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#1 Posted by PenguinDust (12484 posts) -

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

  • massive frame-rate problems especially during light saber fights and encounters involving many explosions.
  • Pazaak (the card game) and the swoop racing mini-games were a waste of time. 
#2 Edited by PenguinDust (12484 posts) -
I think most people who are regulars on video game websites know not to support crap.  Even fans of divisive games like Resident Evil 5 or Halo can accept that while these games may not be everyone's cup of tea, they have merit and deserve to exist.  A game enthusiast may believe that Final Fantasy is whiny drivel, but they don't see the franchise as taking anything away from the industry as a whole.   That's not true of the "casual menace" that Nintendo has brought down upon all "real gamers."  For some it seems that Nintendo has flung open the doors and now there are girls in our clubhouse (analogously speaking).  I don't think that more people enjoying games takes anything away from the hardcore element anymore than wine-in-a-box spoils the market for Château Margaux.  On the same token, I don't think many folks on Giant Bomb have Imagine: Anythingz in their collection.

If there is a problem right now, it's that there is too much on the market for people passionate about gaming to support.  Are we all expected to buy InFamous, Prototype, Plants vs Zombies, Sacred 2, Patapon 2, Red Faction: Guerrilla, The Conduit, Shin Megami Tensei: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abandon, Overlord II, Secret Files: Tunguska, Punch Out, Bionic Commando, Damnation, Pangya: Fantasy Golf, UFC 2009 and many others out now or set to release in the next 4 weeks?  Some very deserving titles are bound to get lost in shuffle and that's too bad.  All we can do is urge each of us to check out the missed gems when we get the chance and hope that their developers can survive until they get the recognition they deserve. 
#3 Edited by PenguinDust (12484 posts) -

Well, it depends on the game, but my standard answer is "hell yeah!"  I don't see a point to them in FPS games or driving games other than to know what needs to be done to unlock cars, maps/tracks, weapons, etc...but, I use them all the time in RPGs.  If I can solve a puzzle or complete a quest without help, goody for me, but if get stuck, lost, or die a lot in a boss battle, then I search the game faqs for work-arounds.  I'm not going to waste a lot of time, pounding my head against the wall so I can continue the storyline.  I scan for what is specifically troubling me and read only that part to be able to proceed. 

There is another reason I use guides in RPGs.  I sometimes use them to help me maximise my character.  Now, I don't follow suggested skill assignment faqs to a tee.  But, I do like to know what skills are the most beneficial and which are mostly window dressing.  I look up good weapons to try and acquire and where they can be found.  Plus, there is the all important map.  For some reason, RPGs never have really good in game maps where everything is labeled and tells you what can be bought in that city.  I need those reminders because I get lost too easily and having to jump from town to town to look for a special item is a waste of time for me.

I use guides to help maintain the flow of the game and that keeps up the level of fun.

#4 Posted by PenguinDust (12484 posts) -

The Beatles are the greatest rock band ever.  In my book, that's a given.  Number 2 is a bit more of a head scratcher, though.  I tend to sway toward the Allman Brothers, with the Stones taking up the number 3 spot.

Off the rock charts, though. Billy Eckstine's big band from 1944 to 1945 was the best band ever featuring Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Art Blakley, Sarah Vaughan, and Fats Navarro.

#5 Posted by PenguinDust (12484 posts) -

It's not a big deal.  I wonder have you ever seen the original Thing?  I know people who've never seen Star Wars, the Godfather or Casablanca and chances are they never will.  It's just not their thing. 

cinemandrew said:
I love The Thing.Alien, and Aliens are both amazing films, and should definitely be seen.I had the same experience with ... [more]
A lot of musicals are good stuff.  I wonder how many of the films that she enjoys had you seen. 

#6 Posted by PenguinDust (12484 posts) -

I think you acted decently and that's the most important thing.  If you are disappointed because you feel you've had you first kiss, then get over it.  Chances are your first sexual experience will be even more embarrassing and uncomfortable.  But, that's normal.  If it makes you feel any better, count the first kiss you have with a girl you're in love with (or heavy "like") as the all-important "first kiss".   But, if you are like me, twenty years later you won't even remember what she looks like. 

Lesson of the day: Live in the now, don't fret of what's done is done.

#7 Posted by PenguinDust (12484 posts) -

I really like the show, although I think many people dismiss it too quickly since it aired on Nickelodeon.  Additionally, anime purists scoffed at it because it wasn't Japanese despite being heavily influenced by the style.  It was a long serial story in which the characters we meet at the start of the journey grow into much more mature and complex individuals by the tale's end.  There's a lot going on over the course of 3 seasons.  I can't help but worry that in turning it into a movie, much of what made the characters interesting will be lost due to time restraints.  I hope it works, but M. Night has been a complete yutz lately, so I question his ability to pull a project like this together.  But, the actors look fine to me.  Better than Prince of Persia, in my opinion.

#8 Posted by PenguinDust (12484 posts) -
#9 Edited by PenguinDust (12484 posts) -

If Gamespot rated Bionic Commando lower than Velvet Assassin it means is that the reviewer of Velvet Assassin liked the game and the reviewer at Giant Bomb (Jeff) liked Bionic Commando.  If you want to draw up some great conspiracy then you can.  I suggest you start at the grassy knoll.  What does it mean if a third site, say G4 rated both as average.  Does that mean that Gamespot and Giant Bomb are in the pockets of game publishers?  You worry too much about who said what about whom like all the game websites are in internet junior high. 

By the way, Gamespy said the it heard from 1UP that Kotaku is going to ask Destructoid to the spring social but that site is waiting for Joystiq to ask, but Joystiq is taking Gamasutra. Pass it on.

#10 Posted by PenguinDust (12484 posts) -
Karmum said:
Currently a convict that was just released from prison and serving my last two months in home confinement. Not allowed ... [more]
Is that a hint? Do I see your future in employment opportunities in Detroit or Cincinnati? Hmm....

I'm a lover, not a fighter.