70 cap.
9726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am amazed that I have 14 Virtual Console games. on: May 28, 2007, 04:39:32 PM
Been tempted by a lot, but have only broken down to buy:

Zelda 1
Zelda: Link to the Past
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario World
9727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/28) on: May 28, 2007, 02:33:36 PM
Forza 2!  Champing at the bit to get that.

Didn't realize Mario Party was coming out this week.  Gonna have to find some piggy banks to bust open to get that as well.
9728  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DM of the Rings on: May 26, 2007, 02:54:22 AM
I love the one from a few days ago where the DM realizes he forgot to give Aragorn the magic sword.

Er, uh... Elrond shows up
Elrond: "Hi"
He gives you the sword
Elrond: "Here is the sword"
And then he leaves
9729  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Big Screen Theatre flicks on: May 25, 2007, 04:29:53 PM
If I limit myself to movies I was too young or unborn to see on the big screen:

Yojimbo, Alien, Aliens, Dr. Strangelove, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Godfather, and Jaws are the first to come to mind. 

If I had to pick one of those I'd probably go with Alien.
9730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] VC Info for 5/21 on: May 25, 2007, 01:12:16 PM
Yeah, Mario 2 is the one where they slapped Mario Bros. elements on some other Japanese franchise game.  I've been hoping this one would come out soon.  Although it's the odd-ball Mario game, it's got it's own charm, not to mention some of the best video game music of all time.
9731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strategy games that give you troops on the walls? on: May 25, 2007, 01:00:58 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 25, 2007, 02:18:04 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 25, 2007, 01:30:06 AM

A bit more of a stretch...but, Rampart!  Woo, that's one I'd be willing to pay for if it showed up on the Wii's VC.

It's available on the PS3 Network, so I doubt we'll see it on either of the other systems.  It got pretty bad reviews on the PS3 for bad control, though.

Dang, hadn't heard about that.  All I wanted was a straight port of the SNES version. :(

If they really wanted to update it for online play, in a perfect happy fairy fantasy land the new Rampart would have improved graphics, the PS3's resolution, the 360's Live matchmaking, and Wii controls.
9732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strategy games that give you troops on the walls? on: May 25, 2007, 01:30:06 AM
A bit more of a stretch...but, Rampart!  Woo, that's one I'd be willing to pay for if it showed up on the Wii's VC.
9733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strategy games that give you troops on the walls? on: May 24, 2007, 08:48:33 PM
Age of Wonders I or II might scratch your itch as well, depending on what kind of itch you have.  The troops don't go on the walls, but firing from behind walls and using siege weapons destroy walls and gates are a part of combat.
9734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 24, 2007, 07:20:50 PM

Quote from: gellar on May 24, 2007, 07:06:39 PM

I wonder if there is an Impreza or EVO in the demo that I can try.

The closest that I'm remembering in the demo is a Subaru Legacy.
9735  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying new car questions on: May 24, 2007, 06:21:46 PM
FJ Cruiser Forum post with fancy pants pricing spreadsheet

Same FJ Cruiser Forum with people listing the deals they got recently.
9736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strategy games that give you troops on the walls? on: May 24, 2007, 06:04:47 PM
Lords of the Realm II
9737  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying new car questions on: May 24, 2007, 05:11:45 PM
Also, depending on the type of car you want, check if there's an online community that can help you know what kind of deal you can get.  When I bought my WRX, I was able to use several Impreza forums to find which Subaru dealers were better or worse in the Bay Area, and that people had been getting theirs for $X under invoice.  With that knowledge, I was able to get a much lower price than if I had gone in with just info from Edmunds.
9738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] etrian odyssey impressions on: May 24, 2007, 03:19:32 PM
Just found out you can check skill prerequisites in-game.  Go to Custom and select a greyed out skill for a character.
9739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Odin Sphere on: May 23, 2007, 06:44:49 PM
I hate game stores pushing pre-orders as much as the next guy, but in the case of Atlus games it's not bad advice.
9740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] on: May 23, 2007, 06:11:04 PM
Where does this game fall on the realism scale?  I love rally racing, but I haven't played a rally racing game since the original WRC on the PS2.
9741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: May 23, 2007, 04:02:49 PM
Quote
In addition, players will experience an incredible number of newly added features and explosive content including a new multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, grueling boss battles,
"Boss battles" raises a couple warning flags.  I hope they don't meddle with the game formula too much.

Quote
The exclusive Gibson guitars will include . . . a new button color design that will be integrated for an even greater authentic feel and rock experience.
I wonder if they have to change the button color scheme because Harmonix managed to keep control of it as a trademark for use in Rock Band.  Those colored frets have certainly become iconic enough to warrant it.  It's going to be hard to rewire my brain, if the new colors are too different it might be like switching from Qwerty to Dvorak.
9742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: May 23, 2007, 03:46:27 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 23, 2007, 03:41:33 PM

Harmonix isn't making the game this time, right?

I believe so.  I think Harmonix is, however, involved in 80's edition.
9743  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: F.T. Jack Thompson goes after Halo 3 on: May 23, 2007, 02:45:40 PM
Orville Redenbacher makes popcorn.  Popcorn is eaten during movies.  There is a movie based on the game Doom.  Doom is a murder/jaywalking/terrorist trainer. 

Damn you, Orville, why won't you think of the children?
9744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: May 23, 2007, 01:51:36 PM
Anyone think they might try to re-list the existing song packs as new downloads for GHIII?  I can just imagine the internet rage (iRage?) that would come.
9745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: May 23, 2007, 01:32:02 PM
In, for the PS2 version.  This will be the 8th Christmas that my dusty old PS2 will be seeing new games.
9746  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What exactly does dual core mean? on: May 22, 2007, 10:46:45 PM
If I'm reading that right, Thin_J knows a guy that lives in a parking lot that'll give you a Core 2 Duo real cheap if you steal some cars for him using the power of thought.
9747  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HEROES] - Season Finale on: May 22, 2007, 06:38:04 PM
Horn-rimmed glasses.
9748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] etrian odyssey impressions on: May 22, 2007, 06:23:09 PM
Tried to sneak in a few minutes to play, and I'm already in trouble.  I have a hard enough time naming one character in RPGs, let alone name a guild and every member within.  And making me choose a name before a character portrait?  That's just mean.
9749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] etrian odyssey impressions on: May 22, 2007, 04:56:39 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 22, 2007, 03:44:09 PM

I've been on the fence as well, but if I happen to come across a copy on my lunchbreak today I think I might just jump in.

Aaand there was one copy left at lunch.  I'm a sucker for old school, how could I resist.

It'll be interesting to switch from playing Pokemon, a dungeon-romp lite, to a good old fashioned put hair on your chest adventure.
9750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] etrian odyssey impressions on: May 22, 2007, 03:44:09 PM
I've been on the fence as well, but if I happen to come across a copy on my lunchbreak today I think I might just jump in.
9751  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HEROES] - Season Finale on: May 22, 2007, 02:59:05 AM
Nice to hear that they'll be continuing the graphic novels throughout the summer.  The wait for Volume 2 won't be quite as painful.
9752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed! on: May 21, 2007, 08:52:56 PM
Relic, Blizzard, Gas Powered Games...honestly I don't care which RTS developer picks up the license to do a Majesty sequel.
9753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/21) on: May 21, 2007, 04:53:39 PM
I think the Wii VC offerings this week are Streets of Rage 2 (SNES), Donkey Kong Country 2 (Gen), and Blazing Lazers (TG16).
9754  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Accomplishment of one of my greatest challenges on: May 21, 2007, 04:26:23 PM

Quote from: juniordan on May 21, 2007, 04:11:50 PM

I found this, but I don't know if it works. because I really don't know what I did.

https://secure.rubiks.com/lvl3/index_lvl3.cfm?lan=eng&lvl1=commun&lvl2=cbeclb&lvl3=clbsol#


If you really want to learn, I recommend starting with this beginner method, which is more or less what I use.

This will get you solving consistently with very little memorization to do.  Plus, unlike some of the methods on the rubiks.com website, this beginner method can easily scale into the more advanced methods.
9755  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Accomplishment of one of my greatest challenges on: May 21, 2007, 01:36:42 PM
Solving a Rubik's Cube is much more methodical, and much less "figuring out" than people think.  It really makes no difference how much you mix up the cube beforehand.

This is, more or less, the most standard method, the one that I learned a couple years ago when I got annoyed with not knowing how to solve these things.

Step 1: The Bottom Cross
-Simple enough to figure out on your own.  Just choose a side to be the "bottom," and align the four sides on the bottom to match up correctly with the bottom color and the side center colors.  This forms a cross in the bottom layer.

Step 2: Corner and Side Pairs
-There are tricks to make this go faster, but this step is still possible to reason out on your own.  Making sure you don't permanently disrupt the pieces in step 1, match up the four corners of the bottom layer as well as the mid-layer pieces above them.  At first it might be easier to put the bottom corners in first, and then match up the mid-layer.

Step 3: Algorithms
-The more algorithms you memorize, the fewer steps it will take for you to finish the top layer.  There are different approaches you can take.  Here's what I have memorized and what they do:
  • 3a) Orient the top layer sides to form a cross, making them correctly oriented but not placed.  (2 short algorithms)
  • 3b) Position the corners, making them correctly placed but not oriented (1 algorithm)
  • 3c) Orient the corners, may take two steps (1 algorithm, and its inverse)
  • 3d) Position the sides (1 algorithm)
Viola!

With just 4-5 algorithms memorized, I can solve a 3x3 Cube in about 2 minutes.  If I took the time to learn about 40 more algorithms, I could combine some of the steps in #3 and bring my time down under 60 seconds, with practice down to 30 or less.  I'm happy with 2 minutes.
9756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 20, 2007, 03:46:08 PM
Serebii.net is probably the most popular information site.  Tons and tons of info, extremely detailed pokedex, but it often bogs down during the evenings and other popular times.. 

Bulbapedia seem to be the main fan wiki.
9757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 16, 2007, 03:53:41 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 16, 2007, 03:34:36 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 16, 2007, 02:02:09 PM

Both the fighting pokemon and the EXP Share pokemon will gain full EVs.

EV... EV... I must be missing something here. Care to explain to this n00b of the newer Pokemon games?

They actually existed in the original games, but people hadn't yet deconstructed the hidden game mechanics.

Short version:  Every pokemon that you kill gives Effort Values, or EVs for certain stat(s).  When you kill a Bidoof, for example, he gives everyone involved in the fight one EV in hit poitns.  You can get EVs for any stat.  Also, the various stat increase vitamins you find in the game give you 10 EVs for their associated stat.  (There are limitations on how much you can use vitamins.)

For every 4 EVs you get in a stat, you get one extra stat point increase in that stat the next time you level up. 

This is why, in the old games, pokemon you raised yourself would be more powerful than wild ones of the same level. 

Restrictions:
Cap of 510 total EVs
Cap of 252 EVs for a specific stat

There are items that can make you gain EVs faster, as well as the helpful contagious "Pokerus" disease that you can catch.

You can safely ignore this game mechanic if you want, just know that your pokemon are getting extra boosts the more you use them.  I certainly didn't pay attention to them for the main storyline.  For competition, or personal desire for min/maxxing, using EVs to strategically increase certain stats can give you a big edge.
9758  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite War Movies on: May 16, 2007, 03:08:46 PM
The Great Escape!  Can't believe I forgot that one, fantastic movie.  Just fantastic.

Also:
All Quiet on the Western Front (original)
M*A*S*H*
Good Morning, Vietnam

And while I wouldn't consider it one of the greats, I enjoyed Enemy at the Gates.
9759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's May 2007: What's your most anticipated game? on: May 16, 2007, 02:35:18 PM
Off the top of my head:

PC
Pirates of the Burning Sea
Team Fortress 2

360
Mass Effect
Forza 2
Prince of Persia Classic
Grand Theft Auto IV

DS
Ouendan 2
Zelda

Wii
Mario Party
Super Smash Brothers Brawl

I know I'm forgetting some, hmm...think think
9760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 16, 2007, 02:02:09 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 16, 2007, 01:41:15 PM

Quote from: Poomba on May 16, 2007, 01:17:17 PM

Is it better to level up all of my Pokemon at the same time, or can I get away with uber leveling one, and then playing catch-up?

I'd try to keep all your Pokemons in the same general level. That way they're still useful if you have to switch to them (for example - if you fight something your favorite Pokemon can't deal much damage to), or if you want to switch out your current main due to facing something that'll seriously put the hurt on (its weakness).

At the start you're ok with only keeping 3-4 levelled.  It takes a bit before you encounter some of the other useful types.  I remember wanting a psychic type and it took a while before I found Bronzong to fill that slot.

I like to stick with more or less the same team through the whole game, but I know some people fairly regularly swap in new pokemon they come across, since the wild ones are typically around the right level.

I also kept an evolved Bidoof through the whole game to carry my bags, err, my HMs.  He can learn almost all of them, so it's easy to turn him into a swiss army knife.

I would also recommend you find a Starly to have in your team.  I made the mistake of leaving him out of my team, and I was really hurting for a good flying type in the end-game.

Quote from: Magik on May 16, 2007, 01:50:56 PM

I was going to use my exp share as well, but I wasn't sure if pokemon holding the exp share also get EVs from the battle. Or do they just get the xp?

Both the fighting pokemon and the EXP Share pokemon will gain full EVs.
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