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2566  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Music players on: September 12, 2007, 02:31:14 PM
Quote from: "GrimReality"
I imagine we'll buying songs online, as I have no experience with "ripping" cds.

Frankly, it couldn't be much easier these days.  Even Windows Media Player can do it now.  You pretty much just have to stick the CD in, go to the Rip tab, and tell it which songs you want to pull to your hard drive.  You can get fancier by telling it which format and bitrate you want, but that's not too hard, either.  When you get your player, I'm sure one of us can walk you through it with whatever you get.

My only beef with the iPod is that you have to use iTunes.  It's not like it's that hard, but it's one more program to install, and you're forced to use it.  Want to stick some other files on your player to transfer them to another computer?  Too bad.  (Unless there's something I don't know.)  With USB players like the one I mentioned, you just have a lot more freedom.  However, you'd have to use some other online music store, and iTunes is mighty popular, so I'm guessing it's at least a pretty good store, if not a really good one.
2567  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Mario Strikers Charged on: September 12, 2007, 12:37:45 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
I'll see if the library stocks it then get it.

Like the local public library?  Your library kicks butt!
2568  Media / Single-Player RPGs / tactics or ways to tackle a rpg on: September 12, 2007, 12:35:47 PM
Quote from: "Prime Mover"
Well, for dungeon crawling, if I come to a Y, I walk a little ways down one path, like a screen or so, for some sign as to whether it's the "main" path, or a side path to some treasure. If, by a few screens, I've not seen any sign that the path will end, I double back and go try the other way. Usually, under traditional RPG convensions, there are signs for the "main" path, like big decorated doors, large halls, things that make the path seem more important. I try to stay away from those areas until I've exhausted all other possibilities.

My wife likes to follow a convention she learned in a class on search & rescue operations, and it tends to work pretty well: in each level/dungeon, work in a direction that keeps the wall to your right.  She doesn't leave a level/dungeon even if she finds the exit unless she's already been all the way around.
2569  The Rest / General Discussions / Easiest Mario Level Ever on: September 12, 2007, 11:58:38 AM
Nice find, Dave!
2570  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Music players on: September 12, 2007, 11:53:17 AM
OK - something basic and easy.  To me, that says "I plug it in, I put music on it without installing any new software."  Probably rechargeable, since that's easier than batteries.  

The only other question is how much space you need/want.  Are you trying to store hundreds of CDs on it, or just several hours' worth of music that you will change out when you feel like it.

I have one of these, and I love it:

It's a little 1" cube, and it comes in up to 2 gig.  They include a headphone necklace thing you clip it to, so you can just hang it around your neck.  To charge it and move songs around, you plug it into your PC and it's recognized as a USB drive.  They claim 2 gig will hold up to 1000 songs, and I have no reason to disagree, except to put in the disclaimer that it depends on the bitrate you ripped the songs at.  I bought mine at a store (in the US), but you can buy them online as well.  They also have other nifty products, which is why I linked you to the maker's site.
2571  The Rest / General Discussions / Kaz says the Playstation is just a game machine on: September 11, 2007, 12:07:40 PM
Quote from: "TurnBasedDude"
I thought the PS3 was a high-end grill.

No!  Don't let them fool you!  I tried cooking just one hamburger with mine, and not only did the burger not cook, but the darn thing doesn't even work any more!

Daggum fancy new-fangled grills.
2572  Media / Single-Player RPGs / tactics or ways to tackle a rpg on: September 11, 2007, 11:39:22 AM
To what's already been said, I'd only add one thing: don't hang onto tons of equipment that you "might want to use again."  If you try out a new piece of equipment, you'll see pretty quickly if it's better than what you were using before.  Just sell off that old thing unless the game allows you to break it down for useable parts.  The money will probably be more useful to you than an old piece of equipment that you won't actually use, and the blank inventory space will definitely be more useful.
2573  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Who´s getting Final fantasy tactics: the lion war??? on: September 11, 2007, 11:34:25 AM
Quote from: "Eusis"
To be fair though, I have yet to play a Monster Hunter (I think I'd prefer to play it online, but we never got 2 in it's original incarnation because Capcom's a bit nutso) and Xmen Legends could very well be the exception.

I have Monster Hunter on PSP, and I think that based on the other games you like, you might like it.  Online is (from what I'm told) definitely preferable to single-player, but even the single-player is still pretty cool.  Making equipment out of pieces of monsters you've killed is a great concept, IMO.
2574  Media / The Soundroom / It's Freddie Mercury's birthday! on: September 11, 2007, 11:21:13 AM
I thought it was weird a while back when I bought a 2-disc Greatest Hits set, and I was grooving along through the first CD, thinking "yeah - I love this song"... and then the second CD came on, and I went "wait - I don't know any of these!"  I did know some of them in the end, but I found that I'm a way bigger fan of the early stuff too.

Here's my contribution:

Can't watch it right now, but it's supposed to be Weird Al's Bohemian Polka.  Had to throw it in there. *evil grin*
2575  Media / Single-Player RPGs / reviewers rpg length on: September 11, 2007, 10:55:36 AM
Not that any more needs to be said from the staff perspective, but I'm feeling chatty today.

Like Eusis, I feel like I tend to take an average or above average amount of time to finish games.  This is probably because I do feel so compelled to talk to Bumbling Villager #4, 5, 6, and even 7.  I love it when developers reward people who explore, and hate it when I'm playing a game where every dead end alley is just a dead end alley with no reason for me to have bothered to check it out.  (I'm not a huge fan of random encounters, either, but that's a topic for another day.)

However, as Kstar said, in order to review games, I have to play more quickly than I would if I were playing just for fun, and that's sad.  I also have to be thorough, though, so it can be a tough balancing act.  Of course, when you have to play an awful game, knowing how to play through quickly is a very useful skill to have. :D
2576  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Jeanne d'Arc on: September 11, 2007, 10:29:52 AM
It looks interesting to me, but I just finished D&D Tactics (review coming as soon as we can get it posted), and started on a game to be named later that will occupy every second of my gaming time until I can post the review.

Like Shiguma, I'm saving up for the new PSP, so games I can buy for myself could be few and far between until after that.

If folks here say Jeanne's really cool, I may pick it up after that point (hopefully cheap).
2577  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: September 10, 2007, 08:27:27 PM
Quote from: "GrimReality"
Thomas is incredibly annoying(intentionally, I know) and leaves us with no one to root for or sympathize with.

I only managed to make it through the first book in that series.  The fact that he raped the girl who was helping him and there were never any real consequences and he didn't even seem to feel very bad about it turned me away, even though there were some cool elements to the universe.
2578  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Ideas for Ds games? on: September 10, 2007, 01:35:44 PM
Of the games you listed originally, you just can't go wrong with Mario Kart.  I also played a game called Lost Magic that was pretty decent (it got a 90% here, so the reviewer liked it better than I did) if you like strategy games.

I didn't care to play Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, but it also got good reviews here and elsewhere.

Of course, this may all be too late to matter now... :)
2579  The Rest / General Discussions / Jack Thompson wants to Subpeona George W. Bush on: September 10, 2007, 07:40:46 AM
Quote from: "Bernhardt"
No, but I think Cheney is! XD

With the super "shot in the face" attack, I imagine... ;)
2580  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Who´s getting Final fantasy tactics: the lion war??? on: September 09, 2007, 02:55:37 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Quote from: "Tooker"
As someone who owns both, I have to say that if you're into RPGs, you're probably better off with a PSP.  There is some OK stuff on the DS, but I feel like there's just more out there for the PSP.

After seeing this particular bit and personally finding it a bit baffling, I wanted to make a topic trying to pick apart the libraries of the two to really see which is better, or if they simply have different strengths.

I looked around, and found that there are, indeed, more RPGs for the DS than for the PSP.  I guess it's just that when I think of which of the two systems I tend to play RPGs on, it's the PSP.  I've played a few DS RPGs, but I don't think I've finished any.  The control schemes have turned me off, and on any game that was available on both systems, the graphics and gameplay have been far more to my tastes on the PSP.

I like pretty much any type of RPG (with the possible exception of MMOs), but my favorites tend to be action or hack & slash types.  For example, Diablo II is still my favorite game ever, and I loved the X-Men Legends games.  I loved Fallout and Planescape: Torment, too, as well as some of the tactical RPGs.  The action and hack & slash genres seem to be stronger on the PSP than on the DS.  On the DS, the only RPG I've played a lot of is Pokémon.

I say let's keep homebrew and emulation out of this.  There is some cool stuff out there, but not everyone's comfortable getting into that kind of stuff.  Still, if GBA games count in favor of the DS, then with FFTA, Mario & Luigi, Pokemon, and probably some other stuff I'm not thinking of, a strong argument can be made for its superiority.  Since you may not be able to find old GBA games, I wouldn't count them either.

All in all, counting JUST the games released for the PSP and the DS, I'd stick with my recommendation of the PSP.  Adding in GBA games, it's a tougher call, and I'd probably have to go with the DS.  Adding in homebrew and emulation, I'd go back to the PSP.
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