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Console Games / Mario Strikers Charged Friend Codes
« on: July 26, 2007, 07:27:10 pm »
In this thread we list our Mario Strikers Charged friend codes. I plan to keep this post updated with an easily accessible list of friend codes ala PHI's Wii Codes thread, so just reply or send me a PM with your code and I'll add it to the list. Since it looks like people in different regions can't play friendly matches against each other, I'll also need to know whether you're in Europe, the US or Australia (or lol Japan).

To find your Friend Code, simply log in to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection via the main menu, access your FRIEND ROSTER, and your code will be displayed at the top of the screen.

MSC Friend Codes:
US:

Eligecos: 352294 012170

Europe:
Bastardman: 343703 467221

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Everything Else / Somebody set up us the LEDs. Boston bomb scare!
« on: February 02, 2007, 03:24:29 pm »
Just in case any of you guys had missed this, I see nobody seems to have posted a thread about it yet.

Basically, what happened was, a few weeks ago, Turner Broadcasting, the owners of Cartoon Network hired some college kids to put up light boards around several U.S. cities, to advertise Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

On the 31st of January, someone in Boston spotted one, panicked, and triggered a fully fledged bomb scare which basically shut down large areas of the city for most of the day while the Lite Brite "bombs" were safely destroyed.

Two kids have been arrested for putting up the ads and creating a "hoax" bomb threat. Note that these were in fact advertisements which they were hired to put up for an Adult Swim show, there was no intent to pass them off as dangerous devices.

Now it seems everyone is out for blood, with the phrase "post-9/11 world" being invoked left and right.


One of the "bombs".

Two held after ad campaign triggers Boston bomb scare
Turner Broadcasting apologizes for Boston sign scare

Thoughts on this?

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Console Games / Disgaea
« on: January 11, 2007, 12:20:51 pm »
Why we don't have a thread on these games yet is beyond me. For those unfamiliar with the series, Disgaea is one of the most bizarre and grind-happy tactical RPGs ever crafted by man.

I say it's grind-happy, because on top of the 100+ unlockable classes (including a full complement of monsters), the game has a level cap of 9999(!), no absolute damage cap, hundreds of pieces of equipment and other items which can all be upgraded many times (yes, even the lowly potion-type items) to exponentially increase their strength, as well as several postgame secret levels and bonuses that require you to have your characters levelled in their thousands, and even when you've reached level 9999, the grinding doesn't necessarily need to end; it's possible to "transmigrate" your characters, starting them again from level 1 but keeping a certain percentage of their stats and learned magic, thus further increasing their potential power.

I'll pull no punches in saying that the characters and plot in this game are completely hollow and a lot of the time pretty annoying, ESPECIALLY if, like me, you find yourself stuck with the horribly voiced English language version of the game. I'm told the US version includes the Japanese language track; unfortunately Koei didn't realise just how bad the English voice acting was when they released the PAL version and forgot to include a Japanese option. But without spoiling anything for those unfortunates who haven't played the game, there are a few strokes of comedic genius here and there and if you were to let the lack of plot or character depth put you off this game, you're probably missing the point.

Disgaea is a great game purely because of how insanely addictive it is. This game can and will consume well over a hundred hours of your life if left unchecked. It offers a 40-hour main quest, numerous bonus quests, hidden endings, and perhaps the game's crowning feature, the 100-floor, randomly generated item worlds, in which you level up your items and obtain specialists, which can be transfered between items, allowing you to customise the stat gains and other bonuses for your equipment.

While the graphics are fairly primitive for a PS2 game (the characters are all represented by 2D sprites), I would be inclined to consider this a good thing; it gives the game its own distinct feel, and the caricature anime character designs perfectly convey the personality of the game. The soundtrack (ignoring the voicing) is incredible. It's extremely varied, comically over-the-top and fits very well with the overall feel of the game. I actually have the entire thing saved to my PC and am listening to it right now.

I only have a few things to complain about. Strategically, the game lacks the depth of games like Final Fantasy Tactics. For instance, you can fire ranged weapons straight through obstructions and units to hit your target, and even though the tutorial missions emphasise that getting the high ground is important, the only advantage height seems to give you is letting you stay out of the reach of melee attackers. On the other hand, the game allows you to pick up and throw just about every type of unit, which has many different strategic applications, such as moving around the map faster by throwing your own guys, or throwing enemies into one another to combine their level and there are also coloured "Geo" squares on many of the maps that have special effects like rendering all units standing on them invincible, or randomly creating hostile clones of units (or, if you get lucky in the item world, sometimes both  :o). Also, in spite of the developers' claims that there are over 150 unlockable classes to find, 5/6ths of these are just stronger, palette-swapped upgrades on other classes, and some of the later classes are so powerful as to render nearly every other class (even your main character) obsolete.

Luckily, NIS was mindful of these problems when they made Disgaea 2, which features a more interesting story, a much more sympathetic cast of characters, better graphics, more strategic options and an even more random item world, in which highly powerful pirate parties will randomly appear and geo panels will roam around the map of their own accord between turns, causing chaos. Although they balanced out the classes so that even the really powerful ones now have big drawbacks (such as not being able to move far, or throw) most of the new character designs are incredibly lame compared to those in D1, and they got rid of the jack-o-lantern monsters. They were my favourite!  :'(

Although those hell hounds are pretty cool...


Anyway, forgive this longwinded post and discuss this game and/or your grinding achievements in it (or if you haven't played it yet, do so now!). At present, I've only reached level 200 in D1 and about level 100 in D2 with my main guys.

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Console Games / Games for the Wii
« on: December 31, 2006, 11:04:05 am »
Is there an ETA on when we can expect these things to start showing up, or?

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Everything Else / Help needed.
« on: October 31, 2006, 05:52:15 pm »
What are some good gaming sites? Ones that aren't part of the IGN/Gamespy Axis of Evil, and preferably ones that don't automatically give high-profile games at least 9/10 all the time.

Thanks.

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Music / I guarantee that this band is the best currently on this page.
« on: August 01, 2006, 06:39:24 pm »
The Gathering
They're difficult to define in terms of genre. They started out as little more than a pretty unremarkable doom metal band, but over time, and thanks to some rather fortuitous lineup changes, they metamorphosised completely, and now have much more of an ambient, melodic sound.

And the best part is, they are in no way, shape or form influenced by hardcore!

Unfortunately, it seems that it's almost impossible to find good sample tracks on the Internets. Their MySpace suddenly doesn't have any tracks on it. Well, it has one... But anyway, I have searched high and low, and in the end, Purevolume came to the rescue. Still probably not the best selection, but if you don't like these, you probably wouldn't like their other stuff either. Enjoy!

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PC Games / Recommend me one game
« on: June 29, 2006, 08:53:50 am »
I'll be getting a new PC in about two weeks, and I want to pick up something new to play on it.

Suggest a game, any game. But only one per person! Or ELSE!!

Also, please describe the game a little.

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Movies / MSPaint movies!
« on: June 14, 2006, 04:52:21 pm »
In this thread we represent our favourite/least favourite/any other movie we've seen using the medium of MSPaint.



BEGIN!

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Everything Else / ATTN, forum members!
« on: June 08, 2006, 05:45:56 am »
There are other boards besides Spore: General!!

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Console Games / Is the PS3 the new Raccoon Eyeglass Holder?
« on: June 02, 2006, 03:56:20 am »
Ok, Ok, I've read A LOT of Sony bashing (And I agree with a lot of it)

But I thought I would play devils advocate, and ask: "Are we wrong?"



Steve touched on this a little in his last pod cast. Everyone thought the Raccoon Eyeglass Holder would fail, but it did great. Do you think there is any chance that PS3 might turn out to be the next Raccoon Eyeglass Holder underdog story?

Or do you think we were all right the 1st time, and Sony will get knocked of their throne?



Step back from your camps and think about it.

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Spore: General / Which Maxis creature is your favourite?
« on: May 21, 2006, 07:06:56 pm »
We've seen a lot of variety in the creatures the developers have been making, and some of them have already become somewhat iconic. So, I'm wondering, which of these Maxis creations do you find the coolest, or most interesting?

I'm particularly loving the style of the cyclops guy with the scepter on the far left of this pic.



Obviously I'm including all the other creatures we've seen so far in this, not just the ones shown here.

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I call it the awesome badass creature X-2DX.

Are there any questions?

EDIT: I should clarify, the Kryptonite claws are to take out Superman, because you can never really be too careful, can you?

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