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Portable Games / Re: I wanna play RPGs!
« on: December 13, 2007, 09:23:18 am »
I'd second the Children of Mana recommendation. Stay away from Deep Labyrinth unless you can borrow it first to see if you like it. I think the dropped the ball on the 1st person controls in that game. Children of Mana shoudl qualify for you. It's an RPG game but it's a little more action, dungeon crawling type of an RPG than the old one and when compared to a FF game.

Console Games / Re: XBOX LIVE arcade games.
« on: December 13, 2007, 09:10:49 am »
IGN's review stinks. I downloaded it and played it last night. I think its an excellent little game. I could do without the cutesy heads on the characters but they obviously are going for a certain style here that is less realistic than a Baldur's gate. I thought the game play was very good; not excellent but very good. On the upside, there's the target lock-on that enables you to move around freely and strategically. On the downside the camera moves slowly. Controls are "unresponsive" seems illogical beyond reason to me or at least vastly over-stated. Solution for me with the camera has been, don't fiddle with the camera while killing monsters because it's fine where it is. But that's me and maybe other people mind a lot more.

So far there are no useless skills, only good ones that can really help you as you level. The shape changing mechanic is awesome. And the items and their use are integrated nicely into the gameplay.

Overall for $10 the game has exceeded my expectations and my wife and I are going to be playing it for quite some time... hopefully right up to when they release download content for that will keep it fun and fresh.

Music / Re: Post your Favorite lyrics
« on: December 12, 2007, 02:37:22 pm »
"Dear Landlord" - by Bob Dylan

Dear landlord,
Please don't put a price on my soul.
My burden is heavy,
My dreams are beyond control.
When that steamboat whistle blows,
I'm gonna give you all I got to give,
And I do hope you receive it well,
Dependin' on the way you feel that you live.

Dear landlord,
Please heed these words that I speak.
I know you've suffered much,
But in this you are not so unique.
All of us, at times, we might work too hard
To have it too fast and too much,
And anyone can fill his life up
With things he can see but he just cannot touch.

Dear landlord,
Please don't dismiss my case.
I'm not about to argue,
I'm not about to move to no other place.
Now, each of us has his own special gift
And you know this was meant to be true,
And if you don't underestimate me,
I won't underestimate you.

Music / Re: "What are you listening to" thread
« on: December 12, 2007, 01:58:46 pm »
"Already Gone" - The Beautiful Girls

Everything Else / Re: How old are you?
« on: December 12, 2007, 01:53:56 pm »
I'm surprised more people aren't older. I'm 31... which didn't sound too old to me until I saw many other people's ages. That's the power of relativity though. I'm still enjoying being a gamer that I wanted to be when I was 16 which is that I can afford all the games and peripherals that I want. When I think of it that way I guess I LIKE being "old"!  ;D

Movies / Re: The WORST movies you have ever seen.
« on: December 12, 2007, 07:10:35 am »
I think by now If someone goes to a Uwe Bol movie, they deserve to be disapointed.
Well what happened was...  :P My wife came to me and she said "want to see the worst movie ever?" So I of course agreed because I had little else to do and for once I totally regretted it because it wasn't even worth watching from that standpoint. It was so offensively bad.

Movies / Re: The Mist - !Spoilers!
« on: December 10, 2007, 10:50:47 am »
It seems like a movie you either love or hate. I'm the category of the former!  ;D

I just saw it for the second time this weekend. My wife and I took a friend of ours to go see it. He was completely depressed at the end of the movie, but he got over it. But it was interesting seeing it the second time around. I definitely could see how some people don't like this movie at all. There has to be a goodly suspension of disbelief in order to slip into the psychological drama that is the real story unfolding. It's SO implausible that some people, I think just can't let go.

 We were in Philadelphia to see it this second time and the crowd there was different, yet the scenes that should get applause like Ms. Cormandie getting shot did but there was a lot of talking and stupidity. For instance on fool actually brought their 8 year old to see the movie and he cried and screamed to leave within the first half hour (imagine that?!). Yet the ending had everyone, even the loud ones, silent and gasping.

I admire the way they did the movie, letting characters develop and ride this movie instead of turning it into a pointless pain and blood flick. To me that's good movie-making. Sure the ending is sadistic but it's certainly one for the books.

Movies / Re: The WORST movies you have ever seen.
« on: December 10, 2007, 10:40:53 am »
This is fairly easy: House of the Dead
That movie had absolutely zero redeeming factors to it. Uwe Bol should be banned from his profession.

PC Games / Re: Battleground Europe
« on: December 10, 2007, 06:49:33 am »
Has anyone ever heard of this game. Its a realistic online wwII shooter. I saw this game randomly looking up stuff on wiki. It seems to be a really cool game with huge maps.
Yeah, I've heard of this game. This is like WWII online, I'm surprised that it's still around. They did a free demo for a while at one point and I played it. Frankly I thought the game was awesome but this was a few years ago and I didn't have the right juice to run it at the time. It is realistic and there's quite a learning curve but there isn't anything else like it out there. It's not just that the maps are huge, it's basically like driving from one end of Europe to another if you want. It's that big of a map ;) Just don't expect to hope in a tank and drive it right away with no problem. The learning curve IS steep. Just grab a gun and hop a truck for the front line.

Podcasts / Re: How did you discover "Gaming Steve"?
« on: December 10, 2007, 06:21:25 am »
I found Gaming Steve when the podcasts debuted on the iTunes store. Like a lot of people I would think, "gaming shows" was the first kind of podcast that I searched for. I downloaded a whole bunch of them and while there were some that were good as well, Steve has done everything better and more consistently. Plus his shows were the on thing longer than my drive to work at the time. I love it! Now I only work 15 minutes from home so a show lasts me a long time.

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